Just two weeks before Costa Rica’s presidential elections, National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya’s campaign is in full swing, stopping Tuesday night for a rally in the provincial capital of Liberia, in Guanacaste. But a photo of the event posted the same night onAraya’s Facebook page set off a firestorm on social media, with critics alleging the photo is a fraud.“Question, why does (the banner) say Tilarán?” asked one Facebook user. “Why are some filming with their cellphones in one direction while others film in another? Why do some look in different directions? Why are the light tones different for all the people in front if the photo was supposedly taken from the same spot? Why is it so pixelated? Why are some faces blurry?”Whoever manages Araya’s Facebook page (could it be Don Johnny?) responded by spamming the comments section with a different version of the photo, this time with the “illuminating effect” removed and the following message:I’ve read some respectful comments and others motivated by emotions far removed from the Tico’s way of being. Let’s not exchange peace for hate and the friendliness of the Tico for unfounded aggression. I will happily share the photo without illumination (an effect that improves the vision of a mass meeting and doesn’t alter the photo). There are some people who seek to destroy what no other movement can build. Good night. A refreshed version of the same photo, this time “without illumination (an effect that improves the vision of a mass meeting and doesn’t alter the photo).” (Johnny Araya Facebook page)But many of his Facebook followers weren’t convinced.“They used Photoshop again!!!” responded one follower named Chester.And of course, in the spirit of true Tico creativity, the memes weren’t long to follow. Santa’s Little Helper and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band are with you, Johnny. (Joseph Ábrego Zuñiga)So was it real or fake? One thing’s certain, if it wasn’t Photoshop, there must be plenty of other photos coming to debunk the Villaltalieber (sorry, Justin) myth. Facebook Comments Related posts:Are these rally images ALSO photoshopped? UCR poll: Araya, Villalta, Solís neck-and-neck as campaigns close What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Ex-President Abel Pacheco to back opposition candidate Solís
LONDON– Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London has started taking reservations for the ultimate traditional London Christmas for their “Christmas Extravaganza” experience which includes priority arrangements at Harrods ‘Christmas Grotto’, the Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Christmas Carols by Candlelight Concert’, ‘Winter Wonderland Ice-skating’ in glorious Hyde Park, and a helpful gift collection and wrapping service.Guests are invited to spend the festive season in one of the most spectacular buildings of the Victorian era, for a time-honoured English Christmas with all the trimmings, unparalleled warmth, hospitality and service. Furthermore, the hotel’s concierge has created seamless arrangements to the most popular traditional Christmas festivities in the area.Priced from GBP 2525.00, the ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ programme includes:• Accommodation for a family of four over three nights in two deluxe inter-connecting rooms, adorned with individual Christmas stockings, festive decorations, a bijou Christmas tree, and festive goodies at turn-down every evening • Full English Breakfast at a family table in The Park restaurant every morning • A Golden Pass to the Harrods Children’s Christmas Grotto between at 12.30 or 1pm on Christmas Eve • Access to the Mandarin Oriental box at the Royal Albert Hall for the Raymond Gubbay ‘Christmas Carols by Candlelight’ concert at 7pm on Christmas Eve • Christmas Day Lunch in The Park with a special appearance from Father Christmas and gifts for the children • A family pass to London’s largest outdoor ice skating rink at the magical Winter Wonderland in adjacent Hyde Park • Complimentary porter gift collection for Christmas gifts from nearby Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the surrounding luxury boutiques of KnightsbridgeTerms and conditions:Prices are based on 2 inter-connecting rooms for a 3 night stay arriving 24 December 2008, for 2 adults and 2 children (0-12 years only) including a guaranteed early check-in at 9am and late check out to 4pm. This package is subject to availability and is non-combinable with any other offer or promotion, and excludes 17.5% VAT and 5% discretionary service charge. Bookings must be made two weeks prior to arrival. Additional nights are available at prevailing rates.http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/tempting%5Foffers/festive%5Fseasons/Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly on +44 (0) 207 235 2000, or through Mandarin Oriental’s worldwide sales and reservations offices or the Group’s direct on-line reservations service, www.mandarinoriental.com. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, over 10,000 rooms in 23 countries with 16 hotels in Asia, 14 in The Americas and nine in Europe and North Africa.