Monday, June 21, 2010

Does Pond's have cocaine in it?

I found this rather funny blogpost on Utak Pugita today.
The title of the post is "Pond's Reinvents Celine Lopez" and if you don't know who she is, then you probably weren't around when the Brian Gorrel bomb exploded on the Philippine blogosphere.

Luckily, there's a snippet about it on the post:
"CELINE LOPEZ, daughter of former Iloilo Rep. Albertito Lopez and Guimaras Rep. Emily Relucio, is now caught in a crossfire in the quarrel of two gay men, Australian landscape designer Brian Gorrell and Filipino lifestyle columnist DJ Montano.

Gorrell, who had since fled to Sydney, accused Montano of swindling him of money totaling US$70,000. From where he is, he opened a blog on 4 March 4 2008 where he maligns Montano and accuses his well-to-do friends, whom he identified as the Gucci Gang, of attempting to cover up the deed and striking back at him.
The controversy is now featured in Wikipedia, which noted that Gorrell’s blog ”has since become a major gossip topic in Philippines’ capital city Manila, exposing its high-society youths’ alleged freeloading lifestyle and addiction to COCAINE... "

Pond's institute has taken the initiative to revive the 90's lifestyle!
-- Source: Utak Pugita
Now, what does Celine Lopez have to do with Pond's?
Well, apparently, Pond's has taken on Celine Lopez as an image model of sorts:

Local fashion’s known druggies come together to represent the limited edition Pond’s Plains & Prints collection... Model-columnists and best friend of the notorious DJ Montano, Celine Lopez leads tha pact as well as "self proclaimed" real estate goddess and "party animal" Divine Lee. Others include has been model Apples Aberin, lifestyle writer "kuno" Patty Betita,  interior designer (not certified) Mai Kaufmann, and "makeup artist" Bianca Valerio.
-- Source  Utak Pugita
Pond's is a brand of Unilever, the foreign multinational colossus that spends billions of pesos in advertising in the Philippines.

To me, that's enough money to make any company and any product the apple of everybody's eye.  At least in a PR sense, no news program or current affairs show will talk about what the company is doing wrong lest Unilever pulls out its ads from the TV station or Newspaper.

I mean, never mind that it's latest commercial showing an apple turning brown is absolutely misleading.

As any kid from a good private school will tell you, halved APPLES will TURN BROWN if you leave the flesh exposed in the air -- whether or not you put anything the exposed flesh.

As if we don't have enough problems as it is with our public education system, Unilever has by itself wrecked the chemistry education of millions of public school children.


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Sec. 13. Qualifications of applicant for examination. — Every applicant for examination shall, prior to admission to the examination, establish to the satisfaction of the Board that:

(a) He is a citizen of the Philippines;

(b) He has not been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude; and

(c) He is a Bachelor of Interior Design or Master of Interior Design degree holder in a school, academy, institute, or college duly recognized by the government.

Sec. 14. Fraudulent application. — The Board may suspend or revoke any certificate of registration obtained by any misrepresentation made in the application for examination.

Sec. 15. Scope of examination. — The examination for interior design shall basically cover the following subjects:

(1) Interior Design;
(2) Furniture Design and Construction;
(3) Materials of Decoration;
(4) History of Arts and Interior Design;
(5) Building Construction;
(6) Professional Practice and Ethics.

The said subjects and their syllabi may be amended by the Board so as to conform to technological changes brought about by continuing trends in the profession.

Sec. 16. Rating in the board examination. — To be qualified as having passed the Board examination for interior designers, a candidate must obtain a weighted general average of seventy-five percent (75%), with no grades lower than sixty percent (60%) in any given subject. However, an examinee who obtains a weighted average rating of seventy-five percent (75%) or higher but obtains a rating below sixty percent (60%) in any given subject must take the examination in the subject or subjects where he obtained a grade below sixty percent (60%) within two (2) years from the date of his last examination.

Sec. 17. Report of ratings. — The Board shall submit to the Commission the ratings obtained by each candidate within twenty (20) days after the examination, unless extended by the Commission for just cause. Upon the release of the results of the examination, the Board shall send by mail the rating received by each examinee at his given address using the mailing envelope submitted during the examination.

Sec. 18. Re-examination. — An applicant who fails to pass the examination for the third time shall be allowed to take another examination only after the lapse of one year.

Sec. 19. Oath. — All successful candidates in the examination shall be required to take an oath of profession before the Board or any government official authorized to administer oaths prior to entering the practice of the interior design profession.

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