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Giant billboard shows porn in the Philippines

Porn is accessible from anywhere; just a few keys and mouse clicks away. It is not even a remotely bothersome task as you only need to type a few words in a search bar and puff, there you are. There will literally be hundreds of options available for you to choose from. In the Philippines however, it appears you can watch porn on giant billboards on the main stretch of Makati City. That’s exactly what happened on Tuesday, March 20, when a massive electronic billboard played porn for all to see in the afternoon. Captivatingly, this occurred in a county where porn is illegal. You must be wondering what that was all about…

30 seconds video

The ‘porn in the streets’ incident took only about 33 seconds, but it was more than enough to leave bystanders frenzied in the predominantly Catholic country. The incident took place on an electronic billboard at a busy intersection on the main road through the central business district of the sprawling capital, Manila. Bemused onlookers were quick to remove their phones from their pockets to record the video in which a male and female are having sex. The video quickly circulated on social media platforms, with some of the onlookers saying that it was ”hard to believe what they were seeing”. Others thought of the incident as ‘funny, and surprising at the same time’. The billboard switched back to its regular advertising after the half minute adult entertainment.

According to reports, the faces of the man and the woman in the video were not immediately recognizable. Note that porn is illegal in the country while TV and movie content is strictly regulated.

Investigations launched

The Manila city mayor, Abigail Binay, was however not too amused by that incident. She claimed to have immediately launched an investigation in a bid to establish the individual behind the airing of the ‘lewd video.’ She also ordered a closure of the billboard at the corner of Gil Puyat and Makati Avenues to be shut down. She added that the billboard would remain closed until investigations establish how the video was played in public. The investigations will also look to establish whether the billboard’s owner, Philippine company Globaltronics or its employees were responsible for the incident.

The video was recorded by an onlooker, Mulong Sermonia, and can be heard laughing hysterically on the busy street. Sermonia was of the opinion that someone using a remote control device or app such as TeamViewer (used to connect to the computer remotely) was watching porn from their screens before carelessly switching it to the massive billboard. However, that is something authorities are yet to establish.

A statement from the Licensing Office head Maribert Pagente read: ”Upon being informed of reports of inappropriate images being shown on the billboard Mayor Abby Binay immediately ordered the owner of the billboard to cease and desist from operations last night.”

The office of the mayor is also conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident and liabilities of those concerned.”

A similar incident at BBC

This is not the first time that adult content has been inadvertently shown to the public. BBC New Delhi experienced a similar gaffe last year after the channel accidentally broadcasted a ‘porn video’ on its News at Ten programme. The incident occurred as newscaster Sophie Raworth was hosting the programme when an X-rated clip was mistakenly played on a screen placed right behind her. The adult video seemed to show a woman performing some kind of a striptease, at one time going completely topless.

Viewers quickly took to Twitter to alert BBC that a porn video was playing in their background. Funny enough, a closer look showed a man with headphones closely looking at the video showing the bare-chested woman with Sophie Raworth apparently unaware. Someone was apparently watching the video. BBC defended the incident saying that investigations would be conducted.

The Philippines spend longest average time on PornHub

This will come out as very ironical considering that porn is illegal in the Philippines. That has, however, not deterred people in that country from visiting popular porn site PornHub. According to a survey conducted by the giant porn website, Filipinos spend the longest average time on the site. The country has ranked 1st for the fourth year in a row according to Pornhub’s 2017 year-long data released on Jan. 9th. The data shows that Pornhub users in the Philippines spend an average time of 13 minutes and 28 seconds watching steamy videos on Pornhub, which is significantly higher than the global average of 9 minutes and 59 seconds. This is also a longer time than last year when Pornhub users in the Philippines spent an average of 12 minutes and 45 seconds watching porn. It appears Filipinos are watching porn more this year.

Regarding tastes, they prefer keeping it local with terms like “Pinay” (Filipina), “Pinoy” (Filipino) — ranking No. 1 and 3 in the country’s search terms. Perhaps that explains why porn played on a billboard in the CBD of a major city?

Conclusion

If there is as a country all porn enthusiasts should be looking forward to visiting; it’s the Philippines. They have shown their undying love for porn, even showing it on a giant billboard. The statistics from PornHub underline that point. Illegalizing porn in the country has clearly done little to dampen their enthusiasm.

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