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. Yeah, I get […]

The edukadong palengkero: a standout among Pinoy oxymorons

Have you ever met a Pinoy who seems to be well-dressed, well-educated, yet at the same time berates and humiliates other people, especially those in the service industry, loudly and seemingly without remorse? How about a Pinoy in a position of fame, celebrity, and star quality, but cusses and hurls invectives like a machine gun? […]