Friday, May 29, 2009

Barometer

Conventional wisdom says that Filipinos drink beer in times of plenty then shift to cheaper alcohol during times of hardship. This bit of news must mean the economy is in a bad way.
Tanduay invests P500M in new distillery
By Doris Dumlao
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Tycoon Lucio Tan’s Tanduay Holdings Inc. is investing about P500 million in a new distillery in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental this year, which in turn will soon double the capacity of its alcohol production.

Tanduay chief finance officer Nestor Mendones told reporters Wednesday that the structure of the new distillery has been completed, but the company is still awaiting a permit from the local government. He said the target is to start its operation by October this year.

“That will add 100,000 liters of alcohol per day in terms of capacity from our existing 120,000 liters at present,” Mendones said.

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On a personal level, yay, there's going to be more for me!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thoughts* On "The Headline"

This entry was inspired by S's post about an article from The Philippine Star.


T and K are abogados de campanilla; everything they say or don't say has a purpose. They give interviews with the forthcoming suits against their clients (and their countersuits) in mind.

From that standpoint the lawyers' statements in that article make sense. They are setting out versions of events that are favorable to their clients and damaging to the prospective opposing parties; they are trying to swing public opinion in their clients' favor. And surprise, surprise, their message is that their respective clients aren't at fault.

Notice that in the article, K practically accuses B of masterminding the theft of K's property. T, on the other hand, says B cannot be blamed. Not in so many words, her actions were in proactive self-defense. Both lawyers point to C as the person responsible.

The references to C being "known for his computer skills" and his connections with an outfit "specializing in photo and video files on computers" strengthen the case against him. Their purpose is to show that C has the means and expertise to beat a "complicated encrypting system" and to commit the computer B & E they're accusing him of. Never mind that GH is probably a chain of stores that's as specialized as those shops selling computer-related hardware, software installers, MP3 CDs, and PlayStation games in the Virra Mall of yore.

Besides, the encryption system means that K took steps to protect his computer files. He already did his part; the leak wasn't his fault. Add that "under the influence of drugs" bit and he's now as pitiable a victim as the unwitting women in those videos.

*All I really need to know about lawyering I learned from John Grisham and Ally McBeal. I's practically a expert.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mending Fences

Good call, Ms. Pangilinan, good call.
Actress off to Baguio to say sorry for slur
By Vincent Cabreza
Inquirer Northern Luzon

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- Comedienne Candy Pangilinan is returning to the summer capital on June 6 to apologize personally for a gag that offended Igorots, Baguio Representative Mauricio Domogan said Friday.

Pangilinan was declared persona non grata (unwelcome) by the city council for a stand-up act she performed at a mall here where she joked, "Tao po ako, hindi Igorot (I'm human, not an Igorot).”

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Let's see how you intend to pull it off, though.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lourd, Give Us Naman Our Bread

Lourd de Veyra's blog This is a Crazy Planets is too funny for words. Case in point:
"A Rhose by Any Other Name"

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For years, I had been planning to name my kids, if ever I have them, after jazz heroes: Miles, Coltrane, Mingus, Ellington (wait, that sounds too Xavier School), Ornette, Gordon. But that would just be too… easy. Too common. Now I’m fantasizing about the magnificently dull and plain: “Bong,” or the highly convenient “Huy,” “Boy,” or “Psst.”

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"Too Xavier School," tee-hee.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Google Philippines Search Words Of The Week

Candy Pangilinan hindi Igorot

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Had the taxi driver not been listening to AM radio I wouldn't have known about this days-old issue that's tearing up the Internets:
Baguio bans Pangilinan due to Igorot joke
abs-cbnNEWS.com

Despite her numerous apologies, Candy Pangilinan was declared an "unwelcome vistor" in Baguio City after she cracked a joke that implied that Igorots are not people.

In a special session held by the Baguio City council on Friday, Pangilinan was declared "persona non grata" by a majority vote. Councilor Tomas Balisong, currently the acting vice mayor, said that the declaration was in reaction to Pangilinan's "ethnic slur."

Pangilinan's joke, which was heard during her stand-up comedy act held in SM Baguio last Saturday, was: "Tao po ako, hindi po ako Igorot."

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Monday, May 11, 2009

The Past And The Spurious Disclosure Policy

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Someone's Been Having Fun

Wow. That's all I can say about the 4 May 2009 Order of Manila MeTC Judge Jorge Emmanuel M. Lorredo in Criminal Case No. 449039 entitled People of the Philippines vs. Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada, Jr. But wait, there's more. A Google search of the judge's name turned this up: A.M. No. 06-5-159-MeTC, Re: Request of Judge Jorge Emmanuel M. Lorredo, Metropolitan Trial Court, Branch 26, Manila, for Permission to Sell His Original Musical Composition and to Perform or Promote His Songs in Public Places, on Television or on Radio. Double wow. [Hat tip to Manuel L. Quezon III, via Atty. JM Erni-Manongdo.]

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Project Exodus: January 2004

These entries from January 2004 are trying to escape Egypt. They are currently being chased by Rameses and his army to the Red Sea shore.

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Apologies for the pro forma post, but there has been no letup these past few days. I'm fresh out of brain cells.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Murder In His Eyes

Now that is a look that could kill.

[Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images via Yahoo! Sports]

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Hours after the fight an Associated Press story quoted Ricky Hatton's father as saying,
Ray Hatton said his son did not need to continue boxing for the money, and that the fighter was convinced he had caught (Manny) Pacquiao with some good punches.

"He just said, 'The old heart ruled the head again, Dad; steaming in, got my warning signs in the first round. Set off OK at the start of the second round, caught Manny with a few shots. Really worried Manny a little bit. Manny was just throwing wild shots.' He said, 'Then the heart ruled the head again and I went steaming in.' "
I'm sorry, but losers don't get to rewrite history. Contrary to Hatton's "wild shots" claim Pacquiao landed 73 of his 127 punches (57.4%). In contrast, Hatton only hit 18 of 78 (23.1%). There was therefore no reason for Manny to worry.

Friday, May 1, 2009

"Well, Well, Well, Look Do We Have Here"

BB Gandanghari has started a blog, the very first post of which begins:
Rustom was an obligation. Living as a man, whether as a straight or as a gay man, was suffocating for it is not an expression of what’s inside of me; it was an obligation required of me. Rustom is the Emperor’s New Clothes tailored using the finest threads.

Then the child inside of me began to point out: You have nothing on. Now, nothing’s left but my nakedness. It’s what God sees when he looks at me. It’s the little bird coming out of a freshly hatched egg, the integration of my inner and outer world, the expression of the music God whispers to my soul. I am BB Gandanghari.
Whoa, that is some deep shit. Somewhere in Inner Mandaluyong a Brigadier General of the H-World United Nations Military Philippine Government International Police Commission is beaming with brotherly pride. Or not.

All kidding aside, that nascent blog has some well-written entries. It namechecks the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1987 Philippine Constitution, and Jesus Christ in consecutive paragraphs and gets away with it.