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Lea Salonga shows support to sketch artist who was underestimated by influencer

Lea Salonga shows support to sketch artist who was underestimated by influencer

  • To underestimate an individual is never a good thing to consider
  • “Getting a shout out does not even pay bills or fill an empty stomach. Please do not look down on us.”
  • “Your work and skills are worth at least triple the price you quoted. You’re really talented!”

Last Sunday, February 3, Lea Salonga, a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon, showed support for Hans Alcanzare, who recently posted about an “influencer” who wanted to pay for his services with a mere shout out.

On her tweet she said, “Dear artist, your work and skills are worth at least triple the price you quoted. You’re really talented!”

Hans thanked the Broadway star on his Facebook account and re-posted Lea’s tweet.

Thank you Ms Lea! ❤️

Posted by Hans Alcanzare on Sunday, February 3, 2019

READ: Celebrities react to Jameson Blake’s viral “shout-out” tweet

The issue arose when Hans posted on his Facebook account a screenshot of a message exchange with an influencer.

The influencer wanted Hans to sketch her like what he did on the portrait of Miss Universe Catriona Gray. As a reply, he said that a portrait with a canvas size of 30X40 will cost 15,000 as  payout for his service.

The influencer was disappointed with the the price that Hans quoted in the message, “Is it dear? Influencer ako, shoutout sana kita! That’s easy!”

After exchanging messages, the influencer block him so the artist decided to share his experience on social media.

Hans’s post, “Hi Ma’am, thank you for blocking me so I now have the opportunity to post this. My work might be just a piece of shape, curve, and shade for you. But for me, I consider it as my greatest workmanship and be able to call it my own ‘masterpiece.’ I respect you as an influencer and I have nothing against it ‘coz I know that’s what you do for a living. But, I know you are getting paid for the product placements and endorsements as an influencer so please, do not expect me to do something for free. I hope you understand that I invest so much on my art materials, time, energy and effort. Getting a shout out does not even pay bills or fill an empty stomach. Please do not look down on us (artists) and on our arts. Thank you!”

Hi Ma’am thank you for blocking me so I have now the opportunity to post this. My work might be just a piece of shape,…

Posted by Hans Alcanzare on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

As remembered, netizens have also reacted negatively on Jameson Blake, a Hastag member, who called on a “willing” graphic artist to create a banner photo for his social media account, with the username “Lucid Express” through a Twitter post, in exchange for a shout-out.

According to his post, he would choose the best design and in return he will post a “shout out” or a personal message on his social media accounts. This fired up netizens, saying he should pay the graphic artist instead and not with a mere shout out.

In defense to the negative reactions, the ‘Pinoy Big Brother’ alumnus said, “I’m not asking that much. Just a basic graphic art for a profile. No one need to do it, only if you’re willing to help me out I’d really appreciate it.”

In his next tweet, Jameson said, “I’m not asking for a mind blowing graphic art. Something basic, and anyone willing to do me a favor without payment. No pressure, I’d appreciate it a lot!”

Even though Jameson’s tweet have been deleted, the issues continued to spread by criticizing his post.

To underestimate an individual is never a good thing to consider. Lea Salonga’s message of showing appreciation of the talent and skill of fellow artists and seeing the worth of their work is truly commendable.

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“Medyo bata pa ako nun…” Jameson Blake opens up about his Virginity

“Medyo bata pa ako nun…” Jameson Blake opens up about his Virginity

  • Jameson Blake shared details of when he lost his virginity.
  • He clarified that he’s not interested in entering a relationship as of the moment. 

The 21-year-old former Pinoy Big Brother: 737 housemate and Hashtag member Jameson Blake shared some stories in the conference of his upcoming movie G!

He faced various questions from the press and one of those was about his age when lost his virginity. Although a sensitive subject to some, the young star immediately answered that he was quite young at that time.

“Medyo bata pa ako nun, e. I think I was 15, 16,” he shared.

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Where’s my Eva Mapendo?

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He added that he was in high school at that time and he did it with his then girlfriend.

“Mas matanda siya sa akin, kasi mahilig ako sa mas matanda sa akin, mas mature.

“One year or one year and a half [lang yung difference].”


As Jameson has no currently rumored girlfriend, he explained that he still has no interest in entering another relationship, even though he has been single for two years already.

“Wala, e. Kasi iba na ang focus ko, like sa trabaho.’Tsaka, di ba, paiba-iba ang love team ko?

“So I don’t think it’s healthy for my relationship din kasi baka magseselos ang girlfriend, what if mag-aaway kami dahil sa ganun.”


He also said that there hasn’t been any rumors regarding his love life as he is picky when it comes to those he gets to date.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi” is oozing with charm in its simplicity

MOVIE REVIEW: “Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi” is oozing with charm in its simplicity

  • Movie Review: ‘Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi’ is oozing with charm in its simplicity
  • ‘Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi’ is an official entry to the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018

It’s easy to tag ‘Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi’ as a conventional romantic comedy. Sure, the narrative beats are present, but what made it work is its decision to play on more character introspection rather than the overall scheme of events.

Directed by Jun Robles Lana, this one is more in line with his more studio-oriented projects such as ‘The Prenup’ or ‘Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo may Boyfriend?’ His producer and partner Perci Intalan made mention that this film is a passion project of Lana.

He put it best when he described how weird it was to have a rom-com passion project, especially given Lana’s previous personal projects are edgier in story and structure (Ang Anino Sa Likod ng Buwan, Barber’s Tales).

However, as conventional as it may seem, there’s a surprising layer of emotion in ‘Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi.’ Sue Ramirez stars as Norma, who suffers a rare condition that forbids her to get close to electromagnetic radiation. This led to repercussions on her relationship, academics, and most especially communicating through social media.

An obvious statement on how the younger generation has become so dependent on mobile usage for convenient messaging, the film makes sure that it never wants to delve into bigger themes aside from that. It plays on being carefree and simple, and it just stays to be just that.

For a story that is too somber in words, Lana crafts something that tries to get rid of that and focuses on making a film that’s oozing with charm.

The fact that it’s less of Norma’s condition and more of her relations with characters played by Jameson Blake and more made the emotional outpour in the end more felt. Blake, on the other hand, is always a surprise in every film he has done, but his character restraints made his performance very convincing as Norma’s secret admirer. The same goes for Ramirez, who manages to pull off the emotional necessities of the many heavy content for the film’s third act.

‘Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi’ was sweet and all, but I wish it was more inventive in execution, like what Lana did in his ‘Die Beautiful.’ But really, what we got here is a sincere love letter (and ode) to the simpler times of just being free without the internet. This latest passion project by Lana is still a worthy watch.

Rating: 3/5

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Celebrities react to Jameson Blake’s viral “shout-out” tweet

Celebrities react to Jameson Blake’s viral “shout-out” tweet

  • Hashtag member Jameson Blake continues to be the talk of the town because of his viral tweet.
  • Entertainment personalities expressesed their mixed opinions regarding the issue.

Actor and Hashtag member Jameson Blake has been on the hot seat lately because of his viral tweet, asking if someone is willing to make him a graphic design in exchange for a “shout-out”.

“Any graphic designers here? Who’s willing to make me a cover photo/banner for (ex. Youtube, twitch). I need a banner with the username ‘LucidExpress.’ Best one gets a shout out from me.”

While a majority of the netizens seem to call out Jameson for not willing to pay the artist, celebrities, and people in the entertainment industry seem to have mixed reactions.

Director Gino Santos expressed his annoyance regarding the actor’s request in a series of Tweets. He also stated that the artists did not graduate and spent countless hours practicing their craft for a simple shout out.

When Celebrities fish for things from the fans.. major cringe.

These Graphic Designers / Artists did not graduate from their respective schools and spend countless hours honing their craft just to get a “shout out”. @Hashtag_Jameson I hope that poor girl got something besides just a mention. Set an example. Be more than a celebrity.

Disk jockey and host Tin Gamboa (commonly known as DJ Suzy) and television host Bianca Gonzales engaged in a Twitter conversation regarding their opinions regarding the incident.

Kailangan ko magpa opera. Basic slicing lang naman, nothing extravagant. Line lang talaga. Di kailangan may art. Best surgery option gets a shoutout from me!

OMG savage.

Na-offend ako as a talent! Eh talent din siya di niya ba gets 🙁 yung apology pa niya “sorry if naoffend ka” type :/

Bianca ended the conversation on a positive note, saying that this will make people aware that professional service must be paid for.

I know. Bright side of this issue though kasi it makes people aware that professional services/products must be paid for, and people should stop putting down the premium for the rest of the industr(ies) by giving working for free.

PJ Edrinal also made a subtle call out to Jameson Blake and posted a status on his private account saying that “Art is Freedom, but Art is not Free”. He also said that the actor should just “should just hire a professional, rather than asking.”

Showbiz personality IC Mendoza also commented that “he justified it pa that he’s just asking for a “simple design””

Trixie Dauz then took it to a different angle saying that Jameson should’ve defended the artist who volunteered to do the artwork for his social media platforms, as she received negative comments when he gave her a shout out.

I wish he had defended the girl who made the design for him though when the “heat” shifted onto her.. A true gentleman would have done that.

Despite the negative feedback, there are personalities that understood his point and disagreed with the opinion of the majority.

Director Frasco Mortiz posted a sarcastic tweet saying that the feedback that Jameson is receiving right now just shows how “nice” Filipinos have become online.

Wow. All the hate on @Hashtag_Jameson shows just how “nice” Filipinos have become online. Shout out po sa mga Pinoy na galit sa bully pero game na game sumali sa pambubully pag may kinukuyog na sa social media.

JP Laxamana also defended Jameson by saying that it’s okay to work for free when you’re just starting out, and raising your rates when you think that you’re “indispensable”.

Advice: it’s OK to work for free when you’re starting out and trying to get your name out there. It did good things for me in the long run. I started bringing up money and rates when I felt I was less dispensable.

Kaya rin minsan may free taste sa restaurant. Kaya minsan may free SIM na binibigay with P100 load. Kaya minsan may free trial period sa graphic design software na dinownload mo (hopefully di pirated iyan). It’s the stage of putting one’s product or service out there.

After all, if you think your talent is indispensable, you can walk away from a bad offer, with your chin up. You can always say NO to a bad deal. Pag mababa rate or even walang bayad, bago tanggihan, iniisip ko muna, do they need me more than I need them? If latter, then go ako.

You can always set a price for your service, and good for you if you always get paid that, if paid at all. But never underestimate unpaid work (yung hindi forced) and those who do it esp at the start of their careers. It can have value in the long run.

Television writer Suzette Doctolero called out those who slammed Jameson. She expressed that there’s nothing wrong with asking for free service in exchange for a promo. She also praised the actor for being witty and strong.

And finally, may nagsalita na ng iba sa opinyon ng marami.

May ugali tayong kuyog ano? Yung kapag may naiiba, o di gusto ng marami ang opinyon o sinabi, attack mode agad. Hihiyain ang tao as if ikakagaling ng lahat? (Bilang ako ay suki ng mga kuyog, sinasabi ko na sa inyo, nakakatawa kayo. You cant break our spirit. Charot! Hahaha).

Di ba pwedeng mag isip muna? Na wala naman ding masama sa kanyang ginawa na humingi ng libreng serbisyo? Kapalit ng promo? Pupurihin ko pa nga siya. Kasi mapamaraan. Maabilidad. E kung ayaw mong ibigay ang service mo ng libre, e di wag mo siyang pansinin kasi may iba naman na willing magbigay. Kanya kanya lang yang choices sa buhay o. Buti na lang at mukhang matatag yung batang dancer/artista.

Tsk, kapwa pinoy. Wag ugaling kuyog. Di nyo ikakasikat at ikakayaman. Di kayo mga bubuyog para maging kuyog lol.

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Jameson Blake to pay a graphic designer with a ‘shout-out’; Internet reacts

Jameson Blake to pay a graphic designer with a ‘shout-out’; Internet reacts

  • Jameson Blake was looking for graphic artists who are willing to do artwork for him in exchange for a shout out
  • Netizens react negatively, saying that he should offer a payment instead of a mere tweet

While many artists commission their art for a living, or to earn extra cash, Hashtags member and actor Jameson Blake has another idea on how to pay the artist.

In a form of a shout-out!

Last July 4, the young actor has tweeted in his personal account, asking people to make a cover banner for his social media accounts with username “LucidExpress”.

“Any graphic designers here? Who’s willing to make me a cover photo/banner for (ex. Youtube, twitch). I need a banner with the username ‘LucidExpress.’ Best one gets a shout out from me.”

Netizens then blasted and disagreed with Jameson’s offer, saying that maybe he should also offer a payment (aside from the shout-out) to support the Filipino artists.

“And a payment sana also. Let’s support filipino artist sa pamamagitan ng pagbili sa mga ginawa nila. Di lamang shoutout :)”

He then answered that he isn’t looking for anything extravagant but will be okay with just a simple anyone to that is willing to do it without payment.

“I’m not asking for a mind blowing graphic art. Something basic, and anyone willing to do me a favor without payment. No pressure, i’d appreciate it a lot!”

Another netizen then suggested that if he isn’t willing to pay the artist, then he should just do it himself.

“ehhhh why don’t you do it yourself if you just something basic and you don’t want to pay for it?”

Another netizen told Jameson to “just pay the designer” as they also need money to pay their bills and he’s sure that the actor’s management can find a way to pay for the design. The netizen also said that a shout out won’t guarantee the artist a paying client after the actor.

Dude, just pay the graphic designer. I dunno how much you make but considering you’re a celebrity, you & your management can find ways to pay for the design.  Kailangan nila ng pambayad sa bills at sa buhay. Yung shoutout walang guarantee na instant (paying) clients after you.

Jameson defended himself once again repeating that he’s not asking much, just a simple graphic art.

“I’m not asking that much. Just a basic graphic art for a profile. No one needs to do it, only if you’re willing to help me out i’d really appreciate it.”

The actor has then deleted the tweet and series of replies but it turns out that in the end, an artist was willing to do his request as he tweeted the artwork and tagging the artist behind it.

“I like this one! Thank you @ksteffi_ I appreciate the artwork”

The incident became a source of entertainment for many Twitter users as memes and witty tweets popped here and there regarding Jameson and his shout out payment.

“is this how you pay artists”

This netizen even made his on version of the artwork as he said that he even made the lettering himself.

“Charaaaaaaaaan~ Sana mapili. Di ko nilagyan ng watermark so sana walang kumuha. Yung lettering sarili kong gawa.”

This Twitter user expressed her annoyance upon the Hashtag member’s request, explaining that a mere shout-out won’t be enough for all the labor of the members of the creative industry.

“as long as people like jameson blake exists, people who think a mere “shout out” is enough compensation for labor, the creative industry of the country will always be belittled at best.

dont u dare call urself a creative nakakagigil ka”

After receiving criticisms regarding his tweet, Jameson released a public apology in his Twitter account saying that he “was not trying to look down on graphic designers and their artwork.

Regarding my tweet yesterday. Hopefully to stop all this fuss. I apologize to all the graphic designers thinking I’m trying to degrade their art work for something little as a “shout-out” I know graphic designing isn’t an easy job and it requires a lot of work. I did not expect this would become a big issue. I was basically seeking volunteers, no one HAD to do it. I wasn’t obligating anyone to make one. It was just a favor. Probably a shout out would have done nothing but I could have returned the favor by promoting the artwork. 

Promoting in ways for the artwork to be known & exposed and you never know, people would actually like it. But if that’s not the case, just simply ignore by tweet. Once again, I’m sorry and have no intention to look down on graphic designers and their artwork.

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“Is PBB scripted?” Direk Lauren Dyogi clarifies

“Is PBB scripted?” Direk Lauren Dyogi clarifies

  • Direk Lauren Dyogi addresses the rumors of Pinoy Big Brother being scripted.
  • He mentioned a few former housemates that really caught his eye and saw potential in.

The rumors of the Pinoy Big Brother show being scripted have been going around for years now.

In Direk Lauren Dyogi‘s recent vlog in his YouTube account, he finally spoke about the allegations. He told everybody that “Sa mga nagsasabing scripted ang PBB, it’s an unfair statement.”

He stated that they don’t talk about it a lot but they can see the comments and he thinks that quite a number of them are unfair because the people cannot see the hard work of the staff behind the cameras.

“Di natin napag-uusapan ‘yon pero masakit din ‘yong mga comments and I think a lot of the comments, a lot of them are unfair,

Hindi minsan nakikita ‘yong oras behind the scenes bago mag-audition, ‘yong oras at ‘yong energy at ‘yong effort na inuukol ng mga tao namin,”

Direk Lauren discussed the topic with ABS-CBN business unit head Raymond Dizon while waiting at an airport in Naga City after a Star Hunt audition in the area.

He also shared that there are aspiring Pinoy Big Brother contestants that for him are “obvious choices” or the ones that he can see the potential on being a housemate.

He mentioned Joshua Garcia as one example, who became a part of the 2014 Pinoy Big Brother: All In.

“Ang nagustuhan ko kay Joshua kasi matangkad, makinis. Kapag nagkukuwentuhan kami, engaged naman ako. Kinekuwento niya ‘yong mga nililigawan niya, ‘yong mga naging girlfriend niya,

So I had a feeling pagdating ng bahay, magiging interesting ‘yong interaction niya sa mga housemates,”

He also mentioned Jameson Blake who became a housemate during the Pinoy Big Brother: 737 last 2015. He stated that Jameson was scouted and was encouraged to do the auditions for PBB.

He narrated how they found the actor in Baguio City in the midst of the celebration of Panagbenga Festival.

“Kapag may nahanap sila, dadalhin na nila ngayon sa audition venue. I think that’s how Jameson was spotted,

A lot of choices are because there’s magic, napagtatagpo namin ang mga tao,” 

Other former housemates he also mentioned are Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber, who joined Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7.

“Maymay without Edward, hindi natin alam how it will happen.”

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Janella Salvador describes her ideal boyfriend

Janella Salvador describes her ideal boyfriend

  • Janella Salvador and Jameson Blake takes lead for Regal Films’ So Connected
  • So Connected is now showing on cinemas

Regal Films, Inc. is set to turn an odd pairing into an effective and believable tandem with Jameson Blake and Janella Salvador for their upcoming film So Connected.

Do Jameson and Janella connect?

Audience will surely be charmed on the flow of the story from how Karter Calma (Blake) pursues Trisha Biscocho (Salvador) and the sequences that follow are genuine. This is a romantic story of real people and very relatable. Audience will get hooked without getting distracted because the main leads are not superficial in portraying their roles. There is magic between Janella Salvador and Jameson Blake onscreen that will ride you to their journey of falling in love. By a twist of fate, the phone falls into the hands of Trisha (Janella), an independent young woman trying to support her family. Through modern technology, Karter gets a glimpse of Trisha’s life in videos and photos uploaded in the online world and finds himself slowly falling for her and then resolves to find her.

Janella’s ideal man

With the hints of going solo, Janella sees her rumored separation with Elmo Magalona as an opportunity to become a more versatile actress. She said (hypothetically) that just because their loveteam ElNella will no longer be a thing, doesn’t mean that whatever relationship she has with Elmo will also fall down. Despite the issue, Janella is hopeful that her newest film, So Connected, will perform well in terms of box office turnout.

In an interview, the Oh My G! actress details the man of her dreams.

“Somewhone who, no matter what happens, will not give up–despite any circumstance,” she hinted. “Someone who will truly love me,” Janella added.

Support Janella and Jameson’s undeniable chemistry as ‘So Connected’ hits the cinemas on May 23. The film is directed by Jason Paul Laxamana and starred by Paulo Angeles, Krystal Brimmer, Cherise Castro, Ruby Rodriguez, Rolando Inocencio and many more.

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