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On the Podcast: The Cat Whisperer mediates between cats and their human allies

May 13, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Cats, Podcast 3 Comments →

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Joker, a 6-month-old Scottish Fold from Francis Bonnevie’s cattery, participated in All About Cats, a show sanctioned by The International Cat Association, at Resorts World Manila last week.

How do you get a cat to drink more water?

What can you do to dissuade the cat from sharpening his claws on the most expensive piece of furniture in the house? (Because cats, being possessed of impeccable taste, know how to identify the one item in the household whose destruction would cause you the most pain.)

What’s a human to do in the midst of a feline territorial war?

Is your cat really attempting to kill you? Why, why, why, when you are her humble servant?

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What is Joker telling The Cat Whisperer?

We spoke to The Cat Whisperer Mieshelle Nagelschneider, who was in town last week for the All About Cats show at Resorts World Manila. She gave us some practical advice that made us smack our foreheads and cry, “Why didn’t we think of that!”

Listen to our podcast with The Cat Whisperer. The podcast is available for streaming, downloading, or subscription on iTunes.

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Joker and his 3-month-old cousin, Lambert.

Thanks to the Public Relations team of Resorts World Manila for arranging the interview.

In the podcast: New Adventures in Micro Entrepreneurship

March 24, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Money, Podcast No Comments →

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Citi Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi leads a discussion with participating microentrepreneurs.

We attended a round table with Citi Philippines CEO Batara Sianturi and eight beneficiaries of the Citi Microenterprise Development Center (CMDC). CMDC trains, coaches, and mentors high-potential micro business owners. It has been recognized with a social empowerment award by the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Program.

In part 1 of the podcast, the microentrepreneurs tell us how they got started in business, and express their fears about the future of their enterprises. We’ll hear from a former overseas worker who had had enough of being separated from her family for long periods, so she set up a business that would keep her at home in the Philippines. Then there’s the former sugar plantation laborer who got a small plot of land in the agrarian reform program and turned it into a thriving plantation.

In part 2, the microentrepreneurs tell us how they overcame personal hardships, what they’ve learned about running their own businesses, and how entrepreneurship has changed their families’ fortunes. A start-up entrepreneur recounts how she switched from a hollow block-making business to something closer to her heart: native Filipino snacks. A widowed mother of three marshaled her inner resources to build a thriving meat processing business and now extends financial assistance to other microentrepreneurs.

Hear their stories in our two-part podcast at the Citi Microenterprise Development Center.

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Supervillain, fashion icon, role model: Listen to our podcast with Celia Rodriguez

November 21, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies, Podcast 4 Comments →

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Ms Celia Rodriguez at the screening of Gerardo de Leon’s Lilet, introduced by the Filipino pop cinema specialist and filmmaker (the epic Search for Weng Weng), Andrew Leavold.

Celia Rodriguez is a contravida in real life, but only to the mediocre and stupid. Listen to or download part 1 of our conversation with Celia Rodriguez at the podcast page.

Our favorite Celia Rodriguez contravida lines:

1. In Lipad, Darna, Lipad!, where Valentina is dining al fresco at the Manila Hotel and she spots the flying Darna and says, “Sino ang babaeng yan na mababa ang lipad?” (For non-Tagalog speakers: “Who is that low-flying woman?” Low-flying as in “tramp”.)

2. From Renly: In Joey Gosiengfiao’s Nights of Serafina, where the lovers have a tryst in a barn strewn with candles for that sexy mood. Unfortunately the hay catches fire (Tanga). The lovers burn to death, naked. In the next scene, they are charcoal in each other’s arms. As they are carried away, Celia says, “Yan ang nararapat sa naglalaro ng apoy.” (“That’s what happens when you play with fire.”)

3. From Louie: In Mario O’Hara’s Bulaklak sa City Jail, when Nora Aunor and Celia enter the prison and Zenaida Amador asks Celia why she’s back.

Zenaida: Ba’t bumalik ka na naman, ano na naman ang kaso mo? (“Why are you back?)
Celia: Ano pa, di pagpuputa, mayroon pa bang iba? (“Whoring, what else?”)

What are your favorite Celia Rodriguez lines?

Tea with Valentina: We did a podcast with Ms Celia Rodriguez

November 18, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies, Podcast 6 Comments →

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Celia Rodriguez today, with the director of the Valentina episode of Lipad, Darna, Lipad!, Elwood Perez.

On Sunday afternoon we had drinks and a fascinating chat with our favorite cinematic supervillain Celia Rodriguez, the definitive Valentina, Darna’s snake-haired nemesis. We’d post the podcast right now, but we have to review the recording carefully lest we get sued by the people we talked about haha. Here’s an excerpt.

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You will never see Celia Rodriguez in public not looking like a star—she considers it her obligation to the audience. So we had to dress properly in order to hang out with her.

Us: How was Valentina’s snake hair done in the era before digital effects?

Celia Rodriguez: Those snakes are igat, water snakes, delicacies in Bulacan. Elwood said, “I don’t want anything artificial.” I said, “Fine, as long as they don’t bite me.” They’re slimy and smelly, and they don’t thrive anywhere except in water. They put prosthetics on me so that I would look kalbo. Cecile Baun was one of the greatest when it comes to mga ganyan.

Can you imagine going 24 hours without any air on your scalp? Kaya minumura ko yang si Elwood, “!@#$%^ ka! Ang sakit na ng ulo ko!” When you puncture (the prosthetic), it shrivels. Then they put artificial snakes. Pag long shot, puede. Pag close-up, yung igat, tinatali nila sa artificial snakes. Remember, the igat doesn’t like light. And especially ashes. When the light and ashes hit them, they start writhing.

I was playing a model from New Delhi, so nakakulot ang pilik-mata ko. Pag nagsasalita ako in Hindu, gumagalaw ang mga igat, napupunta sa pilik-mata ko, pumapasok sa tenga ko. Sabi ni Elwood, “Good, good, don’t say anything. Cut! Perfect!” “Ay *&^%$#@ niyo, alis! Alis!” Isang batya, puro igat.

Our podcast with Celia Rodriguez is coming up midweek.

No sex at all may be better than too little sex. Part 2 of our podcast with Dr. Agnes Bueno.

November 05, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Podcast, Sex 1 Comment →

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Venus of Willendorf. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Dr. Agnes Bueno answers your questions on sex and reveals her favorite fictional psychiatrist. (Enjoy the information with some fava beans and a good chianti.)

Listen to our podcast, download it, or get it on iTunes.

50 Shades is not erotic, sex addiction doesn’t exist, monogamy is unnatural. Listen to our podcast with Dr. Agnes Bueno.

October 30, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Podcast, Sex 1 Comment →


Kristen Schaal of The Daily Show on sexy Halloween costumes.

Listen to Part One of our interview with pediatric psychiatrist and human sexuality expert Dr. Agnes Bueno here.