Why #gilaspilipinas win vs. Korea made Pinoys cry

If you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll never appreciate the emotional intensity of the last games that led the Philippine national team Gilas to win against Korea.

For the first time in many many years, we’re back in our top form, and will now have a chance at World cup of basketball, FIBA games in Spain. As the sports commentators say and coach Chot Reyes stressed, our big heart led us to win against a strong team.

I got teary-eyed when Reyes finally sat down and wept. He was overwhelmed with emotion, as he later admitted. All the emotions, the hard work, and perhaps the sleepless nights of thinking how to get to where they are now, just came crushing down.

Tonight, the country cries because it has once again proven our love for basketball, and our hunger for victory over bigger, faster, and stronger rivals. This same feeling happened when Pacquiao knocked out his opponents. This same feeling we had when the Philippine Azkals won. We’ve been waiting for our heroes–it’s been a while since we’ve had one.

Congrats #gilaspilipinas!

This user thinks NSA’s powerpoint sucks

The controversial leak on the Prism project of the National Security Agency got everyone angry.

But this user (or at least a group of users) found NSA’s powerpoint more amusing. Check it out.

What can we learn from ‘Heroes’

My DVD marathons have been reduced lately due to the Philippine election coverage. But if I find time to sit down in front of my computer for more than an hour, I turn on my divX player and watch “Heroes.”


Now that the first season is over (yes I was able to catch Episode 23 The Finale), I wish to share some lessons I’ve picked up along the way.

1. Don’t paint or draw the future. It will kill you.
2. If you can fly, don’t think you can be President.
3. If you have split personality, chose the strong one 😉
4. Forget Sylar. Let’s save the cheerleader!
5. Hero is really spelled H-I-R-O.
6. Aren’t we all Heroes, we just don’t know yet? (what did you say??? I can hear your thoughts, ha, ha, ha, ehem).
7. Nukes are dangerous. Let’s save the cheerleader!
8. Stop pretending that you can change the future. We decide the future but you really have to save the cheerleader!
9. Love your dad unless it gets in the way of saving the cheerleader.
10. If you can’t take the heat, jump off a building. The cheerleader will.

Don’t mind me today, I’m lost…

Bye bye Pandora

It was too good to last. Yes, Pandora, the Internet streaming service that allowed people to rediscover music is gone. I was introduced to Pandora by my officemate. In not so many words, she just said, “Go to Pandora.com. You’ll love it.”

I replied, “Pandora what?”

“Just go!” she snapped back.

So I opened my browser, and for the next few hours I was hooked. Pandora became my dose of music everyday. What was so addicting about this service? Well, it is powered by an intelligent system that works like a DJ. Once you type in a song or a band in a search box, it goes through its database and starts playing it. It doesn’t stop there. It plays another song that sounds like the first but this time from a different artist. If music had its own genome, Pandora claims to have mapped it. And that makes this service unique. It plays the music based on common traits found in music. In fact, you might be surprised how you’re playlist will turnout as you listen to more songs.

This week Pandora has announced it was blocking listeners from other countries due to licensing issues. Sigh.

Feeling nostalgic about Pinoy music

I recently wrote an entry on Soundtrip, aptly titled “What is Pinoy Music?


I WAS “lost” last weekend in the piles of books in a local bookstore. I was hunting for a book that was recommended to me earlier by a literary friend. But fate brought me to the “entertainment section” of this bookstore. There I found two remaining copies of “Punks, Poets, Poseurs: Reportage on Pinoy Rock & Roll” by Eric Caruncho.

I checked the price. It said, “50 pesos.” Are you kidding, I told myself. This book is a steal! So I grabbed one copy (now I’m thinking I should have also grabbed the last copy, heh), and went straight to the cashier.

This is an “old” book which I read back in 1996 when it was launched. I must admit I had little knowledge of the Pinoy rock scene in the 1970s leading to the late 1980s, which was about the same time when Baguio’s The Blank became the hottest rock band in the country.