Saturday, October 29, 2011

Boholano icons in heaven

So many Boholanos icons have been leaving us that there appears to be a “traffic jam” as far as tributes to the dear departed in the community are concerned.

Can you imagine having the best pool of talents there — made up of great Boholano artists who have all gone ahead of us?

Since there’s only happiness in heaven, and, Boholanos like tapuk-tapok, they can organize a show.  Bohol’s most illustrious son Carlos P. Garcia can be the over-all chairman of the Boholano gathering in heaven. He can name it Tigum Bol-anon sa Langit.

Victoriano D. Tirol, Sr. and Cecilio Putong can host the gathering. For the intermission, what about a vaudeville production number from Pinay? Since Yoyoy Villame is also there, give him a song-and-dance number since he’s good at both. And Karyapa and Inday Potenciana? They’ll make the event more memorable of their poems and songs.

If they wish to make a drama, Justino Romea can direct it. They will hear the love song Ako Kang Paabuton, the folk song Sa Daplin sa Baybayon as well as most of the songs featured in the annual 'drama' presentations in his native Napo, Loon, for which he served as writer, director and musical arranger. Justino’s father Berrnado “Leon,” can help write the script or direct.

Carlos Garcia and Cloviz Nazareno can read their poems.

What about a dance number in heaven? Oscar Real can be there, along with beauty queen Marecor Recio-Boligao. Linoi Almirol can provide gowns for the show.

Do they make movie in heaven? They can since the empress of drama is already there: Rebecca del Rio, the first Filipina to win the Asia’s Best Supporting Actress.

Oh, surely they would need media coverage. Bohol’s dean of journalists Atty. Zoilo Dejaresco can take care of that — with wife Charing.

Francisco Dagohoy, Tamblot, Datu Si Katuna, Anoy Datahan, Vicente T. Cubero a.k.a. Captain Francisco Salazar, Alberto Cainglet, Tomas Cloma, Myla Miravillosa, and Vicente Nunag can be the sergeant at arms during the program.

Other Boholano luminaries who attend the tapuk-tapok are Celestino Gallares, Macario Sarmiento, Fernando Rocha, Eutiquio Boyles, Filomeno Caseñas, Agapito Hontanosas, Conrado Marapao, Perfecto Balili, Jacinto Borja, Juan Pajo, Esteban Bernido, Lino Chatto, Esteban Bernido, Venice Borja-Agana, Pio Castro, Simeon Toribio, Nino Ramirez, Honorio Grupo, Don Aniceto Clarin, Simplicio Apalisok, Venancio Inting, Pedro Belderol, Genaro Visarra, Alfonso Uy, Salustiano Borja, Anecito Clarin, Olegario Clarin, Jacinto Borja, Claudio Gallares, Juan Torralba, Miguel Parras, Jacinto Remolador, Gregorio Peñaflor, Timoteo Butalid, Andres Torralba, Mariano Capayas, Socorro Tallo, Antonio Ong Guat, et al.
Carolina Alvarez and Iluminada Tirol can prepare sumptuous meal. Osang, Bohol’s Broa Queen can prepare refreshment, too.

This is just a thought.

As Abraham Joshua Heschel taught, “death is the end of doing, not the end of being”. As we troop to the cemeteries, we can reflect on how our memory of those who have died is shaped by our ongoing experience and the experience of the particular holiday.

Thank you, Jose Mari Chan
The next night, my friends and I were at the Panglao Island Nature Resort for a nostalgic date with Jose Mari Chan’s “Constant Care” for the Inyong Alagad of dyRD, Bohol’s first radio which turns 50.

Jose Mari Chan, already into his 60s, looked young and sounded almost like the way he did during his heyday years ago.

His Bohol show featured all the songs Boholanos have learned to cherish through the years, like the classic hits Beautiful Girl, Constant Change, Please Be Careful With My Heart, Can’t We Start Over Again, and others.

Good show, Jose Mari Chan!

His illustrious four-decade career has made him a musical legend. With over 100 hits for the past 52 years Chan’s reputation as a hit-maker is firmly etched in the hearts of music lovers in the country.

“Nainlove ko balik,” said a 50-something mother who was seated beside us, “Idol jud nako siya!”

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thank heavens for Doc Ale, Prony & MariMar


Seen: An urban legend: The real reason why Filipino high jumper Simeon Toribio failed to clear the bar and settled for the bronze medal at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics was because he was already feeling the call of nature but was not allowed to take a bathroom break.

Scene: The 3rd annual MG Halloween Party is on October 31, 2011, 8 p.m. at the Metro Center Hotel. Members of and are also invited to celebrate the 41st birthday of US based Boholano socialite Mikey Gatal. “Wear your wackiest and scariest Halloween costumes, this is going to be fun ever,” says Roger Gatal.

Seen: Mama Rene Salud is in Bohol. The famous designer is here for a vacation with a “friend”.

Scene: The Jose Mari Chan Concert on Oct. 28 at the Panglao Island Nature Resort. The charity concert is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bohol’s first radio, dyRD. Donations for dyRD’s Inyong Alagad are now accepted during the radio program while donors will be given concert tickets.

Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla (right) has witnessed the release of JT, a hawksbill sea turtle treated by the team of Dr. Alessandro Ponzo (left) of Physalus.

Edward Guyano (aka Inday Charity) and I were very early in Jagna to witness the release of the hawksbill sea turtle which was treated for four months after it ingested at large amount of plastic (bags and red balloon).

"The turtle was nearly dead because the stomach is full of plastic. It was too weak.  It has lung and intestinal infections as well as pneumonia,” said Dr. Alessandro Ponzo, D.V.M. of Physalus.

The turtle is now safe, to say the least. Anyway, here is a backgrounder of “JT” courtesy of Julissah C. Evangelio, MSc. Ecological Marine Management:

A hawksbill sea turtle called JT was released last Friday at the Marine Protected Area of Brgy. Cantagay, Jagnal. The release was witness by the Physalus Team headed by Dr. Alessandro Ponzo, BRUMM, Juliet Paler of DENR, Leonarda Vallejos of BEMO, representatives from BIDEF, KAYAKASIA team, MAO and LGUs of JAGNA, Cantagay Brgy. Captain Joel Rosario, Jeremy Horowitz, Jagna Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla and some residents of Cantagay.

JT was found floating lifeless by a fisherman in the sea waters of Brgy. Can-upao, Jagna on June 18, 2011. With the help of Ms. Mytee Palo of BANGON and the Jagna MAO’s, JT was handed over to Physalus and the team managed to get hold of the turtle and started the therapy as soon as possible. It was very sick, with lung infection and gastric problem and did not eat for the first few weeks to almost a month. This was due to the ingestion of plastic bags and plastic balloons found in the stool after more than 2 months. The plastic caused the obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract, preventing the animal to feed and debilitating the animal. Unfortunately some of the foods that turtles commonly eat, like jellyfish and squid, resemble the shape and colors of plastic bags and deflated balloons and they can get easily confused. That is why the ingestion of plastic is one of the major threats for most of the marine wildlife in the world.

The turtle has been treated daily with vitamins and antibiotics for the first two months by the medical team of Physalus headed by Dr. Alessandro Ponzo.  In collaboration with the Bohol Rescue Unit for Marine Mammals, the Municipal Agricultural Office and the LGU of Jagna, it has been taken cared 24/7 for more than 4 months by its expert marine biologists to be able to ensure the successful rehabilitation of the animal. JT was being tube fed for 2 months and slowly fed with whole squids. After JT had fully recovered and became very active, it could consume 10-12 squids a day and gained almost 2kgs from 4.2kg since the day it was stranded to 5.75kg after 4 months.

"We will have our BYOP or Bring Your Own Bayong.  We urge the people not to use plastic because it is non-biodegradable and harmful to the environment, "said Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla.

Again, thank you, Doc Ale for reminding us to take care of our marine animals. Thank you for teaching us the importance of “reduce, reuse and recycle.”

(Oppss! Edward also discovered that the turtle “JT” was named after Justin Timberlake.)

And thank you, too, Prony & MariMar
After Jagna, Edward and I were at barangay Sta. Fe, Alburquerque to attend the 15th birthday of Prony (Python reticulates), the biggest and longest python in captivity.
MariMar entertains the crowd in her deadly “animal show.”

A visit to Bohol is not complete without Prony (and MariMar), the superstars of Albur!

After singing “happy birthday,” Georgia “Jing-Jing” Salibay, the python lady gave Prony a kiss! Visitors had the chance to have photo ops with Prony inside the cage. Of course, Jing-Jing was there to assist those who have phobia.

“Taga-saan po kayo Madam? Sir?” asked MariMar.

“Taga-Manila po kami,” answered by a visitor.

“Taga-Manila din ako! Taga-Manila Zoo!” answered MariMar.

The audience once again thrilled to MariMar’s “animal show” with her deadly acrobatic movements like that of kagwang or flying lemur. MariMar was also getting the biggest applause.

Good show, MariMar!

Jing-Jing Salibay and Prony
The whole barangay was invited for food and fun!

The feeling of nostalgia was heightened by seeing Prony so big and healthy. I saw Prony when she was small.
“Prony is a self-developed and trained Python found in the Philippines.  If she is a human being, she is now a dalaga like me” said MariMar.

It was on October 21, 1996 when Prony was found by Sofronio Salibay which measured 5 feet and 5 kilograms. Now, Prony weighs 250 kilos and measures 26 feet long.

Animal and snake experts says that the growth of Prony is abnormal as pythons which live in the wild with the same sizes are already 50 years old comparing to Prony who is only 15 years old.

Prony is very choosy snake! They fed Prony live chickens before but due to her large consumption and the cost of chickens, they fed her with virgin dogs. However, the animal rights activities protested the feeding of dogs. From then on, the Salibay decided to give her two goats or one white pig, and they must be live during feeding time or Prony will just snub them. After eating, Prony can sleep for the whole month!

“Prony is really a superstar!” gushed Edward. She is rubbing elbows with politicians and celebrities (including Richard Gutierrez, Dra. Vicky  Belo, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Cesar Montano, Kim Atienza, coach Freddie Roach, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, et al) who are starstruck by the snake's star appeal.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sexy talk with Dobap

Members of the Loboc Children’s Choir with Azkals Goalkeeper Roland Mueller (front, partly hidden) in Cologne, Germany. Contributed photo

Seen: After Italy and Germany, the members of the Loboc Children’s Choir (LCC) will be in Netherlands. The Philippine Embassy in Netherlands takes pride in welcoming LCC in 2011 for a series of fund-raising concerts in the Netherlands from Oct. 19- 21. This will be the second performance of LCC in the Netherlands whose first concert was held in 2003 in Rotterdam during their first international concert tour.   It was during this concert tour that LCC won the grand prize in the 6th International Folksongs Festival “Europe and its Songs” in Barcelona, Spain.  LCC also won the first prize in the youth category in the same competition. In 2011, LCC will be competing once again in Spain at the Certamen Coral de Tolosa from October 29- Nov. 1, 2011.

Scene: We didn’t feel Ramon even Pag-asa declared storm signal no.1 in Bohol.

Seen: The “Chocolate Hills of Bohol” can also be found in the neighboring Leyte island. The sun-kissed mounds form part of the Nacolod Mountain Range or San Francisco Nature's Park.

Seen: Bohol's first radio, dyRD, is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting the songwriter and singer Jose Mari Chan. Chan will be performing live on stage at the Panglao Island Nature Resort on Oct 28. The concert will be totally a charity event where all its profits will be going to "Inyong Alagad" of station dyRD. Donations for Inyong Alagad (P500 and P1,000) are now accepted during the radio program while donors will be given concert tickets. So be ready, donate and join Jose Mari Chan in Bohol and enjoy an unforgettable night with his outstanding performance.


I am sharing this inspirational story to all people out there: One day, a rich dad took his son on a trip. Wanted to show him how poor someone can be. They spent time on the farm of a poor family. On the way home, dad asked, "Did you see how poor they are? What did you learn?”

Son said, "We have one dog, they have four, we have pool, they have rivers, we have lanterns at night, they have stars, we buy foods, they grow theirs, we have walls to protect us, they have friends, we have encyclopedias, they have Bible." Then they headed, "Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are."

Moral lesson: It's not about money that makes us rich, it's about simplicity of having God in our lives.

Dominic “Dobap” Aparicio: Sexiest part of my body? My beer belly!!

As everybody probably knows, Dominic “Dobap” Aparicio is very visible and popular in the many activities of Junior Chamber International (JCI) - Bohol Sandugo and Daganista. That’s why his colleagues, and even acquaintances, love Dobap dearly.

He can comfortably mingle with everyone. What you see is what you get. That is Dobap way kurat!

A triathlete, Dobap likes scuba diving and mountain climbing. Since 1999, he has conquered most notable mountains in the country including Mt. Apo (the highest mountain in the Philippines), Mt. Dulang Dulang (the second-highest mountain in the Philippines found in Bukidnon), Mt. Kitanglad traverse, Mt. Kanlaon, Mt.  Hilong Hilong in Agusan del Norte, Mt. Lumot in Butuan, Mt.Talinis in Dumaguete, Mt. Malindang in Ozamis, Mt. Silay in Bacolod, all peaks in Cebu and Mt. Hibok-Hibok  in Camiguin.

“It is very safe to climb in most parts of the Philippines, for locals and foreigners alike,” said Dobap.

He said that he plans to climb Mt. Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia next year.

I bet you didn’t know that, as part of his community service, he is faithfully cleaning the belfry of St. Joseph Cathedral. 

“Helping others with open heart, that makes community service more enjoying with no regrets,” said Dobap.

In the face of temptation, Dobap wants to stay single (forever?). “I’m 33 years old and still single and willing to mingle. Ha! Ha! Ha!”

Asked when he will settle down, Dobap laughed aloud and said, “Maminyo? Ug makaon na ang white sand sa Alona Beach!” No comment.

In the meantime, Dobap engages Bared readers in a “sexy talk.”

What is sexy to him?
“Sexy? hhhmmmpppp... it depends on the person... for me everybody is sexy.”

When does he feel sexiest?
“When everybody appreciate of what I’m doing.”

What part of his body does he consider sexiest?

“Ha ha ha ha ha ha my beer belly!”
What part of a woman’s body does he find sexiest? 
“The curve.”
When did he lose his innocence?
“After high school.”

To a younger woman or an older woman?
“Older women are hot ha ha ha ha!”


“Reggae and RnB.”

“ Law Books.”

“FHM (I like the ladies confession section)”

Woman’s face
“The eyes.”

“Anything will do as long as presentable.”

“Tanang panghatag.”

“Baboy before, now isda and gulay.”

Time of day
“Late afternoon.”

Part of the house
“My crib.”

TV show
“Discovery Channel.”

“To climb the highest mountain of the world!”

Things done
“Not yet soon.”

Done for a woman
“Make her proud.”

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Which part of your body would you give?

Scene: Last Sunday’s scoop about the concert of Pilipinas Got Talent champion Jovit Baldivino drew a reaction from another VRS. “It will be K Brosas and Pooh who will be the highlight of the Valentine 2012 concert and not Jovit Baldivino although Jovit will perform together with Angeline Quinto and Marcelito Pomoy. Please watch ha? The BQ Management is doing their best to give us pure entertainment. Ang saya, saya!” adds VRS.

Scene: More and more people love to visit Gerarda’s along J.S. Torralba Street, Tagbilaran City to taste their great food (Asian fusion, Chinese and Filipino cuisines)! Don’t forget to order dinakdakan!

Scene: The music video “Let's Roll” has received positive feedback from music lovers on youtube. Let’s Roll features the siblings Knive Everdope (Kevin Alturas) and BigRam (Rammy June Alturas) with “artists and small time entrepreneurs who keep pushing forward everyday.” Knive pioneered the hiphop scene in Tagbilaran after a long stint with Six3hundred Crew in 2002, the only hiphop group able to reach number 1 in the charts for Kiss 102.3. Due to some events, he went to Cebu having a three-year hiatus in the hiphop community.

A friend got her driver's license duly issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO). She also signed up to be an organ donor through the license card.

“When I’m gone, I’m still here,” she said.

Then, she asked me these mind boggling questions:

Leo, what if you were lying in a hospital and about to die, and the doctor asks you if you would like to donate a part of your body so that another person (complete stranger) could survive, which would it be and why? Or, would you rather not donate anything? (Oh no, not yet!)

Leo, if you were to be killed, what part of your body would you donate and why? (God forbid!)

“Organ and tissue donation is a gift you leave others when you die. Organ donation saves lives. These transplants can mean a second chance at life,” adds my friend. “While it's also possible to donate organs while one is still living, more often donation takes place upon death.”

“You can donate your lungs, heart, kidneys, intestines, pancreas and liver and tissue such as bones and bone marrow, corneas, veins, skin, heart valves and tendons,” says the Human Organ Preservation Effort (Hope), a non-profit organization in the Philippines under the umbrella of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.

The question: “If you were to donate a part of your body, what would it be and why?”

Some of our Boholano friends asked simply ignored the question. Here are those who did:

Rep. Rene Relampagos: My heart but I would die. So one of my kidneys na lang so I would still live to continue doing good!

Cesar Montano: I can’t donate any part of my body now to anybody because I’m still using all of them. I believe I can help more people if all of my body parts are intact with me.

Reigh Monreal: If I were to die and left a will to donate an organ, that would be my kidneys. Doing so will save at least one living person’s kidneys. Voluntary donations of such organs from living persons is on the rise to abject poverty.

Stela Coronica: I would like to donate my eyes. I just wanna share the beautiful things around us to those people who did not get the chance to experience that.

Boy Pernia: Eyes and heart. My eyes serves as posts of my heart to guide me on my journey.

Oscar Glovaza: I would like to donate my heart. Hopefully, the recipient will be a loving person as I am.

Ryan Sines: I will choose my eyes! I want the person to see God’s beautiful and wonderful creation. As the saying goes, the eyes are the windows to our soul.

Morris Sarabia: Is there any unimportant part of the body? I think every part is important for me to live. So I’m not donating any as long as I’m alive. Or blood, I’ve donated blood a couple of times.

JunJun Karaan: If I were to donate a body organ I would like to donate my eyes specifically my corneas so that the worthy recipient would also appreciate how our Father provides us beautiful creations here on earth.

Dr. Alessandro Ponzo: I’ll say all..most important..liver, kidneys and heart..because there is a great need and in a single operation it can save another person.

Dominic “Dobap” Aparicio: I will donate all my organs specifically my heart because I’m a lover boy.

Tagbilaran City Councilor Kit Opus: My hands because there’s so much that it can do and express.

Mayor Niño Rey Boniel: Eyes-para makakita pa tanan tawo nako especially my family.

Ariel Fullido: Organ donation is a desecration of the human body but when it is for medical research that would be my whole body. Mo exception!

Charmaine Agas: It would be my heart so that I can help him/her live life again to the fullest and give him/her the chance to achieve his/her mission in life that is to realize his/her dreams and do good things for others.

Ted Ramasola: In case I die I would allow the donation of whatever organ/s that would still be of use to someone else. As for the rest of my remains? I'd live that to the living to decide.

Mayor Bert Salinas: My eyes because I want also the blind people to see the beauty of nature, God has given us.

Atty. Gregory Delgado: Heart-to share my passion in living life.

Benjie Oliva: My heart. So that the recipient will share the same love and passion for public service with utmost integrity, honor, transparency and accountability.

Bienna Ursula Bautista: I would donate all my vital organs with the condition that I am dead. I give my body high regard since it’s a gift from God. As generous as I would like to be, I don’t think it is very possible for me to reach that kind of generosity.

Inday Rufing: Eyes tungod kay sa mata makikita ang muta he he he he Bitaw, it is simply because in the eyes you can appreciate the beauty of nature and life that made for us.

Shirly Gatal: I think I would like to donate any or all organs that can qualify as donations. I know there are many people who await donors for different body parts and I think it would be nice if I can donate as many as allowable so that even after death I can help as many people as possible.

Butch Bernas: My eyes so that when I’m gone, I can still see things and my loved ones in the world.

Leo Plazos: I will donate my heart which is full of good intentions to make life meaningful here on earth.

Fiel Angeli A. Gabin: Many years back, I opened to my husband Jerome the idea of being an organ donor when I die which, to me, is a noble act of sacrifice. He then said he would rather want to keep my heart. As for my personal choice and decision, I will share the pair of eyes that I have so that another human being will have the opportunity to see the many beautiful things in life that our dearly beloved Lola Pining Balatero Espejo became totally blind for 34 years due to glaucoma until the day she died.

Dr. Homer Singco: I want to donate my heart because it’s useless. I am 32, and I’m still loveless. My heart and mind are not compatible.

Katrina Schoof-Chu: I would probably donate my eyes. Because I would like to give someone the opportunity to see the many beautiful things and places I have seen and have not yet seen and at the same time for him or her to do change on the things he or she sees that are not right.

Rainer Maria Cabagnot Aumentado: I would rather donate my kidneys to those who are in need.

Dodong Almedilla: Only my blood. Kay ako man sab ang maglisod.

Leah Tirol-Magno: I would donate my eyes so the recipient, like me, will also always see the brighter side of any situation.

Pinay Adiong: When I die, and it is possible, I will donate all my organs so someone else can use them.

Liza Macalandag: My heart, it’s probably the healthiest organ I got.

Inday Charity: My heart, too. It is most important to me.

Lyndon Boiser: Kidney. Dialysis is so expensive for people who cannot afford the treatment three times a week.

Nekolo Gonzales: I want to donate my eyes for others may have a chance to see the wonders of God’s creations and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the beauty of great people who have meaningful contributions in his/her existence on earth. Thank you! Viva Brazil!

Mayumi Lugod: It will be my eyes so that my recipient be able to see kung unsa ang hitsura sa higimo ni God.

Joven Menorias: My eyes, too! For those who wish and longing to see, even if they can’t speak and walk, but the eyes could lead to any ways.

Tessie Labunog-Sumampong: Eyes for those who haven’t seen the beauty of God’s creation!

Neil Balaba: I want to donate my heart because I know myself that I have a clean, kind, has capacity of loving without malice.

Regil “Pipay” Gucor: My heart, too! The recipient would be so lucky because I’m God-fearing, humble and most of all romantic.

Meljun Daniel: One of my kidneys. I have two of them and I can manage with only one.

Mayor Jono Jumamoy: I would donate my heart. It’s essential to life, and signifies that one is mortal, represents my soul and death which comes to everyone.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Memorable quotes from Steve Jobs

It Is Amazing How Many Ways Steve Jobs Changed Media! RIP Steve!

Incredible words from an incredible businessman, designer, and fellow human.

On computers
“It takes these very simple-minded instructions—‘Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it’s greater than this other number’––but executes them at a rate of, let’s say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic.”
[Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985]

On design
"It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."
[BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998]

The best sales line ever?
"Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?"
[The line he used to lure John Sculley into becoming Apple's CEO, according to Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple]

On character
"I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year.... It's very character-building."
[Apple Confidential 2.0]

On good design
That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
[BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998]

On his outlook
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
[The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993]

On his role at Apple
"This is not a one-man show. What’s reinvigorating this company is two things: One, there’s a lot of really talented people in this company who listened to the world tell them they were losers for a couple of years, and some of them were on the verge of starting to believe it themselves. But they’re not losers. What they didn’t have was a good set of coaches, a good plan. A good senior management team. But they have that now.”
[BusinessWeek, May 25, 1998]

Having pride in your product
Playboy: "Are you saying that the people who made PCjr don’t have that kind of pride in the product?"
Jobs: “If they did, they wouldn’t have made the PCjr.”
[Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985]

He'll always come back
“I’ll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that throughout my life I’ll sort of have the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years when I’m not there, but I’ll always come back."
[Playboy, Feb. 1, 1985]

Have faith in the future
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
[Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

On your working life
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
[Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

On the importance of death
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true."
[Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

Don't sit still
“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”
[NBC Nightly News, May 2006]

Other memorable quotes are:

 "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."

 "Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new."

 "We're here to put a dent in the universe."

Born: 24 February 195
Birthplace: San Francisco, Californi
Died: 5 October 2011 (cancer
Best Known As: The co-founder and mastermind of Apple computers

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

For papogi points, DPWH Photoshop Fail!!!!

I just want to repost this important article of Pierre Albert San Diego (

DPWH Photoshop Fail September 28, 2011

Posted by quiapo in badtrip na naman si pierre, Gripes / Flames / Rants, Photos.
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I’m a civil engineer by profession and I love my job and if there’s one thing I hate it’s people that fabricate their inspection reports. Why? Inspection reports are very important in our field, if the inspection report is erroneous, this might lead to a wrong and/or costly design. Aside from that, it might lead to a very difficult project implementation, and worse, not prepare others from potential safety risks of the site.
Which is why  I was uber-pissed when I was checking my updates in FB at around lunch time yesterday and I saw this:

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Now, if you didn’t have knowledge in Adobe photoshop, you would’ve just glanced at it and moved on with your life, but I’ve used the software since I was in high school (I’m 30 now) so I kinda noticed something weird. Here’s the blow-up of the image from DPWH:

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WTF?! Those three guys seem to be floating on air.
So I re-checked the image and concluded that DPWH fabricated this picture. Why they had to edit it and not just simply compose a photo with all three guys, I do not know. Although my evil mind tells me that the DPWH wants a pogi photo showing their bosses in deep thought while assessing the disaster site, and they didn’t have the opportunity to pose because those guys were probably there for 15 minutes max – so they just lasso tooled the hell out of that pic.
Here are my findings on how lame this photo was ‘shopped.

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Shit, even my mom can do that in CS5. I didn’t even go to lighting analysis because I’m not a photoshop expert, but I sure as hell know that I’m better at photoshop than the guy that did this hack job.
Some say this is a very minor issue, but I see this as a nice sample of DPWH’s lack of integrity. If they can fabricate simple things like this, just imagine what these guys can do to progress billings and acceptance of projects. Also, while relatively mild, isn’t this a classic example of “Utak Wangwang?” While unethical and unnecessary, they thought they could get away with fabricating photos so they tried to.
As of this writing, the DPWH has not apologized for this grave indiscretion.
Update: After more than a day, they apologized for posting an *uncleared* pic. They didn’t say anything  about how much they rely on photoshop though…
Update2: My bad, I was sleepy and thought DPWH claimed the inital pic wasn’t photoshopped. I misread it, yung *official pic* pala ang sinasabi ni Mr. Santiago. The initial tirade against Santiago that I posted here was uncalled for. But I’m still pissed at their stupid reasons for the mix-up.  Here’s the article:
Update3: another bopols move by the DPWH
Update4: Found a nice fb page collecting photoshopped DPWH images. Check out DPWHERE to de-stress. Also check out plop-culture, one of the first sites that posted DPWH meme images.
Update5: It’s now in the Washington Post
Update6: Pakiusap lang sa mga nagsasabing nakakahiya ang Pilipinas at maging Pilipino dahil sa insidenteng ito.
Update7: DPWH Secretary Singson is embarrassed, aims whip at photographer:
Update8: WTF? Could Sec. Singson’s excuse/reason be made in China?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Charlow Arbasto-Raul Gatal war heats up


Scene: Read the famous TV ad lines of a noodle brand.
"Ang tunay na lalaki marunong maghintay!"--- Char!
"Ang tunay na lalaki binibinyagan muna bago ikasal!" –Somewhat true!
"Ang tunay na lalaki ay nauubos na!!"---- True! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Scene: Chenny Lyn Rana was crowned Miss Jagna 2011 last Sept. 27. This year’s Miss Jagna focused on environmental issues as well as setting awareness campaigns for the proper care of the environment.
Miss Jagna 2011 Chenny Lyn Rana with one of the pageant’s judges Bohol’s fashion icon EJ Relampagos

Scene: The members and officers of Jagna Association of Southern California had their fiesta celebration last Sept. 24 in Buena Park, California, in honor of Saint Michael the Archangel.  “Some great entertainment, good foods, and line dancing marathon,”  US-based socialite Mikey Gatal reported. Miss Conbusac 2001 Lauren Anne Chavez attended the event.

Seen: The BQ Mall Management is now busy preparing for the Valentine 2012 concert. “They might bring Pilipinas Got Talent champion Jovit Baldivino,” says VRS, who is known as Lady Char. “However, the management has to decide if they have to include Sarah Geronimo.  They need to finalize everything this first week of October. The BQ Mall Management has been so successful organizing Valentine concerts,” adds VRS. 

Seen: WARNING: Do not read this blind item if you are eating. A government employee in the business corner of the higher building (GEHB) left a disgusting impression to people of the building of the highest ranking official (PBHRO). “GEHB who is pasosyal-sosyal, excused herself for a quick "CR" break. Knowing her for her kaartehan, she stayed in the toilet for hours,” said VRS. After GEHB left, the PBHRO smelled something bad that when they checked the toilet they saw the yuckiest sight -- GEHB's toughened golden remnants clogged the toilet bowl. The clue? She’s always happy and she is the favorite subject of PBHRO because of her personality problem.

Seen: One of Tagbi’s hunkies looks barely recognizable with all the facial hair. This hunky turned bearded man had a tough time in a faraway place, you know, to heal a broken heart (his girlfriend of how many years junked him for a common friend). Love hurts!


You, too, must have been wondering whether or not Bohol’s seasoned host Raul Gatal and make-up genius Charlow Arbasto are quarrelling or not.

If you're going to look back at the Facebook posts of Charlow, it's very clear that there's a “rift” (take note: in quotation marks) going on between the two.

Para Bellum?

Friends or enemies? (L-r) Charlow Arbasto and Raul Gatal together in this undated photo. Contributed photo

“I don’t believe in plastic surgery, But in your case, Go ahead. RAUL GATAL...,” posted Charlow.

According to Charlow, he was hired by Raul to make-up and provide gowns for Holy Name University’s contestants for the PRISAA 2010. Charlow exposed that Raul didn’t pay him.

Really now, while other (fighting?) friends would rather keep things under wraps, Charlow is open about their "rift" in social media like Facebook for public consumption.

Here’s the catch: Charlow’s patience is “ming-awas na ang gantangan.” In a text message he sent to Bared last night, Charlow said, ”La najud ko other way para macontact siya.  Gekapoy nako ug wait then I have the right nga maningil kay dugay na intawon. Sige g likay. Dili ko ganahan nga makuwetz ra tanan aq getrabahuan. Baga siyag skin.”

Other Charlow’s angry Facebook posts last Thursday were deleted last night. 

However, Charlow still considers Raul as a friend. “As what I’ve said a while ago, I don’t hate him, I just don’t appreciate his existence.”

Bared tried contacting Raul for a comment but he was not answering his phone. He had been evasive in the past when asked about personal issue.

(Paging Raul/or Charlow: Bared is open for your reaction, whether a confirmation or a denial, anytime you are ready. Feel free.)
Top 50 pick up lines

Ask your friends and they will swear that they are using pick up lines to start a conversation and to flirt. Thanks to the ever-so dead and dull nature of the sentences! Here are the 50 most famous pick up lines which are patronizing, dismissive and yet incredibly widespread (the sobrang cheesy lines!):

May kakambal ka ba? Kasi you’re in my heart yet you’re in my mind.

Kung magiging subject ka, gusto ko ikaw ang pinkamahirap pra sa ‘yo lang ako babagsak!

Ang ganda naman ng damit mo bagay sayo, pero mas bagay tayo.

Hindi lahat ng buhay ay buhay, tulad ko, buhay pero patay na patay sayo.

Sa hinaba-haba man ng tulog ko.ikaw pa rin ang dahilan ng pag-gising ko

Alam mo gusto ko sanang mag pulis para ikaw ang MOST WANTED KO!

Pag ikaw ang kasama ko, tinatamad na ako kasi ang sarap magpahinga sa piling mo.

Sana ulan ka at lupa na lang ako. Para kahit gaano kalakas ang patak mo, sa akin pa rin ang bagsak mo.

Maghanda ka na ng salbabida…Kasi lulunurin kita sa pagmamahal ko.

Isang beses lang kita minahal…Pagkatapos nun, hindi na natapos.

Bagyo ka ba? Kasi the moment you left my area of responsibility, You leave my heart in the state of calamity.

Hindi na ko mahuhulog sa ‘yo.. Kasi ‘pag kasama na kita, lumulutang na ako.

Bagay sa ‘yo maging amo…Inalila mo kasi ang puso ko.

Buti pa email…May attachment.

Marunong ka bang mag-ayos ng cellphone? Sira yata itong iPhone ko… Wala kasi yung number mo.

Para kang algebraic expression. Minsan mahirap maintindihan. But when you’re in the simplest form. The best ka talaga naman mathemagician.

Hindi ka naman camera. Pero tuwing nakikita kita. Napapangiti ako.

Kung maging superhero ako, Hindi ako si Superman, Hindi rin si Batman O si Spiderman I’m Your Man… KailanMan!

Maliit ba ako? Di kita maabot eh!

Diabetic ka ba? Kasi i’m planning to be the sweetest person for you!

Buti pa ang keyboard ng pc… Lagi magkatabi ang U and I…

Calculator ka ba? Kasi sa ‘yo pa lang, solved na ako.

Para kang test paper, Nauubos ang oras ko kakatitig lang sa ‘yo

Pakipulot naman yung puso ko…Nahulog na kasi sa ‘yo.

Dalawang beses lang naman kitang nais makasama…… Now and Forever.

Facebook ka ba? Gusto kasi kita i-Like eh.

Para kang tindera ng sigarilyo…You give me “hope” and… “more”.

Google ka ba? Kasi lahat na ng hinahanap ko nasa iyo na eh.

Aanhin pa ba ang relo, kung titigil din pala sa ‘yo!

I didn’t know that angels could fly so low!

I’d better get a library card, because I’m checking you out.

If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?

I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?

Is there an airport nearby or is that just my heart taking off?

Was your father a thief? ‘Cause someone stole the stars and put them in your eyes.

What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?

Is it hot in here or is it just you?

Where have you been all my life?

Your legs must be tired because you’ve been running through my mind all night.

I hope you know CPR, cos you take my breath away!

If you don't wanna have kids with me, then why don't we just practice?

That outfit would look great in a crumpled heap next to my bed.

Were you arrested earlier? It's gotta be illegal to look that good.

Am I dead, Angel? Cause this must be heaven!

Apart from being sexy, what do you do for a living?

Be unique and different, just say yes.

Damn girl, you have more curves than a race track.

Do you know karate? Cos damn it honey, your body is really kickin.

Excuse me. I'm from the FBI, the Fine Body Investigators, and I'm going to have to ask you to assume the position.

Gee, that's a nice set of legs, what time do they open?

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