Monday, February 29, 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Acceptance Speech At The Oscars!

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Big congratulations are in order for Leonardo DiCaprio for finally bagging the Oscar! At long last! I’m so, so happy for Leo!!! I’ve loved him since Marvin’s Room and every movie in between was always a treat watching Leo grow and finally, tonight – winning his very first Oscar!!!! Here’s what Leo has to say during his Oscar’s acceptance speech…

“Thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room. I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year. 'The Revenant’ was the product of the tireless efforts of an unbelievable cast and crew. First off, to my brother in this endeavor, Mr. Tom Hardy. Tom, your talent on screen can only be surpassed by your friendship off screen… thank you for creating a transcendent cinematic experience. Thank you to everybody at Fox and New Regency…my entire team. I have to thank everyone from the very onset of my career… To my parents, none of this would be possible without you. And to my friends, I love you dearly, you know who you are.

And lastly I just want to say this: Making ‘The Revenant’ was about man's relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”

 Congrats again Leo!!! I love you!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Julia Roberts Character's Break-up E-mail from the Movie Eat Pray Love

Since it’s Valentines today, I thought of posting this bittersweet e-mail sent by Julia Roberts’ character (Liz) to David (played by James Franco) when she went to Italy. I know the book was based on the author’s experiences but I reckon that this letter will be applicable for those who have no dates today LOL.

Dear David,
We haven’t had any communication in a while, and it’s given me time I needed to think. Remember when you said we should live with each other and be unhappy so we could be happy? Consider it a testimony to how much I love you that I spent so long pouring myself into that offer, trying to make it work. But a friend took me to the most amazing place the other day it’s called, The Augustium. Octavian Augustus built it to house his remains. When the Barbarians came they trashed it along with everything else. The Great Augustus Rome’s first true great emperor. How could he have imagined that Rome, the whole world as far as he was concerned, one day would be in ruins. It’s one of the quietest and loneliest places in Rome. The city has grown up around it over centuries. Feels like a precious wound, Like a heartbreak you won’t let go of cause it hurts too good. We all want things to stay the same David. Settle for living in misery because we’re afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Then I looked around in this place at the chaos it’s endured. The way it’s been adapted, burned, pillaged, and found a way to build itself back up again…and i was reassured. Maybe my life hasn’t been so chaotic, It’s just the world that is. And the only real trap is getting attached to any of it. ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation. Even in this eternal city. The Augustium showed me that we must always be prepared for endless waves of transformation.
Both of us deserve better than staying together because we’re afraid we’ll be destroyed if we don’t.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Free Ebooks Download by Arch Bala

Hiya guys!

I rewritten some of my short stories previously posted here and convert them into ebooks and if you're interested to read 'em, you can do so by downloading them for free by clicking the images of the book covers which will lead you to the download links. Thanks!

376655_10151030930611510_2093074946_n (2)1111111 Cover - Sapatos
The Soul Meets Its Mate Cover Right HOPE

Also, watch out for my upcoming novella called Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa?  up for release later next month.


Stay updated on my books via my Goodreads page and lemme know what you think… 

Pura Vida!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

My 2013 Oscar Predictions

Tonight is the biggest night in Hollywood as stars converge in Kodak Theater for the 85th Academy Awards. Last year was a very good year in films and the battle for tonight would validate the selected few who will get to win the Oscars and have their name written in the Oscar history book. With that being said, the competition is as stiff as last year when Meryl Streep and Viola Davis battled it out for the Best Actress category with the former winning her third statuette.

As for this year, like what I’ve been doing for the last couple of years – I’d be presenting my predictions / thoughts in certain categories with the THINK  and WANT format or Think / Want / Should Win format or Winner / Spoiler blah blah.
Here they are…

Best Picture
THINK / WANT / SHOULD - Argo is arguably the one to beat tonight with its unprecedented accolades left and right. The Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and the BAFTA hailed it as their Best Picture and I cannot imagine the Academy not following through and not recognizing the film despite the controversial snub of its director Ben Affleck.

SPOILER: If the Academy will snub this film just to be different, the award may go to Lincoln or Life Of Pi.

Best Director
With Ben Affleck getting no love from the Academy, I’ve this feeling that the Oscar will go to either Steven Spielberg or Ang Lee – both are previous winners. With this, I think it’ll be Steven Spielberg simply because I kinda think that (on a personal level) Spielberg’s direction was much better than the Life Of Pi of Ang Lee.

SPOILER: Ang Lee for Life Of Pi

Best Actor (LOCKED)
Think / Want / Should / No Spoiler: British actor Daniel Day Lewis is one of the favorites of the Academy having won two Oscars already. With his beyond impressive portrayal of Abe Lincoln, DDL could easily walk away with his third win – a well deserved win at that.

Best Actress
Now this is one of the most awaited categories of the night. Everybody thought Jennifer Lawrence had this already in the bag until Emmanuelle Riva’s name pops in and even snatching the BAFTA from JLaw. This could be a very interesting upset if the Silver Linings Playbook actress will go home empty handed after tonight.

THINK: Jennifer Lawrence – given the that American voters dominates the Academy, I should think that JLaw will get this.

WANT and SHOULD  /SPOILER: Emmanuelle Riva – her moving portrayal in Amour is beyond. This is her first nomination and was touted to be the oldest to get the nod for this category. Not for sentimental reason because Miss Riva’s 86 but because I believe that she actually deserved it more than Jennifer.

Best Supporting Actress (LOCKED)

No one – as in no one can beat Anne Hathaway tonight. Her portrayal of the ever so distraught Fantine in Les Misérables is perfection. The dynamic of her emotions as she sings the theme of the song has sealed her Oscar destiny. It’ll be such a shocker if Sally Field would snatch this one from her.

Best Supporting Actor

 You cannot go wrong with Christoph Waltz when it comes to being cynical and all and Tommy Lee Jones have proven her worth a long time ago. I should think that it’s only between them and I’m betting towards Waltz winning this. Atleast I think the Academy have voted for him

SPOILER: Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln

Best Original Screenplay

Think / Want / Should – Amour

Best Writing Adapted Screnplay
Think / Want  - Lincoln
Should – Argo

Best Animated Feature
Think / Should / Want – Brave

Best Editing
Think/ Should/ Want – Argo

Best Original Score
Think/ Should/ Want – Life Of Pi

Best Original Song
Think/ Should / Want  - Adele for Skyfall

Best Visual Effects
Think/ Should/ Want – Life Of Pi

Best Sound Editing
Think/ Should/ Want – Life Of Pi

Best Foreign Film
Think/ Should/ Want – Amour

Best Production Design
Think/ Should/ Want – Les Miserables

Best Make Up And Hair
Think/ Should/ Want – Les Miserables

Best Costume Design
Think/ Should/ Want – Les Miserables

I have not watched the short film / documentary categories so I opted to leave them alone! I hope the deserving winners would win tonight! ‘till next year! 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

2012 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World

I know, I know… It took me forever before today in posting this year’s FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest. I was so busy with my new job and moving into a new place and I haven’t had the time to do this, but better late than never right? I’m a bit disappointed that some of my favorites aren’t in the list though. Anyways, you can scroll down now for the official list of FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Women in the World.

Jackie Rice gracing the cover of this year's Sexiest List Edition

100. Dorina Groh
99. Jem Milton
98. Alex Gonzaga
97. Aifha Medina
96. Maricar Reyes
95. Kristine Santamena
94. Maxene Magalona
93. Jill Yulo
92. Jed Montero
91. Kit Barraquias
90. Rufa Mae Quinto
89. Gwen Zamora
88. Karylle
87. Paloma
86. Alodia Gosengfiao
85. Aza Sasaki

84. Alessandra De Rossi
83. Kylie Padilla
82. Chariz Solomon
81. Eda Nolan
80. Jasmine Curtis-Smith
79. Jean Garcia
78. Linda Persson
77. Rich Asuncion
76. Mercedes Cabral
75. Gwendolyn Ruais
74. Saicy Aguila
73. Isabelle Daza
72. Sanya Smith

71. Julia Clarete
70. Kim Lee

69. Abby Poblador
68. Julia Montes
67. Shamcey Supsup
66. Mariel Rodriguez

65. Wendy Valdez
64. Heart Evangelista
63. Kristel Moreno

62. Bianca Gonzales

61. Kris Bernal
60. Alyssa Alano
59. Shaina Magdayao
58. Maja Salvador
57. LJ Reyes
56. Arianny Celeste
55. Rhian Ramos
54. Pauleen So
53. Kaye Abad
52. Jade Lopez
51. Iya Villania
50. Pauleen Luna
49. Bea Alonzo
48. Carla Humphries

47. Jahziel Manabat
46. Danielle Castano
45. Sarah Lahbati

44. Melissa Ricks
43. Priscilla Meirelles
42. Valerie Concepcion
41. Georgina Wilson

40. Erich Gonzales
39. Jacq Yu

38. Rachel Donaire
37. Diana Zubiri
36. Nina Jose
35. Sarah Geronimo
34. Eula Valdes

33. Jessy Mendiola
32. Aubrey Miles
31. Ornusa Cadness

30. Kim Chiu
29. Toni Gonzaga

28. Carla Abellana
27. Stef Prescott
26. Jeff Gaitan
25. Iza Calzado
24. Daiana Menezes

23. Bianca Manalo
22. Bianca King
21. Jinri Park
20. Angelica Panganiban
19. Misa Campo

 18. Regine Angeles
17. Ehra Madrigal
16. Katrina Halili
15. Michelle Madrigal

14. Iwa Moto
13. KC Concepcion
12. Anne Curtis
11. Bangs Garcia


TOP 10
10. Lovi Poe – I really thought that she’d place higher than 10 this year cuz’ the girl’s oozing with everything! Thanks to “the king’s” bloodline!

9. Jennylyn Mercado – I’m not really a big fan of her so I was really surprised by her placement, though, she’s looking so gorgeous these days. Lucky girl!

8. Bella Padilla – her FHM controversial cover must’ve help her place this high. This girl has got a lot of things to offer in the future, that I’m sure. Congrats Bella!

7. Jackie Rice – I was hoping she’d clinch either #2 or the top spot for Jackie became a real femme fatale in the last couple of years – maybe next year heh?

6. Ellen Adarna.

5.  Marian Rivera – I’m happy for my girl staying in the elite five though I would’ve wanted her to be on top again, I’m happy for her placement J

4. Cristine Reyes. Bad or good publicity is still a publicity.

3. Solenn Heussaff – I never thought that she’s this popular with the boys!

2. Angel Locsin – fanbased and fanboys votes unite!

The Sexiest is…


For the second year in a row, Sam is clearly the female boss of this land!!! Whoot hoot!!!
Congratulations Sam!

Photos used are courtesy of FHM Philippines Official website

No copyright infringement intended.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Graduation Speech Of Jessica From The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

“When we were five, they asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. Our answers were things like, Astronaut, President or in my case, a Princess. When we were ten, they asked again.  We answered rock star, cowboy or in my case, a gold medalist. But now that we’ve grown up, they wanted a serious answer. Well, how about this - who the hell knows? This isn’t the time to make hard and fast decisions, this is the time to make mistakes. Take the wrong train and get stuck somewhere. Fall in love – a lot. Major in Philosophy because there is no way to make a career out of that. Change your mind and change it again because nothing’s permanent. So make as many mistakes as you can. That way someday when they asked what we wanna be, we won’t have to guess – we’ll know.” 

I really love Jessica’s (Anna Kendrick) speech during the graduation ceremony shown at the third installment of the Twilight Saga. I especially loved the part about making many mistakes as you can and changing your mind again and again because nothing’s permanent. It’s true right? Sometimes, we really have to learn something the hard way. We really have to commit mistakes in order for us to realize something. Life’s too short so might as well make the most out of it!

And why am I posting this? Haha. I guess I really don’t know. I just watched a Dutch film from 1992 entitled “For A Lost Soldier” and it made me feel a bit melancholic. I will be  writing a review on it so be sure to check it out!

-Arch, Pampanga June 02, 2012 – Satuday 2:34AM