The pathetic state of our political party system

The Philippines’ political party system has gone haywire that it has become a norm for presidentiables to share some senatoriables in each of their senatorial line-ups.

At least 5 of the tandem’s [Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero] bets are shared candidates with the slates of administration and the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

— Rappler, Who are on the Poe-Escudero senatorial slate?

Imagine this: a presidential candidate endorsing and campaigning for a senatorial candidate, yet the latter does not return the favor but campaigns and votes for another presidentiable instead.

Consider that irony and tell me how pathetic we are to have such a political party system?

VW scandal, new iPhones reviews, 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, First Gentleman

Volkswagen (VW) emission test scandal

Some people refer to it as Dieaselgate, and Volkswagen’s stock fell by as much as 38% in two days on issues of cheating on its 11 million cars’ emission tests.

Now, that leaves VW’s CEO’s position in question. Continue reading

Justin Bieber and a Dozen Arabs

guest-post-iconThis is a guest post from Raymond.

I’m still dejected following the nation’s pride, Manny Pacquiao’s devastating sixth round KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth match up. Not a few people have urged him to hang up his gloves especially after absorbing that vicious punch which rendered him unconscious for a time.

My take on these calls for retirement initially was that:

If I am Pacquiao, there’s no way on earth that I will allow that my last image as a fighter and only eight division world champion be one that is face down on the canvas. What I will do is rid myself of all distractions, train as if I haven’t won anything and as if I’m broke. Fight ferociously driven by that KO image in my mind. Convincingly beat Bradley, Marquez and Mayweather in that particular order – then call it a career. Continue reading

Pacquiao vs. Mayweather — The Fight is Finally On!

We know very well who will win in this epic but future (i.e., if it ever happens at all) battle between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. But the question is — how?

Well, just enjoy the video below:

This stop-motion video was produced by GRNMNGO, which took them 4 months and more than 2,500 still images to make. Wish they just used a clear white background instead or some other wallpapers.

NBA 2012 PlayOffs Fearless Forecast

I remember tweeting yesterday:

Fearless forecast? It’s gonna be PHI vs. IND in the Eastern Conf. Finals, and OKC vs. IND in the Finals. And OKC will sweep it all the way. — deuts

These forecasts can be further broken down into 6 detailed predictions based on the ongoing Conference Semifinals as follows:

  1. The Oklahoma City Thunder will sweep the Lakers (4-0) in the Western Conference Semifinals;
  2. The Oklahoma City Thunder will sweep (4-0) whoever they play with in the Western Conference Finals;
  3. The Oklahoma City Thunder will sweep (4-0) whoever they play with in the NBA 2012 Finals;
  4. The Philadelphia 76ers will beat Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals;
  5. The Indiana Pacers will beat Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals; and
  6. The Indiana Pacers will beat the Sixers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

After the Thunder lost to the Lakers earlier, one of my predictions is already down. Let’s see which of the other 5 will come out correct.

It's Dallas vs. Miami Part Deux

Obviously, it didn’t turn out to be what I’ve been rooting for — the #thunderheat. Instead, the repeat of the 2006 NBA Finals.

This blog has been old enough to have previewed mentioned the NBA Finals 5 years ago. And this time, I’ll be on the other side of the fence. For one, Miami Heat’s head coach, Eric Spoelstra, is half Filipino.

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have been doing great so far in the 2011 NBA Playoffs. But I believe that the Lebron-Wade-Bosh tag team will shine even better this time — in the 2011 NBA Finals. Add that to the fact that the Heat will be enjoying the Home Court advantage in this series.

The #thunderheat could have been the most ideal NBA Finals scenario, at least as far as I’m concerned. The Miami Heat clinching the 2011 NBA Finals Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy comes second.