Sunday, July 30, 2006

The War, Miss Japan, Glenda and DLSP

  • The war between Israel and Lebanon is so sad. Once again, lots of innocent people die. Honestly, I dont know at first what's the reason behind the dispute so I began reading about it and discovering a lot. Lebanon's Hezbolah are evil people, terrorists. I somehow see the reason why Israel is attacking Lebanon but for how long will this war go on? Until both of them are wiped out?
  • Last Monday, out of boredom due to the suspension of classes, I've watched Miss Universe. The last time I watched the competition was wayback in the late 90s when this thing was as big as a Pacquio match. Our representative won Miss Photogenic through online voting (I guess Pinoys did a massive power voting for her to win hehe). My bet was Ms. Japan, too bad she lost, later on I found out that she "walked out" when she was not announced as winner, she really took it hard I guess.
  • Last Tuesday the classes was suspended but I strongly suspect that the suspension in Cavite was "accidental". Why? On that day, around 5am, I listened to an AM radio program to monitor announcements [but I was quite confident that the classes will not be suspended since its not raining although its gloomy]. The announcer called a CHED official and he asked " Sir wala na bang klase sa Cavite, Rizal etc..." and the official said "O sige na nga". Huh? The official sounded sleepy.
  • The first issue of Heraldo Filipino this school year was released last Wednesday and I'm pleased that my articles did not receive any negative feedback [errors on facts, complaints]. Overall, I believe the first issue was good. However, Pat informed that her classmates thought that the name of the school is changed to De la Salle Philippines, Inc. [DLSP] I guess they did not read the article since on the lead pa lang, it was clearly stated there that the DLSU-System is gone and was replaced by DLSP not DLSU-D. This thing just makes me go...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A Trip to WRocK

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July 22,2006. It was an exciting day to me. This is the day of my interview with Ms. Faith Gonzalvo of 96.3 WRocK. Ms. Faith is a friend of a friend of my friend [haha, but that's true, thanks MR. Deen!] and I was glad that she agree to be interviewed. I was really praying the night before that it wont rain [thank God it didn't]. I have no idea where WRocK's office [it's located at Zobel Roxas] is and so do my groupmates, but then my father, who is a driver for nearly three decades, told me that WRocK is not that hard to find, it is just one bus ride [In my place, there's this bus terminal going to Lawton but is only available on mornings], so with that my transportation problem was solved. So on that day I met Jasmin and Aaron to that bus terminal[my other groupmate,Christian who is from Las Pinas, went directly to the place although he has no exact idea where the office really is, but that guy is a lakwatsero so he will find his way, and he did]. We rode the bus at 7:30 am and the bus took off at 8am. My father said to me that we will get to that place early, I was anticipating that there will be traffic but I was wrong, we arrived at 9am, one and half hour early of our appointment! When we texted Christian that we are already at WRocK, he could not believe it since we were so fast. He came in 40 minutes later so we went to the WRocK which is located at the 11th floor of Fems Building. Because it still early and our interviewee hasn't arrived yet we entertained ourselves by taking pictures and ogling at the posters [with authographs] posted on the wall. The hallway of the 11floor is really small, only half of JFH and the elevator is sort of creepy as it opened three times with no people inside it. And then she came, Ms. Faith Gonzalvo step out of the elevator with her two kids and yaya beside her. When she saw us she apologized for making us wait, we said it's okay since we are way early naman talaga. Few minutes later, she let us in to the WRocK studio. It was spacious but dark. We conducted the interview at the recording room and then we found something that shocked us, WRocK is not aired live, its automated/pre taped, Ms. Faith told us that the djs only come to the stations three times a week to record their whole shift for one or two days. While she and the other newscaster [which we saw earlier wearing pambahay clothes only] come everday but record their news one or two hours in advance. The interview went smoothly[although I was the only one asking questions since my groupmates said 'kaya mo na yan, heraldo ka naman'], she gave us nice , poignant answers. After the interview, she took us in a short trip to the whole WRocK office and she even let us stay to see her record the news, her radio voice is so different from her speaking voice, I wonder how people can do that. After a few more photo-ops we said goodbye to Mam Faith.

It was a memorable day and a fun, enriching experience. To see photos of my trip click here

Saturday, July 15, 2006


Music and Radio

Current Favorite songs:

1. Maneater-Nelly Furtado
2. Promiscuous- Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland
3. Walang kadala dala-Sandwich
4. Jesus, take the wheel-Carrie Underwood
5. Para sa akin-Sitti
6. Beer-Itchyworms
7. Unfaithful-Rihanna
8. Martyr Nyebera-Kamikazee
9. Buwan-Wickermoss
10 Better Days-Goo Goo Dolls

Recurrent favorites (hits of the not so distant past)

1. Unwritten-Natasha Bedingfield
2. I- 6 Cycle Mind
3. Stick wit u-PCD
5. Hiling-Paramita
7. Because of you-Kelly Clarkson
8. Heaven Knows-Orange and Lemons
9. First of Summer-Urban Dub
10. I'm feeling you-Santana feat. Michelle Branch

All time favorites:

1. Hanging by a moment-Lifehouse
2. You and Me-Lifehouse
3. Smooth-Santana feat. Rob Thomas
4. Before I let you go-Freestyle
5. Goodbye to you-Michelle Branch

Favorite Radio Stations

1. rx 93.1
2. 99.5 rt
3. magic 89.9
4. campus radio 97.1
5. Bomb Fm (A Cavite based fm station, my art appreciation teacher is a DJ there)


Regularly watched:

1. Gilmore Girls (season 6)
2. Lost (season 2)
3. Grey's Anatomy (season 1)
4. Survivor (season 12 concluded; season 13 on September)
5. Amazing Race (season 9 concluded,season 10 on September)
6. 7th Heaven (season 9)
7. Will and Grace (season 8)
8. Goin Bulilit
9. Deal or No Deal (*hides*, hehe guilty pleasure)
10. BLOG (Barkada Log) ( a 2-month old show hosted by my favorite Bianca Gonzalez)

Irregularly Watched:

1. Desperate Housewives (season 2, I've watched all episodes of season 1) (Studio 23)
2. 24 (season 4, I've watched all eps from season 1 to 3) (Studio 23)
3. CSI (Studio 23)
4. Alias (Studio 23)
5. Charmed (Studio 23)
6 Smallville (Studio 23)
7. Maalala mo Kaya (ABS-CBN)
8. I witness (GMA)
9. Reporter's notebook (GMA)
10. The Correspondents (ABS-CBN)
11. Probe Team (ABS-CBN)
12. Y Speak (Studio 23)
13. RX men (QTV)
14. Homecoming (MTV)
15. Iron chef (formerly on RPN 9 now gone)
16. Balikbayan (QTV)
17. Wow Mali (ABC 5)
18. Bitag (IBC 13)
19. Spongebob Squarepants (reruns on ABC 5 mondays to fridays 6 am)
20. KNN (ABC 5/NBN ,I actually won a KNN t shirt one year ago, when they read my email on air)

Wanna watch (On dvd, since these shows are not shown on free tv)

1. House, M.D
2. Prison Break
3. Veronica Mars
4. Entourage
5. One Tree Hill
6. Arrested Development

Looking forward:

1. Philippine Idol
2. Pinoy Dream Academy

Shows I miss:

1. Sineskwela
2. Hiraya Manawari
3. Sesame Street
4. As told by Ginger
5. Invader Zim
6. Rugrats
7 Bayani
8. Home Along da Riles (early years)
9. Abangan ang susunod na Kabanata
10. Ispup
11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
12. Batibot
13. Adventures of Alex Mack
14. Black Hole High
15. 5 and Up

Celebrity Crushes

1. Bianca Gonzalez
2. Kat Alano
3. Natalie Portman
4. Alexis Bledel
5. Michelle Branch

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Rainy Thoughts

It's currently raining cats and dogs and I'm quite freezin here at the HF office. There are only three people here at the office and I'll leave once the rain stops since I have already done my task for the HF style/guide book. The rain reminded me of the movie we watched last Monday in my Music Scoring and Audio Design class, "Singing in the rain". It was an entertaining movie and educational in some way because I had a idea how they did movie production during the late 1920s,it was cute actually. The movie is a musical, so there were lots of song and dance numbers which were good especially the tap dance which I watched in awe. What if we all live like in the musicals, instead of the usual conversations we sing and dance. That would be fun but of course weird. Plus who could sing in the rain, baka ma pulmonya ka lang. And you could not dance when it rains its either baha or you could slip. I don't know where this blog entry is heading too, it just random thoughts inspired from the weather. I just hope the rain stops now.


We have this project for Radio/TV Newswriting, we need to interview a real radio or tv news writer.The problem is I don't know how and where to contact a news writer.Could anybody help me where to find one?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Go Figure

let out a sigh of relief when my pending articles for Heraldo Filipino Issue 1 are done already.No more revisions and the articles are already laid out (may term bang ganito, past tense ng lay out hehe). My article on the enrolment rate was fun to do, I even used Mathematics on writing the article. The enrolment statistics really fascinated me. Here is something really got my interest, Business Management is the no.1 course of DLSU-D. It has 1, 300 plus students! And they comprise 43 percent of the whole CBA population. And when you add the population of CLE and COE they will still be outnumbered by Business Management! And the gap between Business Management and the no.2 course [HRM] is as wide as the Mall of Asia. Moreover, Broadcast Journalism have 200 plus students compared to Communication's 500 plus students. Even though CIH and CET had higher TFI among all the colleges their enrolment rate are still up. The number of Accountancy drops so fast as years goes by. In fact the 4th year students have less than 20 students. The females still outnumbered the males, but the males witnessed an increase in number compared to last year. Lastly,the enrolment rate is down slightly compared to last year,it declined by 0.59 percent mainly because DLSU-D had fewer enrolles on the graduate programs. Haha I still have article hang over.