Category Archives: On the Spotlight
Sorry guys… long time no update. Okay, so I don’t think this might be the right time to post some of the latest and hottest news here. However, for me, this is the LATEST and the HOTTEST news in the whole entire world (loljk).
This is a double feature about two awesome guys whom I have met in person. Yes guys, I am talking about TWO dudes who qualify to be in the “Social Media King” category for being… well, I will let you know. HAHA.
Diey Teodoro: Popoyfield’s Frontman
Diey Teodoro (Credits to him for the photo!)
He is a photographer, tattoo artist and at the same time, the vocalist of the band, Popoyfield! It is amazing that I have met him in person, never expected he would be better-looking.
What makes him featured in this blog is two things: 1.) He’s inked; 2.) He looks like Daniel Padilla (lol).
Sorry to the KathNiel fans, he’s already hitched. As much as I am never a fan of Daniel Padilla, I would not expect that he would look like DJ himself. The only difference is that, he has better-looking eyes.
He’s a Bulakenyo, that’s why he made it to Kyusi just to buy something from me. BUT STILL I WON’T TELL YOU THE PRODUCT (evil mode lol).
Here’s the sample video. ❤
Hahahah! I hope Popoyfield will be popular worldwide!
Julian Sean Pura: Baguio Ikemen
He is: 1.) A singer; 2.) A model; 3.) A column writer.
He’s BTW, part of the Mimesis Ensemble. What makes him featured in this article is that, tell me, what comes out from your mind when you see him? That’s right. He has the looks, similar to a local celebrity who passed away for almost four years.
Here are some clips for you to see:
When he sings, it’s like a voice of an angel. So to speak, he sounds like Christian Bautista!
I never get tired of hearing this one. ❤ His voice, and his looks REALLY MATCH! Terno, hindi ba!? ((:
This is an interview on him. The way he speaks, it’s very lovely.
So, do you wanna know his look-alike? Get ready!
Now you have it! LOL
Guess what my identity is
Since it’s no secret that I am blogging, guess who I am now. Yes, don’t be shy to tell me your feelings! Thanks!
Origa’s concert in Russia, her homeland–but this time, in Moscow
It is a tragic day indeed on the 17th day of January 2015. I have never expected that one talent, one diva will be gone too soon.
Teenhood Hero, Teenhood Idol
Origa became well-known after her first big break ever: “Inner Universe,” a song that is the opening theme of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Well, sorry to say but I really never dared to listen to the original recording of the song because it’s pictured in my mind that when I hear that, I see the commercial of Animax about it… haha and the opening AV is just… too haunting.
According to Japanese-language sources, she died in Tokyo, Japan. That’s right. I bet, she has long been a Japanese citizen since she rarely comes back to Russia, or maybe she chose to remain a Russian citizen.
Sadly, whenever I listen to her songs, just like the rest of my idols in music, I never greeted her, “S dnyom rozhdeniya” at all (this also applies to Bjork, Yoko Kanno and Chick Corea, who are my constant idols in music). However, greeting your idol on FB is nothing really special or somehow corny since you only care about their music. But when you delve into their music, you’ll really admire them without questioning them at all.
In this case, I had a strong urge to learn Russian and even dreamt of studying in Russia. Origa’s the reason why I started to embrace everything Russian–even their military culture, actually. Despite the bad things that’s being shoved to us about Russia, I still never hated the country itself. I know that Russia is relatively conservative when it comes to their traditional beliefs, to think their mentality is European. Origa once said that when she went to Japan, she said that the Japanese people are conservative–at least, from a Russian’s point of view (Russia is quite more liberated than Japan, but still I find Russian culture conservative as compared to Western Europe).
I thought “Inner Universe” was Japanese, but when I read the lyrics, it was “weird” (was reading the Roman letters, not the original Cyrillic). When I “Googled” Origa on Yahoo! (wait, Google was not very popular during that time, it was only starting to become a household name while Yahoo! was still very popular (now, it’s a weak search engine), I have learned the fact that she’s Russian.
Indeed, Origa had a voice of an angel. No one can ever replicate that. No wonder, I was dreaming that she would sing one of the songs I would direct to my prospective musicians who will do the rest of the job. The movie lineup’s there–based on my own imagination. I cannot even spew it out, because I’m afraid that people surrounding me will call me crazy. After all, these people are dubious people, continuing to be dubious and will always be popular at the expense of other people.
No one can ever replace the diva. Never. Not even my other fave artists. She stood out, compared to the rest of the mainstream artists who are just… mainstream. Dunno, something’s really inside me, and I do have a feeling that Origa’s really part of my life, even though I have rarely heard of her ever since. It’s only saddening.
Sayounara, do svidanya, Origa-sama. Покойся с миром (Pokojsya s mirom). 安らかに眠る(yasuraka ni nemuru).
Even though she’s a toughie, she did not like the fame or the “infamy” she received during the incident.
Well, at first I thought she’s very close with her father, but it turns out that she is waaay different from Mayor Rody. They’re not close, but they ain’t foes, either. That made me respect someone like her more: Balance between matapang and keeping a low profile. At least she learned from her mistakes. Even though she did not like doing it, well, it can’t be helped. She needed to go ballistic to express herself.
I hope judgmental people will wake up with their boxed minds. *winkz*
I have to admit, after watching Legal High, I’d say that he’s drool-worthy! ;p
According to wellesley.edu/Faces of the Shinsengumi:
Born on October 14, 1973 in Miyazaki Prefecture, Sakai Masato first started appearing in films and drama series in 1999. In comparison to other actors, he began his career rather late, but he has demonstrated his talents time and time again.
One of his biggest roles was in the Shinsengumi film When the Last Sword is Drawn as Okita Souji. His training in preparation for this role would soon come in handy for the following year he appeared as Yamanami Keisuke in the Shinsengumi NHK Taiga Drama series. Although a strong actor, his preference appears to be supporting actors, for which he has received awards several times.
And… for the nth time, he’s a CHARMER.
I found some information that he used to be part of the Acting Club in high school and he even majored in Chinese literature in Waseda Daigaku… meaning to say that his Chinese is not bad, although heavily accented. Also, his English is fairly fine, although not as excellent like Kouhei’s.
What else? I have also read that he did not finish college to pursue acting. So far, he debuted in 1995 (Source: D-Addicts Wiki), but he’s better known in the movies–he could actually be very serious, then very funny, and imagine that he has showcased his English in “Sukiyaki Western Django” as Shigemori, although he has a few lines there.
Yahoo! Japan Images|Sakai-sama as Shigemori
Check out his background/profile here.
Actually, he’s the most underrated actor out there, aside from Kei Tanaka. I really don’t get it why the hell does he not get more popular projects compared to good-looking Japanese guys who are merely just members of boybands. Like, come on, people like him deserves MORE and MOAR exposure! Sadly, since he’s underrated, little is known about his personal life, we only know that he’s finally married to Miho Kanno, but during that time, I was yet to watch Legal High.
In other words, since he was part of the Acting Club and studied in Waseda, it makes him earn more POGI POINTS since what he learned is actually applied once he acts like err… wait, I really do not have any idea whether he has memorable roles, but so far, he won a lot of awards (not to mention he even hosted an awarding ceremony), and not to mention he didn’t actually reveal much of his personal life since the Japanese people value their privacy very much to the point that they won’t flash anything behind close doors, and I think Masato-niichan is excellent in doing things that won’t ever tarnish his stardom.
In fact, he should be in the “racial” trio, together with Chris Tucker (USA) and Rowan Atkinson (UK).
Kanara Ty said:
I strongly believe that Masato Sakai is one of Japan’s under-appreciated actors. Usually known for playing serious roles, Sakai takes on a refreshing comedic role as Kensuke Komikado, a sleazy and conniving lawyer who’s never lost a case. While the show had a strong supporting cast, it was Sakai that carried the drama (as he usually does), case after case.
Wow ah, she knows what “nagdala” really is, and I really appreciate her for that! 😀 I didn’t realize that Sakai-sama is a serious actor in reality, but I’d say that he could actually be at-par with Johnny Depp and Robert Downey, Jr. when it comes to serious roles–they mix it up with comical acts, whether it is intentional or not.
I really do not know how Masato retains that sarcastic expression if he acts too nice or too serious. I’d say that despite being under-rated, I call him a veteran actor under the age of 50. Even though his role as Komikado-sensei is exaggerated, he isn’t over-acting compared to other Japanese actors who exaggerate with going overboard, thus adding blandness towards the series. If he’s not very handsome according to Japanese standards, I consider him as H-A-N-D-S-O-M-E. Yeah, he may look like Osamu Mukai and Kei Tanaka, but among these O-type cuties, he’s the best-looking amongst them. He is the most charming and there are no dull moments when he’s in the series.
One forum in AsianFanatics.net said:
Sakai is the antithesis of mannered acting. You never quite know what this exciting, constantly smiling actor will do next, but you can always see him thinking.
Now this is the reason behind his sarcastic facial expression despite looking very serious or very emotional. This so-called “anti-thesis” of mannered acting usually applies to these actors I’ve mentioned who has a comparable acting trademark like Sakai-sama. This also makes me think that “reading between the lines” has also been applied in his role as well.
i dont know about the others but Masato Sakai & Tae Kimura are definitely very under-rated! theyre wonderful artists!!! and to be honest i dont think Yoshitaka Yuriko can act that well, but then again ive only seen her in Tokyo DOGS.
Totes agree, although I haven’t seen Tae Kimura yet or her movies, but I partially agree that Yuriko Yoshitaka isn’t that great in acting (I’ve seen her Cannonball Wedlock, she’s too over-acting), which makes me prefer Yui Aragaki more (Yui has improved a lot and I think she acts better) and Yukie Nakama. I also consider Chiaki Kuriyama underrated as well, even though she starred as the deadly Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill, and one of the students in Battle Royale.
I didn’t expect that he started his career late as an actor, but that’s okay, since the younger actors (particularly child actors) ended up doing drugs and some of them didn’t actually improve their craft that much. I really didn’t know why such good-looking actors in Japan have weaker acting prowess compared to the ones who are not even that good-looking in their standards. There are yes, good-looking actors in Japan, but the charm and X-factor isn’t shining on them, is it? Haha. To add, even though he prefers being a supporting actor, the audience would choose to stare at him more than the actual lead. There’s one video in youku wherein even though as a lead actor, he’s really willing to help another co-actor do the correct thing. He even taught Yui Aragaki how to display this paper written with Kanji characters on it. This makes Yui and Masato both teamplayers in Legal High, that’s why the series is more appealing to me compared to my very first J-Dorama, Misaki Number One!! (I honestly think that even though the story flow’s at its perfection, Karina’s exaggerated acting is labelled as over-acting, and it’s quite comparable to Masato’s effortless comic acts.
See more photos of Masato Sakai (screenshots from Legal High):
If I were to watch again Legal High Season 2, I hope Sakai-sama would be given more projects, and I’d like to see him in an English-language film (Hollywood please!) or roles where he will speak English (not contented with his English lines in Legal High and in Sukiyaki Western Django).
Lastly, every skin tone suits him, whether he’s tanned or he’s fair–and although in some scenes he looks like PSY, he’s way better-looking and has a certain charisma that cannot be explained! HAHA!
facebook.com|DOWNFALL… is it or is it not!?
Well, after his “defeat” from Bradley, I was expecting his defeat. Very predictable.
Kaya nga hindi nga ako interesado kapag may laban siya at shit, eh! What he did is to fight for profit gains. If that’s what he was thinking, he would make MORE money in public service/politics rather than in boxing.
Mr. Pacman, there is more to you and your life than boxing. You’re a recording artist, politician, what more!? Of course, it’s not yet the end of your career yet, however, you pushed yourself for “MORE, MORE!” This is it. The Filipinos are starting to become delusional when you are having a fight with another boxer (mostly Mejicano). Whenever you have a fight, the Filipinos think it’s a big deal for you to win. However, it’s time for a break.
I think you have to focus on public service. That way, it is a much more refreshing start for your political career. You could serve the Filipinos in a much safer and in a less painful way. I think you still have your celebrity status somehow without being a consistent winner.
Who would be mistaken that PSY could actually make better MVs than Gangnan Style!?
PSY is really, LOVE. He deserves to be in Time’s 100 Most Influential People.
What I love best about PSY is that, he is able to achieve his fame through the Gangnam Style, although these other two videos are much better. Also, his English is really perfect since he came to the US because of his family’s business.
PSY is rock! He’s love! He’s a great influence to everyone!
They both turn 24 years old today! Can’t believe they’re really THAT old, but not to worry, there are some other people born in 1988:
Adele (she does look older than her age)
However, I’d say that Mario Maurer does resemble AJ Perez in some angle, and they’re both charming. Same with Yeng resembling Koo Hye Sun (who sometimes remind of Jessy Mendiola).
Right now, Yeng is celebrating her birthday in China, dunno with Mario.
But anyways, HABURDAY to you peoplez!
Bjork is one of the raspy-voiced singers with exceptional talent — she does not only sing, but also, she could also imagine something really exceptional — unlike other singers, she could actually sing about nature, politics, aside from simple love songs; an she could pull that off. You cannot imagine Lady GaGa or maybe Ke$ha doing the same thing.
Singing Oceania in Icelandic
Bjork in Atta Raddir, an Icelandic TV show
Bjork expresses her love for country — Icelandic pride!
Bjork moved from her native Iceland to the United Kingdom to pursue a solo career after she became part of the Sugarcubes. One reason why I admire Bjork in some way. She really made Iceland placed on the map — just like these artists/celebrities:
Charlize Theron – South Africa
Amuro Namie – Okinawa, Japan
Regina Spektor – Russia
Heidi Klum – GermanySophia Loren – Italy
Marion Cotillard – France
Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Hemsworth Brothers, Miranda Kerr – Australia
Pierce Brosnan – Ireland
Natalie Portman – Israel
Greta Garbo – Sweden
Audrey Hepburn, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Robert Pattinson, Alex Pettyfer, Orlando Bloom – UK
Famke Janssen – The Netherlands
Milla Jovovich – Ukraine
Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz – Spain
Salma Hayek – Mexico
Shakira – Colombia
Asia Argento – Italy
Audrey Tautou – France
Franka Potente – Germany
Ivana Baquero – Spain
The Uniqueness of Bjork Gudmundsdottir
Bjork is very unique. Call her “weird,” but she’s not as mainstream-ish weird like Lady GaGa, or maybe retro-cutesy like Katy Perry, or maybe trashy-punkish like Ke$ha. Bjork is an experimental singer — she is a definition of an artist.
Right, Justin Bieber?
When she sings, she talks about nature (Oceania, Biophilia songs, Nattura), politics (Declare Independence) and patriotism (Joga). Also, she also does storytelling (Bachelorette, Isobel).
Now what’s even very special about her is that, her weird costumes and out-of-this-world music videos (mostly directed by Michel Gondry) really make her stand out, and imagine that the Japanese really loved her so much that she’s hailed there (you know naman, Japanese people embrace weirdness).
Also, you won’t question it if Bjork wins an award due to her uniqueness — no other artist could pull off the avant-garde style that Bjork has.
When I was in high school, I would usually defy the social norm of worshipping mainstream popular music by rather leaning onto Bjork, Chick Corea and Yoko Kanno. Amy Winehouse is also included. Yeah, I really do not like mainstream music after all, except when you listen to Lady Gaga or maybe Japanese composers like Junichi Nakatsuru (the real legend!).
Unfortunately, Bjork is not that popular in the Philippines. Her target is usually countries that have first-world standards — countries that do not simply lean onto pop music alone. Singers alongside her only target first-world countries which is really even sad because third-world countries cannot even at least, try to understand her a bit. They would rant out and think that “No, this is not music! These are all… messy.” If you think that Bjork is nothing, why can’t you ask music critics? After all, they could really choose Bjork over Willie Revillame.
Cross-over between weird and mainstream
Overall, I think that Bjork is really fantastica!
Well, it makes me want to tackle about Icelandic culture.
indybay.org|Hello to Supremo!
Happy Birthday to the true person who saved our country from the Spaniards, alongside Gat Jose P. Rizal.
In fact, despite his lack of education, at least hie managed to be very nationalistic, and he really served the country towards freedom against the Spaniards.
No wonder, he’s more celebrated than Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, otherwise known as the first President of the Republic of the Philippines (which is sort of nakakahiya because he is not that celebrated and he’s also accused of being a traitor).
One brave soul who died young, because he’s a good soul.