Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tibibord In A.D. 2009

Based on the entries on this blog, this is how my 2009 looked like.
Took pictures of imported "domestic" cheese and alliterative cleaning materials. Witnessed failures of intelligence. Bought replacement eyeglasses lenses. Endured the groping of paranoid mall cops. Received a Susan B. Anthony dollar. Noted highfalutin words. Was asked to chip in to a "goat fund."

Took pictures of Spongebob underpants and grammatically incorrect signs. Welcomed the 1,001st visitor to The Past and the Spurious. Wondered about the correct conjugation of a Filipino verb. Transferred more posts from my old blog. Forgot the key to my room again. Answered a meme. Was awed by Sean's writing. Read good and bad news about Megan Fox and Adriana Lima.

Took pictures of addictive food and grammatically incorrect signs. Answered a meme. Discovered a groovy religion. Noted some more highfalutin words. Grew old. Was told I had a celebrity look-alike. Discovered the ultimate movie bucket list.

Discovered what Gretchen Barretto meant by "BFF." Answered a meme. Saw proof that barristers broke the Internets. Transferred some more old blog posts. Terminated myself. Cheered when a college blockmate had a book published. Took pictures of book covers. Found something in common with singer Karylle.

Stumbled on BB Gandanghari's blog. Watched Manny Pacquiao break Britain's heart. Transferred more old blog entries. Had a blast reading the oddest court order ever written. Posted my blog disclosure policy. Heard about Candy Pangilinan's faux pas. Stumbled on Lourd de Veyra's blog. Commented on the media games lawyers play. Read that there will be no Tanduay shortage in the near future.

Transferred more old blog entries. Discovered Shanelle Loraine. Noticed something different about the new Pilipinas Kong Mahal! banners. Answered memes. Cheered when another college blockmate had a book published. Heard that the Candy Pangilinan incident had a happy ending. Discovered the ways the new US President is cool. Celebrated the LA Lakers' NBA championship win. Learned that one never crosses the Chief Justice of the Philippines. Attempted to learn the Moonwalk. Read Olivia Munn's crack at Cebu's dancing inmates.  

Transferred more old blog entries. Kept tabs on the campaigns of the Blue Eagles, the Lady Eagles, and the Fighting Maroons in UAAP Season 72. Had a near-encounter with the A(H1N1) virus. Discovered Jessica Mendoza. Started my UAAP "Jerseyvaluation" series. Was amused by Chot Reyes. Contrasted aspiring nurses with aspiring lawyers. Beat someone to a taxi. Celebrated this blog's first anniversary.

Transferred more old blog entries. Kept tabs on the campaigns of the Blue Eagles, the Lady Eagles, and the Fighting Maroons. Confirmed a meme. Applauded the late Cory Aquino's honor guard. Continued my UAAP "Jerseyvaluation" series. Discovered that my old college professor Fr. Adolfo Dacanay, S.J. is also an avid Blue Eagles fan. Learned that Neil Gaiman nearly wrote a Sandman anniversary story. Answered a meme. Remembered an Oasis-related memory.

Transferred more old blog entries. Kept tabs on the campaigns of the Blue Eagles and the Lady Eagles. Gave my two cents' worth on the blogging versus tweeting question. Unearthed amusing videos from Nirvana and Ron Artest. Was disgusted by Malacañang's spin doctors. Wished barristers good luck. Continued my UAAP "Jerseyvaluation" series. Was mistaken for a foreigner. Transacted business in government offices. Heard that the Peñafrancia festival was marred by violence. Was saddened by the fatal shooting of my old high school guidance counselor Bong Bio.Cheered that the Blue Babble Battalion finally finished in the money at the UAAP cheerdance competition. Discovered ways the new US President is cool. Learned that the trains will run in my hometown again. Saw a looonganisa up close. Answered a meme. Received a cool shirt as a gift. Was relieved that my old stomping ground in Marikina survived tropical storm Ondoy. Hear about Rain Love on Manila.  

Kept tabs on the campaigns of the Blue Eagles and the Lady Eagles. Was awed by my alma mater's unprecedented post-Ondoy move. Transferred more old blog entries. Received this blog's 5,001st visitor. Saluted the Filipino. Celebrated the Blue Eagles' second straight UAAP championship. Wrapped up my UAAP "Jerseyvaluation" series. Read some good and some bad news. Googled stuff. Wrongly thought that my old college teacher Ruey de Vera got into an accident. Read about the PBA's version of the Malice at the Palace. Reposted a friend's thoughts on Erap's second run at the presidency. Watched what the LA Lakers have been doing in the preseason. Congratulated champion coach Ato Agustin. Encountered a Girl Scout. Found an interesting item on the Supreme Court website. Learned Sen. Noynoy Aquino's stand on the creation of a new congressional district in my home province. Discovered that Manny Pacquiao and Sen. Manny Villar are buddies. Started to warm up to Ron Artest.   

Learned that a college batchmate is launching a line of luxury caskets. Watched BatManu in action. Transferred more old blog entries. Suffered through the lowest recorded temperature in decades. Did someone a favor. Learned of Manny Pacquiao's latest achievement. Commented on the composition of the UAAP's All-Star team. Read that Filipino fighters won some and lost some in the same weekend. Started watching my steps. Ghostwrote a police report. Read about a good weekend on the international stage for Filipinos. Encountered an old, award-winning  short film again. Was not sold on Joey de Venecia. Discovered another way the new US President is cool. Said goodbye to my old TV set.

Transferred more old blog entries. Read that Rain Love on Manila is starting to make waves. Remembered Loyola Gym-related memories. Gave my two cents' worth on Proclamation 1959. Found Ateneo de Manila commemorative stamps online. Read about the people running against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Greeted my alma mater on its sesquicentennial. Celebrated the Blue Eagles' latest championship. Empathized with Judge Luisito Cortez. Saw karma at work. Found a six year-old check.Was told that an old college teacher was never in an accident.
On the other hand, here are the books I read and the movies I saw in 2009.

My 2009 In Movies

  • Ninja Scroll (1993)
  • Tropic Thunder (2008)
  • Meet the Parents (2000)
  • Biker Boyz (2003)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
  • Monsters vs Aliens (2009)
  • My Sassy Girl (2008)
  • Crying Ladies (2003)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  • Equilibrium (2002)
  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
  • Sister Act (1992)
  • Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
  • Bringing Down the House (2003)
  • Bruce Almighty (2003)
  • Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
  • Armageddon (1998)
  • Cast Away (2000)
  • Sky High (2005)
  • Hancock (2008)
  • The Producers (2005)
  • Men in Black (1997)
  • Cars (2006)
  • The Spirit (2008)
  • The Scorpion King (2002)
  • Ready to Rumble (2000)
  • Moulin Rouge! (2001)
  • Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  • Shrek the Third (2007)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • 300 (2006)

My 2009 In Books

  • Go Phish by Dave Thompson
  • Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man by Tim Allen
  • Wrigleyworld: A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood by Kevin Kaduk
  • This Pats Year: A Trek Through a Season as a Football Fan by Sean Glennon
  • Wide Open: A Life in Supercross by Jeremy McGrath with Chris Palmer
  • Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869 by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Private Parts by Howard Stern
  • True Story: A Novel by Bill Maher
  • Asterix in Belgium by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
  • Asterix in Britain by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
  • Asterix at the Olympic Games by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
  • Something Under the Bed is Drooling: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
  • Pugad Baboy 7 by Pol Medina, Jr.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Scientific Progress Goes "Boink": A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
  • Asterix and the Secret Weapon by Albert Uderzo
  • The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman
  • Miss America by Howard Stern
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
  • Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
  • Reversible Errors by Scott Turow

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Quoting and linking to an article bylined "Ruel S. De Vera," I blogged back in October that our old college teacher had figured in an accident. A good friend read that post, so she was relieved to see Sir Ruey in perfect health when she bumped into him.

It turns out that there had been a mistake: the story was written by another De Vera. I checked the Inquirer website again, and the article is now under the byline "Ruby de Vera."

Monday, December 28, 2009


Look what I found between the pages of a Scott Turow book I rescued from Booksale last Wednesday:

I bet there's an interesting story behind that check and how it ended up here in the Philippines.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

'Tis The Season To Be Evil

This morning a co-passenger refused to pass my fare on to the jeepney driver. She was using her cell phone (or was pretending to), pressing buttons like she was entering code to avert a nuclear missile launch; I had to reach across her to the next passenger who was also reaching across to get my money.

Only after a few minutes did the lady look up from saving the world. She looked out the window, realized she'd missed her stop, and shouted, "Para!" Before alighting she accused the driver of not following his route.

What can I say, karma is a bitch.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Easy Way Out

DoJ, senators hit QC judge; SC orders new raffle
By Norman Bordadora, TJ Burgonio, Christine Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The secretary of Justice and at least three senators slammed the judge who refused to try the Ampatuans, the patriarch and his four sons, suspected brains behind the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao out of fear for his and his family’s safety.

Chief Justice Reynato Puno ordered a new raffle of the case, following a dialogue with trial judges a day after Judge Luisito Cortez of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court inhibited himself from the case, said Gleo Guerra, the tribunal’s deputy spokesperson.

“The brewing crisis, if you want to call it that, has been defused,” Guerra told the Inquirer.

My first reaction was, What the hell, Judge? But when I imagined myself in Judge Cortez' place I had second thoughts. It's hard to be cavalier when the lives of your family could be at stake. Some may say they eat death threats for breakfast, but how would they feel about their loved ones being served the same dish? 

That's my problem with the statements of the Justice secretary and the four Senators quoted in the news story. They didn't say it in so many words but it is clear they think the Judge Cortez is a coward. Sure, they're correct, but they took the path of least resistance by offering nothing but clichés. None of them were proactive and said something along the lines of, say, You and your family can have my police protection detail so you can do your job.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

For The Road

The consensus at the start of UAAP Season 72 was that Ateneo and FEU would contest the men's basketball crown.

As the defending champions the Blue Eagles were favored but were handicapped by the loss of the popular Chris Tiu. The Tamaraws, on the other hand, were coming off an excellent preseason where they won the Fr. Martin Cup and the Filoil Flying V Cup, and three of them also suited up for the PBL Unity Cup-winning Oracle Residences Titans and the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team that competed abroad.

Fate had different plans, however.

FEU, hampered by the loss of a key player on game-fixing allegations, fell to the UE Red Warriors in the Final Four round. Ateneo, on the the other hand, only lost twice and beat the Tamaraws' tormentors in a three-game championship series. 

Collegiate basketball fans were therefore tickled when Ateneo and FEU made it to the finals of the 2009 Philippine Collegiate Championship. The two teams did not disappoint: the Tamaraws claimed Game 1, but Ateneo struck back in Game 2 before finally claiming the title in Game 3.
Eagles rule Champs League
Ateneo nips FEU in series decider; Jai named MVP
By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo de Manila University collected one more major title in a season replete with achievements.

The Blue Eagles, winners of back-to-back UAAP crowns, captured the Philippine Collegiate Champions League title for the second time in three years by nipping the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 74-70, Sunday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Diminutive guard Jai Reyes ended his collegiate career with a flourish, finishing with 17 points to win the Most Valuable Player award of the tournament that gathers the best collegiate teams in the country.

The newest addition to the Blue Eagles' trophy case will sit next to the 14th UniGames men's basketball title they won in late October.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy 150th

[Image taken from ASFI website]

"You're not getting older, you're just getting better."


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Wide Divide

Three brave people stand in the way of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's coronation as representative of the province of Pampanga’s second congressional district: Liberal Party bet Adonis Simpao, and independent candidates Filipinas Sampang and Feliciano Serrano.

So how big is the disparity between Arroyo on one hand, and Simpao, Serrano, and Sampang on the other hand?
Simpao is an architect with an unfinished house in Barangay San Matias in Guagua town.

The construction of the family’s bungalow, started seven years ago, is done depending on his earnings. In contrast, a house attributed to Arroyo and built in Lubao under the Arroyo family’s Eva Development Corporation took less than 10 months to finish.

Full story...
Serrano filed his candidacy all by himself Monday last week in the same venue in the polls body’s dark provincial office on the second floor of a building along Mendoza St. in downtown San Fernando.

Serrano’s filing of COC was different from that of Pres. Arroyo. The President’s filing was attended by fanfare that started in a Mass concelebrated by 12 priests at the San Agustin church in her Lubao hometown through a balloon-festooned rally and then a motorcade to the Comelec.

Full story...

While media outlets deserve credit for featuring Arroyo's competitors, they should get their Five Ws (and one H) right.

For instance, they ought to quit referring to Simpao as an architect. Sure, he has a degree in Architecture, but Simpao himself has already admitted that he never took the architectural board examinations.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Stamp Of Approval

[Image credit: Manresa Jesuit Retreat House website]
Pinoy Kasi: Jesuits on stamps
By Michael Tan
Philippine Daily Inquirer

With Ateneo de Manila University’s sesquicentennial coming up, I began to read up on the history of the Jesuits in the Philippines. There were numerous publications on this topic in libraries—real and virtual—but the most entertaining one I found was on the Internet, with the Jesuits’ story told in stamps.

The story is posted on the website of the Manresa House, a Jesuit retreat center in the United States, and is managed by Fr. Peter Fennessy, who has included stamps from all over the world as long as it has something to do with the Jesuits. The collection is immense, with one webpage after another, divided into three sections: Jesuits, Jesuit Institutions and Jesuitica.

Click on Jesuit Institutions and you have an index listing the many countries in the world where the Jesuits are present. Click on the Philippines and you have 10 pages of materials, providing an excellent overview of the Jesuits in the Philippines. The many stamps that our Post Office has issued to commemorate Jesuit institutions is in itself a testament to the strong impact of the Jesuits on the Philippines.

I checked it out, and indeed the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House website has an impressive collection of Society of Jesus-related postage stamps, including Ateneo de Manila commemorative stamps.

To date there's none issued for my other alma mater, Ateneo de Naga. Perhaps next year when ADNU celebrates its 70th year?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Some Points To Consider

Here's an excerpt from "Martial Law is Not a Substitute for Competent Police Work: Statement on the Reported Proclamation of Martial Law in Maguindanao," the 5 December 2009 statement of UP College of Law dean Marvic Leonen regarding the issue du jour:
Under the 1987 Constitution, martial law can only be declared in cases of invasion or rebellion and only when public safety demands it. Rebellion requires that there is at least a taking up of arms publicly directed against an existing government. Martial law cannot be declared because the state has failed to prevent massive human rights violations by leaders that the national government itself has nurtured. Martial law cannot be proclaimed to cover up the lack of professional competence in the gathering, preservation, evaluation of evidence and in the arrest and detention of the perpetrators. Martial law is also not the proper legal response to the issuance of a writ of amparo in favor of the Ampatuan family.

A report on how the proclamation was executed must be made within 48 hours of its proclamation to both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Congress must convene within 24 hours after it is proclaimed. Any proclamation of martial law by the President can only have a maximum effectivity of 60 days. This can be revoked (or extended) by Congress. Any revocation by Congress cannot be overturned by the President. In case martial law has been proclaimed, the electoral ambitions of all members of the House of Representatives and the Senate should be put aside so that they can observe their obligations required in the Constitution.

The proclamation of martial law does not supplant the civilian bureaucracy. It does not supplant the operation of the Constitution including its provisions for the protection of individual and collective rights. It does not supplant the operations of local government nor the fact that local governance is subject to existing law. Martial law does not automatically suspend the writ of habeas corpus or justify illegal arrests and detention. In other words, it is not authority for the Commander in Chief or the military to replace civilian government. Certainly, the public should be encouraged to engage the courts should there be any violation of any provision of law or the constitution.

Full article...


Up until a few minutes ago I didn't know the exact meaning of that word ("subtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation), but it was the first that came to mind after reading Proclamation No. 1959, which declared a state of martial law and suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the province of Maguindanao.

The Office of the Press Secretary's online copy of the Proclamation mistakenly cites an innocuous law—Republic Act No. 6986, "An Act Establishing a High School in Barangay Dulop, Municipality of Dumingag, Province of Zamboanga del Sur, to be Known as the Dulop High School, and Appropriating Funds Therefor"—as basis for its definition of rebellion or insurrection. It also identifies the rebel group MILF as the "Motor Islamic Liberation Front."

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sixty Years' Worth

The Blue Eagle Gym turns 60 years old today. To mark the occasion Ateneo is staging a photo exhibit, and an exhibition game by players from the university's past and present UAAP Men’s Basketball championship teams.

[Photo credit: ADMU website]

Ateneo alumni inevitably wax nostalgic about the Quonset hut-inspired campus landmark.
Old gym turns 60
By Sev Sarmenta
Philippine Daily Inquirer

In a country where sports facilities do not rise as swiftly as condominiums or townhouses, there is a tinge of nostalgia when you look at and feel the old sports venues. They represent a fraction of our youth, of good times spent playing or cheering ourselves hoarse. Many of them are worn out and tired and yet buoyed by the memories of yesteryear.

Such is the case for the Blue Eagle Gym. Built in 1949 as the first structure on the Ateneo Loyola Heights campus, the gym came to life with the cool winds of the hilly area as its natural ventilation.

Some have even tried to recreate it.

I, of course, have my own memories of that gym. Most of them are good.

For instance, I've always called it "Loyola Gym" instead of "Blue Eagle Gym." I'm not sure why; perhaps it was because the former rolled off the tongue better. And even though I only played on that court twice, from 1996 to 2007 I saw tons of Blue Eagle games there.

It was at the Loyola Gym where I watched a tune-up game where the Ateneo crowd cheered more for a visiting player—Mark "The Spark" Caguioa—than for the home team. Caguioa was a newcomer to the country at the time, yet was already tearing up the PBA as a rookie for the Barangay Ginebra Kings. He was persuaded to address the crowd at halftime, and the fans cheered all the more when the supposed "Amboy" began speaking in Filipino. Caguioa then brought the house down by revealing that he almost played collegiate ball for Ateneo instead of in the US.

[Photo credit: / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

It was also at the Loyola Gym where I once stood in line overnight to get good seats to an Ateneo-La Salle match. But not only did the Blue Eagles lose the game, the lady I watched with kept cheering for former neighbor, Green Archer JV Casio. And to think that we were seated at the Ateneo side of Araneta Coliseum!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Love Rain O'er Me 2

[Screen grab from Nylon Blogs]

My old college friend's Rain Love on Manila project is getting much-deserved and -needed (virtual) ink. Nylon Blogs, for example, recently said some nice things about the initiative.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Project Exodus: August 2004

Moses has again raised his staff to the heavens. These posts from August 2004 are looking on, wondering what will happen next.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Farewell, Old Friend

When I moved here in 2008, one of the very few items I brought with me from Marikina was an old Samsung CT-5029V television set. It used to belong to a friend who let me use it after I had it repaired, then later on gave it to me because it was his spare set, anyway.

Four days ago the TV's old defect struck again and it up and died on me. No biggie—I think it can still be repaired. Good thing the UAAP basketball tournament is over or I would've thrown a hissy fit.

Quote of the Year contender. Ateneo defensive stalwart and two-time UAAP Men's Basketball champion Nonoy Baclao, on his favorite Blue Eagle of all time:
JC Intal. Kahit nung nasa Bacolod ako—Intal na talaga. Nung unang meet nga namin, nastarstruck ako. Di ako makakibo ng maayos e. Katabi ko pa siya. "SHET! JC!!!" Parang babae akong kinilig bigla.
I'm going to miss that dude in Season 73.

[Hat tip to Nonoy for President.]

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Putting The Dap In Dapper 6

Reason #83 why Barack Obama is cool: he's on to them robots.
"Now, the students from Oakton High School are going to be demonstrating the Cougar Cannon designed to scoop up and toss moon rocks. I am eager to so what they do, for two reasons. As presidents (sic), I believe that robotics can inspire young people to pursue science and engineering. And I also want to keep an eye on those robots in case they try anything."

Transcript of Obama remarks...
It better be two eyes, as often as he can spare them, because the robots are already trying. PETA, for instance, has called on the University of Georgia to replace the school's deceased mascot, an English Bulldog named Uga VII, with an "animatronic dog." Best be prepared.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

No Way, Jose III

You will not get my vote in 2010, nor will I be your fan in Facebook. That's because—and I never thought I'd say this—I'm with Dick Gordon on this one. But should you shoot your copywriter for coming up with drivel like that, I just might reconsider.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This Chicken Has Legs

I watched Ferdinand Dimadura's Chicken a la Carte (2005) soon after it was chosen Most Popular Short Film at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival. That was in 2006.

Three years later the film again received major ink from a leading broadsheet. That is good for the filmmaker but bad for the country: it can only mean that the film still resonates because the hunger and poverty problems have not yet been licked.
Bicol film on hunger draws 12M hits
By Juan Escandor Jr.
Inquirer Southern Luzon

NAGA CITY—Drawing more than 12 million viewers as of Saturday, a short film about hunger shot here by a Bicolano filmmaker has pricked the conscience of people around the world, who said it made them cry.

“Chicken a la Carte” by Ferdinand Dimadura, shot in 2005, beat some 3,600 entries when it won the 56th Berlin Film Festival award for short films in 2006. Its biting commentary has drawn viewers to the website and YouTube.


By the way, would it kill aspiring filmmakers to use tripods once in a while?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bright Spots

Three Filipinos did great over the weekend.

On Friday, Giallo Antico, a blog run by 20-year-old Jericho Moral from Marikina City, was chosen as a Blogger Blog of Note. His site traffic should be off the charts now.

Then last Sunday, Rodel "Batang Mandaue" Mayol won the World Boxing Council light flyweight belt via a second-round technical knockout. In winning the title in Mexico, Mayol bucked his Mexican opponent's homecourt (home ring?) advantage.

Last but not the least, on Sunday educator Efren Peñaflorida was named the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year. In a TV interview, Peñaflorida disclosed that 10 percent of the $100,000 prize will be donated to a church while the remainder will go to his organization, Dynamic Teen Company.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Things I Ghostwrite

Two days ago I went to a police station to make an incident report—“magpa-blotter,” in the vernacular—and get a certification. I gave the needed information to the officer on duty then went to the City Hall to pay the fee.

When I returned to the station the officer was typing the certification on a PC inside a backroom. I whiled away the time watching with the other policemen a replay of the Pacquiao-Cotto bout.

Half an hour later the officer called me into the backroom. He said I could revise his draft since I was “mukhang magaling” at that sort of thing (I was wearing glasses).

So I edited away. Half of the body of the signed certification ended up mine.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Umm, I Don't Think So

My borrowed Sportline Model 340 pedometer says I walked 5,250 steps today, or a whopping 4.51 kilometers. That can't be right—I forgot I had to calibrate it and input my stride length. No matter, tomorrow I'll do it properly.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thank God For Manny

[Photo credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill]

Until Manny Pacquiao's 12-round demolition of Miguel Cotto earlier today, this weekend had not been kind to Filipino fighters.

Yesterday, boxers Mark Melligen and Federico Catubay both lost by decision to Mexican opponents in Las Vegas. Z "The Dream" Gorres, the only Filipino on the card to prevail, collapsed in the ring soon after being announced the winner and fell into a coma.

And then a few hours ago, Filipino-American mixed martial artist Brandon "The Truth" Vera lost to Randy "The Natural" Couture at UFC 105 in Manchester, England.

So yeah, thank God for Manny.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Playing The Hand That's Dealt

Here's the team the UAAP will field against the NCAA selection in the Bantay Bata 163 UAAP-NCAA All-Star Games this Saturday:
Jai Reyes, ADMU
Rabeh Al-Hussaini, ADMU
Nico Salva, ADMU
Ryan Buenafe, ADMU
Eric Salamat, ADMU
Paul Lee, UE
Pari Llagas, UE
Aldrech Ramos, FEU
JR Cawaling, FEU
RR Garcia, FEU
Reil Cervantes, FEU
Dylan Ababou, UST
Kish Co, DLSU
Jan Colina, AdU
Alvin Padilla, UP
Kokoy Hermosisima, NU
Picking this squad couldn't have been easy, because even though Saturday's match-up is only an exhibition game, at stake are year-long bragging rights over a rival collegiate league. I'm sure the UAAP powers that be grappled with sending the best players regardless of school affiliation vis-à-vis ensuring that all league member-schools are represented.

I don't know how the league finally came up with that lineup, but it's certainly not composed of the best players from UAAP Season 72. Off the top of my head I'd say Nonoy Baclao (ADMU), Elmer Espiritu (UE), Khasim Mirza (UST), and Rookie of the Year Jeric Teng (UST) should've been on there. Too bad the first three are now playing for the Philippine Patriots in the Asean Basketball League.

But hey, why am I complaining? Five Blue Eagles are there, it's all good!

[Hat tip to Patay ang Butiki!]

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Time Of His Life

[Image credit:]

Everyone's talking about Manny Pacquiao's Time Asia cover, that he's the first Filipino since the late President Corazon Aquino to be so featured, how it's such a big honor … Meh. To me, that Pacquiao made it to ESPN The Magazine's latest "Body Issue" was the more impressive accomplishment. (No knock on Time; I just like the writing on The Mag.)

Still, I read "The Meaning of Manny" cover article. Here's an excerpt: 
From Zero to Hero
Pacquiao was not one to pick quarrels. But he did not shy away when friends got into free-for-alls: what he calls, with an almost pop-eyed relish, bukbukan — unrestrained fistfighting. He loved boxing. Dionisia recalls an 8-year-old Manny wrapping towels around his hands to mimic gloves. Rey Golingan, a General Santos City businessman, remembers the young Pacquiao attending the weekly bouts in the main plaza. "Manny was always there at the fights, waiting to be paired with someone," says Golingan. But his consistency wasn't matched by any obvious talent. "Honestly, I didn't see any potential in Manny. He was just another kid who knew if he won a few fights he might get 100 pesos [less than $3]," says Golingan. "He was always very courageous and had natural speed and power. But he wasn't a clever boxer ... He was [always] flailing around."
I wonder what the authors were referring to, "bakbakan" or "bugbugan"?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Awan Anyaman, Apong

While I was loitering at a sari-sari store in-between classes yesterday a wizened old woman shuffled over to where I sat. She seemed to be muttering something—I wasn't sure, it could've been a tic from old age—and from her right hand dangled a small plastic bag containing empty plastic bottles.

When the old woman stopped in front of me I thought, She's going to ask me something, but she didn't look in my direction. I followed her gaze and saw that she was eyeing the trashcan near my foot. I looked closer and saw two small bottles of C2 and mineral water.

Something inside me clicked then. I reached down instinctively and fished out the empties one after the other and placed them inside the old woman's plastic bag.

She said something before shuffling off again, but her voice was too soft so I didn't catch it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mystery Solved

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason I have the nastiest cold of all time. My nose is so runny it's no longer funny.

[Screen grab from PAGASAWeather]

[Hat tip to B. Quiñones.]

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

No Ifs, Ands, Or Bats

I never liked Manu Ginobili—he plays for an L.A. Lakers conference rival, flops too much—but his stunt on Halloween night? Kinda cool.
Batman: Spurs’ Ginobili steals game with bat catch

SAN ANTONIO (AP)—The Spurs’ Manu Ginobili showed off his quick hands—capturing a bat.

“That was amazing,” teammate Tony Parker said after the San Antonio Spurs beat the Sacramento Kings 113-94 on Saturday night. “The legend continues with Manu. Unbelievable. … He’s always doing crazy stuff.”

Late in the first period a bat swooped into the AT&T Center and descended onto the court. Players scattered and officials stopped play. The bat circled and left only to return—briefly.

That’s when Ginobili performed his Halloween trick, swatting the bat out of the air with a bare hand. He then carried the creature off the court to thunderous cheers.

Here's a clip of the half-amazing, half-disgusting play.

Going In Style

When the Eraserheads sang, "Put me in a golden box/ Not a cross on a pile of rocks/ Bury me where the grass is green/ And the gates are shining," I think what they had in mind was this:

The Lux Mortem line of designer caskets and urns is the latest project of my college batchmate Brian Tenorio. And although its initial collection has not yet been officially launched, Lux Mortem has already been featured in blogs, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Manila Bulletin, and on late night newscasts Saksi of GMA and Bandila of ABS-CBN. Neat!

When my time comes, though, I'd like to go old-school. Balutin n'yo na lang ako ng banig at ipaanod sa ilog, puwede?


[4 November edit]

Manila Bulletin came out with another article.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ron-Ron Grows On You

And I mean that in a figurative, non-bicephalic kind of way. ESPN's E:60: Ron Artest in L.A. clip shows why.

His Filipino connection. In the video Artest again visits the Fil-Am family that introduced him to "how low halo" some weeks back, and wears a Laker-purple "My Pilipinas" shirt and a "Pacquiao vs. Cotto" cap that he's worn before. He also went to Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym to watch Manny work out.

[Photo credit: AP Images via Ball Don't Lie]

His humor. Artest's mantra for coexisting with Black Mamba? "Pass to Kobe."

His Rodman-esque ways. Dennis Rodman was my favorite player on those Phil Jackson-coached Chicago Bulls teams that won NBA championships from 1996 to 1998. A decade later, Artest made it to another Jackson five. Crazy hair? Check. Volatile personality, stout defense? Check and check.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Manny, Manny, Money?

No Filipino wishes for it to happen, but if Manny Pacquiao loses to Miguel Cotto next month he will have no one but himself to blame: he allows himself too many distractions. Check out this clip from the first episode of HBO's excellent four-part fight documentary, 24/7 Pacquiao/Cotto.

Footage from that episode were shot a couple of weeks back when Pacquiao was training here in Baguio City for his November 14 fight. Typhoon "Ramil" (international name: “Lupit") was threatening the city at the time so trainer Freddie Roach was anxious to leave for Manila and avoid being stranded here. Pacquiao agreed, but prevailed upon Roach to postpone their departure until the next day.

The docu's chronology seems to imply that Pacquiao delayed leaving Baguio in order to meet with presidential aspirant Senator Manny Villar at the Camp John Hay Manor. (Hmm, what on earth could they have been discussing?) Roach flew off the handle when he discovered this and threatened to quit as Pacquiao's trainer. The looks on the faces of Pacquiao and Villar (1:02 mark onwards) when Roach gatecrashes their little powwow … priceless.

[Hat tip to Fire Quinito.]

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Here He Comes To Save The Day

I wished someone would challenge that danged gerrymandering law before the 2010 elections, but I never expected it would be Noynoy Aquino.
Aquino slams law creating new political district in Camarines Sur
By Tetch Torres

MANILA, Philippines—Presidential aspirant Senator Benigno "Noynoy" C. Aquino III on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional a law creating a new district in Camarines Sur which he said is meant to potentially accommodate administration lawmakers, including Representative Diosdado “Dato” Arroyo.

Aquino said Republic Act 9716 will create the third district in Camarines Sur, thus, favoring not only Arroyo but also Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya.

“With this law, they don’t have to run against each other,” Aquino said.

On his official website and Facebook page the senator explained his motivations:
I wish to clarify that I am not against additional representation in the House of Representatives. In fact, I believe that people should not only be adequately represented in national policy making, but their voices should also be heard equally in Congress through their chosen representatives. However, representation should be based on a uniform and progressive ratio as provided for in our Constitution and that one man’s vote should be equal to that of the other. I am not asking for mathematical precision—only that the Constitutional standards of population and contiguity be observed, at all times, in the creation of new congressional districts.
I wish you luck, Senator, because my initial observation is that your lawyers will have trouble with the second sentence of Section 5(3), Article VI of the Constitution which says, "Each city with a population of at least two hundred fifty thousand, or each province, shall have at least one representative." But as one who hails from Camarines Sur, I must say I appreciate the effort.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Random Find From The SC Website

Does the name Danilo de Guzman ring a bell?

It does, at least in local legal circles. De Guzman was the lawyer the Supreme Court disbarred for leaking questions in Mercantile Law during the 2003 Bar Examinations.

Last year De Guzman petitioned the Court to be reinstated as a member of the Philippine Bar. The Court granted the petition in April, and commuted De Guzman's disbarment to seven years' suspension. He can again practice law in 2011.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Laging Handa

A few days ago I was at a bank on an errand to pick up checkbooks. I expected to bring home only two or three, so I was momentarily stumped when my contact placed twenty in front of me. They wouldn't fit in my pants pockets so I told my contact, "Pahingi naman ng lalagyan, please."

I was seated at the time next to an old lady who, obviously, had observed the whole exchange. She pulled out an SM plastic bag and with a smile offered it to me.

After saying thanks I ventured, "Ma'am, Girl Scout ho ba kayo noong kabataan ninyo?"

"Oo, elementary at high school," the lady said.

Kaya pala.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

How To Dismantle An Atom Bomb

No NCAA team knew how, Ato, not when it mattered most. That's why you're #1. A rookie head coach, and even sans the awesome pornstache, you led the San Sebastian Stags to the men's basketball crown in Season 84. Not bad, not bad at all.

I look forward to your team's stint in Philippine Collegiate Championship League this November. Let's see what you can do against Norman Black, your coach during your San Miguel Beer days in the PBA, and his UAAP champions Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Friday, October 23, 2009

It's Not Gonna Be Fair

Look out, NBA, The Dream is teaching Black Mamba the Dream Shake.

The other Lakers have been practicing, as well.

Yup, that's the Lake Show. Limang tulog na lang!

[Hat tip to X's and O's of Basketball and Ball Don't Lie.]

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Here We Go Again

The news that former President and convicted plunderer Joseph Estrada will run for reelection in 2010 inspired a friend to write this:
Dear Erap,

Wala ka na ba talagang magawa sa natitira mong oras dito sa Planet Earth?! Sinabi na kasi sa iyo, too much alcohol is bad for your health. Ayan tuloy, natuluyan ka ng todo todo. Naubos ng o* ang brain cells mo! But then again, you've defied science by not having it in the first place.

At sinama mo pa talaga si Binay e noh?! At di ka tumigil dun. Dinagdag mo pa si Enrile, si Miriam, yung anak ni De Venecia, at kung sino pang hudas. Sana sinabi mo na din, "Pilipinas, meet your doom."

Sige nga. Anong opinyon mo sa climate change? Teka lang. Kaya mo bang i-spell yun?!

Sana wag mo namang sayangin yung ginawa kong paglalakad mula Citibank Paseo hanggang Edsa Shrine kasama ng mga kaibigan ko at ng ilan pang libong Pinoy. Di ka namin ginugood taym nun ha! Effort yun! At ayoko ng ulitin pa.

Baka gusto mo na lang mag-audition bilang bagong housemate ni Kuya? Tumutulong din naman sila sa mahihirap. Libre din ang pagkain, libreng tirahan, maraming girls. At pag ikaw ang natirang housemate, yayaman ka din!

Hindi nga? Seryoso ako. Sana ikaw, hindi.

Nalulurkey sa yo,
Akong umaasang may pag-asa ang bansang itow ng hindi dahil sa yo
I, for one, am not too worried. We kicked him out of Malacañang once, we will kick him out again if necessary.

[Hat tip to B. Pascual]

*To be read as "over." I know because I asked the writer if that was a typo. Just goes to show I'm not "in."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Could Have Been Better

For the first time ever, famed sports blog Ball Don't Lie carried an item about Philippine basketball. Unfortunately the news wasn't good.

[Screen grab from Ball Don't Lie]

As expected, Filipinos everywhere jumped all over the comments section.


[24 October 2009 edit]

Basketbawful also carried the story.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Perhaps Mishaps

Whoa, one of my college teachers got into a horrible accident.
The day I met a drunk driver
By Ruel S. De Vera
Philippine Daily Inquirer

One Saturday night after a violin lesson I was walking to where the cabs were. I was at the sidewalk of a one-way street, when suddenly all I could see was the ground spinning so fast my brain hardly had time to register that I was rolling on the asphalt, stopping only when my head hit the bumper of a parked jeepney.

I sat up immediately, disoriented while I looked for my things. People on the street went to me, with everyone talking all at once how some speeding and swerving car hit me. I checked myself and found that I was bleeding—my head, face, and nose. Then an old man came up to me. “Are you the one who hit me?” I asked him point blank, still in disbelief that I was almost roadkilled. “Yes,” he said feebly. “Are you drunk?” “Slightly.” He reeked of alcohol.

Continued …
Like I said, horrible. Good to know Sir Ruey is now recovering.

Perhaps because I'm careful, lucky, bad grass, or a combination of those, save for a beer bottle mishap I haven't met a major accident (knock on wood). I've had some close calls, of course.

On my birthday seven or eight years back, the car I was riding was rear-ended by another along C.P. Garcia Street in UP Diliman. After convoying to the nearest police station to report the incident (I rode in the other car), our group still went for beers and billiards.

There was also one time I found a car on top of my foot. That was mostly my fault—I was reading my codal while crossing the road in front of Romulo Hall in UP Diliman when all of a sudden, my left foot was under the right front wheel of a Civic. I felt no pain because I was wearing solid basketball shoes. I just calmly pulled my foot out and continued on my way, still reading.

[30 December 2009 Edit]

There's an update to this story.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Google Is Wasted On Me

Because unlike Cyberlaundry, this is the lofty kind of thing I fact-check:
Click! Philippine Daily Inquirer … Korean actor Kim Bum of ABS-CBN’s Asianovela “Boys Over Flowers” flew to Manila recently to shoot a commercial for RC Cola opposite teen actress Maja Salvador. In the late night entertainment program “Showbiz News Ngayon,” the 20-year-old model-actor expressed how excited he is to work with Maja, whom he said looks just like Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. Continued...
The verdict? Although I see a resemblance, I don't think Ms. Salvador looks "just like" Ms. Zeta-Jones. But who knows, maybe that phrase was supplied by Mr. Kim's interpreter, or by the writer of the article.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sight For Sore Eyes

Yesterday evening we encountered a Victory Liner bus full of passengers approaching its terminal. We couldn't help cheering; finally, things had begun to normalize after the craziness of the past few days.


On Flickr I discovered an 80-strong group of Victory Liner bus spotters/enthusiasts. I wonder if anyone of them ever went, "Choose Life. Choose a job …"


Ateneo is the top Philippine university in the 2009 edition of the THE-QS World University Rankings. Did they factor in the results of the UAAP Season 72 basketball tournament?


They call these relief goods?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

[Post 250] UAAP Season 72: Closing The Books

Another season, another championship. I could get used to this, he he. If only for the fact that as defending champs, the Blue Eagles played with big bull's-eyes on their backs all season, I dare say that this year's title is sweeter than last year's. Ateneo's road to the Season 72 championship was simply more arduous (if losing two games, one more than in Season 71, can rightfully be called "arduous"). Unlike last year, the Blue Eagles didn't collar majority of the individual awards. Still, this season had its highlights: the twelve-game win streak, the two-game sweep of archrival La Salle, and the emergence of players expected to be vital cogs in Ateneo's three-peat drive next year. And to mark the end of another near-perfect campaign, let me record for posterity's sake the Blue Eagle's title run in Season 72, beginning with the people responsible:
4 Juami Tiongson, PG
5 Jai Reyes, PG
6 Emman Monfort, PG
7 Nonoy Baclao, PF
8 Bacon Austria, SG/SF
10 Tonino Gonzaga, SF
11 Eric Salamat, SG
12 Kirk Long, SG
13 Ryan Buenafe, SF
14 Nico Salva, PF
15 Vince Burke, PF
17 Oping Sumalinog, SF
18 Justin Chua, PF/C
19 Rabeh Al-Hussaini, C
20 Chris de Chavez, SG/SF
21 Frank Golla, PF/C

Head Coach
Norman Black

Coaching Staff
Sandy Arespacochaga
Gene Afable
Jamike Jarin
Gabby Severino
Jon Jacinto
Dennis Aenlle
Chester Tiongson
The route the team took in winning the title:
Eliminations, First Round
Sunday, 12 July 2009, 63-59 win over FEU
Thursday, 16 July 2009, 72-57 win over UE
Sunday, 19 July 2009, 93-77 win over UST
Sunday, 26 July 2009, 58-68 loss to UP
Thursday, 30 July 2009, 61-51 win over Adamson
Saturday, 1 August 2009, 75-47 win over NU
Sunday, 9 August 2009, 76-72 win over La Salle

Eliminations, Second Round
Thursday, 13 August 2009, 80-75 win over UE
Sunday, 16 August 2009, 81-65 win over La Salle
Sunday, 23 August 2009, 80-70 win over UST
Thursday, 27 August 2009, 75-54 win over NU
Sunday, 30 August 2009, 61-52 win over Adamson
Sunday, 6 September 2009, 93-75 win over UP
Saturday, 12 September 2009, 74-73 win over FEU

Final Four
Sunday, 19 September 2009, 81-64 win over UST

Thursday, 1 October 2009, 78-71 win over UE
Sunday, 4 October 2009, 88-68 loss to UE
Thursday, 8 October 2009, 71-58 win over UE
The standings after the two-round eliminations:
ADMU Blue Eagles (13-1)
FEU Tamaraws (11-2)
UE Red Warriors (10-4)
UST Growling Tigers (6-8)
AdU Soaring Falcons (5-9)
DLSU Green Archers (5-9)
NU Bulldogs (3-11)
UP Fighting Maroons (3-11)
The Blue Eagles who stood out:
Rabeh Al-Hussaini
Finals Most Valuable Player Member
Mythical Team
Jollibee Yum Doubles Duo

Nico Salva
KFC Sixth Man

Eric Salamat
Jollibee Yum Doubles Duo
PSBank Maaasahan Player of the Year
There, that ought to be the last of it. See you next season!


[12 October 2009 Edit]

I suck at marking milestones. Just like last time, I forgot to note beforehand that this is my 250th entry since TPatS started in July 2008.

Friday, October 9, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Finals: Black-To-Back!

As soon as UE's Paul Lee and Elmer Espiritu connected on that alley-oop dunk with minutes remaining in Game 2 and the Red Warriors leading by double digits (and especially when another Red Warrior took an unguarded, buzzer-beating three-pointer for a 20-point UE lead), I knew that the Blue Eagles would get them back and win Game 3.

Eagles complete back-to-back title romp
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - Defense and deadly focus sparked a second straight title for the Blue Eagles that completed a second consecutive championship double for Ateneo in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Aggressive on both ends of the court, the Blue Eagles pulled away in the second quarter and roared to a 71-58 rout of the University of the East Warriors in the finale of the best-of-three title series before a 19,000-strong crowd.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who scattered 28 points in Ateneo’s 78-71 Game 1 win, came out dominating Game 3 with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead this batch of Blue Eagles in replicating Ateneo’s first back-to-back title romp in 1987 and 1988.

The moral lesson: "You don't tug on Superman's cape/ You don't spit into the wind/ You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger/ And you don't mess around with Slim."

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Still Pouring

This is why I can never lose faith in you, Filipino. 

MAGHAHANDOG ang Kalinisan Steam Laundry Inc. ng libreng palaba sa mga biktima ng malawakang pagbaha na nagpalubog sa mga kapitbahay nito sa Quezon City noong isang linggo.

Bahagi ito ng pasasalamat sa langit ng kumpanya sa pagliligtas sa kanila sa pagbaha.

Pinatuloy rin ng Kalinisan sa warehouse nito upang makakain at makasilong ang mahigit 100 mag-anak na lumikas dahil sa pananalasa ng Bagyong “Ondoy,” sinabi sa INQUIRER kahapon ni Edwin Matibag, marketing and delivery officer.


I'm proud that Bicolanos are helping out, and grateful that for a change, they're on the giving end of relief efforts.
From Bicol with love
DJ Yap

DATI, sila ang tumatanggap ng tulong. Ngayon, pagkakataon na ng mga Bicolano na magpamalas ng “utang na loob.”

Nakaligtas sa poot ng mga Bagyong “Ondoy” at “Pepeng” ang mga bayan sa Bicol na sinalanta nina “Milenyo” at “Reming” tatlong taon na ang nakalilipas.

“It’s our turn to return the generosity of those who helped us before,” ani Rodel Batocabe, pangulo ng Ako Bicol Foundation, tinukoy ang “overwhelming response” ng Bicol sa panawagan ng Metro Manila na lubos na sinalanta ni “Ondoy.”

[Hat tip to TnB and R. Fortes-Leung]

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Five Thousand And First

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you this very important announcement:
On 6 October 2009, at 8:05:49 p.m. Philippine time, The Past and the Spurious welcomed its 5,001st visitor.

Monday, October 5, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Finals: They Got Even, And Then Some

What's there to say? Hats off to UE for the emphatic win.
Warriors forge rubber match
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - Dominant in all departments, the University of the East Warriors mocked the odds to forge a winner-take-all UAAP championship showdown.

The Warriors reduced Ateneo into a fumbling bunch and roared to a surprising 88-68 blowout victory, spoiling the Blue Eagles’ bid to sweep the title series in Game 2 of the men’s basketball Finals at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum.

Elmer Espiritu highlighted the rout with a spectacular alley-oop dunk off a Paul Lee assist that silenced the predominantly Ateneo crowd and gave the Warriors a 19-point advantage, 79-66, with four minutes left.

But when Ateneo wins Thursday the Red Warriors can point that Lee-Espiritu alley-oop as the reason. Make 'em pay, Eagles.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Project Exodus: June 2004

These posts from June 2004 are walking fast; Rameses' charioteers have made it down the Red Sea floor.

Friday, October 2, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Finals: Going To The Vets

It slipped my mind that the game was at 4 p.m. yesterday. I blame it on the quiz.
Hot Al-Hussaini lifts Eagles
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - Rabeh Al-Hussaini turned in a virtuoso performance in the final two minutes and lifted the Ateneo Blue Eagles within a win of claiming their second straight UAAP men’s basketball championship.

Al-Hussaini humbled the University of the East Warriors with a series of clutch shots to power the Blue Eagles to a 78-71 triumph in Game 1 of the UAAP Finals at the Araneta Coliseum.

“I just kept thinking that it’s my last year and I have to step up,” said Al-Hussaini, who finished with a game-high 28 points capped by a six-point cluster that gave the Eagles a 75-68 advantage with just a minute left.

Jai Reyes also delivered in crucial stretches by shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range in the second half that kept the rallying Warriors at bay.

Good win, although coach Norman Black will lose sleep over that 17-point lead the Blue Eagles blew in the second quarter.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Down To The World Go They

In the words of Keanu Reeves: Whoa.
30 September 2009

MEMO TO: The Loyola Schools Community
FROM : Ma. Assunta C. Cuyegkeng
Vice President for the Loyola Schools

SUBJECT: After Ondoy

For the past days, we have been hearing stories of loss and devastation experienced by many members of our community. We share in their grief and hope to share, too, in the rebuilding. This aftermath of Ondoy challenges the University?s traditional learning environment; however, it allows us to learn and grow in different ways. Thus, the Deans, Associate Deans, representatives of various sectors, and I have agreed on the following:

1. Unless otherwise announced by CHED, Malacañan, or the Quezon City government, classes will continue until 21 October 2009, but there will be no final exams.

a.The basis of the final grade will be the current class standing of the student.
b.If a student wishes to raise his/her grade, s/he will have the option of taking the final exam or fulfilling an equivalent requirement. The deadline for completing INC or NE may be extended.

2.Classes can be used to deal with the aftermath of Ondoy, e.g., apply knowledge, skill sets, and values to understanding and managing disaster, rebuilding and rehabilitation of communities, or organizing and implementing support systems.

This is not unprecedented in Ateneo history, though. Twenty-three years ago the university implemented a similar policy during the first EDSA Revolution, or so the elder alumni say.

UAAP Season 72 Finals: Ready Like Spaghetti

"(W)hat happened last Saturday makes basketball so trivial …" wrote a La Sallian cough, whose team isn't one of the last two still standing and about to contest the Season 72 basketball crown, cough.

Seriously though, Mr. Atayde has a point. But the more I think about it, the more I believe that after the horrific events of the past few days, people need—nay, deserve—something trivial. Two-and-a-half hours of sports entertainment can do wonders for stress and overwrought emotions.

So on that note: One! Big! Fight!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Love Rain O'er Me

Those looking to help the typhoon victims now have another option in Rain Love on Manila. It's a great initiative, and I say that not just because it's the brainchild of an old college friend.

[Image credit: Rain Love on Manila]

The Second "El Presidente"

Here is a (relatively) rare photo of Barack Obama balling in shorts instead of his usual track pants. Turns out that he has calves that would make Johnny Drama jealous.

The US president should lose that wedding band, though: he could do real damage with it on the court.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Bit Of Good News

It was only when I got home from school late last Saturday that I learned of the number tropical storm Ondoy was then doing to Metro Manila.

My first (and selfish) thought upon seeing pictures and videos of the flooding was, Thank God I no longer lived there. Then I began to wonder how De la Costa Homes in Barangka, Marikina, where I lived for almost twelve years, was holding up.

I was worried—after all, Katipunan Avenue in Loyola Heights was underwater—but not too worried. DLCH sits on a hill, beside and below the Ateneo de Manila campus. My years of living there gave me hope that while the waters would surely cascade from Ateneo, they would merely pass through De la Costa before settling at the bottom of the hill.

Then last night, I received a bit of good news. A former housemate who helped at the relief center in Ateneo passed through De la Costa and saw that it wasn't flooded. It looked like my old stomping ground was spared the worst.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Christmas Arrived Early

This is what I'm wearing today. Isn't it cooler than the other side of the pillow?

[Image grabbed from Jeepney Rock Stop Shop's Multiply]

I got the shirt as a gift yesterday. Walang laba-laba, suot agad!

[Hat tip to TnB]

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Life According To Rage Against The Machine

The rules: (a) answer the following questions using only song titles from one artist, (b) try not to repeat a song title, and (c) re-post as "My Life According To (Artist)."


1. Are you male or female: "Street Fighting Man"

2. Describe yourself: "Without a Face"

3. How do you feel about yourself: "Calm Like a Bomb"

4. Describe your ex: "Snakecharmer"

5. Describe your current situation: "Freedom"

6. Describe your current location: "I'm Housin'"

7. Describe where you want to be: "Down Rodeo"

8. Your best friend is: "The Ghost of Tom Joad"

9. Your favorite color is: "Ashes in the Fall"

10. You know that: "Hadda Be Playing on the Jukebox"

11. What’s the weather like: "Wind Below"

12. If your life was a television show it would be called: "Year of tha Boomerang"

13. What is life to you: "Mic Check"

14. What is the best advice you have to give: "Take the Power Back"

15. If you could change your name, you would change it to: "Zapata's Blood"

16. How do you feel: "Tire Me"

17. Describe where you currently live: "No Shelter"

18. If you could go anywhere, where would you go: "Vietnow"

19. Your favorite form of transportation: "Down on the Street"

20. You and your best friends are: "Renegades of Funk"

21. Your current relationship: "Autologic"

22. Breaking up: "Wake Up"

23. Looking for: "Bulls on Parade"

24. Wouldn’t mind: "Killing in the Name"

25. Your fear: "Darkness"

26. Thought for the day: "Settle for Nothing"

27. How I would like to die: "Sleep Now in the Fire"

[Hat tip to TnB.]


Please oh please let this be false.

Monday, September 21, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Final Four: Go (Home) USTe

What did I say?
Eagles back in UAAP finals
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines - Everything that Ateneo seemed to do right this season was in full display in a dominating game that secured for the Blue Eagles the first UAAP championship berth.

With a solid performance from start to finish, the Eagles pecked the University of Santo Tomas Tigers to submission, 81-64, Sunday and earned a shot at defending their men’s basketball crown at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Eagles recorded a staggering 50.8-percent shooting clip to back up a stifling defense that held the Tigers, this year’s top scoring team, to one of their lowest outputs this season.

Growling Tiger Dylan Ababou, this year's Most Valuable Player, missed 20 of 29 shots and had 5 turnovers. His teammate Jeric Teng, the newly crowned Rookie of the Year, clanged 12 of 17 attempts.

One thing that didn't make the Studio 23 telecast:
The UST drumline played Ateneo cheers after the game starting with "GO ATENEO!". The Blue Babble Battalion returned the favor with a "GO USTE". They were cheering us on to the Finals. Thank You UST. Sweet.

Man, I miss watching the games live.

[Hat tip to Nonoy for President.]

Quote of the Year contender. Jeffrey Reyes, on his and his pregnant wife's being served funny-tasting and -smelling tea at a Japanese restaurant:
Ang sabi ko, parang clorox ang amoy… Tapos nung inumin namin… parang clorox na nga.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

They Meant Longganisa

For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV
Baguio Parades 6 Km Longanisa Again
By: Artemio Dumlao

BAGUIO CITY  – Second time in a row, Baguio paraded its “Longest longanisa” feat on Saturday.

Measuring over 6 kilometers (6.2 kms to be exact) of the famous Iluko native sausage, 1,320 students and policemen swayed the longanisa into a dance filling the festive air with the native garlic flavor specially akin to longanisa blends in this part of the country.

It is yet another highlight of Baguio’s celebration of its centennial, beamed Baguio rep. Mauricio Domogan at the opening on top of Session Road.

I saw the longganisa up close because the closure of major streets for the event forced me to walk to the city proper. Its makers seemed to have gone for quantity over quality but still, the longganisa chain looked (and smelled) impressive.

Photos of the event are here, here, here, here, here, and here.

UAAP Season 72: Most Valuable Player

The UAAP did Dylan Ababou and the Growling Tigers a huge disservice last week by announcing, ahead of the Ateneo-UST Final Four matchup this afternoon, that Ababou had won this season's Most Valuable Player trophy over Ateneo's Rabeh Al-Hussaini, the Season 71 awardee.

Al-Hussaini and the rest of the Blue Eagles now have a chance to show up the new league MVP. In the bastardized words of James "Clubber" Lang, "No, I don't hate Ababou, but I pity the fool."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Set In Train

W00t, the trains are back like Johann Sebastian!

[Photos courtesy of Vic Nierva]

The railroad runs through my hometown so I can ride the train the next time I'm there. I am confident the Philippine National Railways will iron out the kinks.
Bicol train chugs to a halt in test run
By Juan Escandor Jr., Pons Caudilla
Philippine Daily Inquirer

NAGA CITY — The spirit was willing, but the diesel-fed old engines were not.

After stopping several times for repairs, a refurbished Philippine National Railways (PNR) train on a test run from Tagkawayan town in Quezon province made it an hour late into Naga City in Camarines Sur on Wednesday.

But before the new Bicol Commuter Train, a takeoff from the Bicol Express of yesteryear, could move any farther to its final destination in Ligao City in Albay, its engines had conked out.

PNR officials had earlier expressed confidence that train services in Bicol would resume after three years in time for the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia this week in Naga.

[Hat tip to Cool Understatement]