August 2008

After much bullcrap we had to put up with from that cancer stick-manufacturing company that was supposedly putting one of Manila’s biggest bands back together for a reunion gig, we get an update regarding tickets, a new team behind it and new direction for the concert.


Rhona Mitra as Lara Croft

Rhona Mitra's Lara Croft, photo from Ray's Net

I have a special place in my heart for Tomb Raider. It’s the first PC game I after graduating from the pixel-happy realm of Pacman, Tetris and Solitaire. It’s gone on a spree of sequels, crossed game console platforms, spawned a movie and the Wilson Tortosa-drawn comic book, and its protagonist Lara Croft has metamorphosed from the crudely animated geek’s digital wet dream material to the kick ass geeks’ mastrubation visual aid rendered with amazing graphics.

As we all know, outside of the Angeline Jolie (and her painfully horrible faux British accent) celluloid landscape, Eidos and Core have gotten models in the past to play real-life Laras in their marketing materials and promotional appearances . Most popular, perhaps, would be Rhona Mitra (who’s moved on to television and movies).


OC, a registered trademark exclusively owned by TPV group, currently the world’s largest manufacturer of computer monitors and LCD screens, strengthens its presence in the Philippines with all-new widescreen LCD monitors showing off novel technical features and striking design innovations, and introducing AOC LCD Televisions in the market for the first time.

“AOC is dedicated in providing quality IT and entertainment experiences through its many products,” says Ms. Ula Ladrillo, Brand Manager of AOC Philippines “These include sleek and innovative design wide screen LCD monitors to maintain the no.1 market position in the market and the introduction of AOC LCD TVs”.

The Avio LCD monitor is said to be jack-of-all-trade with complete built-in digital entertainment gadgets. The AOC Avio offers premium picture quality for graphics-intensive applications. It comes with 3000:1(DCR) contrast ratio, which delivers exceptional image clarity, and 160-degree viewing angle to provide increased visibility from side viewpoints. Its response time is 5ms, a key feature that prevents fast moving objects from becoming blurred.

The New Lineup

An artwork international comic book artist Whilce Portacio did for the comic book fan Francis Magalona

An artwork international comic book artist Whilce Portacio did for the comic book fan Francis Magalona

Scanning Plurk this morning I came upon news (because I rarely read the paper and have no time for television) that rapper, TV host and Pinoy pop culture icon Francis Magalona has been diagnosed with leukemia and is now confined for treatment in a yet to be disclosed hospital. This I believe is only proper as he and his family have never been known to actually crack open their privacy for the public to prey on and I do believe that fighting such an illness and the following recovery would only be effective when kept in silence and with only the people you’re closest to. But that shouldn’t stop people from supporting and praying for him during this battle.

Currently still undergoing a series of tests, his wife apparently shared with the Inquirer that Francis M started having symptoms of the illness this March and that it didn’t really manifest the extent of his condition right away. Also, according to the rapper himself, “What I’d rather talk about is how to we can solicit blood donations to replace the supply that I have consumed in the hospital.”

We only hope for the best for Francis M. So blood donations of any blood type and platelet are welcome if not encouraged, though of course would undergo necessary lab tests because of medical requirements (read: no existing blood-hinged diseases and allergies among others). Interested donors may drop by The Medical City in Ortigas Ave, Pasig City (a stonethrow away from the Meralco Compound). Perhaps we can also post prayers and well wishes on his personal blog at

I found this posted on

Because nothing says “I’m a hardcore emo/goth/punk/thrasher/metalhead badass” more than a scar bearing a mouthless cartoon cat with a huge ribbon. As if the Hello Kitty tattoo wasn’t enough, this guy (yes, it’s a GUY) probably added the scar to emphasize his supposed awesomeness and oneness with the Kitteh.

He bade farewell to his chances of getting a normal job in this corporate world the day he decided he wanted the tattoo-scar combo. And the guyliner, long braided hair with multicolored curls are not helping either.

Dino Ignacio on Revision3s Internet Superstar

Dino Ignacio on Revision3's Internet Superstar

On the recent episode of Rev3‘s Internet Superstar, host Martin Sargent welcomes into his shack Dino Ignacio, the creator of Bert Is Evil. So in case you’ve been living under a rock (or are too young to remember), Bert is Evil was a hugely popular site that Ignacio created and maintained during the late 90s.

The site featured Bert, a muppet from Sesame Street of the Ernie and Bert duo, and was geared towards pointing out how Bert was as innocent as he seemed by displaying an array of fake (read: Photoshopped) images that depicted the muppet either conniving with various nefarious historical figures or being the big brass behind histories largest controversies and tragedies.

The site was probably one of the first few fruits of the Internet that carried a viral appeal to it, so much so that it was one of the most popular memes at the time, even with copycats coming out of the woodwork, all berating the evils of Bert. The project also won for Ignacio a Webby Award and a People’s Choice Award.

Ignacio talking about how Bert is Evil was born and how popular it was, citing several anecdotes about how it was accepted in the booming Internet community of the 90s.

Ignacio, a Marikina native, went to UP’s College of Fine Arts where he stayed for three years and published Memento Mori and the mini comic Sigaw Saklolo under Alamat Comics, which was how I first heard about the guy. In 1998, after he wen to to the US to accept his Webby Award for Bert is Evil, he decided to stay on and enroll at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His work on Rex Navarette‘s “Maritess vs the Superfriends” flash animation is probably one of his more popular works,and can be safely seen as onf of the Internet’s earliest viral videos, even before the term was coined. To be honest, I simply cannot remember how many people have recommended that I watch it, being linked by countless local blogs and sites and circulated via e-mail and social networks. He is now living my dream of working for Electronic Arts.

Internet Superstar host Martin Sargent and Dino Ignacio

Internet Superstar host Martin Sargent and Dino Ignacio

Despite being an ancient meme by Internet standards, Bert Is Evil was resurrected from near obscurity after Bert resurfaces as a familiar figure next to Osama Bin Laden at a Bangladesh anti-American rally after 9-11,  proving that a good meme never dies. Ignacio’s phone started ringing with calls from the authorities about his possible link to the terrorists.

Here’s the link to watch the video interview if you haven’t already, or you can also download the episode by subscribing to Internet Superstar on iTunes.

In a recent post on Markus Adoro‘s blog, he mentioned, among other things, a fleeting moment during the Eraserheads’ most recent rehersal. He started the post quoting Raymund Marasigan;

"last monday the eraserheads met and rehearsed for the first time. 

nobody new what to expect. it was a little uncomfortable since we havent
communicated for a long time. but im pleased to announce that the band
was playing better than i ever remembered. i guess we all did our
homework haha. 

i wont say how many songs we finished but it was a lot. there was a lot of drums and no drama. 


to which Markus responds,

"yeah, ganun nga nangyari, parang walang nangyare. hahaha. At one point
during the start of the rehearsal Ely smiled and looked at me and said
"Di ba "Futuristic" ang first song?". I requested for that song to be
the first song as a sort of inside inside joke pero kami lang yata
dalawa nakagets hehehe. So it was scratched and replaced with a more
deserving number. I have new gears na hindi ko pa napag-aaralan gamitin
so everything was stripped down to a clean sounding guitar at distorted
guitar. saka ko na iload yun mga jumbo jets."

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