Second year


At last, Larry Ramos has heeded our request to submit his collection of old pictures, like the one above which  is a photo of II-1 under the late Ms. Lolita Santos. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Larry also sent snaps of his elementary school days, which are already posted on the site. All these pictures have been added to our Life in sepia series.

Thanks, Larry.


Prayer for dad


“Dear God, this year please send clothes for all those poor ladies in Daddy’s computer, Amen …”

(Father’s Day is still three weeks to go, so consider this as our advance greetings to all the tatays out there.)

Lumang pelikula

Habang pelikula na rin lang ang pinag-uusapan … Natatandaan n’yo pa rin ba yung mga pelikulang black-and-white na madalas na pinanonood ng ating mga nanay noon? Katulad na lang ng nasa itaas, ang “Waray Waray”, na pinagbidahan nina Nida Blanca at Nestor de Villa.

Kadalasang pinalalabas ang mga ito pagkapananghalian at napapanood din natin habang pinipilit tayong matulog sa hapon ng ating mga magulang at pinagbabawalang maglaro ng teks o chinese garter sa labas sa kasagsagan ng init na dala ng tag-araw.

Tuloy, sa murang edad natin noon ay natutunan nating kamuhian sina Etang Ditscher, Bella Flores, Rosa Rosal at Zeny Zabala dahil sa pambabalahura nila kina Carmen Rosales, Gloria Romero, Susan Roces, Amalia Fuentes, Lolita Rodriguez at marami pang iba. 🙂


Brilliante Mendoza

Pinoy director Brillante Mendoza has just made history by winning the Best Director award in this year’s edition of the Cannes Film Festival for “Kinatay”. This is the first time that a Filipino has won an award in Cannes, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

Please click here to read the news story in the Inquirer, here to watch the awards night, here to know more about the festival, and here to see the trailer.

Mendoza’s oeuvre includes “Serbis” (also a finalist in Cannes last year), “Masahista”, “Tirador”, “Foster Child”, and “Kaleldo” .

Studying abroad


Studying abroad was one topic of conversation we never had in high school. Given our “lowly” situation then, just being able to enrol in college was for us already a feat in itself. After finishing our undergraduate courses, we immediately went on looking for jobs and eventually raised our own families. Taking up post-graduate studies, let alone doing it abroad, was simply not in our scheme of things.

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Scaling Mount Samat

Our dear Remy Tuazon-Martin is sharing these pictures of the family’s recent visit to Mount Samat in Pilar, Bataan, which, incidentally, is also the birthplace of Danny Martin.

Mount Samat is the site of the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor), built in honor of the thousands of Filipino and American soldiers who perished fighting the Japanese Imperial Army in 1942.

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