On Media, Awareness, and All that Jazz

Philippines: On January 22, 2014, actor-comedian, Vhong Navarro, assaulted and blackmailed by businessman, Cedric Lee, due to accusations of raping Deniece Cornejo, model/actress.

Photos of Vhong’s unrecognizable face due to bruises and swelling spread across the internet as well as circulation of interviews of Lee and Cornejo rebutting the actor’s statement.

The incident happened exactly a week ago, and until now, Philippine media has made this issue a daily top story, making Filipino fans (and haters) relentlessly express their concerns on social media and blogs alike.

What has the media gotten into?

The Philippines is facing far more relevant and serious issues. The pork barrel scam is not yet over, peace talks with MILF was successful, Yolanda victims and survivors still haven’t gotten ample aid to start over, and a lot more. But still, the media instead chose to make a big deal out of a dancer turned actor turned comedian who is in fact well-known for being a womanizer. Move on already. Let them deal with their cases themselves and delve on it again when it’s already in court if the media wants it that way.

Yesterday, I made a new Filipina friend here and we talked about current issues in the Philippines. One thing she told me (that was seriously in my head too for quite some time now) was along the lines of Philippine media getting so used to publicizing negative and depressing news. It then results to almost all the population having a mind frame of negativity and depression. It is no wonder Philippines is having a hard time rising to the top. Add to that the network rivalry rebutting every detail of their news.

Think about it.

Psychology is also applicable to this. Raising higher awareness is the least our media can do. Exaggerated drama telenovelas every damn night? How do we expect to have an optimistic nation that thinks objectively? Local television, instead of educating the people, only aggravates the psyche of each and every one, creating “monsters” of thinkers. How do these people vote for instance? By popularity, by charm, by whatever other shallow reasons. Feeding the masses with cynicism, BS news, and all that jazz does not help at all. We are only proving to the whole world that we truly are fools, when in reality we’re not. Filipinos are smart, talented, and skillful. I believe so. I see so.

However, what we lack now is values. Given it is a Catholic country, at our very core we know the values which most just can’t seem to apply to their daily lives. All the pettifogging details of Vhong and other banal stories then became a hobby of Pinoys. I am not surprised why gossip is so rampant in the Philippines… The clash of networks should just take their issues behind cam. It’s so improper to keep on narrating unintelligent news. So. Plaguing.

And a lot of people say this is a hopeless case. It isn’t.

If the media only chooses to be proactive, report authentic and honest stories, let go of their biases just because in one network the sister of the president has a contract or that the other network is pro-somebody else, stop accepting bribes and all, then we will have a more striving country. Media is a very powerful tool, use it wisely; Being part of it is a huge responsibility, and when used inappropriately, everybody gets affected.

This. Has. Got. To. End.

Deniece could be a rape victim. Vhong is a womanizer and may have raped that model. Cedric has criminal records. WE GET IT. Let it go. Focus on what’s more important, on things that will help the country rise again that will eventually inspire people.

Let’s get back to focusing on things that really matter shall we?

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Mélange

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Mélange

Ah, the French word that literally translates to mixture or medley.

So why Mélange? By the time we started in 2010, we knew for certain that the business will not focus on women’s accessories alone. Given the fact that I have two other partners, most definitely all our passions will not focus on one type of merchandise only. Hence the name, a brand that will offer various items, catering to every consumer’s need (or want!).

Therefore we can only assure that in the coming months, people can expect more products that will cater not only to women, but to men as well.

For the moment, all we have on-hand are purely accessories. Here are few of the stuff of Mélange.

A Short Background
Our products are from all around the world. My partner is the one in charge of supplier canvassing and all the heavy lifting. She then picks the nicest, most affordable finds so that it will be more convenient for both our new and forever loyal customers (thank you!) to just order and wait for our delivery. My other business partner designed our logo and banner and hopefully soon we’ll be able to launch our own website designed by him too (I’m looking too far ahead already, I know).

Mélange had to stop selling early 2011 for a few personal reasons. This year, however, we decided to bring it back. We relaunched our brand last May and I am so glad to see it progress day by day. Taking over a business taught me a lot of things and refreshed me with numerous values I’ve forgotten along the way. Really can’t help but feel grateful everyday.

To view our products, our Facebook page is always available for your browsing pleasure (https://www.facebook.com/themelange).

You can also follow us on Instagram, username @themelange 🙂

We have Twitter as well @the__melange (two underscores).

Show us some love dear readers. Like and follow away! 🙂

PS
We have an ongoing giveaway hosted by the fabulous Sarah Tirona. To join click: http://www.fashioneggplant.com/2013/06/giveaway-melange-accessories.html?m=1

Good luck! 🙂

The Island Where One of the 7 Wonders of Nature Resides

Early this year, my family and I were privileged to visit one of the many beautiful islands in the Philippines, Palawan. It was a short stay (three days, two nights) but it was worthwhile. Many of you may have heard of Boracay, being Philippines’s #1 tourist spot, but Palawan is way different from it. There are less people, more trees, and the clear blue sea is literally crystal clear.

It’s the perfect getaway for those who wish to unwind and free one’s mind.

Here are a few shots from Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan by yours truly..

Entrance to the Underground River

Island  Hopping Shot

My personal favorite, Badjao Seafront Restaurant View

The best part of traveling for me is the unforgettable memories you make with your companions. Of course adding to it the feeling of adventure it brings. Plus the new lessons you pick up from locals and foreigners.

I will never ever get tired of traveling. We live in this beautiful world and I believe firmly that we all deserve to see the amazing sights Mother Earth has to offer. Life is an unending journey of learning and discovery and for me, that includes traveling.

I wish to go back to the island soon. Maybe my next goal would be Coron, Palawan or better yet Amanpulo.