Download “Halalan” app to choose your candidates
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It’s three days before elections and I’m scared.
I just downloaded ABS-CBN’s Halalan app from the Google Play store.

Halalan app Halalan app

Upon clicking My Status, here’s what I got:

Halalan app

I don’t remember missing an election, unless it happened when I was studying in New York???
I voted in the last presidential election and the one before that.
Here’s a picture I took last May 10, 2010 at Xavier School, Greenhills, San Juan, where I’ve been voting since I was 18.

Election day

I really hope this is just a glitch in the Halalan app. Otherwise, I’m going to be very disappointed on May 13th. (please let me know if you have the same problem)
The app is great to download now because it acts a handy cheat sheet on who to vote for.
Here’s mine (feel free to copy):

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You don’t have to vote for 12 senators. If you vote for more than 12, your ballot may be considered spoiled. So don’t screw this up.
For party list, I decided to vote in favor of the teachers, who need to get paid properly, in my opinion because they care for our children and shape their minds. It’s a tough job.

Halalan app

I tried to click on the other buttons of the app, but couldn’t see any entries for congressman, mayor, and vice mayor of San Juan. (Please let me know if you have the same problem)

Halalan app

If you’re voting in San Juan, please consider Ronny Zamora. He happens to be my favorite uncle, very brilliant, funny (ask Teddyboy Locsin), and the best man for the job (I know, shameless plugging).

crbz flyer cover

Please also consider my kinakapatid, Alan Peter Cayetano for Senator—someone I trust and believe in (tried and tested by me. I tested him and he passed, without his knowing it. Sorry I can’t elaborate, but I know he’s looking out for me.)

Alan Peter Cayetano

I was at lunch earlier with my friends talking about who we’re voting for and why. I told them to vote for Alan in exchange for one of the senators they’re voting so they told me to vote for Angara. A twitter follower also convinced me to vote for Hontiveros so I added her.
JC delos Reyes is my cousin and a good guy! I know it’s a long shot for him to win, but if you have space in your top 12, please consider him too.
So here’s a copy of my ballot so far. Please me know how the app works for you in the comments section.


To know more about the app, click HERE.

Urbanears: a headphone story
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The first set of headphones I ever saw were my dad’s. I was about 3 or 4 years old. We would go down to his music room in our old house in Quezon City and listen to his music. I even remember the song, it was Sergio Mendes’ The Waters of March.

The very first pair of headphones I owned were from a gift from my dad. It was 1979. The Walkman had just come out and he gave me one for my birthday. I like to believe I was one of the first to have it in Manila, because I remember wearing these headphones and people staring at me. It didn’t bother me at all.


Here’s what I listened to 🙂

In the ’80s I turned to vinyls. In the ’90s, I switched to CDs. I was never really into iPods.
All this time I didn’t need earphones or headphones. But when iTunes and YouTube were invented, suddenly they were important again.
My husband, our kids, all need headphones.
The boys use them to Skype with their friends, while my husband uses them to shut out all the noise in the house.
I use them late at night when everyone is sleeping.
In the beginning, we all used the earphones that came with our iPods. But I find them painful after a while.

iPod earphones

I was really hoping to find headphones similar to the Walkman headphones I used to have—headband-style and lightweight, with foam covers. I finally found them at Urbanears in Podium, Ortigas Center.

Urbanears Podium

I bought the yellow Tanto initially. It became my favorite headphones.

Urbanears Tanto Yellow

They come in lots of colors.

Tanto headphones

Aside from Tanto, Urbanears offers other models to suit your different needs.


Urbanears releases two collections of headphones each year for spring/summer, fall/winter.
In each collection new colors are introduced in limited quantities. This Spring-Summer 2013, the new colors are Olive, Coral and Petrol. Once sold out, the new colors may not be produced again.

Medis oliveMedis-coral -hires-04Medis in petrol

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Urbanears makes headphones that fit your everyday life.
In the Philippines, they are distributed by Digits Trading, and available at Urbanears Podium, Astrovision, Automatic Center, Avant, Beyond The Box, Bratpack, Buzz, Complex, Digital Hub, Digital Walker, Egghead, Electroworld, Gadgets in Style, Gui, iCenter, iGig, iStudio, Mobile 1, Power Hub, Power Mac Center, ROX, Switch, Technoholics, Toby’s Arena and Urban Athletics.
To know more, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Gretchen’s Crocodile Tears
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Gretchen reacts to her mom’s last letter (we hope).

My thoughts:
1) Ang corny.
2) Crocodile tears? Kailangan ba talaga umiyak?
3) You’re lying na naman. Of course you love publicity.
4) Who wrote your speech?
5) “Maaalala ni Dominique na, my mom never fought. And that’s what’s important to me, Boy. Yun ang important. That’s what I want to leave behind.” (Duwag?? Parang it’s wrong?)
6) She’s back on The Buzz?
7) You had me at Mary Katranzou. I prefer this dress to Toni’s. Or Boy’s.
Mary Katrantzou at

That’s it. We’re done! Out of here!!

Inday puts the final nail in the coffin (so boring na), Part 2
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So here’s the last letter Inday sent to Ricky Lo. (Really hope it’s the last one.)


It was never my intention to prolong it into the World War III level.
I am back for the last time, now the target of vicious lies and allegations, a leading lady to a teleserye of made-up stories.
I was warned that it is hard to win a war against those evil unless one is evil, too.
I should be afraid having no money and power to get legal assistance. Many offered to talk on my behalf, people not related but have been part of and witness to our family life.
And so having no need for a Limping Cockroach* to come out from a hole for a glimpse of light, I stand up unafraid to correct these vicious lies.

Gretchen ipis

To Tania:
You say you respect me. Please don’t—keep it—you need that for yourself. I don’t need respect from someone like you. I have plenty of it from where I come from.
I know who you are, what you are, but you shocked the world at how you could face the camera so professionally comfortable in lying to tell a story of more than 30 years ago as if you were there when it happened, as if you were part and parcel of our household when not even our cats and dogs know you—tsk, tsk, tsk!—lying to the hilt without batting an eyelash. Unless you were coached to read a prepared story.
1) No, Tania, it is never true that Gretchen’s tuition was not paid. School is top priority of our payables.
2) No money for recess and lunch? I don’t even want to dignify you on that since you are not a dignified one.
3) So you saw Gretchen with a bruise of black and blue? Do you want to insinuate that we did that to her? We have no history of violence. Don’t be dramatic. People might ask you to convince them some more and all these events of 30 years ago, huh?

Tanya Montenegro

To Mother Lily:
Yes, Mother Dearest, it is true that I was the one who used to pick up Gretchen’s checks because she was a minor, remember? But it is not true what you said that you know that not a cent went to her.
The cents went to pay for:
1) car
2) driver
3) yaya
4) gasoline
5) food
6) clothes
7) and others (kulang pa).
I hope you understand being a mother, too. And by the way, we still have the contract we signed with you.

Mother Lily Monteverde

To Robbie Tan:
Thank you, Robbie, for having given Gretchen more work because you thought she needed money for the family.
But for your information and correction, at age 18 she was no longer with us because she was already living in with Joey Loyzaga and our family was already in Iloilo. We did not use her money, period, same way you made good business from the projects you made for her. More power to you.
For the last time on Gretchen being the bread winner, this much I can say: How can she be when her father and I were alive and still are?


Accusations and lies that I want to address:
• Gretchen sent her siblings to school? Three of them were already out of school when she joined show business at age 14. The projects she had when she was still under my care were never enough to pay for our:
1) rent
2) electricity
3) food on the table
4) pay for the schooling—all of them on that meager income?

Gretchen Barretto

• The bill for Mr. Barretto’s first heart attack was paid for from a health insurance. The second heart attack that required a bypass, yes, was paid by Tonyboy Cojuangco, something which Gretchen never made us forget. I went to the billing section to settle the bill. I was told that it had already been paid from a PLDT account.
We are eternally grateful to Tony for that sincere generosity.

Gretchen and Tonyboy at Cinemalaya

Gretchen, yes, I am letting you go to set you free from the burden of being a part of our family.
Whatever else you want to exact from us to buoy up your portrayal of a damsel in distress that got you the sympathy and brought you to where you are now? Be happy. At least from this squabble, the truth has finally come out from the talks that have been going on behind our backs about you being an abused child admitted by you when you made sumbat through what you made Jayjay sign.
Joaquin BarrettoJoaquin Barretto's letter

Thank you that we are able to correct the lies before dad and I close our eyes and give back to your father the dignity he deserves for he really is an honest and principled person.
Again, for your sake, to remind you with no apologies for the lack of classy cars, bodyguards and bling-blings, our house, our home was what gave you these: A roof over your head, food in your stomach, clothes on your back and the love and care that you think is lacking when you were a nobody and had nothing. God be with you, as He is with us, now that the truth has set us free.
(Signed) Inday Barretto

*Special thanks to Ana Zamora for the limping cockroach drawing.

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