August 27, 2006

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August 25, 2006

Worth your while

If you can tear yourself away from your Ipod or from the usual stuff on FM radio or even your favorite CDs, try listening to AM radio (yup, you heard that right—AM radio) from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 to about 9:20 in the morning, over 594.  Its DZBB, the radio station of GMA Network and the show is “Dobol A sa Dobol B” with Arnold Clavio and Ali Sotto (hence the Dobol A) as hosts.

For about 20 to 30 minutes at the start of the show, the two (with the assistance of their accomplices Orly Trinidad and their keyboardist Anton) come up with a musical satire on just about anything under the sun—in Filipino rhyme and with great vocal harmony at that.  It is not only great to listen to, it is absolutely hilarious as they poke fun at just about anything and just about anyone.  It is what they call the Jeng Jeng portion, which refers to the background lyrics that Ali sings.  It is hard to describe, it has to be heard to be believed.  A new portion that has been introduced is the tigidong portion which is, again, hilarious because Ali Sotto makes use of her considerable musical talents to sing a satire with old-style Filipino music accompaniment.

Arnold and Ali and Orly are talented librettists and quite good singers;  of course, a younger Ali Sotto used to be known as Aloha but Arnold and Orly are the revelations here—they not only carry a tune well but they have fantastic comic timing which very frequently leaves Ali in stitches with that very distinctive laugh of hers.

There’s a lot of garbage over the airwaves, over both AM and FM;  I have been a listener of AM radio for close to ten years but have yet to encounter anything like this.  For those with biases against AM radio, cast these off and listen to 594 DZBB from 9-930, believe me, it is worth your while.

Balut penoy politics

Someone tell the Congressman from Balut country that less is, often,  more.

He has never been a likeable—and particularly simpatico—fellow but, with all his theatrics, glibness, and ready ripostes to every imagineable statement on the impeachment, he has crossed the line from not likeable to detestable.

Learn from Chiz who speaks with the gravitas that youth frequently is not associated with;  pick your battles, choose your statements and, for God’s sake, stop with those theatrics already.

Missing You

John Waits had a song in the 80’s called “Missing You.”  

In the necrological services for the still-born second impeachment complaint, I find myself missing two men who gave me a lot of inspiration in fighting for the people:

Edcel Lagman.  Representative from Albay.

Teddy Boy Locsin.  Representative from Makati.

Hope they show up soon.

Wasted energies

Many people have asked me why I never took part in the impeachment  proceedings before the House—the first and the second time they tried it.  Some, who don’t kow me very well, have even wondered—to my face—if I was in favor of Gloria.

There is a long and short answer to why I never bothered to join or even volunteer to help in the impeachment proceedings.  The long answer I will not put here because it is, well, long; the short answer is that you will never impeach Gloria for so long as impeachment is a numbers game.  The vote at the plenary showed that, quite dramatically.

I believe in choosing my battles.  Putting my energies into two impeachment bids in a house known for its venality is a waste of energies—apologies to my good friends Erin and Risa who are part of the House.  Besides, I cannot reconcile being on the same issue as the former dictator’s daughter even if it is to get rid of the current dictator; and please don’t get me started on the balut congressman.

I believe, with all my heart, Gloria will be removed but, as the events of the past years have shown, it won’t be by short cuts and by grandstanding.  Also, I believe, with all my heart, that Gloria and her family and her cronies, will be held accountable to the people of the Philippines and to God.

If a fist clenched in anger will not remove her, then perhaps arms linked in solidarity and hands clasped in prayer will.

Freedom and accountability

If there is one thing this blog celebrates, it is freedom;  if there is another thing it celebrates, it is accountability.

I believe in freedoms---to think, to have faith, to pray, to express yourself, to live, love and let be; but I also believe in accountability and responsibility—to respect others, to own your ideas and principles and be ready to defend them and be challenged for them. I also believe that these freedoms should never be abused and accountability forgotten.

My post on MY PERSONAL STAND on fraternities and fraternity violence has spawned almost 50 comments and has now led to gay bashing and mudslinging.  While I am flattered that there are more than 3 readers out there, I am outraged that these “anonymous” writers would trample on the freedom and accountability that this blog represents and celebrates.

So, to those of my friends and responsible readers who wish to comment on my blog, I am moderating the comments section to filter out Isagani Cruz wanna-bes and fraternity drones who mouth the virtues of their fraternities like mantras for the mindless.

You know who you are: get a life;  better yet, get a spine.

August 11, 2006

Michael Mann gets it

He does.

His movies are big on mood which he creates using light, sound and scenery.

1. The Last of the Mohicans—remember that scene when Daniel Day-Lewis chases after Madeleine Stowe and there’s no dialogue only music and Stowe’s (and Day-Lewis’s) beautiful face; that’s how a movie climax should be made.

2. Collateral – the only Tom Cruise movie (its technically his but Jamie Foxx stole it, hands down) that I truly enjoyed. Again, mood prevailed—sounds, light and scenery.

3. Heat - Pacino, De Niro, Kilmer. Three actors famous for not smiling put together in one movie; remember that shoot out in the middle of the street?

And now,

4. Miami Vice—I practically grew up on the 80’s tv series but the movie is way, way, way better. There is no trace of pastel anywhere in this movie and its practically night time all throughout but its great. The mood is just right and the blacks and grays make for a great metaphor---for Crockett’s struggle to stay right side up as he gets deeper and deeper into what he does. The dialogue is all mumbly but somehow you manage to understand what’s going on. And, Gong Li is beautiful here (never mind her atrocious accent).

Michael Mann gets it, he really does.