Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Tuesday, May 5, 2009


(To the tune of the nursery rhyme "London Bridge")

Ricky Hatton falling down, falling down
Falling down
Ricky Hatton falling down
On the second!

And so goes the British bulldog, este, the British hitman who once boasted months ago that he can knock down the famed Pacman who is now making waves in the boxing scene once more with that eponymous victory in the second round in last Sunday's fight (Saturday night in Las Vegas, NV).

Now, it was a good thing that I did not score for tickets at either SM or Robinson's Cinemas (worth P500), or put a reservation under my name in any of the restaurants offering pay-per-view for the Pacquiao fight in exchange for their sumptuous buffet (around P300-P500 depending on which restaurant). Why? Because the fight only lasted two friggin' rounds! Woe to those who were at the cinemas because the ticket price did not include food. Buti pa ang mga nasa restaurants kasi kahit na maikli lang ang laban nina Pacman at Hatton, nasulit naman dahil sa pagkain.

But to those who tuned in on free TV via GMA 7 (ang Kapuso network), maaring nairita kayo sa sandamakmak na commercials... especially nung maglaban na sina Pacquiao at Hatton. It was only two rounds (3 minutes each) then the commercial loads went like 10 fucking minutes on each gap. Naks, sabagay di naman kasalanan ng Siyete kung bakit nagsanib sila ng pwersa sa Solar Sports to cover the Pacquiao fight. Di naman kasi KBP member ang GMA kaya pwede mag overload ang mga blocktimer na nag e-air sa kanilang station.

There's only one thing that was proven during last Sunday's fight. Pacquiao is clearly the most dominant fighter in boxing today. And Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions (which manages Pacquiao's career) has said "Pacquiao is the greatest fighter".

Enough said.

Friday, March 27, 2009

VGH (Very Good HA!)

Due to high avail, I decided to take time off from work, hoping to save productivity and AHT. The only downside is, I'm not paid for the unused hours from my shift. This action done by employees at the office is called VGH (Voluntary Go Home). However, my article is not about VGH at my office, it's more on VGH as in Very Good HA! I'm going to heap praises on certain personalities that made news. Take note, it may not only be one person ang itutukoy ko rito but a group of persons as well.

MANNY PACQUIAO- I would like to take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao for his loyalty. His decision to remain with Solar Sports and GMA-7 only proves that he cannot be easily swayed by a bigger contract and more political clout that ABS-CBN promised. Although at first, he did confirm the transfer to the Kapamilya network but later on backtracked when he learned that the contracts he signed with Solar and GMA were binding and legal until 2011. Well, it's not a guarantee when you're a talent of ABS-CBN and you jump into politics, you're a sure winner. Take Loren Legarda's case.

THE SURVIVING FAMILY OF THE LATE BUBBY DACER- If there's one surviving family that I admire the most it would be none other than Bubby Dacer's family. Eight years after the great PR man was declared lost along with driver Emmanuel Corbito, the family unearthed one of the most intriguing affidavits made by Cesar Mancao. Thanks to the DOJ, Mancao turned his back on his boss Senator Ping Lacson and decided to become a state witness for the crime. Banking on Mancao's statements, the Dacer family decided to file double murder charges against Sen. Ping as of yesterday. I don't know how will the court case will turn out to be but definitely it will be a big blunder to Ping Lacson's presidential bid come 2010.

CESAR MANCAO- Many perceive him to be Ping Lacson's most trusted subordinate along with Michael Ray Aquino until the two of them were implicated in the double abduction/murder of PR man Bubby Dacer and driver Emmanuel Corbito. Mancao had to give up his job as a policeman to hide in the United States allegedly upon the orders of Sen. Ping. Now, he is turning his back on his master to become a state witness in the still unsolved murder case. Time will tell if he really told the truth about Ping and Bigote (Erap) being the mastermind of it's just hearsay.

EUGENIO "GABBY" LOPEZ III- The owner of ABS-CBN has been receiving a lot of flak for allegedly offering Manny Pacquiao guaranteed political clout once Pacman's fights air over ABS-CBN starting with the upcoming bout versus Ricky "Hitman" Hatton. Whether it was true that it was Pacman who came to ABS-CBN and presented himself to become a Kapamilya or it was ABS who offered Pacman, Gabby decided to become a good sport and decided to support Pacman's endeavors after Manny turned his back on the said deal and decided to stay with existing contracts with Solar Sports and GMA-7.

RICHARD GUTIERREZ and ALJUR ABRENICA- The reported incident at the Fiamma bar that happened between the two Kapuso actors last October 2008 caused people to take sides on who was right and who was wrong. Eventually, time heals all wounds. Aljur broke the news that he had patched things up with Richard after a chance encounter at the GMA compound. Both have moved on to greater things, with Richard portraying the masked bandit Zorro on primetime while Aljur now getting lead star status in the Sinenovela remake of the Sharon Cuneta-Gabby Concepcion hit "Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin" opposite love team Kris Bernal.

And so goes our edition of VGH (Very Good HA!). Hope that the good side of the news always comes out no matter how bad it may be.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Sometimes Philippine showbiz and Hollywood has its parallels. Minsan, sinasabihan tayo na ang mga Pinoy ay gaya-gaya sa Kano sa paggawa ng pelikula. But as far as lovelifes/ showbiz births/intrigues and showbiz deaths are concerned, patas lang ang local and foreign entertainment. We cannot avoid it but its true.

Katulad nga lang ng pagkamatay ni Francis Magalona last March 6, 2009 at age 44, he left behind his wife former actress Pia Arroyo-Magalona and eight kids, two of them actresses Maxene and Saab. Who would ever thought that after Kiko (as he is fondly called) was mourned by Philippine entertainment, it was Hollywood's turn to say goodbye to Natasha Richardson, an acclaimed actress and wife of actor Liam Neeson. Richardson, 45, died from a skiing incident in Canada on March 19, 2009. Most of us don't know her very well, except for one role that we remember from her the most: that of being Lindsay Lohan's mother in "The Parent Trap" in 1998.

Now what do Francis Magalona and Natasha Richardson have in common? Eto aking nadiskubre....

-Both were born to celebrity parents. Francis was born to Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran who both made their mark in Philippines as one of the famous love teams during the '40s. Natasha Richardson was born to actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson.

-Both got married to celebrities. Francis married budding actress Pia Arroyo while Natasha won the heart of actor Liam Neeson.

-Both shone in their respective fields of endeavor. Francis became a pioneering rapper/musician in the Philippines and received major awards while Natasha is more known as a theatre actress, and won a Tony award for Best Actress for her role in "Cabaret".

-Both have made their mark in only a handful of movies. Francis was best known for his roles in "Bagets 2" and "Ninja Kids" while Natasha's best known role for most of us is her portrayal of Lindsay Lohan's mom in "Parent Trap".

-Both died at the peak of their careers. Kiko died at age 44 while Natasha died at age 45.

It's ironic that while Philippine showbiz had just mourned the loss of a great Master Rapper, Hollywood has just lost one of the greatest theatre/movie actress.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


As of 12 noon today, Master Rapper/actor/tv host Francis Magalona, better known to many as Kiko, died of complications from leukemia. It was middle of August when news came out that he was diagnosed with leukemia, or more commonly known as cancer of the blood. Because of his sickness, he had to stop hosting the long-running noontime show "Eat Bulaga" and other commitments.

He started out as an actor via the teen flick "Bagets 2" and was often seen in several films mostly produced by Viva. As a rapper, his breakthrough song "Mga Kababayan" became an unofficial national anthem of sorts to most Filipinos in 1991. And it became a classic of sorts as the years went by. It also paved the way for other Filipino rappers to shine like Andrew E., Michael V., and others. He reinvented himself as a rock singer in 1997 when he came out with an album entitled "Freeman" where his song "Kaleidoscope World" became an anthem for young Filipinos going thru the hassles of high school and college life. He also collaborated with other musicians most notably with Eraserheads ("Superproxy") and Parokya ni Edgar ("Yes Yes Show").

On television, he became visible thru the noontime show "Eat Bulaga". To some he was more known as a VJ (video jock) to two of the largest music channels in the world, MTV and Channel V.

As I am writing my random thoughts about Francis M's life, I'm currently watching an upload on Youtube which featured his last live performance at "Eat Bulaga" dated October 25, 2008. The first time I watched the video I cried. I didn't know na last time ko na pala siyang makitang nagho-host at kumakanta sa "Bulaga". Nakapagtataka kasi tomorrow is the "Final Set" of the Eraserheads second reunion concert. It's the second time of former Eraserheads and now Pupil frontman Ely Buendia to face death of someone close to him. The first time was last August when Ely's mom died 2 days before the first reunion concert. Let's just pray na sana ay walang mangyaring unexpected during the concert. The show must go on for Ely.

To Kiko, we will miss you. We will pray for your family at this darkest moment in time.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Mga tanong na hinahanapan ng sagot!


COMMENTOKO: Paki-verify sa isang thread na may pinamagatang "Top Bold Films" General M&TV Threads sa Pinoy Exchange.


COMMENTOKO: Nag-supporting na siya!? Himala!


COMMENTOKO: Dapat lang! Dapat sigurado na siya na balikan si Kris Bernal! Belat Rich!... peace!


COMMENTOKO: Kung si Joey nagsabi ang totoong komedyante nagsusulat, si Willie po ay isang komedyante... Hindi nga lang siya nagsusulat... siya pinapadalhan ng sulat gaya ng suspension letter, termination letter, letter of memo....


COMMENTOKO: Bakit niyo pinipintasan? Maganda naman ang pangalan niya ah.... maalarma na lang kayo kung naging BEBE GANDANGPUKE siya!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


January 22, 2009. It was my second day in Davao City however, my vacation was marred when my feet began acting up like it was eaten by maggots. Imagine my feet having some fluids coming out from my bloated toes so I decided to go to Samal Island and soak my toes in salty water. According to JB, soaking feet in salty water will remove all the bacteria. I did, but with minimal results. Despite the nagging pain, I was able to have a hearty lunch at the resort (grilled tuna with rice and durian ice cream for dessert!) and viewed different species of birds. Bago pa kayo mag react, may nakita din akong mga usa at sawa sa kanilang aviary! Kakatuwa di ba?

I returned to the city at around 2 pm and stayed mostly at JB's unit to rest. At nighttime I decided to go to Jack's Ridge located at the hilly part of Davao City. Talagang nalula ako sa ganda ng lugar and not only that I was able to see a bird's eye view of the city. I was also entertained by the good food and nice acoustic songs that got me in the mood. As if that was not enough, I was able to have a good banana split dessert at their coffee shop. I went home at around 11 pm.

January 23, 2009 My last day in Davao would have been better had I decided to go to Eagle Sanctuary upon the prodding of JB. But I decided to shop for pasalubong instead and go to SM City Davao to buy it. I was able to buy durian goodies like yema durian and durian polvoron. I also toured the whole mall only to realize that... SM City Cebu is still the best mall for me, followed by SM City Iloilo and SM City Bacolod. But I'll go easy on SM City Davao because I have heard the news that SM will build another mall somewhere in the city that will be bigger and more spacious than the present SM Davao site.

January 24, 2009 I left Davao City early in the morning via the 6:15 am flight. Obviously puno talaga ang flight going to Iloilo primarily because it was Dinagyang weekend fever so I was uncomfortable throughout the flight. Why did I say so? Was it because I was carrying a baggage of guilt on my way home? Or was it because I did not want the travel madness to end?

Whatever it is, I HAVE ACHIEVED MY GOAL during my 5 day travel that ended on January 28 when I went back to Bacolod City to start a new lease on my career. I was given a chance to redeem myself so I have to make the most out of it. For this 3-part piece, I'm ending it with lyrics from The Dawn's popular song-turned movie "Tulad ng Dati".


Wala na akong makita sa iyong mga mata
Dati rati'y isang tingin mo lang alam ko na
Bakit ngayon ika'y nababalot sa kulay ng hatinggabi
Nagtatanong, nangangarap na ika'y magisnang muli

Kung may bagyo o kung tag-araw
Sa iyong damdamin

Sana ay makilala kang muli, tulad ng dati
Halika at lumapit kang muli, tulad ng dati

Wala na akong maramdaman sa iyong mga kamay
Dati rati'y isang hawak ko lang, alam ko na
Alam ko na

Kung may bagyo o kung tag-araw sa iyong damdamin
Sana ya makilala kang muli, tulad ng dati

Halika at lumapit kang muli, tulad ng dati...

Monday, February 9, 2009

5 CITIES IN 14 DAYS (Part 2)

I arrived in Davao City at around 8:45 am. Unfortunately, the plane did not pass thru the tunnel where passengers disembark en route to the cargo lobby. But still, setting my foot on Davao soil for the first time felt like heaven. Reaching the southernmost part of the Philippines (along with Zamboanga) is considered an achievement and a feat in itself. While touring part of Davao en route to Victoria Plaza Mall (where I met up with my friend), I realized that the city's structure is much like Baguio, where there are a lot of high and low places.

Upon reaching Victoria Plaza Mall, I decided to take my breakfast at Mc Donald's (aka Mickey D's). 30 minutes later after breakfast, my friend JB arrived to pick me up. I stayed at his bachelor's pad somewhere in the heart of the city. Upon going inside his room, I was surprised that everything was in place and that his room pretty much had everything. How I wish we could have trade places (hehehehhe). We were able to catch up on each other's happenings for the past 5 years since we haven't seen each other. We could have stayed all day long however due to lack of sleep the other day, I decided to hit the sack at noontime.

At night time JB and I decided to go to People's Park, where we toured the place full of flora and fauna. I was fascinated by the sculptures that were made by their local artist, whose name escapes me as of the moment. Upon spending time at the park, we chanced upon some necklaces that caught our fancy. We stayed for around 1 and a half hours choosing a lot of necklaces made of different gemstones to different body parts of different wild animals! Some of the sellers even claimed that these necklaces serve as amulets.

After purchasing the necklaces, JB and I ate out at a restaurant serving inasal goods. It's much like Mang Inasal because of unlimited rice but the catch is... the unlimited rice was equivalent to 3 cups of rice that filled out my plate!

Next post: My experience at Samal Island (to be continued)

Saturday, January 31, 2009

5 CITIES IN 14 DAYS (Part 1)

I started a wonderful journey 2 weeks ago upon learning that I will be undergoing a forced vacation from my office ('wag niyo nang tanungin kung bakit). Instead of taking it as a punishment, I took it as an opportunity to take a vacation and see other places that I haven't been into.

Sure, I was born and lived my first 16 years in Iloilo City and Guimaras. The next 4 years I saw myself studying college in Bacolod with sidetrips in Manila, Baguio, Dumaguete, Batangas, Subic, Aklan, Capiz and Cebu during my first 20 years of existence on earth. After a year of graduation, I decided to work in Manila where I was able to go to Bulacan, Pampanga and Laguna. It has been 4 years since I flew back to Iloilo to work, got married to a Cebuana and raised them in Cebu and worked in Bacolod. And it has been my dream eversince to go down South in Mindanao and witness the places and taste local culture.

That dream came true last January 20, 2009. I decided to start my journey down south.

I started my journey in Silay City, Negros Occidental where the new Bacolod-Silay Airport is located. From Silay, I took a flight to Cebu where I stayed for a night in a hotel near Mactan Airport. I opted to rest and planned my trip to Davao with a lot of itineraries for 3 days. I also took part in world history via CNN where Barack Obama became the 44th US president and the first African-American to govern the most powerful nation in the world. I was able to witness the oath-taking (which was a blunder) and his rousing speech also.

January 21, 2009 I took a flight from Cebu to Zamboanga. From the sky I was able to feel the excitement as the plane was about to touch down at the Zamboanga Airport. Although I only spent an hour in Zambo, I was enthralled by the fact that their airport reminds me of the old Iloilo Airport in Mandurriao. How I wish I could have spent the night in Dapitan or in Dakak and catch a beautiful girl there! Heheheh.. just kidding baka magalit asawa ko.... After an hour in Zamboanga, I boarded a plane to Davao where I was able to spend the next three days relaxing, eating out and.... finding myself.

(To be continued)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Ever remember the movie "Road Trip"?

It's about a group of guys going out of town to another state just to save their friend from being busted by his girlfriend over a piece of tape containing his not-so-sexy shenanigan, porking another girl. They go thru a lot of adventures and misadventures while the whole trip goes on.

Actually, that's just part of the synopsis that I saw on the DVD and I have not watched it ever.... but it's actually one of the surprise hits of the new millenium. Since then, movies with a road trip theme have caught my fancy. Too many to mention, but all of them have the same theme: Protagonist gets involved in a conflict, gets his friend to accompany him on a road trip, they get into mishaps along the way and upon reaching their destination, a lot of realizations were met.

Currently, I am starting on an adventure, where no one has ever dared. Thanks to R.E. who got me into it, I have decided to go on a 5-city tour starting from Bacolod to Cebu (1 day) to Zamboanga (1 hour) to Davao (3 days) and Iloilo (3 days). Sounds goofy ayt? But don't worry, once I have completed the trip, a lot of stories will unfold.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Lucky '09 na kaya?

Hi everyone!

First of all, I would like to apologize if it's only now that I have decided to post an entry. I was suppose to write my last entry for 2008 but due to time constraints, my thoughts went down the drain and I opted to join my friend Paul instead in his radio work and the recent Matt Monro, Jr. concert in Bacolod.

I would like to thank the Lord for giving me a chance to turn a new leaf last year. 2008 was a special year because this is the year that I became a father to Horizon Shane Gamboa who by the way is already turning 8 months old next week. How time flies! I also had the opportunity to work in Bacolod City and enjoy the fruits of my labor while I'm working... hehehe!

However this does not stop here. Like an eagle, I intend to spread my wings and move on to other things. I have been in the call center for 5 years but I am itching to work on a different environment. I am a Mass Communications graduate but this time I want to work in line with my course.

Maybe a radio stint or TV or movies? Hope I get lucky!