“I have a problem being here,” says Teddy Boy Locsin in his Manhattan office. “I love the city so much.” Since assuming his post as Philippine Representative to the United Nations last year and moving to New York, the erstwhile angry man of the Twitterverse has just been working and walking. “I’m not athletic but I could walk from 42nd street to the 112th to the Labyrinth Bookstore, now called Book Culture, or down to Union Square, and real athletes would fall behind,” he says while on his desk at the Philippine Consulate building in 5th Avenue, behind him an H.R. Ocampo, to his right a map of the world. “I can’t run a block— I’ll pass out— but I can walk forever.” Walking was one of the first things in the diplomat’s mind as soon as he got settled, signing up for the New York Walkers Club and committing to two-and-a-half-hour walks around Central Park every Saturday. “I’m not exactly with … [Read more...] about Teddy Boy Locsin’s New York stories
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Too many cooks spoil the broth. Does that oft-quoted line apply to the award-giving bodies that have been proliferating like mushrooms? I think so and, I’m sure, so does Tempo columnist Ronald Constantino who once wrote that, just like beauty contests, there are just too many award-giving bodies that the situation has become confusing with each body giving a different set of winners from that of the other bodies. The criteria is deemed to be the same (credible performance, etc.) but taste and perception understandably differ…you know, different strokes for different folks, leaving the public (at least those who are still interested in awards) confused and clueless which award-giving body is credible. Like you, I have an opinion but I’d rather keep it to myself. Ronald mentioned the existing awards, to wit (with additions that come to mind as I write this): FAMAS (which is undergoing a major reorganization); Gawad Urian (by film critics); Luna Awards (of the Film … [Read more...] about Too many awards: Which one is credible?