Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Morning Review

Last-minute preparations for exams.

The Embrace

Two students practicing their dance moves on the sixth floor balcony of Finster Building where I have my office.

Today is a Leap Day, by the way.  I got the inspiration to take these photos because of my friend Francis Gorrez, who's running a Leap Day album series on his Google+ account.

Street Trinkets

Three friends selling ethnic-styled trinkets outside People's Park. I think these guys are students. They spoke to me in English, and had a good laugh when I said: "Ay, pastilan! Naingnan napod ko'g Koreano!"

Dance Practice

Taken at the 6th Floor atrium area: some students practicing for their performance. I'm actually happy to see traditional dance happening in school; lately, it seems all we've been getting is hip-hop and interpretative dance. These young ladies had some fluid grace, and that was a joy to see.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lovers' Lane

Evening at People's Park, where lovers meet in tryst. Photo by Emily.

Trisikad Trio

Goofy trio on a trisikad, mugging for the camera. Taken outside Davao People's Park.

Prelude to Apocalypse

When the end of the world comes, I think the sky will look something like this. I don't know why I'm being morbid, it's just this picture make me feel that way.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The light at the end of the tunnel

View from the basement parking area of Abreeza. All I wanted was to test my camera, but I thought it came out nice and so....

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Sunflowers on the cocktail table, from the bash we attended last night. The blue background is the tablecloth, of course. Emily took this shot.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Tuna Head

Continuing with our theme of fish heads....

Thank-you note from a former student

And Linux and open source scores another victory on the job market! This here is a message from Ken Toreno, who took my Operating Systems class. I love it when my students send me notes like this:

Sir Dom! I want to thank you for introducing us to open source technologies especially during our Operating Systems class, the "Ubuntu fever" as we like to call it. Because of that it gave me an advantage over other applicants when I decided to look for a job, luckily the company that I am currently employed to is using Linux/Ubuntu as the operating system for their servers. That made the adjustment period for me a bit easier compared to not having knowledge and understanding those linux commands and lab exercises surely came in handy during the job interview and the job it self . So Sir Dom a big THANK YOU to you, btw I got accepted last Jan 9 so this thank you email was bit late, but hey its better late than never right?..:D Once again sir thank you and may you continue to teach and share knowledge about open source technologies.

It sort of eases the sting of rejection from the last PSITE conference, who thought my paper on running my Operating Systems class was too...elementary.

To PSITE: phhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbtttttt!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Color Wheel

Wheel of a garden-bound calesa at Insular Waterfront. This ride ain't goin' anywhere, sadly.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Fish Heads

Fish heads, shot at the wet market section of Robinson's, Abreeza.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Call for Submissions for the 11th Ateneo National Writers Workshop

The Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP), with the support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and in cooperation with Humanities Division of Ateneo de Davao University and Heights: The Official Literary and Artistic Publication and Organization of the Ateneo de Manila University, is now accepting applicants for the 11th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW) to be held from May 21 to 25, 2012 in Davao City.

Each applicant must submit a portfolio in triplicate (3 copies) of any of the following: a suite of five (5) poems OR a collection of three (3) short stories written in Filipino or English with a title page bearing the author's pseudonym and a table of contents. Entries must be addressed and submitted to the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) c/o Department of Filipino, School of Humanities, 3rd Flr. Dela Costa Bldg., Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108.

The portfolio must be in Garamond, font size 12, with one (1") inch margins on all sides. The portfolio must also be accompanied by a CD containing a file of the portfolio saved in MSWord (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text format (.rtf). All submissions must include a sealed envelope containing the author's name, address, contact number, e-mail address and a one-page resume including a literary CV with a 1X1 ID picture. The resume must mention the applicant’s province of origin.

Twelve slots are open to beginning writers, from which a few slots will be allocated exclusively to writers from Mindanao and to Heights members. Food and accommodations will be provided for all accepted applicants. Deadline of submission will be on March 31, 2012. For more information, e-mail AILAP Director Dr. Edgar C. Samar at esamar-at-ateneo-dot-edu; or this year’s workshop director, Mr. Allan Derain, at allanderain2003-at-yahoo-dot-com.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Intelligent graffiti

Not that I condone defacement of property, public or otherwise, but I have to say I am of the same mind as this vandal.

Friday, February 10, 2012

My Book Launch

Believe it or not, I'm having the launch of my book, "An Unusual Treatment and other stories" on February 17, a Friday. It'll be held at Ateneo de Davao University where I teach, specifically at the Alumni Hall of Finster Building, just beside the Our Lady of the Assumption University Chapel.

I'd be honored and gratified if you could make it to the launch. I'll be preparing some light merienda, and Emily will bring in a couple of dozen of her custom cupcakes. And yes, we'll also be selling copies of the book (priced at P180 each.)

Just so I know who's coming, please sign in the form below. This is also so the guard will let you in through the gates.

Robots against boredom!

I don't care that people think it's childish, but I like having these guys around because they help me keep my sanity.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Monday, February 06, 2012

Let there be light!

Wall lamp at Don Beppe's, on the top floor of Gaisano Mall.

Sunday, February 05, 2012


Photo by my wife Emily.  She has a really good eye for angles and framing, way better than mine.

Care for a game?

An antique oversized chess set at Poncheros, an old restaurant in Davao that I only discovered yesterday.

Poncheros is in a converted house at the end of Roxas Avenue.

Friday, February 03, 2012

We are the Champions!

With the Utakan 2012 CS Division team.  Thanks to Vincent Tan for taking the picture, and to Titingpanda for sharing.  From left: Yancy Paredes, Fr. Denny Toledo, SJ, Cornelio Yap, RK Amplayo, me, Arlene Go, and Aljohn Mangahas.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Stained Glass Window at Jubilee Hall

This stained glass window adorns the facade of Ateneo de Davao's Jubilee Hall.  I particularly like the Filipino-ness of this piece.  Note the features of St. Joseph and of Mother Mary.  Note also the parols in the background.  And, of course, three Jesuit saints: St. Ignatius (on the top right), and whom I suppose to be are St. Francis Xavier and St. Stanislaus Kostka.

Ang tunay na dahilan na ayaw patalsikin ni PNoy si Llamas ay...

...para kay PNoy ang mga pekeng dibidi na binili ni Llamas.

Ang wastong parusa para kay Llamas ay...

...papanooring ng movie marathon ng lahat na pelikula ni Kris Aquino (na dapat orig.)

But seriously, I think the whole thing is overblown.  If Llamas should have been let go, it should've been for the firearms incident.


That's the curse invented by Severus Snape, eventually used by Harry Potter in his fight against Draco Malfoy.  The spell manifests an invisible sword that slashes against enemy.

It was the answer to the last question in Ateneo de Davao's Utakan 2012, our annual intramural quiz show involving teams of students and faculty from the different divisions and colleges.  I was part of the team representing the Computer Studies Division.

And, it was a question our team didn't manage to get.  Yes, you can take away my Harry Potter fan card now.

Sigh. Can't help it.  Harry Potter was fun at the start, but the story took a while to play out and, well, I sort of outgrew it.  I'll still have fond memories of the first three books, but I suppose the teenage angst late in the series never really hooked me.  (And don't even mention Twilight.)

I really have to tip my hat to the teams that got it, though.  Only a true fan could have answered it (as our student assistant Gelai did -- in a flash -- when I told her about it.)  Mad props.

Still, we won the quiz show by a margin of 20 points.  So I'm happy.  Very happy.  Nya ha ha ha ha!

Ha ha.


I curl up into a big ball and cry

Street Scene

Taken near Sta. Ana Parish.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Call for Submissions for Philippine Genre Stories

My friend and editor Kenneth Yu announced this call for submissions to his online fiction mag Philippine Genre Stories for the first quarter of the year. Incidentally, I'm the one hosting the web site; if you haven't read the stories there yet, give it a try. It's a venue for talented young writers to get published. I might also add that that is one of the first mags in which I got my stories out.

PGS Online will be open to fiction submissions by Pinoy writers for reading and consideration from January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012.

1. Word count: 1,500 up to 8,000 words.

2. Preferred genres: Science fiction, fantasy, crime, mystery, horror, and all subgenres falling under these.

3. Keep in mind that PGS caters not only to adult readers, but also to minors. This is not to say that profanity, gore, violence, and sex will not be accepted in a story, but make sure that such is integral to the story and not just for its own sake. Otherwise, PGS is open to any type of story treatment.

4. Payment is P500.00 for an accepted piece.

5. Please follow standard manuscript format for short story submissions.

6. Email submissions as rtf or doc attachments to pdofsf(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Feel free to either write the above email address or leave a comment here if you have any questions. Thank you.