Saturday, April 23, 2011


I have come to realize that I've been keeping this blog for a bit over five years.  Five geddem years! 

To think I was the picture of reluctance when started my foray into social networking and  Web 2.0, on the urging of my girlfriend that this would be a great tool to market my books, my works, thoughts and generally just inflict my aesthetic on the blogoverse. 

This started out as a space to continue the thrust of the TYBS columns that were originally printed in the (now defunct) Philippine Chronicle --a daily that lived for a bit over a year and then got swallowed up in the maelstrom of financial problems and politicking that eventually envelops most Philippine media entities) That column seemed to me too good to be abandoned to the fickleness of the local print industry. Thank God scribblers and have-nots can always turn to Web 2.0. A middle finger to the dabbler merchants and the moneyed hangers-on who know nothing about beauty or how hard it is to create something and set it loose in the harsh wild of other minds, other souls to thrive or wither.  

It's now Black Saturday 2011 and TYBS has become too ragged around the edges, too thin and faded and just as worn as an old but fond band shirt that contains a lot of memories -- a lot of them good, some of them catastrophically bad. For what it's worth it's served its purpose as a sounding board while still  keeping to the dark stuff in media theme.

For the followers, lurkers and whoever else has visited here you have my gratitude. And of course thanks to my friend at the Absurd Republic Studios for customizing this site.

Now moving to a bigger HQ. With more guns!

Don't fret, though. I'm only shedding the shell of this blog to move house and cover a wider range of topics with a more punk-laced strategy. TYBS will be merely the chrysalis that gives birth to a hopefully more defiant, beast.  

So kindly point your browser to the link below and, hopefully, subscribe to that. Hope you enjoy the new shit, too.  

And thaaat's it. Again my thanks to you who's reading this. To sing the eulogy of  this blog I've put down a short and sweet ditty on a down tuned guitar. Paaalam TYBS.

Wave your black shirt goodbye. 


Monday, April 4, 2011


Just finished watching Turistas.

I know I've been behind in the massacre films bit. But this 2006 movie is a purty decent and straightforward big budget gem that's got a lot of things going for it. There's the classic vacation plot (bored, thrill-seeking tourists get more than they bargained for in exotic tropical country), the twist (you can probably figure this out by yourself, HINT: what can you trade in the black market?) and the no bullshit, clean as a guillotine cut acting of the Hollywood stars.

They do an amazing job at levelling up what could have been a sleeper of a horror script.

Josh Duhamel (aka Fergie's hubby) is probably the biggest A-lister here though the whole thing is livened up a lot by the inclusion of the hotness trifecta of Melissa George, Olivia Wilde and, my personal fave, uber chick Beau Garret.

If you remember she also starred in one of the Fantastic 4 movies and the Tron remake.

I thank my lucky stars I scored the unrated version from a local book shop.

Beaches, topless girls, philantropically-crazed local doctors and loads of tiny swimsuits and that distinct Brazilian sizzle.

Beau Garret has mean curves. I mean, just look at that. . .

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


A Max Cavalera interview on the Australia-based I Heart Guitar Blog.

Max Cavalera may have left Sepultura well over a decade ago but he certainly hasn’t rested on his metallic laurels. Soulfly has kept him in the brutality game with album after album of metal fury, sometimes tempered with the tribal elements of the Seps classic Roots and sometimes more straightforward thrash. A few years ago Max re-teamed with brother Iggor in Cavalera Conspiracy, a thrashy new outfit which picks up right were Sepultura left off their thrashier elements around the Chaos AD era. New album Blunt Force Trauma is out now and Max couldn’t be happier about album #2.

Last time we spoke you said you’d actually recorded this album last year, before the latest Soulfly CD was released. Is the album exactly as it was when you finished it or did you take the opportunity to go in and tweak it?
No, we didn’t change much. It took a little while for the artwork to get done. I was doing the artwork with Iggor. We wanted it to look punkish, like European 80s punk – like GBH and Discharge – so we needed to find a special way to do this artwork. But we figured it out and it turned out really cool. We really love the way it got done. We also worked on a special edition. It comes with a DVD that was filmed live in France. It’s got a lot of great songs. It’s a full Cavalera concert. It’s a really cool show and it’s really cool for the fans. They get something extra, the full DVD along with the album, some more artwork, some more photos from the studio. But as far as the sound, the album is exactly the way it was finished. I didn’t touch anything. I love the way it turned out. I love the work that Logan [Mader, producer] did. It’s heavy, it’s crisp, it’s big-sounding, it’s aggressive, it’s brutal. It’s more brutal than Inflikted, and I wanted to get that result. Right now I’m just very excited to have people hear the record.

When you were writing it, were you like ‘That’s a Conspiracy song, that’s a Soulfly song…’?
When I write, I write all together. I just write riffs al the time, not really thinking which one it’s going to go into. It’s later on when I listen to the songs that I make that decision, whether it goes for Soulfly or if it goes for Cavalera. But when I’m writing I just write them all together. When I get in writing mode, it’s like a factory. Riffs come out one after the other and I don’t even stop to think about where it’s going to go. I just put it on a CD and put it aside then listen later. It’s working so far. It’s a good technique that’s been working for me for a couple of years. Since Sepultura days we did things like that. I started writing like that on Arise. That’s when I started getting my drum machine and my guitar and starting to write albums full of songs by myself. I really love doing it. It’s a therapeutic kind of thing. I lose myself with a guitar and a drum machine. They feel like a real song because of a drum machine. They have beginnings, middles, choruses, vocal parts. Some of them are really quite finished songs when you listen to the demos. I have some demos of Refuse/Resist that are like that… Arise, Dead Embryonic Cells… songs I wrote at home first then took to the studio to show the guys. It’s a technique that’s worked for me for years, and if it’s working it doesn’t need to be changed.

Read the full interview HERE

And the cover of an old classic. . .

Monday, March 28, 2011


A commercial break from all the blood and gore for a bit of sci-fi rhapsodizing. My article about The Singularity came out on GMANEWS.TV a couple of days ago. And the Transhumanists actually wrote me back a thanks letter. Much appreciated, too, Mr Tom McCabe.

Below are excerpts. Or you can go read the whole thing right away HERE.

In the future, there will be robots. And that future 
 will happen less than 40 years from now.  

Transcending the flesh: 

The coming Singularity


In the future, there will be robots. And that future will happen less than 40 years from now. If you believe that humans and machines will eventually become one, then the Singularity movement is for you. 

What is The Singularity? It is that point in time when humanity’s technological capacity so outstrips itself that a moment of near apotheosis for the race takes place. This means many things, but chief among them are: a) technology will become so small and cheap that body augmentation (through nanobots) will become as routine as an injection’ and b) we will give birth to machine artificial intelligence (AI) so smart it surpasses all the smart human brains of the world put together. 

Ray Kuzweil’s book The Singularity is Near (When Humans Transcend Biology) defines it thus: “The Singularity will represent the culmination of the merger of our biological thinking and existence with our technology, resulting in a world that is still human but that transcends our biological roots. There will be no distinction, post-Singularity, between human and machine or between physical and virtual reality."

If you experience a profound feeling of terror and shock at having grasped the full meaning of that statement, please don’t be alarmed. It’s a sane and valid reaction.

It’s pretty easy to dismiss the concepts and predictions of those who believe in the coming Singularity (they call themselves Singularitarians or Transhumanists —or even Post-Humanists) as wish fulfillment of futurists and tech-fetishists. Mad ravings, even.

Read the rest HERE.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Free PDF of the Hellraiser comics prelude! Am already downloading mine : D. Check it out HERE.

Thanks, Clive!

Official Press Release:
March 23, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA - Today at comic book shops worldwide one of the genre's most celebrated franchises returns with Clive Barker ushering in a new vision of Hell in the all-new ongoing HELLRAISER comic book series! BOOM! Studios celebrates this launch with an all-new, all-original “PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1” PDF available for download FREE from your favorite horror and comic book news sites — both written by Clive Barker himself.

That's right, to kick off the release of HELLRAISER #1 — available in comic shops across the nation today — Clive Barker and BOOM! Studios is making available for download an absolutely free, all-new, all-original “PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1” to whet your appetite for the insidious horrors of HELLRAISER #1. So head on over to your favorite horror or comic book news site to get the “PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1” and check it out. After you’re done reading, spread the word, and share the PDF by emailing, tweeting, facebooking, and torrenting as much as humanly possible. Help us evangelize the new series to all those horror fans, Hellraiser fans, and Barker fans that may not know about the comic or haven’t ever been exposed to comics.

“This is an unprecedented chance to spread the word of comic books,” said BOOM! Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie, “with one of the biggest authors and with one of his signature creations. Non-comic book fans, lapsed comic book fans, and horror aficionados who don’t go into comic book stores will all be excited and interested in this. And we are calling on the fans to get the word out to them. Send this via Facebook, Twitter, torrents, and e-mails to everyone in your life that you think would dig this, and let’s increase the overall pool of people worldwide who read comic books! I can’t think of an easier way to share this great comic. They don’t call it Portable Document File for nothing!”

The biggest and the best comics and horror sites have joined BOOM! to launch this franchise classic with its original founding father, Barker himself. BOOM! will be updating its Twitter account with locations where you can download this must-have Hellraiser essential! Search the hashtag #HellraiserPrelude to suss out participating sites!

BOOM! Studios has made it easier than ever to join Clive Barker, who along with writing partner Christopher Monfette and HELLBLAZER artist Leonardo Manco, serve up a masterfully chilling trip through Hell and bring fresh nightmares to new and old fans alike.

This new comic book series marks only the third time Barker has written the character: first in the original novella THE HELLBOUND HEART, second in the original seminal horror classic HELLRAISER film.
“With all the tremendous work and effort poured into the HELLRAISER comic series, we're confident that the second readers feast their eyes on those first pages they'll be clamoring for more,” says Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Whether you're a regular comics reader or not, HELLRAISER and Clive Barker are unmistakable names in horror, and if you read the free PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1 I'm sure you'll agree HELLRAISER is a series worth picking up!”

“Have you ever heard of an offer like this from any comic publisher ever? I think not,” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “We know how die-hard HELLRAISER fans are and to show them we mean business we're offering this fantastic PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1 ready to download free! Are we crazy!? No, just BOOM! Studios.”

Visit your favorite horror and comic news websites to download your free copy of the all-original PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1, then run to your local comic shop to pick up your copy of HELLRAISER #1!
HELLRAISER #1 and the PRELUDE TO HELLRAISER #1 PDF are written by Clive Barker and Cristopher Monfette with art by the sensational Leonardo Manco (HELLBLAZER). HELLRAISER #1 is a 40 page giant with a back-up story by Larry Wachowski (THE MATRIX) and Marc Pacella and ships with A & B covers in a 50/50 split with art by Tim Bradstreet and Nick Percival respectively, as well as a very special 1-in-50 incentive cover drawn and signed by legendary master of horror Clive Barker himself! This title is suggested for Mature Readers.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


From Discovery Channel. Well that's disappointing. 

Chupacabra Mystery Solved

Halloween stories about the ghostly "chupacabra" circulate every year, but now scientists have solved the mystery surrounding this legendary animal.

Instead of being vicious, fanged creatures that supposedly drink the blood of livestock, chupacabras turn out to be wild dogs inflicted with a deadly form of mange, according to University of Michigan biologist Barry OConnor.

The myth about chupacabras, also known as goatsuckers, started after reports of livestock attacks in Puerto Rico and Mexico, where dead sheep were discovered with puncture wounds, completely drained of blood. Similar reports began accumulating from other locations in Latin America and the U.S. Then came sightings of evil-looking animals, variously described as dog-like, rodent-like or reptile-like, with long snouts, large fangs, leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and a nasty odor. Locals put two and two together and assumed the ugly varmints were responsible for the killings.

OConnor, however, and other scientists conclude that an 8-legged mite that burrows under the skin of coyotes can give these animals the "chupacabra" look.

He explains that the mite responsible for the extreme hair loss seen in "chupacabras syndrome" is Sarcoptes scabiei, which also causes the itchy rash known as scabies in people. Human scabies is an annoyance, but not usually a serious health or appearance problem, partly because our bodies are already virtually hairless and partly because the population of mites on a given person usually is relatively small---only 20 or 30 mites.
Humans have likely evolved natural defenses for this mite over the years. When we began to domesticate dogs, we likely spread the mites to them. When the mites then transfer to wild dogs, such as foxes, wolves and coyotes, the victims appear to be less able to fight them off. . . .


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Paul Allender's PRS signature model now has a red and green finish. Dontcha just love the Cthulhu Emerald (the official color is actually emerald greenburst) color? Of course the winning cosmetic coup de grace here are the detailed bat inlays on the ebony fretboard.

“More metal that your gran’s left hip.” ~ Paul Allender

And here's some live stuff of the first purple finish.


HBO has ordered a whole season's worth of the first book of George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series.

This is Daeneyrs Targaryen, dragon princess, played by Emilia Clarke.

While some of the characters aren't as I pictured them in my head, the sheer production values and enthusiasm the crew have obviously put into this makes it stunning.

Can't wait to see the Greyjoys. And those zombies from the great white north.

Hmmm, Sean Bean's Eddard Stark looks a tad too much like Boromir here but I hope he pulls it off acting-wise. which he probably will.

We'll just have to wait `til late April. Meantime HBO's official website is getting exponentially more chok full of teasers and BTS stuff as the airing date nears.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Salsa + Metal = P.U.Y.A. Well, mostly nu metal and rapcore-ish stylings but still quite heavy. The guys just call it Latin Metal. There's also lots of nods to Sepultura and generally the stuff the Cavaleras have become influential for.

Didn't know this was a 90s Puerto Rican band. Discovery courtesy of Poldo. I love the video, too. Reminds me of Gani's (illus for The Magdalene Fist) style. And the attack is reminiscent of SkinDredd and other metal fusion bands. You can dance AND bang your head to it!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Darna Lives! By Gerry Alanguilan and Arnold Arre. This thing is gorgeous in full color and such a teaser. Oh, and I love the new, 21st century, streamlined itsy bitsy suit.

Read the whole nine pages HERE.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


From It Might Get Loud. One of my fave docus.

THE EDGE: The tech of guitar is spiritual
Step into my effects room 

JACK WHITE: Rock is a war is a fight against ease of use
Raconteurism is good for the soul

JIMMY PAGE: The perils and privileges of rock `n' roll decadence. 
And I can do some funky some mandolin, too

Thursday, February 24, 2011


We're pretty proud of this one. Soon to hit all major Philippine bookstores nationwide.

David Duchovny ain't got nothing on our hot Brazilian nun.

Gautama will bless you more if you give him more gold in those there durned Black Hills.


And now for something more brutal. Black metal from Taiwan! Currently listening to their Mirror of Retribution. You have to give ti to the black metallists, they certainly know how to parlay production values. I mean, just look at this vid. 

From their Wiki entry:

Chthonic (sometimes typeset ChthoniC or ChThoniC) is a Taiwanese black metal band, formed in 1995 in Taipei. The group incorporates influences from traditional Taiwanese music including the classical Chinese instrument erhu (which is called a hena in their native Taiwanese). They are supportive of Taiwan independence and democracy, as well as self-determination movements in Tibet and Xinjiang.

Since their formation, Chthonic has released five studio albums. . .

While some songs have their lyrics partly or entirely written in Taiwanese, Japanese, English, or Taiwanese aboriginal languages, most of the band's songs have their lyrics written entirely in classical Chinese (with Mandarin pronunciation), which is rarely seen in contemporary Chinese music. Taking advantage of classical Chinese's feature of being a monosyllabic language, many songs, especially those in earlier albums, used parallel sentences in their lyrics.

The themes mostly surround the defiant spirit of early Taiwanese colonizers, fictional wars between aborigine's gods with Han's gods, Taiwanese folklore and mythology, and the historical event known as the Wushe Incident, which was a rebellion against the Japanese governor by the Seediq people.

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Also, their bassist, Doris "Thunder Tears" Yeh, sure reminds me of La Sexorcisto-era Sean Yseult. It'll try not to make it obvious I got a huge crush on her. 

On FHM Taiwan. Yeah, hot stuff, huh?

All masked up for battle.

And without make-up. Oh how cute : D

Yet another reason to get an ESP/LTD

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Just found out about UK neo-goth trio ESBEN AND THE WITCH from the pages of SPIN.

There's lots of 4AD in there mixed with The Cure and  loads of shoegaze, garnished with Joy Div and slacker pop and some entirely electronic  noodling that actually reminds me of a reigned in Primal Scream. -- and about 70 percent of the whole Projekt Records catalog The reverb-saturated girl vocals are a direct line to the swirly aerials of Elizabeth Fraser.

Always good. Now if I can only find a working torrent of their Violet Cries LP. Meantime, am loving the new single "Marching Song." The video is smart, brooding and obviously endeavored to be elegantly unpretentious (okay, and minimalist -- or maybe they really just had a limited budget). Never falls into mere gloomy arthouse posturing. And that's saying a lot because there's a lot of literary references and mythopoeic alluding going on here to keep even the most OC hipster digging through Wiki entries for a week. If that doesn't make them discover Joseph Campbell then we might as well let the machines take over now.

Talk about the effects of sonic injury.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


It's not all blood and rough sex. Mass mayhem takes some doing, you know. So cut us some slack when we leave out some details. Anarchists are busy people, too.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994). In memoriam. 
"The worst crime is faking it"

CATHOLICS, BEWARE! KHRISTIANISM IS COMING! (And Gonzo Army supports the praxis seizure)

Wasak kung wazek! 
Join the kult of Ianmadrigal Aka-Mardigrass at the upcoming KHRISTIANISM exhibit on FEBRUARY 26, 2011 at the PROSE GALLERY, MAKATI and get a free, name embroidered towel in your color of choice (neon green, not available)!

Or simply participate in the pentecostal exorcism as Gonzo Army speaks in your fave drop-tuned tongues. It's definitely not fun for the whole family! Offer good while supplies last. Best before your mother finds out. 
Remember, kids: Khristianism is the patented antidote to the  virulent app addiction of Mapple dictator  for life Steve Mobbs and a proven repellant against the evil, alien gods of Scientology  
One of the featured paintings. Station to station we release our woes. 
 Here's the map to the gallery, peeps. 


Christ. I could hardly believe what the FX driver told me yesterday. Walang ganyan sa States, boi. Good thing nobody was in those boxcars.

Probe on LRT train collision starts; retrieval disrupts EDSA traffic

Even as it allayed fears of a collision involving trains with passengers, the Light Rail Transit Administration started Saturday an investigation into the collision of two of its coaches in Quezon City.

LRTA spokesman Hernando Cabrera said they will have to retrieve the “black box" data recorders of the two trains that collided at the reversing track on Friday.

“Each of the trains in Friday’s mishap has a black box that recorded the systems data at the time of the incident. We have to download the information once the coaches are brought to the yard at our Baclaran depot," Cabrera said in Filipino in an interview on dzRH radio.

He said cranes had already been deployed to the site of the incident, but had disrupted traffic along the southbound part of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

Cabrera advised motorists to avoid the southbound lane for now and take alternate routes.

Friday’s incident occurred at the reversing track near the LRT’s Roosevelt station, forcing the LRTA to cut operations between Roosevelt and Monumento.

In an interview on dzBB radio Friday, Cabrera said the LRT operations between Monumento and Baclaran would continue.


Probe on LRT train collision starts; retrieval disrupts EDSA traffic - Nation - GMA News Online - The go-to site for Filipinos everywhere - Latest Philippine News

Monday, February 14, 2011


Helping out a friend with her fashion exhibit. Lifestyle, beauty and fashion editors/writers, you might wanna check this one out.

Happens tomorrow, Feb 15 at Georgetown Coffee Club, Malate. Digs?


Thanks again to Chief Editor JOEL SALUD of the Philippines Graphic for the review and their support of Pinoy literature.

Take a shine of this.

 "Only the awesome and spectacularly 
gothic live here. . ."

In the Phils Graphic. February 21, 2011 issue

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Or the night DEFTONES gave us whiplash and made us shove it (shove it, shove it, shove it -- haha) on their Diamond Eyes Tour. Chino Moreno was fearless, diving into the crowd, climbing barricades and generally stirring us into beautiful fury. He had certainly cut down and lost a lot of weight.

At the WTC. Love for the vatos, girl

Managed to touch the hem of his shirt as he rushed by. Hallelujah, ese, I have been saved! Loved the set, especially on "Back to School / Mini-Maggit." We went to chill out at the Scout area later.

Stephen Carpenter, you were big, hairy and awesome. So, um, how about one of those seven string ESPs ey? 

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Thanks to Chief Editor JOEL SALUD for this review. Please do grab a copy of the Philippines Graphic, available at all National Bookstore outlets by next week.

Here's an excerpt from the review:

“He shrugged, puzzled, opened the door and found he was overlooking a mosh pit working itself into frenzy. The sound of thumping bass, drums and guitars got louder.”

In Karl R. de Mesa’s News of the Shaman, literary moshing and bodyslam are taken to the next level of the imagination. Jazzy and frenetic as only de Mesa can pen it (who is probably a tad spunkier than beat era fictionist Jack Kerouac), this collection of stories delve into worlds where quiet tours into the human condition are not found; only the awesome and spectacularly gothic live here, where one’s sense of being is most strangely linked with the rough feel of sizzle in the grass, the scent of blood-red cumulus from a distance, and the slow rumbling of unpronounced verbs from a drum. Definitely working itself into frenzy.

It’s one of those books that most poignantly show freshness and originality, but not the way most readers understand the terms. The book’s freshness has nothing of daffodils in it. Originality for de Mesa apparently breaks the rigors of tradition if only to spur the public into a winding spell, or a perennial state of transience, bravely straddling worlds and words, consciences and hallways, doors, floors, time and grime—and the quintessential washroom—places no sunrise would dare touch:

“Before he can open his pants, however, he coughs, and the cough quickly turns into a deep, growling phlegm fit. He directs his mouth over the urinal just in time to point the green and yellow vomit that comes out of his lips. At first it’s just a dribble, timid and slow, then it promptly turns into a forceful surge that reminds me of the way water from a fireman’s hose is so powerfully expelled when the hydrant if first turned on. By this time he’s bent nearly double over the urinal and the small sink that is only built to catch piss is overflowing with the wretched, half-digested remains of his dinner, lunch and breakfast. Complete with clues.”

No, it’s not an attempt to uselessly shock and awe, to grab the reader in a vice-grip of stunningly crafted images, or the things we’d rather not read about. Apparently, the nature and tone of his stories demand the grotesque in everyday life, the bizarre and grossly misshapen cogs that wheel us into literary sleeplessness, or flurry. News of the Shaman gives one a peek into worlds thick with seraphs and lovers, wizards, bishops, nuno and duendes, and corporate disciples with even less moral bearing than an imaginary Hitler after solvent rehab. De Mesa was even kind enough to give stocky elfins a face and Florsheims. . .

CONTINUED. For the rest of the review please click HERE.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Opting out in the face of corruption charges. Doesn't seem very heroic to me. And this must be the most dishonorable way for a soldier, let alone a leader of soldiers, to exit. Nevertheless I hope the General finds the peace he craved that so eluded him in the last days of his life.

The General shot himself over the grave of his mom. Mind the blood spatter.

Ex-AFP chief commits suicide, police confirm
By Katherine Evangelista
Agence France-Presse,

First Posted 08:53:00 02/08/2011

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 6) “Sorry.”
That was the last word that former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Angelo Tomas Reyes apparently uttered as his sons and aides frantically carried him and rushed him to the hospital on Tuesday.
Doctors at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City tried to revive him for 45 minutes but failed.
Reyes, 65, who had also served as defense secretary and in other Cabinet-level posts, died from a single bullet fired into his chest, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.

Eastern Police's District chief Superintendent Francisco Manalo said investigation showed that the gunshot wound Reyes sustained was “self-inflicted.”

Ona said the wound on the left side of the chest near the heart was the cause of death. "He was dead on arrival (at hospital). They were not able to revive him,” he told reporters.

Reyes, together with his two children and a bodyguard, was visiting his mother’s grave at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City Tuesday morning, Feliciano Recorba, a cemetery maintenance staff, told Radyo Inquirer.

"He asked his children and bodyguard to go ahead and wait for him in the car,” Recorba said. A few moments later, a gunshot rung out, he said.

“Sorry” was the last word Reyes uttered as his shocked children rushed to the scene and found him lying on the ground holding a gun, Recorba said.

“Ang narinig ko po na sinabi niya ay ‘sorry’, palagay ko po ay para sa anak [I heard him say ‘sorry’, perhaps to his son],” he said.

Reyes, who loved his mother very much, had told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a previous interview that he would never do anything that would besmirch the name of “my good mother.”

Read the rest of the Inquirer story HERE.

Here's a  vid for you, Gen Reyes. It's by Filter.

You fought and you were right, but they were just too strong.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Please do send your heavy, atmopsheric, post-rocking tracks and music to my drop box on soundcloud. Just click the box below.

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Friday, February 4, 2011


What's worse than rampaging blood-suckers? Demonically-possessed vampires who want intergalactic domination! This looks awesome though.I just love the crucifix shurikens. Originally a Tokyo Pop title.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Grab a copy of The Philippines Free Press (which turned a venerable 100 years old this year -- congrats FP!) February 2011 issue and check out my essay "My Transcendental Knife."

Thanks to literary editor Joel Toledo for releasing this. Incidentally, Joel's going to Italy soon for a (drum roll) literary fellowship. Wasakaderci baiao!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Sometimes finding the center isn't enough. After Borges and Eco. Am having this phase with navigationally-challenging architecture for some reason.



Monday, January 31, 2011


From Mervyn Peake's novels. You will wander these corridors until you grow old, grow mad or grow a beard of Jewish/Rip Van Winkle proportions -- whichever comes first.

An old sketch circa mid-2000s i think. Still obsessed with that synthy taste in the mix.

GONE TO GORMENGHAST by tzaddi salazar


We went to the Myth of the Human Body exhibit in the AFP community suburbs of Taguig. The building itself (called Neo Babylon, i kid you not) is decorated on its facade with what seems to be precise stone cuts of the gods in aptly massive proportion. Atlas was at the top. He seemed so precariously tilted you feared he'd drop the globe.

The exhibit itself was a mix of bad copy ("the duodenum is shaped like a chubby eggplant" and "the exhibit over 20 millions people has seen!"), choppy and hurried tour spiels (I did some consultancy in the Met Museum and this shit would never fly there), a confusing video of the workings of a birth and amazingly preserved, mind-blowing specimens with divided parts that put the "uh" deconstructed the whole thing left you in a head-shaking, confused mess. Well, if that didn't make you self-conscious of your biological cogs and screws then you're certainly one tough cookie. It's easy to see how cannibals and/or zombies see you as walking lunches after all that.

My favorite is called The Red Man. A human shape with toes pointed and raised off the floor a couple of inches made entirely (or so they claimed) out of plastinated blood vessels. Also, the man holding the skin like a molted carapace in a gentlemanly pose is uber creepy. Gives whole new-Lecter meaning to "skin suit." 

It was worth the price though. And, yes, we noticed that Lydia's Lechon is one of the sponsors. 

Oh, and there was strictly no photos allowed inside with the specimen dioramas so all I got was this lousy pix with the exhibit site map. Yep, each system is divided into its own Grecian god. Why Hades is designated as the circulatory system is a marvel of shoddy analogy and PR contortion.

This exhibit runs til April, I think.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Yet another post-rock cookie. I know, I couldn't resist the title. It was just precious and bombastic and, well, atmospherically science-y.



When your bus driver's last name is "danger," you know the terrorists have been watching too many old Keanu Reeves movies. This is just pure and utter terror tactics. The fact that no group's claimed it actually suggests a misdirection strategy our formulaic military and police minds commonly employ.

That certainly pus a damper on my bus rides.

EDSA bus bombing: 4 dead
Bomb under seat of bus driven by Maximo Peligro

MANILA, Philippines—“Who is responsible? At this point all we can say is speculation,” President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday night as he also disclosed that all intelligence agencies were in the process of identifying those behind the EDSA bombing that killed four, two instantly, and injured 14 others.

The bomb placed under the seat in the middle of a passenger bus driven by a man ironically named Maximo Peligro went off just before 2 p.m. on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) near the north gate of the upscale Forbes Park subdivision in Makati City.

The blast blew a huge hole on the right side of the northbound Newman Goldliner plying the Baclaran-SM Fairview route.

Makati Mayor Junjun Binay said the explosion was so powerful that it punched a hole in a nearby concrete fence.

“It appears that it was a big bomb that exploded but we’re still determining what kind of bomb,” said the Makati police chief, Senior Supt. Froilan Bonifacio.

The explosion shattered the windows of the air-conditioned bus (Plate No. TXJ-710), which was approaching the loading bay on EDSA and Metro Rail Transit station on Gil Puyat (formerly Buendia) Avenue.

Police said the sixth row on the right side of the bus sustained massive damage...

EDSA bus bombing: 4 dead -, Philippine News for Filipinos

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Happy New Year! And for the start of the rabbit year i took my delay down deep into the abyss and came up with some swirly, airy sounds.

Check it out here: post-rock cookie. 

Or here it is on Soundcloud. 


Thank you Sigur Ros, Sonic Youth, Explosions in the Sky, Set Fire to Flames and God is an Astronaut.