Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Transsport Show 06

Wednesday. Ate chinese food and then drooled at the cars at the Transsport show at the SM Megamall. :)

From the Manila Bulletin (LINK)

"Trans Sport Show 2004, the country's biggest annual motoring event, is all set to unfold April 21 to 25, at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall B, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. Organized by TradeShow International, Inc. (TSI), the event's Open Class Car Competition for Japanese imports will be hotly contested again. " Click here for the complete article.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Tour of the Fireflies

Me and Pat in Quiapo.
Photo Credit: Mon Corpuz

The Tour of the Fireflies (LINK) is a family-oriented mass bike ride over several cities in Metro Manila. This year's ride took us from Tiendesitas in Pasig City, to Mandaluyong, San Juan, Quezon City, Manila, Pasay, Makati, back to Mandaluyong and then to Tiedesitias where we started. Its interesting to observe just how polluted our beloved Metropolis has become. Just like the corpse of a distant relative, Metro Manila is loved dearly, but the decay is disarming when taken in closely.

But its still great to see all the people who supported the ride. This year's marshals deserve a pat on the back for reigning in the bikers. In previous years, there were some participants (roadies, mostly) who became impatient and rode far ahead of the group. This year the group was well controlled. It was still tiring not because of the pace (it was sloooow) but because of the heat. Five hours on the saddle is no easy feat, especially for the young riders.

Thousands of bike riders riding to promote biking as a solution for cleaner air and sustainable cities. And for one day in a year, bicycles can actually bully cars off the road. :)

My snapshots:

The orange marshals at the start of the tour: 7AM, Tiendesitas, Ortigas.

Rock Ed Philippines: No More Excuses!

PARE ni Juan: Campaigning for the Renewable Energy bill

Long line of cyclists along Macapagal Ave.

Cyclists take over Ayala Avenue in Makati City

The fireflies invade Quiapo!

Riding into Mandalyong. Makati City can be seen in the background.

Some people consider us nuts for doing this. This guy takes that idea literally.

The oldest rider on the tour. One of the smarter ones too. Notice the dust mask.

The young riders of the tour. This event is really for them.


Saturday, April 22, 2006


I took this photo last year. The EXIF data shows the photo was taken on April 27, 2005, the day the cast was removed from my injured arm. I took a photo of my reflection from the bathroom mirror. You can even see the white specks of toothpaste on the glass. I was always messy, moreso when I was forced to use my left hand, after I shattered my right arm bone. The atrophy because of five months of not moving the arm is evident. At the time the photo was taken, I couldn't lift my arm, or bend my elbow.

A bicycle accident caused this. 3 a.m. in Krus na Ligas, UP Campus, and I was drunk. I rode my bike home. It was dark and i failed to see a small hump on the road, and lost control. I fell down, and felt a sharp pain on my right arm.

The alcohol-induced stupor helped numb the pain. I did manage to remember my first aid training from 10 years back, and started assessing the extent of my injury. I jabbed my thumb at the ends of my fingers. I can feel the tips of my fingers. Good sign. My rolled my wrist. So far so good. I tried to bend my elbow, and felt a sharp sting. I reached over with my left hand and tried to feel my right elbow. I was on a dark sidewalk and couldn't see what was wrong, but I could feel a bit of bone sticking out, some wet blood dripping out. I used my left hand to raise the right hand and clasped the left sleeve of my t- shirt, crossing the injured arm in front of my body. Despite the injured elbow, the fingers on my right hand still had grip. I used my left hand to apply pressure on the open wound and stop the bleeding.

"Okey ka lang?" Asked this stranger, cigarette in one hand. He was smoking in front of his garage door, across the sidewalk where I fell down. "Hindi po. Pakitawag po ako nang taxi, at patago nang bike." He threw down his cigarette butt and went to the corner fetch a taxicab. I took the cab, careful to keep a finger jabbed in my elbow to prevent blood from dripping out. Funny how I was still concerned of the taxi driver's seat cover.

Photo shows the six-inch scar on and above my elbow.

I had an operation to reset jigsaw-puzzle arm bone. The orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jose Bayani Aliling, told later that he took more than three hours to reset the bone. It took four stainless-steel spikes to keep the bone fragments in place. He also gave me a plastic cup of bone bits that were too small to reset.


I always considered myself an active person. In UP, I was part of the dragon boat team, climbed with the mountaineers, jogged around campus, rode my mountain bike, played frisbee in the sunken garden. Because I couldn't use my right arm for a while, and couldn't participate in the activities I used to do, I decided to take photos instead. I had always enjoyed taking snapshots, but never took up the hobby seriously until I had too much time to fill because my injured arm prevented me from participating in the activites I loved to do.

Five months in a cast. A few more months in rehab. The arm isn't 100% yet. The right arm is still a bit smaller, less flexible, less stronger than the left. But I can use it well enough. Now, almost a year after my cast was removed, I've managed to run again. I can toss a frisbee, although my forehand flick isn't very impressive. I've regained most of the flexibility back. I ride my bike again, although much more carefully. The arm has improved since I took the photo of myself at the top.

I think the pictures I've taken have also improved a little.


Wednesday, April 05, 2006


"Burgandi, Hindi na Kita Mahal" Jeep in Kamuning, QC

"From the Master of the Words" Katipunan Avenue, 2006

"Jesus Online" Glorietta, 2006

"Shiva" Abelardo Hall, UP Diliman, 2006 (Manipulated Photo)

Abelardo Hall, UP Diliman, 2006

UP Fair, Diliman Quezon City, Feb 2006

"silence" (Sacred Heart, QC, 2005)

Pe's shadow, Planet Fitness Gym, 2005

"she dances" (trinity college, 2005)


Exhibit at the Alcove

"Listen" Series of 15, 2006

"Quiescence" Series of 3, 2006

"OK ka Lord!" Series of 15, 2006

Monday, April 03, 2006

Ultimate: Amihan Club League Finals

The UP Sunken Pleasure has finally won its first Club League Championship! The Philippine Ultimate Association (PUA link) recently concluded its Amihan 2006 League, with the UP based squad and the Disc Devils meeting for the highly charged final game.

more photos HERE

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Beach Ultimate: 2006 Boracay Open

The 2006 Boracay Open. Fun parties, fantastic beach, awesome games, great people. Kudos to the Phillipine Ultimate Association (PUA link) for a successful tournament. Much thanks to the hosts and locals, and congratulations to the teams from Manila, Boracay, HongKong and Korea for playing their hearts out during the day and still have enough juice to party during the night.

The Party Album HERE

Day 1 Games HERE

Day 2 Games HERE

Finals and Awarding Album HERE

"Brokeback in Boracay" Album HERE

Other photos: Portraits & some scenery HERE

Banners and sponsor photos HERE