Most netizens say NO to “Batangas” sign ala Hollywood on Taal Volcano

Vilma Santos just wanted to reclaim what belongs to Batangas. Put a “Batangas” sign on Taal Volcano.

“Our main goal is to reclaim Taal Lake and Volcano as part of Batangas,” she pointed out.

It is true that there is widespread misperception that Taal is part of Tagaytay, Cavite. “The best views of the lake and volcano can be seen from Tagaytay,” she conceded. “We wanted a landmark that will identify Taal as part of Batangas.”

Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham Tolentino maintained that the city had never laid claim to either the lake or the volcano. He questioned the Hollywood-inspired design for the island, flatly saying: “Why put up a Batangas sign? It won’t help.”

This plan did not augur well online. “For Pinoys online, however, the idea broached by the veteran actress was nothing but a joke and a colossal waste of time and money, if you will.

Other wisecracking netizens, however, found humor in the absurd, and started a meme that mimicked the Hollywood sign and placed it not only on other famous Philippine landmarks, but on just about anything. And when we say anything, we mean anything.”

A Facebook page called Hollywood Pilipinas started a meme explaining that “Governor Vilma Santos-Recto of Batangas wants to place a Hollywood-style sign on picturesque Taal Volcano. Why not just brand the whole country that way?”

This is one example:

Most netizens think this is not a good plan. One believes that “NO! better spend the money in cleaning the lake and getting rid of the illegal fish pens that are kiling the lake”

Photos via Hollywood Pilipinas

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 13 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 23 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.

She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.

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I am an advocate. I am NOT neutral. I will NOT give social media mileage to members of political clans, epal, a previous candidate for the same position and those I believe are a waste of taxpayers’ money.

I do not support or belong to any political party.

She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and

Organization affiliation includes Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation

Updated Juky 15, 2019

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