Author: Mina Deocareza

San Sebastian Church in Photos

I still remember the first time I learned about San Sebastian Basilica, more commonly known as San Sebastian Church. It was in the late 90s. My mother and I were on a jeepney bound for Quiapo when she pointed to the direction of San Sebastian Recoletos and told me that behind that school was a beautiful church. It was, according to her, famous among soon-to-weds and photographers. Later on, I’d learn from textbooks that it was actually an architectural masterpiece. I don’t know why, but I hadn’t really had a chance to set foot in this church until I joined a guided tour organized by the San Sebastian Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc. last July for an article at WhenInManila.com. Now here are some of the photos I took during the tour: You can read my the complete WhenInManila.com feature here. Advertisements

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Kita Kong May Mali sa ‘Kita Kita’

Ang ganda sana ng Kita Kita. Bukod sa maganda yung mismong lokasyon kung saan kinunan ang mga eksena, nagustuhan ko rin ang mga linya rito. At syempre, di maitatangging cute din ang ilang mga eksena, lalo na iyong mga lambingan at kulitan nina Tonyo at Lea. Naiyak din ako sa pelikulang ito. Biruin mo ba naman, biglang namatay si Tonyo kung kelan nakakikita nang muli si Lea. Malungkot naman talaga ‘yun, kahit sino pa siguro yung naroon sa sitwasyong iyon. Pero hindi sapat ang lahat ng mga ito para basta-basta ko na lang palampasin ang isang bagay na pakiramdam ko ay isang pagkakamali ng obrang ito: ang katotohanang stalker si Tonyo at hindi ito okey. Hindi raw kailangan ng kaibigan ni Lea, kaya ‘wag na siyang guluhin pero hindi pa rin siya tumigil. Sus. Pamilyar na pamilyar yung linya ni kuya. Parang yung script lang ng mga loko-lokong nangungulit na gustong makipag-textmate o makipagkaibigan kuno sa akin, lalo na noong teenager pa ako. Yung tipong nanghuhula ng numerong tatawagan at pag nabosesan nilang babae yung …

Marian Aims to Inspire Other Women With Snow Crystal White Tomato

Marian Rivera is definitely one of the biggest stars we have today. ¬†Yet, no matter how famous she is, Marian remains humble. In fact, she isn’t ashamed to admit that she herself faces some challenges not only as a human being but also as a woman. I learned about some of these when I attended the launch of Vida Nutriscience’s Snow Crystal White Tomato held at the New World Hotel in Makati last July 27. Marian was also officially welcomed as the product’s endorser in the said event. During the event, Marian shared how she began her journey in the show business–from joining pageants as a child and as a teenager to doing some TV commercials that eventually led to more and bigger opportunities. She also revealed that she used to dream of being a teacher. However, when she had an idea that she’d be able to make more people happy as an actress, she took the plunge. And she’s been so happy since. Marian Rivera for Snow Crystal White Tomato from Mina Deocareza on …

How do you remember someone you barely know?

First, try to gather whatever memories you have of him, regardless of how brief or how faded they may seem. These may include the last meal you had together, even if you can barely remember how lovely the smile on his face was. Sure, even if you can no longer remember his face. You may also include the last song he sang along to, perhaps while you were on your last trip together. Can’t remember how is voice sounded like? It’s fine. Make do with what you have. When in doubt, think about the last conversation you had. Specifics not required; a broad idea of what your topic was will do, since yes, you have to make do with what you have. Then, spin these memories in countless ways possible. Use your imagination; the possibilities are endless. Inside your head, re-imagine these fragments. You may even choose your own adventure. Last meal? Maybe he was having fried chicken that time. Yes, right! Because according to your mother, they had plenty of fried chicken when they …