Being twenty-something

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They call it the “Quarterlife Crisis.” It is when you stop going along with the crowd and start realizing that there are a lot of things about yourself that you didn’t know and may not like.

You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two, but then get scared because you barely know where you are now.

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Danny Arao, Alex Remollino on Nick Joaquin

A magazine that Nick Joaquin (1917-2004) used to edit asked me to write a short statement on his death. Below is the full text of that statement. Thank you. – Danilo Araña Arao, Professor, UP College of Mass Communication

The death of a person is always an occasion for remembering how he or she lived. As the nation mourns the death of Nicomedes “Nick” Joaquin (aka Quijano de Manila) on April 29, 2004 at the age of 86, we remember his vast contribution not just to fiction writing but also to Philippine journalism.
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Elections: Citizens' Media Monitor

Elections: Citizens’ Media Monitor
TV reports sensationalized Dolphy, Noli, “rape” stories

The television news programs almost uniformly sensationalized stories on comedian Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon’s reference to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as “tonto,” the claim by vice presidential candidate Noli de Castro’s first wife that he had not been supporting their daughter, and the complaint for rape against administration candidate for Senator John Osmeña.

The newspapers monitored, however, chose to treat all three stories with restraint. They treated them as minor stories, and in at least one case mentioned them only in passing.
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Sa Pilipinas Lamang…

Natanggap ko ang sumusunod na e-mail galing kay Toti Raynes. May konti dagdag-bawas lang ako:

ONLY IN THE PHILS

…only in the Phils. na ang Comelec gumastos ng Peso 1 billion sa computerization na ‘di pinagisipan at ‘di dumaan sa tamang bidding/awarding procedure

…only in the Phils. na OK lang kung kumita Peso 1.4 billion ang isang NGO na pinapatakbo ng kapatid ng Finance Secretary

… only in the Phils. na ang 5.1 kilometer na kalsada ay inoverprice ng Peso 700million – using GOV’T PENSION FUND AT THAT (the contractor deposited the overprice to a certain Union Bank Branch in Perea St. Makati)
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Hibik ng Isang Ina

Nakuha ko ang e-mail na ito mula sa e-mail group ng Bangon Pilipinas:

Good day!

I am Mrs. Rosario Sultan knocking at your heart for my son Muhammad Jamail Sultan with Biliary Atresia, a rare liver disease and now turn into cirrhosis. He was born on August 20, 2003 a bouncing baby boy but his eyes are yellowish and skin. He will soon die unless he gets liver transplant. Liver transplant program is not available here in the Philippines. It can be done in Taiwan at the cost of P3 million pesos. Please help us to raise funds for this operation. Any amount you can give will ensure his survival.

You may see us at 157 Halcon St. Laloma Quezon City Telephone nos. 783-6491; 4169007 or 0919-3267703.

You may also contact LIFT Babies foundation at 824-4621. Dra. Rebecca Ramirez (St. Lukes Hospital)Telephone nos. 721-5459; 723-0301 loc.5146.

Donations may also be given at Account no. 5433-346515 Account name: ROSARIO SULTAN ITF: MUHAMMAD JAMAIL SULTAN, BPI FAMILY BANK RETIRO MAYON BRANCH.

Please give our Muhammad a fighting chance. Thank you very much and God bless.

Sincerely yours,
Rosario Sultan

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Boobita Rose

Kung gusto mong matawa, manood ka ng “Masikip sa Dibdib, Ang Tunay na Buhay ni Boobita Rose.” Pinanood namin ito kanina. Kakaiba ang approach ng pelikula sa pagpapatawa. Madrama dapat ang istorya, pero nakakatawa kaya sa halip na maiyak ay matatawa ka. Hindi ito yung tipo ng comedy rito sa atin na pinagtatawanan ang pilay, Bisaya, o nadadapa. May sariling style ang mga gumawa at ang mga gumanap sa pangunguna ni Rufa Mae Quinto, na magpapahalakhak sa ‘yo sa halos bawat minuto.

Dagdag na bonus, pero mahalagang bahagi ng pelikula ang pagsulpot sa eksena at pag-awit ng mga singers ng mga awiting nagsisilbing background sa istorya. Sa mga fans ni Ely Buendia, matutuwa kayo!
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Rat pack at files na di na-back up

Pack rat daw ako. Kung anu-ano ang iniipon, karamihan ay papel. Ngayon, pati digital files, iniipon ko na rin: text messages, e-mails, at iba pa.

Nagkatampuhan kami recently nang malaman niyang binura ko ‘yung messages niya sa cellphone ko noong huling magkatampuhan kami. Na-guilty ako nang sobra noon. Para nga naman sa gaya kong napaka-senti na ultimong “nyt nyt” ay isi-save sa phone ko, medyo malaking bagay na malamang binura ko ang ilang buwan ko ring inipong messages niya.

Pero may mga bagay tayong ginagawa dahil sa biglang bugso ng emosyon. Karamiha’y pinanghihinayangan natin pagkatapos. Na-bad trip ako sa sarili ko dahil sa sama ng loob na idinulot ko sa kanya nang pagkakataong iyon. Mabuti na lang at sadya siyang maunawain at okay na kami ulit.

Pero sayang pa rin ‘yung text messages na ‘yun.

Buti na lang, nakakuha ako ng bagong program para sa bagong bili kong second hand na Palm m100. Naisi-save ko na ngayon sa Palm ko ang lahat ng messages na gusto ko.
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