The cast of Sky Art’s new comedy drama, A Young Doctor’s Notebook

The cast of Sky Art’s new comedy drama, A Young Doctor’s Notebook

I’ve just finished watching episode 1 of A Young Doctor’s Notebook and I honestly don’t know what to say… EXCEPT THAT DANIEL RADCLIFFE IS BRILLIANT IN IT!!! (Uh-oh, fangirl alert!)

But before that, a bit of a background: A Young Doctor’s Notebook is based on a collection of notes written in 1916-1918 by Russian writer and doctor, Mikhail Bulgakov, about his own experience as a country doctor. He was supposed to publish a book of this collection, but he unfortunately died before he could do so. The awesome thing is that Sky Arts 1 picked it up recently and turned it into a mini-series featuring my love Daniel Radcliffe and Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm.

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Today, T and I watched the Italian film Romanzo di una strage by Marco Tullio Giordana. It’s a period film set in 1969 Milan, and is loosely based on the book The Secret of Piazza Fontana.

The plot is basically this: the National Bank of Agriculture in Piazza Fontana is bombed, resulting to more than a dozen casualties. The authorities assume that it is the work of anarchists, but they find out a few subplots later, that the anarchists were actually framed and that the problem, as well as the people who were truly behind it, was so much bigger than all of them. “Do you think justice is just?” asked the wife of Pinelli. The movie answers with a resounding NO, as many innocent people are seen killed, while the guilty are absolved.

A lot of thoughts swam in my head while I was watching that movie. (I know, I can’t believe I’m reacting to a political movie either, but it left me with so many feels!)

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Manila, are you ready for the biggest gathering of the most talented filmmakers in the country? Make sure you are as Cinemalaya, now on its eighth year, wants to reach a bigger audience and adds two more locations for film screenings: Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma. The festival will run from July 20th to 29th at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Here is an overview on what to expect this year on Cinemalaya:



Bohe: Sons of the Waves by Nadjoua E. Bansil

Pasahero by Mario Celeda

As He Sleeps by Sheron Dayoc

Balintuna by Emmanuel Escalona Jr.

Victor by Jarell M. Serencio


Ang Paghihintay sa Bulong by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo

Manenaya (Waiting) by Richard Legaspi

Ruweda by Hannah Espia

Sarong Aldaw by Marianito Dio Jr.

Ulian (Senility) by Chuck Gutierrez


1. Ang Katiwala (The Caretaker) by Aloy Adlawan

2. Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There) by Marietta “Marie” Jamora

3. Oros by Paul Sta. Ana and Obet Villela

4. Apparition by Vincent Sandoval / Darlene Malimas

5. Mga Dayo (Resident Aliens) by Julius Sotomayor Cena

6. Diablo by Mes De Guzman

7. Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino by Lemuel Lorca and Jerry Gracio

8. REQUIEME by Loy Arcenas

9. Santa Nina by Emmanuel Q.Palo

10. The Animals by Gino Santos


1. Bwakaw by Jun Lana

2. Kalayaan (Wildlife) by Adolfo B. Alix Jr.

3. Kamera Obskura by Raymond Red

4. Posas by Jeffrey Jeturian

5. Mga Mumunting Lihim by Jose Javier Reyes



To learn more about Cinemalaya 2012, check out the Schedule of Film Screenings (PDF/Facebook Note) and this for tickets and passes.

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Sunday is art day, methinks!

Art 2 Art by Lisa Macuja

I’ve been wanting to blog about this for quite a while now. A few Sundays ago, while in the car, my dad tuned in to DZRH 666 (ooh) on AM. I wasn’t really paying attention to what we were listening to, just that I knew it was a talk show on AM radio. But then I heard keywords like “art” and “classical music” and I suddenly perked up. The lady host at that time was interviewing a man who played the piano and made soundtracks for something. She then asked if the man ever taught his son how to play the piano and the man replied saying that his son wanted to learn the piano, as long as it wasn’t under his tutelage. The woman then shared that that was also the case with her daughter wanting to learn ballet as long as it was not under her. This made me think, “WAIT, WHAT? WHO IS THIS LADY?”

It was Lisa Macuja.

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In the Wizarding World (LOL JK, I totally mean the Harry Potter Fandom), July is considered Harry Potter Month. This isn’t a fact or anything; just something I came up with, considering that HP & JKR’s birthdays fall on the last day of July. Also, that all these books & movies came out in July of the previous years. 🙂


Chamber of Secrets – 2 July 1998 (UK)
Prisoner of Azkaban – 8 July 1999 (UK)
Goblet of Fire – 8 July 2000 (UK + US)
Half-Blood Prince – 16 July 2005 (UK + US)
Deathly Hallows – 21 July 2007 (UK + US)


Order of the Phoenix – 11 July 2007
Half Blood Prince – 15 July 2009
Deathly Hallows Part 2 – 11 July 2011


A friend of mine wrote a status on Facebook recently about how it’s July already, but this time, we don’t have any more Harry Potter books/movies to look forward to. Surprisingly, I wasn’t as sad as I hoped I would be when I read that status, just because I feel that Harry Potter is still pretty much alive. JKR was right when she said that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. I’ve recently taken to reading my Harry Potter books again, just finished with the Sorcerer’s Stone. I plan on reading all 7 and then proceed to watching all 8 movies, HOPEFULLY BEFORE THE MONTH ENDS. THAT and finishing up repairs for Hogwarts Philippines. It’s gonna be a long month for this fangirl. Hihi.

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The ever-so-sweet and talented Clara C finally released her music video for her new song Fish (the nearest and dearest song to her heart) featuring Glee star Harry Shum, Jr. Just like her previous music videosFish‘s storytelling is flawless.

Fish is a song about finding your true love, of ending your “search”. It’s about getting married tomorrow because you just can’t stop trembling. It’s about your fiction finally turning into a reality. It’s about finding your “fish” in this big sea. Well, might as well include this song in your wedding song list, then!

Fish is included in Clara C’s second album slated for a September release this year.

So guys, have you found your FISH?


YouTube sweetheart Clara C unveils new music video teaser for the new single, Fish, from her sophomore album featuring Glee star, Harry Shum, Jr.

I love ‘Fish’. Perhaps, this is my favorite Clara C song so far. I first heard the song live during her show here in Manila last December 1, 2011 at the Music Museum and I got totally hooked! To listen to the song and how it came to be, watch the clip below (Big thanks to eibrum!):

‘Fish’ will be out on iTunes this coming June 25th!

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