My Evolving [Musical] Thoughts on the EDSA Revolution

This piece is about my evolving view and appreciation of the EDSA revolution through five songs.


I remember, when I was in Grade 4, I had chicken pox so I was absent for several days. Back then, I dreaded being absent for even for just one. Good thing, that was when the the EDSA revolution happened. I was ok by the time the classes resumed. So I had no recorded absences, thanks to the EDSA revolution. Haha!

Despite my namesake, and the fact that my mom hailed from Ilocos Norte, I have grown to abhor Pres. Marcos, his regime and his brand of martial law. Growing up as a kid in a bustling industrial city in Mindanao, I thought the world (or at least in the Philippines) was all fine and dandy. The first sign that something was wrong with the the society I was living in was when I learned the news about the assassination of former senator Ninoy Aquino. Before, there were no news of dissent (as I have later learned, FM has a pretty tight grip on media then). You can rarely hear from the grown-ups negative comments about the government or FM’s policies. If they did, it was done in very hushed tones with paranoid looks (as if somebody was watching them).

Fast forward 1986, when a snap election was held. The voices of dissent were getting traction during the campaign period, and you could already feel the sentiment of the majority — they wanted Macoy (FM, not me!) out, and elect the figurehead of the opposition then, Cory Aquino. In the media (TV and radio), the campaign ads that dominated were still those of Marcos and Tolentino, but at least, the ads for the Cory/Doy tandem also got some media mileage. But on the streets, in houses or private gatherings, people were really campaigning for the opposition ticket. That’s why it was so unbelievable (and yes, not credible) that Marcos was declared the winner bye the Comelec.

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UPCAT 2010 Results now online.

UPCAT 2010 Results are already published  online at yesterday, January 18, 2010. Results have also been  The online results can also be viewed via the following mirror sites:

The printed results are posted at the Office of Admissions in UP Diliman, as well as in other UP campuses.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Even when typhoon Emong seemed to have gone away, the rains proved to be more persistent. Metro Manila felt the typhoon last Thursday, but it was sunny all over yesterday (Friday). So I thought that was the last of the pre-rainy season downpours.

I was about done eating late lunch at Mang Inasal, Tomas Morato when the rain poured down heavily, and the street outside was immediately flooded. At first I thought, this was usual in this section in Morato. But my was I mistaken – the flooding also covered the sidewalk this time. :O

Obviously all of the customers (and of course, the Mang Inasal staff & crew) inside were stranded.

I said to myself, good thing Mang Inasal’s floor level was several inches higher than the sidewalk level, so there’s no need to worry. But I was mistaken again. The water did reach Mang Inasal’s floor level, and it went inside even in the air-conditioned section. :O The water inside rippled, caused by, well… “waves” from the street which was further caused by passing vehicles who were stubborn enough to brave it out treading the river that is Tomas Morato Avenue. And it smelled like mudwater, carrying with it dirt, dried leaves and of course, dead roaches.

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Plug: Tiny Cactus Live Tonight 7pm on The Edge Radio

It’s been almost two months since my band, Tiny Cactus last had a gig. The members were busy with work (among others :P). So, to break the long pause, we will be playing live tonight (December 12, 2008) on The Edge Radio, an internet radio based in Makati City. I think our slot is 7pm (Manila Time) so you might wanna tune in around that time. Click here for the direct streaming link.

We’re trying to resurrect an original Christmas song, which we played a few times in 2006. The song was written a couple of months after the band was formed.  We didn’t have the luxury (and the common sense) to record it even as a demo, that’s why it was buried in our subconscious minds after Christmas 2006 was over.

TJ will try to remember the lyrics, or just write a new set of lyrics if he cannot remember the entire song. I’m not sure if we’ll be playing this song tonight, but most likely on Sunday night at KBCF’s 33rd anniversary.

Hope you’ll tune in tonight though, Christmas song or no Christmas song from Tiny Cactus. 🙂