Saturday, February 28, 2009

Plurking and Blogging Live at SM Marikina

(plurk) peterahon says: the laptop to be raffled off is in front of me - hehehe... abot-kamay na....

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Saw Azrael in front of me wearing a nice cap, hmmm....

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bobreyes @peterahon Yah! Nice to see you in the flesh .. hehehe ..about 1 hour ago from web in reply to peterahon

My first plurk: hehehe, here in SM Marikina for the Bloggers Event, was interviewed by UP Student about Bloggers Ethics jaz b responsible u with what u blog

Took me 30 minutes to get connected since I was not able to turn-off properly my net connection at home. My laptop was still on when I brought it here in SM-Marikina. Finally resetting it I got connected.

2:00 PM SM- Marikina
I am one of the invited Bloggers by Azrael to join a Blogger's Event here at SM Marikina to test the wifi system.

Here are the details of this event taken from Azrael's BLog:

When : February 28, 2009
Time : 2pm - 5pm
Where : Cyberzone, SM Marikina

1. Bloggers need to register at the table located at the main entrance of SM Marikina and fill up information sheet provided by SM.

2. Upon registration each blogger shall draw from a box for a chance to win a gift item. There are 500 gift items to be given away during registration.

3. Registration will start at 2pm and may immediately conduct the wifi testing and live blogging thereafter.

4. Participants are free to conduct the test anywhere inside the area of SM Marikina. Testing period will end at 5PM

5. Raffle for laptop will be drawn from the registered participants at 5PM. The winner must be present during the draw and sign the claim certificate upon receipt of the ASUS laptop.

(info from SM Marikina)

So below is a live plurk of the event:

Friday, February 27, 2009

2 Million Postcards exchanged at Postcrossing

Below is a press release being distributed by postcrossing to media in different languages for its 2 million postcard exchanged milestone.


My stat shows:

(or Pete) is a member from Philippines Philippines. He has been a member for 3 months (95 days):
Postcards Sent: 10
Postcards Received: 10
Distance Sent: 102,838 Kms

Paulo Magalhães


Postcard exchange project has over 82 000 users from all over the world. Created in July 2005 by Paulo Magalhães, the Postcrossing project will soon reach 2 million postcards exchanged. That’s over 4000 postcards received each day, and about three every minute. The website, which encompasses both offline and online characteristics, has over 82 thousand users from 192 countries and keeps growing faster than ever before.

One of the great things about the project is that it is really simple to use, which also contributes to explain its success: one only has to send postcards to receive postcards back from random people somewhere in the world. When you register at the website, you provide your address to be able to receive postcards. Then you request an address to send a postcard to and that address comes with a code (postcard-ID) that uniquely identifies that postcard in the system. When the postcard arrives, the user will register it and the sender will be selected to receive a postcard. Postcards can even be scanned and shown in galleries, a feature introduced this year.

The best part of the whole process is probably what’s done “offline” - choosing the postcard and writing it up. And then, of course, there’s the thrill of getting a surprise in your mailbox, a postcard that was especially written for you, from anywhere in the world. The Postcrossing community has extended the “offline” side of the project, by creating meetups that take place in several different cities in theworld. There is even one happy story of a couple who met each other through Postcrossing and are now married and living together in Finland.

Two million postcards is a lot of postcards. We would like to invite you to celebrate this milestone with us and help us getting to the next million by spreading the word.

For more information, please check For interviews with the author, contact him via

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Admirable President Barack Obama

I can't help but admire watching and listening to Pres. Barack Obama address the US Congress. How I wish the Philippines have leaders of his kind. But my unfortunate country is bereft of politicians with his kind of qualities or could say these words:

We are not quitters.

These words and these stories tell us something about the spirit of the people who sent us here. They tell us that even in the most trying times, amid the most difficult circumstances, there is a generosity, a resilience, a decency, and a determination that perseveres; a willingness to take responsibility for our future and for posterity.

Their resolve must be our inspiration. Their concerns must be our cause. And we must show them and all our people that we are equal to the task before us.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Gary Granada: Math and Music, Liars and Lawyers

Indeed I enjoyed listening to the podcast of Gary Granada about his claim against GMA Kapuso taking advantage of his works. I particularly like the parts where he discussed basic elements of musical composition, probability, etc., but most of all the lesson of courage of challenging giant network for his claim for justice. It is like the voice of the few Filipino people who continue with their fight against corruption in the Philipine government or with the GMA (Gloria Macapagal Arroyo) Administration. The like of Granada and the few crusading people make me believe indeed there's still hope...

Below is Gary G's email:


Dear friends,

Mas marami pa yata ang nakinig dun sa mp3 na "Gary Granada vs GMA Kapuso" kaysa lahat ng taong bumili ng kanta ko sa buong 30 years ko sa music industry hehe. Kaya bilang pasasalamat sa inyong suporta, gumawa ako ng dalawa pang karugtong nun, at para na rin mas liwanagin kung ano ba talaga ang totoong nangyari.

Songwriting 102: Tungkol sa Isang Salita 4:38

Songwriting 103: Tungkol sa Isang Linya 5:51

As you listen to these recordings, please bear in mind that GMA Network insists that the only thing I can claim I (and I alone) did was change one word. Pinalitan lang yung salitang "pagpupursige" ng "pagpupunyagi".

Maiikli lang ang mga ito kaya tiyagain nyo nang pakinggan. Palagay ko rin makakatulong ang mga ito sa mga gustong matutong mag compose. Magandang learning aid din siguro sa mga klase sa literature, creative writing, music and even arithmetic. Wala rin po sigurong subject na ganito sa law school, kaya I dedicate these recordings to all my lawyer friends.

(at pakipasa na rin pag nag-enjoy nga kayo)

Gary Granada


Monday, February 02, 2009

Gary Granada: Sinamantala ang study na gawa ko!

New update as of 19 February 2009:


In its latest statement, GMA Network finally admits letting the second composer listen to Gary Granada's study but "only after she had submitted her own study of the jingle and, therefore, she could not have used Granada’s study.”


This is a very crucial piece of evidence because it makes you wonder, what is the point in letting the second composer listen to the study made by the first composer after approving the study submitted by the second composer? And if you look very closely, it says “study”, not “final version”. So I have a very simple question. Which came first:

A. Second composer submits final version; or
B. GMA Network lets second composer listen to Granada's study.

Thank you GMA Network for publicly and officially confirming my claim, despite saying my claim is a lie. And since you threaten to sue me, I will be more than happy to see you in court.


P.S. GMA Network is now employing their supposedly balanced GMA News machinery without airing my side, so kindly please circulate. Thanks~


From my inbox mail, the saga continues...

9 February 2009


Concerning GMA Network’s simple-minded iwas-pusoy position that the issue is rather between me and a fellow composer, let me reiterate my argument for the nth time:

GMA Network is the producer and broadcaster of the jingle. They should be “man enough” as a respectable corporate entity to take professional corporate responsiblity. Even minuscule organizations have the most basic of self-respect to say, for instance,

“Our attention has been called regarding such and such.. and we shall look into the matter seriously and immediately, exhaust all avenues to give all parties a fair hearing and determine our course of action accordingly.”

For such a huge media organization, surely they could find one scriptwriter who knows how to write a respectable corporate statement. Again, I find this tack of Atty. Dick Perez wily and most insulting to our elementary intelligence.

I have no issues whatsoever with the other composer. For all we know, she was merely following instructions. Much as I don’t like this particular work of hers, I neither suspect nor presume guilt on her part. Hell, everybody has a bad hair day, and I also make lousy songs at times. But that is not the issue here.

Again and again, my claim is: GMA Network took advantage of the study I made in producing the jingle they aired. If that is not clear enough, let me itemize it:

ONE: GMA Network allowed the composer of Procter & Gamble’s 3pid Handog Edukasyon jingle access to the lyrics as set to music by Gary Granada.

TWO: And quite possibly, GMA Network allowed the composer of Procter & Gamble’s 3pid Handog Edukasyon jingle access to the recording of the study made by Gary Granada.


And so, in the spirit of honesty and social accountability, and to facilitate an intelligent discourse, I challenge GMA Network to a "walang kinikilingan, walang pinoprotektahan" public forum concerning my claim, and request the Philippine Daily Inquirer to organize one to be moderated by the University of the Philippines.

Gary Granada


Kindly circulate, thanks~

Salamat kay Gary G sa pagpadala ng email na nasa ibaba, at bilang suporta sa usapin at malaman ng sambayanan ito po ang article at sulat ni Gary.




By Marinel Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:58:00 02/01/2009

Broadcast network GMA 7 said it has “called the attention” of the composer of a Kapuso ad jingle, which singer-songwriter Gary Granada claims to have used the basic structure of his own work.

“We are still waiting for the response,” GMA 7 senior vice president for legal affairs Dick B. Perez told Inquirer on Friday.

In a 14-minute audio file sent via e-mail to friends, colleagues and the media, Granada said GMA Kapuso Foundation commissioned his services for the jingle’s music. He said the study tape he submitted was disapproved, but that the final product, aired in December, resembled his work.

In a statement sent to the Inquirer on Saturday, Perez said the foundation “had nothing to do with the composition of the music.” Perez also said the lyrics given to Granada to work on came from GMA 7’s Marketing department.

Granada said he had to change one word to suit the music. Under copyright laws, Perez countered, this “does not make [it]... his version.” Perez added that Granada can’t claim joint authorship, either. “[Joint authorship means] 1) there was an intent between two parties to be joint authors at the time the work was created, and 2) the contributions to the work of the party claiming to be a joint author must be independently copyrightable.”

Granada’s case lacked these requisites, Perez insisted. He said Granada was engaged to write the music to lyrics “completed by GMA Marketing. Neither GMA Marketing nor Granada intended to be joint authors of [said] lyrics.”


Dear Sir,


I made it very very clear in my audio narrative. “Unang-una po, liwanagin ko lang, hinding-hindi ko inaangkin yung nilabas nila sa TV.. Ang claim ko, hindi sila makakagawa nun kung hindi nila sinamantala ang study na gawa ko.”

Apparently, GMA Network never even bothered to listen to the narrative in its entirety. That is GMA Network’s slogan: Katotohanan. So you expect better research from their people. By making it appear that I am claiming co-authorship, GMA Network skirts the issues I have raised, and in effect deceives the public.

I am a lyricist in my own right, and I have absolutely no interest in “co-authoring” with advertisement copywriters. I set their lyrics to music by composing pieces which also entails editing their “copies” as is the practice in the industry. If they are indeed capable of “co-authoring” compositions, there would have been no need for composers to do that for them.

Secondly, I never said I “had to change one word to suit the music” as the article stated. On the contrary, I said in the same audio narrative, “Kaya nga naging madali na lang gawan ng ibang tono ng iba, kasi finormat ko na yung original lyrics mo na magiging singable at musical.”

And lastly, saying that “GMA Kapuso Foundation had nothing to do with the composition of the music” is splitting the hairs of Pontius Pilate. Of course they could not have, they are not composers! It is patently lawyer doublespeak. Atty. Dick Perez is not a GMA production assistant, he is a GMA Network Vice President. His letter was printed on an official stationery complete with the GMA Network letterhead with the famous heart-shaped logo. His words therefore express the official position of the entire network. Surely they're not saying GMA Kapuso Foundation in not part of GMA Network. Do you see a disclaimer in Imbestigador that says it is a project of News and Public Affairs together with the Post Production and Marketing Departments and that the Legal Department has nothing to do with it?

Yours sincerely,

Gary Granada

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Lagot sila sa Barangay Ginebra!

I came to learn about this issue of Gary Granada vs GMA Kapuso Foundation and Procter and Gamble at plurk. Well most plurkers are bloggers themselves and most of plurkers are very progressive and enlightened on social, political and other issues, showbiz included.

Gary Granada is one of the best loved composers and singers among social development/NGO workers, activists and those who appreciate real good music. Winner of several pop music fests and very talented jingle composer. A fan of the famed PBA basketball team Ginebra and popularized the word Barangay Ginebra among its loyal fans.

Now Barangay Ginebra seems to be taking a new form 0n-line especially among bloggers supporting the cause and issue of Gary "hindi nila magagawa iyon (Tripid Handog Edukasyon jingle) kung hindi nila sinamantala ang study na ginawa ko"...

As of writing (2:23 am)the podcast below has been played 526 times, when I listened to it at 12 midnite it was at 426, that even Inquirer blog have quoted several bloggers who have written on the issue. These links :

Below are the comparisons of lyrics from original to the version of Gary Granada and the almost similar final version, this is based from the transcription I made and heard from the podcast.

Original Lyrics

Kung may lapis kaya kong isulat ang aking mga pangarap
Kung may krayola kaya kong iguhit ang aking kinabukasan
Sa handog edukasyon mga gamit pampaaralan aking makakamtan
Sa tulong mo edukasyon ko tuloy-tuloy na magagampan
Ang aking pagpupursigi hindi masasayang dahil nandiyan ka
katulong ko sa bawat hakbang

Sa handog edukasyon magandang kinabukasan aking makakamtan...

Gary Granada's Lyrics
Kung May lapis kaya kong isulat ang pangarap
Kung may krayola kaya kong iguhit ang bukas
Sa handog edukasyon mga gamit pampaaralan
aking makakamtan
Sa tulong mo psg-aaral ko magagampan
Ang pagpupunyagi di masasayang

Sa handog edukasyon magandang kinabukasan
Aking makakamtan...

Final/Broadcasted Version

Kung may lapis kaya kong isulat ang pangarap
Kung may krayola kaya kong iguhit ang bukas
Sa handog edukasyon mga gamit pampaaralan aking makakamtan
Sa tulong mo pag-aaral ko magagampanan
Ang pagpupunyagi di masasayang

Sa handog edukasyon magandang kinabukasan
Aking makakamtan

Ito po ang link sa kumpletong transcription ng podcast ni Gary Granada na ginawa ni fo0barph:

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