Saturday, July 30, 2011

Huggybear's Favorite Nelson Del Castillo Song

You’re My Best Friend

 Photo courtesy of Pinoy Exchange


Friday, July 29, 2011

2Rivers July 30 to August 6 Edition

 Videos: The 2011 State of The Nation Address by President Benigno Aquino III. The Azkals vs Kuwait. NBA vs PBA All Stars. Huggybear’s LSS: theme from When Love Begins

Artists of the Week: Agot Isidro, Cueshe plus the Bubble Gang spoof version, Sarah McLachlan with the theme from City of Angels

 2011 State of the Nation Address
By President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino Jr
Batasang Pambansa. July 25

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 Azkals Philippine Football Team vs Kuwait National Team
Second 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Round
Rizal Memorial Stadium, July 23

 NBA All Stars & PBA Smart Gilas
Ultimate All Star Weekend
Araneta Coliseum, July 24

Huggybear’s LSS

What’s on my mind is Randi Crawford’s One Hello. Here’s the Gary V version, the official MTV of the theme from the Jose Javier Reyes movie When Love Begins, starring my idol Aga Muhlach and Anne Curtis. Gary V and Aga – two of the strongest influences in my life, perfect! These lines are especially resonant to me now: “Remember my friend, goodbye’s not the end; it’s a circle you know, and it starts with one hello …”

2Rivers Artists of the Week

Our featured artists for this week: Agot Isidro, Cueshe plus the Bubble Gang spoof version, Sarah McLachlan with the theme from City of Angels starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan

Huggybear's Favorite Sarah McLachlan Song


Huggybear's Favorite Cueshe (Tagalog) Song


Bubble Gang Spoof

My Favorite Songs From Agot Isidro

Beginning Today

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Our July 24 to 30 Issue

Special Feature: The movies and schedules for Cinemalaya Goes UP
Essays: A declaration of support for President Noynoy Aquino, on office bullies, Huggybear’s LSS
Videos: All the movies of Cinemalaya 2011
Artists of the Week: Ang Tunay Na Amo, Kindred Garden (with a link to the Rico Yan episode of Flames), Katrina and the Waves

Cinemalaya Goes UP!

I’m happy  to see the Nicanor Abelardo, Huseng Batute and Manuel Conde theaters jampacked when we went to the CCP for Cinemalaya last Friday. I took these pictures, click-click! Film lovers, students, urban professionals, they’re all there – incandescent testament that the Philippine movie industry is alive and kicking! Cinemalaya is set to invade the University of the Philippines, got the sked right here!

U.P. Film Center
Tickets: 80 Pesos
Reserve: 0927-299-0318

July 26, 5 PM
Ang Sayaw Ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa

July 26, 8 PM
Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank

July 27, 5 PM

July 27, 8 PM
Bahay Bata

July 28, 5 PM

July 28, 8 PM

July 29, 5 PM

July 29, 8 PM
Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me

August 2, 5 PM

August 2, 8 PM

August 3, 5 PM

August 3, 8 PM

August 4, 5 PM
Shorts A

Un Diutay Mundo


Walang Katapusang Kwarto

Every Other Time

Niño Bonito

August 4, 8 PM

August 5, 5 PM
Shorts B


Oliver’s Apartment




August 5, 7 PM
Best Picture for the New Breed Category

August 5, 9 PM
Best Picture for Director’s Showcase

100% Panatag

President Benigno Aquino III will show his vision, achievements and concrete roadmap in his State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 24. Crab people have already prepared their attacks, eagerly awaiting every word and deed they would deliberately interpret maliciously and magnify relentlessly.

I don’t understand why people like that exist. Their species don’t know a good man when they see one, so they treat everyone like what they really think of themselves.

I’m grateful I’m not like them because of an insight I learned from William James, which I shared in one of my article previously published magazine article Student’s Digest: A Guide For College Graduates.

I’m proud to put on record that I have full trust in President Aquino, like I wrote in Nitpicker Nation, all the way to Noynoy Aquino Challenges Gloria Arroyo, and the latest, Why Noynoy Will Win In The End.

The Adventures of Maverick

The idea power-tripping co-workers, I’m sure, is especially resonant with a guy we’ll call Maverick. He’s working in a call center, and he was very happy with the people there – until he got transferred to his present team.

The supervisor, L, declared proudly that he’s the biggest jerk in the company, that he’s famous for his mood swings, and that a lot of agents under him have already resigned.

Maverick would take calls, L would monitor and shout out the “mistakes” and berate Maverick in public.

One unforgettable encounter was when Maverick was transferring a call to another department, which needs the sup’s go-signal. He got the go-ahead, but the switch failed – twice. Maverick specifically told the caller, “I’ll be connecting you now, please stay on the line,” then hit the icon – with his supervisor shouting in front of everybody that the transfer failed because the customer was “On hold.”

Maverick is going the extra mile to not let his respect for his supervisor go away completely. Actually it’s gone, but he is still civil – he was brought up that way.

Some of the tenured agents would wi-jack with Maverick, listening to his calls side by side. That’s fine, he enjoys the interaction.

But there are two agents who really demoralized him.

The first, W, would recite a litany of his mistakes, and command him to log back in and take the next call. He was not given to chance to ask questions.

The second, M, was even worse – a bad-to-the-bone power tripper. She was scolding Maverick, treating him like a child – the exact opposite of how an educated person behaves – all the way to the lobby in front of more people. Her idea of giving feedback is to blame the agent for making mistakes or worse, not remembering a small detail, acting as if she’s the manager, with the agent receiving his salary directly from her benevolence. She would deliberately distract him, talking while Maverick was listening to the caller, even putting the phone on mute, so she could lash at his – while the caller at the other end of the line would start getting alarmed at the silence

Maverick has grown to love the company, and has even moved in into an apartment nearby because he’s really thinking long-term.

But he doesn’t belong in a team that fosters bullies, the same way that corpses breed worms and decay. The work atmosphere has become poisonous, and Maverick is dying.

All he asks is for colleagues who are decent professionals and deserve respect. Is that too much to ask? In the team where he was assigned – with the only three people with  attitude problems he encountered in the company – it is.

Huggybear’s LSS

What’s on Huggybear’s mind for the past two weeks comes from the soundtrack of the iconic ‘80s film Bagets. An unforgettable original Filipino classic, it is an ode to friendship and beautiful memories – and about saying goodbye. Raymond Lauchengco, with Farewell….

Artists of the Week

This week we feature Ang Tunay Na Amo, Kindred Garden (with a link to the full Rico Yan episode of Flames) and Katrina & The Waves

Huggybear's Favorite Katrina and The Waves Song

Walking On Sunshine

Huggybear's Favorite Kindred Garden (Tagalog) Song


Pangako is the theme of the Flames episode with Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto.

Huggybear's Favorite Ang Tunay Na Amo (English) Song

Running Away

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Our July 17 to 23 Issue

New Essays on Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides, Cinemalaya 2011, Harry Potter, my works as an amateur photographer
Videos: Laurice Guillen’s Maskara, Quark Henares’ Rakenrol, John Sayles’ Amigo, J. Geils Band, Tanya Markova
Artists of the Week: JoAnne Lorenzana, Chad Borja, Big Country

Jack Sparrow Will Live Forever

Jack Sparrow hunted down the man who was pretending to be him. That of course is Johnny Depp, the real McCoy that is, and this is the story of Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The impostor, who was recruiting a crew to find the fabled Fountain of Youth, was actually his ex-girlfriend Angelica (Penelope Cruz) – who turns out to be the long-lost daughter of the legendary pirate Blackbeard.

Jack has the map, but it has been stolen by his friend Gibbs (Kevin McNally), who was forced by the British to act as guide for the competing expedition led by their mutual friend Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).

To make things more fun, the Spanish Crown also launched an armada to find the Fountain.

Jack was taken by Angelica as a prisoner in Blackbeard’s ship, where he met the young missionary Philip (Sam Claflin), also a prisoner, and his sidekick Scrum (Stephen Graham), a clueless crew. Jack staged a mutiny that was foiled by Blackbeard himself, with his telekinetic sword that literally moves anything on the ship.

The mutineers were snared by the ship’s ropes as Blackbeard (Ian McShane) brandished his sword, and the sight of them hanging over the ship, like insects caught in a gigantic web, was totally macabre.

They arrived at the island sailors fear, White Cap Bay, and set trap for the mermaids, whose tears are crucial to make the ritual of immortality work – but the mermaids attacked them like the vampires in Van Helsing.
One mermaid, Syrena, (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), who saved Philip from the burning lighthouse, was trapped by the rubble and was captured.

The next day, Blackbeard took Jack’s magic compass and forced him to jump from the cliff to the river a mile below, while the rest took a longer route, to save time. “You know the feeling you get when standing in a high place, the sudden urge to jump?” he asked. “I don’t have it.”

To attain immorality, you have to drink the water from the Fountain of Youth from a special goblet. But there’s more to the legend than a dip and a swig. Here’s how a technical support representative would direct you, over the phone from halfway across the globe and the script in his computer screen:

Okay, do you have the magic twin goblets with you? Perfect. Now, fill them both with water from the Fountain. Then take the teardrop from a mermaid and pour it in one of the cups. Next, you would need two people. The First Drinker would get the one with the teardrop, and he will get the years that is allotted for the lifetime of the Second Drinker – who will die. Is there anything else I may help you with? Thank you for calling …

Jack found the haunted ship of the pirate Ponce De Leon, a giant wreck stranded on the edge of a mountain, where the goblets lay. Jack saw Ponce De Leon’s corpse in the captain’s quarters, the entire room screaming with untold treasures – and Barbossa was there, waiting for him.

Apparently the Spaniards beat them to it, so Jack and Barbossa went to their camp. They were caught and they escaped, carrying the goblets. The deal was: Jack gets the cups and finds the Fountain – and Barbossa would get Blackbeard.

Jack met up with Blackbeard’s party. Angelica, with Jack’s sword on her throat, smiles, “How is it we never meet without you pointing something at me?”

In the cave that led to the Fountain, Angelica said, “I’m starting to think you don’t know where you are going!” To which our fascinating rascal hero replied, “It’s not the destination so much as the journey!” Snarky snarky!

 The Fountain of Youth witnessed the confrontation between Blackbeard and Barbossa – the one-legged man (whose stump doubles as a whiskey bottle) who was foretold as the one who would kill the almost mythical buccaneer.

The Spaniards arrived at that Beat It moment, and like what they did to the ancient civilizations of the Mayans and the Aztecs, they started to destroy the “pagan” shrine – throwing the goblets in a deep pool where it sank to the bottom.

In the climax fight scene, Barbossa fatally wounds Blackbeard and Angelica with his sword laced with poison. Syrena, who was freed by Philip before he died, surfaced and gave Jack the goblets. “I cannot save you both,” he told Blackbeard and Angelica. “One of you must sacrifice.” Blackbeard grabbed the one with mermaid tears.

But the ritual was wrong. Blackbeard dies and the years he has lived went to Angelica. Whoever possesses his sword will be the master and commander of his ship – and that was Barbossa’s agenda all along.

The Fountain shall test your character, counseled Jack’s dad Edward Teague (Keith Richards), who vanished while they were in the Captain’s Daughter tavern. Jack let go of the chance to become an immortal to save lives, saying it’s better to feel your entire being fully alive at the promises of what life has to offer, to the possibilities of whatever happens next.

Besides, “Who’s to say I won’t live forever?” he told Gibbs later. “But, you know what? It’s a pirate’s life for me, savvy?”

Film Buffed

I was at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last Friday for the opening of Cinemalaya 2011, the highly anticipated annual film festival of independent movies and short films. 

It was one of my rest days from work and my only free time for movies. Screening starts on July 15th and ends on the 24th

More than a dozen films, but gosh darn it, there’s only one movie on the first day, Maskara by Laurice Guillen, and it won’t be shown until late afternoon, and I was there morning.

I know what I want to watch, and those include the closing film Rakenrol by Quark Henares, with Diether Ocampo and Jason Abalos.

The lobby of the main Theater was just being decorated for the event. See the photos I took. I posted the schedule on my Facebook Wall, sharing it from filmmaker Pepe Diokno’s FB Notes (looks up), sorry … should have checked, my bad. I know, right?

To maximize my only movie day, and to show my support for Filipino films, I went to SM Manila to watch Amigo, John Sayles’ indie film about the Philippine-American War starring Joel Torre, but it wasn’t there. Oh!

Hail To Harry!

The Harry Potter saga is ending, no…! The second part of the final episode, Deathly Hollows, is now showing in all – and I mean all – Philippine theaters. I’ll watch it probably next week, hate crowds, and blog about it, something magical.

We’ve all seen the boy wizard and his friends grow up and become part of our lives and pop culture history, and they are leaving a void and a legacy – one of the most successful films of all time that will set the standard for how books should be adopted for the screen, and how sequels should be better than its predecessors.

The magic that JK Rowling gave us will never be forgotten and will continue to enchant future generations. Watch this special Harry Potter tribute video streamed from, here on 2Rivers.

Freeze Frame!

There’s a photographer hiding inside myself. On the outside, I don’t have a high-def, multi-megapixel camera, but I love taking pictures. 

I just uploaded, finally found the time, photos I took of Market! Market!, the Makati skyline from the Robinson’s Summit, the bayside behind the Mall of Asia and another set of MOA pics at the bridgeway.

The latest is the Philippine flag installation art at the Ayala Triangle last Thursday, where I saw BJ, a dancer and a good friend from way back. Small world, so nice.  Picture! Picture!

Artists of the Week:

Our featured artists for the week are Chad Borja, JoAnne Lorenzana and Big Country