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Archive for November, 2007

The whole country is abuzz with news lately, especially that of the recent bombing at the House of Representatives. Again, lives have been claimed and national security has been threatened. The culprits have yet to be identified and the motive behind the bombing remains to be seen.

What’s quite ironic is that we haven’t much recovered from the recent tragedy that has befallen us and yet here’s another one that we didn’t see coming. Of all places, how come the House of Representatives became the target of such a terroristic act? Suddenly nobody feels so safe anywhere, anymore. (more…)

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O diba, talagang pinilit ang title? Hehehe.

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Chronicles of Insomnia
I’m not really an insomniac. If you know me well enough I’m sure you’re aware of my very stable sleeping patterns. You also know that I can sleep absolutely anywhere at any sleeping position if I’m really sleepy, no matter how grave the circumstances or the surroundings may be. So yes, I’m not really an insomniac, except for days when I find myself pondering a troubling thought or I simply just can’t put myself to sleep. Say, just like last Monday night!

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Registration week hasn’t ended yet but classes have already begun last Friday. And how did the registration go?

Let’s put it in the context of this text message I got:

Magbiro ka na sa lasing at sa bagong gising…





…wag lang sa UP student na kagagaling lang sa enlistment!

So, to put it quite simply, registration was… (more…)

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For the first time in Pinoy Big Brother history, I shed a tear for a housemate who went out of the house. (Then I hid quickly behind the pillows before somebody notices that I’m crying because of freaking Gaby dela Merced)

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It’s very rare that I get to like a certain housemate. (more…)

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Everybody has a dream. Everyone craves for that one precious thing they long to have. And they do everything to achieve that dream. ANYTHING that could help them grab hold of that one thing which they’ve forever longed for.

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As a matter of fact, and I bet you didn’t see this coming, I have a dream. (Pardon this little Martin Luther-King homage) Aside for my dreams for my life and career, I have this one very materialistic dream.

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DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT EMO LIKE THIS. HAHA. Just so you know.

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It felt like everything just swooshed by. Within a blink of an eye, everything was gone. It’s over. I can’t get it back.

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Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 has got to be one of the most exciting seasons yet. A twisted set of housemates, twisted set of rules and a whole lot of twisted set of twists, if you know what I mean.

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This is the first season ever that a surprise house guest has been introduced into the Pinoy Big Brother prison house. We all loved how Mariel looked when she got the shock of her life that she was to become one of the housemates. How she knew it all along. How she hyperventilated. How her manager Boy Abunda consoled her. In the end, she accepted the fact and blended with the housemates.

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Several months ago, the National Press Club commissioned the Neo-Angono Artists Collective to do an 8-foot mural on the topic of Press Freedom. Here’s is their final product:

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It is a very compelling representation of the past and current state of Press Freedom here in the Philippines, what with freedom fighters Chino Roces, Marcelo del Pilar, Ninoy Aquino, Eugenia Duran-Apostol, Letty Jimenez Magsanoc and several others depicted in the painting.

A unique feature of the mural is the fact that the faces of the people in this man-on-the-street scene are media figures, press freedom icons and presidents of the National Press Club seen mingling with common and unnamed people. They are depicted or cast, not in their usual fighting stance, or projected stereotypically, but in a light and casual manner to suggest that journalists are like everybody else in the streets; that despite the threats to their lives for telling and reporting the truth, the journalists’ passion redounds to the same dream of ordinary citizens who want nothing more than to reap the benefits of transparency, public accountability and good governance, a society free from the clutch of poverty and corruption, and advancing press freedom – ideals which journalists fight for.

A similar distinct feature of the mural is that writers and journalists in various moments of historical juncture are (re)contextualized and reconfigured.

For this reason, it might initially escape belief and comprehension – and even solicit fun – that Joaquin “Chino” Roces is preventing a child (symbol for an emerging imperialist America) from shooting a bird resting on the street signage titled “Kalayaan”;Marcelo del Pilar rummaging through a garbage can for a cigarette stub and being furtively handed a letter by Mariano Ponce under a street sign labeled “La Solidaridad”; Eugenia Apostol smirking on the declaration of Martial Law; Epifanio de los Santos and Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc debating on the hot issues of the day; Antonio Luna, also an NPC hall of famer, being interviewed by journalists covering a rally of protesting journalists; or Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino listening pensively to Dr. Jose Rizal’s point on the issue of abduction and the “desaparecidos.”

From the Neo-Angono Artists Collective Website

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thailand1011.jpgMarking his return to the Philippine Blogging scene with a fresh domain, a brand-spanking new layout and a whooping crossover to the WordPress side of things (Mwahahaha welcome, welcome!), Coy comes back with a bang unleashing one of the coolest advocacy writing projects to date–uBlog, iVlog.

If you don’t know Coy, then you probably missed half of your blogging life. (Haha) Without much pretense (and with much bravado), I’d say Coy is the mainland Philippines equivalent of HappySlip when it comes to Video Blogging (oha, oha, major pimping na ‘to!! Sponsored post? Haha). Though he’s not on the acting side of things (you very rarely see him acting for his vlogs), he can make kick-ass videos which he nicknamed as “pictovlogs.” Where he got the idea for the name is beyond me. Haha.

Anyway, if you haven’t checked out any of his videos I recommend this vlog (entitled Found) about Philippine Independence Day (which, for me, is his best as of late) and this vlog (entitled Paglipas) about a chick with a dangerously ascerbic wit which got featured in ANC’s Media in Focus (unfortunately for Coy, he didn’t get the credit that is due him).

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There are a lot of things that the show Grey’s Anatomy makes us realize. Well, I guess I’m speaking for myself here but I tell the truth when I say the show brings life lessons to all its viewers.

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But aside from realizations Grey’s Anatomy also brought us “Seriously,” “Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me,” and, my favorite as of the moment, “Hovering.” Do you even know what it means? Haha.

In any case, whatever the word means, I believe that’s what I’ve been doing the past few days. Hovering. Getting the view from a distance. Disconnecting. Disengaging, as Cooper from Private Practice says.

It’s alright for the first few minutes but you know it gets worse when you get a call from a new friend telling you to get your act together because you may stop but the world wouldn’t and you must keep going because life’s not gonna wait for you to shape up and get back up to your feet.

Aaaahh, the suckiness of life and vague blog posts.

IN ANY CASE I’m done with the hovering and hopefully, I’m gonna force myself to deal with my demons and face life anew. To those I’ve bothered so much I’m very, very sorry for this momentary dose of insanity which may have ruined a fraction of your life.

Happy Halloween everyone. I got quite a scare this Halloween. Have you?

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