Taiwanese nabbed in raid on Aurora shabu lab

from inq7.net: Taiwanese Nabbed in Raid on Aurora Shabu Lab

Four Taiwanese nationals were arrested and a still unidentified amount of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) seized in a joint police and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raid on a house converted into a drug laboratory in the town of Dingalan in Aurora province at dawn Wednesday.

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from ABS-CBN Interactive: P120-M worth of drugs siezed in Aurora
from inq7.net: P120-M worth of shabu seized in Aurora raid

The Collector

That’s me (youngest) with Nanay, ate and kuya on the set of Apocalypse Now. I was 5 years old when the flick was shot in Baler. Two months worth of endless helicopter rotor drones must have made an imprint in my brain that I now salivate at every Apocalypse Now related item that I happen to encounter.

I have a small collection of Apocalypse Now memorabilia courtesy of my internet friends and fellow Batang Baler from abroad. The Apocalypse Now Book as pasalubong from Poppo Olag, the Notes on the Making of AN book and AN Redux VHS from Neil Francisco of California, and the AN Redux DVD fron Ennielle of North Carolina. Now I NEED to have these new stuff:

Apocalypse Now – The Complete Dossier ($13.87 at Amazon). and

Apocalypse Now: A Bloomsbury Movie Guide ($15.95 at Amazon)

Help Wanted: If you’re in the USA and planning to take a vacation or knows someone who’s going to Baler in the coming months, can you buy these things for me? I will reimburse the price of the DVD and book. I can order this online but the shipping cost is more than the cover price of the products. I will even throw in a pack or two of sistsarong kibit with the refund if you do the favor for me. Thanks in advance.

Charlies Point

This photo from lakwatsa reminded me that I have vidcaps of Charlies Point scenes from Apocalypse Now, the Francis Ford Coppola movie that was partially shot in Baler back in summer 1976. The river delta village was called Charlies Point in the movie because it has lots of Chalies (Vietcong soldiers). The place also has great surfing waves so Col. Kilgore (played by Robert Duvall) decided to attack it so that his men could surf the beach.

The Apocalypse Now event in Baler spawned the biggest surfing community in the Phillipines 30 years later.

This aerial shot also shows that much of the original real state where the film was shot were already washed out to the sea. Check out the vidcaps.

The place as seen from one of the attack helicopters.

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The Courtship of 'Kastila'

from the Inquirer’s ‘Looking Back’ column by Ambeth Ocampo, May 2, 2005:

One of my regular Sunday morning phone pals was the late National Artist Honorata “Atang” de la Rama, widow of National Artist Amado V. Hernandez. I first met “Ka Atang” at the launching of a compilation of her husband’s poetry. She autographed my book and we did not get to know each other well until I interviewed her for an essay I was writing on Nicanor Abelardo. Our interview went beyond the topic and she had so many anecdotes on other people that I decided to mine her memory for oral history. My one regret was that I did not record the conversations nor did I follow a set plan for interviews.

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