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HODGEPODGE 2: IRONIES AND PARODIES

SENSATION-alism

TIRAMID by: (nevermind)

He says, She says

  • Gudlack ke inday… tiramaid…….
  • HAHAHAHA… TIRAMID!!! SO FUNNY GUYS..HAHAHA
  • nagpapatawa? pwes hindi sila nakakatawa… the backing track they used is someone else’ arrangement.. they didn’t even bother to put his name for credits. that sucks man, stupid move for a media practitioner.. NOT CITING SOURCES
  • Hoy! Nagpapatawa lng naman sila!!!
  • Kaw kung makasbi ka!!!
  • wag mo naman i-generalize na kaya hindi tayo umuunlad kasi may mga ganyang tao. oo bastos nga ung kanta, and so? dahil ba jan isisisi mo na hindi tayo umuunlad? ayoko rin tong video, pero mas lalong ayoko ng comment mo. part ka ng pilipinas di ba? ibig sabihin non puro kalokohan din alam mo?!
  • tol kaya hindi umaasenso ang pilipinas dahil sa mga taong tulad mo na pakialamero.. ano naman ngyn kung gumawa sila ng kantang ganito? kaw ba kaya mo gumawa ng mga kagaguhan na kanta tulad neto? malamang alam mo lng sa buhay mo ay makialam at makiepal sa ibang tao.. isa ka ngang pilipino!
  • yung mga nag nenegative comment ay concerned citizens. yung mga tumatawa at ok lng sa kanila ang song, yun ang mga nagtitiramid because they are numb enough to face the truth. dahil puro kababuyan ang nasa utak nila at sanay na sa mga ganitong pamumuhay. kaya tawa na lng kau kasi kayo ang mga kayok sa laman. Kawawa lng ang bansa natin. puro utak biya imbes na maging role model. (not saying im a role model) there is some na mas karapatdapat. like these two dj’s kaso they are not.
  • uNG MGA NEGATIVE COMMENTS dito, siguro mga MAID kayo or mga ATSAY dati kaya galit. hehehe. the song is pure humor, kung tinamaan man kayo ay sorry na lang kasi mga MAID kayo… hahahaha
  • dahil sa kantang ito tataas nanaman discrimination sa mga maids na nangingibang bansa. Salamat sa dalawang kupal na to. Yung mga meaningful songs pa ung binaboy nila mga gago. May Karma din ang dalawang gagong iyan. Nakakahiyang isipin na maraming pinoy ang saludo sa dalawang gagong ito.
  • This is pure garbage..and those who patronize this are..you know what i mean.
  • I love the filipino music industry but this song is a huge INSULT to the filipino music industry. This song will be played on the radio for a couple of times each day, and various children listening to the radio would hear this..thanks guys, another way to corrupt the minds of the filipino youth.sheesh.
  • WORD UP!!!! EXPRESS URSELF GUYS…UR JUST TRYIN’ 2 RHYME THE FACTS…HELL 2 HYPOCRITES WU PRETENDS DAT THEY CANNOT JIVE TO THE MESSAGE……MABUHAY ANG KAYUMANGGING LAHI..!!! from the KOOL PINOY CLAN of miami,florida,USA esp. from the DADE SIDE and the BROWARD SIDE!
  • katatawanan para s mga taong walang kapamilyang nag papaalila s iba… Di ko kinahihiyang katulong ako dati.. Masakit talaga tong kantang to s mga tulad namin =( dati inday ang tawag skin nang mga classmate ko ngaun tiramaid na at mas nababastos n ako ngaun kesa dati… =( sobrang sakit talaga kya minsan ayaw ko n pumasok dahil puro sama lang nang loob ang nararanasan ko… Please po sana itigil nyo n ang pag papakalat nang video n to nag mamakaawa po ako kahit konting respeto lang poh… =(
  • Very very rude lyrics. The words are discriminatory of maids. It shows how poorly we treat our maids. They are people too..with rights. These 2 morons are stupid, shallow and ignorant of discrimination. The joke is unintelligent and tasteless. When we, Pinoys, are in the receiving end of discrimination, we protest. But, as hipocrites, this is how we treat our maid who are our compatriots. STUPID
  • naging maid ako dati kasama nang inay ko.. Kaya sobrang sakit sakin tuwing maririnig ko tong kantang to.. Nakakababa at nakakabastos nang pagkatao.. Alam din nang mga classmate ko n nagmaid ako ung iba ginawang pangasar tong kantang to sakin ung iba naman tawag sakin tiramaid dati inday… Kaya sana iconsider nyo naman ang mararamdaman nang iba bago kau gumawa nang mga ganitong kanta..

SA AKIN LANG NAMAN: Everything is said.

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Maggie Wilson and Victor Consunji Prenuptial Video

He says, She says

  • supah hot!!!
  • It’s THEIR pre-nup video. they can do whatever they like.
  • love it!
  • is this porn? coz i dont think this is a prenup vid?
  • of course its super-hot for maniacs, its a tastefully done video for art people, and its “inappropriate” for the occassion for some and its almost-porno for those who have self-respect and you have sense of responsibility because its been uploaded to a media most reachable by kids who sees her (maggie) in a teleserye which is considered for family. . . . and so on and so fort.
  • so what’s next maggie and victor ??? are we going to see the Honeymoon video or the postwedding video ??? make sure its hotter than this one, para maiba naman kayo (something unique) and make sure its uploaded everywhere so maggie will get all the attention she wants. all the comments and ridicule she loves. hhhmmmmm. . . . . your parents must be very proud of you. hands-up ako sayo when it comes to getting attention. YOu’re so clever !
  • duh! sana maging open minded ang karamihan… obvious naman these couple are half filipinos,, they got different culture compared to pinoy culture na hndi msydong open sa ganun dahil conservative. Naging realistic lang & modernized ang concept ng pre-nuptial vid. nila & i don’t see any problem with it… bakit hndi naman lahat ng newlyweds eh both virgin… nagjugjugan nadin mga yan b4 d wedding haha! yan gs2 nilang concept eh pakialam nyo!
  • i don’t see any wrong with this guys!..they are just showing how they love each other!.for those who think that is too sexy and daring, how so narrow-minded!..don’t judge them guys, your not perfect!.don’t tell me you didn’t do that with your gf or bf?!oh come on guys, don’t denied it!.anyway its not your life, mine your own lives guys!
  • kalaswaan naman talaga ito…. dapat iprivate nila ito lalo na kong marriage ang pag-uusapan…this is all about lust and without a blessing from God…….3 years from now divorce kaagad ito
  • wala naman talaga masama sa ginawa nila o sa ginagawa nila..pero kelangan b talagang ipakita pa sa public…eh come to think of it MISS.WORLD siya sa bb.PILIPINAS..dapat naging role model xa sa kabataan khit di na xa currently title holder..dami kaya kabataan ang YOU TUBE subcriber…so iisipin nila na ok lang to gawin ang ipakita in public…
  • i don’t find it malaswa! artistic ang pagkakagawa…. actually mukha shang tv ad sa europe hehe…. it just happen na sila ang 1st couple sa pinas na nag pre-nuptial ng ganyan kaya mrami nag-nnega react, im pretty sure sooner or later many couples will copy this concept style of pre-nuptial video 🙂 ASTIG!wag nba kaya tayong kontrbida,eh buhay nila yan,masaya sila sa ginagawa nila,..eh theyre getting married,hayaan na antin,wala naman mawawala sa atin diba? if di nyo type and dinyo nagustuhan,wag nyong panoorin..then if gusto nyo eh di enjoy!!!libre naman yan eh…wala siang hiningi kahit piso sa ating mga viewer….

SA AKIN LANG NAMAN:  This is not good, not for the basic reason that this connotes sex. This is not good, not for the main reason of having concern on the welfare of the viewers. This is bad because the couple in the video will soon regret they made such. Mark my word!

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He says, She says

  • Loved how they reenacted the Philippine history…from the day Magellan was defeated by Lapu-Lapu; up to showing the Edsa Revolution…I must say…fantastically done!!!
  • Well made! Excellent! Although Lapu-lapu’s moves were a little exagerrated, the Spaniards were actually surprised to see the natives having some form of martial arts — later known as Kali. Their weapons were not made of metal but clay-covered wood hardened by fire. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
  • Sa palagay ko, hindi yata maganda ang makakita sa palabas nang nagpapatayan o may pinapatay. At parang nakakagambala din ang makarinig nang putok nang manga baril at pasabog habang kumakanta nang pambansang awit. Mas bagay ang pagsasadula o pagbabalik-tanaw nang kasaysayan sa pelikula.
  • Hey guys let me remind you na wag tayo maging sobrang proud maging Filipino or parang naging mayabang na tayo sa ibang lahi..kasi po dumarami nang tao galit sa mga Pinoy dahil daw sobrang yabang..thats why careful lng po tayo sa mga kinokoments natin sa Youtube..hehe and let’s be Humble.

SA AKIN LANG NAMAN: The National Historical Institute (NHI) has been in the frontline scrutinizing interpretations of the Philippine National Anthem, Lupang Hinirang.  The institute insists that the original arrangement of the anthem be faithfully conformed with.  NHI’s main objective is to preserve history. It aims to keep all the historically pertinent materials intact that when unfortunate events happen and destroy the original, best replica can be made. What if the original manuscript of Julian Felipe and Jose Palma and other replicas get lost due to fortuitous events and nothing was left but this GMA 7 interpretation?  Can the NHI rely on this video in its effort to retrieve or revive or approximate the original? Probably NO! With a lot of distortions and add-ons in this piece, the institute will certainly have a hard time in doing  so.

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McDo Philippines 2011 Ad Campaign

He says, She says

  • CBCP should look at this again, listen to the dialogue and understand it. the boy even stated that he wouldn’t like a girlfriend, and clearly the girl said she would just want fries. now tell me, WHY IN THE BLUE HELL IS THIS BANNED? is it because they held hands at the end? or that the boy just thought that he should do something for the girl, and did? if so, every show/commercial or anything like it with the same concept should be banned. and the chain reaction goes on.
  • they banned din because they said that the boy is courting the girl and they should not be in this kind of situation since they are still young… what the? the boy is not courting the girl! they should rewatch this million times! oh wait they are closed minded anyway! banning this is just pure NONSENSE!
  • it’s the fries that is affordable…not the gf, depende nlng sa babae kung makkuha sya sa fries lng, and it’s not the main point of the ad, un mga tao lng n mkkitid ang utak ang ngiisip ng ganong implication… besides mas maraming tv programs being aired ang ngccontain ng value-demoralizing content, like violence, so why make fuss about this commercial? 🙂
  • ang gus2 lng iparating ng mcdonalds e sa hlgang 25pesos mkkbili kna ng fries, burger, mcfloat etc.. na ultimo bata ay makakabili kc affordable xa. kelangan bang palakihin ang issue na yan? cguro dpat lahat ng ilalabas sa tv e dumaan muna sa cbcp kung papasa s standards nla.
  • One More Thing… I DEMAND MCDONALD’S PHILIPPINES TO BRING BACK THIS COMMERCIAL ON AIRTO SHOW THAT CBCP HAS CROSSED THE F-ING LINE AND SHOULD SHUT UP ON THIS ISSUE.. GO BACK TO THE RH BILL THING… THIS BROUHAHA HAS LET THE CHURCH LOSE ITS HOLINESS…100++ DAMASO’S!!!GET A LIFE, BISHOPS!
  • This Commercial is good.. i get the idea that kids can afford McDonald’s products since they only cost P25. The Church has got it wrong.. too much on the BF and GF thing… they’re too young for BFGF.. then just go to church and pray, educate the children of god things… ang OA na ng simbahan!!! they should make a stance in the issues they should NEVER participate… even COMMERCIALS. that “KSP-like” factor has made people NOT GO TO CHURCH SINCE THEY SAW THAT “KA-OA-AN” NG CBCP!!!!!!!!!!
  • I mean no disrespect, and yes I agree with your sentiments, but I also see the point of banning it because, admit it or not, with how the commercial was written (in the dialog) it sends the message that a “relationship” is equal to P25 french fries. It may be harmless to us old enough to understand the charm in it, but kids who will watch it will imitate it and transform that notion into reality. The concept is innocent enough, but the writing isn’t. This could’ve been done another way.
  • I know its disappointing that the Church got it banned. I like this commercial too but cmon people dont say such harsh words about the Church. It’s the Church afterall. The priests are just doing what they think will be better for the people. The way you guys are reacting and the things you are saying are just plain proof that the Church is right that the morale of the people are ….. on the other side. This just a cute commercial though wish they didnt ban it. What’s done is done.
  • CBCP- the new MTRCB ??? 🙂 Seriously, I respect what these religious leaders have to say about what is morally right…but hey ! don’t forget, there are parents who could guide and teach their children about those seen on TV…So lighten up! It is just a “funny ad” you know….:)
  • Bakit hindi ang mga paring nangmo-molestiya ng bata ang paalis nila…. Sa pamantasan lang na pinaggalingan ko eh meron… Imposible namang hindi alam ni deogracias iyon…..
  • Bakit hindi ang mga paring nangmo-molestiya ng bata ang paalis nila…. Sa pamantasan lang na pinaggalingan ko eh meron… Imposible namang hindi alam ni deogracias iyon…..
  • I know Mcdonalds has one of the greatest marketing strategy but the way they persuade their target market seems to be unselfish. The decision of CBCP was right, children must act like a children and young adult or etc must act maturely.
  • Dude matalino lang ang cbcp kaya nila pinigilan itong ganitong ads commercial 🙂 Due to high technology ang mass media maari nang makaapekto sa mga bata and this is not a good model for our future leaders. Sometimes we need to think broadly. WAg natin iapply ung mga ganyan reason. Pre Pilipino ka minsan sana maintindihan mo kung ano na ang EPEKTO NG MGA MARKETERS sa mundo. Lagi mong tignan ang effect.
  • and let an innocent ad get punished by a group of stupid bishops. no wonder this country doesnt progress. lots of hungry street children roaming around manila cathedral and CBCP is busy dealing with this AD????
  • Sabel: Sabel + Lalake + Walang ibang tao sa paligid = Rape
  • Mara Clara: Underaged Clara, plotting many kinds of things(dito ko rin natutunan na astig pala magpaka-bitch ‘pag kulang ang oras ng mga magulang mo sa’yo)
  • Capt. Barbel: uhh. wala lang, wala lang kwenta 😛
  • Dami-daming shit sa TV. Pero kahit i-ban mo pa lahat ‘yan walang magbabago. Sa pagpapalaki ng magulang din kasi.

They say

McDo pulls out commercial after CBCP call

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) A popular burger chain pulled off the air its latest TV commercial showing a young boy and girl in courtship after the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called for such action.

According to the CBCP, the message of the commercial is not acceptable.

The CBCP singled out the TV ad to correct values taught to the youth especially with regard to courtship, said Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family Life.

In the commercial, a young girl asks a young boy if she is already his girlfriend. The boy replies that he is not yet ready. The girl reasons out that what she really wants is french fries. The children are of grade school age.

“Ang punto eh hindi yung pagiging, baka ang punto nung kompanya ay, mura ‘yung french fries nila. Pero ang isang punto de bista dito [ay] ang human relationship ba ay french fries lang ang katumbas?,” Castro said.

The company had a dialogue with CBCP and it immediately heeded the bishops’ call. It decided to stop the airing of the commercial.

“We recognize and respect the stand of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and have stopped airing the said commercial across all television stations as of noon today,” McDonald’s Philippines said in a statement.

CBCP, meanwhile, appreciated the company’s swift action.

“Nakakatuwa na may positive reaction from them. Pero sana lang ‘wag nang dumating ulit sa puntong ito. Sana on their own, ‘yung kanilang sensitivity sa culture, sa faith ng isang bansa ay kilalanin,” Castro said.

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), meanwhile, did not give a direct statement about the commercial.

But according to Grace Poe Llamanzares, MTRCB chair, a group was already formed to draft guidelines on how the youth should be depicted on television.

“The children must be protected,” said Llamanzares, adding, “Ang role kasi ng MTRCB ay dapat makilala at malaman kung ano ba ang standard contemporary Filipino value.”

McDonald’s, in its statement, added that in the past years, their commercials always conveyed positive messages such as love for family and charity.

“Over the years, we have strived to produce advertisements that highlight positive values like love for family (‘Karen Lolo’ ad) and charity (Ronald McDonald House Charities) which mirror what the brand stands for. McDonald’s remains committed in promoting positive values and will continue raising the bar to be better at what we do whether it is our food, our service, to even how we communicate to the public,” it explained.

The CBCP reminded other companies to be sensitive to the messages they want to convey to the public, especially if children are involved. — Report from Abner Mercado, ABS-CBN News

SA AKIN LANG NAMAN: Almost everything is said. Eh paano po yung mga anak ninyong naglalaro ng bahay-bahayan? Iyon nga tatay-tatayan at nanay-nanayan na with matching anak-anakan pa. May nagreklamo ba doon? May pag-aaral bang naganap na iyon ay makakasama sa paglaki nila?  So let the bishops rule the Philippines with regards to this matter and let’s go back in time where there is no freedom of expression. Let all the aggressive, the modern thinking, the cream-of -the-crop ad companies be closed. Let’s all do the old fashion way of ad campaign.

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PAANO NA KAYA?

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FAME ON BINAY! SHAME ON P-NOY?

Anti-anti-government does not mean pro government. The rules of Algebra do not apply.

Some activist groups do not make sense at all. Blaming P-noy for the plight of the tourists executed in China is irrational. (Yes, tourists. As per ROC Immigration records, they are not OFWs). P-noy says “I did my best.” Activists say, Your best is not good enough.

They condemn P-noy as they commend Binay. Binay, on the other side of the equation commends P-noy. This is with respect to the axiom of hierarchy and chain of command. In this case, the law of mathematics and logic must apply. The leftists give thanks to Binay. Binay gives thanks to P-noy.  It is logical and at the same time rational that the anti-government elements thank P-noy. There is no such thing thing as selective and subjective democracy.

Politics, I hate politics.

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NAKAKATAMAD

Nakakatamad magsulat ng tula

Kayhirap maghanap ng tugma

Puwede ngang manaludtod nang malaya

Walang sukat, walang tama

Kalalabasan ay wala

Nakakatamad maghabi ng istorya

Pagkatapos basahin, sasabihin ay walang kuwenta

Kapag nag-iisa, lalo lang nakapagdurusa

Wala namang oras kapag nagsasaya

Nakakatamad gumawa ng kanta

Kalalabasan ay may kapareho nang melodiya

Kasi naman walo lang ang ginagamit na nota

Do re mi fa so la ti do, wala na bang iba?

Gusto ko sanang lumikha ng isang awitin para sa ‘yo. Ngunit ako’y tinatamad.

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QEURIES

Query#1:  Tama bang magdelete sa phonebook ng numerong kabisado mo naman?

Query#2:  Paano mo idi-delete sa utak ang numerong nakabisado mo?

Query#3: Ok lang bang lagyan ng SIM ang lahat ng maliliit na bagay para kapag na-misplaced, isang ring lang maikita mo na agad?

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SALA-SALAWIKAIN

Sala-salawikain#1

Itapon sa dagat ang lahat ng mga kaibigan

Nang sa gayon ay iyong malaman

Kapag lumubog ay tunay na kaibigan

Kapag lumutang ay puro kaplastikan.

To be continued…



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Commentaries Hodgepodge Medium- English

Hodgepodge 1: My Last Blog Before I Hibernate

The tagline should have been- “My Last Blog Before I Aestivate”.

Hibernate is to Winter as Aestivate/Estivate is to Summer.

There’s no winter in the Philippines, just summer and rainy season.  So, why Hibernate not Aestivate?

  1. The word “hibernate” has just earned great popularity among the Filipinos as to mean- to opt not to be in the limelight or in the circulation, to hide, to ____.
  2. Aestivate sounds like masturbate.
  3. It’s getting colder and colder as if the Philippines will have its complete cycle of seasons very soon and only until then it’s not politically correct to use hibernate. (not to mention the office aircon temperature reading of  17°C)

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New Year’s Resolution

Making a list of New Year’s Resolution items is as easy as making a statement like this- “I will not smoke!”, but fulfilling the same is not at all that easy.  They say promises are made to be broken. So it’s better not to promise anything. Just try to make a change with all your might without the strings attached.

Be positive always. There are a lot of self-help books. Some tells that- If you are ugly, tell yourself that “I am not ugly!” every time the need to tell it arises. So if the apple of your eye doesn’t even make a glance of you. Don’t think it is because you are ugly. Tell yourself you are not ugly. You are not ugly. You are not ugly. You are not ugly. You are not ugly. You are not ugly. You are not ugly…

Self-help books do not help at all. It’s true.

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Brain Drain

I happened to read this article:

No Free Lunch
Of stolen cell phones

By Cielito Habito
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:15:00 01/11/2011

MY SON got robbed of his cell phone last week. It would have been just another incident we would have charged to experience, if not for two things. One, it was in full view of other passengers that he was brazenly accosted by three men on a bus, who forcibly took off his shoes and socks (apparently to prevent him from running after them later) while another pulled his phone from his pocket. And it was clear they only wanted his cell phone, as they didn’t bother with his wallet nor his backpack, where he had even more valuables (thank God). What pains him is that not a single person on the bus lifted a finger to help in spite of his shouts of “Magnanakaw, magnanakaw!” It is this public indifference that has emboldened such criminals to be so daring and brazen about their acts.

My son dutifully went to the nearest police station, and it took him up to the wee hours to file a proper report on the incident. When I asked him later why he even bothered to do so, he told me, “Because it’s the right thing to do.” That earned him my quiet admiration and pride. I wish all of us were like him.

He was told then by the policemen on duty that even if they manage to catch the thieves, they would go scot free because victims opt not to press charges once confronted with the apprehended thieves, especially upon recovering their phones from the culprits. This makes one wonder why such people cannot stay behind bars even if victims do not press charges directly, when they are clearly a menace to public safety. Isn’t this one reason we have a Public Attorney’s Office? It’s a problem for our legal system to address, as it gives us yet another reason to feel that our legal and justice system is much too “criminal-friendly.”

The second reason we just couldn’t let the incident pass is that all three of my children who work in the city have lost their cell phones to thieves in the last few weeks alone. And for each one, it has not been their first experience with having their phone stolen from their purse or pocket. The law of probabilities suggests to me that if this could happen so frequently within the same family in so short a time, then cell-phone theft must already be so extremely rampant that the likelihood that it could happen to anybody at any time is rather high.

The problem, it seems to me, is that it has become so easy for thieves to turn a stolen phone into cash, notwithstanding the electronic features in these phones that supposedly make it possible for the authorities to disable the handset. We are told that a phone can be “blacklisted” and we are made to understand that this will render it unusable if we report the phone’s IMEI number, its distinctive electronic fingerprint, to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). But few cell-phone theft victims probably do so anyway, for a number of reasons I can think of. First, it’s not unlikely that they have lost or misplaced the box the phone came in that bears that all-important number. While I never throw away the boxes that my cell phones come in, I find that Murphy’s Law prevails every time: you can never find them once you need them.

Second, even if people have the IMEI number, they may feel that reporting it is too much of a hassle to be worth the effort, especially with the doubt that such disabling by the NTC would really happen (I’d love to hear from someone out there who has confirmed first-hand that such handset disabling really works). I discovered myself how frustrating and even pointless it could be just to attempt having a stolen phone blacklisted. My telecom provider (or at least its call center agent I talked to) had so much difficulty trying to confirm that the IMEI number I gave him was really mine that I gave up in utter exasperation after nearly half an hour on the phone. Worse, I accidentally discovered within the course of the conversation that he actually never even bothered to note down the 15-digit IMEI number the first time he made me carefully dictate it to him! Had I not asked more questions and patiently stayed on the line to get answers, the conversation could have ended with the agent telling me that they would file the report, and that would have been the end of it. I was to realize later that had I not pursued it, this agent was really just humoring me and could never have reported my IMEI number to the authorities, because he never even noted it down in the first place! (I hope this is an isolated experience, but I could give Globe details if they care to check on it.)

But let’s assume that the report is indeed filed with the NTC, and the NTC indeed goes on and disables the phone. Still, the thief or the willing buyer can apparently simply go to Greenhills or any other place with cell-phone repair/hacking shops to “unlock” or even re-enable a disabled phone. Isn’t there a law against this? Can’t a proper government agency crack down on the illicit practice? And given the flourishing market for used (including stolen) cell phones, I can see it would be extremely difficult to control this, but it would help for government to show that it is at least trying to curb the problem.

So is the ultimate solution to have all cell phones registered, whether prepaid or postpaid? Herein lies yet another hot policy debate that I cannot dwell on here. Meanwhile, cell-phone thieves will continue having free lunches (and much more) at everyone else’s expense—and get more and more brazen about it. And my son now hates our country so much he is determined to seek his career overseas.

Hold on to your pockets. You could be the next victim.

***Aselpunzalan’s Annotations***

Habito earned my sympathy through this unlucky experience of his son.

He even earned my empathy when he enumerated the indifference and the insensitivity of fellow Filipinos in case like this.

He even put me in his shoes when he enumerated the what-must-have-done’s  and the  what-to-do’s in case like this.

But he got into my nerves when he added: “And my son now hates our country so much he is determined to seek his career overseas.” This statement made me decide to repost this

Brain Drain

(Editorial Proper, The Sphere, the Official Student Publication of San Pedro College of Business Administration, October 2004)

The exodus of Filipino workers can be traced from the days of yore. But it is far more remarkable now due to the economic crisis the country is facing. The engineers, teachers and nurses among others, looking for greener pasture abroad cannot be blamed. However, such phenomenon is tantamount to more serious catastrophe called Brain Drain.

Brain Drain is a practice by which those groups of people who have the “brain” flee from an unsatisfactory place in  search for a career move leaving the place behind drained, with mediocre or worse “brainless” ones remaining.

The migrants have the point. They can earn somewhere out there a thousandfold more than they can do here. There are more job opportunities, better working condition. lower cost of living and higher quality of life overseas. What is being left is a stagnant community- hospitals with less expertise, status-quo technologies and schools devoid of excellence, so to speak.

We will be lucky enough if the few good ones will remain to stay for good, for the sake of the country or for any other reasons the may have.. They are the ones who, in spite of discouraging environment are expected to initiate the economic and social revolution. Though ironic as it may seem, they are the persons looked up to to to trigger the betterment of a country that had never been good to them.

And this calls for another action in unison. The government should take the part of improving our economy and maintaining peace and order so as to minimize if not to annihilate the escapade.  Moreover, it must support its potential human resources. Its constituents in return must play the role of citizens responsible enough to start the improvement within themselves and to generate the osmosis of economic and social metamorphosis.

*tsk, better said than done.

Thanks everybody. Fell free to cast your sharp blabber blades. This is all for now.  More hodgepodge to come.