Saturday, September 13, 2014


I have to come clean. I am not the biggest Eraserheads fan. I didn’t really watch their concerts. I didn’t vote for their songs on the radio or request for them on TV. I didn’t want to sleep with any of them. Actually, there came a point when I decided to hate them because everyone loved them so much. I didn’t want to be like everyone. I wanted to be cool and I thought not liking what everyone was liking was cool.

Things didn’t change even when I was already working and got the chance to actually get near them. More of Ely Buendia, actually. I was there when he and his band Pupil launched a music video through Animax, one of the clients of the PR firm I was with some years ago.

Last month, I got to watch Ely and the band perform during the Live in Levi’s event. I bopped my head and did those cool nonchalant dance moves, but didn’t really scream like everyone surrounding me. In fact, when people tried to inch their way closer to the band I just let them and I just stayed where I was.

There was also one time I joined Ely’s table because his girlfriend was there and I'm good friends with her. And get this – I got to ride in his car. Hardcore Eheads fans would kill for something like that. And for me, it was… just okay. I mean I didn’t wish for it to last forever or anything like that.

But you know what, I can’t deny how the Eraserheads were a big part of my younger years. I actually had a copy of their debut album – in cassette tape form ha. And yes, I think I even got to memorize all of their songs (well, just those from the first album lang). I remember really liking the Fruitcake album and book, too. So while I am not their biggest fan, there’s no denying how they and their songs are special to me because they remind me of a certain time in my life. Certain Eraserheads songs would actually remind me of school or my first girlfriend or a male crush or our old house or my lola. Good memories.

Esquire Philippines just did something amazing – a lot of things, actually. They reunited the members, shot them in London, and put them on the cover of their September issue. They got the guys to record two new songs, too: “Sabado” and “1995.” Best of all, they mounted an event featuring all the band members on the same stage. That happened last September 4 at the Dusit Hotel, and everyone was there.

A documentary was shown. The music videos for the band’s two new songs were premiered.

And the band performed. Three songs. Just three songs, but the whole thing was amazing. Especially because there was talk that they weren’t really supposed to perform.

I was actually near the stage. I was part of the moshpit but didn’t really scream like everyone else. When the members went onstage, everyone took out their cameras and took photos and videos like crazy. I whipped out mine and took some and then realized I’d rather just watch and enjoy the guys. And I did. I didn’t sing along or shout or went cray, but I still enjoyed the whole thing.

I left a couple of minutes before their last song ended since I didn’t want to leave when everyone was leaving. I still ended up exiting when everyone was exiting coz I had to wait for my officemates. While waiting for our ride in one of the hotel’s exits (not the main one), something amazing happened: a very drunk Raimund Marasigan went out, complete with drink in hand and wine-stained polo. Expectedly, my officemates flocked to him and asked for a photo. I was the last one to join them but I positioned myself right beside Raimund and started taking selfies while the photographer took forever to take our photos. We also had a little chitchat, a semi-private one that’s gonna remain private for now LOLers.

And then the ride arrived.

Inside, everyone was giddy and on a high. Even me.

My copy of the September issue of Esquire magazine with the Eraserheads on the cover is still sealed in plastic and is inside my drawer. I haven’t had the time to read it, but I am allotting my weekend for enjoying the issue. That is if I don’t end up doing an America’s Next Top Model marathon again.

Actually, I think I’ll just borrow my officemate’s copy. I may not be the biggest Eheads fan but I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy reading the story. They’re a part of my younger years, after all.

As for my own Esquire copy, complete with the CD inside, of course, I think I’ll just save it. No doubt a collector’s item, I’m sure it’ll fetch a pretty good price in the future. 

Oh, by the way, good news for those who didn't get a copy: there's gonna be a second printing according to Alwee of the PR department of Summit.

Friday, September 12, 2014


Belated happy 18th birthday to Krystal Reyes! She turned 18 last September 9, but we at GMA Artist Center mounted a debut for her with the help of her mom last Sunday, September 8.

It was star-studded!

There was a lot of celeb guests, from Artist Center tweens (I mean ex-tweens) to friends from other networks.

Bea Binene looked really sexy and classy.

Joyce Ching wowed everyone with her singing voice.

Barbie Forteza was late and didn’t follow the black and/or white theme! Hahaha!

Derrick Monasterio serenaded the debutante and the audience.

Kristoffer Martin was also there and fans of his love team with Joyce would love how they were seated together.

Kenneth Paul Cruz was one of Krystal’s 18 roses.

Julian Trono was another, and he slow-danced with the debutante – something we’re not used to seeing

Kris Bernal looked amazing in white.

Sheena Halili looked amazing in black.

Jennica Garcia and Ynna Asistio were there, too.

Plus Jennica’s boyfriend, Alwyn Uytingco.

Camille Prats flaunted her thinner self in a sexy black and white dress.

John Prats and Isabel Oli were also there. Been a while since I last saw the two. I got to work with John when I did an ALV special issue for S magazine while I first met Isabel when we lined up at the Japanese Embassy for a Tokyo trip that eventually, unfortunately didn’t push through.

Gina Alajar looked stunning I just had to introduce myself.

And, of course, Marian Rivera was there to show support to her Carmela co-star. Marian actually gave Krystal one of the gowns she was wearing that night. Awww.

Yet another successful event, thanks to my assistant Roche, who did a great job organizing it! Thanks to the rest of the team for helping out and working on a Sunday! Time for Dakasi or Mad for Pizza. What do you girls want?

Photos: RR Barretto

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


The long stretch of Annapolis is peppered with massage parlors of all sorts, from Thai and pa-Thai (or Thai-Thai-an) to those you just know are there for extra services.

Most of these massage parlors (well, the clean ones) basically offer the same things: Swedish, Thai, combination. Some of the more, well, special ones, use aromatherapy or volcanic stones.

One lazy afternoon after a meeting, when traffic was extra horrible I didn’t want to go back up to QC, I decided to walk around Annapolis to get a massage. I chanced upon a place called Takshing Health Care and Beauty Center, and I was sold when I read a sign saying they offer electrotherapy massage. No extra service here, I thought (it’s always those Thai-Thai-an ones), plus I knew I was in for a treat, not having experienced any massage that involves electricity.

I may be experimental but I make sure I know what I’m getting into so I looked for their manager and asked a couple of questions.

First of all, I asked if it was safe. Of course, the manager, said yes, explaining that they only use 12 volts, which is very low. She assured me that it won’t hurt – that all I will feel is a dull, tingling sensation.

I asked for the benefits, too, and she explained that the electrotherapy massage unclogs blood vessels in the body, improving blood circulation. That means all the vitamins, nutrients, blood, and oxygen get distributed in the body evenly.

Satisfied, I said, let’s start!

I was first asked to choose a scent for the lotion to be used for the massage. I then got a foot soak, which is important because once inside the room and lying comfily on the bed, an electronic node is strapped on to the foot – this is how the current enters the body. The therapist steps on a grounding mat, and completes the circuit so that any part of the body she touches feels the current.

After applying lotion to my lower leg, the therapist then started sending current to it. The manager was correct; it was exactly like a dull, tingling sensation. It was pretty neat, actually. I felt like a science experiment.

When she massaged my hand, however, some of my fingers twitched, which bothered me for the first few seconds. It continued for several more seconds, and the therapist didn’t stop so I thought it was normal. It was a little shocking when she worked on my shoulder because it twitched, as well. It was uncontrollable, and she didn’t say anything about it so I assumed it was also normal, just like the twitching of my fingers. In fact, my fear disappeared after some seconds. More than anything, I felt like laughing coz I thought I looked funny, especially to the therapist who was most probably trying to stop herself from laughing.

After the hour-long massage, I got to talk with the manager again and shared my twitching episodes, which she said normally happen.

The electrotherapy massage doesn’t involve oil or stretching or a lot of hard kneading. It’s unlike any massage I’ve experienced in the past. One good thing about it is that afterwards I felt light and energized and ready to tackle the world again, unlike most massages that leave me feeling sore and beaten by three men.

Takshing also offers a facial with neck, shoulders and arms massage (PHP1200 for 60 minutes), and foot reflexology (PHP700 for 60 minutes), but their signature offering is the electrotherapy massage (PHP1000 for 60 minutes, PHP1500 for 90 minutes, PHP2000 for 120 minutes), something very unique that not a lot of centers offer (I think they’re the only one offering it, actually).

Takshing Health Care and Beauty Center is located at the Richbelt Terraces, Annapolis Street, Greenhills