Wednesday, October 31, 2012

And now...serenity

Because the month is drawing to a close, and pretty soon, the year will be, too.  Time to pause, take stock, and ponder on the future to come.

Swanky Dining at Marco Polo Hotel

Emily and I had a cake delivery at Marco Polo Hotel tonight. We had already had dinner elsewhere, but the coordinator was kind enough to spring for coffee at the swanky cafe. While they talked shop, I went around taking pictures. Here's what I came up with.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 Italia from the Shell Ferrari LEGO collection, an ongoing promo from the petroleum company.  So far, we've only managed to get one.  Pretty nifty, and aside from the sleek looks, also features pull-back-and-go action.  And man, is it fast!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fan Art

Chinese calligraphy and art on collapsible hand fans, made by the Chan Lim family of artists and students.  Now on display at SM Premier Lanang. 


Close-up shots of merchandise on sale at the home department store of SM Premier Lanang.  Above is a clock, of course.
 Here we have a pillow.
And here we have a fancy...candleholder?

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Conversion Story

So our house helper L. is taking up a Hotel and Restaurant Management diploma course at a local vocational school.  She's on her second year now.  Just like any program they have exams.  For this week, they had a long test on measurement conversions.  L. came home looking a little worried.  This is the conversation she had with my wife Emily:

E: How did the exam go?

L: Not so good.

E: How so?

L: many pounds are there in one kilogram?

E: That's easy! 2.2.

L: Oh...

E: Why? What did you write?

L: I put down 4,000.

E: Ouch! That's embarrassing.

L: He he, not as embarrassing as my classmates.

E: How so?

L: They all copied from me.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

St. Pedro Calungsod, pray for us, bai!

Pedro Calungsod was canonized in Rome today.  While a new saint is always cause for joy, my happiness goes double with the teenage San Pedro.  He's from Cebu and so speaks Bisaya; and he was only a teenager when he was martyred, and we need an intercessor for today's Filipino youth.

St. Pedro Calungsod, pray for us, bai!

Note: Image above originally from Cebu Archdiocese.

Muscle Car Show

Muscle car show at Gaisano Mall.  Pretty impressive displays.  Sadly, had to take pictures from the sidelines as public not allowed in the main area.  Managed to get some close details, though.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Davao Writers Workshop 2012 Closing Ceremonies

Attended the closing ceremonies of the Davao Writers Workshop 2012 last night. Good time to catch up with everyone as I had been busy with work and other matters through the week, never did get to visit the sessions.

Plenty of pleasant surprises for the night: a declamation by a gifted nine-year-old girl, a young Muslim fliptopper, and spontaneous riffing. Talent, talent all throughout.

Pictures follow, all 37 of them. Chose the ones that featured panelists, fellows, and staff for their awarding, and a few that were passable. Fair warning: it's a long post.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Who Inspires You?" Poetry Reading

 What with so many meetings going on at work -- on a semestral break, mind you -- I haven't been able to spend time at the Davao Writers Workshop at all.  But knowing that they'd be heaving a midway point poetry reading tonight, I made it a point to drop by.  I couldn't stay long as I had another appointment; but it was good to be able to listen to some of the guys read.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


I found this bug hanging on to our kitchen window screen this morning.

Davao Writers Workshop 2012

Panelists, fellows, and the vice-chancellor of UP Mindanao at the opening of this year's Davao Writers Workshop.
Lina Sagaral Reyes delivering her keynote lecture and reading from a selection of her poetry. I loved her poem "Du-aw" and wish we could reprint it in Dagmay.
The first workshop session.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Teach Me to Walk

A photo from yesterday's photo walk.

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk

I attended my first photo walk today, the 5th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk 2012. I was with Fr. Denny, who first alerted me to the walk. We joined some fifty other photographers from Davao. Our venue was the Sta. Ana wharf (the area extended to Magsaysay Park, but we found it too far to walk.)

Here are my picture selections.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Pillar of Cloud and Fire

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:  He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
As I left the house at 5AM this morning, this is the sight that greeted me just over the fence.  The passage from Exodus immediately came to mind.  Think what the cloud looks like, too.  It's just fascinating.  And I believe that's Venus on the left.

Monday, October 08, 2012

And a tweet from a former student

Lest I forget, here, too, is another note of appreciation from a former student (and now teaching colleague).  Thanks, Cindz!

Appreciation notes for World Teachers Day

October 5 was World Teachers Day, and I got some appreciation from my Humanities, Education, and Nursing students. Small tokens, really -- a pencil case (thanks, Ram!) and some very tasty brownies (thanks, SALEM!). But the best gift on that day were special handwritten notes, which I'm reproducing below.
This note was from A.R., from my Creative Writing Class. We had a lot of fun with this class, and I like to think I've improved my teaching style from the last time I taught this. A.R. got some nice stories in, some of which I hope will see print in Dagmay soon.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Groundbreaking for the new Ateneo building

With a growing student and faculty population, Ateneo de Davao needs more spaces. One such project to meet that need is the new Ateneo building, to be constructed in the area that was the old motor pool, gym, and Jesuit residence.

We had the groundbreaking for the building yesterday.  Fr. Joel led the ceremonies, and it was good to see his predecessor Fr. Samson also come down specially for the event.
Time capsule: the part that tickles my imagination.  What could they have placed in there?  When will they open it?  What will the Ateneans of the future think when they unearth the capsule?  A singing and dancing frog?
Unveiling of the perspective of the new building.  Very ambitious, and very impressive.  Audacia!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Aida Rivera Ford Book Launch

Our Mindanaoan dame of letters Mrs. Aida Rivera Ford had the launch of two of her new books, "Heroes in Love: Four Plays" and "Aida Rivera Ford: Collected Works."  The launch was held at National Bookstore, Gaisano Mall.  We, the Davao Writers Guild, were on hand to support our senior member; and I had the honor of introducing the author.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Story Sketch: The Soul Eater

Illustration for Pido Montecillo's horror story, "The Soul Eater", appearing in this Sunday's Dagmay.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

With the SALEM guys

SALEM is the Society of Ateneo Literature and English Majors, the student organization dedicated to writing and of which, strangely enough, I am the moderator of.  We had our last general assembly for the semester, and celebrated it with pizza.

Quick: can you spot where I am?

Thanks to Ram for taking the picture.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Cybercrime Law Protest

Filipinos are up in arms against the newly-passed Cybercrime Prevention Law.  This is one of the many protests that have been happening in Davao in recent days.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Mr. Monopoly and Me

I'm not much for pictures of myself anymore, but I just had to have this shot with Rich "Uncle" Pennybags, the iconic character representing Hasbro's Monopoly board game.  It just so happened they had this huge maquette on display at the newly opened SM Lanang.

Say, Uncle Pennybags, do I get $200?

Strike a sexy pose

Gotta hand it to Von Dutch, their sales girls