Monthly Archives: December 2011

Friday ∗ 30 Dec 2011

on Asiong Salonga, from one of the few Tunay na Lalakes i love

while i try and wrap my head around the mere existence of this movie, here’s a male voice i trust and love because it is consistent and self-conscious and always intelligent, even as it is Pinoy male macho. Ang tunay na lalake ay walang abs (At iba pang komento sa pelikulang Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story) ni Yol Jamendang Eto ang lagay – matagal na, matagal na matagal na akong hindi nakakakita ng trailer ng pelikulang Pilipino na may… Continue reading »

Monday ∗ 26 Dec 2011

on volunteerism, and the disaster of a government

the cultural discourse on bayanihan and the Filipino’s propensity for kindness and reaching out has undoubtedly changed since the disaster that was Ondoy in 2009. then, relief efforts were galvanized online, like a grand display of how we could all be heroes, how we could help in our own ways, with narratives on heroism cutting across artistas going on their boats and surfboards to help out those stranded on the rooftops of their homes, with the nameless | faceless pinoys… Continue reading »

the question of CareDivas*

Because CareDivas was one of those plays that everyone was raving about, that got TV exposure because celebrities sponsored whole shows, that was celebrated for being an original Pinoy comedy musical. Of course that it dealt with homosexuality must have had much to do with those raves, though as with anything and especially a stage production, there is more to this than just the fact of its subject matter.

Thursday ∗ 22 Dec 2011

#sendong relief drive!

will be joining bloggers_united and other bloggers for this tomorrow: old books from my and stuartsantiago‘s shelves, and some CDs from past lives / tastes / interests. do come! you might find something you like, and we can chika. :) cheers!

Wednesday ∗ 21 Dec 2011

take it personally

“An old student once quoted to me Allan Gurganus’ remark that it was the writer’s job to take the world personally. I think that that’s true. When I read about The Who or John Ashcroft, or the disaster at Chernobyl, I’m reading about it because I’m interested in the subject, and by interested I mean to suggest that not only my intellect but my emotions have been engaged. And when I’m reading, I’m trying to read receptively; that is, I’m… Continue reading »

Tuesday ∗ 20 Dec 2011

and just like that…

By Joel Santiago I practically exhorted my Mom into writing in fairness to the president. “This is a show of force, a fierce display of political will,” I said. This is how he’ll get things done in Philippines politics — with change happening so fast it’ll make the trapos’ heads spin. And isn’t this how you’d want it? The only possible way it can happen? The only way to dig out of our entrenchment in the status quo? (Yeah, I was… Continue reading »

Monday ∗ 19 Dec 2011

nasaan si PNoy? or where’s the party?

and this isn’t even about the fact of those tweets from the celebrity guests at what apparently was a christmas party in Malacanang on Sunday, December 18 — which cannot be denied, such is the curse of tweeting, such is the power of screen grabs / captures, and no those women weren’t irresponsible, they were being themselves. what is irresponsible is the fact that there’s talk at all of a party happening at this point in the most powerful halls of… Continue reading »

Sunday ∗ 18 Dec 2011

nasaan ang pag-asa?

this timeline via typhoonk shows how Sendong was being monitored a full week, since december 9, as a potential storm that at some point was considered part of “hurricane season.” PAGASA announces that a storm was headed our way on december 15, at 5pm, with nary a warning of how dangerous it would be. the storm hit Mindanao the following day, the 16th, and as predicted through CDO and Iligan in the middle of the night. How can a typhoon… Continue reading »

Thursday ∗ 15 Dec 2011

in fairness to the president

via stuartsantiago. and then really i realized PNoy didn’t order the release of any political detainee / prisoner on human rights day. perspective on the wheel of justice.

Monday ∗ 12 Dec 2011

the Marge and Jeremy show

i’m one to dish it out and so i know to take it, too. and i will apologize, i will admit to my own faults, as i already have in this case. but Mr. Jeremy Baer has not only attacked me twice, refusing to accept my apology; Dra. Margarita Holmes has also moved the discussion from her and my private Facebook pages to her Facebook fanpage. and so it seems about right to take this one on with as much… Continue reading »

Sunday ∗ 11 Dec 2011

for Dr. Margie Holmes, an apology

Dear Tita Marge, This is in light of what has turned out to be bigger than the kind reprimand that you gave me re the Rhian and Mo piece. I apologize that my response was such, but I had taken my cue from you as you kept saying it was a minor thing, both in the private message you sent me and the one on your Facebook wall. This edit was sent to my editor right after I read your… Continue reading »

when pop pervades

which is not to say that nothing else is happening in nation, as it is to say that sometimes what happens in popular culture is what pervades our everyday, a measure of how TV and social media bombardment sometimes takes over, and we can barely even catch up, or prepare for it. the piolo predicament hit a record number of shares for gmanewsonline, but they’ve lost the numbers and it started from scratch again. it hit 90k shares before they… Continue reading »

Wednesday ∗ 07 Dec 2011

why free Ericson Acosta

Ninoy Aquino and Ericson Acosta might seem light years away from each other, and yet i’d like to think that more than what makes them different, what carries weight here is what makes them the same. illegal detention, trumped up charges, a military blinded by getting some “big fish” and not getting enough of the red scare, being forced to face your accusers everyday, being removed from and having limited access to the outside world, being treated like some dangerous… Continue reading »

Saturday ∗ 03 Dec 2011

reputation, credibility, disclaimer

if you look at the comments section of the bad vibes for NAIA 1 rehab piece, it’s easy to see how pouncing on the Cobonpue-Layug-Pineda team became the order of the day. especially after the Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture (PRBoA) released a statement questioning the three’s reputation and credibility vis a vis their “right” to even be working on the NAIA 1 project. yesterday, the PRBoA issued this disclaimer: it’s bad enough that we totally missed the point when… Continue reading »

Friday ∗ 02 Dec 2011

Dear Teddy Boy Locsin

I believe you were trying to be funny and witty, your followers will say ah, it was satire. But truth to tell there was nothing here that could be taken as constructive criticism really, and therefore there was no reason, there is no justification, for the kind of homophobia, the kind of discrimination, that was in that piece you call the NAIA Mess. And since those words you used couldn’t function as satire, in the end it’s all just literal,… Continue reading »

because you still wrongly think that Cobonpue-Layug-Pineda were not given this project by govt

Guillermo Luz Statement on the NAIA 1 Project Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to this briefing on the NAIA project. This is really about a dream, a vision, for creating a better image of the country through a series of projects, within which people could participate and relive the spirit of Bayanihan. One of these projects was the rehabilitation of the NAIA. People were invited to participate in this project and work alongside government, and today we will… Continue reading »

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