One of the very first things I learned about when I first arrived in Naga last year was the existence of a semi-private mountain resort nestled in the foot of Mt. Isarog, Stonehouse Gardens Resort. I have vowed, and repeatedly tried in the course of many months, to get there, only to be stopped by typhoons, floods, time constraints and my general need to move about the country all the time. One December weekend though, we finally made it. And this was the result. A few hours of shoot time on a cloudy day while playing peek-a-boo with the setting sun.
Located at the very end of Rizal Street, on the right corner, across from Casa San Buenavista, and facing the beach directly, is Aplaya Bar and Restaurant. It was one of the “new” places I came across coming back in El Nido after a year’s absence. What once was a pretty garden with gumamelas and bougainvillea, stood a bar and restaurant. I had liked going to the beach after work, to have a glass of Shirley Temple, and this was one of the few bars that a Shirley Temple was available (the others being Sea Slugs and El Nido Corner Restaurant). They had a Buy1-Take 1 promo during Happy Hours, and Lia loved playing on the beach in front, so we were here a few times.
La Salangane has rooms and a bar and restaurant in the heart of town, as well as an apartment/villa in Caalan. I have not been to La Salangane II in Caalan and the photos here are mostly of the bar and resto.
I have been in El Nido two months when I first walked into this restaurant. It was a bright and sunny afternoon and I was completing a photo walk around town. It was one of the last accommodations located on Serena St. that I was supposedly documenting, and it was nearly four in the afternoon. I walked in there, and met two very amiable men, a French and a Spaniard, and forgot to leave.
Amidst bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen and my cocktails, we talked about music, movies, cuisine, and travel all over the world.
This is it! After waiting so long, just-about-my-favorite-people in the world are launching their EP this coming Friday at Big Sky Mind. And I am totally excited because also performing on this night are other bands that I adore. I love you guys from Goodleaf (and you know it!).
Artisans of Discopsychedelica
Bheng Densing – vocals and guitars
Sidney Luzentales – guitars
Dan Ramon P. Geromo – Bass
Jeff Azarcon – Drums
A friend’s office Christmas party was held at Le Souffle by Chef Jessie at Top of the Citi on the 34th floor of the Citibank Tower in Makati last Friday and I went there to shoot it. They asked me to also take shots of the food, so I did, without really thinking that I was going to blog about it. But I kept coming back to these photos and making myself hungry that I thought, okay, I’m going to have to share this with other people, so they can get hungry with me. I love sweets. And these are just yummmmmy!
A number of firsts for me. It was my first time to shoot at Amos Cafe. No, it’s not my first time at Amos, having been there a number of times before, though I preferred to just sit outside and chat with friends and not shoot anything. It was also my first time to use a flash. I have never used a flash, ever. I used to be disinterested, but after a while, that little bug that makes you want to learn something new and get out of your comfort zone gets to you and you find yourself getting things you thought you would not ever want nor get.
I like Amos Cafe. I like the fact that it’s on the second floor, and has a balcony. It reminds me of Wharf Galley in Avenue Square. It’s really narrow though so I get self-conscious when I’m here. I feel like I run into everyone. Though I’m not averse to socializing, most people I meet would say I am aloof. I like that Amos Cafe is dark. I like dark places. Its good for hiding. I like that you can watch the gig outside through the glass walls. I like the fact that food and drinks are cheap though I dislike the fact that the menu is limited.
Since it was my first time to shoot at Amos. It took quite a while to get the right shots. Since I was also learning how to use my new flash, some shots had to suffer. Actually, a lot of shots. So forgive me for all these. I need more practice. Until I get the hang of this, you guys will just have to bear with me and my shortcomings.
The first band I shoot always suffer. So my apologies to Talata. Bawi na lang next time. Wink. (P.S. Happy birthday Mama Reyg.)
Reyg – Kanta
James Roy – Gitara 1
Dacky – Tambol
Anton – Ma-Baho
Jomal – Gitara 2
The PHILIPPINE SKA FESTIVAL
*3rd MANILA SKA FESTIVAL (Manila Leg)
DEC 08, 2012 – Makati Square Arena
Featuring Ska bands from Luzon:
Shuffle Union (QC)
Coffeebreak Island (QC)
Neighbors (Angono, Rizal)
Jeepney Joyride (Manila)
Baguio Ska Paradise (Baguio)
The Monsoons (CAMANAVA)
KINGSTON RUDIESKA (Korea)
*SOUTHSIDE SKARNIVAL (Cebu Leg)
DEC 15, 2012 – Peace Bar, Cebu City
DEC 16, 2012 – Bob Marlin, Parkmall, Mandaue City
Featuring Cebu’s top Ska bands:
Blessed The King
KINGSTON RUDIESKA (Korea)
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A dormant alien virus has been unleashed on a desolated island of the Philippines and the only hope of the survivors are in the hands of two graveyard thieves. Trapped on an island and left with nothing to defend themselves, the grave bandits must use their wit to win the battle against a swarm of flesh eating ghouls.
Directed by Tyrone Acierto
Written by Tyrone Acierto
Screenplay by Tyrone Acierto
Produced by Vanessa Ulgado, Tyrone Acierto
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Peewee – Martin Sandino San Juan
Romy – Ronald Pacifico
Maiya – Jill Palencia
William Seabrook – Robert Nunes
King – Millard Keung
Cemetery Undertaker – Amante Pulido
Peewee’s Mother – Kalila Aguilos
George – Vic Tiro
Jack Jack – Love Falcis
Laughing Drunk Pirate – Rosillo Abay