Someone was inviting me to take a cross country train ride in some part of Asia, I forget who that is now, but then somehow, images of dining on a train just persist in my mind. Maybe its from watching too many movies with trains, who knows?
I have about a thousand images culled from Asian movies with trains, but the titles are elusive, and I am left with no other movie title in mind but a Hollywood one – one that I can’t seem to forget because people tease me about my e-cigarette.
June 29 will be the inaugural run of the Bicol Express Naga-Manila and Vic Nierva just won’t stop teasing us with photos of the train… and now the dining car. Too bad, there would be no day trips until later this year so we can actually experience “dining” during breakfast and lunch. But until then, these photos will suffice.
I count, looking up the gray sky, in the fingers of my two hands the number of godchildren I have the moment I read a text message asking me if I can attend a baptism this coming Sunday. I think to myself, “I’m supposed to be leaving for Manila this Thursday,” followed swiftly by a question I keep asking myself, “Why oh why can’t I just leave for Manila soonish?”
I of course have this urge to say No I can’t but my own mother (God bless her soul) told me to never say no to being godparent, it is a blessing. To say no is bad luck, if not a curse.
Because Wharf Galley is not just a rock cafe….
Lunes ng Hapis
Nick Olanka, UPFI
Theme: War and peace
Virgie and Ismael are lovers in the midst of a military offensive in Sta, Filomena; Virgia is a teacher of a local elementary school and Ismael is a captain of the troop assigned to infiltrate the rebels. Every monday, they meet and make love passionately and violently. One day, Virgie’s student Tikoy asks her to help find his missing father, Mang Lino, a rumoured rebel symphatizer. Events unfold and point to Ismael as being responsible for Mang Lino’s disappearance, because of this Virgie is overwhelmed by guilt. The next monday, as they make love, Virgie chooses between her love for Ismael and her love for her community.
First off, we will be releasing our menu next week (oh it isn’t July yet next week) Tentatively, June 29, Wednesday. Photography was done by Gouldian Colours and lay out by Pencionados DesignPlus. The highlight of this menu would be the release of Wharf Galley’s cocktails by Don Topetito.
July 4 would mark the start of Cinema Mondays at Wharf Galley. And of course, who else would be featured that night but the great Nick Olanka. So July 4 is officially Nick Olanka night. We are showing his Lunes ng Hapis short and his full-length Cinemalaya film Huling Araw ng Linggo. Watch out for more films from Dada Docot, Ray Gibraltar, Raymond Lee, Sigrid Bernardo,Â Roxlee and other friends. This is going to be exciting!
My motto this past month is “No to musical discrimination,” and because of that, I agreed to hold the first ever metal night in Wharf Galley Avenue Square. I had really wanted to go and see it for myself, just to see what the fuss is all about. I wanted to see what this “mosh pit” they all talk about and see how that goes, with men and women in it. I wanted to see a big crowd of black-wearing people and feel their energy. On the personal side, I had wanted to look after what I need to protect, my people, my property, or at the very least, my name. But I was home sick and was only updated via phone.
Rizal X cast includes Maita Ponce, Jean Judith Javier, Reuben Uy, Red Concepcion, Reb Atadero, Yanah Laurel, Bea Garcia, Natasha Cabrera, Jules Dela Paz, Alchris Galura, Nicco Manalo and the Dulaang UP Ensemble.
Comprising the artistic team are William Elvin Manzano for Music and Lyrics; Happy Days Ahead for Musical Arrangement; Katte Sabate and Chic San Agustin as head writers and dramaturges; Leeroy New for Set Design; Voltaire De Jesus for Lights Design; Mitoy Sta. Ana for Costume Design; Ohm David as technical director; Irish Pangilinan as musical director; Jojit Lorenzo for Photography; Tuxqs Rutaquio for Poster Design.
For the story behind this photo, please read Manila Bulletin’s “After 20 years, photographer and subject are reunited in Pinatubo,” written by Ellson A. Quismorio, published June 14, 2011, 6:11pm
My beautiful find for the month of May – Machine, Machine, a Daet-based band fronted by TJ of Slick Surf Pilipinas. I hope to see them again at Wharf Galley in July. I think it’s their cover of Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition from the 500 Days of Summer OST that actually did me in. And of course, Gorillaz. Congrats guys, you have a new fan.
It’s the little things that matter. It’s the little things that make up a big picture. It’s the little things that we forget. And it’s the little things that we need to be reminded of, time and time again. It’s the little things that hide in the corners, or that show up in unexpected places.
Knees to my chest, a cup of delicious aromatic coffee cradled in my hands, I look up the sky and take in the beauty of clear skies dotted with just about a thousand stars, the Milky Way adding charm, if not magic, in the blackness of the sky, intermittent flashes of lightning behind dark gray clouds hovering over the Pacific Ocean, beyond the horizon, beyond the tops of mango trees, and smile to myself.
It’s going to be a beautiful day I can tell.
I close my eyes and take in the sounds of an early provincial morning, the crows of roosters all around, blending with the feeble yet distinguishable songs of the cicadas, remind me why I like the early morning hours in the province.