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Viral Photo: Mother Places a Leash on Her Child

Filipino netizens are once again busy with new viral photo and this time no longer involved politicians and celebrity. Filipinos found a photo where a mother tied a leash around her son posing like a dog.  This photo was posted on Facebook.  It immediately caught fire and has already been shared more than 4,000 times and with more than 5,000 comments which were mostly angry towards the mother. 
Now, when you look at the comments, you will find that there are individuals who found nothing wrong with the picture and presumed that it was just fun time for both mother and child.

Mother Places a Leash on Her Child
Is it really a fun picture?  Personally, this is not the first time that this kind of incident occurred.  Probably, there are many fun moments in the family which other people might find offensive but the family did not. For example, it has been part of many families to teach toddlers to answer the question “what’s the problem of your papa?” and the child will act by pointing pressing his point finger to the other palm suggesting sexual intercourse.  This is indeed funny, but when you post this moment on social network, it divides the whole citizenry. 

Image taken from Facebook
What does this mean?  Is there a dichotomy of principles and morals
involved here?  Apparently, the message in this “mother treats child like a dog” situation is that since it is a family fun time, it should be left that way; there should be no evidence of this perceived child abuse.  One netizen commented
that some people were quick to judge based on a single photo alone and will not
bother to find the real context of the picture. 
For some, this might be a simple case of being politically correct; thus, the accusation of child exploitation.  However, one should always try to see the whole she bang at a different angle. This is no different on other perceived child abuse situations in different parts of the world, in particular where the child works to help the family.  Rich nations frown on this situation, yet many citizens of rich nations do not bother to help the child and the family.  This is no different from instances where parents use spanking to or perform hand me down discipline practices which are perceived to be violent in the western world but culturally correct in some countries. 
Yes, the Department of Social Welfare and Development is correct to look into this matter.  There are lingering or more serious issues involved here.  Some possibilities may include the following; the mother might have a mental illness, a neighbor with a grudge decided to capture the image as a revenge to the family, or it could be part of tantrum coming from the child.  The possibilities are endless and it is not right to judge quickly.  Perhaps, like medical doctors do, DSWD should find the root problem of this situation and prescribe corresponding actions; not just to find guilt or wrongdoing.  This might be a case of maternal or child rearing stress on her part and it should be acted accordingly; not to make her liable but understand her psyche as possibly she is not alone doing this kind of thing.  
Originally posted on on 5/26/2015

How to Book for a Private Transport to Legoland Malaysia

Your family is excited to travel to Malaysia and see the well liked Legoland. Part of your activities is of course preparing itineraries and other travel essentials like passports and plane tickets. Other than these, you should not forget to book for private services like a car or van transport for your whole family or tour group. Do you have any idea how?


Why You Should Book it First?

Before that, you should know the importance of booking for transport services ahead. While there are available taxi, car rentals, and van services for hire or rent, you might contract a service provider with several issues as you travel from the airport to your hotel then to Legoland and other interesting destinations within the area. If you pre-booked your transport services, you will avail of the following benefits:

  • You are assured of a professional driver who drive your whole family safely during the Legoland trip. You can even ask interesting details about some of the sights you see as you go along the trip.
  • You are assured that the vehicle you are renting, whether it is a van or a sedan, is in good condition. Thus, there is no need to worry that the car will stop in the middle of the highway. Also, the chances of figuring in an unfortunate accident are very low. You can trust that your family will reach the destination unscathed.
  • You can negotiate for price and even select your own type of vehicle to use. When you book a transport service beforehand, you can search different car or transport services and compare their rates. It is also important, that the service you select has numerous choices so your family will have a conditioned vehicle to ride going to Legoland.

How to Book a Transport Service

Generally, your travel agent will take care of the transport service from the airport and to your other destination within the area. However, you can also do it on your own. Here’s how it’s done:

First, you must search online or seek recommendations from friends who used similar services before if you have no first-hand experience.

Second, compare and contrast the rates. You should equate the rates with features or services that go with it like driver included, side trips, gasoline, and overtime fees for drivers.

Third, check on their professionalism. You can do this by chatting or talking with a representative of the transport company over the phone. And from the responses, you can conclude if they are reliable or not.

Lastly, clarify shady matters first. If they can provide you with the contract, read the fine prints so you will not have issues that will affect the mood of your family members or dampen the happiness that the trip hopes to achieve.

Yes, indeed, Singapore to Legoland taxi transport services are one of the most important aspects of your travel that you should take care of.


Read about the controversy in this post.


Screenshots from Imelda: Power, Myth and Illusion by Ramona S. Diaz

(NB: Manila Film Center tragedy starts at 04:30)

I think it all started with Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Weir. Both had films about Asia to direct, and chose the Philippines to stand in for Vietnam and Indonesia, respectively. Having tasted a bit of Hollywood in her backyard, Imelda had the grandiose notion to turn Manila into the Cannes of the Pacific by starting an international film festival. In order to do so, she required a suitable venue for her envisioned Manila International Film Festival (MIFF).

That’s how the story of the Manila Film Center (MFC) began.

Having set a date of January 18, 1982 for the start of the festival, Imelda needed to get cracking on building her newest edifice. For her last major project at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Imelda passed over Leandro Locsin and…

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Are the Benitezes of PWU the new ‘Balasubas?’

PWU vs. STI. The Benitez clan is in hot water.

The Aristocratic Thieves

There has been a lot of drama going on in Taft recently, particularly in the Philippine Women’s University campus, which was suddenly locked down just this weekend. The decision to close the school came from the PWU management, composed mostly of VPs and managers, whose main qualification for the job is that they have to carry the name “Benitez” either in the middle name or preferably their family name.

They are led by the school president named—surprise, surprise – Francisco Benitez.

If you must know, the lockdown order was in response to PWU’s creditor, the STI group, which last December declared the university to be in default of its loan, which has ballooned to P928 million.

Instead of honoring their obligations, the Benitezes opted to cover everything up with this telenovela plot: The legacy of the 96-year-old university is being attacked by the STI group. They hid and continue to…

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