"Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room."
Marc Hack (via skeletales)
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Hello anon! I only use a Nikon D3100 and an 18-55 mm kit lens :) 

Cinemalaya X

It’s that time of the year again where the creativity and talent of Filipino independent filmmakers are beheld and appreciated. Every August, Cinemalaya features Filipino independent films which encourages cinematic works by Filipino Indie Film makers which articulate bold and artistic Filipino experience. I’m glad to have seen more people watching and supporting Filipino indie films this year, as a matter of fact, the tickets have been sold out after just a week of its release!

Cinemalaya has been a yearly ritual for me ever since I was in my 2nd year of college (way back Cinemalaya 8) and now I must say that this film festival has grown and has been appreciated by more Filipinos. It’s good to see that Cinemalaya also had a larger variety of films this year, as a matter of fact, all the films were worth the watch! 

Buboy Villar of Children’s show. 

We were tasked to interview artists, directors, writers and people who were involved in the production of the film for our class in Editorial Management. I was able to interview a lot of resource persons and hearing their stories and adventures during the preparation for the film up until the post-production really inspired me and left me in awe. Our Filipino filmmakers are really talented, no doubt about it.

With Mr. Arnold Reyes of Kasal

As I’ve said earlier, all the films were amazingly beautiful. Sadly, I was only able to watch 14 films, (2) Director’s showcase films and (7) New Breed films plus Shorts A which includes (5) short films. My favorites would be Dagitab, Mariquina and 1st ko si 3rd for the New breed category, The Janitor for the Director’s showcase and Padulong sa Pinuy-Anan (Going Home) for the short film category. Actually, picking favorites isn’t really fair since like what I said, I really enjoyed all the films I’ve watched and everything was really good.

The whole Tropa. It’s been a tradition, like what I said and I am thankful to have been with them every year (though we’ve obviously grown in number, thankful for that too!). 

Cinemalaya ran for 10 days, from August 1- August 10, 2014 and I’ve been to the festival (you cannot really feel the cinemalaya vibe if not at CCP!) for 3 days. It is heartwarming to know that many people have been thirsty for intelligent and cultural Filipino Films. I hope one day Cinemalaya and other Film Festivals would be a National event so more Filipinos would appreciate and support Filipino films. :)

I was beyond stunned and happy! All thanks to Student Media Congress last week, I was finally able to meet my favorite author and scriptwriter, Mr. Ricky Lee. He talked about the basics of scriptwriting and I learned a lot from him though I felt like the one and a half hour was not enough. There was so much that I wanted to ask him! Luckily there was also a book signing event. I wasn’t prepared for that (I wanted to have my copy of Para kay B signed ever since I read it last 2012) so I bought a copy of Mr. Ricky Lee’s scriptwriting manual, “Trip to Quiapo” which he signed. I had a few seconds of conversation with him too (so many people in line, couldn’t make them wait). Mr. Ricky Lee was so nice and friendly, I wanted to hug him tight. I hope to see him again and be able to have a long conversation with this amazing man about life, love and of course, filmmaking and scriptwriting. 

I’m such a lucky and blessed girl, aren’t I? I have so many things to blog about if only school wasn’t getting in the way. So many events happened over the past month and I can’t wait to blog about them! I hope you guys are having a fun school year too like I am. Here’s to more adventures! 

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"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
Nelson Mandela (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

The COMMSOC Carnival! #Commsocfair

Since another school year has begun, COMMSOC brought a wonderful welcome surprise for all Froshies out there— The COMMSOC CARNIVAL! We had a wonderful time during the Freshmen orientation and the recruitment week last June. It sure was fun to welcome new students! 

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The event was filled with fun games, lots of screaming, laughter, wacky photographs and happy memories! I am so glad to have been part of this event. Even though I am already in my Senior year (a few more months and bye bye La Salle huhu), I felt like I am one of the froshies again. 

Sorry for the late update! School works almost swallowed me whole. Watch out for more fun events! And oh, of course, WELCOME TO DLSU-D FRESHMEN! We hope ya’ll would have a fun, college life! See you guys around campus :)

All photos by (c) Winnie Mea.

“He loved her, of course, but better than that, he chose her, day after day. Choice: that was the thing.”

― Sherman AlexieThe Toughest Indian in the World

The messy artist is back :) I sure did miss painting! This was one of those speed paintings I do when I am so bored. Sorry I was kinda sleepy already when I did the hair and the back doodles that’s why I messed it up a bit. 

Saw that awesome stuff up there? That’s right, it’s the 3D printer! Our professor told us about this genius piece of invention and when we got into the convention, my friends and I really looked for it there. It can produce so many awesome stuff from thin air and it can print in plastic, metal, nylon and over a hundred more materials. 

I was so fascinated with this machine that my friends and I watched how the printing was done. They showed us some of the products (Me and Kaye holding the iphone 4s case while dezza is holding the replica of an action figure, yes from the 3D printer) then they showed us a sample of an iphone case being printed through the 3D printer. All of us were watching in awe as the printer progressed. It is truly amazing how advance our technology is nowadays. Star Trek machine in real life, huh? It’s for real people, it is for real.

"Never say ‘no’ to adventures. Always say ‘yes,’ otherwise you’ll lead a very dull life."
Ian Fleming (via quotes-shape-us)

19th Graphic Expo 2014

College life has officially begun this week and for my last year as a college student, one of my college lists was this: attend more events. That’s one of the reasons why I chose Public Relations as my course major/course track instead of film, my love for events.

Anyway, we were required to attend the 19th graphic expo at SMX convention center, MOA. The graphic expo was an annual event which lives up to its reputation as the country’s trade show for creative imaging, printing and publishing. There were about 150+ exhibitors and below are some of the photos during the event!

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The photographer in me was fascinated. Seeing the wild bird photography booth made me want to engage in this field.

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The Sampayan ng Bayan booth featuring the creative shirts made by the contestants for the T-shirt printing contest. So many creative shirts!

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So many printers, patterns and cool stuff! I can’t get enough!

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This guy was doing some live digital art and I watched him do magic from scratch to awesome and I was standing there in awe wondering, “how did he do that? Did I miss something?”

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An obligatory group photo because we are wearing the shade of pink (and violet) by accident plus we had tons of fun today! It was a great experience plus I got so many freebies! Always a fun time with these people :)