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Four things that made us laugh in the past week

By: Pam Pastor

We all need a reason to laugh. Here are four. 

This response to Erik Matti’s tweet about K-dramas

Director Erik Matti took to Twitter to complain about his dissatisfaction with what Filipinos choose to watch on Netflix. “The daily top ten most viewed on #Netflix shows us how our movies and tv are doomed in the future. K-drama galore. Faux cinderella stories with belofied actors whiter than white. And it’s all about love in the midst of this pandemic,” he wrote.

The tweet made us roll our eyes—even those of us who aren’t hardcore K-drama fans. We were ready to write a lengthy rebuttal but we didn’t have to. Because @fueledbyajitama had the perfect reply and nothing else needs to be said: “May narinig ka ba samin when you brought us Gagamboy?”

Matti needs a tub of Lucas Papaw for that burn.


On 420 (yes, April 20), as the rest of the world world celebrated the use of marijuana, what did Filipinos do? They talked about maruya—yes, the deep-fried sugar-topped battered banana merienda. They talked about it so much that #LegalizeMaruya trended on Twitter.

Why? We can’t explain. That’s just how wonderfully weird Twitter (Pinoy Twitter especially) can be.

“#LegalizeMaruya best trending 4/20 hashtag ever,” someone tweeted.

Can’t say we disagree.

This CNN guy who wanted to slide into everyone’s DMs

Nathaniel Meyersohn, retail and grocery reporter for CNN Business, did what many journalists do on Twitter when trying to reach out to a potential source. He sent this tweet: “Hi. Nathaniel from CNN here. Can I DM you?” Except he didn’t address it to a specific person, he posted it as a regular tweet, making it look like he wanted to slide into everyone’s DMs. He realized what he did three minutes later and replied to his own tweet: “WAIT NO WHAT THERE HAS BEEN A MISTAKE I WAS TRYING TO SEND THIS TO SOMEONE!! UGH”

As you can expect, the replies were really funny. “Best thing to happen today is the replies to this tweet,” Alyssa Milano tweeted.

Someone’s thirst trap Zoom background interrupting a forum with Mayor Vico Sotto

Pasig City mayor Vico Sotto had an online forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) on Zoom. The hour-long forum, which was also streamed on FOCAP’s Facebook Live, went viral for another reason: someone’s thirst trap Zoom background interrupted the broadcast and it was hilarious.

The mayor was answering a question about the possibility of a total lockdown when someone’s Zoom background flashed onscreen: it was a really fit naked guy sitting behind a glass desk, a strategically placed clipboard covering his privates. The actual Zoom user couldn’t be seen on camera—the focus was on naked guy, only her forehead was visible.

The image made Sotto pause mid-sentence. You could see the confusion on his face. He stuttered. But he was flustered for only a second and, stifling a chuckle, he continued his answer. 

The mayor was able to control his laughter but the rest of us couldn’t. People continued to laugh about the clip hours and hours after the forum was over. “This entire qurantine, I never really laughed as hard as when I saw that viral Zoom meeting of Mayor Vico Sotto,” someone posted on Twitter.

The next day, Sotto tweeted about another Zoom meeting he had, this time with a senator, some mayors and policy experts. He wrote, “P.s. Thankfully, this Zoom Conference, walang participant na nag-background ng naka-BOLD.”