After the much loved Inside Out, Disney and Pixar is set to release its second movie for the year, The Good Dinosaur.
“The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.” (Source)
The new trailer sheds light in the relationship between Arlo, the titular character dinosaur and its human pal, Spot. In the movie, the dinosaurs talk and the human does not. It’s intriguing to witness the dimensions of their relationship.
And judging by the trailer, I bet this will cause more than a few tears. One scene in particular made me awwww. Arlo misses its family and Spot was right there, providing its much needed hug.
The Good Dinosaur will show in cinemas November 25.
After the much loved Inside Out, Disney and Pixar is set to release its second movie for the year, The Good Dinosaur.
I find it really amusing every time I see someone post about his or her hatred and animosity toward someone’s questionable judgment of taste or preference. Like anyone has the monopoly and right judgment on what should be considered good taste.
It has been more than a couple of months now since the AlDub phenomenon broke the Internet, specifically social media. With new hashtags almost everyday (save Sunday) trending on Twitter with hundreds of thousands to millions of tweets, there were also an increase in number of posts from “intellectuals” saying that the media has been feeding the Filipinos with “stupid” content instead of highlighting “more important” issues.
I wonder what criteria they used to rank issues and content based on importance. Is it national relevance? Should it be political in nature? Are the preferences of the masses less important than those of the educated people?
While the AlDub fever is taking over social media in the Philippines, a number of political and national issues has taken place as well. Three politicians have announced their bid for the presidency. One backed out of the presidential race even before it started. Then there were the Lumad killings. And the seemingly endless EDSA and MRT woes of Metro Manila commuters.
There is no argument that these are really important issues that we should all be aware of. But to compare them with the AlDub phenomenon is somewhat counterproductive at best. As cliche as it may sound, it’s like comparing apples to oranges–you just can’t.
Maybe it is because of these heavy national, political issues that people are depending on more mindless, fun content to give themselves some break.
People work (sometimes more than) eight hours a day while they hear and read news about politicians’ alleged corrupt dealing using the taxpayers’ money. A thirty minute segment in a noontime show maybe all they need to somehow put a smile on their faces.
People maybe stuck in traffic along EDSA, badly wanting to be with their families. A few episodes of AlDub at the end of the day may at least help ease the frustration and the anger building up inside them.
Yes, the local media has lots of room for improvement when it comes to their content. But d not forget that they are business institutions as well and they are just supplying the demand for fun, light, and cheesy scripted love stories.
Besides, how does AlDub differ from your beloved Game of Thrones, How to Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal or Scream Queens? I also don’t read posts judging people who love KathNiel, JaDine or even ViceRylle.
Before you say something is stupid or mababaw or walang kwenta, pause for a while and think: is your opinion constructive enough to at least spark changes or will it only hurt the feelings of the people around you?
There are already a lot of hatred and sadness around us, do not add to it.
In short, walang basagan ng trip.
I first encountered contact cards for public transportation in Singapore when my family went there for vacation in 2012. I was so amazed back then because a single card can be used in their trains and buses. I believe it can also be used to purchase items in stores.
When I visited Bangkok and Hong Kong, they both had their own versions of the contact cards as well. I found the system really convenient because it
A contact card is basically a physical card that you tap in terminals to either pay for your travel fare or purchase items. In contrast with the magnetic card that is used in train systems here in Manila which requires you to insert them in slots, the use of contact card is somehow faster.
It was earlier this year when I learned that the Philippine would be using contact cards, called “Beep” in the three train systems in Metro Manila–LRT 1, 2 and MRT 3– in the context of providing faster service to Filipino commuters.
This begs the question, is a faster ticketing system really the solution we need to ease the travel experience of train users?
As a commuter who frequents LRT 1 and MRT 3, my answer is no.
With Beep, a commuter can purchase a reloadable Stored Value Card valid for four (4) years and can be used in all three train systems. In theory, that seems ideal and seamless. But reality does not even come close.
First off, the implementation of the new ticketing system was staggered between the three train stations. LRT 2 was the first to use the Beep system earlier this year (June, July?). LRT 1 came next around August, but it was first implemented in the Southbound lane of the train system. Meaning, any commuter going Northbound would still need to line up to buy for a ticket (stub) even if they were already using Beep for their southbound journey. The full LRT1 implementation didn’t come until September.
Finally, MRT 3 will be using the Beep system starting October 3. Only then can Stored Value Card users fully use the seamless process of the new system.
As for the Single Journey Tickets, the process of buying is still the same as before. You need to tap the single journey ticket in the terminal to enter the station and insert in in the terminal slot to exit. Single Journey Ticket fares are also a bit pricier compared to Stored Value Card fares.
I’ve used the Stored Value Beep Card for almost two months now and while it certainly allows for faster entry in the train stations, it certainly did not offer a faster travel overall.
Why? Because of the lack of trains, the waiting time inside the station tends to be longer. On average, I wait for around 20 minutes inside the UN Avenue Station of LRT 1 before I can get on a train. And that is on my lucky days. During my last train ride, I waited for almost 1 hour just to get on a run down train with no air conditioning system and seemed to run 20km/hr.
Because of the longer waiting time, commuters are stuck in stations all jammed with each other waiting for the next sauna, err train to arrive.
While I’m not sure if there was proper research done before the government laid out its priorities in upgrading the train systems, it is pretty obvious to me that while the ticketing system needs some upgrading, it should not have been the first priority.
At least on LRT 1, I observed that there are still more Single Journey Ticket users compared to Stored Value users. Meaning, they still line up to buy their tickets every time they ride the train. Meaning, they do not enjoy the “faster” commute.
They should increase the number of trains first, then made sure the tracks are maintained well so that the trains can run on ideal speed.
So until they increase the number of trains in use in ALL train systems (LRT 1, 2, MRT 3 and even PNR), until they religiously maintain the train stations and the tracks, commuters will still continue to endure the demoralizing, slow travel in the country’s most populated metropolis.
Found this graphic on social media and it really spoke to me. Having been involved with LoveYourself since earlier this year, I have been more exposed to the plight of people living with HIV (PLHIV).
It really angers me when I hear of stories discriminating PLHIVs and boxing them in that identifier: as having HIV infection. Like that’s the only thing defining them now.
Remember when he/she was by your side when you failed your class? Or that time when you scratched your car?
Remember when he/she lent you money because you were broke as fuck?
Remember when he/she stayed up all night so you can review for your Econ exam?
Remember how great of a poet he/she is?
Oh, and did you remember how great of a dances he/she is? Damn, can he/she groove!
HIV infection should NEVER define anyone.
So be careful how you pertain to a friend, to anyone who is living with HIV. They are more than their infection.
Want to know your HIV status?
Know more about the FREE HIV screening in Manila here.
An epic movie about a slice of Philippine history. Bored already? About General Antonio Luna. Who was he exactly? Played by John Arcilla. Uhm, who? (Disclaimer: not my reactions)
While there is a growing demand for well-made, substantive mainstream Filipino movies, I think it is safe to generalize that it is hard to compete with Hollywood blockbusters like Maze Runner: The Scorch Trial and even with a campy film Ex With Benefits featuring Derek Ramsay’s abs but the historical drama Heneral Luna demands to be watched. And it should be watched.
John Arcilla is great actor. Filipino film enthusiasts, especially those who have a thing for watching independent films, know how great of an actor he is. And it showed in Heneral Luna. The way he portrayed the hot-headed general who fought during the Philippine-American war was really, really entertaining.
It also didn’t hurt that he got support from really talented actors, who may not be that popular (save for Paulo Avelino), but really gave great performances.
The story, while based on historical facts, was mixed with fiction to better tell the story. But the message still comes across strongly — that in Philippine’s history, there was a time when the Filipinos’s greatest enemy was not the colonizers, but each other.
I am amazed by how the whole movie looked. The effects were cleverly used to tell an epic story without boring the viewers. I especially liked the scene where Luna’s past was being told in a theatrical way instead of just doing it in straight narrative.
With too much brutal killing, I was surprised it got an R-13 rating from the MTRCB. But I guess the basis of which is the “kenkoy” approach to these killings. They let go of the gore and replaced it with a rather comedic approach suitable for high school students, who really should be watching this movie. For a while, I though I was watching a zombie movie.
Antonio Luna is not my top-of-mind Filipino hero. He wouldn’t even be in my top five, but after watching the film, I got to admire the man who led the Philippine army despite strong opposition.
And after watching this film, I have less love for Emilio Aguinaldo. I bet he still had great contributions to the freedom we enjoy today, but still. Not my favorite hero.
To attract more students, tickets are on a 50% discount if students show a valid ID. So please take advantage of it and watch the film. The film is worth your PhP100.
Heneral Luna is a visual feast that takes you on a story every Filipino should at least be familiar with.
Just how good is the trailer of “The Danish Girl?”
It tells the “remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.” (IMDB)
And judging by the trailer, lead actor Eddie Redmayne kills it as Lili. His gestures as a woman are really convincing. I was just able to watch him in Les Mis (and I was asleep 75% of the movie) but I have a strong feeling I will be a fan of his after I watch this film.
It won’t be shown in the Philippines until February next year. But I must say, I was even surprised (albeit happily) that it got distribution in the country.
Not that I am posting a lot of content here, but I still decided to change the “tagline” for my blog. From “All the best. All the love. All the time.” crafted by my former boss, I decided to borrow Olaf’s line from the Disney film Frozen.
All Good Things. All Good Things.
I think the line best explains what I want to express here. All good things. All good things.
I haven’t posted it here yet but I’ve taken a new challenge. Just last week, I started graduate school at De La Salle University. I’m taking up Master of Marketing Communications and it has been interesting so far. I love the feeling of excitement and anxiety that studying gives me. I am looking forward to acing this one out. It will be hard and challenging most of the time, but I know I can wing it.
LoveYourself just released Chapter 1 of its first online novel “Harana.” You can read it here
I am still very much involved in LoveYourself, an organization that focuses on spreading HIV awareness and screening in the Philippines. I am part of the Communications team and is currently undertaking three projects (with other members as well). It gets really tiring sometimes, but the fulfillment in knowing that I am somehow making an impact (no matter how small it is) is really worth it.
So yeah. All Good Things. All Good Things.
UPDATE: Because of the traffic situation around the venue, Wear Love has been rescheduled to September 5 and 6, 2015.
As the country commemorates the valor of our national heroes, the LoveYourself, Inc. encourages you to
serve as a modern-day hero for HIV/AIDS prevention by registering at go.loveyourself.ph/wearlove2015 for the #WearLove2015 open photoshoot on August 29 and 30 at Anglo Building on Shaw Boulevard.
Being a donor model, you can get the iconic LoveYourself shirt, an editorial portrait wearing it, plus the services of a professional celebrity make-up artist for only PhP1,200.00. The organization also now offers a “duo” and a “groupie” shoot that is perfect for couples and barkadas amounting only to PhP600.00.
LoveYourself founder and Executive Director Ronnievin G. Pagtakhan said “#WearLove has a multi-fold purpose, including promoting our cause, reintroducing social media as a platform for people to help the advocacy, and supporting the activities of LoveYourself.” He added that it has been a traditional fund raising activity, wherein its initial conduct has became an instrument to the first mass screening on HIV back in 2011.
Shirts for the shoot are available and can be bought separately at PhP600.00 only. The organization also notes that slots are limited, so make sure to register early.
All proceeds of the photoshoot will fund the LoveYourself’s free HIV screening, counseling, peer education and community building activities for highly affected individuals, particularly members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
For the past three years, the LoveYourself have gotten help from some celebrities and co-advocates to ripple its causes, inlcuding renowned Ang Ladlad Partylist founder Danton Remoto; TV host and LGBT advocate Boy Abunda; award-winning film director Joey Reyes; character actors Paulo Avelino, and Rocco Nacino; and even Filipina beauties and brains, such as the Bb. Pilipinas candidates and title holders, and rights advocate Risa Hontiveros.
LoveYourself’s latest celebrity advocate is Manhunt International 2012 June Macasaet, who has a heart for helping other people protect and prevent themselves from contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections through awareness and education.
“I’d like to save lives by making people aware of HIV/AIDS, and to inspire people living with it that there is still hope and chance in life after it,” Macasaet said.
Despite of being a non-profit, non-stock organization, LoveYourself have already helped nearly 9,000 individuals to know their HIV status for this year alone.
Recently, last August 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day), the organization held a free HIV screening, counseling, peer education for members of clans and societal groups dubbed as “FratPad” to instill the virtue of self-worth by protecting oneself, and sharing positive ideals to others.
Ultimately, LoveYourself believes that through our collective efforts, we can be the heroes for individuals to adopt a more confident, optimistic outlook in life and become an impetus of change to establish a better community to live in.