Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year from The Filipino Scribe!

In a few hours (depends on your time zone), we’ll be saying goodbye to 2013. The past year has been a banner year for The Filipino Scribe (TFS) and for me personally. The blog has now received over 2.2 million page views, more than half of it from 2013 alone. Here are the top blog posts from the past year:

  1. Marjorie Barretto photo scandal?
  2. Aquino’s animosity toward Tacloban City mayor hampering relief efforts?
  3. Chito Miranda Neri Naig scandal video?
  4. Wally Bayola sex video scandal?
  5. Anderson Cooper talks about ‘Yolanda’ on the Letterman show
  6. Proclamation 459 – Philippine holidays for 2013
  7. ‘Download USJR sex video scandal?’
  8. Is Charice Pempengco lesbian? And so?
  9. ‘Download Arno Morales sex video scandal?’
  10. Gregory John Smith, owner of stolen photo, speaks out
  11. Comedienne jokes about Filipino children on BBC show
  12. Anne Hathaway and Ricky Lo – The Interview
  13. Korina Sanchez vs Anderson Cooper and journalism ethics
  14. On Kristel Tejada’s suicide
  15. Mark Joseph Solis’ ‘stolen shots’

Five of the most viewed posts this year feature a ‘scandal,’ which proves that even in the Internet, ‘sex sells.’ In fact according to Google, Chito Miranda, Neri Naig, Wally Bayola, and EB babe Yosh are the most searched about celebrities in the country this year.

At this point, I’d like to share stories behind some of my other notable posts this year. My blog entry about Marjorie Barretto’s photo scandal proved to be my most controversial post so far.

Her camp, through lawyer Lorna Kapunan, sent me a letter demanding that I take down Barretto’s photo as well as the write-up itself.  In the end, they had to admit publicly that the woman in the photos circulating is indeed Barretto for them to have a reason to threaten us with a possible lawsuit.

Three articles related to super typhoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) also received huge page views this year. The issue can be dissected from many angles and I’m pretty certain I’ll be writing about it again soon.

Personally, this has also been a big year for me. I’m now in the thesis proposal stage of my master’s program, with the goal of finishing it by 2015. Despite the distractions, I am still committed to having the degree before I turn 25.

At this point, I’d like to give a shout out who gave me speaking opportunities this past year, most notably Ms Janette Toral of the Philippine Blogging Summit, De la Salle University, UP Socius (from UP Los Banos),the Center for the Professional Advancement of Educators, and the organizers of National Collegiate Journalism Conference hosted by Mapua Institute of Technology. I am grateful to be given the chance to share to others what I know.

I’ll never be tired of thanking all readers and subscribers of TFS. If not for you, this website will be just like any fly-by-night blog out there. Your continued support is highly appreciated, as always.

According to Chinese calendar, 2014 is the year of the horse, which also happens to be my birth symbol (I was born in 1990, and the cycle repeats every 12 years). Cheers to more big things ahead for 2014!  🙂

Click here to see the complete report prepared by

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 1,400,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 60 days for that many people to see it.



MRT schedule – December 31 2013 and January 1 2014

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) will have shortened operating hours on December 31, the last day of the year. It is a special non-working day according to President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 459, which he signed last 2012.

Based on announcement made through the official Twitter account of the MRT Administration, the following schedule will be observed:

December 31, 2013

First train

North Avenue – 5:00 AM

Taft Avenue – 5:30 AM

The Metrostar Express

The Metrostar Express (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last train

North Avenue – 8:30 PM

Taft Avenue – 9:00 PM

MRT will revert to its regular operating hours the following day, January 1, 2014. The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) has earlier announced that its trains will also be ending its operations earlier than usual on the said day. Check related blog post here.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will not be enforcing the number coindg scheme throughout the National Capital Region for December 31 and January 1. Read more about it here.


2013 Metro Manila Film Festival – list of winners

  • New Wave Student Short Film Special Jury Prize: #NoFilter, Mapua Institute of Technology
  • New Wave Short Film Best Picture: Ang Paglisan
  • Best Float Award: Boy Golden
  • Youth Choice Award: Pagpag
  • Best New Wave Film: Dukit by Armando Lao
  • Animation Jury Prize: Ang Lalong ni Kulakog
  • Animation Best Picture: Kaleh and Mbaki
  • Best New Wave Film Director: Armando Lao for Dukit
  • New Wave Best Actress: Agot Isidro
  • New Wave Best Actor: Bor Ocampo, Willy Layug, Bambalito Lacap for Dukit

    39th metro manila film festival

    The winners of the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival had been announced

  • New Wave Special Jury Prize: Mga Anino ng Kahapon
  • New Wave Best Picture: Dukit
  • Best Child Performer: Ryzza Mae Dizon, My Little Bossings
  • Best Festival Sound Recording: 10,000 Hours
  • Best Musical Score: 10,000 Hours
  • Best Original Theme Song: My Little Bossings
  • Best Makeup: Pagpag
  • Best Visual Effects: 10,000 Hours
  • Best Editing: 10,000 Hours
  • Best Cinematography: 10,000 Hours
  • Gender Sensitive Award – New Wave Student Category: Hintayin mo sa Seq. 24
  • Gender Sensitive Award Main Category: Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy
  • Gender Sensitive Award – New Wave: Island Dreams
  • Special Recognition Award: Ronnie Ricketts
  • FPJ Memorial Award for Film Excellence: 10,000 Hours
  • Mavshack Male Star of the Night: Daniel Padilla
  • Mavshack Female Star of the Night: Eugene Domingo
  • Best Original Story: 10,000 Hours
  • Best Screenplay: 10,000 Hours
  • Best Director: Joyce Bernal, 10,000 Hours
  • Best Supporting Actor: Pen Medina, 10,000 Hours
  • Best Supporting Actress, Aiza Seguerra, My Little Bossings
  • Gat Puno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: 10,000 Hours
  • 3rd Best Picture: My Little Bossings
  • 2nd Best Picture: Girl, Boy, Bakla. Tomboy
  • Best Picture: 10,000 Hours
  • Best Actor: Robin Padilla, 10,000 Hours

Mayweather ridicules Pacquiao on Facebook, Twitter

The holiday season apparently hasn’t stopped undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. from throwing punches against his archrival, slugger Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines. Mayweather uploaded a ‘Christmas card to the world’ on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Check the original upload here. The meme is a composite of four images.The first two pictures refer to Mayweather’s offer to Pacquiao to fight him for $40 million and the latter’s decision to turn it down.

manny pacquiao floyd mayweather christmas card

Floyd Mayweather mocks Manny Pacquiao through a ‘greeting card’ he uploaded on Facebook and Twitter

The last two images imply that Pacquiao’s December 2012 loss via knockout to Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez blurred any possibility of a bout against Mayweather. The post has been shared almost 25,000 times on Facebook and around 20,000 on Twitter. Mayweather uploaded the photos about 2AM, Manila time.

American journalists have been critical of Mayweather’s move. Mike Singer of CBS Sports described the meme as a “low blow” while Nick Schwartz of USA Today newspaper called the uploaded pictures as “mean.” Andy Nesbitt of Fox Sports meanwhile reiterated that the world is still waiting for a Pacquiao – Mayweather fight to finally come true.

Mayweather’s latest antics came weeks after sport legend Mike Tyson described Pacquiao as the ‘most sensational’ boxer in an interview with ESPN’s Sports Nation.


No number coding for December 31, January 1 – MMDA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced through social networking site Twitter that the number coding scheme will be lifted for the coming holidays.

Number coding will not be enforced on December 24 and 25 (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, respectively) as well as December 31 and January 1 (New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day). This covers all 17 local government units in Metro Manila, including the cities of Las Piñas and Makati.

MMDA number coding

MMDA liftes the number coding scheme for December 24, 25, 31 and January 1 (MMDA’s Twitter page)

Under the number coding system (formally known as the Unified Vehiclular Volume Reduction Program), vehicles whose plate numbers that ends in a particular number is prohibited from using the main streets of Metro Manila on certain days. Read more about this program via Wikipedia.

With the MMDA announcement, vehicles with plate numbers ending in 3 and 4 can travel on two successive Tuesdays (December 24 and 31) while those with license plate ending in numbers 5 and 6 can travel on consecutive Wednesdays (December 25 and January 1).


LRT schedule – December 24 and 31, 2013


The train systems administered by the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) will have abbreviated operating hours on December 24 and 31, 2013. Both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve has been declared as special non-working holidays by President Benigno Aquino III through Proclamation 459.

Hernando Cabrera, LRTA spokesperson, made the announcement through his Twitter account @attycabs.


December 24, 2013 (Tuesday, Christmas Eve)

Line 1

Baclaran station, 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Roosevelt station, 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Line 2

Santolan station, 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Recto station, 5:00 AM to 8:30 PM

LRT schedule christmas 2013

LRT schedule for December 24 and 31, 2013 (Credits: Atty Hernando Cabrera of LRTA’s Twitter page)

December 31, 2013 (Tuesday, New Year’s Eve)

Line 1

Baclaran station, 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Roosevelt station, 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Line 2

Santolan station, 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Recto station, 5:00 AM to 7:30 PM

As a reminder, here are the things you cannot bring with you inside bus and train stations (credits to the Facebook page of MRT3):

prohibited things mrt and lrt

An infographic detailing the prohibited things inside Philippine bus and train stations (click to enlarge)


December 31 2013 Philippine holiday

As noted in a previous blog post, there will be a five-day weekend as 2013 closes. It begins from December 28, Saturday, until January 1, Wednesday.

December 30 (Jose Rizal Day) and January 1 (New Year’s Day) are regular holidays. December 31, the last day of the year, is a special non-working holiday. This is stipulated in Proclamation 459, which President Benigno Aquino III signed last 2012. Read The Filipino Scribe’s report about Proclamation 459 on this link.

It is not unusual for some Filipinos to work during the aforementioned days, like those who are employed in the business process outsourcing industry.  Therefore, it is important to keep in mind the pay rules that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) set for those days.

DOLE holiday pay rules

A table showing DOLE pay rules for regular and special non-working holidays (Credits:

Employees who work during special non-working days are supposed to get 130% of their regular hourly rate. This is in accordance to DOLE’s Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits (2012 edition). Click here to download the said guidebook.

Remember that even though these benefits apply to all workers regardless of their employment status, they can only receive the holiday premium if they reported for work or is in official leave on the day before the holiday.



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