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Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Katy Perry concert in Manila on Jan 2012? Not so fast!

Of course, I’d love to see Katy Perry have a concert here, but I am wary of unwittingly spreading false information. Last May, a female DJ from a high end FM station tweeted that Britney Spears would be coming to Manila. Turns out, the Hold It Against Me singer won’t be having a concert in Asia this year (https://rightonthemark.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/confirmed-britney-spears-is-not-coming-to-manila-this-november-2011) at all.

This is not to douse cold water on the hopes of my fellow Katy Perry fans out there – but so far, I cannot confirm with absolute certainty that the California Gurls singer would indeed be having a concert on January 22, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds.

The buzz started when socialite and self-proclaimed “eventologist” Tim Yap last night. His announcement has been “retweeted” thousands of times, and thus, popular sites such as Philippine Concerts (http://www.philippineconcerts.com/events/katy-perry-california-dreams-tour-january-2012), Noypi Stuff (http://noypistuff.blogspot.com/2011/10/katy-perry-live-in-manila-concert-2012.html), and Katy Perry PH (http://katyperryph.com/2011/10/30/katy-perry-live-in-manila) have picked up the news.

Katy Perry's "California Dreams" Tour promotional poster (from Wikipedia)

To verify the information, I went to her website to see the tour dates. However, it doesn’t say any other California Dreams concert beyond November 22 of this year.  On that day, Katy Perry will be performing in Los Angeles, California’s Staples Center – the home court of my beloved Los Angeles Lakers.  Meanwhile, Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Dreams_Tour) states that Katy Perry’s second concert tour would in fact end this December 1, when she’ll be having a show in Great Rapids, Michigan’s Van Andel Arena (the concert was originally set for September 11 but was moved).

The last two dates for Katy Perry's California Dreams concert tour (from KatyPerry.com)

Just a few moments ago, I called both SM Tickets (470-2222) and SM Ticketnet (911-5555) but I was told by their respective customer service agents that no such events are lines up yet. This is weird, since according to the aforementioned blogs, Katy Perry’s concert would be held on January 22, 2012 at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds and that tickets would be on sale beginning on November 9. In fact, they already even have a ticket price list. I can’t help but ask: what is the source of their information? 

*Expect more updates in the days to come. 

As of Oct. 31 – This is interesting. Katy Perry announced via Twitter last Oct. 24 that she will be having a show in Jakarta, Indonesia by January 19, 2012. It is unclear though if this is still part of her California Dreams tour (does it matter, anyway?). It is highly possible that her next stop after that would be Manila, right? (Thanks to Ericka of KatyPerryPH.com for this info.)

Katy Perry concert in Jakarta, Indonesia January 19, 2012 (click image for higher resolution)

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The uninvited ones to the Mar Roxas-Korina Sanchez wedding – 2011 edition!

Two days ago, one-time presidential wannabe Mar Roxas (currently the Transportation and Communication Secretary) and his wife, TV anchor Korina Sanchez, marked their 2nd wedding anniversary. In 2009, I wrote a blog naming the uninvited ones to their wedding (http://sexylove25.multiply.com/journal/item/376/The_Uninvited_Ones_at_the_Mar_Roxas_-_Korina_Sanchez_wedding_Laughtrip). The past two years, the couple not only remained childless – they also kept on adding new names to their enemies list. So, here we go.

5. Loren Legarda –

“Korina, tandaan mo. Kung hindi ako nanalong senador nung 1998, hindi ka magiging late night news anchor!”

Loren Legarda vs Mar Roxas - both lost to Jejomar Binay 🙂

4. Peping Cojuangco –

 “Mar, I regret supporting you. Go, Samar! Damn Balay! Hi, Mikee!”

3. Conrado de Quiros

“I have nothing to apologize for to her or to Mar. I say things as I see them, and I think I saw it right?”

2. Senator Francis Escudero –

“Buti pa kayong mag-asawa. Ako ngayo’y nabubuhay nang mag-isa!”

1. Vice President Jejomar Binay –

“Handa na ba kayo sa 2016? Kay Binay, gaganda ang buhay!”

Who's the tougher opponent for Binay, Korina or Mar? (photo courtesy of The Professional Heckler)

And to those who weren’t able to read the 2009 edition of this list, here it is:

1. President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo

“If you really want something done, just do it. Do it hard, do it well. Don’t pussyfoot. Don’t pander. And don’t say bad words in public.”

2. Mel Tiangco

“Ngayong naka-leave na si Korina, walang dudang ako na ang reyna ng balitaan sa bansang ito. Champion talaga!”

Korina Sanchez vs Mel Tiangco - the battle goes on!

3. Sen. Manny Villar & Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar
“Kung hindi dahil kay Korina, hindi sana ako tatawaging Mr. C5 at Taga ni Jamby Madrigal!”

4. ABS-CBN reporter RG Cruz

Writing on his Facebook wall: “The (former) First Lady wannabe…who would be a bad spouse…is a queen in her head without a veil…”

5. Environment Sec. Lito Atienza

“Kahit na ikasal pa si Mar, ako pa rin ang presidente ng Liberal Party – Atienza wing. Kay ganda, kay sigla, AKIN sya!”

Recommended Links:

Korina Sanchez rails at Roxas’ detractors:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20090903-223300/Korina-Sanchez-rails-at-Roxas-detractors

Korina Sanchez’ openly circulated letter against reporter RG Cruz:

http://marichulambino.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/scoop-korina-sanchez%E2%80%99s-openly-circulated-letter-against-abs-cbn-reporter-rg-cruz-belittling-him-asking-for-sanctions-for-a-facebook-entry-about-an-unnamed-%E2%80%9Cfirst-lady-wannabe/

Peping Cojuangco regrets supporting Roxas:

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/06/22/10/peping-cojuangco-regrets-supporting-roxas


No extension of enrollment period in UP Diliman despite the Nov. 7 holiday

Despite the presidential proclamation declaring November 7 a special non-working day, the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) is sticking to its original registration period for the 2nd semester of Academic Year 2011-2012 which is scheduled on November 3 to 8. The start of classes will also push through on November 9. This was relayed via email by Prof. Ma. Theresa Payongayong, college secretary of the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Dates to remember for the 2nd sem AY 2011-2012 enrollment in UP Diliman

In her email, she said that Dr. Evangeline Amor, the University Registrar, proposed to UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Saloma to move the registration and the start of classes because of the Eidul Adha holiday, but was apparently unsuccessful in doing so because the academic calendar has already been approved by the Board of Regents and therefore, must be followed. You can download the academic calendar here:  http://www.upd.edu.ph/acadcal2011-2012.pdf.

As a result of this, the scheduled four-day enrollment period will be reduced to three. Payongayong noted that “students should know about these schedules” so that “they can have their Form 5As validated and their registration finished by November 8.” According to the UPD CRS website (https://crs.upd.edu.ph), having Form 5As validated by November 8 is very important since “students with unvalidated Form 5as by the first day of classes, November 9, may be removed from the class list by their instructor to free up slots for requests of Change of Matriculation by other students.” Here’s the entire email:

From: Ma. Theresa Payongayong

Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2011

Subject: Effect of Nov. 7 holiday on 2nd sem Registration Schedule

Dear All,

Since it was announced that November 7 is a holiday, our University Registrar, Dr. Evangeline Amor, actually had a proposal to the Chancellor to move deadlines, registration period and start of classes; but because the academic calendar is BOR approved, according to Dr. Amor, we’re bound to follow the schedules indicated therein. Thus, because of the November 7 holiday, we will just have 3 regular registration period (instead of 4) and we will still hold our first day of classes on November 9.

It is critical to let our students know of these schedules and hopefully, they would have their Form 5As validated and their registration finished by November 8. A memorandum on this is right now being sent to departments and offices. For your information and guidance. Thank you for your cooperation.

Truly yours,

Tess P.

PS: For unknown reasons, this announcement hasn’t been posted in the CRS website.

Click to download the UP Diliman Registration Flowchart, 2nd semester, AY 2011-2012. 🙂


November 7, 2011 national holiday pay rules

Many had been surprised about the declaration made by Malacanang last week, through Proclamation 276, that November 7 would be a national holiday because of the Islamic feast of Eidul Adha (not to be confused with Eid al-Fitr, the one celebrated last August 30). Proclamation 276 noted that Eidul Adha is “one of the greatest feasts of Islam.” The recommendation for the observance of Eidul Adha on November 7 was made by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos. You can access the one-page proclamation here:

http://www.gov.ph/downloads/2011/10oct/20111020-PROC-0276-BSA.pdf.

Eidul Adha (or Feastof Sacrifice) was previously just a regional holiday for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, as Manila Bulletin once reported

http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/239741/rp-muslims-hail-signing-eid-l-adha-law . It became a national feast by virtue of Republic Act 9849, a law signed by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo early last year. The entire text of RA 9849 can be accessed at

http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra2009/ra_9849_2009.html. You can download Proclamation 84, which lists all regular holidays and special non-working days here http://www.dole.gov.ph/fndr/bong/files/PROC-84.pdf.

Now, off to the exciting part: the pay rules! As written above, Eidul Adha is indeed a national holiday. Notice that in Section 2, it is emphasized that the proclamation declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’al Fifr and Eidul Adha will only be issued once the approximate dates of these holidays had been determined “in accordance to the Islamic calendar (hijra) and astronomical calculations.” The movable nature of these dates Is the reason they can’t be marked red in the calendar.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment (http://www.dole.gov.ph/list_of_holidays.php?id=95), the following pay rules shall apply:

  1. If it is an employee’s regular workday

If unworked – 100%

If worked

1st 8 hours – 200% (double pay!)

excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

2. If it is an employee’s rest day

If unworked – 100%

If worked

1st 8 hours – plus 30% of 200% of regular rate plus 30% (for the overtime)

excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day


Degrading gays and women through “Nagmahal Ng Bakla”

I originally submitted this as a requirement for my Gender Sensitivity in the Mass Media class (J196) under now-retired Dr. Georgina Encanto early last year. Originally posted here: http://marksphere.blogspot.com/2010/01/degrading-both-gays-and-women-through.html

 
The song “Nagmahal ng Bakla” by rap group Dagtang Lason received frequent airplay the past few months. Radio stations played it repeatedly while its video has been uploaded in YouTube. It has witty lyrics and a catchy tune, making the song inflicted in people’s heads. In fact, even young children can sing-along to it. The group, meanwhile, has performed the song live in “Sharon” and “Wowowee.” Given the message of this song, such publicity isn’t only unwarranted – it is also dangerous.

What does the song really say? Here are the lyrics of its chorus:

Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap… damhin

Basically, it tells us that since most girls are merely looking for sugar daddies or boys they can use as cash cows, these tambays (street bystanders) now prefer gays as their lovers. They now want homosexual males because they are already “sawa sa babae.” It’s as if females are muffin meals that males can just toss away once they get so used to its taste. What about the gays? They are being treated as an alternative giver of pleasure for men. “Kaya ngayon, bakla na lamang ang aming iibigin,” the song goes.

There is no mention here about the need of gays to be loved in their own right – and not as an alternative to women. Upon close examination, the song’s chorus also lacks logic. How can a plain tambay serve as a cash cow? How can he be a financial provider? Scattered throughout the song are other lines that condescend both women and gays.

The view that homosexuals are just being used as plain sex objects (or a way by which a man can release his urges) is supported by the line: “Hinanakit sa babae ang dahilan / Kung bakit nagmahal ako ng tulad niya / Kahit siya ay pangit.” The song says that though the thought of being in a relationship with a gay man is still repulsive (because of the latter’s supposed ugliness) for these tambays, they would still tolerate it because women only break their hearts.

The lines “Kaya nagdesisyon tuloy ang puso na laging bigo / Na bakla na lang ang iibigin ko” and “Kahit karumal-dumal pa ang kanyang (the gay) pagmumukha / Basta wag niya lang akong gawing kaawa-awa” gives a negative generalization of women as domineering beings. It also characterizes gays as “ugly” receivers (taga-salo) of distraught men.

The song gives macho males the privilege of choosing who between females and gays can best satisfy their needs, both emotional and sexual. Though the song says that straight males can fall for gays, the meanness toward gays remains obvious. “Kaya sa bigo, sa mga babae diyan / Umibig ng bakla, nakakalat lang yan diyan,” a line states. What does these mean? It subtly suggests that gays are always lurking around, searching desperately for a man. Unsurprisingly, the rap single also mentioned the typical gay-gives-the-guy-money stereotype: “Bakla na lang ang iibigin ko / Di na ko masasaktan, nagkapera pa ako.”

Other disturbing lines include: “Bago tayo magtabi sa kama, magpa-opera ka muna.” Apparently, the guy here is telling his gay lover that before they can have sex, the latter must first undergo a sex transplant (so the gay can have the body of a woman?). This is like saying that gays must try hard to look like a “real” woman. Another line goes like this: “Relasyon natin ay parang ginto / Mahal kita, wag lang sana akong magkatulo.” The tambay is now worried that he might contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from his gay partner. Really? Given that these tambays‘ desire for women has reached the saturation point (“sawa sa babae“), isn’t it that they are the more likely carrier of STIs?

We all know that the recording industry is taking serious blows from the global financial crisis, unabated piracy, and the rise of online music-sharing. The entertainment world, meanwhile, is becoming more crowded with almost everyone wanting to be famous. Coming up with a controversial single that gets tremendous airplay and good record sales may be good from a business perspective. But what if in the process, both gays and women are being maligned repeatedly?

Music is a major part of any culture, and it in return reflects us as a people. Music (and other media) can influence the way individuals think because of its ubiquity. When this power is used to perpetuate the hostility toward those wrongly regarded as belonging to the “second” and “third” sexes, it becomes bothersome. This is why the popularity of “Nagmahal ng Bakla” is dangerous.


Globe Telecoms expand their list of redeemable reward items

I know it is presumptuous for me to think that someone from Globe may have read my previous blog on this topic. One thing is sure: Globe is aware of the negative feedback their recent flip-flopping on their own rewards promo has generated among subscribers.

It can be recalled that three months ago, Globe Telecoms revised their list of redeemable rewards without any prior announcement, much to the chagrin of their subscribers (myself included) who vented their frustration online (https://rightonthemark.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/unable-to-redeem-globe-rewards-lately-here%E2%80%99s-why/). I have written about it early last month, and that post has become one of my most visited blogs to date.

There, I noted that consumers need “at least 100 points to redeem the lowest available reward, GCALL100 (60 minutes, valid for 5 days).” After GCOMBO200, the next available reward is an SM Advantage Card (SMAC) 1000, but you can only redeem it after accumulating 1,690 points (by loading P 16,900) something one of my readers described as “unfeasible.” One disgusted reader, meanwhile, called for a boycott of Globe since “it changed the rules in the middle of the game (which is) very unfair to consumers.”

Apparently in an effort to stop criticisms hurled against them, Globe Telecoms have informed their subscribers three days ago that they have “updated” the catalog of redeemable items under their rewards program (popularly known as Globe Rewards 4438). Their full message reads: “MyRewards MyGlobe: Check out the updated rewards catalog. You only need to have at least 20 points to enjoy your FREE call and text rewards. Text ITEMS to 4438 for free to view the LATEST list of rewards and points needed for you to redeem (them).”  I did just that, and got this list of rewards in return:

SULITXT15 – 20 points

UNLI20 – 26 points

UNLI40 – 52 POINTS

GCOMBO50 (150 SMS and 40-minute calls for 2 days) = 65 points

                This line-up of redeemable rewards is better than what it was the past three months. HOWEVER, Globe increased the points required for each reward. Prior to last July’s adjustment, you only need 15, 20, and 40 points to redeem SULITXT15, UNLI20, and UNLI 40 respectively. Therefore, their statement that “you only need to have at least 20 points” is a BS.

And as an obvious retort to criticisms that they modified their Globe Rewards program without informing their subscribers at all, the telco ended their message by insisting that “rewards and points needed may change without prior notice.”


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