Manong’s Big 50

Gerry Alanguilan, one of my closest friend is turning 50 today and I wanted to greet him a Happy Birthday. It’s not everyday that someone turns 50 so I wanted to write something about him to commemorate the occasion. I first encountered Gerry through one of his Timawa stories, the one published in Alamat 101….

Monkeying Around

I got a message on Viber from my box’s head coach late December last year inviting me to join the Ape Games. Having just had a minor brush with the flu, I decided to decline as I was not feeling a 100% just yet and I didn’t feel like I had enough time to prepare…

My New Year’s To-do List

I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I’ve always felt that most everyone, me included, just made one up but never really get around to getting it done which I suspect has a lot to do with the very nature of these things. Still, in the spirit of self-improvement, I feel that…

The Year that was 2017

Writing this has become a tradition of sorts for me, looking back at the year that’s been. My year end report, if you will. I’m happy to report that, for the most part, life in general for me has taken a turn for the positive and this year has had a lot of pleasant surprises…

Bit by Bit

I once played an extra (also called a bit player in some circles) in an indie movie. One of my best friend’s father was a film maker and he needed bit players in an indie film he was making for a Non-Government Organization (NGO). The budget was quite tight (as is usually the case with…

Write, said Fred

For the earlier part of my blogging career, I found that maintaining a blog was oftentimes a mad scramble to find something interesting to write about or to write something interesting about mundane stuff. My goal at the time was to publish something everyday and I did manage it but the content wasn’t very good….

Nowhere to go but UP

The only college entrance exam test I ever took was the UPCAT. People might think it’s ballsy but trust me: it wasn’t because of some misplaced overconfidence in my intellectual ability or even destiny. Truth be told, the only reason why the University of the Philippines was the only school I aspired to was because…

Manners

I love watching movies in cinemas on the big screen, like it was intended to be seen by its creators. There’s something magical seeing a story unfold in a darkened room, larger than life. The only thing I really don’t like are the other people watching the movie with me. I certainly am not generalizing…

Singing my Heart Out

I once joined an amateur singing contest when I was younger. Much younger. It was the summer of 1994 and I was a college freshman in UPLB. Walking along campus one day, two of my friends and myself, came upon a stray poster announcing an amateur singing contest to be held the coming weekend. ‚ÄúSali…

It’s Okay to Fail

Learning to fail is counter-intuitive to everything we’ve been taught since we were school kids. In fact, most educational systems are designed around the concept: do things right and you get ahead. Those who do otherwise are considered problematic to say the least. We, as children, learn over time that failure was something to be…

The Stare

I was on my way back to my place at around 10:30 PM in a jeepney (this was way back in 2007). As I got off my stop, two fellow passengers alighted from the same jeep and impulsively tried to cross the street. A fast going Toyota Corolla had to slam the breaks on full…

What the Future has in Store

It was 2005 and I was in Eastwood where a Psychic Festival was currently being held. Out of curiosity (and partly because of prodding…okay, it was mostly because of prodding) I decided to have my fortune told by one of the psychics participating in the festival. I approached the young lady in charge of registration,…