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Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 15th, 2021

Review: ‘Video City: Be Kind, Please Rewind’, too reel to be real

Writer-director Raynier Brizuela’s time-travel whirlwind romance Video City: Be Kind, Please Rewind (a collaboration between Viva Films and GMA Pictures) is an ambitious project tragically forced within an obviously limited budget, resources and creative restrictions. Brizuela, setting his film mainly in the year 1995, uses tight framing and a shaky cam technique, but not so much as to direct our focus on Ruru Madrid’s frequently teary eyes, but to avoid the movie’s lack of era-specific looks. Knowing that it’s a copyright nightmare for a low-budget movie such as Video City to recreate 1995, we are severely deprived of nostalgia. Then there’s the restriction issue: the 1990s are marked by the Eraserheads, the launch of the Windows 95 operating system, the O.J. Simpson trial, Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, Jolina Magdangal, Smokey Mountain and some major Philippine news and current events. But the production obviously cannot and will not show anything outside of Viva Entertainment’s world. Hence, the concept itself — a period piece — is already a failure. The inability of the film to recreate the ‘90s in the Philippines is the least of the movie’s problems. The film’s wobbly script from an unfocused story reduces the experience to something of an endurance test. Video City traps the audience within the suffocating four walls of Video City, a popular VHS rental shop in the ‘90s owned by Viva Entertainment, Inc. We watch a love story develop between Han (Ruru Madrid), a student from 2023, and Ningning (Yassi Pressman), a Video City worker from 1995. Suffocating, because of the tight framing combined with hackneyed, cringy dialogue and the severe lack of chemistry between the two leads. Independently, both actors give their best to bring life to their thinly written characters from a largely unremarkable, bizarre storytelling. Yet together, they cannot even produce a mild spark. Pressman’s Ningning, with her permed wig colored with blondie highlights (definitely not a Pinoy ‘90s look), is an energetic actress-wannabe, while Madrid’s Han is a depressive filmmaker-wannabe. Movies are the duo’s mutual passion, yet the script does not allow this passion to take root, further weighed down by the need to promote Viva’s past products, such as the movie Maging Sino Ka Man. There is no build-up in the romance. Ningning, upon realizing that Han comes from the future, is just very surprised for mere minutes. This rip in the space-time continuum does not inspire shock from Ningning, and she bizarrely does not ask questions about this supernatural occurrence. Even Han is just mildly surprised by his ability to time-travel via — get this — a VHS tape rewinder. Han is also inexplicably hired by the Video City branch, clearly the script’s excuse to “build” the bond between him and Ningning. But he never gets a Video City uniform. He is always in civilian clothes. Why? [caption id="attachment_187907" align="aligncenter" width="1356"] RURU Madrid delivers an effortless performance (please give this guy more nuanced roles!) but his talent is wasted here. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GMA pictures[/caption] In order to provide conflict and threat to the love story, Brizuela set a “limited time” — Han’s daily visit in 1995 gets shortened every day. With this restriction, Han also has to understand the “purpose” of his time travel really fast. But then the movie suddenly loses interest in Han’s initial angst: His uninspired thesis, the pressure to be as creative as his retired filmmaker mother (Suzette Ranillo), whose paralyzing health issues (we never know what her actual health issue is) is also affecting his mental health. Sure, these are mildly tackled and Han gets an “instant cure” for himself and his mother after attending a 1995 movie presscon (was it really open to the public back in the day?). But all of these issues are sidestepped to give way for the unengaging love story. Brizuela, the creative director of the social-media humor page PGAG, also utilizes the tiresome rain effect to “enhance” the romantic thrills. But with the way the rain suddenly appears (alongside Wency Cornejo’s song “Tag-ulan”), you find yourself recoiling instead of falling in love. The old Filipino nursery song “One Day, Isang Araw, I Saw, Nakakita” is also given an unusual prominence in the paper-thin script, making you wince even more. Madrid delivers an effortless performance (please give this guy more nuanced roles!) but his talent is wasted here. Not even his commendable performance can save this movie. Video City is difficult to sit through. The entire time, I was placed in an existential dread — I could neither forward the time to speed up the movie nor rewind back in time and avoid this altogether. 0 out of 5 stars Now showing in cinemas The post Review: ‘Video City: Be Kind, Please Rewind’, too reel to be real appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 24th, 2023

Too reel to be real

Writer-director Raynier Brizuela’s time-travel whirlwind romance Video City: Be Kind, Please Rewind (a collaboration between Viva Films and GMA Pictures) is an ambitious project tragically forced within an obviously limited budget, resources and creative restrictions. Brizuela, setting his film mainly in the year 1995, uses tight framing and a shaky cam technique, but not so much as to direct our focus on Ruru Madrid’s frequently teary eyes, but to avoid the movie’s lack of era-specific looks. Knowing that it’s a copyright nightmare for a low-budget movie such as Video City to recreate 1995, we are severely deprived of nostalgia. Then there’s the restriction issue: the 1990s are marked by the Eraserheads, the launch of the Windows 95 operating system, the O.J. Simpson trial, Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, Jolina Magdangal, Smokey Mountain and some major Philippine news and current events. But the production obviously cannot and will not show anything outside of Viva Entertainment’s world. Hence, the concept itself — a period piece — is already a failure. The inability of the film to recreate the ‘90s in the Philippines is the least of the movie’s problems. The film’s wobbly script from an unfocused story reduces the experience to something of an endurance test. Video City traps the audience within the suffocating four walls of Video City, a popular VHS rental shop in the ‘90s owned by Viva Entertainment, Inc. We watch a love story develop between Han (Ruru Madrid), a student from 2023, and Ningning (Yassi Pressman), a Video City worker from 1995. Suffocating, because of the tight framing combined with hackneyed, cringy dialogue and the severe lack of chemistry between the two leads. Independently, both actors give their best to bring life to their thinly written characters from a largely unremarkable, bizarre storytelling. Yet together, they cannot even produce a mild spark. Pressman’s Ningning, with her permed wig colored with blondie highlights (definitely not a Pinoy ‘90s look), is an energetic actress-wannabe, while Madrid’s Han is a depressive filmmaker-wannabe. Movies are the duo’s mutual passion, yet the script does not allow this passion to take root, further weighed down by the need to promote Viva’s past products, such as the movie Maging Sino Ka Man. There is no build-up in the romance. Ningning, upon realizing that Han comes from the future, is just very surprised for mere minutes. This rip in the space-time continuum does not inspire shock from Ningning, and she bizarrely does not ask questions about this supernatural occurrence. Even Han is just mildly surprised by his ability to time-travel via — get this — a VHS tape rewinder. Han is also inexplicably hired by the Video City branch, clearly the script’s excuse to “build” the bond between him and Ningning. But he never gets a Video City uniform. He is always in civilian clothes. Why? [caption id="attachment_187907" align="aligncenter" width="1356"] RURU Madrid delivers an effortless performance (please give this guy more nuanced roles!) but his talent is wasted here. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GMA pictures[/caption] In order to provide conflict and threat to the love story, Brizuela set a “limited time” — Han’s daily visit in 1995 gets shortened every day. With this restriction, Han also has to understand the “purpose” of his time travel really fast. But then the movie suddenly loses interest in Han’s initial angst: His uninspired thesis, the pressure to be as creative as his retired filmmaker mother (Suzette Ranillo), whose paralyzing health issues (we never know what her actual health issue is) is also affecting his mental health. Sure, these are mildly tackled and Han gets an “instant cure” for himself and his mother after attending a 1995 movie presscon (was it really open to the public back in the day?). But all of these issues are sidestepped to give way for the unengaging love story. Brizuela, the creative director of the social-media humor page PGAG, also utilizes the tiresome rain effect to “enhance” the romantic thrills. But with the way the rain suddenly appears (alongside Wency Cornejo’s song “Tag-ulan”), you find yourself recoiling instead of falling in love. The old Filipino nursery song “One Day, Isang Araw, I Saw, Nakakita” is also given an unusual prominence in the paper-thin script, making you wince even more. Madrid delivers an effortless performance (please give this guy more nuanced roles!) but his talent is wasted here. Not even his commendable performance can save this movie. Video City is difficult to sit through. The entire time, I was placed in an existential dread — I could neither forward the time to speed up the movie nor rewind back in time and avoid this altogether.   0 out of 5 stars Now showing in cinemas The post Too reel to be real appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2023

‘Love The Philippines’ campaign now in marketing limbo—Sen. Binay

  Senator Nancy Binay on Wednesday said the campaign for the country’s new tourism slogan is now in “marketing limbo” Binay added that the Department of Tourism should “accept” that the enhancement of the Philippine tourism branding is going through uncertainties following the video mess by its contracted advertising agency. The DoT said an “exhaustive” investigation on the non-originality of footage by its contracted agency, the DDB Philippines is ongoing. The probe was followed by the DoT’s termination of the contract with the ad agency for more promotional tourism videos. "We appreciate the actions taken by the DoT against the ad agency. But the big question right now is whether or not to continue with the 'Love' campaign,” Binay said. The senator lamented the use of non-original footage in the video has put the tourism industry into trouble and become a “laughing stock” with people creating memes and lampoons—poking fun at the "Love the Philippines" slogan. "We need to accept that it really happens—marketing campaigns fail. In DoT's case, it's best to move forward from failure and save the brand at all costs,” Binay said. “We cannot afford to put to waste everything that we built for Philippine tourism. Let's do the right thing to protect the integrity of the brand,” she added. Binay underscored that tourism should be taken as a “sensitive market.” “Political unrest, negative media and people's perceptions influence travelers' decisions…It is not wise for the DoT and the people behind the marketing campaign to insist on continuing with "Love the Philippines" given the negative impact brought by the video fiasco,” she further stressed. She said the people are now awaiting the “iteration of spoof” as DoT pursues the replacement of the tourism campaign. “The recommendation is to revert to the tried-and-tested campaign, and from there, create a tactical marketing plan to prevent a window for sabotage," Binay said. The goals set by the DoT have already been tilted and shifted, she added, noting that the entire plan “may look good on paper, but the campaign was beaten and battered in the real world.” "The DOT's enhanced campaign has lost the persuasion game. We all can sense the discombobulating algorithms with promotion-limiting consequences,” Binay said. “The campaign has lost its redeeming value and has become unsalvageable—I hope the DOT is level-headed enough to accept this. We expect them to be agile and move forward from failure because we don't want the slogan to become a national embarrassment and look like losers," she maintained. Binay urged the DoT to stop forcing its rebranding saying: “Love was not meant to be. Let us all move on and just bring back the 'Fun' to the Philippines,” referring to the success of the previous tourism campaign. The post ‘Love The Philippines’ campaign now in marketing limbo—Sen. Binay appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 5th, 2023

Over 120,000 Filipinos jailed for drug trade since 2022

MANILA, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Over 120,000 Filipinos related to the illegal drug trade have been jailed since 2022, Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos said Tuesday. In a video message on social media, Marcos said the Department of Justice has pursued 151,818 court cases related to drugs from 2022 to 2023, with 121,582 violators jailed. "These data are not just good numbers but real improvement i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 9th, 2024

Over 120,000 Filipinos jailed for drug trade since 2022

MANILA, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Over 120,000 Filipinos related to the illegal drug trade have been jailed since 2022, Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos said Tuesday. In a video message on social media, Marcos said the Department of Justice has pursued 151,818 court cases related to drugs from 2022 to 2023, with 121,582 violators jailed. "These data are not just good numbers but real improvement i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 9th, 2024

‘Last’ Beatles song set for release next week

A much-anticipated "new" Beatles record, created with the help of artificial intelligence, will be released next week on November 2, former band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr revealed Thursday. "Now And Then", first written and sung by ex-Beatle John Lennon and developed by the rest of the band, has now been finally finished by McCartney and Starr -- and AI -- decades after its original recording. McCartney, 81, announced its imminent release in June, in what has been dubbed in a promotional trailer "the last Beatles song". The track will be unveiled at 1300 GMT on November 2 by Apple Corps, Capitol and Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), with a music video debuting the following day. A 12-minute documentary written and directed by Oliver Murray -- best known for a 2022 biopic mini-series on The Rolling Stones -- will premiere on YouTube the evening, before featuring commentary from McCartney and Starr. "Now And Then" was recorded by Lennon in the late 1970s at his home in New York's Dakota Building, and also features piano music. Working with Peter Jackson, the film director behind the 2021 documentary series "The Beatles: Get Back", AI was used to separate Lennon's voice from the piano chords. 'Emotional' "There it was, John's voice, crystal clear," McCartney said, in comments published alongside the announcement of the release date. "It's quite emotional and we all play on it, it's a genuine Beatles recording," he added. "In 2023, to still be working on Beatles music, and about to release a new song the public haven't heard, I think it's an exciting thing." McCartney and Starr finished the song last year, including fellow ex-Beatle George Harrison's electric and acoustic guitar recorded in 1995. Recording at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, they also added Starr's drum part alongside bass, piano, a slide guitar solo by McCartney -- inspired by Harrison -- and more backing vocals. Starr added the process "was the closest we'll ever come to having him (Lennon) back in the room so it was very emotional for all of us. "It was like John was there, you know. It's far out." The Beatles -- Lennon, McCartney, Starr and Harrison -- split in 1970, with each going on to have solo careers, but they never reunited. Lennon was shot dead in New York in 1980 aged 40 while Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001, aged 58. 'Meant to be' "Now And Then" was one of several tracks on a cassette that Lennon had recorded for McCartney a year before his death. It was given to him by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in 1994. Two other songs, "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love", were cleaned up by the producer Jeff Lynne, and released in 1995 and 1996. An attempt was made to do the same with "Now And Then" but the project was abandoned because of background noise on the demo. AI has now made that possible, though its use in music is the subject of industry-wide debate, with some denouncing copyright abuses and others praising its prowess. McCartney said earlier this year that the technology's use was "kind of scary but exciting because it's the future". Sean Ono Lennon, the son of Lennon and Ono, said it was "incredibly touching" to hear the former Beatles working together again "after all the years that dad had been gone. "It's the last song my dad, Paul, George and Ringo got to make together. It's like a time capsule and all feels very meant to be," he added. "Now And Then" will be released as a double A-side, with the band's 1962 debut single "Love Me Do", and cover art by US artist Ed Ruscha. (Joe JACKSON) jj/srg/jj © Agence France-Presse The post ‘Last’ Beatles song set for release next week appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 26th, 2023

Intentional, premeditated

In a prior editorial, this paper raised the possibility that the Chinese vessels hitting a Philippine Coast Guard ship and a resupply boat it was escorting to Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea might have been intentional. While we let readers read between the lines, factual narrations of the event tended to show how improbable it would have been for two separate collision incidents, involving several Chinese and Philippine vessels, to happen by accident in the wide expanse of ocean. The two collisions happened miles away from each other amid fair weather conditions with the sun shining brightly, thus neither poor visibility nor questionable seamanship could have been a factor in the incidents. As in most cases, the simplest explanations often prove to be the correct or accurate ones. In these incidents, the latest in China’s aggressive maneuvers in the WPS, the actions taken by the Chinese coast guard and militia vessels smacked of premeditation. On Monday, Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro confirmed in a press briefing that the Chinese vessels “intentionally” hit the Philippine boats trying to resupply troops stationed on the intentionally grounded navy vessel, the BRP Sierra Madre. “While conducting legitimate rotation and resupply operations within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, Chinese coast guard and maritime militia vessels, in blatant violation of international law, harassed and intentionally hit the Unaiza May 2 and Philippine Coast Guard vessel BRP Cabra,” Teodoro said. It was a conclusion that would not have required the title Defense Secretary to make. Video footage and photos of the first incident showed a China Coast Guard ship chasing the very small resupply boat. As if the David-versus-Goliath affair were not enough, a second CCG vessel then cut off the boat. All the pieces of evidence considered, the word “collision” does not apply to the actions China took because this would presuppose the possibility of their being mere accidents. The operative word should be “bumped” or, if the incident resulted in grave damage to the Philippine vessels, “rammed.” The stern of the smaller resupply vessel and the bow of the Chinese coast guard ship were seen briefly touching in the video released by the Philippine military. According to a statement from the National Security Council, the supply boat sustained damage. It added that a second resupply boat was able to complete its mission to the BRP Sierra Madre. With the United States and Canada condemning China over the incident, the collision may not be the last or it may just be a portent of more serious “interactions” to come between China and the Philippines as both assert their respective sovereign claims in the WPS. If only to ensure peace in the Indo-Pacific region, countries that have pledged to conduct freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea should start doing so. The burden of checking Beijing’s expansionist designs in the region should be shared not only by other claimant nations, but by governments that benefit from the trillions of dollars in trade that pass annually through the South China Sea. We cannot expect the Philippines’ summoning of the Chinese ambassador over the incidents to amount to anything, except to register the country’s strong and continuing opposition to Beijing’s aggressive acts in the WPS. China can never claim Ayungin to be part of its sovereign waters because it lies 1,000 kilometers from its nearest major landmass, Hainan Island, while the shoal is only 200 kilometers from the western Philippine island of Palawan. This proximity of Ayungin Shoal to Palawan, along with other proof presented by the Philippines to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, was primarily considered by the court in ruling in favor of the Philippines in 2016. China had refused to recognize the arbitral ruling precisely because it did not go its way. In fact, the court declared as baseless China’s nine-dash line claim to nearly the entire South China Sea. CCG’s ramming of Philippine vessels is a calculated act of provocation. It is a message to the Philippines and the rest of the world that China is willing to use force to achieve its goals. Beijing’s actions are a threat to peace and stability in the South China Sea and the Asia-Pacific region. Nations must not allow China to succeed in its bullying tactics. The international community must take a stand and not allow China to undermine the rules-based order in the Asia-Pacific. The aggression being shown by Chinese maritime assets is a threat to the world, and must be stopped. The post Intentional, premeditated appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2023

Clean Car Discount driving electrified vehicle uptake

Latest data confirms that the Clean Car Discount is driving a big increase in electrified vehicle uptake and is making a real contribution to our climate goals, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said today."In September we passed the 150,000 milestone, with 156,000 rebates paid to EV and hybrid customers since July 2021, when the scheme start.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 11th, 2023

Why being slapped by Maricel Soriano is a dream for Pinoy actors

Maricel Soriano inevitably became the recipient of tribute-like statements from her costars at the recent media conference for the psychological drama series Linlang, which premiered last Thursday, 5 October, on Prime Video. [caption id="attachment_194585" align="aligncenter" width="788"] MARICEL Soriano[/caption] The 58-year-old actress, called the Diamond Star in recognition of her illustrious career in Philippine movies that began in her childhood, made lasting impressions on younger colleagues Kim Chiu, Paulo Avelino, JM de Guzman and Kaila Estrada, as well as on an older castmate, Ruby Ruiz, while shooting the series. “She’s the Diamond Star for a reason,” Estrada exclaimed. Nodding, De Guzman said, “Naging challenge sa ’kin pagka magka-eksena kami. Nanonood ako sa kanya kasi sobrang galing. Nadadala ako sa scene (It became a challenge to be in a scene with her. She’s so good. I get carried away).” Avelino summed up his feelings for his senior co-star with “napakaraming respeto at paghanga (So much respect and admiration).” Soriano, who’s also called Inay by people close to her, just played it cool, even cracking jokes. “Wala bang cash?’ Puro na lang salita ang natatanggap ko (No cash? I only get good words),” she quipped.   Accolades But the accolades kept pouring in, this time about how she can make a slapping scene so realistic that a fellow award-winning actress once said she literally saw stars after being slapped by Soriano. Chiu revealed that she has at least one slapping scene with Soriano in Linlang, which tackles marital infidelity and other forms of deception. “Sobra po akong natigalgal. Siyempre, di ba, pangarap ’yun ng isang artista na masampal ni Inay. Bucket list naming lahat ’yun. Bucket list, check! Ang lala! Baseball! (I was stunned. It’s every actor’s dream to get slapped by Inay. It’s in our bucket list. Mine is so strong, like being hit by a baseball).” Soriano then explained, “Mahirap kasing i-fake ’yun. Kailangang maramdaman ’yung galit ng nanay (It’s difficult to fake the emotions. I have to let out a mother’s anger).” In the story, she’s the mother of both De Guzman and Avelino’s characters. Chiu, on the other hand, plays the woman who comes between the two brothers. Ruiz, who takes on the role of Chiu’s grandmother, noted that Soriano gave “sobrang totoo n’yang emosyon (all-too-real emotions) in that slapping scene. Napakahusay ng pag-arte. Parang hindi umaarte (excellent acting, like not acting at all).” She expressed her fervent wish to work with Soriano again. “Hindi lang sampal ang gusto ko sa kanya. Umaatikabong acting (It’s not just a slap I want to get from her, but also the highest level of acting). Kung meron akong hindi malilimutan, ’yung friendship na nabuo namin ni Miss Maricel Soriano (If there’s one thing I won’t forget, it’s the friendship I’ve made with Miss Maricel Soriano).” Beyond the Diamond Star tag and image, Soriano is loved for her maternally caring ways, hence the pet name Inay. As De Guzman put it, “Parang nanay s’ya po talaga sa set. Inaalagaan n’ya po kami (She’s really like a mom on the set. She takes care of us).” Soriano herself gave examples of how she takes care of her wards, such as putting on baby powder and towel on their backs to avoid getting soaked by sweat. “Masaya ako, kaya looking forward ako na pumunta sa set nang maaga. Inaantay ko sila, ‘Anong latest? Naghahanap ako ng latest (I’m happy, that’s why I look forward to coming to set early. I wait for them, and then ask, ‘What’s the latest news?’).”   Generous According to Chiu, “Very generous si Inay. Ang dami n’yang binibigay sa ’min, lalo na ’ko kasi magka-paa kami. So ang dami-dami ko nang sapatos na mamahalin galing kay Inay (She gives us a lot of stuff. I now have so many expensive shoes that were given by Inay).” Also, “Ang dami n’ya parating pagkain sa kuwarto n’ya, so pupunta lang kami do’n, tapos magkukuwentuhan kami and chikahan, gano’n (She has so much food in her room. We just go there and chat).” “Ang galing lang na makatrabaho ang isang (It’s great to work with) Maricel Soriano na ang tagal-tagal na sa industriya pero (who’s been in the business for so long, yet is so) down-to-earth and very accommodating to help ’yung mga artista na katulad namin (other actors like us),” Chiu added. For his part, Avelino said he takes the initiative to remind new actors, when they get the chance to work with Soriano, to a least introduce themselves, say hi and show respect to a much-esteemed pillar of the industry. The post Why being slapped by Maricel Soriano is a dream for Pinoy actors appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2023

Ecuador probes AI-generated pornographic videos

Ecuadoran prosecutors launched an investigation on Thursday into the distribution of videos generated by artificial intelligence that showed sexual content using images of students. The probe was opened following "the dissemination of images and videos of students of an educational institution in Quito, modified using AI," the prosecutor's office said on X, formerly known as Twitter. The alleged perpetrators manipulated teenagers' pictures by superimposing their faces onto other people's naked bodies. Sybel Martinez of the anti-bullying program Grupo Rescate Escolar said that there were "approximately 700 videos of sexual and erotic content" involving images of between 20 and 24 students. Distributing child and adolescent pornography is punishable by up to 16 years in jail in Ecuador. The investigation follows an incident in Spain where AI-generated nudes of underage girls were distributed. The advent of AI has caused growing concern around the world that the technology can be used for malicious purposes such as the creation of so-called "deepfakes" -- computer-generated, often realistic images and video, based on a real template. About 96 percent of deepfake videos online are non-consensual pornography, and most of them depict women, according to a 2019 study by the Dutch AI company Sensity. The post Ecuador probes AI-generated pornographic videos appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 6th, 2023

Dark side of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has undeniably revolutionized various aspects of our lives, from enhancing industry efficiency to providing personalized recommendations. However, as AI continues to evolve, it brings with it a set of challenges and ethical concerns. One of the alarming trends is the use of AI-generated impostors in advertisements, creating a ripple effect that negatively impacts individuals, public trust, and the very fabric of authenticity in our society. The use of AI-generated impostors in advertising has become a growing concern, exemplified by the case of award-winning Hollywood actor Tom Hanks, who complained about a video advertisement he said he had nothing to do with. In this digital age, where AI algorithms can seamlessly replicate the appearance and even the voice of well-known figures, the lines between reality and simulation blur. Advertisements featuring these AI-generated impostors can mislead the audience, leading to unintended consequences. When AI-generated impostors are used in advertisements, the first casualty is the reputation of the individuals being impersonated. In the case of Tom Hanks, a beloved figure in the entertainment industry, the use of his likeness in deceptive advertisements not only damages his personal brand but also creates confusion and mistrust among his fanbase. Fans may find it challenging to distinguish between genuine endorsements and those featuring AI-generated impostors, eroding the authenticity that defines a celebrity’s connection with their audience. The broader consequence of AI-generated impostors in advertising is the erosion of public trust. As consumers become increasingly skeptical of the content they encounter, distinguishing between real and simulated information becomes daunting. This erosion of trust extends beyond the realm of advertising, impacting how people perceive information in general. The pervasive use of AI-generated content contributes to a culture of suspicion and skepticism, hindering meaningful communication and undermining the foundation of a trustworthy society. The use, therefore, of AI-generated impostors raises significant ethical concerns, particularly regarding consent. Celebrities and public figures have a right to control the use of their likeness, and AI-generated content often circumvents these rights. The creation and deployment of AI-generated advertisements featuring impostors may occur without the knowledge or consent of the individuals being impersonated. This not only violates their privacy but also challenges the ethical boundaries of technological advancements. Beyond the immediate impact on individuals and public trust, the prevalence of AI-generated impostors in advertising has cultural and social ramifications. As our interactions with AI become more commonplace, the blurring of authenticity in media content challenges our perception of reality. This distortion can influence societal values and norms, making it imperative to address the ethical implications of AI in advertising to safeguard the integrity of our cultural landscape. To mitigate the adverse effects of AI-generated impostors in advertising, there must first be increased awareness and education about AI-generated content’s existence and potential consequences. This includes educating consumers about the technology and its potential misuse in the advertising landscape. There is a need for stricter regulations governing the use of AI in advertising, especially when it involves the likeness of public figures. Clear guidelines on obtaining consent, disclosing the use of AI-generated content, and enforcing penalties for violations can help protect individuals and maintain the public’s trust. While, indeed, AI holds immense potential to transform various aspects of our lives positively, its misuse, as seen in the case of AI-generated impostors in advertising, poses serious challenges. The negative effects extend beyond individual reputations, impacting public trust, ethical standards, and cultural values. As we navigate this digital era, it is crucial to address these issues proactively through a combination of education, regulation, and ethical considerations. Only through a concerted effort can we ensure that the power of AI is harnessed responsibly, preserving the authenticity and trust that underpins a healthy and vibrant society. The post Dark side of Artificial Intelligence appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 5th, 2023

Ninong Ry on giving A twist to popular dishes: Preference over authenticity

At the recent launch of Ninong Ry (real name: Ryan Reyes) as the first-ever celebrity endorser of the food seasoning brand Knorr Professional, the chef and YouTuber showcased his culinary skills and sense of humor that have endeared him to his over two million online followers. He gave an interactive cooking demo on how he puts his own twist to the universal favorite food, fried chicken, and the Pinoy specialty dish, sisig, using the brand’s liquid seasoning and chicken powder. While doing his tasks, he also dispensed some tips and answered a few questions from media representatives and other guests from the foodservice sector. For the fried chicken, Ninong Ry used the brining process of soaking proteins in a solution of salty water and spices overnight to infuse flavor and tenderize the meat. He then deep fried the already prepared chicken parts to golden brown perfection. To the question about using an air fryer instead, he replied, “Puwede naman, although kailangan mo s’yang i-turn. Kailangan mo s’yang i-thermometer talaga (It’s possible, but you need to turn the meat over. You need to use a thermometer.) Meaning, you have to be mindful of uneven cooking. “Ultimately in the end, mas matrabaho pa s’ya at mas magastos pa s’ya sa deep fryer (It takes more effort and money).” In making his own version of sisig, Ninong Ry incorporated his current fascination on curing and smoking meat to come up with a type of bacon. He confessed being inspired by the Three-Way Sisig of JP Anglo, the chef and owner of Sarsa restaurant. “Technically Knorr seasoning is a flavorful liquid na meron kang asin (there’s already salt),” he pointed out. “Dadagdagan ko na lang ng curing salt. Dadagdagan ko lang ng asukal para sweet cured. Kasi ’yun naman ang gusto natin sa bacon (I’ll just add curing salt. I’ll just add sugar to make it sweet. That’s what we like in bacon.).” He then showed the cured meat, which he had already smoked for four hours, and cut into sisig-sized pieces. “Ang tingin ko sa sisig (I look at sisig as), salad,” he quipped. construction n’ya ay parang salad. Ang ingredients and’yan na, just mix them all together. (Because the construction is like in salad. The ingredients are all there.) It’s the salad that I want. “Kung salad s’ya, dapat ang tingin natin, madali lang gawin. Hindi s’ya magtrabaho, pang-restaurant lang. Kung kaya n’yong gumawa ng salad sa bahay, kaya n’yo gumawa ng sisig (If it’s salad, we have to see it something easy to do. It’s not labor-intensive, just for restaurants to do. If you can make a salad at home, you can make sisig).” [caption id="attachment_192641" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Pork sisig.[/caption] He then added the other ingredients, such as red and white onion, green chilies, liver spread (or mashed chicken liver, if it’s your preference), crispy garlic and a dash of black pepper. “Kung gusto n’yong maglagay ng mayonnaise, labas ako d’yan, (If you want to put mayonnaise, I’m out of it,” he said, laughing. “Maglalagay ako ng konting sugar.” (I’ll put a bit of sugar.) “This is very far from the original. But I like it,” he explained. “Pero hindi na pinagpipilitan natin. (What we’ll not force it) For me, preference over authenticity.” Here’s another piece of advice for aspiring chefs: “Huwag tayong balat-sibuyas. (Don’t be onion-skinned) Minsan, pag di nagustuhan ang luto natin (Sometimes when our dish is not liked), we take offense. Kasi parang ang sakit-sakit no’n. (Because sit seems hurtful.) But it’s nothing personal. Talagang kailangan mo lang tigasan ang mukha mo minsan (Sometimes you just have to be thick-skinned).” He then shared a realization that has helped him deal with online bashing: “Nagtrabaho kasi ako sa isang (I worked in a) restaurant before moving to social media. So nakita ko ang parallel do’n, e. (I saw the parallelism). Pag may kumain sa restaurant n’yo at hindi nagustuhan ang pagkain, susuntukin mo ba? (If a diner didn’t like the food, will you punch him?) Hindi naman, e. (Not really.) Tatanggapin mo ang sinabi n’ya (You’ll accept what they said), but at the same time, tatanggapin mo pa rin ang pera n’ya (You’ll still accept their payment.) Nagbigay lang s’ya ng hindi magandang (They only gave a not-so nice) comment. Negosyo ’to, e. (It’s a business.) “Ngayon, nasa (Now, I’m in) social media ako. Technically speaking, hindi ako nagse-serve ng pagkain, pero ang produkto ko, videos. (I don’t serve food, but my product is in video form.) ’Yung mga viewers ko, hindi sila nagbayad (My viewers don’t pay), but gamit ang pinakamahal na (but they use the most precious) commodity, which is your time. So kapag nagbayad s’ya, puwede s’yang magsabi ng bagay towards sa ’yo, at kailangan mong tanggapin ’yun.” (If they pay you, they can say things to you and you need to accept it.) The post Ninong Ry on giving A twist to popular dishes: Preference over authenticity appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 4th, 2023

‘Senior High’ and ‘Fractured’: Youth is not wasted on these young stars

The shows Euphoria, Elite and 13 Reasons Why offer depictions of the so-called Generation Z that baffle, shock and titillate their audiences. The young people in these shows succumb to the call of their sexual urges, wantonly take prohibited drugs and drink themselves to catatonia. Raging hormones fuel their pursuit of YOLO (you only live once) moments and defiance of authority figures. That same sense of edgy, confused, tension-filled environment of sex and drugs are also in the local shows Senior High and Fractured, which follow the footsteps and narratives of their international counterparts in highlighting the many versions of truths and lies in the lives of their young characters. Central hook In Senior High, the stories of teenagers of different economic backgrounds in a private high school, their struggles with authority figures, and a big tragedy-mystery that needs to be resolved are the central anchor and hook. The made-for-TV campus that is Northford High looks and screams “mahal ang tuition.” Students are all in crispy Ivy League-inspired uniforms, and the typical school cliques are well- represented. What has been presented so far in the show’s 25 episodes are a tragic death, bullying, mental health, video scandals and online gossip accepted as gospel truth, homoeroticism, drugs, sexual predation and anger issues with parental and other authority figures. In the acting department, top-tier performances come from Andrea Brillantes, who plays the roles of twin sisters; JK Labajo, who brings a true rich-boy sophistication to his role; Elijah Canlas and Miggy Jimenez, both lending juicy and saucy touches to their juvenile delinquent characters; Kyle Echarri, exuding a becoming softness and knight-to-the rescue vibe; and Daniela Stranner, a delicious alpha mean girl. Among the authority figures, Angel Aquino, Mon Confiado, Anna Abad Santos and Baron Geisler -- in a career-defining performance – are superb. Senior High scratches the surface of teen troubles. As more episodes come, one hopes the problems of today’s youth get a more thorough dissection an a broader, more compassionate perspective. [caption id="attachment_191711" align="aligncenter" width="525"] The cast of ‘Fractured’[/caption]   Trapped vloggers In Fractured, a group of popular, influential vloggers are invited to an is island resort to make content about it. The vloggers get their biggest plot twist when they are all marooned in what seems like a deserted part of the island resort. Aside from the elements, they have to contend with scarce food and water, the uncertainty of rescue and other looming dangers. Three episodes on, what makes Fractured an interesting watch is the deft manner by which the personal lives, problems, insecurities and dark sides of the vlogger characters are revealed. Since tensions among them are at an all-time high, catfights between femme vloggers erupt. Two of the macho vloggers assert alpha status, while a different and groovy kind of love blossoms between two male vloggers. Aside from the writing and glossy look of the show, the acting by Seth Fedelin, Francine Diaz, Kaori Oinuma, Daniela Stranner, Raven Rigor and Sean Tristan are also compelling come-ons. For all the chaos and darkness in Senior High and Fractured, we also witness real friendships forged by the young characters, love at its most romantic or bittersweet, and realizations and redemptions even. Youth is not wasted on the younger ones, after all. The post ‘Senior High’ and ‘Fractured’: Youth is not wasted on these young stars appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2023

Angas married goals : Dingdong Dantes joins Marian Rivera in new dance video

Finally, "The Royal Blood" star showed his other talent as he danced along with his wife in their dance cover of 69 Boyz' 1994 hit dance tune "Tootsie Roll." .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 1st, 2023

Are you ‘Stress Drilon’ or ‘Stressed Cortez’?  

“Stress Drilon” trended all Saturday as a milk tea brand used this popular vernacular slang for their first video ad. Newscaster Ces Drilon is seen navigating a series of comically stressful situations: Mistakenly putting salt in her coffee; heaving a sigh of relief as her car avoided nails in the carport only to see her tire is flat anyway; and smugly smiling to herself that she brought an umbrella as it rained only…we won’t spoil it for you.    [caption id="attachment_187811" align="aligncenter" width="769"] Ces Drilon in Coco Milk Tea ad. Screengrab from Coco Milk Tea Philippines.[/caption] In between every unfortunate event, Drilon is seen punching and piercing the plastic film of a giant milk tea sculpture, hurling invectives all around. The ad clearly stuck a relatable chord with netizens. The term “Stress Drilon” was never mentioned or spelled out in the ad but, everybody is in on the reference. Ces Drilon wasn’t even identified, and being a picture of decorum as a newscaster in real life, this very stressed Drilon offered another comedic touch point. Ad makers just trusted people would get the point. Being in the trending topic all day, they clearly succeeded.  [caption id="attachment_187812" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Sreengrab from Coco Milk Tea Philippines/Facebook.[/caption] Can we expect a Haggardo Versoza next?     The post Are you ‘Stress Drilon’ or ‘Stressed Cortez’?   appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2023

Coleen Garcia a hands-on mom to Amari: ‘I make sure ando’n ako, tutok ako’

When Coleen Garcia and Billy Crawford’s unico hijo Amari turned three years old last 10 September, they had a simple celebration at home with only a few guests. But the celebrity couple made sure they showered the birthday boy with his favorite food items and flowers. That day, Garcia took to Instagram to dedicate a post to her son. “Amari, I thank God every day for blessing us with you,” she wrote in the caption. “You will always be our sunshine and source of joy. Thank you for inspiring us to see the beauty in the world, and for making our days so colorful and exciting. Even when things get hard and overwhelming, you will always be our reason to keep showing up as the best versions of ourselves. You inspired us to be better every day. I’m so proud, happy, and honored to be your Mommy. I love you so much.” A day before, the actress talked to DAILY TRIBUNE on being a hands-on mom, especially now that she’s preparing her toddler for school. “I’m honestly just following my instincts,” she told us at an event presented by the milk brand Enfagrow A+ Four NuraPro called “Getting Kids School-Ready, Future Ready!” “I know Amari so well,” she said of her son. “We’re practically attached. I spend and invest so, so much time and effort into raising him, to making sure that ando’n ako, tutok ako (that I’m there, I’m focused). Una, kailangan i-introduce ko muna ’yung (First, it is necessary that I introduce the) concept of having a teacher before I let him go to school. Baka ma-shock siya bigla (He might be shocked).” Garcia said she’s hands-on even in packing Amari’s school baon, just like how she’s been meticulously preparing his food since introducing solids at age six months old. She makes it a point to feed her son enough amounts of protein, carbs and fats. Picky eater She noted, though, that the growing boy is becoming a picky eater probably because “nagde-develop na siya ng sariling (he has developed his own) taste” in food. “So ang ginagawa ko, parang tinatanong ko kung ano ang favorites niya (what I do is I ask him what his favorites are). And I see why, like, is it because of the texture? Or is it because of the taste? “Titignan mo talaga kung bakit. (You will really see why). Then I give him similar foods. Ang pinaka-favorite niya talaga is Chicken Nilaga ever since. Mahilig siya sa bland food. Hindi siya masyadong mahilig sa salty or ’yung matoyo or malasa. Sinanay ko kasi siya since six months old (His most favorite is Chicken Nilaga ever since. He likes bland food. He is not very fond of salty or dry or tasty. I trained him since he was six months old).” As for self-care, Garcia pointed out, “I try to adjust my needs. I try to work out, pero kung pagod ako, hindi ko pipilitin (if I’m tired, I won’t push it). Rest is definitely key. Dapat sapat ang nakukuhang rest (The rest you should be getting should be enough). By rest, I don’t mean just sleep. ’Yung totoong rest, like you feel refreshed. ’Yung wala kang iisipin muna (The real rest, like you feel refreshed. That you don’t think about anything first), even for just an hour or even for just a while. “You do what you want to do, whether it’s watching a video or watching something, lumabas ka lang ng bahay, magpasyal ka lang sa labas, do whatever na gusto mong gawin (just get out of the house, just go outside, do whatever you want to do) at that moment. That’s what I consider rest also. Rest is hindi lang basta tulog, e. ’Yung mare-rest mo rin ang mind mo, mae-empty mo rin ang mind mo. Ide-detox mo ang brain mo (Rest is not just sleep. It should rest your mind and detox your brain).” The post Coleen Garcia a hands-on mom to Amari: ‘I make sure ando’n ako, tutok ako’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 21st, 2023

Ruru Madrid, Yassi Pressman nagpakilig, nagpaiyak sa ‘Video City’; pwedeng manalong best actor at best actress

GRABE! As in grabe talaga! Ngayon na lang kami uli kasi naka-witness ng super successful na premiere night makalipas ang mahigit tatlong taon. Punumpuno ang SM Megamall Cinema 9 kagabi, September 19, kung saan ginanap ang premiere night ng latest offering ng Viva Films at GMA Pictures na “Video City”. Present siyempre ang lead stars.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2023

Spain probes AI generated fake nudes of minors

Spanish police were investigating Tuesday the distribution of fake nude images of underage girls that were created using  Artificial Intelligence (AI), a case that has outraged the country. Police in the southwestern town of Almendralejo have received 11 complaints from victims, all minors, a local police spokeswoman told AFP. The alleged perpetrators of these images "manipulated photos of underage girls" to place their faces on images of naked  "bodies of other people", she added. Some suspects have already been identified. The fake nudes were generated using an AI app that is capable of producing very realistic photo montages, a police source said. Spanish media said around 20 girls may have been victim of these manipulated photos. Miriam Al Adib, the mother of a 14-year-old victim, said: "This is very serious". "When I came home, one of my daughters, who  was really upset, told me: 'look what they did'. It turns out they took a photo of her and they made it seem as if she was naked with the aid of artificial intelligence," she wrote on Instagram. "Girls, don’t be afraid to report such acts. Tell your mothers. Affected mothers, tell me, so that you can be in the group that we created." Police told her the photos may have been distributed on OnlyFans, an online subscription platform known for adult content, or on pornographic sites, she added. Another mother told Spanish public television TVE the fake nudes were used to try to blackmail her daughter, with the alleged creators of the images demanding money not to distribute them. AI is causing growing concern around the world because the technology can be used for malicious purposes such as the creation of so-called "deepfakes" --  computer-generated, often realistic images and video, based on a real template. Some 96 percent of deepfake videos online are non-consensual pornography, and most of them depict women, according to a 2019 study by the Dutch AI company Sensity. The post Spain probes AI generated fake nudes of minors appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 19th, 2023

CSC, gov’t workers feted

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. thanked government civil servants for their dedication and commitment to delivering quality service to the Filipino people. In a video message posted on state-run Radio Television Malacañang on Tuesday, Marcos paid tribute to the country’s 1.8 million public servants on the 123rd anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service. “Public service is a noble calling. It is an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our fellow Filipinos,” he said. “I urge all public servants to continue to uphold the highest standards of excellence and integrity in their work.” The President also recognized the Civil Service Commission’s efforts to transform the Philippine bureaucracy into an agile and future-ready organization. Marcos’s message came as the country celebrated the anniversary of the civil service, commemorating the CSC’s establishment via Public Law No. 5 on 5 September 1900. The post CSC, gov’t workers feted appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 19th, 2023

PBBM lauds Filipino civil servants for quality service to fellow countrymen

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. thanked the Filipino civil servants for their dedication and commitment to delivering quality service to the Filipino people. In a video message posted on state-run Radio Television Malacañang on Tuesday, Marcos paid tribute to the country's 1.8 million public servants on the occasion of the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary. "Thank you for your dedication despite the numerous challenges that we experience in our respective occupations. Let us strive harder in achieving our united goal of providing a better future for our country," he said. Marcos also highlighted the importance of public service in nation-building. "Public service is a noble calling. It is an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our fellow Filipinos," he said. "I urge all public servants to continue to uphold the highest standards of excellence and integrity in their work," he added. The President also recognized the Civil Service Commission for its steadfast commitment and continuous efforts to transform the Philippine bureaucracy into an agile and future-ready organization. "My appreciation also goes to the CSC for the steadfast commitment and continuously transforming the human resource and organization of the Philippine bureaucracy. In this way, we will hone agile and future-ready servant heroes," he said. Marcos' message comes as the country celebrates the Civil Service Anniversary, commemorating the CSC's establishment via Public Law No. 5 on 5 September 1900. The CSC spearheaded the observance of the 123rd anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service, in accordance with Presidential Proclamation 1050, which was issued in 1997 and designates September as Civil Service Month. In 2021, the CSC introduced a 10-year overarching theme, "Advancing Public Service in the Coming Decade: Enhancing Adaptability and Preparing for the Future among Public Servants." This theme reflects the shared experiences of government employees in adapting to the new normal and emphasizes the promotion of digital transformation and innovations to maintain high standards of public service and continuity. This year's Philippine Civil Service Anniversary celebration centers on the significance of nurturing dynamism among government personnel to promote sustainable management and reinforce organizational resilience. The post PBBM lauds Filipino civil servants for quality service to fellow countrymen appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2023