Connect with us

Blogs

The best gifts for every family member this Christmas 2019

No family reunion will be complete without the annual exchanging of gifts and as such, each member is tasked to find the best gifts each year. Well look no further as today we’ll take a look at the best gifts for every family member with the best prices.

Published

on

The Christmas season is an important season for Filipinos. Almost every corner of the country are filled with lanterns, Christmas trees, lights, and music right at the beginning of the ‘Ber months. 

The Yuletide season is here! It truly is the best time to share love and happiness to the whole family. No family reunion will be complete without the annual exchanging of gifts and as such, each member is tasked to find the best gifts each year. Well look no further as today we’ll take a look at the best gifts for every family member with the best prices.

We take a look at some of the products that would make great gifts for each family member this Christmas. The products in this list are based on the listings from online stores and does not include the shipping. They are ranked in no particular order and are chosen for their popularity and appropriateness for each member of the family.

For the pamangkin:

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

The Y-Book Pronunciation Speaking and Learning Book is a great gift for young kids to practice their reading and speaking skills. With its battery-operated pen, an interactive experience is guaranteed and will surely be engaging. At 360 pesos, it’s a very useful gift to develop the reading skills of kids while also being friendly to the wallet.

Product link: http://bit.ly/35OOY7r

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

This Wooden Toy Tool set will surely challenge a child’s logical skills as they use the included tools to build the rack of this set. They are big and free of small parts that could potentially serve as choking hazards. The wooden construction is ensured that it is free from dangerous chemicals that cheap plastic toys are usually known for. Going for 375 pesos, it’s a deal for anyone who’s looking for a good gift any child would find hard to refuse.

Product link: http://bit.ly/2rhW4SV

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

At some point in our childhood, we’ve seen a big white canvass on display where we can write and draw and with a pull of a lever, we can make it all disappear. It used to be so amazing and so expensive back then but now, it can be had for 160 pesos! This drawing tablet is simply called the “Portable 8.5 inch LCD Writing Tablet” and is a great gift for kids who love to draw or scribble.

Product link: http://bit.ly/2PPzpah

For the older pamangkin:

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

Card games are great gifts that brings friends and family together. While there are common staples like UNO and Monopoly, there are also some lesser known games like Exploding Kittens and its other derivatives, Imploding Kittens. Ranging from 150-250 pesos, this makes for an affordable purchase without trading off the fun and excitement that these games bring.

Product link: http://bit.ly/2EGYQUV

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

These adorable music boxes are an ideal gift as they are often small and affordable while still being as aesthetically pleasing. These range vastly in price depending on the material used. For only 200-400 pesos depending on the variant, these cute music boxes will surely bring memories with its classic tunes.

Product link: http://bit.ly/2Mj0AIc

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

There are just some things that never age; the feeling of rolling down the road on two wheels. Now you can bless your nephews and nieces with this kick scooter! For only 330 pesos, you can get a kick scooter that is suitably designed for preteens. 

Product link: http://bit.ly/2saK3PI

 

For the young adult

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

In this age of smartphones and always-on technology, there will always be a tendency for our batteries to run out of juice. Here to the rescue is a trusty powerbank to satisfy the needs of an always-online teenager. For only 140 pesos, this powerbank is practically what he/she would need!

Product link: http://bit.ly/2Q8xLiS

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

Keeping up with the trend of mobility, there will be a need for something to put everything in. This body bag is simplistic in its design, putting function over form with the number of pockets and its size. For only 102 pesos, this will certainly be of great use to students who only need to bring the essentials.

Product link: http://bit.ly/394VQje

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

For the past year, collecting stickers to get planners have been trend. That said, it doesn’t have to only be through stickers that planners can be had. At 300 pesos, this planner will do great in helping to organize one’s day, week, and month without the effort of collecting stickers.

Product link: http://bit.ly/2SinS4W

 

For the titos and titas

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

Need something to replace that old and tattered wallet without running it dry? This leather wallet might be the solution for you with its simplistic yet sleek lines. For only 150 pesos, you can have the same finesse and class without spending too much money.

Product link: http://bit.ly/2PM0tqz

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

Speaking of fancy, there is nothing fancier like a metallic black and gold pen. This pen comes with two refills for only 150 pesos. A pen like this is especially suitable for the adults who sign numerous documents as it can make for a suitable writing implement for cheap.

Product link: http://bit.ly/2ZbL4TK

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

How about a different take from the usual leather and leatherettes on bags? This rattan bag is perfect for trips to the mall or a stroll at the park with its design. For only 200 pesos, this makes an affordable option for a quick bag to bring around.

Product link: http://bit.ly/2ZiKGD4

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

With the sun still blazing as hot as it can even this Christmas season, it’s almost always a necessity to have some kind of protection from it. For only 200 pesos, you can have a pair of sunglasses that not only protect your eyes from the sun, but also the radiation from smartphones and other bright displays.

Product link: http://bit.ly/2sQgrqM

 

For the lolos and lolas

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

Perhaps one of the best things to give our grandparents is a gift that reminds them most of the family they are a part of. This picture frame with 6 openings is perfect enough to place some of the most memorable photographs that represent the growth of the family. Priced at 350 pesos, this picture frame is bound to bring back nostalgia at the family reunion.

Product link: http://bit.ly/2s9p0wM

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

Whether it’s for sore joints or just a cold night, this hot compress bag is a great gift for anyone seeking warmth. Its liquid design makes it comfortable to use as it is relatively flexible while also providing warmth over the entire target region. Ranging from 90-150 pesos, this hot compress pad is a cost-effective gift that can provide relief in a multitude of ways.

Product link: http://bit.ly/36Y6czu

Photo taken from Shopee Product Page

While it is certainly the most expensive item on the list, an ABS-CBN TV Plus is undoubtedly an important part to the viewing experience of our grandparents. With its channels they can watch their favorite shows, especially vintage movies, with better quality. For 1,500 pesos, it is difficult to match with the cost of a cable subscription and its design makes it more intuitive to use than streaming websites like Netflix or YouTube.

Product link: http://bit.ly/35NOWwK

The Christmas season is truly an exciting time for kids and adults alike. For many, it is the only time when they can experience a complete family. Much of this excitement comes from the gifts to be shared and the process of figuring out what gift to give and to whom. The embodiment of a Filipino Christmas however, is the stories to be shared and the celebration of the memories that have been made as well as the anticipation of what is to come next in the following year.

Comments

Blogs

Which UST street are you?

Published

on

Artwork by Tricia Jardin

Another year, another Buzzfeed-esque quiz that is based on purely subjective notions. This quiz can somehow garner questionable results as they can be entirely different from how one sees oneself, but still feel free to take a (good) three-minute break and validate which UST street completely molds your Thomasian existence. Enjoy! 

Comments

Continue Reading

Blogs

‘Awit’ and the normalization of transphobia

With music as a tool for liberation, we must not let the likes of “Awit” to limit our minds, let alone poison our culture with prejudice.

Published

on

Screenshot from the album cover of the now deleted song "Awit" on Spotify.

Erich Gabriel Bongon, also known as Young Vito posted a video of himself on Twitter singing a preview of “Awit” last Dec. 5, 2019, a song he that composed with sexist undertones and transphobic lyrics. Netizens were quick to call out the rapper when the preview is posted, prompting him to delete the video and issue an “apology.”

What happened afterwards? Was he cancelled? Was he given career opportunities after the incident? Did he change his ways and most importantly, did he educate himself on gender rights?

Young Vito is known to have signed a recording contract with Viva Records. With the record label having full knowledge of the incident, Young Vito and Viva Records have enabled themselves to go further: to release the same song with the same infamous lyrics, capitalizing off its notoriety on social media.

Awitis just one of the many Filipino songs propagating harmful ideas that does not only target the transgender community, but also encourages the normalization of transphobia and a culture of hate in the country.

Young Vito’s “Awitis a trans woman, with the singer implying that the woman deceives men, that there is something wrong with them. 

The song’s album art depicts a trans women using a urinal, as if implying that they should use the male’s comfort room; a controversial choice due to the ongoing debate on trans peoples’ comfort room access.

After receiving flak, the rapper posted an apology on Twitter, at the same time refusing to delete his video and liking tweets saying that people are “too sensitive.” He deleted the video afterwards.

A few days later, the rapper signed a five-year contract with Viva Records. After that, the song is released on multiple streaming platforms last Jan. 17, 2020 under Viva Records, with Emmanuel “NEXXFRIDAY” Salen producing and providing the beat for the track.

Photo grabbed from Young Vito’s Instagram account @youngvitoph

“Despite the controversy surrounding the song, Awithas been turned into a full-blown bop…,” the caption of the now-deleted lyric video in Viva Records’ Youtube channel reads. 

The song is then deleted on Spotify one day after its release.

Awitis just one of the many Filipino songs with transphobic lyrics. Songs like Abra’s “Gayuma” and Kamikazee’s “Chiksilog” portray trans women as someone who deceive men with their looks, while also spreading the notion that trans women are still men even if they have already identify themselves as women. 

One may think that the lyrics of these songs are harmless but for the transgender community, it makes their lives more difficult than it is.

In a country where the trans community are ostracized, where even some members of the LGBTQ+ community preach transphobia, where the likes of Hermie Monterde are still discriminated in the workplace, where personalities such as BB Gandanghari and Jake Zyrus are mocked online, where women like Gretchen Diez are shunned and arrested for entering the comfort room, where people like Jennifer Laude and Jessa Remiendo are murdered for being transgender – these songs spread dangerous ideas to the public. 

These songs normalizes harmful prejudices embedded in our culture. It hinders the LGBTQ+ community, especially the trans community’s fight for equal rights. It makes the idea of targeted discrimination and hate crime acceptable, painting a harmful image on people’s minds that it is normal to mock transgenders with the help of a song.

Music has been used to break the status quo, teach important lessons, and in some cases, aid in bringing down tyrants. With music as a tool for liberation, we must not let the likes of “Awit” to limit our minds, let alone poison our culture with prejudice. 

If we want true progress, we must lose the chains of backwardness binding us, and we can start by taking small steps—starting with picking good songs to listen to.

Comments

Continue Reading

Blogs

Kadenang Ginto is more complex than ever

The show may seem ordinary in the spectrum of teleseryes, but with the bouts of recognition and attention it harbors, shows like Kadenang Ginto may have the tendency to succumb to society’s patriarchal roots—a premise that has been the show’s subdued message from the very beginning.

Published

on

Photo from ABS-CBN News

Media and entertainment industries, especially in the Philippines, have undoubtedly created a number of teleseryes that got viewers hooked. Iconic lines from television shows made their way through social media, thus birthing an irreversible decade of video parodies, i.e. “Cassie, hindi ka muna papasok sa iskul” which came from the ABS-CBN afternoon prime show, Kadenang Ginto (directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Avel Sunpongco). This particular boomerang created by the show serves as a primary example of the proliferation of teleseryes into the in-betweens of people’s mundane realities. 

Usually, Filipino TV formulas have just been restricted to cookie-cutter stories such as rich girl-poor girl rivalries, wife versus mistress conflicts, and other types of predictable stories with a recurring plotline—dramatically mirroring the struggles of which people could sympathize and in some cases, empathize with. 

Now, with the recent narratives of most materials, it is fitting to raise the question: do teleseryes, such as the case in point, subconsciously imply a patriarchal and capitalist society which can water down women’s roles as simply pawns of the men-splayed environment?

Dissecting the Initial Premise of the Show

The whole idea of the show displays a tangled story between Daniela Mondragon (played by Dimples Romana) and Romina Andrada (played by Beauty Gonzales). Romina, a glorified Secretary, marries the business tycoon and father of Daniela, Robert Mondragon (played by Albert Martinez).

Caused by jealousy, Daniela strived to emerge relevant by physically and emotionally belittling Romina to death, hoping that she could at least gain more relevance in the old Mondragon’s life. It gets more complicated when Daniela marries Romina’s past lover, Carlos (played by Adrian Alandy), who still has unresolved feelings for the latter.

While Daniela’s past actions remain important both in their family business and in the lives of the men involved, it seems questionable that all her intentions were for the sake of these men.

While it is also applauding that Daniela and Romina are their own persons who are fully responsible to stir changes necessary to keep the show going, one may question the end of not just the character’s intentions, but as well as the writers’ inclination to probe and provide a substantial arc for these characters.

It raises the question, especially during a period when a new character was introduced in the persona of Richard Yap, a rich businessman, who somehow became a catalyst on how the character of Romina can get back on track. 

Are the women in Philippine teleserye doomed to always be swept off their feet by some men to garner the easiest way out?

The show may seem ordinary in the spectrum of teleseryes presented by the network, but with the bouts of recognition and attention it harbors, shows like Kadenang Ginto may have the tendency to succumb to society’s patriarchal roots—a premise that has been the show’s subdued message from the very beginning.

Now (with the plot lines tangled and recurring), the characters and their progressions can be attested to hopeful major changes (thankfully), as lead female characters are taking matters on their hands especially with Romina Andrada-Mondragon gaining more control over her circumstances, a (seemingly progressive) march of silent revolution, veering away from the initial premises of the show – yet still bound to its original plot line.  

Trudging the Conventional

While the network’s teleseryes’ cookie-cutter and cardboard characterizations of women are proven formulas, fresh perspectives are always a welcome venture with the exploration of complex female characters. 

Writers and show producers must become more socially-reverberant that they not only choose to showcase shows that pay the rent. In the Philippines, it is slowly building its pace with independent films being at the forefront.

Unfortunately, most mainstream media consumers are still inclined with choosing the proven formulas so mass media practitioners also stick to what generates more audiences. What the consumers can do now is to try to become more adamant to good and progressive changes – utilize the everlasting “get out of your comfort zone” notion. 

Media, as compared to what it tries to cater to before, has certainly come a long way with the sprouts of powerful women characters here and there. Unfortunately, Philippine mainstream media and its consumers sat way comfortably in the reassurance of these boxed and usual beliefs.

It may possibly take a while for these teleseryes to do the same with their high intentions to generate money, even if the essential purpose of art to heighten and challenge the empathic tendencies of the people can definitely suffer.

Comments

Continue Reading

Trending