Archive for July 25, 2013

Stumbling on JOSE GARCIA VILLA in Greenwich Village

Yesterday, in one of my quests to illuminate a Fil-American about her very rich heritage, my focus was showing her the poems of the Filipino writer/poet and National Artist for Literature Jose Garcia Villa who once roamed Greenwich Village, NY. In my online search, I accidentally found out that when he died in 1997 he was interred at Our Lady of Pompei Church, now my chosen parish Church in NYC. Trivial as it may be to some, I find it absolutely stunning! One of my greatest literary-historical moments ever! I wish I could retrace his steps in Greenwich Village and actually create a JG Villa Tour for Pinoys and literary lovers! Dreams!

Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/1997/02/08/classified/paid-notice-deaths-villa-jose-garcia.html

Also a literature guzzler, Atty. Mitzi Arao checks out JG Villa's death registry at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Greenwich Village. Mitzi, also an Ilocano, is Ilocano York's classmate in numerous comparative literature courses at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Also a literature guzzler, Atty. Mitzi Arao checks out JG Villa's death registry at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Greenwich Village. Mitzi, also an Ilocano, is Ilocano York's classmate in numerous comparative literature courses at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Anyone who knows Prof. Luis Francia's contact information?

Meeting the Iron Chef

Meeting Chef Morimoto today was serendipitous. I was just coming out of the high tech Japanese bathroom of a high-end restaurant named after him when a handsome guy from the bar called our attention and asked casually if we were visiting. Smiling my very best and fully refreshed from using the Japanese toilet (that has the option to wash the front and rear after each use), I went straight to the bar ready for a quick 'pretend- tourist' chat. But before I can even answer his follow-up question was, "Would you like to meet The Chef?" As he said the line his arm was directed to a man gloriously clad in all white from shades to sandals. He looked Japanese but I didn't recognize him yet. When he finally spoke he said, "Are you from Manila?". I said, "No, I live here, but I used to be." Kamy, the teenager with me butted in, in an obviously star-trucked manner, "Are you really The Chef?" The man humbly said yes and we all shook his hand trying so hard to conceal our excitement. We chatted more, then he offered us his new line of sake. The bartender even joked about checking our birth dates to verify if we were all over 21. Even if I really didn't want to drink, I couldn't say no to Morimoto. I took the big shot glass, slowly sipped its contents then gave the other guy the camera to take a picture of us and SNAP! Here's the picture with the Iron Chef.

Kamy Reyes, Debbie Quintos and Maricar Tangonan cozy up with Masaharu Morimoto aka 'The Iron Chef' at his restaurant in Chelsea Market

The sake was bittersweet and smooth, the type that didn't ferment too long. I mentioned that I also ferment my own rice wine. He smiled and looked surprised. By then I guessed that they were probably conducting an impromptu survey to see how consumers, particularly women, will warm up to Morimoto's new line of sake that his company plans to roll out to liquor stores soon. Then one of the guys told us that Morimoto will soon get ready for the taping of the newest season of the Iron Chef. (I should have asked to be part of the studio audience. Darn!) That was our cue so we said our goodbye, wished him well and left the man and his sake sitting quietly at his very own immaculately white bar.

The Iron Chef show is filmed at the Food Network studio located at the 2nd floor of Chelsea Market in New York's Meatpacking District.

Empty Bowl

I started my early evening calling friends to check if they can have dinner with me somewhere in Manhattan. No one was available so I went home and ended up spending time with a surprisingly enjoyable company ... myself. The dinner was a bowl of homemade sinigang na baboy.

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MLB All Star Parade

June 16, 2013. New York City hosts the Major League Baseball's All Star game. Part of the pre-game activities is a parade in Midtown Manhattan. During the parade near my workplace I saw these baseball stars but unfortunately, I do not know them except for Matt Harvey. Now let's see if you recognize the players and their respective teams in the picture. This one is Jose Fernandez. 20130717-004554.jpg 20130717-004708.jpg 20130717-004719.jpg 20130717-004729.jpg 20130717-004736.jpg 20130717-004744.jpg 20130717-004751.jpg 20130717-004805.jpg Matt Harvey!20130717-004819.jpg and Matt Harvey again!20130717-004826.jpg

Penaverde Debut Exhibit in NYC

Manila artist Rem Penaverde, younger sister to New York- based Filipino tenor Rogelio Penaverde, holds her first art exhibit and auction in NYC. All artwork were sold out and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the activities and projects of San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir.

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