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Break

I asked permission from my boss early last week that I not come in today, one of those quick-fix days just to give the Rubic's Cube in my head some sort of order. First task of the day was to pay my credit card bill--a reasonable P500. Next was going to Starbucks Katipunan to meet Tuxqs, who graciously volunteered his free time to accompany me to a little talk sponsored by the UP Lingua Franca. The talk allowed me to share my insights, in some amourphous manner, about Philippine graphic novels.

I don't know how effective I was, or whether my blather bore any kind of weight, but I did my best. It's difficult to talk about Philippine graphic novels since there aren't a lot out there, moreso about an "industry" that hardly exists. And I'm the last person to approach for any kind of academic input. I hope the org can send me a little note about what went on, at least for me to know what to elaborate on if ever another talk like that comes up.

Later, Tuxqs …
Worlds Colliding

The third run of the Zaturnnah musical ended successfully last Sunday night. I was only able to attend the last show, and saw that the production added a few more gags and punchlines to keep up with the times. I like the idea that the musical seems to evolve with every run. If what Zee says is true, there may be a fourth run.

The last show was made even more surreal with the presence of Zsa Zsa Padilla, Rustom Padilla, Chokoleit and Pops Fernandez in the audience. They were accompanied by manager Arnold Vegafria, Regal matriarch Lily Monteverde and Roselle Monteverde-Teo. (The day before, director Joel Lamangan caught the show.) After the show, I exchanged pleasantries with Quark Henares, and I saw Tim Yap in the balcony section.

So Zaturnnah, Ada, Didi and Queen Femina of film-to-be sat there as Zaturnnah, Ada, Didi, and Queen Femina of theater did their darndest. It was the most surreal experience. So surreal that I found myself unable to approach them during the post-…
Zaturnnah Movie cast list (updated)

Zsazsa Zaturnnah - Zsa Zsa Padilla
Ada - Rustom Padilla
Didi - Chocoleit
Dodong - Alfred Vargas
Queen Femina Suarestellar Baroux - Pops Fernandez
Amazonistas - Giselle Sanchez, Tuesday Vargas, K Brosas, Maureen Larrazabal
Aling Britney - Bella Flores

Again, things can change. Though the first four characters are more or less settled. It's an interesting mix of personalities, IMHO.

Still on Zaturnnah: Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Michael L. Tan includes our gay superhero in his column today, entitled "Zsa Zsa vs MMDA."

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Career Change

Saw this gem on Gerry's blog. Who'd think British comedian Ricky Gervais (The Office) started out this way, in a blushing piece of 80s nostalgia? Click the link and check it out!
Epiphany from Manay Po (Part 2)

The stars soon arrived--Cherrie Pie Picache, Polo Ravales, Christian Vasquez, et al.--and screams erupted from the orchestra, very much like what you'd hear in those noontime variety shows. I couldn't imagine how manic it might have been outside when they promenaded down the red carpet.

Even as they waited in their seats for the movie to start, the fans in the orchestra stood, screamed and shrieked in some amorphous bid to gain a blessing or two from their idols. The press hovered about the stars and cameras rolled. Soon, plastic-wrapped t-shirts flew like a frenzied flock, followed by some scrambling for the prized souvenirs. Gwyn and I proceeded with our celphone gameplaying.

The proceedings took a calm turn when the opening credits played, only to be broken again by more shrieks punctuating the appearance of a big star's name. Then more shrieks as the said star first appears in the movie. It was only later that the fans slowly started to pay…
Zsa Zsa ipinalit kay Rufa Mae sa ‘Zaturnnah’ role

The following article segment is by Rowena Agilada, and appears in Tempo.

RUFA Mae Quinto doesn’t feel bad na hindi na siya ang gaganap sa lead role ng Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, entry ng Regal Entertainment sa Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines. Balitang si Zsa Zsa Padilla ang ipinalit kay Rufa. "Siguro may dahilan kaya hindi sa akin napunta ang project.

May filmfest entry na rin naman ako at gagawin ko ang Short Time under Virgin Pictures. At saka, di ba, hindi pwedeng dalawa ang festival movies ng isang artista?" Rufa said sa kanyang thanksgiving party for the press held at Ten Tita’s sa Gateway Mall.

Napalitan na rin ang direktor ng Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah at si direk Joel Lamangan na ang mamamahala nito na originally ay si Mark Meily. Ani Rufa, huwag nang gawing isyu kung napalitan siya sa naturang movie, although inamin niyang gustung-gusto sana niya ang naturang project.
Zsazsa no longer Rufa but Zsazsa instead?

The following article segment is by Bayani San Diego Jr., and appears in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

A NEW DIRECTOR IS NOW ATTACHED TO the movie version of Carlo Vergara’s comic book, “Ang Kagilagilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah.”“Zsazsa,” which is produced by Regal Entertainment, is among the approved 10 entries in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.MMFF Best Director Joel Lamangan (“Mano Po”) takes over the director’s chair, vacated by another MMFF Best Director Mark Meily (“Crying Ladies”).This development was confirmed by Meily, Lamangan and Regal producer Lily Monteverde.- - - - - - - - - - - - -
Lamangan divulged that “everything is still up in the air, when it comes to the cast.”

“There is a chance that the cast will be changed,” Monteverde concurred. “Casting is always dependent on the director’s recommendations. As of now, Zsazsa Padilla might get the role back.”

Originally, Kris Aquino was cast as “Zsazsa.” After Aq…
Zsazsa Zaturnnah in Magic 10

The following article segment is by Bayani San Diego Jr., and appears in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

"A 14-man selection and screening committee headed by chair and Marikina City Training Director Julie Borje, formally presented on Wednesday the list of the movies to Bayani Fernando, chair of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and overall chair of the MMFF executive committee.

The MMDA is the agency tasked to oversee the annual two-week festival of Filipino films that will run in December.

Among the films chosen were “Enteng Kabisote 3” from Octo Arts; “Tanging Pamilya” and “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo,” Star Cinema; “Zsazsa Zaturnnah,” “Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di,” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll 8,” Regal Films; “Short Time,” Virgin Pictures, “Karma” (formerly “Pagkagat ng Dilim”), Canary Films; Batang Maynila, CM Films; and “Tatlong Baraha” by Violett Films."