Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Looking for love? Throw Craigslist out the window. Wipe Buy and Sell's pesonals on your ass. Look no farther than the sky above. Merely raise you eyes to the heavens and spot the gargantuan, flaming ship descending on you like the hand of an angry and bespectacled god. Is it an invasion or are they out of rocket fuel? 

One thing's for sure: the geeks are coming!

Therefore you must attend the book launch of CARLJOE JAVIER'S The Kobayashi Maru of Love at Ilyong's at Proj4, on SEPT 6 (Mon), 7PM.

Yep this is the same Javier that exhorted you to boy NOTS and open up your mind to the psycho-lubricious thrust of the shaman's ritual like a great mental phallus. What kind of sick, demented man would do that, you say? Well, but the book and find out.

I mean, just look at the pix of the author! Which is incidentally one of the many designs you can have printed on a shirt. Yes, a shirt. You can't beat wearing the pithy words of the revolution on your beer belly. Take that, hipster schmucks! Ha! I say, ha!


All things considered we had a blast and one hell of a wild time that many of us still had the vague trail of a hangover two days later. If you missed it, don't worry here's some photos that'll make you feel much much worse for not being at the party. Hehehe.

Thanks to everybody who came down and bled with us, to the bands who played (am still reeling from the sheer power of Surrogate Prey's set and the disturbing weirdness of Lintech's set), the Visprint family, the people who helped out and just rocked the hell out with their cocks out.

More photos from Scarlet Tears' Ayn Azarcon are here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Atty Pao Chikiamco of Rocket Kapre was at UST's St. Thomas Aquinas Auditorium for Visprint's "Literature from Shakespeare to Bob Ong: Bridging the Gap Between the Canonical and the Popular." He was also got most everything on video.

As a testament to his fastidiousness (and the large memory of his SD card) you can click on the vids below and watch me ramble on about "Horror Stories as Shamanic Remedy (and Psychic Self-Defense for the 21st Century)." Something I stole from Iggy Pop -- Thanks, Mr Osterman.

The complete post thingie is here.  

In other news the book launch for NOTS is fast approaching. Lets have a toast to the void. See you guys ther!

And video 2

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


A couple of weeks back a student at an open forum asked me when horror would be held accountable for all the mental damage it's inflicted that spills into the real world.

It is exactly our inability to face facts about our dark nature that horror tries to depict. And it is such a rarity that anyone is motivated by a work of fiction to inflict damage on one's fellows that it's statistically easier to get struck by lightning twice.

Mimesis is not a daily occurrence. It's always been my belief that any kind of fictional terror I can conceivably imagine pales in comparison to real world evil and the things that human frailty motivates us to do. And the real world never fails to deliver.    

As an editor and journo, I often dream of making an impact through journalism (one of the reasons why I got into this profession in the first place, as others did I suspect) but it's always a surprise when it actually works. And in ways you never intended.   

I tell you now: no eternal reward will forgive those of us in big media for committing grave mistakes.

As me and my team spent yesterday toiling at the studio, we were riveted by the bus drama unfolding at Quirino Grandstand.

 Photo from PDI ONLINE

Gunman, 7 hostages die in 11-hour bus drama
By Marlon Ramos, DJ Yap
MANILA, Philippines—Rolando Mendoza knew he was not going to come out alive of the bus he had seized with 25 people aboard, mostly Hong Kong Chinese, when SWAT teams began moving toward the van parked in front of Quirino Grandstand as night fell Monday.

“They are all around,” the former police senior inspector demanding reinstatement after he was dismissed on extortion charges two years ago said in Filipino in what was his last radio interview after an 11-hour standoff turned into a bloodbath at Rizal Park under a heavy downpour.

“I know they will kill me, I’m telling them to leave because anytime I will do the same here,” said Mendoza, who was armed with an M-16 rifle.

Gunfire rang out moments later before local and international television cameras.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010


Here's GONZO ARMY playing at the opening of the "Indomitable Spirits" exhibit by Thomas Daquioag. Ambient sludge drone with some soul (and djembe percs) = super duper wazak noize.

Outer Space Gallery, Makati X, Aug 11, 2010. Tupada sa Kalye Siningdikato. The Army that night were KMFDM + J. Luna+Roger Lopez aka Inconnu Ictu+Ian Madrigal and new axe slinger collab Aurelio Castro III of Juan Pablo Dream.

Video by Au Castro