Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
High Speed Living
Monday, February 26, 2007
Philippine Beauty Contest
Sunday, February 25, 2007
What a kiss, what a face
Why is Imelda making such a face? Was it surprise that Mao really kissed her hand (usually it's an air kiss) or was she unable to control her emotions or was it simply related to a gift she might have gotten earlier?
Anyway, a nice clip (thanks to Carlos) of her state visit which led to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries (9 June 1975) is shown below. You might also enjoy Jiang Qing, Mao’s wife in the clip next to Imelda Marcos: rustic socialistic chic meets western extravagance.
The clip itself comes from ‘irm888, age 77,
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Why is there no carnival in Manila?
Friday, February 23, 2007
The shoe capital at night
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Ashes to Ashes
Such a Wednesday is quite remarkable in Manila since all shopping malls are then filled with worshippers with crosses on their forehead. To note, Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence, and repentance. Repentance for having met the Belo vamp along EDSA?
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Photo from Marikina, Metro Manila in February 2007 together with Jejomar (i.e. the genuine Tagalog all-inclusive name for Jesus, Joseph and Maria) on the carabao cart.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Faster than Satan
Photo of 'Faster than Satan' on top of the Jeepney's licence plate from Cubao, Metro Manila in February 2007.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sailing 250 nautical miles in Paradise
It is island hopping at its best. The organizers make sure that you will find your dream island after many hours of sailing. The event lasts for seven days and consists of five days of island hopping and two days of in-shore races at the beginning and at the end.
The most wonderful thing about the event is that sailors from around the world participate: from Alaska to Australia, from Europe to the Philippines. Winds change from calm to stormy, waves from gentle to bizarre, encounters from dolphins to aircraft carriers but coke is always with rum.
Photo from the calm in-shores at Club Paradise, Busuanga (Northern Palawan), February 2007.
Trust me, you don’t take pictures on a Hobie when the sea is real rough.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Chinese Liberation Army storms Malacañang
However, one of China’s outstanding ivory carvings can be seen in Manila. It surely is not as elaborated as the ivory carving donated by China to the United Nations in 1974 to celebrate the Chengtu-Kunming railway. This railway sculpture translates the engineering masterpiece into fine art. It is said that the railway sculpture was carved from eight elephant tusks and that 98 people worked on it for more than two years. You will even be able to spot the passengers inside the train of this landscape carving.
The ivory carving in Manila is even more interesting since it highlights not the engineering results of China’s socialist revolution but the revolution itself. Like the numerous statues glorifying the great proletarian revolution throughout China—my favorite one is in Shenyang—the ivory carving in Goldenberg mansion of Malacañang (i.e. one the guesthouses within the presidential compound in Manila) is showing the battlefield against the enemy. This enemy is Western capitalism.
What a great object as a state gift from the People’s Republic of China to then President Marcos (or was it Imelda?), the defender of anti-socialist movements in East Asia and friend of (crony) capitalism.
Photo from November 2006 at Goldenberg Mansion (San Miguel, Manila) which is called the 'big antique’ by Imelda Marcos—but that's another story....
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Radioactivity in Makati
The band is claiming that it got its inspiration from Metro Manila’s pollution, spy film soundtracks, unbridled passion for Red Horse, the Simpsons, vintage porn, la dolce vita and some paranoia like UFO sightings besides others.
It’s fun to listen to the band’s inspirations especially in places such as
Friday, February 16, 2007
Why Scuba Diving?
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Kenya in the Philippines
The savannah of Africa? No, this is Calauit Island in February 2007, just off Busuanga in Northern Palawan, Philippines.
On the island you will find zebras, giraffes, deer, antilopes, and even pythons. You might want to call it incest island due to the low numbers of imported animals from Africa. Needless to say, quite a dictator's dream.