It’s not much of a list, but this is, without equivocation, at the top.  Thank you, Nike.



If you haven’t seen the trailer of Jerrold Tarog’s “Heneral Luna,” and you’re a Philippine history enthusiast, please do. It may perhaps be one of the films set in the Philippine-American War that we could be proud of. We only have a few films set in that historical period, and not that many people know of the Philippine-American War. The film is set to be released in 2015. The quality of the film is seamless, and because it’s a Jerrold Tarog film, I’m expecting a down-to-earth treatment to the historical figures. His film Sana Dati is a favorite. 

When I saw the photos of the cast of Heneral Luna on Facebook, I couldn’t help but gasp at some of the actors’ portrayal of their character. To show you what I mean, I took the photos of the cast and put it side by side with the actual photos of the historical figures they portrayed. (I hope the director won’t mind). Look, and be amazed!!! 

(1) John Arcilla as General Antonio Luna

(2) Epy Quizon as Apolinario Mabini

—> This so far is my favorite. From the dress down to the chair he is sitting at, Epy Quizon is perfect for the Mabini role. 

(3) Paolo Avelino as  General Gregorio del Pilar

(4) Mon Confiado as President Emilio Aguinaldo

(5) Nonie Buencamino as Felipe Buencamino 

(6) Joem Bascon as Colonel Francisco “Paco” Roman

(7) Alex Medina as Captain Jose Bernal

(8) Leo Martinez as Pedro Paterno

(9) Ketchup Eusebio as Captain Pedro Janolino

(10) Lorenz Martinez as General Tomas Mascardo

(LEFT photos are from the "Heneral Luna" Facebook Fanpage. RIGHT photos are historical photos from various sources. Photos belong to their respective owners). 

Elegant Firefish - Nemateleotris decora

This is a popular ornamental fish commonly referred to as Elegant Firefish, Decorated Darfish, Purple Fire Goby and Fire Goby. Its scientific name is Nemateleotris decora (Perciformes - Microdesmidae). This colorful fish is monogamous and grows up to 12 cm.

The species is native to the Indo-Pacific waters, from Mauritius to Samoa, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia.

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Photo credit: ©Tanaka Juuyoh | Locality: Mactan Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines - 42m deep (2006)

PHILIPPINES, LEGAZPI : Lava flows from the crater of Mayon volcano seen from Legazpi City, Albay province, southeast of Manila on September 17, 2014. Lava continued to cascade down the Philippines most active volcano on September 17 as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption. AFP PHOTO / Charism Sayat