Stories: Yam Laranas' The Road, Insight From Ishmael Bernal, Priceless Tip From Francisco Colayco, I Am Number Four
Huggybear's Favorite Filipino Movie of 2011
Ella (Barbie Forteza) sneaks out late at night with her best friend Janine (Louise De Los Reyes) whose boyfriend Brian (Derrick Monasterio) is teaching her to drive using his mom's car. They got lost on a deserted road, pursued by a driverless phantom car. Be-medalled supercop Luis (TJ Trinidad) searches for them, and faces the zombie-ghost victims of the weirdo loner (Alden Richards) who lives in a house of spirits. I don't always say this, but I’m really impressed with the screenplay of The Road, directed by Filipino Hollywood filmmaker Yam Laranas. It’s simply the best Filipino film in 2011 and one of the best Filipino films of all time
Insight From Ishmael Bernal
I have a friend who has lent a big amount of money to a mutual friend. It's perfectly understandble for us that he can't pay because we both saw his economic hardship. What I cannot stomach are shallow, ostentatious social climbers who buys over-priced needless things don't pay debts. Just like the character played by Maria Isabel Lopez in the original Working Girls directed by Ishma. Funny and insightful, saw it on DVD quite recently. Gina Pareño rocks! (Too bad there's no video, but here's another one from Bernal: Pabling starring William Martinez)
Priceless Tip From Francisco Colayco
Money issues is part of living. It happens. I learned a priceless financial advice from wealth enhancement guru Francisco Colayco: Earnings minus Savings = Expenses. Meaning, when I encash a cheque for an article, I have to first set aside a certain amount on my savings account; whatever is left will be my budget for expenses. Easier said than done, but it's the correct mindset. For me, money represents freedom. "Shine sweet freedom! Shine light on me...!"
Colayco on Private Conversations With Boy Abunda
He Doesn't Know What He's Capable Of
John Smith (not his real name) is from the planet Lorien, which was decimated by the tattoo-headed, massacre-minded Mogadorians. He has a Protector, Henri; a photography-hobbyist girlfriend, Sarah; and a young alien-obssessed best earth friend, Sam - plus new superpowers and a shape-shifting dog. Now how wickedly awesome is that? Oh, the Mogs are on earth and has killed the first 3 Loriens! John knows that because he mysteriously gets a scar when it happens.
I have lots of favorite lines. The Mogs admire humans for our "disregard for practical things." That's intergalactic sarcasm, I like that.
I forgot who said, "A place is only as good as the people in it," but my gypsy soul screamed Amen!
The earth is "as good as any place in the universe," says John, and I'll take his word for it.
I'm broken-hearted now so I can relate to what Henri said: Saying goodbye "is more than the rest of us had."