It is almost a week since the campaign for candidates, vying for national elective positions, started so I tried to go around the Metro to check who are visible so far. I checked posters (operation dikit), tarpaulins and campaign what-have-you’s and these are the topnotchers as per my observation:


  1. Dick Gordon
  2. Manny Villar
  3. Erap Estrada
  4. Gibo Teodoro
  5. Noynoy Aquino

Vice Presidentiables:

  1. Bayani Fernando
  2. Loren Legarda
  3. Mar Roxas
  4. Jojo Binay
  5. Edu Manzano


  1. Satur Ocampo
  2. Liza Maza
  3. JV Bautista
  4. Bong Revilla
  5. Ralph Recto
  6. Jinggoy Estrada
  7. Juan Ponce Enrile
  8. Danny Lim
  9. Ramon Guico
  10. Lito Lapid
  11. Silvestre Bello
  12. Rey Langit
  13. Raul Lambino
  14. Neric Acosta
  15. Joey De Venecia
  16. Adel Tamano
  17. Bongbong Marcos
  18. Gilbert Remulla
  19. Pia Cayetano
  20. Risa Hontiveros


  1. Bayan Muna
  2. Kabataan
  3. Akbayan
  4. Gabriela
  5. Anakpawis
  6. Kabayan
  7. Akap-Bata
  9. AMIN
  10. Katribu

Covered are mainly QC and Manila. These are the main streets/areas I checked:

Juan Luna, Tayuman, Moriones, R-10, Abad Santos, Divisoria, Avenida, Recto, Lacson, España, Blumetritt, Dimasalang, Dapitan, Magsaysay, V. Mapa, Legarda, Mendiola, Taft, Lawton, Roxas Boulevard, TM Kalaw, UN Avenue, Mabini, Padre Faura, Intramuros, San Andres, Quezon Avenue, Commonwealth, Retiro, Amoranto, Araneta, Kalayaan, Kamuning, Kamias, Anonas, QC Circle, EDSA, Morato, E. Rodriguez, Cubao, Aurora Boulevard, Shaw, Ortigas, Imelda Avenue, Marcos Highway & Katipunan.

From the very start that BPI approved my credit card, I never failed to make the most of the instant benefits they offer called Real Thrills. For the last segment of their promo alone (Jollibee), I got about six 1-piece Chicken Joy meals, a 2-piece Chicken Joy meal with Peach-Mango Pie and a 6-piece Chicken Joy bucket. That is aside from the loyalty points I get and the discounts I could avail of because my card is the BPI Edge type.

For the next three months or so (February to April 15), you can get free food (Chorizo Chao Fan or SpicyPork Mushroom Rice) from Chowking if you use your BPI credit card for at least P1,500 of charge. Better options are also available if your charge slip reflects a minimum of P3,000 (Fish Fillet/Breaded Pork Lauriat or Dimsum Platter or Halo-halo Fiesta) or P6,000 (Sulit Salu-Salo Set 1) spent.

For now, I only have a single P3,000-charge slip in my wallet and will soon use it in the most convenient time (in my next mall visit may be). Anyway, I still have until April 15 to get the most out of it and until June 15 to redeem these treats.

Just imagine that, for the next two months, my every visit to the supermarket is equal to a free meal. Who says there’s no such thing as free lunch then? ;p

Cotto’s jabs connects in Round 1 and Pacquiao jabbs back. Cotto connects with a left hook, which throws Pacman back a bit. Cotto jabs again. Pacman tries to figure Cotto. Cotto jabs effecively while Pacman takes his time. Pacman connects with 1-2. Pacman tries to slip, attacks, but Cotto holds. Cotto presses attack, Pacman lands left hook which wobbles Cotto a bit.

In Round 2, Pacman jabs, throws a left straight. Cotto fights back. He seems to look faster than Pacman. Pacman keeps his hands up, defends self. The Filipino connects left straight, throws combinatons. Cotto appears to have thrown a low blow. Pacman rattles Cotto with big left hooks and explosive punches. Cotto seems a bit hurt. Cotto tries to trap Pacman in the corner but the Pacman escapes Cotto survives the knockdown in Round 3.

Pacman attacks again. Pacman presses the fight, Cotto recovers. Both fighters unleash big bombs. Pacman jabs in , connects with left, darts out. Cotto was told to keep his punches high, Cotto pushes Pacman’s head down.

In Round 4, Cotto jabs, throws big left, Pacman retreats. Cotto throwing body punches, Pacman throws 1-2, then upper cuts, cuts Cotto’s combo. Pacman throws assualt, Cotto’s knees wobble. The referee separates them. Pacman on the ropes waits for Cotto’s attack, slips and escapes. Cotto, who got knocked down, is saved by the bell.

Cotto presses attack in Round 5 as Pacman boxes from the distance, being careful. Pacman lands a combo again, forces Cotto to peek-a-boo defense. Pacman is boxing beautifully, stays on the ropes. Pacman gets hit a bit, moves to the center. Pacman jabs, connects. Cotto holds, both fighters wrestle a bit. A flurry of exchanges before the bell rings.

In Round 6, Cotto jabs, moves forward, Pacman throws hook, upper cut and connects with big right hook. Cotto seems affected, dances away. Pacman presses action. Cotto, whoretreats, gets hit with 1-2. Pacman throws a 1-2-3, Cotto holds. Cotto lands jab, uses it effectively. Pcaman attacks again. It wobbles Cotto a bit. Cotto taps Pacman’s cheek when the round ended as if to say: “Good round.”

Pacman throws a heavy right in Round 7. Cotto reels a bit. The Puerto Rican keeps his hands up, moves forward, throws a straight then a hook. But Pacman seems unaffected. Pacman moves forward, dictating the pace. Cotto tries to dance away, Pacman hunts Cotto and connects 1-2 before the round ends.

Round 8 ensues and Cotto now has bruises under the eyes. Pacquiao is getting confident. Cotto uses the ring to stay away from Pacman who is boxing beautifully. Cotto pecking away, Pacman traps him at the ropes. Cotto receives 1-2-3, before stepping away. Pacman stalks his prey, connects an upper cutand hook. He traps Cotto in the corner.

Cotto jabs in Round 9. Pacman hits his gloves together. He seems to say, “Come on, fight.” Cotto attacks with 1-2, Pacman fights back. Cotto holds. Cotto is trapped at the ropes. Cotto’s face is a mess, his right eye is swelling. Pacman’s face remains clean. Pacman stalks his prey again, Cotto retreats a bit.

Cotto attacks, tries to control the fight in Round 10. Pacman keeps his defense. Pacman attacks again. Cotto tries to hold but Pacman stays away. Pacman walks forward, hunts Cotto down. Cotto seems always to retreat, uses the ring and stays away from Pacman. Pacman sighs, seems tired from chasing. Pacman picks the pace again. Cotto’s face is really a mess after Round 10. His nose is bleeding, right eye puffed. He has a small cut in the left brow.

The Puerto Rican boxes away in Round 11. This fight has shades of the Cotto-Antonio Margarito fight when the Puerto Rican was trying to stay away from Margarito. Pacman connects with 1-2-3-4 punches! Pacman tries to trap cotto in the corner, Cotto moves away and jogs around. Cotto jabs with a “stay away from me punch.” Cotto counter punches, gets boos from the crowd. Pacman is just dominating Cotto, using ring generalship.

Pacman hunts Cotto down, Cotto throws a left hook, Pacman catches Cotto with 1-2. Pacman is relentless, 1-2, 1-2. Kenny Bayless steps in, waves off the fight just seconds over two minutes in Round 12.


Go not placidly amidst the noise and haste as you may be marked down for dead air. Avoid quiet and passive persons as they may worsen your insomnia. Walk a mile. Your life does not revolve around your workstation. Speak glowingly of the better customers; and heed well their advice, as you will learn to love them as the irate ones call.

Know what to do – and when, and, also, be wary of that annoying echo that sometimes gives some clue whenever you are being monitored. Consider that two wrongs never make a right, but that three may do if only for the joy of being petiks. Whenever possible, put people on hold. Be comforted, that in the face of all irritation and disillusionment, and despite the changing fortunes of time, there are always some incentives due to power hours and good metrics.

Remember the times that your biological clock is still normal. Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle, and mutilate. Whatever makes you fit. Know thyself. If you need help, avail of a supervisor. Exercise caution in your daily affairs, especially with those closest to you… That Avaya on your left, for instance. Be assured that floorwalking through the seas of most souls would scarcely get your feet wet. Fall not in love, therefore, as the promiscuous culture of the industry may make you jaded. Gracefully surrender the things of day life: the birds, clean air, the sun, Philippine Daily Inquirer- and let not the sands of time get in your lunch. Hire people of blind obedience. For a good time, call 09167706376, ask for Primo. Take heart in the deepening gloom that the pantry is finally serving sensible food. And reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot, it could only be worse in Sprint.

Therefore, make peace with your god, whatever you perceive him to be: your arrogant account manager or a machine meant to withdraw money from. With all its hopes, dreams, promises, and urban renewal, the industry , cross your fingers, is here to stay. Apir!

*My apologies to Max Ehrmann and the National Lampoon

I stumbled upon a website entitled Hacking the Sony Ericsson W810i. The site looks promising as it claims to help everyone not just in “hacking” but also in pimping (modifying and customizing) that particular model of the Sony Ericsson product line.

I will have to check the site everytime though if it’ll effect any brand change on my fingers affected by the Nokia-is-the-most-user-friendly kitikitext culture. We’ll see.

Brian Gorell’s blog entitled “The Talented Mr. Montano” never fails to amuse me. Though Gorell’s creative narration of supposed misbehaviours of Manila’s socialites could be construed as sourgraping or plain fiction, the idea of Tim Yap and company’s social delinquency being broadcast over the internet is just entertaining.

From blowjob to cocaine, the Australian blogger chose not to mince words. If these revelations; about DJ Montano, Celine Lopez, Tim Yap and the rest of the so-called Gucci Gang; reflects nothing but the truth, it is evident then that Karl Marx’s idea of the lumpen sub-class should not be limited to the confines of the jobless proletariat. Even a section of the alta de sociedad has their share of “lumpenness” and even worse.

Of course, we have heard of real stories about rich drunken college boys running over/shooting/hitting an innocent one or comparable incidences but them being nameless substracts interest in this glamour-and-controversy-seeking world. Having someone considered famous implicated to a crime and getting away with it is just both glamourous and controversial. And add to that that this is not just another politician’s son or another Gretchen Barreto of the corny showbiz world but one of Maurice Arcache’s minions in the Class A world.

This is better than any Embassy brawl. Keep it coming, Mr. Gorell. Manila’s 30-and-under is entertained.