Beauty Contests and Form over Substance

The recent Miss Universe beauty pageant and other events about “beautiful people” have again brought up the Filipino malady of valuing form over substance. Many of us people born without the looks are being made to cheer for people who were lucky to be born with good looks, similar to how the peasants and peons […]

Maxine Medina just simply wasn’t Miss Universe material

Pia Wurtzbach was a tough act to follow. But then again, that is why she was Miss Universe 2016 — because she was an exceptional one. It is understandable, of course, that Filipinos would cheer on Maxine Medina as this year’s Miss Universe pageant transpired. But the fact is, Maxine proved to be not up […]

Congratulations Kylie Verzosa, Miss International 2016!

Kylie Fausto Verzosa (born February 7, 1992) a Filipino model and beauty pageant titleholder was crowned Binibining Pilipinas International 2016 and Miss International 2016. Verzosa was born in Baguio City, Philippines. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and works as a pre-school teacher. She is a teacher […]

The moronism in the Yellow Camp’s petition to the Miss Universe organizers

Of course no less than Rappler would be among the first mainstream media outlets to break the “news” about the Yellow Camp’s petition to the Miss Universe organizers to cancel this year’s pageant to be held in Manila. In recent months, chauvinism, brutal shaming, rape jokes and a sweeping disregard for women as persons deserving […]

The Philippine Mainstream Media Vs. The Filipino People’s Self-Worth

I’ve already said what I needed to say about over-romanticism in mainstream Philippine media. Many times over in fact, now that I have time to recall. ChinoF, in his article here, even points out how the mainstream media is (often subtly but sometimes insultingly overtly) trying to convince its audiences that they aren’t beautiful (even […]

Celebration of People is Overrated

Let’s again focus on this brilliant quote often attributed to U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, about people, events and ideas: It apparently means small people talk wild gossip and rumors about people (who they are likely backstabbing). Average people talk about events that they just observe, without any desire to change anything. Really intelligent people […]

My take on Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s quest to find a boyfriend

Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach expressed her dismay at being loveless at the moment. When asked the question, “If there is one thing she could change in this world, what would it be?” her response was not the standard “To bring world peace” but it was rather, more personal. In her own words, she said […]