I was just doing a post on basic English vocabulary for beginners when I saw this meme on my Facbeook news feed. At first, I was surprised to see that Ellen Adarna would say something like that. Why? I had learned that she was very vocal and controversial, but I also heard that she was well-spoken. But when I saw this image, I couldn’t believe it, so I started to read some of the comments to understand more. I am taking an interest in this one because, hey, I am an English teacher at The American Institute, and hey, the Vhong Navarro and Deniece Cornejo case is a hot topic right now.
Actually, I thought I would never write something about the Vhong and Deniece situation again, but I have to now since it’s crossing into my territory, English proficiency and communication skills. But to make a long story short, the moral of the story is that don’t believe everything you read. Otherwise, you assume, and you make an ASS out of U and ME: ASS-U-ME. Sometimes, it’s just an illusion. The internet and social media is filled with lies, lies, and more lies, and if you are not careful, you could just become one of those stupid, gullible people who would just jump the gun. If you do become one of them, you know you deserve a bobo slap.
So here’s some of the comments that may disprove the meme and prove that Ellen Adarna is well-spoken after all. It also proves that most Facebook users in the Philippines, and I mean most, don’t really know what they are talking about. They are more emotional, not intelligent and rational. Shit, I know I’m gonna get stones thrown at me for this post. I should restate. MANY, not most.
From time to time, I do worry about my own safety because of news like this. Years ago, when I first moved back to the Philippines, I was the victim of a “hold up,” and I can still remember this horrifying experience. Fortunately, I was not beaten up, and I managed to just move on with my life like most other “hold up” victims. I moved to a condo in Eastwood, and I felt very safe and secure there. After six years, I moved to another condo near my office in Quezon City, and it is less secure. On the first night I moved here, my car was keyed. There were also “hold ups” nearby. I was thinking I may be next. Thank God, I am safe.
I got curious about Navarro’s case because beatings and extortion could happen to anyone. When I first moved here, I have heard of these incidents, but I never thought it could happen to me. It did. I searched and searched about this story that happened three days ago, but I wasn’t able to find any more information. Therefore, I only have questions:
Where is the information? I thought the initial police report is public record.
What happened to the journalists? Aren’t they able to provide more information? It has been three days, and we still do not have much.
Why are the photos circulating on the internet provided by Navarro himself?
What is the name of the condominium?
Who is this female friend?
What was the purpose of the female friend’s invitation?
Were there any arrests?
Were there any witnesses?
Why are there no interviews from journalists of neighbors, guards and relatives?
Is this a publicity stunt? Does Navarro have an upcoming project?
When I walk alone at night, I always try to be as vigilant and as careful as possible. I do hope that this never happens to anyone. If it can happen to people like me, to high profile people like Navarro, then it can happen to anyone. Let’s continue to pray for his recovery and hope that justice will be served.
“I can buy you, your friends, and this club,” shouts a drunk Ann Curtis to model/host Phoemela Baranda at a recent incident at Prive, an upscale club at The Fort in Taguig. This incident has been reported by many online news medias. I found this situation very interesting because Anne Curtis is a bona-fide celebrity here in the Philippines, and she has many fans who look up to her. Secondly, I found it interesting because she endorses a cheap alcohol called GSM, and her tirade came out as a result of her drunkenness, according to reports. Here are some lessons we should learn from this incident:
Drink in moderation.
Do not attempt to buy people.
Do not attempt to buy people’s friends.
It is okay to buy a club. Heck, buy the Trump Tower, if you can.
On Facebook, Mysan Mia says, “Alcohol acts as a sedative on the central nervous system, resulting to impaired speech, vision, coordination, and concentration. Part of the brain it affects the most is the part responsible for behavior and emotion. The sense of judgment is weakened, and speaking the mind doesn’t seem so bad. Feeling braver since the socially trained safety-stops or filters are sidestepped. This explained why drunken people think they’re OK to drive.”