Thursday, November 30, 2006

A French manicure... thanks to YOUNGBLOOD of

By Tish Martinez


Last updated 00:17am (Mla time) 11/30/2006

Published on Page A13 of the November 30, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every
government on Earth, general or particular, and what no just government
should refuse to rest on inference.
-- Thomas Jefferson

WHEN people learn that I’m an activist, they automatically look at
my nails. No matter how much they try, it seems they cannot imagine
anyone among the angry horde they see on TV news programs having
manicured nails.

Explaining the seeming paradox is never easy, especially if one is
not accustomed to explaining to people one has just met. Which only
goes to show, I suppose, that after all the education I got in the
activist world and after all the people I’ve met, I remain indifferent
to society at large.

This is not to say that I do not have a heart for the poor or that
I’m living a double standard. My pretty nails cannot tell you that
everything I have learned along this badly ridiculed path has gone to
waste. I think that the issue here is perception. People perceive
activists to be generally unhygienic and unkempt. For example, when my
family meets one of my activist friends, they make excuses for his
appearance. “Ang dungis niya ano? Aktibista kasi eh" ["Doesn’t he look
dirty? That's because he is an activist”], someone would say.

Comments like this sound funny, but some don’t. Some people look at
activists as spineless political individuals. Even worse, there are
those who believe we are fighting for a lost cause.

Most people I’ve met are surprised when they learn that I study at
the Ateneo de Manila University and that I have no qualms about living
indefinitely in an urban poor community. Let me explain. First off, all
throughout my life in the university, Jesuit education has taught me to
try harder at thinking about others. Our Jesuit mentors try to instill
in us a sense of altruism. They tell us to try not to be the
money-hungry yuppies or money-driven career persons. They teach us at
the Ateneo the value of other human beings regardless of their station
in life. And they drill into our heads that we have to be “men and
women for others.” I suppose they are trying to save us from our
bourgeois selves.

This is not to toot my own horn. This is something that I have
learned in personal encounters in the Ateneo. Despite the seemingly
sanitized environment of our upper-class school, it never lets you
forget that there are people dying just outside the walls of the
university. If there is anything important the university has taught
me, it is that every step down your personal ivory tower is
excruciating and stepping out is something from which no one fully

Which leads me to my second point. For almost a year now, I have
lived in an urban poor community. The discomforts aside, I can honestly
say that this has been the best time of my life. After getting over the
excitement of being in an unfamiliar environment, I discovered three
things: First, life is hard no matter what the President says about our
economic growth. Second, to be poor does not mean to be uncivilized.
And third, life offers us an astounding array of choices on how to live

Among the three basic truths that I have learned, the one that needs
the most explaining is the third. Admittedly, my middle-class existence
has been very comfortable. Most other activists I’ve met sneer upon
learning about my school and my social status. But it is only now that
I can admit that I belong to a more privileged part of society. It is
only in retrospect that I can say I had no reason to whine about my
allowance or my wardrobe.

Activism did not fuel my angst, it actually gave it a cold shower.
As I look back on my past, all my complaints were rooted in my sense of
deprivation. I thought that I was being deprived of “the good life.”
While my family insisted that I was indeed privileged, I constantly
thought about the things I did not have, mostly non-essential things,
the accessories to life, things such as a five-digit allowance, the
latest fashion and, yes, my manicure.

If you think this is ridiculous, ask any typical middle-class
student and you will hear the same complaints. But in my case, the only
“real” problem that I had was my nails. My crowning glories must never
be chipped or damaged in any way. But of course, when I started going
to political demonstrations, my nails were chipped every time. And of
course, I was pissed. Very socially oriented, indeed.

But then again, what can you expect from someone who has been raised
on the other side of the economic divide? I had been taught that the
poor were poor because they were lazy and that rallies accomplished
nothing except to cause heavy traffic. I could have thought worse about
activism. Nevertheless, in the beginning, the only thing I had against
activism was my chipped nails.

And what can I say about activism now? It has been a lonely and hard
journey to self-realization. It has been harder still to accept that my
country is not the utopia of shopping malls that I once perceived it to
be. Milan Kundera put it this way: All of us can choose to be in the
grand march of humanity or to step down the road and become animated

The greatest lesson learned from all this? We all must join the
grand march. Everyone has to live for something. We who are in the
upper strata should always remember that though today we are being held
up by the system, no matter how much we justify our actions, we are
still living in a world where the basic human rights of the
underprivileged are neglected. It is because we have been educated that
we have a moral responsibility to stop ourselves from thinking that we
cannot do anything to help the marginalized sectors. Because we have
lived most our lives comfortably, we have the time and resources to go
out in the streets.

But privilege does not confer more rights on us. Underneath our
clothes and pretenses, we are all humans with free will. We can decide
to be passive bystanders or we can make a difference. Social division
creates conflicts. We need to see beyond it and realize that everyone
has the right to live with dignity. There’s a line from the musical
“Rent” that neatly sums up what I mean: “There’s only us, there’s only

So go out and protest against the crushing of basic human rights --
if you have enough courage, that is. That is your responsibility. And
if you cannot, hold your tongue and don’t tell us activists never learn
or that we do nothing but rally. We do learn and it is because we learn
that we never stop shouting to make our voices heard. And when we are
not mounting rallies, we are trying to live lives that are free of
bourgeois sensibilities. So, cut us some slack.

Tish Martinez, 20, is a member of Migrante Youth Philippines.

Copyright 2006 Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be
published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

TV RATINGS - 11/26/2006

TV RATINGS - 11/26/2006

>From PEX

Research by Jun Jun aska26ph2001@...
Posted by james chicago



AHKD - 7.2 / 7.4
KST - 10.9 / 8.5

ISWAK - 11.1 / 11.6
Super Rookie - 9.5 / 7.0

ASAP 06 - 15.1 / 16.4
SOP - 14.6 / 12.2

Your Song - 11.4 / 11.3
Love Spell - 10.8 / 11.1
KMF - 20.9 / 18.5

The Buzz - 12.7 / 13.5
Sfiles - 11.0 / 10.2

TVP - 20.8 / 22.4
AMB - 19.9 / 16.5

Rated K - 20.9 / 24.0
Hoo U - 17.5 / 14.3

Sharon - 16.6 / 17.3
M&J - 21.5 / 18.0

PDA - 17.0 / 18.2
All Star K - 15.9 / 15.7

Sundays Best - 11.0 / 12.1
DDD - 13.8 / 14.8
SNBO - 6.8 / 7.1

UZ - 1.9 / 2.5
Diyos at Bayan - 0.9 / 0.6


TV RATINGS - 11/24/2006

>From PEX

Research by Jun Jun aska26ph2001@...
Posted by james chicago

November 24, 2006 AGBN Mega/Metro Manila Ratings



Wansapanataym - 11.2 / 11.2
One Piece - 13.6 / 13.3

Homeboy - 13.5 / 14.7
Sis - 11.9 / 10.5

PGKNB - 19.9 / 20.1
YH - 18.3 / 16.4

WWW - 22.1 / 24.1
EB - 22.3 / 18.8

Kapamilya cinema - 13.9 / 14.2
Daisy Siete - 18.1 / 15.0
MKLM - 15.0 / 13.1
N&F - 14.1 / 12.6

Inocente de ti - 11.7 / 10.9
Into the sun - 13.5 / 12.3

PSY - 15.5 / 14.9
JITP - 16.7 / 14.3

TVPW - 26.0 / 26.9
24 oras - 27.7 / 25.7

KDOND - 30.3 / 29.5
SI - 27.4 / 28.5
CB - 34.2 / 31.8

MSKM - 25.5 / 26.4
Atlantika - 32.0 / 30.6

MMK - 20.3 / 20.9
Bakekang - 32.1 / 31.7
A Rosy Life - 26.8 / 26.1

PDA - 17.7 / 17.7
Bandila - 10.8 / 10.7
Bubble Gang - 15.1 / 16.0

Mirada de mujer - 5.2 / 5.3
Saksi - 8.1 / 9.8

PDA uplate - 3.0 / 3.1
Emergency - 7.7 / 9.1


TV RATINGS - 11/25/2006

>From PEX

Research by Jun Jun aska26ph2001@...
Posted by james chicago

November 25, 2006 AGBN Mega/Metro Manila Ratings



ISWAK - 10.6 / 12.0
Maynila - 12.2 / 10.4

PGKNB - 18.0 / 19.1
Super Rookie - 13.9 / 12.4

WWW - 20.1 / 20.8
EB - 26.8 / 24.3

Nagmamahal - 10.5 / 9.3
Lets Go - 7.6 / 8.6
Startalk - 14.1 / 14.5

Star Magic - 10.1 / 11.1
Wish ko lang - 17.0 / 15.1

TVP - 18.8 / 18.7
Fantastikids - 16.1 / 15.1

Komiks - 21.6 / 21.6
BFV - 19.7 / 18.7

JES - 19.7 / 20.8
PPS - 23.7 / 20.5

XXX - 20.9 / 22.0
KMJS - 25.6 / 23.7

PDA - 19.5 / 20.5
Imbestigador - 20.9 / 21.0

AA - 12.3 / 14.1
HP - 14.6 / 15.4

Sports Unlimited - 6.9 / 9.6
Showbiz - 8.6 / 8.6
Walang Tulugan - 3.2 / 3.2

Monday, November 27, 2006

Online video 'eroding TV viewing'... thanks to

Last Updated: Monday, 27 November 2006, 03:12 GMT
Online video 'eroding TV viewing'
Video sharing site YouTube has taken online viewing to the masses
The online video boom is starting to eat into TV viewing time, an ICM survey of 2,070 people for the BBC suggests.

Some 43% of Britons who watch video from the internet or on a mobile device at least once a week said they watched less normal TV as a result.

And online and mobile viewing is rising - three quarters of users said they now watched more than they did a year ago.

But online video viewers are still in the minority, with just 9% of the population saying they do it regularly.

Another 13% said they watched occasionally, while a further 10% said they expected to start in the coming year.

But two-thirds of the population said they did not watch online and could not envisage starting in the next 12 months.

The success of sites such as YouTube over the past year has helped open the door for those who want easy ways to find, watch and share videos over the internet.

The UK is not yet as advanced as the US, where hit TV shows are routinely available from networks' websites and services like iTunes.

But it is catching up, with the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 all planning to offer most of their shows on demand on the internet from the end of this year or the start of 2007.

In the survey, one in five people who watched online or mobile video at least once a week said they watched a lot less TV as a result. Another 23% said they watched a bit less, while just over half said their TV viewing was unchanged. Some 3% said online video inspired them to watch more TV.


Online and mobile video is far more popular among the young, with 28% of those aged 16-24 saying they watched more than once each week.

An average of 10% aged 25-44 were net video regulars, with that figure falling to just 4% of over-45s.

Earlier this year, media regulator Ofcom said the number of 16 to 24-year-olds watching TV in an average day had dropped 2.9% between 2003 and 2005.

Comedian Ricky Gervais, whose audio and video podcasts have become hits on the web, said amateur video would never replace TV - but broadcasters would harness the power of the internet.

"You can't knock up an episode of The Sopranos or 24 on a little handheld digital camera," he told the BBC News website.

"I don't think you'll ever be able to sidestep TV or DVD. But TV companies will embrace it."


The choice offered by new platforms was "exciting", he said, and any future developments depended on how many people started using the technology.

"I'm sure when the BBC first launched, they were going: 'Ah, not many people have got tellies. Who's watching this?'

"So it's good to get your act together. And then people catch up with the know-how and the means to watch it."

The first award ceremony for web-only video, the Vloggies, was held in San Francisco at the start of November.

Alive in Baghdad, a site featuring videos of real Iraqis telling their own stories, won the top award.

  • ICM interviewed a random sample of 1,008 adults aged 18+ recruited from the ICM online panel between 17-19 November. They also interviewed a random sample of 1,062 people aged 16+ by telephone.

    Panellists were recruited from across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

  • Saturday, November 25, 2006

    O Captain! My Captain!

    So far, this is one of the poems i could remember up to now, i first read this during my grade school years and this is being recited in the class. with all the emotions coming out and the facial expression i had, i could still picture out how i did my performace in front of the class.

    O Captain! My Captain!
    by Walt Whitman

    O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
    The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
    The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
    But O heart! heart! heart!
    O the bleeding drops of red,
    Where on the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.

    O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
    Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills; 10
    For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding;
    For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
    Here Captain! dear father!
    This arm beneath your head;
    It is some dream that on the deck,
    You've fallen cold and dead.

    My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
    My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
    The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
    From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; 20
    Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
    But I, with mournful tread,
    Walk the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.

    TV RATINGS - 11/22/2006 Philippine TV

    TV RATINGS - 11/22/2006

    >From PEX

    Research by Jun Jun aska26ph2001@...
    Posted by cybermyx

    AGB Nielsen Overnight Ratings
    Wednesday - November 22, 2006

    Sis 13.1
    Homeboy 12.9

    Yellow Handkerchief 18.8
    Pilipinas Game KNB? 20.0

    Eat Bulaga! 19.9
    WoWoWee 22.3

    Daisy Siete 15.1
    Kapamilya Cinema 13.0
    Makita Ka Lang Muli 13.3
    Now and Forever 12.1

    Into The Sun 8.7
    Inocente De Ti 10.0

    Jewel In The Palace 18.0
    Pangako Sa 'Yo 16.1

    24 Oras 27.0
    TV Patrol World 26.6

    Captain Barbell 31.3
    Kapamilya Deal or No Deal 32.4

    Atlantika 29.6
    Super Inggo 29.0

    Bakekang 33.7
    Maging Sino Ka Man 25.4
    Pinoy Dream Academy 20.1

    A Rosy Life 24.8
    Crazy For You 13.8

    Nuts Entertainment 14.1
    Bandila 8.9

    Saksi 8.2
    Probe 5.5

    Palaban 5.0
    Mirada De Mujer 3.3
    Pinoy Dream Academy Uplate 1.6

    Friday, November 24, 2006

    Pacman thanks Filipino people anew... thanks to

    Fresh from victory over Mexican ring icon Erik “El Terrible” Morales in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday (Sunday in Manila), World Boxing Council (WBC) International Superfeatherweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao again thanked the Filipino people for their support and prayers before and during his fight.

    Pacquiao arrived at around 5:45 a.m. Friday on board Philippine Airlines Flight PR 103 from Los Angeles, California.

    Pacquiao humbled Morales in three rounds before a soldout crowd at the Thomas and Mack Arena. Pacquiao first floored Morales in the second round then finished the job with two more knockouts in the third.

    At a press conference at the Manila City Hall after attending Mass at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, the fighter dubbed as the Philippines’ “People’s Champion” thanked the press, local and national officials and the public for their support and again dedicated his victory to the Filipino people.

    Pacquiao will next pay a courtesy call on Mrs. Arroyo at Malacañan Palace then lead a motorcade in his honor across the city.

    The motorcade is expected to start at the city hall and end at the Manila Zoo.

    Other roads, city districts and landmarks where the motorcade is expected to pass through are Jones Bridge, Escolta, Plaza Sta. Cruz, Dasmariñas, Quintin Paredes, Reina Regente, Claro M. Recto, Delpan, Zaragoza, R-10, Moriones, Juan Luna, Tayuman, A.H. Lacson, Nagtahan, Jesus, Laura, Dr. M. Careon, Tejeron, A. Francisco, Rubi, Diamante, San Andres, A. Linao, Pres. Quirino and M. Adriatico.

    Finally in the evening, Pacquiao will grace a grand victory party organized by the city government at the Raja Sulayman Park. The party will feature top performers plus special numbers by Pacquiao himself.

    Famous Lines

                                   Famous Lines




                              "pinapaikot mo lang ako

                           Nagsasawa na ako. Mabuti pang

                             patayin mlo na lang ako"

                                   -electric fan





                          "hindi lahat ng walang salawal

                                    ay bastos"

                                  -winnie d' pooh





                       "Alam mo ba wala akong ibang hinangad

                            kundi ang mapalapit sa iyo.

                           pero patuloy ang pag-iwas mo"






                            "Hala! sige magpakasasa ka!

                   Alam ko namang katawan ko lang ang habol mo."






                    "Ayoko na! pag nagmamahal ako lagi na lang

                     maraming tao ang nagagalit! wala ba akong

                              karapatang magmahal?!?"






                      "Hindi lahat ng green ay masustansya."






                "Hindi ko hinahangad na ipagmalaki mo na ako'y sau

                  ayoko ko lang naman na sa harap ng maraming tao

                          ganun mo na lang ako itanggi.."






                      "Sawang sawa na ako palagi nalang akong

                   pinagpapasa-pasahan, pagod na pagod na ako."





                           "you never know what you have

                                 till you lose it.

                 and once you lose it, you can never get it back"




                            "di na nga ako gumagalaw dito,

                   ako na nga yung natapakan, sya pa itong galit."

                                                    -        tae




                           "Hindi lahat ng pink, KIKAY!"

                                 -bayani agbayani




                       "Ginawa ko naman lahat para sumaya ka

                      mahirap ba talagang makontento sa isa?

                              bakit palipat-lipat ka?






                       "hindi lahat ng maasim may vitamin c"

                                    -kili kili





               Sige, batihin mo ako.... Sigeee.....BATEEEEEE!!!!!!!!






         pilitin mo man na alisin ako sa buhay mo, babalik at babalik ako!







                            "wag mo na akong bilugin.."







               Paano tayo makakabuo kung hindi ako papatong sa iyo?








                       "hindi lahat ng dugo puedeng idonate"






              "Sige, kalimutan mo ako… at ilalabas ko ang baho mo!!!"

                                    – rexona

    Tuesday, November 21, 2006

    Mobiles hope to be 'smart wallet'

    Mobiles hope to be 'smart wallet'
    All Saints
    Your mobile could be your ticket to concerts
    Mobile phone are closer to becoming smart wallets, following agreement among mobile operators on an approach to near field communications (NFC).

    NFC is a short-range wireless technology like RFID tags, which are used to track stock by retailers.

    The tags inside phones could have personal information stored in them and so could act as car keys, money, tickets and travel cards.

    Mobile firms representing 40% of the global mobile market back NFC.

    Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer of the GSM Association, which represents the mobile industry, said: "Interoperability and standardisation are the fundamental requirements for mobile market success.

    "NFC opens up a wide range of possibilities and we are committed to ensuring the mobile industry works together to realise its potential."

    Two elements

    There are two elements to NFC technology, which is sometimes called "contactless" applications - a tag, which is inside the phone and can store data and transmit it wirelessly, and a reader, which can access the information stored on tags.

    A mobile equipped with NFC technology could, for example, buy a concert ticket over the phone which would then hold those details, together with the details of the phone user, on the tag inside the handset.

    An RFID device at the concert would then "read" the concert ticket details on the tag when the phone is passed close to it.

    NFC technology could also be used to exchange data between phones, such as photos and music.

    Mobile phones are seen as powerful tools for NFC technology because they are able to download new pieces of information - from topping up a travel card, to new songs, ticket information and electronic keycard data etc.

    No timescale for the development of NFC technology has been given. Fourteen mobile network operators are working together to develop NFC applications.

    They are Bouygues Telecom, China Mobile, Cingular Wireless, KPN, Mobilkom Austria, Orange, SFR, SK Telecom, Telefonica Móviles España, Telenor, TeliaSonera, TIM, Vodafone and 3.

    The 14 firms are part of the GSM Association, which represents major mobile operators around the world.

    * The number of people in the UK using their mobiles to access the internet is growing, the Mobile data association has reproted.

    A total of 40.7m users were recorded as having used their phones for downloads and browsing the mobile internet in the UK during the third quarter of 2006.

    The total number of users recorded in July was 13m, which had increased to 14m by September.

    Losers and gainers... from YOUNGBLOOD of

    By Chiden O. Balmes
    Last updated 00:39am (Mla time) 11/21/2006

    Published on Page A11 of the November 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    I HATE being pitied. Pity is only for losers.

    I also hate being asked about my father, because the moment I tell people that I've lost him, I always see them feeling sorry for my misfortune, as if life without him has made me less of a person.

    My family lost my father not because he's peacefully resting six feet underground or because he's working in some distant land teeming with dollars or dinars, or snow or sand. We lost him because we had to let him go: he couldn't be a father to two (or more) families. And from the time he left us, our lives have never been the same.

    One basic lesson I learned from my values-education classes is that a father is the "sandigan" [pillar] while the mother is destined to serve as "ilaw" [light] of the family. In the absence of the pillar, a family's foundation is bound to collapse. I've witnessed many times when we almost keeled over, but still managed to survive by hanging on to the hope that the worst would quickly pass so long as we continued to help each other. In the absence of our father, my mother had to be the mother and the father, caretaker and a provider to her four daughters and two sons. Right after finishing college, my eldest sister had no choice but to suffer the dreadful curse of getting into the shoes of the original provider.

    As early as my grade school years, I accepted our situation because I knew that I was not the only fatherless child in the world. I never shed tears over my father's absence since I had never been emotionally attached to him, which is hardly surprising since he only came home on Sundays and he never spent a few minutes talking to his children or asking how school was or if we had problems or if we wanted something and so on and so forth. For me, he was a complete stranger, like the old man knocking at our gate begging for a cup of water or the bill collectors handing out water or electric bills.

    I do not exaggerate when I say that I knew my pet dog better than my father. The only thing I knew was that I was his own flesh and blood and that he is half-Chinese -- that's all. So when he left, I bravely told myself that losing him was no big deal, but eventually I was proven wrong.

    All six of us children felt deprived of the tangibles and the intangibles other kids enjoyed. Like any other child, we pined for new toys and clothes, chocolates and candies, school stuff, etc. Like other children caught in our situation, we also searched for a father figure who would compensate for our loss. This yearning inevitably affected every aspect of our lives and we often found ourselves asking God why this had to happen to us?

    My father couldn't be with us during our ups and downs. He did not see, much less appreciate how my mother strived to do various jobs, including the oddest ones which she would never have touched during her maiden years, just so we could continue with our studies. He didn't witness how his daughters willed themselves to earn their college diplomas so that they would not be dependent on their husbands when they got married.

    Had he been around, he would have commended my brother for being so tough to be doing various jobs to help my mother or they could have had a man-to-man talk after my brother got busted by the first girl he courted. Since he was away, he wasn't able to scold his youngest daughter for having a puppy love at the age of 12 and coming home late so many times. He wasn't there to comfort my sister when her false teeth broke during her birthday, and he wasn't there to make her feel better when she painfully broke up with her first boyfriend.

    I wonder if he's aware that he has a daughter somewhere in Japan who's just starting to fulfill her dream of being a successful engineer. I do not know where he was when we needed him so badly, such as when we were forced to leave our aunt's house. It seems that he did not care that not even one of his daughters had a debut party. Probably he is not even aware that he is now a "lolo" [grandfather], with two beautiful granddaughters.

    The list would be endless if I were to write all the memorable moments that transpired in the absence of the most important man in our family.

    I must admit that we couldn't help but feel the emptiness, the sense of being incomplete especially during celebrations on Christmas Day, birthdays, commencement exercises, graduations, Father's Day, etc. But maybe we should not rue the loss, for our gains were definitely greater. In fact, I want to thank my father for not being around because we learned to be more hopeful, patient, hardworking and independent. The less determined he was about caring for us, the more determined we were to survive by ourselves. We might have missed the most precious memories that complete families have, but we are still thankful for being blessed with wonderful people who filled the space left by my father.

    Throughout the years, God has provided everything that we lacked. In losing our father, God did not allow us to lose our world but instead helped us to conquer it. God made us go through this difficult ordeal so we would prevail, not fail. If we survived the most trying times without him, we can definitely do the same in the future. I know we shall overcome. I know we shall prevail. God will always see us through.

    Several years from now, my sisters will be walking down the aisle with their husbands. I hope and pray that they will find real partners who are worthy of their love and trust, real men whose manhood is measured not by the number of relationships they have and not by the number of babies they produce in the process, but rather by their ability to take one of the biggest responsibilities and most of all their capacity to resist life's temptations. It takes a real man, a real partner and a real father to do such things.

    I used to succumb to self-pity upon seeing pictures of fathers and sons. But as I've said, pity is for losers. And survivors are definitely not losers, so feeling sorry for survivors isn't fair.

    Chiden O. Balmes, 20, is a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration student at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

    Copyright 2006 Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    Monday, November 20, 2006

    Pacquiao knocks out Morales

    Pacquiao knocks out Morales

    National fist too much for Mexican

    Agence France-Presse, Inquirer, Associated Press
    Last updated 08:47pm (Mla time) 11/19/2006

    LAS VEGAS--(3RD UPDATE) Filipino Manny Pacquiao lived up to his famous monickers "The Pacman" and "Pambansang Kamao" (National Fist) when he knocked out Mexico’s Erik Morales in the third round of their final rivalry at the Thomas and Mack Center here.

    It was a quick and brutal end for Mexico’s El Terrible after Pacquiao stopped him two minutes and 57 seconds into the third round, leaving the three-time world champion seated on the canvas and shaking his head, saying he did not want to continue.

    Pacquiao and Morales started slugging it out at the Thomas and Mack Center here with "The Pacman" Pacquiao persistently aiming for the body of "El Terrible" Morales.

    Pacquiao landed more punches than Morales in the first round. Morales tried to corner Pacquiao in the second round but staggered after being hit by Pacquiao’s left fist.

    Morales, clearly in the defensive, hit the floor twice in the third round after Pacquiao unleashed a series of punishing blows. After falling for the last time, Morales went to his corner and signaled he was giving up the fight.

    "I did my best. I had all the training. I did everything I could do. Manny was just too good for me," Morales said.

    "I looked to my corner. They encouraged me to get up but I said no. It was to no avail. There are times you are a beaten man. I was a beaten man tonight."

    Morales was knocked down as many times in the fight, three, as he had been in his entire prior career and spoke like a man who had fought his last bout when asked about his future.

    "I have to think a lot about it. It was a night that just wasn't for me," Morales said. "I've had a long, illustrious career. I've done it all... It's fine if they want to promote me. But it might not be the best thing."

    Pacquiao improved to 43-3 with two drawn by taking his 34th triumph inside the distance. Morales lost for the fourth time in his past five fights, falling to 48-5.

    The Filipino powerhouse left no doubt about who was the better fighter. Pacquiao lost a 12-round decision to Morales last year, but avenged that defeat by stopping the Mexican in the 10th round of a rematch last January.

    "He didn't respect my right hook. He was surprised by my right hook," Pacquiao said. "That was my big difference over him."

    Thousands of Filipino fans at the sold-out Thomas and Mack Center chanted Pacquiao's name, worshipping their native megastar of film, music and endorsements--and don't forget boxing, where he belongs among the world's top handful of pound-for-pound fighters.

    The fighters split their first two meetings in the previous two years, with Morales winning a unanimous decision and Pacquiao replying with a TKO victory over "El Terrible" last March.

    Their rivalry became one of boxing's better trilogies in recent years, with both punch-addicted brawlers dazzling casual fans and building rabid followings in their native lands.

    Morales' career could be in trouble after four losses in five fights, including consecutive setbacks against Pacquiao. He also lost two of three fights in his previous trilogy against Marco Antonio Barrera.

    While Pacquiao is a ferocious, straight-ahead puncher who's usually loathe to change his bombardment tactics for any opponent, Morales altered his training strategy and re-hired his trainer-father, Jose, for the third fight after firing him following a recent loss.

    Though both fighters have only middling profiles in the United States, each of their three pairings has been an international incident.

    Television sets from Manila to Mexico City were tuned in to the pay-per-view telecast of a fight pitting perhaps the Philippines' most famous person against one of the toughest fighters in Mexico's long line of famed brawlers.

    Thousands of Filipino fans traveled halfway across the world to Las Vegas for the fight, while thousands more came up from Mexico and Southern California to support Morales.

    With reports from Agence France-Presse and The Associated Press

    Copyright 2006 Agence France-Presse, Inquirer, Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    Third time's the charm

    Pacquiao finishes Morales trilogy with electric KO

    Posted: Sunday November 19, 2006 2:37AM; Updated: Sunday November 19, 2006 2:37AM

    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- From the first combination to the last knockout punch, all the ferocity of Manny Pacquiao's first two fights with Erik Morales seemed to be compressed into just under 9 minutes of frenetic action.

    The third fight in this memorable trilogy was short, yet the outcome was sweet for Pacquiao: The Filipino phenomenon cemented his spot among the world's top handful of pound-for-pound fighters.

    With a flair befitting his movie-star life, Pacquiao knocked down Morales three times on the way to a third-round knockout victory Saturday night in the super featherweights' third meeting in 20 months.

    Pacquiao (43-3-2, 33 KOs) might have knocked Morales (48-5) into retirement in a fight that was every bit as thrilling as their first two meetings -- even if it didn't last nearly as long.

    "I thought it was going to be a long fight, but it was a good fight -- more action," Pacquiao said.

    He recalled his thought process while the sellout crowd deafened him before the opening bell:

    "Make a move and make it fast. In and out, in and out. Use your speed."

    Both fighters came out with heedless aggression, and Pacquiao first knocked Morales down against the ropes late in the second round. Morales kept returning shots, but couldn't keep up with Pacquiao's pace -- and after a knockdown midway through the third, Pacquiao finished him with a devastating left hook with just 3 seconds left.

    "He was coming to me, and he was not able to handle me," Pacquiao said. "I felt so much stronger than him. I was prepared to fight the best of Morales."

    Morales sat up after the final blows, but disconsolately shook his head at his trainer-father, Jose, in his corner -- and Pacquiao celebrated another dynamic victory over the only man to beat him since 1999. Afterward, Morales acknowledged he might be finished after 53 brutal fights, including four losses in his last five.

    "For the first time in my career, I actually felt the power of an opponent like I've never felt it before," said Morales, who also lost two of three fights in his previous trilogy against Marco Antonio Barrera.

    "I was hurt by the power of his punches, and maybe it's time to think about not doing this anymore. I had a great career. Maybe it is time."

    Later, Morales said he probably would only fight again if he could do it in his native Tijuana.

    Thousands of Filipino fans at the sold-out Thomas and Mack Center chanted Pacquiao's name, worshipping their native megastar of film, music, endorsements and perhaps politics -- oh, and don't forget boxing.

    The 130-pounders split their first two meetings in the previous two years, with Morales winning a unanimous decision and Pacquiao replying with a TKO victory over "El Terrible" last March.

    Pacquiao opened the third fight with a blistering series of combinations, and he only slowed down when Morales replied with tenacious jabs. But Pacquiao's momentum was overwhelming, and he had no shortage of ways to hurt his old foe.

    "I was faster and bigger than him," Pacquiao said. "I could tell in the second round he was surprised by my right hook."

    Pacquiao threw 175 punches in those 9 minutes, landing 54 percent -- including 51 of his 71 power shots in the third round alone. Morales landed just 26 percent of his punches.

    "He was too fast and too strong," said Morales, who sat speechless in his corner for 5 minutes afterward. "I did everything in camp necessary to win this fight. I didn't win it. It wasn't my night."

    Though both fighters have only middling profiles in the U.S., each of their three pairings has been an international incident.

    Television sets from Manila to Mexico City were tuned in to the pay-per-view telecast of a fight pitting perhaps the Philippines' most famous person against one of the toughest fighters in Mexico's long line.

    The crowd of 18,276 was the second-biggest in the arena's history -- and a measure of the fighters' love in this fight-crazy town, where several closed-circuit broadcasts were opened as well.

    Morales won their first bout in March 2005, stunning and bloodying Pacquiao -- but Pacquiao battered Morales repeatedly last January, bruising his face and body before dropping him twice in the 10th round for the first TKO loss of Morales' career.

    Pacquiao, who gained 15 pounds after making weight Friday at 129, was guaranteed $3 million for the match. Morales will get at least $2.75 million.

    Earlier in the evening, Ricardo Torres won the WBO super lightweight title with a sketchy split decision over Philadelphia's Mike Arnaoutis. Mexico's Omar Nino also retained his WBC 108-pound title with a majority draw over former champion Brian Viloria of the Philippines, even though Viloria knocked down Nino twice.

    Vanes Martirosyan, a 2004 U.S. Olympian, improved to 11-0 as a rising super welterweight with a fourth-round TKO of Edgar Reyes.

    Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    Saturday, November 18, 2006

    Cooking is (not) fun... from YOUNGBLOOD, thnaks to

    Cooking is (not) fun
    By Alexander C. Tan
    Last updated 00:54am (Mla time) 11/18/2006

    Published on Page A15 of the November 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    I DON’T understand how other people can find cooking therapeutic, or even fun. In my book, an activity that involves extreme heat and sharp objects is plain stressful, if not life-threatening. Leave me alone in the kitchen and I would think I’m in Mars! This life form simply isn’t cut out for a merry existence in a place where organic matter is chopped, minced, sautéed, boiled, steamed and simmered. (Culinary vocabulary courtesy of “Del Monte Kitchenomics” from childhood TV watching.)

    But make no mistake, I’m a great fan of cooking’s end. Thank heaven for making eating such a pleasurable -- and not just necessary -- experience. One night, while I was having pizza (and chicken and salad and potatoes) with my officemates, Arnold and Gladys, our dinner talk digressed to what kinds of food we don’t like. Arnold barely touched the spaghetti on his plate, but claimed he’d have “pancit” [native noodles] any time. Gladys, whose latest food obsession is tuna salad, abhors beef in most of its forms. As for me, let’s just say that I realized then that I’m truly an omnivore. I don’t seem to dislike any particular kind of food.

    Now, if I derive so much pleasure from consuming food, I should try my hand at preparing it, right? Well, at least nobody can fault me for not trying because I have, in fact, attempted some form of cooking a few times.

    Once, compelled by house rules, I fried tilapia with my best friend and then housemate, Roovin. The tilapia he fried came out nice-looking and, well, normal.

    Piece of cake, I said to myself. After minutes of struggling to disengage my (dismembered) tilapia from the frying pan and on to the plate, the thing looked pitiful -- and hardly edible. The poor fish was murdered for the second time! I felt a need to apologize to my tilapia for bringing it to such a dishonorable end. But, instead, I found it more helpful (and sane) to direct my apologies to the people around the dinner table who, for some reason, found my culinary misadventure amusing.

    Several Christmases ago in Davao City, I decided to surprise my family (and myself) by offering to whip up pasta. Blame it on the season’s miracle-conducive atmosphere, but I was actually excited to cook! With no significant culinary experience to back me up, I turned to my housemate Jireh, a mighty great cook who patiently detailed the recipe of his ooh-la-la pasta (the exact variety escapes me now) before I flew to Davao for the holidays.

    I absolutely love Jireh’s pasta and I wanted to share the experience with my family as some kind of Christmas gift to them. I went to a grocery store in Davao to get all the needed ingredients. When an ingredient was unavailable, I sent Jireh a text message to seek his suggestion for a substitute. (Before this time, the only Basil I knew was the crooner. “Oh, this spice was named after that singer? How nice!”)

    My mother and sister didn’t even try to hide their amusement as they watched the newbie cook, open cans, read the recipe, slice tomatoes (lots of them!), read the recipe again, boil the pasta, read the recipe. I made sure I followed the recipe to the dot. If it said four cloves of garlic, I counted like a kindergarten pupil. If it said two teaspoons of cooking oil, I fretted if the teaspoon I was using was of standard size. Each step was belabored.

    Then came the moment of truth. Total consumption per family member: one (polite) plate -- yes, even for my voracious eater of a brother. What, no seconds? They weren’t rude at all; they were just suddenly full, or they suddenly had to go elsewhere, or they suddenly had a craving for fruitcake instead.

    Before I retreated to a corner to nurse a bruised ego, I tasted my masterpiece. Eeew! And I laughed.

    Cooking is fun, after all.

    Alexander C. Tan, 28, lives on fast food and other people’s cooking. He is the creative head at a publishing house in Mandaluyong City, which does not list cook books on its catalogue.

    Copyright 2006 Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    Friday, November 17, 2006

    Top Philippine TV programs

    1. Esperanza (ABS-CBN, 1999) (65.8%)
    2. Pangako Sa'yo (ABS-CBN, 2000) (64.9%)
    3. Darna (GMA, 2005) (64.5%)
    4. Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN, 1996) (63.8%)
    5. Sana'y wala ng Wakas (ABS-CBN, 2002) (63.3%)
    6. Basta't kasama kita (ABS-CBN, 2003) (62.1%)
    7. Encantadia (GMA, 2005) (61.9%)
    8. Marina (ABS-CBN, 2004) (61.8%)
    9. Mulawin (GMA, 2004) 60.1%)
    10. Bituin (ABS-CBN, 2003) (59.4%)
    11. Saan ka man naroroon (ABS-CBN, 1999) (58.4%)
    12. Sa Piling mo (ABS-CBN, 2006) (57.8%)
    13. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN, 1994) (57.6%)
    14. Loves ko si Babes (ABS-CBN, 2000) (56.5%)
    15. Sa Puso ko, Iingatan ka (ABS-CBN, 2003) (56.2%)
    16. Mga Anghel na Walang Langit (ABS-CBN, 2005) (55.7%)
    17. Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas (GMA, 2006) (54.8%)
    18. Bituing Walang Ningning (ABS-CBN, 2006) (54.2%)
    19. Etheria (GMA, 2006) (53.4%)
    20. Sa dulo ng walang hanggan (ABS-CBN, 2002) (53.3%)
    21. Kay tagal kang hinintay (ABS-CBN, 2003) (52.8%)
    22. Darating ang Umaga (ABS-CBN, 2003) (52.2%)
    23. Mangarap ka (ABS-CBN, 2004) (51.5%)
    24. Marinella (ABS-CBN, 1999) (50.8%)
    25. Ikaw na sana (GMA, 1997) (49.7%)
    26. Recuerdo de amor (ABS-CBN, 1999) (49.4%)
    27. TGIS (GMA, 1996) (48.6%)
    28. Hiram (ABS-CBN, 2004) (48.3%)
    29. Gimik (ABS-CBN, 1997) (47.9%)
    30. Calvento Files (ABS-CBN, 1995) (47.4%)
    31. Munting Paraiso (ABS-CBN, 1998) (46.6%)
    32. Maalala mo kaya (ABS-CBN, 1994) (46.5%)
    33. Gulong ng Palad (ABS-CBN, 2006) (45.8%)
    34. It might be you (ABS-CBN, 2003) (45.3%)
    35. Okatokat (ABS-CBN, 1996) (45.2%)
    36. Tabing Ilog (ABS-CBN, 1998) (45.1%)
    37. Sa sandaling kailangan mo ako (ABS-CBN, 1999) (45.0%)
    38. FLAMES (ABS-CBN, 1996) (44.4%)
    39. G-Mik (ABS-CBN, 2000) (44.1%)
    40. Villa Quintania (GMA, 1996) (43.6%)
    41. Growing Up (GMA, 2000) (42.2%)
    42. Ikaw ang lahat sa akin (ABS-CBN, 2005) (41.5%)
    43. Krystala (ABS-CBN, 2005) (41.1%)
    44. SCQ Reload: OK ako! (ABS-CBN, 2004) (40.7%)
    45. Click (GMA, 1999) (38.4%)
    46. Panday (ABS-CBN, 2006) (37.6%)
    47. Maid in Heaven (ABS-CBN, 2004) (37.4%)
    48. Buttercup (ABS-CBN, 2003) (36.6%)
    49. Sarah the teen Princess (ABS-CBN, 2004) (36.5%)
    50. Majika (GMA, 2006) (36.3%)
    51. Kampanerang Kuba (ABS-CBN, 2005) (36.2%)
    52. Pintados (GMA, 1997) (35.4%)
    53. Ang Iibigin ay Ikaw (GMA, 2002) (34.7%)
    54. Te Amo (GMA, 2004) (34.2%)
    55. Kung mawawala ka (GMA, 2001) (33.1%)
    56. Anna Karenina (GMA, 1996) (32.2%)
    57. Habang kapiling ka (GMA, 2002) (30.9%)
    58. Vietnam Rose (ABS-CBN, 2005) (30.7%)
    59. SCQ Reload: Kilig ako! (ABS-CBN, 2005) (30.6%)
    60. Sugo (GMA, 2006) (30.4%)
    61. Saang sulok ng langit (GMA, 2003) (30.1%)
    62. Daisy Siete (GMA, 2002) (29.7%)
    63. L (GMA, 1999) (29.4%)

    Thursday, November 16, 2006

    Philippine TV Ratings November 10-13, 2006

    Homeboy 10.6%
    Sis 15.3%
    Game Ka Na Ba? 18.1%
    Yellow Handkerchief 20.3%
    Wowowee 22.6%
    Eat Bulaga 24.4%
    Kapamilya Cinema 15.7%
    Daisy Siete 17.8%, Makita Ka Lang Muli 14.8%, Now and Forever 12.0%
    Pangako Sa ‘Yo 15.9%
    Jewel in the Palace 16.8%
    TV Patrol World 27.8%
    24 Oras 29.8%
    Super Inggo 29.6%
    Atlantika 27.3%
    Maging Sino Ka Man 22.4%
    Bakekang 31.4%
    Pinoy Dream Academy 19.4%
    A Rosy Life 22.9%
    Crazy For You 13.3%, Bandila 7.8%
    Lagot Ka Isusumbong Kita 15.4%
    ASAP 17.4%
    SOP 13.2%
    Your Song 16.2%, LoveSpell 13.5%
    Kapuso Movie Festival 16.8%
    The Buzz 16.8%
    S-Files 11.7%
    Goin’ Bulilit 16.5%
    Mahiwagang Baul 17.9%
    TV Patrol Linggo 16.5%
    Hoo U 16.9%
    Rated K 21.9%
    Mel and Joey 19.1%
    Sharon 16.4%
    All Star K 15.4%
    Game Ka Na Ba? 18.7%, Wowowee 19.9%
    Eat Bulaga 31.9%
    Nagmamahal Kapamilya 11.6%, Let’s Go 10.4%
    Startalk 16.9%
    Star Magic Presents 12.2%
    Wish Ko Lang 17.2%
    Komiks 22.9%
    Fantastikids 15.7%
    John En Shirley 15.1%
    Bitoy’s Funniest Video 27.0%
    TV Patrol 23.0%
    Pinoy Pop Superstar 21.7%
    XXX 21.9%
    Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho 19.6%
    Pinoy Dream Academy 20.6%
    Imbestigador 22.3%
    Aalog Alog 10.3%
    Hokus Pokus 15.9%
    Sports Unlimited 5.6%
    Showbiz Stripped 9.7%
    Homeboy 12.1%
    SiS 12.8%
    Game Ka Na Ba 16.9%
    Yellow Handkerchief 19.7%
    Wowowee 22.1%
    Eat Bulaga 24.8%
    Kapamilya Cinema 13.3%
    Daisy Siete 20.1%, Makita Ka Lang Muli 16.9% at Now and Forever 14.3%
    Pangako sa ‘Yo 17.9%
    Jewel in the Palace 15.0%
    TV Patrol World 26.2%
    24 Oras 26.5%
    Deal or No Deal 28.0%
    Captain Barbell 32.4%
    Super Inggo 29.0%
    Atlantika 27.8%
    Maging Sino Ka Man 23.3%
    Bakekang 29.5%
    Maalaala Mo Kaya 23.7%
    A Rosy Life 22.7%
    Crazy For You 12.0%, Pinoy Dream Academy 15.2%
    Bubble Gang 15.2%
    Bandila 8.2%
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