We saw the much-ballyhooed movie “Twilight” on its opening night…

When Bella the human [ Kristen Stewart ] decided to confront Edward the vampire [ Robert Pattinson ] about his true identity, she asked:  “How old are you?”

“Seventeen.”  Edward answered half-truthfully.

“How long have you been seventeen?”  she asked further.

“A while…”  he admitted.  Since 1918, actually.

Well, that applies to so many of us!!!  And we’re not even “vampires” [ or are we really??? ].  *LOLSZ!!!*

It’s always good to know about the currently “It” things like the movie “Twilight.”  It’s good to know what else is happening around the world, not just the really dreary things like the Mumbai bombings and the global financial crisis.



  1. Cecil P Floresca said,

    February 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Where can I find the ff bookstores: Erehwon, Peri, Popular? I’m looking for Ms Vitug’s book THE SHADOW OF DOUBT which I believe is available only in these bookstores.

  2. Raffy Rayos said,

    December 13, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Tito Toto:

    You’ve Seen Twilight? Isn’t it nice!!!???!!!

  3. periphery said,

    December 3, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    @ talagang tsismoso: Maybe the writer of the article was using the American style of extended family classification. Based on your description of their relationship, an American would say that Gustav is Jamby’s first cousin once removed. 🙂

  4. talagang tsismoso said,

    December 3, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Gustav Warns is not a cousin of Senator Jamby Madrigal he is a nephew Because Gustav is the son of Bu Warns who is the first cousin of Jamby

  5. l*ding said,

    December 2, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    talking about world crisis, i just read from the manila standard that Jamby is in Bangkok trapped with other tourists. Part of the article reads :”The senator’s office said Madrigal could no longer borrow the helicopter of her late aunt, Doña Chito Madrigal, because it had been given to her cousin Gustav. Madrigal has been estranged with her relatives as a result of an inheritance dispute with them.”

    I guffawed with pity and amazement with this article. It’s senseless. Granting she can borrow the helicopter of Chito, are they implying that the chopper can go to Thailand and airlift her there to bring to Manila? My comadre’s — Susi* B*yot *rtigas’ — husband has a chopper also and during one of our mille, i remember talking about how far a chopper can fly. So the above article is simply stupid.

  6. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 2, 2008 at 8:30 am

    I really don’t see the attractions to vampires. That’s just like those hideous dinosaurs. I mean they are among the ugliest creations of all time. I’m just glad most of them lie buried and forgotten under parking lots. This vampire thing…unless you have a real wide-opening jaw, have you actually tried to bite someone on the neck? The neck’s aren’t small enough to accommodate a normal open mouth.

    Peri, the speciality bookshop might’ve been EREWHON; a branch of the smaller one on Padre Faura; and I believe also owned by Joaquin Po (I don’t know if related to the infamous Mr. R. Po of the other story) who originally owned “Popular” bookstore in front of the old Mapua. Wasn’t there also a branch of Philippine Ed in that same arcade which had a branch of the Post Office, Goldcrest Dept store; and a tailoring shop?

    G 🙂 I

  7. Jude said,

    December 2, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Hi Toto,
    Try to get a copy of the book The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It’s beautiful, rich in historical detail, and a good “vampire” novel.
    I had the good fortune of knowing the neighbor of Ms. Kostova. I had my book sent to the States to have it signed, and a couple of months later, the book was sent back, complete with Ms. Kostovas dedication. The Historian is amazing.

  8. chong mo said,

    December 2, 2008 at 3:21 am

    Took my 10 year old to watch it. Great that it wasn’t really a scary movie. Not at all like the traditional blood sucking monsters ala Salem’s Lot. That really scared the crap out of me.

    Got a good laugh every time all the girls in the audience would swoon or catch their breath every time Edward would say some lovey-dovey line to Bella.


  9. larry leviste said,

    December 2, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Periphery, Methnks that quaint coffee shop was called Laila’s owned by the great TV hostess Leila Benitez. The pizza and luglog there still brings back nostalgic gastonomic fondness, Was the bookstore called EREHWON which is NOWHERE spelled backwards. Oh the days when Makati was just grasslands and marshes,
    All now a paralyzed concrete jungle.

    Ay buhay, parang LIFE.

  10. periphery said,

    December 1, 2008 at 4:45 am

    Ah! Rizal Theater! There was a coffee shop next to it where we always used to grab a bite before a movie. And a small specialty bookstore (not Alemar’s) nearby where I got my big hardbound airplane books…

  11. Jake said,

    December 1, 2008 at 1:24 am

    LOL! I want to be a vampire and be 17 forever! 🙂

  12. larry leviste said,

    December 1, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Agree with Peque Gallaga that our best vampire movie was the frightening 70’s movie called Count Yorga, Vampire. Crosses didn’t scare him, neither did wooden stakes nor fading sunlight. I remember watching it at the legendary Rizal Theater in Makatiland as a youngster. It gave me nightmares.

    Recently, I found some bits of the movie on U TUBE, still gave me goosebumps.

    I find today’s vampire themes and re-inventions like the Anne Rice books, strangely homo-erotic. Yes, Brad and Banderas were quite the pair.

    I shall venture though that Evita was Banderas’ finest role, although I find the newer films he’s directed rather compelling. I think one was Crazy in Alabama with his second wife Melanie Grififths about a lady who traveled with her husband’s severed head in a patent leather hat box set in the race riots in the Midwest in the 60’s.

    Never forget, he was the protege of Pedro Almadovar.

    I’m home for the holidays. Feels real GOOD.

    Don we now our gay apparel. Fala fala la di dah.

  13. November 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I heard they are planning to bring back “Dark Towers,” (or is that “Dark Shadows”?), the one with vampire Barnabas Collins, which absolutely gave me nightmares when I was young.

    I saw “Interview with a Vampire” in southern Spain, strange to hear it in Spanish! I still think it was Antonio Banderas’ best movie. Oh, yeah, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst were in it, too. It may have been Kirsten Dunst’s best movie 🙂

    (We use the same “theme”!)

  14. larry leviste said,

    November 30, 2008 at 3:52 am

    The vampire CULT is so THIS century, our constant thirst for self gratification, instant info, copious amounts of gossip and yes the drug-crazed Mumbai suicide terrorists.

    And we need this transfusion of bloody images, fractured flickers of of ticking time bombs, DAILY.

    It is our nature to be the BEAST and the SOUL simultaneously. Why, you ask ?
    We are mortal still flirting with vampiric immortality if for just a fleeting moment.

    I saw the premiere of a new VAMPIRE series in America called TRUE BLOOD. Very entertaining TOO.

  15. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    November 29, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I’ve always criticized people who take off so many years, particularly when they look very good for their age. Now that I’m getting older I’m beginning to feel ashamed of saying how old I am. In so many words, utter stupidity and insecurity on my part.

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