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I have always been excited to fly on a plane in the early morning in anticipation of the sunrise. Getting a window seat on the eastern part for every dawn flight I had was always my priority. As the plane taxis the runway and hovers above, light slightly dimmed, the stunning aerial view of the city is always a sight to enjoy.
More than 75,000 people flocked the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) during the 10-day run of the 2013 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. Hailed as cinesthesia, synergy of the senses, 25 films that include 10 entries for New Breed Short Features, 5 films for Directors Showcase and 10 films for New Breed Full Length category have graced the theaters of the CCP, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma and Alabang Town Center from July 27 to August 4, 2013.
Ron Regismundo’s Bakaw conveys the hard realities of life in Manila that has greatly affected many children from the impoverished community. Some may find the short story a cliché just like other films depicting minors involved in petty crimes prompted by their ardent desire to help bring food to the table, but the way the director and the writer treated the story is exceptional.
The rain started pouring like there’s no tomorrow around 10 pm. The wind was so furious as though it would ravage all the living creatures at Pico de Loro. In all directions, no one can be certain about safety as Typhoon Gorio was making its landfall at the tip of Southern Luzon on June 29, 2013. And in this part of Maragondon, Cavite, towering more than 600 meters above sea level, every mountaineer felt the wrath of Mother Nature. For at least 12 hours, the wind and the rain continuously battered the earth.
Certainly, one of the many things associated with Cebu City is of course its famous pig roasted into perfection. At least once in a while it is rewarding to munch on something that is “sinful” to health. Locals would say tambal lang sa kaibog, which means delight your cravings but not to overeat. Every lechon that can be found in the city is worth a taste test to check which is the best and the yummiest of them all.
The change to the tone of his voice was discernible on the other line, from being lively to becoming cheerless. There were some pauses in between, silence and unclear utterances, until tears fell on his cheeks as he narrated that after all those long years of marriage, they both survived and hurdled all obstacles. And now that he needs much support because of a prevailing heart ailment, Nanay is still always by his side.
At first glance, it may appear as simply ordinary, just like any other century-old edifice that can be found anywhere in the country. But when closely scrutinized, it divulges an intricacy of art and history. With its remaining structure after it was destroyed during the Battle of Liberation in 1945, the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica in Intramuros, Manila features a facade with three tympana of well-decorated arches that remind everyone of the Romanesque architecture, reminiscent of the Spanish era and also of medieval Europe.
The door leading to the third floor of the Solidaridad book shop is narrow and softly lit, but the wooden stairs are well-polished and clean. An air-conditioned living room of modest size welcomes every guest who is made to feel at home and at ease. The small office on the northeastern part has been the special birthplace for some of his widely acclaimed novels.