October 31, 2007

video + score: Child Emmanuel

For all of you out there who share Hangad's ministry of inspiration, here is the score of CHILD EMMANUEL from our christmas card CD - A Wish for Christmas. Click on the score to get a copy of the pdf version. Don't have pdf? Download here







October 24, 2007

How I used to look innocent

My old highschool buddy Chong sent me this super retro photo the other day...


I only have one reaction.... OH MY GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!. I can't get over the hair, the gold glasses and the weight(!!!) Apparently this was taken from a Linggo ng Wika event thus the barongs. It kinda makes me want to ask "If you could go back in time and tell your younger self anything what would it be?". I think that if my highschool 16 year old self met my present self he'd be so disturbed he'd run to the chapel and pray for my soul hahahahaha

Thanks Chong for the pic! Send me more! =)

October 23, 2007

Kris world

You either love her or hate her. No matter what you think, the truth is she sells whatever product she attaches her name to. Is there anything this celebrity will not endorse? By the rate shes going, she's going to loose all her endorsements soon because of credibility. I can think of a couple of products or categories that might be interesting endorsements:

Bambi Lard
Boy Bawang
Family Rubbin Alcohol
Hope luxury cigarette
Liquid Sosa
Negros Navigation (to counter the old Sharon superferry campaign)
Pocari Sweat
Producer Feeds
Silver Swan patis
Trust anti-STD campaign



So how many Kris Aquino endorsements can you name?

Bench
Eurotiles
Facial Care
Heartveet
Kissa



Gateway Mall
Goldilocks (with James Yap)
Lux (with Khu Ledesma)
Maggi Magic Sarap (with AiAi 2x)
McDonalds
Metro Gaisano
Pampers


Pantene Glossy Shine
Pantene Age Defying shampoo
Purefood Chunky corned beef
Sansan cosmetics
San Miguel (with Derek Ramsey)
San Miguel (with Manny Pacquiao)
White Cat
Xando (with Boy Abunda and Lorna Tolentino)

October 21, 2007

A different set of Avengers

Alan Moore's WATCHMEN is my second grahic novel for the year. A must read considering it is the only graphic novel to have made it to TIME Magazine's top 100 novels of all time.

Set in 1985, in an alternative history United States where costumed adventurers are real and the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union (the Doomsday Clock is at five minutes to midnight). It tells the story of a group of past and present superheroes and the events surrounding the mysterious murder of one of their own. Watchmen depicts superheroes as real people who must confront ethical and personal issues, who struggle with neuroses and failings, and who - with one notable exception - lack anything recognizable as super powers (Wiki).

A movie adaptation of WATCHMEN is in the works and is scheduled for release on March 6, 2009.


October 19, 2007

Mimi's Wisdom

"the explosion occurred at around 1:40 p.m., said eight people had been killed. Makati Councilor JunJun Binay said there were 86 people wounded." - PDI

40 minutes would have made a difference.


If I had not been rushing to a 1pm meeting in 6750, I would have been inside Glorietta when the explosion happened. Not that I wish I were part of the scene but thinking about it now reminded me of how easily our lives can be cut short in the most unexpected occasions. I've had a couple of near-death experiences before and today's event certainly isn't one of the gravest but my morbid mind still can't help but think about the possibilities.

What if I had chosen to eat dessert after lunch? What if I had gotten to Glorietta later and took time in finishing my meal? What if I had chosen to eat in Glorietta 2 where the explosion happened? What if my meeting was at 1:30pm?

The answers don't matter now but the exercise of questioning tells me that sometimes I do forget to live for the moment. That sometimes I get too caught up about watching my favorite programs or choosing the right shirt when I haven't told my friends how much they meant to me. When I'm too busy bickering about things that I want when I already have everything that really matters.

Mimi in RENT said it all:
There is no future

There is no past
I live this moment as my last
There's only us
There's only this
Forget regret
Or life is yours to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today

October 12, 2007

video + score: Raymond's Lullaby

For all of you out there who share Hangad's ministry of inspiration, here is the score of RAYMOND'S LULLABY from our christmas card CD - A Wish for Christmas. Click on the score to get a copy of the pdf version. Don't have pdf? Download here.





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The story behind Raymond's Lullaby
Late in 2004, Marchan Padla emailed Hangad explaining that he was a volunteer for Ang Arko ng Pilipinas. He had written a song inspired by Raymond, an autism-stricken ward of his who had to be brought to the province every Christmas season because he couldn't stand the noise of the city. Marchan's request was for Hangad to record the song to raise funds for Arko. Marchan had never heard of Hangad, and Hangad had not heard of Arko; but the story was so moving that Hangad invited Marchan to share his song.

video + score: Paskong Pinoy Medley

For all of you out there who share Hangad's ministry of inspiration, here is the score of PASKONG PINOY MEDLEY from our christmas card CD - A Wish for Christmas. Click on the score to get a copy of the pdf version. Don't have pdf? Download here.




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October 10, 2007

Extra service sir?

So what does it say again after "Strictly Massage Only!"?
[cue music, Bette Midler] From a distance...

The ideal salary?

I got a text last Sunday from my dad asking me to check out this article in the Inquirer JobMarket section entitled "By the time you're 30, your salary should be P120,000". Written by a CEO of an executive search firm, it talks about why you need a career consultant, how you don't need an MBA and why those who graduate with honors do not make it to the top.

"By the time you reach the age of 30, your salary level should be four times your age. If not, go and check what's wrong with your career."

For someone like me who is about to turn 30, the author's opening line immediately got on my skeptical side. I wanted to know what his basis was. Was this industry standard? How achievable and realistic was this? How fair was that statement to everyone else in my batch? What did I need to do to achieve it?

I thought I'd go into career angst mode but after reading the article, it sounded like the whole salary computation thing was just based on the author's opinion and experience with a couple of clients. Wow. How factual can you get? The bold headline might even have been an attempt to attract clients(through the author's contact posted at the bottom of the article).

Another thing. Is salary the only career benchmark? What ever happened to job fulfillment, work-life balance and learning? I know they sound like a bunch of corporate HR bullshit but these are values which sometimes go beyond how much a professional's take home pay is. Would you rather work in a company which pays 4 times the salary but 5 times the stress? I've had friends who turned down offers from crappy companies who doubled their salaries. I also have friends who would much rather work for an NGO or the academe than be corporate whores with 6-digit salaries. Bottomline for me, money should not be the be all and end all of a career. A JOB IS JUST A JOB. Do what you need to do to pay the bills and run out of the office to experience life.

Read the full PDI article here.

October 9, 2007

What the Buck?!

I've recently discovered this HILARIOUS YouTube show called What the Buck?! I love love LOVE how he bitches about Britney Spears and Tyra (in both ANTM and the Tyra Show). Here's the latest episode about Britney. Enjoy! Love ya bitch! hahahaha



To check out all episodes of What The Buck?! Click here.

October 7, 2007

video + score: Maging Akin Muli

For all of you out there who share Hangad's ministry of inspiration, here is the score of HAWAK KAMAY with accompanying video. Click on the score to get a copy of the Adobe pdf version. Don't have pdf? Download here.





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video + score: You Raise Me Up

For all of you out there who share Hangad's ministry of inspiration, here is the score of WALANG IBANG HANGAD with accompanying video. Click on the score to get a copy of the pdf version. Don't have pdf? Download here.
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video + score: Hawak Kamay

For all of you out there who share Hangad's ministry of inspiration, here is the score of HAWAK KAMAY with accompanying video. Click on the score to get a copy of the Adobe pdf version. Don't have pdf? Download here.



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October 2, 2007

That market in Leviste

After more than a month of searching for a decent place to eat near my building, I finally discovered a deli in the same block I can see myself becoming a regular in. I'm talking about a delightful and cozy nook called The Market (Tiffany Place, Leviste St. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm). Imagine going inside Oliver's Super Sandwiches and finding fresh produce, prime cuts, wines and pastries for sale. There is a set menu and a semi-create-your-own-sandwich option which allows you to pick your meat and bread combination (I got Farmer's Ham on ciabatta). Prices range from P130 to P295. It may be a bit pricey but once you've tasted each and every fresh ingredient making up your very filling meal, nothing else matters.



Smoked Chicken Wrap

Anchovy Pizza and Farmer's Ham on ciabatta

October 1, 2007

sistah fight


Check out this article from today's PDI. This is definitely something you don't see everyday. Bring it on sistahs! Round 1!

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Italian archbishop closes convent after nuns come to blows
Agence France-Presse Last updated 07:48am (Mla time) 10/01/2007

ROME -- A convent in southern Italy is being shut down after a quarrel among its last three remaining nuns ended in blows, press reports said Sunday.

Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista, reportedly upset about their mother superior's authoritarian ways, scratched her in the face and threw her to the ground at Santa Clara convent near Bari in an incident in July that was kept quiet until now.

Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri tried to reconcile the nuns but finally decided in late August that they had "clearly lost their religious vocation" and asked the Vatican for permission to close the convent.

Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista moved to another convent, but Sister Liliana barricaded herself inside, refusing to leave, the reports said, adding that she suspected Battista Pichierri of planning to cede the convent to another community.

Liliana has been at the convent since its founding in 1963.