MANILA, MARCH 17, 2012 (INQUIRER) By Jaymee T. Gamil, Julie M. Aurelio - Planking is so yesterday. The new “in” thing is to just laze around as if you have no worries, or “Noynoying,” in youthspeak.

Street rallies against oil price hikes have adapted to threats against planking protesters as youth militants are now going for an easier way in making their sentiments known.

On the campus of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, students lounging on the steps of a building looked utterly bored, some relaxed, but all very much idle.

This new look is “Noynoying,” in apparent reference to President Benigno Aquino III’s nickname.

Effortless pose

Anakbayan national chairman Vencer Crisostomo said the nearly effortless pose was a jab at the President, who he said had done nothing to cushion the impact of or prevent the spike in crude prices and tuition rates.

“He has not lifted a finger but he should be doing something. That is Noynoying, when you do nothing when in fact you have something to do,” Crisostomo said Thursday.

On the UP campus Thursday afternoon, some youth protesters tried their best in outdoing each other’s Noynoying look.

A female student in khaki shorts was on her back with shades on, as if without a care in the world, while another, in a dress, stared blankly out of a makeshift picture frame.

The frame had the words: “Noynoying, walang ginawa!” painted in bright red.

Mind you, the new buzzword is pronounced “Noynoy-ying” and not “Noy-noying,” Crisostomo said when asked for clarification.

The UP contingent, numbering around 50 or so, marched on Philcoa where they held a noise barrage in support of the transport caravan led by the transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytors Nationwide (Piston) to dramatize their opposition to unabated oil price hikes and Malacañang’s perceived lack of action on the matter.

‘We’ll A-Noy’

Einstein Recedes, the Kabataan party-list spokesperson, said the new gimmick was in response to warnings that protesters who would be seen planking on the streets would be arrested.

“Planking? That is so old already. Noynoying is the new in thing,” he added.

One can go Noynoying practically anywhere, though the best place to do it, Crisostomo quipped, was in a public place.

He said Noynoying could be done in a variety of ways—be it on your feet, sitting comfortably or even lying on one’s back.

“The important thing is that you’re doing nothing!” he added.

Noynoying should be also done in a group, he added, so as to send a strong signal of how irritating idleness could be.

“We will not just go Noynoying. We will A-Noy them,” the youth leader said, chuckling.

Sta. Mesa

Crisostomo called on the country’s youth to make the new fad go trending on the Internet by uploading their own Noynoying photos on their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Students also did Noynoying in Sta. Mesa, Manila—sleeping, playing the handheld gaming-console PlayStation Portable or chatting on the phone.

“Basically, sitting around in Malacañang, staring at the air, doing nothing,” said the group of Femina Laya Canua, a freshman journalism student of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP).


Around 50 youth and labor advocates walked out of their classes at PUP and held a rally on the traffic island on nearby Altura Street.

The activists, via megaphone and banners, assailed the Aquino administration for doing nothing about the oil price hikes. They called for the scrapping of the Oil Deregulation Law and the 12-percent expanded valued-added tax on oil, among other things.

“[Aquino] could urge congressmen to scrap the Oil Deregulation Law, as fast as he urged them to have Chief Justice Renato Corona impeached. He just chooses to do nothing,” said League of Filipino Students (LFS) spokesperson Gemma Cannalis, 23, a PUP math graduate.


The protesters, however, were not Noynoying around when Inquirer chanced upon them in Sta. Mesa in the afternoon. They were handing out leaflets to pedestrians and drivers of passing vehicles, and holding noise barrages.

In one of the nearby residential streets, Canua and her friends were collecting signatures from tricycle drivers.

They said they were able to collect around 500 signatures from tricycle drivers and operators in the Sta. Mesa district since Wednesday. They were attempting for a million signatures of drivers wishing to express their opposition to oil price hikes.

The rally in Sta. Mesa was also attended by members of Liga ng Kabataang Propagandists, Anakbayan, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Anakpawis party-list group and the PUP’s school paper, The Catalyst.


‘NOYNOYING’ IS ANNOYING – PALACE Published : Saturday, March 17, 2012 00:00 Article Views : 1,781 Written by : Jaime R. Pilapil, Reporter

[PHOTO -Members of the League of Filipino Students show what “Noynoying” means during an anti-oil price hike protest in Manila on Friday. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN ]

“NOYNOYING,” the term coined by student protesters to describe laziness and to spite President Benigno Aquino 3rd, went viral on the Internet as photos of an apparently ill Chief Executive doing some paperwork and students striking “idle” poses clogged the social media.

Malacañang released photos of the “working” President to counter the negative notion that he has not been doing anything to address the country’s concerns, especially the problem on oil price hikes, but got the reverse effect instead.

Palace officials initially shrugged off the spread of the new term but eventually found it “annoying.” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that photos of the President, which were published in some news dailies on Friday, were not meant as damage control over “noynoying” protests.

She added that they were dismayed when student protesters made it appear that President Aquino was doing nothing to abate the continuous oil price hikes.

Students in campuses of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City (Metro Manila) and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila made a few “noynoying” poses by just sitting idly or placing their heads on one hand as if doing nothing despite the need to act on something urgent.

On Thursday, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that “noynoying” was meant to antagonize the Aquino administration and claimed that it would not sell to the public. He was wrong.

“Noynoying” photos spread throughout various social media and became an instant hit. Mr. Aquino was absent on Wednesday because he was not feeling well.

On Thursday, he resumed his usual work routine in the four corners of Malacañang although he attended Holy Mass in the morning with his sisters at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City (also in Metro Manila) where they visited the tombs of their parents, Benigno Jr. and Corazon.


Noy shakes off cold, is back on job

[PHOTO - Back on the job. President Aquino goes over papers in his office in Malacañang a day after he skipped his appointments due to a cold.]

PRESIDENT Aquino resumed his official functions yesterday after feeling under the weather and skipping some of his appointments last Wednesday, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

Lacierda said the President had a cold but is now fine. He said Aquino has been undergoing regular check-ups.

Aquino was represented by Budget Secretary Florencio Abad last Wednesday when the members of the Integrity Initiative Officers made a courtesy call in Malacañang.

"He wasn’t feeling well, that’s why he failed to attend the courtesy call but he worked from home. Now, he is recovering, he is up and about…May schedule si Pangulong Aquino today. So I’m sure he’s going back to work," Lacierda said.

He said the President yesterday visited the Manila Memorial Park, together with his sisters and other members of the family, to attend a pre-Lenten mass and visit the graves of their parents.

He later met with Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. at Malacañan Palace. – Jocelyn Montemayor

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