Call Me Maybe

If over 41 million YouTube views, dozens of covers, several parodies and numerous lip-syncing are not enough to convince you that “Call Me Maybe”  video is now a hit sensation, then I don’t know what proof would do.

And this is crazy
Topping the radio charts is this song by Carly Rae Jepsen who is actually a singer from Vancouver, Canada. Thanks to social media, this pop song became a teen anthem with versions from known Hollywood celebrities, athletes, schoolgirls and YouTube sensations.

But here’s my number
Aside from the easy-to-follow beat mixed with pleasant synthesizers, the lines of the song are plain and socially relevant. It shows how easy it is for everyone today to give away a phone number. A simple ‘call’ can make a difference. (Now, there’s another hit song entitled “Pay Phone” right? Another is entitled “Telephone”)

Call Me Maybe
I would’ve persuaded my colleagues to shoot a video but pretty soon, another song would kick this out of the charts. By that time, call me maybe?

Click here: It’s More Fun In The Philippines version of Call Me Maybe


Some reactions after the Pacquiao-Bradley fight:

Unbelievable! #PacBradley This is another stain on boxing. Even worse than my draw with Holyfield! #Disgraceful (@LennoxLewis)


ANCALERTS: Boxing analysts, fans express shock over#PacBradley fight, with many expecting a Pacquiao win (@ANCAlerts)

Why did MannyPacquiao get a bad decision?Cuz boxing is a business.If he wins, who does he fight next? If he losses , rematch. BOB ARUM wins (@ricorobles)

Why we’ve gone mad:

Some interesting images from Facebook friends:


#No Hermes

Pacquiao: I believe that I won the fight. #PacBradley

Chavit: “..kahit si Bradley, alam niyang TALO siya”

And from the Deputy Presidential Spokesperson:
Si Manny pa rin ang nag-iisa at ipinagmamalaking Pambansang Kamao ng sambayanang Pilipino. 

Oh well,

Photos from: Everyday-FB, Ken-Ken and Showbiz Government (all tagged images)

Holocaust Lessons

My heart became so heavy after watching “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” yesterday afternoon. This historical-drama film set during the time of the holocaust presents the story of two 8-year-old boys whose forbidden friendship led to a tragic ending at a World War II extermination camp.

Anybody who watches the film would definitely be moved by the actors’ facial expressions, delivery of lines and body movements. Although the storyline itself may utterly be unrealistic, it is can the core of the emotions of any viewer.

It is true that Jews are not being persecuted anymore nor are we in a worldwide war of sorts, but we are battling  out with some forces that threatens our values and social lives.

Before, propaganda. Now, media.
Before, Jewish persecution. Now, inequality (i.e. gender, class, religion, etc.)
Before, dictatorship. Now, massive consumerism dictated by capitalists.

It hasn’t been so different after all. Let us learn from the holocaust lessons.

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is a 2008 film directed by Mark Herman and is based on a book by John Boyne.

And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going

My gloomy Thursday was transformed into a night of giggles when I viewed the performance of American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez with Jennifer Holliday on YouTube.

The Jimmy Kimmel version entitled “The Many Faces of Jennifer Holliday” made me laugh so hard:

I also came across a Filipino parody:

This led me to watch all the other funny videos I found very funny and entertaining. The top five that made my personal cut are:

5. The timeless Happy Slip.
4. Kevjumba’s Asian Antics.
3. Key of Awesome parodies.
2.  Trololo vid which was introduced to me by my co-workers today (call me late).
1. Homegrown Moymoy Palaboy videos.

And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going. >.<
Next stop, covers. I love this one:

Mixed feelings on Bayo’s “What’s Your Mix?” ad

Today on my way to work, I heard the fuss about Bayo’s new ad campaign on Magic’s equally controversial morning show Good Times. I immediately went online and surfed for the ad they were talking about and Google led me to Rappler’s site and here’s the copy of the said ad with Jasmine Curtis-Smith:

Comments from the internet and social networks described it as ‘racist.’ Also included in the campaign set are the ad copies that say “40% British and 60% Filipino” with Margo Midwinter striking a pose. The rest of the ads are now viral.

Personally, I found the ad really interesting. The advertising agency who conceptualized this (or Bayo itself) was creative enough to get the attention of the potential market for their clothing line because Filipinos with so-called ‘mixed blood’ are now gaining massive popularity in talent shows and other fields worldwide. (Hello to Charice and Jessica. Good luck Manny!)

On the other hand, I felt irked by the supporting statement of the ad that goes:
Call it biased, but the mixing and matching of different nationalities with Filipino blood is almost a sure formula for someone beautiful and world class.”

Can we not be ‘pure-blooded’ Filipinos in order to be considered beautiful and world class? I may be looking at the ad copy in a different point of view, but this also received a lot of criticisms from netizens. Having a mix of nationalities is not the sole formula to become successful or globally recognized.

I can’t seem to ‘mix and match’ my opinion on this. But one thing is for sure, I’m back to blogging, and I hope to enjoy the new mix of my ideas on pop culture.

PS. This is Earl P. Tongol, 100% Filipino.