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

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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.