Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jacque Bermejo's official statement

Below is the official statement of Jacque Bermejo regarding the insensitive Facebook comment that triggered a lot of rage among the Filipino people

“I am issuing this statement to clear my name in the current controversy in which I allegedly posted a highly insensitive and offensive message on the social networking website, Facebook, in relation to the victims of typhoon Ondoy that recently struck parts of the Philippines.

About two years ago, an anonymous source created these accounts using my identity, posting my personal details, my real pictures captioned roughly and attacking other people. Because of these incidents, I reported such abuses and sent my credentials to the administrators of such sites, particularly Facebook. I have been abused and am still being abused online in social networking websites such as Facebook, Friendster, Multiply etc.

In the early stages, I was advised by close friends to ignore the situation, saying this would simply go away. Unfortunately, it has not stopped. Hence, I filed a complaint with the Dubai Police about eight months ago hoping they could help me with my problem. Should anyone wish to check my statement, my case is still under investigation with said authorities.

Time passed and these sites continued to generate malicious, obscene and cruel messages that are widely exposed and relayed to the public under my name.

Yesterday, September 27th 2009, I received phone calls from my close friends regarding very alarming posts in the above mentioned websites that directly offended flood victims as a result of typhoon Ondoy..

These malicious statement(s) which are posted under account names Jacque or Jackie are not of my doing. It is unfortunate that such statements were maliciously attributed to me andI do sympathize and understand the adverse and somehow verbally violent reaction that has been elicited by such insensitive statements or posts. Rest assured, I have taken every legal step that can be done in this regard.

I too, have become a victim as much as those who may have lost their lives and properties to such a devastating natural calamity. This recent controversy has greatly affected my reputation, my family, and my friends. I am devastated and shocked at the extent my character, my personal information and private space have been violated.

I have a deep respect and regard for my country. I am proud to be a Filipino and would never say or do anything to harm the interest of my country or countrymen. I have also had the privilege of participating in civic-oriented activities in Dubai, particularly in trying to help my fellow countrymen seek employment during the height of mass layoffs brought about by the ongoing global financial crisis, as well as those seeking employment for the first time. Making a mockery of any unfortunate incidents befalling any of my fellow Filipinos is simply contrary to my character. I condemn the person or persons behind these malicious acts to impute damage on my integrity and I hope that you can dig deep into your hearts and minds to truly find the truth in all these.

Jacqueline Bermejo”

It is up to you to believe her, like I was saying from my previous post. It's either salvation or damnation for her. You can vote for it here


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jacque Bermejo is now on the hot seat

Filipino OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) Jacque Bermejo made a comment in the Facebook group Definitely Filipino that ignited a chain of hatred by millions of Filipinos who were offended by her statement. A Facebook group was made to rally all the Jacque "haters" and made her multiply account a repository of almost four thousand hate comments and still counting. Some say this is the wrath of the people who suffered because of Ondoy due to her insensitivity. Others say that this is practically cyber bullying. It is up to you to decide if Jacque deserves salvation or she's heading for damnation.

Where were you when Ondoy devastated the Philippines?

International typhoon Ketsana which was locally named Ondoy devastated the Philippines and placed Metro Manila and it's nearby areas under state of calamity. I was at home and was worried because my sister was stranded at UERM. luckily she was with her friends and they walked until they reached the LRT station. Our neighbors were busy rescuing their stuff as the nearest river had overflowed into an alarming level. Marikina City was submerged and many houses were destroyed. Eastwood City, a very famous gimmick spot suffered submersion as well. Places like Roosevelt avenue and Sta. Mesa which never had problems with floods before was caught off-guard with head-deep floods. Many were stranded on every MRT-LRT stations, malls and other commercial establishments with no food or drinking water. September 26, 2009 is a day to remember not by the tragedy of typhoon Ondoy. But by the unity and cooperation of the Filipino people. Despite everything, we chose to help rather than relax on our warm and cozy beds. Even the text messages, twit, plurk, blog post, forum post helped even the simplest way to our fellowmen who were in need. Let's offer a prayer for those who were still stranded and needed rescue.

Rescue InfoHub & Disaster Emergency Numbers

Typhoon Ondoy has placed Metro Manila and it's neighboring areas under state of emergency. Here is the link to the list of families or individuals who need rescue ASAP

Rescue InfoHub

please let us help our fellow Filipinos who were stranded due to the flood. You can still help even if you are inside the comfort of your own home by disseminating this information.


These are the hotlines that our citizenry can call for disaster emergency situations, especially urgent rescue and relief needs.

National Disaster Coordinating Committee

Help hotlines:

Bureau of Fire Protection, National Capital Region

Bureau of Fire Protection, Region III (Central Luzon)
Hotline (045) 9634376

Philippine Coast Guard

Red Cross

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)

Taguig emergency hotline


Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. emergency hotlines
for dumptrucks going to flooded areas for rescue of stranded people:
0917 4226800
0917 2414864
0927 6751981

Sen. Dick Gordon (Philippine National Red Cross)
Please send address of stranded friends/family to

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

USB 3.0 SuperSpeed

The new USB format, dubbed SuperSpeed, transfers data at about 250MB/s, compared to 20-30MB/s with ye old USB 2.0. It also has the advantage of consuming less power perfect for mobile devices.

The new system requires a new USB host controller and a special cable but sticks with the familiar USB interface. The cable has nine interior wires, not the usual five, with two extra upload and download channels, and an extra ground wire.

NEC has already announced production of the first host controller and half a dozen other companies including Fujitsu were demonstrating applications for the new standard at the Intel Developer Forum.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Did you know? 4.0

Did you know that technology is rapidly evolving? Watch the video

Sunday, September 13, 2009

2009 UAAP Cheerdance Competition

It's that time again of the year wherein the top schools of UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) battle it out for the coveted Cheerdance Competition championship. This year all 8 schools were present and they all gave their best. The Adamson Pep Squad kicked off with a very beautiful costume that resembled the knights of medieval times. They were followed by the NU Pep Squad, then the DLSU Animo Squad with their Guild Wars Mesmer-like costumes. UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe gave an Egyptian-like performance then UP Pep Squad, the defending champion gave their best performance ever. Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion impressed the crowd with their rendition of Michael Jackson's Moonwalk. The cheering squads' costume reminded me of Songstress Yuna. The UE Pep Squad graced their red and white colors and performed mostly of Filipino songs. Finally, the host FEU Blazing Pep Squad made a performance using the UAAP's theme this year, the "Sarimanok". The overall performance was capitalized the Samsung cheering squad accompanied by each schools' muse and guidon bearer. The most awaited result came and FEU Blazing Pep Squad won the championship with a score of 86.1, ending the UST-UP rivalry. The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion were shocked that they won 1st runner up with a score of 83.4 and the defending champion UP Pep Squad fall down to 2nd runner up with a score of 83.1. For the first time in the history of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition, the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe never made it to the top 3, a disappointment that they have to carry on till next year. The UAAP Cheerdance Competition and the winning of the FEU Blazing Pep Squad topped both Twitter and Plurk on the most posted topic during that hour. Truly, this kind of competition unites every Filipino out there. Congratulations to the FEU Blazing Pep Squad for bringing home the crown since 1998.

The vidoes after the jump









thanks to planktonunited for the videos

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Today is Siopao Day 2009

Thank you all who greeted me today and thank you also for those who didn't. I was surprised that my 3 closest friends came by today to celebrate my birthday. Thank you guys!

Here are some pics of my birthday celebration

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Globe Tattoo Broadband Price Drop

Globe Broadband Tattoo is now an absolute steal, with prepaid broadband USB kits going for only Php895. That’s Php1000 less than the regular price! Talk about great value for money. It is by far the most affordable prepaid broadband internet package out there.

So please do take advantage of this awesome deal. And don’t forget to let your friends and readers know about it as well! The offer is available today and will last until October 31, 2009.

For more information please check out Globe Tattoo

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Steve Jobs return to Apple; New iPod Nano

Yesterday's Apple media event took a surprising twist as Apple's CEO Steve Jobs finally appeared on public after taking his leave last January. He had a liver transplant last March and he never appeared to the public ever since. Yesterday was a big day for Apple fans because Steve Jobs revealed an uprade to their iPod Nano, Apple's best selling product which sold 220 millions worldwide. The new Nano will be equipped with a digital camera (640x480), a microphone for voice recording, a pedometer, an FM radio and a larger screen. It will be sold in seven bright new colors along with the brushed steel look. The price is $149 for the 8GB version and $179 for the 16GB version and is now available in Apple's online store.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

090909 Siopao's Heaven

This momentous occasion marks the rise of a new heaven. Siopao's Heaven caters a gallery of figures that were shot using a digital camera. This is art well appreciated.

Monday, September 07, 2009

The Top 10 video games, according to the Japs

Well, it's been a long time since I graced this place. I do owe a lot of the Siopaomaster's followers some entries since I became a resident of his haven, so here it goes:

Recently, Japanese gamers were surveyed to list down Top 10 Games for Eternity (

The said games are as follows:
1. Super Mario Bros. (NES)2. Okami (PS2/Wii)3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)4. Tactics Ogre (SNES)5. Dragon Quest III (NES)6. Final Fantasy VII (PS)7. Final Fantasy X (PS2)8. Chrono Trigger (SNES)9. Metal Gear Solid (PS)10. Clannad (PC)
That line-up is quite remarkable don't you think? However, the problem with lists is that they're subjective. Each of us has our own thoughts on as to which games should be immortalized. But I strongly believe that we are in unison when I say that the best video games for eternity are the classics since they paved the way for the ones we are enjoying right now. In the absence of eye-popping graphics and complex gameplay, the classics got us hooked in their simplicity.

Number one on the list is a no-brainer. It's a true classic and rightfully deserves the top spot for setting a benchmark, not only for platform games, but all video games. Could you imagine a game with a simple gameplay, a simple storyline, an inconclusive ending, and plumber for protagonist with so much replay value? Nuff said!

Got no problems with top 5, since it is a pioneer in the RPG department, but I can't help but feel that Chrono Trigger should be ahead of Dragon Quest III. Chrono Trigger was an upgrade from Dragon Quest III, and a reference for subsequent Final Fantasy games of the 90s. With it's cute paper doll-like characters, and amazing graphics (at least during those times), I'd have to say Chrono Trigger is the closest thing to Ragnarok if it was 1995 all over again.

With its wide range of character classes, and tile placement system, Tactics Ogre is in a league of its own, setting the trend for tactical-role playing games, while Metal Gear Solid gave birth to a new age of stealth action games like Splinter Cell and Hitman.

However, if you'd ask me, I believe the following games deserve to be included in the discussion of Best Games for Eternity:

Street Fighter (SNES)
Wild Gun Man (NES)
Half-Life (PC)
Star Craft (PC)

Capcom's Street Fighter was the fighting game of the 90s, with almost every hit fighting game during the decade finding the name Street Fighter/Capcom attached to it. SF also served as the inspiration for the likes of Mortal Kombat, Samurai Showdown and Tekken.

Wild Gun Man was the grand daddy of shooting games like House of the Dead and Time Crisis.

Half-Life became a yard-stick for first person shooting games, and with its modification, Counterstrike catching the attention of trigger happy gamers, Half-Life found its way to the World Cyber Games.

And lastly, Star Craft, a game that had gamers thinking of strategies in their sleep. Released in 1998, Star Craft is set in outer space, pitting of three alien races against each other. This game lets you enjoy the sight of Protoss Interceptor, a Zerg Ultralsik and the Yamato Gun while engaging someone in a war. Now don't you think these games deserve a spot in history?

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Disney to acquire Marvel

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It was confirmed that Disney is acquiring Marvel with a $50 per share or a total of $4 billion.

"This transaction combines Marvel's strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney's creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories," said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. "Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney."

"We believe that adding Marvel to Disney's unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation," Iger said.

"Disney is the perfect home for Marvel's fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses," said Ike Perlmutter, Marvel's Chief Executive Officer. "This is an unparalleled opportunity for Marvel to build upon its vibrant brand and character properties by accessing Disney's tremendous global organization and infrastructure around the world."

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel including its more than 5,000 Marvel characters. Mr. Perlmutter will oversee the Marvel properties, and will work directly with Disney's global lines of business to build and further integrate Marvel's properties.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Marvel have each approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, effectiveness of a registration statement with respect to Disney shares issued in the transaction and other customary closing conditions. The agreement will require the approval of Marvel shareholders. Marvel was advised on the transaction by BofA Merrill Lynch.

Expecting a Mickey Mouse and Spiderman crossovers sometime soon