December 3, 2010

Walk with the Giants

As devotees brought the Black Nazarene in town for the yearly pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage on November 29, Angono's signature Higantes - eight of them, plus Santa Claus - strolled along the streets of poblacion at dusk. A band set the pace of merriment; strains of that old folk song tells they are visitors also to the land known for kasuy and the once pristine waterfalls.

The visit of the Black Nazarene ushers in the feast day of the Virgin on Dec. 8. Both religious icons share a symbiotic history during the time of the war. And the devotees have kept on the tradition over kilometers of road between Antipolo and Quiapo and clung on to their faith throughout years of change.

-redmark video
Nov. 29, 2010
Antipolo City

July 18, 2010

You've Made Me Stronger

Regine Velasquez
Written by Trina Belamide
My Love Emotion

Is it hard to believe Im okay
After all, its been awhile
Since you walked away
Im way past crying
Over you finding someone else
You turned my days into nights (days into nights)
But now I see the light
And this maybe a big surprise to you

But youve made me stronger
By breaking my heart
You ended my life
And made a better one start
You taught me everything
From falling in love
To letting go of life
Yes, youve made me stronger
Baby, by saying goodbye

If you try to believe Im not over you
Go ahead
Theres nothing wrong with making believe
I know
Cuz I used to pretend youd come back to me
But time has been such a friend
Brought me to my senses again
And I have you to thanked (I have you to thanked)
For setting me free (for setting me free)

Cuz youve made me stronger
By breaking my heart
You ended my life
And made a better one start
You taught me everything
From falling in love
To letting go of a lie
Yes, youve made me stronger
Baby, by saying goodbye

Think again
Dont feel so sorry for me, my friend
Oh, dont you know
Im not the one at the loosing end (Im not the one)

Cuz youve made me stronger
By breaking my heart
You ended my life
And made a better one start
You taught me everything
From falling in love
To letting go of a lie
Yes, youve made me stronger
Baby, by saying goodbye

You ended my life
And made a better one start
You taught me everything
From falling in love
To letting go of a lie
Yes, youve made me stronger
Baby, by saying goodbye, goodbye
Youve made me stronger
Baby, by saying goodbye

June 9, 2010

Noy Aquino to succeed PGMA; Binay is veep

"Noy-Bi" or, according to Mel Tiangco "Noy-Nay."

And the winners are...


Sen. Benigno Aquino III - 15,208,678 votes
Former President Joseph Estrada - 9,487,837 votes (-5,720,841 votes)
Senator Manuel Villar - 5,573,835 votes
Gilbert Teodoro - 4,095,839 votes
Evangelist Eduardo Villanueva - 1,125,878 votes
Senator Richard Gordon - 501,727 votes
Vetallano Acosta (disqualified) - 181,985 votes
Senator Ma. Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal - 46,489 votes
Environmentalist Nicanor Perlas - 54,575 votes
JC Delos Reyes - 44,244 votes.


Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay - 14,645,574 votes
Sen. Mar Roxas - 13,918,490 votes
Sen. Loren Legarda - 4,294,664 votes
Bayani Fernando - 1,017,631
Actor Edu Manzano - 807,728
Perfecto Yasay - 364,652
Jay Sonza - 64,230
Dominador Chipeco - 52,562

TV grab by redmark from GMA 7 and ABS-CBN via

May 19, 2010

No sweet romance

Elton John
Songs From the West Coast
Robert Downey, Jr. is featured in the video directed by Sam Tyler-Wood

I want love, but it's impossible
A man like me, so irresponsible
A man like me is dead in places
Other men feel liberated

I can't love, shot full of holes
Don't feel nothing, I just feel cold
Don't feel nothing, just old scars
Toughening up around my heart

But I want love, just a different kind
I want love, won't break me down
Won't brick me up, won't fence me in
I want a love, that don't mean a thing
That's the love I want, I want love

I want love on my own terms
After everything I've ever learned
Me, I carry too much baggage
Oh man I've seen so much traffic

So bring it on, I've been bruised
Don't give me love that's clean and smooth
I'm ready for the rougher stuff
No sweet romance, I've had enough

May 17, 2010

Luna, Venus and Heart

Oh bright star, oh bright moon
You've seen me over and heard me awake.

Oh bright star, oh bright moon
Give me a sign that this person is just around.

Oh bright star, oh bright moon
Shine on my way
and lead my steps so this heart won't go astray.

-redmark photos taken in Antipolo City at 7:10pm (GMT+8), May 16, 2010

(for a more scientific appreciation of this set of photos, see

The Green Dancing Machine of Pahiyas

tgssh tgssh tgssh tgssh :D

Instead of a riot of colorful leaf-shaped rice wafer, fresh produce and other indigenous materials embellishing this house in Lucban, Quezon, an old man does the job and entertains tourists with a jab of lambanog-powered tgssh tgssh tgssh and with advocacy for sustainable development to boot during the San Isidro Lucban Pahiyas Festival recently.

- a redmark video, Lucban, Quezon Province, Philippines. May 15, 2010

Aling Lita's Pansiiiiiit Hab-hab

When in Lucban, the town in Quezon Province, experiencing the famous Pahiyas festival is not complete without having a dose of delicious pansit hab-hab and hearing Aling Lita's unique and endearing trademark of promoting the town's signature noodle cuisine in kiping-adorned streets.

-redmark video, Lucban, Quezon Province, Philippines. May 15, 2010.

May 11, 2010

Jealousy jam

Director: Avid Liongoren
Associate Directors: Luis Buenaventura & Manny Angeles
Cinematographer: JA Tadena
Make Up Artist: Butch Coo
Styling: Anne Poblador
Editor: Manny Angele
Label: Warner Music Philippines
Song written by: Brett Laurence and Shelly Peiken


Jealous of the girl who caught your eye
One of my darker days
When you looked at her where was I?
Shoulda been in her place
Here I am
All alone imagining what could have been
If I had been there

Jealous of the one who's arms are around you
If she's keeping you satisfied
Jealous of the one who finally found you
Made your sun and your stars collide
La la la la la la la
She's a very very lucky girl
La la la la la la la

Jealous of the one who won your heart
They say it's a perfect match
She's gonna get to be where you are
And I don't get better than that
She'll say you're fine
Whisper words I wish were mine
And they might have been
If I had been there

[Repeat Chorus]

You know I'd fight the good fight
If I thought I'd change your mind
But if she makes you happy
I would leave that dream behind
Man, she better treat you right
And give you everything
Cause at the moment she doesn't
I'll be waiting in the wings

[Repeat Chorus]

redmark notes: In a cover article for the Sunday Inquirer Magazine featuring the then rising soul siren, Eric Caruncho wrote that the song was made several years before it was released in 2002 album "Heaven." The song was kept in the archives of Warner Music, a global music empire, until came the petite singer from the Philippines.

May 10, 2010

Something old, something new

After PCOS, this wall should be updated to modern times.

Finally, automated elections, Pilipinas circa May 10, 2010.

As summer and discontentment sizzle up the nation, voters are greeted by the same old ways of overzealous politicos and their supporters, missing names and discrepancies in tattered voters' list, long and slow moving queues, uncomfortble precints and for those in isolated areas and election hotspots, the herculean task of casting their votes.

Then came 21st century technology. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) had brought in the Precinct-Count Optical Scan (PCOS) to town to speed up validation and counting of our votes.. All 76,000 of them with lots of spare units in case of snafus. Its partner in poll automation, Venezuelan tech firm Smartmatic, promises to dash post-election blues by having the results known in three days. That's something unheard of in this side of democracy.

In a few days, a new set - or old as the case maybe - of leaders will be known. People may dispute. People may not. As if we're not used to endless mudslinging.

But the next question is: will they deliver the goods?

- redmark

May 7, 2010

"Pwede namang maiba, paminsan minsan ay baguhin"

Sarsi (Cosmos Bottlers) TVC, circa 1989


Hindi ka ba natatawa o nagtataka
Ganun ba talaga pareho na lang ba
Minsan ako nagtatanong bakit nagkakaganoon
Umurong man o sumulong
Ang nasa harapan mo'y iyon at yun.

Uulan, aaraw
Lulubog, lilitaw
Isipin mo mang maiba, yun pala'y katulad rin nila
Huwag na nating piliting tumulad sa ating katabi
Pwede namang maiiba, paminsan-minsan ay baguhin

Mag-Sarsi ka para maiba
Pagkakataong umangat sa iba
Mag-Sarsi ka para maiba
Dahil may pagpipilian ka
Di ba magandang isipin
and di mo pagsasawaan
Di ba magandang isipin na di ka pipilitin

Mag-Sarsi ka psra maiba
Pagkakataong umangat sa iba
Mag-Sarsi ka para maiiba
Dahil may pagpipilian ka
Sarsi, angat sa iba!

-corrections sa lyrics and other information about this much-loved TVC are highly appreciated

May 3, 2010

Where Are You?

This month of May, aside from names to fill out your ballots, what else do you have in mind? Do you even know the person's name?

This song is back on my playlist with a bottle of San Mig Light on one hand.


There's someone out there for me
I know she's waiting so patiently

Can you tell me her name?
This life long search is gonna drive me insane
How does she laugh
How does she cry
What's the color of her eyes
Does she even realize I'm here
Where is she
where is she
where is she
where is this beautiful girl
Who is she
who is she
who's gonna complete my world
la da da da da da da
la da da da da
la da da da da da da

I'm staring out of the sky
praying that he will walk in my life
Where is the man of my dreams yeah yeah
I'll wait forever how silly it seems
How does he laugh
How does he cry
What's the color of his eyes
Does he even realize im here
Where is he
where is he
where is he
Where is this beautiful guy
who is he
who is he
Who's gonna take me so high
where is he
where is he
where is he
Where is this beautiful guy
who is he
who is he
Who's gonna take me so high
la da da da da da da
la da da da da
la da da da da da da

There's someone out there for me

There's someone out there for me

I know she's waiting so patienly

so patiently

Can you tell me her name

Can you tell me his name

This life long search is gonna drive me insane

How does he laugh
How does he cry
What's the color of his eyes
Does he even realize im here

Where is she
where is she
where is she
Where is this beautiful girl
who is she
who is she
Who's gonna complete my world

Where is he
where is he
where is he
Where is this beautiful guy
who is he
who is he
who's gonna take me so high

La da da da da da da
la da da da da
la da da da da da da
la da da da da
la da da da da da da

- Cover by Youtube's Guitarboy702; Originally recorded by J. Roman and Jessica from the group Soluna, 2004, USA

Camera phone hike

With my main DSLR camera under repair, I maximized my 1 megapixel W660i Sony Ericsson camera phone in scaling Mt. Tagapo, all of 438 meters above sea level of it, in a dagger-shape island called Talim in Laguna de Bai.

Climbing the island mountain entailed just the basics in order to survive my third summit: enough water, food and determination to see the night, so that I would still be around for the next climb with Julz and Rod.

Producing this set, on the other hand, brought me back to the basics of photography. Timing and composition. And it's almost two years na pala this bunch of photos have been lying idle in my dearly missed Multiply page.

April 25, 2010

April 29, 2010


Daredevils jumped off the 15-meter high Bunga Falls in Nagcarlan, Laguna, Philippines. The catch basin is around 10 meters deep.

Enjoy the cool mountain stream amidst the howling of videoke and several rounds of lambanog courtesy of friendly locals.

April 5, 2010

April 16, 2010

Basketball at the Town Plaza

After making the rounds in Paete, I bought a pack of Oreos and two lliters of bottled water for dinner and went back to the nearby town of Pakil that took me 10 minutes by tricycle (P40, special rate at 11pm).

Before proceeding to my rented room in homey two-storey apartelle beside Pakil Church (Oliver Apartelle, P900 for 12 hours of stay, check in anytime of the day or night), I checked out the town plaza and here are the town's youngters doing some hoops at the dying hours of Good Friday.

Unfortunately, the facade of the Pakil Church is too faint on the video. If only I have a better camera, the beautiful house of worship, lovingly preserved, should dominate in the background.

Please note the moon has just risen from the edge of the mountain, on the upper right field of the video.

Techie Catholics

Hindi na sapat ang simpleng pagpupunas ng panyo. O ang pakikipag-agawan sa mga bulaklak at dahong pumalamuti sa karo ng mga santo matapos ang prusisyon. Kailangan may picture or video rin ang mga deboto para masabing nasaan man sila, kasama nila ang Panginoon.

St. James The Apostle Church of Paete, Laguna. Good Friday.

Uso Pa Ba ang Fasting Tuwing Kwaresma?

I admit: I had hotsilog plus extra rice and three pieces of siomai to refuel myself at this popular tapsilogan after a day of long walk under the sun and some more hours at night walking along the route of the procession.

Paete, Laguna, Good Friday.

April 12, 2010

Dead Christ in Paete, 2

Pace in sync, this band of able-bodied men in Paete, Laguna carries a finely curved wooden statue of the Dead Christ in an intricately adorned casket. The prusisyon took four hours to go through the labyrinth of the poblacion's narrow streets.

Dead Christ in Paete

Paete, Laguna, Black Friday of April 2, 2010

April 7, 2010

Fish be with them

I embarked on a three-day bahala na sojourn in Laguna over the Lenten weekend and I saw myself making stop overs to experience local color in four towns.

I didn't have wheels to mobilize my wander lust self and I didn't get one of those packaged commercial trips. It's practically all under my guts and modest pocket money.

The routes were spontaneous and off the beaten path that eventually led me to meet people asking me why I was traveling alone. I also did get point blank questions from nosy but gentle folks. And also some shots of lambanog and some shots of wisdom from these kind strangers.

Although sometimes, it's nice to be veiled by a shroud of mystery, letting one's guard down will help ease things and be welcomed in their turf.

This post starts a series of video and photo I made during my retreat in Laguna. Here's a video taken in Paete, Laguna, on Good Friday of 2010, a few minutes past three in the afternoon. They are mamalakaya preparing their fishnets and would sail into the Laguna Lake at sunset. They' ll be back at sunrise the next day. They were working on a holiday and I heard no complaint.

March 25, 2010


Something struck me last night when everything seemed perfectly peaceful.

The moon was half smiling and the canopy of acacia leaves were hanging still under her stark steady gaze. My legs were on a steady stride and my breath catching up my pace on the half dim elliptical asphalt road.

Footsteps of students in formal attire and backpacks punctuated the choral voices rehearsing to reach the perfect note in the background. Bicycles passed by once in a while and it's halfway of March.

Most concrete benches along the path lie idle. The stop lights would flick to red, but it just did not meant to stop me and a dozen of others from jogging.

Then came the two;
a young man and a lady. Their shadows spread on the ground, their smiles are as bright as the silver moon.

"I am already starting," he said behind his spectacles.

"And you should start as well," his hands extending from his heart towards her direction - pony-tail falling on her shoulders, in jeans and rugged backpack.

A feeling like those in movie dates on a Saturday night of yesteryears, the wind suddenly blew across the field and my cheeks felt cold.

The moon got its way to suspend things like those in a hazy dream.

March 24, 2010

Valenzuela City BPO Job Fair Draws “Promising Talent Pool”

TO THE NEXT LEVEL. Shortlisted candidates receive a heads up from Billy James Cruz, talent acquisition officer from TeleDevelopment.


The city government, in coordination with the Rotary Club of Valenzuela, recently held a job fair in VCCPA Theater that accommodated applicants interested in pursuing a career in business process outsourcing (BPO) companies.

Ms. Luningning Martin, head of the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) said, this joint undertaking between the city and the civic group is able to bring TeleDevelopment Services, a company that provide clients with global outsourcing and back-office solutions, for a one-day recruitment campaign in the city.

“That’s good news to our graduating students as well as to our constituents who wants to step up with their career,” Ms. Martin declared. She said City Mayor Win Gatchalian wants his constituents to play active roles in the $7.3 billion dollar BPO industry.


JOBSEEKERS. The city facilitated the one-day job fair to assist constituents in finding better career options offered by the burgeoning BPO industry.


Mr. Ricardo Yu of the Rotary Club said the BPO industry is already a major driving force in the economy that substantially employs a significant segment of the country’s workforce.

Of late, the Philippines has been named as the “Best BPO Destination in the World” twice by the London-based National Outsourcing Association (NOA) and is attributed mainly to its career-driven people. “I see no reason why Valenzuelanos should be left behind,” he said.

This statement was later supported by Mr. Billy James Cruz, talent acquisition officer who headed the six-person recruitment team from TeleDevelopment. Of the almost 230 applicants, he revealed at least 10 percent of them got shortlisted. “It’s a lot better compared to other places where our hit rate usually pegs at five percent,” he said.


HOT SEATS. The one-day job fair drew over 200 applicants, mostly graduating students from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela.

Mr. Cruz further said, applicants were idealist, optimistic but street smart. “They know what they want,” he said, “that’s why Valenzuela should nurture and support its promising talent pool.”


Text and Images by Mark Lester S. Cayabyab

Valenzuela City Public Information Office


Livid PUP students smash desks, chairs to protest 2,000% TFI

"Nag-walk-out sa kanilang klase ang daan-daang estudyante ng Polytechnic University of the Philippines sa Sta. Mesa, Manila para iprotesta ang nakaambang pagtaas ng kanilang matrikula!

Giit nila, walang konsultasyon at hindi makatarungan ang halos 2,000% dagdag singil sa matrikula! Sa tindi ng galit ng mga estudyante, kuhang kuha sa video ang nagliparang mga gamit sa eskwelahan! Exclusive, nagpa-Patrol, Ryan Chua."

TV Patrol World/ABS-CBN, Biyernes, Marso 19, 2010

Update: The PUP Board of Regents is set to discuss the pending proposal to raise tuition from P12 per unit to P200 per unit on March 29 - Malaya

March 3, 2010

Valenzuela City Grade 2 mentors grasp teaching methods beyond chalk and blackboard

After the City of Valenzuela notched a banner year in 2009 with the most number of classrooms built, students and teachers stand to gain from yet another shot in the arm in uplifting the quality of basic education in the city.

The "WIN ang Edukasyon Program" recently completed a three-day seminar-workshop for grade two public school teachers in partnership with NGO partner Synergeia Foundation, a consortium of individuals and institutions committed to work together in improving the quality of basic education in the country.

TEACHER FOR TEACHERS. Valenzuela City public school teachers grasp new ways of teching from a facilitator at the recent Win ang Edukasyon Program's seminar workshop. Photo by Valenzuela City YSL Office.

The program gathered some 250 English and Mathematics teachers for a three-Saturday course held in Parada National High School.

Fifteen lecturers and resource persons invited by Synergeia from the Ateneo de Manila University and the DepEd Division of Bulacan facilitated the training that promotes information and communications technology as an essential component in today's classroom teaching methods.

Workshop facilitators used the English and Mathematics workbooks provided for free by the city government for the students as basis for their training modules.

"We must better prepare our elementary school teachers, not only with their mastery of the subject, but also in the ways they can motivate their students to begin appreciating the lessons and its applications, Valenzuela City Local School Board Chairman Mayor Win Gatchalian said.

WINNING FORMULA. City Mayor Win Gatchalian stresses the importance of a multi-stakeholder collaborative efforts in uplifting the quality of education in the country.
"Times have become more technology driven and students have gotten more attuned with modern conveniences, our teachers should likewise learn to update and adopt by integrating multi-media approach with their traditional ways," he added.

The teachers however drew mix reactions citing the multi-media approach was particularly new to them and access to technology was limited.

In light of this development, Valenzuela DepEd Division Superintendent Dr. Flordeliza Mayari, however said, the Local School Board is strongly committed to capacity building measures for the teachers with their transition phase.

She said the city government has already bankrolled the development of computer laboratories in Valenzuela's public schools and would provide all the necessary help that would improve the performance of teachers through systematic reforms and other processes.

February 18, 2010

PGMA Groundreaks Valenzuela City Housing Project for Ondoy Victims

After Tropical Storm Ondoy left their families in Tullahan River homeless last year, these children will soon find a better and safer place to live in once the Valenzuela's Disiplina Village is put up for around 900 families.

Amidst swirling cloud of dust and late morning sun, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came over Valenzuela City on February 12 to groundbreak Disiplina Village in Bgy. Ugong, a housing project for 900 families whose homes were swept by the raging waters of Tullahan River at the height of last year's Tropical Storm Ondoy.

An initial 100 families are temporarily sheltered there on makeshift houses to participate in the construction phase that exemplifies the spirit of 'bayanihan."

Being in the profession, it's my third instance to cover an event where the Chief Executive is the leading figure of interest. The first two assignments were held in a rather confined environments (a BPO facility in Alabang and in Malacañang) but this is the first time to document her engagement outdoors.

With my white polo being embraced by the dusty wind, an old-timer who lives near the area told me the vicinity used to be a quarry site for adobe during the Marcos administration. Even though the landscape is barren (which reminds me of Barrio Cupang straight from Ishamael Bernal's "Himala"), if seen with eyes wide open, the promise of a better life for the recipients is hard to miss.

For full report:

February 17, 2010

Citizen documentarists in Iran poll protest awarded journalism prize

You've seen her looking at the camera as she bled to death at the height of protest rallies after the allegedly rigged presidential elections of June 2009 in Iran.

Authorities tried to clamp down access to information and news coverage. But vigilant -and nameless- citizen journalists proved to wield more power than censorship.

And they are commended for their work and giving the world a heads up. This visual evidence of a dying protester, Neda Agha-Soltan, was awarded a George Polk Journalism Award in New York.

New York Times' John Darnton, the curator of The 2009 Polk Awards said the recognition underscores the "increasing importance of user contributions to journalism in an era where cameras are commonplace."

"This award celebrates the fact that, in today's world, a brave bystander with a cell phone camera can use video-sharing and social networking sites to deliver news."


Combo image taken from:

To know more about Neda Agha-Soltan:

January 22, 2010

Fly with the Firefly Brigade

Start:     Jan 24, '10 08:00a
End:     Jan 24, '10 2:00p
Location:     169 Kamias Road corner Langka St., Kamias, Quezon City
Check this out...

Firefly Brigade Activities this weekend, January 24

Happening at 169 Kamias Road near corner Langka St., Kamias, Quezon City

1) Membership Orientation Workshop, January 24, 9.00am-1.00pm

You've been joining our rides, you're already online members...
it's about time you take your Firefly Brigade support to the next level...
Be a Firefly Brigade Core Member!

The Firefly Brigade is now inviting interested applicants for the

Basic Firefly Flight Training (FFT), a 3-Sunday workshop on Bike Safety, Bike Maintenance, Road Etiquette, and the Firefly Brigade work which will start on Sunday, January 24, from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Registration: 8.30am
Venue: Firefly Brigade Headquarters, 169 Kamias Road near corner Langka St., Kamias, Quezon City.

Application Fee: Php100.00

Bring: pen, paper or notebook, personal snacks & drinks, own bike (if you don't have one yet, please inform us)

For inquiries, please contact:
Rosar Crisostomo
VP & Membership Head
rosar_c@yahoo. com

Multiply: tourofthefirelies. multiply. com
Twitter: fireflybrigade
Website: fireflybrigade. org


2) Garage Sale - Firefly Brigade Merchandise and Members' Garage Sale P20 up
January 24, Sunday, 8.00am-2.00pm

Firefly Brigade Tour & Advocacy Shirts - P100-250
Firefly Brigade Tour & Advocacy Jerseys - P100-250
Deuter Bags, Firefly Lighting Bulbs, Spyder Shades, Zefal Pumps etc.

Please pass on this bulletin to your cycling friends :) Thank you!

January 5, 2010

“Global World: Through the Lens of Human Rights” photo contest

Start:     Feb 1, '10
End:     Feb 5, '10
Location:     Slovenia
DEADLINE: Ekvilib Institute's (Slovenia) international photo contest “Global World: Through the Lens of Human Rights.”

Topic 2009: The topic of this year’s contest are economic, social and cultural rights, which, in spite of massive violations, are still being neglected in human rights debates and are often represented in ways that lead to stereotypes and generalizations.

Prize for the winning photo or photo story: Reimbursement of travel and living expenses in a selected developing country in the total amount of 1.000 EUR, with ensured contacts with Ekvilib’s Institute partner organisations working in the field of human rights in the chosen country.

Who can participate: both professional photographers and other interested individuals, who share the vision and passion to contribute to a more just and balanced global development, and to a socially responsible representation of global development challenges.

Jury: Adriana Zehbrauskas (Polaris Images), Murad Sezer (Reuters Turkey), Jože Vogrinc, PhD (Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana), Max Zimani (The Association African Center, Slovenia), Anita Ramšak (Ekvilib Institute).

Deadline: February 1st 2010

More information available at: or