comedy, entertainment, humor, Philippines, television

Strangebrew’s All Saints’ Day Tribute

The hilariously informative program ‘Strangebrew‘ may have ended a decade ago, but its cult popularity endures to this day. The program introduced viewers to the funny duo of Angel Rivero and Arvin Jimenez, whose roles as the driver Erning and the sidekick Tado helped them become successful stars in the indie industry, translating to a stint in the now-defunct radio program called ‘BrewRats’ alongside co-star Ramon Bautista.

In one episode, Tado and Erning mourned the loss of their pet cactus Joan, and tried to find a burial lot at the La Loma Cemetery, with the help of a map given by ‘Michael Gel Locsin’ (Bautista). Unfortunately their search for a burial lot failed and they were forced to ‘bury’ Joan inside a freezer. This is a funny episode, but it also has significance to All Saints’ Day, with Tado and Erning visiting a cemetery and informing viewers about the burial of the deceased.

Here is the entire episode, which also includes a visit to a lechon restaurant in the La Loma area.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Meanwhile, let us honor those souls who have departed. Happy All Saints’ Day.

entertainment, game show, Philippines, television

Another New ‘Milyonaryo’ on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’

Another winner of P2,000,000 was crowned last Sunday on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ as Gaeilo Pajinag, Jr. won the top prize.

This past Sunday, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?‘ crowned another winner of the elusive P2,000,000 cash. Gaeilo Pajinag, Jr. won the prize by answering ‘Jabberwocky‘ to the question ‘What was the title of the poem written by Lewis Carroll that used nonsense words?’ Gaeilo used the newly-created High Risk Money Tree, a format featuring a fourth lifeline called ‘Double Dip’ and a lone safe haven of P20,000, to become only the third winner of the P2,000,000 since the Vic Sotto-hosted version began in 2008.

Gaeilo’s run for P2,000,000 took 1 1/2 episodes, and while he ended up using all four of the High Risk lifelines, he still did not cave in to the temptation of getting a check and walk away. Instead he kept answering the riskiest of questions, even if it meant losing the earnings and going back to P20,000. The P1,000,000 question of ‘If Trinoma is known as the Triangle North of Manila, what is the meaning of Tribeca in America?’ showcased his resolve by answering ‘Triangle Below Canal’, which eventually put him in a position to either lose P1,980,000 or win P2,000,000.

Gaeilo’s victory also showed how the need of knowledge, resolve, calmness and wit will help a contestant win P2,000,000. Just ask the prior P2,000,000 winner in Karl Jonathan Aguilar, who used these qualities to win the top prize two years ago.

Meanwhile, the search for the latest P2,000,000 winner continues. ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ airs on TV5’s ‘Weekend Do It Better’ every Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

country, news, Philippines, politics

In 100 Words: Million People March Part 2

Tomorrow will be the second installment of the Million People March, an event in which rallyists voice their anger and discontent against Pork Barrel. The first Million People March was held at the Quirino Grandstand, and attracted nearly a million protesters. Tomorrow’s event will be held at Ayala Avenue, Makati, and will start at 3:00 p.m, with the hope that they can attract the upper class and white collar workers into the march.

Heavy traffic is expected within the streets of Paseo de Roxas, Arnaiz, Chino Roces, Gil Puyat, Makati Avenue and EDSA. Fair weather is likely to occur tomorrow, but bringing various rain gear is still a must in case of rain. The protest will again provide an opportunity for protesters to shout against greed and corruption in the country.

humor, news, Philippines, politics, public affairs

More Napoles News and Jokes

The week in news is all about the Pork Barrel, and its whistleblower Janet Napoles. Monday witnessed the Million People March at the Quirino Grandstand, then Wednesday night saw the voluntary surrender of Napoles at Malacanang. The narrative did not end there, however.

On Friday night the court finally approved the transfer of Janet Napoles from the Makati City Jail to the Fort Sto. Domingo facility in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. It was the same complex that housed former president and Manila mayor Joseph Estrada during his plunder case a decade ago. The court approved the move citing security concerns within the Makati City Jail.

Throughout the week all major television networks extensively the issue of Pork Barrel and the surrender of Janet Napoles. Some segments took exception to the issue by presenting it in a light-hearted manner. On the TV5 program T3: Reload, the Tulfo brothers Ben, Erwin and Raffy decided to make fun of the issue with the use of social media, presenting memes and pick-up lines relating to Janet Napoles and the Pork Barrel scam. Then on the ‘Word of the Lourd’ segment by Lourd de Veyra, he presented a photo of Napoles and asked several people to identify the subject, with one mistakenly identifying the subject as the Korean rapper Psy.

Despite the serious nature of the issue, people still found a way to lighten up the mood of the nation by presenting them in a humorous manner. That ability to construct humor amidst the negativity of the situation enabled the Philippines to rank among the top 10 in the happiest countries poll last year. And that humor overcomes all the poverty and hardship that the country experiences these days.

Meanwhile, more news about Janet Napoles’s transfer will be reported over the next few days, so stay tuned.

news, Philippines, politics

In 100 Words: Million People March

This morning, millions of Filipinos will march towards the Quirino Grandstand to protest the PDAF or the Pork Barrel. Over the past week netizens spread the word regarding the much-anticipated rally to Luneta, using the hashtag #MillionPeopleMarch on social media to drum up interest. As word continues to spread about the rally, President Noynoy Aquino announced on Saturday that he has abolished the PDAF in favor of an unnamed budget system.

Despite the abolition of the PDAF, the protest will continue today. Heavy traffic will be expected in the Ermita and Malate areas, and with rains looming, expect a rainy march to Luneta. The protest is an opportunity for people to voice out anger against corruption and greed that has threatened the progress of the Philippines.

news, Philippines, politics, public affairs

In 100 Words: The Metro Bus Problem

A bus ban in Manila, and then a bus terminal in Paranaque. The past few weeks have been a headache for commuters, who were forced to spend extra cash for another mode of transportation after the Manila bus ban. Ditto provincial commuters, who were forced to take the Metro buses first after the banning of provincial buses along EDSA.

Both the Manila City Council and the MMDA have a purpose in these rules: to decongest Metro Manila and alleviate traffic in major roads. But they should first consult the most important member: the commuter. In this way any traffic problem will be solved. Good luck to the MMDA for ironing out these problems.