Costs of Technology, Updating the OS

I decided to give in and update my Lion to Yosemite. I’ve tried upgrading to Mavericks before but downloading about 5GB is near impossible in the connection that I have in Manila. Yesterday, I brought my Air to a PowerMac and had them update and restore the system for a fee of P1800 ($40). The... Continue Reading →

Food Adventures, Starting Out

Over the years, my love and fascination for food continually developed. This is especially true as I got to travel and experience a lot of different flavors. I don’t have enough skills to recreate everything that I’ve tasted in the cities I’ve been in, but experiencing the food is enough to make me imagine different... Continue Reading →

Birthday Blog Part 3: Pièce de Résistance

(I wrote this many months ago for my birthday, but I never got to post it. So even if its half a year late, I would post it anyway. After all, it's about me turning 30.) I am the ARSENAL Party Planner, so when my birthday rolled in, I was thinking that maybe they’d surprise... Continue Reading →

Getting the domain back

I finally got my domain back. I had some financial and practical restrictions when I was due to renew my domain. When I can finally do so, I am being charged a lot in terms of penalty. As I do not have a budget for that, I let it go, hoping that it will be... Continue Reading →

Birthday Post Part 2: 3-Movie Birthday Weekend

I don’t know if I can blog back but we have been watching a lot of movies lately. The birthday month started with 3--“Dagitab”, “War is a Tender Thing”, and “Beauty and the Beast”. It was great but it was also exhausting. Maybe we’ve been so excited we ended up doing too much? I’m not... Continue Reading →

Birthday Post Part 1: Starting September

I’ve been trying to go back to blogging without much success. I haven’t even published the first one that I wrote. (By the time I publish this piece, that piece would already be out! Am writing and scheduling posts, so I hope I get back on track!) But it doesn’t matter. I will continue to push,... Continue Reading →

Going Back

I’ve been out of the writing and blogging loop for quite some time. There were highs and lows and everything in between. One thing’s for sure, I felt stuck. I simply couldn’t write. Then I decided to just not to take it too hard and take life as it comes. And it did come. Maybe... Continue Reading →

Break of Spring, Remembering Gaudi

La Sagrada Familia led me to Barcelona. As I would later learn, there is a whole world out there to discover. Its a comparatively small city, but is full of culture and character. I got there at the break of spring and La Sagrada Familia is the first structure I went to discover. The short... Continue Reading →

YCC names Qiyamah best film of 2012; Nora Aunor bags fifth performance award

Young Critics Circle Film Desk

The Young Critics Circle chose Qiyamah, Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s poetic Qiyamahdepiction of a rural village haunted by the specter of the apocalypse (Qiyamah in Islam) as best film of 2012, while veteran actress Nora Aunor was chosen best performer for her role as Shaleha, a Bajau midwife, in Thy Womb. Aunor previously won the Circle’s sole acting award in 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1995.

Qiyamah premiered in Davao City on June 2012 as one of the entries to the first Sineng Pambansa Film Festival sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Qiyamah bested two other films, Arnel Mardoquio’s Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim and Adolfo Alix Jr.’s Kalayaan.

Qiyamah was also cited in two other categories: editing and sound and aural orchestration.

Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim was chosen for best screenplay (for writer/director Mardoquio), while Kalayaan garnered two awards:…

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