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Water Cooler Talk #6: BBC Show “Harry and Paul” Depicts Filipina Domestic Workers in Negative Light?

(I was about to post a picture of Harry and Paul, but these guys don’t even deserve to be shown here)

I just read today that on September 26, the BBC show, Harry and Paul, exemplified the image of Filipino women in a very, very negative light. Read here for more information and sign the petition if you disagree with how the show portrayed Filipina maids working in the UK.

Here are some comments I’ve read while watching the clip on YT:

I am British and apologise to pinays and abused workers everywhere for this unpleasant piece of so-called comedy.

The butts of this offensive, feeble, unfunny sketch are supposed to be the stereotyped English males. However, Enfield (Harry) and Whitehouse (Paul) are no better than the idiots they play in this tasteless, witless piece.

I hope pinoys found The Benny Hill Show equally crude and offensive to women when it was broadcast by Pinas TV.

British version of “Desperate Housewives”

wla tayo magawa kahit saan tingin sa atin mababa…kawawa ang mga kababayan natin..hindi lang yan yung iba biktima pa napunta sa africa ginawa prosti..grabe kasalanan kc government corruption

nasasaktan ang gobyerno at mga lawmakers dahil REFLECTION yan ng kainutilan nila. wala silang ginagawa para Maimprove ang kalagayan ng mga PILIPINAS tapos magagalit pag nilalait. WAKE UP IDIOT lawmakers of the PHILIPPINES

All quotes are left anonymous to protect the users (however you’ll probably read them if you go to YT).

In addition, here are a few articles pertaining to the situation:

Manila Standard Today: BBC skit on maids provokes lawmaker

Gulfnews: Not funny, Philippines says of BBC comedy show

This is an open topic, so by all means, comment away.

Water Cooler Talk #5: Calvin Chen (of Fahrenheit) Insults the Philippines?!

I honestly do not want to blow this situation up, however this is what the video uploader states:

As you all know the country Brunei and Philippines are near thats why Calvin joked about it but in Chinese culture the way he said it is insulting to the country Philippines and Ngar who translated this told me since she is Chinese herself and she even asked her other friends who can understand and knows their culture and they agreed that when Calvin said that he did insult [the Philippines]. – AsianFanaticz

I don’t really know how to take this, because from the video’s subtitles, I can take it as either of the following:

  1. Calvin telling Wu Zun not to land in the Philippines when swimming back to Brunei can be interpreted as Calvin warning Wu Zun not to accidentally swim to the Philippines instead of Brunei (since his homesickness may affect his judgment?), since the two countries are so close.
  2. OR, Calvin’s warning means that Wu Zun shouldn’t make the mistake of swimming to the Philippines, which would place the country in a negative light.

You know what this reminds me of? The scandal of the year (2007) when Teri Hatcher’s character from Desperate Housewives asked to see her OB-GYN’s diploma to make sure he didn’t finish Med school from the Philippines. Which is utterly ridiculous because other countries look to the Philippines for extra hands when they lack of skilled (and English-speaking) medical professionals. Hell, the PH is probably losing so many because they’re being needed around the world.

So the point of this post is:

  1. If you speak and understand Mandarin, then by all means, in your opinion, is Calvin really insulting the Philippines?
  2. Kung Pinoy ka, how do you feel about this?

As for me, I’m really divided since A) I don’t understand Mandarin (I’ve learned a few words, thanks to Taiwan dramas), B) I don’t want to make it a big deal (again because of A). If Calvin really did insult the country, then he probably just made one of the biggest mistakes of his career in Fahrenheit (and as a celebrity, he should know better). Let’s remember that Romantic Princess is currently being shown in the Philippines and oh wait! Who’s plays a character there? Oh yeah! Calvin! I can see the Philippines banning Fahrenheit (or just Calvin) from ever stepping foot into the country, or just banning everything Fahrenheit altogether (e.g, CDs, dramas, concerts, etc.). (lol)

So, I hope to read your thoughts!

— Paula

‘Dyesebel’ Finally Airs Outside Philippines

Dyesebel

GMAPinoyTV has finally, after two weeks, premiered Dyesbel tonight. Now that I’ve watched the whole episode, I can finally write down my thoughts.

Based on what I watched tonight, in my opinion, I don’t understand how the show received such a high rating (in Mega Manila) during its premiere in the Philippines. The story begins with a mermaid who, having mysteriously drowned, develops selective amnesia and marries the very rich man that saved her from the water. Life doesn’t become easier since, of course, the rich man’s mother is totally against him falling in love and marrying a poor girl (oh, how original). Also, the story can’t be complete without the rich woman his mother did want him to marry: the woman that will most likely cause all the problems within the show.

Yay… I just can’t get enough of rich people treating poor people like dirt. THAT PLOT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE. I love it!

Okay, okay. Putting all sarcasm aside now…

Let me first start off by asking: Why the hell is Jean Garcia (as Lucia) the young mermaid Wendell Ramos (as Tino) marries? Ew Ew Ew. Mind you, I love Jean Garcia as an actress and I love to hate the villainous characters she plays, but what I don’t love is seeing her, at her age, kiss a man that could very much well look like her son! That wedding kiss made me cringe with disgust to no end. And you know what, she’s done this before with Polo Ravales (watch at your own discretion)! Ugh. GMA could have had other actresses play the part: Nadine Ramos, Katrina Halili, Iza Calzado… Now that I’ve pondered on it, I think Iza would have been a wonderful choice, but I’m guessing Joaquin Bordado would probably prohibit her from playing the part.

Coming to an earlier thought, I just didn’t buy how Lucia, the mermaid, just drowns in WATER. I’m hoping that as the episodes keep coming, that mystery will (hopefully!) be answered. My best guess is that the mermaids’ Queen knocked her out or something.

Then there’s the time when Lucia, after being pushed around by Tino’s mother, heads to sea to let all her emotions out and a giant CGI octopus attacks her and her boat. Tino quickly rescues her and as they head home, he tells her not to tell anyone or people may think she was crazy. Tino, I don’t think you’ve noticed that the octopus’ arms spanned close to a whole 1-storey building and considering that there would be fishermen nearby (since they are in a fishing-for-profit community), they would have seen AND heard the beast too. Hell, if the fishermen can see a small ass mermaid’s head popping out of the water during Tino and Lucia’s shoreline wedding, they can see a giant octopus.

Another little tidbit that I found unbelievable and really annoying was that when Lucia was giving birth to Dyesebel, the baby came out with a mermaid’s tale and once the very professional and very educated midwife sees this, she plops the baby onto the birthing table and screams her ass off as she exits. Yeah, I don’t think doctors, nurses, or any other hospital employee would scream in fright and disgust at every deformed person they see. If so, hospitals would just be nonexistent. Hell, that’s why there are doctors and nurses — they’re there to treat, help, and cure people with diseases, wounds, deformities, and other health cases.

Ugh. I simply can’t go on anymore… these little tidbits, when written and directed carelessly, can make a series look real dumb. I’m just being honest.

So my question of the night is: If you have watched Dyesebel‘s first episode, did you enjoy it? And if so, why?

Remember, the question has nothing to do with Marian Rivera, GMA or Dyesebel loyalty, and is far from it — it’s about how the writers conducted the first episode in relation to my thoughts in this post. Now, I’d like to read yours!

WT #3 | Colbert & Rain Dance-Off, Loses in TIME’s 100 & Philippines in American ‘Deal or No Deal’

Stephen Colbert VS Rain

I was going to originally announce that Rain didn’t show up for The Colbert Report for his dance-off against Colbert [edit] due to what Colbert states here (yes! someone finally posted the beginning of the Report!):

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However, as I was looking for the YouTube video of tonight’s episode, this showed up:

There was still 5 minutes to the show and I literally ran from the living room (where I’m typing this up now!) to my bedroom where my TV is. On the way there, I busted my pinky and the finger next to it on my right hand on a sofa chair. Fortunately, I didn’t have to watch the performance on YT and still got to see it on TV! (Like how many times do we actually use the TV nowadays?)

Unfortunately, the two lost to Shigeru Miyamoto, THE video game designer of Mario, Donkey Kong, and much more. It was so hilarious to see Colbert’s reaction in which he took a TIME magazine and fed it to a shredder, followed by a few rounds of bullets. lol

[edit] While watching the videos again, I felt that Colbert (the character) may have developed a man-crush on Rain. heh Subconscious, but obvious. 🙂 Oh, and my phalanges seem to be doing fine now. [/edit]

NBC’s ‘Deal or No Deal’ in the Philippines

Earlier tonight, I also had the chance to watch America’s Deal or No Deal 2-hour special of their stay in the Philippines. I feel bad for Kris Aquino — I’ve never seen her quiet, ever. She was literally pushed aside, basically just providing the names of the 26K dancers and some commentary.

After the second contestant, Kris just sat to the side where the remaining 26K were and sat down. If she was told to co-host, then she should have done it. But if they told her to just stay in the sidelines, then they should have at least let her sit in the audience rather than stand watching. In my opinion, I would’ve liked it more if she did some actual co-hosting.

They also showed some snippets of Howie Mandel going to the streets and socializing with Filipinos. He went to one of SM’s supermarkets and showed the kind of service you would find: help is everywhere! This I agreed with. When I was shopping at SM Fairview and had to find my Creamsilk shampoo, all I had to do was ask one of the ten employees in my range for help. I loved loved loved that. I liked the ease of easily finding things in a mall, especially in a big one such as SM’s.

However, what I did not agree with is where Howie Mandel stated that SM supermarket workers will also dance for you, or at least that’s how it was interpreted. To me, that’s telling foreigners that you can be puppet masters and have Filipinos dance to your delight. If you believe that, you’re sadly mistaken! It was just another way for the show to hype the atmosphere up at the expense of these workers. Ugh.

The contestants, on the other hand, stated (shouted) repeatedly that they loved the Philippines and that the people from there were so nice. I’m glad that they received that kind of welcome. 🙂 Unfortunately, neither of the two won the big $1,000,000 dollars.

Overall, aside from being nervous because it’s your country being featured in a show watched by millions of people in America and hoping that everything will go well, I enjoyed it. I got a little nostalgic when I saw Howie at SM when I just went to one a little over a month ago. Other than that, the audience was lively the whole time, the banker’s comments and body language were hilarious, and the contestants were really just fun to watch.

I’ll post up the YT videos when someone uploads them or if you know where to find the 2-hour special, then give me a heads up in the comments! 🙂 Good night!

— Paula

Water Cooler Talk #2 | SOP Introduces Lucia Micarelli

When ASAP goes into a commercial, I usually press the channel button and watch SOP to avoid the ads. Commercials on both TFC and GMAPinoyTV only last 30 seconds, at most, and then the fun continues. Whereas in the Philippines, to watch my beloved Lobo, I have to sit and watch three to four commercials of KC Concepcion’s annoying Palmolive advertisements, in a row. -_-

SOP does not interest me, at all, due to the fact that I don’t know many of the celebrities there, I have an annoyance with Ogie, Janno, Jaya, and Regine, and I just don’t like the dancing. Although, surprisingly, when they introduced Lucia Micarelli and started to perform, this caught my attention. To me, this is probably the only performance I’ve ever liked on SOP.

ASAP also did a segment with Micarelli (half Korean-Half Italian New Yorker), but it wasn’t focused on her as it was on SOP. Instead, Papa P, Christian Bautista, and Richard Poon took center stage in singing and I couldn’t even hear Micarelli’s violin! I thought she was a back up until I saw her again on SOP. Word to ASAP directors: Make your guest center stage next time… and pick a better song.

As for SOP, when I finally heard Micarelli’s violin, I thought her performance was beautiful, especially the little tune before and after Mamma Mia. The oldies’ (Ogie, Janno, Jaya, and Regine) Mamma Mia rendition was fun and not serious at all (unlike ASAP’s) and it also looked like Micarelli enjoyed it. 🙂

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I haven’t watched Dyesebel yet since I really have no interest for it. As of right now, I’m just going to wait until the show is on GMAPinoyTV (which is 2 weeks behind the Philippine broadcast).

Water Cooler Talk #1 | Dyesebel

Hi everyone! I decided to create a series of Water Cooler posts so that I wouldn’t have to write whole posts about each little thought I have.

Dyesebel

Here in America, our shows on GMA is behind a week to the Philippines’ broadcast, so Dyesebel hasn’t been aired yet. Curious, I searched for uploaded videos of the new show starring Ding-Dong Dantes and Marian Rivera and luckily, I found them. 🙂 First and foremost, I have nothing against these two all. I think Marian is great and Ding-Dong — I’ve loved him since the Antoinette Taus days! However, because I was so disappointed with Marimar, I don’t know if I’d like watching Dyesebel. I have an awful feeling that the show will just be like the former. The writers will just put Dyesebel through so many hardships and then I’ll be getting a headache… yeah, I don’t want to go through that again. So I’m considering on putting Dyesebel on a trial week and see how it goes.

However for the first episode, I couldn’t even sit watching it. One forum member stated that the graphics and effects matched that of the movies (I’m guessing effects from American or other foreign movies?). The first thought that came to my head was, “Excuse me? Did we watch the same episode here?” Seriously, I thought I was watching Finding Nemo! No offense to the graphics designers and animators, but this wasn’t supposed to be a cartoon. I’m sorry Dyesebel fans, I just don’t see the hype in it all, but I’ll give it a try nonetheless.

edit: I thought I was the only one thinking the same way… guess not.

Lobo

While writing my page on Lobo, I just realized how far this story has gone. I can’t believe that it’s been so long since Lyka and Noah (hah I wrote Piolo and erased it) led normal lives.

Also, there’s a few people starting to sub Lobo which I think is fantastic. Maybe I should join the band wagon? lol Actually, I’ve subbed before — I subbed a few Marimar parts of their Christmas episode, but it was soooooo time consuming! Seriously, it’s a long process and I don’t know how subbing teams for Taiwan, Japanese, and Korean dramas do it!

As for Lobo, nothing much to say really. Lyka finally gets a hold of the rock that will save them all and faints due to the sheer pain of the rock’s flames. And Lady Elle also goes into the cave to see if Lyka is all right. I’m mostly excited for tomorrow’s episode. 🙂

I need your help!

Does anyone know where I can get pictures of Lobo or Dyesebel that I can use for layouts or screencaps, or such?