Movie Review: Engkwentro

A downscaled poster of Engkwentro as found in its multiply site. To visit said site, please click on pic.

A downscaled poster of Engkwentro as found in its multiply site. To visit said site, please click on pic.

Engkwentro is Filipino film noir and social commentary rolled into one.
But instead of hard-drinking gumshoes and peroxide blondes, the film features two brothers, Richard (Felix Roco), a drug-dealing gang leader on the run from a vigilante death squad, and Raymond (Daniel Medrana), a truant schoolboy turned neophyte of a rival gang.
With his life at risk, Richard is determined to join his mother in Manila and perhaps even stay there for a few months, if only to cool off. Continue reading

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You’ve got Gmail

Pop-up box shows Gmail's new enhancement, Drag and Drop Labels

Pop-up box shows Gmail's new enhancement, Drag and Drop Labels, which allow users to better organize their messages

Never have I been as enthusiastic about being a Gmail user as I am now.
Or at least not since five years ago when a close friend — someone whom I’ve shared a beer with for roughly half my life — gave me an invitation to open my very own Gmail account.
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How Facebook saved my social life

A portion of the Facebook account of this blogger, which may prove to be boring to some.

Shown is the Facebook account of this blogger, which may prove to be boring to some.

Facebook is the new Friendster.
That’s what I told a friend of mine.
Or more accurately, that’s what I posted on his wall when he said that people who didn’t share our respect for both the Filipino and English languages — such as it was — were all set to invade and conquer our favorite social networking site.
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Is the Palm Pre the iPhone killer?

Palm Pre picture procured from Endgadget.com (there goes the alliteration!)

Palm Pre picture procured from Endgadget.com (there goes the alliteration!)

[We interrupt this blog entry with a very important announcement. No Palm Pre or iPhone 3GS was physically handled nor fiddled with before and during the course of writing the piece below. As of posting time, only the iPhone 3GS is available in the Philippines. Palm has yet to make an announcement regarding its Pre’s Asian foray.]

Is Palm Pre the iPhone killer?

Depends who you’re asking.

Folks at Sunnyvale, California – Palm Inc.’s headquarters – would like to think so.

In fact, the company’s betting the farm on its latest gadget, a WiFi-enabled, bluetooth-compatible, GPS built-in, touch screen mobile device that is shorter but thicker than the latest smartphone from that company over in Cupertino.

The Pre is Palm’s strongest bid to show both allies and antagonists that yes, its mojo remains intact despite its market share (3.9 percent, compared to iPhone’s 19.5 percent and Blackberry’s 55.3 percent in the US).

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Dumaguete Desperado

Diners enjoy inexpensive but tasty food — including native coffee and suman — at the Dumaguete market.

Diners enjoy inexpensive but tasty food — including native coffee and suman — at the Dumaguete market.

The trip to Dumaguete almost failed to take off.
This was because the cab driver bringing me to the airport decided to engage in some form of highway robbery.
The old geezer tried to sweet-talk me into forking out P400 for the airport run from Quezon City, citing high fuel prices, the time he reportedly spent “waiting” for me, and the huge costs of raising a family, mainly his. Continue reading

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Score one for sex video scandals, zero for the economy

Katrina Halili in an FHM glam shot before her sex video reached the internet

Katrina Halili in an FHM glam shot in better times.

(The same content — and perhaps even more — can be found on my new site, http://www.jackthescribbler.com.)

 

Score one for sex video scandals, zero for the economy
Or make that 0.4 percent for the economy, the rate of its growth for the first three months this year.
Besides being the lowest in ten years, the first quarter turnout is also below government expectations.
This has prompted Manila to warn of a recession, defined as an economic decline for six months or more.
But who’s keeping track? Or more appropriately who cares?
No one, save for businessmen, economists, geeks, and business reporters who are required to ensure the veracity of their facts and figures.
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Dear Mr. Alec Baldwin,

Alec Baldwin on a bloc of Monterrey cheese as conceptualized and created by an artist named Rakka on Flickr.com who has been gracious enough to allow use of his/her work. For more of the artist's work, please click on the photo.

Alec Baldwin on a block of Monterrey cheese as conceptualized and created by an artist named Rakka on Flickr.com who has been gracious enough to allow use of his/her work. For more of the artist's work, please click on the photo.

I’m sorry sir, that it had come to this.
If I had any kind of influence, I would gladly use it to have the blacklist against you revoked.
I would have wanted a multi-awarded actor such as yourself to visit our capital and appreciate its charms, which includes the stench of cockroaches.
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