Several inspiring stories have been already shared a million times over the internet. And it’s great to have them regardless if they are scripted or not. However in a reality show where talents are being showcased, it is not always every day that you get to see someone who pursued to reach their dreams and eventually inspire a lot of people because of that perseverance. A singer who auditioned at America’s Got Talent show has just made history because of her very inspiring story.

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    Mandy Harvey auditioned on AGT for the 2017 season. When she stepped on the stage, she was with her interpreter. It then turned out she was deaf. But the thing was she wasn’t deaf since birth but she lost her hearing when she was just 18 due to an illness. Despite that unfortunate event that happened to her life. She still tried to continue her passion in singing against all odds.


    While she was on stage, she removed her shoes and stood barefoot. It was for a reason that she relies on vibration in order for her to stay in tune through feeling the beat and tempo of the music. It was the most amazing thing that has even happened on that particular show. People weren’t even ready to witness such a wonderful event. It was very inspiring and uplifting especially for those who are in difficult situation and are about to give up on their dreams.

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    She sang a song entitled “Try” which describes her entire journey when she started to lose her hearing and how she managed to overcome it and tried everything in order to be back on track. When she started singing, people started to weep because of the message of the song and the how she managed to sing it the right and genuine emotion. She was such an inspiration and Simon Cowell delivered the Mandy Harvey to live performance by pressing the golden buzzer.

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    Mandy Harvey is a living proof that the odds against your dreams will depend on how you see and believe yourself. And that success begins when you start to remind yourself of your passion and purpose in life.
 

Watch her full audition below. (video uploaded by AGT official youtube account)

    War is the most unwanted and feared event that could happen in any place. Last May 23, 2017, the Philippines was reportedly fighting against local terrorist groups who later turned out to be related to ISIS. ISIS has already managed to spread terror attacks in different countries all over the world. And unfortunately, Philippines just became one of its targets. It has been 18 days since the war erupted in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. The Philippine soldiers are sacrificing their lives in order to save the future of their country and its people. 

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    It is a difficult battle for the soldiers because the rebel group or the terrorists are using high-powered guns and they appear to have a good number of ammunition supplies. As of the writing there are already more than 50 fallen soldiers who died defending the country. With the presence of RPG from terrorist fighters targeting military tanks, it was difficult for the soldiers to fight back. Most of the soldiers die while inside the tank due to the impact caused by the explosion. Tanks are easier target because of its size. With this in mind, the Filipino soldiers were able to come up with a great idea on how to counter this problem.

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    In order to minimize the impact, the soldiers then put wood logs covering their tanks. The wood will help to lessen the impact of RPG explosion. Bullets will just stay on the thick wood without fully penetrating on the external surface of the vehicle. Truly Filipinos are very resourceful in any situation even during war. 

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    Some are even considering of taking into account the possible innovation of battle tanks to adopt the idea. Although it may appeared simple and old-school, it was effective and it did serve its purpose. It is also a proof that although the Philippines does not have enough and latest military artilleries, Filipinos are still blessed to have brave and resourceful soldiers that are ready to die for the country. 

 

    In every nation or country there are stories that are very much pleasing to know such as its history, culture and tradition. Each country possesses a unique story that sets it apart from any other places such as Japan. Japanese people are much known for their patriotism and their strong ties with their culture and tradition. They are the ones who would literally die to give honor to their country. They give importance to nature and life as a whole. They strive for wisdom and pride. They honor their forefathers as much as they honor their country.

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    One of the most iconic symbols for Japan is the Cherry Blossom Tree. In fact in became one of the tourist attractions in Japan. Although this tree can actually grow in other countries, cherry blossoms from Japan are incomparable to others because it holds one of Japan’s important culture and tradition. Japanese view cherry blossoms as a symbol of life itself. For them, they believe that their lives can be of similar to these trees. For them life has its seasons and it is as beautiful as this tree. Just like trees, the human life has its expiration or end and that they are reminded to love and cherish their family member because nothing is permanent in this world. 

cherry blossoms in japan


    These trees start to bloom as early as February and its peak takes place during April. Large number of families gathers to witness the cherry blossom trees in full bloom. It is a special moment for everyone and family members see to it that they could spend time with each other during this season. Watching the cherry blossom tree with its soft pink color is greatly appreciated in Japan. It is a way of honoring their beliefs and history as a whole. 

cherry blossoms in japan


    As much as Japanese people would like to share this important event to tourists, they are persistent in reminding the public especially the tourists to follow certain laws and proper etiquette when they wish to be part of this celebration. No one is allowed to hold the Cherry Blossom Tress, or shake them because it is a sign of disrespect and humiliation. Although it may seem an ordinary tree for some tourists, for them it is part of their identity and they would like to preserve this belief no matter what. Tourists are then expected to be very cautious and just enjoy watching these tress and not cause any trouble at all. 

    With today’s latest inventions and discoveries, it’s hard to tell what science cannot do. Mankind surely would benefit from all of these researches and breakthroughs especially when it comes to the medical field. Humans are really taking a good shot in looking for answers or cure to life threatening diseases and even ways on how to lengthen the human life. One of the most controversial medical proposals ever made for the 2017 is the head transplant procedure.

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    Although the idea of head transplant started few years ago, it is expected to happen later this year or early on next year. Doctors behind this procedure were composed of a team of neurosurgeons headed by Sergio Canavero. Aside from the team he is also working in collaboration with another neurosurgeon from Harbin Medical University of China, Xiaoping Ren. 

rat head transplant


    The head transplant procedure made in rodents was reportedly successful. According to the neurosurgeons, it required them to use three rodents to carry out the procedure. One rodent’s head was transferred to another rodent. The last rodent was then used as to supply blood during the procedure. Positive results were taken and that the transplanted head perfectly work and showed normal brain activity while being attached to a larger rodent.

rat head transplant


    The procedure was also tested in other animals aside from rats, such as monkeys and rabbits. This was also done in humans using corpses. According to Dr. Canavero, all procedures carried out promising and feasible results. The surgeon is making sure that the human head transplant will successfully happen later this year. They already have chosen the persons who will undergo such procedure but to choose not to reveal the identity of the persons involved. The only known detail is that they came from China. 

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    Hearing this kind of information, will it ever happen and is it really ethical to conduct such procedure on humans. Although several organ transplants were already done in the history, this one is somewhat an exemption. Several groups were not in favor with the vision of the Italian Surgeon because he personally announced and release journals about this procedure without even consulting the American Association for Neurological Surgeons. Even the president of the association condemned him for conducting such procedure which should first undergo to series of assessment before publishing it.

Dr. Canavero head transplant


    Dr canavero and his team was able to carry out the procedure without any delay because they were financially supported by several groups who share the same visions with them. The mere idea of this method is purely morbid and it’s quite surprising how this neurosurgeon is able to make it happen in no time without any restraint. 


    How far can science actually go? Although doing this could be beneficial to humans, it is selectively beneficial because not all will benefit from this. There are already cases of organ trafficking, think of how deadly this can actually go?
 

    The Philippines has caught the attention of several humanitarian groups because of the alleged extra judicial killings happening in the country. Those who are against of the present administration’s campaign to eradicate drugs all over the country raised their concerns up to the international or foreign bodies. Because according to them the Philippines is being managed under President Rodrigo Duterte’s dictatorship.

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    In response to this call, there are indeed several international groups even the UN who immediately showed disagreement towards the Duterte administration without even validating the reports being brought to them. This is actually one of the biggest conflicts within this country. Media is no longer a source for credible and genuine news. The integrity of those who are working in media companies have been already stained because of their biased reporting. It has been already proven several times even during the campaign period. 

budajo masaccre


    During Duterte explained and defended his governance and the alleged extra judicial killings. In counter to what the critics and the international groups were saying, Duterte then showed photos of the Budajo. These photos were not even documented in Philippine history books. Majority of the Filipinos are not aware of the existence of this unfortunate event. Only few people knew about this and luckily the President is one of these people. He revealed the almost-forgotten sentiments of those people who were part of the said history. 

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    Budajo, is one of the most bloody encounters of all time. Although this wasn’t documented, it remains in the memory of the Tausug Tribe who has kept in their memories up to now. There were pictures recovered of what actually happened during that time. It was absolutely a massacre were helpless individuals were slaughtered.  The tribe resisted the American colonization in return they did this to them. However it was not documented at all. Americans managed to build a false image of them being good to Filipinos. 


    This is the main reason why Duterte believes that there is strong and undying sentiments in Mindanao that very few people are aware of. Finally the time has come that it has been revealed to the public and how bloody it was for our brother and sisters. It was even suggested that history books for public schools must contain and cover the details of this horrific event and to make every Filipino appreciate and enrich his or her own culture rather than those of other races. 
 

    The Black Nazarene has many names. In Spanish it is called the Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno. In Filipino it is known as Mahal na Itim na Nazareno or Itim na Nazareno. But its formal name in English is “Our Father Jesus Nazarene”. The black Nazarene is wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ. It is a life-sized figure carrying the cross. Filipino Catholics believe the wooden figure to be possessed with miraculous nature.
In the beginning the Black Nazarene had a fair complexion. But because of a fire that burned the ship it was carried on, it turned black. Luckily, the sculpture survived. The sculptor of the image has always been unanimous. According to history, it was brought to Manila from Acapulco, Mexico via a galleon ship. 
    Originally, the Black Nazarene had an identical twin sculpture which was brought to Manila. This is found in the Intramuros district church records. It is said that the first one kept in Bagumbayan’s San Nicolas de Tolentino church before it was transferred to Intramuros. Unfortunately the Battle of Manila in 1945 destroyed this first image of the Black Nazarene when a bomb hit it. By then, the other sculpture was placed in the Quiapo church where some people thought it to be the original one. In the year 1650 Pope Innocent X gave his approval of the Black Nazarene for veneration as Sacramental. He also gave the permission to the Confraternity of the Most Holy Jesus Nazarene. 
    Filipino Catholics and those who relate to the Passion of Christ venerate the Black Nazarene. Most of them would relate their hardships to the struggles that were experienced by Jesus himself such the one presented in the image of the statue. Devotees clap their hands after the offering of mass at the shrine as a sign of homage. 
    Three processions take place each year when the Black Nazarene is taken out for veneration. The procession takes place on New Year’s Day, January 9 and Good Friday. January 9 processions commemorate the transferring of the Nazarene to Quiapo church. On that day, the image is carried out to the street in a carriage called the “andas” which means “to go forward” in Spanish. The devotees would walk barefoot and wear maroon colored clothes as an act of reminiscing Jesus when he went to Mount Calvary. The carriage is tied with a rope which men would pull. In the past only men were allowed to pull the ropes but recently female devotees joined in the act. The Catholics would touch the image hoping for a miracle to happen. Some people allegedly have even been reported to have had their diseases cured after contact with the Nazarene. Because of this, desperate devotees who can’t get near the statue would throw their towels at the guards requesting them to rub it on the image hoping that its miracles would rub in the cloth. The procession of the Black Nazarene on feast day is known to be a fatal one because of the heat, fatigue and the massive numbers of devotees reaching to millions.
    Fortunately, when the number of devotees rose to 8 million, the route on the 9th January was altered to a much wider street located at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park. This is also the first place where the Nazarene was enshrined. At the end of the day, the statue is returned to the church. In contrast to this veneration, the other two commemoration of the Black Nazarene on New Year’s Day and Good Friday is a solemn one.

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    Until the discovery of the Callao Man, archaeologists used to believe that it was the Tabon Man who was the oldest and earliest man to have lived in the Philippines. The fossils of the Callao’s remains was discovered in Cagayan in Penablanca in the Callao Caves. It was found by Armand Salvador Mijares in the year 2007.      The discovery has produced a metatarsal, a group of bones which are located in mid and hind foot and somewhere near the toes. This metatarsus was about Sixty millimeters long. The find was dated through the use of a uranium series ablation, the most accurate dating method used by archaeologists. The results of the uranium shows that the bones were about 60-67,000 years old. If they were to prove the bones to belong to the Homo Sapiens then it would beat the Tabon Man and earn its place in the list as the earliest remains of man to be found in the Philippines. It also has the chance of being the oldest not only in the country but in the whole of Asia Pacific. Researchers has noted that the Callao Man had an average height of 4ft tall.      Researchers also believe that their descendants could be the Aetas who live in the mountains in the present in the Philippines. This is because of the possible features that emanate from their study of the metatarsal which suggests short height, curly hair and dark skin.      But the classification in terms of the biological of the Callao man became uncertain in July of 2010. This is because the metatarsal that was discovered was found out by researchers as belonging to the Homo genus species. These researchers speculate that Callao Man could either belong to the Homo florsiensis or the Homo Sapiens. Homo florsiensis are species which are distinct from men that is usually short in height and resides mostly on the islands of Indonesia. On the other hand, the Homo Sapiens are what is now known as the modern type of men. The researchers were becoming unsure of the genus of the bones due to the fact that they haven’t yet discovered a skull to fit the metatarsal. But Mijares was able to stress that the Callao Man was most probably an individual that has a small body.     Theories show that the Callao Man and his group of humans originated from the country of Indonesia and came to Luzon by way of a raft. The researchers have noted that this theory fits to dated existence of the Callao Man when humans were not yet capable of travelling long distances and voyages.      This glaciations created isthmuses or land bridges that connected islands from other islands. According to the theory during the times of the Callao Man there were isthmuses that connected Philippines to all of Southeast Asia.  In the present day, there have been no other researchers to find more on the bones of the Callao Man except those of Mijares’ group from the University of the Philippines.
    Nowadays people communicate more often with the use of apps such as skype, wechat, watsapp and the most popular one which is viber. However several cases were already reported wherein the privacy and security of the users were jeopardized. It won’t really happen actually if you personally know the person you ware chatting to, however taking chances to connect with strangers has taken its toll when using these apps.      However did you know that you can actually chat with a complete stranger without compromising your security and personal details? Most of the time the exchange of photos can be used to extort or even blackmail someone. It would be safer not to send or share your pictures but how would you know that you are indeed talking to the real person behind a profile you just saw in another app?      When people want to talk about private stuff but are actually hesitant to risk their security a few tips from Viber in sharing photos might just help. You can actually set a timer to your photos, once it has been seen it will automatically disappear. For that your chat mate could never say that he or she wasn’t able to view it.      The steps are so easy that you will be surprised. Step 1.Instead of attaching your photo using viber, open your gallery and select a picture that you would want to send. Step 2. Click on the share button and select Viber from the options. Step 3. You will be shown a preview of the photo that you would want to share, before hitting the “send” button, notice that there’s a clock icon below. Tap the icon and you will be given options as to how long would you want your image to be viewed. 10 seconds is the longest, pick your choice and hit send. If you notice the photo you shared became blurred then it’s a confirmation that you made the right steps. When the person tried to open or view it, it will disappear and it won’t even be saved on their devices.
    Although there are no official statements yet from globe telecom about them putting an end to their free Facebook promo on mobile data, people seemed to figure out quickly. When this promo started, people got the chance to enjoy using Facebook without spending anything for it. It is in all honesty free for its users. However who is actually funding this free subscription promo and why are they stopping it all of a sudden?     In 2013, globe launched its free Facebook for mobile data users. This was their best move considering that a growing number of users were already using smartphones rather than desktops or laptops. They wanted to be part of the convenience of having everything on your mobile device. And it was indeed a success because they were able to reach 140% of revenue growth a year after they launched the promo. They have even mentioned that free Facebook under globe telecom will forever stay as long as it gives them stable revenue.     But who is actually funding this promo? According to globe telecom, they are paying for the total cost of the bandwidth consumed by the free Facebook users. Although it may seemed like they are giving it for free, they were convinced that they are still making profit out of it. This could happen since a user will be charged right away once he or she goes out of the app by clicking a certain link.      The number of smartphone users at this moment is still increasing, but why is it that globe decided to retract its free Facebook promo, when more users would mean more growth in their revenue? Although they claimed that they are alone paying for the bandwidth of their users, this seems to be different in other network providers in different countries who decided to team up with the owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. It is actually the owner of Facebook himself who shoulders the cost of the bandwidth in order to provide free access for its users and in return gain more number of users and more profit for his team.      Almost all websites that you can find in the internet rely on advertisers for monetary gain. If you have been fond of watching videos in Facebook you will notice ads being inserted in the middle of some videos, this is actually how Facebook makes money. But with globe’s free Facebook promo, you can barely view a picture and how much more for a video? The only thing that works on free Facebook is its messenger, but unlike the Facebook app, it does not contain ads.   
    Getting pregnant and giving birth is two of the most magical and amazing moments of being a woman and of becoming a mom. Although it seems to be the most remarkable stage or transition from being a woman to becoming a mother, not all women are lucky enough to have a normal delivery due to several reasons. Caesarean section is often performed when the mother has health issues that need to be taken care of first. It is also done when the baby is not in the right position to be delivered normally.      Almost all women would like to have a normal delivery due to financial concerns and even health issues. A normal delivery is also much anticipated because the mother plays the most important role in giving birth to her child. It is also the reason why some mothers felt a bit less of the birthing process because they were put to sleep during the caesarean section.      However to address this issue the caesarean section now has a new process called the gentle C-section. Unlike the traditional C-section, this new process is a lot more interactive because the mother is actually awake and conscious during the entire process. It is also unique because the baby is given the chance to gently pop out of the mother’s tummy making his or her way to the world.      This new birthing process just went quite viral and people are really amazed on how a baby could possibly gently come out of from the mother on its own. Of course the doctors are there to assist, but they let the baby to have its moment of coming out. After the delivery, the baby is then given to the mother for them to have a skin to skin bond which is actually very essential for the baby. It allows the baby’s body to adjust to the temperature of his or her new environment with the help of the warmth that he or she gets from his or her mom. Before, this could only happen during a normal delivery, however big thanks to science, even C-section moms will now have the chance to hold their babies right after giving birth.      On the video below uploaded by youtube user TomoWorld and was uploaded last April 25, 2017. You will see how this cute little guy here managed to say hello to the world. He had a good cry which is actually a good sign that the baby is healthy and he has no complications at all. 
    Most of the time, the human face receives all the compliments and criticisms during first impression. However your feet will have it the next time. Isn’t it a bit ironic if you have a pretty face but you also got dirty and ugly feet? This is one of the most common problems that women encounter especially for those living in tropical countries such as the Philippines.      You may think that you can absolutely counter a dark feet problem by wearing sneakers or rubber shoes all day, this may help a little but what if you need to wear corporate shoes? You will absolutely look terrible if you are going to pair your corporate attire with a pair of sneakers and you surely don’t want that to happen to you.      Just like the face, there are ways to take care of your feet to make it, healthy, glowing, and free from foul odor. The direct exposure from the sun can deliberately cause your feet to darken and develop tan lines depending on the type of footwear you have. If possible refrain from being too exposed from sunrays, you can also use moisturizer and sun screen to protect your feet from possible sunburn.      If you exfoliate often with your face, then you must also do the same to your feet. Exfoliating your feet can do great just like what exfoliating in your face can do. Do it at least twice a week if you really have bad and sunburnt feet.      If you are more concern on the amount of money that you need to shed in order to have a beautiful white feet, then this is not a problem because there are lots of home remedies that you can use that are as effective with the ones being commercially advertised. You can absolutely perform a foot spa in your home without worrying about the expenses at all.     One of the most common house ingredients that you can also use in cleaning your feet are baking soda and lemon. Baking soda has been known with its cleansing abilities. It is even used in cleaning kitchen sinks and toilets so you should never underestimate its capacity to clean. You can soak your feet in a 1 liter of water with 1 cup of baking soda, leave it for a few minutes and then gently scrub it to remove dead skin cells. Do it twice a week and you’ll absolutely notice remarkable change in your feet.   

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    Of all the popular places in the world, Japan seemed to hold the reputation of having bizarre things or practices that you could never imagine such as the proliferation of their porn industry. Unlike in the Philippines, pornography is actually punishable by law and has corresponding penalties. It has been strongly condemned not only by the government but as well as the society.     However, although Japan has been known for its strict adherence to its culture and tradition it seems ironic that they allow or they help in regulation of pornography within their people. Pornography is even considered as a legit and feasible business in Japan.      If you might be wondering how it became that way, it’s all because Japan is actually preserving its culture and they embraced the fact that pornography already existed together with their history. Just like ancient civilizations, pornography were already evident on their writings and drawings. By continuing the practice they were able to have in the form of comics or manga. Later on an anime or Hentai has been made to proliferate pornography and finally short video clips were created.     Although it seems legal in Japan, there are actually rules and provisions that the porn industries are currently following such as the censorship of the actor and actresses genitals. It is not limited to live action but as well as in anime and manga. 
    Nowadays people communicate more often with the use of apps such as skype, wechat, watsapp and the most popular one which is viber. However several cases were already reported wherein the privacy and security of the users were jeopardized. It won’t really happen actually if you personally know the person you ware chatting to, however taking chances to connect with strangers has taken its toll when using these apps.      However did you know that you can actually chat with a complete stranger without compromising your security and personal details? Most of the time the exchange of photos can be used to extort or even blackmail someone. It would be safer not to send or share your pictures but how would you know that you are indeed talking to the real person behind a profile you just saw in another app?      When people want to talk about private stuff but are actually hesitant to risk their security a few tips from Viber in sharing photos might just help. You can actually set a timer to your photos, once it has been seen it will automatically disappear. For that your chat mate could never say that he or she wasn’t able to view it.      The steps are so easy that you will be surprised. Step 1.Instead of attaching your photo using viber, open your gallery and select a picture that you would want to send. Step 2. Click on the share button and select Viber from the options. Step 3. You will be shown a preview of the photo that you would want to share, before hitting the “send” button, notice that there’s a clock icon below. Tap the icon and you will be given options as to how long would you want your image to be viewed. 10 seconds is the longest, pick your choice and hit send. If you notice the photo you shared became blurred then it’s a confirmation that you made the right steps. When the person tried to open or view it, it will disappear and it won’t even be saved on their devices.
    Nature is indeed full of wonders and humans have not really explored it totally. There are still things that are seemingly odd in nature and there are also some that are quite deceiving. Take for example this Emerald Green Cat that was discovered in a small town in Bulgaria.      The town people and even people from far cities are quite familiar with this seemingly odd creature because of its color. The cat has been spotted walking around the city, it gives the town people the impression that it is a stray and it only gets its food by roaming around the place.      Due to its distinct color and possible breakthrough in the feline world, people from far countries travelled to Bulgaria just to take a closer peek and even take some pictures of it. However, this cat’s stardom started to fade when rainstorms came. Its bright emerald green color slowly faded away when rain started to fall.      It has been found out that the cat got its color from a barrel of paint where it sleeps. Although paints contain toxins that are eventually not good for the health, the cat was actually in good shape all throughout its stardom. With its color fading away, its popularity indeed started to slow down, however its quite noticeable she enjoyed her moment and made the most of it by gaining extra pounds.     
    In the midst of a severe flood happening in Guangxi Zhuang an Autonomous Region in China, a seemingly smiling pig was rescued along with other animals. Netizens were quick to spot the candidness of the pig’s smile while being saved from the flood. The pig seemed calmed and happy that it was rescued and even smiled wonderfully despite being held on its forelegs and ears.      As a usual response by netizens, its picture have been shared a hundred times and made quick rounds in social media all over the world. People were cheering of how this creature just made their days and made them smile right after seeing its picture.     However this pig’s instant stardom was shown not only through likes and shares of her original photo but people did hilarious Photoshop skills to savor the moment. The following are just one of the few photos that instantly became people’s favorite.       
    With today’s trend where direct, private, and instant messages are of great help to people, consumers must be aware in choosing mobile apps especially if it has something to do with your personal info’s such as your contact list where clients, bank accounts and other important stuff are being saved.     Most of the time, mobile apps are being installed because of its popularity. When a wide audience seemed to use it even for just a short time, you should expect for others to try it too without really verifying its security measures.  SARAHAH Honesty App is supposedly an app that can be used in giving feedbacks anonymously. Seems like people nowadays are drawn into intriguing stuff more than ever. However accordingly the app works in such a way that the person who has been rated or given feedback has no way of tracing or replying to it. The creator of the app tend to give its users the chance to leave positive comments or feedbacks as an act of kindness while keeping their identity unknown.      However the entire community has been totally shocked (shookt) when it has been revealed that this app is actually unknowingly stealing your personal details such as your contact list. Aside from stealing, they make use of it by uploading it to their data base and who knows what they could do about it.      Once you installed this app, it will only take them a while to steal your info. Logging out from the app can't make any difference at all. The best thing to do is to never ever install it and be more cautious in choosing an app.