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Duterte and Robredo's love child. A staunch supporter of both but a thorough critic as well. Founder of the Dubredo Army. A pro-LGBT activist and supporter. An ABET accredited civil engineering student and student leader.

SOGIE Equality Bill is an EQUALITY bill not an LGBTQ+ special treatment bill

đź’ˇ FUN FACTS ABOUT SOGIE EQUALITY BILL!

Based on the SOGIE Equality Bill authored by Risa Hontiveros (read here), this bill isn’t just about letting the transgenders use the female’s comfort room. SOGIE Equality Bill is an EQUALITY bill and not an LGBTQ special treatment bill so please CALM YOURSELF DOWN.

SOGIE Equality Bill authored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros

I understand the uproar of some regarding the SOGIE Equality Bill being pushed in the senate recently. People are talking about Gretchen Diez controversy, perverts to take advantage of this law to sneak into women’s comfort rooms and practice immoral acts.

But can we look at the bigger picture? Nothing’s perfect so is every law.

One example is the law prohibiting the selling of firecrackers. Yes, it will raise safety among people, protect people and lessen accidents, casualties and fatalities involving firecrackers but what about the people who have firecrackers as their business? What about the Filipino tradition of using firecrackers to celebrate occasion and new year? What about the preservation of our tradition and culture? Trashed.

Just think about that. Every law will affect something, it’s inevitable.

Now, why don’t we focus on what SOGIE Equality bill contain and what and who does it want to protect? Everyone.

• SOGIE Equality Bill (formerly Anti-discrimination bill) was first filed by late the Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, though it failed to pass several senate hearings, the senators continued to revise the said bill. Sen. Risa Hontiveros renamed it SOGIE Equality Bill after such revisions, however, the content seemed the same.

• Today, Sen. Risa Hontiveros is the author of the second version of bill and are backed up by Kaka Bag-ao, Geraldine Roman and Emmeline Aglipay-Villar (who are the authors of the other version of the bill). The other version of the bill is I think what most people are scared of as it was specific-SOGIE (more of LGBTQ protection) while Hontiveros’ version is more comprehensive as it protects EVERYONE not just the LGBTQ+.

Read the House of Representstive’s version here.

Read Risa Hontiveros’ version here.

•President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo both support the passing of the anti-discrimination bill.

President Duterte and VP Leni Robredo are both lawyers, isn’t that enough credential for you to consider listening to their opinions about this? Ever wonder why they both support the passing of this bill? Partida, pula at dilaw na yan.


This bill gives everyone, regardless of sex, race, age, class, status, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, political and religious beliefs, ethnicity and gender identity, the right to be free from any form of discrimination as stated in Section 2 of the bill.

Let’s begin with making the readers understand a bit more of the purpose of this bill.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

— these are based on my understanding of the proposed bill and I decided to set examples of cases in order to define the function and fundamentals of bill in a less jargon way.

Disability: You’re an HIV+ girl who actually earned the virus from your HIV+ birth mother. You’re decent and all. This law will protect you from being discriminated and all the stigma.

Sex: If you’re a woman, qualified, and you want to be a courier rider (common job of men), a company shouldn’t prohibit you from being hired just because you’re a woman.

Race/Color/Ethnicity: You’re an aeta and you want an access to good education but a scholarship grant wasn’t given to you despite that you’re qualified just because you have dark skin, accent or you’re from a native race. That’s violation of law.

Age: You’re around 60s yet you’re still fit, qualified and you want to work and keep earning money. A company shouldn’t reject you with just the reason of because you’re old.

Class/Status: You’re from the lower class yet you’re qualified for the job position, a firm puts you at a lower position just because you’re from the lower class, that will be against the law.

Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity: You’re gay but you have full heart in joining the military reservist. Being prohibited from joining the training just because you’re gay will be against the law.

Political Beliefs: You’re a <politician> supporter and your boss fired you because he doesn’t like <the politician>. With SOGIE Equality bill, that will be against the law.

Religious Beliefs: You’re a muslim and despite that you’re doing well and all decent, you get fired because your bosses/colleagues have different religion. That will be against the law.


Moving to another point, what is discrimination?

Discrimination: the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

Does anyone want to be discriminated? NO. Do you want to be discriminated? I’m sure not.

This law will not just protect the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination, it will protect EVERYONE from discrimination, including you.

Most people think it is a bill specially made for the LGBTQ+ but you know why this mindset is so vibrant in this issue? Because it’s the LGBTQ+ who gets the strongest and loudest discrimination + the SOGIE (acronym for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression) on the bill’s title makes it sound like it’s made only for the LGBTQ when in fact, the content of the bill shows that it covers all.

Kapag bakla wala ng future, kapag tomboy hanggang diyan nalang. Bakit may ganitong discrimination? Does being a part of LGBTQ+ make you less?

It will NOT oppress people and make the LGBTQ+ any special. Again, it’s an EQUALITY bill not LGBTQ+ special treatment bill. It’s just treating the LGBTQ+, the elderly, all the races, all the social and everyone equally. That’s the whole point of this law so what do we have to lose?

Ang problema kase sa inyo naniniwala kayo agad sa mga FB post derogating this bill. Kesyo this bill will oppress the people or this bill will promote immorality. No, it’s not like that. It is more than just that.

But to clarify things up, I personally would like to suggest to push for the Anti-Discrimination Bill first before the SOGIE Equality specific bill because who knows, ADB can resolve discrimination issues towards LGBTQ already which may give us the conclusion that we no longer need the SOGIE specific bill. You know what I mean?

Then again, this write up is just composed my thoughts, as centrist and a normal Filipino citizen, about this issue. Tell me what you think about it.

Read the official SOGIE Equality Draft here.

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Top Branded Milk Tea Sources in PH 2019

Since like 2015 I’ve been drinking different kinds of milk tea from different sources, even before milk tea was a thing. I started with Ochado in Cavite, idk, if you guys know that milk tea source.

Anyways, just today, I felt like I have to make this “top” milk tea blog post to guide those newly milk tea lovers out there.

I wrote this impromptu so I MIGHT forget some other milk tea brands on my list but more likely they’re not that good because if they are, I will remember.

So after years of tasting, these five sources made it to the top of my list.

1. Dakasi

2. Macao Imperial Tea

3. Affinitea

4. CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice

5. Happy Lemon

6. I Love Milk Tea

7. D’Cream

8. Tiger Sugar

9. Chatime

10. Gong Cha

11. Moonleaf

12. Zentea

13. Serenitea

14. Infinitea

15. Happy Cup

But of course, I won’t just list it down for y’all. Let me share a little commentary about those branded milk teas listed above.

1. Dakasi – God tier milk tea source. Their Okinawa Milk Tea is the mother of milk teas. The perfect blend of creaminess and leafiness. Hindi nakakaumay sa tamis. They have wide variation of milk tea flavors and drinks too.

2. Macao Imperial Tea – Another God tier milk tea source. Sinong milk tea lover ang hindi nasarapan sa Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea nila? Nobody. Their CPMT is just so unique, they’re the first one to put out this flavor. Trademark. Their other drinks are legit too. You can taste the brewed leaves from their milk teas, dahon kung dahon. Quality drinks and wide variety of flavors available. If you don’t like it then raise your standards. Char.

3. Affinitea – Top tier milk tea source. Their Dino Milk Tea with Nature Salt & Cheese, Oreo Milk Tea with Cream Puff and even their basic milk tea called Premium Milk Tea are just perfect. They have so many rare unique flavors and that’s what makes them make it to the top tier list. Their milk teas are also of good quality. Dahon kung dahon never powder.

4. CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice – Another top tier milk tea source but I won’t say it’s because of their Panda Milk Tea or 2 Ladies drink which goes usually in front of their menu list. Their best drink is Salty Cream Milk Tea, a unique milk tea mix that equalizes the saltiness, leafiness and creaminess at the same time. I have to say that they might be the mother of all salty cream/rock salt cheese/cream topped milk teas. Just smooth.

5. Happy Lemon – This is where the mid tier begins. Happy Lemon has wide variation of milk tea flavors and their milk tea bases are also of good quality which enables them to fight but I have to say that they’re blends aren’t that catchy to my tastebuds compared to Affinitea’s variants.

6. I Love Milk Tea – Still a mid ties to me. They have quality milk tea bases and wide variation of drinks that I’ve tried but nothing convinced me to keep going back to them.

7. D’Cream – Also a mid tier to me only because of their D’Cream special that reminds me of Dakasi’s Okinawa Milk Tea (slightly) because of it’s creaminess though I honestly think it’s too creamy that I don’t taste the tea anymore. I believe their tea aren’t that concentrated, that’s why. Their variation of drinks are also limited so yeah.

8. Tiger Sugar – An overrated mid tier milk tea that earned audience because they launched their first branch in the Philippines during the peak of milk tea’s bandwagon and trend. I have to say that their milk tea base are quality and they are the first one to have the brown sugar milk tea as their front flavor but there’s nothing really special about it. Quality milk tea though.

9. Chatime – They have quite a lot of milk tea flavors but I feel like they all taste the same. Their basic milk teas are quality but nothing is really special here.

10. Gong Cha – Low tier. Sorry. Another hyped milk tea source only because they have a lot of branch and most bandwagons and starters start here. Their milk tea base feels like a blend of diluted tea and milk tea powder to me. It’s not a real tasting milk tea (idk how to explain it) but try to taste their basic milk tea (Milk Tea and Pearl Jelly) and compare it to Affinitea’s Premium Milk Tea or Macao’s Black Pearl Milk Tea, walang panama.

11. Moonleaf – Low tier again. Only made it to the top 11 because it’s branches are always around university belts. It’s drinks are just a so-so. Not too quality drinks but pwede na.

12. Zentea – Low tier. Just like moonleaf.

13. Serenitea – Shit tier. I thought it would at least serve drinks with quality milk tea bases like Chatime despite it’s boring variety of flavors but man, their teas taste weird. Sure it’s made of brewed tea leaves but it feels like all the bases are from Earl Grey milk tea plus their flavors are so weird, have you guys tried their Black Dragon? Kill me.

14. Infinitea – Shit tier. A lower class of Gong Cha. If Gong Cha milk tea bases feels like diluted milk tea + milk tea powder to me then Infinitea is purely milk tea powder. A lot says it’s good because they have a lot of branch and starters start here and call themselves milk tea lovers. Not legit milk tea. Sorry lol.

15. Happy Cup – Shit tier. Trashy powdered milk tea hyped by its celebrity owners. Sorry.

These are all my honest reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to comment down. If you have suggestions and violent reactions then ok sure, Jan.

For more info, check out my other blogs about my milk tea reviews and recommendations. Thank you! Mwa!

REVIEW: McDonald’s Milk Tea series

McDonald’s recently released their milk tea series in line with the milk tea hype in the Philippines. They brought out two milk tea flavors in the market namely: Classic Milk Tea and Wintermelon Milk Tea, both topped with their signature vanilla sundae available both for P49.

So for those who wants an honest review. You’ve come to the right place.

Classic Milk Tea

It doesn’t taste very leafy as to what normal milk tea does but it has a very slight hint. The creaminess of the base plus the vanilla sundae topping just overshadows the legit milk tea taste making it taste more like a tea flavored milk shake.

Wintermelon Milk Tea

Ever heard of Nestea’s wintermelon milk tea? Add a little bit more sugar, crushed ice and top it up with vanilla sundae and that’s McDonald’s Wintermelon Milk Tea in a nutshell. It’s too sweet for me.

Between the two, I prefer the classic milk tea. It’s creaminess is unique and hindi nakaka-umay. Despite that it might not achieve your legit milk tea cravings or your tongue that’s used to Chatime, Dakasi or Macao Imperial Tea’s original/classic/royal milk tea beverages, McDonald’s Classic MT might give you another unique taste of beverage.

Summary:

Classic

Taste: 2.5/5

Price: 4/5

Packaging: 2/5

Wintermelon

Taste: 2/5

Price: 4/5

Packaging: 2/5

REVIEW: Meatsumo Samgyeopsal in Sampaloc, Manila

Meatsumo is located in Fusebox food park along Asturias St. in Sampaloc, Manila. Me and my friends usually go here to relieve ourselves after our thesis work in 933 Creatives or from school. It’s open until 1AM but they take last call for orders at 12mn. They also have loyalty card to be stamped during your every visit and grants you free dine in after your 10th visit.

Price.

P499 for Unlimited Pork & Beef inclusive of unlimited sides, rice and red tea. You can avail their discounted price of P449 when you arrive at 11PM onwards. Not bad! Rating: 8/10

Meat.

Meatsumo has a lot of meat variation. They don’t just offer unlimited pork belly, hence, they also offer unlimited beef varieties.

My favorite is the Beef Bulgogi and the Pork Galbi. Rating: 8/10

Sides.

I love how Meatsumo offers not just the typical samgyeopsal sides. They offer a large variety of sides (as seen on the menu) but I’m sad that they don’t have the baby potatoes. Their lettuce are always served green and fresh tho. All their sides are unlimited including their rice so make sure to make the most of it! My personal favorites are the steamed egg, chicken karage and california maki. Chicken karage are like chicken balls, kinda heavy on your stomach so make sure you enjoy your unli beef and pork first before the sides! Rating: 7.5/10

During our first try here we finished 42 plates of meat. Wew! Hello fats.

Place.

The place is just small as it is inside a food park. It can accommodate approximately 20-25 people. They have the exhaust tubes to keep the smoke from swarming the small place though. They also play KPOP music videos on their LED screen, mostly old school KPOP like 2NE1 (fave!), BiG BANG, Psy. Rating: 7/10

Service.

The waiters and waitresses are very accommodating and warm, I’ll give them that. We usually go here around 10PM or later and it’s nice how the crews are still attentive and all smiles during that time of the busy day of a samgyeopsal place. I’m thinking maybe they’re trained to be that accommodating because they are located beside Samyupsalamat and the competition is tough. Rating: 8.5/10

REVIEW: Saangyeopsal in Xavierville, Quezon City

This isn’t my first samgyeopsal but this will be my first review of a samgyeopsal place. I’ll be trying more samgyeopsal restaurants and write about it so you guys can have a guide to the best samgeyop places.

I rate the samgyeopsal restaurants based on the varieties of their side dishes, meat, price and service.

I’ll start with Saangyeopsal restaurant in Xavierville, Quezon City. It’s about 10 minutes away from UP Town Center.

Price.

P399/head for Unli Pork

P449/head for Unli Pork and Beef

It’s price is kinda normal for a samgyup resto but worry not, they offer a lot of promotions and they are also offering discounts through metrodeal and their fb page. Rating: 8/10

Meat. I love that they offer different varieties of meat in here aside from the plain pork belly. They have four kinds of pork meat: bulgogi marinated, salt n pepper, fermented anchovies marinated and of course, the plain. My favorite is the bulgogi marinade. Rating: 8/10

Sides. They offer unlimited typical samgyeupsal sides like cheese, lettuce, drinks (iced tea or lemonade, depends on what is available), kimchi, baby potatoes and of course, rice. Their sides are all good but I didn’t like their baby potatoes bery much because it’s kinda grainy when its texture should be just smooth and sweet. All sides are unlimited once you avail their unlimited pork or unlimited pork and beef tho. Rating: 7/10

Place. This samgyeop place opens at 3PM until 1AM. It isn’t as big as Samgyupsalamat or the other well established samgyeopsal places. Actually, it’s just a small restaurant along the Xavierville street. I think it can only accommodate 20-25 people inside and another 15 people outside the restaurant. The small place is cute tho and you can have nice pictures outside because they have this led Saangyeopsal light and pink vending machine door. Rating: 6/10

Service. The restaurant is just small and seems like it’s just starting business so I really won’t expect a fine dining kind of service. There are just two crews assisting us the time we went there. Despite that they were attentive, they sometimes forget what you requested so you have to remind them again. I think it’s fine because they’re also humans and having so much ordered to entertain is kinda confusing like kuya one rice po, kuya another plate of bulgogi, kuya iced tea pa po, kuya isa pang plain and bulgogi, kuya tissue please. Rating: 6/10

What did Otso Diretso 2019 slate lack?

I’ve been a staunch follower of President Duterte and VP Leni Robredo and I have to say this because witnessing what they did during their campaigns last 2016 gave me a foundation and background to logically criticize political strategies of an aspiring politician/public servant (at least).

It surprised a lot how the Otso Diretso slate are leading the university mock elections and Twitter voting polls and surveys yet none of the eight aspiring candidates made it to the magic twelve of the official election. Cheat? Manipulated? I don’t think so.

Groundworks. I think this is a heavy one. It seems to be that the Otso Diretso became quite confident and comfortable when they started to lead the university mock elections and surveys plus the Twitter hashtags and online polls/surveys but here’s the thing, who are they following? Who are the people on their friend list sharing those surveys favoring them? They are in their echo chamber, I should say. The elections are nationwide not just on their yellow leaning or opposition leaning or whatsoever audience.

There are farmers, social workers, adults, who doesn’t have social media like Twitter or Facebook. There are illiterates who can’t read even if you show them a graphic poster of the candidate and their credentials. How will you convince them to vote you if you’ll give less effort just because you see how strong you are on social media? There is life outside the internet and I think the Otso Diretso slate lacked effort in reaching them.

Reach out to them. Touch their hearts. Let them remember you. Be the light to their hopes. Give them the reason to vote for you.

I was expecting them to reach them out as much as VP Leni Robredo did during her 2016 VP campaign but I don’t think this slate did as much as she did because I believe that if they did, they would have shared the same faith as hers during her race. I’m not saying they didn’t exert effort but what I can say is they could’ve done more.

Opposition Image. A good opposition doesn’t just oppose and criticize the flaws negatively. A good opposition knows when to oppose and when to support.

That’s the opposition that we need.

If you’ll just keep on opposing everything the administration serves then that’s travesty — you’re a whiner. An opposition opposes bad policies but one should know when to support too and trigger the people to appreciate the good policies, programs and projects of the government because that is progressive.

Can you imagine being a normal apolitical citizen and all you’ll ever hear is the bad works and flaws of the government? If you are that citizen, will you still trust the government? No. You’ll be conditioned to think that government is a total trash and there’s no more hope. We don’t want that. We don’t want our own people to loathe us, we need them to trust and believe us. We’re a team.

Moving to my point, I watched the debates and listened to the (majority not all) statements of the Otso Diretso slate and I was honestly disappointed with their responses when they were asked if they like any of the policies implemented during this administration. Some said none, some only mentioned one. Do they lack awareness or they just don’t want to recognize the good policies/programs/projects of this admin or are they trying to pull off that I am pure opposition kinda guy?

Newsflash: Appreciating the good policies doesn’t make you less of a person nor a bad opposition.

Honestly, I think this is one of the thing they went wrong. They failed to convince the non-supporters that they can be a rational opposition because they had that all oppose image. I think, I’ll generalize their supporters as the coalition of their circles, anti-Duterte, anti-Administration and some lefts. That would give quite a number but it’s not enough. I think the election results prove this argument.

All against the President. I think this might be intertwined with the previous one. The Otso Diretso slate went too far in showing how they are opposing the president — yes, I’ll say ‘just’ the president because Leni Robredo is endorsing them and she is the vice president of the current admin so I don’t think it’s accurate to say that this opposition slate is opposing the current admin. You know what I mean?

Yet then, the previous surveys about approval rating of President Duterte still favors him so this actually backfires to the Otso Diretso slate. Yes, it may be just a small group and just a survey but man, this is politics, you gotta consider that.

As I’ve said earlier, they could’ve shown a better opposition face by showing how they oppose and how they support. I’d like to mention some critics of the President and the admin who also knows how to support and appreciate: JV Ejercito, Sonny Angara, Grace Poe (I’m not endorsing them or what but they are just the names I remember as of the moment.) With such tactic, they could have convinced more people to vote for them, they could have made some people consider them but no, they kept that staunchly opposing image, bad idea, and what’s a more bad idea is they highlighted their opposition against Duterte. First of all, he’s not on the ballot list to be a good bullseye to target, secondly, objectively speaking, Duterte is still strong up until today, a man hard to topple and because they keep using him to strengthen their opposition face, it backfired. Yepp, that’s it.

Pakulo. Otso Diretso slate members may be packed with academic and professional achievements, public service and legal service backgrounds but then in politics, it’s not enough to be just bright, you also have to be wise (madiskarte) and one should have this so called “maraming pakulo” that will help them campaign themselves OUTSIDE their echo chamber or be viral to reach those registered who aren’t very political or aware.

Look at that budots of Bong Revilla. That budots pakulo did well, right? He made it to the top twelve so don’t argue. (P.S: not a supporter of him). Before you bully me for saying that, let me just tell you that I am not here to bash or drag the Otso Diretso slate but I am here to point out what they lacked (in my opinion), if you don’t agree then you either continue reading or get the hell out.

Unity Aura. Another one worth mentioning. Otso Diretso is a group of opposition, let me say that again, a group with an objective of being an effective voice of opposition but how can they actually convince they can be a solid group to be the voice of opposition if it seems to be a struggle for them to make all their members attend the events. I don’t want to further know the reasons why but just look at how Mar Roxas is absent on most Otso Diretso early ground campaigns. We need a united opposition if that’s what they are promising to offer us. Start small by showing us how each of them are willing to be present in every campaign event.

I personally admire most of the Otso Diretso candidates with their jam packed academic achievements and accomplishments, political, legal and professional works and I wish them luck in case they plan to run again.

What about you? What are your thoughts?

REVIEW: Loreal Paris Rouge Signature Lip Tint

So I bought Loreal Paris Rouge Signature Lip Tint from Landmark today because I’ve been wanting to have that strong female red shade of lipstick lately so I tried Loreal Paris Rouge Signature Lip Tint #115 (I Am Worth It).

It’s not really a lipstick, pal. It’s called lip tint but for me, I prefer to call it lip paint. You’ll know why after you read this review.

To begin with, here’s the packaging photos of this lip paint so that you have something to compare to when buying because fakes are so rampant in the cosmetics world.

That’s the box package of the product. You can buy it from SM Department store, Landmark or from Loreal’s official store in Lazada or Shopee.

Moving on, I really like the applicator because it’s leaf shaped — helps you shape the paint along your lips — and it’s slightly slanted for easier press.

Now going to the liquid formula, it smells good. It smells like a blend of soft chemical and creamy scent, it’s not like Kylie’s Liquid Lipstick or the usual liquid lipsticks that smells sweet or like vanilla chocolates.

Before I put it on my lips, I did a swatch first so that you guys can see the shade of this lip paint on skin.

The one on the left most is the blended one, happens when you put this lip paint on minimal amount and rub your lips together to spread the color out.

The middle one is also a blended one but I used the brush to spread it out a bit, happens when you glide the lip paint across your lips.

The right most is the dabbed one, happens when you just tap the applicator on your lips giving out a concentrated pigment on your lips.

Without flash
Swatches without camera flash.
Swatches with camera flash.

So now, I applied the product on my lips and I gotta say that it’s SUPER lightweight. It’s not heavy like the typical liquid lipsticks. It’s also easy to spread with it’s poster paint kind of texture, it’s just like staining your lips which is totally cool.

It’s highly pigmented as well if you apply it evenly giving your lips that strong female red shade — love it!

It’s also somehow waterproof, it may fade a bit but it won’t wash off even if you drink water. It’s also not kissproof so you might wanna try to press your lips on a white tissue paper and leave a light kiss mark there — yepp, you can do that.

Does it crack like the typical liquid lipsticks? The answer is no.

As I’ve said, it’s texture is like a poster paint that it stains your lips and gets absorbed by you lips. It’s not like the conventional lipstick that lays on top of your lips or matte liquid lipsticks that cracks at the middle of the day. It’s also not like the usual lip tints that easily oxidizes and fades out that’s why I really prefer to call this product a lip paint.

Summary:

Packaging: 4.5/5

Price: 4/5

Quality: 4.8/5

Will buy again? Yes.

Will recommend? Yes.