15 Outstanding Pinoy Short Films of 2015

Skilty Labastilla While many Filipino film buffs agree that we are witnessing the third golden age of Philippine cinema courtesy of the thriving independent film scene brought about by the digital revolution since the mid-2000s, most of us only get to see the tip of that filmmaking iceberg, so to speak, which are the full-length films…

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My 15 favorite Pinoy movies of 2015

Skilty Labastilla In 2015, even if the popular Cinemalaya Film Festival took a leave of absence, other independent film festivals, both old and new, came up with quality offerings: Sinag Maynila, World Premieres Film Festival, QCinema, Cinema One Originals, and the Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Section, each served up at least one outstanding picture to satiate…

Jeremy will go to school!

A friend of mine who I have known since high school (25 years ago….yikes!) just shared a fundraising website to a group of friends. Her husband “Jeremy Smith, just found out that he got accepted into SUTROFOR (Sustainable Tropical Forestry), a 2 year Masters degree that is tough to get into. He applied for the…

Missing “Just Like Mother’s”

Tucked away in Forest Hills (Queens, NY) was a Polish restaurant named “Just Like Mother’s“. I thought that it was one of the best restaurants in Forest Hills. I used to live nearby and would go there sometimes for a Saturday or Sunday brunch–a plate of sauerkraut and mushroom pierogies, cheese and fruit blinztes or…

Shake Shack Burgers

I have only been to Shake Shack once in downtown Manhattan (215 Murray Street). It was full of the office crowd during their lunch hour break. The line was long, but it was definitely worth the wait. Just check out these cheeseburgers that I got! Yummy!