This May Be The Funniest Autocorrect Prank You Will Ever See


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One of the easiest, yet effect pranks you can pull on someone is to set a shortcut on their phone so when your victim types a word it will automatically be changed to whatever you’ve chosen. Usually the person being pranked will pick up on it fairly quick, but a recent prank by a Twitter user named Kenzie played out magically.

Kenzie got ahold of her mom’s iPhone and set a shortcut so every time she would type the phrase “dirty clothes” it would change it to acid. Her mom’s reaction is absolutely magical:





Just so you know, her mom said she thought it was hilarious. TC Mark

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5 Things Men Need To Understand About Women

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Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman here are a few reasons why:

Having to be nice all the time.

It’s strange how men don’t have this problem. See, the absolute worst thing a woman can be is a bitch, and when you are a woman, ‘bitch’ just means ‘assertive’, or even sometimes just ‘not constantly apologizing for being alive’. When some vile saggy-pantsed bro loudly passes judgment on the fineness of your ass in the street and you fail to respond with a coyly flattered smile, you are a BITCH. When some bald-headed farty coot is sitting in the train seat you’ve reserved in advance online and you say ‘Could you move, please?’ without first raising your voice to a sugar-sweet, apologetically squeaky register, you are a BITCH. (True story.) When you basically do anything without first apologizing for doing it, you are a BITCH. BITCH BITCH BITCH.

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101 Things I Will Teach My Son


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Dear Elijah and Damien, my future sons. This is a list of 101 things I wish to impart to you from the wisdom of your father at age 23. At this age, I was serving my time in the Army and was still trying to find my way in life. Hopefully when you are old enough to read this I have already found my way and raised both of you wonderfully to be the men I dream that you can become.

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1. You are my son, not my clone.

2. Your libido does not dictate your actions, you dictate your actions.

3. Your actions, not your friends, define who you are.

4. Flattery gets you nowhere; compliments take you everywhere.

5. Sincerity is the best tool a man can have, next to the willingness to fulfill what you’ve promised.

6. A man drinks whiskey; it’s not how…

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15 Ways to Save Money

Saving money is hard – and boring. And most of all, it’s so not effective!

There’s the matter of self-discipline that you need to develop.

You probably heard your friend say, “Tsaka na ko mag- iinvest kapag may ipon na ako.” Well actually you can save money whenever you can; careful planning and knowledge can direct you to financial freedom. If you are interested, read these helpful money saving tips.

How do you define savings? One of the biggest mistakes that Filipinos make is how they define savings. It usually equates to:

Salary – Expenses = Savings instead of Salary – Savings = Expenses

Lessen your expenses.
Since having a raise happens once a year, the best way to save money is to lessen your expenses. Here are some suggestions:

  1.        Save money by allocating at least 20% to your savings account.
    Whenever your money comes in, get the 20% and deposit it directly to your savings account. Not only that it would help you jump start your investment, you will have enough money to cover for any emergencies that will happen in the future.
  1.        Plan your meals.
    This could really save you a lot of money if you take packed lunch in the office and buying in bulk can actually let you save more. This is not so hard because we have a lot of amazing cooking mothers and great cooking bebots (beautiful ladies) in the Philippines.
  1.        Plan your grocery shopping.
    Planning your meals ahead can spell ‘savings’, it saves you time and money in going back and forth to the store and ingredients that you need for the week can be bought in bulk, always ask for a discount when you are in the public market.
  2.        Try to stay at home more on the weekends.
    Chances are if you are outside the house, temptation is everywhere especially when you are at the mall. You tend to eat expensive meals and transportation just adds up.
  3.        Buy local.
    It may not be so obvious but by buying local you can actually save a lot of money because these items are cheaper. Not only you are getting savings you are actually helping the Philippines’ economy. How about hitting two birds with one stone sound like?
  4.        Cut down your cable and landline.
    Do you really use these? With cell phones and computers you can actually watch TV shows on the internet and actually talk to people in your country and overseas and that is for free!
  5.        Calculate your hourly rate.
    From your hourly rate, you will then decide whether you want to spend hours worked, instead of money earned. Let’s say that you earn P20,000 a month and you work 40 hours a week (which is computed into 160 hours a month):

    P20,000 / 160 = P125.00

    Based on my example, you actually earn P125.00 per hour. That dress you’re looking at right now costs P1,500. Do you really want to spend 12 working hours just for a dress? 12 hours of tiring labor, 12 hours of your boss stressing you out, 12 hours of your back hurting, 12 hours of doing confusing reports and 12 hours talking to nettlesome colleagues for just one dress?

    Think about it.

  6.        Include a “guilt trip” card or picture in your wallet.
    Let’s say that you’re using cash exclusively when going out. Every time you open your wallet to take out some cash, you should always see this guilt trip message to make yourself think twice before spending. Some effective messages that you can use are:

    Don’t do it – your older self will hate you for it.

    You worked hard for this money. Don’t just spend it recklessly.

    You’re saving up for emergencies like unexpected hospital confinement or unemployment, remember?

    Don’t be pressured into buying that dress! It doesn’t look good on you – the saleslady’s just being polite!

  7.        For cash users, save your “sentimental” bills.
    All bills have serial numbers and letters on them. Designate a certain letter that you’re going to use to determine if a bill is sentimental or not.

    As my name starts with the letter “E,” I would save every bill with a serial identification that starts with that letter. There are times when I’m lucky, because only my P20 bills had “E.” But just recently, my P1,000 bills became my sentimental bill. It’s better to think of money this way: you’re saving it for yourself.

  8.        If you’re using credit cards, include a compelling photo in your credit card’s sleeve.
    This photo can either be motivational (a picture of the Eiffel Tower because you may be saving up for a trip, or a picture of your potential small business’s logo) or disastrous (a picture of a hospital’s emergency room or a homeless elderly). Choose something that will make you hesitate in swiping that card.
  9.        Freeze your credit cards.
    If you really can’t control yourself from using your credit cards and you know that you also can’t afford to pay the full balance and in time, just freeze them! Get a container, fill it up with water, put your credit card in it and store it into your freezer.

    The worse your lack of self-control is, the larger your container should be. It’s pretty inconvenient to wait for your card to defrost when your friends are already waiting for you.

  10.        Carry only big bills with you.
    When going out with friends, carry only bills in P1,000 denominations. (If you don’t have them, don’t go out in the first place!) There’s just something psychologically excruciating in breaking your P1,000 bill just for a P140-cup of cappuccino. It’ll really make you decide whether or not to spend your money.
  11.        Save that change.
    If you spend your P1,000 bills, though, make sure you save the change in your bank account. Have a motivational jar in your house and stash all your change in there. Then, every two weeks, deposit this change in your savings account and forget it exists.
  12.    Set up automatic transfers.
    I’m pretty sure you can talk to your bank about this one. You’ll have 2 bank accounts here –account A is your salary account and account B is your savings account, preferably no ATM.

    If your salary goes into account A, you can ask your bank to withdraw (at least) 5% and deposit it to account automatically. Don’t trust yourself enough to do this manually. The pain is just too unbearable. Leave it to automation instead.

    And the most important,

  13.    Ask the necessary “Do I need this?” question.
    Oh yes, instincts tell us that most of the items we grab are wants than needs. And, supermarkets are designed for us to buy the things that we don’t need.





Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s speech at the International Women’s Day celebration of the International Rice Research Institute, on 11 March 2014, at IRRI Los Baños, Laguna



The Constitution provides the state policy that: “The state recognizes the role of women in nation building, and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men.”  (Article 2, Section 14).  Further, under the Equal Protection Clause, women’s rights are placed in equipoise with men’s rights.

On the level of international law, the protection of women’s rights is found in an impressive and still growing number of treaties among states.  The most basic of these treaties, to which the Philippines is a party, is known as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or the CEDAW.  It provides that all states-parties shall eliminate discrimination against women in the political and public life of the country.

The United Nations has declared certain Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs.  One of the goals is to promote gender equality and to empower women. In numerical terms alone, there is still a wide gender gap between the sexes.  Numerically, half of our high government officials should be women, and half should be men.  And yet the division between the sexes is highly disproportionate in favor of men.  There have been fifteen Philippine presidents, of which only two have been women.  In the Philippine Senate, in the 16th Congress, of 24 senators, only six of us are women.

The Civil Service Commission has issued a memorandum circular setting a target of 50-50 representation of women and men in executive positions.  And yet in 2011, the Civil Service Commission found that women occupy only less than one-third of third-level positions in the government; more than one-third in government-owned and controlled corporations; less than twenty percent in local government units; and more than one-third in the judiciary.  Overall, the proportionate share is 1:2 in favor of men holding top posts in the government.

The Geneva-based World Economic Forum conducted a 2011 Global Gender Gap ranking.  There were four categories that determined the gender gap.  These are: (1) educational attainment; (2) health and survival; (3) economic participation and opportunity; and (4) political empowerment.

In the first category of educational attainment, the Philippines was among the countries that were listed in the first rank, meaning that the number of females who attended elementary to college education is about the same as that of males.  In the second category of health and survival, the Philippines was also placed in the first rank.  This means that in the Philippines, women and men have more or less the same life expectancy, which is affected by various factors such as disease, malnutrition, and violence.

But in the third category of economic participation and opportunity, the Philippines ranked only No. 15 because of evident gaps between men and women in terms of work participation, remuneration, and advancement opportunities. And in the fourth category of political empowerment, the Philippines was ranked No.16, because of the disproportionate women-to-men ratio in government positions.



Women as Agents of Political Change

Research shows that a lawmaker’s gender has a distinct impact on policy priorities. This makes it critical that women are present in politics to represent the concerns of women and other marginalized sectors.  When women are empowered as political leaders, countries often experience higher standards of living with positive developments in education, infrastructure, and health care.[1]

After languishing in Congress for some 16 years, Republic Act No. 10354, or “The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012,” aka RH Law, was signed by President Aquino last 21 December 2012.  As the principal author and co-sponsor of the RH law in the Senate, I saw how our women lawmakers, the medical community, and women’s groups fought long and hard to pass this measure. The RH law affirms that reproductive health care is a human right. The people are entitled to demand it from their government, and the government is obligated to provide it to its constituents.

However, the RH law remains under an indefinite status quo ante or halt order, pending the Supreme Court’s decision on 14 petitions questioning its legality.

In the Philippine government, women account for 58.7% of the total 1.31 million government personnel. However, the women are more likely to be technical staff, while the men are likely to be clerks, managers, or executives.

We have had female presidents and now we have a female chief justice. But Congress has never had a female Senate President, or a female Speaker. The greater majority in both chambers of Congress has always been men. Possibly, this is one reason why there is so much corruption in Congress.

Therefore, in order to correct the numerical mistake of the past, the logic of gender equality dictates that we should elect six more women as Philippine presidents, until we obtain the same number of female presidents as male presidents.  Under this logic, we should elect a woman president in 2016. We should also vote for at least six qualified female candidates in the Senate in 2016, so that eventually we would have 12 male and 12 female senators at the same time.

Women as Agents of Economic Change

According to statistics, the vast majority of the world’s poor are women. Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population are women. While millions of people around the world eat two or three times a day, a significant percentage of women eat only once. Many women even deny themselves that one meal to feed their children.

In many countries, women remain economically marginalized. The UN’s MDG Report for 2010 indicates that in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 80 percent of women workers are in some form of vulnerable employment, with no benefits or security, low pay, and in many cases, no pay at all.[2]

According to an SWS Survey, the incidence of joblessness for women is much higher than that for men. As of August 2012, some 42.5 percent of jobless Filipinos were women and some 19.3 percent were men.

And yet, Filipino women are more active in starting a business than men. The Philippines has the least gender gap among business owners in the world, 55% male versus 45% female. This shows that government must fully support women’s economic activities as entrepreneurs in terms of market, capital, training, product development.

Research shows that empowering women benefits society as a whole. When women are educated and empowered economically, their families become healthier, their children go to school, incomes increase, and communities thrive.


In feminist economics, the feminization of agriculture refers to the measurable increase of women’s participation in the agricultural sector, particularly in the developing world. In Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, women contribute at least half of total labor inputs in rice production. In the Philippines, as of October 2010, there are 5 million women laborers and unskilled workers; and 839,000 women farmers, forestry workers, and fisherfolk.

While women’s role in the agricultural sector continues to grow, women are often poorer than their male counterparts. Their plot sizes are smaller. They have less access to productive resources like education, tools, and seeds; and social connections like credit and market networks.

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) leads the way in empowering women in the agriculture sector. The IRRI’s Training Center has trained 2,450 female scholars.  From 2002 to 2012, the institute has also given 200 women from 26 countries leadership training courses in agricultural research, development, and extension.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has stressed the importance of developing rural female farmers organizations to improve the conditions of women in the agriculture sector, and address the larger problem of food insecurity. I salute the important work that Sulo ng Pamayanan, an IRRI group of women leaders, is doing in promoting women’s rights in agriculture. The group conducts training in sustainable and income-generating livelihood projects for women to benefit their families and their communities.



[1] “Women as Agents of Change: Advancing the Role of Women in Politics and Civil Society,” statement by Kenneth Wollack, president, National Democratic Institute, before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight, 9 June 2010.

[2] “Empowering Women to Change the World: What Universities and the UN Can Do,” keynote address of UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, at the 5th Global Colloquium of University Presidents, University of Pennsylvania, 5 April 2011.


SOURCE: Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago‘s Facebook account

25 Things You Have To Try In Your 20s At Least Once

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1. Call that person you’ve been thinking about for longer than you can remember, but whose rejection you have always feared. Just pick up the phone, hold your breath, and accept the fact that knowing how they feel is better than living in limbo.

2. Go on a camping trip with a solid group of your friends, a cooler of drinks, and enough grillable meats to last you for at least twice as long as you actually need. Get really scared when you think you hear a bear, and then realize it’s just your friend coming back from peeing.

3. Learn how to make your favorite restaurant dishes, even if they don’t taste as good as the original. Learn what actually goes into the food you love so much.

4. Apply to a job that you really want, but which you know you have next to zero chance of actually…

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