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What if humans and the supernatural used to co-exist in Manila? That’s the initial premise of Trese, an animated series on Netflix based on a comics series written by Budjette Tan and illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo.


Netflix already announced that they are ending the series with Season 4 but hinted that they would come up with a spin-off set in the same Castlevania universe with an entirely new cast of characters without Warren Ellis, the show’s creator and writer.

Salvi: Ang Pagpadayon (Salvi: The Journey Continues)

This is my first time to watch a regional film from the Visayas, one of the featured films in the 4th Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Salvi: Ang Pagpadayon (Salvi: The Journey Continues) is a 2013 independent Hiligaynon film (with English subtitles) written and directed by T.M. Malones.

RPG Metanoia

RPG Metanoia is the first full-length Filipino 3D animated film and one of the official entries in the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival written and directed by Luis C. Suarez

Markova: Comfort Gay

Is an LGBTQ film shown in 2000 still relevant after twenty years? This is what I’ve asked myself when I learned that Markova: Comfort Gay is one of the 170 films featured in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Festival) in its digitally restored and re-mastered form.

4th Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino: #SamaAll

Now on its fourth year, as the world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino will be running from 31 October to 13 December 2020 instead of its usual week-long run via its FDCP Channel online, showcasing more than 170 Filipino films consisting of 80 short films and 90 full length features, across different genres.

Next In Fashion

It can be compared to Project Runway, as this is a reality TV competition among fashion designers. But their differences are what made me like this series.

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The Irishman

Having these three veteran actors plus an award-winning film director in one movie is already a treat. Never mind the 3 hours 48 minutes, the whole story deserved that length. At first, one may think that the Taxi Driver meets Goodfellas and then The Godfather. But this is based from a true story and Sheeran’s actions may have answered Hoffa’s long-unsolved disappearance.

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The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story

The Boy Band Con is a US documentary film produced by *NSYNC’s Lance Bass. The film shows the career and legacy of Lou Pearlman, the man behind the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, etc. and the frauds he committed until his death in prison.

Hong Kong Style Noodles

The first time I tasted Hong Kong Style Noodles was sometime 2006 or 2007. If my memory serves me right, this is the first of its kind and other brands of stir-fried noodles followed suit.


Recently, I went to a 7-Eleven store and found different varieties of Snickers. I fancied to take one of each to taste them all and here’s what I can say.

Bone in the Throat

Anthony Bourdain’s Bone in the Throat his first fictional novel about a sous chef and his uncle who belonged to the mob, living in Manhattan’s Little Italy.

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Casting JonBenet

Casting JonBenet is a 2017 documentary film by Kitty Green about the JonBenet Ramsey murder case in 1996 and the actors’ thoughts about her death and its investigation.

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The Keepers

The Keepers is a 2017 documentary by Ryan White about the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik in Baltimore sometime in November 1969.

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Audrie & Daisy

Audrie & Daisy is a 2016 American documentary film that tells about two stories of teenage rape cases whose victims were under the influence of alcohol.

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Dumb Witness

Hercule Poirot received a letter from someone named Miss Emily Arundell from Market Basing. The letter was dated 17th of April but he received it on the 28th of June. Poirot already found it strange, and its content disturbing.

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Cat Among the Pigeons

I found it unusual that Hercule Poirot appeared past the story’s midpoint. But then again, with Poirot investigating, everyone in the school becomes a suspect.

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The Heart of an Assassin

A professional assassin, a mafia family, the FBI and the NYPD… mix them up in intelligence and counter-intelligence, you get a page-turner of a novel.

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Espresso Shot

In this series, Clare’s ex-husband Matteo is getting married to Breanne. Clare gets hired to provide gourmet coffee for the wedding reception. But a Breanne look-alike dancer was shot dead after Matteo’s bachelor party and Clare is willing to be Shirley Holmes.

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The Last Call

An action-packed story that hooked me at the beginning until the end. A good, entertaining, and educational read (a little history of Texas included).

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

This is the third novel to feature Hercule Poirot as the lead detective. It was originally a fifty-four part series in the London Evening News in 1925 under the title, Who Killed Ackroyd?

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The Face of a Stranger

The novel is the first of the William Monk detective series set during the Victorian era right after the Crimean War. A detective story plus a historical fiction would be a nice combination.

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The CBS Murders

The title “CBS Murders” was a misnomer. The crime was initially thought to be a crime against journalists, because three employees from a broadcasting network died.

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What would the world be like after a virus that originated from a dormouse spread and killed millions of people instantly and left some ‘resisters’ (those who were infected by the virus yet are still alive)?

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On What Grounds

The first book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series centers on Claire Cosi, a manager of The Village Blend and the case of her assistant, Annabelle Hart, a graceful dancer, who tripped over and lay unconscious on the floor due to a “misstep”. Firestorm cover and rating

Danger.Com @2 – Firestorm

The story is about a high school student Randy Kincaid who enters a chat room and meets other characters by their aliases. It is fast-paced, entertaining, and reflective of the youth during the early years of the Internet.


Clannad is a fantasy-drama anime film based on the graphic novel of the same title.

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Pee Mak

Pee Mak became a vehicle for the director to lampoon about Thai myths and culture even mentioning familiar names in pop culture despite its 19th century era.

A Mind to Murder

Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh discovered that there were different motives to murder Miss Bolam and almost all doctors and employees in that clinic were suspected.

Ordeal By Innocence

The title itself is proper. All the innocents had to suffer an ordeal during those trying times. This is the first Christie novel I’ve read and I was amazed on how she revealed the murderer at the end.

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Searching for Lincoln’s Ghost

It is a coming of age novel about Andrea “Andi” Powell who reminisce her experiences during her sixth grade at Lincoln Elementary School. A good memoir written in the first person point of view about growing up as a twelve-year-old girl in 1966.

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Doctored Evidence

The novel depicts the city of Venice — the place, the food, and the corruption in government. And despite the negative effect of corruption, one man still upholds the good.

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Comrades: Almost A Love Story

Leon Lai plays Li Xiao Jun, a naive immigrant from mainland China who desires to make it big in Hong Kong so he could bring his fiance there. Maggie Cheung plays Li Quiao, an enterprising immigrant who takes advantage of helping people from mainland China.

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And Then There Were None

The story is about ten people of different professions and social status who received an unusual invitation from a certain millionaire named U.N. Owen. The invitation requires them to stay for a week in a private island called Indian Island.

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Blood & Circumstance

I stumbled upon this 2014 film on iFlix. Based on a 2006 novel by Frank Turner Hollon, the movie received the “Best of D.C.” award at the D.C. Independent Film Festival.

Through the Grinder

It centers on Claire Cosi who manages The Village Blend, a coffeehouse in New York City. However, as the business booms, customers are dying. A good romantic mystery plus doses of knowledge on coffee and recipes.

Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest)

This is one of the reasons why I prefer watching foreign films than Hollywood. Less effects, just pure story of human character. The movie played on the who’s-smarter-than-who game. And the film played it so well at the end.

The Happy Mind

The topic of happiness can be very subjective. For one, people have different concepts, different perceptions on how we achieve happiness.

Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata

Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata tackles love, revenge, treachery, punishment, Filipinos against Filipinos. It boils down to the tagline written on the cover: lahat tayo hati, ‘di nga lang nakakalipad ang iba (we are all divided, but not all can fly).

Mr. Holmes

It’s 1947, Sherlock Holmes is 93 years old, long-time retired, and living in a rural farm with his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, and her son, Roger.

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The Girl With the Phony Name

After looking for MacAlpins and Trelaines in all phone books that she could grab (only to find they’re dead end clues), Lucy MacAlpin Trelaine finally receives a call from someone named Robert MacAlpin claiming to be her father.

Take Me

Take Me

The film is about Ray Moody’s business, Kidnap Solutions, LLC. It is an 8-hour abduction that provides alternative therapy for his clients. People call him to kidnap them mainly to traumatize them or scare them out of their addiction, weight gain, or whatever personal problem it might be.



After many decades of Archie comics (including the cartoons), it was refreshing to see a new take on the characters. However, if you’re a fan of Archie comics, cartoons, and all of its spin-offs, you may (or may not) like Riverdale.

Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress

The film tells the life story of Chiyoko and how she got the key and lost it. It started when, as a teenager, she met a a painter and revolutionary rebel whom she helped escape from the authorities. It was this stranger who gave her that key. They promised each other that they will meet someday. Chiyoko held on that promise and the only way for her to track down the stranger is to become an actress.

48 Hours – A City of London Thriller

48 Hours – A City of London Thriller

Josh Hammond worked as a financial adjuster in London. One day, he received a text message from someone named Bob. The text message was, “If you don’t pay me £250,000.00 in the next 48 hours you will die”.

Murder On Cue

Murder On Cue

Before everyone points an accusing finger at her, Josh decides to play the role of a sleuth. After all, everyone around Harriet — from Harriet’s family down to the stage manager — has a motive to murder, if given the right opportunity.

Diary of a Serial Killer

Diary of a Serial Killer

Reece, a mailman who wants to become an author, comes up with a plan to write a first-person account of a serial killer by becoming a serial killer himself. In short, he kills in the name of research to come up with a “Diary of a Serial Killer.”

Shimmer Lake

Shimmer Lake

The story is a bank robbery gone wrong told backwards, one day at a time. So the narrative started on a Friday, and it referred that the bank robbery happened on a Tuesday.

The Last Assassination

The Last Assassination

As the title suggests, The Last Assassination by James E. Doucette is a hard-to-put-down thriller that fits the genre. It tells about a father who uses his connections and military skills to get his son out of a predicament.

Going Gone

Going Gone

Going Gone by Abraham Lopez is an anthology, a set of 12 different stories, which pictures a domino-effect destruction of a country like the United States and the American society as a whole.

2020 A Simply Divine Mystery

2020 – A Simply Divine Mystery

2020 – A Simply Divine Mystery, written by Lee Raudonis, runs on the premise “What if the USA is governed by devout Christians and proposing a constitutional amendment making the New Testament as the basis of all civil laws?”

Twisted Threads

Twisted Threads

The novel meets my expectation of what a suspense thriller should be. The author was able to manage the multiple characters which provide the substantial sub-plots. Despite the multiple characters, I can still root for Akira as the main character.

Heneral Luna

Heneral Luna

This film reminds us of patriotism and selflessness. With the coming elections, one couldn’t help but think of the mistakes committed in the past that brought us to the present.

Snoopy Tennis

Snoopy Tennis

This game just brings nostalgia to me. I’ve seen how video games evolved through the years and this is my first exposure to gaming.

The Mystery of Flight 2222

The Mystery of Flight 2222

The two characters met on a plane bound to Buenos Aires on Air USA Flight 2222 and sat beside each other. To beat boredom from a ten-hour flight, the two play a game. They pick seven random people on the plane, guess their names, professions, and anything about their lives.



Be sure to remember where you’ve been because it could be very confusing at times, especially if you have to go back to that place again. For those navigationally challenged, better keep on saving the game once you’re in a new place.



The intriguing concept of religion and spirituality in a fiction can become cerebral to a reader who wants to read fiction to be entertained primarily.

The Crown

The Crown

What I liked in this series was the way the creators humanizes the Royal Family and how they were limited by their stature, their traditions, and their Constitution and laws.

Hot Ones Philippines

Hot Ones Philippines

True to its tagline, “The show with hot questions and even hotter wings,” the questions range from professional to personal. Some questions are even intimate or delicate that you seldom see or hear on a regular interview.

Bird Box

Bird Box

This film has intrigued me for a few good reasons: it stars Sandra Bullock, it has an intriguing premise, and it is based on a novel.

Ellen Degeneres: Relatable

Ellen Degeneres: Relatable

The show started with Ellen’s anecdote about returning to stand-up comedy. The friend she referred to as a “he” asked, “Do you think you’re still relatable?”

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong

The gameplay of this Game & Watch version is the first stage of the arcade version and I don’t have that idea.

The Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles

The sleigh crashes, the reindeers flee, Santa’s hat and the bag of presents are lost, and Santa has until sunrise to distribute the gifts. And he only has two siblings who are not getting along well.

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