Caffeine Fix: Davao

Little boy borrowed my camera while we sampled Bluegre’s Durian Coffee. Durian, on its own, is already one thick, creamy confection that catwalks perfection between bitterness and sugary heaven. Given you’ve been dealt premium grade stuff–getting one when it’s barely ripe or simply not the variety for you translates to disaster. Anyway, wasn’t this a post on coffee? Durian…

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Five For Fighting

Five for fighting seemed a clever title earlier when I was thinking of what to call this post. At past midnight, though, trivialities can appear overly clever. Like, for example: Five For Fighting. When I think of a better one, it will change. One afternoon, stuck in a bookshop had me amassing books. Part of my mind…

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Dapitan: In your spare time, draw fish.

Colours will distract you some days and they’re captivating enough to count as valid nutrition sources. Think photography, for me, has always involved tiptoeing lines between light and shadow; it’s a time-consuming exercise and a healthy distraction that sometimes serves it’s purpose, drawing in cash when necessary. Myriad of hues with it’s hint of comedy,…

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Life in choice photography.

Turns out the blog had been running itself in my absence. Thanks for all the new follows and comments, I will try my best to answer the queries. For those who need their answers ASAP, take note that all this is built on research. A bit of my material is taken from http://books.google.com/, gems you will…

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Patricia Kyle Gillera Mendoza : Portfolio 2013

Thought to update this for those who’ve been asking. Also, yes, it’s my responsibility to keep this portfolio updated after all. The nifty image of me shot by the lovely, Faye Seña of the Boys in Skirts Club. Links, CV and other details are available upon request. Please leave a comment to make a request. Thank you!…

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Paubari’s Third Son: Dumalapdap

I’d been itching to make this… finally got the time to do it today. If you see an awkward resemblance between Dumalapdap and Vincent Valentine from the Final Fantasy series then you’re just imagining things. Shortly after Humadapnon left their home to seek revenge on Saragnayan’s family and followers, Dumalapdap embarked on a quest of…

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E3S: 2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

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Ten.

Ten Secrets. We’ll be counting down to one in the next days. I’ll have to talk about 10 secrets and It’s been difficult, haven’t I laid out everything in this blog?–Or I assume too much? Also, I’ll try to relate them to recent events, in the spirit of the previous post. Here it goes: 1. Color –…

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A fashionable 16th Century warrior-prince from the Visayas.

I’m recalling our lessons back at the academy and remembering how our Professor told us: “Warriors were amongst the elite classes, status came hand-in-hand with corresponding responsibilities.” It’s interesting to note how the times have changed. On Clothing… The bahag or G-string was the most basic of clothes, along with the malong or the tube…

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The Visayan preoccupation with hair.

Whether male or female, the Filipinos kept their hair long. Cutting one’s hair was a manifestation of deep mourning or punishment. It was only when the Spanish arrived that short hair was encouraged to further ‘tame’ the natives. When a Visayan saw another with short hair, they would commonly exclaim: “Inalotan ka!” To say that…

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Historical accounts of cat-fights.

It doesn’t really show, but I do like fashion accessories–they’re almost as interesting as hand-wraps and mouth guards–and mostly I admire these trinkets for the effort placed into their creation or the sheer novelty of the idea that it sells. While doing some research for Hinilawod comic character costumes, I was quite relieved to find…

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Gold in the mouth.

Ancient Visayans had a form of decorative dentistry: filed or stained teeth. Ancient Visayans believed that this practice differentiated them from wild animals, whose teeth were bare and white. Anipay root would be chewed to give them a black color. At times tapul, a tar-based coating, would be applied to the teeth to make them look…

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Epic of the Three Stars 13

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page This reminds me of the days back at the academy. There are lessons that, I think, are etched into me. As much as I’ve tried to incorporate Langka Silat and Dumog into this, I think it still falls short of the actual beauty of the…

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Epic of the Three Stars 12

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 12 of Epic of the Three Stars I’m rereading our notes on How Should We Then Live. It’s always interesting, I’ll just update this post later for some interesting points. Chapter 1 of Epic of the Three Stars is almost done!

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Epic of the Three Stars 11

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 11 of Epic of the Three Stars. This reminds me of a saying that I, more or less, live by: “When the emotions are alive, the brain goes dead.” Come on Anna, stop doing a Sun Tzu on the poor boy. Labaw Donggon’s frontal cortex…

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Epic of the Three Stars 10

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 10 of Epic of the Three Stars with a hint of color! Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page I have to constantly keep myself from posting all of the pages at once. This is a test of patience for me and you. Please bear with it. Working on the Hinilawod comics…

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Epic of the Three Stars 09

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 09 of Epic of the Three Stars. Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page I have about five more pages to elaborate on this scene, keep tuned in. Anna may not be as strong as Labaw Donggon but she makes up for it with speed–and look at that hair!…

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Epic of the Three Stars 08

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 08 of Epic of the Three Stars. Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page I’m almost done with this chapter! Labaw Donggon does seem like a waste of a perfectly capable warrior! Where has all the silat action gone?! Let’s get this over and done with so we can have…

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Epic of the Three Stars 07

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 07 of Epic of the Three Stars. Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page This is getting more difficult to write with every page that comes along. Oh, Labaw, aren’t you a poet?–If you do come across some books on the Hinilawod Epic (I’ve read those by F. Landa Jocano)…

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