Sunday, March 18, 2018


Binibining Pilipinas 2018 is later today and here are my top bets on who among the 40 candidates will do well come pageant night. Each one of them are good but I have made my choices based on everything I have seen so far.

Miss Universe - Catriona Gray
Ever since the get go she is my favorite. This is her pageant to lose. She is one of the few who exudes confidence and she is really beautiful. Armed with a great catwalk and over-all presence she can sweep all aside. Add the towering height as an advantage, Catriona is also well known for her wits and great advocacy.

Miss International - Vicky Marie Rushton
One of the more consistent of this batch, Vicky is both beautiful and sexy. Despite her lacking the feistiness as the other candidates, it could also work on her favor. She is fitted to the International Crown and could possibly grab back the crown to our country.

Miss Grand International - Karen Gallman
She is my bet for the Miss International but with her age problem that could make her disqualified for the pageant, I put her in one of the pageants we have not yet won. This is a great chance for her and the Philippines and with a stunning face and a great body she can romp over competition.

Miss Intercontinental - Michelle Gumabao
Backed with a great story she could grab one of the top plums this year if not with one contestant which I see is doing better than her. Pretty and packed with a great body, she has surprised everyone as well on good she handles herself with interviews letting people see who she really is which could really do wonders with her this pageant night.

Miss Supranational - Muriel Orais
Muriel was one of the first ladies that caught my attention during the screenings. She is one that can make the front-runners' lives difficult. With a great charisma and a wonderful personality to boot, she is one that gets noticed easily. She has to work her consistency and she can go far. She is built on the mold of the Supranational pageant - simple, beautiful and can draw audiences.

Miss Globe - Sigrid Grace Flores
She is one of the dark horses for some pageant analyst lists. But for me she deserve a crown. She did pretty well to the build up before pageant night and with her infectious smile adding to her beautiful face, she can win over hearts of people. Although Miss Globe does not have Q&A, her great communication skills pre-pageant times can favor her.

These two runner-ups can sneak into one of the titles but for me I think they will settle for runner-up positions. They have great performances along the way but does not create much buzz among fans and is somehow lacking with charisma and charm. If they perform exceptionally well on pageant night, I would not be surprised if they and a crown.
First Runner-Up: Maria Andrea Abesamis
Second Runner-Up: Wynonah Buot

Top 16
Sandra Lemonon
Kayesha Chua
Agatha Romero
Juliana Kapuendl
Ana Patricia Asturias
Samantha Bernardo
Jehza Huelar
Ena Velasco

Saturday, February 3, 2018


While mainstream movie continue to chunk in huge amount of earnings in Philippine cinema, 2017 is also a big year for the indies. Not only did these films hit the mark with the critics but some of them also earned their way to box-office. Here are my top movies for 2017.

1. Kita Kita
Who would have thought that a simple love story starring an unusual couple turned out to be one of the gems of 2017. Empoy and Alessandra De Rossi impressed and made us see the beauty of true love. Kita Kita makes us realize that we love not for what we see but what we feel. Both critically and commercially successful, this film refueled the careers of both it lead stars. Kita Kita was simple and pure and that is all we need.

2. Smaller and Smaller Circles
This Raya Martin film has mystery written in the best way possible. We are treated to a brand new genre of movies and surely was compelling and superb. Nonie Buencamino and Sid Lucero were the cherries on top as they delivered exceptional performance adding to the greatness of this masterpiece.

3. 2 Cool To Be Forgotten
This coming of age drama is one of the gems of 2017. We are immersed to how a young individual fights his way to some things he have not experienced or felt. Delivered in a subtle but effective way, we see how people's desire and motives can trigger certain actions. Khalil Ramos did a breakthrough performance that is worth every applause.

4. Seven Sundays
Family drama has always been a staple for Filipino films. And for 2017, we are treated to a star-studded movie that touches simple but relateble family scenarios - from happiness to conflicts and everything in between. Aside from the wonderful screenplay and story, Seven Sundays triumphed with its stars. Ronaldo Valdez was specifically heart-felt in his every scene. Aga Muhlach, Dingdong Dantes, Enrique Gil and Cristine Reyes all upped the drama and we did shed a tear or two.

5. 100 Tula Para Kay Stella
JC Santos and Bella Padilla starred in this wonderful romance film that show all the beauty of love and every heartache there may be. In this movie, we follow the love story of two unlikely pair as their relationship blossom. 100 Tula was both heartfelt and sincere and the unlikely twists makes you wanna cry.

6. Deadma Walking
Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman shined in this stellar film about life and the various colors. We see how each person view life and where each one derives their happiness. We are brought into a world of whimsical fantasy and a powerful friendship that stays till forever. Deadma Walking is a breakthrough in its own right and is one of the best from 2017.

7. Ang Larawan
Ang Larawan brought back the flair and hype for musical movies. This 2017 film wonderfully woven into a masterpiece of sounds and music stood out to be different in all the good ways possible. The ensemble cast all performed exceptionally well making every scene compelling.

8. Siargao
Cinematography at its finest. This Paul Soriano helmed film showcases one of the wonders of the Philippines while incorporating a story about life, love and personal choices. This may not have the emotional punch like most of the dramas from 2017, but it stands out as something light and simple.

9. Love You To The Stars and Back
Prepare a tissue or two. In hindsight, this film looks and light-hearted rom-com like the rest but deep inside it is packed full of emotions. The idea of having people leave is always a difficult thing which puts people at their saddest moments. Joshua Garcia once again showed how talented he is and makes us dive into his world loving him more and more.

10. My Ex and Whys
Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil is one of the hottest love teams of this time. And the formula for success on this film is simple - be true and sweet and everything else will fall into place. But not only is this a rom-com but the storyline for this film is a tad more mature than your regular Filipino romantic films.

11. Patay Na Si Jesus
Jaclyn Jose simply spells greatness. In this dark comedy, we joined Jaclyn's character on a road trip to visit the remains of his estranged husband dragging along her children. Hilarious and very witty, Patay Na Si Jesus joins humor and irony and combines them to make a memorable movie worth watching by everyone.

12. Respeto
This Indie hit seemed a simple hiphop film on the surface but man we are caught into a surprise. This movie is one of the more poetic masterpieces in years and by the end credits, one would definitely shed a tear. This is one of the few ones that will stay for us for long. Director Treb Monteras II delivered this in a dynamic and at time gritty way.

13. Star Na Si Van Damme Stallone
Perhaps one of the more underrated comediannes of our time. Candy Pangilinan showed perfect timing and brilliance in this heart-warming film. Dealing with a story that focuses on a child with down syndrome, this film touches at the innermost corners of every heart.

14. Kiko Boksingero
Simple but truthful, Kiko Boksingero surprised everyone with a compelling storytelling and wonderful ensemble performance. Noel Comia as the young boxer showed innocence beyond his years. This film made headlines with a handful of awards and nominations from the last year.

15. Nervous Translation
Looking into the eyes of a young one often exposes us to the truthfulness of things. Nervous Translation mixes a lot of wonderful ideas and compiles them to have a collage that is a masterpiece. A young girl who shows little understanding of the adult world reacts in a way that she mimics her elders. Witty and one of a kind.

Here are the rest of the best movies from the year that was.


2017 is a big year for diversity in the music charts. The international scene is filled with great music all year round and here are my top list from the year that was.

1. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar

2. Mic Drop - BTS ft. Steve Aoki

3. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran

4. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars

5. Despacito - Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber

6. Thunder - Imagine Dragon

7. Look What You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift

8. Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato and Luis Fonsi

9. What About Us? - Pink

10. 1-800-273-8255 - Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid

11. Havana - Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug

12. New Rules - Dua Lipa

13. Too Good at Goodyes - Sam Smith

14. Closer - The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

15. Attention - Charlie Puth

16. Slow Hands - Niall Horan

17. Nothing Holding Me Back - Shawn Mendes

18. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

19. I Don't Wanna Live Forever - Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift

20. Perfect - Ed Sheeran

Here are the rest of the best music from 2017.


OPM Songs also lorded over the charts from 2017 and here are some of the highly listened and praised songs of the past year.

1. Malaya - Moira Dela Torre
2017 is indeed a banner year for Moira as every time she releases a new material she turns it into a golden hit. But of all her 2017 songs, Malaya stood out as her introduction to the OPM music and her haunting and unique voice makes you listen and want for more. Moira is one of the new gems of this music industry and we are eager for more on her.

2. Dahil Sa 'Yo - Inigo Pascual
Like father like son, Inigo takes all Piolo's roots and makes it even more. With a pop and current sound with his music, Inigo stands out from the rest of the competition. And while he is good in singing he is also a talented dancer and makes every performance his best. This song became one of my listening pleasures from 2017.

3. Two Less Lonely People In The World - KZ Tandingan
KZ's rendition is so great that this became an instant hit for Filipinos. And the hype was even added as this is the theme song of the highly successful movie "Kita Kita". KZ makes this song her own and one time or more, I have sang along this tune. Heartfelt and very emotional, this song touched the innermost portions of one's heart.

4. Maghihintay Ako - Jona
Jona is a known singer even way back when she was in GMA. But her career started to go to unknown heights once she moved to the Kapamilya network. This song capture everything she is and she has. Her strong vocal chops was showcased in this emotional number which became one of the tear-jerker songs we loved in 2017.

5. Sila - SUD
SUD became a huge hit with this wonderful masterpiece. Sila touches hearts and is one of the highly streamed songs of the past year. The lyrics are simple but very relatable and the way it was sung was pure and makes you appreciate the beauty of love and all.

6. Cool Down - James Reid
James is full of soul and great vibe. And with Cool Down he shows how talented he is as a singer. The depth in the message of the song is highly commendable. James not only makes commercial songs but also ones with great meaning and value. Cool Down is an expression of love in all its facets.

7. Sundo - Moira Dela Torre
Moira never fails to impress and Sundo is another one of her endless array of great songs. Her voice is so beautiful and it makes you feel the deepest of messages with her every words. As sad as it may be, it is sure that we listened and loved "Sundo". This is an innocent song that shows how love is without sugar coating.

8. Alon - Hale
Hale is back with a big bang. They brought us Alon which is a welcome gift to all their fans. Alon is a bittersweet love song but every one is surely able to relate to this tune. Hale makes each lyric their own and makes you wanna experience the beauty of love despite the possible heartaches.

9. Hanngang Kailan - Michael Pangilinan
Yeah, Michael is both handsome and sexy but what makes people love him by much is his ability to connect with people through his songs. He is great story teller and with his eyes looking straight to you, one feels it thrust to the innermost of hearts and that every word is seen as sincere and full of truth. Hanggang Kailan is a gem from 2017 which is a must listen.

10. Unli - Boyband PH
Fresh from winning in the reality show from ABS-CBN, these five handsome and equally talented guys joined together and makes up Boyband PH. 2017 saw their meteoric rise to fame and this song is their first major hit. Unli was simple, catchy and easy to the ears and the guys just delivered all the chills and thrills to their adoring fans.

11. If We Fall In Love - McLisse
McCoy De Leon and Elise Joson are products of the reality show Pinoy Big Brother. And even after going out of the house, the two began to sing good music together. Their love team seems to be going on all right directions and their hit "If We Fall In Love" became regular tunes on the radio.

12. Turning Up - James Reid
And here is another wonderful song from James Reid. Backed up with a great video, this song focuses more on youth and some of the choices they make. James again shows his singing chops and with a stellar cast on the video including Sam Concepcion, Bret Jackson and Nadine Lustre this could not do anything wrong.

13. Till The End of Time - Jona and BoyBand PH
Jona shows she can slay any kind of song and with this English ballad, she continues to impress. Till The End of Time shows us Jona at her best and like me a lot of people could not help but rape the replay button on this one. With her strong vocals, she was able to blend in with the good voices of the hottest guys out there - BoyBand PH.

14. Titibo-Tibo - Moira Dela Torre
Another one and yes this is equally impressive. While this is not the usual slow haunting love anthem from Moira, this certainly packs the punch. With a nice beat to it, this song veers away from usual putting focus on a different kind of love but still delivering the message across.

15. Somebody - Boyband PH
And yes the guys can certainly hit is with a ballad. Somebody shows their versatility and vocal talent. The rendition was made as simple but heartfelt and Boyband PH simply hit the mark. Not much drama or frills, this song puts oomph on the simplicity and relying on the band's voice.

Here are the rest of the songs that made out top lists from the year that was.


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