Saturday, April 24, 2010
The age of the internet is undeniable. Recently there was the "Burol" online where relatives of the dead can view a live streaming video of their beloved thanks to St. Peter memorial. Recently there was also the "Bisita Iglesia" online where you can visit some Catholic Churches at the comfort of your home. Now even the Roman Pontiff has his own website. I'm talking about the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. yes folks, Benedictus XVI, Episcopus Romae now has his own website. It consist mostly of links to most of the social network wherein the Pope can be seen, like Facebook or Youtube. Heck there's even an iPhone App for him! The website is preparation for the 44th World Day of Communication this coming May. His message is to let the current internet media be a tool in spreading the Word of God.
The name of the site is Pope2You
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Cosplayer - The term used for anime lover or otaku who wears a costume similar to an anime character and role playing it in front of other people.
The recently concluded Ozine Fest 2010 opened the door to new cosplayers who wanted to show their talent, creativity and charisma. I was once a cosplayer before and I know the hardship each cosplayer experienced during those hours off stage and on stage. The torturing heat and the grueling long hours of standing and walking can really deplete their energy. Sadly, some folks are insensitive to cosplayers and they'll do anything to get a picture with them. I know, cosplayers should entertain anyone who appreciates their costume, but hey they are human too. A little consideration is much appreciated and never ever forget to respect them. I witnessed "attractive" cosplayers being mobbed by photographers. Some were taking a shot from a very uncomfortable distance and some even managed a panty shot. I experienced talking to one of my cosplayer friends when somebody grabbed her and took a picture. A simple "Excuse me" or "Sorry, can I interrupt you" would be nice. Some cosplayers were left out when their "attractive" companion were being mobbed. Some were even placed in a very uncomfortable situation because of some pervert.I know some may think I am sucking up to cosplayers or I am just looking for some attention, but let me tell you this, if you were on those cosplayers' shoes what would you feel? Kudos to all the cosplayers out there who have an incredibly long patience and understanding. Continue what you are doing and enjoy cosplaying
1. His team must be winning (above .500 record and should make the playoffs);
2. He must be producing otherworldly numbers;
3. He's recognized as the leader and star of the team;
4. Must be considered as one of the Top 5 players in the league; and
5. His team will horribly suck without him.
Both Curry and Evans are faring well, so I can't blame the NBA if the ROY award goes either way. But since I find Evans' ability to manhandle other point guards with his physique more appealing than Curry's perimeter game, the Kings' rookie gets my nod for ROY.
Under his tutelage, Kevin Durant turned into the league's leading scorer, the Thunder has more than doubled the number of Ws they got this year compared to last year, and they are currently in a three-way tie for the 6th spot of the Western Conference. And he has only served as head coach for two full seasons. Need I say more?
Friday, April 09, 2010
Based on various surveys and polls, Manny Villar and Noynoy Aquino are ahead of the pack. Unfortunately, people, especially the undecided, are being swayed by the numbers and are jumping on the bandwagon, trimming down their choices for the next President of the country to the two aforementioned aspirants.
One of the reasons that explains this phenomenon is that people believe that the other seven candidates running for President will lose anyway (due to lack of supporters), so instead, they vote for someone who can actually win this thing. A recent conversation with several taxi drivers, security guards and a communications officer for a prominent foundation shows that a lot of people have this kind of thing going through their mind.
After watching numerous forums on TV, listening to several interviews on radio and reading various articles on newspapers and websites, I'm not one to simply go with the flow without even looking at possible alternatives. I do have a knack for deviating.
Outside of Villar and Noynoy, there are seven candidates, and with a closer look, three of them might actually be more of a fit for the Presidency than the guys in yellow and orange.
We already know who they are but here's quick rundown and recap of the Presidential aspirants. Hope I wrote down something that could be useful for all the voters out there.
WILD CARDS. Though not as unknown as the Nuisance Candidates, they still lack the resources and appeal to topple Villar and Aquino. But with a stroke of luck and some sort of gimmick, this people could give the top two candidates a run for their money.
Jamby Madrigal - Ja-ja-ja-Jamby. That jingle still brings back memories of a time when Judy Ann Santos was endorsing this candidate. And heck, that celebrity helped her win a seat in the House of Senate. Just shows how huge Juday's fan base is. Jamby is best remembered for voting against the E-Vat law (take that Recto) and for being part of Hayden Kho's proceedings (uhm, care to whisper?). For the most part of her political career, I think Jamby was decent lawmaker. And by decent, I mean average. You don't hear a lot of bad stuff about her and she got some work done from time to time. However, she doesn't command the attention that could help her win as President. Heck, she could stay in the Senate for a few more years to turn into a household name and still lose. Just look at Miriam Defensor-Santiago. She made a lot of heads turn during the height of her career and still came up short during the 1992 Presidential Elections.
- Because of his political feud with PGMA, I can't help but think that the verdict on Erap was somehow influenced by Pres. Arroyo, after all, the Chairperson of Sandiganbayan was Hon. Teresita Jose Leonardo-de Castro, a PGMA appointee; and
- The media's reports of his gambling and drinking problems, jokes regarding his inability to speak fluent English and the so-called People Power II made the public prejudge Erap as a bad leader, and again, this somehow affected his image badly.
I think it's also worth mentioning that the people who forced Erap to step down from power weren't the masses. It's the people from the middle-class up to the elites. And like what my good friend, Jaymee Carlo Ebreo, once told me, it's inappropriate to call the upheaval against Erap EDSA II since all the elements present in the original EDSA Revolution weren't present during the ouster of Erap. And with that out of the way, the pros and cons of Erap:
Pros: Don’t get me started with his educational background – it's not that good. However, for someone who did not do well in school, he did a good job in his attempt to improve education and schools in the Philippines. During his tenure as mayor of San Juan, he renovated and built lots of schools. As President of the Philippines, he raised the wages of teachers. Aside from infrastructure development, Erap seems to be the only President who had succeeded in neutralizing the MILF. And since Erap was ousted, there's this sense of urgency to redeem himself from the eye of his critics and of course the Filipinos, so you get the feeling he's out there to prove something. I also like the idea to legalize Jueteng. It's a good source of funds for the government and takes the money away from the part-time Jueteng Lords (who are either full-time War Lords, Drug Lords, Gang Leaders or Syndicate Chiefs) who will just use the money from the game for some other dastardly activity.
Cons: Not the most educated man in the archipelago. Also an alleged drunkard and gambler.
So there you have it. I think these three guys should be the ones jostling for Presidency instead of Villar and Noynoy. The good thing about our democracy is that it allows us to select our leaders. So it's not a wise idea to simply use this opportunity to support someone who is liked by a lot of people, can afford a lot of TV ads and has the ability to win. We have to study our options carefully, and who knows, if you do your share to persuade people to vote for the candidate who we think is rightful for the title of President of the Philippines, he or she just might win. After all, come Election Day, the stats, surveys or polls don't matter no more because it's our vote that decides who gets to lead the country. -Just one man's opinion, Marlone Viardo
Of all the positions up for grabs in the upcoming National Elections, none is as important and as controversial as the Presidential race, headlined by the Liberal Party's Sen. Noynoy Aquino, and Nacionalista Party's Sen. Manny Villar.
Now this blog entry wasn't meant to talk about those two guys. NO! And why should it? I mean, they got their ads to speak for themselves. Not to mention an array of speakers/endorsers that includes Dolphy, Michael V., and Kris Aquino to name a few. I'm here to root for the 'other' candidates. And why is that? I think that there are those among the 'others' that are more worthy of our votes. But before we could talk about the 'others', it is inevitable that Villar and Aquino will be in the conversation because they are considered as the standard that the 'other' candidates have to reach if they want to get a shot at the coveted seat in Malacañang.
Let's discuss Noynoy first. I did some research online and learned that his accomplishments are pale in comparison to that of his opponents. Even reports from programs of local broadcasting stations say that during his tenure as a public servant, he has little to show for. Seriously, very few people know or care about this guy prior to the death of former Pres. Corazon Aquino. And he probably wouldn't even run for president if it didn't happen. That's why it took him long before he announced his desire to become the guy to run the country at the Club Filipino.
Even so, this guy is still winning the hearts of Filipinos. How? By banking on his parents' and sister's rep. Nothing wrong with that, but c'mon, Ninoy and Cory are different people. Don't expect Noynoy to die for us or free us from a dictator. Times have changed. In addition, aren't we being blinded by the adage 'the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree'?
Oh, and before I forget, Noynoy's senatorial line-up includes former NEDA chief Ralph Recto, the guy who passed the E-Vat law. Nuff said.
Now, let's talk about Villar. Of all the candidates running for president, this guy seems to be the one hounded by controversies the most. And the funny thing is he always goes up against old geezers. In 1998, Rep. Joker Arroyo accused Villar of various conflicts of interest and breaches of ethical standards with regards to his status as both lawmaker and real estate developer. Come 2009, it's Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile raining on his parade with the C5 extension project.
Furthermore, my most vivid memory of Villar is that he is the best political butterfly there is. This guy slipped into national consciousness by making a habit of switching sides. He was originally part of Erap's Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino (LAMMP) party when he won a seat in the House of Representatives. He then turned his back on the former president due to allegations of corruption. Afterwards, he supported PGMA in ousting Erap and wins himself the seat of the Senate President in the process. Then he aligned himself with the likes of Chiz Escudero, Allan Peter Cayetano and co., and then opposes PGMA. Presently, he claims that his team is the 'true' opposition but rumors spreading around the Metro say he is PGMA's secret candidate (ARGH!). Hey! It's 2010. Every one of these so-called public servants is allowed to switch sides once in a while. But why do I get this feeling that this guy would do anything to save his own hide and stay in power?
And just so you would know, he also plans to increase taxes if he becomes president. Yikes! So Noynoy and Villar want to ask more money from the poor people of the Philippines? Geez! Also worth taking note is the fact that Joc Joc Bolante, the primary suspect in the Fertilizer Scam, is running for Governor in Capiz under the Nacionalista party. Hmm…
Now, don't think of me as a hater. I ain't blasting these two guys for kicks. That would be the last thing I want to do. With so many people blasting and criticizing them, I don't want to be one who would force the masses to take pity on them and turn them into underdogs overnight (WTF?). As far fetched as it sounds, it could happen. Take Allen Iverson for example. A lot of people in the media industry blasted him for leaving the Pistons and the Grizzlies. How did he respond? He didn't. The people did it for him. People took pity on him and they voted him as an All-star starter for the Eastern Conference in the 2010 All Star Games. So a shout out to all the other candidates: Stop ganging up on Villar! What're you trying to do? Serve the Presidency to him on a silver platter?
Now if these two guys shouldn't be slugging it out for the Presidency, then who should? Click here to find out. -Just one man's opinion, Marlone Viardo
Sunday, April 04, 2010
But then again, Why do millions of people still believe? Why for almost two thousand years, the faith is still there? Why do we still celebrate the tradition? Why do we still pray if we are in dire need of help? Why do countless number of martyrs fought for this belief? In the end, the faith is determined each and everyone of us. It is up to you, who ever you are, what ever you do, to believe it.
A remake of the 1981 film, Clash of the Titans reminded us what it's really like fighting the gods.
Thanks to Percy Jackson, Greek mythology became a children's fantasy. Clash of the Titans showed that mythology is not synonymous to fantasy but to pain. From start to finish there was no dull moment. The action scenes are well made thanks to new CG techniques. Although the story was altered from the original, the concept was still there. The musical score fits the mood of every scene and the dialogs are well delivered. Although some lines will make you wonder if that was already known during that time or not. But hey, this is Hollywood. They can get away with anything. If you like mythology and was not contented with Percy's. Then this movie will satisfy your craving.
Friday, April 02, 2010
I can't remember the exact date but I recall posting the above passage (something I just made up as influenced by women I know) as my status in Facebook in the not-so-distant past. I got some feeback from friends because of it, most from women and often contesting the validity of my claim.
Girls dig bad boys. That's the truth and it sucks. But on second thought...
I'm not actually a goody-two-shoe. I'm far from being the Boy Scout who helped the old lady cross the street and I have a knack for pulling pranks and hanging out with the boys.
However, I'm not what you can categorize as a certified bad boy. At least not as bad as the ladies would like. I don't ride a Harley Davidson, I don't have a kick ass attitude, I don't have a wicked tattoo or body piercing, I'm not athletic, I don't strut a highly noticeable hairdo or facial hair, and I keep my flabs instead of working on six packs and bluging biceps.
So that puts me somewhere in the gray area. Not good enough.
Since time immemorial, women preferred genuine 'bad boys' over 'average Joes' and 'good guys'. And no, this ain't purely opinionated no more. There are now scientific studies done to support this claim and I hope it diffuses any hot-tempered woman gearing up for a debate.
Time and time again, I hear a female co-worker or friend wailing in sorrow or muttering in annoyance from a disappointing partner - one she loves so much and can't live without though he is obviously not doing her any good. Women are such masochists.
Now I ain't gonna explain to all of you why and how this phenomenon occurs. I'm simply trying to help women snap out of that spell. Ladies! Head over heart. If you think hubby, honey, babes or whatever you call him is just hurting or disappointing you, feel free let go. Start using your brain and don't let your emotions get the best of you. If this trend keeps up, the good guys will be convinced to turn into bad bananas and the next thing you know, the only options you have left for a lifetime partner are gangsters, hoodlums or players.
Bad is the new cool, and unfortunately, ladies look for a good man somewhere else when the one in front of her was overlooked because she was looking for someone bad. And if the trend continuous, guys out there might as well start working on the Harley Davidson and the kick ass attitude. After all, nice guys finish last. -Marlone Viardo