Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Respecting Women (On the Anne Curtis wardrobe malfunction)

No, you are not going to see the Anne Curtis wardrobe malfunction here.

What you'll see and hear is Anne Curtis' plea for people to respect her and not to spread the video and photos of her private part accidentally being exposed in ASAP's shoot for a show in Boracay.

See the video by clicking on this link.

C'mon, guys, let's cut her some slack. Like what Sam Milby said, what if this happened to your mom or you sister.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Allen Iverson phenomena

If there's a Peter Pan syndrome, there's got to be an Allen Iverson phenomena. No, forget that he was the number one pick in the 1996 draft, that he is an 11-time All Star, that he led the NBA in scoring for four seasons, that he was the MVP of the 2000-2001 season and that he led his lowly Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals. Forget that he scored 40 points in a game more than Tyron Lue did (huh?). Allen Iverson was the smallest scoring monster the NBA ever had. For a time, he was THE monster.

And then age caught up with him.

But he does not want to acknowledge it. Like some of us.

Gone are the days when you were the most sought bachelor in your group or school. Aside from the world becoming bigger, your hair line has gone higher. You are not the most fit person in your office and you are not the only one who can reach the basketball ring on your gym (if ever you did). Girls are looking at you because you forgot to pull up that zipper of yours and not because they find you handsome. Your parents still think the world of you but that their world would be happier and less expensive if you find a world of your own outside their house.

This is when you realize that you are who you are and what you have become is because of what you have done in your life so far.

You have excess fat because you did not exercise. You're still living with your parents because you did not save enough of your salary but instead bought Magic Cards. You take the jeep because you sold your car and soul to the devil (okay, this is an exaggeration). You are not happy with your life because you did not invest in it. And now you cannot take that you are no longer the lucky somamabitz that you probably were 10 years ago.

You are now old. When you go to clubs, girls you offer drinks to say, "No thanks, po." You are no longer called "hijo" but "manong."

You are now old because you chose to be old.

Get over it. Accept it. Then enjoy it.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The sad reality...

What's Up?

What's Up
4 Non Blondes

Twenty - five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
And I realized quickly when I knew I should
That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man
For whatever that means
And so I cry sometimes
When I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What's in my head
And I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream at the top of my lungs
What's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
Ooh, ooh ooh
And I try, oh my god do I try
I try all the time, in this institution
And I pray, oh my god do I pray
I pray every single day
For a revolution
And so I cry sometimes
When I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What's in my head
And I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream at the top of my lungs
What's going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what's going on?
Twenty - five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination 

It's funny that I've been singing this song for comedic reasons ever since the song came out but it had to be pointed out to me in a quarterlife crisis forum page that the song is actually a cry for help from someone who is experiencing QC. I even know how to play it in the guitar! Hehe.

The age (25) is fairly accurate (if you live to a hundred) and the question, "What's going on?" is a constant. 4 Non Blondes (or whoever wrote the song) were right. Might as well write a song about what they were feeling. Might as well earn from it too. Hehe.

So, as everyone is trying to get up that great big hill of hope for a destination, let's keep on asking, "What's up?" and may we slowly realize that what we're looking for is within us and the decisions that we make are what's going to be us in the future.

For now, let's take a deep breath and get real high.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Who do YOU trust?

I don't know who I should be more upset with--Reader's Digest Asia or my countrymen.

I recently came across the "Who Do You Trust?" piece in the March 2010 issue of Reader's Digest Asia and was troubled by what I read.

Again, I don't know who to blame for the article as I wouldn't want to call on the attention of a renowned writer like Sarah Etchells (honestly, I don't know who she is). Upon reading the article, I found out that Reader's Digest listed down 80 names of Filipinos coming from different backgrounds like showbiz, politics, business, sports, etc. and then had their respondents rate them from the most trusted to their least trusted. If you check out the names, I'm pretty sure the list would also bother you. I really don't mind seeing the result of the "survey" but what probably ticks me off is the choices that were given to the "respondents."

Okay, so having Ms. Rosa Rosal as number one for her being very helpful to Filipinos "without expecting anything in return" and also without running for public office is fine with me. Having Lea Salonga as number two is fine as well. Slightly.

Before I get to the other names on the "survey" on people we Filipinos trust, I would first like to find out what the concept of trust is. According to the article, trust for Filipinos mean "to depend on someone or something without any hint of doubt" or "100 percent confidence" and "someone who has kept their morals intact."

Who can you trust? For me, it's someone I can leave my child with and not worry about that person selling my child or teaching him bad words. It's someone I can leave money with and not worry about them having to spend it on things like TV commercials or something like that. A person I trust will not do anything immoral or what is deemed "evil" by society. Sometimes, even I don't trust myself. So there. It's a hard investment on someone. I wouldn't want people trusting me just for the sake of me not being pressured on doing everything that's "right."

Anyway, I just feel insulted. Although Hayden Kho is last on the list, I think that dude shouldn't even be there. He wasted our time for a couple of months because of his perversion and an internationally-acclaimed publication will include him in the list of people that one country trusts? Hey, this is my country. That's just not right. Even Katrina Halili is on the list. I would never trust her even when video cameras are not recording. Man, I just think that including choices like them and even Manny Pacquiao, Bata Reyes (he finished in the Top 10) and other personalities from showbiz and even in politics were unfair. We shouldn't have been given choices. The respondents should just have named their nominees.

Hey, it's a magazine published all over Asia and will even be recognized around the world. We'll again be known as people who worship or idolize people who have done wrong. I don't want that.I don't want a bold star who stole someone's boyfriend even just for one night to appear on the People Filipinos Most Trust. There's something wrong about the White House Chef being on the list even if we haven't seen her in the country for many years before she came back just because we discovered she was Filipino. I don't like politicians who are known for having great parents but have not achieved anything for the country to be on the list. I don't like presidential wanna-be's who are currently being questioned for corruption to be on the list of the people I trust. I don't even want to mention a noon-time show host who was allegedly (this is just to spare me from libel) involved in cheating in a game in his own show. 

Maybe the article should have had the title "Filipinos We Are Most Proud Of" (excluding the Hayden Kho's and Katrina Halili's and some other names on the list) or something like that. I don't "trust" a singer who has received international acclaim. I admire them, yes. But trust them, I don't know. They might have beautiful voices but can they take care of my kid or my money?

Let us make our own "survey." Not a survey fed to us. Let us choose who we trust.

You? Who do you trust?

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Filipinos We Trust the Most (according to Reader's Digest Asia):

1. Rosa Rosal
2. Lea Salonga
3. Jessica Soho
4. Tony Meloto (Gawad Kalinga founder)
5. Noynoy Aquino
6. Paeng Nepomuceno
7. Howie Severino
8. Randy David
9. Mel Tiangco
10. Efren "Bata" Reyes
11. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
12. Cristeta Comerford (White House executive chef)
13. Mike Enriquez
14. Boots Anson-Roa and Angel Alcala (marine scientist)
16. Julius Babao
17. Vilma Santos-Recto
18. Von Hernandez (executive director of Greenpeace South East Asia)
19. Archbishop Angel Lagdameo
20. Michael V.
21. Chin Chin Gutierrez
22. Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
23. Arnel Pineda
24. Mar Roxas, Henry Sy and Sharon Cuneta
27. Conrado de Quiros and Kidlat Tahimik
29. Antonio A. Oposa Jr. (environmental lawyer)
30. Bishop Efraim Tendero
31. Charice Pempengco - O-kay...
32. Dr. Rey Melchor F. Santos (Philippine Medical Association president) - for canceling the license of Kho?!
33. Monique Lhullier
34. Gloria Diaz
35. Dr. Lilia H. Pagtakhan-Luna (obstetrician and gynecologist) - Who?!
36. Manny Pacquiao
37. Dr. Eusebio Z. Dizon (arechologist)
38. Dr. Ramon Santos (musical composer)
39. Chris Tui
40. Reynato S. Puno
41. Alfredo S. Lim
42. Kris Aquino
43. Lorenzo "Lory" Tan (vice chairman WWF)
44. KC Concepcion - Where's Gabby?!
45. Jaime Licauco
46. Brillante Mendoza
47. Rodrigo Duterte
48. Richard Gordon
49. Roberto del Rosario (Karaoke inventor)
50. Chiz Escudero
51. Romeo Gacad (photojournalist)
52. Joker Arroyo
53. Dr. Esperanza Cabral (DSWD) and Napoleon Nazareno (PLDT and Smart CEO)
55. Ernest L. Cu (Globe Telecom CEO and Director)
56. Korina Sanchez
57. Jon Santos and Billy Crawford
59. Alfredo T. Yuchengco
60. Manny Villar
61. Jesli Lapus
62. Fidel V. Ramos
63. Noli De Castro
64. Lucio Tan
65. Gilbert Teodoro
66. Lt. Gen. Victor Ibrado
67. Marian Rivera - see?!
68. Eduardo V. Manalo (Iglesia ni Cristo)
69. Carlo Caparas
70. Asi Taulava - more of "Filipinos we don't want to get beaten up by" list
71. Jesus Verzosa
72. Cristine Reyes
73. Bongbong Marcos
74. Imee Marcos
75. Willie Revillame
76. Katrina Halili
77. Imelda Marcos
78. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
79. Erap Estrada
80. Hayden Kho

There. See if you agree or disagree with me.