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On the third day, Duterte rose again.
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President Duterte is getting a generous pay hike. Can you guess how much does he make a month?
Forget about Woody Allen or Judd Apatow. This is cinema at its most ambitious.
Starring: Ricci Rivero and Jerome Ponce
Medyo underwhelming ang trailer pero malaking kawalan kung ‘di mo ito mapapanood. Sa opening sequence pa lang ay mapapasigaw ka na: Otlum! Obkat! May otlum! Swabe ang effects. May point sa movie na mapapaisip ka: Guillermo Del Toro ba ang gumawa nito? Unbelievable. Kakaiba rin ang twist ng kwento. Bago umabot sa kalahati ang pelikula, kakampi mo na ang multo. Ganun ka-powerful ang atake sa character ng otlum. Petmalu!
Starring: Anne Curtis
Superb ang acting ng buong cast lalo na ‘yung mga gumanap na taumbayan. Nabigyang justice ng bida ang role niya bilang Aurora. Kahit hindi magsalita, ramdam mo ang paghihinagpis nito matapos malugi ang kanyang lugawan. Mabagal ang development ng story pero hindi mo ito mararamdaman dahil makakatulog ka. Medyo tragic ang ending ngunit dahil mahusay ang pagkakadirek, lalabas kang nakangiti sa sinehan.
THE GIRL IN THE ORANGE DRESS
Starring: Jessy Mendiola and Jericho Rosales
Wow! Just wow. Nang unang lumabas sa screen ang orange dress, everyone was floored. Sa history ng Philippine cinema, ngayon lang gumamit ng gano’ng kagandang dress. At ang mas lalong nakakahanga – kulay orange! The film’s costume designer deserves an Oscar nod. Hindi rin pwedeng i-ignore ang girl. Iba ang chemistry nila ng dress. May flaws sa storytelling pero kung titingnan mo ang detalye ng orange dress, balewala na ang mga butas na iyon sa kuwento. This movie dressed to impress.
ONE GREAT LOVE
Starring: Kim Chiu, JC De Vera and Dennis Trillo
Kung ang hanap mo ay kilig, ito ang perfect movie para sa ‘yo. Medyo complicated nga lang ang plot: si Kim Chiu ay girlfriend ni JC. Si Dennis naman ay magbabalut sa kanilang barangay. Mai-inlove sa balut si Kim. Pero si JC, may lihim palang pagtingin kay Dennis. Unfortunately, si Dennis naman ay matagal nang may kinakasamang itik. (Deserved niya ang best actor award.) It’s a tale of difficult choices and regretful decisions. Sino kaya ang makahahanap ng one great love – ang tao o ang itik?
JACK EM POPOY: THE PULISCREDIBLES
Starring: Vic Sotto, Coco Martin, Maine Mendoza
WHAT. A. MASTERPIECE. Napaka-original ng story. The screenplay was outstanding. Bagong lahat ang punchlines. Forget about Woody Allen or Judd Apatow. This is cinema at its most ambitious. In fact, may isang eksena kung saan kausap ni Jack si Popoy. Galit na galit si Popoy pero nang mag-joke si Jack, napanganga ang viewers. Isang critic pa nga ang napasigaw, “That’s puliscredibles! Ang galing!”
MARY, MARRY ME
Starring: Toni Gonzaga and Alex Gonzaga
Pwedeng tumayo ang pelikula kahit sila lang ang cast members gamit ang isang camera sa kusina ng kanilang bahay. Gano’n sila kahusay sa movie na ito. The marriage proposal scene was uber-hilarious at isa ito sa highlights ng movie. Spoiler Alert: Naghuhugas ng plato si Mary nang biglang pumasok sa kusina ang kanyang boyfriend na may dalang isang kilong kiat-kiat, sabay tanong, “Mary, will you marry me?” Sa gulat, nabitawan ni Mary ang hawak na tasa pero hindi ito nabasag dahil sa basahan ito bumagsak. GRABE LANG. I mean, how on Earth they did pull off that magical scene? Props to the director and to the Gonzaga sisters who were both phenomenal in the movie.
Starring: Vice Ganda and the entire showbiz industry
Diz wuz robbed! Big time! Malaking kuwestyon pa rin kung bakit wala itong nakuhang award ni isa. Napakaganda ng pagkakalatag sa kwento. Bawat eksena, fantastic. ‘Yung editing, production design at sound mixing also fantastic. Even the lead star, known for his method acting, is now drawing comparison to Daniel Day Lewis. Exceptional ang cinematography lalo na sa closing credits. ‘Yung ginamit na scoring, pinag-isipan kaya lumabas na fantastic. Overall, fantastic siya.
Starring: Gloria Romero, Tony Mabesa and Eddie Garcia
(No review available. The movie was pulled from theaters after the opening day.)
I’ve been busy the past few weeks and will be busier in the coming days. I won’t be able to update this blog regularly. But I’ll be active as ever on Twitter.
Thank you everyone who dropped by my blog this year. See you all in 2019.
Hindi na rin nakagugulat kung pati ang pisikal mong anyo ay nilalait ngayon.
AAMININ KO, galit ang naramdamam ko nang una kong mapanood ang iyong video. Iba kang magsalita. Punung-puno ng yabang. Wala kang pakialam kahit makasakit ka pa ng iyong kapwa.
Akala mo, diyos ka. Gusto mong sinasamba ka ng mga nakapaligid sa ‘yo. Ganyan ka rin umasta at magsalita sa iba mo pang videos na nakakalat sa social media. Matagal mo na itong ginagawa.
Ang pumalag sa ‘yo, duguan. Skilled ka eh. Sanay kang lumaban at manakit. Sanay kang magpahirap sa taong ayaw sumunod sa gusto mo.
Hindi ko alam kung paano ka pinalaki ng iyong mga magulang. Pero ayaw ko silang husgahan. Protektado ka rin daw ng ilang makapangyarihan sa lipunan kaya malakas ang iyong loob. Maging ang institusyong kinabibilangan mo, hindi rin nakaligtas sa batikos dahil sa tila pagbubulag-bulagan sa paulit-ulit mong kawalanghiyaan.
Hindi ko masisi ang maraming tao kung magngitngit man sila sa galit. Hindi na rin nakagugulat kung pati ang pisikal mong anyo ay nilalait ngayon. Tinatawag kang pangit, kupal, sira-ulo, at kung anu-ano pang pangalan.
Pati ang iyong pamilya, pinag-iinitan. Nagkalat sa social media ang inyong mga larawan. Iisa ang tingin sa inyo ng maraming tao, lahat kayo, walanghiya.
To be fair, marami rin namang nagtatanggol sa ‘yo. Ilan pa nga sa kanila ay pulitiko. Mali raw ang ginagawang pang-aalipusta sa ‘yo lalo na sa social media.
Iniimbestigahan na ngayon ang mga ginawa mo. Sana ay maging patas ang desisyon ng kinauukulan. Sana ay mabilis na umusad ang proseso upang mabigyang hustisya ang iyong mga biktima.
May mga nagsasabing dapat kang bigyan ng pagkakataong magbago. Everyone deserves a second chance, sabi nila. Ewan ko. Pero para sa akin, hindi ka na maisasalba. Malalang kaso ka na. ‘Yong bully sa Ateneo, posibleng magbago pa. Pero ikaw na presidente ng Pilipinas, mukhang hindi na.
Mrs. Marcos skipped the promulgation because she was reportedly sick that day – although she partied that same night.
Originally published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Nov. 18, 2018.
A NEW research published in the journal, Pediatrics revealed that most babies (57 percent) do not sleep through the night. That explains why President Duterte missed those events at the ASEAN Summit.
Last Wednesday, President Duterte skipped several events at the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore. His spokesman said he “took power naps.” To be fair, Duterte’s absence in those events was the country’s brightest moment during the five-day summit.
Imelda Marcos has been found guilty of seven counts of graft. But the former First Lady is still running for governor of Ilocos Norte next year because she “wants to serve” her constituents. She can actually do something even better: serve her prison term.
Mrs. Marcos failed to attend the promulgation of the guilty verdict saying she was “suffering from multiple organ infirmities.” Even her organs are sick of her.
Mrs. Marcos skipped the promulgation because she was reportedly sick that day – although she partied that same night. Then on Friday, she claimed she didn’t know about the promulgation at all. Do you remember the saying, “Ang sinungaling ay kapatid ng magnanakaw?” In some cases, “Ang sinungaling at magnanakaw ay iisa lang.”
Last Friday, the Sandiganbayan allowed Imelda Marcos to post P150,000 bail for her provisional liberty – giving her yet another reason to party.
Imelda is already 89 years old. According to a medical certificate from the St. Luke’s Medical Center, she has seven ailments. And yet, she’s still very strong and full of life. Some say it’s stem cell. Others believe it’s formalin.
The former First Lady has yet to release an official statement on the Court’s ruling. But some sympathizers have expressed their support for her like Quezon 3rd District Rep. Danilo Suarez, Sen. Cynthia Villar, and the Philippine National Police.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde got flak for making comments on the impending arrest of Mrs. Marcos. Albayalde said, “Baka magalit sa atin, matanda na. May edad na kasi.” Thank you Sir for letting us know who was being referred to in the PNP motto, “To serve and protect.”
The PNP chief gave us the impression it would be difficult to arrest Imelda because of health, age, and the fact that her last name is neither De Lima nor Trillanes.
Amid the barrage of criticisms being hurled against him on the Imelda Marcos issue, PNP chief Oscar Albayalde complained about ‘Ang Probinsyano,’ the most popular primetime series today. The distraction worked. We all fell for it. Congratulations!
The PNP chief scored the negative depiction of policemen in the primetime series. Albayalde said the portrayal is unfair to the police force. “I so agree,” said Imelda Marcos.
PNP chief Oscar Albayalde insists the inaccurate depiction of cops in the primetime series gives a bad impression of police officers. Albayalde should be thankful. The impression would have been a lot worse if the depiction was truly accurate.
Former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay claimed he was cheated in the 2016 presidential elections. (No need for a punchline.)
“It is the common people’s duty to police the police.”
“Itong Australyano di ko maintindihan. Ang invitation eh ‘informal’ breakfast…Unang una hindi ako kumakain ng breakfast… Pangalawa, informal. Ano ipakakain nila sa atin? Kangaroo?”
~Rodrigo Duterte on skipping the ASEAN-Australia informal breakfast
Nope, they won’t serve you kangaroo. They’ll offer you rabies vaccine.
I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever8
[Photos: Duterte: South China Morning Post; Ang Probinsyano: PhilStar; Imelda Marcos: Associated Press]
“Get hold of a picture of mine, place that in the altar, Santo Rodrigo.”
This article was first published in the Opinion Section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer last Nov. 4.
IN HIS All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day message, President Duterte urged Filipinos to “emulate our saints” and help in “alleviating the suffering of others.” To which, Filipinos replied, “You first.”
Less than 24 hours after the release of his All Saints’ Day message, the President mocked the Filipinos’ observance of Undas calling saints “fools” and “drunkards.” He then suggested, “Get hold of a picture of mine, place that in the altar, Santo Rodrigo.” His Ka-DDS supporters were shocked. They said, “He is not a saint! He is our god! No to demotion!”
A Manila policeman attending a Halloween party was allegedly caught snorting cocaine in the restroom of a high-end bar in Taguig City. During questioning, the suspect couldn’t give clear answers and was talking utter nonsense prompting one officer to yell, “Stop acting like the president!”
President Duterte sent flowers to the tomb of Ninoy and Cory Aquino at the Manila Memorial Park on All Saints’ Day. Thankful, the Aquinos couldn’t wait to return the gesture.
President Duterte has ordered a military takeover of the Bureau of Customs (BOC). When he heard the news, Paolo Duterte said, “Challenge accepted.”
Another retired military general, Rey Leonardo Guerrero has been appointed commissioner of the Bureau of Customs. His term officially started last Oct. 30 and will end until the next shabu shipment slips past the BOC.
Reports say President Duterte has full trust in Commissioner Guerrero’s capabilities. In fact, this early, he’s sure of where to transfer Guerrero when he gets fired as Customs chief.
The President justified his appointment of military men in government saying they were the ones who delivered. That’s actually true. Under the watch of former Customs Commissioners Isidro Lapeña and Nicanor Faeldon, some P20-B shabu shipment were delivered.
According to President Duterte, he will campaign next year for candidates who are “honest” and who are “not corrupt.” Imee Marcos and Jinggoy Estrada are hoping it’s just another Duterte joke.
From 113th last year, the Philippines’ ranking fell to 124th this year in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business. The Department of Trade refuses to accept that. You know who else disagrees? Drug smugglers.
To address the soaring inflation, President Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) that will supervise and coordinate a barter trade in Mindanao. Duterte’s EO took effect last 6000
Facebook has taken down several pro-Duterte Facebook pages due to violations of policies. Mark Zuckerberg has since apologized to Duterte supporters for loss of extra income.
Brazil has elected far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro as president. Political analysts describe Bolsonaro as the Rodrigo Duterte of Latin America. He is a populist, a misogynist, and an advocate of violence and extrajudicial killings. Bolsonaro has denied though his eldest son is a drug smuggler.
Star for All Seasons and Batangas 6th District Representative Vilma Santos celebrated her 65th birthday last Saturday, November 3. Ate Vi thanked everyone online who sent her video greetings except for Cesar Montano.
“Every day he woke to the desire to take the world by the throat, and choke it.”
“The Bureau of Customs under military control is (1) a patent violation of the civilian supremacy clause of the Constitution & civil service rules; (2) an obvious attempt to undermine the integrity of the military by placing its officers in positions where they may be corrupted.”
~Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay
Juan Ponce Enrile: Walang forever
IN OBSERVANCE of All Saints Day, here are the predicted epitaphs of famous political figures in the Philippines.
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”
“Observers have compared Bolsonaro to U.S. President Donald Trump — both love stirring up controversy on social media and have harnessed populist sentiment, promising to clear their respective governments of corrupt political elites. But his approval of violence and extrajudicial killings makes him closer to the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte than to Trump.”
~Fortune on Brazil’s newly-elected leader
We feel you, thinking Brazilians.
I still am on Twitter: @HecklerForever8.
[Photos: Reuters / Gravestone Maker]
Teka lang. Akala ko ba galit ka rin kay Trillanes? Bakit parang ini-imply mong corrupt ako?
Welcome po sa GGV, Mr. Solicitor General!
Isang malaking karangalan ang mag-guest dito. Maraming salamat sa pag-invite mo sa akin, Vice.
Actually, office ho n’yo ang nakiusap sa management na i-guest kayo dito.
Hehehe Palabiro ka talaga Vice.
Hindi po ako nagbibiro. ‘Yun ang sabi ng boss namin.
Baka isipin nila totoo ang sinasabi mo.
Totoo ho ‘yon. May letter pa nga ho kayo.
Sige, sige… para matigil ka na lang, let’s pretend na staff ko nga ang nakiusap. Para tapos na.
Naku Sir. Let’s not pretend. Kasi kayo ho talaga ang sumulat. Pirmado n’yo ang letter of request. Ang kulit!
Kaya ikaw ang number 1 comedian ngayon eh. Magaling kang magbiro.
Magmamaang-mangan na lang ho ba tayo buong gabi o itutuloy natin ang interview?
Nandito na rin lang ako, siyempre gusto kong ituloy ang interview.
Napanood n’yo ho ba ang guesting dito ni Harry Roque?
Hindi eh. Pero regular viewer mo ako Vice. Kung wala rin lang akong ginagawa ‘pag Sabado nang gabi, pinapanood talaga kita.
Linggo ho ang GGV.
Alam ko. ‘Yun nga ang sinabi ko.
Sabado ho ang sinabi n’yo.
Linggo ang sinabi ko.
Kasasabi n’yo lang na Sabado. Kahit i-playback pa ho natin. Wala kayong sinabing Linggo.
Let’s pretend na Sabado nga ang sinabi ko. Pero fan mo talaga ako.
Nambola pa ang ‘king inang to.
Narinig ko ‘yun.
Ipinarinig ko ho talaga.
Malapit na po ang Halloween. Kung bibili po kayo ng Halloween costume, bakit pa?
What do you mean, “Bakit pa?”
Ano ‘to? Magpi-pretend na naman tayong ‘di n’yo naintindihan ang tanong?
Paki-rephrase na lang.
Ganito na lang. Kapag nananalamin ho ba kayo, hindi n’yo sinisisi ang Diyos?
Alam mo, tayong lahat ay mahal ng Diyos at naniniwala akong pare-pareho ang tingin n’ya sa atin.
Hindi ho ako papayag. HINDI AKO PAPAYAG na ang tingin sa akin at tingin sa ‘yo ng Diyos ay pareho!
Opinyon mo ‘yan Vice.
Sila rin ho, ang ating studio audience.
[Studio Audience: Kurek!]
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Anyway, punta na tayo sa mga isyu. Nanalo ho sa Makati RTC si Senator Trillanes, talo kayo. Napasimangot ho ba kayo nang marinig n’yo ang balita?
Siyempre naman. Tayo ang nagsimula niyan eh.
Paano n’yo ho nalamang nakasimangot kayo?
Anong tanong ‘yan?
I mean, nakikita n’yo pa ba ang difference kung nakasimangot kayo o hindi?
Kanina ka pa Vice. Bakit ‘di mo na lang ako diretsuhin: pangit kayo!
Kayo ho ang nagsabi niyan, hindi ako. And to be fair to me, hindi ko inisip na pangit kayo.
Salamat naman kung gano’n.
Charot lang. Hihihi
Matagal pa ba?
Nagmamadali ho kayo? May naghihintay na Grab sa labas? Sandali na lang ho. Sabi sa news, ‘di na raw kayo magsasampa ng motion for reconsideration sa Makati RTC at diretso na raw kayo sa Court of Appeals. Sino po sa tingin n’yo ang mas may appeal, ‘yung court o si Senator Trillanes.
Siyempre ‘yung Court. Sus, walang sinabi ‘yang unggoy na si Trillanes ‘no!
Wooooow. Kung unggoy ho si Trillanes,
‘Wag mo nang ituloy. Babalik na naman sa akin ‘yan.
Ang brilliant n’yo! Paano n’yo nalaman? Hihihi Anyway, sabi sa research, mula raw nang maupo kayo sa gobyerno, nakakuha ang inyong security agency ng 16 government contracts worth 358.3 million pesos! Samakatuwid
Vice, there is nothing wrong or unlawful with that!
Sandali lang, wala pa ho akong tanong. Ang tanong ko: bakit hindi namin dapat paniwalaan ang research?
Ibahin mo ang tanong Vice.
So, totoo pala ang research?
Again, I see nothing wrong with that. Ano bang masama sa pagnenegosyo? Kahit naman ikaw Vice, may negosyo ‘di ba?
Pero hindi ho sa gobyerno. ‘Yung kinukubra n’yo, pera ‘yun ng gobyerno.
Teka lang. Akala ko ba galit ka rin kay Trillanes? Bakit parang ini-imply mong corrupt ako?
Wala ho akong ini-imply.
Sinasabi ko mismo.
Na corrupt ako?!?
Kayo ho ang nagsabi niyan.
Mahaba na ang interview na ‘to.
Sandali na lang ho. May babasahin lang akong mean tweets tapos mag-comment kayo. Heto ang una.
Ano hong masasabi n’yo?
No comment ako d’yan kasi hindi ako book.
Eh ano ho? Bukbok? Charot! Next tweet ho.
Nasubukan n’yo na bang magpa-Belo?
No way! Ang nagpapa-Belo lang, ‘yung mga taong insecure at kulang sa self-confidence!
Taraaaay! Iba rin ang confidence n’yo Sir. Hiyang-hiya naman si Enrique Gil sa kutis n’yo. O, last na ‘to!
‘Yung totoo po, nasasaktan pa ba kayo kapag tinatawag na pangit?
Sabi nga nila, “the truth hurts.” Hindi ako naha-hurt. Kapag hindi ka naha-hurt o napipikon, ibig sabihin, hindi totoo ang sinasabi nila.
Eh ‘pag sinasabihan ho kayong corrupt?
Putang ina nila! Mga hindot na ‘king inang putang inang mga ‘yan; mga demonyong dilawan! Mamatay na kayo mga putang ina n’yo! Mga walanghiya! Mga hayop! Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuuuuuuuuuuuck you!
Maraming salamat Sir! Palakpakan naman natin, Solicitor General Jose Calida.
Watch the full on interview on GGV on November 31, 2018 after Rated K.
“Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.”
“A victory for justice, rule of law and democracy for the country.”
~Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Judge Andres Soriano’s ruling
I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever8.
[Photos: ABS-CBN News]
Members of the Cabinet erupted in cheers and congratulated the President. Suddenly, his liver spoke…
First published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer last October 14, 2018.
During a Cabinet meeting, President Duterte announced that the recent tests on his esophagus came back negative for cancer. Members of the Cabinet erupted in cheers and congratulated the President. Suddenly, his liver spoke, “Don’t celebrate just yet.”
The President and his family went on an unannounced trip to Hong Kong recently, apparently, to seek second opinion. The next day, Mr. Duterte got the confirmation: t-shirts and jackets cost less in Hong Kong.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo is replacing Harry Roque. He is now the President’s chief sanitary engineer.
President Duterte revealed when outgoing presidential spokesman Harry Roque told him he wanted to resign, he replied, “Go ahead!” Breaking: Harry Roque’s heart.
Harry Roque is currently in China for a private engagement. But he’ll be back tomorrow. He can’t wait to consult his family, talk to the President, and update his curriculum vitae.
Alan Peter Cayetano has stepped down as foreign affairs secretary. Reports say he is seeking a congressional post, and wants to be Speaker. Oh, he probably misses it. He’s been very quiet for more than two years now.
Former police chief Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa, who is seeking a Senate seat, was recently quoted to have said, “Galit na galit ako sa gumagawa ng EJKs. Ang gumagawa niyan walang b****g!” When President Duterte heard this, he sought for a second opinion.
Feuding half-brothers JV Ejercito and Jinggoy Estrada are both running for senator. But JV, who pushed for the passage of a bill banning political dynasties, believes it’s not acceptable to have two Estradas in the Senate. And the Cayetano siblings were like, “Okay lang ‘yun!”
Folk artist and staunch Duterte supporter, Freddie Aguilar has filed his certificate of candidacy for senator. Aguilar is a cultural icon whose music we grew up listening to. I can’t wait to not vote for him in 2019.
Anson Tuana, a 39-year-old senatorial aspirant, who also filed his COC, claimed he was an ex-boyfriend of resigned Assistant Presidential Communications Secretary Mocha Uson. A number of people actually believed Tuana’s claim saying ‘the customer is always right.’
Anson Tuana claimed he was an ex-boyfriend of Mocha Uson. Uson’s supporters say Tuana is a liar who spreads lies. To which, Tuana replied, “That’s exactly why we clicked.”
In Makati City, siblings Junjun and Abby Binay are on a collision course as both have expressed interest in running for mayor next year. Taking a potshot at his sister’s “different” style of governance, Junjun says he carries the “Binay brand, the brand of governance that my father did for the people of Makati.” To which, the Makati City Hall Building II said, “I know, right?”
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) says methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu has “flooded” the streets of Metro Manila. When told about it, President Duterte ordered PDEA to take over the operations of the MMDA.
Prices of basic commodities continue to rise but the cost of shabu has reportedly dropped by more than a third. This has prompted the President to revamp his economic team to include people from the Bureau of Customs.
Former Assistant Presidential Communications Secretary Mocha Uson claims Communist rebels are to be blamed if she gets killed. The country is in crisis. We don’t have the luxury of fairy tales. Next issue please.
Two persons allegedly won the more than one billion peso-Ultra Lotto 6/58 jackpot. To the administration candidates in next year’s elections, congratulations!
“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
“Well, eventually, uod man magiging butterfly ulit so inggit ka lang, you’re stuck as an uod. Butterfly tayo!”
~Harry Roque during his GGV guesting
[Photo: Philippine Star]