Odie and his best friend Irene are two outsiders who find a second home in the Philippine underground music scene.
The two decide to form a band and put together an unlikely crew that consists of the school bully, an ex-punk-turned-barista, and a former childstar-turned-band manager.
The film follows their misadventures as they face satanic S&M bands, samurai swindlers, narcissistic rockstars, the pretentious Philippine art community and the freakiest music video auteur ever.
Co-written by Diego Castillo, the guitarist of one of the Philippines’ biggest rock bands SANDWICH, and directed by multi-awarded music video director Quark Henares, Rakenrol is a heartfelt ode to the underground scene both filmmakers spent their formative years in.

Stars Jason Abalos, Glaiza de Castro, Alwyn Uytingco, Ketchup Eusebio, Diether Ocampo, Matet de Leon, Ramon Bautista, and Jun Sabayton.

I’m excited for Quark Henares’ Rakenrol.

Rakenrol is now CINEMALAYA’s closing film on July 23, 2011.
Text (0917)843-6744 for tickets.
For more information, click here.

Temptation Island 2011, the movie

It’s hard to review a movie that didn’t need to be remade. Instead money could’ve been spent wiser remastering the original.
It’s a lose-lose situation because if you have seen the original, you are bound to compare.
If you haven’t seen the original, there’s a good chance you might not get the storyline.

The movie starts out amusing enough, where four ladies decide to join the Manila Sunshine supermodel search for various reasons, besides the money, the car, and the house and lot.
There’s a fun runway show for the semifinals. I love this very gay portion where the girls show off their modeling skills.

Lovi Poe

Solenn Heussaff

The finalists end up in a yacht party, where an accidental fire causes a shipwreck.
Sadly the fire scene is still low-tech for the times (not campy at all).
The girls get washed up a deserted island with a bunch of himbos (male bimbos).
As for the main cast, Lovi Poe’s lack of acting skills becomes evident from the movie’s start. Here’s a pretty girl in dire need of Lee Strasberg, with her breathy, Marilyn Monroe whispers that just don’t work.

Lovi Poe

The island is where Rufa Mae shines as Lovi’s maid servant. The movie is clearly hers and she owns it.

Rufa Mae Quinto

For a newcomer, Solenn Heussaff is not bad at all (I smell a new gay icon)

Solenn Heussaff

Heart Evangelista, may have wooden dancing skills, but she is too pretty for words. For that alone, she deserves to be on the big screen.

Heart Evangelista

Marian Rivera is deliciously camp especially with her dance moves, it’s entertaining

Marian Rivera

Too bad, all the boys in the movie had wooden acting skills. Clearly, there are no Alfie Anidos here.
John Lapuz is a gifted actor. I was just really bothered how they made him look exactly like media personality Queen Melo, complete with pearl earrings.

John Lapuz

Queen Melo was in the audience last night with a good-looking escort.
So we heard from one of the actors in the movie, that they got the blessing of Queen Melo to copy his look for the movie.

Queen Melo and escort

Though the movie has its genuine LOL moments, sadly, there were many dull scenes.
The remake tries to copy too much from the original. Since they were remaking, they should’ve done some updating.
They could’ve realized that spreading fliers by helicopter is no longer relevant to the Internet times, and that only nurses and SM sales persons wear stockings in this day and age.
Wish they had a bigger budget to hire male actors who can act.
Finally, the movie just falls in the end with an anticlimactic fashion show that leaves a very bad memory.
Had they hired good stylists and designers for that last scene, I would’ve given it 3 stars.
As it is, I’m giving it 2/5 stars—happy I watched it, but won’t be asking you to drop everything and see it.
In a couple of years, this too will end up on Cinema One.
Enjoy the trailer.

Temptation Island 2011, the premiere

I was lucky to be invited by Girlie Rodis for the premiere of Temptation Island, the remake.
It was my first time to go out since the procedure. I am still manas, but improving everyday.
I can’t tell you how many movie premieres I have been too, but they are always fun.
These are movie fans dying to get in or at least get a glimpse of the stars.


Didn’t know Tim had a fan club, hehe


Girlie got us the best seats. We were right in front of the original Temptation Island‘s Azenith Briones. (Photo: Girlie Rodis)

Me, Jay and Harold with Azenith Briones

The place started to fill up. No wonder Girlie wanted to seat us right away. Check out all the cameras.

Sitting in front of us: original cast members Deborah Sun and Azenith Briones


Hideo Muraoka


Fabio Ide


On the other side: Victor Basa, Divine Lee, JM Rodriguez (Photos: Girlie Rodis)

Victor Basa, Divine Lee, JM Rodriguez

Celia Rodriguez and Tim Yap

Celia Rodriguez, Tim Yap

Richard Gordon with Roselle and Lily Monteverde

Richard Gordon, Roselle and Lily Monteverde

Jake Cuenca and Korina Sanchez

Jake Cuenca, Korina Sanchez

The stars of Temptation Island 2011: Rufa Mae Quinto


Solenn Heussaff


Marian Rivera says hello to Celia Rodriguez


Lovi Poe


Heart Evangelista may have been absent (on a Brazilian holiday with her Daniel Matsunaga) but her fans were not.


(To be continued)

Temptation Island, rewind

You know me, I love all kinds of Tagalog movies. I’ll watch anything on Cinema One, like everyday.
One of my all-time favorites is the original Temptation Island from 1980.
Created by Joey Gosienfiao, it starred Dina Bonnevie, Azenith Briones, Bambi Arambulo and Jennifer Cortez as contestants of the Manila Sunshine beauty pageant and Deborah Sun as the maid.
Others in the stellar cast were Ricky Belmonte, the late Alfie Anido, Domingo Sabado, Jonas Sebastian, Tonio Gutierrez, Anita Linda, Lillian Laing, Bibeth Orteza, among others.
When it was released, the intention was to create a bold movie, but the result turned out to be more hilarious than sexy.
In other words, nobody got it. It took a few years for people to figure out what a gem this movie is/was.

Temptation Island

I first watched this movie when I was in high school, and frankly I was shocked that a Tagalog movie could be this campy.

I’m just happy to be the proud owner of this rare video.

Temptation Island

In 2006, I styled the Bench Fever underwear show with the theme Temptation Island.
Assisted by Jujiin Samonte, Pier Lim, Charmaine Palermo and Melvin Mojica, we were assigned to dress down celebrities like Rufa Mae Quinto, Alessandra de Rossi, James Blanco and Michelle Madrigal (Photos: Patrick Uy)

Temptation Island finale

Alex was the maid

Alessandra de Rossi

Michelle was a shipwrecked siren

Michelle Madrigal for Bench

James was a young DOM

For Mich

Rufa Mae, the queen

Ruffa Mae Quinto

Rocky Salumbides was Mr. Big Time and Mafae, another shipwrecked beauty

Rocky and Mafae

We made use of a lot fishnets on Charisse and Luke Jickain

Charisse for Bench

Part of our lineup during a fitting: Jon, Luke, Michael, Charisse

Part of my lineup

Back of Michael and Jon

Back of Michael and Jon

The rest of the photos I can’t show you because, well, we’re gonna have moms screaming another Bench scandal, hehe.
Anyway it was FUN. Can’t wait for the next underwear show.
(To be continued)

Experience Manila Hotel at Cirque du Soleil’s Grand Chapiteau

The most anticipated show of the year has finally arrived.
Presented by Manila Hotel, Varekai by Cirque du Soleil will run from June 22 to July 24, 2011 at the Grand Chapiteau, Luneta Park, Manila.

Grand Chapiteau Aerial


This grand event is Manila Hotel’s opening salvo for its centennial celebration that will culminate on October 2012.
To intensify your entertainment experience when you come to watch Varekai by Cirque du Soleil, head to the Manila Hotel booth at the concessions tent of the Grand Chapiteau to get your Manila Hotel Varekai limited edition notepad and Magique Gold Card.
Bearers of the Magique Gold Card are entitled to thrilling privileges at the Manila Hotel, from lucrative special room rates to a 20% discount in all of the Hotel’s restaurants.

MH_Varekai_Magique Gold Card

In addition, spectators of Varekai with Tapis Rouge tickets of the Grand Chapiteau will not only marvel at the amazing performances with premier seats but will also have access to the Tapis Rouge, the VIP hospitality tent, where they can savor exquisite hors d’oeuvres, wines, refreshments, and desserts specially prepared by Manila Hotel.
Parallel to the world class service of Manila Hotel, the Tapis Rouge offers unique executive class hospitality in a creative space with a distinct magical atmosphere.

For Varekai tickets, click here.

The Face Shop turns 5!

Originated from South Korea, The Face Shop is known for quality, natural body, bath, skin care and makeup products
made from 600 natural ingredients such as rice, plants, fruits mineral water and various herbs.
Founded in 1962 as a wholesale manufacturer of cosmetics, it opened its first retail stores in 2003 and rapidly expanded in 2005 with over 400 Face Shop branches in South Korea.
The Face Shop now enjoys a presence in Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, United States, and Vietnam.
Five years ago, Suyen Corporation, the powerhouse behind Bench, opened its first store in the Philippines.
To date, it has grown to 25 stores in major malls in Metro Manila, Cebu, Pampanga, Bacolod and Davao.


This July, The Face Shop treats its loyal customers to a raffle promo, where every single Php 1,000 single-receipt purchase of regular items entitles the customer to raffle ticket and the following prizes:
• Trip for two to Bellaroca Island Resort (one winner)
• Gift certificates worth Php 5,000 to The Face Shop, Aldo Shoes, Charles & Keith, or La Senza (five winners each)

5th Anniv

The Face Shop is located at Ayala Glorietta, TriNoma, SM North Edsa The Block, SM Megamall, Bonifacio High Street, Global City, SM Mall of Asia, Shangrila, Rockwell, Robinsons Ermita –Midtown Wing, Robinsons Galleria, SM Cebu, Eastwood Mall , Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, SM Pampanga, Festival SuperMall, SM City Clark, Pampanga, SM Fairview, SM City Bacolod, Shoppesville, Greenhills Shopping Center, SM Taytay, SM Southmall, Newport City, SM Novaliches, Abreeza Mall, Davao.


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