Thursday, November 30, 2006


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the massive influx of Filipino immigration, beginning with the agricultural workers ‘sakadas’ of Ilocos who braved uncertain shores for greener pastures in Hawaii, California, and across the country.
With the long overdue recognition of US Congress, the hard-earned accomplishments, contributions, and experiences of Filipinos in the United States will be celebrated and remembered.
Our centennial year is also a time to reflect and acknowledge the struggles and hardships our ancestors faced entering into a new world. It is a time to honor those who struggled before us, who challenged the injustices of the American system, who bore the brunt of institutional racism and inequality, and fought for basic rights, welfare, equal opportunities, and dignity. This same struggle continues for today’s Filipinos in the United States, now the third largest immigrant community in the country.
In this spirit of continuing to forge our better future, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) invites you to a national conference entitled Looking Forward: Building a National Filipino Immigrant Rights Movement. On December 1 and 2, 2006, Filipinos from all corners of the country are invited for a significant conference at the Philippine Forum Kalayaan Auditorium located at 54-05 Seabury Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373, that aims to achieve the following:
1. To unite the broadest number of Filipino organizations, institutions, and individuals in the US on a national platform of demands and strategy for comprehensive immigration reform that speaks directly from the experiences, needs, concerns, and lessons of the Filipino community in the US
2. To educate the broader Filipino community on the state of immigration legislation and relate the state of today’s struggles with our historical relationship to the US immigration system;To expand, consolidate, and strengthen our national network of Filipino immigrant rights organizers and advocates across the US;
3. To expand, consolidate, and strengthen our national network of Filipino immigrant rights organizers and advocates across the US;
4. To mobilize broader Filipino involvement and develop Filipino leadership in the immigrant rights movement;
5. To build and strengthen relationships and alliances with other immigrant communities in the United States; and,
6. To identify new areas for research and instigate community research initiatives for the Filipino community.
The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns is a national network of Filipino organizations, institutions, and individuals committed to advancing the rights and welfare, celebrating culture and history, and building unity among Filipinos living and working in the United States. Founded in 2003, NAFCON members are based in over 23 cities across the country.

In Praise of Strawberry Condoms

December marks the start of thestrawberry season. So it is but apt that for December 1, which is theWorld AIDS Day, strawberry is still the tops.
According to Victor C. Bruan, Northern and Central Luzon franchise coordinator of DKT Philippines, the biggest producer of condoms in the Philippines, strawberry is the most preferred flavor."
Strawberry has a sweet scent and evokes good things," Bruan said. DKT produces the Trust and Frenzy condoms, which controls 70 percent ofthe national market.Bruan said that the 2nd most popular is unscented followed by chocolate."Actually, there's no flavor, it's just the scent," said JuliusMatabia, who works for the men having sex with men at the Social Hygiene Clinic in Baguio City."
People feel more comfortable with strawberry," Matabia added.
Other condom flavors here include chocolate, strawberry and unscented for Trust and orange, banana and mint for the Frenzy brand which DKTis marketing for the younger generation. Other condom brands like Okamoto, Sensation and Durex have either strawberry or unscented flavors.
In this very Catholic country, DKT is following the tact of most reproductive health nongovernment organizations by going for nichemarketing instead of tackling the whole population.
Frenzy, for example, is advertising in men's magazines and their advertisements come out in cable channels also targeting adult males like Jack TV, AXN and MTV but their spots also come out in the major Philippine channels in the late nights.
DKT is also selling condoms at selected supermarkets and gasoline stations.Bruan also said that they have started a novel marketing scheme which caters to remote barangays, where there is what demographers call"unmet need" for family management services.
Philippines has an unmet need of 17 percent in 2003, up from 20percent in 1997. But that is still high because it means that 17 out of 100 women can not find contraceptives if they wanted to.
DKT started "POP Shop" last year which gives franchises to barangayhealth units or even individuals so they can sell DKT's other products like contraceptive pills and injectables and lubricating jelly.Bruan said that in his area, he already has 89 POP Shops. He said that prospective business partners need no initial cash outlay and pay only P25,000 up to P50,000 for the seed stock.
In return, the franchisee get product modules and brochures and an outlet signage.There are also promotional materials given as well as uniforms and flyers for the franchisee.
All those who availed of the franchise in his area are local government units, after the national government has decided on promoting only natural family planning methods.
International aid organizations had also phased out their programs of donating contraceptives to the LGUs, leaving the latter to fend forthemselves. Bruan said that the more remote municipalities are more successful in handling their POP Shops. He cited Paracelis Municipality, which already had re-stocked their supplies.
"Other towns like Sagada and Bontoc have stores and pharmacies where they can buy their condoms. For Paracelis and other remote towns, we are the only source," he said."



Chess on Steroids

Malungkot ito. Doping test for chess players in the Asian Games. You mean they are on speed? I don't want to watch them when they are taking downers.
And as if we didn't know this already: women talk three times as much as men.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Top Songs of the Past Two Decades According to "Q" Magazine

1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Nirvana, 1991

2. "Hey Ya!" OutKast, 2003

3. "Sweet Child O' Mine" Guns N' Roses, 1987

4. "Unfinished Symphony" Massive Attack, 1991

5. "One" U2, 1991

6. "Live Forever" Oasis, 1994

7. "Bitter Sweet Symphony" The Verve, 1997

8. "Common People" Pulp, 1995

9. "There She Goes" The LA's, 1990

10. "7 Nation Army" The White Stripes, 2003

11. "Song 2" Blur, 1997

12. "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley, 2006

13. "Angels" Robbie Williams, 1997

14. " … Baby One More Time" Britney Spears, 1999

15. "Personal Jesus" Depeche Mode, 1990

16. "Like A Prayer" Madonna, 1989

17. "Firestarter" The Prodigy, 1997

18. "Brimful of Asha" Cornershop, 1997

19. "Stan" Eminem, 2000

20. "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" Arctic Monkeys, 2006

Giant Condom

I commissioned a giant condom for World AIDS Day. You would probably see it in the papers or maybe not. But it was fun although very taxing. This, BTW, is the Giant Pink Condom, placed over the Egyptian Obelisk at the Place de la Concorde in France. Later, the French, who did not approve of the whole thing (no humor), decided to place a very sharp pyramid on top of the obelisk. He he he. Mine is just kawayan, made by kawayan artist Roger Vibal and painted by Kawayan de Guia, among others. Pangkat Kawayan Condom.

TV Land

The Top 100 American TV Catchphrases

—"Aaay" (Fonzie, "Happy Days")
—"And that's the way it is" (Walter Cronkite, "CBS Evening News")
—"Ask not what your country can do for you ..." (John F. Kennedy)
—"Baby, you're the greatest" (Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, "The Honeymooners")
—"Bam!" (Emeril Lagasse, "Emeril Live")
—"Book 'em, Danno" (Steve McGarrett, "Hawaii Five-O")
—"Come on down!" (Johnny Olson, "The Price is Right")
—"Danger, Will Robinson" (Robot, "Lost in Space")
—"De plane! De plane!" (Tattoo, "Fantasy Island")
—"Denny Crane" (Denny Crane, "Boston Legal")
—"Do you believe in miracles?" (Al Michaels, 1980 Winter Olympics)
—"D'oh!" (Homer Simpson, "The Simpsons")
—"Don't make me angry ..." (David Banner, "The Incredible Hulk")
—"Dyn-o-mite" (J.J., "Good Times")
—"Elizabeth, I'm coming!" (Fred Sanford, "Sanford and Son")
—"Gee, Mrs. Cleaver ..." (Eddie Haskell, "Leave it to Beaver")
—"God'll get you for that" (Maude, "Maude")
—"Good grief" (Charlie Brown, "Peanuts" specials)
—"Good night, and good luck" (Edward R. Murrow, "See It Now")
—"Good night, John Boy" ("The Waltons")
—"Have you no sense of decency?" (Joseph Welch to Sen. McCarthy)
—"Heh heh" (Beavis and Butt-head, "Beavis and Butthead")
—"Here it is, your moment of Zen" (Jon Stewart, "The Daily Show")
—"Here's Johnny!" (Ed McMahon, "The Tonight Show")
—"Hey now!" (Hank Kingsley, "The Larry Sanders Show")
—"Hey hey hey!" (Dwayne Nelson, "What's Happening!!")
—"Hey hey hey!" (Fat Albert, "Fat Albert")
—"Holy (whatever), Batman!" (Robin, "Batman")
—"Holy crap!" (Frank Barone, "Everybody Loves Raymond")
—"Homey don't play that!" (Homey the Clown, "In Living Color")
—"How sweet it is!" (Jackie Gleason, "The Jackie Gleason Show")
—"How you doin'?" (Joey Tribbiani, "Friends")
—"I can't believe I ate the whole thing" (Alka Seltzer ad)
—"I know nothing!" (Sgt. Schultz, "Hogan's Heroes")
—"I love it when a plan comes together" (Hannibal, "The A-Team")
—"I want my MTV!" (MTV ad)
—"I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl" (Larry, "Newhart")
—"I'm not a crook" (Richard Nixon)
—"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV" (Vicks Formula 44 ad)
—"I'm Rick James, bitch!" (Dave Chappelle as Rick James, "Chappelle's Show")
—"Is that your final answer?" (Regis Philbin, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire")
—"It keeps going and going and going" (Energizer Batteries ad)
—"It takes a licking" (Timex ad)
—"Jane, you ignorant slut" (Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin, "Saturday Night Live")
—"Just one more thing" (Columbo, "Columbo")
—"Let's be careful out there" (Sgt. Esterhaus, "Hill Street Blues")
—"Let's get ready to rumble!" (Michael Buffer, various sports events)
—"Live long and prosper" (Spock, "Star Trek")
—"Makin' whoopie" (Bob Eubanks, "The Newlywed Game")
—"Mom always liked you best" (Tommy Smothers, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour")
—"Never assume" (Felix Unger, "The Odd Couple")
—"Nip it!" (Barney Fife, "The Andy Griffith Show")
—"No soup for you!" (The Soup Nazi, "Seinfeld")
—"Norm!" ("Cheers")
—"Now cut that out!" (Jack Benny, "The Jack Benny Program")
—"Oh, my God! They killed Kenny!" (Stan and Kyle, "South Park")
—"Oh, my nose!" (Marcia Brady, "The Brady Bunch")
—"One small step for man ..." (Neil Armstrong)
—"Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" (Grey Poupon ad)
—"Read my lips: No new taxes!" (George H.W. Bush)
—"Resistance is futile" (Picard as Borg, "Star Trek: The Next Generation")
—"Say good night, Gracie" (George Burns, "The Burns & Allen Show")
—"Schwing!" (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth, "Saturday Night Live")
—"Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy" (Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle)
—"Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids" (Trix cereal ad)
—"Smile, you're on `Candid Camera'" ("Candid Camera")
—"Sock it to me" ("Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In")
—"Space, the final frontier ..." (Capt. Kirk, "Star Trek")
—"Stifle!" (Archie Bunker, "All in the Family")
—"Suit up!" (Barney Stinson, "How I Met Your Mother")
—"Tastes great! Less filling!" (Miller Lite beer ad)
—"Tell me what you don't like about yourself" (Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy, "Nip/Tuck")
—"That's hot" (Paris Hilton, "The Simple Life")
—"The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat" (Jim McKay, "ABC's Wide World of Sports")
—"The tribe has spoken" (Jeff Probst, "Survivor")
—"The truth is out there" (Fox Mulder, "The X-Files")
—"This is the city ..." (Sgt. Joe Friday, "Dragnet")
—"Time to make the donuts" ("Dunkin' Donuts" ad)
—"Two thumbs up" (Siskel & Ebert, "Siskel & Ebert")
—"Up your nose with a rubber hose" (Vinnie Barbarino, "Welcome Back, Kotter")
—"We are two wild and crazy guys!" (Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd as Czech playboys, "Saturday Night Live")
—"Welcome to the O.C., bitch" (Luke, "The O.C.")
—"Well, isn't that special?" (Dana Carvey as the Church Lady, "Saturday Night Live")
—"We've got a really big show!" (Ed Sullivan, "The Ed Sullivan Show")
—"Whassup?" (Budweiser ad)
—"What you see is what you get!" (Geraldine, "The Flip Wilson Show")
—"Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" (Arnold Drummond, "Diff'rent Strokes")
—"Where's the beef?" (Wendy's ad)
—"Who loves you, baby?" (Kojak, "Kojak")
—"Would you believe?" (Maxwell Smart, "Get Smart")
—"Yabba dabba do!" (Fred Flintstone, "The Flintstones")
—"Yada, yada, yada" ("Seinfeld")
—"Yeah, that's the ticket" (Jon Lovitz as the pathological liar, "Saturday Night Live")
—"You eeeediot!" (Ren, "Ren & Stimpy")
—"You look mahvelous!" (Billy Crystal as Fernando, "Saturday Night Live")
—"You rang?" (Lurch, "The Addams Family")
—"You're fired!" (Donald Trump, "The Apprentice")
—"You've got spunk ..." (Lou Grant, "The Mary Taylor Moore Show")

Wrinkle in Time

Now we (meaning us scientists and broad interpreters of their findings) know what you know: the older you get, the more prescient you are. Unless you get botox. Why? Wrinkles. Here's why.
Bonus feature: Why global warming is not good for traditional politicians. Here's why again.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The slender, swift Bruce Lee was the Fred Astaire of martial arts...

"...and many of the fights that could be merely brutal come across as lightning-fast choreography." Pauline Kael on "Enter The Dragon"

"A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard. Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life. Do not be concerned with escaping safely — lay your life before him." from the birthday boy himself

Pers Lab

"Tuwing kita'y nakikita

Ako'y natutunaw

Parang ice cream na bilad

Sa ilalim ng araw"

first lines of Hotdog's Pers Lab


This ad featuring Baguio girl Gwen Garci is making the rounds among the creative ad people all over the world. Bakit kaya?

Ninja for Dorks

Tasting Words

For most of us, the boundaries between our bodily senses are clear-cut and rigid. But for a few rare individuals, the demarcation between vision and hearing, or between taste and touch, are less solid, with one bleeding into the other.
These people have a condition called "synesthesia," in which two or more of the senses are crossed. Some see colors when listening to music, while others associate tastes with shapes or words with colors. A very small number of synesthetes can "taste" words.
A new study finds that individuals with this last form of synesthesia—called "lexical-gustatory" synesthesia—can taste a word before they ever speak it, and that the word's meaning, not its sound or spelling, is what triggers this taste sensation.

There are other stressful funny photos I would like to share you so you would swear off:

Monday, November 27, 2006

Important Researches

«Acute Management of the Zipper-Entrapped Penis» (1990) Presented by J. F. Nolan, T. J. Stillwell, and J. P. Sands.A quick, simple and non-traumatic approach to the zipper manipulation --the paper says-- is presented in which prepuce is instantly released by lateral compression of the zip fastener, using a pliers.

«Fragmentation of Rods by Cascading Cracks: Why Spaghetti Does Not Break in Half» (2006)Presented by B. Audoly and S. Neukirch (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris). It explains why, when you bend dry spaghetti, it often breaks into more than two pieces.

«Impact of Wet Underwear on Thermoregulatory Responses and Thermal Comfort in the Cold» (1994)Presented by M. K. Bakkevig (Sintef Unimed in Trondheim, Norway) and R. Nielson (Technical University of Denmark). Investigates the significance of wet underwear and compares any influence of fibre-type material and textile construction of underwear on thermoregulatory responses and thermal comfort of humans during rest in the cold. The tests showed that the thickness of the underwear has more of an influence on the thermoregulatory responses and thermal comfort, than the types of fibers tested.

«On Human Odour, Malaria Mosquitoes, and Limburger Cheese» (1996)Presented by B. Knols. It shows that the female malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae is attracted equally to the smell of limburger cheese and to the smell of human feet.

»Rectal Foreign Bodies: Case Reports and a Comprehensive Review of the World's Literature» (1986) Presented by D. B. Busch and J. R. Starling (Wisconsin). Includes reports of, among other items: seven light bulbs; a knife sharpener; two flashlights; a wire spring; a snuff box; an oil can with potato stopper; eleven different forms of fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs; a jeweler's saw; a frozen pig's tail; a tin cup; a beer glass; and one patient's remarkable ensemble collection consisting of spectacles, a suitcase key, a tobacco pouch and a magazine.

«The Pitch Drop Experiment,» (1984) Presented by J. Mainstone and the late T. Parnell (University of Queensland, Australia)An experiment that began in the year 1927 -- in which a glob of congealed black tar has been slowly, slowly dripping through a funnel, at a rate of approximately one drop every nine years.

«The Relationship Among Height, Penile Length, and Foot Size» (1993) Presented by J. Bain (Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto) and K. Siminoski (University of Alberta). While comparing height, foot size and penile length, Bain said the relationship was minimal. "We found a weak correlation," he said and added this ratio should not be used by anyone to assess the size of a man's penis.

«Elucidation of Chemical Compounds Responsible for Foot Malodour» (1990) Presented by F. Kanda and others five scientist (Shisedo Research Center, Yokohama). It concluded that people who think they have foot odor do, and those who don't, don't.

«Navigation-Related Structural Change In the Hippocampi of Taxi Drivers» (2000) E. Maguire, and others (University College London)Presented evidence that the brains of London taxi drivers are more highly developed than those of their fellow citizens.

«Secret Life: Firsthand, Documented Accounts of UFO Abductions» (1992) Presented by J. Mack (Harvard Medical School) and D. Jacobs (Temple University).Concluded that people who believe they were kidnapped by aliens from outer space, probably were, and that "the focus of the abduction is the production of children."

«Interim Report: Results of the National Demonstration Project To Reduce Violent Crime and Improve Governmental Effectiveness In Washington, D.C., June 7 to July 30, 1993» (1993)Presented by J. Hagelin (Maharishi University and The Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy).Concluded that 4,000 trained meditators caused an 18 percent decrease in violent crime in Washington, D.C.

«Survey of Frog Odorous Secretions, Their Possible Functions and Phylogenetic Significance» (2004) Presented by Benjamin Smith (University of Adelaide, Australia) and others.It catalogs the peculiar odors produced by 131 different species of frogs when the frogs were feeling stressed.

«Blink-Free Photos, Guaranteed» (2006) Presented by N. Svenson and P. Barnes (Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization) It calculated the number of photographs you must take to (almost) ensure that nobody in a group photo will have their eyes closed.

«Transmission of Gonorrhea Through an Inflatable Doll» (1993) Presented by E. Kleist (Nuuk, Greenland) and H. Moi (Oslo, Norway).

«A Man Who Pricked His Finger and Smelled Putrid for 5 Years» (1996) Presented by C. Mills, M. Llewelyn, D. Kelly, and P/ Holt (Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport).

«Chicken Plucking as Measure of Tornado Wind Speed» (1975) Presented by B. Vonnegut (State University of New York at Albany). «Ultrasonic Velocity in Cheddar Cheese as Affected by Temperature» (2006)Presented by A. Mulet, J. Benedito and J. Bon (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain) and C. Rosselló (Universitat de les Illes Balears).

«The Effect of Country Music on Suicide» (1992) Presented by S. Stack (Wayne State University) and J. Gundlach (Auburn University).

«Chickens Prefer Beautiful Humans» (2002) S. Ghirlanda, L. Jansson, and M. Enquist (Stockholm University)

«Demonstration of the Exponential Decay Law Using Beer Froth» (2002)Presented by A. Leike (University of Munich) Demonstrated that beer froth obeys the mathematical Law of Exponential Decay.


When we were in high school, there was this secluded place called ABWE which had a lot of 1960s games like these. It was then surrounded by pine trees and we played in repressed silence. We would play with them and then every hour, we listen to this preacher talk about Christian living similar to The Living Bread. After five minutes, we're back to playing. After two months, we mastered all the games, got bored and never went back.

Impossible Coin Balance Trick

First, take a twenty out of your pocket. (The higher value the bill, the better.) Then make a bet with your friend. Say something like, “I bet you I can balance your ten peso coin, when laid flat and parallel to the table, on the thin edge of my P100 If I can’t, you get my P100. But if I can, I get your ten peso coin.”
Obviously, this is a high-risk bet. Good thing the basic laws of physics are on your side.
So once you make the bet, (which you could also do with pretty much any other bill and coin combination) fold your bill in half both ways. Then bring the two opposite ends together, and place the coin on top of the intersection, as shown below.

Di pa tayo tapos. So take the two ends of the P100 bill, (if the bill is a V, I mean the two highest points) and slowly pull them away from eachother to straighten out the bill. As you do this, the coin will find its center of balance and will align itself accordingly. Once you get the bill straight, continue to gently pull the bill in opposite directions so the coin continues to balance.
I don’t know much about science, or as to exactly why this works, but with some practice, it does. Enjoy your free San Mig Light and the attention you get from performing this in public.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

YouTube vs. Boob Tube

Google – as you may have read in every publication, online and off, in the entire freaking world – just paid $1.65 billion in stock to be the cute little kitty-cat's home.

The price tag for YouTube, just to put the investment in perspective, is what Target paid for 257 Mervyns department stores and four distribution centers in 13 states, and just a bit more than WPP Group paid for the Grey Global Group advertising network with 10,500 employees in 83 countries generating $1.3 billion in revenue. Those, of course, are both profitable enterprises with vast fixed assets. YouTube's fixed assets pretty much consist of a video interface and a cool retro logo. So why is it worth nearly six times the gross domestic product of Micronesia?

This story will definitively answer that question.


Your golden retriever

Your silver(back) retriever


Saturday, November 25, 2006

Happy Birthday


Not Nice

Nice Dog

Nice Candy Bar


Limited Edition. If you have to ask how much, stick with your 6210

Nice Elevator

But it makes you think, shouldn't they have taken the stairs to the 3rd floor instead since they are into fitness anyway

Nice Windshield Covers

Back from Sagada etc

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Seven Month Itch

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Chris Ware

If you can, buy this week's issue of New Yorker if only for the cover. Chris Ware The Great has four different covers and one comic strip known as "Leftover" about a soldier's disappearance during Thanksgivign 1942.


The great Sofia Loren, already in her 70s, is a featured model of the much-coveted Pirelli Calendar 2007.
There is something in pizza that makes one eternal.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Then and Now (Ear Hole)

The Difference Between Men's and Women's Football

Among men, this is called "protecting the family jewels."

Leading Pacquiao

I browsed through the articles on the Pacquiao-Morales fight and compiled a lesson in writing leads. Here are some samples:

The Icon Lead:

From The Guardian written by John Rawling

Manny Pacquiao has already achieved iconic status among his compatriots to the point where he is perhaps the most adored sports star of all time in the Philippines, but he added to his status when he destroyed Mexico's Erik Morales inside three rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday.Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the president of the Philippines, broke off from a summit in Hanoi to say: "My heart beats with extreme joy with another victory for the Philippines. We all gathered around in our homes and places of work, in the streets and farms, to pray for Manny. Manny will always be our hero, the bearer of the Filipino dream of winning the good fight in all fields of human endeavour."

The Quickie Lead

From AP

LAS VEGAS -- A quick, dynamic decision really shouldn't have been much of a surprise in Manny Pacquiao's third fight with Erik Morales.
After all, Pacquiao never has been a man to waste time.
The 27-year-old Filipino phenomenon seems to be blasted from a cannon in his fights, pounding away at his opponents with a tempo and ferocity most can only admire. His interests outside the ring are varied and extensive as well -- from acting to singing, from endorsements to politics.
And in less than 9 minutes Saturday night, Pacquiao (43-3-2, 33KOs) accomplished a stunning amount of work.

The Ho-Hum Lead:

From BBC

Manny Pacquiao stopped Erik Morales in the third round in the third meeting between the super featherweight rivals. Filipino Pacquiao put the three-time world champion on the canvas three times in Las Vegas as he earned his 34th win inside the distance. It was 30-year-old Morales' fourth defeat in his past five fights. WBC International super featherweight champion Pacquiao lost on points to Morales last year but stopped the Mexican in the 10th round last January. Southpaw Pacquaio now has 43 wins, three defeats and two draws. while Morales (48-5) once again failed to arrest the slide in his glittering career.

The Literary Lead

From LA Times by Steve Springer

LAS VEGAS — Erik Morales sat on the canvas, arms around his knees, and stared at his corner, stared at his father, Jose, who was urging him to get up, stared as referee Vic Drakulich counted out the final seconds of his super-featherweight match against Manny Pacquiao.
But Morales never moved, never made an effort to get back up and into a match he knew he couldn't win.
In an overwhelming display of power and dominance against a fighter who was once labeled the successor to Julio Cesar Chavez among Mexican fighters, Pacquiao knocked Morales down three times, the final blow ending the bout at 2:57 of the third round at the Thomas & Mack Center.
"It was futile," Morales (48-5) said of the option of continuing the fight. "There was no point."
This was the same Morales whose nickname is "Terrible," the same Morales who made a career out of swaggering into the ring and never backing down, the same Morales who had never been stopped before his second of three fights against Pacquiao in January of last year.UK

The Manny Who? Lead

From UK Mirror

MEXICAN legend Erik Morales says he may quit the ring after being knocked out in three rounds by arch rival Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their super-featherweight clash in Las Vegas.It was the fourth defeat in five fights for the 30-year-old Morales, who lost just one of his first 48. "He was too fast, too strong.'' said Morales. "For the first time in my career, I felt the power of my opponent. Maybe it's getting to that time.'' This was their third meeting and Pacquiao's second win.

The Number Lead

From AFP

LAS VEGAS: Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao overwhelmed Erik Morales here Saturday, stopping the Mexican in the third round to claim supremacy in their three-fight super featherweight rivalry.
Pacquiao stopped Morales after two minutes and 57 seconds of the third round, leaving the three-time world champion seated on the canvas and shaking his head, saying he did not want to continue. "I like that he came out early. I had time to knock him out in the early rounds," Pacquiao said. "I'm faster than him. I'm quicker than him. I'm superior to him. Now he can taste my power." Pacquiao improved to 43-3 with two drawn by taking his 34th triumph inside the distance. Morales lost for the fourth time in his past five fights, falling to 48-5. "I did my best. I had all the training. I did everything I could do. Manny was just too good for me," Morales said.

The Hosanna Lead

From Manila Bulletin by Ed Picson

FOR FILIPINOS everywhere, everything was right with the world Saturday evening in Las Vegas (Sunday noontime in Manila). Manny Pacquiao made it right.

A swift, overpowering and precise destruction of Erik Morales was wrought by a visibly stronger, speedier and more resilient Pacquiao.

Never before had the GenSan bomber displayed such blinding hand speed and power that bewildered the Mexican boxing legend. Morales tried gamely to match Manny's fusillade, but he did not count on the new and vastly improved Manny Pacquiao.

From the start, Morales already felt the difference in Pacquiao's movements, but simply could not believe it. So he was sucked into playing the game Manny wanted to play; that of slugging it out toe to toe.

By the second round, the former world champion in three different divisions started to have some doubts and was instantly startled into reality with a big left hook to the ear that sent him to the canvas. He got up and tried to get back at Pacquiao to no avail.

The Artistic Lead

From Phil Star. by Abac Cordero.

Filipino phenomenon Manny Pacquiao wove on the canvas of the Thomas and Mack Center a perfect tapestry of boxing brilliance and flair and turned his "Grand Finale" with Erik Morales into a career-defining victory. The power-hitting Pacquiao pulled off a third-round knockout, knocking down the former three-time world champion two times before ending the final chapter of one of boxing's most enduring trilogies with a searing left straight, with less than three seconds left in the fateful round.

Sunday, November 19, 2006


We queue for an American visa. The Americans queue for a visa to another fantasy world. Same same.

The Muse of the Angel's Trumpet

This plant is so common to the Cordilleras. People who steeped the tea thought they were moving so amberly slow. It turned out they were in a coma for days. Some never make it back.


All the hematological omens were there. The Nike Ad is so bloody (or was it sweet chocolatey). Then the referee's name is Vic Draculich. Son of Dracula. But the fight is so clinical. So antiseptic. After the first round, I said to myself: Tapos na ito. In his interview, Morales, "El Terrible" of old, said, "All I wanted to do is go home."


Round 1: Both fighters began slow, but Pacquiao was able to land the cleaner shots this round. Pacquiao landed to the body as well, but his most effective punch of the round was a big right hook.
Round 2: Manny Pacquiao scored a clean knockdown with a crisp counter left hand in the middle of the round.
Round 3: Morales came out very aggressive to start the round - just as he had finished the second - but Pacquiao met him with resistance and managed to land a huge combination that floored Erik. Morales would rise to his feet, but by now Manny was coming in for the kill. As the seconds ticked away, it looked as though Erik was going to make it through the round, but one last barrage as Morales backed away sent the Tijuanense to the canvas once again. This time he looked at his corner, as if to say "that's it", and referee Vic Drakulich had seen enough.

Dragon Sausage

From Times UK

A SPICY sausage known as the Welsh Dragon will have to be renamed after trading standards’ officers warned the manufacturers that they could face prosecution because it does not contain dragon.
The sausages will now have to be labelled Welsh Dragon Pork Sausages to avoid any confusion among customers.
Jon Carthew, 45, who makes the sausages, said yesterday that he had not received any complaints about the absence of real dragon meat. He said: “I don’t think any of our customers believe that we use dragon meat in our sausages. We use the word because the dragon is synonymous with Wales.”
His company, the Black Mountains Smokery at Crickhowell, in Powys, turns out 200,000 sausages a year, including the Welsh Dragon, which is made with chili, leak and pork. A Powys County Council spokesman said: “The product was not sufficiently precise to inform a purchaser of the true nature of the food.”

Graffiti Poem

I bought The Best American Poetry 2006 edited by Billy Collins. One of them was written by Denise Duhamel, wife of Fil-Am poet Nick Carbo. Naturally, the poem had its germ in the Philippines. Literally.


- graffiti inside the cubicle of a ladies' bathroom in a university in
the Philippines

Remember to pamper, remember to preen.
The world doesn't reward a pimply girl.
Don't sit like a frog, sit like a queen.

Buy a shampoo that makes your locks sheen.
If your hair is straight, get it curled.
Remember to pamper, remember to preen.

Keep your breath minty and your teeth white and clean.
Paint your nails so they glisten, ten pearls.
Don't sit like a frog, sit like a queen.

Smile, especially when you're feeling mean.
Keep your top down when you keep your car on a whirl.
Remember to pamper, remember to preen.

Don't give in to cravings, you need to stay lean
So you can lift up your skirt as you prance and twirl.
Don't sit like a frog, sit like a queen.

Don't marry the professor, marry the dean.
Marry the king, don't marry the earl.
Remember to pamper, remember to preen.
Don't sit like a frog, sit like a queen.


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