Maine Mendoza joins the clique of phenomenal non-singing stars to release an original single

It’s been more than a year when they announced that Maine Mendoza is set to have a musical project under Universal Records. I was stunned, for I’ve seen what Maine’s singing capabilities are. Why would she yearn to release an album despite her limitations in the musical front? It has been commonplace in the Filipino entertainment industry to bank on phenomenal actors and actresses to … Continue reading Maine Mendoza joins the clique of phenomenal non-singing stars to release an original single

The cast of Contagion released a PSA for coronavirus

Years after it was released, the film Contagion is now reaching its peak again on Itunes as the film somehow predicted a pandemic such as covid19. Epidemiologist Larry Brilliant, one of the consultants for the movie, has been warning the US government of what might happen. True enough, the covid-19 has now spread anywhere, with the United States overtaking China as the country with the … Continue reading The cast of Contagion released a PSA for coronavirus

Unique lets us in the deeper layers of his psyche through his sophomore album, Pangalan

Unique has gone deeper into psychedelia. Listening to Pangalan has transported me into the deep-seated psychedelic stream of his consciousness–sounds of isolation, clutter, disturbance, struggles. Mysterious as he is, he gives us a chance to see through him in Pangalan. That is, if we puzzle out his every stance. The 8-track sophomore album won’t be an easy feat to his usual bubblegum pop-loving fans unless … Continue reading Unique lets us in the deeper layers of his psyche through his sophomore album, Pangalan

Itaewon class is a Korean drama disguised as an arthouse regular

Saeroyi, played by Park Seo-jun, the idealistic protagonist in this Korean drama, painted me a picture of Utopia. The ideal world and the moral values which were instilled in him by his picture-perfect father drives his purpose in life. He was able to achieve utopia in a political business world. At a young age, Saeroyi was faced with a circumstance that challenged his beliefs and … Continue reading Itaewon class is a Korean drama disguised as an arthouse regular

COVID-19 and Hollywood, plus local guidelines

The world’s current Covid-19 pandemic has lost many lives, but most of all, at least in my country, the level of inequality and the government’s priority is finally exhibited first-hand after its long concealment. During the first stages of the pandemic, the fewer rich and middle class weren’t worried; eventually, we knew that it was more than that. The pandemic chooses no one. Everyone, no … Continue reading COVID-19 and Hollywood, plus local guidelines

Gian Dakay, the man behind Operation Melody

Good day, everyone. In light of the crisis our world is facing today, I send you well-wishes and remind you to safeguard your health. Let us all hope that this pandemic will end soon. Meanwhile, I’m sure many of you have started working from home. Now is the best time to discover new music. This week on Of Melophiles and Melomaniacs, we’re doing a spin … Continue reading Gian Dakay, the man behind Operation Melody

Itaewon Class: Your inside guide to oligarchs

Jang Dae-Hee (wonderfully played by Yoo Jae Myung), owner of the Jang Group, and the main villain of the Netflix Korean Drama, Itaewon Class lets us in on how an oligarch thinks, based on the current status of our world’s class divide. I’ll be honest. I’m only on the second episode of this Park Seo-Joon starrer drama. However, it’s like I’ve already completed its episodes … Continue reading Itaewon Class: Your inside guide to oligarchs

#SundinAngPuso with Pepsi

On March 7, 2020, Pepsi Philippines held the third leg of its #PEPSITASTECHALLENGE with its campaign, #SUNDINANGPUSO, in Davao City. It was a whole day of fun games and surprises. Pepsi brought some of the hottest acts we have today: Jinho Bae, Matthaios, and SB19, and influencers Mimiyuuuh, Laureen Uy, and Alyssa Valdez. Unbeknownst to a lot of Filipinos, Pepsi is the go-to chaser for … Continue reading #SundinAngPuso with Pepsi

Max von Sydow, one of the kingpins of world cinema

No one can ever write about an actor as vividly as his close relations, co-actors, and directors, or perhaps a fan who has been following his work for many years. However, I am quite enamored by Max von Sydow, not because of a necessary tribute, but because as good an actor he was, I found a little space for him in the cinephile division of … Continue reading Max von Sydow, one of the kingpins of world cinema

Fritz, the K-Pop senior behind The Patbingsoo

Way before K-pop reached its peak as a worldwide phenomenon, there were already a few people who have devoured the genre. People from outside of Korea who have been fans of K-Pop since 2007 or earlier are now called K-pop seniors. This week, we are featuring one of the people who celebrated the K-pop craze with me during its earlier days, and he’s here to … Continue reading Fritz, the K-Pop senior behind The Patbingsoo