Revisiting the Top Blog Posts

I wrote 58 new posts in 2011 that made up roughly 17 percent of the 347 total posts in this blog. Of the new posts, only one got to the top five most viewed post while the rest of the favorites dated back as old as 2008.

I’m reviewing the top posts and considering a follow-up write up about each post to exploit the interest of the viewers of my blog. Here again are my top posts for 2011:

“USB Background Image–How To Do it?”– the post has been consistent number 2 favorite in my blog for 3 years until it grabbed the top post in the past few months. The views can be attributed to the seekers looking for the codes of installing USB backgrounds in Windows 7. “USB background image” topped the most searched words in search engine referring to the blog. Unfortunately, there’s no USB background image codes available for Windows 7 yet. 

“Hidden Cam” and “Hayden Cam”– used to be number one post in my blog for three consecutive years until overtaken this year. Man’s sensual nature leads them to this post thinking it’s purely about sex and hidden cam. The post talks more on the use of a hidden cam in news gathering though it tackles also the controversial  sex video of two Philippine showbiz personalities– Dr. Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili.

“Remote Access Repair Tool (for Error 720/3G Modem Connection Problem)”– The failure of some 3G subscribers in the Philippines to connect using their laptops brings them to this post. The article provides the solution on the prevalent problem connecting to the internet using 3G modems in many laptops. The post offers a downloadable software which solves the 3G modem connection error 720.

“PLDT’s WatchPad “Big Ticket Service” Sucks!”– Watch out how it sucks you when it’s most watchable. The height of this post’s views was when Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao fought for the third time against Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez on November 15. Online people were looking for a free site of the fight and some of them were led to this site to get a glimpse how PLDT’s WatchPad offer gives a good view of the fight. Unfortunately, just like me they were frustrated of the service.

“Why We Need an Advertising Code of the Philippines?”– I am a little bit surprise when this post landed at the top five. This is more of an educational than entertaining. In the first place, this post was used in my advertising class and media laws and ethics class at the Mass Communication department of the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City, Philippines.

People up there in wordpress.com had prepared a show how this post performed in 2011 in their “2011 in Review“.

My 2010 Ended in a Climax

2010 has been a see-saw thing for a fire horse like me. It’s been on an almost daily basis that things are turning upside-down. The natural friendship between the tiger and the horse acted as the balancing wheel for the fire horse to enjoy this year.

2010 has been an exciting and lively year for the horse. I lost a job one day, a great job offered the next day. I may not have had  a good love life but things have changed lately. Thus, business of the heart may continue to grow in 2011 as it capped with climax this year.

2011 horoscope2011 as the year of the metal and white rabbit is predicted as a promising year because the “white metal rabbit creates the visibility of an energetic and carefree period.

2011 horoscope taurus For a Taurean, 2011 “will be a new life stage” as opportunities will open up this year. Hoping 🙂

The Year of the Rabbit will start on February 3, according to the Chinese calendar. The Tiger has still a month to finish its business. I may end the Year of the White Metal Tiger, with a boom: travel, new gadget, job offer, etc. Pray for me.

(RE-POST: “Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo? (a special report from a volunteer)

The article below has been the subject of denial by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in recent days. It caused stir among the media and the people who show concerned and sympathy to typhoons “Ondoy” and “Peping” victims.

It is written, in her blog, by book author and blogger Ella Rose who stands by her claims. Click here for the story including the denial and explanation of Social Welfare Esperanza Cabral.

Here it is….

Oct 21st, 2009 by ella

Dear friends,

I’m asking your help to spread the word. Tulungan po ninyo akong ikalat ito. Beyond this, we should also demand action. I disabled a plugin so you can copy the photos of relief goods rotting in DSWD warehouses. You can link this post to your blogs, facebook, websites etc. You can also email the photos.

Philippine News (US based Philippine newspaper) will use this as its front page story this week. Every Filipino has the right to know where the tons of donations from the UN and other counties go. Kahit po nakakahiya sa mga nag-donate. Kung sa ganitong paraan, matutulungan natin ang mga nasalanta, then by all means, let’s do it.

For those who have the time, please try to volunteer sa DSWD warehouses. Getting in was not easy. A friend had to put in a word for us. Let’s see kung madali nang makapasok sa DSWD warehouse ang mga volunteers.

Please read on and good luck to us.


(This post was last edited Oct 22, 12:30 pm)

Kahapon, tinanong ng Philippine News si DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral:

Editor of Philippine News: Why are the relief goods in DSWD warehouses not moving?

DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral: Wala kasing volunteers.

This short interview was done over the phone. Philippine News wanted to hear her side pero ayaw niyang makipag-usap sa press. After four tries, pinasabi na lang niya ang maikling sagot na ito sa secretary niya – “Walang volunteers”.

I don’t want to accuse her of corruption but at the very least she is showing signs of being totally incompetent. We are in a state of calamity where every second counts. May namamatay araw-araw dahil sa sakit.

In my opinion, these deaths could have been prevented if Secretary Cabral had tried a little harder to do her job.


Deaths from Philippine storms nears 1,000

“Tropical Storm Ketsana left 420 dead and 37 missing when it flooded 80 percent of Manila on September 26, a disaster the government said affected 4.35 million people.

Some areas are still flooded three weeks later and 189,000 people remain in evacuation centres,

Typhoon Parma hit the northern Philippines on October 3 and lingered as a tropical storm for a week, triggering landslides that killed 438 people and leaving 51 missing mostly in mountain communities.

The government agency said Parma affected 4.16 million people, including more than 32,000 who remain at evacuation centres.”


During the first week after the storm, lumabas ang “bayanihan spirit” ng mga Pinoy. “Makatulong lang kahi’t konti,” katwiran nila.

kung walang volunteers, ano ‘to, komiks?

From Stella Arnaldo’s blog:

“At the offices of many civic groups and private organizations, hundreds of people showed up to volunteer in packing relief goods.

At the Tulong Bayan center at the Expo Centro in Cubao, Most of the volunteers were adolescents as young as 10 years old, along with their kuya or ate in high school and college.

They came in huge numbers, many of them barkadas, classmates or siblings, dressed just in their tees and shorts, wearing their Havaianas. All were just enthusiastic to do their share!
Photos by Leah Navarro

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Even grade school kids pitched in to help!

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Youth volunteers repack detergents for distribution

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Making beds from carton boxes

GMA asked world for donations

Our government begged the world for more donations. Sumagot ang buong mundo sa ating panawagan. In less than three weeks, dumaong ang mga barko, ibinaba mula sa mga cargo planes, i-diniliver ng mga trak at container vans ang sandamakmak na relief goods. Cash donations were in the millions of dollars.

But these donations must be coursed through DSWD

Nagpalabas ng directive ang pangulo. Individuals, private companies and other nations were ENCOURAGED to send their donations to DSWD. I blogged about it here and the video of her announcement here.

This PGMA directive sounded suspicious to me then. Now I know why. Here’s the story.

A group of eight people, your ate Ella included, went to one of DSWD warehouses to help in repacking relief goods. We know they need volunteers pero hindi namin akalaing WALANG TAO TALAGA SA LOOB NG WAREHOUSE!

As in sa isang humongous warehouse (1000++ sq.m) NA PUNONG-PUNO NG RELIEF GOODS HANGGANG BUBONG, ISANG DSWD employee lang at ISANG SECURITY GUARD ang tao!!

Kailangang magpa-register at i-schedule ang volunteering

1) UNICEF Registration (as a volunteer)

The warehouse can only take as much as 50 volunteers at a time or per shift. Here you will find that there is a 4-hour shift, and an option for a 6-hour shift for the volunteers to indicate their availability.

What “volunteers”? Nasaan?

Aside from the 8 of us? Nope, there was nobody there. Bakit kailangan ang scheduling? Feeling hindi ba magkamayaw at nagu-unahan ang mga volunteers?

I know somebody who wanted to volunteer many times. She was always bumped off, laging nirere-schedule kasi “there were too many volunteers” daw. At tuwing Sunday lang daw puwede. What the hell is going on here?

Nakatambak ang donations ng UNICEF sa warehouse, local and international

Mga banig na dapat ay nahihigaan ng mga nasalanta. Mga imported camp beds na hindi na yata masisilayan ng mga biktima. Mga kumot na hindi naman nakabalot sa katawan nila. At mga pagkaing hindi sumasayad sa sikmura nila.

The relief goods are not going anywhere

We arrived at about 8 am and left by midafternoon and yes, you guessed it right. Kami pa rin ang tao bukod sa isang DSWD employee sa loob ng warehouse maghapon. Walang ibang dumating.

The relief goods are not moving. By the way things look, they are not going anywhere. Hindi maglalakad mag-isa ang mga donations na ito papunta sa mga evacuation centers.

LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

Note: Pinagbawalan kaming kumuha ng pictures sa loob ng warehouse. I wonder why.

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“Not a creature was moving, not even a mouse.”

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Parang haunted warehouse ang dating. May multo na yata.

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Kahit na daig pa ang tindahan sa Divisoria sa dami ng naka-stack na kaldero

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At walang katapusang kaldero pa ulit

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Kahit halos natakpan na ang mga bintana sa dami ng mga kahon

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Kahit umabot na hanggang kisame ang stack ng mga kahon

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(Close up ng Coleman camp beds sa previous photo) Hindi ito kasama sa ni-repack naming goods. Para sa mga “special victims” kaya ito? Ire-repack kaya ang mga “imported” camp pads na ito ever?

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Sabagay, may BANIG naman para sa “ordinary victims”. Ito ang kasama sa inimpake namin. Sayang ‘yung imported.

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Ano kaya ang laman nito? Hindi rin pinabuksan. Pang-special victim din kaya ito? (teka, dito nga pala galing ‘yung mga kumot)

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Mahiwagang mga kahon from Japan Aid.

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(close up ng mahiwagang kahon) Hindi rin ito kasali, of course. Hindi namin alam kung ano ang laman nito. “Imported” are not included, we have concluded.

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Marami ito, mga laruang kasinlaki ng tao. Hindi nakunan ng pic kasi nasa tabi ng sikyo.

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PORK AND BEANS? Yup, you’d think kasama ito sa relief bag. Pork and beans lang ‘to, puwede na sigurong ipamigay,

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Naaah! “Imported” pork and beans from Spain po ito. Sorry, hindi pa rin included

Now let’s take a look at what a victim will get from DSWD

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Look Ma, sampung lata ng sardinas! How generous! Kaldero ang unang ilalagay sa sako. Sabong panglaba (bar soap) at sampung sardinas sa ilalim. Siyam na sabon sa gilid ng kaldero. Local goods lahat syempre.

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Tapos papatungan ng isang tuwalya at isang pack ng sanitary napkin.

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Sisiksikan ng tatlong rolyo ng kumot(?) ang blue water jug tapos ipapatong sa kaldero sa loob ng sako.

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Last but not the least, lalagyan ng dalawang banig.

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Sabay tatahiin na ang sako. O di ba, parang asong tinapunan ng buto ang mga nasalanta? Eniwey, busog naman sila sa SAMPUNG lata ng Mega sardinas

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do not delay

YOU THINK?? WTF is the matter with these people? Mag-iisang buwan na mula nang masalanta ang mga kababayan natin. ISANG BUWAN!! Do you mean “do not delay ang dati nang delayed”?? Shet.

Anong ginagawa ng mga donations na ito sa warehouse?? APAT na warehouse ang nasa loob ng compound na ‘yon! APAT na warehouse na punong-puno ng inaalikabok na relief goods! Relief goods na ayaw yata ibigay sa mga nasalanta. Halatang-halata.

Marami pang pabubulukin

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Wow! May bagong shipment na naman! At the rate DSWD is moving, next year na madi-discover kung ano ang laman ng mga kahong ito.

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“The first of two of the largest high-energy food shipments from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) arrived in the country two days ago for victims of storm “Ondoy” and typhoon “Pepeng.”

The biscuits were fortified with essential vitamins and minerals for supplementary feeding to children, pregnant women and the elderly in evacuation camps. Another 100 tons of biscuits will arrive on Oct. 24, in a continuing effort to provide food assistance to flood victims.

Sige, ideretso ‘nyo ulit ‘yan sa DSWD warehouse. Para AMAG naman ang abutin ng biskwit… at sapot ng gagamba.

Conclusion

Sa maghapon namin sa warehouse,nakagawa kami ng 150 sacks of relief goods. 150 bags of relief goods lang ang lumabas sa warehouse na ‘yon that day. At nandoon pa rin sa loob ang mga imported relief goods, safe, sound and packed as the day they arrived.

Nakisakay kami palabas sa isang DSWD delivery van. Gusto sana kaming ihatid ng driver hanggang Makati pero wala raw siyang sobrang gasolina. Ibinaba na lang niya kami sa gitna ng EDSA. Millions of dollars in donations, walang extrang pang-gasolina.

Susulpot din siguro ang laman ng mga mahiwagang kahon at mapapasakamay din ng mga tao…sa ARAW NG ELEKSYON. O mabibili na nila ang mga imported goods na ‘yon sa mga puwesto sa Quiapo at Divisoria.

Suggestions lang po sa DSWD:

· Alam ‘nyo palang walang mag-volunteer sa inyo, bakit hindi kayo mag-hire ng mga tao? Bayaran ‘nyo ng arawan para mag-repack. Ang daming walang trabaho, makakatulong pa kayo. Hindi naman malaking kabawasan ‘yon sa bilyong pisong donasyon na natanggap ninyo.

· Isa pa, gaano ba karami ang mga sundalo natin? Hindi ba puwedeng ipagawa sa kanila ‘yan? Baka isang araw lang, tapos na ang problema ‘nyo

· Bakit hindi ‘nyo ibigay ang trabaho sa mga NGO, churches, private charities, TV stations? I’m sure they are more than willing to help. Time is of the essence. Huwag kayong suwapang. Obvious ba, hindi ‘nyo naman kaya.

Kung talagang gugustuhin ninyong makarating agad sa mga kawawang biktima ang mga donasyong ‘yon, nagawa ‘nyo na ‘yan. Maraming paraan…kung talagang gusto ‘nyo lang.

You are the government. You have the power, the resources and the money. You just have to really care.

Poll Survey Results: What is the content of the media files you usually uploaded to the web?

I’m ending this poll survey with a conclusion that at least a sector of our online community is indeed uploading sexual or scandalous media  content to the web. Here’s the complete result after a week of soliciting your opinion:

Poll Survey Results

Thank you for joining this Poll Survey. Please join us again for another hot topic in the next few days of our Poll Survey.

“Hidden Cam” and “Hayden Cam”

note: this post has been updated!!!!

“Hidden Cam”

We used to label news footage taken without the knowledge of our news sources as “Stolen Shots”. But since the phrase has a negative connotation being the shot a stolen one—the newsroom had decided to rename it to “Actual Shots”.

The footage in coverages that are planned to be taken with cameras hid from the people around the location shoot was named as “Hidden Cam” shots.

Various TV news organizations have its own rules about “Hidden Cams” for reasons of appropriateness and ethics. (Click ABS-CBN policy on Hidden Cam). Bob Steele of the The Poynter Institute wrote the “High Standards for Hidden Cameras“.

In my Investigative Journalism class at the University of San Jose Recoletos, I imparted to my students the following lessons about hidden camera taken from various sources.

Hidden Camera always refers to the covert use of a video camera in documenting a story. Actual shots are very essentials to a broadcast story. It tells life and reality.

The use of a hidden camera connotes malicious act committed by journalist. That’s why, broadcast news renamed “hidden camera” to actual surveillance shots.

In so conducting actual surveillance shots or using hidden camera, deception or employing false identity is also present.

LEGAL ISSUES:

  • Possible violation of the Anti-Wire Tapping Law
    • Recording of voices without the consent of both parties involved in the conversation is illegal.
  • Possible invasion of the privacy of individuals

SUGGESTED CRITERIA when DECEPTION, FALSE IDENTITY and HIDDEN CAMERA are possible:

  • When the information obtained is of profound importance. It must be of vital public interest, such as revealing great “system failure” at the top levels, or it must prevent profound harm to individuals.
  • When all other alternatives for obtaining the same information have been exhausted.
  • When the journalists involved are willing fully and openly to disclose the nature of the deception and the reason for it to those involved and to the public.
  • When the individuals involved and their news organization apply excellence, through outstanding craftmanship as well as the commitment of time and funding needed to pursue the story fully.
  • When the harm prevented by the information revealed through deception outweighs any harm caused by the act of deception.
  • When the journalists involved have conducted a meaningful, collaborative, and deliberative decision-making process.

CRITERIA that CANNOT JUSTIFY Deception:

  • Winning a prize
  • Beating the competition
  • Getting the story with less expense of time and resources
  • Doing it because “the others already did it”.
  • The subjects of the story are themselves unethical.

“Hayden Cam”

Actress Katrina Halili and Dr. Hayden Kho dancing in this video recording.


As regards to the sex video recordings of Dr. Hayden Kho with at least three of his former girlfriends—psychologists consider it as sexual voyeurism.

Kho who is a celebrity doctor could not be guilty of it (sexual voyeurism) due to the absence of a law defining such activity as a crime. However, laywers of actress Katrina Halili who was one of those who performed sex acts with Kho in the sex video recording found a law (on violence against women and children) that could possibly put the celebrity doctor to jail for six years.

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Dr. Hayden Kho with a Brazilian model. The shot is a little bit of out-of-frame.

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Dr. Hayden Kho with actress Katrina Halili. The shot was taken with low lights.


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Dr. Hayden Kho with model-actress Maricar Reyes. The shot is out-of-focus or the focusing lens of the camera was not properly set.

The reason why TV news teams use hidden cam in the pursuit of their practice is for the public to know the truth. Dr. Hayden Kho’s sex video recording is somewhat private but gone public.

UPDATE!!!! UPDATE!!!!

(TXTjOke)

Q: Ano ang shampoo ni Katrina Halili?

A: e di, the world’s number 1 anti-dandruff shampoo–HAYDEN SHOULDERS!

(Careless Whisper–rewritten)

Katrina never gonna dance again

Guilty Hayden got no rhythm

And it’s easy to pretend,

She knows Hayden’s not a fool

Should have known better

Than to hide the cam,

The wasted chance

Hayden’s been given…

So Katrina never dance again,

The way she danced with Kho…

Ooohh… ooohh…

UPDATE 2!!!!

I was wondering why Maricar Reyes has been silent until now about the more vivid video sex scandal involving her and Dr. Hayden Kho.

My question is answered when i saw the other video recording of Maricar and Dr. Kho in a closer shot and more crisp footage. Apparently, the recording had the consent of Maricar as seen in this frame:

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Dr. Hayden Kho with Maricar on his lap is adjusting the cam with Maricar appeared consenting it.

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This is the beginning of a more torid and vivid shots… Sorry can’t share it here!!!! 🙂 Click here for the vivid clips.

UPDATE 3!!!!!

This FAKE  “ABS-CBNnews update” has been circulating for several weeks now when curious people started looking up the net of more video scandal involving Dr. Hayden Kho.

I received this in an email attachment and it’s funny.

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Ha…ha… enjoy!!!

UPDATE 4!!!!!

House passes bill penalizing photo and video voyeurism

Salient points of HB(proposed “Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009“):

  • imprisonment ranging from six months to six years and a fine of P100,000 to P500,000.
  • if a violator is a juridical person– penalty includes automatic revocation of his license or franchise and its officers will be deemed liable
  • if a violator is the editor and reporter (print media) and the station manager, editor and broadcaster (broadcast media)–also deemed liable
  • If the offender is a public official or employee, or a professional– will also be held administratively liable.
  • If a foreigner guilty of the act– subject of deportation proceedings after serving his sentence and payment of fines.

The Senate version of the proposed law is also on the offing and shall be consolidated with the House version before it will be crafted into law and to be signed by the President.

Beware!!!!!

UPDATE 5!!!!!

Video Encryption Saves You from a Voyeurism Case!!!!

I’ve got a good lesson from a voyeurism case in Australia involving a 39-year old man who set-up a sophisticated camera network in his flat to record secretly his flatmates’ private moments.

But Rohan James Wyllie escaped jail sentence after a Southport District Court judge ruled there was no enough evidence to pin down the accused. The reason–the video of his voyeurism acts is encrypted and the police failed to crack it.

Under the Fifth Amendment, Wyllie can not be compelled to open the video as it will give evidence that will incriminate him. In the Philippines, it is our constitutional right against self-incrimination.

Dr. Hayden Kho Jr. should have had his voyeurism video encrypted to avoid similar case. 🙂 This is a lesson for future voyeurism. Encryption is your friend.

UPDATE 6!!!!!

Republic Act No. 9995 – Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act

This law, passed on February 15, 2010 puts an end to adventurers whose urge to document private moments are now considered crime.

Anyone who is found guilty of the crime shall be meted with at least three years but not more than seven years imprisonment and/or fine of not less than P100,000 but not more than 500,000.

Though, you can record your sexual acts if both of you are consenting to the recording. However, the law says even if your partner or the person concerned is consenting the recording, anyone is prohibited from copying, reproducing, selling, distributing, publishing and broadcasting such recording.

So, think twice if you are planning sinister. 🙂