Ramon Bautista’s ‘hipon’ joke: Davao women should lighten up

What I am really curious about is what possessed comedian Ramon Bautista to insinuate that Davao women are “hipon”, slang for (I am told) women who have a nice body but a not-so-nice face. “Hipon” is Tagalog for “shrimp”. So, yeah, shrimp is the word because the head of a shrimp is discarded after the body is eaten. Get it?

So I ask:

Did Bautista really mean to insult?

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Honestly, this is the first time I’ve heard such a slur. And I gotta admit, it’s a clever one. But then, well, I suppose not too many Davaoenas found it funny even coming from a comedian doing a comedy act.

Not your average 'hipon': A Mutya ng Dabaw contestant(Photo courtesy Life Funtastique)

Not your average ‘hipon’: A Mutya ng Dabaw contestant
(Photo courtesy Life Funtastique)

Would Bautista purposely single out Davao ladies as being shrimp-like? I don’t think so. The use of the term and the context with which it was used, did not seem meant to offend, only to entertain. It seems the humour was simply lost in people who evidently had a raw nerve with regard to the appearance of their women.

Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte said in his Facebook post where he issued the resolution declaring Bautista persona non grata that “it is not for me to decide”. But, really, the decision was his to finalise the ruling. It seems to me that he was doing a Pontius Pilate-style thing. I am not responsible.

Vice Mayor Duterte further elaborated in a subsequent comment…

Do not blame me or the councilors for taking a strong stand against the issue. We are bound by our oath to protect and preserve the welfare and honor of the very same people who placed us in this position.

I dunno. Sounds like bullshit to me. So one can issue such a ruling but, at the same time, nobody is responsible for it? Talk about wanker. This is coming from a family that takes pride in their popular vigilante-style approach to rough justice.

Well, the only bottomline I see here is that Davao folk lack a modern sense of humor. When one is so quick to take offense from what is so obviously a statement meant to be funny and so obviously lacking any clear basis, all the more it makes one curious. And as I said, earlier, that is my main takeaway from this circus:

Was the joke half-meant?

Personally I don’t think so. What I do think is that the reaction of Davao people was the one that was half-meant. Indeed, there is much to be read into in this hysterical reaction Davao had thrown. Is it a hint of some kind of underlying insecurity? Perhaps. There is that Tagalog saying, bato-bato sa langit tamaan wag magalit. Roughly translated in English, the saying goes “bird in the sky don’t get mad if you are hit.”

I know, bad translation. But the meaning there is that lots of words are being fielded everyday. Some, if not a lot, of them can be construed as insults. But, really, an insult is in the ear of the beholder. If you truly believe you are not ugly, no number of people telling you that you are will matter. And, yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps to be able to truly “move on” Davao needs to focus more on those who behold the beauty of their women rather than on how some individuals among them are so quick to find insult in innocent humor.

59 Replies to “Ramon Bautista’s ‘hipon’ joke: Davao women should lighten up”

  1. It’s ironic that someone like you, a woman, had the audacity to write something like this.

    Did you thoroughly read Davao City’s existing Women’s Development Code? Or Did you even know that it exist? How about the anti-discrimination ordinance?

    And please, save your self from further embarrassment and only publish articles that are well-researched.

    That woman in bikini would never be a Mutya Ng Dabaw contestant. Wearing such outfit is PROHIBITED in the city that’s why Bikini Open pageants are held in the neighboring city, Samal Island.

    It’s funny that most of the people who criticize Davao’s government are the ones who haven’t been or lived in Davao. The same way goes for people who find RB’s joke okay are the ones who weren’t there when it happened. Full context paints the whole picture. Too bad these people, like you, only look as far as what their eyes and understanding can reach.

    1. Obvious asshurt is indeed obvious. Your place has an iron fist and yet you people are onion-skinned at the same time. Are you dumb flips really THAT low? pinoy nga naman oo ginagamit palagi ang puso hindi ang utak.

      1. Wow. And you’re so great for generalizing ‘pinoys’ ha.
        “Your place has an iron fist and yet you people are onion-skinned at the same time.”

        Onion-skinned about what? Where is the joke there?

        1. You people are overly sensitive to everything that is unimportant. People are fined a huge amount for smoking a cigarette in public. What does that have to do with anything? A man tells a joke you don’t like, so what? Ignore it. But no we will get rid of this guy forever because he said something we don’t like.

          Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. That is unless you come from Davao

  2. Hi, I’m a fan of the articles here in GRP and I can’t help but give my opinion in this one because I, for one, knows the issue. I’m from Davao del Norte and have lived in Davao for many years.
    First, I didn’t took those words as a joke because for me, calling a woman ‘hipon’ is a sexist and derogatory insult. If it was meant to be a joke, it was a lame one.

    I would like to quote the hipon slang description from Urban dictionary, ito yun.

    “Hipon – refers to a person who has a sexy bod but a really ugly face. They become pretty/handsome to some people just because they have a great body.”

    This definition is my interpretation of that colloquial term which means that your definition of hipon is an understatement. ‘not-so-nice face’ isn’t the term, really.

    For me, there’s nothing wrong with the reaction of SOME people in Davao, as well as the decision the local government. Why?

    1. because for me, the hipon slang is never a joke. It’s not a joke to say ‘hipon’ to a woman. Again, it’s a derogatory and sexist insult.

    This slang can be interpreted as “a slang that dominantly pertains to women and is used to describe the latter as one who has a sexy body but an ugly face or an empty head”. When you eat a hipon, what do you do? Kinakain ang katawan at tinatapon ang ulo dahil walang laman.

    Is that joke when used to describe a person? Definitely not.

    2. As a comedian, that does account that you have the free will to insult the people who welcomed you in their city? I think not.

    3. The event and the location wasn’t just appropriate for that term. As filipinos, we all know that ‘insulting’ and unclassy jokes are common in comedy bars and late night shows. Nasa comedy bar ba si Ramon Bautista? Wala. Kung nasa comedy bar siya, pwede niya pa sigurong sabihin yun and no one will react negatively but guess what? nasa isang public event siya. It was a rave party. Pumunta ang mga tao to have fun and enjoy. Majority of the people came to party and not for comedic act. Some people didn’t expect to hear insulting ‘jokes’ from a VISITOR.

    Another point:
    “Davao City has an Anti-Discrimination Ordinance which strictly prohibits all forms of discrimination based on sex, gender, identity, sexual orientation, race, color, descent, national or ethnic origin, and religious affiliations or beliefs.”

    Know why they have this ordinance? because Davao is a melting pot of different cultures and people. Lumad, badjao, maranaw, muslim, kristiyano, indians, koreans, chinese, at amerikano ay nasa city na. The people in Davao understand this law and abide by it. This ordinance make the city a peaceful place to live in, regardless of your ethnicity, religion, or other affiliation. Kung nasa Davao ka, susunod ka sa ordinansang ito.

    And I have two questions for you Ma’am.

    “Is it a hint of some kind of underlying insecurity? Perhaps”

    What is the point of this statement?

    “Well, the only bottomline I see here is that Davao folk lack a modern sense of humor.”

    Can you please explain to me what is the MODERN sense of humor?

    Yan ba ang nauusong ‘unclassy’ jokes ngayon? Yung basta makapagbitaw lang ng joke, kahit nakakaagrabyado okay na?
    I would like to be enlightened regarding this matter.

    This is MY opinion.

    1. You’ve painted an overly idyllic picture of Davao’s melting pot here. It may be ‘peaceful,’ but as a foreigner I can’t walk down the street without getting a load of ‘hey, Joe’ cat-calls from all ages and made to feel like an alien in their city.

      I haven’t experienced that level of harassment (however benign, it’s a constant annoyance) in any other country in Asia, not even elsewhere in the Philippines, urban or rural. Foreigners are still something of a novel concept in Davao and they are extremely provincial even when comparing themselves to their countryfolk from Manila and Cebu who they have clear stereotypical views about.

      1. If you felt that way, what have you done to stop it?

        This ordinance is for people to know that discrimination is not encouraged in the city and anyone, regardless of their race, can live in the city. It also mean that if you ever feel that you are discriminated, in any way, you can do something about it.

        1. But sarah duterte said something very discriminating too, to ramon bautista. Double standards lang? Does she even know how to think?

      2. i agree…joe here is kinda right, i mean dave.. LOL! i love davao.. but yeah he has a point… got american friends too and they have eperienced the “hey joe” thing in davao…

        1. (sarcastic comment)

          hey DAVE, Jili here is right, do something about it, every time some calls you JOE, stop and say “hi, my name is Dave, not Joe. and you shouldn’t call every white people JOE, its offensive in someway”… and go to the city hall so they could come up with the new “ANTI JOE CALLING ORDINANCE”

        2. You understand and interpret suggestions really well, i must say. The sarcastic comment is also not a bad idea. Maybe Dave should try your suggestion and people might be aware of what they’re doing to Dave.

          Thanks for the suggestion speranza. 🙂

      3. I do call them up on it every time – the ones who aren’t just speeding past on scooters anyway – and I usually get apologies from teenagers (who there’s still hope for) but generally just a blank stare or gormless smile from adults.

        The only time I’ve dealt with City Hall was reporting some creep who worked there, who kept calling my girlfriend and her sister early in the morning after getting their numbers from some form they handed in, despite their ‘stop calling me’ texts. The calls did stop after I emailed a superior there, but I don’t have the greatest confidence in that institution.

      4. Dave, I’m a long-nose like you. I’ve heard the “hey Joe or hey Mike”(they mispronounce mate) more times than Hotel California. It used to be bad in Manila, but as of the last 10 years I don’t really hear it anymore.

        My advise, when someone calls out “hey Joe”, you smile and wave back and say “hey Pedro” or “hey Juan”.

        1. I’ve thought about that, I just wasn’t sure which would be the most effectively annoying name for them to hear back.

          Any Filipino name would lack the double irritation of Joe/kano being assumed to be American even when they’re (I’m) not, but if I throw back a typical Thai or Indian name to suggest I’m too dumb to know the difference, that would be a little impossibly cryptic for everyone involved!

  3. I think the Persona non-grata was too much but I’m quite surprised you as a woman are not offended by that one. Did you watch the video?, he said on stage “Ang dami palang hipon dito sa Davao..” then proceeded to chant “hipon! hipon!”. I think they have the right to be upset, he made an insult directed to Davaoenos, not to all women but specific to women from that place.

  4. Why so serious? Guys, its a joke. Comedians make a few not so well-thought out jokes all the time. Bautista needs to be more tasteful with his jokes, Davao needs to start living in the 21st century and grow a sense of humor. Pointing fingers on who is more in the wrong will only perpetuate a cycle of butthurt. Move on.

    1. how is a derogatory word funny? i recall that when vice ganda made a joke about jessica soho’s weight, she and and a lot of people reacted because it is derogatory and demeaning. did it mean that she and the people who reacted has no sense of humor? those who find it funny should realize that these kind of jokes are not welcome in the 21st century.

      1. Nah maybe you mean those kind of jokes are not welcome in the middle ages. You’re watching too much telebasuras you drama queen.

        1. Jokes targeting physical ugliness of a demographic are never funny and are almost never used in the western world (which I think have a more progressive comedy style). You are the one who’s watching too much pinoy comedy bar shows.

        2. What is your major malfunction again jigs the dakilang mangongontra? Did I insult your dysfunctional pride again? And no I don’t watch those pinoy comedy bar shows because they’re lame.

  5. This statement is 100% bias, you were not the one that was bullied that is why you think it was just a joke and it was okay to say it. Come to think of it, our leaders are like our city’s parents, and parents get hurt or insulted when there children get bullied. It was a bully not a joke cuz if it was, he should have said it “joke lang po” in the end, and for me a “mean joke”(that we should know) shouldn’t be repeatedly mentioned many times. I know when someone crack a joke at you like that you’re getting old or like and baho ng hininga mo te or para kanang dungog sa taba te, you would still feel that insult inside you even if you know he/she was just joking. You should think many times about what if it happens to you, what would you feel and then take it from there, specially when he pointed it out to a community. We are not hypocrites to say you wont feel anything cuz everyone knows that we do when someone do “mean jokes” at us. Our leader’s reaction was normal and I salute them for banning RB for going to Davao, who is he to come and brag about his jokes anyways? And he didnt realized it and say sorry until our leaders told him to do so, that only means he doesnt know whats the real meaning of respect, right manners and etiquette. He should learn his lesson. Let’s put Vice Ganda as an example, if you notice, when he does make a “mean joke” which he knows, he always say “joke lang po” in the end, and take it back and make better comments and I never heard him cracking a joke over a community.

  6. I wonder how kate natividad would react if in her own party one of her guests would call her HIPON, as part of a joke, in front of all her other guests? Would she be able to still laugh at it? Hmmmmm…

  7. we have to admit kahit sino man, kahit saan man, kahit nasa comedy bar o nasa parking lot man, kahit anong lahi, kahit anong pinaniniwalaan, lahat tayo ay napipikon din paminsanminsan… that is what happened to him, he have to face the consequences of his actions, nakapagbitaw siya ng salita in the wrong place and in the wrong time. i’m not from Davao by the way…

  8. Hi, Kate. I think the hipon thing is part of his standard routine. I read that from someone who knows the man.

    Davao passed the resolution declaring Mr. Bautista persona non grata. They will definitely be “moving on.” Mr. Bautista is moving on, too. He already apologized and accepted Davao’s decision. Good for them. Time heals all wounds, ika nga.

    I have to agree with REY-AN. It’s hard to be 100% funny. For sure, mayrun talaga mapipikon. Basic rule in humor/comedy: if you have to explain it, it probably isn’t funny.

    Curious: May natawa ba dun sa hipon joke? I mean, dun sa event mismo?

  9. “Well, the only bottomline I see here is that Davao folk lack a modern sense of humor.”

    Modern Humor 101 – It is socially acceptable to hate on yourself but considered poor taste (not to mention just plain mean) to hate on somebody else. Therefore, you are allowed to turn derogatory statements into jokes if and only if the jokes are also directed against yourself.

    If you accept this premise, we are left with three possibilities. One, Ramon Bautista is also a hipon. Two, Ramon Bautista is not a hipon and is joking, but his joke does not reflect a modern sense of humor (and therefore he probably should not be a comedian). Three, Ramon Bautista is not a hipon and is not joking, in which case we can file him safely in the prejudiced bigot category.

    From a modern humor standpoint, none of these possibilities seems very attractive if you are Ramon Bautista.

  10. Pardon me if I try to address all the questions and comments this article has received in one single comment because I will probably be repeating myself a few times if I put in a specific response to each comment here. I’ll try my best to be comprehensive! 🙂

    I’ve noticed that there has been some effort put into justifying the Davao reaction on the basis of its emotional effect on those who were offended by it. I’m not saying these people have no right to be offended just because this was a comedy act. My main message is simple. Are the offensive remarks made by RB true? You can answer that question with either a “Yes” or a “No”. But the interesting thing about that is that whatever the answer is, the conclusion you will walk away with is that ultimately what Bautista said does not really matter in the bigger scheme of things.

    I’ll be more specific. If you answered “Yes” then you acknowledge that RB’s remarks had some truth in them and therefore there is no cause to be offended. If you answer was “No” then RB’s remarks are untrue, and therefore, again, there is no cause to be offended.

    See what I’m getting at? In short, this is such an inconsequential thing and in my opinion the Davao government should’ve been the bigger person here and demonstrated better mental/emotional toughness rather than stoop down to the level they did. Lost opportunity to man-up there is all I see.

    This is a free country and each Filipino is guaranteed, under the concept of “freedom of speech” to say anything — even offensive stuff. In the same way, the entertainment industry is also subject to the free market. The Davao government should have stepped back and simply allowed the market to correct RB’s gaffe. If he was, in fact, being offensive, then the market would have penalised him with less bookings and reduced audiences in due time. It remains to be seen if RB’s career as a comedian would suffer as a result of this. But, by the looks of it, this bad publicity will actually make him an even more popular comedian. For most performers, publicity — including bad publicity — is always good.

    1. Yep, as they say, for any public figure, any publicity whether good or bad is good.

      I think the Davao government is a tad bit overreacting, and my impression is they seem to be merely pandering to the outrage.

      The problem with RB’s joke is that it’s simply not funny and whether it’s true or not is debatable. He also unfairly singled-out a specific place (Davao) to be the focus of his joke, which raises the question, did he mean that Davao has a greater proportion of “hipons” than other places or that Davao only has “hipons”?

      I’m not a comedian of course, but I think what makes jokes funny is they should have at least an element of truth in them which is severely lacking in RB’s joke. The concept of hipon itself is amusing, but his implementation of it isn’t, hence probably why the outrage.

    2. At the root of your point, I’m reading that the Davao government should have stayed out of the response altogether. The debate then should be the role of government, not the comedy act. Does the city government have a responsibility or obligation to monitor its public festival? Furthermore, does the city government have the right to restrict entry to anyone under any circumstances, and if so, what are those circumstances, especially considering the aforementioned Anti-Discrimination Ordinance?

    3. ms. kate, napikon ka na ba before? lahat ba ng nagbiro sa’yo masaya ka sa sinabi nila kahit naiinsulto ka na? never ka ba nagalit o pinagsabihan man lang ang nagbiro sa’yo that you don’t like his joke?

    4. I think I reacted badly to your article because you used the term “modern sense of humor”. I disagree, this kind of humor is chauvinistic, medieval and lacking in class and taste. But as I re-read your article and this comment and get the context out of it, I think the term you are looking for is “people should not be so pikon”. Because, let us face it, Filipinos have this I can joke about my people but hell hath no fury to any outsider who does.

      I think you are asking the wrong question. Instead of “Are the offensive remarks made by RB true?”, you should be asking whether the Women’s Development Code of Davao City really applies to what he said. The code itemized their definitions of crimes against women. On what RB said, I think it classifies as making offensive jokes under other forms of sexual harassment. However, it has qualifier that is has to be persistent. Is what he did/said counted as just one instance or does the fact that he continued to shout it and even encouraged people to do so considered persistent?

      Another question that should be asked is if the follow-up punishment of persona non grata an over-reaction. He has been instantly reprimanded and given a slap on the wrist by Duerte, why add on to it? If he’s banned in Davao because he’s a corrupting influence on the youth, does that guarantee that he will no longer be on TV or the internet there?

      You can argue all you want about how inconsequential it is, but it did happen in Davao and it is against Davao laws. Jaywalking is against the law in Manila, but many people consider it inconsequential that they do it anyway. Still broke the law nonetheless.

      Regardless if “Are the offensive remarks made by RB true?” is true or not, the aim was to make fun at people’s expense, which would have been fine for a comedy bar (because people would expect it) but not in a festival (where people just want to see some artistas).

      I cannot believe you condone that and put up conclusions worthy of a teen magazine about self-esteem, etc. That is Victim-Blaming 101, wherein you cannot stop a person from being a jerk-ass so you should just sit down and put up and take it, even though you did nothing to invite or encourage the comment. It’s a lot like the dress code arguments in schools in the states where the women say “You’re stopping me from wearing X so boys will stop saying Y. How about educating boys that they’re not allowed to say Y?”

    5. I don’t really get your point when you say, true or not people should not be offended. Then people should never be offended? What if someone joked, “Daming bobong writers sa GRP, repeat after me bobo! bobo!” then none of you should be offended.

      1. I don’t usually react but woah. I honestly thought GRP would know better.

        I’m sick of ‘joke lang’ excuse. It’s like what other people here have commented.

        Bullying strategy 1 -> ‘joke lang yun.’ (relieve themselves accountability)
        followed by
        Bullying strategy 2 -> ‘OA ka ah’
        (attack the victim as if he/she is at fault)
        Bullying strategy 3 -> ‘totoo naman eh’
        (emphasis that bully is just stating matter-of-factly. truth hurts you but i didnt. again, absolving accountability.)

        Modern sense of humor… LOOOOOOOL. what about modern sense of decency first? you know that one that respects women…

    6. To Kat: “I’ll be more specific. If you answered “Yes” then you acknowledge that RB’s remarks had some truth in them and therefore there is no cause to be offended. If you answer was “No” then RB’s remarks are untrue, and therefore, again, there is no cause to be offended.”

      – It’s like you’re saying it’s okay to say in a crowd full of “ugly people” to say, they’re all ugly because they know/feel that they are. You know that not everyone is confident with his/her outside beauty.

      Point is, why make negative/insulting jokes on that kind of event? It doesn’t have to be true or not. And you don’t have to be the one directly hurt (tinamaan) with the joke.. You can be hurt/offended for the others who were directly offended. That is if you care for others. Do you?

      Other than that, I agree with you that the persona non grata is a bit too much.

  11. I believe there’s only one sure way to clear this issue.. how ’bout you ask Ramon Bautista whether he really meant it as a “joke”? Or if he really didn’t mean it at all..

    You implied it as his joke, but was it really a joke? Did he, in any direct way, say that it was a joke? Anyway, if it really was a joke, how could he not think that it could be offensive to the audience? Do we really deserve comedians who only make people laugh by making fun of other people?

    You know what I think? Ramon Bautista did notice that there were “hipons” in the crowd, and so, he made a statement about it anyway.. I don’t think he was joking.. even as a comedian, not everything that comes out of his mouth is a joke.. this is my opinion, just like how you think “he’s joking” is an opinion

    1. Have Ramon Bautista explain himself? That’s absurd! Please read Kate’s response above again. Try to understand it.

  12. I’m offended too Kate.

    That supposed bunny in the picture almost looks like a Billy boy to me.

    Can please post a clearer, more close up picture so we can clearly identify the lady parts? 😉

  13. I am from Davao City and I feel bad when you insinuated that we can’t take a joke. Can you not generalize us Davao women like this? We are individuals afterall and thus we don’t share the same sentiments. The Hipon thing was just that – a joke. A joke that is clearly not meant for those with sensitive feelings. And I do think that declaring Ramon Bautista as persona non grata is too much and that those who voted were simply joining the bandwagon.

  14. The “HIPON” controversy reminded me of what happened to CLAIRE DANES. In an interview, she said:

    “Manila smelled of cockroaches, with rats all over, and that there is no sewerage system, and the people do not have anything – no arms, no legs, no eyes.”

    She was declared “persona non grata” because of that.

    Filipinos are generally overly sensitive… Not only Davaoenos… Please do not single us out. We Davaoenos also do have our own brand of sense of humor. Maybe not just as shallow or unintelligent as what you have pointed out as modern type of humor… Or maybe it’s just me… Peace

    1. “Filipinos are generally overly sensitive… Not only Davaoenos… Please do not single us out.”

      I would agree that the Filipino people in general are overly sensitive (there are exceptions, of course). I don’t think Kate meant to single out the Davaoeños. It’s just that this is the more recent issue.

  15. perhaps miss kate knows nothing about pride…since it was addressed to a crowd it was meant to be heard and the joke just busted the pride of those dabawenos…it was just like punching someone on the face and say sorry for breaking one’s nose because the punch was meant to be a joke and was never intended to hit the mark…

  16. Para malinaw mga Ka-hipon! Ang Ibig-sabihin ng “hipon” ay maganda ang katawan pero panget ang pagmumukha… in-short “panget” diba?! So do you see it proper to address Davaoenos and say “Ang dami palang pangit dito sa Davao?” in the middle of a rave party? And then you move on to chant PANGET… PANGET… PANGET… Ok lang ba yan sa inyo?

  17. To all the asshurts here:
    From So, What’s News?
    “Galit kayo sa komedyante dahil offensive ang joke.
    Nalungkot kayo dahil nawala ang piniritong manok.
    Pero bakit hindi kayo magalit sa mga nagnanakaw sa gobyerno?
    Tapos iboboto nyo din sila sa 2016.
    Nakakalungkot naman… “

    1. Pakiexplain kung anong kinalaman ng offensive joke sa mga nagnanakaw sa gobyerno?

      “Pero bakit hindi kayo magalit sa mga nagnanakaw sa gobyerno?
      Tapos iboboto nyo din sila sa 2016.”

      How sure of you na hindi kami galit sa mga nagnanakaw sa gobyerno? So, ano to..laging gobyerno ang pag uusapan at mga usapang ganito, ipagsawalang bahala..gobyerno lang importante ganun?
      Klaseng utak meron ka?

  18. Mali ang translation mo ng bato-bato sa langit. Hindi yung bato-bato na ibon kung hindi mga bato na hinagis, at babagsakan ang kung sino man na matatamaan. LOL.

  19. Bunch of idiots, he already apologized, why per sona non grata shit.. I lived in Davao city in 29 years and now im not liking it.

    1. pag nag apologize na ang nagnakaw sa bahay nyo, killer na pumatay sa magulang mo, o rapist na gumahasa sa kapatid mo,ok na yun sa’yo?

      1. I’m sure REY-AN here doesn’t understand logic. Or has no logical faculties at all. We cannot debate with people who appeal to the emotional side at all.

  20. RB apologized afterwards. Pinangatawan niya ang pagiging pogi n’ya and apologized when he learned that the Davaoeños didn’t find his “hipon” joke funny and were rather insulted. And I believe the insulted Davaoeños called him names already that could even bury a person alive out of shame and pure “slur” (‘Pangit!’, ‘ Animal!’ and the like which, truth be told, somehow justifies the “hipon” thing because what goes out of the mouth comes from one’s head/seatofemotion. I mean if it’s about a battle of derogatory words, Ramon Bautista vs. people of Davao, talo na siya. Are Davaoeños proud of proving their point via derogatory remarks?). It should have ended there but I guess Pinoys are really fond of circuses. I’d rather see some beheading of criminals, don’t you? (Oh, wait hindi na yata trending ‘to 5:-0

  21. What should men do to be a new pogi?
    You’re not gifted with natural good looks, you don’t basketball, and you can’t play the guitar if you life depended on it. Being a new pogi is your key to propagating your breed. Study hard, be a gentleman, and always remember not to give up.
    -Ramon Bautista

    same can be applied to a females

  22. Your views add insult to injuries not only to our women like u, but to us Dabawenios. We are in the midst of our annual celebration and this comedian came up giving insult to our women for the amusement of the crowd. We are not happy for that. If this will be done to u insulting publicly as a joke, are u happy.?, if ur mother is with the crowd in that evening where our women were insulted are u not affected even if u r not a Dabawenia?, we never expect u to sided us bcoz u r blinded by ur own opinion.

  23. hi kate,

    i’m a manileno, by ethnicity/tribe let me say i’m half visaya(mom) and half tagalog(dad) but i grew up and bred here in manila so i have a mentality of a tagalog or let’s say westernized thinking.

    I’ve been in Davao City and i never expected that a civilized city would exist in the country. people follow traffic rules, no smoking in public places, no trash, vehicles going 30kph only, PUVs drivers give exact change, etc. you’ll feel the civility of the city.

    what i will comment is about culture/perspective. probably you’re a tagalog or a citizen in luzon with westernized thinking. i just wanted to point out that even if we are one country, cultures differ and points of view are diverse.

    in davao city, they are bred to be polite, respectful, obedient, disciplined. it’s their 2nd nature, 2nd to their culture/ethnicity/religion. hence, it created a sub-culture of respect. ito ung hindi nai-intindihan ng karamihan sa atin na nandito sa luzon. kaya siyempre insult ang dating sa kanila ung ganun. may american nga na na-offend kay vice ganda because of his style of comedy. to be honest our comedy is not really modern. it’s a toilet-humor, we make people laugh by insulting others. but mind you i’m not against Ramonskie. it’s just this isolated incident that happened.

    I would commend Bogart the Explorer for going out of the box. he is from Davao City and his team delivers modern comedy.

    God Bless you and continue blogging. 🙂

  24. for my own opinion that Ramon Bautista he doesn’t really know more about the word “hipon”
    that he start to say that word when he visit in Davao for a concert (I guess)
    thats why the women’s in Davao was affected on him.

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