Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dreaming of Vienna

WOW! That late afternoon in 1986 when classes were cancelled and everyone at school was seated neatly in rows. Sweating while the earth breathed. Then, the betamax was fed. The screen lighted. It featured a meadow-- endless greens and rolling hills. Then, the first notes of the Sound of Music overture started to roll. ♫ The hills are alive... ♫ ♪ 

The Von Trapp family reunited after 45 years since the release of the legendary film The Sound of Music! Oh! How movies can tap interest in travel. Film tourism is carving a niche all over the globe. Because of this movie and Before Sunrise + Before Sunset, I want to visit Vienna then Paris. New Zealand is another country I am dying to visit because of the Lord of the Rings movie!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Balesin Island Resort, Philippines

Who wants to get stuck on this island 60 nautical miles east of Manila?

I was in awe looking at Juliette's album in facebook. It featured a stunning tropical island with an architectural design I've never seen anywhere in the Philippines. At first, I had the impression that it must be an island in Bali or Mykonos.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

talk | by Magnum photographer Eli Reed

It was not until late last month when I stumbled upon a collection of black and white photographs taken by a Magnum photographer. In that photo, the strong natural light coming from outside the window is sifted through by slats of window blinds casting stripes of shadows on a naked woman's back. The woman's pose speaks volumes. Simple yet vivid and sensual. Raw and heavy. Perhaps post-coitus, after an afternoon filled with intense lovemaking? (Oh, well, that was how I interpreted it). Then, I got lost in that world of amazing images! 

From then on, Magnum takes on a different meaning for me. No longer a type of gun or a brand of ice cream but a collective of the world's topnotch photographers (which includes on its list Ansel Adams). Little did I know that in the weeks that would follow, one of its member would visit Dumaguete.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Thirteen Fellows Accepted to the 52nd Silliman University National Writers Workshop

The 52nd edition of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop is slated to start on 6 May 2013 at the Rose Lamb SobrepeƱa Writers Village in Camp Look-out, Valencia, Negros Oriental.

Thirteen writers from all over the Philippines have been accepted as workshop fellows.