Monday, June 30, 2008
David Diaz: The Mountain Province Connection
Joaquin Henson said that one of the two full-time sparring partners of David Diaz for the Pacquiao fight was Diamond Gutomen Baier, 31, a Mountain Province-born boxer. He was chosen because he moves like Pacquiao. And to think that Baier only started to box five years ago. His father is Telesforo Gutomen and the late Verina Tuason. Diamond migrated to the US when he was ten years old. He was adopted by his aunt who was married to a German, William Baier. Diamond wants to turn pro.
SOS for our Iloilo Media
We just realized that our media friends, partners and colleagues in the Province of Iloilo were also hit hard as the public that they were covering! Diosa Labiste, who was out on assignment, got hourly updates from her family: the whole ground floor of their residence went waist-deep in floodwater; her books now swimming, all unsalvageable, and worse, the puppy drowned...
Arnold, a photojournalist, was not able to save anything, except his cameras.
Many lost their homes, other possessions.
And all these, while they went ahead doing their jobs, giving voice to the people, even responding first to the call of the disaster.
We are appealing to all-- let us look after our colleagues who now need our help.
Any donation, be it in cash or in kind, will go a long way. Please send your donations to the PNA Office at Radyo ng Bayan in Iloilo City c/o Ms. Lucy Montealto, or
to Ms. Diosa Labiste, c/o the Center for Community Journalism and Development,
4/F, FSS Building, No. 89 Scout Castor St., Quezon City. Contact Nos. are the
following: 02-376-5550; 0917-8137699
Team Pac You
Rep. Mitzi Cajayon, Caloocan Rep. Diosdado "Dato" Macapagal Arroyo, Camarines Sur Rep. Joseph Santiago, Catanduanes
Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., Cavite Rep. Antonio Cuenco, Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas, Cebu Deputy Speaker Raul Del Mar, Cebu City
Rep. Rommel Amatong, Compostela Valley Speaker Prospero Nograles, Davao City Rep. Antonio Lagdameo, Davao Del Norte
Rep. Marc Cagas, Davao Del Sur Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang, Davao Oriental Rep. Teodolo Coquilla, Eastern Samar
Rep. Andres Salvacion, Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, Leyte Rep. Trinidad Apostol, Leyte Rep. Ma. Zenaida Angping, Manila Rep. Amado S. Bagatsing, Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante Jr., Manila Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, Masbate
Rep. Herminia Ramiro, Misamis Occidental Rep. Yevgeny Emano, Misamis Oriental Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon, Muntinlupa
Rep. Joseph Gilbert Violago, Nueva Ecija Deputy Speaker Ma. Amelita C. Villarosa, Occidental Mindoro Rep. Anna York Bondoc, Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr., Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Macapagal Arroyo, Pampanga
Rep. Conrado Estrella III, Pangasinan Rep. Ma. Rachel Arenas, Pangasinan Rep. Roman Romulo, Pasig City
Rep. Mary Ann Susano, Quezon City Rep. Nanette C. Castelo-Daza, Quezon City Rep. Danilo Suarez, Quezon Province
Rep. Junie Cua, Quirino Rep. Arturo B. Robes, San Jose Del Monte Rep. Roger Mercado, Southern Leyte Rep. Munir Arbison, Sulu
Rep. Rex Gatchalian, Valenzuela City Rep. Antonio Diaz, Zambales
$300-5000 - Willard Hotel rate with 30 rooms booked. $400-500 - Dinner per plate. $207++ - Airline rate per person, $800-1000 - Rental per car with 30 cars rented. P100,000 per member of the Team Pac You.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
News World Stopped for Pacquiao
1) I see a lot of call center agents drinking booze and quaffing Red Bull and other "energy drinks" on the side. Not good combination. RB is full of caffeine which is a stimulant while alcohol is a downer. You are making your nervous system, well, nervous and your heart might not be able to take the combo. So for that matter, drinking coffee thinking it would calm you down while drinking alcohol is also bad.
2) Diet Coke with Tanduay is also bad because diet soda tends to be absorbed by the bloodstream faster. So you get drunk faster. You think you are on a diet doing that? There are other ways of dieting.
3) Do have something to eat before drinking. We call it "lining the stomach" but it slows the emptying of the stomach which would have hastened your getting drunk.
than to lost one drop of wine
Pacquiao Dedicates Victory to Frank
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Asking for More
I am not asking to suffer less.
I hope to be nearly crucified.
To live because I don’t want to.
That hope, that sweet agent—
My best work is its work.
The horse I ride into Hell is my best horse
And bears its name.
So, friends, drink your cocktails and wear your hats.
Thank you for leaving me this whole world to go mad in.
I am not asking for mercy. I am asking for more.
I don’t mind when no mercy comes
Or when it comes in the form of my mad self
Running at me. I am not asking for mercy.
About the poet, here's Emily Mitchell's NYT review of her poems:
In her second year of college, the poet Sarah Manguso developed a blood disease so uncommon it doesn’t even have a real name. The autoimmune condition, a rarer form of the already rare Guillain-Barré syndrome, is known as chronic idiopathic demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy, and it took more than four years to run its course. More
The Power of Rumors
Science reported: GIRLS are no less competitive than boys, they're simply subtler about it, a study of pre-schoolers suggests. While boys use head-on aggression to get what they want, girls rely on the pain of social exclusion. To test the apparent differences in how very young children compete, Joyce Benenson at Emmanuel College in Boston and her colleagues divided 87 4-year-olds into same-sex groups of three. In successive trials, each trio received one, two or three highly prized animal puppets. The sexes behaved similarly when there were two or three puppets to go round. The differences became clear, though, when there was just one puppet for each group. Boys tended to ask for the puppet, grab at it, or even chase the child who had it. By contrast, girls punished the puppet-holder by excluding her from their clique, whispering behind her back or even hiding from her (Animal Behaviour, DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2008.01.027).
Benenson says that these socially aggressive tactics may account for why girls exhibit greater jealousy over same-sex friendships than boys. They could be trying to protect themselves against exclusive coalitions. Melissa Emery Thompson at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque says the results help to dispel the myth that females are the less competitive sex. Even at an early age, they avoid risky direct aggression in favour of subtler forms of competition such as small shifts in tone and expression, or spreading rumours.
Graphic, Being all Equal
Friday, June 27, 2008
President Arroyo as Hall of Famer of Women Divers
Seriously. She is now an honorary member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. The citation, as read by Martha Watkins Gilkes, said: As a scuba diver and a world leader, President Arroyo recognizes that a healthy marine environment is the foundation of a stable, productive society that can develop in a sustainable manner.”
I thought it was due to her plunging popularity rate that knew no nadir.
Constitution, 2008: Running the Prisoners
Act of God vs Cry for Love
Book Review Booty
Ay naku, when I used to review books, I used to buy them at A Different Bookstore. Now I don't because they only review potboilers and books sent to them. But New York Times recently featured the shags (promotional booties) managers give their book reviewers. Only because an NYT review from, say, Michiko Kakutani can make or break you. In fact, just being mentioned by her is enough for an obituary to some. For example, this wooden Trojan gift horse has the "Lost Books of the Odyssey" inside.
Imagine the gifts that Oprah gets.
Got this from ananova. Funny that the journalist here was the top photo editor of Mirror. Couldn't he have just taken a better photo of himself?
A journalist had his new passport photos rejected - because his bald head was too shiny. Ian Down, 42, got the pictures taken at a photo-booth and handed them over with his documents at a passport office, reports the Daily Mirror. But a clerk at the Passport Service looked at the flash reflecting off Ian's head and asked: "What's that mark?" Ian said: "I was shocked. I told them what it was but they said some countries might not let me in if they saw it." Ian, head of pictures at the Mirror, was sent away to get some new photos by the clerk in Victoria, Central London. The new ones also had a bit of glare from the flash but not enough to cause a problem.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
A dolphin rescued a fisherman after his fishing boat capsized Saturday in the wake of typhoon "Frank" off Negros, although both of them died upon reaching the shore of Burias Island in Masbate.
Laoag Girl Wins Top Investigative Reporting Prize
Obama's Wonder-full Music
A True Non-Joke only Fil-Ams Can Understand
How would you say to somebody that he or she is obese without really saying so?
Answer: "Is Mang Tomas your lotion?"
As any so-called midcareer Filipino journalist, we get swamped by press releases from Roxas and Villar. So it is no surprise when I got this from my inbox. Villar: Latest maritime accident undermines competence of Filipino seafarers.
Hmm. Brave words. The rest of the story follows:
Senate President Manny Villar today said the latest maritime accident involving a ferry with more than 700 passengers is not good for the image of Filipino seamen, whose reputation is now widely known as one of the trusted in the world.
“Since most of the seafarers worldwide came from the Philippines, accidents in RP waters send a bad message against the competence of more than 300,000 Filipino seamen. Second to our ultimate goal to protect lives, this is one of the reasons why we should not allow the list of these deadly sea accidents to continue,” Villar said.
Villar, who is now in Europe, said he is echoing the concern of Filipino seafarers he met there after news of the sinking of MV Princess of the Stars reached them...
Ay ganoon. He is in Europe while taking on the Pinoy sailors. There is something wrong here. A great number of people died. I am still grieving over that young girl using the photo of her kuya as her hankie as she sheepishly wept. The country is in a deep funk. Villar, come home then start blaming. I see no difference between you and PGMA right now.
Bruce Lee Anthology
Movie credits in the age of CGI. You longed for that time when actors and stories are the only things that matter. Now it's the pixels that count.
I love reading the UK magazine The Sight and Sound because they list all the movie credits of the movies that review. But the length of the LOTR is a put-down.
Who cares who moved the mouse on that scene and on that scene.
Was JRR Tolkien mentioned? He may have become irrelevant here.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The Lost "Art" of Film Posters
These are film posters you never saw before because they were old films re-made by current artists. This site will let you appreciate film posters and why they should not only advertise films but be the events themselves.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Princess of the Stars, Burias and Sibucay
Heart of Glass
Then watch how the avian flu spreads
Then the double helix
Hey, you can never get bored watching within you
Let King Felix Do It All
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sibuyan Island is a beautiful hideaway in Romblon. Too bad, it would now be known as where Princess of the Stars run aground.
If you don't get the sarcasm, you may be demented. Scientists are now saying that the seat of sarcasm or the ability to laugh at it is located at the brain's parahippocampal gyrus. People with dementia, or head injuries in that area, do not have that pair of horse ranch (para + hippo + camp). And now because sarcasm is humor's dark side and humor is part of our evolution (you don't see bacterias playing) then sarcasm must be good. You don't get it? You are demented.
Kafka on the Shore
The Princess of the Stars
The Princess of the Stars is an opera done usually on a lake. The Sun God’s daughter, the Princess of the Stars, falls to the earth and is captured by Three Horned Enemy, who hides her at the bottom of a lake. Wolf, with the help of the Dawn Birds is determined to find the Princess. After an arduous search, Wolf finds the Princess in the lake and with the help of the Dawn Birds, who sweep the water aside with their wings, Wolf prepares to battle Three Horned Enemy. However, before the fight begins the sun emerges from the horizon and scares the Three Horned Enemy away. Sun God orders Wolf to search the world for the Princess (who has fled) and orders the Dawn Birds to freeze the lake and be silent until the Princess is found.
Of course, the owners of Sulpicio Lines may have no inkling of this opera when they named their ferry. It has been their tradition to name a line of their ferries after princesses.
The Princess of the Orient tilted. In a perverse continuation of the real opera, the Princess of the Stars tilted and tilted until it capsized, a kilometer from the shore.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Floating Coffins from Princess of the Orient to Princess of the Stars
—Sept. 1998: The Princess of the Orient ferry tilts in storm-whipped waters near Batangas province south of Manila, leaving 70 dead and 80 others missing.
—Dec. 1999: An overloaded MV Asia South Korea ferry sinks in the central Philippines, killing at least 51 people, including several Nepalese students. More than 700 others are rescued.
—April 2000: The wooden-hulled Annahada ferry capsizes shortly after leaving southern Jolo Island, killing at least 87 people. Dozens of others are reported missing.
—April 2002: Wind-swept flames engulf a packed inter-island ferry in the central Philippines, killing at least 23 and sparking panic among its 290 passengers and crew, some still waking up at the end of a 12-hour overnight trip. More than 90 are injured and 13 reported missing.
—Feb. 2004: A bomb believed to have been planted by al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf extremists explode aboard the Superferry 14 near Manila Bay, igniting an inferno that kills 116 people in Southeast Asia's second-worst terrorist attack.
—June 21, 2008: The MV Princess of the Stars, a 23,824-ton ferry, capsizes off central Sibuyan Island in a typhoon. Villagers find six bodies, while only four survivors are found in the initial hours of search efforts.
It's All About the Franks
I never saw so many "Franks" in the headlines. I heard in Negros they are divided into blaming Frank Drilon and Frank Chavez. "Frank" as a name for typhoons was chosen among the list in a contest sponsored by PAGASA. Somebody thought it would be weak and straightforward. It was very strong and sliced the country like a fillet knife. Official death toll is now 90 with about 800 missing. It surpassed Cosme in terms of casualties and it still is expected to reach Dagupan by 8 pm.
Hey, the typhoon changed track again and now decided to go west instead of north.
Gaiman is Back
The 3rd Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards
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