Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Seen And Read In 2005

Books
  • Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard (1988)
  • Killshot by Elmore Leonard (1989)
  • Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard (1991)
  • Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard (1992)
  • Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard (1995)
  • The Summons by John Grisham (2002)
Movies
  • Madagascar (2005)
  • Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
  • The Calcium Kid (2004)
  • Any Given Sunday (1999)
  • No News From God (2001)
  • American Psycho (2000)
  • Zhou Yu's Train (2002)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
  • Sin City (2005)
  • The Longest Yard (2005)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Usual Suspects (1995)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Par-tay!

Nag-Christmas party ang opisina kahapon. Ang daming tao! Puwede kasing magdala ng mga bata kaya kanya-kanyang hatak ng anak, pamangkin, o apo 'yung mga empleyado.

Lahat ng departmento kailangan mag-intermission number kaya binaboy namin 'yung "Pinoy Ako" at ginawa naming Christmas song. Hindi naman sa biased ako, pero 'yung number namin ang pinakapumatok. (Namudmod kasi kami ng tigsi-singkwenta pesos sa mga bata, he he.)

Marami kaming appliances na pina-raffle pero wala ako nakuha. Minamata ko pa naman 'yung DVD player. 'Di bale, bibili na lang ako ng sarili ko.


Pagkatapos noong bigayan ng ham ay nag-alisan na 'yung mga tao pero naiwan 'yung mga manginginom. Kami tuloy 'yung nakinabang sa Magic Sing.

Ewan ko ba kung may sira 'yun, pero ang kuripot noong machine! Hindi namin mabasag-basag 'yung 79 na high score. Minsan nga 01 o 02 lang. Nag-"My Way" na kami kahit delikado pero wala pa rin!. Na-challenge 'yung mga tao. Wala daw uwian hangga't walang nakakakuha ng 80 o mahigit. Salamat na lang naka-85 si Atty. Punzi bandang hatinggabi.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Another One Bites

At The Manor at Camp John Hay, 16 December 2005. Photo by T. Roa

I left law school without a degree, but I made a friend for life—a sister, even. Last Friday she tied the knot. Congratulations, 'Te K. Have fun.

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Wala Ba Kayong Mga Kamay?

Tatlong bagsak para sa nakababatang kapatid ni ST na si Markwin Tee! Nanalo kasi siya ng isang ginto (Men's Masters) at isang pilak (Men's Individual) na medalya sa bowling sa kakatapos lang na Southeast Asian Games.

Tatlong bagsak din para kay J! Nag-uwi rin kasi siya ng dalawang medalya mula sa Philippine Advertising Congress na ginanap sa Cebu kamakailan.


Amoy-bilasang isda na itong blog ko. Abalang-abala kasi ang opisina sa pagdiriwang ngayong taon ng ika-labingwalong Urban Poor Solidarity Week. Hindi pa tapos kaya malamang ilang araw ulit bago ako makakapag-post dito. Marami sana akong kuwento pero gahol sa oras.


Sa wakas, sumuko na ang Bataan!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Sagot Sa Katanungan

Ilang linggo na ang nakakaraan ay may kaopisina akong nag-text sa akin na manood sa GMA 7. Ire-replay daw kasi 'yung telecast ng Miss International beauty pageant kung saan nanalo si Precious Lara Quigaman. Dahil may diperensya 'yung TV namin sa bahay, ipinaabangan ko na lang sa kanya 'yung question-and-answer portion. May kumalat kasi dati sa e-mail na sagot daw ni Ms. Quigaman. Nang panoorin naman ng kaopisina ko, iba 'yung itinanong kay Ms. Quigaman. Hoax nga talaga 'yung napabalita.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Heto, O

May job opening na naman:
hi all! help, we have another opening so if you know of anyone who'd be interested (sana huwag lang older than me hehe) here are some rough qualifications:

- media and entertainment-oriented
- creative
- strategic: marketing, promo (especially non-trad), research, etc.
- organized: project and events management
- personable
- OK to work weekends

please send resumes to domileo_espejo@abs.pinoycentral.com ASAP!!!

thanks =)
You know the drill, guys.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Hostage (Ulit) Ng Technology

Nakapag-withdraw na ako ng pang-grocery kagabi kaya akala ko tapos na ang kalbaryo ko sa ATM. Hindi pa pala. Kani-kanina lang ay pumunta kami ni Atty. Punzi sa SM North. May binili kasi siya para sa tsikiting n'ya. Doon na rin kami nananghalian. Matapos kumain niyaya ko siya sa isang athletic goods store. Itinuro ko 'yung running shoes na matagal ko nang minamata pero hindi mabili-bili dahil hindi pa naka-sale. Nang dumaan kami sa department store nakita namin 'yung sapatos na gusto ko. Naka-sale! At merong size ko! Eksaktong-eksakto nang isinukat ko. Tinanong ko kung puwede kong ilakad hanggang sa ATM. Puwede daw. Palabas na sana ako ng department store nang pinabalik ako. Mas mabilis daw kung i-swipe na lang sa cashier 'yung ATM card. Hindi nag-work 'yung unang subok kaya lumipat kami sa ibang cashier. Pumalpak uli kaya lumipat na naman kami. Wala pa rin! Hiyang-hiya na ako. Naikahon at nai-plastik na kasi 'yung luma kong sapatos samantalang suot ko pa rin 'yung bago. Magwi-withdraw na sana ako sa labas pero nagmagandang-loob na Atty. Punzi. Noong i-swipe 'yung card niya, umubra! Sa makatwid 'yung card ko talaga ang may problema. Sumubok kami sa ibang ATM pero wala talaga. Ayaw na ngang isubo noong isang machine 'yung card. Sa sobrang banas ko nilakad ko papuntang bangko ko. Malapit lang naman, mga tatlong bloke ang layo galing sa SM kaya na-road test 'yung bagong sapatos. Pagdating ko doon nakapag-withdraw naman ako sa ATM. Ano ba talaga? Noong magtanong ako sa loob ng bangko ang sabi sa akin minsan daw talaga hindi tinatanggap ng ATM ng ibang bangko 'yung card namin. Mukhang mauulit na naman ang episode na ito.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Hostage Ng Technology

Ni pamasahe eh wala ako kahapon kaya dumaan ako ng SM North pagkatapos ng trabaho. Pero matapos akong pumila ng pagkatagal-tagal sa ATM eh hindi rin ako naka-withdraw. Down 'yung link sa bangko ko.

Pinagpawisan ako ng malagkit. Mahaba-habang lakad mula SM ang bahay ko. Siyempre hindi ko naisip na puwede akong kumuha ng taksi na pagdating ko na sa bahay babayaran.

Sumubok ako sa ibang ATM pero ganoon din. Hostage talaga 'yung pera ko. Pasalamat pa nga at ganoon lang. 'Yung isang bababe sa ATM na pinilahan ko e hindi lumabas 'yung pera. Kahit na anong palo at sipa niya doon sa machine e walang epekto.

Ang ginawa ko, dali-dali akong bumalik sa opisina at nagbaka-sakaling may abutan pang tao. Buti naman meron pa kaya nakahiram ako ng pamasahe pauwi. Kung hindi malamang hanggang ngayon naglalakad pa rin ako papuntang Marikina.


Bumalik ako sa SM dahil doon ang sakayan ko. Pagdaan ko may libreng concert ang Bamboo. Nakimiron ako pero doon sa malayo sa mga kabataang nagsa-slam dancing at crowd surfing. Hindi na kasi kaya ng gulugod ko 'yun. Mahirap talaga kapag tumatanda.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

May Engineer Na Kami!

Pumasa ang boardmate namin sa Electronics and Communications Engineer Licensure Examinations. Congrats, Rus! Noong Linggo lang 'yung huling araw ng exam pero nalaman na nila agad kagabi 'yung resulta. Puwede na silang magsunog ng libro. Ngayon pa lang ay ina-anunsyo ko na may lakad na ako bukas ng gabi. Scheduled na ang lasingan namin sa bahay.

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Fr. Jack Phelan, S.J., 83

Noong Lunes binalitaan ako ng kapatid kong nag-aaral sa Ateneo de Naga na namatay na si Fr. Jack Phelan noong Linggo dito sa Maynila.

Agad kong sinabihan ang mga boardmates ko na magtanong-tanong kung may misa para kay Fr. Phelan sa Ateneo de Manila. Institusyon kasi siya AdeN; sa simula't sapul doon siya na-assign. At lampas sampung taon na ang nakakaraan, may gusaling itinayo roon na ipinangalan sa kanya.

Hindi ko s'ya naging guro kahit kailan, pero ayos kapag si Fr. Phelan ang magmi-misa kapag First Friday. Mabagal siyang magsalita kaya mas mahaba ang misa. Mas maraming class periods din ang nakakansela, he he.

Kagabi nalaman kong may lamay sa Loyola House of Studies ng Ateneo de Manila. Pagpunta ko doon pakiramdam ko nasa Ateneo de Naga Homecoming ako. Ang dami kasing matatandang alumni tulad nina Jaime Fabregas at Conrado de Quiros. Lima galing sa batch ko ang dumating.

Huling gabi na kagabi at ngayong umaga ang libing. Nag-text ako sa mga kaklase ko dati sa high school na nandito rin sa Maynila, pero 'di na sila nakahabol. 'Yung delegasyon naman na galing AdeN e ngayong umaga lang darating.

Gusto ko sanang makipaglibing at makita 'yung mga dati kong guro, kaso may trabaho ako. Sa susunod na lang ang reunion.


Last night I was reminded last night how masses—particularly Jesuit ones—can be so beautiful and poignant. I regretted not going to more these past few years.

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Classified Ad

'Yung mga naghahanap ng permanenteng trabaho, baka gusto niyong i-click ito. Hindi ako puwede eh, malay natin para sa inyo. Kapag nakuha niyo, ayos na sa akin ang kwek-kwek na balato.

Sunday, November 6, 2005

Galing Kay Atty. Erni

"Ten years ago I was..."
A senior in high school. Tenyente ako sa CAT, Alpha Company Ex-O, pero talo kami sa military parade competition sa Peñafrancia Festival. Three years later alaskado ako: opisyal sa CAT ng ibang iskwela 'yung kapatid ko pero nag-champion sila.

"5 years ago I was..."
A freshman in law school. Namulubi ako sa libro at sa kaka-photocopy ng kaso. Doon din nagsimulang masira ang mata ko.

"Yesterday I was..."
At a birthday party, lumalantak ng litsong baboy at roast beef. Tumaba yata ako ng isang kilo.

"Five snacks I like..."
  1. Ginatan
  2. Diced hopia
  3. Siomai
  4. Halo-halo
  5. Tsamporado
"Five things I would do with $100 million..."
  1. Bumili ng sariling isla
  2. Magpa-renovate ng bahay
  3. Maglibot sa 'Pinas
  4. Kumuha ng Master's degree
  5. Mag-donate sa Gawad Kalinga
"Five places I would run away to..."
  1. Cebu
  2. Baguio
  3. Bicol
  4. Sweden
  5. Brazil
"Five things I would never wear..."
  1. "Siete" na gupit
  2. Maong na lampas dalawang libong piso ang presyo
  3. Gintong kuwintas
  4. Polka dots
  5. Kahit na anong green
"Five favorite TV shows..."
  1. WWE Raw
  2. WWE Smackdown
  3. Amazing Race
  4. C.S.I.
  5. basketball
"Five bad habits..."
  1. Katamaran
  2. Yosi
  3. Pagkalimot mag-sipilyo
  4. Pagpupuyat
  5. Kawalan ng pakialam
"Five biggest joys..."
  1. Murang beer
  2. Mga kaibigan
  3. Kawalan ng pasok
  4. Bilyar
  5. Pag-uwi sa probinsya
Five favorite toys...
  1. Trumpo
  2. Teks
  3. Playstation
  4. Bola
  5. Cell phone
"Five fictional characters I would date..."

  1. Si Psylocke sa komiks na X-Men
  2. Si Joey ng Dawson's Creek
  3. Si Danielle sa pelikulang The Girl Next Door
  4. Si Mina Murray sa komiks na The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  5. 'Yung karakter ni Jeon Ji Hyun sa My Sassy Girl
"Five people I tag to do this..."
Kahit sino!

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Makuha Ka Sa Tingin

Ito si Kulot, ang pinakapaborito kong coño.



Walang halong sipsip pero nakakalula sa galing 'to kung magsulat. Minsan kapag inaabot pati sa sariling kamay.

Mabait si Kulot pero konting ingat. Kapag hindi ka niya trip, baka maging tauhan ka sa mga sinusulat niya. Sikat, hindi ba? 'Yun nga lang, pokpok na ang karakter mo, kakain pa ng bala sa ending. 'Di ba, Jean?

Sobrang tagal na naming inaawitan 'to na gumawa ng sariling blog. Sana naman ngayon eh matinag.

Monday, October 31, 2005

May Away! May Away!

Noong nakaraang Huwebes may nakita akong nagpapaluan sa loob ng isang pampasaherong bus sa EDSA. Nahulog sa bus 'yung isang mama. 'Yung kaaway niya na drayber pala noong bus ay bumaba din. Itinuloy nila 'yung paluan nila sa kalye, pero hindi sila masyadong nagkatamaan. 'Yung mga taong nakapaligid naman ay tumabi para hindi madamay. 'Yung konduktor naman tumayo lang sa may pintuan ng bus pero may hawak ring pamalo. Noong tumagal-tagal tumigil din 'yung paluan. Lumakad na palayo 'yung mamang nahulog at itinapon 'yung hawak niyang pamalo. 'Yung drayber naman eh bumalik sa bus at itinuloy 'yung biyahe. Tinanong ko 'yung mga nakasaksi sa buong pangyayari kung paano nagsimula 'yung away. Sabi nila, naglalakad daw 'yung mama nang mahagip siya noong bus. Hindi naman malakas pero siyempre napikon 'yung mama. Pinalo niya 'yung pinto ng bus. Akala naman noong drayber eh sasakay kaya binuksan niya 'yung pinto. Umakyat 'yung mama sa bus at nakakuha ng pamalo. Doon na nagsimula.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Katapusan Ng Isang Personal Na Tradisyon

Hindi ako makakauwi sa Bicol para sa piyesta ng mga patay. Sa tanang buhay ko, ngayon lang mangyayari ito na hindi ako maglalamay sa sementeryo sa Nobyembre Uno. May pasok kasi kinabukasan at ubos na 'yung leave ko. Sabi ni boss hindi na raw ako puwedeng mag-absent. Kahit nakakainggit, magde-despedida pa rin ako sa kapatid kong bibiyahe pauwi mamaya. Tutal, 'yung panalangin para sa namayapang kapatid, pinsan, tita, tito, lolo at lola eh magagawa ko kahit saan, hindi lang sa sementeryo.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Kulot's Tagalog Lesson For The Day

Ang "kapal ng apog" ay 'yung kakayahang kumanta ng
Pinoy, ikaw ay Pinoy
Ipakita sa mundo
Kung ano ang kaya mo
Ibang-iba ang Pinoy
Wag kang matatakot
Ipagmalaki mo, Pinoy ako
Pinoy tayo
sa gitna ng paratang na ang musika ay "nakabase" sa isang kanta ng bandang The Care.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Shet, In-Lab Na 'Ko

Kasalukuyang umiikot sa e-mail ang sagot daw ni Precious Lara Quigaman sa question and answer portion ng Miss International beauty pageant. Kung totoo ito ay ituro niyo naman ang pinakamalapit niyang rebulto at mag-aalay ako ng bulaklak at hahalik sa paa.
Q: What do you say to the people of the world who have typecasted Filipinos as nannies?

A: I take no offense on being typecasted as a nanny. But I do take offense that the educated people of the world have somehow denigrated the true sense and meaning of what a nanny is. Let me tell you what she is. She is someone who gives more than she takes. She is someone you trust to look after the very people most precious to you - your child, the elderly, yourself. She is the one who has made a living out of caring and loving other people. So to those who have typecasted us as nannies, thank you. It is a testament to the loving and caring culture of the Filipino people. And for that, I am forever proud and grateful of my roots and culture."
Ang bangis, 'tol!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Piyesta

Tsk tsk. Ayokong maging La Sallista ngayong mga panahong ito (para namang may pagkakataong ginusto kong maging ganoon).

Matapos kasi 'yung pambabatok ng assistant team manager ng basketball team nila kay Arwind Santos ng FEU ay may panibagong isyu na naman tungkol sa kanila.

Inanunsyo ng La Salle noong Martes na lingid daw sa kanilang kaalaman (marami 'yung mga bagay na yun, he he) ay may player silang pinalaro nitong huling tatlong taon na ineligible pala. Nameke daw kasi ng Philippine Educational Placement Test certificate of rating o PEPTCR.

Hindi ko alam kung ano 'yung PEPTCR pero hula ko ay ito 'yung ibinibigay kapag pumasa ka ng high school equivalency exam ng Pilipinas. Kapag meron ka noon, puwede kang pumasok sa kolehiyo kahit wala kang high school diploma.

May isang lokal na grupo kasi ng mga college registrars na nagtawag ng pansin sa pamemeke ng mga isinusumiteng mga dokumento para makapag-kolehiyo. Ang ginawa ng La Salle, ipina-verify nila sa Department of Education 'yung mga PEPTCR na hawak nila. Doon nakumpirmang peke 'yung PEPTCR noong isa nilang player.

La Salle mismo ang nagkusang nag-report. Pero siyempre, may magsasabing preemptive strike lang ito. Nakakahiya nga naman kasi kung ibang tao o iskwela pa ang makadiskubre at magbalita. Hindi basta-basta ang kaganapang ito; tiyak na magkakainitan na naman sa mga blogs, e-groups at message boards.

Sabi ng La Salle, pati daw sila ay nagoyo noong player. Pero hindi maiiwasan na may sumigaw diyan ng "Mandaraya!" Sana hindi totoo, pero hindi rin masasabi. Konti na lang kasi ang imposible ngayon.

Ang sistema, at the very least ay mapapatunayan 'yung pinakasikat na kantiyaw sa mga La Sallista. Ikaw ba naman ang maisahan ng sarili mong estudyante?

At ayon sa tsismis, dalawang beses daw bumagsak sa Philippine Educational Placement Test 'yung player bago pumasa sa entrance exam ng La Salle. Ano ang sinasabi nito tungkol sa kalidad ng iskwela, he he? Pero malay natin, baka maganda 'yung gising noong player noong araw na mag-entrance exam siya.

Ano ngayon ang mga posibleng mangyari?

Unang-una, baka masipa sa La Salle at ma-ban sa UAAP 'yung player. Ang daming galit sa kanya ngayong mga kapwa niya La Sallista.

Pangalawa, baka makansela 'yung mga panalo ng La Salle sa lahat ng mga laban nila nitong huling tatlong taon kung saan pinaglaro nila 'yung player. Simple sana ito kung konti lang 'yung mga panalo nila. Kaso hindi eh: runner-up sila nitong season at noong 2003 at kampeon sila nitong nakaraang taon. Ano'ng mangyayari sa standings ng mga taong iyon?

Pangatlo, baka bawiin din 'yung kampeonato nila nitong nakaraang taon. Entonses ay FEU na ang 2004 champion?

Pang-apat, baka masuspinde ang La Salle sa susunod na taon. Ilang taon na ang nakalilipas pinaglaro ng Adamson si Marlou Aquino kahit ineligible siya dahil sa academic deficiencies. Nadiskubre lang 'yung ineligibility noong nag-a-apply si Marlou na pumasok sa PBA. Ang resulta, nasuspinde ang Adamson noong 1994.

Tiyak, hindi lang ito ang mga puwedeng mangyari. Ang laking iskandalo kasi nito. Abangan na lang natin ang mga susunod na kabanata.

Friday, October 7, 2005

Yehey!

Sa wakas nagkampeon din ang Ateneo sa UAAP women's basketball! Unang beses ito nangyari kaya pihadong masaya sa Loyola Heights ngayon. Sabi ng boardmate ko, nagbunyi daw 'yung mga tao noong i-anunsyo sa PA system bandang alas-dos kahapon 'yung pagkapanalo ng Lady Eagles. Medyo binawi ng kampeonatong ito ang pagkakatalo pareho ng Blue Eagles at Blue Eaglets. Sana maulit pa.


Mabuti naman FEU ang nagkampeon sa men's basketball. Ayos lang kasi kahit sino manalo basta huwag lang La Salle. Papapakin kasi ako ni Syd ng alaska e, he he.

Tulad noong Game 1, maganda 'yung laban kahapon. Napanood ko 'yung first half sa opisina pero sa bahay ko na inabot 'yung mga huling segundo ng laro. Sulit 'yung bayad ng mga nanood sa Araneta Coliseum dahil close fight talaga.

Congratulations sa FEU. Ang ganda ng nilaro nila. Buong taon dalawang beses lang sila natalo. Excited na tuloy akong makita si Arwind Santos sa PBA. Maraming pahihirapan ang taong 'yun sa susunod na taon. Suwerte ang sinumang team na makapulot sa kanya.


Bago ko makalimutan, maligayang bati kina J at Kulot! Abala ang mga tao kaya post-dated ang inuman. Hindi bale, huli man daw at magaling nakalalasing pa rin.

Thursday, October 6, 2005

Munting Paalala

Ang Oktubre ng bawa't taon ay "Breast Cancer Awareness Month." Ako tiyak na wala sa peligro pero maraming mga kababaihan ang oo.


Hanep sa bakbakan at habulan ang Transporter 2. Hindi pang-Oscar pero sulit ang bayad.


Game 2 na ng UAAP Finals mamaya! Siyempre sa FEU ako kampi, pero hindi na ako makikipagpustahan, he he.

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Kaya Naman Pala



Naglayas si Cookie Monster dahil lagi ko siyang pinaghihila. At para turuan ako ng leksyon, isinama niya 'yung bago kong telepono.

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Mga Pangyayaring 'Di Naisulat

Nakakabato minsan mag-examiner sa ACET. Mayroon pang mga sira-ulong examinee na minarkahan 'yung mga test booklet. Buti lapis lang ang ginamit kaya nabura pa.

'Yung isang Koreanang examinee sinulatan 'yung Math booklet. Binigyan ko ng warning, hindi na umulit. May isa namang nakalusot, nalaman ko na lang noong i-report sa akin noong examinee na sunod na gumamit ng booklet. Sinulatan pa ng "assistman" 'yung harap ng English booklet. Noong tiningnan ko, mali-mali naman 'yung mga binilugang sagot. Ewan na lang kung sinadya.


Na-eliminate ng La Salle ang Ateneo. Talo ako ng dalawang daan sa pustahan pero ayos lang. Talo naman talaga ang Blue Eagles, walang kaduda-duda.

Hindi ako masyadong magre-react doon sa pambabatok ng La Salle team official kay Arwind Santos ng FEU pagkatapos ng Game 1 ng Finals. May nagawa rin kasing ganoon si LA Tenorio dati, may La Salle player siyang pinasimplehan ng suntok. Pero hindi hamak na mas masahol 'yung ginawa ng taga-La Salle. Ang tanda-tanda na niya e patraydor pa siyang bumanat.

Manood kayo ng Game 2, kahit sa TV lang. Baka magka-rambol, mabawasan man lang ng kaunti ang mga La Sallista sa mundo. Biro lang, Kulot!


Natapos na ang bar exam. Ilang buwang paghihintay naman sa resulta ang kasunod. Sana pumasa lahat ng mga kaibigan kong nag-take ngayong taon. Nakakainggit, may lisensya silang tumoma araw-araw ngayong mga panahong ito.


Malamang patapos na ang maliligayang araw ng blog na ito. Tinatamad na kasi akong magsulat. Tulad nito, tatlong linggo na yata akong hindi nagpo-post. May mga kwento, oo, pero hindi for public consumption.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Sari-Saring Panalo

Ang sarap maging Pinoy kahapon! Panalo sina Manny Pacquiao (technical knockout sa ika-anim na round), Brian Viloria (knockout sa unang round) at Rey Bautista (knockout sa ikatlong round) sa mga laban nila.

Pero siyempre, mas masarap maging Atenista. Tinalo kasi ng Blue Eagles ang FEU sa Araneta kahapon. Nakaganti na sila sa doon sa pagkatalo nila sa Tamaraws noong una silang magharap.


Bar examinees lang yata ang hindi masaya kahapon. Ang hirap daw kasi nu'ng exam sa Taxation. Pero at least nangalahati na sila. Dalawang linggo na lang, tapos na ang pagdurusa. Susunod naman ang pag-aantay ng resulta.


May transport strike kaya magsasara na ang opisina namin mamayang alas-tres. Illogical ito, alam ko. Walang mga pampublikong sasakyan kaya hindi rin naman makakauwi ng maaga ang mga empleyado. SM North lang ang makikinabang. Pero siyempre aalis din ako ng maaga.

Friday, September 9, 2005

Imbitasyon At Iba Pa

Nakuha ko ito sa e-mail ko. Baka may interesado.
The upcoming traditional celebration in Metro Manila of the festivities for our Blessed "INA", the Virgin of Peñafrancia, Patroness of the Bicol Region is coming up! Sa September 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2005 (Thursday to Sunday) na siya...Anyway, here's how you can join:

There will be the traditional Triduum of Novena prayers and Masses on September 8, 9 and 10, 2005 at 6:00 pm, to be held at the St. Andrew the Apostle Parish Church at N. Garcia St., Bel-Air, Makati City.

On September 11, 2005, Sunday, at 2:30 p.m., a motorcade bearing “INA” will start from St. Andrew Parish Church, going around streets of Makati, Mandaluyong and Manila, and ending at the Hospicio de San Jose, our designated embarkation point in Ayala Bridge, Manila. From there, the traditional fluvial procession along the Pasig River will commence, ending at the disembarkation point at the Jones Bridge in Escolta, Manila. From Escolta, a procession will follow, with the female devotees carrying the Image of the Virgin all the way to the Manila Cathedral. The highlight of the affair would be the solemn High Mass at the Manila Cathedral on September 11, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.

Kumuha na ako ng replacement SIM card sa Globe pero nagagamit ko lang 'yun tuwing gabi. Nakikisaksak ako sa telepono nu'ng boardmate ko dahil wala pa akong perang pambili. Hindi naman s'ya masyadong priority kaya sa Disyembre na lang ako bibili ng bago. 'Yun na lang ang pamasko ko sa sarili ko.

Tumaya na rin ako sa Megalotto kahapon. Mamayang gabi 'yung bola, malay natin dito bawiin 'yung mga kamalasan ko nitong mga nakaraang araw. Payag na 'ko kahit limang numero lang ang tumama. Wala naman kasi akong paggagamitan ng milyon-milyon.

Sa mga hindi ko nasabihan na wala akong telepono, pasensya na kung hindi niyo ako makontak.


Nakuha na naman akong ACET examiner. Apat na beses kong ginawa 'yun matapos kong gumradweyt ng kolehiyo. Hindi lang ako nakasama nitong nakaraang taon dahil nasa call center pa ako't may pasok kapag Sabado't Linggo.

Sablay lang ng konti ang iskedyul dahil kasabay ng ACET ngayong taon ang Final Four ng UAAP sa basketbol. Hindi tuloy ako makakanood kahit sa telebisyon lang.

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Black Saturday

"Bakit 'Black Saturday?'" "Hindi kasi masyadong s'wak kapag 'Sabado de Gloria' ang pamagat." "Ano ba'ng nangyari noong Sabado?" "Wala masyado; nawala lang naman 'yung cell phone ko at natalo ang Ateneo. "Ha?!" "Maglinis ka nga ng tenga. Sabi ko, nawala 'yung cell phone ko at natalo ang Ateneo." "Anong nangyari?" "Sa telepono o sa Ateneo?" "Um, pareho?" "'Yung telepono, naiwan ko sa traysikel. 'Yung Ateneo, natalo ng tatlong puntos." "Ano'ng ginawa mo?" "Sa telepono o sa Ateneo?" "Sa telepono muna." "Tinawagan namin. Nag-ring nang nag-ring, pero hindi sinasagot. Maya-maya dukha na." "Dukha?" "Oo, 'cannot be rich' daw." "Nge, corny. Pinatay?" "Malamang. Apat na bars pa 'yun, e. Wala talagang planong magsoli 'yung nakakuha. Ni-report ko sa Campus Security Office tapos tumawag ako sa Globe. Pina-suspend ko 'yung linya't pina-block 'yung unit." "Hindi na magagamit 'yun?" "Ewan. Nagtanong ako dati sa Greenhills, sabi naman puwede pa kahit blocked na 'yung unit. 'Yung SIM card naman napapalitan." "Papaano 'yung phonebook?" "'Yun ang problema. Pero madali na 'yun." "E hindi ba kakakuha mo lang noong phone?" "Wala pang isang buwan. Libre lang 'yun sa Globe, pero kelangan kong ituloy 'yung plan kung hindi magbabayad ako." "Ano'ng plano mo ngayon?" "Kumuha ng replacement SIM, tapos bumili ng Nokia 5110. 'Yun ang teleponong siguradong makakabalik kahit mawala kasi walang magkaka-interes. Mahirap kasi kapag camera phone. Kapag may nakapulot, ang laki ng tukso na huwag nang ibalik sa may-ari." "Ano'ng feeling mo ngayon?" "Eto, galit sa sariling katangahan. Disappointed sa kapwa Pinoy. Pero 'di ko rin masisi masyado 'yung nakakuha. Kahit kasi tumuwad ka sa EDSA e hindi ka basta-basta makakapulot ng Nokia 6610i." "Tama. E 'yung sa Ateneo, ano'ng ginawa mo?" "Ano pa, e 'di nakikanta ng 'Song for Mary.' Win or lose it's the school we choose daw kasi e." "Maiba ako, baka naman kasi hindi ka naligo noong araw na 'yun?" "'Di a. Maitim ako pero hygienic akong tao." "Nagpalit ka ba naman ng brief?" "'Yun ang 'di ko maalala."

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

'Sensiya Na, Bata

Noong Miyerkules may nakasakay ako sa dyip na mag-asawang may kalong na anak. Babae 'yung bata na siguro dalawang taong gulang. Aapat pa lang kasi 'yung ngipin n'ya: dalawa sa itaas na gilagid, dalawa sa ibaba. Kalagitnaan ng biyahe biglang umiyak ang bata. Ayaw tumigil kaya binigyan ng kendi noong tatay. Tumahan naman. Maya-maya inaabot na ng bata sa akin 'yung kendi. Nakangiti siya, litaw 'yung apat na ngipin. Ngumiti rin ako. Naisip kong baka ibinibigay na niya sa akin 'yung kendi pero mas malamang ipinatatanggal niya sa lang akin 'yung balot na plastik. Hindi ako kumagat. Diyaskeng bata, kaliit-liit marunong na kaagad. Napaisip tuloy ako: may nakapaskil ba sa noo ko na "nadadaan sa ngiti?"

Friday, August 26, 2005

Panalo Na Naman

Napakaganda ng laban ng Ateneo at UP kahapon. Lamang ang Maroons noong halftime pero hinabol sila at tinambakan ng Ateneo. At kapag manalo sila sa UE bukas aakyat na sila sa ikalawang puwesto sa standings. Kahapon lang ako nakakita ng ganoon karaming tao sa Blue Eagle Gym. Nakakalungkot lang na mas puno 'yung side ng UP. Apatetiko kasi talaga ang mga Atenista. Hindi na nila kailangang mamasahe pero taob pa rin sila sa mga taga-Diliman kung paramihan lang ang pag-uusapan. Sa simula lunod 'yung side ng Ateneo sa ingay ng mga taga-UP. Pero noong maghabol na ang Blue Eagles e natulala na sila habang kami e umingay nang umingay. Kinawawa rin namin si Vainio na dating nag-La Salle. Tuwing magpa-foul o magto-turnover siya sumisigaw kami ng "Baaan-yo! Baaan-yo!" Aliw na aliw ako dahil pati bench players ng Ateneo maganda ang ginawa. Second unit 'yung nasa loob noong huling tatlong minuto ng third quarter at unang dalawang minuto noong fourth pero napanatili nila 'yung lamang. Magandang pangitain 'yun lalo na kapag mga bigating koponan na ang kalaban ng Ateneo. Kapag nagtuloy-tuloy ang magandang nilalalaro ng mga bangko hindi na masyadong masasaid 'yung first five.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Psst!

Dati ka rin bang iskolar ng Ateneo? Nakita ko kasi ito sa bulletin board ko sa Friendster kahapon:
Attn: Batch 2000 Alumni Scholars & AASA Alumni and present scholars

The Ateneo Alumni Scholars Association (AASA) cordially invites you to

Homecoming for Batch 2000 Alumni Scholars

On Saturday, August 27, 2005, three o' clock in the afternoon, Gonzaga Function Room A, Ateneo de Manila University

RSVP: Ms. Jona Gonzales, 426-6001 loc 5156 or 426-4324 or 0927-8700489
Pupunta ako kahit kasabay niya ang laban ng Ateneo kontra UE sa Araneta Coliseum. May nahatak na akong dalawang dating kaklase e.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Wow, Mali

Hindi pala UE ang kalaban ng Ateneo ngayong Huwebes kung hindi UP. Yehey, makikita ko ulit si Gretchen Fullido!


Mga kapwa Pinoy, iboto natin 'to!
Did you know that the Philippines' coconut geotextile ( a.k.a.coconet) for soil erosion control has been chosen as one of the 12 finalists in Newsweek and BBC's (British Broadcasting Corporation) World's World Challenge?

The World Challenge is basically a competition/search designed at identifying groups or individuals all over the world whose projects have contributed great impact at grass roots level.

A documentary about Philippine Coconut geotextile or coconet industry will be shown on the BBC World cable channel on September 24 around 8:30 GMT and will also be featured in the August 29 special issue of Newsweek.

"The World Challenge" already offers a tremendous exposure and publicity to our flourishing Philippine coconut geotextile industry and to our Philippine coconut fiber exporters. But it would be great liberation for our country, which has been getting very bad publicity nowadays, to win this prestigious competition.

To vote, go here and click the picture of Philippine coconet.

Woohoo, marunong na ko'ng magbura ng spam comment! Kailangan nga lang ulit-ulitin pero ayos na rin. Satisfying siya, para akong nangungulangot o nagpapaputok ng tagiyawat.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Sari-Sari

Nanalo ang Ateneo nitong nakaraang Sabado pero ikatlo pa rin lang sila dahil nanalo ang FEU at UE kahapon. Ngayong Huwebes maaring gumulo ang standings dahil maglalaban ang Ateneo at UE sa Loyola Gym. Kapag manalo ang Blue Eagles, tabla na sila sa ikalawang puwesto ng UE.


Nanalo rin ang UP Maroons noong Sabado pero nakakahiya, muntik na silang masilat ng NU Bulldogs. Sa nilalaro ng Maroons ngayon, sila pa ang hindi makakasama sa Final Four imbes na La Salle. Mas masarap pa ngang panoorin ang UP Pep Squad kaysa sa kanila e. Sablay, hindi ba? Mas inaabangan pa ng mga manonood yung cheering squad.


Hanep talaga ang kurbada noong courtside reporter ng UP na si Gretchen Fullido. Nasa magkabilang dulo kami ng Blue Eagle Gym kami pero nayanig pa rin ako, grabe. Magaling na magsalita, pormado pa. Hindi tulad ng ibang reporter na naka-maong at polo shirt lang.

Matapos 'yung laro ng UP dumaan siya sa harap namin, may hawak na paper bag na may lamang isang rosas. Hula ko bigay ng tagahanga niya 'yun. Magaya nga.


Putik, pati ba naman blog ko sina-spam na din? Nakakainis, hindi ko mabura.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Mga Bago

Tulad ng dati kong naisulat, kailangan palitan ang pangalan ng blog na ito. Humingi ako ng mga suhestiyon, at may isang dumating. Salamat, Atty. Punzi! Sa opisina na lang natin pag-usapan kung kelan kita ili-libre.

Sabi ni Attorney, dalawa daw ang puwedeng kahulugan ng Antigas: maaaring "ang tigas" o kaya nama'y "anti-gas." Pinili ko 'yung unang kahulugan at para mas angkop, susubukan kong isulat ang blog ito sa Pilipino. Tingnan natin kung hanggang kailan tatagal. Asiwa kasi akong magsulat sa Pilipino; Taglish ako mag-isip at magsalita at kailangan ko pang mag-translate.


Nadagdagan na naman ang mga blog na babasahin ko. Welcome sa mundo ng mga bloggers para sa mag-asawang Mark at KC!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Fair Warning: Evil Thought Ahead

I wish boils in the ass on the person who drew up the second round schedule of the UAAP men's senior basketball tournament. I'm happy Ateneo will play most of its games at the Loyola Gym, but Blue Eagle games in back-to-back playdates? And Ateneo and La Salle will play each other on a weekday? Those are failures of intelligence right there.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

E.T. Might Read Me

I signed this blog up with Blog in Space, a site that promises to "transmit [this blog's feed] out on a powerful deep space transmission dish." How cool is that?

There's a guideline, however, to be followed:
Bloggers who use this site are urged to keep their blogs devoid of any language, comments or content that might offend, taunt or provoke alien life forms in any way. Let's not start an intergalactic war :)
Tsk tsk, some people have too much free time.

Sunday, August 7, 2005

Heads Or Tails: The UPCAT

I pass through UP Diliman at least ten times a week on my way to and from work. Yesterday that was a wrong move. It was the UPCAT weekend so it took me forever to get rides. It then occurred to me: it's been ten years since I took the UPCAT.

I knew I would pass even before I took the test. I was sure of it the moment my crush got on the bus I rode to Naga the morning of the exam. The two of us also boarded the same jeep to the testing center, the University of Nueva Caceres.

During the test itself I finished each section ahead of time—even the Math part! I didn't review my answers. I spent the extra minutes stealing glances at my crush who sat in the same row a few seats away. I couldn't tell how she was faring with the test, only that she looked very pretty doing so.

When the results came out, I passed and she didn't. But I went to another university. First, UP Diliman put me in BS Computer Science instead of BA Journalism, which was my first choice. Second, my acceptance letter arrived a few days before graduation, when I had already decided to go to Ateneo de Manila.


Look at the other side of the coin here.

Friday, August 5, 2005

Playing Hooky

Atty. Punzi and I went to yesterday's iBlog Mini at the UP Law Center. It was a small event but it attracted much media attention. I saw three cameras from local TV networks.

Some big names in the local blogging scene attended. To name just the journalists, present were Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Manolo Quezon, ABC 5 reporter Jove Francisco, and a contingent from the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.


With all due respect to Mr. Quezon, what I took home is this: Pinoy blogging is here to stay, crisis or no crisis.


Atty. Punzi introduced me to his friend and fellow lawyer-slash-blogger, Marvin. The fellow is easy to like, especially after he took us out for lunch, he he.

Them two lawyers have big plans. Even better, they might have some use for me.


Except for the covered walkway that's being constructed, the UP College of Law is as I remembered it. And it's always nice to catch up on things with a few familiar faces.


I have to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory again—I fell asleep after the river ride and woke in the squirrel room. But it wasn't the movie's fault; the seats in the newly-renovated SM North cinemas are too conducive to napping.


Raul Roco has passed away.

If there was ever anyone qualified to have been President, it was Roco. And I'm not saying this just because he's a fellow Bicolano and Ateneo de Naga alumnus.

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Pakshet!

Someone thought this blog belongs to some band so I Googled "Punk Sinatra." Imagine my dismay when I found not one but two bands with that name; one is a local group while the other is Portuguese. And I haven't heard of either of them before!

Great. What a way to celebrate my blog's second anniversary this Saturday.

I have no choice but to rename this blog, though I do so reluctantly. I happen to like "Punk Sinatra"; I've liked it since I thought I heard a friend unknowingly mispronounce "Frank Sinatra." It makes me smile, just like the band name "Blast Ople."

Sigh.

I'm fresh out of ideas so I might as well hold a little rename-this-blog contest. You, my friends, have until August 19 to submit entries, after which I'll pick out the one I like most.

The winner will be treated to all the Dannylicious barbecue he or she can eat. If I'm in a good mood (and if the winner is a known drinker), I just might throw in more than a few beers.

So. A little help, folks?


The Blue Eagles have to stop winning this way. Half an hour ago they led UE by 16 at the start of the fourth quarter but only won by two.

A win is a win, however. Ateneo now has a three-game winning streak! With Adamson as their next opponent this Sunday there's a good chance they'll make it four in a row.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Update

I forgave my boardmate for the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince spoilers. That's because despite my advance knowledge of the plot twists, I still couldn't turn the last 60 pages fast enough. I can't wait for the next book, if only to complete the series.


There will be an Ignatian Mass tomorrow at the Ateneo. I don't know if it's again going to be at the High School Covered Courts; I haven't looked at my invite.

I go to that yearly mass because the Jesuits who happen to be in town attend it. I get to see my old teachers Fr. Nick Cruz and Fr. Adolfo Dacanay. The music is top-notch with choirs merging to form a big one. And of course, they serve snacks at the end.


In case anyone's interested:
On August 4, 2005, from 9 am to 12 noon at the UP College of Law, UP-ISP will be holding an iBlog Mini entitled: "Blogging Gloriagate" as part of iBlog's discussion series that intends to document the impact of blogging in Philippine society.

Full story...
I haven't made up my mind whether to attend. I couldn't care less about the topic but it presents an excuse to visit Malcolm Hall and sing "This used to be my playground..."


TV news reports say that UP College of Law students helped draft the amended impeachment complaint against President Arroyo. How times change. Four years ago there was no similar effort in Erap's impeachment.


The Blue Eagles now have a winning streak! After last Sunday's win over NU and this afternoon's victory over UP, Ateneo is now tied with the Fighting Maroons and La Salle with identical 3-2 win-loss cards.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Mixed Bag

I had goosebumps all over when I saw last week the rough, no-audio cut of what we filmed at APFI. It's because I find it weird to see myself onscreen.

Back in college, whenever we previewed a video where I was an onscreen talent I always sat at the back of the classroom. There I bit my fingernails and cringed, torn between looking and not looking at the onscreen action and the audience's reaction.


Does Pinoy/Blonde suck or did I just not get it? I'm guessing the former.

Wait, let me revise that. The movie didn't live up to the hype. But then again, nothing usually does.


If a few days from now one of my boardmates is found floating in the Marikina River, it means I've discovered that Snape is indeed the "Half-Blood Prince" and that Dumbledore dies in the book. Spoilers never win.


A loss to DLSU, a win over UST, a loss to FEU. That's the not-too-promising story of the Blue Eagles' season so far.

Later today they have a game against NU at the Blue Eagle Gym. Here's hoping they don't waste their homecourt advantage.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Tagged

I've been tagged by Megane~kun, so here are the top 5 things that calm me down:
1. Uninterrupted sleep
2. Deep breaths
3. A good book
4. The perspective of friends
5. Happy thoughts
Ying, Jay, Yen, Allan, and Candz: play nice and answer this, too.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Met The Fresh Prince

A friend who teaches at the Asia Pacific Film Institute asked me to act in the short film they were producing. I said yes.

We shot the film last night but we weren't able to finish the script. We hope to be able to shoot again tomorrow.


Last night I bumped into an acquaintance from college who's now taking filmmaking classes at APFI. He introduced me to one of his classmates.

The classmate asked what my role was in the production. I told him I was going to play a janitor.

The guy then quipped, "Pare, you've got the looks."

I smiled and counted to twenty.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Win Some, Lose Some

Ateneo lost to La Salle last Sunday. And boy, was it an ugly loss. The game was already decided by halftime—the Blue Eagles only 20 had points and trailed by 30.

But I don't regret lining up overnight at the Blue Eagle Gym just to get tickets. Because watching an Ateneo-La Salle game live is in a way like going to Mass—you come not just to worship but to worship with a community. Too bad the gods of college basketball were not on our side that game.


A production number delayed the start of the game.

First, there was a fence-sitting video which claimed that although Ateneo and La Salle were different, they were equals. Both sides of the Coliseum proceeded to boo this claim. It turns out the production number was a plug for a car. The vehicle in question then took off and flew inside Araneta Coliseum.

I must admit the promotion was very creative. Unfortunately, both camps got all worked up for nothing. And it also commercialized and cheapened the biggest-ever sporting rivalry in the country.


I got home in time to catch the tail-end of San Miguel Beer's championship-clinching win over Talk 'N Text. I'd like to think that was Papa Jesus' way of rewarding Beerman Joey Mente for helping out during my brother's medical emergency.

Saturday, July 9, 2005

Something To Do, And Soon

Unless absolutely necessary, these days it's not advisable to go out on gimmicks. These are tense times we find ourselves in—the situation's so fluid we can't predict what will happen next. Just one spark and it could all go, Boom! I suggest everyone hoard their favorite alcohol and pulutan, and stay at home. Camp out in front of the TV and follow the latest developments from relative safety. If needed, this can all be made a little more exciting. Down a shot or a bottle each time someone name checks "the Constitution." Down two for every "rule of law," three for "governance." And when the return to power of any past president is proposed, drink everything and pray for alcohol poisoning.

Friday, July 8, 2005

Tapos Na Ang Boksing

The yellow-clad lady has sung—anytime now this President is going down.

At what point today did I realize I've just lost my job? That would be while watching this morning's press conference at the Hyatt Hotel on TV. Near the end of it some of my officemates kidded about getting beers and the Administrative Officer didn't object. It was that kind of day.


The weather mirrors the charged political atmosphere. On TV comes a series of explosive events that reminds me of thunderclaps. Outside the window, meanwhile, there's a scary lightning storm. If only a lying politician gets hit each time lightning flashes.


This blog has never been about politics, so I won't start now. But in the words of Noli Eala back when he was still a television play-by-play announcer for the PBA: Kapit, bayan, kapit!

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Tickets! I Love Tickets!

They cost me a couple of hundred pesos and nine hours of lining up at the the Blue Eagle Gym but I got them Ateneo-La Salle tickets! I can't wait for Sunday. Don't be surprised if you see me mugging for the camera on Studio 23.

Me Like Pretty Picture

[Photo taken from here.]

Jessica Alba can do no wrong. They might as well title her latest outing Fantastic One.

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

"It's That Time Of Year..."

Ateneo-La Salle is on Sunday and it's impossible to find tickets! Um, let me revise that: Ateneo-La Salle is on Sunday and it's impossible to get seats that aren't in the nosebleed section especially if you can't be absent from work to line up at the Araneta Coliseum or the Blue Eagle Gym when they sell tickets and you have no friend who's willing to brave the long lines for you. Aaargh, this is enough to drive one batshit!

Sunday, July 3, 2005

Threesomes

I've been tagged by Anna Katrina, who will die a slow and painful death if she doesn't quit calling me by my real name.
Three physical things you like about yourself
1. Long legs
2. Skin tone (I'm safe from skin cancer)
3. Round skull (the skinhead look suits me)

Three physical things you don't like about yourself
1. Long feet (it's hard to shop for shoes)
2. Teeth (kids shouldn't be their own dentists)
3. Thinness

Three parts of your heritage
1. Filipino
2. Vietnamese (napaglihian sila ni Ma, kaya ako singkit)
3. ?

Three things that scare you
1. Deep water because I can't swim
2. Cat-sized rats
3. Being in the forefront

Three of your everyday essentials
1. Naps while riding public transport
2. Extra rice
3. Sleep

Three of your favorite musical artists
1. 311
2. Eraserheads
3. Rage Against The Machine

Three of your favorite songs
1. "'Di Mo Lang Alam" by Indio I
2. "Interstate Love Song" by Stone Temple Pilots
3. "Light Years" by Eraserheads

Three things you want in a relationship
1. Luuurve
2. Laughter
3. Great hugs

Three lies and truths in no particular order
1. I might soon be out of a job
2. The truth is out there
3. I'm not courting anybody at the moment

Three physical things about the opposite sex that appeals to you
1. Height
2. Long hair
3. Smooth skin

Three of your favorite hobbies
1. Sleeping
2. Reading
3. Sleeping some more

Three things you want to do really badly now
1. Declare a personal holiday tomorrow
2. Make myself a rum Coke
3. Sleep some more

Three careers you're considering/you've considered
1. Lawyer
2. Print journalist
3. Advertising copywriter

Three places you want to go on vacation
1. Palawan
2. Italy
3. Cebu

Three kid's names you like
1. Reaver
2. Kolya
3. Angel (pronounced Ang-hel)

Three things you want to do before you die
1. Have kids
2. Learn to swim
3. Move out of my boarding house, he he

Three ways that you are stereotypically a boy
1. I love WWE
2. Nobody sees me cry
3. I "forget" to put the toilet seat down sometimes

Three ways that you are stereotypically a girl
1. I cry at the movies (which is why I watch them alone)
2. Pusong mamon ako
3. I think Brad Pitt is pogi

Three celeb crushes
1. Angelina Jolie
2. Diane Lane
3. Julia Stiles

I tag those who haven't answered this and have lots of free time. Better yet, I don't tag anyone.

Friday, July 1, 2005

Heads Or Tails: Yapping

Arthur Yap is once again front page material, and not in a good way. He and his father were charged with tax evasion a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday he resigned as Agriculture Secretary, saying that he desires to face these charges as a private citizen and not as a Cabinet member.

I'll give Mr. Yap the benefit of the doubt because I only know him from the news. But I'll tell you about the first and last time I met him in person.


Back in March I accompanied my boss to Malacañang for a meeting of senior Palace officials. Before the meeting stated, the big shots gathered in small groups and chatted. I, meanwhile, prepared the laptop and the projector my boss was going to use.

As he was talking to Yap, my boss introduced me to the then-Secretary as a fellow Atenean. Starstruck at all the big names in the room I think I nodded at Yap and greeted him Good morning. After that I went back to setting up my boss' PowerPoint presentation.

A few minutes later I noticed there was someone standing beside me. I looked up. It was Yap, so I stood up immediately.

"You know what I like most about going to this place?" he said.

"What, sir?" I asked back.

"Seeing all the artwork. There are a lot of Amorsolos here, a lot of Lunas."

"Yes, sir," I said, all the while thinking, Why is he talking to me? Just then I remembered a college visit to the GBR Museum.

"But these paintings are in danger because of all the direct lighting," I said, looking around and gesturing to the overhead lights. "In museums they use fiber-optic lighting that doesn't damage the artwork."

"Right, right," Yap said. "And did you know that Imelda (Marcos) once had a Luna* folded before framing because she thought it was too big? I think it was this one," he said, pointing to a painting behind me.

"Folded, sir?" I asked, turning to look.

When Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao of the Presidential Management Staff wandered over, Yap repeated what he had just told me. They walked to the painting and tried to see what's behind it.

I, meanwhile, stayed where I was.



*He might have said "an Amorsolo," I'm not sure.


Here is the other side of the coin.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Unconfirmed

Is it true that shit began as an acronym for "ship high in transit"? It's been said there was once a ship that transported manure for use as fertilizer. Midway through the voyage the vessel sprung a leak. The noxious cargo was flooded, causing a chemical reaction that killed a few people on board. From then on, people began to label manure containers with "S.H.I.T." to warn that the cargo should be placed high above the floor to prevent water from reaching it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

"Dudut, This Is You!"

This is the Pugad Baboy strip from the 17 June 2005 edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.



I have "friends" like that.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Heads Or Tails: Mga Tanong Sa Atenista

Ano'ng student number mo?
960792.

Nakapasa ka ba or waitlisted?
I passed.

Pa'no mo nalaman ang ACET result?
Our high school guidance counselor gave me my acceptance letter after our my quarterly exams.

First choice mo ba ang Ateneo?
Yes, especially when UP Diliman put me in BS Computer Science instead of BA Journalism.

Alam mo ba ang ACET score mo?
My numerical ability was "Very poor," but everything else was "Very good."

Ano ang first choice mo na course?
AB Communications.

Second choice?
Either BS Management or BS Computer Science.

Chinito/chinita ka ba?
Vietnamito. Ipinaglihi ako sa Vietnamese refugees.

Taga-Ateneo High?
Ateneo de Naga High.

Nag-enjoy ka ba sa Orsem?
Yes, but at first I was intimidated kasi lahat Inglesero!

Saang gate ka pumasok nung first day?
At the Barangka gate, the one at the bottom of the stairs near Loyola House of Studies.

Nakapag-dorm ka ba?
Yes, off-campus.

Nagka-F ka ba?
No, but there were close calls.

Nagka-A?
Numerous times.

Highest grade?
Dean's List-level QPI.

Lowest?
I forgot.

Worst experience sa ADMU?
Baking under the sun for ROTC.

Lagi ka bang uma-attend ng klase?
As general rule, yes. But in a couple of subjects I had the maximum number of cuts allowed.

May scholarship ka ba?
Akbaylaya Funded Scholarship. They gave me a 75% discount on tuition and fees for four years.

Nangarap na mag-"laude?"
Never. I could've but I chose not to.

Kelan ka gumradweyt?
25 March 2000.

Fave teacher?
Dr. Policarpio Peregrino. Alex Puente. Fr. Nick Cruz, S.J. Ranilo Hermida. Tony Perez. John Garcia. Sev Sarmenta. Cristina Jimenez-Hallare. And Melissa Jayme, woohoo!

Worst teacher?
It's a toss-up between that Indonesian Jesuit Scholastic I had for Philo 103 and Mrs. Sato from Japanese Language 2.

Fave subject?
Film Theory. History of the Modern World. English. Math 12 (Probability).

Worst subject?
It's a toss-up between Philo 103 and ROTC.

Favorite landmark in ADMU?
The Sacred Heart statue before it was moved to its present location. We used to be able to see the (supposed) outline of the Virgin Mary.

Building?
The Comm Building before they erased the mural. Faura.

Fave kainan?
Manang's, and the stalls in the Gonzaga Caf that sold siomai and avocado shake.

Estudyante ba ang binabayad mo sa jeep?
Of course.

Lagi ka ba sa Rizal Lib?
No. But I read newspapers and browse the web there.

Nagpunta ka ba sa Infirmary nung minsang nagkasakit ka?
Just once. I asked for Biogesic and Neozep.

May crush ka ba sa campus?
Lots!

BF/GF?
Not on campus.

May balak ka bang mag-MA or -PhD?
I make idle plans, but it won't kill me if I don't get those post-graduate degrees.

Anu-ano ang mga PE mo?
Table tennis, PE 101, arnis and basketball, in that order.

Kamusta naman ang block n'yo?
Close as a rule, but of course there were cliques.

Nakapanood ka ba ng graduation?
I only went to my own.

Memorized mo ba ang "Song for Mary?"
Of course.

Memorized mo ba ang "Fabilioh?"
Nope.

E ang "Halikinu?"
Nope.

E ang "Blue Eagle Spelling?"
I can recite that in my sleep.

Member ka ba ng Team Ateneo?
Nope.

Sino paborito mong UAAP basketball player?
Of the ones who played for Ateneo during my stay there, Gabby Cui, LA Tenorio, Larry Fonacier, Enrico Villanueva, and Rich Alvarez.

Naka-perfect ka na ba ng exam?
I can't remember. Once or twice?

Ano ayaw mo sa hell week?
It screwed up my sleeping patterns.

Dito ka ba natuto uminom o manigarilyo?
No and no.

Ano ang gusto mo sa school natin?
The people, the scenery, the Latin diploma, and the close distance from my boarding house. And oh, the education.

Ano ayaw mo?
The people. 7:30 a.m. classes. Boring teachers.

Bumili ka ba sa A-Shop?
Before grad, only PLDT call cards. After grad, mugs with the ADMU seal.

Maganda ba ID pic mo?
Of course. I shaved my head for those.

May ginawa ka na bang illegal sa loob ng campus?
The most I'll admit to is entering the campus drunk. That and low-stake betting in tong-its.

Nakabili ka ba ng gamit sa National Katips?
Lots of times.

Nag-Starbucks ka ba sa Katips?
Never, because they replaced Tia Maria's.

Gusto mo ba'ng mag-aral ulit?
Someday, when I can already pay my own tuition.


The other side of the coin is here.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Field Trip

Last Friday I attended the 2005 Gawad Kalinga Congress at the Philsports Arena. I had to be there; I was named in an Office Order. I didn't mind—it was a legal lakwatsa, a chance to get away from the office. The Congress was a whole day affair. In the morning GK's corporate partners took center stage. In the afternoon politicians and government officials, led by President Arroyo and Vice President De Castro, took over. There were a lot of speakers but three in particular commanded my full attention. One of them was a Filipino-American boy who, by himself, has already sponsored three GK houses. Initially he wanted to adopt an African child à la About Schmidt, but he realized he couldn't afford it since he only had three dollars. When the boy's mom told him about GK, he raised money by making paintings and selling them. There was also this Muslim girl who joined the rebel movement at a very young age. Because of her own experiences in Mindanao, she grew to hate and distrust Christians. Her perception changed only upon meeting some members of Couples for Christ. She later quit the rebel movement and went to school. And when the school library refused to lend her a Bible, she stole a copy. She read the Bible, learned about Jesus—who's also a revered personality in Islam—and came to the conclusion that the root of the war in Mindanao isn't religion. Now she works for Gawad Kalinga. Lastly, there was Dylan Wilk. It was my first look at the millionaire Englishman who moved to the Philippines to work full-time for GK. He also married one of my blockmates in college. Near the end of his talk, he announced that his wife was pregnant and that he has applied for Filipino citizenship. Astig! Much later I saw the married couple sitting together near the stage. Too bad I was sitting too far in the bleachers to say hi.

Friday, June 24, 2005

'Sheed, Et Al.

Yesterday I sent the following e-mail:
Attached herewith are three (3) budget proposals for your appropriate action. Please acknowledge receipt. Thank you.
I couldn't stop laughing as I read the response I got:
Dear Mr. Wallace,

Acknowledge receipt of this email.

thank you very much.
When I signed up for a Hotmail account, I put "Rasheed Wallace" as my name to throw people off. This is the first time, however, that someone thought it was true. Maybe she doesn't follow the NBA? Or perhaps she does, but gave me the benefit of the doubt just the same.


Jaime Cardinal Sin is dead.

Too often he stuck his nose in things that were not his nor the Church's business, but he's cool. His name's Cardinal Sin, for crying out loud.


Palawan is now part of Western Visayas.

This is by no means insignificant. For starters, millions of textbooks that are in circulation now contain at least one factual inaccuracy. And then a few years down the line, this will be the million-peso question on Game Ka Na Ba? that the contestant will get wrong.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Better Late Than Never

Because of my brother's medical emergency I managed to greet my Pa "Happy Father's Day" only on Sunday night. He wasn't having a happy Father's Day anyway, what with his dayunyor in the hospital. I waited until there was good news to report—that my brother had managed to hold down solid food, move his arms and legs a bit, and sleep—before I greeted him.


I greeted my boss "Happy Father's Day" by text Sunday afternoon.

"Salamat. Kelan ka magiging tatay?" he replied.

"'Layo pa po, sir," I said. "O baka tatay na 'ko 'di ko lang alam."

"Ha ha ha, mahirap maging tatay na walang muwang."

I couldn't think of a reply so I let him have the last word.

Sunday's Big Event

My phone rang a few minutes past 4 a.m. last Sunday. I was awake—I had been unable to go back to sleep after a middle-of-the-night bathroom trip. The call was from my youngest brother's number but it wasn't him at the other end.

"May kapatid ka bang nakatira sa Intramuros?" the male caller asked.

"Meron," I said.

"Dinala s'ya sa ospital. 'Di makagalaw."

"Ha?! Saang ospital?"

"Manila Doctors Hospital sa U.N. Avenue."

"Sige, papunta na 'ko. Ano'ng pangalan mo?"

"Joey. Joey Mente."

The PBA player? I thought. "Sige, salamat. Papunta na 'ko."

When I got into a cab to the hospital it occurred to me that I was being scammed. I reviewed the call in my mind, and decided it wasn't from a dugo-dugo gang—the caller didn't ask me to bring money or jewelry and meet him somewhere. A text message from my other brother who was in Bicol confirmed that conclusion—the folks back at home had gotten the same call.


When I got to Manila Doctors my brother was in the emergency room. Those who brought him there were not.

My brother recounted that he was alone in his boarding house when it happened. Saturday noon his body started aching. A few hours later he had difficulty standing. By 2 a.m. Sunday he couldn't move at all.

Fortunately the caretaker of the boarding house arrived. When my brother heard he wasn't alone he crawled from the second floor to the first and told the caretaker to get him to a hospital.

The caretaker asked the help of a neighbor, PBA player Joey Mente. Mente brought my brother to the hospital in his car, then called us. Too bad he had to leave right away (his team, San Miguel Beer, had a game that day) because I wanted to thank him myself. Who knows what would've happened had he not helped.


Tests revealed my brother had what is known as a hypokalemic paralysis. His potassium levels dropped below half of what was normal, and the doctors haven't figured out why.

My brother's fine now—he got out of the hospital a couple of hours ago. Mente and his team, on the other hand, won their game that Sunday.

Yes, there is a god. And she is good.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Heads Or Tails: Prologue

For kicks Atty. Punzi and I will blog in tandem a couple of times each month. We will post our separate takes on a random topic that catches our fancy. A brief backgrounder: we work for the same Commission. He's a lawyer, I used to study Law. We finished college at the Ateneo de Manila University nine years apart. Our mental ages are also similar. Let's see how long this experiment lasts. For starters, here is the other side of the coin.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Grateful

Here are a few of the things I thank Papa Jesus for:
School's Back
With the start of a new school year the number of pretty faces per square meter seems to have at least tripled. It's fun to people-watch again!

An Understanding Boss
This week when I got back to work my boss said that had I told him no one was taking care of me while I was sick he would've sent the office vehicle to bring me to a doctor. How sweet is that?

The Filipino's Sense of Humor
Trust the Pinoy to find humor in the grimmest of situations. Case in point: the "Hello Garci" ringtone that's making the rounds these days. I want one, even if I work at a Presidential Commission.

Friday, June 17, 2005

The Word Is "Discreet"

I went to Marikina Riverbanks and was disappointed to see stalls that used to sell DVDs now display clothes, bags, and sandals. But wait, the vendors look familiar. Could it be? Is there hope? Do they still have it? The answer is yes. Inside each stall is a small, curtained area for browsing DVD covers. There's usually a low table, a small monobloc chair, and sometimes a ceiling fan for ventilation. A vendor said the setup was ordered by "the Management," whoever that is. It's a win-win solution—if you can't lick 'em, hide 'em.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Tell Your Friends About Me!

One day last week they said there was an important-sounding call for me. Because I had the flu I was woozy by the time I got to the phone.

"Are you Mr. so-and-so?" the at the other end said.

"Yes," I replied.

"Ateneo Batch 2000?"

"Yes."

"AB Comm?"

"Uh-huh," I said.

"Commerce?"

That made my ears ring. But I stayed on the line since she hadn't yet stated her business.

"Communications," I corrected her.

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"Ah. So have you heard about the Ateneo Alumni Association Visa Card?"

What, I was roused from my sickbed for a credit card pitch? "Yes, I already turned it down before," which was true—right after graduation I received a similar call.

"Why, sir?" the girl asked.

"I have no need for a credit card," I said.

"The membership is free for one year."

"I know. But no, thanks," I said, hoping to end the conversation then.

But the girl still didn't quit. "Do you know the contact numbers of your fellow alumni?"

It took all I had not to bark, "Of course, but I'm not giving them to you!" Instead I said, "Yes, but I don't think they would want to be bothered."

She stayed silent for a beat or two, got the message, and thanked me for my time.

When I got back to bed I told a boardmate what happened. He said that the caller was probably an undergrad student because the Office of Admission and Aid earlier asked for volunteers to do that kind of telemarketing.

I didn't agree. No Atenean would mistake AB Comm to mean "Commerce." Plus, Ateneo didn't even offer that course.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Thinking Of Sin

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Sin City, that is. I heeded a friend's warning and skipped its local theatrical run. Paying good money to see a film that's been gutted silly by the needless—not to mention boneheaded—cuts of our local censors never appealed to me. (Somewhere there's a friendly neighborhood pirated DVD vendor cheering.)

My twenty says this latest episode of misguided pruning occurred because Sin City stars Mr. & Mrs. Excessive Sex & Violence. But wait, didn't the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board give this movie an R-13 rating? And didn't MTRCB chair Marissa Laguardia, in a 2003 The Sunday Times Magazine interview, explain what kind of movie would merit an R-13 rating?
These [R-13] movies, to the judgment of the Board, are those whose adult themes are permissible provided their treatments or presentations are suitable for young teenagers between 13 to 17 years old. No full frontal nudity or genital exposure. Breast exposure and slight nudity are allowed, provided they are brief, discreet, and in the context of the story. Likewise, films that glamorize or glorify violence are a “no-no” under this category. However, occasional violence relevant to the context of the film is permitted. Those depicting drug use are allowed, provided they instill the ill effects of drug use and not encourage it.
I leave it to the people who saw the unabridged version of Sin City to determine whether it met Ms. Laguardia's criteria and deserved to have been shown as is. I make no further comment because popping off on easy targets is a terrible waste of brain cells.

What I will not let pass is that there's one other party at fault here: the film's local distributors. They allowed the MTRCB to mangle a good movie in exchange for a less restrictive rating and a wider release. Had they cared enough for the film's integrity they could have pushed for no cuts and an R-18 rating, even if that meant less people could watch it in cinemas.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Panunumpa

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Maligayang bati sa iyong araw ng kalayaan, Pilipinas. Manalig at huwag mabahala, sa kabila ng lahat marami pa rin kaming sa iyo'y naniniwala.

Reel And Real

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Damn, Mr. & Mrs. Smith is one hell of a shoot-'em-up! It's nowhere near perfect, but there's enough gunfire and explosion to get the adrenaline going. Add Vince Vaughn and there's a rip-roaring mix.

Judging from their onscreen chemistry I can believe that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie did get it on while filming. And the behind-the-scenes hook-up worked wonders for the movie!

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Bring Your Own Bombs

System Of A Down is back, and how!



The song is "B.Y.O.B.," carrier single of the Mesmerize installment of SOAD's double-disc outing Mesmerize/Hypnotize. It's a fast and furious pounding, just right for an attack on the economics and politics of America's war in Iraq. However, it's the melodigoofy "la la la la la la la la la la/everybody's going to the party have a real good time/dancing in the desert blowing up the sunshine" parts that make me smile each time.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Nice Headline

"DLSU spikers give Ateneo free semis ride." That is news we don't see everyday. One, because there's an Ateneo-La Salle rivalry. Two, because unlike basketball volleyball is not that popular in the Loyola Heights campus. With its 4-4 slate after the eliminations of the Shakey's V-League First Conference volleyball tournament, Ateneo joins front-runners DLSU, San Sebastian, and UST in the semifinal round. Here's hoping this exposure will help the Lady Spikers come the UAAP voleyball tournament this July. The Ateneo squad entered in the Shakey's V-League is composed of the varsity players plus a few guest players: one former member of the national team; a couple of beach volleyball players from the Philippine Air Force; and one ex-varsity player each from Ateneo and FEU. The league plays at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila but IBC Channel 13 airs the games on a slightly delayed basis. That's how I caught Ateneo's upset of UST a few weeks back.

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Out Of Commission

It's no fun to be ill when there's no one who'll take care of you. I should know—since last week I've been battling influenza with bronchitis. My snot dripped all over, every joint hurt, and my head imploded every two seconds. The world spun whenever I was in any sort of upright position. I still prepared my own meals, however, and bought my own medicine and the like. That didn't help in my recovery, but it's one of those things I had to endure living away from family. Each time I woke myself up with my wheezing and coughing in the middle of the night I wished I were in Bicol. There wouldn't be any chicken soup but at least I could stay in bed. I needn't self-medicate, walking to a sari-sari store and going, "Give me three of every tablet you got." Good thing my brother was in town a few days ago. He dropped by, brought me food and medicine, and took me to a doctor. That multivitamin ad got it right: sa panahon ng krisis, bawal magkasakit. Whatever I might have saved by being on involuntary house arrest I blew on medicine. And I can already start a small pharmacy with all the pills and capsules the doctor prescribed. Right now I'm trying to rest, staying horizontal as much as possible. Imagining the amount of work that's piling up on my desk even as I speak is enough to bring on another fainting spell.

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Inquirei

1. If you could relive one particular year of your life, which year would it be, and why?
For the sheer fun of it I would relive 1999 (insert Prince track here), which bridged my junior and senior years in college. By then I had realized I would be points short of any honor come graduation so I coasted instead. I indulged the delinquent student in me my diploma ought to say "Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communication, Minor in Card Games."

A distant second would be the twelve months right after my graduation from college. That was a crossroads year, and sometimes I get curious what would've happened had I gone straight to advertising and not experimented with law school.

2. You are hereby granted the ability to read the mind of one person per day for the next three days. Whose mind will you go rattling around in, and what exactly will you be looking for?
Offhand the three would be Zack de la Rocha (Why did he leave Rage Against The Machine?); Claudine Barretto (Has she thought of a way to explain to her future grandkids why their lola has a Tweety Bird tattoo on her shoulder?); and J (How was it like to meet Nemo during his seven-day dive trip to Tubbataha?).

3. What's the best thing about being a guy, in your opinion? How about the worst?
Best thing is we don't have PMS. And the less said about that, the better.

The worst thing is sometimes it's not the big head that does the thinking. And you'd think we would learn not to listen to the small head too much, but no.

4. Have you ever met someone who was unforgettable? Tell me about him/her!
2 August 1997, afternoon, SA 21 class. A piece of paper folded many times over was passed to me from a classmate who seated in front of the classroom. On the piece of paper this was written. It's yellowing now, but I still keep it in my wallet.

5. So, exactly how much alcohol can you drink before you can no longer walk in a straight line?
At one sitting, about four-fifths of a longneck Tanduay 5 Years. I would still be serviceable, except that I would be conversing in English. I've been told that's not a pretty sight.

It could be more if there time. A couple of years back I stood as secondary sponsor at a cousin's wedding. We started drinking before noon, stopped late afternoon to attend the church ceremonies, then drank some more at the reception. We adjourned the following morning only because the sari-sari stores in the area had no more beer to sell.


Now, the interview game rules:
1. If you want to join leave a comment saying, “Interview me.” And don't forget the magic word.
2. I will ask you five questions that will be unique for each person.
3. Post the questions and your answers to them on your blog, then notify me so I can look it up. If you don't have a blog, post your answers here.
4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, ask them five questions.

Call?