Guilty Pleasures

February 24, 2011 1 comment

Illegal Distribution and Downloading of files can be as simple as this. Credits:

“I’m guilty. Shoot me strait in my forehead or force me to stand in the middle of the field while hired gunmen line up to give me my most deserved death. And I am close to 100% sure that most of you are guilty of the sin that I have also committed…”

Without a doubt, I am a certified music enthusiast and a movie addict. I listen to different genres of songs and appreciate even sound effects because the latter made my life easier when I was still in college cramming for the film we are about to pass. I watch A LOT of movies. Although I don’t go for the gory/violent/bloody type, when forced by friends, I watch them as well. When I don’t have anything to do, watching films in the computer is my great escape. I allot a small portion of my salary every month to watch movies in the cinema as well. Can’t seem to connect the two paragraphs? Then here is the bottom line number 1: downloading is the key.

Let us accept facts and get these things right. In the Philippines, we earn minimum wage but would have to spend a lot, which leaves us with empty pockets after every fifteenth or thirtieth of the month. We work hard and enjoy less of what we worked hard for. However, all work and no play will make our lives a living hell—boring and as ghostly as Finn Garrett of the Last Invisible Boy. We need to have something to ease out our anxieties a bit. In my case, I found comfort and peace with music and movies. And since I have less money on my side, I would resort to illegal downloading of files so I can enjoy them. Bottom line number 2: I am a pirate.

Because of my desire to enjoy various talents and entertainment, I download songs and movies almost everyday if I have time. That is equivalent to 5 movies and 10 songs average per week. The proliferation of these files doesn’t stop here. I have friends and most of them are also busy and penniless to go to movie houses, so they would ask a file from me. I am (I guess) a generous girl who would want to share the blessings that I got from the torrent, of course I would share the files. And God knows who else are about to get a copy of that movie or song I shared with my friends.

I am not the only one inside the boat for I bet there are thousands and millions out there who are doing the same. But if 30 people can get a hold of the files that were downloaded, that means minus 30 people crossed out from possible watchers. 30 people crossed out from the list of music buyers. No wonder our local music and movie industry is dying. Bottom line number 3: Downloading is fast, but spreading the file is faster.

Illegal distribution of movie, music and other files are closely monitored in 1st world countries. No one can run away that far after they have downloaded a file for free and they would have to expect a group of people barging at his door hours after the crime was committed. Limewire, a downloading software which has been around for a long time, was not able to escape as well. Although I was one of the first who reacted when it was closed, I can’t help but admire the kind of system they have. Here in the Philippines, the Optical Media Board is scanning the whole place for DVD and CD sellers, but is not yet digging deep. Let us hope and pray for the best.

Half of me yearns for a tighter policy when it comes to downloading. But the pirate in me is protesting. So shoot me now, or forever hold your peace. Anyways, my internet connection is slow and I can’t download anything for now.



Religious arti-Facts

February 2, 2011 1 comment

The eternal symbol of the church

Writing anything outside my sideline work for a friend is the last thing that I would want to do these past few days. I already have a handful of things right under my wing and adding up another seemingly unimportant task sounds unnecessary. I still have to make my activities for my tutorials tomorrow and nothing would take my attention away from it only because I am planning to spend the whole morning snoring instead of cramming.

But it had been a full straight week that I am hearing, let us say, weird and interesting reports over the radio and I just can’t let these stories pass by without documenting them in my own way. You see ever since I resigned from work last January and I was stuck writing for some clients who need my expertise in this so called area, I came to rely on the radio to update myself with what is happening around the corners of the world, or at least of Iloilo. So, here I am, forcing myself to write anything sensible that would pop out of my head, and I hope this one will be worth it.

Last night, while typing like a madman just so I can catch up with the 12:00 AM deadline, my attention shifted from what I was doing to the commentator in the radio. He was talking about a certain ‘Monsignor Tuvilla’ who allegedly left the mass without even giving his blessings to the dead just because he was annoyed of the family members crying while the mass was going on. His reaction aroused a number of comments from the family as well as spectators.

I stopped what I was doing and turned the volume louder to listen to the whole interview intently and laughed so hard when the reporter asked his high eminence what his real name is. The conversation went this way:

Reporter: Monsignor, ano gid gani imo ngalan? Jose Mari, ukon Juanito Mari?

Monsignor: Ngaa haw? Importante pa na?

At the first part of the report, my sympathy was for the priest because he has reasons why he acted that way but after hearing what he has to say, all of it disappeared in thin air. No man in his right mind would answer a simple and unassuming question like that the way he answered it.

Now you may ask and wonder why I am blabbing about this stuff. Nothing. This is just the Popular Sanguine in me talking because while I was listening to the report, I just thought that maybe the reason why a lot of Catholics are transferring to the other side of the fence is because they have seen little priests or religious leaders who live up to the words that they speak every time they hold a mass. They don’t walk the talk. They practice only what they think is important and just let other stuffs be. A lot of issues are rising and at the center of these issues are our religious leaders who are supposed to guide us to the right path. Instead, they show us that they can’t even fight their own battle.

Walking out of the mass and telling the family of the person lying inside the coffin just because they were making noises is the last thing that I am expecting from a priest, much more from a monsignor. But the damaged has been done.

I am not pointing my finger at anybody, nor I am washing my hands for the crime that I am also guilty of. I just want to share a thought that came to me while listening to the endless talkings of the announcer and the reporter one boring night. I just decided to jot them down before I cram again to finish the English activities that I am doing for my work tomorrow.




The ‘Drama’ After the Bloodbath

August 25, 2010 Leave a comment

The whole world held its breath when the 12-hour long Quirino Grandstand Hostage drama took place on Monday. The tragic event lead to the death of 8 Chinese tourists and the captor, dismissed ex-police officer Rolando Mendoza, and sent the rest of the hostages in critical stages on the hospital.

These are the traces left after the tragic hostage drama that shocked the world

The gruesome event raised violent reactions from the people of Hong Kong as well as endless criticism from China’s high ranking officials. All of the fingers are pointing into one direction: PNP’s lack of training when it comes to hostage taking. And people from Hong Kong are accusing the Philippine government as INCOMPETENT.

The rescue operation staged by the policemen is undoubtedly poor, to put it mildly. And that is something the whole world saw. The performance of the policemen, not to mention the other uncontrolled elements resulted to the death of 8 Chinese tourist held captive and triggered different reactions from across the globe.

Because of of incident, the Hong Kong Government announced a ‘black’ tourist alert, discouraging people from Hong Kong to visit the country due to danger. This announcement is very sad because it can greatly affect tourism and livelihood in the Philippines. It can also affect other countries’ views with regards to visiting the country.

The lives as well as the business of Filipinos living in Hong Kong may also be put to danger because of what happened. It is reported that one Filipina had been fired by her employer after the tragedy in Rizal’s shrine took place. High country officials are hoping that the lapse of the government may not affect Filipinos abroad for they are considered innocent of what occurred back home. But just to make sure, diplomats should be sent as early as possible to Hong Kong to talk things over and avoid similar situations.

In honor of the victims who risked their lives in this tragic event, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III declared August 25, 2010 as the day of mourning. Earlier, Aquino talked to the different people from China to send his condolences to the victims’ families and swore to get to the bottom of this tragedy.

What had happened, although how tragic it is, served as an eye-opener to the government that our policemen should undergo rigid training on how to respond to different situations, at the same time should have the equipments pertinent to their job. This is not the first time something like this ever happened. Yet, no improvement was seen from the last hostage drama. Unlucky for us now, other countries were able to experience of how notorious our policemen can be when it comes to rescue operations.

This is a sad event. But a lot can still be learned from it. The PNP screwed up big time. But instead of pointing your fingers directly on them, it would be better if we just hold hands and deal with things more important first./amm

A Writer’s Endless Quest

August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

The quest for acquiring new knowledge and countless experience is endless

They say that writers are not born, they are made. Still, others say that writers are born and not made. With all due respect to those geniuses who said these lines, I would like to say that writers are born, yet only vast experience and unstoppable thirst for rigid training can make them the kind of writer they ought to be.

I am Aileen Mae E. Marcelino—a goal-oriented person, optimistic but knows when to let go, utterly romantic, seemingly sentimental, partially bipolar, tries to learn almost everything that can be learned, I value friendship, an impulsive decision-maker, is highly possessive, wants to get married but doesn’t want a husband, somewhat artistic, wants to write a novel, believes that attitude is always important than appearance, an active user of new technology, a part-time bookworm, dreams of becoming a professional photographer, interested in learning hangul, music maniac, loves movies, finds comfort in cooking, always in love. And for me, writing is an endless quest for learning.

I was young when I was first introduced to the art of writing in the form of journalism. I have no idea what it was and how important is its role in society. But I know right from the moment our team won an award that this is the career path I will pursue. Expressing my thoughts was easier with jotting it down than blurting it out. But since I was young, my perspective changed while growing up. I was no longer interested in being a journalist. Although I still write poems and stories, I just can’t find the passion I once had towards the profession.

Then came college. I was scanning the list of courses offered when my eyes settled on that word just beneath the page. And like a bulb, the passion once again lighted up. For four years, I went through different exercises and activities that would harness your skills of being a writer, a data-gatherer, interviewer and a good judge of character and events.

Luckily, my skills were put into practice when I became a part of our college paper for three consecutive years where we write news, feature and opinion articles. 200 hours of working with the region’s trusted newspaper for a month also helped a lot in improving both my writing style and my attitude towards writing.

But then journalistic writing, no matter how important the role it plays in our society, is still just a part of the whole writing profession. So I opened gates and accepted projects related to Search Engine Optimization—the new writing style in this new era. These diverse skills for writing cannot be earned overnight and takes a long time before anyone can master. Writing is like reading a book, and with every new topic you write, you turn over a new page.

I am still searching a way to decipher my place under the sun in the field of writing. Because despite the 4-year practice, I am still just a journalism graduate, yet a writer wannabe still.

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A Taste of Social Media Revolution

July 27, 2010 1 comment

“In case you are not aware, there is a phenomenon happening right now. You are very aware of it, yet, you do not recognize that it is slowly changing our ‘history’.”

We are going through Social Media Revolution— a turn of events that may be following the footsteps of the Industrial Revolution.

There are trillions of websites as of this moment, and luckily, I came across this page. The facts and figures presented are kind of large, and may seem unbelievable, but not impossible. And I admit, I am guilty of the crime because in a year’s time, I have registered myself to five different networking sites, have downloaded and uploaded at least 50 videos from YouTube, posted at least 7 blog entries in different blogsites, one of the first few people to poke their friends, updated my status and post comments almost every day and ‘tweeted’.

If there is a punishment intended for those ‘crimes’ committed, I’d probably be one of those who were sentenced for life imprisonment. Yes. I am over-reacting. But come to think of it, I think I am making a point here. There must be millions of disgruntled internet users like me out there to be able create big numbers such as the following:

  • Facebook added 100 million users in 9 months
  • There are over 200.000.000 Blogs. 54% of bloggers post content or tweet daily.
  • 500 million is the estimated number of Facebook users at the end of this year.

(thanks to

Not only that, YouTube is tagged as the second largest search engine in the world, if Facebook would be a country, it would be the world’s 4th largest country. Amazing.

It is also predicted that by the end of 2010, baby boomers will be outnumbered by Generation Y. That is how Social Media Revolution worked. It was only last year that people are so into Frienster (including me). Now, no one bothers to visit their account anymore because they are pre-occupied with planting virtual trees and milking virtual goats.

But I am sure, this phenomenon will only last for as long as we are attached to it. And once a new technology genius discovers a new internet craze, this will stop as fast as it started. For now, let us enjoy planting trees, uploading videos, updating status, and posting blogs. That’s what I am doing. 😀