Saturday, August 29, 2009

“In”, Hip & Famous

Filipinos can think of countless “pauso’s” to spice up living their lives. We are known to be really humorous in almost I guess, everything! Even the hardships, problems and trials come; we can laugh about it because we’re the kind of people who are sanguine and cheerful most of the time! :D

Below are people, things, sayings or anything under the sun that are/were considered “in” or “hip” in the Philippines this year 2009:

This is one of the most popular and widely used words nowadays in the country. This word is the set phrase for “well done” or “good job” used particularly in quiz bees, promotions, achieving ranks, beating the DOTA king and much more. This word’s further used “everyday” because of the notorious 19-year old ASF Dancer in Wowowee, Ms. Aprilyn Gustilo.

Aprilyn or simply “April” but now called as “Congratulations Girl” started sometime in April 2009. I can still remember that it’s my summer vacation and I was able to watch Wowowee more habitually. I was able to see her career from start when she joined Ms. Fitrum in the said show then became a new recruited ASF Dancer. For the first 2-3 months, she began to speak the word “Congratulations” during the giving of P1,000 to the Bigaten from Rexona (1,000, 1,000, 1,000 from Rexona, 1,000….CONGRATULATIONS! (raising her two arms quite high). ‘Til then she became more popular this I think June up to know where she’s being imitated by many people (as I’d observed). At school, I could hear the students (just distributing test papers), “P1,000…P1,000…P1,000 from Vaseline”. Then, with the alteration in the Rexona segment (addition of the word “High-five”), her catch-phrase turned into:

High-Five! P1,000…nanay high-five! P1,000….tatay hay! High-five P1,000….CONGRATULATIONS!

As of now, she’s kind of “promoted” because she’s included in the intermission number of the ASF Dancers before Willie of Fortune and she engages in “mini-hosting” of the show. What made her really admired and funny is the way she says the word “CONGRATULATIONS!” because her voice has no permanent pitch (can be high or getting low sometimes) with matching high energy and “malat” (I think hoarse in English) effect.

I don’t know where they come from but when classes resume, my classmates always sing the song “Nobody” with matching dance steps inside the classroom anytime of a day. Sometimes I feel clich├ęd of hearing the song every single day of a week from the “Wonder Girls” inside the room (even my best friend dances the song xD).

I observed that during and still after the phenomenal hit of “Boys Over (Before) Flowers” in the Philippines, several people engaged in the trend of having bangs like Jan Di’s, fur coats like Jun Pyo’s, corn blonde hair of Ji Hoo, long hairstyle (emo-like) of boys and men like Yi Jeong and Woo Bin and checkered sweatshirts. Also, Filipinos (especially women) downloaded the songs from the soundtrack of the drama series and would listen anywhere (including the students in our school, they’d listen to the songs inside the trellis with people looking at them because they memorized the undistinguished, unmemorable and unrecognizable lyrics of the songs…and they don’t even know the meanings of those songs! Why do we find memorizing the Oriental languages easy? Maybe because we can just blab and say any “word” as long as it has the similar sound. :D

Another Korean “hit” in the Philippines is the rise of the Korean Pop Culture – Korean songs made by girls who have cute colorful skirts, same hairdo and white skin. These include “Nobody” by Wonder Girls (which is a hit because most Filipino girls tend to sing it in karaoke bars and dance it anywhere) having both Korean and English versions. Songs of 2NE1 became popular also and we’re able to see Sandara Park’s rise to fame in Korea nowadays.

Nanay Dionesia
Mommy/ Nanay Dionesia is the mother of the People’s Champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. At first we only see her inside a room of her house, locked up, praying devotedly to Mama Mary for every fight of her son – and her prayers are powerful for Pacman constantly wins his matches. But now, year 2009, the religious Nanay Dionesia decides to enter show business.

When she entered showbiz, she became an instant “star”. With many TV guestings such as in dance shows (she’s the Dance Floor Queen I think), variety shows, talk shows and gag shows, her name is undisputedly forever in our minds. Her fame continued with countless TV ads/ commercials and groundbreaking taglines in those ads. Many comedians and comediennes impersonate her, increasing her popularity even more. Even in the touchtone world, she’s still notorious with people’s use of shaggy dog stories. :D

See previous post (“Mukhang Libro”) below.

February 2009 marked the beginning of one of the most prestigious and heartwarming drama series on television which is “May Bukas Pa”. It has a similar theme of “Marcelino” which is about a young boy named Santino who can see and communicate with Jesus. With the instant popularity of the show, Santino (Zaijian Jaranilla) calls Jesus “Bro” for we all know that Jesus is the redeemer, Son of God, thus, He’s our brother. People use “Bro” pertaining to Jesus in real lives and not just only in the show itself. In our school, when we had our confessions, the priests would say just have faith in Bro. That’s how influencial Santino is. :D

Cwissy, Naw Nah…
The show in one channel entitled “Banana Split” made this “phrase” more popular because of their spoof of the show “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon” which is “NNNN: Nternainment News na Naman!”. The show’s (SNN) hosts are Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino and on the spoof stars Jayson Gainza as Bhoy and Angelica Panganiban as Crissy. The most talked-about and well-liked impersonation is Jayson’s for he’s able to really mimic Boy Abunda’s voice and laugh (ahihihi) and also his popular catch phrase: “Showbiz news bukas, ngayon ang broadcast…naw nah..” plus lowering his head down like Boy. Also, Angelica’s able to portray like Kris because of the movements and the famous “back” pose. They both make a good impersonating tandem and in our school, many of my classmates imitate the way Bhoy talks, causing outrage and nonstop laughter inside the room.

You’re such a loser…hahaha
The tandem of Yaya and Angelina (portrayed by Michael V. and Ogie Alcasid respectively) are quite funny. Their first appearance was in their “segment” in Bubble Gang, Yaya taking care of Angelina, the spoiled brat. Angelina, most of the times (or I think always) refuse to follow Yaya and when Yaya commits mistakes, she’ll say her famous phrase: “Yaya, you’re such a loser” or “Whatever Yaya” making letter “W” on her hands and rolling "her" eyes.

Reaching their utmost esteem, they had their own show, “Hole in the Wall” with more funny antics from the two comedians. Then, because I think by popular demand, they’ll have a movie together.

Cute and Funny Songs
Filipinos are really creative and have an extensive sense of humor. Even the hit foreign songs are translated into Tagalog! Starting with hits such as “Clumsy”, “Don’t Matter”, “Low”, “Smack That” and other Akon, Beyonce, Fergie and others’ songs are made “fresh” by Filipinos.

Translations are as follows:
-Can’t help it, can’t help it = Ka’y mag-ingat, ika’y mag-ingat
-Chorus: “Ako’y natisod, natapilok, natisod, natapilok, di nag-ingat sa pagmamahal
Ako’y nadulas, umikot, nadulas, umikot”, di nag-ingat sa pagmamahal

-First line: Ben, bayaran mo ang utang mo.

“Single Ladies”
-First lines: Lahat ng mga single ladies (lahat ng mga single ladies)
And something like: bigyan mo ako ng singsing (you should’ve put a ring on it)

Careless Whisper
The 1980's hit single of George Michael was relieved this year because of the controversial sex-video scandal. I'd observed the popularity of this song grew among several people in the Philippines, singing and even dancing the said song showing kind of sensuality.

Banat Jokes: Sobrang Cheesy
These are the most hilarious “pauso” of Pinoys today. Jokes are spoken or either passed on cell phones are quite cool. “Eeeeh..sobrang cheesy” is the famous tagline from commercials of Greenwich pizza, meaning “corny” or trite or something like “baduy”.

Banat jokes are jokes with complete “kabaduyan” or “cheesiness” involved. The replies/ responses of the “characters” in these jokes are so “cheesy” or negative in a funny way.

1.) Girl: Ahm, excuse me, ilang pages ka ba?
Boy: Bakit?
Girl: Kapal mo kasi eh.
2.) B: Miss, lusis ba ngipin mo?
G: Bakit?
B: Kasi pag ngumiti ka, may SPARK.
3.) B: Asthma ka ba?
G: Bakit?
B: ‘Cause you take my breath away.
4.) B: Miss, titulo ka ba?
G: Bakit?
B: Tingin ko kasi, pagmamay-ari kita.
5.) B: Anu English ng mahal kita?
G: Edi, I love you.

That’s how creative Pinoys are.

They make a lot of “pausos” right? Haha.
I’m proud to be Pinoy.
Those are just some “hip” and “in” trends in the Philippines. Those are just the ones I can remember but as time goes by, more “trends” and “mga pauso” will float in the surface.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Mukhang Libro

Facebook: isang social networking site na dating hindi kilala ngunit ngayong taon ng 2008-2009 ay biglang sumikat nang husto sa halos lahat ng tao sa buong mundo. Masasabing ito’y naging mas successful having 90,000,000+ members kung saan ay nalagpasan nito ang number of members ng dating kinagiliwan ng karamihan: Friendster.

Bakit nga kaya sumikat ng gayon ang Facebook? Nang aking makausap ang mga kaibigan ko ay dahil daw sa simplicity nito at ang mga addictive games doon. Noong nagsign-up ako sa FB nung September 2008 ay wala pa gaanong mga applications… (o baka hindi lang talaga ako marunong gumamit pa noon xD). Ngunit ngayon, sa sobrang dami ng applications at iba pang features, mas naging “hooked” daw ang mga tao sa FB. Ang aking first impression sa aking pagsali rito ay medyo boring pa dahil kaunti palang ang friends ko at walang kabuhay-buhay dahil “writing posts on walls” lang nagagawa nito, di tulad ng friendster, maaaring lagyan ng design ang profile at may iba’t iba pang mga pakulo tulad ng HTML-enabled comments.

For the first 4 months ay hindi ko naayos at nagamit ang aking FB account dahil maka-FS pa ako dati. Nang ang mga kaibigan ko ay “nagsilipat”, nahikayat din akong “lumipat”. March 2009 up to now, ako’y “hooked” na rin sa FB hindi dahil sa “wall-posting”, kundi dahil sa mga games at applications na matatagpuan doon. Ang karamihan sa klase ay may nagbibitaw ng mga salitang “Ang Facebook ay nakasisira ng pag-aaral.” Medyo totoo ito dahil sa halip na magresearch ay napapapunta kami sa FB ng wala sa oras at kapag inumpisahan na sa isang laro, wala na, wala nang na-research. xD (Pero depende naman kung masinop ang taong gumagamit nito…tulad ko..?)

Mga dahilan kung bakit naaadik ang mga tao sa FB:

1.) Quizzes
- Well totoong totoo ito. Andaming quiz na maaaring sagutin, kahit ang mga balderdash na mga quiz ay sinasagot ng karamihan just for fun, entertainment, pampalipas-oras at iba. May mga intellectual quizzes (e.g. optical illusions), “fan” quizzes (e.g. “How addicted are you in (TV show/ movie), quizzes na tungkol sa pag-uugali at marami pang iba. Ang mga sikat ay ang “Are you going to heaven or hell?”, “What is the quote quotable to you?”, “What are the initials of the person you’re going to get married to?”, “Ano ka sa classroom?”, “Anong klaseng utot ka?”, “Tunay ka bang CCCian?”, “Paano ka mamamatay?”, “Sinong horror movie killer ka?” etc.

2.) Games / Apps
- Walang kamatayang mga addictive na games kung saan ang mga hindi marunong mag-budget ng time ay mahuhulog sa patibong ng addiction. Restaurant City, Typing Maniac, Pet Society, FFS (Friends for Sale), Waka-Waka, Biotronic, Word Challenge, Geo Challenge etc. – talagang mahuhook ka sapagkat may gusto kang marating: ang maging #1 sa mga friends mo.

- Bakit nakakabaliw ang mga ito? Where else can you find kung saan may price ang kaibigan mo at bibilhin mo at aagawin lang sa’yo tapos kukunin mo ulit? Kawawa naman o kaya’y ang haba ng hair nung friend mo na pinag-aagawan xD. At sosyal pa dahil DOLLARS ang currency. May global crisis na nga, bibili ka pa ng $1B na value na friend mo – dapat magtipid. Tapos, magtatype ka ng mga salita sa loob ng maruming library at parang raketa kung makabagsak kaya kailangan magmadali. Pero may chance naman tayo na maging “businessmen” dahil sa RC, may instant resto ka na agad with $2,000. San ka pa?

Mga bukambibig ngayon:
1.) Bilhin niyo ako sa FFS! - Magkano ka? - $10 billion - magkano ang iyong dangal?
2.) Trade tayo, kailangan ko ng chicken!
3.) Add mo ako sa wishlist mo.
4.) Bigyan mo ako ng gift oh…pleazz?
5.) Add mo ako sa FB

3.) Mini-chat

-Kapag walang account sa Yahoo! Messenger, dito nalang. 2-in-1 dahil nakikipagchat ka na + may wall-writing pa.

Wala na akong maisip pang mga factors na dahilan ng addiction. Kapag mayroon kang naisip o may kulang, feel free to comment. Basta nandyan lang ang FB tag ko rito sa blog ko, click it and add me – wala naman masama, kaya ngang tinawag na “social-networking site” dahil makikipagsocialize tayo. :D

Paalam at Salamat Po

“I shall carry my responsibility for the well-being of the Filipinos beyond…to my grave.”

Yan ay isa sa mga makapagdamdaming linya na binitawan ni Dating Pangulong Corazon Aquino. Alam ko na masyado nang late ang mensahe na ito ngunit gusto ko pa rin itong ibahagi at ilagay dito sa aking blog.

Mula months ng June to July, laman ng mga balita sa pahayagan, telebisyon at radio ang kanyang pagkadala sa hospital dahil sa kanyang sakit na colon cancer. Lagi nating binantayan ang kanyang kundisyon sa pamamagitan ng panunuood at pakikinig ng balita at tayo’y nagdasal para sa kanya at tayo’y nakahinga nang maibalitang naging stable na ang kanyang kalagayan. Despite of her taking of chemotherapy, nagulat at tumigil ang buong mundo sa kanyang pagpanaw noong August 1, 2009 at ang dahilan ay cardiac arrest at exactly 3:18am.

Si Gng. Cory Aquino ay masasabi nating pinakaminahal nating mga Pilipino sapagkat siya lang ang inalayan natin ng pinakamaraming at pinakamahabang pagkakataong magdasal para sa kanya. Siya ay naglingkod sa ating bansa nang tapat at may kababaang-loob. Tayo ay talagang mapalad dahil ang nararamdaman nating kalayaan at demokrasya ngayon ay dahil sa kanya. Siya ay malalarawan natin bilang matapang, matalino at matatag, kung saan napagsama niya tayong mga Pilipino mula sa sugat na naidulot noon na naging balakid sa ating kalayaan. Hindi lang ito ay kanyang naiambag, pati rin ang pagiging maka-Diyos at kapangyarihan ng panalangin niya ay nakapag-impluwensiya sa karamihan.

Pangulong Cory, kahit po kayo po’y hindi naming naabutang mga kabataan),
nawala man sa aming piling, patuloy pa rin kaming magpapahayag n gaming
pagmamahal sa inyo sa pamamagitan n gaming mga panalangin. Naway ang inyong mga naiwang alaala at “pamana” tulad ng aspetong kagitingan at pagmamahal sa
sariling bansa. Ikaw ay nagsilbing magandang halimbawa ng pagiging maka-Diyos
at simbolo ng katapangan at katotohanan.

Maraming salamat sa paggabay sa amin sa paghahanap ng katarungan/ katotohanan, mga naituro at naibahaging mga mabubuing kaugalian at higit sa lahat, iminulat niyo po kami sa paglilingkod nang tapat sa kapwa, na pinakamahalaga sa lahat ng “legacy” na ang isa ay maaaring maibahagi.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Code Red

Ako’y nagbabalik sa pag-boblog! Sa wakas, 2 linggo akong nawala sa mundo ng blogging. Isang reason ay ang pagrereview para sa mga darating na entrance exams sa colleges tulad ng sa Ateneo (September 20, 2009 na) at UST (sometime in October 2009). Pero talagang nanghina ako sa isang pangyayari: ang pagkasira ng isang “part ng buhay ko”, ang aking computer.

July 2009: Kapag ako’y nag-susurf sa internet, hindi maiwasang magdownload ng mga files na kailangan ko sa aming computer subject dahil nandun ang mga activities, projects etc. na nakastore sa Yahoo! Groups ng class namin. As time goes, napansin ko na bumagal ang buong system ng laptop ko at lahat ng games, sa sobrang bagal, isang click inaabot ng 2 minutes bago mag-play talaga. Binaliwala ko lamang ito. Sa mga sumunod kong paggamit, kapag ako’y nagtatype sa MS Word, malingap lang ako nang saglit, lahat ng aking natype ay binubura at pinipigilan ko ito sa pamamagitan ng ctrl + Z. Tumitigil ito pero after 30 seconds, pilit “may bumubura” ng lahat ng tinatype ko.

It’s very alarming, nang aking i-check ang aming anti-virus program, lagi nitong sinasabi na invalid key pero naka-install at activated naman. Binura ko na iyon at bumili ng bagong anti-virus program. It was good, nang aking ma-scan ang system, 50+ errors, viruses and threats found at agad kong ni-remove. So I was comforted na wala nang problema sa computer ko. Pero after 2 days, bumalik ang “bumubura” kapag nag-tatype ulit ako sa MS Word. Things got worse dahil kapag nagciclick lang ako ng folders, biglang lumalabas ang “Are you sure you want to delete this folder?” without clicking the delete button. Lagi kong pinipindot ang “No” pero hindi maalis ang “window”. Ganun ang nangyari sa lahat ng files and folders sa aking computer. Kinabahan ako nang sobra. Buti na lang ay nasave ko ang mga files ko sa USB ko. Ako’y nagscan muli pero “No Threats found” ang nasabi pero alam kong meron. Sa sumunod kong gamit, nawala na “lahat-lahat” ng laman ng computer ko.

Thanks to my wonderful dad at naayos niya ang laptop sa pamamagitan ng pag-reformat. It took him 3 days to return all softwares and applications removed. Hay… back to normal pero nawala ang mga blog posts at mga games ko. Pero okay lang, at least may nagagamit pa rin ako. That virus was very tricky at bigla na lang mag-popop-up sa internet na “Please download our software to ensure your computer from viruses”. Hay…grabe pala ang virus. Sobrang hirap pakiusapan, kumakalat sa lahat ng files. Now I learned na I should evade from download too much files from the internet. At sana, effective an gaming nabiling bagong anti-virus program.


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