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“My Husband’s Lover” Nominated at International Emmy Awards!

GMA Network’s groundbreaking drama “My Husband’s Lover” earned a nod from the Academy and is nominated in the Best Telenovela Category at the 42nd International Emmy Awards. (See full list of nominees on their website)

“My Husband’s Lover,” which aired June to October 2013 and starred Tom Rodriguez, Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana, told the story of a woman (Abellana) finding out this her husband (Rodriguez) is gay and has a male lover (Trillo).

The series generated buzz for bringing the spotlight to homosexual relationships and issues, which was unusual for the local TV landscape. It also had its fair share of criticisms including those from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)

Other series competing for the category are:

  • 30 Lives: Maxim Bouchard (30 Vies)
    Canada
  • Belmonte
    Portugal
  • Precious Pearl
    Brazil

Awarding will be held on November 24, 2014 at New York City’s Hilton Hotel.

BONUS: My Husband’s Lover is included in the list of “12 Kabugan Teleserye Confrontation Scenes” by Tit for Tat and got a whopping 4.75 slap rating! Go check it out!

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[BOOK REVIEW] “Rainbow Boys” series by Alex Sanchez

I chanced upon these books when I was doing my usual browsing at Fully Booked Greenbelt. Years before, I would barely go to the young adult (YA) section because my usual fix were Sidney Sheldon and Jodi Picoult. But ever since I read The Fault in Our Stars earlier this year, visiting the YA shelves became part of the routine.

I was even surprised to see gay-themed books in bookstores here in the Philippines; even more so when I saw them in the YA section, along with novels about heterosexual high school romance, teenage vampires, and school gossip.

Campbell_Q Road2“Rainbow Boys” is the first in the eventual series of books by Alex Sanchez. It tells the story of three senior high school boys facing issues with their identity.

Having read (and written) a lot of online stories, the plot is the basic identity crisis, dealing with bullies and the perpetual search for love, acceptance and understanding. It also bravely tackles HIV and how it affects the person who has it, who might have it and the people around them.

Sanchez brings up issues about gay youth in a way that his target audience would easily digest and understand. It is such an easy read and effectively inserts fun, sarcasm and puppy love in the middle of family issues, school bullying and internal battles.

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First Official Trailer of Disney • Pixar’s “Inside Out”

Disney•Pixar has finally released the first trailer of their upcoming film “Inside Out.” The trailer takes advantage of previous Pixar films to convey the five emotions that will take the spotlight in the film.

After seeing “Brave” and “Monsters University,” I actually felt sad. It was as if Pixar was slowly losing its magical touch. Of course, “Brave” and “Monsters U” were still great films, but somehow, it was not as par as Pixar’s previous feature films like the “Toy Story” trilogy, “Up,” “Finding Nemo” and “Monsters Inc.” (I still haven’t finished watching “Wall-E”)

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Getting to know Barbra through “Partners”

I am not a fan of Barbra Streisand. Simply because I did not grow up listening to her songs. I only know of her through covers of her hit songs. I also know that she’s somehow a gay icon — which until I now, I do not fully know the reason why.

“Partners” is the first album of hers that I’ve listened to intently. I haven’t finished the whole album just yet but what I’ve heard so far, I liked. The album is named as such because she has a partner in all the tracks. And if not for them, I don’t know if I’ll even be interested in listening in  the first place.

My favorite tracks so far are “It had to be you” with Michael Buble, “New York State of Mind” with Billy Joel, “What Kind of Fool” with John Legend, “Come Rain or Come Shine” with John Mayer and “Somewhere” with Josh Groban.

Which song from the album did you like?

I wonder why

Sometimes, I wonder why I find it so hard to blog.

Is it because I am very busy in my day job that finding the time to blog is such a tedious task?

Is it because I’d rather relish and enjoy whatever feeling I have rather than trying to put it into words?

Or is it because my life is such a bore that I couldn’t think of anything worth sharing?

It really puzzles me because I am really talkative in person and I do love to write. Hmm…haaaaaay…

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Happy 20th Anniversary, FRIENDS!

Happy birthday, F•R•I•E•N•D•S! I love you forever!

 

[MOVIE TRAILER] Mockingjay Part 1

Finally! The first full trailer for the latest movie adaptation of “The Hunger Games” book series is already out. I must say, I was sort of disheartened after I read the final book because I expected so much more,  and that affected how I felt about the teaser trailers and promotional posters. But this trailer made me excited to see the film.

Mockingjay: Part 1 will open in Philippine cinemas on November 21, 2014.

Were you excited after watching the trailer?