Anak, 28 na ‘ko ngayon at ang daming bagay na sana sinabi sa’kin nung hindi pa ako tumatanda, kaya ngayon sasabihin ko na sa’yo, at sana makinig ka, para pagdating mo ng 28, ayokong makakakita ng sinulat mo na sana nasabihan ka ng mga ito bago ka tumanda (work in progress)

1. Anak, alam kong baduy mag-tuck in ng t-shirt sa pantalon, pero mag-tuck in ka. Mag-tuck in ka hanggang kaya mo pa. Pagtanda mo, gugustuhin mong mag-tuck in pero ang laki na ng tiyan mo. Hindi lang baduy, nakakadiri na. 2. Huwag kang magagalit sa’kin kung hindi kita pinag-Reyna Elena. Hindi sa walang kumukuha sa’yo….

A Realization

So yeah, I think I can just write and make movies for the rest of my life.

Ang Pagputok

Kaninang ganap na alas-9 ng gabi ay namataan ang may-akda ng talaarawang ito sa isang maliit na piging, kumakain–lumalamon, kung magiging mas makatotohan–ng mga sumusunod: clam chowder soup, seafood penne, spicy buffalo wings, bulalo, cheesy potatoes with mushroom, at creme brulee at Choc-nut chocolate cake bilang mga panghimagas. Sa gitna ng makatlo hanggang maka-limang subo…

Dear Alexis,

This is going to be short. I’m not sure if you saw it from there, but I just want to share–when I was in Italy for the premiere of my first full-length film (have you seen it there already?), a journalist asked me why I dedicated my film to you, and I did something I…

Short lesson on din/rin and daw/raw and doon/roon just because wrong Filipino grammar is my pet peeve, very much like when people use loose instead of lose (eg. I don’t want to loose you); yeah, I cringe like that

1. Gamitin ang din o daw o doon kapag ang dulo ng tunog ng salita bago iyon ay isang katinig o consonant. Halimbawa: “Pangit daw siya.” 2. Gamitin ang rin o raw o roon kapag ang dulo ng tunog ng salita bago iyon ay isang patinig o vowel. Halimbawa: “Pangit ka raw.” Para mas maalala…

Mabuti akong girlfriend, sasamahan ko siyang manood ng Piranha 3DD

Siguro bilang kabayaran sa pagpilit sa kanyang samahan akong manood ng mga pelikula nina John Lloyd, Bea Alonzo, Sarah Geronimo, Piolo Pascual at Angelica Panganiban, kailangan kong samahan si Michael sa mga pelikulang ayaw ko–yung may mga superhero, may barilan, may dugo, may robot. At yung may mga malalanding piranha na kumakain ng malalaking boobs…

I have a cool wallet, yeah I do

I was never the kind to like the long leather (and oftentimes designer) wallets that ladies usually have. I’m cheap. The first time I saw the Mighty Wallet online, I knew it’s the wallet for me. It’s still actually pricey for my taste (870 pesos), but for a very cool tear-proof, water-proof paper wallet like…

Hey Alexis, how are you?

By the way, I’m very happy that for the first time, someone (a journalist at the Festival) noticed what I wrote on my film’s closing credits right before “All rights reserved”: that I dedicate this film to Alexis Tioseco (“Para kay Alexis 1981-2009”). He was the reason I made bigger dreams for myself after college,…

An Open Letter to the Twenty-Something Who Wants to Change the World

An Open Letter to the Twenty-Something Who Wants to Change the World By Antoinette Jadaone Dear Fresh Grad, I think I saw you yesterday along Makati Avenue, clutching a brown envelope—inside are your resumés, right?—,wearing the most smart casual attire your closet will allow, waiting for the traffic light to change to red. You looked…

Missing Verona

When I went to Italy last April, I didn’t have time to visit Verona. I really wanted to go there to see Juliet’s balcony and write her a letter. I didn’t figure out Italy’s train system quick enough, so I ended up visiting Bologna and Pisa instead of Verona. Italy, I guess I’ll see you…