“Ours is a society where polite small talk takes the form of inquisitions about body weight, oftentimes the spirit of levity masking impoliteness.”

Says it all.

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Antukin Notebooks

First found these notebooks in Fully Booked last year under fifty pesos apiece. The cover illustrations by Joanne de Leon are originally for Antukin: Philippine Folk Songs and Lullabyes compiled by Felicidad Prudente. Not bigger than a postcard and binds 60 cream-colored sheets, the notebook actually dots its pages like graphing paper, instead of the usual horizontal rules. Which means the pattern won’t distract from what you write on it, […]

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Today in the Philippine Twittersphere: fighting the Book Blockade

Update (05/25/09): The Philippine Star reports that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has lifted the book tax imposed by the Department of Finance / Bureau of Customs. Also, a postscript from Robin Hemley, the first to write about the whole thing. The Great Book Blockade of 2009 has been buzzing for a few weeks now, but not as loudly as one would have wanted. It’s about the taxation of books and the […]

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Elitist geek haters vs. emo jologs Friendsters (Twitter vs. Plurk)

Warning: comparing Twitter and Plurk is messy. Both are different things to different people, and unless these people agree to disagree the debate will never end. Here’s my response to The Death of Plurk and the comments on it. This is by no means comprehensive, just lengthy enough to be a standalone post.

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Web Design is Misunderstood

The perks: doing what I love anytime, anywhere, in anything. The hazards: in pictures below.

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ABS-CBN Signs an Advertising Deal with Multiply

Yesterday I learned Philippine television giant ABS-CBN has signed an advertising deal with social networking site Multiply. The official press release writes: The partnership allows Multiply to monetize a significant portion of its traffic while still retaining a primary focus on product development and global customer acquisition. Unlike MySpace or Facebook but like Friendster, Multiply has become very popular in this country (39% of its site traffic and 5th largest […]

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MC1: A Phone With “Miss Calling”

Tagged the mobile phone made exclusively for Filipinos, the MC1 is essentially any ordinary cellphone with one additional feature: you can make missed calls on purpose. To understand the true value of a missed call, or in local vernacular, miskol, it is necessary to look into the essence of what happens to be the 2007 Sawikaan Salita ng Taon (Word of the Year). In this event, the miskol, entered by […]

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Taga-Q.C. Ka Ba?

I am. And I’m pretty excited to find a Taga-Q.C. as a blog so specific yet so close to home. The content’s surprisingly good. I would love to see more posts like the Timbooktu bookstore, or even Ateneo’s real world rendition of Frank Warren’s Post Secret, one great filterblog. You’ll notice the posts I mentioned are a bit Katipunan-centric. Maybe I’m waxing nostalgic over Gayuma or craving for Banapple that […]

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Was Jose Rizal Really A Pacifist?

In second year high school, when we studied El Filibusterismo by Jose Rizal, my classmates had yet another proof that I was mataray when I disagreed with the notion that Rizal was against overthrowing Spanish colonial rule by force. Today I came across an article that pigeonholes the Philippines’ national hero as one who prefers enduring oppression rather than resisting it. I’m not sure that’s what Manuel L. Quezon III […]

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