Archive for July, 2009
Dolphy is an anomaly.
He is one of the very few good men
Who did not die young.
His rendition of this song “Ikaw na Nga”
Has compelled me now to listen to it in its entirety.
It is truly the singer, not the song!
(Perhaps this song would be less boring if sung with the key an octave higher!)
I did decide , some innumerable whiles back, that the way the winners for the arts and entertainment awards were selected haphazardly, presumably by drawing straws. Up to today, I never believe that any of the awards for anything involving the arts were justifiable and ably judged. No offense meant to the judges, but their people are there, the expertise is there, but the scope that they are using has a lot to be desired in order to obtain a non-controversial decision.
Put it this way, art is subjective, and grading a piece of art work requires the same evaluation as is required for marking a student’s essay in English. The evaluation would not be as exact as a grade in math. Each teacher, reading the same essay, would have a different opinion and evaluation for the essay. And even if they have similar opinion about the essay, the teachers’ proficiencies in English would then be the subject of scrutiny. Would they be well-versed in American English, British English, Australian English, Carnival English, Runyonesque English, or what? What would they be using as a measuring stick, the Juilliard School’s, the Stratford-on-Avon’s, the Academy Award’s, the Cannes Festival’s, the Tchaikovsky Contest’s, the Florentine Renaissance School’s, or the Payatas Academy of Arts’ method.
Perhaps they have their own method of evaluation—and it could never be worse than this. The judges see the arts and entertainment in the Philippines with a scope as narrow as what would be experienced within the confines of the country only. These people may have never been immersed in the different aspects of arts and entertainment abroad. In other words, they see the arts and entertainment in the Philippines only in a Philippine perspective, as if all the aspects considered are in a box, and they would be innocent of that which is outside this box. It is of no surprise that the decisions of these people become controversial. Worse, the decision for the awards have never been penned to document the reasons why the choices were made. Perhaps everything is decided from just a show of hands. This is decision based on innocence.
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
The poison of the honey bee
is the artist’s jealousy.
The winner’s shout, the loser’s curse,
Dance before dead England’s hearse.
Auguries of Innocence
By William Blake
Infants can die early of too much cholesterol in milk?
NAH! you’re just pulling my leg.!
1% milk is called skimmed milk
3% milk is called homogenized milk, the common one.
10%milk is called cream milk for coffee and such.
I use the 10%, and I don’t drink it, I sip it.
I use the 3% for cereals, which I don’t take much.
I use gatas ng kalabaw for my steamed rice!
Kids may die early of too much cholesterol if they happened to grow old backwards.
I don’t grow old backwards. I don’t grow old at all! And you’re still pretty nevertheless!
So there! OK?
Presidential candidate Senator Manny Villar stunned the worldwide Philippine electorate with a free house and lot for each of the six OFW contestants in the Wowowee program.
(click on blue “Sikap at Tiyaga” caption)
This should provide him with a go-ahead status in the polls for presidentiables.
Revealed in this Wowowee program is Villar’s ace up his sleeve—his lovely daughter. She should most assuredly propel him towards the presidency.
She should make a handsome First Daughter!
He should……ah never mind!
Yesterday the hottest spot in Canada was in British Columbia,
where temperatures recorded were at 45 degree celsius. Corn matured faster here, and maybe pigs come home roasted.
The pavement is at 57 degrees, and the car exterior is at 78 degrees, and that can roast pertatoes.
This was measured by Robin Stickley, Global news.
A whole lot of the Arroyo Administration achievement was done with the aid of the dollar remittances of the Migratory Filipinos, commonly called the OFW’s.
Not much commensurate praise was laid on them by this SONA, however. Pity the lovers that get separated because one had to work for a living abroad.
As one harlequin OFW sings to another harlequin OFW—-
You’ll never know just how much I miss you
You’ll never know just how much I care
And if I try I still couldn’t fight my love for you
You ought to know for haven’t I told you so
A million or more times.
You went away and my heart went with you
I speak your name in my every prayer
And if there’s some other way
To prove that I love you I swear
I don’t know how.
You’ll never know if you don’t know now.
(When I was younger, circa 1910, I used to sing this to my girl friend
during those times when she forget to send me Baby Ruth bars!)
Them’s fighting words!
After making one heedless public apology,
She is not about to say sorry again,
Hence this ken-leon-ken-tigre,
Kung ayaw niyo, huwag niyo stance.
She rattled off all the achievements of her administration,
Skipping the bad things that happened during her watch,
Bad things that would compel her to apologize again,
Which is what the public would like her to do,
So they can ignore her again.
Tarry a while,
This stance do create more negative impressions from the public.
But it also creates the impression of strength from amongst the
Heads of State of the rest of the world.
Strength implies permanence. This would serve her well in her
Negotiated agreements with international leaders.
This affords her a leverage over her international palavers,
Back home remains the nagging question of whether she can deliver.
If she declares simply she will not pursue any public office come 2010,
The well-knit organization that now does her bidding
Will simply disintegrate
Wowowee sometimes do not recognized the talents that it has, most possibly because there are many in the fold. Like this one—–
With that height, she could be an imposing bellydancer. It would be a first for the Philippines, too! And that’s a dare!
Check this one out, a traditional belly dance.
The military action against the rebels in Mindanao is halted. This situation is believed to be conducive to resumption of talks betweenm the milf and the Philippine government.
The suspension of hostilities is only applicable to the milf rebels, not the Abu Sayyaf terrorists.
How does one distinguish between them, anyway?
Well, if we must, we must!
Come to think of it, if that area were developed economically, there would have been no need to negotiate with the milf, nor with anybody, for that matter.
Kaunting tiyaga, at kaunting hinahon,
Upang maiwasan ang taga ng panahon.
Let us not let this charge happen again, bayan,
Nakapaghintay tayo ng siyam na taon
Kaunti na lang ang natitirang siyam na buwan.
Mayroon din naman siyang mabuting nagawa
Kahit na kaunti!
Dregs of society
Scum of the earth
Themselves they know this
Let no outsider say this!
Out to prove something
That they can also ask for something
People is what they are
Let people say so.
Pandesal for c-rations
With coco jam, or margarine-sugar,
or the sardine luxury
or tasteless boiled egg.
Sticks for swords
Rocks for missiles
Against tear gas and truncheons
Rubber bullets and real bullets.
But leaders born
Whoever dares to go forward
Leads the mass onward.
Shorn of El Shaddai
Betrayed by INC
Denied by leftist champions
Beset by hunger
Buffeted by taunts
Cries of anger
Pleas for recognition
And then back to the barricades.
The charge goes once
And then twice
Thrice, four times
Each time the barricades go down
And with them goes
The science of crowd control
And the image of the
Philippine Crowd Dispersal Units.
There will be no honors
No medals, not even praises
Only whispered tributes
From newly discovered bonds
With the silent glow of pride
That theirs was a magnificent charge
So magnificent that nobody else
Dares own it, nor disown them
“When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honor the charge they made,
Honor the Pandesal Brigade,
Noble Pandesal Brigade.”
It is ridiculous, stupid even, to protest against a SONA that has to be delivered yet!
The SONA, or the State of the Nation Address, is scheduled to be given by the President on July 27, but protests against it are now ongoing.
The aim of the protests is not to stop the delivery of the SONA but to inform people that it will tell lies.
This is ridiculous. The SONA is a report, and whether it contains lies or not, it is still only a report, will not do anything, will not affect anything, but will still be only a report.
So why turn everything upside down to protest against it. If the SONA tells lies, then contradict the lies, write against it, shout over the media and argue against it, don’t believe in it, but at least wait until you hear it.
BAYAN, let us come to our senses. We are acting stupidly. Listen to the SONA first. Then kalampag all you can if you do not like it!
BAYAN, para kayong mga batang umiiyak na agad kahit na hindi pa napapalo!
Vancouver is the nicest place in Canada weather-wise.
It is actually the warmest place in Canada.
It is also the port of entry for immigrants coming in from the Pacific, and thence it becomes the melting pot of the orient.
The wages in Vancouver are the highest in Canada. it follows that the price of commodities is also the highest.
But still, it is the warmest, most scenic spot in Canada.