15 days of Darkness is a hoax

15 days of Darkness is a hoax
by Josh Fishy - 11/5/2015

Another chilling news regarding the 15 days of darkness Earth will experience this November 15 to 29 is spreading around the internet like wildfire.

What makes it sound credible is that NASA has reportedly confirmed it to take place as a result of astronomical event between Venus and Jupiter.

But just recently a personnel from this space agency denied the claim of the adherents that there will be a total 15-day darkness.

While it has been refuted, some naive individuals still believe it so and that they are already out of their mind preparing for what they think an apocalypse closing in.

A certain Ricardo, 58 years old in the Philippines, firmly believes that the end of the world is on the horizon. He said that given the recent natural disasters happening in different corners of the world, not to mention the chaos created by humans, humanity is going to cease to exist.

Being a confirmed bachelor, Ricardo gets himself ready by laying in ready-to-eat foods in his pantry. He also has his couple of flashlights and battery packs ready just in case power failure comes.

Could Gilas make it to Rio Olympics?

Could Gilas make it to Rio Olympics?
Josh Fishy - 11/16/2015

Gilas Pilipinas did their best in 2015 FIBA Asia championship from which the winner would go to 2016 Rio Olympics on August 5-21, but as the song goes their best wasn't good enough.

However, it's not the end of all hope for the Filipino ballers as the door to Rio Olympics is still open. This July 5-10, 2016, Gilas 4.0, a much better, taller, and tougher version of Philippine basketball team, is going to clash with some of the world's hoops powerhouse in the Olympics qualifier.

As the challenge takes Herculean skills and brainpower to make it through a week-long basketball qualifying tournament, PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) and SBP (Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) join forces to come up with the best of the best basketball players the country can offer.

We have the best forwards and guards in this world of basketball, but it's the height that keeps us from getting the victory that we want. We have had difficulty defending the board and getting second chance points in all our games because of this shortcoming. Good thing Gilas coach Tab Baldwin succeeds to get his hands on June Mar Fajardo (6'11'') and Greg Slaughter (7'1") two of PBA's tallest who can also be relied on scoring.

Given the country's talent on the hard court and its passion for the game, without question we can make it to Rio Olympics next year. Though the road to get there is rough and rocky, Gilas Pilipinas 4.0 is not a team to make mincemeat of.

Justice for Victims of Paris Attacks

Justice for Victims of Paris Attacks
Josh Fishy 11/17/2015

Justice for Paris attacks

In this time of grieving following the terror attacks in Paris, France and the loss of more than a hundred of lives, it's only fitting for every nation to make a common cause to bring all the extremists to justice.

Not only the suspects of this act of terrorism, but also all groups, who put every innocent life in danger, should be nipped in the bud before they could spell havoc in places nobody knows where and certainly nobody can predict when.

If countries work together, what lies ahead us as a group of people will be made different. But, if we only put our back into this because the incident is fresh and what everyone wants is justice, then nothing is going to change.

As long as we know a terrorist group exists, and whether or not it harms a human being, the country concerned should exhaust all means to prevent it from growing. And if possible, wipe it off the face of the earth.

All victims, especially those who died in the hands of those ruthless fellow humans, have a family of their own, have loved ones waiting back home, or have plans for them and for their family in the future, but all of a sudden they're all gone.

It's high time to get the most sought-after dream of all which is justice, and give it to those who need it the most. Give it to all departed souls whose lives could have been teeming with hopes and dreams, if selfishness and cruelty had not been in control of some of our fellows' minds.

What the government should do with tanim-bala scam

What the PH government should do with tanim-bala scam
by Josh Fishy - 11/6/2015

While it has not been proven that NAIA personnel are responsible for the so-called tanim-bala (bullet-planting) scam, it is plain to see that something is not quite right.

A number of travelers had been taken into custody that eventually ruined not just their day but their life after NAIA security officials found a bullet inside their luggage.

While passengers are in a stew about the incident that they wrap their bags completely with masking tape when traveling through this infamous terminal, there has been no reported investigation to shed light on this alleged fraudulent scheme.

But whether or not the fraud certainly takes place, the Philippine government should get to the bottom of this. The highest authority should get involved and must come down on like a ton of bricks once the culprit is identified.

Time and again, this hullabaloo has put the Philippines on the map that prospective tourists would shy away from visiting the country thinking that all airports nationwide have been practicing the same thing. If this continues without any course of action taken, the country's tourism will suffer considerably.

Could It's Showtime get the better of AlDub phenomenon?

Could It's Showtime get the better of AlDub phenomenon?
Josh Fishy 11/21/2015

It's been months since "AlDub" mania made waves on the internet and television. And since then, the phenomena continues to make noise that AlDub followers have set record-breaking tweets several times.

It's showtime vs. Eatbulaga
Because of its popularity, Eat Bulaga, a noontime show which features the segment "Kalyeserye" whose characters includes the super couple Alden Richards and Yaya Dub or Maine Mendoza, has been head and shoulders above its rival "It's Showtime".

It's Showtime somehow managed to give itself a run for its money by coming up "Nasaan ka Mr. Pastillas?" featuring Angelica Yap who looked for a man who could give her love back. The segment run for several weeks, but wasn't that successful to dethrone AlDub.

Just recently, It's Showtime introduced an all-male dance group they called "Hashtags" which showcases papogi or hunky moves that girls can't help but yell at the top of their lungs.

It goes without saying that a greater portion of AlDub fans are women whom It's Showtime tries to win over by having this boy group in their show. And while there's no way to figure out if the group has got some AlDub fanatics on their side, it's clear that ABS-CBN is doing its assignment right.

Aside from Hashtags, Pinoy Big Brother love teams ToMiho (Tommy Esguerra and Miho Nishida) and BaiLona (Bailey May and Ylona Garcia) have also become a part of It's Showtime family.

With these new faces in It's Showtime and the kilig (a feeling of joy one gets when something romantic happens) they bring, another round of clash between ABS-CBN's noontime show and GMA 7's Eat Bulaga is starting to reveal itself.