NoKor, SM Baguio memes spread online

By Ivy Jean Vibar,

Posted at Apr 13 2012 05:44 PM | Updated as of Apr 14 2012 08:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The failed North Korea rocket launch has prompted a “missile meme” to spread online.

Netizens edited photos of the missile, “explaining” why the much-hyped launch was not successful. Others added text to photos of popular personalities making witty remarks about the failed launch.

Other images were edited to show a local brand known for its cheap computer hardware on the missile. Another showed North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un speaking with a military adviser, captioned “Launch? I said lunch!”

The missile launch, which pushed through despite protests from various countries, has been labeled a “provocative act” by the US government, and a part of North Korea’s so-called “aggressive behavior.”

“Any missile activity by North Korea is of concern to the international community,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

The Philippine government has lowered its alert level from red to blue, and the no-fly, no-sail and no-fishing zone policy over the eastern part of Luzon has also been lifted.

Tree memes

Another meme that is becoming popular online is a protest against the earth balling of trees in Baguio by mall giant SM.

Photos of denuded forests have been edited to include images of SM Baguio. One photo shows an SM eco-friendly bag with a tree on it superimposed onto a hill with felled trees and tree trunks.

A variation shows a close-up of the bag with a caption that says, “I choose to refuse SM." SM’s eco-friendly bag has a motto printed on it which says “I choose to reuse”.

Environmental groups are currently protesting the so-called “rape” of the Baguio green zone. They assert that the SM Group’s promise to transfer the trees to other locations makes no difference as there is no assurance that the trees will survive.

SM, for its part, assured that the company has consulted with environmental experts to ensure a high tree survival rate.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources earlier approved SM's project after certain conditions were met.

The Department of Tourism has asked SM to reconsider its move to take out trees to build a parking lot, saying that the trees are “worth it”.