Monday, March 31, 2008

Ariel Lin

I can't seem to get Ariel Lin out of my mind lately. I mean I only saw her five times in It Started With A Kiss - the Taiwanese drama last year but its only this year she made an impact on me. I wonder why? She's cute I admit it. Everytime I see her she reminds me of But this Taiwanese lass is definitely cute...

Come to think of it, with the exception of Esther Liu, Ariel Lin is the only Taiwanese actress I could consider a beauty so far. I wonder if there's a shortage of beautiful Taiwanese women. Nah...I don't think so.

Ariel Lin might be cute but her character in It Started With A Kiss is a huge turn off. Her character is obsessed with this emotionless and frigid guy but she keeps coming back despite the humiliation and the setbacks she is receiving. Tsk.

Some data on Ariel Lin:
  • Name: 林依晨 / Lin Yi Chen (Lam Yi San)
  • English name: Ariel Lin
  • Profession: Actress and singer
  • Birthdate: 1982-Oct-29
  • Birthplace: Taiwan
from Dramawiki

Ariel Lin is a Korean major from National Chengchi University, Taiwan. Interesting.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Dance Drill

the girls of Dance Drill

Dance Drill is a cheer dance dorama. It is about a group of Japanese high school girls who started a cheer dance club in their school from scratch. The young heroine Kaname Aikawa (Nana Eikura), as usual in doramas, is a tough one – never gives up and gutsy. Episode four is very inspiring as the characters made things happen - they don't wait around. They create conditions so they could reach their goal successfully. Kaname is assisted by her best friend and personal cheerer Futaba Sueyoshi (Rosa Kato) and three other friends. The dorama emphasizes relationship between characters and in meeting challenges together they end up overcoming it. This is not "Bring It On" Japanese version as the story was based on a real Japanese cheer dance team which won a tournament in the United States. The Japanese don't use formula characters like the nerds, the jocks and those other things Americans use ad nauseam. There are instances where the series gets boring. Frankly speaking, the series could have been better but overall this series is better than the staples local television is offering nowadays. And yeah if you like girls in skirts too ha ha!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Quinito Henson

Joaquin "Quinito" Henson is not just an expert in boxing matters but an expert in human relations. His great ability to wade through precarious waters during the last Manny Pacquiao-JMM fight earned him my respect again. Instead of putting Pacquiao down and praising the enemy, Quinito asked for prayers to help strengthen Manny in that one dangerous round in which our fighter was caught with a punch. He knows how to adjust himself with his audience. He still calls things frankly of course but with more tact and class obviously absent from his co-commentators (Donaire sarcastically said" Incredible! Incredible! Incredible!" after Pacman's victory was announced earning the ire of the entire Pacland. When his fight in Dubai was cancelled some Paclander said "Karma!" Chino Trinidad tends to get awed by Mexican boxers whether justified or not and focuses on them too much.) Mr. Henson doesn't resort to name-calling and sweeping generalizations like that P---- F---. Instead, Quinito always gives detailed explanations to prove or disprove his point like his column "Why Castigate Manny?" In short, this guy knows what he is, where he stands, and who his audience is. Mr. Henson is a world-class writer.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Pacquiao the Filipino Warrior
One of the best MV ever made for Manny. I can feel the emotion. It is inspired by the NBA marketing ads.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Nodame Cantabile Sample Tracks

Here are some of Nodame Cantabile's featured classical pieces:

Beethoven Sonata #5 "Spring"

Claude Debussy L'isle joyeuse

George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Wednesday, March 19, 2008



Nonito Donaire

Pacland fans are up in arms against Nonito Donaire whose comments came across to them as arrogant in Pacquiao-Marquez II fight several days ago. I agree Nonito sounded like a know-it-all prick and worse he insisted Pacquiao lost. He may sound like a jerk but I'll still support him not only because he is a Filipino but he is a talented boxer. Besides I really like to see him beat the **** out of that Hussein. I REALLY ENJOY SEEING FILIPINO BOXERS WIN PERIOD. I don't want to relive the emotions I felt seeing Pacquiao lose to Morales in their first fight March, 2005. I don't want to see a Filipino boxer lose. I had to emotionally detach myself in the recent Boxing World Cup so I won't get hurt too much seeing Boom Boom Bautista fall like a deck of cards. I will support Filipino boxers prick or not!

Donaire knocking out all-bull Darchinyan

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Has Manny Met His Match?

By implication and by suggestion, this seems to be the talk of the town. I disagree with the assessment. In reality, it was Pacquiao who stood firm and he never left the ground (unlike Superman Marquez). Pacquiao fought Marquez toe-to-toe and unafraid like the legendary Filipino warriors of ancient times. In fact, the Pacman decked Marquez in the third round the Mexican was lucky to survive. I see no one who could match Pacquiao at the moment.

The judges were correct. Pacquiao did win – no one could change what happened.

Respect the decision, please. I'm disappointed by some sports columnists insisting Pacman won because of beyond the ring considerations. Absurd. I bet they couldn't even back up their claims.

Respect the decision! I thought they are old enough to understand that. Obviously, for some advancing in age doesn't equate to advanced wisdom.

Monday, March 17, 2008





Marquez eating some serious leather

Marquez: I won!!!

Marquez: No, really I won! Believe me people!

Marquez: I NEED a some ammonia pls.

Stop whining Juan Manuel Marquez! It makes you little. Please accept defeat like a man. No offense meant to Juan Manuel Marquez's fans but the decision has been handed please respect that. Racist remarks on Youtube and other internet sites are uncalled for. I didn't know some of Juan Manuel Marquez's fans are that juvenile. Grow up!

Saturday, March 15, 2008


With these brave words, I am assured. Do your best Manny!!! Our country needs unity and only you can do that. You'll never know how grateful I am with your words - I know you will back it up tomorrow for you always do. I've seen this before against Morales in your first fight - you were bloodied but unbowed. I know you will make us proud tomorrow. I have faith in your ability. I have faith in your spirit. You can do it. Mabuhay ka, Manny!!!

You are still the only Filipino athlete who has the supreme belief in his ability. Others are in the habit of coming up with excuses long before the tournament like that Team Pilipinas which really embarrassed our nation in Tokushima. They call themselves professionals. Was Kobe scared in Fiba-Americas tournament despite being a rookie in international competition? That guy is the professional.

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Friday, March 14, 2008


Hana Kimi:
Featuring Nakatsu in "ORE WA HOMO JANAI!!!"

Hana Kimi

"What is a girl doing in an all-male high school?” asks the Osaka High doctor to the new student Ashiya Mizuki (played by Horikita Maki). Mizuki is a Japanese girl in the U.S. who has a crush on a high-jump athlete Sano (Oguri Shun) from Japan. She followed him to Japan in the hope of attending the same school with him. However, Sano is enrolled in an all-boys school, Osaka High, so she disguises herself as a boy to be with him.

This is my first completed dorama. I saw this just this February and it is very funny. Although the drama varies slightly from the manga (Japanese term for comic book), it lost none of its humor. The Japanese version is the best one with great acting and well-written episodes. You won't see any over-acting, unnecessary and weird camera spans and melodramatic clips. Those are not the Japanese way of film-making. It also helps that the female lead (is cute) can go with the flow meaning adjust wonderfully to her very funny co-stars esp. Nakatsu (Ikuta Toma) whose monologues and antics carry the series. Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Ikemen Paradise (or For You in Full Blossom - Hottie Paradise) its full title will be shown locally on GMA starting March 24.

Hana Kimi

Ashiya Mizuki - Kawaii!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Modern Guitar Manipulation

In the modern era, this is how they manipulate the guitar:

More Classical Music

Originally written on February 15, 2008
I’m starting to enjoy classical music esp. if it’s properly explained to me. It all started because of this Japanese dorama – Nodame Cantabile which is about classical music. I was so enamored I went to and searched for clips of classical music. (Before Nodame, I know one classical music artist Lang Lang. I saw him on a BBC documentary about classical pianists. His name means abnormal and mentally ill in the Hiligaynon language that’s why when some people ask me for some classical artist and I reply Lang Lang all I get is the bemused look and the mandatory giggle. No Lang Lang is not lang lang, he is Chinese phenom.) I chose Spanish guitar solos since I love that instrument. Ta-da!!! Right there and then names came up – almost all unfamiliar to me. I chose this EMU professor playing "Spanish Romance" – the guitar solo that I really love – but a comment cited the professor made at least three mistakes so I moved to other guitarists. One name stood out Jose Feliciano – probably the original GOD-GUITAR (the name given to the lead guitarist of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE)! He played Flight of the Bumble Bee with blinding hand speed that could embarrass Slash. However other than the Flight, he didn’t play other classical pieces. It doesn’t matter I’m still astonished by his talent despite the fact I probably saw Senor Feliciano’s clips several times already!!!

Jose Feliciano playing Flight of the Bumble Bee

Spanish Romance - composed by an anonymous medieval Spanish guitarist became even more famous when it was featured in the French movie "Forbidden Games (Jeux Interdits)"

Radio and Ilonggo culture

originally written on January 5, 2008

I love radio specifically AM band. I love listening to it early morning, afternoon and late night, schedule permitting - I wish I own one. Radio is more relevant than television as shown by the coverage of a raging fire in Trinity Christian School in Villa Angela last night (January 4, 2008). It is also a great medium for preserving local culture – kinablit and composo are still well and alive in radio. Radio as an important medium will never die out in this country – after all poverty is still widespread in this country. Poor people are the main audience of it. People who can’t afford TV can definitely afford a transistor radio. Trust me if its news or current events one doesn’t miss anything just by listening to radio. In fact, it is more informative than the boob tube although the facts are sometimes distorted or colored by the bias of the commentator. I don’t know the extent of “envelopemental journalism” in local radio but if I don’t concur with what the broadcaster is saying I just turn the dial elsewhere. I really think it is widespread for the last elections many so-called journalists were exposed as paid hacks.

Slowly, Ilonggo culture is disappearing as the younger generations are equating it with lameness strongly influenced of course by their white masters – the Americans. The kinablit program in Bombo Radyo is the one of the very few programs I could listen to traditional Ilonggo ambahanon (song) not even on Imeem with the exception of Max Surban’s Turagsoy. Our culture is being buried deep into oblivion. Worse, it is being willfully erased in our psyche. Thankfully, some AM radio stations are fighting hard to keep the Ilonggo way alive. We need a vibrant Ilonggo pop culture to sustain it. To be honest, there isn’t much love towards anything Ilonggo in Negros Occidental. It is different in Iloilo though – the home of the Hiligaynon language. The trendsetting Talibong1 of the Benjo and Tonton fame is a student in Central Philippine University in Iloilo. His Hiligaynon version of 300 and Troy became an instant Youtube hit and made our language cool again. Ilonggo Pride or IL Pride made Ilonggo hiphop possible and inspired others to do the same.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Marquez vs Pacquiao - WBC Superfeatherweight title fight

Many analysis and articles have already been written by some experts and so-called experts about this subject in the past week. My take on this matter is simple...Juan Manuel Marquez has a weak chin. He was decked by another Filipino Jimrex Jaca and recently by Marco Antonio Barrera. If Pacquiao's so-called weakness is his boxing skills then Marquez weakness is his chin. If you ask me Pacman's weakness can be remedied through training while Marquez isn't. I don't know how long will Marquez avoid Pacquiao but in a boxing match the Mexican will be amount of boxing skills could save a weak chin. Hopefully Marquez will fall right away!

Korea, Korea

Originally written January 22, 2008

My admiration towards this Korean actress rekindled my interest in everything Korean again. Yup, I learned a lot about Korea including some disturbing facts as well. The most disturbing is this one by a Dutch navigator who got shipwrecked in Korea sometime in the 17th century. His name escapes me but most Koreans probably know him as a proof of their wretched behavior.

He and his crew were traveling from Japan to Taiwan when they met some weather disturbance and found themselves in a strange country they had no idea with (Korea was still closed to outsiders that time and most probably Europeans don’t have any idea what this country was). The King of Joseon refused to let them leave so that his country would still remain unknown to the rest of the world. Upon his orders, no help was provided to the crew and they were treated like dirt. The sailors were forced to beg in order to survive for thirteen years until they successfully escaped to Japan where they were treated more humanely. I think only eight sailors including the Dutch captain survived (but knowing how the Dutch treated the Indonesians in the past and being the notorious slave-traders I don’t pity those sailors). It is an ugly scar in Korean history.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Some Good News

Let us forget the bad news at the moment and look at some of the successes our little country has lately.

Our TV dramas are popular across Southeast Asia. Although I think most of our series suck, not because I have a disease called colonial mentality, but our television producers insist on mediocrity – same storylines and same people. Despite that they are generating enough attention overseas and changing other nationalities’ perception toward our country as this news item shows:

She was very excited about the trip, eager to learn more about the country and its people. She imagined the Philippines to be an eternal fiesta of Spanish and Chinese Third-World flair, filled with warm and accommodating people who all speak with a clear American accent, where all men have the handsome earthy appeal of Jericho Rosales and women the heavenly mestiza charms of Kristine Hermosa (thanks to Filipino soap operas that have become so popular here in Malaysia).It was certainly one of the most honest cultural impressions I’ve ever heard, and quite amusingly, one shared by many. In my German friend’s opinion, the Philippines is one of the most open-minded countries in Southeast Asia. I found this view rather interesting, especially since it came from a European who’s never stepped foot in the Philippines and whose only direct exposure to the country was me.The funny thing about cultural impressions is that they often come from a place of both acute perception and blatant ignorance, split in the middle by what is painfully true. But they are what they are—impressions.


The power of media is being displayed in the preceding article.

In Asia, no country uses the power of cultural products more than Korea. You may have heard about Hallyu or the Korean Wave - the sudden explosion in popularity of Korean enertainment across Asia. From their newspapers (Chosun Ilbo, Korea Times, etc), internet sites (hancinema), and satellite TV (Arirang) all are geared toward the promotion of this wave. But caveat emptor they have a tendency to exaggerate. It seems their journalists lose their objectivity when it comes to this Hallyu phenomenon.

It would help if our government promotes this mini-Filipino "wave" for lack of a better term. I mean it would count as an export therefore earn dollars, and save dollars too. Instead of buying costly ads to promote WOW Philippines our dramas would do the trick.

Filipino tele-novelas very popular in Asian countries

by Olive Tiu

New Delhi, India (November 26) -- Whoever said that it is only Filipinos who watch Filipino tele-novelas and who swoon over Filipino actors and actresses?
The Filipino tele-novelas are very popular in Malaysia, Indonesia and other Asian countries. This is the revelation of the Malaysian and Indonesian media who are members of the Asean-India Media Exchange Program.

Indonesians and Malaysians also swoon over Jericho Rosales, Deither Ocampo, John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Kristine Hermosa, Heart Evangelista and other tele-novela heroes and heroines. They watch Filipino novellas like Ikaw Ang Lahat sa Akin, Gulong ng Palad and many other Filipino tele-novelas which are being shown in their television channels.

The media from the Southeast Asian Countries said they love the Filipino telenovelas more than the telenovelas from other countries because they have better stories and that the Filipino actors and actresses are more good- looking, more intelligent and more talented than their counterparts.

Ms. Che Rohana Che Omar of Radio Television Malaysia said Malaysian; including herself never miss any episode of their favorite Filipino telenovelas. The same is true with Ms. Novita Christie of PT Radio Sonora in Indonesia. She said that some words in the Tagalog dialect are similar to Indonesian and Malaysian words. Besides there is an interpretation in their language so they really are able to emote and empathize with the characters.

This revelation is a big boost to the Philippines tele-novela producers. This will encourage them to produce more quality telenovelas which may be shown anywhere in the world and can compete with the telenovelas of any country.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Solution

We don't have to rely on our inept government to save our beloved language as it is biased in favor of Tagalog. But I'm glad President Arroyo understood the importance of English when she reinstated it as the medium of instruction in public schools.

Another language related news:

Well, it may come as a surprise to many that a lot more people are now batting for saving our native languages. Not just the Save our Language through Federalism. And they are the ones who are also batting for constitutional change and the adoption of the federal system.

Well, for one, I got a Yahoo mail from Manny (Mon Ramirez), which stated that "We, the non-Tagalogs, majority of the people of the Philippines have our own district mother tongues, our own district languages. We have no commonality with Tagalog."

Manny adds - Tagalog is not even prescribed as the national language in the 1987 Constitution. Instead, Section 7, Art. XIV states that the official language is Filipino as it shall be developed taking into account then other languages of the Philippines …

To impose Tagalog on the non-Tagalog peoples is not acceptable. It is divisive, not unifying, Manny added.

Solfed's Khalid points out that the problem comes after Dr. Jose Rizal, when the emergence of Tagalistas and their witting or unwitting form of cultural domination. It was wrong to speak another Philippine language in the classroom (1960-90s).

"Fortunately, there are people here in the Philippines, organizations like Solfed and Dila (to mention just a few) who made us aware of a Tagalog dominant culture to the detriment of the other regional cultures."

"There is even now an interpretation that the Katipuneros were only interested in a Tagalog Republic. Araneta, Lacson, et all, here in Negros Island, did not necessarily communicate and align themselves with Aguinaldo when they (Araneta and Lacson) took over the Spanish garrison here in Bacolod," Philip pointed out.


We won't die out that easily. Here are more excerpts:

In various parts of the country, there has been a growing movement to save our native language. The point - when you destroy the ethnolinguistic tongue of the people, you destroy their soul, i.e. their culture disappears, so with their history.

That is why, in the Caraga Region, Dr. Dacudao reported, disc jockeys of radio stations, have started to use Butuanon and Cebuano in their commentaries and their programs.

And, yes, they also had the National Anthem translated into Butuanon. And the dwindling number of Butuan residents and natives speaking their mother tongue, have considerably risen.

"And, the more notable result - we are communicating with one another more effective," Dr. Dacudao pointed out. And, yes, he is aided by Taylor Calo who had recently helped organize the Antique SOLFED that is reviving interest in the Kinaray-a. That had touched Antique Governor Sally Zaldivar-Perez, also Regional Development Council chair, who recently astonished a lot of people when she and Rep. Janette Garin (1st District, Iloilo) paid tribute to their native tongue by using it in their public speeches during an RDC meet.


I think it would help if the government allows teaching of Bisaya in Bisaya-speaking areas, Hiligaynon in Ilonggo areas, etc.,etc.

Yeah Right!

Are other Philippine languages really dying? Some people will of course doubt it either from ignorance or arrogance. However I have more news clips:

“One, there is a dearth of literature and official use of the provincial Philippine languages. Many of these languages do not even have a written literature, and are not used in government and schools in their own territories. Residents can hardly read and write in their own language. New songs, movies, TV shows, essays, poems and books are not being composed in the provincial languages, and the few that are being made, because of the minority status attached to them by state policy, are not being patronized by their own speakers.”

“Two, National Statistics Office surveys show that every Philippine ethnolinguisitic people is decreasing in percentage of the Philippine population, except the one that speaks ‘Filipino’ as its native tongue. When the natural birth rate of these people finally approaches zero, as is the trend at present, their absolute numbers will also decrease, eventually to extinction if we do nothing now.

“Three, minority people are losing territory fast to the center’s ethnolinguistic group. For example, Puerto Princesa in Palawan, which used to speak Cuyonon, no longer does, and the Cuyonons [a Western Visayan people] are becoming confined to a small group of islands off Palawan and will inevitably die out should we do nothing. Same story for the rest of the native Palawan, Mindoro and Zam-bales languages.

Likewise, the rich array of native languages of Romblon (including Romblomanon, Unhan, Asi, Odiongon) are dying out. Transplanted Tagalog is fast replacing the indigenous tongues of Davao and Cotabato. Even traditionally big and influential ethno-linguistic people such as the Kapampangans of Pampanga and the Bicolanos of Camarines Norte are in the process of getting wiped out.”


The Philippine government has a great habit of NOT listening to peaceful advocacies like this. It prefers someone to bomb something in order to get its attention and support for example the rebels in the south and bandits-cum rebels.....Please hear us out! I do hope peaceful advocates of change should be heard.

We are a Dying People

It is time to defy Surian ng Wikang Pambansa and tell it to their faces that we, the non-Tagalog people will survive. Extinction and marginalization of other Philippine languages is not the future I want to bequeath to my children. Now is the time to act:

RP’s ethnic languages dying, Pimentel warns

MANILA, Philippines -- Except for Tagalog, which has been mandated by law and the Constitution as basis of the country’s national language, the country’s other ethnic languages are dying, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said.

In a privilege speech earlier this week, Pimentel called on the government to save these ethnic languages from extinction by allowing them to be used as a medium of instruction in elementary schools in the respective regions where they are widely spoken.

“Now is the time to make the first move to revise the curriculum of our educational system so that we can allow the use of the local languages as the medium of instruction in our grade schools. Our other major languages are dying. We have to save them now,” he said.

The senator cited data showing that Tagalog users have steadily increased in number from 19 percent of the population in 1948 to 29.30 percent in 1995.

In contrast, users of other ethnic languages are declining from the same period: Cebuano from 25 percent to 21.17 percent; Iloko, from 12 percent to 9.31 percent; Hiligaynon from 12 percent to 9.11 percent; Bicol from 8 percent to 5.69 percent; Waray from 6 percent to 3.81 percent; Kapampangan from 3 percent to 2.90 percent; and Pangalatok from 3 percent to 1 percent....

Monday, March 3, 2008

Nodame Cantabile

written on February 27, 2008

Nodame Cantabile is a story of a confused, talented, young musician, Chiaki Senichi (played by Tamaki Hiroshi), and a hygienically-challenged woman, Megumi Noda or Nodame (Ueno Juri - a top J-actress), pursuing their musical dreams or at least one of them is. A beautiful love story told in a serio-comical manner I highly recommend this Japanese show.
I just finished the show two days ago when classical music related news came up. The first one is the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's North Korean concert which was well-received by the people there. The other one is about this fast rising conductor from Colombia, the one called the demonic conductor, I forgot his name though.
Thanks to the TV show, I appreciated classical music even more and I learned the history of various compositions from Debussy's to Mozart's. It is in knowing the purpose and history of a composition that one can truly appreciate its value, its existence. For example, Claude Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse, it was composed to convey his joy and happiness after visiting one of the French Colonies in the Pacific. The show explained why classical music training is so rigid. It is so in order for the budding musicians to play the piece as closely as possible to what it is intended for.