Borgy for Mayor. Woot?

Proof that anything goes in the Banana Republic:

Congresswoman Marcos’ son to seek Manila mayoralty post

THE 23-year-old model-son of Ilocos Norte Representative Imee Marcos and not former First Lady Imelda Marcos, is running for mayor in Manila in 2007, the lawmaker revealed on Monday.

Congresswoman Marcos said her mother was able to convince her son, Borgy Manotoc, to run for the post since he has a lot to offer to the people of Manila particularly the youth.

The former First Lady will become Borgy’s campaign manager instead, Congresswoman Marcos said.

The lawmaker expressed confidence that Borgy could easily win Manila’s primary voting bloc, which are mostly composed of young voters.

Besides the former First Lady being the former governor of Metro Manila still has strong influence and charisma among the people in depressed areas in Manila, she said.

“With Borgy, it’s like having Imelda Marcos run as mayor of Manila,” the lawmaker said.

“Having my mom as Borgy’s campaign manager, he will definitely get a solid vote in Manila particularly in Sampaloc, Pandacan, Tondo, Quiapo, Binondo, Sta. Cruz, San Miguel and other barangay [villages] in the city,” she said.

She said Borgy’s “lineage and roots” were all from Manila starting from his father, sportsman Tommy Manotoc, and his grandparents who were all from Tondo.

At 23, Borgy will be the youngest mayoralty candidate in Manila as compared to experienced turks like Senators Panfilo Lacson and Alfredo Lim, Congressman Rodolfo Bacani, Vice Mayor Danny Lacuna, and former congressman Mark Jimenez, said Congresswoman Marcos.

Born Martin Marcos Manotoc on April 9, 1983, Borgy — his father gave him the moniker Borgy after tennis icon Bjorn Borg — would be the youngest mayoralty candidate in Manila’s history at 23 years-old.

Known for his good looks, Borgy has modeled for Bench, Adidas, and Swatch and also appeared on a TV sitcom. He recently finished his studies at the City College of New York, majoring in advertising and public relations, while working part-time at an independent record label.

More from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Borgy ManotocWhat most people don’t know is that the kid is actually smart. But at only 23 and other than having a fashionista lawmaker for a mother, a shoe-crazy grandmom and a dictator for grandfather, he has no solid political/leadership background to speak of. And for Chrissakes, a city as huge, populous and over-all complicated as Manila is not a good training ground for a long-time political career. And it’s not that the others who’ve expressed interest in the post are any better–God knows how awfully they are onlyafter the perks of the office–but, Borgy? The country’s political system needs fresh blood, I agree, but someone who is as politically inexperienced and as rooted in the Marcos family doesn’t seem to be the answer the city is looking for. Why not try for the mayoralty of some far-off municipality in Ilocos if his wish is, indeed, to serve the people? But then again, which politician has ever placed the welfare of the people they are supposed to serve above their desire for power and fortune? It’s not even a nice cliche.

OH well, at least he looks way better than those fat old farts he’s running against. I’d rather look at his half-nekkid glory instead of Lito Atienza’s florla shirt and shameless grin anytime. No one can accuse him as yet of personally dipping his fingers in the public coffers. Not sure about the family, though.

Coffee and History

I had always been curious about the Intramuros branch of Starbucks. So last Saturday afternoon, while waiting for my scheduled badminton games, I decided to hang out at the said coffee shop which was, luckily for me, a mere block from Feathers ‘n Strings, to have my favorite tall unsweetened hot latte. Located at Puerta Isabel II along Muralla St., this branch is one of the coziest and is in fact rather unique in the sense that it combines globalization and a bit of Philippine history. I’m not sure though if the dungeon where the shop is situated used to be a torture chamber for suspected criminals, spies and revolutinoaries. There are also talks of prisoners of war buried alive under the dungeon floors by the Japanese towards the end of their occupation of Manila.

Perhaps because it was a quiet afternoon, the absence of chattering students and noisy hangers-on added to the place’s charm.

Here be the pictures:

starbucks intramuros manila

starbucks intramuros manila

starbucks intramuros manila

Starbucks is indeed everywhere.

Seven Hours of Torture for the Sake of Vanity

Source: Hair Flick

Thanks to Marianne, my inevitable meeting with the hairdresser finally pushed through yesterday. The only straight male member of the salon crew and I labored for seven gruelling hours of hair pulling, blowing, hot oiling, straightening, trimming, shampooing and treatment, and more than once did I nearly cry bloody murder because it felt like he was tearing my scalp off. On the other hand, I have to give it to him for working hard on my rather challenging thick and unruly mane.

Salon visits are a bittersweet experience for me due to mostly open-mouthed shock and dread my hair forces out of the pros, matched with comments like, “Ay kulut ka ati?” and “Dyusku, ang kapal ng buhuk!” that it’s enough to shake my fist at the gods for giving me this unique “gift”. But in spite of its unruly nature, my hair has a way of allowing itself to be tortured into submission so I often walk out of the salon looking slightly different, if not better, and a bit triumphantly smug about the fact that mane-wise, I am not entirely hopeless.

There have been too many times when I wanted to just let it have its curly way, but having to spend countless hours of combing and tying my hair every morning can take its toll so I decided that I’d be better off in wash-and-wear mode. No scrunchies and pony tails for quite a few months. Uhmm…yay…(re-)Bond girl ini!

Time Wasting 101

40 questions

1. Where do you hang your towel to dry after showering?
on a hook behind the bedroom door

2. What kind of mouse pad do you have?
black leatherette covered mousepad courtesy of Enderlin school.

3. Do you brush your hair with a comb or a brush?
Comb

4. In your opinion, who do you think is the hottest celebrity?
It’s a toss between Orlando Bloom and Ewan McGregor

5. You got a project due tomorrow, do you use tape or glue?
Huh? What for???

6. Chicken or pork adobo?
Neither

7. By the time you get to school, is the sky still dark?
I don’t go to school anymore, but by the time I get to work, the sun’s already up in the 10.30 AM sky

8. If you had a choice to see a unicorn or mermaid which would it be?
Unicorn. Pero puwede bang si Orlando Bloom na lang?

9. What color is your underwear?
White

10. What time does the sun usually set?
Between 5.30 and 6.00 pm

11. What do you think of last before you go to sleep?
Bakit gising pa ako? (Why am I still awake?)

12. AC or fan?
Fan

13. Do you wear braces?
I used to

14. Can you hand stand?
No. Can you?

15. If you were the opposite sex, how would you style your hair?
In anything that looks good on me.

16. What level of math are you in?
Will high school math do? I like algebra.

17. Jessica Simpson or Alba?
None

18. Which subject is worse, English or Math?
What do you mean worse? I like them both, though I do better in English that Math.

19. What’s one thing you really want to do this very moment?
Sleep

20. After buying something, do you automatically throw your receipts away?
No

21. CD player or iPOD?
iPOD. Though what I have is a Samsung mp3 player.

22. Would you rather spin upside down going 30 mph or drop 400 ft. into water?
Neither

23. Whats your favorite shape?
None

24. What do you have planned for the weekend.?
Play badminton in Intramuros if there’s a schedule. Go out with Rome if he isn’t busy. Watch a movie, get drunk, see friends, update my blog, clean the apartment, blog, relax, read a book.

25. Have you ever gone ice skating?
No

26. If you were put in a room with nothing except for a pencil and a paper, what would you do?
Write a short story.

27. Is it always easy finding your remote everytime you want to watch TV?
Yeah. It’s either in the kitchen or buried under the pillows.

28. How was your day?
OK-OK

29. Do you grow your nails, bite or trim them?
I trim my nails. I hate long fingernails.

30. Describe your handwriting
Unreadable, Illegible and other such similar adjectives.

31. Do you consider yourself a stalker?
Uhhh…I googled someone before meeting him for the first time just to check if the guy I was going to have coffee with wasn’t a serial murderer. Hehe… Nah, stalking is a waste of time.

32. Do you bruise easily?
Yes, depending on which racquet I’m using when I accidentally hit myself.

33. There’s nothing on TV except Barney and Japanese news what do you do?
Either watch DVD or read a book or a magazine.

34. Do you know more than 3 myspace codes?
I’ve got the Nooz’d widget, plus MySpace video of Josh Groban and Michael Buble performing together, which doesn’t work. I like my profile’s layout to be as clean as possible. The blog looks insane, though, so I’ve got to work on it.

35. You got an essay due, you either can type or write in pen, which will it be?
Type. Preferably in a computer.

36. Do you wear jeans to relax at home?
No.

37. Describe yourself using one word:
sleepy

38. Do you use deodorant?
But of course!

39. Do you like ice in your drink?
Yes, except when it’s hot coffee or tea that I’m drinking

40. Do you have abs?
Flabs, more like.

Grey’s Anatomy

grey's anatomyI finished watching the end of season 2 of Grey’s Anatomy last night. I didn’tfollow the series on TV, but since it had a strong showing in the recent Emmys, my curiosity was piqued and so I decided to buy the DVD. It’s strongest point isn’t so much the medical drama theme but that it’s character driven. It’s about struggling medical intern Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and her circle of surgeons in training friends. Meredith comes from a broken family, a daughter of a legendary surgeon mother who suffers from an advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, a former girlfriend to an attending surgeon who never informed her about his real marital status and dumped her when hotshot surgeon and drop-dead sexy should’ve-been ex-wife arrived in town. 

Each episode deals with a particular theme: competition, forgiveness, and even superstitions dramatized within the walls of Seattle Grace Hospital where Meredith and friends Izzie (Katherine Heigl), George (TR Knight), Alex (Justin Chambers) and Cristina (Sandra Oh) serve as interns under some of the city’s best medical practitioners, Drs. Derek Shepherd/”McDreamy” (Patrick Dempsey), Burke (Isaiah Washington) and Bailey/”Nazi”.

As always, there’s the usual casual encounters, the dreamy married guy who can’t make himself available for real to the one he really loves, the perfect guy who falls for the girl but whose feelings can’t be matched by the object of his affection (McVet), heavenly charming but sickly stud (Denny–sheesh, the death scene can make you cry buckets) and of course, professional competition and problem parents. There are the seemingly oh-so-perfect characters, such as the very neat and super confident Dr. Burke, uber-professional Dr. Bailey and Meredith’s competition, Addison Shepherd with her perfectly blow-dried red tresses, legs that reach up to there, stratospheric IQ level and the fighting spirit worthy of Xena (Bailey to Karev: “You burn her, she burns back.” Addison to Karev: “I’ll have your ass until I’m satisfied.”).

Denny Duquette - Grey's AnatomyOh yeah, there’s the favorite hang-out too (nearly all series have the typical bar where characters converge after a long day’s toil to talk about their latest misadventures), Joe’s, the usual pet, Dog. And as always, the lead has a heart of gold and is everybody’s go-to girl, but when it comes to love she can be just as weak as the next patient. But I think this is the strongest selling point of the story: it has characters whose weakneses watchers can relate with. This is, in the first place, about loss, love and generally what it’s like to be human. I also like it that the show has a good sense of diversity, featuring a multi-enthnic/racial cast (not just showing a token African) which includes Asians, Latins and Africans, as well as gays (Joe and cute bf) and lesbian characters.

Derek is definitely McDreamy, but Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), even when he eventually turns McDead, is downright McCharming.