Saturday, February 28, 2009
Can't say much after that, except that there really is hope no matter how bleak things may look.
This other video clip (a TV commercial which was, by the way, rejected for airing during the last Superbowl) drives home that point yet again.
I must admit, the first time I saw this video, I was a bit confused as to the message it tried to convey. It made the US president look as if he advocated the recognition of human rights for the unborn! I hope he has seen the video. He of all people should realize that anybody can strive to be anything he wants if given the opportunity -- first of all, the opportunity to live and pursue his dreams.
Then here's a video I like for the positive and practical way it explained the elements surrounding an issue that was hotly debated on in some parts of the US a few months ago. No doubt, this same issue will need to be dealt with on our own shores in a year or two. Remember, when the US sneezes, practically the whole world catches a cold. Unfortunately, many unthinking Filipinos welcome anything that comes from the US with open arms and no filtering whatsoever.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Looks like now I'll see how much of a difference there is between real coffee and decaf :-)
Meanwhile, cola (and other addictives) commercials continue to outdo one another. Here are three I particularly like. Enjoy!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Bottom line: everything about childhood and childcare is being commercialized to the hilt. I wonder if parents are aware of this or are eating it all up and turning their preschoolers into consumers as well...
Here's some food for thought:
In the past, the major influences in children's lives were their parents, family and playmates - local children also influenced by the adults in their lives.
No matter what these adults' personal value systems, we can assume the vast majority cared about the long-term well-being of the infants they were rearing.
But in our brave new global village, parents and family are being pushed out of the picture.
According to a new Childwise survey, today's children spend up to six hours a day staring at a screen. So market forces increasingly influence their tastes and habits.
And marketing executives don't have children's welfare at heart - they just want to sell more stuff.
Little girls should be outside in the sunshine, laughing with their friends, playing imaginatively with whatever comes to hand - making dens, dressing up in old clothes and scraps of material, choosing the roles they play for themselves.They shouldn't be glued to a screen, learning how to pester their parents for the latest must-have toy and being groomed for a lifetime of consumption.
Full article at Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
This has got to be the "pinkest" issue we've produced. And I'm only thinking about the inside pages.
And it's not everyday you get a charmingly demure smile like what 12-month-old Sian Illey Fernandez broke into and photographer Ralph Alejandrino captured during that fine morning amid the tree-lined grassy field at the University of the Philippines campus.
How do you like the cover? We tried something different this time, and so far we've gotten positive comments.
Not much time for writing today so head on over to Petrufied for more about Baby's February issue.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
imagine how high
their water bill must be.