We Still Want to Believe

July 27, 2009 at 11:20 PM | Posted in Fandom, Movies, TV | Leave a comment
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The Pinoy X-Philes’ celebration of the first year anniversary of The X-Files: I Want to Believe movie release happened last Saturday, July 25. As all the X-philes all over the world knows, July 25, 2008 was the date of the US theatrical release of the movie. My group and I decided to celebrate it by holding a simple dinner at one of our fellow member’s residence. And to make the celebration more meaningful, we held a private screening of I Want to Believe. My fellow X-philes and I have already seen the movie five or more times but we didn’t mind watching it again.

Our IWTB-XF stuff

IWTB Anniv cakeIt was agreed upon that we would have a pot luck dinner, with each attending member bringing his or her own prepared food. But since some of us would be traveling far or couldn’t cook a decent meal (including me, hehe), we ended up just buying takeout food and bringing them to Sam’s (the host) house.

The private screening was supposed to start at 6:00 PM but since the five of us (Lily, Christie, Vel, Enna, and me) arrived late and we still had to arrange the food and wait for the other guests, the film showing didn’t start until past 8:00 PM. By then, we just dined while watching the movie. We used the projector and white screen again for the film showing. Three of us brought each of her own DVD copy of the movie as well as other I Want to Believe-related stuff. Too bad two of our long-time members couldn’t join us that night because of professional and personal reasons.

As always, my fellow X-philes and I enjoyed the evening immensely. We wanted to watch even the bloopers/gag reel of I Want to Believe, but there was not enough time. It was decided by the group beforehand that we would also watch an episode of Kolchak: The Nightstalker – the inspiration behind the creation of The X-Files – as most of us hadn’t seen the classic 70’s series. So that’s what we did after we’re done watching the second X-Files film.

IWTB private DVD screening

I Want to Believe private screening

We originally intended to leave Sam’s house before midnight but it was already past 12:00 AM when we’re through watching the pilot episode of Kolchak. And since Vel, Lily, and Christie didn’t want to go home in that ungodly hour due to safety reasons, they opted to stay at Sam’s overnight. I didn’t want to go home alone in that hour either so I decided to join them. We slept on the four couches in the screening room and left the house at around 8:00 AM the next morning. I wasn’t able to sleep properly at Sam’s so I was still feeling sleepy and groggy when I got home. But the experience was all worth it.  Like what Scully said in the “Bad Blood” episode, “I do it all for you, Mulder. I do it all for you!”

Shippers’ Night

July 8, 2009 at 11:37 AM | Posted in Fandom, Lifestyle, TV | Leave a comment
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Three months after the last DVD marathon I had with my groupmates from PXP, I decided that we hold another one this month. As my group always holds marathons in different venues, this time I thought of holding it at a hotel. Through the generosity of the management of The Mabuhay Manor, a balikbayan hotel in Pasay that caters mostly to OFWs, I was able to procure a room that my groupmates and I could use as our venue for the marathon.

at the pool

So my groupmates and I decided to hold the marathon there last July 4. It was sort of a special Pinoy X-Philes DVD marathon as the gathering was small and limited. In the last marathon, only Lily and I stayed overnight at Sam’s house. This time, five of us were going to stay for the night at the hotel. But since none of us were able to bring a portable DVD player, we just decided to use Lily’s laptop.

inside room 210Three of us checked-in at The Mabuhay Manor at noon last Saturday. Sammy the bellhop graciously led us to our room on the second floor. The room that was given to us was spacious and squeaky clean. The two beds were comfortably soft and there was enough space in the room for an extra mattress. The closet in the room was also big and airy, and there were two side tables we could use. The bathroom, though small, was spotless and furnished with the necessary amenities. My groupmates and I were very pleased with the room set-up. It was a perfect venue for a DVD marathon.

After settling in, we headed out to the Mall of Asia, which was just nearby. We met with Christie there and had our late lunch. Shortly after we went back to the hotel and waited for Eugene to arrive before we could start the marathon. Sure enough, at about 4:00 PM, he arrived. We found out unfortunately that he wouldn’t be able to stay for the night with us since he had to go to work the next day. Being the only guy in the bunch that day, I guess that was a good thing.

at the bridgeway me, Lily, Vel

The swimming pool at the hotel looked too good not to try so the five of us decided to take a swim first before starting the marathon. Ever since Eugene joked that he was going to wear a red Speedo at the marathon just like Mulder did in one episode of The X-Files, us girls (especially Lily, LOL!) were looking forward to see if he really dared. But he didn’t! There were only a few people at the pool and most of them were kids. So we still had the pool quite to ourselves.

The marathon started at around 6:00 PM. We couldn’t decide on which X-Files episodes to watch so we just randomly chose the ones we like. Eugene was only able to watch two episodes before he went home. After we had dinner, the night turned into a Shippers’ Night as we watched classic shippy episodes like “Triangle,” “Small Potatoes,” “Bad Blood,” and “How the Ghosts Stole Christmas.” Good thing there weren’t any Noromos present that night or they would be rolling their eyes in exasperation! Christie brought her DVD copy of Bleak House (the BBC drama series) so we watched a couple of episodes from that one too. The marathon lasted until the wee hours of the morning and by the time it ended we were all too exhausted to stay awake.

watching Reflections on TXF-2

A few hours of sleep and we woke up that morning feeling sluggish. So we trooped to the hotel restaurant at Lobby Lola’s and had our buffet breakfast to perk us up. The staff greeted us warmly at the door and showed us to our table. A staff promptly served us coffee and hot chocolate and we had our fill of the menu: a choice of Filipino or American breakfast. We had a lovely, hearty breakfast and lingered at the restaurant for a while then headed back to our room. Not content with the marathon the night before, we watched a couple of episodes more then packed up our things and prepared for check-out.

last pic before check-out_2 check-out time

We took a cab from the hotel through the receptionist’s help and headed off to Makati where we had lunch together. We split up afterwards and I went home tired but happy. The marathon was a whole lot of fun. Too bad some of the members couldn’t join us. But even though we were just a small group that day, we still enjoyed the experience. Thanks to the management and staff of Mabuhay Manor for making our stay at the hotel worthwhile.

Just Shoot Us

June 21, 2009 at 11:58 PM | Posted in Fandom, Lifestyle, TV | Leave a comment
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So the Pinoy X-Philes group photo shoot happened yesterday without any major hassles.The weather was hot and sunny so we were able to take advantage of the light. Only the usual crowd of PXP members were able to attend the photo shoot, with the exception of one who did not make it in time. But it was all good. We still had a blast while taking shot after shot of ourselves in different poses and background. We wanted to take as many good pictures as possible so we could have many choices for the postcard.

the unofficial PXP postcard photo

Just another test shot…

The postcard, by the way, will be our group’s official postcard, which will be mailed to X-Files News as part of the Believe in the Future Campaign, a.k.a X-Files 3 Campaign. We also have another design for the postcard as another option, which I think is equally beautiful in its simplicity.

Anyway, we thought of having the photo shoot somewhere spacious and a bit dark so we could have that X-File-y vibe. So we decided to have the shoot happened at one of our member’s house in Malate. It was actually the same place when our group had a DVD marathon in March. Sam’s place had a balcony and roof deck that had amazing views of Manila Bay and the city skyline. His place also had a large living area with dim lights which were perfect for what we had in mind.

weena, christie, and vel

Taking a break from the shoot and waiting for the sun to set

So there we were yesterday afternoon doing our poses in the living room looking much like The Syndicate plotting on Mulder and Scully’s doom. We had our serious facial expressions on and no one was allowed to smile or make funny faces. Of course eventually we had a few informal and candid shots of our own. We started at mid-afternoon and finished at around past seven in the evening.

The photos we took, though not done by a professional photographer, were good enough to be included in the postcard design. It will now be up to Lily, the group’s designated Web designer/programmer and co-founder, to tweak on the chosen photo and place it on the postcard. And I believe it will turn out pretty good.

Believing in the Future

May 28, 2009 at 10:54 AM | Posted in Fandom, Movies, TV | Leave a comment
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The second phase of X-Files News’ (XFN) Believe in the Future Campaign – also known as XF3 Campaign – is well under way. My groupmates from Pinoy X-Philes are trying to finish creating the postcards that we will be sending to XFN, which is the first phase of the campaign. The campaign is once again uniting X-philes across the globe for a common cause: urge Fox Network to make a third X-Files movie as suggested by series creator himself, Chris Carter. This means fans of the show will send postcards addressed to Fox asking them to green light a third X-Files feature film.

Of course, PXP is at the forefront of this worldwide petition campaign. Our group agreed to become a regional liaison, which is basically a country representative (sort of a diplomat, if you will) responsible for collecting postcards from fans in the Philippines, which will be forwarded to XFN. XFN in turn will personally deliver the postcards to Fox. As soon as my groupmates and I are done creating the postcards, we’ll be sending our own personal messages to Fox. After that, we’ll proceed to the second phase. I can’t wait to make another fan video. We had lots of fun when we made our first video for XFN’s Worldwide Fan Project. And making another video will surely be a blast. [Edit: I misunderstood the Phase 2 of the campaign. The fan video should actually feature scenes from the series or the two X-Files movies. Actual fans are not included in the video.]

Kicked It in the Ass

March 10, 2009 at 1:45 PM | Posted in Fandom, Lifestyle, TV | Leave a comment
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It has been months since the last TV marathon and I’m so glad that my social group, the Pinoy X-Philes, held another one last weekend. When we heard the sad news several weeks ago that Kim Manners had passed away, it was decided that we hold the next marathon in his honor. Kim Manners did an amazing and extensive work on The X-Files as director and/or producer. Most of my well-loved episodes were either directed or produced by him.  So we picked selected episodes directed by him to be shown at the marathon.

Pinoy X-Philes marathon

Pinoy X-Philes marathon

One of our members, Sam volunteered to hold the marathon at his place, which was in Malate. We set up his place to look like Mulder’s apartment/X-Files basement office. And for the first time in PXP history, we used a projector and a white screen for viewing instead of the regular large-screen TV. There were X-Files posters and fan art placed on the walls too. We also brought food and ordered takeout pizza for everyone. Sam invited some friends from his other group, Arkham Philippines, to join us and we were happy to share with them our love for the show.

As always, the Pinoy X-Philes marathon was fun and memorable. We started it by watching the Pilot episode even though it was not directed/produced by Kim Manners as some non-members who were only casual viewers of The X-Files requested to watch the show from its early beginnings. We were glad to do so since we also wanted to introduce them to the basic plot of the show and how the story started.  It was a different experience using a projector during the marathon. It felt like we were watching a drive-in movie because of the width of the screen.

Watching the episode "The Rain King"

Watching the episode "The Rain King"

We managed to watch at least four episodes through the night — “Humbug, “Home,” “Folie a Deux,” and the Pilot as most of my groupmates and Sam’s friends left early (around 11:30 p.m.). But I was pleased to see that most of the non-members who joined us enjoyed watching the episodes. Sometime after they left, only a few us remained to watch more episodes. In the wee hours of the next morning, Lily, Sam and I were the only ones left still standing. We later retired and dozed off on the couch for a few hours after which Lily and I left Sam’s place.

I didn’t get enough sleep that night (or should I say morning) but it was all right. Marathons in our group don’t happen often and staying up late til morning was all worth it. I got to spend a great time with friends watching the episodes we love.

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