Monthly Archives: April 2010

Sunday ∗ 25 Apr 2010

#33 and #37 on your ballots

choosing senators that are pro-RH. but here are the two I trust with my life. The Feminist: Liza Maza Liza Maza is the only feminist candidate for the Senate in 2010. As congresswoman of Gabriela Women’s Party for nine years, Liza authored crucial pro-woman laws like the Anti-Violence Against Women Act, Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act, and Magna Carta for Women, and is co-author of the RH Bill. Liza’s has been the one voice we can count on when it comes… Continue reading »

Wednesday ∗ 21 Apr 2010

Art thinks highly of itself in “The Death of Death”

A version of this was published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 19 2010, in the Arts and Books section. There was nothing exciting about the façade of the space where “The Death of Death (is alive and kicking”) (SM Art Center, 4th FL, SM Megamall) was being exhibited. On one side was a black tarp with the list of participating artists, on the other was a cartoon-like rendition of a skull. Between the dark colors and skull, this told… Continue reading »

20 days to go!

“Ninoy’s Testament From A Prison Cell and other writings might enlighten Noynoy a little about the Left. if there were no poverty and oppression, there would be no Left; snubbing and demonizing the Left (instead of finding a way for Left and Right to work together for the good of the whole) would not have been Ninoy’s way, is no way to honor Ninoy’s legacy, in fact it dishonors Ninoy’s legacy.” And while Stuart Santiago seems to have decided, I have yet… Continue reading »

Thursday ∗ 15 Apr 2010

the sadness of here in Ypil’s highest hiding place

a version of this was published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 14 2010. Lawrence Lacambra Ypil’s first books of poems has many things going against it, including the fact that it is poetry and that it is in English, both of which limit it to a particular audience. More importantly, it comes at a time when the kind of Philippine poetry in English that’s celebrated – if publication and recent award-winning collections are any indication – has been about… Continue reading »

Wednesday ∗ 14 Apr 2010

hypocrisy, plagiarism, and four (not just three) plagiarized speeches from MVP’s speechwriters

Jessica Zafra posted this in her blog, thank goodness for her, as I had been putting it off, even when it has been in my public Facebook account since yesterday morning. here is the list of three speeches and their sources that’s been going around, with an additional one — the first one — which hasn’t been posted before. 1. at the ateneo family congress, 2009 — MVP’s speech, original 1, original 2 2. at the opening of the new Ateneo lib, 2010… Continue reading »

Sunday ∗ 11 Apr 2010

When Indie Fails

a version of this was published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 7 2010. There are many things to say about the movie Red Shoes (directed by Raul Jorolan, written by James Ladioray), but it’s definitely not that it’s the year’s first best movie. Because this is nowhere near as good as Unitel Pictures’ other films (Inang Yaya, Pinoy Blonde, La Visa Loca, Crying Ladies), and nowhere close to being great at anything. In fact, to a certain extent, it… Continue reading »

Wednesday ∗ 07 Apr 2010

Why Sorry Ain’t Enough

Plagiarism is a major offense in the Ateneo de Manila University. Penalties range from disciplinary probation to suspension as outlined in your Student Handbook. Plagiarized work will receive a grade of zero. This section was part of all the syllabi I put together when I was teaching English and literature in the Ateneo de Manila University, most recently from 2005-2008. And this is why it will be very sad if Manny V. Pangilinan’s resignation/retirement isn’t accepted by the Board of… Continue reading »

Tuesday ∗ 06 Apr 2010

on rhetoric and presidential platforms

my chick-self writes for Female Network, and up today is my election to presidential platforms! what is missing here? is the question.

Saturday ∗ 03 Apr 2010

Missing Popoy and Basha: or What Do You Take Me For? Crazy?

Of course I Miss You Like Crazy had everything going for it. We still remember Popoy and Basha of One More Chance, even know some lines from the movie, and even now speak of UST’s soccer field in relation to it. The three-month rule of breakups has now become law, seeing as Popoy invoked it when he thought Basha had found another guy (and kailangan talaga si Derek Ramsey and mapagsususpetsahang bagong boyfriend). And their barkada, really, was what made… Continue reading »

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