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Filipino netizens ‘very open’ to social media interaction

IN AN AGE where fake news and alternative facts have proliferated social media, Filipino netizens are found to be still more accepting of messages brands transmit to their news feeds, a research said. Kantar TNS’s 2017 Connected Life study — which involved a survey of 70,000 people in 56 countries and the conduct of 104 […] The post Filipino netizens ‘very open’ to social media interaction appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineOct 16th, 2017

The digital screen rules

TV remains pop culture’s most powerful medium Pop (from the word popular) culture permeates all aspects of the contemporary Filipino social life. Shaped by the interaction among people as they go about their daily activities, local pop culture develops and manifests itself in fashion, music, print media, cyberspace, sports, slang words, greeting rituals, food, drinks, [...] The post The digital screen rules appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Filipino netizens rally for cheaper electricity

Many Filipinos have taken to social media to vent their frustration on the cost and quality of electricity in the Philippines, and call on Congress to approve House Bill 8179 with the rallying cry.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Facebook breach: Netizens urged to protect accounts

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has urged Filipino social media users to implement security protocols following a major breach that affected 50 million users of social media network Facebook......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Employee caught resting bare feet on donut crate; company commits to take action

Photos of a donut shop employee resting her bare feet on a crate containing donuts made the rounds in social media over the weekend --- a spectacle that was, for most of the netizens, seemed quite disturbing. The netizen, a certain Alfred, took to Twitter last Saturday, June 9, to share photos of the unnamed female employee who was sitting behind the counter of a local Mister Donut branch. The branch was not named, but the pictures showed the employee sitting on her chair while resting her feet on top of an open container-drawer of donuts, as she texted away on her phone. Despite the nature of the image, the netizen still managed to make light of the situation, as the netizen wrote,...Keep on reading: Employee caught resting bare feet on donut crate; company commits to take action.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Top internet users: Philippines ranks 12th

Sixty-seven million out of the 104 million Filipinos – or 63 percent of the total population – are social media savvy and have been using the internet despite its slow speed, making Filipino netizens the 12th among the top 20 internet users globally......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

New PH words are candidates for Oxford dictionary

For the first time ever, the folks at Oxford English Dictionary allowed a layman (yours truly) to look at how they determine new additions to the English lexicon.   While visiting the UK I was introduced to OED's chief lexicographer, Sir Knute Toomey who leads a global research team that meticulously searches for emerging new words and expressions that should belong in the distinguished Oxford dictionary.   Sir Knute told me he has been immersing himself in Philippine social media. "We are looking at terms used by Filipino netizens that might make it to the OED this year," he said, peering from his thick glasses. "Your country, my friend, is such a lexical gold ...Keep on reading: New PH words are candidates for Oxford dictionary.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

‘Freedom and Crime’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao:  AM NOT SURPRISED when some quarters are exploiting to the hilt the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission to shut down the operations of Rappler.The bannered story warns of the muzzling of the press. Rappler itself, quoting Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, wrote that if Duterte wants to close the media establishment they could have just sent the military. Of course it is the usual Rappler’s furtive way of saying it which is very characteristic of this media outfit.  But this is not about press freedom. It is about media ownership which, under Philippine laws, should be 100% owned by Filipinos. For years since the inception of Rappler, the impression was that it is fully owned by Pinoys. There are Filipinos  with extra money to spare who invested money in Rappler in the hope that they can support an independent media outfit. As every body knew, the big media establishments are tools used by the wealthy and famous to protect their interest from political predators but they end up using the muscle of the press to either promote or destroy politicians and their adversaries.  Not until SEC ordered the closure of Rappler that it came out in the open that  the notorious ON OMIDYAR had wormed its way in and into the heart and brain of Rappler. The characters behind these outfits are shrewd but not wise enough their own disclosures in their PDRs gave them away. The Philippine Deposit Receipts which Rappler through its holding company issued explicitly granted ON OMIDYAR to have a say in the operations and business of Rappler.  Ma. Ressa’s attention was called by SEC on this critical item but it appears that she was not paying attention or might have thought she can deal with the problem anyway.  Looks like she sat on the problem that even the  members of the 5-man Commission who, except for one,  are all appointees of ex-Pres. Noynoy Aquino have reach a point of decision.  As the story unravels, again it showed that there was an attempt to correct the provisions in the PDRs by submitting ON OMIDYAR’s waiver on its right to intrude into the conduct of business of Rappler. Again Rappler showed its cavalier attitude, it submitted the waiver document which was not even notarized.  Obviously even the Aquino-controlled SEC cannot take the lackadaisical attention of Ma. Ressa. It revoked the SEC registration of Rappler.  Even as it had been axed, Ressa and Pia Ranada fought back, the later calling Pres. Rodrigo Duterte names as if they reign supreme and they alone know what freedom of the press means. To add to her dramatics Pia intoned  that she is prepared to go to prison for exercising her rights of free expression. She forgot that It was Duterte who, early in his presidency signed an EO on Freedom of Information.  Ressa and Ranada wailed their press freedom had been curtailed. But such is not the case. Every word that they say saw print and broadcasted in nearly 2,000 media outlets in the Philippines and not counting the social media. The revocation of Rappler’s permit is not about freedom of the press but its violation of the constitution which succinctly underlines that media establishment must be 100% Filipino owned.   In hindsight the Duterte government was even too kind to Rappler even as it was the leading media organization that demonize Duterte in every turn. I had seriously doubted its overtures that brag it stands for truth and fairness. During the senate hearing on extra-judicial killing allegedly carried out by the Davao Death Squad which Sen. Leila De Lima and Sen. Antonio Trillanes claimed was organized by Duterte, Rappler simply swallowed what witnesses Matobato and Lascanas said.  In 2009 when as CHR Chair De Lima conducted a probe on EJK the number of victims she alleged then was less than 300. The probe lasted for months with nary a piece of evidence was found to indict Mayor Duterte. She pursued her quest to pin Digong when she became Justice Secretary but again she failed. When she became senator she became even more aggressive she placed a bungling Matobato in the witness stand. But Matobato was flawless in his delivery when he was interviewed by Time Magazine. It was unmistakable he was reading from an idiot’s card. He proudly state that as member of DDS he killed and buried more than 200 persons in an abandoned quarry. Yet he cannot find the grave of his victims.     When it was the turn of Lascanas to testify in the senate inquiry, he casually said that they buried more than 2,000 EJK victims in the same quarry.  Between the two perjured witness they  confessed to the  killing of over 2,200 victims of EJK which they buried, they said, in the abandoned quarry. It is simply a classic fantasy. A manslaughter of such magnitude cannot escape notice especially when that narrow piece of land is just about four kilometers from city hall and so adjacent to a number of housing subdivisions. Nevertheless, if they were so sure then why cannot they find a single piece of viable evidence.   In all these occasions Rappler gave the hearings liberal space and took the testimonies of the witnesses as the biblical truths. Both Rappler and Time Magazine adopted exactly the same flawed statistics which in their recent count had reached 13,000 EJK victims. I am based in Davao and frankly I am amazed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 to engange Pinoy youth and coaches nationwide

Jr. NBA PH press release MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Dec. 23, 2017 – Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska will tip off Jan. 13 at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati and runs through May 2018 as part of the league’s effort to encourage youth basketball participation. This year’s program is set to reach more than 250,000 participants and 900 coaches across the country.  Online registration is open now at www.jrnba.asia/philippines. Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to enhance the youth basketball experience for players, parents and coaches.  During the 2017-18 season, the NBA will reach more than 26 million youth in 71 countries through a variety of camps, clinics, skills challenges, league play and outreach events.   The program remains free and open to boys and girls ages 10-14 throughout its four stages: skills clinics in schools and communities, Regional Selection Camps, a National Training Camp and an NBA experience trip.  Since its launch in 2007, Jr. NBA clinics have been implemented in 110 cities and municipalities across the country and the 2018 program will return to key provinces including Agusan Del Norte, Batangas, Benguet, Cavite, Misamis Oriental, and Negros Occidental.  Regional Selection Camps will be held in Bacolod (Feb. 10-11), Butuan (Feb. 24-25), Baguio (March 17-18) and Metro Manila (April 7-8), with the top 37 boys and 37 girls advancing for the National Training Camp in Manila in May 2018, which will feature an NBA and WNBA player or legend.  The program will culminate with the selection of 16 Jr. NBA All-Stars, comprised of eight boys and eight girls, who will embark on an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.  Prior editions of the Jr. NBA Philippines program have featured notable alumni including Aljon Mariano, Kobe Paras, Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Ricci Rivero, and Kai Sotto.  “For the past 10 years, Jr.  NBA Philippines has established itself as a platform to improve the youth basketball experience and promote an active and healthy lifestyle among the Filipino youth,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.  “Together with Alaska, we are committed to providing proper guidelines to how the game should be played and taught to more youth, coaches and parents in the country.” “As part of our long-standing partnership with the NBA, Alaska Milk Corporation is proud to play an active role in shaping the basketball players of tomorrow through good nutrition and proper life values,” said Alaska Milk Corporation Marketing Director Blen Fernando.  “We look forward to making a lasting impact on the lives of aspiring athletes on and off the court through the Jr. NBA program.” The 2018 edition of Jr. NBA Philippines will also include the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year program, led by Jr. NBA Head Coaches Carlos Barroca and Alaska Power Camp Coach Jeff Cariaso, to provide training for 14 Jr. NBA coaches during the National Training Camp, with two Jr. NBA Coaches of the Year awarded with an NBA experience trip.   Jr. NBA Philippines furthers the mission of Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. program that highlights the nutritional benefits of milk, encourages physical activity through play, and instills values that are essential to becoming a champion.   AXA, CloudFone, Gatorade and Panasonic serve as Official Partners of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines, while Spalding is a Supporting Partner.  ABS-CBN Sports + Action, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the Official NBA Broadcasters of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines.  Coaches and participants can now register the Jr. NBA program online at www.jrnba.asia/philippines, where the program terms and conditions can be found.  Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and the NBA at www.nba.com and on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and follow PlayPH at www.playph.com and on Facebook and Twitter. About the NBA The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League, set to launch in May 2018.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.4 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes. About Alaska Milk According to the 8th National Survey of FNRI and DOH (as of 2013), obesity is one of the most prevalent nutritional problems of Filipino children and adults, with about 5 out of 100 Filipino children being classified as overweight. Obesity can lead to different health problems like heart diseases and even diabetes at a young age, which could lead to serious health, economic and social implications later on in life. In line with Alaska Milk’s mission to bring affordable nutrition and a love of active play to every Filipino household, powering the Jr. NBA is a major part of Alaska’s “NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION.” initiative. By highlighting milk’s nutritional benefits and encouraging children to go out and play, Alaska consistently works to instill the values Determination, Hard Work, Teamwork, Discipline and Sportsmanship in tomorrow’s champions......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Netizens poke fun at Miss Universe 2017 lookalikes

MANILA, Philippines — Two days before Miss Universe 2017 holds it coronation night on Monday, Filipino netizens are all over social media to follow news and.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

After being cyberbullied, Isabel Lopez gets windfall of showbiz offers

New soap, two new movies - these were but some of the projects that former beauty queen and actress Maria Isabel Lopez bagged after drawing flak from netizens for using the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) lane last week.   Lopez said she had received "too many offers" after being bashed for admitting on social media that she removed the divider cones separating the Asean and open lanes on Edsa during the monster traffic jamon Saturday.   "Too many offers---tv guestings, new soap, 2 new movies for 2018, on top of the one I'm producing.. plus a new International film to be shot in Japan etc.. I'm booked guys till 2019.. haaay naku.. Bashers, why did...Keep on reading: After being cyberbullied, Isabel Lopez gets windfall of showbiz offers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Gervacio returns to Foton

Dzi Gervacio will make a return stint with Foton for the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, slated to open on October 21 as the Tornadoes gun for a three-peat in the import-laden tournament. The former Ateneo de Manila University star last donned the Tornadoes jersey two years ago and her addition will shore up the squad's lineup in the nine-team season-ending conference.   “Injury-plagued pa rin kami so we’ll see (if maka-three-peat) but Miss Gervacio will be a big boost to our campaign,” said Foton team owner Rommel Sytin Friday when he met Gervacio and league officials headed by chairman Philip Juico and president Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara. Gervacio will add more firepower to the Tornadoes, alongside veterans and national team members 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago and Maika Ortiz and holdovers Ivy Perez and returning Dindin Santiago-Manabat. Foton tapped Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic of Serbia and Dragana Perunicnic of Montenegro.  Gervacio suited up for the Tornadoes back in the 2014 Grand Prix and the 2015 All-Filipino Conference where she unfortunately sustained a left ACL injury in a match against Philips Gold. She returned to indoor volleyball last year with BaliPure in the V-League and then played for BanKo-Perlas in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference. Gervacio is also busy organizing tournaments for Beach Volleyball Republic with close friends and Ateneo alumni Charo Soriano, Bea Tan and Gretchen Ho. The meeting also served as a chance for bridging the gap between Gervacio and Suzara regarding the issue of the delayed release of the international transfer certificates of PVL imports back in May. Gervacio apologized for her tweets and the hashtag 'IbigayMoNaTatsSuzara, which accused Suzara, the marketing and development committee chair of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) and an active member of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), of meddling with the processing of the ITCs. Gervacio in an letter said that her decision to bring the issue through social media platform ‘was in no way to try and disrespect Mr. Suzara as it was my way of eliciting a response from the authorities regarding the matter.’ Suzara said that everything’s water under the bridge now and thanked Sytin for initiating the fruitful meeting to clear the issue. “I respect Mr. Sytin and admire him for his decision to settle all things among the PSL, our stakeholders, our players and prove that negativity has no place in our quest to become one of the leading sports leagues in the country,” he said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2017

Pulse Asia: 88% of Filipino internet users aware of fake news on social media

Almost 9 out of 10 Filipinos who surf the internet to access their social media account are aware of fake news......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Mocha to go solo in 2019 election run

  Resigned presidential communications assistant secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson may have been key to President Duterte's 2016 electoral win, buton Wednesday she claimed that she would only rely on herself and her supporters as she mounts her "independent" campaign for the midterm polls. Uson, an entertainer who aggressively campaigned for Mr. Duterte on social media, said that her decision to run independently would prove to her critics whether her 5.7 million followers on her Facebook page are just trolls. But just how exactly she would mount her campaign? "There's really no funds. I would just rely on social media," Uson said in Filipino on Wednesday. Uson, however...Keep on reading: Mocha to go solo in 2019 election run.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Rep Wes Gatchalian apologizes for car blocking PWD ramp

MANILA, Philippines –“You’re sorry because you were caught?” This was the sentiment of some netizens over the public apology of Valenzuela City 1st District Representative Wes Gatchalian, days after he was called out on social media for using the parking slot reserved for persons with disabilities (PWD) ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Do Christmas songs affect consumer spending?

Jose Mari Chan meme is becoming a usual trend over the social media every August. It’s an indication that Filipinos are quite excited for a long Christmas celebration that will happen. Then the moment malls open on the first day of September, the long-playing Christmas songs will start to be heard until January of next [...] The post Do Christmas songs affect consumer spending? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

Making their blood boil: Netizens rage over Bertiz’s period excuse

MANILA, Philippines– What was ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz’s excuse for acting the way he did in his viral NAIA ‘shoes’ video ? In a press conference Monday, Octobr 1, he likened his outburst to a woman going through her monthly menstrual period. People on social media were quick to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

PNP urges Facebook users to secure accounts amid hacking

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has urged Facebook users to secure the privacy of their accounts after the social media giant reported a major security breach that compromised around 50 million accounts. "The PNP ACG (Anti-Cybercrime Group) is alerting Facebook users and subscribers in the Philippines to enforce their vulnerabilities against possible cyber attacks by observing basic cybercrime prevention tips," Albayalde said in a press briefing on Monday. READ: Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach He said netizens should always keep their social media accounts private and should use a unique password for every accou...Keep on reading: PNP urges Facebook users to secure accounts amid hacking.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

‘Mean Girls’ dubber’s hilarious parody video of in-flight announcements

Social media users were amused when Macoy Averilla, the man behind the viral Filipino-dubbed “Mean Girls” video, imitated a pilot’s voice when an aircraft would experience turbulence in travel. Averilla has since released other dubbed videos on his Facebook page but his recent parodies on in-flight announcements caught people’s attention and placed him in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Carla Abellana calls out barangay over revised ‘Oplan Doghang’ poster: ‘Pet abandonment is illegal’

A certain barangay recently revised its "Oplan Doghang" poster after it drew flak from animal rights' advocates and netizens for its message. The poster, launched by Baranggay Capri in Novaliches, Quezon City, made the rounds on social media last week and was quickly slammed by the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on Facebook. PAWS wrote that the use of tokhang to "encourage violent acts towards animals as a means of animal control is wrong." The backlash has since compelled the officials to rethink their poster, but it appears their revised poster still doesn't pass muster. Actress and animal lover Carla Abellana took to Instagram on Monday, Sept. 17, to call out the bara...Keep on reading: Carla Abellana calls out barangay over revised ‘Oplan Doghang’ poster: ‘Pet abandonment is illegal’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Why Kelsey Merritt’s features are not the basis of her national identity

Kelsey Merritt becoming the first Filipino model of Victoria Secret is being questioned on social media over her national identity because of her “mestiza” features. To be part of the much-anticipated fashion show is a dream come true for Merritt and her excitement could be felt when she posted about it on Instagram. “What an […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018