Friday, February 25, 2011


25 years ago, on the 25th of February.

True, we continue to be a work in progress,
but guess what? It's finally starting to work!!!

Hallucinating Revisionists and Hipster Cynics
may rant and rail all they want, but their brand of passé
thinking is exactly what will keep us from moving forward...

I prefer optimism. I choose hope. I'll never lose faith in the Filipino.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Walking around Manila's Chinatown during
an overcast, breezy afternoon,

on a day when the streets (and estero!)
are free and clear of debris,

is almost like strolling along
a Farmer's Market.

Nice. Very nice!

Sunday, February 20, 2011


The Return of DOMINO'S!!!

I thought Yellow Cab had killed you and you'd become an Angel...
this "Shrimpus" thin crust deluxe sounds spectacular:
shrimp, bacon flakes, horseradish, and paprika.

The Anytime, Anywhere ENSAYMADA!!!

These crackers really have that "essence of ensaymada";
all you'll need is a cup of steaming hot Tsokolate Eh
to complete the ensaymada experience.


This is probably the most revolutionary beverage
since C2 introduced the country to Green Tea in 2005.
Iced Tea with less sugar and more sparkle. Apple flavor too!

FLEUR DE SEL is the new Dulce de Leche!!!

This is the most uniquely, unforgettably scrumptious Wonka-tastic
chocolate bar since the original Bar None 25 years ago!
Sea Salt Crystals embedded in chocolate. Who would've thought?!?!

WATERMELON-SPRITE and Vanilla Ice Cream!!!

This really floats by boat.
Perfect for the long, hot summer ahead.
Speaking of which, are the Tuna Pies back, 'Bee?

And finally, the perfect AFTER-DINNER MINT!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


The New York Times profiles Congresspacman
(and future President of the Philippines?!?!)
a day before his lunch with President Obama:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Loving this new movie version of Spider-Man!!!

Loving the fact that it doesn't stray from
my favorite comicbook ever...

check out the mechanical, non-organic
press-to-play web-shooters!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


is this network run by
bigots and racists?

please explain this telenovela:

Where did you leave your brains, you numbskulls?

In the year 1959?

An African-American has been
President of the United States since 2008,
and here you go propagating the most negative of stereotypes?!?!



Friday, February 11, 2011


What do YOU think?

Truth in Advertising
Digital Manipulating?


Float Away
with my Cabalens this
V-Day (Valloon) Weekend!!!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

The Shakespearean Tragedy of ANGELO REYES

Exactly ten years ago, right after EDSA II,

Gen. Angie Reyes
was the most beloved, most admired man in the land,
second only perhaps to then Chief Justice Hilario Davide.

The Chief of Staff
seemed to be the epitome of an Officer and a Gentleman.

I still remember how Gen. Reyes fought back tears
when he had to escort Erap out of Malacanang a decade ago.

I pray that something good
will come out of the General's tragic passing.

I would like to think of him as he was in 2001, a hero and a patriot,
rather than the broken, defeated man he was in his final days.

How does GMA figure in all this?

It seems Gen. Reyes's fall
coincided with her rise.

He was Hamlet, and
GMA, his Queen.

And something
still rots the state...

Sunday, February 06, 2011

BEST NEW PIZZA I've had since the Original Panizza from C' Italian!!!

one of the prettiest pies ever,


Proof that Pizza Perfection
need not be overloaded.

Welcome to

They don't do deliveries
and don't encourage take-out,

because this spectacular pizza is best enjoyed
on-site, with the sensational aromas wafting
from the 800-degree brick oven.

Not Your Usual Pepperoni:

chunks rather than circles,
with flavors that somehow combine
Italian sausage with Spanish chorizos.

That's not Gino...

that's his dad, Jutes,
spreading the love.

After obliterating the savory pizzas,

we saw the friendliest, most cheerful,
most irresistible, most inviting
chalkboard sign ever...



"Resistance is Futile"

The perfect complement to this addicting dessert,
a freshly brewed cup of coffee, of course;

and conveniently, just a wall away from Gino's,

we found the new site of Cello's,
home of the best darn doughnuts
on Katipunan (and on Taft).

I used to go to Cello's original branch
down the road near Aurora,

they recently moved to this brighter, better location
right across Miriam College, on the second floor
of the new Mercury Drug on Katipunan,

best of all, right beside Gino's!

The Signature Doughnut,
absolutely one of the best in the city,
easily as good (better!) as any Krispy Kreme treat,

it's like a doughnut shaped ensaymada!

Jutes is dad,
Cello is mom,
Gino is their son,

and we are all fans!

The Menu:

(Tomato Sauce, Kesong Puti, Basil)

Bianca Verde
(Kesong Puti, Parmesan, Ricotta, Arugula, Basil)

Four Cheese
(Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Blue Cheese, Ricotta)

(Tomato Sauce, Kesong Puti, Parmesan, Red Onion, Basil, Pepperoni)

Buffalo Chicken
(Tomato Sauce, Buffalo Chicken, Mozzarella, Blue Cheese)

(Tomato Sauce, Kesong Puti, Parmesan, Prosciutto, Arugula)


Two weeks ago, Margaux Salcedo wrote a controversial
"blind item" about a certain "BBB"
that effectively put into question every food blogger's motives.

A good friend of mine got pilloried,
yet in her ff-up, Ms. Salcedo conveniently ignores this fact.

At the very least,
she should have made clarifications and
cleared the bloggers who were unfairly accused.

Isn't that what real journalists are supposed to do,
present both sides of the story?

Instead, in her follow-up column today, Margaux
"spins" her cutesy expose' into a pompous declaration.

Justifications after the fact
sound just incoherent mumbling.

Friday, February 04, 2011


It's almost impossible to find a real hero
in our country these days; when one surfaces,
that person deserves nothing less than our full support.

Our soldiers, specially those out in the frontlines,
those in the field, in constant danger from insurgents
and terrorists; the same soldiers who barely have enough

food to survive day to day; the same soldiers who would gladly
sacrifice their lives for the nation, yet aren't even provided with
the basic necessities like medicines, uniforms and boots, and bullets.

It seems that many of their top commanders,
have been playing a most sinister game: much of the AFP funds

is not spent for the troops' needs, but rather,
is saved for the Games of the Generals.

Game Over.

One lady, singlehandedly, with zero fear,
armed only with an unswerving dedication
to expose the corruption that rots our military,
has come forward to document the general graft.

Her extreme personal and professional sacrifice is epic.
Like our soldiers out in the war zones, she is truly heroic.

Thank You, Heidi.

The heroic volunteers of NAMFREL from 1986
had a motto which they lived up to during the
last dark, desperate days of the dictatorship:

"It's better to light a candle
than to curse the darkness."

Let's light up Facebook and show support
for our new hero~ please join this group:


please click here:

She shined a light on the hidden corruption in the AFP;
it's up to us to help her make this light burn even brighter:

show some love for Mrs. Mendoza
along with many concerned Pinoys,
and make this your profile picture:

Thursday, February 03, 2011


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