RP politics: all in the family

Twenty some days into the new administration, this ‘new’ politics they all promised sounds more and more like the old politics. More accurately, it’s beginning to look a lot like the old old politics of cacique days.

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Sometimes we just don’t get Barrio Siete

We all love Bario Siete, the blog that rules the Philippine blogosphere. True, it is a love that is born of fear, but still.

Sometimes, though, they tend to Hamlet it up with words, words, words that it’s easy to get lost and go, “say, what?”

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Pinay maid in SG gets US$4 million from her employer, Pinoys in RP get angry

“Christine,” a Filipina maid in Singapore inherits some US$4 million from her employer. She declines to give her real name “for fear of possible threats to her life in the impoverished Philippines, where wealthy people have been kidnapped for ransom and some killed by their abductors.”

Butthurt ‘nationalists’ are now duking it out on the comments thread because Yahoo, which hosts the blog the piece was posted on, is apparently hating on Filipinos and the Philippines.

The maid refused to be named in public for fear of possible threats to her life in the impoverished Philippines, where wealthy people have been kidnapped for ransom and some killed by their abductor <——— DID THIS PRESUMPTION COME FROM A RESPECTABLE CREATURE?…are there real editors here?

Join the fun before the haters crash the server with all their hate.

UPDATE: It’s still on fire.

House reps response to water crisis: absolutely nothing

Members of the House of Representatives have called on President Benigno Aquino III to initiate sterner measures to solve the water crisis in Metro Manila. Specifically, the declaration of a state of calamity that will do absolutely nothing.

Marikina Representative Marcelino Teodoro said “there is already a need for the President to declare a state of calamity to strengthen and empower the government agencies concerned.” Forgetting, however, that strengthening government agencies is something that is done in anticipation of crises, not when you’re in the middle of one.

“(An) action plan towards mitigating effects of climate change should already be put in play as we are clearly experiencing the effects of global warming,” Compostela Valley Representative Maria Carmen Apsay said, adding nothing to the discussion.

Filipino Students Develop the Video Game Equivalent of Mother Teresa, Wins $25k

A group of students from Ateneo and UP won first prize at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Game Design competition by creating a game that asks players to “battle poverty, gender inequality and environmental degradation and save the world by social action and volunteerism.”

Mighty big responsibility for a video game.

The article is silent on details about the game itself. Even some screenshots would be nice.  I would seriously like to get a copy and have a go at it to see how it plays.

Congratulations, Team By Implication!

(Update: Philippine Online Chronicles, our Internet betters, has a feature on Team By Implication. They have video.)

Art Attack (on our national pride)

Click to see in all its glory

M says “This crudely drawn comic strip is more nuanced than it has any right to be.”

(thx, /b/ [pinoychan chapter, of course!])

Cheerleader helps diners finish their tapsilog

Rodic’s, the tapsilogan at the UP shopping center, is a veritable institution in the UP experience. Not in the sense that it is a fairly stable set of rules, but in that it has always been there. People can count on Rodic’s to provide filling meals that you can enjoy in relative solitude and anonymity, a premium when you’ve got a long day ahead.

What better place, then, to shoot a faux-viral video to plug the 2010 National Cheerleading Championship?

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