Posts Tagged ‘twitter

01
Jul
13

Ang Siste Eh: Twitter at ang Senado

Muli na naman magbubukas ang Kongreso ng Pilipinas. Ika-16 na Kongreso ng ating republika. Marami na ang pagbabago kumpara sa mga nagdaang panahon. Sinasabi ng nakakarami na tila bumababa ang kalidad ng mga nahahalal lalo na sa Senado. Hindi ko naabutan na manungkulan ang mga pinagpipitaganang pangalan sa Mataas na Kapulungan pero isa lang ang sigurado – hindi nila naabutan ang Twitter. Twitter na marahil ang pinaka-swak na social site para sa mga senador dahil simple lamang at ‘di gaanong mabusisi. Para ka lamang nagpapadala ng SMS. Maaari mong isingit sa napaka-hectic na schedule ng isang senador (kung totoong nagtatrababo ang senador, hectic pero kung hindi naman, bangis ng apog mo). Maaari kang mag-Twitter sa kalagitnaan ng matinding traffic, sa free time, bago mag-session. Oks din lang habang meron session pero i-limit ito sa mga pa-update update lang ukol sa mga nagaganap sa Senado. The point is: sa paglipana ng sandamukal na smartphones, related apps at kasimplehan ng Twitter, kokonti na lamang ang acceptable na palusot kung bakit hindi pa nagsa-sign-up ng account si dear honorable senator.

Meron ng Twitter accounts ang lahat halos ng mga senador sa Pilipinas. Ilan sa kanila ang bihisa sa tamang paggamit nito. ‘Yung tipong ‘di lamang nagpo-post kundi sumasagot din sa mga katanungan at komento ng ibang tao. Ilan din sa kanila ang marunong nang mag-post ng litrato at iba pang uri ng media. Karamihan sa mga senador na “pro” na sa Twitter ay sila mismo ang nagme-maintain ng kanilang accounts. (Ilan dito sina Senators Chiz Escudero, Pia Cayetano at out-going na mambabatas na si Kiko Pangilinan. Daang-libo na ang mga Twitter followers nang tatlo dahil sa kanilang pagiging aktibo sa Twitter.) Meron kasing mga pagkakataon na halatang staff nila ang nagpo-post. Wala naman masama dito lalo na kung merong pasubali na hindi sa lahat ng pagkakataon sila ang gumagamit nito. Halimbawa na lamang sina Senators Franklin Drilon at Miriam Defensor Santiago na sa simula pa lamang pinaalalahanan na ang publiko na hinahawakan rin ng mga staff ang kani-kanilang Twitter accounts. Kumbaga meron silang disclosure. Importante ito at masasabing sumusunod sila sa social media ethics. Iba naman ang sa kaso ni Senator Antonio Trillanes IV na sa isang panayam, nabanggit nito na ‘di man siya ang kadalasang nagpo-post, aprubado naman nito lahat ng updates. Iprimatur kung imprimatur. Pasok na rin ‘tong istilo ni Trillanes pero kung ako ang tatanungin mas mainam na paminsan-minsan subukan nitong hawakan mismo at mag-update ng light stuff. No need to be too serious, after all it is just 140 characters.
6 out of 6 naman sa anim na mga bagong halal na non-reelecionist senators ang meron Twitter. Kahit  na campaign period na mismo sila nag-set-up ng account, ang mahalaga meron sila at updated pa. (Naging matumal ang pag-post nila matapos manalo so sana lang manumbalik ang kanilang sigla sa muling pagbubukas ng Kongreso.) Teka…pati si Nan… Oo. Pati si Nancy Binay meron. Sa simula ng campaign period, aktibo ang masasabing punching bag ng Filipino netizens. Marunong pa nga ito umi-scoop. Nang magkita ang ama nito at si Senator Chiz bago i-announce ang formal adoption ng senador sa UNA, nag-post ito ng litrato ng kanilang pag-uusap. (Ilang linggo ito bago ang naganap na laglagan ng mga guest candidates.) Subalit kapuna-puna na nang magsimulang lumakas ang on-line batikos sa anak ng Bise Presidente, naging anemic ang Twitter performance nito.
Kabaliktaran naman ito kina Grace Poe, Sonny Angara at Bam Aquino na habang lumalakas ang hatak sa mga botante lalong tumitikada sa Twitter. Malamang naman mas gaganahan ka kapag maganda ang reception sa kandidatura mo. (Hindi lahat ng tao meron Reggie Miller Gene na mas ginaganahan ‘pag binu-boo ng audience.) Liban pa dito, mataas ang positive sentiments ng tatlong kasapi ng TEAM PNOY. (Sa kaso ni Grace, single digit lamang ang naitalang negative on-line sentiment  ng dating Censors Chief.) Kumpara sa kabilang kampo, mas ma-appeal ang mga nasa koponan ng Pangulo sa mundo ng on-line. Ito marahil ang dahilan kung bakit ‘di makaabante si JV Ejercito sa diskurso ng Twitter kahit masasabing aktibo at batikan ito sa nasabing micro-blogging site. Minsan pumapatol din ang dating kongresista. ‘Di naman ito masama pero ‘di rin dapat ito madalas dahil maliban sa turn-off ito, magnet pa sa mga trolls. Practice patol moderation and do not be a Mitos.
Hindi lamang pangangailangan ang dahilan kung bakit mabilis naka-adapt sa Twitter ang karamihan sa mga senador – malaking factor din ang edad. Nasa 30′s and 40′s ang edad ng karamihan sa kanila. Generation X represent kumbaga. Kahit na lumagpas sila ng konti sa cut-off ng Generation Y (kung saan ehem kabilang ako) na sinasabi ng mga eksperto na totoong on-line generation meron naman silang mga anak at staff members na masasabing influencers nila. Magiging permanent fixture na ng political campaign and politics in general ang social media. Meron na kasing market dito. Tsaka mga ‘tol mas mura at minsan pa nga libre pa kumpara sa magastos na campaign sorties. Malaking katanungan na lamang kung gaano kalakas ang hatak nito. Meron nagsasabing malakas at meron naman na hindi. Para sa akin, simple lang, one needs to integrate social media with traditional forms of campaign. Ot should npt be the focus considering Internet penetration in the Philippines is still not as high compared to other countries. Sabi nila dapat mala-Obama na na-transform ang on-line presence into real grassroots movement. Uhm, once-in-a-generation candidate si Barack at kinakailangan mong i-replicate ang atmosphere ng Estados Unidos noong 2008 para gumana ito sa Pilipinas. Iba ang kultura natin at iba ang kultura nila. Iba ang karanasan natin at iba ang karanasan nila. Nagsisimula pa lamang ang social media politics sa Pilipinas at mahaba ang tatahakin nito.
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04
Nov
11

The Top 10 Praybeyt Benjamin Fever Tweets

Based on his Klout Score of 81, Vice Ganda is a TASTEMAKER. Meaning, he knows what he likes and his audience likes it too. Tastemakers are opinion makers and have earned considerable amount of respect from his or her network. As one of the few Filipinos with more than a million Twitter followers (1,014,799), Vice Ganda is indeed a true TASTEMAKER. Not surprising his latest starrer Praybeyt Benjamin is leaving its competition in the dust trail as it has amassed an unkabogable Php200-M box-office take in just eight days. If this performance continues, it might just dislodge current champ No Other Woman. There is indeed an on-going PBF or Praybeyt Benjamin Fever nationwide. Speaking of PBF, the Twitter hashtag #praybeytbenjaminfever is also flooding streamlines. Inspired by the popular movie line “‘Pag ba bakla, salot agad? ‘Di ba pwedeng malas muna?!”, Filipino netizens (and Vice himself) Tweeted their versions. Here are some of the funniest. Keep in mind it i’s still going on so there is a chance for a sequel blog post.

NUMBER TEN: “‘Pag mahaba ang mga biyas, supermodel na agad? Di ba pwedeng Lastikman muna?!”

NUMBER NINE: “‘Pag Vice Ganda kailangan kabayo agad? ‘Di ba pwedeng hinete muna?!”

NUMBER EIGHT:  “‘Pag may bangs, Vice Ganda agad? ‘Di ba pwedeng si Dora muna?”

NUMBER SEVEN: “‘Pag bakla ba Vice Ganda agad? ‘Di ba pwedeng Ricky Reyes muna?!”

NUMBER SIX: “Pag ba red lips, Anne Curtis agad? ‘Di ba pwedeng Joker muna?!”

NUMBER FIVE: “‘Pag balakangin, Jollibee agad? ‘Di ba pwedeng Bituin Escalante muna?!”

NUMBER FOUR: “‘Pag masungit, suplada na? ‘Di ba pwedeng may regla muna?!”

NUMBER THREE: “‘Pag maganda ba kailangan Anne Curtis agad? ‘Di ba pwedeng Vice Ganda muna?!”

NUMBER TWO: “‘Pag madaming jowa, malandi agad? ‘Di ba pwedeng trial and error muna?!”

NUMBER ONE: “‘Pag ba Vice Ganda, maharot agad? ‘Di ba pwedeng malandi muna?!”

02
Sep
11

Ang Siste Eh: Maaga ang Pasko ng mga Pilipino

Christmas in April ang isa sa mga pinakapaborito kong episodes ng Garfield and Friends. Patok na patok sa akin ito noong bata pa ako. Simple lang ang kwento. Abril at naiinitan sina Garfield at Odie. Dahil out-of-the-box kung mag-isip si Garfield, hindi lamang siya umasa sa ginhawang hatid ng airconditioner o electric fan. Binuksan ng sikat na pusa ang refrigerator ng among si Jim upang mapatid ang init ng summer. Kinalaunan, nilabas nila ito ni Odie sa kanilang bakuran at lumikha ito ng isang tumpok na artipisyal na niyebe. Nagkatinginan ang frenemies. Maya-maya pa, nag-lauch ng isang friendly snowball fight ang aso at pusa. Kung kapitbahay ka ni Jim, malamang natulala ka din sa nakikita mo. Snowballs in the middle of April? Manghang-mangha ang buong neighborhood sa kanilang nakita at ginaya ang nasimulan ng dalawa. (Kung bakit sumusunod ang mga nakapag-aral ng tao sa mga pet animals, ang creator na lamang ng Garfield na si Jim Davis ang nakakaalam.) Sa madaling salita, nagparang winter sa Abril ang buong lugar nina Garfield. Hindi nakuntento ang mga tao sa pekeng niyebe, nagsimulang mag-caroling ang iba; nagkabit ng mga dekorasyong pang-Pasko at nagkaroon din ng mga Christmas sales. Nang dahil lamang sa bagong tuklas ng isang palalong pusa, nagdiwang ng Pasko ang mga tao ng walang sa oras. Nakiuso lang.

Nang nakaraang taon, nag-Twitter Trend ang holiday greeting na “Merry Christmas” sa buong mundo. 1 September 2010. Salarin: mga Pilipinong naka-register sa Twitter. Hindi ako magtataka kung nagulat ang mga foreigners dahil hindi naman sila ganoon kaaga kung mag-Pasko. Karamihan pa nga sa kanila hindi nagpa-Pasko. Maaga kasi ang Christmas season sa Pilipinas. Sabi nga nila, basta pumasok ang –ber months eh Pasko na. Keber na kung magbatian man ng Merry Christmas sa buwan kung kelan ginugunita ang 9/11. Keber na kung sobrang advance sa okasyon ang ating trip. Keber na kung magmukha tayong may sariling mundo. Basta mahalaga MASAYA. (Nang nakaraang taon parang may nagaganap na trahedya. Hindi ko lang matandaan kung ano. Saktong tinamaan ng earlier than usual na Christmas spirit ang mga Pinoy. May nag-comment na foreigner sa Twitter: What the eff!? There is ________________ and Merry Christmas is trending? Watdapak talaga.) Pustahan nag-iisip ka nang gawing Facebook status ang “It’s the beginning of the Christmas season. Merry Christmas everyone! Kung di man nakapag-post ka na.

Hindi naman masama kung 5 months ang ating Christmas season. Tanong: nararamdaman ba natin? Maliban sa panaka-nakang Christmas songs sa radio (unless si Dr. Love ang pinakikinggan mo na July pa lang nagpapatugtog na) mahirap maramdaman ang Pasko sa mga panahong ito. Una at higit sa lahat nataon na dengue season. Kailanman hindi pasok sa Christmas season ang mga lamok. Ang ingay na likha nila ay hindi maihahalintulad sa tinig ng koro ng mga kerubin. Ang kanilang pagdalaw sa mga bata ay naghahatid ng sakit o kamatayan at hindi ligaya tulad ni Santa Claus. Ang medyas ay ginagamit upang di ka papakin ng mga lintik na bloodsuckers at hindi upang isabit sa may pintuan. (Noong isang lingo nakakita ako ng batang lalaki na naka-knee high socks. Taragis. Parang Samboy Lim.) Paano ka naman magsasaya kung laksa-laksa ang biktima ng dengue? Pangalawang dahilan kung bakit mahirap maramdaman ang maagang Pasko ay dahil hindi pa naglalabas ng commercial si Jollibee at Aga Mulach. Tradisyon na ang kanilang Christmas toy and book drive pero hindi pa rin sila nagpaparamdam. Pangatlong rason ang 9/11. Dyahe naman magsaya kung alam mong sa isang linggo eh aalalahanin ng karamihan ang naganap sa Big Apple. Hindi man direktang tinamaan ang Pilipinas, may mga Pilipinong nasawi sa nasabing trahedya. I-factor in mo pa ang annual pananakot ni Osama bin Laden tuwing sasapit ang September na uulitin daw muli nila ang kanilang naunang tagumpay. (Mukha mo bin Laden! You are dead. Kapapanood mo ng porno hindi mo napansin ang SEALS na pumasok sa iyong mansyon.) Hindi naman ako sa affected pero talagang nakakainis na malamang nagtatago sa isang pagkalaki-laking compound ang hinayupak samantalang kung makapagturo ng kahalagahan ng pagiging ascetic sa mga kasama. Siguro kung isa akong inosenteng kasapi ng Al-Qaeda sisirin ko ang pinagtapunan ng kanyang katawan at sasakalin ko ang gago. Ngunit ang pinakamalupit na dahilan kung bakit hindi nararamdaman natin na Christmas is indeed in the air ay dahil wala naman tayong natatanggap na Early Christmas Bonus o September 1 Christmas Bonus.

Materialistic naman.

Come on. Kada taon mas nagiging mas materialistic ang Pasko. Newsflash: mga kapitalista na ang nagpapatakbo ng Pasko. Yes kids. There is no Santa Claus. There is an actual inspiration of Santa Claus but the jolly red and beared man you see is nothing but a fictional character. (Maaga ko kasing nadiskubre na WALANG SANTA CLAUS kaya idadamay ko ang murang isip ng iba pang bata at ipagkakalat na WALANG SANTA CLAUS.) Take Christmas cards for example. Noon ito ang pinaka-thoughtful na paraan upang batiin ang iyong mga kaibigan kapag wala kang perang pambili ng regalo. Sosyal kapag Hallmark. Maliban sa maganda ang design eh talagang nakakantig ng damdamin ang mensahe. Tagos hanggang buto. Tanong: kalian ka huling nakatanggap ng Christmas card? Marahil matagal na dahil text message na send to all ang uso. Mas matipid. Pero malapit na rin itong maluma dahil ayon mismo sa mga mobile phone providers ay tinatalo sila ng Facebook. Mas madali nga naman. Tag mo lang lahat ng tao sa iyong napiling Christmas jpeg image at na-greet mo na sila. Isa ito sa mga kinaiinisan ko nang nakaraang taon. Hindi ako nadala sa ganitong pautot dahil para sa akin parang katamaran. Tapos tinitingnan ko ang mga design at nakasulat parang hindi pinag-isipan. Sana man lamang humorous pero hindi. Sana man lamang malalim pero hindi. Sana man lamang nag-scan na lang sila ng lumang Hallmark card pero hindi. Tinalo ang Hallmark ng Globe at Smart na sa kasalukuyan ay tinatalo ng Facebook ni Mark Zuckerberg. You tell me na hindi mga kapitalista ang nagpapatakbo ng Pasko.

Cynical ka lang.

Siguro nga dahil matanda na ako. Obserbahan natin ang mga bata. Sabi nga ng mga film producers na hindi mapigilan ang mga sarili na magpalabas ng mga walang kapararakang fantasy at horror films sa Metro Manila Film Festival, “Ang Pasko ay para sa mga bata.” Gusto niyo lang kumita ng pera dinamay niyo pa ang mga bata. Bakit? Magulang naman nila ang nagbabayad ng kanilang pang-sine ah? Bata ba iyon? (Affected talaga ako sa usaping ito. Binabasa ko pa lamang ang possible line-up ng susunod na MMFF entries eh it is the same old same old. Asar.) Mabalik tayo sa mga bata. In particular, mga batang nagka-caroling. Tuwing magpa-Pasko sinasaboy kami dito  sa aming apartment ng isang grupo ng mga paslit. Kitang-kita mo na magkakabarkada sila kasi sabay-sabay silang aakyat sa mga apartment units pero bigla-bigla na lamang maghihiwalay kapag aawait na sa mga bahay-bahay. Parang na-engkanto na hindi na lamang nila kilala ang kanilang mga kasama. Ito ang classic: kapag inabutan mo sila ng pera bigla na lamang puputulin ang Christmas song at automatic magpapasalamat (minsan hindi pa) at kakaripas ng takbo. Kung ikaw lang ang martyr na nagbigay sa inyong building malas mo. Ipagkakalat nila sa iba pa nilang kasama na nagbibigay ka. Mahina na ang makarinig ka ng mga apat na Jingle Bells sa loob ng isang gabi. Christmas is for kids?! Sabi nga ni Mr. Scrooge: Bah. Hambug. Kung ano man ang ibig sabihin noon. Minsan nga iniisip ko na sana mautak lang ang mga batang iyon at kaya nila nine-negosyo ang carolling ay dahil nais lang nilang makapag-ipon para sa isang simpleng salu-salo. Pero kapag nakikita ko na sila din ang mga bata na anak ng mga beterano sa videoke. Na tipong alas-otso pa lamang ng umaga ay pumapalahaw na sila sa mikropono. Para bang nababahala ako na sa lapad at bilog lamang ng kanilang mga magulang mapupunta ang inabot kong pera. Taragis.

Maaga nga ang Pasko natin pero hanggang buladas lang. Dinadaan sa Facebook. Dinadaan sa Twitter. Trending topic na naman. So? Halos katulad din ng mga sinasalihan natin sa Guinness Records. Pahabaan ng longganisa. Palakihan ng leche flan. Pakapalan ng mukha. LAHAT WALANG KWENTA. Ano naman kung nasa Guinness ka? Nagbabasa ka ba ng Guinness? Na-tag mo nga lahat ng mga contacts mo sa Facebook kabilang na ang mga taong in-add mo lang para dumami ang neighbors sa Farmville pero pinag-isipan mo ba ang ito? Di bale ng mga kapitalista ang nagpapatakbo ng ating Pasko dahil sa WALA NA TAYONG MAGAGAWA pero sana pinag-iisipan. Pinag-isipan ang mga regalong ipamamahagi at hindi lamang ito binili dahil sale o dahil bargain. Pinag-isipan ang mga Christmas shoutouts at hindi lamang napulot sa kung saan. Pinag-isipan ang balak na karoling at hindi na lamang titigil kapag nakatanggap na ng pera. Higit sa lahat magpasalamat. Iyon ang kulang sa atin. Kada sasapit ang Pasko ang madalas na reklamo: nakakapagod. Nakakapagod mag-shopping. Nakakapagod magluto. Nakakapagod magbalot ng mga regalo. Nakakapagod ang mga parties. Pasalamat ka nga na may pang-shopping ka. Pasalamat ka nga may pagkain ka. Pasalamat ka nga may pang-regalo ka. Pasalamat ka nga inimbitahan ka pa sa mga parties. Kailangan pa bang paalalahanan muli tayo ng ating presidente sa susunod na State of the Nation Address na magpasalamat?

Mahirap isingit dito ang pamatay na linyang: let us remember the real reason of the season dahil hindi ako palasimba. Pero kahit na ganoon gustong-gusto ko ang manger scene. Simple lang kasi ang pagkakaintindi ko dito. Hindi ang usapin ng kaligtasan ng mundo o ano pa man. Ang Pasko tulad ng sinasabing pangaganak kay Hesus ay simple pero rock. Isipin mo sa sabsaban lang. DIY ang diskarte nina Jose at Maria. Subalit kahit payak hine-hele naman sila ng mga anghel. Iyon talaga level-up. Koro ng mga anghel. Tapos ang mga bisita nila mga tatlong mago. (Hindi po sila hari. Mga mago sila. Nanalo ako sa Bible Quiz Contest noon kaya may nakaimbak pa akong kaalaman kahit papaano.) Paano nga natunton ng tatlong mago ang sabsaban? Bituin. Isang malaki at makinang na bituin. Parang GPS pero celestial. Miracle. Talagang miracle. Mapapahanga. Mamamangha.

That sense of wonderment during our long Christmas season has been missing in all of us. Para sa atin ay isang okasyon na naman ito nang gastusan. Hindi kasiyahan. Nasa usapin ng kasiyahan ang nalalabing miracle of Christmas sa panahon ng Facebook. Na kahit mahirap ang buhay ay nakukuha pa nating maging masaya. Hindi naman ang bonggang parties ang nagpapasaya sa atin kundi ang mga kalokohang naganap dito. Hindi naman ang mismong regalo ang nakapagpangiti sa atin kundi ang sandaling nakita mong may regalong nakapatong sa iyong office desk. Hindi naman ang dami ng Facebook greetings ang nakakapagpaligaya sa iyo kundi ang mabasang mong kahit kaklase mo noong grade school ay naalala ka pa. Wondering where the Christmas spirit is gone? The wonder of it all is that it is not missing but just hidden beneath a pile of mall sales and Christmas bazaars. Pangarap ko lang maibalik ang simple pero rock na feel ng Pasko. Para mas panalo. Kahit kalian naman maaaring maramdaman ang Christmas. Just ask Garfield.

01
Sep
11

Ang Siste Eh: Maraming Salamat Coach Tim Cone

Nagsimula sa mga intriga. Aalis na nga ba ang head coach ng Alaska na si Tim Cone? Bilang isang die-hard fan ng Alaska, hindi ko ito mapaniwalaan. Hindi ko ito matanggap. Papaanong aalis si Cone eh siya ang mukha ng nasabing koponan. Ayon sa pinakahuling commercial ng Alaska, “I am not Tim Cone. I am Alaska Aces.” Totoo. Team sports ang basketball at hindi maaaring iisang tao lamang ang maging mukha nito. Pero hindi sa kaso ni Tim Cone. Nakaukit na ang long sleeved polo shirt at neck tie sa bench ng Alaska. Ang ibang koponan parang nagpapalit lang ng SIM card kung makapagpalit ng coach. Iba ang team ko. Parang Motolite dahil pangmatagalan. Kapag binabalikan ko ang mga lumang editions Hardcourt parang hindi nagbabago ang mukha ng Alaska. Players lamang ang umaalis at dumarating pero ang coach, manager at si Mang Tom, nanatili sa kanilang pwesto. Consistent.

Hindi na bago ang paglisan sa mga fans na katulad namin. Nakakapanibago ng hindi si Sean Chambers ang import.  Nang hindi na si Abarrientos ang nagdadala ng bola. Nang hindi na si Lastimosa ang tumitira ng clutch shots. Nang hindi na si Hawkins ang nakikipaggulangan sa loob. Pero natanggap rin namin sa kalaunan. Pero iba ito. Parang iniwan kami ng aming ama sa loob ng basketball court. Kung babasahin mo ang mga Facebook comments sa Aces Nation parang naulila silang lahat. Naulila kaming lahat.

Kanina pang Twitter Trending Topic si Coach Tim. Marahil ang kauna-unahang Filipino basketball coach na naka-achieve nito. Parang retirement lamang ni Jerry Sloan na naramdaman at ikinalungkot ng karamihan ng basketball fans. Inakala kasi natin hindi sila maghihiwalay kailanman. Na kung hahanapan natin ng ehemplo ng konsepto ng forever in real-life, hindi mo ito makikita sa mga kilalang love teams kundi sa samahang Cone at Alaska o Sloan at Jazz. Hindi pala. Natatapos din. Cliche pero totoo na all good things must come to an end. Higit pa sa good ang binuong legacy ni Coach Tim dahil great ang tamang description. 13 championships under his belt. Ang ibang coaches nga nangangarap lang na makapasok ng championship pero ito, parang normal lang. Pero alam natin na hindi ito norma. Pinaghirapan lahat.

Bago nanalo ng kauna-unahang All-Filipino Championship ang Alaska noong 1996, palagi na lang inaakusahan ang koponan na nananalo lamang dahil sa import. Sa madaling salita, olats kapag wala si Chambers sa tabi. Hanggang ngayon bitter pa rin ang mga Purefoods fans sa kanilang pagkatalo, pero hindi maikakaila na 1996 is all about Alaska. Hindi madaling maka-grandslam. Kinailangan nilang lusutan ang opensa at depensa nina Patrimonio at Codinera. Umabot ng kagulat-gulat na do-or-die game against Formula Shell. Idagdag pa na nagpalit sila ng import sa kalagitnaan ng laban. Tapos sa kanilang pinakahuling obstacle, sinagupa nila ang pinakasikat na koponan sa buong bansa. Pero lahat nalampasan.

’90s kid ako. Mahal na mahal ko ang dekadang ito. Nagaagawan sa aking atensyon ang mga pakikipagsapalaran ng Power Rangers, ang epic battles nina Yokozuna at Undertaker at of course, ang laban ng Alaska. Mukha ng tanga ang kwento ng bagong Power Rangers. Ganoon din ang mga pa-epek ni Vince McMahon sa wrestling. Alaska na lang ang natitira. Nandito pa sila. Nanalo pa rin kahit papaano. Iba man ang mga manlalaro, nandoon pa rin ang aming kinalakihang coach. Natutunan namin na ngitian lamang ang malalabong calls ng referee. Natutunan namin na mananalo pa ang team kahit ilang segundo na lang nalalabi sa orasan.  Natutunan namin na oks lang mag-tantrums sa sideline kung nais i-fire up ang team. Siguro kung tatanungin ang mga fans ng Alaska kung ano ang kanilang paboritong Tim Cone moment, mahihirapan sila o mauubusan ng oras sa dami ng babanggitin. Pero malabong kabilang ang announcement na ito sa kanilang mga paboritong. It is indeed a bittersweet pill to swallow. Kapag si Jolas nagretiro, pwede siyang mag-coach pero si Cone kapag nagretiro, pwede bang maglaro? Hindi. Tapos na ang usapan.

Tama sila. It is an end of an era. Pero kung pag-uusapan ang Philippine Basketball Association, matagal nang natapos ito. Mula nang naging mukhang pera ang pamamalakad dito. Bulok na sistema na mismong mga die-hard fans ang nakakapansin. Kung mismong mga katulad nmin ang nati-turn off sa kanilang pamamalakad, paano pa sila makakasiguro na mapaparami pa nila ang fans ng liga? Sa paglisan ni Tim Cone sa Alaska, parang nasira ang aming bridge sa good old times ng Philippine basketball. Parang napundi ang parola sa oras na kinakailangan ito. Parang nagkaroon ng road re-blocking sa kalagitnaan ng rush hour.

Mahirap isa-isahin ang mga dahilan kung bakit big deal The Decision ni Tim Cone. Hindi masusukat sa dami ng championships. Hindi rin ito masusukat sa mga nakamit na individual achievements ng mga manlalaro ng Alaska. Hindi rin sa dami ng fans ng Alaska.  Big deal ang paglisan ni Tim Cone sa Alaska dahil Tim Cone = Alaska. 

Matagal kong sinulat ito pero trending pa rin si Tim Cone. Maraming nagluluksa pati fans ng Ginebra. 

25
Jul
11

Live-Blogging: The State of the Nation Address 2011

2:05PM Cable coverage of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2011 commences. Still finishing a Team Chiz Tumblr post.

2:08PM Fashion statements! Give me a memorable red carpet. Pink backless Filipiniana of Senator Loren Legarda burns. Can she top this back-bearing turn? The former president-turn-congressman will not attend the affair. Boo. Blooming and all?

2:10PM Here comes the ladies. Yellow. Pale yellow. Yellowish. I get it. The president’s campaign color is yellow but must all of you wear yellow?! Oooh. Look. Is that Rep. Anthony Golez’ wife? Gorgeous white gown with black floral trimmings. Just gorgeous.

2:29PM As expected “SONA” is Twitter trending worldwide. It is jostling top position with “Shark Week” and “Purple Rain.” F*ck. Yeah. Philippines.

2:32PM Derrick Rose. Chris Paul. Kevin Durant. Love last weekend! I witness D-Rose dunk in person. That is enough to keep me floating in Cloud 9. BEST PHP800 SPENDING EVER. Never mind queuing up for a couple of hours. Never mind running up the Big Dome to snatch a good seat in a non-reserved seating section. Never mind. It is Derrick Rose. I got the memo. Derrick Rose is amazing.

2:37PM Is that Rep. Lani Cayetano in an aquamarine dress? Nice choice. Black is too drab. Here comes her stunning sister-in-law Sen. Pia Caytano in a simple Filipiniana (changes outfit later). Her brother and Upper House colleague Sen. Alan Peter Caytano looks slimmer and fitter. I remember his sister Tweeting about his present diet and exercise regimen.

2:41PM Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile arrives.

2:42PM MTRCB Chair Grace Poe-Llamanzares and Optical Media Board Chair Ronnie Ricketts on the red carpet. I do notice a decrease in  the number of pirated DVD vendors around the metro. So I guess good job! Ms. Poe’s husband is a Piolo Pascual look-alike and should be seen more in the red carpet.

2:43PM Senator Panfilo Lacson elicit smiles from female on-lookers. Guess this is one political event where the controversial legislator eschews his patented checkered polo shirts.

2:45PM Senator Antonio Trillanes looking handsome. Senator Bong Revilla and wife Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado arrives, a couple with a lot of red carpet experience.

2:46PM TJ Manotoc interviews Senator Chiz Escudero. He hopes the president reveal his plans on budget spending with emphasis for education, agriculture and infrastructure. Expressing his excitement for the president’s speech, he also hopes he discusses big-ticket bills such as the Freedom of Information and important economic policies on fiscal rationalizaton and overseas Filipino workers. No bromance though like this one.

2:49PM The ladies of Makati. One of Vice President’s daughter(?) in yellow gown with a huge but still tasteful bough in front and the vice president’s wife Elenita in orange. (I am not sure if it is Rep. Abigail because she was wearing a light pink dress.) There goes the second highest official in the land greeting people.

2:50PM Eternal glam girl Imelda Marcos is a vision of pink. Digital cameras start clicking as she passes.

2:53PM “All bills are high profile and will have an impact on people.” — Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile

2:55PM Blue and Silver?! Shiela Ysrael should have opted for a plain blue dress without the silver beadings.

3:03PM Former President Joseph Estrada talks to the press. Senator Ernesto Maceda accompanies him. Follow him at @senmaceda. High-tech.

3:12PM Red. Filipiniana. Jumpsuit. Damn. This. Look.

3:17PM US Ambassador Harry Thomas. Senator Francis Pangilinan. More VIPs.

3:21PM Th National Fist graces the red carpet. Jinkee is on hand. I guess our most popular sporting hero is back to his Justin Bieber do.

3:22PM 36 minutes to go before the big speech. Forgot to mention: Kris is in the building. No surnames needed. Just Kris.

3:30PM Chopper has landed. The president entering the complex. Greets some of legislators inside including perennial critic Edcel Lagman. (The president is SO EARLY. Take that critics!)

3:31PM Rep. Gina De Venecia. Used to be House Speaker Jose De Venecia. Things change. No. Faces change.

3:33PM GODDESS LUCY TORRES. PRETTY IN PINK.

3:40PM Doing something else and that explains for the gaps. The president in a huddle with some legislators inside the Liaison Office. Torres is such a welcome disraction. Nice hair!

3:42PM Controversial Twitter Post: Aquino did not shake the hands of Rep. Edcel Lagman. Nah. I think he did. Lagman even posed behind the president in a photo-op minutes ago.

3:47PM 12 minutes to go. Off-topic: Borromeo and Schrock re-joins Azkals in their next match against the tough Al-Asraq. Yeah. Revenge!

3:51PM The Big Reveal: The Next Ombudsman. Is Conchita Carpio Morales a lock for the position? Exciting! Just like a talent search. In a related video: take of Senator Chiz Escudero on the matter.

3:54PM The president entering the session hall. Flanking him are Representatives Crispin Remulla and Erin Tanada plus Senators Serge Osmena and Panfilo Lacson. That is some entourage.

3:57PM About to start.

3:59PM Singing of the national anthem. Not a homer but I still believe our national anthem is one of the best. (Curious. But I am missing the contrasting reactions of former Speaker De Venecia and former Senate President Franklin Drilon during the tumultuous past administration.)

4:03PM Officemate shouts the magic phrase: MERIENDA TIME right before the president speaks. Classic.

4:06PM High credit rating. Strong market. Beneficiaries of Cash Conditional Transfer.

4:09PM Four time-credit upgrade in his administration. (The president memorized his speech.) Just a couple of levels and the Philippines will reach investment grade.

4:10PM ES Jojo Ochoa and DOJ Chief Leila De Lima are seatmates.

4:11PM  His predecessor made a good decision not to attend the event. Controversial chopper. Ouch. Midnight bonus. Ouch. Laguna Lake Project. Ouch.

4:13PM The budget is the true embodiment of the administration’s good governance.

4:17PM Merienda: cassava cake and State of the Nation Address go together.

4:19 Decrease in rice importation. I guess there is also a decrease in the number of extra-rice consumers.

4:20PM 11611 hectares of irrigated lands. Not including Hacienda Luisita.

4:21PM Kris Sighting. President has coughing fits. I hope the live coverage of some stations also include the Powerpoint presentation.

4:23PM On-going housing for policemen in Luzon. Housing project continues for the rest of the Philippines

4:25PM The Philippines has a modern and first-class Hamilton Class cutter to patrol our extensive coastline. Fear us China. Fear us. Is our Hamilton Class the same as its US counterpart because that is just going to be so amazing.

4:26PM Removal of Philippines  in Human Trafficking Tier 2 list. Click here for more information.

4:29PM SIPAG AT DETERMINASYON. Take that Villar! The president stopped for a moment and collected his thoughts before deciding to use a different term. Villar did not attend the State of the Nation Address.

4:31PM Ramblings on the controversial Conditional Cash Transfer.

4:33PM The president promises an inclusive and expansive welfare projects for Filipinos and that no one shall be left behind in his administration.

4:34PM Governor Toto Mangudadatu. The president discusses his plans for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

4:38PM Mosquito Trap. Monorails. DOST in the spotlight. Nerds take center-stage.

4:48PM OMBUDSMAN CONCHITA CARPIO MORALES.

4:50PM Revelation: the last administration of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) spent 1 BILLION PESOS for coffee expenditures. Flip some Duterte Finger to these as*-holes.

4:52PM Special mention to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. In all fairness, it is hard to predict peculiar weather patterns.

4:57PM Done.

FULL TEXT OF SONA SPEECH IN FILIPINOhttp://www.gov.ph/2011/07/25/benigno-s-aquino-iii-second-state-of-the-nation-address-july-25-2011/

FULL TEXT OF SONA SPEECH IN ENGLISHhttp://www.gov.ph/2011/07/25/benigno-s-aquino-iii-second-state-of-the-nation-address-july-25-2011-en/

FULL TEXT OF FAKE SONA SPEECHhttp://www.newsbreak.ph/2011/07/25/leaked-copy-of-pnoys-sona/

13
Jun
11

Live-Blogging: The NBA Finals 2011 Game 6

9:39AM WIN OR DIE. Dallas Mavericks leads with seven after a Shawn Marrion put-back.

9:45AM FINALLY brought the Starbucks tumbler I have been meaning to use in the office.

9:49AM LeBron James commits an offensive against – of all people – JJ Barea. The hell is he thinking?!

9:51AM Dirk Nowitzki makes a three-point basket gives Mavs a 6-point lead in the third chapter of the all-important Game 6. 72-56.

9:52AM James gets the ball but loses the ball in the fast break. Mavs last touch. Wade DOING all his best to give his team a fighting chance. He seems to be losing his temper after getting called an offense against Brian Cardinal. Keep it cool. Lazy Butt James is having another personal meltdown.

9:57AM Gloria Estafan rooting for Miami. Let us hear it from the original Miami Sound Machine! Gloria Estefan>Jennifer Lopez.

9:58AM Udonis Haslem sinks both freebies cuts lead to 5.

10:00AM Black coral probe in the Senate. Haslem rebound results to another offensive put-back. Jason Terry answers back with a high-looping drive. Looking for Tyson Chandler. He’s sitting in the bench after committing 4 fouls.

10:01AM Juwan Howard fouls Marion. Freebies. 76-71, Mavs.

10:03AM 58% foul-throw shooting for the Heat. Jason Kidd punishes them with a 3 on the other end. Score stands at 79-71 for the Mavs. James misses first but makes second freebie. Awful shooting.

10:05AM Twitter Trending: Dear Dirk. Sample: “Dear Dirk, with all these bricks, you could start working on a house for someone.” FUNNY.

10:09AM Erik Spoelstra emphasizing MENTAL STABILITY. Hoping James is listening. Haslem gets fouled. 81-73, Mavs.

10:11AM Wade making things happen. Drives strong gets fouled but misses a freebie. Cursed or something? 81-75, Mavs.

10:12AM Mario Chalmers fishes a foul on Nowtzki. Shooting freebies. SLOWLY CLIMBING. Doing it despite a mental fart from James.

10:13AM Wade is DOING EVERYTHING. But Barea SILENCES THE CROWD. Then gets the rebound on the end of the court. Terry steals the ball. Haslem fouls him.

10:19AM Stopping. Popping. TERRY SCORES. Double-digit lead. Heat turns the ball over.

10:20AM James MISSES EVERYTHING. Did not hit even the back iron. Mavs side: Barea whizzes past the defense for another basket.

10:25AM If James misses that offensive put-back, the Heat should sell his contract for a discount after the series.

10:26AM Nowitzki scores. Wade gets stripped. Velociraptor recovers the ball and scores plus a foul. Chalmers steals the ball. Forces a basket. Chandler blocks him. Mavs ball.

10:33AM IS THE GAME SLIPPING FROM THE HEAT?

10:34AM The hell is Chalmers thinking? Nowitzki scores.

10:35AM James did not fought for the loose ball. Michael Jordan is LAUGHING SOMEWHERE. “He is supposed to inherit MY MANTLE?!”

10:36AM DAMN. NOWITZKI. CUBAN STOOD UP.

10:37AM “LeBron is terrible!” — Joseph Yeo

10:39AM TERRY KILLS HEAT WITH ANOTHER JUMPER. James also scored.

10:40AM James bricks a three. Some fans are leaving the arena. The bloggers WILL BE HAVING A FIELD DAY.

10:41AM Dear Dirk: Congratulations!

10:42AM 18.8 seconds to go before LEBRON JAMES CRY.

10:43AM Chalmers hits a three after a Spoelstra time-out. Heat putting up some press. TOO LATE. TOO FREAKIN’ LATE.

10:44AM There it goes. MAVS ARE THE CHAMPS!

10:50AM David Stern presenting the Larry O’ Brien and the Bill Russell MVP. Dirk deserves it even of he bricked a lot of shots tonight. Rick Carlisle Oh. Mark Cuban requested the Stern to dedicate the their first championship to Mavs first owner. CLASSY.

10:52AM “This team has so much heart. So much dedication.” — Mark Cuban

10:53AM “I have an announcement: our owner is now available for interviews.” — Rick Carlisle. THEORY: Successful coaches has a CELEBRITY LOOK-ALIKE. Phil Jackson = Jerry Garcia. Pat Riley = Gordon Gekko. Rick Carisle = Jim Carrey.

10:54AM Dirk wins it.

10:56AM “I just can’t believe the journey.” — Jason Kidd. Congratulations. Your career did not Malone.

IN THE TWITTER SIDE OF THINGS:

  • “Congrats Dallas!” — Maria Menounos
  • “Y’all gonna let me have it. Bring it. See @KingJames and @dwadeofficial this what happens when I believe. Still proud of y’all.” — Marlon Wayans
  • “Congratulations Dallas Mavericks.” — Donna Brazile
  • “Not your fault Spoelstra. LeBron just can’t do it.” — Boyet Sison
  • “The Decision is history. Let the Derision begin.” — Andy Borowitz
  • “Dallas! Kidd gets his first chip. Hell. Yes.” — Ali Peek
  • “Shunga mo, LeBron. Umuwi ka na!” — IC Mendoza
  • “Oh well. I’m happy for Jason Kidd. The Kidd is now a man.” — Paolo Valenciano
  • “Dirk, Kidd, Terry and Barea just showed everyone the kind of heart you need to have to win a championship. Congratulations, Dallas. 105-95.” — Chesca Litton
  • “Iiyak na si Dirk.” — Gabe Mercado
  • “Can I say that again? NO RING FOR THE KING. Mission accomplished. Thank you Mavericks.” — The Professional Heckler
  • “Dirk. Damn. So much respect for him now.” — Nic Belasco
  • “Congrats to my wife and her favorite, the Mavs.” — Ogie Alcasid
  • “People be sippin’ on that haterade. Don’t hate the player. Hate the team that didn’t win.” — Demi Lovato
  • “Congrats to the Dallas Mavs! They played with Inigo Montoya perseverance. Dirk has a kind energy. I LOVE RAISIN OATMEAL COOKIES!” — Josh Groban
  • “What an awesome NBA season. Didn’t expect the outcome to be like this. But that’s why I love the game.” — Brian Viloria
  • “Miami Cold.” — Matt Besser
  • “Still proud of you, Coach Spo! Heat will be back. Hopefully, wiser, stronger and tougher.” — Noli Eala
  • “Congrats to the World Champion Dallas Mavericks!” — Kenny Smith
Let us end this amazing basketball season with this video.
Jason Segel: “There is no way that LeBron will ever be Jordan. Call me when LeBron has six championships.”
Kid: “That’s YOUR ONLY argument?”
Jason Segel: “THAT’S THE ONLY ARGUMENT I NEED, SHAWN!”

FINAL SCORE: 105-96

KEY STAT: THE HEAT JUST GAVE UP. THERE.

Post-script:  “In the movie theater, I put my phone on LeBron mode so it wouldn’t RING.” — YouTube user

…and a FUNNY blog post from The New York Times.

03
Jun
11

Live-Blogging: The NBA Finals 2011 Game 2

9:15AM As I slip on the last three bangles, I am reminded of the nagging idea that the greatest basketball league is colluding to give LeBron James his first ring. Total embarrassment will envelope the National Basketball Association if a Kevin Durant or a Derrick Rose hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy before James. An immediate changing of the guard before one of its vaunted superstar reach the ultimate prize is just unacceptable.

9:20AM A lime green Cherry car makes a slow right turn from the parking light and as I had a strange feeling it will stop in front of me. It did. Professor Abraham of the UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters (and Kontra-Gapi fame), once again offered me a free ride. LUCKY START. As I closed the car door and settled in the passenger seat, he introduced himself. “Pangalawang beses ko na pong nakasakay dito.” I replied quite meekly. (Downright lie. This is the 3rd time. And no. It is not a conscious effort. I just happened to be a the right place and at the right time.) I was about to thank him again when he said, “Alam mo ba sa Buddhist teaching…’di ba may mga monks? Itong mga monks na ito, pumupunta sila sa bahay-bahay may dalang lalagyan ng bigas. Hindi limos dahil iyong mga nagbigay pa ang magpapasalamat. ‘Thank you for giving me a chance to do his act of charity.’ Parang ganun din ako. Nang sumakay ka, nagpapasalamat akong binigyan mo ako ng chance na makagawa ng mabuti.” Some people are deep and kind. Thank you Sir!

9:29AM “Napapailing ka Jason. Bakit?” — Gonzales. Jason replied something like, Spoelstara called  a time out and the Heat cannot make the play. Funnier if he just retorted, “Naaalala ko lang ng hindi namin matalo ang UST Growling Tigers noon.”

9:30AM Barea streaking. Barea rebounding. Barea scratching Miller. Barea!

9:40AM Starting computer office up. Cue in Rolling Stones, “Start Me Up.” “If you start it up/Kick on the starter give it all you got, you got, you got.”

9:45AM Dangerous cross-court passes resulting to turnovers. Nowitzki. Stop it!

9:56AM Chicago-native is on fire!

9:58AM Velociraptor seems quiet.

9:59AM James makes a jumper with a foul.

10:00AM Good pass Kidd. 49-42 Mavs.

10:01AM Brick shot from Kidd. Come on. Pass the ball!

10:02AM Three fouls on James. Heat steals ball. Wade misses drive. I do not think it is a foul. Quick pass on the other side. Dunk. Biggest lead of Mavs at 51-42. Three minutes to go in the second quarter. 

10:03AM Lamborghini ad in the Philippines?! Oh. Just Globe Tattoo Lamborghini edition. The hell.

10:07AM Watching a Velociraptor make freebies. Aaack! Aaack! (The best Velociraptor onomatopoeia I can think of. Sounds like a panicking Cathy. Comic strips Cathy.)

10:08AM On the Mavericks: “Grabe ang pasahan. Sumobra lang.” — Manotoc. Go TJ! 51-46 Mavs.

10:11AM Checking Facebook livestream. First thing I see, “China Fired at Filipino Fishermen in China Atoll.” Friend commenting, “Release the Kraken!” Hahaha! Smells like a diplomatic protest. If I were the fishermen, i-English-in ko na lang sila hanggang mag-nosebleed.

10:12AM Wade for three! People talkin’ about Kobe or Bron as the next Michael Jordan? Do not forget this man. Even Jordan thinks so.

10:13AM Cannot get closer than this. Tied at 51. Damn.

KEY STAT: Heat defense causing Mavericks to turn the ball over.

HALF-TIME BREAK

10:18AM Bureau of Customs Chief Lito Alvarez announcing that his department has filed smuggling charges against consignees  and shippers of the black corals and other endangered species. So…he keeps his position?

10:20AM Tenorio endorsing Gatorade. His voice seems bigger than him. The clutch guard is one of the FEW Blue Eagles I like. (I need to emphasize the adjective.) The other one is Fonacier. Magnum Membrere. Injuries cut his potential career.

10:29AM “Na-ospital ang dalawang taga-Pangasinan nang kumain ng botchang bangus…” — newsflash (Er…) “Sa Batangas, hindi masusunod agad ang utos ni Sec. Robredo na baklasin agad ang mga fishpens…” — newsflash (Toinks!)

10:33AM Khloe Kardashian just Tweeted that “‘Because I said So’ is on. I so love this movie.” Your taste in movies and men are both bad.

SECOND HALF

10:36AM Behind-the-back reverse dunk for Wade. Mavs turn-over. Fastbreak for James. 57-52 Heat.

10:39AM Promotion overload for the soap of Robin Padilla and Bea Alonzo.

10:40AM Marion scores. Ends drought. 57-54 Heat.

10:41AM Struggling Velociraptor. Nowitzki scores on the other end. One-point game.

10:42AM Rampaging Wade. Wade-ing through. 59-56 Heat.

10:43AM Chandler taking care of business in rebounding end.

10:44AM Rare travelling infraction from Kidd.

10:45AM Velociraptor got blocked.

10:46AM The hell! James elbowed Nowitzki and refs called a technical on the Heat coach?! James missed the freebies. Boo effin’ hoo. I hate him.

10:47AMMTRCB Calls for Mandatory Trust Fund for Child Stars” — Manila Bulletin. Call this the Nino Mulach Approach. New television rating code to be unveiled next month.

10:49AMFr. Bernas Finds Contraception = Abortion Statement by Anti-RH Bill Advocates, Hilarious” — spot.ph FINALLY SOME SENSE.

10:50AM Bibby is alive! (Dr. Frankenstein voice: He’s alive! He’s alive!) Hits second three for a 59-51 lead.

10:54AM Someone posted a casual conversation video of the Boss. Needs to see it first. Nice! The range of topics is amazing. Rapid-fire questions and rapid-fire replies.

10:57AM Celebrities in the game: Steve Nash, David Stern and Gordon Gekko.

11:00AM Wondering if major grocery stores are selling Brewer’s Pocket Perks. Coffee-flavored candies. Addicted to it. Bought a pack in a convenient store.

11:04AM Officemate gave me a Prince William and Kate Middleton postcard. The Duke and Duchess Cambridge is smiling in the desk cork-board.

11:10AM Ooops. Have not been checking the game. A game of runs. Mavs makes their run closes on the Heat. Heat retaliates for a 59-53 lead.

11:16AM James called for travelling. 81-73 Heat. Eight minutes to go in the final quarter.

11:17AM Velociraptor for a put-back slam. Turn-overs piling up for the Mavericks.

11:19AM Wade taking over! LeBron James who? Cleveland fans are right. Their former basketball savior will become a sidekick.

11: 23AM Powerbooks has a comicbook sale! (It’s Mall of Asia branch will be having a clearance sale this weekend. Bookworms, rejoice!) Speaking of comics, I FINALLY read Gerry Alanguilan’s Elmer last night. One of the best reads!

11:25AM Going to the last six minutes, Heat leads 88-77. Spoelstra calls for time. Mavs cuts lead from a high of 15.

11:30AM Single-digit lead for the Heat.

11:32AM Kidd for three! Rare.

11:33AM 3 minutes to go and the lead is down to 4, courtesy of Jason Terry basket.

11:34AM “The only drawback to watching Game 2 in the cool confines of my bed: I can now name all 109 teleseryes of ABS-CBN. Backwards.” — Francis Ochoa via Twitter. Hahaha!

11:35AM “Kung kelan tumanda si J. Kidd, kelan sya nagka shooting! Hehe good 3! Down the wire!” — Mark Andaya via Twitter (Yes. The tall local baller.)

11:36AM After a Spoelstra time-out, Heat turned the ball over resulting to Nowitzki jumper. Single possession separating both teams.

11:37AM Twilight zone. Bron bricks a shot. Wade keeps possession. The hell is shooting three?!

11:38AM Nowitzki delivers in a 3-on-1 fastbreak. TIED BALLGAME.

11:39AM Game-related Twitter trending topic: F*ck Miami.

11:40AM NOWITZKI FOR THREE! Mavs lead.

11:41AM Mavs coach looks a bit like certain comedian.

11:42AM Oooh. CHALMERS THREE! That is nice set-up. Good call Spoelstra.

11:44AM No more time-outs. 24.5 seconds to go.

11:45AM Nowitzki hits. Wade misses three. MAVS WIN! German  Assassin finished them off.

11:46AM Tied series. Mavs steal home-court advantage. Shifting to Dallas. Cuban, as I said last time, I need POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE.

FINAL SCORE95-93

TIED 1-1

KEY STAT: Heat coasted after posting a big lead and Mavs just killed them in the final minutes. Nowitzki resurrected and good screens from his teammates.

01
Jun
11

Live-Blogging: The NBA Finals 2011 Game 1

7:45AM I woke up and has no intention of parting with the pillows and comforter. Sure sign am excited with the game.

8:00AM Taking a bath. Still thinking a Durant-Rose Finals is better than all this talk about the potential first championship ring for LeBrick. Bron. LeBron.

8:40AM Putting on lipstick. Then spritzing some Harajuku Love.

8:45AM Getting out of the house. Thinks the game is starting but our basketball fanatic (videoke-loving) neighbor still has not turned on the television.

8:50AM Riding jeep shuttle.

8:55AM Taxi! The driver is so calm. I feel so safe. He is just breezing from one shortcut to another. Bad thing though he is listening to THAT radio station.

9:25AM Office building! Driver is so nice. Gave him quite a tip.

9:28AM Damn elevator.

9:30AM Office! Remote please. Opened all our sets.

9:32 AM “Kris Denies Romance with Chiz.” — ANC. Oh. Hell. No.

9:35AM Asked our Rhiza for some pan de sal and hotdog breakfast. Famish.

9:39AM Chris Bosh for a double. He looks more and more like a Velociraptor. 17-18 Heat.

9:40AM Jason Terry another triple! 20-18 Mavs. But Miller (not Reggie) connected from the distance. Three. 21-20 Heat. Back-and-forth game.

9:42AM Barrea so fast! Velociraptor got blocked.

9:43AM Filipino panelists discussing David Hasselhoff. Uhmmm.

9:48AM Barrea. “Mavs lead with 2. Biggest lead.” — TJ Manotoc

9:56AM Chalmers corner three. 30-26 Heat.

9:57AM Gordon Gekko. No. Pat Riley!He looks like him. Review old Knicks game. He STILL looks like Gekko. I remember our for editor who is a huge Pat fan. R.I.P. Sir Ahmed. Sleek back hair and all.

9:58AM Nowitzki missing his shots. Offensive rebound. Shawn Marion got fouled, shooting freebies. 30-29 Heat. In other station: Senate probe on poaching of black corals.

9:59AM Wade for three! Nowitzki drives, fakes, shoots and make it. 33-31 Mavs.

10:03AM Andal Ampatuan, Sr. pleads NOT GUILTY.

10:04AM The German hits his first triple. Mavs regain lead. Then a fading jumper.

10:05AM Kidd gets the ball and am like, “Pass the ball! Do not shoot.” Marion for a slam. See? Pass the ball.

10:07AM Chalmers three again. Good game for Chalmers. Kidd passes to Chandler for a dunk and a foul. See? Pass the ball.

10:08AM Velociraptor fakes and gets fouled. Makes freebies. Terry misses. Offensive rebound. Back to Terry for three. Chalmers responded with his own. 44-43 Mavs.

10:10AM Checking game-related Twitter Trend: Dirk Noringski and SMH Miami.

10:11AM End of first half. 44-43 Dallas Mavericks.

KEY STAT: Three-point shooting. Offensive rebounding.

HALF-TIME BREAK

10:20AM One pan de sal. Bite-size hotdogs.

10:27AM Checking some logos of the Finals. Found a poster of The Big Three emblazoned with a Mavs logo with this, “Yes. We. Did. Get beat by the Dallas Mavericks.” *grinning* Cuban! I need some pomp and circumstance when the games shift to Dallas.

SECOND HALF

10:31AM Second half starts.

10:33AM 51-43 Mavs. Biggest lead. Spoelstra calls for time.

10:35AM Reading “Kris Says No to Relationship with Chiz Escudero?” Blogger is OBVIOUSLY NOT A KRIS FAN. “Bibe J” and “Juice”. Go. Click the link.

10:37AM Wade back-to-back drive. Had James not entered the picture, I should be cheering for Heat because of Wade.

10:38AM “Kidd is the oldest point guard in the Finals.” — Gonzales. I have a rookie card of Kidd. Goodness.

10:39AM Nice passing. Nowitzki to Marion. Quick basket.

10:40AM Women rocks. Live-blogging. Reviewing social media accounts. Checking four e-mail accounts. Eating breakfast. Suffering from dysmenorrhea. Women rocks.

10:41AM LeBron scores. 53-51 Mavs.

10:42AM Marion misses a dunk but gets a rebound and forces third foul of Velociraptor. Makes freebies. 55-51 Mavs.

10:44AM Wade scores again. He is hot. Velociraptor blocks Marion. Swats ball outside. Mavs regain possession. Marion with a jumper. Silences Velocirpator.

10:45AM Barea misses a drive. I feel the pain. No one should hurt Barea.

10:47AM I thought Kidd will shoot. He passed. Pass the ball.

10:49AM Peja releases an unguarded triple and there is a trail of collective groaning from the Heat crowd. He misses. Received applause. You have to love basketball!

10:53AM Tied ball game!

10:54AM LeBron turns the ball over leading to a fastbreak. Oldest point guard leading the break.

10:55AM “There’s nothing like a great big three to energize the crowd.” — Gonzales. Bron makes it and gives lead to Heat.

10:56AM Karl Malone Sketchers Shape-up commercials. You got no ring and is endorsing Sketchers?!

10:57AM Juwan Howard enters the game. SEVENTEEN-YEAR VETERAN?! I have his rookie card. Kind of a basketball card hustler back in grade school. Ask the former classmates.

10:59AM Tough buzzer-beating three from Bron. I am so objective. 65-61 Heat. Mavs call for time.

11:02AM Gloria Estefan! Still gorgeous.

11:05AM Miller for three. 68-63 Heat.

11:07AM Velociraptor got blocked.

11:08AM Nowitzki uses left for a basket. 68-66 Mavs.

11:09AM Velcoripator turns the ball. Bosh fans will kill me. But he does looks like one. There is a Facebook page called “Chris Bosh is a Velociraptor.” Then “Chris Bosh is a Scrubby Velociraptor-Turtle Hybrid.”

11:14AM Stevenson corner three. 72-69 Heat.

11:16AM Haslem scores. 74-69 Heat. If Heat wins, Haslem and Miller should take the credit.

11:20AM “Kanina nang time-out, ang tinutugtog dito sa Triple A – American Airlines Arena – Takin’ Care of Business…” — Gonzales. A song from a child sex-soliciting has-been.

11:21AM Mavs usual game is missing. 75-69 Heat.

11:24AM Andal Ampatuan, Sr. pleads NOT GUILTY. Senate threatens to arrest black coral consignee. Department of Transportation and Communication Chief Ping De Jesus resigns. Congress tackling Divorce Bill. BUSY DAY. Best thing: Gabriela Representative Luz Ilagan Twitter replied me! I am a fan.

11:27AM Ooops. One of the nuns in our school just posted a pro-life video. Reason I cannot put that purple Twibbon on.

11:28AM Wade scores! 77-70 Heat.

11:30AM “Erik Dampier. Nakakalimutan nilang nasa Heat.” — Webb.

Dear Mr. Webb: I also have a rookie card of Dampier. Stop making me feel old. I also have a rookie card of A.C. Green. There. I confess.

11:31AM Block from Wade. Then makes a three. Aaargh. I hate Bron. I cannot support the Chicago-native because of YOU.

11:33AM So a local station is now showing blockbuster movies from Thailand? I like it. Glad Thailand’s film industry is rolling because it was once declared dead before. I still have hope for our movies.

11:35AM Bron completes a three-point play. Nowitzki answers back. 85-77 Heat.

11:36AM Twilight Zone as game enters the last minutes.

11:37AM Nowitzki gets fouled. In other news: German Moreno slams death reports.” WALANG PATAYAN!

11:40AM Right. Mike Bibby. I used to love him when he was in Sacramento. Him going up against O’ Neal’s Lakers is classic. The man is full of heart but his teammates are coasters. Kings fans are hard-core. I used to summer vacation there. Almost met the Michael Jordan in the airport. But I did chance upon Kemp in Seattle airport.

11:41AM Gah! Kidd shoots and bricks it. Pass the ball!

11:42AM Velociraptor gives Heat biggest lead with ten. Heat crowd throwing white towels.

11:43AM Nowitzki misses. Chandler misses put-back. Wade-James connection for a highlight.

11:44AM Tim Cone is right. Heat has to take the Nowitzki and Barrea out of the game.

11:45AM “Rebounds. 46 for Miami. 35 for Dallas.” — Gonzales. There goes the game.

11:48AM Doris Burke looks like a cougar librarian.

FINAL SCORE: 92-84

MIAMI HEAT LEADS 1-0

KEY STAT: Three point shooting and offensive rebounding.

26
Apr
11

IMHO: Potential Philippine Equivalent of the Royal Wedding

Islas De Ipe. The Philippines is named after King Philip II. Philip = Ipe. Islas De Ipe. That perhaps is the closest monarchical connection of the Philippines. I find it almost unthinkable since our neighboring countries have storied histories of monarchical reign. Some of them still thriving at present. There is Japan. Thailand of course. Even Bhutan. But us? Zilch. No connection. Like football. Until the Azkals. So it comes as a bit of surprise that all the major networks are in the thick of things preparing for the wedding of Prince William and Catherin Middleton. One local station even boasted of providing experts in their coverage. Filipino experts on royalties?! This wedding has a number of pros and cons that I will discuss in a future blog post. I cannot help but notice the biographical and historical interaction in this grand event. A personal decision like a marriage is elevated to a societal plane because some of the personalities involve are part of a national institution.

The upcoming marriage between a prince and a commoner is different from other weddings because a) it involves important personalities b) it can change the course of a nation c) it is a global event and d) it captures our imagination.

Prince William is the future of a most traditional British establishment so his importance cannot be underscored more. His impending marriage to Catherine is expected to bring changes in the institution. It seems the couple will be eschewing some royal treatment, e.g., the prince keeps his search and rescue job, his wife keeps the house. As a modern woman, Catherine has an unwritten responsibility of ushering in modernities in the Buckingham Palace. Some sort of a Princess for the Millennial Generation. Even if Prince Charles is still the heir to the throne, it is in the hands of his son and future daughter-in-law to keep the British royalty relevant in the time of Twitter and recession. Speaking of Twitter, this is the first royal wedding in the Age of Social Media. Queen Elizabeth’s II’s marriage to Prince Philip was televised. Ditto for Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. But William and Catherine’s wedding will be Facebooked, YouTubed, Foursquared and RSS-ed, making it even more global. However, it is not the 24/7 coverage or trending social networking micro-sites that makes it special.

Capturing the imagination of millions of people relies both on the personal and the collective consciousness of a nation. On a personal note, the oft-used description modern fairytale is a powerful idea. Not just in the case of Catherine who is supposed to end up a normal woman but instead will walk down the aisle as a princess, more so for Prince William. It is quite heartfelt, he found his own princess after he lost his mother – the People’s Princess. On a social level, one cannot fault the anticipation and preparation the British people has leveled on this because it speaks to their culture. The wedding, more than a tradition, is also a link their past.

Excluding the criterion global event, does the Philippines have a potential equivalent to a royal wedding? A marriage between important personalties that can change the course of the nation and captures the imagination of Filipinos. Tall order. Borrowing ideas from elite theorists, our choices of important personalities are limited in the societal elitethe powerful (politicians), the rich (businessmen), the intellectual (academicians and scientists) and the famous (celebrities).

Scratch the Filipino intellectuals for most of them are not famous, powerful and rich. Give one Filipino professor or scientist who has political, social and financial clout. See. Ditto for businessmen. Though the top one percent of rich Filipinos can make or break our national economic coffers, I do not believe that they’re famous enough to excite the masses. Consider the reach of their influence. Must cover the spectrum of social classes. Aside from their questionable fame,  most of our economic elite are private people. So there goes the potential chance of capturing our hearts and imagination. That leaves us with the celebrities and the politicians .  Note on celebrities: just movie and television stars. Pseudo-celebs gracing the society pages of broadsheets do not have enough pull to entice the masses.  Note on politicians: just national public officials including the president, the vice president and the senators. Do we care if Councilor X marries Board Member Y? No.  So there.

Is it just me or are Filipinos are more fascinated when eligible bachelor movie stars walk down the aisle than their female counterparts? Exhibit A: Richard Gomez. Exhibit B: Aga Mulach. I think it has something to do with the usual audience of grand celebrity weddings – women! The female species are drawn to these spectacles. Of course, we can relate more because our male celluloid fantasies are involve. Though both nuptials were momentous media events, it still lacks impact. It is better if the bride and groom both have tremendous star powers. Something like this one.  That one is grand on all levels. The operative term: POWER COUPLEProblem is, are there still movie or even television stars that have that much influence? Couple Number One.  No. Couple Number Two. Nah. Couple Number Three. Nope. This is hard. Let me toss this  name in the mix: Kris Aquino. That does the trick. (Just imagine the wedding. Media coverage! Cover stories! Headlines! Tweets! Debates! Choice of wedding gown!) Problem: find a man who can level up to her. Devil’s Advocate Suggests: Willie Revillame. Not gonna happen. But still. These are just conjectures. 

Checklist:

  1. Is Kris Aquino an important person? Yes.
  2. Can his possible marriage change the course of the nation? She could. Remember this? Thought so.
  3. Can it capture our hearts and imagination? I call this the Star Cinema Blueprint. The film production has the aptness to bombarded with trailers and more trailers of its movies round the clock until a moviegoer has no choice but to see it. Just think of the wedding as a movie. Same approach. You will watch it. Capture hearts and imagination? Not in the same manner as one hopes for.   

The vice president is married. All of the senators are married. That leaves us with the president. Ooh. Trust me: this is a potential full-on media event. I am guessing even the international media will be interested. A real-life this. The love life of the still-eligible president has become a national issue and obsession. There are the commentaries from his  popular sister. Assistance from fortune-tellers. Even a cameo in international headlines.

Checklist:

  1. Is the president an important person? Duh.
  2. Can his possible marriage change the course of the nation? It might change him  as an individual and therefore change his outlook in life as private and public individual. I guess the answer is in the affirmative. (Note: Of the several power marriages our nation has witnessed – none came close of trio of weddings that happened in 1953. Nuptial 1: Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Romualdez. Nuptial 2: Benigno Aquino, Jr. and Corazon Cojuangco. Nuptial 3: Gerardo Roxas and Judy Araneta. THAT is changing the course of our nation.)
  3. Can it capture our hearts and imagination? Could capture our imaginations. Uh-huh. Hearts? Hmmm. 
Either the president or his sister marries. Limited but clear choices. 
15
Feb
11

IMHO: Justice Bieber

Social media has proven that it can bring a dictator down to his knees. Hosni Mubarak will keep that in mind for a long time. Still the question remains if it can do the opposite, building up a nation. I do not think so. Not at the present. But looking at the phenomenon that is Justin Bieber, impossible is nothing in the provocative frontier of social media. The popstar is a true blue 2.0 superstar. Googled. Facebooked. Twittered. YouTubed. Thought he’s going to be one of those one-hit wonders like Aaron Carter before him. But the Usher-fortified Bieber is still going strong. Increasing Belieber Empire. Meeting the Obamas. Releasing a movie. Bieber bombardment. Bieber pitch. Bieber. Epic. Then came the Grammy’s and a certain Esperanza Spalding dashed the hopes of his minions for a major celebration.

Listening to the morning newscast, I thought I heard the news anchor said Justice Bieber. I mixed up the reports on Justin Bieber’s setback and the recent statements of Department of Justice chief Leila De Lima. Lightbulb Moment: Justice Bieber. I tried very hard not to write anything about the Bieber Debacle when the unknown jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding romped with the much-coveted Best New Artist recognition. Spalding not just broke the hearts of millions of Beliebers but also defeated Drake, Florence and the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Minutes after, Twitter is abuzz with Proud of Bieber and Hate Esperanza messages. It hasn’t stop. Not sure if Drake fans are also doing the same to poor Esperanza. But the Justice Bieber mix-up is a definite sign that I need to speak the unspeakable. That Esperanza Spalding deserved the recognition. Moreover, she demands our attention. Listening to some of YouTubed music make me wonder how I miss a talent like her.

To be fair, the nomination is not the problem. The dilemma is winning as it will most likely be a controversial choice. Think about it, if the winner is not Justin Bieber, the Bielebers will protest. If Justin Bieber wins, the Bieber Haters will accuse the Grammy’s of succumbing to popular pressure. No-win situation. It reminded me of the face-off between pop princesses Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears where the former beat the latter sending shock waves to our school. You see, when I was in high school, the cool kids dance to “Baby, one more Time” instead of “Genie in a Bottle.” Spears > Aguilera. No contest. Not because Aguilera is the inferior performer but because her rival is more popular to us. In most cases, familiarity with celebs breed idolatry and not  contempt. Something Chuck Creekmur of AllHipHop.com share, “I think Spalding was a gutsy move and really speaks volumes that the Grammys were about the quality of music, not a popularity contest.”

ESPERANZA SPALDING

Going back to the Bieber-Spalding issue, it is not the fault of the winner that she won. Declining the award is not the solution as some Beliebers suggest. There is no point returning the trophy for she was nominated fair and square. Committing suicide borders the outrageous as one of his fans said, “Justin Bieber deserved it.  Go die in a hole. Who the heck are you anyway?” Read more about her in this article. I hope it has been re-edited after some Beliebers vandalized it.  Listen to this because Bieber will never be able to do his in a lifetime.  Lessons one can learn from this incident are:

  1. Justin Bieber is indeed the first social media-produced star and his followers will not keep their silence if their idol is receiving a beating.
  2. In relation, popularity has its limits.
  3. Numerous haters aside, Esperanza Spalding has gained worldwide hoopla that will bode well for her promising career.
  4. Haters will continue to hate but it will never diminish real talent.

Beliebers are doing their idol a disfavor with their thuggish actions. In spite of his age and supposed pop fluff image, Bieber approached his defeat in a most mature manner. “As for the awards, of course I wanted to win. Its been and still is a dream to win a Grammy. Was I upset, yes. But I was happy for her also. Someone said to me tonight its not your successes that define u but your failures. I lost but I don’t plan on this being my last chance.”

The Bieber has spoken.




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