Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Have you registered to the Michael V. Comedy Writing Workshop?

Almost 2 decades ago, I was stupid enough not to pursue a career as a gag writer. Ang gago ko lang talaga.

I was shortlisted to be a contributor to a show on ABC 5 (TV5 now) called Tropang Trumpo (probably only of you knows this classic). Well, I did had a few months experience in writing scripts and coming up of original jokes which were also used in the show ISPUP when Tropa guys Ogie Alcasid and Michael V. became Kapuso and created what is now known the epic Bubble Gang. Friday nights were never the same again.

I was a struggling radio news writer for DWWW 774 then when I decided to apply as a copywriter for the Viva Entertainment Group. To make the story short, I chose doing ad copies over making amusing scripts.

Now, my wife is the one suffering because she's the one who receives my corny jokes instead of the  viewers of the comedy shows where I might been working now. But I still have this blog and my work as an editor for a business magazine. Nosebleed nga lang ako sa pagsusulat ng serious English topic now.  Ang gago ko lang talaga.

Today, an opportunity opens again for aspiring comedy writer? Here’s your chance to get lessons from the best comedy writers of GMA 7 led by the very talented Ace comedian Michael V. Imagine, you'll be able to learn from THE Bitoy and a chance to work with him in future projects.

Now, be ready with your pen and paper because I'll be writing the mechanics only once, okay?

>Complete the registration form HERE.

>Submit your photo (2" x 2" photo, JPG, not more than 100KB)

>Submit a writing piece in English, Tagalog, or Taglish with the theme: My funny experience. Format should be: single space, Courier font, size 12, maximum of 500 words in length.

>Registration is from August 24, 2015 to August 31, 2015.

>Workshop is open to all Philippine residents aged 18 to 35 years old
>At least high school graduate
>Male or Female
>May or may not be currently employed 
>With a flexible schedule
>With writing experience academically or professionally
Willing to go through interview and diagnostic tests

>All submitted entries will be reviewed by a panel.

>Twenty (20) participants will be selected to join the workshop. Chosen participants will be contacted by a GMA representative through the declared contact/mobile number.

>All participants must agree to sign a Participation Agreement, full details of which will be disclosed once qualified.

Hindi naman halatang ni-copy paste ko lang yun mecahnics no? Anyways, good luck to those who will register. And in case you need some jokes, just contact me because this 37-year old Daddy has some funny bones left.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Symptoms of the highly-contagious AlDub fever

Nahawa ka na?

Hindi ng sore eyes o bulotong ha?

Nadale ka na ba?

Hindi ng dengue o tigdas ha?

Kalimutan na muna ang lagnat, ubo, sipon o trangkaso dahil kapag tinamaan ka ng #Aldub Fever e tiyak na mapapabangon ka sa kinahihigaan mo. I'm sure mahal mo na si Alden Richards at Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza). Sigurado ako lalo kang naging loyalista ng Eat Bulaga o di kaya naman ay nanawa na sa ibang Show.

Bakit ba bigla kang tinamaan at kinilig sa Alden at Yaya Dub? Wala kang sakit, don't worry. Mukhang epekto na yan ng Aldub fever. Check mo kung may sintomas ka na...

1. Lahat ng makita mong #Aldub fan pages at groups sa Facebook e member ka.

2. Kapag may nagtanong sa 'yo ng mga bagay-bagay kung kailan (ex. kailan ka magbabayad ng utang, kailan mo ililigpit ang mga kalat, kailan magi-improve ang sales ng kumpanya, etc),  ang isinasagot mo palagi, "Sa tamang panahon..."

3. Kapag may kausap ka at may nabanggit na salitang nagtatapos sa letter "A" or "O" palagi kang humihirit ng "asawa ni.... ?"

4. Araw-araw ka naggo-Google na ang key words ay "Aldub Updates"

5. Kapag napupuyat ka dahil inuulit ulit mo yung #kiligmoments ng #kalyeserye sa Youtube.

6. Hinsi na headline ang inabangan mo sa 24 Oras at Saksi. Balita na lang tungkol kina Alden at Maine hanap mo.

7. Kapag naiinis ka, boses Babalu ka na magsalita

8. Mas madalas mo pang mapanaginipan sila Alden at Yaya Dub kesa sa dyowa mo.

9. Yung pag lunch time, dun ka kakain sa karinderyang nakatutok sa channel 7. Tapos late lunch ka palagi.

10. Umabsent ka sa trabaho o school kasi kala mo magkikita na sila Alden at yaya ng araw na yun

11. May pabebe wave photos ka sa Instagram

12. Nag-uusap kayo harap-harapan pero lyrics ng kanta salitaan

13. Nag-skype kayong magsyota tas fan sign lang kayo mag-usap.

14. Bibili ka na ng couple shirt na may #YayaDub sa harap at #KiligPaMore sa likod

15. Walang tao sa kalsada n'yo pag naka-ere na ang Kalye Serye.

Noon sa gamot lang pwedeng maging addict ang mga tao. Ngayon sa fever pwede na... sa #AlDen fever nga lang. Huwag mahiyang umamin. Kahit mga taga-Dos nakatutok na din.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Un-basketball Facts about LeBron James and FREE tickets to his August 20 Manila visit

Do we really need an introduction for LeBron James?

Well, for those who just came out under the rock after a decade, LeBron is currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won two NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, two NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He has also been selected to 11 NBA All-Star teams, 11 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, and is the Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer.

Now whether your a LeBron fanatic to hater (well, I doubt if you're the latter since you are reading this post), I'm pretty sure you'd love to know this list of 10 un-basketball facts about King James:

1. LeBron has brains while studying at Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School. His favorite subject was Earth Science.

2. While still in high school, LeBron has already created a buzz among basketball fans. His autograph then was sold on eBay for $104.

3. US President Barack Obama said on seven different occasions that he hoped LeBron would sign with his hometown team Chicago Bulls.

4. LeBron hosted a 2007 episode of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live."

5. LeBron’s love of the baseball team New York Yankees resulted in the Bronx Bomber-inspired Air Zoom V LeBron.

6. In 2008, LeBron became the first African-American man to appear on the cover of Vogue, a women’s fashion magazine.

7. In 2012 LeBron became the new spokesman for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins Ice Cream in Asia.

8. LeBron loves cereal. Among his favorites are Fruity Pebbles, Frosted Flakes and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

9. LeBron’s favorite rapper is Jay-Z.

10. LeBron shoots right handed, but eats and writes with his left hand.

Cool facts, right? Well, here's another fact that you certainly want to hear: Nike will bring LeBron to Manila for the second time on August 20, 1015.

How to get your FREE ticket/s:

Fans are welcome to personally see LeBron James and hear how he inspires all to “Rise Beyond Belief” with the LeBron James Rise Tour on August 20th at the Mall of Asia of Arena. Gates open at 6:00PM. Tickets for the evening can be obtained by registering on http://gonike.me/LebronJamesRiseTour starting 9:00AM on August 14 until 11:59PM of the same day.

Fans who successfully register will need to bring their confirmation email and valid ID on the designated times and dates at Nike stores from August 15 to 18 to pick up their tickets. Fans can enjoy a custom “Rise Beyond Belief” photo booth exclusively at Nike Park Fort in Taguig and be part of a special LeBron James photo mosaic.

So mark your calendar and make sure you have a great internet connection because the FREE tickets are only good while supply last. Good luck!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

On rainy days, hugot lines and a bottle of Neosep

The rainy season is here again.

Along with it, we should start to prepare for the health and well-being of our family because everyone is prone to illness brought about by sudden rainfall, floods and other weather-related hassles.

Expect people to start to talk about their headaches, flu, cough and cold posts in their social media accounts and soon you might even find yourself joining the band wagon.

But what’s good about us Pinoy is that we find a way to inject fun in things we share online despite experiencing sore throats, clogged nose and a body temperature enough to use your armpits to re-heat those cold pizzas in the ref. Here are some hugot lines I created while bed resting in the house with fever and cold.


Got to share these hugots in the hope that some of you who are under the weather will be cheered up. After all, laughter is the best medicine, right? But of course, let’s be realistic, we need to at least intake some medicines to help our body recover fast especially when we need to finish our tasks, like this pending blog post.

Personally, one brand that I trust when it comes to fighting colds is Neosep. I’m sure you’ll agree. I’ve been a fan of this wonder tablet since high school because it never fails to help in bringing back my body and senses in tip-top shape. Of course, there were times that I also used other brands but always comes back to Neosep because “hiyang ako.

How much do I trust the Neosep? Well, it’s the same brand I give to my 6-year old son whenever he has colds. We never have a hard time giving it to him because of its child-friendly taste compared to other syrup which we commonly describe as “lasang gamot.” I won’t be surprised if he’ll share the our family’s trusted brand to his future kids.

Know more about Neosep and other trusted products via www.unilab.com.ph.

Bonus hugot lines, you like?    

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Watch Out: Fear The Walking Dead

Zombie fanatics, specifically fans of AMC's The Walking Dead need not wait until the end of the year to get another dose of gruesome but something compelling TV series because its spinoff will soon hit the screen.

Here are some of the first things you might want to know about Fear the Walking Dead just to make you a little excited if you think it may be below par the original series because their is no Rick, Daryl or Carol to entrapped us and be glued on out TV sets.

1. Fear the Walking Dead will premier this August 23, 2015 (Sunday in the US). It will be aired via Fox TV Philippines (if they will follow the same day telecast they did with TWD) every Monday.

2. The first season of FTWD will only have six episodes. They call this a mini-season. So the future of this show will really rely on how TWD fans will welcome it.


3. Three of the five stars are not Americans. US actresses Elizabeth Rodriguez and Kim Dickens will be joined in the lead cast by Cliff Curtis (New Zealand); Alycia Jasmin Debnam-Carey (Australia), and Frank Dillane (UK).

4. It is predicted that Rodriguez and Debnam-Carey will bring in the male fans to the show while Dillane will serve as the guy to attract the girls.

5. If you care to know, Dillane was Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Excited? Share your thoughts about FTWD and let's see if it will be a hit or a miss from our favorite guys in AMC.