Archive for August, 2008

Aussie pang sekretong malufet

August 30th, 2008 No comments
Categories: Blogs, Personal Tags:

Aussie pang sekretong malufet

August 30th, 2008 No comments
Categories: Blogs, Personal Tags:

Mayhem, Madness, Murder

August 30th, 2008 No comments
Lawyer Zainudin Malang says the Philippines has "become the Darfur of Southeast Asia." It is not hard to see why we have that staggering parallel. The war in Darfur has displaced hundreds of...

More to read at the Blog. Read comments, or publish your own. Comment on the post, or comment on other readers' comments. Please follow the Title Link.

Categories: General Tags:

Roam Magazine

August 30th, 2008 No comments

mangoRED is featured on the maiden issue of travel mag // ROAM MAGAZINE
Here are some excerpts from the article:

By Raymz Maribojoc.

” …He smiles often and wide, genuinely enjoying himself. And he’s got a lot to be happy about. Randall is one half of mangoRED, a graphic design team known locally for their work in wedding photography. Together with his older brother Ryan, the two have made an indelible mark on the local industry with groundbreaking designs that mix whimsy with drama with digital photography and illustration, along with an ever so slightly skewed sense of humor….Communicating a narrative through the use of texture, lighting and design elements that have given them a unique design approach, and a reputation for stunning wedding designs and photos.

“…Today, the brothers are considered one of the best, youngest and brightest that Philippine design has to offer - not a bad place to be for a pair of artists with humble beginnings in Naga, Bicol. “We began right after graduation, back in 2004″, 26 year old Randall says. “For our equipment, we had a one megapixel Sony Cybershot, and six light bulbs we’d screwed into a wooden plank for lighting. When our client saw us setting up, he said ‘Are you guys serious?’ “, he laughs.

“We decided to put up mangoRED with a bunch of friends. There were seven of us in the beginning, and we were all having trouble finding work in Naga, because there were really weren’t many jobs for graphic designers at the time. So we got to thinking, ‘why dont we put something up for ourselves?’ It was difficult at first …the lack of corporate clients led the brothers to think about applications for their work. “And then we thought, why don’t we apply that style to wedding photography?’ It was a niche that hadn’t been filled then, in Naga or in Manila, so it really worked for us.” “It’s starting to look too well, in fact.”

“…Most of all though, the two are very busy having fun. They love every minute of their work, long hours and all. And if all their past works are any indication,we can expect a lot more stories from mangoRED to show and tell in the future. “

Massive thanks to the visionary staff of ROAM, and to executive editor/master photographer Jake Versoza for this rare chance. We are deeply humbled. Featured couples on the mag’s article are: Javi & Tyzia, Bryan & Paola, Armin & Nonie, and Franco & Jamie.

Categories: Blogs, News, Personal, Pictures Tags:

Marlon & Geraldine

August 29th, 2008 No comments

Location // Villamor Airbase, Manila Philippines.

Categories: Blogs, Personal, Pictures Tags:

Go for it!

August 28th, 2008 No comments
Several reasons why I am supporting the bid of Msgr. Nono Sanado to become a member of the CASURECO 2 Board of Directors:

1. as a consumer, I feel the need for more significant participation of the member-consumers in the affairs of the cooperative. at the same time,it is so frustrating when I feel that the cooperative is not intent on opening itself up to significnt consumer intervention. thus, there is a need to install more leaders who are willing to open up the cooperative and engage the consumers as partners!

2. as a citizen/Nagueno, i believe that transparency and accountability is an imperative every elected leader must uphold. unfortunately, this is not always the case. citizens are then compelled to learn the art of lobying and social movements. groups and organizations are manifestations of collective sentiments. it is extremely important that agenda and interest can be articulated, not only by institutions and leaders, but by the citizens themselves.

3. as a Catholic, i am so proud of a clergyman who identifies with and works for the laity. the seed of solidarity that is sown, when social stratification and differentiation is partly obliterated by common aspirations, actually strengthens the church! the inspiration that is generated when a priest becomes a servant-leader goes beyond this generation. and it makes me proud to be a catholic!
Categories: Blogs, Personal Tags:

Math Olympian

Tatyana Marie Gonzaga with proud Mom and Mayor Jesse Robredo during her courtesy visit after winning the Bronze Medal at the 2008 China Math Primary Olympiad. Tatyana is currently in Grade 4 level at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel.
Categories: Government, Pictures Tags:

Hans & Gibeth

August 28th, 2008 No comments

Hans & Gibeth Bulos {7th Year Wedding Anniv} {8} {8} {8}
Preps + Ceremony + Reception // The Conservatory, Manila Peninsula Hotel
Coordination // Blushing Brides

Categories: Blogs, Personal, Pictures Tags:

Libre lang mangarap

August 26th, 2008 No comments

Headline ng Inquirer ngayon: "Lumad" want self-rule, too

Categories: Blogs, Personal Tags:

Libre lang mangarap

August 26th, 2008 No comments

Headline ng Inquirer ngayon: "Lumad" want self-rule, too

Categories: Blogs, Personal Tags:

Pursuit of Happiness

August 26th, 2008 No comments
Bhutan has this concept of GNH or Gross National Happiness. It stands in contrast to GNP or Gross National Product in the sense that GNP represents humanity's drive for materialism while GNH goes...

More to read at the Blog. Read comments, or publish your own. Comment on the post, or comment on other readers' comments. Please follow the Title Link.

Categories: General Tags:

Purple Label Albums

August 23rd, 2008 No comments

Brand image is essential to our clients. They each have a story, a name, values and culture.
It’s our job to interpret this information into something new and visionary when needed.

We’re building Album models, prototypes, we try to keep it churning.
The attic is full of models, loads get tossed. Lots of things lead nowhere.
Sometimes you put something down and a month later you pick it up and you start fresh and off it goes again.

We’ve reached some kind of balance; you could call it a state of controlled stress, or healthy anxiety.
Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it.
Graphic elements are stripped down to a minimum.
Big images take center stage as they are spread generously onto big pages and spreads.

Page to page, story to story, picture to picture.
Diptychs that seek to compile a romantic/erotic inventory.

Albums that give life and home to the images that stare back at you - speak to you and bite you in the ass.

Newness stopped being new. It became too self-conscious.
We aim towards a natural evolution than a radical revolution.
It is amorphous. It is meant to be a happening.

Elegance blends with grace.
Sweet subtlety sends bluntness packing.
Our brand of wit and humor gives boredom the middle finger.

As Miles Davis once said in regards to explaining himself for being an ever changing artist of the highest notoriety, “Don’t tell anyone nothing. Make ‘em keep guessing”.

We’re sounding the trumpets and rolling out the carpet for mangoRED’s PURPLE LABEL ALBUMS.

Photography // mangoAL. Models ;) // mangoRYAN, mangoRANDALL, mangoTIM (randall’s firstborn). Location// Empty yard across our house (San Antonio Village Ortigas) Styling // mangoRED. PS: Yes, this is the kind of sh*t we wear for our shoots ;)

Categories: Blogs, Personal, Pictures Tags:

Real figures (laptops in DepEd Cam Sur)

August 23rd, 2008 No comments

THIS MORNING, Mother showed me a piece of paper the procurement office of DepEd Camarines Sur issued her earlier this week. Encoded on the paper were the specifications of an Acer TravelMate 4320-10050(8)Mi. Mother was actually happy because it would mean she will soon have her own service laptop—something which a headmaster of a public high school must have because of voluminous paper works. I think I actually spoiled her excitement when I discovered the price of the item at the bottom of the page. The December 2007-release Acer notebook costs Php 49,980! Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the notebook will be delivered with a free Acer Targus bag, and Linux—which is open source—for OS. My daily companion MacBook still costs around Php56K, and even lesser on promo days. But what’s the 6K difference when with the package you won’t have to worry about OS, drivers, warranty coverage, after-sales services, and computer viruses.

Fool me about Pythagorean Theorem, standard deviation, analysis of variance, and Euclidian Mathematics, I won’t even budge; but you can’t mess with me about computers.

The thing is, there’s corruption somewhere in this matter. And if this is happening in the division level, how much more in the regional or even national? What’s worse is how these procurement officers capitalize on the poor teachers’ innocence over matters of technology. The bastards knew—and so did their cohorts of agents and suppliers—even the 286 IBM computers could be worshipped in the barrios without letting them know it had already long been shelved.

To make things clear, here are the exact specs of laptop DepEd Cam Sur provides for requesting schools and school heads:
Acer TravelMate 4320-10050Mi

Intel Celeron® Processor
Celeron® M Processor 540SR (1.86Ghz, 1MB Cache, 533Mhz FSB)
Mobile Intel® GL960 Express chipset with integrated 3D graphics
512MB DDR2 RAM (Upgradable to 2GB)
14.1” WXGA TFT color LCD, supporting 1280 x 800 pixel resolution
Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 with up to 358/3845MB of Intel® DVMT

8MB of dedicated up to 350MB of shared system memory
Integrated 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
2.4kg, 331(W) x 248 (D) x 29.7/41.08 (H) mm

Integrated 56Kbps modem & 10/100/1000Mbps LAN
Two built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers
Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam, supporting enhanced
Acer PrimeLite Technology
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Wireless Connection

Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR Technology
Built-in New Acer Crystal Eye Webcam supporting
6-cell Li-ion Battery Pack
3.0 hour battery life
Card slot (Type III)
5-in-1 card reader (SD™, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD)
Four USB 2.0 ports
IEEE 1394 port
1 Local Limited Warranty & 1-year International Traveller Warranty

FREE ACER TARGUS BAG (in upper caps)

Php 49,980.00
See, it’s not even using Intel Dual Core! Its RAM isn’t even figured in GB! Why would I spend Php50K for a 2007-release Acer TravelMate 4320-10050Mi when I can be better off with an Acer Aspire 4710-3A1G08Mi, using Intel Centrino Duo and with a 1GB RAM for around Php40,000—add Php5K for a licensed Windows XP.

The truth is, no non-Dual Core laptop today costs higher than Php40K or to some extent even 30K. The Php49,980 price of this TravelMate is too much, already one-year old, and must have already been lowered, considering the thousands of newer models that came between the date of its release (December 2007) and now. I doubt if these procurement officers knew that market prices of certain products lower after some time, except for land, gold, and few essential constants.

At eBay Philippines, a brand new Acer TravelMate 4320-1000508Mi can be bought at Php27,900.

At, Acer TravelMate 4320 costs $889, which is around Php43K. This was the 2007 release price.

At, this model costs $711.62 (Philippine price), which is around Php34.5K.

Why would I opt for a 2007 Acer at Php40K when I can actually have a better laptop in a Lenovo Y410 at the same price? Lenovo has a sturdier name being associated with IBM. Y410 has Intel Dual Core processor, 2GB RAM, 160GB Hard Drive, and has a face recognition capability—which sounds fantastic—for access security.

Or why would I rest for these brands when I can have the sleek MacBook with Intel 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM, 13.3-inch glossy widescreen display, nearly 1-inch thickness at Php56K. It has already its built-in Leopard OS X. Mine came with a free Klipsch Pro Media Ultra 2.0 speakers worth Php6K. You'll get the speakers if you bought your Mac from Ynzal. You'll get a free iPod if you bought it from PowerMac Center.

Now, enough of the technical terminologies and acronyms, which could have been the reason why teachers requesting for mobile computers didn’t complain. Nobody recognized the overpricing. Probably many did not understand much in the specs. Who would? It’s all jargons and abbreviations that sum up one six-letter name: laptop. Computer technicians and sales persons could have been there to explain things to us children of the lesser gods of the modern world. But of course, biddings had already been closed—or worse, prearranged—and contract signings done, and grinning suppliers are just waiting for job orders to come. Where are the procurement officers? I really don’t know. But wherever they maybe, the poor teachers from the barrios can and must always question them on matters like the one we’re singling out right now. In the end, as radicals, activists, democratic thinkers, honest leaders—not to exclude chronic complainers, explicators-on-podiums legislators, and, of course, El Presidente—say, “it’s taxpayers’ money, it’s public money.”

As for Mother, I really don’t want to frustrate her. She’s having my old laptop refurbished. I, on the other hand, am thinking of saving more to buy Mother the fashionable yet inexpensive ASUS Eee PC 4G, which very much befits her work.
Categories: Blogs, Personal Tags:


August 22nd, 2008 No comments

so, abdon balde jr, a bikolnon, is the country's most prolific novelist and short story writer. watch out for this new book that will surely make a blaze in our literary landscape. oragon!
Categories: Blogs, Personal Tags:

Evil Spirits

August 22nd, 2008 No comments
In Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, several students of the Pedro Panaligan Memorial National High School were reported having seizures, probably from the attacks of "evil spirits," local residents...

More to read at the Blog. Read comments, or publish your own. Comment on the post, or comment on other readers' comments. Please follow the Title Link.

Categories: General Tags: