Friday, October 30, 2015

ARTICLE | Camera Café and the Portrayal of Filipinos

Camera Café and the Portrayal of Filipinos

Filipinos have been so used to comedy programs making fun of other people, using dirty and slapstick jokes, and sometimes politically overtoned. We cannot deny that we get entertained from all of these craziness, but at the end of the day remains one question and that is weather our viewing activity has given us much to think about. Or have we been so passive that we do not seek learning from programs that we watch but just sit in front of the boob tube and get some sheer entertainment?

JOURNAL | Life Goals

Life Goals

When I was a kid, there were so many things that I wanted to be. Back then I was so naïve and didn't really know much about the world. The world for me is nothing but the subdivision where I live in, the school where I go to, and the few places I visit around my small city. So, life is really simple. 

JOURNAL | Gut-Feeling, Otherwise Known as Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)

Gut-Feeling, Otherwise Known as Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)

You should always go with your gut regardless of what the facts indicate.

The qualifier 'always' in this line is the only thing that I had to contend with. Surely, there are times when we cannot really explain something and you know for a fact that sometimes things don't go the way they are supposed to. Then that's the only time you should rely on your gut feeling (instinct). 

Monday, October 26, 2015

JOURNAL | Memoirs in South Korea: Journey of An Exchange Student

Memoirs in South Korea: 
Journey of An Exchange Student

I can still remember the first time I arrived in Korea. My ears were still aching when I entered Incheon International Airport. It was my first time to ride an airplane for four hours so I really found the journey a bit disorienting. And so I was there in the terminal together with Isabel, the other Filipino exchange student. The weather outside was cloudy and dark for it was still dawn. The first thing that came to my mind upon arrival at the airport was to call our contact person, Hu Eun Ji. My professor in the Philippines gave me some Korean money and that’s what I used to call her. It was around 5:45 when I finally talked to her and asked when she will come. She told us to wait for two hours at gate E and so that’s what we did. 


(Edited and annotated: Emma Helen Blair and James Alexander Robertson)

I picked the topic angels from the list for no particular reason or maybe it was because I am inclined to understand how angels would be documented in a century old work. However, I was disappointed when I saw the articles because they are not actually about angels but a narrative of celebrations that included angels as part of the festivities.

ARTICLE | The Day I Was Born

The Day I Was Born
Article written for my acclaimed professor & historian Ambeth Ocampo

The day I was born, well, banner headline of Philippine Daily Inquirer is – Urged US, ASEAN to follow: Malaysian MPs nix FM (1986). According the article, Malaysian opposition parties asked Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad not to recognize Ferdinand Marcos. Most of the stories during my first day in this world are about the continued clamor for Marcos to step down after the February snap election. There’s US lawmakers’ call: Crack down on Marcos and Congress has issued a strong challenge to President Reagan’s wait-and-see policy towards the Philippines. 



Ayon sa, ito ang FILIPINO:
  • Refer to people of Philippine descent, regardless of citizenship ( ibig sabihin, lahat ng taong pinanganak ditto sa Pilipinas ).
  • Gumagamit ng national language, which is Filipino, as designated in the 1987 Constitution
  • Culture of the Philippines reflects the complexity of the history of the Philippines through the blending of Pre-Hispanic indigenous Austronesian ( ang Kulturang Filipino ay pinaghalong kultura ng mga tao dito sa Pilipinas bago pa dumating ang mga Kastila ). 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

REVIEW | Ranking of Salsa Clubs in Manila, Philippines

Finally, I have somehow visited the most popular salsa joints here in Manila (one of my goals before I came back). And now I have the pleasure of ranking them, according to my observation and experience.

In terms of space (floor, tables, chairs, etc.), accessibility, song playlist, the crowd, prices of drinks- the salsa clubs were rated accordingly.

Top Spot: 
Aracama (The Fort)

First Runner Up: 
Alchemy Bistro Bar (Makati)

Second Runner Up: 
Brasas Latin American Street Food (Makati)

Third Runner Up: 
Chihuahua (The Fort)

Fourth Runner Up: 
Cafe Havana (Greenbelt 3)

Fifth Runner Up: 
Sage (Shangri-La Makati)
(Review: Expensive drinks, small dance floor, high end crowd not into dancing)

SALSA | Aracama


Location: Fort Bonifacio Unit C, The Fort Entertainment Center 5th Ave. corner 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Salsa Schedule: Every Thursdays, 10pm to 2am

Dress Code: No sleeveless for men; Casual to semi formal

Social Media
Twitter: @Aracama_Manila
Instagram: @aracama_manila

Contact numbers
Landline: (02) 519-6815
Dining Reservations: +63917 874 7738
Lounge Reservations: +63917 874 7738
Events & Marketing: +63917 861 2702/


Saturday, October 24, 2015

ARTICLE | Convenience Approach to living as observed from local TV game shows and its audience: How do local game shows influence Filipinos approach to living?

Convenience Approach to living as observed from local TV game shows and its audience: How do local game shows influence Filipinos approach to living?

The Filipino is a race of many practical talents which allow them to live anywhere, even under the most frugal circumstances. They can be compared to a seed that has been blown off to where the wind has blown them off, or a weed that just sprung out of nowhere, and thrives efficiently amidst a strange environment.

Friday, October 23, 2015

REVIEW | The Forest: A Personal Record of the Huk Guerilla Struggle in the Philippines

The Forest: A Personal Record of the Huk Guerilla Struggle in the Philippines
Authored by William Pomeroy (1963)

Filipiniana books at present are largely taken for granted y most of printing press thus resulting to insufficient materials that are vitally important for the awareness of students and common readers. Nevertheless, a lot of history books are scarcely distributed that it tends to created apocraphy in the minds of the people.

For this reason, Cacho Hermanos reprinted Filipiniana books and materials which have long been out of print and were no longer available, through Solar Publishing Corporation. A professor of history, Renato Constantino was then commissioned to select some of the finest historical write ups out of the hundreds deserving to be reissued.

ARTICLE | The Filipino Diaspora and the Rise of Japayukisan

Recruitment Agencies in the Philippines

The Philippines is the second largest labor-exporting country in the world next to Mexico. According to Floro Mercene[1] an average of about 2,500 Filipinos leave the country everyday. About 7.5 million Filipinos, ten percent of the total population, are classified as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) distributed in 182 foreign countries. This number does not include the estimated three million migrant workers who are undocumented and illegally working abroad.

HISTORY | Kasaysayan Ng Dalahican

Kasaysayan Ng Dalahican
Written by Myrna D. De La Vega. Unpublished (Dalahican, Lucena City, 1999)

Ayon sa mapagkakatiwalaang impormasyon, and lugar na ito (Dalahican) ay tumutubong isla sa pagitan ng dagat at Lalao. Ang Lalao ay isang lugar na malalim ang lupa na may mga tubig. Mga buhangin dala ng malalakas na alon mula sa dagat ang natambak din dito na sa katagalan ay naging isla at tinubuan ng iba't ibang klase ng halaman at punong kahoy na siya namang ginawang tirahan ng iba't ibang klase ng ibon at hayop tulad ng baboy damo, usa at iba pa. Hanggang sa may makatuklas sa lugar na ito na akala mo ay isang paraiso, na matatagpuan sa tagong lugar sa madawag na bahagi ng bayan ng Tayabas. Bagamat sagana sa pagkukunan ng pagkain mula sa lamang dagat, bungang kahoy at hayop mula sa kagubatan, mahirap ang pamumuhay rito, gayun din ang pagkukunan ng tubig inumin. Wala pang kalsadang nag-uugnay sa lugar na ito at bayan ng Lucena. Ang tanging sakayan lamang noon ay bangka. Kapag naninirahan dito at nais pumunta sa bayan ng Lucena, sila ay sumasakay sa bangka at namamaybay sa malking ilog ng Dumacaa at ang daungan noon ay barangay Cotta.

ARTICLE | The Socio-Political Condition of Aristophanes' Time

The Socio-Political Condition of Aristophanes' Time

Aristophanes has been held to be a self-conscious, a systematic pacifist, and a social reformer. These views, however, though comedy and satire were anciently regarded as morally salutary, are hard to document in the case of Aristophanes himself, and it is doubtless a mistake to read into his works a consistent and programmatic political allegory. His allegiance lies with the conservative element in Athens; yet comedy was traditionally conservative, the new being easier to  make fun of  the old. There is certainly nothing to indicate that Aristophanes favored the extreme conservatives, for instance, those who brought about the Revolution of 411. His opposition to the Peloponnesian War and his wish for peace need indicate no pacifist principle, but simply the war weariness he must have shared with every person in Athens, except those self-interested leaders whom he tirelessly condemns[1].

Thursday, October 22, 2015

ARTICLE | Family in the New Millennium

Family in the New Millennium
Key Terms: Family, Couples Counseling, Society

Atomic bombs, nuclear weapons, graft and corruption, crimes, famine, thirst, blood… name it the world has it. Nations against nations, state against church, government against the armed forces, military versus the fascists, innocent families in between, and then- the guns rattled, the defeaning sounds filled the air, then silence…

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

SPECIAL | Berlitz Language Testing

So I'm about to take my Berlitz French test soon, but I have no idea how the test is conducted. FYI, my french is not very polished so I was trying to find some tips where to focus more. Voila, I found this rough guideline on how the test is done. Of course, this may not be the same but at least you get a glimpse of the process. 

ARTICLE | Communication and Media Education: Key to Bridging Differences

Communication and Media Education: Key to Bridging Differences[1]

Communication is not just about hardware. More important is the involvement of the heart and soul in an attempt to touch other lives. As a young citizen of this country, I can't help but admire how such a short statement could address one of the country's major problems that causes unending conflict between Filipinos.

ARTICLE | Media Values and Society


Media Values and Society[1]

This article was written when I was 17 years old, very young and too idealistic. You'll sense it from this article how naïve I was back then.

The article "Media Values and Society[2]" written by Florangel Braid and Roberto Victoriano presents some reasons why and how media should be a tool in purveying Filipino values as a means to our national survival.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

EVENT | UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2015 - TOP THREE Performances

So I'm paying my dues to the recently concluded UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2015. What with all the buzz and fuss over the results this year; and speaking of results- here's the tabulation sheet:

You really can't blame the people if they doubt the validity of the results; but I must say that NU played safe (as they always do) in terms of the stunts they pulled this year. The only difference is that you are not cringing anymore that somebody might break a bone or two. They looked credible already.

SPA REVIEW | Hope Med Spa (Cubao)

Address: General Romulo Ave, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila | Contact: (02) 421 4932

Operation Schedule
Monday - Saturday: 8:30am - 2:00am
Sunday, Holiday: 2:00pm - 2:00am
Note: Appointment required especially on weekends

FASHION | Fashion Show with Designers of Lucena City

Last September 2015, the events stage of SM Lucena had hosted a mini-fashion show of Lucena City's local designers. The models were candidates of the Metro Elite Bachelors pageant. 

The fashion show kick started with the fantasy inspired underwear collections. The boxer brief in black were embellished with metallic body armor; and as a stark contrast, a mandala inspired designs came with the underwear.

ARTICLE | How to Make Your Home Ready For Departure

How to Make Your Home Ready For Departure
By Mary Sauer

Sometimes, simply getting out the door in the mornings is a difficult job, filled with endless tasks. Through the use of home automation, though, you can cut a few of those tasks from your to-do list, making getting out the door and to work, school, or your next big vacation as convenient as ever. The goal of automating little things throughout your home is to free up more of your time for the important things which demand your attention. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

REVIEW | Alchemy Bistro Bar

Alchemy Bistro Bar

Address: Durban Makati, Metro Manila
Contact: (02) 500 7398

How To Reach

Take the MRT and get off at Buendia station
Walk out of the station and head towards McDonalds; there is a jeepney terminal en route to Washington
Ride the jeepney and get off at Makati Avenue (landmark should be the Petron Station)
Head towards Jupiter street and take the first left
Walk a few meters until you reach the 4th corner; Alchemy has a big sign and impossible to miss

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