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Friday, July 11, 2014

BLIND ITEM # 2 : Epic Fail Teleserye






I was drawn to watching the first few episodes of this prime time teleserye of a “family” network, for the reason that I was intrigued by its mind-twisting title.  

Consequently, I learned that the story revolves around something sweet and irresistible – chocolate. The principal character is an heiress of her father’s chocolate manufacturing company, and her supposed to be love interest is a chocolatier – a person who makes confectionery out of chocolate.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Steel Butterfly vs. the Blue Eagle: In Defense of Mrs. Marcos



THE STORY

Last July 5, former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos was invited by Ateneo school officials to grace the 40th founding anniversary of the Ateneo Scholarship Foundation (ASF), of which Madam Imelda was its principal donor in 1974.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lessons Learned from Ate Vi's Ensaymadas






1. Do not post on social media anything that might embarrass a person (who is a famous person at that)

Kris Aquino did it in good faith – when she posted on her Instagram the now famous ensaymadas that Batangas Governor Vilma Santos gave her, along with a card that contained grammar lapses committed by the Governor. However, I am more than definite that Kris noticed such lapses, being one person who exhibits a good command of the English language, but continued to post it just the same.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

In Defense of PNOY and Nora Aunor






Many people, especially the diehard supporters of Ms. Nora Aunor, were displeased when our Chief Executive dropped her name from our country’s new roster of National Artists – like a hot potato.

Friday, June 13, 2014

BLIND ITEM # 1 : Some Good Things Never Last





This celebrity-legislator (CL) recently made a circus out of the government chamber where he belongs to via a privilege speech, which he laced heavily with dramatic pronouncements, and a music-video presentation to boot. CL’s speech comes at the wake of his pending arrest, due to his alleged involvement in the controversial PDAF scam.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

PINOY BIG BROTHER (ALL IN) : A Quick Review







It cannot be denied that ABS-CBN hit a goldmine when it acquired a franchise of Big Brother, a reality game show that started in the Netherlands way back in 1999. It’s local adaptation is called Pinoy Big Brother or simply PBB, and had its debut on Philippine television in 2005.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Chestnut Munia In Our Garden (Mayang Pula)



 
(c) Tirso Paris 2011


At around past 1 PM today, I saw a unique bird perched on one of the leaves of our Vanda orchid. It was small, with a brown body, black head, and white beak. Then it flew immediately to a nearby Ficus tree in our garden. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Crazy Days - 42nd Commencement Exercises of World Citi Colleges






The days leading to our school’s 42nd Commencement Exercises, and a few days after it were the craziest of my days in office. My office teemed with people – from students, to faculty, to department heads. Not only this, since I also had to entertain calls from our two other campuses from time to time regarding our forthcoming graduation which was held last April 11, 2014 at Crossroad 77.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE SELFIE?





















One time, I saw a female student in our school lobby, seated on a bench, her mobile phone on one hand, getting it on the level of her face, and making those facial acrobatics. So what on earth was she doing? In a faster-than-speed-of-light manner, I figured out what was keeping her preoccupied. 


Can you guess what she was up to?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

8 SIGNS THAT YOU ARE A FACEBOOK SNOB






1. You do not, or rarely "like" interesting updates, photos, and other postings by people.
(SO WHAT INTERESTS YOU?)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

MICHAEL MARTINEZ: The New Darling of Philippine Sports







Any news and insights about Michael Martinez’s Olympic journey is like a breath of fresh air, amidst all the nasty talks about the Vhong-Deniece-Cedric  saga, and Ruby Tuason’s coming out party as a whistle-blower (complete with that save-my-face attitude). This Filipino figure skater, and our lone representative to Sochi in Russia,  slowly slipped into the crevices of our consciousness sans all the fanfare. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Are They Heroes?





This local broadhseet’s editors and assistant editors recently chose the PDAF whistleblowers as their paper’s Hero of the Year for 2013, through a votation just amongst themselves. Out of 59 votes, the whistleblowers got 32.

Well, congratulations.