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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Track Listing for "Eraserheads Anthology Two"

Yesterday's post dealt with the compilation album Eraserheads Anthology. A follow-up greatest hits compilation album, titled Eraserheads Anthology Two,  was released in 2006.

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The album constitutes a 2-disc set, each disc having fourteen tracks. Following is the album's track listing, along with corresponding running times:


Tindahan Ni Aling Nena - 03:07
Shirley - 04:02
Shake Yer Head - 04:05
Hey Jay - 04:41
Alkohol - 02:55
Wishing Wells - 03:35
Butterscotch - 04:38
Sa Wakas - 02:38
Wating - 04:16
Kailan Lounge - 03:19
Waiting For The Bus - 03:27
Paru-Parong Ningning - 02:50
Poorman's Grave - 04:38
Walang Nagbago - 03:24


Casa Fantastica - 05:17
Futuristic - 02:55
Balikbayan Box - 05:16
Andalusian Dog - 05:05
Ha Ha Ha - 04:46
Spoliarium - 05:31
Tikman - 02:59
Saturn Return - 05:05
Scorpio Rising - 05:11
Tama Ka - 03:24
68 Dr Sixto Antonio Avenue - 05:38
Palamig - 04:27
Playground - 04:16
Christmas Party - 04:05

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Remembering the "Eraserheads Anthology"

Ten years ago, I bought a copy of Eraserheads Anthology, a compilation album of the defunct Filipino alternative band Eraserheads. My copy is now missing, although I intend to buy another one in the future.

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Front cover of the album
The two-disc album was released by Sony BMG Music Entertainment Philippines in 2004, two years after the band's dissolution. It includes the Eraserheads' greatest hits. Following is the album's track listing, along with corresponding running times:


Ligaya - 04:31
Pare Ko - 05:25
Toyang - 03:49
Minsan - 04:17
Overdrive - 05:08
Kailan - 03:17
Sembreak - 04:06
Ang Huling El Bimbo - 07:30
Alapaap - 04:25
With a Smile - 04:40
Magasin - 04:12
Superproxy - 05:47
Torpedo - 04:17
Huwag Mo Nang Itanong - 04:12
Kamasupra - 04:38


Kaliwete - 03:09
Hard to Believe - 03:34
Para sa Masa - 04:55
Bogchi Hokbu - 04:20
Maselang Bahaghari - 03:31
Pop Machine - 05:40
Huwag Kang Matakot - 03:12
Maskara - 04:13
Hula - 03:08
Julie Tearjerky - 03:35
Fruitcake - 04:37
Trip to Jerusalem - 05:27
Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka - 04:43
Run Barbie Run - 02:54
Police Woman - 05:07
Tamagochi Baby - 04:39
Harana - 06:05
Sa Tollgate (previously Unreleased) - 02:59

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Return of the "Dog of Flanders" on TV

Dog of Flanders, a tearjerker Tagalog-dubbed anime series that was broadcast by ABS-CBN during the 1990s, will start its re-run on the same television network starting today at 9:30 in the morning from Monday to Friday.

Nello, Patrasche, ABS-CBN, anime, Dog of Flanders
Photo Credit: Anime News Network / Tokyo Movie Shinsha
The original series is the 1992 Tokyo Movie Shinsha (TMS) production My Patrasche. Two years later, ABS-CBN started airing the Tagalog-dubbed version as part of a children's programming block that also included Bananas in Pyjamas and A.T.B.P. (Awit, Titik at Bilang na Pambata).

Dog of Flanders has literary roots: It is an adaptation of A Dog of Flanders, a novel by Maria Louise Rame. Set in 19th-century Belgium, the novel is about an orphan boy named Nello, his grandfather Jehann and the titular canine Patrasche.

In the early part of the story, Patrasche was a beaten dog who was found and taken care of by Nello and Jehann. Following recovery to health, Patrasche helped Nello and Jehann in selling milk by pulling their cart into town. Moreover, the dog became Nello's best friend.

I will not discuss the story further to prevent myself from revealing some spoilers. All I can suggest is to view the series once more and relive some childhood memories associated with it. Following is a composite YouTube video featuring the opening and closing themes of the series' 1994 airing:

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Names for Tropical Cyclones within the Philippine Area of Responsibility: 2015 Edition

The Philippines is a country regularly hit by tropical cyclones. In 2013, state weather bureau PAGASA revised the four lists of names for such weather disturbances within the Philippine area of responsibility.

Each main list is used every four years. A corresponding auxiliary list will be used in the event that the number of cyclones within a given year exceeds 25. Following is the list for 2015:

Main List


Auxiliary List


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Culinary Uses of "Langka" (Jackfruit)

The fruit of the langka (jackfruit) tree has a lot of culinary uses in the Philippines, regardless of the level of ripeness. The unripe fruit is typically cooked with coconut milk. On the other hand, the ripe fruit is sweet with a flavor that reminds of a combination of banana and pineapple. The ripe flesh or arils can be eaten directly from the fruit or can be preserved in sugar. Moreover, the seeds from ripe fruits can be toasted like chestnuts or boiled like peanuts.

langka, jackfruit
This jackfruit measured 37 inches long (excluding the stem) and 28 inches in girth.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Thanks and More Power to ABS-CBN Film Restoration

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season may have delayed but not stopped me from extending heartfelt gratitude to ABS-CBN Film Restoration for giving me a ticket for two to the screening of the digitally restored version of  the Mike de Leon classic, Hindi Nahahati ang Langit, last November.

Photo credit: ABS-CBN Film Restoration

The 1985 movie adaptation is based on a Tagalog Komiks series by Nerissa Cabral. The powerhouse cast includes Christopher de Leon, Edu Manzano, Dina Bonnevie and Lorna Tolentino. Hindi Nahahati ang Langit is one of the more than 60 movies that have been remastered by ABS-CBN Film Restoration. Its trailer follows:

The organization emphasizes in its slogan: "We all deserve to see classic films." As I fully support this statement, I express my thanks  to ABS-CBN Film Restoration's efforts. The remastering of old movies allows the new generation of audiences to get a glimpse of Filipino culture in the past.

As the New Year begins, I am hoping that ABS-CBN Film Restoration will continue to achieve success. Its advocacy should become known to other enthusiasts  of Philippine cinema and culture, in general.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Philippine Holidays for 2015

The first regular holiday in the Philippines for 2015 is today, New Year's Day. This holiday was declared through Proclamation No. 831, s. 2014, which was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III last July.

Following is a listing of the other holidays for the rest of the year. The listing can guide us in planning our vacations ahead. It can be noticed that there are a lot of opportunities for free-time. Knowledge of these breaks can motivate us to work hard and enjoy the holidays as rewards for job well done.

A. Regular Holidays 

Maundy Thursday - April 2
Good Friday - April 3
Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) - April 9 (Thursday)
Labor Day - May 1 (Friday)
Independence Day - June 12 (Friday)
National Heroes Day - August 31 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day - November 30 (Monday)
Christmas Day - December 25 (Friday)
Rizal Day - December 30 (Wednesday)

B. Special (Non-Working) Holidays

Chinese New Year - February 19 (Thursday)
Black Saturday - April 4
Ninoy Aquino Day - August 21 (Friday)
All Saints Day - November 1 (Sunday)
Additional special non-working days - January 2 (Friday); Christmas Eve - December 24 (Thursday)
Last Day of the Year - December 31 (Thursday)

C. Special Holiday (For All Schools)

EDSA Revolution Anniversary - February 25 (Wednesday)

The national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha will be declared "after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient". The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos shall inform the Office of the President on which days the holidays shall respectively fall.

It can be noted that there will be at least eight long weekends:

* January 1 to 4

* April 2 to 5

* May 1 to 3

* June 12 to 14

* August 21 to 23

* August 29 to 31

* November 28 to 30

* December 24 to 27