Saturday, July 30, 2011

Paradise Resort Cultural Show

Spending the night here at Paradise Resort in Samal with Emily. Enjoying a cultural show.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Demolition Worker

And so the end of an era: they're tearing down the PLDT building across our store to make way for a new hotel. That building has been there for as long as I could remember (over 40 years, if you really want to know.) The company abandoned the offices long ago, and in recent times it's just been no more than an evening shelter for the urban homeless. And now, the hammer falls on it--literally--at last.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cynthia Alexander

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Emily and I arrived too late for the book launch of Tita Ayala's Tala Mundi but we did manage to catch her and friends enjoying a mini-concert by her daughter Cynthia Alexander. Soulful poetry set to music, sung by such a soothing voice: that's the Cynthia Alexander brand; and what a treat, she sang and played the guitar almost non-stop for over an hour, pausing to take requests from the guests.

Though I only brought my old digital camera, I managed to take a couple of good shots of the singer.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

To Aicha

A shoutout to Aicha who wrote:
Hi Dom! :))

Everyone's talking about your blog here in the office, reading at the incredulous ateneo rally (shallow! sorry, lulz) about the facebook ban.

I keep on bragging about how I know you! XD Pretend that you know me plz.

This is a pic from way back when the Davao Readers Circle still met regularly. We ought to fix that, but busy busy busy!

Darned, I still look chubby in the pic.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm famous...again

So GMA News TV lifted quotes from this blog for their story on the 10-student Facebook rally. Whoop-de-do.

They initially got my gender wrong, but the fixed it not long after.

Optimus Prime, Truck Mode

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Monday, July 18, 2011

A Letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor of Sun.Star Davao:

Dear Editor,

With all due respect, I believe your reporter Jereco O. Paloma would have us jump to the same conclusions as he did without establishing any of the pertinent facts. I refer to your recent headline "Youngest with HIV is just 12 years old." Mr. Paloma exploits the tragic situation in favor of an advocacy by pointing to the cause of the infection from a lack of knowledge of sex education. And in the opening paragraph of what is supposed to be a news story, at that.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Facebook Rally

And so it finally came to pass: the hypothetical rally to reinstate Facebook that I mused about--partly as a joke--actually took place late this afternoon.

In a way it was a laughable pathetic sight: just a little over ten Ateneo students in their white blouses and blue polo barongs occupying the pedestrian isle on the intersection of Roxas Boulevard and Claveria Street.

A semi-professional rabblerouser from the League of Filipino Students ran through a litany of well-practiced complaints--something about high tuition fees--while the students up front held up a banner that said in big bold letters on top: "STOP TUITION AND" And what? I couldn't quite make out the rest of the words. So much for proper communication.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Facebook rally

And so it's finally happened: a rally to oppose the Facebook "ban" in Ateneo. It's disguised under the usual tuitionspeak, but the F placards say it all. You do know what F stands for in academics, right? So there they are, a screeching rabblerouser with a megaphone and a huge crowd of...uh...ten. For academic freedom to waste our time, yeah men?


From my collection.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Ateneo's Facebook War

What happens when you pull the plug on Facebook from the college campus network? Understandably, you'll get an irate population. Facebook, after all, is a very popular service, if not the most popular. So whereas once everyone could log in to Facebook at any time, they were suddenly confronted by a terse message that the site could not be reached.

Our university has a fairly generous and liberal policy with regard to Internet use. You can get a wifi signal near offices and lounge areas, not to mention access from the computers in the library and in the labs. Barring the stern proviso regarding pornography, students and teachers could visit any site they wanted...up until last summer when the administration put in place a policy to block Facebook and other social networking sites.

Thursday, July 07, 2011


The acacia trees along the Dumaguete boulevard looked especially majestic last summer. I wish for them to live for a hundred years more. Nay, a thousand.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Princess Street Dancer

One of the photos I took in Dumaguete back in May, during the time of the Flores de Mayo parades. I only managed to unearth it now while searching through my album for pictures for (Yes, that was a shameless plug -- go visit the site now, and subscribe to the RSS feed.)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Tin Rocket

I've been wanting to revisit toy photography. Here's a first attempt, after a long while.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Bill Pullman for President!

This being the 4th of July and all, I thought I'd repost this best-ever Independence Day speech. Still brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. Why can't we hear something like this from real American presidents?

Sunday, July 03, 2011


Our students of the Computer Studies Division had their sportsfest this weekend. Just some friendly games among teams from within our departments. I caught this shot of guys going for the ball at the conclusion of a drawn-out volley.


Somebody brought a baby hedgehog to school. I had never seen one before. It looks cute and cuddly, but its spines, even for a juvenile, are quite sharp. I'm a tad disappointed the owners didn't name him "Sonic", though.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Emily Bakes Cakes

I just started a new site,, featuring the fantastic confectionary creations of my wife Emily. I'm putting up the content slowly, so there's not a whole lot up there yet. I will try to post a new picture every day, though, so I hope you guys will also subscribe to the feed.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Sara Z's Punch-out

And once again, Davao City is in the news.

In the middle of a violent clearing action in Barangay Soliman, one of the city's squatter areas, our mayor Sara Z. Duterte intervened and called for a halt to the operation. Who, she demanded of the police, called for the demolition to proceed?

"We're following the orders of the sheriff", the head policeman said.

"Ipatawag mo siya!"

It took a while to find the sheriff. He was skulking in some corner, blending in with the rest of the crowd, dressed in grey checked shirt and jeans. They finally found him and pointed him out to the mayor.

"Dali, dali dinhi," Sara Z. beckoned.

The sheriff shuffled forth. And when he came within reach...BAM! She struck him across the eye with a right hook. And again! And again! Someone came to the rescue of the poor sheriff and dragged him away while a few others held the lady mayor back.