Sunday, January 29, 2012

Who wants to start a local film club?

Earlier today, I picked up this book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die from Book Sale Gaisano in Legaspi and reminded me just how many great films I haven't seen yet, which in turn reminded me of another thing in my bucket list: organize a local film club which will hold weekly private film showing among friends. If you are also interested in starting a local film club, please contact me. We can arrange meetings at the municipal hall or maybe Mr Nace, the Bicol University administrator, might even allow us the use of the Monreal Ruins for the film meetings. We can start trimming down our list of must-see films using the book as a checklist. What do you say?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Medical mission for surgical operations

May medical mission para sa ilang surgical operations sa darating na Hunyo: hernia (luslos), gallstones (bato sa apdo), goiter, bukol sa matris, cyst . Pumunta agad kay Dr Carino sa Gubat District Hospital para magpalista. Sponsored by UP Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Medical Team, Ugay (Gubatnons of Australia), Rotary Australia World Services Community, GNHS Batch 1992.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Charles Dickens Bicentennial

Come February 7, the world will be celebrating Charles Dickens's 200th birthday, and as you can see at Dickens2012 many activities have been lined up for the commemoration of this bicentenary. Over at Jessica Zafra's blog, she is attempting a collective effort at translating the novel Great Expectations (here's the free Gutenberg text of the novel) into Filipino.

Embarrassing to admit, but I have never read any Dickens myself. I figure this year would be a good year to remedy this, so I am starting with Great Expectations. I am also going to write the high school English teachers to ask if I could interest them to organize with the municipality a Charles Dickens film festival for their students.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Let the Bullets Fly

Let the Bullets Fly is a brilliant film. Ostensibly, the story is akin to what we would imagine the lives of Mao Zedong and his comrades were like back when they were rebel bandits dedicating their lives to redistributing wealth for the poor and freeing one town after another, but, take a closer look at the brilliant ending, and it could be a criticism of the Chinese people who do not rise up against the present-day Chinese government, with the town square in the film standing in for Tiananmen Square. The film is directed and starred in by Jiang Wen. Chow Yun Fat also stars in the film.

I strongly recommend this film. Where else can you see a film about corruption and political tyranny become a highest-grossing film?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Surfing in Gubat

The adventures of our local surfers, which remind me of one thing still in my bucket list: learn surfing.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Training for barangay health workers

Our selected barangay health workers ( with our municipal health officer Dr. Lelis) after their five-day health training held at the Municipal Conference Hall (MCH) last December 2011.