Friday, May 19, 2017

A Noir State of Mind in Cebu's Colon Street

It was a Noir state of mind when I spent my Holy Week afternoon in Colon Street. It made me think of the nature of things. My unexpected fascination with Colon began on a sweltering Thursday afternoon.

About a month ago, my Facebook Newsfeed was filled with photos of people rushing from one church to another to complete the required 7 churches for Visita Iglesia. It was a hot Maundy Thursday afternoon and I also planned to do the pilgrimage but I ended up being distracted by the sight of the busiest street in Cebu being empty of the usual traffic of vehicles and folks.  

An everyday scene in the heart of downtown Cebu.

Walking the street of Colon reminded me of being in Quiapo, Ermita or even Escolta. Colon was a composite of Manila, the real Manila. The air is grimy and dusty. There is a muskiness in the air that gives it character. You know you're in the center of downtown Cebu by the look of the buildings; of the crowds of vendors, students, bystanders, and commuters either hustling to their next destination or just loitering around.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Wars of the Roses inspired HBO's Game of Thrones

Except for the flying dragons, wight-walkers, and the neverending snow, HBO's Game of Thrones was mostly inspired by England's the Wars of the Roses.

It all started in 1399 when Richard II was deposed by Henry Bolingbroke Duke of Lancaster. This triggered a change in the Royal succession. Henry Bolingbroke, who would be crowned as Henry IV, essentially stole the throne from Richard II and his chosen heir Edmund Mortimer Earl of March. 

This paved the events leading to the Wars of the Roses which pitted members of the Plantagenet Dynasty against each other. Family intrigue, warring relations, and changing loyalties marked one of the bloodiest chapters in British history.

The red rose became the symbol of House Plantagenet who descended from John of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster, the third son of Edward III. While the House of York can trace its origins from Lionel Duke of Clarence and Edmund Duke of York, the second and fourth sons of Edward III. The Yorks were recognized by the white rose.

Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen

The cast of characters in George RR Martin's epic fantasy series can be traced to personages who were prominent in English History during the 15th Century.

Who says that History can't be entertaining? If it's handled superbly by a master storyteller, historical events have been proven to be a huge source of material for TV shows and movies.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock and His Blonde Muses

Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock had an affinity for casting blonde beauties in his movies. He famously had bizarre relationships with his leading ladies. His movie career spanned more than 40 years, it garnered him numerous awards and nominations both in Hollywood and in the United Kingdom. In an earlier blog post, I talked about Hitchcock never having won an Academy Award despite five nominations for Best Director.

Read: Alfred Hitchcock never won a Best Director Oscar

Ingrid Bergman and Alfred Hitchcock

Thursday, April 27, 2017

13 Reasons Why You have to Eat in Gorliz Tapas y Vinos Cebu

I recently had the most satisfying and unforgettable lunch in Gorliz Tapas y Vinos. And at the end of it, I said to myself, why did I wait for so long to try this restaurant out.

I so loved the experience that I had with Gorliz that I've been recommending the place to my friends and colleagues. 

I've come up with 13 reasons why you have to try Gorliz Tapas y Vinos to make it easier to convince people to check out the restaurant in Streetscape, Maria Luisa road, Banilad. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Kayu Kitchen + Bar: Modern Cuisine Prepared with Passion

One of my favorite TV shows is Masterchef Australia. I can't believe how amateur cooks and chefs can come up with amazing dishes using unusual ingredients. Their creations were restaurant-quality and something that we don't normally experience when dining in Cebu.

Nutella Cheesecake-  Hazelnut Nutella Truffle, Candied Hazelnuts, and Granola Crumbs

And so when I first entered Kayu, it was like walking into a California restaurant. It had that Napa Valley atmosphere to it. Dark wood interiors, hardwood table tops, artsy lighting, and the only thing missing was a fireplace. For some, the place might be intimidating, but for me it was cozy.