Bridging the gap to global economy

It was just a century ago when the United States of America’s share of the global economy has started shrinking, leading to an equilibrium which has favored many of the newly industrialized countries such as Brazil, South Africa, China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the Philippines. This, of course, is largely because of the emergence of various trade agreements which has made it easier for merchants to sell their products overseas. After the 2nd World War, free trade was largely promoted. Tariffs have been either reduced; or eliminated, transportation costs were reduced; capital controls were also reduced; and more importantly, intellectual property was better protected through harmonization of laws and supranational recognition. Because of economic globalization, businesses are now able to market products and services all over the globe. It has also allowed them to develop partnerships and alliances throughout the world. These business practices allow the companies to save money, leading to larger returns and more affordable products.

Asia’s growth over the last half of the century has been dramatic and with this comes new challenges for us. The task of ending poverty is far from complete. Adequate energy supplies are also another concern. Energy efficient methods should be practiced. Also, there are still may developed countries that have protectionist laws that inhibit developing countries from exporting their goods. Although, because of the emergence of the Internet and e-trade, many merchants have found a way to work around those protectionist laws. Economic globalization is a regional effort and by working hand in hand with our ASEAN brothers we can bring more Filipino products into the global market.


Red Horse Beer Muziklaban Mall Shows!

Red Horse Beer Muziklaban, 10 years na! Ilabas na ang lupit nyo sa tugtugan! Catch the Muziklaban Mall Shows on the following dates and venues:

July 19
- Star Mall, Las Piñas w/ Queso!
- NE Pacific Mall, Cabanatuan w/ Slapshock!

July 26
- Leyte Park, Tacloban w/ Kjwan!
- Gaisano Mall, Cagayan De Oro w/ Greyhoundz!

Show starts at 5:30 p.m.


Learning Foreign Languages

I've always been fascinated by foreign cultures and with that, foreign languages too. Learning about a country's language will teach you more about the culture that it stems from. Innovation stems from necessity, so the basic words that compromise a learned language are words that played a large role in their culture.

I came across the Transparent Language website and I was surprised at the range of Language software that they offer. They have products and free resources for over 105 languages with different levels of proficiency. Service seems quick too and the website is very easy to navigate. All products have very detailed descriptions which would make it easier for the customer to decide which program would benefit them most. They offer electronic download and boxed shipment which is both convenient for the buyer.

I checked the overview of the Language software they offer and it's not like most dictionary translation types that just give basic conversational pieces and translate it for you. Their software can actually teach you to understand the language and not just learn the words. It also has fun activities that makes learning seem like you're only playing. Some even include a system for pocket PC and PDA, and MP3 audio so you can still learn even when you're on the go. 

You can learn to speak Spanish with any of the 9 products they offer that cater to different people be it kids, businessmen or just plain enthusiasts. Most of my relatives are in Italy and most of them already have families there. Whenever they come home to visit it's always difficult to communicate with my Italian cousins because not all of them are good in English. With any of their 8 Italian programs, I can learn to speak Italian like a native. Then of course, there's French. I mean, who wouldn't want to learn to speak French? It's the language of food and love. The offer 9 programs that would teach you to speak French.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner, a kid or an adult, an enthusiast or a businessman;  there is a Transparent Language product that would fit you.


Anong kwento mo?

Cinemalaya 2008 Philippine Independent Cinema Festival

11 to 20 July 2008 Cultural Center of the Philippines

OPENING NIGHT 11 July/Fri at 6:00PM at the CCP Main Theatre with the World Premiere Screening of ADELA by Adolf Alix Jr.

AWARDS NIGHT 20 July/Sun at 7:00PM at the CCP Main Theatre (both Opening Night and Awards Night are open to the public)

FILM CONGRESS Theme - "Spreading the News: Promoting, Distributing, and Exhibiting Indie Films" 15 & 16 July/Tue & Wed, from 8AM onwards at the CCP Little Theatre (kindly call CCP Media Arts for reservations - 8321125 local 1702, ask for Ms. Minda Casagan)

Cinemalaya 2008 Special Events:
Tribute to Manuel Conde
16 July/Wed Events:
·         3:30 to 4:30 PM: Book Launching of “The Cinema of Manuel Conde” by Nicanor G. Tiongson, CCP Little Theatre
·         4:30
to 6:00 PM: Opening of Exhibit and Naming of Theatre by the Manuel
Conde Family & Book-Signing and Reception, CCP Little Theatre Lobby
·         6:15 PM: Screening of GENGHIS KHAN (1952), CCP Little Theatre
Screenings of Classic Conde Works
CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theatre):
·         IBONG ADARNA (1941) on 17 July/Thu, 12:45PM
·         SEŇORITO (1953) on 17 July/Thu, 3:30PM
·         KRUS NA KAWAYAN (1956) on 18 July/Fri, 12:45PM
·         EL ROBO (1957) on 18 July/Fri, 3:30PM
·         VENGANZA (1958) on 19 July/Sat, 12:45PM
·         PILIPINO KOSTUM NO TOUCH (1955) on19 July/Sat, 3:30PM
All Manuel Conde Tribute events are free to Cinemalaya 2008 ticket holders. First come, first serve!

A marathon of indie flicks on/for/about children and young teens!
In cooperation with the National Council for Children’s Television
12 & 13 July/Sat & Sun
CCP MKP Hall (4th Floor, CCP Main Building):
PEPOT ARTISTA  by Clodualdo del Mundo Jr. (Cinemalaya 2005)
12 July 2008/Sat at 10:00 AM 
SAAN NAGTATAGO SI HAPPINES? by Real Florido & Florido Bautista (Cinemalaya 2006)
12:45 AM

The Cinemalaya – Ncct Children’s Specials 2008, Program A
featuring SI PEPE AT ANG BULAKLAK by Milo Tolentino; ANG HULING POSPORO SA KAHON by Hubert Tibi; HUBERT by Noriel Jarito; A SKIP FOR MY DREAMS by Monalyn Labado; ANG BAKASYON NI CON-ON by Jerome Zamora   
12 July 2008/Sat at 03:30 PM 
GULONG by Jeanne Lim & Socorro Fernandez (Cinemalaya 2007)
13 July 2008/Sun at 10:00 AM
KADIN by Adolfo B. Alix Jr. (Cinemalaya 2007)
13 July 2008/Sun at 12:45 PM

The Cinemalaya – Ncct Children’s Specials 2008, Program B
featuring THE DYING PLANET by Katrina Therese F. Olon, ADAM’S FAMILY by Donnie T. Sacueza, NAKNANG OFW by Noriel M. Jarito; LAKAD NI SAMMY by Joel Ruiz
13 July 2008/Sun at 03:30 PM
CCP Silangan Hall (4th Floor, CCP Main Building):
A Program Of Cinemalaya Children’s Shorts A
featuring PUTOT by Jeck Cogama (2006), ROLYO by Alvin Yapan (2007); TO NI by Vic Acedillo (2007)
12 July 2008/Sat at 10:00 AM 
13 July 2008/Sun at 12:45 AM
A Program Of Cinemalaya Children’s Shorts B
featuring GABON by Emmanuel De La Cruz (2007), MAIKLING KWENTO by Hubert Tibi (2006); PARANG PELIKULA by Hibert Tibi (2006)
12 July 2008/Sat at 12:45 AM 
13 July 2008/Sun at 10:00 AM
(for more info, call CCP Media Arts - 8321125 local 1702, ask for Ms. Bing Tresvalles)

Meet the Cinemalaya 2008 Filmmakers!
17 & 18 July/Thu & Fri
from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute
Getting up close and personal with the makers of....
Admission is free!

The Cinemalaya 2008 Competition Films

by Chris Martinez is about a stern, uptight and exacting woman with a terminal illness who tries to accomplish a list of 100 things to do before she dies. Her tasks vary from the simple to the complicated,
from the practical to the mundane, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. In the process, she accepts the truth that even if death is something personal, dying never is.
12 July/Sat, 12:45PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
15 July/Tue, 6:15PM (GALA), Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
17 July/Thu, 3:30PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
17 July/Thu, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
19 July/Sat, 3:30PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
19 July/Sat, 9:00PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)

by Joel Ruiz and Abi Aquino centers on an investigation that ensues when an aborted fetus is found in the dumpster of a run-down apartment complex. The lives of the tenants—a reclusive old man with curious ramblings, a landlord with overzealous thirst for justice and a young couple whose past threatens to unravel their marriage—are suddenly exposed in the hunt for the perpetrator of the baby's death.
12 July/Sat, 6:15PM,Tanghalang Huseng Batute
13 July/Sun, 3:30PM,Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
15 July/Tue, 9:00PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
17 July/Thu, 9:00PM (GALA), Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
18 July/Fri, 12:45PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
18 July/Fri, 6:15PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)

(VOICES) by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil is the story of a musician, who regains back his humanity by giving violin lessons to a child of the slums.  In turn, the child, through the instrument, is able to get back his voice from a muted, abused and desensitized existence. This is a story of a friendship founded on the sublime beauty of music.
13 July/Sun, 12:45PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
13 July/Sun, 3:30PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
16 July/Wed, 6:15PM (GALA), Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
18 July/Fri, 12:45PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
18 July/Fri, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
19 July/Sat, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)

by Tara Illenberger tells the tale of two Mangyan children, hired by illegal loggers to smuggle wood from the mountains of Mindoro, as they embark on a dangerous journey to deliver the goods to the lowlands. In the process, they discover a world run by the greed of men, a world governed by ideologies that bring about the armed conflict that plague the Mindoro highlands, the home of their own people.
13 July/Sun, 9:00PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
15 July/Tue, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
16 July/Wed, 3:30PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
18 July/Fri, 9:00PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
19 July/Sat, 6:15PM (GALA), Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
20 July/Sun, 3:30PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)

by Paul Alexander Morales is about how, in the last part of World War II, a special piano concert is held in the forests of Davao. In these boondocks, a displaced Filipino family becomes acquainted with a group of Japanese officers, similarly camped nearby. Based on true stories from the director's family, Concerto celebrates a family whose reverence for life, expressed through their love of music and
friendship, can survive even war, and shows how beauty and compassion can grow in even the harshest of situations.
12 July/Sat, 9:00PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
15 July/Tue, 3:30PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
16 July/Wed, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
17 July/Thu, 9:00PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
18 July/Fri, 9:00PM (GALA), Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
19 July/Sat, 3:30PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)

(FINAL STOP) by Paul Sta. Ana follows the creative process of Ruby, a prolific writer, abandoned wife and protective mother. She writes about Mario, a taxi driver and father figure to a street child. As she tries to resolve Mario's story, she seeks refuge in her own creative output and the line between reality and fiction is blurred. Mario's past becomes entangled with her own inevitable future.
12 July/Sat, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
13 July/Sun, 6:15PM (GALA), Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
15 July/Tue, 6:15PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
18 July/Fri, 12:45PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
18 July/Fri, 3:30PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
19 July/Sat, 3:30PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)

by Francis Xavier E. Pasion is the name of the two protagonists in the film, one is living, the other dead. The living Jay is producing a documentary of the dead Jay, a gay teacher who was brutally killed. As
Jay recreates and examines the life of his subject, his own life is affected when he unravels his subject's hidden life and secret love.
12 July/Sat, 6:15PM (GALA), Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
13 July/Sun, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
16 July/Wed, 3:30PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
17 July/Thu, 12:45PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
17 July/Thu, 3:30PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
19 July/Sat, 3:30PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)

by Onnah Valera and Ned Trespeces is a slice-of-life workplace comedy following the lives of technical support call center agents in the span of six months. Speaking with a fake American accent is a prerequisite for the job. This ensemble comedy is an inside look into the maddening, sleep-deprived, caffeine-fuelled lives of those who ply their trade in
the call center industry.
13 July/Sun, 9:00PM (GALA), Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
13 July/Sun, 6:15PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
15 July/Tue, 3:30PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
18 July/Fri, 3:30PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
18 July/Fri, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
20 July/Sun, 12:45PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)

by Emilio “Jay” Abello is a colorful celebration of food as well as love, and the love of food above all, which is central to being Negrosanon and being Filipino. It follows the flirtation between Jacko and Cassie, two Negrenses who grew up in Bacolod, and whose lives revolve around food. The film will be shot on location in Negros Occidental and will be primarily in Hiligaynon, the language spoken in
that region.
13 July/Sun, 3:30PM (GALA), Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
15 July/Tue, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
16 July/Wed, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
18 July/Fri, 3:30PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
18 July/Fri, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
19 July/Sat, 12:45PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)

by Michael Christian Cardoz is the story of convicts who serve a special role inside the jail - they prepare the meals everyday. But in a jail where some inmates see no reason to continue living, what is the
role of food? Is the food's role to extend life or to prolong the pain of those who don't want to live?
12 July/Sat, 6:15PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
12 July/Sat, 9:00PM (GALA), Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
16 July/Wed, 6:15PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
17 July/Thu, 3:30PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
17 July/Thu, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
19 July/Sat, 12:45PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)

Cinemalaya 2008 Shorts Programme A:
by Rommel "Milo" Tolentino is a story about a six-year old boy's obsession, family dynamics, and the real value of a hard-fought twenty pesos.
ANG IBANG MGA PAMILYA (THE OTHER FAMILY) by Joel P. Ruiz is about a woman who overcomes the grief of losing her adopted son.
(DREAMS) by Sheron R. Dayoc centers on a mute nine-year-old girl named Satra, whose determination to secure a good education reverberates clearly amid the strictness of her Yakan culture. The Yakan are one of the 13 Moro groups in the Philippines. They mainly reside in Basilan, Mindanao.
(DIAMOND IN THE SKY) by Vic Acedillo, Jr is about two brothers' journey to compete in a kite flying contest. But getting there takes some time. In the end, they face something unexpected and discover something more precious than winning.
by Mark V. Reyes focuses on the disturbing and gut wrenching tale about the realities of life in the sprawling metropolis of Manila. 
12 July/Sat, 3:30PM,  Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
13 July/Sun, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
16 July/Wed, 9:00PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
17 July/Thu, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
17 July/Thu12:45PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
20 July/Sun, 12:45PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)

Cinemalaya 2008 Shorts Programme B:
HULING BIKTIMA (THE LAST VICTIM) by Vitaliano A. Rave is a film noir style about a detective's last minutes.
MY PET by Anna G. Bigornia is a 7-minute animation about an 8-year-old girl and her relationship with her first pet, a chick, the subject of a class experiment.
PANGGARIS  by Dexter B. Cayanes is about a prostitute whose life changed when her mute sibling learned to talk, uttering only the word "panggaris."
TRAILS OF WATER by Sheron R. Dayoc is an experimental film about a young boy's emotion as seen through his make-believe story.
TUTOS (COST) by L.A. Yamsuan tells about the dynamics and complexities of a single father-daughter relationship in a postmodern patriarchal Filipino society.
12 July/Sat, 3:30PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
15 July/Tue, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
16 July/Wed, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Huseng Batute
17 July/Thu, 6:15PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
19 July/Sat, 12:45PM, Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
20 July/Sun, 3:30PM, Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
Tickets at P100 each, with 50% discount for students.
For more ticket info and block sales inquiry, please call CCP Box Office at 832 1125 local 1406.

The Cinemalaya 2008 Exhibitions
featuring the finest Pinoy indie full-lengths and shorts all under one roof!

(World Premieres, Director's Cuts & Special Screenings)
HUBAD by Denisa Reyes (World Premiere)              
13 July/Sun, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
IMORAL by Adolfo B. Alix Jr. (World Premiere)         
19 July/Sat, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
LUKARET by Felino Tanada (World Premiere)         
18 July/Fri, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
S.E.B.: CYBER GAME OF LOVE by Cris Pablo (World Premiere)             
17 July/Thu, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
TEACH ME TO LOVE by National Artist for Cinema Eddie Romero (World Premiere)
18 July/Fri, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
SA PAGDAPO NG MARIPOSA by Will Fredo (Director’s Cut)   
15 July/Tue, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
BALIKBAYAN BOX by Mes Guzman (Special Screening)        
13 July/Sun, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
HUNGHONG SA YUTA by Arnel Mardoquio (Special Screening)              
16 July/Wed, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
TIRADOR by Brillanter Mendoza (Special Screening)               
12 July/Sat, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
KATORSE: Best of IndieSine Shorts '08 (Special Screening)
featuring AMBULANCIA by Richard Legaspi; ANG KAPALARAN NI VIRGIN MARIO by Ogi Sugatan; DEAD LETTER by  Grace Orbon; IKASIYAM NA PALAPAG by Anna Isabelle Matutina; LABABO by Seymour Barros Sanchez; MANYIKA by John Wong; PAGBUGTAW by Seymour Barros Sanchez; WALONG LINGGO by Anna Isabelle Matutina           
17 July/Thu, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
PROJECTIONS: Green-Powered Shorts
featuring DOK by Ramon del Prado; BUHAY MANDARAGAT by Jason Lopez, Celize Innocencio, Aiza de Leon; ALTERED STATES by Marichris Quimson, Andrea Tonda, and Gian Cruz; DE MANO by Mike Viñas, Heather Europa and Borgy Torre; BE MY BABY by Naomi Quimpo, Sara Ramos and Ru Angeli Cruz;  LAPIDA by  EJ Angeles, Cathleen Cotioco and Jed Bautista; BALIK TANAW by Jason Moll; Dollhouse by Naomi Quimpo and Patrixia Deseo; GUSTO KITA TOO  by Rica Arevalo; 143:  LOVERS DISCOURSE  by Vicente Garcia Groyon; MUNI-MUNI by Doy del Mundo
12 July/Sat, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
REHAS: Shorts on the Pinoy Prison System by Pepe Diokno, Lourd De Veyra, Tado & Roberto Cadiz
19 July/Sat, 9:00PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
U.P. 100: Best of U.P. Shorts 2008 (Special Screening)
featuring  ANG PASKO NI INTOY by Charina Escala & Emerald Hidalgo; BULONG by Joaquin Valdez; LUNAS by Peter Edward Dizon; ANOMIE; METRONOME; SINGKONG BUTAS; PUTING ILAW        
15 July/Tue, 6:15PM, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)

Cinemalaya 2005 Shorts
featuring  ALIMUOM by Rommel Tolentino, BABAE by Sigrid Bernardo, BLOODBANK by Pam Miras, KULTADO by Lawrence Fajardo, MANSYON by Joel Ruiz, PANGINIPAN by Anna Isabelle Matutina
16 July/Wed, 12:45PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
ANG PAGDADALAGA NI MAXIMO OLIVEROS by Auraeus Solito & Michiko Yamamoto (Cinemalaya 2005)
12 July/Sat, 6:15PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
BIG TIME by Mario Cornejo & Coreen Jimenez (Cinemalaya 2005)
12 July/Sat, 9:00PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
Cinemalaya 2006 Shorts A
featuring 10:25 NG GABI by Reggie Gulle, GEE-GEE AT WATERINA by Dennis Teodosio & Mariami Tanangco, KWARTO by Noel Taylo, LABADA by Raz Dela Torre, NO PASSPORT NEEDED by Jeanne Lim & Pepe Diokno
17 July/Thu, 12:45PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
Cinemalaya 2006 Shorts B
featuring ORASYON by Rommel Tolentino, PARANG PELIKULA by Hubert Tibi, PUTOT by Jeck Cogama, PUWANG by Anna Isabelle Matutina, SA SILAW by Rienzi Balaw
18 July/Fri, 12:45PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
BATAD: SA PAANG PALAY by Benji Garcia (Cinemalaya 2006)
13 July/Sun, 6:15PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
DONSOL by Adolfo B. Alix Jr. (Cinemalaya 2006)
13 July/Sun, 9:00PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
IN DA RED KORNER (Final Cut) by Dado Lumibao (Cinemalaya 2006)
15 July/Tue, 9:00PM (CCP MKP Hall)
TULAD NG DATI by Michael Sandejas (Cinemalaya 2006)
15 July/Tue, 6:15PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
Cinemalaya 2007 Shorts A
featuring DOBLE VISTA by Nix Laňas, Nisha Alicer & Caren Crisologo, DUROG by Tara Illenberger, GABON by Emmanuel Dela Cruz. LIWANAG SA DILIM by Lawrence Fajardo, MAIKLING KWENTO by Hubert Tibi
19 July/Sat, 12:45PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
Cinemalaya 2007 Shorts B
featuring MISTERYO NG HAPIS by Mark Dela Cruz, NINEBALL by Enrico Aguilar, ROLYO by Alvin Yapan, TAGAPAGLIGTAS by Ma. Solita Garcia; TO NI by Vic Acedillo Jr.
20 July/Sun, 12:45PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
ENDO by Jade Castro (Cinemalaya 2007)
17 July/Thu, 6:15PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
LIGAW LIHAM by Emilio "Jay" Abello V (Cinemalaya 2007)
17 July/Thu, 9:00PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
PISAY by Auraeus Solito (Cinemalaya 2007)
18 July/Fri, 6:15PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
SINUNGALING NA BUWAN by Ed Lejano (Cinemalaya 2007)
16 July/Wed, 9:00PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
STILL LIFE by Katrina Flores (Cinemalaya 2007)
16 July/Wed, 6:15PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
TRIBU by Jim Libiran (Cinemalaya 2007)
18 July/Fri, 9:00PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
TUKSO by Dennis Marasigan (Cinemalaya 2007)
15 July/Tue, 9:00PM (CCP Silangan Hall)
PLUS some of the MOST exciting Pinoy indies
this side of the planet!
ALTAR by Rico Maria Ilarde (Cinema One)
16 July/Wed , 3:30PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
16 July/Wed , 12:45PM at Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
ANG HULING BALYAN NG BUHI by Sherad Anthony Sanchez (Cinema One)
16 July/Wed , 3:30PM at CCP Silangan Hall
ANG LALAKE SA PAROLA (Director’s Cut) by Joselito Alterejos
13 July/Sun , 3:30PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
ANG LIHIM NI ANTONIO (Director’s Cut) by John Alterejos
16 July/Wed , 12:45PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
ATAUL FOR RENT by Neal “Bubuy" Tan
13 July/Sun , 12:45PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
AY AYENG by Obette Serrano
12 July/Sat , 12:45PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
BATANES by Adolfo B. Alix Jr.
12 July/Sat , 6:15PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
COMPOUND (Director’s Cut) by Will Fredo
19 July/Sat , 9:00PM at CCP Silangan Hall
CONDO by Martin Cabrera
20 July/Sun , 3:30PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
CONFESSIONAL by Jerrold Tarog & Ruel Dahis Antipuesto (Cinema One)
19 July/Sat , 6:15PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
DAYBREAK (Final Cut) by Adolfo B. Alix Jr.
18 July/Fri , 9:00PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS by Lav Diaz (Super Roadshow - 10AM to 7:30PM)
19 July/Sat , 10:00AM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
FOSTER CHILD by Brillante Mendoza 15 July/Tue ,
12:45PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
18 July/Fri , 3:30PM at CCP Silangan Hall
HAW-ANG by Bong Ramos 12 July/Sat ,
12:45PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
IMAHE NASYON (various)
20 July/Sun , 3:30PM at CCP Silangan Hall
KALELDO by Brillante Mendoza
13 July/Sun , 12:45PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
KUBRADOR by Jeffrey Jeturian
12 July/Sat , 3:30PM at Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
LAMBANOG (Final Cut) by Paolo Herras 
17 July/Thu , 9:00PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
MALING AKALA by Pablo Biglang-Awa (Cinema One)
15 July/Tue , 3:30PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
MASAHISTA by Brillante Mendoza
12 July/Sat , 3:30PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
19 July/Sat , 3:30PM at CCP Silangan Hall
NARS by Adolfo B. Alix Jr.
16 July/Wed , 3:30PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
15 July/Tue , 9:00PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
PANTASYA by Brillante Mendoza
16 July/Wed , 12:45PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
PAUPAHAN by Dennis Evangelista
12 July/Sat , 3:30PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
PITONG TAGPO by Rahyan Carlos
13 July/Sun , 3:30PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
PLONING by Ron Garcia
13 July/Sun , 6:15PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
PRINCESA by Lawrence Fajardo (Cinema One)
12 July/Sat , 9:00PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
RAKET NI NANAY by Lawrence Fajardo (Cinema One)
17 July/Thu , 3:30PM at CCP Silangan Hall
ROME & JULIET by Connie S.A. Macatuno 
20 July/Sun , 12:45PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
SELDA by Paolo Villaluna & Ellen Ramos 
16 July/Wed , 9:00PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
SIGNOS by Aloysius Adlawan
15 July/Tue , 12:45PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
SIKIL by Ronaldo Bertubin
16 July/Wed , 6:15PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
STANDING UP by Waise Azimi (Documentary)
13 July/Sun , 9:00PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
TAMBOLISTA by Adolfo B. Alix Jr. (Cinema One)
17 July/Thu , 6:15PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
TELEBISYON by Donnie Sacueza
15 July/Tue , 3:30PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
TODO TODO TEROS by John Torres
15 July/Tue , 12:45PM at Bulwangang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
ULTIMO by Khavn Dela Cruz (w/live music accompaniment)
19 July/Sat , 9:00PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
WEN TIMAWA MEETS DELGADO (Final Cut) by Rey Gibraltar
20 July/Sun , 12:45PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
18 July/Fri , 6:15PM at Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theatre)
Tickets at P100 each, with 50% discount for students.
For more ticket info and block sales inquiry, please call CCP Box Office at 832 1125 local 1406.
and that ain’t all... Live Indie Bands Nightly (well almost hehe...)
The Cinemalaya 2008 Brave New Movement Nights
July 11/Fri, 12/Sat, 15/Tue, 18/Fri, 19/Sat & 20/Sun
CCP Main Theatre Facade
Two bands nightly PLUS a WHOPPING Six Bands after the Awards Night/Closing Ceremonies on 20 July/Sun
FEATURING  College Coed, Liquid Jane, RedLead 65, Sunflower Day Camp, The Rinka Collective,  VerseS AND more suprise stars!


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eBay PH giving away P9000 twice a day

Summer is ending, I actually think it has already ended because of the frequent rain showers we're having, but eBay Philippines certainly thinks otherwiseebay.


If you're already a registered eBay user, you can find out more by going to this page eBay Treasure Hunt. The treasure hunt looks easy because 4 people already won yesterday and today. I only found out about this contest today and when I got to the contest page, someone already found the treasure for today. I'll try my luck tomorrow.



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8th Sinelab Workshop Series starts on May 24


Workshop Outline : 8 Sessions

I. Alternative Material, Outline, Treatment and Script Development and Management (Narrative) ( 3 Sessions) reel

STEP ONE : THE VISION AND THE ARTISTIC MODEL Transforming the abstract into a working model

STEP TWO : FORMULATING AN IDEA An idea is a basic unit in constructing a working concept.

STEP THREE : BUILDING A CONCEPT The idea is the seed of the material while the concept is the cradle of the idea.

STEP FOUR : CONSTRUCTING THE PREMISE The premise has two components namely the character and the story. The said components operate within the structure of the premise. Often, the logline or pitching line comes from the premise. STEP FIVE : CONSTRUCTING THE OUTLINE The outline has 8 major parts called movements.

STEP SIX : THE SEQUENCE TREATMENT The sequence treatment bridges the outline and the script. The treatment determines how many sequences will it take to execute a movement.

The script is made-up of 7 major parts.
The script has 5 elements.
A. Structural Direction of A Scene
B. Types of Scenes
C. Visual Devices
II Alternative Production
(5 Sessions)
1. -what is your project/genre?
2. -financial capability
3. -requirements
4. -production staff/hierarchy
5. -responsibilities
6. -logistics
7. -terms used
1. -pre-production process
2. -production process
3. -post production
1. -scheduling
2. -traffic
3. -getting the right crew/supplier
4. -transportation
5. -food
6. -production design/props
7. -casting
• actual pre-production
• actual production
• actual post production

Quezon City
Starts May 24
Saturdays : 8 Sessions : Fee - 6,000 pesos
For Registration: Please indicate full name and contact number
mobile phone : 09215081060
Note that the fee of 6,000 pesos covers both Material and Script Development & Management and Alternative Production. This is our commitment at Sinelab to come up with a complete basic package at a reasonable fee. Furthermore, there are two payment schemes under the workshop.
1. You can pay the full fee on the first day of the workshop.
2. Installment Scheme / You can pay 50% of the fee on the 1st day. 25% on the 2nd day and 25% 3rd day.


Recycling rancid oil

I have been away from home for a couple of months so it was just a couple of weeks ago that I found out that my beloved city of Marikina has started collecting used cooking oil separately from all the garbage. I'm not sure just how often they do this thoughfrytank and I started wondering what they do with it. Possibly, they are just collecting it to be disposed off properly. Before, many households have a habit of throwing away used oil through canals. As we all know, pouring it down the drain might make the plumbing clogged when the oil solidifies so people tend to throw it outside of their homes directly into the sewage system. But this practice does come with its negative effects. Eventually, sewage water goes to our rivers and streams causing them to be polluted.

I wonder if the Waste Management Office recycles those rancid cooking oils. If they recycle those and turned them into biodiesel, they could use it to fuel the vehicles that the city government owns. Marikina has been known to invest in recycling machineries and has saved the city government a lot of money in the long run. A few months back the city government purchased a composting machine that turns the garbage collected from the market into compost.

If they could afford to buy one, they could certainly afford to invest in research and training of people who could run a biodiesel production plant. In the United States, there are home-brew operations that recycle used cooking oils into biofuel. Since this is a fairly new practice, there are no environmental standards and safety precautions that could standardize the process. There are a lot of fast foods and restaurants in Marikina and I'm sure they would be more than willing to get rid of their used cooking oils so that it could be made into biofuels, and in turn take part in the development of the city. This could certainly benefit everyone in the long run.

The scientific community has sent alarms over the years about the possibility of depleting oil reserves in the near future. It's about time that we look into alternative sources of fuel.


Journalists to mark World Press Freedom Day with flowers and songs

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and other media groups will celebrate World Press Freedom Day on May 3 by offering flowers at the National Shrine of Marcelo H. del Pilar in the morning and hosting a jamming session by members of media in the evening.

NUJP decided to honor Del Pilar, editor of the revolutionary paper La Solidaridad, to emphasize the need for journalists not to forget the past, particularly periods of history during which media played a very important role to defend freedom and democracy.

Among the news organizations that will offer "Press Freedom wreaths" are NUJP, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Philippine Press Institute, ABC 5 and Philippine Daily Inquirer.
NUJP plans to make the wreath-laying at the Del Pilar shrine, located in Bulacan, Bulacan, a yearly activity. The program will start at 8 a.m.

Meanwhile, the jamming session, dubbed "Pa-imPRESS ka JAM", will be held at the Freedom Bar in Anonas St. cor. Aurora Blvd. in Quezon and will start at 8 p.m. Among the performers will be: veteran journalist Pete Lacaba, Inday Espina (Philippine Graphic), Cesar Apolinario (GMA7), Alwyn Alburo (GMA7), Ruth Cabal (GMA7), Raffy Tima (GMA7), Cecil Lardizabal (ABS-CBN), Jiggy Manicad (GMA7), Edwin Bacasmas (Inquirer), Mark Salazar (GMA7), Cherry Mercado (ABC5), Jason Torres (ABC5), Daniel Razon (UNTV), AR Sabangan (GMA and Alex Remollino (

To read poems on press freedom are Inquirer publisher Isagani Yambot, Ramil Gulle of ABS-CBN, Iris Gonzales of Philippine Star, Marlon Ramos of Inquirer and Richard Gappi of Manila East Watch/Neo-Angono.
Rowena Paraan (09104950095)
Joe Torres Jr. (09209010013)


Microsoft Rants and Conspiracy Theories

I've been trying out the Yahoo Messenger Beta 9.0 for a couple of months now but it was only yesterday that I found out that it is another of Microsoft's attempt at, for a lack of better word, depriving pirated Windows Users.

YM beta 9.0 with YouTubeMy brother, although Internet savvy and a very good graphic artist, isn't very good on hardware and software issues. After 18 months of using his Neo laptop, he finally had to have it reformatted. It was never reformatted ever since he got it and I was never able to use it so I had no idea what are it's specs and what came along with it. He got it "free" from our PLDT Mydsl subscription. Anyway, enough with the history.

Initially, we thought it didn't come bundled with an OS so he borrowed a pirated copy of WIndows XP Professional from a friend. I was able to reformat and install the pirated copy so all I had to do next is install the driver. I popped in the Neo CD that he gave me along with the other installers and I was surprised that it was an installer for Windows XP. I then checked the bottom of the laptop to see if there was a Windows sticker with the product code and I found it happily residing silently underneath. I copied the product code onto a piece of paper and immediately restarted and installed the Windows XP. Once I was done, I was again surprised to found out that the OS bundled with the laptop was Windows XP Starter Edition. >.< I didn't think that Starter Edition was made available in the Philippines.

Anyway, one of the reasons I preferred installing the OEM's of Wind ows XP Home that came bundled with my Toshiba Satellite and Dell Inspiron was the free 90 day trial of Windows Live One Care. I love Live One Care. It's a great antivirus, antispyware and overall tune up tool for Windows. I've been wanting to purchase a product key but it's currently not available in our country which is really bad because it's cheap (only $50 for a year for 3 PC's) yet efficient.

Since I loved Live One Care, I was sure my brother would appreciate it too so I downloaded the setup file and tried to install it. I got an error code and I found out that it won't run on Starter Edition. I searched for a way to upgrade the Starter Edition to at least XP Home but there was none. I couldn't buy another copy of Windows just so I could install it on my brother's laptop. It wouldn't be practical and would render the Starter edition license useless. I couldn't resell that Starter Edition license because it would only work on NEO notebooks.

I was getting very pissed so I installed Internet Explorer 7 instead. I thought my brother would like it because he uses Mozilla primarily because of the tabbed browsing. I started browsing some blogs and at some point I realized that some adsense ads don't appear on IE7. I thought this problem was fixed a long time ago and is now isolated only to Vista installations of IE7. Just imagine all the revenues bloggers and webmasters are missing just because of this.

When my brother checked up on the reformatting's progress he saw that I installed the Starter edition and asked if there was a way I could change the theme to something like the Classic XP theme and if I could lose the watermark that displayed Starter Edition across all windows. He also complained about being able to run only 3 programs on it. I tried googling about it but I didn't get to come up with a solution. Finally, my brother asked if I could just redo the whole thing and install the pirated XP Pro instead. He was willing to never turn on Automatic Updates and risk missing urgent security patches instead of getting stuck with a sucky Starter Edition.

After  finally getting to install the pirated XP Pro with Service Pack 2, I got around to installing the softwares that my brother normally uses. Instead of troubling myself with removing the Windows Genuine Advantage nag screens, I told my brother to not turn on Automatic Updates instead. I tried installing Yahoo Messenger Beta 9.0 on his system and I kept getting an error message. The error message prompted of some image files being part of Microsoft stuff. I initially thought I was just missing a plug in or a driver but after a couple of tries, I began to suspect it had something to do with Windows being not activated. I then tried to install Yahoo Messenger 8.0 and the installation ran smoothly. Sure, YM beta 9.0 still had a lot of bugs like missing contacts and not being able to invite people to view your webcam once it's already turned on, but it's still full of potential.

If only Microsoft provided an upgrade path from XP Starter Edition to XP Home Edition, then I wouldn't have had this problem. Also, why limit Live One Care usage to all XP and Vista editions except the Starter editions? If this is all part of some elitist plot then I barely see the point in doing so. If Yahoo Messenger Beta 9.0 was designed for and limited to authenticated Windows I hope Yahoo realizes how many users they are depriving of new skins and emoticons, Flicker integration, direct posting of YouTube videos, an in line media player and many new features. They should have sold themselves off to Microsoft if they will actively take part in their monopolistic ventures.


Superhero Movie a bane of a parody

I'm sure a lot of people would agree with me when I say that the movie spoof genre has become tasteless with movies like Epic Movie and Meet the Spartans. I was pretty excited when I first saw the trailer of Meet the Spartans on YouTube. I thought it was funny as hell. But when I got to watch the whole movie, I almost slept through it. It was worse than watching Goin' Bulilit.

When I saw the movie trailer of Superhero Movie, I had very high hopes for it because Drake Bell is in the lead role, I've been watching him on Nickelodeon for years and I lurve Drake Bell. Yeah I get it, he's cute. But he's also a very talented artist and comedian. I always look forward to seeing him as Kyle in Totally Kyle on the Amanda Show because his guitar riffs are really good.

Anyway, going back to the movie. So I was finally able to see Superhero Movie a couple of days ago and although there were a couple of misses, the movie was great all in all. I think it shouldn't be rated PG 13 though because of the number of sex jokes that fly here and there throughout the movie.

I was never a fan of the Naked Gun series, being too young then to appreciate all that slapstick, so I have nothing to say for Leslie Nielsen who plays Drake Bell's grandfather.

I liked that the movie itself has a story unlike the recent Scary Movies that felt like it's all been stitched together without even a pattern of thought. It didn't squeeze in too much spoofs to make it too chopsuey.

Would I recommend it? Yes, especially if you're a big Drake Bell fan like me. But if you're not, go for the rental instead, or this streaming ones.

Movie Link #1

Movie Link #2

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Do you know what the english term for duhat is?

duhat Yesterday, my youngest sister Mimay and I were walking along Crest Street in our village. We were on our way to the dermatologist for her check up. While walking I was reviewing English words with her. Then she asked me, Ate ano sa english ang duhat?

I told her I didn't know so while waiting for our turn to see the doctor, I connected to google via gprs and did a search.

Java plum / Black plum


Do you know that you can get indigestion from food allergies?

I guess not many people know it because a lot of people stare blankly at me whenever I tell them I can't eat shrimp because I'm allergic to something on it's shell so rather than risking gut wrenching pain, I'd rather not eat anything that has shrimp.

That's right, I have food allergies too. Aside from the common dust allergens that usually gets me itching and sneezing, I also can't eat juicy, scrumptious shrimp because I always end up getting stomachache. Yes, stomachache. Many people think that allergens can only cause symptoms that are seen like redness and itching. So there you go, I said it out loud.


Sine Olivia Pilipinas Call for Auditions

Sine Olivia Pilipinas announces the search for actors for it's upcoming production:

Gregoria 'Óryang' de Jesus -- 19 to 25 years old
Ceasaria -- mid-30s, early 40s
Aling Hule -- 60s
Mang Karyo -- 50s, 60s
Andres Bonifacio -- late 20s, early 30s
Emilio Aguinaldo -- late 20s, early 30s
Mariano Alvarez -- 40s, 50s

For professional actors, please submit photo, resume and possibly a video (in performance) . Non-actors
are also encouraged to submit photos and resume. Auditions and readings for selected applicants will be announced.


Recycling Waste Market

The Recycling Waste Market will be back again in SM North starting March 1, 2008. The SM Supermalls' Recycle Market has finally come to SM North! Turn your trash into cash (or exchange them for something useful) every first Saturdays of the month, from 8AM to 12NN at the open parking next to the former Super Sale Club building. Bring along whatever trash you can find and sell them.

The price offers aren't that high, but it's better than just getting rid of your trash for nothing and not having them recycled.We shouldn't go there for the money but for the fact that we have a chance to recycle properly. Saving the environment is a community effort, and everything counts. Hopefully, accessible recycle markets/centers would become a permanent fixture not just in SM or other malls, but everywhere. We really, really need them!

For those interested, here's the price list (subject to change):
Paper (price per kilo)
Old newspaper - 5.00White paper - 8.50Assorted paper - 1.50Old books / magazines - 2.00Carton (corrugated) - 4.00Plastic (per kilo)
PET (clean/washed) - 22.00PET (dirty) - 17.00Hard plastic - 17.00Cup, spoon, fork - 10.00PVC tubings - 2.00Softdrink straw - 5.00Metal (per kilo)
Scrap iron (bakal) - 11.00Packaging cans (lata) - 5.00Metal sheets (tapalodo/yero) - 9.00Precious metal (per kilo)
Aluminum cans - 50.00Aluminum - 60.00Bronze - 150.00Copper - 200.00Bottles (per piece)
Gin - 0.50Catsup (small or big) -
0.20Lapad (Emperador) - 0.20Long neck (Emperador/Tanduay) - 1.00Softdrinks/Beer/Grande - 1.00Softdrinks (1 liter) - 2.00Bubog (clear empty bottles) - 0.50/kiloBatteries - 21.60/kilo
Electronics (per kilo unless otherwise stated)
CPU, complete - 160.00/unitCPU, no HDD/RAM - 100/unitCRT monitor, colored, 14", 15", 17" - 35.00/unitPrinter, fax scanner, old appliances and other office equipment - 5.00Motherboard/PC cards/Telecom cards - 90.00Printer boards/med grade boards/hard disk - 20.00Power boards/monitor boards - 5.00Floppy drive/CDROM/Power supply - 12.00CPU case/metal - 4.00Wires/cables - 15.00CDs - 12.00Christmas light wires - 3.00Aircon (complete unit) - 200.00/unitCRT Monitors, 19" and up; TV, any size, complete parts -
20.00Monochrome monitor and B/W TV sets, complete units - no value but will pick it upOil (per liter)
Cooking - 6.00Engine / car - 6.00Hydrolic - 8.00Doy packs - 0.05 per piece
Styrofoam - no value but you can give them for proper disposal


Php 8000 for a brand new laptop?

elonex-one-top A 99 British Pound laptop is set to be released in the market on February 28. It's a new budget computer targeted for school children and teenagers. That's roughly $200 or P8000 based on the current exchange rates. It's certainly cheaper than most Cellphone models in the market today.

Called the One, it can be used as a traditional notebook computer or, with the screen detached from the keyboard, as a portable “tablet”. Wi-fi technology lets users access the internet or swap music (and homework) files between computers wirelessly.

Personal files can be stored on the laptop's 1GB built in memory or on a tough digital wristband that children can plug into the USB Socket of whichever computer they happen to be using. The One runs on Linux, an open source software which is a rival to Windows but is completely free to use. Of course, this has it's drawbacks. It's not as slick and easy to use as Windows. But this is also why the One is so cheap. It includes a free word processor and spreadsheet, a free web browser and free email software. It has a 7 inch screen, similar to those portable DVD players. It has no CD drive.

It also has preloaded programs ranging from instant messaging softwares, photo editor, games and an MP3 player. It weighs less than a kilo and has a 3 hour battery life. It's part of the One Laptop per Child Project that UK has adopted from USA. For every One unit bought, Elonex will be donating a unit to a kid from an underdeveloped country. I wonder if they consider the Philippines as underdeveloped.

A lot of 2nd hand laptops can also be bought at that price, and I wonder if which one would be more advisable to purchase. I mean, usually, I would recommend getting the brand new one because of the warranty. Although judging by its specs, some 2nd hand laptops have better specifications in terms of memory. But this one has WiFi which makes connectivity easier.

I guess I shouldn't be thinking much of that for now. We're not even sure if it would be available here. But if it would be locally distributed, I would highly consider getting one for my little sister. A laptop sure is a handy tool for students especially now that there are a lot of WiFi hotspots available. My little sister wants a PSP for her graduation present but I'm thinking a laptop will be a better one.

I previously wanted to get her an Asus Eeg. After all, Asus is a more prominent name than the lesser known Elonex. and for a few hundred dollars more, this has better specs. It's till a few weeks until her graduation. So, I'm still gonna take my time to think this over.


Fruits in Iligan

On my first semestral break here in Iligan, I was excited to go home and bring pasalubong to my family in Manila. The problem was, what was I gonna bring. The only thing I can think of was Durian (which was cheap and available almost everywhere) and lanzones from Camiguin. It was lanzones season then so I didn't have any trouble finding good ones. When I brought it back home, everybody raved about the sweet yet cheap lanzones. I initially intended to bring mangosteen too, but I seem to have missed out on the mangosteen season. I was told that the next harvest would be sometime in December. I was disappointed of course, because my brother Chou loves mangosteen. I also bought pomelo which was also cheap here.

Durian costs around P35-50 per kilo. A medium sized durian costs roughly P150. That's already cheap considering small ones sell for as much as P200 in supermarkets in Manila. I bought the lanzones for only P20 per kilo. It was small, firm and ultimately sweet. The lanzones from Camiguin are very different from the usual ones in Manila that are harvested in Laguna. The pomelo costs P25 per kilo.

Another fruit that I found in abundance here was Marang. It's my first time to have seen one and also the first time I've tasted one. It costs P10 - 20 a piece. Basically, most of the fruits that are sold here are either grown in Marawi, Bukidnon, Davao or Camiguin. There are also those imported fruits from China like apples and ponkans. There really isn't much variety in fruits here. Probably because the people tend not to splurge on fruits.


Badminton Tournament for a Cause

Members of the CFC-Singles for Christ (San Mateo Chapter), a ministry of the Couples for Christ, working as volunteer-facilitators for the Child and Youth Development programs (SAGIP & SIGA) of Gawad Kalinga (GK). GK provides a support program for children of elementary age, from 7 to 12 years old through the program called SAGIP, which means “to save a life” in the Filipino language. The SIGA program, meanwhile, provides a strong youth rehabilitation program where juvenile delinquents are provided with a range of activities and counseling sessions to help them live productive lives without committing them to rehab institutions. SIGA in the Filipino language means “to light.”

The community has upcoming conferences and activities which will help enrich the lives of the Gawad Kalinga kids. In line with this, they are inviting you to be part of an event that will help raise the funds needed to support the program’s activities. A badminton tournament, “Smash for a Cause” will be held on March 15, 2008, from 2 to 6pm in the afternoon. This will be held at Tibulong Badminton Court and Restaurant, along the highway of Nangka, Marikina City. Registration will be 160 pesos per pair. They will be giving out tokens of appreciation as prizes to the winners. Registration is through text and deadline is until March 09, 2008. The event is open to all SFC and non-SFC members who are badminton enthusiasts, beginners and everyone who wants to have fun and share their blessings at the same time.
For more details and registration, you may contact Dave Halili (0920-8453134/997-0703) or Mitzie Epino (0919-8823935)



I've recently read an article from the Inquirer about Pinakurat. You can find the article here.

When faced with the dilemma of pasalubong, I realized there aren't many food specialties here in Iligan. Food quality here is what I would rate as "average". I first saw Pinakurat in the grocery but I didn't bother buying one. I didn't find anything special with spiced cane vinegar. The only time I got to taste one was when our landlady bought a bottle to go with the fried fish we were having for lunch once.

What I tasted was not your ordinary vinegar with spices. The spices really blended well and enhanced the vinegar. It was just like what it's name implies. Pinakurat - with surprise. The taste was unexpected and catches first-time tasters off guard. It was good and complemented well, enhanced the ordinary fried fish.

When I went home that semestral break, I brought home a Pinakurat. It was just a small bottle that costs P25. When I got to Manila, I found a similar bottle in Robinson's Supermarket. It costs P65.

In our family, only my dad and I enjoy spiced foods. Siling labuyo and Tabasco is only a staple at home when my dad is there. Naturally, I was the only one who enjoyed having my daing na bangus dipped in Pinakurat. I've been wanting to send my dad a bottle but I forgot to bring a bottle home last Christmas. Besides, as expected, my uncle's baggage was wayyyyy over their limit.


RA 9492

Republic Act No. 9492


2008 Holidays

Monday, February 25 EDSA Revolution Anniversary  - supposed long weekend

March 20 Maundy Thursday
March 21 Good Friday
March 22 Black Saturday
March 23 Easter Sunday

LONG WEEKEND!!!! Monday, April 7 Araw ng Kagitingan
(in lieu of April 9)

LONG WEEKEND!!!! Monday, May 5 Labor Day
(in lieu of May 1)

LONG WEEKEND!!!! Monday, June 16 Independence Day
(in lieu of June 12)

LONG WEEKEND!!!! Monday, August 25 Ninoy Aquino Day
(in lieu of August 21 & concurrent with National Heroes Day)

October __ : Eid'l Fitr
(to be confirmed by the OMA: Office of Muslim Affairs)

November 1, All Saints Day
(shiyet, it falls on a Saturday!)

LONG WEEKEND!!!! Monday, December 1 Bonifacio Day
(in lieu of Nov. 30)

and the grandmomma of all long weekends,
a 12-day extravaganza of a

Wednesday, December 24 Official Last-Minute Shopping Holiday
(declared by Spanky H. Enriquez)

Thursday, December 25 Christmas Day
(declared by GOD)

Friday, December 26
(do you really think Pinoys will go to work on this day?)

Saturday, December 27
Sunday, December 28

Monday, December 29 Rizal Day
(in lieu of December 30)

Tuesday, December 30
(see Friday, December 26 for reference)

Wednesday, December 31, Last Day of the Year Holiday
(declared by GMA)

Thursday, January 1, 2009 is still a holiday...

Friday, January 2
(seriously, no one intends to work on this day!)

Saturday, January 3
Sunday, January 4


PPP lowers requirements

Payperpost recently revised their TOS and now allows blogs of only 30 days to submit and be approved. This is certainly good news especially to new bloggers. I just resubmitted my main blog and I'm crossing my fingers right now. I really can't rely on ads to generate a substantial amount of money from this blog. Sponsored posts generate me more income. I haven't been receiving any offers from Smorty. As of now the only service that gives me writing jobs is SponsoredReviews. Some guy is offering me profit sharing to write for his website.

Oh well, at least I'm getting some right?


Blogger in Filipino

Blogger is now available in Filipino. Funny, I don't see anything special about it. Well except the recognition that Filipinos are a force to reckon with in the blogging community. People who generalize our countrymen as stupid should think twice because if our A-list bloggers become millionaires they'll replace GMA and make Philippines a very prrty country. lol. Anyway, here's the actual post.


Valley of chrome's Never the Lifeless Album launch

After much delay, they are finally launching the follow up album to the highly successful Love and Devotion. Rock out with these guys on March 1, 2008 at Atchies Bar, El Pueblo in Ortigas Center. It's a few blocks away from Megamall and around 10 cartwheels away from Podium, a little way past St. Francis Square.

Other bands playing are

April Morning Skies
Too Late The Hero
plus surprise guests!
with fun and games for the whole family!

They're also asking everyone to bring plastic toy guns and swords as they will be recreating scenes from 300 and the EDSA revolution. Jordy as a Spartan? Hmm, must be worth seeing. Just play along and bring those darned plastic toys will ya? They're rock stars so we probably should just follow them lest we want them to go diva on us. Lol!


Cosplay 101


Title: COSPLAY 1 on 1
Learning and Experience Cosplay in a Filipino Way
When: March 24 to April 18, 2008
April 21 to May 15, 2008
Where: Teatro Marikina, Marikina City
• 12 Day sessions with a graduation plus a Certificate of appreciation.
• Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
• Know Cosplay and experience it.
• Learn how to make Weapons, Costumes, Arts and Crafts and etc..
• Meet new friends and learn / work as a team.
• Workshops.
• And many more …
• To enhance the ability of a person to work individually and as a group.
• To develop creativity of each person by making a unique and personalized piece / costumes.
• To enhance resourcefulness by making a one of a kind piece / costumes like rubber sheets and out of some scarp / recyclable materials.
• To develop a sense of responsibility and discipline towards work.
• To boost talent of each individual and educate people on how unique the “COSPLAY WORLD” is.
Who may participate?
• Any Individuals who wants to experience and learn Cosplay in a Pilipino Way.
• 13 Yrs. Old and Above
Via Enrollment
• 2 pcs. 1x1 ID Picture or 2 pcs. 2x2 ID Picture
• Enrollment fee P 1000
On Workshop Sessions:
• Professional Cutter or Knife Cutter
• Extra Blades of Cutter
• Rulers (Very Long and medium to short )
• Pencils
• Pencil Sharpener
• Big Scissors (Good enough to cut Rubber Sheets)
• Tape Measure
• Notebook
• 5 – 8 Different Colors of 6mm w/ design Rubber Sheets (45 x 47 short)
• 3 – 5 pcs. Of Triple 888 Greco
• Hoop and Loop
• Rug Bee
Other Courses:
Baby Ballet 1
3-6 yrs. Old
8:00 – 9:00 am / MWF
Facilitator: Maeh Anne Cerdiño
Baby Ballet 2
7-10 yrs. Old
9:10 – 10:10 am / MWF
Facilitator: Maeh Anne Cerdiño
Modern Dance
7-12 yrs. Old
8:00 – 9:00 am / MWF
Facilitator: John Paul Jordan
Children’s Theater 1
4-7 yrs. Old
9:10 – 10:10 am / MWF
Facilitator: Kristine Marie Santillan
Children’s Theater 2
8-12 yrs. Old
10:10 – 12:10 nn / MWF
Facilitator: Rico Abayon
Street Dancing / Hip Hop
13 and Above
1:00 – 2:30 pm / MWF
Facilitator: Joy G. Pagaduan
Jazz 1
7 – 12 yrs. Old
10:30 – 12:00 nn / MWF
Facilitator: Maeh Anne Cerdiño
Jazz 2
13 and above
1:30 – 3:00 pm / MWF
Facilitator: Maeh Anne Cerdiño
Voice Lesson 1
7 – 12 yrs. Old
9:30 – 10:00 am / MWF
Facilitator: Jeffrey Hernandez
Voice Lesson 2
13 and above
10:10 – 12:10 nn
Facilitator: Jeffrey Hernandez
13 and above
5:30 – 7:00 pm / MWF
Facilitator: Antonio Labutap
Teen Theater
13 and above
3:10 – 5:10 pm / MWF
Facilitator: Alvin Veneracion
Arts and Crafts (kids)
3 -7 yrs. Old
8:30 – 9:30 am / TTHS
Facilitator: Michelle Buenaventura, Michael Ogsila, Ronald de Guzman
“Cosplay 1 on 1” Arts and Crafts (adult)
13 and above
10:00 – 12:00 nn / TTHS
Facilitator: Mark David Cerezo
Creative Writing (kids)
7-12 yrs. Old
8:30 – 9:30 am / TTHS
Facilitator: Ricky Ornopia
Basic Drawing
4-7 yrs. Old
9:00 – 10:30 am / MWF
Facilitator: Isagani Fuentes
Advanced Drawing
8 – 12 yrs. Old
9:00 – 10:30 am / MWF
Facilitator: Roland Santos
7 – 12 yrs. Old
1:00 – 2:00 pm / TTHS
Facilitator: Donato Subang
7 – 12 yrs. Old
1:00 – 2:00 pm / TTHS
Facilitator: Sonny Santos
Bass Guitar
7 – 12 yrs. Old
2:10 – 3:10 pm / TTHS
Facilitator: Teofilo Santos
7 – 12 yrs. Old
2:10 – 3:10 pm / TTHS
Facilitator: Edgardo Labrado
7 – 12 yrs. Old
2:10 – 3:10 pm / TTHS
Facilitator: Sonny Santos
7 – 12 yrs. Old
1:00 – 2:00 pm / TTHS
Facilitator: Noel Gomez
7 – 12 yrs. Old
2:10 – 3:10 pm / TTHS
Facilitator: Rustico Cruz


Rebirth of 6UG

After a number of rumors, I can finally confirm that 6Underground will have its rebirth at Pearl Plaza, Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, in Pasig City (near Univ. of Asia & the Pacific). After much deliberation, we decided to reopen it due to a number of opportunities that presented themselves to us that will better promote indie and alternative artists and help our rock industry as a whole. We had often been challenging ourselves to better our features and not be limited to being a bar (2 albums, prepaid cards, mixed martial arts, media tie-ups, etc.). We will reveal our new offerings as time goes by. J

Now called 6UG Live & Raw (as a tribute to our live album under Warner Music), the bar will have its soft launch come this Thursday, Feb. 21 with Plastic Baloo, Publico, Jab, and my band The Amandas. Only 3-4 bands will play a night to give them much exposure. Beer will only be at P30. The rest of the sched this week is as follows:

Feb. 22, Fri: Imbuenokudos, Teenage Hero, & Subscapular

Feb. 23, Sat: Muziklaban Champs – Gayuma, Sunflower Daycamp, & 18th Issue

If you are a fan of these bands, I suggest you come in your best rock attire and support them. I can only explain further once you visit the new venue.

Thanks and see you live and raw! :)

-From the 6UG Management


2007's most anticipated indie films

ENDO by Jade Castro

“For its revealing take on the lives of ’end of contract’ casual workers in the retail and service sector, and for its subtle and moving rendering of a love story amid an otherwise deprived social milieu, pitting romance against economics, drawing out both winners and losers, gainers and losers, hope and heartbreak.”

winner, Grand Jury Prize, Cinemalaya 2007

winner, Best Actress, Cinemalaya 2007

winner, Best Editing, Cinemalaya 2007

Festival des 3 Continents 2007, Official Selection

Ina Feleo left us speechless, especially in the part where she dances before her flame Jason Abalos under the flicker of neon. Could be one of the great moments of RP cinema, understated yet with enough compassion for the saleslady character she¡¯s playing.¡±

-Juaniyo Arcellana, the Philippine Star

Endo is short for the term "End of Contract", or what temporary workers call their last day at work. Endo is the story of Leo, a typical Filipino who earns a living for himself and his family by hopping from one contractual job to the next. Be it fast food, grocery, and department stores. His relationships with women are similarly fleeting. When he meets the spirited Tanya, he is suddenly faced by the promise of a better future, but he doesn't seem equipped to handle it. The story depicts a nation where money, dreams and love are elusive.

Now showing at SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Manila, SM Southmall, SM Fairview, SM Centerpoint, Glorietta 4, Gateway Mall

SELDA by Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos

winner, Best Actor, Sid Lucero, Gawad Tanglaw

winner, Best Supporting Actor, Emilio Garcia, Gawad Tanglaw

winner, Best Supporting Actor, Michael De Mesa, Gawad Tanglaw

winner, Best Cinematography, Gawad Tanglaw

winner Best Editing, Gawad Tanglaw

A gem of a daring work."

-Clodualdo Del Mundo, scriptwriter, Batch 81, Kisapmata

Quite versed in the nuances of cinematic language…somber and substantial…a solid and darkly potent work…expertly photographed…Sid Lucero is simply electrifying, Emilio Garcia is a revelation.¡±

–Oliver Pulumbarit, Philippine Daily Inquirer

“One of the more compelling movies released of late…Villaluna and Ramos know how to frame a shot to catch the viewer’s attention…the cast are at the peak of their acting prowess…the last line (in Selda) still echoes in our head months after the disc faded out.

-Juaniyo Arcellana, The Philippine Star


Separate congressional district mulled for Iligan


A separate congressional district is mulled for this premier industrial city in the south. The measure has already passed first reading at the House of Representatives late last year and is now subjected to a series of public hearings here and in seven towns of Lanao del Norte.

Authored by Lanao del Norte Representative Vicente Belmonte, House Bill 3164 seeks to carve this city out of the first congressional district and stand as an independent congressional district. Currently, the first district is composed of Iligan City and the coastal towns of Linamon, Kauswagan, Bacolod, Maigo, Kolambugan, Tubod and Baroy. Belmonte said slicing away Iligan as an independent congressional district can help fast-track development in the communities of both the city and the seven towns. He particularly cited the availability of a new Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel that can be solely focused on Iligan communities while the PDAF for the first district will now be shared by lesser number of communities.

Belmonte's bill provides that after slicing away Iligan, the seven remaining towns shall be the new composition of the first district.
Created on June 16, 1950 with 44 barangays, Iligan was declared a highly urbanized city in 1983. The National Statistics Office projects the city's 2007 population of 285,061 to grow to 342,087 by 2010.
The 1987 Constitution provides that for a city to become a legislative district, it must have a population of at least 250,000.
As host of Mindanao's principal power generation, Iligan's economy is largely underpinned by the business activities of its industrial locators, foremost of which is the former National Steel Corporation (NSC) now Global Steel.

Although it has suffered from the industrial fallout almost a decade ago, especially when the then NSC closed down, the local economy has recovered. It's businesses also improved. (Ryan D. Rosauro)


In Political Science class, we discussed the possibility of making Iligan a congressional district. It will be very beneficial in the development of Iligan City because of the allocation of the Countryside Development Fund. Most of the CDF for Lanao del Norte is allocated to infrastructures in the rural areas, with projects within the city often being sidelined.

On a contrasting note, those in the coastal towns would be at a weak point since Iligan has been the only place that is vocal against government discrepancies and corruption. Iligan is the voice of Lanao del Norte, and without it corruption in the rural areas may proliferate more.

Compared to Cagayan de Oro, Iligan is a small place. But with development, it might be able to compete with Cagayan when it comes to tourism. It might also be able to attract investors into setting up businesses here. Products are very limited here, and I often find myself traveling an hour and a half to go to Cagayan just to purchase items. More businesses would also mean more jobs for the people here.

The problem with most Iliganons is that they have a voice, but they usually don't act on it. Sigh. Have to collect my thoughts. Will write more about it next time.


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Update with the Iligan blast

Found a more detailed report about the blast that happened in the Plaza last Sunday Night. I can't even ask the people here because most of the people hardly care about the news. They just go on with their meaningless lives. sheesh. Anyway, here's the article.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Iligan blast injures 6
By Richel Umel and Lino de la Cruz
Lanao Correspondents

ILIGAN CITY -- Police and Army bomb disposal experts have found metal fragments at the public plaza here where an explosion injured six persons Sunday night.
But Supt. Amerodin Hamdag, police director for Operations in Region 10, said nothing is still conclusive yet since the experts will have to examine closely the metal fragments they found Monday at the public plaza.

Hamdag said the experts have brought the fragments to the PNP Crime laboratory in Camp Tomas Cabili in this City. Mayor Laurence Cruz would not say if the explosion was from a bomb or that it was a terror act.
Last Sunday’s explosion came a day before a scheduled protest rally by Maranao groups protesting the inclusion of Lanao provinces in the RP-US Balikatan exercises.
At least six persons, mostly minors, were hurt when an explosion ripped through the public plaza at about 9:30 p.m.,Sunday.
Responding policemen told reporters that the explosion came from an improvised explosive device (IED) wrapped in a pair of pants.
They said the bomb was placed among the furnitures for sale that were displayed in a vacant lot along Aguinaldo corner M. Badelles streets.
A 26-year-old man identified as John Henry Natinga, who was sleeping in a sofa at the furniture shop, was badly injured.
Most of the minors who were injured were promenading near the plaza where an amature singing contest was being held. They were identified as John Anotan Jr, 17; Vic Ravelo, 19; Lovely Rose Tecson, 15; J.R. Pabustan, 15; and Dennis Barot, 17.


I wonder if the usual tambays in the plaza were spurred by this event. Would they still spend time in the plaza? Would people be afraid of going there? Would there be less events held there?

I always frequent the plaza because of the tempura sold there. I find it convenient since a buco stand is just beside them. I can eat tempura and drink buco juice conveniently.


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Be a part of Creative Convergence

Be there. Get connected!
2Talk Creative Convergence happens this February National Arts Month 2008. Music, poetry, live art, impromptus, installations, grafitti, and video-- all happening at Sambalikhaan from February 27 to 29.
Sambalikhaan is part of Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music (AILM), 275 E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City and can be accessed from Trinity College near  St. Luke's Hospital.

The prelude to 2Talk is BULONG on February 16, a night of poetry, music and other performances at the rooftop of Metropolitan Tower 1746 Mabini Street in Malate from 8:00pm to 12:00 midnight. Also preceding 2talk on February 26 is TutoK KARGADO, a group exhibit of  charged works curated by Jose Tence Ruiz will open at the Ateneo Art Gallery at the Rizal Library of Ateneo de Manila University in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

2Talk Creative Convergence will open in Sambalikhaan on February 27, 3:00 to 6:00 in the afternoon with BULL SESSION, a round table talk facilitated by Eileen Legaspi Ramirez, to discuss aesthetics of globalization with visiting artists from Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Canada and other countries and participating local artists from Manila and other regions. February 27 will also open for viewing four converging visual arts projects happening throughout the Sambalikhaan grounds:

ENVIRON.MENTAL STATE is a mapping of site-specific installations curated by Buen Calubayan.

COMMON SPOT is a continuous flow of grafitti art curated by Mark Ramsel Salvatus III.

VISUAL POLLUTION is a bombardment of video art installations curated by J  Pacena II.

SURFACING, a traveling photo exhibit of decaparecidos and their loved ones will also be on display curated by Nino Tagaro and Jes Aznar.

Amongst these activities, buy and sell your art, books, food, and other knickknacks with SURFPLUS SHOP. All projects will feature various local and foreign artists and will be open to the public from February 27-29 at 3:00 to 10:00 pm. 2Talk continues the next day, February 28 with AUTHORIZE EXTREMIST, a series of live art actions by varioul local and foreign artists from 3:00 to 9:00 pm
curated by Racquel de Loyola.

2Talk's closing day on February 29 will commence from 3:00 TO 6:00pm with IMPROMPTUS, an open mike invitation for all sorts of live and impulsive performances curated by JEF CARNAY. By 7:00 to 9:00 in the evening, the creative convergence takes a bow with PASAKALYE, an acoustic concert by musicians paying homage to other artists convened by JL Burgos.

2Talk is presented by TutoK, an initiative of visual artists led by Manny Garibay. The Creative Convergence is directed by Mideo Cruz, and is made possible by the cooperation and contributions of artists, collectors, galleries and TutoK's partner organizations. Talk Creative Convergence. Be there and let art connect us tutoK:2talk creative convergence February 26-29, 2008 bulong a prelude to TUTOK:2TALK creative convergence

organized by bulungan collective
  The Rooftop, Metropolitan Tower
  1746 Mabini Street, Malate, Manila
  February 16, 2008, 8:00pm-12:00mn

opening night: tutok kargado
  tutoK takes on charged works and responses to the gallery collection
  Jose Tence Ruiz
  Buen Calubayan
  Mideo M. Cruz
  Noel Soler Cuizon
  Boy Dominguez
  Alfred Esquillo, Jr.
  Egai Talusan Fernandez
  Karen Ocampo Flores
  Emmanuel Garibay
  J Pacena II
  Kirby Roxas
  Don Salubayba
  Mark Ramsel Salvatus III
  Curated by Jose Tence Ruiz
  Ateneo Art Gallery,
  Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University,
  Loyola Heights , Quezon City
  February 26, 2008, 6:30 p.m.

bull session
  Round table discussion on globalization and altered/alternative aesthetics.
  Featuring local and visiting artists.
  Facilitated by Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez
  Sambalikhaan, Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music (AILM)
  275 E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City
  February 27, 2008, 3:00 to 6:00pm
  tarps and photos: essaying our decaperacidos
  Estan Cabigas
  Enrimand "Manman" Dejeto
  Kenneth Guda
  Diana Moraleda
  Sandino Nartea
  Judy Pasimio
  Joseph Purugganan
  Ilang-Ilang Quijano
  Candice Anne Reyes
  Leonard Reyes
  Dennis Rito
  Marc Talampas
  Jenny Tañedo
  Alanah Torralba
  Curated by Nino Tagaro and Jes Aznar
  Sambalikhaan Grounds
  February 27-29, 2008

environmental state
  installation projects on mental/ecological states
  Clint Catalan
  Rainer Cruz
  Don Dalmacio
  Dondi Fernandez
  Enteng and Dessa Laput
  Leeroy New
  Leobensant Marquez
  Marlon And Kelly Paraganas
  Niel Pasilan
  Alma Quinto
  Oliver Ramos
  Paul Sena
  Angelo Suarez
  Wire Tuazon
  Costantino Zicarelli
  Curated by Buen Calubayan
  Sambalikhaan Grounds
  February 27-28, 2008

visual pollution
  an infestation of (de)synthesized video installations
  Jun Sabayton
  Lea Lim
  Khavn Dela Cruz
  Sig Sanchez
  Jemina Rodriguez
  Elvert Banares
  Treb Monteras
  Jet Pascua
  Ging Flores
  Herbert Commendador
  Ramon Bautista
  Ra rivera
  Curated by J Pacena II
  Sambalikhaan Grounds
  February 28-29, 2008

common spot
  spot-on urban graffiti invades idyllic setting
  Pilipinas Street Plan (Philippines)
  Killer Gerbil (Singapore)
  Gene Pendon (Canada)
  Ebliss (Malaysia)
  BCBrutta (Spain)
  Curated by Mark Ramsel Salvatus III
  Sambalikhaan Grounds
  February 28-29, 2008
  surf plus shop
  artists¹ knickknacks on parade: art, food, books, etc.
  Just bring ur stuff!
  Sambalikhaan Grounds
  February 28-29, 2008

authorize extremist
  live art presentations by local and visiting artists
  Buen Calubayan (Manila Philippines)
  Nick Aca (Cagayan de Oro Philippines)
  Ioana Gergescu (Quebec Canada)
  Jef Carnay (Manila Philippines)
  Noel Cuizon (Manila Philippines)
  Soni Kum (Seoul Korea)
  Shannon Cochrane (Ontario Canada)
  Arai Shin-ichi (Tokyo Japan)
  Mideo M Cruz (Manila Philippines)
  Curated by Racquel de Loyola
  Sambalikhaan grounds
  February 28, 2008 3:00 to 9:00 pm

  open mike for all sorts of live and livid actions
  Curated by Jef Carnay
  Sambalikhaan grounds
  February 29, 2008, 3:00 to 6:00pm

  musicians feting all artists in an acoustic ensemble
  Cynthia Alexander
  Bobby Balingit
  Lolita Carbon
  Jess Santiago
  Aya Yuson
  Curated by JL Burgos and Mavi Deocampo
  Sambalikhaan Amphitheatre
  February 29, 2008 7:00 to 9:00pm

Secretariat: JL Burgos, Buen Calubayan, Jef Carnay, Maoi Constantino, Mideo M Cruz, Noel Cuizon, Cris De Leon, Maan De Loyola, Racquel De Loyola, Mavi Deocampo, Karen Flores, Manny Garibay, Eileen Legaspi Ramirez, Lotsu Manes, J Pacena II, Iggy Rodriguez, Kirby Roxas, Mark Ramsel Salvatus III, Max Santiago, Jose Tence Ruiz, Wesley Valenzuela
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