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Your Next Must-Watch Musical

by dyan
Sunday, February 15th, 2015
Posted in Spotlight |


There may be days when you’re so done with the world that you just want to lock yourself up and hibernate, but can you imagine living in a bathroom for a year all by your lonesome? That’s what obsessive-compulsive, disillusioned David does in The Boy in the Bathroom—until he meets a girl. (There’s always that special someone, right?)

The Sandbox Collective is bringing back the hit musical as an entry to this month’s Fringe Manila Festival. Directed by Dani Girl’s Toff de Venecia, the musical stars Topper Fabregas, Caisa Borromeo, and Sheila Francisco. Catch The Boy in the Bathroom on February 19 (8 pm) and February 21 (5:30 pm) at the Huseng Batute Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For ticket inquiries, call 585-6909, 0917 8877 225, 0917 8908633, or 891-9999 (TicketWorld).

All of Time and Space, Where Do You Want to Start?

by dyan
Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Posted in Travel |


Aside from the occasional Baguio or Subic trip, the north is a complete mystery to me, so I spent the first few days of the new year getting to know that side of the country. What was supposed to be just a trip to Hundred Islands and Manaoag Church in Pangasinan led us all the way to La Union, as we searched for a Manila-bound bus with a few seats to spare. Baguio is a (relatively) short bus ride away from San Fernando, so at one point we were legitimately planning to just extend our trip and try our luck the next day.

Our northern adventure was equal parts fun and stressful, and triggered a serious case of wanderlust in me. I spent the past year saving up for Europe 2016, but now I’m thinking there’s so much to see in our own country—why not explore this side of the world first? I make it a point to have just one big resolution every year, and exploring the Philippines is the goal this 2015. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be learning how to surf in La Union next week, eating fresh strawberries in Baguio in February, attending the Malasimbo Festival in Puerto Galera in March, and planting crops in Sagada this summer. Wish me luck!

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Slippers of the Day

by dyan
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight |

Here’s a cool Christmas gift idea for your island-hopping, festival-loving friends (or yourself!): Havaianas recently teamed up with local designer Francis Libiran for a limited edition collection that’s just begging for a trip to the beach. Choose your favorite pair below!


Tita of Manila

by dyan
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
Posted in Let's Talk |

In two days, I’ll be turning 26, one step closer to becoming a full-fledged member of the #TitasofManila. Oh, who am I kidding—I am a tita of Manila! My tita habits include going home early to relax and watch my shows, packing my weekend with daytime activities, and basically treating myself right. Last Saturday was the height of my tita-ism: I was up at 6 am to catch up with friends over breakfast at Salcedo Market, where I bought my very first plant which is coincidentally “unkillable.” Then I headed to the Sola Musica book launch of four amazing Summit authors, including Candy EIC Marla. (I’m not a regular tita, I’m a cool tita!) Around 3 pm, I found myself shopping for lettuce and secondhand books at Muni Market in Capitol Commons, and by 6pm I was in bed, napping to recharge for a night of binge-watching. #YOLO.

But hey, that SNL bit has a ring of truth. “You only live once, that’s the motto, so take a chill pill and ease off the throttle… Just take our advice and hide and scream YOLO to the sky: You Oughta Look Out.”

Peace out.

We Love Our Bread, We Love Our Butter…

by dyan
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Posted in Spotlight |

But most of all, we love each other. That’s the quote from TV show Madeline that has stayed with me through the years, combining all my favorite things and reminding me of those 12 little girls in two straight lines.

“In two straight lines, they broke their bread”—aaand we’re back to my obsession. My friends know how much I love bread that they’ve dubbed me “Dyan Valdyan” because if I were to go to jail, they say it would be for stealing bread!

Kidding aside, all this bread talk brings me to Gardenia’s Next Big Sandwich Hit, a sandwich-making competition that took place last weekend. It’s amazing how the participants shook things up and created edible art that you can even DIY at home.


Healthy Box Sandwich from La Consolacion College, first runner-up


Tuna and Shrimp Tempura Overload Sandwich from Philippine Women’s University, second runner-up


Pan Fusionado Sandwich from National University, grand prize winner


Yum! Baon inspiration, anyone?


Photos courtesy of Gardenia. 

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