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There are a lot of cool people nowadays. People who will speak “what’s right” when basically these just come from their minds; copy and paste what they’ve read; and pull down people by their arrogance just so they’d be the all-knowing god. A lot of them exist. Cool people but not strong ones.Where are the strong ones, you might ask. Well, they’re just there – scrolling, reading and observing.

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Social media like Facebook, Twitter and other news-based websites impact a very huge portion of everybody’s lives today. Last I remember, Facebook was merely a site for socializing, connecting to friends and relatives abroad and creating new friendships. I’m not saying that these social media sites have lost their helpful functions though, it just “enhanced” its role. One can scroll into these sites and see diverse posts involving politics, crimes and viral issues. Not that it’s wrong. But these trigger a chain of opinions which would eventually ruin something – peace. Now, say that we are entitled to our own opinion. But do we really have to go all the way as to tarnish someone’s name when we haven’t even laid the facts straight? Sure, we have the sources we based our arguments upon. But these are the sources we want our ideas to be constructed from. In a general view, people are being judged (wrongly or not, it doesn’t really matter because we don’t have the right to judge in the first place), events are being manipulated to see the “better” side, social media sites are divided based on political parties and not to mention, it (social media sites) has been the home of many “all-knowing” people! If these sites were a big market – it is the dirtiest, most corrupted and noisiest. Freedom of expression has now become a big issue and it wouldn’t have been if we didn’t started pissing with each other because we are arguing to things that we don’t even have much hold of. We’re just audience in a fight but we act as if we are the fighters ourselves! We sympathize, people but we don’t have the right to bash. Care, not harm.

Now the strong ones? They are the brightest. The intelligent users. They know that one source can be genuine or faked. They know that it’s better to keep their opinion to themselves than add fire to what is currently taking place. As much as they want their opinions to be heard and as much as they believe how strong and credible their arguments are – they chose to stay in the shade. Looking. It’s not because they’re afraid they might be bashed because of it but because they’re afraid that someone else will be. They don’t join the bandwagon cause they prefer to be the judge of their own opinion. They will wait for more and more facts and decide in the silence. It’s good to change the color of a picture when you still have the portrait rather than selling it to the public beforehand.

But of course, the same is not true to everyone. Well, if the shoe fits, wear it!

A/N: This is based on an observation by a bystander in social media. The author recognizes different views in the issue covered by this article.

It has been a while since Philippine TV had made a major breakout of sweet couples. Last couple who made up in the list was LizQuen (Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil) whose tv series in ABS-CBN titled Forevermre ended just last May this year. Their chemistry together was so realistic that rumor has it, Enrique was actually courting the teen star. Then after the most-talked effect of the movie’s finale, no other teen couples equaled the LizQuen tandem.

Well, at least not yet…

The Forevermore loveteam.

The Forevermore loveteam.

Just two months after, GMA’s noontime show Eat Bulaga had its usual segment entitled Problem Solving. One of its characters was Maine Mendoza who was famous with her dubsmash videos (giving her the title “Dubsmash Queen”) as Yaya Dub who’s attending to her mistress Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola). It was just supposed to be a normal segment for the show, however, they are yet to know that something special would mark the show’s undefeated ratings as well as the hearts of those who are regularly watching Eat Bulaga. Yaya Dub was currently doing a dubsmash when the camera on the studio showed Alden Richards, who happened to watch the show looking at her.

Yaya Dub's face after seeing for the first time her Mr. Dreamboy.

Yaya Dub’s face after seeing for the first time her Mr. Dreamboy.

It’s very evident on Yaya Dub’s face that she was surprised and at the same time awed by the handsome face of Alden. Knowing the status of the young actor, she probably have seen him in movies before she became a Dabarkads in Eat Bulaga. It was an exciting scene to see because you can see that something actually sparked between the two of them. Maybe that first exchange of looks between them was the reason of their immediate trend in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and in other social media.

“It’s because there were no directors and scripts when that epic moment happened. It was just her, him and the perfect moment at that very special day. Truly, that was something genuine.

Currently, #Aldub (ALden and YayaDUB) fans are swarming over social media announcing the daily progress of their love story. Indeed, their unplanned movie in Eat Bulaga was a major hit which added more viewers to the longest running noontime show in Philippine TV. Adding to the thrill, the couple haven’t really met in person until this very day and I together with the supporters of this loveteam have so many questions left to be answered or to be confirmed:

Is Alden’s feeling for Yaya Dub for real? 

Will there be forever for them?

When is the right time for them to meet and seal everything?

           ImagePork barrel scam is President Noynoy’s first great protest in years since his term in 2010. I agree with Sen. Santiago’s comment which I quote, “We’re on the verge of one of the most sensational cases of corruption in Philippine politics.”

            Philippines is one of the many countries experiencing widespread graft and corruption and its justice is most oriented against corrupt and greedy citizens. Presently, the public is now looking with fierce judgments into the alleged mastermind of the 10-billion racket Janet Napoles-Lim, mostly known as Napoles.

Who is this Napoles?

Janet Napoles-Lim is the wife of retired Marine Major Jaime Napoles. She is a business woman engaged in various industries within and outside the country. Some of her profit-oriented dealings are coal mining and a trading company. Her family founded their coal mining business in Indonesia and according to her; this particular business led their family in a richer position. She shows dignity and pride whenever she is asked about their company in Indonesia, too.

During her search for ways in stabilizing or if not, improving her economic statue she founded her own company – JLN Corporation, a trading company. This company of hers is the one involved in the scam she initiated.

Pork Barrel Scam

Pork barrel is the term used which refers to the budget given to public officials in conducting future projects throughout their term. The budget is obviously from the government fund, the taxes paid by the people, money of the people. However, though the budget is entrusted to a certain official, they cannot lay a hand to that money. The Department of Budget and Management does bidding among willing companies to store the budget and that winning bidder is the source for the money whenever it is used for public services and projects.

The scam started when JLN Corporation uses its foundations as the implementing agency for the funds of congressmen and senators. This is so because the company wins during a bidding forum by the DBM. According to an online source, a pact between congressmen and senators comes in and they will arrange a project that never was for the purpose of having a division of the budget. This practice of faking projects to earn commissions continues until they dissolve the budget and that’s how they earn large amount of money. The ghost projects were the facades in the abnormal lost of the budget which totaled to 10 billion pesos.

How did Justice rule over the issue.

No matter how arrayed and strong the implementation of justice in the Philippines is against these kinds of issues, they still failed in providing the right way of executing it. From a citizen’s view, the arrest of Janet Napoles took a little while to accomplish. It even gets worst since she was able to escape the arrest issued against her because of a leakage in the information from the NBI. It was so ridiculous knowing that they even got it on TV and boasted to the public that they finally got the warrant for a suspect’s arrest and it turned out to be sabotaged by their own member. Also, many people are already involved in the scam which confuses the public because today is a different person and tomorrow’s news will reveal a different involvement of another official. It is evident that the people behind the settlement of this issue are not coordinated enough to show the public that they are well-prepared in facing this big matter. They try to act strong and serious though it’s obvious that they don’t even have a single clue whether where Napoles is and the other people suspected in this case. Napoles left them with a bunch of expensive cars and properties slapping in their faces the fact that she is so hard to find because she is simply very rich and well connected with big personalities in the country.

The Bosses Ran Out of Patience

Rallies and everyday columns in the daily papers were made to shout their urge in eliminating the pork barrel. These people say that the government doesn’t know how to handle the budget that they’re giving to their officials. The Million People March proved the intense intention of the people in removing the pork barrel. Aside from the fact that this is so far the largest rally during Aquino’s administration, this is also the rally that proves the power of the social media. Facebook was the medium made by a concerned citizen in commencing a rally against the pork barrel scam, liked by his friend, shared by the others until it reached the different islands in the country. It was also a successful march of the people despite the fact that there was no proper communication among the organization who participated the event.

The pork barrel scam may be one of the greatest issues on corruption in the country for years. However, looking on the good side, this scam was the reason in proving once again the unity, power, and bravery of the Filipinos in showing the government that despite their [government officials] affluence the citizens still rule and control the country. Like what the president quoted during his presidential campaign in 2010: “Kayo [citizens] ang Boss Ko!”

The Conjuring. The magic, illusion, and trickery all in one production by the Warner Bros. and director James Wan who was also behind the horror film Insidious and the producers of Saw.

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                This is so far the most successful horror movie for the past years that had earned wide favor from words-of-mouth and was trending in social sites for almost a week before it was even shown in cinemas here in the Philippines. Truly, people were resourceful and eager to watch this movie from different online websites and other sources. Facebook and Twitter, two of the widely-used social pages were dominated with hashtags like #TheConjuring, #Conjuring and other ways of creative terms to boast that they were brave enough to watch The Conjuring from the beginning until the rolling of the credits.

                Since its boost in the society, people who are not so familiar with it were enticed to watch the mystery behind this famous and controversial horror film. This is why it got a record-breaking effect in the Philippine Cinemas when it got out on August 21, 2013.

 

Banning of the Movie.

                Not long after the movie was released in the country, news that it was banned in some places was then spread across islands. This became a controversial issue since the malls involved were the biggest malls and shopping centers known in the country. One reason is that a girl did experience the same exorcism portrayed in the movie after watching it in the cinema. It was then concluded that the reason behind it was the fact that she watched the horror movie. Others also experienced heart attacks [while some are lucky for having just “a sudden attack”] during the moments when they were watching the movie. Scary right?

                Maybe some are only overreacting or they are just so keen and observant in watching the movie that they felt an attachment to the plot. There are people who don’t just settle on seeing what the movie is portraying but also go deeper to what the movie actually is. I believe these kind of people were the easy victims of having side effects, be it emotional or psychological.

 

Personal Experiences

                My neighbors who also watched the movie was having a late afternoon’s chitchat with my mom and she accidentally told them that I was having a hard time going to sleep for consecutive days after I watch it for my first movie review. Also she observed that I am more afraid than I was before because I can’t settle sitting alone upstairs and that I was a little bit jumpy even because of a tiny sound.

                I went cold when I heard them from her. For some reasons, I really didn’t feel any changes from my behavior until she told them [our neighbors] about my present actions. I remember waking up at exactly 3:05am though it was two minutes earlier as the time of the usual attack of the spirit in the movie. Then one time when I was getting change for school, the cabinet which actually have some similarities in the movie suddenly opened for no apparent reasons. I blamed the strong winds for that though it’s a 50-50 possibility that my theory is correct. The face of the witch always appears in my head even when I’m busy studying or doing something.

                Well, that was some of my own hallucinations. Either their creepy or not to you, but they’re very creepy for me.

 

A Major Success

                The conjuring outwitted several films that were released in the same time. James Wan’s movie didn’t just combat among horror movies but most especially it’s the only movie that many people liked to watch that sticks to the five-line tag: “Based on a true story.”

                Just this year, many movies were out that happened in the real life. Some of these were Pain and Gain and Captain Phillips but they were bested in terms of fame by a horror movie, The Conjuring. Though it’s common that true-to-life stories were patronized by watchers because of the realistic events, it’s surprising that a large number of the populace dared to watch a scary movie at that. It is said that because of the fact that the story really happened that it triggers the emotional part of the watcher to feel the fear and thrill that the casts had gone through.

                Nevertheless, despite the many issues that this movie got because of its intense effects of scaring people, it proved that it really succeed in their main role – to freak you out.

 

Roll the Credits

                I believe that if not because of the great participation of these outstanding artists, the movie would not be where it stands today.

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                Patrick Wilson for an epic role as Ed Warren, the ghost hunter. He successfully led his character as a vulnerable person in the movie. Still, like how I described him in my previous movie review, he was so damn precious to lose. It’s great that he lived until the end of the movie. It was such a relief, really.

               

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                Lorraine Warren, the wife of Ed and also his partner in hunting spirits was played by Vera Farmiga. A bold heroine that made the story end with a very peaceful one. Her kind and motherly affection helped Mrs. Perron be the mother she’s supposed to be.

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                The Perron Family. These group of artists were very coordinated in portraying a happy and peaceful family. Their innocent faces as well as their acting really helped in making you feel sorry that they were terrorized by the ghost in that farmhouse. For a complete list of their names click this link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1457767/.

 

The Voiceless Giant

downloadDepression – an emotional state accompanied by low self-worth and a reduced ability to enjoy the beauty of life. Its symptoms are commonly felt by humans that’s why some are lonely, hopeless, and devoured by the pessimistic ideas inside their minds. However, humans aren’t the only animals created by God, other creatures considered living also experience and feel the same things men is going through everyday. One of the famous issues concerning the welfare of zoo animals in the Philippines proves that even these beings feel being left alone and abandoned in the midst of fame every day.

Mali isn’t just an ordinary animal kept in Manila Zoo for over 35 years now after he left his birthplace, Sri Lanka, at an early age of 3. She spent long years inside a caged and limited space in the zoo since she was given as a gift for the late president Marcos in 1977. Since then, Mali received praises and awes from children, tourists, and Filipino individuals by simply circling around the small spaces. Nevertheless, she is the only elephant in the entire Philippine archipelago. Although the fame she gained is worth celebrating for, the huge animal still felt a longing for solitude – to be back to the natural habitat she is supposed to be in.

PETA [People for Ethical Treatment of Animals] demands the return of Mali at her sanctuary in Thailand through their proposed campaign. Currently, the elephant was inspected and she is found to be suffering from a depression and some physical health problems. These are great risks to still keep the lonely elephant in the zoo where she isn’t comfortable anymore. Mali obviously needs friends and a company of her fellow elephants in Thailand where she was born. Any living who is sent away from his hometown will not just feel being exiled and different but also the feeling of homesickness every night when darkness envelopes and makes you feel so alone. Mali is even suffering more because there are forces that would still initiate her safety in the country. Mayor Estrada proposed that he will make Mali stay and let Manila and zoo visitors shoulder the expenses needed to accommodate the weak giant. Aside the expenses met by the people for her stay, Mali would still not feel normal since depression had already made her stay miserable and an extension to it would be a torture already.

The opinions of the professionals who attended Mali’s current state are enough to voice out what the elephant can’t say to the public. Her pink complexion and other visible problems are evident enough to voice out what the giant cannot say in public. Let us help this helpless creature and bring her home to the place where she belongs.