My mother AIDA CARMONA: the film & TV actress, remembrances of sequences past

My mother, who passed away in October 2016, was the Filipina-American film and television actress AIDA (RAGASA) CARMONA – most widely known in the entire Philippine archipelago as “Aling Atang” (Elder Lady Atang) in the 1980s soap, “Flordeluna” starring Janice De Belen.

Aida Carmona was born a Pisces with her Moon in Aries and Leo Rising. I, her eldest daughter on the other hand, had flipped the script when I was born with my Aries Sun and Pisces Moon. Mother and daughter have that Leo Ascendant in common, though, so you’re right in expecting that mother and daughter have this love for theater… and maybe emotional theatrics (grin). The Pisces element made Mom and me enamored with film and acting and pretend and roles. Meanwhile, the Aries element in our personae made us bold and passionate performers who went after what we want.

SEQ. 1. EXT. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN, TONDO, MANILA. DAY.

So there we were, Kuya Philip Salvador, maybe in his 20s at that time and nine-year old me, waiting for famous director LINO BROCKA’S assistant director to say, “Action!” I was supposed to call out, “Ate Cristy! Ate Cristy!” while crossing the smelly “estero” with Philip who was walking gingerly behind me, his film character unused to our Tondo slums. Ate Cristy is the young and sexy upcoming actress Amy Austria whom Kuya Lino was building up at that time besides Philip. My mother, AIDA, was playing my mother in this film: “JAGUAR,” which was a play on the word “guardia.” Philip played a poor and desperate security guard in this movie, which, like many other LINO BROCKA films, portrayed economic inequalities and social injustice in Philippine society. Kuya Lino’s protest films, many of which my mother starred in even in just small support roles, ran against the grain of the Philippine martial law era ethos when opposition to the government was quashed and discouraged. DISSOLVE TO –

SEQ. 2. INT. NIGHTCLUB. NIGHT.

Critically acclaimed film director ISHMAEL BERNAL talks in a gentle, low voice to his cinematographer while gesturing animatedly about the angles and lighting that he requires. Meanwhile my mother AIDA, playing one of the prostitutes in some godforsaken dump in the underbelly of Ermita, chats with her fellow “putachings” as she fans herself furiously with her abaca “pamaypay” as she sweats against the bright and burning kleig lights. Then the AD says Action and Mom gets in character and delivers her lines flawlessly. No asking what the hell her bloody motivation is. She is so damn good. This is Ishmael Bernal’s filmic ode originally titled “Manila By Night.” When the repressive Philippine government raised a ruckus, this landmark movie was alternately referred to as “City After Dark.” DISSOLVE TO –

SEQ. 3. INT. CLAUSTROPHOBIC HOUSE. NIGHT.

In here, AIDA CARMONA plays a maid, your ordinary “chimay, “utusan.” Not to give the plot away, though, because even if she’s just a lowly house-servant in this film, she turns out to be the only one who gets out of this household-based storyline alive. I am of course talking about the seminal film “Kisapmata” by brilliant

director MIKE DE LEON. One has to see this film to believe it but it’s not for the faint of heart. CUT TO-

There you have it. Brief filmic sequences from my mother’s actress life. She always said, looking back, that she was proud to have been directed on film by three of the BEST and MOST PRODIGIOUS DIRECTORS of her time: the AWARD WINNING, SOCIALLY RELEVANT ARTIST-DIRECTORS LINO BROCKA, ISHMAEL BERNAL, and MIKE DE LEON. We, her children, are truly proud of her legacy and bravely carry on.

FADE TO BLACK. THE END.

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It’s been a while…

Greetings, loyal followers!

Here are some updates in my so-called life:

1. I decided to drop my Stargazer Bles Facebook page where I post my weekly horoscope readings & transact with my astrology/tarot/oracle reading clients. You see, I just went through an emotional crisis & for a while I felt that I couldn’t keep going anymore. Thankfully, I am so over that now. I may not do the weekly horoscopes anymore but I plan to post astrology-related morsels right here in the future. Stay tuned for those.

2. I just received my Bachelor’s degree in Metaphysical Sciences (B. Msc.) from the University of Metaphysical Sciences (UMS). This is a dream come true for me: to receive an official degree in a field I’ve been “dabbling in” for most of my life. I plan to continue into the Master’s & Doctoral levels. Studying at the UMS opened my vistas to brave new worlds! Stay tuned.

3. My husband & I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary last February 28. Actually we were married on a leap year, February 29, 2016 – following the sugggestion of my excellent & compassionate astrologer-colleague Ms. Linea Van Horn. Leandro & I got married in our 40s (first marriage, & hopefully the last, for both). However, I understand that people are marrying right & left quite late in the game as well, so we really are part of a growing trend, it seems. I will certainly stay tuned for developments on this one.

4. I will soon be publishing a book with Balboa Press called The Filipino Diwata Oracle. Details to follow soon. All I can say at this point is: Shoot, I’m sooo excited about this!!!

There you go. Brief updates. Please leave a Like or Comment if you feel moved to do so. Talk to you soon.

YOUR WEEKLY HOROSCOPE FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 14-20, 2019 BY STARGAZER BLES; RX: MY READINGS ARE GOOD MEDICINE.

Week of January 14-20, 2019
Dear Tribe of Stargazers: Mabuhay!
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ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19) Your peace of mind may hinge on maintaining a clean living and work space. Attend to chores and watch your health improve. Weekly mantra: I clean up to tune up.
TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20) Master the fine balance between benign self-indulgence and serious self-discipline. Make things happen with your romantic partner. Weekly mantra: I have willpower.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You may feel a longing to touch base with your past. Remember the lessons you learned growing up. They may still apply. Weekly mantra: I honor where I came from.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) Look over the fine print. Communications may go back and forth with unusual speed so be ready to rock. Weekly mantra: I communicate clearly and correctly.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may find that you need to step out of your comfort zone first before achieving stability. Work at this gradually. Weekly mantra: I can take my time.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) Your personality is subtle and magnetic. Prepare to be understanding and compassionate – with yourself, and then with others. Weekly mantra: I am kind to myself.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Remember your vivid dreams, then find a way to incorporate them into your waking life. Dive deep into yourself then emerge rejuvenated. Weekly mantra: I seek guidance from within.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) If you find that the collective is limiting your self-expression, you may need to break away and carve your own path. Set personal boundaries. Weekly mantra: I dare to be true to myself.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) You have high ambitions to attain financial stability, but you’re wondering where to start. Break down your goals into manageable portions. Weekly mantra: I plan ahead to get ahead.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) Power and philosophy fascinate you. Your mind is open to learning from new sources. You are using what you already know. Weekly mantra: I learn from the old and the new.AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Look over business contracts. This is the time to share what you have. Don’t keep all that good stuff all to yourself. Weekly mantra: I am a generous person.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) Partnership issues come up, needing to be resolved. An outsider looking in may provide much-needed perspective. Weekly mantra: I am a part of the solution.

 

Thank you, Salamat, Namaste, and Blessed be!
Stargazer Bles
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YOUR WEEKLY HOROSCOPE FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 7-13, 2019 BY STARGAZER BLES; RX: MY READINGS ARE GOOD MEDICINE.

Week of January 7-13, 2019

 

 

Dear Tribe of Stargazers: Mabuhay! Welcome 2019 with love and gratitude in your hearts!

 

 

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19) Be the one who does his/her work with efficiency and gets along fairly well with everybody. Take care of your health to cut down on sick days. Weekly mantra: I respect authority and exude individuality.
TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20) You’re inspired by romance, creativity, and the carefree laughter of children. Make it a point to surround yourself with these in your daily journey. Weekly mantra: I appreciate life’s simple pleasures.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your distinct individuality could be complemented with the support of your family. Cherish and maintain your link to your loved ones. Get in touch with them. Weekly mantra: I value my family.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) Review your important communications before sending them out. Make sure that you know your audience and your messages are consistent. Weekly mantra: I am a careful communicator.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Base your actions on your personal values. This will boost your authenticity even as you deal with people who seem like they don’t know what they’re doing. Weekly mantra: I am true to myself.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) Just own up to your part in the situation and do your best to be a part of the solution. Resolve to treat yourself and your significant others better. Weekly mantra: I know how to problem-solve.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) You have a list of things to do and the determination to act on each item. Just make sure you factor in some rest time and social interactions. Weekly mantra: I am open to flashes of inspiration.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) This is the week to make your presence felt among your strategic allies. Show them that you have the qualities of a good leader. Weekly mantra: I am my own best friend and I also do well in groups.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) Take care of the home front first before you execute your career move. Heed the advice of an older person or authority figure. Weekly mantra: I ask for help if I need it.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) Your mind is unusually sharp now. No matter how far your thoughts spiral out, though, make sure you’ll have practical uses for them. Weekly mantra: I keep my feet planted on terra firma.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Ask yourself if you’re willing to share your life and love again. Don’t put the other person on the spot, though. Let them come up with their own conclusions. Weekly mantra: I can read between the lines very well.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) Your compassionate public persona takes center stage. Rally your energy. People will be turning to you for advice. Open your heart and dive in! Weekly mantra: I listen without judgment.

 

 

Thank you, Salamat, Namaste, and Blessed be!
Stargazer Bles
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YOUR WEEKLY HOROSCOPE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2018-JANUARY 6, 2019 BY STARGAZER BLES; RX: MY READINGS ARE GOOD MEDICINE.

Week of December 31, 2018-January 6, 2019

 
Dear Tribe of Stargazers: Mabuhay! A Blessed and Prosperous 2019 to all of us!
Why is it important to find out your Sun, Moon, and Rising Signs – or in short, your Astro Trio™? Find out in my blog article here (Ctrl + Click to follow link): https://pilipinasblitz.blog/2018/07/06/going-beyond-your-sun-sign-whats-your-astro-trio-by-stargazer-bles/

 
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ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19) Start the New Year right by motivating yourself to spend more time outdoors. Relax, recharge, and enjoy communing with nature. Weekly mantra: I appreciate the gifts of Mother Earth.
TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20) Cut any attachment to fear or drama in a situation you find yourself in these days. Center yourself in the knowingness that peace is everywhere. Weekly mantra: I am loving yet objective.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Ask for Divine Intervention in the situation you find yourself in. However, part of the miracle begins with you. Weekly mantra: I trust and follow Divine Spirit’s guidance with grace and gratitude.
CANCER (June 21- July 22) Know that your inner guidance is real and trustworthy. Keep your ego out of the way so that Divine wisdom can come streaming through you. Weekly mantra: I act only for my highest good.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) This situation calls for the support of Divine Spirit. Step out of your own way and let miracles shine through everyone and everything involved. Weekly mantra: I lean with faith on the Divine.
VIRGO (Aug 22-Sept 22) Wondering about your loved ones far and near? By the grace of Divine Spirit, they are safe. Reassure them that you are doing all right as well. Weekly mantra: I feel secure and at peace with my family situation.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Every night before you go to sleep, ask the angels to enter your dreams, replacing fear with faith and trust. Your waking life will reflect your peace. Weekly mantra: I am filled with courage and confidence.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) Your home and its inhabitants are lovingly watched over by guardian angels. Your finances are likewise guided so that you can meet your obligations. Weekly mantra: I and my family are protected and cared for.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) Keep your eyes on your targeted intention. Release any fears or doubts, replacing them with confidence and strength. Weekly mantra: I keep focused on my intention and inner vision.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) Decide to be happy now regardless of the circumstances. Open your heart to happiness, joy, and bliss. Weekly mantra: I am now willing to see all of the goodness in my life.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Understand and express your emotions with love. Divine Spirit is supporting and protecting you as you listen to and act upon your feelings. Weekly mantra: I honor and trust my feelings.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) Divine Spirit helps and supports you as you become lovingly honest with yourself and others. Admit the truth to yourself and act accordingly. Weekly mantra: I face my feelings with grace and acceptance.

 
Thank you, Salamat, Namaste, and Blessed be!
Stargazer Bles
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YOUR WEEKLY HOROSCOPE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 24-30, 2018 BY STARGAZER BLES; RX: MY READINGS ARE GOOD MEDICINE.

Week of December 24-30, 2018

 

Dear Tribe of Stargazers: Mabuhay! Happy holidays and a Prosperous 2019!

 
Why is it important to find out your Sun, Moon, and Rising Signs – or in short, your Astro Trio™? Find out in my blog article here (Ctrl + Click to follow link): https://pilipinasblitz.blog/2018/07/06/going-beyond-your-sun-sign-whats-your-astro-trio-by-stargazer-bles/

 
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ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19) If the only positive thing you can do during this holiday season is to consciously create a powerful shield around you to repel negative people and situations, then you are way ahead of the pack. Continue to cultivate your spirituality. Weekly mantra: I thank Divine Spirit for its protection and for the law of (positive) attraction.
TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20) Learn to let go of this situation. You will know which one it is. Give it over to Divine Spirit for processing with its wisdom and infinite love. Ask that everyone involved be healed and that the issue is resolved soon. Your prayers are powerful. Weekly mantra: I trust in Divine love.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Divine Spirit’s message to you is that you’re on the right path. The healthful changes you’ve been making and the clear guidance you’ve been getting are manifestations of your ability to listen to Divine prompting. Weekly mantra: Divine Spirit, fill me with the courage and confidence to make positive changes.
CANCER (June 21- July 22) You are being directed to connect with loving, high-integrity healers and teachers of energy-healing modalities. Seek to be trained and answer your calling. Remember, though, that you are just reminding others of their ability to self-heal. Weekly mantra: I am a powerful channel of love and healing for myself and others.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Looking for your soul mate, your one true love? Before you can love another, learn to love and value yourself first. If you have a laundry list of qualities you’re looking for in a partner, then develop those same qualities within yourself first. Then, healed and whole, you can give love from a place of abundance. Weekly mantra: I am an angel of love.
VIRGO (Aug 22-Sept 22) Realize that you are favored by Divine Spirit: you have its wisdom, strength, health, love, creativity, and abundance. You reflect pure and honest universal energy. Therefore, feel the confidence and fortitude you deserve for being one with all that is Divine. Weekly mantra: I am steady, peaceful, and calm.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) With Divine guidance, it’s becoming clear to you what your true life’s purpose is. In its pursuit, remember to frequently recapture the feeling of the a-ha moment when everything just seemed to fall in place and you knew exactly what steps to take next. Ask to be illumined in your thoughts and actions. Weekly mantra: I go forward fearlessly.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) Despite the disappointment you feel when people around you fall short of your expectations, the lesson you are learning is that if you just try to see the love and light that is within every person and situation, then your positive thoughts create positive results. Weekly mantra: I connect to Divine wisdom and discernment with gratitude in my heart.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) Your dreams can be very vivid and powerful during these times. Ask for a restful night’s sleep and invite Divine Spirit to enter your dreams as a healer, teacher, and guide. Pay attention to your nighttime reveries and jot them down on a dream journal. Weekly mantra: I am able to understand my dreams on a spiritual level for guidance.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) You realize that Divine Spirit’s qualities of pure love and light are reflected not just within you but also within all others. Thus approaching one another with a spirit of innocence and faith, you marvel at the basic goodness of humankind. The reward for your appreciation is that you will be given more to appreciate. Weekly mantra: I am grateful.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Normally cerebral and detached, you may be in for a roller-coaster ride of emotions during the holidays. You need not fear this influx of intense feelings. You just need to honor these emotions and let them teach you what they mean. Express yourself with the courage of love. Weekly mantra: I thank Divine Spirit for its protection as I listen to and act upon my feelings.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) The message is simple for you during the holidays: Spend more time outdoors. Ask Divine Spirit to motivate you to go out and about in nature in order to be refreshed and inspired. Connect with Mother Nature and see if she does not reward you with the renewing of your heart, soul, body, and mind. Weekly mantra: I and the Divine and Nature are one.

 

 

Thank you, Salamat, Namaste, and Blessed be!
Stargazer Bles
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YOUR WEEKLY HOROSCOPE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 17-23, 2018 BY STARGAZER BLES; RX: MY READINGS ARE GOOD MEDICINE.

Week of December 17-23, 2018

Dear Tribe of Stargazers: Mabuhay!
Why is it important to find out your Sun, Moon, and Rising Signs – or in short, your Astro Trio™? Find out in my blog article here (Ctrl + Click to follow link): https://pilipinasblitz.blog/2018/07/06/going-beyond-your-sun-sign-whats-your-astro-trio-by-stargazer-bles/
REMEMBER, MGA KA-TRIBU, I AM AVAILABLE FOR PAID READINGS and I would really appreciate your business. You can PM me for astrology and oracle card readings by appointment, OK. I hope to hear from you soon!

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ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19) Decision-making doesn’t always need to be either-or. Why not choose the best features from all of the available options? Weekly mantra: I select.
TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20) Play your cards close to your chest. Otherwise, someone at work may poach your ideas to steal your thunder. Weekly mantra: I plan.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Now that you’re older and wiser, you’ll be thinking that your naïve idealism before is still alive in you. Weekly mantra: I give thanks.
CANCER (June 21- July 22) Give as good as you get. Secrets may be counterproductive. Take care of property concerns. Weekly mantra: I am honest.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Walk a mile in another person’s shoes. Now you’ll understand the context of that person’s recent behavior. Weekly mantra: I empathize.
VIRGO (Aug 22-Sept 22) You’re feeling so upbeat and creative right now. Give yourself the license to enjoy life’s pleasures. You deserve it. Weekly mantra: I create.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) You’re feeling so upbeat and creative right now. Give yourself the license to enjoy life’s pleasures. You deserve it. Weekly mantra: I create.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) Protect your public reputation. If you feel stressed, your home base may just be the retreat that you need. Weekly mantra: I relax.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) Give your brother or sister a call. If you don’t have one, have a conversation with yourself. The result may just surprise you. Weekly mantra: I look within.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) Passion may be tinged with possessiveness. If either of you cannot handle it, maybe it’s time to rethink the original agreement. Weekly mantra: I listen.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Looking for your Christmas date? There may be unread messages waiting for you at that online dating site you signed up with. Weekly mantra: I look.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) Protect yourself against the weather and continue your health regimen. While you’re at it, protect your mind from negative ideas, too. Weekly mantra: I take care.

 

Thank you, Salamat, Namaste, and Blessed be!
Stargazer Bles
Rx: My readings are good medicine.
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