This is not a review. I am not qualified to give a review because I was late in tuning in last night and didn’t see the documentary in full.

This is not a political commentary. I try hardest never to deal with anything about politics on this blog because I don’t think I’m intelligent enough to present arguments of the political kind. Also, my day job requires me to be neutral at all times. To save my ass from looking stupid, I stay away from that topic.

I am writing this blog because I want to express my thoughts on the performances of the actors.

Ms Gina Alajar is already a given. I mean, her acting skills are LEGENDARY.

True confession: there was I time when I became a Rocco Nacino fangirl, and that was because I religiously watched his GMA-NPA docu-drama Bayan Ko. For some reason, Rocco is the perfect actor to play political figures.

Bianca Umali. She’s so pretty, she’s so young, and she’s an excellent actress. I love that short footage where Boni Ilagan was telling Bianca about his sister Lina whom she’ll be portraying, and Bianca was listening intently and absorbing every word.

And of course, Alden Richards, whom I’ve always known and admired for his acting skills ever since I saw One True Love. (Yep, contrary to what le bashers are saying, I did not become a fan because he’s cute and I have HD on him. :rolleyes: ) He turned in a performance that’s on a whole new level as an actor. After that, there’s no way that he could go back to being pabebe anymore. He’s too good for that. #myopinion

The documentary, as a whole, was excellently crafted and there were many highlights. But there were two scenes that really made a mark on me: (1) That scene where Boni’s mother visited him at prison, and he was not allowed to get near her so he just unbuckled his pants down and showed her the bruises on his thighs; and (2) the next scene, he saw his sister Lina from a distance, and Lina just threw her fist up in the air to send him her message. In those two scenes, the actors did not utter any lines but were able to send a whole lot of messages across. That’s a Master Class in acting right there.

But more importantly, I commend these actors for having the guts to take on a project with a highly divisive theme. Most especially Alden, who did not let his ‘mainstream’ image hinder his choice to do this documentary and used it instead to educate and inform. This isn’t about politics. It’s about history. And I couldn’t be prouder of this guy and everyone else who are part of this documentary.

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Pigs are flying.

It’s confirmed. Rain is, indeed, coming back to Manila. :whee!:

Just to summarize and recap:

– The title of the show is Rise2Shine.
– The concert is on November 3, 2017.
– Ticket selling will start on September 29, 2017.
– Ticket prices are not announced yet (in case anyone will ask :grin: )
– It’s a benefit concert.
– Rain is just the main act. It’s going to be an all-star show, with special surprise guests.
– The other artists joining the concert are not announced yet.

Are you guys ready? :smile: Start iponing now, we still have time.

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Here’s the part where I will insert my personal blabber on this latest development.

1. November 3? THAT’S MY MOM’S BIRTHDAY. :cry: We’ve already planned an out-of-town trip for that. I’m going to have to find a way to be at both events. Anyone here who knows where I can learn to Apparate in 1.5 months?

2. So Rain will not be the only artist on this show. There will be other artists and he’s just a main act. Anyone else getting “INTENSITY featuring RAIN & U-KISS with Special Guest Christian Bautista” feels right now?

3. And while we’re on that subject, I guess we should also stop referring to this event as a ‘concert’. Flashback to 2010, when we were given an impromptu lesson on how Koreans label an event. If the artist is onstage for less than two hours, it’s not a ‘concert’ but a ‘SHOW’. Rain will probably do a one-hour set at the most, so it’s not a concert. Not his, anyway. It’s a show, featuring him and other artists.

4. Having said that, I will be wary of any press conferences that he will have here, especially if said press conference will not include the other artists on the show’s roster. Just sayin’. :neutral:

5. To whoever is producing this show:

I highly recommend that you seek some pointers from the promoters of Intensity. Assuming it’s a different group, that is.

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Can someone please check if pigs have sprouted wings again? Because last night, this was posted at Araneta Coliseum’s official Facebook page:

Yup, Rain is coming to Manila. Again. :shock:

I’ve been throwback-reading all the posts from 11 Days of September 2010, so when this came out, I was like… “can we still do this?” OK, more like, “am I still willing to do this again?” :hihihi: You really can’t blame me for asking if you know what happened seven years ago.

But one thing is for sure: I’m still going to watch. :thumbup:

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[UPDATE]

Well, not really an update. Just more rambling. :lol:

We’ve been busy the entire day. I’ve asked a question this morning: do we still want to do this? The answer is, apparently, YES. The old CloudPH admins chatroom – aka. the Voltes Team group chat – was buzzing non-stop the whole day as we were brainstorming and trying to find whatever information we can from our various contacts. It sounded incredibly familiar. It’s very… September 2010. Please don’t tell me we’re going to be losing sleep over this again?

We still don’t have any definite details yet aside from the venue. But I received word that this concert is definitely happening before the year 2017 ends. Let’s wait and see.

I do know that my pocket is ready for this. I actually was saving up for Bruno Mars, but I failed to get tickets on both of his concert dates. Apparently, there is a reason for that and the reason is Rain. :hihihi: I’m more than willing to shell out good money for this. It’s Rain, after all. The last time I saw him live was 7 years ago here in Manila, and it was awesome. There’s no way I’m gonna miss this even if I haven’t exactly been a fan of the guy for the past… yes. Seven years. :neutral: I mean, c’mon. I shelled out good money for Nam Joo Hyuk tickets even if I haven’t seen any of his projects. Why can’t I do that for my No. 1 Korean idol?

I have no plans of welcoming him at the airport or doing a hotel stake-out, but I’m not ruling out the possibility. I just hope that the next time I chance upon him at his hotel, there’ll be no pillars around to disappear at.

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Before I end this blog entry, I’d like to share this paragraph that I posted as a parting shot to my retrospect of 11 Days in September 2010 on this blog:

26. Hugs.

The one thing I will never forget about this whole thing are the tight hugs I exchanged with both longtime and new CloudPH members after the presscon and the concert. We can never say this enough: it was once an impossible dream, and it happened. And we were together in witnessing it happening. Will it happen again? Let’s wait together for another pig to fly, shall we?

I’ll be on the lookout for flying pigs starting tomorrow.

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Aftermath: “Thank You For 30” Cebuana Lhuillier 30th Anniversary Concert
01 September 2017 – Mall of Asia Arena

This is one of those beautiful accidents that I didn’t plan on happening, but it did.

Around 2:00pm, 1st of September. I was busy twiddling my thumbs at home when I received a message from a certain someone, asking me if I’m watching the Cebuana Lhuillier concert happening that very same day. I said no, I don’t have a ticket. She said she has some, and she’s giving it to me and my fellow ‘no-group’ friends. Her only reason: she wants me to be there. Ok, then. Who am I to say, ‘no’ to that? :hihihi: I’ve been really wanting to see this show because, hello. Alden Richards and Sarah Geronimo. And then JaDine was announced as surprise guests just the night before. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to score tickets #longstory but I guess the universe – or certain, uhm, *someones* :phew: – really wants me to witness this.

So I took a quick shower, grabbed my super-zoom cameras which were, thankfully, fully-charged, and hurried towards Mall of Asia Arena for the Thank You For 30 concert.


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Mini-Review: Man To Man

  • First of all, I’d like to thank my good ol’ friend Charity for recommending this drama.  She was raving about our sentimental favorite Park Hae Jin’s performance and let me browse through Episode 1 during an impromptu O-nite with some of my Voltes friends.  I super-liked what I saw and promptly asked for the files but didn’t start on it until a week later, for maximum focus.  :tounge:
  • I can’t remember the last time I did a sleepless-night marathon for a Korean drama.  I did remember almost doing it with Goblin, but work and migraines got in the way that I finished it in several installments.  With Man to Man, I finished it in two installments for two consecutive days, with the second installment finishing at almost 5:00am.  I just couldn’t stop watching it.
  • One reason why it took until early morning for me to finish this drama: there were several instances where I had to pause for a minute or two because the scene affected me so much (in local parlance, hindi ko kinaya).  It’s either I had to stop to swoon at Hae Jin, or because I was laughing too much that I can’t concentrate on the next scene so I had to press ‘pause’.
  • This drama is classified as “action-thriller-melodrama” by Wikipedia, but I don’t know exactly where the ‘melodrama’ part is. :shrug: I do know that the one thing that impressed me with the story is that you won’t know who exactly was the villain until around Episode 14 or so.  You thought you already knew, but you don’t. It has many surprises along the way until the very end.
  • Dare I say it? Despite the many similarities with Descendants Of The Sun (the writer of Man To Man is the second writer of DoTS, after all) I liked this more than DoTS.  I’m talking story- and storytelling-wise.
  • The only thing in favor of DoTS per my tally is the leading lady.  Sorry to any Kim Min Jung fans here, if any, but I really don’t get her.  She’s actually annoying in this drama.
  • Then again, ALL the female characters in Man To Man super-pale in comparison to all the men.  They only acted as decorations or plot machines here for me.  Otherwise, you can take them all out and I’m perfectly fine with it.
  • May I just rave about the men some more?  :drool:  It’s not even because they’re hot men (most of them are old hahaha), although Park Hae Jin is incredibly cute and hot here in a very Song Joong Ki way.  It’s the way the male characters interacted with each other.
  • The sense of humor and sharp with of the creators of this drama are the type that I like.  The random genre switches didn’t look nor feel off at all.  They make viewing more interesting. Of course, there are loopholes and goofs along the way but that’s normal for even the most critically-acclaimed films and TV dramas.
  • As mentioned above, Park Hae Jin is the main reason why I watched this drama.  He is the Voltes team’s sentimental favorite, having met him twice in two of our trips to South Korea.  I started liking him in Family Outing, then I started loving him after we met him the first time at a random office supplies shop in Seoul. It was an ambush meeting and he was on his private time, but he was gracious and kind to us.  My love for him was cemented after he showcased amazing acting chops at My Love From The Star.  Thus, it didn’t came as a surprise that he gave a performance with so much depth and versatility as Agent K.  The only part that surprised me is his physique.  He used to be reed-thin and frail-looking. Now, he’s lean and smokin’ hot. :drool:
  • Random comment coming up:  I read on Wikipedia that GMA-7 already got the rights to air this drama. It seems the network execs like Park Hae Jin? They’ve already aired some of his dramas, ie., My Daughter Seo Young and My Love From The Star.  Once Man To Man starts airing here, I most probably will be taking out my photos with Hae Jin again. :hihihi:
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