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As the title says, MUST READ! :)

We were not prepared for this.

Dear friends, I hope you are well. I know that more and more countries are implementing isolation, lockdown or quarantine. Well, whatever word is used, the main reason behind all this is the Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19. As cases increase and became wide-spread last week, WHO officially called the disease a pandemic. “This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva.

Welcome to Haulah Cafe, Visayas Avenue’s New Neighborhood Cafe!

They say, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” In Haulah Cafe’s case, it literally started with the words silver lining. During the media event organised by Haulah Cafe, we sat down with one of the owners, Ms Rochelle Ramos where she shared their struggles and the inspiration which helped them find the correct path towards Haulah Cafe. Ms Ramos also shared a very personal story about her aunt, who she dearly loves and looks up to. To her, she’s not only an aunt but also a friend and a mentor. But when life took its course, she was left with a dream. So they set out on a journey which at first didn’t work out.

New Hainan Cuisine, A Small But Excellent Restaurant in Banawe

Banawe is Quezon City’s Chinatown. Though it is younger than Binondo which is Manila’s Chinatown, Banawe features several restaurants worth visiting over and over again. Would you like to do that, too? As mentioned, there are several restaurants in Banawe. I usually check Zomato but if I don’t have a strong signal, we would simply drive around and check every corner. Yes, every corner! Even though we’ve been coming here for a long time, every trip leads us to new discoveries.

Erik Matti Continues to Push Cinematic Boundaries

You’ve probably read various reviews of director Erik Matti’s first full-on action thriller, BuyBust. Let me tell you now that I truly enjoyed his latest film. Not only did it bravely tackle the controversial national issue of the war on drugs, but it also gave us a well-crafted in between story that’s more than just a buy-bust gone wrong. Now that may or may not be the real story but it does give the audience a view of the present state of humanity and moral decay. Come on! We all know the world isn’t perfect and we’re at fault… but I digress. In this post, I want to focus on how Erik Matti pushes the boundaries of local cinema. If you check my reviews, there are only a few about mainstream Filipino films and more on independent films and foreign box office hits. Don’t get me wrong. I love Filipino films and all the genres but I won’t pay to watch a film in cinemas if it’s something that can be enjoyed at home. And, …

A COMING-of-age thriller: “Birdshot” by filmmaker Mikhail Red

“Birdshot” tells the story of a young farm girl who wanders off into a Philippine forest reserve. Deep within the reservation, she mistakenly shoots and kills a critically-endangered and protected Philippine Eagle (haribon). As the local authorities begin a manhunt to track down the poacher, their investigation leads them to an even more horrific discovery. It stars Mary Joy Apostol as Maya, Arnold Reyes as Domingo, John Arcilla as Mendoza, and Ku Aquino as Diego. Birdshot is the award-winning sophomore feature of Filipino director Mikhail Red which he co-wrote with Rae Red. The film is supported by the Doha Film Institute where they won a production grant. Furthermore, the coming-of-age thriller won awards such as the CJ Entertainment Award at the Asian Project Market Awards during the 20th Busan International Film Festival as well as the Best Asian Future Film Award at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. It’s also worth-mentioning that Birdshot is the first Filipino film released worldwide by Netflix. Yes, you read that last part right! Birdshot is indeed the first Filipino …