ONLINE PLAGIARISM: UNETHICALLY GRABBING OUR BLOG’S PHOTOS AND PUTTING THEIR OWN WATERMARK ON IT

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I PRY! The photo above was used by one blog and put their watermark on it!!!!!!!

I hope some blogs are well mannered enough to source our blog in using our blog’s photos albeit they don’t have watermarks on it since I believe putting watermarks are ugly as hell. But I believe in being courteous. I think that blogging is about expression, and expression is about acquiring necessary sources to create a meaningful and narrative experience to readers. But with this comes the responsibility of being gracious to elements used especially when it’s NOT theirs. Is it because their website/blog is old and ours is new or theirs are famous and ours is not yet, that they think they have the right to grab all of the novice blogs’ photos without our permission? Without even sourcing us? I believe a “source:  ” is enough; actually, blogs can use our photos without sourcing us, I won’t pry THIS MUCH, BUT putting their OWN watermark (with logo and all) on my photo is a mark of a plethoric self-indulgence and moral decay. Their rebuttal will always be ‘because it is public’, but this act of online plagiarism only goes to show how unethical the people/person working in that certain website/blog is and how people should feel in disdain for someone like this. This blogging community should not be a community of squalor, sordid and uncivilized individuals, instead I aim to call upon those who do blogging to BE ETHICAL.

I should be investigating in this website/blog if they still used some of my photos and I will surely call upon their attention for strike two.

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FILIPINO PROBLEMS: HOMOSEXUALITY, THE VICE GANDA ISSUE, AND THE UGLY TRUTH

Natutuwa, pero hindi nirerespeto. Natatawa, pero hindi tinatrato ng sakto.

That sums up to what being gay is like here in the Philippines, and how treatment is most likely have and still happening. Upon the issue of the rumored Vice Ganda and unknown boyfriend break-up raised an unforgivable and pitiful issue of pre-judgment, inequality and discrimination.

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Based on the articles I’ve read and TV show clips I’ve seen in the past few days: first and foremost in The Buzz which Kris Aquino interviewed the indisputably the most famous Gay ever that stayed long in Philippine Television: Vice Ganda, about his break-up with the unnamed lover.

He has hints of initials T and R in his official Twitter account which is the rumored Ateneo basketball star Terrence Romeo. Clearly, whenever that topic is raised, even on his noontime show ‘It’s Showtime’; he always give comical remarks on what really is it but never gives a confirmation on who that person is. Leaving people in question, ‘Is it true or not?’

Hence to the issue in that TV interview; a Facebook account of Terrence Romeo grudgingly posted about how dismayed he is about the said issue and threatens to deactivate it permanently if people tolerate it.

Terrence, on the other hand, then denied, but seems happy and even praised that someone took the initiative to post it.

In addition to that faux-post and partly degrading appraisal is a statement made by Terrence Romeo’s father William, quoting:

“Si Terrence talagang tinuturuan ko ‘yan ng katuturan. So kung totoo man ‘yang istorya na ‘yan, sinuway niya ako. Dahil hindi naman lahat ng oras nakasama ko siya,” he said. “Pero si Terrence, kumpleto ng aral sa akin ‘yan. Pinaiiwas ko siya sa mga bagay na hindi mabuti.”

In the past, being gay is generally unacceptable in the Filipino society because of numerous reasons:

 

1. Religious – As a true blue religious country, believing in everything the church says; we are ignorant of the fact that the Earth is round, the universe is infinite, and science can be the highest form of education we can achieve to become a worthy and knowledgeable citizen. This doesn’t mean I don’t believe in God, it’s just that I have my faith, but not in the same normal people who preaches.

2. Global Standards – Rest assured, the Philippines is not the only nation to appease an abomination to the gay community, but also to the world.

3. Homophobia – to get a textbook definition of this: Prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality. Or in societal definition nowadays; a person acting straight, disliking homosexuality because of a hidden, unaccepted and shamed hypocrisy within self.

4. Family Standard/Upbringing – this sums to parents’ Religious beliefs, Global standards and/or Homophobia.

 

And some other pathetic reasons you can think of. With this still obvious in our society; I’m definitely sure we’re still in the century where science is denied and ignorance is tolerated.

And now back to the issue as per told by William Romeo and how discriminative his statement is:

Pinaiiwas ko siya sa mga bagay na hindi mabuti. (I let him keep distance to the things that aren’t good.)”William Romeo

It’s annoying and unfair because he correlated being wrong with being gay or having an affair with a gay person.

Discriminating gay people on their gender preference or sexual orientation or same sex relations is like claiming you are GOD that you can do or say whatever you want because you are the Law. And obviously, you are not GOD, therefore you have ZERO right to dictate on what preference these people chose to have; not even lecturing on absent verses on the New Testament about how wrong being homosexual is wont exempt you from hell, because in the first place you have judged.

And what I learned about Jesus is that he was here not to judge but to accept and forgive. And that’s one commendable personality one person can have, and definitely that’s what it meant by being Christ-like. And Pope Francis clearly understood that.

If you have nothing good to say, better shut the hell up.

And if you think I am over reacting to this issue; well you’re ignorant to what’s happening outside our nation then. If this was heard in the US; this would be sensationalized.

Vice Ganda is a national phenomenon, he has breached the cinema and the music scene smashing some records. He’s called the Unkabogable (undefeatable) because he’s the only gay person to have reigned in our showbiz who lasted years and still going strong with the ultimate competition that is himself and only himself can break it.

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I look up to him.

Because he set the standard of a fact that Showbizness is done with straight people on the top of the charts, and it’s time to be different; it’s time to accept the fact that there are talented people out there, straight or gay, who could redefine total entertainment.

He did also change the way people think about being gay: that respect is somehow subconsciously earned and some people changed the way they look upon us. I can concretely say that because as years passed by, straight people changed the way they treated me; some with utmost respect, some with a cunning fear, and some trying to be close with me with no prejudice on what orientation I might choose.

I felt that sudden change in people surrounding me and in my society. But there’s still that lingering fact that discrimination is going on in these uncharted hearts of people laughing with Vice Ganda or Gays in general.

Natutuwa, pero hindi nirerespeto. Natatawa, pero hindi tinatrato ng sakto.

They adore, but respect is fleeting. They laugh, but discriminate right after. Hypocrisy seems to be floating amidst this battle we’re fighting. The LGBT community has been fighting for equality. I too have been fighting my whole life for equality, acceptance and a resonating cry for RESPECT.

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FILIPINO PROBLEMS: SSS, PAG-IBIG, PHILHEALTH ETC.

Pagawas sa kos akong gibati nga Kaanyag, Kalipay’g Kasakit, AMEN.

Once you step into the Employment realm; you’d be glad that you did. But one unfortunate fact about being part of that world is to have your national identity be processed in numeric sense. And with that comes the unsystematic, long lines and most of the times not centralized filthy government institutions.

This has been one of the causes of high blood in the Philippines, besides the fact of the intense heat we experience in our beautiful yet unsophisticated country.

When I applied for a job; it was obvious that I should get my SSS, Philhealt and PAG-IBIG numbers/papers so that I could become a registered citizen working in the Philippines with a very unique number that is unchangeable.

But the plot twist here was that I had no idea what to do first. I was asking some older co-workers on what to do, and they are even lazy enough to tell the tales with me on getting these important numbers/papers. Dali raman daw, kapoy lang daw’g linya... True. Ending up people telling me ‘Adto lang, dong nya pangutana lang sa guard‘… But also a fact nga away-awayon pakas UBANG mga itsep nga empleyado sa gobyerno, di nalang mag tarung sa ilang trabaho, PWEH!  Tawgon pakog ‘Dong’.

But where do this all route back? To a simple ignorance…

I believe that students should be educated in schools with a subject teaching them on how to open/use/update credit card, ATM, Deposit, Passbook; Apply for SSS, Pag-ibig, Philhealth, Passport, License, VISA etc; How can we apply for public and private Loans; What are, Where and How can we store all important numbers and papers that are useful for employment, and all those kinds of practical life uses. Because Algebra, Chemistry, and Random International Languages are honestly impractical in terms of everyday, employment or general life situations.

Cuz truth be told, I’m almost 24 and I still have no idea on how to do most of it. It’s a fact I’m ignorant about it because it’s my choice to be, wa koi interes sa mga butang-butang nga gahatag nakog ka-kapoy, since going and applying to places I’ve mentioned IS VERY, VERY TIME CONSUMING AND TOTALLY ANNOYING!!!!! No words can explain how pissed I am with these stupid systems we got.

But to be fair, sa ubang institutions, nindot na baya and systematic na… sa UBAN.

Kung di lang grabe ka importante ning mga pesteng papeles ai.

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FILIPINO PROBLEMS: GRAMMAR (SA TINUORAY LANG)

Have you read my past reviews of restaurants, movies, or travel spots? Yeah, you might be discombobulated, raising one of your eyebrows because of too much grammar lapses in my posts. (Charot kayng discombobulated)

Yes, we Filipinos are so good with speaking the English language but not too much on the technicality of it. Yufak man sad jud tinuoray nga bantayan nalang tanan nimong ininglish diba? But to the benefit of the perfectionist people; we just look for somebody to proofread our diligent works only to find out how erroneous it is. Feeler man sad gud usahay hehe.

I do not deny nga daghan kayo kog error sa grammar sa akong mga post, heller, English is my 2nd language. Di baya ko si Georgina Wilson, although ora-ora mig byuti katong wa pako buyagi.

But as a blogger, I realized that there’s going to be a social responsibility, even when I did not think it is part of what I do, but we are just like these politicians that whenever we suit ourselves up for public service: we now have in our hands the power to subconsciously educate people especially and most especially the youngsters. Because I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way…

Anyhow, upon that actualization of mine comes also the part of me that I am not perfect. Although I love to write, and I’ve been writing ever since; the duty of being perfect is far away from what I intend to do. Layu ra baya ang blogging sa teaching the English language ha… kung mao man diay; maynta ga tukod nalang kog ESL school.

The fact that there are rude people, who correct my grammatical mistakes, thinking they’re better than me, is a proof that people in this world are inevitable from social scrutiny due to the lack of knowledge in a certain field, and mine is with grammar. I know basic grammar, kai mao raman sai nahibaw-an nako sa skwelahan; and not to include the fact that we often forget everything basic. Kai ngano, kabaw pa diay ka sa mga tanan-tanang basic rules sa English grammar ug Mathematical equations? (ug kabaw gihapon ka, sorry, pero di na nako sala kung wala kai social life). And pasensya if imong course kai Education, Major in English who is in depth of everything in the English language, and lahi ako-ang course which do not have the same focus as yours. Mao sigurong heavy mo bash sila online because they are not appreciated in real life, kaluoy sad.

Again, I’m not perfect with my English grammar… di man gani perfect nang mga Amerikano, truth be told, most of us Pinoys are a bit better when it comes to technicality paman gani, and that’s according to my friend living a long time there in the U.S.

Truth is, most bashers of my grammar lapses are Pinoys; kay pa-mai-mai sad baya ang mga oatch kasagaran but I leave it to them because they’re ‘experts’ to that, and nothing more when it comes to real life.

Although there’s one commenter which was uber nice to me, telling me about my grammar lapses in a very subtle way was very much pleasing to read, not to include the fact that before he mentioned the negative part of my posts; he first praised me for my ability to blog something that will warn or entice people to visit a place. He was so nice; I bet he has a much better life than those paka-arun ingnon bashers.

What’s important, actually for me, is that you are understandable and relatable. It’s going to be a responsibility as a random social media correspondent; but not totally. I try my best to correct any erroneous sentences I have in my posts to make sure I do my best in giving information with perfectly structured English language. But tinuoray lang, ang importante para nako is that I can impart my experiences to my audience and give them insight to what they might experience ahead, and most important is to enjoy reading and looking at the pictures.

Just read and enjoy and if you think one has grammar lapses or technical errors, tell them nicely… tell me nicely, I really do appreciate corrections. Di man sad ni para ako ra, para mani sa tanan. (IBOTO PARA PRESIDENTE!)

The point here is that there’s no reason to be rude and vile just because you think of yourself too high; there are better ways than bashing one’s imperfections, not unless he/she did something ugly to you. Just be nice, mas daghan paman siguro’y mo bilib nimo/ninyo kung di mo hawd.

CIAO!

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THE REASON WHY I CAN’T GO TO TAYLOR SWIFT’S CONCERT [UPDATE]

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If there’s one gay who definitely understands every single Taylor Swift song that would be me.

I have always been a fan of Taylor Swift; one of the most award winning and successful singers in this generation who captivate the hearts of millions around the globe. And she’s just 24 and she’s up to the top giving endless hopes to broken hearts out there, and inspiring millions of damsel in distresses hoping for their prince to come and save them from loneliness, or just simply sing the songs of their lives.

Why do we love TSwift?

It’s because she’s young and successful, therefore, she’s really inspiring others to pursue one’s dream. It’s because she’s inspiring others to take risks and be FEARLESS, because it won’t be life as it is if you’re not one. It’s because she knows her worth, making other girls out there realize that you’re more than something out from that semi-toxic relationship you’re having. It’s because she’s a fashion icon and makes girls remember to stay classy. It’s because when she dances, she dances awkwardly, and many can relate to that, but because she’s fearless, she’ll do it whatever critics might say about it. It’s because she’s not afraid to love, and she’ll do whatever it takes to give everything even when critics say or write in epic proportions about how she’s not learning from it, in which she is.

It’s because she speaks to the hearts of millions through her songs… That completes a Taylor Swift.

Why do I love TSwift?

Because she sings the songs about my love and life in the perfect tone, melody and exact words that are impossible to speak out in person. Because her songs give more meaning, in spite heart breaks and trials of love she’s singing; but let’s admit, we’re all kind of a hopeless romantic in our own way. Because she inspired me to be FEARLESS and to take risks because life’s what makes it. And because, I learned to love with no boundaries, because that’s what love’s all about. If you don’t give what you have, then why bother in the first place?

Then the inevitable came in February of 2011, when her Speak Now world tour came to the Philippines… I kinda have hoped I would’ve came, because my brother promised me he’ll take me there, (I was still at school that time). But no, he’s kind of a jerk. And that’s one of the many reasons why we had a drift.

I lost that opportunity to see her live and have my first concert experience. But anyway, I knew she would come back sooner… or later.

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Then she recently announced that she’ll be bringing her Red Tour in Asia, and one stop is in the Philippines; I was so ecstatic about the news that I was literally jumping on my bed. My heart leaped telling my partner about the news. He always has been a great supporter of mine when it comes to Taylor Swift; even calling me T.T. Swift (whatevs haha).

I said that I’ll do everything in my power to get to this concert… then the day when the concert tix was released. I planned to buy it online (since it was the only way, I’m in Cebu, and her concert was in Manila, so I had to take a plane to get there), and when the morning came I opened the online ticket seller, learning that it was already too late for me since it’s already been sold out… literally, like I called the ticketing department where they sell those tickets, and she enthusiastically told me that there was just NONE. Before whenever I opened the website, TSwift’s concert was bannered, and now it’s Barney’s. (Anong gagawin ko sa concert ni Barney? Dadami lang kaming mga bakla doon).

I never saw that coming. My heart got crushed. It was a dream of course and it makes a normal person sad. I already had foreseen myself with my partner jumping on the balcony of the General Admission (Since I can’t afford the expensive VIP tix, cuz I’m not rich), and dancing together with ‘22’, singing my heart out until my voice runs out.

I even foresaw that I was holding this colorful marquee with an “I LOVE YOU, TAYLOR! –DON” with it. Wow, it just sunk my heart.

I am so like Taylor Swift, melodramatic on this, I’m even blogging about it! But oh well, its life, full of surprises and disappointments. But then, my hopes went back up after learning that I still have a chance, that the Ice Cream brand Cornetto (who is sponsoring Taylor’s concert), is doing a raffle draw by sending out codes on the lids of their ice creams with the price of 2 VIP Tix, and some minor prizes.

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So, literally, I bought almost every day. I have already 10 coupons, hopeful for my first concert experience together with someone I truly idolize. Even my co-workers helped me in finding this Taylor Swift promo of theirs just for me to win.

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My co-worker, Miss Ay, was so sweet in buying me 2 Cornetto’s and giving the lids to me :)

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*sighs

Why do I deserve to win? Because, I know and understand every melody, rhythm, lyric, and heartbeat of each song she’s made.

SO, I’m still hoping to win. Although my best chance might be one is to a million or two… or three.

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ANIMALS DO PARTY IN 8-BIT MANNER | DISCO ZOO RAVE

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Lately, I’ve been playing this game called Disco Zoo which I downloaded from the App Store. This game consist of a Zoo that rescues animals from different places like in a farm, outback, Savanna, Northern, Jungle and Jurassic using any aircraft upgrades. It’s not a hyped game that rushes your adrenaline, complex or the like. Although rescuing the animals do need some memory skills and luck; the game is just calm and easy. Everything you need is just told.

Animals make money until the time they fall asleep and the phone notifies you to wake them up. It’s easy yet fun. And upon rescuing animals, you need to follow patterns in which I’m quite appalled about because I really do have a bad memory. And to remedy my plea, I managed to look up (cheat) on the internet all of the animal patterns and print it out.

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Sample animal pattern

And, I’m not that selfish, so I’ll be sharing this ready-to-print Word file for the ease of everyone playing the game.

Download here —-> Disco Zoo

ENJOY!

STUPIDITY REPLACES PROPRIETY. THIS IS MY SOCIETY.

Photo: Chang Euldan Article: CebuFinest

Photo: Chang Euldan
Article: CebuFinest

I love how this issue has been brought about because it just goes to show how intolerable these insensitive kind of people who don’t have emotional considerations upon most things, for all they know is how to party and have fun with no consequences to realize about their horrid actions.

Stupidity replaces propriety… This is my society.

READ HERE ABOUT THE ISSUE

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