Archive for December, 2009

Year of the Pinoys

OK, I got tired of waiting for somebody else to say it, so I will say it misself—

2009 is the Year of the Pinoys!

Suddenly, the world woke up to the wonderful world of the Pinoys. Yehey!

This year of awards is culminated by Efren Penaflorida’s winning  the CNN  Hero  of  the  Year  Award.

Mabuhay,”  ‘at’s wot de man said, and he can say that again.

Test your graphics card



painterHappy New Year!

Clare College Cambridge Choir

A pingback on the Clare College Choir which I posted earlier brings us to an open letter to the said Choir. 

This much-polished choir has been invited to sing in Israel and, I presume, a Palestinian movement asks for signatures to protest against the event. Printed below is a copy of the open letter :

Open letter to the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge:

Dear Director of Music, Timothy Brown and members of the choir,

We understand that you intend to tour Israel with the Choir of Clare
College to perform J.S. Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio’ between 25th and
30th December this year and we are asking you to reconsider this

Artists and musicians in Palestine, inspired by the example of the
campaign which brought an end to apartheid in South Africa, have asked
people of conscience around the world not to perform in Israel as an
act of solidarity with them. They do not do this lightly, but because
over forty years of talking have brought no meaningful results in the
implementation of international law and humanitarian law to help
Palestinians achieve an independent sovereign state.

December 27 will be the anniversary of the terrible day last year that
Israel unleashed a military onslaught on the trapped population of the
Gaza Strip. While the rest of the world will be remembering the
massacre of 1,400 Palestinian people, your choir will be performing in
the capital city of the government which perpetrated acts now regarded
as war crimes, according to the latest UN report from Judge Richard

Your invitation to perform in Israel is from the Israel Camerata, a
body partially funded by the Israeli government. To accept such an
invitation is to ignore the fact that Israel is currently engaged in
the longest ever occupation of a people, an occupation declared
illegal by the United Nations. You will see nothing of the reality of
life under occupation for the Palestinian people of the West Bank,
Gaza and East Jerusalem.

The Gaza tragedy was merely the latest episode in the catastrophe
which has befallen the people of Palestine since the destruction of
their villages and the creation of hundreds of thousands of refugees
at the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948. The town of Karmiel,
where you are due to perform on December 30th, is built on land
expropriated from the Palestinian villages of Deir al-Asad, Bi’ina and

The fact that you have been invited to participate in the traditional
Christmas Eve carol service in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
only emphasises the publicity value to the Israeli government of this
trip. Many Palestinian Christians are denied the right to attend this
service by the Israeli government and army.

To go ahead with this tour could appear indifferent to Palestinian suffering.

Music brings a message of hope but in this instance it will be seen by
the Palestinian people as an endorsement of Israeli occupation. We
ask you again to reconsider your decision.



I really would not sign such letters as this as I am not engaged in worldwide politics. But I will post anything on my site for what it is worth and not for what it influences.

This website shows a map of the Clare College Cambridge :

wizard1And once again comes the Clare College Cambridge Choir singing O Come All Ye Faithful. This is to demonstrate the split-second pauses that they put between some particular words.


O Come All Ye Faithful

Hansel and Gretel


Hansel and gretel, whichever it is.


Re-living Mt. Pinatubo

Mt. Pinatubo


Mt.  Pinatubo

Dumadagundong, rumaragasa

Pinatubo clip1.wmv 

Pinatubo clip2.wmv

Pinatubo clip3.wmv



TJ Manotoc


I’m  glad  I don’t have to work that day!


Zyann Ambrosio


Francis Magbanua


Jenny Reyes


Zen and Timi




Maricar and Ina



Rico and Doland



Winnie and Ginger









The Christmas Day Watch

Now where was I?

…….some creatures were stirring, and they’re not even mice…..

It is the Christmas Day Watch, and they have to work that day, some of the ABS-CBN staff.

Gosh, I’m glad I was not working that day. But they should not fret, it was a friday, and there will be 364 more days before they will have to do it again.

The Subtlety of Pastels

The color electric blue may be stupefying, the color scarlet red may be blinding, but nothing may describe the subtlety of pastel colors; like this one – a sort of light purple-pinkish hue which is so subtle it gives a hint that it offers something appetizing.. In fact, kung cake lang ito nginasab ko na.

 I must confess that I have a weakness for some and all imageries that satisfy the optics, hence my outspoken affinity for any picture or photo that is pleasant to look at.

 This particular color that Pinky wears heightens the tint of her complexion so much so that she actually looks pinkish as her name implies. Light pastel colors highlight the complexion of the one wearing clothes made of these. And I am about to revise my impression of  pastel colors so as to give them more consideration in the future.


 Looking at this picture, and considering my mania for such imageries, she just makes my day.

 Or to be more specific, she just makes my Christmas Day. nice_day

Wheng Hidalgo


From Somebody you don’t know before

The best thing that could happen to anybody is to receive holiday greetings from somebody you never knew before.

Here’s one of them…..



(This one came from

Anyway, Happy Jolidays to those who do not know me.

Marieton Pacheco


Ah, but she did well with the DoJ stint.

The Winter Olympics will be held on February of next year at Whistler, British Columbia.



The Past Years….

according to the  JOANNA—-

I’m not concerned about swine flu. 
Here’s what I am concerned about:
3 years ago, Chinese calendar year of the cow….. Mad Cow disease.
2 years ago, Chinese calendar year of the bird….. Avian flu.
This year, Chinese calendar year of the pig………. Swine flu.
Next year is the year of the cock ……… Anybody else worried?
(Sent in by Joanna G.)

Piqued like children

Yep, the undaunted Comelec finally got piqued. It is announced that there will be an extension of the voters registration.

BUT, no extra ballots will be printed, adding that not 100% of those who registered will vote, anyway. Of all the childish remarks to say, this tops the book.

The comelec is saying, in minceful words, that they will accept new registrants but they will not print new ballots to accomodate them.

This would be expressing a similarly piqued gesture of putting up extra seats for the concert but not printing more tickets for the extra occupants. Or selling more tickets without putting up more seats to accomodate the extra people.

I was right, the Comelec IS a nuisance. face2

Bop on the Head

There is no explanation for it. Some enraged journalist simply bopped the prime suspect for the Maguindanao massacre, Ampatuan Jr.. on the head with his heavy camera. We can understand what brought that about but no amount of explanation by the press people would defend this action.

I may have done the same thing when piqued, but then again I should be castigated for it.

For all we know, the stagger and the smirk by Ampatuan Jr. was staged to get exactly this result of getting bopped on the head by the press people.

Ever thought of that?

Relax, people, you can get to to him by spiting the rest of his family.

Find out where their money is stashed away.

The Blinking Parol

I wrote that the blinkings irritate, not the parol irritates.

I have one of these shipped to me from the Philippines and after the first night that I put it up on the window, I opened it up to bypass the flasher. The blinkings are annoying, especially this one where the flash had been set to blink at a fast rate.

Why don’t you just bypass the flasher and set the lights to go on continuously. That is, if your studio cannot afford a tiny christmas tree facsimile that can be stood on top your coffee table.

Nothing personal. Just a friendly advice.

I hope that I already proved in six months or so that I am in fact friendly.