A social media user took to Facebook on April 21 to share the wretched plight of one ageing seller of bananas who became victim of fake money, when a customer paid him with a fake 1,000 peso bill, which brought netizens to vexation and sympathy.
Concerned netizen An Ge Lie posted a picture of Lolo Solomon holding the fake money and explained his circumstance to other social media users. The old vendor, together with his wife, were selling in a market in Minglanilla, Cebu when a buyer bought bananas from him which amounted to 100 pesos.
This scammer paid with the fake money and ended up with 900 pesos, along with Lolo Solomon’s merchandise. Facebook users who have read An Ge Lie’s post were angered by the dishonest customer, many of them pointing out that this person had no conscience left to him/her by fooling the old and poor vendor.
nangompra ko sayos buntag, kani c lolo gbyran ug 1,000 nga fake. gsuklian pd tawn nia ug 900 pesos ky balig 100 pesos…
The original poster called for help from their local news page to catch the swindler. She even made a live video to help collect and donate money from other concerned netizens to support Lolo Solomon. Her actions were admired by other Facebook users for aiding the poor merchant.
Her post went viral with 46 thousand reactions and 105 thousand shares online, with social media users depositing money in An Ge Lie’s bank account to be given to Lolo Solomon.
Posted by An Ge Lie on Saturday, April 20, 2019
In the meantime, local authorities warned the public, especially merchants, to be vigilant with regard to the payments they receive from customers, ensuring that they are authentic.
TAGS: fake 1000 peso bill, fake money, FB user brought netizens' attention to the victim to raise money for poor old vendor, Lolo Solomon, merchant, old vendor fell victim to buyer paying with fake money, scams, small business, viral FB post, viral FB story
A netizen took to Facebook on April 14 to share the time his family stood him up during his graduation ceremonies, as well as the trials and tribulations he faced before receiving his college diploma. All of which, moved the hearts of social media users.
“Magkahalong lungkot at saya sa araw ng pagtatapos sa kolehiyo,” wrote Jeric Rivas, a fresh graduate from La Concepcion College, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
The author of the viral post then narrated how he did not experience, during his elementary and high school days, going on stage to receive his academic honors with his parents or next of kin.
“Elementary ako noon nong nagkamit ako ng mataas na karangalan, 6th honor ako noon pero sa hindi (inaasahang) pagkakataon, walang kamag anak at magulang ang umakyat sa akin sa stage para magsabit (sa’kin) ng medalya, at dahil (doon) hindi nalang din ako umakyat at di ko narin kinuha ang medalya ko,” said Rivas.
He also recounted how he needed to “borrow” one of his fellow classmates’ own parents so that there would be someone who would award him his medals back in his secondary school’s recognition day. Come its graduation, he was again left alone.
“Tingin ako sa harap, sa likod, sa kaliwa, sa kanan, nagbabakasakaling masulyapan ko sila, pero wala, naghintay pa ako nang ilang (minutes), (hanggang) sa oras na ang lumipas, pinatayo na kaming lahat at tinatawag na isa-isa ang aming pangalan, umakyat na isa-isa ang mga kaklase (ko) kasama ang mga magulang nila para tanggapin na (nila) ang kanilang diploma. Hanggang sa narinig ko na ang aking pangalan, at ito nanaman ako, nag mamartsa nanaman (paakyat) ng (entablado) mag-isa,” described Rivas.
He was not able to stop the tears from falling as he marched that day, feeling envious of the kids who were supported by their parents and family during one of the memorable days of their lives. Rivas disclosed then that he decided to leave his home in Sibuyan Island, Romblon to look for work in the city while attending college. He stayed with his relatives, but he was always shunned by them. He lived in various places as a result.
“Sobrang sama ng loob ko noon, kaya pinangako ko sa sarili ko na (balang) araw hinding-hindi na nila ako pwedeng ganun-ganunin nalang. Nag-enroll ako kahit wala pa akong sapat na pera, nagbakasakaling makapagtapos ako,” claimed Rivas.
And in order to support himself, he entered odd jobs while studying such as being a factory worker in Quezon City, a student assistant of their school, being a janitor, a fast-food crew, and even as househelp.
“MAGKAHALONG LUNGKOT AT SAYA SA ARAW NG PAGTATAPOS SA KOLEHiYO” Story of my lifeJERIC R. RIVASBachelor Of Science In…
“At ngayon, nagbunga na lahat nang aking pagsusumikap, araw nang aking pag tatapos… Magkahalong tuwa at lungkot nanaman ang naramdaman ko,” shared the degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Criminology, who conveyed to the netizens how he went to the stage while breaking down in tears once more.
“Niyakap ko isa-isa ang mga professors na (nandoon) sa taas ng entablado, para mabawasan man lang kahit paano ang bigat na nararamdaman ko. Di ko inisip ang kahihiyan sa harap ng tao dahil sa pag iyak ko. Pagbaba ko isa-isa akong kinamayan ng iilan sa mga kapwa ko graduate na nadadaanan ko, at sarap sa pakiramdam na isa-isa nilang sinasabi na proud sila sakin…” added Criminology Service Awardee Rivas.
In his now-viral post, the working student proceeded to thank his professors, school staff, and friends who helped him overcome his sufferings. He also offered his achievements to his grandparents who raised him while sending a taunting message to his parents whom he claimed did not want him in their lives.
The post received 41 thousand reactions online, with messages of congratulations pouring out for the new graduate.
“Congratulations, Rivas! Good luck on your next journey! Well done! 💖😇😍” commented one netizen.
“Congrats habang (binabasa) ko ‘tong karanasan mo napatulo luha ko 😢 Alam (kong) malayo ang mararating mo sa buhay dahil sa mga naranasan mong hirap, isa yan sa mga pinaghuhugutan (natin) para lumakas tayo. Pray lang lagi 🙏” said Facebook user Ave Del Castillo Jaringa.
“Congrats kuya (na-inspired) ako sa kwento na pinagdaan mo (naluha-luha) ako habang binabasa ko ang (mensahe) mo. God bless dahil hindi ka sumuko,” Jeson Cortez replied to the post.
“Congratulations! You’ve made it despite the hardships. Mabuhay ka, I believe, handa ka na sa matinding hamon ng buhay. Always believe in yourself. God bless u on your journey,” remarked another netizen.
TAGS: broken family, fresh grad shares on FB how he was alone for all the graduation rites he had in his life, graduation rites, graduation stories, Jeric Rivas, La Concepcion College, La Concepcion College San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, viral FB post, viral FB story
In an article that featured studies on celebrity worship (a clinical perspective), they defined a “fan” as an “individual who is enthusiastically devoted to something, such as a media personality, sports figure, or a singer. The word fan is derived from the Latin word fanaticus, meaning ‘insanely but divinely inspired”.”
Insanely but divinely inspired is one phrase to describe Gladice Belarmino who went viral on social media after sharing on facebook that the Queen of All Media Kris Aquino became her inspiration to finish her course Computer Programming and hoped to be a part of the production team Kris C. Aquino Productions (KCAP).
“Simula bata palang ako ay adik na ako. Hindi adik sa drugs, kondi adik kay Kris Aquino. Sa mga nakakilala saakin simula Elementary hanggang ngayon, alam nila na lagi kong bukang bibig ang pangalan niya, pero hindi naging madali saakin ang pagiging diehard fan. Bata palang ako ay sinubok nako ng tadhana. Ikaw ba naman ang lumaki sa probinsiya (Camambugan Balasan, Iloilo), na gustohin koman siya makita noon ay hindi ko magawa,” wrote Belarmino, now an alumna of the University of Makati.
According to Belarmino, her being a devoted fan of Aquino became one of her parents’ fears that she may not be able to finish her studies due to the amount of time she dedicates to the star by keeping track of all her television programs and movies.
“Ang magulang ko, dati talagang pinatitigil na nila ako sa kahibangan ko. Sabi nila pag bumaba daw ang mga grades ko sakaka nuod ng TV dahil kay Kris Aquino ay patitigilin nila ako sa pag aaral ko. Sa takot ko na baka pati ang munting paraan na masilayan ko ang kanyang mga muka sa TV ay ipagkait din nila saakin, ginawa ko nag aral nalang ako ng mabuti. Pinatunayan ko sa mga magulang ko na hindi mangyayari yon, na hindi masamang halimbawa sakin si Kris.”
“Alam ko sa sarili ko na hindi ako sobrang talino. Marami akong natanggap na mga parangal pero bunga ito ng pagtitiyaga ko at pagsusumikap dahil naniniwala ako na tulad ng laging sinasabi ni kris na kahit nasakanya na ang lahat dapat magsumikap sa buhay. Na hindi ka makikilala dahil sa apelyidong dala dala mo, kondi sa mga bagay na alam mong ikaw ang may gawa,” said Belarmino.
The proud fan also shared that she was given the chance to meet her idol after becoming an official member of Aquino’s fans club, which she said was one of her biggest blessings she ever received. She also mentioned her wanting to even sharpen her skills in Web design and photo and video editing and be a professional IT so she could be part of Aquino’s online show.
The consistent Dean’s Lister ended her post with, “Madam inaalay ko po hindi lang sa mga magulang ko kondi pati po sayo yong ang mga achievements ko po sa buhay… Gusto ko po malaman mo na ang pagiging adik ko po sayo ay may naidudulot na mabuti. Sa lahat ng sakit na nararamdaman mo, sa lahat ng pambabatikos sayo. May taong kahit umulan bumagyo man hinding hindi ka sinukoan. Mahal kita Mommy K.”
Belarmino’s viral post received over four thousand reactions online and the most special response she received was from Kris Aquino herself, writing in her own facebook page with an open letter to the young graduate:
Your achievement is yours and it so generous to share it with me… kaya mong SOLO ipagmalaki ang pagiging masipag mo. But i implore you- enjoy your youth. and your health… singleminded ang focus ko– to succeed- BUT now I realize ang daming BONDING namin ng mom that I missed out on because I needed to prove my professionalism. You are allowed to HAVE FUN. You should make time for your family. And it is so heartwarming to know you wanted to work for me. But you love me, a little too much. Ikaw masasaktan sa bashing nung trolls. Spare yourself that. May I quote a J Lo song?
‘I guess I found my way
It’s simple when it’s right
Feeling lucky just to be here tonight
And happy just to be me and be… ALIVE.’
Thank you for this #lovekosikris post because the truth is I myself find it hard to love me.”
Love ko si KrisMga katagang minsan pilit komang binabago pero hindi ko mabago. Hindi ganon kadali alisin ang bagay na…
Dear Gladys, Your achievement is yours and it so generous to share it with me… kaya mong SOLO ipagmalaki ang…
TAGS: Fangirl, Gladice Belarmino, graduation stories, Kris Aquino, Kris Aquino gives advice to a fan who recently graduated college, Kris Aquino's fangirl graduates college dedicates achievement to her, viral FB post, viral FB story
A netizen shared on Facebook an interesting discovery that one of the eggs stored in their refrigerator already hatched, by hearing continuously the chirping of a chick in their house.
Netizen Abi Pajarillaga Gonzales, who’s a native of Nueva Ecija, wrote on her account: “Yung itlog na binili nila Papa naging sisiw na. 😂 Nainitan din yata. Hahaha! Kaya pala may naririnig ako, hanap ako ng hanap. (Siya) pala yung nag-iingay.😅😂 Pawis na pawis lang!”
She also posted three photographs presenting a chick emerging from one of the eggs in their fridge.
“Wala pong kuryente kaya mainit talaga. Mainit pati panahon. Saka di rin po ginagamit yung ref kaya akala ng iba nalamigan daw kuno. Di rin ho luma yung ref, hindi lang talaga ginagamit kaya ganyang mukhang luma. 😂” explained Gonzales, as one of the reasons why the unbelievable incident happened in the first place.
Her post has gone viral on social media, receiving 28 thousand reactions with netizens expressing their delight on the bizarre happening.
“Naging incubator (niya) (yung) ref na di gumaganaaa! 😂😂😂” replied Lisa Lagdaan-Caguimbal.
“Palakihin nyo, tyaka nyo itinola 🤣” joked Niv Ek S. Mañosa.
Gonzales updated Thursday afternoon that the chick is very much alive and still in good condition and uploaded “proof shots” for others to see.
In using the tagline “Unfair, di ba?” to portray morena women at a disadvantage over fair-skinned Filipinas in mundane scenarios, such as being given a seat on the bus, a controversial advertisement immediately received backlash on social media.
The ad also quoted a study which said that three out of five Filipinos believe people with whiter skin are generally treated better. It added: “Don’t be mad. Use GlutaMAX! Your fair advantage.”
Netizen Ed Lorenzo, shared an update on Facebook, from the Ad Standards Council (ASC), which is the screening body of the ad industry in the country, founded by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies of the Philippines, Philippine Association of National Advertisers), and the Kapisanan ng Brodkasters ng Pilipinas. This is in regard to the viral GlutaMAX ad concern, which he proposed that other social media users should boycott.
Lorenzo posted a screenshot of Adie Pena on Ad Standards Council’s response, on whether they have checked first GlutaMAX’s campaign before they were put out in public.
“Per ASC’s Executive Director Digna Dator Santos: ‘(T)he ASC has disapproved the Glutamax ad several times. Unfortunately, the client and agency decided to still post/display the ad despite the disapproval which is a gross violation of ASC rules. The matter will be referred to the ASC Technical Committee for appropriate action,’” replied Pena.
The controversy went over to Twitter where one user retorted, “So disappointing that instead of promoting “equality” regardless of skin color, they opted to point out na deserve nga talaga ng mapuputi ang better treatment. What a trashy logic we got here from GlutaMAX. RESPECT TO A PERSON IS NEVER OF COLOR OR RACE!!!!”
So disappointing that instead of promoting "equality" regardless of skin color, they opted to point out na deserve nga talaga ng mapuputi ang better treatment. What a trashy logic we got here from GlutaMAX.
RESPECT TO A PERSON IS NEVER OF COLOR OR RACE!!!! pic.twitter.com/mhoB4Whtqj
— JAMES (@JamesMarion20) April 13, 2019
“I’m so angry about this ad that I can’t even breathe properly. Wtf. I’m imagining young Filipinas who see this ad and feel shame from their BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL, BROWN COLOR. You should be ashamed of yourself, GlutaMAX. You, the ad agency, and everyone involved in this shitty ad,” another netizen commented.
I'm so angry about this ad that I can't even breathe properly. Wtf.
I'm imagining young Filipinas who see this ad and feel shame from their BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL, BROWN COLOR. You should be ashamed of yourself, GlutaMAX. You, the ad agency, and everyone involved in this shitty ad. pic.twitter.com/aApnom8aIh
— Anna Oposa (@annaoposa) April 13, 2019
“SKINWHITE IS CANCELLED, GLUTAMAX IS CANCELLED. These whitening brands don’t need new campaigns. They need new values first,” remarked another, referring to Skinwhite’s ad of showing men and women with contrasting skin tones, allegedly turning out to the models being black/brownfaced for the shoot.
SKINWHITE IS CANCELLEDT
GLUTAMAX IS CANCELLEDT.
These whitening brands don't need new campaign. They need new values first. pic.twitter.com/pNmrNsK7Vs
— Rod Magaru 🍥 (@rodmagaru) April 13, 2019
“Apparently, Glutamax thinks that the solution to (discrimination) based on skin color is to whiten yourself??? WTH!!!? This forwards the disgusting narrative that the only standard for respecting people is if they’re fair-skinned. Shame on your capitalistic attempt to be relevant,” pointed out by another Twitter user.
Apparently, Glutamax thinks that the solution to discrimation based on skin color is to whiten yourself??? WTH!!!? This forwards the disgusting narrative that the only standard for respecting people is if they're fair-skinned. Shame on your capitalistic attempt to be relevant. pic.twitter.com/11inDrcStK
— angelou (@putomayangelou) April 13, 2019
Television host Bianca Gonzalez, known for her tanned complexion and being proud of it, also took to Twitter to express her sentiment on the issue: “There is no problem AT ALL if you want to whiten your skin. The problem is when whitening brands make it appear that you should feel pity for us just because we are dark. We are not people you should feel pity for, because our skin color is beautiful.”
Just a note from a Filipina with brown skin since birth:
There is no problem AT ALL sa mga gustong magpaputi. The problem is when whitening brands make us look "kaawa awa" dahil lang maitim kami. Kasi, hindi po kami kawawa, maganda ang kulay namin.
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) April 13, 2019
“I grew up loving my brown skin because of beautiful women like Angel Aquino and Tweetie de Leon who proudly flaunted their brown skin. I looked up to them. I did not need to compare myself to fair skinned girls. It need not be a ‘battle’ of maitim versus maputi,” Gonzalez added.
I grew up loving my brown skin because of beautiful women like Angel Aquino and Tweetie de Leon who proudly flaunted their brown skin. I looked up to them. I did not need to compare myself to fair skinned girls. It need not be a "battle" of maitim versus maputi.
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) April 13, 2019
Actress Chai Fonacier, another brown-skinned celebrity, called the brand an “uneducated potato.”
— Chai Fonacier (@bansheerabidcat) April 13, 2019
The viral ad which angered netizens and celebrities alike, and reached more than two thousand shares online, has since then been deleted.
GlutaMAX has recently released an apology statement to the public who found “discomfort” from their online campaign “#YourFairAdvantage.”
“As we’ve learned, talking about skin is never skin-deep,” (meaning not deep or lasting, can also be construed as “superficial”) “issue. It’s a minefield of sensitivities, of deeply held beliefs, and should never be taken lightly,” said the brand on a Facebook post.
“And yet, over the weekend, we’ve caused a disproportionate amount of discomfort and even pain. That said, we believe that the best intentions are never an excuse for causing harm, and for all those that we’ve offended over the past few days, we offer our sincerest apologies,” it added.
TAGS: Ad Standards Council, Adie Pena, Advertisement, advertising, bianca gonzalez, Chai Fonacier, Digna Dator Santos, Ed Lorenzo, GlutaMAX, online campaign, viral FB post, viral FB story, whitening brand on hot water for 'discriminating' ad against dark-skinned women, whitening product
A strong woman on and off the court, volleyball star Aby Maraño took to Facebook to erase the public’s stigma against psoriasis by showing off her own patches caused by her chronic auto-immune disease.
Proudly wearing bikini in her Facebook picture, Maraño, 26, wrote the caption, “Showing my patches like they aren’t a damn thing anymore. 💯 I know most of Psoriasis patients don’t have the courage to show their skin. I heard some stopped going to school at yung iba ayaw lumabas ng bahay. Sad, I know. There are times that I feel uncomfortable too but my confidence is greater than my insecurities.”
She then stressed that psoriasis is not contagious in contrast to what others believe.
“Hindi naman kami nakakahawa. Hindi rin ito sumpa,” she said. Generally thought to be a genetic disease that is triggered by environmental factors, psoriasis is said to be a long-lasting auto-immune disease characterized by patches of abnormal skin.
Various treatments can help control the symptoms of the said condition, but there is no known cure for psoriasis, however.
“Everyday is a battle. I gotta fight ‘cause if I don’t, I might just stop playing. Simple psoriasis might lead to psoriatic arthritis that may really affect my condition in playing and I definitely don’t want that to happen,” shared Maraño.
“So if you know someone who has Psoriasis like me, HUG them as they are not contagious. The only contagious is kindness 💕 I am Aby Maraño, I have psoriasis but psoriasis don’t have me. 💪🏻 #PsoriasisWarrior #PsoriasisFashion #Confident #Respect #Abylieve,” ended the volleyball player and F2 Logistics middle blocker.
The former La Salle star athlete received an outpour of support from social media users, making her post viral with 63 thousand reactions. Netizens admired her fighting spirit and bravery.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, they listed Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, LeAnn Rimes, and Liam Gallagher as other celebrities who have opened up about living with psoriasis.
TAGS: Aby Maraño, aby maraño shows off skin amid being diagnosed with psoriasis to inspire others, Cara Delevingne, chronic skin disease, F2 Logistics, kim kardashian, La Salle star athlete, LeAnn Rimes, Liam Gallagher, psoriasis, viral FB post, viral FB story
A netizen shared on Facebook an inspiring story he witnessed while out shopping in a 7/11 store at Upton and Berdan Toledo, Ohio.
Cedric Bishop narrated on April 8 that a young man around 15 or 16 was caught shoplifting by the owner of the store. The owner then told the cashier to call 911 in the wake of the incident.
However, another man present in the scene offered to pay for the merchandise the teen took. So the owner ordered the teen to empty out his pockets. Out in the open came a lot of munchies which the young man claimed was for him to feed himself and his little brother.
“The owner said, ‘This is not food. You want food, I give you food.’ The cashier had the 911 operator on the phone. The owner told her to hang up. He went and started putting chicken drummies, sausage rolls, and a whole pizza and gave him a 2 liter,” wrote Bishop.
Touched by the kind gesture, Bishop pitched in and gave the teen $10.00, thinking how amazing the owner did that night.
“Some young people just need to know that someone cares,” added Bishop.
I WENT TO THE 7 – ELEVEN STORE ON UPTON AND BERDAN AND A YOUNG MAN AROUND 15 OR 16 WAS CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING. THE OWNER OF…
His post has now gone viral with over seven thousand reactions and over two thousand shares online, with social media users commending the shop owner’s actions.
“I’ll be sure to go to that 7-11! That’s what I’m talking about! We’re supposed to lift each other up whenever possible!!” praised Kelli Nicholl Robinson.
“Great story! I hope that was a defining moment in that young man’s life. Praise God for that caring owner,” commented William Davis.
“Thanks I needed that perhaps we can pass this kindness forward and let go of the negative of the world!” replied Linda Watson.
Bishop also posted updates on his account about the media attention the shop and owner are currently getting, as well as his future plans of setting up near it a feeding program to at least a hundred kids due to the incident.
TAGS: 7/11, Cedric Bishop, Kelli Nicholl Robinson, Linda Watson, man shares story of store owner giving food instead to a teen caught shoplifting their store, Ohio, Toledo, Upton and Berdan, viral FB post, viral FB story, William Davis
A photo of a netizen, smiling together with senatorial candidate Bong Revilla, is making rounds on social media for its controversial caption by mocking the former senator regarding his plunder cases by way of keeping his wallet safe from him.
“Wag po kayong mag-alala. Wala naman pong nawala. Mahigpit po pagkakahawak ko sa wallet ko,” wrote netizen Carlos Mañosa Ng II on his Facebook account, alluding to Revilla’s alleged involvement with Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork barrel, scam.
The actor-politician, along with former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, were accused of receiving kickbacks from businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, in exchange for directing some of their discretionary funds to phony non-government organizations.
OMG IS THIS A THING?! THIS NEEDS TO BE A THING! I’m calling on ALL people who happen to see Bong Revilla, please make this a thing. 😂 pic.twitter.com/5MOdvUcwA3
— Mo Twister (@djmotwister) April 14, 2019
During one of the hearings of his plunder case, Revilla denied receiving money from Napoles nor from her colleagues.
The former action star has been detained at the Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame since 2014, but was acquitted of plunder and released on December 7, 2018. Revilla still faces 16 counts of graft presently.
Netizens had dissenting opinions after seeing and reading Ng’s viral-post, which received 24 thousand reactions online.
On the one hand, social media users stood by Ng’s side, commending his mockery of the former senator while on the other hand, netizens pointed out how Ng had been disrespectful of Revilla and how his “joke” fell flat on them.
Napa check ako sa lock ng kotse!!! pic.twitter.com/UaVMhPQIIw
— cookai (@CookaiTV) April 15, 2019
“Pinoy nga naman ninakawan na pinagtatanggol pa. Sa cine (mo) ka nalang malupit Bong Revilla, mandarambong,” commented Wilfred Noel Manuel.
“Double check mo, malupit mag magic yan guilty na mapawalang sala pa sa tulong in Poong Nazeraan,” replied Jemar Cruz.
“Nagpa-picture ka para lang siraan si Bong, very wrong lodi haha,” reproached netizen Jules Almonicar.
“Plastik mo naman. Nakangiti kapa (diyan) ha, tapos magsasabi ka ng ganyan? wtf,” said Janine Espeleta.
Nakita ko si Bong Revilla sa balagtas hinagisan ako ng tshirt, sisigawan ko sana ng magnanakaw kaso baka may dalang baril gg ako HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
— dayan (@diannerazel) April 14, 2019
TAGS: bong revilla, Bong Revilla Jr., Carlos Mañosa Ng II, Janet Lim Napoles, Janine Espeleta, Jemar Cruz, Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, Jules Almonicar, man poses with Bong Revilla captions it with controversial allusion to pork barrel scam, Memes, PDAF case, Pork Barrel Scam, Ramon Revilla Jr., viral FB post, viral FB story, Wilfred Noel Manuel
Photos of a man streaming out of a burning mall in Davao, with a plate full of his ordered meal, is making the rounds on social media.
Netizen Joshua Jamez posted the pictures of the man who can be seen happily eating his order, even as he and his companions were leaving Gaisano Mall on J.P. Laurel Avenue, when fire broke out in the upper portion of the mall at around 4:17 p.m.
Social media users were amused by the man’s actions as he readily posed in front of Jamez’s camera with a “peace sign” while holding his plate up. The original poster’s story went viral, gaining 16 thousand reactions online.
One netizen identified the man in the viral photoset as Eujay B. Regner. The foodie himself even commented on the post with “UPDATE: nasauli ko na yung plato, (nahugasan) ko na rin.”
Davao City fire marshal Supt. Virnalita Silagan said the fire broke out at the upper ground floor of the mall at a Shakey’s Pizza branch.
The firefighters who arrived three minutes after the report was made about the fire were able to put it under control within thirty minutes or so.
Kanang na sunog na ang Mall but food is life. laban lang jud ta!
Silagan told INQUIRER that the “initial investigation revealed excessive heat from the kitchen exhaust of the pizza parlor likely ignited the blaze.”
The damage was placed at PHP150,000 and no one was hurt during the incident, according to Silagan.
One Facebook user shared online an overheard story in Starbucks from two college students belittling call center agents by calling them social climbers, which angered her as she herself works in the said industry of customer service.
Netizen Alicia Rae Ranjo posted the story on April 5, identifying the students from Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) that seemed to be studying Nursing, based on their all-white uniform.
“I used to wear earphones kahit walang tugtog, ang comfortable kasi kapag mag isa ka lang ta’s ganun. So ayun, umorder ako sa counter then nung (magbabayad) na ako (nalaglag) yung company ID ko, nakita ko na nakita nila yun, then pag pulot ko nakita ko yung facial expression nila, na (nagpipigil) tumawa, pero still in-ignore ko na lang. 4 lang kami na costumer nung time na yun. Ako, silang dalawa , ta’s si kuya na nasa kabilang side ng coffee shop,” recounted Ranjo.
After she paid for her coffee, she sat down near the exit of the shop since she did not plan on staying long, relating that she was only arranging her things to report to work that day. She was about to go when she overheard the students’ conversation:
G1: Nakakatawa lang kasi yung mga call center agents, feeling sosyal. Like yung pumunta sa mga (ganitong) places pero alam naman ng lahat na pinipilit lang nila i-afford yung coffe dito.
G2: Ay oo te, kasi yung kapitbahay namin ganyan yung work, malaki daw sinasahod pero nako yung mga call center company na yan bagsakan lang yan ng mga di (nakapagtapos) at ng HS grad. Mga pa sosyal na english ng english. Socials climber.
“Social climber,” Ranjo corrected the other student in her post. She admitted that her temper flared upon hearing the students’ exchange and decided to leave the coffee chain then.
“Guys, yes, (HS) grad ako, and I’m working as a call center agent at wala naman akong nakikita na masama (kung) bumili ang mga agent ng coffee sa (Starbucks). And besides yung pinambili ko ng coffee is galing sa sahod ko na pinag hihirapan ko, unlike them na galing pa sa mga allowance na binibigay ng parents nila. Diba parang ayun yung mas nakakahiya kasi, pinipilit nila bumili ng mga bagay na di pa nila afford. Dahil magulang pa rin nila nag bibigay ng mga pambili nila ng luho. And isa pa hindi po madali makipag usap sa foreigner. Ang hirap po nila kausapin (especially) (kapag) galit na. Hindi po madali yung trabaho namin. Para lang sa kaalaman ng dalawang studyante ng OLFU,” wrote Ranjo.
I went to starbucks nag crave kaso ako sa frappe. Then my dalawang students from OLFU, feeling ko mga nursing students…
She also added that back when she was still a student, she bought coffee from Starbucks but never felt the need to judge others who do so.
Her post has now gone viral with over 52 thousand reactions online with social media users reproaching the OLFU students’ chat and behavior.
“Napagtapos ko 2 kong kapatid sa College at may 2 pa akong kapatid na nag aaral sa high school. Nakakapagpadala ako ng pera sa bahay namin every month at natutulungan ko pa ang iba pa naming kamag anak. Dahil yan sa trabaho ko. I’m proud to be part of the BPO Industry,” commented Francis Loquiano Olaguer.
“What they told you only reflects (on) who they are. Poor girls di yata naturuan na maayos baka kelangan nila bumalik sa kindergarten baka sakaling ma-recall nila how to respect other people,” replied another netizen.
“Ka hilas ba! Yes girls you have the money, but you don’t have the manners!” posted Hana Silot.
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