Thursday, August 25, 2005

Picture-Perfect





There's a website containing photographs of some of the most beautiful models in the world.

Please check out Lon li-wen's lensworld.

A Filipino-Chinese-Canadian photographer, Li shuttles between Manila, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Milan, Rome, Paris, New York, and London primarily to do shoots for upcoming male models.

Not Hopeless--but Where's the Political Will?


Yes, the fight against corruption in the Philippines is not a hopeless case. We fully agree with Tony Kwok Wan-Mai, formerly deputy commissioner and head of operations for Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and now Pres. Gloria Arroyo's adviser on anti-corruption matters.

His appointment explains his statement.

I believe that fighting graft and corruption is best done by first having a political will to do it. Perhaps he can advise Arroyo to do just that.

In an Agence France Presse report Kwok cites Nigeria as having a worse graft and corruption environment than the Philippines, whose $1.8 billion or 13 per cent of its annual budget is lost to corruption every year.

In 1980 to 2000, the Philippines lost $48 billion because of graft and corruption.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Shakespeare in Manila



Ongoing at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City, is Tanghalang Pilipino's "R'meo Luvs Dew-Lhiett" ("Romeo and Juliet").

Repertory Philippines, for its part, is staging its all-male version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," at Rep's Globe Theater, in Greenbelt, Makati, beginning September 2.

And on September 14 and 15, the British Council is bringing over Scotland's Theater Babel's touring production of "Macbeth," at the CCP.

Migration Cases as Security Issue



I have come across an academic paper (but written in a clear and passionate way) on Philippine labor migration, at the website of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), at Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore.

Written by a journalist and graduate student of philosophy at the University of the Philippines Diliman, the paper's thesis is, labor migration cases are a security issue requiring emeregency response.

It's quite interesting, inasmuch as many have always thought of migration cases as mere labor issues, meaning, outside the sphere of international relations.

Please check out Franco's paper on Philippine labor migration.

Kidding Aside

The past week the Philippines was once again on the worldspot as CNN (which didn't bother to get Manila's side of the story at first. I really wonder where journalism is going these days) featured thousands of Filipino children sharing prison cells with adult criminals.

A UN official was more effective in defending Manila (saying that the problem is prevalent in other countries, including Brazil, and that at least Manila is a signatory to a UN Convention on the protection of the rights of children) than the Philippines' Secretary of Justice who kept on mumbling on a telephone interview.

Well, Philippine administration officials must have been very busy saving President Gloria Arroyo from impeachment charges, thereby making them inept in discussing the more pressing issues, such as juvenile delinquency.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The Gay (West)life

The past few days I've been reading about Mark Feehily (that handsomest Westlife member a lot of girls have called "Sex god") announcing that he's gay.

In an article in a UK tabloid Mark was quoted as saying that he isn't asking for sympathy and he's not seeking to be a role-model for anybody because he's happy for what he is.

Then, why announce it in the first place?

Just asking.

Westlife, by the way, is one of my favorite boy bands. It has 12 No. 1 singles in the UK. And Mark is the one who keeps me awake most nights.

I wish him happiness with boy band V's David McDaid. These two gorgeous talents are in a long-term relationship.

Batman Loves Robin


Come on, guys, we're on the 21st century! Even kids now can blow up the whole galaxy while drinking their milk in front of their PCs.

This is all about a Manhattan gallery which is being threatened with legal action over a watercolor exhibit featuring Batman and Robin kissing each other.

What a gay tryst, some people must have thought!

Well, you can't just impose art appreciation ability on some people.

If you wish to see more of the Batman-Robin "gay tryst," visit Art.net.

Gay--as in Happy--About Tax Saving



Well, in every rule or law there really is a loophole. Yes, even in laws allowing same-sex marriages.

Two Canadian men have decided to tie the knot--not that they're in love with each other, since they're straight--but just to test the marriage's effects on tax paying.

"There are significant tax implications that we don't think the government has thought through," according to Bill Dalrymple, 56, and his best friend, Bryan Pinn, 65.

They admitted, though, that their act was a "bit of a hoot."

(Via Contractoruk.com)

Well, to all the gays out there, posting these pictures is my way of saying good morning to you, from Manila.

(Via madeinbrazil.typepad.com)

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Technologically Challenged

Hey, this is a bit funny. I just created my own blogsite and, as far as I can remember, have followed every step of the way. But why can't I open it every time I try to access it using its URL? Ah, technologically challenged, me!

First Word

Hello, guys,

I finally opened the website "blogger.com" (after hearing about it for so long) and decided to make my own blogsite. Problem is, I haven't yet prepared materials for the site. I have a lot, though--all I have to do is unearth them.

Your contributions are also valuable, so feel free to write about, suggest, or comment on just about anything.

Inasmuch as I am busy now with some writing assignments, I will try my best to fill this blogsite further very soon.