1. Mikari
    April 19, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

    I don’t mind the focus on tech and texting, it feels pretty natural, especially when there are others present and you want to have a conversation with a specific person without interrupting them. I have the same view on culture as many other things in life, don’t try, just let it happen. Whatever feels natural, that’s your culture, even if you’re different from the people around you. That’s an interesting story, though I do wonder why this specific one became famous when there are so many just like it. 🤣 There are some local legends I heard as well.


    • Adri
      April 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

      Some of my friends from the Philippines were also wondering how on earth this story went viral in the first place. In fact, someone made a Twitter account named “Lucia Joaquin,” pretty much roleplaying as the Lucia in this story. I swear, a lot of Filipino (especially the youth) sure got a lot of time in their hands and a lot of their fellow Filipino tweeters and Facebookers play along with it. Yep, plenty of time.

      You know, I’m not much of a horror fan (more of a mystery/suspense fan), but I really do feel inspired to write again hahahaha. ;)
      Adri recently posted The Story of Lucia Joaquin on her blog!My Profile


  2. Jamie
    May 2, 2017 @ 4:22 pm

    This is what we have come too, sadly. We have come to a point in our lives were even a 5 year old knows how to use a cell phone or even a tablet! Honestly, texting is taking over our brains. If you come to think about it, people are wanting a zombie apocalyspe? Well, they have one and they don’t realize it. It’s texting. Technology is making ti so easy for those to ignore the good side of people and treat them so horrible because they haven’t developed any feelings for them. Ya know? But wow, I didn’t know that the Filipinos were that bad at not crediting things.


  3. Adri
    May 2, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

    Not all Filipinos, but a lot of the people over there have a knack of copying and pasting stuff from other original sources, re-post them on their social media accounts or in other Facebook groups and then would only “provide credit” by writing “CTO” (Credits to Owner). No source link, no proper name of the credit, nothing. That’s what I meant when I mention “the Philippine media always fails to provide credit to their original sources.” It wasn’t just the media, but the public too. The Philippines probably is one of the countries that hold the most number of copyright lawsuits. I even remember clothing companies over there create cheap imitations of high-end brand clothing, or even create a standard t-shirt or blouse and then slap some high-end brand on it so that people would buy it LOL.

    An example of that: my aunt purchased a crossbody purse from the local flea market that has “Michael Kors” slapped on it. It’s an obvious knockoff, but it’s surprising that it’s a durable bag. Then again, I’m not fond of high-end brands anyway.

    I used to be a fan of one of a few Filipino celebrities some years ago, I even built a fansite for them where fellow fans can join. I’ve been ripped off several times of my graphics of them by other fans by stealing them, posting them on their Facebook accounts, with just the words “CTO,” even though it has the watermark of the fansite URL in them, like WTF LOL.

    I wanted to get into technology to contribute or build something that would make a difference in every person’s lives. Texting, all these stupid social media selfies crap ain’t one of them.
    Adri recently posted The Story of Lucia Joaquin on her blog!My Profile


  4. Claudine
    May 3, 2017 @ 2:06 am

    Hahaha I’ve read this story too! I don’t get why it became so famous, I just saw a lot of people sharing it on Facebook lol.

    Viral stories on Facebook follow a similar pattern, horror or not. Someone adds the main character of messages them, and then one thing leads to another (ugh this reminds me of Vince and Kath again)… I mean, really? Why would you reply to someone you don’t even know? We’re always going off about how it’s unsafe in the streets and that we shouldn’t just trust anybody, but for some reason on social media all of this cautiousness is being thrown out the window. For me social media is even scarier than real-life strangers because a person on the internet can befriend you and pretend to be someone he’s not. Geez.


    • Adri
      May 3, 2017 @ 11:48 pm

      Regarding social media, I had no choice but to get a Facebook account and a Twitter account, primarily for communication and to read some news and updates. I don’t really like Facebook but the majority of my family (especially the ones in the Philippines) have one and prefer communicating through Facebook.

      But I agree. Social media is a lot scarier because it’s harder to avoid strangers compared to real life. If you think about it, even though this “horror” story had gone viral (and it makes me wonder why), in some ways, this has some symbolism in it, which is what I explained in my entry. Whether if this takes place at 3am, 3pm, early morning, whenever, you don’t just answer private messages from people you’ve never even met anywhere, especially ones from people who just wanted to message you just because they’re “lonely.”
      Adri recently posted The Story of Lucia Joaquin on her blog!My Profile


  5. Cristina Cocioaba
    May 10, 2017 @ 7:39 am

    I haven’t been that busy with my studies, I could’ve updates o blog more often, I just haven’t felt like it. With all my anxiety problem I’ve been having since September it was really hard for me. I tried to figure thing out of myself, and focus on loving myself and doing things to help me get better and find the meaningful things in life. Also I’ve bee focusing on therapy and trying to meditate a lot on my talks with my therapist and extract every information I could from her because at some point I just couldn’t stand to be frightened about everything and feeling sad. I think I was a little bit depressed. Now I got better, I can finally pull myself together and have a direction. It’s like I see things clearer now and I know where to start and what to do. Of course I am still struggling with it, but it’s not that bad anymore. I still have a lot of things to figure out and a lot of self discover and acceptance, but these things take a lot of time. The only thing I wish for is to get better and find my purpose, to be comfortable in my own skin and do things that matter for the soul.

    After all this thinking and basically reviewing ever aspect of my life I discovered that somewhere along the line me and creating content for my website drifted apart. And it’s ok to let go. I want to try blogging and sharing my thoughts because I find it very therapeutic and forces me to remember things in my life and meditate and discover myself. Also I feel like I can have a good impact on people through words, more than I could through my designs.

    When I checked your website and saw hat it didn’t work I was a little bit freaked out because I was scared that you left the online world and that would have been very sad. I am glad that you are still here. This design is very good, I love it. Also I love the fact that it is so dynamic. Purely genius.

    Wow the story is very creepy. Even if it’s fiction there is, indeed, a deeper meaning to it.

    The way you described Philippines is like describing Romania. Everyone is so obsessed with social media. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media, it gives us a lot of opportunities and ways to connect with people, but too much is too much. Also, I hate when people I don’t know add me on Facebook. Of course I don’t respond to their friend request, because after that they will keep stressing m out with messages, but the fact that random people who don’t have anything to do with m or my interests add me is just weird.

    I try to keep my social life in balance with my real life and focus only on the benefits I get form social media. What I love the most about it are memes. There are so many memes out there and some of them are hilarious. They made my day better. Also I like to go on different news page and get my daily dose of world news from there. I don’t use TV anymore for that.

    It was good talking to you too. Take care sweetie <3
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    • Adri
      May 12, 2017 @ 1:42 am

      One of the reasons why I love to write is because they are therapeutic, one way or the other. You don’t even need to have any anxieties or any sort of mental/psychological issues for you to find writing therapeutic. I also find art or just general doodling therapeutic too. Still, I’m glad you were able to find the type of therapy that you need and that we still get to see you.

      Regarding social media in general, my mom (Dad shares with Mom), my brother (since lately he closed down his Facebook), my sisters, and myself got our Facebook accounts in the late 2000s, primarily because the rest of our relatives in the Philippines are all on Facebook. Regardless of the obsessions, there were some advantages. I was able to reunite with high school friends whom I haven’t seen for so long, as well as former co-workers and everyone else I’ve missed. And of course, I’ve met new friends too, like you. ^_^

      We’ll talk more when time permits us hehe. God bless!
      Adri recently posted The Story of Lucia Joaquin on her blog!My Profile


  6. Brandy
    May 16, 2017 @ 8:04 pm

    My parents just recently got into Social Media, my Mom especially who literally shares EVERYTHING on Facebook and it scares me how quickly she’s caught on. “Did you see what xxx has posted? Have you heard from xxx lately? I see this, I see that. Did you see the photo I posted of our house?” etc. I even have younger cousins who are under 13 who are fully into SnapChat, Instagram, Music.ly, etc. Used to be so different. I guess because I joined before everything became so mainstream.


    • Adri
      May 16, 2017 @ 11:34 pm

      I only got Facebook because the rest of the family/relatives did LOL. I got a Twitter because I wanted to catch up with news/updates/headlines really quick, and then important figures and celebrities started to get one too. I got Instagram because I love photography and then share some stories just by using pictures. All the rest are either art-related or tech-related LOL. (my Pinterest account is more art-related)
      Adri recently posted The Story of Lucia Joaquin on her blog!My Profile


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