07/6/17

On The “Erich Billboard” Stunt

It has only been less than a week since July started but it seems there is one big issue that has pretty much defined this month so far. Yup, we’re talking about that “interesting” billboard that popped up in the Manila skyline recently.

The billboard, located at the corner of Claro M. Recto Avenue and Nicanor Reyes (formerly Morayta) Avenue, had an “interesting” premise. An ambitious, even crazy one, some might say. It was depicting a faceless guy holding one of those boxes that would usually contain a ring or necklace but instead contained a coffee bean in this case. Along with it was a message addressed to actress Erich Gonzales, addressing her in her full real name no less, by some guy identified as Xian Gaza saying that he “likes her a latte” (quite overused pun, I say) and asking if he can invite her for coffee.

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04/28/17

Roundup Tidbits: Torre de Manila Postmortem, Remembering Mariano Que, and Line 1’s New Look

So many things have been going on around the metropolis this past few weeks. At the same time, we have not seen a Roamer’s Roundup so far this year so why not have this entry be the first Roamer’s Roundup for 2017, no? Continue reading

01/4/17

Ride-Sharing In The City

Happy New Year from the Urban Roamer! We can only hope that this 2017 will be a good year ahead for all of us!

Pat yourselves on the back too for having survived a year as “interesting” as 2016. We have gone through a lot and managed to make it even if sometimes, we were on the brink of madness, especially during the recent Christmas season when traffic became too unbearable than the unbearable situation it already is in.

But if there’s something to be somewhat thankful for, it’s the growing patronage of ride-sharing services such as Grab and Uber or, as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) calls them officially, what are known as transportation network vehicle services (TNVS), that gave more commuting choices to the public. Of course, the operative word here is “somewhat”.

While the Urban Roamer did touch upon the subject of TNVS in the past, this is an opportunity to finally talk about it in-depth as look at how they evolved and the current issues and frustrations about them.

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12/24/16

A Merry Christmas To All

2016 has been a tough year for many of us, to say the least. From the tragic events that transpired to the vitriol on social media, already compounding whatever struggles we may be going through, things surely have not been easy.

Whatever you may be going through, let this Christmas holiday be a time to reflect not on the sorrows but on the joys and blessings, no matter how “little” they may be, that we got receive this past year. And, even just on this one moment, we can rid the negativity and be happy as the occasion calls for it.

More importantly, let this be a time for us to share goodness to others, those who may have had a bad or worse year compared to yours. Let us be a shining example of goodness and hope that things will get better for 2017.

So from the Urban Roamer to all of the readers and supporters of this site, a very merry and blessed Christmas to all of you!

For those living in Metro Manila and surrounding areas, stay safe and be watchful as well for the storm coming this Christmas weekend.

09/2/16

A Lit Fest And A History Con Weekend (Sorry, AsiaPop Comic Con)

It was a packed weekend recently as a number of events were simultaneously happening around the metropolis. Unfortunately, due to personal commitments, I was not able to check out all of them. Sadly, one of those I was not able to check out was the AsiaPop Comic Con 2016 which happened at the SMX Convention Center.

However, I was able to check out a couple of interesting events: the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016 at the Raffles Hotel in Makati and History Con Manila 2016 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. Coverage follows after the break. Continue reading