Yet another Pinay by the name of Ramiele Malubay is on American Idol 7 Top 24 whilst this may not come as surprise to all because Filipinos by nature are good singer (balladeers or karaoke masters) and its best example is Renaldo Lapuz who auditioned but was disqualified due to age, weird costume and song. Ramiele wasn’t seen much during the grueling Hollywood week nevertheless she beat at least 140 select or from thousandths A.I.7 wannabees. We can add another list to Sway Penala, AJ Tabaldo, Camille Velasco and Jasmine Trias. Let’s see how far she goes in the season admired to be the most talented batch by far.
And speaking of television for a 40-year old immature (as my wife would utter) these are my current favorite TV series (both anime and western style) in the tube:
– Avatar: The Last Airbender
– The Batman
– Ben 10
– Monster Allergy
Of the Japanese made films watched I’m pretty much impressed with Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, Masamune Shirow Ghost in the Shell series and Appleseed. I’ve been waiting for (what else, bootleg copy!) Appleseed sequel Ex Machina.
Hollywood animation are really of different breed by having the resources needed in terms of R&D, technology and pool of highly skilled individuals that’ll lead me agonizing over responsibility pass to me for the short-film “Lake Happiness” because we never had sufficient research nor the adequate training (in BG/DIP) not to mention the 8-5 everyday office load.
Growing up with Spiderman, The Herculoids, Moby Dick, Mighty Mightor and Spyshadow, or sitting on supermarket sidewalk for a 25 cents comics rent during the 70s has stucked well and get me to appreciate how important character design but always next to story.
Proud of Pinoy artists, designers and animators who made it big in Hollywood, the likes of Armand Serrano, Nelson Bohol, Macky Pamintuan, Erwin Madrid, and Ronnie del Carmen also those who made it in the American comics like Whilce Portacio, Lan Medina et.al., or the new breed of artists at deviantart like El Pinoy (Chester Ocampo) or Markovah (Mark Taduran) just to mention few.