Showbiz Kilig: What Intelligent People Don’t Have

The recent wedding of celebrities Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes was a topic of the town, especially with how roads were blocked off to “exclusivize” traffic routes for guests, and no less than the president of the Philippines’ presence at the affair. While both aspects were criticized for the inconvenience to others and mixed up priorities, there was another aspect seen that may reflect the country’s dysfunctions. As fellow blogger FallenAngel raised, it’s a government official’s wedding, they’ll be slammed even if they spent their own money. But if it’s a private citizen, many come to the defense. Perhaps even if the private citizen might be an embezzler or crime lord. As long as it’s someone famous.

Photo courtesy of Inquirer
Photo courtesy of Inquirer

Another part of the Filipino mindset is revealed once again, that Filipinos seem to be willing fantards for celebrities and “elite.” What’s the derogatory term? Starstruck ignoramuses. It’s a funny irony, too. Many Filipinos seem to hate the “elite” for the problems of the country, but other Filipinos seem to admire this same “elite,” or the actors and singers associated with them. They fawn over the romance stories of these celebrities as if this is the most important thing in the world, further demonstrating the tsismis dysfunction that is a stubborn part of Filipino communities.

Again, it’s the same old sickness of focusing on personalities rather than principles or platforms. But it also demonstrates the same thing that appears when Manny Pacquiao is in the limelight again and Filipinos shout “proud to be Pinoy:” they look for the temporary high that comes with identifying with a celebrity, rather than look for a long-term solution that helps them achieves the same status of that celebrity. They seem to feel good when Pacquiao wins a fight, or when a Filipina beauty wins a crowns or even comes close. It seems to be nothing more than the barriotic attitude of showbiz kilig.

It also demonstrates what former American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said:

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The smallness of Filipino attitudes, like what I described above, this fantard drunkenness of showbiz kilig is what helps keep Filipino society dysfunctional. As Benign0 said, this showbiz kilig helps keep people “in their place.” Many Filipinos remain satisfied being the fantards of others while they themselves lament the status of their lives. Hence, we have many children who want nothing more than to be famous actors or singers instead of useful scientists and mathematicians, while their alienated parents work feverishly in other countries to try and give them that life. Another part of the problem is that the people who are supposed to be “intellectuals” and “educated,” or are even “activists” or “reformists” are actually themselves taken by this attitude of fantardism and showbiz kilig.

Thank goodness there are people with sane, civilized and great-minded attitudes who would have nothing of showbiz kilig. They know that showbiz is the worst place to look for people to admire and look up to, since it is nothing but entertainment. They are the real intellectuals, movers, doers and shakers. In other words, these people are not blinded by “heroes.” They hope that Filipinos idolize themselves instead of living stage props. Problem is, the small-minded Filipinos castigate them for being “mayabang.”

Of course, there are some people intellectuals admire, like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks, or others like Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. But as I reemphasize, it’s not the person that is important; it’s the ideas that they represent and practice that are important. If we focus on the platform and not the person, that can break us out of the trap of smallness and bring us to the level of great-mindedness.

Getting out of our showbiz fixation is perhaps one of the major steps to take in actually making the Philippines into a great country.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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anonymous
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‘As fellow blogger FallenAngel raised, it’s a government official’s wedding, they’ll be slammed even if they spent their own money. But if it’s a private citizen, many come to the defense. Perhaps even if the private citizen might be an embezzler or crime lord. As long as it’s someone famous. ‘

BULAGA!

anonymous
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Pera nga nila ginastos dito. Perang kinita mula sa mga shows na pang DISTRACT sa mga totoong isyu ng lipunan.

justined
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It would be interesting to study the relationship between the DongYan demographic and firecracker victim demographic tonight.

Perhaps DOH should include in their survey reports a more detailed firecracker victim profile, like if they are DongYans, or Marian Knights, etc.

benign0
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I’m betting both demographics share a more-or-less consistent profile or archetype.

WinterSoldier
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“Hence, we have many children who want nothing more than to be famous actors or singers instead of useful scientists and mathematicians, while their alienated parents work feverishly in other countries to try and give them that life.”

Spot on. I remember ung campaign ad ni Mar Roxas (“Lalaban Tayo”) when the little girl answered what she wants to be:

“Ako po, artista.”

Alfred
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Are you implying that the girl is wrong when she answered she wants to be an actress? Lol.

PurpleMadness
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Honestly, my mother is urging me to join a certain singing competition on a famous tv channel. And I answered, “I have no time for that b*llsh*t. I don’t have a sob story for people to vote for me.”

Don’t get me wrong, but for me, it’s too low. And I have something greater ahead of me.

sinister1617
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You are right. It is really sickening to see nothing on social media nowadays. We can’t out grow this country’s way of thinking. No wonder many great minds go out to greener pastures rather than stay here. Here you tirelessly work only to be given a small segment on news for your contribution to mankind, while a celebrity will be given a full segment to explain why he was drunk and started a fight. I blame the media. I once saw a stand up gig where the comedian says “crazy sell” yeah he’s right. Nobody wants to hear a news… Read more »
gberry72
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Oh, and as if Murica does not fawn over the Kardashians.

mjomesa
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bigoted minds. let’s just promote happiness.

DIO
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And what kind of happiness is that?

For further reading:

http://antipinoy.com/filipinos-and-happiness-why-we-need-to-be-serious-about-it/

domo
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Happiness is getting overrated thanks to happy-go-lucky turds like you.

Sea Bee
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@mjomesa:

What is happiness? How can you promote it, if you do not know what it means? Is happiness giddy vacuousness? drunken euphoria? Laughter?

To me, happiness is the well-being of food security, a good long term jobs with benefits, health care for everyone, and shelter from the elements. Happiness rarely comes from chasing personal pleasure; but rather by helping to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable members of society. Happiness is being grateful for what you have; while helping those less fortunate.

Stop the mental masturbation and grow up.

Alfred
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@Sea Bee

I think what mjomesa was trying to say is that some people act as if their thinking is superior to others thus exalting themselves while belittling those who contradict, hence he said bigoted minds.

He also said let us promote happiness and by that he really means happiness whatever definition it can have to someone. Just like how you opened your sentence about what happiness is with the words “To me,”. I’m sure he/she agrees with it and wants you to be happy.

Gg
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@Alfred

Perhaps a more significant question needed to be asked is why, despite all these uplifting videos of celebrities getting married, are our countrymen still wallowing in despair? I seriously doubt the still-impoverished masses who have suffered from the Yolanda tragedy would find this a happy occasion.

Alfred
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@Gg

Simple. Those uplifting videos were never meant to be anything. Those are just videos of celebrities getting married. If someone is uplifted watching those, even for just a passing moment, then that is good. If those who have seen it but still wallow in despair, may they find comfort in other things.

elmer c solidon
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decency should never be equated with the quantity of one’s material possessions.

jameboy
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I beg to disagree with the idea of the title. Of course, intelligent people do have ‘showbiz kilig’ too not for the reason that there are a lot of intelligent people in showbiz but also entertainment, intelligence-wise, breaks down all barriers. The article tends to fault the Filipinos and not exactly the masses which is mostly drawn to anything showbiz. Bad. I don’t mean wanting and gushing at entertainers is bad. The masses cannot be faulted entirely for having idols as entertainers because they have long ago stopped idolizing real people like politicians who have time and again duped them.… Read more »
arvinsim
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@jameboy

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The masses cannot be faulted entirely for having idols as entertainers because they have long ago stopped idolizing real people like politicians who have time and again duped them.
“””

I disagree heavily for the simple fact that an alarming number of politicians ARE entertainers.

Kemeo
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Which makes them good politicians for their ability distract the public masses. 😀

WinterSoldier
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Reality check, son:

Do you have any idea about WHY people vote for last names and celebrities in public office?

Most celebrity politicians are egotistic and incompetent schmucks. 😀

domo
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Baaaw playing the victim card much? And yet more and more people are becoming stupid from hyping every mainstream bullshit because they ignorantly think that they’re the best even if they’re garbage.

tomas
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benign0 said it best: Those “show people” whose job it is, you say, is to make spectacles of themselves are the people Filipinos look up to. They are a product of the free market, to be fair — a reflection of the character of the market, a response to demand. That means Philippine society is caught in a vicious cycle. Idiots demand mediocre products and Big Corporate deliver to demand by producing and distributing moronic products. Everyone laughs all the way to the bank, while ordinary Filipinos stay stupid FOR GENERATIONS. I do agree, me and many of us here… Read more »
Jmac
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Another clueless comment by Jameboy.

I mean look at how stupid this is;

“The article tends to fault the Filipinos and not exactly the masses which is mostly drawn to anything showbiz.”

The masses aren’t Filipino? What are they Martians then?

Bakeks
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Baka mali lang yung phrasing ni kuya.

Filipinos as a whole/in general, and not just pertaining to the masses as an isolated social class.

Hula ko lang ha.

jameboy
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What can I say? Pini-pilosopo ako ni Jmac, lol!

He believes all Filipinos are masses. No elite, no intellectuals, no middle, no nothing. When you talk of Filipinos, you talk of the masses, bow.
🙂

Zen Tan
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I’m not a fan of Filipino films altho I do get to watch some foreign films once in a while. I don’t like Marian nor do I like Dingdong. I find hype in this “royal wedding” too much. But I respect the Filipino fans who feel “kilig” with it. I don’t think “intelligent people” as you have noted in your blog should not waste their time with local showbiz and there are talented and great artists in the entertainment industry. Yes, we do get the less deserving ones as leaders of the country but we can’t judge the whole industry… Read more »
domo
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Ever wonder why a lot of teens in today’s generation married too early and can’t even feed their children properly? So much for your victim mentality for the “kilig” bimbos.

Alfred
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Since there was no statistical data provided for reference and for the sake of discussion, let us say what you said about teens of this generation getting married too early is true; what does it have to do with Dingdong and Marian’s marriage? I know those two are certainly not teens anymore.

Dick s. o'rosary
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Well, not necessarily marriage but teenage pregnancies. Here’s your stats.

http://www.abante.com.ph/kung-sabagay/17009/kung-sabagay-pagbubuntis-ng-mga-teenager.html

Taken straight from the premier source of news here in the Philippines, Abante.

This is a symptom of the very same kilig phenomenon. Funny. When this news broke out, there was a meme showing Pres. Aquino with a surprised look saying “Kasalanan ko na naman!” The to be fair, it isn’t President Aquino’s fault… Its his sister’s fault for spreading all of her and her network’s trash programming and poisoning the minds of teenagers with all this nakaka-kilig crap.

Alfred
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@Dick s. o’rosary I read the link you posted but there was nothing in the article that stated the cause of higher teenage pregnancies can be attributed to the “kilig” phenomenon. The article was more of the author blaming the Catholic Church. In fairness with the network you are talking about or, any network for that matter, it is not as if their programs are telling teens to have sex so I think blaming them is a bit unfounded. Also, kilig is a natural phenomena not limited only amongst Filipinos and certainly existed way even before there was mass media.… Read more »
Dr
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the Philippines is filled with brain washed automatons

Margaret Allam
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Somebody’s finally said it! Lol.

s
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She married a guy named Dingdong?

Serge
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Filipino naming sense can be Bella “creative.”

Aegis-Judex
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I’m just going to channel my inner Hallelujah here, so please bear with me:

Why the blood-soaked realm of Khorne is THAT considered a “Royal Wedding?!” Was a monarch getting hitched? Is either party part of some royal family or something? And the reaction from the plebes… I’ve seen more meaningful reactions in the aftermath of the Bus Crisis of 2010!

MissSpearMint
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To Aegis-Judex: Perhaps it was called a “Royal Wedding” because Marian and Dingdong are hailed as GMA’s Primetime Queen and King respectively. Just a theory 🙂 — Personally, I think they are a beautiful couple and they deserve to enjoy the fruits of their labor. But I would never spend 2 million pesos on a wedding dress which will only be used once. Maraming bigas at tuition fee na ang katumbas noon. Also, acting is an art. Our country is truly blessed with many talented artists. Most of the time, good looks ang primary qualification, secondary lang ang acting skills… Read more »
mpsm
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I respect their decision to be married in such an extravagant feast. But to be dubbed as “Royal Couple”? Really? That’s why I admire celebrities who would prefer to have a private and intimate wedding than what the DongYan had. Because that’s how weddings should be done. An intimate event where you can share it with your loved ones. And not to be filmed from the moment they woke up until the fall asleep at the end of the day and flood all the details on the social media. Congratulations on your article. At last, someone has the brave soul… Read more »
domo
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That’s the problem with most Filipinos: they always have a love affair with the status quo. Mga feeling mayaman for example.

boreddude
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Again another “feeling smart” post from this trashy blog. I feel so stupid that I bothered to reply.

I’m neither DongYan fan nor a showbiz guy, but even in the more developed U.S., people on average are more interested in HOLLYWOOD NEWS than PLATFORMS and PRINCIPLES.

One can argue that this celeb-worshipping habit started from Hollywood, U.S.A

Yet, they are still more developed than Phls

IN SHORT:
“Getting out of our showbiz fixation is perhaps one of the major steps to take in actually making the Philippines into a great country. ”

What a shitty conclusion!

domo
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And that’s the problem with escapists like you: you always point out other country’s faults as a mask for not taking responsibility about our country’s issues.

Alfred
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I think what boreddude was trying to say is that fawning over celebrities is not something unique to this country only. He never stated that it was the US’ fault why our country is like this. He wasn’t blaming anyone. It was you trying to make it look like as if he was. In fact, he is even implying that celeb-worshipping is not wrong at all. Lol.

boreddude
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If this is a blogsite full of “feeling smart people” then even your shadow doesn’t belong here.

Can you even read properly?

Alfred
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Was this meant for me as a reply for my post or is this a reply for a post by domo? Sorry got confused with the commenting system here.

Serge
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Ever more reason for the Philippines to, dare I say it, “let it go” its fixations with everything USA. The 50’s are over, chumps. It’s time to look out for the new number one. This time UT’s just a few miles up north.

boreddude
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my first post never implied that we should keep copying the US.

I just used that to disprove such a silly conclusion: showbiz preoccupation hinders development.

martin
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The term itself, kilig or in English goosebumps is a spontaneous response of the body without the control of the higher centers of the nervous system. Ang kilig ay hindi pinagisipan para mangyari sa katawan. Kung kinikilig ka sa isang bagay or issue, ito ay hindi pinagisipang response ng iyong katawan. Media gives many kilig issues to entice the public. Kaya minsan kapag maraming pilipino ang naaapektuhan ng mga artista dahil sa kilig na nararamdaman, Maraming hindi nagiisip na pilipino.

prince
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Let’s not pretend that this is solely a Filipino problem. Showbiz fixation or “elite” fanaticism is not “just” a Filipino problem. Have we not heard about the “Kardashians”? Even the Hollywood culture are aware that the fixation to this talentless family has gone out of control. Point is being enthralled by high-profiles is almost always a universal epidemic. Heck, the royal wedding of the Brits is in world coverage. Why? Yes. Because they are rich and famous not because they rule the British monarchy. Princess Diana’s death for example? She was no longer a part of the monarch when she… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
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While 80% of the Philippines is drowning in foulness and people are eating out of garbage cans, some rich, untalented tart roles around in the sack with some synthetic looking, Ducati riding “Ding-Dong”. They fornicate for the amusement of the unwashed masses, who obviously love an over the top, flagrantly detestable wedding as much as their dunderheaded Celebrities. Bad taste has found a new King & Queen, so let us salute this obscene display of cheap thrills, so lacking in good taste as to cause mental weariness. In the Philippines it seems the rich & shameless have no aesthetic standards,… Read more »
Pallacertus
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I’m so sorry I don’t spend every second of my twenty-plus years thinking of ways to punish myself for being so fortunate as to live a decent life, perfectly aware of the billions living in despair — but then I’m human. I can only do so much and care so much before the doing and caring start to seem forced.

gberry72
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What a bait this title is. I bet a lot of people feel so intelligent now that they have expressed that they have the same sentiments. Unlike most who commented, I am a fan of both. Marian I know because she stays in the same building. Now if this article stays true to its message, there wouldn’t even be a discussion. Marian regularly gives to charity, both her and Dong; in fact the latter has his own foundation. Now on to the people saying Marian and Dong tagged their wedding as “Royal” both has said that it wasn’t, with Marian… Read more »
Pallacertus
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… sigh. Why is GRP getting so worked up over this? Fans will be fans will be fans, no matter the nationality or persuasion or whatever — you have Hollywood with its A-list celebrities marrying and divorcing each other all the time, and you’ve got entire media companies zealously following them from sun-up till sundown, yet somehow the American economy hasn’t collapsed. The fact that Dingdong and Marian got hitched and people are talking about it has no correlation whatsoever with the problems this country has — it just means that GMA has done a great job (cheesy monikers and… Read more »
Serge
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The main problem is that same ostentatiousness was done at the cost of the convenience of the masses. Really, putting up road blockades for their little entourage to go by undisturbed and this was government approved to boot.

The main message of the article is pointing out the dysfunction of showbiz and politics utterly disgusting intertwining of each other, with this whole wedding easily a symbol of that union. Try to reread the article before you go all contrarian again.

gberry72
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And correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t see people complaining about how they’ve been inconvenienced by the blocked off roads. Rode a cab right after the wedding and the driver said it didn’t really impact the flow of traffic as it was the holidays.

Dave
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@Pallacertus Clickbait.

gberry72
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Exactly what it is. I bet they’re enjoying the traffic they are finally getting. Whatever happened to live and let live?

Sea Bee
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Pallacertus: The American economy has not collapsed; yet the middle class is shrinking because corporations continue to concentrate wealth and power into the hands of fewer and fewer. Glaring inequality is waking many from the false consumer dreams of the 20th century. Anger and discontent is bubbling to the surface. People want a government responsive to their needs and one that redistributes wealth in a more equitable fashion. Many are skeptical of what they read in publications or view on the tube. The brain dead Hollywood drivel is still being fed to the public, but not many are eating it… Read more »
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