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Pachelbel Loaded

March 27th, 2006 6 comments

I love listening to Pachelbel’s Canon and all its versions. But this guy’s jaw dropping guitar rendition of Pachelbel’s Canon is kick-ass! It’s Pachelbel loaded and high on speed.

Watch this video and drool.

Ang lupit mo, Idol!!!

Move over Joe Satriani…

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The Order of DeMolay 1919-2006

March 21st, 2006 120 comments

fsland2.jpgThis week marks the 87th year of the International Order of DeMolay since its Annos Ordinis. This week also marks the 692nd death anniversary of the Last Grand Master of the Knights Templars, Jacques DeMolay, our hero and martyr whose name we have taken into our lips.

Millions of young men from all walks of life all over the world have become members of the Order since its founding in 1919. Many DeMolays became prominent in their fields of endeavor, like Walt Disney, John Wayne, John Steinbeck, Mel Blanc and Former US President Bill Clinton to mention a few. The Order of DeMolay was founded by Dad Frank Sherman Land, a prominent Mason in Kansas City, Missouri. Since its foundation, the Order is kept under the guardianship of the world’s most ancient and noble fraternity, Freemasonry.The Order of DeMolay is the main youth organization of the universal Masonic fraternity.

The Philippines takes pride in being the first to establish a DeMolay Chapter in Asia, the Jose Abad Santos Chapter which was established in March 23, 1946. Today there are more than 70 DeMolay Chapters scattered all over the country existing under the auspicies of the Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay of the Republic of the Philippines. Philippine DeMolay has also its share of members excelling in their chosen fields like the award winning film directors Joel Lamangan and Ben Cervantes, Mayors Jejomar Binay and Nepthali Gonzales Jr, Eli Buendia of the erstwhile Eraserheads, Luke Mejares of the South Border Band, etc.

This year also marks my 25th year as member of the Order of DeMolay. Since my initiation to the Order until now I have always enjoyed the comradeship of my brethren. I consider it a unique privilege to be counted as one among the million of men around the world who have knelt before the altar of everlasting fellowship, beheld our martyr’s trial, took his name sacred and proudly proclaims, “I am a DeMolay”.

To my Brethren in the Order of DeMolay, my stp o grs, sgn o wcm, tkn o btd n wrd o emn,DeMolay! Happy 87th Anniversary!!!

Our Order had endured the test of time and thirteen years more, we will be celebrating our Centennial!

Let your light so shine before Man that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven

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Dirty Finger

March 14th, 2006 2 comments

Hey! Well, okay. Maybe this one piece won’t hurt.
Powerpuff Blossom

Oh yes, not only has it become curioser and curiouser how the subplots developed in the drama of the PNP and Department of Justice’s efforts to put “destabilizers” and “enemies of the state” behind bars. It has also become crazier and more comical how their stupid efforts are composed in news headlines.

I have to admit that I laughed when I read this freudian slip of a headline:

Hooded ex-NPA fingers Dinky

(Oouucchh!!!)

You’re a bad monkey, Mojo!
Powerpuff Blossom

Thx to Manolo for fingering this headline.

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The Devil you know

March 13th, 2006 Comments off

When the Gloriagate started last year, there was this open letter from a supposed middle-class-taxpayer that circulated through email and landed in some blogs. His letter puts the blame on the lazy poor, the political opposition, the militant left and everyone else who attends anti-GMA rallies as stabilizers and the source of our crisis and for Pete’s sake, our traffic problems. It earned a lot of comments from supposed “middle-class” bloggers whose common line goes, “you just wrote what I really felt, etc…”.

Once again, this kind of open letters are circulating the internet and the blogosphere. Again, supposed “middle-class-neutral-independent” commenters are in the same chorus line singing “you just wrote what we the silent and marginalized majority really feels”. I just don’t know how and when the middle-class becomes the majority in a society where classes are stratified in a social structure likened to that of a pyramid. In my understanding, that is why it’s called middle class, because it belonged to neither the minority who are rich or the majority who are poor.

Personally I have nothing against people wanting to express their views by writing them down through open letters, essays, statements, letters to the editor. Some people even express their opinions with devastating results through Proclamations. What irritates me is the ambiguity and hypocritical pretensions of these letter’s content. While it tries to present a neutral view, it obviously betrays a bias and partisan position. Either the writer is just naive and lost in the jungle of his own confusion or it is intentionally written in ambiguity to pass itself as an alternative pole while actually taking a side.

Many of these so-called open letters belabors in presenting a supposed sound, balanced and neutral view. But quite predictably these open-letters provide only a complimentary accounting on GMA’s liabilities while puts the weight of blame on the opposition, the militants and all non-members of the GMA fans club as the source of our countries instability and the usual traffic jam. As expected these letters ends up with the oft-repeated cries of “we are angry, sick and tired, and wants to move on”,”the democratic processes have already absolved GMA”, “rallies only creates traffic”,”those opposed to GMA are only power grabbers”,…etc.

Read more…

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Chapter XXXIX

March 12th, 2006 4 comments

Yesterday was a long day.

I spent the whole day at home with my family having a simple dinner of SUTUKIL (sugba, tinola and kinilaw) of fresh fish bought from Dampa. Then the night was capped by downing some beer with my brethren.

No fancy party, no lavish revelry, just a symbolic gesture of escorting another passing day, on my 39th birthday.

It was a long day yesterday. Like in old age the years are short and day’s long.

One summer more and I’ll be four decades

Old.

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Women hold up half the sky

March 8th, 2006 7 comments

IWD2006.jpgToday is International Women’s Day, a day commemorating the important role of women in the struggle for a just and humane society and to make the world a better place.

A Happy Women’s day to my wife Bambit, my baby Maia and her Ate Anne and Ate Bebing, my mom, my sister, my aunts, my cousins, my women colleagues and comrades, my sisters of our Order, my women fellow bloggers; Ayeeza, Babypink, Bing, Val, Teacher Sol, Delish and Renee, to the wives, sisters, mom, women colleagues and girl friends of; Major Tom, Denver, Manolo, Jove, Jeff, Punzi and Rene, and to all women holding up half the sky.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Mabuhay ang Kababaihan! Mabuhi ang Kababayen-an!

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There’s always a bigger fish

March 5th, 2006 2 comments

One very important rule to remember in maintaining a saltwater aquarium is the proper selection of fish. Although one can easily find joy in having a motley of species of various size swimming together in the tank. But such delight can easily disappear as fast as the rate of disapperances of the small fishes cohabiting the tank with the bigger ones. Yes, there’s always a bigger fish, and in the case of a saltwater aquarium, size really matters. One cardinal rule in selecting fish for a saltwater aquarium is that a fish that fits into a bigger fish’s mouth usually ends up there.

We just have learned this lesson. After having completed cycling our new saltwater quarantine tank, new livestock were placed to inhabit it. Our friend Jimmy gave us the first batch of occupants composed of, three small Strawberry/Purple Pseudochromis or the Dottyback, two small Formosa Wrasse, two Golden Coris Wrasse, a Lamarck Angel and one big Harlequin Tusk Wrasse. After a week, Jimmy added more, a Black Longnosed Tang, two (big and small) Regal Angels, a Flagfin Angel, a Half-black angel and a Racoon Butterfly.

Besides experiencing the usual temporary stress due the transfer, all livestock were healthy and manifested vitality. No signs of Ich or any common fish disease were detected. Our new qurantine tank inhabitants is a picture of a happy company, a peaceful co-existence of various species of different sizes. So we thought.

After a while we noticed that some of the smaller fishes have mysteriously vanished without trace. We thought that they may have just dugged and hidden under the live rocks or the substrate. But just this afternoon the mystery of the lost fishes was uncovered as we witnessed how the big bad Harlequin Wrasse gobbled alive in whole the last of the small helpless dottyback.

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Like in real life, some lessons are learned at some smaller fish’s expense.

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