Prediksyon sa Oscars 2014


Taun-taon ay nagbibigay ang inyong lingkod ng listahan ng mga iniisip n’yang mga mananalo sa pinakaprestihiyosong manggagawad ng parangal para sa pinilakang tabing, ang Academy Awards o Oscars. Marami ang magagandang pelikulang naipalabas noong isang taon ngunit iilan lamang sa kanila ang magkakamit ng parangal.


Pinakagusto ko at pinakamaganda para sa akin ang pelikulang Gravity, pero ang tingin kong mananalo ay ang 12 Years A Slave.


Si Alfonso Cuaron, ang nagdirihe ng Gravity ang siyang mananalo.


Bagamat napakagaling ni Matthew McConaughey sa pelikulang Dallas Buyers Club, ang parangal na ito ay natatangi para kay Leonardo diCaprio na pinakamagaling para sa karakter niyang Jordan Belfort sa pelikulang The Wolf of Wall Street.


Makukuha ni Cate Blanchett ang parangal na ito para sa napakagaling niyang pagganap sa Blue Jasmine.


Mukhang makukuha ni Jared Leto ang parangal na ito dahil sa pagganap niya bilang isang bading na may sakit na AIDS bagamat gustong-gusto ko sanang makuha ito ni Michael Fassbender na talagang nakakabilib sa 12 Years A Slave.


Napakagaling ni Lupita Nyong’o sa kanyang pagganap sa 12 Years A Slave ngunit ang parangal na ito ay igagawad kay Jennifer Lawrence sa isa na namang nakakabilib na pagganap sa American Hustle.


Sayang at di kasama sa mga nominado ang Blue is the Warmest Color na siyang gusto kong manalo ng parangal na ito. Maaaring ang The Hunt o The Great Beauty ang mananalo.


Walang duda na iuuwi ng Frozen ang parangal na ito.


Kung napanood ninyong lahat ang mga pelikulang kasama sa listahan ng mga nominado rito, masasabi ninyong Gravity ang dapat na mag-uwi ng parangal. Bagamat ayos lang din kung manalo ang 12 Years A Slave dahil napakaganda rin ng sinematograpiyang ipinakita rito.


Natatangi ang mga damit na suot-suot sa pelikulang The Great Gatsby kaya’t maaaring sila ang mag-uwi ng parangal na ito.


Tatlo ang napupusuan kong mananalo nito: Gravity, 12 Years A Slave o kaya Captain Phillips. Napakaganda ng ginawang editing sa mga pelikulang iyan kaya kahit alin sa kanila ay gusto kong manalo.


Sa Dallas Buyers Club o Bad Grandpa mapupunta ang parangal na ito.


Sa totoo lang, dalawa ang gusto kong manalo rito: Gravity at Her


Mas gusto kong manalo ang Happy ni Pharrell Williams higit sa Let It Go ng pelikulang Frozen.


Iuuwi ng Gravity ang parangal na ito.


Gravity o Captain Phillips ang mananalo rito.


Gravity o Captain Phillips uli.


Sobrang ganda ng visual effects na ipinamalas sa Iron Man 3 at Star Trek bagamat maaaring Gravity uli ang manalo rito.


Walang dudang 12 Years A Slave ang mananalo nito.


Gusto kong manalo rito ang Nebraska ngunit mas may tsansang Her ni Woody Allen ang mananalo.


Ito ang prediksyon ko ngayong taon sa Academy Awards. Tingnan natin kung makakarami ako ng tama. Hehe.

Best Movies of 2013

Unang inilathala ang blog post na ito sa isa ko pang blog ( Akin lamang ni-repost dito upang mas marami ang makabasa ukol sa mga pellikula na ipinalabas sa loob at labas ng bansa na sa tingin ng inyong butihing blogger ay pinakamaganda para sa taong 2013. Pumasok ba rito ang paborito mo?

Let’s take a look at the best movies the year 2013 has to offer days before the most prestigious award-giving body for movies airs on the United States. These are my top choices for time-worthy and money-worthy cinema:



I want to start this yearly countdown with the third installment of the romantic Before trilogy starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Thanks to the good word of mouth from people who have watched this movie in theaters I got interested in watching the first two Before movies. And I was flabbergasted by how good they were. The directing was brilliant and the acting done by Hawke and Delpy never seemed be acting at all. And the writing, hmmm, the writing! It was nothing short of great! The last installment, Before Midnight, thankfully did not disappoint either. I was happy and fulfilled about how the characters came to be.



Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the most thrilling and one of the darkest movies of the past year. The story of child abduction is never light and it wasn’t treated lightly in Prisoners. Apart from the believable acting done by the cast, this movie showed great editing, suspenseful directing and smart writing. Too bad it was one of the most underrated movies of the past year which is why only a small number of people were able to watch it.



Frozen is the best film Disney has produced for a long time. Using their magic formula of putting a princess as a lead character, they made a great change this time in terms of resolving the always predictable conflict. Not to spoil anything but this great change made Frozen one-of-a-kind.



Paul Greengrass is a master of action. I wasn’t convinced at first that a ship and its captain that are being taken over by pirates could make such a very suspenseful narrative. But it could. In more than two hours of scenes involving the captain and his crew protecting the ship, falling for the mean pirates, negotiating with them and finally resolving the conflict, the movie depicted the most astounding hostage-taking drama film. Greengrass, along with his brilliant lead actor, Tom Hanks, presented a very interesting tale about how it is to be taken at sea.


Boy Golden

Just when I thought no good film would come out last year in the Metro Manila Film Festival come the little promoted Chito Rono film called Boy Golden. The title must have a premonitory effect as this is gold compared to the other MMFF entries.

I love how Chito Rono took care of the movie. He tied up all the scenes without lose threads. He did not allow mediocrity sip into his actors’ performances. And I just really like how he works with colors in the film’s scenes. He found beauty in each scene no matter how unlikely it was and this gave a much profound effect to what he wanted to convey about his characters or what’s happening in the story.



Want to watch a film that will really make you think about human relationships? Watch Her, the latest film from acclaimed director, Spike Jonze, and brilliant actor, Joaquin Phoenix, as they tackle how humans express love with each other now and how it might be in the near future.

Joaquin Phoenix displays his brilliance once again as the lonesome lead character in the movie named Theodore. Every quip, every act he made seemed so natural. But he wouldn’t do it that well without Samantha, which is voiced by Scarlett Johannson. “Her” quirkiness and poignancy as the super smart computer made it believable that a human could really fall in love with a machine.



David O. Russell did it again with American Hustle. In comparison to his previous great efforts, this movie is like an organized chaos of ideas. A great chaos, that is. And much like how Russell directs his films, this one seemed blurry at first until one gets over the blurriness and seemingly understands what the whole films is all about. That’s how Russell shows his brilliance. He’ll let you in little by little until you find yourself wanting more. But his directing would be futile if not backed up by a brilliant cast led by Christian BaleAmy AdamsChris Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. None of these actors were seen as themselves in the film. Why? They were not seen because they became their characters. And you just got to be awed by how amazing these talented individuals were when given a smart script that they could toy with. American Hustle is definitely one of the greatest movies of 2013.


TWOWS poster

Martin Scorcese’s latest offering, The Wolf of Wall Street, trumps many a great movie about money-making schemes. Watching it is a blast from start to finish! It’s got that great vibe of helping you understand how people in the stock market do what they do good. I kind of expected Leonardo diCaprio to be great, but I was nicely surprised to see him a lot better than what I was expecting him to be! He would surely given Chiwetel Ejiofor of the brilliant 12 Years a Slave a run for his money in the Oscar race for Best Actor. I actually thought he’s given the best performance of his life in this movie, being really the wolf in the Wall Street.

The movie seems to be an amalgam of deadly sins: greed, gluttony, power andlust. Leonardo diCaprio characterized all of these in his characterization of Jordan Belfort, the notorious stockbroker who owned Stratton Oakmont and made lots of millions swindling investors in the stock market. The way he spoke would seem to persuade even the most skeptical person to invest in his company. He didn’t really care about the investors; he cared about making loads of money. He, together with his friends and employees, drank and partied hard, took drugs as if they’re meals, fornicate anyone even those he is not fond of. He was addicted to power by not just trying to maintain being rich, but doing all he can to become richer and richer. All of these drowned him into the well of immorality, a world where everything seemed to be fun even though they’re not.

Scorcese still has his magic. In three hours, Scorcese showed how such a character like Belfort could have done such outrageous things. It is a testament that he really excels in doing movie that shows a study of character. He effectively showed how a small-time dreamer turned into a great but wild realist in the Wall Street. Belfort had a vision of what he wanted to be, and Scorcese made that evident in his frequent collaborator, Leonardo diCaprio, who’s insanely good in this movie.



Probably the most underrated movie in this list, The Way, Way Back is a coming-of-age movie that touches the heart, reels up the mind and brings out the good in every viewer’s soul. Yeah, that’s how deep the movie is even though it appears as just one of those teenage movies, which it definitely is not. It is the total opposite of the senselessly “fun” teenage movies as it deeply explores relationships of a child to his family, his friends and his crush. Putting in great performances are Lian James as Duncan, the 14-year-old central character of the film, and Sam Rockwell as Owen, the newly-found childish yet wise friend of Duncan when their family went to a beach house for a vacation. They, along with the rest of the cast, made the brilliant script come really alive. Thanks to its directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for bringing this movie into fruition. Would you believe the movie is their directorial debut? What a great start!



“It’s a long time ago. Why are you bringing that up for?”

This movie is a funny, straight up story about a senior man and his family who went back to their roots in Nebraska. I had reservations before watching this film but after watching, I realized I should have not. I liked it actually. A lot.

I was wondering why the director chose the movie to be filmed in black and white. But while watching, I thought it must have been for a good reason. Reminiscing the old times? Looking for what’s good and what’s bad? We may never know. But what I know is that it was beautiful even only with its black and gray hues. In addition, there were a lot of shots that show a lot of very picturesque sceneries and scenic moments.

It never hurts to watch a good movie. Nebraska is one of those movies that you would really appreciate watching. You won’t only enjoy, you won’t just be entertained. You’d certainly feel good. But not just that, you’d pick up a lesson or two.

I like the movie’s quiet. I like its easygoing feel. I like its soothing music. I like the belongingness and the cheers. I like the confrontations and the bickering. I like its bright and dark contrasts. I like everything about it. In one way or another, every person is going through one of the roads any of the character is experiencing in the movie. Some will rise above the others, some will do just fine. Some will die early, others may grow old yet the may grow old in misery. It’s nice to know, though, that everything seems to be just fine. Believe in something… because it never hurts to believe.



Catching Fire is one of those rare occurrences that a sequel of a movie is much, much better than its predecessor. Whether it’s because of the bigger budget or a better director, the movie is certain to give the moviegoer a great film experience upon watching.

I have read the book where the movie is based and I can say that this movie version is much more faithful than The Hunger Games. It’s been roughly two years since I’ve read it but after watching one scene after another, glimpses of what I have read suddenly came back.

Ten minutes into the film, I was already feeling the drama and the heaviness of its themes. Jennifer Lawrence (as Katniss) and Josh Hutcherson (as Peeta) are, without a doubt, two of the best actors in this generation. They make small scenes seem big and important with the way they act: their nuances, their delivery of lines, their movements. They made me believe once again in their characters. Meanwhile, I like the supporting cast much more in this movie than the last one.

Amazing visuals. Good musical score. Great directing. This movie seems to have it all!



Top-notch directing and editing, very credible acting, excellent production design, great musical score, this movie has it all. To tell you the truth, I already had high expectations before watching because of good word-of-mouth feedback from people and raving reviews from critics. It was that high that I prepared myself to be disappointed. But, no. The movie was worth the hype. On the Job delivered greatly that acclaimed movies of many years past were not able to achieve.


12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave is one of the most buzzed films of 2013 and it is deserving to be so for one very good reason: it is a great movie. The way director Steve McQueen touched the topic of racism would truly affect you, inspire you (to do what’s good) and discourage you (from doing what’s bad). It didn’t come off as preachy, but it set the drama for every eye to see what was happening in America almost 200 years ago.

Come to think of it, the movie served as a reminder, too, that it’s much the same today, albeit a different kind of use and abuse are being done to other people. Despite the preaching of good people, awareness and knowledge about what’s right or wrong, some people still enslave other people in more ways than one.

With great directing/ editing, credible acting, impressive writing and brilliant production values, this movie is a great contender for Oscar’s Best Picture. I wouldn’t be surprised if it upsets my 2013 favorite Gravity.

Read the rest of my review here.



A visual spectacle and an emotional masterpiece, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity takes off as one great 3D movie a film enthusiast will definitely love.

It’s an understatement when I say that watching this movie is a great 3D experience. It’s a joy to float with the characters in space and their space shuttles and yet it’s a tragedy to tumble with them unto the unknown. You would be able to grasp that idea of emotion they must be reeling to feel while enduring the idea of being really there in the outer space. Every single move they do with their body, every single twitch of their eye, every word their mouths articulate, you will feel. All of these things are present in the film without lacking in visual aesthetics. The space setting was so real you’ll feel you’re there all those times. The space shuttles, the debris, the stars and the Earth all felt real. Add to that the sometimes subtle, sometimes roaring musical score and you’ll definitely know you’re in a great ride. Because of these and more, the film went beyond spectacular. Gravity seemed like a character study in a display of technically perfect showing. Kudos to all the visual effects people, the sound masters and the meticulously great director of the film, Alfonso Cuaron.

The story might be very simple but it’s got great lessons for everyone. We all go through changes. We all go through sorrows. We all experience alarms and unpleasant surprises. We all sometimes just want to tune out everyone and just be with ourselves and ourselves alone. In the end, you will know that you’re still there with yourself, all changes or not. In the end, you will know that you can’t forever wallow in sorrow. In the end, you will learn to survive any astonishing thing that comes your way. Because in the end, if you have the will to live, you will always make it through.









Unrequited Love

unrequited love pic

Ilang araw na lang at matatapos na ang Buwan ng mga Puso, o kung di kayo pabor dyan ay ang buwan na lang kung kailan ipinagiriwang ang Araw ng mga Puso. At tulad ng mga nakaraang taon, ipinagdiwang ng mga mag-asawa at mga magkasintahan ang araw na iyon na tila iba sa ibang mga araw. Extra special ang pagkikita nila sapagkat may dala-dalang mga regalo, mga mababango at magagandang bulaklak, matatamis na mga tsokolate para sa isa’t-isa habang matatamis na mga titig, masasarap na mga halik at yakap ang ipinamamalas din nila. Tiyak din na malaki-laki ang kinita ng iba’t-ibang mga establisyimiento nung araw na iyon sapagkat dagsa talaga sa mga pasyalan ang mga mag-asawa’t magkakasintahan. O, kay sarap umibig, ano?

Pero ang blog post na ito ay hindi para sa kanilang nag-iibigan. Ang blog post kong ito ngayon ay para run sa mga bigo, nadaya o nadapa sa pag-ibig.

Unrequited love

Ano ba ang unrequited love? Para maunawaan natin ito, maiging alamin ang ibig sabihin ng requite. Ayon sa Merriam-Webster Dictionary, ang requite ay nangangahulugang ibigay pabalik o reciprocate ang isang bagay. Kaya pag sinabing unrequited love, ang pag-ibig na pinadadama ng isang tao sa isa pang tao ay hindi naibibigay pabalik, hindi naipadadama ng tulad sa ipinadarama, hindi lubusang maibigay ang pagmamahal sa isang nagmamahal. Ito na yata ang isa sa mga pinakamasakit na pwedeng maranasan at maramdaman ng isang tao. Bakit ba naman hindi? Anumang ginusto natin ay gusto nating makuha kahit na minsan lamang. Anumang pinaghihirapan natin, gusto nating masuklian ng biyaya kahit kaunti lang. Hindi ba’t sinasabi nga nilang pag may tiyaga, may nilaga? Pero paano kung ginusto nga natin, pinaghirapan din natin at pinagtiyagaan natin ay isang malaking HINDI ang sasalubong sa atin? Ang sakit, Kuya Eddie.

Sabagay, hindi naman ganun kasimple yun. Maaaring di tayo gusto ng ginugusto natin sapagkat:

  1. HINDI IKAW ANG TIPO NIYA. Maliit ka siguro kahit na mabait. Maitim kahit na madasalin. Walang trabaho kahit na masikap. Matangos ang ilong pero luwa ang mga mata. Gwapo pero di mayaman. O kaya mayaman pero walang hitsura. Gwapo ka, matangkad pati na rin mayaman pero babae rin pala ang gusto niya. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Tiyak, hindi ikaw ang tipo niya. Alam naman nating halos lahat ay pisikal na kaanyuan ang hinahanap agad sa magiging kasintahan, di ba? Susunod na diyan ang iba pang mga bagay na mahalagang piliin din. Kaya kahit na anong effort pa ang gawin natin para mapaibig ang isang tao, kung ayaw niya tayo base sa ating hitsura, antas sa buhay, ugali o pagkatao ay wala na tayong magagawa pa rito. Maliban na lang siguro kung talagang pursigido ka at sa pagpupurisge mo ay mapaibig mo siya. Walang imposible, maniwala ka!

Lahat na ay ginagawa para sa kanya

Habang siya ay masaya at malungkot para sa inyong dalawa

Sapagkat hinding-hindi kayo magiging isa

  1. MAY SABIT KA. Mamaya niyan ay may boyfriend o girlfriend ka pala. Gusto mo lang maglaro. O maaaring curious ka sa iba. O kaya naman, ayaw mo na sa kasintahan mo pero di mo pa siya mabitawan sapagkat ayaw mo siyang masaktan. Ang hirap, ano? Tsaka, wala naman sigurong may gusto na kabit-kabit lang sila, di ba? Marami pa ring disenteng tao na di papasok sa gulo ng pakikipagrelasyon sa taong may sabit sapagkat alam nilang mali ito. Pero sa totoo lang, at alam ng mga tao ito, maraming tao ang mga kabit. Magtanong ka sa kanto ng inyong pamayanan at tiyak may kilala silang ganyan. Hindi natin alam ang mga dahilan nila sa paggawa nito pero malamang ang iba sa kanila’y nabigo na rin dati ng pag-ibig, napagod sa paghihintay sa tunay nilang mahal o kaya naglalaro lang din. Iisa ang tiyak. May sira ang ulo nila. Hehe, biro lang. Di naman kasi natin talaga madidiktahan ang puso, hindi ba?

Kayo ay pwede sana

Kung wala kang abala

  1. MAY SABIT SIYA. Mayroon na palang boyfriend, girlfriend o asawa ang gusto mo e. Ano pa ang hinahanap mo? Bakit mo pa rin siya gusto? Hanap mo siguro ng gulo, ano? Sabagay, nagagawa ng ibang taong sumabak sa gulo pagkat wari nila’y mahal talaga nila ang taong iyon na may sabit. Di na nila iniisip pa ang kanilang reputasyon sapagkat mas mahalagang ipaglaban nila ang kanilang nararamdaman. Matapang, may rason, pero mali pa rin naman. Teka, may mali ba sa pag-ibig?

Yun nga lang, isa ka nang tunay na tanga

Pagkat ang mahal mo

May mahal namang iba

  1. WALA SIYANG SABIT PERO NAGHIHINTAY ANG PUSO NIYA SA IBA. Gusto mo siya, gusto ka niya. Nahuhulog ka na talaga sa kanya. Nahuhulog na rin talaga siya sa iyo. Gusto mo nang sabihing mahal mo siya. Gusto na rin niyang sabihing mahal ka niya… pero napipigilan pa rin niya. Hindi dahil wala siyang nararamdamang pag-ibig sa’yo kundi may tao siyang hinihintay na magbalik. Maaaring ang taong yun ay ang unang tao na nagpadama sa kanya ng tunay na pag-ibig at nangakong babalik, di nga lang alam kung kailan. Iniyakan niya ng pakatagal-tagal, nangakong tatanggapin pa rin niya kahit na pinagtaksilan siya, sinubukang umiwas umibig ng sobra dahil siya pa rin ay umaasa. Ano ang laban mo run, hindi ba?

Mahal n’yo ang isa’t-isa pero hindi yun sapat

Sapagkat di maaari, ikaw ay meron na

Habang may hinihintay siya

  1. SAPAT NA SA KANYANG MAY GUSTO SIYA SA’YO PERO DI NIYA IPUPURSIGI PA ITO. Maaaring gusto lang niya ang pakiramdam na umiibig. Sapat na sa kanya iyon kahit na di mo siya ibigin pa. Maaari ring ayaw niyang pumasok sa isang relasyon, lalo na’t maaari itong maging magulo. Maaari ring natatakot siyang pag sinabi niya ito ay matatanggihan o mari-reject siya kaya’t ikikimkim na lang niya habang siya’y nabubuhay.

Isa ka na ngang hangal

Natanong mo na lang sarili mo

Bakit ganito pagmamahal?

May naiisip pa ba kayong dahilan kung bakit hindi magugustuhan ang isang tao ng kanilang gusto? Pakisulat ang mga iyon sa ibaba. Nais kong tapusin ang blog post na ito sa pamamagitan ng isang tulang ginawa ko tungkol sa unrequited love dahil sa ilang kadahilanang lumabas sa itaas.



Mahirap ipagsiksikan ang sarili

Sa taong may iniibig na iba

Maigi nang umiwas maaga pa lang kasi

Masasaktan ka lang niya

Gusto ka man niya ay wala naman talagang magagawa

Pagkat sa puso niya, mayroon lamang nag-iisa


Mahihirapan ka lang lalo kung may nagmamahal sa’yo

Kahit ang taong iyon ay di mo na talaga gusto

Mahirap isiping pag-ibig ay malabo

Pagkat tao naman ang nakadarama nito


Anong magagawa ng puso kung tumibok nang muli?

Pagbibigyan ba? Pipigilan? O pababayaang lumandi?

Buong araw ang isip ay di mapakali

Pagkat siya rin ang iniisip, hindi lang sarili


Di ba’t sarap ang dulot ng tunay na umiibig?

Hahamakin lahat pati na buong daigdig

Tila titingala lahat sa naiibang tindig,

Ngiti at hitsura mong nagpapakilig


Pero, ano pa ba talaga ang magagawa?

Kalimutan siya? Magalit sa kanya?

Paano kung hindi mo yun makakaya?

Magiging kawawa ka na lang ba?


Kaya sa simula pa lamang ay mamili na tayo

Kung ano ba talaga ang nais at gusto

Wag nang sumubok ng kung anu-ano

Madali lamang mabuhay pag nagpakatotoo


Ang mga linyang nakasulat pagkatapos ng bawat dahilan sa itaas ay hango sa isa ko pang tula, Katangahan sa Pag-ibig. Pasensya na sa titulo pero tungkol kasi iyon sa ganun. Pwede ko sigurong ilathala iyon sa susunod. Hehe.

Kahihiyan sa MMFF


Ilang araw na rin ang nakalipas mula nang natapos ang dalawang linggong pagpapalabas ng mga pelikulang kalahok sa Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Hindi na ngayon pinapalabas ang mga pelikulang di gaanong pinilahan, o yung mga pelikulang tinatawag nilang nilangaw sa takilya. Sa kabilang banda, palabas pa rin ang mga pelikulang tumabo sa takilya sa maraming mga sinehan sa loob at labas ng Metro Manila. Isang mahalagang tanong: Kapag ba pinipilahan sa takliya, maganda na ang isang pelikula?

Alam natin ang sagot sa tanong na iyan. Hindi. Pero alamin natin kung bakit.

Ayon sa mga balita, ang tatlong pinakatumabo sa takilya  ay ang Boy, Girl, Bakla, Tomboy ng Star Cinema at Viva Films, My Little Bossings ng OctoArts Films, M-Zet, APT at Kris Aquino Productions at Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay muli ng Star Cinema at Regal Films. Isa lang sa mga ito ang pinanood ko, ang Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay. Maayos-ayos naman ang pelikula, may mga nakagugulat na eksena, may mga eksenang nakatatawa. Yun nga lang, walang bago para sa panlasa kaya hindi ko gaanong irirekomenda lalo na sa mga talagang fans ng horror films. Kung gusto nyo pang malaman kung bakit, basahin ninyo ang aking movie review sa isa ko pang blog.


Pumunta naman tayo sa isa pang pelikulang nabanggit, ang Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy. May kasaysayan ang Star Cinema sa paggawa ng de kalibreng pelikula, mapa-drama man o komedya. Nitong mga nagdaang taon, mas tumututok sila sa paggawa ng mga romantic-comedies o rom-com dahil na rin ang genre na ito ang inaantabayanan ng maraming tao na gustong kiligin mula sa mga paboritong artistang nila o kaya takbuhan panamantala ang kani-kanilang buhay upang sumaya saglit sa paglilibang. Nitong mga nagdaang taon din, isa sa mga lagi nilang ipinapalabas sa MMFF ay pelikulang komedya tampok ang ilan sa mga pinakasikat nilang artista. Sinasabing may puso ang mga komedyang ito, may mga nakakatawa talagang eksena pero may mga di masyadong patok sa panlasa. Corny kumbaga.

An Open Letter to Vic Sotto (mula sa blog ni Lourd de Veyra)

An Open Letter to Vic Sotto (mula sa blog ni Lourd de Veyra)

Ang pinakapinag-usapan naman sa mga nabanggit kong pelikula ay ang My Little Bossings nina Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, Ryzza Mae Dizon at Bimby Yap. Bakit naman hindi ito pinag-usapan, isa na naman daw walang kakwenta-kwentang pelikula mula sa tinatawag pa man ding Prinsipe ng Komedya ang pelikulang ito. (Sa totoo lang, mas gusto kong tawaging Comedy Prince si Joey de Leon dahil ibang klaseng magpatawa ang kumpareng ito ni Bossing, na mas maikukumpara sa pagpapatawa ni Pidol, ang Comedy King, kung tutuusin.) Biruin mong nanalo pa raw ito ng 3rd Best Picture sa MMFF Awards? Ano kayang kalokohan iyon, ano? Kung ikaw ay isang magiliw na mambabasa ng mga artikulo sa internet, lao na iyong mga pinoposte sa mga social networking site, nabasa mo na siguro ang blog post ni Lourd de Veyra na naglalamang ng isang open letter para kay Vic Sotto. Anong nilalaman ng sulat niyang ito? Alamin natin.

Nanood si Lourd ng pelikulang, My Little Bossings. At ang laki ng problema nya rito. Binanggit niya ang mga nasa ibaba kasama na rin ng aking opinyon tungkol sa mga isyung kanyang binanggit.

  • “Gaano n’yo ba kabilis ginawa ito? May pakiramdam (akong) parang tatlong araw lang eh, parang minadali, or what we in our circles refer to as: PNY (“Pwede na ‘yan.”) [Maling-mali ang itinuturo kung talagang PNY ang pelikula, na kesyo kulang ang oras o abala ang mga artistang parte nito. Hindi sapat na dahilan ang mga ito. Bakit pa kayo gumawa ng pelikula? Para lamang kumita???)
  • “Hindi kami nagbayad ng P220 para bentahan ng pancit canton, tinapay, sabong panlaba, cough syrup, at kung anu-ano pang produkto ang ini-endorse ninyong dalwa ni Kris Aquino. Ganoon ba kayo ka-desperado? Hindi naman siguro.” [Hindi ba’t may commercial breaks tayo sa mga telebisyon at pelikula para sa mga ito? Ang kakapal talaga pag ilalagay pa sa mismong pelikulang pinapanood!]
  • “Bossing, heto lang talaga ang gusto kong sabihin. Ngayon ikaw ay nasa maimpluwensiyal at makapangyarihang posisyon. Kaya mong gumawa ng makubuluhan, isang pelikulang maipagmamalaki ng lahat sa punto de bista ng kultura at estetiko.” [Hindi ba’t dati pa niya dapat ito ginawa? Sukang-suka na ang mga nag-iisip na manonood ng pelikula sa mga tila walang kabuluhan niyang mga pelikula taun-taon.]
  • “Hindi ka na rin bumabata. Panahon nang gumawa ka ng pelikulang puwede mong ipagmalaki sa lahat- mula sa iyong mga magiging apo hanggang sa mga “supladong” kritiko. Minsan kasi may punto rin sila.” [Hindi lang minsan, kundi madalas.]
  • “Nasa posisyon ka nang kumuha ng mahuhusay na manunulat at director na kayang magbalanse ng komersyal na elemento at ng tinatawag na na diskurso sa kondisyong mortal. [Isang patama sa director ng pelikula nilang si Marlon River? Malamang.]
  • Tingin ko naman ay pwede kang gumawa ng pelikulang nakakaalliw at pipilihan ng buong pamilya- na hindi sinasakripisyo ang kalidad ng kwento. Ang tagal mo nang kumikita, bossing. Malaki-laki na rin ang naibigay sa’yo ng taumbayan. Oras na siguro para sila ay suklian. Magbalik ka naman. To whom much is given, much is required, ika nga ng Bibliya. [Napakalking hamon ito para kay Vic Sotto. Ang tanong ay hindi “Kaya kaya niya?” kundi “Gawin niya kaya?”]

Huling Salita

Nagpapasalamat ako kay Lourd de Veyra dahil may isang kilala sa mundo ng telebisyon at panulat ang tumayo at nagsabi sa isang higante sa larangan ng showbiz ang malaking problemang ito sa entertainment media. Taun-taon na lang kasi’y maraming mga walang kabuluhang pelikula ang inihahain sa mga mata’t kaisipan ng mga mamamayang manonood. Biruin mo, higit kumulang sa P200 ang ibinabayad ng bawat isa para lamang manood ng sine? At anong nakukuha? Mababaw o kaya hindi kapani-paniwalang istorya, kaunting luha dito, maraming corny jokes dyan, at wala o kaunting aral ang mahihita. Hindi na ba sila nagsasawa? Kaya, Bossing Vic Sotto at iba pang manggagawa ng pelikulang Pilipino, sana tablan kayo ng mga salita ni Ginoong de Veyra. Di masamang kumita, pero sana pantayan n’yo naman ang ibinabayad ng mga manonood. Kumbaga, gawin nyong sulit ang paggastos namin ng pera. Wag n’yo sana kaming lokohin at dayain sa mga ka-cute-an o kaya pagpapakilig lang ng mga artisita ninyo. Nasa posisyon kayo para magpakita hindi lamang ng magandang pelikula, kundi ng isang obra maestra sa pagbibigay ng aral, pagtaas ng moralidad o pagbusog sa kamalayan at pag-iisip ng mamamayang Pilipino.


Apat sa walong kalahok sa MMFF ang napanood ko, at isa na nga rito ay ang Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay na nabanggit ko kanina. Ang pinakamaganda sa kanila ay ang Boy Golden, ang pelikula ni E.R. Ejercito at KC Concepcion. Wag kayong matakot panoorin ang pelikula dahil hindi ito basta-basta ginawa. Si Chito Rono ang nagdirihe nito at natitiyak kong kakaibang karanasan ang makukuha ninyo pag pinanood nyo ito. Maayos din ang 10,000 Hours na tinanghal na Best Picture sa MMFF Awards dahil sa magandang pagdirihe at kakaibang suspense at aksyon na dulot nito. Napasobra nga lang ang tagal sa gitnang bahagi nito pero isang makabuluhang pelikula pa rin naman kung tutuusin. Napanood ko rin ang prequel ng Kimmy Dora pero hindi ko ipinapayong panoorin nyo ito. Magaling si Eugene Domingo, pero walang makapagsasalba sa natitirang manipis na istorya ng kambal na kiyeme.

Movie posters ng 10,000 Hours, Boy Golden, Kimmy Dora, Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay

Best TV Shows of 2013

Unang inilathala ang blog post na ito sa isa ko pang blog ( Akin lamang niri-repost dito upang mas marami ang makabasa ukol sa mga palabas sa telebisyon na pinakamaganda para sa akin sa taong 2013. Pumasok ba rito ang paborito mo?


Best TV Shows of 2013

The year 2013 brought out a lot of good TV. For sure more eyes were glued on the television to feast on shows that entertain, amuse, educate or inform. But what I am about to do now is tell you the best of the best on Philippine cable television, which regularly broadcasts American TV shows.

The year that was made me realize that we don’t need a lot of TV. I always knew that, but because I’m a hardcore TV fan, I have stacked up on shows that were deemed good. However, because I have far more important things to do (Not that I’m telling watching TV is not important. Hey, why am I writing this one right now, right?), I was only able to watch a select few in my spare time. I am narrowing down the Best of TV list into 5 (or 6 as you would know why in a while). Did your favorite make the cut?



Masters of Sex is the best new American series to debut in the fall season. In addition to very compelling performances from its lead and supporting actors, the series boasts itself with really smart writing and great production values. One might think that this show is too hot for TV just basing on the title. It really is, but the sensual scenes are done in good taste. Moreover, what the show imparts is more than the skin. It looks into the human physiology of sex, and it dwells in the thin line work and relationships and how sex could work for or against it.

Game of Thrones Season 3

Game of Thrones reached a new height this year by surprising everyone (aside from the readers of the books where the series is based) during its The Rains of Castamere episode. That episode alone should be given commendation for being a good display of directing, acting and production skills. Moreover, I think the series is getting better and better one season after another.



The top TV show last year still made it to the list of the best this year. Touching the topic of witchcraft, the series remains as campy yet as delightful as ever. The current season may be predictable at times, but it seems like the show’s creators never seem to run out of ideas that would surprise the audience with shocking or jaw-dropping scenes week after week. Not convinced? Watch it.



The best new American series to debut last year is Hannibal (it debuted during the first half of the year). Creator Bryan Singer made sure this show sets itself apart from popular versions of the Hannibal Lecter story in both TV and movies. The reimagining he did with Hannibal creates a league on its own: dark, affecting and very beautiful. The powerful performances of the cast and the great directing cap the brilliant production values the series offers.


The Big Bang Theory Season 7

Even on its 7th season, this comedy series never ever fails to make the audiences laugh with its witty dialogues and smart storylines (I’m looking at you, Modern Family). The characters being portrayed by both lead and supporting cast are still as entertaining as ever.


Breaking Bad- The Final Season

If the year 2013 will be remembered for one television show (yes, one television show only), then it will be remembered because of Breaking Bad, the best among the best this year (or probably the best ever). Ending the series with the final eight episodes of season 5, the team behind the show made it the most suspenseful, the most compelling, the most gripping episodes for the past year. Thanks to the brilliant acting of the cast, the great directing from its roster of directors, the beautiful cinematography, the great and smart writing and good over-all production values, Breaking Bad is the best TV show of 2013.


P.S. Three of my favorite reality shows really did great this year. The Voice continues its dominance as the best singing show to grace the golden screen because of the still surprising and entertaining rounds (Audition Round, Battle Round, Knockout Round and Live Shows), great hosting being done by Carson Daly and of course, the great chemistry among its coaches. Survivor has never been as compelling as its last season for a very long time. All the contestants are a hit. Meanwhile, The Amazing Race has never produced a great season for a long time as well and the last season satisfied the fans’ hunger for a great reality racing with its awesome travel destinations and very entertaining contestants.

Best Songs of 2013

Ang blog post na ito ay unang inilathala sa, ang isa pa sa aking mga blog. Ang post na ito ay naglilista ng mga pinakamagandang kanta para sa akin nitong patapos na taon ng 2013. Kung may gusto kayong idagdag o alisin sa listahan na ito, sabihin nyo lamang sa ibaba. Salamat at manigong bagong taon!


The yearly countdown of the pondering movie, TV and music fan begins. And I want to start with the best music my ears were able to listen to for the past 12 months. I may be biased towards my favorite artists, but the songs listed here are songs that I think were great lyrically and/or musically. If you agree or disagree about what I post here, please write down on the comments section. Thank you and enjoy reading!

Top 10- BRAVE by Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles- Brave

Rumored to be the song that both musically and lyrically inspired Katy Perry’s Roar, this single off the pop singer’s latest album, Blessed Unrest, is brimming with positivity. Brave puts off a strong message about speaking up and being honest about oneself in mainstream, pop-friendly music

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave


Fall Out Boy- My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark

This single that resurrected the pop rock band’s musical career is not only pleasing to the ears, it is also deceivingly hard to sing! The song’s got a lot of aggressive attitude and over-all dark anthem vibe. Without dwelling too much to its meaning, I chose this song as one of the best this year for its eargasmic vibe especially when one is put to the test or just about to punch someone. Haha, kidding.

My songs know what you did in the dark!

So light ‘em up, up, up!

So light ‘em up, up, up!

So light ‘em up, up, up!

 I’m on fire!

Top 8- WRECKING BALL by Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus- Wrecking Ball

She seems like a girl who’s lost the goodness in her cause but let not that personality fool you. She still can make good music. This power ballad showcases the former teen superstar’s vocal chops in the captivating rhythm of the song.

Don’t you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you
I can’t live a lie, running for my life
I will always want you

I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you, you wreck me

Top 7- WAKE ME UP by Avicii

Avicii- Wake Me Up

The Swedish DJ who keeps on creating poppy EDM for everyone to hear succeeds with Wake Me Up, a chart-topping single that features Aloe Blacc for vocals and guitar from Incubus’ Mike Eizenger.

Wish that I could stay forever this young
Not afraid to close my eyes
Life’s a game made for everyone
And love is the prize

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost

Top 6- JUST GIVE ME A REASON by Pink feat. Nate Ruess

Pink- Just Give Me A Reason

This power ballad features two of the most distinct and beautiful voices of this generation: Pink and Nate Ruess of the band, fun. Featuring solo parts that both showcase the two singers’ excellent vocals, the song undoubtedly transcends when they sing together. Eargasm results when their voices blend. Moreover, I won’t be surprised if the song wins for Song of the Year in the Grammys. Two lovers yearning to mend their relationship is clearly felt and understood through and through when the song is being played.

Now you’ve been talking in your sleep, oh, oh
Things you never say to me, oh, oh
Tell me that you’ve had enough
Of our love, our love

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second we’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It’s in the stars
It’s been written in the scars on our hearts
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

Top 5- MIRRORS by Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake- Mirrors

Easily the best track off Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience album, this emotional ballad keeps it very interesting and pleasing to the ears with a length of 8 minutes and 5 seconds that features a grand production of instrumentation, catchy yet very meaningful lyrics and of course, the artist’s soaring vocals and pleasing falsetto.

‘Cause I don’t wanna lose you now
I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy
Comin’ back here to you once I figured it out
You were right here all along

It’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn’t get any bigger
With anyone else beside of me
And now it’s clear as this promise
That we’re making two reflections into one
‘Cause it’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me

Top 4- ROAR by Katy Perry

Katy Perry- Roar

Continuing the feel-good anthem of her songs, Katy Perry does it great with Roar, her first single off her latest album, Prism. Roar soars with Perry’s strong vocals immersed in booming instrumentations of piano and drums.

 You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar

Top 3- CAN’T HOLD US by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

M and RL- Can't Hold Us

If there’s one song that is the most infectious among all infectious songs this year, this is it. I’ve never liked a hip hop song as much as this before but because of the American hip-hop duo, I’m beginning to like hip hop more. This anthemic song defines the summer of the year by featuring a lashing of raps, a very catchy chorus and over-all a vibrant, upbeat and uplifting music.

Can we go back?

This is the moment

Tonight is the night

We’ll fight ‘til it’s over

So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us

Like the ceiling can’t hold us

Top 2- IKOT-IKOT by Sarah Geronimo

Sarah Geronimo- Expressions

The Philippine music for the year 2013 thrived with pop singers- old (resilient ones) and new (via reality shows), alternative rock bands and a number of indie artists. But the one who stood out the most is none other than Sarah Geronimo, claimed to be the country’s pop princess. The lead single off her latest album, Ikot-ikot represents the more mature Sarah as she croons about a tiring affair with a lover, perfected with its incredibly very catchy hook plunged in an upbeat yet dramatic music production. But, as a good friend mentioned in his blog, it is Sarah who made the song really her own. And I quote what my friend said: “Sarah Geronimo gives the lyrics a brooding, adult contemporary spin: heavy on grit and rage. [Her] delivery is all it takes to tell the story, rough and manic.”

Heto na naman tayo
Parang kelan lang ang huli
Gaano man kalayo
Tayo’y pinagtatagpong muli
Ilang ulit nagkasakitan
Ngunit paulit na gumagaling
Ilang ulit balak na iwan
Ngunit patuloy na bumabalik

Kay rami nang sakit
Na nilimot napabayaan
‘Di maiwasang isipin
Na tayo’y para bang tumatakbo

Sa walang hanggan na kalye, tumatakbo
Ang pag-ibig na tila ba ‘sang biyaheng
Ikot-ikot lang, ikot-ikot-ikot lang
Ikot-ikot lang, ikot-ikot-ikot
Ikot-ikot lang, ikot-ikot-ikot lang
Ikot-ikot lang, ikot-ikot-ikot

Top 1- COUNTING STARS by OneRepublic

One Republic- Counting Stars

The band’s latest single, Counting Stars, is also the most commercially successful off their third album, Native. Featuring poetic and reflective yet puzzling and ambiguous lyrics entrenched in pop rock with hints of indie and folk music, this song bursts with constant tempo changes, head-banging rhythms and Ryan Tedder’s excellent vocals. In the surface, the song teaches us to dream big, pray hard and do what we can to reach those stars. Deeply, though, this may mean another thing.

Lately I been, I been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I been, I been prayin’ hard
Said no more counting dollars
We’ll be counting stars
Yeah, we’ll be counting stars

I see this life
Like a swinging vine
Swing my heart across the line
In my face is flashing signs
Seek it out and ye shall find

Old, but I’m not that old
Young, but I’m not that bold
And I don’t think the world is sold
I’m just doing what we’re told

I feel something so right
By doing the wrong thing
And I feel something so wrong
By doing the right thing
I could lie, could lie, could lie
Everything that kills me makes me feel alive


PLAY HARD by David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo & Akon

THRIFT SHOP and SAME LOVE by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

SAY SOMETHING by A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera





IN A WORLD LIKE THIS by Backstreet Boys

ATLAS by Coldplay



INCREDIBLE by Celine Dion and Ne-Yo


NOT A BAD THING by Justin Timberlake

RADIOACTIVE by Imagine Dragons

THE ONLY ONE by James Blunt

LET ME GO by Avril Lavigne feat. Chad Kroeger

SAFE AND SOUND by Capital Cities

Kahalagahan, Kabutihan at Kagandahan ng Pagbabasa

Small boy reading a book (taken from

Mula pa pagkabata, mahilig na akong magbasa. Laking pasasalamat ko sa aking Mama at Papa sapagkat sila ang nagturo sa akin kung paano magbasa. Oo nga’t sa eskwelahan ko mas natutunan ang iba’t-ibang kasanayan sa pagbabasa pero sa aming tahanan ko unang naramdaman ang saya at nalaman ang importansya ng pagbabasa. Natatandaan ko noong ako’y nasa preschool level pa lang, ginagawa na namin ng aking Mama ang aking mga takdang aralin o binabasa ang mga pinababasa ng guro bago pa n’ya ako payagang makipaglaro sa labas kasama ng aking mga kaibigan. Noong ako’y nasa mababang paaralan, tinututukan ako ng aking Papa sa pagbabasa at pagri-review tuwing ako’y may mga eksamen. Tuwang-tuwa ako noon pag bakasyon sapagkat nakakapunta ako kina Lolo at Lola para makabasa ng encyclopedia. Masayang tumuklas ng mga bagay na di ko pa nalalaman at pag-aralan pang maigi ang mga bagay na interesante para sa akin. Ang saya-saya ko  rin noon pag may nagriregalo sa akin ng libro tuwing Pasko o kaarawan ko. Laking tuwa ko rin pag nakabili na kami ng mga libro sa eskwela pagka-enroll sapagkat bubuklatin ko na ang mga ito at sisimulang basahin. Di man buong araw, ang pagbabasa ko ng mga librong ito ay di pumapalya kahit ilang oras lamang. Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa aking Lolo sapagkat sa kanya ko nakuha ang hilig sa pagbabasa ng mga pahayagan. Nang mauso ang internet, tuwang-tuwa ako sapagkat mas lumawak ang seleksyon ng aking pwedeng basahin. May ideya na siguro kayo kung gaano ako kasaya sa pagbabasa, ano?


Ano ba ang Importansiya ng Pagbabasa?

Ayon sa website ng Gemm Learning, maraming mabubuting epekto ang pagbabasa. Sinasabi rito na ang pagbabasa ay isang importanteng life skill. Mahihirapan umano sa pag-aaral ang mga batang nagkakaproblema sa pagbabasa (lalo na siguro kung hindi ito maaagapan agad). HIgit pa silang mahihirapan sa paghahanap ng trabaho, pagiging independent at pagiging mabuting mamamayan, magulang o manggagawa kung sila man ay makapagtapos.

Ang pagbabasa rin daw ay isang mabuting pagi-ehersisyo sa ating utak. Sinasabing mas demanding ito kumpara sa panonood ng telebisyon o pakikinig sa radyo. Ani Maryanne Wolf, director ng Center for Reading and Language Research sa Tufts University, sa pagbabasa raw ay mas mapipilitan tayong gumawa ng naratibo (narrative) at mag-imagine. Sa pagbabasa raw kasi, mas may oras tayong mag-isip. Kumbaga maaari tayong huminto para sa pag-intindi (comprehension) at pagkuha sa tunay na kahulugan at implikasyon(insight) ng ating binasa. Ang pagbabasa ay nakatutulong din sa concentration at attention skills.

Dagdag pa ng website, ang pagbabasa rin ay nakatutulong sa pagtaas ng ating bokabularyo. Totoo ito sapagkat sa pagbabasa ng iba’t-ibang babasahin ay makakaharap natin ang mga salitang pamilyar at di pamilyar. Sa pagkaintindi natin sa ating mga binasa ay mauunawaan natin ang mga salitang bago pa lamang sa atin.

Nakatutulong din ang pagbabasa sa pagtaas ng tiwala sa sarili ng isang tao. Sinasabi na isa umanong chain reaction ang nangyayari: pag tayo ay laging nagbabasa, marami tayong malalaman; pag marami tayong nalalaman, marami ang mga taong hihingi sa atin ng mga kasagutan tungkol sa iba’t-ibang bagay; pag maraming tao ang humihingi sa atin ng tulong, matutulungan tayo nitong mas bumiti ang pagtingin at tiwala natin sa ating mga sarili.

Isa pa sa mga sinasabing magandang epekto ng pagbabasa ay ang paghasa sa ating creativity. Dahil nai-expose tayo sa mga bagong ideya at mas maraming impormasyon sa pamamagitan ng pagbabasa, maaaring magkaroon ng pagbabago (ikabubuti o ikagagaling) sa paraan ng ating pag-iisip.

Reading Boy (taken from chatt,

Dagdag ng Reader’s Digest, ang mga mabuting naidudulot pa ng pagbabasa ay ang mga sumusunod:

  1. Mas natututunan nating ang empathy. Sa pag-intindi natin umano sa mga karakter ng mga istoryang ating binabasa, mas nahahasa ang pag-intindi natin sa pakiramdam ng ibang tao.
  2. Pinababata nito ang ating mga utak. Nabanggit ko kanina na naiehersisyo ito, at dahil dito ay lagi itong nagagamit at bumababa ang posibilidad ng pagkakaroon natin ng mga sakit tulad ng Alzheimer’s Disesase.
  3. Nakatatanggal ito ng stress. Sinasabing bumababa ang stress-inducing hormones na tulad ng cortisoli sa tuwing tayo ay nagbabasa ng libro.
  4. Nagbibigay motibasyon ang pagbabasa. Sa pagbabasa tungkol sa isang tao o karakter na nakalampas sa mga pagsubok para marating ang gustong marating ay magbibigay sa atin ng motibasyon para gawin natin ang ating personal na mithiin.
  5. Mararamdaman nating tayo ay mas konektado sa ibang tao. Kapag nakaka-identify tayo sa mga karakter ng mga istoryang ating binabasa, makatutulong itong makaramdam tayo ng isang real-life relationship na maaaring magdulot sa atin ng pakiramdam na tayo ay bahagi ng isang grupo (inclusion).
  6. Makaliliwanag ito ng ating araw. Magandang ending man o maliliit na detalye sa istorya kung saan ay makaka-relate tayo ay may malaking epekto sa ating pakiramdam.
  7. Mas makatitipid tayo. Kumpara sa panonood ng pelikula, pagpunta sa mga amusement park o pagkain sa labas, ang pagbabasa ay isang maganda at matipid na paraan para malibang.

Iilan pa sa mga dagdag na mabuting epekto ng pagbabasa mula sa website na LifeHack ay ang:

  1. Mas matibay na thinking skills. Sa pamamagitan ng pag-alala at pag-intindi sa mga nangyari sa ating binabasa ay mahahasa ang ating analytical at critical thinking skills.  
  2. Mas mabuting writing skills. Dulot na rin ng mas maigting na bokabularyo, ang pagbabasa ng mga magaganda at mabubuti ang pagkakagawa na mga libro at iba pang babasahin ay magkakaroon ng magandang epekto sa pagsusulat ng mga nakababasa sa mga ito. Maaaring may matutunan tayo sa iba’t-ibang estilo ng mga manunulat ng mga babasahing ating binabasa.

Ang haba ng blog post kong ito, ano? Ayos lang yan. Marami ka namang natututunan e. Ang magandang balita niyan, hindi pa ito tapos sapagkat may mga gusto pa akong sabihin. Hehe.

Book Club

The Thursday Book Club! Ruel, Rosy, Isa, Meng, Sonny and I. Wala sa mga larawan ang unang nakaisip na magtatag kami ng isang book club, si Zia.

The Thursday Book Club! Ruel, Rosy, Isa, Meng, Sonny and I. Wala sa mga larawan ang unang nakaisip na magtatag kami ng isang book club, si Zia.

Nakaka-miss ang magkaroon ng isang book club. Taong 2012 nang magtatag kami ng ilang mga kaibigan ng isang book club kung saan bawat isa sa amin ay mamimili ng librong babasahin at pag-uusapan ang tungkol dito sa katapusan ng buwan (isang libro, isang buwan. Tinawag naming itong Thursday Book Club dahil tuwing Huwebes kami laging nagkikita at naglalaan ng ilang oras pagkatapos ng trabaho (sa huling Huwebes ng buwan) upang mapag-usapan ang libro na aming binasa. Isang libro lamang sa isang buwan ang amin noong pinag-uusapan at ang namili ng libro ang siyang moderator ng pagpupulong na aming gagawin sa buwan na iyon. Ang ilan sa mga binasa at pinag-usapan naming mga libro ay ang mga sumusunod: The Gospel According to Jesus Christ ni Jose Saramago, World War Z ni Max Brooks, The Tale of Two Cities ni Charles Dickens, The Little Prince ni Antoine de Saint- Exupery, Everything’s Eventual ni Stephen King, The Rose & The Beast – Fairy Tales Retold ni Francesca Lia, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ni Amy Chua, Life of Pi ni Yann Martel at Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus ni John Gray. Nakatutuwa ang ginagawa namin noong pagbibigayan ng opinyon at komento tungkol sa aming mga binasa. Masasabi kong lumawak talaga ang aming perspektibo sa iba’t-ibang bagay at nakatulong ito sa pag-intindi at pag-unawa namin tungkol sa iba’t-ibang tema at isyu. Umaasa ako na sa darating na bagong taon ay manumbalik ang aming book club para mas mahasa at mas gumaling kami sa pag-intindi sa mundong ating ginagalawan.

Huling Salita

Sa totoo lang, napakagandang gawain ng pagbabasa. Ang dami nitong magagandang epekto tulad ng mga nabanggit sa itaas. Ayaw mo bang pansamantalang iwanan ang mundong iyong ginagalawan upang maglakbay sa mundo ng iyong imahinasyon? Gusto mo bang makahanap ng pansamantalang katahimikan mula sa napakaabalang mundo na iyong ginagalawan? Gusto mo bang makakilala ng mga karakter na tutulong sa iyong makaunawa ng iba’t-ibang personalidad sa tunay na mundo? Higit sa lahat, nais mo bang tumuklas ng maraming bagay at maunawaan ang mga bagay-bagay na nakaaapekto sa atin? Kung gayun ay magbasa ka. Ano man ang edad mo sa ngayon, hindi iyan hadlang para hindi ka magbasa. Hinding-hindi pa huli ang lahat. Hala, maghanap na ng babasahin at simulan mo na!

Seryoso kunwari sa pagbabasa. Hehe.

Seryoso kunwari sa pagbabasa. Hehe.


Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa mga pelikulang Harry Potter at The Hunger Games na hango sa mga popular na libro nina J.K. Rowling at Suzanne Collins. Ang mga pelikula kasing ito ay nahikayat at patuloy na nahihikayat ang mga tao, bata man o matanda, na bumalik sa pagbabasa ng mga libro. Fictional books man ang mga ito, malaki pa rin ang nagagawa ng mga ito upang mapamahal ang mga mambabasa nila sa pagbabasa mismo. Tama, hindi ba?