At last.

This would be my final blog post. Literally. After this, no more. Yup. No more. This is not a post containing rants or whatsoever. It’s a mere realization that blogging might not just be “my thing”.

I’ve always thought that blogging was really simple. You just type whatever you want, click post, and that’s it. But I was wrong. Blogging requires a certain level of passion, commitment, and creativity for you to become successful and even enjoy what you’re doing. To express what you want to say in words that can easily be understood and appreciated by readers is actually quite challenging – what more on a daily basis. And apparently, I don’t have that level of passion, commitment, and creativity for blogging.

Through the course of this semester, I have always endured in my mind some questions such as “anong topic pwedeng i-blog”, “kelan ako gagawa ng blog”, “oh Lord bakit ko ginagawa ‘to”, and many more in-depth questions about blogging. And now I come to realize that the fact that I was asking those questions to myself just proves that this is not for me. And perhaps one of the best lessons that I’ve learned in my 152 class is that, no matter how good you think you are, there are things that are simply not for you. Face it. And swallow it whole.

Thanks, Sir Barry.

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A delightful treat

There are two things in this world that we Filipinos love to do during our uhm, well there are two things in this world that we Filipinos love to do anytime.

First, we have Facebook.

Yes, we just love facebook-ing.

And second, the “bidyoke”.

These two are essential in the Filipino’s way of life. Without them, well uhm. We’re doomed.

We all love social networking. We love the sense of belongingness in a digital society, we love the interaction we have with our friends, we love tagging photos, we love un-tagging photos more, we love making chismis about people we know, we love to.. so on, so forth. We basically love Facebook.

Karaoke, or better known as “bidyoke”, is another part of our culture that we love. Bidyoke anytime, anywhere – that’s life. We love singing with our friends, relatives, co-tambays in the kanto, perhaps with anyone. The fun of singing the high notes of Journey songs or the thrill of getting stabbed while singing My Way just brings us a blissful sense of pleasure.

Well now, hold on to your seats as Megamobile, Inc. brings us: Risingstars.ph, a new interactive platform for music content engagement and social networking to give Filipinos “the satisfaction to sing the most popular international and OPM karaoke songs conveniently online,”.

Wollah! Peysbuk and Bidyoke in one single site. Now isn’t this wonderful? 🙂

“We felt that the Philippines has a unique opportunity to marry the Filipino passion for singing and leverage on our global reputation as one of the leading consumers of social media,” said Jose Manuel Fernando, President and Chief Executive Officer of Megamobile, Inc. Fernando says that the goal of this site is to “offer a dynamic platform for talent discovery and provide singers a medium for exposure to showcase their singing skills” for the Filipinos.

Rising Star Asia CEO Andrew Gonczi explains “we developed an online platform that finally brings karaoke to the Internet age the way people want it without any software download, just using standard equipment that most computers already have these days, like a built-in microphone or headset and optionally a webcam if the user wish to add their own video to the song,”.

The best part of this, it’s FREE!

Sad.

This is what comes up when you search “pinoy” in Google.

Now this is what comes up when you search “pinay” in Google.

Seriously? Please.

I won’t publish this post ranting about how messed up the image of the Filipina is or start talking of feminist ideas or movements. This photo says it all. Can we please just change this image? The women of our nation deserve something far better than how they are perceived through search engines.

Let us, for the love of God, return the favor to our moms, sisters, grandmas, aunties, nannies, wives, girlfriends by changing this image. Something honorable, something that they truly deserve, something we all can be proud of.

Something about Steve, etc.

It might be too late to make a post about the death of [RIP]Steve Jobs or do those online tributes for him or what have you. So I won’t. What I’m gonna do now is talk about some of his works and innovations and how such creations “extended” or actually “amputated” today’s society.

Steve Jobs left us with a rather complex legacy. His creations such as the Mac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad served as a revolutionary achievement in the world technological inventions.  His passion for simplistic yet sophisticatedly creative designs inspired a lot of friends and rivals to further develop other gadgets and softwares i.e. Google’s Android, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, etc. People loved him, his company, and his creations. Who wouldn’t?

Let us, however, set aside our amusement of his creations or our griefs because of his death and have a glimpse of what his innovations bring about into our society. For according to Marshall McLuhan, as innovations extend man’s capacity in performing different kinds of tasks, they also amputate some of man’s capabilities. True this.

The launch of iTunes rekindled the heart of the music industry as it somehow solved the problem of music piracy. As we are all familiar of, people prefer to illegally download free music tracks from the internet through the use of Bearshare, Limewire, etc. With iTunes, music tracks ranging from classical to modern from various artists can now be purchased online legally. For a moment there we all thought that this was for the best of the music industry. Let’s think again.

The development of iTunes indeed helped in minimizing music piracy. However, it overshadowed the existence of traditional music sales (traditional albums, music stores, etc.) as it offered musicians and music lovers all over the world with an easier means of purchasing music tracks. Did iTunes actually help the music industry? Or is it a giant competitor waiting for its time to devour the traditional music industry? Your thoughts.

I could actually swear that this image wouldn’t make sense to children nowadays.

Unless I show them this.

Back then, we had our cassette players, CD players, and MP3 players. But now, as Apple continues to offer more technological advancements, Apple’s iPod is now the standard for portable music and video playing. There’s actually nothing wrong here. I appreciate how Apple revolutionizes something to make it more classy, useful, and even more entertaining. It’s just sad that children won’t ever experience using a pencil to rewind a cassette tape anymore.

Lemme rephrase – classy, useful, entertaining, and f*cking awesome.

Let me now introduce you to Alexa – THE personal secretary. Back then, male bosses would dream about having a secretary very inspiring such as her. But now, we’re about to say goodbye to her. She’s about to be replaced by..

Yep. Siri. Apple is about to make life extremely easier for us. With this new feature of the iPhone 4s, you can now send messages, schedule meetings, make phone calls, look for directions, and even know how to cook by using just your own voice. The iPhone 4s will recognize it’s owner’s voice and perform operations without the need for the owner’s touch. Goodbye, Alexa – if you know what I mean.

These are just some of my own observations. These are neither criticisms nor praises for Apple or even Steve Jobs. Just something to ponder on, my dear friends.

Till death does its part

Even with the immensity of the power of social media as a strong venue for social interaction, it is interesting to see that  it’s actually still highly dependent on human existence. As a power dependent on human experience and conscious effort, social media without humanity is basically like a gun without bullets.

Simply said, when people die, their influence on social media and the power of social media over those who passed away stops. It all ends.

Or not.

Time Business: What Happens to Your Facebook After You Die? By Dan Fletcher Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009

In an Oct. 26 blog post, Max Kelly, Facebook’s head of security, announced the company’s policy of “memorializing” profiles of users who have died, taking them out of the public search results, sealing them from any future log-in attempts and leaving the wall open for family and friends to pay their respects.

Source:http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1932803,00.html#ixzz1XzmAG09I

Well, apparently, life goes on even after death.

Go Philippines.

Yet again, our pride of being a Filipino soared as Ms. Shamcey Supsup landed third-runner up in the Miss Universe 2011 beauty pageant. Her well-appreciated answer during the Q&A portion won not only the hearts of more Filipinos but also the admiration of fans all over the world.

Philippine Daily Inquirer:

MANILA, Philippines—With Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup finishing third-runner up in the Miss Universe 2011 beauty pageant, “Go Philippines” landed on Twitter’s top global trending topics Monday, after the competition was aired on TV, watched by an estimated one billion people around the world.

source: http://technology.inquirer.net/4123/‘go-philippines’-a-top-trending-topic-on-twitter-after-supsup’s-runner-up-finish/

This is actually an immediate response to my previous blog post. Not exactly the kind of collective effort I was hoping for, but well. Good enough. After all,  landing on Twitter’s top global trending topics isn’t something we do everyday.

I hope that this online impact brought upon by our pride wouldn’t just be another spark. If we could just light up a bigger impact by translating our everyday inspirations into something big like this, then we could actually be off to something greater. 🙂

Go Philippines.

 

 

I just love having my afternoon cup of coffee for three good reasons. First, I just love drinking coffee at anytime of the day. Second, I feel that it gives me a sense of maturity (by watching those ‘Para kanino ka bumabangon’ TV ads of Nescafe). And lastly, it helps me think of topics to blog about. Deep.

So here’s the topic.

During our Comm III course a couple of semesters ago, we were asked to randomly pick out three words which we were supposed to connect/relate with each other as a topic for our impromptu speech. One of my classmates got Andres Bonifacio, Yahoo! Messenger, and creativity. At first thought combining those three into one whole idea was actually quite challenging. But then it came to me. It was actually a very interesting combination.

Andres Bonifacio = Philippine Revolution = Collective effort of Filipinos =

establishment of connection with countrymen

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Yahoo! Messenger = Technology + creativity = provides online instant messaging =

Establishment of connection with different people

            With his undying passion for the freedom of our motherland, Bonifacio was able to inspire our fellow Filipinos to ignite a great revolution against the Spanish colonization. He was able to establish a connection within the previously divided nation. He made it possible for our nation to act as one.

Just like Yahoo! Messenger. =) With today’s technological advancements and a little bit of creativity, people are able to connect with each other regardless of how far they are from each other. The only difference is, are we actually acting as one? And if we are, for what reason? What I’m getting at here is not just about my Comm III class or the relationship between Andres Bonifacio and Yahoo! Messenger.

Back in the days of the Spanish occupancy, back in the days of our heroes, back in the days where people literally gave everything they had for our country, there was no Yahoo! Messenger. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Skype, no Tumblr. Yet they were able to achieve something great for our country. Something glorious.

Today, however, with the gifts and power that social media offer, we stand divided. Our people live as our nation dies of struggle. A struggle that we, its own citizens, bring forth as we tear each other apart without even being able to achieve anything. We take pleasure in making fun of Christopher Lao while most of us don’t see the rising numbers of the homeless due to the devastating typhoons that hit us. Even I confess that I am no better than those who live in apathy. I stand against James Soriano’s poor regard for the Filipino Language yet if I ask myself what I did to propagate our native language, I wouldn’t be able to answer.

It’s about time. Commemorating heroes through holidays is not enough. Why not continue their legacy? Why not uphold the moral values that they stood with until their very last breath? Creating Facebook pages to make fun of other people doesn’t help.  Why not, instead of bashing and humiliating others’ shortcomings, stand together for something better?