Sunday, December 21, 2008

Guesting on Rock Ed Radio Tonight!

If you're near a radio tonight, tune in to NU107 at 8pm for Rock Ed Radio. The topic is Nightmare Before Christmas and I'm guesting along with Rhyan Carlos, horror movie director. My guess is that we're going to talk about all things to be sacred of this holiday season. Like that commie Santa Claus and his brainwashed worker elves for example.

In other news, here's an early review of the Philippine Genre Stories horror issue on the ABS News website. Yay! As for the actual issue itself, it'll be out soon, giving us ample time to build it up for you so that once ithits the shelves, you absolutely, positively must buy one for each member of your barangay and their dentists. A better Christmas gift you cannot find elsewhere, di ba, KYu? :)

Friday, December 05, 2008

New Free Press Cover Out on Monday... and a link with live eats

Here's the Free Press' new design. I never thought I'd say this but... don't you just love VP Noli de Castro's puppydog eyes?

Seriously, I like that they're revamping their covers, keeping it classic and dignified yet modern.

Monday will be Mother Mary's birthday, but it will also mark a change in the Philippines Free Press' cover, courtesy of Erwin Romulo and Juan Caguicla.

Inside, find excellent bathroom reading material courtesy of Tad Ermitanio, Alexis Tioseco, Gang Badoy, the incredibly handsome Luis Katigbak, and more!

So fall in line and grab a copy next week. You know you want to.

In other news, here's a link to some of the most disturbing videos I've ever seen. Live fugu gutting? A plateful of crawling tentacles and... cassava! Come... dine with death. No salmon mousse here.


Because you can never have too clean a monitor...

And from Luis,

Because everything should taste like bacon.

You're welcome.

The Philippines Free Press Gets a Makeover

The Philippines Free Press, a venerable institution that just turned 100 this year (Haaaaapy berdey toooo youuuuu!) has also undergone a makeover. Yes, there is no shame in getting botoxed, facelifted and airbrushed in one's old age. In this case, the makeover was done courtesy of elite tatooed superhero photographer Juan Caguicla.

Aaaaaand gracing the new cover layout is none other than VP Nolin de Castro. I have no idea what for though, I make it a point not to follow politics, unless it involves Ate Vi running for office.

I don't have anything in this issue though. I think my article on Philipp Tampus, all around nice guy and one of the final 3 in Project Runway Philippines came out in the issue before it.

In other news, Andrew Drilon just sent me the drafts for Waking the Dead and I have to say, I love them! Luis does too! They're simple, yet freaky, but in a subtle way, sort of like the few peaceful moments before the psycho killer brings the knife down on your unuspecting back. It's better than I imagined it would be (and given Andrew's illustrious (yes, pun intended) career, I imagined lots). I cant wait to see the rest of the illustrations.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Gina Catacutan's Family Tree

Remember ruthless Rakista's rock manager Gina Catacutan? The woman who reduced popular rock band Spongecola to a bunch of whimpering puppies?

Well, her type isn't new. Turns out rock managers have traditionally had the souls of rottweilers, at the expense of the talents they handle. They're great at taking unknowns to new heights of uber-popularity, and even better at siphoning their earnings.

Mental Floss blog has a list of 10 ruthless rock managers. See if their killer instinct matches -- or exceeds -- Ginas!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Art and Science of Freelancing

Was part of a panel of lecturers who shared their real world experienced to some English majors in the DECL. Luis and I were both there as representatives from the tribe of freelancing. I think I managed to depress everyone with the grim realities of the trade like the long lonely hours and the fluctuating paycheck. At the same time, I also told them about the rewards such an arrangement can bring (your own hours, no boss), as long as getting rich isn't your first priority.

Funny how things flow together. I got an e-mail from someone who apparently follows my GMA Column (now I'm pressured to update more often, hehe) and who was asking for tips on stating out as a freelancer. I e-mailed her back some tips but as soon as I can think of more, I'll probably post it in my column.