30 June 2011

Mattress

Habang nasa SM North Edsa...


Jeff: Bakit tayo pumupunta dito (sa furniture and mattresses section ng department store)? Gagawa ka na ba ng pamilya?
Erika: 'Di ba nga? Pag malungkot ako, dito ako pumupunta.
Jeff: Para malungkot ka lalo?
Erika: Dahil wala akong pambili.
Jeff: Hindi. Dahil wala kang katabi.


Wapak!


24 June 2011

Hydrography 101


Jeff: Natakot ako nung una, malapit kasi kami sa La Mesa na umaapaw na raw. Pero okay na pala kasi kahit pakakawalan yung tubig, hindi naman dadaan sa amin.
Erika: Ayun na nga, nagpapakawala na raw yung mga dam ng tubig.
Jeff: Korek, yung sa La Mesa, sa Tullahan River daw papakawalan.
Viktor: Malapit sa 'min yun ah.
Erika: Oo! Katabi kasi ng bahay namin yun e.


Sangguniang Kabataan Reform

Sangguniang Kabataan Reform campaign graphic made for 
Akbayan Youth and the SK Reform Coalition (16 August 2010).  


Overflowing Damnation

A one-storey house and zero swimming skills. Great. Just great.


A Contrast in Human Adaptation



19 June 2011

Gay Fathers' Day



Mensahe ni Dr. Jose Rizal para sa mga Iskolar para sa Bayan

Nakasulat sa paanan ng Oblation sa Bulwagang Quezon, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas - Diliman:

Nasaan ang kabataang mag-aalay
ng kanilang kasibulang buhay,
ng kanilang adhikain at sigasig
sa kabutihan ng bansa? 

Nasaan ang siyang puspusang
magbubuhos ng dugo upang
hugasang lahat ang ating kahihiyan,
ang ating mga kalapastanganan,
ang ating kabalintuan? 

Tanging yaong dalisay at walang bahid
ang karapatdapat na naging alay upang
matanggap ang kasalantaang ito. 

Binigkas ni Padre Florentino sa 
El Filibusterismo, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, 1891


05 June 2011

#TipsForUPFreshies on Twitter

The freshmen of the University of the Philippines - Diliman, I'm sure, are having a field day with the flurry of tweets with the hashtag #TipsForUPFreshies. This all started just yesterday through Eloi Hernandez (@eloindigoart), a UP professor, with just one tweet:


Prof. Hernandez explained in a later tweet that she thought of starting such a topic because she, Akbayan's Jonas Bagas (@jonasbagas), and Rock Ed's Gang Badoy (@gangbadoy) were talking about "UP folks never forgetting their student numbers." And so came the flood of tweets from UP students and alumni giving their two cents' worth (which may be summed up to thousands by now) about how to survive life as a new Iskolar ng Bayan. Up to now, #TipsForUPFreshies is still trending locally in the Philippines. It has become popular that other universities are also giving a shot at their own versions for their freshmen.

Tweets from well-meaning sophomores, juniors, seniors, super-seniors, and graduates tell freshmen a vast array of words of wisdom, ranging from where to eat to how to get to certain places, from which subjects to take to where to hang out, from how to manage academic life to how to be an Iskolar para sa Bayan. Of course, as any older Isko or Iska would expect, the immortal "TBA" joke is still being thrown around here and there. Other UP units have also joined in on the fun, giving their own tips about their take on UP life.


Here are some of my #TipsForUPFreshies:

  • Kasama sa pagiging Iskolar ng Bayan ang pagiging Iskolar para sa Bayan.
  • Explore and experiment, but be safe while doing so. Free condoms sa Ctr. for Women's Studies. Free advice sa Vinzons OCG.
  • Be respectful and sensitive to gender differences. Buksan ang isipan. Mag-ingat sa mga salita. Break stereotypes. 
  • Appreciate the works of National Artists all around the Diliman campus (i.e. sculptures, architecture). 
  • If you're in a social science course and you're planning to shift, DON'T. Maraming oportunidad after graduation. Promise. 
  • Be familiar with UP alumni. Emulate the great ones while staying away from the path of those at the wrong side of history. 
  • Develop an advocacy. By default, as an Iskolar para sa Bayan, you already have one. However, being specific wouldn't hurt. 
  • Sa freshmen na sumagi sa isip na sumali ng frat, magnilay-nilay nang mabuti at panoorin ito: http://youtu.be/lGJuFS6009Y.

Congratulations, UP freshmen. Because of social media, gone are the days of sink or swim. Welcome to the University of the Philippines! Iskolar ng Bayan, maging Iskolar para sa Bayan!



02 June 2011

Round 1! Fight!



My live tweets during the May 17 session of the House of Representatives for the consideration of House Bill No. 4244 or the Reproductive Health Bill:

  • Minority Leader Edcel Lagman takes to the floor to defend the #RHbill.
  • Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing interpellates Albay Rep. Lagman on the #RHbill.
  • Rep. Bagatsing claims that rich countries have large populations. He also questions the budget for RH.
  • Rep. Lagman: Contraceptives are not abortifacients. Availability is not access!
  • Rep. Lagman enumerates salient points of the #RHbill to prove that it is beyond contraception.
  • Rep. Bagatsing: There are existing laws that cover those enumerated by Rep. Lagman. Nakatago ang abortion sa #RHbill.
  • Rep. Bagatsing: Bakit may salitang 'universal' sa #RHbill? Para sa lahat ba sa buong mundo o para sa Pilipino lang? [Ugh...]
  • Rep. Lagman: China, a country with a large population, is only at 89 in the Human Development Index. [Rep. Bagatsing earlier said rich countries had large populations.]
  • Rep. Lagman: UN studies say that contraceptives are NOT abortifacients.
  • Rep. Lagman: #RHbill is anti-abortion. It will reduce abortion to 85% based on empirical studies.
  • Hindi pa rin daw matanggap ni Rep. Amado Bagatsing na hindi abortifacients and contraceptives. Ayon sa kanya, "When you don't want something to happen, you abort it."
  • Deputy Speaker Crispin Remulla chastises members of the House. Makinig daw kayo sa debate!

Birthday Banatan
















During Viktor's birthday celebration 
at his condo (10 August 2009). 



SMOKING, PATIENCE, AND A CHANGE OF HEART

Erika: Magyosi tayo.
Jeff: Bakla, bawal magyosi dito [sa sala].
Erika: Ano ba naman klaseng party 'to. Eh di sa kwarto niya [Viktor].
Jeff: Bawal din daw. Kakalinis lang daw niya.
Erika: [Grunts.]
Viktor: Sa baba na lang tayo magyosi.
Erika: Ayoko nakakapagod. Bababa pa tayo?!
[After twenty minutes.]
Erika: Dali magyosi na 'tayo! Dun sa park!]
______________________________

SPEECH DEFECTS

Erika: May mas lalala pa pala kay Viktor sa pagkabulol
Jeff: Hindi, maayos na naman siya. Na-operahan na kasi yung dila niya. [True story.]
______________________________

DESIRE

Erika: Alam mo kasi Viktor, hindi kita type 'no... [very long pause] masyado.
______________________________

HUMAN ANATOMY

Viktor: [Nagbabasa ng text.] "Happy birthday - Pinkish." Sino si Pinkish?
Erika: Utong 'yang kausap mo.



01 June 2011

Walang Pakialamanan ng Profile Pic!



Pokémon RH


My live tweets during the May 18 session of the House of Representatives for the consideration of House Bill No. 4244 or the Reproductive Health Bill:
  • Rep. Manny Pacquiao is now at the podium to interpellate Rep. Edcel Lagman.
  • Rep. Lagman (in response to Rep. Pacquiao): ...I am ready to rumble!
  • Rep. Pacquiao: May kasabihan tayo. United we stand... (long pause)... Divided we fall. [Whut?!]
  • Rep. Pacquaio: There are other measures to combat poverty.
  • Rep. Lagman: Marami ngang ibang paraan. However, the #RHbill should be included as one of the solutions.
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