Grimm Mid season Finale Review


Just when you thought she was out, they brought her back.

After watching that episode of Grimm titled “Wesen Nacht” I am just surprised that Bitsie Tulloch is back. I like the twist that the writers made for the midseason finale because for everyone who assumed that Juliette is dead (myself included), it just shows that the characters that we assumed dead can come back from the dead by the power of the show’s writers. So for GOT fans and TWD fans, there’s hope! But this is ‘not’ Juliette. We only saw Bitsie Tulloch under a new persona of Eve and if you will ask me, that’s really Juliette because the Hexenbiest powers shows. It bothers me that the crossbow shot that Trubel gave was weak.  Well, what will you expect from a tiny crossbow with a tiny bolt and probably Meisner and Chavez had some work done in that underground facility.

As for this episode, it is one of the best episodes of the season for a midseason ending and it brings us closer to reveal the people behind the Black Claw the way they revealed and eliminated the Wesenrein. The group is driving me nuts with how they run the season.

I’ve been a fan of show since watching ‘Mommy Dearest’ back in season three because it featured the age-old story of the “Aswang” (A Philippine folklore that preys on pregnant women feeding on their child just within the womb) and the show had a better start than the last season in which Nick lost his Grimm vision thanks to Adalind and having an interesting start like that would really drive its viewers to watch more often and to encourage or gather new fans and find way to catch up with the show.

For the characters that we don’t know if they will be a mainstay or not and this is what I have to say for each of those characters; for Meisner (Damien Puckler) I always thought the guy is a good guy for helping out Sean Renard when we first saw him in season three but now I still doubt what his intentions really are for everyone this season especially for Sean who wants to see his daughter Diana. I’m still wondering if he has many other things that he keep in his facility and does the guy still have feelings for Adalind because you can tell that he still has feelings for her after helping her out in season three to escape the royals.

For Trubel (Jaqueline Toboni), I don’t think she will be staying because she will be leaving again and you can tell that the show has a rule of one which means that Nick is the only Grimm in Portland. The other Grimm whether it is Kelly Burkhardt (RIP) or Trubel should be elsewhere doing grimm stuff we don’t get to see but lived out in fan fiction. I’m just glad that she did not die horribly.

For the mainstays; Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is now a daddy but it’s with Adalind and with the midseason ending, how will he handle the situation? Will he be driven to know if that was Juliette he really saw or he will he keep it to himself?

For Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz), we saw him endorsing a candidate for mayor of Portland just within the story and with the Black Claw lurking everywhere in Portland I had the thought that he might have endorsed a Wesen candidate or that the opposing mayoral candidate is Wesen but Sean Renard is also Wesen himself, a Zauberbiest so it won’t be a big deal for him unless he reveals himself.

For Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalie (Bree Turner), I hope they get a baby soon with Nick having one with Adalind already. I’m happy that their characters don’t make many potions anymore and their characters are more productive by getting out of the ‘Spice Shop’. Rosalie is becoming more badass since Monroe’s abduction in season four.

For Hank (Russell Hornsby), he better get a girl again and Hank better not go Wesen again after that Mishipeshu episode which brings to that sheriff with a Native-American descent who was possessed by the same spirit like Hank who ended up lashing out someone.

For Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee), I’m glad he’s getting involved more and more. I just wished Juliette did not burn the trailer so he could learn more about Wesen.

If we review everything that has happened in the first episode of season 5 and this midseason finale, Nick had a dream that there was a funeral for Juliette and his mom’s head was floating around after Juliette’s funeral.151028_2927615_The_Grimm_Identity Now with the recent episode, will the funeral still take place by knocking some sense into her character or will it just remain a vision for Nick. . .


Give Pity Where Pity is Due

PITYWe have to be sorry for a lot of people. The people in the streets don’t need it anymore and with the campaign season in the Philippines fast approaching the people in power or seeking any government office need it the most.

Why did I say that they need it the most? It is because of how desperate they are to seek power and government office.

I feel sorry for Grace Poe for being a threat to some of the aspiring candidates especially Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay. I truly feel bad for the things that she’s facing right now especially her disqualification case. But seriously Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay, does she really pose a big threat to your plans and the Liberal Party as well? I don’t think so. You’re looking at someone who has not served a full term in the senate and may only be a front for some other politician. But if you look at her profile on the senate’s website, she championed the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill in the senate so in a different perspective, she does pose a threat that she might disclose some information that could bring someone down.

FPJ’s daughter or not, I truly feel sorry that she entered a dimension that lead to FPJ’s demise and that is the political arena.

As for her running mate Francis Escudero, I feel sorry that his dream and easy way of entering the Malacanang Palace will remain a dream and Heart Evangelista won’t be an instant first lady (if she dreams of it). I don’t know how many Filipinos will vote for this guy, I just think that the number of vote that he will get will be coming from the fans of his wife.

I am truly sorry for Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that he could not make up his mind at first when everyone was dreaming of the presidency and filing for their certificate of candidacies. I don’t hate Duterte for his sudden change of mind, but letting someone file for you when really want to run for president is insulting everyone’s intelligence because having a commercial months ago in which Mayor Duterte rode a motor cycle trying to be Marlon Brando on the Wild One is really a giveaway that he is running and you don’t have to be a summa cum laude with a degree in sociology or political to understand that kind of thing because that is part of the culture in Philippine Politics. Another is when he said something about the Pope and a lot of people are not so open-minded about his opinion. Is it really the first time for people in this country to hear a news that someone said something bad towards the Pope?

As for the guy who filed that certificate of candidacy for Duterte. Nice move though but not that nice.

Like Francis Escudero, I feel bad for his running mate Allan Peter Cayetano for being ambitious, a brat and a cry baby. Allan Peter Cayetano won’t be able to bring his “angas” to Malacanang. What I also pity about Cayetano is his ignorance that his wife Taguig Mayor, Lani Cayetano is showing her own brand of corruption while attacking Jejomar Binay.

As for Jejomar Binay, I pity a fool like him because he keeps on reiterating that he is like the many Filipinos who struggle with living in the slums or suburbs, having the same skin color and having less in life.

Seriously Mr. Vice President you think you are really one of us? For all I know you didn’t improve the lives of the middle class living in Makati. The squatters and beggars in Makati are everywhere in Buendia the last time I went to meet a friend in Makati.

What I truly feel sorry about the Vice President is having a corrupt family and raising corrupt children also the fact that the people of Makati have known only one man and family ruling their city for almost thirty years. For congresswoman Abby Binay, at first I thought you would be a better person to run as senator because you have already government experience in Congress but since I don’t live in Makati, I cannot easily judge you harshly since you are not holding a national position. As for Junjun Binay, don’t be a cry baby like your rivals from Taguig and for Senator Nancy Binay, you should have let your sister run for that position. But what can I do now, your family is treating public service your own family business.

For Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, I only wish that some of the people who admire you would understand why you chose Senator Marcos as your running mate because at first I was shocked to know that Senator MDS chose the gentleman from Ilocos Norte to be his running mate and the fact that he is a Marcos is really alarming for some. Some people would understand why she chose Bongbong to be her running mate because the man has been in government for almost his entire life. This even includes the time that he was just his father’s son. Then he became governor, congressman of Ilocos Norte and now senator. If we base his credentials from the Senate’s page and the number of bills filed and passed on the same website, the man is really more than credible to hold the position of Vice President.

I don’t know if Senator Miriam loss a number of her fans because of that move but having Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on her side could either make or break her campaign. Conspiracy theories and speculations for both senators would arise in the campaign period proper such as the speculation that the Bongbong Marcos we know is not really the Bongbong Marcos as we know him or senator Defensor-Santiago using her illness just to garner a lot of vote since she has that many fans. Furthermore, their detractors will only try their best to find that weak spot.

Okay Mar Roxas where should I start? Let us start feeling sorry on how screwed up he is when he could not set aside politics from principles to help out everyone during the Yolanda crisis in Tacloban in which he made Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez cry in public during a hearing, another is addressing him that he is a Romualdez and that the president is a Aquino in that infamous video. More important is provoking incumbent Congressman Martin Romualdez from the first district of Leyte to show that commercial on TV which obviously is a campaign advertisement. Another screwed up thing is not on TV but circulating at the internet is a subliminal video of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo with some celebrities and I could not stand watching it (did not want to lose some of my brain cells which some I already in my previous major). I also feel sorry for Mar Roxas for having Korina Sanchez as his wife.

I truly feel sorry for his running mate Leni Robredo who got mixed up with politics after DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo’s death. Leni Robredo is nothing but a puppet of the Liberal party. She is right now the next Cory Aquino for using her husband’s death first for running as congresswoman of Naga and now the newest puppet of the Liberal Party. Congratulations.

To finish off this post, I want to give a very special mention to Secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” Aguinaldo Abaya of the DOTC and Chairman Francis Tolentino of the MMDA for being the most incompetent people of the Aquino cabinet who could not find a solution to ease the traffic and the long lines in the MRT making a lot people suffer every day from the working class, ordinary commuters and to the students who travel. For the both of you, do not be offended when your ancestor is depicted as the mastermind of killing two National Heroes and that our city is describe as the gates of hell.


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I never thought I would see the day but it’s always hard to see everyone go, particularly professional players who are going to retire.

There are a lot of professional athletes who have gone to the process of retirement and playing their final game in their league from Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees, Michael Jordan from his first retirement with Chicago then finally settling down with the Washington Wizards, Randy Couture in the UFC, and a whole lot more in the world of sports.

For this season in the NBA, Kobe Bryant finally announced that this will be his last season in the NBA. I am not really a fan of Kobe or the Los Angeles Lakers because when Kobe finally plays his last game, basketball will never be the same. The same goes to players past their prime like Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Dwayne Wade.

We will never see ball hogging the way Kobe does and scoring a lot of points and carrying the Lakers by himself. We will never see memes that really makes Kobe Bryant the most selfish player in the league and such.

In reflecting his highlights, we would surely miss double-double performances and that night he scored 81 points against the Raptors which could have been better if he scored those 81 points on the road than his domain in Staples Center. We would never forget the night he has surpassed Michael Jordan’s career points against the Timberwolves last season then Michael Jordan himself making his statement congratulating Kobe surpassing his career points afterwards. The game in the Beijing Olympics where he really carried the team 2008, scoring big against Spain and China and for Laker fans, the season where the Lakers got their sweet revenge against the Celtics in 2010 in which Kobe earned his fifth NBA championship which drove him to pursue his sixth title that would place him next to Michael Jordan. I give a lot of credit to Kobe Bryant for reviving the Celtics-Lakers rivalry not just the Celtics big three of that year with Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce when the two teams met each other in 2008 and 2010.

Every player comparison in the NBA is a never ending debate because at first, two players would only start with Bryant and Jordan then someone would bring up LeBron James, even Stephen Curry (who is really on a role recently).

If we would only talk about Kobe and Michael, they are generations apart, even if they have played against each other when Kobe was getting started with his career in the NBA because for others (myself included) Kobe is the only player worthy to be compared to Michael Jordan when it comes to performance or how they play on the court. Kobe has attempted to play like Michael in several games and it’s not that hard to find those side-by-side video comparisons of Kobe and Michael playing on You Tube. As for their achievements, they are far apart even if Kobe has surpassed Jordan’s career points because the six rings of Michael truly sets them apart.

When it comes to Kobe and LeBron, I hate them both but on a serious note they only show passion and precision on the court carrying their team to win almost every game and the go-to guys of their teams. But if there’s one thing that makes LeBron different than Kobe, it’s loyalty. Kobe no matter what has happened with the Lakers never wanted to go out of L.A. and be with a group of better teammates. Unlike LeBron who went to South Beach to be with team mates who can really help him then earned his first title in 2012.

As the NBA season goes on, Kobe is on his farewell tour. I haven’t watched any Laker game just to see if teams are giving him farewell gifts like a rocking chair which Kareem Abdul-Jabbar received during his retirement ceremony at the Forum, Mariano Rivera also got a rocking chair made of broken bats that he broke during his tenure, and Derek Jeter got farewell presents also from various teams like his teammate Rivera and standing ovations especially when Jeter played his last game at Fenway Park where Red Sox fans showed him respect and appreciation despite that he is a Yankee and in a basketball context, I’m looking forward on how Celtics will receive Kobe in his last road game at the Garden later this month on December 31 (Manila Time) and other teams that might honor him. With the NBA already down with one month, I don’t see the Lakers going to the playoffs again with that kind of lineup and dead last in the standings (3-15) of the Western Conference, relying only with key players like D’ Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson may not seem a fitting exit for a player like Kobe for some people but like many players before Kobe who have gone through the process, many of them did not have a Hollywood ending.

We can’t tell how many highlight games will Kobe have in the next couple of games or how many points will he put up to keep the Lakers in the hunt for the NBA Playoffs but one thing’s for sure, the NBA will never be the same again when he goes. As for retiring a jersey number, retiring number 24 is only fitting him since he made a lot of moment wearing number 24 for Laker fans.

When Kiefer Played

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It’s always bittersweet to see your favorite player go no matter what the sport or the level play.

On November 21, 2015 the UAAP had the most thrilling win for the FEU Tamaraws but a dramatic and sad exit for Ateneo Blue Eagles superstar Kiefer Ravena together with his team mate Von Pessumal. Both players have been team mates since their playing days in the Blue Eaglets and for a guy like me it’s quite tough to see two players go. I just wish one of them had left the team first the way closing pitcher Mariano Rivera did with the New York Yankees when he left in 2013 then Derek Jeter the following year. Their departure from Ateneo and the UAAP is more of Tim Hudson and Jeremy Affeldt retiring this year with the San Francisco Giants.

I haven’t watched so much UAAP since I started college in Letran (obviously because my school is in the NCAA) but since Ateneo’s last championship in 2012 the Blue Eagles revolved the team around him which is good and his leadership is not like any other from a fan’s standpoint.

When my brother was still playing varsity basketball for San Beda, I would always see Kiefer together with his team mates in their age bracket to the other basketball courts in Xavier School (the regular venue of the tournament that has four basketball courts with three concrete courts and a hardwood court) getting ready and as he starts playing you know that he would give his best for his school. As I try to recall everything in those days, he did not experience a championship because of a stronger San Beda that time in the division which had Arthur Dela Cruz who now plays in the pros for Blackwater. Like my brother in their respective age brackets they would end up winning their third-place games the next weekend in 2006.

A player like Kiefer is one of a kind because as early as first year high school he already began playing for the UAAP juniors division in 2007. He may have started his collegiate career with a championship in 2011 but not in his first year in the juniors with a De La Salle Zobel team of Joshua Webb and Nico Elorde in the lineup and La Salle coming back with a vengeance from their suspension that caused their absence in 2006. He is also one of the few players who have played for pride and country with the RP Youth before then he played for pride and country again for the recent Southeast Asian Games together with players like Baser Amer, Troy Rosario, Glenn Khobuntin, Earl Scottie Thompson, Norbert Torres Kevin Ferrer, Jiovani Jalalon, Almond Vosotros, and Mac Belo who ironically made that last shot yesterday that led Ravena and Pessumal’s exit in the UAAP and the Blue Eagles. Many even consider that his kind of play is already PBA ready that could make him a direct-draft from high school player like Kobe Bryant or Kevin Garnett in the NBA but that was just an exaggeration. You cannot just put raw talent in the PBA especially with a point guard like him.

KIEFER 003            His collegiate career for me is a game-changer. With a player as good as Kiefer playing for Ateneo, college basketball in the Philippines became a venue for marketing and business ventures particularly in the UAAP marketing not just on Kiefer but also for other good players as good and popular as him in each UAAP member school. His popularity in the collegiate level individually draw the UAAP endorsements not just a side-by-side commercial with Jeron Teng of La Salle for a vitamin advertisement. It also led Kiefer to guest in numerous TV shows and magazine covers throughout his five years in the UAAP and for sure there will be more as he prepares for the big leagues. The best part is you are not just a good player playing for Ateneo, playing against La Salle is without a doubt the best and win against the rival team. His game play brings out the joy and hate for some people. He would go out and score as many as twenty points and dish some plays then win it then leave a highlight play like that one slam dunk he did against Karim Abdul of UST or that red hot game he had just this season.


Ferrer Ravena
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Like players who had intense individual rivalries like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, Kiefer’s most intense rival for me is not Jeron Teng of La Salle but UST’s Kevin Ferrer. It may be a mismatch but these two players have been going at it since playing for the juniors of the UAAP. The most intense between Ravena and Ferrer was when the two met in the UAAP juniors finals in which both players were playing for their last playing year in the juniors with Kevin Ferrer already awarded the juniors MVP but then Kiefer would win the UAAP juniors championship and eventually becoming the finals MVP of the that series in 2010. Their matchup in the junior finals revived the Ateneo-UST “exchange rivalry” in that division in which UST won first in 1994 then Ateneo in 1995 then UST again in 1996 and so on but by 2000 the Blue Eaglets faced the Tiger Cubs and seal the deal to show which team was really the best of that era by then in 2001 the UST Tiger Cubs would win it showing that they are still a force to reckon with in the juniors. After the juniors, the two players would meet in 2012 playing for the same team and Ferrer would lose to Kiefer again after two years. In all of the games that Ravena and Ferrer met in the UAAP for Ateneo and UST respectively Ravena would always have best of Ferrer. Other than Kevin Ferrer, Baser Amer is also worthy to be called Kiefer’s rival since they play both the same position. KIEFER 002Ateneo and San Beda maybe leagues apart from each other since the 1970s, the rivalry that was Ateneo-San Beda lives on during tournaments like the Fil Oil Flying-V pre-season invitational and the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) that showcases the UAAP and NCAA teams altogether. When Ateneo goes against San Beda in tournaments like these, Ravena and Amer would show the same kind of passion, heart and determination to win the game then leave everything on the basketball court become friends again.

When he plays, he will always give his best for the team. The number of points that he does on the floor will only show how bad he wants to win. Love him or hate him, he’s just out there to play for his team and doesn’t care about what other people would say about his game especially when he flopped on those crucial games that almost made me lose my respect for him because for a good player like him why would he flop? I’ve never been a fan of the Blue Eagles but why would he do such thing because Kiefer’s flopping for me became evident in 2012 especially in the first game of the 2012 finals in UAAP Season 78 and with me not being able to watch the UAAP the way I did before college I wouldn’t really know how often has he flop since then. A Kiefer Ravena flopping is a no-no because as a good player and role model for some, he won’t just do it.


As Kiefer leaves the college basketball scene it’s not yet over for Ateneo because Ateneo would still be playing at the PCCL being a UAAP final four team and that Kiefer would still wear his Ateneo uniform one last time time for that tournament since he didn’t make headlines that he will be part of the PBA draft for this PBA season. Speaking of the PBA, I don’t know what team will require his services but I do hope that team will make it worth drafting Kiefer. Other than basketball he should no longer do acting jobs like that one sitcom he did on one channel with Ogie Alcasid because it only shows how basketball players are truly bad actors and “acting” on court is a different story. With that, I wish Kiefer the best and that he would start strong when he reaches the pros.

Anything and Everything APEC

APEC 2015

With the APEC Summit drawing to a close and with the things that I see thus far in the summit is nothing but a show. It doesn’t seem that the country won’t benefit so much in the long run. It’s bothering that they always show the issue on how the rerouting affected the citizens terribly, activists protesting that the APEC is nothing but a big show, the President of Mexico and Prime Minister of Canada as media eye-candy for some especially my sister who volunteered in ushering and picking up delegates from NAIA to that hotel in Makati where me and my friend sneaked-in reminisce a bit. The saddest part of this for me from the very beginning is that there is no Vladimir Putin.

The APEC Summit did nothing wrong to me but it definitely made my life more difficult with my enrollment because I could not have my subjects pre-enrolled since I handled my shifting from psychology to journalism.


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With issues surrounding the summit, some companies should have just given everybody a break so that everyone was spared from the dreadful Metro Manila traffic. The APEC lanes are definitely a show of insensitivity for others making the very citizens of this country truly third class citizens I mean come on, we’re already third class citizens on a ordinary day whether you are in the working class or not. Making them walk long miles truly made it the worst day of their lives.  More important is that some people should have just stayed home and have some family time by watching some movies whether it’s in the cinemas itself or watch a DVD legally and illegally.

The activists again ranting again that the APEC is a joke but that’s just the activist in me doing the typing. For me, when will these people stop? How many demonstrations has it been that these guys raised signs, yelled hard and sparred with the police? BUT WHAT CAN I DO? It’s their so-called “right” that makes them fight for it.

Justin Trudeau

Should I even write about it? I get it that some people in the media want to make the APEC Summit less serious by talking about the good-looking president of Mexico, President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau but again, seriously? Is it the first time that these media personalities saw a good-looking diplomat and on different side of things, if Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan ran for president instead of him then won that election in 2012 against Barack Obama it might have been a big deal for others and I’m just glad some reporter from that network in Mother Ignacia raised the issue to Prime Minister Trudeau turning this country into Canada’s waste bin and as I type this, I suddenly feel bad that the former mayor from one of his cities is a drug abuser then mocked on Saturday Night Live. Suddenly after all that delight for watching the Toronto Blue Jays trying to beat the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS for me I think the Blue Jays deserved that loss but any way the Royals were already a strong team with their whole team intact.


As for President Nieto, the Philippines and Mexico should be strong partners again in trade after all the Philippines and Mexico goes way back to the days of the Galleon Trade and the two countries are just an ocean apart. He and the president should also find a way to bring back Mexican soap operas back on Philippine television.






For Vladimir Putin ditching the APEC for more serious matters all I can say to him is, DUDE I UNDERSTAND AND IT’S OKAY. I know that you’re this serious and bad axe president of one of the world’s most powerful country with the most powerful army and arsenal, again dude it’s okay. Knowing your military background that dates back to the Soviet Union, I know that you’re also doing your best to eradicate terrorism and I know you can eradicate them better than the United States. Suddenly, Putin suddenly

        One more thing Xi Jinping of China, KNOW YOUR PLACE. Don’t just place your boats elsewhere.

The fault in our posts


There have been numerous tragedies and events that shaped the world way before the rise of the internet. In those days not everyone in the world have been able to express grief, sympathy and even joy from breaking the wall in Berlin in 1989, the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1990, the recount between George W. Bush and Al Gore’s that eventually led to George W.’s presidency, of course there’s 9/11 and many other events that follow. A simple moment of silence was more than enough and a little TV coverage were enough to express it and flags that are half-mast.

At this point I am not being insensitive but in this modern world expressing thoughts about everything is sometimes relevant and sometimes annoying just to tell the world that you give a damn about everything especially the recent attacks in Paris but before these recent attacks there was Charlie Hebdo earlier this year on January. I get the point that someone expresses grief but seriously, are you in Paris right now? Do you know someone or do you have some relative in Paris right now that died in that event? Because last time I checked, you are not KC Concepcion who has lived and comes often to Paris at her free time. What I don’t understand here is why Paris? In my perspective, it is the last city to be attacked by a bunch of extremists that is disturbingly growing to huge numbers.

Before we even express our grief to a different part of the world, how about expressing on our own territory first when something as bad as Paris happens here in our country? Why can’t we express sympathy to the Lumads? Why can’t we rage over the military to leave the lands of indigenous groups like them and leave them in peace not just rage over the government’s incompetence.

The internet may be an avenue to express everything but let us remember that not everyone gives a damn about your Facebook status, your tweet or photo in Instagram (expressing it through picture) because someone has already done it for you and that someone could look smarter online and offline, also he has a more meaningful post. What’s most disturbing about it is someone just joining the bandwagon of grief without knowing the facts. Because for all I know the bandwagon effect of social media often happens in sports or watching that noontime show and those hit primetime shows you always watch.

Sometimes I just want to turnoff my device or deactivate my social media accounts because of someone posting for the sake of it.



The year 2010 was truly the start of brand new decade. The change from one president to another in which it had a rocky start on its first one hundred days. A college basketball that made history for having a perfect season and another college basketball team from a different league showing their dominance for a third straight title. But on November 7, 2010 it was a sad day for the Philippine radio and rock scene and it is the day NU107 signed off.

It’s been five years since the last broadcast of NU107 and everything truly feels like everything happened like it was yesterday.

At the time when I heard of NU107 closing its doors and signing off for good I could not believe the news. I just thought that the they will no longer held the annual NU107 Rock Awards, in which I had my first taste of Red Horse and the first time I lost a phone because of my pants having a hole in its pocket. But when I confirmed it from various news outlets, I felt like the music world caving in because it’s just the only event I get to see various bands since I’m prohibited to go to various gig spots in Metro Manila like SaGuijo in Makati, Route 196 in Katipunan and 70’s Bistro in Anonas at the time.

It was very unfortunate for me that I did not get to see the last Rock Awards because the tickets were no longer for sale and as I type this, I’m cringing because I listened to NU107 but I never had the chance to go to their station when they were still in the airwaves. The first and last time I visited their station was on their last day of their broadcast and during the day they broadcast the last NU107 Rock Awards, I listened to it online thru the station’s website together with a former classmate and friend who lives in Alabang I just told her to bear with me for while for this is historic moment and the rest went on.

As I listened to the last Rock Awards with Gabby Alipe of Urbandub getting the honor of vocalist of the year, Franco getting the honor of song of the year for ‘This Gathering’, listener’s choice and album of the year for their self-titled album. In their last broadcast of the Rock Awards, I don’t remember which award was being presented but I just find it funny that KC Concepcion and Anne Curtis (If not mistaken) were throwing some Eraserheads puns to Ely Buendia. For Franco, I also don’t remember exactly which award but Jay Contreras of Kamikazee was ridiculing yet at the same time joking while former Franco guitarist Ocho Toleran makes his thanksgiving speech in which Jay said, “HUWAG KAYONG MANINIWALA SA MGA YAN!”

After that, the rock radio scene in the Philippines almost died making Jam 88.3 the lone rock station in the Metro or in the country because there was also RJ Underground along with NU107. The OPM scene is missing its luster because icons nowadays rarely release hits that truly rock the airwaves and some bands disbanding. One of the few bands that disbanded after NU107 left the ariwaves is Sugarfree in 2011 for the reason that front man Ebe Dancel wants to go solo. Bamboo disbanded for some reason that left Nathan Azarcon, Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado hanging and Bamboo Manalac pursuing a solo career under a major label.

Since NU107 left the airwaves, I myself also took a break I finishing my studies and until now, I haven’t gone to a gig. So with me not being able to see a gig, I was shocked to know of Urbandub going to a hiatus and Kamikazee planning a farewell tour in which I thought they would just announce a upcoming album but didn’t.

It’s really depressing not having an annual award show just for rock and it really feels crappy to listen to just one rock station.