I Will Not Congratulate Rose Fostanes

So I bought a .44 magnum it was solid steel cast
And in the blessed name of Elvis well I just let it blast
‘Til my TV lay in pieces there at my feet
And they busted me for disturbin’ the almighty peace
Judge said “What you got in your defense son ?”
“Fifty-seven channels and nothin’ on”

 Bruce Springsteen

 

 

So proud over winning a contest on a show you never saw? Really??
So proud over winning a contest on a show you never saw? Really??

Sean Anthony plays for the PBA’s Talk and Text. He was with Barako and Red Bull previously. His hard nose style of play has earned him rabid fans as well as a model girl friend. One thing he does not have is the media of his home country fawning over every move he makes. Sean-Sean (as he was fondly called as a toddler) played his amateur basketball in McGill (Montreal) . I was told he is the first product of a Canadian university to play in the PBA. The Canadian press does not celebrate the feat. Canadians care more about Andrew Wiggins,  Steve Nash, Rick Fox and Bill Wennington I will let you figure out why.

 

Kirk and his family have contributed so much to the community since the 90s. But not Filipino enough for the PBA.
Kirk and his family have contributed so much to the community since the 90s. But not Filipino enough for the PBA.

Kirk Long had an excellent run playing for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.  Not to be outdone by Sean Anthony, last year he married model, teacher and former Ateneo soccer player Cristina “Tata” Garcia.  Extremely ironic because his father in law is Philippine Sports Commissioner Richie Garcia  who is a die hard La Sallite. It is weird how the PBA considers Sean Anthony a “Filipino” considering he was not born here or never went to school here. Yet Kirk Long’s family have been in the country since 1991 and have been integral in the community in terms of education and outreach and he can’t play in the league as a Filipino. One guy does not have one credit on his transcript from a Filipino institution. The other not only studied in Manila for decades but whose family helped educate Filipinos yet the PBA by their rules does not consider him Filipino enough. OK fine.

 

No birth, no school, no residence but Filipino. Just saying.
No birth, no school, no residence but Filipino. Just saying.

Both Kirk and Sean are accomplished basketball players in the one nation on planet Earth that basketball dominates. Yet nobody cares outside the Philippines. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. They are doing what they love and to a fanatic audience locally. There is only one NBA. The NBA is popular in Ohio, China, Florida, Madrid, Toronto, Manila and other corners of the globe. Filipino basketball is a lot like Filipino food: only relevant to Flipinos. Before you get all butthurt, people abroad say “let’s go out for Italian/ Mexican/ Indian / Chinese / Japanese. The only people who say let’s go eat Filipino are cannibals. Jollibee owes their foreign existence to OFW presence. I love inasal done right. There is just something so wrong about going to Bacolod the birthplace of inasal and to see a homogenized Mang Inasal with even one customer. That may be just me.

 

So a singing contest in a previously unknown show makes you proud? OK.
So a singing contest in a previously unknown show makes you proud? OK.

How many of you cared or even knew anything about the Israeli version of X Factor?? Anyone? Bueller? I ask the question I always ask and never get a good answer. If something was not relevant last week why does a pinoy winning it make it relevant this week?? Why is the opinion of judges you never heard of in a show you never watched so important to you? How does that add one iota to the self worth of the nation? It was something only the Isrealis cared about. Is the prestige chasing you or are you chasing the prestige? I must have missed the meeting where I was supposed to be informed that Isreali X Factor was supposed to define a country’s self esteem.Where am I supposed to draw the line over what is worth my cheers and applause from the 7 billion inhabitants of this world?

I can understand finding relevance in the American Idol we are used to in this country with judges like “dawg” , Steven Tyler , Paula Abdul, Ellen Degeneres and others who have been on our screens for a few years now. But the Isreali version? I had no idea they had a version. I don’t know the first thing about Israeli television (except Homeland is based on one of their shows) and neither do you. Then why is something on their airwaves and not on yours so relevant?? KSP is truly the root of all evil.

 

Remember the real life examples I gave you earlier of Sean Anthony and Kirk Long? Let’s reverse the Rose Fostanes story and see how strange it looks. What if an Israeli working for AIM (Makati) won Pinoys Got Talent or whatever gameshow is on locally? Will the Prime MInister of Israel make a statement or anything like what Noynoy’s office did yesterday?   I doubt it. Plus I can imagine the racist taunts from the local audience. Poor Phillip Phillips when he was the only thing standing between “pinay” Jessica Sanchez and American Idol “immortality”.

 

Our local shows have no prestige abroad. That fact does not deter us from “pinoy pride” for some reason. As if to compensate we suddenly heap instant prestige on shows in other countries. Shows we never knew existed. To the point that the office of the President feels they have to capitalize on this faux pride so they make a statement. That is the state of our national self esteem. I get Sky Cable and there are definitely more than 57 Channels.Two weeks ago none of them showed Isreali X Factor. Even if they did, I doubt you would have watched.

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Post Author: Gogs

Putting a very sharp needle into the balloon known as Pinoy Pride since 2012.

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Chris
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I seriously doubt whether a foreigner would be allowed to compete in a talent contest in The Philippines. After all, Kenyan runners are not allowed to run races in the Philippines http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/222170/sports/kenyan-runners-need-dole-papers-to-receive-cash-prizes because they are faster than the fastest Filipino and insulting Filipino runners.

Johnny Saint
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I would congratulate Rose Fontanes. Doesn’t have to mean anything more than that.

Bong Cunanan
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I would congratulate her, friend her in facebook, ask for her number and ask her to speak in our class so she can inspire young Filipinos to do great things like she did.

cynicjam
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What an idiot this Bong Cunanan is.

To quote Johnny Saint: “I would congratulate Rose Fontanes. Doesn’t have to mean anything more than that.”

Beda
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Should everything we do must always have a what’s-in-it-for-us clause? Can’t we just be genuinely happy that our fellow Filipino won? Sure, most of us haven’t even heard of that show, and most probably, we’ll forget about this in a couple of weeks/months. However, are we not allowed to show appreciation “kasi hindi naman tayo sumusubaybay sa show”? Her victory does nothing AT ALL to improve our country’s esteem, and it sure won’t have any impact in our society, but she definitely deserves MY congratulations for her job well done. Enough of this crab mentality please

WinterSoldier
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Hindi mo talaga binasa ang article.

And yes, crab mentality is a MYTH.

domo
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pinoy nga namaan oo ginagamit muna palagi ang puso hindi ang utak. And crab mentality actually applies to emotards like you.

eko
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iba yung marung mag-basa at marung umtindi ng binasa 🙂 ito ang exampol ng isang tao di marunong umitindi ng kanyang binasa

MidwayHaven
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Crabs in a basket actually PUSH each other up to escape. I really don’t know where that metaphor came from.

ChinoF
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Haha… that guy who posted Filipinos are destined to rule the world is high on something. Filipinos ruling the world? Scary thought. Knowing how we are in our society and government, I would pity the world if we ever did become its rulers.

cynicjam
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That’s probably the long term effect of “PINOY PRIDE” – turning egocentrics into megalomaniacs with nothing to brag about.

ChinoF
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And they turn into megalomaniacs because a fellow national can sing well. What? Singing makes on rule the world? That’s grasping at straws for self-esteem.

ChinoF
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makes *one rule…

cynicjam
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That poster who said that Filipinos should rule the world probably got the idea from this picture:comment image

Teodorico Asuncion
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Wait for the time the third world country the Philippines will rule the intire world very soon mark my word.

Rene
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Com’on ChinoF let the guy enjoy his fantasy of ruling the world after all fantasizing like dreaming big is free.

ChinoF
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And what did Fontanes sing? My Way? Still that stereotypical karaoke song. We’re actually showing the world that we’re too fond of karaoke and annoying neighbors.

Johnny Saint
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That’s one argument against gun proliferation. You sing “My Way” off key in a karaoke bar and you’re bound to start a gunfight.

cynicjam
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This article from cracked.com further supports the fact that Filipinos can kill someone who off-key sings “My Way.”

http://www.cracked.com/article_18809_the-6-most-strangely-convincing-real-life-curses_p2.html

ChinoF
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I still believe Sid Vicious’ version of My Way was the best ever.

WinterSoldier
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I tend to disagree. Limp Bizkit’s own version is kickass!

ChinoF
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OK, gotta see that.

crissyname
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Alex Compton was born here from an American parents, I believe but he wasn’t able to play in the PBA coz he has no Filipino blood. In the PBA, it doesn’t matter if you’re not a Filipino, one must have a Filipino blood from Filipino parent/s, of course. Can that be right?! Wow!

pinoy pride supreme
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Wag n kyo mg celebrate ng holidays like xmas independence day. Di nman kayo kasali don. Sumawsaw lng kayo ha haha ha shabu paaaaa

domo
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Said the point-missing utak squatter na halatang nangangamatis ang puwet dahil lang sa constructive criticism ni Gogs. But you know what indiot? I do am not so interested on celebrating holidays like Xmas and Independence day in which I always feel them that they’re just another ordinary day because I don’t really feel the true meaning of them unlike indiots like you who just can’t wait for them to enjoy your lazy ass day off.

WinterSoldier
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IKAW ata ang sumasawsaw e.

Right back at ya. 😀

Johnny Derp
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@”loser supreme”

Nagpapapansin ka lang, tanga -_-
at nagbago ka nanaman ng pangalan mo kasi puro basura lang ang comments mo dito tulad mo.

cynicjam
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You mean RICHIE GARCIA and RICHIE THE HORSIE. Geez, learn to read and spell.

krokodil
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The title of this article clearly suggest that the author is not in the “self esteem” business so what the fuck are people upset about?

cynicjam
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These ignorant fools had their “PINOY PRIDE” shattered. This nation can’t take criticisms no matter how good your intentions/how sound your arguments are.

domo
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Halata naman talaga kasi na wala kang maibubuga dito kundi puro atake lang at hindi rational discussion e kaya ang mga basurang utak squatter na katulad mo ay dapat lang mawala.

Still not smart eh emmanuel sevilla?

WinterSoldier
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If you’re just here to SPAM the blog with your TROLL comments then it’s better to DELETE all of them.

“Small minds discuss PEOPLE. Average minds discuss EVENTS. Great minds discuss IDEAS.”

And this, folks, are the reason why Filipinos on the net should be HATED. Kakahiya. -____-

WinterSoldier
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And lastly, ‘PINOY’ is more like a kanto word so call us FILIPINOS instead.

And no, you’re not exposing anything dahil you have no evidence or proof. All is based on tsismis and what ifs. IKAW ata ang nagpapasikat e.

Jigs
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Congratulating her is a simple way of giving credit to what she has achieved in her own skills in spite of the struggles and sacrifices she had been through just to get where she is right now. Unfortunately, this author Gogs does not recognize that and showed an utter disrespect to his own kababayan. “How many of you cared or even knew anything about the Israeli version of X Factor?? Anyone?” How ironic is that? you seem not to care but you are writing this article. What’s your objective really? are you just sour-graping? The Palace was not aware in… Read more »
hunter
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Gogs, sometimes I felt the same way on other Filipinos, note, Anderson Cooper v. Korina Sanchez. People don’t really watch CNN, but it was a hip trend a little months ago to nod our heads for Cooper. Well, i think it was a stunt for Cooper. that’s media magic. Caucasians do not really emphatize to the Malay race, we just happen to enjoy the public stunts they devour. The case of PNOY, on the other hand might be the same gesture. Full of tactics, however, we always don’t have the assurance if our thoughts are correct. Perhaps you could have… Read more »
Mina
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The only people who should be proud of Rose’s win is her family. It’s her own individual accomplishment on a foreign program, and not the whole freakin’ 95+ million Filipino population’s.

musiklaber
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do you only acknowledge singers who sang on a famous tv show? if so, then you’re not fit to write anything that involves talent and skills.. you probably even haven’t heard a tribesman in Philippines that can play their own music so well… go travel and be amazed with what the world can offer rather than sit in front of your PC and ranting about other people’s success.. get a life dude!!!

joeld
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Huh?

Did you even read the article? Better read it through so you can comment later.

It’s good to have enough bullets when you go to battle.

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[…] it is: a place where creativity is discouraged. I could care less about America Idol let alone the Israeli version of X Factor.  There is a simple reason. All the glitz and and hype associated with those shows do not make me […]

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[…] Maybe I am the one who is stupid for believing that the Philippine team should be composed of, what am I thinking of, oh.. Filipinos.  Win or lose, they are yours because there is a connection. While sticking to the world of basketball, I do not understand why the PBA considers someone who never lived or went to school in the Philippines as a “Filipino” yet someone whose parents have roots in service to the community and who played for Ateneo is not considered Filipino. I discuss Kirk Long and Sean Anthony more in this blog. […]

Suede
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I enjoy reading your articles GRP and I agree with a lot of them. This one I feel is a bit dumb though. So what if she won a contest she’d never heard of? A lot of well-known actors audition for a movie, but inexperienced newcomers bag the role. Matt Damon married a woman who never heard of him. I applied for a company with services I don’t use but I still got the job. Are you telling me I shouldn’t be congratulated for the same reason? My point is, sometimes, life takes us to journeys and experiences we do… Read more »
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