An Evening With Mr. Carlos Chan


Mr. Carlos Chan (middle) founder of Liwayway Marketing Corporation and maker of the famous snack brand Oishi, as President Noynoy Aquino appoints him as the third special envoy to China last month // Photo Credit: ABS-CBN News

When I first saw this link from my ditse and kumareng Rinna, I knew that Mr. Carlos Chan truly deserve to be appointed by the President of the Philippines to be his third special envoy to China.

I may have met Sir Carlos only once in 2004 (upon the request of my ex-boss who is a very prominent business tycoon in Myanmar while I was still working as the Head of Advertising & Promotions for his company who supplies wheat flour to Oishi’s Myanmar factory) but from then on, he became an inspiration to me. One will ask, “Why?”. Simple. He has these characteristics: humility and kindness—two of the most neglected pivotal qualities that a true master or a leader must possess in order to succeed in any endeavor.

Like him, his son Sir Oszen whom I met since 2000 in Yangon, inherited these characteristics plus the fact that he is really down-to-earth…a sincere person with absolutely “no air” at all.

On the night of our dinner appointment with Sir Carlos, my ex-boss and I were picked up by Sir Oszen at Shangri-la Hotel Makati. We then proceed to the Fort in one of the restaurants there where Sir Carlos and his regional manager (who I also knew since my Yangon heydays) were already waiting for us. A few introductions and shaking of hands, my ex-boss sat down on the right side of Sir Carlos while I sat beside his regional manager. Surprisingly, Sir Carlos requested him to change seats with me so he could converse with me even closer. And I was like, wow, the founder of a big corporation humbly requested me to sit beside him so he could get to know me. Flattered and honored, I was also speechless. It’s beyond surreal.

In between our sumptuous meal and a few get-to-know my ex-boss and me chat, I found myself relishing in a company of professional business magnates. But business aside, Sir Carlos’s humble way of conversing with us—personal or business-wise, have won my heart. Deep inside my 20 something self at that time, I felt a sudden urge aspiring that I want to be like him someday—or somewhat in some way.

After the dinner and just before we parted ways, Sir Carlos asked us if we have a car to take us back to the hotel. My ex-boss and I replied to him that we’re just gonna get a cab, with a genuine smile on our faces. To our surprise, Sir Carlos offered his Mercedes Benz to send us back. We refused, and refused some more but the very kind and unbelievably humble Sir Carlos insisted and decided to share a ride with his son, Sir Oszen. So my ex-boss and I appreciated his kind gesture and took his Mercedes Benz with his chauffeur who drove my ex-boss back to Shangri-la then myself to my home—as far as Cainta.

So yes, PNoy did the right choice in appointing Sir Carlos for the said position in hope to promote friendship and goodwill between Philippines and China especially with the recent dispute issues.

To Sir Carlos…God bless you, more power and represent us Pinoys around the globe on your behalf with your genuine, affectionate and innately sincere personality.

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BONA’s Steamy Moments On Stage…


Edgar Allan Guzman as Gino Sanchez in a steamy act with Eugene Domingo as “Bona” in PETA’s stage adaptation of Lino Brocka’s piece // Photo Credit: Broadway World Philippines and Jory Rivera

…and it’s all for art’s sake!

The 1980 classic drama film which starred Superstar Nora Aunor as “Bona” is now being brought to stage by Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), director Soxy Topacio and Palanca playwright winner Layeta Bucoy with a modern take from drama to a more comical perspective fit for Eugene Domingo who now plays the titular character who works as a spinster call center agent obsessed with a reality TV search wannabe, Gino Sanchez played by a reality TV show contest (Mr. Pogi) winner himself,  Edgar Allan Guzman.

Broadway World Philippines and photographer Jory Rivera give us a first look of the play who already garnered raving reviews and even a standing ovation from the audience for Eugene Domingo. Here are the rest of the “steamy acts”

and for the “climax”, emote kung emote na dito si Kimmy Dora…

To “cool down” everyone, here are the photos of Bona giving a bath to Gino. Did I just say “cool down”? Well, it all depends on how you view these pics starting from the chest

…then to the right nipple…

…down there (where all life begins—I’m playing Madge’s song in my head while writing this)

I’m sure a lot of people would be able to relate with Bona’s character giving her all just to suffice the desires of her heart for the guy who thinks is “the one”. Sisters, don’t tell meifyou are not familiar with these moves from your lovahs…

“Lantsing”…

“Masahe”…

“Makamandag na Halik”…

But on top of all these “sensational” teasers that you see, what is truly compelling about Bona are the sheer brilliance from the casts’ acting (both Domingo and Guzman) and its very humorous, entertaining lines.

Eugene shines in every role that she plays whether in a movie, TV or in theater but Edgar is at par here with his nuance performance.  I’m sure everyone’s all ears at Eugene’s but the scrutinizing eyes of the audience are at Edgar Allan’s…

The play opened last Tursday, August 23 and runs until September 23, 2012 at the PETA Theater Center (No.5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, QC). Tickets are available at: P1,000, P800, P600. Don’t miss it!

(Special thanks once again to Oliver Oliveros of Broadway World Philippines and Jory Rivera for the photos.)

Ananda Everingham Stars In Filipino Indie Film “Kalayaan” (Wildlife)


Kalayaan actors from left to right: Luis Alandy, Ananda Everingham, Zanjoe Marudo

KALAYAAN (Wildlife) is a Filipino indie movie from acclaimed director Adolf Alix Jr. and stars Thai celebrity, Laotian-Australian actor Ananda Everingham (Shutter, Me…Myself). Also starring in this flick about a look into the lonely lives of Filipino soldiers stationed in the Spratly Islands are Filipino model-actor Zanjoe Marudo and Luis Alandy.

Development of the film started since way back 2008 when I met up direk Adolf during the Bangkok International Film Festival. He was in talks with Ananda at that time and eventually met up with him (photo and blog entry of meeting up Ananda HERE when we were introduced by Adolf at Centralworld.

Aside from receiving US$ 10,000 grant from Global Film Initiative, the movie also earlier received script development support from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam and PORNO which was part of the Hongkong-Asia Film Financing Forum.

With all the supports received from various international non-profit film organizations, I am sooooooo looking forward to watch this very timely movie.   Stay tuned for further developments and release dates.