filmmaking, food trip, movies, musings

Food and Art Part 1

Last week we had an interestingly artsy fartsy series of events we didnt see coming.

On february 7, thursday night, bianca balbuena, production manager and assistant director in some of jerrold tarog’s films and now producer for pepe diokno’s latest project, in which i and carlo are a part of, invited us to a screening at the UP of her recent producing stint off cinema one originals festival, ABERYA, starring will devaugn, mercedes cabral, iwa moto, and best supporting actor, nicholas varela, a sound recordist in real life and the ex-boyfriend of bianca. long sentence, i know.

We got to the UP early so we had dinner across the street from the theater at the ROC. awesome food and interiors. Loving the high ceiling, especially.


Clockwise from top left is tomato soup, bicol express bagnet, awesome herbed tomato and garlic roll up pizza and a beef stew (very good).

ABERYA was written and directed by christian linaban who hails from cebu. I would have enjoyed the film more if the sound were better during the screening. The film lost a lot of the mood and atmosphere to draw its audience into the world of love, sex, video scandals, designer drugs and circumstance. I learn later on that Pepe diokno had previously tweeted saying the film had the best sound design there is hence, it explained why i couldnt immerse myself into the film. Maybe i can catch it again in a better theater, which makes it also imperative that the UP film center (now called the UP film institute, but im old like that) must really upgrade its sound system, acoustics and put in a better and permanent digital projector.

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out at sea

it’s been awhile since ive been on a ship. back in college my first trip was on april of 1995 when my grandfather invited me to join him on a trip to manila when he planned to buy a car from a 2nd hand dealer. i was fresh out of high school and the only university i took entrance exams for and passed was the UP. my parents and aunt encouraged me to “check it out” so my dad helped me pack a very big bag with most of my things because if i do find myself liking UP, i would go straight to enrollment and start my first semester in college.

the trip to manila took almost three days on board the negros navigation. my grandfather booked a cabin room and i snuck in and slept there with an ordinary ticket. it went well except during meals where my grandfather could eat at the designated resto for cabin and suite passengers while i had to pay for meals there because of my ticket and p80 per meal was really expensive then.

20130214-172807.jpgafter my first semester i was excited to finally take a break and head back to mindanao. ive never been away from family this long. a friend and i purchased a tourist ticket to superferry on october 1995. we lined up at sm north to get the tickets, which were printed using a dot-marix machine and inserted into a sleeve with sharon cuneta’s face on it.

And so began my frequent trips to and fro cagayan de oro via ship. sometimes i stayed in the tourist section (air-conditioned semi private bunk bed style accommodations, sometimes with curtains) or aircon deluxe (not so private bunk bed style accomodations, sharing bed with strangers and no divisions between your bed fellow and you except for a handle bar). on occasion i took the cabin room when with friends from university but it was a tad too expensive at p2000 with meals.

i do remember riding most of the major shipping companies william lines, gothong lines, and aboitiz superferry, before the big merger and the three companies became known only as WG&A Superferry, still with sharon cuneta on the ticket sleeve. also remembered when trips to manila became faster. from 3 days, the trip from cagayan de oro to manila now took only 1.5 days!


one time while on the ship in the middle of the sea, the movie playing all over the tv screens was james cameron’s titanic. talk about irony! this was then followed by dolphy’s titanic spoof, tataynic, which was shot in a superferry boat.

i stopped taking the boat when airplane fares got cheaper as cebu pacific came into the picture and began offering promo fares, including their famous piso fare promos. id book 6 months to a year in advance for tickets in june and december and never took the boat again.


it may as well have been 10 years ago since i took the ship and i was pretty excited to join carlo in his event dressup aboard 2Go from batangas to caticlan (boracay) (on what used to be a cebu ferries boat). i learned from one of our clients that wg&a has long been gone. negros navigation has acquired the aboitiz superferry group and restructured the brand to 2go, which was originally a courier service company. the amenities and design have been upgraded. we have cable tv onboard! also ive noticed the phone network signals are better out at sea today than it was 10 years ago. i have signal! erratic yes, but signal nevertheless.

ive long invited carlo to take the boat with me to mindanao but he’s always declined. with this trip, he’s converted and maybe we might just book ourselves on 2go next time en route home 😉

bon voyage!



remember remember the 5th of november

1. Student number?
1995-41759 hahaha

2. College?
Fine Arts.

3. Course?
BFA Visual Communication.

4. Nag-shift ka ba o na-kickout?
shift. originally enrolled at the college of home economics (what?) before shifting to architecture before shifting and finishing in fine arts.

5. Saan ka kumuha ng UPCAT?
mindanao polytechnic state university, formerly dmpsc, in mindanao. took the test with about 70% of my classmates. only 3 eventually enrolled in UP, and me being the only one in the diliman campus.

6. Favorite GE subject?
hmm. that science course with prof ranjit rye or something. i dont remember the course, i remember his manner of lecturing. i thought he was pretty good

7. Favorite PE?
1st PE, skin diving. for the finals we headed to batangas to swim in the ocean. coolness

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8. Saan ka nag-aabang ng hot girls/guys sa UP?
never did. but i stayed behind the bulletin boards in the FC watching feet and shoes go by.

9. Favorite prof(s)
ARCH del castillo and Dean honny fernandez. FA hernando and eli. GE ranjit rye.

10. Pinaka-ayaw na GE subject.
math1. math11 1st take. math11 2nd take. math14 1st take. math 14 2nd take. math 14 3rd take. math531st take. math 53 2nd take. math53 3rd take. math 53lab 1st take. physics71 1st take. physics71 2nd take.

11. Kumuha ka ba ng Wed or Sat classes?
sometimes. wa choice

12. Nakapag-field trip ka ba?
yup.PI100 field trip to montalban and the smokey mountain

13. Naging CS ka na ba or US sa UP?
haha yes. CS and US

14. Ano ang Org/Frat/Soro mo?
upcam, upcym, cmsm, kagay-haan, rotc chorale, soul singers.


15. Saan ka tumatambay palagi?
CRL upcym. and FA

16. Dorm, Boarding house, o Bahay?
Bahay was a 5-10 minute ride away

17. Kung walang UPCAT test at malaya kang nakapili ng kurso mo sa UP, ano yun (Given ang mentality mo nung HS ka)?
architecture pa rin siguro

18. Sino ang pinaka-una mong nakilala sa UP?
marianne sy-quimsiam CHE. faisal alih ARCH. von layugan CFA

19. First play na napanood mo sa UP?
gawd, i dunno, sakurahime i guess

20. Name the 5 most conyo orgs in UP
AIESEC. that archi org on the 4th floor. UPIC. dont know any other or dont remember anymore

21. Name 5 of the coolest orgs/frats/soro in UP.

22. May frat/soro bang nag-recruit sa yo?

23. Saan ka madalas mag-lunch?
RODICS. baroque’s. Khas Food stop sa may swimming pool. CASAA. isaw and fishball

24. Masaya ba sa UP?
nirvana itetch

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25. Nakasama ka na ba sa rally?
unfortunately no. i envied gemini’s story of her close encounter with the fireman’s hose (literally i mean)

26. Ilang beses ka bumoto sa Student Council
i did my best/ but i guess my best wasnt good enough/

27. Name at least 5 leftist groups in UP
umm… University Council. LFS. anak bayan (meron ba sa UP?). la liga filipina (panahon pa to ni luna at rizal ah). up babaylan (ya right)

28. Pinangarap mo rin bang mag-laude nung freshman ka?
of course. the nearest i got to losing that was a 5.0 grade in math 11. and the nearest i got to getting a nod was a US (univ scholar) in fine arts. astig !

29. Kanino ka pinaka-patay sa UP?
wala naman. i didnt have to-die-for crushes haha

30. Kung di ka UP, anong school ka?
xavier university cagayan de oro. or cagayan de oro college (formerly COC, now CU) because it was the only school in cdo offering architecture back in 1995. i could have gone to cebu but that wasnt exactly the plan then. shet what could have happened if my lolo didnt drag me on the negros navigation to manila? hmmm..