Why I think Lourd de Veyra’s ‘open letter’ to Vic Sotto is pointless

Indeed, Lourd de Veyra “has a few things to say” to Vic Sotto. And he laid them all out in his open letter addressed to the star which was published on Spot.ph. My first impression about Lourd’s open letter was that it was a very thoughtful lament on the wasted opportunity in the huge influence Vic Sotto wields as a top movie star and producer.

tito_vic_and_joeyBut then, having thought about it more, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Lourd missed the real point by a mile.

I think Vic Sotto and movies like My Little Bossings are just products of Philippine society. They exist because there is a strong demand for such kadiri quality. If Vic Sotto ever decides to dedicate the rest of his days to making good-quality matino movies, guess what, another moron will simply emerge from the woodwork and fill the void Sotto leaves and be laughing all the way to the bank while he is at it. Just because a powerful media star like Vic Sotto makes a good-quality movie does not mean that the demand for idiotic films will disappear. Another Vic Sotto will simply emerge and cater to the kababawan of the Pinoy audience.

So what am I saying? Well my point is, telling Vic Sotto and other media superstars like Kris Aquino and Sharon Cuneta to grow a conscience and stop murdering the brain cells of Filipino youths (while collecting their parents’ hard-earned pesos) is a futile exercise. It’s not even a chicken-and-egg thing as I think the issue of the ignoramousness of Filipino cinema patrons is a lot more deep-rooted than the rot that afflicts our country’s media industry. Ours, after all, is a free market economy. We can only stand back and watch as suppliers compete to meet demand on a level playing field. Clearly, people like Vic Sotto are the winners on that field as of now — because they deliver the dumbest content to a market that rewards creators of the dumbest products with millions of pesos.

The only reasonable institution we can turn to with an expectation to police the media is the government. It is government’s role, after all, to regulate private enterprise — to ensure (without being motivated by profit) that the overall well-being of the society is safeguarded. They do that in other industries. Government regulators make sure drugs are properly tested before they are sold to the public. They make sure banks are adequately capitalized and don’t use underhanded ways of luring people into borrowing more money than they can afford to pay. They make sure food products sold in the country are safe to eat.

So it is reasonable to expect government to make sure movies produced by for-profit studios are not poisonous to Filipino minds.

Obviously, government fails in its duty to ensure that ours remains an intellectually-healthy society. The fact that movies like My Little Bossings rake in 50 million pesos is proof of this. Is there hope of getting the government to step up to this role? I wouldn’t bet good money on such a hope. The government after all is made up of officials voted into office by the very same people who eat up media crap like My Little Bossings.

Talo, kung baga. You really can’t win in a country where popularity is equated to what is right.

So, Mr Lourd de Veyra, the bottom line is that life’s really too short to be wasting it on trying to get bozos like Vic Sotto to do good things. Sorry na lang tayong matatalino. And besides, you’re a self-avowed fan of da Bossing. So it’s all good. 😉

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potaters
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It is even more futile to turn to the government in regards to Philippine cinema. Even the simple queues in government offices are problematic, paano pa kaya nila aasikasuhin ang art?

Everything here is awful.

Emme
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I agree..

sancho alconce
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Lourd de Vera should have thought about himself when it comes to criticizing or shall we say making an appeal to vic sotto and company. The kind of personality he projects on TV is devoid of originality. No matter how he tries, he is still a poor copy of an inferior product in Kim Atienza whom he tries to ape. Except for the snow cap and goatee beard, to the observant viewer, he follows the Atienza template. And yes, all the personalities in Lourd de Vera’s home network are very poor imitation and unwanted fats of the other two networks.… Read more »
no hope in this country
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no hope in this country

I disagree. Don’t say i’m a butthurt, but Lourd de veyra is the same as what i see in this blog: hope for this bullshit country. Don’t compare him with kim atienza because he is not part of the solution.

AdC
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I also beg to disagree. Way before he “went mainstream”, he was already like that. Try listening to his band Radioactive Sago Project’s song “Baboy”. He’s actually helpful in making people realize what’s right in society and what should be changed.

ChinoF
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Before Radioactive Sago project, I remember his being a guitarist in Bite the Bullet. I liked that better.

Johnny Derp
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I also beg to disagree.
I prefer Lourd de veyra to Kim Atienza simply because he’s a better weather presenter than that douche from abs cbn and he has something that other guy doesn’t…talent

cynicjam
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I beg to disagree too…

I’d rather listen to Lourd than Kim Atienza simply because he has the insight to help this country. And Lourd does have a point in his letter to Vic Sotto.

Every time I see Kim Atienza, he just shows up in a noontime show and a promoter…that’s it.

I don’t get why you compared Lourd to Kim Atienza in the first place since the 2 personalities are very distinct on one another.

edith gerona
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I also beg to disagree… I rather listen to Kim Atienza because at least he is not pretending to be sitting on a high horse. He is just being himself, a commercial talent, no more no less.. mouthing words made by writers and promoters.. On the other hand, Lourd de Veyra comes across as a political person… the kind who is hollier-than-thou or the regular down-to- earth guy who we should believe because he had been there/done that and who else should know better than he.. a typical hypocritical politician.. maybe he has political plans for himself…
wtf_edu
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As far as I know, Lourd’s been like that ever since way before Kim Atienza came along. And it’s Veyra, not Vera.

Baklang Manikurista
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Lourd is Lourd. He is as he is since he first came to the scene. Kim, well on the other hand is a businessman, trying to sell all products with no approved therapeutic claims.

Sea Bee
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People will continue to like the trash on television because it is all that they know. If they had more choice, they would prefer better quality with fewer commercials. Many poor people can get only one channel: ABS-CBN. People in the USA can now get streaming movie channels with no commercials for a monthly fee. Eventually Filipinos will have more choice, too.

Government should stay out of the business of television and the internet. All we need is some conservative senator trying to dictate taste to everyone else.

dudong
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could’t have said it better.. bravo. sana madami pang katulad mo mag-isip

Sanzo
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I did not watch any of those movies so it would be hard to judge, had I watched any of those..I’m afraid I may have lost what’s left of my brain. Idiotic movies will always be a part of any cinema, it is not really unique to this country. Thought-provoking movies would exist somewhere but would easily be forgotten to obscurity. The only thing I could do is exercise my right to choice. And it is a good thing I can choose what I watch and not have someone try to shove it to me. Let the masses have their… Read more »
dudong
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so tutunganga nalang ba tayo at manonood? hahayaan nalang natin na magpatuloy ang maling sistema? yun din ang mali natin. yung mindset natin na ganyan… then you’ll claim na you’re the one of the “matatalino’s”. isa pang mali natin, ay minamaliit natin yung pag-iisip nang kapwa natin. syempre (kung nasa mundo man kayo ng media) tatanggapin lang nila ng tatanggapin kung ano hinahain sa kanila ng media. pero if we start to think differently, at wag maliitin ang audience natin, then we can come up with much better programs/films.

Jason Reyes
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I dont know about the writer of this article if shes just trying to ride on the fame of Lourd De Veyra, or she has a half assed point herself. How old is the writer anyway?

Putting it on the government again? Are you daft? The only hope Philippine Cinema has right now is in the hands of these guys, namely Ramon Bautista, RA Rivera, Jun Sabayton and Lourd De Veyra!

As the saying goes, research research muna pag may time. Just my 2 cents.

Gogs
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Dumb and moronic sells in this country. TV shows, ad campaigns, movies and most of all elected officials. And I get hell when I refuse to pinoy chest beat in other things that are part and parcel of this momentum of the morons.

Sweatminds
Guest

it reflect lang kung anung klase ng tao tayo..

Glen
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In fairness to Lourd, he wrote a nice entertaining appeal to the artist and Filipino in Vic Sotto.

Kate Natividad’s cynical analysis, on the other hand, is as shallow as how she thinks Filipinos are.

benign0
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Better yet, come up with specific examples of Pinoys exhibiting depth of imagination and substance. Otherwise, tough luck. Seems like an inability to handle the TRUTH about Filipinos is part of the reason da Pinas remains the shallow society that it is.

Chrome Moli
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If you are referring to Pinoy movies?

Wala, Zero, Negative pa.

Dirch
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Well, to think of it, Lourd’s article maybe as pointless as all of the articles here right? but that shouldn’t prevent us from writing them.

joeld
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Not actually pointless as I believe that if there is even just one mind that gets even the slightest hint of being “unplugged from the matrix”, then the articles here (and the comments too) and also same with De Veyra’s letter have done it’s job.

Dude
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@Dirch

What’s your basis in saying that “all” the articles here are pointless? Have you read “all” of them?

Dirch
Guest

No, I have not, but I was not talking about the quality of the articles, I am in fact a fan of this website so don’t get me wrong. What I meant is the impact of writing an article for a blog.Put it plainly, I don’t agree that Lourd’s article is pointless as I also believe that articles here are not pointless.

Felmar M. Cardanio
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in this world that we are living, everything is a matter of perspective….. dumb and matalino is a matter of how you define and pronounce it. (I believe everything in this world also is…) There is no such thing as right and wrong to the the so called “educated and civilized” society. It is a matter of Who Speaks of the facts… A person may be right, but the burden of truth that proves it will be another struggle to fight for……

Gacia
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WAIT WAIT WAIT… bakit ung mga comment na FAVOR kay Lourd eh against d2 sa article???

correct me if im wrong, pero from wat i understood nung binasa ko to eh, ginaya lng nung writer ung style ni Lourd : SARCASTIC…

the title may appear against Lourd, pero the contents in the article is really favorable for him…

well correct me if im worng… i may have misunderstood

Ekis
Guest

i’m also scratching my head because of the negative comments againt the writer, daming di nakaintindi..

cynicjam
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Yes, it may appear that Lourd’s effort to advice Vic Sotto’s film direction is useless because we Filipinos tend to like mindless comedy and abhor the films with “real quality” like “On-The-Job” or to an extent, “Ang Tatay kong Nanay.” Even the author has expressed support on Lourd’s effort in the comment’s section. I’ve come to understand that many Filipino films do not require the average Filipino to think…they just prefer the endless rom-com and nonsense comedy routines. Some may defend that this routine is a form of “escapism” from the harsh, crappy life in this country but isn’t it… Read more »
nicky v.
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i think the lourd has a point there and he just happen to be a keen observer around his environs which is not illegal i supposed. this is still a free country and every one is entitled to express, comment, or react base on what he had seen,heard and observed and he did it just fine…and what an observation it was.as the timeless maxim implies, bad or good criticism is still a criticism no matter how you agree or disagree on it. you may love the man or despise him but still it doesnt change a thing he will always… Read more »
Revelation21:8
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I really really beg to disagree. My answer none of the above, neither of them should be seen as example.

John Mendoza
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thought-provoking movies and moronic movies has an audience on their own,it is only that moronic movies like you said “my little bossings” have more movie-going patrons than the intellectual movies.and in a democratic country like ours, bahala ka kung saan mo gusto manood. and can’t blame lourd de veyra if he feels like bossing vic and company seems to be exploiting the bandwagon mentality of these, uhm …, moronic moviegoers. how sad.

bobong pinoy
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why do i get this feeling na hindi na-gets nung mga nega commenters ung point ni writer towards the Lourd? *kamot-ulo* nga-nga na lang. seriously? do we even have to acknowledge and dignify the comparison of the Lourd to effin’ Kuya Kim? come on guys.. you can do better than that..not even a hairlike strand of comparison. try looking for stuff related to the Lourd even before he began his band way back 16 years ago. and you’ll understand.. yeah, go ahead, “ctrl+t” that google chrome of yours and let “le search engine” do it’s job for you. idiots. ay… Read more »
cynicjam
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Of course, the author’s cynical style of writing can’t cater to those who can’t handle the truth/sarcasm, which is the majority of Filipinos.

May mga tao lang talagang hindi marunong makaintindi sa totoong mensahe.

rach
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turn to the government to regulate our film industry? BUT WAIT! sino ba nasa government? do the names Tito Sotto, Bong Revilla, Erap Estrada and Lito Lapid ring a bell? Sino asawa ni Kiko Pangilinan? Sino asawa ni Lucy Torres?

Faceless Void
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The way I see it (and I don’t want to impose my perspective to you guys), Lourd de Veyra was expecting something from Vic Sotto while the latter said of the movie’s purpose, magpatawa at para sa mga bata. I think de Veyra has all the right to voice his “what-might-have-beens”, while Sotto has equally all the right to “magpatawa, advertise, at tumarget ng batang audience”. In the end, people who take sides make this issue more complicated. Sure there are people who comment reasonably, but there are those who comment without even giving a hindsight over things. So let’s… Read more »
Stan
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Magaling, takot ang author nito. Magaling at takot kasi hinedline niya si Lourd de Veyra pero rekta nyang tinira si Sotto so,ang dating hindi masyadong mabigat sa mga makakabasa. Ayaw sigurong sumikat.

Chrome Moli
Guest

Tama ka.

ChinoF
Member

While De Veyra tackles issues with points similar to ours, he’s in TV now and in that medium, scriptwriters can dilute the presenter’s message. It’s possible that sometimes, even if he’s the presenter, it’s not him talking, but someone else.

jseruloka
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Simple Iang nmn ang tinutukoy ni ka lourd sa mga movie maker ntn eh ayusin ang pag-gawa pelikula, hindi lang para Kay Vic Sotto ang mensahe nailarawan nya lang ito, dahil na rin siguro s knyang paghanga nya rito.
Bilang isang instrumento ang paggawa ng pelikula n maka paghatid ng mensahe dapat LNG na ayusin ito.
Mahirap tlaga ang maraming alam.

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