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28
Feb
09

ONE PROUD DADDY

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God is really BEST! We were only praying this morning for Gabby not to forget his lines as he go up on stage to deliver his 2-stanza-poem entitled, “For My Country” but He made it possible for my son to win 3rd place out of 51 Nursery students, of two sections, mostly 3 1/2 to 4 years of age, in 2009 Twinkle Toes Academy’s Declamation contest held at the auditorium of Stella Maris College, Quezon City.

Not that the venue was far from our place, in fact it’s only 5-minute-drive, perhaps we were only excited for Gabby’s first scholastic/extra-curricular activity so we woke up at four in the morning to prepare for the 7:30AM call time as stated in the school’s memo to parents, that Twinkle Toes Academy teachers intended to promptly start the contest at eight. True enough we were the earliest birds at the venue, we got there an hour before their call time; at least we never rushed for we’re not late and got ample time to smile for the cam…

Gabby & my lovely wife, Tina…
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Gabby looked even more contest-ready when he wore his Barong complete with buri hat and met his classmates who were also geared up for the competition. I was telling my parents who sat with us at the auditorium that I don’t remember having such activity as early as preschool. Kids now really take one-step ahead in all aspects compared to our generation who were mostly brought up timid & shy, unaware of public speaking & who mostly lacked self confidence during those wonder years…

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That’s MY BOY!!!
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GABBY with his classmates/co-contestants…
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the new cast of Going bulilit, err Sesame Street…Batibot???!!! we wish!
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BACKTRACK last December, just before they had their Holiday break, teachers distributed randomly, the different poems to each kids for them to memorize. That’s when Gabby started reciting his piece even during showers.

FOR MY COUNTRY
I surely love my country,
the land in which I live.
And to my own dear homeland,
my trust & faith, I give.

But just to love my country
is not all that I should do.
I must be strong & noble,
courteous, brave & true.
Being a Filipino,
that’s all I should do.

Here’s the video of his award-winning piece, “FOR MY COUNTRY”…

After the 51 nursery pupils declamed with some went up the stage with not only costumes but backdrops & props, there was a 20-minute break before the program host gave the floor to the 71 preparatory kids’ declamation contest. And about an hour before noon time, we just found ourselves walking Gabby to the stage to accept his 2-feet trophy. It was really an amazing experience. Imagine, an achiever at an early age. We can’t help but be proud of him. He’s the champion for us.

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This one’s for the books, err blog!!!
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And Gabby’s equally proud Lola & Lolo (my parents!)…
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Then my parents gave their apo a VICTORIOUS lunch treat at Super Bowl of China in Gateway Mall…
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We munched on DIMSUM PLATTER…
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BEEF with BROCOLLI, YANG CHOW FRIED RICE…
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CRISPY LEMON CHICKEN…
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and a bucket of TAHO for Gabby…
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YOUR MOM & I ARE REALLY PROUD OF YOU, SON!
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27
Feb
09

PEEK-A-BOO

Was this photoshop or what ? I found this article on the net stating that viewers (including myself) of the 81st Oscars Awards few days ago missed out seeing nipple slip (again) from Beyonce Knowles’ sexy red costume during her awesome Broadway number with Hugh Jackman. Here’s the censored photo :

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And the video of their production number…

FYI, This was not the first time that Beyonce had the same peek-a-boo on-stage. Seems like a favorite show act, Ms. Knowles? Kidding, I know it’s always an accident, lol.

27
Feb
09

SANTINO!

This one’s a revelation. I admit to watching teleseryes (TV series) of ABS-CBN with Tina & Gabby on primetime and for the first time will confess that I found myself with crocodile tears on an episode of May Bukas Pa. Call me jologs or even sentimental fool, but I really think that the simple story of the child Santino communicating with “BRO” seems like effective means of reminding adults like me, moreso the kids watching that keeping a personal relationship with the Lord is a priority of our existence and only He is always present with us amidst trials and triumphs.

This is the main plot of the series sourced from abs-cbn.com :
When he was just a baby, Santino (Zaijan Jaranilla) was abandoned by his mother in a monastery. Santino was raised by the caring priests Father Anthony (Jaime Fabregas), Father Jose (Dominic Ochoa), and Father Ringo (Lito Pimentel). As a young boy, Santino will find a friend in a mysterious person named “Bro” who will help him change the lives of the people in their town. May Bukas Pa is a story that is set to open the eyes of viewers that there will always be hope amidst trials and difficulties. Miracles don’t just fall from heaven but comes to those who keep their faith.

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For a little cynical-judgmental-sometimes sarcastic-sinner like me, crying over a movie or a TV series is so unusual & rare except if it’s really something that moved me. Tonight’s episode of May Bukas Pa was really a tear-jerker, particularly the scene when Santino is being fetched by 2 social workers from the priests who adopted & raised him. The priests agreed on the turnover of custody for there was no legal adoption between them & Santino’s unknown parents. I’m no avid fan of Dominic Ochoa & Lito Pimentel (who are playing priests & fatherly to Santino) but these 2 actors were really effective in that scene. I myself was surprised with how I reacted with that episode. Perhaps I imagined myself in the same situation. I am a dad to my 4-year-old son Gabby & I guess it’s difficult for parents seeing their child being taken away. It’s a dysphoric moment even if it’ll be for the child’s betterment. As Shakespeare put it, “Parting is such a sweet sorrow.” It’s just so heart-breaking.

26
Feb
09

TRAGIC

I am a father and I feel for the parents of this Grade 4 pupil of Ateneo de Manila University who died of a horrible accident within the premises of the Catholic school. This tragedy should never be repeated to any child or any parent. I so hope authorities will do something on this issue. Let us always pray for the safety & health of our kids.

My you rest in God’s grace, Julian Carlo Miguel “Amiel” Alcantara.

25
Feb
09

VEINTE TRES

It has been 23 years since the world witnessed the efforts of Filipinos that exceeded great expectations.
I was only 9 years old then when resistance to power was demonstrated by nonviolent revolution in a national highway known as EDSA. I can vividly recall how we received the news from our place in Pasig, that EDSA was already filled with millions of people longing to embrace democracy & change.

These moments were really glorious… It made us all proud to be Pinoys.

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But more than 2 decades after,
everything has evolved.
For the better?
LOL !!!
Now that’s a JOKE!

Where have all the flowers gone?

I think all of those kodak moments was put to waste.

Where are we heading next?
Uncertainties make me so sick, really.
I despise politics in my country.
Give me reasons to embrace it.

24
Feb
09

WHAT THE ?

What in the world is happening to people?
Is this a sign of Armageddon?
My, Oh my…

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23
Feb
09

ENVIOUS

spl70144_006_thumbnail3 The Oscars is over and watching it on cable few hours back, made me realize how much my wife adores Hugh Jackman who hosted the 81st Academy awards. She admitted long before her admiration to this 40-year-old Australian actor among other celebrities & I think nothing’s wrong with it (?) but seeing her eyes glued to the TV every time he occupies the screen made me NOT jealous, or insecure but a bit ENVIOUS . (oops, that reminds me that envy is one of those deadly sins, tsk tsk tsk…) lol!
What can I do? He’s really my wife’s eye-candy.

l23316592277_1431 I admit he did a great job as the host of the Academy awards as he gave the show a new kick by spicing it up with his Broadway & Tony awards-like moves & tunes. I liked his engaging opening number that introduced the Best Picture nominees and ofcourse the broadway-inspired stint with Beyonce Knowles and the stars of High School Musical, Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron was indeed something. Jackman is the first Oscars host who is non-comedian compared to those who already hosted it. Nonetheless, he did well and really pulled off the show.

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Who would not want to be in Hugh Jackman’s shoes? He was voted as 2008 sexiest man alive by People magazine, one of the bankable lead male stars in Hollywood who recently starred in the movie Australia with the beautiful & sexy Nicole Kidman, and most importantly Jackman’s the one who immortalized Wolverine in cinemas worldwide. I remember reading an article that featured an interview with Keannu Reeves when he starred in the movie The Day The Earth Stood Still, that even Keannu confessed he was envious of Hugh Jackman for portraying the role of the X-men lead Wolverine though everyone knows he got the Neo role in Matrix trilogy to his name. SO IT WAS NOT ONLY ME WHO’S ENVIOUS OF HUGH! Another thing that I envy of Hugh is his weight loss. He apparently did lose some pounds with his new diet according to some articles on the web, perhaps in preparation for his Oscar hosting job.

wolverine_jackman_scenar_1Most of my date movies with Tina before starred her crush which include Van Helsing where Hugh Jackman played a vampire-buster, the helplessly romantic movie Kate & Leopold opposite Meg Ryan, Someone Like You with the pretty Ashley Judd, the flopped movie Scoop & even the cartoon movie Flushed Away where he lent his voice to the main mouse-character, & ofcourse, my personal favorites Swordfish and X-men movies.

Hugh Jackman’s next movie scheduled to be release on May 1st is X-Men Origins : Wolverine.
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For sure I’ll accompany Tina to watch this movie as I am a fanatic of X-men movies too.
Here’s the trailer…




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