Monday, January 25, 2016


MANILA, Philippines - Filipino Heritage Artist Dante Hipolito has passed on into the next life.

While Dante's works have been around for many years and his body of work quite immense, Dante's work received much attention due to a work created in time for the arrival of Pope Francis in Manila.

In the 29”x24” oil on canvas painting created by visual artist Dante Hipolito, Pope Francis is seen with Marian Rivera, Kris Aquino, Coco Martin, Gary Valenciano, and Sen. Grace Poe.


My sincerest condolences to the Hipolito Family.






Filipino Heritage Painter Dante Hipolito Passes Away

Friday, January 22, 2016

From the time I started working in the ambulance service, I have seen many people with health problems attributed to weight.  On myself, I have put on 2 stone gone from 15.7 to 17.


As 2016 set in, I have decided to shed off the excess weight

I am trying and since last Friday, I have lost around 5lbs going from 110.7 kg to 108.89 kg in 5 days.

Join me in the journey.

My 2016 Weight Loss Journey

Monday, January 11, 2016

LONDON, United Kingdom - Today, January 11, 2016 an important day in Filipino Cinema. Erik Matti, who directed the acclaimed crime thriller “Honor Thy Father,” is determined to expose the alleged scandal that plagued this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Today, "Direk" Erik Matti, Dondon Monteverde and John Lloyd Cruz shall go before the House of Representatives to further the fight beyond social media.

"Direk" Erik Matti said the MMFF executive committee unfairly disqualified his film from the Best Picture category (which went to “Walang Forever”) after it alleged that producer, Dondon Monteverde, failed to disclose their participation at the Cinema One Originals 2015.

I met Erik Matti here in London, as well as John Lloyd Cruz, a number of times and I believe that Philippine Cinema deserves a bright future given all the talented directors, actors, and actresses.

"Direk" Erik also claimed that some members of the committee of the last MMFF had closer ties with producers of certain films and were getting favorable treatment not only in terms of nominations but theater distribution,as well.


In a long article written by Erik Matti, published in the Philippine Star, "Direk" Erik said, “I’ve come a long way ever since I started in this industry. I’ve gone through so much hell and I can’t imagine how I managed to still stay alive all these years. I’ve been shunned, banned, blacklisted, judged, shamed and laughed at by so many in this industry but I am still here surviving,”

He continued by noting that he has been labeled so many things even by people who haven’t worked with him only because they’ve heard stories about how he is when working with films. “Arrogant. Rude. Indulgent. Cocky. And I’m still here happy to be doing films,” he said.

Meanwhile, Matti stressed that in everything that happened to him he never backed down on what he believed was right even to the point of losing a mentor, suing a studio or cursing an actress publicly.



Despite the odds that his film has gotten through, Matti was proclaimed this year’s MMFF Best Director.

Expressing concern over the future of his career should he choose to pursue the fight against an established “giant institution” such as the MMFF, he said while other people in the industry can choose to stay silent, apathetic or scared he cannot just let go of things too easily.

“We are not too many in this fight. We produced the movie with hard-earned money hoping to get fair treatment with MMFF and the cinemas so that at least our movie can be seen. We’ve been robbed,” Matti lamented.

In addition to this, Matti cited with full conviction that this fight is the only thing he can hold on to that can relieve him with the anger he has deep down inside.

“I think I am out of my mind for doing this but what the hell?I love this industry. I love making films. I love every up and down I’ve gone through here. I love everyone who keeps this industry alive,” he said as he concluded with: “I hope that you, my industry friends and colleagues share this love with me too enough to do something about this.”

I support you, Direk Erik.  More power to you, Dondon Demonteverde, and John Lloyd Cruz.  While I do love romantic-comedies, the Filipino audience deserve the high quality films you guys produce.






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British Man Says, Today, January 11, Is An Important Day For Philippine Cinema

Saturday, January 9, 2016

An Open Letter to the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Office, UK
Dear Theresa,
This year, I will be campaigning against proposed new immigration rules which are due to come into force in April 2016, which would mean that Non-EU migrants including Filipino Workers who have spent more than five years in the country would be required to earn £35,000 per year or face deportation from the UK.

The UK relies on Overseas Filipino Workers as well as migrants from other non-EU countries to work in our care homes, schools, hospitals and even private homes, taking care of our elderly, young people, people with disabilities and others who require care they often selflessly provide. I am very much aware from my contact with the healthcare profession and also meeting many families up and down the United Kingdom and overseas, that Filipino workers are very much relied upon and highly trusted for their caring attitude and hard work.

According to a report in the Guardian in 2014, 'The Philippines provided the highest number of qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff with a total of 8,094 out of 309,529, I am sure the figure is now much higher. This does not include the thousands of Filipino workers in people's homes and indeed care homes providing care 24/7, according to British Government rules, from April 2016, we face losing them, which I believe would be a great tragedy for the people of Britain. If you visit any hospital or care home all around the UK, you will often see many Filipino workers, in fact our British Student Nurses are often mentored or coached by Filipino health care professionals, we need to act now to save them and indeed the potential collapse of the National Health Service if it is to lose its Non-EU migrant workers.

I am calling on the British Public to join me in my campaign to fight any deportation of any Filipino worker due to these new immigration rules.

Yours Sincerely,



Malcolm Conlan
(Concerned British Citizen, UK)






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Malcolm Conlan is a British Man with a Pinoy Heart.  He works with Emergency Services.
















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British Man Writes To Member of Parliament In Defense of Filipino Workers

Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, denied any rumors that she was dating the Philippine President in an interview on New York's WPLJ-FM, in the Todd and Jayde morning program. 

Asked about rumors of her dating the President of Philippines, she answered, "That's so...no, no,  That's so funny.", obviously finding absurdity in the statement.

Asked by Jayde, "Is he cute?  Do you want to date him?", Pia implied that she's too busy and doesn't have the time for it with all her duties as Miss Universe.

Click below to watch the full interview












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"That's so funny" Miss Universe Shrugs Off Rumors Of Dating President Aquino

Why do I love the Philippines and the Filipino people so much? Last week I was asked what was it that I love about the Philippines so much and her people. Got me thinking why I seem to have this fascination and deep rooted love for the country and people. It all started when I was around 19. I went to see Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and fell in love with the show. I quickly discovered that most of the cast just so happened to come from a country called Philippines. So, I decided to make the 7,000 mile trip to meet one of the cast members and discover more about the country. When I arrived in the capital city, Manila, I was struck by how friendly and welcoming everyone was. Nothing was too much trouble. I also felt incredibly safe. In fact in over 37 visits back home, I have never felt out of place, never been robbed or hurt, always been treated with nothing but respect and kindness. In fact, I would describe the Philippines as one of the most amazing, friendliest and safest countries in the world. Thank you to everyone I have met along the way, for your kindness, friendliness and hospitality. Philippines, I love you from the bottom of my heart.







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Malcolm Conlan Tells Filipinos Why He Loves The Philippines

Friday, January 8, 2016

A timely winter reminder to all my friends and readers.  Parents can also make mistakes which may end up costing the lives of their children. In the video below, you will be learning one of the things to avoid during winter.

As someone working in Emergency Services, I see a lot of crashes every now and then.  Please take note of this.  There is a danger when you let your small kid in the car with a winter jacket. That is according to crash tests which were done and revealed that a lot of space if left by a kid wearing the jacket, something that is so dangerous.

If your worry is about the kid getting cold while in the car, then an answer has been provided for you. Just strap the seat belts while kid is not wearing the jacket and then cover him using a small blanket or the jacket to keep him/her warm. Please watch the simulations provided in the clip below and see the supporting facts.





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Malcolm Conlan is a British Man with a Pinoy Heart.  He works with Emergency Services.
















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DON'T Let Your Child Into The Car With A Winter Jacket – This Is Why!

 
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