Christmas greetings from Marinduque! I’m still here in my hometown for a two-week holiday break. While I am here, here’s a Christmas piece for you to read. I wrote this for the latest issue of Ang Aming Katha. It’s called Mga Bulong at Dampi ng Hanging Disyembre. Let me know what you think of this article. Before I sign off, l just want to remind you that Tinig.com v9.0 is now up. See you later.
Good morning. Kagigising ko lang. Check out my articles section. I’ve uploaded some of my favorite essays. The latest issue of Ang Aming Katha is now online.
I want to put into use my DLR3-P data cable, so I am giving a Harry Potter logo (for Nokia phones only) to Harry Potter fans who visit my site. If you want to receive this logo, just send me an e-mail with your cell phone number.
I now have a wireless journal at Pinoyexchange.com. I use my cellular phone to post messages on it. If you are a Globe user and has also signed up for the PEx wireless journal, you may post messages by composing WJ TO CEDIE AND-YOUR -MESSAGE and then send it to 2333.
Last night, I was about to finish Anne Rice’s “Vittorio the Vampire” — there’s only one chapter left for me to read — but I forgot it at the office. Sayang talaga.
By the way, please check out my recent article in Peyups.com column Tembtation. Entitled “Muling Pagtatagpo,” it starts this way:
“Dinalaw mo na naman ako kagabi. Hindi ko iyon inaasahan. Akala ko’y nilimot mo na ako. O kinalimutan na kita. Hindi pa pala. Sa muli nating pagkikita, napakalapit natin sa isa’t isa, at halos ay magkadikit ang ating mga katawan. Malinaw na malinaw kong natitigan ang maganda mong mukhang kaytagal kong kinabaliwan. O, kay igting ng pagnanasa kong mahagkan ang mapupula mong mga labi na lagi kong pinapangarap.” Read more here.
Got to go now, Peyups EB’s at 6pm and it’s quarter to five already.
Last year, during the height of the “Last Quarter Storm” against the ousted President, buying a copy of Pinoy Times Special Edition — the brave, little newspaper created and maintained by brave, principled journalists — on a Saturday noon would only bring me disappointment: the paper gets sold out early in the morning. Too bad for late risers like me.
Pinoy Times and the people behind it courageously exposed the truth about the series of scandals that led to the ouster of Joseph Estrada. While most of the mainstream media were then still lenient towards Estrada, Pinoy Times, together with the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Philippine Daily Inquirer, CyberDyaryo, among other print and online newspapers and sites, informed the public of the wrongdoings of the leader of the past government.
Time changes, however. When I visit the news stand nearest to my place later today, most probably I will not be able to get a copy of the Special Edition, just like before. This time, however, it will not be because I would be late for the last copy. It will be more like due to the current economic crisis that the Special Edition had to write 30. Pinoy Times Special Edition Editor Pete Laca — who is my favorite Pinoy Times columnist, along with Manuel L. Quezon III — announced this sad news in his e-group yesterday.
But Thank God, the regular edition of Pinoy Times is here to stay. I buy a copy of almost every issue of Pinoy Times even if we have it at our office, as a sign of support for independent journalism. This intelligent tabloid, however, definitely needs our support most especially now. I ask all my friends and site visitors, especially those in Pilipinas to please buy Pinoy Times, which comes out Monday to Friday. If possible, subscribe! The telephone numbers of their circulation department are (632) 9132364 and (632) 9129822.
Support an independent press. Support Pinoy Times. Maraming salamat.
The controversial installment of the “Hello, Billy!” advertisement series of telecom giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, which earned the ire of the gay and lesbian community, has been pulled out. Yet, the hurt of the insult it supposedly directed against male homosexuals remains.
Danton Remoto, author of Ladlad, a gay anthology, said there had been times when they wondered why ad agencies could not focus on the gay and lesbian community as a target market. But now that they are doing it, he pleads, “Please stop insulting us.” Continue reading