No Easy Day

Last Wednesday night, I got a text message from Geo of Fully Booked Rockwell, informing me that my pre-order title “No Easy Day” by Mark Owen is now ready for pick up. Yehey!

I have been excited to read this book since Sep 04, when it was published in the US amidst the controversy it generated due to the topic it delves into. The book is about a Navy Seal’s experience during the capture and eventual killing of Osama bin Laden last year in Pakistan.

I finished reading the book in three days because it is just 300 pages. Very gripping. It is the number 1 book at Amazon bestsellers list today.

When I pick up my copy at the bookstore, the staff told me that they only have 7 copies and that all are reserved. No extra copy for the shelf. Lucky me, I am one of the first in the Philippines to actually read it.

Below is the movie of Kathryn Bigelow about the same topic. It will come out in December, in time for the awards season.


Ang Nawawala.

I saw Marie Jamora’s “Ang Nawawala” last night in SM Megamall.It has that feel wherein you suspect the director/writer wrote the story really for you. You can connect to the protagonist in one way or the other.

I want to stand up and jump in my seat! It was the best coming-of-age Filipino film in a while.

If you still haven’t seen it, Loser. By the way, where can I get the soundtrack? It is amazing.


I Do Bidoo Bidoo

Manny Pangilinan said that “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” is better than Mamma Mia. I think that its closest American film is Across The Universe, featuring the songs of The Beatles. They are both flamboyant, colorful, and over the top. Mamma Mia is fun, too but maybe because it was first a stage musical (and not a film musical itself) makes it look square and limited.

I still have to find a Filipino musical that I enjoyed before but I cannot remember. I love musicals, and a Filipino musical featuring the songs of Apo Hiking Society makes it really special.

I heard about this project months before when Rogue magazine said that Chris Martinez is cooking a Pinoy musical inspired by the songs of APO. The finished output did not fail our expectations—you see, even Jim Paredes raves about it on Twitter. He watched the film so many times, and asks the director to make a sequel right away.

It is easy to fall in love with the movie. The universal premise on love, and its homage to Pinoy culture, makes it relatable to the audience. I, for one, is familiar with the songs of APO so I appreciate the movie more.

It is now on its second week in cinemas, so please do catch it if you can. I guarantee you, it is worth your money and time.