Plan for Today (2nd Saturday of December 2013)

Self is going to Bindlestiff in the City.

She is going to watch four Filipino movies back-to-back.  And self knows it sounds a little bit like overkill, but she already paid, so she is fully committed to this course of action.

She asked The Man if he was interested in coming along, but he stoically refused and went off to watch “The Hobbit:  the Desolation of Smaug,” in 3D.

The first movie self is lined up to see is at 3 p.m. : LOVE, ILOCOS AND OTHER TALES (84 min., in Tagalog and Ilocano with English subtitles) –  Directed and written by Jhezel Finones, the film focuses on “local television programs of national import, like Biag Ko (My Life), Journal List and Love, Ilocos.

Followed, at 5 p.m. by PUREZA, THE STORY OF NEGROS SUGAR (110 min., in English, Tagalog, and Ilonggo with English subtitles) — Directed by Jay Abello, the documentary takes “an unflinching, exhaustive look at the rise and fall of the Negros sugar industry from different points of view — the landowners, the workers, government officials, the academics, the social workers.”

Followed, at 7 p.m.  by DINIG SANA KITA / If I Knew What You Said (88 min., in Tagalog with English subtitles) — Directed and written by Mike E. Sandejas, about two polar opposites — a deaf boy and a troubled girl rocker — who cross paths in a mountain camp.

And then (hopefully, self’s neck will be able to hold out) she will watch her final film of the day:  Peque Gallaga’s Bacolod-set SONATA.  Since the film starts at 9, and self remembers how long Gallaga’s other Bacolod movie, ORO, PLATA, MATA was, she figures she won’t be home until well past midnight.  She reminded The Man to leave the porch light on, because she hates having to stand around, fumbling for her house keys, in complete darkness.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Community: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

As we move closer and closer to Christmas, the WordPress Photo Challenges seem to be aiming for the spiritual aspect . . .

Last week’s theme was Grand.  This one’s is Community.

Here’s part of the prompt on The Daily Post:

Community.  When I think of this word, I imagine all sorts of scenes:  A family sitting and chatting in a living room.  Crowds gathering in squares to watch a holiday tree lighting.  Or even some of the spaces on the web that I frequently visit . . .

These are self’s first batch of pictures on the theme “Community.”  She took these pictures two months ago, at the annual Filipino American Book Festival, held in the San Francisco Main Library.  The book display tables were fascinating (Self will not lie; she aimed for the display that showed two of her books.  After all, she has to sell books, too.  She can’t just be writing, writing, writing all the time — though, come to think of it, she would love it if she could do just that)

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The writers pictured are all poets.  From the top:  Michelle Bautista, Jean Vengua, and Karen Llagas.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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