Monday, July 31, 2017

Dapat bang Binabayaran ang mga Ito?

Dalawang magkasunod na isyu ng The Daily Sun
Vol. 1 Nos. 111 and 112, Hulyo 31 at Agosto 1, 2013

Sa isyung ito ng Kadyot Pakalikot ni Estong Payatot, tinalakay ko ang mga bayaring dapat suriin ng taong-bayan at pamahalaan kung dapat nga bang bayaran, ang mga ipinapatong na singilin na mga utility companies na wala sa katuwiran. Ang tanong uli, “Dapat Bang Binabayaran ang mga Ito?”

“Itatag mo ang mga hakbang ko sa iyong salita;
At huwag magkaroon ng kapangyarihan sa akin ang anomang kasamaan.
Tubusin mo ako sa pagpighati ng tao:
Sa gayo’y aking tutuparin ang mga tuntunin mo.”
          – Mga Awit 119:133-134, Ang Biblia, Ang Banal Na Kasulatan sa Wikang Tagalog.

Hollywood Celebrity Tops and Flops

MOD Vol. 37 No. 1812, July 31, 2006
On the cover: Sarah Geronimo

In MOD “Starliner” section, read about Hollywood “Celebrity Tops and Flops” (pp. 50-51).

“On this account I say to you, every sort of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” – According to Matthew 12:31, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Convergence of Ideas

Atlas TV Guide Vol. 10 No. 127, July 2010
On the cover: Rachel Zoe

If there is one TV program that I would recommend to students, it’s “Convergence.” Here’s a short write-up about it that I wrote seven years ago.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” – The Book of Psalms 133:1, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hollywood (Film) Booboos & Career Blunders

TV Star Guide, July 2004
On the cover: The participants of the Amazing Race 5

Two articles, “Hollywood Booboos” (p. 18), and “Career Blunder” (p. 19), compiled and collected for TV Star Guide’s July 2004 issue.

“My friends, if one of you strays from the truth and another succeeds in bringing him back, you may be sure of this: the one who brings a sinner back from his erring ways will be rescuing a soul from death and cancelling a multitude of sins.” – A Letter of James 5:19-20, The Revised English Bible.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

What If Dinosaurs were Alive Today?

Savvy Vol. 3 No. 10, July 28, 1997
On the cover: Vina Morales

You’ve probably seen Jurassic Park and all its sequels, and a question lingers in your mind: “What If Dinosaurs were (Really) Alive Today?” I think I’ve written at least three articles about this topic. Here’s one version inside the pages of Savvy magazine, July 28, 1997 issue.

“I will remember your great deeds, LORD; I will recall the wonders you did in the past. I will think about all that you have done; I will meditate on all your mighty acts.” – Psalms 77:11-12, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Eye Popping

TV Star Guide, July 2005
On the cover: Brooke Burke

Although there is no byline, I contributed this bit of trivia for the TV Star Guide’s “Dexter’s Trivia Corner.”

Plus another issue of crossword puzzle about films and television.

“The lamp of your body is the eye. When your eyes are sound, you have light for your whole body; but when they are bad, your body is in darkness. See to it then that the light you have is not darkness.” – The Gospel According to Luke 11:34-35, The Revised English Bible.

Kadyot Pakalikot ni Estong Payatot: Ang Kapal!

The Daily Sun Vol. 1 No. 108, Hulyo 26, 2013
Tampok sa bungad-pahina ang headline na
“Ilang Senador at Kongresista Idinawit sa Anomalya sa Customs!”
na isinulat nina Bobby C. Ticzon at Jo de Guzman.

Ang tila baga kinagigiliwang editoryal ko noon sa The Daily Sun na Kadyot Pakalikot ni Estong Payatot na may subtitle na “Ang Kapal!”

“Bumabantay ang katuwiran sa matuwid na daan; nguni’t inilulugmok ng kasamaan ang makasalanan.” – Mga Kawikaan 13:6, Ang Biblia, Ang Banal na Kasulatan sa Wikang Tagalog.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Captain Barbell: The Real Origin of a Pinoy Superhero

MOD, July 2011
On the front cover: Marian Rivera
On the back cover: Louise delos Reyes for the Particles print ad

The second article I wrote about Mars Ravelo’s “Captain Barbell for MOD magazine. This time it’s about “The Real Origin of the Pinoy Superhero” as told by its creator Mars Ravelo in my 1985 interview with him, still unpublished until this article.

“Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later.” – Proverbs 22:3, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stress-Busting Tips

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 25 No. 14, July 24, 2001
On the cover: Mari Kaimo and Karen Davila.

This is probably what many people need now-a-days, including me – “Stress-Busting Tips.”

“Ask, and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.” – The Gospel According to Matthew 7:7, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Remembering the Handshake in Space

Celebrity World Vol. 4 No. 206, July 24, 1995
On the cover: Maricel Morales and Archie Siquian

On July 17, 1975, an American Apollo spacecraft carrying three American astronauts linked-up with the Russian Soyuz with two Russian cosmonauts on board, and afterwards, the leaders of the American and Russian teams shook hands. This article was written to commemorate that “handshake in space” 20 years after.

Also in this issue of Celebrity World (July 24, 1995), is G.I.S.T What? featuring the 1975 link-up in space and also the 1995 Discovery-Mir rendezvous, and other interesting chunks of information.

“Love and Loyalty now meet, Righteousness and Peace now embrace; Loyalty reaches up from earth and Righteousness leans down from heaven.” – The Psalms 85:10-11, The Jerusalem Bible.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Movie Review: 55 Days at Peking

TV Star Guide Vol. 8 No. 103, July 2008
On the cover: Teresa Herrera and Jojie Lloren

An assigned movie review of the 1963 film 55 Days at Peking, starring Charlton Heston, David Niven and Ava Gardner.

“Behold, the wicked travails with iniquity, conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood..... His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.” – The Book of Psalms 7:14 and 16, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Crossword Puzzles for the Ladies

MOD Vol. 37 Nos. 1761 and 1762, July 22 and 29, 2005
On the covers: Lucy Torres (left) and Nancy Castiglione (right)

More crossword puzzles for the ladies who like the challenge.

“Cease your proud boasting, let no word of arrogance pass your lips, for the LORD is a God who knows; He governs what mortals do.” – The First Book of Samuel 2:3, The Revised English Bible.

Incredible Coincidences

Celebrity World Vol. 5 No. 258, July 22, 1996
On the cover: Caroline “Cara” Subijano

I have compiled many accounts of “Incredible Coincidences” from the books, magazines and newspapers that I have read, and I have written several articles about them. This is possibly the third one. The first one was published in MOD Filipina 14th Anniversary Special (September 1988), aptly titled "The World's 14 Most Incredible Coincidences."

“All things are done according to GOD’s plan and decision; and GOD chose us to be His own people in union with Christ because of His own purpose, based on what he had decided from the very beginning.” – Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1:11, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Math-O'Logics: Rated X and Y

MOD Filipina Vol. 21 No. 933, July 21, 1989
On the cover: Luisa Ledda Uy

On Math-O’Logics, solving simple “rate” problems in Algebra.

“I said to myself, GOD has planned a time for every thing and every action, so He will judge both good people and bad.” – Ecclesiastes 3:17, The Everyday Bible, New century Version.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Let's Save Our Planet: Computer Management and the Paperless Office

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 23 No. 13, July 20, 1999
On the front cover: China Cojuangco
On the back cover: Sharon Cuneta for the Alaska Milk print ad.

I wrote the article, “Computer Management and the Paperless Office” 18 years ago, but its relevance extends up to the present. Read and find out why.

“A lazy person is as bad as someone who is destructive.” – Proverbs 18:9, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Komiks: Hindi Ba Sapat ang Pag-ibig?

Mga Kuwentong Puro Wakas Taon 4 Blg. 178, Hulyo 19, 1993
Tampok sa taklob-pahina ang kuwentong “Bukas ang Magpapasya..... Bukas ang Hahatol”
na isinulat ni Ysidore Rey Avila at iginuhit ni Ernie Ocampo

Isa pang wakasang kuwentong isinulat ko sa ilalim ng sagisag-panulat na Uriel Arkanghel at iginuhit ni Oscar Gotis. Ang “Hindi Ba Sapat ang Pag-ibig?” ay isang paghamon sa awiting “Sometimes Loves Just Ain’t Enough.” Ako’y nanininiwala na kung tunay ang pag-ibig, ito ay higit pa sa higit at umaapaw sa kasapatan.

“Ang pag-ibig ay mapagpahinuhod, at magandang-loob; ang pag-ibig ay hindi nananaghili; ang pag-ibig ay hindi nagmamapuri; hindi mapagpalalo. Hindi nag-uugaling mahalay, hindi hinahanap ang kaniyang sarili, hindi nayayamot, hindi inaalumana ang masama; hindi nagagalak sa kalikuan, kundi nakikigalak sa katotohanan; lahat ay binabata, lahat ay pinaniniwalaan, lahat ay inaasahan, lahat ay tinitiis. ANG PAG-IBIG AY HINDI NAGKUKULANG KAILAN MAN: kahit maging mga hula, ay mangatatapos; maging mga wika, ay titigil; maging mga kaalaman, ay mawawala.” – Ang Unang Sulat ni Pablo sa mga Taga Corinto 13:4-8, Ang Biblia, Ang Banal na Kasulatan sa Wikang Tagalog.

Mt. Pinatubo Aftermath: The Future Could Be Promising

MOD Filipina Vol. 23 No. 1037, July 19, 1991
On the cover: Maria Severina “Anna” S. Lanuza

Another article I wrote on the aftermath of the Mount Pinatubo eruption, with a sense of optimism.

“The LORD’s eyes are turned towards those who fear Him, towards those who hope for His unfailing love to deliver them from death, and in famine to preserve them alive.” – Psalms 33:18-19, The Revised English Bible.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Remembering Man's First Lunar Landing

Celebrity World Vol. 3 No. 154, July 18, 1994
On the cover: Maggie dela Riva

The article I wrote commemorating the 25th year after man’s first set his foot on the surface of the moon.

“And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before me, says the LORD.” – The Book of Isaiah 66:23, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Hollywood Shifting Trends

MOD Vol. 37 No. 1810, July 17, 2006
On the cover: 2006 Miss Philippines-Earth Catherine Untalan

Bits of information collected from American celebrity and fashion magazines, and the Internet, made into two short articles: “Hollywood’s Shifting Trends” (p. 22) and “Something Good from Hollywood” (p. 52).

“Let us give thanks to the GOD and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the GOD from whom all help comes! He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from GOD.” – Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 1:3-4, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version

Crossword Puzzles About Sports

Sports Weekly Magazine Vol. 7 Nos. 372 and 373, July 17-24 and 24-31, 1981
On the covers: Toyota’s Francis Arnaiz (left) and Crispa’s Bernard Fabiosa (right),
the best point guards of their era.

On this two successive issues of Sports Weekly Magazine are specialized crossword puzzles (about sports), which are among the earliest I made. I was in college when I did these crosswords. I started contributing crossword puzzles to Atlas Publishing’s Sports Weekly, Special People and MOD Filipina, and to Times Journal (International Edition) when I was still in high school. Notice that the crossword puzzles are of grid 14x14, something rarely done by crossword puzzle maker. They are also hand-drawn.

 “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.” The Book of Proverbs:16:3, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kadyot Pakalikot ni Estong Payatot: Abominasyon

Tatlong makakasunod na isyu ng The Daily Sun
Vol. 1 Nos. 100, 101 & 102, Hulyo 8, 9 at 10, 2013

Maliwanag naman ang sinasabi ng Banal na Kasulatan tungkol sa homosexuality. Gayon din ang mga pagsasaliksik sa larangan ng agham.


Part I

          Maraming pumupuna, lalo na sa mga social media, sa paglaganap ng mga programa sa telebisyon na hindi maganda ang mga temang nilalaman. Puro na lang daw tungkol sa mga asuwang at kabaklaan ang mapapanood lalo na sa evening primetime. Ano na nga ba ang nangyayari sa mundo natin ngayon at lumalaganap ang mga karumaldumal o ang tinatawag sa Bibliya na abominasyon?
          Kamakailan lamang ay naglabas ng desisyon ang Supreme Court ng California, ang pinakamalaking estado sa America, na pumapabor sa legalisasyon ng same-sex marriage. Nauna rito, ang bansang France ay nagpatupad din ng kahawig na deklarasyon. Anak ng alanganing tikbalang, mukhang tumitiwarik na nga ang mundo!
          Sabihin pa, nagbunyi ang mga bakla at lesbiyana sa lahat ng mga nakatagong aparador sa buong daigdig, kasama na ang Pilipinas. Ikinalungkot naman ito ng iba’t-ibang relihiyon, kabilang na ang simbahang Katoliko kung saan nabibilang ang higit na nakararaming Filipino.
          Ayon sa Bibliya, tatlong bagay ang itinuturing na abominasyon: Idolotriya o ang pagsamba sa larawan, rebulto o diyos-diyosan, homosexuality o pagsiping ng lalake sa kapuwa lalake, at bestiality o pagsiping sa hayop.
          Maliwanag na mula sa simula ay nagbigay na ng alituntunin ang Panginoong Diyos tungkol sa mga bagay na lubha niyang kinamumuhian, at kabilang dito ang kabaklaan o homosexuality: “Huwag kang sisiping sa lalake ng gaya sa babae: karumadumal nga!” (Leviticus 18:22).
          Mahigpit ang parusang itinakda ng Diyos para sa mga lalabag sa kaniyang alituntunin: “At kung ang isang lalake ay sumiping sa kapuwa lalake, na gaya ng pagsiping sa babae, sila ay kapuwa nagkasala ng karumaldumal. Sila’y papatayin ng walang pagsala, mabububo ang kanilang dugo sa kanila.” (Leviticus 20:13).
          Alam niyo ba na sa Middle East, ilang bahagi ng Africa, at Asia, ang parusa sa nahuhuling homosexual acts ay life imprisonment o death penalty? Ganun! Kaya doon sa mga kaibigan kong medyo alanganin, iwasan po ninyong mag-abroad sa mga lugar na ito.
          Sa Bagong Tipan, ang homosexuality ay itinuturing na karumihan at kahalayan: “Gayon ang mga lalake na nang iwan ang katutubong kagamitan sa mga babae ay nangagningas sa kanilang karumihan ng pita ang isa’t-isa, na gumagawa ng kahalayan ang mga lalake sa kapuwa lalake, at tumatanggap sa kanilang sarili ng kagantihan ng kanilang pagkakamali. At palibhasa’y hindi nila minagaling na kilalanin and Diyos, ibinigay sila ng Diyos sa isang mahalay na pag-iisip upang gawin yaong mga bagay na hindi nangararapat.” (Romans 1:27-28).


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Of Phobias & Kristin Kreuk

MOD Girl, July 15, 2005
On the cover: Bianca Anne Aguila

A shortened article on phobia is featured in Girl Trivia.

MOD Girl, July 2006
On the cover: Jill Yulo

A short write-up on Kristin Kreuk. She could have been the perfect Supergirl, had they made the TV series or film in 2006.

“You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.” – Proverbs 3:25-26, Holy Bible, New Living Translation.