Friday Finds to Get You Through This Complex Sphere of Life, 05/07/2010

Another long weekend? Yessirreeee, Ronald McBebot!

The Philippine election season is coming to a head. Filipinos will decide on the future leader of the country on May 10, 2010. Well, IF their votes actually get counted, that is. (And yes, people would say I’m cynical…but I say, I’m realistic.)

As each day passes, the candidates and their teams are throwing in everything they’ve got to secure the win. The current Philippine President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, rather than finishing her term gracefully, desperately tries to hold on to power.

In Philippine politics, heck, maybe politics in general, dignity, civility, self-respect, and most importantly, respect for the public’s intelligence goes out the window. In its place? TRAPO (i.e. Traditional Politics). Interesting that the word “trapo” also means “rag” – a dirty, disgusting, torn rag.

I was talking to a taxi driver a few days ago  and he said something that made a lot of sense.: “…in the end, it won’t matter who wins. They are all winners.” I was dumbfounded. As he weaved through the congested streets, he explained: “Once the winner is announced, all the candidates will dispute it and say that the win was illegitimate – that they are the rightful winners…that the person won through cheating.”

And he’s right. No matter who gets the “crown,” the fact is, the right of the public, the nation to choose their leaders is of little value to the politicians. In the end, it’s about who can outsmart, out-cheat, out-race the others in as subtle a manner as possible. (Although some, like GMA, don’t even bother to keep their corruption hidden anymore.)

…add the current “NoEl” situation

Machine vs. manual counting issues

Memory card glitches

…blatant mud slinging and scandals

Well…what’s left? Aside from “death and taxes,” corruption is another certainty.

But enough about politics for the meantime (or else this would turn into a 10,000 word rant), and lets get to the links!

However, if you want to know more about the 2010 Philippine Elections, check out:

The official website of the Commission of Elections

http://www.comelec.gov.ph/

The Philippine Daily Inquirer has been doing an excellent covering the elections.

So has the The Diplomat

You can also check out this primer on the 2010 elections (PDF File)

And if you’re still confused, check out this hilarious (yet helpful) guide by Gelo Gonzalez in FHM Magazine.

So let’s get to the Friday finds!

If you’re in Manila and an art lover, check out MM Yu’s exhibit entitled “Waste not, Want not” premiering tonight, May 7, 2010, at the Finale Art Gallery (from 6:30 onwards). The gallery will also showcase works from Nona Garcia (“Synonyms”) and Ian Quirante (“Memento).

Speaking of kick-ass art, check out this eerily beautiful swimming pool installation.

If literature’s the thing, why not travel to a place that shaped one of the greatest wordsmiths?  Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Colombia.

Besides election day, another all important date is coming up – Mother’s day! (May 9)

So children – lost, broken or loving – honor thy mother. No matter what kind of baggage you’re carrying around, she held on to you for nine months and shoved a watermelon (yes, YOU) out of something the size of a lemon.

It hurts just to think about it.

Want proof? Then check out this video by mindwarp artist, Stan Brakhage:

(And for those born via C-section, you are not exempt – now, she carries a scar to remember the cursed blessed day.) Struggling with what to give yo mama? If you’re nerdy (or she is), then this “Nerd’s Guide to Mother’s Day” might be of some help.

Not just an art buff but also a Johnny Cash fan?  Then head on over to The Johnny Cash Project, which is an online collaborative visual media project to showcase Mr. Cash’s life as a musician, an artist, a writer, a husband, a father and a man.

Bitten by the travel bug? Then check out National Geographic’s shots from around the world.

Aching for some awesome beats? Last night, Bert Bainto (super photo freak and genius) and I checked out the premiere of Turbo Goth’s music video in Saguijo. Though we didn’t stay until the end, needless to say, the entire line-up – the Bernadettes, Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus, and Pedicab – rocked!

(Updates, photos and articles about the event last night to follow soon..)

So how about a refreshing “Morning Swim”?

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