Forever in Blue Jeans

August 27, 2009

UP Diliman’s take on this year’s National Artist Awards

Filed under: News and Events — Jayson Yang @ 9:35 am



We artists and cultural workers of the University of the Philippines at Diliman strongly take exception to how the National Artists were named this year.

First, the spirit of the process was not upheld in the final selection of the awardees.  We concede that any subjective decision of this nature gives rise to a range of diverse views. What we cannot accept is the corruption of this already fraught process. The art community judiciously took part in this exercise, with the hope that an evenhanded process would produce truly worthy National Artists. This good faith in government has been subverted. It has made us distrust any effort to involve us in what may ultimately turn out to be a charade, or a farce in fact, and to regard the cultural bureaucracy as helplessly beholden to the contrivances of politicians and their courtiers.

Second, there was a demonstration of significant indiscretion, or even egregious imprudence, on the part of the officials who administered the awards. It was totally amiss—unethical, dishonest, morally bereft, and abusive—that those who oversaw the process ended up being honored and reaping the gains of their own auspice. We, therefore, deplore the utter contempt for the vital value of fairness in favor of personal ambitions of Sicilian proportions.

In light of these sentiments, we call for the immediate review of the law governing the National Artist awards and the rules that carry it out. We are specifically concerned about the power of the President, acting as a patron, to supersede the judgment of art’s public sphere and the unbecoming conduct of those in the civil service who are sworn to transcend conflicts of interest and defend democratic ideals.

Finally, as members of the community of scholars, we demand and expect the full commitment to integrity, excellence, and the tireless toil for the greater good.

National Artists deserve a process equal to their stature.

See the full article here .


August 13, 2009

Chris Daughtry’s Poker Face

Filed under: Music — Jayson Yang @ 1:14 pm

*Love love love this version! Can’t see the video? Watch it here.

August 11, 2009

Paula Abdul quits ‘American Idol’

Filed under: Celebrities — Jayson Yang @ 9:29 am

**Paula quitting AI is sad. Paula is love! Idol will never be the same again. 😦

paulaabdulSource: MSN

US singer Paula Abdul has announced she will not be returning for a ninth season as a judge on the hugely popular television reality show “American Idol.”

Abdul, whose eccentricities while on the judging panel of the most widely viewed talent show in television history became a staple of the program, dropped her bombshell via a Tuesday night “tweet” — a message on the microblogging service Twitter.

“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #IDOL,” Abdul wrote.

“I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all… being a part of a show that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon.”

She did not give a reason for her departure, but reading the tea leaves about her future on the show had been a popular pastime in US entertainment circles. Read the full article here,

August 10, 2009

Para Pa Rin Kay Zenicar*

Filed under: Greetings — Jayson Yang @ 2:01 pm

Para sa kaibigang hindi ako kailanman iniwan..

Mula noong tayo’y estudyante pa lamang..

Kung saan tayo’y kasapi ng isang samahang naging bahagi ng ating buhay sa kolehiyo..

Batch 2k4B Anniv, Flaming Wings, Katipunan

Batch 2k4B Anniv, Flaming Wings, Katipunan

 Sa mga selebrasyon tulad ng Pasko…

APSM's Christmas party, Steph Tan's place

APSM's Christmas party, Steph Tan's place

At sa wakas, tayo’s nakapagtapos sa ating minumutyang unibersidad..

outside UP Theater, 2007 CSSP College Graduation

outside UP Theater, 2007 CSSP College Graduation

naging UP Alumni at natutong pumarty? Haha.

APSM's anniv night, decades after

APSM's anniv night, decades after

nagkapera at nagshopping… grabe umievolve. Haha.

at Trinoma with Carol

at Trinoma with Carol

 at nahaggard sa kani-kanyang trabaho..

After-work gala at Greenbelt

After-work gala at Greenbelt

Sa lahat ng pagsasaya at pagkabusy sa org, tagumpay at pamumroblema sa acads at pera, pakikipagsapalaran at pagkamit sa kaligayahan sa ating mga karera, nanatili tayong naniniwala sa isa’t isa. Hindi ko kailanman naramdaman na nawala ka sa tabi ko.

Alam kong hindi natin mapipigilang magbago ang panahon, at dumarating ang oras na kailangan natin magpaalam sa isa’t isa…

your despedida, avenetto, trinoma

your despedida, avenetto, trinoma

Pero hihintayin ko ang iyong pagbabalik, at sa araw na yun, papaulanan kita ng power hug!

Happy birthday Zen! Ayoko kitang paiyakin at ayoko ring umiyak, pero miss na miss na kita. Namimiss ko ang mga kwentuhan at pagpapalakas natin ng loob ng isa’t isa. Eee….. naiiyak ako. 😦 Mahal kita Zen. At tulad nang sinabi ko sa nung kaarawan mo dalawang taon na ang nakakaraan, hanggang andito ako, hinding-hindi ka mauubusan ng pagmamahal. Miss na kita, nubayan. Payakap nga! Happy birthday!

*Tanda mo yung una kong birthday entry ko sa’yo? Para Kay Zenicar ang title. Ito pa ang isa. 🙂

Why do fireflies die so soon?*

Filed under: TV and Movies — Jayson Yang @ 9:59 am

The best animated film I’ve seen in my entire life, Grave of the Fireflies is about a Japanese boy Seita and his younger sister Setsuko who suffered the consequences of the second world war. The film showed how the two kids fought for lives after losing their mother in an air raid, and their father who was a member of the Japanese navy.

I never cried over a film as much as I did over this. It is full of love. It reminds everyone that war is always a losing game.


I’m giving this film 5 out of 5 stars. 🙂

See Roger Egbert‘s review.

*My favorite line from the movie.

August 3, 2009

Paalam Cory

Filed under: Celebrities — Jayson Yang @ 10:30 am

To the country’s mother of democracy, may you rest in peace. You will always be remembered and loved.

coryaquino*credit to the photo owner.

Paalam Maria Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. Paalam Cory.

August 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Maja!

Filed under: Greetings — Jayson Yang @ 1:05 pm

To the Bruneian girl whom I miss the most from the camp, happy birthday! I miss you everyday Maja. I hope you’re having a great time in London. Thanks for being my buddy in Korea. I can’t wait to see you again! I love you Maja! May you have the best of everything in life. Happy happy birthday! I know you are an HP! One happy pepe! 🙂

Me and Maja in Korea

Me and Maja in Korea

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