Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Fond Farewell to 2009

2009 was a year of ups and downs.

Some lows were lower than what we’re used to but we bounced back. We may have lost friends and loved ones but we’ve gained new ones. We might not be richer but we’re hopefully a year wiser. More than the money we earn or the accolades we collect, it’s the experiences we go through along the way that makes this journey called life worth the travel.

To those I have slighted, I ask you to forgive me. Life is too short for us to carry hate in our hearts.

To friends who have stood by me unconditionally all these years, I thank you. People frequently ask how I am able to accomplish so many things and the answer I give is always the same: friends.

I hope you spent the year risking, learning, loving, and most of all living.

I hope you’re ready to do it all again in 2010 and know that I’ll be with you every step of the way.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Why comic book creators don’t date

Dating is a social activity and like any other activity you need some practice to be good at it.

Most comic book creators (especially those that are starting out) don’t get out that much because we spend an ungodly amount of time honing our artistic skills. Since we don’t get much practice with social interaction we tend to be not too good at it making each encounter awkward for us.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

How do you know it’s a great idea?

There are times when great inspiration will suddenly descend upon us and bestow...a great idea!

How do you know if it’s the one though? Here are a few criteria that I follow in finding out whether a brain fart is worth pursuing.

It’s simple. The beauty of most great ideas lies in its simplicity. How do you know if it’s simple enough? If you can explain it in just one sentence it probably is. It might need some polishing if it takes 2-3. Four to five sentences means it needs more work.

It can be made to work. If your whole concept is reliant on anti-gravity to make it work, you’re probably going to have to wait a few years for the technology to catch up with you before you should get cracking.

It benefits people. Great ideas have the power to change the world or at the very least improve people’s lives. If your idea benefits only you, chances are it’s not so great after all.

So, had any great ideas lately?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How to get more PEOPLE Interested in YOU

It’s not as sordid as you might think though admittedly, you are probably going to run into a few perverts and sex fiends here and there.

The fact of the matter however is that more and more Filipinos are finding themselves joining dating sites. Some of them managed to find love, quite a few have found new friends, and there’s no reason for you to be able to do the same.

But with dozens, if not hundreds of other hopefuls, how do you increase your chances of being noticed?

Here are a few tips.

1. Add variety in your pictures
2. Watch your grammar
3. Complete your profile
4. Avoid writing in sticky caps...parang awa mo na.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Aftermath of the San Pablo Comics Festival

Maybe more than the wheeling, dealing, and planning that is involved is getting an event like the San Pablo Comics Festival off the ground, I enjoy the manual labor that is required on the actual event itself.

Cutting up stuff, putting things together, lifting heavy stuff, moving boxes...all of it.

When you’re doing the wheeling, dealing, and planning that is needed for the event I always feel that these things are written on air. Things can go wrong, deals might not push through, and even the best laid plans...well, let’s just say that I am on a first name basis with Murphy, the famous author of Murphy’s Law.

The manual labor makes me feel that I am actually doing something concrete and that I am actually getting something done.

But with an event like the Second San Pablo Comics Festival is definitely not a one man show.

They say that many hands make light work and that has never been truer in the San Pablo Comics Festival.

In behalf of KOMIKERO Publishing and JONASDIEGO, Inc., we would like to thank the KOMIKERO Artist Group and the GRAPHIC LITERATURE GUILD for helping out the with the promotions and preparations for the Festival

We also would like to thank our co-presentors (without whom the Festival would not have been possible) Simoun Ung, Davies Paints, and the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), San Pablo Chapter.

The Festival would not have been complete without our dear exhibitors. Thanks are also in order to Mango Comics, UP SOMA Soshiki, Andrew Villar, Rod Espinosa, Vibal Publishing, Hazel Manzano, Guhit Pinoy, Bayan Knights, Trese, Kevin Ang, and Comic Odyssey.

Last but certainly not the least; we would like to thank everyone who came to the festival. The people who viewed the exhibit, bought comics, and celebrated a common love for Komiks. Thank you all.

Mabuhay ang Komiks!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


There are times when we ask why we do what we do
When we doubt if we can do what we’d said we’d do
When your strength falters and your true aim misses
When your vaunted will fades and gnawing doubt rises
When all good reason has gone and so is all knowing
When all else fails it’s passion that will keep you going

Friday, November 27, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Upcoming San Pablo Comics Festival

It's just two weeks before the San Pablo Comics Festival which will be happening this December 6, 2009 Sunday at the Lion's Den Clubhose in San Pablo City, Laguna and so I would like to take the opportunity to invite everyone to head on to the scenic Sampalok Lake and join us for this very special activity organized by KOMIKERO Publishing and JONASDIEGO, Inc. in cooperation with the KOMIKERO Artist Group and the Graphic Literature Guild of UPLB.

The San Pablo Comics Festival is co-presented by my good friend Simoun Ung.

Attending the Festival is the great Manix Abrera, creator of the Kiko Machine comics strip serialized in the Philippine Daily Inquirer with the compilation published by Visprint Publishing.

Visit the official blog here and you can sign up at our Facebook events page here.

See you guys there!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


The Bagong Sigla video series recently released the third instalment titled SUGOD.

The new video's tone takes a different tone from the doom and gloom theme of the first two parts, Apokalipto and Salot and instead paints a much brighter picture, and allusion of better things to come. Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero is portrayed in various activities of community building together with various members and stakeholders in the community, illustrating his philosophy of the collective working together for the common good.

The video still retains some aspects of the fantastic which was the trademark of the first two videos with strategic flashes of glowing speed lines and the flickering light of the Bagong Sigla logo not unlike a small bright flame.

The third installment ends with the message “Tayo ang Bagong Sigla”.

What’s next?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Bagong Sigla Concert

The Bagong Sigla Concert was initially conceptualized as a free event.

After the havoc caused by Ondoy and Pepeng with hundreds dead and thousands homeless and destitute, the Bagong Sigla Concert was re-made as a benefit concert meant to raise money and relief goods for the victims of one of the worst typhoons the Philippines has encountered in recent years.

You only have to bring canned goods, clothes, medicines, or anything you’re willing to part with to help with the relief efforts. At the very least contribute Php 1.00 at the gate and you’re in!

All proceeds from the concerts will be going to the victims of Ondoy and Pepeng.


Bamboo will be performing in Manila at the Liwasang Ullalim, Cueshe will be in Iloilo at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand, Imago will be playing at Dagupan at the CSI Stadium, and Spongecola will be in Davao at the Darmosa Market Basket parking lot.

The concert will be this Friday October 9, 2009. Bring whatever you can, spread the word, and rock the night away!

I also made a Bagong Sigla Twibbon which you can add to your Twitter Avatar. Click here.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Huwag Pabayaan ang Laguna!

Wag nating pabayaan ang Laguna! Let's support Serve the People Brigade Relief Mission (USC-UPLB, Kabataan Partylist-ST, [P], Sakbayan, UPLB orgs, frats, and soro).

Your help will reach Bay area, Pakil, Famy, Cabuyao, Calamba, and other Laguna areas affected by Ondoy.

How to donate:

Acct No. 109450864273 Acct Name: Julienne Urrea


Lakeshore towns around Laguna Bay are still mired in misery. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

What you can do!

1. If you're in a flood prone area and your electricity has not been disconnected, inform Meralco to have it turned off ASAP to prevent possible electruction and other mishaps.

You can reach MERALCO here: Meralco (+63917-5592824).

In the meantime, shut off the main switch.

2. If you're fortunate enough to have been not been adversely affected and is in a position to help, coordinate with the local/nearby relief and rescue operations care of your Local Government Units (LGU), Church Groups, etc.

Clothes, blankets, and food are welcome.

3. Re-post information about emergency numbers (complete list here) in your blogs, plurks, tweeters, and other social network and encourage others to do the same.

Monitor the web and report about those still trapped to the proper authorities with the proper pertinent information (location, number of people, etc.).

Typhoon Ondoy Emergency Hotlines and Relief Operations

It has been raining the whole day. Tropical Storm Ondoy has wreak havoc across Metro Manila, and provinces around. Here are the key numbers to contact for information, rescue operations, relief services, donations. Thank you very much.

Rescue Operations

National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) (+632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9115061)
Red Cross (143, +632-5270000)
MMDA (136)
Coast Guard (+632-5276136)
Senator Dick Gordon (+639178997898, +63938-444BOYS, +632-9342118, +632-4338528)
Senator Manny Villar (+639174226800. +639172414864, +639276751981)

Rubber Boat Requests

NCRPO (+632-8383203, +632-8383354)

Power Supply

Meralco (+63917-5592824) If you want service cut off to your area to prevent fires and electrocution.

Relief Aid and Donations

Victory Fort is opening its doors to those affected by the typhoon. Call 813-FORT.
Clare Amador (+63928-5205508) or Jana Vicente at +63928-5205499). Drop off for relief donations is at Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao.
Drop off points: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood, or message for more details.
Donations for Ondoy Victims to be distributed at the Philippine Army Gym inside Fort Bonifacio or GHQ Gym in Camp Aguinaldo starting now.

People Tracker (using your phones, get your friends and family to turn on their finderservice for you)

* FINDERSERVICE. For Smart, text “wis ” to 386.
* FINDERSERVICE. For Globe, text “find to 7000.


Stranded at Home

The flood waters outside the condominium building I'm living has reached waist level and many small cars are now virtually under water. Elsewhere, many people are stranded and emergency teams are rushing to various affected areas to rescue people.

Made me wonder if we actually had a central data center where information relating to emergencies like these go to and use it to help coordinate rescue efforts.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Laughs and Gasps and now Bound and Gagged

From Marcelle Fabie...
Last year’s “Laughs And Gasps” was a rousing success: hailed as a big magic and comedy hit, a clamor has been raised for a sequel, and because you demanded it, the “Penn and Teller of the Philippines,” Kel and Jay, are back, and they’re pulling out all the stops!

This year, “Bound And Gagged”, the sequel to last year’s show, will be happening on Friday, October 23, 7:30 PM, in PETA Theater. The venue shouldn’t be too hard to find, since it’s on Eymard Drive, which intersects with the Caltex at E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in Quezon City.

From this show, you can expect nothing but top-notch magic and mentalism from your heroes of Mind and Magic, Kel and Jay, as well as an unprecedented showdown featuring two of the country’s top ventriloquists, the Philippine’s Premiere Ventriloquist, Ony Carcamo and the Ventrillusionist, Wanlu. Also slated to perform are two top comedians from the immensely popular Comedy Cartel, the winner of 2009’s “Tawag Ng Tawa” Richie Fernandez, and one of the hosts of TV 5’s “Front Act”, the inimitable Mike Unson. Special musical guests include the cult favorite Giniling Festival, and the legendary 90’s icon, Grin Department.

On October 23, you will be treated to a night that will excite, delight, and ignite your imaginations, and all for a worthy cause! “Bound And Gagged” will feature some amazing acts that combine Kel and Jay’s unique style with special homages to some of their greatest influences, like Houdini, Copperfield, Osterlind, Maven, Brown, and of course, Penn and Teller.

With Kel and Jay, Ony and Wanlu, Mike and Richie, Giniling Festival and Grin Department, how can you possibly go wrong? Don’t miss out on an evening of wonders, bringing laughs and gasps to another level.

This is “Bound And Gagged”. Tickets are available at 200 (balcony) and 300 (orchestra) each, available at the gate, and proceeds of the show will be given to the Real Life Foundation. For more inquiries and ticket reservations, call or text 09175126883.

This event is made possible by Nuffnang and Sheero Media

Obama on Letterman

Ang galing talaga ni Obama!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pookie Monster

Some thing I made to take my mind off work for a bit.

Long Weekends

With the long weekends coming in quick succession, people are going to experience withdrawal symptoms when we finally get back to our regular working weeks.

It was good while it lasted.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Chiz Misquoted

I received the following statement from Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero's staff regarding the Erap issue.
We have to state that we have brought the attention to about this misquote.

What he really said was: "opposition should try to unite in whatever shape size or color." The direct quote taken from Sen. Escudero remotely related to that statement reads "anuman ang hugis, anuman ang hitsura, ano man ang porma, ang importante magkasama sana kami (whatever the shape, look, and form of the team-up, what would be important is we are together)."

"We" being the opposition, not him and Erap.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Proof that Fashion Repeats Itself

Check the guys and girls. Aside from a few stuff, those things
they're wearing wouldn't exactly be out of place today, eh?

Chiz is Revealed

I wrote an article about the latest viral video from Bagong Sigla titled "Salot" where it was revealed that the figure underneath the bright red-orange hoodie was indeed Senator Franciz "Chiz" Escudero.

Click here to read the article.

Friday, September 04, 2009 that you!?

I did an analysis of this video over at The Blurb. Click here to read it.

I like the feel but of course I would! It's comic book style!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

WANTED: Web Developer

JonasDiego, Inc. is looking for a full time Web Developer with the following qualifications:

Front-End Programming
Proficiency in x/HTML, CSS and Javascript.
Knowledgeable in using AJAX, (jquery is a plus)

Back-End Programming
Knowledgeable in PHP, Mysql. ( & Mssql is a plus)

Knowledgeable in WordPress (building templates, usage and modification [if needed] of plugins)

Design & layout skills
Knowledgeable in Photoshop (for extra tweaks and slicing, creating transparent PNGs, etc.)
Proficiency in modern web (2.0) design
Proficiency in following web standards

We need a web developer with an appreciation for the arts, have a sense of humor, and dedication.

We offer a competitive salary package as well as a creative, fast-paced, and challenging working environment. Fresh graduates may apply.

JonasDiego, Inc. is a multi-media company involved in a variety of business such as online publishing, content development, design and graphics, art solutions (illustrations, storyboards, comic book production), and web design and development.

We work with a variety of local and international brands hailing from various industries.

Interested candidates may submit their resumes to admin (at) with the subject: Web Developer.

Short listed candidates will be notified via call/SMS/e-mail for an interview.


Now why doesn't that ever happen to me?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Luksang Bayan Para Sa National Artist Awards

"Luksang Bayan Para Sa National Artist Awards" on Friday, August 7, 2009 at 2:00 PM.

Luksang Bayan Para Sa National Artist Awards
"A gathering of artists and arts supporters to eulogize the death of a meanigful National Artist Awards."



Start Time
Friday, August 7 at 2:00 PM

End Time
Friday, August 7 at 6:00 PM

CCP Ramp

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Komikero Meeting

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's Komikero Meeting.

Gerry was busy (so was I, truth be told) last month and we skipped June. We're going to make up for it this Sunday.

There's nothing like a lazy Sunday relaxing with friends on the countryside of San Pablo.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

Third Eye Blind

Was hanging out yesterday on one of our favorite eateries when this
song played on the radio. I can't, for the life of me, remember what
the title was and who sang it (getting old, most probably).

Neil, OC guy that he is, looked it up online the
minute he logged on and shot me an IM.

It's Third Eye Blind and their song Never Let You Go.

Thanks, man!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

I Want to get some Sleeep...

I barely had four hours of sleep.

I’m up supervising the final touches on a major site we’re doing that’s going live in a few hours. It’s our first big gig in terms of web development and I’m as jittery as a bug. Everything’s going well so far but I’ve already had several bad run-ins with the infamous Mr. Murphy (famous author of Murphy’s Law) so I’ll breathe easier when I see everything already up and working.

Assuming everything goes well (and I’m really praying hard that it does), I’m going to eat a hearty breakfast, get some sleep first, then treat myself really well for the rest of the day.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Here Comes Monday!

The weekend pretty much came and went like a snap.

I feel like I was run over by a truck considering the sheer amount of work I had to do over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. So much work indeed that I actually missed watching Transformers which I was supposed to see last Saturday.

Hopefully I’ll be able to see it tomorrow. 

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Boob Tube?

I haven’t regularly watched television for more than seven years now.

People find this a strange thing and I wonder about it myself sometimes.

It all started out when I moved to Manila from Los Banos, Laguna to work in the corporate sector. I didn’t have enough money from my meager salary to spare to buy a television much less for a cable subscription which pretty much explains why I didn’t catch much TV shows back then.

Today is another story altogether however.

I got several things going all at once (business-wise) giving me a comfortable financial leeway yet I still don’t watch TV. In fact, the television I got at home is hooked up to a PS2 unit. Mind you I do get a peek at the ole boob tube (oooh...boob) every now and then whenever I visit my mom in the province.

Aside from that however, my life is mostly bereft of television.

I get all my home entertainment online.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Long Weekend

My electricity got cut off last Thursday.

Apparently the bill payment service I frequent downstairs in my condominium building neglected to pay the electric provider on time which is a bummer since I made it a point to pay at least five days in advance to avoided getting disconnected (which happened anyway).

I had a ton of stuff I needed to get done over the weekend and all of the tasks required electricity to be accomplished. What's worse was that Friday was a national holiday which meant I had to wait until Saturday until I got reconnected.

I had to suffer a day and a half without electricity.

Well, I didn't really suffer. Not really...

A funny thing happened as soon as my phone died, their last erg of energy dying away: I actually got some proper rest!

With no work to distract me I managed to accomplish some stuff that I kept putting off. I finished a good book I bought months ago that was accumulating dust in my shelf, I caught up on some much needed sleep, and basically just sat around doing nothing for once.

Obviously, power's back on and I got everything sorted at the power provider's office. I am now back on my desk working my ass off.

Switching off and dropping out, even for just a day, did me a world of good however.

You guys should try it sometime.

Monday, May 11, 2009

WANTED: Writer

Looking for writers.

Must be Internet-savvy. SEO knowledge a plus pero kung hindi okay lang.

E-mail your resumes to admin (at) jonasdiego (dot) com.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Message in a Bottle

Or, in this particular situation, on a concrete wall. I love taking pictures of these scrawling on various surfaces. More often than not the message they convey tend to be very entertaining as is the case with this one.

It reads, "Juliet kung gusto mo kay Eman wala kaming pake sayong-sayo na!"

In English it means, "Juliet if you want Eman we don't care. He's all yours!"

Monday, March 09, 2009


Mae sequestered my camera phone and began snapping away while
we were waiting for the Zsazsa play to start at the CCP last night.

It always amazes me how she can so accurately take pictures
from a camera phone. Lots of practice I suppose.

I inevitably end up skewing my own shots. Obviously, I didn't take this one.

Click on the thumbnails for a bigger image.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Poker seems to be the in thing nowadays and I've taken a moderate interest in it.

I've decided that I'm going to take the time to study it in the interest of social research, if you will. Luckily, one of my friends works as a dealer in a Casino Filipino branch and she agreed to teach me a thing or two. After all, who better to teach you the ropes than the dealer herself, right?

It seems to me that Poker has a lot to do more with "reading" your opponent rather than being strictly a game of chance and probability. Either that or I've been watched Casino Royale too many times.

Some people have become so good at it that they can immediately tell if someone is lying or "bluffing" as they call it in poker. It makes me wonder if the talent is still effective give the virtual internet casinos setting more prevalent nowadays.

There's a lot of visual ticks, not to mention the so-called sixth sense, that I think gets lost when you're playing online. Mostly because you're watching your opponents on a screen instead of being in the same room with them. It still doesn't stop people playing online however.

Me I think I'd prefer playing in the real world. See you at the tables.

The Palito Interview

Remember my post about Palito and how he's now working as a performer in a Casino Filipino outlet?

It seems Dennis Villegas has a more extensive interview about the man in his blog.
"In his heyday, Palito was one of the Top 10 Comedians of the Philippines, and he became a multi-millionaire. But like many of his past fellow artists, Palito was not a shrewd businessman. Art and business do not seem to mix well together. Money he put into investments was soon gone and his savings depleted. One by one he sold his properties, and now he was almost living in poverty, doing little stage shows that earned only enough for his daily meals. Yet despite his current situation, people still see him as Palito the movie star, and every time he walks in downtown Manila for his stage show in Avenida, people waved at him and call him "idol"."
Check the full article here!

This is not the first time I've heard of former stars of yesteryear who have fallen on hard times and have taken to performing at casinos. I guess it's a chance for them to reclaim their past glory and to earn a bit of money while they're at it.

Kinda makes me wonder what will happen to them as the internet casino becomes more prevalent people stop frequenting these kinds of establishments.

But then again, that's probably not going to be happening anytime soon...

Friday, February 20, 2009

You Learn Something NEW Everyday...

A friend used the word SNAFU in a conversation, a term I'm not familiar with. Like a typical child of the Age of Internet I Googled the term as soon as I had the chance to go online.

According to this Wikipedia article, SNAFU is an acronym meaning, "Situation Normal, All Fucked Up".

It also offered similar interesting acronyms.

BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again
FIDO - Fuck It-Drive On
FISHDO - Fuck It, Shit Happens - Drive On
FIFI - Fuck It-Fly It
FUBAB - Fucked Up Beyond All Belief
FUBAR - Fucked Up Beyond All Repair/Recognition
FUBB - Fucked Up Beyond Belief
FUMTU - Fucked Up More Than Usual
JANFU - Joint Army-Navy Fuck Up
SNAFUBAR - Situation Normal: All Fucked Up Beyond All Repair/Recognition
SOL - Shit Out of Luck
TARFU - Things Are Really Fucked Up, or Totally and Royally Fucked Up
TAUFU - Totally And Utterly Fucked Up

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Her Morning Elegance

One of the most creative music videos I've seen in a long while.

And the song's quite good to boot! Beautiful, beautiful lyrics!

Sun been down for days
A pretty flower in a vase
A slipper by the fireplace
A cello lying in it's case

Soon she's down the stairs
Her morning elegance she wears
The sound of water makes her dream
Awoken by a cloud of steam
She pours a daydream in a cup
A spoon of sugar sweetens up

And She fights for her life
As she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain
As it pours
And she fights for her life
As she goes in a store
With a thought she has caught
By a thread
She pays for the bread
And she goes...

Nobody knows

Sun been down for days
A winter melody she plays
The thunder makes her contemplate
She hears a noise behind the gate
Perhaps a letter with a dove
Perhaps a stranger she could love

And She fights for her life
As she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain
As it pours
And she fights for her life
As she goes in a store
With a thought she has caught
By a thread
She pays for the bread
And she goes...

Nobody knows

And she fights for her life
As she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain
As it pours
And she fights for her life
Where people are pleasently strange
And counting the change
And she goes...

Nobody knows

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


Had dinner with Mhae before heading out to Laya's place in QC with Johnny,
which was a nice change of pace...not having to worry about work for once.

Mhae comandeering my new camera phone and snapping away!

Johnny getting impatient waiting for his food to arrive.

Food is still not here and Mhae still snapping away!

Monday, February 02, 2009

San Pablo Comics Festival

After more than 6 years we're finally going to get another San Pablo Comics Festival.

My goodness! Has it really been that long?

It seems to have been because, looking at the picture at the left, we all looked so much younger (thinner and with more hair on top) back then.

You can see more picture from the 2003 San Pablo Comics Festival here.

Click on the thumbnail for a bigger picture.

Komikero Publishing and Jonas Diego Enterprises is organizing the event.

Click here for more information about the San Pablo Comics Festival.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Look! Up in the Sky!

I can only wish I was really flying!

Up, up, and away!

This was taken during last Sunday's Komikero meeting at San Pablo, Laguna on top of the long stairs. It was so windy that one had the sensation of flying...which sparked the idea for this shot.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Alanguilan.

Friday, January 23, 2009

I Joined an Amateur Singing Contest

I once joined an amateur singing contest when I was younger.

Much younger.

It was the summer of 1994 and I was a college freshman in UPLB. Walking along campus one day, two of my friends and myself, came upon a stray poster announcing an amateur singing contest to be held the coming weekend.

“Sali tayo!” said one of my buddies.

“Ano ka? Lasing!?” I retorted.

Now, I had a half-decent voice but certainly not good enough for competition. Besides, the prospect of humiliating myself in front of the local townsfolk was not something I savored. By this time however, my other friend has already warmed up to the idea and was egging me on as well.

“Sige na! It’s a once in a lifetime thing!”

“Damn right! I’m going to die once I go up on stage”

The guys had made up their minds to sign up and I was going along with the plan whether I wanted to or not.

After registering with the organizers, we spent the rest of the week (when we weren’t in class) planning what we were going to sing and wear.

I was nervous.

I had performed in public before having had a band in high school but this was the first time I was going to perform without a guitar. I never realized that I used my guitar as a sort of security blanket and the prospect of facing a group of people who was there to judge my singing skills without a shield of some sort was terrifying.

“Anu’ng kakantahin mo?” I asked my friend.

“Isa sa mga kanta ni Basil Valdez” he said which was a great idea since his songs were a staple of almost all of the amateur singing contest in the Philippines…unless all of the participants happened to be girls of course.

“Ikaw?” I asked my other buddy.

“Burt Bacharach stuff siguro.”

A bit unusual but a good choice.

What was I going to sing?

My band played mostly rock songs and I didn’t know any songs that would be fit for a singing contest.

“Sing what you know” was my friend’s sage advice.

“Puro rock alam ko. Lalo akong ‘di mananalo nito.”

“Whoever said anything about winning?”

The reason why we’re joining the contest, he explained, was not because we were trying to win (though this particular friend had a good chance with his smooth baritone). We we’re there to gain experience, push our luck, and most importantly have fun.

Winning will be just icing on the cake.

So I picked Will I Ever Survive by the Introvoys to sing.

The day of the contest came and we found ourselves among the throng of other contestants accompanied by their assistants and stage mothers. I felt like a fish out of water among with these full made up sirens in their sparkling dresses and graceful manners.

We were wearing our best long sleeved shirts, our rarely used slacks, and our borrowed leather shoes. My shirt was several sizes too big for me being a hand me down from my uncle (I was also quite thin back then).

I was really beginning to feel nervous and insecure by the time my friend was called on stage to perform for the crowd and the judges. He gave us a big smile, went up on stage, and sang his piece. My other buddy, glad he was not the first of us three to perform, soon followed after and did a decent number of a song whose title I now forget.

Soon it was my turn and the applause of the crowd was drowned out by the beating of my heart…or maybe the crowd wasn’t applauding that’s why I can hear my heartbeat.

Have fun.

Those were the words in my head as I took the mike and the band launched into the first few bars of the intro. And as soon as I started singing the first few lines that was exactly what I did…have fun.

I didn’t care anymore if I won or not.

Only that I loved this song (the Introvoys was one of my favorite bands as a teenager), I was having fun as I performed it, and that the crowd was singing along with me and apparently having fun as well (much to my pleasant surprise).

After singing the last line, I was much applauded and I stood there a few seconds longer than what was instructed to bask in the people’s adoration.

Suffice to say I didn’t win. Neither did my two buddies.

But I was glad we did join the contest (though you could never make me admit it to my two friends back then).

We gained experience, pushed our luck, and most importantly we had fun.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Street Art

There was a time that street art didn't amount to anything more than a few graffiti spray-painted on walls spelling out crude words or, in some instances, undying declarations of love.

They're visually interesting at best and unsightly most of the time.

Recently however I've begun noticing changes like the one on the left.

A welcome change if you ask me (not that I condone the defacement of public property, mind you).

Wonder what the other kids are coming up with somewhere else in the urban jungle?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Durex Commercial

This commercial had me ROFL.

Makes you want to get it on!

Viva Las Vegas!

Win a trip for two to Las Vegas! All you have to do is to shoot a pic
showing that you're as irresistible as chocolate with the ladies with
Axe Dark Temptation, register at the AXE website, and upload away!

Click here to join!

Monday, January 19, 2009

That's a Heart Attack Waiting to Happen

I saw these babies while getting a late dinner over at my favorite pares house.

These babies are bigger than my head!

I can imagine the guy who brings this over to the
neighborhood inuman becoming the hit of the night.

Price ranges from Php100.00- Php 250.00.

Now that's chicharon!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Is that Leinil Francis Yu?

As we were out walking yesterday I noticed the
following in one of the malls near where I live.

The face kinda looked familiar so I took a closer look...

Upon closer inspection I realized that it was Leinil Francis Yu!
Famous superstar penciller and Wizard's artist of the year.
Wow! I didn't know he was also a model!

I kid of course.

That's not Leinil but there is some similarities between them, no?

The real Leinil. Photo courtesy of Gerry Alanguilan.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Komikero at the San Pablo Cocofest

I dropped by San Pablo, Laguna yesterday to partake in the festivities for the
2009 Cocofest with fellow Komikeros Gerry Alanguilan and Johnny Danganan.

Gerry and Johnny hanging around while I buy some ice cream.
Yes, I know it was frikkin' cold but I wanted ice cream, dammit!

Like children we found the highest vantage point we could and climb the
walls to get a better view of the street dancers...except Gerry, of course.
What? And ruin his Armani Exchange shirt!? way!

I'm not as limber as I was when I was younger but I
can still scramble up a wall when the occasion calls for it.

After spending the day watching the festivities we made the journey to
Fat Larrie's for dinner and inuman which is always interesting when
you're with the Komikeros...and this session was no exception.

Gerry looks emo!

It was just unfortunate that I forgot to bring a jacket
because it was very, VERY cold! I kid you not!

But of course we're still going to camwhore a bit while we froze our nuts off.

And if I'm snapping pics, Gerry's not to be outdone by a guy with a
camera phone when he's got his ultra slick and ultra slim IXUS.


Click on the thumbnails for a bigger picture. Hope you guys can join us the next time!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Wouldn't you want a JOB like THIS?

Apparently, life's a beach with a job like this.
It sounds far too good to be true: a salary of more than $100,000, a free home on a palm-fringed island and all the snorkeling you can be bothered with. The successful applicant will have plenty of time to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

The successful applicant will have plenty of time to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

However, it is true and a very clever marketing ploy to boot.

Australia's Tourism Queensland has garnered worldwide media coverage by advertising the "best job in the world" -- the post of caretaker on Hamilton island in the Great Barrier Reef.

The six-month contract, according to Tourism Queensland, comes with flexible working hours and the successful applicant's "key responsibilities" include exploring the area to discover what is on offer and to report back weekly via blogs, photo diaries, video updates and media interviews.
Click here to read the entire story and how you can apply!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Books

I recently gave away a lot of my old comics so I can make space on my little bookshelf for a bunch of new books I've been buying at random. I finally had the time to give the reading stuff I bought some much needed attention over the holidays.

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What's on your bookshelf?

Monday, January 05, 2009

Farmers also go Online to oust DAR Chief

It seems that it's not only Bambee dela Paz who has some beef against Nasser Pangandaman.

Farmers also go online to oust the now infamous DAR Chief.
Their hands are rough and covered with calluses from working the earth with plowshares and rudimentary farm implements. But this did not prevent some 65 farmers from going online to sign a petition for the ouster of Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman and for a revamp of the department.

“Some of us had a hard time working the keyboard. Our hands are already hard and stiff from using our plowshares all our lives,” said Romeo Olaes, president of the Hacienda Yulo Farmers Alliance based in Laguna.

Click here to read the entire article.

Sunday, January 04, 2009


Graffiti on a wall near Amici in Don Bosco.

Looks like someone discovered George Michael's secret a little too late.