IN PRODUCTION: Above the Clouds, Directed by Pepe Diokno

Photo by James Jayme

A 15-year-old orphan and his estranged grandfather battle the elements and each other, as they embark on a journey up a strange and mystical mountain. Starring Ruru Madrid and Pepe Smith. Directed by Pepe Diokno. Coming soon.

Here’s another interesting piece from award-winning filmmaker Pepe Diokno. Pepe has been known for his debut film, Engkwentro, which garnered recognition from Venice and Jeonju Film Festivals. Now directing his second film already, Above the Clouds, which is now in production, has already received prizes from Berlin and Busan International Film Festivals for its script. Featuring rock icon Pepe Smith and rising young star Ruru Madrid, the film tells a story of family conflict set in the beautiful mountain ranges of the north. Here are some production diaries from Diokno’s official Youtube page:

I’m always happy that the our local filmmakers are being recognized in the international scene. And this time, not only poverty porn but featuring the beauty of our country has been a popular subject to our filmmakers.

After all, Filipinos do really have talent, especially our youth. And Pepe Diokno is a manifesto to this. Really looking forward to this!

Above the Clouds

Be with the Network that SAVES

They say the environment is a ticking bomb. And it’s up to humans to defuse this bomb because; 1) we live here, 2)  you don’t want skin cancer, trust this nurse and, 3) quit it, there’s no enough oxygen in Mars. So it’s actually good to hear from companies we are with that they are exerting efforts to become green each day. And this means we are actually responsible citizens of the world because we consume products that are mindfully crafted. As end consumers, it is our responsibility to find out how the products that we buy are made.

DON’T GET ME WRONG. It doesn’t mean they’re my sponsor why I’m pushing this information to you. I’d advocate any company who will exert effort to become green in any way. Little things go a long way – may it be using canvas as reusable bags, shifting to paper, or simply reusing plastic. If you’d like to live a little longer in a world, in a fairly cooler world, let’s all be responsible.

AR Realness: Print is not dead


Did you ever have the feeling that the newspaper is boring? Yeah it can be, especially if all you ever have to see is negativity and shit. But paired with technology, maybe you’d consider going back to print. After all, print will never die.

Introducing the Philstar App featuring their augmented reality (AR) feature: Live It! Take your daily morning news reading habit to a whole new level with your mobile phone – just download the app and use the Live It feature to see additional content.


Just find this icon on the photos –


– and see content streamed live to your mobile phone! The trigger is the photo, so make sure that you fit the frame to it. Ensure that you also have internet to use the AR feature of the app.

Here are some snapshots when I tried using the app for the first time –






The possibilities are endless with AR! Can’t wait to see this adapted by different print companies. Kudos to Philstar for the initiative to do it first!

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A New Bamboo


When you say rock music in the Philippines, it is almost as impossible to not mention Bamboo Manalac as one of the most recognized rock artists in the country. Having been with Rivermaya and Bamboo (the band), and having garnered numerous awards and recognition here and abroad, Bamboo is still a relevant music icon, despite going solo and a change in musicality.

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In his new album, No Water No Moon, Bamboo proves he is more than just rock. With a compilation of a completely different set of music, rather zen and, if I may, peaceful music, this new album of storytelling and change, gives us a glimpse of Bamboo’s new venture in music as a solo artist, and his own life battles. Bamboo relates that it has been a journey for him, though he really didn’t expect that music will be his whole life. This sense of struggle and wondering and acceptance is reflected in numerous songs in the album.

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Bamboo made a complete 180 with this new album, and apparently a complete 180 with his overall profile as well. He no longer sings in concerts barefoot, or jumps ecstatically. In his exclusive performance, watching him live for the first time, he sings with much more soul and deep feelings that makes you feel like listening to a fusion of Jason Mraz and James Morrison. His songs now are more orchestraic, with an accompaniment of more than just drums and guitars. Some would notice the gospel-ish feel that seems to be a trend internationally and is now penetrating the Philippine music scene. Bamboo did it first, if not one of.

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It’s not your old kind of Bamboo Manalac music. He’s done great in the rock music scene and this whole new approach in the market is interesting because we see that artists’ work grow as they too, as individuals, grow. Some may say, it’s because he’s growing old, as reason for the change. But as listening to Bamboo tell a story through No Water No Moon is as knowing a part of him he may never had the chance to tell when he was in a band. The world indeed goes around, and Bamboo seems happy to welcome and share the change.

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Who Moves Your World?

Tatt Awards - Travel

Tatt Awards, the biggest and only award-giving body for social media greatness is back for another year and it’s bigger, better, and bolder. Philippines is one of the social media capitals of the world, and it’s but appropriate to give recognition to the nation’s online heroes and heroines.

It’s so easy to nominate! A whopping PhP 100,000 is at stake for winners! And yes, you can always nominate yourself – if you’re up for it!

Laneway-Singapore 2013

Laneway Festival may be months and months and months ago but it still is my big thing of 2013. Looking back, I embarked to Singapore with no less than an exact budget with only (exact!) PhP 300 in my wallet when I got back to Manila. And so, yes — two things:

1. SAVE UP GUYS! I’ve never realized that I haven’t been saving up enough when I arrived in the Philippines with barely enough funds to get through until payday.

2. If you’re up for anything goes, fine. But always bring extra money. I was just lucky, there’s unlimited Koko Krunch in the hostel to at least keep me alive if ever I lost my money – which I didn’t, haha!

Gad, I can digress like an ADHD kid. So on to my Laneway review. I believe there’s no better way for me to give you a feel of the music fest but to share a playlist, so download freely!


Click the photo to download the playlist

Also, this is my first music festival abroad, so some little tips for you if ever you go to Laneway next year (or any music festival, like Wanderland in Manila this May, for that matter.)


The sun can be a bitch. And so can the rain. So give yourself heads up on the weather for your own good. Bring a poncho, ’cause you can use this whether the sun is up or it’s pouring down. ALSO, sun block. For that —


I’m saying this because I don’t really use sun block, and I didn’t know you have to apply every hour. I didn’t even bother reading the fine print, haha stupid. Anyway, for tropical countries like Singapore where the whole country can get feverish (40 degrees!!! Jeez.) save yourself from UV, do your skin a favor. I got really bad sunburns just because of this. SO. DON’T. SKIP. THIS.


As much as your skin needs protection, so do your gadgets. I’ve heard horror stories from the first Laneway in Singapore where it was actually called Rainway because it rained so hard and where some friends went home with non-functional phones and cameras. Bring cases that insulate your babies from heat and water, and you’ll thank me for being able to bring back home your camera or phone alive.


It’s in the rules actually, so it’s senseless to put it here. But I’ve seen some other who brought their own flasks. So yeah, try your luck! I really wish I brought at least a flask, ’cause the beer can cost you up to S$10!


‘Cause lines can get so long! And it’s also expensive. What we did though for dinner is we went out to Marina Bay Sands (quite a walk, though) and ate at Rasapura instead.


The festival ended at 1am, and there’s no train or bus anymore at Singapore at that time. So you have three choices — wait in line for two hours for a cab, walk to your place, or just leave early. I actually walked from Marina Bay to Chinatown, where I’m staying, and it wasn’t so bad. I’m so tired by then but walking in the Lion City is really a pleasure. Plus, you can easily use your gadgets while walking since it’s very secure there!


You don’t know who you’ll be meeting at the festival. It’s actually nice to make some new friends there, especially you’re all there with the same interest, and eventually look them up at Facebook or Twitter to connect with them. We saw this too as a good opportunity to promote the Philippines to some of our new friends!


There is free space for everyone to dance and go crazy, for as long as you’re not drunk, ’cause they might detain you. Scary. But after you read this, you may forget all of these, but don’t ever ever forget to enjoy your time and have fun at the festival! It’s what it’s for and you did not just pay S$145 just to sulk under the sun.


I’m really thinking if this could be a yearly thing for me. And yes, if the line up’s as good as this year’s, Imma haul my ass back to Singapore for some more!

Or maybe New Zealand… Hmmmmmmm

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Let The Games Begin

Heads up everyone! The Catching Fire official trailer has been released already, and it’s for us to watch over and over again. I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get a peek on Finnick Odair in this trailer… and Plutarch Heavensbee! Well, maybe on the next trailers. I bet they’re gonna release more since the movie is not showing until November (time please fly so ultra fast!)

And while I know, we, yes including me, can’t wait for the next installment of the most raved award-winning film of the year, Hunger Games will be showing FINALLY on Star Movies this Sunday, April 28! And yes, I am staying in for this. I’ve watched it around four times in the theaters and I don’t fucking care if I watch it again.

And don’t you think it’s so meta that Hunger Games, a story revolving on a fatal reality-based TV show, is showing on TV?!

Say no more, block the date, and let the games begin!!! Read more

Barbero: An Inspiring Story

A simple story how your Globe number can help you. Everyday, these little things, sometimes, get ignored. How connections get us through each day is astounding, and how much more this humbling barbero has used the power of connection to build a new life from a literally burned down one.

How has your connection helped you so far? Share to us, we’d love to know 🙂

Thief-proof your laptop

Or, yeah that title is misleading, I acknowledge haha! Watch this video I found in a Mashable article.

Whether you’re commuting or driving your own car, we always have risks of losing our laptop. And these days, our computer is our life. It runs our work, hobbies, personal life, and many others that if we lose it, we lose our minds as well. Dropbox figured a way to help people who will go bonkers if they lose the one thing running their lives right now. And it works for smartphones and tablets as well!

Unless, you find it a sign to get a new one, this will come in handy.

It’s so hot, what to wear?!

The sun is up so proudly, radiating its heat waves to us, and never standing down. And it’s not going away any sooner.

If ever you get the dilemma what to wear in an everyday basis, I think it’s high time for you and me for a change in wardrobe. Well, of course, all this summer heat does not give us grace to even travel to the mall. That’s how online shops, like Zalora, comes into mind.

When shopping for summer, there are some things to remember. Read up on some tips how you can make an efficient use of your summer wardrobe budget!  Read more

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