Friday, November 20, 2009

Graduation

Kasangga, Kakabakaba, Fantastikids, Mahiwagang Baul, Wag Kukurap, Larawan, Magpakailanman, Te Amo, Mulawin, Encantadia, Asian Treasures, Majika, Captain Barbell, I Love New York, Lalola, Zorro, Stairway To Heaven, Darna… hindi ko na maalala ang iba pang shows na hinawakan ko bilang head writer o creative consultant sa GMA. 15 years, kasama ang panahong pikit-mata akong nag-resign sa isang ad agency at nagsimula akong magsulat para sa GMA Telesine at GMA True Stories. Maganda ang kita sa advertising, pero mas gusto ko talagang magsulat ng kwento. Script. Pang TV. Pang pelikula. Andun ang passion ko. Kaya kahit ako ang breadwinner ng pamilya, kinalimutan ko muna ang mga responsabilidad ko. Minsan ka lang mabubuhay, kaya mabuting sumugal ka na di ba? Pagka-resign ko, nilibot ko isa-isa ang mga opisina ng Viva Television, GMA at ABS CBN. Nagsubmit ako ng spec scripts. Walang pumansin. Tapos nalaman ko sa isang kaibigan ng kaibigan ng isang taga-GMA na tumatanggap ng concepts ang GMA Telesine. Eh di linggo-linggo nag-submit ako. Siyempre, lahat rejected. Tapos isang araw, matapos ang matagal na pagkaka-exile, bumalik si Imee Marcos sa bansa. Nabalitaan ko sa isang kaibigan na naghahanap daw ng writers si Imee dahil gustong mag-produce para sa Viva. Siyempre nag-apply agad ako. Halos isang oras atang tumagal yung interview ni Imee sa akin. Actually hindi talaga interview. Nagkuwentuhan lang kami tungkol sa mga paborito naming pelikula. The next day, naalimpungatan ako dahil nagsisisigaw sa sobrang excitement ang mommy ko. Jun!!! Si Imee Marcos, nasa telepono!!! Akala mo nanalo kami sa lotto. Sa lakas ng boses ng mommy ko, siyempre narinig din siya ng lahat ng kapitbahay namin. At ni Imee sa kabilang linya. Habang kausap ko si Imee, nakasilip sa bintana ang mga amiga ng nanay ko, curious kung si Imee nga ang kausap ko. Gusto kong matunaw sa kahihiyan! Buti na lang, cool si Imee. Nagustuhan niya raw yung isa sa concepts na isiningit ko sa resume. Actually, isa yun sa concepts na na-reject sa GMA Telesine. Gusto niya raw iproduce. Pinasulat sa akin ang script. Ending, sa GMA Telesine rin pinalabas, at sabi pa sa akin ng taga-GMA, ba't hindi ka magsubmit ng iba pang concepts? Eh di sinubmit ko lang uli yung iba pang storylines na ni-reject nila noon hahaha. A year or two later, nanalong 1st place ang screenplay ko sa Palanca. Binili ni Direk Marilou Diaz-Abaya sa akin ang rights ng script nung mismong gabi ng awards. Nalaman ko na lang, GMA Films din pala ang magpo-produce. 15 years. Imagine. Ganitong-ganito ang pakiramdam ko nung senior year ko sa UST, kung saan ako nag-aral mula elementary hanggang college. 14 years din yun ng buhay ko. Ang GMA, 15. Mukhang ga-graduate uli ako.

Friday, October 30, 2009

fairy tale for ugly kids 1

May isang parallel na mundo na kung tawagin ay Asaimus. Ang Asaimus ay parang earth. Para siyang mirror image ng mundo. Merong buildings, merong internet, merong banana q, merong chips ahoy, kung ano ang meron sa earth, meron din sa Asaimus. Ang difference: sa Asaimus, lahat ng mamamatay ay gumaganda. Merong ipinapanganak na pangit at maganda sa Asaimus, pero kakaiba ang ganda ng mga taong namatay na o yung mamamatay pa lang (lalo na yung may mga taning na ang buhay). Merong silang kakaibang glow ng kagandahan. Anyway, ang kwento ay tungkol kay Leildy. Si Leildy ay isang babaeng pagkapanget panget panget. Yes, ganun siya kapanget. Sa sobrang kapangitan, kapwa pangit din ang mga manliligaw niya (buti nga may nanligaw pa). Ang pinakamasugid niyang manliligaw ay si Wedr. Si Wedr ay isang unano. Isang unanong kuba. Lagi siyang nakabuntot kay Leildy kahit saan ito magpunta. Anyway uli, sawang-sawa na sa pagiging pangit si Leildy. Sa desperation, unti-unting nilason ni Leildy ang sarili niya hanggang ma-damage ang liver niya at magkaroon siya ng sakit na unti-unti niya ring ikamamatay. Binigyan siya ng taning na 1-2 years. Sa loob ng panahong ito, dahil sa may taning na ang buhay ni Leildy, unti-unti din siyang gumaganda. She lives her life to the fullest. In a short span of time, magkakarelasyon siya sa kung sino sinong lalaki. Mga modelo, mga artista, yung isa equivalent pa ni Pacquiao sa mundo natin. Pero matutuklasan niya na hindi sapat ang kagandahan para maranasan ng isang tao ang tunay na pagmamahal. Sa kabila ng kanyang walang kaparis na ganda ni Leildy, lahat ng makakarelasyon niya, iiwanan siya.

Sa kanyang deathbed, naroroon pa rin si Wedr, nagbabantay sa kanya.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Mars Ravelo’s Darna

Ibang klase ang fans ng Darna. Maabilidad. Mula yahoo hanggang facebook hanggang dito sa blog ko, nagpapadala ng comments. May ilan, pati cellphone number ko nakuha.
Nakakatuwa kasi talagang sinusundan nila ang show. Pero minsan, nagbo-boarder na sa pagka-stalker ang iba. Minsan may nag-text: Greetings po from Darnamites! Kayo po ba si Mr Lana writer/director na nakatira sa Ortigas?

Diba medyo kakapraning? Pati address ko, nakuha ata. Pakiramdam ko tuloy, magkamali lang ako ng konti sa paghi-headwrite ng Darna, may dudukot na lang sa akin bigla. Hello.

Sa totoo lang, sa lahat ng genres sa television, isa sa pinakaiiwasan ko
ang mag-headwrite ng mag-soap. Kahit sa pagdidirek, marami na akong tinanggihang soaps. Ibang klase ang commitment na hihingin sa yo nito. Halos wala ka nang buhay. Nakita ko yan sa isa mga kaibigan kong writers. Si Suzette Doctolero, nung buuhin niya ang Encantadia, halos isang taon naming hindi makausap nang matino ang babaeng yun. 24/7 wala siyang nasa isip kundi kung paano mapapaganda ang show niya.

Hindi inoffer sa akin itong Darna. In fact, wala ako sa radar ng mga headwriters na kino-consider para dito. Pero hiningi ko siya. Hiningi ko siya dahil na-challenge ako kung paano ito ikukuwento uli. Kung paano ito iibahin sa unang Darna.

Nagpapasalamat ako at napaka-open minded ng Ravelos. Bukas sila sa suggestions na inihain namin sa kanila. Kung ako talaga ang masusunod, mas gusto kong Narda ang title ng show. Kasi kilala na ng lahat kung sino si Darna. Pero yung probinsiyanang isinakripisyo ang lahat para maging isang superhero, palagay ko sobra siyang misunderstood; wala talagang nakakaintindi sa pinagdaraanan niya. In a way, kasing outcast siya gaya ng mga kalaban niya.

Ang una kong tanong dati: Kung ikaw si Narda at sinabi sa yo ang mga sakripisyong kailangan mong gawin para maging isang superhero, tatanggapin mo ba talaga ang bato?

Sa totoong mundo, kung ikaw si Narda, puyat ka na pakikipagbakbakan sa mga maligno, araw-araw ka pang nagda-diet dahil naturingang bikini ang costume mo tuwing magta-transform ka. Imagine kung me bilbil si Darna, kumusta naman yun? Tapos hindi ka pa pwedeng gumimik, at malaking goodluck kung makakarir mo pa talagang magka-love life. Sino naman ang gugustuhin ang ganung buhay?

Kaya dito sa pinakabagong reincarnation ng obra ni Mars Ravelo, tinanggihan ni Narda ang bato.

Ngayon, nauunawaan ko kung bakit naging obsessed si Suzette nung sinusulat niya ang Encantadia. Kapag mahal mo ang show, wala kang pinapalampas na possibility. Lahat ng pwedeng puntahan ng kwento, pag-aaralan mo. Pero nakakapagod! Direktor din ako, at kung ikukumpara ko ang pagod ng pagdidirek sa pagsusulat, masasabi kong milya-milya ang pagod ng paghi-headwrite ng show. Lagi kang nakatutok. Walang pack-up sa pagsusulat. Walang pahinga. Kahit pagtulog mo, dala-dala mo siya.

Sa tinagal-tagal ko bilang writer, kahit pa nung panahong sinusulat ko ang Jose Rizal, ngayon lang nangyari na may katabi akong notebook sa pagtulog ko. Kasi madalas, kahit antok na antok na ako, ang dami ko pa ring naiisip na ideas para sa show, kailangan ko silang isulat para hindi ko makalimutan. Kumakain ako, naliligo, jumejebs, Darna ang nasa isip ko. Nung isang gabi, alas sais na ako ng umaga nakatulog. Malamang hanggang February meron pang Darna, pero nagka-bright idea ako bigla kung ano pa ang pwedeng gawin sa franchise sakaling gawin uli siya. Tumambling talaga ako sa naisip kong idea. Pero saka na yun. Malamang after 4-5 years uli yun, at iba na ang hahawak. Ewan ko kung nasa TV pa ako nun. Kaya isi-secret ko na lang ang idea ko hahaha.

Eto lang ang gusto kong iparating sa fans ng Darna: Wala pong personalan. Trabaho lang. Basta ang promise ko, hindi namin papabayaan ang kwento.

At sa mga hindi mapakali at makapaghintay kung kelan maghahalikan sina Narda at Eduardo (dinagsa ako ng email tungkol dito!), ba’t naman kayo nagmamadali? Magyayari yun. Nang bongga-bongga with matching fireworks at parada!

PS
For the time being ni-limit ko muna ang comments sa registered google users. Yung iba parang me sapi eh. Scary.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Reviews

Jun Lana's August scare tactics
By Phillip Cu-Unjieng (The Philippine Star) Updated August 31, 2009 12:00 AM

Film review: Tarot

MANILA, Philippines - It’s Halloween in late August (and early September), thanks to Regal’s new horror flick — the Marian Rivera/Dennis Trillo starrer, Tarot. Coming on the heels of Mag-ingat Ka Sa Kulam, noted director and award-winning screenplay writer Jun Lana once again proves how he’s one of today’s masters in providing the scares and chills that we anticipate from films of this genre. The creepy soundtrack, the twists and turns in the plotline, the false starts and macguffins, the sudden appearances just when we’re exhaling our sighs of timid relief, they’re all here and accounted for, making the audience stay on the edge of their seats; and forgiving the lapses in credibility. In fact, while there is a somewhat convoluted storyline that attempts to make sense of the mayhem and corpses that pile up, we all know that the real meter for films of this sort is how many times it has made our hearts skip a beat, or have us watching with eyelids at half-mast! And on those scores, the audience that watched the screening was more than appreciative of how Jun managed to sustain the horror quotient of his film.

The film opens with a backstory of young Cara (who eventually grows up to be Marian Rivera) — a child who’d spy on her manghuhula lola (Gloria Romero), and would already feel the tarot cards were speaking to her. Her mother (Susan Africa) pleads with said lola to spare Cara from exploring this “gift.” As she blossoms into a young woman, while on a hiking trip with fiancé Miguel (Dennis Trillo), Miguel inexplicably disappears, forcing the hand of Cara to turn to those cards to find Miguel. The cards do “speak,” but the Miguel they find also brings something back with him — something dark and ominous. And we’re thrust into a world of deep family secrets and long-lost friendships, of betrayals from loved ones and from unexpected quarters, of tests of forgiveness and compassion, and a world of cults and suicide pacts. There’s this theme of how things in nature are primeval, mysterious, and powerful, and how complacent urban life is no match for this force when it decides to take on a malevolent hue.

The support cast of Roxanne Guinoo (as Faye, Cara’s best friend), the aforementioned Gloria Romero and Susan Africa, Celia Rodriguez and Dante Rivero, Niña Jose (as the young version of Gloria’s character) all ably add texture to the story and provide telling signposts for our discovery of the fates of Cara and Miguel. Ultimately though, it is the central story of Cara and Miguel that carry this film. Even before her rise to teleserye stardom on GMA, the forays of Marian in various films and guest-starring roles proved she could hold her own in the acting department, and if anything, Dennis, for me, will always be more actor than movie star. It’s their acting that gives this film a center upon which all the CGIs and special effects can now drape themselves on, and effectively bring about the suspension of disbelief.

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PEP REVIEW: Tarot boasts of a tight and unpredictable storyline

Czeriza Valencia

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
12:32 PM

Jun Lana's Tarot is a scary Pinoy horror film. It's so scary that I when came home to my apartment at around midnight, I was spooked by the white gauze curtain billowing in the breeze from the half-opened window. I replaced it with a heavier one (never mind the heat) and, while at it, turned my full-length dressing mirror to the wall and covered the television screen with a tablecloth. My side of the apartment will probably be like that for the next two days and two comedy films later.

I feel like kicking myself because Tarot is a sum of horror movie staples: a zombie bride, a creepy religious cult in a rural mountain town, a strange old lady who foretells disaster, and of course, the disturbing set of fortunetelling cards.

Against her mother's admonitions, Cara (Marian Rivera) cultivates the psychic gifts she inherited from her grandmother Auring (Gloria Romero), a talented fortuneteller who owns a powerful set of Tarot cards. One day, Cara foretold two deaths in the family. Minutes later, her father and her grandmother fell dead and she is forbidden by her mother (Susan Africa) from using her psychic ability. The cards were also buried with her Lola Auring.

Fifteen years later, Cara's and her fiancé Miguel (Dennis Trillo) were separated in a hiking trip. As days passed and Miguel remains missing¸ Cara defies her mother's restriction and digs up her grandmother's grave to take back the cursed cards and use them to find her fiancé. She finds Miguel but soon, strange things began to happen and a terrifying specter terrorizes them. As Cara struggles to end the murders, she must dig into the dark secrets of her family's past.

Tarot has a tight and rich storyline that is sustained until the end. There are many misleads and plot twists that keep the audience at the edge of their seats but the storyline is as clean as a meticulously combed hairpiece; not a strand in place.

Its strength lies in the suspense—the strategic positioning of the veiled apparition to induce thrill and fear, the mood setting before the next attack, and (this is very rare in Pinoy horror) the unpredictability of the plot, which keeps us wanting more and yet dreading the next appearance of the vengeful ghost.

Direk Jun Lana also made sure that there are images that will stick to mind and haunt us in solitude, which is unavoidable since there are curtains, clotheslines, beds, hallways, and doors everywhere.

The blending of family history and the occult is also nothing new but in Tarot, it glues the elements of the film together—the origins of the ghosts and the reason for the haunting explained. No character and event goes to waste.

Trivia: the filmmakers used a specially designed set of cards so as not to attract supernatural elements while filming the movie.

The film, which also stars Gloria Romero, Celia Rodriguez, Alwyn Uytingco, Roxanne Guinoo, Niña Jose, and Susan Africa, was shot partly in Mt. Banahaw (considered to be a sacred mountain for many religious groups).

Tarot is graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board and rated PG-13 by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board. It will open in cinemas nationwide starting today, August 26, 2009.

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Sleek, polished horror flick
STAR BYTES By Butch Francisco (The Philippine Star) Updated September 01, 2009 12:00 AM

This is what life is like for us in the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB), the group that gives tax rebates to local movies (100 percent for those graded A and 65 percent for those graded B). Since the time I sat in the board, the policy had always been to keep the title of the movie secret to those reviewing the film — that is until we get to the screening room. Why? Because if we find out that we are going to sit through what is obviously a crappy film, everyone will be calling in sick and we’ll never get to have a quorum. Administrative head Wilma Isleta and her assistant Rose Hicaro therefore had long been instructed not to tell any member what we are watching for the day.

And so we sometimes end up with deservingly graded A films that eventually get voted as the year’s Best Picture in the local awards derbies. Most times, we get graded B films that make us leave the screening room still happy because the movie wasn’t really all that bad. But in some cases, we kick ourselves in the head for waking up early and braving Makati traffic only to end up watching films that should never have been produced at all.

Last week, CEB scheduled two films for viewing and no one was able to foretell that both movies were about fortune telling. As in back-to-back films about seers — or manghuhula in the vernacular.

The first film was Tarot (pronounced tarr-oh), which is directed by Jun Lana. We had high hopes for Tarot because Jun was also behind last year’s Matakot ka sa... Kulam (starring Judy Ann Santos) and that got an A from CEB.

Jun is obviously done with his voodoo doll phase and has shifted to tarot cards. And so in the film Tarot, we see lead star Marian Rivera tampering with the tarot cards of her grandmother (Gloria Romero), who in her lifetime was the best and never made the mistake of predicting that it was Miss Valenzuela who was going to be crowned Miss Universe of 1994. (For today’s generation, this is a potshot at Madame Auring, who wrongly claimed 15 years ago that it was going to be Miss Valenzuela — obviously referring to Miss Venezuela — who would be crowned Miss Universe when the contest was held here in Manila).

Marian actually didn’t want to have anything to do with granny’s tarot cards, but her boyfriend, Dennis Trillo, disappears during a hike in Mount Banahaw and the only solution she can think of is to retrieve the deck from lola’s grave and start reading them (she, too, is gifted with that ability). Unfortunately for Marian and those around her, having the cards around again could have ugly consequences — and that’s where the screamfest starts.

What I like best about Tarot is that it never resorts to cheap scare tactics to frighten the viewers. Jun is creative enough to think of perfectly logical scenes to elicit screams from the audience — and succeeds.

The special effects are also superior and you appreciate how the production outfit, Regal Films, spends for it because that is one factor that makes Tarot a quality horror film.

The think-tank behind Tarot should also be lauded for blending within the story cityscape with the very rural scenes of Mount Banahaw because by doing so, we get the best of both worlds. And so we are treated to sightings of ghosts running after our lead characters in quaint locales and at the same time see people falling off tall buildings in an urbanized setting. I guess it’s no longer acceptable for moviegoers of today to just put all the screen characters in one haunted house — like they used to in old horror films — and have them killed one by one (except for the lead, of course). You people are getting to be so demanding. What will you ask for next? A global horror film isn’t such a bad idea.

Tarot is truly a sleek and polished horror movie to please even the most discriminating of local viewers. However, I still have a little quarrel or two over some aspects of the film. One is the prolonged back-story of the character of Gloria Romero in Mount Banahaw. Fortunately, Regal Films was wise enough to cast Celia Rodriguez — as a one-eyed jack espiritista — in that part because only she could make those long and extended sequences interesting and without making the viewers yawn.

My other quarrel with Tarot? It’s quite minor. It’s about the casting of a supposedly newborn infant who is shown on screen as a child big enough to enter kindergarten. To think that the baby is even said to be premature. However, that’s a very small detail.

Tarot really deserves more praise and one of those who should be congratulated is Marian, who turns in an inspired performance. Dennis, already an award-winning actor, as always delivers. I should also give credit to Susan Africa, who plays Marian’s mother because she is very believable as a woman who refuses the power to see the future and as a loving mom who only wants the best for her daughter.

Tarot truly makes it as this year’s best horror film and I can hardly wait for Jun’s scream-your-lungs-out project next year.

Oh, didn’t I say we reviewed two films of the same theme in CEB? The other one is also about fortune telling, but I’m reviewing that next time. If you read the entertainment section of this paper and know the forthcoming films to be shown soon in local movie theaters, maybe you can already guess what it is.

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‘A’ for 2 horror films

By Marinel Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:46:00 09/02/2009

Filed Under: Cinema, Entertainment (general)

MANILA, Philippines—Two horror movies, “Tarot” and “Manghuhula,” were rated “A” by the Cinema Evaluation Board last week for their “well-crafted” and “compelling” stories about the occult. An “A” gives a movie a 100-percent tax rebate.

In “Tarot,” director Jun Lana had “control over his rich material” said CEB chair Christine Dayrit, quoting a board member.

In the movie Marian Rivera plays Cara, who sees the future through her grandmother’s tarot cards. Fearing for her daughter’s life, Cara’s mother stops her from using her gift.

“Tarot” is currently showing in local theaters.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

passion project



Well, here I go again. Working feverishly to get another passion project produced.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

WHITE ELEPHANT


White Elephant is the production company of writer-producers RJ Nuevas, Dode Cruz, Kit Langit, Suzette Doctolero, Jun Lana, Jules Katanyag and Denoy Navarro-Punio. Our aim is to develop workshops, produce movies, and empower and inspire screenwriters everywhere.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Cory



We shall not forget.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

PAHABOL

Nakalimutan kong banggitin: may cash prize yung screenplay/s na mapipiling i-produce. Tumataginting na 100,000 pesos.

Di ba ang gandang incentive para magsulat?

Ipo post ko ang lahat ng detalye sa April 12. Ihanda n'yo na ang screenplays n'yo.

Good luck!

screenwriting clinic

After Holy Week ko pa mailalabas ang press release at ibang detalye pero para sa mga hindi na makapaghintay, eto ang dapat n'yong malaman. 1) Libre siya. 2) One week ang writing clinic. Bawal ang late, bawal ang absent, no excuses. 3) At ito ang pinaka-importante: Kailangang mag-submit ng unproduced, unsold and unoptioned original screenplay (yung mga nanalo sa Palanca at ibang writing contests, as long as unoptioned, pwedeng isali. PERO hindi dahil nanalo sa contest ang screenplay n'yo, hindi na kayo ookrayin ha.) Linawin ko lang uli: hindi storyline, hindi concept, at hindi treatment ang kailangan n'yong i-submit. Kundi buong screenplay.

Ang objective ng workshop: Maibenta at ma-produce ang screenplays n'yo (at i-launch ang inyong maningning na career sa pagsusulat hehehe).

May dalawang phase ang workshop: Days 1-5: Lectures re screenwriting, industry practices, at kapihan/tsikahan with filmmakers and producers. Pero siyempre ang pinakamahalagang part ng workshop eh yung masusing pagbabasa at pagbusisi sa screenplays. Day 6-7: Presentation ng bawat writer kung ano ang mga plano niyang gawing revisions sa screenplay- o kung ayaw niya (taray naman).

At the end of the workshop, at least one screenplay will be optioned for production.

10 slots lang ang available. Eh yun lang kasi ang kaya ng powers kong tutukan sa workshop. Good luck.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

crisis management video

Niloko ka niya. Iniwan. Ilang gabi mo siyang iniyakan. At kahit sinasabi mo sa friends mong naka-move on ka na, sa puso mo alam mong may puwang pa rin siya. Hanggang isang araw, hindi inaasahan, nagkita uli kayo. Sa mall. O kaya sa church. O kung talagang minamalas ka, sa jeep. Guwapo pa rin siya. Nakakatunaw pa rin ang ngiti. Kung pwede lang, gusto mo siyang yakapin uli. In fact, kung magso-sorry lang siya, baka matukso kang makipagbalikan. Kaso... may kasama siyang bagong jowa! At sweet sila sa isa't isa, nagbubulungan, naghahagikgikang parang mga probinsiyanang birhen. Samantalang ikaw, nag-iisa.


Anong gagawin mo? Maghe-hello at magpe-pretend na ok? O magdarasal na sana kainin ka na lang bigla ng lupa?


Walang dapat ipangamba. Narito ang instructional video sakaling dumating nga ang araw na kinatatakutan mo. Panoorin at pag-aralang mabuti ang step-by-step demo ng mga bagay na dapat mong gawin oras na magkita uli kayo ng ex mo. Pramis, siguradong wagi ka dito.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

hula

Kung nagkataong may color blue ang pang-itaas na suot mo, at may letrang A o kaya E ang first name mo, para sa yo ang message na ito: Iwanan mo siya. Niloloko ka lang niya.

Joke lang.

Pero kung nagkataong swak sa yo ang description, malamang kinilabutan ka na. Malamang, may maiisip ka talagang nanloloko sa yo. Pwedeng jowa, pwedeng friend, relative, neighbor, at kung talagang praning ka, siguro pati pet nyong aso pagsususpetsahan mo.

Nitong mga nakaraang araw, madalas akong magpahula. May ginagawa kasi akong pelikula, at kailangan kong mag-research tungkol sa hula.

Isa sa mga istilo ng panghuhula na na-encounter ko, ganito:

MANGHUHULA: May nakikita akong letrang E sa buhay mo. Babae siya. Mag-iingat ka.

Sus. Kahit sino siguro, malamang may kaibigang babae na may letter E ang pangalan. Siyempre nagtanong ako.

AKO: Bakit ko po kailangang mag-ingat sa kanya?

MANGHUHULA: Pipikutin ka niya.

Muntik na akong masuka.

May iba namang manghuhula, aura ng isang tao ang binabasa. So nag-experiment ako. Nag-aktres-aktresan. Sa isang manghuhula, humarap akong mukhang problemado. Ang sabi ng manghuhula 1:

MANGHUHULA: May mabigat kang dinadala.

Huwaw.

At dun naman sa isa, nagpaka-Ms Friendship ako. Ngiting-ngiti from start to finish. At ang unang reading ng manghuhula 2:

MANGHUHULA: Magaan ang pasok ng swerte sa yo ngayong taon.

Hahaha.

Nonsense di ba? Hindi talaga ako naniniwala sa hula. Ni horoscope hindi ako nag-aaksaya ng panahong magbasa. Pero naiintindihan ko kung bakit marami ang nahuhumaling. Lalo na yung mga brokenhearted at walang trabaho. Kasi lahat tayo, naghahanap ng assurance. Assurance na may darating ding tamang tao para sa atin. Assurance na bubuti rin ang buhay natin.

Ang nakakaloka pa sa ibang manghuhula, huhulaan ka ng masama, tapos bebentahan ka ng pangontra. Yung isang kaibigan kong sumama sa aking magpahula, nagoyong bumili ng bato. Yes, bato. As in, ding ang bato. Kasi may mga dwende daw sa condo niya. In fairness, sosyal ang dwendeng yun ha, naka-condo.

Pero eto, ngayon ko lang isi-share. Gusto mo ba talagang magka-dyowa? As in gustung-gusto na parang pigsa ka nang puputok sa sobrang pangungulila? Pwes bumili ka ng chocnut, kainin mo, tapos yung balat, drowingan mo ng puso, saka mo hatiin sa gitna. Yung isang piraso ng balat na may kahalating puso, kainin mo. Yes, kainin mo. Tapos yung natitirang piraso, isingit mo nang palihim sa wallet o bag ng taong napupusuan mo. In one week, ma-i-in love sa yo ang taong yun.

Ayaw mong maniwala?

Parang pagpapahula lang yan. Ano naman kung susubukan mo? Walang mawawala. Eh kung magka-dyowa ka nga?

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Monday, January 12, 2009

regalo

Kung hindi ako nagdidirek sa tv at pelikula, siguro nasa teatro pa rin ako, nagsusulat ng plays. O kaya nasa UST o UP, nagtuturo ng creative writing. Posible ring advertising ang kinabagsakan ko, gumagawa ng copy. Kung none of the above, eh malamang nasa Rustan's ako ngayon, isa sa mga tagabalot dun ng regalo.

Hobby ko ang magbalot ng regalo. Dati, nung dukha pa ako, dahil cheap lang ang gifts na afford ko, dinadaan ko na lang sa presentation. Sabi ng isa kong kaibigan, natunugan niya lang na bading ako nung pareho kaming magninong sa binyag at makita niya ang bonggang-bonggang pagkakabalot ko sa regalo ng inaanak namin.

May isang balikbayan box ako ng gift wrappers. Saka ribbons at iba't ibang burloloy.






Isa sa mga binalot ko.




Kinarir ko pati tag, in fairnez.


Eto pa:






Parang ang dami kong free time diba. Minsan kahit wala akong reregaluhan nagbabalot ako haha. Minsan nga pag napapagod ako sa pagusulat, ilalabas ko yung balikbayan box ko ng gift wrappers at bigla na lang akong magbabalot para ma-relax. Sabagay kanya-kanyang trip lang yan. Saka ang ikli ng buhay. Kaya dapat gawin lang natin kung anong makakapagpaligaya sa atin. Eh nagkataon, isa ito sa happiness ko.

Ultimate dream ko: Magkapag-gift wrap ng grand piano. Hindi nga. Todong happiness na yun!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

pirata

Buti na lang may blog ako. Dito ko na lang kaklaruhin ang kumakalat na tsismis. 2 days ago nagtext ang isang kaibigan kong nagbabakasyon sa Hong Kong. Nabasa daw niya online na lilipat na ako sa ABS CBN. Huwaw. Di ko na lang pinansin. Pero kanina, tumawag na yung kaibigan ko. May thread daw ako sa pinoyexchange.com. Basahin ko raw. Eh di siyempre na-curious na ako. Eto ang naka-post:

JUN LANA - LILIPAT NA sa ABS CBN 2?
Jun Nardo

Pinipirata raw ng ABS-CBN si Jun Lana na bahagi ng creative team ng GMA 7, na biglang naging box-office director sa movie ni Judy Ann Santos na Mag-ingat Ka Sa…Kulam! Eh, sa TV lang naman daw exclusive ang kontrata ni Jun pero pagdating sa movies, non-exclusive siya.

Kaya ang balita namin, thinking over daw si Jun sa offer ng Dos kung papatulan niya ito lalo na’t wala pa namang offer sa kanya ang Regal Films na bagong project.


Apparently lumabas pala ito sa tabloid. Abante ata. Ang kamangha-mangha, may mga pumatol at nag-react sa post.

Eto ang isa:

Baka nagpapa-presyo at nagpapansin sa Star Cinema si Jun Lana. Star Cinema has a lot of homegrown directors already, they should give them a chance. Tapos yung mga new directors naman na iba is usually galing sa mga advertising/commercial directors and even indie.

One hit pa lang naman siya from Kulam. I think he is the creative overseeing Obra and that show is definitely not on the same level as MMK.
ALthough, I dont doubt his talent, but ABS/Star Cinema has their own pool of writers and directors.

Pang Regal/GMA muna siya.


Eto pa:

^If he moves, it's obviously because ayaw na niya sa GMA, It takes two to tango ;]

At eto pa:

jusko sino ba naman ang makakatiis sa mga movies ng GME Felms na laging FLOP!!!

Kakawindang. Wala akong kamalay-malay, nahusgahan na ang pagkatao ko, nalait pa ako, pati GMA Films.

Hindi ko alam kung sino ang source ng balitang ito.

Kaya lilinawin ko na:

1)Sa December 31, 2009 pa mag-e-expire ang tv contract ko sa GMA. Kaya imposibleng lumipat ako anytime soon sa dos. Ang tanging project na nagagawa ko sa labas ng GMA, yung “Incredible Tales” na isang TV show sa Singapore. Dahil international yun, at hindi sakop ng kontrata ko.

2)Hindi totoong walang offer sa akin ang Regal pagkatapos ng Kulam. May exclusive 3-picture contract ako sa Regal na noong 1999 ko pa pinirmahan. Pangalawang pelikula ko pa lang ang Kulam. Kaya gustung-gusto ko nang gawin yung pangatlo para maging freelancer na ako. May dalawang project na binigay sa akin si Mother. In fact, bukas, may meeting uli kami para i-finalize ang cast nung isang pelikula.

3)Last December 29, sa isang meeting namin ni Mother, nagpaalam ako kung pwedeng simulan ko na ring i-consider ang ibang projects na ino-offer sa akin sa labas ng Regal. Tutal naman, patapos na rin ang kontrata ko sa kanila. Naintindihan naman yun ni Mother at pumayag siya. Actually last year pa, nakikipag-meeting na ako sa Viva. Medyo itinago ko muna yun kay Mother dahil baka hindi ako payagan. May indie rin akong gustong iproduce ng isa sa dating producers ng Jose Rizal. Pero lahat ito hindi ko masimulan dahil hinihintay kong matapos muna yung 3rd movie ko sa Regal. Kaso naisip ko, eh paano kung 1 year in the making din ito gaya ng Kulam? Sayang naman yung oportunidad na makagawa ng ibang proyekto. Kaya minabuti kong magpaalam na. Baka ito yung balitang na-pick up ng tabloid, at napalaki na lang.

Sa totoo lang, sabik akong sumubok ng kahit ano, ke indie o mainstream, basta bagong experience. Buong buhay ko sa industriyang ito, nakatali na ako sa isang istasyon. Kaya pagdating sa pelikula, gusto ko namang maging freelancer na. Dahil sa totoo lang, minsan sa halip na maging security, nakakasakal ang kontrata. Lalo na kung artist ka. Marami kang gustong gawin pero nalilimit ang outlet mo. Kaya eto, kinakarir ko talagang makipag usap sa ibang producers. Bukas na bukas na po ang tindahan 24/7. At hindi ko kailangang magpapresyo dahil wala namang lipatang mangyayari. Gusto ko lang sumubok ng bago.

Yun lang.