Saturday, November 13, 2021

Holiday treats you can bake with La Germania ovens

Wazzup Pilipinas!?

Elevate your holiday treats with the latest in world-class cooking technology

La Germania shares 3 easy and irresistible dessert ideas to satisfy your sweet tooth and gift your loved ones this Christmas season

The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner! It’s no secret the Philippines celebrates the earliest and longest Christmas season in the world, especially when this holiday commemorates the 3 things Pinoy families value the most: faith, family and food.

Approaching the holidays, the kitchen comes alive with the hustle and bustle of delicious meals sizzling on the stove and warming up in the oven, filling the house with mouth watering aromas that beg the curious question: “What are we having?”

However, although this is the most beloved holiday, it can also be the busiest and most stressful season for home cooks. Planning and preparing your Noche Buena meals and ordering gifts can not only be time-consuming, but costly as well.

This holiday season, consider going through the personalized route by baking up a storm and serving up some homemade treats that are handmade with love. These dessert recipes are sure to be the perfect gift for your loved ones, or satisfy their sweet tooths during your holiday feasts.

Christmas cookies

Take a break from your usual chocolate-chip by making special Christmas cookies. With your La Germania Table Oven, you can prepare these cute and quirky treats that celebrate the festive spirit! With its thermostat control and 60-minute timer, you can whip up the perfect batch to wow the crowd and experiment with a variety of different recipes even if you have a small kitchen space. Don’t forget to leave some for Santa Claus!


3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp. milk

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
Food coloring

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set the mixture aside after.
In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined, then add flour mixture gradually until totally combined.

Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for an hour.

When ready to roll, preheat the oven to 350ยบ and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out the dough until 1/8” thick.

Cut out shapes and transfer to prepared baking sheets. You can use cookie cutters for fun shapes. You can also make your own if you’re feeling creative. Freeze it for 10 minutes (so your shapes hold while baking).

Meanwhile, make the frosting: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter until smooth, then add powdered sugar and beat until no lumps remain. Add cream, almond extract, and salt and beat until combined.

Bake cookies until the edges are lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

Let cool, then frost and decorate as desired.

Dulce de leche

You can step up the sweetness this season by making your own Dulce de Leche. Aside from enjoying it on its own, you can drizzle Dulce de leche on ice cream, add it to your usual brownies, or layer them in smores. There are so many ways to enjoy this versatile dessert, and it will be so easy to make at home with the help of an induction cooker!

A staple in smaller homes, an induction cooker can do a lot of wonders. This heat-tempered glass worktop has a timer and child-lock, meaning you can cook dishes safely and precisely while you bond with your kids in the kitchen.

8 cups of whole milk
2 to 2 ½ cups sugar (adjust based on your preference)
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp baking soda

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot over medium-low heat, stir until the sugar or panela is well dissolved. Reduce the heat to low.

Continue cooking until the mixture is significantly reduced and starts to thicken while the color changes from a creamy beige to a caramel tone. It will take between 2 ½ hours to 3 hours for the dulce de leche to be done.

During the first 1 ½ hours you will need to stir occasionally to prevent it from boiling over and sticking. During the last hour, it needs to be stirred more frequently and has to be watched very closely to keep it from burning – you can also decrease the heat to low.

Cook it until it has a dark amber or caramel tone and has a creamy consistency. Keep in mind that it will thicken more when it cools down.

The final product can be served warm or cold and must be kept refrigerated.

Classic Bibingka

A Noche Buena spread is incomplete without the classic Filipino rice cake known as Bibingka. With your 90cm oven, you can prepare this holiday favorite at home. With its five cooking functions, including a fan-assisted electric oven, you can cook up a storm. Plus, its enamel cavity finish is easy to clean, making the whole cooking process so much easier. Preparing this particular dish may look like a daunting task, but it’s actually pretty easy to make.

1 cup rice flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup fresh milk
1 piece salted duck egg sliced
1/2 cup grated cheese
3 pieces raw eggs
Pre-cut banana leaf

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, combine rice flour, baking powder, and salt then mix well. Set aside.

Cream the butter then gradually put-in sugar while whisking. Then, add the eggs then whisk until every ingredient is well incorporated.

Gradually add the rice flour, salt, and baking powder mixture then continue mixing.
Pour in coconut milk and fresh milk then whisk some more for 1 to 2 minutes.

Arrange the pre-cut banana leaf on a cake pan or baking pan.

Pour the mixture on the pan, then bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven then top with sliced salted egg and grated cheese (do not turn the oven off).

Put back in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the color of the top turns medium brown.

Remove from the oven and let cool. Brush the dish with butter and sprinkle some sugar on top once it cools. You can also top this with grated coconut.

These are only some of the mouthwatering holiday treats you can prepare with your La Germania kitchen appliances. Built according to the highest European standards in terms of construction and design, La Germania appliances allow you to prepare your Noche Buena extravaganza in an efficient and easy way.

What’s more, as a special holiday treat, enjoy FREE aprons and cookware for a minimum spend of Php 5,000 when you shop on La Germania's website during their 11.11 sale this November 11-30, 2021. With guaranteed durability and superior quality, they’re a good investment for you to channel your inner chef, and unleash your kitchen genius for all seasons to come.

La Germania products are available online through La Germania’s official e-commerce website and e-commerce platforms on Shopee and Lazada. For more information on La Germania and its products, you may follow the official Facebook and Instagram accounts of the trusted kitchen and appliance brand.

Best gift for your travel-savvy boyfriend

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For all the wanderers out there, traveling is the need of the soul. Deep inside their hearts, they know they do not belong anywhere and everywhere, at the same time and it’s difficult to find a place that feels like home. For a traveler, home is not a place but a feeling he or she gets when they are with someone they love, so if a wanderer has chosen you as his companion then you must an incredibly special individual. If your boyfriend is someone who loves exploring new places and traveling is what gets him excited then you are in for a relationship full of fun, passion, and adventure. If you are thinking about getting a gift for him, then it is essential to keep this aspect of his personality in mind but if you are still confused about it then here is a list for you, to select the best gift for boys  whom you love the most.

Engraved Tokens in a Keychain- The only thing travelers take pride in collecting is the souvenirs from all the places they have been to. A reminder of all the amazing adventures they have been on would be an awesome gift so get a keychain and add in some token in it with engraved names of the places he has visited, trust us he will love it more than anything else.

Waterproof Portable Speaker- If he loves going to remote locations and loves music then you don’t have to look for anything else. Waterproof speakers are a must for long trips and hiking, and in an explored place when there’s no one around, soothing music is a companion a nature lover appreciates the most.

A Travel Bag- A traveler loves their bag the most, as it’s their most trusted accessory. If you wanna gift something to him and can’t decide on anything, go for a travel bag or hiking bag, it’s always a great and safe choice. There are plenty of brands that offer great bags but if you wanna go for hardy ones then check out the collection of Decathlon or Safari. Also, keep the types of trips he mostly takes while deciding the size of the bag.

A Polaroid Camera- Taking pictures is a big part of his life so why not give him a great camera and what would be better than a camera that prints out the images, simultaneously. A polaroid camera has become quite popular and there are many pocket-friendly options as well, for you to choose from.

An Experience Box- Being someone who loves to wander denotes the fact that he appreciates experiences more than material things therefore an experience box would be the perfect present for him, and for those who don’t know, an experience box is a digital gift that has personalized video, texts, audios and images to showcase. You can include all the footage and pictures from his trips and include them in your box collection and add your own voice on the top to tell him how much you love him.

Kindle- there are many people who love going to quiet places and enjoy the solitude by reading a good book, if your sweetheart is one of those then a kindle is a gift you can consider for him. It is an e-book reading tab from amazon and it’s very handy. It’s easy to use, has lots of space and it doesn’t weigh much so he can take it wherever he wants, a much better option than bulky paperback books.

Travel Hammock- While exploring, we often discover a place that feels surreal, and all you want to do is, lie down and appreciate the god almighty’s wonderful creation? We know how you feel and in that particular moment, a hammock can be their saviour. A travel hammock is a great gift for someone who enjoys hiking through dense forests and mountains, now decide what kind of traveler your sugar boo is and if his destinations are deep into the natural world, then this is the perfect gift for him.

If the love of your life likes traveling a lot then the best thing you can give him is your trust and companionship, along with something from the list of course!







Harry Roque fails to get a seat at the International Law Commission

Wazzup Pilipinas!?

President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque, a former human rights lawyer, FAILS to secure a seat in the International Law Commission after strong opposition from human rights groups and law experts from around the world.

The UN General Assembly will elect only seven nationals from Asia-Pacific group to form the 34-member commission and Harry Roque did not make it. He is ... "as one of those believed to be legalized to do and condone crime as his CEO rules by decree." 

Harry Roque from the Philippines got the least number of votes. Here is a transcript of results posted by Anthony Esguerra.

India 163

Thailand 162

Japan 154

Vietnam 145

China 142

South Korea 140

Cyprus 139

Mongolia 123

Lebanon 119

Sri Lanka 112

Philippines 87

Previously, more than 150 Filipino lawyers, among many others, sent a petition asking the International Law Commission not to elect Harry Roque.

International Association of Democratic Lawyers, which also opposed Roque’s election: 

“Mr. Roque has arrogantly defended and justified even beyond the “call of duty” his principal’s attacks on human rights, justice, due process, and the rule of law.”

Karma really works. What comes around goes around.

Lesson learned... Wag magpakataas. Manatiling mapagkumbaba at gumawa ng tama para sa kapwa. Keep the goodness in you and don't compromise your core values just for temporary position or success. 

I like the way this said "former human rights lawyer" because he could have just continued fighting the good fight but he didn't.

Dapat nga “former human” lang ang description.

Trabaho lang daw. I feel bad for you Atty Roque. You always have a choice to do good for your fellow. But as long as you're alive, there's still time to make it up. God bless you and guide you to the righteous path.

Considering the countless times he shamelessly put Filipinos down..

We're celebrating tonight!!!

SSS approves 7,158 online funeral claim applications worth P166.31 million

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The Social Security System (SSS) has settled a total of 7,158 online Funeral claim applications from January to June 2021, amounting to P166.31 million, higher by 313.7 percent from the second semester of 2020.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora C. Ignacio said that more members are now comfortable using its various online service facilities, which is evident in the tremendous increase received and processed for settlement.

"Now that the My.SSS Portal is very accessible for members and claimants to virtually transact with SSS and conveniently receive their cash benefits through their disbursement accounts; we are highly receiving positive feedbacks from stakeholders that our services have greatly improved through the years. Long queues in branches have been reduced while the processing time for benefit settlements has also been shortened." Ignacio said.

In compliance with Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Services Delivery Act of 2018, the SSS implemented the mandatory online filing of funeral claims through the My.SSS Portal, along with other services and programs, last July 2020 to provide claimants with an easier, simpler, and faster means of filing funeral benefit claim applications through its brand campaign, ExpreSSS.

Funeral benefit, which ranges from P20,000 to P40,000, is granted to whoever defrayed the cost of funeral expenses of the deceased SSS member, permanent total disability pensioner, or retirement pensioner.

To submit applications, the claimant must have a registered account in the My.SSS Portal in the SSS Website and enrolled disbursement account under the Disbursement Account Enrollment Module (DAEM) located in the E-services Menu of the same portal. Member-claimants with no My.SSS account may now proceed with the registration link

Under the current Circular No. 2021-007 issued by the SSS last July 2021, having an issued SSS Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) or SSS digitized ID or application for UMID card is no longer a pre-requisite for online filing of the funeral claim.

Meanwhile, non-SSS member claimants may submit their duly-accomplished funeral claim application and supporting documents at the nearest SSS branch.

Step-by-step procedure on submitting funeral claim application online and over-the-counter, as well as the list of documentary requirements, can be accessed through this link

Those who have submitted their application online will receive e-mail notifications upon successful submission of the funeral claim application indicating the concerned branch assigned for processing the claim and the subsequent approval or rejection of such.

Payments of funeral benefit shall be automatically credited to the claimant's UMID card enrolled as ATM, or their preferred disbursement account registered by the claimant through DAEM, if without a UMID card enrolled as ATM.

For more information, follow the SSS on Facebook and YouTube at "Philippine Social Security System," Instagram at "mysssph,' Twitter at "PHLSSS," visit the USSSapTayo Portal at or join its Viber Community at "MYSSSPH Updates."

Fall in love with our young and petite sex dolls

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Sex dolls that are just beginning their careers are looking for a mentor. These dolls are called Teen genuine Sex Dolls since our skin is created from TPE or silicone of the highest grade and is quite realistic. Erotic games appeal to us because we are young and naive. People who are willing to allow us into their sex life are sought after. We crave fresh sex experiences with open hearts and moist crotches. Buy us, and we'll accomplish all of our dreams together. It is possible to imagine anything with our teen sex dolls. The combination of youth and curiosity in a body type celebrates these years like no other, making the sex doll so appealing. We use TPE silicone polymer skin on our teen sex dolls because it's as close to the real thing as science can get. Skin tones can be selected from various body shapes and sculptures to customize your adolescent sex doll from a fiery redhead to a demure brunette to a blonde California dream. Also, don't forget to check out our inexpensive asian sex dolls here

To ensure the safety and comfort of the Acsexdolls little sex doll, it is comprised of TPE material. Those who own sex dolls are attractive because of their lovely and sweet appearance. These passionate sex chicks will make you feel joyful and comfortable when you find them. In addition to their realistic features and benefits, silicone dolls that resemble genuine young women, such as those with complete, full breasts and lovely shapes, are also available. If you're looking for an economical, sexual partner, go no farther than our TPE sex doll. They have a solid but elastic skin like human skin, which is very silky and smooth, and they stimulate the woman's tight vagina and anus entirely. It's impossible to forget the joy of kissing and hugging. Play the role you want and accompany your life, having fun and making memories.

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Smaller sex dolls, weighing between 10 and 16 kg, are easier to clean and store than larger, taller dolls. If you have back pain or wounded arms, you may find it easier to pose in a sexual position. You have a small amount of space in your closet for her to store her things. Nothing about your presentation is clear, not even if you're hiding under your comforter in bed.

In addition to its diminutive stature and curved body, this doll is also highly light and portable, making it simple to store and carry. Because of its flexible joints may be positioned in various ways for presentation and sexual acts of all kinds. The same-sex doll includes various sexual activities such as vaginal intercourse, anal sex, and breast sex. Anus and vaginal cavities with ribbed patterns and particles inside have been incorporated into the game's development.

Nicole Laurel's new song 'Christmas Without You' debuts on Nov. 26 at Spotify

Wazzup Pilipinas!?

Multi-talented artist NICOLE LAUREL is all set to release her new song 'CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU' this coming November 26 in Spotify.

“Christmas Without You” is a prequel of sorts to last year’s original composition “See You This Christmas.”

This year’s composition describes a couple saying their sweet goodbyes and exchanging well wishes as one of them needs to leave to work abroad to support their loved one.

The characters continue to find ways to remain hopeful during the holiday season, even if they are separated from one another.

It is through the little holiday rituals they once shared, that the memory of one another comes alive, and they are renewed by the thought of being together again in due time.



“The initial songwriting process was quite simple. I began humming a melody and out came the first verse… it was after that that I couldn’t squeeze anything. I started watching Christmas movies on Netflix in hopes of drawing lyrical inspiration. A day later I had my first draft of the song lyrics and melody. It was also at this point in time that I started working with a young Dumaguete- based Nigerian songwriter named

Sam Akins on a few other music projects. I decided to give Sam a zoom call so I could get his creative opinion on the song. Together we made a few lyrical adjustments. I was also unsure about how to end the song at that point so I passed him a rough phone-recorded demo and he tried singing some lines as he would, stylistically.

I loved what he had done when he sang it, so I decided to keep his soulful flavour in the coda of the song. Thematically, I wanted the song to traverse from having the persona alone in present day to plunging into her memories with her lover. Hence, a musical shift of sorts was in order."

"Sam and I got on a zoom call with Michael Guevarra, a bona-fide jazz big-band arranger and saxophone player to brainstorm. Michael screen-shared his music sheets and filled them in as we etched out the notes and melodies together over zoom. It was my first time to write and do arrangement sessions over zoom, with all the connection interruptions, barking dogs and ambient noise… While Michael wrote out the big-band section, me and Ira Cruz got to work mapping out the intro, verse and coda of the song. It was a collaborative effort in terms of sound and arrangement. Michael enlisted Otep Concepcion on drums, Simon Tan (AMP Bigband) on upright bass, Nikko Rivera (who arranged last year’s “See You This Christmas”) on keys Lester Sorilla on trumpet, Darius Mendoza on Trombone and Himself on Saxophone.

We all kept it simple and recorded in our own homes using our own set-ups.

Ira and I worked on our segment while Michael collected the tracks of the other musicians. Once the tracks were complete, I headed to Wildgrass Recording Studios to record and shoot video footage.”



"I wanted to shoot a simple music video and feature a leading man character, something light and comfortable. Timing had it that we had just wrapped filming a musical period piece entitled “Katips.” I was still reeling in the memories of my first experience filming a full-length. One of my cast-mates, Afi recommended a friend, Ranty Portento who had his break on Pinoy Big Brother to fill the leading man role. Communication with Ranty

was quick and easy, we only met once over zoom, but I felt like working with him would be easy. I had one more call with our director to finalize writing the concept and in four days we were on location in Laguna filming. Writing the concept for the video was a collaboration between me and our director, Gorio, it was very home-grown, we brought our own costumes and props, shot in my grandmother’s home and wrapped up on set all in a day’s work. The set was light, full of laughter, sweets, wine and stories. somehow, in a strange way… it felt like the Christmas I once knew… even if it was make believe."

“Christmas Without You” is a simple song with a soulful blend of intimate memories, raw, honest vocals, rich brassy sound and a simple story of love and hope built to outlast distance and all the challenges life brings forth most especially during these trying times. It will be out on all digital platforms on November 26, 2021 and its music video starring Nicole Laurel Asensio and Ranty Portento will be out on December 2, 2021.

In addition to writing and releasing original music, Nicole has been very active in numerous online concerts such as Cultural Center of the Philippines’ “Kung Hindi Man” which also featured her original composition and MFlix brought to you by Pinoy Playlist.

This November, Nicole is also the solo headliner in a Dubai show for the “Veon” convention. She currently has entries in 8 different categories this year’s prestigious AWIT Awards and is nominated for both People’s Choice award for Best Female and Best Song.

Most notably, she has spent the last few months filming for a musical period-piece entitled “Katips” where she was cast as the female lead role “Lara.” Opposite matinee idol Jerome Ponce. Katips is written, directed and produced by ALIW, Palanca and FAMAS award winner Vince Tanada.

Nicole’s future in the entertainment industry seems to be growing slowly and steadily as she expands her craft from singing and writing songs to acting. She is looking forward to delving into more creative endeavours in the coming months and has been steadily writing, recording and producing more material alongside Warner Music Philippines.


“There are still so many people I sorely miss, the spread of food and warmth of nearby family during the holidays. This year, I didn’t plan on writing a Christmas song at all, I didn’t make any holiday plans for that matter… the past months have taught me how to take things one day at a time, let go, let God. In fact, I hadn’t released a song since May. After releasing 6 singles in 6 months… this was quite a lull. I started thinking about my loved ones, people like my grandmothers, who despite being so full of energy and strength at their ages were not able to leave their homes at all… isolation takes a toll on creative spirits. I imagined being in their place, unable to express or connect with others much.”

“My grandmother Celia passed away a few days after my birthday this year. I consider her one of my ultimate inspirations, role models and source of love. Christmas eve every year for our family was spent with her. I found myself entranced by the memory of my small hands wrapped in the warmth of her soft hands, the same hands she used to prepare our Noche Buena feast. It had been nearly two years since then. I know for a fact that in her final days all she really wanted was to see her family as complete as possible, by her side. My mom and I spent her last few days with her, making the most of our time together. While I sat by her piano side…. I thought, maybe I should write?”

This kind of story is not unique to me. In fact, social media feeds alone will tell you that there is a common ache of loss that threads us all to one another, there are those who have been given early tickets to paradise, there are relationships stretched over miles… life goes on… but through it there is a new kind of love, one strengthened by faith.

So I started to write again.

Just for fun…”



“To be able to continue creating in these times is surreal, every moment spent with those we love, or doing what we love is a gift from God, never to be taken for granted. I am eternally grateful for those around me, for each and every one of you who inspire me to continue creative pursuits even when sometimes it may feel purposeless. I continue to hold full faith in the fact that there is a greater plan behind all of these challenges, and that greater days await us if we keep marching forward and doing the best we can with what we have now.”


Digital Platforms:

FB page: Nicole Laurel Asensio

IG: @nicoleasensio

Spotify: Nicole Asensio

Apple Music: Nicole Asensio

Youtube Channel: Nicole Asensio






When was the last time 

I saw you? 

Was it April? 

Or June? Or May? 

I can’t believe a year went by

and not a single day 

I don’t think about you 

by my side. 


It’s getting cold outside 

Waiting for a sign 

on the darkest night

A single star burns bright

I’ll light another candle coz it’s 


Christmas time 

I hear the sleighbells chime 

And it reminds me  

Of your misty eyes 

When you waved goodbye

and you told me: 

“Baby it ain’t Christmas time without you.”


Pulling out the tinsel 

and wrappers

Hanging stockings up 

the way you like 

I’m thinking of you tonight 

Have you been 

naughty or nice? 

Should i wait up 

by the fireside?   


On the busy streets  

Where midnight lovers meet 

Wherever you may be 

Know that your heart’s with me 

I’ll leave the mistletoe up coz 


It’s Christmas time 

I hear the sleighbells chime 

And it reminds me  

Of your misty eyes 

When you waved goodbye

and you told me: 

“Baby it ain’t Christmas time without you.”

Baby it ain’t Christmas time without you! 

baby, it ain’t Christmas time without you! 


And I’ve been really tryin’ to 

Shake off all the blues

And I still do some things the way we used to do, ooh oooh 

‘coz I miss you—I miss the way we used to kiss forever, 

Mix & Match our Sweaters

All I really wish for is to see you once again


Baby, you know it ain’t Christmas without you

Baby ah, it ain’t Christmas without you 

Baby, Oh I Can’t imagine Christmas without you.







MUSIC: Nicole Laurel Asensio

LYRICS: Nicole Laurel Asensio and Sam Akins



Michael Guevarra, Ira Cruz, Nicole Laurel Asensio



Ira Cruz, Nicole Laurel Asensio



Nicole Laurel Asensio


DRUMS: Otep Concepcion


GUITAR and BELLS: Ira Cruz


SAXOPHONES: Michael Guevarra

TRUMPET: Lester Sorilla

TROMBONE: Darius Mendoza



TRACKING ENGINEERS: Jess Fermino and Ira Cruz

MASTERING ENGINEER:  Christian Wright (Abbey Road Studios, UK)



Warner Music Philippines




CONCEPT BY: Nicole Laurel Asensio and Gorio Vicuna

DIRECTED BY: Gorio Vicuna

LINE PRODUCER: Peejay Vicuna

2ND CAMERA OP: Enzo Vargas

GAFFER: Teddy Mapano



MAKEUP: Carla Avancena

HAIR: Townet Pelea

TALENTS: Ranty Portento and Nicole Laurel Asensio



Post Production: Gorio Vicuna and The Gward Inc.


2 Benildeans compete in new filmfest

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Two students from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde are vying for awards in a new and unique film competition tonight, November 12 at 8 p.m.

Nicole Lyka Calingasan and Janina Cortez, both fourth year film majors at Benilde, are among the Top 20 finalists in the Three Shots Film (3SF) festival organized by Media Underground or MUD Studios.

Calingasan’s entry which made it to the 3SF finals is entitled “Lamang Lupa.” The short film is about a special fertilizer which holds the secret to a gardener’s lively plants.

Meanwhile, Cortez is behind the short film finalist “4:00 p.m.” It is about a high school student who comes home exhausted after a long day at school.

Calingasan and Cortez, who also both hail from Rizal aside from being film students, were challenged by MUD’s call to make a short film using only three shots and three cuts for a story composed of a beginning, middle and end, with a minimum running time of one minute and a maximum of 15 minutes.

Calingasan, who took a specialization in Screenwriting at the Benilde film department, “loves stories that disturb.” She has written and directed films that “often explore the morbid and the deeply personal.”

Following her passion for storytelling, Calingasan also enjoys experimenting with various themes and genres. “After all, stories have been my playground since childhood and now, I consider filmmaking as the means of bringing my imagination to life,” she shared.

On the other hand, Cortez’s films are “based on her own experiences or of those around her.” She turns these stories into either a poetic drama or romance. Through her films, she wants “to raise awareness on issues that she experiences herself such as those related to identity, loss, and trauma.”

Cortez grew up drawing, painting, and making arts and crafts. She finished senior high school with Arts and Design as her track. “My interest in filmmaking sparked in junior high. I was a photographer for the school’s publication for three years, so I was one of the few students with a camera. Because of this, I was often asked to film for requirements. And so, I learned to love the craft,” she recalled.

MUD Studios founder and director August Lyle Espino attended a workshop a few years ago, “where they were challenged to think outside of the box and create an even shorter version compared to what was usually required for a short film.” This inspired him to help organize the 3SF festival.

Espino revealed that the Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Cinematography winners will receive cash prizes and plaques of recognition. The festival will also award a Jury’s Choice and People’s Choice.

A four-lens kit worth 12,000 pesos, including a travel case bag, 7.5mm fisheye lens, 16mm wide-angle lens, 25mm macro lens, 65mm telephoto lens, two clip mounts, and cleaning cloth, courtesy of Kase Lens PH, and three pieces Selens Redhead Lights with light stand kit await the special prize winners.

Filmmakers Arvin Belarmino, Tristan Cua, Emmanuel Dela Cruz, and Peter Mackie made up the 3SF jury.

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