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Hodgepodge
My good friend and former roommate in College texted me this morning and asked me to see a copy of The Philippine Daily Inquirer. He told me that the headline has, sort of, a double-meaning. So instead of going to my favorite news stand, thanks to technology, I went to the website of PDI and looked for the digital edition of today’s broadsheet.
At first glance, and if the reader is not discriminating enough, it may appear that the Church being referred to the headline is the Catholic Church (Haters gonna hate. Call it rash judgement but this country is dominantly Catholic.) The church mentioned here is the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), who, sues Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo in charge of the extra judicial killings of their members.
So much for that. Let’s just leave the issue in court. Let the truth come out and the guilty be punished. If there is still justice in the Land of Juan.
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As usual, as what most of you my faithful readers knew, the Republic is giving you a dose of rundown of current events (with a little commentary and heckling on the side) and his passion for front pages and headlines of broadsheets, tabloids, and magazines.
Brace yourselves. Here we go:
Total Lunar Eclipse - of the heart - Astronomy enthusiasts are fortunate to see one of the longest lunar eclipse of the decade - including me. I had my forever alone coffee party/ lamay on our house’s veranda to watch the bloody moon. And the clouds didn’t fail me. The sight was spectacular (and creepy). See you again lunar eclipse this December.
Miley Cyrus in the house yo! - Miley Cyrus is here in the country for a concert at the Mall of Asia concert grounds tonight. I will not watch her concert but I added some of her songs on my playlist (You mad? This is not something new. I already added Taylor Swift and the Jonas Brothers before. Haha!). and, Ted Failon became a Philippine trending topic last night because he mispronounced Miley as “Mey-Lee” on TV Patrol. Okay.
China is one of the biggest country yet they still fight for their claim on the Spratly group of islands. (Read more about China here)
Congratulations De La Salle University and the La Salle Brothers for your one hundred years in the Philippines. I have a question though. Do you think Saint John Baptist De La Salle is also celebrating in heaven? Because if my memory serves me right, the Saint’s dream is to have a school for the impoverished. And it is obvious that that is not the case in the country. And..okay enough. Animo La Salle!
Metro Manila is on heightened alert for terrorist plot. Let us be vigilant and be aware of our surroundings.
Our beloved former Congreswoman Gloria Arroyo has been hospitalized for neck ailment. And according to news updates, she has already been discharged from the hospital but she will have to wear her neck brace for a week. Sayang ang new look. Get well soon Madam.
President Aquino appointed executive secretary and his shooting buddy Paquito Ochoa as chair of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission. Akala ko si Mar Roxas na naman. Good luck Sir!
Zawahiri was named by Al Qaida as successor to Osama Bin Laden. I give him 8 years before he’s captured/ killed by the United States forces. 
And as for other and personal things:
Does Coca-Cola still sell Coke 500? You know, the one mentioned in the Eraserheads song Tindahan ni Aling Nena. I remember buying Coke 500 ages ago together with pan de coco. Orgasmic merienda! Ah, life’s little joys.
I expect heavy traffic on Sunday from Los Baños to Calamba and vice versa. Nah, not for the Rizal @ 150. i heard that Dingdong Dantes and the other Kapuso artists will be having a show at SM Calamba. Oh-key.
Rebecca Black appeared to have gained weight on Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night music video. And yeah, she looks, uhm, prettier.
I am excited for The Dawn’s Enveloped Ideas album. It is a tribute by different artists to The Dawn’s 25th anniversary. It contains covers of the hit songs by The Dawn much like 2005’s Ultraelectromagneticjam.
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Shameless promotion: Unlike before, I now rarely post here on Tumblr. I am more active on Twitter instead. If you enjoyed reading my posts, rants, and opinion, you can always talk to me there and be updated. Click here to follow my evil Twitter account.
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Let us all be vigilant and continue praying for peace. Stay safe. Tropical depression Egay has entered the Philippine area of responsibility. Enjoy the long weekend. Maximize your time with your family and loved ones. God bless us all. Padayon!

Hodgepodge

My good friend and former roommate in College texted me this morning and asked me to see a copy of The Philippine Daily Inquirer. He told me that the headline has, sort of, a double-meaning. So instead of going to my favorite news stand, thanks to technology, I went to the website of PDI and looked for the digital edition of today’s broadsheet.

At first glance, and if the reader is not discriminating enough, it may appear that the Church being referred to the headline is the Catholic Church (Haters gonna hate. Call it rash judgement but this country is dominantly Catholic.) The church mentioned here is the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), who, sues Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo in charge of the extra judicial killings of their members.

So much for that. Let’s just leave the issue in court. Let the truth come out and the guilty be punished. If there is still justice in the Land of Juan.

________

As usual, as what most of you my faithful readers knew, the Republic is giving you a dose of rundown of current events (with a little commentary and heckling on the side) and his passion for front pages and headlines of broadsheets, tabloids, and magazines.

Brace yourselves. Here we go:

  • Total Lunar Eclipse - of the heart - Astronomy enthusiasts are fortunate to see one of the longest lunar eclipse of the decade - including me. I had my forever alone coffee party/ lamay on our house’s veranda to watch the bloody moon. And the clouds didn’t fail me. The sight was spectacular (and creepy). See you again lunar eclipse this December.
  • Miley Cyrus in the house yo! - Miley Cyrus is here in the country for a concert at the Mall of Asia concert grounds tonight. I will not watch her concert but I added some of her songs on my playlist (You mad? This is not something new. I already added Taylor Swift and the Jonas Brothers before. Haha!). and, Ted Failon became a Philippine trending topic last night because he mispronounced Miley as “Mey-Lee” on TV Patrol. Okay.
  • China is one of the biggest country yet they still fight for their claim on the Spratly group of islands. (Read more about China here)
  • Congratulations De La Salle University and the La Salle Brothers for your one hundred years in the Philippines. I have a question though. Do you think Saint John Baptist De La Salle is also celebrating in heaven? Because if my memory serves me right, the Saint’s dream is to have a school for the impoverished. And it is obvious that that is not the case in the country. And..okay enough. Animo La Salle!
  • Metro Manila is on heightened alert for terrorist plot. Let us be vigilant and be aware of our surroundings.
  • Our beloved former Congreswoman Gloria Arroyo has been hospitalized for neck ailment. And according to news updates, she has already been discharged from the hospital but she will have to wear her neck brace for a week. Sayang ang new look. Get well soon Madam.
  • President Aquino appointed executive secretary and his shooting buddy Paquito Ochoa as chair of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission. Akala ko si Mar Roxas na naman. Good luck Sir!
  • Zawahiri was named by Al Qaida as successor to Osama Bin Laden. I give him 8 years before he’s captured/ killed by the United States forces. 

And as for other and personal things:

  • Does Coca-Cola still sell Coke 500? You know, the one mentioned in the Eraserheads song Tindahan ni Aling Nena. I remember buying Coke 500 ages ago together with pan de coco. Orgasmic merienda! Ah, life’s little joys.
  • I expect heavy traffic on Sunday from Los Baños to Calamba and vice versa. Nah, not for the Rizal @ 150. i heard that Dingdong Dantes and the other Kapuso artists will be having a show at SM Calamba. Oh-key.
  • Rebecca Black appeared to have gained weight on Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night music video. And yeah, she looks, uhm, prettier.
  • I am excited for The Dawn’s Enveloped Ideas album. It is a tribute by different artists to The Dawn’s 25th anniversary. It contains covers of the hit songs by The Dawn much like 2005’s Ultraelectromagneticjam.

________

Shameless promotion: Unlike before, I now rarely post here on Tumblr. I am more active on Twitter instead. If you enjoyed reading my posts, rants, and opinion, you can always talk to me there and be updated. Click here to follow my evil Twitter account.

________

Let us all be vigilant and continue praying for peace. Stay safe. Tropical depression Egay has entered the Philippine area of responsibility. Enjoy the long weekend. Maximize your time with your family and loved ones. God bless us all. Padayon!

    Source: inquirer.net

    'False' Cover for Freedom
In celebration of the 113th Independence Day of the Philippines, the Republic is bringing back Juan’s obsession with front pages and covers of broadsheets, tabloids, and magazines. And here’s what caught my attention on the Church’s patio after attending the 6:00 AM Mass.
At first, I thought that some prankster did this to the paper’s front page. But when I checked the other copies, I found out that this was not made by some bored individuals. This was The Philippine Inquirer's statement for press freedom in lieu with the 113th independence day.
They further explained this catchy way of expressing their advocacy when I opened the broadsheet and saw the real front page.

Freedom doesn’t come cheap. We have paid the price and we must continue to uphold it. Never stop daring. Never stop learning. Never stop trying. Never stop inquiring.
What you see is what you get, which is not much, in a heavily censored Page 1 of Inquirer issue. Thank God for the freedom we now enjoy. We have paid the price with the blood of heroes and our daily strivings to defend it.

Most of us who care knew that Philippines was once regarded as the most dangerous place for journalists.
Kudos Philippine Daily Inquirer for your catchy way of showing your advocacy! Long live the freedom! Mabuhay ang mga mamahayag na Pilipino!
And as for other things:
Today is the 113th Independence Day. Let us thank our heroes and forefathers who fought for the freedom that we are enjoying today. (Special mention to my wasak na wasak idols Juan Luna and Graciano Lopez-Jaena. Tagay sa langit mga pare!)
Cultural Scholars say that GMA-7’s 'Amaya' is inaccurate and misleading. Perhaps they want to follow the footsteps of Korean Networks who gave us Jumong and Jewel in the Palace. But please GMA Network, do not bastardize what was left on our glorious heritage. So what’s your next serye?
Please be careful taxpayers. There’s this seemingly new money-making scam that is allegedly backed by the BIR. (Read more here)
Oh Spratlys! I can smell war on the Western Philippine Sea. Let us all be vigilant and continue praying for peace.
We are celebratinf independence day but I believe that we are not really that free. Press people are killed and information are kept hidden. Support the Freedom of Information Act! Pass the Freedom of Information Bill. NOW!
On a personal note:
Tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, Patron Saint of missing things. It is also the fiesta in our Parish and Baranggay. Box office na naman ang Supermarket at Palengke dito sa eLBi.
There is a proposed road-widening of Lopez Avenue here in Los Baños. But it will affect, obviously, numerous (big and small) establishments, schools, and our Church. This is allegedly proposed to give way for the new mall owned by… (Juan, this page was censored. You have no freedom to say that. -Editor)
My class resumes this afternoon. It’s time to meet my new batch of students. Rakenrol.
Kalayaan sa ating lahat. Mabuhay ang Republika ng Pilipinas! Padayon!

    'False' Cover for Freedom

    In celebration of the 113th Independence Day of the Philippines, the Republic is bringing back Juan’s obsession with front pages and covers of broadsheets, tabloids, and magazines. And here’s what caught my attention on the Church’s patio after attending the 6:00 AM Mass.

    At first, I thought that some prankster did this to the paper’s front page. But when I checked the other copies, I found out that this was not made by some bored individuals. This was The Philippine Inquirer's statement for press freedom in lieu with the 113th independence day.

    They further explained this catchy way of expressing their advocacy when I opened the broadsheet and saw the real front page.

    Freedom doesn’t come cheap. We have paid the price and we must continue to uphold it. Never stop daring. Never stop learning. Never stop trying. Never stop inquiring.

    What you see is what you get, which is not much, in a heavily censored Page 1 of Inquirer issue. Thank God for the freedom we now enjoy. We have paid the price with the blood of heroes and our daily strivings to defend it.

    Most of us who care knew that Philippines was once regarded as the most dangerous place for journalists.

    Kudos Philippine Daily Inquirer for your catchy way of showing your advocacy! Long live the freedom! Mabuhay ang mga mamahayag na Pilipino!

    And as for other things:

    • Today is the 113th Independence Day. Let us thank our heroes and forefathers who fought for the freedom that we are enjoying today. (Special mention to my wasak na wasak idols Juan Luna and Graciano Lopez-Jaena. Tagay sa langit mga pare!)
    • Cultural Scholars say that GMA-7’s 'Amaya' is inaccurate and misleading. Perhaps they want to follow the footsteps of Korean Networks who gave us Jumong and Jewel in the Palace. But please GMA Network, do not bastardize what was left on our glorious heritage. So what’s your next serye?
    • Please be careful taxpayers. There’s this seemingly new money-making scam that is allegedly backed by the BIR. (Read more here)
    • Oh Spratlys! I can smell war on the Western Philippine Sea. Let us all be vigilant and continue praying for peace.
    • We are celebratinf independence day but I believe that we are not really that free. Press people are killed and information are kept hidden. Support the Freedom of Information Act! Pass the Freedom of Information Bill. NOW!

    On a personal note:

    • Tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, Patron Saint of missing things. It is also the fiesta in our Parish and Baranggay. Box office na naman ang Supermarket at Palengke dito sa eLBi.
    • There is a proposed road-widening of Lopez Avenue here in Los Baños. But it will affect, obviously, numerous (big and small) establishments, schools, and our Church. This is allegedly proposed to give way for the new mall owned by… (Juan, this page was censored. You have no freedom to say that. -Editor)
    • My class resumes this afternoon. It’s time to meet my new batch of students. Rakenrol.

    Kalayaan sa ating lahat. Mabuhay ang Republika ng Pilipinas! Padayon!

    Source: juanrepublic

    Ang Paghanga ko kay Eros Atalia (na Mas Pinainit pa ni Mercedes Cabral)
Nagkakilala kami ni Eros Atalia noong nasa Kolehiyo ako. Yung roommate ko, bumili ng libro na may guwapong manong sa cover. Tapos, tawa na siya ng tawang mag-isa kahit dis-oras na ng gabi at nag-aaral ako ng mga kalokohan nina Nietzsche at Marx. Dahil senior ako sa kanya, wala siyang nagawa kundi ipahiram sa akin ang libro.
Ang pamagat ng libro, Peksman (Mamatay Ka Man) Nagsisinungaling Ako (At iba pang mga Kuwentong Hindi Dapat Paniwalaan).
Tapos sinabi ko noon sa sarili ko, “Sa wakas! May bago na naman akong susubaybayang manunulat. Hindi pa pa-misteryoso at hindi nagtatago ng mukha katulad noong idol ng mga kids”. Bob Ong yata ang pangalan noon. (At para sa kabatiran ng lahat, mas nauna kong minahal sina Nick Joaquin, Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo at Lualhati Bautista kumapara kay Bob Ong. Hindi mo sila kilala? Weh? Magaling yung mga yun.)
Lumipas ang mga buwan, nagtapos ako sa Kolehiyo. Binalak ko noong seryosohin ang pagsusulat. Pero mahirap na karera iyon. Kaya humingi ako ng tulong kay Eros Atalia. Nag-email ako sa kanya ng mga sample kong blog posts. Sinabi kong isa siya sa mga inspirasyon ko. Mabait naman siya at nag-reply. Titingnan daw niya kung magagamit niya ang mga isinulat ko sa klase niya sa UST.
Hindi ko na alam kung nagamit nga ni Sir Eros ang mga materyales ko. Pero katulad ng sinabi niya sa aking payo, hanggang ngayon ay patuloy pa din akong nagusulat, nangangarap, nag-aasam na isang araw ang mga gawa ko’y mailathala’t maging aklat. At friends pa din kami ni Sir Eros hanggang ngayon.
Sa Facebook.
Isang araw, habang nagliliwaliw ako sa Friends for Sale sa Facebook, nakita kong nagpalit ng profile picture si Sir Eros. At yun yung pangatlo niyang libro na Ligo na U. Lapit na Me.
Dali-dali akong pumunta noon sa pinakamalapit na National Book Store para bumili ng kanyang obra. At muli, hindi na naman nasayang ang pera at panahon ko kay Sir Eros. Hindi niya binigo ang aking expectations katulad ng pagkabigo sa akin ni Kapitan Sino.
Kahit medyo hindi pambata ang laman ng ikatlo niyang libro, suwak pa din sa aking panlasa. Ibang magkuwento si Sir Eros. Tila katabi ko lang sina Intoy at Jenn habang sila’y nagmo-MOMOX. Tila kasama ko sila sa kuwarto ng motel. At tila kasama kong sumuka sa loob ng bus si Intoy. Ay oo nga pala, sumuka din ako dati pero sa loob ng jeep na biyaheng UPLB.
Hindi ko lang alam kung natatandaan pa ako ng mga kasabay ko noon. At kung may nasukahan ako. Pilit ko pa rin iyong ibinabaon sa limot.
Lumipas ang mga panahon, medyo madami na din ang naisulat ko, dumami ang mga tagasubaybay ng blog, may iilang mga masugid na nagbabasa (mga less than 40), at patuloy pa ding nangangarap.
Tapos isang araw, nakita ko sa cellphone ng kapatid ko ang isang poster ng pelikula na ginawa niyang wallpaper. Muntik na akong mapa-somersault sa tuwa (Ay de leche! Hindi pala ako marunong noon). Yung paborito kong libro ni Eros, gagawing pelikula na kasama sa Cinemalaya.
Tapos ang gaganap pang Jenn, yung bago kong crush. Hindi si Julia Montes. Hindi pa siya puwede para sa role na ‘to. Si Mercedes Cabral. Ang sinasabing reyna ng Philippine Indie Films. Siya daw ang Babaeng Coco Martin. Langya sa title!
Tapos kasama pa sina Mel Kimura, Simon Ibarra (Astig! Noli Me Tangere-inspired ang pangalan), Shalala, Beverly Salviejo, Joseph Bitangcol at marami pang iba.
Excited na akong panoorin ‘to. Kaso, ang Cinemalaya, nasa Metro. Kaya good luck na lang sa akin sa pag-iskor ng tiket, pagnakaw ng libreng oras, at diskarte sa pamasahe at biyahe para mapanood ito.
Kung hindi man, sana ay maglabas ng DVD. Yung orig ang bibilhin ko. Pramis. Nagbagong buhay na ako. Hindi ko ito-torrent ‘to.
Maglalabas na ng pelikula base sa libro ni Eros Atalia, pero yung una niyang librong Taguan Pung, hindi ko pa rin mahagilap. Nagpunta na ako noon ng UST pero bigo akong maka-iskor ng kopya. Ikaw? Alam mo ba kung saan ako makakabili noon?
At para sa kabatiran ng lahat, hindi ko naman isinusumpa si Bob Ong. Mahabang panahon din ang pinagsamahan namin. Sa katunayan nga, naging manunulat at direktor ako noong isinadula namin sa entablado ang libro niyang McArthur. Ang punto ko lamang, mga kids, hindi lang siya ang Pilipinong may panulat. Maghalungkat kayo sa mga aklatan at bookstore para sa ilan pa nating mga kababayang may bayag sa pagsulat.
At inaanyayahan ko kayong manood mamayang gabi ng Brigada sa GMA News TV channel 11, ika-8 ng gabi. Meron silang feature para sa mga Pinoy na manunulat. Kasama sina Eros at Bob.
Masuwerte ang mga (naging) estudyante ni Sir Eros sa UST dahil meron silang first-hand experience sa taong hinahangaan ko. Pero para sa akin, sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga libro, para na ring naging estudyante niya ako.
At yun naman ang technique para magtagumpay sa buhay - ang maging estudyante, ang maging tagahanga, ang maging tagasunod at hindi ang pagsasabing “ganap at kumpleto na ako” dahil ika nga, learning is a lifelong process. Nuks. Cliche na cliche!
Sana ay makita ko na sina Intoy at Jenn sa pinilakang tabing. At si Mercedes Cabral.
Mabuhay ang obrang malaya! Mabuhay ang sining nating mga Pinoy. Padayon!

    Ang Paghanga ko kay Eros Atalia (na Mas Pinainit pa ni Mercedes Cabral)

    Nagkakilala kami ni Eros Atalia noong nasa Kolehiyo ako. Yung roommate ko, bumili ng libro na may guwapong manong sa cover. Tapos, tawa na siya ng tawang mag-isa kahit dis-oras na ng gabi at nag-aaral ako ng mga kalokohan nina Nietzsche at Marx. Dahil senior ako sa kanya, wala siyang nagawa kundi ipahiram sa akin ang libro.

    Ang pamagat ng libro, Peksman (Mamatay Ka Man) Nagsisinungaling Ako (At iba pang mga Kuwentong Hindi Dapat Paniwalaan).

    Tapos sinabi ko noon sa sarili ko, “Sa wakas! May bago na naman akong susubaybayang manunulat. Hindi pa pa-misteryoso at hindi nagtatago ng mukha katulad noong idol ng mga kids”. Bob Ong yata ang pangalan noon. (At para sa kabatiran ng lahat, mas nauna kong minahal sina Nick Joaquin, Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo at Lualhati Bautista kumapara kay Bob Ong. Hindi mo sila kilala? Weh? Magaling yung mga yun.)

    Lumipas ang mga buwan, nagtapos ako sa Kolehiyo. Binalak ko noong seryosohin ang pagsusulat. Pero mahirap na karera iyon. Kaya humingi ako ng tulong kay Eros Atalia. Nag-email ako sa kanya ng mga sample kong blog posts. Sinabi kong isa siya sa mga inspirasyon ko. Mabait naman siya at nag-reply. Titingnan daw niya kung magagamit niya ang mga isinulat ko sa klase niya sa UST.

    Hindi ko na alam kung nagamit nga ni Sir Eros ang mga materyales ko. Pero katulad ng sinabi niya sa aking payo, hanggang ngayon ay patuloy pa din akong nagusulat, nangangarap, nag-aasam na isang araw ang mga gawa ko’y mailathala’t maging aklat. At friends pa din kami ni Sir Eros hanggang ngayon.

    Sa Facebook.

    Isang araw, habang nagliliwaliw ako sa Friends for Sale sa Facebook, nakita kong nagpalit ng profile picture si Sir Eros. At yun yung pangatlo niyang libro na Ligo na U. Lapit na Me.

    Dali-dali akong pumunta noon sa pinakamalapit na National Book Store para bumili ng kanyang obra. At muli, hindi na naman nasayang ang pera at panahon ko kay Sir Eros. Hindi niya binigo ang aking expectations katulad ng pagkabigo sa akin ni Kapitan Sino.

    Kahit medyo hindi pambata ang laman ng ikatlo niyang libro, suwak pa din sa aking panlasa. Ibang magkuwento si Sir Eros. Tila katabi ko lang sina Intoy at Jenn habang sila’y nagmo-MOMOX. Tila kasama ko sila sa kuwarto ng motel. At tila kasama kong sumuka sa loob ng bus si Intoy. Ay oo nga pala, sumuka din ako dati pero sa loob ng jeep na biyaheng UPLB.

    Hindi ko lang alam kung natatandaan pa ako ng mga kasabay ko noon. At kung may nasukahan ako. Pilit ko pa rin iyong ibinabaon sa limot.

    Lumipas ang mga panahon, medyo madami na din ang naisulat ko, dumami ang mga tagasubaybay ng blog, may iilang mga masugid na nagbabasa (mga less than 40), at patuloy pa ding nangangarap.

    Tapos isang araw, nakita ko sa cellphone ng kapatid ko ang isang poster ng pelikula na ginawa niyang wallpaper. Muntik na akong mapa-somersault sa tuwa (Ay de leche! Hindi pala ako marunong noon). Yung paborito kong libro ni Eros, gagawing pelikula na kasama sa Cinemalaya.

    Tapos ang gaganap pang Jenn, yung bago kong crush. Hindi si Julia Montes. Hindi pa siya puwede para sa role na ‘to. Si Mercedes Cabral. Ang sinasabing reyna ng Philippine Indie Films. Siya daw ang Babaeng Coco Martin. Langya sa title!

    Tapos kasama pa sina Mel Kimura, Simon Ibarra (Astig! Noli Me Tangere-inspired ang pangalan), Shalala, Beverly Salviejo, Joseph Bitangcol at marami pang iba.

    Excited na akong panoorin ‘to. Kaso, ang Cinemalaya, nasa Metro. Kaya good luck na lang sa akin sa pag-iskor ng tiket, pagnakaw ng libreng oras, at diskarte sa pamasahe at biyahe para mapanood ito.

    Kung hindi man, sana ay maglabas ng DVD. Yung orig ang bibilhin ko. Pramis. Nagbagong buhay na ako. Hindi ko ito-torrent ‘to.

    Maglalabas na ng pelikula base sa libro ni Eros Atalia, pero yung una niyang librong Taguan Pung, hindi ko pa rin mahagilap. Nagpunta na ako noon ng UST pero bigo akong maka-iskor ng kopya. Ikaw? Alam mo ba kung saan ako makakabili noon?

    At para sa kabatiran ng lahat, hindi ko naman isinusumpa si Bob Ong. Mahabang panahon din ang pinagsamahan namin. Sa katunayan nga, naging manunulat at direktor ako noong isinadula namin sa entablado ang libro niyang McArthur. Ang punto ko lamang, mga kids, hindi lang siya ang Pilipinong may panulat. Maghalungkat kayo sa mga aklatan at bookstore para sa ilan pa nating mga kababayang may bayag sa pagsulat.

    At inaanyayahan ko kayong manood mamayang gabi ng Brigada sa GMA News TV channel 11, ika-8 ng gabi. Meron silang feature para sa mga Pinoy na manunulat. Kasama sina Eros at Bob.

    Masuwerte ang mga (naging) estudyante ni Sir Eros sa UST dahil meron silang first-hand experience sa taong hinahangaan ko. Pero para sa akin, sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga libro, para na ring naging estudyante niya ako.

    At yun naman ang technique para magtagumpay sa buhay - ang maging estudyante, ang maging tagahanga, ang maging tagasunod at hindi ang pagsasabing “ganap at kumpleto na ako” dahil ika nga, learning is a lifelong process. Nuks. Cliche na cliche!

    Sana ay makita ko na sina Intoy at Jenn sa pinilakang tabing. At si Mercedes Cabral.

    Mabuhay ang obrang malaya! Mabuhay ang sining nating mga Pinoy. Padayon!

    Source: facebook.com

    "But we don’t have the money, money makes the wheels and the world go round.."

    The recent events in our penitentiaries and jails are not something to be proud of. But it is not something new. The practice of giving special treatment to high-profile and burgis prisoners has always been present. But no one dares to speak against it. Perhaps because of fear. Or perhaps the guards and the ones responsible for keeping them inside the cell are part of a giant web of corruption.

    I can still remember Pugad Baboy's Pol Medina's editorial cartton for the Philippine Daily Inquirer which appeared ages ago when VIP treatment to rich prisoners was a big issue (You can check his book Ink and Politics and look if the cartoon showing the opposite condition of rich and ordinary prisoners is still there.)

    Call it a cliche, but still, money is power. It’s damn obvious. If you have oodles of money to spend, then you have the power to do what you want and pay other people to help you do your job.

    This is not fiction. This is not a Teleserye-ish story of Gary David who manages to do his evil plot against Alvira and the Del Valles because of his (plundered) money. This is reality.

    1. Ex- Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste 

    • First things first. The guy has money, obviously. He came from a wealthy and influential family in Batangas (Wait, I’m also a Leviste. Okay, never mind.)
    • Friends, we cannot classify him as a “fugitive”. As what he said, puslit and takas are different things. #sarcasm
    • He’s the only prisoner that I knew that, during one of his “escapades”, had the courage to have his picture taken in front of the Binondo Church (like a real tourist). Souvenir po Sir?
    • Extension na pala ng Bilibid and Makati at Binondo?

    2. Ex-Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. Et Al

    • Again, this man, who is the patriarch of an influential family in Maguindanao, has money. Haven’t you seen their properties during the raids in their houses when Gloria Arroyo declared Martial Law in Maguindanao? Yeah, there’s the proof.
    • He was seen roaming around inside the prison compound. And reports said that he has an air-conditioned room/prison cell. Wow burgis! (But earlier this afternoon, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that the photos, according to DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, were taken last year)
    • He was one of the suspects in one of the most gruesome massacre in history. If reports of VIP treatment and bribery are true, then I don’t know how to describe those scoundrels who gave him such special treatment.

    The inequality between the rich and the poor is a cancer that we have been dealing with since the beginning of civilization. And it is here to stay for as long as there are selfish individuals and people who would do anything - regardless of morality and justice - for money and material things.

    I wish for equality and justice in the Land of Juan. I wish a new world order where there are nor rich and poor, no injustice, and no inequality.

    I also challenge the burgis kids on my network not to use their money and power to step down on people and to use them for their selfish deeds.

    Enough of my preaching.

    This issue of inequality and injustice is giving me a headache. Let’s have a feel good music first. I am inviting you to sit back and relax while listening to this music of Belle and Sebastian from their latest album Write About Love.

    How’s your Saturday evening everyone?

    Source: juanrepublic

    Who’s that girl?
The heat of the debate on the controversial Reproductive Health Bill has reached its high blood point so I decided to take a break and write something different. This time, focusing on the most important issue this country has ever faced. In fuck (read: fact), this is more important than the RH Bill, the Freedom of Information Bill and Kris Aquino’s love life.
This is about President Noynoy Aquino’s new girl. This is about the bachelor president’s love life.
The President has repeatedly asked the media to leave his personal and unofficial business in private. But because the people want it, they give it. It is in the Pinoy culture to love entertainment and gossipy news items so why not include the highest official in the land? After all, there is not much boundary between Philippine showbiz and politics.
And he is Kristina Bernadette Aquino’s brother.
The latest addition to the women linked to our bachelor president is the teacher Bunny Calica. She was with the President during the reunion concert of 70’s group Hotdog (buti na lang hindi Justin Bieber!). 
And like all the women linked to the president before, she has a beautiful face, fair-skinned, and younger than him. I think the last one was the most important category. Well that was just a wild and crazy speculation.
Is she the right one for the President? We don’t know yet. I will only believe if the news will come from the most reliable and trusted spokesperson of the President - her youngest sister Kris.
And on other things:
I fear that Baby James “Bimby” Aquino-Yap will be following the footsteps of his mother. As early as now, he has been asking questions like that of his mother’s. (Oh James! Guide the boy please!)
According to Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang, it was Mar Roxas’ idea to watch the concert. Wow! If that is true, he’s not only the President’s Chief Troubleshooter/ Chief of Staff but also the Chief Happy Happy! Organizer (Joke lang po! Pero puwedeng seryosohin.).
The President’s love life may always get the attention of the media but let us not forget that there are other far more important things in the country. should we blame the media for always broadcasting these things? Partly yes but not wholly.
Personally, I am deeply saddened that the media, especially during these times that the attention is focused on the RH Bill, has lessen their news items on other thins: FOI Bill, Maguindanao Massacre, etc.
There are other important things that we need to face to achieve the promised daang matuwid. Let’s just leave our driver in peace.
Further readings and reference: 1. Aquino dates mystery date at Hotdog gig. 2. Bimby: “Are you my Tito’s Girlfriend?”

    Who’s that girl?

    The heat of the debate on the controversial Reproductive Health Bill has reached its high blood point so I decided to take a break and write something different. This time, focusing on the most important issue this country has ever faced. In fuck (read: fact), this is more important than the RH Bill, the Freedom of Information Bill and Kris Aquino’s love life.

    This is about President Noynoy Aquino’s new girl. This is about the bachelor president’s love life.

    The President has repeatedly asked the media to leave his personal and unofficial business in private. But because the people want it, they give it. It is in the Pinoy culture to love entertainment and gossipy news items so why not include the highest official in the land? After all, there is not much boundary between Philippine showbiz and politics.

    And he is Kristina Bernadette Aquino’s brother.

    The latest addition to the women linked to our bachelor president is the teacher Bunny Calica. She was with the President during the reunion concert of 70’s group Hotdog (buti na lang hindi Justin Bieber!). 

    And like all the women linked to the president before, she has a beautiful face, fair-skinned, and younger than him. I think the last one was the most important category. Well that was just a wild and crazy speculation.

    Is she the right one for the President? We don’t know yet. I will only believe if the news will come from the most reliable and trusted spokesperson of the President - her youngest sister Kris.

    And on other things:

    • I fear that Baby James “Bimby” Aquino-Yap will be following the footsteps of his mother. As early as now, he has been asking questions like that of his mother’s. (Oh James! Guide the boy please!)
    • According to Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang, it was Mar Roxas’ idea to watch the concert. Wow! If that is true, he’s not only the President’s Chief Troubleshooter/ Chief of Staff but also the Chief Happy Happy! Organizer (Joke lang po! Pero puwedeng seryosohin.).

    The President’s love life may always get the attention of the media but let us not forget that there are other far more important things in the country. should we blame the media for always broadcasting these things? Partly yes but not wholly.

    Personally, I am deeply saddened that the media, especially during these times that the attention is focused on the RH Bill, has lessen their news items on other thins: FOI Bill, Maguindanao Massacre, etc.

    There are other important things that we need to face to achieve the promised daang matuwid. Let’s just leave our driver in peace.

    Further readings and reference: 1. Aquino dates mystery date at Hotdog gig. 2. Bimby: “Are you my Tito’s Girlfriend?”

    Source: newsinfo.inquirer.net

    Headline of the Day
As most of you my faithful readers knew, I have this passion for front pages and covers of broadsheets, tabloids, and magazines. And here’s one that caught my attention earlier this morning after attending the 6:00 AM Sunday Mass.
And this one is being sold at the patio of the Church - just less than fifteen steps from the doors of the church. Cool eh?
Interested for this story of perversion and lewd act of a police? Go grab yourself a copy of People’s Tonight.
And as for the other things:
I will always consider the infectious “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” as the anthem for masturbation.
Jinkee and Paris-textmate na? - I wonder when will Paris be the next Krista Ranillo for Manny Pacquiao. I can see that one coming. Oops!
Today is Mommy Dionisia’s celebration of her 18th birthday. She may not look like 18 but her party looks like that of an 18-year old. Seriously. 
Today is the feast day of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Being an agricultural country, many Parishes here in the Philippines were named under his patronage. Expect the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon, numerous fiestahan on different towns and barrios, and drunk manongs singing “My Love will See You Through” in the videoke.
Special shout to the epic The Super Cabbage (Tumblr Oldies, do you still remember her?). Happy birthday Jam! Tumblr (and some of your loyal fans including me) misses you. Please blog again soon. 
How’s your Sunday everyone?

    Headline of the Day

    As most of you my faithful readers knew, I have this passion for front pages and covers of broadsheets, tabloids, and magazines. And here’s one that caught my attention earlier this morning after attending the 6:00 AM Sunday Mass.

    And this one is being sold at the patio of the Church - just less than fifteen steps from the doors of the church. Cool eh?

    Interested for this story of perversion and lewd act of a police? Go grab yourself a copy of People’s Tonight.

    And as for the other things:

    • I will always consider the infectious “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” as the anthem for masturbation.
    • Jinkee and Paris-textmate na? - I wonder when will Paris be the next Krista Ranillo for Manny Pacquiao. I can see that one coming. Oops!
    • Today is Mommy Dionisia’s celebration of her 18th birthday. She may not look like 18 but her party looks like that of an 18-year old. Seriously. 
    • Today is the feast day of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Being an agricultural country, many Parishes here in the Philippines were named under his patronage. Expect the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon, numerous fiestahan on different towns and barrios, and drunk manongs singing “My Love will See You Through” in the videoke.
    • Special shout to the epic The Super Cabbage (Tumblr Oldies, do you still remember her?). Happy birthday Jam! Tumblr (and some of your loyal fans including me) misses you. Please blog again soon. 

    How’s your Sunday everyone?

    Source: juanrepublic

    Yellow Fever
Tomorrow, Filipino Pride and Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao will once again step into the ring to show the whole world what an eight division world champion can do to defend his title. This time, against the American Sugar Shane Mosley.
And earlier today, Philippine time, these two great fighters stepped into the scales for their weigh-in.

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and US Shane Mosley (R) attend the official weigh-in for their fight in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 6, 2011. The eight division world champion Pacquiao marks his return to Las Vegas for the first time since 2009 by fighting Mosley for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title at the Garden Arena in the MGM Grand on May 7

Most of us are excited for the fight that will once again, hopefully, bring honor, pride, and unity to our problem-filled and divided country.
While most of the viewers will be placing their bets and riches for Pacquiao (or on what round will he send Mosley sleeping on the ring), our fighter will be fighting another opponent - poverty.
And Manny Pacquiao will once again set history tomorrow. For the first time in boxing history, a yellow pair of boxing gloves will be used. As most of us know, red, blue, and burgundy are the colors used by a boxer.
Yellow as a symbol of his fight against poverty.
Pacman is said to wear yellow to “signify the unity among the Filipino people across the globe”. In an interview with sportscaster Chino Trinidad, Pacman said in context that “boxing is not the biggest fight in his life. Eradicating poverty is now the biggest fight of his life.”
He also encouraged suppoters and fans of Shane Mosley to wear yellow too as a sign of unity with the Filipinos in our fight against poverty.
This move and advocacy of Pacquiao was lauded by the foreign media and other non-Filipino boxing aficionados. He uses his influence as a famous boxer to do something good and for the betterment of other people.
As expected, this move by Pacman, especially the preferred color, was not spared from comments and allegations that this was in support for President Noynoy Aquino (who used the same color during his campaign and obviously, the color inherited from his mother Cory Aquino).
Why choose the color yellow? Why not the other colors?
In my humorous and sarcastic mind, I made these things up:
Blue - The famous color of President Nonoy’s running-mate during the 2010 elections. This may be a bad choice. That color didn’t win.
Green - The so-called “galing at talino” color. Again, bad choice. This has a kiss of death back in 2010 (wink!)
Pink - The color of a bayani. Why not this one? Masakit sa mata. And Pacman might be mistaken as a member of Sir Danton Remoto’s group.
Red - The color of the badtrip and flash great man from Subic. Why not this one? It’s the usual.
Orange - The color of the guy who swam in the sea of garbage. Why not this one? Pacman supported this guy back in 2010? The reason may be obvious.
For some, Manny’s choice of color may be a big deal. Metaphysically speaking, color is just an accident. It may be present or not. What is essential is the essence, the substance. What is important is Manny Pacquiao’s advocacy to giht poverty.
With that advocacy, he is already a champion. And no one can take that title away from him.
I hope to see a sea of yellow tomorrow in support for our Pambansang Kamao.
And Floyd Mayweather, I hope to see you soon on the ring with this man.
Good luck Manny and bring honor once again to this country.
Padayon!
P.S. Can you spot the Pambansang Anino in the photo?

    Yellow Fever

    Tomorrow, Filipino Pride and Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao will once again step into the ring to show the whole world what an eight division world champion can do to defend his title. This time, against the American Sugar Shane Mosley.

    And earlier today, Philippine time, these two great fighters stepped into the scales for their weigh-in.

    Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and US Shane Mosley (R) attend the official weigh-in for their fight in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 6, 2011. The eight division world champion Pacquiao marks his return to Las Vegas for the first time since 2009 by fighting Mosley for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title at the Garden Arena in the MGM Grand on May 7

    Most of us are excited for the fight that will once again, hopefully, bring honor, pride, and unity to our problem-filled and divided country.

    While most of the viewers will be placing their bets and riches for Pacquiao (or on what round will he send Mosley sleeping on the ring), our fighter will be fighting another opponent - poverty.

    And Manny Pacquiao will once again set history tomorrow. For the first time in boxing history, a yellow pair of boxing gloves will be used. As most of us know, red, blue, and burgundy are the colors used by a boxer.

    Yellow as a symbol of his fight against poverty.

    Pacman is said to wear yellow to “signify the unity among the Filipino people across the globe”. In an interview with sportscaster Chino Trinidad, Pacman said in context that “boxing is not the biggest fight in his life. Eradicating poverty is now the biggest fight of his life.”

    He also encouraged suppoters and fans of Shane Mosley to wear yellow too as a sign of unity with the Filipinos in our fight against poverty.

    This move and advocacy of Pacquiao was lauded by the foreign media and other non-Filipino boxing aficionados. He uses his influence as a famous boxer to do something good and for the betterment of other people.

    As expected, this move by Pacman, especially the preferred color, was not spared from comments and allegations that this was in support for President Noynoy Aquino (who used the same color during his campaign and obviously, the color inherited from his mother Cory Aquino).

    Why choose the color yellow? Why not the other colors?

    In my humorous and sarcastic mind, I made these things up:

    • Blue - The famous color of President Nonoy’s running-mate during the 2010 elections. This may be a bad choice. That color didn’t win.
    • Green - The so-called “galing at talino” color. Again, bad choice. This has a kiss of death back in 2010 (wink!)
    • Pink - The color of a bayani. Why not this one? Masakit sa mata. And Pacman might be mistaken as a member of Sir Danton Remoto’s group.
    • Red - The color of the badtrip and flash great man from Subic. Why not this one? It’s the usual.
    • Orange - The color of the guy who swam in the sea of garbage. Why not this one? Pacman supported this guy back in 2010? The reason may be obvious.

    For some, Manny’s choice of color may be a big deal. Metaphysically speaking, color is just an accident. It may be present or not. What is essential is the essence, the substance. What is important is Manny Pacquiao’s advocacy to giht poverty.

    With that advocacy, he is already a champion. And no one can take that title away from him.

    I hope to see a sea of yellow tomorrow in support for our Pambansang Kamao.

    And Floyd Mayweather, I hope to see you soon on the ring with this man.

    Good luck Manny and bring honor once again to this country.

    Padayon!

    P.S. Can you spot the Pambansang Anino in the photo?

    Source: daylife.com

    Ang Kulturang Pamana ni Willie sa mga Noypi

    "Hindi niyo ba alam ginagawa kayong tanga?" - Itchyworms (2006)

    Exploiting poor people’s stories para tumaas ang ratings, magmukhang bida at mabait ang host (konti na lang Messiah na), at makalikom ng maraming pera at sponsor. Ganyan ang tingin ng ilan sa istilo ng entertainment ng modern-day Messiah Willie Revillame.

    Mula Wowowee hanggang sa Willing-Willie. Kunsabagay, halos wala ng namang pinagkaiba ang formula ng dalawang programang iyon. Matatandaang naghabol pa ang ABS-CBN noon sa TV-5 at sa Wil Productions dahil sa diumano’y copyright infringement ng Willing-Willie sa Wowowee.

    Sinasabing ang mga nasabing programa ni Revillame ay puno ng exploitation sa masa at paggawa sa mga itong uto-uto at tanga kapalit ng ligaya (ng mga manonood) at pera.

    Pero iyon nga ba ay maituturing na exploitation? O isang mababaw lamang na uri ng kaligayahan at entertainment dala na din ng ilang dekadang ganoon-na-lamang-palagi-ang-format na mga programa? Dahil ba nasanay na ang mga gumagawa ng mga programa na ganoon ang aliw na kinagigiliwan ng masa? Ano nga ba ang naghihiwalay sa exploitation at entertainment?

    Exploitation o entertainment? Narito ang ilan sa aking mga napansin.

    Bakit kailangan pang i-broadcast sa telebisyon kung gaano mo kamahal ang kapamilya mo? Dahil ba nasa TV ka? O mas madrama? O dahil hindi mo kayang sabihin nang harapan at kapag walang mediator? O dahil sa pera? Non sequitur.

    Kapag mas kahabag-habag ang istorya ng kalahok, kapag mas makawasak cardiovascular system ang mensahe ng hinilang kamag-anak, kapag mas nakakatuwa ang ipinakitang talento, at kapag sumipsip at mas napasaya ang host, mas malaki ang perang ibibigay sa iyo. 

    Para bang sinasabing kung gusto ninyong magka-pera at mabago ang buhay, pumila lang kayo dito at ibuhos ang luha ninyo. 

    Isama mo pa ang mga kasamahan niyang mga mananayaw na tinipid ang tela ng mga damit at co-host na ginagawang katawa-tawa ang sarili para mapaligaya ang mga manonood  (Ito ay napansin ko doon sa nauna niyang programa. Hindi na kasi ako ngayon masyadong nakakapanood ng bago niyang programa). Ganoon ang kanilang depenisyon ng pagpapaligaya at pagbibigay inspirasyon sa milyun-milyong manonood sa buong mundo.

    Matanong ko lang, napansin mo ba ang set-up ng kanilang studio? Pabilog na parang arena. Sino ang nasa itaas at sino ang malapit sa “gitna ng arena”? Hindi ba ang madalas makuhanan ng kamera at nasa ibaba ay iyong mga burgis na nangibang bayan, pagkatapos ay bumalik ng bansa, pilipit ang dila, at tinitingala.

    Sino ang nasa itaas? Ang madla na araw-araw ay nagtitiyagang pumila at nagbabakasakaling mababago ang kanilang buhay. Ang masa na pinangakuan na sila ang numero uno sa programa. ang masa na ginagamit ang wasak nilang storya at kawalan ng pera para tumaas ang kita ng palabas.

    Pero sino ba talaga ang bida? 

    Ang masa o ang host na ipinangangalandakan ang sandamakmak niyang endorsements, araw-araw kinakanta ang mga kanta na parang opening prayer na ng programa, at ang pagpo-promote ng kaniyang album? 

    Hindi naman sa pine-personal ko ang naka-salaming host pero mayroon siyang kasaysayan ng pananakit ng babae at nasirang kasal. Ganoon ba ang taong dapat hangaan ng nakararami at araw-araw pinapalakpakan?

    Kung inyo ding mapapansin, nanghihiya siya ng co-host, dancer, staff, at mga bongbong na contestant. Kung conscious man o hindi niya iyong ginagawa, wala na akong pakialam. 

    Hindi ko na gagatungan pa ang gusto nila sa kanilang sistema. At ikaw na nakababasa nito na suki ng programang tinutukoy ko, huwag mo agad akong paniniwalaan. Subukan mong magmasid at ito ay obserbahan para lubusan mo akong maunawaan.

    Ilan lamang iyan sa aking mga napansin sa kanyang mga programa.

    Kamakailan lamang, muli na namang sumailalim sa kontrobersya si Ginoong Revillame. Ito ay nang sumayaw ng mala-macho dancer ang isang batang nagngangalang JanJan habang umiiyak. Tiningnan ng karamihan ito bilang isang pang-aabuso sa bata. At as usual, pinuntirya na naman ng libo-libong pambabatikos si Willie.

    May mga nakisawsaw na mga artista sa issue. May mga dumipensa kay Willie (mga taga-hanga at manunulat kasama na si Tita Cristy Fermin). May mga lumapit sa Pamilya ng bata para umano’y mabigay ng tulong at suhulan ang mga magulang na kalabanin si Willie. May mga advertisers na nag-pullout ng kanilang produkto. May mga opisyal na nagalit at nangako ng imbestigasyon. At kung saan-saan pa sumuot ang isyu.

    At as usual, may mga nagsasabing naiinggit lamang ang mga kritiko sa yaman ni Ginoong Revillame. Walang basehang akusasyon pero pabayaan na lang natin.

    Nagkaroon nga ba ng exploitation sa parte ni Janjan? Totoo nga bang siya ay inabuso? Katanggap-tanggap ba ang pamamaraan na ginawa niya at ng kanyang pamilya upang magkaroon ng konting salapi? Dadaan pa ito sa mahabang debate. Pero kung tatanungin mo kung ano ang opinyon ko sa isyu na ito, walang nagbago, sapat na ang nabasa mo sa itaas.

    Panigurado diyan, may mga magsasabing, "Buti pa nga si Willie, nakakatulong. eh yung iba diyan, o ikaw, ano na ba ang nagawa?

    Pero katanggap-tanggap nga ba ang ganitong klaseng entertainment para sa masa? Ano nga ba ang mas matimbang? Yung okay lang na magmukhang katawa-tawa ang contestant kapalit ng pera at ligaya? O iyong araw-araw silang nakikipagsapalaran sa kanilang buhay pero wala namang nangyayari?

    Pera o kahihiyan? Karangalan o kaligayahan? Mahaba-habang inuman pa ito.

    Naniniwala ako na hangga’t nandoon sa “lebel” na iyon ang antas ng entertainment ng masa (na hindi ko naman inaalipusta), magpapatuloy pa din ang ganitong kalakaran.

    At hangga’t mayroon pa ding milyon-milyong Pilipino na naghihirap, hangga’t kakaunti pa din ang pagkakakitaan, hangga’t mayroon pa ding mga palabas sa telebisyon na nagbibigay pag-asa at instant na kayamanan, mananatili pa din ang ganitong kalakaran.

    Nakakabahala lamang tingnan. Yung dating pinupuna, nagiging katanggap-tanggap at nagiging bahagi na ng ating sistema.

    Nagiging isa ng kultura.

    Nagsimula ang Wowowee noong 2005. 2011 na ngayon, Willing-Willie na. Anim na taon na ang nakakalipas at mukhang magtatagal pa. Pero ganoon pa din ang nakikita ko.

    Walang nagbago. 

    Source: juanrepublic

    Impeachment Blues
This is history. After former President Joseph Ejercito-Estrada’s impeachment trial back in 2000-2001, another impeachable official is set to be impeached. This time, in the person of one of the most hated official in history - Ombudsman Merceditas Gitierrez.
Finally, our Lawmakers have done something right in favor of the people. Please remember that during the last administration, we have never seen this event during the numerous times that an impeachment complaint against former President Gloria Arroyo was filed.
Most impeachment complaints are always pronounced as dead on arrival. No thanks to the witch’s allies at the Camara de Representantes.
And now, at last, the Impeachment will be brought to the Senate. In yesterday’s press conference, Merceditas Gutierrez said that her impeachment was a product of “dark politics”. She may be right considering that the proceedings appeared to be done in a haste and that some of the Congressmen appeared to have a personal motif (revenge perhaps) to impeach (and replace) her.
Dark politics. It appears that some Congressmen conjured a dark mark a la Death Eater to show the power of Lord Voldemort. Okay, never mind this sentence.
Merceditas Gutierrez also said that she has done nothing wrong during her time as an Ombudsman, that she has worked on the controversial cases involving the President and the First Gentleman, and that her conscience was clear.
Really? So what happened to those cases after all these years?
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is now a Congresswoman. Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo is still the same fat guy. While the whistle blowers - Vidal Doble, Sandra Cam, Boy Mayor (who was killed), Jun Lozada - are all suffering the consequences of their action of speaking the truth - poor, unemployed, hiding from death threats, and living a miserable life. Ironic eh?
Dearest Ombudsman, please remember that there are two (2) kinds of sins - the sin of commission and the sin of omission. Wala ka ngang ginawang masama, pero wala ka din namang ginawang mabuti, anong pinagkaiba noon?
The case will be brought to Senate. And soon, we will witness the second impeachment trial in Philippine history.
I hope the Senate and the Senators will be fair enough on this trial. Not only for the filipino people. Not only for Merceditas Gutierrez. But for the truth to come out.
Unlike the Estrada impeachment trial where Chief Justice Hilario Davide acted as the judge, this time, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will be the one. It’s gonna be Manong Johnny “Gusto ko Hapy Ka” Enrile! In times like this, we really need an elder, an ancient, a veteran to help us find the truth. I just hope that he will not look like Palpatine/Darth Sidious when he got mad at the hearing for I will surely laugh my ass out.
During the Estrada trial, one of the most memorable line was Emma Lim’s "Uminom po. Hindi po kinakain yung iced tea" to Estelito Mendoza. I am looking forward to some “light moments” during the trial.
I am excited for Senator Lito Lapid on the impeachment trial. ‘Nuff said.
I hope this will not only lead to the impeachment of Merceditas but for the principal actors of the crime to be punished by the law.
You mad Merci? I don’t think so. You said that you have been expecting this one. Good luck on your trial. And for delicadeza’s sake, will you please step down from your office while you are being tried at the Senate?
Wear peach shirt. Eat peach-graham refrigerator cake. Impeach Merceditas.
I hope this will be a beginning of a new era on Philippine politics and our nation building.
Give us the truth. Give us the justice. Viva Filipinas. Padayon!
Original photo courtesy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Edited by the author for humor purposes, to connect to the audience, and to pursue creative and artistic excellence. Nuks!

    Impeachment Blues

    This is history. After former President Joseph Ejercito-Estrada’s impeachment trial back in 2000-2001, another impeachable official is set to be impeached. This time, in the person of one of the most hated official in history - Ombudsman Merceditas Gitierrez.

    Finally, our Lawmakers have done something right in favor of the people. Please remember that during the last administration, we have never seen this event during the numerous times that an impeachment complaint against former President Gloria Arroyo was filed.

    Most impeachment complaints are always pronounced as dead on arrival. No thanks to the witch’s allies at the Camara de Representantes.

    And now, at last, the Impeachment will be brought to the Senate. In yesterday’s press conference, Merceditas Gutierrez said that her impeachment was a product of “dark politics”. She may be right considering that the proceedings appeared to be done in a haste and that some of the Congressmen appeared to have a personal motif (revenge perhaps) to impeach (and replace) her.

    Dark politics. It appears that some Congressmen conjured a dark mark a la Death Eater to show the power of Lord Voldemort. Okay, never mind this sentence.

    Merceditas Gutierrez also said that she has done nothing wrong during her time as an Ombudsman, that she has worked on the controversial cases involving the President and the First Gentleman, and that her conscience was clear.

    Really? So what happened to those cases after all these years?

    Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is now a Congresswoman. Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo is still the same fat guy. While the whistle blowers - Vidal Doble, Sandra Cam, Boy Mayor (who was killed), Jun Lozada - are all suffering the consequences of their action of speaking the truth - poor, unemployed, hiding from death threats, and living a miserable life. Ironic eh?

    Dearest Ombudsman, please remember that there are two (2) kinds of sins - the sin of commission and the sin of omission. Wala ka ngang ginawang masama, pero wala ka din namang ginawang mabuti, anong pinagkaiba noon?

    The case will be brought to Senate. And soon, we will witness the second impeachment trial in Philippine history.

    • I hope the Senate and the Senators will be fair enough on this trial. Not only for the filipino people. Not only for Merceditas Gutierrez. But for the truth to come out.
    • Unlike the Estrada impeachment trial where Chief Justice Hilario Davide acted as the judge, this time, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will be the one. It’s gonna be Manong Johnny “Gusto ko Hapy Ka” Enrile! In times like this, we really need an elder, an ancient, a veteran to help us find the truth. I just hope that he will not look like Palpatine/Darth Sidious when he got mad at the hearing for I will surely laugh my ass out.
    • During the Estrada trial, one of the most memorable line was Emma Lim’s "Uminom po. Hindi po kinakain yung iced tea" to Estelito Mendoza. I am looking forward to some “light moments” during the trial.
    • I am excited for Senator Lito Lapid on the impeachment trial. ‘Nuff said.
    • I hope this will not only lead to the impeachment of Merceditas but for the principal actors of the crime to be punished by the law.

    You mad Merci? I don’t think so. You said that you have been expecting this one. Good luck on your trial. And for delicadeza’s sake, will you please step down from your office while you are being tried at the Senate?

    Wear peach shirt. Eat peach-graham refrigerator cake. Impeach Merceditas.

    I hope this will be a beginning of a new era on Philippine politics and our nation building.

    Give us the truth. Give us the justice. Viva Filipinas. Padayon!

    Original photo courtesy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Edited by the author for humor purposes, to connect to the audience, and to pursue creative and artistic excellence. Nuks!

    Source: juanrepublic

    Sweet Soul Revue - Pizzicato Five

    Every dekada nobenta kid who grew up in the Philippines knows this song. Trust me, this will bring back a lot of memories.

    Long before the advent of Taiwanese F4 and Korean Pop invasion here in the Land of Juan, Filipinos were already a fan of Japanese pop. Utada Hikaru and Pizzicato Five were just some of the artists who invaded our music charts during the nineties.

    The culture and reality of singing a song without understanding its lyrics is not new to us Filipinos. Let’s take this song for example, the only English word used here is the word “Baby” and the rest is pure Japanese. Never mind the lyrics. It’s the catchy tune that matters.

    Experts and sociologists said that this is a common formula for foreign, non-English musicians to succeed in the Philippines - a catchy song, a different fashion statement, and a single English word to the song! Bingo! You will have an instant hit here in the Philippines.

    So I am telling you my friends, do not abhor the kids who are into Korean Pop, singing a song without understanding its lyrics. We’ve been here before. How many of us are guilty singing the Mexican songs of our favorite telenovela (Marimar for example)? And how many of us are guilty singing "Anak ka ni Cookie!" on one part of this song?

    Don’t be a hypocrite. We were all guilty of this one.

    Pana-panahon lang ‘yan. Or as Kuya Kim Atienza would say it, weather weather lang

    Why am I writing about Japanese Pop, their influence, and nostalgia?

    The recent tragedy in Japan came as a shocker for all of us. And I realized how great their influence to us have been.

    Because of them, we have our favorite anime shows, we have Gundam, Ghost Fighter, Voltes V, Maskman, Fiveman, Jetman, Bioman, and other TV shows of our childhood. They gave us Japanese Pop. They gave jobs for our Filipino entertainers (commonly known in the nineties as “Japayuki(s)”). And they gave us Maria Ozawa being enjoyed by most of the kids and pervs today. Okay, I was just trying to lighten things up on that last part.

    What am I trying to say is that the Japanese were influential to us, our culture, our lifestyle. In these troubled times for our Japanese friends, let us not forget to pray for them and their country.

    But for the meantime, enjoy the nostalgia brought by this song. Padayon!

    Source: juanrepublic

    Mighty Hoax and the Pinoy Culture of Chismis

    I had a real life over the past weekend so I was away from the internet during the height of the tragedy in Japan. No tweets. No Tumblr posts. Just glued on the television and broadsheets for news and updates.

    I have been backreading some of my favorite bloggers here on Tumblr and I have seen their sentiments, posts, and other stuff to deliver news, information, and awareness to netizens of the cyber empire created by David Karp.

    Technology played a vital role in spreading the news and information during the height of the tragedy. We have seen photos and videos here on Tumblr and Facebook. Twitter played an important role to seek help to rebuild the devastated nation. News agencies became an instrument to find missing people after the tragedy.

    And while technology was used to spread information faster, it was also used by some cunning individuals to spread malicious items and hoax to induce fear.

    Let’s Just Leave It to the Angry Birds

    Earlier this morning, while having a caffeine break and waging war to pigs using my angry birds armada to refresh my mind, I received a text message about the alleged BBC report about the nuclear fallout in one of the nuclear power plants in Japan and how allegedly, a radioactive rain (brought by the wind from Japan) will wreak havoc in the Philippines. It also warns the people to take extra precaution. And according to a friend, some versions of the text messages went as far as advising the people to use umbrellas, raincoats, putting Betadine (iodine solution) on the neck, and taking generous amount of iodized salt.

    So there you go my friends, in case of a nuclear war in the future, you already know that some of our Kababayans' protections would be the following: umbrella, kapote, Betadine, and iodized salt (Sing “Iodized salt! Iodized salt! Mag-iodized salt tayo” dekada nobenta jingle here).

    I immediately dismissed the text messages as a hoax for I have read beforehand the tweets and updates of respected journalists and news agencies.

    I bet the one/s who created this hoax was/were laughing like the King of the Pigs on Angry Birds - Mighty Hoax level. 

    "Yehey! Walang Pasok!"

    I switched the TV on and look for a local news program. As expected, most of the people who were unaware of the real score about the chismis would panic. But I was taken aback when I learned that a school/college suspended their classes because of this chismis.

    Seriously, why didn’t they (the administration and whoever who is in-charge) verify first the reports before suspending the classes? With today’s technology, one can easily know whether an item is true or not. There’s Twitter. There’s Facebook. There’s the internet.

    I now wonder if some bored students were the ones who were behind this hoax.

    Let’s be Mutants like the Ninja Turtles

    Though there are people who panicked on this chismis, some, after knowing that it was just a hoax, were smart enough to poke fun on this chismis. Pinoy na pinoy!

    Some said that if the radiation leak reaches the Philippines, we will be mutants - but mutants with super powers. And I had fun reading the would-be “powers” of some people and celebrities I follow on Twitter.

    Having fun, smiling amidst a nakaka-badtrip na item. That’s a Pinoy classic.

    Chismis Culture?

    It all started with a chismis - an unconfirmed text message that was repeatedly forwarded because of fear. Whoever was the one behind this fiasco, he succeeded. He induced fear and changed the normal routine of some of the Filipinos. He created an instant talk-of-the town. Or if he did it for fun, for sure, he laughed his ass out.

    It’s just so disappointing that some idiots grab the opportunity of a disaster to create something stupid and for self-gratification.

    Should our chismis culture be blamed? Our love for showbiz-oriented shows and tabloid-liked stories may be a factor. But I saw something “good” with this incedent.

    It also showed the culture of Pinoy compassion.

    They forwarded the messages to their friends and loved ones hoping that it will save them from impending harm and disaster.

    Unfortunately, they passed the wrong message.

    And the rest was an infamous story.

    With today’s technology, news and information can be delivered faster. But technology doesn’t give us accuracy or veracity instantly.

    So here’s a thing my friends: Check your sources, verify the reports, look for the other side of the story, and dare to ask.

    Mas mahusay ang may alam. Ngunit mas lalong mahusay kung tama ang nalalaman.

    But for now, I will resume my war against these pigs. I need to gain more stars on this Mighty Hoax level of Angry Birds to have more golden eggs. Padayon! 

    Source: juanrepublic

    Remembering the Final Set
It has been two years since they gave us their final set. Two years after their record breaking concert. Two years since they formally bid us goodbye. Two years after their last bow. Two years after their last concert, and probably indeed their last.
It was during this date that Ely Buendia set flame to the famous “Sticker Happy piano.” You know, the one with the naked Joey Mead from the cover of their album “Sticker Happy”.
At para sa mga naghahanap kung nasaan na ang piano ngayon, ibinalik siya sa 70’s Bistro (46 Anonas Street Project 2 , Quezon City).


Photo courtesy of Sir Chris Linag. For additional information, please read the article by Aldus Santos here.

Thank you Eraserheads for being a part of our childhood. Thank you for being the soundtrack of our growing up. Thank you for the good music. Thank you for being our heroes. Thank you for the memories.
Maraming salamat Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Marcus Adoro, at Buddy Zabala! The Eraserheads will never be erased from our heads. That is influence at its finest.

    Remembering the Final Set

    It has been two years since they gave us their final set. Two years after their record breaking concert. Two years since they formally bid us goodbye. Two years after their last bow. Two years after their last concert, and probably indeed their last.

    It was during this date that Ely Buendia set flame to the famous “Sticker Happy piano.” You know, the one with the naked Joey Mead from the cover of their album “Sticker Happy”.

    At para sa mga naghahanap kung nasaan na ang piano ngayon, ibinalik siya sa 70’s Bistro (46 Anonas Street Project 2 , Quezon City).

    Photo courtesy of Sir Chris Linag. For additional information, please read the article by Aldus Santos here.

    Thank you Eraserheads for being a part of our childhood. Thank you for being the soundtrack of our growing up. Thank you for the good music. Thank you for being our heroes. Thank you for the memories.

    Maraming salamat Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Marcus Adoro, at Buddy Zabala! The Eraserheads will never be erased from our heads. That is influence at its finest.

    Source: juanrepublic


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    About the Blogger: His name is Juan, a frustrated writer who hails from a sauna town at the foot of Mount Makiling. He spends his being an overworked and underpaid High School teacher and being a self-proclaimed superhero who is dreaming and trying to make a difference, one post at a time.

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