Earlier in the middle of a Manila moonsoon surge yesterday, a photo by Mark Zambrano of @gmanews created a not-so-short exchange of interesting tweets. You see, his appalling image of Roxas Boulevard being deluged by the waters of Manila Bay was re-posted by another newscaster without his permission, consent, or worse, without a credit.
Well, actually, we can live with some people making off with some of our things sometimes. But in this case, let me tell you why — if I were in Mr. Zambrano’s shoes– there will be no allowing people to get away with this photo. Number one, this is a classic one. The occurrence, the angle. None has captured this unusual phenomenon (from an unlikely angle) as awesome as this. The guy from the other network must’ve been so awed and couldn’t resist keeping her hands off of it. Never mind the crisp, Instagram enhancements, the vehicles can rightfully give the look and feel of Mother Nature’s wrath.
Secondly, it’s simply not right to allow the fruit of one’s labor to be enjoyed by another especially if the latter is coming from, get this, a rival network station.
So much for the newsmen, now for the news. And I tell you, this is news! The sea is reclaiming back Roxas Boulevard!