March 24 - 30
Juan Miguel Salvador
Remembering Luis Gonzales
When I was a young boy, my late grandmother, who was of Spanish descent, would order me to sleep after lunch. One of my earliest memories was sneaking to the living room downstairs during her siesta to watch TV, mostly vintage movies on channel 9. I remember Luis Gonzales dancing as the partner of the living legend Gloria Romero in the popular comedy musical Manang Biday. So I was sad when I heard last week that Luis Gonzales had died. He was a matinee idol and a leading man during the first Golden Age of Philippine Movies in the 50s, and he was also part of my happy childhood memories in the mid 80s
Why Kill The Messanger?
I saw Jimmy Sieczka’s 20 Things I Dislike About The Philippines before it was featured on TV Patrol and removed from YouTube. Yup, we Filipinos buy and unrefrigerated meat, and we don't have tissues in most public toilets - excuse me, "comfort rooms."
What I find most amusing was the knee-jerk, over-the-top self-righteous reactions of indignant, xenophobic pseudo-nationalists. I even heard "deport" and "lynch" and other crazy nonsense too. Some medieval cultures are said to kill the messenger when he brings bad news, as if that solves it. You'd think that 21st century Philippines would be different.
Let me tell you about us. We Filipinos are very insecure so we always get defensive and we take everything personally. We are obssessed with gossip and intrigues. But we want others to say only good things about us.
Since Sieczka is an American, it's more ego-shattering because we want to be white, we want to live in the US, and because a lot of what he said was true
20 Reasons I Dislike The Philippines
20 Reasons I Love The Philippines
Jimmy Sieczka's Official Response and Apology to the Video
I salute people who achieve their dreams against all odds without hurting anyone. I like Charice Pempengco. I'm not exactly a fan but I admire her guts for expressing her individuality, when she went back to the Philippines recently. Some Filipinos ignore that her phenomenal voice catapulted her as an international star. Instead, they criticize her new hair-do and even gossip that she's a lesbian. If so, then so what? What could be more mentally primitive than that? The detractors of succesful people have a really big problem: combined envy and insecurity.