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Hayden Kho’s collection of sex scandals was not the first to hit the Philippine public, after being overly sensationalized by the media, senate and by everyone who have mobile phones with video playback capability, let’s look back to the first episode of private videos being made public. The best way to start every list is with a very disturbing sound, an audio tape sex scandal. The long list of sex scandals began with President Ferdinand Marcos’.

1970’s in the heat of the First Quarter Storm, the Philippines was scandalized when a tape was played in the university station of UP Diliman.

It was President Marcos. He was singing an Ilocano love song to American actress Dovie Beams while they were making love. Beams hid a tape recorder under a bed while making love to the President and later revealed the recording to the public as a “protection” since there were many threats to her life.


Writer Sterling Seagrave on the broadcasting of tapes said, “Student protesters at the University of the Philippines commandeered the campus radio station and broadcast a looped tape; soon the entire nation was listening in astonishment to President Marcos begging Dovie Beams to perform oral sex. For over a week the President’s hoarse injunctions boomed out over university loudspeakers.”

1980’s had its own share of scandals when a Betamax tape made public and have been reproduced. It was a recording of sexy actress Vivian Velez and a well-known politician in the North, Fariñas’ sexual act. But the video did not spread as there were lack of proper medium to carry it, like the internet or the cheap vcd’s and dvd’s.


In 2001, in an interview with Velez, she said that she has move on with the issue already, “I just put my chin up and say it can happen to a lot of people.”

1990’s, the whole Philippines was scandalized when a series of videos of talent manager Jojo Veloso made public. He was fondling and playing with the private parts of his talents. One very well-known talent of Veloso that was victimized by the scandal was Hans Montenegro.

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There been senate hearings about the scandal. And it was entertainment journalist Joubert Sucaldito who exposed the whole hanky-panky of Veloso.

Like the 1980’s there still weren’t enough technology to pass, recopy and send files, and so Velos’s video remined in the vaults of authorities.

Come year 2000, file sharing have improved, the internet have been very accessible to everyone and the birth of mobile phones with video playback capabilities gave a whole new meaning to sex scandals.

There have been tens and tens of sex scandals that made public; one of it was from a popular sexy actress Criselda Volks. The video were showing Volks having sex with an older man. It made a whole new different noise as everyone can check out the video and use it as an entertainment between their friends.


Volks later admitted the she was in the verge of committing suicide after the video made public. It was like an outbreak, everyone had a copy of her video, whether in their mobile phones; download it somewhere in the internet or in a USB drive.

Hayden Kho’s sex scandals quickly emerged to everyone’s hands as the improvement of technology; the videos were quickly shared, through Bluetooth and USB drive. HAYDEN1   HAYDEN2     HAYDEN4 HAYDEN5         HAYDEN3

Like any other sex scandals that surfaced before, Kho’s numerous sex scandals with different popular women will be soon forgotten. It maybe the headline of the week, the story of the month but it will soon die, when different news emerged in the media. The story of sex scandals will again come if there will be an outbreak of series of sex scandals by another prominent personality.



 Photos courtesy: TV Patrol World, ABS-CBN

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Today marks the second month I have been dating and going out with Erick. We did not celebrate it. Well, technically, there is noting to celebrate. We haven’t completely established the “on-going” status between us, but, I don’t know with Erick. He’s been the same since the last time we’ve talked.

A month ago, I told Erick directly that I’m sort of not ready to be in a relationship at the moment. Explaining, I came to the point where I opened myself completely for anyone who will come and after a series of disappointments; I unconsciously closed everything that welcomes “relationship”. He just looked at me and said, “I will continue what I’m doing now, being right here beside you, because I’m happy.”


If someone will examine the relationship between me and Erick, they will think that we are sharing a committed relationship, but the truth is; we’re not yet there. The problem being: Me.


After ending my two-year relationship with Bien three years ago, I dated and had sex promiscuously without any concern of what the last person I’ve bee with thinks of me or my lifestyle. There have been many chances that someone shows motive that they want something serious with me, upon learning, I will show them something crazy and stupid so they will be turned off and walk away from away.

I met several guys whom I thought to be “the one”. And after dating them for sometime, they turned out to be like any other guys. After several dates, after knowing you more and more, after feeling threatened with you and your status, they will just leave you. What really kills me is that they can’t give a concrete reason why they have to terminate the take-off relationship the two of you are starting. Or maybe, it’s me, am I pushing them away every time they feel to get closer to me?


Erick gave a pound of coffee to my sister, and some gift certificates. I thought to myself, “I need to start learning how to drink coffee to keep up with the freebies he’s been giving.” I know it’s not like you really need to learn how to drink coffee, it’s like you need to program yourself to drink caffeine-filled anything to fully enjoy it.

Is it time to order Latte’s and hang out in coffee shops and just say “Yes” to Erick? Is two months too much already for someone to think and analyze what he feels towards the other? Should I just let go of my inhibitions and follow what I feel at the moment?




Written by Patrick King Pascual

June 11, 2009 at 9:33 am

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