Saturday, July 30, 2016

Party Pooper: Acquainted but Reserved

            Good day everyone! It was months ago since I last posted a blog here. I was busy with school, writing my newest novel in which by now, is shelved again (it’s a long story peeps and it’s kinda frustrating to tell), endless household errands and also, with pure honesty, I got lazy. When you have a chance to go a day with me you’ll understand the laziness.

            In this post I would like to kind of, reroute all of you from my traditional Filipino related topics. This time, I will share my personal experience attending collegiate Acquaintance Party days ago. Yes! I went to a simple get-to-know and Show-off-like-a-model Party that I never planned to go. It’s never in my wish list nor fantasizes about it as a part of my college life. I am a very simple guy who loves to be at home and be a couch potato for hours. Boring? I agree with you hundred percent but that’s how I roll. My home is my fortress and kingdom that’s why parties are my allergies.

            What made me go there? The answer is Change. Change made me do that. This school year has a bunch of changes not just for me but for the whole Communication Society in which I’m the newly elected President. In a matter of weeks, I immediately understood how important my position is, not just to the organization but also in developing my own personality. I need to be a role model and be an active member of the institution. I need to come out of my shell and support my buddies who trust, respect and entrusting me of upholding the qualities of a good, obedient and efficient leader they could have.

            Filipinos have this irresponsible handling of time. Well, what’s new right? It was specifically instructed to us, Org. leaders, in a short meeting happened in the eve of the party to be in the venue before five (5) pm. Clear, concise, easy to follow but still, divas and Mr. Pogi Wannabees seems to live in a different time zones and have a defective watches.

            The Party, which has its theme by the way, showcases Denims and Diamonds. I’m not good at fashion and cluelessness on it is an understatement. I was anxious just by selecting the right clothes which makes it a Party pooper problem number 1.

             The mood is light and the sea of attendees wearing navy blue and sparkly crystals dominated four rented halls of Queen Margarette Hotel where I actually had two of my dull and not-so-flattering JS Promenade. The evening also catered different fashion styles that highlighted students’ personalities. Some wear blond wigs, body hugging cocktail dresses, denim after denim apparels, boots of different heights and colors, flamboyant and edgy attires, and most especially the domination of denim jackets which is kind of beneficial on my part cause it was really cold inside.

            Party Pooper Problem number 2 came when the program started. The Induction or oath taking ceremony where I am a part of gave me chills and fear. I hate going in front of everybody where fiery eyes are on me of whom might criticize my Baduy outfit. It was nerve-wracking and on the whole oath taking, I tried my best to hide behind a close friend so that others won’t look longer at me. That was quick but it was like the longest five minutes of the night.

            The program wasn’t smoothly delivered because of some technical issues which are not new on live productions but it’s kind of annoying most especially on venues like that. 

Tables were not stable. Arm pressure tilts it every single time but since we have no voice to address it to the staff due to fear of having faux pas, we just transferred to an adjacent table. Our table with one drinking glass, a pair of spoon and fork atop of a thin napkin with the Hotel’s logo is so unappetizing to see. It’s as if we’re in a local cafeteria where one plate of Adobo can be shared by three.

One highlight of the night is the outgoing SASEC (Student Organization) President’s speech. At first it was promising for he was narrating his accomplishments and how he changed the way the organization should be managed but when tears and dramatic tone set in, it became one of the most awkward moments of the Party. He mentioned his claims of unjust criticism and unfair treatment from the whole student body that led him asking an apology of which he refers as “deserving”. Don’t get me wrong. He has the every right for any type of apologies cause the hurting is very visible and evident but the occasion and the venue don’t permit that kind of speeches for it twitches to a total fiasco. He has a great and impressive legacy and I hope his emotional speech won’t be his memorable moment for the students.

This marks my Party Pooper problem number 3. Be prepared for unexpected scenarios.

His successor had a crisp, simple, and resonating speech. She was a total opposite of her predecessor. She narrated with juncture, formality and confidence without sounding boastful or bossy. Her uniqueness and simplicity will definitely bring a positive and a brand new vibe to the Organization. I just hope she will truly represent us and uphold our interests.

Production numbers brought everyone on their feet. There were funny and comical numbers while the other makes you wanna dance too. These performances are memorable to me cause I vividly remember, I’m starting to get bored and sleepy due to the room temperature and hunger. We arrived there early and our tummies were crying for food.

Speaking of food, it reached our table at the end of the program. It didn’t taste good. No. it’s not good at all. A cup of rice with pancit and hard-to-eat steak comprised our three hundred thirty pesos contribution. I was expecting more, maybe a sophisticated dish or even an appetizing and salivating one but after eating it all, I come to notice that what we paid wasn’t enough to meet my expectations. I realized I was daydreaming of something impossible. Three hundred pesos won’t go too far in a hotel like that.

That equates to my Party Pooper problem number 4. Home food is frugal and tastier than anything.

The night ended with romance and love. Pairs danced their way to the middle as they share unforgettable moments with whom they admire. This was the time I felt sad, lonely and isolated. It was a fast slap on my face while contemplating on how empty my love life is and how boring I am. My colleagues took photo after photo, wacky poses after shots and candid glances after every joke. I joined them, believe me cause I love the company of my close friends. I shared good photos with them, had a fun and laughing convos with them. I even became their kuya at some point but the venue, the occasion and the atmosphere made me uncomfortable.

I’m not used to dim lights, party-like gestures, night activities away from home and being in a room where almost everyone is not familiar to me. Maybe if the room was exclusive for me and my friends, I will be all out and enjoy the night away. I’ll forget the time and ride with the music and dance my heart out but it was not. It was not the way I wanted it to be. It was not how I pictured it in my nutshell where I am safe, where I am no one, where I am okay.

Before this acquaintance party resurfaced as a part of this month’s school activity, I can’t fathom the reasons of having an acquaintance since there’s no newbies. That’s the biggest question of everybody. I too, got this in my head for weeks but during the party I got my answers.

This Acquaintance gave me the assurance that partying is not bad. Parties are social activities I need in order for me to relax and have fun without handling books or even watching my fave nightly news at home. It taught me to appreciate my friends’ company, to share my few hours with them and enjoy moments not school related, to find new ways of experiencing happiness by trying new things and accepting new norms, to test how far I can go and how will I handle stepping out of my comfort zone, to somehow feel that I belong to a society where glitz and glamour prevails and lastly to understand that submitting yourself in the authority just to show allegiance is not all there is. Attending this school event opened my mind that I can still be reserved and at the same time pour my heart out.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

They Still Got EAT! : 36 Years of Noontime Dominance!

        What comes to your mind when I ask you to pick something that best represent us as Filipinos? Maybe some of you would suggest Adobo (preferably Chicken Adobo because that’s more delicious), Balut, Fiesta (tons of them), the great and to-die-for beaches (Hello Palawan! Hello Boracay!), or even the sweet smile while others might say that it’s our great hospitality and care for other people that even foreign visitors recognize repeatedly. If these are your answers, you’re definitely right but... through the years we enjoy one thing that makes us different from our neighbor countries, one thing that we can’t surely live without especially during lunch time. EAT BULAGA! A one-of-a-kind-show that brings laughter to our faces and makes every lunch time a worthwhile family moment.

        I’m just 23 years old and through my whole existence, I saw the evolution of Eat Bulaga from having a different stage set-up every week (which usually took place every Saturday if my memory serves me right) up to the much talked about Kalyeserye. Eat Bulaga has indeed captured the hearts of Filipinos from different generations – our Grandparents,  Parents, to Us (my generation) and now even my 1 year old nephew enjoys dancing everytime Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) comes out of her car to the tune of the song Dessert. Can you believe that? There’s no Television show in the Philippines that can beat or even match what Eat Bulaga has done to its loyal viewers around the world.
          Some might ask, what is it that makes Eat Bulaga a success? Is it because of the powerful trio- Tito, Vic and Joey? The prices they give every day? The hosts’ wit and spot on antics?
       As I enjoy watching Eat Bulaga every noon, I realized that the secret to their longevity and staying power is their undeniable love and sincerity to their viewers. The laughter, the games, the hosts deep connection within themselves shows that Eat Bulaga is not just a show for business but a show that act as our extended family in a small boob tube. Eat Bulaga is part of the Filipino Family.
There are a lot of Noontime Variety shows that tried to dethrone Bulaga’s dominance. Some of them really gave Eat Bulaga a run for its money just like the controversial Wowowee. Competition is healthy and Bulaga knows that and they fairly played the game. They kept on doing the things that their loyal viewers enjoy and they stayed focused on the main reason why the show is created and that’s to serve the Filipinos with quality noontime entertainment.
If you’re curious on what sets Eat Bulaga apart from its rival shows, it is their unparalleled and courageous dedication in promoting equality and relatable content.
           They offered shows that others never have shown us before just like Super Sireyna, Maid in the Philippines, and a whole lot more that the public embraced and accepted that paved the way in a societal change. They gave a platform to the sectors that our country usually forgets to recognize just like the Gay community and our house helps.
             Eat Bulaga is an institution and their 36 years in the industry is no joke. Nowadays, because of the competition between Networks, shows are easily axed and barely had a mark on the viewers. We dictate on what’s good, on what is worthy of our viewing time and on what is rubbish. It’s a tough business but Eat Bulaga managed to keep our attention and to keep us entertained in this fast changing entertainment industry. They mastered the art of following what’s hot, what people wants to see and on how to make a massive hit. They successfully created innovations within their show without losing the brand that Eat Bulaga had set from the very beginning.  

            In 2012, another historical Television moment was made when an Indonesian Network bought the franchise of Eat Bulaga making them the first and only Philippine Variety show to franchise a program abroad. Who can even top that achievement?
        ALDUB YOU! Ma-ALDEN kita! Sounds familiar? Of course you know these terms. Kalyeserye Phenomenon is probably the biggest surprise Eat Bulaga has given us this year and the massive support from ALDUBNATION makes the show the most watched program on Philippine Television today. Alden and Maine is undoubtedly God’s given gift to the show where record-breaking tweets were generated. I must admit, I’m a huge fan of Aldub and I saw how their story started, blossomed and now being celebrated by the public. They are the newest kilig couple set in noontime.

             Eat Bulaga went through ups and downs, even changed a lot of hosts through the years, but they have shown us their incredible commitment in Entertaining Filipinos here and abroad. Tito Sotto once said a beautiful quote in Eat Bulaga that really stayed on my mind; he said “Eat Bulaga is a public service program masquerading as a noontime variety show.” He’s right and that’s what makes Eat Bulaga a show like no other.
                I’m not a part of the show but I feel like a part of their success. I don’t know why but maybe that’s the magic of the show. They made you feel like a part of them, that you’re one of them. Congratulations Eat Bulaga for the successful, fruitful and fun-filled 36 years on Television and hoping for another 36 years of dominance Dabarkads!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


            Good day everybody! How are you doing? I’m James by the way – a proud Filipino. Welcome to my site and you are very lucky because you are reading my very first blog post! Haha! To tell you honestly, I’m quite nervous and unsure about building my own blog. Maybe this is just normal because we all have this kind of emotional rollercoaster when we do something for the first time, right? I know you feel me on this.
Anyways, this blog is created to fulfill a lifelong dream, a dream that I had no opportunity to tell anybody for I was shy and scared to be fun of or turned down.  I’ve always wanted to have a platform where I can communicate with others and touch their lives, to impart knowledge, share a part of me and show that all of us can make a change. I know that some of you might think that I’m too ambitious or superficial but I do believe in the power of communication. I believe that someone out there through the use of this blog can change some of my perspective or can help me understand a lot of things in this world in the same way I can do for you by joining me in this journey.
While writing this blog post, the nervousness and skepticism in me suddenly disappeared and the rush of excitement entered my system as if I drank a lot of energy drink. I’m starting to see the future of this blog and what can it do for me and you. Help me make this blog a celebration of ideas and a new platform of worthwhile connection with others.
  This blog is dedicated to all Filipinos around the world who wants to have a place where they can talk about anything and everything Filipino. Of course, foreign visitors can also enjoy this blog for it gives them a glimpse of what the Philippines is all about and what’s going on to our beloved nation.
This blog won’t just focus on our Country’s pride but also on everything that concerns us like Politics, Economy, Entertainment, Commentary and Pop Culture. Come and join me as we talk about the best things and the-not-so-good-things that describe us as Filipinos. Maraming Salamat po at Mabuhay!