Monday, March 29, 2010

Wowoweeeeee!!!

I didn't like how Lorin ended our conversation. I figured I hurt her feelings. I mean, here she was, still reeling from the embarrassment of her debate performance, and I had the gall to suggest that she's a prost...

*ring, ring*

Teka, it's Tita GMA.

Me: Tita!

GMA: Yes, iho. I thought I'd check on you and Lorin while I'm having a vacation.

Me: Tita, you're out of the country?

GMA: No, I'm at St. Luke's. It's so nice here. It's not like being in a Philippines hospital... so First World... so in line with my cyber corrider... Mikeey!!! Wear your diapers -- you're so gross!!!

Anyway, I called to suggest that you apologize to Lorin. Money Villar can arrange the meeting.

Me: I'm sorry Tita, I won't call Money Villar. He's kadiri. He's mahirap and unhygienic.

GMA: Dati yun, gaga! He doesn't have anything to do with dagat and basura anymore...

Me: Yucky pa din. He has no haciendas; like puro subdivision and masa condo properties lang.

GMA: No, he was never mahirap. He's may kaya all along.

Me: Huh? What about his paawa ads? Aside from being a basura kid, he had no pera to make pagamot his now dead brother. And he lived in an Orc wasteland, di ba?

GMA: *giggles*

Me: What's so funny, Tita?

GMA: You're tanga pala, ahihihi. You're so gullible! We made those up lang kaya no.

Me: How can you make imbento such claims?

GMA: Eh you know naman Money, he's mautak. That's how he caught up with that abnoy candidate -- so many tanga voters to fool. Besides, Money learned from the best, ahihihi.

Me: So which did he make up?

GMA: *giggles* EVERYTHING! They lived in a 560sqm house and were able to afford a private hospital and sosyal na funeraria for Danny! His mom's not a tindera but a dealer -- for a legal business we'd normally not be into -- but still a dealer nonetheless.

Me: Tita, that's like, wow ha. That's like, wow.

GMA: Correct! So call him na, you'll like him.

Me: I'm like, out of words. I mean, to twist your brother's death to advance your ambition... LOVES IT!!! Sige na nga, I'll give him a call na.

Ay wait, Tita. Why are you in the hospital pala?

GMA: Ah, there's nothing to worry about. Migs is just having one of his routine heart problems.

Me: Routine?

GMA: Why, yes! How else would we know that Lucifer still loves us, if not by scaring us, then loaning us more years! Look at what happens to good people like Cory and Haydee... ahihihi. O sya, ciao!
*click*


A Timbawonderland summary


Sexy Back clip - Manila concert



So. Last Saturday. At the Timbaland + Jojo + Justin Timberlake concert. Thanks Pammy for the tickets! :-D

Black dude enters the stage.

Mon: Si Timbaland ba yan?

Me: Um... parang hinde. Ewan ko.

Another black dude enters the stage.

Mon: Yan, si Timbaland ba yan?

Me: Di yata.

Black dude enters the stage.

Black dude: Maaaaaniiilaaaaaaaaaa!!!

Crowd screams.

Ah, there you go.

Jojo joins Timbaland, sings one song, then proceeds to Mall of Asia to go shopping.

"The only Justin Timberlake song I know is Sexy Back," I told Mon earlier.

"Rock Your Body?" he offered.

Justin Timberlake enters the stage. Deafening and high-pitched screams. Mon and I begin taking photos of ourselves.

He and Timbaland sing songs, none of which I know of, but the crowd sings along to.

"Now, this is a song I retired long ago but I love you guys so much," Justin says.

Strums of Sexy Back. The crowd goes wild. Fireworks go off. My heart jumps for joy. Yey, to world peace!

Justin thanks the crowd and exits.

Timbaland thanks the crowd and exits.

End of concert.

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 Yup, I swear that's them!!!


Friday, March 26, 2010

The gift of infallibility

You know, when the Pope holds its Christmas vigil mass -- or is it Easter Sunday? -- figured it out, it's the New Year's Day Mass and he greets everyone in god knows how many languages, and local media is only too happy to broadcast a two-, three-second clip of his Tagalog? Well, the online websites of PDI, GMA News and ABS-CBN are not as enthusiastic about including, at the least, a syndicated report on Vatican's sex abuse cover-up. (Updated, March 27: GMA News published Sex abuse scandal in US, Italy taints papacy after I posted this entry. Thanks Jaemark!)

While the world is reeling with shock, it looks like local media is still fixated with Anne Curtis's nipple. Even Dennis Hopper's cancer got local coverage (not that it's undeserved).

I hope we don't find this normal and a non-issue. If this were a non-religious organization, criminal charges would have been filed NOW, if not, long ago.

Alas, I'm afraid this would be the case:

Don't Bet on Abuse Scandal Toppling The Pope
By Mary Ann Sorrentino
I've had my own run-ins with Rome. And I doubt the latest revelations will take down Benedict XVI


Thursday, March 25, 2010

The pot calls the kettle black; prefers the cauldron

The New York Times's banner headline for today:

Warned About Abuse, Vatican Failed to Defrock Priest
By Laurie Goodstein
Top Vatican officials, including the future Pope Benedict XVI, did not defrock an American priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even after warnings from several bishops, church files show.

The winning quote from an archbishop:

“In spite of these difficulties,” Archbishop Weakland wrote, “we are still hoping we can avoid undue publicity (translation: what's all this media hype about?) that would be negative toward the church (translation: please, we're the victims here).”

A similar scandal is brewing across Europe where then Archbishop Ratzinger failed to act on sexual abuse reports in Germany. See Abuse Scandal's Ripples Spread Across Europe.

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Hmm... So what conclusion can we derive from this?

Facts:
  • The Pope, Joseph Ratzinger, hates gays.
  • As a cardinal, Ratzinger headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981 to 2005.
  • Said office decides whether accused priests should be given full canonical trials and defrocked.
  • Thousands of cases of pedophila and molestation by gay priests were forwarded to his office.
  • Ratzinger did not alert civilian authorities or discipline gay priests involved in sexual abuse when he served as an archbishop in Germany and as the Vatican’s chief doctrinal enforcer.

Something doesn't connect, no? If he hates gays, how come those under his Church, who do in fact commit crimes, go unpunished?

Fishy, fishy.

Oh. By the way, I came across this list of Top 10 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay.

Why I posted this note after the Pope's is purely incidental.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The New Commandments

Just saw its video. Excellent! Do watch.







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Conclusion of the article, The New Commandments, written by Christopher Hitchens for Vanity Fair (April 2010 issue).
It’s difficult to take oneself with sufficient seriousness to begin any sentence with the words “Thou shalt not.” But who cannot summon the confidence to say: Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color. Do not ever use people as private property. Despise those who use violence or the threat of it in sexual relations. Hide your face and weep if you dare to harm a child. Do not condemn people for their inborn nature—why would God create so many homosexuals only in order to torture and destroy them? Be aware that you too are an animal and dependent on the web of nature, and think and act accordingly. Do not imagine that you can escape judgment if you rob people with a false prospectus rather than with a knife. Turn off that fucking cell phone—you have no idea how unimportant your call is to us. Denounce all jihadists and crusaders for what they are: psychopathic criminals with ugly delusions. Be willing to renounce any god or any religion if any holy commandments should contradict any of the above. In short: Do not swallow your moral code in tablet form.
Read the entire article and learn what's wrong about the original Ten Commandments -- all four sets of it.


Technology has runneth over... me

Last night, I tweeted about the new Nintendo DS due to be released in a year:

Amazing how I'm turning ancient as I tweet: New Nintendo DS to Feature 3D Display http://s.nyt.com/u/TTn   
about 12 hours ago via mobile web 

If you read the entire article, you'd note that
  • the new technology doesn't require glasses
  • there are now 3D-LCD TVs
  • Hitachi has released a 3D cellphone

Imagine that, 3D becoming the standard in everything that requires a screen: e-books (another brewing tech and lifestyle wonder), electronic billboards and signage, car dashboards... there are limitless possibilities.

I haven't quite gotten over imagining the future with 3D screens when Daphne posted an entry about the Polaroid Zink, a camera that has a built-in printer.



This wouldn't have been news to me if I didn't research about the quality of the prints. If you've had your photos printed in those cutesy Japanese booths, you'd know the prints don't last very long (think less than a year).

Not with Zink technology:

One challenge Zink Imaging scientists faced in developing the technology was image longevity but Wicker (Scott Wicker of Zink) says they leapt that hurdle. "It's important for photographs to be archival. It took us a long time to really perfect the technology, but we have; and Zink prints will last as long as a typical photograph," he states. "We determined that with accelerated testing of the media under a variety of different conditions. For example, we put the paper under very, very intense light sources, which simulates being in sunlight for multiple years. We put it under hot and humid conditions to see what happens. By placing Zink prints in those environmental chambers, we're able to predict how long an image will last. The results have been very encouraging they will last for years and years and years."

Digression: Hence, I'm sold -- I want this camera!

Zink requires no ink or cartridge but a specially produced paper. For now, the technology is applied to, aside from digital cameras, mobile printers. (See Zinc products.) However, it's not impossible seeing it applied to laptops, mobile phones and iPad-like devices. Or school and work desks, if you fast-forward a little further.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Einstein's Dreams

An hour ago, I almost got hit by a cab. I was crossing the exchange between Ayala Triangle Park and Citibank, when a cab zoomed ahead from nowhere to in front of me. I didn't see it coming; another vehicle blocked my line of sight to the left and the traffic light was red.

The difference between a normal day (an assumption at this point) and the cab hitting me (possibilities run the gamut) was a mere second, a single step. And all along, in the entire trip from home to work, I was thinking that yesterday, I was late by a mere three minutes: "If only I could walk faster..."

I wanted to give the cab driver the finger but I was running late.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Ikaw Lamang...

... ang puro negative sa public perception sa debate poll, LOL.

I chanced upon the Vice Presidential debate on ABS-CBN last night and I thought I'd make up for hanging up on Lorin the last time we talked. So I called her up immediately after the telecast.

Me: Oy, Lorin.

Lorin: *stiffled crying*

Me: O, why are you crying?

Lorin: People hate me! I... I don't understand?! I pandered to the masses with my questions on VAT and Cheaper Medicines Act... and yet, they still hate me?!

Me: Voters are matalino na.

Lorin: Matalino? Wait... is this really you speaking?

Me: Yes! And I'm telling you this in Tagalog ha? I know you were napahiya big time when you claimed you were from Antique and you couldn't understand a single thing when Mar spoke to you in Ilonggo, LOL!

Anyway, di ko din gets why the masa and mahihirap were so hard on you on that pulse ng bayan wireless thing. It's like, they upgraded na; as if the masa went from being fans of Folded & Hung to Fred Perry...

Lorin: Yes, yes... you're right. You think they can see through me na?

Me: Well, don't wear white kasi... and you wear bra naman, di ba?

Lorin: *crickets*

Me: Ay... LOL! You mean, you think the masa and mahihirap can tell you're wearing your fake smile, modulating your voice for that kawawa and crestfallen effect, and speaking so fast to pretend you're smarter than you really are? No naman.

Lorin: Then what is it?

Me: Your new ad, Lorin.

Lorin: My ad? You mean you don't like it?




Me: Like it? Eh kulang na lang pagsuotin ka ng wig ni Director Cathy Garcia Molina, tapos suminghot kayo ng Biogesic ni John Lloyd while doing the rain dance...

Lorin: Ay, speaking of rain dance, as the Angelina Jolie of the Philippines cum Mother Earth you know, I think we should do that for the farmers in Nuev...

Me: Stop it!!! You're getting it wrong. The voters, they're matalino na nga. The matatanda, the farmers and working class -- they can't be swayed or influenced by a Sarah Geronimo, duh!

Lorin: So what do you suggest?

Me: Get Anavil Ranma.

Lorin: The Anavil Ranma?

Me: No other. She has the background given Roopah's Bruneiyuki scandal.

Lorin: Background on what?

Me: Given your penchant for jumping party lines, from one politician to another, Anavil would know a thing or two about prost....

Lorin: *click*


Friday, March 19, 2010

The good apple

While researching on all this, I went back to a link I posted on my Facebook wall regarding Anne Hathaway quitting Catholicism in favor of another Church. Turns out it was the Episcopal Church:

Hathaway Quits Catholicism for Gay Brother

Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway tells GQ magazine she and her parents have left the Catholic Church because of the religion's views on gay issues. Hathaway, whose brother is gay, says she and her parents became Episcopalians shortly after he came out.

"The whole family converted to Episcopalianism after my elder brother came out,” she said. “Why should I support an organization that has a limited view of my beloved brother?"


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So you won't think I'm pushing everyone to turn atheist (which I'm not; my heart still refuses to fully acknowledge it)...

I stumbled on this news report from CNN:
Episcopal Church confirms first openly lesbian bishop

That led me to research about the Episcopal Church. By research, I mean Wikipedia. Its entry included the following:

  • In 1976 the Convention declared that homosexuals are "children of God" and "entitled to full civil rights"
  • In 1991 the Convention restated that "physical sexual expression" is only appropriate within a monogamous "union of husband and wife". The Convention also called on the church to "continue to reconcile the discontinuity between this teaching and the experience of members", referring both to dioceses that have chosen to bless monogamous same-sex unions and to general tolerance of premarital relations.
  • In 2000 the Convention affirmed "the variety of human relationships in and outside of marriage" and acknowledged "disagreement over the Church's traditional teaching on human sexuality.
  • The 2006 General Convention affirmed "support of gay and lesbian persons and children of God"; calls on legislatures to provide protections such as bereavement and family leave policies; and opposes any state or federal constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex civil marriages or civil unions.
  • The 2009 General Convention affirmed that "gays and lesbians (that are) in lifelong committed relationships," should be ordained, saying that "God has called and may call such individuals to any ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church." The Convention also voted to allow bishops to decide whether or not to bless same-sex marriages.
Digression
These are important to note because as you'd see in this report, the solipsistic Catholic Church is against full civil rights for gays: Pope Blasts U.K. Anti-Discrimination Laws; that's just one among the Vatican's other atrocities, of course.

Next, I researched about the Episcopal's presence in the Philippines and learmed that it founded Brent International School and St. Luke's Medical Center. It also has a strong presence in the Cordilleras for its socio-civic services. Wikipedia entry here.

It used to be against proselytization, or the act of attempting to convert people into its own religion, hence, the presence is not as widespread as those of the Roman Catholic's and Iglesia ni Kristo's.

I learned that as opposed to the Catholics, who has a governing body in Vatican, Episcopal Churches, led by their respective bishops, are autonomous although they do have a General Convention, wherein they pass resolutions for all to follow.

So I wanted to know the Episcopal Church of the Philippines' view on homosexuality. There are no explicit information on the matter -- save for one -- although there are some clues. Let's start with the explicit data:

Homosexuality is not seen as an issue in the Episcopal Church of the Philippines. There has been no discussion of the issue at provincial or diocesan level.

The gay community is becoming more visible in the society and they are not discriminated against in the society or in the Church. They are understood to be different in their orientation. There are same sex couples living together, but they are not seeking either civil unions or church blessings and they are aware that marriage in the Philippines is between a man and a woman.

The only discrimination has come from the Roman Catholic Church which has seen the presence of gays in the Priesthood and among the seminarians as a problem and have sought to ban gays.

The Episcopal Church in the Philippines has gay priests. They are expected to live to the standards of the Church and society in sex and marriage.

However, this entry included no references; I couldn't accept them as facts. What follows are the clues:

Since the Episcopal Church does not have a governing body, some dioceses are against gay priests and same-sex unions. In 2007, all bishops organized a general assembly to overcome their differences. Part of that meeting resulted to the drafting of a communiqué:

The communiqué asked that the bishops make "an unequivocal common covenant" that they "will not authorize any Rite of Blessing for same-sex unions in their dioceses or through General Convention" and asks them to "confirm that the passing of Resolution B033 of the 75th General Convention means that a candidate for episcopal orders living in a same-sex union shall not receive the necessary consent; unless some new consensus on these matters emerges across the Communion."

The report continued:

It is unclear how many, or which, Primates actually endorsed the communiqué or saw it in its final form prior to publication on the Internet. After the statement was released, at least two Primates, Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Southern Africa and Episcopal Church in the Philippines Prime Bishop Ignacio C. Soliba, disavowed the communiqué.

A separate news report:

... a September 28 statement from the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP)... clarified that its Prime Bishop, the Most Rev. Ignacio C. Soliba, "did not attend the meeting and was not a signatory to the so-called Kigali Communiqué."

The Philippine statement also offered greetings on behalf of the province to Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori and welcomed her election. "The Episcopal Church in the Philippines will extend an invitation for her to visit the Philippines in early 2008 for the renewal of our historical ties and covenant relationship," the statement said.

Katharine Jefferts Schori's selection as head bishop of the US Church was frowned upon by some dioceses because she is female. She supported the election of Gene Robinson, an openly gay and partnered man, as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003. She visited the Philippines in 2009. (Further reading, Time Magazine's 10 Questions for Katharine Jefferts Schori.)

These are good clues -- they imply that the Philippines diocese is, at the least, gender-sensitive. Cheers to a Church that seeks to understand.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pack up

Photo: Bela Szandelszky/AP
Ratzinger presides over a church that calls homosexuality "a deviation, an irregularity, a wound". Catholic reformers have tried to liberalise this view but Ratzinger slapped them down. In a 1986 letter, he complained that, "Even within the Church, [people] are bringing enormous pressure to bear . . . to accept the homosexual condition as though it were not disordered." He added that homosexuality is "an intrinsic moral evil".
- From the Guardian: The Pope's visit to Britain is nothing to celebrate by Tanya Gold. 


If you're gay or a supporter of gay rights and Catholic, leave. Seriously.

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Related: The huge, gay, white elephant


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Goldie Hawn

Last month, I blogged about the best cupcakes on this side of the world. (I'll be accused of being biased if I say "in the entire world" -- no matter how true -- since the makers are some of my best friends. "On this side of the world" maintains my journalistic integrity.)

 Biting them is almost such a sad occasion, as if you're destroying a work so precious, so pure... until you sink that mouth into that puffed bread, and the icing and all that sugar melts. All create a symphony of flavors no words can ever give justice to: screw precious; you are Sue Slyvester.

This month, Sugar Lab is introducing its new flavor, the Gold Member: rich chocolate hazelnut cake with the heart of a perfect Ferrero Rocher chocolate, topped with pure Nutella frosting.


That's luxury right there. 

To order, e-mail sugarrushlab@gmail.com or contact +63 917 856 0049.

I suggest you get a box of 12 with all the different flavors in it. Below are Sugar Rush Lab's other offerings:

Menu
*click on the names to learn more* 

Smoreshmallow Cupcake  P75
Two layers of graham goodness hide an ooey-gooey marshmallow creme filling, topped with freshly made chocolate ganache, a toasted marshmallow and a perfect piece of Hershey’s milk chocolate. Sugar Rush Smoreshmallow is a delightful treat that is surprisingly not too sweet.

Dark Ninja  P50
It’s dark, it’s strong and it disappears really fast. This rich chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate buttercream frosting and sprinkles is a real killer.

White Ninja  P50
Don’t be fooled, this vanilla cupcake is no weakling. Its rich buttercream frosting will make you want to spill all your secrets. Grab it fast, these White Ninjas never stay around too long.

Red Velvet Dream  P65
A party in a cup. Rich red velvet cake topped with special pink cream cheese frosting and red sugar sparkle.

Coffee Squared  P55
Forget the trip to your favorite coffee shop – this cupcake can give you the caffeine fix you need. A strong coffee base topped with a delicious coffee buttercream frosting and dusted with just the right amount of cinnamon – this cupcake will leave you wanting more. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Coffee Toffee  P55
Can’t decide between coffee and chocolate? Who says you have to? Enjoy a rich chocolate cake topped with a yummy coffee buttercream frosting and sprinkled with toffee crunch.

Gold Member  P100
This cupcake will drive you wild. Rich chocolate hazelnut cake topped with pure Nutella ganache. One bite reveals a perfect Ferrero Rocher chocolate inside. 

Strawberry High  P65
Rich yellow cake topped with frosting made using fresh strawberries and sprinkled with white sugar sparkle. Strawberry Shortcake will go crazy for this cupcake.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Oscar loot bag!

I had the fortune of winning Styles I Love's Great 100,000th Giveaway and believe me, it calls for a celebration because the prizes are MAJOR! (Yes, it also calls for the Kanye West uppercase.)

1. Fred Perry Holdall Bag
*swoon* 


2. Adidas Pilipinas Range Track Jacket
*not me! :-P* 



3. Fragrances from Wright Supply Co. 
*perfection* 



4. Ribbon belts, also from Wright Supply Co. 
*in various summer colors*


5. Hound's-tooth bowtie by Joey Samson
 *Cute! Incidentally, I need a new passport photo :-D*


6. and surprise ball caps from, again, the now obviously generous Wright Supply Co.
*mane protection!*


It was great to meet the man behind the site, because God knows how much of the stuff he's blogged about I actually went out for and bought, lol. (I searched through my archives and here's a proof from way back -- July 2009 to be exact.) Bobby features stuff that you don't have to order online (ergo: locally available) and classic pieces that aren't overly trendy, but enough to separate you from the pack.

I also met the guys behind Wright Supply Co., which produces artisan fragrances and which will soon launch its urban hardware store: Alan and Cholo (another icon!). They were nice enough to bring all 12 samples of their fragrances, and as you can see from this photo, which Cholo sneakily tweeted, I was very serious in my selection, lol:


Alan first asked me which mood I was into, and to keep things GP (:-P), I said that since it's summer, I prefer a scent that's light and crisp. He then suggested those that meet this criteria. Incidentally, each bottle is tagged with an amazing copy, I suggest they give the copywriter a raise right at this minute.

Consider the opus for my number one pick, Itheru:

Imagine neatly-pressed French cuffs. Chamomile flowers floating in a white teacup. The scent is crafted to quietly linger, not to overwhelm.

It had me at chamomile flowers floating in a white teacup. If you stumble on a magic potion which says it has bottled chamomile flowers floating in a white teacup, you spray yourself with it. (I did!)

While I did not blossom into a flower and deliriously wafted in an imaginary porcelain cup, I did love it. I think the fragrance is definitely more masculine than chamomile flowers, and is closer to neatly pressed cuffs. I also find that it has the scent of luxurious soap, similar to Prada's Amber Pour Homme. Overall, I think it's sexy. Hence, I would rewrite the copy as:

Hot warm water grazes down your chest; you pat yourself dry. All traces of your previous night are in the wrinkled cuffs of your shirt and the silly grin on her face. 

Word! LOL!

The other two that I picked were Orqua because I like everything green tea, and Iari, which is perfectly described as a summer scent. They're all definitely noteworthy additions to my perfume collection. (Get it, noteworthy? Um, so yeah. :-P)

Needless to say, it was an awesome night -- a huge thanks, guys! Now obviously, the challenge is to wear and use all six pieces in one ensemble... riiiigghht???


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The fragrances and ribbon belts from Wright Supply Co. are also available at Trilogy Boutique.


Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The huge, gay, white elephant

Reading The Ethicist's column on the New York Times brought to surface a question I've restrained asking Catholic friends... until now. Before I proceed with the question, I invite everyone to read this particular part of the column:

My wife and I are seeking to adopt a child. The leading Web site that matches adoptive couples with birth mothers forbids same-sex couples to post on its site. We oppose the antigay views of the site’s operators, an expression of their strongly held religious beliefs, but we want to maximize our chances of finding a child. Is it wrong to put our own interests ahead of our broader ethical beliefs? NAME WITHHELD

I sympathize with your desire to start a family and admire your willingness to provide a home for a child who needs one, but I can’t endorse your way of going about it. If the adoption organization refused to allow, say, African-Americans to post on its site, I presume you’d refuse to work with it. If you’d explicitly reject racism, why would you tolerate homophobia? In what sense do you oppose antigay views if your beliefs do not comport with your actions? How would I distinguish you from someone who embraced antigay policies?

If, as you assert, you repudiate the site’s antigay policies, then you should be true to your own values, even at some cost to yourself, and find other adoption organizations to work with.

So here's my question, which I find better framed if I plagiarize The Ethicist:

If the Church discriminates against, say, African-Americans, I presume you'd refuse to be part of it. If you'd explicitly reject racism, why would you tolerate homophobia. In what sense do you oppose antigay views if your beliefs do not comport with your actions? How would I distinguish you from someone who embraced antigay policies?

A counter-argument by a Catholic might be: but being black is not a moral issue.

Then there's the problem. You may not be truly supportive of your gay friends after all.


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This post is not (necessarily) a call-to-action; just a food for thought. I'll still be your ninong in your children's baptisms, attend your Church weddings, and be at your Requiem Masses -- granted I'd still be invited and not barred from attending, lol. 

Updated 03/14/10:
I take it back, this is a call-to-action. Please read: Pack up


Monday, March 08, 2010

The Flaming Corsage

I've decided to give up reading Catch-22 (1961). I've had the book since 2004 and repeatedly failed getting through the halfway mark: too many darn characters, all with the same type of self-indulgent humor. It gets corny and crude at many points. I also find the writing dated and labored -- he has the voice of a sweet old professor whom you don't necessarily admire.

This was supposed to be my book for the month of March.

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What I did read for March: The Flaming Corsage (Penguin, 1997) by William Kennedy. Immediately after quitting Catch, I picked up Corsage and asked why I had been punishing myself with the former. I instantly loved Corsage and easily breezed through the pages. I thought, here's why people should read: for pure enjoyment. It was also a refreshing change from the last books I've read, which were nonfiction, serious and slightly depressing.

Corsage begins with the mystery behind the Love Nest Killings of 1908, which involves writer Edward Daugherty and socialite Katrina Taylor. She's rich, smart, breathtaking and settles at the highest rung of the social ladder. Edward is equally smart and beautiful (there is a sentence or two devoted to the exquisite quality of his hair, lol), but poor and.. of Irish lineage. (The author does a wonderful and apparently, historically accurate job of explaining the social intricacies between those with Dutch and Irish lineage. To sum: they hate each other.)

It's a veritable soap opera (with a subtle hint of Romeo and Juliet), but one that I read without feeling hollow because the characters speak Edwardian (and I may be using the term loosely, or worse, incorrectly) and The New York Times highly recommends it, lol. It's a definite upgrade from the pleasures I get reading Sidney Sheldon. To heighten my experience, I imagined Carla Bruni as Katrina Taylor. (Incidentally, a script is being written for Universal Pictures.)

I've read more about the author, and learned that Corsage is one of William's five novels that takes place in late 19th and early 20th century Albany, New York. (One of which, Ironwood, won the Pulitzer in 1984.) The books are a grand chronicle of a fictional American-Irish family (from which Katrina and Edward's story branched off), as well as a tribute to the history of the city.



The book may not be available in local bookstores. I picked up my copy two weeks ago at a Books For Less stall in Glorietta at the Buy One Take One bin for P99. The travesty indeed.


Sunday, March 07, 2010

Bb Pilipinas winners

Winners have been announced just hours earlier:

 From left: 2nd runner-up: Nicolette Henson; Bb Pilipinas International: Krista Kleiner; Bb Pilipinas Universe: Venus Raj; Bb Pilipinas World: Czarina Gatbonton; and 1st runner-up: Dianne Necio


The good news: All my favorites below made it to the Top 10!

The bad news: I think there was a general misplacement of the crowns. Based on the interviews -- and it was the remaining criterion for judging among the finalists -- Krista and Nicolette gave the best answers; Dianne's was the worst among those who placed. Czarina answered in Tagalog, which is fine, but ran out of steam and didn't expound on her answer as to why she wanted to be reborn as a tree, except to say that "a tree gives life" (and so does a person, hello?). Although Czarina was one of my huge favorites from the start, I wanted her in Miss International because that pageant doesn't have an interview segment.

Nicolette was definitely robbed of a title (as well as my original favorite, Mary Anne Rose Misa who was among the Top 10 and did well in the interview), while Krista's wit and confidence will be wasted on such an uncompetitive pageant.

As for Venus, I do still have misgivings about her close-up (plus her interview answer was ho-hum) but I'm thinking she could pull off a Denny Mendez at Miss Universe.

YouTube videos to follow once available.


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Original entry, written March 2:

Revised Bb Pilipinas forecast


Saw the preliminaries of Bb Pilipinas last Sunday with the entertaining (yet a few tacky) ternos, and the (just plain tacky) cocktail dresses, and I'm revising my wishlist to the following:




Friday, March 05, 2010

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