Conclusion: La Cocina de Tita Moning (Part 6)
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I’m nilalagnat. I feel feverish and unwell. Maybe it is the heat.
Earlier this month, we had dinner at La Cocina de Tita Moning and I felt nauseous that night and two days later.
So I consulted my friend Edison who is the protege of a paranormal investigator (read: ghostbuster).
Edison reads my blog so he knew I had been to the Legarda mansion.
I know I am sensitive to spirits because I have seen and felt them on five to six occasions through the years. Edison said, in order to counter the effects of what I had experienced, I have to take a bath in salt. So I asked my maid to buy a kilo of salt.

salt bath

I wrote a five-part blog entry on Tita Moning because I felt the pictures were too beautiful not to share. Anyone who knows me well knows I love old houses and nostalgia.
But it became hard for me to finish the entries because I would get scared every time I looked at the photos.

La Cocina de Tita Moning
La Cocina de Tita Moning

The bathroom is another story

La Cocina de Tita Moning

So I took a break and blogged about other things.
But I continued to feel bad as the days passed, so tonight I finally took that salt bath.

salt bath

I sat in the bathtub with of salt and water and prayed Our Father. After 15 minutes I toweled off, but now I feel feverish.
When I wrote about Tita Moning, I received a couple of negative comments which made me upset. But truthfully, this is my experience of it, not sorry if you don’t like it.
It made me sick, I had a slight diarrhea when I got home that night. I showered and took a tranquilizer, but couldn’t sleep.
I am by no means stopping any of you if you want to eat there. If you do, please book soon because they are closing on May 31.

La Cocina de Tita Moning

If you want to know more about it, read my previous entries on Tita Moning. Just use the search bar on the upper right corner of this site.
Right now I will just stay in bed and hope to feel better soon. I will not be entertaining any negative comments, so please back off if you have nothing nice to say. This is my experience. Take it or leave it.

La Cocina de Tita Moning

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MINERALS: Tata Montilla mounts solo exhibition at W17
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My friend Tata Montilla pursued various trades before realizing his true calling.
His interest in textures brought him to San Francisco where he studied surface finishes under Joanne Day, who invited him to participate in the restoration of a historical landmark, the Hunt Phelan home, the oldest residential structure in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tata Montilla

Then he moved to Bangkok, where he stayed for a few years—long enough to read, write and speak the Thai language. The city was, in Tata’s own words, “so good to me.”
Being away from Manila and living a life of anonymity was liberating for him. Through the course of his extended stay, he reconnected with his soul.

Tata at Paragon
Tata in Bangkok, 2008

“Bangkok was a journey of self discovery. That’s where I experienced extreme happiness, extreme sadness, and extreme loneliness,” he said.
The city would also lead him to the world of plants. Upon returning to Manila, Tata became a landscape designer.
But through all the years I’ve known him (since the New Wave ’80s), Tata has always been an artist.

Tata Montilla

Now, for the first time, Tata will mount a solo exhibition titled Minerals, where he creates art based on surface finishes. He expands the application of the oxidation process and explore its possibilities on canvas.

Tata Montilla

Minerals opens on May 2, 2016, 5 PM at W17, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.
The exhibit will be open to the public until May 17, 2016.

Pretty in Pink: 30 years after
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I just watched Pretty in Pink for the nth time and I still feel kilig thirty years after it first came out.
When I was growing up, Molly Ringwald was the It Girl. She wasn’t beautiful in a conventional way, but she was different. She had character and she always got the cute guy.
In Pretty in Pink she plays Andie, a cool girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She has her own fashion sense and takes care of her good-for-nothing dad (sorry).
The mean girls in school don’t like her because she’s different and doesn’t give a damn. But for some reason, all the main guys like her—from the rich, preppy asshole to the resident importunate dork.

Pretty in Pink

I first saw Pretty in Pink in 1986 during the time of my life. Funny how my feelings about the movie have changed 30 years later.

• When I was young, I thought Molly Ringwald as Andie was so chica. Sure there were a couple outfits where she really looked cute—with the hat and the boy blazers. But there are also a lot of baduy outfits in that movie, I can see that now. You be the judge.

Pretty in Pink

• Thirty years ago, I had a feeling her pink prom dress baduy, but nobody dared say it then! Now it’s OK to say it: that was one fugly dress!! And to think that the whole point of the movie was about the pink prom dress!

Pretty In Pink

I still, however, get a giddy feeling when she makes the prom dress to the tune of Thieves Like Us by New Order. Brings me back to the ’80s when I also made my own clothes.

• I have new feelings about the boys. Back in 1986, I thought James Spader (L) was hot, but now I think Andrew McCarthy (R) is much cuter!!!

James spader andew mc carthy

• I also really liked Jon Cryer as Duckie when I was younger. All I wanted was for a cute, fasyon guy to be completely nuts about me, like he was for Andie in the movie. Now I think he’s just a dork.

Jon Cryer

• I also thought Andie’s friend Iona in the movie was cool. Now I find her baduy 🙁

Annie Potts

• Did you know they had to reshoot the ending? The original script had Andie ending up with Duckie at the prom, but the preview audience hated it, so they had to reshoot it to make her end up with Blane (Andrew McCarthy). Unfortunately Andrew McCarthy already had a different hairstyle at that time, so they had to put him in an ugly wig.
Watch the new ending and wig here:

PS. When this movie first came out, I didn’t quite understand how this computer scene happened because Internet didn’t even exist then. I thought this was impossible. This was high tech back then!

The ’80s were so wonderful and I sound like an old lady living in the past. I will never get over the ’80s, and you just won’t understand unless you were there. This song sums up the feeling. I really thank God I was there.

When Manny Pangilinan met Mark Zuckerberg
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PLDT chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan recently met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California to discuss ways of strengthening the partnership between Smart and Facebook.


Because of its partnership with Facebook, Smart was the first telco in Southeast Asia to roll out Free Basics, a service that made mobile Internet available to two-thirds of the world who were not yet connected. The service is now available to more than 30 countries.

Since March 2015, millions of Smart users have enjoyed Free Basics, which allows them to keep in touch with their loved ones, search information, learn from educational sites, seek jobs and check the news and weather, among many others, without additional cost.

Smart and Facebook also introduced Free Facebook Toggle and Free Instagram, leading to a surge in the number of online users, who are now more empowered than ever to live the “Smart Life” with access to innovations and the widest breadth of digital content.

Pangilinan recently took part in a series of engagements with Silicon Valley leaders and partners, which comes amid the PLDT Group’s rapid transformation as the country’s leading digital company.

MEETING OF MINDS: Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg and PLDT-Smart Chair and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan with the PLDT-Smart Leadership team led by Wireless Consumer Operations Head Katrina Luna-Abelarde (second from left); PLDT Home Operations Head Oscar A. Reyes, Jr. (third) and EVP and Consumer Business Head at PLDT and Smart Ariel P. Fermin (seventh) at the new Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park in California.

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