BRIGHTON PRIDE 2013

Some photos I took on my phone during the Bright Pride 2013. The happy friendly people! X









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GIVE UP TOMORROW SCREENING IN MANILA & CEBU

Finally, Give Up Tomorrow is soon to be shown in Manila and Cebu Theatres!

GUT is a documentary film about a young boy, Paco Larrañaga who was sentenced to jail for a crime he couldn't possibly have done. For 15 years, the whole family and those who believe he is innocent still yearn for the day that Paco will walk away from jail as a free man and vindicated.

Give Up Tomorrow is directed by Michael Collins and produced by Marty Syjuco.

Let us all watch the film and support Paco's battle for justice!


YOU KNOW YOU'RE A FILIPINO IF...

  1. You nail all your photographs on your walls in the living room.
  2. You say comfort room instead of rest room.
  3. You say for take out instead of to go.
  4. You point with your lips.
  5. You nod upwards to greet someone.
  6. Your nickname is BOY or OTOY.
  7. You ask for Colgate instead of toothpaste.
  8. You eat underdeveloped duck eggs.
  9. You pronounce the word ALREADY as OLREYDI.
  10. You say KODAKAN instead of take pictures.
  11. You refer to your refrigerator as "pridyider".
  12. You say "pliers" when you meant "flyers".
  13. You cover your sofa with plastic.
  14. You have a Last Supper quilt on your dining wall.
  15. You drive a Mercedes Benz with maroon seat covers.
  16. You have a rosary on the rear view mirror of your car.
  17. You have a Santo Niño shrine in your living room.
  18. You're standing next to big boxes at the airport.
  19. You say "HOY" to get someone's attention.
  20. Your car chirps like a bird when you back up.
  21. You have a collection of Bruce Lee and Charles Bronson movies in VHS and Betamax.
  22. You have "Best of Slow Rock" cassette tapes in heat proof casing.
  23. You call somebody "PSSST!".
  24. You drink with your friends and share the same glass, passing it around.
  25. You say kutex instead of nail polish.
  26. You're the plane passenger with the biggest hand-carry luggage.
  27. You don't want to eat the last piece of food on the plate, but offer it to others.
  28. You say "ano" this and "ano" that.
  29. You say that everybody is your cousin, niece, etc.
  30. You say things bit backwards like stick bread instead of breadsticks.
  31. You drive a jeep with your family name written on the back.
  32. You have soy sauce circles on your tablecloth.
  33. You wash and reuse styrofoam cups.
  34. You collect items from hotels and restaurants "for souvenir".
  35. You smile for no reason.
  36. You find dried up rice morsels on your shirt.
  37. You add unwarranted "H" to your name, i.e. "BHOY", "JHUN",
  38. You put hands together in front of you as if to make a path and say, "Excuse, excuse".
  39. You consistently arrive 30 minutes late for all events.
  40. You prefer to make acronyms for phrases such as "OA; for overacting or "TNT" for well, you know.
  41. You own a karaoke.
  42. You own a piano that no one ever plays.
  43. Your car still has the plastic covers.
  44. You have a giant wooden fork and spoon hanging somewhere in the dining room.
  45. You have a giant wooden tinkling dancer on the wall.
  46. You have a Mercedes Benz and you call it a CHEDENG.
  47. Your mom or sister is a nurse.
  48. You have aunts or uncles named "Boy", "Baby" or "Girlie".
  49. You have a family member that has a nickname that repeats itself, "Deng Deng", "Ling Ling", "Bong Bong"
  50. You dip bread in your morning coffee.
  51. You add "Sir" to names to be polite like "Sir Bong-bong", "Sir Don-don", "Sir Mon-mon".
  52. You are late, and your excuse is "It's too traffic in EDSA".
  53. You bump to people while walking because you are busy texting.
  54. You have a high-end cellular phone and you think it will make you a better person.
  55. Your top priority in your daily activities is texting.
  56. You shout while talking on your cellphone.
  57. Your topic while eating are celebrities.
  58. Your life goes around on Facebook and Twitter.
  59. You go to the mall everyday, not to buy or eat, just "window shopping".
  60. You piss on the street next to the "Bawal umihi dito" sign. **(Bawal umihi dito = don't piss here)

AdU GRADUATE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE

“Graduates from Adamson University are 99.9% top-ranking in any board exams!” said CHED Commissioner Nona S. Ricafort, Ph. D.

No wonder that many parents from the upper class in Manila send their children to study in Adamson University. The tuition fee is a little but the education their children get is excellent.

The population of the university is more or less 15,000 students this school year. Half of them are new enrollees, and most of these kids are from the prominent families in Metro Manila. Only few are from various provinces in the country and mostly, they are politician’s children studying law, engineering, business management, or mass communication.

There are so many courses to choose from and all of these courses are globally competitive, as it has been proven that Adamson University has the highest amount of top ranking board examinees in every course among other universities in the Philippines.

“It’s not about the money. When my son finished his studies, I saw the great benefits of it right away. Now, he’s working in the biggest company in the Philippines,” said one mother of an alumnus.
Surely, decades from now, most companies will only employ workers who graduated from Adamson University. Few more years, most employees working in big firms will be graduates of Adamson University.

**Article written in Feature Writing class in Adamson University (Mass Communication Department) – 2011

THE BIRTH OF SINGLAND

Far away there is a hot exotic land called Singland. It was named after King Sing II, who was an ambitious and power hungry ruler from another nation who had sent his devout followers to conquer the indigenous inhabitants of Singland and open it up for trade. Prior to being called Singland there had been many names given to this formation of lush and fertile islands, but the name Singland resonated with the its people as they were well known for their three favourite pastimes – Eating, Sleeping and Singing. King Sing II had very strong beliefs, and in the name of his faith he sent armies to many different lands all across the globe, not just Singland, to help spread his gospel. And although the teachings of his faith were designed to encourage peace and love to all fellowmen, it seemed he was willing to slaughter anybody who may happen to have alternative views.

And so it was, that Singland became occupied by King Sing’s conquistadors for many, many years. In particular they chose to settle in the North of Singland. The South was a more hostile territory, which previously had been ruled by Sultans and Datu’s who were not willing to concede their native land to outside invading forces quite so readily as their Northern neighbours. Occasionally, the Northern indigenous people rose up against their foreign intruders, but their rebellions were quickly quashed. There was one man in particular who stood up, a brilliant, brave and bright scholar. Peacefully, he continuously questioned the legitimacy of these invaders ruling over his fellow countrymen. However, he was eventually silenced in the face of a firing squad at the young age of 35.

The vassal’s of King Sing II that were sent to Singland to spread the word of his faith, were chosen for their high moral standing and celibacy. However, once they arrived in Singland they soon realized how far away from both their homeland and controlling master they were. Many of them became corrupt and took the law into their own hands. They behaved brutally towards the native people, and broke their vows of celibacy. They took local mistress’s, and very soon a new population was being born, a breed of bastards with mixed blood.

This continued for 300 years, the people of Singland being suppressed with the gospel of King Sing so much, that it had become part of everyday life, it was now a part of their psyche. They had become true believers, unwilling to accept an existence without it. During this 300 years, the outside world had changed considerably, and King Sing II had long since died. His home nation was no longer the superior force it use to be, and now his successors had foolishly gone to war with another more dominant power, and after just 4 months of conflict, they had been forced to surrender several parts of their empire, including Singland in exchange for peace and gold.

Initially, the people of Singland were overjoyed, their singing became even more melodious and beautiful as they welcomed the arrival of their new liberators, but it soon became apparent that these liberators had ideas of their own, and granting Singland its independence was not one of them. These liberators had kindly faces, but behind their smiles and generous words, lay an obsessive aggression for acquiring territory for their own benefit. Once the Singers got wind of this, they soon stopped harmonizing and began to fight. The liberators (or Patriots as they called themselves) were taken by surprise at the bloody opposition they faced, they had not envisaged such stubborn grittiness from this normally passive, happy and friendly race. Fighting the locals, cost the Patriots far more in lives and money than it had getting rid of King Sing’s Army. This bitter conflict went on for 3 years before the Singers and their uninvited guests – the Patriots, settled down and mapped out a more peaceful coexistence.

For the next 39 years life was pretty good in Singland, the singers and the Patriots living together in a fairly amicable way, until suddenly all hell let loose. A vast world battle had erupted a couple of years before, which Singland had no part in, but now it was spilling out on to their shores. Within 3 weeks the Patriots had fled with their tails between their legs like scolded dogs, and in their place arrived the most sadistic invaders to have ever landed on Singland soil. The next few years in the history of Singland were probably their most distressing. Because of the sadistic nature and sad looking eyes of their latest invaders, the Singers gave them the name Sadinese. The Sadinese ruled Singland for over 3 years, installing a puppet as its president which they controlled. Many Singers were tortured and killed during this time, until eventually huge numbers of Patriots returned and a massive sea battle took place between them and the Sadinese, while on land the Singers also fought against the Sadinese, forcefully repelling them from their islands for good, and at last achieving their rightful independence from any foreign nation.

EPILOGUE
Unfortunately the old fashioned teachings of the faith indoctrinated in them from King Sing’s henchmen, has fuelled the rapidly growing population of Singland, and in turn plummeted them into poverty, as there are just too many mouths to feed. And in order to survive the years and years of colonization, the people have absorbed corruption as part of their everyday life, allowing the rich to become richer and the majority to lead poor and wretched lives. It is time for the Singers to stop praying for a better future, and start acting. They can still follow their beliefs, but take a good look outside and see how others have modernized their views, and adapted their faith to fit the 21st Century. And it is time to say no more corruption. The people who serve you are elected by you, you have the power to change them. We no longer want public servants that are there to feed their own nests, we no longer want law enforcers that bully and stink of extortion. These are the very people we should trust and be able to turn to when in trouble. Stop being submissive, stand up and SING! 



GIVE US BACK OUR SIDEWALK

MANILA could be a great place to take a walk. In the late afternoon, when the sun is almost down, and the heat of the day dissipated, what better time to take a leisurely stroll and observe the hustle and bustle of our streetlife. There is often a cooling breeze, particularly blowing in from the Baywalk, near where I live.

A few weeks ago, I walked along Adriatico Street on my way to Robinson’s Place Shopping Mall. The road is actually quite clean and well maintained, maybe because of the big Pan Pacific hotel taking prime position along it. A bit further down there are the usual smaller shops - offering laundry services, moneychangers, and Viagra vendors loitering on the corner.

Just after passing the old decorative Chinese Temple, opposite the Pan Pacific, the sidewalk is blocked! The Hostel 1632 has decided to obstruct the public sidewalk with their pots of unpleasant looking green plants. It wouldn't matter so much if they had placed these unnecessary and unattractive obstructions before the sidewalk, on their ample parking area, but instead they have chosen to be totally inconsiderate to pedestrians, which are now forced to walk in the road in front of approaching traffic!

I’m not sure if they think their hotel owns that pavement, or if their manager is just stupid.

G I V E   U S   B A C K   O U R   S I D E W A L K !

LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING

“Devil worshippers…” whispered the man next to me, after watching the news on TV about RH Bill supporters demonstrating in the Senate of the Philippines.

I would have explained to him that if some people support the RH Bill, it does not mean that they are devil worshippers. Alternatively, we also know that it doesn’t make you a more moral person if you are averse to the RH Bill.

If my stand is for the RH Bill, this does not define me as an immoral or bad person, arguably it makes me a more responsible and caring person in comparison to those mindless and ill-informed people that oppose it.

THE RH Bill is a reproductive health bill that aims to guarantee universal access to methods and information on birth control and maternal care in the Philippines. The RH Bill does not (as many people mistakenly believe) promote abortion. Its aim is to create awareness amongst Filipinos about the country’s rapidly increasing population, and address the relevant factors.

In the past, it would have been taboo to even mention the word ‘condom’ in the Philippines. Much worse to openly debate sexual issues publicly. But this is the 21st century and being the 12th most populous country with a staggering 101,833,938 million population compared to 60,703 million just 30 years ago – NOW is the time to act!

In my opinion we need to educate every Filipino, to help alleviate the country from plummeting even further into extensive poverty. As the population grows, so does the level of poverty, but how can we educate all of them? Just this 2011 school year, there were not enough classrooms to accommodate all the school children! Before we even start to educate them we need to provide more classrooms and teachers, and offer more books that provide sexual education for every grade school student. Could this be a good start?

Unsurprisingly the Philippine Catholic Church is resisting the RH Bill. Do they have the right to meddle with state affairs? Is it not because of their outdated sermons that the Philippines is burdened with such poverty? When will they accept modernity and realise their unwavering stance is causing misery amongst the very people they are meant to guide and protect? If we continue to allow the church to keep people ignorant in family planning matters, more and more children will be born into families that cannot afford to feed and clothe them.

A colleague once asked me, “Why don’t we give every newborn child to the Catholic Church to feed them?”

The church would reply, “No, we already have too many to feed. We need more donations for the church.”

Bollocks! They are more concerned with maintaining their wealth and power, but what about the rest? They are eating good food whilst the rest of the country starves.

It really made me laugh when Carlos Celdran waved a placard written ‘Damaso’ before the mass in Manila Cathedral. ‘Damaso’ is the antagonist character in Noli Me Tangere of Jose Rizal. It’s just so right.

WHY DO WE WANT THE RH BILL?

The Philippines has a population of 101.8 million. It’s ALREADY over-populated.

Women are NOT made for childbearing and child rearing only. They should be allowed to enjoy the benefits of physical intimacy while maintaining a successful and productive career if they choose to do so.

To counteract the Catholic Church wishing every woman to be impregnated each time they engage in sex, unlike Virgin Mary who conceived without having sex at all.

Population decline helps strengthen the economy of a country. Take a look at just two particular examples within Southeast Asia – Japan and Singapore.

Having many children is NOT an asset, unless you own a big shopping mall or an airline company. But even successful people only have a few children. Maybe you could sell your babies to make money? Only then would a bigger family be considered as an asset.

The Catholic Church asserts that the RH Bill will encourage immoral activities. Are they of the belief that no single Filipino engages in pre-marital and/or extra-marital affairs currently? Do they honestly think that if RH Bill is passed, most Filipinos will grab a condom, and before long the whole country will be participating in a national orgy?

The RH Bill will NOT teach children to have pre-marital sex. Ironically it will help prevent so many single Filipino girls having unwanted pregnancies or teen pregnancies.

Its interesting to note the hypocritical attitude of the priests, bishops, and men of clergy who oppose the bill, when it is well known how expert they are when it comes to having sex – the legendary masters of erotic affairs.

The Catholic Church wants to continue manipulating the country and bury the destructive truth about their religion. Why can’t they be fair to the people? Their minds are as devilish as their actions and narrative.

But above all else, the primary goal of the RH Bill yearns freedom and choice for women. In the third wave of feminism, let’s give our sisters, our girl friends, our cousins and every Filipino woman an educated choice. And along the way, help all straight and gay men to live freely, with low expectation of infecting or being infected with HIV.

Let’s get the RH Bill passed!



SOCIAL MEDIA: ANOTHER KEY TO SUCCESS

One of the youngest and most noteworthy correspondents in our time, Mr. Joseph Madrigal, 25 years old and has already travelled half of the world interviewing a wide range of prominent people, in his quest to gather news and information, and tell the truth to the world.

His tale is one of the more unusual stories that have been publicized. It was a year since his graduation when he was not doing anything and could not get a job. He applied to the biggest television networks in the Philippines, but to no avail. He had no luck, and little prospect of securing any position.

Since he had so much time on his hands, he spent much of it online looking for work, but increasingly more on social networking sites. Mainly communicating with his friends who would post photos of themselves staying in different places throughout the Philippines. Throughout that time, he was still living with his parents. However, when he was online, he blogged about what was happening in the country. He wrote anything that was current and meaningful, not the usual nonsense on so many profiles. He then posted on his social networking accounts each time he makes a blog entry. He constantly updates his accounts. He had various blog sites of different topics aimed at different audiences, with varying views. All of which were a great success.

“It took me about six months before I realised that the number of readers of my blogs, and people who enjoy my articles were increasing!” said Eduardo.

This gave him tremendous self-fulfillment during the time he was down on his luck, and depressed about his lack of job prospects. Then, out of the blue, someone from a news network sent him an email asking I he would like to go for an interview.

“There’s something very witty we liked about this guy,” said the network manager of the news company, when asked about Mr. Madrigal.

And, this was the start of Joseph’s successful journey. But, before we ended our conversation, he told me:

“Recently, I checked my Facebook account to catch up with what everyone is doing nowadays. I was appalled to see some of the posts and shouts of my friends in my news feed. Most of them posted such silly or trivial things, but more worse, the made posts that spew hatred against others. I think this is not the meaning of social networking. Isn’t it much more worthwhile to use Facebook for something beneficial to yourself and to your friends?”

That said it. I guess people who do the same will oppose, but well, that is his opinion. Unfortunately, I agree with him.


HOW TO SET WHITE BALANCE MANUALLY IN NIKON DSLR

  1. Turn on your DSLR Nikon camera
  2. Press WB button on the left part of the screen
  3. Wait until “Pre” comes up on the side screen
  4. Point to a white colour
  5. Press shutter
  6. You will see “Good” on the side screen
  7. You are now ready to shoot with correct white balance!


HOW TO POST A LINK IN COMMENTS

Have you tried posting a link in comments before?
Well, this post will give you an idea on how to do it.
This is the code that you’ll need to type into the comment box.

<a href="URL"> Title </a>

Replace the URL to your own URL, and TITLE to whatever word you’d like it to appear. Easy and simple. Enjoy!

SOCIAL MEDIA: GRADUALLY CHANGING THE WORLD

Amongst the more unscrupulous, social media provides an easy outlet for creating drama and chaos. It has become a thrilling playground for those people wishing to exploit others. Fortunately these social media predators are in the minority, and on the flip side of the coin there are a vast number of people who gain numerous benefits from it.

Photo from www.mightytideofjustice.com
Many students benefit from social media, such as sharing thoughts, homework, group pictures and holiday photos. Communication has been made so much easier with the onset of all the different social media networks. It is simple to relay a message to each other just by creating a page, community, group, or posting on your wall. Social media has helped connect people from all around the globe. Imagine how easy it is now to ‘friend’ somebody from the opposite side of the world.

THE DOWNSIDE

Of all the social media networks, Facebook has to be the most utilized. Facebook currently has 800 million active users, and this number has grown daily ever since it was introduced on 4th February 2004. Since its launch there have been several cases of fraud and other inflammatory behaviour. Problems with people posting indecent photos on other users accounts, or hacking into accounts and notifying friends that he/she just died. These are just some of the disadvantages of social media. It is open to abuse by those who derive pleasure from its misuse.

Photo from www.commercialappeal.com/
THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Arguably one of social media’s greatest contributions to the world is the vital part it has played in liberating and uniting the people in the Middle East. Social media helped to educate and inform them. It gave them the ability to amass huge crowds of protesters in one place within a very short period of time. To reach out to their fellow countrymen and appeal for support, and provide the voice that gave them the strength and courage they needed to rise up and fight for liberation from tyranny. Without its help, there is little doubt that the Middle East uprising could not have succeeded. Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali would still be in power in Tunisia after 23 years. Hosni Mubarak would still have complete control of Egypt after 29 years, and Muammar Gaddafi would still be alive and abusing both power and human rights after 43 years. Because of the ease with which this new platform of communication provides, people are far more interconnected than they have ever been before, and it is this ability to be able to rally a whole country that surely must be a worry for any government.

Photo from www.dailymail.co.uk
SOCIAL MEDIA IN CHINA

Last July 2011, I visited Beijing. Facebook has long been banned in China. As a person who lives with social media all around me, it felt strange not logging onto Facebook for a whole week. I felt disconnected from the world. What are the reasons for the government of China blocking Facebook and some other social media networks? This is a country well known for its human rights abuse. The Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 provided blatant proof that any social rebellion would not be tolerated. It is therefore not to difficult to imagine how nervous the Chinese authorities would be if they allowed to much access to social media networks.

CONCLUSION

There is no denying the power of social media; it is immense if we know how to use it. There are those who are critical of the amount of time people spend on it. To me it is not squandering my time. It permits us to study from each other, to construct relationships and maintain them. It can be viewed as an educational pastime. It allows us to connect with all sorts of people from different backgrounds and beliefs. And through simple communication with each other our understanding and attitudes improve.



HOW TO JAILBREAK iOS 5

Here it comes, explore the limits of your iPhone by jailbreaking and unlocking it. Firstly, I shall explain the difference between jailbreak and unlock.

JAILBREAK – this allows you to install apps to your iPhone from other sites aside from Apple Store.
UNLOCK – this allows you to use different mobile SIM cards such as Verizon or AT&T aside from the number that came with your iPhone.

Secondly, you should know the difference between a tethered and an untethered jailbreak.

TETHERED JAILBREAK – this means that the jailbreak on your iPhone is undone if you reboot the phone – in other words, you must connect your phone to your PC or Mac to properly boot it.
UNTETHERED JAILBREAK – this is the gold standard, because you don't need to muck about with any of that nonsense.

At the moment, the available jailbreak for iOS 5 is TETHERED. And to jailbreak your iPhone, you will need a tool to modify your iOS 5 on your iPhone.

The latest version is Redsn0w 0.9.9b6 for Mac users. Some Windows users have also reported success with the Sn0wbreeze tool. Prior to that, you will need to upgrade your iTunes to version 10.5, and must download the IPSW file.


Before you start, you should back up your iPhone in iTunes.
Read and understand all the warnings, both here and in the linked articles. Neither I, nor Computerworld are responsible for anything you choose to do with your iPhone – ONLY YOU ARE. 

STOP iTunes to update automatically.
STOP iTunes to automatically update your iPhone (iOS updates will undo jailbreak).
PLUG your iPhone directly into a USB socket on your Mac or PC's case.
UNLUG other USB devices plugged into your Mac or PC.
USE a genuine Apple USB cable.
BE PATIENT. (It usually takes longer than what you think. Wait. 

Redsn0w: Click HERE for the guide to jailbreak your iPhone. 
Sn0wbreeze: Click HERE for the guide to jailbreak your iPhone.

After jailbreaking, you should see an app called CYDIA. Open that and start downloading! ENJOY!

FACT: Jailbreak and Unlock are both legal and it does not encourage or supper app piracy.

EYE CANDY


DON'T DRIVE WITH YOUR FINGER UP YOUR NOSE!

Greg Scott's Compendium of the Weird and Wonderful: Greg's Driving Advice

DEVIOUS ILLUSIONS

The achievement of Miss Shamcey Supsup becoming third runner-up in the Miss Universe 2011 contest in Såo Paolo, Brazil made Filipinos all around the world very happy. Though certainly there may have been some disappointment with the result because, for them, she could have been the crowned queen.

She was asked, “Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person you love? Why or why not?”

She answered, “If I had to change my religious beliefs, I will not marry the person that I love, because the first person that I love is God who created me, and I have my faith and my principles, and these are what makes me who I am, and if that person loves me, he should love my God too, Thank you.”

The first time you hear her answer, it appears to be a good response to such a question. Especially during the pageant, which she answered straight away, with no English interpreter, and that surely made Filipinos very proud of her. However, in my opinion, her answer comes across as being rather selfish.

I respect other people’s personal principles about religion. Miss Supsup's answer implies that she wouldn’t change her religious beliefs for someone she loves; rather he should change and embrace her religion. Isn’t that selfish? It doesn’t sound right at all to me. If her boyfriend does not believe in God, then there is no chance she is going to marry him. Where is the love?

If I were to answer that question, it will be, “No, I would not change my religious beliefs to marry the person I love, and she shouldn’t have to change hers either, even if they were very different from my own. I love her because of who she is, and religion should not be a reason to divide us. Even in our modern world, religious beliefs has been responsible for wars, death, famine and partition in humanity; I would not let our cultural differences and religious beliefs ruin our friendship.”

LIMITATION OF ART

Art is an expression and application of human creativity, skill, and imagination - producing visual work that affects human senses, emotions and intellect.

If you are an artist, your imagination should deviate from the traditional thinking to evince artistry. Your creativeness must not be limited for the sake of art. It ought to have no boundaries.

Nevertheless, art is in the eye of the beholder. The painting of Mona Lisa by Da Vinci in Louvre Museum is appreciated and loved by many people, though when I visited and I saw it for myself, I found it disappointing, and it held little appeal for me. But I gasped when I saw the painting, Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. It is a painting of Adam naked extending his left arm to God and his angels on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Art depends on how we interpret it. Art should not be restricted or created just to suit certain tastes. There will always be those who do not appreciate a particular piece, but that doesn’t mean it should not have been produced. Art is an expression of thoughts. It conveys a certain message to a variety of individuals depending on our evaluation.

There are a few places in the world that some people may consider art and creativeness has gone beyond acceptable or decent limitations.

There is the Vigelandsparken Park in Oslo, Norway which features sculptures of men, women, and kids all naked, interacting and participating in different actions.

The Statue of Pan With Goat in Pompeii, Italy depicts a man copulating with a goat.

The Statue of Poseidon in Athens, Greece where he stands naked whilst he looks at his extended left arm, and his right arm is slightly higher at the other end.

The Loveland Park in Jeju, Korea where you will find a gigantic sculpture of a woman who is bending backwards showing her right breast, her left hand is on her belly, and her legs are crossed, so as not to show her private part. It also features climbable breast mountains with nipples on top, a 33-foot stone penis, people sculptures giving each other oral sex, a glory hole, and dildos with interactive buttons.

What is obscene and what is decent? Should we not consider these art forms crude and indecent?

A sensual billboard ad should be necessary and relevant at any time and any situation. Art in the Philippines is still a question of morality. In that way, are we saying that Michelangelo, Raphael or Leonardo da Vinci immoral for painting naked men and women?

However, some advertisers put sensual billboards to attract and persuade the public to buy their products. Although, I have nothing against exploring creativity, it ought to have relevance. The ad is not factual if it uses elements that are unnecessary. Why would you make a billboard ad featuring a woman showing her breasts when the product you are promoting is shoes or trousers?

Many advertisers use sensual presentations in their billboard ads in the Philippines. A method to evoke sexual desire and consumer attention towards the products, believing that this technique would increase sale and gain better profits on their products.

Personally, I consider sensual billboard ads too much when they are used to promote unconnected merchandise. It is also inappropriate when the endorser shows more of himself or herself rather than the product. I have always thought that the product is more important than the endorser but what is happening is the other way around. It is all about gaining more sales and profits.

At the end of the day, it differs on how we righteously judge what is ethical with our moral judgment. But will you conform to what society tells you?