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  • American Idol will never be the same, without Simon

    "They all hate each other deep down, but they're not gonna say it on camera. Ask Kelly how many congratulation e-mails she got from the other contestants. Probably zero. But that's the music business. In a positive way, I like that. I like the fact that people enter the show because they might win." - Simon Cowell

    When Paula left American Idol, I thought I'd never watch the show again. I still did, although I missed lots of episodes. In fact, I can't remember watching the finals.

    American Idol without Simon Cowell?!? Its' never gonna be the same. And yes, it's about time I'm gonna stop watching.

    "If you would be singing like this two thousand years ago, people would have stoned you."

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    Why Teodoro, Villar, Gordon and Estrada lost

    Very interesting article from INQUIRER.net. I thought I should post (read: copy/paste) it here.

    If it were not for the fact that Gibo Teodoro was associated with the present squatter of Malaca├▒ang, I would’ve seriously considered him the most worthy candidate for the presidency. However, as a law dean said, “galing at talino” (competence and intelligence) would not be enough as far as the present situation of the country is concerned. We have to vote for the person who can plug the hole into which the country has fallen. And right now, that hole is corruption. Right now, what we need is a person who is stubborn enough to get rid of people who are digging our country’s grave. Gibo, for all his brilliance and sterling credentials, is not the man for this job. His “galing at talino” will only be useful if he dissociates himself from the persons he continues to pay homage to. His reluctance to openly drop Arroyo cost him the presidency. His insistence that the Constitution needs to be amended, even if the consequence of such a move means Arroyo’s resurrection and ascendancy to power, cost him the trust of the people.

    When will Filipinos learn that they are not as dumb as Arroyo would like them to believe? Did Manny Villar really believe that he could hypnotize people into voting for him by flooding media with his ads? He should’ve learned from Prospero Pichay who tried to “plant” himself in the Senate by spending preposterous amounts for ads. In the end, the millions or billions of pesos he spent sent him to the kangkungan instead of to the “Upper House.” A barrage of ads will only work for persons who have credibility in the eyes of the public. Mar Roxas had this when he bombarded the airwaves with his “Mr. Palengke” jingle. Villar did not have it during the campaign.

    As for Richard Gordon, he’s no Optimus Prime, to be sure. While he may seem to possess the attributes that make for a good president, his haughty approach may have turned off many Filipinos. He once said that we should not focus too much on the sins of the past and instead move unceasingly forward. He was wrong there. Going along with his plan would have set a bad precedent. It would send the message that we can steal all we want so long as we don’t get caught with our fingers inside the cookie jar.

    Erap Estrada joined the electoral fray with nary a thought that he could pull off some miracle. But thanks to his and Juan Ponce Enrile’s tirades against Villar, Estrada drew supporters of Villar to his camp. He placed second behind the man in yellow. I think this feat alone already is enough to make him feel that he has already won. After all, he only wanted to go out with a big bang. And it looks like he will.

    —RUEL H. ESPALDON
    1275 Don Quijote St.,
    Sampaloc, Manila

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    May 16, 2010 The Crescent Moon and the “Evening Star”

    Filipinos received a “front-row seat” last Sunday evening, May 16, 2010 to a common and yet always awesome sight – the “evening star” visibly sitting on top of a crescent moon. People were abuzz both offline and online as people took photos of this astrological occurrence and posted it on social media sites. -source-


    Most of us may have seen this yesterday. It was breath taking. It literally looked like this:




    (Sorry if I rotated this Islam symbol; just wanted to show the comparison.)








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    Pilipinas Got Talent: Bad Lighting

    I love watching Pilipinas Got Talent. Most of the contestant's performances at the AFT theater are amazing, but TV viewers would appreciate it more if only the lighting effects are not as terrible as these:





    This is a show which suppose to showcase (world class) Pinoy talents. Too bad, ABS-CBN's Pinoy stage lighting directors and camera men are NOT as good as their British counterparts, not even close:





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    Happy Anniversary!!!

    I've been busy. I am sorry that I couldn't find time for you lately. That's unfair, I know. And you know I've always been like that.

    Blame me.


    I wanted to leave. I wanted to just forget you. But the bond we had is priceless. I've shared you my stories; you listened. You made way for me to discover things that were all new to me. You opened doors for friendship, gave me an opportunity to learn about other people's lives, thoughts, ideas.


    I wanted to leave. But how could I? You've always been there for me, listening to my complaints, my heartaches, my pains. You've done so much that it would be a very inappropriate gesture to walk away just like that.

    I thank you for everything. In return, I'll keep on doing my best to nurture what we have started. I look forward to another memorable year ahead...


    -An open letter to my blog as we celebrate three years of blogging!
    Cheers!!!

    Note: This is a repost.
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