Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mikey Bustos : Opo Pinoy Style (Filipino Oppa Gangnam Style)

Its about time Mikey Bustos came out with his own version of the Oppa Gangnam Style!

and it even contains a very surprise guest appearance of...Amalayer! Paula Jamie Salvosa!

Hahaha...Opo Pinoy Style! Watch the video and find the lyrics here:

Friday, January 4, 2013

PLDT Waives Tablet Fee For New TelPad Plans

Telecom firm Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is making an aggressive push for the transformation of its landline service by offering to waive the device fee for its new TelPad plans, a unique offering that combines landline, Internet, and a tablet in one device and service.

Aside from the waived device fee — which used to cost customer a subsidised P5,500 fee for every subscription — the accompanying tablet has also been upgraded to feature a rebranded Huawei MediaPad S7 Lite, a 7-inch tablet that sports a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor, a bright WSVGA IPS display, and the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

The PLDT TelPad is the Pangilinan-led telco’s attempt at transforming its languishing landline business, which in the recent decade had fallen by the wayside as newer communication options — including mobile phones and broadband Internet — had made landline phones irrelevant to most consumers.

By including a free tablet device with every subscription, Filipino families are given a low-cost ticket to owning their first tablet, which the kids can use for school and entertainment or be a handy work companion for parents. Plans start at P1,849, with speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps.


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Ben Francia Will Be Sharing His Secret Again

Ben Francia, an Internet Marketing Consultant and Outsourcing Expert with 11 years experience in the Internet Industry is having another workshop on the 30th of January!

This is actually Ben Francia's second offering of the seminar/workshop 'The Secret to Getting Customers and Clients Online". The first one was a huge success and demands for a rerun were so high that Ben had to offer it once again.

Find out how he made a living using the Internet.Learn in this 3-hour Seminar Workshop his SECRET in Digital Marketing that allowed him to get Loyal Customers and Clients Online and earn a regular stable income that is more than enough to sustain his family and lifestyle.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

CyberPress Awards Recognizes Top IT Figures


CyberPress or the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines has just launched its annual year end celebration called CyberPress Awards. The awarding ceremony was held at the Arts in the City events center in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. All tech enthusiasts and IT big names gathered from all over the IT industry to recognize all the of the Philippines’ best IT people.

Here is the complete list of winners:

IT Company of the Year – Samsung Philippines
Samsung Philippines clearly dominated the tech market with their topnotch tech gadgets and increasing sales.

IT Product of the Year – DOST’s Project Noah

Project Noah is a great program that is engineered to help the lives of several people who are devastated with typhoons.

IT Startup of the Year – PayrollHero
PayrollHero makes use of the employees face as the primary biometric when logging in to their work. In this way, Payroll Hero debunks all ghost employees online.

IT Story of the Year – Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012
Undoubtedly, this story had stirred up the tension and rage of protests from several Pinoy netizens especially Facebook users.

IT Executive of the Year - IBM Philippines’ head honcho Mariels Almeda Winhoffer is the first female Country General Manager for the IBM Philippines and was recognized by IT journalists for leading the company in a number of initiatives, including building up the country as a social analytics hub for IBM.

Lifetime Achievement Awardee – Diosdado “Dado” Banatao
The current chairman of the PhilDev Forum is the Silicon Valley-based Filipino tech icon.

Smart Live More Run at Nuvali Sta. Rosa Laguna

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is inviting families, barkadas and runners of all ages to participate in a different kind of running event that should bring the fun back in running.

On January 19 from 3pm to 9pm, all roads lead to Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, for a 5-kilometer run where runners get to paint the world in full color. The Live More Run promises to be a blast of colors, laughter, and happiness that every member of the family can enjoy. Talk about starting the year on a good note.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Be Careful with My Heart : Truly the Most Adorable Tele-Serye in the Philippines

Wazzup Pilipinas !

Do'nt you just love tele-serye (television drama series)? Does it really reflect our everyday lives? Can we Filipinos really see ourselves in it? Can many Filipinos relate to the stories, the drama, and the love stories?

My wife adores tele-seryes eventhough the rest of us find them "baduy". Especially the Be Careful with my heart which is like "The Kind and I" story but done in a Philippine family setting. 

Be Careful With My Heart is a Philippine daytime TV drama which started airing on ABS-CBN last July 9, 2012. It is the show early in the morning that can be seen before the noontime show Showtime. It is top-billed by Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap.

"It tells about the story of a simple province girl Maya Dela Rosa (Jodi Sta. Maria) who tries her luck to the big city to pursue her dream of becoming a flight attendant. With this dream, she would not allow anyone to stop her in reaching it for this is her only way to help her family.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

This is An Outrage! Recognize the Talented Bloggers!

This is an outrage!!!!

I raise my middle finger to every gossip mongerer, over-achiever, naysayer and detractor that raises an eyebrow or gives a "mata-pobre" look to newbie and inexperienced bloggers.

I raise my middle finger to anyone who only recognizes the top, popular and veteran bloggers, to those who only appreciate the pioneers in the blogosphere, and to those who gratify the clients or sponsors when it’s supposed to be the bloggers' right to choose who and what to blog.

Araneta Center Food Trip Passfort : Enjoy an Eating Spree for Free

To all food lovers out there who wants to go on an eating spree for free, I've learned about this fascinating promo from the Araneta Center which they call the Araneta Center Food Trip passport.

What is the Araneta Center Food Trip passport? It's a special ticket that entitles its holder to several free meals at a designated sponsoring restaurant at the Araneta Center (Gateway Mall, Coliseum Circle, Farmers Plaza, Farmers Market, Ali Mall, and Shopwise). A lucky foodie will get to be the sole owner of the Araneta Center Food Trip Passport sponsored this time by by SumoSam, Gateway Mall.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Sony NEX-F3 Camera and 18-55mm Lens : A Shot Above Its Class

Warning! Please don't read this...

Unless you're like me who loves taking pictures but can't afford the expensive DSLRs settling with a simple point-and-shoot - and hoping to get away with it by being great with other aspects of photography.

But pros can also read it...Please go ahead and enjoy!

Treat yourselves with some fabulous news about one of the latest Sony camera models designed for wannabe photographers on a very tight budget.
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Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Camera and 18-55mm Lens : Top 10 Reasons Why I Need to Have One

Top Ten Big Bad Blunders of 2012

The Top Ten Big Bad Blunders of 2012

We all know that the year is about to end, the days are winding down, and there’s a vibrant new year ahead to be thankful for. In retrospect the year 2012 presented us with some of the most serendipitous discoveries in recent memory. This includes meeting new friends or acquaintances that inspired, influenced, motivated, and made our lives more interesting. However, it also had its share of presenting us with horrendous and weird personalities that can be considered as misfits of society.

If you have watched the movie “El Presidente” from the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival, there was this scene where the actor playing Antonio Luna uttered the word “ulol” (idiot). Though that would have been unlikely because the word “ulol” may have not yet existed during that time (“baliw” or insane could have been a more appropriate word), still the times have not changed at all . I hate to say it but there’s quite a lot of “ulols” even at our present time.  Seriously, there comes a time in our lives when we’ve done something we wish we haven’t – a sudden burst of anger that could have been triggered by past horrible experiences,  an unexpected reaction caused by negative influences all around us, acts of passion brought about by the longing to be loved and be understood, etc. But one thing is sure, we’re supposed to attack the acts committed by the individuals and not the actual person behind these so called blunders. Many of them have been victims of cyber bullying because of these misguided moments. Join me now as I present to you the Top Ten Big Bad Blunders of 2012 highlighting personalities only a mother would love.

“Kapag may anghang, Electric Fan lang ang katapat niyan”

Number 10. Sharon Cuneta – Sharonians may hate me for this but the Megastar was said to have been repeatedly engaged in quarrels with netizen bashers, over social networking site Twitter, defending her daughter against a series of tweets meant to lambast her and her family. The bashers were said to be die-hard fans of Piolo Pascual who were equally enraged with her daughter KC Concepcion’s break-up revelation with the said actor. The live interview with KC at The Buzz somehow put Piolo in a bad light giving many the impression that he was gay.

Though I admire Sharon for trying to defend her daughter, she should have realized she was quarreling with fans, which form part of why showbiz is a profitable business venture. If there were no die-hard fans, celebrities will be a thing of the past. She should have been more broadminded. My advice to Sharon,  “Cool ka lang! Kapag may anghang, mag electric fan ka na lang.”

Dionisia Pacquiao was seen on a TV Patrol newscast blaming pastors for Manny’s defeat

Number 9. Dionisia Pacquiao – Manny Pacquiao’s mother was seen blaming pastors for his son’s defeat in his latest boxing match against Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez.  After Manny Pacquiao’s unexpected knockout, her mother’s blaming statement is not what Manny needs. If you have a child who stumbled and fell badly, what would you do? Would you yell and blame him for the fall?  She keeps blaming his son for changing religion, for spending late nights in prayer meetings, and some other things associated with it.  Maybe she just could not face the reality that his son, with whom she shared lots of victorious moments,was unable to deliver this time around. Obviously, the old woman got so drunk with victories so that when defeat came, she was unable to handle herself properly.  “Mommy, mayaman na si Manny with plenty of money and a wife so pretty, at kahit natalo pa siya – di pa rin siya lugi!”

John Paul Encinas sharing his side of the story during a TV interview

Number 8. John Paul Encinas – The laundry-shop owner who was caught on a security camera allegedly assaulting a small eatery’s female cashier. Encinas became furious after the woman badmouthed him in front of other customers. The surveillance video showed Encinas grabbing the woman, pouring water on her, and even forcing her to eat the paper bills! Regardless of how rude the cashier was, going wacko is not a proper behavior especially towards women.  Women should be treated with utmost respect and understanding because they have their big share of moody days – especially during their monthly periods. “Kuya, kalma ka lang! Babae po yan! Di patas ang laban!”

The bus driver was being provoked to get down from the bus to face the traffic enforcer

Number 7. Melchor Caballes - This traffic enforcer from the Calamba City Traffic Management Office was caught on amateur video showing how he went berserk after bus driver Rolando Fadrigalan refused to surrender his driver’s license and be slapped with a fine for traffic obstruction. The video, which has gone viral on social networking sites, shows how Melchor took off his clothes and threw down his motorcycle on the street probably to block the bus. Aren’t traffic enforcers suppose to have undergone Neuro-Psych Exams before being accepted in public service? Garbage in, garbage out – It’s a government gone bad if these kind of people are kept or even just suspended at the least. “Manong huwag kang magwala sa kalsada – doon kayo sa isang kuwarto ni mamang drayber at magbunong-braso na lang kayo!”

“Amalayer” was depicted in many memes going viral over the Internet

Number 6. Paula Jamie Salvosa  – That’s the name of the “Amalayer” woman on the video that showed her berating a lady security guard named Sharon Mae Casinas at the LRT station in Santolan as she tried to get on the train but was stopped because she failed to put her bag on the conveyor of the X-ray machine for security check. It did not take long before the video, taken by Gregory Llamoso, went viral and earned Salvosa the nickname “Amalayer”.

However, if  Salvosa’s statement to the media is true, that the lady guard grabbed her so hard enough to leave a bruise, then all the hate of the netizens is being directed at the wrong person. I would have reacted a similar way if some stranger rudely grabbed me and then pretends to be the victim. But just the same, she reminds me of the song “Bitch” which goes something like this:  “amalayer, amachild, amamother, amasinner, amasaint, I do not feel ashame.  I’m your hell, I’m your dream, I’m nothing in between, you know you wouldn’t want it any other way!”

Alcid was reported to have filed a case against Rama

Number 5. Annabelle Rama - The controversial talent manager  got involved in yet another fight, this time while at a wake of late comedian Dolphy. Rama reportedly got mad at an entertainment reporter named Chito Alcid. Rama scolded and yelled at the reporter, and even tried to hit him with a stick. Tension between the two was said to have started way back when Alcid began writing negative stories about Rama. Surprisingly, after all her “palengkera” attitude and disrespect for the dead, Rama officially filed a bid for a Congressional seat this coming 2013 elections – “The nerve! With the exception of her family and relatives, only a moron living on another planet would vote for her. “

Robert Blair Carabuena was even called Barney because he was wearing a shirt similar to Barney’s skin color

Number 4. Robert Blair Carabuena – Robert Blair Carabuena is among the characters that got a whipping from netizens because of his untoward behavior against MMDA Traffic Enforcer Saturnino Fabros. Carabuena was caught on video allegedly mauling the traffic enforcer. The show of arrogance, as some of “his friends” claimed, happened only because Fabros slammed the Volvo of Carabuena. Regardless if there is any truth to the cause of such volatile behavior, it is quite obvious who came out the better man in the end. Carabuena’s  action resulted into  suspension from work (I’m not sure if he was ever allowed to return to work for Philip Morris),  a permanent revocation of his driver’s license, and an eternal record in history as a big bad bully. “Tapang mo kuya! Sa gitna ka pa ng kalsada pumorma ng suntukan. Ayan tuloy ikaw ang binalikan – ng tadhana!”

Raymart Santiago, Claudine Barretto and a guy wearing a pink shirt ganging up on news reporter Mon Tulfo

Number 3. Claudine Barretto – MonTulfo filed a complaint at the Pasay City Court against Raymart Santiago, his wife Claudine Barretto, and a companion of the couple for ganging up on him at the NAIA Terminal 3. Allegedly, Mon took pictures of the couple and friends when they were berating an airline staff and got ganged up when he refused to give in his phone with camera.  Barretto was seen joining the brawl instead of stopping Santiago and a friend in beating up Tulfo. The couple were later threatened on-air by the Tulfo brothers following their controversial brawl with Mon Tulfo, so they in turn filed another complaint against the Tulfo brothers. A few days later, TV5 got hold of a copy of a video supposedly showing that it was the group of Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto who first hurt the columnist and TV5 host. “Ayan na si Marina – Kalahating malansa, kalahating madrama – kabuuan ay bungangerang boksingera!”

The Impeachment Trial of Renato Corona provided us with much entertainment especially from Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago

Number 2. Miriam Defensor Santiago – Fortunately, I don’t have a thing for senile, sarcastic, and menopausal women. Some people find themselves enamored by the presence of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago who has the balls to go up against anybody including powerful figures of society. I hate to admit it but she’s a war freak with an impeccable intellectual superiority. The remarkable combination of her grumpiness and intellect sets her apart from other politicians. Miriam always valiantly shows her fierceness towards almost anybody through her degrading, yet somehow funny verbal onslaughts. Miriam mocks, bullies and shames people in public which is not a decent attitude of a public official. Some would say her intellect had gone way overboard putting her near insanity, and that she’s better off in the loony bin before she starts hurting other people. “Lola, kunin ka na sana ni Lord – ang bait-bait mo kasi eh!”

How I wish Senator Tito Sotto could just be humble enough to give an apology instead of aggravating the issues against him

Number 1. Vicente Sotto III -  There’s no denying that Tito Sotto should be on the top of the list. He has repeatedly shown many unimaginable acts totally unfitting a public servant holding a high position in government. He keeps on denying his shameless acts and constantly puts the blame on the netizens, with special mention to bloggers, for exposing him and eventually bullying him online. In reality, he’s probably just too ashamed to accept his mistakes. He never expected that people would keep on finding his devious acts of plagiarism or copying other people’s work without permission and using it to serve his own distorted point of views. “Tito Sen, lab you very much sa Eat Bulaga. May pag-asa pa basta bawiin mo lang mga pinagsasabi mo ng mabawasan kasalanan mo!”

To borrow from some words of a friend, “Life can be likened to movies, some are full lengths, some are shorts, some will have happy endings, some will have sad ones, some will become classics, some will be like badly made B-movies, but regardless of what kind of movie it is, there is a story that needs to be told and I hope this one is just unfolding (so we could still make sequels from it).” For the list of Top Ten Big Bad Blunders of 2012, I hope they learned a lot out of their tragic and humiliating experience to change for the better.

Many of us wish we could also be the director of our lives so that we can use our cinematic license loosely to shout cut, retake the shot, or revise the script of our lives when we find our story less of what a blockbuster should be. For me, our lifetime is something sacred, it shouldn’t be rewritten regardless if people perceive our lives as a flop. Just continue to live doing the things we believe will help us top the charts. Let’s all be a catalyst for change in the consciousness of Filipinos by producing high quality film segments of our lives and not the low budget flicks aimed just to draw the “masa” or mass audience. One day when we’re already old, it would be fun if we can look back at our accomplishments via a “playback”, with a bucket of popcorn in one hand, our favorite drink in the other, and our loved ones at our sides enjoying a very fulfilling movie with less regrets.  Let’s all grow old together living a life that we can call a big hit!

*credits to Nap Beltran whose “dreamy” words inspired me to write this article. Read more of my stories and adventures at and

Top Ten Big Bad Blunders of 2012

We all know that the year is about to end, the days are winding down, and there’s a vibrant new year ahead to be thankful for.

In retrospect the year 2012 presented us with some of the most serendipitous discoveries in recent memory. This includes meeting new friends or acquaintances that inspired, influenced, motivated, and made our lives more interesting.

However, it also had its share of presenting us with horrendous and weird personalities that can be considered as misfits of society.

Top Ten Big Bad Blunders of 2012


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Philippines : The Tradition of 13 Fruits and Firecrackers

Advance Happy New year guys!

Reposting these articles I made at my very first blog which I am no longer active in.

Perhaps I need to revive the blog about my rants, complaints, wishful thinkings, etc., towards the government, society, some irritable people and a lot more.

The blog site was originally titled "Be Kind To Us Trolls" but a mentor said the blog title drives away potential readers so I recently renamed it "Be Proud Of Us Pinoys" to be more on the positive side.

The articles below are about the tradition of collecting 13 fruits for the New Year celebration and the other one is about the different types of firecrackers in the Philippines.

Happy reading!!!

Sony Alpha NEX-5N : Questioned

Is the Sony Alpha NEX-5N considered as four thirds or micro four thirds? From what I've read, the NEX was said to have a bigger sensor. As for lenses, does the NEX have its own or can I use a different one? (eg, Nikkor and other lenses) and lastly, if its not included in the four thirds category,  what is its advantages over them?

1. APS-C sensor is the same as with DSLR but mirrorless
2. It has its own E-Mount lens. There's a Sony adapter to use Sony Alpha mount lens and there's auto-focus
3. There is also an adapter for legacy lens
4. It all depends on where you're going to use it.

I will just give a slight correction to number 1 and give some answers on number 4. That number 1 statement is a generalization. A DSLR does not necessarily sport an APS-C sensor. It may sport a Four-Thirds sensor or a Full-Frame sensor or a Medium Format sensor. The difference between a DSLR and a mirrorless is the mirror box sported by DSLR cameras whereas the mirrorless obviously does not sport a mirror box, the sensor does not matter in this case.

As to whether the NEX series is a Four-Thirds camera or not, it is not part of the Four-Thirds consortium, and also not part of the Micro Four-Thirds consortium, therefore it is not a Four-Thirds or a Micro Four-Thirds camera.

The NEX sports a bigger APS-C sensor than the Four-Thirds sensor used on Micro Four-Thirds cameras. However with the recent help of Sony to provide new 16MP Four-Thirds sensors for the Olympus OM-D, E-PL5 and E-PM2 (and the Panasonic GH3 which is also rumored to use the 16 MP Four-Thirds Sony sensor), the performance difference in terms of DR and hi-ISO is minimal between the 16MP/24MP APS-C Sony sensor and the 16 MP Sony Four-Thirds sensor. The only apparent advantage of the 16/24 MP APS-C sensor is the better DR at base ISO, but from ISO 200 onwards, performance between the two sensors are pretty close.

As for the advantages, the APS-C sensor should provide around ~0.8 stop more shallower DOF than the Four-Thirds sensor. In return however, this results in a usually bigger lens than a similar Micro Four-Thirds lens due to the bigger imaging circle (with the exception of the 16mm f/2.8 pancake and 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 pancake lens).

As for the cons of the NEX series compared to the Micro Four-Thirds series, the lens lineup is the apparent big disadvantage of the NEX. There are more lens choices for Micro Four-Thirds as of this time compared to the NEX series, and smaller lenses compared to the NEX series as well.
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