Sunday, June 25, 2017

Love and Romance According to Jose Rizal

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 20 No. 8, June 25, 1996
On the cover: A rare occasion where Regine Velasquez and Kuh Ledesma
are together in a cover page.
Note: A typographical error on the date makes this magazine “valuable” for collectors.

Although published six days after the 35th anniversary of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal’s day of birth, it is always very interesting to recall his love and romances.

“Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these GOD will bring you into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity.” – The Book of Ecclesiastes 11:9-10.

Humor & Rage: Here Comes the Flood

Men’s World Vol. 1 No. 13, June 25, 1990
On the front cover: Former Manila Mayor Gemiliano C. Lopez Jr
On the back cover: A 1989 caricature drawing of the All-Filipino PBA players
done by Larry Mallari for the Kaypee rubber shoes.

The second issue of my semi-editorial column Humor & Rage subtitled “Here Comes the Flood.”

“LORD, You are loyal to those who are loyal, and You are good to those who are good. You are pure to those who are pure, but You are against those who are bad. You save the humble, but You bring down those who are proud.” – Psalms 18:25-27, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Two Endearing Loves of Dr. Jose Rizal

Celebrity World Vol. 5 No. 254, June 24, 1996
On the cover: Hans Montenegro and Pinky Amador

The romantic side of Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, was featured in my article “The Two Endearing Love of Dr. Jose Rizal” (p. 8) for Celebrity World June 24, 1996 issue. For all of his romantic encounters, read “Love and Romance According to Jose Rizal” published in Mr. & Ms. June 25, 1996 issue (SEE succeeding post).

“Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.”
          – The Song of Solomon 8:6, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Friday, June 23, 2017

El Filibusterismo: Ang Walang Kamatayang Nobela ni Gat. Jose Rizal

Gintong Mariposa Family Magazine Taon 1 Blg. 16, Hunyo 23, 1992
On the cover: Ricardo Cepeda & Snooky Serna

Isang maikling artikulo tungkol sa “El Filibusterismo: Ang Walang Kamatayang Nobela ni Gat. Jose Rizal” para sa pag-alaala sa ating pambansang bayani.

Nasa isyu ring ito ng Gintong Mariposa ang isa pang sipi ng aking tudling (column) na “Kaalaman, Karunungan at Katotohanan” na isinulat ko sa ilalim ng penname na Newton Aresgala.

“Hangga’t maaari, makisama kayo nang mapayapa sa lahat ng tao.” – Ang Sulat ni Pablo sa Mga Taga-Roma 12:18, Magandang Balita Biblia, Tagalog Popular Version.

Wedding Movies to Watch

MOD Vol. 37 No. 1807, June 23 2006
On the cover: Karylle (full name Ana Karylle Padilla Tatlonghari)

Just a simple compilation of “Wedding Movies to Watch” with a brief description.

“It is hard to find a good wife, because she is worth more than rubies. Her husband trusts her completely. With her, he has everything he needs.” – Proverbs 31-10-11, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Rainbow and the Colorful Facts

Prime Weekly Edition Vol. 4 No. 25, June 22, 1989
On the front cover: Gem Padilla and Lemuel Titus Manalo
On the back cover: Eddie Gutierrez and his twin sons Richard and Raymond
for the Nestle Twin Milk and Soya Drink print ad.

A compilation of information about the rainbow and the symbolisms that each of its color represents.

“I am putting my bow in the clouds. It will be the sign of my covenant with the world. Whenever I cover the sky with clouds and the rainbow appears, I will remember my promise to you and to all the animals that a flood will never again destroy all living beings.” – Genesis 9:13-15, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Aging Naturally: Healthy Tips to Face the Aging Process

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 28 No. 9, June 22, 2004
On the cover: Tobey Maguire (as Spider-Man) and Kirsten Dunst (as Mary Jane Watson)

Ah, this is what many people want to know: The how-to’s of “Aging..... Naturally” enumerating some “Healthy Tips to Face the Aging Process.”

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our GOD. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the LORD is upright; He is my (our) rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” – The Book of Psalms 92:12-15, Holy Bible, The New King James Version

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Untold Story of Karl Marx

Prime Weekly Edition Vol. 5 No. 25, June 21, 1990
On the cover: Marian Espiritu and Paul de Jesus

“The Untold Story of Karl Marx” (pp. 34 & 37) is a research-intensive article about his life, struggle and philosophy. I also brought up the issue that Marx espoused Christian virtues, contrary to what the Catholic Church is branding him, an anti-Christ. That his philosophy attacks not Christianity but the ineptness, inequality, injustice, subjugation, and double standard of morality within the church and the religion of the Aristocrats.

“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her (Babylon’s) fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.... Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues, For her sins have reached to heaven, and GOD has remembered her iniquities.” – The Revelation 18:3-5, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

The Anime Watcher

TV Star Guide (later Atlas TV Guide) Vol. 1 No. 6, June 2000
On the cover: Tom Cruise for the film Mission Impossible II

The “Anime Watcher” is a review and survey write-up regarding the different anime and animated series being shown in Philippine free TV (March-April 2000).

“Fill us each morning with Your constant love, so that we may sing and be glad all our life..... LORD our God, may Your blessings be with us. Give us success in all we do!” – Psalms 90:14 & 17, The Good News Bible in Today English Version.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Math-O'Logics: The Importance of Mathematics

MOD Filipina Vol. 24 No. 1085, June 19, 1992
On the cover: 19-year-old Angelita Grace “Angel” Aquino

On Math-O’Logics, the reiteration of “The Importance of Mathematics” and the continuation of “Math for Parents” series.

Also in this MOD Filipina June 19, 1992 issue is a sampling of “For the Record,” another column (on General Knowledge and Trivia) that I pioneered.
“Children, obey your parents; for it is only right that you should..... Fathers, do not goad your children to resentment, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the LORD.” – The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians 6:1 & 4, The Revised English Bible.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Venus in Transit

MOD Girl June 18 & 23, 2004 issues
On the covers: Cyryl Rejuso (left) and Sandara Park (right)

I was fortunate enough to see the rare and spectacular event known as “Venus in Transit” on June 8, 2004, though just for a very short while because of the cloudy weather. I wrote an article about it for MOD, but it was featured in MOD Girl, albeit in a very girly pink background (Part I, June 18 and Part II, June 23, 2004). It’s quite nice though. Come to think of it, it's Venus, the planet name after the Roman goddess of love, sex and beauty.

“If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” – The Gospel According to John 3:12, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Humore & Rage: Brownouts

Men’s World Vol. 1 No. 12, June 18, 1990
On the cover: Former President Diosdado Macapagal

The first of the Humor & Rage semi-editorial column I wrote for Men’s World in mid-1990, subtitled “Brownouts” as was the prevailing news subject of the time. This type of write-up is something I learned from Mr. Teodoro “Ka Doroy” Valencia. I like writing something like this, which is informative, thought-provoking, but with a kick on the side, and I have Mrs. Ernestina “Ernie” Evora-Sioco to thank for giving me the opportunity. She was the one who encouraged me to write it. As it turned out, Mrs. Sioco told me later that I was “highly recommended,” but she declined to tell me by who. It was such an unforgetable memory.

“The quiet words of a wise person are better than the shouts of a foolish ruler. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much good.” – Ecclesiastes 9:17-18, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Kadyot Pakalikot ni Estong Payatot: Hayop na Buhay

The Daily Sun Vol. 1 No. 80, Hunyo 18, 2013
Tampok sa pabalat ang headline na “Contact Numbers ni P-Noy Na-Hack!”
na isinulat ni Kristopher Loyola.

Ito ang unang pagkakataon na ang isang editorial na isinulat ko ay nailimbag sa isang pahayagan, The Daily Sun (Hunyo 18, 2013), bagama’t ako ay nakapagsulat na bilang “ghostwriter” ng ilang editorials noon pa mang ako ay nasa 5th year college sa pamamatnugot ng dalawang batikang mamamahayag na sina Alejandro “Tito Anding” R. Roces at Ginoong Louie Beltran. Nakapagsulat na rin ako ng semi-editorial column sa Men’s World na may pamagat na Humor & Rage (Tignan ang susunod na post).
Ang Kadyot Pakalikot ni Estong Payatot ay naisip kong isang nakatutuwang pamagat na nakatatawag pansin rin sa mga mambabasa, bukod sa ako rin naman ay may kapayatan. Maituturing na ang “kadyot pakalikot” ay isang pariralang may “double meaning,” manapa’y ang isang pahiwatig ay seksuwal ang dating. Sa higit na malalim na hiwatig, ang nais kong ipakahulugan dito ay “punang malalim at humahalukay.” Para sa unang kadyot, pinuna ko ang mga “kahayupan” ng paligid at pagkakataon.

“May tatlong bagay na maganda sa kanilang lakad, oo, apat na mainam sa lakad: Ang leon na pinakamatapang sa mga hayop, at hindi humihiwalay ng dahil sa kanino man; ang asong matulin; ang kambing na lalake rin naman; at ang hari na hindi malalabanan.” – Mga Kawikaan 30:29-31, Ang Banal na Kasulatan sa Wikang Tagalog.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Collecting Coins

MOD Vol. 26 No. 1189, June 17, 1994
On the cover: Miss Universe 1994 Second Runner-up, Minorka Mercado of Venezuela

A brief article turned 2-page spread, which featured some coins from my collection.

My poem “Man With the Plow” was also published in this MOD June 17, 1994 issue.


There can be no greater work
Than to serve the fertile lands;
To offer man and his brothers
The fruits – gifts to the callous hands.

There’s no shade under the heat
Nor comfort to the soiled feet.
Yet the wind is merciful;
The springwater tastes so sweet.

Obedient is the black servant,
Endeavoring for a purpose.
Enduring and noble is the tiller,
A worker without repose.

Hardened are the palms,
Endowed with honor and experience.
Scorched is the skin, darkened,
Brown like the soil, hue of reverence.

For every drop of blood and sweat
That falls to the arid ground,
Grains to the future infants,
Sacrifice repaid unbound.

The grains of green are sprouting,
Golden they shall in a week.
Rewards blest with blood,
A task so great, yet so meek.

A determined worker
Who asks but a humble tomorrow.
An awesome task, a simple dream
Of the man with the plow.

Indeed, there are many great heroes
From simple birth or royal spoil.
Yet none more noble and grand
Than the tillers of the soil.

(Slightly altered from the published verses.)

“Everyone who lives ought to be wise; it is as good as receiving an inheritance and will give you as much security as money can. Wisdom keeps you safe – this is the advantage of knowledge.” Ecclesiastes 7:11-12, The Good News Bible in Today English Version.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Good Wine, Good Life

MOD Vol. 37 No. 1806, June 16, 2006
On the cover: Richard Gomez and daughter Juliana.

An assigned write-up, “Good Wine, Good Life” (pp. 38-39), is about the health benefits of drinking wine, in moderation of course.

Also in this MOD Father’s Day issue is another article, “Following Daddy’s Path” (p. 55), which is about father-daughter celebrities.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” – The Second Book of Moses Called Exodus 20:12, Holy Bible, New King James Version. (This is GOD’s Fifth Commandment, found also in Deuteronomy 5:16).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Three Crossword Puzzles About Movies & Television

TV Star Guide Vol. 3 No. 30 (June 2002), Vol. 5 No. 54 (June 2004),
and Vol. 6 No. 6 (June 2005)
On the covers: (From left to right) Fidel Castro (played by Victor Huggo Martin),
Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire), and Batman (Christian Bale)

Three issues of Celebrity crossword puzzles. If you a movie and television buff, try them.

“Love the LORD your God and always obey all His laws..... Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working.” – Deuteronomy 11:1 & 19, The Good News Bible in Today English Version.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Question of Tongue

Chinatown East Vol. 1 No. 20, June 14, 1982
On the cover: Marie Edwine Ng

This article, “A Question of Tongue” (p. 23), is one of the earliest I have written that got published. I was still in fourth-year college (BSCE) when I wrote this article about the Chinese curricula being taught at Chinese schools in Metro Manila. I am half-Chinese, and the first time I saw the magazine in a newsstand, I got interested in being a contributor and earn some additional money for school expenses. I found out that its office was at the Journal Compound in the Port Area, where I’m also contributing crossword puzzles for Times Journal International Edition. At the start, I also want to contribute crossword puzzles for Chinatown East, but the magazine already had a syndicated source. I was fortunate, however, to be given a trivia quiz column, “Quiz for the Wiz,” which started appearing on its third issue. Mr. Louie C. Camino, the associate editor of Chinatown East, noticed that “my English was very good” and asked me if I could write articles for the magazine. They assigned me this article. I had to go around Metro Manila, to different Chinese schools, and ask principals, teachers and students regarding the Chinese course being taught at their schools, and the which medium, Fukien or Mandarin, is the better medium of instruction. Luckily it was college summer break, though some of the Chinese schools were still holding summer classes and it’s the start of enrolment. It took about a week before I completed the article. I had so much materials, interview comments, survey statistics and a couple of chunks of researches, but I need to trim it down to less than 1,500 words (the limit that was given to me by the editor). I got paid 150 pesos, barely enough to pay for one engineering book, but that was an experience I will treasure! It is in this magazine that I got to meet Joe Quirino and Alejandro R. Roces, who would later hire me as a parttime researcher/ghostwriter. Through Mr. Roces’ mentorship, I became a very scrutinizing researcher.

“We also have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us, because GOD has poured out His love to fill our hearts. He gave us His love through the Holy Spirit, whom GOD has given us. – Romans 5:3-5, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Movie Review: Vampire's Kiss

Moneysaver Vol. 4 No. 6 June 1995
Third Anniversary Special featuring “The Best of MS”

Written for Moneysaver March 1995 issue, my article “They Who Swallow Snakes.....” made it to Moneysaver Third Anniversary Special’s “The Best of MS.”

TV Star Guide (Later Atlas TV Guide) Vol. 8 No. 102, June 2008
On the cover: Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price

Movie Review (Assigned write-up for “Prime Time Movie” section of TV Star Guide): Vampire’s Kiss starring Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Beals and Elizabeth Ashley.
“For the undeserved kindness of GOD which brings salvation to all sorts of men has been manifested, instructing us to repudiate ungodliness and worldly desires and to live with soundness of mind and righteousness and godly devotion amid this present system of things, while we wait for the happy hope and glorious manifestation of the great GOD and of the savior of us, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us that He might deliver us from every sort of lawlessness and cleanse for Himself a people peculiarly His own, zealous for fine works.” – To Titus 2:11-14, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Math-O'Logics: Mathematics Today

MOD Filipina Vol. 24 No. 1084, June 12, 1992
On the cover: Anna Marie Harrison Vargas

In this issue of Math-O’Logics, I discussed the emerging Mathematics curricula of the 1990s. Starting on this, I began incorporating “Math for Parents,” which explained the rudiments and mechanics of the Modern Math.

“Those who hear GOD’s teaching and do nothing are like people who look at themselves in a mirror. They see their faces and then go away and quickly forget what they looked like.” – James 1:23-23, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Preview Before the Showing: Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

TV Star Guide Vol. 8 No. 90, June 2007
On the cover: Freddie Prinze Jr and Brian Green

An assigned article/preview of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer with all the forecasts and spoilers, and added rumors and speculations tagged into the film, which was shown on June 13, 2007. But it’s all under the bucket, we’ve already seen the film; there are some amazements and there are some disappointments. Nonetheless, it’s still a good read.

“Justice and right will make you strong. You will be safe from oppression and terror. If anyone attacks you, he does it without My consent; whoever fight against you will fall.” – The Book of Isaiah 54:14-15, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dagdag Kaalama: Intsik na Kasapi ng Katipunan, atbp.

Dalawang magkasunod na isyu ng The Daily Sun
Vol. 1 Nos. 74 & 75, Hunyo 10 at 11, 2013

Tampok sa “Dagdag Kaalaman” ang “Intsik na Kasapi ng Katipunan,” “Pangulong Hindi Inihalal,” at “Bangkaroteng Hari.”

“Kayo’y nagtanim ng marami at umani ng kakarampot;
Kayo’y kumakain ngunit hindi nabubusog;
Kayo’y umiinom ngunit patuloy na nauuhaw;
Kayo’y nagdaramit ngunit patuloy na giniginaw;
At siya na kumikita sa gawang pinagpaguran,
Walang natitipon dahil may butas ang lalagyan.”
          – Ang Aklat ni Hagai 1:6, Banal na Kasulatan
          (Isang kathang pagliliwat)

Three Crossword Puzzles for the Intelligent Ladies

MOD Vol. 37 Nos. 1755, 1756 & 1757, June 10, 17 & 24, 2005
On the covers: (From left to right) John Lloyd Cruz & Bea Alonzo,
Albert Martinez & Daughter Alyssa, and Carla Abellana.

 Three crossword puzzles for the intelligent ladies in three successive issues of MOD.

 “The wisdom of the wise wins praise, but there is no respect for the stupid.” – Proverbs 12:8, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Math-O'Logics: The Path of Quickest Descent

MOD Filipina Vol. 21 No. 927, June 9, 1989
On the cover: Maria Carmelita “Myllet” Echauz Padilla

On Math-O’Logics: The Brachistochrone – “The Path of Quickest Descent.”

“Keep me, GOD, for in You have I found refuge. I have said to the LORD, ‘You are my Lord; from You alone comes the good I enjoy..... You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is the fullness of joy, at Your right hand are pleasures for evermore.’” – Psalms 16:1 & 11, The Revised English Bible.