Like a phoenix who just hibernated from a fire, I’m resurrected! Yes, I’m not yet dead! B-) Hehehe…it’s just that I’ve been really held up with our recently concluded Bangkok-Chiangmai familiarization trip for a group of potential buyers which includes accommodations at various 5-star hotels such as: Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong (2 Nights), Shangrila Hotel Chiangmai (1 Night), 6-star & luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel Dhara Dhevi Chiangmai (1 Night & Farewell Dinner at Le Grand Lanna) and Le Meridien Chiangmai (1 Night). Aside from that, food galore from other various 5-star hotels both in Bangkok & Chiangmai were also mandatory in our program that includes: lunch at Four Seasons Bangkok, Noon Tea complete with “tailor-made” massage at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, Cocktails at Latitude and Dinner at Pier 59 (of course at the 59th floor!) of Banyan Tree Bangkok, lunch at Four Seasons Chiangmai and brunch at Le Meridien Chiangmai…haaaaaaay! Now that’s what you call…LIFE!

Oh, and did I forget to mention the Klong (Canal) Tour in Bangkok, lunch at Supatra River House & infotaining Thai culture activities & dinner we had at Rose Garden? Then of course, there’s the Elephant Camp trip where we witnessed how equally talented these elephants are as with humans & then a marvelous dinner with Yi Peng (lantern balloon) floating at Ban Suan in Chiangmai.

Now that you know my reasons, may I be excused from my long blogging absence and resume with my “explosive, tender, juicy” entries for you…soon!? Thanks a lot guys! (“,) Ciao for now!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that we also had a superb breakfast by the river on the lovely terrace-garden of The Peninsula Bangkok…here’s the pic…


Major, Major Hello!

Thank you very much, sirs and madame, for your wonderful visit on my blog. Good day, ladies and gentlemen! Good day, universe!!! You know what, sirs and madame, in my 4 days of existence at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, I can say that there is nothing major, major, I mean, problem that I have encountered so far because I am very confident with my readers, fans & friends with the love that they’re giving to me so thank you so much, guys, I’m here! Thank you so much!

Romeo at Juliet

First time producer and writer Jean Altavas (seated) with the cast from left to right: Lemuel Pelayo, Alessandra de Rossi, Victor Basa and introducing Max Eigenmann.

Nah. This is not what you think it is.

The title of a new independent film, “Romeo At Juliet,” immediately recalls to mind William Shakespeare’s well-read work. The irony is that, the makers of this local movie actually based their project directly on an unpublished Filipino book written in 2002.

The book entitled “Kakaibang Romeo At Juliet” tells a tragic love story that essentially presents a new take on the famous characters, hence it was called that way. It is written by first-time film producer Jean Altavas but for some reason didn’t see publication.

The author, with support from some people in the biz, felt the story deserves to be released. Thus, it ended into a movie starring Victor Basa and Alessandra De Rossi in lead roles who are not named Romeo and Juliet, but as Joseph and Angel, respectively. Independent filmmaker Adolfo Alix Jr. directed it under Kisapmata Productions.

In a presscon held at Max’s Roces, Q.C. to promote her first film venture, Altavas told the Manila Bulletin that her story touches on the critical issue of parenting and abuse of women and children. Though the movie is the same as most indies which tackle the dark side of life, she insisted that this one is different because the characters are not poor and underprivileged, as one might expect in most non-mainstream films.

“Most of the characters here are well-off. We want to imply that troubles happen to people regardless of status,” said the one-time showbiz act who many years ago worked with big screen biggies Dolphy and Joseph Estrada.

Altavas also acted for “Romeo at Juliet,” playing the role of Malueca, the wicked grandmother of Joseph whose mom Lourdes (Bing Pimentel) is in turn overprotective. Joseph’s girlfriend Angel has her own traumatic childhood inflicted by her father Kap played by Jay Manalo.

With its Freudian thought of ‘Show me your parents and I’ll tell why you’re a mess’ put into play, the plot-driven “Romeo At Juliet” gathers an interesting mix of supporting stars headed by Rosanna Roces and Daria Ramirez. It also introduces Max Eigenmann and Lemuel Pelayo.

This is the writer/producer Jean Altavas’ prologue in the unpublished book.


It is not an easy task to be a parent. Below are listed some of the reasons that motivate couples to have children.

“So there’s someone to care for you in your old age.” is the most common reason.

“To get it over and done with.”

“The more the merrier.”

“So there is someone to love me.”

“To continue the lineage.”

“God’s gift.”

Funny. But the truth of the matter is, none of the reasons make up for responsible parenthood. It must be understood that one has to be PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, FINANCIALLY and SPIRITUALLY ready to be a parent.

When we hear violent incidents or abusive treatments done to children by their parents or other adults, the most asked question is “What kind of parents are they?” or “What kind of parents did they have?” What was Hitler’s mother like? Mother Theresa’s? What drove them to be like that?

It is so easy to put the blame on strict parenthood. Especially my generation. But that was then. For lack of better way of doing it, that was how we were brought up.

We are more aware today. We have a better understanding of how to be responsible parents.

Now we know that our actions and our words leave a mark in the hearts and minds of our children.

ROMEO AT JULIET opens in selected theaters nationwide next Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

Well if it’s from Alix, then it must be good! By the way, here are our photos during the Bangkok International Film Festival ’08…

Talaga daw bang intrigahin si Direk Adolf sa unang pagkikita...hehehe!

Group photo after watching Adolf's entry, "Tambolista" (Drumbeat). From left to right: 2 Pinoy expats in Thailand, Me, 2-time Palanca Awardee and good friend Dominic Manrique, "Jay" director Francis Xavier Pasion and Adolf Alix Jr.