My Top Ten Philippine shockers of 2009 (The special year ender extravaganza of jupiterboi)

1 01 2010
1.  AH1N1 Virus explosion – When everyone though Philippines would be spared from this deadly virus, well think again. In the hype of school openings, the said virus exploded and affecting classes in major schools in the metro. Everyone is so paranoid that people wear masks and regularly take swine flue tests. True there were casualties but tolerable compared to other countries.
2.  Sexual scandals to the max – There are two sexual scandals I want to emphasize. First is the decision about the guilty verdict for the Nicole rape case with Daniel Smith. Nicole is so determine at first to continue the fight. However after the decision made that Daniel Smith was guilty, Nicole said that she is not truly certain of what happened that she might also gave Daniel Smith motives making the repeal favorable to the US camp Daniel Smith. Nicole is hopefully happy in America because she was given home, a green card and doesn’t want to remember this part of her life. Well in my personal opinion, I don’t care about you as well because you shamed the Filipino women due of your retraction. Because of you the Filipino women can easily be abused and be silenced in exchange for greener pasture. I hope you really stay there and enjoy whatever you want. Second is the ever controversial Hyden Kho video scadals. 11 video scandals were easily available pertain to the sexual adventure of Mr Hyden Kho with other women including Katrina Halili and Maricar Reyes. This brought rage to his victims and now has cases about “abuse against women and cildren” and recently was revoked of his medical license. I don’t know how to react to this but it is truly wrong to video your lovemaking without the knowledge of both parties. Tuloy sumikat ang Careless Whispher kasi you are not careless and si Katrina halatang hindi nag Whispher pad.  (joke lang) Lesson learn… magpaalam muna bago kumuha at pagkatiwalaan lamang ang sarili sa panonood ng sex videos mo.
3. Pacman Mania – Manny “Pacman” Paquiao! Who would not know his name by now. He is now the undisputed pound for pound king and the first ever to have 7 World titles in different divisions the world of boxing. He was recently awarded as Order of Sikatuna with Rank of Datu, the highest honor to be given to an individual in the Philippines,  by PGMA. Due to his fights with Hatton and Marquez this year, he secured himself as one of the greats in boxing. His fight with Mayweather next year is the most awaited fight for boxing aficionados. For Filipinos, the world stops whenever Manny has a fight. I hope we learn to also strive for what is best and fight for a better Philippines.
4. Cory Magic seen again – With the death of President Cory, the Filipino patriotism shines forth. Cory has been the new age symbol of Philippine Freedom due to the 1986 EDSA Revolution. Her reign is said to be the most uncorrupt president and the first ever woman president in world. Even after her presidency, she continued to fight for freedom and corruption shown in her crusades and marathon for such causes. In her humble ways, she united Filipinos around the world to be proud of our race for we are a great nation. Her untimely death brought up multitudes of dwellers and sympathizers across the world and making the whole wake a picturesque scene comparable with Ninoy’s wake. Tita Cory inspired me to love my country and my heritage. Thank you Tita Cory for you gift to us. We surely miss your motherly love.
5. Kuya F CNN hero of the year – Actually, I already heard Efren Penaflorida about June 2009 and I am already amazed of what he is doing. He is the founder of the DTC or Dynamic Team Company where they use “karitons” to provide basic education for the poor children along the Cavite area. His presence is not yet felt until the news came out that he is part of the CNN 10 ten heroes of the year and now more so as the CNN Hero of the Year. I immediately search where his kick off party. Luckily I was able to attend that event and was able to meet him and talk for a while. He is humble and you can see he has genuine concern for the marginalized. I was fortunate to meet him and I truly can say he really deserves it.
6. Massacre like no other – Towards the end of the year, who would forget the inhumane massacre in Maguindanao killing 57 people in which almost 30 media persons are involve. This masssacre now is the highest recorded violence against media personalities making our country the “most dangerous place for media practitioners”. Of course the case is still on trial but the suspected masterminds, the Ampatuans, were already judged by the many to be one of the most hated persons 2009. Their lavish lifestyle and armed private armies were point of debate why such rulers are existing over the ARRM region. I think this case would still continue but I am hpong that justice should be speedily given to the victims of this tragic event.
7. Kasal, kasali, kalokang weddings – There are two weddings I can clearly remember: Juday Ryan wedding and KoriMar wedding. Yun lang
8. Shining through the Cannes Film Festival – Who would have though that a Filipino Filmaker would win the best director in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Everyone is betting on Quintin Tarantino’s World War 2 vigilante in the mission of killing the Nazi to win the award but the jury favors the raw depiction of a brutal murder of a swindling prostitute in the world of drug trafficking and illegal gambling. Although many raised their eyebrows for Brillante Mendoza’s vitory, after seeing the film, I was a believer.
9. YouTube stars invade the world – Indeed YouTube is now the underground talent search for deserving people. Their videos are so popular that the makers of YouTube are planning to create a channel solely dedicated to show the most popular videos in the WWW. Some of the pinoys who are the famous now are Charice, Arnel Pineda, Pooh, Rin on the Rox, hitmanbreakeroftheye, moymoypalaboy, k brosas and others. YouTube now truly makes ordinary events, persons and places world famous.
10. The Ondoy and Pepeng catastrophe – Lastly who would forget the combined forces of Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng. Ondoy is not a actually a strong typhoon. Typhoons here in the Philippines are measured on how strong the wind velocity is carries that is why Ondoy is just bordering between just tropical depressions to Signal no. 1. Never do we know that its out pouring of rain water goes beyond the water that Typhoon Katrina in the US. The result… floods everywhere at a fast rate affecting the low lands of Marikina, Rizal, Pasig, Laguna and some parts of Manila, Quezon City, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong and Bulacan. All vehicles are stranded and even washed away due to the unexpected rise of water, even I was a victim. Pepeng is the result of Ondoy destructive path. It has phenomenally garnered the most over staying typhoon victimizing the Northern part of Luzon. The combined after effects of Ondoy and Pepeng caused billions of lives, properties and livelihood in a hopeless situation. While the Luzon area is devastated with horrible typhoons, the Visayas and Mindanao regions are surprisingly humid. This event made us realize that “Climate Change” is real and we should act now in line with the changing weather conditions. This allowed the “Climate Change Act” passed by both the congress and senate and now is a Law creating an independent committee that will plan solutions that will help us adapt to climate change. In addition, these tragedies awaken the Filipino spirit of Bayanihan. Filipinos here and abroad are continuously helping out to ease the hardship that our fellow kababayan experience due to these typhoons. Ordinary people… helping a fellow countrymen… Images that stacked my mind as I also recall my experiences with Ondoy. 1. The regrets why I didn’t stay in the office 2. the free ride of a bus company going to Fairview which lasted almost 6 hrs along the Cubao Area 3. the Pastilias candy that a couple unselfishly gave to me an some of the commuters in the bus while the too are tormented body an mind knowing their child is with the yaya already on the rooftop in Marikina 4. the painful death march I went through and to add up a 3 point shot in a shallow Kanal in Philcoa. 5. to top all things up… when I arrive… brownout… no phone… no cellphone… no life…
These are my top 10 Philippine shockers of 2009. I hope 2010 would be promising although there is already a prelude that is would be my most challenging year of my career.  Well Ces la vie.




A calling for change

5 08 2009
Due to recent events, I started contemplating if what is the purpose of my life? I have a good whole day and I wanted to answer this and that etc… but as I look deep in my heart and it lead to an empty answer. I felt the depression that at this point I should be happy doing the things I have accomplished. I took units for Masters in Productivity and Quality and will just finish my thesis part. I finally own the house I am living in. I am still in a job that supports my financial needs. I am partner in a business venture. I asked why I am unhappy. Is it because I have enemies and hold bitterness to them? My heart says “no” but my conscience says “partly”. I ask if this is not the full reason what is it? I looked at some of my posts and I was amazed of the people who were dead recently but never failed to haunt us to change our ways.
March 2009 I first experienced the loss famous personality icon, FrancisM. He is a Buskonian but more importantly a music legend. He used music to tell us that we should be proud as Filipinos but on the other hand we should do something to change our present conditions. Here are two songs of FranscisM:
Mga kababayan ko
Kaleidoscope world
This June 2009, the world was shocked because the late Michael Jackson died. I was so shocked that I never believed it because I just got the news from TMZ. But when other web site confirmed it I felt sad. Amidst the controversies he went through in his life, I can say he is sincere in wanting to have a better place, a better world. I have two particular songs that touched my heart of dreaming a better world. He wrote “Heal the world” and co-wrote “We are the world” with Stevie Wonder. In his own little way, he bring us his message of hope and a call for action in making a better place for everyone. Here are the videos:
We are the world
Heal the world
August 2009, the world witnessed the loss of a world icon, President Corazon Aquino. She is the first woman Asian president and the woman who symbolized the restoration of the Philippine democracy. She is the 1986 Woman of the Year for Time Magazine. Her death awakened the sleeping ideals of what democracy really meant. The same democracy we enjoy now Filipinos. During her final funeral rites, Ms Lea Salonga, my favorite Filipino artist btw, sang Bayan ko, a song that symbolizes Philippine uprisings’ fight against the destroyers of freedom.
Bayan ko by Lea Salonga:
All of these personalities have one thing common, a better world… a better Philippines. In this present condition where we don’t see lot of hope, they send us the haunting message of true change and genuine concern for others. My calling I think is to step up in the challenge and be a change agent. I am feed up of the same images of the Philippines – poor, depressed, unfortunate, hopeless. I will pledge to remove these images and hopefully the people would feel the real fruits of freedom. I am now inspired of the spirit of EDSA. I don’t know yet what to do but I know I have to contribute something. While I plan the things I will do, I will offer you the two prominent songs of EDSA 1. Both were performed in the final funeral rites for the late President Corazon Aquino:
Magkaisa by Sarah Geronimo
Handog ng Pilipino

Due to recent events, I started contemplating if what is the purpose of my life? I have a good whole day and I wanted to answer this and that etc… but as I look deep in my heart and it lead to an empty answer. I felt the depression that at this point I should be happy doing the things I have accomplished. I took units for Masters in Productivity and Quality and will just finish my thesis part. I finally own the house I am living in. I am still in a job that supports my financial needs. I am partner in a business venture. I asked why I am unhappy. Is it because I have enemies and hold bitterness to them? My heart says “no” but my conscience says “partly”. I ask if this is not the full reason what is it? I looked at some of my posts and I was amazed of the people who were dead recently but never failed to haunt us to change our ways.

March 2009 I first experienced the loss famous personality icon, FrancisM. He is a Buskonian but more importantly a music legend. He used music to tell us that we should be proud as Filipinos but on the other hand we should do something to change our present conditions. Here are two songs of FranscisM:

Mga kababayan ko

Kaleidoscope world

This June 2009, the world was shocked because the late Michael Jackson died. I was so shocked that I never believed it because I just got the news from TMZ. But when other web site confirmed it I felt sad. Amidst the controversies he went through in his life, I can say he is sincere in wanting to have a better place, a better world. I have two particular songs that touched my heart of dreaming a better world. He wrote “Heal the world” and co-wrote “We are the world” with Stevie Wonder. In his own little way, he bring us his message of hope and a call for action in making a better place for everyone. Here are the videos:

We are the world

Heal the world

August 2009, the world witnessed the loss of a world icon, President Corazon Aquino. She is the first woman Asian president and the woman who symbolized the restoration of the Philippine democracy. She is the 1986 Woman of the Year for Time Magazine. Her death awakened the sleeping ideals of what democracy really meant. The same democracy we enjoy now Filipinos. During her final funeral rites, Ms Lea Salonga, my favorite Filipino artist btw, sang Bayan ko, a song that symbolizes Philippine uprisings’ fight against the destroyers of freedom.

Bayan ko by Lea Salonga

All of these personalities have one thing common, a better world… a better Philippines. In this present condition where we don’t see lot of hope, they send us the haunting message of true change and genuine concern for others. My calling I think is to step up in the challenge and be a change agent. I am feed up of the same images of the Philippines – poor, depressed, unfortunate, hopeless. I will pledge to remove these images and hopefully the people would feel the real fruits of freedom. I am now inspired of the spirit of EDSA. I don’t know yet what to do but I know I have to contribute something. While I plan the things I will do, I will offer you the two prominent songs of EDSA 1. Both were performed in the final funeral rites for the late President Corazon Aquino:

Magkaisa by Sarah Geronimo

Handog ng Pilipino

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My tribute to a dear president, President Cory Aquino (1933-2009)

4 08 2009

I am writing this post because I am deeply saddened by the loss of President Corazon Aquino. I felt I lost again my grandmother whom in her simply way was very affectionate to me during my younger years. My grandmother is an Ilongga from Barotak Nuevo, Iloilo City. She bear 9 siblings but due to the effects of WWII she had to give away 7 of them. She kept her oldest and youngest son. Because of too much sibling rivalry the youngest ran away and was found by my grandmother. All her life she wanted to see all of her 9 children. Before she died she was able to see all of her 8 children except for the youngest one.

Roughly almost 2 years ago, my tita married a guy from work and he happened to see the picture of her youngest brother who ran away. He said that this person looks familiar. My tita said that it is the picture of her long lost brother. They went to the place and made an arrangement to see him. To her surprise he is indeed my long lost tito. These stories only happen in movies but I was really shocked that for 25 years of them all being apart. I can say truly say he is back at home.

I was saddened because my grandmother is a big Cory fan and like Cory she also sacrificed a lot to make her family whole again. I don’t have personal encounters with the former president Cory but her example of always trusting the God is carved in my faith as a Christian. I knew Cory will be taken to us Filipinos but I always pray that is she will be taken to us I wished is will be either the first Friday or first Saturday of August. I am a firm believer of the Twin Hearts of Jesus an Mary. At times that I know that have no friend to share my frustrations, The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary always fills me up with so much inspiration some people aren’t able to understand.

On August 1, 2009, I have to work at 3am. Without hesitation I wore my yellow Novo T-shirt amidst the rainy dawn. Later I found out around 10am that President Cory died at 3:18am. I am suddenly was stunned because I checked the time and the date. It is the first Saturday and the time of her death is the time where Jesus rose from dead. I got mixed emotions. I was happy because Jesus and Mary will happily receive Cory. A promise is made by Mama Mary herself that on the first Saturdays of each month, the gates of hell are closed and that nobody will go to hell on those those days. However, the gates of purgatory are open so that many souls will be able to reach heaven. It is a result of the merciful Love of Her Son, Jesus Christ. It is the reward of these people who venerate Her Immaculate Heart. These are taken from the “Revue due Coeur Immacule Reine de la Paix” Vol. 1 No. 4. I have no doubt Cory that is really in heaven now or al least in Purgatory. This re-affirmed my faith in the beliefs I once forgot.  Thank You Cory for bring me back to my Christian roots, my faith to Jesus and Mary.

I deeply respect her sacrifices for us Filipinos. Without her I don’t think I will be able to write in this blog. She symbolizes the restoration of democracy in my country and for that I am forever in debt for this gift. Please pray for all of us that true peace and harmony can be felt and seen already in the Philippines.

Her death also symbolized the death of wrong practices of People Power. I will say this in Tagalog so that all Filipino people will understand what I am going to say.

Tigilan na po natin walang kapararakang rally sa kalsada. Sawang sawa na po ako na tuwing may SONA lahat kayo nasa Commonwelth Avenue. Mag-rarally po kayo tunkol sa mga maling pamamalakad ng nakaupong pangulo tapos aalis at iiwan ang mga kalat kasama pa ang mga bulok ninyong prensipyo na nakasulat sa mga dingding. Naninira pa kayo ng mga poste at daan na sana maghahatid sa bahay ko para makapahinga ako galling sa trabaho eh nakasara at kailangan kong lakarin ang kahabahan ng Commonwealth Avenue. Hindi po masama ang ipaglaban ang tama at iwaksi ang mali, gawin lang po sana ng may konsideration sa ibang mga tao na kapwa nag babayad din ng tamang buwis at imbis piliing sumigaw sa lansangan ay pumiling magtrabaho para itaguyod ang pamilya nila. Sa totoo lang mula pa kay Erap hanggang kay PGMA pareparehong mga mukha ang nakikita ko sa mga lansanngan ng Commonwealth Avenue. Ewan ko ba kung bakit kayong mga party list na Anak Pawis, Bayan Muna, Gabriela etc. reklamo ng reklamo. Kayo minsan ang kinukwestion ko kung paano nyo magawang maglustay ng pera at panahon para tutulan ang mga programa mga kasalukuyang administrasyon mapa Erap man o PGMA.

Sa Adminitrasyan at sa mga susunod pang nagnanais na maging pangulo ng Pilipinas, pwede bang gawin nyo ngang tapat at mahusay na pamamuno ninyo sa bansa. Kahit anong uri ng gobyerno meron tayo kung bawat isa eh hindi kumikilos wala rin kwenta. Binoto nyo yan eh so dapat suportahan ninyo.

Tatapusin ko na itong litanya ko kasi hindi naman ako pulitikong tao. Sana ang paglisan ni Tita Cory ay magsilbing panghabang buhay na palatandaan na dapat higit pa man sa lahat, tayo ay Pilipino. Ayusin na natin ang bayan natin dahil sa pananaw ko dakila ang ating bansa. Maging sa ibang bansa kayo o dito mismo sa Pilipinas, ang lahing Pilipino ay tunay na diamante ng mundo. Nakakahiya na mismo sa ating bansa walang kaayusan ngayong tinatamasa nating mga bunga ng demokrasya.

Salamat po Tita Cory sa handog nyong demokrasya sa aming henerasyon. Pasenya na po hindi ako makakadalaw sa mga labi nyo pero katawan lang po yan ang importante ay dapat manatili ang diwa na ibinahagi nyo sa aming mga Pilipino. Pinapangako ko po na sa tagal na hindi po ako nag paparehistro para bumoto, para sa inyo boboto na po ako sa 2010. Gabayan nyo po sana kaming lahat na maihalal ang karapat-dapat na mga mamumuno ng bansa. May kanta pala si Jose Mari Chan na galing mismo sa mga salita ni Ninoy Aquino. This was his poem telling you how much he appreciated your love to him. When I heard it, I felt the love of Ninoy for Cory.

Sa paglisan mo Tita Cory, buong Pilipinas ay nadarama ang pagmamahal na inialay ni Ninoy sa iyo. Inaalay ko po sa inyo ang kantang ito. Muli Tita Cory, maraming salamat po ulit at paalam. Sisikapin ko pong maging huwarang Pilipino tulad ninyo.

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Eigasai ‘09 – July 2-12, 2009

23 06 2009

In celebration of Philippines–Japan Friendship Month, the Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and the UP Film Institute proudly presents a Japanese Contemporary Film Festival, titled “Eigasai ‘09” (literally means ‘film festival’ in Japanese) that will serve as its kick-off activity on July 2, 2009 at Shang Cineplex Cinema 3 for the month-long celebration.

“Eigasai ‘09” aims to bolster further the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Japan by continuously providing an opportunity for Filipinos to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Japanese arts and culture explored in this medium. This year’s offering brings together 7 contemporary films and 1 anime film in 35mm format. An invitational screening of Always – Sunset on Third Street (Always San-chome no yuhi, 2005) by director Yamazaki Takashi will be held on July 2, 2009 (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. at the Shangri-La Plaza Cinema 3, Edsa, Mandaluyong City.

Other films to be featured are Memories of Matsuko (Kiraware Matsuko no issho, 2006) directed by Nakashima Tetsuya, Kamome Diner (Kamome shokudo, 2006) directed by Ogigami Naoko, Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku, 2006) directed by Tsutsumi Yukihiko, The Milkwoman (Itsuka dokusho suru hi, 2005) directed by Ogata Akira, Turn Over – An Angel Is Coming on a Bicycle (Futari biyori, 2004) directed by Nomura Keiichi, Tony Takitani (Toni Takitani, 2004) directed by Ichikawa Jun, and the sole anime film Mind Game (Mind Game, 2004) directed by Masaaki Yuasa.

All films will be shown with English subtitles. Admission is free. Screening venues are at the Shangri-La Plaza Cinema 3 (July 2 to 12) and UP Film Institute (August 14 to 20). “Eigasai ‘09” will also have provincial screenings that will commence in Gaisano South City Mall, Davao (July 18 and 19); Ayala Center, Cebu (July 28 to Aug 2) and Baguio Center Mall, Baguio (August 7 to 11). For detailed screening schedules and inquiries, please access the Japan Foundation, Manila website: http://www.jfmo.org.ph or call the JFM telephone

Shangri-La Plaza 

July 2 (Thu)

7:00 PM

ALWAYS – Sunset on Third Street

 

 

 

July 3 (Fri)

2:00 PM

Tony Takitani

 

4:30 PM

Turn Over

 

7:00 PM

Kamome Diner

 

 

 

July 4 (Sat)

2:00 PM

Memories of Tomorrow

 

4:30 PM

ALWAYS – Sunset on Third Street

 

7:00 PM

Memories of Matsuko

 

 

 

July 5 (Sun)

2:00 PM

Memories of Tomorrow

 

4:30 PM

Mind Game

 

7:00 PM

Memories of Matsuko

 

 

 

July 6 (Mon)

2:00 PM

The Milkwoman

 

4:30 PM

Mind Game

 

7:00 PM

Turn Over

 

 

 

July 7 (Tue)

2:00 PM

Turn Over

 

4:30 PM

Kamome Diner

 

7:00 PM

ALWAYS – Sunset on Third Street

 

 

 

July 8 (Wed)

2:00 PM

The Milkwoman

 

4:30 PM

Tony Takitani

 

7:00 PM

Mind Game

 

 

 

July 9 (Thu)

2:00 PM

Turn Over

 

4:30 PM

Memories of Tomorrow

 

7:00 PM

ALWAYS – Sunset on Third Street

 

 

 

July 10 (Fri)

2:00 PM

The Milkwoman

 

4:30 PM

Memories of Matsuko

 

7:00 PM

Tony Takitani

 

 

 

July 11 (Sat)

2:00 PM

Kamome Diner

 

4:30 PM

Tony Takitani

 

7:00 PM

Memories of Tomorrow

 

 

 

July 12 (Sun)

2:00 PM

Mind Game

 

4:30 PM

ALWAYS – Sunset on Third Street

 

7:00 PM

Memories of Matsuko

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.jfmo.org.ph

 

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Stand Up to Cancer Telethon – a monumental concert for Cancer victims

6 09 2008

 

 Stand Up To Cancer

In a rare event the 3 most powerful TV network in America (NBC, ABC, CBS) aired last night a telethon like no other: Stand up for Cancer Telethon. Here is the E! Online summary of the event:

 

(source: Stand Up to Cancer Gets a Rise Out of Hollywood’s Finest by Natalie Finn)

 

The stars came out tonight with hopes of brightening the way for years to come.

Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek, Ellen DeGeneres, Keanu Reeves, Billy Crystal, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Casey Affleck, America Ferrera, Fran Drescher, Forest Whitaker, John Krasinski, Christina Applegate, Josh Brolin and Masi Oka are just some of the A-listers who participated Friday in the Stand Up to Cancer telethon, benefiting cancer research, at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre.

Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, the stars of Lost, Lance Armstrong, Tina Fey and some fellow 30 Rockers, Carson Daly and Tom Green also spoke up via video. 

 

But despite a roster of names that wouldn’t have seemed out of place at the Oscars, it was sobering to see how many of the event’s participants’ lives have been affected by cancer, including Applegate, who after being diagnosed with breast cancer this year underwent a preventative double mastectomy, Katie Couric, whose husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998.

 

Couric presided over the special with her network news competition, NBC’s Brian Williams and ABC’s Charles Gibson, both of whom have also lost family members to the disease. On a rare night of Nielsen disregard, the show aired live and commercial-free on NBC, ABC, CBS.

 

“It’s all about collaboration,” Couric said. “Collaboration among the networks, collaboration among cancer researchers all around the country…and ultimately, the collaboration of the American people, who can unite behind a single cause that affects so many people.”

 

Addressing the audience before the show, executive producer (and cancer survivor) Laura Ziskin took a swipe at Fox for not getting with the program.

 

News Corp. exec Peter Chernin sent flowers, she quipped, but “a very large donation from News Corp.” would be better.

 

While the overall tone of the evening was about as serious as it gets, what with the heartrending montage of sick children, testimonials from those who have battled or lost someone to cancer and some very sobering statistics (someone dies of cancer every minute in the U.S.), Ziskin didn’t forget to bring the funny.

 

Among the lighter moments were a James L. Brooks-provided Simpsons short, in which Homer gets a colonoscopy (“Mmmm, Mayo,” he said when welcomed to the Mayo Clinic); Brad Garrett bending over for a prostate exam (“I can’t believe Fox is counterprogramming against this”) and the usual shenanigans courtesy of Jack Black.

 

“I usually watch these things at home in my underpants, saying, Look at all these celebs!” the Tropic Thunder star said before urging Brolin, who was on the phone taking pledges, to call up DeGeneres, who was sitting a few sits away, and donate some of that No Country for Old Men cash.

 

Also spied answering phones were Rob Lowe, Mandy Moore, Jon Favreau, Jimmy Fallon, Christina Ricci, Marg Helgenberger, Goran Visnjik, Mekhi Phifer, Marissa Jaret Winokur, David Spade and Sharon Osbourne.

 

The celeb quotient multiplied significantly, as well, when Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Fergie, Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, LeAnn Rhimes, Nicole Scherzinger and Ashanti performed via satellite (from Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall) the cause’s new anthem, “Just Stand Up,” which went on sale Tuesday on iTunes.

 

Melissa Etheridge, yet another of the survivors in the house tonight, performed the song live to close out the show.

 

Here are some of the pics that Kevin Mazur/Getty took during the event:

 

 Mariah Carey, Fergie

 

Mariah and Fergie

 

Keyshia Cole, Leona Lewis. Fergie, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J Blige,  Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Nicole Scherzinger

 

Stand Up To Cancer Divas

 

Here is the video of their performance singing “Just Stand Up” in the said Telethon:

 

 

 

 

jupiterboi says:

 

I love programs that seek unification instead of hate propaganda. It is a good ice breaker with all the MacCain and Obama battle going on. The sad thing though for me is that will it really end Cancer? Cancer treatment of any type is really costly. I think a massive education and good healthy living is a integral key to prevent Cancer. Stop Smoking (my # 1 enemy… I just simply hate them… these people doesn’t even care of others right for clean air)… Stop excessive alcoholic drinks… Stop eating Junk foods (although I’m always eating them)… and most of all Stop Discrimination and Indifference (for me the biggest Cancer of all). If we all learn to care and share, whether we get afflicted with physical diseases, Love will surely take us to a rewarding life.

(‘o’) – jupiterboi out…