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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New residential community rises: Lancaster New City Cavite

If you’ve lived through the Martial Law era, chances are you think Cavite is where people behave like bandidos in the Old West, as I heard one former coworker describe it. But the truth is it’s just like any rural province in the shadow of a big metropolis in the Philippines, where folks try their best to catch up with the times while staying loyal to the traditions and identity it has established over time.
For those who don’t know, Cavite is located south of Manila and can be reached via Cavitex (Cavite Expressway) or SLEX (South Luzon Expressway). Its accessibility and the 24-7 public transport routes is why the province has been called “Manila’s bedroom”. People here commute to Metro Manila to work or do business and then go home to Cavite at the end of the day. It has become a prime location for many real estate developments and, recently, we visited an example of these rising private communities called Lancaster New City.
Lancaster Square is Lancaster New City Cavite's own commercial center 

Monday, April 02, 2012

Presenting WhiteHat Copy!

Makes me feel warm and fuzzy that this blog still gets views after all these months.

I've been busy with a new venture. We've started a corporate writing consultancy and you can check us out at www.WhiteHatCopy.com.

See you there!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Treading Lupang Hinirang

Our national anthem has become a controversial matter because of Pacquiao's chosen singers. Yet, I haven't heard anything from the NHCP about the "Lupang Hinirang" music videos of the two giant TV networks. So I've decided to pick on them myself.

ABS-CBN


GMA 7


If I'm not mistaken, GMA Network came out with it's own LH video first. I thought that was a great and thoughtful thing to do in terms of a media entity taking control of its field of influence. Unfortunately, their actors don't impress so let's just forget about the casting. And neither does the cinematography.

Since they used a historical approach, they used low saturation for colors--it worked. But the problem of lighting is, again, unforgivable. Why is it that they always have fully illuminated scenes? What's keeping them from toning it down a bit? You see this in ALL their shows. It's almost all like everything's glamour/publicity shot like the way Michael Bay makes U.S. Army recruitment videos. (What? You ever see any of his movies? Don't be misled.) If these "artistas" weren't in period costume, would you ever think this was anything about Philippine history?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Burritos Apart

I love a good burrito and I'm not particular with any place that serves it either. I've probably eaten most of my burritos from Miggy's Super Tacos, when they still had a branch close to our house. (By the way, I just looked at their Facebook page and it seems they only have one branch left and that's somewhere deep in ParaƱaque. Heaven knows I won't be lingering that vicinity anytime soon so I get my fill from the other Mexican fastfood joints in the city.) But recently, I took my bestfriend to Mexicali. She's not into Mexican food so it was primarily a favor for me that she agreed. I was only too happy about having a burrito and eating it, too.

The Mexicali burrito I has was not very good. How helpful is that description? LOL Seriously, it needs help. It's OK for someone like me who would eat a burrito anytime, any day, but that roast beef one has no flavor. And the way they packed the filling is sloppy. I had to be careful not to make a mess with bits of rice and meat dripping down my fingers. Thank goodness this wasn't fine dining. No photos of the food, readers. I was crosseyed from starving to pause and memorialize that thing. They still come with a side of nachos though, albeit reduced to an insignificant number of pieces.

Another place where I've had my most recent burrito, as a special treat from the bestie, is Army Navy. (This one at Harbor Square on Manila Bay fits right in with the PNHQ a stone's throw away.) I've been curious about the place since I would walk past their store on Dela Rosa on the way home. So after weeks of planning, we finally had lunch at Army Navy's CCP location.

This branch sat on a deck that offers a fantastic view of the bay.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

U2 ::: Alamid to open for U2 Doha show in Oct '11

It was confirmed to me by none other than Alamid's vocalist Carl McFly that his band will be the opening act for U2 when the latter play their first ever show in the Gulf State of Qatar in October 2011. Carl had been posting some photos of U2 and Alamid on his Facebook page with the caption "Like I said--Dreams come true!....OCTOBER 2011, Qatar," which led me to think they did land up with the holy grail of gigs. So I asked him and he was coy at first but eventually said I got it right. I was a bucket of emotions when I read that but I really can't be any happier for the guy, this couldn't be more apropos!

I bet all his friends are lining up to get him to have something signed by the band. Now where's that U2 By U2 book I got...