Friday, July 30, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: FEEL in the BLANKS

FEEL in the BLANKS
By Earvin Charles B. Cabalquinto

TAUHAN:

Pinuno
Modelong Empleyado
Sekretary ni Pinuno


Isang hapon. Sa lupang dayuhan. Sa huling floor ng gusali. Nakaupo ang pinuno.

Katok. Katok. Katok.

Pinuno: Come in!!!!!!! (mukhang badtrip)

Papasok si Modelong Empleyado. May bitbit na papel. Naka-ear phones.

Iaabot ni Modelong Empleyado ang kapirasong papel sa Pinuno.

Pinuno: What is this?

Hindi maririnig ang sinabi ni Pinuno.

Pinuno: Hey you! What is this? Are you funny me?

Magtatanggal ng ear phones ang Modelong empleyado at ituturo ang heading sa papel.

Pinuno: You are...what?

Modelong Empleyado: _________, sir.

Pinuno: Cannot! Cannot! You have a lot of work! No ______ for you!

Modelong Empleyado: Can! Can! Can! I have a right.

Tatayo ang Pinuno. Uupo ang modelong empleyado. Babasahin ng pinuno ang papel.

Pinuno: See? You don't have reason to _______. Cannot!

Modelong Empleyado: I have a lot of reason sir. Let me explain to you one by one.

Pinuno: No! You are wasting my time. The _______ not enough? You not happy with my _______ You don't like _____? What is your main reason why you want ________?

Modelong Empleyado: Sir, I realized I want to take care of the farm.

Pinuno: What? Farm? You _____ for me. Cannot!

Modelong Empleyado: We don't have a farm.

Pinuno: Then why you want to farm?

Modelong Empleyado: I want to develop my farm in Farmville.

Pinuno: Farmville? Is that Facebook?

Modelong Empleyado: Correct sir! You're right!

Tatawa ng malakas ang Pinuno. Hahahaha!

Katahimikan.

Pinuno: You want to _______ for Farmville?

Tatawa ng malakas ang Pinuno.

Katahimikan.

Pinuno: You want Farmville not my ______ and _______?

Tatawa muli ng napakalakas ang Pinuno.

Katahimikan.

Pinuno: You are....

Modelong Empleyado: A model employee. bdfhfv v jbfgberng nkrgnirwngnwrkgw kngjwbgn!

Pinuno: What are you saying?

Modelong Empleyado: jfbvev njbguwrbgnkn kngwrbgrgjm kngiwbgber! mkgnrebgr!!!!!!!

Pinuno: What are you saying? Are you speaking ________?

Modelong Empleyado: vdvfvwevgvgvd jgbwrbgnkgni jfbjwfguwebu!!!!!!

Pinuno: Stop! I will call the police!

Modelong Empleyado: jbhdfvvf!!!!!njdvbdv!!!!

Tatakbo ang Pinuno sa may pintuan. Pag bukas ng Pinuno ng pintuan, bubulaga sa kanya ang masaga at luntiang kapaligiran ng FARMVILLE.

May boses na sisigaw. Isang tinig ng babae.


SECRETARY NI PINUNO KAUSAP SI MODELONG EMPLEYADO: You, you! Boss is call you!

Ngingiti si Modelong Empleyado. Makikita ang monitor nito na naka-set sa Farmville.

Kukunin ni Modelong Empleyadoang kapirasong papel sa mesa at papasok sa kuwarto ni Pinuno.

Maririnig sa labas ng opisina ang boses ni Pinuno. Galit. Ang sasabihin nito, What is this?

DILIM.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: Pulubi

Pulubi
By Earvin Charles B. Cabalquinto

Calling all passengers of ______ bound to Caticlan , please prepare for boarding. Calling all passengers of ______ bound to Caticlan, please prepare for boarding.

Isang babae. Naka-iPad. Tino-touch ang kanyang iPad. Busy. Busying. Busy busyhan.

Magpopost sa Twitter ang babaeng super busy. "is going to Boracay. Beach. Boys. Bitches. Luvin it!"

Sasagot ang kaibigan ng Sosyalera.

@sosyalera See you girl later! Mwah!

Lalapit ang Pulubi. Marungis. Sobrang dungis.

Pulubi: Excuse me? Excuse me miss? Is this seat taken?

Magugulat ang sosyalera. Tatanggalin ang earphones. Itataas ang shades.

Sosyalera: Gaaaaawd! Who are you? You are sooooo marungis! Eeeeeew!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: CREATIVE BOOKSHELVES!

I love reading books. I just find books so amusing. By simply reading some fictitious narratives, I get to enter a world far from where I live; a world that I never thought exists. Just like dreams, books bring my imagination at its unexplainable state.

I am late bloomer in reading books. More than holding the microphone and belting out some songs in our neighborhood, reading has been my constant companion in enjoying wee hours or simply to keep myself busy.

Although I enjoyed reading when I was in highschool, I started to voraciously read when I stepped in college. I had to read in order to survive UP. Good thing, reading a lot led me to appreciate books more and enhanced my communication skills.

I specifically love literary books. In fact, I love reading Filipino novels. On the side, while I can jump into the "bookworm" bandwagon of availing new and talk-of-the-town commercial foreign novels, I super like reading the works of Murakami and Gaiman. I just love how they creatively stitch the plot of their stories; not to forget, the mind-boggling characters and the smoothness of the language! On a different note, I also collect books on Mass Media, Advertising, Popular culture and Communication. Having said all of these, you can now imagine my room packed with a plethora of books ranging from fiction to non-fiction types.

Interestingly, yesterday, while I was contemplating on my so called "wishful academic venture" and future house, I came across to this website that showcases some creative bookshelves. I must say, I was impressed. And with my future plan of designing my own home, I just thought that the designs deserve to be shared. And so, here it goes.

1. Stairway to Knowledge. I like this idea of combining the functionality of a bookshelf and a staircase. This can surely save more spaces while it can accommodate hundreds or even thousands of books.


2.Infinite Sign. The first time I saw this, I imagine how Powerbooks would creatively orchestrate some Big Sale of Books. Cool eh! Just a naughty thought, maybe we can have some "dancers" dressed in school uniforms who are dancing on this shelf! LOL!


3.Chairman of the Books! Now, you don't have to stand up and get your book in the shelf. By simply sitting in this chair, you can now access all your favorite reads. Indeed, this is gonna be relaxing and time saving.


4.Tree of Knowledge. This design definitely piques my taste. While the design is inspired with some "Go Green" theme, the layout will surely blend perfectly with my goal of maximizing spaces. This is kinda ideal of Condo lovers who want to inject creativity and functionality in their hubs.


5.The Womb. The first time I saw this, I thought, it's a womb. Frankly, the design gives me a relaxing feel as it utilizes the comforting concept of the womb. It's simply clever and comfortable! On top of that, this bookshelf won't eat much space should you want to have it in your house. And there's a built-in light which may inspire you more on your reading quest.



6. Thought Balloons. Whenever we read, we use our mind to articulate the narratives or messages of the book. On top of that, as we give in to the discourse of the book, our thoughts also pop out uncontrollably. Looking at the design below, perhaps the designer realize that thought balloons connote creative reading. See the design? I love the wood, the different sizes and how it can be placed in the wall.


7.Tricky Shelf. Okay, you are not having some hallucinations. What you see is real. Seriously, among the book shelves that were featured by the website, this is the least I like. Why? Perhaps, after a long day of making love with books, looking at this furniture would just be a sore in my eye. I won't be prepared for some optical illusions especially with my tired eyes. Although, it's one-of-a-kind and creatively 'creepy?' LOL!

Hopefully, in the near future, I'll have one of these creative bookshelves in my house. Plus, I just wish I can fill a bookshelf with books that have my name on it - as the author! =)

Just a thought, do you think bookshelves will be phased out as Digital Novels or Books get in the way? I hope not. Honestly, holding and reading books gives a different high in me. Plus, seeing bookshelves adds inspiration to a bookworm like me.

Images are from: http://www.davison.com/creators/2010/05/

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: Kulet!

There are some photo that make me smile whenever I see it. Yeah! It's the photo of my pamangkin Gabriel Joaquin Francia- Cabalquinto. He's born last 12 April 2010.
Now, he is turning four months old! Ang cuuuute!

Another set of photo that makes me smile is this - my father and youngest brother cuddling our little angel! Ang kulit!

I soooo love the "gulat" look on Baby Gab! hahaha

Here is another "gulat" look! Cuuuuute!

I can't wait to be home next year and hug our family's little angel! It's gonna be exciting coz Baby Gab will turn one year old! Yeeeehey! Parteeeee ito! =)

Monday, July 26, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: SONA 2010

July 26, 2010, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Vice President Jejomar Binay; Chief Justice Renato Corona; Former Presidents Fidel Valdez Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada; members of the House of Representatives and the Senate; distinguished members of the diplomatic corps; my fellow workers in government;

Mga minamahal kong kababayan:

Sa bawat sandali po ng pamamahala ay nahaharap tayo sa isang sangandaan.

Sa isang banda po ay ang pagpili para sa ikabubuti ng taumbayan. Ang pagtanaw sa interes ng nakakarami; at pagkapit sa prinsipyo; at ang pagiging tapat sa sinumpaan nating tungkulin bilang lingkod-bayan. Ito po ang tuwid na daan.

Sa kabilang banda ay ang pag-una sa pansariling interes. Ang pagpapaalipin sa pulitikal na konsiderasyon, at pagsasakripisyo ng kapakanan ng taumbayan. Ito po ang baluktot na daan.

Matagal pong naligaw ang pamahalaan sa daang baluktot. Araw-araw po, lalong lumilinaw sa akin ang lawak ng problemang ating namana. Damang-dama ko ang bigat ng aking responsibilidad.

Sa unang tatlong linggo ng aming panunungkulan, marami po kaming natuklasan. Nais ko pong ipahayag sa inyo ang iilan lamang sa mga namana nating suliranin at ang ginagawa naming hakbang para lutasin ang mga ito.

Sulyap lamang po ito; hindi pa ito ang lahat ng problemang haharapin natin. Inilihim at sadyang iniligaw ang sambayanan sa totoong kalagayan ng ating bansa.

Sa unang anim na buwan ng taon, mas malaki ang ginastos ng gobyerno kaysa sa pumasok na kita. Lalong lumaki ang deficit natin, na umakyat na sa 196.7 billion pesos. Sa target na kuleksyon, kinapos tayo ng 23.8 billion pesos; ang tinataya namang gastos, nalagpasan lang natin ng 45.1 billion pesos.

Ang budget po sa 2010 ay 1.54 trillion pesos.

Nasa isandaang bilyong piso o anim at kalahating porsyento na lang ng kabuuan ang malaya nating magagamit para sa nalalabing anim na buwan ng taong ito.

Halos isang porsyento na lang po ng kabuuang budget ang natitira para sa bawat buwan.

Saan naman po dinala ang pera?

Naglaan ng dalawang bilyong piso na Calamity Fund bilang paghahanda para sa mga kalamidad na hindi pa nangyayari. Napakaliit na nga ng pondong ito, ngunit kapapasok pa lang natin sa panahon ng baha at bagyo, 1.4 billion pesos o sitenta porsyento (70%) na ang nagastos.

Sa kabuuan ng 108 million pesos para sa lalawigan ng Pampanga, 105 million pesos nito ay napunta sa iisang distrito lamang.

Samantala, ang lalawigan ng Pangasinan na sinalanta ng Pepeng ay nakatanggap ng limang milyong piso (P5M) lamang para sa pinsalang idinulot ng bagyong Cosme, na nangyari noong 2008 pa.

Ibinigay po ang pondo ng Pampanga sa buwan ng eleksyon, pitong buwan pagkatapos ng Ondoy at Pepeng. Paano kung bumagyo bukas? Inubos na ang pondo nito para sa bagyong nangyari noong isang taon pa. Pagbabayaran ng kinabukasan ang kasakiman ng nakaraan.

Ganyan din po ang nangyari sa pondo ng MWSS. Kamakailan lamang, pumipila ang mga tao para lang makakuha ng tubig. Sa kabila nito, minabuti pa ng liderato ng MWSS na magbigay ng gantimpala sa sarili kahit hindi pa nababayaran ang pensyon ng mga retiradong empleyado.

Noong 2009, ang buong payroll ng MWSS ay 51.4 million pesos. Pero hindi lang naman po ito ang sahod nila; may mga additional allowances at benefits pa sila na aabot sa 160.1 million pesos.

Sa madaling sabi, nakatanggap sila ng 211.5 million pesos noong nakaraang taon.

Beinte-kuwatro porsyento (24%) lang nito ang normal na sahod, at sitenta'y sais porsyento ang dagdag.

Ang karaniwang manggagawa hanggang 13th month pay plus cash gift lang ang nakukuha.

Sa MWSS, aabot sa katumbas ng mahigit sa tatlumpung buwan ang sahod kasama na ang lahat ng mga bonuses at allowances na nakuha nila.

Mas matindi po ang natuklasan natin sa pasahod ng kanilang Board of Trustees. Tingnan po natin ang mga allowances na tinatanggap nila:

Umupo ka lang sa Board of Trustees at Board Committee meeting, katorse mil na. Aabot ng nobenta'y otso mil ito kada buwan. May grocery incentive pa sila na otsenta mil kada taon.

Hindi lang iyon: may mid-year bonus, productivity bonus, anniversary bonus, year-end bonus, at Financial Assistance. May Christmas bonus na, may Additional Christmas Package pa. Kada isa sa mga ito, nobenta'y otso mil.

Sa suma total po, aabot ang lahat ng dalawa't kalahating milyong piso kada taon sa bawat miyembro ng Board maliban sa pakotse, technical assistance, at pautang. Uulitin ko po. Lahat ng ito ay ibinibigay nila sa kanilang mga sarili habang hindi pa nababayaran ang mga pensyon ng kanilang mga retirees.

Pati po ang La Mesa Watershed ay hindi nila pinatawad. Para magkaroon ng tamang supply ng tubig, kailangang alagaan ang mga watershed. Sa watershed, puno ang kailangan.

Pati po iyon na dapat puno ang nakatayo, tinayuan nila ng bahay para sa matataas na opisyal ng MWSS.

Hindi naman sila agad maaalis sa puwesto dahil kabilang sila sa mga Midnight Appointees ni dating Pangulong Arroyo.

Iniimbestigahan na natin ang lahat nang ito. Kung mayroon pa silang kahit kaunting hiya na natitira - sana kusa na lang silang magbitiw sa puwesto.

Pag-usapan naman po natin ang pondo para sa imprastruktura. Tumukoy ang DPWH ng dalawandaan apatnapu't anim na priority safety projects na popondohan ng Motor Vehicle Users Charge. Mangangailangan po ito ng budget na 425 million pesos.

Ang pinondohan po, dalawampu't walong proyekto lang. Kinalimutan po ang dalawandaan at labing walong proyekto at pinalitan ng pitumpung proyekto na wala naman sa plano. Ang hininging 425 million pesos, naging 480 million pesos pa, lumaki lalo dahil sa mga proyektong sa piling-piling mga benepisyaryo lang napunta.

Mga proyekto po itong walang saysay, hindi pinag-aralan at hindi pinaghandaan, kaya parang kabuteng sumusulpot.

Tapos na po ang panahon para dito. Sa administrasyon po natin, walang kota-kota, walang tongpats, ang pera ng taumbayan ay gagastusin para sa taumbayan lamang.

Meron pa po tayong natuklasan. Limang araw bago matapos ang termino ng nakaraang administrasyon, nagpautos silang maglabas ng 3.5 billion pesos para sa rehabilitasyon ng mga nasalanta nina Ondoy at Pepeng.

Walumpu't anim na proyekto ang paglalaanan dapat nito na hindi na sana idadaan sa public bidding. Labingsiyam sa mga ito na nagkakahalaga ng 981 million pesos ang muntik nang makalusot. Hindi pa nailalabas ang Special Allotment Release Order ay pirmado na ang mga kontrata.

Buti na lang po ay natuklasan at pinigilan ito ni Secretary Rogelio Singson ng DPWH. Ngayon po ay dadaan na ang kabuuan ng 3.5 billion pesos sa tapat na bidding, at magagamit na ang pondo na ito sa pagbibigay ng lingap sa mga nawalan ng tahanan dahil kina Ondoy at Pepeng.

Pag-usapan naman natin ang nangyari sa NAPOCOR. Noong 2001 hanggang 2004, pinilit ng gobyerno ang NAPOCOR na magbenta ng kuryente nang palugi para hindi tumaas ang presyo. Tila ang dahilan: pinaghahandaan na nila ang eleksyon.

Dahil dito, noong 2004, sumagad ang pagkakabaon sa utang ng NAPOCOR. Napilitan ang pambansang gobyerno na sagutin ang dalawandaang bilyong pisong utang nito.

Ang inakala ng taumbayan na natipid nila sa kuryente ay binabayaran din natin mula sa kaban ng bayan. May gastos na tayo sa kuryente, binabayaran pa natin ang dagdag na pagkakautang ng gobyerno.

Kung naging matino ang pag-utang, sana'y nadagdagan ang ating kasiguruhan sa supply ng kuryente. Pero ang desisyon ay ibinatay sa maling pulitika, at hindi sa pangangailangan ng taumbayan. Ang taumbayan, matapos pinagsakripisyo ay lalo pang pinahihirapan.

Ganito rin po ang nangyari sa MRT. Sinubukan na namang bilhin ang ating pagmamahal. Pinilit ang operator na panatilihing mababa ang pamasahe.

Hindi tuloy nagampanan ang garantiyang ibinigay sa operator na mababawi nila ang kanilang puhunan. Dahil dito, inutusan ang Landbank at Development Bank of the Philippines na bilhin ang MRT.

Ang pera ng taumbayan, ipinagpalit sa isang naluluging operasyon.

Dumako naman po tayo sa pondo ng NFA.

Noong 2004: 117,000 metric tons ang pagkukulang ng supply ng Pilipinas. Ang binili nila, 900,000 metric tons. Kahit ulitin mo pa ng mahigit pitong beses ang pagkukulang, sobra pa rin ang binili nila.

Noong 2007: 589,000 metric tons ang pagkukulang ng supply sa Pilipinas. Ang binili nila, 1.827 million metric tons. Kahit ulitin mo pa ng mahigit tatlong beses ang pagkukulang, sobra na naman ang binili nila.

Ang masakit nito, dahil sobra-sobra ang binibili nila taun-taon, nabubulok lang pala sa mga kamalig ang bigas, kagaya ng nangyari noong 2008.

Hindi po ba krimen ito, na hinahayaan nilang mabulok ang bigas, sa kabila ng apat na milyong Pilipinong hindi kumakain ng tatlong beses sa isang araw?

Ang resulta nito, umabot na sa 171.6 billion pesos ang utang ng NFA noong Mayo ng taong ito.

Ang tinapon na ito, halos puwede na sanang pondohan ang mga sumusunod:

Ang budget ng buong Hudikatura, na 12.7 billion pesos sa taong ito.

Ang Conditional Cash Transfers para sa susunod na taon, na nagkakahalaga ng 29.6 billion pesos.

Ang lahat ng classroom na kailangan ng ating bansa, na nagkakahalaga ng 130 billion pesos.

Kasuklam-suklam ang kalakarang ito. Pera na, naging bato pa.

Narinig po ninyo kung paano nilustay ang kaban ng bayan. Ang malinaw po sa ngayon: ang anumang pagbabago ay magmumula sa pagsiguro natin na magwawakas na ang pagiging maluho at pagwawaldas.

Kaya nga po mula ngayon: ititigil na natin ang paglulustay sa salapi ng bayan.

Tatanggalin natin ang mga proyektong mali.

Ito po ang punto ng tinatawag nating zero-based approach sa ating budget. Ang naging kalakaran po, taun-taon ay inuulit lamang ang budget na puno ng tagas. Dadagdagan lang nang konti, puwede na.

Sa susunod na buwan ay maghahain tayo ng budget na kumikilala nang tama sa mga problema, at magtutuon din ng pansin sa tamang solusyon.

Ilan lang ito sa mga natuklasan nating problema. Heto naman po ang ilang halimbawa ng mga hakbang na ginagawa natin.

Nandiyan po ang kaso ng isang may-ari ng sanglaan. Bumili siya ng sasakyang tinatayang nasa dalawampu't anim na milyong piso ang halaga.

Kung kaya mong bumili ng Lamborghini, bakit hindi mo kayang magbayad ng buwis?

Nasampahan na po ito ng kaso. Sa pangunguna nina Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, BIR Commissioner Kim Henares at Customs Commissioner Lito Alvarez, bawat linggo po ay may bago tayong kasong isinasampa kontra sa mga smuggler at sa mga hindi nagbabayad ng tamang buwis.

Natukoy na rin po ang salarin sa mga kaso nina Francisco Baldomero, Jose Daguio at Miguel Belen, tatlo sa anim na insidente ng extralegal killings mula nang umupo tayo.

Singkuwenta porsyento po ng mga insidente ng extralegal killings na nangyari sa maikling taon ng ating panunungkulan ang patungo na sa kanilang resolusyon.

Ang natitira pong kalahati ay hindi natin tatantanan ang pag-usig hanggang makamit ang katarungan.

Pananagutin natin ang mga mamamatay-tao. Pananagutin din natin ang mga corrupt sa gobyerno.

Nagsimula nang mabuo ang ating Truth Commission, sa pangunguna ni dating Chief Justice Hilario Davide. Hahanapin natin ang katotohanan sa mga nangyari diumanong katiwalian noong nakaraang siyam na taon.

Sa loob ng linggong ito, pipirmahan ko ang kauna-unahang Executive Order na nagtatalaga sa pagbuo nitong Truth Commission.

Kung ang sagot sa kawalan ng katarungan ay pananagutan, ang sagot naman sa kakulangan natin sa pondo ay mga makabago at malikhaing paraan para tugunan ang mga pagkatagal-tagal nang problema.

Napakarami po ng ating pangangailangan: mula sa edukasyon, imprastruktura, pangkalusugan, pangangailangan ng militar at kapulisan, at marami pang iba. Hindi kakasya ang pondo para mapunan ang lahat ng ito.

Kahit gaano po kalaki ang kakulangan para mapunuan ang mga listahan ng ating pangangailangan, ganado pa rin ako dahil marami nang nagpakita ng panibagong interes at kumpyansa sa Pilipinas.

Ito ang magiging solusyon: mga Public-Private Partnerships. Kahit wala pa pong pirmahang nangyayari dito, masasabi kong maganda ang magiging bunga ng maraming usapin (ukol ditto).

May mga nagpakita na po ng interes, gustong magtayo ng expressway na mula Maynila, tatahak ng Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, hanggang sa dulo ng Cagayan Valley nang hindi gugugol ang estado kahit na po piso.

Sa larangan ng ating Sandatahang Lakas:

Mayroon po tayong 36,000 nautical miles na baybayin. Ang mayroon lamang tayo: tatlumpu't dalawang barko. Itong mga barkong ito, panahon pa ni General MacArthur.

May nagmungkahi sa atin, ito ang proposisyon: uupahan po nila ang headquarters ng Navy sa Roxas Boulevard at ang Naval Station sa Fort Bonifacio.

Sagot po nila ang paglipat ng Navy Headquarters sa Camp Aguinaldo. Agaran, bibigyan tayo ng isandaang milyong dolyar. At dagdag pa sa lahat nang iyan, magsusubi pa sila sa atin ng kita mula sa mga negosyong itatayo nila sa uupahan nilang lupa.

Sa madali pong sabi: Makukuha natin ang kailangan natin, hindi tatayo gagastos, kikita pa tayo.

Marami na pong nag-alok at nagmungkahi sa atin, mula lokal hanggang dayuhang negosyante, na magpuno ng iba't ibang pangangailangan.

Mula sa mga public-private partnerships na ito, lalago ang ating ekonomiya, at bawat Pilipino makikinabang. Napakaraming sektor na matutulungan nito.

Maipapatayo na po ang imprastrukturang kailangan natin para palaguin ang turismo.

Sa agrikultura, makapagtatayo na tayo ng mga grains terminals, refrigeration facilities, maayos na road networks at post-harvest facilities.

Kung maisasaayos natin ang ating food supply chain sa tulong ng pribadong sektor, sa halip na mag-angkat tayo ay maari na sana tayong mangarap na mag-supply sa pandaigdigang merkado.

Kung maitatayo ang minumungkahi sa ating mga railway system, bababa ang presyo ng bilihin. Mas mura, mas mabilis, mas maginhawa, at makakaiwas pa sa kotong cops at mga kumokotong na rebelde ang mga bumibiyahe.

Paalala lang po: una sa ating plataporma ang paglikha ng mga trabaho, at nanggagaling ang trabaho sa paglago ng industriya. Lalago lamang ang industriya kung gagawin nating mas malinis, mas mabilis, at mas maginhawa ang proseso para sa mga gustong magnegosyo.

Pabibilisin natin ang proseso ng mga proyektong sumasailalim sa Build-Operate-Transfer. Sa tulong ng lahat ng sangay ng gobyerno at ng mga mamamayan, pabababain natin sa anim na buwan ang proseso na noon ay inaabot ng taon kung hindi dekada.

May mga hakbang na rin pong sinisimulan ang DTI, sa pamumuno ni Secretary Gregory Domingo:

Ang walang-katapusang pabalik-balik sa proseso ng pagrehistro ng pangalan ng kumpanya, na kada dalaw ay umaabot ng apat hanggang walong oras, ibababa na natin sa labinlimang minuto.

Ang dating listahan ng tatlumpu't anim na dokumento, ibababa natin sa anim. Ang dating walong pahinang application form, ibababa natin sa isang pahina.

Nananawagan ako sa ating mga LGUs. Habang naghahanap tayo ng paraan para gawing mas mabilis ang pagbubukas ng mga negosyo, pag-aralan din sana nila ang kanilang mga proseso. Kailangan itong gawing mas mabilis, at kailangan itong itugma sa mga sinisumulan nating reporma.

Negosyante, sundalo, rebelde, at karaniwang Pilipino, lahat po makikinabang dito. Basta po hindi dehado ang Pilipino, papasukin po natin lahat iyan.

Kailangan na po nating simulan ang pagtutulungan para makamit ito. Huwag nating pahirapan ang isa't isa.

Parating na po ang panahon na hindi na natin kailangang mamili sa pagitan ng seguridad ng ating mamamayan o sa kinabukasan ng inyong mga anak.

Oras na maipatupad ang public-private partnerships na ito, mapopondohan ang mga serbisyong panlipunan, alinsunod sa ating plataporma.

Magkakapondo na po para maipatupad ang mga plano natin sa edukasyon.

Mapapalawak natin ang basic education cycle mula sa napakaikling sampung taon tungo sa global standard na labindalawang taon.

Madadagdagan natin ang mga classroom. Mapopondohan natin ang service contracting sa ilalim ng GASTPE.

Pati ang conditional cash transfers, na magbabawas ng pabigat sa bulsa ng mga pamilya, madadagdan na rin ng pondo.

Maipapatupad ang plano natin sa PhilHealth.

Una, tutukuyin natin ang tunay na bilang ng mga nangangailangan nito. Sa ngayon, hindi magkakatugma ang datos. Sabi ng PhilHealth sa isang bibig, walumpu't pitong porsyento na raw ang merong coverage. Sa kabilang bibig naman, singkuwenta'y tres porsyento. Ayon naman sa National Statistics Office, tatlumpu't walong porsyento ang may coverage.

Ngayon pa lang, kumikilos na si Secretary Dinky Soliman at ang DSWD upang ipatupad ang National Household Targetting System, na magtutukoy sa mga pamilyang higit na nagangailangan ng tulong. Tinatayang siyam na bilyon ang kailangan para mabigyan ng PhilHealth ang limang milyong pinakamaralitang pamilyang Pilipino.

Napakaganda po ng hinaharap natin. Kasama na po natin ang pribadong sektor, at kasama na rin natin ang League of Provinces, sa pangunguna nina Governor Alfonso Umali kasama sina Governor L-Ray Villafuerte at Governor Icot Petilla. Handa na pong makipagtulungan para makibahagi sa pagtustos ng mga gastusin. Alam ko rin pong hindi magpapahuli ang League of Cities sa pangunguna ni Mayor Oscar Rodriguez.

Kung ang mga gobyernong lokal ay nakikiramay na sa ating mga adhikain, ang Kongreso namang pinanggalingan ko, siguro naman maasahan ko din.

Nagpakitang-gilas na po ang gabinete sa pagtukoy ng ating mga problema at sa paglulunsad ng mga solusyon sa loob lamang ng tatlong linggo.

Nang bagyo pong Basyang, ang sabi sa atin ng mga may prangkisa sa kuryente, apat na araw na walang kuryente. Dahil sa mabilis na pagkilos ni Secretary Rene Almendras at ng Department of Energy, naibalik ang kuryente sa halos lahat sa loob lamang ng beinte-kwatro oras.

Ito pong sinasabing kakulangan sa tubig sa Metro Manila, kinilusan agad ni Secretary Rogelio Singson at ng DPWH. Hindi na siya naghintay ng utos, kaya nabawasan ang perwisyo.

Nakita na rin natin ang gilas ng mga hinirang nating makatulong sa Gabinete. Makatuwiran naman po sigurong umasa na hindi na sila padadaanin sa butas ng karayom para makumpirma ng Commission on Appointments. Kung mangyayari po ito, marami pa sa mga mahuhusay na Pilipino ang maeengganyong magsilbi sa gobyerno.

Sa lalong madaling panahon po, uupo na tayo sa LEDAC at pag-uusapan ang mga mahahalagang batas na kailangan nating ipasa. Makakaasa kayo na mananatiling bukas ang aking isipan, at ang ating ugnayan ay mananatiling tapat.

Isinusulong po natin ang Fiscal Responsibility Bill, kung saan hindi tayo magpapasa ng batas na mangangailangan ng pondo kung hindi pa natukoy ang panggagalingan nito. May 104.1 billion pesos tayong kailangan para pondohan ang mga batas na naipasa na, ngunit hindi maipatupad.

Kailangan din nating isaayos ang mga insentibong piskal na ibinigay noong nakaraan. Ngayong naghihigpit tayo ng sinturon, kailangang balikan kung alin sa mga ito ang dapat manatili at kung ano ang dapat nang itigil.

Huwag po tayong pumayag na magkaroon ng isa pang NBN-ZTE. Sa lokal man o dayuhan manggagaling ang pondo, dapat dumaan ito sa tamang proseso. Hinihingi ko po ang tulong ninyo upang amiyendahan ang ating Procurement Law.

Ayon po sa Saligang Batas, tungkulin ng estado ang siguruhing walang lamangan sa merkado. Bawal ang monopolya, bawal ang mga cartel na sasakal sa kumpetisyon. Kailangan po natin ng isang Anti-Trust Law na magbibigay-buhay sa mga prinsipyong ito. Ito ang magbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga Small- at Medium-scale Enterprises na makilahok at tumulong sa paglago ng ating ekonomiya.

Ipasa na po natin ang National Land Use Bill.

Una rin pong naging batas ng Commonwealth ang National Defense Act, na ipinasa noon pang 1935. Kailangan nang palitan ito ng batas na tutugon sa pangangailangan ng pambansang seguridad sa kasalukuyan.

Nakikiusap po akong isulong ang Whistleblower's Bill upang patuloy nang iwaksi ang kultura ng takot at pananahimik.

Palalakasin pa lalo ang Witness Protection Program. Alalahanin po natin na noong taong 2009 hanggang 2010, may nahatulan sa 95% ng mga kaso kung saan may witness na sumailalim sa programang ito.
Kailangang repasuhin ang ating mga batas. Nanawagan po akong umpisahan na ang rekodipikasyon ng ating mga batas, upang siguruhing magkakatugma sila at hindi salu-salungat.

Ito pong mga batas na ito ang batayan ng kaayusan, ngunit ang pundasyon ng lahat ng ginagawa natin ay ang prinsipyong wala tayong mararating kung walang kapayapaan at katahimikan.

Dalawa ang hinaharap nating suliranin sa usapin ng kapayapaan: ang situwasyon sa Mindanao, at ang patuloy na pag-aaklas ng CPP-NPA-NDF.

Tungkol sa situwasyon sa Mindanao: Hindi po nagbabago ang ating pananaw. Mararating lamang ang kapayapaan at katahimikan kung mag-uusap ang lahat ng apektado: Moro, Lumad, at Kristiyano. Inatasan na natin si Dean Marvic Leonen na mangasiwa sa ginagawa nating pakikipag-usap sa MILF.

Iiwasan natin ang mga pagkakamaling nangyari sa nakaraang administrasyon, kung saan binulaga na lang ang mga mamamayan ng Mindanao. Hindi tayo puwedeng magbulag-bulagan sa mga dudang may kulay ng pulitika ang proseso, at hindi ang kapakanan ng taumbayan ang tanging interes.

Kinikilala natin ang mga hakbang na ginagawa ng MILF sa pamamagitan ng pagdidisplina sa kanilang hanay. Inaasahan natin na muling magsisimula ang negosasyon pagkatapos ng Ramadan.

Tungkol naman po sa CPP-NPA-NDF: handa na ba kayong maglaan ng kongkretong mungkahi, sa halip na pawang batikos lamang?

Kung kapayapaan din ang hangad ninyo, handa po kami sa malawakang tigil-putukan. Kayo po ba ay handa na din? Mag-usap tayo.

Mahirap magsimula ang usapan habang mayroon pang amoy ng pulbura sa hangin. Nananawagan ako: huwag po natin hayaang masayang ang napakagandang pagkakataong ito upang magtipon sa ilalim ng iisang adhikain.

Kapayapaan at katahimikan po ang pundasyon ng kaunlaran. Habang nagpapatuloy ang barilan, patuloy din ang pagkakagapos natin sa kahirapan.

Dapat din po nating mabatid: ito ay panahon ng sakripisyo. At ang sakripisyong ito ay magiging puhunan para sa ating kinabukasan. Kaakibat ng ating mga karapatan at kalayaan ay ang tungkulin natin sa kapwa at sa bayan.

Inaasahan ko po ang ating mga kaibigan sa media, lalo na sa radyo at sa print, sa mga nagbablock-time, at sa community newspapers, kayo na po mismo ang magbantay sa inyong hanay.

Mabigyang-buhay sana ang mga batayang prinsipyo ng inyong bokasyon: ang magbigay-linaw sa mahahalagang isyu; ang maging patas at makatotohanan, at ang itaas ang antas ng pampublikong diskurso.

Tungkulin po ng bawat Pilipino na tutukan ang mga pinunong tayo rin naman ang nagluklok sa puwesto. Humakbang mula sa pakikialam tungo sa pakikilahok. Dahil ang nakikialam, walang-hanggan ang reklamo.

Ang nakikilahok, nakikibahagi sa solusyon.

Napakatagal na pong namamayani ang pananaw na ang susi sa asenso ay ang intindihin ang sarili kaysa intindihin ang kapwa. Malinaw po sa akin: paano tayo aasenso habang nilalamangan ang kapwa?

Ang hindi nabigyan ng pagkakataong mag-aral, paanong makakakuha ng trabaho? Kung walang trabaho, paanong magiging konsumer? Paanong mag-iimpok sa bangko?

Ngunit kung babaliktarin natin ang pananaw-kung iisipin nating "Dadagdagan ko ang kakayahan ng aking kapwa"-magbubunga po ito, at ang lahat ay magkakaroon ng pagkakataon.

Maganda na po ang nasimulan natin. At mas lalong maganda po ang mararating natin. Ngunit huwag nating kalimutan na mayroong mga nagnanasang hindi tayo magtagumpay. Dahil kapag hindi tayo
nagtagumpay, makakabalik na naman sila sa kapangyarihan, at sa pagsasamantala sa taumbayan.

Akin pong paniwala na Diyos at taumbayan ang nagdala sa ating kinalalagyan ngayon. Habang nakatutok tayo sa kapakanan ng ating kapwa, bendisyon at patnubay ay tiyak na maaasahan natin sa Poong Maykapal. At kapag nanalig tayo na ang kasangga natin ay ang Diyos, mayroon ba tayong hindi kakayanin?

Ang mandato nating nakuha sa huling eleksyon ay patunay na umaasa pa rin ang Pilipino sa pagbabago. Iba na talaga ang situwasyon. Puwede na muling mangarap. Tayo nang tumungo sa katuparan ng ating mga pinangarap.

Maraming salamat po.

source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/07/26/10/state-nation-address-pres-benigno-s-aquino-iii

Thursday, July 22, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: ADS FEVER!

1. Mcdo "Tween"



2. Greenwich "The Car" - Sobrang Cheesy



3. Greenwich "Discover Friendship, Discover Delicious"



4. Nescafe "3 in1 Mixtreme"



5. Globe Telecom "Hospital"



6. Camella Homes "Sikip"



7. Knorr "Makulat ang Sinabawang Gulay"



8. Lucky Me Pancit Canton



9. Lucky Me Pancit Canton Sweet and Spicy



10. Biolink



11. Biolink "Baptism"



12. Biolink VCO Hot Oil "Faith Healer"

Monday, July 19, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: INCEPTION

There had been one DVD lying in my room for the longest time now. It was Cecil’s DVD titled “My Name is Khan.” Based on hearsays, the said movie was great. And so, finally, after months, I had the time to watch it on one Sunday afternoon.

My Name is Khan is a very poignant and touching story that re-designs the image of our Muslim brothers through a lot of powerful scenes and heart breaking dialogues. Looking back at the story line of this masterpiece, My Name is Khan narrates the life of Riawan Khan, a Muslim from Borivali section of Mumbai, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism; Khan’s case of autism makes him angry whenever he sees an object painted with color yellow and whenever he hears a lot of noise. Despite such condition, Khan marries a Hindu single mother named Mandira, whom he met accidentally in one event his aperger’s syndrome occurs. As the story progresses from the time Khan and Mandira met and toward their marriage, the story also shows the complex impact of the 9/11 tragedy especially on their family, and on most Muslim individuals. And events in his life and Mandiro become twisted, Khan begins his journey to meet US President Obama to say that “He is not a terrorist.”


My Name is Khan is not a simplistic film that talks about how one individual can overcome personal challenges. The success of the movie lies in its brave and powerful attempt to shun the long held representation among Muslims as ‘terrorists” and who are greatly discriminated right after the 9/11 tragedy. As a viewer, you get to feel the authentic emotions of the characters who are battling not only their personal struggles in their personal space, but more importantly on the public space they are part of. More or more, a human versus human overarching conflict is brought to interpersonal and intrapersonal struggles.


I like how the movie starts. It shows Khan working his papers in the airport for a flight going to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, with his strange actions, he is pulled out by American police and was interrogated. What’s worse, his statement of “My name is Khan and I’m not a terrorist” worsens the situation. And from this scene, the audience will be moved to understand that Khan suffers from autism. Soon, the story unfolds the sole reason of his journey.


Apart from the beautiful dialogues and cultural infusion of the film to better convey the lives of the characters and the social milieu, the film is able to challenge the stereotypical views among Muslims. Based on the story, there is a high axing of Muslims in America especially when the 9/11 tragedy happened. Perhaps, not only in America, but across the globe. In fact, the movie zooms into the hardship a Muslim has to undergo in America to avoid discrimination and even death – change their names, stop wearing their religious dress, and a lot more. While sufferings are presented, hope is defined as well. And this is a reality that the movie is able to convey to its audience; not all Muslims are bad and there are also who are good.


The dichotomy of the bad and the good as a subordinate concept of the film successfully supports the advocacy on anti-discrimination among Muslims. Using the spontaneity and interaction of Khan to those people he meets on his journey, the audience is appalled to break the discriminatory views among Muslims. To my surprise, I was even crying at some scenes in the movie where Khan made an effort to metaphorically ‘repair’ some social injustices. Who can ever forget the deep relationship he had with Mama Jenny and its son in the small town of Wilhomena? That’s just rousing. And so I remember the movie titles The Kite Runner.


In the end, the movie leaves the audience an opening of possibilities, a sea of refreshing re-articulation of the Muslim imagery. Indeed, while there is a reification that some Muslims delve in misconception as pointed in Dr. Rahman’s recruitment, there are also those who seek for equality and unity that they gain through good deeds. Regardless of religion and race, the movie sets in a creation of a world that is fair and habitable by anyone.


So, did Khan is able to meet the President? It’s for you to find out. Watch it and better prepare to fall in tears. =)


RATINGS: 5 STARS!



Another movie, which left with me with a lot of things to ponder on, is Inception. With a blackout in our area here in Brunei due to heavy rains, I just joined my officemate to watch the movie in the nearest cinema.


The movie Inception is touted as contemporary sci-fi narrative that zooms into the architecture of the mind through dreams. Through the main character, Dom Cobb, a skilled ‘mind’ thief, the narrative articulates the endless possibilities of layering of dreams, creating projections and bending time and space continuum to extract valuable secrets in a corporate espionage. Interestingly, as the movie progresses, the story will showcase the challenges Cobb and his hired team to make a counter action; instead of extracting information from the mind, their team has to plant an idea that has to regenerate and impact action on the target person. As the team moves in maneuvering their well-planned design, everyone will be dragged in chaos with Cobb’s unresolved past that lies in his subconscious.


The movie Inception is a great articulation of the interplay of dreams and reality. While there is the story line that presents us a character that can extract an idea from a person through the dream state, there is also a disturbing re-articulation of planting an idea in the mind to provoke action. While these concepts are presented to the audience, one may also question the theoretical statement of the movie; the existence of projections that build and sometimes destroy images in the subconscious, and the possibility of layering dreams which break space and time continuum. Relative to such, the element of limbo as defined in the movie can be analyzed as a springboard on degradation or demise of one’s consciousness.


Apart from the action packed and adrenaline pumping scenes of the movie, the success of the movie works in the theoretical foundations it present to the audience. Seriously, a viewer may not only ponder on the journey of Cobb as he wants to be home with his family that always appear as his subconscious, but a viewer may also question the border with sets reality apart from dreams. Disturbingly, the movie posits that time can be lengthened through dreams as compared with the time arched in reality.


In the end, the movie gives a overwhelming experience to its viewers as it successfully showcases the existence of the ‘Kick’ to break the layers of dream and let the ‘dreamers’ be back in a state of reality. Bottom line, the movie simplifies the bending of time and space through the subconscious, powered by a surreal cinematography and high-powered visual effects.


As I walk away from the movie house, there was one idea that was planted in me; that is, are we really living in a reality or in a dream? Then again, reality is perception.


RATINGS: 5 STARS

Thursday, July 15, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: JERUDONG PARK!

Last week, I had to chance to visit one of Brunei’s tourist attractions, Jerudong Park. I visited the park together with my officemate because we have to check the location for a possible future event venue.

Since I was already in the park, I utilized my phone to capture the simplicity of the place.


First opened in 1994, Jerudong Park was known for many reasons:


1. Michael Jackson performed a free concert in Jerudong Park Ampitheatre on 16 July 1996, which was attended by over 60,000 people. The concert was in celebration of the 50th birthday of Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei and was attended by the Brunei royal family, though the Sultan himself did not attend.


2. In late 2008, JPCC launched its Family Concert Nights (later renamed "Local is Best - Family Entertainment Night) featuring local artists. The program aims to provide local talents with a proper venue for their talent, and to create a niche crowd that will support and patronize these performances. The shows are reviewed by a Censorship Board to ensure that they are family friendly and abide by the cultural and religious norms. To date, the venue has hosted performances by A Band Once, L.One, Karacoma, I Mean the Snakes, Zul F and Maria, and performances from schools such as Expression Music School and Ballet Regina.


Tickets to the Playground have been reduced to B$5 for adults and B$3 for children. Single ride tickets are sold at BN$2 per ride. The Musical Fountain, still one of the best in Asia, plays regularly every Wednesdays to Sundays beginning at 7:00 PM and every hour thereafter. Entrance to the Musical Fountain is only B$2. A new schedule has been introduced for the Musical Fountain. The attraction plays at 8:30 and 9:30 PM. It has also been observed that its features, such as the famous Times Square Garden with the Crystal clock and fountain features has been revived.


3. On December 12, 2009, JPCC Management introduced a new ticket system. Entrance to the Playground was made free, and guests who wanted to use the attractions had the option to buy an $8 4 plus 1 ride ticket, and a $10 5 plus 3 ride ticket. The move has proven to be a big success as it was observed that more people have come to the Park, with family groups comprising a large number of the guests.


The Park has seen some revitalization with changes to its landscape and garden features. It is now better lit and is cleaner and more presentable. The Management team of Hj Asmalee bin Hj Bujang and Engr Eduardo Malaque, the Playground Daytime Operations Manager and Head of Ride and Facilities Maintenance respectively, under the direction of the General Manager Mr. Russell Finney, has worked hard to make the Playground a beautiful, safe and fun place to visit.


* Musical Fountain show featuring hits by Ricky Martin, Michael Jackson, and several Disney Classics

* F1 go-cart attractions - Supakarts

* Kiddie Rides such as:


Carousel, Pedal Boat, The Juniors - Pirate Ship, Skydiver, and Bumper Car and orbiter Family rides/attractions such as the Adult Bumper Car, The Shooting Gallery, Caterpillar.


The above information came from wikipedia.


For me, the park seems to be very simple and plain; there's not much to see but the serene surroundings and the lifeless rides and playground. Perhaps, it's still early for some excitement.


As we roam around, I took some photos of the things that piqued my interest.


The water boats. Yes! you can do some boat adventure!



The water fountain. I suppose this one has lights at night.


Some fake dragons! I saw this one before at night. It was moving. Kinda cute.


The wooden bench. I feel these seats are perfect for some dramatic shoot.


Some place to hang around!

Wide grassy area. Mind you, it's so clean and smooth!


A long hall way. I imagine this as a place to do some Music Video shoot!



Character seats! Is this slavery? Kinda has the Alice in Wonderland tone! Where's the Big Head Red Queen?

Statue Horses in action! Cool!

Moving forward, my friend, who has been staying here in Brunei for the longest time, told me that much have changed in the park. Before, the entrance and the rides were all free. Now, a fee is being charged. On top of that, some of the big rides were already sold.


The grand carousel. Kinda miss Enchanted Kingdom when I saw this ride!



The playground. Cute camels though!

Snakes and Ladders, anyone?

Water fountains in the entrance!

Interestingly, it's the cleanliness of the place that creates the loudest impression especially for visitors like me! =)



The exit road:

Perhaps next time, I can go further in exploring Jerudong Park. Seriously, my tour was a bit half-cooked. Of course, I was up for work and not for 'Jalan-Jalan' (Lakwatsa)

On a positive note, at least I got a glimpse of Jerudong Park at day time. The last time I was here, it was at night time. I was with my colleagues. And we tried the Supahkart in one spontaneous moment!

I'm sure, there will always be another time. I need to fix my schedule and go back to this park! =)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: GOD SURPRISES ME, AGAIN!

Just a quick note, a very life changing note.

Yesterday, I already got my grade in one of my major subjects in my graduate class. Seriously, the grade that I got was unexpected. It was high. To my opinion, perhaps I nailed our Final Examination which comprises around 40 percent of the overall class requirement criteria.

Now, I'm waiting for my other subject to give me my grade. I'm more excited to know my grade in this subject because this is the subject that I took a lot of risks! Guess what, I made a gender sensitive documentary. More than the 'taboo' topic, I worked alone - writing the script, voice over, video research, case study research, directing, shooting, and editing.

Moving forward, if I'll base my class standing on the grades I got (3 elective and one major), I should be very happy, veeeery happy. I should be with a GWA of (secret). As Melay, my former classmate and now a graduate of our program, always reminds me: "target the Chancellor's List." For me? Let's see! Yes. I don't feel any pressure right now (not)!

Right now, all I want is to finish my degree with all my best, apply for a scholarship overseas (Australia) or perhaps take the Foreign Service Exam in the Philippines (as my Dad suggests). Whichever materializes, I'm gonna grab it. I know God will be there to guide me. And of course, all of these won't be possible without the love and care of my family and friends!

Saying that I am HAPPY is an understatement. My graduate programme is not only opening my eyes to a different world out there that needs change, but a lot of opportunities to ponder and be thankful for!

After this sem, three more subjects and I'm done. Hopefully, I can graduate with a BANG!

Indeed, God is good. And, he never fails to feed me with surprises.

Thank you Lord

Sunday, July 4, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: Here comes Love-on-Line

Over the weekend, despite the loads of paperwork I had to do for school, I ended up watching two funny and truly Pinoy Flicks. Okay readers, I am a self-confessed Filipino movie lover. I just don't know why. To me, there's a certain joy in watching the local flavour unfold either in the cinema or my mini entertainment system.

1. Here Comes the Bride (under Star Cinema together with together OctoArts Films and Quantum Films)

The Story at a glimpse!

The movie tells how one accident changes the lives of the four major characters: Angelica Panganiban plays the role a shy bride who is about to marry her fiance, Harold, played by Tom Rodriguez of Pinoy Big Brother Double Up fame. Angelica Panganiban's soul ended up with Eugene Domingo's body; John "Sweet" Lapus plays the role of a a gay make up artist whose soul ended up with Angelica Panganiban's body; Jaime Fabregas, a 69-years old man whose soul ended up with John Lapus's body; Eugene Domingo, a powerful attorney whose soul ended up with Tuesday Vargas' body; and Tuesday Vargas, a maid whose soul ended up in Jaime Frabegas's body.
LIKE FACTOR:

1. Super funny dialogues!
2. Consistent portrayal of characters!
3. Angelica Panganiba's surprising flirtatious and all-natural acting!
4. John Lapus' role playing of a woman-hungry guy!
5. Super funny cast!
6. A lot of unforgettable scenes!
7. Fresh Dialogues!
8. The usage of Espanol and Visaya to portray romanticism!
9. Keeps me curious on the Magnetic Field in Tagaytay (if there is)
10. Kuya Kim's appearance.

DISLIKE FACTOR:

1. Kinda see Kimmy Dora in Eugene Domingo's character.
2. The usual fairy tale ending.
3. Stereotypical representation of homosexuals as parloristas
4. Typical plots of heterosexual relationship and conflict.
5. The concept of waiting for two years before restoring each and everyone's soul.
6. Flat visual direction.

RATINGS: 4/5

2. Love-on-Line (Under Octo Arts Films,
M-Zet Films and APT )

The story at a glimpse!

Tot (Jose Manalo), as an 'eye-ball' addict uses Samson's (Vic Sotto) picture (without consent) online to attract more girls. Fortunately, a girl named Paula (Paula Taylor) falls in Tot's online account. Without Tot's knowing, it's Paula's cousin Bunny (Manilyn Reynes) who runs the online account and uses Paula's picture. (with consent) Soon, the four of them meet in an eye ball which changes the path of their lives.


LIKE FACTOR:

1. The eye ball concept that makes the plot a 'bit' interesting.
2. Vic Sotto's natural acting
3. Gina Pareno's unparalleled character portrayal.

DISLIKE FACTOR:

1. Manilyn Reyne's ala-Ugly Betty acting
2. Jose's exaggerated acting
3. Pairing up Vic Sotto with a Young Fil-am. He looks like a DOM!
4. Dragging story.
5. The concept of magic is like an Okay Ka Fairy ko approach.
6. Stereotypical Pinoy comedy love flick.
7. Definition of discriminating beauty
8. Why change the voice of Jose and Vic whenever they'll exchange souls? It's kinda disturbing. Perhaps they just act according to the characters.
9. The usual teen love teams to spice up the story.
10. Old fashioned incorporation of Fil-Am actresses in movies.

RATING: 1/5

Friday, July 2, 2010

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: BABY GODZILLA IN BRUNEI? You Decide!

We all know that every morning, I exercise. It has been a part of my routine. Interestingly, in one morning, I decided to walk after one session. Here's the catch! Guess what I got in trying to walk on the nearest road from our house! Yours truly just saw a big foot mark of some three-fingered creature. Honestly, I'm sooo surprised because it was really big and a bit deep!

Okay, this is the place where I walked.


This is the shape:


Shoot in full: (see the figure?)


This shows the direction of the foot mark.


This is the possible place where the big bird may be hiding! Scary!


Here's my speculations with the mark:

Assumption: Probably, a car stopped by the place.
Rebuttal: The shape does not have a "tire" figure.

Assumption: A big creature may have landed which made the mark
Rebuttal: Is that possible?
Possibility: Knowing Brunei's rich ecosystem, a big creature is possible. But that big?

Conclusion: The mark on the soil definitely borders on the truth that a big bird landed on the soil and flew. Gaaaaaawd! What if, it's more than a bird?

How about a Baby Godzilla? Waaaaaaaaaah!

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