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San Miguel Beer Consumer Report

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News with tags , on November 1, 2011 by JJ Duque

I am currently 40 years old, and I have been consuming San Miguel Beer products for over 20 years. I bought my first few cases of SMB Pale Pilsen at my 15th year old birthday party, and have been consistently been drinking beer since then.

At first, I used to drink every weekend on Friday and Saturday nights, and maybe the occasional Sunday afternoon.  When I got into college at age 18, I began drinking San Miguel Beer on a near daily basis. And not just one bottle, but averaging around 8 to 10 bottles per day.

In the 90’s, Student organizations I was involved with in UP Diliman held events which featured San Miguel Beer. There was Upsilon Sigma Phi’s Polo-Singan event which featured smorgasbord of free beer and a Side-A concert at the Manila Polo Club. Then, there was UP JMA’s Heaven’s Door which was the first concert held at the Megatrade Hall. That time, you could see us lugging cases of beer from the grocery up the escalators. And there are still more events I’ve organized and attended, and always with a San Miguel beer in my hand to celebrate.

After college, San Miguel Beer and its by-products like Super Dry, Blue Ice (remember?), Red Horse, Cerveza Negra and San Mig Light have all passed through my palate and have contributed to my not-so-sexy but huggable beer belly. My choice for drinking San Miguel after all these years is based on a simple fact – there was no other beer around. Even with the current advent of imported beers like Coors, Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Heineken, or even with the rise of competition from local beers like Colt45 of Asia Brewery – San Miguel Beer has still remained a favorite. It’s just something that I’m used to and certainly will not be disappointed with. In fact, I consider San Miguel Beer like an old friend.

As an old friend, I have been kind to San Miguel Beer. I have given him so much money over a decade or so.  At a rough average of P500 per week, or P26,000 a year for more than 10 years – well, that’s a lot of money. I’ve never really found the need to ask for anything in return. On its own, San Miguel Beer is fulfilling enough to provide a nice intoxication, a proud beer belly, and memorable moments celebrating with friends, and even in crying with friends.

But now – I do have something to ask from San Miguel.

I would like to ask San Miguel to stop advertising their beer, and instead spend their advertising budget for other worthwhile projects. San Miguel Beer does not need to spend millions upon millions on celebrity endorsements for their Christmas ads. San Miguel Beer does not need to spend useless expense for TVC slots, billboard ads, print ads or merchandising. Well – merchandising maybe.

San Miguel Beer is at the top of the beer food chain in the country, and even if they stopped advertising altogether for one year – they would probably increase their profits due to unnecessary advertising spending. Every day – all over the country – people drink San Miguel Beer (and their co-products). Whether they are sad or celebrating, SMB is on the menu. SMB can be found in almost every major store, grocery, restaurant, bar and sari-sari store. Their sales will never ever suffer because they are the number one demand in their market.

With that being said – I would wish for San Miguel Beer to focus on eliminating poverty by diverting advertising expense into socially responsible programs and projects. They can provide housing programs of their own without the need to tie up with NGOs. I’m not certain what other socially responsible programs San Miguel Beer engages in, but I’m very sure that they give support to charities and foundations, and do their best in actively pursuing their civic duties. However, imagine if the budget was bigger because they would divert advertising funds they don’t need.

But apart from San Miguel, all companies and products with a monopoly of sorts should also end all their ad campaigns. Smart and Globe need not spend on advertising because every day their product is used. They don’t need celebrity endorsements that cost millions, and they don’t need billboard ads or print ads. Because of their technology, they can directly send promotion packages and special offers direct to their customers. Text text lang iyan.

Anyway – cheers to San Miguel Beer. I just bought a case of Pale Pilsen in cans to fill my ref. And as an avid consumer for over 20 years. Please consider my humble advice.

Thank you.

Philippine News: New Vizconde Massacre Witness Surfaces After 20 Years

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News with tags , , , , on December 29, 2010 by JJ Duque
Senate Elections Nuisance Candidate Mel Chavez

Senate Elections Nuisance Candidate Mel Chavez

According to news reports by ABS-CBN, a new witness has surfaced for the Vizconde Massacre. A certain Melchor Gongora Chavez, who claims to be the national president of the Association of Commentators of the Philippines, has a new witness that can provide evidence to prove that Hubert Webb’s passport is fake, and that a certain “Edmond A” was the one who was allegedly asked to produce the fake passport for Hubert Webb.

Chavez has also acceded that the video clip of Hubert Webb frolicking in the snow in the United States was merely shot behind the Philippine International Convention Center, and the snow that fills the background is merely staged snow.

As much as I would want justice for Lauro Vizconde, father and patriarch of his slain family, I cannot believe that after all these years – only now will a witness emerge to shed light on this case. Why only now after so many years? Why only now after the Supreme Court has given its decision and cannot be reversed? Why only now when Hubert Webb cannot be tried again for the same crime?

If these witnesses and investigators were already wary that the Supreme Court could’ve overturned the ruling, then all these evidences against Hubert Webb should’ve been presented way beforehand to assure the victory of the prosecution. But they only come out of the woodwork now way past the Cinderella curfew. Sadly, it is not a good performance for the prosecution, who is now cramming the 20-year deadline on the Vizconde case.

What ever happened to star witness Jessica Alfaro? Isn’t there anything better that she can add in her testimony? Isn’t there a way for her to clear her name and petition that what she indeed did say under oath during the trial was the total truth? Where is she now? Why hasn’t she come forward and declare that justice has been blinded because her testimony was truth?

Now – this supposed national president of the Association of Commentators of the Philippines Melchor Chavez is stirring up a storm, and doing so in desperation without any real credibility. How can such a witness be believed? And why would the so-called witness appear through the hands of Melchor Chavez and not the investigators, or the Supreme Court itself? Well, maybe Melchor Chavez is just hoping for his 15 seconds of fame. Well, you got it. At the expense of making a mockery on justice for Lauro Vizconde, and instead of looking for the real perpetrators behind the massacre. Will the real slim shady from the prosecutor’s office please take a stand and do your proper legal job, and advise Melchor Chavez et al on how he can go about this, instead of tooting around his whistle around the media just to make headlines.

Besides, what the hell is the Association of Commentators of the Philippines? A search on Yahoo reveals that the only time they’ve ever come out is in the ABS-CBN article related to this. They don’t have a website or any prior mention? Are they even a real association? Is Sev Sarmenta and Quinito Henson members? What kind of commentators are they comprised of? Are they sports commentators, or are they just side-line comment-ers (as opposed to commentators) who comment on anything worth commenting for the sake of their two cents worth or their 15 second of fame. Maybe as a blogger, I can become a commentator too. But maybe next time – let’s wait until Melchor “the national ass president” Chavez sits down.

According to Wikipedia – Melchor Chavez was a Filipino radio and print journalist who tried to run for Philippine Senate several times. In 1992, the Supreme Court disqualified him for running for senator. In 1998, Comelec did not recognize his certificate of candidacy. In 2001, he ran under KBL and garnered a measley 2% of the total votes. In 2004, Comelec allowed him to run again, but petitions by Francisco Chavez (who also petitioned against him, thus leading to his disqualification  in 1992)  were favored by the Comelec. Melchor Chavez was then deemed as a nuisance candidate.

Now, Melchor Chavez is just being a nuisance.

Philippine Events: Olive Magazine Launched At Ayala Museum

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2010 by JJ Duque

I arrived late at the recent Olive magazine launch held at the Ayala Museum lobby just this week. I immediately greeted Bella Luce Publications big boss Nick Tuason, and gave my heartfelt congratulations for another magazine under his belt. So far, Bella Luce Publications has Wedding Belle, Digital Photographer, Lonely Planet Philippines, iCreate, Junior and now Olive!

Olive Magazine Now In The Philippines

Olive Magazine Now In The Philippines

Olive is a monthly magazine published in the UK by BBC Worldwide, and Bella Luce Publications have been able to get the license to open up a local version of Olive here in the Philippines.  Here in the Philippines, the magazine’s editor-in-chief is none other than Stephanie Zubiri, who earned her star in the culinary scene with the very reputable The Modern Epicurian Kitchen – an institution which is part cooking school-slash-catering business that promotes the fine art of living, and the process and results that are part of that palatable journey. Definitely, Olive is blessed to have someone like Stephanie Zubiri, who exudes a good energy and has a fresh perspective on the culinary scene in the Philippines and abroad.

While I didn’t get to congratulate Stephanie Zubiri personally that night (she was too busy being hounded by everyone else), I managed to pass along the message through her brother and old friend Senator Miguel Zubiri, who was with his beautiful wife Audrey. My congratulations also to the ever efficient people of Bella Luce Publications like Marta Luque-Araneta, Pilar Tuason and Madie Pfiffner-Dinglasan.

It was a fun night overall – and it was great to see friends like Audrey Carpio, Joanna DeOcampo, Jackie Verano, Jay Pou, Cay Rodriguez-Araneta, Fiona Lucas-Araneta, Pip Zorgani, RJ Ledesma and his wife Vanessa, and Ines Cabarrus, who will be having a second run of the annual Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards soon.

My only concern – I feel like I should be the one to say it – is that the open bar wasn’t running as optimal as I would’ve expected, considering that it was the launch of a culinary magazine. You just simply can’t serve warm beer over ice on a wine glass, nor can you serve wine on a margarita glass. The lack of glassware to match the cocktails was befuddling. I would’ve thought that the launch of a top culinary magazine would’ve hired a caterer equal to the task of serving Manila’s glitzy set. The caterer should’ve known to have chilled the beer earlier, and prepare the right glassware for the occassion. I mean – if it were the launch of an un-culinary magazine, then this faux pas could’ve been forgiven. I just had to say – not to bitch – but to raise constructive criticism for the caterer, or maybe just to the poor schmuck responsible for hiring them.

But then again, that’s just the open bar – and I’m sure that slight glitch won’t take away anything from the greatness of the magazine, which will certainly continue to have an impact on the Manila food and restaurant scene. There will be great articles in Olive, ranging from exciting recipes, restaurant reviews and so much more, and it comes at a great time in Philippine lifestyle history when our range of tastes and foods has started to expand.

Once upon a time, you would mention a handful of good restaurants when you mention Japanese cuisine or Chinese cuisine. Now – there are too many to mention because of the growth of the restaurant and food service industry throughout the country. The launching of Olive will certainly be a critical portal which will open many eyes to the wonders of the food scene in the Philippines as well as share articles from the mother publication of BBC Worldwide.

Needless to say – you should go find a copy of Olive soon.

How To Handle A Hostage Situation In The Philippines

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News with tags , on August 30, 2010 by JJ Duque

Manny Pacquiao: Chief Hostage Negotiator

Send Manny Pacquiao to be the chief negotiator.

Manny Pacquiao can afford any ransom made by any hostage.

When Manny Pacquiao steps into the bus, the hostage-taker will be so star-struck it will give enough ample time for the sniper to fire at least three times (should he miss the first two.)

If Manny Pacquiao gets close enough to the hostage-taker, his left hook will knock out the hostage-taker.

Why NoyNoy Didn’t Pick Up The Phone

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News with tags , , , on August 30, 2010 by JJ Duque

Donald Tsang, President and Chief Executive of the Government of Hong Kong tried several times to reach Philippine President Noynoy Aquino, but apparently couldn’t get through.

The real story was that Noynoy saw his cellphone ringing, but what registered on his cellphone was “Private Number”, so he dismissed it.

Undaunted, Donald Tsang then tried to get hold of Presidential sister Kris Aquino, and was actually able to talk to Kris Aquino.

Kris Aquino even promised, “Of course, Mr. Tsang, we will help you with the hostage crisis and I will inform my brother Noynoy. In fact, we’re airing all the action right now in our network, and I will personally be interviewing the hostages IF they survive. Mr. Tsang, I will also send you some pancit malabon, which is ten times much better than Hong Kong fried noodles.”

"I Will Send You Pancit Malabon!"

After Kris Aquino got off the phone with Donald Tsang, she then called her brother Noynoy Aquino.

Noynoy Aquino took a look at his cellphone, and saw that it was Kris Aquino who was calling. His immediate response was, “Ano na naman drama nitong Kris na ito,” and threw his phone away.

“Pacquiao Is A Bitch.” – Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , on July 23, 2010 by JJ Duque
"Pacquiao is a bitch." - Floyd Mayweather Sr.

"Pacquiao is a bitch." - Floyd Mayweather Sr.

In a recent interview with On The Ropes Boxing Radio, Floyd Mayweather Sr. had this to say about our very own Manny Pacquiao if he ever had to face him face to face:

I’d tell him he’s a fagg*t. You know what I’d tell him. Go stick your head up under your dress. That’s what I would tell him. I’m being real with you. I’d tell him he ain’t nothing but a sissy and a little girl. They got, as a matter of fact I’ve seen a thing in one of these books. Hold on just a second. Hey Lloyd! Where’s that book at about all of those athletes? That book about all of the athletes? You know the one, it had Pacquiao in there and Kobe in there? Well you know what, I’ll tell you just like the book says it. Hold on one second here. Here it is right here, here’s the book. It has nothing to do with no sissy. Just hold on just a second. I got something right here. I’m trying to find something right here. This is exactly what I would tell him. It’s in this book here. It’s “The Twenty Biggest Bitches in the Sport”. That’s what it says, “The Twenty Biggest Bitches in the Sport”. Guess who’s right here? Manny Pacquiao. It says “Biggest Bitches in the Sport” and that’s what he is – a bitch.”

Floyd Mayweather Sr. – here’s something on behalf of the Filipino people:

“Puke ng ina mo ka!”

Philippine Music: Jon Schmidt Live in Manila!

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Music with tags , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by JJ Duque

Jon Schmidt Live in Manila

Jon Schmidt Live in Manila

Popular American pianist Jon Schmidt makes his first trip to Manila on February 27, 2010 to strut his stuff on the keyboards with his “New Age Classical” piano artistry. His work is often described as New Age music with pop elements of hook and melody. He is also noted for his treatment of harmony, counterpoint, and rhythm.

Jon will perform with fellow American Cellist Steven Sharp Nelson who has successful collaborations with Jon, Paul Cardall, Peter Breinholt amongst others. Steven has “Best Cellist” awards, nominations for “Best Studio Musician” by the FCMA.

Bringing youthful enthusiasm to this concert will be 14 year old Musical Theater prodigy Julia Abueva. Julia has performed in concerts and musicals in Singapore and the Philippines since she was 5 years old, sharing the spotlight with world class talents Lea Salonga, Monique Wilson, Deborah Gibson, among others. She was also handpicked by Oprah Winfrey as one of the ”World’s Most Talented Kids” and sang at the 2009 APEC summit for U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders. Julia is also the youngest consultant of Encore!, the Musical Theater School of Pocketful of Kids.

The Concert starts at 7pm on February 27, 2010. Tickets are available at P1,500 & P2,000. for ticket inquiries and sales, you can call 634-7888, 634-2888, 0939-495-4173. Via email: encoreinterarts@gmail.com, pocketfulofkids@yahoo.com. Details are also on our website: www.encoreinterarts.com

This concert is the first production of Encore!, the Musical Theater School of Pocketful of Kids with the following beneficiaries: Green Agenda Philippines and A Child’s Dream Foundation.

Our concert partners are:

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Astroplus, Odyssey Music & Video,Odysseylive.net, Guerlain, Bvlgari, Plains & Prints, Monsterdekals, Rogue Magazine and World Bangers Haute Dog.