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Philippine Art: Piaget Martelino, Kin Misa and Vernon Perez Featured In Prose Art Gallery Exhibit

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Art, Philippine Events, Philippine Lifestyle, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2008 by South Arts Festival

Bahala Na Art Exhibit Flyer

Bahala Na is the title of the upcoming art exhibit that will feature a series of paintings by today’s young artists at the Prose Art Gallery along Pasay Road, Makati City on Friday August 22 until Saturday August 23, 2008. Among the artists sharing their work in this group exhibit include Tomas Leonor, Katz Lorenzana, Kim Landichio, Garerth Grafil, Gato Borrero, Erwin Pascual, Erik Sausa, Joey Martinez, Ken Nillas, Peewee Vellila, Sam Kiyoumarsi, SAR and my dear good friends Piaget Martelino, Vernon Perez and Kin Misa.

Well, of course, I’ll feature my friends and give them top-billing. That’s my sense of politics, and that’s what I do for friends. I also know for a fact that their art is awesome.

Vernon Perez is one of my favorite artists and deejays – DJ Spoonman. Yup, he’s the renowned patent-holder and inventor of the spoon shades. Vernon’s also been one of my favorite travel mates. If ever I had to pick someone to join me for the Amazing Race, Vernon would be in my shortlist. After all, we both survived a trip to the Kalinga region, and once found ourselves caught in the middle of a tribal war crossfire among two Kalinga tribes. And that’s mild compared to the many other journeys we’ve taken that brought us to hell and back.

Kin Misa is dear to me because he’s given me a piece from his art collection, and that particular piece may not seem much in terms of any monetary value compared to what his other art works command, but the sentimentality behind it is unquestionable. Of course, the particular piece is a functional item as well, and it’s been used on several occasions with much laughter mixed in.

Piaget Martelino is an awesome friend, and I really love his bright and colorful artworks. I’ve already dedicated a profile page for Piaget in the Philippines Fun Wall. You can read more about him there. Also, if you want to see more of his art work, then you can visit the website of Piaget Martelino here.

Anyway, the Prose Art Gallery – which is owned by good friend and young artist Paolo Rosero, will have the privilege of including the works of Kin Misa, Vernon Perez, Piaget Martelino and all the other artists mentioned above in the Bahala Na exhibit. The Prose Art Gallery is one of the few galleries in Metro Manila that takes pride in showcasing upcoming talents, and looking for fresh artists who wish to share their expressions. The Prose Art Gallery may seem like such a small space, but it has huge potential through the efforts of the budding young community of artists and art lovers who frequent the place and keep it alive with exhibits and other events. The Prose Gallery is located at the 3rd floor of 832 Pasay Road cor. Eudades in Makati City. It’s where the old Joni’s used to be just beside the Milky Way building. Or better yet, it’s in the same building as the Palawan center across from the 7-11.

I encourage everyone to support the artists and catch Bahala Na. I believe there will be an open bar on Friday night while supplies last. See you next Friday.

Philippine Olympic Swimmer Daniel Coakley Sets New Philippine Swimming Record

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , on August 15, 2008 by South Arts Festival

Hawaiian-based Fil-American Daniel Coakley swam the 50m Freestyle sprint in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a time of 22.69, to surpass his former Philippine record of 22.80. Daniel Coakley did not qualify for the event, but his time ranked the 39th fastest of the 97 swimmers competing in the event. Indeed, that’s something to be proud of even if Daniel Coakley failed to qualify.

Most of the athletes of the Philippine Olympic Team have been improving their personal records, such as in the events of swimming and weightlifting. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz pushed herself to the limit in the weightlifting event and lifted a personal best. Other swimmers of the Philippine Olympic team like Christel Simms, JB Walsh and Miguel Molina also recorded their personal best times, and broke some Philippine records. I’m not certain which ones or if any were really broken, but at least.

And while breaking the Philippine record, or scoring a personal-best time, is a far achievement from winning the Olympic gold, it does say something about the current crop of athletes of the Philippine Olympic Team. To me – it simply says that they are the best athletes the Philippines did have to offer in their respective Olympic events. After all, they did break records and push themselves with that extra oomph to achieve their personal best. If anything, those records will be setting a standard for those who wish to fill in their shoes. If you want to make it to the Olympic stage in swimming, those are the times you have to beat.

“I’m very proud of our swimmers,” said national swimming chief Mark Joseph.

Likewise, I too am proud. Daniel Coakley represented the Philippines and gave his best effort. For more about Daniel Coakley, check out this video!

Philippine Music Scene: Eraserheads Reunion Concert Making A Big Buzz

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine Events, Philippine Music, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2008 by South Arts Festival

I heard the rumor around the Metro Manila that the Eraserheads were going to have a reunion concert. I didn’t take it that seriously at first. But then, it didn’t seem far from probable. Some memorable flashbacks brought me back to circa 1996 or 1997 when the Eraserheads were formed in the University of the Philippines and began gaining huge popularity in the music scene for that wonderful hit Pare Ko – the song still an anthem on many drinking sessions with any barkada. Eraserheads members Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro would become household names and eventually reach rock star status.

I can imagine it now. It would be an awesome reunion concert for sure because the Eraserheads know how to rock! And the fans of the E-heads – they know how to party! The buzz about the reunion concert was getting louder, but there was no real confirmation of what was going on. Well, not until today.

Miggy Matute, one of the geniuses of sent out the news on the availability of tickets to the Eraserheads reunion concert on his blog. Details say that it is a free concert which will be held on August 30, 2008 at The Fort Open Field, and that the concert will be a 45 song set that will play for hours. There will be no opening acts – just the Eraserheads blasting their music the entire time. What a treat!

While the concert is deemed free, there is a catch. Apparently, the free tickets are by invitation only, or something to that effect. I still don’t know the exact details, but then there really haven’t been any official announcements about the Eraserheads reunion concert, or when it’s really going to be. According to Miggy Matute’s blog at, there will be an official announcement by August 18th.

Anyway, from what I understand, those who want tickets have to sign up at , and just follow the details. They’ll be needing a valid ID and some verification that you are at least 18 and older. They give you a tracking number, and then some other stuff happens. I have yet to check what happens really.

Anyway, apparently Marlboro is the sole sponsor of the Eraserheads reunion concert. But then, the big buzz around this is that Marlboro isn’t allowed to sponsor any kind of event like this. Undersecretary Alexander Padilla of the Department of Health (DOH) issued a warning against the involvement of Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. (PMPMI) in supposedly being the major sponsor of the event.

The DOH cited Republic Act No. 9211, otherwise known as the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003. RA 9211 prohibits tobacco companies from sponsoring sports, cultural, and artistic events of individuals or team athletes, artists and performers, since any sponsorship endeavor would practically entail some sort of advertisement or promotion for cigarettes. It is clearly stated in RA 9211 that it is illegal for “advertisement or promotion of any cigarette or tobacco company, tobacco product or tobacco use, name, logo or trademarks, and other words, symbols, designs, colors or other deceptions commonly associated with or likely to identify with a tobacco company.”

Well, maybe the reason why the promotions haven’t been as loud, or the details of the Eraserheads reunion concert are still blurry is due to the fact that Marlboro is keeping quiet about it. Or maybe because it would be an “illegal” concert to begin with.

Dr. Maricar Limpin, the chairperson of the Council on Tobacco or Health and Air Pollution appealed to the members of the Eraserheads to disassociate themselves with Marlboro.

Public Affairs and Communications Manager for PMPMI Dave Gomez released in a statement:

“The event is not open to the general public. Access to the event is age-restricted, strictly by invitation only and intended for members of PMPMI’s adult smokers’ database, trade and business partners, and selected adult guests. Invites to the event will be distributed exclusively through PMPMI’s website,, which is restricted only to persons 18 years old and above. Invites will be issued free of charge, with a corresponding control number, and will be non-transferable. For admission to the event itself, invitees are required to present the personalized invite containing their name and birth date and a corresponding government-issued ID for verification. The event will be held on August 30 at the Bonifacio Global City open grounds in Taguig City.”

“Promotions must be directed only to persons at least eighteen years old. No person below eighteen  years old or who appear to be below eighteen years old may participate in such promotions. The participants in promotions must be required to provide proof of age.”

“RA 9211 allows tobacco promotions with restrictions. On the other hand, tobacco sponsorship is not allowed,” noted Gomez.

The statement further added, “Aside from the provisions on promotion that clearly allows us to stage the performance, we are not making a contribution to a third party. We are organizing the event ourselves and the event will not take place without the support given to it by PMPMI.

“The Eraserheads performance is not a form of sponsorship. PMPMI’s participation in the event is not as a sponsor, but as a promoter. And this promotional event is open only to persons 18 years old and above. If any person will present or try to present a falsified or fake invite or government ID, PMPMI will not hesitate to criminally prosecute the offender to the full extent of the law.”

Wow. Big words. To quote the E-heads “O Diyos ko, Ano ba naman ito!” There is sure a big play on the interpretation of legal definitions. But then, I’m sure the whole hoopla over the concert is going to get ugly and louder as the date of the Eraserheads reunion concert grows near. I only hope that the music of Eraserheads will be much louder than the bickering of the politics and policies of the government vs Marlboro. Whatever happens – I know that a lot of people are excited in anticipation of the Eraserheads. In any case, the audience won’t be arrested. The organizers might get a rough shakedown from law enforcement. But what happens if the Eraserheads get arrested? Hmmm. Riot na ito!

For a brief look into what’s in store, I found this old clip of the Eraserheads. Feel free to sing along.

Philippine Olympic Boxer Harry Tañamor Will Not Bring Home The Gold

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Manyo Plange of Ghana defeats Harry Tañamor of Philippines

Manyo Plange of Ghana defeats Harry Tañamor of Philippines

The press release on Philippine Olympic Boxer Harry Tañamor was that he was the best bet of the Philippines to win a gold medal. However, it looks like the hype on Harry Tañamor can be put to rest as he lost in his first fight against boxer Manyo Plange from Ghana.

Tañamor lost 6-3 on points and got eliminated from the competition. According to reports, Harry Tañamor cried. Naturally, it must’ve been a heart-breaking experience, especially since many considered him as a strong contender to win an Olympic medal. Oh well. One more disappointment for the Philippines.

I don’t want to expound on this anymore. It’s so disheartening to write about yet another loss for the Philippines. Of course, I give Harry a pat on the back. Thanks for representing the country and doing your best. I’m just sad. Harry was the strongest contender for an Olympic gold medal, and now that he’s out, so what’s next? Do we still have a shot, or should we hang up the gloves?

Anyway, if you want to read more about it, then check out the Inquirer article by Ted Melendres.

Running The Men’s Health 10,000km Miracle Run at Fort Bonifacio Global City

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2008 by South Arts Festival
The Author(L) and Nick Galan(R) August 2007

Before: The Author(L) and Nick Galan(R) August 2007

Once upon a time in August 2007, I blew up to a weight of 185 lbs., which was probably the biggest I’ve ever been. Apparently, even though I played a bit of regular basketball and football (soccer to some) during the weekends, it wasn’t enough to keep me from maintaining a great figure. An unhealthy daily dose of beer left me with a huge beer belly, and I thought that it was time to lose the pounds. After binging on my 36th birthday on September 2007, I decided to quit drinking beer and hard liquor, except maybe for an occasional glass(es) of wine.

A good friend and fraternity brother Ias Bernardo invited me and a few brods to try the Men’s Health Urbanathlon at the Fort Bonifacio Global City, which was a 10km run with an obstacle course at the start, middle and end of the race. Feeling that I was a bit in shape with the frequent football and basketball, I gave it a try. My goal – to just cross the finish line in a not-so-embarrassing place. I didn’t do that bad.

Ias then suggested to join the Subic Marathon, which had 3km/5km/10km events, a half-marathon 21km and a full-marathon 42km. We made plans to run the 21km. I began training with the treadmill at Fitness First, kept away from the booze, and kept a regular run of 10km every visit. I probably ran around 40km a week.

Anyway, at the date of the Subic Marathon, I managed to run 14km and walk the rest of the 7km, finishing in about 2 hours and 30 minutes. I had to walk the rest of the 7km due to cramps that were threatening to disable me. I had made the mistake of charging the uphill road past the Subic Airport, and paid the price for it with a really bad case of lactic acid build-up. I tried my best to stretch it off, but it was just there. Each time I tried to run, a spasm would crawl up my calves, and if I tried to force it, I eventually would’ve been disabled and wouldn’t even cross the finish line. At least, I got to finish, and at least I wasn’t really dead last. I did treat myself to a beer after.

The weight loss was awesome, and I had gone down to about 165, dropping twenty pounds. My good friend Geoff Eigenmann suggested I try boxing if I really wanted to lose weight, and I did. He took me to Elorde Boxing Gym at Sucat, and in one session, I burned something like 5 pounds and was extremely addicted. This was better than running. Of course, boxers cross-train by running to get their stamina, and it was fun to mix running with boxing – perfect! On the downside, Elorde Sucat is just right next to Marty’s – a bar and restaurant that has cheap beer and a really awesome crispy pata. The trainers and boxers at Elorde have a knack of sweating tons in the gym, and jumping over to Marty’s for a quick brew-ski. The yummy taste of beer after being away from it for a few months just invited me back. And well, that was the end of my no-beer diet!

So I went back to drinking. Not as much as the fish I once was, but still I went back to the beer, and a little bit of the hard stuff. No problem – some run, some boxing and goodbye 10 pounds! In fact, the boxing and running was so effective that even with the occasional beers, I managed to stick to a weight of 145 lbs.

The beer eventually became more frequent and when I ran at the Anta 10km at the Fort Bonifacio Global City, I had just consumed countless amounts of alcohol at Martini’s and Embassy. I pulled out of Embassy at 5am, walked across the street to register, and tried to run the intoxication away. I actually had trouble completing the 10km, which took me around 1 hour 10 minutes what usually took me around 50 minutes. What else could you expect – no sleep. no rest. drunk. I felt the cramps threatening the calves 200 meters before the finish line, but was relieved to finish it – the booze reeking with the sweat.

The Author(L) and Danger Sanchez(R) in August 2008

Now: The Author(R) and Danger Sanchez(L) in August 2008

I haven’t joined any other runs since then, but I do still try and run at least 10km every week, either do 5km twice, or do a 10km during the weekend. I mix the run when I train for boxing. However, since the end of July and since the rain has been more frequent, I haven’t had much time to run or train. And sadly, I’ve been drinking a bit more often. I just can’t skip the temptation of the rainy day weather and a cold beer(s). Thus, I have a bit of a beer belly at 155lbs.

This Sunday, August 17, 2008, Men’s Health Magazine will be hosting The Miracle Run at the Fort Bonifacio Global City. The goal is to finish 10,000km. Yup, you read that right! 10,000km. But, of course, not on my lonesome. Men’s Health will be expecting around 1,000 runners to run 10km each for a cumulative distance of 10,000km. For every finisher, Men’s Health will donate P200 to the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. If all the runners finish the course, the event will donate a minimum of Php200,000.

Participants to the event may register as an individual and complete the entire 10km race course, or else as a team of two, with each team member taking turns to run 5km each. Onsite registration will be strictly from 4:30am to 5:30am only, and the race will begin at exactly 6:30am. Registration costs P350, and will include a race kit, which usually comes with a commemorative shirt and lots of goodies.

I hope to run the 10km, and do better than the last 10km I ran which was under the influence of too much alcohol. I haven’t been drinking as of late, and I’ve been watching my diet. So, on a personal level, I want to do better. Anyone else up for a Sunday morning run?

Men's Health 10,000km Miracle Run

Men's Health 10,000km Miracle Run