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Stand-in Comedy, Psychological Ice Pick and Other Boob-tube Booboos

November 4, 2011

By Nestor Torre
Philippine Daily Inquirer

HOST: Why, of all the stars we have, did you decide to become a fan of (name of female star)?

Fan: Because I idolize her since childbirth!

(Yours?or hers?)


Host: How beautiful did your best friend (name of star) look at her wedding?

Guest: So beautiful ? para siyang wedding gown na naglalakad!

(That beautiful, huh?)

Good future

Host: What should a teacher do to guide students to a good future?

Guest: Dapat, we should guide them para ma-realize nila ang tamang mali!

(Hey, that?s quite a trick!)


Host: What kind of actor do you want to be?

Guest: Comedian.

Host: What kind of comedy?

Guest: Stand-in comedy!

(Which comedy star do you wish to stand in for?)


Host: Do you think the government contract was legal?

Guest: In my opinion, how it was done, para namang properly with the right connections.

(Ano daw?)


Host: If you were the one accused, would you plead guilty?

Guest: Since I?m not the one, I think that?s a hypotesticle question!

(Absolutely no comment!)


Host: Do you think stress can push a desperate person to acts of violence?

Guest: Of course, it can.

Host: Why of course?

Guest: Because stress can affect what you call the psychological ice pick ng tao.

(Ice pick? ?Violent talaga!)


Host: What do you think of (name of new star), his potential?

Guest: I?m sure he will go a long places!

(He?s that good, huh?)


Host: What did you do on your birthday?

Guest: I went to an exclusive beach resort with my family.

Host: Did you go inside the water?

(Would you like to rephrase your question?please?)


Host: Congratulations on your victory. Do you want to thank anybody?

Guest: Yes, I?d like to thank you the judges!

(Oh, never mind!)

“…great leaders are trained”

October 18, 2011

At the backstage, Rara and I trying to pose for a smile. We were actually rehearsing… nervously.(that’s what you get when you don’t practice regularly)

What I wore: wayfarer (Ray Ban), bow tie (Gaisano Dept Store), whie button-down (Ego Denim), belt (Novo), jeans (Oxygen), socks (Biofresh), shoes (Kenneth Cole Reaction)

Going Gaga

October 14, 2011

The students and faculty of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities gone gaga last September 20. My get-up was just a product of one hour meditation while Cherry and I were on our way back to MSU from Marawi City.

What I wear: Carry-on buttondown (Penshoppe), Tank Top (Kentucky), Bow tie (Gaisano Department Store), Jeans (Oxygen), Socks (Bio Fresh), Shoes (Kenneth Cole Reaction)

CSSH goes Gaga

September 19, 2011

Are you ready to go gaga? Let’s see it tonight as the students from Library Science , English, Filipino, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, Socio-Anthro, History and Communication and Media Studies Departments show off what they’ve got.  Take a peek also with the faculty’s look tonight. Don’t miss this chance to go gaga.

Cheers for the 50th Golden Anniversary of the Mindanao State University and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Photo courtesy of Raymart Estael

A Letter to the Filipinos

September 19, 2011

(Editor’s Note: Manila Bulletin published an article last August 24. Language, Learning, Identity, Privilege was written by James Soriano on MB’s student section.)

I can still remember the last time I favored the use of English language as Filipinos’ mother tongue. It was during my elementary years. The choice was a product of immature mind and soul. I can’t even speak English that time as capable as today. Again, it was just a mere product of innocence.

When I was a child I learned that if you can speak in the class in English you are superior. I tried hard then just to be labeled as such. This kind of mentality proves that Filipinos are brainwashed by several factors including the media. Personally, I blamed the media for this. It’s still fresh in my mind when I saw TV personalities on the boob-tube speak in English. I thought of them as cool.

I want to go on the record that I once detest Filipino language in my life. This mentality was still part of my innocence. It was only in college that I realized that language will play a very crucial role in the development of a country. China and Japan are proofs to that. Since then, I had a change of heart.

I found the stand of Soriano full of hot air. How confident he was to disparage the language of his motherland. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion though. But the fact that publishing it to a national broadsheet is something. He’s trying to ridicule the dignity of his own lingo.

There’s nothing wrong with using English. I am certain of this concept. In fact, it’s an advantage to anybody, especially in this very competent world. On the other end, if one could not accept Filipino as his first language, so be it. Neither the Filipinos nor the Philippine Constitution will prohibit him for that.

James Soriano is indeed brave enough to write something anti-nationalist. His article wound up the Pilipinos, even in the social media. He has drawn a bulk of backlash from students, professionals, and even our OFWs. His defense was just to draw in a debate across the country. And so he did! But, it was beyond his expectation that he could be pulled down by diverse flak. Damaging the reputation of anyone or anything in one’s country is damaging the dignity of oneself.

Furthermore, I want to thank him for animating the spirit, especially, of the youth. It only means we still have our chance of winning back what has been lost in our country—unity and its friends.

Peace of Mine, Trying the Knot and Other Boob-tube booboos

September 2, 2011

By Nestor Torre
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines —

HOST: Why are you angry?

Guest: I’m not! I’m disappointed. Imagine, in spite I told you what happen, it happen pa rin?!

(Ano raw?)

* * *

Host: Are you happy now?

Guest: Yes, I’m so happy!

Host: Why the big change of mood from last year? What’s the difference?

Guest: The difference is, I have peace of mine!

(And it’s all yours, right?)

* * *

Host: Why don’t you do the next lead-in?

Cohost: OK. (Reading spiel) Bad story, stormy, Christmas weather, ish the States–ang hirap, ang tongue-twister!

(Hey, it’s not that hard, it’s just you who’s tongue-twisted!)

Fashion forecast

Host: Can you describe your fashion forecast for 2011?

Designer: Oh, it’s a big departure for me, my new collection for next year is more maturious.

(Maturious? Bago nga ‘yon, a!)

* * *

Host: Why don’t you like (name of starlet)?

Guest: Kasi..bakit ba!?well, she’s plastic, ayun,so she’s nondeserving in the sense.

(Whatever do you mean?!?)

* * *

Host: What about you? how can you defend yourself against rumors about your drinking problem?

Guest: No, there’s no problem. I just drink non-intoxicating licker.

(That’s liquor, darling and be sure to lick it..hic!)

* * *

Host: What do you want to say to your best friend, who’s getting married?

Guest: Congratulations, ate. I’m so happy you’re trying the knot!

(Uh, would you like to try that again?)

Bright colors

Host: Why do you like wearing bright colors and flashy makeup?

Guest: Kasi, nakakadagdag ng confident!

(You mean, sa gaslaw mong ‘yan, kulang pa angconfident mo?)

* * *

Host: What is your New Year’s resolution for 2011?

Guest: Gusto ko to undergo makeover,a complete transfermation!

(Uh, what other part of the world are you planning to transfer to?)

* * *

Host: What is your special wish for the country next year?

Guest: I wish?I wish na mapanatigil ang kapayapaan!

(Mapanatili? Matigil? You can’t have both, so make up your mind!)

* * *

For our part, however, there’s absolutely no doubt that we fervently wish you, dear reader, a peaceful, prosperous, holy and happy 2011! Tawa naman diyan. Laughter really is the best medicine!