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Some people are starting to question the legitimacy of the Taragis April Fools’ issue

In recent online discussions, questions have been raised regarding the authenticity of a widely publicized event, sparking skepticism among Filipinos on social media. The focal point of this skepticism is stemming from Taragis Facebook Page’s April Fools’ Day challenge, which has drawn attention and scrutiny from Filipinos online.

The said April Fools’ post has been taken down by Taragis from their official Facebook page.

One of the catalysts for this debate was a post by a social media user who expressed doubts about the legitimacy of the man who purportedly tattooed the Taragis logo on his forehead as part of the April Fools’ Day challenge. In her post, she pointed out the seemingly rapid timeline of events, highlighting discrepancies between the time of Taragis’ prank announcement and the alleged completion of the tattoo.

A user named Chonna Mae posted on Facebook, which reads, “Hoy Taragis! Ba’t binura niyo comment ko? Sinabi ko lang naman na duda ako du’n sa lalaking nagpa-tattoo ng logo niyo sa noo niya. Eh sa totoo namang 3:36 pm kayo nag-post ng April Fool’s Joke niyo tapos 4:04 pm, tapos na agad ‘yung tattoo niya at magaling agad. Ay nako mukhang nang-eeme lang ‘yang si Taragis, maniwala kayo sa’ken! Hahaha! Baka parte pa rin ng prank nila ‘yan. [Hey Taragis! Why did you delete my comment? I just said that I doubt the guy who got your logo tattooed on his forehead. The truth is, you posted your April Fool’s Joke at 3:36 pm, and by 4:04 pm, his tattoo was already done and healed perfectly. Oh well, Taragis seems to be just fooling around, believe me! Hahaha! Maybe that’s still part of their prank.]”

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Chonna Mae’s post reflects a sentiment shared by others who question the plausibility of the events portrayed in Taragis’ challenge. The timeline presented in the post suggests a swift execution of the tattoo, raising doubts about its authenticity and hinting at the possibility of staged theatrics for the April Fools’ Day prank.

Other social media users like Chonna Mae have also started to highlight the logistical challenges and time constraints involved in such a feat, from posting the challenge to the immediate completion of the tattoo. The process of designing, sterilizing equipment, and executing a tattoo typically requires more time than the interval between Taragis’ announcement and the alleged tattoo completion, adding to the skepticism surrounding the event.

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commentsFurthermore, OP’s observations regarding the appearance of the tattoo itself, noting the lack of expected signs such as swelling or redness around the tattoo, contribute to the overall skepticism regarding the authenticity of the challenge.

The debate has prompted discussions on social media platforms, with users dissecting the details of the event and sharing their perspectives on its credibility. While some view it as a harmless prank, others are calling for transparency and clarification from Taragis regarding the sequence and authenticity of the series of events related to their April Fools’ post.

As the discussion about the event continues to unfold, many are starting to wonder if Filipinos have been taken for a wild ride, given that Taragis’s social media presence revolves around trendjacking, as well as social media stunts and challenges.  One thing is still clear–whether it’s all been a slow-burn social media publicity stunt or not remains to be seen.


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