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Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Scene Around: WOWOWOWS SANTA KLAUS

12/27/2015 4:57:24 AM

I remember: going to SaGuijo with barely less than 30 minutes before the show rolls, a taxi wanted to make a one-time flag down fare going there, and it was priced 400 pesos. I kindly refused, though on my mind utters such harsh words: Hey, I don't even spend 200 whenever I go from here to Ayala. Lakas mong manlamang ha?

But anyway, I got a more friendly (and a fair-pricey) one going there at Makati for this heck-of-a-gig-slash-Christmas Party,

Play 4 Serve and Locked Down Entertainment’s Group Study had its one last run for 2015, and it’s not a school tour this time around as SaGuijo was the place for be on that evening of Saturday, 26 December 2015. And it’s called WOWOWOWS SANTA KLAUS.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Upcoming: World Poker Tour Manila 2016

12/30/2015 12:28:46 PM

If you’re a huge fan of poker, or moreover if you’re a gamer, here’s something to kick start the year with a bang. A week-long festival where there four poker tournaments will be slated at the Solaire Resort Grand Ballroom starting at the second day of 2016.

More details here:

Playback: Riverbanks Fireworks Display 2014

12/30/2015 12:11:43 PM

Every December 30, Marikina Riverbanks celebrated their yearend party at the center’s amphitheater, with thousands of Marikeños and people from the nearby cities witnessing a night of music and the grand fireworks display every year and setting a fitting end to everyone with the very lively vibe even though it’s already past midnight.

And for the nth time, it will happen once again tonight.

National Heroic Amnesia


8/22/2015 1:03:26 PM

Sa panahon na inililimbag ko ito ay araw ng kamatayan ng pambansang bayani na si Gat Jose Rizal ngayon.

O tapos, ano naman kung ganun?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Flick Review: Nilalang

12/29/2015 10:19:10 AM

Photo credits: cityonfire.com

Second stop in doing a review in all movies of the Metro Manila Film Festival is Nilalang, an action-suspense-horror flick starring Cesar Montano, Meg Imperial, Cholo Barretto and Maria Ozawa. 

The Difference of 10 Years

06/23/14 12:25:53 PM

Times have changed. For over the past ten years, we witnessed Beyonce's music, as well as the Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Nelly and other rhythm and blues (RNB) musicians emerged even more. In fact, BEP's “Where Is The Love” was the very popular song in 2003. It was the top ranked song for almost all of the Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) stations in the Metropolitan Manila area during the year.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Flick Review: Honor Thy Father

12/27/2015 11:30:27 PM

Photo credit: Reality Entertainment

With the sudden rise of biopics at the recent Metro Manila Film Festival editions, some filmmakers are taking a different-but-similar approach: that is to bring back the pictures depicting reality in our lives regardless if it make everyone feel heavy about it.

Enter Honor Thy Father into the picture. A product by the same production that gave you On The Job, the current Reality Entertainment offering stars John Lloyd Cruz in another challenging role. Perhaps, topping the one he did on Star Cinema’s The Trial in 2014.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Tirada Ni SlickMaster: MMFF Edition

12/26/2015 5:56:57 PM

Photo credit: Inquirer Entertainment
So ayun na nga: Ika-41 na Metro Manila Film Festival na. Meaning, panahon na naman para mamayagpag ang mga Pinoy na pelikula sa ating bansa. At least, kahit sa dalawang linggo man lamang.

EH ANO NAMAN NGAYON?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Away Pa More!

12/23/2015 12:51:59 AM

Minsan, ang pulitika sa Pilipinas ay isang napakaboring na talakayan. Saka lamang ito napapansin ng madla kapag may mga mahalaganag pangyayari gaya ng eleksyon.

At para sa isang ordinaryong araw, isang elemento ang kailangan para maging laman ng mga tao ang usapang-pulitika: kontrobersiya. Mga bagay na hidi basta-basta nangyayari sa ganun-ganun na lamang. Yung mga tipong debate tapos Ingles pa ang dayalekto nila samahan pa ng samu’t saing terminolohiya na tanging mga dalubhasa at elitista lamang ang nakakaintindi? Masyado nang mainstream yan, allo na kung gusto mong gumawa ng ingay at baka sakaling makakuha ka ng boto.

Needing a "Quick Fix"

12/19/2015 12:28:25 PM

The turnaround from TLC to RAW became a very improbable in the recent months. Yes, from a screwjob to a la make up class. It revolved even more than a double-cross. Say, what quite happened?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Scene Around: Stripped X Docdef

12/23/2015 6:12:04 PM

Tuesday evening, I swung by Route 196 only to realized I was two hours earlier and they were still closed—and was on the process of unveiling their new signage. Few minutes came by and it was voila! Welcome to Route 196 indeed with a new logo and a help from Jack Daniels’ Philippines. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Big-Time Blunder

12/21/2015 06:15:38 PM
 
Isang malaking pagkakamali. Maling-mali. Napakalaking pagkakamali.

As in walang #ParangMayMali sa mga naganap kanina dahil obvious na obvious ito kahit mahamog pa sa ilang bahagi ng lungsod kanina. Mas maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw ang isang maling kaganapan nung inanunsyo ni Steve Harvey, host ng ika-64 na Miss Universe ang nagwagi.

The Rundown Slam: WWE TLC 2015

12/19/2015 9:51:35 AM

http://www.livesportsreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/WWE-TLC-2015.jpg

It's that time of the year again where the holidays at the world of
professional wrestling sports entertainment are served best with everyone’s favorite toys: tables, ladders, and chairs. It’s the WWE’s own version of “Demolition Derby,” and it’s not as tender loving care as it is.

WWE TLC was set at John Cena’s near-home turf TD Garden in Massachussets. Ironically, he wasn’t around even if speculations from the forums state he will appear again to challenge Alberto Del Rio, the man who defeated him at Hell in a Cell for the United States Championship.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

PlayBack: A Perfect Christmas

12/13/2015 9:21:14 AM

I wouldn’t be surprised when Christmas was the season of romance. Well, with the advent of those holiday-timed love songs and several gimmicks (and that includes SMP right there), let’s face it: isn’t that lovely when you had your very “loved one” beside you during the time where you will be opening presents, gather together for Noche Buena or by just simply attending Misa De Gallo?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Playback: MilesExperience – Silakbo

12/12/2015 5:06:12 PM

A few months after reaching success in their Love Supreme music video launch, the boys of MilesExperience came up with another big thing, and it’s called Silakbo.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Alaala ng Kamikazee

12/12/2015 5:42:06 PM

Hindi ako isang masugid na tagahanga ng bandang ito. Sa totoo nga ay nung high school lang ako natutong making sa kanila. Partida, hindi tumutugtog ang Chiksilog sa isatsyon ng radyo na pinapakinggan ko, at bata pa ang YouTube kaya hindi pa ganun kahinang ang kalidad ng mga lumalabas na video nun. (Well, kasabay lamang ng pag-usbong ng mga DSL nun.)

The #iBlog11 Experience (Part 1)

12/13/2015 1:51:02 PM



It’s that time of the year once again. After a year and a half—including a six-month wait after a sudden shift on schedule—iBlog is back on a bigger venue and more talks.

First stop was actually the first time in iBlog11 where they will have a forum about the rise of fashion and beauty blogs here in the country. Liz Lanuzo, Diego Buenaflor, and Tolian Gjika shared insights about the beauty blogging in the Philippines and how do bloggers deal with the notable PR firms in the industry.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Scene Around: The Rest is Noise 8

12/8/2015 8:21:51 PM

I wasn’t supposed to head on to Route 196 during that Saturday evening due to massive stress I have been with in life (and also, a sudden financial constraint), but I have to talk to PULP Managing Editor Cris Ramos and return the albums of WOMB and GENERATION. We agreed on the same date.

The Scene Around: Bloggys 2015

12/12/2015 7:51:44 PM

This year, ESSAYS.PH established an event which gave prestigious honors to the blogging industry here in the country. And it took place 21 November 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura, Taguig.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Scene Around: Coffee Barn Sessions 2

12/8/2015 7:58:34 PM

Two months ago, The Coffee Barn celebrated their second anniversary with a bang as Gabi Na Naman Productions and Vandals On The Wall teamed up to set their second installment of Coffee Barn Sessions.

The show was an instant star-packed by paper; and for barely five hours of live music, Coffee Barn Session delivered as promised with Kai Honasan gracing the evening with her share of tunes—both cover and original.

CURSES!

12/12/2015 7:27:18 PM

Anong meron sa isyung ito: nagmura si Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Okay, una: Patama raw ito laban kay Pope Francis. At pangalawa: nung bumira ito ng “putangina,” humiyaw ang tao.

Ows. Talaga, ‘di nga? 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Not So Gentle

12/12/2015 4:43:11 PM

Sa totoo lang, hindi ako nainiwala sa diwa ng salitang ‘chivalry.’ Ngunit alam ko na buhay na buhay ito, at hindi mamamatay sa adbiyento ng pakikidigma sa ekwalidad ng mga gender, sa panahon na moderno na ang paligid, at sa panahon na mas sibilisado na ang kilos ng sangkatauhan.

Streak's Over

12/13/2015 12:16:40 PM

For over the past few days, my attention has been caught by the Golden State Warriors. No wonder why they are the present NBA Champions. No wonder why they had a very impressive run for the past season and at present (well, so far).

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Donaire-Juarez: The 2015 Brawl of the Year?!

12/13/2015 11:22:50 AM

While everyone was focusing more on the hyped fight between Jose Also and Connor McGregor for the UFC featherweight championship, yours truly on the other hand spotted a short clip about a boxing match happened yesterday (of Friday night in Latin America).

Gone In 13 Seconds

12/13/2015 2:39:15 PM

What can you do in 13 seconds? Cross a street, take a bite of a munchkin, run a hundred meters? Drink a can of beer or energy drink? Watch a vine or an Instagram-length video? A lot, right? 

But how about knocking down your opponent much faster than Ronda Rousey?

Yeah, like how far did that go from this...

Hyped For Fight

12/12/2015 6:08:14 PM

I’ve seen the clips of pre-fight confrontations a lot of times. Perhaps, Jose Aldo vs. Connor McGregor was considered almost one full-year in the making. The so-called biggest fight of the year was supposedly schedule July 10. But due to Aldo’s injury, the plan was shelved, at least. 

Five months later, it’s happening for real. And what makes this fight more interesting is the hype that’s more realistic than anyone who fought at the UFC. And hey, WWE creative peeps, this may not be the wrestling type you guys are handling, but this is how you establish a feud and hype them accordingly! 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Scene Around: In D' Flow

12/12/2015 11:50:01 AM


Indie music production group Docdef Productions has celebrated a milestone of organizing 100 gigs since their inception nearly three years ago (well, as I am writing this piece, it’s been already three years) by teaming up with Flow Hose Manila and establishing In D’ Flow.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

PlayBack: Paranoid City – Cold Hearts

12/8/2015 8:57:44 PM 

It’s December. Countdown’s literally dwindling by number. The holiday spirit is up. Everyone’s jolly. And wait a second: you’re... down? Heartbroken? She just dumped you, refrain from giving you a chance to be his girl, and even threw your present that costs a thousand bucks?

Well, it’s fine. Life’s always been like that. Just don’t tell me you’re the newest member of the so-called Samahan ng mga Malalamig ang Pasko, please?

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Sellout Daw?

12/8/2015 9:29:48 PM

Maraming naburyo nung pinili ni Ramon Bautista na endorsohin ang kandidato sa pagkapangulo na si Mar Roxas.

Anak ng pating? Pagkatapos niyang gawang katatawanan ang pagpi-fist bump ni Mar nun sa palabas nila sa Internet na KONTRABANDO? Ganun na lang yun?

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Realizations by 12:30 AM

12/07/2015 12:51:00 AM

Since I hardly get some sleep at this very minute, I end up having a bunch of "12:30 midnight realizations."

Sunday, December 06, 2015

PlayBack: SUD – Sila (Music Video)

11/30/2015 9:03:37 PM

There are lots of wonders in this song the first I hear them live. But moreover, there is something magical on its music video. Forget the typical concept where musicians flaunt their stuff as if they are performing on a small gig or a big concert.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Scene Around: Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? Book Launch (2012)

11/30/2015 8:35:31 PM

Just last August (during Stanley Chi’s One Night Stan book-signing event), I remember having a short conversation with Ramon Bautista about his own share of book launches which actually happened at the same ground where we both are then-standing.

Looks like I still remember everything then.

Playback: In D' Flow | Mayonnaise – Jopay

11/30/2015 7:42:10 PM

I have been a fan of Mayonnaise since their mainstream days—especially during the mid-2000s boom of OPM rock. They had done it by creating a song out of their fandom for a Sexbomb girl, severe breakdown affairs, and a whole lot more anthems for over the course of time.

But at the recent gig by Docdef Productions called In D’ Flow, I only thought I would be wild as fuck during the sets of Jensen and the Flips, my current top favorite Autotelic, and other rock bands.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Just My Opinion: Kobe's Retirement

11/30/2015 7:26:43 PM

Before anything else, first and foremeost, I admit I am not a huge fan of Kobe Brayant. In fact there were times where I hated him first. But just like an ordinary human being whose always moved by a constant word called “change,” he earned my respect. There’s no question he;s one of the most prolific scorers this league ever had.

Tirada Ni SlickMaster: Disqualified!

12/1/2015 8:41:19 PM

So diskwalipikado na si Sen. Grace Poe na tumakbo sa halalang pampanguluhan nngayong Mayo 2016. Aba, unang pasabog yan sa huling buwan ng taon na ito ah. Masyadong maaga para sa Pasko, pero sa larangan ng pulitika ay nasa gitna pa lamang din ng digmaan para sa kagustuhan na maging pinuno ng bansa.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Tirada Ni SlickMaster: Womanizer Daw

11/30/2015 7:57:50 PM

Okay, umamin si Davao City mayor at ngayong tatakbong president sa 2016 elections na si Rodrigo Duterte na isa siayng babaero. Misogynist, o womanizer sa ibang terminolohiya.

Ngayon, ano na? Ano naman ngayon?

Upcoming: Habitat For Humanity's Pamaskong Handog

11/30/2015 6:57:27 PM

At the season of giving, a lot of organizations were doing charity works as part of the spirits of thanksgiving, which should be really exhibiting by each and every single human being who has that kind of heart and mind. And especially at times where our country has been plagued by calamities that threatened our properties and lives, giving and building hope should never diminish to bring the faith in humanity back in our community.

With that being said, attached hereby is the press release about Habitat for Humanity's Pamaskong Handog. What is the project all about? Who made it possible? Read:

The Rundown Slam: WWE Survivor Series 2015

11/30/2015 6:20:35 PM


Screengrab from YouTube
This year’s Survivor Series, according to many, was so lame. Yeah, like the way I wrote my first statement there.

But kidding aside, why a lot of people were disappointed in the product after watching the pay-per-view event last two Sundays ago? I mean, what went wrong aside from the book booking and feud build-up?

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Scene Around: MAD RUSH

11/30/2015 4:58:25 PM

Friday the 27th may be a helluva-buzzy evening due to payday, heavy traffic and a then-long weekend coming. But somewhere at the Bonifacio Global City, it was a night of adventure for the masculine race as Sky LIFE Men Zone presented MAD RUSH: THE ULTIMATE PARTY TRIP.

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Scene Around: Blogapalooza 2015

11/19/2015 6:06:26 PM

Things have changed. When in Manila moved the venue though the date has remained at least intact compared to their last edition. 

The Scene Around: KINK Mixtape Launch

10/3/2015 4:01:56 PM

Sometimes all we want in life is not just a nighttime to spend nor even a partner to be with us for the rest of our lives (that’s why the word “forever” is the root of argument in the eyes of the cult I’d like to call love); there are instances where all we want is some music which will not just touch our heart, mind, and soul; but also, will ignite a spark for something sensual.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Flick Review: Mga Rebeldeng May Kaso

11/19/2015 5:48:25 PM

It’s been a while since the last time I watched a movie. And just a bit long while, I managed to take a peek on one of the entries for Cinema One Originals called Mga Rebeldeng May Kaso.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Clutch!

11/22/2015 9:35:54 PM

Say, it’s been a very long while since the last time I watched a basketball game LIVE. And as far as the local collegiate basketball is concern, the habit was almost nowhere to be found. Can you blame a busy guy? Can you blame me for being not affiliated with any of the NCAA or UAAP schools? While in fact, I’m just a hoops junkie. Yes, as generally plain and simple as that.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Upcoming: foodpanda's Freaky Fridays!

11/24/15 06:35:56 PM

 
This might be quite late. But hey, better late than never. For all the foodies out there, this might be a chance to have an early Christmas gift!

Attached hereby is the official announcement from foodpanda as they are offering you the promo Freaky Fridays!

Upcoming: iBlog11

11/19/2015 1:47:00 PM

File photo of the 10th Philippine Blogging Summit last 4-5 April 2014
Perhaps, the long wait is over. After 20 months—and six from its original schedule—the 11th Philippine Blogging Summit is on!

Everyone's A Terrorist

11/19/2015 4:17:00 PM

Tama si Heneral Luna (o si John Arcila na gumanap nito; o Jerrold Tarog na isa sa mga nagsulat ng script) nung sinabi nya na “Mga kapatid, mayroon pa tayong mas malaking kaaway kaysa mga Amerikano—ang ating sarili.”

Monday, November 23, 2015

Upcoming: I RUN for Integrity: I Am Part of Solution

[THIS IS A PRESS RELEASE]

Historic running event for integrity takes off in December

With the goal of making integrity everyone’s concern and part of daily life, the Integrity Initiative - spearheaded by the Makati Business Club, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AMCHAM), the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), and Financial Executives of the Philippines (Finex)- is staging a historic run on December 12, 2015 at the CCP Complex, Pasay City.

Tirada Ni SlickMaster: Yes! Yes! Yes!

11/22/2015 8:16:54 PM

So, tatakbo na raw si Mayor Rodrigo Duterte sa pagkapangulo nitong darating na May 2016 Presidential elections. Ayon ito sa mga naglabasang balita sa kanyang pagdalo sa isang kaganapan sa Dasmariñas, Cavite kagabi. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Playback: We Are Imaginary – Pencil Me In

11/19/2015 5:27:17 PM

Maybe I am missing a lot in dealing with choices, especially when it comes to hearing music. At one point of my life, I listened to my copy of the Jack Daniel’s On Stage compilation where this track became part of the 14-track CD.

The Scene Around: Autotelic Birthday Bash

11/1/2015 2:18:59 PM

This is the event I’d like to personally called OCTO-Telic.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Survival for the Championship

11/19/2015 7:00:12 PM

Seth Rollins was perhaps on his path to overthrow CM Punk’s championship tenure until an injury prevented the WWE to do so. He blew his knees as he tried to do a powerbomb during a house show in Dublin, Ireland and will be missing in action for 6-9 months.

Sad, right? But that’s life. That’s the harshest aspect in the world of sports. You might not lose a game to your opponent. But if bad luck strikes, injuries can make you feel a sore loser. And even if you unstrap the kayfabe logic here, no one wants to suffer an injury that way. Why? Because that’s not even part of the plan.

With that being said, it’s quite unfortunate for Roman Reigns to also lose his contention slot for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Yes, just like that. He had to undergo a 16-man tournament, but heck, he chose to take the path anyway—right after shoving Triple H’s offer to be a “sellout.”

Un-survivng the Fantasy Booking

11/19/2015 6:39:01 PM

As much as I wanna feel excited for Survivor Series, I ended up hitting the dismayed emoticon.

And why not? The theme for Survivor Series is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Undertaker; and the only way to do so is by having him the captain of the Survivor Series team for the latest edition.

I guess the WWE creatives are trying to break everyone’s expectation; considering professional wrestling is “scripted” by nature.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Quits. With Reservations.

11/19/2015 5:02:50 PM

Minsan pinanood ko sa YouTube ang video na naglalaman ng panayam ni Karen Davila kay Alma Moreno. Ito ay ang parte ng November 15 episode ng Headstart kung saan ang panauhin ay isa sa mga tatakbong senador sa darating na 2016 Presidential Elections sa ilalim ng tiket ni Bise Presidente Jejomar Binay.

The Scene Around: saGuijo Turns 11

11/19/2015 2:33:34 PM

Rarely would I go to bars that are far-flung distance from either my residence or workplace. Mostly, I would give a go-sign if the event was held around Quezon City, Pasig City, or Marikina vicinity; especially if it’s nighttime.

But on that first Saturday of the evening, yours truly decided to drop by on one of the popular bars in the metro called SaGuijo.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Throwback: Butt Exposure v. 2.0 (2014)

11/21/2014 09:19:29 AM

(This is an old post)

Ano ang meron sa litratong ito?
Oo, yun nga, butt exposure din. At hindi lang siya exposure, cover pa siya ng isang magazine. Oo, si Kim Khardashian nga tinutukoy ko.

Upcoming: IN D' FLOW

11/19/2015 12:35:50 PM 


HAVE YOU HEARD GOOD MUSIC LATELY?

Well in case you haven't, it's about time to do so. And it's not just good music alone, folks... but a whole lot more than that to offer.

From the makers of Tagaytay Art Beat, Docdef Productions will celebrate a milestone in providing exceptionally-good music for the fans and awesome events around the metro by setting up their 100th gig on the 28th of November. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Shocking Upset

11/16/2015 3:39:25 PM

Photo credits: thebiglead.com
Did anyone see it coming? Unless you are rooting for the underdog, yes.

The War Inside

11/16/2015 8:41:42 PM

Seems the freaks went unleashed in the France’s capital city Paris during Friday the thirteenth, eh?

Cut the fucking F pun. This is not funny at all (pardon). Not a single human being (unless you’re a ruthless mutherfucker violently-driven bitch) wants a single act of terror to rule the world; especially at the city where love rules like Paris.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Scene Around: JACK TV Mad Fest 2015

11/16/2015 3:03:30 PM


Jack TV celebrated their first decade of success in bringing the best foreign programs in Philippine cable television by setting up MAD FEST 2015 last 7 November 2015 at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds in Makati City.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Pre-catfight Square-Off

11/15/2015 10:51:56 AM

Seems this world’s getting chaotic little by little. Explosions, attacks, and even altercations trigger a worldwide pandemonium. Well, we could only hope for justice to prey down the culprits in the recent suicide bombings in Paris, as well as the other mishaps around the world such as the recent earthquake that rocked Japan.

Also, prayers for the untimely lost souls and damaged by these sets of catastrophes. Nobody wants to hear or witness such happenings.

However, in the world where everything is a cockpit-like warfare called sports, the main catfight seems interesting.

Monday, November 09, 2015

The Scene Around: Jack Daniel's Future Legends Trade and Media Launch

11/7/2015 4:57:17 PM

It was a rainy Tuesday evening (13 October 2015) in Buddha Bar as Jack Daniels Philippines formally launched their program for the independent music scene called Future Legends. 

Sunday, November 08, 2015

The Rundown Slam: WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

11/7/2015 4:38:35 PM

Photo credits: www.smarkoutmoment.com; insidepulse.com

WWE's Hell In A Cell may not be scheduled in the exact Halloween evening, but certainly was a perfect treat for such.

What’s the reason to say not to? You got two cage fights, and a fitting character in The Undertaker? Plus, kinda ironic in the set-up... the city of Los Angeles (that's a good introduction, Michael Cole!).

Without any further ado, let’s get down to business.

The Scene Around: Tagaytay Art Beat Hangover

11/1/2015 1:27:25 PM

Just when you thought the first ever Tagaytay Art Beat was already in the books, last October 1, Docdef Productions, Museo Orlina and The Brewery at the Palace teamed up and produce the post- show called Tagaytay Art Beat hangover.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

The Scene Around: The Last Revolver Gig Part 2

11/7/2015 3:10:21 PM

As of this writing I am about to write new entries. 

Well, not really “new” since I have tons of backlogs on my list as a blogger. Sure, I did numerous commentaries, features, rantings, and even writing about the events I personally attended. Especially when we’re talking about music scene or specifically, gigs.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Upcoming: #VPARTYSERIES MIDNIGHT MYSTERIES: CAN YOU SURVIVE?





Manila, October 29, 2015— Mark your calendars for November 7, 2015 and get ready for the ultimate Halloween event of the year! FOX International Channels and Victoria Court are partnering up with Breakout Philippines, the country’s premiere escape room game, to bring you an immersive horror experience like no other!

Sunday, November 01, 2015

NOT A Holiday

11/1/2015 12:43:58 PM

Punyeta. Ang daming maling bagay na nagiging tama sa panahon na ito. At hindi lang ito usapin ng lohika na ginagamit ng mga tao sa panahon ngayon.

Ano ang tinutukoy ko? Ito lang naman.

Pasensya na, mga pare. Pero hindi po holiday ang ika-2 ng Nobyembre, taong kasalukuyan.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Tirada Ni SlickMaster: "Extend" Pa More? Extend N'yo Mukha N'yo!

10/31/2015 12:53:05 PM

Photo credits: Walkah Walkah; Inquirer
Nakakalokang lipunang ito. Puno ng bunganga’t panay reklamo ang laman. 

Oo, wala sanang masama sa pagbubunganga kung gaano kamiserable ang mga bagay-bagay sa ating bansa. 

Parang kung gaano ba kapangit ang serbisyo ng ilang ahensya; kung gaano tayo pinaghihintay sa pila na diaig pa ang mala-forver na pagmamahalan sa mga paborito nating tetleserye’t pelikula. Kung gaano tayo nababagot sa pakikipagtalo kung may forever o wala, habang naisastuck sa trapiko sa EDSA at alinmang pangunahing kalsada. Kung bakit ang bababaw ng mga panukalang ipinapasa sa kongreso (kung tutuusin, kasingbabaw nga lang yan ng kwentong pinapanood natin e) At higit sa lahat, kung bakit ang mga nuknukan nang kakupalan at kaungasan ang nakaupo sa pamahalaan na naglilingkod dapat sa ating mga mamamyan.

Ayos sana ang pagrereklamo natin e. Ito nga lang ang mas malala: ilan naman sa atin ay may ugali na hindi naman natin dapat ginagawang parte ng ating kaugalian. Nagrereklamo tayo sa pagiging malambot ng otoridad pero hindi naman sumusunod sa batas? Nagrereklamo tayo kung bakit baha inaabot natin sa tuwing sumasapit ang tag-ulan samantalang tayo naman ay nagtatapon ng basura sa mga estero?

Nagrereklamo tayo kung bakit tiwali at incompetent ang mga nakaupo samanatalang hindi naman tayo bumoto?

At nagrereklamo tayo ng extension sa deadline samantalang hindi natin pinapansin ang voter’s registration program ng Commission of Election (COMELEC) nung nagsimula ito noong 2014?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Why o Why???

10/25/2015 9:55:30 AM

Ang daming nabadtrip. Matutuwa na sana sila e. Makikialam na sana sila sa darating na halalan sa May 2016.

Kaso may problema: ayaw ng tao ang partner niya. As in yung kasama niya para sa ticket niya bilang pangulo. Yung bise-presidente ba.

Bakit ganun?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Upcoming: 2015 Blogapalooza Seasons

10/24/2015 8:58:54 PM



It’s that wonderful time of the year for the blogging industry again, as When in Manila unveils the another edition of the business-to-blogger event called Blogapalooza.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fashion is so Elite

11/2/2014 1:56:04 PM

Fashion is for elite. Parang romance: so mainstream, o pwede ring so high school.

Hindi ko alam kung bakit ko naiwika ito. Siguro dahil isa rin sa mga realization ko sa buhay ay mas okay na ang simpleng manamit. At maswerte ka na lang kung mas anagat ka sa mga maykaya . Dahil malamang, may kakayahan kang bumili ng mga damit mo. At kahit makipagtalo ka pa at sabihing “may ukay-ukay naman ah. Pati surplus.” Hindi lahat ay madiskarte sa ganun, kahit gustuhin man ng bawat isa sa atin.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Na-#DuterteZoned Ka Dre?

10/16/15 05:43:50 PM

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Ayan. Nasaktan na naman kayo. Disappointed. Galit na para bang hiniwalayan kayo ng syota, o nabasted ng nililigawan, o nasabihan na “ hanggang magkaibigan lang tayo.”

At bakit nga naman hindi? Umaasa kasi kayo sa mga binibitiwang salita eh.

Alam niyo naman ang mundo ng pulitika dito sa Pilipinas. Kung hindi puno ng kasinungalingan, lipunan naman ito ng mga taong “walang isang salita.” Hindi ganun katigas ang paninindigan.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Playback: Autotelic – We Are Autotelic (album)

10/08/15 11:37:38 AM

Photo credits: Pinoytuner
There are times where all I wanna do is to shut up and listen to a variety of music. And in case I liked them, I do put my several takes on it.

And rarely—if not none—I made some words of appreciation on albums. But for now, since Autotelic is celebrating its success for over three years in the independent music scene, might as well have do a review on their album.

Monday, October 12, 2015

"Tuwad Na Daan "Pa More!

10/11/2015 8:31:19 PM

May kasabihan sa buhay—at ito ay ayon sa isa sa mga hjinahangaan kong kontrabida na si John Regala: Para mapansin ka, either gumawa ka ng masama, o gumawa ka ng masama.

At sa tingin ko, kahit alam ko na kabutihan ang nais nito ay nagging masama. OO, mabuti dahil gusoing mapasaya ang birthday celebrant nun. Pero masama dahil sa imaheng dinadala nila bilang isang opsiyal na hinalal ng mamamayan.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Noontime Dilemma

10/11/2015 7:27:23 PM

Kababawan. Ang salita na naglalarawan ng pagiging mababaw ng isang tao, bagay o pangayayari. Malaman na obvious na ang kahulugan, ‘di ba?

Pero sa konteksto ng mainstream media sa Pilipinas, ito ang perpektong salita para ilarawan. Oo, mababaw nga. Panay kababawan. Panay kilig na lang. Panay kalandian pa nga sa ilan. Lalo na sa panahon ngayon na dalawang network ay pinagsasabong na pakulo na nagpapaalala sa atin na minsan ay masarap takasan ang realidad. 

Oo, lalo sa mainit na tanghali.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

FOUL!

10/06/2015 06:33:35 PM

Isa sa mga pinakamasaklap na mangyari sa lipunang ito ay ang masupil ang akrapatan ng paghahayag ng isangt ao, lalo na kung ikaw ay isang batikang journo.

Kung maalala mo, naging mainit ang nakalipas na mga linggo sa isyu ng pagkaban ng sports reporter na si Snow Badua mula sa alinmang gawain o aktibidades ng Philippine Basketball Association. Ito ay matapos ang isang mainit na isyu na kinasangkutan ni Alfrancis Chua at Abby Poblador.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Lihim

9/26/2015 7:47:59 PM

At some point in my life, I admire the people who have the guts to say such poetic lines in such a way that it appears like an old school monologue—just minus the extra motions such as theatrics.

And though I had no chance to do such spoken word poetry by such saying words with such eloquence, I can only utter words in writing. (Plus aside from the fact that I have a stage freight and a low self-esteem; something that serves as a hindrance for one to do public speaking.)

This piece is all about a 'secret admission' over someone else; it's like you want to make porma on her but you're resisting to do so as if she was—as well as the feelings of infatuation, lust, and even love—is a hindrance. Here it goes:

Saturday, October 03, 2015

The Scene Around: The Rest is Noise 6

10/3/2015 1:19:35 PM


After five installments, Vandals on the Wall had done it again, and perhaps the series rolls on as they slated the sixth part of their gig series popularly known as The Rest is Noise. (Yes, and also just before TRIN 7 and 8 this month!)

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Upcoming: Go To Hell

9/28/2015 6:28:21 PM

Since I missed watching WWE Night of Champions, I’ll shift my focus on this one... well, for a while. It seems as the Brock Lesnar-Undertaker feud reaches its end on Hell in A Cell, I think his character was rebuilt into another mold of being “The Conqueror.”

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Scene Around: Jacktember

9/28/2015 4:58:08 PM


Before we call it a "September to Remember," (like what the title of a series of gigs) we should see something that's worth the night for that one night of September. Yes, aside from Tagaytay Art Beat.

Jack Daniels joined the rest of the celebrating world when they held the Philippine edition of Jacktember on 4 September 2015 at Handlebar and Grill at Bel-Air, Makati City.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bakit Siya Nakaupo? Bakit? Bakit!!!?

9/28/2015 3:29:49 PM


Photo credits: PDI Entertainment

Isang nakababahala—at nakakalokang tanong at mga sagot.

Bakit raw hindi tumayo sa buong pelikulang Heneral Luna si Apolinario Mabini?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Scene Around: Tagaytay Art Beat

9/27/2015 9:03:15 AM

The view from up here at the Roof Deck!
For once, I never thought I will be dropping by Tagaytay City once again. It’s been like 11 or 12 years since the last time I’ve been into that place. And the very last time I’ve been there is at the famous People’s Park in the Sky—once known as Palace in the Sky during the Marcos regime—the urban park sitting atop of Mount Gonzales.

Until a week ago, Docdef Productions and Museo Orlina teamed up to establish a one day-long affair with music and arts called Tagatay Art Beat.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Alaala ni Ondoy

09/20/2012 01:16 AM

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(Alaala ni Ondoy was a three-part personal story-themed articles published by SlickMaster at the community blog site Definitely Filipino on September 2012. Hereby attached is the entire post.)

Setyembre 26, 2009, alas–otso ng umaga sa orasan ko, isang maulang Sabado na umaga na naman ang bumungad pagmulat ng aking mata habang dalawang tinig ang nariring ko nun: ang tunog ng radio ko na hip-hop pa ang kantang umeere, at ang boses ng nanay ko. “Anak, papasok ka pa ba ngayon?”

Agad akong bumangon, kumain ng almusal, naligo, nagsuot ng uniporme at naghanda para pumasok sa kaisa-isang subject ko nung araw na iyun. Pero dahil maulan nung araw na iyun, nag-alangan na kong umalis kasi naman nasiraan pa ako ng payong ilang araw bago nun. Sakto lang din at uuwi ang mga magulang ko papuntang Bulacan, kaya nakisabay ako.

Paglabas ng barangay, sa kalsada sa tabi ng Ilog Marikina agad naming napansin ni Nanay na hindi na yata normal ang taas ng tubig sa nasabing daluyan ng tubig. Pareho kaming kinukutuban na may hindi magandang mangyayari sa araw na ito. Kaya nasabi na lang niya sa akin nun na “Anak, ‘wag ka na lang kaya pumasok?” Sagot ko naman, “’Nay, bakit po?”

“Hindi maganda ang araw na ito e.”
“Ha?”

Sumabat si Tatay, “Ano ba kasing gagawin n’yo ngayon?” Sagot ko nama’y, “May klase ako. Hindi ko pa nga natatapos ang assignment ko para sa araw na ito e.”

“Sige, pumasok ka na lang din.”