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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Aze Ong: I am living with monsters

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)
Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition
Two weeks of staying at home except for attending mass on Sundays, I've come out of hibernation to pay my quarterly tax and see two exhibits. Last Sunday, Padre Pio's heart arrived in Davao City for a four-day visit. From the airport, it was transported to ADDU Matina for the first mass and public veneration. In the evening, there was a procession to San Pedro Cathedral.

After lunch yesterday, I started for the church, but the line ended about 50 meters from the main gate. It was 1PM, the sun was scorching directly up and the line was not moving so I decided to come back later. At 3PM, the line reached farther down the street, although this time we were shaded by the buildings, dark clouds were covering the sun, there was a cool breeze, and the line was moving faster.

Lines at San Pedro Cathedral
Then I went straight to Aze Ong's thread art exhibit at Art Portal Gallery, where a friend of mine also works as a curator. I only intended to stay for 30 minutes, but I have not seen and talked to my friend for eight months, so... Then finally it poured after several days (maybe weeks) of false hopes. Yay!

For those who want to visit, the exhibit will run until November 10, 2018 at:
Art Portal Gallery for Contemporary Art,
Paseo de Legaspi, 115 P. Pelayo St., Davao City


This is a short description about the artist and the exhibit:
What kinds of monsters are you living with?
Manila-based visual and performance artist Aze Ong contends with monsters in homes and in the artworld in her upcoming exhibition I AM LIVING WITH MONSTERS in Davao's Art Portal, Gallery for Contemporary Art from October 12 – November 10, 2018.
Known for her installative crocheted works, Aze Ong uses fiber as medium in creating amorphous shapes to meditate on the discomfort of dwelling in limited spaces, the lack of privacy, and the chaotic soundscape of urban dwelling, as well as issue a proposition in an artworld that has long consigned the practice of crocheting and the use of fiber as feminized domestic labor.
The exhibition is curated by Laya Boquiren.
Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Netflix Take Two

The last time I tried Netflix was to watch the Gilmore Girls revival in 2016. With that free month, I was also able to watch Sherlock and some Doctor Who episodes, among others.

Last August, I was offered the free month again and would not have signed up if not for the movie To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Whereas in 2016 I only played on a laptop, this time I tried it on the television, which I found out was not a good idea because then I got hooked. My watch list reached more than 50 films and series. How could I watch all of that within the free month? So, yeah, in the end I continued my subscription.

Caiaphas, A.D. The Bible Continues
Caiaphas, A.D. The Bible Continues

The best thing I got from it yet was A.D. Kingdom and Empire a.k.a. The Bible Continues. I've always loved Biblical films and was usually updated on new releases, but this one I was not familiar with. It might be because I did not bother to watch Son of God or The Bible miniseries for the sole reason that I was not "feeling" the actor playing Christ. So I watched the series with my father, and with no expectations whatsoever.

AD is a continuation of The Bible miniseries. It depicts the events after the death of Christ and follows three groups of people: Pilate and the Romans, Caiaphas and the Pharisees, and the Disciples. It is based on the Acts of the Apostles, which is a term to mean some liberties were taken to add or subtract from the book. That's how films usually are.

The best part of this series was how the characters were presented. They cast actors of different nationalities and colors, which was fine, although I admit it sometimes distracted me from the story.

Pilate, who is usually portrayed somewhat fair, was in this a very cruel man. I've read that his character followed what real historical accounts of him are saying. Then there was Caiaphas, who was a person torn between the Roman law, the law of Moses, and the safety of his people. Couple that with a great actor and you've got a very intriguing character that will make you feel for him. Peter was also a highlight and maybe one of the best portrayals I've seen so far. His costume though... I couldn't take my eyes off his legs. Out of all people there, he was the only one wearing a tunic that hangs above his knees!

Saul before conversion A.D. The Bible Continues
Saul before conversion
My favorite in this, however, is Saul. The only other time I've seen a Saul or Paul in a film was in a late 90s miniseries called St. Paul. Looking back through YouTube videos, the 90s Saul was a bit muted compared to THIS Saul. In AD, Saul was scarily strong-willed, harsh, intelligent, full of conviction, extremely passionate about his beliefs, and zealous about his cause you could feel his hate of the Christians in your bones. In other words, the perfect candidate for a leader and preacher. Credits must go to the man who played him, Irish actor Emmett J. Scanlan.

Then I found out AD was cancelled years ago... oh well. Too bad.

The second good thing about Netflix is the wide range of series related to Architecture, Design, Real Estate, Gardening, and Food. It's a haven of informative lifestyle shows you can play anytime or in the background while doing something else. Compared with having cable at home, I think Netflix is a cheaper and better alternative. (But that's just me convincing myself that I made the right decision.)

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P.S. Look, I even found these books in a secondhand bookstore!

I, Saul and AD The Bible Continues books

Friday, April 27, 2018

Celebrities who look alike - Batch 5

My last celebrity look-alike post was back in 2013, and I have accumulated a lot in my list that it was necessary to discard some, mostly because they did not look the same now or because I forgot who they were. So without further ado, here's batch five of celebrities who look alike:

Natalie Wood and Anna Friel
Natalie Wood and Anna Friel
Hilary Duff and Marla Sokoloff
Hilary Duff and Marla Sokoloff
Mary Louise Parker and Kaya Scodelario
Mary Louise Parker and Kaya Scodelario
Keira Knightley and Katie McGrath
Keira Knightley and Katie McGrath
Orlando Bloom and Jon Foo
Orlando Bloom and Jon Foo (Asian Orlando Bloom)
Alan Rickman and Ronan Vibert
Alan Rickman and Ronan Vibert
James Spader and Jensen Ackles
James Spader and Jensen Ackles
Josh Hutcherson and Nathan Gamble
Josh Hutcherson and Nathan Gamble when they were kids.

And for the Asian (mostly Korean) celebrities:

Shin Min-ah and Minho (of Shinee) could play siblings
Shin Min-ah and Minho (of Shinee) could play siblings...
Donghae and Amber
...as well as Donghae (Super Junior) and Amber of f(x).
Sandeul and Jang Hyuk
Sandeul and Jang Hyuk
I might be the only one who sees this, but Sandeul (B1A4) reminds me of Jang Hyuk, especially Bright Girl-era Jang Hyuk. The resemblance may be more of their expressions, I don't know, but I just SEE it. It can also be because they're both from Busan.

Yoo Seung Ho and Yesung
Yoo Seung Ho and Yesung (Super Junior)
This clip of Yesung (right photo) from their No Other music video is exactly that "aha" moment.

Leeteuk  and Toma Ikuta and Tamaki Hiroshi
Leeteuk (Super Junior)  and Toma Ikuta and Tamaki Hiroshi
Thankfully, someone else made this image. I got tired of looking for the perfect photos.

Previously:
Celebrities who look alike - Batch 4
Celebrities who look alike - Batch 3
Celebrities who look alike - Batch 2
Celebrities who look alike - Batch 1