Monday, April 29, 2013

Sa Wakas: A New Pinoy Rock Musical

I’ve only seen two musical plays in my whole life.* That’s pathetic for someone who claims to love musicals. Well, I’ve seen quite a lot of movie musicals from the classical Hollywood era (Yey, Film 140!) and from the genre’s renaissance in recent years, but seeing one live is totally different and is much more awesome. There are no re-takes, editing, and other post-production shiz involved, just raw talent.

So when Rhea blogged about "Sa Wakas: A New Pinoy Rock Musical" I immediately checked the schedules and persuaded Mary to watch it with me (it didn’t take a lot of convincing hehe).  

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Malcolm Madness

I was sorting my laptop files a few minutes ago and these came up:

Walang basagan ng trip. Hahaha.

this is news

It’s sad that we are flooded with Kris Aquino’s inanities while we are not made aware of stuff like this. 

"Time Magazine’s 2013 listing of the 100 most influential people in the world included two Filipinos: President Benigno Aquino and Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, a pediatric immunologist from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga
And yet, despite the groundbreaking impact of her work, she remains largely unacknowledged in her own country.

Luzuriaga —whose father is Filipino and who still does, in fact, speak Filipino— was part of an all-woman medical team acknowledged for the first cure of a baby with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the cause of AIDS."

Read the full report here.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Because I'm such a huge fan of karate (haha), I hopped on a bus to Clark and watched the SEAKF Karate-do Championships.

Dahil sa Twitter lang ako marunong magtaray.
Her opponent, Chun-Li.
It was fun seeing karatekas from various Southeast Asian countries wearing their colors. Parang law students lang sa Starbucks, pagandahan ng jacket. :-) I must say Team Philippines' has the best design, although I feel kinda iffy because I think it's a violation of Republic Act 8491 (Flag and Heraldic Code).*

Pero ang totoo, gusto ko lang maglakwatsa.

Lost in the middle of Clark Freeport Zone

Walang tubig. Walang payong. Walang sasakyan.
Mag-picture taking na lang tayo.
I was planning to go around the Freeport Zone (yes, I like rambling alone) having Googled "things to do in Clark" the night before but the summer heat was so punishing I abandoned the plan altogether and headed back to QC after fangirling and cheering for the Philippine team.

Konti na lang, maniniwala na ako.

Sec. 34. It shall be prohibited:
e) To wear the flag in whole or in part as a costume or uniform

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Big Gay Rainbow. (^_^)

"I've had a reverend in my local electorate say that the 'gay onslaught will start the day this bill is passed.' So we are struggling to know what the gay onslaught will look like. We don't know if it will come down the Pakaranga highway as a series of troops or whether it will be a gas that flows the electorate and blocks us all in.

"I also had a Catholic priest tell me that I was supporting an unnatural act. I found that quite interesting coming from someone who has taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life. Celibacy... I haven't done it so I don't know what it's about.

"I also had a leader telling me I would burn in the fires of hell for eternity and that was a bad mistake because I've got a degree in physics. I used the thermodynamic laws of physics. I put in my body weight and my humidity and so on. I assumed the furnace to be at 5000 degrees and I will last for just on 2.1 seconds. It's hardly eternity. What do you think?

"I also heard some more disgusting claims about adoption. Well, I have got three fantastic adopted kids. I know how good adoption is, and I have found some of the claims just disgraceful. I found some of the bullying tactics really evil. I gave up being scared of bullies when I was at primary school.

"However, a huge amount of the opposition was from moderates, from people who were concerned, who were seriously worried, about what this bill might do to the fabric of our society. I respect their concern. I respect their worry. They were worried about what it might do to their families and so on.

"Let me repeat to them now that all we are doing with this bill is allowing two people who love each other to have that love recognized by way of marriage. That is all we are doing. We are not declaring nuclear war on a foreign State. We are not bringing a virus in that could wipe out our agricultural sector forever.

"We are allowing two people who love each other to have that recognized, and I cannot see what is wrong with that for neither love nor money. I just cannot. I cannot understand why someone would be opposed. I understand why people do not like what it is that others do. That is fine. We are all in that category.

"But I give a promise to those people who are opposed to this bill right now. I give you a watertight guaranteed promise.

"The sun will still rise tomorrow. Your teenage daughter will still argue back to you as if she knows everything. Your mortgage will not grow. You will not have skin diseases or rashes or toads in your beds. The world will just carry on.

"So do not make this into a big deal.

"This bill is fantastic for the people it affects, but for the rest of us, life will go on.

"Finally, can I say that one of the messages I had was this bill was the cause of our drought. Well, if any one you follow my Twitter account, you will see that in the Pakuranga electorate this morning, it was pouring with rain. We had the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate. It has to be a sign. If you are a believer, it is certainly a sign.

"Can I finish, for all those who are concerned about this, with a quote from the bible. It is Deuteronomy. I thought Deuteronomy was a cat out of the musical 'Cats,' but never mind. The quote is Deuteronomy 1:29. 'Be ye not afraid.'"

This certainly renewed my faith in humanity. :-) I hope Pinoy politicians are listening.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fangirl Mode #1,855

Yesterday I went to Philsports Arena to watch the Philippine Karatedo Federation’s National Open Karate Championship and support my friend, Mary (fangirling mode again haha).

It’s been eons since I last saw a national sports event -- we were required to watch Palarong Pambansa back in grade school when Pangasinan hosted the games -- and I have forgotten how it feels to witness the country’s best athletes battling out for glory. While yesterday’s event is not as huge as Palarong Pambansa because it only showcased one sport, it brought back the familiar sense of awe and admiration at the talent and discipline demonstrated by the participants.

The gold medalists in the various categories will be joining the Philippine National Team in the upcoming Southeast Asian Karatedo Federation Championship in Clark later this week.

1. We have a lame-ass national sports program. Overheard during the assembly/orientation of SEAKF qualifiers: “Bring your beddings. Some of you will have to sleep on the couch or on the floor.” Accommodation at participation fee na nga lang ang sagot ng PSC e. The event is right here, in our own country. Why do we have to scrimp?
2. Talent is nothing without passion.
3. Hindi lang “Hiyaaaa!” ang isinisigaw sa karate. LOL.

photo courtesy of Erica, Mary's karate-mate

 Mary won two silver medals, one for kata and one for kumite. Not bad. Not bad at all. :-)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Music of the Night

It’s 1am and I can’t sleep. This has been playing for an hour now. I wonder what he was thinking of when he wrote this. 

And the title. What does it mean? That there really is no time unless you stop making excuses? Perhaps. Or am I just reading my own reflection into it? But isn’t all art a mirror of ourselves? 

I should be sleeping.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

SAP # 5: Getting Fit

CrossFit Trial at CrossFit Insurrecto (April 6, 2013) 

Fit. Big word! (I said that in Laida Magtalas version 2.0’s tone. Haha.) Queen of Sedentary Lifestyle moi would not normally think of being such had it not been for the following: 

1. I have been hanging out with an athlete for months. 
2. It's summer. 

The first has been making me feel like a veritable lazy ass because KH* leads a fit and healthy lifestyle coupled with rigorous training (she has abs, dammit), and the second has been eroding my self-confidence because no matter how hard I control my breathing and keep my tummy in, my beer belly keeps on protruding. I suppose you get acutely aware of your body when you are sauntering at a beach wearing nothing but bikini. 

KH mentioned CrossFit as part of her regular workout. Cross what? I thought it’s some sort of a gym, like Fitness First or something so one day I Googled it and found this informative article by The Fit Pinoy, who turns out was a law school classmate (Google never fails to surprise me).

SAP # 4: Hiking/Camping/Swimming

UP Mountaineers’ Talikasan* 2013: Anawangin Cove via Mt. Pundaquit 
(March 23-24, 2013)

Text from Mary Oliver’s Have You Ever Tried To Enter The Long Black Branches?

Have you ever tried to enter the long black branches of other lives
–tried to imagine what the crisp fringes, full of honey, hanging
from the branches of the young locust trees, in early morning, feel like?
Do you think this world was only an entertainment for you?
Never to leap to the air as you open your wings over the dark acorn of your heart!
No wonder we hear, in your mournful voice, the complaint
that something is missing from your life!
Well, there is time left –fields everywhere invite you into them.
And who will care, who will chide you if you wander away
from wherever you are, to look for your soul?
Quickly, then, get up, put on your coat, leave your desk!
To put one’s foot into the door of the grass, which is
the mystery, which is death as well as life, and not be afraid!
To sit down, like a weed among weeds, and rustle in the wind!
Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?
A small boat flounders in the deep waves,
and what’s coming next is coming with its own heave and grace.
Meanwhile, once in a while, I have chanced,
among the quick things, upon the immutable.
What more could one ask?
I climb, I backtrack. I float.
I ramble my way home.

Monday, April 08, 2013


Our Return on Investment: Sabsy Ongkiko at TEDxADMU

"Sabihin man ng karamihan na idealistic ang desisyon na magturo sa public school. Para sa akin, gusto ko na ubusin ang idealism ko sa isang bagay na makabuluhan at pinapahalagaan ko. Pero kung tutuusin, hindi ba mas realistic ang tumugon sa mga pangangailangan na totoong totoo para sa bansa mo?"