Monthly Archives: November 2011

Sunday ∗ 27 Nov 2011

bad vibes for NAIA 1 rehab

for a PNoy government that talks about the matuwid na daan, which is to say doing things correctly and properly and justly, they sure know how to reveal themselves to be on some dirt road. so yes, NAIA 1 is the worst airport in the world, i know that, and i will not pretend otherwise. but of course it will take international disgust over the airport for some change to happen, and in October a world-renowned team composed of Cobonpue-Layug-Pineda… Continue reading »

Thursday ∗ 24 Nov 2011

on PNoy’s 1% of Hacienda Luisita

when Malacanang (via Lacierda) invokes the fact that PNoy’s family only has 1% of Hacienda Luisita, what does that mean?  1% of 6443 hectares = 64.43 hectares of land. what is 64.43 hectares of land? Intramuros is 64 hectares. SM Mall of Asia is only 42 hectares The La Mesa Eco Park is 33 hectares (extraneous to the watershed and forest) The Heritage Park in Taguig (we’re talking the cemetery) is 76 hectares Ateneo de Manila University is 83 hectares 1%? STOP… Continue reading »

lives were lost

we should not forget. regardless of the success that is the distribution of Hacienda Luisita among farmer-beneficiaries.  

Wednesday ∗ 23 Nov 2011

The (Un-)Worth of Words*

Because there are no words, none worth using to talk about the Ampatuan Massacre, no words worthy of lives lost to such violence, to such power. What we should’ve been was out on the streets, angry, fearless, pointing a finger at (giving the finger to) the system that has been feeding private armies. But none of that happened. Instead we were quiet and enraged, watching the news at home, receiving word about the rumored real reason behind the encounter, which… Continue reading »

Monday ∗ 21 Nov 2011

machismo according to Malacanang

this comes a wee bit late in the day — as i write this the early morning shows are talking about what can happen today to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. and i’m with you when you think: karma’s a bitch ain’t it. stuartsantiago‘s got us all covered on the whys and wherefores and gone wrongs in the unfolding of GMA’s arrest. but lest no one else points it out, there is something tragic in the undercurrent of kamachohan, of good ol’ Pinoy… Continue reading »

Friday ∗ 18 Nov 2011

Rodel Tapaya WINS!

Grand Prize, Signature Art Prize 2011! that’s out of 130 nominated works and 15 finalists from the Asia Pacific. and no, this prize isn’t the one based on people’s votes ha. wherefore art thou Pinoy pride? Baston ni Kabunian, Bilang Pero di Mabilang (Cane of Kabunian, numbered but cannot be counted) image from here. more info up at the Singapore Art Museum FB page.

Wednesday ∗ 16 Nov 2011

on Manolo Sicat’s Matayataya

White is what greets you when you enter the gallery that’s been transformed into a playground by Manolo Sicat’s Matayataya. The first reaction is one of joy: the kind that play allows, no matter how old we get, especially because it is reminiscent of the kids that we were when the streets were safe to play in. But it sinks in soon enough: play here is everything and violent, because the streets have changed, because the streets are now testament to… Continue reading »

Tuesday ∗ 15 Nov 2011

Notes on TEDx Diliman: ideas worth sharing? #4 & #5!

TEDx Talks are independently organized TED talks across the world, which is about “riveting talks by remarkable people.” TEDx Diliman was my first. This is a review of each of the TED talks that were part of it, done in 18 minutes or less, because that’s the time limit of a TED Talk. Read more about TED here, and check out this really good video on TEDx here. Fernando Sena: How to draw an eye with all due respect to someone who “needs… Continue reading »

Friday ∗ 11 Nov 2011

Aquilizan-loving!

Because objects tie us to home, the things we carry are about the self we want to keep. Where there is no packing lightly when objects come to represent who we are, where we’ve been, where we hope to go. Where the usefulness of objects becomes secondary to the task of keeping, if not holding tight, lest self and memory and meaning are lost in the act of leaving. But notions of migration – not just movement – are carried by the… Continue reading »

Thursday ∗ 10 Nov 2011

notes on TEDx Diliman: ideas worth spreading? #3!

TEDx Talks are independently organized TED talks across the world, which is about “riveting talks by remarkable people.” TEDx Diliman was my first. This is a review of each of the TED talks that were part of it, done in 18 minutes or less, because that’s the time limit of a TED Talk. Read more about TED here, and check out this really good video on TEDx here. Glecy Atienza on Buhay: Theater for Life what Ma’am Glecy had going for her TEDx… Continue reading »

Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo & Jett Pangan FTW!

and on Next To Normal: Which brings me to Pangan, who’s the best that I’ve seen him here. Without the trappings of a more complex because highly fictionalized or fantastic role, with only the seeming simplicity of a father and husband character, what’s here is pure unadulterated Pangan, and a voice that can move from optimism to helplessness to nostalgic in equal turns. But it’s in that breakdown scene that Pangan proves himself theater actor, with anguish that echoes with… Continue reading »

Tuesday ∗ 08 Nov 2011

on “pseudo-history” & the end of discourse

let’s begin with the fact that this video/docu was well done, shall we? it’s 15 minutes, with more information than we get out of a regular TV documentary, had no voice over, had short effective copy, great animation, a clear narrative line. and the best questions: who are the Cojuangcos, why have they gotten away with murder — literal and figuratively — in this country? that it has gone viral, which is to say its hits are at 337,048 as… Continue reading »

Monday ∗ 07 Nov 2011

notes on TEDx Diliman: ideas worth spreading? #2!

TEDx Talks are independently organized TED talks across the world, which is about “riveting talks by remarkable people.” TEDx Diliman was my first. This is a review of each of the TED talks that were part of it, done in 18 minutes or less, because that’s the time limit of a TED Talk. Read more about TED here, and check out this really good video on TEDx here. Aureus Solito and his search for magic what struck me about Aureus Solito’s TEDx talk… Continue reading »

Saturday ∗ 05 Nov 2011

notes on TEDx Diliman: ideas worth spreading?

TEDx Talks are independently organized TED talks across the world, which is about “riveting talks by remarkable people.” TEDx Diliman was my first. This is a review of each of the TED talks that were part of it, done in 18 minutes or less, because that’s the time limit of a TED Talk. Read more about TED here, and check out this really good video on TEDx here. Roby Alampay on freedom is our competitive advantage the thing with saying… Continue reading »

Friday ∗ 04 Nov 2011

admitting to class differences, the dream of readers at home: Butch Dalisay and Phil writing

<…> if these two talks of Dalisay are any indication <…> what our texts have and what ails our texts by default given colonial history <is that> we are out of the Commonwealth loop <…> and while American colonization gave us the English that we use for our writing, we all seem to have forgotten that, and we’re like the bastard children that appear at the family Christmas dinner. There are no favors to be had from our colonial fathers… Continue reading »

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