I haven’t written in Filipino for a while. It is part of my going global with Aliwan Avenue but then I realized that I can easily make my sweet language a universal phenomenon if I strongly put some words that tilt consciousness towards an edge and let it drift while letting the best of time become the judge. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa




The 2014 Berlin Film Festival has announced its first batch of films for the Panorama Section (outside the Main Competition). Magpatuloy sa pagbasa


pizap.com13875046058541Willie Revillame is a phenomenon.  It isn’t everyday that one uncouth and totally uncultured prick gets away with mur… err… millions. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

RICHARD GUTIERREZ : “Itanong nyo kay Jollibee!”

pizap.com13856927048721“Itanong nyo kay Jollibee!” was the only reply Richard Gutierrez gave the waiting press yesterday after his arraignment  in the sala of Judge Tomas H. Torneros Jr. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa




Aspiring actor and St. Benilde student LLOYD ABELLA won the Best Actor Award in the recent Paldang Asul Film Festival Awards, a college interschool indie film competition held at the Assumption College. Magpatuloy sa pagbasa


RyzaMae & Bimby : Endorsers of Poison

RyzaMae & Bimby : Endorsers of Poison

As if  nothing mattered now but TALENT FEES ! Two tykes are hawking virtual poison to the public!  It is amazing how insensitive some folks can get in accepting ad jobs for kids. Imagine RYZA MAE DIZON & BIMBY YAP endorsing  a doughnut product in a fashion where they seem to be actually enjoying it! Their parents should have consulted nutritionists first before accepting the project.  DOUGHNUTS are bad for kids and to most people according to recent studies , read :

“Doughnuts are fried, full of sugar and white flour, and most all varieties containtrans fat. Store-bought doughnuts are made up of about 35 percent to 40 percent trans fat, and an average doughnut contains about 200 to 300 calories, mostly from sugar, and few other nutrients. Trans fats, found largely in commercially prepared baked and fried foods, have become notorious in recent years because they not only raise “bad” LDL cholesterol, but also lower levels of heart-healthy HDL cholesterol. High trans-fat intake has been linked to coronary heart disease, in which fatty plaques build up in the heart arteries, sometimes leading to a heart attack. Furthermore, when foods are cooked at high temperatures, carcinogenic substances like acrylamide can form. It’s too bad that Americans [and Filipinos too!-EklaVumer]view doughnuts as a breakfast food as, nutritionally speaking, eating a doughnut is one of the worst ways to start off your day. It will throw off your blood sugar and doesn’t provide any real nutrients, which means you’ll soon be hungry again. You are better off eating no breakfast at all, or better yet grabbing a quick glass of whey protein.”

Click the link below for more information:

Doughnuts, Soda, and Other Common Treats: The Five Absolute Worst Foods You Can Eat


Poster Design : Jim Flores

Poster Design : Jim Flores

FACINE XX/BENTE  (The 20th Annual Filipino American Cine Festival) CALL FOR ENTRIES, DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 31, 2013. Open to all filmmakers of Filipino parentage; entries no longer than 120 min (short or full length), of any genre, subject or style, no limit to number of entries submitted. No registration fee. Non-Filipino media artists can submit entries as long as subject is Filipino. All entries need to be with English subtitles, if in language other than English. Please submit/mail all entries in DVD format to: MAURO TUMBOCON, 537 Jones Street, PMB 2643, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA. (The festival, co-presented by FACINE and Bindlestiff Studio, runs December 9-14, 2013 at the Bindlestiff Theater, San Francisco, CA.)

Glaucomic Curve : ‘THE GUY IS HIS’

pizap.com13808546675531Without prolonging your agony as what our story today is all about, I have to warn you first to smell your skin if you are mapanghi or not! Choz.  A long time friend buzzed me yesterday about this successful tv host/newsreader’s [THN] real sexual identity to which at first I brushed as a malicious swing at his persona.  I was in denial since I secretly had desires on him during his early days on tv.  Dark, tall and boyishly bespectacled, he was perfect for my rainy day siesta!  But wait… as the item is slowly braised into my inner brain, it is suddenly realized that it might just be true since it came from an insider of THN’s household.  The story goes :  As this informer was about to sip her coffee in the confines the dig, she noticed that a now widely popular tv host [too] transvestating at times for laughs emerges from THN’s room!  At first she is starstruck but on second thought she suddenly deducts that she should just keep mum about the whole matter since for the longest time she has seen men coming out of that room anyway!  So, are they partners now or just one-night-standers?  Why? How? Are there any clues? Okey, the closest I can give is that they share the same initials!!!

Cine Filipino Festival 2013 : Ato Bautista’s ‘MGA ALAALA NG TAG-ULAN’ [Memories Of Rain]

mgaalaalangtagulanAto Bautista’s ‘MGA ALAALA NG TAG-ULAN’

An Official Entry To The CineFilipinoFestival 2013

Screening Schedule/Venue

September 18
6:15 PM Gateway Cinemas

September 19
3:50PM Lucky Chinatown

September 20
11:30AM Resorts World Manila
7:00 PM Gateway Cinemas

September 21
11:10AM Edsa Shang-rila Cineplex
1:50PM Lucky Chinatown

September 22
12:30PM Gateway Cinemas
1:00PM Resorts World Manila (GALA)

September 23
6:15PM Resorts World Manila
3:00PM Gateway Cinemas

September 24
7:00PM Gateway Cinemas


 Akihiro Blanco, Mocha Uson, Mon Confiado, Lance Raymundo II, Issa Litton, Ria Garcia, Pio Balbuena

a Black Swan Pictures and a Bautista/Praico/Confiado production

Director: Ato Bautista
Screenplay: Shugo Praico
Cinematographer: Rain Yamson II
Editor: Benjamin Tolentino
Production Designer: Marxie Maolen Fadul
Musical Score: Denise Santos
Theme Music: Holland Lou Buela
Costume Designer: Andrea Tatad
Assistant Director: Apreal Vicencio
Art Director: Rafaella Las


MGA ALAALA NG TAG-ULAN (Memories of Rain) is a poignant, coming-of-age story about a young man’s first encounter with love, romance and heartbreak. It is told in bits and pieces of poetic and melancholic memories, pouring in one rainy night.

SANTI is a college freshman. His well-to-do family is coping with financial crises. They recently moved in into a small apartment, in a small suburban town. As Santi deals with teen-aged woes, adjustments with his new environment at home and in school, and as he finds escape from his parents’ marital conflicts, Santi encounters love-at-first-sight…

MARIE CLAIRE is more than ten years older than Santi. She works as an assistant in a Cafe bookshop. Lost, broken and fragile after a tragic break-up, Marie Claire left the province in search of a new beginning to find her place in this world…

One rainy afternoon, Santi and Marie Claire cross path. She seeks shelter from the heavy rain. He covers and protects her under his big red umbrella. Marie Claire is the most beautiful thing Santi has ever laid eyes on. Santi is the kindest and purest person Marie Claire has ever met.

Strangers finding solace in one another, the young man and older woman begin an amazing friendship. But as Santi gets closer to Marie Claire, the more she becomes a mystery to him. And the more he gets mystified, the more he falls in love with her.

In his pursuit of Marie Claire, Santi goes through a journey of finding the meaning of love, understanding its complexities, fighting for it, facing its challenges and accepting the pains and sufferings that it entails, transforming him, earning for him his passage to adulthood.



MICAEL SINGCANG Mr. Pagadian City 2013

Mr. Pagadian City 2013

Far south , the search for the Mister and Miss Mindanao 2013 is ongoing and   Aliwan Avenue is all out to support one particular candidate deemed to epitomize the true essence of a winner in the said tilt.  Introducing, MICAEL SINGCANG … a 21 year old , 5’8″  stunner from Pagadian , city capital of Zamboanga del Sur.  YAEL as he is known to friends is a graduating IT student from the Notre Dame University and a soccer enthusiast as well.  He also aspires to be an actor and becoming a multimedia host in the very near future.  When asked what his ambition is ; he drops one word : Billionaire!  Well, he sure dreams big and that is just fine for a young guy with a bright smile and a great future looming ahead. His favorite qoute? “Nothing is impossible if you have the courage to try and faith to believe” Goodluck YAEL!




pizap.com13773862464371Twenty two years in this planet and now a big name in soccer, PAOLO PASCUAL is a name that may soon be a legend.  The only Cebuano Azkal member, Paolo muses that since it [soccer] was the only club back then, he decided to try it out and on it since he was seven. Being the team’s goalkeeper sure has gained him not just second glances but a lingering admiration since he is rather deep into making sure the game is played right.  The training , needless to say has kept this gorgeous guy fit and yet he manages to take to the gym to further tone his body.  “I love the challenge that the sport brings ; never give up for everything requires time and dedication” , he says with  a swagger to dip you right into some honey-based sauce!


pizap.com13773105350701In the light of the pork barrel scam, 90s actress G Toengi floats up like a turd with a story.  She was supposedly invited by a senator [obviously not just a chummy friend] to some chillin’ years back in Los Angeles.  According to her account , she ordered some wine but her date had three shots of LOUIS XIII ; an expensive cognac costing some $350 per.  Truly amazed and perhaps flabbergasted out of her wits; she snided : “Wow, ang sarap naman ng buhay nyo!’  to which the senator acknowledged : ‘Syempre, kaming mga senador may ₱30 million buwan-buwan!’  Now this is one maiden’s tale that can go a long way including a guessing game to fill your days with anger and slight hate unless G names the bloaty law-maker.  But as of this minute, she refuses to squel.  So ,this is our call : GAGA KA G TOENGI, GAGA KA HANGGANG DI MO PINAPANGALANAN ANG TINAMAAN NG LINTIK NA SENADOR NA NAGYABANG SA’YO! AT HWAG KANG PAKALAT-KALAT AT MAY ISANG BAKLANG BAKULAW NA BUBULYAW SA YO!  

Get the drift? Choz.