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The Expendables

August 26th, 2010 No comments
Not to be outdone in his last falling leaves, writer, producer, director and actor Sylvester Stallone has assembled an intriguing cast in recent history. The names are sprawled all over the teasers, statham, li, crews, couture, lundgren, rourke, and yes, cameos from bruce willis and the terminator.

Coming in this movie, I had envisioned Expendables pinoy style. Too bad some members of my dream cast are already six feet under, FPJ, Rudy F., Estrada, Lapid, Binoy, Ronnie Ricketts, to name a few. We could have pulled it off, knowing Pinoy movie makers to be the penultimate copycats.

Back to expendables, the plot is as shallow as it can get. A team of mercenaries are hired by the CIA to overthrow a corrupt regime in a fictional island. Behind this imperialistic regime is a capitalist American who is pulling the strings, to keep his drug business afloat and flourishing. Now there's the usual equation of the leading lady, the damsel in distress which helps the protagonist suddenly grow a conscience. All of these, we have seen and heard before.

The Expendables is basically a guilty pleasure, a no brainer action movie thrown back to the 80s. No CGIs here, no 3D visuals, just pure gore, arms chopping, necks snapping, and mixed martial arts. This movie delivers with what it offers. The siege of the port alone is enough for the price of admission. And Mickey Rourke delivers once more with a heartfelt authentic rendition of a man in remorse. I still can't figure out what Stallone is mumbling at times but it is amazing to see what he can still do at 70.

Here's to hoping for a better plot and more action sequences for possibly, a sequel. And yes Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Steven Seagal, park your egos for a minute!
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The Expendables

August 26th, 2010 No comments
Not to be outdone in his last falling leaves, writer, producer, director and actor Sylvester Stallone has assembled an intriguing cast in recent history. The names are sprawled all over the teasers, statham, li, crews, couture, lundgren, rourke, and yes, cameos from bruce willis and the terminator.Coming in this movie, I had envisioned Expendables pinoy style. Too bad some members of my dream cast are already six feet under, FPJ, Rudy F., Estrada, Lapid, Binoy, Ronnie Ricketts, to name a few. We could have pulled it off, knowing Pinoy movie makers to be the penultimate copycats.Back to expendables, the plot is as shallow as it can get. A team of mercenaries are hired by the CIA to overthrow a corrupt regime in a fictional island. Behind this imperialistic regime is a capitalist American who is pulling the strings, to keep his drug business afloat and flourishing. Now there's the usual equation of the leading lady, the damsel in distress which helps the protagonist suddenly grow a conscience. All of these, we have seen and heard before.The Expendables is basically a guilty pleasure, a no brainer action movie thrown back to the 80s. No CGIs here, no 3D visuals, just pure gore, arms chopping, necks snapping, and mixed martial arts. This movie delivers with what it offers. The siege of the port alone is enough for the price of admission. And Mickey Rourke delivers once more with a heartfelt authentic rendition of a man in remorse. I still can't figure out what Stallone is mumbling at times but it is amazing to see what he can still do at 70.Here's to hoping for a better plot and more action sequences for possibly, a sequel. And yes Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Steven Seagal, park your egos for a minute!
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New UNC Vision and Mission

August 25th, 2010 No comments


What can you say about our new Vision and Mission?


VISION

The University of Nueva Caceres, a private non-sectarian institution, is Bicol's first university.

Guided by its motto, "Non Scholae Sed Vitae" (Not of school but of life), and attuned to the demands of a highly dynamic global environment, the University commits itself to quality and excellent education for all to transform the youth into entrepreneurial, productive, morally upright, socially responsible professionals for a just, humane and progressive society.

MISSION

The University of Nueva Caceres shall be a leading exponent of academic excellence, research, extension and innovative technology for sustainable development.

It creates a nurturing academic environment and provides equal opportunities in the formation of individuals into empowered leaders, competent professionals and proactive entrepreneurs who are cognizant of our rich cultural heritage.




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Rollin!

August 25th, 2010 No comments

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We’ve finally managed to salvage some spare time to weave random behind-the-scene snippets
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Below > Some self-portraits we nicked on the side during a recent wedding shoot in hometown Naga City

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Be in the know >>> Add us up on Facebook (mangoredstudios@gmail.com)
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Pageant Season

August 23rd, 2010 No comments

If the crowning of this year’s Miss Universe will be based on internet poll then our own Venus Raj had won the most prestigious beauty event and perhaps made history as the very first Bicolana to do so.  With less than a day she’s whopping candidates in cyberspace with the highest average 3.6 rating nudging perpetual favorite Latin American beauties.  Or maybe it’s just statistics indicating how massive Filipinos are in terms of internet access, nevertheless, the online voting surely had created buzz among judges come tomorrow.  Looking at some photos from the Miss U website we’ll never know for sure – she might even pull a surprise!  Her chance would somehow ease sorrow on the untimely passing of one of our own Albayana beauty queen, 2009 Bb. Pilipinas International Melody Adelheid Gersbach.

On Melody, some people have funny ways of coping up with death as some says she’d been called UP  THERE because they’re dire need for guardian angels (taking into consideration how big the population of the living now) and she brought with her a make-up artist/couturier and a chauffeur.


Filed under: Ginisa Mix Tagged: Beauty, Death
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TXTNaga (more than just a number)

August 21st, 2010 No comments
TxtNaga is a mnemonic of (0917)8986242 or (0917)TXTNAGA, which Globe Telecoms graciously allocated to the Naga City School Board to serve as its hotline. It was jumpstarted by the need to address the low completion rates in public schools. Our data shows that for every 100 students that enter Grade I in city public schools, [...]
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Express yourself! Reloaded

August 21st, 2010 No comments
A hands-on workshop on blogging and podcasting as political communications tools. June 21, Wednesday, I was talking to Dune Padre, department head of the EDP Team, proposing a new design of the 4-year old podcast service of the city, when suddenly he remembers that there is a training workshop on blogging and podcasting in Makati, to be [...]
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MAY OMBOY SA HARONG

August 20th, 2010 No comments
An pagiging omboy an saro sa dai ko magiromdoman, buot sabihon, mayo ini sa sakuyang agimadmad. Kun igwa man ining pigpapahiling na ini nangyari, ini an pagigin kong yaon ngonyan. Nag-istorya man an sakuyang ina kun pa’no niya ako ipinangaki. Tinutungkusan ko an mga pagsabi niya na ako an pinakasakit niyang rag’us sa kinaban. Apwera kan mga osipon na ini, may sertipiko nin sakuyang pagkapangaki na mapapatotoo, may dokumento kan sakuyang pagkatao asin ta nagdakula ako sa laog kan pamilya, dai napanlingaw an sakuyang mga magurang na magbalon nin mga ebidensya nin sakuyang pagkanitawo kun kaya may retrato an sakong ama sa sakuya. Ako, bilang tolong bulan na omboy. Sa likod kaini, nakasurat an midbid kong surat kan sakuyang ama. Surat ini para sa mga magurang asin tugang kan sakuyang ama na yaon sa Pampanga. Kun pighihiling ko an likod kan retratong ini, aram ko na ini an surat na enot kong pig-arog-arog nganing suraton an sakuyang inakong pangaran, an puon kan apelyidokan sakuyang ina, an bilog na apelyido kan sakuyang ama. Pangaran na nagpapasabot na ako pinanindogan nin duwang tao, an mga magurang ko. Pangaran na ginagamit ko sagkod ngonyan. Pangaran na minatakod sakuya sa dakulang pagburubalyuhan nin buhay sagkod na makaabot ini sakuya. Pangaran na gikan sa harayoon nang henerasyon.

Sunod kan retratong ini, an panduwa kong pinakagurang ko nang retrato, dakula na ako. Nasa Grade 1 na gayod ako asin an retrato kinua na sa sarong studio kaidto sa Iriga. Mayo pa kaidtong kamera sa harong. Kaipuhan na ipadara an retratong ito, kaiba an sakuyang duwa pang tugang, asin an sarong matuang pinsan, sa ina ko na yaon kaidto sa Qatar. Sa likod kaini, surat giraray kan sakuyang ama para sa sakuyang ina. Sinasabi ko an mga ini, ta tibaad gayod, kun igwa man akong kinakapung’awan iyo ini an panahon na dai ko ngani magiromdan alagad aram kong nangyari. Napupung’aw ako sa dai ko bilog na maaraman, na minaabot sana sakuya sa mga saradit asin mga lumaon nang mga bagay-bagay. Tinutupod ko an mga kahagadan, binabal’otan an mga siwang, binibilog an istorya sa paagi kan kun anong mga yaon. Nagkakaraw an mga ini sa laog kan sakuyang isip, nagpapaimbong kan daghan, asin masasabi kong orog akong binubuhay ngonyan na mga panahon, pigbabalukat ko an mga bagay-bagay na ini, bilang pagiromdom.

Asin an orog na minapagiromdom sakuya ngonyan kan mga bagay-bagay na mawot kong aramon asin mation, iyo an panahon kan ako omboy, asin ta ngonyan may omboy sa harong, orog kong nahihiling an panahon na ako man an pig-aaling, orog na kan sakuyang ina. Balaog na dakula na ipahiling sako an bagay na ini. Ngonyan na nahihiling kong nag-aaling si Mama, nahihiling ko, dawa puru-pano si mga panahon na yaon ako sa siring na posisyon. An mga awit ni Mama, na dai sayod, na mayo sa tono, na daing lohika, alagad, pigsisimbag kan omboy nin ngirit, o hakay, o an dagos-dagos na pagturog. Nahihiling ko sa omboy na ini, asin ki Mama, kun pano, an buhay, pinag-aandam niyato sa lambang saro, lagpas sa kun ano an itinalaan, kun ano an sakop kan oras. Ta hilinga, kun pano an sarong omboy, nagdadara, naghihipno sa mga bagay na dai naikulong kan lente kan kamera, o an mga pag-aling na dai na-rekord.

Sa maabot na panahon, hihingowaon ko na ako an mapagiromdom sa omboy na ini, kan mga bagay-bagay na ini, dawa kadakul asin labi-labi na an saiyang mga retratong pigkukurua, mga videos mi sa saiya, na pigpost mi sa mga Facebook accounts, ta dawa pa kita pano-pano na nin paagi nin pagdokumento kan mga bagay na ini, igwa pa man giraray kitang dai masasagom, dai masasapod siring kan pugot na payong naglalataw-lataw asin minaawit kan Si Nanay, si Tatay…
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MAY OMBOY SA HARONG

August 20th, 2010 No comments
An pagiging omboy an saro sa dai ko magiromdoman, buot sabihon, mayo ini sa sakuyang agimadmad. Kun igwa man ining pigpapahiling na ini nangyari, ini an pagigin kong yaon ngonyan. Nag-istorya man an sakuyang ina kun pa’no niya ako ipinangaki. Tinutungkusan ko an mga pagsabi niya na ako an pinakasakit niyang rag’us sa kinaban. Apwera kan mga osipon na ini, may sertipiko nin sakuyang pagkapangaki na mapapatotoo, may dokumento kan sakuyang pagkatao asin ta nagdakula ako sa laog kan pamilya, dai napanlingaw an sakuyang mga magurang na magbalon nin mga ebidensya nin sakuyang pagkanitawo kun kaya may retrato an sakong ama sa sakuya. Ako, bilang tolong bulan na omboy. Sa likod kaini, nakasurat an midbid kong surat kan sakuyang ama. Surat ini para sa mga magurang asin tugang kan sakuyang ama na yaon sa Pampanga. Kun pighihiling ko an likod kan retratong ini, aram ko na ini an surat na enot kong pig-arog-arog nganing suraton an sakuyang inakong pangaran, an puon kan apelyidokan sakuyang ina, an bilog na apelyido kan sakuyang ama. Pangaran na nagpapasabot na ako pinanindogan nin duwang tao, an mga magurang ko. Pangaran na ginagamit ko sagkod ngonyan. Pangaran na minatakod sakuya sa dakulang pagburubalyuhan nin buhay sagkod na makaabot ini sakuya. Pangaran na gikan sa harayoon nang henerasyon.Sunod kan retratong ini, an panduwa kong pinakagurang ko nang retrato, dakula na ako. Nasa Grade 1 na gayod ako asin an retrato kinua na sa sarong studio kaidto sa Iriga. Mayo pa kaidtong kamera sa harong. Kaipuhan na ipadara an retratong ito, kaiba an sakuyang duwa pang tugang, asin an sarong matuang pinsan, sa ina ko na yaon kaidto sa Qatar. Sa likod kaini, surat giraray kan sakuyang ama para sa sakuyang ina. Sinasabi ko an mga ini, ta tibaad gayod, kun igwa man akong kinakapung’awan iyo ini an panahon na dai ko ngani magiromdan alagad aram kong nangyari. Napupung’aw ako sa dai ko bilog na maaraman, na minaabot sana sakuya sa mga saradit asin mga lumaon nang mga bagay-bagay. Tinutupod ko an mga kahagadan, binabal’otan an mga siwang, binibilog an istorya sa paagi kan kun anong mga yaon. Nagkakaraw an mga ini sa laog kan sakuyang isip, nagpapaimbong kan daghan, asin masasabi kong orog akong binubuhay ngonyan na mga panahon, pigbabalukat ko an mga bagay-bagay na ini, bilang pagiromdom.Asin an orog na minapagiromdom sakuya ngonyan kan mga bagay-bagay na mawot kong aramon asin mation, iyo an panahon kan ako omboy, asin ta ngonyan may omboy sa harong, orog kong nahihiling an panahon na ako man an pig-aaling, orog na kan sakuyang ina. Balaog na dakula na ipahiling sako an bagay na ini. Ngonyan na nahihiling kong nag-aaling si Mama, nahihiling ko, dawa puru-pano si mga panahon na yaon ako sa siring na posisyon. An mga awit ni Mama, na dai sayod, na mayo sa tono, na daing lohika, alagad, pigsisimbag kan omboy nin ngirit, o hakay, o an dagos-dagos na pagturog. Nahihiling ko sa omboy na ini, asin ki Mama, kun pano, an buhay, pinag-aandam niyato sa lambang saro, lagpas sa kun ano an itinalaan, kun ano an sakop kan oras. Ta hilinga, kun pano an sarong omboy, nagdadara, naghihipno sa mga bagay na dai naikulong kan lente kan kamera, o an mga pag-aling na dai na-rekord. Sa maabot na panahon, hihingowaon ko na ako an mapagiromdom sa omboy na ini, kan mga bagay-bagay na ini, dawa kadakul asin labi-labi na an saiyang mga retratong pigkukurua, mga videos mi sa saiya, na pigpost mi sa mga Facebook accounts, ta dawa pa kita pano-pano na nin paagi nin pagdokumento kan mga bagay na ini, igwa pa man giraray kitang dai masasagom, dai masasapod siring kan pugot na payong naglalataw-lataw asin minaawit kan Si Nanay, si Tatay…
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Step 2

August 18th, 2010 No comments
I handed in my notice today. Why?
Dahil ba IronMan 2010 bukas and my boss won't approve my leave?
Dahil ba mangagana ang Alaska sa Game 6 atchan, at nakapay ako sa excitement?
Dahil ba naka iling na ako ng taong naka Ducati sa gitna ng traffic with full gear: jacket, helmet, pads...?
Nope, it just felt like the right time. As good as any. I could wait for everything to be set pero sain ang thrill duman. This is a big risk and it should feel like one from the start.
Inutan na lang kami ng countdown ng Peñafrancia.

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Customized Album Designs

August 17th, 2010 No comments

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Showing off some recent custom-made album designs / A collaboration with our extremely talented illustrator-friends_

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Hannah Liongoren & Mia Singson _

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[ Below > 10 x 15 album spreads_ ]


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basilica café

August 16th, 2010 No comments

digishooter posted a photo:

basilica café

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bell tower

August 16th, 2010 No comments

digishooter posted a photo:

bell tower

Basilica

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Day007: San Francisco Church

August 16th, 2010 No comments

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Day007: San Francisco Church

Aug 16, 2010

About the Photo:
I took this photo when my family went to Bicol for Jun’s 40th Day Memorial Service.

My faith has always been there, but at times I felt like I can’t see the light much like this church under these dark clouds.

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Kopiko

August 15th, 2010 No comments
In a lazy week, I usually go to Beanbag probably once. Just to meet some friends or read the paper. I remember one friend, back in college, saying coffee in Beanbag is sweet while coffee in StarMark is strong (or is it the other way around). Since StarMark is almost out of the picture, I can confidently say Beanbag coffee now reigns as the sweetest blend...too sweet most of the time. But by default, it is the coffee house to go. If I really feel going at it alone, I'd go to The Coffee Beanery. They have this amazing coffee which they spike with Bailey's - who says you can't mix coffee with alcohol!
Why the late realization, I find myself frequenting Manila this past few months. Side by side with the king (or lady) of coffee...well our coffee houses just pale in comparison.
Like this one time, I found myself at Buendia at five in the morning. There were many shops to go - kahit fishball lang, okay sakin ah - I went to Starbucks to kill time and grab a quick fix. I agree there are people who go there just to be seen. Then there are people, like me, who downs two java chips in one sitting -sarap eh. Kaso palpitations after. hehe
I still wish Beanbag would pick up their game. I think the price difference is not that big (about Php 150 for a small cup in Starbucks) but it's really worth it. They've been doing it for decades so they know what they are doing.
For now, while wala pa sa Naga, haharang muna ako sa fishball vendor.
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