Top 16 From 2016

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.


Jenn Mallabo 

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.


Platinum Retention Management Team

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.

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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.

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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!

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Lerina Gamier

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?

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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.

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Sting 

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.

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R

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.

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Francine Pe

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.

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Edgar Selva

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.

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Lani-li Bangit-Go

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!

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Don Samson

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.

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Herminio Manuel

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.

 

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Team Torres

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.

 

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Patty Lizardo

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!

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Minnie

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?

Ciao,

D.

METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL 2016

04 January 2017

Maraming Magandang Filipino Films.

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Sunday Beauty Queen

9/10

  1. It’s very unusual for a documentary to be selected to join MMFF. Guess what? It’s a good “movie”.
  2. Mixed Emotions at it’s finest. You will laugh, you will cry, feel sorrow, feel the love and a whole lot more.
  3. This movie will make us understand that people working abroad are not just traveling or having fun in other countries.
  4. The cinematography is good. The color, the tone and the transition of the scenes were executed properly.
  5. Each story will touch your heart. Mylyn’s story touched my heart the most and it made me cry

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Die Beautiful

8/10

  1. It is a typical MMK or MPK story but executed beautifully.
  2. Paolo Ballesteros’ efforts paid off. Truly, after years of waiting, his time arrived.
  3. Christian Bables is the scene stealer. He played the role of BFF Barbs flawlessly. You would feel the friendship with the mere body language.
  4. The cameo roles of Iza Calzado, Eugene Domingo and Luis Alandy made an impact, short but remarkable.
  5. Direk Jun Lana created another masterpiece. I can see a lot of International Film Festivals for this movie.

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Seklusyon

6/10

  1. The cinematography of the movie is good. The color is smooth and clean.
  2. Suspense/Horror is really Direk Erik Matti’s genre. Successful scaring.
  3. The child star who played Angela is very convincing as an evil girl.
  4. The performance of Ronnie Alonte who played one of the priests, is better compared to his acting in Vince & Kath & James, but still needs improvement. I just thought that it would be better if Dominique Roque played his role and vice versa.
  5. It’s like Shake Rattle & Roll, only better.

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Saving Sally

8/10

  1. I enjoyed the movie so much that I forgot the setting is not real.
  2. The approach of the movie is like a project from college but created by the best students.
  3. Rhian Ramos and Enzo Marcos are both effective playing Sally and Marty. It’s as if they are not acting.
  4. The best friend who is secretly in love with the other best friend is a sure bucks. Admit it, we all had that kind of story back in school.
  5. 2 surprises on this movie : The after credit which I almost miss and my ultimate blogger crushSaab Magalonain a cameo role.

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Vince & Kath & James

7/10

  1. I didn’t know that this movie was based on a viral “textserye” on Facebook. Thanks to my niece.
  2. Surprisingly, it’s a nice movie. I may not be their target audience but I enjoyed it.
  3. Julia Barretto can act but she’s more on the drama side than rom-com.
  4. Joshua Garcia is a revelation. He can act. He can give John Lloyd and JM de Guzman a run for their money. On the other hand, the producer should’ve picked a better actor to play James instead of Ronnie Alonte.
  5. Soundtrack is good. From Ylonna and Bailey to Daniel Padilla to Ebe Dancel. Mabuhay ang OPM!

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Ange Babae Sa Septic Tank 2 #ForverisNotEnough

9/10

  1. The way this movie discussed the predictable formulas of a mainstream rom-com movie is brilliant.
  2. The movie is quite short than the usual 2-hour Pinoy movies but it didn’t affect the flow of the story. I hope it is longer for the sole reason that it’s a fun movie.
  3. I don’t know the reason for picking “Forever Is Not Enough” to be the theme song but it worked. Especially the Ukelele scene.
  4. The steam bath scene is the most hilarious. I won’t be a spoiler, just watch.
  5. Eugene Domingo is Eugene Domingo. I will never get tired of her comedic acting, at least for now.

*Didn’t get the chance to watch Oro and Kabisera

A Humid Afternoon

07 July 2015.

Chinatown, Singapore.

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As we all know, Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons. The temperature is usually high and very humid. If you’re planning to go out and visit outdoor tourist spots, it is advisable to do it in the afternoon. It may be hot at one point and then it might rain afterwards. It is always best to bring a polo or cardigan that can protect you from the rain or the cold temperature inside the malls.

Classic Black Round Neck Shirt : H&M || Plaid Long Sleeve Shirt : Forever 21 || Ripped Jeans : Forever 21 ( I ripped it myself though *wink*) : White Sneakers : Fred Perry ||  Aviator Sunglasses : RAYBAN

What do you think of this #LyndonOOTD? Yay or nay?

XOXO,

D.

Summer In July

07 July  2015.

Phuket, Thailand.

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The main reason of this trip is to extend the #SummerHits. Since I didn’t have any beach encounter during the summer season in the Philippines, I’ve decided to visit Phuket with my new travel buddy, Hazel. Unfortunately, there’s a typhoon during our whole trip, so we didn’t enjoy the beach that much. It didn’t stop my #LyndonOOTD shoot though. *Wink*

Black Dotted Polo Shirt: OLD NAVY || Royal Blue Shorts : AEROPOSTALE || Tri-Color Boat Shoes : PAYLESS ( Christmas gift from my pamangkins ) || Black Overnight Bag : LONGCHAMP || Aviator Sunglasses : RAYBAN || White Fedora Hat : I can’t recall where i bought it. Lol!

How about you guys, what are your summer season must haves? Care to share?

XOXO,

D.