Taylor Swift helps fans with bills amid COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, March 27, 2020

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Popstar Taylor Swift saves the day again as she reportedly donated $3000 to her financially struggling fans amid the coronavirus crisis. Swift has always been one of the celebrities known for donating generous amount of money for charities and institutions.


After the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West feud has surfaced the twitter world once again, Swift is being applauded for being mum about the issue and not put her energy on waste. Swift has just proved that she's more than just a talented girl and a pretty face: she really knows how to kill with kindness.

 Swift has turned both situations into a positive one by posting Instagram stories to encourage those who are capable of donating too on some of her favorite organizations: The World Health Organization and Feeding America.



Text by Dione Tuanquin


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Listen:Unique Salonga released sophomore album "Pangalan"

Thursday, March 26, 2020


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Unique's follow up to his debut album Grandma is finally here!

The crazy thing is, when he released his debut album Grandma, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit parts of Central Luzon, including Metro Manila. Now, just before he released his second album,  an earthquake with the same magnitude hit Sarangani Province! What could this mean?

Anw, here's the album: 





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Apparently, Manila Bay's turquoise color is caused by algal blooms

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Have you seen the pictures of the "clean" Manila bay circulating online? Nice right? 

Sorry to burst everyone's bubbles but Manila Bay is not yet healing. The seemingly vibrant turquoise color is actually an annual occurrence of harmful algal blooms since 1988.





The same phenomenon also happened March of 2014, wherein Manila Bay also showed a similar discoloration event that was accompanied by fish kill.

We get it! It's nice to think that mother earth is already healing from humanity's dreadful activities. But the sad truth is it a week or even a decade is not enough to restore Manila Bay to its former glory. 


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Facebook "trashtalkan" groups to save you from lockdown blues

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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It is still early in the home quarantine game, but let’s admit it, we are all bored to death by now. 

Luckily, Facebook is the gift that keeps on giving. If you enjoyed subtle clown traitswait until you join these entertaining Facebook groups!

Join and release your frustrations: 



ZODIAC SIGN TRASHTALKAN 




ONLINE RAMBULAN 



BIG FOUR TRASHTALKAN 




TRASHTALKAN NG MAG EX 




UAAP TRASHTALKAN





To interrupt the curve and contain the coronavirus as soon as possible, it’s better if we all stay at home and practice some social distancing! Mag trashtalkan nalang kayo. 


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Pornhub’s Premium goes free worldwide to cure your lockdown boredom


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Pornhub is hooking everyone up with a free Pornhub premium account for at least another month. Yes sir, you read that right! 

 Earlier this month, the site has already gave free access to Pornhub Premium in Italy, France and Spain, which have all ordered lockdowns. But with other countries including the Philippines implementing lockdowns and quarantine in response to the pandemic, Pornhub has decided to let users enjoy the same deal. 


 “We have always been a global community, hosting Models from every corner of the world. So when a global human crisis happens, it is up to everyone to work together to help support the community, and that includes us, too,” Pornhub wrote in the blog post.


As part of the announcement, the website is also giving all its models a 100 percent payout from both Pornhub and Modelhub during the month of April. 

To access the free premium membership until April 23, users only need to go to pornhub.com/stayhome. Thank us later. 


A premium account usually costs $$9.99 (PHP500+)or $7.99/m (PHP400+) a month with a year-long subscription. 

Now, everyone is trying to do their best just to make you stay at home. Who knew? even you favorite porn site cares for you—so, do your part! 

STAY AT HOME AND DO (YOU) YOUR PART!  

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Save a life: Philippine General Hospital calls for blood donations

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Due to the cancellation of blood drives, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) faces a severe blood shortage. This dangerous blood shortage — if not solved immediately —may cause yet another public health crisis in the country.

As a first-hand solution, nurses and doctors have already been donating blood themselves for their patients. PGH is now encouraging everyone to donate. 


How to donate


PGH is one of the designated COVID-19 referral centers in Metro Manila. That’s why social distancing measures will be greatly implemented. 

Interested participants will be asked to make an appointment first via the PGH Blood Bank, whose contact details are as follows:


To ensure the blood supply is as safe as possible, all donors must meet specific eligibility criteria:

  1. The Donor must be at least 17 years old. 
  2. The Donor must be in a healthy condition and having no pre-existing illnesses.
  3. The Donor must also not have gotten a fever or any infections such as cough, colds, or vomiting one week before their donation.

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Ben&Ben’s COVID-19 relief concert has already raised PHP 1 Million

Monday, March 23, 2020


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Ben&Ben is joining the list of local musicians having Livestream concert on social media to raise donations for those affected by COViD-19. 

The indie band is set to hold an online fundraising showcase titled, 'Puhon: A Ben&Ben FB Live Event for the COVID-19 Efforts' on March 27. But here's the catch—even before the actual live jam, the group has already raised PHP 1 million—imagine that!




Music for hope


The FB Live streaming will be launched along with Ben&Ben's community-initiative website, puhon.ph. Which aims to uplift boost the morale of all those affected by COVID-19. 

The said event will also provide an opportunity for people to contribute to helping frontliners and poor urban community affected by coronavirus.

According to the band, all proceeds from this project will be used to buy COVID19 test kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and nutrition support for frontline healthcare workers, and relief goods for daily wage earners.

Other local musicians such as Ebe Dancel and Ryan Cayabyab have also launched FB live concerts to help people survive the month-long Luzon-wide quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


For more information you can go to Ben&Benสผs Facebook Page or visit puhon.ph.



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#ArtforMedPH: Artists are giving free art to those who donate to COVID-19 frontliners



Filipino artists are now joining the #ArtforMedPH movement on Twitter, where artists give away commissioned artworks in exchange for donations to COVID-19 frontliners and the most affected sectors during the Luzon-wide quarantine to stop the spread of the COVID-19.











How #ArtForMedPh works:

  1. Choose an artist you would like to commission for an artwork
  2. Donate (minimum amount depending on the artwork requested) to one or more of the causes listed on this article.
  3. Send proof of donation to your chosen artist along with details of your request.
  4. Wait for your free artwork!*
The movement allows everyone to support not only their favorite artists but our COVID-19 Frontliners and patients — but while you’re at it, remember to commission your favorite artists too! They might be needing funds as well. 


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Ricky Lee to hold free online scriptwriting workshop




With the widespread effect of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, It’s tough out there right now. That’s undeniable. But this will not stop Ricky Lee from sharing his craft to young aspiring screenwriters. 

With the orders of social distancing, curfews, quarantines and lockdowns, Lee has decided to hold a free online scriptwriting workshops on April 8, 15 and 22.

Cinema Centenario announced the event on Facebook post on Sunday, March 22. 

“Magkakalayo man tayo ngayon, ilalapit tayo ng kuwento. Magbasa. Magsulat. Magkuwento,” the poster for the workshop said.





For those who are interested, applicants must be at least 18 years old and a Filipino citizen. Applicants must also send a letter of intent and a writer's bio to banalramel@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 27.


The Great Ricky Lee


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It’s an understatement to say that Ricky Lee is among the greatest writers in the country today.  He has written three best-selling novels in Filipino and produced 170 screenplays and counting. Indeed, he’s the most prolific among our contemporary award-winning scriptwriters for the past 40 years.


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Fashion trends from the '90s that are back in 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

           


     Fashion trends, they come and go no matter how hot they are at the time. Some things, like fashion, can get stale or feel normal at some point that people simply get tired of looking at it. That’s just how it works.

     Despite discovering new trends this year such as biker shorts and neon bodysuits,  we can say that 2019 is a year full of fashion comebacks. From dad shoes to fanny packs. Brace yourself for a fashionable trip down the memory lane. In this article, we listed trends that are coming back into style and find out how to style the pieces for yourself.

BUCKET HATS

         This trend has been in and out of the fashion radar in the last few years but this year? YES, The bucket hats are definitely cool again. Whenever a bucket hat is mentioned, I think of the 90's. This 90s accessory made a major comeback on the runway and appeared in many designers’ collections this year, including Prada’s Knit Logo Bucket Hat and even Fenty x Puma’s Strapped Bucket Hats.

PLAID

  The iconic early 90s pattern is making a comeback in striking plaids. This time, muted and minimalist tones of earth colors are being replaced by various loud colors and fun prints. This staple goes perfectly with a white tee, a good pair of jeans and Timberland boots. This checkered print is a must-have in your checklist.

DENIM JACKETS

     A denim jacket has become a closet staple as much as a white shirt. Back with bolder and bigger designs,  you can now get this iconic piece in different patterns such as graffiti prints and even a side stripe design. This throwback trend is yet another thing that proves ’90s fashion is back and sweeping us all in your feet.

FANNY PACKS



     Give it up for the triumphant return of the fanny pack. Who would’ve thought that this iconic bag from our childhood will come back as a fashion statement? Being strategically rebranded as "belt bags" for today's shoppers, this one iconic bag is now available in different forms. — one for every kind of style and personality.

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"OK, Boomer" Is the Ultimate Generation Z Clap-back


Chances are you've seen the phrase all over social media and might be a fan of it. "OK boomer" is a phrase Gen Zer's are using to clap back at older people or people who just don't like change, whether it's about culture or especially on things about politics.



What does "OK boomer" mean?


According to Dictionary.com, "OK boomer" is a viral internet slang phrase used, often humorously or ironically, to call out or dismiss out-of-touch or close-minded opinions associated with the baby boomer generation and older people more generally. 

According to  Know Your Meme, we can trace back the origin of the phrase as early as April 2018 as a hashtag in response to tweets criticizing both Gen Z and Millennials.

In earlier news, New Zealand politician Chlรถe Swarbrick even dropped the phrase in response to being heckled during her speech that made the phrase spiked again in popularity through memes. 




Meanwhile, in twitterverse:



What do people think of the term?


Some older people might find it offensive, but let's be honest term is pretty funny. However, LET'S BE CLEAR: the "ok, boomer" clap back is only used for people who are being rude, ignorant, condescending and insulting to the younger generation. It is not aimed to be used otherwise to hurt people's sentiments.


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Pixar's “Float” is its first-ever all Filipino animated short film.


Pixar made history by featuring Filipino animated lead characters for it’s new short film!

The short film “Float,” which is a part of Pixar’s experimental storytelling initiative “Spark Shorts.” The film is about acceptance and the story revolves around  a father discovering his son’s unique talent.

In an interview, Pixar writer/producer Bobby Rubio talked to Action News about his project.

"It's based on my own personal story of my son," he shared. "In the story, the father is dealing with a son that floats, which makes him different from other children."

Rubio said he took a feature-based approach to make the characters resemble real Filipino American traits. 

"Float" is one of four Pixar SparkShorts, which will be featured on the new Disney+ app when it is launched on Nov. 12.

Watch the trailer below:








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JOKER: ALL IT TAKES IS ONE BAD DAY

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By: Carlo Angelo Sunga

HIGHLIGHT
: As one infamous clown once said, “That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.” Joker, Batman: The Killing Joke 

So far, 2019 is full of remarkable films, and Todd Phillip’s Joker might be one of them. It’s a memorable viewing experience that left me pondering the question of whether or not it’s a well-crafted masterpiece.

There’s no doubt Joker is an enjoyable cinematic treasure; it shies away from the source material and crafts its own story. As such, it appeals to both non-fans and fans of the 79-year old character. Nonetheless, does it make it film worthy enough to watch?

Well, yes. Despite its slow-burn pace, the story of Arthur Fleck is invigorating enough to bring you at the edge of your seat until the end. It showcases the build-up of one man’s path to insanity with a message that’s easy to convey.

However, this “message” might be its number one flaw as well. The film isn’t meant to be a sociopolitical statement, yet some viewers might think it is.

Joker is a character study, not a representation of mental health in general. While it conveys emotions well enough for viewers to relate with, it’s not something that should be taken seriously.

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To get to the point, Joker is like everyone’s wet dream, a selfish fantasy of revenge and anger, similar to what Taxi Driver showed back in 1976. The film is still an enjoyable cinematic experience, thanks to the brilliant performance by Joaquin Phoenix. He captures the essence of how one bad day can turn a man insane.

The controversy surrounding Joker might be bigger than the film itself, but it doesn’t make the viewing experience any less dull or unimaginative.

The unsettling tone is quite unorthodox for a comic book film, maybe because it doesn’t view itself as one. For both fans and non-fans, Joker is a must-watch.

At the end of the day, don’t let the hype get the best of you, form your own opinion.



This is my substantial opinion of the film. Did you watch Joker already? What do you think of Arthur Fleck and his origin story? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Redefining Rap Culture In The Philippines

                       


Admit it or not, I know that you know that we all had our phases wherein Rap songs became the anthem of your lives. I don't know about you but in my time, "Kabet" and "Highschool life" would be blasted on the radio, and you can hear them whenever you go, the rap groups such as "repbalikan" and "Hambog ng sagpro" are the real deal and part of every student's playlist. Now that times have changed, maybe "Batang Pasaway" and "ZEBIANNA," might be more familiar to you. The trap light sounds of Ex Battalion can be heard daily on the radio, whether in the streets of Manila of the comfort of the province. Rap battle culture is also alive and well, with Fliptop ranking as one of the world's most-watched battle leagues.


Well, the Rap culture of the Philippines has been thriving for the longest time but still faces a hunch in gaining the respect it deserves. From Francis M. to Gloc 9 to the newest rap artist out there, Pinoy rap is still perceived as inferior to western rap. It is not an exaggeration to say that we have a fair share of responsibility to its dreadful state, Let's be real, a lot of us have been acting elitist over it and we have labeled Pinoy rap songs as "baduy" and "jeje" So I say, Pinoy rap isn't "jeje" and we shouldn't be ashamed to like it.



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One could argue that the reason it's considered "baduy" and "jeje" is that there are some raps with nonsense lyrics and sexual undertones, but let us not forget that the most prominent consumers of this genre are the masses who relates to the song. But even with the negative connotation about Pinoy rap, no one can replace the fact that unlike other local scenes around the world, rap is very often seen as a window into life in the Philippines. Rapper such as Gloc 9 raps about politics and current events and I think it's the beauty and uniqueness of Pinoy Rap, because of its substance, realness, and challenges the status quo..

If you keep an open mind, you'll find that the Philippines have several talented artists in the industry who have great content. We also need to stop regarding things that are very Filipino or "pang-masa" as lesser or embarrassing just because it doesn't fit our taste. With any genre of music, there are songs that are bad, downright terrible, average, right, and brilliant.

By: Mark Elwyn Baccay 

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