Monday, June 29, 2009

Do Better, Inmates, Olivia Munn Isn't Impressed

Ah, the things one can find while trawling on the Interweb.

[Screen grab from Olivia Munn's Twitter]

The link in that Tweet leads to this:

[Screen grab from Olivia]

I don't know about Ms. Munn's other Filipino fans, but in my estimation she dropped down a notch. And my disappointment is such that it can only be appeased by a signed July/August 2009 Playboy (if I'm going to dream I might as well dream big).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Putting The Dap In Dapper 4

Reason #81 why Barack Obama is cool: he's a superhero, and has come to save the day!

[Image credit: JibJab]

[Hat tip to MB Chua.]

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Questions, Questions

Were you named after anyone? Yes, a character in Flor de Luna. Do you wish on stars? Only upon falling ones. Which finger is your favorite? My right thumb. When did you last cry? Some months back, while watching a comedy flick. Do you like your handwriting? Yes, but I won't enter it in competitions anytime soon. What is your favorite meat? Manok, maka, mamoy. Any bad habits? Not saying Thank you or Sorry enough What is your most embarrassing album collection? A Vanilla Ice: Live In Miami cassette tape. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Absolutely, because I'm the most undemanding friend on the planet. Are you a daredevil? Only when I've had one too many. Have you ever told a secret you swore not to tell? Probably once or twice. Do looks matter? Sometimes they do. I'm not sure if that's a good thing. Have you ever misused a word and it sounded absolutely stupid? Just today, "Kegel." Do you think there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Scientifically speaking, no. Do fish have feelings? Yes. They bleed, too, don't they? Are you trendy? I hope not. How do you release anger? By letting loose streams of profanity. Where is your second home? Yobags! What came first, the chicken or the egg? In dictionaries, the chicken. What was your favorite toy as a child? A top made from guava wood. What class in school do you think is totally useless? Advanced mathematics. What's your goal in life? To gain weight. Have you ever been on radio or television? I was in a few episodes of MTV Talk back in 1999. A classmate said he saw me on the local TV Patrol last Labor Day. Do you keep a journal? You're reading it. Do you use sarcasm a lot? No. Have you ever been in a mosh pit? Not since college graduation. What do you look for in a girl? Capacity for intelligent and dumb conversations. What are your nicknames? Tibibord. Burcio. Borshing. Would you bungee? Absolutely. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Nope. I'm lazy that way. What are you worried about right now? That I won't get 8 hours of sleep tonight. What's your favorite cigarette? Winston Lights because of the eagle and blue-and-white color scheme. What's your favorite ice cream flavor? Selecta Double Dutch. What is your favorite thing in the world? Crossword puzzles! How many wisdom teeth do you have? I don't know, but hopefully neither more nor less than is normal. Are you in love with anyone? :-J How many people have a crush on you? I never bother to learn. They also never bother to tell me. Who do you miss most right now? _______. What's your message to that person? "Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!" What is your type in music? I have a soft spot for 90s grunge and alternative music. Who is the king, Elvis or Marilyn Manson? Kurt Cobain and/or Eddie Vedder. Is punk dead? An attitude will never die.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Putting The Dap In Dapper 3

Reason #80 why Barack Obama is cool (if a bit unhygienic): he enforces a no-fly zone à la Mr. Miyagi.

PETA, however, is not impressed.

[Hat tip to Yay.]

Friday, June 19, 2009

Umm, Buhay Ka Pa

On June 3 lawyers Oliver Lozano and Evangeline Lozano-Endriano filed with the Supreme Court a petition to nullify House Resolution No. 1109, which seeks to convene Congress into a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.

This is how the Court, speaking through the Chief Justice of the Philippines, responded this past Tuesday:
Moreover, while the Court has taken an increasingly liberal approach to the rule of locus standi, evolving from the stringent requirements of “personal injury” to the broader “transcendental importance” doctrine, such liberality is not to be abused. It is not an open invitation for the ignorant and the ignoble to file petitions that prove nothing but their cerebral deficit.

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I can almost imagine Chief Justice Puno typing that in all caps before settling for the bold letters. Or maybe snapping the point of his writing instrument on that final period.

[Hat tip to TnB.]

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Quote Of The Year Contender

[Photo credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images]

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard, 2009 Finals MVP, and now four-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant:
"As far as me hitting the wall, so what if I did? I didn’t, but so what if I did?"

"What does it mean if you did?"

"It means nothing."


"Because I’ll run straight through it."

Way to go, team. I feel loads better than I did this time last year.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Putting The Dap In Dapper

If there's a politico cooler than Barack Obama I haven't seen him or her yet.

POTUS chest- and fist-bumps everyone: Renaissance, Radiance, Caucasian kids, African-American kids, campaign supporters, soldiers, White House staff members, state governors, dead presidents, national personifications, manga characters, and superheroes. He brushes off haters like he does dirt on his shoulders. Even his signature looks awesome.

Now if only he would quit playing basketball in sweat pants....

[Hat tip to The Official White House Photostream on]


[10:15 PM Edit]

Obama also writes excuse letters for children absent from school.

[Photo credit: Sky News]

Finished! Kaput! Finito!

Let's hope all's well that ends well.
Candy Pangilinan, The Forgiven
By Desiree Caluza
Inquirer Northern Luzon

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—Candy Pangilinan is forgiven, but told to undergo a traditional cleansing ritual.

The city council withdrew its resolution declaring the actress a persona non grata (unwelcome) on Monday, after she appeared in a council session to apologize for her remarks about Igorots, the natives of the Cordillera.

The resolution was filed right after Pangilinan’s stand-up gig in SM City Baguio on May 9, during which she jested, “Akala n’yo Igorot ako? Tao po ako (You think I’m Igorot? I’m human).”

The councilors agreed Pangilinan’s apology before the council was sincere, and decided to forgive her.


Monday, June 8, 2009

15 Blogging Questions

How long have you been blogging? I started blogging in mid-2003, quit in early 2006, then began again in mid-2008. All in all that's almost four years. Why did you start blogging? After graduating from college I saw my friends less. I blogged so they'll know what I've been doing. What have you found to be the benefits of blogging? Blogging helps me with my writing and typing. It also provides a semi-permanent record of my activities for future reference. How many times a week do you post an entry? To this blog I post entries two to three times a week. How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis? I read all of those in my blogroll. Too bad only a few of them are updated regularly. Do you comment on other people’s blogs? Very rarely. I'm a lurker, he he. Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? If so, are you satisfied with your numbers? I know how many visits this blog gets but I'm neither satisfied nor unsatisfied. I don't blog for the numbers anyway. Do you ever regret a post that you wrote? Never. I click "Publish Post" only when I'm dead sure I want what I wrote out there on the Web. Do you think your audience has a true sense of who you are based on your blog? Only my so-called audience can say that for sure, but I'd like to think so. Do you blog under your real name? No, I use my nicknames. Are there topics that you would never blog about? Only those that could get me sued or make people go, "Overshare!" What is the theme/topic of your blog? I don't have a leitmotif. If ever there's any, it's unintended. Do you have more than one blog? If so, why? I have four blogs that are empty or inactive. I also have a micro-blogging account that I seldom update. I'm a joiner; I sign up to claim my favorite usernames. [Hat tip to Atty. Punzi.]

Friday, June 5, 2009

And Never Have We Furled It Yet*

It's that time of year again when Philippine flags and "Pilipinas Kong Mahal!" banners are a dime a dozen.

Last year, local officials of Manila caused a stir by ordering the removal of the ubiquitous banners in the capital city.

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

As basis for their actions, the city officials invoked Republic Act No. 8491, the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, whose Section 34(f) prohibits the addition of "any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawings, advertisement, or imprint of any nature on the flag."

Cynics, however, chalked up the controversy to the political rivalry between sitting Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and his immediate predecessor, DENR Secretary Lito Atienza who headed the National Flag Day Committee that distributed the banners.

This year the banner underwent a redesign: the words are now under the flag.

[Image credit: Wikipedia / CC BY 2.5]

Let's hope everyone's happy now. Or at least less nitpicky.


Brian observed that no two images of the Philippine flag available on the Web look the same. Now that is inexcusable—the eleven-year-old Flag and Heraldic Code specifies the flag's official proportions and color specifications.

*From "Regnum Dei," the Ateneo de Naga marching song

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Move Over, Jasmin Ouschan

Gentlemen and gentlemen, Shanelle Loraine.

[Photo credit: Shanelle Loraine]

Florante nailed it right on the head: "Pagkat magaganda ang mga Pinay."

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Project Exodus: February 2004

Had a column of fire not barred the way, Rameses and his army would've caught up to these posts from February 2004.