MANILA, Philippines – With the never-ending list of people and celebrities joining and taking on the challenge of drenching themselves with ice cold water, then posting it on different social networking sites, actor-comedian Joey de Leon has something to say.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, also known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.
The activity went viral throughout social media during the previous months. In the UK, people participate in the challenge for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND).
The mechanism of the challenge works in which one dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.
With the challenge going trending and viral, De Leon has a message to those who just ride on what is trending in the Internet without knowing the real purpose of the challenge.
De Leon posted a picture on Instagram which says, “Maraming epal na gaya-gaya sa Ice Bucket Challenge. Kaso, puro lang NOMINATE…wala namang DONATE! Tumigil nga kayo!”
(“There are so many attention-seekers who do the Ice Bucket Challenge just for hilarity. However, they just do the challenge and nominate, but do not donate. You should stop [doing that!]”)
The post elicited different reactions from netizens, most of them agreeing with the comedian.
Instagram user 4quattro80 said, “eh gaya gaya lang naman talga ang pinoy kahit sa anong bagay eh. Mag nag nominate halos isang buong barangay na ata yun, dapat naman 3 lang. (Filipinos imitate everything. There are persons who nominates almost the entire barangay; there should only be 3 people up for nomination). It’s getting really ridiculous so when i see people take the challenge in the Philippines; I just turn off my damn TV.”
Another Instagram user named _a_r_l_y_n_ commented, “The purpose of the ice bucket challenge campaign is to raise awareness re: ALS. The ALS organization doesn’t oblige you to donate instead of doing the ice bucket challenge. You can do either or both. And they don’t oblige you to donate a specific amount. ALS org also reminds us to thoughtfully use water esp[especially] in countries where water is scarce. So don’t think that just because one is just pouring iced water in his/her head & not making a donation, doesn’t mean he/she is not making a difference. The campaign is for awareness. And if you have money to spare that will help fund their research & clinical works.”
“He’s right! It would be better if you donate money too even though you accepted the challenge specially those high-profile people…. Hindi yung nakikiuso lang [Not just because it’s trending],” said Instagram user erikairabnario.
As of writing, the post gathered more than 2,000 likes and almost a hundred comments.