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.