BEFORE we start, I would like to ask you to press your lips together, got it? Push your mouth out like a pout or pucker and suck in your cheeks, got it? Raise your eyebrows, with one slightly higher than the other, got it? Set your cell phone camera ready and point it at your face at an approximately 45-degree angle, done? Now click!
Congratulations, you are now part of the Duckface Generation! To complete membership, post the picture on Facebook and beg friends to like it.
Yesterday, thousands of members of the Duckface Generation went back to school to start another year of duckfacing inside the classroom, at the canteen, in the library, in the science laboratory, inside the Student Affairs Office, inside the comfort room, at boarding houses, in dormitories, under the mango tree, at the sidewalk, at the mall, at parties, in drinking binges, at the bar, and just about any place where a phone camera can be pointed at a 45-degree angle to the face and there’s enough light.
If you are a parent and you happen to be reading this column, the reason your little girl failed Calculus last year was that she spent half of her study time duckfacing and posting her little duckface photos on Facebook. The other half she spent liking the duckface photos of others on Facebook.
If you’re a parent and you’re wondering what a duckface is, I advise you to go back to the first paragraph and try the instructions out yourself. After you’re done and you’re still confused what the fuss is all about, here’s this Internet definition of your daughter’s duckface pose:
“Duckface is a hideous facial expression, popularly used in self-taken photographs, in which the lips are pursed and flattened, usually accompanied by widened eyes which rarely look directly at the camera. It is mainly used by the subject to show how cute and random they are.”
When you’re done, you might want to call your daughter and beg her to please stop doing that duckface thing or you will cut her cell phone load allotment. Then catch up with us in the next paragraph.
Before the duckface, there’s the V-sign of some ten years ago, an equally bewildering Internet phenomenon that left us wondering what wrong have we done to some of our Asian neighbors that they inflicted this kind of punishment to us. The V-sign continues to attract followers, some of whom are now combining it with the duckface, doubling their bewildering effect on us innocent stalkers.
But while the duckface gained popularity with the rise of Facebook, one of its origins is traced to Derek Zoolander (Zoolander, 2001), whose trademark “Blue Steel” has a similar look. Google “Duckface” and “Zoolander” to know what I mean.
There’s a striking coincidence here. Zoolander the character, played by Ben Stiller, is self-centered, dim-witted and, stupid — the same adjectives duckface haters use to describe their enemies.
Another origin is thousands of years old. Remember Moai, those monolithic human figures carved from rock on Easter Island between 1250 and 1500? Look at those pouting lips! This could only mean one thing: hardcore duckfacers are dictated by the same divine power that commanded the Moai to walk around the island and into their present location.
Of course, there’s always Donald Duck to blame. But he’s too cool to have anything to do with all this.
I admit I have my own share of duckface photos too, but at least I don’t have a Calculus to fail.

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we start, I would like to ask you to press your lips together, got it? Push your mouth out like a pout or pucker and suck in your cheeks, got it? Raise your eyebrows, with one slightly higher than the other, got it? Set your cell phone camera ready and point it at your face at an approximately 45-degree angle, done? Now click!

Congratulations, you are now part of the Duckface Generation! To complete membership, post the picture on Facebook and beg friends to like it.

Yesterday, thousands of members of the Duckface Generation went back to school to start another year of duckfacing inside the classroom, at the canteen, in the library, in the science laboratory, inside the Student Affairs Office, inside the comfort room, at boarding houses, in dormitories, under the mango tree, at the sidewalk, at the mall, at parties, in drinking binges, at the bar, and just about any place where a phone camera can be pointed at a 45-degree angle to the face and there’s enough light.

If you are a parent and you happen to be reading this column, the reason your little girl failed Calculus last year was that she spent half of her study time duckfacing and posting her little duckface photos on Facebook. The other half she spent liking the duckface photos of others on Facebook.

If you’re a parent and you’re wondering what a duckface is, I advise you to go back to the first paragraph and try the instructions out yourself. After you’re done and you’re still confused what the fuss is all about, here’s this Internet definition of your daughter’s duckface pose:

“Duckface is a hideous facial expression, popularly used in self-taken photographs, in which the lips are pursed and flattened, usually accompanied by widened eyes which rarely look directly at the camera. It is mainly used by the subject to show how cute and random they are.”

When you’re done, you might want to call your daughter and beg her to please stop doing that duckface thing or you will cut her cell phone load allotment. Then catch up with us in the next paragraph.

Before the duckface, there’s the V-sign of some ten years ago, an equally bewildering Internet phenomenon that left us wondering what wrong have we done to some of our Asian neighbors that they inflicted this kind of punishment to us. The V-sign continues to attract followers, some of whom are now combining it with the duckface, doubling their bewildering effect on us innocent stalkers.

But while the duckface gained popularity with the rise of Facebook, one of its origins is traced to Derek Zoolander (Zoolander, 2001), whose trademark “Blue Steel” has a similar look. Google “Duckface” and “Zoolander” to know what I mean.

There’s a striking coincidence here. Zoolander the character, played by Ben Stiller, is self-centered, dim-witted and, stupid — the same adjectives duckface haters use to describe their enemies.

Another origin is thousands of years old. Remember Moai, those monolithic human figures carved from rock on Easter Island between 1250 and 1500? Look at those pouting lips! This could only mean one thing: hardcore duckfacers are dictated by the same divine power that commanded the Moai to walk around the island and into their present location to pout their lips for eternity.

Of course, there’s always Donald Duck to blame. But we know Donald Duck. He’s too cool to have anything to do with all this.

I admit I have my own share of duckface photos too, but at least I don’t have a Calculus to fail.


(SUN.STAR CEBU, JUNE 14, 2011)