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Early Morning Quiz [NBA All-Star Game Edition] (February 17, 2019)

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With the 68th edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star game right around the corner, I decided to put my basketball knowledge to the test by answering the question, “Name all of the NBA All-Star Game MVP’s under 6 minutes.”

But this wasn’t just any ordinary online quiz as I stacked the proverbial playing field against me by answering it on my cellphone–which more or less eliminated the possibility of constantly scrolling down to see the progress of my answers–at the crack of dawn (6:24 am to be precise).

So here is how I did: 54.9%

Needless to say, I was quite disappointed as I could have scored a few more points with “Johnson” but my answer didn’t seem to register.  Maybe I should have written “Magic” or maybe–I was still half asleep–and DIDN’T write down “Johnson” or “Magic.”  But no excuses!

Here is my personal evaluation broken down into five blocks:

2013 Chris Paul!  Really!  He won it?  I wouldn’t have gotten this under six minutes for sure.

Still smarting over not getting “Magic Johnson” on my score card.

Julius Erving? Maybe I would have also gotten George Gervin, Dave Cowens, and Willis Reed with more time.  I remember going over the Celtics greats one-by-one before abandoning the list in favor of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.

Big O, Rick Barry, and George Mikan….maybe if I had a little more time.

Mikan for sure but not Paul Arizin or Ed Macauley.

Oh, I almost forgot!  Happy 56th birthday to the GOAT Michael Jefferey Jordan!


Rewriting the Lexicon (February 16, 2019)

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I will periodically update this post as more “key” words come to my attention.

In a therapeutic setting, I have heard the following words–not often, but often enough–uttered by patients:

I will try


I can’t do…


It’s so hard… or It’s so difficult

Now there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the words “try,” “can’t,” “hard,” or “difficult” but if one hopes to facilitate a certain degree of change in their lives, I feel that how they view or present their situation is equally important.  Proverbial change starts from within–a journey that instantaneously begins with the redefinition of one’s lexicon.

Master Yoda was right

During Luke Skywalker failed attempt to lift his X-Wing from the murky swamps of Dagobah, Yoda told a beleaguered Luke, “Do…or do not.  There is no try.”

Whenever someone says that they will “try,” I find the odds of them fulfilling the given task–whatever it may be–dropping dramatically.  “Try” has become to go-to word to bridge a difficult conversation into a far more comfortable.  The easiness of this transition has to stop and the one way to do is would be to remove the word entirely from your lexicon.

The same can be said for the words “can’t,” “hard,” and “difficult.”  How would you know that you “can’t” do a specific task or that it is “hard” or “difficult” if you haven’t done it consistently yet?

We define consistently as engaging in the said activity regularly over a period of 60 days.

Make that change

If you want to make some changes in your own life but need some assistance, you can schedule an appointment with me.

I’d be more than happy to help.


Komiket Awards 2019 (February 15, 2019)

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Lindol Comics #3 (As it is seen in Komiket’s Facebook post)

Got great news today that Lindol Comics has been considered for the Komiket Awards 2019 that will be taking place during Komiket 2019 (February 16 and 17, 2019 | The Elements at Centris along Quezon Avenue).

I am also very grateful for the kind reviews that Anima-i Germaine and EK Gonzalez gave Lindol.

Anima-i Germaine wrote:

Lindol #3 by Tedi Gustilo Villasor and Randy Valiente.

The three wanderers find their way to a stronghold created at former EDSA-Ortigas, through various perils.  It has more action and movement than the bridging Issue 2, and reveals one of their enemies.  Lots of 80s references are dropped, for better or worse.  The art is stable and excellent as expected.


Anima-i Germaine’s full review via Komiket’s Facebook Page.

EK Gonzales wrote:

Lindol: Tedi Gustilo Villasor and Randy Valiente

Most people have probably heard of The Big One–the rumoured mother of all earthquakes that is said to hit the Philippines anytime soon.  But no one has thought of what to do when it hits or what might happen after.  But the Lindol creators bring these thoughts alive in their komiks.

In Lindol, the story revolves around a few survivors–most being strangers to one another.  The first chapter focuses on establishing its characters and events, and serves as a good hook for the chapters to come.


EK Gonzales (@komikninja) has reviewed past issues of Lindol Comics via her Instagram account.

One distinct characteristic of Lindol is its art style–rough and sketchy–which is perfect for its setting, as well as the afterword from the creators.

Lindol may not look like much at first, but its terrifying idea of the big one will keep you wondering what will happen next, so it’s definitely worth a read.

Best Komiks Category 2018

Last February, the Lindol creative team was honoured to have Issue 1 among the six finalist in the Komiket Awards 2018Best Komiks‘ category.  In fact, the creative team was so proud with the nomination that we wanted to find a way wherein we could cite it in future Lindol publications.  Komiket was nice enough to grant us permission to do so and even supplied us with the Nominee 2018 logo that appears on Issues 2 and 3. Read more…

Creating a Soul Project (February 14, 2019)

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Depending on who you are speaking with, a Soul Project could have numerous definitions.  The most important being what that particular Project means to you.  For me, a Soul Project should imbibe the following qualities:

  • That it would involve the use of your hands.
  • That a firm commitment is made to it.
    • Should you not have the requisite skills for the chosen Soul Project, a further commitment should be made to acquire them.
    • Collaborations are also an option.
  • That there be a culminating activity wherein you would unveil your Soul Project to the “world.”

A Soul Project is meant to serve as a proverbial lighthouse whenever life seems to steer your vessel off course.  It is a shining beacon that hopes to give those committed a sense of unmitigated purpose as well as that fervent hope that no matter how difficult; no matter how far the journey may be–if they persevere, they will eventually reach the destination that they were ultimately meant for. Read more…

Remembering Andrew Villar (February 13, 2019)

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Clayface by Andrew Philip Villar (2016)

I first met Andrew Villar during Collection 2016.  Back then, I had this grand idea of having different artists work on several 11×17 jam pieces that would feature members of Batman’s famed Rogue’s Gallery.  Participating artists had a free hand to select from a comprehensive list the villain or villains that they wanted to illustrate.  It was a long list that include some of the more obscure rogues like Abattoir (Arnold Etchison) and The Mad Bomber (Ted Dymer).

When Andrew’s turn came, several of the more prominent villains had already been commissioned, so he decided on Clayface.  I then inquired, “Would it be ok if it looked like the Clayface from Batman: The Animated Series?”

Andrew flashed a smile then said, “Ako ang bahala.” (I’ll take care of it.)

By the time Andrew was done, not only did it look like Clayface from The Animated Series–it was better.

Far better. Read more…

Nike Did It: Self-Lacing Technology is finally here (February 12, 2019)

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Remember the self-lacing shoe that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II? Well Nike is finally releasing a shoe to the public with similar technology. It’s called the Nike Adapt BB and it will have a smartphone “control” option as well as wirelessly charging every couple of weeks (due to the micro motors imbedded into the show.).

It will be released to the public on February 17, 2019–which happens to coincide with the 68th NBA All-Star game and GOAT Michael Jeffrey Jordan’s birthday (MJ will turn 56 on Sunday).

It will come at a cost though—$350.

Man! I’d want one but I don’t think I can ever justify wearing a pair of shoes that worth roughly P17,500 (Philippine Pesos).

Review: Haliya Publishing’s H Club Box 4 [Sold Out] (February 11, 2019)

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The contents of my H Club Box 4.  Thanks Mervin, Prin, and Aliyah!

Very fortunate to be among the few to have Haliya Publishing’s H Club Box 4 (with a sculpture of Tabi Po’s Elias).  My H Club Box 4 arrived via courier last week and I was planning on finding some free time this afternoon to do an unboxing video.  But as luck would have it–I ran out of space on my device while I was filming.

In lieu of the video, I settled for some great shots of its contents.

Unlike its past H Club Box releases, Haliya Publishing gave consumers the option of putting together their own boxes (“Build Your Own Box”) this time around.  My customized H Club Box 4 contained the first two issues of Tabi Po, (by Mervin Malonzo), two zines: The Friendzone (by Malonzo and Noel Read more…