There was a time when NU107 (107-dot-5 MHz in Pasig) was a religion. “Zach and Joey in the Morning”Â was the sermon and the music was, well, church music, I guess.
As with any religion, there were zealots. Kids who were obsessed with the DJs and struck up slightly awkward but slightly cool relationships with them. Sending food to the booths or stalking them or whatever. With a decidedly baduy showbiz scene, being sort of friends with a DJ was almost as cool as being in a band.
And NU107’s ads were psalms, or at least scripture that kids could quote for their own ends. The tagline of an ad for “In the Raw”–their show for undiscovered bands–became the catchphrase for having anything interrupted by your parents.
Whether it was half-hearted masturbation to fall asleep or cutting classes to go the the mall, “Uy, Daddy mo!” meant one thing: you’re nicked. read more »
News of the abduction and rape of the daughter of an anti-drug agent rocked the country yesterday with some quarters calling for a lynching, and with both the President and the Speaker of the House calling for a revival of the death penalty. Staunch defender of women and morality Sen. Ramon Revilla, Jr., for his part, said nothing.
The Philippine National Police went the extra mile, however, and trumped the entire government by solving the case within hours of the story getting out.
They say that there was no abduction, no drugging and no rape. It was a drinking spree gone wrong is what it was. What happened was that the girl skipped school, got drunk and was brought home past curfew. The whole “I got abducted and raped by drug lords” story was just an alibi. read more »
Why should we care about the guy who the National Bureau of Investigation alleges was the first to upload the Hayden Kho-Katrina Halili videos onto the Internet? (or about Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili at all, if you think about it.) read more »
There are few things that can titillate the Filipino quite like gossip. And when it’s gossip couched in a puzzle, well, you have the makings of one of the finest forms of Filipino pop literature: the blind item.
Equal parts bugtong, Katipunan-era codenames, current events and Tito, Vic and Joey (in unequal parts since Tito is not quite as funny,) blind items take subtle digs at politicians and public figures in the closest thing that we have to satire.
The format is pretty standard. It starts off with a litany of sins or blunders committed by the public figure. Source attribution is lax, with stories generally relying on reports “ayon sa ating bubwit (according to our mole.*)”
The meat of the blind item is in the reveal, where the identity of the target is hinted at through clever clues and wordplay.
Consider this gem that is, bar none, the best blind item ever according to our bubwits. The body of the article is about a senator who allegedly was a bit too touchy-feely with a female reporter, and the reveal:
Clue: Maliban sa pagiÂging political butterfly, kaÂsing-tulis din ng paru-paro ang matandang senador dahil maraming â€˜bulaklak ang sinimsimâ€™, mula sa dating propesyon hanggang sa kauri nito.
Itoâ€™y napakahilig sa mestisahin at merong letrang â€˜Aâ€™, sa kabuuan ng surname, as in Ang hirap ng buhay habang taga-broadsheet ang lady reporter.–Spy on the Job
First one to guess correctly wins an Internet.
*strictly speaking , a bubwit is a baby mouse and is properly called a pup. But that wouldn’t have conveyed the same meaning.