Winner?

Yuck ano ba yun? Yun na yung winner?  Ni hindi ko maatim ma mention ang pangalan ha. Talent competition ba talaga ang Pinoy Idol o paramihan lang ng perang papasok? Anong ipinagkaiba nya sa local popularity contest na bilihan ng ticket ang labanan?  Kahit sa tatlong finalist walang may karapatang manalo kung pagbabasehan ay talento.

Congrats GMA sa bastardized version ng Idol nyo.

Hay naku sana wala nang sumunod na season. Sayang talaga ang Idol franchise sa Pilipinas.

Hide and Seek

She’s our new favorite artist.  I know she’s been around but we’ve only recently discovered her genius.  I love her!

“Hide And Seek”

by Imogen Heap

Where are we? What the hell is going on?
The dust has only just begun to fall,
Crop circles in the carpet, sinking, feeling.
Spin me round again and rub my eyes.
This can’t be happening.
When busy streets a mess with people
would stop to hold their heads heavy.

Hide and seek.
Trains and sewing machines.
All those years they were here first.

Oily marks appear on walls
Where pleasure moments hung before.
The takeover, the sweeping insensitivity of this
still life.

Hide and seek.
Trains and sewing machines. (Oh, you won’t catch me around here)
Blood and tears,
They were here first.

Mmm, what you say?
Mm, that you only meant well? Well, of course you did.
Mmm, what you say?
Mm, that it’s all for the best? Ah of course it is.
Mmm, what you say?
Mm, that it’s just what we need? And you decided this.
Mmm what you say?
What did she say?

Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth.
Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut-outs.
Speak no feeling, no I don’t believe you.
You don’t care a bit. You don’t care a bit.

Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth.
Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut-outs.
Speak no feeling, no I don’t believe you.
You don’t care a bit. You don’t care a bit.

You don’t care a bit.
You don’t care a bit.
You don’t care a bit.
You don’t care a bit.
You don’t care a bit.

Pinoy Idol sucks

And in a big way.

I’ve had high hopes for this new Idol franchise. God knows how much we complained as to how the previous Idol offering from channel 5 paled in comparison to the American version. Technically, Philippine Idol was a disaster from the very beginning. But we still managed to love the channel 5 offering because despite the technicalities, they produced decent contestants. Most of the top 12 alumni have gigs from both the kapuso and kapamilya networks.

I never realized how much better that production was in comparison to the Pinoy Idol of Channel 7. To think that this is the No. 1 station in Mega Manila and Luzon, to think that they have the money and technical expertise, that the Idol franchise of channel 5 was even better.

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Congrats Cookie!!!

12 million votes difference from Archey. That’s a lot of votes. David Cook is the clear winner all the way.

I’m so happy for David Cook. I am glad I followed this season from beginning to end. Next year ulit!

This early though, our local Idol search is already showing signs of lameness and mediocrity. No wonder I’m not excited. I’ve got two words for GMA7 so you can save the show this early – Louie Ignacio. Kick him out.

Close To You – A Valentine Collaboration

My special day with Bridget this Feb 14th was a bit different.  Rather than spend it with him in a fancy (yuck fancy daw) restaurant or a movie, we spent the day shooting for an MTV.  Yes, MTV.  Bridget’s organization sponsored an MTV-making contest for the employees as a way to spend valentine’s day.  While we found the idea corny at first, we actually had a wonderful time creating the short clip.  Bridget was the writer/cameraman/director, while I did the editing. Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, eat your hearts out. Chos.

Enjoy!

Ang Mamatay ng Dahil Sa Iyo

I admire the courage of Christian Bautista in apologizing for his mistake in singing the National Anthem. But I don’t buy the reason that nerves got in the way of his singing. It’s the National Anthem for crying out loud! Unless he lived his whole life in an island in the middle of the Pacific he should be able to sing the National Anthem by heart.

For most of my life in the elementary I was assigned during flag ceremonies to sing and “make kumpas” the National Anthem. So I’m really embarrassed every time I hear some of our countrymen bungle the singing of Lupang Hinirang. Is that an indication of how we truly feel about our being Filipinos?

Some would argue that nationalism is not just about singing the anthem. Of course it is not just about that. But respect for the flag, respect for the National Anthem and respect for our heroes are at the core of that.

So, for those who might have forgotten, here are the lyrics of the National Anthem, composed by Julian Felipe in 1898, with the lyrics written by Jose Palma in 1899.

Lupang Hinirang

Bayang Magiliw
Perlas ng Silanganan,
Alab ng puso
Sa dibdib mo’y buhay.

Lupang hinirang,
Duyan ka ng magiting,
Sa manlulupig,
‘Di ka pasisiil.

Sa dagat at bundok,
Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw,
May dilag ang tula at awit
Sa paglayang minamahal.

Ang kislap ng watawat mo’y
Tagumpay na nagniningning,
Ang bituin at araw niya
Kailan pa ma’y ‘di magdidilim.

Lupa ng araw, ng luwalhati’t pagsinta,
Buhay ay langit sa piling mo;
Aming ligaya, na ‘pag may mang-aapi
Ang mamatay nang dahil sa ‘yo.