Cinderella (Preview Photos)

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, the King and Queen cooked up a plan to marry off the free-spirited Prince. At a time devoid of Facebook and dating sites, a ball in his honor seemed like the wisest choice to get him in a room with the fairest maidens in the land.

The Prince is giving a ball!!!

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This got the ladies shrieking and screaming…

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Online Shopping with GCASH American Express Virtual Pay

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Over the last couple of weeks, I have been checking the local Kenneth Cole shops for a very specific model of a watch that I saw on their website. Unfortunately, this elusive model was either out of stock or was no longer sold here in the country that I decided to give up on it and started scouting for alternatives.

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The Kenneth Cole KC1885 as listed in the brand’s own website

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My Husband’s Lover and the CBCP

Over the last few months, the widespread acceptance and awareness among Philippine audiences of the plight and lives of gay people have visibly changed. Whereas gay characters were contained in stereotype a few years back, now we are presented with a variety of characters whose lives may not be very different from a family member or that gay couple that live across your house. Good people mind you, that go on about their daily lives as any heterosexual person; many of them as Catholic as 80% of this country’s citizenry.  

Enters My Husband’s Lover – a progressive story of a gay man who succumbs to fear of having his sexuality discovered and cloaks it by marrying a woman and having children with her. It is a story that breaks the stereotypical portrayal of a gay man as effeminate, loud and flamboyant, or if he happens to be discreet, has the tendency to bend like seaweed at the sight of an attractive, straight guy.   Here we see actual gay men that exist in growing numbers in society today – handsome, well-bred, successful and intelligent. These men act just like any straight guy and excel in their respective fields. These are men that any person would dream of having; role models that any kid can aspire to be when they grow up.

This representation is unacceptable to the CBCP. In a statement aired on Radyo Veritas, Fr. Kunegundo Garganta, Executive Secretary of the CBCP Commission on Youth said that shows like My Husband’s Lover should consider that we are in a country that gives importance to morality. He also said that guidelines should be set for shows that are being being watched by today’s youth.  

Of course, we are not going to pretend that he is referring to the plot about infidelity as this is a staple in several other telenovelas and they have not aired their disapproval about those other shows. So we are left with two things: 1. the homosexual theme of the story and 2. the possible route that leads to individuality and standing up for who you really are no matter how scary and no matter how the bigoted society reacts.

Now, this show is rated SPG (Strong Parental Guidance) and screens late at night when little children should already be asleep. For other kids that are old enough to be aware of the concept of having a crush, I think with proper guidance, this is a good time to explain to them that there are gay men and women who cannot live with themselves and live a lie in order to be accepted – all in an effort to conform to the Fr. Gargantas and the CBCPs of this world. They have to know that being moral is not measured by whether you are gay or straight but by the good that you do. 

At a time when first world nations have infused awareness in just about anything that you see on television and on the web, the churches are losing their hold on the “educated” citizenry; more-so, the battle on equality in several countries, in what I can only imagine to be an alarming rate.   

In a developing country like ours, the CBCP thrives in using eternal damnation as a scare tactic for the ill-informed, even telling people that our culture should be different from those of foreign countries that have embraced equality and fairness as a doctrine. For a mentality that promotes hatred and intolerance in the name of God, a show like My Husband’s Lover can be quite a threat as it reaches out to the very masses that the church holds dominion over. It gives them access to a reality that most of us already know. It presents another face of normalcy, where the only immoral act is bigotry.

X-Men: Days of Future Past and the Future of Shopping

I used to collect Marvel comic books and trading cards when I was a kid. I had like a gazillion of them left in my room in perfectly mint condition. Then when I was away for college, we had to transfer houses. My mom, who packed my stuff, didn’t know the value of my collection at the time so she left them all in our old house for the movers to do god-knows-what with them.   I was devastated for weeks so I decided to switch my collection to anything digital as it 1. saves time and boxes when you have to move condos and 2. they’re accessible anywhere and I wouldn’t have to worry about them getting left behind again.   But the recent film adaptation of X-Men: Days of Future Past sparked nostalgia in me and I just have to have a hardcover copy of it. Sure the film was pretty awesome but they did change the story quite a bit and I just want to read (and own) the original again. The kindle and paperback copies simply will not do for this fan-boy so I checked out the local Filbars stores if they have it in stock. Obviously, I was not the only one that wanted a copy so they were all out and they have no idea when they will have them again. This means that I have to get the copy online which is what I should have done in the first place.    

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Review: Sa Wakas, A Pinoy Rock Musical

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Dale’s Review:

Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2013 — Sa Wakas has been subject of mostly rave reviews since it opened last April 13th at the PETA Theater. After catching the show yesterday, we were glad to see that it wasn’t just hype.

Sa Wakas is the type of show that you tell your friends about just because you want to share something special with them. It is the type of show that you would want people to see because you know that at one point in their lives, they may have walked the path of at least one of the characters and seeing it onstage calls to mind gut-wrenching conversations you may have had over several bottles of beer.

And that really is how the show felt like. It is as if you or your closest friend had just had his heart torn into pieces and he shares with you, over a couple of six-packs, the nitty-gritty details that led him to where he is now. Told backward, it is a painful journey of recollection and as an audience, you feel every bit of the pain because you know how this story will end.

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Review: The Graduate

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During the first act of The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock exclaims in a fit that his father, as well as everyone that his father knows, are grotesque. I think there couldn’t be a more appropriate description of what follows in the next hour of the show.

Based on a novel of the same title written by Charles Webb and the 60s film starring Anne Bancroft and the very young Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate is characterized by that feeling of being trapped, the need to break free and ultimately, one’s inability to escape fate. The stage version, however, seemed to miss the point of the story and portrayed relationships of repulsive, whiny people and even rewarded them with a happy ending.

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Review: Les Miserables

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It was Jae’s first time to watch Les Miserables. The most he knew of it was of course On My Own and I Dreamed a Dream that were popularized by various artists of late. His reaction to the film was priceless. Check out his review below. – Dale

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