I don’t see the point in the whole brouhaha surrounding how Paolinne Michelle “Mich” Liggayu of “Jamich” fame supposedly made happy-happy in a video she uploaded on Facebook while the late Jam Sebastian lay dying in the background.
Netizens have been up in arms against Mich who, together with Jam, built a huge fan base around the YouTube “Jamich” brand. Jam tragically died after a long battle with lung cancer recently. The object of the ire was what they perceived to be the callous way Mich carried on in revelry with friends in Jam’s hospital room — to the point where Jam’s mom had to tell them to stop…
What I recall about Filipino tradition, however, is the funny way we conduct ourselves in wakes (vigils for the recently-deceased). I always looked back to the wakes I attended as a child with fondness. Often, there’d be lots of food, lots of laughing and talking, and even mah-jong and card games aplenty. They were anything but somber!
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Maybe it helped that those wakes I attended as a child were mostly for old people. I don’t really recall attending wakes and funerals for people who died young. Even then, as a kid, death wasn’t really that real to me. It was the furthest from my mind. And even when a death hit a bit close to home (like those of my grandparents’), I was raised to believe people go to a “better place” after death. And so, equipped with that thought, I never really quite regarded death as an all too terrible thing as a child.
Are the accusations being thrown at Mich, that she is a “famewhore”, a “gold-digger”, and just an “actress” ever-always performing for the camera fair?
Well, I don’t know Mich or what she was thinking when she did that video and, not only that, uploaded it to the Net. But, hey, both she and Jam signed up to that way of life. And you know what? So did their fans. Fans of Jamich should be reminded that they idolized the Jamich former pair for engaging in the very behaviour they now vilify Mich for today.
So you could probably forgive Mich for the gaffe (which, on second look, probably isn’t given the industry they are in) and even safely assume that Jam would have approved. Well, dang, who knows what goes on in the heads of these sorts of celebs and their fans anyway!
Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.