Smart Araneta Coliseum || February 18, 2017
Maja Salvador & Paulo Avelino
- The story is very relatable. Not trying hard, just real.
- It’s as if Maja Salvador is really Carson. The acting, the body language and the look are so natural.
- The songs used (mostly indi) are all great. OPM is alive.
- The dialogue of the characters are so real. It’s like hearing your friends talk.
- The finale is unexpected but damn good.
The Best of 2016.
This is the first time that I’ll be doing this again after 5 years. The last time I made an entry like this was during the first anniversary of my Tumblr in 2012. This is just my opinion, if you feel like there are better options or you disagree with my choices, make your own blog instead. Just kiddin’.
Let’s name some of the best in 2016.
Movie of the Year : Captain America : Civil War
It has a worldwide gross of $1.15B. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture. It is the third installment of the Captain America movies. The first one was Captain America : The First Avenger (2012) followed by Captain America : The Winter Soldier (2014). I don’t wanna sound biased just because Captain America is one of my favorite Marvel characters. I did my research and this movie is the highest grossing movie of 2016 and 12th highest grossing movie of all time.
I believe that this scene sealed the deal. Lol.
Source : Youtube – Animation & Superheroes Movie – L Picture
Song of the Year : Closer by The Chainsmokers
I’m pretty sure that you’ve heard this song or played this song countless times. This song spent 11 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100. This is Chainsmokers’ third top 10 single next to Roses and Don’t let me down. It spent 28 weeks in the top 10 since it’s debut on August 2016.
Source : Youtube – ChainsmokersVEVO
Album of the Year : 25 (Adele)
Well, it is still Adele. The last time I made a list was in 2012 and it was Adele’s 21 album that I declared album of the year. And she did it again for 2016. It was actually released in the last quarter of 2015 but who cares, right? The first day sales in US was $1.4 million.
Breakthrough TV Series of the Year ( International ) : Stranger Things
Released on Netflix last July 2016. Set in the 1980’s, the story revolves around the investigation of the missing young boy. There were 8 episodes for the pilot season. The acting, setting and soundtrack were all praised by the netizens and there was an instant fandom for this TV series. It was renewed for another season by Netflix.
Breakthrough TV Series of the Year ( Local ) : Encantadia 2016
Many of us are aware that this is not the first time that Encantadia aired in the Philippines. The original Encantadia was released May 2005. This is a requel ( retelling / sequel ) of the most watched fantasy TV show in the Philippines. When the new cast was announced, many fans were disappointed and thought that this will not be a hit compared to the original but the ratings and the awards proved otherwise. Encantadia lived up to the hype and success of the original version.
Artist of the Year : Ariana Grande
With the release of her third album, guest role in Scream Queens and her performance in Hairspray Live!, Ari is indeed the It girl of 2016. No more questions asked.
Dance Craze of the Year ( Local ) : Fetty Wap Dance
Source : Youtube – Peenoys Gaming
The song is actually Nobody’s Better by Z feat. Fetty Wap. It was performed by one of the best dance groups in the Philippines, Rockwell. With countless versions performed by local celebrities and Pinoys all around the globe, this is really the dance craze of the year. Even yours truly danced this.
And that ends my best list for 2016.
Until next year,
I’ve been thinking of a perfect Valentine’s day entry since one of my new year’s resolutions for this blog is to be updated. And the perfect time to discuss this topic is on the eve of the hearts’ day.
Love. Lust. Infatuation. We are often confused with these three states. Do I really love that person? Is it just lust? Am I infatuated? All these and more.
Let us try to differentiate them from one another by sharing to you some of my friends’ stories.
Noun. A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
I’ve been in hanging-out with this person for 3 years already. It all started with a small talk. Next thing I know, my day is not complete without a glimpse of him. We were inseparable until this new employee entered the picture. LOVE started to change. Our usual breakfast and lunch together are now group breaks. Until one day, LOVE didn’t invite me for lunch. To make it worse, guess what? LOVE is having lunch with the new employee. That day I realized, I am just the only one who thought that the friendship is something special. I started ignoring LOVE and it went on for years. Until last year, I don’t know why all of a sudden we became closer than before. I’m afraid we might end up hating each other if I will insist with the idea that we can be more than friends. What should I do? I don’t want us to fall apart. Ever. – Lover Boy.
Lover Boy, it might be a friendship kind of love or a sibling kind of love or a romantic kind of love. Yes, it is love. Looks like this is the best kind of love, where in you give and expect nothing in return. The fact that you show affection and concern towards “LOVE”, it is indeed the crazy little thing called love. Did you even notice how many “loves” I mentioned? Lol. :p
Noun. Intense or uncontrolled sexual desire or appetite.
I started dating LUST 3 months ago. I know you will agree with me that the getting to know each other stage is the best part of dating. LUST will text me everyday. He will wake me up by calling my mobile phone every morning. It went on for a month and I must admit, I really thought that LUST is the person I’ve been praying for. One night, LUST invited me to his condo unit for a movie marathon. I know that something will happen and I felt that I am ready for that moment. In the middle of the movie, LUST started kissing me and stuff. After that night, LUST started to change. The calls and texts became seldom. Then LUST invited me for a sleepover and started doing things with me again. I don’t know why I suddenly feel that he only wants “THAT” to happen. I stopped LUST and drove myself home. After that night, there were no phone calls and text messages anymore. It’s been 4 weeks already and I haven’t heard anything from LUST. Help! – Lustious Malfoy.
Lustious Malfoy, obviously, brighter than the led lights, SEX is all that he wanted. The moment that he suddenly changed after the first night, you should’ve got the signal already. It’s like at first, he will let you feel that he is into you but once you take the bait, that’s the end of it. You are correct, it is just lust and you should not feel sorry that he found his way out of your world. Such a D-Bag!
Noun. Strong but not usually lasting feelings of love and attraction.
It all started in junior year. INFATUATION is the new kid in school. He is just a plain John. INFATUATION doesn’t look good at all to begin with and I actually don’t care about him. One day, while waiting for my brother, I saw him walking. I don’t know what I was thinking that time and I called him. We had a small talk and I felt something with the way INFATUATION looked at me that very moment. Days passed and nothing happened from the time we talked. I was surprised though that he greeted me on my birthday and that started our text flirting which went on for months. Then summer came and I didn’t hear from him. Senior year, it was all hi and hello and some texting. After graduation, the texting continues. And then we started hanging out. We eat lunch and have coffee together. The texting became calling. My day is literally incomplete if I don’t see INFATUATION. One night, INFATUATION told me that he likes me, I didn’t answer. All I know is that we kissed that night. Days went on and I can’t stop thinking about INFATUATION every day and every night. It came to a point that I started ignoring him just so that he will not feel that I am starting to like him. Then one day, I woke up and the happy feeling is not there anymore. We still talk and hang out but it’s totally different now. What do you think happened? – InPHATkate
InPHATkate, as I see it, you enjoyed the attention and time that he gave you. It’s normal that we try to reciprocate the gesture but it doesn’t mean that the feeling is mutual. Maybe you were just interested with the person and then the intensity of the magic died down. It is infatuation I bet you. We seldom misinterpret this feeling with love but we are just infatuated. It’s confusing. Just enjoy the moment while it last.
Most of the time we thought that it is love but in reality, it is just lust. We thought it is just lust but it is infatuation. The best part? All along we thought it was an infatuation but it is already love. Whatever it is that we feel, as long as it makes us happy, let’s go for it. We only have one shot in this lifetime so might as well make the best out of it.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Guys!
People of the year.
I can’t consider 2016 as one of the best years of my life but it was definitely an interesting and exciting one. I made a list of 16 people who made 2016 a one hell of a ride.
It was a brief 10 months of working together but we had numerous talks about our work and personal lives. She did my final interview for my current post and it was not your ordinary job interview. I thank her for giving me the chance to bring my A game when it comes to my career.
This team is so special to me because this is my first team after the major reorg in 2016. A group of diverse and hardworking individuals.
The Breakfast Club
I don’t know how it started because I usually eat breakfast at home and I have a different set of Breakfast buddies. I just went to the office one morning and POOF! I am eating breakfast with this best bunch. We all just click and the rest as they say is history.
The Linden Peeps
It all started as an inside joke with the Platinum’s Events Core Team to have an “orgy” party. Who would’ve thought that from 7 Events Core Team members, it will be a big group from different “Platinum Barkadas”. It was named The Linden Peeps for an obvious reason, we always pick The Linden Suites as our party venue. This is the “stress reliever” of everybody. Once you’re at the party it’s officially no-office-talk. I love you guys!
She’s the first person from the office that I went on a trip with outside the Philippines. There was a time that I hated her so much to the point that I don’t want to see her and it’s all because of hearsay. It didn’t last that long though. After that, we became BFFF’s, yes with 3 F’s. We became really close after our heart to heart talk about the status of our hearts. Ironic, right?
John Roberto Altea
Actually my real ka-barkada is her sister, Karla. It just so happens that in 2016, we hang-out a lot. He is my go to person if I need someone to talk to when all of my friends are busy with their own lives. He may always crack jokes but he is one serious soul deep inside.
In life they say you should have at least 3 kinds of friends. An older one, who will mentor or teach you about life. Someone same age as yours, so you can have someone who will understand the things that you’re going through. And lastly, a younger one, someone you can mentor or teach things that you’ve experienced. Sting is my younger one. After his biggest trial this year, I think I’ve helped him, or I didn’t? Lol.
The person who must not be named. Unfortunately, I still included this person in this list. This person is a proof that I am still a human being. That’s all.
When she first came to Platinum, I don’t like her. I just don’t know what happened but suddenly she is one of my most loved girls in the office. I consider her as my soul twin because we shared a lot of same experiences in 2016. And talking to her, I really feel that I am not alone in a certain situation. We don’t hang-out that much but I love her.
In the 3 stages of life friends, he is my older one. He is one of my closest friends in the office. One of the very few that I talk to even outside the office. He is also the one responsible why all of a sudden I’m into working out. After years of convincing me to go to the gym, I finally gave in. He is my personal physical trainer, well sort of.
She’s my best friend in the office. If there’s one person in the office who I can trust my whole life with, it’s Lani-li. We’re literally stuck with each other through thick and thin. I love you, BFF!
Our friendship started in 2011, after he gave me the only Smurf toy that’s lacking in my collection.There was this one point in 2016 that I am really confused with what’s happening in my life and I needed someone who will pray with me. Guess what? We had novena in St. Jude for 9 weeks. Actually it’s just 8 because on the 7th week, he went to Japan. That moment sealed our friendship.
One of the few high school and college friends that I’m still in touch with. He just gets me every time and I appreciate that a lot. In case one day I am nowhere to be found, try to check his house, I might be there.
You know you are very lucky when you’re best friends with your family. They literally know everything about me. These people are the baby siblings that I never had. I really appreciate that they still consider my suggestions and inputs even if they are all matured individuals already. You guys will always be my babies.
My best friend for 16 years. She will be forever one of the best people to me. I don’t need to enumerate the reasons why. I love you, Patching!
If I can only name one best thing that happened to me in 2016, it’s going to be the lifestyle change. Thanks to this girl for introducing me to Herbalife. This is really the best version of me.
We should always be grateful to the people who made us better individuals. I plan to make this list a yearly thing. How about 17 next time for 2017?