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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There is something about the witching hour of three in the morning that puts my writing senses on hyperdrive.  There is something about the obvious silence of the house disturbed solely by the whirring of a nearby fan.  There is something in the fact that you are the only one awake and everybody else is sleeping.  There is something in all these and more–this is the time of the day when the writer in me takes over, splits myself into two like Tyler Durden in Fight Club, conversing with each other even if they’re one and the same.

I need coffee makers.  I need drugs.  I need stress!  I need something that could get me into this trance every once in a while.


I have renewed my long-forgotten addiction to Facebook lately, thanks to encouraging friends who did nothing but influence my life decisions lately.  And because this time is simply a “transitional period” in the school year (those difficult two months sandwiched by two long and lazy vacations), we’re not on our toes and would haphazardly skip classes in the name of thesis (yeah, right), among other things.

So sue me.  I promise I’d get back on my feet come January. Read the rest of this entry »

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Citizen Journalism is at its peak these days, thanks to the power of blogging and the steady increase of broadband subscribers in the country.  If you’re new to the medium and want to find out ways on how to effectively put it to good use, you might want to attend the Pinoy Citizen Journalism Seminar entitled “May Kwenta ba kamo?  E-Kuwento mo!” organized by Pinoy Weekly, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, Computer Professionals Union and Agham-Youth, in cooperation with Read the rest of this entry »

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WORK.  It has been catching up with me lately.  And sometimes, a little bit too swiftly.

So ano ang latest chismis?! *hagikgik*

We had our overnight press work last Friday over at Repro printers, the first of a series of all-nighters we’d have to pull if we plan on releasing VOX, our college yearbook, in time for graduation. Read the rest of this entry »

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If you’ve watched the cinemas lately, you might have come across this hilariously-made trailer of Brad Pitt and George Clooney about an ordinary guy who finds a stash of confidential CIA files and deals on what to do with them.  I saw this trailer once during High School Musical and I promised myself I’d watch it once it came out.

Burn After Reading looks like a really good comedy spy movie without all the slapstick antics.  For one, I think Brad Pitt’s really done a good job on this one.  Just watching the trailer made laugh so hard.  Add George Clooney to the picture and what do you get?  An Ocean’s Eleven reunion no less!  And I know everyone loved that star-studded movie.  I think this one’s gonna be just as cool and helluva funnier, that’s why I want to see it!

In any case, Nuffnang, an asian advertising network, is sponsoring the preem of this movie next week, and I thought, “Hey, I want in!”  Haha.  I do hope I can get in.  It’s a great way to start this oh-so-stressful sem.  :P

Disclosure:  I serve nuffnang ads on this blog.  =)

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The most hotly contested seat in the world has finally gained the man who will sit on its throne as Barack Obama, the first ever African-American President of the United States of America, sweeps the Presidential elections with a staggering landslide.

Many have projected an Obama win early on in the presidential race but McCain fought ’til the end.  Now that the US has decided the fate of its country, it’s time for us, Filipinos, to ruminate on our own. Read the rest of this entry »

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