Thursday, September 01, 2016




Tuesday, August 30, 2016


and that was a few months before I even purchased
my very first DVD player. I was just too excited to see
one of my favorite movies ever, the film I consider as

the "Casablanca" of children's films. And a large part
of that was due to Gene Wilder's role as Willy Wonka:

snarky and subversive, subtly lonely, a joyous genius, 

dangerous even; above all, a man of pure imagination.

My childhood would not have been complete without 
Willy Wonka. It was my Golden Ticket, and the reason
why I'll forever be transported by the magic of cinema.

Thank you, Mr. Wilder. It's been an unforgettable tour!

Monday, August 29, 2016


I really believe that Rody Duterte can be a good president,
in the same way that Noynoy Aquino was a good president.
I don't see why so many people have to belittle one to make
the other seem better. Why can't they both be great leaders?

Sure, they're absolutely different, and certainly both have their
blind spots, their obvious imperfections, their weaknesses. But
both have their strengths, and both certainly are the Presidents
the country needed, and wanted, at the times they were elected;

change has come, and change will continue, but not because 
of an Aquino or a Duterte. It's all up to us. We're fast becoming
a mature democracy, a country on the rise, and this momentum
can only be sustained by our commitment to personal discipline.

Pitting one President against another is a sign of immaturity and
an inability to move on; a selfish and self-serving refusal to grow
up and leave personal biases behind. It's high time for everyone
to be constructive, and not destructive; be critics but never cynics.

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Thursday, July 07, 2016


It's been called "the perfect food".

Perfect because it has all the major nutrients,
the major food groups, all in one convenient circle.

Carbohydrates from the dough, obviously.
Vegetables in the form of tomato sauce.
Proteins from the meaty toppings.
Dairy? The cheese of course!

Pizza's been a Pinoy staple for over half a century.

My dad remembered Di Marks from the 1960s,
perhaps the pioneer pizza restaurant in the Philippines.

In the mid-'70s, Shakey's opened its doors
and made generations fall in love with thin crust.
Shakey's started a "Pizza Parlor" trend that's never ended.

Pizza Hut taught us the stoner convenience of deliveries, and
Yellow Cab, which I first thought was a foreign franchise,
proved that Filipinos had mastered the game.

Gino's Brick Oven 
introduced us to Neapolitan-style pizzas,
blasted in 800-degree ovens for a few short minutes,
giving the classic pizzas their unmistakable charred crust.

And just a few months ago, 
a hole-in-the-wall in Century City's Hole in the Wall,
that new millennium elevated version of our childhood food courts, 

started baking pies that have now gained a reputation
as the "best crust ever", and perhaps, the best damn
New York-style pizza in our pizza-crazy country.

Welcome to the singular greatness of



Mushroom Spinach Ricotta

Four Cheese


The slices are humongous.
The toppings, stupendous.

The crust, well...
the sign below doesn't lie. 

For me, these are the best value-for-money slices available.

And they're so f*ckin' great, I make excuses to pass by Kalayaan
in Makati just to pass by Century City, and say to myself:

"F*ck it, I'm already here. Why not grab a slice?"

They're that f*ckin' perfect.

Monday, July 04, 2016


Manila's Brand New Artisanal Ice Cream Parlor

is now open on Bonifacio High Street.

A very Canadian
Bacon Maple 
on top, ey?

And right below?

My favorite new flavor of the year,
it's quite odd, but it sure tastes amazing:


So how does that taste?

The mayo gives the ice cream extra creaminess...
a silkier texture, and a tiny tang.

The ketchup doesn't come off as savory;
instead, the tomato's fruitiness comes through.

I'd love to put a scoop of this between 
two slices of wheat bread, actually!

Freezer Burn is from the same cool kids 
behind my favorite bespoke cookie shop in
 Century City's Hole in the Wall, "Scout's Honor":

Chef Miko Aspiras,
Chef Kristine Lotilla,
Innovator Charles Paw.

You know I love what you three keep on coming up with,
but I have just one request for you three to consider:

for their second branches?

Freezer Burn and Scout's Honor
should be right next to each other!!!



Thursday, June 30, 2016


It's true. All of it. We're much better off, as a country,
and as a nation, than we were six years ago. In 2010,
we were coming off a dozen years of two administrations
 that rivaled the Marcos era in terms of corruption, but we all
forget so easily. That's alright, I'm certain history will be kinder.

As I will. This presidency was not perfect; as a matter of fact,
it was very imperfect. Luneta, Abaya, Mamapasano: massive
failures all. Heartbreaking. Exasperating. Game Changing. But
 let us remember, there were quite a few tremendous victories too.

 There's no glossing over the fact that PNoy's character flaws:
his brutal decision making processes, his lack of empathy,
his intransigence, his loyalty to his Liberal colleagues,
all contributed to an inevitable decline in popularity.

And that is the unique nature of Philippine politics.
We bring down the old to make way for the new.
 And change is certainly coming. That is good.
President Duterte's success will be ours too.

 But that is not cause to tear down President Aquino.
Nor rain insults on the color yellow. That is not a
 political hue; it's a remembrance of his parents'
ultimate sacrifice for the Philippines. Haters
 will hate, but to them, I say: "F*ck you all".
What have you done for the country lately,
but to act like whiny ugly spoiled brats?

I for one, will always be grateful to the man who never
 wanted the office; a son who was forced to assume
 the mantle, and not because he desired it, but
 because we, once upon a time, demanded
 that he do so. I will be forever grateful~

 maraming salamat, Noynoy Aquino.

Monday, June 20, 2016


Sunday, June 19, 2016


The Young Atty. Eddie Enriquez:

Dad could rock a millennial haircut,
don a suit like a boss ~ and carry on
the whole night with a whisky in hand. 

Happy Father's Day!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SLASH BROTHER : How I became a Brand Ambassador for RÉMY MARTIN

One fine day, 
early this April,
I received this letter:

Greetings on behalf of our client,
Rémy Martin Cognac

We would like you to be a part of our new global PR campaign 
that celebrates the individual’s multi-talents 
as embodied by its brand ambassador
Jeremy Renner, 
himself an accomplished actor/film producer/musician.

The campaign tagline, 
 One Life/Live Them® 
assumes a grammatical accident,

 it identifies today’s highly-driven individuals
 as not defined by one talent or skill, 
but are multi-faceted and should be
 applauded for their many passions.

Rémy Martin’s One Life/Live Them campaign 
encourages each and every one to explore
 and celebrate all their talents.

 It is a call to live richer, larger lives.
 To expand the horizon and seize 
all the wonderful opportunities that life can offer.  

We believe you embody this brand philosophy and lifestyle 
as an accomplished television host/ food connoisseur/blogger.

Now, tell me~
how could I say
NO to that?

Then they threw us a party.

In the freakin' Jaguar showroom!!!

My KTG Family~

that lovable bunch of hipsters and millennials,
showed up and gave me moral support~

but it was mostly immoral support~

I'm sure they were there just for the free booze!!!

The Slashers:

The Remy Martin
Philippine Ambassadors

Merci, Remy Martin!!!

Monday, June 13, 2016


Well, not really.

More like, I'm back from cyber space.

Or at least, another quadrant of the 'net:


For the past five years, since March 2011,
I've been blessed to be part of the core team of,
the social portal of EYP, the electronic version of the Yellow Pages,

those massive doorstoppers that were invaluable during the rotary/analog era.

I was fortunate. I was given the latitude and the freedom to write whatever
I wanted to rant or rave about, from pop culture to politics, from sex to senti shit.

And write I did. Over the course of sixty-odd months, I published over 1,000 posts. 

And for that, I'm forever blessed. There is no greater joy,
no deeper sense of accomplishment for writers, than seeing one's name

on a byline. And I had my byline in hundreds and hundreds of times.

Thanks for the trust, team. Thank you for letting me go off on my tangents,
and never pulling me back. Thank you for providing a channel that sharpened my skills.

I will always be grateful, and I will always consider our time together as a wonderful  privilege. 

And since this is already is sounding like an Academy Award acceptance speech,
allow me to run with it, and personally thank all my friends in, most specially,
to Doji Lopez, who invited me to be part of his hundred services half a decade ago, and
who always was my constant reader. Well, at least I'd like to think so. I certainly hope so!

To all my editors: Edz, who took care of The Daily Spanks for the longest time;
to Billy, who loved to leave comments; the glamorous ladies: Ms. Limon, Ysab, Sam,
Nicola, Jihan, Therese, Chiara; the gentlemen, led by Paolo, Ryan, and Teng, cheers to all! will be fading away soon, but like Juan Ponce Enrile, it will never really die.

(drops the mic)

And so, an era ends, and a another begins.

Five years after I stopped regularly posting on this ten year old blog
you're reading right now, we resume today.  The prodigal son has come home.

Welcome back to MANILA BOY!!!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015


There's a Difference.

A Big Difference.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


This is why Tanduay Rhum

is one of the best in the world.

And since you're all such loyal

T5 drinkers, here's a bonus picture:

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Saturday, November 21, 2015


Ms. Dixson.

We first felt her almost 30 years ago ...


. . . and thankfully, she felt it again in 2013.


Saturday, August 15, 2015


Friday, May 30, 2014

MARIAN RIVERA : The Complete Royal Collection for Bench

Marian Rivera 



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