Social Media wRap: Violent professor, Opo Pinoy style kickoff 2013
MANILA, Philippines - A parade of Filipino talent and humor, a religion-related trending topic, and a college professor lashing out at his student. Here’s a rundown of some of the notable things that went around on social media during the first few days of 2013.
Opo Pinoy Style
#MoodMeter = Happy
Only a week after being published, YouTube sensation Mikey Bustos’ Filipino rendition of Psy’s Oppa Gangnam Style gained over one million views.
Entitled "Opo Pinoy Style," the video features a lot of fun facts about Filipino culture (i.e., our love for videoke, our having a lot of godparents, and our predisposition to having aunts named Tita Baby).
Also, did you spot the controversial #amalayer girl in the video?
Violent Montessori Professor
#MoodMeter = Angry
Narciso Varona, a professor from the Montessori Professional College, was caught on cam berating and physically attacking students.
The video immediately went viral after it was posted on Facebook and YouTube on Monday, January 7.
According to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Varona was certified by the agency to teach his subject Personal Development. The professor was dismissed from his job.
Lola singing like a rockstar
#MoodMeter = Amused
Almost all of us may have experienced that familiar fear of failing to hit the high notes of a song in a videoke song book. But not this grandmother who makes it look so easy to sing the bands' Halik (Kiss) song. She's got the husky but cool rocker tone, the high-keyed pitch, and the swag for it.
Check her talent out!
#MoodMeter = Annoyed; Afraid
Users of image-based forum site 4chan tricked Justin Bieber fans into posting images of them harming themselves.
The 4chan users took advantage of the images shown by celebrity site TMZ of the popstar allegedly smoking weed and spread the hashtag #cutforbieber on Twitter to encourage Bieber fans to protest by posting images of themselves cutting themselves.
It's annoying that some people have so much time on their hands and use that to pull a prank, tricking people into hurting themselves. It's also scary how these tricks go.
#MoodMeter = Inspired
The feast of the Black Nazarene was celebrated last Wednesday, January 9, and it trended the whole day on Twitter.
It's rare to see a trending topic on religion. Often trending topics include self-revelations, love lives; adoration of icons and love teams; a nice campaign every now and then; and sometimes, even about berating other people. It's different and refreshing to see some people being vocal about their devotion online.
Is Taylor Swift heartbroken again? Uh oh
#MoodMeter = Don't Care
We all know there's no stopping a heartbroken woman and Taylor Swift has shown that her best form of revenge is her music.
But as news of her and Harry Styles breaking up spread like wildfire online, she coyly tweeted "Back in the studio. Uh oh..." last Friday, January 11.
Back in the studio. Uh oh...— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 10, 2013
Is she hinting that Styles would be the hidden subject of her next recording?
Consecutive rape cases
#MoodMeter = Sad
The India gang-rape kicked off what seemed to be a series of rape cases in other parts of the world.
In Cavite, 4 were arrested for the rape and killing of a 9-year-old girl. The girl's body was found gagged and tied under a house.
In Sweden, a court jailed a Swede for 8 years for paying poor women in the Philippines to rape young children as he watched from his computer in Sweden.
What's really saddening is that two of the cases mentioned above involve minors. It leaves many of us paranoid and wondering when these will all stop. - Rappler.com