HAVE A VERY GOOD ONE, FRIEND!

April 25, 2017

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — A Chinese proverb states, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

For Paul Yee, his journey of a thousand miles in the production business for broadcast advertising is almost completed.

Paul is now winding up the operation of China Syndrome Productions, Inc.

For me and Gie, our first steps in the industry in Canada were taken with Paul Yee, when his China Syndrome Productions facility was located on Niagara Street in the lower west end of Toronto in 1995.

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Heartwarming Thoughts on the Birth Anniversary of my brother, Brod B

April 22, 2017

By Ace Alvarez

My dear brother, Brod B — Then and Now (Click image to enlarge)

Toronto, Ontario — Well, Brod B … I’m following North American Eastern Time, thus, if you find this a bit late in accord with the date and time at the part of the world you are in, I’m not really apologizing, nor, will I. The fact is, even if you say this is late, for me this is not; for what I am celebrating today is your birth, not only your birthday. You have always been a very good sibling to me. So, a BIG BIRTH ANNIVERSARY GREETING TO YOU, dearest brother.

Oh, I can’t really help it, but be nostalgic on this day. Today – and countless times, I remember all those happy times we have had.

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Brushing-Up on the Continuously Evolving Tagalog Language

November 20, 2015

New Trends in Tagalog Informal Writing

By Nancy Factura-Ampil with Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — My wife, Front Page Philippines TV Host, Gie Alvarez, and I are sharing with you one note sent to us by our niece, Nancy Factura-Ampil, which, we found pleasure in reading and made us smile all throughout, especially because of the humor incorporated in her letter — including the play on words picked from English, the old Tagalog language in formal compositions and the informal street-coined Tagalog words that have continuously evolved the Tagalog language — in the same manner that other languages do.

Nancy Factura-Ampil (Click Photo to enlarge)

Nancy Factura-Ampil (Click Photo to enlarge)

I apologize to my non-Tagalog speaking readers as I will not even attempt to translate Nancy’s writing. I will certainly get lost in translation.

Here and there, Nancy’s note contained “Jejemon” — a pop culture phenomenon in the Philippines, where the younger Filipinos subverted the English language to the point that their elders could not comprehend, and which the former usually used in text messages.

Nancy’s letter follows:

“Bago ako maging hilong-talilong na naman sa kahektikan ng sked ko ngayong papasok ang Disyembre, mag-email na kaya ako sa mga paborito kong Titas & Titos (di naman sumisipsip ha… totoo naman talaga yan). Speaking of Disyembre, di lang po Pasko ang inaatupag ko ngayon. Reviewer for 2nd Trimestral Exams ni Buch (Dec 1-4); parents’ recollection (Dec 4); birthday ng mabait kong honey (Dec.5); First Confession ni Buch (Dec.6); First Communion ni Buch (Dec 11); 17th Anniversary namin ni honey ko (Dec.11); HighSch. Batch Xmas Party (Dec 11) and so on, and so forth. Kung meron lang totoong ‘genie in a bottle’ ang 3 wishes ko ay: isang clone ko para gawin lahat ng gawaing bahay, isang clone ko para umattend sa mga school activities ni Buch at i-review sya sa exams, at syempre ang last wish ko is makapag-relax naman and pamper myself. Simple lang po ano? No material things (wink emoticon)

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On Pride, Prudence, Humility, Usurpation of Authority and Other Human Values

August 8, 2015

By Ace Alvarez

Dedication

My loving and lovely niece, Pipay Baltazar Alvarez (Click photo to enlarge)

My loving and lovely niece, Pipay Baltazar Alvarez (Click photo to enlarge)

This post is dedicated to my lovely and loving niece, Pipay Baltazar Alvarez, who, from time to time, when I would be busy and away from the social media, do leave me private messages to say hello and that she misses “my thoughts on everyday life.” Pipay wrote, “Messages … that you share on the wall inspire my everyday life.”

The last time I saw Pipay was sometime back in the early 80s. She was very young then. She wrote to me once, “my respect to you is so high as my dad’s brother. I love you (and the rest of my uncles from my dad’s side), even if I did not regularly saw you as I was growing up, I know that you are part of my life.”

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Friends, here is an anecdote that I am sharing with you for the lessons that you may derive from this narration:

(Click image to enlarge)

(Click image to enlarge)

When Manuel L. Quezon was the president of what was then the Commonwealth of the Philippines, he dropped by one day at the University of the Philippines, proceeded to the office of Claro M. Recto — described as one of the foremost statesmen of his generation and likewise considered as “the finest mind of the their generation”. Recto was said to ably mold the mind of his contemporaries and succeeding generations through his speeches and writings — a skill described by Filipino writer and television host, Manuel L. Quezon III, as “only excelled by Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Manuel L. Quezon III, is the grandson of the Commonwealth of the Philippines President.

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Vignettes of Hockey

November 7, 2014

By Ace Alvarez

Toronto, Ontario — After coming to Canada years ago, my family and I have been advised that in order to appreciate all the seasons in a country with temperate climate, we have to appreciate all activities associated with winter, among others, sports.

I pass on anew this advice to fellow Filipino Canadians, especially, the newcomers.

Canada is famous for its national past time during the winter months; Hockey!

Recently, Front Page Philippines Program Host Gie Alvarez and I did this project for the National Hockey League — in cooperation with OMNI Television, in a language common to us Filipinos, hence, did it in Taglish.

This project is one that was harder to do, compared with the many productions we handled before, considering that I have to do the voice over within the time frame available from the original English version. There were segments that we repeatedly re-recorded (thus, requires script revision, too) to fit in the voice over within the available time frame vis-a-vis the English version and the length of the footage.

Please note that the link features several topics on the basics of hockey.

Friends, if you want to learn the basics of the game, please watch the series of this vignettes of hockey: PRESS HERE TO PLAY

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A REMINDER TO THE SUCCESSFUL YOUTH OF TODAY:

June 24, 2014

Canadian rock star and Sum 41 frontman, Deryck Whibley, says, “I had pretty much just damaged everything.”

(By CBCNEWS.CA)

With Commentary by Ace Alvarez related to the story as follows:

The story by CBCNEWS.CA, “Deryck Whibley:  ‘I had pretty much just damaged everything’,” reminded me of my conversation with Filipino actor and singer, Tirso Cruz III during the inauguration of  Hotel Mirador in Ermita, Manila, The Philippines years ago.

During that conversation, “Pip” as he is widely known in the entertainment industry, became successful in his career. The movies that he usually did early his career were mostly musical, co-starring with Nora Aunor. Theirs is regarded as the most famous love team in Philippine Cinema; although the story line in all the movies he was doing during those times, one after another, were the run-of-the-mill type, they did not require a script.

Pip said that during those times, he fell into drinking alcohol. He said that on days that he was home, his drinking would usually start at 10 AM – the time that he usually woke up; and yes, he has not eaten breakfast yet. Friends would sometimes join him, thus, drinking would continue to late nights, or until the wee hours of the morning. Drunk, he usually slept in the couch, and when he woke up the following morning, the same routine went. At his movie shootings, Pip said, he usually fell asleep in between takes, and when it was his turn, he would ask, “Huh! Direk, ano ang gagawin ko (what am I supposed to do)?” and would proceed to improvising a dialogue with his co-star.

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WHERE DO WE BASE TRUST?

April 5, 2014

By Ace Alvarez

TORONTO, ONTARIO — I was reminded of a situation back in 1980s Manila while jotting down this post.

One early evening in the summer of that year, I paid a very good friend a visit at the editorial office of then daily newspaper, “Times Journal”.

At that time, my friend has been working with the broadsheet for about five months and was getting paid on a per column-inch basis for his stories published by the newspaper.

During our conversation, the paper’s City Editor passed by his work station. My friend asked him, “So, Mr. Editor, what’s the latest on my request from you to arrange that I be paid a salary?”

The City Editor replied, “I’m working on it, buddy. Don’t you trust me, man?”

Grinning, my friend said, “The reason why this situation has happened to me, in the first place, was that I put too much trust in you!”

The City Editor walked away,  just smiling.

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