Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How Many More Must Die?

Statement of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication
On the second anniversary of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre

DESPITE President Benigno Aquino III’s pledge that his administration will stop the killing of journalists, twelve have been killed since the Ampatuan Massacre of November 23, 2009 claimed the lives of 58 men and women, of whom 32 were journalists and media workers.

Neither the glacially slow trial of the accused in that massacre, nor the pledge Mr. Aquino made in his 2010 State of the Nation Address that he will “hold murderers accountable,” has made much of an impression on those who resent press attention. Not only have journalists been killed since November 2009. A number have also been threatened, sued for libel on the flimsiest grounds, barred from attending interviews and press conferences, and physically assaulted. In one of the more recent incidents, unidentified persons also burned a Catholic Church-owned radio station in Occidental Mindoro.

Mr. Aquino’s “hold murderers accountable” statement was the last he has made about the murder of journalists. He has since been silent on the subject, although he has criticized the press from time to time for its alleged bias against his administration and focus on his personal life.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Alex and his PSP


Sam's Pretty Piglets

Original photo not mine. Just ripped it, and Lomo-ed it.

Romans 12: 9 - 16

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
10 love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
11 Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord.
12 Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
13 Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Everybody's Free

by Baz Luhrmann

[Published in the Chicago Tribune on June 1, 1997 by columnist Mary Schmich]

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience… I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh never mind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked… You're not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind…the race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life… the most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't, maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary… what ever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can… don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance… even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Brother and sister together we'll make it through

Someday your spirit will take you and guide you there

I know you've been hurting, and I know I've been waiting to be there

for you. And I'll be there, just tell me now, whenever I can.

Everybody's free.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

If all goes well...

...I would have Diablo II for iMac in 52... 50... 56... 57... 56... 55... 54 minutes.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Great spirits...

...have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.

--Albert Einstein, 19 March 1940

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shh-Boom / Kokak on TV5'S Star Confessions [30 March 2011 / Wednesday, after Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak]

Rachel Lobangco, more popularly known as "Shh-Boom" in the memorable San Miguel Beer tv commercial and as the titular character in her hit debut movie "Kokak," reveals intimate and private details about herself [from feeling abandoned as a child, to being ridiculed and lacking confidence for being dusky, to her rise to stardom, to becoming a household name], her tabloid-worthy loves and heartaches, her painful journey back to near-obscurity, her passion for fire-dancing, and the salvation she has found in her daughter.

Rachel "Shh-Boom / Kokak" Lobangco makes her confession on 30 March 2011 / Wednesday after Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak on TV5's Star Confessions.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fear is a paralysis

Paralysis is immobility
Immobility is stasis
Stasis is uncertainty
Uncertainty is fear

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Makata Tawanan on Star Confessions

Ferdinand "Makata Tawanan" Clemente on tonight's episode of Star
Confessions, after Babaeng Hampaslupa on TV5.

Makata Tawanan comes from a long line of poets in Hagonoy, Bulacan.
And despite the difficulties and ridicules, he chose to pursue his
passion for performance poetry. Until he got his big break after
becoming a hall-of-famer and a grand finalist at last year's
Talentadong Pinoy, ultimately, bringing to the mainstream a dying
art-- comedic poetry.

The Adjustment Bureau

What could be the grand plan/s that The Chairman had written for me
that I had to be separated from some people? I wonder.

* * *

Does it mean the GW Bush and GM Arroyo and Gadaffi were destined to
become presidents of their respective countries? Or, were they the
glitches that The Adjustment Bureau didn't foresee?

* * *

The first half is okay. The chance meeting of Elise [Emily Blunt] and
David "Chuck" Norris [Matt Damon], the tragic-romance, the set-up,
etc. Then it started preaching about freewill, changing one's destiny,
fighting for one's love, blah-blah and more blah.

* * *

Every time Terence Stamp appeared, I was somehow expecting him to
dance to an Abba song.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

'Wag na lang

Kung ngingiti ka lang kapag nakikita mo 'yung isang tao, pero wala ka
naman talagang sayang nararamdaman, 'wag na lang.

Kung magkukunwari ka lang naman na concerned sa issue ng ibang tao,
'wag na lang.

'Wag mo na lang palabasin na ikaw ang fair, honest at transparent kung
'di naman talaga totoo.

'Wag mo lang lang palabasing ikaw ay maka-tao, maka-mahirap, at
maka-manggagawa dahil alam naman nating pareho na hindi. Noong una,
kahit madami akong tanong, naniwala ako [dahil ganu'n talaga ako-- mas
pinipiling maniwala muna, kahit ilang beses ma-disappoint sa bandang
huli]. Pero ngayon, pagkatapos ng ilang taon at maraming pagkakataon,
hindi na ako naniniwala. Ewan ko lang kung ikaw ay naniniwala pa sa
mga sinasabi mo. Pero mukha naman. Otherwise, hindi ko alam kung paano
ka nakakatulog sa gabi.

Kung hindi mo rin naman kayang lawakan ang isip mo, at tanggaping ang
mundo ay hindi umiikot para sa 'yo [hindi rin naman 'to umiikot para
sa akin, o kung para kaninuman kundi para sa sarili n'ya], 'wag mo na
lang ipangalandakang matalino ka.

'Wag mong i-appoint ang sarili mo bilang messiah. Namatay na si Jesus
two thousand years ago. Hindi na namin kailangan ng isa pa.

Puro lip service ka lang naman pala. Wala naman palang laman ang lahat
ng mga sinasabi mo. Wala ka naman palang kayang panindigan.

'Wag na lang.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Kung hindi makaiwas sa pagkain...

...pwede kayang voluntary na mag-develop na lang ng aversion sa pagkain?

Parang controlled na anorexia. Ganu'n.

iPad 2

I wonder when Apple will make iPad 2 available in the Philippines.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Staying Alive

Last night, while we were airing live on Cine Chichirya on dzUP, I thought I made a boo-boo when I confidently let out a little known fact that...
...Staying Alive, the 1983 sequel to the hit Saturday Night Fever, was actually directed by... ta-daaan!... Sylvester "Rambo / Rocky" Stallone...
...only to be shut down. Because supposedly it was directed by John Badham, according to the website one of my co-hosts was looking at at the time. Not John Rambo.

Of course it bothered me. Knowing I had been probably wrong all along. Worse, I said something stupid on live radio. Whatever's left of my puny credibility was nuked.

So, I searched the net myself, and voila!

Yay! Now, I can sleep again.


...and in desperate need of a cup of coffee to perk me up.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Barbra Is On MGM Channel... Proving Once And For All Why She's The Ultimate Gaycon!

Every time I write, I always need some noise in the background. Recently, it's the noise of the TV that helps me get through whatever I need to finish.

Anyway, right now, what's playing on MGM Channel is Yentl. And I must say I'm a little distracted.

I have yet to see this film in full. And now, as I take a glance at the TV every so often, it's becoming clear why Barbra Streisand is the ultimate Gaycon.


Race and Intelligence

On Sunday, 20 February 2011, History Channel premiers a special episode "Race and Intelligence : Science's Last Taboo."

It seeks to answer the question that can't be asked aloud-- is there a connection between race and intelligence?

Kinda makes me feel like singing--
You're a little bit racist.
Well, you're a little bit, too.

My Friday Night Gmik

While most people are out getting drunk, having a feast, and connecting with other people, I'm home working.
Wait. It's not as bad as it sounds. So, let me rephrase it...
I'm home doing something I love-- writing :)

Full Moon... Yey!

I just noticed that the moon is full.

I have always loved it when the moon looks perfectly round. A giant silver coin in the sky. A luminescent marble. And it casts its ghostly white light all over the world... Or, at least over the parts of the Earth where it's nighttime.

Deadlines and Lifelines

I'm not complaining about deadlines. Not anymore. Not like before.
But they still make me cringe. And shut me up. And make me [look like I'm] think[ing]. They still paralyze me.
I need to change my perspective, methinks. I should stop looking at them as deadlines. That's so negative. I should start thinking of them as lifelines-- to having the opportunity to do the things I like doing, to not being idle... And on the practical side, to augment my income.
I have deadlines for this weekend again... Yey!