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.

Click on the thumbnails for a bigger image.

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.

Click on the thumbnail for a bigger image.

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.