Friday, April 30, 2010

punk sub cult


The punk subculture emerged in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia in the mid-1970s.

Early punk had an abundance of antecedents and influences, and Jon Savage has described the subculture as a "bricolage" of almost every previous youth culture that existed in the West since the Second World War "stuck together with safety pins".[7] Various philosophical, political, and artistic movements influenced the subculture. In particular, punk drew inspiration from several strains of modern art. Various writers, books, and literary movements were important to the formation of the punk aesthetic. Punk rock has a variety of musical origins both within the rock and roll genre and beyond.

The earliest form of punk rock, named protopunk in retrospect, started as a garage rock revival in the northeastern United States in the late 1960s.[8] The first ongoing music scene that was assigned the punk label appeared in New York City between 1974 and 1976.[9] At about the same time or shortly afterward, a punk scene developed in London.[10] Soon after, Los Angeles[11] These three cities formed the backbone of the burgeoning movement, but there were also other scenes in a number of cities such as BrisbaneBoston.

Around 1977, the subculture began to diversify with the proliferation of factions such as 2 Tone, Oi!, pop punk, New Wave, and No Wave. In the United States during the early 1980s, punk underwent a renaissance in the form of hardcore punk, which sought to do away with the frivolities introduced in the later years of the original movement, while at the same time Britain saw a parallel movement called streetpunk.[12] Hardcore and streetpunk then spread to other regions just as the original subculture had. In the mid-1980s to the early 1990s in America, various underground scenes either directly evolved from punk or at least applied its attitudes to new styles, in the process producing the alternative rock and indie music scenes.[12] A new movement in the United States became visible in the early and mid-1990s that sought to revive the punk movement, doing away with some of the trappings of hardcore.


eto ang totoong mga punks...

"Nay! Hindi mo kami masisisi! Punks kami eh!"

extra terrestial sub cult

No doubt, we "Earthlings" find these visitors from outer space hideous, revolting and spooky.

But what about them? Will they find these creatures repulsive?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

blog sub cult

An officemate of mine said something so true yesterday. Sa blogging, walang apru-approval ang kailangan. Gawin mo lang, tapos, send out na. No red tape. No stupid "para lang may mahirit" comments. And may I add, walang freakin' deadlines, at walang kumukulit na nagfa-follow up.

Haaaay sarap. My little piece of heaven in cyberspace.

lilliput sub cult

When I was a kid, I used to love this cartoon...

It's about the adventures of a guy named Gulliver in Lilliput,
a place full of little people.
One of the cartoon's most memorable characters was this guy...

His name: GLUM.
His most appealing character trait? Well his name says it all - glumness.
Anyway, nothing came out of his mouth but these words...

Jeez, talk about unbridled pessimism.
And boy did he make an impression on little old me.

Throughout my growing up years,
I kept on hearing Glum's famous words.

Maybe it resonated to all kids my age
because when we got to high school,
we listened to the 80s version of EMO -
dark, pessimistic, sarcastic new wave.

Well, my generation is all grown up now.
In fact we're middle aged or whatever you want to call it.
Pessimism has changed to unbridled optimism.

But somehow, someway, sometimes,
when things don't go our way
at work, while playing sports, in life,
or even about the goings-on in this country,
I still hear the famous words of Glum... faintly...
"We're doomed, we'll never make it."

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

world of high fashion sub cult

I thought models were just robots.

That is until one stupid movie afternoon
a few years ago I learned about the guy
who dropped magnum on all of us.

Yup, all I know about models and
the glamorous but dog-eat-dog world
of modeling, I learned from this guy...

Billy Zane
: When you gonna drop Magnum on us, buddy?
Derek Zoolander: Not yet. You gotta tame the beast before you let it out of its cage.

Derek Zoolander: What say we settle this on the runway... Han-Solo?
Hansel: Are you challenging me to a walk-off... Boo-Lander?

David Bowie
: Now, this'll be a straight walk-off, old school rules. First model walks; second model duplicates, then elaborates. Okay, boys - let's go to work!

Derek Zoolander: Well I guess it all started the first time I went through the second grade. I caught my reflection in a spoon while I was eating my cereal, and I remember thinking "wow, you're ridiculously good looking, maybe you could do that for a career."
Matilda: Do what for a career?
Derek Zoolander: Be professionally good looking.

Larry Zoolander: I just thank the Lord she didn't live to see her son as a mermaid.
Derek Zoolander: Mer-man!
[high-pitched cough]
Derek Zoolander: Mer-man!

Derek Zoolander: Rufus, Brint, and Meekus were like brothers to me. And when I say brother, I don't mean, like, an actual brother, but I mean it like the way black people use it. Which is more meaningful I think.

Derek Zoolander: [looking at the sky] Who am I?
Derek Zoolander: [phone rings] God?

Derek Zoolander: If there is anything that this horrible tragedy can teach us, it's that a male model's life is a precious, precious commodity. Just because we have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn't mean that we too can't not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.

Derek Zoolander: What is this? A center for ants? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read... if they can't even fit inside the building?
Mugatu: Derek, this is just a small...
Derek Zoolander: I don't wanna hear your excuses! The building has to be at least... three times bigger than this!

Derek Zoolander:I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.

Derek Zoolander: So join now, 'cause at the Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there's more to life than just being really, really, really good looking. Right kids?

sesame street sub cult

There are vampires and there are vampires.
Most of them suck, except this one...

A denizen of Sesame Street,
The Count is the nastiest,
snazziest, coolest of em all.

"Hey count how many blog entries have I made?"

"1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15... 66...

[Thunder and lightning follow]

call center + bloodsuckers sub cult

"From just about 2,400 people employed in this industry in 2001, it is now estimated that 200,000 people are working in 120 BPO companies in 2006. By 2010, Philippine BPO is forecast to earn US$11 billion and employ 900,000 people."



The Call Center Industry is responsible for turning more ordinary people into nocturnal creatures... more than Count Dracula, The Vampire Lestat, The Lost Boys and Nosferatu combined.

ultimate frisbee sub cult

Ultimate Glossary:


HUCK - when no one cuts clearly to get a pass, you have no choice but to throw the disc as far as you can

FORCE HOME - after playing 2 or 3 games, you're so tired, you can't do anything else but force yourself to haul your ass to the car and go home

FOUL - it's what a "pwned" player calls when someone has made an awesome "D" on him

CLOGGING - after finishing all your games... you try to put everything in your mouth --- yosi, beer, water, softdrinks, food, etc

AIR BOUNCE - what happens to beer bellies when the legs they are attached to run like wild on the field

STACK - a merry mix up of 6 wannabe athletes who don't know what do and run in 6 different directions

HAMMER - when you drink too much, you will be the past tense of this

someone who thinks he knows what he's doing

LAYOUT - means relaxing on the sidelines with a beer while watching other teams kill themselves

PICK - the act of choosing who to defend... ex. un-athletic men usually choose the least athletic opponent... while a DOM will pick the hottest chick on the team

CUT - it's what you get when you fall to the ground a lot

DEEP - [1] an emo player... one who takes the game too seriously [2] a word that describes the shit you're in... ex: when you're down 10-0 with 2 minutes to go

MID - short for midlife crisis... these players are too old to play, but still think they can run with the young guns

BACKHAND - what you see when someone flashes you a dirty finger

STALL COUNT - the magic trick of trying to count to ten in 5 seconds

STRIP [added by sandy] - what sweaty male players do after a game that you wish the women also did

drag racing sub cult

All I know about this shit is that I have to drag my butt off
my bed everyday to join the damn rat race.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

reincarnation sub cult

My "in-my-next-life-I-wanna-be" top 7

01. Like Mike [Jordan, of course... who else?]... or Dwyane or Lebron or any outstanding baller

02. A bodyboarder or a surfer who roams around the world ala Endless Summer and never runs out of money

03. A writer in the mold of Jack Kerouac or Nick Hornby

04. An "Indie" band lead vocalist

05. A filthy-rich, womanizing gazillionaire [who also gives to charity to balance things out]

06. A traveller

07. All of the above

sell out sub cult

I've allowed ads to invade my blog. Sinong hihindi sa pera!

jejemon sub cult

tHIZ iZ~ a fRlY nEW SUbCUl2re~ P0WH. WlA AQNG AlAM 2nGk0l d2~ p0wH. P0WH.~ P0WH. aT~ wlA aQng~ PKi 2nGKOL d2 P0Wh.

This is a fairly new subculture. Wala akong alam tungkol dito... at wala akong paki tungkol dito.

Monday, April 26, 2010

flag football sub cult

I used to play this. In fact, I was one of the first few weekend warriors who played pick up Flag Football at the UP Sunken Garden and Ateneo HS fields. I was really enjoying it even if I never scored a touchdown. Then the athletes started coming in... mostly Fil-ams who played the sport while they were in the USA. They weren't just speaking with that American twang, they brought some attitude too. And it sort of became serious. Suddenly there was a league, and there were teams and everyone wanted to win. So I left the game to play Ulitmate Frisbee instead.

And then same thing happened [except for the Fil-am part]. Jeesh. It's a vicious cycle for a try-athlete who just wants to have fun.

zombie sub cult

Reading essentials of the living dead...

I've read the first two. Got bored with the third.
But still... nothing beats "experiencing"
a gory, mindless Zombie movie.
Even when it's bad it's still good.

owner sub cult

Lahat ng private vehicles, laging nagbabago ng style...

Puwera ito...

Ang Owner. Stainless. Fresh air-con. Kinakakatakutan ng mga "marurupok" na Japanese and Korean cars, pati ng mga German cars. Weapon of choice ng mga lespu, fish vendor, tauhan o henchmen ng sindikato, at marami pang ibang Noypi na kumakalat-kalat sa 'Pinas.

futbol sub cult

I am not a follower of "the beautiful game" like the way I follow basketball.

I just know some teams. And some players. I watch games sometimes, just because my friends are watching and this thing is involved...

And this "watching football avidly" with beer usually happens only every 4 years when this thing sets in...

I am such a poser, the best football game I've ever watched was this game that featured Pele and what, Sylvester Stallone?

It's from this movie...

Yeah, there had to be an American in a Euro/Latin American dominated sport so they made Rocky the goalkeeper. Whatever.

I may be unsubcultured but at least I know that this is a football...

and this is a pigskin something used in a sport participated by big, burly Americans which ends in something called a Superbowl...

Friday, April 23, 2010

hoops + blue eagle + uaap sub cult

My favorite basketball game of all time
[tinalo pati mga astig na NBA and PBA classics]

UAAP 2002 season. Final four game 2 between ATENEO and UE.

[Backgrounder for the memory-disadvantaged... Ateneo was the number 3 seed and won game 1 vs the no.2 Red Warriors of Paul Artadi, James Yap, and Ronald Tubid. If the Blue Eagles win this game, they would face defending champs DLSU in the best of 3 finals. If not, well we fans are used to seasons of frustration so what else is new, right?]

I don't remember exact details but the memories have stuck...

Minutes/seconds before endgame: Ateneo down by 2. After making an error in a previous play, Coach Banal sticks with Gec Chia.

Soon enough, we know why he never left the court. Chia makes a jumpshot to tie the game. 70 all.

Failed UE offensive. Ball goes back to Ateneo.

Last play with less than 5 seconds to go in the game: Enrico Villanueva makes a kalabaw drive to the hoop, realizes he ain't going nowhere, can't be the days hero, does the smart thing... passes back to... you guessed it... Gec Chia.

Chia da man gets da rock [it's what they call a basketball nowadays] past the three point line, dribbles to his right a bit, releases a jumpshot... and then...

For a split-second, tahimik... tapos isa pang split-second... SUPERMEGAULTRA-PANDEMONIUM.

Ateneo 72. UE 70. Nag-wild sa court ang mga players/kids. Nag wild din sa stands ang fans. Talon ako ng talon kasama ng pinsan at barkada. Parang kids.

Dramatic diba?! Parang dun palang, alam mo na kung sino ang destined mag-champ. Ibang klase yung feeling nung na shoot niya. At mas wild talaga kung live ka nanonood. Ako, natural high/adrenalin rush. Pero yung kaibigan kong nanood kasama ko... sabi nya nag kick-in ulit yung tinira niyang "stuff" from the night before.

So ayun. Days/a week later, may bagong champion na ang UAAP. Masaya din naman yung 3 games of the finals against DLSU. Pero ito pa rin favorite game of that season... and of all time.

Found a video uploaded by someone else on youtube. If you want to see that shot as well as other bleagle buzzer beaters, check this out

unsubcultured sub cult

How this blog was born kicking and screaming into the wwworld
[wow, parang 500 days of summer type of editing... dapat ito yun unang entry, instead it's the 54th]

Pre March - "foreplay"
Diaries and journals are out... my officemates were into all sorts of creative things... work was toxic so I wanted to do "something creative" as a form of relaxation/release too... a blog was the best bet, but I couldn't think of a topic...

Early March - "making-out"
My desperation for a blog idea grew when a friend of mine showed me a blog of another friend of mine. Naiinggit ako. So sabi ko, tangena ako rin gusto blumag. But I still lacked a theme.

5th of March - "intercourse & conception"
Was watching a band [band name withheld to protect innocent me from that band's hardcore musicians] in some bar. I was bored. But drunk. I then thought, If I wasn't enjoying this sub culture, then I was... [eureka, for lack of a better enlightening moment word] UNSUBCULTURED.

6th and 7th of March - "pregnancy"
I texted some of my friends about my idea and they said it was good so that weekend, my brain was rolling, lol-ing with all the topics to write about.

8th of March - "delivery"
Finally, quick internet access in the office and my first post was born.

And since then, my mind has been rolling... and lol-ing.

tibak sub cult


...the presence of monggo sa lahat ng cafeteria, eatery at turo-turo tuwing biyernes...

...the heat...

...the words "follow up"

...mall hours. dapat hanggang 11 or 12 pm ang lahat ng malls sa Maynila...

...the proliferation of athlete wannabees who get into a sport just because it's the in thing to do... like ang pinaka obvious... running...

...politicians - those in the office...

...long lines...

...people who always borrow celphone chargers in the office. Your unit came with a charger right?

...boracay beach pics, because they all look alike... of party people in society pages of magazines and newspapers. Parang yun na ang highlight ng buhay nila...

...TRYING HARD fashionistas who don't look like fashionistas at all... religion, specially the repressed priests who molest and sexually harass...

...LV and Hermes freaks

...kiss ass anak ng diyos kind of people...

...booming music in bars - because I can't hear my friends speak...

...whiners, complainers... like me!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

amusement park sub cult

Coincidence? Typecasting?

Jesse Eisenberg stars as a loser-type geek who gets the girl in the end in two amusement park flicks with titles that have the same last syllable.

videoke sub cult

dream job:
to direct a videoke video

song usually sung:
creep by radiohead

what i hate about videokes in manila:
mahal. tsaka na-i-inggit lang ako sa mga kaibigan
kong maganda o puweds na ang boses

what i love about videokes in the provinces
yun lang ang puwede mong gawin gimik sa gabi

highest score
would you believe 99!?

g2g + slang + drunks sub cult


A heterosexual girl or woman who partakes in any sort of sexual or promiscuous activity with another female to get attention from males. This usually takes the form of making out, and to a lesser extent, grinding or dry humping with another female.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

imaginary characters sub cult

Just a list of the people I want to meet...

Keyser Soze
The Real Slim Shady
The Unknown Soldier
The Tooth Fairy
The Unsung Hero
The Other Woman
Mother Nature
The Power Behind the Throne
The Damsel in Distress
Uncle Sam
The King of the Hill
Si Batman [yung bahala sa buhay ko]
Peeping Tom
The Black Russian
All Assassins named Carlos
The Dumb Waiter
Lazy Susan
That Vietcong named Charlie
Lady Luck
The Weekend Warrior
The Team Spirit
The Running Mate
The Sparring Partner
The Man of the Hour
Captain Paz
The Fashion Victim
The Backseat Driver
The Indian Giver
The Persona Non Grata
The Party Animal
The Benchwarmer
The Scene Stealer
The Chance Passenger
The Fool on the Hill
The Innocent Bystander
The Devil's Advocate
Sugar Mommy
Ang Kawawang Koboy
The Thief in the Night
Spirit of the Glass
The Man in the Mirror
The School Spirit
The Spirit of the Game
The Ghostwriter
The Rumor Monger
The Spin Doctor
The Cradle Snatcher
The Mallrat
The Son of a Biatch

pinoy rock/indie/alternative music sub cult

Best last line of a song...

from "Golden Boy" by Ethnic Faces

beat generation sub cult

The book read by most of the "cool people of the universe."

And here's an excerpt from the book quoted by most of the "cool people of the universe..."

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!"

Friday, April 16, 2010

sneakerhead sub cult

My retail therapy best meds are sneakers. They are my weakness.

Here's my herd of Gazelles...

mountain bike sub cult

Bought a mountain bike last year. Just rode it around my neighborhood and up to Peyups. And in keeping with my unsubcultured lifestyle, never did go trailing riding... kahit na ang daming same age oldfarts who have invited me to ride with them. Yep, just found out that biking is the sport of choice of people my age. And they ride in packs. Collectively, their ages must go up to around 300 years old or something. Anyway, here's my bike. I dream of riding it to super-dangerous places like Quiapo, Roxas blvd, and Intramuros someday.

Why do I like riding the city? Tangena, ang sarap ng amoy ng smog, ng bina-barbecue na barbecue, basura at yung mapanghing ihi na natuyo na.

fraternity + geek sub cult

Fraternities. Brotherhood daw. Some love hazing. Some kill and get away with murder. Some rumble. Some just streak naked. Some just drink. Some join so that they finally get some friends. Some are old boy networks which will help you go further in life or in your career. Never ever been in one [which makes me unsubcultured]... but here's what I know... the world's koolest frat is...

And if you're too young to remember, it's from this movie...

Soon after that, Nerds have inherited the Earth.

You go Geek.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

ultimate frisbee + old fart sub cult

[an article I wrote for the PUA website a few years ago... it's timely again as stupid ole me will play in another disc league this summer... stupid... stupid... stupid...]

Old Fart Eye for the Ultimate Guy

[Or how to survive the game we all love when you’re NOT young, fast and athletic]

The sport/game/cult of Ultimate is continually evolving in Manila. “Back in the day” it was played by a small group of expats and a few Pinoy weekend warriors who wanted to sweat and have ultimate fun on Sunday afternoons. Today, whether you like it or not, disc is more competitive – with more athletic types ruling the field. So how does a 36-year old keep up with 20-something legs in every pick up, hat tourney and league game? Read on.


Of course we all know it’s wise to bring a light and dark shirt. This will keep you from going skins or shirtless - because no one wants to see a flabby tummy bouncing around when you run. It’s also wise to wear a bandana, a visor or a cap in case you are balding. And most important of all, never ever wear short shorts… unless your name is Danny and you play for Sunken Pleasure.


Come about 1-2 hours before start of pick up or a league game. That way you get a chance to throw, warm up, stretch and work up a bit of sweat. This is important because you may go for just 1 point and leave the rest of the afternoon to drinking beer and eating those damn cookies.

But if and when you play…


Chances are, the person guarding you will be faster. So how do you outwit, outplay and outlast your defender? Simple, take him out of the play by taking yourself out. In other words, get out of the way. Let your faster teammates do the cutting and catching and just give everyone a high five when your team scores.


Most likely, the person you are assigned to will be quicker than you. So when you get beat, run after him or her like hell. Only two things can happen anyway: [1] you can earn the ire of your teammates [#$^##&$*#, WHO’S ON THAT GUY/GIRL?] or [2] get a cheesy cheer like NICE TRY [now sit your butt down on the sidelines].

Also, when choosing a person to guard, always pick a guy extremely better than you. At least you have an excuse when he when he burns you. Lastly, never ever pick a woman to defend against because we all know how hard it is to chase women.


Two words. Ben Gay.


I’ve been burned by 20-somethings, 30-somethings and women a lot of times. I’ve lost count of how many times the person I am guarding has eluded me and scored. I’ve eaten so much pride while playing disc that I think I’m gaining weight. I have accepted the fact that there will always be someone faster, more talented than I am. But that doesn’t stop me from putting on my cleats any chance I get and try to hold my own against 20-something athletic legs. Hey, I’ve scored, cut and made great plays a lot of times too. Now that we’re done with the basics of playing the game, here comes the harder part - HOW TO SURVIVE PARTIES AND NIGHTS OUT. But that’s another story.

art sub cult

Finally, this art unsubcultured person is immortalized in a painting [well part of a painting that is...]

Well here's most of it...

Titled "Self Portrait," it's by an officemate who currently has his first one-man show. Details on my Fbook pics.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

department store sub cult

Meron kayang "social classes" ang mga salesladies?

Do the SM and Landmark salesladies look up to their Rustans counterparts?

Do they all look down on the girls who work for Fairmart, Isetann, Ever, etc?

Monday, April 12, 2010

doobie or chongki sub cult

I panic...

... even if it's organic.

young woman + older man sub cult

Best quote about sex came from this movie:

"It's funny though isn't it? All that poetry and all those songs, about something that lasts no time at all." - Jenny

goth sub cult

Not these guys...


I learned more about them on cable TV's coolest channel,

Yeah, I'm a History geek. In fact I enjoy it more than watching Basketball TV and HBO.