Saturday, May 31, 2008

Amy Winehouse

Golden performance from Grammy Award Winner, Amy Winehouse! performing "Rehab" for her American television debut on Late Show with David Letterman. Setting new trends, this chick really knows how to pull things off, I like her style!

"JUMP" The new Honda TVC

I hate heights, I really Do! But when I saw this ad, it made me love free falling! This is one awesome TVC from Honda under its "Difficult Is Worth Doing" Campaign, made by 4Creative. It was aired in the UK broad casted live via Channel 4. Though it's not the first "live" commercial in TV history but this is friggin' amazing! Hmmm, I wonder what would the competitors do...

Wieden + Kennedy chose skydiving formations for the accord launch campaign because of their delicate precision moves in the air. Human engineering. A metaphor for the Honda engineers' work on the ground.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Cool illustrations

Okay, now here's a little something for you artists out there, I stumbled into these pretty cool illustrations, a combination of traditional and digital, Nice treatment and composition! I better get my sketch book and sharpen my pencil! Time for some serious drawings, Get inspired!

World's Biggest Self Portrait

Check this story out, Erik Nordenankar, who wanted to make the biggest drawing in the world (very brave idea, huh?!) who took a suitcase with a GPS tracking device, gave exact instructions to DHL of where to ship this suitcase and in what order. By tracking the device through 62 countries and six continents and recording the travel route on the map Erik made a self portrait of himself! Now isn't that a crazy stunt?

Erik claimed it would be an art project, his graduation project indeed. It's kinda hard to believe it and suspected it to be one of the coolest digital campaigns/virals of our time. Done by DHL. A shame that DHL didn't sponsor him to do it for real. Kudos to Erik for the idea and for the very convincing fiction.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The extinct Philippine script (Babay, Baybayin!)

In 1571, the Spaniards found the people in Manila and other places writing on bamboo and specially prepared palm leaves using knives and styli. They were using the ancient Tagalog script which had 17 basic symbols, three of which were the vowels a, i, and u. Each basic consonantal symbol had the inherent a sound: ka, ga, nga, ta, da, na, pa, ba, ma, ya, la, wa, sa, and ha.

A diacritical mark called kudlit modified the sound of the symbol. The kudlit could be a dot, a short line, or even an arrowhead. When placed above the symbol, it changed the inherent sound of the symbol from a to i; placed below, the sound became u. Thus a ba with a kudlit placed above became a bi; if the kudlit was placed below, the symbol became a bu.

It was a simple and elegant system that was called baybayin. In 1914, the newer term alibata was introduced by Dean Paul Versoza of the University of Manila. He claims the term comes from alif, ba, and ta, the first three letters of the Maguindanao arrangement of the Arabic letters. He did not explain why he chose a totally unrelated writing system to name the script.

The Tagalog script was a syllabary, which means that each symbol represents a complete syllable. This is in contrast to our Latin alphabet where each symbol represents a phoneme, the smallest unit of the sound of speech. It is this distinction that makes it difficult for many people steeped in alphabetic systems to understand the correct way of using the Tagalog script. (By Hector Santos)

(I found these pretty cool, imagine if we're still using these today?)

Kuwait Pictures

Here's some breathtaking pictures of Kuwait at night. Absolutely Awesome!

Pictures by Stefan Edwards, Fadibou, Mr. Ian, Felicityq8, Snap.

Monday, May 26, 2008

DMC-Technics World DJ Finals-GCC Division

This is my winning 6 minute set at the DMC-Technics World DJ Finals - GCC Division, Held at the MYX, Hyatt, Dubai, UAE. There were a total of 14 DJs from 7 countries that competed in the finals. World Champs were there, gracing the first time ever event in the middle east (DMC), World Battle DJs, Co-ma, Akakabe, Sarasa aka Silverboombox from Japan, DJ Lethal Skillz from Lebanon and the world-famous Dj Qbert showed off their turntable wizardry!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Who Do You Wanna Be?

If you have the chance to be a superdude or a superbabe, who'd you wanna be? I was cruising around when I stumble into this site, Check it out and find out for yourself. Well, I got myself into it and this is what I am gonna be, The result is awesome!
This is the order, If I am to be a superhero:

#1 - The Green Lantern

#2 - Superman (75%)

#3 - Hulk (75%)

#4 - Spiderman (60%)
#5 - Iron man (60%)

Not only that, you can also find out which Villains you'd be when u check this site. So Enjoy!

Why So Serious?

I really like this poster for the Dark Knight where it shows a vandalized wall (probably done by the joker himself), with the bloody bat sign and those couple of charcoal swirls that forms the Joker's face, pretty cool eh? Creative! Well, I'd say Batman 2 is probably one of the most awaited movie of 2008, not to forget the award-winning performance of Heath Ledger (RIP), Damn! Can't wait for this to hit the big screen! Warner Bros. Pictures has set the release date for the The Dark Knight, the sequel to 2005's Batman Begins for July 18, 2008. The film will star Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman.


Christian Bale once again embodies the man behind the mask in "The Dark Knight." The film reunites Bale with director Christopher Nolan and takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman has been making headway against local crime...until a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger) unleashes a fresh reign of chaos across Gotham City. To stop this devious new menace--Batman's most personal and vicious enemy yet--he will have to use every high-tech weapon in his arsenal and confront everything he believes.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

D&AD Winners

The creative industry’s most elusive prize, the Black Pencil, was presented to six creative teams at the D&AD Awards Ceremony in London. Fallon’s “Gorilla” for Cadbury won in TV & Cinema Advertising, “The National Gallery Grand Tour” by The Partners in Poster Advertising, “Get the Glass” by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, and Projector Inc, for “Uniqlock” in Online Advertising. Apple won two Black Pencils for the iMac and the iPhone. This makes the multi-national design company the biggest single winner of Black Pencils in D&AD’s 45-year history with six won since 1999.

Gimme some ADOBO!

Check this magazine out, Adobo Magazine! This is probably the best publication for advertising and marketing in the Philippines! It's got the latest on campaigns, trends, insights and industry issues. It also features the most influencial ad people, their creative talents and work, published bi-monthly. Get a copy now! Here is a vid for Adobo's Anniversary, featuring the industry's hot shots, check it out:-)

San Miguel Beer feat. Pacman

Great one from San Miguel Beer by McCann-Erickson.This spot features the Philippines' Boxing Sensation Manny Pacquiao along with Ms. Kris Aquino and some well-known Filipino actors. If Manny is going to do this Painom* for real, I wonder how much he'll be spending? (Hmm, pwedeng-pwedeng isali sa Pinoy Records! Nice:-)

*(Filipino term) Treat for a Drink

Pinoy Creatives Shine

This is me and my fellow creative and painter, Eric Tabuena during the 2006 Annual KAAA Awards. The agency I worked before bagged quite few "shields" that night, (amazing for a local ad agency's first try), beating some of the industry's big names.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cool Sex Ed

Now this video got like 30+ Million views and I found it very interesting, hmmm, sex sells indeed lol! (well, not in this part of the world) Anyways, Men always thought of "sex" when they found a cute blonde chick on youtube, well... this video might have done the trick but it's purely educational. Boys and Girls, behave and listen. 'might help you on some things :-P

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Dj Gilbert meets BBOY Ronnie

Two Pinoy Champs meet in Kuwait!
Ok, here's a pic I had with the world Bboy Champ!
Taken last Friday (May 9th, 2008) at the Al Shaab Park.
It was really great working with this guy, we had fun at
the seminar.. This guy has amazing moves!
Check out his

World BBoy Champ is Pinoy!

His name is Ronnie Abaldonado. They call him BBOY RONNIE, the Reigning RED BULL BC ONE 2007 BBOY World Champion! Born in Guam, this Fil-Am breaker lives in las vegas and battles the world with his boys the full force and super crew! I got the chance to be with this great talent during the Red Bull BBOY workshop here in Kuwait held at the Shaab Park last Friday and Saturday when Red Bull called me to DJ for these guys, Haah! Lucky me! I had a chat with Ron and found out that his mom's from Iloilo City (just a few minutes from the airport) well, he's not that fluent in tagalog but surely he understands it very well! He flew back to Dubai (for another leg of his world tour) Sunday morning. I had my "Return of the Bboy" vinyl tagged by this dude:-) Jealous? I bet you are! Check out their website here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

2007 DMC-Technics World DJ Finals, UK

Me spinning my set

After winning the GCC title,We flew off to the UK for the world Dj finals. This time, it was held at the Indigo O2, at the millennium dome in greenwich, UK, last time I was there was at the London Apollo in Hammersmith. There were 32 Djs that participated, I met some old faces and new dj as well. It was one heck of an event, I mean a lot of celebrity turntablist were there, I met D-Styles, Sarasa from Japan, Coma was there looking for me (sorry Coma, I left early), Kentaro, Netik and chilled with Yasa and Kireek (cool dudes) and a whole lot more! Here's some snaps I got from that night.

With me here, is Rafik from Germany-2007 World Champion

From France, DJ Fly-3rd place

The first night was great, before the show started we Djs gathered at the Green room, where only Djs, Managers and coordinators were allowed. We chilled, practised and shared some new stuff. It was the time when I found out that "custom-vinyl" is in... and traditional battles vinyls are almost extinct :-( I remember the guy from SA showed us his 6 minute routine, all thru custom-made tracks! Dj Pogo was there discussing about traditional and custom made stuff, I met T-LO from Canada (who's Pinoy) My boy Rami Afuni who came all the way from New York just to see the event, we had lunch at Nando's and we stayed at the JWT Marriot:-)

Arnel Pineda's Journey

Arnel Pineda's Journey is pretty interesting, Well, dreams do come true! Very inspiring and Arnel did made us proud! So, an advise to y'all, "Don't stop believing".

UK Trip last October '07

A couple of months after winning the 2007 DMC Technics GCC title which was held at the MYX Club, Hyatt in Dubai, we went to London, UK. My wife and my daughter Aliyah was with me. We flew Emirates via Dubai and off to heathrow. It was their first trip to England and my 3rd (hoping for a 4th this year), the weather was a bit chilled, my kumpareng Dino picked us up at the airport and we drove south. It was refreshing after some time spending in Kuwait where you see a lot of sand and clear skies, well, in the UK, there were trees, trees, and a whole lot of trees! The sky was (as usual) gloomy as if it would rain any moment. Pinky and Aliyah had fun sight seeing while we were on our way to 'pareng Dino's house in Surrey. Anyways, our schedule was a bit tight, because we only have 10 days to spend in the UK and there were about a gazillion of places to go to. After dropping our bags and luggages at Dino's place we drove off to Alice Holt Farnham for breakfast. We had coffee, Eggs, bread, bacon, hash browns... Yum-yum!

Aliyah, Pinky and myself at the Maze in Hampton Court palace

Day 3 in England, The whole family headed to London, Dino drove his Ford Galaxy (we missed the train)Mareng Ethel and the kids were with us:-) It was good, we went to Hampton Court Palace where we checked out the great "maze" Oh boy, sure you don't wanna try this when you're in London, we spent hours inside the freaking maze, trying to find our way out! We met people inside that stayed half of their day trying as well! It was one heck of a trip!

The view over the bridge at Hampton Court

Evening in London, we went to check out the London Eye (not what you have in mind), I hate heights, yeah my wife teases me all the time. We had Hotdogs and Coke while checking the view over the River Thames and we listened to Big Ben's clock bells. I just missed the Star Wars exhibit (we were half an hour late!!), so I ended up having a snap with master Yoda! Then we walked down to Westminster, It was awesome at night! I saw vendors at the bridge sidewalk selling souvenirs, fried sugar coated peanuts (kinda reminds me of the Philippines) I was looking for some Balut & Penoy Lol. It was fun, we had a great time, Thanks, Pareng Dino!

"May the force be with you" A snap at the London County Hall, Westminster with Master Yoda :-)

Westminster Underground Station with the Fam.

Chicharron, Anyone?

Chicharron, probably one of the most famous Filipino snack, so great with vinegar (with sliced onions and garlic) and of course, an ice cold beer!! Ok. enough of the hype, I know this sounds mouth-watery and I feel like rushing to Maharlika in Kuwait city for a hot crispy plate, but before that, check this video out. It's from GMA 7's imbestigador, it talks something about this yummy crispies.

Chicharron, Anyone?

Monday, May 12, 2008

NBA Coach, PINOY?!

Eric Celino Spoelstra, is the first ever Filipino-American head coach to call the shots for an NBA team. The 2006 NBA Champions Miami Heat chose the 37-year-old to replace outgoing coach Pat Riley. Spoelstra who traces his roots to San Pablo, Laguna is the first mentor with Filipino roots and youngest to ever coach in the league.

“I believe Erik Spoelstra is one of the most talented young coaches in a long time,” Riley, who steered the Heat to the NBA crown in 2006, told a news conference.

Spoelstra, son of Irish-Dutch Jon Spoelstra, a long-time NBA executive involved with the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets, said he’s proud of his Filipino roots even as he previously said he regretted declining an offer to play in the PBA.

Born in Portland, Spoelstra, whose mother Fe Celino is from San Pablo, Laguna, has been to the Philippines only once.

At the time of his appointment as head coach, Spoelstra just completed his 13th season as a member of the Heat staff and his seventh in the role of assistant coach/director of scouting where he had the primary role of developing game plans for upcoming opponents.

Spoelstra was responsible for coordinating the video staff and advance scouts while also overseeing the development of scouting reports and videos. He has been in charge of the Heat’s Individual Player Development Program and has served as the head coach of the Heat’s summer league squad each of the past three summers.

Spoelstra originally joined the Heat as the team’s video coordinator in 1995. He spent two years in that role where he was responsible for preparing scouting tapes and heading up the team’s information technology for the coaching staff.

Born on Nov. 1, 1970, Spoelstra has become the NBA’s youngest current head coach, 69 days younger than the second youngest head coach, Lawrence Frank of the New Jersey Nets.
A 1992 graduate from the University of Portland, Spoelstra was the starting point guard for four years for the Pilots and was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. After college he spent two years as a player/coach for Tus Herten, a team in the professional sports league of Germany.

Cited by Sports Illustrated (May 30, 2005) for his work in honing star guard Dwyane Wade’s shooting balance and smoothing out his release after the Flash’s return from the Athens Olympics, Spoelstra said working with Riley and predecessor Stan Van Gundy has been an awesome learning experience.
However, Spoelstra will have a lot of rebuilding to do as the Heat, hobbled by injuries to key players, including Wade, and hampered by the loss of Shaquille O’Neal in a trade with Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks, finished with the worst record this season with a woeful 15-67 (win-loss) mark. (Source: The Pinoy.Net:The Portal for the Global Filipino)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

An Idea A Day

To all you creative heads out there, this one's for you. What's the idea for today?Well, this site gives us the answer to that question. If you feel like you've got that great idea to share or you got stuck trying to crack that nut, this might help you out.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hot Rod Metal

I've watched this movie a couple of times already and I still can't get enough of it! Blame me for being a Marvel freak! I loved the Iron Man, well I'm sorry Spidey. RDjr did a great job portraying Stark so did Gwen, Terrence and Jeff (Brilliant acting!) and the CG's? Awesome!!! Got to see it the 3rd time, lol!


For both comic book fans and those who can't tell the Green Lantern from the Green Arrow, IRON MAN is the type of summer blockbuster whose appeal lasts far beyond the season. Robert Downey Jr. stars as Tony Stark, a billionaire playboy and genius who puts as much effort into chasing skirts as he puts into chasing his next big idea. A trip to Afghanistan to sell weapons quickly devolves into chaos, and Stark finds himself at the mercy of a warlord who wants him to build a missile. Instead, Stark creates a powerful suit of armor, turning him into Iron Man and allowing him to escape. When he returns to America, his assistant Pepper Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow), friend Rhodey (Terrence Howard), and right-hand man Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) all marvel at the change in the man they knew. IRON MAN is the first film to be self-financed by Marvel Studios, and they should be proud of their freshman effort. They didn't take any obvious routes with choosing the cast or crew, and it pays off. Director Jon Favreau, who also has a small role in the film, is best known for directing ELF, but his first action-driven effort is nearly flawless. Casting Downey was gutsy but inspired: this is his first big action picture as well, but the wit he displays in films such as the cult hit KISS KISS, BANG BANG works perfectly for the character of Stark. IRON MAN features nods to its beloved source material, as well as to the classic animated series of the 1960s. But even for the uninitiated, this film provides an interesting entry into the Marvel superhero's universe. Audiences who keep watching after the credits have rolled will be rewarded with a bonus scene. [Less]

Genre: Action/Adventure

Starring: Robert Downey, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard, Shaun Toub, Gwyneth Paltrow
Director: Jon Favreau
Screenwriter: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matthew Holloway
Producer: Avi Arad, Kevin Feige
Composer: Ramin Djawadi

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