saranggola blog awards 2013

Hey Kids! Ang dami kong na-attendan na blogger events recently. Mga... let me count, hmm... bale dalawa. Sunod-sunod kaya hectic. At balak kong magpost about them. Eh di ako na ang events blogger LOLJK. Bihira ko lang naman gawin ito so pagbigyan nyo na. After these posts, kabastusan na uli promise LOL.

Last Saturday inimbitahan ako ng mga kapwa ko bloggers na dumalo sa Saranggola Blog Awards with the special basbas of its founder, Bernard Umali. Kahit nahihiya akong um-attend, nagpunta na rin ako para makita ang mga winners at makasama na rin ang iba pang mga bloggers. Pagdating ko sa venue the first thing I noticed was the buffet table LOLJK.

To start the program off, Bernard Umali asked all attendees to introduce themselves and their blogs.


So nung turn ko na I said "I'm Glenn, my blog is Wickedmouth.com. I started in 2007. Personal blog sya so sometimes I post about my experiences and charity works." HALA ang daming negative reactions nakakasama ng loob.

Aaaaand bukas ang zipper ko damn.

So the program went on with Bernard switching between awarding bloggers for their awesome entries, handing out raffle prizes and having us play ice-breaker games.


"Sibasib" ang gusto kong itawag sa game na ito kung saan kakainin ng mga boys ang gulay ng mga girls. That boy on the right is Senyor Iskwater and for some reason, ayaw nyang i-sibasib si Iyah.


Turn naman ng mga boys na magpakain ng saging. Notice Senyor Iskwater sa top right. Talagang pinakain nya si Iyah ng saging. Punong-puno ang bibig ni Iyah sa malaking saging ni Senyor. Habang tumatagal ang post na ito ay nagiging Xerex-ish.


Each time a winner is called to speak, they were given a chance to talk about their entry, give a little backstory and tell us how they came up with it. I can say na well-deserved nila yung awards, especially after hearing what they went through in their creative process. Some entries were read aloud which I enjoyed and ang galing talaga.

As the night progressed I had the chance to meet a lot of old friends and make new ones.


Me with Iyah and Arvin.


Bino, Me, Pablo and MJ. My biggest success that night ay ang hindi pagputok ng polo ko.

Sawa na ba kayo sa pictures ko? OK here's more:


With Mark Patatas and Iyah.


I also took the chance to take a picture with Bebang Siy, the author of "It's A Mens World". Ewan ko bakit mukha akong ni-copy-paste sa picture na yan.

I really like her and her encouragement of Pinoys to write in Filipino. "Sino pa ba ang susulat sa Filipino kundi tayo rin lang?" or something like that, which made me realize I was also contributing to this O ha sabi...

She also talked about breaking the tradition of writing stories where the mother is a labandera and the father is a tricycle driver, and then calling them "Inay" and "Itay". Let's face it, it's overused na nga naman. Refreshing talk!

A few other people got to talk, promote their movie and their volunteer work which made me realize na magandang venue nga ito for promotion dahil nga maraming bloggers who can spread the word. Dami kong narealize that night.


Of course, the man who made all this happen, Bernard Umali. I'm surprised kasi ang bait nya and very accomodating and he even gave me the chance to promote Wickedmouth - Unang Putok. Akala ko promote lang, sabi nya "Tell us how this book came about" HALA hindi ako prepared!!! Kung ano-ano na lang tuloy ang sinabi ko para matapos na coz I have fucking stage fright.


At nanalo ako sa raffle yehey!!! It was a great night and next year pupunta ako uli! Thanks Bernard Umali!!! Congratulations sa mga winners and congrats rin sa success ng SBA 2013.


Salamat PusangKalye.net and AXL Powerhouse Productions for the photos!

Merry Christmas Kids!

pinoy christmas carols - exposed

OK so here goes my obligatory Christmas post and this year ang tatalakayin ko ay ang hidden meaning sa mga popular Christmas songs. I don't know if anyboldy else is doing this but I'm taking on this task as a public service because the people deserve to know the TRUTH.

I'm sure karamihan sa atin ay narinig na ang mga kantang ito sa mga nangangaroling, sa radyo, sa TV, sa jeep, sa FX, sa mall, everywhere you go. Pero alam ba natin ang tunay na kahulugan ng mga awiting ito? Handa ka na bang malaman ang malagim na kwento sa likod ng mga kanta? You sure???

Sa aking masusing pananaliksik, wala naman akong napag-alaman na history ng mga kantang ito pero nung minsan wala akong ginagawa in-analyze kong mabuti ang mga lyrics and that's when I uncovered the hidden truths that changed my life forever.

Noche Buena (Kay Sigla ng Gabi)

Kay sigla ng gabi, ang lahat ay kay saya
Nagluto ang Ate ng manok na tinola
Sa bahay ng Kuya ay mayroong litsunan pa
Ang bawat tahanan may handang iba't-iba.

Tayo na, giliw, magsalo na tayo
Mayroon na tayong tinapay at keso.
'Di ba Noche Buena sa gabing ito
At bukas ay araw ng Pasko! 

Obviously, kinanta ito ng isang homeless person. Let's take a closer look.

Kay sigla ng gabi,
Ang lahat ay kay saya
Nagluto ang Ate ng manok na tinola

Sabi nya "ang Ate" hindi "si Ate", meaning they're not related. At inulit pa,


Sa bahay ng Kuya ay mayroong litsunan pa

Hindi sa bahay "ni Kuya" kundi sa bahay "ng Kuya" and it's easy to see, hindi siya nakatira sa bahay ng Ate at Kuyang tinutukoy nya. The singer is an outsider, looking in, and the fact that the person is homeless is revealed in the next line:


Ang bawat tahanan may handang iba't-iba.

Which is a shorter way of saying "Ang bawat tahanan, may handang iba't-iba, pwera lang kami, dahil wala kaming tahanan, kaya wala kaming handa. Naghihintay lang kami ng ibibigay ng Ate at Kuya."

But it's not an entirely bad Christmas eve, dahil mukhang nabigyan rin sila ng pagkain:

Tayo na, giliw, magsalo na tayo
Mayroon na tayong tinapay at keso.

Yeah, bread and cheese. Hindi na masama. Pero considering na sila Ate ay may tinola at sila Kuya ay may litson, and all they give you is some fucking monay and Eden cheese? Sad story behind a sad sad song. OK next.


Pasko Na Naman

Pasko na naman
O kay tulin ng araw
Paskong nagdaan
Tila ba kung kailan lang
Ngayon ay Pasko
Dapat pasalamatan
Ngayon ay Pasko
Tayo ay mag-awitan

Pasko! Pasko!
Pasko na namang muli!
Tanging araw na ating pinakamimithi
Pasko! Pasko!
Pasko na namang muli!
Ang pag-ibig naghahari!

OK somebody tell me that the inspiration for this song is NOT an old guy sa isang home for the aged? Let's take a closer look:

Pasko na naman
O kay tulin ng araw
Paskong nagdaan
Tila ba kung kailan lang

Old people tend to lose their memory a lot, at minsan ang naalala na lang nila ay ang mga major events, like Christmas. Kaya nga nasabi nya na "O kay tulin ng araw" at yung nakaraang Pasko daw eh "Tila ba kung kailan lang" That's severe memory loss for me. Kaya naging clouded na rin ang kanyang sense of time. Siguro wala masyadong ganap sa home for the aged kaya Pasko na lang ang naaalala niya.

Pasko! Pasko!
Pasko na namang muli!

You know kung sino ang may habit na manigaw? Yes matatanda. "Pasko! Pasko!" sabi niya, kasi nga yun lang ang panahon na masaya sya, therefore yun lang ang "Tanging araw na ating pinakamimithi." I mean if it were me, sitting around all day with other fellow matatanda basically just waiting for death to come, magiging masaya rin ako tuwing Kapaskuhan kung kelan nagdadagsaan ang mga bisita na may dalang pagkain, regalo at parlor games. Sad sad sad. OK next.

Sa Paskong Darating

Sa Paskong darating
Santa Klaus nyo’y ako rin
Pagka’t kayong lahat
Ay naging masunurin
Dadalhan ko kayo
Ng mansanas at ubas
May kendi at tsokolate
Peras, kastanyas na marami

Sa araw ng Pasko
Huwag nang malulumbay
Ipagdiwang ang araw
Habang nabubuhay

THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE WORST!!! Obviously, ang kumanta nito ay not just one big atheist, but also a person who likes to deceive people and is not scared to drop around some death threats.


Sa Paskong darating
Santa Klaus nyo’y ako rin

This is almost saying "Sa Paskong darating, Santa Klaus nyo'y ako rin, dahil walang Santa Klaus, walang Diyos, walang Jesus, it's all me."

Pagka’t kayong lahat
Ay naging masunurin

Messiah complex much? OBVIOUSLY the singer took this position of being a "savior" na nagpapala ng rewards sa mga taong naging masunurin. I'm not sure if this person started their own church. But if they did, I don't wanna be part of it kung ang magiging reward ko sa pagpapakabuti ay mansanas, ubas, kendi, tsokolate, peras at kastanyas kahit gaano pa karami.

And you know what the worst thing about this is? Not only did they insinuate that there is no God and no Jesus Christ, they even went as far as saying:

Sa araw ng Pasko
Huwag nang malulumbay
Ipagdiwang ang araw
Habang nabubuhay

Tell me that is NOT a death threat. Di ba??? "Ipagdiwang ang araw habang nabubuhay" is a way of saying  "Ipagdiwang ang araw habang nabubuhay, dahil mamamatay rin kayong lahat, bitchesss!"

So there. The end. LOL.

OBVIOUSLY all these ay guni-guni ko lang at hindi dapat seryosohin. The last thing I need is someone scolding me for ruining Christmas.

Sometimes we get too absorbed in the idea of Christmas, we get lost in all the sounds and the sights and the gifts and the food that we neglect the true meaning of Christmas... What is Christmas really about? The poor and homeless waiting for some tinola, the old and dying waiting all year round for holiday cheers, and Jesus Christ, not Santa Claus.

SABIIIIIIIII ok bye happy holidays
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