Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Chocolates: For that Loving Feeling

Celebrity World Vol. 4 No. 185, February 20, 1995
On the cover: Jao Mapa and commercial model Ruth Pilar Barnett

Chocolate is a commodity probably as popular as Valentine’s Day. So, an article about chocolate, “Chocolates for Valentine: For that Loving Feeling,” is also very popular, such that I had re-written it several times for different magazines.

MOD Vol. 38 No.1832, February 19, 2007
On the cover: Patrick Garcia and Jennylyn Mercado

“Who is this whose glance is like the dawn? She is beautiful and bright, as dazzling as the sun or the moon..... I am trembling; you have made me as eager for love as a chariot driver is for battle.” – Song of Songs 6:11 & 13, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Mayon Ourburst: The Queen has Risen!

MOD Vol. 25 No. 1120, February 19, 1993
On the cover: Josephine Velasquez

No, this article, “Mayon Outburst: The Queen Has Risen!” is not current. It was written 25 years ago, but by coincidence the volcano is again in outburst.

“May the glory of the LORD stand forever, and may the LORD rejoice in His works! When He looks at the earth, it quakes; when He touches the mountains, they pour forth smoke.” – Psalms 104:32, The Revised English Bible.

Math-O'Logics: The Way of the Dragon

MOD Filipina Vol. 20 No. 859, February 19, 1988
On the cover: Swedish ballet dancer Martina Orrmyr

In Math-O’Logics, inspired by the 1988 Year of the Dragon, is a multi-equation Algebra age problem subtitled “The Way of the Dragon.”

In this same MOD Filipina February 19, 1988 issue, is Jr Puzzler, where I contributed a trivia quiz in rhymed verses about Chinese historic figures.

“By My great power and strength I created the world, mankind, and all the animals that lived on the earth; and I give it to anyone I choose.” – The Book of Jeremiah 27:5, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Power Crisis (1990s): What Lies Ahead

MOD Vol. 26 No. 1172, February 18, 1994
On the front cover: Stacy Valero Brennan
On the back cover: Tina Revilla-Valencia and her son for the Alpine Full Cream Milk print ad

This article, “The Power Crisis: What Lies Ahead,” was written during the presidency of Fidel V. Ramos when the Philippines was plunged into darkness, experiencing half a day of brownouts daily. This was the offshoot of the Cory Aquino regime’s incompetency, lack of foresight and mismanagement. Because of Aquino’s vindictiveness, she ordered the stoppage of all projects of the Marcos’ government, including the construction of power plants, without viable alternative. This resulted in massive power shortages at the end of her rule.
Despite the optimistic viewpoint of this article, however, the promises of the FVR regime were not met on time, and as such the power crisis continued long after.

Also in this MOD February 18, 1994 issue is a poem, “In Your Silent Anguish,” which was written in (unsolicited) response to a poem I earlier read, also, in this magazine.

“He (GOD) catches the wise in their own clever traps and sweeps away the plans of those who try to trick others. Darkness covers them up in the daytime; even at noon they feel around in the dark.” – Job 5:13-14, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Love and Romance in the Year of the Dog (2006)

Mr. & Ms. February 2006
On the cover: Rich Alvarez and Kyla

In 2006, the Year of the Fire Dog was celebrated in the month of love and romance, February. Hence the title “Love and Romance in the Year of the Dog.”

Plus a crossword puzzle with four 13-letter entries to challenge the mind.

MOD Vol. 37 Nos. 1790 and 1791, February 17 and 24, 2006
On the left cover: Bea Alonzo
On the right cover: Judy Ann Santos

More crossword puzzles with four and five 13-letter entries. Quite a challenge to make and to partake.

“One fate comes to all alike, and this is as wrong as anything that happens in this world. As long as people live, their minds are full of evil and madness, and suddenly they die. But anyone who is alive in the world of the living has some hope; a live dog is better off than a dead lion.” – Ecclesiastes 9:3-4, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Math-O'Logic: Of Love and Logic

MOD Filipina Vol. 22 Nos. 963 and 964, February 16 and 23, 1990
On the left cover: Patricia “Tricia” Baluyot Miller
On the right cover: Sofia Zobel de Ayala

In this two succeeding issues of MOD magazine’s Math-O’Logics, your logical deduction will be tested. Subtitled “Of Love and Logic,” you need to analyze the relationship of the given information and make logical deduction to obtain the correct pairings of lovers, gifts, and abodes.

“My lover has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens and to gather lilies. I belong to my lover; and my lover belongs to me.....” – Song of Solomon 6:2-3, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Si Malakas at Si Maganda and Other (Filipino) Epic Love Sories

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 23 No. 40, February 15, 2000
On the cover: Onemig Bondoc and Jannette McBride

Published in the love month of 2000, “Si Malakas at Si Maganda and Other Epic Love Stories,” is a glimpse into the rich Philippine legends and folklores about the first man and woman, fated romances and soulmates.

“Then the LORD GOD made the man fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, He took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the flesh. He formed a woman out of the rib and brought her to him. Then the man said, ‘at last, here is one of my own kind – bone taken from my bone, and flesh from my flesh. Woman is her name because she was taken out of man.’” – Genesis 2:21-23, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pinay Matematika: Ikalawang Isyu

Pinay Digest Taon 1 Blg. 21, Pebrero 14, 1994
Tampok sa taklob-pahina ang Pambansang ibon ng Pilipinas,
ang Haribon o Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi).

Tampok sa ikalawang isyu ng Pinay Matematika ang ilang mathematical “tricks.”

“Sapagkat nasusulat, ‘sisirain Ko ang karunungan ng marurunong at gagawin Kong walang saysay ang katalinuhan ng matatalino.’” – Ang Unang Sulat ni Pablo sa mga Taga-Corinto 1:19, Magandang Balita Biblia, Tagalog Popular Version.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

In the Eye of a Space Telescope

Celebrity World Vol. 4 No. 184, February 1, 1995
On the cover: Tweetie de Leon

Two science articles – “In the Eye of a Space Telescope: Hubble, Out of Trouble, Finds Trouble!” and “Real-Life Jurassic Park: No Dinosaurs – Just Prehistoric Pine Trees.”

“How great are the wonders GOD shows us! How powerful are the miracles he performs! GOD is king forever; He will rule for all time.” – The Book of Daniel, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Lolita Complex

Playhouse Men’s Magazine (Two-cover issue) Vol.1 No. 2, February 12, 2008
On the first cover: Jeanette Joaquin
On the second cover: Wella Williams

It’s a challenge to do an article objectively especially with a very sensitive and controversial topic. Vladimir Nabokov successfully wrote a classic novel about it. So, why not a magazine features article. Of course, since this is a men’s magazine, a magazine for adults, it would be hypocritical if the sexy pictures doesn’t go with the write-up (There are slight differences between this post and the actual published version). Enough of the double standard, don’t just ogle, read!

“For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of GOD abides forever.” – The First Epistle of John 2:16-17, Holy Bible, The New King James Version

Math-O'Logics: Of Drawing Hearts and Eloping

MOD Filipina Vol. 20 No. 858, February 12, 1988
On the cover Maria Lourdes “Malou” Sabater

On Math-O’Logics, “Of Drawing Hearts and Eloping,” where we discussed how to mathematically (through the use of Calculus) draw a heart, and help a man elope with his girlfriend.

“The look in your eyes, my sweetheart and bride, and the necklace you are wearing have stolen my heart. Your love delights me, my sweetheart and bride. Your love is better than wine; your perfume more fragrant than any spice.” – Song of Songs 4:9-10, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Kaalama, Karunungan at Katotohanan: Giyera ng mga Langgam

Gintong Mariposa Family Magazine Taon 1 Blg. 7, Pebrero 11, 1992
Tampok sa harapang pabalat sina Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez
at ang kanilang mga anak na sina Robin at Ram.
Tampok sa likurang pabalat si Cristina Gonzales
para sa Sun Beach Sandal print ad.

Ang unang labas ng Kaalaman, Karunungan at Katotohanan na aking sinulat sa ilalim ng penname na Newton Aresgala.

“Tignan mo ang mga langgam, ikaw na taong ubod ng tamad,
pamumuhay nila’y masdan mo at nang ikaw ay mamumat.
Kahit sila’y walang pinunong sa kanila’y nag-uutos,
walang tagapamahala o tagamasid na sinusunod,
ngunit nag-iimbak ng pagkain sa tag-araw,
kailanga’y iniipon kung panahon ng anihan.”
          – Mga Kawikaan 6:6-7, Magandang Balita Biblia, Tagalog Popular Version


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Math-O'Logics: Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

MOD Filipina Vol. 21 No. 910. February 10, 1989
On the cover: Anne Leah Z. Orosa

I must admit that the title of Jackie Chan’s film – Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow – was the inspiration for this Math-O’Logics issue dealing with Algebra.

“Even those who are young grow weak; young men can fall exhausted. But those who trust in the LORD for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.” – The Book of Isaiah 40:30-31, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Friday, February 9, 2018

In the Year of the Rabbit (1999)

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 22 No. 41, February 9, 1999
On the front cover: Bard Pitt
On the back cover: Maricel Soriano for the Green Cross Alcohol print ad

Written in 1999, “in the (Chinese) Year of the Rabbit.”

“Some animals only chew the cud or only have split hoofs, and you must not eat them..... The rabbit chews the cud but does not have a split hoof; it is unclean for you..... You must not eat the meat from these animals or even touch their dead bodies; they are unclean for you.” – Leviticus 11:4, 6 and 8, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Braintwister: Of Love and Fiction

Mr. & Mr. Vol. 23 No. 39, February 8, 2000
On the cover: Jomari Yllana and Aiko Melendez

On Braintwister, some trivia questions on “Love and Fiction.”

Also in this Mr. & Ms. February 8, 2000 issue is a short story titled “The Heritage.”

“The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not strayed from Your precepts. Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.” – The Book of Psalms 119:110-111, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.