Everyone is Selling on TikTok, and it's not HELPING!

 A lot of us love TikTok. The platform has fresh content creators, and the videos are not too long.  It is the ideal Social Media if you want to chill while watching videos on the internet.  Then suddenly, TikTok introduced the TikTok shop. At first, I was astonished by their move. They made the platform complete - content and eCommerce all-in-one. But lately, when I open the app, I'm no longer excited because all I see are online sellers.  The sudden barrage of online sellers may benefit someone who visits the platform to buy something. But for me, who only wanted to watch videos, each scroll was a complete waste of time.  Sadly, the algorithm prioritizes promotional videos, and it is annoying.  And to make matters worse, the TikTok shop has an affiliate program.  Now everyone is an affiliate.  Instad of making entertaining videos, they make promotional videos in hopes of a commission.  Then, there are black hat schemes that benefit sellers. A paid creator uses a filter to edit th

Dumaguete City | LTO On Fire

It was nothing but madness.  The Dumaguete police was called to pacify the crowd after becoming too agitated and inpatient. And around 10-AM when the police left, the tension was still there. The security guard had to shout just to calm the people down. Thankfully, I was able to receive my 10-year validity drivers license today(November 04, 2022), after 8-months of waiting and three scheduled visits at the LTO. The employees can be seen working hard to process the renewals and applications. However, it’s very clear that LTO public service needs improvement. If given the chance to recommend, here are simple ways the LTO Dumaguete can improve their services to the people of Negros Oriental: Hire an actual receptionist. The LTO gave this task to the security guard. The LTO is unguarded most of the days since the guard is too busy entertaining applications. Though he is showing good effort, it is not his job. While there’s one personnel that looks like a receptionist inside, comfortably si

A Disappointed Governor Degamo, and a Disppointed Voter

A controversial Facebook post is now circulating online in Dumaguete City and the rest of Negros Oriental. It is a video with a voice recording of what sounds to be the now-seated Governor Roel Degamo. The 1:44 video sounds like the Governor is having a meeting with the staff of Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH). And in the meeting, the seated Governor bluntly expressed his disappointment to the people he was talking to, with some mixed Cebuano explicit words.  You can check the video here , and hopefully it is still up on Facebook by the time you are reading this. I believe that the members of NOPH did not deserve Degamo’s ranting. His anger is politically fueled after having a steep competition against the Teves on the election poles and in Social Media. The staff of NOPH deserves better treatment from the leaders they are working for. Here are my personal observations about the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital This observation was from a few years back, and I hope it has

Dumaguete City | Buglasan 2022, The Grand Opening

  Dumaguete City | Buglasan 2022, The Grand Opening October 21, 2022, was the grand opening of the 2022 Buglasan Festival. Buglasan festival is a festival of festivals here in Negros Oriental, and is hosted by its capital city Dumaguete. Speculations were circulating around the province about whether the festivities will push through.  The doubt came after two governors were seated at the provincial capitol, Roel Degamo of Pamplona vs. Pryde Henry Teves of Bayawan.  And if you roam around the Buglasan booth area now, you can find two interesting observations. Firstly, the towns of Valencia and Bayawan did not participate. This is probably because former Mayor Henry Pryde Teves is from Valencia and Bayawan. After he lost to Roel Degamo from a decision  by the DILG, the two towns may have lost the spirit to celebrate Buglasan. Or, they are showing a sign of protest. Secondly, and probably the most embarrassing of this year's celebration, 99% of the booths are incomplete during the gr

Dumaguete City | The Black Slaves of the East, A Place of Retirement

Dumaguete City | The Black Slaves of the East, A Place of Retirement The Black Slaves of the East. That is the English translation of the province name Negros Oriental, which recently headlined the national news when it had two seated Provincial Governors after the 2022 elections.  Naming the province Negros Oriental was out of oppression by the Spanish invaders. The name still stands after more than 300 years as a bitter reminder that all sins have been forgotten and forgiven. Today, Dumaguete City, the capital city of Negros Oriental is recognized as one of the best cities to retire for foreigners. And this is the topic of my article, why Dumaguete City is the best city to retire for foreigners. There are Beautiful Young Women Foreigners do not want to live the rest of their lives alone. Most of them are seeking quality companions from young beautiful Filipina women. And the city of Dumaguete attracts young girls from different places on the Negros Island. Young Pinay women that fo

Pinay Teachers as Strippers on TikTok - Sabak Daddy by Cookie$

Pinay Teachers as Strippers on TikTok - Sabak Daddy by Cookie$ The song Sabak Daddy by Cookie$ has blown across all social media platforms, but most prominently on TikTok. The song lyrics have no special meaning. The popularity of the Bisaya track relies on its catchy beat and sexually suggestive music video.  It is not complex and suggests sex, two ingredients that catapulted Sabak Daddy to success. All the best to Mr. Cookie$ for making a successful hip-hop novelty.  The song Sabak Daddy has 4.6-M views on YouTube, but most of its success comes from TikTok. It has become a month-long dance trend among TikTok users, and this is where my opinion comes from.  Almost everybody knows that a lot of money can be made from Social Media. You can say goodbye to your day job if you have thousands of followers. There is serious money in being famous on TikTok. The main reason professionals are encouraged to make videos to grow a community inside the platform, and this includes teachers.  Teacher

Dumaguete City | The News Commentator Jones Manaban

Dumaguete City | The News Commentator Jones Manaban The News Commentator Jones Manaban Jones Manaban is a legend in Dumaguete City in terms of radio broadcasting. His name will be forever engraved in the history books of Dumaguete as one of the witty radio hosts.  But does his name and title excuse him from making irresponsible statements on air? Here’s where I am coming from. Last October 11 at around 5-PM, Jones Manaban was covering on air the exit of former Mayor and Governor Pryde Henry Teves, as Roel Degamo was about to retake the Governor’s seat. It is very obvious that Jones Manaban is a supporter of the Teves. And during that day on his program, he became agitated when one of the callers referred to a Facebook post accusing the Teves of something irregular. He made several statements, then he closed it by making a remark about using Facebook for “sex”, and making a joke about "Jim Paredes" and his tongue. He is referring to the explicit leaked video of the musician. N