Dolphy memories, Part 1: the movies

My earliest memory of Dolphy was watching his black and white movies as a child. I remember seeing Ibong Adarna at my Tita Noly’s house in San Juan with my playmate Lia.
I remember Dolphy as Prinsipe Abante squeezing calamansi onto a self-inflicted wound to keep awake, as falling asleep would turn him into a statue of salt (or something). I loved it so much, I’m so glad I was able to buy a rare DVD, which I still have somewhere in this house.


For me, one of the best Dolphy movies is Dobol Trobol, where he played a Siamese twin of his real-life brother, Georgie Quizon. They marry the Wing Duo (a.k.a. Nikki Ross and Angela Yoingco).
I was a child then but I still remember the awkwardness of their wedding night.


I just recently rediscovered Beatnik, which someone has uploaded on YouTube. I wish somebody had thought of properly archiving our Tagalog movies from years back as they are really precious.
I love the fashion and dancing in this hilarious movie.


Wish I could see John en Marsha sa Amerika, where John wins a trip to US via a game show. Saw this during my formative years.


Also memorable to me is Ang Nanay Kong Tatay, where Doplhy plays a beauty parlor gay who ends up taking care of an orphan (Niño Muhlach). Wish they would have a Dolphy movie marathon for a week on TV, for Dolphy was truly a gem. There will be nobody like him again in Philippine cinema.

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All movie ads/scans were lifted from Video 48, a blog that seriously deserves an award for consistently posting on Philippine cinema since 2007.
What’s your favorite Dolphy movie?

Anna Carmela Kho

Last July 8, I wrote this entry to ask donations for Anna Carmela “Chikki” Kho who was battling leukemia.
Chikki died yesterday morning following complications from pneumonia.

Anna and Liam

Her remains will lie at Room 211 of the Sanctuarium, Quezon Avenue corner Araneta Avenue until Friday night. Interment will be on the early morning of Saturday.
Her friends will continue to push through with their garage sale to pay for the family’s expenses, and to benefit especially her two-year-old son, Liam.
Please read the flier to see how you can help.
About Anna


Kusama Day

I can’t even remember the last time I bought a Louis Vuitton bag or wanted one. The prices just keep going higher. The stuff wasn’t exciting. The last thing I got was a wallet. I still think Louis Vuitton makes the best wallets.
Now this Kusama thing I was into. When I first saw the lookbook I was kind of disappointed because I found the styling so kenkoy. Nevertheless I was still interested in Vuitton’s latest collab with Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama.

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

I was lucky to be invited to be among the first to see the collection at Greenbelt 4. I came in around 11:30 and found the VIP room so wonderfully arranged.

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

They had framed photos of Yayoi Kusama and the lookbook

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

Pretty flowers

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

Wallets, coin purse, agenda

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton


Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

Shoes and other accessories

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

Papillon bags

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

Gorgeous scarves

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

And food by Lusso—for me???

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

I was kind of embarrassed. The food looked too pretty to eat.

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

I took two of the salmon sandwiches and ate them quickly as I had some business to do.
I took the red polka-dotted Vernis Lockit bag and tried it on

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

I checked the store’s iPad to see what’s available

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

I even compared the Louis Vuitton wallet to my Comme des Garçons wallet (LV wins!)


I left and had lunch with my girlfriends at People’s Palace. Then I texted my benefactor who gave me the go signal.
I went back to the store and made a decision: this one.


I chose it because of its size and weight (not as heavy as vernis). It has an optional shoulder strap.
I transferred my things and used it right away.
I kind of feel so guilty having it, just like the food they served me. I’m not worthy.
I thought about some people who regretted not getting a Sprouse bag from the first collection or a Richard Prince when it was available. Yayoi Kusama is 89 years old. I don’t think I’ll be able to afford her art ever, but I have this bag and it’s here and it’s mine.

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

To know more about the artist, visit

Goodbye Häagen-Dazs

The day wasn’t so bad for me, even though it came with a lot of bad news: Death. My Meralco bill—along with the news of another price hike. Now this.
Whenever something bad happens, I try to see something good about it to make me feel better.
I read that Häagen-Dazs is going to leave our country in September.
On the bright side, it’s good because I need to diet. I’m also grateful we were able to enjoy it in our country for a few years, even though I find it severely overpriced.


My favorite flavors are coffee and strawberry. Coffee serves as an instant pickmeup when I feel down, while strawberry brings back fuzzy memories of eating frozen strawberries with Nestlé cream in Baguio.
Every Halloween on my Dad’s birthday, we look forward to an all-we-can-eat Häagen-Dazs cart from Bobet and Ruthy Vera. Guess this year we won’t have any. :(

Why we really look forward to this party

I’ve always had this fantasy of eating one pint of Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream in one sitting because I’ve never done it. Maybe I will do it once and for all before September comes.
When Haäagen-Dazs packs up for good, there’s always that small café in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, right on top of the IKEA store, where I’ve sat down a few times to cool my heels and enjoy some ice cream.
For me there’s nothing like it.

Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream

Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury distributor to halt local sales by September
, Businessworld Online

THE LOCAL distribution arm of food giant General Mills, Inc. has decided to leave the country and bring its brands Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury and Betty Crocker with it due to the “challenging” business environment here.

“The decision to close our business in the Philippines was made based on its performance over the years.
General Mills’ business in the Philippines has been consistently challenging in all the 12 years that we’ve operated here,” General Mills Philippines said in a statement to BusinessWorld.
“The decision has been made at the highest levels in General Mills after [the] consideration of all options. We simply can no longer sustain our business in the increasingly challenging environment we face,” the company added without elaborating.

By the end of September, General Mills will no longer be taking sales orders for its premium ice cream brand Häagen-Dazs. Häagen-Dazs cafes in Robinsons Place Manila and SM Mall of Asia already closed their doors last June 30; branches in Shangri-La Plaza and Eastwood City are expected to close by the end of August. After those dates, Häagen-Dazs products will merely be sold in retail stores until supplies last, General Mills said.

A separate statement on Häagen-Dazs Philippines’ Web site confirmed this announcement.
Only last year, Häagen-Dazs Philippines—through General Mills subsidiary HD Marketing and Distribution Philippines, Inc.—said it was eyeing the opening of five to 10 more Häagen-Dazs shops in Metro Manila, primarily through franchising partners, earlier stories said.
In addition, General Mills will also halt the sale of its Gold Medal, Green Giant, Nature Valley, Pillsbury, and Betty Crocker food brands beginning September 1.

General Mills’ exit from the Philippines will result in the dismissal of roughly 60 Filipino employees, the company noted. “We will provide our approximately 60 employees with severance packages and outplacement support services,” the firm said.

Cameron Diaz stars in TAG Heuer campaign

Cameron Diaz takes on an exciting new role—as TAG Heuer’s ambassador and muse for the new LINK LADY collection.
The new range is dedicated to beautiful and rebellious women around the world.

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz’s climb to the top is unusual because she started at the top.
In 1994, she starred in her very first movie—opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask, which made her an instant star.
Then, she defied convention by choosing small, independent films like The Last Supper, Feeling Minnesota, and Head Above Water, followed by ensemble films and blockbusters that achieved both critical acclaim and box office success around the world.
Her role as Lotte Schwarz in Being John Malkovich was a creative gamble that paid off as went on to star in blockbuster hits like My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary and Charlie’s Angels.

Cameron Diaz / Tag Heuer

On her recent partnership with TAG Heuer, President and CEO Jean-Christophe Babin says, “Cameron has been so interested in what goes in to making a luxury watch–about the designs, and about our brand in general–that I knew she was the perfect choice to help us launch this new series. The LINK LADY, will reach out further to our female market, with products that appeal to women all around the world.”

Tag Heuer

“I want a watch that is more than just a timepiece, it should be like my favorite piece of jewelry,” says Diaz.
“The new Link Lady is modern yet timeless, sexy and elegant and I’m equally comfortable wearing it on the red carpet or in my day-to-day life.”

Cameron Diaz / Tag Heuer

Her three-year partnership with TAG Heuer will also serve to benefit and raise awareness for programs that empower women, including UN Women. “I am deeply appreciative that TAG Heuer shares my desire to support women who are not free to pursue even the most basic goals, simply because of their gender,” says Ms. Diaz.

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