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moving on —

02/1/07 at 3:28 pm | Posted in Personal | 1 Comment

Hi, I still love but I’ve moved on🙂 The Babel Machine has moved to — kindly update your bookmarks. Thanks!

ip e-games to launch new ip interactive brand

01/31/07 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Gaming,, Tech | 1 Comment

Here’s an excerpt from the hackenslash story that Alex Villafania and I wrote:

In response to a question by hackenslash on why IAH chose IP e-Games over rival Philippine online game publisher Level Up Inc. when both made a bid for Granado Espada, Lee replied: “While we had different discussions before, we have not signed anything before today. We just had discussions.”

Gonzalez added: “I think, in a nutshell, this was a highly sought after partnership. Lots of global gaming companies wanted to work with IAH. That’s a given.”

In a separate telephone interview with hackenslash, Level Up Inc. COO Sheila Paul clarified that the online game publisher did not make a formal bid for Granado Espada. video: chiz escudero files candidacy

01/30/07 at 2:47 pm | Posted in, News, Videos | Leave a comment

Check out the video of Sorsogon Representative Francis “Chiz” Escudero filing his candidacy as a senatorial candidate of the United Opposition.

Video taken by reporter Erwin Oliva. Read his Breaking News story for more details.

For more online videos from, keep visiting the Video channel on YouTube.

eraserheads on the web

01/30/07 at 10:00 am | Posted in Eraserheads, Music, Tikman Ang Langit | 3 Comments

Looking for more online sources of information about the Eraserheads?

If you want to be part of the oldest surviving Eraserheads online discussion group, subscribe to eraserheads: Circus – The Eraserheads Mailing List. This was established way back in 1998 and the list is managed by the leading Philippine music site,

It’s such a shame I wasn’t able to go to the concert, but check out Jim Ayson’s article about Marcus Adoro’s surprise visit and performance at the LivELY benefit concert last Sunday in Eastwood City. Great pics as well — find out what Jim means when he describes Marcus as “[l]ike Gandalf. Only with a really good tan.”

Another online discussion group is If you sign up there, you’re supposed to get a free e-mail account:

By the way, interestingly enough, the domain is for sale.

My fellow “Tikman ang Langit: An Anthology on the Eraserheads” contributors have also blogged about the dinner and EB we had where we got advance copies of the book and some of us met each other for the first time in real life.

Here’s an excerpt from Chong Ardivilla’s blog entry:

Last Friday, I went with Faye to a gathering of contributors to an Eraserheads Anthology “Tikman ang Langit” (Taste the Heaven….ok that sounded awkward, but that’s the literal translation). I’m one of the contributors. I wrote an essay with a homosexual perspective on the E-heads and rock and roll. I wrote of their song “Hey Jay” which did not earn a wide release but was revolutionary in a way that it was about a gay friend who is struggling with his identity.

I was surrounded by Writers with a capital”W.” Palanca winners, editors, journalists, fictionists, essayists….But I bet I’m the only one in the punchbowl who wore a rainbow feather boa in a mall. But it was an interesting gathering. I felt like a fish out of water but not so much to drive me away.

I am so happy to be made a part of this. I’m a published writer. I mean, I had articles printed in the newspaper before. And an article of mine was reprinted in a book. But this is the first time I actually wrote for a book and it’s a great feeling. It’s not a vindication that I can write…please….but that I was made part in a collection of essays celebrating what a lot of people tout as the last great Filipino band. It’s an honor. You have to read the essays to understand the extent of the influence of this band in the local rock and roll scene. the book will be available in national bookstore and powerbooks mid-February….oha plugging!

See the pics of Chong and his “long-lost twin” heh🙂

Here’s an excerpt from Erwin Oliva’s blog post:

Of course, thank you to Raymund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala, and Marcus Adoro who took time off to write opinions about this book. Kudos! And for Ely, thanks for all the good memories and the songs.

As the back cover of the book states: “For most Filipino youths in the Nineties, the Eraserheads was the band that defined their generation. From the underground scene, the band led the alternative music’s invasion of the mainstream and ushered in a new era of Pinoy music.”

And a blog entry from Jing Gaddi’s friend who was with us during the dinner. Jing Gaddi wrote the afterword:

ava and jing were nice enough to bring me to a small dinner marking the release of an anthology of essays celebrating the legacy and influence of the eraserheads . (jing wrote the afterword.) it’s a pretty slim volume but what was curious (and therefore great) about the book was that it wasn’t merely about the eraserheads. the pictures included could pass off as practically a history of the 90’s rock scene in manila. there were lots of band pictures, samples of posters of gigs, pictures of the famous joints which are now legendary (and mostly extinct), little bits and pieces of that wonderful time in the 90’s when pinoy alternative rock was this fireball of musical energy and love.

and so it was a trip seeing the four members back when they were skinny guys with the requisite hairdos of the time. at the same time, it was equally a joy to see snapshots of the people who made the scene alive. in a moment of a ‘what if’ hypothetical scenario, i figured had i not listened to my high school teachers and filled out that upcat form to make up diliman my first choice of campus instead, i would’ve seen all of these first-hand. but no, los banos was my undergrad world and my only resource was la 105.9, a station which played both teeth’s laklak (it’s all about the cute lead singer, ha!) and pavement’s cut your hair.

And thanks again to Janette Toral for plugging our book. I really appreciate it.

Meanwhile, other Eraserheads fans have been blogging about the LivELY benefit concert, including this entry from freelance rock photographer Mari Arquiza’s i see red blog:

The Filipino bayanihan spirit came to the fore once again as the OPM community got together in a special concert “LiveELY” for the benefit of rock icon Ely Buendia. I was not able to cover the whole event but while I was there i felt something different in the venue: everyone was smiling, the security guys were nice, walang slamman, walang wild, there were a lot of photographers pero di magulo — parang ang babait lahat ng tao! I guess the Spirit that prompted the organizers and the artists to work together overflowed to all the people there.🙂

Ely himself was surprised by the whole thing, and was probably overwhelmed to know that a lot of people cared for him that he decided to share a portion of the proceeds to charity.

and this one from Blog it OUT!

Anyone in the Philippines, specially the youth of the early ’90s surely know who the ERASERHEADS were. “The pinoy band who revived PINOY ROCK”. Composed of ELY BUENDIA – vocals, MARCUS ADORO – guitars, BUDDY ZABALA – Bass & RAYMUND MARASIGAN – percussions.

This month, ELY had a heart attack at a very young age (around 30’s). He underwent major surgery called andioplasty – a surgery performed to remove the blockage around the heart which prevents it from pumping….and one of the major causes of death. Andioplasty, not only sounds and looks difficult in the true sense of the word but is also one of the most expensive surgeries, that’s why last night, a free concert was held at Eastwood City in Libis for the benefit of ELY BUENDIA.

Erwin Oliva’s essay in the book, by the way, talked about his electronic voyage of discovery as he examined how very much alive the Eraserheads is in cyberspace. So check it out when the book comes out.

The book launch is supposed to be held at SM Mall of Asia, so please stay tuned and we’ll give you the details once they’re finalized.

Mabuhay ang Eheads! Sana mag-reunite na sila

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scoble a comment spammer?

01/29/07 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Tech | Leave a comment

Whew, not a pretty sight!

It’s Robert Scoble squaring off against big gadget sites like Engadget and Gizmodo whom he says don’t link to blogs (though in updates he says he went overboard).

And Engadget’s Peter Rojas telling Scoble in a comment posted on Scoble’s own blog:

I get it now. Basically you spammed the comments of a bunch of blogs and you’re upset that some sites either deleted what you did or didn’t incorporate your link into a post. Really weak.

Check out Scoble’s post if you can stand the war of words. Actually, important issues have been raised here, but it’s also being marred by almost schoolchildren-type level bickering.

As some blog networks now become more mainstream (heck, some of the people who commented accused Engadget of already acting like the elitist MSM — ouch, hehe), and as more people blog and bloggers kinda have to compete for the same audience, are they now less inclined to link to blogs outside their networks? Will they link to competitors? Are we seeing cliques now as well for bloggers, where people just tend to link to their circle of friends?

(Got wind of the Scoble post via Duncan Riley’s blog entry “No blog is an island unto itself.”)

even bush loves the eraserheads, heh

01/29/07 at 10:04 am | Posted in Eraserheads, Music, Personal, Tikman Ang Langit, Videos | 2 Comments

Made that Gizmoz talking head of Bush saying how much he loves the Eraserheads, heh. And since doesn’t allow you to embed the Gizmoz code (among other things, sigh), I uploaded the video to YouTube. I used my personal YouTube account, not the hackenslash TV channel for the videos we create for, so don’t be surprised to see videos of my daughter Sam, heh.

Gizmoz is pretty cool, huh? Used the text-to-speech option — you could also record your own voice. You can also download the Gizmoz client for your IM or Skype and use the talking heads as your avatars.

The Eraserheads is still the best Filipino band for me. If you’re an Eheads fan, check out the group page I just set up at

GrooveNet is like Friendster or MySpace but proudly Philippine-made, plus it has a 3D virtual world — the localized version of There.

Wanna add the er, Bush Eheads talking head to your GrooveNet or other social networking site profile, blog or other webpage? Please go to and get the embed code. But as mentioned, some blog hosts don’t allow you to embed the code.

Mabuhay ang Eheads! Halika, tikman ang langit.

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wanna buy the eraserheads book?

01/28/07 at 10:39 pm | Posted in Books, Eraserheads, Music, Personal, Tikman Ang Langit | Leave a comment

(Piktyur galing kay Cyberbaguioboy)

Psst, fan ka ba ng Eheads?

Gusto mong tikman ang langit?

Punta ka sa blog na ito. Bibigyan kayo ng updates tungkol sa “Tikman ang Langit: An Anthology on the Eraserheads.” Balik-balikan para malaman kung saan mabibili ang libro pag labas nito. At kung saan gaganapin ang launch.

Oo, libro tungkol sa Eraserheads. Ilang taon na ang nakalilipas pero, pero wala pa ring tatalo sa Eheads.

Sama ka na, pare ko.

(Pagaling ka, Ely. At salamat Raymund, Buddy at Marcus sa mga blurbs ninyo para sa libro.)

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youtube to share wealth, intro ads

01/28/07 at 11:03 am | Posted in Tech, Videos | 1 Comment

OK, the good news is that YouTube has announced that it will “reward creativity” by sharing ad revenue with users who create their own videos — original stuff that they own the copyright to, as opposed to uploading clips from TV shows and movies.

The bad news, however, is that they will now introduce short advertisements before the actual clip you clicked on plays. This is something other video sites have been doing for a long time, but it’s new territory for YouTube. In fact, one of the things that made it popular is that, apart from the ease of use, YouTube didn’t have these adverts.

Still, it should be expected, because after all that moolah Google plunked down to acquire YouTube, you can bet that the video site now has to start earning money instead of just being popular. It’s one thing to have 70 million users a month; it’s another to make money out of that user base and traffic.

It will also be interesting to see if we will now see more original moviemakers on YouTube, and, if so, whether people will keep watching videos if you have fewer copyright-infringing material on the site. ‘Coz let’s not be hyprocritical — one of the main reasons YouTube became hugely popular is because we could watch TV shows for free. Many people have yet to tap the full potential of YouTube by actually creating original content.

Anyway, let’s see if we can take our patronage of online video sites to the next level instead of just watching clips, or else YouTube will become just another incarnation of the boob tube.

And I hope Filipino YouTube original moviemakers like Happy Slip will soon get a lot of money because of this announcement, heh.

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eraserheads anthology: tikman ang langit

01/27/07 at 1:44 am | Posted in Music, Personal | 4 Comments

Update: Thanks to Janette Toral for plugging the book.

Just got back from the dinner/EB with the other writers behind “Tikman ang Langit: An Anthology on the Eraserheads,” where we got our copies of the book and many of us met each other in real life for the first time.

That’s me (left) with fellow writers Chong Ardivilla (center) and Faye Ilogon at Gerry’s Grill in Makati City. My essay is “The Long Goodbye.” Our other comrades-in-letters who contributed essays to this anthology are: Abigail Ho, Claire Maneja, Edwin Sallan, Erwin Oliva, Jing Garcia, Joel Pinaroc, Julio de la Cruz Jr., Marco Abella, Vernon Sarne and Vincent Batacan.

The anthology was edited by Ces Rodriguez and compiled by Melvin Calimag and Jing Garcia, with a foreword by UP professor Robin Rivera, the producer of the Eraserheads’ first albums, a poem/introduction by Mensa Philippines president Dimpy Jazmines, and an afterword by Michael Vincent Gaddi.

Oh, and blurbs by Eric Caruncho, Lourd de Veyra and Jessica Zafra. Wow, let me say that again, Eric Caruncho, Lourd de Veyra and Jessica Zafra. Whew!

The cover design is by Gino Borja, and the book features pictures from the collection of Jing Garcia and Dodong Viray, including never-before-seen photos.

First of all, I’d like to thank Melvin and Jing for coming up with this book project and making me a part of it. This was your idea, Melvin, shocked as you were when you were looking for a book on the Eraserheads, only to find that none has been written yet about arguably the greatest Philippine band. Here’s to you, Melvin, Jing — thanks for making this book a reality.

I’d also like to thank my fellow writers, some of whom I had only met online (in Claire’s case, she’s based in the US, heh) for the duration of this project, through the e-group Melvin set up and our e-mail correspondence. Reading your essays, corresponding with you and now meeting you face to face has inspired an even greater love for the music of the Eraserheads and the message they shared. Their music is the recurring theme that binds a diverse group that includes tech journalists, fiction writers, music critics, a cartoonist, a business reporter, a lawyer and a motoring journalist.

Thanks to our editor, Ces Rodriguez, for making sure our words wouldn’t lead us astray.

Special thanks to our publisher Visual Print Enterprises, for making our dreams come true. It’s still hard to believe I’m holding this book, heh.

Thanks to Raymund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro, for agreeing to write what they think of this book. And to Ely Buendia, we’re praying for you. Get well soon, Ely.

And lastly, thanks to my wife Ellen and daughter Sam, for always believing in me.

Where can you get a copy of “Tikman ang Langit”? We’ll let you know soon, so just keep visiting this blog.

(Oh and to my friends Eric Evano, Pauline Orendain, Dino Fulgencio, Marilyn Dee-See and Sheryll Ang, special mention kayo sa essay ko, kaya bili na kayo, hehe.)

For now, I’ll just leave you with Raymund’s words: “I was putting off reading this because of the mixed feelings I have about the Eheads. But I finally took the plunge, and was actually pleasantly surprised. There are a number of bits and pieces here from people who knew me and my bandmates pretty well, but a lot of it is new, even to me. So I think you’ll probably find a lot of fresh insight and revelations on the band that you’ll find interesting and amusing.”

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