Filipinos are known for their happy disposition. Despite tragedies and natural calamities, which happen to the country all-year round, everyone still manages to smile or crack a joke to lighten any burdensome situation.
Whether by words or by looks, there is always a comedic factor that shines like a silver lining to everything that’s happening around.
One figure that has become the center of jokes is Nancy Binay, an elected senator and daughter of former Vice President Jejomar Binay, who also served as Makati City mayor for a long time, replaced by the wife and the son, then the daughter, who is the senator’s sister.
The senator was called Fiona, the love interest of Shrek, for her balloonic outfit during the first State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte. She was also alluded to as one looking for Thanos in the “Avengers: Infinity War” movie as the character was looking into space from the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao Province. And many other allusions.
For all these, Senator Binay takes a break from legislation duties as she wears the writer hat to share her tips on surviving social media in the latest ABS-CBN Publishing book “Make Love Not War,” a collaboration with social media celebrity/parody account Senyora Santibañez.
“You need this book to arm you with the basics of surviving in social media. Senyora and I collaborated to help you save your sanity and credibility in dealing with social media bashing. You can have it my way (cool and calm) or Senyora’s way (tough love with care). This time, we’re BFF promoting love and not war,” wrote the senator in the book’s foreword.
The book is a fun read for all those active online, as according to Senyora, every little thing becomes a big deal and people feel that everything is about them in the world of social media. “You have to sign up at your own risk,” she stressed.
Readers can find out the 10 basic online rules in the book from Sen. Binay. “Don’t share whatever issue you have with another person. Deal with it face to face. Do not air your dirty laundry in public and don’t use social media as your battleground,” she pointed out.
Binay and Senyora also included several tips to survive social media bullying. “It’s not the end of the world if you get bashed on social media. Go out, reach out to your real friends,” the senator suggested.
She also recommended to just laugh bashing off. “Appreciate their effort. I’m happy especially when they make memes of me. When you think about it, it’s more than an hour of their time!”
Senyora, meanwhile, highlights the five types of enemies every social media user has online — the debtors, virtual enemies/ keyboard warriors, frenemies, relatives, and exes―all of which she said to should be counter with love.
The hilarious collab also features some of the senator’s musings, the happiness checklist, a special appreciation activity―and the wit challenge featuring the authors’ answers to several exciting questions.
Make Love Not War is now available in leading bookstores nationwide.