Jeepney drivers in the Philippines are used to do multi-tasking – from driving, collecting passenger’s fare, and even calling passengers to ride his jeepney.
But a driver had his own technique of driving, which had gone viral on social media.
A Facebook user named Giancarlo Dones posted the video of a jeepney driver in Pampanga who had such amazing driving skills as he captioned it with, “driving skill level: 99999999999”.
In his video, the driver used his right foot to change gear. Dones find it so amazing that the driver managed to use his foot instead of using his hand to shift the gears. This made him decide to have a video of his driving skill.
This was very unusual ‘coz such kind of driving skills, when driving a jeepney or four-wheeled car. It is proper to use a hand to change gear but this driver is a pro using his right foot.
Netizens were also amazed seeing his video online and some even wanted to try how he does it.
“Woooh this is crazy, to him am odd one out” – Kinuthia George
“Lambot ng kambyo nya ahh. Ma try ko nga sa montero yan. Hehe” – Royce Varca
“Grabe! Im one with the machine!”-Katherine Balboa
The viral video had garnered more than 43 thousand reactions and 46 thousand shares on social media.
On April 27, during an election forum organized by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in a church, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay and her brother, also her political rival, got into a pretty heated argument. Abby says that her brother said some pretty nasty things to her, including something about her husband Luis Campos, and these all happened infront of their father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay.
According to reports, everything started when Abby, during her speech, said that the other candidates should stop spreading lies about her, which triggered her brother. When she returned to her seat beside Junjun, the siblings immediately got into it and were separated.
‘Banana Sundae,’ formerly known as ‘Banana Split,’ a gag show that has been around since 2008, did a skit of the entire situation last Sunday.
The Binays are known for their darker than usual skin tone, and this feature have has been made fun of before. The skit showed three people playing Abby, Junjun, and Jejomar, with their faces painted in black.
Netizen Joey Lazaro aired his frustration by posting that “A skit was shown in Banana Sundae with the intent of having a spoof of the Binay incident that happened last week. The show just used black face to portray the Binay siblings including their father, our former Vice President.
Dear ABS-CBN , how could you allow such insensitivity to happen? NOT FUNNY AT ALL.”
The Facebook post has nearly 8k likes and has been shared over 6k times.
Netizens felt that the skit was disrespectful and ‘racist.’ They also criticized ABS-CBN for allowing it to be aired. But a good amount of netizens were not concerned about it and actually found the whole skit to be funny.
Blackface is part of a history of dehumanization, of denied citizenship, and of efforts to justify state violence. In the 20th-century in America, non-black actors used blackface to portray black people that created racist stereotypes. After the civil rights movement, blackface was labeled offensive and unacceptable by modern standards of political correctness.
Here in the Philippines, unlike in the west, we have no known history of slavery. Nobody enslaved the native Aetas, and they are closest to being black than any indigenous group in the country, and that is the reason why Filipinos still do not understand why the blackface is offensive.
There have been blackface issues in the past, for example ‘Bubble Gang’ making a skit about NBA Star LeBron James, the show ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya,’ ‘Nita Negrita,’ and a few others.
Twitter users had something to say about it too.
This was shown early today in ABS-CBN's Banana Sundae. With intent of having a spoof on the Binay incident last week, the show did not realize how offensive the entire skit is. pic.twitter.com/Y7khUEPVkU
— JP—Link—Okra—Ewww (@dumidyeypee) May 5, 2019
Aren't these comedians informed that black face or body painting for humor is a distasteful humor. They wanted to make a humor of the Binays fighting but what the hell were they even thinking.
The Siblings' Fight | Banana Sundae https://t.co/F8AqSAjUdI via @YouTube
— pats (@patjsdc) May 5, 2019
A Filipina student brings pride to all Filipinos as she graduated with the highest distinction in the largest public university in Thailand.
At Ramkhanmhaeng University (RU) Institute of International Studies in Bangkok, Thailand, a Filipino student named Nicole Louise Nicolas Poblete graduated Summa cum laude with a degree in Mass Communication major in Radio and TV Broadcasting.
Poblete originally came from Laoag City, Philippines with her parents. But because they have decided to become missionaries in Thailand, they left the Philippines.
Both parents are serving in church, her Father Aldrin is a senior pastor at Every Nation Church in Bangkok and her mother, aside from serving in church, also works as a teacher.
To adjust to her new way of life in Thailand was not easy, as she recalls she needed to strive so hard to adopt to the Thai culture and language.
“Nahirapan talaga akong mag-adjust sa culture at language noong una. My friends and the people I’ve met, sila talaga (ang)tumulong sa akin.”
In an interview with ABS-CBN, she said that she felt so thankful and blessed for having the opportunity to have an education.
“Not everyone has the privilege to get education. If you are fortunate enough, make the most out of it and be thankful.”
During Poblete’s elementary and high school days in Laoag City, she was a consistent honor student and even in Thailand she never failed to make her parents proud of her.
To inspire everyone, she shared her advice on how to achieve your goals in life.
“My advice when it comes to success is to not wait for life to be easy kasi kung ‘yun ang hinihintay n’yo, wala tayong mapapala.”
Poblete shared with PinoyThaiyo a quote that she offered her success to God and to use it to help others.
“The role of education is not simply to make us smart. God has gifted us with talents and abilities to be used, ultimately, for His plan; that is where education comes in, to hone our God-given skills to serve a purpose greater than ourselves.”
TAGS: ABS-CBN, Bangkok, Laoag City, Mass Communication major in Radio and TV Broadcasting, missionaries, Nicole Louise Nicolas Poblete, Philippines, Ramkhanmhaeng University (RU), Ramkhanmhaeng University (RU) Institute of International Studies, summa cum laude, Thailand
China is one of the most populated countries in the world and some of them choose to stay in other countries, and one of those countries is the Philippines. Chinese in the Philippines are known for business, owning big to small establishments with Filipinos as their main customers.
A Filipino customer rants on social media about these Chinese who choose to speak in their own language while doing business.
A Facebook user named Patricia Maliksi shared her experience while buying at Gong Cha where a Chinese customer was pointing out their order and the employee would answer them in Yes/No in Mandarin. With that scene, it made her realized why we Filipinos were the ones to adjust, instead of these foreign people in our country.
“At the Gong Cha counter, A Chinese girl and guy were ordering, pointing at the menu, the employee answering in Yes/No but in Mandarin. So tell me again, ba’t tayo yung naga-adjust para sa kanila? Di ba sila yung dayuhan sa bansa natin?”
With these questions on her mind, she decides to confront the girl who’s holding the line and said: “SPEAK ENGLISH, YOU’RE IN THE PHILIPPINES, and SHE SAID, “NO!”
This made her conclude that they have no respect for Filipinos. Her brother even told her that the management didn’t take their side and even cursed them.
“SO AYUN NA NGA, DI BA, BAKIT TAYO MAGIGING WELCOMING SA KANILA IF THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR US FILIPINOS?”
“Why would I give my respect to them when they don’t respect (us) and treat us like slaves in our own country?”
Filipino netizens have agreed with her post and shared their similar personal experiences
“Truth! Kakagigil nga. Minsan hindi sila maayos pumila sa terminal or any store. Nakikita ko nag sisiga-sigaan pa sa mga kapwa pinoy natin itong mga chinese na to. 😠”
“Actually totoo yan, sa building din namin sa work ko ang daming Chinese nationals at wala din silang respect sa kapwa. They dont have some good manners, best example is by simply using the elevators, aside sa puro scratches ang ginawa nila sa bawat sides ng elevator na hindi namin gets kung bakit nila ginagawa ang ganon, eh hindi din sila marunong rumespeto sa mga sumasakay din sa elevator kase sasakay ka palang isasara na nila ung pinto at wala sila pakialam kung may maipit….And not only that, ang worst... Ang bababoy nila. Hindi sila marunong gumamit ng toilet ng maayos at ang babaho pa nila as in literally mabaho sila. Di sila naliligo at di sila nagamit ng deodorant or perfume at all. Delikado ang makatabi sila kase kung hindi matibay sikmura ng tatabi sa kanila lagot na. Hindi din nila alam ang proper hygiene. 😪😪😪”
Yesterday, we went out to buy Gong Cha, and they are multiplying everyday, every street, every corner is full of…
A netizen commented and took sides with the Chinese people emphasizing that most of them didn’t have the chance to study English and she hopes that people would understand them.
“Please know most Chinese didn’t have the chance to study English like how we are privileged here in the Philippines. Also, in the field of service, adjusting for a customer is expected. Hope you guys try both sympathy and empathy for someone foreign and frustrated. Look in the bright side as well and study the language! Studying Mandarin would be helpful. We, Filipinos are known to be hospitable, show some hospitality and earn money after by studying the language.”
Another netizen responded that it is good learning their language but disagree that Filipinos are the one who needed to adjust to understand them with Maliksi agreeing with the statement.
“Naiintindihan naman po namin na maganda din matutunan yung lengwahe nila pero ang mali po kung nandito po tayo sa sariling bansa natin pero tayo ang nag a-adjust para maintindihan sila. Nasa Pinas po tayo at di natin pwedeng pilitin na mag-aral ang mga pinoy ng lengwahe ng ibang bansa para lang maintindihan natin sila sa lugar natin.”
Another comment also agrees with Maliksi’s point of view as she also has a similar experience with a Chinese employer. She also defended Maliksi from comments on being a racist because she was only being true, based on her experience dealing with them.
“Okay lang naman na ipagtanggol ang Chinese na mga yan sa post mo na ito pero kung sakaling sila ang naka-experience ng kabalahuraan at kawalan ng respeto ng mga chinese na yan na na-experience mo at everyday ko din nae-experience pag papasok ako sa work ko, eh masasabi pa kaya nila ang mga words na yan like ung Hospitality, Respect, Sympathy, Empathy, etc?
Tayo nga di nila nirerespeto eh diba. And i don’t think you’re being racist sa post mo na yan, you’re just telling the truth and telling the truth is very much different from being racist. At wala masama sa pagsabi ng totoo kase based yan sa experience mo din sa kanila eh.”
Maliksi expressed her gratitude to the people who get her point of view and shared their personal experiences.
A grade 10 student in one of the private schools in Surigao was tasked to answer an essay question. The questions were related to the current issue of drug abuse.
A Facebook user, Jojo Tabacon, posted his nephew’s test paper on his Facebook account. The post went viral and garnered 54 thousand shares with 33 thousand reactions.
The question sought answers that would address problems against drug abuse in the country.
“Kung ikaw ang pangulo ng Pilipinas, ano ang gagawin mo upang masugpo ang problema sa droga ng Pilinas?”
But then, the student thought that the question was addressed to him, personally. Focusing on what he could do as the president of the Philippines to fight the drugs issue in the country, he said,
“Bakit ako? Si Tatay Digong nga nahihirapan, ako pa kaya? Patawad po, wag po ako. Iba na lang po. Siguro pa mas maigi kung si Bato na lang po”
Tabucun’s nephew misinterpreted the given question, out of 5 points he only scored 1 point. The teacher later clarified the question by writing a note below his answer.
“Halimbawa lang po. Hindi ko sinasabing ikaw talaga,” wrote by the teacher.
The teacher wanted to know if some of the students have insights about drug addiction or an idea on how to fight drug abuse.
He wasn’t able to get the expected answer to the question, but it still showed he was aware of the President’s fight against drugs. He also referred to former PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, for he knew that he is the right person to answer the question.
• Filipinos are now growing in numbers, they would sacrifice themselves to find a place to live with a low monthly rental
• The owner of the dormitory agrees that the Chinese are said to pay double than the payment of the Filipinos who used to rent on the said dormitory
• This only implies that we Filipinos are taken for granted as our own hardworking people
Nowadays, we have heard a lot about the Philippines and China having disputes over territory, power, and even priorities. China is one of the biggest populations in the world that had been spread out in different countries. Some would travel together with their employers to work in other countries, As company agreement, the employers are the ones who would find a place for them to stay – and offers a landlady a bigger amount of money to kick out all the Filipino tenants in a dorm!
Since Filipinos are now growing in numbers, they would sacrifice themselves to find a place to live with a low monthly rental.
“FILIPINO vs CHINESE LABORERS. IT’S LETHAL. AND IT AIN’T A LAUGHING MATTER.”
This is the caption of Jayvie Mendoza Dizon on his Facebook account, pointing out that we Filipinos were given less priority than the Chinese, as Filipinos were forced to move out in one of the dormitories in Pasay when a Chinese firm rented the whole property for Chinese laborers.
“Non-Chinese tenants in a dormitory in Pasay were forced to move out because a Chinese firm rented the whole property of the house for Chinese laborers.’
The owner of the dormitory agreed as the Chinese were said to pay double than the payment of the Filipinos who used to rent the said dormitory.
“The firm allegedly offered 6,000-pesos per head rent versus the 3,700 pesos per head that Filipino tenants were paying. In other words, those Filipinos will be homeless until they find a decent shelter willing to accept a 3,700-peso rent.”
The Chinese would do everything to house its laborers and since Filipinos don’t have the capability of paying such high rental, the management had already decided to give favor to the Chinese people. Now, this only implies that we Filipinos are taken for granted as our own hardworking people.
“Chinese firm desperately looking for a place to house its laborers. And here are Filipino laborers being evicted all because these Chinese workers have the means. The Philippines granting China favorable labor access. The Philippines taking for granted its hardworking countrymen, ay tamad pala sabi ni Tulfo. The irony. It’s breaking my heart. 💔”
Jayvie had called out his media friend to share this information to bring awareness to the netizens.
– FILIPINO vs CHINESE LABOURERS. IT’S LETHAL. AND IT AIN’T A LAUGHING MATTER.Non-Chinese tenants in a dormitory in…
Juan Miguel Severo mae ad screenshot of Jayvie’s post and reposted it on Twitter, as he asked verification from the media news site.
Nakapanggagalaiti sa galit ito ha.
Screenshots from Jayvie Mendoza Dizon’s FB.
— Juan Miguel Severo (@TheRainBro) March 29, 2019
From his Twitter post, mixed reactions came from the netizens.
It happened also to us at Orange Suites in Alabang last year (around September)… We were asked to move out because a Chinese firm rented the whole property.
— Lukas NV (@livjr75) March 29, 2019
There's also a chinese firm wanting to rent here. Okay sa mommy ko nung kausap niya yung pinoy agent but when she found out na it's for Chinese laborers di siya pumayag kahit na wala pa nagrerent sa space. Sana lahat ng Pinoy ay mahalin ang Pilipinas tulad niya.
— Queen Atlanna (@awesomeMissK) March 30, 2019
I wouldn't totally put the blame on the Chinese labourers on this. It would be the greedy real estate brokers, building owners, unscrupulous middlemen. All pinoys. For every instance like these, there are greedy pinoy collaborators, like in government.
— Jayjay (@jayjayferro) March 30, 2019
This is sadly true. Marami na akong colleagues na pinaalis ng landlady nila kasi may mga chinese. 1.5x higher sa normal rate ang binibigay nila sa mga chinese. Villamor airbase, Concorde village, baclaran, around resorts world etc. Pasay area talaga. 🙁
— A’miel (@AmielCruz17) March 29, 2019
An amazing couple has just proven that love has no boundaries, despite the differences. They chose to accept each other wholeheartedly and are soon getting married. Jerick Laguador and Christopher Hussey-Smith are an unusual couple but their love is pure.
They have both inspired the LGBTQ community, proudly, with no hesitation in showing their love for each other. And to know them better, Dailypedia was given a chance to interview Jerick and share their love story.
Jerick and Chris was not in a long relationship.
They have known each other through Facebook, and they both started to chat on messenger before deciding to meet in Bali, Indonesia. When Jerick first saw Chris, he knew that he already found his one true love. Spending five days in Bali, together, made their love grow stronger.
He almost gave up searching for his one true love.
At times, others would make him feel loved but in the end, all was a big lie. He doesn’t even trust anyone who would court him, and wants to be part of his life because, mostly, they would make him feel being loved yet in the end, they all leave him alone and heartbroken.
He even told himself that he doesn’t want a foreigner for a lover because most of them were not serious when it comes to this kind of relationship. But just like what others would say, “Kung ano pa ang ayaw mo, yun pa mapupunta sayo,” Jerick said.
Jerick had never imagined that the moment would come when his boyfriend Chris would visit him in the Philippines and asked him for his hand in marriage, last January.
At that moment, Jerick was the happiest person in the world. But before he said “YES” to the marriage proposal, they agreed to share their own secrets to know if both of them would accept their past.
Honesty is the secret to a long-lasting relationship.
He said, “Chris is a very good guy, understanding, and loving person.” He loves me even with what I choose to wear and his love never changes, not only in words but also in deeds. For some who were in doubt, they even said that their relationship was way too fast but for the couple “life is too short.”
It is such perfect timing that they really love each other. Jerick discovered that both of them were weirdos and funny. Now, because of the pure intention and love that he made him feel, finally, Jerick restored his trust for loving someone again.
Trials are part of having a relationship, and it is very hard for the couple to have a “long distance relationship.” Originally, Chris came from Australia while Jerick was born and raised in the Philippines.
But even if they were miles away from each other, they always see to it that they communicate with each other through “Viber” and never fail to remind how much they love each other. And most importantly, he loves my family and they love Chris, too.
With all the love Jerick has been receiving, he had nothing to wish for. He doesn’t care what other people would say about them. The important thing is they love each other so much. Jerick also said that love isn’t measured by your status in life, the race where you belong to, and most of all, your face to be loved by somebody.
Both of them agree to the quote “Life is too short!” That way, they put their relationship to move forward through marriage. Chris plans of marriage at the age of 39, and Jerick is turning 27 on September 16.
Finally, they were already done with their pre-nup and Jerick shared to us their wedding dates as it would not happen once but twice, on September 15, 2019 in Australia, and on February 16, 2020, here in the Philippines.
And his advice for everyone, “Never stop loving, may nakatakda para sayo sa tamang panahon.”
On President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech during the distribution of certificates for land ownership in Maguindanao, he proposed the idea of changing the country’s name from Philippines to “Maharlika,” as it used to refer to the feudal warrior classes in the ancient Tagalog society of Luzon; and in modern Filipino, the term means “royal nobility.”
A netizen reacted on President Duterte’s idea of changing the country’s name by pointing out Duterte’s wrong definition of Maharlika that means “nobility.”
On Pepe Alas Facebook post, he mentioned that because of having lack of knowledge, maybe the term the president is looking for is “Maguinoo”which means “royal nobility.”
“Excuse me, President Rody Duterte. The term “Maharlika” doesn’t mean nobility and is far from the definition of royalty. In fact, it was limited only among the Tagálogs. Other ethnolinguistic groups (Bicolanos, Cebuanos, Tausugs, etc.) had nothing to do with it. Perhaps the term that you’re looking for is “Máguinoo” which means royal nobility. Anyway, are you beginning to become Tagálog-centric too?”
And he added that the word Maharlika is derived from Sanskrit word “maha lingga” which means “Big Phallus.” Phallus is a biological term for penis.
“FYI: Maharlika is derived from the Sanskrit word “maha lingga” which means “Big Phallus.”
Republic of Big Penis it is! Better start replacing all eight rays of the Sun in our flag with something long and rock hard.”
Excuse me, President Rody Duterte. The term "Maharlika" doesn't mean nobility, is far from the definition of royalty. In…
Now, the question is which of both definitions is correct? These have brought confusion to the people and made them wonder what the true definition of Maharlika is.
Based on the Filipino history, in the ancient class system which includes Maginoo, Timawa, Maharlika and Alipin, the Tagalog warrior’s class were called “Maharlika” as they awee bound to serve their datus in the battle. And based on Wikipedia, Maharlika in modern Filipino means “royal nobility.”
Does Maharlika really come from the Sanskrit word “Maha lingga” which means big phallus?
There was no related discussion about Maharlika derived from the Sanskrit word “maha lingga.” Yes, Maharlika is derived from a Sanskrit word; but it is cognate of the malay word “Merdeka” which means freedom and “Maha” which means great.
“Both are derived from the Sanskrit maharddhika(महर्द्धिक) meaning “[a man of] great wealth/power/influence” (per William Henry Scott and Anthony Reid).”
And lingga or linggam is referred to a great Phallus which was a symbol of the Hindu God Shiva.
The exact sanskrit word is Maha Lingga (Great Phallus) which is a symbol of the Hindu God Shiva.
A Facebook user has posted about the heartbreaking reality of the treatment toward artists in a typical Filipino family.
Arianne Ali Bangcola said that Filipino family members lack the support and recognition until they need it. She added that most shun it and encourage their relatives to take more “practical” courses.
The thing about Filipino family members or relatives is that they deny your talent until they need it. They claim the…
Family members tend to only recognize the craft if they will benefit from it and demands it to be done for free.
“They call the field frivolous (i.e. “music? pano siya kikita jan?) but when a makeup artist’s relative needs her makeup to be done for an event, suddenly they go to her and demand it be done for free, in the name of “family”. Suddenly a graphic designer is remembered when a relative needs a poster for their business, suddenly a photographer is recognized when a cousin needs a pre-debut shoot, suddenly musicians are acknowledged when a son’s wedding draws near. And always, always for free.”
“And what happens if you decline their demands of a free service? You’re suddenly a “ungrateful brat with an inflated ego”.
“I think that when an artist creates something, they always let a little bit of their soul bleed into their work – they can’t help it. So when you demand them to do art for you without exchange or recognition, I think it feels to them as if you’d rather have the actual output without the unnecessary addition of their soul. You make their art into a product. “
Bangcola mentioned how heartbreaking it is for artists and their family will recognize them for their skills, not their convenience.
“I think it hurts to be creative in a world where all you should be is smart.”
The most now has more than 5,000 shares. Bangcola is a poet on Instagram.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte‘s list of figures, students, and companies allegedly plotting against his father, President Rodrigo Duterte, is false.
During an interview at the turnover of the Balangiga bells to the Philippines, Lorenzana told the media that he knew that it was fake news the first time he saw the post.
The list that he was referring to was Paolo’s facebook post accusing politicians, media personalities, religious figures, students, and private companies including PLDT and Jollibee, of plotting to oust his father.
“I still maintain [my position] that it is fake news,” Lorenzana added.
Vice President Leni Robredo, on the other hand, viewed the list as a joke.
“Baka nagbibiro lang naman iyon. Parang hindi naman seryoso. Baka joke. Kasi balita ko inalis rin naman siya.
“Napaka-irresponsible. Walang namang basehan. Pangalawa, hindi ko alam kung alam niya kung saan iyon nanggaling, kasi obviously, iyong gumawa noon, hindi man lang nag-aksaya ng panahon para mag-research. Sana nalaman niya na hindi naman ako pumupunta sa mga lugar na iyon, at iyong mga nakalista hindi ko naman kilala.”