Call to action: Sayaw Pinoy, sayaw

You can easily tell that Filipinos aren’t a very reflective people. Go to any public place — a mall, a department store, a train station — or take a ride in a public utility vehicle like a bus or jeepney and chances are your senses will be assaulted by loud monotonously-throbbing music punctuated by tacky vocals.

Why does every public space in the Philippines have to be so, well, disco-like??

“Vacuous” as boss Benign0 terms it.

I’m really not quite sure whether loud thumping music is a reflection of the vacuousness of Filipino minds or if the vacuousness of Filipino minds is its outcome. Do malls, perhaps, play loud music incessantly to dull thinking and make Filipinos more vulnerable to the power of suggestion?

Here, listen to this loud music. And while you’re at it, check out the low prices of these inferior products on display.

Or more ominously…

Here, listen to this loud music and check out the babes gyrating to it on stage. And while you’re at it, remember to vote for Risa Hontiveros.

Hey that’s just a hypothetical example of a suggestive message, ok ma’am Risa? 😉

Actually, this article was inspired by Benign0’s previous post on the pomp and pageantry surrounding the canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod and the promotion of Bishop Tagle to Cardinal. When I read it, it suddenly hit me — Filipinos are easily distracted. It explains why on one moment they’d be up in arms over the latest outrage fad and, on the next, they’d suddenly move on fists pumping in the air to the next noisy “issue”. It explains why a million-strong mob illegally kicked Erap out of Malacañang in 2001 and why, in 2010 the same man almost became the next president of the Philippines.

Put on a little bit of music, crank up the volume and issue a bit of encouragement…

Sayaw Pinoy, sayaw…

…and the next circus is on.

Contrary to popular belief, Filipinos are an easy people to govern. You just need to be all showbiz. And that is where my next epiphany hit me…

Kaya pala “Showbiz Government”!

The mighty Showbiz Government Facebook page (in excess of 28,000 followers as of this writing) seem to make this whole simple point of what the Philippines and its government is all about. We really are just one big disco nation — loud music sponsored by the public service playing all day and we all mindlessly dancing to its beat and humming to its tune while the really important issues simply fly way over our heads.

I must say, after spending a couple of years just being a mere follower and lurker in the wondrous ecosystem that is the GRP Universe, it is only now — as a writer — that I am beginning to connect the dots, the dots being the various terms and phrases I repeatedly see in the different articles I’ve been reading here…

– vacuous
Sayaw Pinoy, sayaw
– outrage fad
– Showbiz Government
– Platform Plez
– irony
Da Pinoy condition

…among others.

To me, these words and phrases just used to be no more than colorful metaphors and descriptive devices that added that unique spicy flavor to GRP articles. But now they have become components of a beautiful mental picture that has formed in my mind of that Pinoy Condition various writers here often mention.

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Johnny Nash “I Can See Clearly Now”
(Theme song from the film Cool Runnings)

I wish Filipinos will sing this song and take its lyrics to heart instead of simply dancing to the beat of the mind-clouding music our retailers and politicians shove down our ear canals.

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Post Author: Kate Natividad

Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.

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dapitan
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hwag kang gawa ng gawa ng kwento. Nanalo si PNoy hndi dahil sa sounds na sinasabi mo, nanalo sya dahil magagalit ang taumbayan sa mga kumorap sa gobyerno at si Aquino lamang ang makakalutas nito. Hinuhuli na ang mga nagnakaw (Gloria and Corona) at sunod sunod na ang mga makukulong pa.

Mr.Derp
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Nanalo lang siya dahil tanga lang mga tao na katulad MO. Nanalo lang siya dahil namatay ang nanay niya. Nanalo lang siya dahil madaling mauto ang tao na katulad MO. Napipikon ka lang dahil totoo ang sinasabi namin. Wala ka lang ibang magawa kundi sisi ng sisi. Isa ka talagang napakabobo at inutil na TROLL.

dapitan
Guest

nanalo siya kasi hindi sya tiwaling opisyal

Mr.Derp
Guest

Nanalo siya kasi namatay ang nanay niya. Yan parin ba ang sasabihin mo? Wala lang siguro maibigay sa iyo si carandang kaya inuulit mo lang ang post mo.

DaidoKatsumi
Guest

Fact: He won because he’s an Aquino and since he bears that family name, he can be considered as ‘clean’.

BOBO mo nga talaga. Well, kumusta na ang HACIENDA LUISITA? 😛

kaloy
Guest

Ayos ang lahat ng sinabi mo… agree ako, kasi nung ipinapalabas pa lang sa tv yung burol ni saint cory e naisip ko na ding nako, kakandidato si abnoy at mananalo ito dahil sa mentality ng mga tao na mahilig sumimpatya… namatay si ninoy, naging presidente ang cory, ngayun, namatay si cory, presidente ang abnoy.. taena… mga pilipino talaga… daling mauto, nakakalungkot…

Mr.Derp
Guest

Tatlong taon na si Noy sa gobyerno pero nandyan parin ang korupsyon. Yan ba ang matatawag mong mahusay? Walang sapat na ebidensya laban kay gloria at corona kaya nadidismiss kaagad ang kaso. Yan ba ang matatawag mong mahusay na pangulo? Tago ng tago habang may hostage crisis, YAN ba ang matatawag mo na mahusay na pangulo?

dapitan
Guest

malaki ang iniwang pinsala ng nakaraang administrasyon kaya it will take time. Jailing Arroyo is one step.

Mr.Derp
Guest

Wala ka lang talaga mapost kaya ayan ka nanaman, napaka predictable ka talaga. Di mo talaga tanggap na tanga ka lang.

DaidoKatsumi
Guest

Not just Arroyo. Get everybody. Don’t just look at the biggest leak. Take the smallest ones too. ALL OF IT. Before and after so you show no bias to it at all. Local AND national.

So ang pinsala talaga ay hindi palagi kay Arroyo. Ang SISTEMA mismo. Baka hindi mo alam siguro kung ano’ng ibig sabihin ng SISTEMA, no? 😛

DaidoKatsumi
Guest

Farce. Don’t you know that PNoy’s platform is more like a farce and the reason why he was voted because he an Aquino? Kahit marami ka pang ipakukulong (with trial by media bullsh*t which you are fond of), it’s not after all.

Kahirapan ng Pinoy ay hindi dulot ng corruption kundi katamaran, sobrang pagpa-party at kabobohan. But what do I expect from a paid Yellow Hack like yourself. Halos lahat ng posts mo, puro kuwentong gawa-gawa. As Jonas said, EXPRESS YOUR TRUE SELF. 😛

dapitan
Guest

dahil kay arroyo kaya naghihirap ang bansa. Lahat kasi kinurakot nya

Mr.Derp
Guest

Paano mo nasabing kinurakot ni gloria ang bansa natin kung wala kang ebidensya?? Yan lang ba ang kaya mo? Napaka hina mo talaga

Mr.Derp
Guest

3 years na ang boss mo, marami paring mahirap. Bakit ba puro sisi lang ng sisi ang ginagawa ng boss mo?

DaidoKatsumi
Guest

Haaay nako. Matagal nang hirap ang bansa bago pa kay Arroyo.

The problem is the SYSTEM, not necessarily the people in it. 🙂

'J-o'nas
Guest
We all know that a society is composed of different groupings or classes. Since that is what make up a society, we should be able to distinguish one class from the other. We should be able to differentiate among several classes or types of crowd as to how they do things, think or react to external factors affecting their situation. That is why we have what we call a, b, c, d etc. crowds. When you say “Filipinos are this or that” chances are readers will wonder who in particular are you talking about. Are you talking about people in… Read more »
DaidoKatsumi
Guest

Hehe, and THAT is what the biased media is doing: brainwashing Especially when we talk about a show called ‘Wil Time Big Time’.

Jerico
Guest

Yes, if the beat is right, they will dance all night (or until the elections come around and there’s a new politician to dole out freebies).

MR.KREIG
Guest

Showbiz Government,you’ve got it! it is correct.Actors,producers,directors….a performance aka charade!
You might be missing one crucial part,they are all the same.As in No difference. All working together to perform a public spectacle that is entertaining,engaging and not at all insightful as far as what you never see.
Nice one young Lady!

LA702
Guest

@ Kate

Show me how and where you spend your 10 hour day period and I’ll tell you what you are.
You might think you are reflective but a person staring at you think otherwise.

FallenAngel
Member

You know, Kate,

We could probably substitute a circus for what we have as a government and the people still won’t be able to tell the difference.

You did mention above that Pinoys aren’t known for being reflective as a people. Well, one of their behaviors can be described by a simple paradox:

“Stuck in the past but doomed to forget it”

'J-o'nas
Guest
We all know that a society is composed of different groupings or classes. Since that is what make up a society, we should be able to distinguish one class from the other. We should be able to differentiate among several classes or types of crowd as to how they do things, think or react to external factors affecting their situation. That is why we have what we call a, b, c, d etc. crowds. When you say “Filipinos are this or that” chances are readers will wonder who in particular are you talking about. Are you talking about people in… Read more »
Gogs
Member

To quote Ilda. “yet here you are ” . Obi Wan Kenobi had a saying ” who is more foolish? The fool or the fool that follows?”

'J-o'nas
Guest

Every time I put up a post, you talk about my ‘multiple IDs’ and ask why I’m here. Gogs, aren’t you embarrassed by that?

Why can’t you focus on issues? I already answered all those silly questions but you still can’t move on. Grow up, man.

DaidoKatsumi
Guest

Someone have asked that yet that guy went to attack the writers through character assassination, under the guise of ‘criticism’.

Is that what you are doing all this time? I hope not

'J-o'nas
Guest

Talk is cheap. Show your evidence Daido. But if I were you I’ll focus on the issue because that is what I’m doing here.

Those things that you read from me with regard to the writers here are my mere response to the offensive remarks thrown in my direction. So rather than talk about off topics, go back on the issue and let the webmaster take care of non-issues.

DaidoKatsumi
Guest

You’re focusing on issues yet you applaud on the current president’s blunders. No wonder why you got most of the offensive remarks from the writers since you never agree on your views which is full of pro-Noynoy bias and defending propaganda-spouting douches like fishball/dapitan/bayan patroller, etc.

BTW, is that what the present Aquino admin is doing, focusing more on PERSONALITIES than issues?

Double standard much.

'J-o'nas
Guest
Thank you, I really focus on issues. With regard to ‘applauding the president’s blunder’, I don’t know what you’re talking about. You are right, I get offensive and personal remarks because I do not agree with what I read. You want me to agree with the majority who write anti-Noynoy/gov’t. issues? I’m sorry I cannot do that. I only call what I see. Unlike you guys, my mind is clear and balance. I do not want to be called an Anti-Pinoy wannabee. I don’t aspire to become a copycat. I write because I see the word “reply” on every post… Read more »
DaidoKatsumi
Guest
You keep on saying on “he’s doing a good job” , while he wasn’t. Berating on his political enemies, making him acting like a spoiled brat, anti-corruption talk all over yet never checked on his ignorance about the corruption is what a good leader does *sarcasm* Even the former president is just keep focusing on doing her job rather than those ‘petty’ issues. And since the Da Pinoy’s brain is like a thick skull to crack, you can’t help but to go on insults from them because of one thing: “If someone tries to educate Filipinos then they thought of… Read more »
Gogs
Member

Jonas, you play fair and clean like your idol Noynoy. Noynoy Calls people with pending cases guilty or innocent. You perform shotgun insults with multiple dis. Like that time you called me a liar. Earning yourself another ip/ I d ban. That is a specific evidence. All your creativity is spent on coming up with variations on the name Jonas. The multiple I d s should be a hint to all but the most dense .

Hyden Toro
Guest

We are Wowoowee people. Some have deriorated already to YellowTards…

tehot
Guest

Jonas rages against generalization

benign0
Admin

He’s also a slow learner. He hasn’t worked out yet to this day what gets his comments banned. 😀

Trosp
Guest

benigs, not a slow learner. Jonass is a certified lousy idiot. And don’t forget the word pompous.

Jonass is a shameless dud. (And there’s this another new kid in town.)

Can you update the comment readers, if it will not be a burden, on how many of his IP addresses here are banned already? The funny thing is he’s still with his idiocy of changing his handle he he he…

What a lousy idiot.

Trosp
Guest
I’ve read in my inbox that this certified lousy idiot jonass is was in victimhood mood again. I’m not sure if it was deleted by the webmaster or his particular comment is in the other post. Nevertheless, the bottom line, his rant is about those who are criticizing him here in this blog are not contributing any thought on the issue but just getting personal with him. One of his idiotic styles, posting the same comment in different posts – October 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm “benignoy, I don’t mind people correcting me for that is the game we all… Read more »
Gogs
Member

Jonas is really an anagram for Jason. As in Friday the 13th, . Jonas is like the poor in the Gospel.as in the poor will never leave us.

SRivera
Guest

I like Kate Natividad’s blog post. It’s light yet has an impact to the reader. Like a drizzle, enough to get you wet.

tony
Guest

The lower class lack education and refinement as we in the art and entertainment industry would call it. I can’t hold that against them though, it’s the hand they were dealt with. If they would be more educated, they would have the cognition to understand “higher” levels of entertainment.

Case in point: an educated person would understand and possibly relate to the deepness in Cash’s lyrics, whereas a non-educated person will probably only understand the lyrics in a superficial way.

This wouldn’t happen though if the government wasn’t so corrupt and would focus more on education and development.

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Gogs
Member

Months after you wrote this. It is so prophetic. In light of things like Cebu Airlines non answer answers on that runway incident and of course Nancy Binay you have summed up the mindset of this culture. What it accepts and what it propogates.