eK! is electronic Kabalen, a web-exclusive Kapampangan journal of ideas

what the eK!
eK! is electronic Kabalen, a web-exclusive Kapampangan journal of ideas. It addresses itself to the local and global kabalen and to readers all over the world who share an affinity for and an interest in pinoy culture, art, society, history, politics, and Kapampanganiana.

eK! is an attempt to reflect in words and images more fully and vividly the variety and vitality of what constitutes the current Kapampangan state of mind by providing an open venue for the most compelling visions and voices in the Kapampangan planet today. It is, in this sense, a standing invitation to the best Kapampangan minds of this generation.

Founded on 6 January 2007, eK! is published exclusively on the world wide web.

Editor-in-Chief: Rosendo M. Makabali
Kapampangan Editor: Papa Osmubal
Founder-in-Memoriam: Titus Toledo

Columnists (in alphabetical order): Minerva Zamora Arceo, Joan Ariete, Marcial Tayag Caniones, Nenette De Dios Capulong, Joanna Carlos, Oliver S. Carlos, Alex R. Castro, Elmer Gozun Cato, Wilfrido David, Jose Angeles 'Jad' Dayrit, Christopher G. Dela Cruz, JC Gaillard, Caesar 'Bong' Z. Lacson, Jose Roman Reyes Laquian, Jason Paul C. Laxamana, Edd Borromeo Leal, Rosendo M. Makabali, Joel Pabustan Mallari, John S. Manalili, Joana Marie R. Morales, Pio Rafael T. Nepomuceno, Papa Osmubal, Arlan Veras Payad, Rox Peña, Tony Mercado Peña, Susan T. Pineda, Wawo F Punzalan, Christine C Salas, Edgar Macasaet Salas, Luciano PR Santiago, Erlinda B. Sialongo, Paterno 'Jun' C. Sibug, Abel D. Soto, Aida Tanglao, Titus Toledo, Tec Sanchez-Tolosa, J Reylan Bustos Viray, Imelda Cruz-Wood, Cecile Santos Yumul.

eKtymology: about where the name eK! might have come from.

Contact. eK! may be reached via several channels. Please address specific communications to the following:
—Via email:
For editorial concerns:
For business concerns:
For all else in between:
—Via postal mail:
eK! c/o 13-18A Avocado St, Trinidad Village, Angeles City 2009 Philippines
—Via telephony:
Contact Rosendo M Makabali
Mobile: 0919-317-1164/ 0915-514-2125
Landline: +63(045) 459-0017

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[sponsors.eksite.com]: about those whose passion, patronage, and philanthropy are helping keep this small Kapampangan boat afloat.
[eksite.com/palengke/]: the Kapampangan business and professional registry. (work-in-progress)

—Editorial: Unless specifically stated otherwise, copyright is retained by the authors and artists whose works appear in this publication. Subject to the conditions provided for by the laws on international copyright, the material on this site may not be reprinted or reproduced, either in whole or in part, whether in print or on the web, except with the prior written consent of its respective creator/author. Linking to this site or any of its articles is, however, encourage, provided appropriate source copyright and author attribution are given due credit.
—Web design (code art+code poetry): copyright by Titus Toledo

Colophon. This website is supposedly engineered to work on all major standards-complaint browsers (i.e. tested on safari 5+, opera 10+, chrome 10+, firefox 4+, iexplorer 8+), with an ideal screen resolution of at least 1024x768 pixels. Important! You must enable your browser's javascript option in order to view this site. Also: some pages may require popups and plugins (i.e: flash, quicktime, etc.).

Credits. eK! acknowledges the following for their contribution and inspiration in the making of this website.
—Fronstispiece: (1) 'Smoking the family cigar'/digitally manipulated detail from an old photograph courtesy of J.D. Givens, 1898/Lahing Pilipino Publishing Inc, 1978; (2) iud - 'because the internet is a series of tubes' (3) Kamaru (4) lungganisa (5) peelings (6) tatabu/ copyright © Titus Toledo.
—Tech support: Rigor Mortis & Hipolito Jackson (spread), John Davenport Scheuer (dynamicdrive.com), Gerard Ferrandez (dhteumeuleu.com), Sam Stephenson (prototype.conio.net), Valerio Proietti (mad4milk.net), Pat Heard (fullahead.org), Jonathan Schemoul (jondesign.net), Rick Pike (pikesys.com), Ken (cow.neondragon.net), DevShed (devshed.com), TheJavascriptSource (javascript.internet.com).

Disclaimer. In advertising, as it is in the editorial pages of this journal, eK! values free expression and respects dissenting opinion. The views expressed by our authors and contributors as well as those of our advertisers are entirely theirs and are not necessarily shared by eK!. Although we reserve the right to reject content that we believe is false, libelous, exploitative, or hateful, or that fails to meet our standard and editorial criteria for fair comment and criticism, it is impossible for eK! to investigate the accuracy all claims and content, specifically those that appear in our advertising. Readers are hereby advised and encouraged to use their own independent judgment.

Terms of service. By using the site you hereby agree to be bound by the terms of service that govern this publication. For full text of our terms of service, privacy notice, and advertising policies, please click here.

how to..
1. Sponsor us. Interested businesses and professionals looking to advertise with us may request a sponsorship proposal or learn more about the marketing platforms and opportunities available at eK! by addressing their business, marketing, and advertising queries to or by logging in on our one-stop sponsorship page.
—Learn more: eK! online sponsors channel
—Email us:

2. Write for us. eK! welcomes unsolicited manuscripts (letters to the editor/essay contributions) subject to existing editorial policies.
All submissions must be accompanied by a short author's bio and sent via email with the subject line appropriately tagged so we may know exactly how and where to place them (i.e. letter to the editor/essay/book review/recipe/et cetera).
Contributors are requested to submit their articles preferably in plain text (cut & paste) or as email attachments in .doc format.
If you must send us pictures, send them as .jpgs, preferably at least 500 pixels in width (but no more than 800px) and captioned accordingly.
Should you wish to grace our pages with a regular column of sorts, please take the time to read our "10-Point Manual for the Contributing Columnist". All things considered...
—Email submissions to:

3. Link to us. Webmasters, publishers, and bloggers may link to eK! or any of its pages with following details:
—title: eK! - electronic Kabalen
—description: a Kapampangan journal of ideas
—url: http://eksite.com/



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4. Support us. If you like what we're doing, please consider supporting us by...
Including us in your last will and testament.
Donating a portion of your hidden wealth.
Subsidizing our weekly beer consumption.
Spreading the word.
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frequently asked questions
Here is our initial list of frequently asked questions you may also want to know the answers to. If you happen to have other questions for eK! not found on this list, please feel free to email us anytime. We will be adding to this list by and by.

1. Why eK!?
Why Yahoo? Why Google? Why Wiki? Why not?

3. What comprises your readership? Who, in a word, is the eK! reader?
You (since you've obviously read this far).

4. Is eK! leftist or rightist?
eK! is whatever gets the job done Most jobs, however, require no hands at all.

5. Does eK! endorse candidates?
No. Contributing columnists may, however, take positions on certain issues and certain candidates but those positions are entirely theirs and are not necessarily shared by eK! or its editors.

7. Why is eK! web-exclusive?
Because eK! is published only on the internet and only with the widest potential reach and the largest potential readership in mind.

8. Do you pay for article contributions?
Not until somebody leaves us a sizable inheritance. Or: until we start selling off our content, about which we don't intend to.
We do not and will not charge for admission. There will be no password-protected login forms or paid subscribers-only sections.
eK! is a free site and will remain a free site for the life of it.

9. You call yourself electronic Kabalen, we see what's electronic but where is Kabalen?
That is one of the mysteries of the universe we hope you can help us eK!(e) out.

10. You call yourself electronic Kabalen but most of your content is in English?
Akmul me ing aldo. Daias me ing bulan. Ania maliap ia ing dalag uling dalag ia. Contributors may write in whatever medium is convenient and expedient at the moment of inspiration: English or Carabao-English, Pilipino or Pilit-pino, Kapampangan or Kapangan. They may also choose to write in Engkalog (or English-Kapampangan-Tagalog), which is a kind of hybrid fusion-writing that combines the best of our trilingual culture.

11. You call yourself electronic Kabalen, should it not be electronic Cabalen?
Kabalen, Cabalen, or Qabalen. It's all the same rock 'n' roll.

12. Will you sell your mailinglist for a cool million?

13. Will you sell your mailinglist for two million?

14. Will you sell your mailinglist for five million?
Dollar or Peso?