In society today, it is very common to go under the knife. People are shallower and attractiveness has become more of a necessity. Most of the time, it is the only way to deal with superficial insecurities.
Actress Chienna Filomeno is one of those individuals who admit to going under the knife.
Around April, the actress admitted to getting a nose job, but did not reveal the reason why. Most people would say she was already perfect even before the surgery, but to her, she was lacking something.
Chiena was born a Cesarean baby, and her delivery was considered an emergency. During the process, the doctor accidentally hit her nose with the scalpel. They said that the nose would just heal and go back to normal since she was still an infant. But according to the actress, her nose stopped growing when she was 14.
“Since emergency, ‘yung doctor paghiwa niya, natamaan ang ilong ko. Tapos sabi nila magre-regenerate daw kasi baby pa naman ako so okay tapos 14 [years old na ako], wala, hindi pa tumubo ‘yung buto.”
She felt insecure because her parents have both tall nose bridges. There is actually a visible scar on her nose where the scalpel hit it.
She said that she is more confident now that her main insecurity has been dealt with.
“It helped a lot like I got a lot of projects, ‘yung confidence siyempre since alam ko na ayan na may buto na, andyan na siya, mas naging confident ako at nakita ng tao na ‘yun.”
It also has been rumored that she got her breast done to which she replied, “That‘s real, [I use] wonder bra, the right bra. I tell you next time and ‘yung pwet ko,‘yan lang malaki sa akin.”
Her fans and netizens have always speculated that she got her nose done way before she even became an actress.
Did Chienna Filomeno really got her nose fixed? I idolized her because of her nose pero ganun pala? :/
— LEXY ♡ (@lexapaayas) April 10, 2014
chienna filomeno's nose is fake as her personality ew @ChieFilomeno
— OMG (@slutwhorebitchz) March 27, 2015
Aay retokada ung ilong ni chienna filomeno ?! Tsk bet ko pa nmn sya.
— Ji Red ヅ (@reddsetgo_) June 2, 2014
retokada kaayog ilong si chienna filomeno wiw
— ☾ (@mingladeza) March 3, 2017
With the advent of social media, marketing trends and techniques have shifted to “influencers” where known brands use those with relevant interests and a large Internet-following as the new face of their advertisements as oppose to the usual route of famous celebrities.
As always, when change is introduced, problems are bound to arise. One such thing was brought to the public’s attention was when a Siargao beach resort posted a status asking for assistance with regard to “self-proclaimed influencers” messaging them with offers to collaborate.
White Banana Beach Club Siargao wrote on their Facebook page on Tuesday, March 26: “Help out there. We are receiving many messages regarding collaborations with influencers, Instagram influencers. We kindly would like to announce that White Banana is not interested to ‘collaborate’ with self-proclaimed ‘influencers’.
“And we would like to suggest to try another way to eat, drink, or sleep for free. Or try to actually work.”
The now viral-post had several Netizens raising their brows.
Facebook user Jovelyn Mateo replied with, “If these people formally sent you a message, I think they deserve a formal rejection as well. Not like this. I do blog. I have a full time job, and I work hard to be able to travel so I can have content. I recently tried pitching to resorts and hotels, because why not, right? There’s no harm in trying naman, and if you know that you have something to offer on the table it’s never a bad thing to try. That’s all. Thanks for coming to my ted talk. Chos”.
Another Netizen commented, sharing her personal journey as a blogger and calmly asked the resort to enlighten these “influencers” instead of calling them names.
“Now, I know this post is not referring to legit influencers or professional bloggers. But if some people here say that real influencers don’t need to ask, then yes, I’m sort of offended as most marketing/pr agencies categorize me as an influencer. Please, we don’t have to be rude here. 😞 I am not against this post or anyone, but I wish we don’t call people names. If they are an aspiring influencer, I hope we don’t kill their dreams and discourage them because of your words. Instead, let this serve as a lesson for them. And if you could, enlighten them on how to do this right. #nohate #justlove,” wrote Geng Maderazo.
In an article by Daily Bruin published just this January, they explained that: “Influencer marketing is a technique that orients marketing methods and activities around influential people rather than the target market as a whole on social media. Modern-day marketing has been turning toward regular content creators with niche audiences to lead the endorsement of brands.”
Before, celebrity ambassadorships were the original method of influencer marketing up until the marketing trends have turned.
In another post, the resort has since then clarified the issue that they are not against influencers, only ‘freeloaders’.
“Good day everyone. Our post went viral. But we want to clarify that we are not against INFLUENCERS. Just against freeloaders. A REAL influencer is called as such by the rest, he does not address him/herself as an influencer. They are bloggers. We have actually collaborated with a few of them, in different terms and conditions, and we support them. There are real influencers, that in case we will contact them and pay or offer something. But look, they’ve never contacted us, as they don’t need us. We need them.”
Meanwhile, local content creator Lance de Ocampo’s reaction on White Banana Beach Club’s post drew flak online.
“Being in the industry for [eight] years, I’ve learned that there’s always a better way to decline a collaboration. Email to email, private message to private message. No need to throw shade,” de Ocampo posted on his IG Stories.
“Siargao will not be as appreciated as it is now if not [for] the so-called influencers’ breathtaking and well-curated Instagram photos,” he added.
One Netizen on Twitter pointed out how entitled Lance de Ocampo’s statement sounded:
Another Twitter user was furious, exclaiming “Potacccaa, SIARGAO doesn’t need influencers, its scenic beauty and irresistible charm can stand on its own! Also, a real influencer is called as such by the rest, he/she does not address him/herself as an influencer.”
Potacccaa, SIARGAO doesn’t need influencers , its scenic beauty and irresistible charm can stand on its own!
Also, a real influencer is called as such by the rest, he/she does not address him/herself as an influencer.
— 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐊𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐳𝐲 (@krizzy_kalerqui) March 28, 2019
“It’s soooo sad that you felt the need to take credit for a place so beautiful to begin with and would be perfectly fine with or without you. Tsk tsk. Btw, we all started going to Siargao three years ago NOT because of your posts ✌🏻” wrote actress-writer Bela Padilla on her Twitter account.
It’s soooo sad that you felt the need to take credit for a place so beautiful to begin with and would be perfectly fine with or without you. Tsk tsk. Btw, we all started going to Siargao three years ago NOT because of your posts ✌🏻
— Bela Padilla (@padillabela) March 28, 2019
Actress-host Bianca Gonzales chimed in with: “The word “influencer” is thrown a lot around these days. All of us, regardless of follower count, have influence with people around us, for sure. But it should never be a license to feel entitled to demand to be given free things.”
The word "influencer" is thrown a lot around these days. All of us, regardless of follower count, have influence with people around us, for sure. But it should never be a license to feel entitled to demand to be given free things.
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) March 28, 2019
“Simple lang.. pag binigyan ka ng free service or free product, magpasalamat. Pero hintayin na sila ang magbigay, ‘wag ikaw ang mag-demand na bigyan ka. Kung gusto mo, bayaran please. Lumugar. #influencer. By the way, this isn’t shade. This is a reminder for all of us who might at times feel entitled to demand because of this new social media “influencer” culture,” Gonzales added.
Simple lang.. pag binigyan ka ng free service or free product, magpasalamat. Pero hintayin na sila ang magbigay, 'wag ikaw ang mag-demand na bigyan ka. Kung gusto mo, bayaran please. Lumugar. #influencer
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) March 28, 2019
By the way, this isn't shade. This is a reminder for all of us who might at times feel entitled to demand because of this new social media "influencer" culture.
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) March 28, 2019
Jonas Roque, another local blogger, has advice for de Ocampo: “Siargao is appreciated way before the boom of influencers, way before these travel goals, way before the hashtags, and way before overly post-processed curated Instagram posts. Siargao can stand on its own. Words from a fellow influencer, beh.”
Siargao is appreciated way before the boom of influencers, way before these travel goals, way before the hashtags, and way before overly post-processed curated Instagram posts. Siargao can stand on its own.
Words from a fellow influencer, beh. pic.twitter.com/RgZSldnq4X
— Jonas Roque (@facebuko) March 27, 2019
“Siargao is famous because of its beauty and the people in it. The locals PERIOD,” tweeted GirlTrends member Chienna Filomeno which received two thousand likes online.
Siargao is famous because of its beauty and the people in it. The locals PERIOD
— Chienna Filomeno (@ChieFilomeno) March 29, 2019
Singer-songwriter Mica Javier was in agreement with Filomeno saying, “Siargao don’t need influencers to be recognized by the world.”
Siargao dont need influencers to be recognized by the world
— MICA JAVIER (@DaRealMICA) March 29, 2019
AC Mondragon, on the other hand, poked fun at the issue by tweeting photos of himself with the “Dalagang Pilipina” meme with hashtags that social media influencers are believed to use in their Instagram posts.
— AC Mondragon (@ItsACsLife) March 29, 2019
De Ocampo later apologized for his “opinion that sparked misinterpretation”.
He wrote on Twitter, “I didn’t message that beach club for any kind of collaboration. To clear things up, I didn’t mean to credit Siargao’s tourism on influencers. I just meant that one factor of Siargao’s growing popularity is because of social media.”
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