Coverage of Transformation

duterte-inauguration            President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first ever State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25, 2016. As expected, it claimed a handful of both positive and negative feedbacks. Serve enough, the President expected it yet, the people must be clearly clear in understanding the major points of the president’s speech.

Ever since the campaign period, the president undeniably charmed the people and earned millions of followers and loyal believers. His fervid opposition and desire to clear illegal activities in the nation – specially concerning illegal drugs – was the one that captured the attention of millions. His strong personality, his different approach on things and his unusual choice of words and statements made him a target of media above the other candidates. And in his speech he once again held the attention.

He made his opinion about illegal drugs crystal clear to everyone. He promised that in his administration, they wouldn’t stop until the last drug lord will be put behind bars. He was even willing to put them under the ground if the situation needed. Also, he addressed another big problem the Philippines is facing – the dispute over the West Philippine Sea. Respecting the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, it is believed that the president will ensure the safety of our countrymen along the area.

President Duterte also emphasized the need to strengthen the security precautions of the country. He ensures that security dialogues with other countries and would rather strengthen the partnership of the country with foreign nations. He also declared a ceasefire with CCP, NPA, NDF. He called for an end to the war between the government and some of our Muslim brothers.

Another thing that the president raised is the country’s need for generation of a thousand more jobs for the poor and skilled members of the workforce. Business capacities and country’s tourism is also on the need of improvement. It is also in the president’s plan to conduct a nationwide soil analysis for the benefit of the farmers. And another thing that didn’t miss his speech is his demand for emergency powers particularly to aid in the solution of severe traffic in Manila.

The president has many other points, both to propose his goals and to call for the nation’s cooperation. He’s giving us a picture on how he envisioned our country six years from now. We cannot expect a perfect government, that’s a given, but we can always look for a better country. We just need to keep in mind that a leader can’t do it all on his own, he needs his followers – he needs us.




Drifts of Technology

The Era’s Vogue and its Power

By Angelica Kim Estopia

                        Internet spreads like a wildfire, so fast; its fleetness becomes as even as speed of light. Digital trends become famous to everybody-gray-haired, mothers, teachers, wrinkled and juvenile and juvenile at heart- distinguish this virtual superhighway as a diurnal necessity for living. I think the internet is interminably notorious to all because it may possibly be the only instrument of everybody no matter what circumstances their lives revolve to in achieving liberty, and liberty means (for them) to be able to boldly express themselves in a no-boundary zone, especially in words and in actions. Adolescents cover up a large portion of the population, and, with technology’s generous contribution, we each outline our own definition of what they call “free” through many forms, and one of these is by simply taking a picture of yourself, called the “Selfie”.  How could this be called an instrument of emancipative self-expression? The uncertainty of many comes to a question, does the “Selfie” crusade pose a negative effect to society or a positive one?

                   Today, teenagers and minors are famous in their own ways through the internet. For instance, in order to become popular in a certain site, particularly Facebook and Instagram, you must post a photo of the prettiest or cutest face (depends on how you describe your picture) you could ever form and seconds later, it must also get the highest number of likes. Individuals, predominantly adults (parents, grandparents, experts and whatnot) who have kids experiencing pubescence often question this incessant obsession of taking pictures of oneself whether a serious addiction or a constructive step to enhance one’s self-esteem. Believe me; I myself have experienced undergoing this issue at home, even if I’m not a big fan of taking photos of myself that much. I remember one time when my mother asked me why “Selfie” is done so much by teens and grown-ups alike these days, and I just said, ‘’I dunno. Why don’t you try doing it?” And she did; now she can’t stop, and I asked her why she was doing it herself. She’s doing it because it makes her feel wholesome. To be purely honest, they are both characteristics of the selfie. Considering the fact that it is officially ubiquitous and is still done by many, it may be termed as a great help not just to the youth but also to adults to feel better about themselves by just flashing the camera. The sense of motivation people get after getting many likes of a newly posted selfie improves the individual’s feel of self-worth. It evidently creates an encouraging evaluation to a person’s psychological and emotional being-if favorably received- especially when it comes to the youth, for this stage is the most influential phase of life and this is indeed the most critical time the interior condition of a human being develops through the response they receive around them. Now that social media and selfie work together and are both widespread, the developing of young people nowadays is exceedingly induced to various levels of “self-esteem” due to their great usage of such computer-generated paraphernalia, where they trust their own measurements of their character and quite probably their whole self to a great extent.

               We could also never deny or set aside the fact that these virtual inventions possess tenacious impacts to society. Negative interpretation of the populace to a certain individual’s action-such as the aforementioned selfie-prominently affects the whole person’s character and position of his or her feelings of his/herself. Everyone has been bashed by what they do and they post in the internet, we can’t keep turning a blind eye to that fastened truth in the social media. A diminutive feat of taking a picture of yourself is a starting grid to both positive and negative forces you yourself will be responsible to weight. YOU decide if you let it affect you or not. Even so, it would be utter hypocrisy if the ones criticized would turn around and criticize others also. I think the only solution we all can give ourselves if we get offbeat rejoinders from others when we post our self-appointed selfies and a whole lot of other things in the web are to first analyze why we let them judge our actions, actions we think what make us better people, even by just in virtual reality.

                  It depends on the person on how he or she receives the comments of others when doing something, not just the selfie. Self-esteem is a vital factor in an individual’s whole being. It has its own vicious impact to one’s life, and nowadays technology has invented cyber-tentacles that reach to the nitty-gritty sides of reality, even to the most inner self of the person, when he or she enters this man-made world. Within the social media, our actions are gauged by everyone based on what they see on those, but it’s also up on us on how much significance we’ll put on them, both the bad and the good things. So, keep on doing selfies! Keep on doing it IF and only IF it makes you feel good about yourself, because this life is too short and numbered to feel depressed because of others. But don’t make it a bad habit that will drown you to a world of ridicule. Keep on loving yourself, because that’s what life is about.