Filipino-American Director to Launch New Film- Take Me To Banaue
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Filipino-American Director to Launch New Film- Take Me To Banaue

WASHINGTON- A Filipino-American Director will soon release the film, “Take Me To Banaue,” on January 1, 2023. Director Danny Aguilar, born and raised in the Philippines, started his career as a chemical engineer. He came to the United States 30 years ago, where he later obtained his Masters of Buisiness Administration, and founded his company Quality Eagle Consulting Services, in Dallas, Texas. Aguilar found that he always enjoyed the film industry and its ability to portray various stories and present societal interactions. Aguilar decided to switch careers and studied filmmaking at the Hollywood Institute. He then got accepted to the Sundance Director’s mentorship program after graduating. “I didn’t get into filmmaking until my 40s. I am not the traditional filmmaker, where I went to film school and graduated. I was in the corporate world for 25 years as a chemical engineer. But I initially wanted to study broadcast journalism.” Danny Aguilar said. He felt Hollywood did not represent the Phillipino community well in films and saw other cultures become more prominent in television, film, and music. “The goal was to make stories come to life that were inspirational and transformative,” Aguilar said. “I believe there is a lot of negativity in the world and wanted my films to spread positivity and resonate with my audience.” He founded Carpe Diem Pictures, an Independent film company, to use his voice as a filmmaker to help, mentor, and inspire people. “I would like to be the first Filipino-American to win the Academy Award and Golden Globe. Other cultures broke into a successful filmmaking status [in Hollywood], why shouldn’t the Filipino culture?” Aguilar said. The inspiration for creating “Take Me To Banaue” came from the Cordillera Region, near where Aguilar studied for his Bachelor’s Degree. The film is staged in the Philippines showcases the country’s beautiful landscapes and is a romantic comedic between, Jinky, a Filipina and her love interest, Hank, an American entrepreneur. The pair make decisions based on their desires and aspirations while discovering cultural similarities. The film aims to break down pre-conceived cultural and social notions people from the Philippines might have toward Americans. "I am tackling the social structures in [Take Me To Banaue] in a way that is not good or bad, but points out these social norms in a way that is comedic and relatable” Aguilar said. Aguilar’s goal is to show relatability in the film and through the film “Take Me To Banaue,” he hopes to put the Philippines and Filipino filmmakers on Hollywood’s radar. “I want everyone to see my homeland as more than a place with gorgeous beaches and delicious cuisine. I want them to go deeper and love it as I love it.” By Alexander Fernandez LNT Reporter
Director filipino-estadounidense lanzará nueva película- Take Me To Banaue
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Director filipino-estadounidense lanzará nueva película- Take Me To Banaue

WASHINGTON- Un director filipino-estadounidense pronto estrenará la película, "Take Me To Banaue", el 1 de enero de 2023. El director Danny Aguilar, nacido y criado en Filipinas, comenzó su carrera como ingeniero químico. Llegó a los Estados Unidos hace 30 años, donde después de un tiempo obtuvo su Maestría en Administración de Negocios, y fundó su empresa Quality Eagle Consulting Services, en Dallas, Texas. Aguilar descubrió que siempre disfrutó de la industria del cine y su capacidad para retratar varias historias y presentar interacciones sociales. Aguilar decidió cambiar de carrera y estudió cine en el Hollywood Institute. Luego fue aceptado en el programa de tutoría del Director de Sundance después de graduarse. "No me metí en el cine hasta los 40 años. No soy el cineasta tradicional, donde fui a la escuela de cine y me gradué. Estuve en el mundo corporativo durante 25 años como ingeniero químico. Pero inicialmente quería estudiar periodismo de radiodifusión". Dijo Danny Aguilar. Sintió que Hollywood no representaba bien a la comunidad filipina en las películas y vio a otras culturas volverse más prominentes en la televisión, el cine y la música. "El objetivo era hacer que las historias cobraran vida, que fueran inspiradoras y transformadoras", dijo Aguilar. "Creo que hay mucha negatividad en el mundo y quería que mis películas difundieran positividad y resonaran con mi audiencia". Fundó Carpe Diem Pictures, una compañía de cine independiente, para usar su voz como cineasta para ayudar, guiar e inspirar a la gente. "Me gustaría ser el primer filipino-estadounidense en ganar el Premio de la Academia y el Globo de Oro. Otras culturas lograron tener un exitoso estatus cinematográfico [en Hollywood], ¿por qué no debería hacerlo la cultura filipina?" Dijo Aguilar. La inspiración para crear "Take Me To Banaue" vino de la Región de la Cordillera, cerca de donde Aguilar estudió para su licenciatura. La película se escenifica en Filipinas y muestra los hermosos paisajes del país y es una comedia romántica entre Jinky, una filipina y su interés amoroso, Hank, un empresario estadounidense. La pareja toma decisiones basadas en sus deseos y aspiraciones mientras descubren similitudes culturales. La película tiene como objetivo romper las nociones culturales y sociales preconcebidas que la gente de Filipinas podría tener hacia los estadounidenses. "Estoy abordando las estructuras sociales en [Take Me To Banaue] de una manera que no es buena o mala, pero señala estas normas sociales de una manera que es cómica y relacionable", dijo Aguilar. El objetivo de Aguilar es mostrar relatividad en la película y a través de la película "Take Me To Banaue", espera poner a los cineastas filipinos y filipinos en el radar de Hollywood. "Quiero que todos vean mi tierra natal como algo más que un lugar con hermosas playas y deliciosa cocina. Quiero que vayan más profundo y la amen como yo la amo". Por Alexander Fernández Reportero LNT
Deadly European Heatwave
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Deadly European Heatwave

A mass heatwave affecting Europe began near the end of June and continues to break records in many European nations. The heatwave began in the Mediterranean and quickly reached France, Spain, and Portugal, and continued toward areas like the U.K., Greece, and Italy. Italy and the U.K. declared a state of emergency, along with many other European countries. Researchers found that the European heatwaves occurred when a jet stream had temporarily split in two, leaving an area of weak winds and high-pressure air, creating an extreme heat buildup (Indian Express). The heatwave resulted in further discussions by many European leaders to push green energy to cut planet-warming emissions by 55 percent by 2030. “Heatwaves have become more frequent, intense, and last longer because of human-induced climate change. The world has already warmed by about 34 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1C) since the industrial era began,” according to NASA. Rising temperatures result mainly from the burning of fossil fuels. The head of France’s firefighters’ federation warned of the impact of global warming on civil protection. “It’s firefighters, civil security who deal with the effects daily - and these effects aren’t in 2030, they’re right now,” said Grégory Allione. Portugal’s temperatures have soared to 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 C), leaving the countryside bone dry. Spain’s EFE news agency reported that more than 1000 people have died from heat exposure in both Spain and Portugal. “We expect the heat to continue but lessen each passing day,” Spain’s state meteorological agency AEMET reported. Another deadly consequence of the heatwave have been wildfires. Thousands of firefighters battle wildfires in Portugal, Spain, southwestern France, and southern Spain near the Costa del Sol and many other parts of Europe. Germany, Portugal, Poland, and Spain account for the most deaths due to the wildfires. Thousands of others across Europe fled to shelters, with many blaming the cause of the wildfires on climate change (BBC). Civilians in Spain’s Torremolinos Beach saw smoke rising in the mountain. Planes dropped fire retardant substances, and helicopters shuttled to and from the coast, collecting seawater to douse the flames. In northern Morocco fires swept through the Larache, Ouezzane, Taza and Tetouan provinces. One village was destroyed in the Ksar El Kebir area. Firefighters in Greece are tackling blazes in the Frieza area, about 31 miles south-east of Athens, and near Rethymno, on the north coast of Crete. Seven villages have been evacuated near Rethymno. The French government forced the evacuation of some 16,200 people to protect villages close to wildfire hotspots. A French resident described the fires as feeling “post-apocalyptic.” The fire, south of Bordeaux, ravaged nearly 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of land as more than 3000 firefighters attempted to control the blaze (BBC). As heatwaves and continuous wildfires continue to ravage parts of Europe, government officials are providing aid and instructions on how to best maintain safety, such as staying indoors, keeping hydrated, and staying in shaded areas. In the long run, government officials hope on preventing these conditions from happening again by making changes within their societies to promote leaving less carbon admissions.
Ola de calor mortal en Europa
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Ola de calor mortal en Europa

Una ola de calor masiva que afecta a Europa comenzó cerca de finales de junio y continúa rompiendo récords en muchas naciones europeas. La ola de calor comenzó en el Mediterráneo y rápidamente llegó a Francia, España y Portugal, y continuó hacia áreas como el Reino Unido, Grecia e Italia. Italia y el Reino Unido declararon un estado de emergencia, junto con muchos otros países europeos. Investigadores encontraron que las olas de calor europeas ocurrieron cuando una corriente en chorro se había dividido temporalmente en dos, dejando un área de vientos débiles y aire a alta presión, creando una acumulación de calor extremo (Indian Express). La ola de calor dio lugar a nuevas discusiones por parte de muchos líderes europeos para impulsar la energía verde para reducir las emisiones de calentamiento del planeta en un 55 por ciento para 2030. "Las olas de calor se han vuelto más frecuentes, intensas y duran más tiempo debido al cambio climático inducido por el hombre. El mundo ya se ha calentado unos 34 grados Fahrenheit (1.1C) desde que comenzó la era industrial", según la NASA. El aumento de las temperaturas es el resultado principalmente de la quema de combustibles fósiles. El jefe de la federación de bomberos de Francia advirtió sobre el impacto del calentamiento global en la protección civil. "Son los bomberos, la seguridad civil, los que lidian con los efectos a diario, y estos efectos no están en 2030, lo están ahora mismo", dijo Grégory Allione. Las temperaturas de Portugal se han disparado a 116 grados Fahrenheit (47 C), dejando campos como hueso seco. La agencia de noticias española EFE informó que más de 1000 personas han muerto por exposición al calor tanto en España como en Portugal. "Esperamos que el calor continúe, pero disminuya cada día que pasa", informó la agencia estatal de meteorología de España, AEMET. Otra consecuencia mortal de la ola de calor han sido los incendios forestales. Miles de bomberos luchan contra incendios forestales en Portugal, España, el suroeste de Francia y el sur de España, cerca de la Costa del Sol y muchas otras partes de Europa. Alemania, Portugal, Polonia y España representan la mayor cantidad de muertes debido a los incendios forestales. Miles de personas en toda Europa huyeron a refugios, y muchos culparon al cambio climático como la causa de los incendios forestales (BBC). Civiles en la playa española de Torremolinos vieron humo elevarse en la montaña. Los aviones arrojaron sustancias ignífugas, y los helicópteros se trasladaron hacia y desde la costa, recogiendo agua de mar para apagar las llamas.   En el norte de Marruecos, los incendios arrasaron las provincias de Larache, Ouezzane, Taza y Tetuán. Una aldea fue destruida en la zona de Ksar El Kebir. Los bomberos en Grecia están abordando los incendios en el área de Freezer, a unas 31 millas al sureste de Atenas, y cerca de Rethymno, en la costa norte de Creta. Siete aldeas han sido evacuadas cerca de Rethymno. El gobierno francés obligó a evacuar a unas 16.200 personas para proteger las aldeas cercanas a los focos de incendios forestales. Un residente francés describió los incendios como "post-apocalípticos". El incendio, al sur de Burdeos, devastó casi 10.000 hectáreas (25.000 acres) de tierra mientras más de 3.000 bomberos intentaban controlar el incendio (BBC). A medida que las olas de calor y los continuos incendios forestales continúan devastando partes de Europa, los funcionarios gubernamentales están proporcionando ayuda e instrucciones sobre la mejor manera de mantener la seguridad, como permanecer en interiores, mantenerse hidratado y permanecer en áreas sombreadas. A largo plazo, los funcionarios del gobierno esperan evitar que estas condiciones vuelvan a ocurrir haciendo cambios dentro de sus sociedades para promover la salida de menos admisiones de carbono. Por Alex Fernandez Reportero LNT Fuentes Adicionales: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-07-14/heat-waves-in-europe-show-danger-of-turning-from-climate-goals-to-coal-power https://e-mc2.gr/el/news/europe-heatwave-deadly-wildfires-spread-mediterranean https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/uk-europe-heat-wave-fires/index.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_European_heat_waves https://indianexpress.com/article/world/why-europe-is-becoming-a-heat-wave-hot-spot-8037899/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/europe-heatwave-france-spain-wildfires/ https://phys.org/news/2022-07-western-europe-heatwave-peak-spain.html https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2022/07/18/eu-runways-melt-britain-paris-parks-open-heat-wave-europe/1791658170654/ https://california18.com/heat-wave-generates-fires-in-portugal-spain-and-france/5682972022/ https://www.thenational.scot/news/20287743.europe-battling-heatwave/ https://www.npr.org/2022/07/18/1111996473/france-wildfires-heat-wave-europe
Sri Lankan President Resigns and Flees to Singapore
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Sri Lankan President Resigns and Flees to Singapore

Sri Lankan President Resigns and Flees to Singapore Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa agreed to step down Thursday, July 14, 2022 after protestors stormed his house July 9, amidst widespread disapproval of economic downfall and poor government management. Factors which further contributed to the protests are the devaluation of the Sri Lankan rupee due to over production of currency, a policy shift to organic or biological farming, the Easter bombings in 2019, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rajapaksa fled to Singapore shortly after he sent a letter of resignation to the speaker of the country’s parliament via email. The office of the speaker of the parliament in Sri Lanka must follow steps in the verification of the authenticity of the letter. His counterpart Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is currently acting president, however Wickremesinghe has also agreed to step down. “To ensure the continuation of the Government including the safety of all citizens I accept the best recommendation of the Party Leaders today, to make way for an All-Party Government. To facilitate this I will resign as Prime Minister,” according to his Twitter account. Elections for a new President are scheduled for July 20, 2022, as a result of the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Sri Lankan law dictates a governmental successor be elected within 30 days. Many are hopeful that, with the upcoming elections and a new government, Sri Lanka can progress and become an economically and socially stable country. By Alexander Fernandez LNT Reporter
El presidente de Sri Lanka renuncia y huye a Singapur
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El presidente de Sri Lanka renuncia y huye a Singapur

El ex presidente de Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, acordó renunciar el jueves 14 de julio de 2022 después de que manifestantes invadieron su casa el 9 de julio, en medio de una desaprobación generalizada de la caída económica y la mala gestión del gobierno. Los factores que contribuyeron aún más a las protestas son la devaluación de la rupia de Sri Lanka debido a la sobreproducción de moneda, una política para cambiar a la agricultura orgánica o biológica, los bombardeos de Pascua en 2019 y el impacto de la pandemia de COVID-19. Rajapaksa huyó a Singapur poco después de enviar una carta de renuncia al presidente del parlamento del país por correo electrónico. La oficina del presidente del parlamento en Sri Lanka debe seguir los pasos en la verificación de la autenticidad de la carta. Su equivalente, el primer ministro Ranil Wickremesinghe, es actualmente presidente interino, sin embargo, Wickremesinghe también ha aceptado dejar su cargo. "Para garantizar la continuación del Gobierno, incluyendo la seguridad de todos los ciudadanos, acepto la mejor recomendación de los líderes del Partido hoy, para dar paso a un Gobierno de todos los partidos. Para facilitar esto renunciare como primer ministro", según su cuenta de Twitter. Las elecciones para un nuevo presidente están programadas para el 20 de julio de 2022, tras la renuncia del presidente Gotabaya Rajapaksa. La ley de Sri Lanka dicta que un sucesor gubernamental sea elegido dentro de los 30 días. Muchos tienen la esperanza de que, con las próximas elecciones y un nuevo gobierno, Sri Lanka pueda progresar y convertirse en un país económicamente y socialmente estable. Por Alexander Fernández Reportero LNT
The Quest for Medical Assistance
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The Quest for Medical Assistance

The United States healthcare system has had its troubles for many years. Government health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid were put in place to assist those at a medical disadvantage regarding disability, age, and financial need. Medicare is federally operated for people over 65 and can also cover younger disabled individuals; Medicaid is state operated for low-income individuals. Although these programs help, they need to be improved. Many doctors decline to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients due to the program’s complicated paperwork and doctor repayment methods. “The payment amount doctors receive for providing services, are on average lower for Medicaid than Medicare or private coverage. About 19 percent of the initial claims submitted to Medicaid are not paid in full. For Medicare and for the private insurers, that share is much lower: 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively” (Vox). Ricky Stewart is one of the many individuals with this type of health coverage and wanted to share his personal experience. He explained how he decided to find a new doctor because the overall service of his current doctor made it clear that his medical needs were secondary and a nuisance. Stewart stated he was shocked to discover how challenging it would become. Stewart’s quest began by calling Medicaid and requesting information on doctors within his area who took his medical coverage. He then proceeded to call several doctors from the list they provided. The doctors he called were either retired, unable to take his insurance, not accepting new patients, or had atrocious reviews and a lack of experience. The disabled population of the United States has another issue besides limited coverage: finding good doctors who will dignify themselves by providing essential medical care. “If someone is disabled, why should they be made to receive treatment as a second-class citizen?” Stewart replied. Continuing the quest for a doctor, he called Medicaid again. The customer service representative was pleasant and helpful and offered to call doctors on his behalf. Soon after, she too was subject to the never-ending loop of being transferred from one medical center to the next with the gleaming but shortly lived hope of finding someone who would take the insurance. She had no luck and told Stewart she was placing a grievance with the advocate team and wished him a nice day. Stewart continued by explaining how he then contacted his personal Medicare representative to see if he could help find a general doctor. After a few days, his representative found a doctor in Stewart’s area who took the insurance, accepted new patients and had good reviews. He took the first available appointment they had, which was three weeks down the road. Much to his dismay, when he arrived at the doctor’s office, it was located at a residential home and had a delivery of new blood vials opened and subject to the elements sitting in the driveway surrounded by litter. Still holding out hope, Stewart walked in to be greeted by a filthy waiting area and was informed by the receptionist, upon giving her his driver’s license and insurance card, that she would need to check with the doctor to see if they could accept him as a patient. Needless to say, he is currently still searching for a new doctor. Stewart’s experience with government-provided medical insurance is not an isolated incident. Countless other Americans suffer the same hardships when seeking medical help. A process that should be straightforward, even with the aid of their customer service, took more than a month of continuous calling and scheduling, only to end in failure. Why, as a nation, are we accepting our government-funded health insurance to be so inadequate, making the lives of our elderly and disabled so difficult? Without having health insurance, one cannot survive within the United States and remain financially solvent. One day, let’s hope changes will occur to our government funded health insurances that will mean the less fortunate in our society will be able to receive the same essential care as people with private insurance. By Alexander Fernandez LNT Reporter
La Búsqueda de Asistencia Médica
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La Búsqueda de Asistencia Médica

El sistema de salud de los Estados Unidos ha tenido sus problemas durante muchos años. Los programas de seguro médico del gobierno como Medicare y Medicaid se implementaron para ayudar a aquellos en desventaja médica con respecto a la discapacidad, la edad y la necesidad financiera. Medicare es operado federalmente para personas mayores de 65 años y también puede cubrir a personas discapacitadas más jóvenes, Medicaid es operado por el estado y es para personas de bajos ingresos. Aunque estos programas ayudan, necesitan ser mejorados. Muchos doctores se niegan a aceptar pacientes de Medicare y Medicaid debido al complicado papeleo y métodos de reembolso al doctor. "Las tasas de pago de Medicaid, la cantidad que los doctores reciben por proporcionar servicios, son en promedio más bajas que Medicare o la cobertura privada. Alrededor del 19 por ciento de las reclamaciones iniciales presentadas a Medicaid no se pagan en su totalidad. Para Medicare y para las aseguradoras privadas, esa proporción es mucho menor: 8 por ciento y 5 por ciento, respectivamente" (Vox). Ricky Stewart es una de las muchas personas con este tipo de cobertura de salud y quería compartir la experiencia personal. El decidió encontrar un nuevo médico porque el servicio general del doctor actual dejaba en claro que las necesidades médicas de Stewart eran secundarias y una molestia. Stewart fue sorprendió descubrir lo desafiante que se convertiría. La búsqueda de Stewart comenzó llamando a Medicaid y solicitando información sobre los médicos dentro de mi área que aceptaban mi cobertura médica. Luego el procedo a llamar a varios doctores de la lista que proporcionaron. Los doctores a los que el llamo estaban jubilados, no podían tomar mi seguro, no aceptaban nuevos pacientes o tenían criticas atroces y falta de experiencia. La población discapacitada de los Estados Unidos tiene otro problema además de la cobertura limitada, y es encontrar buenos doctores que se dignifiquen a sí mismos al proporcionar atención médica esencial. “Si alguien está discapacitado, ¿por qué se le debe obligar a recibir tratamiento como ciudadano de segunda clase?” Stewart respondo. Continuando con la búsqueda de un doctor, Stewart volvo a llamar a Medicaid. La representante de servicio al cliente fue agradable y servicial y se ofreció a llamar a doctores en el nombre de Stewart. Poco después, ella también estuvo sujeta al ciclo interminable de ser transferida de un centro médico a otro con la esperanza reluciente pero poco vivida de encontrar a alguien que tomara el seguro. Ella no tuvo suerte, dijo que estaba presentando una queja con el equipo de consultores legales y me deseó un buen día. Luego él se puso en contacto con el representante personal de Medicare para ver si podía ayudarme a encontrarme un doctor general. Después de unos días, encontró un doctor en mi área que tomó el seguro, estaba aceptando nuevos pacientes y tenía buenas críticas. Tomé la primera cita disponible que tenían, que era a las tres semanas La consternación de Stewart cuando llegué al consultorio del doctor estaba ubicada en una casa residencial y tenía una entrega de viales de sangre nuevos abiertos y sujetos a los elementos que estaban sentados en el camino de entrada rodeados de basura. Aún con esperanza, el entro para ser recibido por una sala de espera sucia y la recepcionista que le informó al darle la licencia de conducir y tarjeta de seguro médico que tendría que consultar con el doctor para ver si podían aceptarme como paciente. No hace falta decir que Stewart todavía está buscando un nuevo doctor. La experiencia de Stewart con el seguro médico proporcionado por el gobierno no es un incidente aislado. Innumerables otros estadounidenses sufren las mismas dificultades cuando buscan ayuda médica. Un proceso que debería ser sencillo, incluso con la ayuda de su servicio al cliente, tomó más de un mes de llamadas y agendas, solo para terminar en fracaso. ¿Por qué, como nación, estamos aceptando que nuestro seguro de salud financiado por el gobierno sea tan inadecuado, haciendo que las vidas de nuestros ancianos y discapacitados sean tan difíciles? Sin tener seguro de salud, uno no puede sobrevivir dentro de los Estados Unidos y permanecer financieramente solvente. Algún día, esperemos que se produzcan cambios en nuestros seguros de salud financiados por el gobierno que significarán que los menos afortunados de nuestra sociedad podrán recibir la misma atención esencial que las personas con seguro privado. Por Alexander Fernández Reportero LNT
CoComelon Addiction
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CoComelon Addiction

Cocomelon, a popular children’s cartoon, may act as a stimulant drug for toddlers due to hyperactive overstimulating qualities and extreme color use (Educator Claims Cocomelon is a drug). “This show is highly overstimulating and is very likely to result in behavioural and attention disorders. According to Child Development specialist Jerrica Sannes, it acts as a stimulant that gives the toddler brain a hit of dopamine in every scene,” According to Child Development specialist Jerrica Sannes. Sannes also believes the more a child watches the show, the more their brains expect that level of stimulation, making it impossible for them to play creatively without entertainment. Health risks to children can also occur after prolonged exposure to Cocomelon, resulting in neurological issues similar to those with ADHD and Autism (Experts on Cocomelon). Cocomelon is different from other children’s cartoons because of the fast pace, non-stop bombardment of color, imagery, activity, and relatable toddler instances, which keep the toddlers hooked (Cocomelon plot summary). Gabi Casais, a mother, believes her daughter was addicted to the show because she would “cry and scream” if Casais refused to show it. Elmer Bustillo, Camila’s stepfather, noticed an issue with her watching the show. “When we turned it off.” Bustillo continued, “The first time we took the show off the television, we started seeing a reaction from her. She started crying and throwing a tantrum and was slightly more aggressive.” Bustillo said she would react by throwing tantrums, crying, and repeatedly demanding to watch the show once the program was turned off. “She reacts by crying or repeating ‘coco melon,’ ‘Cocomelon, ‘Cocomelon.’” Bustillo added, “[Cocomelon] is all she talked about. There was nothing else that she wanted to see or hear other than Cocomellon. She was zoned into watching the show; I had to get in front of the television to snap her out of it.” Parents on Common Sense Media rate the show a single star and urge parents not to show children as it depicts graphic, adult themes like “nudity, drug use and violence) believing the show should be rated “18 and up” (Common Sense Media). Bustillo and Casais did not see any indication that the show had “adult themes.” The main problem these parents had with the show was that it consumed their daughter’s life. The show was so time-consuming for their daughter that when Camila watched it, Bustillo and Casais could get more work done around the home than with any other show. The show was watched for 33 billion minutes last year (2021), more than the Netflix hits Squid Game and Bridgerton combined, according to market-measurement firm Nielsen (Time). The show’s popularity is due to the bright colors found throughout the Cocomelon world, no conflict within the show, no sharp edges or corners, and each scene is presented from a toddler’s point of view, and the characters are “unfailingly” kind to one another. These aspects of the show make it highly desirable for young audiences. It is colorful, relatable, and clean. The show is tailored to its target audience at every level. The show’s effect is not limited to children; parents often found themselves sitting alongside their children, wholly absorbed by the show’s colors and non-violent, calming nature. There is no national or international regulation on this show, and the show has recently become more popular. However, the show came out in 2006 (no research or studies were conducted at that time) and became the most repeatedly watched show in Hispanic, Asian and African American households, easily besting other children’s titles. Nielson, a global audience measuring company, released data showing Cocomelon was the second most-streamed show in 2021 and only had nine episodes available to stream on Netflix. Few episodes indicate that the show has repeat viewers watching the same episodes repeatedly. For the conclusion of the article, please visit the Life News Today webpage.