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Tuesday, April 23, 2013


ONE website has poked fun at senatorial candidates and succeeded to make a few people laugh.

The “So, What’s News?” blog has a disclaimer at the top right side of its home page declaring that it is a satirical and fictional news website whose aim is to “inject humor into everyday news to provide respite to readers who have grown weary with mainstream news organization’s partisan, biased and depressing way of presenting the news.” That, by itself, sounds like a joke.

This website published last Saturday an article saying that Nancy Binay, senatorial candidate and daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, got a court order prohibiting her from coming within 100 meters of any event or gathering where a candidate must prove his or her worth to the electorate. It’s a dig at candidate Binay’s supposed lack of ability to answer questions in a forum or debate about her campaign platform or national issues.

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The article got shared on Facebook and Twitter, and some people posted comments that showed they believed the report. Those who belatedly realized the satire in it castigated the original posters for not warning them of the article source or that everything was for fun.

The first paragraph of the article was already a giveaway. After the dateline, the first words were “Atty. Chank Fraves, senatorial candidate Nancy Binay’s legal counsel….,” a play of the name of former Solicitor General Francisco “Frank” Chavez.

It wasn’t a dirty tactic to boost the standing of Binay because she didn’t need any help with survey results placing her in the top four senatorial contenders in the May 13 elections.

The article ended with a rumor that another senatorial candidate was thinking of seeking the same court protection to save him the effort of answering charges in a forum.

Those behind the blog just wanted to have fun with the ongoing political campaign, at
the expense of these political figures and some readers’ sanity.

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I missed the first showing of “Of Butterflies and Daisies,” a dinner-concert for the benefit of cancer research and persons with cancer, because it was held last Easter Day when families held get-togethers.

A second run, this time for two days-–this Saturday and Sunday-–at 7 p.m. at the Cebu Cultural Center across the University of the Philippines Cebu campus, will give more people the opportunity to watch the show.

“Different performing groups in Cebu coming together to fight cancer, celebrate life, and give back.” This was how the Facebook page of the Unified Artists of Cebu described the coming event. Proceeds of “Of Butterflies and Daisies” will be for the benefit of the Cebu Cancer Fight Inc. and theater icon Daisy Ba-ad who is in her second cycle of chemotherapy in her battle against cancer.

Its Facebook page said, “When Daisy Ba-ad, a legend in Philippine theater, was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, many of us who were under her wing once upon a time, decided to unite and do a concert to give back to Miss Daisy. Originally from different theatre groups, we united to form the Unified Artists of Cebu.”

For P250 a ticket, you not only get to enjoy an evening of Cebuano talent, you also help in the fight against cancer. Contact 0923-3935628 or (032)5114101 for tickets.

(ninicab@sunstar.com.ph)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 23, 2013.

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