ABS-CBN Shenanigans

Do you have anything to share what are the shenanigans surrounding ABS-CBN? Well, I’m not damaging ABS-CBN’s reputation NOR I should say that it is the worst zaibatsu ever in the Philippines.

Well, here’s the question: What are the shenanigans surrounding ABS-CBN that you know/are familiar with?

What do I really think about Jeane Napoles’ online posts about luxury things?

Wow lang, ah. Kinabog pa niya sina Paris Hilton, and other really, really wealthy people.

Well, Paris Hilton does not need to brag her luxury and signature stuff because she’s really a rich kid. Thing is, she does not have class, and acts like a not-so-wealthy lass from Gossip Girl.

I may not be a fan of Paris, but what I like best about her is that, despite growing up rich, at least she knows how to mingle with the not-so wealthy people.

I could not help but to make a comparison between Jeane vs. Paris Hilton and some of the Chinoys who make it to the spotlight.

Jeane Napoles? What can I say about this person?

I don’t like to judge her and her family, but the pork barrel scam won’t end until they admit their sins. What sins? Ha! It’s about denying these things like those 20 luggages and err… the YSLs that Jeane usually collects.

Bragging your gadgets is a different thing–whether it’s low-end, mid-end or high-end, it does not matter for as long as you KNOW how to use it with your knowledge. Also, learning how to use a gadget is NOT a joke–so if you think hindering your son/daughter to own a gadget that they really wanted will make them better persons and patronizing the fake ones won’t make you more literate and all-knowing! Mag-isip isip din kapag may time, ah!

However, bragging designer labels is a DIFFERENT story. Bragging YSL, LV, Chanel and other luxury brands will really raise eyebrows. Bragging them will make people doubt you–ayos lang sana kung ang ipagmayabang mga mid-end designer brands (pero sosyal), but to brag all these high-end labels and travelling to Paris, Tokyo and other European places + holding a birthday bash in a luxury hotel in the United States–especially if you’re Filipino = will make people question you.

If a person brags about gadgets, I don’t think that will make them rich and arrogant at the same time, and I believe they’re just expressing themselves and sharing their happiness to the world. The phrase, “Money cannot buy happiness” does not always apply in day-to-day situations. As what Nietzsche (whether you are a fan or not) said, there are two types of morality, namely master and slave morality–when weighing the quote between these two types of morality, people practicing master morality will take this quote as a “pathetic excuse” because buying happiness for them means buying material things, and to fit in through their powerful status–either as wealthy or as merely superior, but in a good way. Meanwhile, people who practice slave morality would usually take this quote as a thing to live by–they believe that happiness is not about material things. They will usually believe that having A LOT of friends will make them happier, but master morality views having many friends as somewhat dangerous–for them, choosing friends is a VIRTUE, because in the end, it’s not about QUANTITY that is important to them, but it’s about QUALITY that counts. For those who practice master morality, the believe that “Sugar is sweet, but remember, it’s wrapped in plastic,” and “My friends may be as loud as a TIN CAN, but at least they’re not PLASTIC.”

The notion of “self-moderation” only comes in when talking about the amount of material things that you possess. If you own a LOT of high end stuff, that means that you are really thick-faced in reality. Kung high-end ang pag-uusapan, then the people who lambast other people having iPhones and Galaxy S phones should rather raise their middle fingers to people who own the same gadget/s, but at the same time matapobre. I don’t think the Napoles’ are matapobre, but rather, swindlers.

I hate comparing Jeane to Paris, but what I do see in Paris Hilton is that, she’s not trying too hard to be class, and she would rather be trashy and rebellious just like Prince Harry, but at least what they have in common is that, they have cleaned up their act. Paris Hilton made the most out of her money by opening a business, and when she came to the Philippines, that’s because she is going to open her business and not because to get kiss-ass to PNoy. Remember, Paris Hilton does not talk about socio-political things and does not engage herself in those things. However, with Jeane, it’s different. Involved pa sa pulitika ang nanay niya, at isa pa, it’s quite obvious that their “wealth” comes from the money of the government and the taxes of the people.

However, these things about Jeane should not make everyone lambast her just because her mother is a swindler. Truth to be told, if she were to get kidnapped, it will just show, okay? I will not put the blame on Jeane just because she showed her wealth through social media, but it is her mother that should be blamed.

After watching ABS-CBN news, I really do not know if showbiz showbiz-an lang ang mga claims ni Donya Janet (este Donya-Donyahan Janet), but these 20 luggages in Tokyo and other stuff–galing na nga sa Instagram account ng junakis niyang si jeane, dine-deny pa niya! I won’t be shocked if Jeane will be kidnapped by the gangsters out there–at least this will reveal the “baho” of the Napoles’.

Personally, I don’t really see Jeane’s wealth flaunting as wrong or bad, but if it should be bad, then we should blame it to Janet, and she should be blamed for teaching her daughter to be a spoiled brat–in a wrong way (yes, actually it’s understandable if a rich kid’s a spoiled brat–may karapatan silang magyabang, pero ‘yung magiging kuripot na ewan, tapos they won’t be generous enough out of excess is a different story; rich people tend to be generous out of excess–but this type of generosity comes from the heart, not from their minds). Kung mayaman talaga sila, then they should NOT flaunt their wealth on social media–wealthy people who flaunt their wealth, I tell you, are not rich. Ang tunay talaga na rich, they do not flaunt their luxury items ONLINE, but in private.

Also, real rich people do not actually burn their money excessively on really branded items. Take for instance, famous Ateneans such as Camille Co, Tricia Gosingtian and the Gosiengfiao sisters. Yeah, people may call them well-off just because they post a lot of stuff online, but what they’re posting are STUFF THAT WON’T BURN ANYONE’S MONEY. As much as I hate including them and at the same time comparing them to Jeane, well, that’s because they are of Chinese descent. You know that Chinoys are very practical spenders–they won’t splurge on signature stuff and would prefer spending on not-so-luxurious but classy brands like Zara, Mango Forever 21, BAYO and shoe brands like Aldo, Charles and Keith, Naturalizer… Parisian–yeah, these are brands na affordable naman kahit medyo mabigat-bigat sa bulsa. Ang mahal talaga would be YES, you named it, Christian Louboutin, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Versace and other European brands. Basically, these brands are actually very costly since they really appear in such fashion magazines and YES, they’re produced in countries within the European Union, and basically, the European Union is a transnational organization which involves many states–and once you step in one of the EU member states, expect that the cost of living is very expensive–in Filipino, makatapak ka lang sa isang bansa ng EU, mararanasan mo na mabigat talaga sa bulsa kung makawaldas ng pera sa Europa. Ask any European person or someone living in Europe–the locals will really tell you that travelling across Europe is considered as a luxury trip, and when you are on a tight budget, you got warned: Most countries within the European Union are very costly, and living in EU’s capital cities would be NO JOKE, speaking of taxes, finances, wages, et cetera.

Back to these Ateneans of Chinese descent, yes, they’re wealthy just because their popsies are Chinoys, but these gals are taught to remain a low profile. Kaya look at them, no matter how many fans or bashers they have, they at least remained low-profile. I hope people won’t bash them simply because of their wealth, unless their wealth comes from dubious sources.

I really do not know what to say about the Napoles family. I think they should learn their lesson the hard way because they could get easy money by swindling people’s taxes and use it for their own personal gain.

The original “Chinito” song…

It’s originally entitled as, “Chinita.”

But Yeng tweaked it in order for it to be appropriate for a girl.

It’s like, “I Remember the Boy” becoming “I Remember the Girl.”

Well… this was YES, you got it RIGHT! It was composed by Jed Dumawal… and admittedly, the song is really more soothing to hear compared to Yeng’s version. They’re friends, and I think it’s one of the reasons why Yeng popularized it. Maybe it’s because Jed requested her to include his song in her Metamorphosis album.

But YES, this is one of the reasons why I like Yeng! Originality-wise, she’s really the queen, and she rarely records cover versions. Good thing the song is already popular, and Mr. Jed revealed the original song.

Miriam D. Santiago’s statements on the SONA vs. glamorous outfits


Thanks FP for the screenie.

Call her KJ (killjoy) in some manner, but she has a point. SHE REALLY HAS A POINT. PNoy’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) isn’t a fashion show or an Oscar Awarding Night. It is not a competition about the best-looking gowns in the said event, but SONA is more than just a breakthrough occasion. The State of the Nation Address has always been a speech that has been initiated by former PGMA (now CGMA) that talks about programs that would benefit the Philippines. Kung puro “yabang” lang ang mga proyekto ng dating Pangulong Arroyo, at least they’re PROGRAMS and REFORMS, and these programs would have been fulfilled if she wasn’t too lenient towards corrupt politicians–or the politicos in general.

SONA has never been equated to a fashion show or an Oscar night, but look at what the media is showing–pabonggahan ng damit! It shows that the partners of the politicos have been gold-digging people and would spend rather extravagantly for their personal gain. Well, NOT to generalize (well, to the know-it-all people with questionable arguments) though, I think these politicos and their spouses should not invest on designer gowns–unless there’s a private ceremony.

Wait… have you seen German Kanzlerin Angela Merkel wearing a gown? Have you also seen Julia Gillard wearing one, too? Oh, wait… how about the Japanese Imperial family?

This is what Ka Miriam is really trying to point out. Nakakatawa lang, eh. What these foreign representatives are wearing represents their FORMALITY as people–and they really set a good example by being strict and formal on their outfits. I guess, that’s because they observe simplicity towards themselves. For them, pabonggahan is only reserved for the rich private citizens, and not for public figures. If you’re a public figure, you have to set a good example. The traditional outfit should still look traditional–and conservative at the same time.

Side Note: That is right. Ka Miriam’s PV may be too conservative, but a public figure should show conservatism on their outfit because it is expected that they should set a good example to both employers and employees. Also, in other countries, pakapalan ng mukha is something that should not be exhibited when you’re a spouse of a politico–or if you’re a politico yourself. If Julia Gillard was haughty enough to be Australia’s PM, at least behind closed doors, she remained keen on her privacy. People criticized her for her oppressive policies, and obviously, she could not come close to the late Margaret Thatcher when it comes to leadership–Thatcher’s policies may have its ups and downs, but she reformed the United Kingdom with her “iron fist,” thus earning the monicker, the “Iron Lady.” Meanwhile, Gillard’s policies are simply oppressive (the racism thing)–which earned her more critics and bashers at the same time. Her reputation equates with former PGMA, but at least, PGMA was more charismatic and people disliked her with respect. The only flaw that PGMA had is her power-tripping style for her own personal gain, and that’s it.

Now look why Australia has more respect towards Kevin Rudd (Lu Kewen)–you will see that in his speeches, he is more down-to-earth and more relaxed, and he represents what Australia really is–Australia is known for its nice and down-to-earth people, and they’re kind of laid-back. He’s like the Aussie version of Medvedev (err… I think Putin’s leadership style is more Bush-like), since Medvedev is known to be a more humble and polite Russian leader, despite being more aggressive than Putin.

Another side note: PNoy’s economic reform

I could also see PNoy being a more down-to-earth President, but he should focus more on the economy of the Philippines rather than to keep grudges against the former administration. After three years, I think he has proven his critics and bashers wrong. Hindi pala siya ma-showbiz na tao, and the mere fact that he used Filipino in his speech as his medium made me more impressed–he really cares for the MASA people. Economic relations between the Philippines and other strong economies have improved and flourished. Also, the mere fact that the Philippines has improved economically is through strong connections with OFWs and Philippine businesses are sprouting throughout. The “buy local” policy is now reviving, and even the youth nowadays are considering to buy more Pinoy stuff such as MyPhone, Cherry Mobile if they’re not into international brands. True enough, his reforms on the education system has also been improved as well, but there are more things that he should take note of aside from education. He should really be more strict towards the people living in the squatters’ area (there’s an issue wherein the government is spoon-feeding informal settlers) and encourage more newbie businessmen to CREATE more jobs (I repeat: CREATE JOBS) that would decrease unemployment rates and send back the OFWs home and encourage them to CREATE jobs. What is the use of being an OFW if they did not apply their knowledge when they were still living overseas? Being an OFW is more than just working for your family since you have to bring back your remittances back to the Philippines for the country’s stability, but the point here is to CONTRIBUTE something for the country–which is something that PNoy should really address. Also, Carlos P. Garcia’s Filipino First Policy must be revived and re-implemented. Sadly, this “Filipino First” policy is only applied to owning real estate, and that’s it. This policy should be applied to everything in the different sectors in the Philippines, which will benefit both citizens and jurisdictions alike, and this will add more meaningful interaction between the rich and the poor–but not necessarily narrowing the grap drastically. This will help the Philippines rise again and bridge the gap between low middle income states and upper middle income states.

I don’t think bashing PNoy after three years would make someone “better.” Granted, I was actually against him as a President for not solving the hostage crisis properly plus the CJ Corona thing, but when it comes to the economy, he somewhat found his strong point. Also, I don’t think coming from an oligarch background isn’t a plus for reforming the economy. In fact, PNoy has proved his “Daang Matuwid” in HIS OWN WAY, and corruption for sure, has at least, been alleviated. In fact, corruption is universal–it’s only in the level of being “makapal ang mukha” or to show flashy things. That’s it!

Back to topic…

Well, at least I did mention the deeper meaning behind what Ka Miriam is saying. But to take note about territorial disputes–I think PNoy has to re-learn about foreign policy because he should also have a voice/stance about this one. For sure, he had lapses when he addressed the Sabah issue (and is said to side with Malaysia, which is weird), but truth is, he should ask some advice from people who are EXPERTS in foreign policy. Well, not really EXPERTS, but people who could actually theorize the issue on territorial disputes. Take note that territorial disputes are very serious matters and bilateral negotiations are needed in order to solve this problem (I will make a separate article about territorial disputes sooner or later). If bilateral negotiations won’t work, it’s all up to the two states on their own strategy to work things well.

But then again, back to what Ka Miriam is saying again? Yes, she’s right on PNoy as the highlight of the SONA, and all the things I mentioned, I believe are relevant to what she said. Now you see why I tend to overshadow the “pabonggahan ng outfit” by using the stream of consciousness–in order to divert people’s attention towards PNoy as the highlight of the SONA and NOT those people who are making SONA a fashion show.

FP comments (I know some people like this part, chos!)

YES! AGREE! masyado na sila magastos pati gf bf nila ginagastusan din para lng sa gown. Sana dinonate na lng nila sa mga nangangailangan. Ang daming pilipino naggutom ngyon. Wala nmn sila participation sa SONA lundi makinig lng. Hayy gising mga kababayan.

It should also be taken note that SONA is not just an ordinary seminar/conference. I doubt you could wear gown when you’re in the EU delegation or somehow in any formal treaty. You have to wear corporate attire–and it’s considered formal but modest attire.

Yung iba nga hindi nakikinig eh…natutulog. Hahaha but seriously, I agree with Sen. Miriam. Public servants should lead modest lives. They should leave the red carpet and the shameless display of bling blings and whatnots to the people from showbiz. Yung iba yata nag iimagine na nasa oscars or cannes sila. Since people have different interpretations of “formal wear”, some tend to go overboard so to avoid that, mag uniform na lang ng halimbawa simple and decent terno for the ladies and barong tagalog for the men.

You can never equate the government premises with either Hollywood or Cannes. Hindi ito pabonggahan ng dekorasyon sa katawan, kundi’y ito’y isang pormal na okasyon na kung saa’y dapat nasa pormalidad rin ang disposisyon.

Hurray for Sen. Miriam! She is on the RIGHT track!! Yan ang TUNAY na daan matuwid. I think all politicians as well as their respective wives, girlfriends, partners, relatives must exercise SIMPLICITY & not go overboard on national events like this. This is NOT HOLLYWOOD. Correct na Correct!!

Also, hindi naman magbibigay ng trophy si PNoy sa kanyang speech, ‘no?

Ay naku daig talaga ng mga pulitiko dito yung royal family ng England. Eh sa England nga dahil binabatikos na rin yung extravagance ng royals eh lie low na sila. Daig pa ng mga wives / gf ng mga pulitiko yung aattend sa royal wedding ha… Eh yung royal wedding nga ni Wills at Kate simple lang, even yung mga guest simple lang ang porma (kahit mamahalin yung mga damit).

Onli in d pilipins talaga! Kung yung binili nila ng gown eh pinagawa nalang ng classroom or library sa public school? Eh di marami pa sana natulungan. Di rin biro yung amount nung isang gown ha…

Indeed, I have to say. The formal attire is strict and really corporate–and this made the royal wedding FORMAL and very much RIGHT to be called a public event. In fact, if you’re going to wear strict corporate attire during the SONA, I would appreciate it much, much better rather than wearing gowns.

Also, yes, the money used to buying designer gowns should be for investing on education. Since mataas naman ang literacy rate ng ‘Pinas (95% to be approximate), why not improvise education? It should be a basic right and a must, and since K-12 is already there, going to college should therefore be OPTIONAL. What only made tertiary education compulsory in the Philippines is the limited job offerings + K-10. The youth today should NOT complain about K-12 at all. I see more benefits in having K-12 because this is the sole requirement if you want to study abroad. For me, I would rather choose to go to the United States just to study there, period. At least the education system in the States is more laxed, so tertiary education there tends to be more stressful (from what I have read so far, while in Japan, it’s the opposite–tertiary education is optional, but more laxed as compared to secondary education).

Ano ba ang SONA? Diba para yon sa lagay ng ating bansa? Nakalagay ba doon na party yon? or fashion show? Nawawala ang essence ng SONA kasi focus nalang ang tao sa mga isusuot ng mga mag aattend at favor pa sakanila na may uniform kasi atleast wala na silang po problemahin sa isusuot, tipid na sila maganda pa tignan. Be sensitive lang, ang daming taong nag hihirap tapos pabonggahan pa? Hindi ko sinasabi na pag nagka uniform sila eh mapapakain na nun ang mahihirap pero nasa workplace parin naman sila eh.

Nakakatawa lang. SONA is there for a purpose, and PGMA made it more meaningful. She tends to suspend classes whenever she conducts her SONA simply because she wants everyone to listen to her programs, reforms and her accomplishments–she is “pa-importante” in a GOOD WAY. This is what PNOY should learn–if he wants people listening to his SONA, he should therefore suspend classes, but he does not want people to listen to his SONA because he’s afraid people will just lash against him.

Side Note: Philippine society should realize why PGMA became president. Well, at least her father Diosdado Macapagal was the President before Marcos, and during that time the Philippines wasn’t going from riches to rags. Also, when you delve at her life before she entered politics, she was very strict in settling things, and she will NEVER settle for anything less. That’s who GMA was–a UP professor. What made her gain enemies is her biases and her greed that eventually pulled her down. Totoo naman, eh. While some people think that she’s powerful, well, yes she is, but she used her authority for her personal gain at the end of the day. However, despite all these things (not to mention Susan Roces’ feisty rants against her), she gained respect, alongside FVR. PNoy could still catch up with this one through NOT SOURGRAPING against PGMA. Sourgraping against the former administration will not earn you more PLUS POINTS. In fact, it will remain a stigma in your overall image–and legacy.

It’s Pinoy mentality ang patalbugan. But this display can become very vulgar when these politicians and their wives wear very expensive gowns and jewelry considering that the poverty level in the Philippines is very high. It’s like eating lechon in front of very hungry people. Besides, it begs the question kung pera ba ng bayan ang ginamit for all the blings.

Well, usually kapag guy ang mayaman, he tends to wear more simple (but costly) clothes. Ang girl naman ang ma-ere. Sad but true!

I totally agree with the senator, I too, thought, when I saw a photo gallery on who wore what at the SONA, that it became similar to a social gathering of the rich and famous garbed in their very best, it makes one think, were they there to support the president’s achievements and hear where our country is at right now or just to be SEEN? Whatever happened to the simple filipinianas and barongs that everyone used to wear? Senator Miriam Santiago may sound like a total party pooper and a kill-joy for pointing this out, but then again, at times, somebody brave needs to do the dirty job of putting these high and mighties in their places. So I applaud the good senator for speaking her mind, you have earned admiration points from a lot of people yet again.

‘Yun oh! THIS THIS THIS! Palakpakan for the best comment ever! Hahaha!

If you’re going to ask me, it’s like shallow mentality dominating the community and society–and they just do everything what they want–from power-tripping to of course, payabangan ng outfit. Calling someone “spoiled” just because they openly declare/announce their gadgets/things online does not make you LESS spoiled. In fact, mas masahol pa nga sila ‘ata kay Komikado-sensei magyabang, eh! Hahaha! ((:

Random thoughts about the music industry in the Philippines

This is one of the things I said about what the music industry should be:

If you’re in the music industry, face value is only a mere decoration of one’s career. No one should base someone’s talent on singing just through face value alone.

Roxyisferox agreed:

Well of course, we are not in music business, but as listeners and music lovers, we can say that we are cringing in this industry because the basis is being popular than anything else. If you only possess good looks but lacking talent in singing or, having almost no stage presence in performing on stage, and no innovation when it comes to music dynamics, those should not be in music industry.

To be honest, we need more Cacai’s than Kitchie’s. You know what I mean?

In reality, why do most people go ga-ga over Daniel Padilla if he sings like a drunkard? No offense to Kathniel fanatics, but I don’t see any substance towards Daniel Padilla. Sure, he may have a good impression at the first place, but the HYPE simply made him look like as if he should not be taken seriously.

The music industry is about HAVING AN EAR for music. If you’re going to ask Lea Salonga, she’s being correct on how singers should be SINGERS, and if you don’t have the voice to sing really good, then she will say, “Na-uh! Again! Again!” The only reason why she’s impressed with most of the contestants in “The Voice” is because of their ability to showcase their singing talent, and they showcase their own singing style.

There’s one reason why Yeng surpassed her err… “idols” este her predecessors in the Pop-Rock genre is because of her talent. Just pure talent, and Yeng did not showcase her face value alone–she’s popular among the crowd is because of her ability to prove everyone wrong that she’s NO ONE-HIT WONDER.

yengfandom said:

And Yeng was no one-hit wonder. In fact she would fare much better than most reality show winners, save for Sarah Geronimo who’s in a genre all her own (and will be reason for another essay). What is extraordinary about Yeng though is the fact that she’s in a rocker-chick space all her own. After all, we have lost track of Barbie Almalbis and Kitchie Nadal, and even in relation to them, Yeng would still be different: she ain’t of the rich, is willing to make fun of herself, and is more rakenrol than we imagine.

True enough, I was right. Your ability to sing and to popularize songs is not based upon face value alone, and remember why Yeng is still in the music industry up to now–it’s because of her album, Metamorphosis that made her rise again from just being a guest/regular in ASAP. (I will make a separate article about Yeng’s Metamorphosis)

Although I have to admit, Yeng also have lapses in singing, but that’s actually part of being an artist. Actually, one of my bosses in the internship was cringing on his seat when he hears the songs that are just recorded overnight. He said:

Here in the Philippines, the recording is just one session. Meanwhile, in the US, there is always TAKE TWO, until the artist makes it PERFECT.

What perfect (haha CHOS!)? Well, not really perfect, but the most satisfactory performance, because even Regine Velasquez, Lea Salonga and other top divas in the Philippines have their personal limitations. Lea attested that the “birit” thing is NOT FOR EVERYONE. Also, what is the use of “birit” if what you only do is to “shout” without substance?

This is what I actually mean. Singers also have lapses in singing, and it’s no joke that lip-synching is a BIG NO-NO when performing LIVE and ONSTAGE. If you lip-sync, that means you’re not a singer after all!

Also, stage presence represents the singer’s worth to stay in the mainstream industry, and not to mention to lengthen the duration of their career lifespan. What is the use of your face value when you lack stage presence and at the same time, you were only popular because of the hype people gave you. Remember why I actually wrote articles that actually made me glorify talent search champions versus one-hit wonders–for instance, Yeng vs. Kitchie Nadal (not Kitchie Benedicto, okay? I don’t know her at all). Now why did most netizens look up to Kitchie Nadal as “substantial” and “before there’s a Yeng… blah blah” while they think that Yeng is just merely a “one-hit wonder”? I have nothing against Kitchie, but it was her face value that actually convinced her manager to enter the music industry (after she went solo in Mojofly, where she would have had a better career path)–and there are some feedback that made us think that she has almost NO stage presence at all. After all, hindi ganun ka-powerful ang boses niya to get started with. In fact, her vocals are weaker compared to Yeng, and this also applies to Barbie Almalbis because she lost her original voice (well, although Barbie’s out of the question). Apologies to my acquaintances who knew Kitchie personally (yeah, I know some of them), but even though I do appreciate some of her accomplishments, I still cannot be a “real” fan of hers.

Now there’s a reason why I chose Yeng–stage presence-wise, vocals-wise, and the number of hits she produced–even Barbie and Kitchie attested that. After all, there’s no competition between the three; it’s just mutual support that actually made them go indie than returning back to mainstream. In other words, Kitchie is only apt for the indie music genre. Peace to Kitchie’s fans, but I think there’s a reason why your idol did not actually brought her previous fame back–prolly because it’s her personal preference, or she simply chose to do business with her siblings (according to most sources, I would say that she comes from a well-off brood).

This also applies to Cacai Bautista. While Cacai may not be as good-looking by Filipino standards, her voice is undeniably that of a diva’s, and stage presence-wise, she’s a swagger. I think she deserves to have an album of her own, and at the same time MORE recognition. Roxyisferox stated:

She is worthy to have a record deal and it’s saddening she ain’t able to have it, while celebrities of not-so-great vocal ability can have a recording album. I am not expecting her to be the lead actress in any TV series or Movies. I simply want her to be given a project that will showcase her talents and not just being stuck into her usual supporting comedic roles.

Yes, and she should be the singer in the beginning of A Secret Affair, rather than Nina (actually, Nina’s makeup made her look OLDER and err… making Pops Fernandez better-looking). I mean, siguro may comic side naman siguro ang A Secret Affair if they made her one of the stars there.

Kung face value lang naman ang basehan ng WORTH ng isang tao, well, your minds are too shallow to judge someone. If you think that I prefer Yeng over Kitchie does not make me possess “very low standards,” because seriously, if you’re going to delve through each one’s musical background, mas mahaba at mas malalim naman ang background ni Yeng. She first appeared in PDA as a contestant, then she became a champion. Therefore, that does not make her a one-hit wonder–AT ALL.

In fact, I myself NOT being a fan of Daniel Padilla does not make me automatically his hater. It does not also make me an automatic fan of both Julie Anne San Jose and Elmo Magalona (well TBH, I’m not a fan of these two at all). Sure, you may of course, like Daniel Padilla because he’s “astig,” but speaking of “ka-astig-an,” Robin Padilla does it better. I don’t think Daniel Padilla would be that famous, if not for Princess and I. Another thing, kung hindi lang namatay si AJ Perez, Daniel would not be that famous. This would also give room for Enrique Gil to be popular among the crowd (well, gwapo naman talaga si Enrique Gil, but why is he not the “heartthrob”?).

Daniel Padilla actually RUINED the music industry–why was he made an ambassador/representative again? Huh? In his birthday concert, grabe, I think his singing is pilit na pilit, na parang lasenggo na ang kumakanta sa stage. It’s just cringe-worthy. Tapos ayaw pa raw niya kay JB, but TBH, he’s copying JB’s style!

This applies with Center for Pop Music. While I used to be a student there, I was really cringing why Nina is the ambassador for the said vocal school? I think Sarah Geronimo should be the ambassador, speaking of reputation, track record and whatnot. I don’t think Nina deserves to be CPMP’s ambassador because speaking of track record, you will know why we lost track of Nyoy Volante. No kidding, he has talent and he’s substantial, but he wasn’t able to bring back his fame because of his family’s debt to Nina. WOW LANG AH, parang may something kay Nina that I do not like AT ALL. In fact, her style is like Pia Guanio’s style when she was still a Kapamilya. At least si Pia, nag-improve ang craft and of course, the looks. Eh si Nina? Nasan na ba? HAHAHAHA!

While the music industry in the Philippines is only about cover versions, why can’t they innovate and reinvent their image as “original”? I mean, if XLR8 and Pop Girls would be popular not because of concept, the marketing, then they could be popular in the Philippines not because of being “P-Pop,” but because of these concepts:

Yeah, you may call XLR8 as Super Junior wannabes, but at least the way the perform in this MV is waaaaaay more impressive because at least they’re not synchronized and orchestrated compared to Super Junior.

Pero this song, actually, even though it’s a rip-off of “Sorry, Sorry,” mas na-enjoy ko siya, actually.

MsMysticworld said:

OK naman yung kanta and MV ang kaso ang pinagkaiba ng pop groups ntn sa mga JPop and KPop artists eh mas magaling yung artists nila kapag live perf.

Kasi yung ating pop groups eh maganda at magaling sa MV pero pagdating sa live performances medyo hindi sabay sabay at nawawala sa tono, they should train more and magpa audition ang mga entertainment companies talaga, yung tipong wala sa itsura, yung skills and talent ang shino-showcase.

True that. While most of the XLR8 boys are good-looking naman, they’re far more talented compared to most SuJu members. Remember that most of the Korean singing groups are actually manufactured. Better check this article first before bashing P-Pop groups as “baduy” and “walang originality.”

P-Pop could actually be err… nurtured if the marketing and packaging is just apt for television. Also, when preforming live, these talents should actually train better and improve their craft, plus their teamwork in order to come up with the best that they can do.

Also, mas mukha pang LALAKI ang XLR8 kumpara naman sa typical member ng isang K-Pop group, ‘no! If you were to ask me, these guys could sing, dance and present themselves as BETTER performers. Poor marketing actually deteriorated them as a band, and this is not a joke at all.

Well, there’s part two about this blog post. I could no longer elaborate further as for now.

Why I seriously love Japanese entertainment?

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It’s no secret that I love Japan as a country and it’s one of the most heavenly concrete jungles on Earth.

Now there’s one thing that I’d like to say about the Japanese entertainment industry: It’s like the European film and TV industry, only an Asian version. After watching German films, I think I would like to watch more of them because of their concept but they could actually intersect fiction and reality, together with the superficial. Same with the French film, Amelie. It’s very straight-to-the-point, but it has loads of superficiality in it.

Here’s the thing: As much as I would like to watch German films more (because it would be a waste if I would not polish my German proficiency properly), I like Japanese movies. I believe, this is one way for me to learn important Japanese phrases that could be beneficial when I go back to Japan (since I’m planning to take up my Master’s Degree there, either I take up IR or prolly Film Studies).

[Side Note: If you have not yet watched some of the films that I’m mentioning right here, kindly not click READ MORE unless you’re interested with this article. These might serve as spoilers… haha]

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Bullying in Fort Bonifacio High School – Makati

Fraternities and sororities in the campus? These incidents have to be taken action of, and it is one of the most sensitive and controversial topics of all time–that’s why Legal High SP decided to tackle this issue on their series.

Take that, know-it-all people.

The Filipino Scribe

A bullying incident in Fort Bonifacio High School (FBHS) that was caught on camera has gone viral over the Internet the past few days. In the 34 second clip, Abigail Dalundon can be seen being slapped and physically attacked by a group of female students (they have a male companion).

Also in the video, an onlooker can be also heard saying “huwag niyong pagtulungan” repeatedly to the  attackers. The incident transpired in the school’s wash room. The video, which has originally been shared in Facebook last July 20, has now been shared almost 40,000 times. Watch it in this link.

Here’s what happened according to Hitomi Dalundon, the victim’s sister and the original uploader of the video.

 Ako po si HITOMI kapatid ni ABIGAIL DALUNDON.
Kapatid ko po yung naging biktima sa video na to ng pang bubully
nung JULY 17, 2013 sa CR ng pambabae FORTH BONIFACIO HIGH…

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