Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Save Me...

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Disappearing acts. A bad habit, something I picked up along the way.

When everything around you collapses, you run for cover.

I came to understand the reasons behind the solitude. A retreat from the real world into my world, trying to keep myself intact...

I haven't found the will to be...a better person, a better companion. I wish I could have been better, but I'm not. I am what I am. yourself and leave.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A good meal for 2 under P500! Coral Garden!

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Sunday afternoon, Me and the group were supposed to do our TV commercial shoot. We had food, water, other beverages, the crew...but alas, we didn't have all the elements in place. So, our director, Direk Edong, herded us all up, said a few words and called for a pack up.

Due to the disappointing turn of events, I needed good comfort food to salvage what was left of my day.

Me and my foodie buddy Toni were on the road, it was about time for dinner, and we were thinking of a restaurant to wash our worries away...and then it came to me, my mouth started to water at the mere mention of the name...CORAL GARDEN! So off to Libis we went!

Monday, August 17, 2009

At Last! CHARLIE'S GRIND and GRILL! And my first ever food blog :)

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So here it is! My very first food blog!

As i sit here writing and fulfilling one of my long overdue projects, biting into my leftover Philly Cheese Steak, (we ordered more than we can chew really but more on that later) I present to you...CHARLIE'S GRIND and GRILL!

I first came across this place from Anton Diaz's site and by the way he reviewed the food, I knew we had to try it.

Located on West Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Charlie's Grind and Grill is a quaint Burger and Cheese Steak joint, but let me tell you, there is nothing quaint or small about their food.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


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Another piece by Lourd de Veyra.


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This KICKS ASS! Getting your opinion across in less than 5 minutes! The beauty of online shows! Watch whenever and whatever you want!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Teddy Locsin’s Eulogy for President Cory Aquino

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Teddy Locsin’s Eulogy for President Cory Aquino

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Throughout thirteen years of martial law, until I laid eyes on her again, I never thought that I would ever see the end of it. Least of all that my father would survive it. I am not much given to prayer or pious reflection but when I could set aside my anger, I prayed my father would see democracy again.

Late one afternoon, in San Francisco, I got a call. It was from Cory Aquino, for whom I had written one speech after her husband’s assassination. She said she had accepted Marcos’s challenge in a Snap Presidential Election. I put down the phone, and packed my bags, and reported to her at the Cojuangco Building.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

"Corazon Aquino is TIME's Woman of the Year for 1986."

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History lesson. Going back to 1986...Taken from

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History, wrote Gibbon, is little more than a "register of crimes, sorrows and misfortunes." It is, equally often, a study in black ironies or the fatal mechanisms of tragedy. Sometimes history is even a cautionary tale, an Aesopian fable on the folly of blindness or greed or lust. But history is rarely a fairy tale, a narrative that instructs as well as inspires. Still less often is it a morality play, in which the forces of corruption and redemption, of extravagance and modesty collide in perfect symmetry.

In 1986, however, as all the global village looked on, history turned into a clash of symbols in the Republic of the Philippines, a nation long relegated to its dustier corridors. There in the Southeast Asian archipelago of 56 million people and more than 7,000 islands, life not only imitated art but improved upon it. In a made-for-television drama watched by millions, two veteran rulers, President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda, stumbled and fell in their ruthless campaign to extend, with an immodesty broader than a scriptwriter's fancy, their stolen empire.

During the final years of his "constitutional authoritarianism," Marcos had effectively moved his country backward -- from democracy to autocracy, from prosperity to poverty, from general peace to a widespread Communist insurgency. Treating the national treasury as if it were their personal checking account, the royal couple had looted their land of perhaps $5 billion. "Here in the Philippines," said Imelda, "we live in a paradise. There are no poor people as there are in other countries." Even as she spoke, seven in every ten Filipinos were living below the poverty level.

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The sudden turn of fortune's wheel came when a confident Marcos, who had never lost a vote in his life, called a snap election. He was thus hoping to satisfy the Reagan Administration's demands that he become more democratic. But Marcos' plans for victory were upset by a slight, bespectacled mother of five, who had entered politics only two months earlier. When she went to fill out her application for the presidency, Corazon Aquino had nothing to enter under OCCUPATION but "Housewife." The last office for which the soft-spoken - widow had been chosen was valedictorian of her sixth-grade class. In fact, her chief, if not her only, political strengths seemed to be her innocence of politics and the moral symbolism of her name. In Spanish, her first name meant "heart"; in Philippine politics, her second signified "martyred opposition," in memory of her late husband Benigno (Ninoy) Aquino, once Marcos' chief rival, who was slain on his return from exile in 1983. Cory Aquino, at 53, stood in effect on a platform of faith, hope and charity.

The outcome of the allegorical battle seemed pre-scripted, if not predestined. Marcos, who had once been an effective and even popular ruler, in recent years had gradually proved brilliant enough to rewrite the rules and brutal enough to enforce them. On election day in February, in full view of more than 700 foreign journalists, Marcos' men ripped up ballots, bought others and intimidated voters at gunpoint. As many as 3 million names were simply struck off the voter lists.

Then, suddenly, the implausible began to happen. Thousands of volunteer poll watchers, singing hymns and burning candles, formed a human barricade against the armed goons and carried their ballot boxes through the streets to counting stations. Thirty of the government's vote tabulators walked out in protest against the fraud. The country's Catholic bishops publicly condemned the election, and the U.S. Senate echoed the protest.

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Soon the implausible turned into the improbable. Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, the architect of Marcos' martial law, and Lieut. General Fidel Ramos, the deputy chief of the armed forces, broke away from the government, claiming that Aquino was the true winner. As the rebels barricaded themselves inside two military camps, first hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands of common citizens poured into the streets to offer food, support and protection, if need be with their bodies, to the maverick soldiers and Aquino backers. As civilians, bearing only flags and flowers, took up positions to defend the military men, the world knew that it was watching more than just an electoral upheaval.

Finally, the improbable became the impossible. Marcos' tanks rolled toward the crowds, only to be stopped by nuns kneeling in their path, saying the rosary. Old women went up to gun-toting marines and disarmed them with motherly hugs. Little girls offered their flowers to hardened combat veterans. In the face of such quiet heroism, thousands of Marcos loyalists defected; many simply broke down in tears.
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