Thursday, December 31, 2009

Review: Avatar (2009)

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

I immensely enjoyed watching the film, especially on IMAX. =) The computer generated animation blended seamlessly with the live shots.

The story is somewhat similar to Pocahontas... a foreigner entered the forest in search of wealth, and then fell in love with the Chief's daughter and her people. He helped them to save their land from the onslaught of his people. But this is where the stories diverge: in Pocahontas' story, the man went back home; in Avatar, the man became part of the people.

The James Cameron film and the Disney cartoon have one message: we have to save the world we live in.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Growing kitties

three months after their first photo op... and i don't have names for them yet!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Biker at the drive thru

This is the first time I've encountered a bicycle-rider at the drive thru (picture taken at the Jollibee branch near Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Calamba). 


Must try it myself sometime.

It beats being stuck in traffic and it reduces the carbon footprint... although the best alternative is really to just dine in. That's because Jollibee has started using washable plates, tumblers, and cutlery for diners. Styrofoam and plastic are now used mainly for take aways.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Trooping to the UPLB Nativity display

Malapit na maging December 14th...

After the Big Show at IRRI, we trooped to the UPLB gate to have their photo moment by the Christmas tree and the belen. The models were all game even at the late hour. =) That's a wrap, people!

Yes, the Jazz was parked behind the gym, but the key was in the office...

IRRI 50th ANIbersaryo: Snippets from the Big Show

Gabi na, pero December 13th pa rin. =) Wally and Jose kept the crowd laughing. IRRI and Laguna talents also graced the stage. But those who waited patiently had a great surprise: Karylle, Christian Bautista, and the Mocha Girls were there, and we had no idea! What a way to kick off IRRI's 50th anniversary.

IRRI 50th ANIbersaryo: Family Day (2009)

December 13th. Jugglers, magicians, and stiltmen peppered the IRRI sports grounds as IRRI employees brought their families for this special event.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

IRRI Awards for Length of Service

A big chunk of the Grain Quality staff received awards this year. The most loyal of the Grain Quality people is Tita Dory, who has accumulated 30 years of service to IRRI and to the rice-eating population of the world.

The concerted efforts of this year's awardees mitigated potential food crises around the world for more than three decades. Their work does not stop though, and new blood is pouring in to help improve food security in the face of more challenging environments and climate conditions. =)

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Gift: The Concert

December 15, 2009

Photo credits go to Leo Ocampo, Donald Villanueva, and Yuan Custodio

The Gift: Backstage pass

Rehearsals leading to the concert. From the Plant Prep Room in Hemmi to Room C in Umali, to the Havener Auditorium. Photos mainly captured by Ching Habito.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

GQNPC Christmas Party 2009

We had a lunch get-together at the Post-harvest office on December 16. The wild rice casserole was great!

Ronchie and Digi's wedding reception

December 18, 2009. Josephine's, Tagaytay City

James took most of the pictures as Noah and I held hosting duties. Had a great time catching up with college friends. Sabi ni Ronchie, "looking forward to our reunions and your weddings" na siya.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Gift: A Benefit Concert

Talents from the IRRI gene pool converged for a cause: to help colleagues in need. =)

Congratulations to everyone who made this project possible.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bye, Ate Digna

Ate Digna has joined Our Lord yesterday, after more than a year of combatting the big C. My condolences to her family. You will sorely be missed. 

This photo was taken of her and husband, Kuya Ferdie, at the Botanical Garden in UPLB in 2007.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

When Cesar Married Sally: 30 Years na!

My parents are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary today. Anna and I won't be joining in the celebrations for the fifth time in a row, but nevertheless, we greet them: