Saturday, July 30, 2005


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.

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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


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


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 MalacaƱang 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.