During the onslaught of heavy rains triggered by the typhoon-enhanced southwest monsoon (habagat), a Twitter user who identifies herself as Arianna Tiangco (www.Twitter.com/AriannaTngco) has earned the ire of Filipino netizens after posting incendiary remarks against the Philippines. Here are some of her posts:

THANK GOD IM NOT IN THE PHILIPPINES!! POOR COUNTRY!! YUCK #PrayForThePhilippines #FloodPH

PHILIPPINES = POOR COUNTRY + SQUATTER #PrayForThePhilippines #FloodPH

KILL ALL PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE PHILIPPINES. MORE FLOOD MORE RAIN MORE TYPHOON PLEASE #PrayForThePhilippines #FloodPH

WANT TO SEE IDIOT? LIVE IN PHILIPPINES

PHILIPPINES – THE MOST BEGGAR AND SQUATTER COUNTRY. SO BETTER WASH THEM AWAY #PrayForThePhilippines #PrayForThePhilippines #FloodPH

Arianna Tiangco
Who really is Arianna Tiangco? (Screenshot from her now-deleted Twitter page)

In response to a tweet criticizing her posts, “Arianna Tiangco” retorted that she’s not Filipino and that she’s from Italy. She also mocked her critics, saying that users from the Philippines should not “follow” her on the said micro blogging site. Her series of inflammatory posts began Monday night. Naturally, Filipinos began pushing back “Arianna Tiangco.” See this web page to see some of their reactions. Her posts had become so controversial that as of Tuesday afternoon, she’s one of the trending topics on Twitter.

But wait, is this another case of much ado over nothing? For one, is “Arianna Tiangco” a real person? According to one post, the said Twitter account stole pictures from user @xmarneyy. Check her Twitter page in this link. If one can recall, a similar incident happened during the heady days of typhoon Ondoy back in 2009.

My take: This is a useless distraction from the relief and evacuation efforts that netizens, especially those in flodded areas, should be focusing on. Indeed, in the Internet, anyone can pose to be someone else with little consequence. Nevertheless, since Internet postings get circulated at lightning speed, minor annoyances like these inadvertently divert attention away from the more important matters on hand.

Lesson: learn to ignore.

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11 thoughts on “On Arianna Tiangco

  1. i think this person is really an crazy fucking idiot,, mybe this person is really Insecure About Philippines,mAybe the country who she or he cm from is a rubbish country so we better understand this person cz we only wasting our time to this crazy person,,,!!! no matter wht bad words thy say bout phil,,AM STILL PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO,,!

  2. Kawawa naman si marnelle… napagkaisahan sya dahil lang sa posers… tumulong na lang tayo sa mga nasalanta. kung di makatulong, manahimik na lang.

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