What Marian Rivera’s fan base reveals about Philippine society

It suddenly occurred to me why Marian Rivera has so many frothing fans. It’s because she looks sosyal but sounds palengkera. The psychology there being that there is some sort of perverted appeal to seeing a person who looks like she comes from the colonial elite speaking the language of the masa.

marian_riveraYeah, I get it now. Marian Rivera is the embodiment of Filipinos’ collective nosebleed — the bright star representing the answer to the popular admonishment: Tagalugin mo na lang!

And so here we are, wondering all the while why Filipinos do not see the obvious solution to their ignoramity — to become part of the elite, one needs to learn the language of the colonial master. Sounds pretty straightforward, doesn’t it?

Apparently to da Pinoy masa the easier way to go is to simply sneer at English speakers and surround themselves in the comfy world of mediocre Tagalogdom. Rather than step up and embrace the language of global intellectualism, they embrace the dialects of mediocrity and assure one another that they are “special”. Marian Rivera is the idol that validates that aspiration.

Well, so much for that.

I used to cringe whenever I find myself in the midst of a din of call center accented English whenever I drop by certain Starbucks stores for the occassional latte. But now I realize that I need to give these call center folk a bit of credit. At least they consciously and deliberately worked on improving their English and productively worked with the hand dealt them. Yeah, of course not all of us grew up in a household that encourages the use of English. In a sense, those who did were simply born into royalty. Now I take my hat off to those who were born into jeje-land but managed to extricate themselves from that pit by learning how to speak English properly and can now hold their own in a conversation without suffering from “nosebleed”.

So, yeah, big difference, like the difference between that conyo kid driving daddy’s car and the self-made guy who graduated from Batino Elementary School driving a car he bought with his own savings.

As for Marian Rivera’s rabid fans? Well, there was something to be said about the way they continued to cling on to that notion of “royalty” following her “royal” wedding to Dingdong Dantes. Now there is also something to be said about how furious they are over the perception that their idol’s supposed archrival, Heart Evangelista, seems to have been given a free pass by the media and bloggers despite what was seen to be an equally ostentatious wedding.

Perhaps these starstruck serfs hadn’t noticed that there was a big national crisis currently on-going that tied up the bandwidth of certain bloggers they had expected would be saying something about Heart’s marriage to Senator Chiz Escudero. Or simply that strong points had already been made during that whole DongYan Wedding circus that need not be repeated again.

But, hey, this is the Philippines, home to the society with the flattest learning curve in the world. Certain lessons do need to be repeated over and over again. But like the proverbial seeds that land on barren soil, as that parable tells of, there really isn’t much in the way of results we should be holding our breath for.

What was the term some guy used to describe the Philippines some years back? A damaged culture I recall it was. True that. The Philippines does suffer from the mother of all daddy issues. Too bad many of us chose a Spanish-looking palengkera as their therapist. 😀

print

Post Author: Kate Natividad

Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.

Leave a Reply

89 Comments on "What Marian Rivera’s fan base reveals about Philippine society"

Notify of
avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
xyz
Guest

a society filled with brain dead, brain washed, uneducated automatons with no future other than being a failed state

Jade
Guest

Self-aware! Congrats

Staycool
Guest

Whatever kate!!!! You know where i have problem with? Why do u like to label people? Spanish looking palengkera. Com’on kate! Do you really have to be that hateful??? Is she really that bad??? It can’t be that bad, is it???

domo
Guest

Because utak showbiz indiots like you are always giving this country a cancer! Also, your whining is full of cheap drama. Go back with your telebasura drama queen!

Staycool
Guest

@ domo:
U talkin’ to yourself? And since when did labeling people become acceptable? If disagreeing to labeling people is called a whiner, then by all means call me a whiner then. I wouldn’t mind. In fact, you should start whining to unacceptable behaviors too. That way you can make a difference to your beloved country. Para mapakinabangan ka nman!. Ha ha.

P. S. How did you know where i live??? Ha ha.

Ralph
Guest
Amen to that Kate. What struck me most abt the followers of this celebrity is they seem to have selective attention. They read (or hear) another person’s opinion abt a topic connected to their “idol” and everything else is blocked out. The message of the article is completely lost. Like abstraction failed them and is simply not at work anymore. I think it happens automatically and they simply cant process the information at hand. Try as you may to point it out but they will never see. They are simply ignorant. Royalty? Yeah. I hope these people realize what happened… Read more »
Alyssa Gorgon
Guest

mainstream showbiz is the dumbest of the arts. that’s the truth. ergo dumb fans.

Jade
Guest

No one actually deemed them royalty except journalists trying to make a story. Kinda like the author here.

me
Guest
Kate. . Does it make you feel good to look down on your countrymen? Do you feel high and mighty now that you’ve stepped all over Filipinos, who by the way may be living honest and noble lives despite their being part of the “masa”? Do feel like you’re part of the “elite”? Good for you for learning how to speak American English. Good for you. Now please, learn how to write properly. Learn how to filter your ideas. Maybe someday you’ll get to make an actual social commentary and delve on these issues (ignorance, national apathy, political repression, etc.)… Read more »
Dick S. O'Rosary
Guest
Maybe you should re-read: “I used to cringe whenever I find myself in the midst of a din of call center accented English whenever I drop by certain Starbucks stores for the occassional latte. But now I realize that I need to give these call center folk a bit of credit. At least they consciously and deliberately worked on improving their English and productively worked with the hand dealt them. Yeah, of course not all of us grew up in a household that encourages the use of English. In a sense, those who did were simply born into royalty. Now… Read more »
Alyssa Gorgon
Guest

yes, she does. now go on. non-critical thinkers need not apply. your gray matter has not been applied to anything substantial in years.

saelynne
Guest

@me Don’t generalize Filipinos. I don’t like Rivera and never will so nope, I don’t feel that Kate has looked down on me 🙂

brain dead brain washed
Guest
brain dead brain washed

Shocking!!!

Wow
Guest

This is horrible journalism. I can’t take this diary entry-disguised article seriously hahahaha

domo
Guest

Then go back reading those gossipy showbiz news you drama queen. Hirap kasi sa mga utak showbiz na katulad mo masyadong tsimosa.

Stephanie Coo
Guest

Ai nagalit? Eto nga yung gossipy showbiz piece eh. Mas malala nga kasi speculation and opinion lang ng taga-sulat, again blaming Filipinos (parang paulit ulit nga. Blame the masses bla bla bla ang bobo ng mga Pinoy bla bla bla). Sabagay ang bobo nga naman ng marami (katulad ni domo) pero may problema din ang mga taong katulad nito na nagmumukhang ang tali-talino at hindi katulad ng iba. Grabe! Mag-public office ka na ‘te! Ikaw na ang magaling! Bobo kaming lahat!

FYI di ako fan ni Marian hahaha

steffy286
Guest
I couldn’t find the necessity of this article other than to bash Marian’s fanbase (who obviously DOES NOT represent the PINOY in the PHIL, lets talk statistic) and humiliate the PINOY in the PHIL (but ending up humiliating oneself)! I just hope the writer isn’t a Filipino or else hear me say SHAME on YOU! Opps my bad, i can’t help but simply hate PRETENTIOUS people who can’t help but talk rubbish. And incase the writer isn’t a Filipino, she needs to meet and greet one and even try surf the internet on the English Proficiency of the Pinoy (that… Read more »
domo
Guest

Yeah right and yet a lot of Filipinos who want to work for call center agencies always fail.

PhanBoi
Guest

Tama domo, but in my experience as an expat English teacher in the Philippines the problem with pinoys and English is not their difficulty with the language but with the culture. You can’t say “Serr you will wait for a while!” and put an American on hold and expect them not to freak out. Iba ang mundong Amerikano at hindi kaya maintindihan ang maraming pinoy ng ibang mga mundo, ibang mga tao.

Oxymoron
Guest
Wading through the run-on sentences, grammatical and spelling errors in this poorly-edited article was a chore. It’s ironic, considering the writer’s implied superiority because of her misguided perception regarding her command of the English language. I suggest she broaden her horizons and travel to non-English speaking countries. I hope by then, she’d realize that English isn’t the end all be all mode of communication. I’d like to see her tell someone who’s native Japanese or native Chinese that they should learn English and “embrace the language of global intellectualism.” I won’t even attempt to understand where the phrase “world of… Read more »
PhanBoi
Guest

Rizal was a child when he said that

Dick S. O'Rosary
Guest

Nope Rizal never said that. And it is somewhat contradicted by his other boyhood masterpiece: “A la juventud filipina”

Jade
Guest

Agreed. Proficiency in a language is not the best measure for intelligence. Unfortunately, Kate thinks she’s better than most because she knows more words.

PhanBoi
Guest

Since when did Benign0 let idol-apologist bandwagoners take over a comments section like this? It’s substantively the same as most other GRP articles and yet you’re all butthurt because a pretty mestiza was slandered? What did you only find this article after googling your idol Marian? Tama atsaka magandang article to.

Marian Loves Kate!
Guest
Getting To Nowhere?! nO sENSE oF cULTURE! nO sENSE oF iDENTITY! How Kate Hated Starstruck Ignoramuses And How Kate Managed to Hide Her Pretensions of Being One! According to site urbandictionary: Ignoramity “is a made up word for use instead of ignorance, just to make the person who said it sound like an intellectual.” Mapagpanggap ba?! *How can the so-called Starstruck Ignoramuses be the Problem if the Pretending GRP Writer is a Starstruck Ignoramus Herself! Tinimbang Ka, Ngunit Kulang! -From ChinoF- “Filipinos really need a wholesale change in attitude. They need to throw aside showbiz kilig and start demanding better,… Read more »
Marian Loves Kate!
Guest

And from a Global Intellectual Ms. Kate Natividad, here’s a valualble lesson!

“Here’s a valuable lesson for aspiring Filipino beauty contestants: Join Pinoy Big Brother.”
http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2014/10/pinoy-big-brother-housemate-valerie-weigmann-is-miss-world-philippines-2014/

noone
Guest
alam mo kasi kate natividad ikaw may kasalanan kung hindi mo dapat dinamay ang pangalan ng dongyan sa last article mo, natural pagtanggol nila yun. ganun lang naman kasimple yun tapos mgtataka ka kung bakit madami umaaway sayo? at isa pa tigilan mo na ang article na lagi mo sinasama si marian feeling ko ginawa mo lang to para asarin ang fans niya o totoo na gusto mo ng maraming views? hindi lang si marian ang artista hindi magaling magenglish madami sila. yung iba nga english english wala naman sense ang sinasabi. nasa Pilipinas tayo sabi nga ni rizal ang… Read more »
benign0
Admin

Change-shift na kaya marami nang jeje-comments. 😀

nurse_ginie
Guest

Wala pa ngang 30 comments, marami na kaagad, hahaha! pathetic bloggers!

Dick S. O'Rosary
Guest

Look at fb lol.

Mrysara
Guest
After wasting my few seconds on this article all i can say is, the writer in an attempt to insult Marian Rivera and her pinoy fans downgraded the entire filipinos as being stupid below her stupidity too. I said pinoy fans because I am one of Marian’s numerous fans who isn’t a filipino and over here where I come from articles like this are flushed in the toilet. To you kate, it must be quite painful for you to see a beautiful meztisa making an honest living despite her deficiency is english language according to you. The irony of it… Read more »
nurse_ginie
Guest

Well said! Bullseye, right Kate?

PhanBoi
Guest

It makes sense, in Malaysia its pretty normal to throw other people’s opinions “in the toilet”. Don’t throw a precious Koran there though or you all will freak out. And don’t you dare pretend Americans care about some mestiza Filipina celebrity, we created Angelina Jolie NO ONE here (in the US where I live) without pinoy ancestry knows or cares who these professional weepers are. Stop deluding yourself, and don’t log onto this site unless you want a hard dose of the truth.

Mrysara
Guest
@PhanBoi That’s why you pinoys do menial jobs ( not that anything is wrong with that) more than anyone else abroad because you hate something good and beautiful. You can do anything you like to bring down one person who gives you name outside your so called comfort zone. Yes Marian speaks tagalog so what’s wrong with that? Only filipinos give a hook about what americans think because they give so much attention to a language they can’t even speak well. I’m sure the writer of this trash can hide herself under her keyboard when she isn’t a Marian Rivera… Read more »
Mrysara
Guest

You should really tell your Kate to take a chill pills and there she goes because writing one after another trashy articles about Marian Rivera and her fans just makes her more pathetic than she already is. Let’s face it, Marian has more fans outside Philippines than any other pinoy artist. Kate should ask herself how she manages to pull that off even with her set back in english language. she can write million articles just to slander Marian and her fans but at the end she is the bitch who pays bills on dirty money.

PhanBoi
Guest

I am not pinoy, I am American, I stated that very clearly. You evidently do not read or pay attention to what people write, so there is no reason to pay attention to you.

PhanBoi
Guest

My skin is a delicious shade of white that would make you squee and try to make babies with me in the vain hope of creating the next mestiza golden calf for the ignorant to worship. Fortunately my mother raised me with morals and I have better things to do with my time. And seriously, don’t kid yourself, I had no idea who Mariana whats her face was before I read this article.

Alyssa Gorgon
Guest

wow. the indictment of the philippine education system in full display here. to quote a movie, “never go full retard” hahahah..

sample
Guest

Masasabi ko lang, iinclude mo sarili mo sa kailangan mag isip. You said on the last part of this sh!t na damaged ang culture ng pinas? Well, bakit kailangang i-highlight mo ang foreign language? At wag mo gagamitin ang lahing pinoy dahil hindi lahat ay fan ni marian like you, obviously. Lalo lang madadamage culture ng pinas.
Be mindful sa mga sinusulat mo. Kung dudura ka, sa baba, hindi nakatingala

Pallacertus
Guest

I’ll just say that Kate and the Marian fangirls are both immature brats for reasons the rest of your lives will hopefully reveal, let the whole lot quibble on, and flee from this article.

Adieu.

PhanBoi
Guest

😀 You should try taking them on once in a while. Kahit na they worship Manny Pacquiao one or two punches and they go down for the count, they don’t know how to argue rational points past one or two conversation exchanges. They’re like one of those Cebu-manufactured illegal handguns that fire one bullet tapos wala na siyang pakinabang.

Grimwald
Member
*Sigh* Okay, here’s what I think of all this. Let’s shift the light away from Marian Rivera for a moment. Let’s talk UFC, let’s talk Ronda Rousey. I’m willing to admit that I’m a fan of Rousey. Yeah, she’s one of the best ones out there. Her opponents never really last very long. However, I am also willing to admit that she’s a horrible person. She is very unsportswoman-like with her opponents. She’s a bit of a sore winner. So if Kate ever decides to bash her about her bad attitude, I won’t really mind. Bottom line, Marian isn’t really… Read more »
bentong
Guest

i do love rousey for her, ehem, pre-fight “preparations”. hehehehe!

Mike Castreras
Guest

i wanna see ronda pound the bejeezus out of marian. that would be a joy to watch. #teehee

Ms. Global Intellectual
Guest
Ms. Global Intellectual

Aaawww! Mr. Grimwald of GRP is also a FAN!

“I’m willing to admit that I’m a fan of Rousey.”

Uma-Idol din pala ang mga Intelligentsia! Nothing wrong with that really But is there any difference kapag Masa?

Kapareho ka rin pala ng mga nilalait ni Kate! Hala, Lagot ka kay Ms. Global Intellectual! She might treat you also as STARSTRUCK IGNORAMUS!

If you may ask me I prefer a match-up of Ronda vs. Kate! Let’s see the mettle/spunk of this Punk!

bentong
Guest

relax teh. blog lang yan. kung sina marian nga alang pakelam e kaw pa kaya?=)

poweranger
Guest

Kate made sense. Some of you just couldn’t accept the fact. This is reality. Face it.

jameboy
Guest
I don’t know what the exact purpose of the article really is. Is it to criticize those people who admire Marian Rivera for being what she is or to criticize those people whom the writer think prefer Tagalog instead of English? Either way the idea espoused is weak or misplaced at the most. If the intention is to denigrate the adoring fans, it would be cruel for they are practically doing nothing wrong except to swoon and profess their undying love for their idol. What’s wrong with that? Rivera was not even telling her fans to break the rules by… Read more »
sensible_girl
Guest
Hi jameboy, I like your opinion because it is obviously not driven by emotions such jealousy. I believe that Princess Kate here can never comprehend how a Marian Rivera is liked by many and amassing wealth in exponential rate despite her non stellar wit (as per Princess Kate). I love the fact that you emphasized that she seems to be barking at the wrong tree, but what do you expect from a jealous turd? BTW, kudos to you Kate for making Marian Rivera more famous! You think you can pull her down by writing nasty things about her? (Just like… Read more »
sensible_girl
Guest

Just a reminder, don’t forget to pay Marian Rivera her royalties when you get that measly paycheck, hahaha!

edra
Guest

hahaha

Jem
Guest

“Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not strive to look better by making others look worse.”
Ann Landers