Friday, October 29, 2004


Pia Faustino, the girl who wanted people to buy her dream (and Jam's crush) is featured in the latest Newbreak. The article also mentions that she'll be working for the DepEd soon.

Michael L. Tan talks about the Muslim prayer room issue in Greenhills and compares it to right-wing French legislation banning Muslim headscarves for women in Paris public schools.

Robert X. Cringely predicts that next weeks US Presidential Elections will be much more lopsided than expected, with a Kerry victory not reflected in polls because of pollsters' use of landlines and the increasing dependence of young voters on cellphones. Of course, this is reminiscent of the infamous 1936 Literary Digest survey, which drew samples from telephone directories and was not representative of the population (and was thus dead-wrong in its prediction of a Republican victory).

Eminem throws his hat into the political arena, with a new video Mosh that according to, makes "Fahrenheit 9/11" look like a GOP campaign spot.

Manolo Quezon has a hilarious column about women's natural odors.


LRT Line 2 now stretches all the way to Recto.

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

No more curse

The Boston Red Sox just won their first World Series since 1918, with a sweep against Ian's favorite St. Louis Cardinals (heh, sorry, can't resist).

The most touching piece I've read about the passion of the Red Sox Nation actually came out earlier, before the Sox won the series. Boston Sports Guy Bill Simmons (the best sportswriter on the Internet, bar none) wrote a touching column about Red Sox fans and what this victory would mean for them. Among other things, he detailed the people the Sox ought to be winning the game for, which was inspired by a thread in a Red Sox fan board.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Kapuso, anumang kulay... ng buhay

I just got a new job. No points for figuring out where it'll be.

I won't be starting until sometime in November, so I've still got a couple of weeks to go here in this old company. It's hard to keep track of things here though, given how excited I am about the new job. It's not like any other job I could get out there in the market.

Funny thing, when I tell people where I'll be working, the exchange always goes something like this:

Them: "Ano namang gagawin mo dun?"

Me: "Eh 'di mag-a-artista."

Friday, October 22, 2004

Have a pleasant weekend everyone!

And to cap off the week on a great mood, please read this article by Patricia Evangelista talking about people we really ought to be proud of as a country. You may remember Ms. Evangelista as the University of the Philippines student who won honor for the country at the International Speaking Competition held in London earlier this year, with her piece 'Borderless world does not preclude the idea of a home'.

And because sucks and the articles there will be expiring soon, here's the text of the article.


Inquirer columnist and University of the Philippines professor Michael L. Tan has an interesting two-part essay on the outsourcing industry in the country. Very good read, especially for people like myself who make a living in this industry.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Aura and Mystique

Ha, the Boston Red Sox have completed the greatest comeback since Lazarus, recovering from being three outs away from elimination and a 0-3 series deficit against the Evil Yankees Empire to reach the World Series for the first time since 1986.

So, is it fair to expect meteors to start falling down upon us?

Well, maybe not yet, since they've yet to win the World Series. They're still waiting for the winner between St. Louis and Houston, although if the series goes according to script, they'd be facing the Astros. Houston not only features Red Sox enemy no. 1 Roger Clemens, but the Massachussetts versus Texas angle would be representative of another important competition in America this fall.

Regardless, it was a truly historic feat by the Red Sox, and against the Yankees at that. Yesterday's game was truly a Rocky moment, and watching the re-run last night, I was just waiting for the announcers to start screaming, "He's cut! The Russian is cut!" With a few swings of the bat, the Red Sox demolished 85 years worth of the Yankees' aura and mystique.

Of course, Boston ace and Game 6 hero Curt Schilling said it best a few years ago, after leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to win the World Series against the Yankees.

"Aura and Mystique are dancers in a nightclub."


'Di ka masaya, pagod na ako, tapusin na natin ito...

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Greatest comeback

Unbelievable! The Boston Red Sox just climbed back from an 0-3 deficit against the New York Yankees in the ALCS to tie the series. It's the first time in Major League Baseball history that a team down 0-3 has been able to force a game 7.

As I noted earlier, I caught the first three games on TV last week, as I saw New York completely decimate the Sox. I haven't caught any of the games during the comeback, which included two record-setting marathon games as well as the return of Boston ace Curt Schilling, instead relying on updates from Sporting News Radio and Yahoo's Baseball Page.

Game 7 is scheduled for tomorrow. Go Red Sox!

Tuesday, October 19, 2004


Former CMC Dean Luis Teodoro, in his latest article, writes about the relevance of the University of the Philippines in today's society, in light of the upcoming elections for the UP Presidency.

He didn't paint a pretty picture, to say the least:

Unfortunately, like most UP students who couldn’t care less, the public is not overly interested in who’s going to run UP for the next six years, primarily because they can’t see what relevance UP has to them.

True, some parents still think a UP education’s the surest way to riches, mostly through a UP College of Law or College of Medicine degree. But even that’s giving way to the thought that sending Junior to STI or AMA instead for a care-giver’s course so he can learn how to scour bedpans in a US nursing home could be simpler and even better.

This is UP’s current tragedy. Its relevance to Filipinos during the last several decades has become limited to how much more a UP degree can guarantee a good job than other universities–and even that belief is fading. What’s worse is that the more discerning, including some UP alumni themselves, tend to see UP as an institution that at the very least owes the Filipino people an explanation.


Considering the state of the country, and the pre-eminence of UP alumni in keeping it firmly on the road to economic, political and judicial perdition, shouldn’t UP be actually apologizing to the country rather than crowing about how many senators, justices, congressmen, presidents and secretaries of economic development and planning it has contributed to the government–not to mention the hordes of crooked lawyers, operators and corrupt businessmen it’s graduated?

But of even greater interest is how UP can change all that in the future, in terms of how the training it provides can actually make people ethical as well as skilled–in the arts of governance, for example, or in the practice of law, or, for that matter, in the mass media–so that, if they do end up in government, they can help end corruption rather than contribute to it.

In addition, it was asked during the same consultation, can’t UP training do something about the “departure-lounge syndrome"–meaning the widespread desire to leave the country to make money abroad the minute one gets a diploma? It’s not only the graduates of Fatima College of Medicine who make for the airport upon passing the Medical Board exams, after all. Entire UP College of Medicine classes have also been known to leave for the US within months of graduation.


UP has no other recourse but to find the road that would lead to something other than collective perdition. Otherwise the Filipino people might as well save their money and shut down UP, or else just keep it hobbling along in slow decay. Its sole consolation would then be only the fact that, at least, Maj. Gen. Carlos F. Garcia and all those stalwarts of Philippine Military Academy class 1971 now under investigation for corruption and various other offenses are not its alumni, and that there’s actually a school other than UP Filipinos can blame for the country’s woes.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Back, again

Some more stuff I had meant to post about earlier, but didn't get the chance to:


Hi guys. I've been away for the last few days. How has everyone been?

Anyway, here are some items I would probably have yammered on endlessly about if I hadn't been away these last few days:

Monday, October 11, 2004


In his column today at, Manuel L. Quezon III talks about the brewing controversy in Greenhills over the decision of the management of the shopping center to build a mosque inside the center's premises.

Among the most vocal opponents of this proposal is Max Soliven, publisher of the Philippine Star and Greenhills resident. In a series of columns, Soliven described the influx of Muslim traders into the area as a threat to their security, going so far as to suggest that the plan to build a mosque was a front to build a terrorist headquarters right there in the Greenhills area.

Fortunately, Quezon offers a more sober argument to Soliven's position:

I have seen the Muslims in Greenhills gathered together in hallways and other makeshift locations, kneeling on the floor and praying, as non-Muslim shoppers, with curiosity and fear on their faces, stroll by and stare at them. Surely, considering the requirements of Islam, and the sizeable number of Muslims who show up for work in Greenhills, they are entitled to pray in a place that affords them some dignity, quiet and peace.


But then you have the opposition of Greenhills residents. It is an opposition based on experience, but also, on an unhealthy dose of bigotry. In large part, the solutions being offered are unsatisfactory because of ignorance of the requirements of Islam. Given the strict and periodic prayer times required, could there be any other solution than building a place for Muslims to pray in?

It is an unfortunate fact that bigotry against Muslim Filipinos is still fairly widespread in our country. What is unacceptable, however, is that the publisher of one of the most widely-circulated broadsheets in this country also harbors this same kind of bigotry, when in fact his position in society requires an open mind to such issues as to provide a journalistic beacon for his readership.

Then again, that may be too much to ask for considering who is involved. The last time Soliven was embroiled in a controversy, he was accused (along with his partner Manuel 'Babe' Romualdez) of libel by Presidential Adviser Roberto Romulo. The duo allegedly engaged in a villification campaign in the Philippine Star after Romualdez' PR firm contract with Malacañang was not renewed after Romulo's recommendations.

Up, up, and away

Christopher Reeve, 1952-2004
Actor, Sportsman, Super Hero


Ha, Purefoods won again, this time against Coke! Kerby Raymundo and Noy Castillo topscored, but everyone who watched the game last night saw that Paul Artadi sparked the third-quarter comeback from a 15-point deficit.

Artadi was all over the floor, anchoring the Purefoods zone at the top of the key (they gave different looks, playing 1-3-1 and 1-2-2 instead of the usual 2-3), getting his hand on every lose ball, pushing the ball up the floor, and basically sticking a fork on Johnny A's back (he's done).

So Purefoods is now on top of the standings, alongside defending All-Filipino Champs Talk N Text, who are enjoying an inexplicable resurgence from Mark Telan (which prompted most PBA fans to remark, "Mark Telan's still alive?")

And this from a team whose starting shooting guard looks like Edu Manzano and starting small forward is an Elvis impersonator. Then again, our team captain looks a lot like Alvin Patrimonio (that is, until he takes the court, and then he starts playing like Allen Patrimonio).

Btw, Jona, I think we'll be watching the game live again this Friday... sino ulit iki-kiss ko para sa 'yo? Si Zaldy Realubit?

(And now, because this seems to be working...)

Frankly, I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Maybe it's injuries (James Yap went down again last night and didn't return in the second half), maybe it's Ryan Gregorio, maybe it's Jun Limpot, but I can feel something's about to go wrong and we'll finish in last place once again.

(Hey, at least we'll get Arwind Santos at the next draft.)

Friday, October 08, 2004




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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Happily admitting I was wrong

So whaddya know, Purefoods actually beat Ginebra last night, 104-87. The final score was actually closer than the game, as Purefoods led by 23 at the end of the third and never looked back.

It certainly looked like a different Purefoods team. A new face in the Purefoods bench, assistant coach (and FEU head coach) Koy Banal did a lot of coaching on the sidelines, and yeah, Purefoods did play a lot like his FEU teams. The team seemed poised and relaxed, and took care of the ball well enough on offense to prevent Ginebra's running game from getting off.

It wasn't just Purefoods playing well though, because Ginebra stunk it up too. They played listless defense, and only Caguioa and Helterbrand showed energy. Plus, while Caguioa top-scored for the Gins, he forced several fadeaway jumpers just as Purefoods was pulling away in the third, instead of dumping the ball down low to Eric Menk. Oh well, as the saying goes: Mark the Spark giveth, Mark the Spark taketh away.

But moving on, I think I may be on to something with this whole reverse jinx thing. It seemed to have worked with the Fighting Maroons, and who could argue with last night's results?

So I'm predicting that Purefoods will lose all of their remaining games here in the All-Filipino conference.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004


I know this is old news, but I'm posting this for the sake of Jam, who may not have seen it yet.


I scored tickets for tomorrow night's Purefoods-Ginebra game at the Araneta, and I've got an extra ticket. Anyone want to come?

By the way, as a lifelong Purefoods fan, I'm totally expecting them to get pasted by Ginebra. They've finished last for what now, five conferences running? I don't expect them to do much better this conference either, not as long as Ryan Gregorio (the bane of every Purefoods fan's existence) is at the helm.

Then again, I'm the same idiot who predicted an 0-12 slate for the Fighting Maroons, so if Purefoods does really well this conference, I will happily admit that I was wrong.

(Of course, if they do stink it up, I will happily admit that I was right.)

But it should still be fun to watch, with King James and Mark the Spark trading bombs. I just don't understand why they put the game on a Wednesday night instead of a weekend, when it features the league's best box-office matchup. Ginebra is, of course, the most popular team in the league, while Purefoods, even with the terrible record, still has the most popular old guy (Cap) and the most popular new ones (Yap and Artadi).

(Yeah, San Miguel is right up there in terms of fan support, but Danny I is a wuss.)

So there. See you tomorrow night!

Monday, October 04, 2004


I was channel-surfing late last night when I caught the whole US Presidential Debate on C-Span (I had only seen clips and read transcripts until then).

It was the first time I saw either candidate speak (relatively) extemporaneously, and I was quite surprised. I was surprised by how well John Kerry spoke and how well he articulated his ideas, especially since I had followed the Democratic primaries and I always found Kerry to be rather unexciting (his running mate, John Edwards, was the best speaker in the bunch, not to mention the most handsome; if Filipinos were voting, I bet he would have won).

I was also surprised with Bush's performance, and I realized just how dead-on Will Ferrell's impression of him was. Seriously, while he was speaking, I was half-expecting him to throw, "Don't mess with Texas" out there, and I wouldn't have been surprised if he closed the debate with, "Live, from New York, it's Saturday Night!"

Watching the video of the debate, I realized that the Bush people's strategy for the night involved calling Kerry a flip-flopper as much as he could. The label has unfortunately stuck, which is a testament to the power of the right-wing American media, and ironic as well, since Bush has done much more flip-flopping on issues.

In fact, I distinctly remember a Daily Show special segment where Jon Stewart moderated a debate between President George W. Bush, and the only man tough enough to stand up to him: Texas Gov. George W. Bush. They showed clips of Dubya as president and as a presidential candidate making opposite statements, highlighting the differences between what Bush was saying as a candidate, and what he actually did as President.

And on that note, in honor of Jon Stewart, I leave you with this week's Filipino Moment of Zen courtesy of the Hon. Senator Lito Lapid:

[Sen. Lapid was explaining] the reason why testimonies of escort girls identifying their alleged legislator-clients behind closed doors or in "executive" session should not be disclosed.

Sen. Lito Lapid reasoned out: "Kung meron man, huwag na sana banggitin pangalan dahil siyempre kung nagbayad naman, wala naman silang kasalanan. Nagbayad naman."

[ from William Esposo, Online Columnist ]

Friday, October 01, 2004


The first US Presidential Debate was held earlier today, and it seems like John Kerry did pretty well for himself. The debate focused on American foreign policy and security, most importantly in Iraq, which had long been played up as the Democrats' weak points. Several network polls suggest that majority of the people who watched the debate though Kerry won it, while Bush didn't win too many fans with his performance.

My favorite debate analysis comes from Aaron McGruder, the creator of the biting comic series The Boondocks:

"Bush got his ass whupped," McGruder told CNN’s Aaron Brown.

"The elephant in the room" that no TV pontificators will dare acknowledge, he observed, is that Bush "is incredibly dumb...he can’t articulate, he can’t complete a full sentence, and he’s our president."

[via ]

The Daily Kos adds:

Holy shit, [Bush is] winging it, and it's painful.


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