Saturday, December 16, 2017

Math-O'Logics: The Fermat Challenge

MOD Filipina Vol. 21 No. 902, December 16, 1988
On the cover: Michelle “Shelley” Huschel

In  this issue of Math-O’Logics, “The Fermat Challenge,” higher mathematics – transcendental equation – is discussed.

“The person who speaks in strange tongues, then, must pray for the gift to explain what he says.” – Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 14:13, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Fiction: The Yuletide of '92 and Other Poetic Memories

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 22 No. 34, December 15, 1998
On the front cover: Fathers and sons Michael de Mesa and Ryan Eigenmann,
and Mark Gil and Gabby Eigenmann.
On the back cover: Sharon Cuneta for the Alaska Milk print ad.

A short story written in prose and poetry for a special lady from Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and he saves those whose spirits have been crushed.” – Psalms 34:18, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Traditions Around the Philippines

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 28 No. 33, December 14, 2004
On the cover: Hero Angeles and Sandara Park

This write-up, “Pinoy Christmas Through the Decades,” is more of an editorial satire than a Yuletide article.

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 23 No. 32, December 14, 1999
On the cover: Joyce Jimenez

Read this and know the different traditions of celebrating “Christmas Around the Philippines” (pp. 16, 17 & 19).
Also in this Mr. & Ms. December 14, 1999 issue is an article on “Watusi Poisoning” (p. 41).

“Look out: perhaps there may be someone who will carry you off as his prey through the philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ; because it is in Him that all the fullness of the divine quality dwells bodily.” – To the Colossians 2:8-9, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Funny Moments in TV Shows During Yuletide Telecast

TV Star Guide Vol. 8 No. 108, December 2008
On the cover: Gabrielle Anwar and Jeffrey Donovan

Funny moments on television shows aired during the Yuletide Season.

“The laughter of fools is like the crackling of thorns in a cooking fire. Both are useless.” – Ecclesiastes 2:2, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Around the World

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 24 Nos. 32, 33 & 34, December 12, 19 & 26, 2000
On the covers: Jomari Yllana, Aiko Melendez and their son Andre (Left),
Lea Salonga (center), and
Regine Velasquez and her nephew Trista Troy and nieces Hannah and Alliyah (right).

“I have written and re-written this article – “Christmas Around the World” – several times. Of course it is updated each time, with new information gathered. (SEE Blog post – FROM THE PHILIPPINES: LET'S CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD)

“The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw His glory, the glory which He received as the FATHER’s only Son.” – The Gospel According to John 1:14, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Monday, December 11, 2017

2007 MOD Magazine's "Most Beautiful Women in the World"

MOD Vol. 38 No. 1845, December 2007
On the cover: Ann Rhea Macapagal

The second year (2007) I did MOD’s “Most Beautiful Women in the World” list. It was supposed to be 100 names compiled from different surveys from Number 1 to 100, but the editor chose to put in only 20 with no particular order. I remember Maja Salvador, Angel Locsin, Jessica Alba, Marian Rivera, and Anne Hathaway topping that year’s list.

“Pride leads only to shame; it is wise to be humble.... A beautiful woman without good sense is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.” – Proverbs 11:2 and 22, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Four Decades of Animation in the Philippines

TV Star Guide Vol. 1 No. 12 (1st Anniversary Special), December 2000
On the cover: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Flanery

A list of 12 “Memorable Christmas Movies” (p. 14).

Also in this First Anniversary Special of TV Star is a rundown of the “Four Decades of Animation in the Philippines” (pp. 16-17).

 “To the downtrodden every day is wretched, but to have a merry heart is a perpetual feast.” – Proverbs 15:15, The Revised English Bible.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Don't Overeat This Christmas

MOD Vol. 37 No. 1781, December 9, 2005
On the cover: Lady footballer Monica Santos

Tips before, during, and after the Yuletide feasts, especially when it’s so difficult not to indulge in sumptuous food and delicacies.
Plus one added crossword to exercise the mind.

“This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes?” – The Gospel According to Matthew 6:25, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Butterfly Raising: Conserve Nature's Beauties and Make a Profit on the Side

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 22 No. 33, December 8, 1998
On the cover: Regine Velasquez

My favorite magazine section, Let’s Save Our Planet, featured “Butterfly Raising: Conserve Nature’s Beauties and Make a Profit on the Side,” another article I had pleasure writing.

“Only a wise man knows what things really mean. Wisdom makes him smile and makes his frowns disappear.” – Ecclesiastes 8:1, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Popular Yuletide Articles

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 28 No. 32, December 7, 2004
On the cover: Cesar Montano and Maricel Soriano

Three short but popular articles for the Yuletide Season.

“Therefore the LORD said: ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.’” – The Book of Isaiah 29:13-14, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Paradise Lost: Environmental Crisis

MOD Filipina Vol. 24 No. 1057, December 6, 1991
On the cover: Martina Campos Asuncion

This article, “Pardise Lost: Environmental Crisis,” was written 26 years ago, but the lingering questions remained blunt and relevant. Mindanao, the once called “Promised Land,” now perennially flooded whenever it rains. This is because its once bountiful forests are almost denuded. Similar situation can be seen throughout the country.

“Many shepherds have ruined My vineyards and trampled the plants in my field. They have turned my field into a desert that is wilted and dead. The whole country is an empty desert, because no one who lives there cares.” – Jeremiah 12:10-11, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The American Dream

Celebrity World Vol. 3 No. 174, December 5, 1994
On the cover: Angelique Lazo

President Rodrigo Duterte is not alone in his allergy of American imperialism. Those who study history well and scrutinize the many mirages created by the so-called “American Dream,” know the darkness and sinisterness behind the most powerful nation in the world. This article, “The American Dream,” was written 23 years ago when Bill Clinton was president of the US, but its essay and significance, the reality and stigma, remains to date.

“The second beast forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to have a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. No one could buy or sell without this mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”  - Revelation 13:16-17, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Computer Comfort: Ergonomics You Should Know

MOD Vol. 38 No. 1826, December 4, 2006
On the cover: Justine Gabionza, 2006 Miss Tourism Queen International

This is suggested read for those who spend much time infront of computers.

A profile of Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon.

On MOD’s Starliners section, “Hollywood Trivia: Career Starts, Secrets, and Dreams.”

“When life is good, enjoy it. But when life is hard, remember; GOD gives good times and hard times, and no one knows what tomorrow will bring.” – Ecclesiastes 7:14, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

101 Things Better Than Sex

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 20 No. 31, December 3, 1996
On the cover: Aga Muhlach

Here’s an interesting list – “101 Things Better Than Sex.” Since this, however, was written 21 years ago, I updated some of the entries (in red).

“Young people, enjoy yourselves while you are young; be happy while you are young. Do whatever your heart desires, whatever you want to do. But remember that God will judge you for everything you do.” – Ecclesiastes 11:9, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Movie Review: Moonstruck & Gone,Baby, Gone

TV Star Guide Vol. 8 No. 96, December 2007
On the cover: Paula Abdul

Two movie reviews: Moonstruck (p. 19) and Gone, Baby, Gone (p. 30)

TV Star Guide Vol. 3 No. 36, December 2002
On the cover: Jennifer Aniston

An entertainment puzzle that I concocted for the Yuletide issue of TV Star Guide.

“Sing for joy to GOD, our strength; shout out loud to the GOD of Jacob. Begin the music. Play the tambourines. Play pleasant music on the harps and lyres. Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, when the moon is full, when our feast begins.” – Psalms 81:1-3, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fruit Cake

MOD Vol. 43 No. 1900, December 2012
On the cover: Judy Ann Santos

What a way to start the December post – an article on “Fruit Cake.”

“The following are the regulations for the fellowship offerings presented to the LORD. If a man makes this offerings as a thanksgiving offering to GOD, he shall present, together with the animal to be sacrificed, an offering of bread made without yeast: either thick loaves made of flour mixed with olive oil or thin cakes brushed with olive oil or cakes made of flour mixed with olive oil.” – Leviticus 7:11-12, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.





Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gift-Wrapping Tips

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 28 No. 31, November 30, 2004
On the cover: Regine Velasquez
The Yuletide Season is at hand, and this article, “Gift-Wrapping Tips,” is quite useful for the traditional gift-giving.

Here’s a crossword puzzle with six 13-letter entries.

“A secret gift will calm an angry person; a present given in secrecy will quiet great anger.” – Proverbs 21:14, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Poem: Purpose


Fire from a distant star;
Light from amber’s spark,
Amidst these radiances I shall wake
To alter the world for progress’ sake.

Stone shoulders I may not have;
Let the power of my spirit alone
Answer the weight I carry,
Beyond the decades shall stand unweary.

(Written on November 29, 1982. Originally untitled, the poem was the opening verses for my BSCE college thesis titled “Flat Slab: Building Without Beams.” Notice the first letter of each line spells F L A T S L A B.)
The “flat slab” is a reinforced concrete slab floor supported directly by the columns without intermediate beams or girders.


“To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.” – The Letter to the Hebrew 11:1, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Dateline Mindoro: Earthquakes & Tidalwaves

Celebrity World Vol. 3 No. 173, November 28, 1994
On the cover: Joy Ortega

The article “Dateline: Mindoro, Earthquakes and Tidal Waves” (pp. 6-8) was an aftermath report of the Magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit Mindoro on November 15, 1994.

“Let those who fear the LORD now say, His mercy endures forever.” – The Book of Psalms 118:4, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.