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. 😀


Post Author: Kate Natividad

Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.

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


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???

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 »
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 »
brain dead brain washed
brain dead brain washed



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

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 »
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 »

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!
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!

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.”

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 »

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

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 »

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


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.


*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 »

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

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 »

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