Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dario Argento to be honored in Cinemanila 2011

Courtesy of Cinemanila 2011

It appears that apart from La Aunor, there will be another Lifetime Achievement awardee during this year's Cinemanila 2011. Here's the latest from the organizers:

Master of Horror Dario Argento to be Honored with Cinemanila's Lifetime Achievement Award on 11 11 11
  The 2011 Cinemanila International Film Festival, in cooperation with the City of Taguig, will honor Dario Argento, Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, with the Lifetime Achievement Award on 11 11 11, during the festival’s Opening Night. Argento, 71, is best known for his work in the horror genre, particularly in the subgenre known as giallo (Italian for ‘yellow’, or more precisely, ‘thriller’), and for his influence on modern horror and slasher movies. Argento is also known as the Italian Hitchcock.
 His more popular works include the international hit The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), the surreal horror film Suspiria (1977), and the violent mystery-thriller Deep Red (1975), considered by many critics as the best giallo ever made, and which inspired many film directors, such as John Carpenter, to work in the genre. Suspiria will be screened during the festival among Argento’s other films. Other notable credits include the spaghetti western classic, Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) (story), and the cult zombie film, George Romero's Dawn of Dead (1978) (producer). More recent works include Trauma (1993), The Stendhal Syndrome (1996), and The Phantom of the Opera (1998) (all of which featured his daughter Asia, an accomplished actor and filmmaker in her own right). Previous recipients of the Cinemanila Lifetime Achievement Award include, to name a few, US filmmakers Quentin Tarantino (2007) and Paul Schrader (2009), Indonesian actress and filmmaker Christine Hakim (2003), film programmers Aruna Vasudev and Philip Cheah (2006), and Pusan International Film Festival founding director Kim Dong Ho (2005). Aside from these personalities, other special guests who graced Cinemanila in the past include Jafar Panahi (The Circle, 2000) and Fernando Meirelles (City of God, 2002).

For those, like me, who aren't familiar with Mr. Argento's works, follow this link to his Wikipedia page and this link to IMDB. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Parco Supermarket in Taguig

In an earlier post, I pointed out that apart from Metro Gaisano located within Market! Market! and S&R Membership Shopping, there appears to be a dearth of groceries in Taguig.

Unbeknownst to me (and many thanks to Ryan, one of the visitors of my blog who pointed it out to me), Parco Supermarket opened in Gen. Luna St., Ususan, Taguig last December 2010. Here's how Parco Supermarket describes itself in its website:

A few steps away from your doorway. A few pesos cheaper than your other supermarket. A few feet more elbow room. A few more choices than your typical grocery store. A few days fresher than your wet market vendor. A few rides more convenient. A few more smiles. A few more extra miles to serve you better. 
At Parco Supermarket, we don't like to toot our own horn. We're not a huge company or part of a conglomerate out to rule the world. We're a simple family-run business just trying to take a few extra steps to make your shopping experience a little less painful and a little more convenient.
So look out your window. We're that little store around the corner. Come on over. You're always welcome here.

I set out last Sunday to find out where exactly Parco is so I could check it out. The good news is, there's ample parking.

The grocery is mid-sized, approximately the size of a typical Rustan's Expresslane grocery. Unlike Rustan's, however, it doesn't target the A-B crowd.  However, it does have all the usual goods for everyday needs. Plus, the aisles are fairly wide and when I went last Sunday, it wasn't crowded. Maybe it's because it wasn't a payday weekend?

It even has a fresh fruits, vegetables and meat section though the selection wasn't that extensive.

This, together with the soon-to-open Puregold Taguig, will help serve Taguig's 613,343 residents (as of the 2007 census, so this should be way bigger now) so that Metro Gaisano Supermarket doesn't get too crowded, especially on weekends.

I am, however, still holding out for an SM Hypermart/Waltermart-type grocery in OBGC (or Outside Bonifacio Global City) Taguig.  C'mon guys, hurry up and set up shop here in Taguig!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

More from Cinemanila 2011

Here's the latest from the organizers of Cinemanila 2011 which will be held in Taguig City starting November 11, 2011.

Courtesy of Cinemanila 2011

Superstar Nora Aunor to Receive Cinemanila’s Lifetime Achievement Award on 11 11 11
The 2011 Cinemanila International Film Festival, in cooperation with the City of Taguig, will pay tribute to one of the Philippines' most accomplished actresses, Nora Aunor (born Nora Cabaltera Villamayor on May 21, 1955 in Iriga City, Camarines Sur), by bestowing her with the Lifetime Achievement Award on 11 11 11, during the festival’s Opening Night. Aunor is popularly regarded as the Superstar for her stellar achievements and enormous contribution -- as actor, singer, TV host, and producer -- to the entertainment industry.
As part of the homage to the multi-awarded Aunor, a short video tribute will be shown during the presentation of the award. And throughout the festival, Cinemanila will screen (with English subtitles) classic films showcasing Aunor's legendary acting talent, including Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (1976), Minsa'y Isang Gamu-Gamo (1976), Bona (1980), and Himala (1982), winner in 2008 of the CNN APSA (Asia Pacific Screen Awards) Viewers Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of all Time.
Indeed, Nora Aunor is a world-class artist as shown by the list of international organizations which gave her a Best Actress award, including the Cairo Film Festival (The Flor Contemplacion Story, 1995), East Asia Film and Television Festival (Bakit May Kahapon Pa?, 1997), Brussels Festival of Independent Films (Naglalayag, 2004). She was also nominated in the Berlin Film Festival for Himala and awarded the Certificate of Honor in the Cannes Film Festival for Bona.
With the Cinemanila Lifetime Achievement Award, Aunor will join an exceptional group of individuals who received the same award, such as US filmmakers Quentin Tarantino (2007) and Paul Schrader (2009), Indonesian actress and filmmaker Christine Hakim (2003), film programmers Aruna Vasudev and Philip Cheah (2006), Pusan International Film Festival founding director Kim Dong Ho (2005), and fellow Filipino artists Vilma Santos (2003), Eddie Romero (2004) & Dolphy (2010). Aside from these personalities, other special guests who graced Cinemanila in the past include Jafar Panahi (The Circle, 2000) and Fernando Meirelles (City of God, 2002).
The 2011 Cinemanila International Film Festival will be held from November 11 to 17, 2011 at the Market! Market! Cinemas in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. Around 50 international and local films will be screened in a span of 7 days, from the current toasts of the local indie scene to the award-winners and favorites of prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance, and Pusan. The festival will also feature workshops, seminars, and master classes. For more info, or jpegs for a release, please contact and or go to
Did you know that Ate Guy has her own IMDB page?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cinemanila 2011 in Taguig

Poster courtesy of Cinemanila

From November 11-17, 2011, Taguig will be hosting the 13th Cinemanila International Film Festival. Venue is at Market! Market! Cinemas, Bonifacio Global City. Among the highlights will be the conferment of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Nora Aunor.

I will post more details as these become available.  In the meantime, check out Cinemanila's website,  Facebook page and follow it's twitter account @CinemanilaIFF.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Plant a tree!

Haribon recently launched its Road to 2020 campaign, which "aims to plant native trees to restore 1 million hectares of forests in the Philippines by year 2020."

For as little as Php 100 pesos, you can support Haribon's reforestation activities in, among others, the Caliraya Watershed in Laguna.

For more details, go to Haribon's website, or, better yet, read Kay Malilong Isberto's blog, The Journey of Pure Light: How to adopt a seedling.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Newsbreak article about the Cayetano-Brillantes war

Newsbreak writes about an offshoot of the electoral protest filed by Justice Dante Tinga against Mayor Lani Cayetano: the appointment of Sixto Brillantes (Tinga's former lawyer) as COMELEC chairman has to go through the Commission on Appointments, of which Senator Alan Cayetano, Mayor Lani's husband, is one of the members --> All about Taguig: The Cayetano-Brillantes war | Newsbreak | Independent Journalism

Thursday, October 6, 2011


According to this report by the Daily Tribune, the local government of Taguig recently launched its Taguig Learners Certificate ("TLC") program. TLC aims to decongest the public school system by transferring deserving first year high school students (numbering 1,500) to private high schools also located in Taguig. The tuition fees will be shouldered by the local government.

GMA NewsTV already featured TLC in its Good News program. Pasok Vicky Morales:

For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Know your Public Servants Part 2: Congressmen

Taguig City is divided into 2 districts.

The 1st District is composed of Bagumbayan, Bambang, Calzada, Hagonoy, Ibayo-Tipas, Ligid-Tipas, Lower Bicutan, New Lower Bicutan, Napindan, Palingon, San Miguel, Santa Ana, Tuktukan, Ususan and Wawa.

Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives website
The elected Congressman for the 1st district is Arnel M. Cerafica. Do visit his profile from the website of the House of Representatives. He is apparently on his first term but has authored 3 bills and co-authored 40 other bills. Notably, he is pushing for the establishment of a district hospital for the 1st district. I've been living in Taguig for about a year and a half and the only hospital I know here is St. Luke's, which is inside Fort Bonifacio. So this should be a good thing, if the bill ever passes. As a resident of the 1st District, however, I have yet to hear or see of any project (of the pork barrel kind) from the good Congressman. Must research more.

The 2nd District, on the other hand, is composed of Central Bicutan, Central Signal Village, Katuparan, Maharlika Village, North Daang Hari, North Signal Village, Pinagsama, South Daang Hari, South Signal Village, Tanyag, Upper Bicutan, Western Bicutan and Taguig's most famous and affluent barangay, Fort Bonifacio.

Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives website
The elected Congressman for the 2nd district is Sigfrido "Dante" R. Tinga, who was the former mayor of Taguig. His profile can be found here. While also on his first term, he has been busier than his counterpart in the 1st district, having already authored 23 bills. Notably, he is asking for the creation of 10 additional Regional Trial Courts for Taguig and 4 Metropolitan Trial Courts. He likewise appears to be positioning himself as a champion of local film and music industry, as seen by his bills proposing tax breaks and incentives for these groups.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

At last!

Finally, after 1 year and 2 months in office, Mayor Lani Cayetano finally unveiled the new Taguig website:

Unfortunately, none of the links work just yet. So, we basically have the main page and that's it. But there's supposedly a Facebook and Twitter account, and information about Taguig, its financials, special programs, tourism and other news. It looks like it will be complying with the Citizen-Centric Website Development Guide issued by the Commission on Information & Communications Technology  on  the general guidelines to be observed by a local government unit in designing it's website as discussed in a post I made last November 2010.

Considering, however, that it took more than a year to put up the main page, I'm not holding my breath for the other features. But hey, it's a start.