An Exercise in Plagiarism

Please, a little journalism can go a long way. Not like this. Here’s the original blog article by Byahilo on Calea cakes dated some time in 2006 (which by the way I have to agree is really yummy — click to enlarge):

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And here’s the article in the Philippine Star, dated May 16 2009 (click to enlarge):

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Byahilo’s version:

This cakeshop first opened its doors beside the L’ Fisher Hotel in Lacson Street. In no time, words spread like wildfire. Loyal patrons immediately grew in number, thus, the need for a larger space. Calea, then opened their second store at the Robinson’s Place in Mandalagan Bacolod City. And just recently, they also opened their third branch at the East Block, along the Circumferential Road. So what’s with Calea, anyway? To explain it directly, it’s one of a kind. No Metro Manila cakeshop could ever beat the cakes of Calea. Compare it head-to-head with Goldilocks or Red Ribbon, and you’ll know what I mean. And their cakes are cheaper too! Cheesecakes are pegged between 50-58 pesos per slice depending on the type of the cake. My personal favorites are the Blueberry Cheesecake and the Oreo cheesecake. Their Oreo Cheesecake is far more superior than that of Starbucks. So when you get a chance to visit Bacolod City, never dare miss the cakes of Calea.

Philippine Star author’s version:

The cake shop first opened its doors beside the L’ Fisher Hotel in Lacson Street. In no time, word spread out like wildfire. Loyal patrons immediately grew in number; thus, the need for a larger space. Calea then opened their second store at the Robinson’s Place in Mandalagan, Bacolod City. And just recently, they also opened their third branch at the East Block, along the Circumferential Road. So what’s with Calea, anyway? It’s one of a kind. No Metro Manila cake shop could ever beat the cakes of Calea. And their cakes are cheaper, too (pegged between Php50-65 per slice)! My personal favorites are the cheesecake and the lemon torte cake. So when you get a chance to visit Bacolod City, never dare miss the cakes of Calea.

No s#it, Sherlock!

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

42 replies on “An Exercise in Plagiarism”

That writer should be fired, and the Star should print an erratum. I hope the blogger pursues this.

ANG BLOGGER NA YAN, ANG HILIG RING MANGOPYA NG TOURISM PRESS RELEASE SA BLOG NYA..ULTIMO TULDOK KINOKOPYA, KAYA AYAN NAPALA NYA. HAHAHA. TIT FOR TAT, SIS BUNDAT!

Don Esteban,

Because press releases are really meant to be published. baka hindi mo alam yun. check mo sa newspapers ilan sa articles dun are actually press releases din?

Choo Lee, SORRY. Akala ko kasi ang bloggers ORIGINAL CONTENT eh, kaya nga ayaw nila ng PLAGIARISM di ba? hahaha.

Kung ayaw nya ng plagiarism, i-credit din nya ang writers ng mga press release na nilalabas sa blog.

I agree with the comment that PhilStar should terminate the services of the writer. Tama bang mangopya! Talk about unethical journalism.

Don Esteban press releases dont need to be cited kung sino writers nila. palibhasa wala kang alam sa pasikot sikot ng press releases.

Tsk tsk. Traditional journalists and even bloggers should cite their sources properly. Nakakahiya kasi eh. The members of the ‘tri-media’ pa naman boast that they are standardized than the new online media.

Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V work wonder? Aw!
Interestingly, see the 2nd paragraph of the article

Baguio’s peanut brittle and jam

Don’t be fooled by imitations

It’s sad that its not only peanut brittle and jam are prone to imitations, blog posts too 🙁

Bloggers should not copy press releases on their blog, word per word. Much more, kung walang credit where they got the press release, or no statement whatsoever that it was a press release. Otherwise they have no right to complain about plagiarism.They also have no right to let their readers believe that it was them who wrote it, when in fact it was just a press release.

Kung disenteng blogger ka CHOO LEE, alam mo ang ibig sabihin nito.shame on you!

What a shame. Oo nga ang lawak ng internet pero ngayon ang content theft ang dali na madetect. Ano ba naman ito daily broadsheet pang naturingan. Hayss. Which reminds me – madownload na nga finally yang plug in na yan sa blog ko. Mahirap na. “,)

obviously, don esteban does not know what he is talking about! press releases are meant to know by the public through government websites… government websites are meant to be served publicly… it’s part of the government’s job to inform us Filipino citizens what they want to tell us or inform us with… citing them or not is really an option… by the way, this is called information dissemination…

regarding naman sa plagiarism, i think byahilo talaga should file a case against the philippine star or kahit dun sa nagsulat… just my thoughts…

@Don Esteban, meron ka bang permalink ng sinasabi mo na plagiarism na ginawa ni byahilo? Para naman mahusgahan natin kung unethical nga ang ginawa ni byahilo, as compared to what Phil Star did to him?

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