La Belle et la Bete: Beauty and the Beast Live Action Film

Last updated April 2

I have been waiting to see Beauty and the Beast on film since word got out that Disney was producing one. And now that I have, I’m simply ecstatic. I don’t even know where to begin.

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Emma Watson as Belle is of course, a perfect fit. She IS Belle come to life. Save for the singing, I admit, but good to know she’s not perfect. LOL

The animation of Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, and Cogsworth, however, lacked the magic I’ve come to expect from this magical tale. Or maybe, I’m just too used to the Beauty and the Beast of my youth that I was looking for effects less subdued.

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What I do love about this particular experience, though, is how layers were added to the story and the characters. I first saw it in the broadway musical where Beast questioned the gravity of his punishment vis a vis his “crime”. But Beast’s backstory as a cruel prince in this version was just what the story needed to seal that hole.

I also love that the librarian was one of the only two (it seemed) people in town who didn’t hate Belle and her father. Being probably the only other bookworm in town, the librarian had no reason to see Belle as an eccentric, unlike the way it was depicted in the musical.

Belle as an inventor was also a refreshing addition to the story, a tidbit that made her more extraordinary especially juxtaposed against the “little town full of little people”.

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I was touched by Belle’s relationship with her father more in this version, especially their backstory and that rose baby rattle. OMGosh! Can you say destiny?

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While I was completely enthralled by the iconic dance between Belle and Beast, may I just say, I luuurved Belle’s earrings in that scene? Like, seriously, where can I get a pair?

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I was grinning from ear to ear during the “Be Our Guest” scene. And the pudding at the end just made me LOL beauty-beast-movie-2016-be-our-guest-pointofgeeks.jpg

I can’t say I love the new songs but I will never tire of this story, this tale as old as time.

NiceThings About The Star Wars Saga: A New Hope

I still remember my induction into the Star Wars cult. It was late morning one day and we had just installed our new betamax (yes, I realize I’m dating myself here) when my brother excitedly introduced me to the spectacular world of a galaxy far, far away.

A New Hope

As the massive, celestial theme blasted through the speakers, my jaw dropped. I knew I was in for a ride. But I remember bugging my brother as the opening crawl rolled. I thought he missed episodes one to three. My little seven-year old mind couldn’t wrap itself around the fact that Episode IV was the first movie in the franchise.

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Star Wars Episode IV: The Gateway Star Wars Drug

Watching Princess Leia stand up to the horrifying masked man was inspiring. It was actually the first image that made a mark on my young mind. I would have been terrified of Lord Vader and the armed storm troopers if I were in Princess Leia’s shoes. George Lucas sure beat Disney to bringing gutsy princesses to the screen.

But then again, George Lucas beat a lot of people to a lot of things with Star Wars. Truly ‘epic’ is an understatement.

One of my favorite scenes, of course, was the now iconic Jedi mind control hand wave.

these aren't the droids you're looking for

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

Imagine watching this at 7 years old. Mind = blown!

One of the things that fascinated me about Star Wars was the realms it introduced me to, like Luke’s home – Tatooine – which had two setting suns in one of the scenes.

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Luke is drawn by an invisible force to explore the world beyond Tatooine.

Luke’s use of the Force that pulverized the Death Star mere days into training, was of course, impressive. But the death of Obi-Wan Kenobi was both tragic and baffling for a kid such as myself.

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If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Obi-Wan was one of my favorite characters. My consistent favorite in the entire saga is the adorable R2-D2. He’s cute, he’s loyal, and always reliable. I found C3PO annoying when I was a kid and I still kinda do.

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The adorable R2-D2 with the rather annoying C3PO.

Of course the love angle between Princess Leia and Han Solo was lost on me at seven. But I appreciated it when I saw the movie again as a teen. I’ve seen the entire saga several times by now and the magic remains.

I can’t wait to see the latest episode in this timeless wonder, till then, I’ll be binge-watching and reliving awesome childhood memories.

May the Force be with you!

Nice Things About The Jets Live In Manila

I…I was just seven when The Jets first came out. I may not have known who they were then but I certainly enjoyed their music. I was raised in a very musical home. My dad played the guitar and he was an amazing singer. Although none of us kids learned any instruments, we all enjoyed singing and dancing growing up.

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We got tickets as soon as they went up for sale! #80sKids

The Jets treated the audience to a trip down memory lane with their greatest hits and dance moves. They opened with “Bustin’ Loose”, followed by “Cross”, and “Mix It Up”.

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The Jets busting a move

Us 80s kids grew up with The Jets quite literally. They were just kids as well when they belted out songs like “Make It Real” and “You Got It All” but their unique sound made these love songs relatable to a gradeschooler like me and my bff Patintera.

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One of my favorite parts of the concert was their tribute to The Jackson 5.

The concert may have started a bit late and some of us dozed off while waiting but I would love to see them again. I just hope it would be at a better venue with more comfortable leg room.

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Take My Hand is a song about their greatest treasure — their family.

The Jets is an inspiration, not just for their music but for their family values as well. The family that plays together stays together, apparently.

*All photos courtesy of Patintera

Nice Things about The Horse and His Boy by Trumpets

As a C.S. Lewis fan, I felt incredibly blessed last night to be invited to the press preview of The Horse and His Boy by Trumpets. Traffic was extra horrendous so I missed about 15 minutes of the show. Good thing they remained faithful to the book so when I got there, Shasta, Aravis, Bree, and Hwin had just entered Calormen. Their adventure was just about to begin.

I knew Trumpets‘s treatment of the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia was going to be good. What I did not expect was that it was going to be spectacular.

Trumpets brings CS Lewis's 'The Horse and His Boy' to the Meralco Theater.

Trumpets brings our beloved C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Horse and His Boy’ to the Meralco Theater.

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NiceThings at Prism Gallery: Giselle Kasilag’s Short Stories Exhibit

I had the privilege of meeting Giselle Kasilag, a photographer/writer at the launch of her exhibit, Short Stories, at the Prism Gallery last October 10.

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It was a joy speaking with Giselle Kasilag. Her passion for her work is inspiring.

Giselle not only captures stories with her lens, she marries her talents in writing and photography by captioning her photos with fictional short stories. Is your interest piqued? It should be.
Here’s a sample of her work, my favorite piece from the exhibit — Wordsmith. I love minimalism and the simplicity of this image drew me in. The short story that goes along with it amused me. It’s like a private joke among my friends who struggle to keep from editing posters, billboards, and public notices.

Wordsmith by Giselle Kasilag

This photo was taken in Barcelona, Spain at an art exhibition celebrating the written word.

The Short Stories exhibit is the result of Prism Gallery’s challenge to Giselle to come up with a series that has never been seen from her before. The result is Giselle’s best work to date.

Giselle showed her work in her first solo exhibit last year at the Yuchengco Museum. Some of her photos have been featured in Times Square in New York, and the Louvre in Paris.

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Giselle’s wanderlust fills her treasure chest (translation: hard drive) with beautiful photographs.

The opening of Short Stories was graced by Giselle’s family, friends, and Prism Gallery’s habitues. It will run until October 24.

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Short Stories will run until October 24.

One thing I loved about the Prism Gallery is the absence of snooty curators. The place had a very laid back, open, and welcoming vibe, quite  unusual for an art gallery.

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A guest admiring Giselle Kasilag’s exhibit.

If you love art but are uncomfortable with the buttoned-up, straight-laced feel of most art galleries, you might want to pay Prism Gallery a visit.

Prism Gallery is located at Island Tower Condominium on Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. For inquiries you may reach them at +63.886.3947.

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Prism Gallery is tucked behind AIM.

Heneral Luna: Ang Obra

HIndi ako magpapanggap na malawak ang aking pangunawa sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas. Hindi ako pinalad na magkaroon ng mga guro na nakapagpaliwanag sa ating makulay na kasaysayan kagaya ng nagagawa ng isang mahusay na aklat o pelikula kaya isa ito sa mga kurso na hindi ko binigyan ng pansin.

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Heneral “Articulo Uno” Luna

Pero ang isang bagay na alam ko mula sa sariling karanasan at obserbasyon ay ito: Bihira ang Pilipinong nagmamahal sa Bayan. Walang kinalaman dito ang mga kababayan nating naghahanapbuhay sa ibang bansa o ang mga napipilitang magpaampon sa ibang bayan dahil sa pagnanais ng maginhawang buhay. Ang tinutukoy ko ay ang pang-araw araw na pagwawalang-bahala sa ikabubuti ng bansa — mula sa simpleng pagpapakita ng kabutihang asal sa pagtatapon ng basura o pagsunod sa batas trapiko.

Hindi ibig sabihin na ang mga Pilipino ay kulang sa pag-ibig, bagkus, kulang lamang tayo sa pag-ibig sa Pilipinas. Gaya nga ng linya ni Heneral Luna sa pelikula, “Kaya nating magbuwis ng buhay para sa pamilya pero para sa isang prinsipyong makabayan?”

Kung ating pagninilaynilayan lamang, hindi ito isang akusasyon o obserbasyon na binibitawan ng basta-basta dahil lamang sa init ng ulo na nakakabit na sa pangalang Heneral Luna. Isa itong masakit na konklusyon sa mga taon ng pakikipaglaban para sa dignidad at kalayaan ng bansa.

Ang mga pangyayari sa  Heneral Luna ay hindi naman malayo sa ating buhay ngayon. Kung gano kahalaga na malaman at maintindihan ng mga mamamayan ang totoong sitwasyon ng bayan noon, ganun din ito kaimportante ngayon.

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Ang kagandahan nito, nasa ating mga kamay ang solusyon

Walang banyagang gobyerno na nakaupo sa Malacañang pero ang ating mga mata ay nakatutok sa labas ng bansa — pano gayahin ang kanilang pananamit, ano ang usong pagkain, ano ang bagong paraan ng pamumuhay. Ika nga ni Dr. Jose Rizal: pati ang ating mga kapintasan ay hiram.

Malimit sa ating pangarap ay magbakasyon sa ibang bansa. Hindi masama, pero sa tulad nating mahina ang ekonomiya, mas mainam sana na paikutin ang salapi sa loob ng bansa. Kung ito lang ay napaguusapan, marahil marami rin naman ang susuporta sa ganitong adhikain.

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Siguro di na dapat pag-isipan pa ang sagot

Naghihingalo ang Filipino — ang wika nating sarili na dapat sana ay ating kabisado gaya ng sarili nating anino pero mas pinipili pa nating maging bihasa sa wika ng iba. Nakakahinayang ang mayaman nating wika na may eksaktong salita para sa lahat.

Halimbawa, mayroon tayong apat na salita ng pagpapahayag ng nag-iisang salitang Ingles na love – pagmamahal, pag-ibig, pag-irog, pagsinta. Ang bawat isa ay iba ang ibig sabihin, iba-ibang uri ng pagmamahal sa iba’t ibang antas. Di ba nakakamangha?

Ang Heneral Luna ay isang obra hindi lamang dahil sa ito ay isang magandang pelikula na mahusay ang pagkakasulat at pagkakaladha. Ang obra nito ay ang pagbubukas ng diskusyon na akmang-akma sa panahon natin ngayon na uhaw ang mga mamamayan sa katotohanan. At lalo lamang gumaganda ang usapang ito dahil sa darating na halalan.

Ikaw, ano ang gusto mong buksan? Ano ang gusto mong baguhin? Pagusapan natin.

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Ang ating kalayaan ay nasa ating sariling mga kamay.

NiceThings about the #AlDubNation

I might be a bit late in joining the bandwagon but I’m glad I got to watch THE episode that broke the internet last Saturday with 25.6M tweets.

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#ALDubEBForLove

The #ALDubEBForLove episode was the perfect intro to the AlDub fever for a rom-com lover like me. Eat Bulaga’s comedic genius coupled with a good-looking, talented, and seemingly good-natured couple is just what the nation needs in an entertainment noontime show.

The wacky lolas with quirky personalities, who I think are triplets (?), had me laughing hysterically nonstop.

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Lolas Nidora, Tidora, and Tinidora

But what I love most about the show is the spotlight they put on Filipino values. I love Lola Nidora’s pangaral about love, courtship, and Filipino etiquette – something that today’s west-obsessed Filipinos badly need.

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One of the things I love most about kids is when they use “po” and “opo” .

Sa panahong hindi na raw uso ang panliligaw, ito ang masasabi ni Lola Nidora:

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Tamang panahon, tamang paraan, tama ang kahahantungan

During last Saturday’s Kalyeserye, Lola Nidora had three conditions for Alden and Yaya Dub’s date – harana, regalo para sa lahat, and chicharon. 

Lola Nidora also insisted that Alden and Yaya Dub keep a respectful distance from each other, about a foot apart. They were also not supposed to touch, not even the tips of their fingers, a real old-fashioned Filipino custom. #KiligPaMore

Off to watch another episode. #PabebeWave

Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady

I love theatre, especially musicals, and I’ve actually been thinking of watching a local production since there are a couple running right now that are getting good reviews. I was debating which one to see (I can only afford to see one) when ‘lo and behold, Wazzup Pilipinas announces that they are giving away tickets to “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” (KPANLL). Score!

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Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady at Onstage, Greenbelt

So, I dragged my non-theatre fan BFF Patintera to Greenbelt Onstage last night for a much-needed intro to local musical theatre.

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Onstage: Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady

It was the first for both of us and I must admit, I wasn’t expecting KPANLL to blow me away, but it did. Amazing vocals from every single one of them! Bravo!

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Jose Protacio Rizal: The Genius

En route to the Memorial 1945: Battle of Manila 70th Anniversary Walking Tour with BFF Patintera last February 28, we got sidetracked and ended up at the Fort Santiago with her family.

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Patintera and family at Fort Santiago

The wind was cool and the sun was kind and the kids were happy to be strolling outdoors. Fort Santiago has changed quite a bit since the last time I was there. Some of the walls have succumbed to the elements but it was good to see that most of the historic fortress remain well maintained.

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Fort Santiago or Moog ng Santiago

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International Museum Day 2015: Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum opened its doors for free on May 17 in celebration of International Museum Day. The place was abuzz with visitors who came to enjoy the art as well as the shops.

Ayala Museum International Museum Day

Ayala Museum International Museum Day

I’ve been to the Ayala Museum a couple of times in the past and each visit was enjoyable. But this trip was extra special since this is the first time I witnessed yakan weaving.

Yakan Weaving at Ayala Museum

Yakan Weaving at Ayala Museum

Evilinda from the indigenous tribe Yakan in Mindanao demonstrates their art form of weaving locally sourced fibers into a table runner. Other products include placemats, coasters, and sling bags.

My all-time favorite exhibit at the Ayala Museum is the Gold of Ancestors – it showcases the sophisticated pre-colonization society of early Filipinos.

I know I’m not supposed to take photos but I couldn’t resist boasting to the world about our literally rich heritage. I hope Ayala Museum doesn’t ban me. Lol

Gold necklaces at the Ayala Museum

Gold necklaces at the Ayala Museum

Gold of Ancestors at the Ayala Museum

Gold of Ancestors at the Ayala Museum

Gold of Ancestors at Ayala Museum

Gold could be seen everywhere, especially in the house of the elite.

Gold of Ancestors at Ayala Museum

Gold was the status symbol of the day. The thicker the gold, the richer they were.

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Ayala Museum

Thank you, Ayala Museum, for offering a peak into your glorious collection.

I hope to visit the National Museum as well before the month ends. Their doors are open for free everyday except Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM for the whole month of May in celebration of International Museum Day.

What’s your favorite museum? Tell me in the comments. 🙂