Saturday, May 31, 2008

I'm so tired

I just came back from M3 in Mall of Asia. And I am still very tired from the event to write anything here yet. I will just post some pictures in my next post.

Thursday, May 29, 2008


Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.
- Norman R. Augustine

Try not to be a man of success, but rather to be a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.
- Henry Drummond

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you make them feel.
- Carol Buchner

Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.
- Henry Ward Beecher

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.
- Arthur Golden

Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning; but give me the man who has the pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.
- George Eliot

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
- John C. Maxwell

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
- Henry Ford

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
- Italian Proverb

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
- Confucius

Empowerment is all about letting go so that others can get going.
- Kenneth Blanchard

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.
- Cherie Carter-Scott

Not every successful man is a good father. But every good father is a successful man.
- R. Duvall

Victory belongs to the most persevering.
- Napoleon

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
- Anonymous

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
- General George Patton

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
- Seneca

The art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of our great men.
- Captain J.A. Hatfield

Success will not lower its standard to us. We must raise our standard to success.
- Rev. Randall R. McBride, Jr.

Talk does not cook rice.
- Chinese Proverb

Rule your mind or it will rule you.
- Horace

It is when the well is dry that we know the price of water.
- Ben Franklin

A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
- Richard Nixon

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.
- Talleyrand

The mind is like a parachute - it works only when it is open.
- Unknown

How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.
- David Norris

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
- Harry S Truman

True success is obeying God.
- John Maxwell

The secret of success is consistency of purpose.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
- John Wooden

The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame.
- Rod Steiger

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
- Plato

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
- Oprah Winfrey

The price of greatness is responsibility.
- Winston Churchill

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
- Paul Boese

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind in other people the convictions and the will to carry on.
- Walter Lippmann

The man who keeps busy helping the man below him won’t have time to envy the man above him.
- Henrietta Mears

Monday, May 26, 2008

Kalayaan by Edgar Tadeo with Colors

Ladies and Gentlemen. Let me present to you the awesome work of Edgar Tadeo. The first time I saw this on its penciled version, my jaw fell. And now on its color version, I was completely speechless. It took about 2-3 minutes for the numbness of my body to subside. And now that sanity had came back me. I just want to say BIG BIG THANK YOU to Ed. I hope someday I could find a way to repay him.

I have already admired him in past before and I admire him more today. With works like this, it is no wonder that he is an international artist.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Bladed Heroes

Kalayaan and Salakay.

This is a gift to Gerard R. Fernandez.

And this is also a practice for me on how fast I can draw without compromising the quality. It took me 5 hours to finish it from pencil to ink.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Ask and you shall receive

I had a scheduled post today, which is written below (with the blue font). But I was very surprise this morning when I check my email. I got this beautiful pin-up of Kalayaan by one of the people I respect and admire Filipino artist Ed Tadeo. Things like this just brightened up my day.

Thank you very much po sir. :-)

Now I am having second thought on removing the bad news below... :-)

Bad news

I am an optimistic kind of guy. No matter how bad things are, I never give up and continue the things I do. But watching the news today on TV will make any cheerful guy gloom.

1.) A bank robbery in laguna with many people dead.
2.) A man killed in batangas by the police because he was suspected to be the bank robber. The police stormed his house without any warrant.

3.) 10 guys committed arson in cubao and burned a bus.

4.) The price of oil hits the highest in history, reaching $135 per barrel.
5.) The price of rice also had gone crazy high. And people had gone crazy because of it as well.

With news like this, it is hard not to be depress.
I hope that tomorrows news would be better.

P.S. I also forgot about the global warming that is seriously killing our planet.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Kalayaan and PantyCat

This is a piece that I promise to Amy Vidal. She is the creator of PantyCat. Since there are less female writer and artist out there, I hope to support her by doing this piece. PantyCat is a very interesting character and I would love to see it on a printed comics. A little word of caution for the youngster though. Her comics is for matured readers only. Sorry kids.. :-)

Now that I am finished with all the pages of Kalayaan #4. I have more time doing this sketches. It also serves a practice for me and test some styles and background.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Japanese Invasion

During my childhood days growing up in the 80’s. I often have watched a local and foreign World War II movie where the Japanese was mostly portrayed as the villains of the movie. Invaders that is out to conquer our native land. And also on those times, I found my self addicted to cartoon television shows that are made by Japanese such as Voltes V and Daimos. I also wanted to become a ninja at that time. Me and my brother (Kuya Gerry) together with our cousins (Rene, Perry and Kuya Yayan) was often creating deadly ninja weapons and play with them (boys will be boys). As early at that time, the Japanese is already invading our television, economy and culture.

Even though that the Japanese loose in WW2, they eventually won. They are technologically advanced nation. You can see their cars today anywhere in the world. Even with todays dominant economy of China, Japan still has a big influence in the worlds economy. And another thing that is a little bit disturbing to me is the Japanese cultural boom here in the Philippines. Majority of the Filipino teenagers today are very much influenced by the Anime, Manga, Japanese culture in short. Just like what I said in my previous post, I do not blame them. Heck, if I was a teenager today, I would probably be one of them. If you are a Filipino who wants do draw like Japanese then so be it. If you’re a Filipino that wants to dress up like a Japanese then dress like one. It’s your choice by the way. It’s perfectly fine with me. As long as you also draw and dress up like a Filipino. Please don’t forget who you are, and who your ancestors are. It is just a little bit disturbing for me to promote other culture all the time. While our very own are slowly being sentence to death right before our very own eyes. And we don’t even know it.

It is ok for me to be influence by Japanese or American culture as long as you know who you are. At the end of the day you know how to distinguish your self from them.

Isa rin ito siguro dahil hindi umuunlad ang Pilipinas. Masyado tayong bilib sa mga taga ibang bansa at wala tayong tiwala sa sariling atin. Kaya nga tuwang tuwa tayo pag nanalo si Paquiao at Efren Bata di ba. Dahil deep inside, we feel inferior to other countries. Self confidence lang siguro ang kailangan natin as a nation. At hindi lang puro sat-sat, gumawa ka at kumilos ka Pinoy.

I think I already have spoke too much here already. So I guess, you have to excuse me and I am going to prepare my comics for the Mangaholix event. :-)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Busy week.

It has been an exhausting week for me. Both my office work and my work at issue #4 of Kalayaan comics. I already finished the pencils and inking of all the pages for this issue. And I already finished scanning them and I am already half way on putting captions on all the pages.

I think maybe after M3, I will take a vacation or take a long rest somewhere peaceful. But then again, after M3 on May 31. There is also this thing called Philippine Toy Convention on June 14-15 which I also want to attend to sell my comics.

All of this things are very tiring not only during the event but also for the preparation for the even. It might be tiring, but very enjoyable... :-)

Friday, May 16, 2008


When I was in elementary and early high school. I was such a chess addict. I often play against my Father, brother, cousins, classmates and anybody I could find who knows how to play chess. I even joined a chess competition(which I did not won).

But when I turn college, my attention was divided in many things. There were to many distraction such as movies, computer games, comics and girls. So I kinda loss my focus on chess. I played less and less. If ever I get rich in the future, I will have a giant chess board in my house, just like what you see in the picture above. I don't know who the heck are those people are. I just got that image from flicker :-) .

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

G3 at M3

Ok, just let me catch my breath. I am so exited about this event. I will be attending M3 (Mangaholix Manga Mania) '08 which will be held on a saturday, May 31st at SMX, mall of ASIA. I will be joining Gilbert Monsanto of Sacred Mountain and Gener Pedrina, creator of Sanduguan. We are G3, if boss Gerry would join us we would be G4 (not the apple computer).

Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

For all the MOTHERS who have sat up all night with
sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up throw up
laced saying," It's okay honey, Mommy's here."

For all the MOTHERS who have sat in rocking chairs
for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be

For all the MOTHERS who show up at work with spit-up
in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and
diapers in their purse.

For all the MOTHERS who run carpools and make
cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the

For all the MOTHERS who gave birth to babies they'll
never see. And the others who took those babies and
gave them homes.

For all the MOTHERS whose priceless art collections
are hanging on their refrigerator doors.

For all the MOTHERS who froze their buns on metal
bleachers at basketball or badminton games instead
of watching from the warmth of their cars, so that
when their kids asked," Did you see me, Mom?" they
could say," Of course, I wouldn't miss it for the
world," and mean it.

For all the MOTHERS who yell at their kids in the
grocery store and swat them in despair when they
stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before
dinner. And for all the MOTHERS who count to ten
instead, but realize how child abuse happens.

For all the MOTHERS who sat down with their children
and explained all about making babies. And for all
the (grand) MOTHERS who wanted to, but just couldn't
find the words.

For all the MOTHERS who go hungry, so their children
can eat.

For all the MOTHERS who read " Goodnight, Moon"
twice a night for a year. And then read it again. "
Just one more time."

For all the MOTHERS who taught their children to tie
their shoelaces before they started school. And for
all the MOTHERS who opted for Velcro instead.

For all the MOTHERS who teach their sons to cook and
their daughters to sink a jump shot.

For every MOTHER whose head turns automatically when
a little voice calls " Mom?" in a crowd even though
they know their own off spring are at home -- or
even away at college.

For all the MOTHERS who sent their kids to school
with stomach aches assuring them they'd be just FINE
once they got there, only to get calls from the
school nurse an hour later asking them to please
pick them up. Right away.

For all the MOTHERS whose children have gone astray,
who can't find the words to reach them.

For all STEP-MOTHERS who raised another woman's
child or children, and gave their time, attention,
and love... sometimes totally unappreciated!

For all the MOTHERS who bite their lips until they
bleed when their 14-year-olds dye their hair green.

For all the MOTHERS of the victims of school
shootings, and the mothers of those who did the

For all the MOTHERS of the survivors, and the
MOTHERS who sat in front of their TVs in horror,
hugging their child who just came home from school,

For all the MOTHERS who taught their children to be
peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from

For all the working MOTHERS and stay-at-home

For all the single MOTHERS and married MOTHERS.
MOTHERS with money, MOTHERS without.

This is for you all.

Hang in there. In the end you can only do the best
you can for your children. Tell them everyday that
you love them. And pray.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Kalayaan Site Update

I just recently updated the Fan Art section of Kalayaan comics site. Added works are from the ever talented Ian Sta. Maria, Gener Pedrina, Wansworld and Vergil Espinosa. Many many thanks guys.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Number 23

I just finished watching "the number 23" movie of Jim Carrey. And in some weird way, I could relate to that movie. There are memories that are better off forgotten. And if I have a choice, I would remove a substantial amount of it in my head. But part of me says that it must stay, because it's an integral part of me. Our past experiences wether it is good or bad is what makes us who we are. And the pain of our past, gives us the strength and courage to face the present.

So let the pain remain.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

FCBD Video

This is the video that I took during the Free Comic Book Day last Saturday.

You will see in this first video how loooooooooong the line was during the event.

This is the video I took while Gener was sketching my character "Kalayaan" while we were on the line. Oha, san ka pa nyan... sketching while standing up without any table....

Sunday, May 04, 2008

FCBD Event

The Free comic book day at comic odyssey was blast. I got 10 copies of FREE comics and 1 Graphic Classics by Gerry Alanguilan. I also met many kind people. Some old friends and some new. I was so tired yesterday that it is only now that I have a chance to sit down on a computer and write this.
Me and Gener on the lonnnnnng line. I will post some of the YouTube video here in my following post for you to get what I mean.

This is a sketch created by Gener Pedrina while we were at the line of the Free Comic Book Day at Comic Odyssey. He did the pencil and I did the Inking. He was so bored on the line that he started sketching while we were there. If I was not mistaken, we waited for 3 hours. :-(
Boss Gilbert was there too. Please forgive my pose. The comics odyssey was in state of chaos at that time and I was the one taking the picture.

Boss Gerry was kind enough to sign all the 3 issues of Elmer for me. And he also game me this Graphic Classics.
I also met Robin in person, a fellow DeviantArt.
(From right to left) Me,Robin,Gilbert and their friend (sorry, forgot his name).

Friday, May 02, 2008

Free Comic Book Day

I will be going to Comics Odyssey at Robinsons Galleria tomorrow (Saturday, May 3) to attend the Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). I did not have a chance to attend last year, so I will be making sure that I will not miss the opportunity this time around. I will be bringing some of my comics that I bought to be signed by their respective creators namely Elmer and Trese. I am hoping to get a Trese poster as well, and off course my favorite comics, FREE comics hehe..

I am also hoping some of you DA people would go there too, so that we could met each other in person.