Author Archive: Striving Writer

SKE48: The Comeback is Real at the AKB48 49th Senbatsu Sousenkyo

SKE48 refuses to die even after Rena Matsui (one half of WMatsui) graduated in 2015. It thrives despite decreasing sales and being overtaken in popularity by Nogizaka46 and Keyakizaka46. Results at the recently concluded AKB48 49th Senbatsu Sousenkyo attest to the resilience of the girls from Sakae, Nagoya. While there was no upset (Rino Sashihara …

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Confirmed Cast of Marvel’s Black Panther: More Than Beautiful

Marvel’s much-anticipated superhero film Black Panther is slated for release next year, and fans can hardly contain their excitement. Moviegoers need something new, something fresh to watch, and it’s not the Avengers or anything that has to do with the X-Men. We’re tired of that. In the coming days, fans will troop to the cinema …

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Philippine Politicians Are World-Class Experts on Creating More Taxes (Additional Burden)

Word is out that Filipino politicians, many of them supporters of President Duterte, are all set to tax sugary drinks. While I am not against it (because I rarely consume sugar-sweetened beverages), I believe it is unnecessary at the moment. The Philippine government has yet to streamline its tax collection and run after big tax …

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Don’t Even Think About Failing – by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus

Those who walk the road to success look ahead, not back. Ray Meyer, a legendary American basketball coach, led his team to 37 winning seasons. One year, when his team dropped its first game after 29 straight home court victories, we asked how he felt about it. His reply: “Great! Now we can concentrate on …

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12 Best Jpop Songs I’ve Heard in 2016

New year, new songs. In my case, there are songs that are the year’s issues while some songs are old gems waiting to be discovered. If I hear them for the first time in any year, I consider them ‘new’ – new to my ears, that is. Any song that is new to my ears …

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St Boniface and The Christmas Tree (an article by Steve Weidenkopf)

(Note: While looking for a Christmas topic to write about, I stumbled upon this article by Steve Weidenkopf on the Internet. Since I never knew about the origins of the Christmas Tree (holiday tree is another term) plus I always love to read stories about the origins of things, I read it. I am impressed …

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Miss Earth Angelia Ong, hurt by Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s win? My reaction

Miss Earth Angelia Ong overshadowed by Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach? I do not always write about beauty pageants or beauty queens, but when I do, I criticize whatever bullshit I could find regarding the topic matter. Months ago, I had written a post about my opposition to a tax exemption bill for Miss Universe Pia …

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What I can say about those graduation announcements (and my thoughts on Jonishi Kei)

A flurry of graduation news (and ceremonies) I am a Jpop listener, but I admit I am not often updated with the happenings about AKB48, Nogizaka46, and other acts that I listen to. I am not a fanatic of singers or groups. I am just a fan of songs, but I stand behind the people …

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Nanami Hashimoto of Nogizaka46 is graduating???

Nanami Hashimoto saying goodbye? That can’t be true. Hours after I celebrated the end of the 8-year title drought of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, I stumbled upon the news of Miss Nanami Hashimoto‘s graduation announcement on Facebook. She was just chosen as the center of Nogizaka46‘s upcoming 6th single, “Sayonara no Imi“. I just recovered …

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel win first PBA title in 8 years

Barangay Ginebra is 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup champs Minutes ago, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings won their first PBA title in 8 years, thanks to a three-point buzzer beater courtesy of their import Justin Brownlee. The Gin Kings ended their 8-year title drought, which started in 2008, with a 91-88 Game 6 victory over the …

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