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Cine Mini Mania   1 comment

Okay so I’m currently obsessing about something, and I’m not referring to Walang Hanggan (though I’m also fanboying about that show LELZ). This one involves one thing that always gets my attention: MOVIES! And  movie characters to be specific.

That’s why I was so ecstatic when I saw the latest masterpiece of Eisen Bernardo in his newest photoblog entitled Cine Mini Project. Eisen’s last blog The Pinoy Criterion Collection (http://pinoycriterion.tumblr.com) was nominated for the Culture and Arts Level: Luzon Category at last year’s Philippine Blog Awards.

Based from the name of the project itself, he does miniature versions of some of the most famous movie characters. What I particularly love about this is that there’s a really wide variety of characters that were included in this collection. To give you a sample, here are some of his works:

THEME 1: Best Actress Oscar winners

That’s Best Actress 1939, Best Actress 2010, and Best Actress 1977

THEME 2: Best Actor Oscar Winners

Best Actor 2008, Best Actor 2010, Best Actor 2011, and Best Actor 1991

THEME 3: Best Supporting Winners

Best Supporting Actor 2007, and Best Supporting Actresses 2006 and 2008

THEME 4: Literary Babies

Leads of Harry Potter series, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, The Hunger Games, and Twilight

THEME 5: Film Foreigners

Characters from prominent foreign films: Spain’s Volver, Thailand’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love, France’s Amelie, and Germany’s Run Lola Run

THEME 6: Superheroes Attack

No need to describe and name them. LELZ.

THEME 7:  Timeless Classics

Iconic characters that stood the test of time by Monroe, Taylor, Hepburn, and Kelly.

THEME 8: Animation Creation

Prominent characters from award winning films Up, Spirited Away, The Incredibles, and The Little Mermaid.

THEME 9: Iconic Male Characters

Characters played by Tom Cruise, Jesse Eisenberg, Johnny Depp, and Tom Hanks

THEME 10: Iconic Female Characters

Lastly, characters popularized by Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet

If you don’t find them cute, then I don’t know what will. It’s like the Hollywood Walk of Fame for movie characters! God knows that if I wake up an instant millionaire, I’ll fund for a gallery exhibit showcasing this. The creator mentioned that he aims for 1000 movie characters and future plans include local characters as well. Yaaaay! As for who I want to see, here are 16 characters I think should have miniature representations.

1. Nurse Ratched, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
2. Marge Gunderson, Fargo
3. Mary Poppins
4. Vivian Ward, Pretty Woman
5. Annie Wilkes, Misery
6. The nuns of Doubt
7. Aibileen Clark, The Help
8. Jamal and Latika, Slumdog Millionaire
9. Nader and Simin, A Separation
10. Matt King, The Descendants
11. Megan Price, Bridesmaids
12. Col. Hans Landa, Inglourious Basterds
13. Anybody from West Side Story
14. Ennis and Jack, Brokeback Mountain
15. Susie Salmon, The Lovely Bones
16. Edna or Tracy Turnblad, Hairspray

Who do you want to see as a part of the Cine Mini Mania? Pipe em ‘in below! Also, do not forget to check out the actual site where you’ll see the above photos plus lots lots more including Bridget Jones, Sadako, Gollum, Jack and Rose, etc.

Go to: http://cineminimized.tumblr.com/ ASAP! 🙂 

Posted July 3, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in Films, Personal

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FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2012   2 comments

There are lots of good things that happen every July, but this will always be one of the more prominent ones for July is the month when FHM Philippines release their 100 Sexiest Women List. While the title has transformed into a battle of idols for the last few years, there is still something interesting about it that keeps you glued in on which vixen owns the throne as the World’s Sexiest. Anyway, Jackie Rice (for the second time) covers the issue this month, but this is the first time that the same woman is the cover of the magazine and the 100 Sexiest booklet. Before revealing the complete list, here are some observations I had while skimming the list:

1. THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE RISE OF THE BUTLEG

That’s Jackie Rice’s sweat themed cover, and while it was apparent on the top part, the same can’t be said there below. I mean take a look:

I mean look closerrrrrrr…

O ayan nag-mukhang mga butlig at allergies yung tubig sa singit ni Jackie. Tsk tsk.

2. THE 99 CURSE

Sa FHM 100 list, kabugan ang labanan at talagng pinagtatalunan kung mamemaintain ang #1 status. However, the same can’t be said sa #99 na mukhang dinomina na ni Jem Milton sa kanyang 2nd consecutive year sa #99. Aba naman fans, boto pa ng mas masipag next year!

 3. HAVING TOO MUCH ISN’T ALWAYS GOOD

Take the case of FHM Beauty #85 na si Aze Sasaki:

Isa pa ulit na closer inspection:

Hindi na ka-aya ayang tignan ang mala-bukol na tumubo sa likuran ni Aze. Goes to show na hindi lahat ng sobra ay maganda.

4. MAKE SHAINA YOUR VICE

Yung totoo. Paano nakalusot si Vice Ganda dito? Ay shet Shaina pala. Buti may nakalagay sa baba. Pati kasi yung caption na Hot Property, mas naga-apply kay Vice. Sorry Shaina. Wag mo ko sampalin nung parang sa teleserye mo.

5. IT ONLY COUNTS IF YOU SEE A NIPPLE

Sabi nga sa Mean Girls, it only counts if you see the nipple. Gone are the days sa 100 Sexiest Women booklet na may nagtatopless. As a matter of fact, dalawa lang ang nagtopless at nagbuyangyang ng kanilang buong pantaas ng walang takip sa buong list. Eto sila:

6. THE MINI STOP SPONSORSHIP AWARD IS GIVEN TO…

IWA MOTO para sa kanyang free endorsements sa mga sumusunod na produkto: C2, Gardenia, Tropicana, Minute Pulp, at Wilkins. Salamat Iwa sa iyong mabuting kalooban. 🙂

7. THE JUSTIFY YOUR PLACEMENT AWARD

Alam kong marami ang aalma na ang taas ni KC, pero subjective naman ang taste kaya hahayaan ko na. Pero naman. Ito na ang pinakasexy na photo na nahanap niyo sa kanya? Uhm. Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy.

8. THE OBLIGATORY ANGEL LOCSIN PHOTO


Siya talaga ang number 1 para sa akin. Don’t worry Angel, naniniwala ako na  ikaw ang makakaunang 3 first place finish sa history ng listahan na ito. Bago pa yan, sobrang proud ko kasi 10 years ka nang nasa Top 10 at walang mintis dahil nasa Top 10 ka sa lahat ng taon na yun meaning isang dekada mo nang dino-dominate ang listahang ito. Yehey! For the record ito ang history ni Angel dito:

2003: #10
2004: #6
2005: #1
2006: #3
2007: #3
2008: #4
2009: #4
2010: #1
2011: #3
2012: #2
2013: ? Sana umber 1 ulit!

Anyway, alam kong kating kati ka na malaman ang buong listahan so eto na. Special mention ang Top 20 kasi uhm wala lang.

At eto ang rest ng listahan:

21. Junri Park
22. Bianca King
23. Bianca Manalo
24. Diana Meneses
25. Iza Calzado
26. Jef Gaitan
27. Stef Prescott
28. Carla Abellana
29. Toni Gonzaga
30. Kim Chiu
31. Ornusa Cadness
32. Aubrey Miles
33. Jessy Mendiola
34. Eula Valdez
35. Sarah Geronimo
36. Niña Jose
37. Diana Zubiri
38. Rachelle Ann Go
39. Jacq Yu
40. Erich Gonzales
41. Georgina Wilson
42. Valerie Concepcion
43. Priscilla Meirelles
44. Melissa Ricks
45. Sarah Lahbati
46. Danielle Castaño
47. Jahziel Manabat
48. Carla Humphries
49. Bea Alonzo
50. Pauleen Luna
51. Iya Villania
52. Jade Lopez
53. Kaye Abad
54. Paulene Go
55. Rhian Ramos
56. Arianne Celeste
57. LJ Reyes
58. Maja Salvador
59. Shaina Magdayao
60. Alyssa Milano
61. Kris Bernal
62. Bianca Gonzales
63. Kristel Moreno
64. Heart Evangelista
65. Wendy Valdez
66. Mariel Rodriguez
67. Shamcey Supsup
68. Julia Montes
69. Abby Poblador
70. Kim Lee
71. Julia Clarete
72. Sanya Smith
73. Isabelle Daza
74. Saicy Aguila
75. Gwendolyn Ruais
76. Mercedez Cabral
77. Rich Asuncion
78. Linda Persson
79. Jean Garcia
80. Jasmine Curtis-Smith
81. Eda Nolan
82. Chariz Solomon
83. Kylie Padilla
84. Alessandra de Rossi
85. Aze Sasaki
86. Alodia Gosiengfiao
87. Paloma
88. Karylle
89. Gwen Zamora
90. Rufa Mae Quinto
91. Kit Barraquias
92. Jed Montero
93. Jill Yulo
94. Maxene Magalona
95. Kristine Santamena
96. Maricar Reyes
97. Aifha Medina
98. Alex Gonzaga
99. Jen Milton
100. Dorina Groh

Me, Myself, and I   Leave a comment

In order to maintain a healthy relationship with others, it is a BIG MUST that you maintain one with yourself. Therefore, it is indeed needed to spend some “me time” with yourself. Not only does it make you do some crazy things that only you can understand, it also keeps you sane and grounded. 🙂

After hearing some negative things about me earlier this day, I have decided to give myself a treat. After all, the only person who can understand me the most is myself. I hurriedly left the office and went to Alabang Town Center to pamper myself. I was on the verge of watching Real Steel and/or What’s My Number, but both have already started when I reach the mall. I just decided to roam around with my jumbo Cookies and Cream Blizzard and canvassed for a new external hard drive (because my laptop is begging me to have one).

I must admit that it was a big relief; although I must say that it was at the expense of my huge belly. But what the hell? If an ice cream will give me the much needed companion for that afternoon, then so be it. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that I was looking for. I was ready to go home and continue work over there when impulse suddenly controlled me, and the next thing I knew, I was already at Festival Supermall. I looked for books, magazines, and some other stuff that will make me forget the bad things that I have heard. I left my phone unreachable so that I won’t be bothered with anything. At that time, I was just enjoying the moment.

I also stopped by a Church and went for a quick moment with God and Mama Mary. I just said thanks for all the blessings that I, my family, friends, and loved ones are receiving. I also thanked Him for the progress that the Given Grace Cebanico case had. Furthermore, I prayed for YOU; that you may be guided into thinking and doing the correct things. 🙂 I went to a last stop and had a haircut so that my “tour” will be worth it. Once home, I had my hair cut and a new external hard driver to boot! (Yay!)

Of course, this does not mean that you need tons of money to make yourself feel happy (though it can be helpful. HAHAHA).  To be honest, the most fulfilling part of my day was when I talked to God. A close second of course was when I had a new EHD. LOL. Bottom line is, it’s not bad to take yourself out every once in a while. How I wish there’s mandatory date yourself day every day. Trust me, this is necessary because how people see you starts with yourself. After this day, I actually feel more loved. Why will I focus myself on one person who does not like me when there’s a looot out there who loves me? 🙂

Also, never ever focus on the negative things. If any focus is given on such, then turn them into anything positive. It definitely helps a lot. Actually, I’m already looking forward to my next date with myself. 🙂

Posted October 17, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Personal

Look At Me Now   2 comments

Di ko man madaan sa mukha, idadaan ko na lang sa damit. Haha. Hello Enchong, pareho tayo ng suot. Haha. ♥

Posted August 24, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Personal

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Tears Dry on Their Own   1 comment

Addiction.

There’s always something mysterious and captivating about addiction. At first, it can be harmless. The less harm you think it brings, the opposite it actually does to you. Whether it’s internet usage, alcohol, or pornography, all of them starts with curiosity. That curiosity keeps on growing, and before you know it, you’re already into it. After you realize that, you try so hard, and do every single thing you can to avoid it, until you yourself realize that the mere act of avoiding becomes the new habit.

Last Saturday, we lost one of the most amazing talents we have. Amy Winehouse was found dead and unperceptive in her own apartment. At a very young age of 27, Winehouse already managed to be a legend. To be honest, I already sensed that this day will probably come, but never this early. I guess everyone is aware how much she struggled with her fight against all the demons that have lived inside her. But despite that, there’s still this glimmering sign of hope in me that this is just a phase, and she’ll get over this and fix everything.

Apparently, it was already late. As a fan, I am devastated. From what I’ve known of her, she is a sweet, hardworking girl that was troubled. She needs help, and for some unknown reason, she can’t fight all of these storms that brave her way. It breaks my heart that she was a laughing stock to most people because of her addiction to substance. It’s a shame that she wasn’t given the chance to redeem herself and show others the Amy that her fans learned to love and appreciate.

Whatever made her dependent on substance is something that we’ll never know. It can be depression, it can be pressure, it can be frustration, or it can be fame. But what I did know was that the world should know more of her talents. Her vocals were amazing and unique. Her songwriting skills were some of the rawest, and most honest I have ever heard. She opened the doors not only for British female singers to make a name for themselves in the US, but more than that, she made us embrace her and her music despite her imperfections. If anything, her music is nearly flawless. It’s sad that the world won’t be able to hear new music from her.

It has always been clear to her fans that Amy is not the most good-looking singer out there; nor the sexiest one like every pop star we see nowadays. If anything, she isn’t manufactured like them, but that didn’t stop people from loving her. She has always been transparent, and her songs reflect her personal look in life. She has SOUL. The same can’t be said about any of her contemporaries.

Her album Back to Black made me fell in love with her. I even made a review about it three years ago, and indicated that I hope she gets to fix her personal issues because the world needs more of her talents. I gave the album a spin a while ago, and it never lost any inch of magic that she inserted into the record. I still remember her genuine reaction when it was announced that she won the Grammy for Record of the Year, and how tearful she was when she made her speech. She deserved the recognition fair and square, yet I can’t believe how humble her reaction was.

While it was Back to Black that introduced her to me, it was her underrated album Frank that made me know her more. Adele summed it best when she said that “ i don’t think she ever realised just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming.”

We only get to see a talent like hers once in a blue moon. Though I can’t explain more how much I’d love for her to come back, I still thank Amy for sharing her talents to us. Your music is and will always be remembered.  I know that you’re watching us now from heaven, and you don’t want us to be devastated, and if anything, we’ll celebrate your short existence and how you’ll always be an inspiration to all of us.

You’ll surely be missed, Amy!  Thank you for everything! 🙂

Posted July 27, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Personal

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Officially Missing You   Leave a comment

Finals ng Devcomsoc last weekend. So yes, wala po akong boses. Anyway, share ko lang ‘to:

Same resort. (Almost) same pose. Same batch. 🙂

Miss ko na kayo HELIX. Ang tanda na natin yet we’re still the coolest. Haha!

Posted July 25, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Personal

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Happy   2 comments

Say it with me: FIIINNNAAALLLEEEHHH!!!!

Reserved IMAX tickets for HP7 Part 2! Hurray! 🙂

Oh boy I am sooo soo excited! Good company, and good movie. I bet my sister will be surprised as hell when I tell her that we finally scored the tix! I will be seeing this with Alex, JM, Les, and Joie + my sister. So it’s like taking your child to work day but this time, it’s take your sister to HP! I promised her that we will be watching this and IMAX, and I promised JM and Alex as well the same. So instead of paying two tickets, I just included her in our trip.

I just want to share my happiness. LOL. Anyway, tickets sell like hot pancakes, so you better reserve now! 🙂

Posted July 4, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Personal

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