So it comes down yet again to that age-old question: Does being a “chicks boy” validate a guy’s sexual orientation? In one wedding I’ve been to, the underlying theme of the toast speech of the best man was about how the groom’s “chick-boy” ways were supposedly “tamed” after meeting his future wife. Way before that, I also remember looking through the yearbook of a friend of mine who studied in an all-boys school and reading some of the write-ups for the photos of the graduating batch. I reckon I spotted the term “chicks-boy” in four out of five write-ups I read.Apparently being a “chicks boy” in the Philippines is a big deal. Seems to come all the way from the top. Like, it’s no coincidence that chicks are a common denominator among politicians who make the news today — Erap, the Revilla boys, Enrile and his Chief-of-Staff-with-Benefits, etc. Most recently it is President Noynoy Aquino and the idle talk about his women making the news yet again…
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Aquino has dated several women since being elected President in 2010 including Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soledad, stylist Liz Uy, stockbroker Len Lopez, TV host Grace Lee and beauty queen Bianca Manalo.
Last August, the President’s sister, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, hinted that a 29-year-old lawyer might be Aquino’s new inspiration.
That same report quoted a certain Perfecto Uysingco, executive director of Training Research Information Development Specialist (TRI-DEV) Foundation, Inc. who theorized that maybe PNoy is always being linked to many women to quell speculation about his sexual orientation. Kinda hard though considering that a 50-year-old bachelor will always attract that kind of speculation. I don’t mean to judge but, hey, what’s up with 50-year-old bachelors nga ba? Is it just commitment issues? Or is there something more to it?
Quite revealing, in fact that PNoy’s sister Ballsy would engage in the same silly adolescent talk. And I recall that other sister, Kris, also made a tasteless play at matchmaker when Thai babe-turned-politician Yingluck Shinawatra visited Manila and met with her brother. So sisters being sisters, Ballsy and Kris making speculative public statements about the President’s love life comes across as a bit suspect.
At least legendary chicks-boy politicians like Erap Estrada and the elder Ramon Revilla (Senior) actually went the whole nine yards with their girls and fathered lots of kids. Erap had enough sons to fill three Senate seats… talo si Mang Ramon!
In PNoy’s case, on the other hand, it’s more like a failure to launch. Starlet Grace Lee, the last high-profile Presidential flame, when asked about why she and the president stopped dating could only say that she and him “never got there” (referring to a “next level” in their ill-fated relationship) — whatever that means. With PNoy you can only guess.
Knowing the way Pinoys think, seeing their president as a “chicks-boy” makes everything alright and is enough to assure them that their president is not gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with being gay, of course.
Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.