Wednesday, December 31, 2008

End of the (Old) Road Routine

Until then, it's a new road to 2009

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Obama's Empatsoated with PGMA

Finally, PGMA, after being snubbed by Obama after clinching the presidency, got invited to Malacanan for dinner. Funny commercial

Friday, December 26, 2008

Santa Baby and RIP Eartha Kitt

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!! Go Tell it On the Mountain!!!!

"They are so enthusiastic, so effervescent, so lively, so full of life. Go! Tell it! On! The Mountain! Merry Christmas!!!!!!"
Parang mga classmates ni Etot mga ito ah

Wishing You Peace and Quietude this Christmas

Islet in the Sulu Archipelago , Philippines . More than 6,000 of the 7,100 Philippine Islands are uninhabited, like this islet in the Sulu Archipelago, a set of 500 islands that separate the Celebes and the Sulu seas

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Pasko at Pandesal

From Robert Alejandro

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas in QC

Shopping Bag

from Condomi, a sex shop

The 12 Days of Scandals

Karaokeology: Korea

There are many of these videos featuring regular Koreans. This was filmed in a norebang or the Korean karaoke room. Unlike the Pinoy version, this is where you are filmed recording your favorite karaoke hits. Anyway, enjoy the song!

Dear Virginia, There is No Mayor of Paris

The letter to the editor of New York Times

Kennedy, Seen From Paris

As mayor of Paris, I find Caroline Kennedy’s bid for the seat of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton both surprising and not very democratic, to say the least. What title has Ms. Kennedy to pretend to Hillary Clinton’s seat? We French can only see a dynastic move of the vanishing Kennedy clan in the very country of the Bill of Rights. It is both surprising and appalling.

With all the respect and admiration I have for Ms. Kennedy’s late father, I find her bid in very poor taste, and, after reading “Kennedy, Touring Upstate, Gets Less and Less Low-Key” (news article, Dec. 18), in my opinion she has no qualification whatsoever to bid for Senator Clinton’s seat.

We French have been consistently admiring of the American Constitution, but it seems that recently both Republicans and Democrats are drifting away from a truly democratic model. The Kennedy era is long gone, and I guess that New York has plenty of more qualified candidates to fill the shoes of Hillary Clinton. Can we speak of American decline?

Bertrand Delanoë
Paris, Dec.

18, 2008

Hmm. The correction

Monday, December 22, 2008

Gusto Mong Maglaway?

I first saw this:

Sabi ko, Wow! Pero sa isip-isip ko, except for Renoir, I already got the rest in Po-quiaps. $99! Ako nga $1 each. Iyun nga lang may librong kasama. And then I realized that two years ago Criterion came out with this:

Huwaw talaga!
  • Hardcover, linen-bound box set with 240-page, full-color book and 50 DVDs
  • Dimensions: 12.5” x 12.75” x 3.5”
  • Weight: 14 lbs
  • The 39 Steps Alfred Hitchcock, 1935; The 400 Blows François Truffaut, 1959; Ballad of a Soldier Grigori Chukhrai, 1959; Beauty and the Beast Jean Cocteau, 1946; Black Orpheus Marcel Camus, 1959; Brief Encounter David Lean, 1945; The Fallen Idol Carol Reed, 1948; Fires on the Plain Kon Ichikawa, 1959; Fists in the Pocket Marco Bellocchio, 1965; Forbidden Games René Clément, 1952; Grand Illusion Jean Renoir, 1937; Häxan Benjamin Christensen, 1922; Ikiru Akira Kurosawa, 1952; Il Posto Ermanno Olmi, 1961; The Importance of Being Earnest Anthony Asquith, 1952; Le Jour se lève Marcel Carné, 1939; Jules and Jim François Truffaut, 1962; Kind Hearts and Coronets Robert Hamer, 1949; Knife in the Water Roman Polanski, 1962; The Lady Vanishes Alfred Hitchcock, 1938; The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1943; Loves of a Blonde Milos Forman, 1965; L’avventura Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960; M Fritz Lang, 1931; M. Hulot’s Holiday Jacques Tati, 1953; Miss Julie Alf Sjöberg, 1951; Pandora’s Box Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1929; Pépé le Moko Julien Duvivier, 1937; Pygmalion Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard, 1938; Rashomon Akira Kurosawa, 1950; Richard III Laurence Olivier, 1955; The Rules of the Game Jean Renoir, 1939; Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa, 1954; The Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman, 1957; The Spirit of the Beehive Víctor Erice, 1973; La Strada Federico Fellini, 1954; Summertime David Lean, 1955; The Third Man Carol Reed, 1949; Three Documentaries Saul J. Turell, 1962; Ugetsu Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953; Umberto D. Vittorio De Sica, 1952; The Virgin Spring Ingmar Bergman, 1960; Viridiana Luis Buñuel, 1961; The Wages of Fear Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953; The White Sheik Federico Fellini, 1952; and Wild Strawberries Ingmar Bergman, 1957

Did We (Meaning Asians) Rescue The International Film Industry in 2008?

Michael Atkinson of IFC thinks so:

As usual these days (but not, notably, last year), 2008 was rescued by the Asians, even if they didn't remain in Asia proper. Otherwise, my list looks like a clear vote for the new wave-ist upsurge in minimalist realism/realist minimalism, Asian or American, which always seems all the more remarkable when compared in taste tests with Hollywood parade floats and middle-class-middle-age-courting Euro-dramas, which if anything often resemble the unbearable U.S. studio product of decades past. A cinema of idiosyncratic personal force overshadows the products of the machine, even as the "specialty" venues dwindle.

1. My Winnipeg
2. Ballast
3. Wendy and Lucy
4. Silent Light
5. Still Life
6. Waltz with Bashir
7. Flight of the Red Balloon
8. The Wrestler
9. Synecdoche, New York
10. My Blueberry Nights

Hmmm. Of these, I only know of Still Life, Flight of the Red Balloon and Wai Kar Wong's My Blueberry Nights (with Norah J) as the Chinese movies. Maybe Waltz with Bashir (if Israel is included in Asia Major). But this list is impressive and I bet you these won't be shown in your SM theaters so give this list and also these two others to your friendly Quiapo kiterunners:

Allison Wilmore:
1. A Christmas Tale
2. Wendy and Lucy
3. Paranoid Park
4. Happy-Go-Lucky
5. Silent Light
6. The Order of Myths
7. Frownland
8. Milk
9. Momma's Man
10. Reprise

Matt Singer
1. My Winnipeg
2. Rachel Getting Married

3. The Dark Knight

4. Wendy and Lucy

5. The Wrestler
6. Milk
7. Let the Right One In
8. Doubt

9. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

10. A Christmas Tale

While Surfing for the name of this Dutch Priest who Walks with a Bahag, I Found This

A short fiction from Grace Talusan:

The Angel Gabriel

Daughters are born to punish their fathers.
This is what Eduardo Romero, M.D. remembered just before he burst into the delivery room where his wife was giving birth to his fourth child. He could not recall from whom he first heard this saying: Perhaps from his mother, Eva, who clucked her tongue when Eduardo announced his daughters' births, or maybe from his father, Titong, who shook his head at the news, and said, "Another girl." Eduardo's friends, all physicians themselves, joked, "You only make X's, Compadre, no Y's." They suggested he eat yogurt or drink herbal remedies or visit a hilot healer. One friend said, "Don't keep so many girlfriends." Eduardo's maid, Cet, had said "God gives men daughters to teach them a lesson. Through their daughters' pain, men realize the pain they have sown on other women."

Grace Talusan earned an MFA in fiction at the University of California, Irvine, and a BA at Tufts University. Grace was awarded a Massachusetts Artist Grant and other grants to support research, travel, and writing. She has published fiction in various anthologies and nonfiction in Asiaweek, the Boston Globe, and the San Diego Reader. Currently, Grace is Scholar in Residence at Tufts University and serves on the board of directors of the Writers' Room.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 20, 2008

In the Spirit of Xmas, We Turn the Shoe Into...

a snowball!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Pinikpikan's Carol

Our friend Carol Bello, the vocalist of Pinikpikan, is selling some of her art collection to defray the cost of her husband's hospitalization. These are some of the works being sold. Topmost is by Danny Dalena, middle by Julie Llucha and the bottom by their daughter Aba. There are more. If you have a Facebook account and you are Carol's friend, then you can view. They are very reasonable.

Young Population Equals Political Chaos

Shoe Warfare

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

This is The Farewell Kiss, You Dog

I googled the famous quote and this is what I got: a dog made up like Gene Simmons of Kiss

How to Hit Bush Correctly With Your Shoe

My facebook friend Anna sent this tutorial

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Christmas Shtter

Literally translated from Catalan it means “The Shitting Man” or “The Fertilizer”. The Caganer was a obliged figure in the Christmas Cribs of the eighteenth century since at that time was believed that with his fertile depositions the soil of the crib will became rich and productive for the coming year! It was also believed that he would bring good health and calm to the body and the soul, which is necessary to do the crib with pride and happiness that Christmas brings at home. Putting this jolly little man in the crib used to bring luck and happiness. With the course of the time, the original personage of the shitting peasant has evolved and at present days he has been replaced with personalities increasingly famous and relevant in the Catalan, Spanish and world society!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Unholyhours Will Help You With Your Shopping

These would be very important if you lose your suitcase often (the St. Cristopher medal tag even if he was already taken out of the official Vatican roster) or your USB or your wine opener. Also if you want people to really cringe at your tattoo (thinking there were pins) or you want to tattoo your persona on the mirror.

Marky Cielo: Slave to the End

Had a long talk with friends Elmar, Martin, Mark and Andy at Rumours. Inevitably, the topic was on Marky Cielo. After a few "conspiracy theories," Martin finally said that the only real possible reason for Marky's death is that he was tired. Read the articles about Marky and you would see how hectic his life was. His mother admitted that he was practically sleeping for only two hours. Imagine that. If you had experienced bangungot, you need strength to fight it out. It is literally a battle to find the rhythm for your heart so you can wake yourself up. After a few months of relative ease, Marky got into a very heavy schedule. Because he signed that damn contract with GMA, he has to work, work, work. Marky was not one to complain, people will tell you that. Always thinking of others before himself. In the end, he died for all of us. How can still watch TV and not think?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is Writing a Love Novel

Spiritual Ani

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) announced today that 62 writers are included in the annual literary anthology Ani. Ani, which means harvest in the Filipino language, is a project of CCP’s Literary Arts Division. For its 34th issue, Ani focused on the theme “Spirituality and Healing”, the book launching will be held on December 17, 7:00 p.m. at the CCP ramp. The 62 writers who submitted prose and poetry featured in Ani 34 are Kris M. Alingod, Mark Angeles, Lilia F. Antonio, G. Mae B. Aquino, Carlos A. Arejola, Edgar Bacong, Isabela Banzon, Janet Tauro Batuigas, Gil S. Beltran, Herminio S. Beltran, Jr., Kristoffer Berse, Jaime Jesus Borlagdan, Nazzer C. Briguera, Catherine Candano, Desiree Caluza, Nonon Villaluz Carandang, Dexter B. Cayanes, Jose Jason L. Chancoco, Joey Stephanie Chua, Kristian Sendon Cordero, Genaro R. Gojo Cruz, Mario L. Cuezon, Maureen G. dela Cruz, Rodrigo V. Dela Peña, Jr., U Eliserio, Dennis Espada, Filipino L. Estacio, Rogerick F. Fernandez, Raul Funilas, Nena Gajudo-Fernandez, Jeneen R. Garcia, Luis P. Gatmaitan, Fernando R. Gonzalez, Erwin C. Lareza, Jeffrey A. Lubang, Nestor C. Lucena, Melba Padilla Maggay, Perry C. Mangilaya, Noahlyn Maranan, Francisco A. Monteseña, Ursula B. Nelson, Wilhelmina S. Orozco, Chuckberry J. Pascual, Noel P. Pinggoy, Dinah Roma-Sianturi, Hope Sabanpan-Yu, Joseph T. Salazar, Romel G. Samson, Aida F. Santos, Rakki Sison-Buban, Beverly W. Siy, Jason Genio Tabinas, Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr., Vincent Lester G. Tan, Dolores R. Taylan, Enrico C. Torralba, Gerardo Z. Torres, Joel H. Vega, Gina Verdolaga, Santiago B. Villafania, Ana Maria Yugalca, and Manuel Zacarias. Herminio S. Beltran, Jr., CCP Literary Arts Division head and Ani 34 editor, wrote in the Introduction, “Reading the compilation of poems and prose in this year’s issue, there is indeed a close connection between creative or imaginative writing and spirituality, and with it, healing.” “It is as if the act of writing, and with it, reflection and meditation, is itself spirituality, which brings about healing, first in the writer, and consequently, the reader,” Beltran continued.

For inquiries on the next issue of Ani, which will delve on the experiences of the Filipinos in general and the Filipino writer in particular as members of the Asian community, please send an e-mail to

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Accidental Icon: Marky Cielo

Marky Cielo's mother said that her son became an accidental Igorot icon yet he played the role till his death.
"All he wanted he wanted was to join the audition," Mildred Cadaweg said at the service of the Church of the Resurrection Wednesday morning. "He said, I might be too old to audition again."
From 6,000 applicants in Dagupan, Cielo made it to the top and again among the 40 in the national finals.
"All he wanted was to be in the Top 20. He made it beyond his expectations," Mildred said in Ilocano.
His becoming the Igorot icon has become an accidental "mission."
"When the Internet began talking about him and his Igorot values, he asked me, Mom, what are the Igorot values. What is to be become an Igorot. In retrospect, he was very proud of his being Igorot. It has become his mission even it was a very heavy load."
She said that she was touched about the people who came and testified about his son's humility and caring for others.
"One night Robin Padilla came and he was wearing a T-shirt with the word "Igorotak," she said to the applause of the people inside the church.
"I can't feel grief right now I am a proud mother. He made me feel proud. I know that he made you feel proud, too ," she said.
Marky's relatives and friends gave presentation throughout the service.
His cousins sang "Tears in Heaven." Members of the Saint Louis University Dance Troupe danced an improvised ballet for him at the altar.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Baguio Oil

I am doing an essay on this. If you have something more to add, just comment

Marky Cielo Update

His body will be brought Wednesday to the Church of Resurrection at Magsaysay Ave. and then on Thursday, Marky will be brought to Bauko, his mom's hometown

World Premiere of the 4C (Candon City Children's Choir)

Monday, December 08, 2008

Baguio and Coke

Jack Carino shares us this Coke commercial shot in Baguio (and I made the effort to reconstruct the lyrics in the comment):

The Facebook Friends of Marky

Here are some of them:

Christeena Paulene Sumulong wrote at 5:59pm
why so early?!
you seem so healthy,
and then this?!
we love you!
we will miss you!
what did really happen nga po ba?!
condolence po..
rest in peace..

Erica Ortiza wrote at 7:52pm
so saD! :((
rip marky~!:(

Beverly Castillo wrote at 8:24pm
Marky,where ever you are right're always in our hearts...We loves you so much...

Maia Fajardo wrote at 10:26pm
from: ramona, vanessa, mai. . .

ang kulit mo! hope ur happy kung nasaan ka man ngayon.
marami ka iniwan, pero alam namin na may dahilan ang pagalis mo!
masakit ang nangyari. next time magpaalam ka ha!
magingat ka diyan ha! magkikita din tayo! mai

bok,....apay ngay im-bati nakun ngay lakay ko...nagsingpet ka pay ket apay ngay nga kasdjay...adda... Read More pay kuma ipakitak nga picture kinyam ngem hang nga imabot... nu ayan mo tatta bok ham mo liplipatan nga adda kami ditoy nga tapnu mangkita kini mamam ken ading you bok...:( ni baket mo vaness del moral...:(

i love you! ur the best sole survivor! -arci!

Mhae Cayasa wrote at 11:18pm
i'll miss u rubixmate.... huhuhuhu buknoy.... ='(

Ramil Ibarra wrote at 12:48am
I am deeply saddened to hear that that you passed aways. I have not seen you before but i am fortunate to be your facebook friend. When my mom told me about the story i was mumbed and started crying. I was a fan from the start because of your nice and friendly attitude but I know you are in the happiest place in the universe with God almightly. May your soul be blessed and may you rest in peace. I will surely missed your smile and kindness.

Julius Panayo wrote at 7:57am
BOK, matago tago ka!

Alvin Yari Paris wrote at 9:08am
oh my gosh. It seems like yesterday when marky was just active at facebook..........totally unbelievable.....

Rest in Peace Marky.

Marky Cielo and Bangungot

Here's Willi Pascual's Notes on Bangungot:

The Philippine folk term “bangungot” means to rise and moan during sleep. Munger RG and Booton EA of Utah State University conducted a study on bangungot in Manila or SUDS, the Sudden and Unexplained Death in Sleep among adult Filipinos. They reviewed 722 cases of bangungot in Manila from 1948 to 1982 and found similar characteristics: 96% were male, average 33 years old, usually dies at 3:00 am. The deaths were seasonal but peaks between December to January. Here's a folk belief on the cause of bangungot. I read that among the Ilocanos, an ethnolinguistic group from Northern Philippines, the most feared of spirits is known as the batibat. They are large, fat women that used to live in trees. When people cut down these trees, the batibat would follow the wood and haunt the remains of its former home. If it is used for a bedpost, the batibat will cause bangungot or nightmares. I am an Ilocano and here is my personal story about wrestling with the batibat --

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Pacquiao Era

Yahoo: Manny Pacquiao unequivocally established himself as the finest fighter in the world Saturday. But he accomplished an even more stunning feat when he not only defeated Oscar De La Hoya but battered him into retirement with a shockingly one-sided victory in their welterweight bout before 15,001 at the MGM Grand Garden. De La Hoya, the 1992 Olympic gold-medal winner and a professional world champion in six weight classes, was hammered as he never was in 44 previous bouts before trainer Nacho Beristain mercifully asked referee Tony Weeks to halt the carnage after eight one-sided rounds.

New York Times (alright, its AP): Manny Pacquiao fought a lot bigger than he looked.
Oscar De La Hoya simply looked old. Pacquiao dominated his bigger and more famous opponent from the opening bell Saturday night, giving De La Hoya a beating before De La Hoya declined to come out of his corner after the eighth round.The fight was so lopsided that it could mean the end for De La Hoya, boxing’s richest and most marketable star. De La Hoya absorbed such a beating that he was taken to a hospital afterwards for what was described as a precautionary examination.

L.A. Times analyzed how their native Angeleno lost to King Kong: "I have a new best friend," Oscar told me one month ago. "Ice."
They also imagined how it was in the Philippines: On a stunning Saturday night in Las Vegas, you could almost hear the 90 million people on those Pacific Islands thousands of miles to the West, screaming in delight. Their guy, Manny Pacquiao, the pride of the Philippines, had just beaten Oscar De La Hoya.
Then of course the headliner: The hype came to an end just after 8 p.m. Saturday when a smiling Manny Pacquiao, the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, entered the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to a thunderous ovation. Pacquiao, dressed in a robe in the red, white and blue of the Philippine flag, went directly to his corner, where he kneeled for several seconds in prayer. He was followed into the ring by Oscar De La Hoya, the only man to win world titles in six weight classes. Grim-faced and serious, wearing a red robe and trailing a banner that had the American flag on one side and the Mexican flag on the other, De La Hoya entered to an ovation of his own, skipping halfway around the ring before finding his corner.
My friend Percy Della was right. The LA Times finally noticed Pacquiao and they have to make three glances, nay, hard looks at the man.

Marky Cielo

Marky Cielo, the pride of the Cordillera, is dead. He died on his sleep even as the whole nation was preparing to watch Manny Pacquiao in his date with history. But Marky is also historic for us. He was the first Igorot to win a nationwide popularity contest based on his looks. The whole ukay-ukay indsutry and the BIBAK community around the world joined hands to make him win the contest over Iwa Moto. I remembered the night when it was announced that he won because I was the only one in town. Everybody was at home glued to the TV. We were so proud then of him. He even won a house and lot in Marikina. Sadly, that's where he died, too. Others Cordillerans were able to barge in the finals of other reality shows but no one was able to galvanize the whole region like Marky did. He was my Facebook friend and this is his profile picture. He does look like Rico Yan, another teenybopper who died young because of bangungot.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Really, One of the Names is Real. Cmon Mike.

O Christmas Tree Very Expensive

This is a golden Xmas tree. This year’s most expensive Christmas tree also went on display in Japan recently, in the Ginza Tanaka jewelry store in Shinsaibashi, Osaka. A 24 kt gold diamond-studded tree weighing over 46 pounds and strung with pearls. Price - $1.48 million.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Sarah Brightman, Mariah and Michael Bolton Included in Ten Worst Xmas Albums

10. Shane & Shane's "Glory in the Highest" (inpop) 9. "A Winter Symphony," Sarah Brightman (Manhattan). 8. "Natty and Nice: A Reggae Christmas," various artists (Rhino).
7. "Merry Christmas," Mariah Carey (Sony). 6. "A Twistmas Story With Twitty Bird and Their Little Friends," Conway Twitty (Tree Productions). 5. "This Is the Time: The Christmas Album," Michael Bolton (Sony). 4. "Christmas on Death Row," various artists (Death Row/Interscope). 3. "Christmas Song," Mannheim Steamroller (American Gramaphone). 2. "A Twisted Christmas," Twisted Sister (Razor & Tie) 1. "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," Elmo & Patsy (Epic).

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Sineng Pinoy

Sent to me
1. Sasayaw sa likod ng puno ng buko pag nasa beach yung scene. Alternate pa yung mga ulo nila.
2. Yung kontrabida yayakap sa bida, sabay taas ng kilay at ngingisi.

3. Ang pancit, nagdadala ng malas. Uuwi ang bida na may dalang pancit sa kanyang nanay na si Anita Linda. Tatawagin nito ang mga bata para kumain, at kakamustahin ng bida ang pag-aaral habang kumakain ng pancit. Biglang may titigil na sasakyan sa harap ng bahay at pauulanan ng baril ang pamilya! Mamamatay si Anita Linda, at sisigaw ang bida ng "Inaaay!" at mangangakong ipaghihiganti ito. Moral lesson: Ang pancit, nakakamatay.
4. Pag may magkaribal na babae, yung mabait diretcho ang buhok at may bangs. Yung salbahe, laging kulot.
5. Sa Pinoy action movies, ang bida hindi nauubusan ng bala.
6. Sa Pinoy action movies, kapag tumakbo ang bida, sa lupa lahat ang tama ng bala ng kalaban.
7. K
apag may angry mob na pupunta sa bahaykubo ng manananggal, si Vangie Labalan ang laging lider.
8. Alam mong moment of truth na ng bida kapag sinabi na niya yung title ng pelikula.
9. Ang tawag ng kontrabida sa mga goons niya, "Mga bata."
10. Yung nakababatang kapatid ng bida habang naglalaro ng bola, mabibitawan at mapupunta sa gitna ng kalsada. Tapos may darating na sasakyan, tapos itutulak siya ng bida. Yung bida naman ang nasa gita ng kalsada. Biglang may sasakyang darating. Ang bida, ico-cross lang niya arms niya covering his face tapos sisigaw yung kapatd ng 'kuyaaa!'. Next scene nasa ospital na sila. Simula na ng drama.
11. Kapag bakbakan, hindi nasasaktan ang bida, pero umaaray siya pag ginagamot na siya ng leading lady, at kasunod na ang love scene.
12. Kapag may sinabi ng kontrabida ang masama niyang plano sa bida, ang sasabihin ng bida: "hayop ka!"
13. Ang bidang babae, pag katulong ang role, siguradong magiging anak ng amo niya sa ending.
14. Ang nanay ng mayaman laging may pamaypay na pangmayaman, at ang nanay ng mahirap laging naka duster.
15. Ang hideout ng kontrabida, parating mansion na may chicks sa pool.
16. Ang mga bida sa drama, pag nakatanggap ng masamang balita, laging may pinto sa likod nila para puwede silang sumandal habang nagsa-slide dahan-dahan pababa, tapos todo iyak with matching uhog.
17. Pag di nahuli ng mga goons ang bida, sasabihin ng boss sa kanila, "Mga inutil!"
18. Laging nakakapulot ng baril na may bala ang bida kapag kinakailangan niya.
19. Laging mas maganda ang yayang bida kesa sa kontrabidang anak ng amo niya.
20. Pag ang ending ng movie ay song and dance number sa beach o resort, ang huling frame, tatalon ang buong cast...sabay freeze.

Deputy Speaker Eric Singson Sings ala Andrea Bocelli

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Early this morning, I received this text from Jawo:
Vehicular Accident, 8:30 pm DEC 2 at brgy lucanin mariveles. victim LTSG ARLENE DELA CRUZ PN, Asgnd at MAAP, clas topnotcher of PMA '99(2nd of d only 2 summa cum laude of pma) Driving TYTA COROLA wid PLT NO. TJF505. DOA at Arsenal Hosp. Veh 2- trailer w/plate no. CEc 630. owned by NICOLAS RUSTIA, driven by FERNANDO BALMOCENA hu fled after d incdnt. Manhunt going on.

I remembered writing about Arlene dela Cruz in 1999 when she was announced as the valedictorian of Class 1999. I remembered being called home by Chari Lucero at home after filing the story hours before. It was a nice thing Andy Zapata had a photo of her during their exercises months before the announcement so we had a scoop there. I saw her a couple of times later and she was so shy. She was teaching at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific in Mariveles and was probably on her way home.


An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders a beer. The second orders half a beer. The third, a quarter of a beer. The bartender says “You’re all idiots”, and pours two beers.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Pen, Pen de Seriph Pen


December 6, 2008 Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining 4th floor, Cultural Center of the Philippines

CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Manila


Changes in the Literary Canon"

December 6 (Saturday) 8:00-9:00 am Registration 9:00 am Opening Ceremonies
Reading of the PEN Charter: Susie Tan

Welcome Remarks: Nestor Jardin, President, CCP

Opening Remarks: Lito Zulueta

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Erma Cuizon
Keynote Address: Dr. Resil B. Mojares

Launching of PEN books

(Stage Presence: Philippine PEN Anthology of Drama edited by Jose Victor Z. Torres, Past and Present: Philippine PEN Anthology, Volume I, Edited by Elmer A. Ordoñez, Marjorie Evasco, Susie Tan and Lilia Ramos de Leon and House of Jacob by Ester V. Daroy)

10:30 am First Literary Session: "Struggle/People's Literature

      Chair: Rolando Tolentino

      Panelists: Lualhati Abreu, Mila Aguilar, Gelacio Guillermo, Domingo Landicho, Jose Rey Munsayac, Axel Pinpin, Alexander Martin Remollino, Norman Wilwayco

      12:00 noon The Jose Rizal Lecture (CCP, Silangan Hall)

      Introduction of Lecturer: Jose Victor Torres

      Lecturer: Fr. Rolando de la Rosa,O.P., Rector, UST

1:30-3:00 Second Literary Session:

      "Gender Issues in Literature"

      Chair: Shirley Lua

      Panelists: Ronald Baytan, Karina Bolasco, Neil Garcia, Thelma B. Kintanar, Jessica Zafra

3:30-5:00 Third Literary Session:

      "Critical Issues/Special Topics"

      Chair: Elmer A. Ordoñez

      Panelists: Susan Lara, Malou Jacob, Rosario Cruz Lucero, Bienvenido Lumbera, Charlson Ong, Ma. Luna Sicat Cleto, Jun Cruz Reyes

5:15-6:00 Plenary Session


Election of Board of Directors/Officers

Presiding: F. Sionil Jose, Philippine PEN Chair


Lito Zulueta, Chair

Marjorie Evasco, Shirley Lua, Elmer A. Ordonez

(This serves as an invitation)

Time to Say Goodnight

Cong. Eric Singson sang "Con Te Partiro" during his mother's musical concert tribute. Con Te Partiro is more popularly known as "Time to Say Goodbye." So while waiting for the video, here's Andrea Bocelli singing this on Sesame Street for the restless Elmo. Cute.

Hey, here's the lyrics that I transcribed:

Elmo isnt sleepy
Elmo wants some water
And another story
Elmo's eyes are open wide awake
and Elmo doesn't feel so snoooory

Time to say goodnight
Lie down here is your bear
You have had such a wonderful day
Playing and counting to twenty
Singing songs and going to the park with your friends
so now why don't you give me a hug
Its time to say goodnight

Elmo doesn't wanna
Elmo isn't tired
Elmo wants to stay up,
You don't have to worry
Elmos makes a promise
Elmo be OK up

Time to say goodnight
And close your eyes
You need to get plenty of rest
You got a full day tomorrow
Playing games
Dancing and saying the alphabet
So now why don't to give me a kiss

(Elmo begins moaning like Linda Blair in Exorcist)

So goodniiiiiiiiight

Mr. Bocelli please
Elmos trying to sleep

Irony is Dead in New York City

and "went" is going nowhere


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