Updated Pogi Point System

Page 27 of this month’s issue of Manual Magazine has urged me to update the ‘Pogi Point System’ – a numeral method on how to rate debonairness. Being branded as “pogi” here in the Philippines is enough to make girls (and even guys) scream in delight (of course, secretly) when they see you. That’s it, you’re handsome. This is an Argee Guevarra (U.P. College of Law) original. Here it is:

The Transpo
Driving a luxury car along bumpy metro streets: +15 pogi points
Driving an automatic car in school: +10 pogi points
Chaffeur-driven: +20 pogi points
Subtract 5 points for those who take MRT or LRT
No points for those who carpool or take a jeep
+5 points for scooter-riders (for courage)
For Mountain bikers add 25, but for BMX or pedicab riders, subtract 50

The Pedigree
If family name is associated with politics, add 10
If it is a Marcos or crony-sounding name, subtract 50 (ill-gotten)
Spanish lineage: +10 (Mistiso!)
Korean, Chinese, or simply chinito: +50 (Koreanovela quality)
Tycoon-sounding (Sy, Gokongwei, Tantoco): +20 points
No points for ethnic-sounding family names

The Address
A Makati address automatically gets 5 pogi points
+ 10 pogi points for those in Alabang
Dasma, Forbes: +20
San Lorenzo, San Antonio, Bel Air: + 5
New Manila, Greenhills, Valle Verde: +5
+5 pogi points for condominium residents
+10 for residents or even dormers of La Vista, Ayala Heights and Xavierville
Add another 5 points for those in new exclusive subdivisions with associations (nouveau riche kasi!)
Subtract 5 pogi points for “sagigilids” – people living “beside” exclusive subdivisions
No pogi points for Looban, Gagalangin, San Andres Bukid, and Novaliches residents.

The High School
A High School diploma in the US or UK: +20 (pure English!)
Any school abroad: +15 pogi points
If an alumnus of an all-boys Catholic school: +10 pogi points
+5 pogi points basta nakatapos ng high school

The Sport
If the guy’s into soccer, plus 10 pogi points (trust me, I’ve seen girls drool over ’em!)
Any racket sport (except pingpong): +15 pogi points
Preppie sports like rowing, archery, fencing, arnis, sepak, sikaran: +20 (exotic kasi!)
Swimming: +25 (the body speaks for itself)
Golf: +50
Polo: +100
Minus 5 pogi points for Billiards

The Lunch Spot
Tomas Morato: +5 pogi points
College cafeteria: minus 5 pogi points
Burgoo, Chili’s, TGIF, Gerry’s and any resto at the Podium(except fastfood type): add 10 pogi points
Lovers of Pizza (Yellow Cab, Pizza Hut and Shakeys): +5 pogi points
O sige na nga, isama na ang Starbucks at Seattle’s Best (mag-lunch nga ba sa kapihan?)
No point for those with “baon” in disposable microwavable plastic containers.

The Org (in UST)
Hybrids of orgs with chapters in DLSU, Ateneo, CSA, UA&P (COMACH is one) +15 pogi points
Varsity player, automatic plus 20 pogi points (kahit ano pang sport yan!)
Minus 5 pag basketball (kelan kaya tayo mananalo dun?)
No point for local college org (that’s given)… if officer, add 5 pogi points.
Add 50 for Teatro Tomasino (where Piolo was once a member: e di Piolo ka na rin???)
The Varsitarian: add 10 pogi points
Service-oriented orgs: add 15 (may puso!)
Frat members: +15
Salinggawi Dance Troupe: +10 (Minus 50 if you dance better than the girls do!)

The GF
Beauty titlist (in school, in “Class A” community, or national pageant): +50 pogi points
A campus celebrity, showbiz denizen or commercial model: +40 pogi points
Typical pretty colegiala: +30 pogi points
Any girl: +10 points

THE POGI INDEX
Needs “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” – negative pogi points
Presentable – 0-30 pogi points
Cutie (StarStruck caliber) – 31-50 pogi points
Gwapo – 51-100 pogi points
Stud – 101-150 pogi points
Whataguy – 151-200 pogi points
Grand Debonair – 201 and above

My score: secret (I found it silly, I modified this system!) Maybe I’m disqualified.

Potter Gets Better

Far more realistic and up-to-date – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire made Harry and his gang fit their role and their age as well. The tagline: “Dark and difficult times lie ahead” has been very appropriate, there was a good choice of cast, a ‘Class A’ taste for costume and a definitely delicate mix of special effects. Harry’s quest to win the Triwizard Cup came out in the film the way I imagined it. Mike Newell, the new director, can make non-Potter lovers into fanatics because the film (as told in the book) now caters to a larger audience because it artistically portrayed the growing teenagers Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they faced more mature problems in life and love. I saw the film once, and I’m planning to see it again. Growing with Harry Potter is really exciting.

Some Culture

What is the true taste of music? Delicious.

This week, music has occupied my ears, and generally my emotions, as I have been exposed to three musical events: one in Malacanang Palace where I listened to the beautiful renditions of our college glee club, then in Blue Onion and Basement (Eastwood) where my eardrums almost popped out because of the loud music, and another one in the UST Singers “Classico” concert – all of these have exposed me to today’s culture.

My first day of semester started not in school but in the President’s palace. I was assigned by our college journal to cover an event where our college glee club will sing local Filipino songs including the national anthem. With pride, I listened as their voices capture the real essence of what they are singing. Truly, the UST College of Science Glee Club is worth the President’s call. Four days after, I met with my high school classmates and we had a night out at Eastwood City and danced ’til early morning. My ears became numb and I thought I’ll undergo an eardrum operation because of deafness – thanks to the loud R&B, dance and techno music in those smoky bars. When me and my pals came home, we all smelled like cigarette ashtrays. Eeeew!

I attened a casual concert of the world-renowned UST Singers at the Museum of Arts and Sciences yesterday. It was inspiring. They sang classic songs from all over the world and even offered an encore of “Broadway” songs, all in a capella. Tickets to this concert were limited and guests were sophisticated (The way I see it). It was for people who appreciate the “Classic” and “classy” kind of music quite more melodic to the ears. Broadcaster Julie Yap-Daza was also there.

Music always played a major role in our culture. Classical, acoustic, rock, pop, R&B, and other genres define your taste. As much as possible, we must accomodate all of these in order to become flexible and be able to relate with all classes of people.