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

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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]

Friday, September 18, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Jerseyvaluation: NU Bulldogs

On a scale of one to ten, the NU jersey rates a six. It isn't bad-looking but there's a lot of room for improvement.

First: "National University" is a long name so jersey designer Anta had to use a barely readable font size. Next season the Bulldogs should go the Ateneo route and use "National," or the UP route and use "NU." Evenly-sized letters would help, too.

[Photo credit:]

Second: The font Anta picked looks cartoonish; it doesn't command respect. They could start with serifs, although there are other classy fonts out there. And they should ditch that silly text background.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

UAAP Season 72: Cheerdance

This really isn't UP's year.

First, the Fighting Maroons finished dead last in the men's basketball tournament. Then last Sunday, title favorite and two-time defending champion UP Pep Squad plummeted from the top of the UAAP cheerdance food chain.

Worse, UP Pep Squad finished a rung lower than the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion, a group that has never beaten UP or finished in the money in previous stagings of the cheerdance competition. Last Sunday, however, the BBB came out of nowhere to claim second place for a routine highlighted by a Moonwalk stunt.

Photo after the jump.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Eliminations: ADMU 2nd Round Recap

Tournament Standings
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)

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

Ateneo Individual Leaders
Nonoy Baclao, 26.7 mpg
Rabeh Al-Hussaini, 26.4 mpg
Eric Salamat, 25.5 mpg

Rabeh Al-Hussaini, 16.5 ppg
Eric Salamat, 11.9 ppg
Jai Reyes, 8.0 ppg

Nonoy Baclao, 8.0 rpg
Rabeh Al-Hussaini, 7.1 rpg
Nico Salva, 3.9 rpg

Eric Salamat, 3.6 apg
Jai Reyes, 2.3 apg
Ryan Buenafe, 2.0 apg

Eric Salamat, 2.1 spg
Ryan Buenafe, 0.9 spg
Emman Monfort, 0.7 spg

Nonoy Baclao, 2.5 bpg
Nico Salva, 0.9 bpg
Rabeh Al-Hussaini, 0.4 bpg
Ryan Buenafe, 0.4 bpg

[Hat tip to]

Monday, September 14, 2009

Too Close To Home

The victim was my guidance counselor in high school.
Salon manager slain at home
By: Alvin Murcia

A MANAGER of a beauty salon was found dead  with gunshot wounds in the head and body  inside his house in Makati City  Saturday afternoon.

Victim Bong Felipe Bio, of Blk. 90, Lot 17, Almario St., Bgy. Rizal, was found   by his officemate Filoella Joyce Lettas. His face was wrapped with  packing tape.

Lettas said she went to Bio’s house around 3 p.m. after he failed to report  for  work at the Mary Paulin Salon in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. She added he also did not answer or return her calls.

It was at his office that I first listened to UltraElectroMagneticPop! from end to end.
Salon manager pinatay, ninakawan
(Armida Rico)

Malupit na kamatayan ang sinapit ng isang ope­rations manager ng isang salon na iginapos at tinakpan ng packaging tape ang mukha saka pinagbabaril sa loob ng banyo ng kanyang tinutuluyang bahay sa Makati City kamakalawa ng hapon.

Duguan nang matagpuan ng kanyang katrabaho sanhi ng mga tama ng bala sa ulo at katawan ang biktimang si Bong Felipe Bio V, nasa hustong gulang, sa loob ng banyo ng bahay nito sa Block 90 Lot 17, Almario St., Bgy. Rizal, Makati.

Blangko pa ang pulisya kung sino ang may kagagawan ng krimen ngunit natuklasan na ninakawan din ang biktima dahil nawawala ang kanyang wallet, cellphone at alahas.

I also received my Ateneo de Manila acceptance letter from him. He seemed surprised Ateneo sent me a thick envelope (which meant I passed the ACET), but mostly he looked proud.

[Hat tip to Cheezepaper, Fireline Legends]


[16 September 2009 Edit]

Based on unofficial information I gathered, Sir Bong's remains are currently at Funenaria Salvacion in Bagumbayan Norte, Naga City. The wake will be transferred to the Ateneo de Naga University Church on September 20 and 21 ahead of the September 22 burial at the Peñafrancia Catholic Cemetery in Naga City.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Eliminations: ADMU Game 14 Results

What. A. Game.
Eagles clinch No. 1 spot
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines – With one improbable comeback, Ateneo deftly applied the finishing touches to its march to the top spot.

The Blue Eagles completed the biggest rally of the season as they squeaked past the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in a 74-73 thriller that locked up the No. 1 seed in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Struggling all game long, reigning MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini delivered the defending champions from an 18-point deficit and straight into a favorable showdown against gasping University of Santo Tomas in the Final Four.

“Our mission is accomplished as far as getting the No. 1 spot,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black after the Blue Eagles wrapped up the elimination round with 10 straight victories for a league-best 13-1 record.

This victory is much more impressive than the final score indicates. The Blue Eagles came back from deficits of 11 (first quarter) and 18 (third period) points to win over an FEU squad that, man for man, may have more talent. They also overcame the loss of reigning MVP Al-Hussaini and supersub Nico Salva due to fouls at crunch time.

For the second straight year the Blue Eagles finished the eliminations with a 13-1 record. The playoffs, the real season, is next. Let's see if the defending champions can duplicate last year's magical postseason run.


The Lady Eagles finished their season at 4-10 after bowing to UP.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Shame, Shame

Bicol's Peñafrancia festival kicked off yesterday with the Traslacion, or the transfer of the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia from the Peñafrancia Shrine to Naga City's Metropolitan Cathedral. But what was supposed to be a solemn affair got marred by violence.

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I can't say I'm surprised. It's an open secret that some, if not most, voyadores (the male devotees who escort the image during the mile-long procession) participate while under the influence. I've heard it said it's the surest way to survive being in the midst of thousands of sweaty, barefoot devotees fighting tooth and nail to reach the andas (float) and the image of Our Lady.

But there's a danger to sitting on a powder keg: sometimes it will explode. That is what happened yesterday.

Tales From Two Errands

As I watched an SSS guard take down the Philippine flag during yesterday's sudden downpour I had half a mind to tell him he was breaking the law: The Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines says that the flag shall not be raised during inclement weather. If already raised prior to inclement weather, the flag shall not be lowered.

In the end I decided not to say anything. Nobody wants to see the flag hanging like a limp, wet rag.

(Also, the guard had a shotgun.)


Some government offices really are a special circle of hell. Case in point: The guy I talked to yesterday at the Bureau of Immigration played Zynga Poker on Facebook before, during, and after our conversation.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My Vietcong Eyes Fail Me Yet Again, Starscream

"Excuse me."


"Are you Filipino?"

"Uh, yes, why?"

"A. Hindi ka kasi mukhang Pilipino."

'Tado 'to, a. (Smile.) "Bakit?"

"Tungkol kasi sa advertisement sa Midland. Saan dito 'yung Room 604?"

"A, ayun. Sa dulo."

"Salamat, a."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Jerseyvaluation: UST Growling Tigers

UST has paraded ugly uniforms year after year after year, and this season is no different. The team went the literal route anew and brought back that tacky tiger head and print. The result: a jersey that looks craptastic when viewed from the front, side, and back.

While the Growling Tigers won the Season 69 championship wearing similar jerseys, they would be better served if next year they ditch Accel as their uniform provider. They should partner with adidas, Nike, or even Anta like the top teams in the league.

By the way, is it just me or does the Growling Tigers logo look awfully similar to that of the Wests Tigers from Australia's National Rugby League?

Monday, September 7, 2009

UAAP Season 72 Eliminations: ADMU Game 13 Results

This game was in the bag early that I fell asleep out of boredom during the second quarter.
UAAP: Payback time as Eagles waylay Maroons

MANILA - The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles smothered their first round tormentor, the University of Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 93-75, during Sunday's 72nd UAAP men's basketball at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

Leaving no room for another upset, the Blue Eagles were all fired up from the start zooming to an early 14-0 lead and never looked back.

A stark contrast of their first round encounter, Ateneo shot a remarkable 49.3 percent to break UP's zone defense.

"Acutally the game was won in the first half. We're at this point of the season when it's all about winning," said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

The Blue Eagles solidified their hold of the top spot, although the final semis rankings will not be determined until after their last elimination game this weekend against FEU.


On a sad note, the father of Fighting Maroon (and former Blue Eaglet) Arvin Braganza suffered a heart attack at the arena during the game. He was rushed to the hospital but succumbed hours later.

The UAAP is now a fan short. Here's hoping the league will honor the man's memory in some way.


The Lady Eagles fell to 4-9 and bowed out of Final Four contention after losses to UST and to La Salle. They have one game left to improve their position in the final standings.

Keep your chins up, though, ladies. You'll get them next year.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

"Wake Me Up When September Ends"

It's that time of year.
6,080 Lawyer-Aspirants To Take 2009 Bar Exams Starting Sept. 6
By Annie Rose A. Laborte

A total of 6,080 law graduates are set to take the 2009 Bar examinations to be held on all four Sundays of this month (September 6, 13, 20, and 27) at the De La Salle University (DLSU) in Taft Avenue, Manila. SC Justice Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura is the Chairperson of the 2009 Committee on the Bar Examinations.

This year’s Bar exams marks the first time that not one but two examiners would be designated as examiners in each of the eight Bar examination subjects. Thus, every Bar subject would be divided into two parts, with each designated examiner assigned a specific scope.

By now the barristers have finished Political and Public International Law. Those with an appetite will grab a bite or two, but I bet the majority are already gearing up for the exam on Labor Standards/Termination Law and Social Legislation.

I think I have a couple of friends taking the bar. Happy thoughts to them and to the rest of the examinees. For the four Sundays this September may they be blessed with legible handwriting.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Spin, Spin

Malacañang, on Sen. Noynoy Aquino's delay in announcing a run for the presidency: It's "gimmickry."

Malacañang, on Vice Pres. Noli de Castro's delay in announcing a run for the presidency: He’s not "atat na atat (too eager)."

Don't you just love the games politicians play?

Friday, September 4, 2009

Videos Or It Didn't Happen

The Internet turned 40 on September 2 so to mark the occasion, I trawled. What follows are a couple of my finds.


Nirvana and Westlife actually have something in common. Who woulda thunk it?

(For those who missed the grunge era, that's vocalist/guitarist Kurt Cobain on drums and vocals, drummer Dave Grohl on bass, and bassist Krist Novoselic on guitar.)

According to YouTube, Nirvana also played the song live on 16 January 1993 at the Estádio do Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil. Again the band traded instruments.

[Hat tip to Stayin' Alive...]


Here's newly-minted L.A. Laker Ron Artest, aka @ThugRaider37, at a get-together of Filipinos in the U.S.

The video is captioned, "How low Halo [sic] and karaoke witt [sic] my Filipino family. What's better than that?"

Glad you asked, Ron-Ron. Off the top of my head: (a) you not effing up my team this season and (b) you not effing up my team this season.

[Hat tip to R. Torres.]

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Same Same But Different

This is weeks old, but apparently Linkin Park bandmates Mike Shinoda and Dave "Phoenix" Farrell got into a friendly blogging-versus-tweeting argument.

Shinoda drew first blood and landed a low blow but Farrell "won" through sheer volume (here, here, here, here, and here). The former had the last word, though:

[Image credit:]

This is a case of comparing apples and oranges, but I am on the blogging side of the fence. After all, my tweets consist mostly of announcements that there's a new entry to this blog.

[Hat tip to J. Resurreccion, via S. Uy.]

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Project Exodus: May 2004

Rameses was not intimidated by the parting of the Red Sea and ordered his troops to chase down these posts from May 2004.