Monday, March 01, 2010


A million and one thanks to Star Blu for the great shorts! Aw. You guys are too sweet! Star Blu does swimwear for both daddies and their kids. So here I am with my eldest son all dressed up for the summer. I'm bringing these shorts to Corregidor this weekend. They dry really easy and are extremely soft.

And if you want to buy a pair of matching shorts for you and your junior, log onto thier local site here. Or check out their stocks at Amanpulo and Discovery Shores Boracay.

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Kindly allow me to introduce you all to the current artists-in-residence, KAPISANAN members Alex Felipe (left) and Vince Galvez (right), two photographer/film-makers from Toronto.

Which is in Canada.

We look forward to seeing what they come up with during their four months in the Philippines. Stay tuned to this space for updates.

And log onto their blog for their points of view and what they have been through:

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010


Sorry Folks. Forget Noynoy. I'm going for Gilbert Teodoro.

Learn more about him on

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Thank you Mai Mislang for this information.

I'm getting more and more convinced that Noynoy just might be the man to vote for. I used to think that his greatest asset was not what he has done, but what he hasn't done. But apparently, he's done quite a bit as legislator. I especially like the bill requiring the regular maintenance and preservation of all public infrastructure.

I can't wait to see what he will look like post makeover.

And will there be a Palace wedding as well? Huy, Korina. Sayang. Joke only.


Senator Noynoy Aquino is vigilant in his pursuit of truth, justice and freedom, the fundamental principles that make democracy work in this country that his parents had likewise fought hard to restore. His commitment to preserve, strengthen and continue their legacy is evident in his accomplishments.

I. Positions held
Chairman, Committee on Local Government
Co-chair, Committee on Justice and Human Rights

II. Committee Membership
• Accounts
• Economic Affairs
• Education, Arts and Culture
• Environment and Natural Resources
• Government Corporations and Public Enterprises
• Justice and Human Rights
• National Defense and Security
• Peace, Reunification and Reconciliation
• Public Works
• Trade and Commerce
• Urban Planning, Housing and Development
• Ways and Means
• Youth, Women and Family Relations

III. Senate Bills
Senate Bill No. 1370 – an act granting an annual productivity incentive to all workers in the private sector, establishing mechanisms for its implementation, and for other purposes

Senate Bill No. 1719 – an act limiting the re-appointment of presidential nominees by-passed by the Commission on Appointments (CA)

Senate Bill No. 1710 – an act banning the re-appointment of a regular member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) who has already served the full term

Senate Bill No. 2035 – an act requiring the regular maintenance and preservation of all public infrastructures, establishing mechanisms for its implementation and for other purposes

Senate Bill No. 2036 – an act increasing the penalties for non-compliance of the prescribed increases and adjustments in the wage rates of workers, amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 6727

Senate Bill 2159 – an act adopting the doctrine of superior responsibility to all actions involving military personnel, members of the Philippine National Police and other civilians involved in law enforcement

Senate Bill 2160 – an act amending Section 4 of RA 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act to further restrict exemptions to the requirement of public bidding

Senate Bill 2978 – an act amending the DILG Act to further clarify the relationship between local chief executives and their respective local police chiefs

Senate Bill 3121 – the Budget Impoundment Control Act, which seeks to strengthen legislative oversight over executive spending

IV. Senate Resolutions
Senate Resolution No. 190 – investigating the exercise and implementation of the powers of local chief executives under Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the “Local Government Code of 1991” in relation to Republic Act 6975 known as the “Philippine National Police (PNP) Law”
and Republic Act 8551 known as “The PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998”

Senate Resolution No. 205 – investigating the bomb explosion at the House of Representatives, condemning in the strongest possible terms the recent bombing at the House of Representatives, extending sympathies to the victims and calling on authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation into this incident

Senate Resolution No. 229 – directing the appropriate Senate committees to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the circumstances leading to the arrest and ‘processing’ of journalists and media personalities after the Manila Peninsula standoff on 29 November 2007

V. Fiscalizer
The responsibilities of a senator go beyond the drafting of legislation or the creation of policies. As a true representative of the people, Senator Aquino has consistently voiced his concerns on several issues, drawing attention to the anomalies in our current administration.

2009 General Appropriations Act (GAA)
By vigorously examining the General Appropriations Act for 2009 submitted by the Executive, Senator Aquino was able to propose key amendments to the 2009 GAA that seek to tighten congressional oversight on the executive’s use of public funds.

Champion of Human Rights and People’s Participation
At the heart of all legislative and policy-making initiatives is the development and welfare of the people. Senator Aquino has sought the proper relocation of informal settlers and the delineation of authority of parties involved in demolitions such as the MMDA. The bill amending the UDHA is currently underway.

Through his privilege speeches, Senator Aquino has drawn attention to the plight of desaparecidos and victims of extra-judicial killings. He introduced substantial amendments to the Cooperative Code to make it more responsive to the needs of the marginalized sector for which the code was enacted. They are meant to strengthen the cooperative movement by providing for transparent measures for members and officers of cooperatives.

He is also part of the bicameral debates on the Anti-Torture Act.

Accountability to the People
Senator Aquino actively participated in the hearings that investigated a number of reported scandals involving the alleged misuse of public funds, such as the ZTE-NBN deal, the Euro Generals and the Fertilizer Fund scam. These hearings brought to light the need for increased transparency and accountability in the disbursal of taxpayers’ money.

Integrity of the Senate
The series of scandals that stain the reputation of our government has also challenged the Senate of the Philippines as an institution. The recent attempts to amend the Constitution, for instance, have compelled our Senators, including Senator Aquino, to firmly assert their defiant stand on this issue.

Energy Sector
Senator Aquino has been vigilant in the hearings regarding the sale of TRANSCO and PNOC-EDC. Much of his time and energy was spent on the EPIRA and TRANSCO amendments, questioning the sale of revenue-generating assets prior to the privatization of key government corporations. Senator Aquino sought clarification as to whether the sales of these assets were part of a long-term energy development plan or not to ensure that the long-term impact of losing these assets have been considered prior to their sales.

National Integrity
Senator Aquino voted “NO” to the controversial JPEPA because he believed that the Filipino people deserved a better negotiated and mutually beneficial treaty.

VI. Institution builder
Last but not least, Senator Aquino has dedicated his life in public service to strengthening our democratic institutions. Principal among these is his commitment to a genuine party system in the Philippines, as reflected in his membership in and strong commitment to the Liberal Party.

• Executive Vice President, December 18, 2007 to present
• Vice Chairman, March 17, 2006 to December 17, 2007
• Secretary General, 2004 to March 16, 2006
• Vice-Pres. for Luzon, 2002-2004
• Secretary General, 1999-2002
• Chairman of the Board, Central Luzon Congressional Caucus

VII. Accomplishments as three-term member of the House of

A. Positions held

Deputy Speaker, 13th Congress

B. Committee Membership

13th Congress
• Banks & Financial Intermediaries
• Energy
• Export Promotion
• Public Order & Safety

12th Congress
• Civil, Political & Human Rights
• Good Government
• Inter-Parliamentary Relations & Diplomacy
• Public Order & Security

11th Congress
• Agriculture
• Appropriations
• Banks & Financial Intermediaries
• Civil, Political & Human Rights (Vice-Chairman)
• Natural Resources
• Peoples’ Participation
• Public Order & Security
• Suffrage and Electoral Reforms
• Trade & Industry
• Transportation & Communications

C. Priority Bills
• House Bill No. 4251 – granting annual productivity incentives to all workers in the private sector

• House Bill No. 4397 – strengthening the regulatory power of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to effectively enforce consumer laws

• House Bill No. 4252 – increasing the penalties for non-compliance of the prescribed increases and adjustments in the wage rates of workers

• House Bill No. 3616 – extending the reglementary period for the educational qualification for PNP members

• House Bill No. 1842 – providing for the codification of criminal laws

D. Resolutions
• House Resolution No. 65 – inquiry in aid of legislation into the policies and processes of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in granting rate increases to electric utilities

• House Resolution No. 788 – creating a select Congressional
Oversight Committee on intelligence funds to check and study the use of intelligence funds by government agencies to ensure that funds allocated therefore are utilized for the purpose they are intended

E. Other legislation
a. Introduced an amendment in the General Appropriations Act requiring public bidding in the purchase of petroleum, oil and lubricant products for the Department of National Defense

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


The city has become just a little bit more awesome with the coming of Manila Design Week. Starting this Saturday August 8, the good folks over at Team Manila will be hosting a conference that will not only highlight the achievements of Manila's design culture but hopefully spur the city into its rightful place as one of the design and thought capitals of the region. I am honored to be part of the Design Dialogue which will be held next week. I, along with a few others hope to find a road map for the city's future. We will try to create a Manila-festo, so to speak. Hope to see you guys there. Don't call me for tickets though. Contact folks at the website. Only seventy slots available.

MDW+Design Dialogue
Wednesday August 12, 2009
4 p.m. - 7 p.m., MyCinema, Greenbelt 3, Makati

Presented by: adobo magazine

RAA Design


Executive Creative Director
DDB Philippines

Managing Director
McCann Worldgroup Philippines

Executive Creative Director/Partner
TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno

Chairman & Chief Creative Officer
BBDO Guerrero

Team Manila

Artist/Blog Owner

NEAL OSHIMA (images of the Philippines)

MDW and the Design Dialogue in a nutshell:
Design Dialogue: an intimate discussion between communicators on the subject of national identity, visual and otherwise. Design Dialogue is part of the week-long roster events ----exhibits, conferences, competitions and concerts--- for the first annual edition of Manila Design Week: the biggest graphic design festival the Philippines has ever seen.

In brief and in their own words: “We may be just designers, but we are the kind that come with a message. MDW uses graphic design as a vehicle to convey solid messages, and make them even more powerful. National identity, social responsibility, political activism… these concepts ring stronger when they are formulated in a compelling manner. MDW is not just about galvanizing the local design industry. It’s about moving people to action using the language we know best: good design.”

In keeping with this mission, Design Dialogue shall invite 70 of the country’s biggest movers, responsible for the best and most effective work in the media today.All of them necessary to achieve our objectives for Design Dialogue, and put them into practice in real, patent ways.

To showcase the best creative initiatives for social responsibility.

Made in the Philippines.

To figure out how we should brand and market ourselves internationally.

With relevance.

To create a manifesto aimed at forging our new “communication image.”

For the future.

Manila Design Week happens from 8 to 15, 2009,

Thanks for the photo


Saturday, August 08, 2009




Sunday, July 19, 2009


Friday, July 17, 2009


Add ImageGrrr. I'm experiencing a major moral and scheduling crisis. I have two events that have somehow overlapped on the same day and I have to make a choice: Do I host the NAIA3 anniversary celebrations of Cebu Pacific, meet the President, and get paid in free international and local airline tickets or should I attend the Reproductive Health Alternative SONA (State of The Nanay) Rally at Bahay ng Alumni at UP Diliman on Wednesday. For free. Grrr. I am only human. I like airline tickets and I like promoting the use of condoms too. Help me decide.



It's not as over the top as ART BASEL or the VENICE BIENNIALE, but Manila has gotten way cooler by holding it's first international new media ART festival. It will be a week long affair that will showcase emerging trends in new media from top European and Asian artists. Check out programs like Eye2Ear that will feature cutting-edge music and moving images and performances by Iron Egg, Tad Ermitaño, Rubber Inc., Caliph8, Innovative Noise Collective, Arvie Bartolome, Icconnu ictu, Tengal, Elemento, Etniktronica, Nyangbinghi, Mannet Villariba, Trojan Whores, Eggboy among others. Also discussions on interactive design, networked culture, open source software movements, interactivity, data visualization, bio-technology, DIY electronics, open-source hardware, computer/electronic music, and sound and video art lead by Peter Tomas Dobrilla, Christiaan Cruz, Jerneja Rebernak, Emma Oto, Aether9, EXIST and Diego Maranan as part of the 5-day festival in cooperation with MMC KIBLA and the Asia-Europe Foundation as a follow up project to the ASia-Europe Art Camp New Media Series.

It all starts off with a party on July 21, 2009, 6PM at Gweilos, Makati. I'm going to be there. Check out the schedule and details here: ASEUM

The Living Room is sponsoring accomodations for ASEUM participating artists Angelo Vermeulen of Biomodd (top) and Peter Tomaz-Dobrila of KIBLA Slovenia (bottom).

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