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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thoughts of An Undecided Voter


It is barely 2 weeks from now and it is Election Day. I know, what is the fuss with this day? Everyone knows that the possibility of this election being rigged is very high, but of course, everyone has to be in a bandwagon. The choices are endless and the names become more and more unfamiliar. The list of senators is even more confusing than before. The most popular ones seem to have backed off and have given the “unpopular” ones to at least a taste of how dirty politics would feel like. Well, Revilla is still there, so is Drilon, Santiago, and… Wait I have to gasp for air: Laaahpid. Ok, Lapid.
But then, the main show goes to the Presidential Race. Who among these contenders deserve my vote? Let us try to investigate.

Jamby Madrigal – I was so shocked that she ran for president. Having been the “pasang-awa” in the senatorial race, this gal has still the guts to run and hope to win. It really seems idiotic that though you have full knowledge that people might not vote for you, one still has to run. And for Madrigal’s case, come on, you have lots of money, but it is not a good way to spend it. If you are going for the poker, always make sure you would win. This goes to the independent ones too. I don’t want to be negative to this candidates, but it is such a waste of time and money to run. Invest first in making yourselves known to the people, and that would take a long time to do it. But then, the efforts will always be rewarding at the end.

Dick Gordon – He was in disaster areas during Christmas, led Subic very well, and a Red Crosser. Well, he has pretty done much of a work, but I wouldn’t want a president with a short temper and is not shy to show it national television. So, crossed out.

Eddie Villanueva – for the second time around, he was destined to be the “ONE.” Like Keannu Reeves in the Matrix. Wake up Bro. Eddie, this is the real world. People don’t get Matrix-y so easily. I believe in his stand on the government, and he has every intention to do good because he is answerable to the Big Guy upstairs and when he screws up, he’ll end up probably in hell. Word of Advice, try saving more souls, the afterlife is far more important than this one.

Nicanor Perlas – and so an Ilonggo tries to woo the Philippines to become the next president. Not bad. He seems to be credible until…I knew he was a divorcee. Morality still plays a vital role in choosing a president. We wouldn’t want someone with such marital status as a president or we end up waking up one morning with the Divorce Law passed right before our noses.

Joseph Estrada – and so here goes again. An unending loop of what Philippine politics are known of. And so, we marched last February 2001 to oust this president and then here he comes again running for the same position he was thrown out. One question: How would we know that you won’t screw up this time? Picking the right friends? I don’t want to be on the same situation like before. Just like romance, screw me once, just once, please. We have moved on. Please do so, too.

Gilbert Teodoro – Oh, him?  I doubt that he would win. But then, I am considering voting for him, however, he is from the administration, an administration which seems to be reluctant in endorsing him. Is this a political strategy so as not to damage his ranking in the surveys? The surname Arroyo seems to be bringing a virus to whichever name it was attached with. Remember Villaroyo? I pity Manny Villar, he wasn’t able to recover from that. The surname is so powerful it can be placed in a Witch’s Spellbook, never to be touched or open again along with the lines “I am Sorry.” Okay, Teodoro seems to be the best bet yet, however, some factors might hold me from voting for him. One, Manny Villar, Two, Manny Villar, 3, Manny Villar, and the long list continue.

Manny Villar – And so, I have seen him leading the airwaves from almost a year now. With his campaign ads where he saves a number of OFW’s from their “masters” signaled the start of his campaign. Then comes the jingle which rattled my head for 4 months. Then, he invaded facebook. Then, youtube. Then every possible media where he can put his face. And before that, his occasional appearance in Wowowee giving out houses which stand on land-grabbed areas from the farmers who used to live and make a living out of it. And then came the house, and the dead brother, and worst of all, the children. My goal for this election is to stop Villar from winning by either giving my vote to Teodoro or Aquino. Just like what happened last May 2004 elections in which I have to choose the lesser evil.No, Not Manny Villar.

Noynoy Aquino – fresh from the wake of his dead mother, former President Cory Aquino, comes the knight in shining armor in the person of “Noynoy.” So what if he is the son of the former president, it doesn’t mean he had inherited all of her mother’s genes. Noynoy is not yet ripe. It’s like eating a bright yellow-mango, only to discover that it was still not ripe by the time your teeth sinks into it. He was pushed by the hype made by the people which sparked the hope for a better Philippines for Noynoy. He has also the Luisita tragedy which brings the balance beam a little lower than I expect.  He’s leading the polls, does it mean I have to give my vote to Gibo?

JC Delos Reyes – I don’t know you.

Vetellano Acosta – I don’t know you too.

At the end of the end, I must also choose, but what I am looking for the president is when one of them answers my question on their stand on Reproductive Health Bill, environmental concerns and Nursing legislations and concerns. That is it. But then, if I really, really don’t want Villar to win, either I give my vote to Noynoy or Gibo. So tell me, which one should I choose?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Random Pics


these are just some of the pictures I took using my camera phone and/or digital camera.....
this one was taken on the streets of manila.. this was not photoshopped.


this one was taken at the iloilo river using my digital camera



this one with my camera phone.

Just keep on posted... more to come....

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Love Drunk




They say love is mysterious. It comes in different ways, even the unconventional ones. As I watch the video presentations of Mayad Studios, I came across a very unusual love story. The couple met in a very unusual way. If some couples were matched in a party or even on blind dates, this one would put a shame on the most romantic movies, for the boy met the girl of his dreams while he was riding down an escalator. Yes, you read it right, an escalator. The time he saw the girl, there is this some cosmic force which drew him to her. After six years, he proposed on the same escalator where he met her. How lovely.

I never believe in such love stories. Those stories only happen in movies. Those are just fantasies made by hopeless romantics just to satisfy their hunger for true romance. But then fate plays a game on me and made eat my words. I never believe in hurried romances. I don't believe that sparks flew in midair in just hours of intense conversation, but in my case, it did, and to make it more specific, 6 hours. It all started with a very deep conversation and unknowingly, the gentle touch sparked into a kiss and then cupid banged my head so hard it reached the depths of my heart. 22 months later, we are still here. The first few months was a struggle and I have to shed a lot of tears but then it was worth it.

I realized that in a span of 22 months, I have grown an equivalent of 10 years in terms of maturity. I never experienced having my pride to be so low I forgot about it. That when we had a fight, even if it was not my fault, I would put myself (my pride) down. I never realized that I can be unselfish. That I can give almost everything for the person. I even surprised myself.

People would tell, don't give everything, leave some for yourself. I also give advises that is similar to the latter but when it is given to you, and you are completely "love drunk," your world becomes entirely yours and become deaf and blinded of everything else which is both good and bad. I realized that there must be a balance in everything especially in relationships.

We broke up a lot of times and got back after 2 hours of being apart. The longest was 2 days. I realized that "When the heart breaks, it don't break even." One turns out to be miserable and the other simply does not react to the situation but in that span of time, I learned to adapt.

Happiness is indeed a choice. Do not regret for whatever you give to a person. Do not think that you should have deserved better. Maybe the other person needed it more than you do.

This is not an advise column. It is more of an outlet. I know some of you can relate with this. We all have loved someone and has given all our best to show them the affection. Some of us got hurt but then, we were a better person, we were a better lover.

Love is so deep that even though we feel it, we still look for its defining nature. The search for it continues to be pursued but then love is love. Love is a journey that both couples should embark and can never find its true meaning if one is left behind. I am still in this journey and I am loving it.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pientora Studios

This is my Studio ID. The name Pientora came in a dream. My Studio Id was once known as GFP Pictures and after that dream, I changed to what it is now.... The ID is simple.... Enjoy



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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pientora Studios

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Just one of the videos I made.. More to come.. This was made last 2006 during the 25th wedding anniversary of my parents....... For those interested... Please contact me via my Facebook Account ---> mavin_r@yahoo.com

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Clash of the Titans (2010)

It seems that I am expanding more in terms of Blogs, and so, for my opener, I will review Clash of the Titans.

3D movies are a hit nowadays. It is a good thing that even here in our local theaters in Iloilo has 3D theaters on it. I was ecstatic whe I heard that there will be a Clash of the Titans movie that will be released in 3D, however, such ecstatic was replaced by doubt when I first read Ebert's review when he saw the movie in 3D and described it unworthy to be watched in such. And so, I decided that I will watch the movie in its regular format - 2D.

I am filled with anticipation since the trailer holds a promise with its viewers that indeed we are in a treat. I heard about the 1981 version and I spared myself from watching it and instead watched it after the 2010 version.

I know we are bombarded right now with Greek myth-related movies such as Percy Jackson but hell anyway, I have to watch this. And so, I watched. Checked my watch every once in a while. Bad omen. Checked my phone almost every 5 minutes. Worse. I am getting bored. I know I shouldn't be but I can’t help it.

The opening visuals are stunning and might probably work in 3D. Some of the scenes that were shot were specifically made in 3D. Imagination helps. However, as the movie progresses, there are some scenes where the camera moves too much that (through my imagination) watching it in 3D might cause me headaches. Visually, it is an eye candy, however, I am not really a fan of how Medusa looks like, the way Pegasus looks like. I don’t want to be racist or something, but I think Pegasus would look better if he were in white.

How the movie differs from the 1981 version is very obvious. They changed some of the plot from the original that makes it more intriguing and more engaging. They made the new version more updated although they failed to surpass the original. The original has depth in terms of plot, the new one is like Perseus is there but I do not really care what will happen to him.

Sam Worthington comes back in the genre that made his name – Eye Candy movies. If you would follow his filmography, he was a part cyborg-part human in Terminator: Salvation, the guy in Avatar and now Perseus. He seems to be everywhere, but said to say, I don’t really approve a Greek in an Aussie accent.

The movie is somewhat a disappointment but nevertheless, a movie that can even spark a little interest… Just a little.

GRADE: B-

Shutter Island

I know it takes a long time before movies, especially the good ones, are shown here in the Philippines, so again, I opten to see this movie in the comfort of my room with a bootleg copy. I know, its wrong, but can you blame me?

Shutter Island is based from the novel by Dennis Lehane and this film is directed by none other than Martin Scorsese and was accompanied (again!) by Leonardo diCaprio. It seems that this director and this actor cannot be separated just like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. Anyways, this movie deals with Ted Daniels (DiCaprio) going to an asylum to investigate a case of a missing “patient.” Together with him is Chuck Aule played by Mark Ruffalo who seems to be, well, nice. Nothing more. As they investigate, Daniels learns more of the facility but his own tragic past as well.

The movie started creepy, and it continued until the end of the movie. Fantastic sets and locations. The mood was set perfectly and in the first frame, one will admit that they are in a unpredictable yet engaging movie. The pacing is quite engaging yet there were dragging scenes which happens to be the important ones. The emotional journey of its primary character were presented with depth and were involving. Scorsese is out to do good movies and with this one… He did.

GRADE: A-