Showing posts from 2010

Almost Christmas. The language of love, nothing personal

MANILA (24 December) - It's almost 12 midnight, almost Christmas. Having been putting some order to the disorder in my little room at home, some books and publications have come up from some forgotten years. While I was partaking of the delicious Christmas Eve molo prepared by my daughters Jinny, Daphne, and Neenah, I noticed this booklet and opened it at random. "What's Missing?" is the title of a daily devotional entry in The Upper Room issue of September-October 2008, published by New Day Publishers (Quezon City). This entry is for Sunday, 14 September 2008. Heidi A Tierney said, "I did everything I was asked to do." Teach Sunday school and vacation Bible school. Participate in Bible studies. Lead church fellowship. Be a member of the leadership team. Heidi was an excellent member of the church. One day, someone asked her, "Why do you do all this for the church?" Heidi's reply was: "Because I love you guys!" The response to her re…

Managing results/losses. The politics/science of climate change

MANILA - Every so often, an odd thought suddenly appears - and sometimes an old book you were not looking for. What do you do? Welcome the thought, open the book. The thought may change your mind, the book may change your perspective. If you’re in luck, the perfect photograph will appear too. For the past few days, I have been putting to a semblance of order my little room of about 20 square meters in which I work - I never play; I love what I'm doing and that's play to me - I also sleep here amidst 200 books for me, and for me and my children 2 desktop computers (Celeron and Intel Core i7), 1 laptop (HP Compaq Presario C700), 2 Internet connections (Smart up, Digitel down), and 2 printers (HP LaserJet 1020 for B&W and Canon MP198 for color prints). Put in a creative mind and you will see that this writer of a father is armed to the teeth. Now my little room looks wider; looks deceive. The mind is freer, I think. Today, 22 December 2010, suddenly, within arm's length…

Wyre Underground. A dance-drama for us, a rose for Neenah

MANILA - Where have all the players gone? Gone to under, everyone. When will they ever learn? When will we ever learn?

Friday, 03 December 2010, Manila time, we’re watching the stage play “The Underground Movement” at the now-acoustically sound DL Umali Auditoriumat the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Los Baños in Laguna more than 60 km south of Manila. With daughters Daphne and Ela, my wife Amparo are herealso to watch daughter Neenah, who is a member of the Creative Team of Wyre Underground for the play TUM (the image you see is her design), who is head of the Publicity Committee, and one of the key performers. This is the University of the Philippines, UP. This must be good.

The play is to raise fun and funds. The beneficiary of TUM is the UPLB Artist Endowment Fund, set up in 2009, to promote the performing arts, with the vision of UP Los Baños as the center for culture and arts in the Southern Tagalog Region.I’ve heard that before, and I’m not content. A hi…

Dedicated to Janno Gibbs. “Moments of Love” by Mokong

MANILA - It’s the talk of the town. On 08 November at 2017 hours, Philippine Star & entertainment columnist Ricky Lo tweets @rickylo_xclusve, “A daughter’s unwanted pregnancy is said to be the cause of the severe depression Janno Gibbs is suffering now!” I am for whom the bell tolls. Every self’s undeath diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind.Life is full of moments of high, moments of low, moments of love - been there, done those! As a singer, composer, comedian, actor, TV personality, husband and father, Janno Gibbs have been there, done those. At 70, I know that at first blush, it’s the lows you have to watch out for. Especially the lows, such as daughter moments like those. But in real life, you have to watch out for the highs, the lows, and the loves; you may have to balance them. But how? That’s the problem! Today, Friday, 19 November 2010, asked by a reporter of GMA 7, his good friend & entertainment star Ogie Alcasid said, happily and with feeling, “Janno’s okay…

And the first winner to be announced was Charice

And the first winner to be announced was Charice - 2nd runner-up (3rd place)! Her heart wanted to explode. She knew she was the best performer that time. What the hell?! Her text votes were the lowest of the finalists, she was told by the Little Big Star people. Talent was not enough. But talent was all she had against the others; she must have felt that to deny the higher value of talent over a tally of text votes was to deny her as a person. Given that, this little girl’s world collapsed on her. She slid into depression. Here is part of the interview by Maita de Jesus of Total Girl Philippines about it (cited 26 April 2010 by “Honestly, after losing in Little Big Star, I felt like my dreams were taken away (from me). I was depressed for months. I kept on listening to sad emo songs. It’s true! (laughs) If it wasn’t for FalseVoice, I wouldn’t have made it out of my sadness.“ Again, again? “If it wasn’t for FalseVoice, I wouldn’t have made it out of my sadness.” I…

I had crab mentality, and I loved it.

Adu a dakumo idi, awanen itan. So many crabs before, now no more. Reading for errors my 250-page laid out manuscript for my book Princess Charice, I’m right now on page 179, opening page of Chapter 13, The Crabsters - the name I coined to refer to those who would like to destroy Charice, her fans being called by her Chasters - and so I’m once again in Asingan, Pangasinan, out there in the ricefields half a kilometer from the back of houses searching for crabs. In such a case, I’m a Crabster. I am between high school and college; my family cannot afford 2 boys in school, so I have to stop and wait. Right now, I’m waiting to fill up my alat - small woven bamboo basket for carrying caught fish, frog, crab or such - with dakumo, freshwater field crab, the most tasty kind. Easy to catch: You insert your whole hand into a watery hole and if a crab inhabits the hole, you get stabbed or bitten by a claw or two, and you know you have struck gold, and you know exactly what to do next. Nagimas…

My Happy Birthday officially, I thank God unofficially

MANILA - 11 November, Thursday. Today’s my birthday officially and I thank God unofficially. Let me tell you the story of my names 3 and my birthdays 3. I forgot that today is my birthday officially, but some people didn’t. Michael C greeted me Tuesday (09 November): “Happy Birthday, and may you have many more birthdays to come. You take care.” I will! The PinoyExchange Team greeted me today, Thursday (“We at PinoyExchange would like to greet you a happy birthday today! Thank you for making us a part of your life. Wishing you happiness in your special day and in the year to come.” Thank you! OPMPinoy also greeted me today (“We at Forums would like to wish you a happy birthday today!”) Netlog also (“Netlog wishes you a happy birthday! Congratulations.”) Congratulations to all of you for not being afraid to gift someone by giving a simple and yet meaningful greeting, “Happy Birthday.” I’m 71 today if indeed I was born on 11 November 1939. That’s what I want to talk about t…

Mai Mislang sucks? Think of Frank H’s Hierarchy of Insults

MANILA - Talk is cheap. A million words have been said against Assistant Secretary Carmen “Mai” Mislang who tweeted about the wine that the Vietnamese hosts served Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino and his entourage: “The wine sucks.” Should she have more clearly joked about it instead and said something like, “I didn’t enjoy the wine, neither did our Vietnamese hosts. Fair enough!” Mai wrote the words that suck on Twitter and, on being served wine that sucks, should I say to her? “Serves you right!” I don’t do Twitter, and I don’t care. Twitter encourages you to do one-liners that you don’t have to think about - and that’s what happened to Mai. A tweet is easy to misunderstand because it stands out, out of context. Now she has to think about it in context 24/7. Mai had written other Vietnamese tweets, and about them, James Cordova says ( “There was a sense of entitlement, even arrogance, in Mislang’s messages that rubbed people the wrong way.” J…

The genius of C90. A revolution in creative writing

MANILA (30 October) - “Creative writing,” did you say? Today, suddenly it came to me the reason why in the United States and elsewhere, after 100 years of creative writing attempts, theorizing, teaching courses in the universities, handling classes every which way, conducting workshops here and there, offering tutorials online and offline, despite creative writing books selling millions of copies worldwide, we don’t have 100 x 100 people in the arts writing widely known and cherished original & gorgeous poems, inventive & rich short stories, imaginative & magnificent novels, ingenious & heavenly biographies, dynamic & sparkling autobiographies, regenerative & dazzling histories and the like. In fact, many bestsellers in fiction (including sci-fi) are imitations of other bestsellers, and many non-fiction authors are imitating themselves. Where have all the learners gone?And the number of creative writers in the sciences? I can count on the fingers of my hand th…

My AIDA. Your iPOD: Inclusive Profit-Oriented Development

MANILA - Right away, let me arouse your interest and titillate your fancy by telling you I have a seductive girlfriend named AIDA and we excitingly share a common and passionate Hierarchy of Desire. You should be so lucky! AIDA is involved in marketing, as women usually are. She has to do with what some people call “Hierarchy of Readiness” ( and “Hierarchy of Effects” ( With AIDA, you have to be on top of any hierarchy. If you are into corporate planning, I may have news for you. Now then, if you are in Bangladesh, or India, or the Philippines, or Zimbabwe; if you are into research for development, R4D; and if you have a corporate plan, Corp Plan that you would like to market to your own staff, sponsors, allies public and private, and to the masses via the mass media, I may have good and free counsel for you: Advice #1: Get AIDA going for you.Remember, your new Corp Plan is a new product. It needs to be marketed inside and outside of your select group, and f…

Population’s a lot of bull. Education’s a lot of bull sheets

MANILA - “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on,” Carl Sandburg says. Statistics is Man’s opinion that the mathematics of it should be reconsidered. “Be fruitful,” God said. “But not multiply,” Man said. Man has taken God out of the equation. Yes to reproductive health? It so happened that on my birthday last year, Noynoy Aquino was pronounced “definitely pro-RH” (I’m definitely not) - but on 01 February 2010 at the ABS-CBN News Channel’s Youth Forum (debate) at the De La Salle University in Manila, presidentiable Noynoy was talking about “responsible parenthood” debating with himself, saying he wanted “Filipinos to be educated on the various methods of family planning and be free to choose which method they prefer” (ANN, That’s like saying we need a new law to educate the masses; what’s the matter - the mass media can’t be trusted? In the same Manila youth forum early this year, presidentiable Manuel Villar was delightfully more logical: A well-m…