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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween Theme Bloggers

Lets have a Halloween Theme activity for bloggers

Post your own true story or any scary halloween story or halloween costume
and then share it to us by posting your blog link in the comments box below.

the best halloween theme post will receive a trick or treat goodie from me

:) hahhhaa post now!! and make sure that it can scare all the readers
trick or treat !!!!!

bloggers, multiply, LJ etc can join.

Monday, October 30, 2006


For immediate release
by: rosscapili


Thousands submitted but only 12 were chosen.

The above line may somehow be a parody of that cliché we utter to emphasize excellence
when talking about that thing called `calling.' But the `bests' of Epson Photo Imaging
eXposition 2006 are no parodies at all. The photographers behind them were called and
chosen because of the beauty, originality and soulfulness that their images show.

EPSON, a leading name in digital imaging technology, has certainly made the right
decision to turn its photo competition into an annual affair, following last year's successful
debut launch. A great number of participants from all over the country, both professionals
and enthusiasts, have joined in this year's EPix challenge, pouring in entries for the two
categories: `Vanishing Scenes' and `The Filipino Achievers.'

Organized by One Workshop, Inc., a coffeetable art book was produced to showcase the
top 200 photographs from among the thousands that competed. Twelve of these were
adjudged winners. But the fact that all 200 photos are appearing in alphabetical order
(based on the entrants' surnames) is stressing the point that their inclusion means they're
no longer just entries vying for honors… they are themselves honored.

Over all, the judges were unanimous in their view that art of photography in the country is
very much alive and vibrant. "I must say that they really upped the ante for this year",
Randy Kanapi, Marketing Head of EPSON opines, "They really took advantage of this years
themes—Vanishing Scenes and The Filipino Achiever—and produced works that made the
judging process more difficult for all of us." Ed Santiago, Chairman of the Board of Judges,
nods in agreement. "I've been a photojournalist for many years now and indeed, the works
of the enthusiasts are already of professional grade."


Professional Division:

Filipino Achiever:

1st Place Artemio Layno
"Asin ng Buhay!"
Metro Manila

A reflection of a man harvesting salt.

2nd Place Jesus "Susing" Tinapay
" Gearing Up!"
Davao City

With his old friend the carabao and the old worn out farm attire. Oh! … You guess right!
It's planting season again!

3rd Place Bien S. Bautista
" Taho"
Metro Manila


Vanishing Scenes:

1st Place Carlito Felicen
" Vanishing Fan"
Cebu City

This photo of a vintage fan, to me, signifies a life cycle. The more the blades turn, the
more things appear to remain the same. As if nothing changes.

2nd Place Richard Larrios
" Bahay Kubo"
Metro Manila

A native house, unique to the Filipinos. Taken in an Island located in Baler, Aurora. This
place, after a typhoon hit the area in 2004 is gone already.

3rd Place Rolando L. Jumawan
" Vintage Windows"
Davao City

A mother and a child, peering thru a vintage window in Liberty Dinagat Island, Surigao del

Enthusiast Division:

Filipino Achiever:

1st Place Samuel P. De Leon
" Young Bontoc Weaver"
Metro Manila

A young lass working on a local textile called "bahag" which is one of the primary
customary highlander garment.

2nd Place Pacita Tiong
" Productivity in Fishing Industries"
Metro Manila

Fishing is one of our major industries that help our country economy.

3rd Place Leah M. Castillo
" Follow the Teacher"
Antipolo City

Our Teachers are multi-tasking fellows. Aside from teaching, they also perform other jobs
such as voting registrars.

Vanishing Scenes:

1st Place Joaquin Babes Ruste
" The Ancient house"
Bacolod City

One of the most Ancient houses in Negros with roman architectural design is located in
Talisay City, beongs to the Lacson Clan. The native setting against which such a structure
exists is quite an interesting sight when the shot was taken very early in the morning.

2nd Place Ma. Louisa C. Lopez
" Reflection of the Past"
Metro Manila

An Old Spanish Colonial house reflected on a puddle of water along the wobbled stone
Crisologo Street of Vigan, ilocos Sur.

3rd Place Christian John B. Pascual
" Catdan Ku (Tinitirhan ko) "
Metro Manila

An ivatan stone house typical in Batanes. Modernization is steadily replacing the
traditional materials being used for construction.

As the summation of a successful project, this annual photo competition hopes to
continuously encourage the new breed of photographers to come up with something
admirably competitive, while inspire even the deans of photography that no matter how
prolific and experienced they are, possibilities always flow into an endless stream of
beauty for them to still capture.

EPix06 Best 200 Images exhibit will run until November 15 at OWG G/Level 2241 La
Fuerza Plaza II Don Chino Roces Avenue corner Sabio St Makati City.
For details please contact Ross Capili at 09176273193 , 8192074 , email


Sunday, October 29, 2006

Photoshoot day out and Comic-Illustration Course

yesterday was a photo shoot day out for me, going with Lace in her work for a photo shoot in CSB. Above is an experimental shoot for the set and lighting before proceeding to the real shoot with models. I did some saturation and auto levels settings so that the photo will be lively in colors.

Also thanks to Don Villaluz for volunteering to be one of the photographer and helping me around the photo project. He also introduced me to this photography community of Digital Photo Enthusiasts in our country. check out

Every I need to know are all in there. especially the one on how to DIY your own Studio that you can get and use the materials seen in ACE HARDWARE. its a one cool learning website for photography.

Benjie and Azrael

During the photo shoot, one of their model is Benjie Marasigan, a professor for animation in DLS-CSB. We know each other during the old years of 1999 when he was still in Art Farm Asia and I was there helping around in promoting the first animation crash course organized by Art Farm Asia. On the following year, we organized the AnimeXplosion 2000. Benjie told me about this new course that they are waiting to be approved in DLS-CSB. And every comic creator and illustrator and also those who want to learn drawing will be happy to hear this news.

They are waiting for the approval of a new course - I think it was called Comics and Illustration.
its a course with diploma, I forgot to ask how many semester of that course, but Benjie said that the course focuses on comics, illustrations and caricatures. I'm not sure when it will be the launch of this course, but they said that they are targeting June 2007.

Also that day I met the creators of the animation short film Doodle of Doom, Nelson Caliguia Jr and Jason Confessor. Which won the grand prize for the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. Its funny to meet again with Nelson coz the last time I saw him with his family was the day when he wears a grade school shorts and sando, but now I was surprised that he greeted me and he still remembers me, and oh boy! Im getting old already and everyone around me grows up fast.

Its cool to see him follow his parents footsteps and might soon be one of the handler of the animation industry in our country, I joked on him yesterday about the old days that I hanged out in her parents studio, Art Farm Asia. I told him too that Im arranging a animation festy for next year and also invited them for a special exhibition of their work. I heard that they are making another big animation project. and he said that it will be completed on June 2007. Wow! I wanna see that first before it hits another award.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Autodesk M3 Launch

yesterday was the launching of the new version of Maya, Motion Builder and 3D Studio Max. I haven't install this software in my PC, I got lost to its video graphic requirement, so having a live walkthrough in the seminar gives me a good learning run about this animation software.

see me!! Im listening well hhahhhh, too bad that the view at the back is not good. people infront of me are humongous.

during break...
when the coffee maker disrupt the power supply of the laptop and projector

my sis and her friend was there too

Im surprised to see every new feature of their software. It seems that every year they always release new versions and by attending their seminar and launch, I can backtrack the stuff they showed from last year and now they showed us new and easy ways in editing part.

snack time is the best! I met one of the guy from MicroCAD and they are looking for part time teacher of 3DS.

Friday, October 27, 2006 Hacked !!

I was wondering sometime ago that whenever I visit a friend's blog who uses I always received this log in for domain-host server. But at first I thought that I did sometime wrong with my own C-panel. But when I tried it in other PC's I just found the same pop ups of C-panel.

I began to search an answer and saw that has been hacked !!!!

I did never received any email notice from the service provider, coz I no longer use it.

but I found this email in one of the forums customers,

First, I would like to apologize for the email you received yesterday. There was a glitch in our email system and approximately half of the emails were sent out with the wrong content. Here is the message you were supposed to receive.

I would like to apologize for (and, as a result, your board) being down. We are working to restore normal service, but are having to make some temporary changes for a short time. The domain name "" has been hijacked, and it is controlled by a third party who has taken the site down. We are going through the process of getting the domain name returned to us, but it seems that during this process, the hijacker intends to harm as many of our customers as possible.

As a temporary measure while we await the outcome of the domain resolution, we have registered The site will continue to work as normal with this new domain name. You can go into your HTML code and modify the links to change the .com to .biz, or you can login to your Admin Page and get a new block of HTML code.

Once again, we apologize for the difficulty and the problems that you are having right now, and for our part in them. As soon as we have control of the domain name again, you will be able to go back to using, although we will keep working so that you do not need to make changes if you do not want to.

Thank you for using our service, and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or problems.

Ed Bynum

//advice to all, if you have your own website and have a Cpanel account, dont try to enter your user name and your password. the hacker may steal it and destroy your account. Im not sure if the hacker did that fake Cpanel site. But i think one of my website's cpanel account and password was changed when I tried to enter it and then when I try logging it.. then....bam!!!! the site was gone! damn ! // my other advice... remove your html tag in all of your blogs!!!!!

switch to

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Whilce Portacio in Manila
Production Note 1

This is my first ever production note for this event, I just posted my insights about this last month in my other blog entry Manila Bats!, and i guess I will have to put up more energy for the big production. You already read about the title in my entry, and yes, me and Whilce are planning for his Manila Tour and we we are not talking about just a comic book signing. We are targeting a convention and seminar for this event. The event was planned before by another party, but they backed out for a good reason, Now I was told to the part. And after evaluating and studying about this, I already decided take some short step in events planning.

The plan was to hold it in December 2006, in time of the release of Batman:Confidential, but the time is already limited so I decided to moved it next year in order to have a good length of time organizing it. DC comics convention will be next year so I already talked to the organizers if it is okay to tie up with them for the event. They said it was ok. But the problem is that Whilce will be in another convention in Florida and there is a conflict of schedule, so right now Im trying to get a good venue for his return.

There will be a Toycon in Cebu on January 2007, but I dont have the new updates about that. Also theres a possibility that Whilce will fly to attend the Toycon Cebu, we dubbed it as ToyCon Sinulog. But Im still gearing up getting sponsors to help us fund the big event. I will try to get in touch with comic shop owners soon if they are willing to partner with us. Right now Im still continuing the study of the event and all of it are still in my mind and will be on paper soon.

The teaser video above was supposed to be played at the Comic Seminar, I have problems in using Mac, so I decided to annouce it, but I dont know if someone listened to it hahhahaha.
the video was supposed to be launched at the Komikon. But I failed to attend again so I decided to release it in Youtube. More updates will be posted soon in the official event website <-- im not yet sure if this will be the official event website. Il talk first to my webhost sponsor if they can sponsor us a domain good for a year.

Webcam Live in my blog

for now on everytime that I will be online, you can now see me live here in my blog.
check out the lodaing flash board above. provides a very good service converting my live webcam video feed into a flash version webcam live. The delay is 5 seconds, but before you go on live, you have to log in first to your account and then load the live webcam in your board. then if you have embeded the tags in your blog, you can now go on Live !!

I've been looking for a way on how to put a live webcam in a blog, and thanks to our fellow Youtubers that I discovered this new web feature!

you can try and use it !!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

A Heroes' Convention

October 29
1pm - 5pm
Rockwell Tent

A Superhero's Halloween Event

This Halloween, Rockwell invites its young superheroes to participate in A Heroes' Convention, at the Rockwell Tent this Halloween! A variety of fun activities and superhero games await the passport bearers, so hurry and get yours soon!

Tickets available for P350 (inclusive of 1 child and 1 adult) starting October 13 at the Customer Care Desk, Power Plant Mall.

For more information, call 898-1702.

// Im not involved in this events, but if you plan to attend any halloween party for this year, in this post is one of my recommendation . //

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

COMMDAP Expo 2006 take 2

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See IT Use IT Buy IT

Makati City, Philippines
COMDDAP opens its 20th Computer Exposition on Oct
26 - 29, 2006 at the COMDDAP Tent, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

With over 40 companies exhibiting and 40,000 expected visitors, this year’s show will again be the biggest IT event of 2006. Highlighted will be the software alley where locally developed hardware and peripherals will be displayed. The first Philippine Amazing Race in cyberspace will be an event to watch during the show. Check out our exhibit section for more details.

//oh yeah! Il be there this thursday and Im glad that the Tent is already been repaired after the Typhoon Milenyo. But the Le Pavillion Tent, according to sources that the repairs will be complete till next year. ...duhh.. 3 months to wait ?? awwwww.. //

The Prestige

magic is a trick
magic is a mystery
magic is a part of science

magic gives us free ticket for the movie premiere of The Prestige

"We can't believe it ! to see is to believe!!!!"

The line going to the magic show of the year

2 volunteers who will assist the magician in cutting the chicken into half

Michael Caine and Hugh Jackman in Touchstone Pictures' The Prestige
"Alfred, This is uncomfortable, I really like having those claws back!"

Hugh Jackman in Touchstone Pictures' The Prestige
they fight for the trick...the amazing and spectacular transporting man

Anthony DeMarco and Christian Bale in Touchstone Pictures' The Prestige
"This coin came from Two Face"

Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in Touchstone Pictures' The Prestige
"See this? It heals and my mutant power is back!"
"You're not my type as my Boy Wonder, I rather work alone"

director Nolan tricked us again and for me this movie really bugged my visuals as I got being hooked in the story, Im wondering that maybe this kind of story is true. The concept of having two magicians destroy each other just to be on top of the career of being a magician and performer. During the middle of the movie you will be puzzled on how those trick works. especially about the disappearing act. You'll hate both characters, but in the end you will choose which side of them is right and wrong. Just listen and dont mind their English accent.
for me...this movie rocks the magical equation and the greatest magic trick of all will be reveal..

Watch it! and don't rent it.

Monday, October 23, 2006

The long march

it was my first time to do a coverage of a funeral for Lace's relatives and It was very tiring and my hypertension kicks back giving me a hard time to breathe and rest during the funeral walkathon going to the cemetery. Lace was left home suffering from a stomach ache, so it leaves me and her sister to do the coverage, acting as videographer and also a photographer.

I've met my other half's relatives and also my journey to the far reaches of Cavite going down to Maragondon. It was a beautiful site to see this old church and also the Trial Site of Andres Bonifacio. they say that under this church has a udnerground river, mythical tales about a giant castle was build under it were souls of people who drowned in the river rest there. Also at the back of the church is a old cemetery.

thanks to the carbonara monster for calling me and giving me updates about the komikon. so here we are fixing some personal matters and This monday Im back to work again!

The Prestige movie premeire will be tonight! lucky people will be contacted by me if there are extra tickets, Glorietta 4, Cinema 6 @ 7pm

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Banquet

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i wasn't aware about the story of this movie, all I know that it is a Zhang Ziyi movie and Its a must see movie and I know it is good, we've been waiting for this movie last month. I think my advice is that you should research first about the backside of the story in the internet, I experience a lot of brain twisting puzzle, trying to read the english subtitles clearly and focus more on the visuals. Heres a hint, if you know the story of Hamlet, you'll get the idea, but it is not more like Hamlet, its another story that gives a similarity but when you watch this, you will forget the origin of the backside of it.

I was expecting too much Crouching Tiger and that Daggers-something movie. But this is more different, yes, there are some action scenes, but the setting is more like in the dynasty era, so Im very excited to see how they rule and how they used to live in that era, it was a great cultural exchange for me, Im not sure if they do the same as the old culture, but here in the movie, my popcorn got empty and my big ice tea ran out, and i didnt noticed that my hands are full of cheese powder.

its a good one!
they got me there and the visuals and costumes are great !
everything is impressive. now I get it why they want this movie to be one of the official entry for the Oscar Awards.

Im good, Im pogi and I kick more ass than Jet Li

ok! Im excited for a premiere night treat on Monday.
we will be watching "The Prestige" whoohoh.. Wolverine Vs. Batman Vs. Alfred Vs. Gobling King Vs.Gollum Vs. The Island

Japanese Bazaar 2006

Lace just saw this ad in a newspaper and I had this interest in japanese items, so we decided that we plan this the day before and head there early in order to get some good buys, I remember that 8 years ago I was invited to a school fair in Manila Japanese School in BF 2 Paranaque and there It was my first time to be exposed in a japanese community, in there I used my knowledge for the first time having a short conversation with real japanese, it seems a little bit difficult coz they talk so fast. im glad that they are nice and hospitable.
also its my first time to see a japanese inide rock band playing on stage. in there I just bought a box of manga comics priced at P1.00 each :)

ok for the present japanese bazaar 2006. I was very disappointed and I expected too much in their bazaar.
no mangas, no comics, posters, no anime, no japanese tshirts, shoes and everything that we like to see that it is not so common here in Manila. i found only are japanese toilet bowls, cars, jars, condominium and tiangee items.

when we saw that, we decided to eat our lunch at Teriyaki boy.

then we pose a pic with a bridge and standees.

funny,, the ad has no contact numbers and also time of the bazaar.
but i guess they might have some cool items on the other day.
but I wont go back there to check it out.

you can view some of our photos here

Sakura Lace

Az beats E.Honda and Yokozuna

meal lunch for the day.....japanese style

booths and booths and booths... misyel and lace

Friday, October 20, 2006

Komikon 2006

Tomorrow it will be the 2nd Philippine Komiks Convention, and its theme marks its celebration of 120 years of Komiks.Too bad that I wont be there coz Im scheduled to attend o Lace's family member funeral in one of the province of Cavite, it will be a long ride from our town to reach the mountain area of Cavite.

Im glad that this is the 2nd Komikon, I haven't been there to attend the event that I created with the Artists Den, This is my vision and dream that materializes after 5 years being with the art group, and its sad that I wont be there celebrating another year for Komikon., I might gear this up for next year, rebuild and expand just like my other events. But its okay.. My dream has come true and thanks to all of YOU !

so to everyone! just have fun and do enjoy!
to those who will sell their comics! reserve me a copy and I will buy on the next event.



Entrance Fee of the Event : P50


Benjamin Ong, writer for emailed me this update about his research and also interview about Comics in the Philippines, He emailed me also about some inquiry on contacts to other artists, He thought that I was a comic creator and then he sent me an interview question for this article, but I told him that Im not a comic creator, Im only a comic reader and comic event organizer here in Manila. Im glad that he sent this update and Im so happy to see that they used the word KOMIKS with a "K" in their article. This is only part I, I think more of it will be release after the Komikon event.

by Benjamin Ong Pang Kean

If names like Panday, Angel Ace, Flash Bomba, Lastikman, Darna, and Captain Barbell sound unfamiliar to you, it’s because they’re comic book characters from the Philippines.

In celebration of the 120th anniversary of komiks (that’s the Filipino term for comics), spoke with komikeros (i.e. cartoonists or comic artists) from the island nation in Southeast Asia.

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Incidentally, October is also Filipino American History Month and 2006 marks the 100th year of Filipino migration to the United States.

Also, the second Philippines Komiks Convention, Komikon 2006, is scheduled for Saturday, October 21 in Quezon City.

Just how big is the komiks industry in the Philippines?

According to writer/artist/inker/The Philippine Comics Art Museum webmaster and curator Gerry Alanguilan, komiks in the Philippines has had a very rich history, tracing its roots way back to the late 1800's when national hero Jose Rizal created what would be the very first Filipino made comic strip, "The Monkey and the Tortoise”.

“But it wasn't until 1929 on the pages of Liwayway Magazine that the first regularly published comics character was born: Kenkoy, as created by Tony Velasquez,” Alanguilan explained to Newsarama. “Liwayway Magazine (which is still being published today) is pretty much where the Philippines comics industry was born when the comics section grew to accommodate more short stories and artists. Liwayway is where artists like Fred Carrillo debut.

“1946 saw the very first regularly published "comic book" via the short lived Halakhak, and a year or so later, in 1947, saw birth ACE Publications, which debut several comic books that will see publication for many decades. It is in ACE that artists like Tony DeZuniga, Nestor Redondo, Alfredo Alcala, Alex Niño, Rudy Florese, Ernie Chan and many other Filipino artists familiar to people abroad, began to work.

“It's an astounding body of work. To see what kinds of comics those Filipinos were able to do, I've put up an online museum which you can find at

“A lot of these artists eventually found work in American comics at the very end of the 1960's, and it was since then and all throughout the 70's did America finally see a huge treasure trove of artists as yet unknown to the western world.”

Alamat Comics founder Budgette Tan concurred that it used to be a thriving industry back in the 1950s and 60s. “Its circulation supposed out-ranked newspapers and had nationwide distribution,” he said. "Back then, komiks was a major source of feature films; and later on became material for TV shows as well.

“Ironically, the 70's also saw the start of the decline of Philippine comics due not only to the mass exodus of artists to America, but also to a number of other factors including the declaration of Martial Law in 1972, where restrictions on creativity forced many artist to leave or retire altogether,” Alanguilan said. “The komiks, as comics are referred to here, were still popular and financially profitable for the companies. But the quality of the comics themselves, specially the artwork, suffered a marked decline. It is a decline that will continue well into the 90's until at last it will collapse soon after.

Alanguilan said that the Filipino artists doing work in the US by this time included Redondo, Alcala, Niño, Florese, ER Cruz, Gerry Talaoc, Rico Rival, Jesse Santos, Teny Henson, Romeo Tanghal, Abel Laxamana, Ading "Adrian" Gonzales and so many more. For a more complete listing, please see Comic Book Artist Magazine Vol. 2 #4, which features an in-depth look at Filipinos who worked in US Comics.

“Rafael Kayanan was probably the very first US based Filipino (not born in the Philippines) to find work there beginning in the 80's and found work on Conan, Spider-Man, Turok, etc. He would signal the start of a new invasion of Filipino artists, the most popular of which was Whilce Portacio.

read more of it here >>>

Thursday, October 19, 2006

4th Annual Manila Comics Creation Seminar 2006

Video Coverage Day 2

check out some live lectures, interviews, testimonials and Harvey Tolibao's stand up act.

here's the video coverage, hosted by

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Coca Cola and Pinoy SuperHeroes

I was wondering about the new banner ad that Coca Cola used in Glorietta. It features pinoy superheroes, and for me.... it was super cool !
I think there was a tie up going on with the Mars Ravelo creations and Coke

Lace and Azrael Superhero of the land of the pizza eating monster

Oct 18, 2006
here's the explanation at last!

Hi Az,

The current Coke campaign is all about "Buhay Coke.
Buksan mo." which is why you'll see all the current
Coke materials showing different things coming out of
the Coke bottle.

And since Kajo Baldisimo is one of the Art Directors
of the Coke team in McCann, it was only appropriate
that he do an ad featuring super heroes. At first it
was just supposed to be generic super-heroes, but they
were able to get approval to use Darna and Lastikman
and that's what got produced.

Astig, di ba? :)

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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