Single mom puts up blog for 5-year-old son fighting cancer

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

To help her fight her son’s battle against cancer, a single mom has put up the blog The Enemy in Mio’s Body.

The link to the site is now being spread across social networks by Filipino Internet users who have been touched by the plight of five-year-old Mio.

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You may follow us on Twitter @levelup_inc and on Plurk @levelupinc.

You can also become a fan of our Facebook Page.

Did you upload photos and videos from the Ragnarok Philippine Championships 2009 event held on Friday, August 21 at the SM North EDSA SkyDome? Go to our Facebook Page and post the links there so that you can share them with the LU! Community.

You can also read the entries from our blog coverage of the event by going to the RPC 2009 live blog page.

Congratulations to RPC 2009 champs Influenza of New Chaos

Here’s an excerpt from my Play to Win blog post for Level Up!

It was an exhilarating experience liveblogging and livestreaming the Ragnarok Philippine Championships 2009 last Friday, August 21, at the SM North EDSA SkyDome.

Congratulations to Influenza of New Chaos, which was crowned RPC 2009 champions after defeating El Cuerpo, also of New Chaos, 3-0, in the finals. With this victory, Influenza won the right to represent the Philippines in the Ragnarok World Championship 2009, which will be held in Yokohama, Japan on November 1.

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WWE Superstars preview: Mark Henry vs Chris Masters, Shelton Benjamin vs Tyler Reks, R-Truth vs Charlie Haas, and Kelly Kelly vs Beth Phoenix

OK, I’ll confess that I’m not a fan of either Mark Henry or recent World Wrestling Entertainment returnee Chris Masters, but I would get a kick out of seeing the Masterlock applied on The World’s Strongest Man.

Tune in to this week’s WWE Superstars to see if that will happen. Here’s the teaser from WGN America.

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Mikey Arroyo TV Patrol video clip: ‘Do you want your president to eat in a McDonald’s or some turo-turo?’

Last night, Filipinos on microblogging sites like Twitter and Plurk and social networking sites such as Facebook were spreading the word about Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo’s remarks on TV Patrol World.

The solon was defending his mother, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, against widespread criticism over the expensive dinners at posh New York restaurants.

Unfortunately, sometimes when you open your mouth, you make things worse.

Now, we the Filipino people are being asked if we forgot that the President is not just an ordinary person and needs to keep her dignity. “Do you want your president to eat in a McDonald’s or some turo-turo?” Mikey Arroyo asked in last night’s TV Patrol World newscast.

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Former UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell joins Dancing with the Stars

Watch out, Dancing with the Stars fans, the Iceman cometh. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, that is.

Liddell, who hasn’t fought in months, has yet to decide whether he’ll officially retire from the UFC, but for now the mixed martial arts legend will showcase his skills on the dance floor instead of the octagon. Too bad Tito Ortiz isn’t his dancing partner, heh.

Here’s an excerpt from the story.

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Who needs Facebook when you have Facebuko?

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Think it’s funny how much time a lot of us spend on social networks? Then have a good laugh by visiting the Philippine humor site

Facebuko spoofs the popular social networking site Facebook to such an uncanny–and hilarious–degree that you simply have to see it to believe it. Here’s a screenshot of the Facebuko site.

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Here’s a screenshot of Gloria Labandera playing Restaurant City.

Props to Jonas Roque for creating Facebuko.

Preview of Dark Reign: The List–Avengers

It begins with The List — and in 2010, the Marvel Universe will be changed forever.

Here’s the teaser sent by Marvel Entertainment.

If you’re reading New Avengers or the red-hot Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia, then you can’t miss an issue of Dark Reign: The List, beginning with the Avengers!

Clint Barton (Ronin) makes a decision that’ll change the Avengers as you know them! The List–Avengers, from the superstar dream team of Brian Michael Bendis and Marko Djurdjevic, begins the end of the Marvel Universe as you know it when Norman Osborn is targeted for death by Ronin! Meanwhile, Osborn himself reveals his end game–the elimination of every obstacle in his way! He’s battled the X-Men and now, with his sights set on every other major player in the Marvel Universe, all will feel the wrath of Osborn! This landmark issue also features a variant cover by superstar artist Frank Cho!

Click on the pics for bigger images. Here’s a look at the cover.

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Manny Villar says Willie Revillame ‘very qualified’ to run for senator, offers Wowowee host slot in NP ticket

On my way home last night, I heard on DZMM radio that presidential aspirant Senator Manny Villar is inviting Wowowee host Willie Revillame, who is on indefinite leave from the show after the furor caused by his remarks on the Cory Aquino cortege video, to run for senator in the Nacionalista Party ticket.


An online petition calling for Revillame’s ouster has gathered nearly 50,000 signatures already; the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board has filed a complaint and called for the preventive suspension of Revillame; Facebook users have launched the Anti Willie Revillame Movement Facebook Group; and different organizations like the Alyansa ng Filipinong Mamamahayag have issued statements against Revillame, and somehow all this convinced Villar that Revillame should run for senator?

Here’s an excerpt from the story. Read it and weep.

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