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Rurouni Kenshin るろうに剣心 京都大火編 Manila Premiere

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika Hen るろうに剣心 京都大火編  Manila Premiere will be held tomorrow, 6 August 2014 at SM Megamall. The premiere night will be attended by stars Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, and Munetaka Aoki with Director Keishi Ohtomo. I was one of the lucky people who won passes to the event. I will be writing a film review after watching. 🙂

UPDATE! – Review of Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends si here.

Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen Premiere Night in Manila on August 6, 2014
Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika Hen Premiere Night in Manila on August 6, 2014


Eiga Sai 2014 Manila on 3-13 July 2014

Screen capture from Japan Foundation Manila website
Screen capture from Japan Foundation Manila website

Eiga Sai 2014 in Manila is coming up. The 15th Japanese Film Festival is to be held on 3-13 July 2014 at the Shangri-la Plaza Mall. With the theme “Family”, the festival is top billed by feature film “Homeland” shot in Fukushima, one of the places heavily devastated by the Tohaku earthquake on March 2011. Screenings will also follow at Abreeza Ayala, Davao (July 25 to 27) and FDCP Cinematheque, Davao (July 29 to August 3), Ayala Center Cinema in Cebu (August 6 to 10). Info from the Japan Foundation article.

Pahiyas Festival 2012

For many years past, I have always wanted to go to Lucban Quezon to join in the festivities of the colorful Pahiyas Festival, the feast of San Isidro Labrador. I remember the date, May 15 of this annual festival, yet I never find time to go. This 2012, even if it falls on a Tuesday, I decided to go. And I was not disappointed.


This is one of the most colorful festivals where you can just shoot away at any angle. Every corner, every side street, present photo opportunities. I just can’t help but shoot away.


The parade is equally colorful. Young men & women paraded their especially tailored dresses made of local materials.


This is indeed paradise for photo enthusiast who wants to practice one’s skill at photography. I’ll definitely come back.


The Thrill of Jeepney Toploading – Banaue

Coming from Banaue, one of the things that I told myself I have to do is to ride on top of a moving vehicle. I have read many blog accounts about the thrill of adventure and the amazing scenery that you’ll witness along the way. So when we hired the jeepney that will take us to Batad from Banaue, this is my non-negotiable request. Michael, our driver gladly obliged and took this photo in one of our stops.

We asked our driver, Michael to take this photo for us.

The best thing about being on top of the jeepney aside from the scenery is the fresh air. I inhaled all the air that I can carry in my lungs, knowing that when I’m back in Manila, I will not be able to have this luxury. In the 90 minutes ride to Batad, we pass by people going to their work place, road constructions, private vehicles, and fellow toploaders in passenger jeepneys.

For most people, walking is still the best way to get to one place to the other
Road improvement efforts. About 70% of the road from Banaue to Batad is already cemented.
Philippine jeepneys are among the most solidly built vehicles

In most provinces in the Philippines, riding on top of the jeepney is an everyday occurrence especially in places where there are few public vehicles.

I intend to post videos that I took in my next post.

Ilocos Region

I went to Ilocos during my birthday week, mainly to visit Vigan. As usual I had my camera with me as this trip provides many awesome sites and picture-taking opportunities. We arrived Laoag in the evening of 10 November, went the next day to Pagudpud, and on the 13th traveled by bus to Vigan. We went home the night of 14th after enjoying the sites and culture of Ilocos region. Here are the beautiful landscapes that I’ve witnessed while there.