Archive for May 2011

Pokerface   1 comment

Bibihira lang sa buhay natin ang pagkakataong makakakita tayo ng random na tao na kamukha natin. Syempre exempted na dyan ang mga magulang at iba pang kamag-anakan natin. Yung mga taong never heard talaga natin tas biglang pagtingin natin ay para tayong nakaharap sa isang salamin. Syempre may mga pagkakataon na ang kamukha natin ay sobrang ganda o gwapo ng itsura at masasabi na natin na iyon ang “stress free prettier/more handsome version” of me. Kaso ang ibig sabihin natin ikaw yung panget na version. Hahaha. Minsan naman ay may mga tao na sa sobrang sikat ng kamukha ay nawawalan na ng privacy, and worse, ng personality. Hanggang istura na lang ang kaya nilang ioffer.

Take this for instance: sa mundo ng showbiz, andaming artista ang nakikilala sa umpisa bilang kamukha ng isa pang mas sikat na personalidad. Si Joem Bascon ay isang Piolo Pascual clone. Si Sheree ang millennium version ni Vivian Velez. Si John Lapuz ang nawawalang kakambal ni Jett Pangan. Hahaha. Yan ang tinutukoy ko na nawawalan ng personality. Hangga’t di sila gagawa ng paraan upang makilala, habambuhay na silang nakatago sa anino ng mga nauna at mas sikat sa kanila.

Sa buong buhay ko, bibihira ko lang din naman masasabi na nakakita ako ng taong kahawig ko talaga ang itsura. Hindi yung mga jokes kung saan basta may lalaking mataba ako na yun (unless ako yung matabang Sam Milby sa My Big Love, okay lang sa akin yun) or lahat ng singkit eh ako na din. Or pag minalas basta’t mataba’t singkit eh ako na (unless ako nga yung tinutukoy nila). Una akong nakakita ng kamukha eh nung Grade 6 ako. Kabatch ko siya. Konti lang naman kami kaya kilala namin lahat. Hindi kami magkasection. May mga nagsasabing kaya daw ganun eh para dispersed ang itsura namin, tig-isa sa dalawang section. Aaminin ko na kamukha ko siya, pareho kaming payat tas hindi ko mapinpoint specifically kung saan kami hawig (mata siguro) pero yung final product eh mapagkakamalan nga kaming magkadugo. Last time I checked eh hindi na naman kami magkamukha so siguro dala lang yan ng teenage years (Kung makaimbento naman ako. HAHAHAHA).

Ang pangalawang masasabi kong kamukha ko eh nung 2nd year HS ako at siya ay yung batang gumanap na batang Johnny sa unang Endless Love. Bilang may taste naman akot at hindi ako isang Kapuso, hindi ko alam na nageexist ang taong ito. O for reference, look at this picture:

Oo sa maniwala ka o hindi eh kahawig ko yan. Hindi pa naman ako patabaing baboy noon. O mabalik na ako, umaga after ipalabas ng Endless Love, ay tinatawag na akong Johnny ng mga tao. Wala naman akong ideya kung sino yun. Nakatulong rin siguro na blue ang polo sa school uniform namin. May isang beses na tumawag sa bahay namin ang nanay ng isa kong kaklase at pinilit ako manood ng Endless Love para daw makita ko na siya. To be fair ay antagal ko naghalungkat kung meron akong picture ng mga panahong to at sa kinasamaang palad ay wala dahil hindi pa uso ang digicam nun.

Sumunod ay nung kolehiyo na ako. Sabi ng aking mga mababait na kaibigan ay kamukha ko daw si Bekimon. Yung komedyante na sidekick ni Bianca Manalo sa Juanita Banana. Dahil daw ito pareko kaming mataba at malapad ang mukha. Pero nakita ko na si Bekimon sa personal at ako ang magpapatunay na hindi kami magkamukha. Kutis pa lang eh tiklop na ako sa kanya. May mga resemblance siguro pero hindi yung parang pinagbiyak na bunga ang itsura namin. Pero para fair, ito ang larawan courtesy of Trixie Velasquez.

Hindi naman sa lahat ng pagkakataon ay tatanggapin ko ang mga sinasabi ng mga tao ka kamukha ko. Hindi naman ako choosy no dahil wala akong karapatang maging choosy dahil hindi naman maganda ang itsura ko. Kamukha ko raw si Magnifico pero nung pre-rehab days pa niya. Pero naman, hindi maitatanggi na ang katulad ng susunod niyong makikita ay madaling pabulaanan at kathang isip lamang ng mga high na tao na nagngangalang Pam Quintos.

Tandaan niyo na hanggang mamatay ako ay idedeny ko na kahawig ko si Nadia Montenegro.

Para sa aking gradpic, ginamit ko ang isang matabang singkit bilang isang inspiration. Si Russell ng Up. Hehe.

At ngayong linggo lang ay nakita ko na ang pangatlong taong aaminin ko na kamukha ko. Tinext lang ako ng isang kaibigan na kamukha ko nga daw ang isang nasa commercial ng noodles. Naisip ko ng icheck pero nawala ito sa isip ko hanggang may magbanggit na naman na kamukha ko nga daw. So salamat kay YouTube at nakita ko ang commercial. Pagkakita ko ay natatawa ako dahil aamin na ako na kamukha ko nga siya. Hahahaha. Yung sa commercial ng Kari at Po-ku ng nLucky Me. Yung isa dun na hindi nakasalamin. O ito na nga bago ka pa maghanap:

Ayan natatawa na naman ako. Ganyang ganyan ang itsura ko pag nakapikit at ganyan din ang bagsak ng buhok ko. Haha. Pero mas payat daw siya so sana wake up call na yan na sumali na ako sa Biggest Loser.. este na magpapayat ako. Haha. Pero nakakatawa dahil ang mga kakilala ko eh malalaman na magkahawig nga kami.

O ano, kamukha ko ba siya? And moreover, ikaw sino ang kamukha mo? ūüôā

EDIT: May nagpaalala sa akin ng isang kamukha ko. Kayo na ang humusga: http://www.facebook.com/wilson.zero

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Posted May 31, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Personal

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Simply The Best   3 comments

So American Idol Season 10 is over, and Scotty was formally announced the winner though he already won like weeks ago. LOL. Anyway, here are my ten choices for the best performances of the season.

10. Haley Reinhart, “What Is And What Should Be” (Top 3, Personal Choice)

Despite trippin’ on her way back to the stage, Haley managed to finish the song and still do well. That’s what a performer is and what should be. LOL.

9. Thia Megia, “Out Here On My Own” (Top 24, Females)

Thia managed to bring in the chills, and the vocal powers in this performance that advanced her to the Final 13. Too bad she lost personality and stayed safe within her remaining weeks.


8. Casey Abrams, “Nature Boy” (Movie Week)

Casey gets mad props for playing different kinds of instruments, and this performance of Nat King Cole’s Nature Boy is definitely a season highlight.

7. Haley Reinhart, “I (Who Have Nothing)” (Leiber & Stoller Songbook)

It’s difficult when a past Idol winner already sang and made a moment with one song but Haley’s I Who Have Nothing managed to stand out and held her own against Jordin’s version of the same song.

6. Jacob Lusk, “A House Is Not A Home” (Top 24 Males)

Had Jacob tried to make his performance about the “voice” (pun intended) and not about his awkward swaying and oversinging, then we’d have seen more remarkable performances like this.

5. Casey Abrams, “Your Song” (Elton John week)

Singing one of my favorite Elton John songs ever, Casey made me remember Moulin Rouge! and how romantic this song is. With or without his instruments, Casey can still make a room for himself with this performance.

4. Pia Toscano, “I’ll Stand By You” (Top 24, Females)

By having the most premature exit on the show, Pia proved that she’s m0ore capable of staying longer with performances like this one.

3. Haley Reinhart, “Bennie and the Jets” (Elton John week)

This performance was what made people take her seriously. And she did an awesome job choosing this as her swan song.

2. Haley Reinhart, “House of the Rising Sun” (Songs From Then and Now)

The bare vocals at the start and the drama of the lights made this the best individual performance all season.

1. Haley Reinhart, and Casey Abrams, “Moanin”

This duet reminds me of Grammy performances. This is just pure awesome music and talent.

So what’s your favorite? ūüėÄ

Posted May 28, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Lists, Music, TV

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Battlefield   Leave a comment

Nanonood ako ng TV Patrol kagabi at sobrang di ako makapagpigil ng tawa ng makita ko si Noli de Castro na nagpipigil ng kanyang tawa after hingan ng statement si  Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao sa panghahamon ni Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago dahil sa issue ng RH Bill.

10 THINGS KUNG BAKIT SAYANG SAYA AKO SA NAPANOOD KO

1. Kasi nakakatawa manood ng mga taong nagpipigil sa pagtawa.

2. Nakakatawa na hindi ko pa rin mawari kung ano ba yung malaswa sna tinutukoy ni Mommy Dionisia.

3. Kasi nakakatawa manood kapag si Kabayan Noli ang nagpipigil ng tawa.

4. Dinig na dinig ang tawanan ng mga staff sa studio habang nagpipigil din ng tawa si Noli.

5. Nagshare si Mommy Dionisia ng personal experience niya sa issue ng RH Bill.

6. Kasi lukaret si Mommy D at di daw siya galit kay Sen. Miriam pero sigaw siya ng sigaw.

7. Ang uncertainty sa tono ng pananalita ni Mommy D ng sabihin niyang Congressman ang anak niya. Di ka sure Mommy? ūüôā

8. Nagpipigil ng tawa si Noli.

9. Naimagine ko minumura ni Noli ang staff na dahil hindi niya mapigilan ang pagtawa.

10. Naimagine ko na sina Ted at Korina ay namamatay na din kakatawa sa gilid.

Posted May 19, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in TV

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REVIEW: Born This Way   Leave a comment

Monsters, calm down!

Lady Gaga’s official sophomore effort Born This Way on stores this Monday proved why the musician is one of the most popular and influential mainstream artists these days. Her efforts are clearly seen, and very much appreciated. She obviously knows her thing, and the musicality of her material is commendable.

She starts the whole album with the words “I’m gonna marry the night..” and you know you’re in for something dark but edgy. This is a smorgasbord of different beats tackling different themes from religion, politics, and sexuality. Each song is supported by the next one, so it’s like one whole novel slowly¬†unwrapping¬†in front of you as each chapter passes. In one album, she managed to give tribute to Madonna, Whitney, Springsteen, Ace of Base, ABBA, and the whole 80s and 90s stuff, and that is admirable.

However, as her intention is clearly recognized, ¬†I cannot wholly say she succeeded in doing such. Most of the songs are overproduced, and you can’t even understand what Gaga is singing on most of the records. This album tried so hard to reach all new levels of awesomeness and while there are those that worked, there are those who failed to deliver as well.

This is a very divisive album. There are songs that others will love but others won’t and vice versa. Strong and cohesive album but not the masterpiece fantards are proclaiming it was. If anything, I appreciate Gaga’s passion for the music and clearly, it is very evident here. You know the lady is here to stay. And yes, despite the strength of this album, that cover still shits.

Top Tracks: Government Hooker, Americano,¬†Schei√üe,¬†Yo√ľ and I,¬†The Edge of Glory

Final Grade: B+

Posted May 19, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Music, Reviews

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Loser Like Me   2 comments

¬†“It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces. “

-Bridget Jones

Bridget managed to sum up what I feel right now. At one point, this day showed an immense amount of potential on this one goal that I’m aiming. However, this same goal produced another nerve-wracking, dream-shattering scenario. This kind of awkward feeling seems to happen more often that it should have.

Why oh why does it always have to be this way? Usually, when someone has a problem, people say it’s just a bump on the road. When the same person encounters another problem, they’ll say “If you managed to get out of the previous one, then you”ll have no problem getting out of this one.” But what happens when there’s a follow up problem again? It’s not even de ja vu anymore,¬†but more of “Get used to it! You’re life really sucks!”

So in a nutshell, I’m getting used to it. Loser much. Of course it wasn’t indicated in the loser handbook that I’m not allowed to be happy every now and then so I’m still thankful that there are people who never fails to cheer me up, especially my inaanak¬†Jat and apo¬†Freddie. ¬†ūüôā

The road to contentment is acceptance. So I guess I better get started driving towards that one. Funny that when a¬†loser¬†starts to embrace himself and learns to accept his fate, that’s when he starts to be a winner. So while being a loser reflects some negative connotations, it’s not the end of the world for us. Cheers to all losers out there!

Posted May 18, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Personal

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REVIEW: In the Name of Love   2 comments

Olivia Lamasan’s follow-up to “In My Life” tells the story of Emman (Aga Muhlach) who starts a new life after an unfortunate incident in Japan where he works as a dancer. Gary was able to prevent the killing of the mayor’s son. Dylan (Jake Cuenca), and as a reward, was asked to be the dance instructor of Dylan and his fiance Mercedes (Angel Locsin). What follows is an interwoven love triangle full of revelations.

The movie was presented in a non-linear structure, thus, it was still able to bring something new to the table despite the storyline too telenovela-ish. The transitions from one scene to another were very much commendable, and this is the first time in yeard where I enjoyed the opening credits of a local movie. The songs used (pretty much repeatedly) blended well with the movie, and does not sound annoyingly repetitive. The musical score was one of the highest points of the movie especially during the first part. They were there definitely to set the mood of the scene.

Lamasan’s direction is good. Testament to this is that¬†even¬†though there were scenes were there were no lines, and no musical score on the background, the feeling that she wants you to convey is translated to the audience. She also brought out the best in her actors. Cuenca though confusingly awkward at first, finally found his footing midway, and continued until the end. This is Aga’s finest performance in years. He looked so awkward during his dancing scenes but his highlight scene showed the vulnerability of his character and furthermore, the versatility of his acting. Locsin delivered a good movie actress performance. There’s a scene where she can’t help but resort to kunot ng noo¬†style of acting but made up for it throughout the film. Her eyes act more than they should, and her screen charisma is undeniable. Her chemistry with both Aga and Jake is so natural.

I love the fact that there is a hint of¬†social¬†relevance in this film, and no filler floating characters.¬†¬†There were those that appeared for a while but they didn’t leave their story lines hanging. if I have my way though, I wouldn’t ended it with how the ending turned out. I’ll probably leave it with the Governor’s Ball ending. But hey, this is still a commercial film. I’m probably asking too much if I wanted my ending to push through. Still, very much recommended and probably one of the best mainstream films in recent years.

Grade: A-/B+

Posted May 14, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Films, Reviews

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Fighting Temptation   3 comments

DISCLAIMER: This is a hate post a.k.a one big rant.

I’m not a fan of remakes.

Just like sequels, this is probably because I know that they seldom give justice to the original material that they copied. Instead, we get second rate versions that will just taint the image of the first one. Of course there are the exceptions but for every Ocean’s Eleven there’s The Stepford Wives, and Planet of the Apes. For every 3:10 to Yuma, there’s Around the World in 80 Days and Poseidon.

Even local entertainment is very much guilty with this. Just look at primetime shows of major networks. ABS-CBN has just remaked Mula sa Puso, and GMA did a remake of Darna which they did just five years ago, and Captain Barbell, four years ago.

So as much as it pains me to say this, I am angered by the fact that there is a Temptation Island¬†remake. First and foremost, this is my favorite local comedy of all time. I have seen this film for more than twenty times already and their schtick doesn’t get old. Joey Gosengfiao has a cult hit in his hands, and I think that classics like this should remain untouchable.

It pains me more that Chris Martinez is handling this one. I’ve been a fan of his Here Comes the Bride¬†and even saw it twice on the big screen last year. So while I know that there is a chance that he’ll do a fair job on this one, fair will never be enough. The new remake stars Marian Rivera, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff, anf Heart Evangelista playing the iconic roles of Azenith Briones, Jennifer Cortez, Bambi Arambulo, and Dina Bonnevie respectively. Rufa Mae Quinto and John Lapuz will be reprising the roles of Deborah Sun and Jonas Sebastian while starlets Aljur Abrenica, and Mikael Diaz, and Tom Rodriguez will be the hunk eye candies. That is a boring, and uninspired casting.

From what I’ve heard, they’ll be replacing some of the things from the original movie. From beauty pageant contestants, they will be models. And instead of a giant ice cream, we’ll see a giant chicken (as shown in the photo). A FUCKING GIANT CHICKEN. If these are any indications, this project is oh so going to the dogs. I’ve always learned never to judge a project without seeing the end results, but I can’t contain my disappointment over this one. This remake is a mess, and should have been shelved instead. Argh. I hate it.

Posted May 12, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Films

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