“Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai” special screening at Nihongo Fiesta 2016
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Sarusuberi is a Japanese historical manga series written and illustrated by Hinako Sugiura, which was adapted into an anime film, Miss Hokusai, released in 2015.
Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai is the untold story of O-Ei, a free-spirited, utterly outspoken and highly talented artist and daughter of Master Hokusai, one of the most globally famous Japanese artists.

Miss Hokusai

His works have inspired Monet and Debussy. His woodblock print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, is so iconic that it can be seen on t-shirts and coffee mugs all over the world. However, very few are aware of his daughter, and how she contributed to her father’s art.


This February 27, 2016, The Japan Foundation, Manila will feature a free screening of the award-winning animation film at 3:30 PM at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 1 , Shangri-La Plaza Mall.
The event is part of Nihongo Fiesta 2016, which celebrates the culture and arts of Japan with a focus on Japanese language.
Admission to the screening is free but numbered tickets will be issued on a first-come, first served (one ticket per person) basis only from 10 AM, February 27 at the entrance of Shang Cineplex Cinema 1. The film will be shown with English subtitles.

The film has won several awards including Jury Award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2015, the Satoshi Kon Award and Audience Award at Fantasia International Film Festival 2015.

To know more about Nihongo Fiesta 2016, click HERE.

Watch Miss Universe 2015 in Full HD
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Finally I got to see Pia Wurtzbach win Miss Universe in full and in HD. I was just waiting for someone to upload it because I didn’t get to watch the full show live.
I was a kid when Margie Moran won in 1973. I remember the adults playing mahjong at home and the TV stations playing this over and over.

In 1974, Miss Universe was held in the Philippines. It was the biggest thing ever. I became a fangirl, collecting newspaper clippings in scrapbooks and collecting pictures bought at Unimart.
Amparo Muñoz won, and I was hooked.

I stopped watching because we didn’t win for many years. I would watch a few minutes then move on when Philippines was eliminated. This year was different.
When I woke up in the morning, Miss Philippines was already answering the final question for the Top 3.
I still didn’t think she would win because Miss Philippines has had so many close calls these past few years and has never won.

What happened on December 20, 2015 will go down as the most memorable Miss Universe ever, when Steve Harvey came up onstage to apologize for announcing the wrong winner. At that moment I was so happy to be Filipino and watching TV.
Pia Wurtzbach may have been deprived of a proper Miss Universe crowning moment, but because of it, she is bigger than ever and will be remembered for it.

That ending though
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(Warning: Semi-spoiler)

When I found out Vilma Santos had a new movie, I just had to go and see it on opening today.
I asked Dinna to play hooky and come with me to SM Megamall to watch it at the Director’s Club cinema.
For Php 455 you get free popcorn and these reclining seats which feel like Business Class.

Director's Club

I lovett. I brought a cute little bear from Loft Osaka, which turns into a blanket. I forgot to bring candy (they don’t sell them near the cinema) and I forgot to bring my glasses. Yes I need glasses to watch movies.
Inspired by The Devil Wears Prada, Everything About Her stars Vilma Santos as Vivian, a self-made bitch CEO of a big-time real estate development corporation.
She finds herself in need of 24/7 medical care when she is diagnosed with Stage 3 myeloma. Enter Angel Locsin, who plays a topnotch nurse named Jaica, who needs the money to support her family.
Vivian is estranged from her son Albert (Xian Lim) who chose to leave with his dad when the couple separated.
Jaica is given the task to bring the son home from the U.S. and stay home with a mother hecan’t stand.

Aside from the glasses and the candy, I forgot to bring tons of tissues. I started crying as soon as the movie started and cried until the last 30 minutes of the movie.
Vilma is perfect as a bitch on wheels, and may I add, well preserved. She looks amazing. Although nowhere in the movie did she ever look like she was at death’s door. She was always perfectly made up even in the “hospital.”

Everything About Her

I love nurses. We always have nurses in and out of the house. Angel Locsin is lovable as Jaica, except when she tends to overstep her boundaries as a nurse. I love that Angel feels and looks like a real person, not afraid to look unglamorous with funny clothes and no makeup, and I love that she is a curvy real woman, not an unreal stick figure. (Plus, she is lovely in real life.)
Dinna and I kept swooning over Xian Lim who sounds so classy (except in the weird accident scene) and I love his nerdy wardrobe with the glasses and the leather crossbody bag.

Everything About Her

Unfortunately, they didn’t know how to end the movie. I felt there was too much crying, they didn’t have to add another substory about Angel’s own estranged mom.
I feel like the movie should’ve ended after 90 minutes with Vilma dying in Xian’s arms and Xian and Angel holding hands during the funeral, hinting at a romantic ending.
But—someone decided to stretch it 30 more minutes, presumably to give the audience a feeling that they got their money’s worth with a two-hour cryfest and a happy ending.
Too bad because it could’ve been a really good movie. If only they got preview audiences to get feeback on the movie so they can improve it.

Lolo crush: William Holden
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I just discovered Netflix (minus VPN) on my Apple TV and quickly signed up for $7.99 a month.
First thing I saw: Sunset Boulevard (1950), a Billy Wilder classic starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden.

Sunset Boulevard

I first saw this movie as a teenager and it remains one of the best things I have ever seen.
Funny how your feelings about a movie change in your 40s compared with your teens. For one, I’m so obsessed with William Holden in this movie. I can now relate to old-looking men because I’m old 🙂
He reminds me so much of my lolo—with the pomade and suits, although my lolo was mostly in pajamas when I knew him.
This was my lolo, Emilio Galang, by the way. He was Commissioner of Immigration from 1954-1962.
His portrait still hangs at the Bureau of Immigration in Manila.

Emilio Galang

Funny how people looked so much older before. William Holden was only 32 when this movie was released, yet he already had that lolo vibe.

Sunsen Boulevard

In Sunset Boulevard, William Holden plays a young and broke screenwriter who finds himself in the mansion of an old ageing silent movie star (Gloria Swanson) who falls in love and wants to keep him as her own. Because of his financial situation, he decides to move in with her and her loyal butler (Erich von Stroheim).


Living with her has its perks—he gets an expensive new wardrobe and learns how the rich live. However he is bored out of his brain living with a jurrassic old hermit who still lives in her past.

Sunsen Boulevard

At first he is tolerant of their unconventional setup but finds himself wanting to get out when he meets a woman his own age and she goes nuts.
I won’t tell you more because the movie is mesmerizing from start to finish, especially if you’re an old soul like me who loves old movies.

You can also watch it on YouTube.
P.S. If you love William Holden, here’s a list of movies you shouldn’t miss. He’s such doll!!

Fedora (1978)
The World of Suzie Wong (1960)
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
Sabrina (1954)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)

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