Thursday, May 28, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I'm not sure when the Maricar Reyes video happened. To be honest, I wasn't even aware of it (probably because they did not make a big fuss about it), nor did I know who she was. But after some research, it turns out that she's the commercial model in Modess and Ponds. YouTube videos of Maricar Reyes commercials can be found here.
What I found really annoying throughout all this, is actor-turned-politician Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla's involvement in all these topics as of late. Here's a senator that you hardly hear about the whole time he was sitting in the Senate. You don't hear him grilling the suspects in the ZTE scandal, or the Euro-General scandal, etc. Then suddenly, he's all over the place with this showbiz scandal. He's like a rabid shark that has tasted blood. He's getting lots of air-time in the news, in his privilege speech at the senate, etc.
Then yesterday, I saw him involved in yet-another showbiz-related issue. This time, with Hollywood actor, Alec Baldwin. From what I can tell, Baldwin guested in David Letterman's show and he made a joke about getting a Filipina mail-order bride. Of course, that triggered all sorts of racial protests, and guess who comes to the fray? Yes, none other than the showbiz crusader Sen. Bong Revilla again! This time, he challenges Baldwin to come to the Philippines so he can "beat him up".
After all these brouhaha, will Katrina Halili's showbiz career really be affected? I kinda doubt it. Its not like she's known as a serious dramatic actress. She's a soft-porn star, for crying out loud! This incident will probably just make her even more popular. Look at Paris Hilton and the wonders that her sex videos have done for her career!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The local entertainment industry has been abuzz with the supposed latest sex video featuring Katrina Halili and Dr. Vicky Belo's ex-student-cum-boyfriend, Hayden Kho. The sex video is supposedly retailing for as much as Php100 in Quiapo or wherever it is that you usually buy pirated DVD's from.
I tried searching the 'Net for the supposed video, but could not seem to find anything "scandalous". Here's a link in YouTube of them dancing against George Michael's "Careless Whisper". What's the big deal? Or is there more after this scene that has been edited?
From the video, it seems very clear that Katrina was aware she was being videoed. Now she comes crying out foul? Well, I have to give Hayden some credit though. He's a pretty good singer!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
It shows the typical mobile phone icons for cellular signal strength with Brand "S" at the smallest bar, followed by Brand "G" (duh, who can that be referring to), and Smart leading with the most number of cellular sites. And if that is not obvious enough, the text above says "Over 2,000 more cell sites than he 2nd network".
What makes this location very interesting is its just a stone's throw away from Globe's headquarters along Pioneer Street! So I'm sure the Globe guys there are not too happy reporting to work every day with that billboard staring at them. he he he
I have to give Globe credit though for their recent launch of the DUO. Its a very interesting concept -- using a single SIM to have both a Globe mobile number and a Globe landline number. Then depending on whether you're calling a mobile number or a landline number, it uses the appropriate identity automatically so as to lower your cost (landline-to-landline call is free).
This would probably not affect Smart much, but it should be a cause for worry for telcos like Bayan who has been mainly positioning their service as an unlimited mobile-like/wireless landline service. The DUO can do what Bayan is claiming, while at the same time, enjoy mobile capability and have local + global roaming features. So the case for a separate wireless landline has somehow been reduced. If I already have a Globe mobile phone and am looking for unlimited landline calls, the value proposition of using DUO is better than getting a separate Bayan wireless landline. But if all I needed was unlimited landline, then Bayan is the better way to go as DUO requires that I also subscribe to a regular Globe mobile plan.
Incidentally, I received an unsolicited SMS today from Globe -- on my Smart number! The sender appeared as (0921)xxx9655. Undoubtedly, its a prepaid Smart number. The SMS was basically an offer to use Globe DUO. Its so obvious that it came from Globe. No, they can't claim it was just some over-eager sales agent who acted on his own because there was no info on who to call to avail of the offer. It was just a plain, flat-out, marketing txt message to try DUO. Globe marketing probably bought a Smart SIM, plugged it into a GSM modem, and started shooting messages to their list.
Globe has recently been marketing themselves as "the leader in postpaid". Granted that it is most likely a statistically valid claim, I'm really not sure as to what marketing edge it is supposed to convey. As a consumer, I can easily understand what benefits there are if there are more cellsites -- better coverage, stronger signal, etc. But what do I expect from a leader in postpaid? Better billing statements? nyuk nyuk nyuk.
If I don't have a mobile phone service and I'm deciding between Globe and Smart, would a tagline like "leader in postpaid" suppose to sway me one way or the other? I don't know if its just me, but I just don't find it a compelling marketing tagline as a consumer.
But I also give kudos to Globe for their Globe Labs initiative. Opening your platform to developers can only lead to more apps being made available to your customers. So in the end, everybody benefits. Currently, developers have access to their SMS, MMS and LBS (Location-based Service) API's. The Voice API will be launched in the next couple of days.
Incidentally, I have a Globe mobile, a Smart mobile, and a Bayan wireless landline. I've never tried using Sun although my wife uses it for her Sun-to-Sun unlimited calls (that is, if you are willing to get disconnected every 15 mins or so and have to redial).
Sunday, May 10, 2009
From church, I passed by Loyola to buy flowers for mom. I had lunch at Valle with the grandparents and Sa-i-ma. I didn't stay too late as they had to visit grandma's brother at the hospital. From Valle, I went home quickly to get 3 picturebooks wire-bounded at UP. Then headed back out to Rockwell for a swim and delivered the picturebooks to a client at Bel-Air.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
From Rockwell, we went to pickup the CRV from Honda Pasig where it was brought for tune-up. Among other things, they replaced the damaged shocks which gave me a whopping bill of P39k! These casas are highway robbers!
When I left Honda Cars Pasig, C5 was building a little traffic already. So it was slow moving. When I passed the BMW Prestige Cars showroom, I saw a familiar-looking, tall guy walk out of the door. Its James Yap, the popular PBA player for Purefoods, and more popular known as the husband of TV host Kris Aquino. Sure enough, Kris, Baby James, and Joshua (her giant son from actor Phillip Salvador) with their yayas also came out the door. I quickly aimed my camera phone and took a shot as they entered their Range Rover (Kris is the one in purple with her back turned). I need to be more alert next time if I'm to be a papparazzi.
Had a quick shower at home and met with Atty. Martinez at YCMK for dinner. I tried our new Dear Darla Pizza for the first time and its pretty good! When I got home, started pasting the 8R's back-to-back while watching WWE pay-per-view on our Philips DivX player.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
So for all of us who did not pay extra to watch to fight live, we had to endure the barrage of ads. But in my case, as with previous matches of Manny, I used my Philips DVDR to just record the match so I can watch it afterwards by skipping all the commercials. And I was glad I did. I did not have to waste time sitting in front of the TV for hours just to watch 2 rounds of boxing.
But wait -- it seems that the match is not yet over even long after the knockdown. The guy who sang the National Anthem, Martin Nievera, is still under fire for his "interpretation" of the song. The National Historical Institue (NHI) scolded him for changing the arrangement citing Republic Act 8491 that states "the rendition of the National Anthem, whether played or sung, shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.”
Granted that I did not hear the entire anthem as sang by Martin (I only caught the last part), I am not sure if there is really such a big issue over this. Sure, he ended the last part on a high note; but don't all singers do that when they are asked to sing their national anthem during a big sports event? They do that all the time for Star-Spangled Banner in big WWE pay-per-views.