Well, the Maria Ozawa fever is starting to really rise what with the hype with her upcoming film with Filipino action star Robin Padilla which will be entitled Nilalang. Her rising popularity in the Philippines can be seen with the many parody articles involving both her and so-called “Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino. While most of the information about their alleged “feud” is nothing more than satire, one must be made to wonder just why this actually appeals to many Filipinos. Now that I have the time to think about it, I think that it has a lot to do with our repressed sexuality as a people.
“Grimwald,” my counselor and later employer once told me. “You need to be more honest with yourself, especially your sexuality. Remember that the human sex drive is quite natural and that just about everyone has it. Like breathing, eating and sleeping, sex is just about in everything we do. Remember always that ‘sex sells’ and that is why so many ads and commercials have sexy or at least attractive people in them. I’m not saying that you should have sex straight off the bat, what I’m saying is that you shouldn’t have to be ashamed of it. Of course, the media might tell you otherwise but then again, when has the local media ever shown a propensity for doing their research especially when it comes to psychology?”
Well, with the MTRCB and the CBCP breathing down the media’s neck at almost every turn, it’s a surprise anything informative is ever really produced. While they like to claim they champion moral and informative entertainment, we instead end up with things like the degrading comedy of Vice Ganda and teleseryes that are filled with nothing but horny teenagers and extramarital affairs. I once posed the question of whether or not porn might actually help the condition of the Philippines but of course, the Philippines’ problems goes a lot deeper than that.
I think that at the core of it all is our dishonesty, not just with others, but with ourselves as well. The Pinoy approach to sexuality has always been to keep it hidden and unmentioned similar to the way the British did during their Victorian Age. Then, when our youths are easily mystified by thoughts of “love” and “romance” and either get pregnant or get someone pregnant, some of us have the gall of calling them out even though we did nothing to inform them about the consequences of their actions.
The thing is, like Kris Aquino, there are those of us who take pains to cover up and pretend that we’re paragons of moral values even though our actions and attitudes towards others is anything but. One thing I like about Maria Ozawa and her fellow Japanese is that they are more honest about themselves, especially their sexuality, and will not hesitate to give youths a “heads-up” about the things that can happen in a romantic relationship. It is all too often our dishonesty and hypocrisy as a people that make us Filipinos a laughing stock to the world.
Only when we can truly see ourselves for who we are can we realize our true potential as a people.
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