Shealea reacts to: Baka Bukas (2016) – a film review


Title: Baka Bukas
Director: Samantha Lee
Writer: Samantha Lee
Cast: Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Alex), Louise de los Reyes (Jess)
Genre: Drama, Romance, LGBTQIA
Year of release: 2016

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Baka Bukas (Maybe Tomorrow) is a 2016 Cinema One Originals film* that tells about, in the words of its queer female director Samantha Lee, “what happens when you fall in love with your best friend”. Its main character is a 23-year-old lesbian named Alex, who is based in Manila and is every bit of a millennial as any individual can be. In the film, Alex is in love with her best friend Jess whom she initially did not reveal her sexuality to (while everyone else has been aware for quite some time). Due to a trick of circumstances, Jess uncovers Alex’s secret and from there, their relationship begins to evolve.

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Review || All That Glitters


Title: All That Glitters
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

When they have nothing better to do, college students Billie Santiago and Carlos Angeles enjoy imagining what their lives will be like five years into the future. It’s never serious—just a whole lot of teasing and poking fun at each other. Until blindingly handsome, PR professional Iñigo Antonio saunters into the university bookstore where Billie works. All of a sudden, she finds herself face to face with the physical manifestation of the very dream she tells Carlos about.

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Review || Better At Weddings Than You


Title: Better At Weddings Than You
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

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Shealea reacts to: I’m Drunk I Love You (2017) – a film review


Title: I’m Drunk I Love You
Director: Jamie Habac Jr.
Writer: Giancarlo Abrahan, Jamie Habac Jr.
Cast: Maja Salvador (Carson), Paulo Avelino (Dio), Dominic Roco (Jason Ty)
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Year of release: 2017

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Having studied together in the University of the Philippines Diliman for seven years (segue: HUHUHU JUST TYPING THIS MAKES ME SO FRAGILE), best friends Carson and Dio decide to go on a road trip to a music festival in La Union just days before their graduation. Carson, having been secretly in love with Dio since their freshman year in college, is wary about the spontaneous venture but drags along Jason Ty who, in turn, challenges her to finally confess her feelings. However, I’m Drunk I Love You (IDILY) is not quite a love story, but is instead an off-beat romantic comedy that explores unrequited affection and celebrates the fleetingness and fragility of youth.

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Shealea reacts to: The Guerilla Is a Poet (2013) – a film review


Title: The Guerilla Is a Poet
Director: Sari Dalena, Kiri Dalena
Writer: Ericson Acosta, Kiri Dalena
Cast: Karl Medina (young Jose Maria Sison), Angeli Bayani (young Julieta de Lima)
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Year of release: 2013

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Directed by sisters Sari and Kiri Dalena, The Guerilla Is a Poet is an unconventional documentary with a distinct and apparent socio-political theme as its narrative revolves around the life of an exiled political leader, Jose Maria Sison, who is responsible for reviving the Communist Party of the Philippines (in 1968) and founding the New People’s Army (in 1969).

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Review || Keep the Faith (+ GIVEAWAY)


Title: Keep the Faith
Author: Ana Tejano
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Christian
Copy: Digital
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First things first: I received a digital copy of this book as part of my participation in a blog tour – this, however, affects neither my opinion nor the content of my review in any way. Many, many thanks to the author for this opportunity!

Keep the Faith is a relatively short novel that tackles, well, faith (and Faith, for that matter) – during devastating times, amidst large-scale tragedies, in the middle of heartbreak, and even in the people who don’t deserve it. The story immediately jumps into the messy aftermath of Faith’s breakup with her five-year boyfriend James. From there, we are whisked into her journey towards healing and moving forward. Make no mistake, however, Keep the Faith is more than what meets the eye.

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