Saturday, June 26, 2010

NAKU HA - July 2010

Katrina Halili will grace the PIDC Mabuhay Festival at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on July 24, 2010.

SEXSOMNIA making love in the middle of the night while both of you are half asleep is undoubtedly pleasurable. Great. This news depresses me. I can’t even get lucky while awake. Now, some people get lucky just by sleeping. There is no justice in the world.


When we travelled to the United States last year, I printed the directions of how to get from Chicago to Saginaw, Michigan. I remember that we were supposed to get off frominterstate highway I-69 to I-75N. But after the last rest stop, our GPS said to exit already on a higway. Even though we knew it was wrong, we followed it and we ended up on a rural highway. Highway 13, I think. It wasn’t so bad as it also goes to Saginaw, but it was not interstate Highway 75, which was faster. Then, near the end, there were detours that goes in circles. We decided to ask policemen who were guarding a street festival at that time. Next time, I will try to use the M.A.P, aside from the GPS.


The election automation is for the modern era but the canvassing is from the prehistoric age of the dinosaur. Not only is the canvassing manual, but also the posting on the board with a pen. Everytime, there is a new figure, they have to erase. Have they not heard of LCD, Plasma, LED monitors and Excel programs? Smatmatic called RP as a model of automation around the world because they said that the manual random audit as a feature of automated elections that is unique to the Philippines. “There is no audit in the United States, Brazil, India and other countries and they are automated so you are well ahead of the pack,” Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said. Well, of course, they do not have that because they are already a mature society while in the Philippines, there are still people who insist on using paper for elections and counting it by hand.


Minda asked me to write something nice about Katrina Halili besides her sex video news articles.I have no idea why avoid that issue when you already have people interested in that topic. That is the selling point. In short, create a diversionary tactic, like Premiere McGuinty. He is proposing selling off the liquor stores. We do not know if he means it or he just wants people to get their minds off the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) combined tax that became effective this month. But I’ll try. Here it is, “ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Katrina Halili, the last Filipino virgin.”

How’s that?


Ladies and gentlemen, here they are, Katrina Halili.


To steal a line form Hollywood producer Howard Hughes, I can think of two reasons why and they are enough for me. Let me re-phrase it. I can “see two good” reasons. If you can’t see them, you’re not looking hard enough. Or you are looking at the, er...I mean...picture. For men, you need reasons?


I asked PIDC President Minda Neri what will Katrina do? I told her that all the guests like Mark Herras are dancers. She said they will also sing.

NATURAL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY IN A CONCERT only good if you are printing the photos on a glossy, thick-coated artsy publication and will give the impression that it is artistic and avant-gard. But on a newsprint, they will appear as underexposed, noisy, grainy, out of focus and give the impression that it was taken by a 3-year old toddler. I have shots like that but I avoid using it in this newspaper.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Aubrey Panaligan graduates

Aubrey Panaligan (THIRD FROM RIGHT) graduated from St. Barbara catholic school and received the school’s Legault award. She is joined by friends from left, Britany Kasjak, Anjali Gnanapragasam, Amanda Rideout, Savannah Joseph and Teresa Perri.

Maria Tess Panaligan poses with her teacher Mrs. Merle Gonsalvez.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ampee Panaligan gets Promoted

Ampee is joined by (SECOND FROM THE LEFT) sisters Aubrey, Nadeene, Ampee herself and Maria. The girl seated at the end on the left is Ampee's classmate.

Ampee Panaligan (GIRL ON RIGHT) is promoted to Corporal.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

FCT's Pistahan fights the rain

The first day of a 2-day festival started under wet weather. It was marred by intermittent rain but the show must go on and they did. Not only, that But I missed a group of naked bikers. THANK GOD. Journalist Romeo Marquez posted photos in his blog and they look like my own body. If I wanted to see ugly bodies, I'd look myself naked in the mirror.

Anyway, I left before taking photos of my client Forex got their presentation underway. I had to go to the Pila, Laguna dinner.

I did take a video of 12-year old Tess Panaligan singing Beyonce's "If I were a Boy."
The Panaligan family and relatives from Ohio enjoy the festivity on Saturday despite the rain.

Felino Javier leads the parade of the lechon.FV Foods' Mel Galeon stirs the rice at their booth.
Mel has a chat with partner Flor Vendiola.
Ampee Panaligan takes a cover from the rain.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sarah Geronimo's Concert in Toronto 2010 was a Smashing success -VIDEO AND PHOTOS BELOW

It was a smashing success. The place was sold out.

The show started at 8 o'clock. After 5 front acts including Martha Joy, 30 minutes has elapsed. I thought there were still 4 front acts to go, as stated in the poster. It turns out they were going to be used as in-between performers when Sarah changes costumes. She had a total of 5 changes. The other performers used in-between were Anton Alvarez, Charlie Green, John Prats, Erik Santos and Jimmy Marquez.

The moment everyone has been waiting for has arrived. Sarah's entrance was greeted by shrieks of excitement. She followed up that number with Black Eyed Peas' "It's a good day."

She also had a dance and song number where the beat reminded me of Michael Flatley's Irish step dancing routine but Sarah and company danced it to a hip-hop number.

What made the show enjoyable was that the songs chosen by musical director Louie Ocampo were all familiar to as many people as possible and well-loved. It is also good that they were not limited to Sarah's songs. There was the "Ewan" song by the APO, first popularized by Sharon Cuneta when she burst into the scene as a cute 14 teener. Here, Sarah teams up with Charlie Green. His duets with Eric were classics like "Maalaala mo Kaya," "Saan ka man," "Ngayon at kailanman," "Pangako sa iyo."

As she was singing her part in the second song in the medley of songs duet with Erik, a steel pipe fell at the back of the hall that was heard inside the concert hall. Sarah couldn't contain herself and started laughing.

"May pusa," Eric deadpanned.

And Sarah was reduced to laughing she couldn't continue singing, she slumped down and sat on the stage while Erik adlibbed another line.

"May hinahabol na daga."

Eric helped her up.

"Sayaw na lang tayo," he said.

Kudos also to the production staff for controlling the crowd from rushing forward and staying there during the concert. They also controlled the media from congregating in front of the stage, thus, preventing them from blocking the view of the VIP's. There were enough of the volunteer security staff to make sure these two situations did not happen. They also made sure that the media resorted to a hit and run style of taking pictures.

In some concert, the lower-paying patrons rushed in front to grab higher-paid seats. This was impossible here. There were no empty seats to grab.

Oh, I would like to THANK Tess Cusipag of Balita very much for making my job a lot easier than it normally would have been. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

The concert ended at 11:30. That was 3 and a half hours of musical entertainment.

The concert was produced by Dr. Francis Rementilla, Ruth and Joselito Ronquillo and Sonny Baluyot.
You produced a very entertaining concert in Sarah Geronimo's Record Breaker.

Sarah with Charlie Green.

Erik says to Sarah "Magsayaw na lang nga tayo" when Sarah cannot control her laughter in the middle of a duet when apipe fell at the back of the hall that was head in the concert hall.

sarah signed autographs for one hour after the concert.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sarah Geronimo VIP Dinner

The Hyatt Toronto was the scene of Sarah Geronimo's VIP dinner for sponsors and special guests. The evening started with eating of course. Then, there were the performers, However, one performer who stand out in my mind is Jennifer Camacho, a singer in the Filipino community. She sang "You're the best thing that ever happened to me," by Glady's Knight. Jennifer knows what songs to sing to the crowd. In all the times, I have seen her perform, I have not heard her sing an un-familiar song to a crowd. Well, except her original compositions.

There were others who sang but I have no idea who they are yet. Well, I know Inah Canlapan, the reigning Miss Manila 2010. She asked me if I can take a picture with her and Charlie Green.
"Who's Charlie Green" I asked.
She reacted as if I am supposed to know who Charlie Green is.
"Tito, you don't know whoo CHarlie Green is?" she asked.
"I can remember the names of female performers. I'm a guy. Don't ask me about guys," I said.
The guy beside me was also laughing.

Of course, the main purpose of this evening was the photo opportunity of the sponsors with Sarah Geronimo. Here is how it works. people line up as they are called by table, they will give their cameras to volunteer photographers who were picked by the promoters to take their pictures with Sarah. There was only one problem; the volunteer photographer does not exactly have a steady hand. And those point and shoot are not exactly forgiving also. Even the most expensive DSLR's are prone to blurred pictures. These digital cameras are a godsend but they can be unforgiving if you do not keep your hand steady. Sometimes, I put the shutter speed at 125 and a blur still appears in the picture.

One girl who was behind me was complaining that their photos were blurred, taken by the volunteer photographer. I think she was with the TFC group. I showed her my pictures and I took her picture. Well, not actually. I was taking Sarah Geronimo's closeup and she put her head right beside Sarah. Unfortunately, there was no second chance for their group to have their picture taken with Sarah.

FV Foods with Flor Mendiola and Mel Galeon pose with Sarah Geronimo.

Jennifer Camacho gives a rendition of "You're the best thing that ever happened to me."

The TFC woman who got her picture with Sarah. As you can see, it's not even focused well and also unsharp. But at least, they are both recognizable.

Inah Canlapan got her picture taken with Charlie Green. I still don't know who he is.

Joselito and Ruth Ronquillo with their daughter pose with Sarah Geronimo.

Dr. Francis Rementilla and family.

I have no idea how AV Communications boss Anna Maramba knew I took their picture with all the photographers around. When we played back the picture, we found that I took 2 shots of their group with Sarah. She asked me if I can send them to her, which I did. But here they are with Sarah. And she does not even put an ad in my newspaper, Little Manila Confidential. Sigh. BIGGER SIGH.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sarah Geronimo arrives in Toronto June 8, 2010 by Porter Airlines

Sarah Geronimo arrives by Porter Airlines. Here, she is met by Ruth Ronquillo of Royal Mark Productions on June 8, 2010 at Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Gods shine on Kalayaan Picnic 2010

It was raining hard in the morning of the Kalayaan picnic last June 6, 2010. It looked like it will never stop. In fact, by the time I arrived at 12:30 pm, there were still droplets of rain. However, the Gods must be watching as it eventually stopped raining and the sun broke through the clouds and the program started.

Photographer Noli Gumapac (FAR LEFT) poses with Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (IN BLUE SHIRT) with other admirers. The Mayor was so popular she was posing with a lot of them...

...only to find out that she was running late. She should have alloted more time to the Kalayaan picnic. She is very popular with the Filipinos.

Siony's Hawaiian seniors do their number.

Anne-Marie Princess Adorna Guzman (SECOND FROM LEFT) performs the Hawaiian.

Culture Philippines of Ontario dancers entertain the crowd.

Kalayaan Picnic 2010 - Tiffany, Tiara, and Tasha Banate from Jose Baking on Vimeo.