Today’s Lessons

On the day I honor my father and the marytyrs and heroes who fought against Martial Law, a callous and ignorant person had the gall to throw sh*t all over my post. Instead of empathy and compassion, he chose to be rude and condescending. He chose to victimize me. I do not even know this person. We do not have any mutual friends.

I was angry. But my anger has turned into profound sadness and pity.

Sad to say, he represents just one of many Filipinos who continue to choose ignorance, who continue to be prisoners of propaganda and lies. It is emotionally exhausting and intellectually taxing to deal with these people. But we must. Otherwise, we fail to honor those who sacrificed their lives.

Open your eyes. Free your mind. Do not allow yourself to be limited by your own experiences. The world does not revolve around you but it is yours to explore and learn more about. Do not be enslaved by what is in front of you. Listen to people. Converse. Read. Be educated. Develop a critical mind. 

Most of all, use your heart. Be compassionate. Choose kindness even when faced with callousness and hatred.

And to that person who challenged me today, thank you for the opportunity to be better. Today you taught me that I can always go beyond my anger. That when people are rude the best thing to do is to be better, not to be condescending but to practice patience and exercise temperance.

Faced with overwhelming callousness and disrespect, overcome with anger, I learned that I can be compassionate and can be empathetic, something I have to practice and do more of.

Madali maging tao, mahirap magpakatao.

Live. Love. Learn. ❤️

Birdshot capture provided by TBA Films.

Birdshot | Film by Mikhail Red and TBA Studios

Truth be told, I was super distracted while watching BIRDSHOT. Refer to my previous social media post about my iPhone problems, among other things. Nonetheless, I tried my best to immerse myself in the film.

If you have no idea what Birshot is about, check out this trailer.

As Maki of Pinoy Movie Blog put it, this film as almost perfect.

The story is gripping. I was constantly questioning the characters and even myself throughout the film. Every detail, every plot point was carefully revealed and every moment is nothing short of breathtaking. This is no horror or suspense film but it kept me awake, in attention, and in a state of tension and anticipation. (At least every moment I wasn’t distracted.)

The acting is flawless. Probably, my favorite performance by John Arcilla. Yes, more than his portrayal as Heneral Luna. But my favorite is that guy you often see in teleseryes and movies in a supporting role aka Arnold Reyes. You can read his thoughts and feel his emotions in his eyes, in his every action. And you can feel his presence in every scene he’s in. Hindi siya nilamon ni John Arcilla.

Maya, beautiful Maya played by Mary Joy Apostol is a sight to behold. I sometimes forgot that she is just an actress. And that everything is not actually happening in real life.

The thing that really made me appreciate this film most is the masterful ending. I won’t say too much coz I’m still hoping it wil be shown in the cinemas soon and the film’s conclusion is best experienced firsthand.

And yes, I am still hoping I will get another chance to watch Birdshot in the cinema again soon.

This film gives me so much to look forward to from the Filipino indie film industry. And I would like to express my thanks and commendation to the filmmaker Mikhail Red, TBA Studios, and everyone involved in making the film.

Birdshot is definitely a must-watch film. Thought-provoking, timely, and excellently crafted.

For better, more insightful movie reviews, check out Maki’s Pinoy Movie Blog at http://www.pinoymovie.blog.

For more information about Birdshot, follow them on Facebook at https://www..facebook.com/BirdshotMovie.

And for updates and latest news about films and projects by TBA Studios, visit their website at http://www.tba.ph and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TBAStudiosPH.

Screen capture of Birdshot from TBA Studios PR.

MFGM Pro: Pediatric Nutrition Breakthough

MFGM: A Breakthrough in Pediatric Nutrition

Not everyone may know that the first five years of a child’s development is crucial. This is, however, an important thing that all must take note of. Milestones achieved during this stage is important in determining the potential of a person.

It is said and scientifically proven that breastmilk is best for babies during these crucial development years. There are, mothers, however, who cannot breastfeed. But we all now that breastmilk is still best for babies.

The good news is there’s a breakthrough in pediatric nutrition. Milk fat globule membrane or MFGM has been successfully extracted and reintroduced into supplemental milk formula for babies and children. MFGM is a tri-layer complex rich in bioactive components. It is proven in studies to support the cognitive development of infants.
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Cool Hacks For Your Air Conditioner Maintenance

With summer just around the corner, your air conditioners need to be cleaned and ready for use. If you are a DIY fanatic, you might want to try it out yourself before you bring in an HVAC expert. However, you would need to have some basic knowledge about AC functioning. Here are some cool tips to help you revive your AC.

Airconditioner
Airconditioner

#1: Check Condensing Unit

The outdoor condensing unit is the most important part of your air conditioner this summer. Why? Because it will help you to beat the heat. So, make sure that it is not covered in weed or grass. You might cover the condenser during the winter, but remove it once you start using it.

#2: Change Air Filter

Even if you haven’t used the air conditioner in winter, you need to change the air filters. Dirt might have accumulated in the filters, and a dirty air filter will hinder the efficiency of your system. If you are looking for a good deal on your air filters, you can try out Groupon coupons before summer.

#3: Check Panels and Air Duct

In addition to changing the air filters, you need to check out the air ducts and panels for obstruction. Especially so, if you have not used it for a month or two. Also, make sure that there are no obstructions in the outdoor units.

#4: Set The Thermostat

Before you step into summer and user your air conditioner for cooling, you need to set the thermostat in cooling mode. Also, make sure that you get the temperature correct. If your AC contains a programmable thermostat, you can customize the cooling process for various periods.

#5: Condenser & Water Pan

Once you are ready for using the air conditioner, make sure you run regular checks for condenser and water pan. The water which is accumulated can encourage mold and leave a rusty smell in the air. So, you need to clean both the condenser and water pan at least once a month to avoid this.

Now that you know these effective hacks to restore your air conditioner for the summer, it is time to get started. Spend some time in the outdoors while the temperature is cool, and you can spend the rest indoors.

Groupon Coupons: Shop and Save

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It is every girl’s wish to shop but not actually spend too much money. Well, not just girl, but everybody. Single, married, with or without kids, shopping is not just a hobby but also an important part of life. Everybody shops not just for the things they want, but more often than not, for the things they need. Food and groceries, for example, can be expensive for anybody. And these are stuff we actually need… food, toiletries, basic clothing items, and the like. So why not lessen the load and the stress on your wallet (and mind) by using coupons? Using coupons is now made easy with Groupon Coupons.

Groupon Coupons
Groupon Coupons

No more scrounging for coupons in newspapers and mail. No more exchanging coupons with neighbors and friends. Just log in, browse or use the search field, and find the best deals for you and your loved ones. From food and groceries to school and office supplies to gift items, and even travel experiences, there is a Groupon coupon for almost everything. Some notable brands on Groupon include Target, VistaPrint, Travelocity, Best Buy, and Adidas. Yep, there is a Groupon Coupon for all your needs and wants.

So do not waste time (and money), create your Groupon account now and search for the coupons that you can use to shop and save.

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Oro by Alvin Yapan [MMFF 2016]

I’m not a movie reviewer but I think it would be a great disservice to everybody if I don’t promote this film. I went inside the cinema with high expectations. After all, Sir Alvin Yapan is one of my most favorite professors of all time. And for the first time, one of his films is showing in local cinemas. So yey!

Oro, Dugo ang Kinang ng Ginto
Oro, Dugo ang Kinang ng Ginto

Kahit na sobrang taas ng expectations ko, I was blown away and greatly overwhelmed by Oro. Ang ganda ng storya. Thought-provoking and cringe-inducing siya. At sa totoo lang gusto ko talaga ihagis yung phone ko sa silver screen. Nakakalungkot at nakakagalit. Ang bigat ng pakiramdam habang nanonood ako at kapag naaalala ko yung pelikula. At lalo akong naiinis kapag naalala kong based on true events ang kwento. 😭

Ang galing ng actors. Iba! They deserve the Best Ensemble Award. At siyempre, Irma Adlawan IS Irma Adlawan. Subtle pero powerful. Sobrang saludo ako kay Kapitana, both the character and the real life Kapitana. Mabuhay kayo!

Irma Adlawan as Kapitana in Oro
Irma Adlawan as Kapitana in Oro

Gustong-gusto ko rin sila Joem Bascon (bukod sa crush ko siya matagal na) dahil ang galing niya talaga pati yung mga actors na kabarkada/katrabaho niya sa ball mill. 🙌🏻 And I must not fail to mention Mercedes Cabral. This girl can effectively play all kinds of characters, I think.

At yung mga goons naman, hay nakakabwisit talaga. Kung inis na inis kayo kay Dolores Umbridge sa Harry Potter series… aba nakahanap ako ng mas nakakabwisit sa kanya, ang p*tang *nang si Mrs Razon. Hay! Sarap painumin ng mercury. 😡 Pag na-meet ko si Sue Prado, gusto ko siya bigwasan.

I felt frustrated, helpless, at sobrang dami pang ibang emotions nung nanonood ako. Di ako iyakin pag nanonood ng mga pelikula pero naluha ako several times while watching Oro. At nung nag-end credits na bumuhos luha ko at para akong naka-glue sa upuan ng sinehan kasi ang hirap makapag-get over at mag-move on sa pelikulang ito.

Pasensya na. Medyo emotional ako ulit ngayon kasi narinig ko ulit ang theme song ng movie,
“Nananaghoy ang Puso Ko.” Perfect yung kanta para sa pelikula at nung narinig ko ito ulit ngayon, bumalik lahat ng emosyon na naramdaman ko nung pinanood ko yung film. Ganun kagaling yung kanta.

Ganun kagaling yung pelikula. It will stay with you. Malamang ayaw mong manood ng isang mabigat na pelikula pero etong pelikulang ito kelangan mong panoorin talaga. Magaling ang pagkakakagawa at mapapaiisip ka talaga.

Facebook status lang dapat to pero ang dami kong gustong sabihin tungkol sa pelikulang ito kaya napa-blogpost.

Grabe ang galing talaga ng pelikula. Don’t miss the chance to watch it. Maraming salamat, Gaisano Mall of Davao dahil pinapalabas mo ang Oro at murang-mura lang po and ticket, P145. Kung may time pa ako, papanoorin ko ito ulit.

Maraming salamat, Sir Alvin Yapan and to your team! Expecting more great stories from you.

All images from the Oro – MMFF 2016 Page at https://www.facebook.com/oroformmff2016.