I’m losing quite a bit of weight so I thought it was time to update my wardrobe. Luckily, Forever 21 is holding a Mega Sale this weekend, where guests can shop for classic and trendy clothes with discounts of up to 70%! I went to the sale on its VIP Day and was overwhelmed with the number of options at incredible prices.
Many of us grew up with the story of Ibong Adarna, an epic poem we read in school. Later, we watched the film adaptation starring Jolina Magdangal as the legendary bird. It’s a timeless story that has become part of the tapestry of Filipino culture and Ballet Manila is reintroducing the story with the world premiere of a breathtaking ballet rendition.
I love to eat and one of my favorite things to nibble on are fries. It’s such a portable snack that you can eat it anywhere and while doing anything like working, reading, or even walking. And when it comes to fries, one of the best (at least for me), is Jollibee’s.
Beauty and the Beast is a timeless story that many of us grew up with. We know the characters, the scenes, and the songs like the familiar rooms of a well-loved home, and it was a joy to revisit them in the live-action remake that was shown this year. What we seem to have forgotten is that it is one of many interpretations. Now, we can watch a different take on this story of true love and selflessness with Repertory Philippines’ charming stage adaptation for kids.
One of the most timeless romances is that of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet in the William Shakespeare tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The sad tale of the star-crossed lovers is so universal that it has been referenced and adapted countless of times. One of the most enduring adaptations is the musical West Side Story, which is currently in Manila for an international tour.
I love film festivals because it allows me and other Filipinos to see how amazing the local film industry is. But the thing is, they’re not widely accessible. Some film festivals only screen in one place. And for someone who lives in the south, supporting a film festival and watching all the entries is something to be planned and strategized in advance.
Thankfully, the Pista ng Pelikulang Pinoy was launched. It’s a film festival hosted by the progressive Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), where almost 800 theaters across the Philippines will be playing 12 selected films from August 16 to 22. For its inaugural run, the council selected an intriguing lineup that has something for everyone.
The denim jacket was invented in the 1880s by Levi Strauss, the same guy who invented blue jeans. Like jeans, the denim jacket was made to be durable in order to survive harsh conditions, perfect for cowboys, railroad engineers, and miners. Similar to jeans, the denim became one of the most classic pieces in menswear, worn by stylish men (and women) like James Dean, John Lennon, Veruschka, and Bruce Springsteen.
I used to be a geek. I was (and still am) a fan of Pokemon and Harry Potter, collecting all the books, movies, cards, and games. In 2003, I became an X-Men fan when I joined a trivia contest hosted by Globe via text. I remember saving my allowance to buy comics every month and spending my spare time on the Uncanny X-Men website to learn as much as I can about the characters.
I don’t know why my interest fizzled. I can still identify spells, Pokemons, and mutants, but I guess life got in the way and I focused my attention elsewhere. But like the Phoenix that resides deep inside Jean Grey, my inner geek was recently unleashed when I found my old stash of comics. Like a kid in a candy store, I squealed when I saw my dusty copy of The Dark Phoenix Saga, my comics featuring Nightcrawler, Emma Frost, and Mystique, and the old comics I bought from God knows where.
Luckily, I found my comics right around TOYCON so it was the perfect time to reenter my fandom and maybe even grow my collection.