Sam YG: Honey, sagipin mo ‘ko, gusto niya ‘kong rape-in!!!
Friend: Honey wag kang mag-inarte diyan, kinukunan na tayo ni Direk o!  O pose!!  Project na!!
Franco: Pare tumabi ka dyan, give me that piece of hot Middle-eastern sizzling meat kebab!  BRRRR
Tony Tony: Pare he’s not worth it.  Andito naman ako, bakit di mo’ko pinapansin?

Youth Role Model, Basagulero!

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The other day a professor randomly asked in class, “Which would you rather be, the constant companion or the great memory?”¬† She’s obviously alluding to relationships. ¬†I was perked up to my toes, having just come out of a two-year relationship.¬† I was forced to ask that question to myself, because, truth be told, I still don’t know what I want right now.

Other classmates started answering questions.¬† But I pondered more. ¬†What do I¬†reallywant? ¬†Due to my recent hurts, I told myself I want to be the constant companion, sticking by the person I¬†love ’til the end, ’cause that’s what I¬†expect of that person as well.¬† But what use is a constant companion when you don’t make great memories anymore, when you’re just bound by your pact to stay together?¬† Hirap no?

In the middle of the conversation, she asked me, “JM, ikaw. ¬†Are you gay?”¬† This definitely blew me away, but I quickly retaliated, “Ay ma’am, hindi po.”¬† She gave out a smile, and asked me instead, “Ah, so you’re feminine lang, effeminate?” obviously alluding to some of my mannerisms that could very easily be mistaken as gayish or effeminate.¬† Good thing I was on my toes that day, because I¬†was able to utter out a quick yet witty response, “Ah hindi po, ma’am, taga-Maskom lang po talaga ako,” to which the whole class erupted in laughter.

Totoo naman.¬† Pwede namang hindi ka bading, hindi ka bakla, pero asal-bakla o asal-bading ka.¬† Kaya nga may babaeng bakla eh.¬† Mannerisms lang ‘yan, and I think it’s offending to the gay population to stereotype or box them into those mannerisms.¬† Fluid ang sexuality, at oppressive ang labels.

O diba biglang may critical analysis ng sexuality. ¬†Anyway, going back to the question.¬† Naisip ko na isasagot ko, sabi ko, “Ma’am, I’d rather¬†be¬†the great memory, but I’d rather¬†have¬†the constant companion.”¬†¬†Ooooooha meganon. ¬†Best of both worlds!¬†¬†Totoo naman.¬† Hahaha.

Ang daya ko daw sabi ni Ma’am.¬† ūüėõ


Got some great home theater furniture you’d like to share?

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There are squatters in our apartment right now, and even though we know our rights to our home is very much enshrined in the constitution, we’re too frightened of the squatters to let them go.

It started the other night as I¬†was silently working on my bed. ¬†The squatter came in, stopped in front of me and stared me in the eye. ¬†I froze. ¬†I didn’t know what to do, or why the squatter was there in my room.¬† I twitched my eye and the squatter scampered away.¬† I didn’t mind. ¬†I was too frozen to react.

And then the squatter started to make weird noises, which disturbed us to no end.¬† It was banging the wall, running up and down the stairs and destroying our generally peaceful atmosphere.¬† I called my housemate and we both decided that we should drive the squatter away. ¬† Read the rest of this entry »

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Just got back from an interview with Ms. Janette Toral, one of the people at the forefront of promoting and protecting e-commerce in the Philippines.¬† Suffice to say that even though the interview was short, it was very insightful.¬† And essentially, nalaman kong sobrang dami pa ng trabahong kailangan kong gawin. ¬†Shet! ¬†Argh. ¬†Pero kaya ‘toooo!

Tomorrow is my first interview with a lawyer, Sir Butch Dado of ¬†This is a crucial one, since my thesis revolves around this. ¬†Let’s hope it turns out well.

Grabe.  Alam ko namang magulo ang history ng blogosphere, hindi ko lang narealize na ganun pala talaga kagulo, and maraming nangyaring kailangan pang ungkatin.

On to make history, literally!


When I finish this thesis, I promise to reward myself, something along the levels of an xbox 360 or a new luxurious watch.¬† Haha.¬† That is, if I have enough money!¬† ūüėõ

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On Being Broke
I hit an all-time financial low this morning, thanks to the failure of my bank to deliver my atm card on time.¬† I don’t know why I have all these instincts that things will, somehow, go wrong yet I¬†never follow them. ¬†I’m intuitive and at the same time stubborn like that.¬† ‘Cause last night I already thought of this possibility.¬† ‘Cause this morning I¬†already thought of texting the branch manager to ask if said card is already there, but didn’t.¬† ‘Cause on the way to the bank I was double-taking myself, deciding if I¬†should go to school instead and drop by the bank at a later time.

I’m such a stubborn little child. ¬†I never learn.¬† But thanks to my wise maneuverings, I was able to come up with some cash to get me through the day. ¬†Thank God for sending such generous people my way. ¬†They will be rewarded eventually.¬† =) Read the rest of this entry »

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This week, UP Journalism Club, my org in CMC, is celebrating its anniversary week.  To lowlives aka members like us, this of course spells stress because we have to come up with and attend activities to make our anniversary week relevant not only to us but to other masscomm students as well.

I just finished ironing my polo for tomorrow’s event, a forum on libel, which I¬†will be hosting.¬† (Come to think of it the last time I¬†ironed my clothes was way back in high school. ¬†Jeez!¬†¬†Naalala ko bigla kung gano kahirap mag-plantsa, leche!) ¬†I also just came from our poetry night at Maginhawa St., where Alamid also performed!¬†¬†I was giddy excited about them because I love their song, Your Love, so much. ¬†I also got a chance to recite Awit ng Pag-Ibig XX, Pablo Neruda’s Love Song # 20 translated in Filipino by Virgilio Almario.¬† When I got to the lines Hindi ko na siya mahal, people started reacting violently, obviously alluding to my recently-concluded relationship (naks, parang event lang.¬† haha).¬† But of course it doesn’t come with a But, for the next lines were ngunit minahal ko siya nang lubusan. Odiba may ganon. ¬†Hahaha ang fun, naging stand-up comedy ang poetry reading ko.¬† =P
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I used to hate Jimmy Bondoc back in the day (naks, parang ang tanda lang).¬† I seriously thought he’s that jologs type of performer, what with his seemingly novelty hits that hit the airwaves (do I¬†hear “I believe” Tagalized version playing in the background?).¬† His most-remembered hit, Let Me Be The One, however, is an exception.

But there’s another Jimmy Bondoc song that I really, really like. ¬†The first time I heard this, it made me cry real hard.¬† The message of the song went straight to my heart.¬† Yes, ganun siya kagaling. ¬†Ang ganda ng words, ang ganda ng melody.¬† This song was released through the album Sumibol, a collection of songs from Dulaang Sibol, Ateneo’s premier theater organization. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m in CMC right now, trying to help out (“trying” being the operative word, ’cause I’m obviously blogging here) my good friend Elsie iron out the preparations for their org’s anniversary week.¬† We just came from a sleepover at Jali’s place in Antipolo, where we tried to do our respective theses (again, “tried” being the operative word, hehe).

I still don’t know where my thesis is headed.¬† I haven’t even started gathering data for it!¬† Haha.¬† But I promised myself I’ll get something done this week, because the deadline for my first draft is already fast approaching.¬† I dunno, I may be overestimating myself again.¬† I hope not.¬† What I do know is I’m afraid to ask guidance from my thesis adviser, because she’s scary like that.

I missed hanging out here at Maskom.¬† I don’t go here that often because I don’t have classes here anymore.¬† It’s kinda disorienting how there are a lot of new faces around (again, how many times do I have to notice that?).¬† But CMC is still CMC, and it’s still a second home to me.

Zone out!¬† I’ma try to help Elsie forealz na.¬† Hahaha so hiphop di bagay.¬† ūüėõ


Been trying to lose weight lately.  But do you want to lose weight now?  You might wanna try Decaslim!

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I’ve started jogging a few weeks back.¬† Somehow, I realized, I need to take care of myself.¬† Too many people have told me that I was fatter than the last time they saw me.¬† I decided it was time to do something about my sordid situation.¬† And so I started jogging.¬† It felt really good, finally being able to pamper and think of myself, for a change.¬† Jogging provides endorphins, which makes me really happy (yeah, I know, it’s my natural drug).¬† I haven’t felt more relieved or happy in a while.¬† Finally, I’m feeling good about myself again.¬† I tend to forget myself sometimes, but not anymore.

Consecutively, I’ve also started my no-rice diet.¬† For several years I’ve been used with it, but I decided it’s contributing too much to my weight but too little to my well-being.¬† It’s been three weeks.¬† I figured I can live my life perfectly well without it.

I also dumped soft drinks.¬† I thought I couldn’t live without it, but now I realize I could.¬† I only drink water or fruit juices now.¬† It’s a big change, but I like it, it makes me feel good about myself.

More significant changes in my life are coming, including an admin job search and soul-searching for my future.

This is all too new for me.

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I don’t think there’s any better way to cap my last school year in college than spending it with bestest friends doing practically anything that catches our fancy.¬† We don’t care if we look like fools sitting on the pavement just to be able to catch the best view of the lantern parade.¬† We don’t care if we appear annoying laughing boisterously at a local pizza place because we’re having too much fun.¬† We don’t care if we’re ruining the atmosphere down at lover’s lane by our sintunado songs and laugh-out-loud commentaries about the fireworks.


Sa wakas! Nakumpleto rin tayong tatlo =)

We don’t care.¬† When you’re with friends, the last thing you could think about is caring about what other people would say.¬† And thanks to these two friends who have stuck with me all throughout, I was able to weather any storm that passed by this year.¬† I don’t think I’d be able to survive this hell year without them. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s been a while since I laughed so hard I almost fell from my seat!¬† Now I know that going into a comedy variety show with a slight sore throat can be VERY, VERY deadly.¬† All those performances were downright stressful and sometimes chilling to the bones!¬† All because… the performers are all professors from UP!¬† *gasp*


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I mean… Chancellor Cao singing a ballad with a suit on, and 5 seconds later he’s wearing a Hagibis jacket and belting out Manila, Manila?!¬† Or… National Artists Bienvenido Lumbera and Virgilio Almario doing a showdown of brains and beauty wearing girly outfits?! (This really shocked the hell out of me, but it got me thinking how versatile these people could be, all in the name of fun!)¬† I sank very low to my seat when our dean, who was the proverbial fashionista in our college, walked down the aisle a-la Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada (how apt!).¬† And then… Sir Jamon happened.¬† Director lang naman ng Unang Hirit… the lights went out (although no emergency lights were needed) and when it went back on we saw him going around the theater in just his underwear!¬† Ohmygulay.¬† What has this world come to?

In all fairness to our professors, I really enjoyed their performances.¬† It just goes to show how well-rounded UP Professors are, ready to let go of strictness and composure if it’s time to have fun.¬† Makes me more proud to be a UP student!

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It was to be a semestral break to remember.  Sadly, it was also our last semestral break together.


TGIS: True Gangsta Independent Style. Charot! =P

JM:  This is called GrandStanding.  Literally.  XP

JM: This is called GrandStanding. Literally. XP

Because of Janina’s sheer generosity (who willfully volunteered their Calatagan rest house), we were able to spend three days off our semestral break at their rest house in Calatagan, Batangas. Read the rest of this entry »

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christmas-snoopy-lights-treeMaking a wishlist is not a yearly holiday tradition for me, considering how this occasion has become such a driving force for consumerism and capitalism lately.¬† Okay, I did not just say that.¬† Hahaha.¬† Nope, that’s not the reason I don’t make Christmas wishlists.¬† It’s just that… I don’t really receive many gifts for Christmas, because I’m the ever pragmatic one, always asking for cash instead of gifts.¬† Ka-ching, ka-ching!

This year, however, I think it’s just apt that I make a wishlist since I figured my little material wishes lately are very cheap thrills practically anyone can afford (yes, even you, my two readers).¬† I’m not looking to receive a new gadget or a fantabulous piece of art or whatnot.¬† Just these simple trinkets of thoughtful action can surely put a wide smile on my face.¬† Here goes! Read the rest of this entry »

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We all have made and read our own reviews of Twilight, the movie about a teen vampire falling in love with an ordinary vampire-looking girl (hek hek).¬† Some of the reviews I’ve read have nothing but praises on the film, while most–probably the majority–think Twilight deserves a nail in the coffin.¬† Or more.

Now that most of the dust has settled, everyone’s baking their cake and serving it in minute amounts.¬† Twilight’s story is so simple most people seem to think they can do a better job than Catherine Hardwicke, taking matters into their own hands.

The question now is not how good or bad these renditions are, but, more appropriately: just how many permutations and renditions of Twilight out there?¬† Here’s two I found out:

The Puppet Version

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The VOX 2009 Yearbook Staff

It feels very comforting to know that I’m in the presence of greatness.¬† These people are the most amazing friends I have ever surrounded myself with.¬† They’re caring, they’re very much concerned and they’re very hardworking.¬† They won’t refuse to laugh at your jokes but they also make it a point to laugh at you (or refuse to laugh at you) when your jokes turn from hilarious to corny.¬† They’re one of the truest and most sincere bunch I’ve ever known, ready to face criticism or give one whenever needed.¬† Lastly, they’re all such great friends to have, ready to lend a hand whenever you need one. Read the rest of this entry »

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