Viral story of a milk tea shop and a street vendor sparks kindness from netizens

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2019   •   1022

A man named Teban was silently looking at the menu of a milk tea shop in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

He is a peddler of goods like brooms, dust pans, and basins. He put his cart aside to check the different flavors of milk tea available at the store.

All it took was another man to notice.

This man offered to buy him one. “Pili ka ng pinakamahal [Tatay] para talagang masarap. Promise, sagot ko na ‘Tay, itago mo na iyang P100 mo, (Choose the most expensive one to be sure that it is really delicious. It’s my treat, keep your P100),” he said.

Tatay Teban chose the Dark Choco flavor. He took a sip. The owner managed to capture the moment and his post went viral.

Tatay Teban offered one of his goods in exchange. “Pili ka sa paninda ko iho. Gusto mo walis palanggana, hanger? Libre ko din (Choose anything from my goods. You want a broom, basin, hanger? My treat as well),” he said.

The post immediately went viral and some netizens were able to recognize Tatay Teban.

People began buying from tatay Teban and he was able to earn a lot. The milk tea shop encourages the use of social media in spreading positivity.—AAC

Manila Traffic Bureau calls ‘fake news’ on netizen complaint

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 19, 2019

MTPB trainee Roderick Perez

The Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) has called ‘fake news’ on a netizen complaining about an MTPB enforcer over an alleged extortion incident.

Based on the investigation conducted by the MTPB, the said netizen was spreading false information against MTPB trainee Roderick Perez.

The netizen posted on Facebook that Perez flagged them down for supposedly swerving. The enforcer allegedly refused to return the driver’s license unless they give him P2,000.

However, MTPB information officer Angelo Navas said Perez is a trainee and therefore, cannot issue tickets to erring motorists.

“Wala pong katotohanan ang kaniyang post. Ang naturang traffic enforcer ay trainee lamang sa Sector 6 at wala po siyang paniket. Bago pa lang po siya, (There is no truth to her post. The said traffic enforcer is only a trainee in Sector 6 and cannot issue tickets. He is a newbie),” Navas said.

Based on the report, Perez speculates that the netizen may have really shelled out P2,000 in exchange for a citation ticket when she was flagged down due to a traffic violation on September 15 in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Perez added that perhaps the netizen wanted to get even with the enforcer who extorted money from her so she returned the next day and “indiscriminately” took pictures of MTPB enforcers in the area, unwittingly capturing Perez’ image which eventually ended up on social media.

According to Perez, he was shunned by his family because of the false information spreading on Facebook.

“Posting my pictures [on] Facebook and making unsavory remarks [while] not being sure of the identity is most unfair[…] it damaged my reputation not only to our institution but to my family as well,” Perez said in a statement.

The MTPB information office is calling out the the netizen to coordinate with their office about the incident. They are also reminding the public not to spread false information on social media.—AAC

Facebook unveils new Portal video chat, TV streaming devices

Robie de Guzman   •   September 19, 2019

Facebook Inc. unveiled new models of its Portal video chatting devices on Wednesday (September 18), making the company’s first foray into TV streaming hardware but offering a limited selection of subscription services.

The launch comes as Facebook is trying to pivot toward more private forms of communication, after years of slowing user growth, data-sharing scandals and calls for change to its hands-off approach to content moderation.

The company is already one of the biggest global players in private messaging, with its WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram apps used by 2.4 billion people each month.

It is keeping the focus of its new Portal line on video calling, adding the capability for WhatsApp calls along with improvements to a wide-angle camera that keeps users in focus as they move about a room.

Facebook is also expanding Portal sales into countries including the UK, France and Australia, while lowering prices to more closely compete with industry-leading smart speakers from Amazon and Google that sell for under $100.

Standard models of the Portal, which ship on Oct. 15, will come in $129 and $179 versions. Portal TV will cost $149 and hit the shelves on Nov. 5.

Facebook is hoping the social nature of its products will be their selling point, allowing users to watch shows together while interacting via video call on the same screen.

“I think that in a couple years’ time, if you have a smart streaming device that doesn’t have a camera allowing you to video call people, you’re not going to have a competitive product,” said vice president of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth. “I think this is the killer feature for a device like this.”

Bosworth also touted privacy protections like local processing of smart features on the devices, which means most user data will not be sent back to Facebook servers.

But Portal TV offers only a few music apps and has limited options for TV programming, meaning it could face a stiff challenge in attracting consumers used to content-rich rivals like Apple TV, Netflix and Roku.

At a demonstration in San Francisco on Tuesday, the only way to stream shows appeared to be via Facebook’s Watch app. Executives said Portal TV would have Amazon’s Prime Video app loaded by the time it is available.

The company declined to say whether it had approached other content providers like HBO, Hulu or Disney.

Facebook does not disclose how many Portals it has sold since the device’s launch late last year, but hardware accounts for a tiny slice of the company’s total sales.

The social media giant makes less than 2 percent of its revenue from non-advertising sources. (Reuters)

Viral act of kindness sparks doubts on social media

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019

“Kindness is not lost,” ÅcdhiRr Ailnv Diaz wrote on his Facebook post.

His post went viral with 197,000 reactions and 50,000 shares after he shared a story of a man suffering from Leukemia.

In his post, Diaz said he saw a man getting wheeled in by guards inside the train. He noticed that the guy was in pain whenever the train moves.

Another passenger approached the guy.

“In a weak voice he was apologetic thinking he was causing an odd scene, or causing discomfort by his presence,” Diaz said.

Later they found out the guy has stage 3 Leukemia. He was on his way to seek help from a media company to pay for his medical examination.

Passengers from that part of the train began chipping in P100 pesos.

“Before we reached the next station he had enough money for the lab test he needed, plus food and fare. The guys at the back called for a guard for assistance so he could go back to MaDocs [Manila Doctors Hospital],” Diaz recalled.

However, some netizens are claiming the guy was a fake and was only doing it for the money.

According to some netizens, the guy’s Leukemia story was just a fabrication and is only a part of his ‘budol-budol’ scheme. One netizen recalled a similar story.

But according to Diaz, he doesn’t have the capability to further investigate on the matter. He was just sharing what he saw and experienced.

“What I believe I shared was my experience of #Bayanihan, of people coming together to help someone in need. That is all I can say about that,” Diaz said.—AAC

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