These were photos taken under the ceiling lamp hanging in the dining area of our friends’ “chateau”, by our friend [Direk] Nick Olanka, using my Nikon D90 with a 50mm lens. Here are my favorite shots from the set.
The traditional New Year countdown was held at our friends’ apartment, same as last year. There were games, like last year, charades; programs like our own version of Face to Face; even a raffle (of anything we could put our hands on); a photo shoot… and a rave party. And of course, drinks all around. I went home at four thirty in the morning, drunk like I have never been drunk before in years that I cannot even count. Fun could not even begin to describe how it was. Now we have the rest of the year to look forward to the next one. You, my U.P. Repertory Company family, has been my “family” for the past eleven years and I have nothing but love in my heart for you people, and my endless gratitude for being part of my life. Cheers to 2011 (and beyond!)
It was supposed to be just a day trip to the beach. Our plan was to leave Manila at 5am so we can be at Laiya by 8. Unfortunately, leaving that early is easier said than done. We left Manila at some time past 6am, had breakfast for maybe an hour at McDonalds in SLEX, and got to Laiya by 11am. I was not prepared for an overnight trip, at least not financially since these days I have not a penny to my name, and so was our rented van driver who had a commitment for the next day. I had to call Ced of Travel Factor to ask for a van contact that could pick us up from Laiya the next day and bring us back to Manila (another added expense) – but my friends had moolah, and were gracious enough to shoulder my share. Thanks friends!!!
La Luz Resort is nice. I had liked that huge hut that served us their reception area, right by the parking lot. From there on, one has to go down a flight of steps to get to the resort and the beach.
This is what you will see the moment you go down the steps from the reception to the beach
Our first order of business was of course, lunch. For the fee of P1,100 per person, one is entitled to buffet lunch, snacks, buffet dinner and buffet breakfast. Not bad! And that is what we ended doing half the time, EAT!
Marvin Salazar, whom we fondly call Madang, had been participating in Votre Bar’s “Open Mic Comedy Show featuring The Comedy Cartel” every Wednesdays and the supportive friends that we are always made it a point to come and hang out. I made it one Wednesday night and it turned out to be a mini-reunion, since Jo-Harri, who was home on a vacation, also made it. This is another late post as the photos were taken last October 13th, but like they always say, better late than never.
Since our friend Jma is now based in Singapore, her birthday celebration was delayed for until she could come over for a vacation. It was initially planned as a fab party with the “Any Gorgeous You” theme but Jma had been busy and planning got a little bit lost. In the end, we all ended up in a private function room inside Merci Bar and Restaurant. Who would’ve known there was such a room inside Merci? I have been to Merci twice before, first at a Flush and the Toilets gig and second was just the night before at the Coffeebreak Island second album launch; but I have never really noticed the existence of a function room behind the cash register.
KTV Function Room in Merci Bar and Restaurant
It is a big room with a huge flat tv and booming speakers for the videoke-loving people that we are. It was a really fun night,
Last Saturday was a hectic day for me. I was up late doing last minute preparations for the bazaar that day and was up early to go to Rockwell Tent to set up. The Global Pinoy Bazaar started at 10am and we were there as early as 7:30am to do the set-up. Then it was also my turn to man the booth until 3pm.
Sarah’s wedding was scheduled at 4pm and there was no way I was going to make it to the church with my schedule. I was actually home taking a nap at 4pm. We made it to the reception though and it was just us oldies (yes, I like to call me and my friends oldies, at least when it comes to U.P. Rep, since we hang out a lot with the younger ones).
Here are a few pictures of us at our little photo shoot at the Wack-wack Country Club lobby.
This horror film is different though. First and foremost, it is my dear friend Nick Olanka’s first mainstream film (hoorah! hoorah! hoorah! yippeeee! yippeee!!! rain dance! sun dance! sun dance festival! hahaha), after his successful short film Lunes ng Hapis, his Cinemalaya film Huling Araw ng Linggo, and his running-total-of 4 directed Maalala Mo Kaya episodes.
Okay, now for the second part, it has Marielle Rodriguez, Nanding Josef – who happens to be the current Artistic Director of Tanghalang Pilipino, Arnold Reyes, Ketchup Eusebio… and for the most interesting part of it all, Nicki’s friends from the U.P. Repertory Company acting in bit roles!!! Hooraaah!! Hoorah!!
Despite warnings of Typhoon Santi arriving about ten to twelve in the evening, we pushed on with our plans for the night. Still car-less more than a month post-Typhoon Ondoy, we had to walk, take trikes, take cabs (in my pretty little green wedges!) to get around the city.
After having [anniversary] dinner at Cyma, a Greek restaurant, in Eastwood Mall, we went to 9 Mile Bar in Kalayaan Avenue amidst the pouring rain. We got there past ten and almost missed Hany outside in the street.
Janice with the microphone was calling on everyone for their “talent” hahahahaha! So that’s how Ryan and I’s night at the party started, with little bits of performances from our friends.
Dax with some “audition piece” for some musical 😉
Abet does his own version of “Vengeance is not ours.. it’s God’s”
For the sake of fun, here is an excerpt of the famous declamation piece. 😉
Alms, alms, alms. Spare me a piece of bread.
Spare me your mercy. I am a child so young, so thin, and so ragged.
Why are you staring at me? With my eyes I cannot see but I know that you are all staring at me.
Why are you whispering to one another? Why?
Do you know my mother? Do you know my father?
Did you know me five years ago?
Yes, five years of bitterness have passed.
I can still remember the vast happiness mother and I shared with each other.
We were very happy indeed.
Suddenly, five loud knocks were heard on the door and a deep silence ensued. Did the cruel Nippons discover our peaceful home?
Mother ran to Father’s side pleading. “Please, Luis, hide in the cellar, there in the cellar where they cannot find you,”
I pulled my father’s arm but he did not move.
It seemed as though his feet were glued to the floor.
The door went “bang” and before us five ugly beasts came barging in.
“Are you Captain Luis Santos?” roared the ugliest of them all.
“Yes,” said my father. “You are under arrest,” said one of the beasts.
They pulled father roughly away from us.
Father was not given a chance to bid us goodbye.
Some days you just miss your friends and the good old days. Though in the old days, when we all were students, it was Sarah’s at Krus na Ligas. Or Lime Post in Maginhawa St. in U.P. Village. In the not-so old days when we were students no more, when Cubao X was still the Marikina Shoe Expo, we hung out at Starbucks or The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf over at Gateway.
I suppose what is nice about Facebook, aside from all those applications like Farmville and Mafia Wars, is that you get to hang out with your friends, even if virtually. But there just isn’t any substitute for simply hanging out at some cozy place with your friends talking about everything and nothing all at the same time.
These days we can be found hanging out at Mogwai at Cubao X because we all live relatively close by. Though I miss hanging out at Bonifacio High Street, I have never hung out in there with my friends. Taguig was just so far away for them. Now we live at the border of Pasig and Quezon City, and Taguig is now so far away for me too.
Stairs to the second floor where screenings are held
I don’t drink. Most people do not or are unable to believe that about me. It is not that I have never. In fact, there was a time when my alcohol tolerance was high. That was a long time ago too. So, when we hang out at Mogwai, all I ever get to have is iced tea… and the reason I keep coming back there, dark molten lava cake. Yummm! I love desserts. 😉
Saw Marcus there and I dare say he has not changed a bit. It’s been five years since we last saw each other though, come to think of it. It’s been five years since I hung out with the indie movie people, since we hung out at Joel Torre’s place at San Juan, since I was at Mowelfund a lot, since we did Roxlee’s Juana in Antipolo with Joie, Ray, Marcus and all the others. There was a time when I went out a lot and hung out with a lot of different people. When the hours went by fast and things were always fun, fun, fun. Those I think was when I was still quite young. These days I am just all about sitting quietly in relatively obscure places like that little place in New York St. inside the village.. or Bonjour cafe at the Total gas station along Calle Industria.. or maybe just the hammock in our garage. Or making official dates to hang out with friends.
Sipping coffee quietly at a birthday party
…Or hanging out at some friend’s house for another friend’s birthday party. By the way, Happy birthday Rex Literato. Hope you love spending your birthdays with us. It’s been two years.. Cheers to more birthdays and more years of travel and friendship. Yes, we love you. 😉