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4 pinays travel to UK, join X Factor & blew the judges & audience off, Simon Cowell included

August 30, 2015 Leave a comment

i have lost count how many times i have watched this video, maybe more than a dozen times as of this writing and i feel i still can’ t get enough of it. this is one of the best reality singing contest TV show auditions i have seen.

what makes it even more special is that this is the audition of 4 pinays, mylene, aireen, elmira and celina, all sisters from the philippines who flew to London to join the X Factor UK auditions.

and boy, did these 4 pinays, have one hell of an audition!

the video shows the 4 judges of UK X Factor, Simon Cowell one of them together with the audience giving the 4 pinays, calling themselves the 4th Power, a huge standing ovation.

these were the comments of the judges:

  • “you took Wembley’s roof off”
  •  “you’re so demure, the music kicks in and you all turned into little bad girls and it blew my mind”
  • “you’re like monsters, minute monsters. the passion, the voices and the attitude”
  • “this is gonna blow up all over the world”
  • “in terms of first auditions, this is probably one of the best I have ever seen”
  • “you’re sick”
  • “your are bad ass”
  • “the biggest 4 yeses we have ever given”
  • “this audition just changed your life”

there is an amusing bit in the interview in the end. Simon Cowell asked the girls why they chose to audition in the X Factor UK. one of the girls answered “to see you” (referring to Simon). Simon asked asked aside from him what other reasons do they have, the same girl answered “to see Queen Elizabeth”.

yes, i hope they win the X Factor UK and as part of their prize they get to meet the Queen.


3 news outlets, same story but different pictures – the art and smarts of choosing a picture

July 16, 2015 Leave a comment

today 3 news outlets – 2 newspapers, the philippine daily inquirer and the philippine star and the internet news outlet rapper.com carried the same news story about the assets of janet napoles in the US on their respective websites.

the story content is the same – a los angeles california official has started court proceedings to seize the assets of janet napoles in the united states worth $12.5 Million.

all three had the same news story and all three almost had the same headline with two nearly identical but each one had a different picture that accompanied the articles.

philippine daily inquirer headline : “US moves to seize Janet Lim Naples assets worth $12.5M

philippine star headline : “US wants to seize $12.5M Naples assets

rappler.com headline : “US wants to seize Napoles assets worth $12.5M

aside from the very similar headlines, the interesting part are the pictures each chose to accompany the articles. the pictures they used are not exclusive, each news outlet could have used the other pictures or versions of them.

but we think the specific news outlet chose the picture they published based on the personalities of the news outlets. you can actually draw a personality sketch of the news outlets based on the picture they chose to accompany the same article.

rappler.com is the more conservative news outlet. it chose a picture of what appears to be a document that lists the assets. it is to the point but it is boring. the picture will not elicit interest and make the reader want to read the article.

read here: http://www.rappler.com/nation/99381-us-seizure-complaint-napoles-assets

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the philippine star has the picture of a covered up janet napoles on her way to the court for one of the early hearings on the case. this would be more interesting than a picture of the document that rapper.com went with. this choice is factual since the article talks about the assets of janet napoles.

read here :http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/07/15/1477242/us-seize-12.5-m-napoles-assets

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philippine daily inquirer goes for the readership gold on their choice of picture for the article – a posture of Janet Napoles’ young daughter Jeanne with her long legs in full display as she sits inside a car wearing a mini skirt. a picture of the long legs of a mini skirted woman is a much more interesting picture than a portion of a document, the most boring and a hooded janet napoles.

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read here :http://globalnation.inquirer.net/126095/us-moves-to-seize-janet-lim-napoles-assets-worth-12-5m

rappler.com and the philippine star’s pictures are directly related to the news story while that of PDI was not directly but related to it. these assets are registered under the name of Jeanne but they came from the mother Janet. Jeanne does not have a job for her to be able to afford all those assets but mother Janet has her PDAF scam business to take it from.

the picture of Jeanne with her long legs shown prominently is a picture that was posted by Jeanne in her Facebook account. it could have been used by the other two news outlets.

how did PDI end choosing the sexy picture? PDI has the mentality of a tabloid. it knows how to get readership. it will use pictures that will help it get readers to  go to them. not only does PDI use provocative  pictures, they also use provocative headlines. it knows how to sell newspapers. and i must say they are very good at it.


the power of social media – violent man in Makati’s mono bloc incident identified

July 2, 2015 Leave a comment

as many have been, we watched the videos of Mayor Junjun Binay supporters “defending” and assaulting policemen in horror. it was a very violent video of Binay supporters throwing mono bloc chairs at the policemen who stood firm and just covered themselves with their shields from the assault.

there was one man who stood out in that video footage. this man went at it over and over again, picking up the plastic chairs and with all his might struck the police behind their shields. if the policemen did not put up their shields, this man would have inflicted serious injuries to the policemen.

we wondered about two things – who was this man was and when will he get arrested. there were many more men who did what he did, but this man stood out.

to answer those questions, we posted this over twitter.

we did not know who he was. all we got were the pictures that were being posted on social media. traditional media and social media as far as we knew were not asking the question we were asking.

we were surprised that after awhile, this post was made :

as far as we can tell, the man in the pictures i posted is Jose “Monoy” Lazaro. we were shocked that in just a short period of time an unidentified man in a random picture can be identified by name at twitter.

other pictures of Lazaro surfaced. he apparently has a Facebook account and voraciously posts pictures on it.  he seem to be a barangay official of Barangay Olympia.


from this experience, we made a few conclusions:

  • social media, twitter in particular is very powerful – it has the ability to identify, get the actual name of people in pictures. we do not how it was done, but the experience has clearly shown it.
  • being active in social media makes it easier for you to be identified by others. lazaro by the looks of it is very active in Facebook, his numerous posts in Facebook has made it easy for others to get his name and even the things he does.
  • we sometimes think the internet is anonymous, it is not entirely correct in this case.
  • a  public misbehavior can be attached to all your previous good behavior. for sure lazaro has been posting in Facebook to herald his good deeds. but this one misbehavior with the mono block chairs puts the rest in question.

we do not know what the action is of the police authorities on lazaro. but to us it is clear they need to take action on lazaro. letting him get away with this without any consequences will embolden others to take similar actions against the police. the police needs to assert their authority.

if the arrest is made, has social media helped the police?



new UP Fighting Maroons logo’s retrogressive design

June 19, 2015 Leave a comment

the UP Fighting Maroons, University Of The Philippines’ senior basketball team in the UAAP recently announced a new logo.

when i saw it, i fell off my chair.




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UP as a university is known for it’s fine arts and design (and architecture) graduates. if you are into fine arts or design, UP is the school for you to go to. it is popular for these courses. in other words UP is known for good taste.

but not this new logo of the UP Fighting Maroons – it is ugly. and yes, i call the design “retrogressive”.

we are guessing this is how the design process went and how it was sold to the UP officials.

the old logo they had was the image of the oblation. and we suppose the direction for the new logo was to have something more active and aggressive, to be more in keeping with the idea behind a “fighting maroon”. the old logo was not “fighting”, it was just standing, not to mention it is naked except for the fig leaf. the last one though is a digression.

the new logo is supposed to embody the “fighting” spirit – a native warrior holding a spear and a long shield. the spear is the “fighting” part but we think the long shield and the stance of the native can be argued as really more of defensive rather than offensive. it is not really as aggressive as you want it to be.

the added plus is that the man with the spear and shield is the most basic component of basketball – offense and defense. the spear is the offense and the shield the defense. it’s logical and it’s also cute. but for us being cute does not count much.

the other part of the logo that we really do not understand is the giant maroon shield with green lining behind the native. what is that for? a warrior with a spear and a shield in front of  a giant shield? really? we think the logo would have worked anyway if they removed the giant shield behind the native and let the native just stand on the “fighting maroon” text.  we even think the logo would be nicer and more manly without the giant shield behind the native. it will also give better focus on the native, which is the major change in the logo.

this can be minor, but why is the warrior wearing a bandana on his head? we do not see that in the oblation. we think this was an unnecessary component of the design.

the main changes in the new UP fighting maroon logo are : a maroon colored  warrior in a “fighting” (or defensive) stance  with a spear and a shield.

that leads us to the UE Red Warriors logo. oh yes, UE calls itself “warriors”. although we are very sure when the new UP logo was presented, the presenters were very careful not to use the term “warrior” but used “native” instead. never mind that the UP “native” is also wearing a bandana just like the UE warrior is. and let’s not even mention the color red of UE is very close to the maroon of UP.

the actual images may be different – UE has just  a head of the warrior while UP has the full body of the native but we think they are just too close for comfort. the new UP logo is like he full version of the UE logo which is just an abbreviation. it’s like if the UE warrior was shown with a full body, it will look like the UP native with or without the spear and shield.


the logo is the main identity of what they represent. it is best to be unique, to be unlike any other. that is the most basic. the other basic component of a logo is its meaning or meanings. the new UP logo is an obvious attempt to fill it up with meanings but it has forgotten the other component of uniqueness. we think the logo being too close to the UE Red Warriors is its biggest sin.

aside from those, the design elements do not make sense. the design appears to have been some kind of high school project where shapes and symmetry were put without a view for good aesthetics.

one key component of a new design is it is supposed to be better than the old one. this one does not do that. it looks bad versus the old one, a retrogression.

bring back the oblation, please.

this is a WAWAM!









Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 8

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment


University rankings: Find out how your school does!

MANILA, Philippines – Wondering which universities in the country have the most number of centers of excellence (COE) and centers of development (COD) awarded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)?

We compiled CHED’s memorandum orders on COEs and CODs released from 2012 to 2013, came up with an unofficial tally and ranked schools according to the combined number of their COEs and CODs. In this unofficial ranking, we assigned a point for each university’s COD, and two points for a COE.

COEs and CODs are higher education institutions with the highest degree or level of standards in the areas of instruction, research and extension. The COEs and CODs used in this unofficial ranking will all have their designations expired on May 31 according to CHED.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman came with a commanding lead over other universities with 22 COEs or 44 points. The university has centers of excellence in biology, chemistry, geology, information technology, marine science, mathematics, molecular biology, physics, statistics, broadcasting, journalism, communication, music, foreign language, English, Filipino, Filipino and English literature, political science, psychology, anthropology and linguistics. UP Diliman has no COD.

Completing the top 10 are the following universities:

2. De La Salle University (25)

COE (9): biology, chemistry, information technology, mathematics, physics, teacher education, literature, Filipino, psychology
COD (7): chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electronics and communications engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, political science

3. University of Santo Tomas (24)

COE (7): biology, chemistry, medicine, nursing, teacher education, music, philosophy
COD (10): chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communications engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, physical therapy, journalism, literature, psychology


4. Ateneo de Manila University (23)

COE (10): business administration, chemistry, entrepreneurship education, information technology, mathematics, physics, philosophy, literature (English), psychology, sociology
COD (3): biology, environmental science, literature (Filipino)


Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 7

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Five Philippine Schools in Top 300 Asian Universities

The Top 300 Universities in Asia was already revealed on Monday by QS University Rankings and 5 of the Philippine’s schools made it to the elite list of Asia’s best universities.

The Philippine schools who made it to the Top 300 are the UP, Ateneo, UST, DLSU and the University of Southeastern Philippines (USP). The leading Philippine school is the University of the Philippines, the lone Philippine University in the Top 100, ranking at 67th in the list.

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The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) ranked at 109th, the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) at 150th, De La Salle University (DLSU) at 151st-160th and the University of Southeastern Philippines (USP) at 251st-300th.

The Philippines premier university the University of the Philippines (UP) improved by a notch from last year’s 68th place. The Ateneo slid from 86th, along with DLSU from 142nd. The UST also dropped from 148th place.

Topping the 2013 list of Top 300 Universities is the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, followed by National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University and the Peking University in China.


Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 6

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

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UP and Ateneo’s University Rankings Worldwide 2014-2015 Improved

The worldwide rankings of the country’s premier educational institution, University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University improved a lot in the 2014-2015 World University Rankings by education and career network Quacquarelli Symonds (OS). The results of the latest worldwide university ranking was released on Tuesday, September 26, 2014.

The University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman Quezon City improved itsranking from 380th to this year’s ranking at 367th place worldwide. The bestranking of the University of the Philippines-Diliman was way back the year 2008, where it ranked at No. 262.

The Ateneo de Manila on its part also improved to 461-470 from the 2013-2014 rankings at 561-700. Other schools who made to the Worldwide University rankings from the Philippines are the De La Salle University and the University of Sto. Tomas, as it ranked at 650-and-below.

The DLSU dropped its rankings to 651-700 this year from its previous rankings at 601+ in 2013-2014, while the UST remained idle at 701. According to the latestUniversity Rankings worldwide, the National University of Singapore which is ranked at 22nd overall is considered as the highest-ranked Asian institution.

The top 10 universities in the world this year, according to QS, are:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
2. (tie) University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
4. Harvard University (United States)
5. (tie) University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and University College London (United Kingdom)
7. Stanford University (United States)
8. California Institute of Technology (United States)
9. Princeton University (United States)
10. Yale (United States)




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