Islands Insider premieres this Saturday on NatGeo

The first travel documentary series on the Philippines premieres on the National Geographic Channel this June 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM. The six-part series showcases travel destinations in the Philippines, as seen by an unobtrusive host (Ginggay Hontiveros) seeking to understand her heritage better.

Ginggay Hontiveros

While the visual appeal of the locations is highlighted by cinematic photography, greater emphasis is placed on the who, what, why and how aspects of a place to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of preservation and conservation.
Tourism destinations are not static, evolving or deteriorating in time, and require intervention and attention to be sustained for future generations.
The show seeks to reveal the cultural and historical bases of the sites, elevate the issues hand in hand with the natural beauty, so that the viewer achieves a more comprehensive appreciation of the national treasures in the Philippines.
The show is presented in semi-documentary form, with interviews and sound bytes from different local characters and experts along with vivid images.

The first six episodes:

BATAD – Walk through the world famous Batad Rice Terraces, nestled high in the mountainous region of the Cordilleras, and immerse in the culture, heritage and tradition of the Ifugao Tribe. The host seeks to understand the symbol of the Bulol and how it is tied to the rich rice growing heritage and landscape of the Ifugao.

Batad Rice Terraces

TAAL – Just a few hours from Metro Manila is Taal Town, which boasts of heritage bahay na bato houses, an immense basilica, the balisong, burda and distinct food and delicacies such as kapeng barako, suman, maliputo and tawilis. Visiting Taal is like stepping back in time.


CORON – Kayak the crystal-clear waters of Palawan and climb soaring limestone crags to catch a view of a secret cove, while seeking a deeper understanding of the Tagbanua Tribe and a handful of present day stewards of this magnificent piece of heaven on earth.


SIQUIJOR – No other place in the Philippines inspires as much dread and fascination as Siquijor—a vast canvas of legends and folklore, healers who utter incantations and perform rituals, remedies taken from roots and herbs, and sorcerers who practice witchcraft.


MT. PULAG/KABAYAN – Trek to the mountains in Benguet : Mt. Timbac where the ancient Ibaloi tribe would carry their dead, and where present day travellers can catch a glimpse of the Mummies. Summit Mt. Pulag and discover how Luzon’s highest peak is related to the Ibaloi’s quest for eternal life.


ANILAO – Submerge in the waters of Anilao in Batangas province, and marvel at the sheer bio diversity of marine life that has grown over the decades thru efforts of locals and resort owners to regenerate the coral reefs in these waters.

To know more about Islands Insider, click HERE.

Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There)

This July, renowned commercial and music video director Marie Jamora presents her long-awaited feature-length film debut with Ang Nawawala, a finalist in the Cinemalaya Film Festival’s New Breed Full-Length Feature category.
A project almost 10 years in development, the film is composed of images, characters, scenes and dialogue Jamora has been collecting since her college years as a Film student at Columbia University.


“This is my dream film, one I’ve been thinking about for years, and there’s nothing better than being able to make it with some of my best friends, who also happen to be damn good at their jobs,” Jamora said. “I have never been so happy on a set in my life. It’s also because of our cast—I got everyone I wanted.”
Jamora has assembled a cast of prodigious talents, some from a series of open auditions and Cinemalaya casting sessions. Her crew consists of trusted friends and professionals she has worked with, including Hong Kong cinematographer Ming Kai Leung, a classmate at Columbia.
The film also features performances from some of the best bands and artists in the country, including Sandwich, Pedicab, Itchyworms!, Hannah + Gabi, Flying Ipis, Outerhope, Tarsius, and Ebe Dancel, many of whom wrote original songs for the film.

Gibson Bonifacio stopped speaking when he was a child. Now 20 years old, he returns home to Manila from his studies abroad. It’s his first visit in three years and finds his family trying to keep it together, his mother still hurting from a tragic loss in the past.
Against the backdrop of the vibrant local music scene, his childhood best friend tries to reconnect with him, while he unexpectedly finds a chance at a first, real romantic relationship.
Amidst the holidays, Gibson reconsiders and redefines his relationships with his family, his friends, and with himself.

Ang Nawawala cast
L-R: Dawn Zulueta, Dominic Roco, Felix Roco, Mercedes Cabral

Dominic Roco – Gibson Bonifacio
Felix Roco – Jamie Bonifacio
Dawn Zulueta – Esme Bonifacio
Boboy Garrovillo – Wesley Bonifacio
Annicka Dolonius – Enid del Mundo
Alchris Galura – Teddy Guinoo
Mercedes Cabral – Simone Sales
Kelvin Yu – Mac Yu
Sabrina Man – Promise Bonifacio
Marc Abaya – Michael Magallanes
Jenny Jamora – Corey Bonifacio

Director: Marie Jamora
Writers: Marie Jamora + Ramon De Veyra
Producers: Bernard Dacanay, Trinka Lat, John Sy, Daphne O. Chiu, Marie Jamora
Line Producer: Daphne O. Chiu
Director of Photography:Ming Kai Leung
Production Designer: Trinka Lat
Stylist: Mara Reyes
Editors: Edsel Abesames & Marie Jamora
Sound Design: Ditoy Aguila
Music: Diego Mapa, Jazz Nicolas, and Mikey Amistoso
Production Company: Brainchild Studios
In association with: Indie Pop Films
With the support of: Liquidpost • Fluidpost • Gung Ho Films

Screening dates: July 20-29, 2012 at the CCP • Greenbelt • Trinoma

Have you heard of Amber?

I feel bad for Vanessa Paradis. Johnny Depp’s rumored lover is a gorgeous 26-year-old American actress called Amber Heard. The dead-ringer for Scarlett Johansson’s younger sister starred with Johnny Depp in 2011’s The Rum Diaries. So nakakainez.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

The Becky Eyeball

I should be working. Instead, I’m cracking up with this short film made by Jujiin Samonte and Paulo Castro starring Matt Gozun, Jake Galvez, Divine Lee, and Buern Rodriguez of Becky Nights.
Becky Nights is a talk show broadcast on iTunes, for the “beckies” or gay community and beckies at heart.
The cast includes fashion and beauty stylists who talk about love, sex, boys, relationships, shopping, beauty, fashion, and anything under the gay sun.


In this video, watch as the beckies prepare for a hot date, while channeling fashion pegs and gay icons Divine Lee, Lady Gaga, Solenn Heussaff, Anne Curtis, and me!!

To know more about Becky Nights, go to

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