This Youtuber Makes Cooking Fun With Hilarious Kitchen Antics

Monday, June 8, 2020

If there’s one thing we all can agree on about being a Filipino, it’s that we are naturally funny with an appetite. We love to eat and laugh. But who would've thought food and humor would mix well? Luis Azcona and Sharlene Gumpal did.

Listening to Luis narrate his fiancé, Sharlene’s cooking videos is undeniably a comical breakthrough. Puns and jokes in the entire videos were hidden in between ingredients presentation, clumsy errors, and the fun process. "Hello sa inyo, mga bata!" impersonations. Vanilla jokes. Strawberries na nakipagsapalaran sa Maynila. Nanay ng almond. These are just a few of "Luis Azcona Videos'' hidden gems.

The 32-year-old music and video producer with a natural sense of humor, paves his way to an original social media content. His videos are very much unique and pure that it makes one unconsciously smile at a cooking tutorial. And he's not even trying too hard.

In an exclusive interview with Metroscene Mag, Luis and Sharlene unveils how they find inspiration and motivation to create this one-of-a-kind content.

Kitchen stories

Just like his real-life heroes, Anthony Bourdain and Elon Musk, Luis is a visionary and prefers to live in the moment. It’s a strategy he calls “just having fun.” According to him, his motivation comes from the fun that goes along with the entire process of filming.

“My motivation is the fun that we experience during production, and interacting with our subscribers," he said.

Creating unique and valuable content is a multifaceted challenge, and for our dear Sharlene, it's a challenge accepted.

“Na-cha-challenge 'yung inner artist ko, how I will execute in a creative way especially the plating. I look up to Joshua Weissman, Adam Liaw and Marion’s Kitchen. Mel Thompson for makeup,” she shared.

The imperfect recipe for perfection

One strength of their content is how they do not cut out the mistakes in cooking--in clumsy holding or filling, breaking eggs, or missing out an ingredient. It's an added ingredient to what makes it so natural. A testimony that says: one's flaws does not make one flawed. Otherwise, clean it up then grow from it.

“I think it's the fact that we don't hide the mistakes in the process. We are home cooks that make mistakes all the time and I think our viewers can resonate with that. Plus, I think the rhymes, the puns, the humour in the voice over instructions help too,” Luis answered as to what makes their content unique from others.

Aside from their online cooking shows, Luis first started uploading musical content, travel vlogs, and educational and witty videos like Tagalog-Bisaya Tutorials and Bokabularyo ni Yorme. Now, Sharlene's make-up tutorials made it to the ensemble still alongside Luis' funny remarks.

Dealing with the bad eggs

Although social media really gives everyone a platform to showcase their talents and creativity, it is also filled with bored trolls. Luckily, the couple is blessed with supportive and loving fans.

“Not really. There's maybe 1% of them. We're very lucky to have a nice, supportive community,” they answered when asked about handling online criticism.

A pinch of life lessons and a smidgen of wisdom

Just like in cooking, the couple have had their fair share of trial and error in terms of finding the right content that suits everyone's taste. The couple now has more than half a million followers on Facebook and almost eighty thousand subscribers on Youtube, and counting. The couple has proved that the secret to achieving success in one's life is doing what you love and loving what you do.

“Create what makes sense to you. If you're on a beach and you got a surfboard, make a surfing video. Obsessed with gardening? Gardening channel. And so on. That way, you will never fail, because if no one watches it, at least you had fun. Most of the time, fans can sense if the creator is having fun and that kind of appeal converts to shares and views.”

If you're reading this, know one thing or two: you love food or you just love watching videos in general. If that's the case, Luis and Sharelene's channel might just be the perfect thing for you!

The couple uploads their videos every week on  Facebook and Youtube.

Text by: Kyle Cadavez & Mark Baccay

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Tired of Being Angry? Voter registration officially resumes this July

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

It's time. 

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) offices will be resuming its operations nationwide on June 1st, 2020 instituting the no face-to-face transaction policy. The COMELEC Spokesperson, James Jimenez posted a tweet last May 31, “The @COMELEC begins the phased resumption of its operations nationwide tomorrow, June 1, 2020 #COMELECSTAR #TuloySerbisyo”

On that note, voter’s registration will start on first of July confirming by James Jimenez via tweet reply to a citizen last May 28, “Voter registration resumes in July. June will be dedicated to, essentially retrofitting our offices and procedures to ensure the safety of both the public and our workers. Please hang on. #MagparehistroKa #VoterReg2020” In conformity with the strict implementation rules of COMELEC, “Always wear a facemask; Practice handwashing and hand hygiene frequently; Observe social distancing”

For the applicants, bring one valid ID (see the list below) and a filled out registration form (application form available here.)

List of Valid IDs

• Employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
• Postal ID ;
• PWD Discount ID;
• Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
• Senior Citizen’s ID;
• Driver’s license;
• NBI clearance;
• Passport;
• Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
• License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC);
• Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or IPs; and
• Any other valid ID

Register now and make a change for the future. We are the voice of this country! Vote wisely and do not forget that we are making our country better for us, for our future generations.

Text by: Novie Nunez

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Remembering The Victims Of The Drug War

The act of remembering is an act of defiance.

Remembering all The  war on drugs unleashed a culture of violence that shall forever scar the democracy of our country. Thousands of innocent people were killed and forgetting them would be an unspoken agreement with the inhumane bloodshed. 

Let us take a moment to the victims of the bogus war on drugs,  whose names and stories should not be forgotten. They have suffered and died unmercifully under the current regime. We will not forget.

 Remembering The Victims Of  Drug War

Bladen Skyler Abatayo (4 years old)

On a raid last July 2018 led to the killing of four-year-old Bladen Skyler Abatayo. The four-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet from an anti-drug operation in Barangay Ermita, Cebu City.

Althea Fhem Barbon (4 years old)

Althea died of a bullet that hit her spine, she was on a motorcycle with her father when police shot him in the back. The bullet hit the 4-yo girl riding in front after piercing the body of her father, who died instantly.

Francisco Manosca (5 years old)

Francis was five when he died with his father on December 11 after a masked vigilante shot and killed Domingo from the window of their home.

Aldrinne Pineda (13 years old) 

“Pa, binaril ako. Pa, pulis.” Ilong’s father Allan recalled him saying those words as he rushed his son to the hospital. Ilong would die the next day.

Jayross Brondial (13 years old)

“Kuya, 'wag! 'Wag ako, hindi ako! (Sir, don't! Not me, it's not me!)” he screamed as he held his chest hit by a bullet. Jayross 'Utoy' Brondial, 13, was killed by a motorcycle-riding, masked gunman, in what neighbors believe might have been a case of mistaken identity.

Joshua Cumilang (18 years old)

Joshua was allegedly dragged by armed men to an alley near their home before being killed by Delpan beat patrolman Ronald Alvarez and a companion, according to the victim's cousin, Jimmy Walker.

Visit PAALAM.ORG for the full list.

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Is Anti-Terrorism Bill another excuse for the government to silence the public?

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Filipinos dismayed with the senate's approval of Anti Terrorism Bill took to Twitter their concerns and desire to junk the bill.

The topic #JunkTerrorBill trended on Twitter with keywords #OustDuterte and “ACTIVISM IS NOT TERRORISM” after the House of Representatives committee on public order and safety approved the substitute version of the Human Security Act.

The bill hands power to the government to define what constitute terrorism, who are to be considered terrorists and its penalties.

Netizens are particularly railing against the administration’s decision, calling it as another excuse for the government to silence the public. An attack on human rights, freedom, and overall democracy of the country.

What's in the Philippines' New Anti-Terrorism Act?

Here are the activities that can be interpreted as "terrorism" under the new bill: 

1. Damage or alleged damage to gov't property;

2. Assault or attempted assault;

3. Purchase or carrying a knife or anything that can be used as a weapon;

4. Meet-ups, suspicion of plotting against gov't;

5. Donating or helping relief drives that aren't government/state-recognized;

6. Participating in a rally or any movement that can cause a "serious risk to public safety";

7. Posting, writing, sharing and/or retweeting posts (even memes) related to "terrorist activities";
Punishable by 12 years in jail to life imprisonment; warrantless arrest minimum 24 days; wiretapping and/or state surveillance."

Here are some of the reactions online:

Under the current administration, the Philippine government has been targeting activists through propaganda, crackdowns, violence. Activism is not terrorism and it’s time the government accept that.

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"Pamilya Ordinaryo" and other Filipino films to hit Netflix this June

Friday, May 29, 2020

"Pamilya Ordinaryo" and other Filipino films to hit Netflix this June - Metroscene Ma

To make this year's Independence Day even more special, a new slate of critically-acclaimed Filipino films is coming to Netflix!

The world's biggest on-demand video streaming app partnered with local production studios, including Viva, ERJ Found Films, Black Cap Pictures and Changhe Films, to showcase diverse and real stories from the Philippines.

Below are the synopses of the five films coming out on Netflix this June.

PINOY SUNDAY (Changhe Films Ltd)

Synopsis: Inspired by a 1958 Roman Polanski short, this lighthearted examination of modern life in Taipei follows two Filipino immigrants, Manuel and Dado, during their day off from work, when the chance discovery of a discarded couch leads to adventure.

Director: Widing Ho

Cast: Bayani Agbayani, Jeffrey Quizon, Nor Domingo, Dave Ronald Chang, Meryll Soriano, Alessandra de Rossi

Release date: June 5, 2020

“I never thought the feature debut I made ten years ago can have a second life and finally get shown to the Philippine audience, thanks to Netflix. It is a tremendous honor to have my second movie after ‘Cities of Last Things’ to be included on a platform which has done so much to promote filmmakers' works from around the world to a global audience. I am lucky to be part of the family.” Director, Widing Ho said.

SUNOD (Black Cap Pictures Inc)

Synopsis: As the medical expenses for her daughter stack up, a mother takes a demanding call center job where the building's sinister secrets begin to haunt her.

Director: Carlo Ledesma

Cast: Carmina Villarroel, Mylene Dizon, JC Santos, Kate Alejandrino, Krystal Brimner, Rhed Bustamante, Susan Africa

Release date: June 14, 2020

“Having Sunod screen theatrically during the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival was an incredible experience, and now I'm excited for the film to find a new audience online, especially on Netflix, which has the best streaming. Speaking on behalf of myself and my crew, we took great pains to make the movie look and sound good, so it'll be a rush to see it stream in high quality.” Ledesma said in a statement.

LOLA IGNA (ERJ Found Film Production Co.)

Synopsis: An elderly woman finds her life disrupted when her family and village realize she has a chance at a world record for being the oldest grandmother alive. (Lola Igna was awarded Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Musical Score and Best Actress at the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Awards Night)

Director: Eduardo W. Roy Jr.

Cast: Angie Ferro, Yves Flores, Meryll Soriano, Maria Isabel Lopez, Royce Cabrera, Jojo Riguerra, Armando A. Reyes

Release date: June 18, 2020

“I felt flabbergasted when I got the news from Netflix that the team loved my film, not just one but two of my films. I’m personally thankful to Netflix for introducing ‘Lola Igna’ and ‘Ordinary People’, to a larger audience, not only in the Philippines, but to the whole world. Now my films can be easily accessible anytime, and anywhere around the world.” The director said.

UNTRUE (Viva Communications, Inc.)

Synopsis: Mara moves from the Philippines to the country of Georgia, where she meets a mysterious man, Joachim. They develop feelings for one another, until Joachim claims to hear peculiar sounds and see visions of a strange woman.

Director: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo

Cast: Cristine Reyes, Xian Lim

Release date: June 22, 2020

PAMILYA ORDINARYO (ERJ Found Film Production Co.)

Synopsis: Barely making a living as pickpockets, a teenage couple in Manila resort to desperate measures when their one-month-old child is kidnapped. (Ordinary People was awarded Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actress, Best Director at the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, as well as Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and FAP Awards) Director: Eduardo W. Roy Jr.

Cast: Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Kilip, Maria Isabel Lopez, Sue Prado, Ruby Ruiz, Raymon Lee, Karl Medina, Erlina Villalobos, Menggie Cobrarrubias

Release date: To be announced

The five films will join  EerieThe Girl Allergic to Wi-Fi, and Miss Granny,  which were among the top ten most popular titles in the Philippines in 2019, as well as the Filipino Netflix Film Dead Kids by award-winning director Mikhail Red.

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“Atlantis” Is Reportedly Getting a Live-Action Remake Starring Tom Holland

Thursday, May 28, 2020

If there’s one thing every Disney fan can agree on, it’s that ‘Atlantis: The Lost Empire’ is an underrated gem.
Luckily, Walt Disney Studios has (allegedly) found its next live-action remake of one of their animated films with Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Though the details about the live action is very limited at the moment, a source at The Illuminerdi shared that  the live-action remake will feature Tom Holland as ‘Milo’. 
ICYF: The Disney animation classic features Milo (Michael J. Fox) discovering the lost world of Atlantis. He and his team of daredevil explorers meet the Atlantean people and eventually become entangled in the fate of their world.

Watch the video below

Disney is also now developing:

 101 Dalmatians prequel Cruella, starring Emma Stone

 The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey

 Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into the Woods

Which Disney animated film would you like to see get a live-action remake? What is your dream cast for the Atlantis remake? Let us know in the comments below.

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Life is good, all the time? NOT ANYMORE for Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Life is good, all the time? NOT ANYMORE for Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa. - Metroscene Mag

Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa got his plot twist a day after his celebratory statement online

On Tuesday, May 26, before the online Senate session ends, the Senators are already bidding their goodbyes when dela Rosa was heard telling his colleagues enthusiastically, "Ang sarap ng buhay. Sarap ng buhay. Ganito na lang tayo palagi ha,"

Many people on social media slammed his insensitive statement knowing that the country is in a difficult time for two months already.

In the recent Senate session happened on Wednesday, May 27. President of the senate, Sen. Vicente Sotto III, ordered dela Rosa to attend the session on June 1 at Senate Plenary Hall in flesh along with other Senators, Panfilo Lacson, Francis Tolentino, and Sherwin Gatchalian.

Senator Zubiri added, "Tama yon, Mr. President. Para statement niya pagkatapos would be, 'Mahirap na ang buhay kasi hanggang alas diyes na siya sa senado.'"

It's true, your lack of compassion and empathy will come back to bite you in the assWhat a plot twist Sen. dela Rosa got in a span of 24 hours!

Text by: Novie Nunez

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