Monthly Archives: January 2008

Louis Vuitton Resort Collection endorsed by Marian Rivera???


Louis Vuitton Resort Collection 2008

Louis Vuitton Resort Collection 2008 is on the cover of the latest issue of Preview magazine. On the cover, as well, is Marian Rivera. She joins the roster of supermodels such as Angela Lindvall, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and top Hollywood celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Uma Thurman and JLO as image models of the luxury brand.

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Image (left): Louis Vuitton model; (right) Marian Rivera

Last year, Marc Jacobs personally picked Scarlett Johansson for an LV campaign on Vogue magazine. Although, I doubt very much that Mr. Jacobs himself chose Marian to be the “Filipina” face of Louis Vuitton, I know sales will be down this year. At least here in Manila, that is.

Lous Vuitton has always been a pricey tag that only the rich can afford. How does one expect a nobody such as Ms. Rivera to lobby for elegance, hedonism and compulsion for ego goods? Sure, Marian is the most sought-after Pinay celebrity these days. Sure, she is pretty. Sure, she has an appeal. An appeal to whom? Maids, janitresses, garbage collectors, streetsweepers, vendors, office clerks? Can Louis Vuitton sales reps rely upon these people to buy a thousand dollar dress? NO! These people will just go to the flea markets in Greenhills where replica LVs are abound.

Allow me to take the liberty to volunteer other options for this ad. To start off, there’s KC Concepcion (not much of a stunner but hey! she has money stamped all over her forehead and with a little bit of make-up and designer clothes, she can transform into a gorgeous belle).

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And then there’s Kris Aquino, currently the top endorser of multinational enterprises such as Pantene, Pampers, etc and daughter of former President Cory Aquino. Look! She even owns an LV denim bag🙂 Authentic, I’m sure!

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What about Ruffa Gutierrez? She is a “real-life princess” after all…I mean “was”, before she separated from the prince of Turkey.

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Uhmm…Imelda Marcos? (No? Yeah, I thought so)

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Honestly, I am out of options. Louis Vuitton must have ran out of options too since they decided to dress the bedraggled Marimar with designer clothes and voila!!! A supermodel(?) in less than 5 minutes!!!

Nevertheless, this has got to be the worst marketing ploy ever conceived in the long history of Louis Vuitton. And this is the perfect time to say…

“What were you thinking?!!!!”

marian_rivera_dark_underarms CLICK PHOTO TO SEE MARIAN RIVERA’S DARK UNDERARMS

Manny Pacquiao Scandal (Donna Revealed)


Manny Pacquiao Scandal

Click here to read the Jinky Pacquiao Scandal

On my previous post about the Manny Pacquiao Scandal, the pictures of Manny and Donna seemed to be a bit ambiguous, still open for doubt…

Thanks to Sender X, I received another email containing uncensored pictures of Donna and Manny at the Embassy Superclub. This time they’re both posing for the camera.

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This is “Donna.” Pretty girl, ain’t she? On the right, is Manny Pacquiao. Lucky bastard!

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Kiss…kiss…can you stomach this? Ugly man, rich naman! ahahaha:)

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And this is Jinky, Manny Pacquiao’s wife, who also can’t seem to let go of her husband after all the scandals he was involved with. Very lucky bastard – indeed!

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TRY MORINGA VIDA!!!

Blog Review Witness Lane


Blog Review

Witness Lane

Browsing through a long list of  ever so “typical” Pinoy Blogs, looking for what I deemed deserving of my unsolicited advice, I came across Witness Lane.

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“Read –at your own risk- the prose of an overeducated, underachieving dabbling bedlamite who scours the city’s bookstores by day and walks seven blocks of Manila ghetto by midnight, both upshots of being the eternal suburbanite commuter (a “cicerone”, he’d rather call it) and of the self-diagnosed neurosis of “thinking too much”. If you find yourself unable to forgive the absurdities, tolerate the man at the very least. He is, after all, only passing by.” – Witness Lane

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In case you have no idea what he meant, here’s…

Witness Lane for DUMMIES

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Now let’s compare him with Joey Tribbiani, shall we?!

Seriously, I have never met anyone so obssessed with words…well, except for Joey🙂 Witness Lane‘s excessive use of “big words” underscores his obvious dependence on the dictionary. However, I must congratulate the man for his very entertaining attempt…I give him an “A” for effort.

Good News From Meralco


Good News From Meralco!!!

There’ll be an increase in electricity rates by February 2008 Php 0.0048 centavos lang naman per kWh:)

Every month, we all get the dreaded bill, right? And I’m certain you are as clueless as I am about the numerous items being charged to us by Meralco.

Now, the confirmation of an increase in electric rates is on the news. But what does it mean? Meralco only tells me that I will be paying more…as if the news should excite me! But what does this new rate have to do with the charges under my BILLING SUMMARY?

I stare at my electric bill as if it’s some kind of a math problem. Complicated as it is, I see the summary of my consumption and go “what the hell are all these charges?” So as a concerned citizen of the Philippines, and not to mention, a “loyal customer” (not by choice), I called up Meralco’s Call Center hotline 16211. I told the customer representative that I wanted to inquire about the numerous charges in my bill. Then she asked me what my SERVICE ID Number is…the address..telephone number…cellphone number…blah…blah…blah!

Getting irritated by all her unnecessary and time-consuming queries, I told her again WHAT MY CALL WAS ABOUT. I said that I only wanted to know the definitions of the charges stated in my bill. Then she told me to call my Meralco branch. “Why is that so? Can’t you tell me what they are?”, I asked. Then she hang up. A stupid bunch…that’s what call center agents are!

So I called the Kamuning branch. They just gave me a website address. This basically meant that I  need to do the research by myself! As I was browsing Meralco’s website, I saw a list of definitions…take out all your bills everyone and follow me…

Total kWh: This is the amount of electricity you consumed during the billing period.

So if my Total kWh is 298, should I multiply that to the new rate per kWh, Php .0048, and I’ll get Php 1.4304 increase in my bill? Is that how it goes?

And these are the  Details of Meralco’s Charges:

“For every Peso paid for the electric bill, approximately 13 centavos goes to Meralco.” So that’ll be approximately 88,706,300 consumers (that is if everybody has the conscience to pay) times Php .13 = Php 11,531,819 times every PESO paid? Assuming every person consumes Php 500 worth of electricity every month, then Php 5,765,909,500 or (Five BILLION, Seven Hundred Sixty-five MILLION, Nine Hundred Nine Thousand, Five Hundred pesos) will go to Meralco….every month? I’m sorry I think I got lost there somewhere…

And they’re still enforcing price hikes??? I wonder how much is Meralco’s Distribution Cost versus their Profit?

“Around 87 centavos or (goes to power suppliers and government. Meralco collects for them and remits to them each time you pay. That way, you only have one bill to pay.” (Am I supposed to be grateful to you now?)

This is the breakdown of your charges (in case you’re wondering:)

Generation – This goes to the generating companies (National Power Corporation and Independent Power Producers) or power suppliers.

Transmission – This goes to the Transmission Company (TransCo).

System Loss – This is the recovery of the cost of power loss due to technical and non-technical system losses.

Distribution – These charges go to Meralco and cover the cost of building, operating and maintaining its distribution system; billing, collection, customer service, records maintenance, and associated services; reading, operating and maintaining power metering facilities; and adjustments for the unavoidable fluctuations in the exchange rate of the Philippine Peso against the US Dollar.

Subsidies – The subsidies under this group provide for socialized pricing mechanisms for marginalized customers and the different customer classifications. (Ito ba yung binabayaran ko para sa mga squatters na gumagamit ng “libreng kuryente”?) Iba-iba pa pala ang binabayaran natin…depende kung mayaman (pinakamahal ang singgil)?…kung middle class (regular rates)?…at ang squatter (libre)?!

Goverment Taxes and Universal Charges – These subgroups include taxes and other charges remitted to the national and local governments and the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) to fund the electrification of remote areas not connected to the transmission system.

Other Charges – These refer to items not included above like backbillings, application of refund, prepayments, etc.

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ERC allows reimbursement of MERALCO‘s Php 8.8 Billion generation cost

On January 18, 2008, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) issued an Order authorizing the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) to adjust its generation rates by PhPO.1662/kWh, effective its February billing. In the same Order, the ERC directed MERALCO to refund its Net Settlement Surplus (NSS) by implementing a rate reduction at PhPO.1614/kWh. Combining these two adjustments approved in the Order, the net impact for the MERALCO consumers would be an increase of PhP 0.0048/kWh only.

Said Order was issued in connection with MERALCO’s ten pending applications to recover adjustment in its generation and system loss charges for the months of August 2006 to May 2007. During these months, MERALCO was not allowed to automatically adjust its generation and system loss rates under the AGRA (Automatic Generation Rate Adjustment) Mechanism, pursuant to the Supreme Court’s Resolution in G.R. No. 163935 (NASECORE v. ERC and MERALCO) dated August 16, 2006. In compliance with the said Resolution, the ERC directed MERALCO to discontinue its implementation of the AGRA and, consequently, its generation rate was pegged at its August 2007 level of PhP4.42/kWh.

In its ten (10) resulting applications, MERALCO applied for authority to recover the total amount of PhP21 Billion, representing its alleged under recoveries for August to May 2007. After careful evaluation, the ERC was able to confirm so far the amount of PhP8.8 Billion only or less than half the total amount applied for, equivalent to PhPO.1614/kWh. This amount was verified to have been actually incurred by MERALCO and should already be recovered. The ERG’s Order provides some relief in MERALGO’s cash flow considering the billions it has advanced to its power suppliers, which have remained unrecovered. With this relief, MERALGO’s viability to remain in business to provide reliable service is assured and the possibility of imposition of additional carrying charges to cover its financing costs is minimized.

“These ultimately benefit the consumers,” ERC Chairman and CEO Rodolfo B. Albano Jr. explained.

The generation rate is a pass-through rate for the recovery of a distribution utilities’ (DUs) cost of power supplied to their customers. The DUs do not earn a single centavo from this charge. Unlike MERALCO, the other DU’s continued with the implementation of the AGRA as they were not party to G.R. No. 163935.

To cushion the impact of this increase, the ERC ordered MERALCO to at the same time refund its accumulated NSS at the rate of PhPO.1614/kWh. Until this NSS is fully refunded, the net increase that will be experienced by MERALCO consumers pursuant to the Order is PhP 0.0048/kWh only. The implementation of this net adjustment can be further mitigated by reductions in MERALCO’s present generation costs that may result from any ERC-approved rate reduction for NPC under its GRAM and ICERA.

Blog Review Badits.net


Blog Review

Badits.net

BADITS.NET serves as the new portal and home of all the poems written with such emotions that only one author could express, Kevin Paquet from Davao City. Enjoy all the free poetry which we offer to all of you, tell your friends, share our link and have fun^-^”

Kevin Pacquet is a 17-year-old poet from Davao. Samples of his previous works are featured at Badits.net and they are graciously being offered by Kevin for FREE.

Wow…geez…Kevin, that’s so kind of you!

Kevin’s creations are nothing short of a pile of puke. He can translate his emotions into something cute and relatable. Let’s give him that. But those poems are anything…but poetic. His infantile optimism borders on his narcissistic tendencies  to glorify his work. Noteworthy, indeed, is that exact, same optimism which allows him to create all kinds of imaginary followers.

Eventhough, his talent may seem shallow, and most likely pitiful, to the rest of the world…he doesn’t seem to mind. At least he has found consolation in poetry and that’s good. Otherwise, he’ll just be another angry teenager who plays lead guitar in a rock band. Well, here’s an excerpt from “My Bestfriend,” one of Kevin’s poems:

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My Bestfriend

I’ve never known too many people
But you are one of the very few
For whom i am proud to say
That i found a bestfriend inside of you…

Maybe we’re distant
But you seem so deep important
Maybe you won’t believe me
But it’s clear and wide to see…

Though i’ve met many friends
You’ll be one until my end
And forever i’ll remember
All between us, what we’ve shared together…

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True, he is no Shakespeare…yet! But perhaps, he should end his poetic “career” as early as possible. Hint…Hint…Only then will he be deemed a genius and added to the roster of poets who died gruesome deaths (think Sylvia Platt and Ernest Hemingway; although Hemingway was more of a novelist…he did shoot himself…so anyway you get the picture!)

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If there will be…some more

of your boring lines…like before

Come by here…at my door

and I’ll kill thee…that’s for sure

pipitblog, Jan. 18, 2008 –

U.P. Oblation Run: The Tale of the Micropenis


The Oblation Run is an annual tradition of the members of the Alpha Phi Omega, a.k.a APO.

Members of this fraternity run around the U.P. campus naked (a concept known as streaking) to protest their sentiments about a current political or economic situation. The run started in 1977 to protest the banning of the movie, “Hubad na Bayani,” which depicted human rights abuses in the martial law era.

Contrary to popular belief, neophytes are forbidden to run. Yan ay according to Ojie Santillan, the frat’s Auxiliary Chancellor. He explained, All those who run are full-fledged members who have volunteered”. There is a misconception that the Oblation Run is something that our neophytes have to undergo as part of their initiation. That’s not true. We never allow our applicants to join“.

But, what goes on before those students go out naked in the public? Well, they either get stoned  or get doped up first. (You didn’t think they were sober, or did yah?) There’s also a moment for motivational speeches from various Alumni brods and then there’s the groping and the poking just to make sure they won’t get a hard-on once outside. Senior brods say that’s bad.

Here is the recently held Oblation Run…zonked APO frat members running around the Diliman campus whilst they are au naturel. ahhihihi:)

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“Hey mister, you’re blocking the freakin’ view!!!”


Roll Call!

Richie? Pandak ka pa rin!

Ralph pumayat ka na! Congrats!

Uy si Patrick hindi nagtritrim ng ano…

Nizar, anak! Ano ginagawa mo sa buhay mo?

Ruben lam ko kaw yan!

Yung negro si Dan yun for sure!

Allan, di ka pa rin graduate!!!

Carmelo, cute ka pa rin kahit ganyan lang yung…alam mo na…ahihihihi

Hoy Joan! Malandi kang bata ka!!!

Di ka naman masyado nagprepare, noh Paul?!

Did you see the penises? No? Well, of course you wouldn’t! They are called “micro” for a reason, you know! It goes without saying that they can’t be seen by the naked eye. So better luck next year, perverts!!!”

Edward Norton, raped in prison


Edward Norton, raped in prison

I have always been disgusted with “gay sex“…alright, anal sex to be exact. After watching the film, American History X, the disgust seemed to have increased exponentially.

This scene is not for the faint-hearted. If you are an Edward Norton fan, I suggest you go some place else. It is not right for you to witness the man we so love, being reduced to a  helpless and powerless “rape victim. There is really something quite disturbing about the whole thing!


Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton), the leader of a pack of skinheads, returns from prison to find his younger brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), caught in the same web of white power and hatred that landed him in prison. The task before Derek now is to save his beloved brother from being involved in the gang he himself created.