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.com.

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.

Read the full story.

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!

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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 abs-cbnNews.com story. Read it and weep.

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Online petition to oust Willie Revillame nets over 48,000 signatures, MTRCB files complaint vs Wowowee host

Willie Revillame, host of the popular ABS-CBN noontime show Wowowee, is on leave indefinitely and has been forgiven by the family of former Philippine president Corazon “Cory” Aquino, but the online petition calling for his ouster continues to gather signatures from Filipinos worldwide.

As of this writing, the online petition now has 48,009 signatures. The irate viewers are protesting Revillame’s on-air comments on the Aquino cortege video that was shown as an inset during the airing of Wowowee.

Revillame’s critics have also set up the Anti Willie Revillame Movement Facebook Group, which now has over 5,000 members.

Meanwhile, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board has filed a complaint and called for the preventive suspension of Revillame.

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Rampage Jackson disses fellow MMA fighter Forrest Griffin on Twitter

Some find it funny, but many mixed martial arts fans are criticizing former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for his comments on Twitter against Forrest Griffin after Griffin lost to Anderson Silva at UFC 101: Declaration.

Griffin practically ran out of the building after losing to Silva, and has not issued any statement on the incident as of this writing. Silva, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, had moved up a weight class for the second time in the UFC to face Griffin, the former light heavyweight champion.

Here’s what Jackson, whose Twitter account is @rampage4real, tweeted after Griffin’s loss, including the photo he posted on Twitpic.

I feel so bad for Forrest. I don’t even want a rematch anymore. LOSER!! http://twitpic.com/d8tn2

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WWE Superstars preview: Kofi Kingston/Mickie James vs. Carlito/Rosa Mendes and John Morrison vs. David Hart Smith

Kofi Kingston and John Morrison are two of the most talented young stars in World Wrestling Entertainment today, and they’ve both been winning the crowd over and generating a lot of excitement.

That makes this week’s WWE Superstars a big treat as these two will showcase their skills in separate big matches.

Here’s the teaser from WGN America for this week’s episode.

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Video: Gina Carano and trainer Randy Couture on preparing for Cris Cyborg

Gina “Conviction” Carano (also known to “American Gladiators” viewers as Crush) and Cris Cyborg (Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos) will clash on Aug. 15 (Aug. 16 in the Philippines) in the most highly anticipated women’s mixed martial arts bout in the history of the sport.

In fact, Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, which will be for the newly created 145-lb women’s championship, is the first fight card from a major MMA promotion to feature a women’s match as the main event. Not only that, but just as in men’s MMA title fights, this championship bout will be scheduled for five 5-minute rounds, instead of the previous 3-minute rounds for women’s MMA bouts. Both women are making a statement that women’s MMA is for real, and that female fighters are just as tough as their male counterparts.

Regardless of who wins, Carano and Santos will be making MMA history. I’m an unabashed Carano fan, so I’m definitely rooting for Gina. I already liked her the first time I saw her as Crush on “American Gladiators,” but I became an even bigger fan when I found out shortly after that she’s a Muay Thai expert and MMA fighter. Carano remains unbeaten in MMA with a record of 7-0 (3 knockouts), while Santos, whose primary styles are Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has a 7-1 record (her only loss was to fellow Brazilian Erica Paes, who made her submit to a leglock in the first round in a May 17, 2005 fight in Brazil), with 5 KOs.

Here’s a photo of Gina Carano from the Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg press conference.

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