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Weekly Photo Challenge: New_Guyabano Seed Sprout

January 5, 2015

When I first saw the seed sprouted, I did not recognize it: the form, the shape; even the leaves were unrecognizable. They were something quite new to me. I have never seen them before, the reason why I was prompted to take the shots below:

Guyabano 1

I have forgotten that I sowed some seeds of what we call here in the Philippines as “guyabano,” “soursop” or “custard apple” in English; guanábana in Spanish, “graviola” in Portuguese, “pawpaw” in Brazil and “corossol” in French. I then recalled enjoying its juicy and sweet taste the reason why I kept the seeds and sowed them one day. Every Wednesday when I go to Baclaran on its flea market day, I always see guyabano leaves being sold, and I wondered why because I never used to see them before.

Guyabano 2

I am not aware of the fruit’s medicinal qualities except for the vitamins that it provides just like any other fruit. Only today when I surfed about it that I came to know about its anti-cancer capabilities and other qualities. As an alternative, herbal plants are becoming more popular, it is no wonder that they are sold together with its fruit now. Its scientific name is annona muricata. [To read more about it and to see how it looks like, please click: Guyabano Health Benefits]


Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

June 15, 2013





Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture / Bit from Luzon

April 27, 2013

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Art and Culture always go together. An artist — whatever he may be: painter, sculptor, writer, musician, singer, film maker is at all times — through his art — the preserver of culture or of the society that he is a part of. Whatever he creates will reflect such culture on the subjects that he chooses. Nemesio Miranda Jr. is one of the Filipino artists who greatly help up to now in preserving the traditions and practices, and cultural legends of his town, Angono in Rizal. Considered an art village, the place breathes art where many known visual artists or musicians lived and continues to produce artists. Angono in fact boasts of two National Artists: Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Lucio San Pedro; both celebrate their Centennial Year this 2013.

Now, let me take you to another part of the country in Bagac, Bataan where Las Casas de Acuzar is located. I have earlier posted some architectural treasures there. Below is a photo that depicts a traditional game called “Luksong-Baka”, literally meaning: “Jumping Over the Cow.”

Luksong Baka

“Luksong-Baka” [Jumping Over the Cow], a game I used to play immortalized in stone; AJ bullies the player

At about 6 pm., cultural performances were presented through singing of Philippine folk songs and through traditional dances by the enthusiastic youth living in the area.

Cultural Performance2

We went on Black Saturday so rightfully in time for Easter they presented an Easter presentation for us

Cultural Perf_Singkil

End part of Singkil, a popular Muslim dance in the Philippines

Note: Both Angono in Rizal, and Bagac in Bataan are located in Luzon, Philippines.


Daily Prompt: The Critical Eye / On Humming the Same Tune

April 22, 2013

This blogsite is a journal of my activities, journeys and experiences, so I oftentimes write about my independent film advocacies and related stuff, as well as my experiences: a) with people — friends and [quite seldom, foes alike to vent  out nega feelings; b] my journey to places through photos, and notes on things that I enjoyed seeing or have learned about; c) plants and animals, especially those that I am “guarding” such as the miracle fruit tree, the calamansi or Philippine lemon, and the Christmas berry plant, others call the money plant; lastly, the pets we are keeping such as Pitz, a hybrid Japanese Spitz / Philippine askal, and Oliver, our supposedly white cat who these days come home always grey after his night fights.

Pitz_4 months later_Nov '12


Oliver Sleeps

Oliver Asleep

I find myself returning back and forth on the above subjects. Thanks to wordpress photo challenges and daily writing prompts such as this one, they at least gets punctuated, and have a respite. So as not to look that repetitive, I pingback on the already written topic to serve as corroborative notes if I need to refer to the same subject again [As sample, click on the highlighted words above]. Well, probably because like music it is just like humming the same tune…only with some variations.

Money Plant

Money Plant

Like music, I write about experiences that has beginning and must end; about people I say hi’s and goodbyes; dreams and wishes; places and things that marked in my memory; animals and plants that I’ve seen growing and dying. Like music, the mood and melody of what I write about reflects my sentiments and feelings — be they excitement on a blooming calamansi and money plant flowers, sadness on seeing my pets unplayful or sick; upset in not accomplishing a target schedule; sarcasm in meeting narrow-minded, if not egoistic individuals; triumph in finishing a difficult film project that successfully overcome hurdles, etc.


Weekly Photo Challenge: UP the Victoria Peak

April 19, 2013

It was somewhat gloomy when we went up the Victoria Peak, the highest in Hong Kong Island sometime in February. Though quite windy, streak of sun rays managed to peek through the grey clouds. Despite difficulty in taking photos, the few photos below would always remind me of the breathtaking view from up there with the misty clouds. We took the Peak Tram to reach the place. [Pls. click on the photo to better enjoy the sight.]

Victoria Peak 10

Victoria Peak 8

Victoria Peak 4a


Daily Prompt: Why do I blog

April 17, 2013

Honestly, I was just prodded into blogging by friends who believed that my film advocacy activity should be recorded and blog about, and to easily track down the movement of my film docu going around the country for awareness campaign of Autism Society Philippines. It took me a year or two before I was finally convinced that I should start blogging. Actually, what held me back was simply lack of confidence in writing using a language I am not used to speak.

Overcoming the writing fear, I started blogging to have a journal or a record of my film activities. It soon became a habit difficult to break, and the content evolved to include my woes, fears, hopes, my joy… My blog soon included historical notes during a travel, and photos that I took in my journey. Realizing that writing often help improve my skill, more so gain confidence from it, I continued to blog …. With the writing and photo challenges WordPress pose to the circle, I have more reason to pursue the blogging activity… Making cyber friends in the process, enjoying reading and wallowing into their experiences, and seeing their perspectives through the photos they share are bonuses I never actually thought I’d earn as well in the beginning.


Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a [Wish] List

April 15, 2013

I surely have a list – a to-do or a wish list- which shall give me not only satisfaction if ever I manage to do any of them but JOY unexplainable…

I am referring to films on Sped Children and PWDs that I have been dreaming, wishing, praying and aiming to do:

1) The CPs [Cerebral Palsied]
3) Dyslexia
4) Down Syndrome
5) Global Delay

If GOD wills, I know I will. That I know… for everything that I want to do happens only in God’s time.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Change / To Duskiness

April 13, 2013

Sunset in Balaybay

We waited for the sun to set — so from day to duskiness and darkness we were in Balaybay, a place in Castillejos, Zambales in Luzon. For sure, each day when the sun sets, change in all else surrounding it can’t be duplicated: color and cloud shapes, shadow forms, the breeze and the wind, seeping sun rays. Our moods as well may get affected by such change. We may turn blue, yellow, or appreciative of how dusk envelops us, happy to see the end of the day well spent…looking forward for the new day or days ahead, and always hoping for the best.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Color / Paseo de la Escolta

April 6, 2013

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I’m very happy to be back to join the WP Challenges again! Making the AVP for a relative running for mayoral re-election in one of the Philippine provinces took my time away. It was fun anyway, and as always making a documentary always teaches me something new. I’ll post some of the photos taken there in my future posts.

Meanwhile, here’s some photos of “Paseo de la Escolta” taken before sundown in a place called Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar located in Bagac, Bataan. The effect of the setting sun gave the golden color that looked striking at that time, with blue serving as accent to the earth colors dominating the scene. Las Casas… is a heritage park consisting of old, colonial houses and pre-war buildings, or as their website describes: “architectural treasures that have been carefully and painstakingly reconstructed from different parts of the country and rebuilt, “brick by brick” and  “plank by plank” …  against a backdrop of majestic mountains, expansive rice fields and   a running river that flows to the sea. We visited the hotel resort last week with my relatives.

Casa de...

Casa Mexico

The first University of the Philippines building, then located in Padre Faura in Manila can also be found in the resort park. It reminded me of the photo from the collection of Dr. Selma Calmes whose mother graduated in UP Manila in the 30’s. Dr. Calmes is featured in my first documentary “Tiga-Isla,” a film about the socio-cultural life of the civilians who lived there before the War.


Thy Womb and El Presidente_2012 MMFF Entries That I’ll Watch

December 25, 2012

I intend to watch Thy Womb by Cannes Film Awardee for Best Director Brillante Mendoza and El Presidente by Mark Meilly. The first one because I loved Mendoza’s “Lola”, and I want to watch a Nora Aunor film. [I walked out though on his film “Kinatay” because of bad projection]. Next, I’ll watch El Presidente where Nora Aunor was directed by Tikoy Aguiluz for the first time. I want to see the difference between the handling of actors of Meilly and Tikoy, and how they see through the lens. What do I mean here? The composition , lens choices, and blocking of characters. I know Tikoy’s films well enough having edited almost all of them. Especially so because I met Carlo Mendoza, both film’s cinematographer last November during the last CineManila International Film Festival. We watched a Thai film together and he told me that differences were there in Tikoy’s and Meilly’s works. He even said that what the directors wanted, not what he wanted came out. Their preferences are clearly perceived; it was the color grader in fact who first saw the difference when the footage from two directors had to be graded.

The last film by Meilly that I saw was Baler which didn’t really struck me. I liked Crying Ladies better. Tikoy managed to get old Aguinaldo’s aura from Estregan’s performance, I wonder how he’d be as young Aguinaldo who was 27 years old when he became President under Meilly’s helm? [Asiong Salonga died at the same age – 27 or 28]. It must have been very, very challenging for Meilly to “exorcise” Asiong out of Estregan’s “system.” It is because I saw remnants of Asiong’s action in Jeorge Estregan’s El Presidente trailer; he was firing using two guns – “a la Fernando Poe;” the same action he added in Asiong’s for those who have already forgotten it. Understandably, it must have been one of his dream actions to be a “hero,” and who wouldn’t want to be, especially if it is your film production? Both roles were played by Estregan who is much older than the two. Kaya challenging din kay Gov..

Baler and El Presidente are of course incomparable. The latter would and should have more action and drama, Aguinaldo’s life being action-packed. I also hope that Bayani Agbayani transcends his image as a comedian. Playing as Baldomero Aguinaldo, Lolo of Ex-Prime Minister Cesar Virata must have been a real challenge for him. I hope he doesn’t make the audience laugh; otherwise, it’s EPM Virata who’d first to cry!

Anyway, Emilio Aguinaldo’s life is quite familiar to me having worked with my Cavite historian brother Isagani R. Medina who made extensive researches on Aguinaldo and Cavite’s local history. I was in fact, his main assistant: field photographer and researcher, proofreader, book layout artist, encoder, etc. The 1996 Centennial Edition of his 824-page book, Ilang Talata tungkol sa Paghihimasik (Revolucion) nang 1896-97 was the last book he edited, annotated and published. We worked on the book for two years. I shot hundreds of photographs for that particular book. Some of my memorable experiences in the book’s preparation was the actual handling of “Acta de Naic” or the Naik Agreement document from the collection of Jose P. Santos and Atty. Jorge de los Santos. I remember that my brother took a lot of time as he painstakingly tried to identify the signatories. I also personally touched to photograph the transcript of records of Dr. Pio Valenzuela at the UST Archives. I had goose bumps when I touched the transcript on thick parchment paper. I never imagined in my life that I would one day be able to hold them. Anyway, I have learned that Emmanuel “Manny” Calairo is on board as its Supervising historian, that’s great! I am quite happy about it. Knowing him personally from his undergrad days, being my brother’s student, and a follower of his ideas, historical writing style and methodology which can be gleaned from the first books he wrote and published, i.e., the book on Kawit, there is less to worry about the historical facts that would be put in the film. Manny is also an alumni of Metro-Manila College in Novaliches founded by my brother-in-law Dr. Mamerto Miranda, Jr. and later run by our eldest sister, Dr. Ligaya M. Miranda.

But our experience with Asiong Salonga last year where the producer’s so-called film ownership license made them bypass the intellectual property rights of a director, doing as such what they wanted on that basis and belief, completely disregarding the director, and what is surfacing as artistic license to change fact is what I am worrying about. Nevertheless, I respect the artistic license of a creative artist, to what extent it will be used when treating not only a historical but a controversial character is something we have yet to see. It is a crucial matter though. But I hope compromises were made and decisions done with Meilly’s rights respected. That’s important!

With the coming centennial birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio next year, El Presidente will enhance better Bonifacio’s actual role in the Revolution. If facts are presented the way they should be, Aguinaldo will be better understood by the Filipinos especially the youth, that is, if they would accept facts based on evidences, and if they were not done in exaggeration. Like in my brother’s article, “Aginaldo para kay Aguinaldo,” I expect them to highlight – Aguinaldo as Father of the Philippine Flag, the National Anthem and therefore, Father of Philippine Freedom.

I have browsed on El Presidente’s original script which Tikoy asked me to read; and Meilly’s as well sometime last August. Both end with bullets of events. But it is my hope that that’s just on paper as I have great hope for the film’s potentials because of the story and its milieu. It is not surprising that the film is said to be two-and-forty minutes long; if needs be, it can be longer. For as long as they give way to Gov’s dramatic, but not melodramatic action. Let his action speak loud not the edit or useless visual effects. If an edit distracts, that only means there is a problem, guys! But that will only happen pag nakialam na naman ang mga producer. Pabayaan nyo ang direktor, pwede ba?

Nevertheless, I congratulate Gov Jeorge Estregan for finally producing and realizing his dream film…That in itself is a FEAT! Now, we’ll see where feat and defeat comes in if at all… On Apl  de Ap take — I don’t think it succeeded. It’s off the film’s beat! Hindi bagay. For the youth they say. What works on one, may not work on the other, the Asiong formula didn’t seem to work this time. Even the music theme of Asiong, La Paloma by Ely Buendia, caught on like wild fire or viral once uploaded. In fact, you may, or may not believe it, but up to now, searches on Asiong Salonga still daily land on this blogsite.