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Pelikula @ Kultura

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The “major, major response” of Maria Venus Raj finally led her to a “major, major mistake”. One, it led her to lose the Miss Universe crown, and two, it fed the hunger for mistakes of the “tatsadores and tatsadoras”. Siyempre dawit diyan an elementary teacher niya sa Bato kun saen siya primerong nakaukod mag-English. Nag-urugbon na baga hanggang kasabay na su BU-ICCS kun saen siya dineklara na Cum Laude.

But Venus Raj is composed. In a TV interview she said she is not affected. At least daa may mawawalat siyang legacy na magpapagiromdom sa mga Pilipino asin sa bilog na mundo manungod saiya: An tataramon na “Major major”.

O siguro nasanay na si Venus sa mga Bikolano lalo na sa mga Albayano na saiyang nakuru-kaiba kan siya nagklase sa Legazpi. Sabi daa kaya, an mga Albayano, tatsaderos asin tatsaderas. In the words of Pading Romy:

In Albay, “Tatsar” has evolved to be an art all its own.
This art is fairly common amongst Albayanos. It is not a trait we are particularly proud of..nor are we ashamed of it.The fact stands that we simply are a province of “Tatsadors and Tatsaderas”…

Sarong ehemplo, hale pa giraray sa Albayanong bida sa FB:


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The other week, we went to Iriga City to visit some friends. The city is indeed changing including the location of one of its radio stations — the DWIR-Radyo Natin (107.1 FM).

In one of the visitors’ corner of Radyo Natin is posted a sort of a Ten Commandments for Drinkers allegedly authored by DWIR News Manager, Raul Sodsod. These are as follows:

According to Voltaire, translations can either be graceful or truthful but not both. Even then, below is an attempt to capture the spirit of the piece… at least the spirit. The melody and the beauty of it… well, uhhh… never mind. Can DTN help us here?

1. Thou shall not drink hungry.

2. Thou shall place the liquor inside your stomach and not in your head.

3. Thou shall not drink without ‘pulutan’ (or side dish or appetizer when drinking liquor).

4. “Pulutans” are side dishes not the main dish.

5. Thou shall not always argue and argue during drinking sprees to avoid getting hurt.

6. Thou shall not stall the glass in your hand because other drinkers are also waiting.

7. Thou shall not sleep in the midst of the drinking session.

8. Thou shall tell your wife that you are going to a drinking session to avoid getting fetched.

9.  Thou shall drink everything inside the shot glass and never throw a drop because liquors are expensive.

10. Thou shall not always avail of free drinks. Treat others also for a drink.

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[ I got this from the Facebook and e-mails and I think it’s worthy to share. No offence meant, uh! :)..]


“Pag may nasabat na magayon na
babaye,titatsaran mo tulos maski muya mo man.

An pirmi mo narereparo an dungo
kung marayrahay o bisngagun.

An snack mo pirmi baduya sa may Digitel/post office,
pan de agua kan Albay Bakery;
kun bako pansit Palamigan/Boklan.

Midbid mo gabos na bua asin bakla
Sa Penaranda buda Rizal park.

Nangiturog ka na sa sobrang kabuyungan
Sa maski  sain na park as “mentioned above”
Nag-date ka na at any one time sa Cagsawa,
Legazpi Airport, asin Imelda Park;

Aram mo kun sain an Lover’s lane,
Tago-tago, Lady Anne,Azzy’s
Asin pati Blue note;
Arammo man na ang Lady Anne dating melon patch.


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One of the top posts in my blog the past few weeks is Idolizing Jose Rizal. It receives at least 20 hits a day and is the number 1 in terms of keyword search. In the past few months, the high-hitting articles are those I wrote about poverty in the Bicol Region and the Politics of Rice.


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Sitting president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is now maintaining a very active presence in the Bicol Region. Does this show that the “turugbong na tubo” is already at work in exchange for the election of the presidential son, Datu, as a District Representative of the First District of Camarines Sur? And if so, will this be beneficial to the Bicolanos?

The idea of “turugbong na tubo” was earlier attributed to Camarines Sur’s Luis Villafuerte. It was known as surumpay na tubo or literally translated as “pipes or pipelines linked or connected with each other”. Prior to the 1980 elections, Villafuerte proposed that if somebody close to the Malacanang would be elected to the Naga City Hall, the mejoras or largesse will easily flow to the local government. To prove his point, he even staked his name to ensure the election of a Del Castillo (related to the mother of ex-Governor and Congressman Al Francis Bichara). He was not shamed, of course, and for this reason, he revived the idea in relation to the 2007 elections. Not contented on switching to and chairing Arroyo’s political party, Villafuerte even endorsed and fully supported the candidacy of Datu. In addition, he also supported (albeit not open) GMA’s favorite student and economic adviser, Joey Salceda in the latter’s bid for governorship in Albay, and rallied the support of other political stalwarts in the region like Edcel Lagman and Jose Solis.


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An interesting write from Carrick Irwin of Canada which supports the idea of “unity in diversity”. Canada, by the way, also has a federal system of government and is actually one of the models Philippine federalists are looking into. A portion of his write is as follows:

I have always been a fan of multiculturalism because I think its beautiful to experience other cultures here in my home country of Canada. Others disagree with multiculturalism because they say it breeds a sort of criminal or separatist sub-culture, I believe that by not allowing immigrants to freely express themselves in their own culture breeds a separatist and sometimes criminal sub-culture…

Read more here>>>>

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