Origin of (Pop) Species: The Hokage (and Galawang Hokage)

The Hokage Cover
Source: naruto.wikia.com

Nagkalat ang mga videos at mga pages sa social media ng mga taong nagsasabing sila daw ay mga Hokage. Pero sila ba ay talagang matatawag na Hokage?

ANO BA ANG HOKAGE?

Ang isang “Hokage” ay isang taong, karaniwa’y lalake, swabe mang-angkit ng chix. Gumagamit ng mga pasimpleng galawan para pakiligin ang babae.

Ang salitang hokage ay maaaring nanggaling sa anime na Naruto. Sa anime, binibigay ang titulong ito sa pinunong ninja ng bayan nang Konohagakure. Sila ay karaniwang isa sa mga pinakamalakas na ninja sa bayan. Kung gayon, maituturing ang isang Hokage ang pinakamagaling, pinakarespeto, pinakaswabeng gumalaw pagdating sa chix.

(Side note: maaaring nanggaling rin ito sa anime na Flame of Recca kung saan Hokage rin ang tawag sa mga nagiging pinuno sa angkan ng bidang si Recca.)

 

MAITUTURING BANG HOKAGE ANG MGA TAONG NASA VIDEO?

Kung babalikan natin ang source material, ang ninja ay dapat hindi nahahalata, nagtatago lang dapat siya sa mga anino. Gagalaw lang kung kailan hindi ito mapapansin ng kanyang target. Malinis gumalaw ang ninja, hindi ito nag-iiwan ng mga bakas.

Kaya’t hindi natin masasabi na mga hokage ang mga tao sa mga viral video. Kung Hokage talaga sila, wala dapat tayong makikitang mga bidyo! Ang tunay na Hokage hindi nagpapakita ng kanyang technique sa maraming tao. Wala dapat na ebidensya!

Kung gagamitin natin ang Dragonball bilang halimbawa, isipin ninyo na lang na ang mga taong nagsasabing Hokage sila sa mga bidyo ay si Mr. Pogi. Nagpapanggap lang na pinakamalakas na mandirigima ng Earth. Pero alam naman nating lahat na sila Goku ang totoong pinakamalalakas, at hindi nila pinapaalam ito. Si Goku ang totoo Hokage. Nakakapagpasabog ng planeta man sa lakas, wala namang pruweba sila ang gumawa. Malinis pa rin.

At pangalawang punto, gumagalaw lang ang Hokage para suyuin at pakiligin ang babae. Iniisip niya muna kung magugustuhan ba ng babae ang kanyang galaw bago niya ito gawin. Hindi siya gumagalaw para maging viral lang, ginagawa niya ito para sa ikasasaya ng babae.

MAYROON BA TALAGANG MAITATAWAG NA HOKAGE?

Isa sigurong ituturo ng mga tao bilang tunay na Hokage ay ito…

Vic Sotto Hokage
Image source: gmanews.tv

Si Vic Sotto ay maituturing na Hokage dahil hindi simple lang ang pumorma pero matinik sa chix. Dagdag pa rito, siya rin ang nagpasikat ng ninjutsu technique na pilit ginagaya ng mga tao:

Ulit, dahil huling-huli ang kaniyang technique sa bidyo, hindi maituturing na Hokage si Vic Sotto. Pangalawa, may ibang mga pagkakataon na ginagamit niya ang kaniyang ninjutsu technique sa ibang mga babae nang walang consent. Contestant man o artista, basta maganda maaaring gamitan niya ng kanyang ninjutsu.

Kung talagang naghahanap kayo ng pinakamalapit sa tunay na Hokage, ito dapat ang hanapin ninyo:

Dolphy ang tunay na hokage.jpeg
Surprise! (Image source: balikbayanmag.com)

Wala akong makitang pruweba ng mga technique ni Dolphy sa aking pagsasaliksik kaya’t pwede kong sabihing malinis siyang gumalaw. Kaya’t maituturing kong si Dolphy talaga ang pinakamalapit sa tunay na Hokage.

(link niyo naman sa akin kung may nakahuli na kay Dolphy)

 

HARASSMENT BA ANG GALAWANG HOKAGE?

Noong Pebrero ng taong ito, naglabas ang tech website na Yugatech ng isang artikulo tungkol dito. Sumasang-ayon ako sa karamihan ng sinasabi ng artikulo. Totoo namang pwedeng maging nakakaaliw ang Galawang Hokage bidyos. Ngunit may mga taong sadyang ginagamit lang ito para maging viral, kahit walang consent sa mga babaeng dinadamay nila sa bidyo. Kaya pwede talagang maituring na harassment ang Galawang Hokage.

Pero para malinaw rin para sa mga tao diyan na nagbabalak gumawa ng viral video, sundan na lang ang flowchart na ito para siguradong “good, clean fun” ang iyong balak na bidyo:

Responsible Hokage Flowchart
Figure: 4.1

 

TANDAAN:

  1. ANG LAYUNIN NG HOKAGE AY MAGPAKILIG
  2. TUNGKOL KAY GIRLIE ANG GALAWANG HOKAGE HINDI PARA SA EGO MO
  3. HINDI ITO GINAGAWA PARA LANG MAKA-TSANSING AT MASAMPAHAN NG UNJUST VEXATION.
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Origin of (Pop) Species: The Hokage (and Galawang Hokage)

Origin of (Pop) Species: The Fantard

The Fantard Cover

 

WHAT IS A FANTARD?

“Fantard” comes from the combination of “fan” and “retard”. It is often used to describe a fan that seems to find difficulty in accepting rational criticism towards one’s idol or fandom. The type of fan that feels one’s idol can do no wrong and will fight anyone that’ll speak, let alone imply, any negative thing towards one’s idol. Think of Dwight Schrute from The Office and Gary Walsh from Veep had a baby.

Dwight’s stubborn discipline and Gary’s nurturing side will actually make them dope parents

Arguing with a Fantard on the internet’s probably one of the most frustrating things to do along with getting stuck in Manila traffic or explaining to your parents why Marlou of Hasht5 is a thing. Seriously, dealing with trolls is less frustrating compared to arguing with Fantards. Trolls at least would adapt their tactics to your argument. Fantards, on the other hand, more often than not, will just put up a dense wall of stubbornness to deflect your rational arguments. Unless, of course the troll’s pretending to be a fantard to piss you off.

 

HOW ARE FANTARDS CREATED?

I hypothesize that the origin of a Fantard follows the same process as a Super Fan but with a certain differentiating variable:

Fan Process v3
Figure 2.1: One’s level of empathy affects one’s experience of the fan process

THE FOUR-STEP PROCESS OF BEING A FAN:

  1. ATTENTION: A person, group or form of media catches your eye for being or doing something that appeals to you.
    • E.g. You like JaDine because they’re kilig when you watch them on-screen. You like Game of Thrones because it has tits AND dragons.
  2. EFFORT: You try to look for and consume all the other related information that you can get on your new object of attention. It can be as shallow as just searching their wikipedia page, following them on social media or as deep as already spending money on merch and setting Google Alerts for each mention of your new idol.
    • E.g. After liking JaDine on OTWOL, you watch their movies and listen to their songs. You start reading the Game of Thrones books and watch its after-show talkshow
  3. IDENTIFICATION: After going through the rabbit hole of your new idol, you realize that it speaks to you more than just being entertainment. You realize that there are similarities and parallelisms of your idol with your real life. Usually this is the point wherein you seek people that share your same love for your idol (the fandom).
    • E.g. You can relate to Clark and Leah’s journey as a couple in OTWOL. You realize the parallelisms of Game of Thrones with real life politics.
  4. OWNERSHIP: At this stage, you identify yourself so much with your idol that you’ve become possessive of it. This is the stage wherein you try to contribute to your perceived benefit of your idol (i.e. making an effort to make them trend on social media).  In marketing, some people call it being an apostle of the brand. You start evangelizing the greatness of the brand/idol. Some fans even become more protective of their idol.

 

THE FORK IN THE ROAD: LEVEL OF EMPATHY

Not everyone will love your idol as much as you do. And probably they’ll also be vocal with what they dislike about your idol, well that’s how free speech works. But when you’ve reached that level of ownership, it’s hard not to feel slighted. How dare a heathen call out thy idol? This is where a Super Fan and a Fantard splits paths. A Super Fan would still have a hold of his/her mental facilities to evaluate the call out before reacting while a Fantard would go into beastmode.

Super Fan - Fantard decision process
Figure 2.2: Super Fans think, while Fantards just go HAM

And this all boils down to one’s level of empathy: one’s ability to see something from another person’s perspective. In some way, you can still set aside your love for your idol. It does become more difficult to do the longer you feel ownership of your idol. Hence, some super fans are often mistaken to be fantards. Still having empathy helps you understand where a person’s comment is coming from. Is it meant to be a critique or just hating? Fantards, blinded by their affection towards their idol, would just attack each and every outsider stimuli that come their way. Any argument is already invalid because it came from a person who doesn’t share the same affection towards the idol.

But being a fantard isn’t just reserved to those deep in the fan process, it’s also apparent in people in the early stages of fan development. Level of empathy isn’t derived from one’s knowledge of the idol, much of it comes from a person’s background or context. Now here’s where it gets a bit more difficult to explain because one’s context doesn’t just come from one factor. It is affected by multiple factors like values, upbringing and culture. So it is difficult to screen out if a person’s a fantard or not because you have to take a person’s totality into consideration.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE TELLTALE SIGNS OF A FANTARD?

So if Fantards are difficult to screen, how can we then identify one? Here are a few tell-tale signs to evaluate whether the person you’re talking to is a fantard or not:

  1. Unlike Pabebe Girls that stalk around SM Dasmarinas, Fantards are more often found online. Their roundabout reasoning doesn’t translate well in face-to-face conversation.
  2. They think everything on the internet is about their idol. Any comment can be considered throwing shade against their idol
  3. Fantards rarely argue alone. They’d often call on a fellow fantard to help them defend against rational arguments (i.e. “gusto ata nitong sumikat eh“).
  4. When they’re cornered in an argument, they will resort to using ad hominem arguments
  5. When they can’t argue anymore they’ll resort to using “this is my opinion and you should respect it!”
  6. They’ll find a way to rationalize each and every mistake or misstep their idol takes

 

(special thanks to my Streamline Podcast co-host, Mon, for helping out with the fan framework)

 

Origin of (Pop) Species: The Fantard

What Ang Taba Ko Kasi Understood About Being Fat

 

 

Ang Taba Ko Kasi Understood About Being Fat cover

As a movie, no doubt about it, Ang Taba Ko Kasi, was entertaining to watch. It was finally time, Cai Cortez and Ryan Yllana, two talents often typecast as supporting characters to get their break. But what really got me was how it was able to capture what it feels like to be a fat person in the country. Being a fat person myself, it was nice that a film finally validated my experiences. Experiences that other people may dismiss or find laughable, but rung painfully true to someone like me. So here’s a rundown of things I noticed that the film touched on about being fat:

*SPOILER ALERT: I may end up giving away the plot of the whole movie*

1. We use the mirror the same way other people use it

In the film: One recurring bit in the movie was how Olga (Cai Cortez) would often look at herself in the mirror while making faces or playing with her fats.

Ang Taba Ko Kasi Mirror
Don’t play with fire, play with flabs
I just had to call this out because it was interesting for me to see how the people in the audience spontaneously reacted to these scenes. Some laughed, while others cringed; like they were seeing something obscene on screen. I shit you not, I even heard a guy exclaim “ang bastos!”.

I don’t know why so much people would react that way to a mundane scene like this. Is it because Filipino audiences aren’t used to seeing fat characters doing anything else aside from eating or being the comic relief? There was nothing wrong with Olga staring at her body. Have you guys tried playing with your fats??? It’s awesome, you should try it.

2. Fat people are sexual beings too

In the film: Benjie (Ryan Yllana) masturbated to a bikini picture of a model. A little later on in the movie, our two fat protagonists, have casual sex.

Again, I was surprised by how the people in the audience reacted. Well, this is more understandable since sex is still a controversial topic when seen on screen. Though I can’t help but feel that people tolerate sex done by fitter bodies more compared to two unfit bodies. The movie was just showing another truth that we don’t often see on local or even foreign screens that much (the only other movie or show that I remember with two fat people having casual sex is Mike & Molly).

3. We have a love-hate relationship with food

In the film: Olga and Benjie, would refrain from eating a lot when in front of other people but would often binge when they’re alone or together.

Ang Taba Ko Kasi Food

To a fat person trying to be fit, food is that friend of yours that you’re ashamed to be associated with. You try to avoid it when you’re in the company of other people but you run to it when you want to be comforted. Especially when you have an irrational mindset of thinking that everyone is out to judge your looks. Remember that ate serbidora may judge you but a two-piece fried porkchop meal from Buddy’s won’t.

4. Your family, may unwittingly be part of the problem

In the film: Olga has a cook for a father who encourages her to eat, a mother who likes to sugarcoat her obesity and a younger brother who needs a stern talking about insensitivity and comparing people to pigs.

Ang Taba Ko Kasi Family
“Konti ata kanin mo anak…”
Olga’s family predicament is surprisingly common in the Philippines since eating plays a strong social role in our culture. If cooking is a manifestation of one’s affection, then eating heartily is an acceptance of this affection. Therefore, restraining one’s self from eating can be considered as rejection. I’m pretty sure most of us have had that experience of a lola that you can’t say no to because you know she’ll get hurt if you say no to her invitation of seconds or thirds. Lolas are masters of emotional blackmail I tell you.

5. Having anxiety from THINKING that your fatness is ALWAYS the reason for being socially rejected

In the film: Olga fears that she was rejected by her swimming instructor, Noah (Mark Neumann), because she’s fat. After a night of partying, Benjie quietly leaves the bar after realizing that he was the only one from his group who didn’t hook up with anyone because he’s fat.

Ang Taba Ko kasi Alone
*twiddles fingers*
This is true and I honestly believe that this is an unfair and an unhealthy way of thinking. Unfair because you’re making a sweeping generalization that everyone can never look past your physical appearance. To some people, physical appearance may be a priority, but what about the other people who value intelligence, personality and interests?Unhealthy, because you’re heavily determining your worth on your appearance. You’re unconsciously boxing yourself to be a caricature fat person.

Good thing the film was encouraging about this predicament. Benjie was accepted by his ex-girlfriend Candy (Carla Humphries) saying that putting weight didn’t change how she saw him. Utterly surprised, Noah confessed that he liked Olga for reasons beyond her weigh (he liked Olga for being “intelligent, feisty and passionate”).

6. To really work, getting fit needs a strong and intrinsic motivation

In the film: It wasn’t clear what triggered Olga’s desire to shape up. I presume she wanted to be more physically desirable. She ended up always compensating her workouts and diets with binge eating that changes nothing.

It’s no secret getting fit is difficult to do. Take it from a guy who had numerous attempts throughout the years to get fit. My best attempt was shedding 20 lbs in six months but eventually gaining 30 lbs because of stress eating. Just like Olga, my reasons that time were more extrinsic; I wanted to be physically desirable. But when you’re 130 lbs far from your ideal weight, being “physically desirable” may not be enough to motivate you.

Two years after, I’m determined more than ever to get fit. So far it’s looking great, I’ve already lost 20lbs in three months. The difference I guess from my last attempt was that I honestly want, more than anything else, to be healthier. For me right now, being physically attractive is the least of my concerns. Right now, I worry more about the probability of me taking maintenance meds by my late 30s. Or not being alive to enjoy the perks of a 20% discount by age 60.

Getting healthy requires a conscious and active desire towards self-improvement, and social validation may not be enough.


 

Other Notes From The Film:

  • Shout outs:
    • Patani for being one of the few Survivor alums left getting consistent TV/movie projects
    • Carla Humphries! I haven’t seen her for quite a while since her Qpids days and their Call Me Maybe music parody with the other It Girls.
  • Indie Money Shot: The shot of Olga’s slipper in the fish sinigang her dad made. A metaphor for her fight against food and her dad’s suffocating kindness.
  • I’m not sure when Olga became “smart, feisty and passionate” in front of Noah. I think I saw these more when she was with Benjie.

 

 

What Ang Taba Ko Kasi Understood About Being Fat

Design and Cultural Differences: Understanding the Storylines from Ms. Universe 2015

Let's Unpack- Storylines from Ms. Universe 2015
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Well this year’s Miss Universe was one heck of a ride for us Filipinos. Congratulations to Pia Wurtzbach for the win! She consistently performed at a high level all throughout the competition. However, two days removed from the finals night, “controversies” surrounding the pageant are still widely discussed on social media and are still followed by local and international media. So let’s try to unpack some of the storylines and understand the things that happened.

“PIA WURTZBACH AND THE FILIPINO WIN” NARRATIVE

Aside from the fact that Pia Wurtzbach’s win broke our 42-year title drought and five years of near misses, her win finally gave our country something to be happy about after a shaky 2015. Here’s a quick socio-economic and political look of 2015 (in no particular order):

PES PH 2015 table
Sources: hungry, jobless, crime rate, traffic

 

Generally, 2015 wasn’t the best year for most of us. So as a nation, we were looking for something that can cheer up our collective spirits. Some kind of emotional victory that can make us forget our country’s condition, even for a little while. We turned to Manny Pacquiao, our #1 athlete, to win his fight with Mayweather, but he lost. We watched and exclaimed “PUSO!” for Gilas Pilipinas but they  controversially lost to China in the FIBA Asia Finals. The months went on and we just got hungrier and hungrier for some form of win; some form of respite. Don’t get me wrong, these athletes were worthy to be considered as our #filipinopride. However, the feeling winning on an international stage is still different.

Enter Pia Wurtzbach:

I was originally taken aback by her confidence because I knew nothing about her. Who’s this girl, confident as fudge, voluntarily taking on the gargantuan task of claiming international glory for the Philippines? I didn’t know that to support her family, she had to start a modelling and acting career at the age of eleven. I didn’t know that it took her three chances before she got crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Universe. I didn’t know her life story was an embodiment of that same hunger we had–soldiering on to find success.

And it was evident throughout the pageant that she came to win. So much so that she was one of the top favorites to win with a +550 gambling odds in Las Vegas, along with Australia. The hullabaloo surrounding the announcement just made the win a lot more satisfying. Nothing can validate #FilipinoPride better than a clean win.

Some people can argue that beauty pageants are generally superficial or may have a questionable place in this progressive time of ours but it can’t be denied that for Filipinos, it’s still a source of pride and inspiration.

 

HUMAN AND DESIGN ERRORS FEATURING STEVE HARVEY AND THE RESULTS CARD

Steve Harvey received a ton of flak for screwing up the winner’s announcement, announcing Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner instead of Wurtzbach. Colombians skewered him for unintentionally embarrassing their candidate while Filipinos initially lashed out for the lost opportunity for Wurtzbach to have a proper coronation on TV. Harvey further received vitriol for botching his apology on Twitter, calling Filipinos as “Philippians”. But after further examination of what happened, it may turn out that the announcement fail may not be 100% Harvey’s fault.

Brand Specialist, Eric Thomas on LinkedIn, pointed out that the results card was horribly designed. The design didn’t make sense at all. Why was the winning country’s name at the lower right of the card? If Harvey held the card in a certain manner there’s a chance he won’t be able to read who won.

Harvey went out of his way already to apologize for his gaff. Let’s already leave him alone. He did all the proper steps to fix it. But one thing we can learn from this is the importance of GOOD DESIGN IN EVERYTHING. Who knew that a badly designed piece of paper could ruin three lives and incite rage in two countries?

 

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND “DISRESPECTFUL MISS GERMANY” NARRATIVE 

Hours after the pageant, news broke out that Miss Germany was “upset” with the decision and that “none of us voted for Ms. Philippines…” Outraged, Filipinos took to social media and hunted Miss Germany to share an aggressive piece of their minds, calling her “disrespectful”. Some, because of  blind rage probably, even hunted down a different Miss Germany! LOL!  But did Miss Germany really dis Miss Philippines? Here’s the video of her interview:

Here’s what we can get from the video:

  1. The interviewer asked her specifically about the controversial announcement, and like any respectful interviewee, she answered the question. She waited for her turn to speak. It was the right venue for her to say what she wanted to say.  In its most basic form, how is that disrespectful?
  2. She’s UNHAPPY with the result and NOT Pia Wurtzbach. She even wished Wurtzbach all the best. How is that disrespectful? (note her personal pick was Ms. France, but thought Ms. Colombia deserved to win)
  3. Notice that she said “I’m sorry to say that” TWICE while she expressed her opinion. She was being careful. She knew that other people can take her opinion differently. How is that disrespectful?
  4. You can also argue that the “result” she was pertaining to was the mix-up by Steve Harvey and NOT that Miss Philippines won.  (Later in her apology, she cleared up that the result she was pertaining to was indeed the mix-up)
  5. She just shared her honest opinion of what happened.

If you want a perfect example of being disrespectful at an award’s show, here’s the 2009 VMAs when Kanye cut Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech:

And what happened here is opposite to THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN MS. GERMANY’S INTERVIEW:

  1. Kanye spoke out of turn
  2. Ye, created the event, nagbida-bida siya
  3. Ye ruined Taylor Swift’s moment
  4. He did it without any remorse
  5. He even gave the mic back to Taylor Swift like she was part of the prod crew

Often I see in comments, “Miss Germany could have just kept quiet”. Like what I already established, she was being interviewed, of course she has to say what she felt.

Some also said, “she should have just said something nice!” Well, we also need to understand our cultural differences with Germany. In the recent issue of Harvard Business Review, professor Erin Meyer shared this map on how confrontational and emotionally expressive different cultures are

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As you can see people in Germany are confrontational yet emotionally unexpressive while Filipinos are emotionally expressive and avoid confrontation. So how does that relate to the Ms. Germany Interview? Miss Germany just answered very bluntly. She confronted the question and objectively expressed her opinion. She could have been more eloquent on her reasons why Ms. Colombia deserved it more but again she just answered the question. For us Filipinos, we were taken aback by her blunt tackle of the question. And since we’re also emotionally expressive, we could not help but say what we felt. But then again, expecting her to keep quiet or say something nice to avoid issues is just an indication of us imposing our cultural norms to an utterly different culture.

And speaking of design affecting the user experience, here’s a snapshot of the videos related to the interview. Check out how the video titles were phrased:

Miss Germany Interview video titles

Instead of using more neutral titles like “Miss Germany’s reaction to controversial Miss Universe announcement” or “Miss Germany talks about Miss Universe ending” the videos were phrased to already incite judgment even before watching the video. It’s a classic case of psychological priming.

But ultimately, IF EVER Miss Germany really intended to disrespect Miss Philippines, then why should we give a fudge?  We already won! We should be celebrating and not mind the hating! That’s not how a true Queen, like Beyonce (or Pia) would have handled this situation.

 

“PIA WURTZBACH CRIED BACKSTAGE BECAUSE MISS COLOMBIA STOLE HER MOMENT!” NARRATIVE

So two videos surfaced that showed what happened after the program was televised:

Video 1: The other Ms. Universe candidates tried to comfort the crying Miss Colombia on stage. Pia Wurtzbach tries to console her but couldn’t budge through the other candidates. After attempting she left to go backstage

 

Video 2: Pia Wurtzbach crying while receiving the crown and sash

It can be argued that Ms. Colombia lost the most in the botched announcement.

From these two videos, some Filipino netizens surmised that the other candidates “disrespected” Ms. Philippines by not acknowledging her win AND Pia cried backstage because of it.

That speculation seems unfair for ALL THE CANDIDATES involved. Let’s go through each party:

  • Unfair to Miss Colombia and Colombian fans: Here’s to provide some context. Colombia, like the Philippines also went through a long title drought. They waited for FIFTY SIX years before they won last year’s competition. Imagine that the Colombians were also hungry for a win. Now for this year’s competition, people had high expectations of Ariadna Gutierrez. So much so that her odds of winning this year’s title, according the Las Vegas gamblers were a +650. In other words, there’s a big chance they could win back-to-back Miss Universe titles. So imagine all that pressure on Ariadna’s shoulders. Then she made it through the top 15, top 10, top 5 and into the top 3. Colombia’s back-to-back dream was within reach. She heard her country’s name announced as the winner. She’s given the crown and the bouquet. An embrace from last year’s Miss Universe and fellow Ms Colombia, Paulina Vega signaled that she achieved their country’s dream. She can finally relax after months of pressure. BUT THEN, THE HOST CORRECTS THE DECISION. She actually lost. She failed the objective. If you were in that position, how would you feel? Would you also not feel cheated?
    • Some Filipino netizens got mad at her for her insistence in her instagram account that she was the rightful Ms. Universe. Just like with the Miss Germany interview, why can’t we let her be? Arguably, she lost the most in that whole debacle. We all know that we won, why must we correct her?
    • And should we bicker with the Colombians because they insist that they were robbed? Well if you do a quick search on Twitter, back in 2012 us Filipinos also cried foul when USA’s Olivia Culpo won while our bet Janine Tugonon settled for 1st runner-up:Twitter Reactions Miss U 2012
    • We need to understand that what we felt 3 years ago, was probably the same thing the Colombians are feeling right now. You can even argue what they’re feeling right now is far worse because they literally thought for three minutes they won. Let’s cut them some slack, we know the feeling all too well.
  • Unfair to the other candidates: Some Filipino netizens cried foul when the other candidates went straight to Ms. Colombia and only a few congratulated Ms. Philippines. Moreover, some felt further insulted when they chanted “CO-LOM-BIA! CO-LOM-BIA!” when Ms. Philippines exited the stage. That to me, again, was unfair speculation on what happened. What they showed was far from being disrespectful. To me, it was a genuine expression of solidarity after one of their own was EPICLY EMBARRASSED. They knew Gutierrez lost more than Wurtzbach that’s why they all wanted to show their sympathy. Instead of expecting cattiness, we should have expected compassion from the smartest, and most beautiful women in the world because that’s what they showed in that moment. This was what Ms. Germany flubbed in her interview and what she cleared up in her apology.
    • P.S. That “Pia, get back, Pia get back” soundbite happened while Wurtzbach was about to be escorted to the backstage for her crown and sash. So you can ALSO assume that it was just a call for her to go backstage and not a warning for her to stay away from Ms. Colombia
  • Unfair to Pia Wurtzbach: YouTube user carthal eloquently summarizes why it’s unfair to say that Pia cried backstage because she was bullied:

Carthal comment

It doesn’t fit Pia Wurtzbach’s narrative of persistence and confidence to suddenly be affected by a simple misunderstanding.

Yes it’s a shame for Pia not to have a proper crowning moment in front of the audience, her fellow candidates and in front of everyone watching. But then again, PIA STILL WON. We all know whose name will be in the record books and the Miss Universe wikipedia page, so why should we still care IF there was a squabble?

And a google search of “Miss Universe 2015 unseen footage” would yield these video with these titles:

Unseen Footage primed titles
“ignored” “shunned” “brushed aside”

just like the Ms. Germany Interview, these video titles were phrased in a way that can already suggest something to the user even without viewing the video (why not “Unseen footage of Miss Universe 2015 Pageant”?).

 


 

So what I wanted to say here is that we can learn a lot of things from this unfortunate event. We can learn something about ourselves, our differences and similarities with other cultures (and how each culture handle unfortunate circumstances) and the importance of design in affecting user experience.

Congratulations to Pia Wurtzbach! I’m looking for our country’s chance for a back-to-back!

 

Design and Cultural Differences: Understanding the Storylines from Ms. Universe 2015

The Trouble In Labelling Entertainment as “Mababaw”

The Trouble With Labeling Entertainment as -Kababawan-

A few weeks ago, Lea Salonga was under fire when she unwittingly tweeted this while almost half of the Philippines was glued to their TVs watching Kalye Serye on Eat Bulaga:

People responded to her question (#NagtatanongLangPo) . Here’s a snapshot of the first five replies

Lea Salonga Twitter Reactions

The comments were diverse: persons 1 and 2 disagreed, with #1 assuming it was about AlDub, persons 3 and 4 agreed, while #5 clarified the question. The succeeding replies were pretty much assuming, heavily defensive AlDub fans being colorful with their accusations and insults.

A lot of people have given their opinions on the incident. Most have chastised these heavily defensive AlDub fans for jumping the gun. Filipino Director Mike Sandejas has given his support to Lea. On the other hand, Joey De Leon has passive-aggressively conceded in being “mababaw” with this tweet:

Since it has already been a few weeks after the issue, I think it’s time to do a post-mortem examination. Why waste time on this? Lea Salonga and Joey De Leon have already put this to rest, why still open this up? Why? Because I feel we can learn a few things from this situation regarding the state of entertainment in our country.

Social media and mass media are painting a bleak picture of local entertainment. The theme? DIVIDE. Some people are clamoring for a revolution in quality–their muse, Heneral Luna. The people they’re chastising? those they feel who are deep in the trenches of the network war, identifying AlDub and Pastillas Girl as their muses. Both sides aren’t budging one bit. This issue with Lea can hopefully point us in the right direction

As much as I love and admire Lea Salonga as an actress (loved her in Captain Barbell opposite Herbert Bautista and her time in Disney of course), as a gamer (Assassin’s Creed yo) and as a person with firm beliefs, truth be told, I am disappointed with her use of the label of “kababawan”. This hullabaloo would have not have happened if the word wasn’t used in this context. Especially when the idea of the tweet was to invite everyone to an honest to goodness dialogue to examine the entertainment we enjoy. I am 100% in support of that intention. Heck, the reason why I even have this blog is for that same purpose– to examine the entertainment (and culture) us Filipinos enjoy. But, as much as the intention was sincere, the message was distorted because of that single word. Here’s why the label of “kababawan”, I feel, has no place in a proper dialogue.

  • KABABAWAN IS SUBJECTIVE: Going back to the sample of reactions we have above, this was what person #5 was somehow pertaining to. “Kababawan” entertainment is not concrete. In truth, any form of entertainment can be considered as mababaw depending on the person you’re talking to. AlDub and Pastillas Girl can be mababaw. Heneral Luna can be mababaw. The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad can be mababaw. Watching Gilas, PBA, NBA, NCAA or UAAP can be mababaw. Watching Les Miserables, listening to Chopin or reading Foucault can be mababaw. My point is that if we want an objective dialogue, we need to use terms or labels that can be understood by all parties. We need to find a level were we can all meet before we can all state our cases. Which also brings me to my next point:
  • KABABAWAN PASSES JUDGMENT: This is the reason why we have reactions like persons #1 and #2 above. If we discuss mababaw entertainment, it entails a certain standard that was not passed. Or something that is distant. Something that you don’t identify with. Again, if we want to have a dialogue or a convergence of ideas, it doesn’t help that we’re disassociating ourselves and reinforcing this DIVIDE. That’s why Lea received accusations of being a “self-righteous prick” or “kataas-taasan”. The people felt like Lea was imposing her standards to their taste of entertainment. No one likes that. And then some people accuse them of being butthurt when they become defensive. Of course they’ll be defensive, you just insulted their taste!

“anong pake mo ba kung mahilig ako sa mababaw na entertainment? i don’t see anything wrong with it.”

This is the kind of reaction a person wounded by a mababaw comment would say. A reaction that is one-part confused, and two-parts resigned. Confused as to why they’re told that it’s a negative to like mababaw entertainment. And to avoid any further argument, resigned to the idea that a set of people has labeled his/her taste as  mababaw. But it’s obvious that this person gets more than MERE enjoyment from mababaw entertainment. And really, the difficult thing here is that this person would be inclined to take a MORE defensive stance and to be less open to a dialogue, therefore, adding more distance to the divide.

so if not kababawan or mababaw entertainment, what do we call it then?

My suggestion, call it as it is. What we’re all pertaining to is the quality of mass media or mass entertainment. And what I meant by “mass” here is not “masa” but media or entertainment intended to be consumed by a large number of people. Or we can call it as just entertainment for entertainment’s sake? Or pure entertainment? See? there are a number of different ways of labeling it without looking like a snob in the process

Okay lang sa akin ang entertainment for entertainment’s sake, pero hanggang doon na lamang ba tayo?

With the kababawan thing settled, I think we can move on to Lea’s challenge. Again, I totally agree with what she’s advocating. She’s urging us all to examine the entertainment that we consume and broaden our choices–striking a balance between the purely entertaining with the critical form of entertainment. There’s so much the world of entertainment has to offer and yet some people would gravitate towards what’s accessible or comfortable to them. This continued consumption of the same content creates some kind of fanaticism in some people.

Hypothetical example: a Game of Thrones fan may scoff at the idea that Kalye Serye is quality entertainment because it looks cheaply produced and only follows the usual teleserye tropes (typified as elitists). Or, the other way around, a Kalye Serye fan may dismiss Game of Thrones as entertainment because of its heavy atmosphere and its abundance of secondary and tertiary characters (typified as anti-intellectuals). Sadly, these stubborn perspectives of consuming entertainment are the root of the DIVIDE. A lot of the misunderstandings and rage come from a lack of exposure and effort in understanding other forms of available entertainment. Which I find totally absurd because we live in a time where a variety of entertainment is readily available in our fingertips (read: the internet).

Here’s an analogy: why not think of entertainment as food? Food comes in different forms, styles and cuisines. Some are carefully crafted; with every ingredient chosen with purpose. While some are made with the intention of being sold in a massive scale. But regardless of how it is prepared, we eat food to satisfy our hunger. That’s its most basic function. However, food has the potential to be more than just tummy fill. Us FIlipinos, we all know  it doesn’t stop there. Food can lift our mood, can enrich moments or be our expression of love. We carefully scour for the next big restaurant and share our experience on social media. We’re not afraid to expand our palate when it comes to food.

Entertainment also works like that. Be it a carefully-crafted niche one-man play or a run-of-the-mill telenovela, all forms of entertainment are created to provide enjoyment. Listening to Broken Social Scene or the Diary Ng Panget soundtrack can lift your mood. Watching Game of Thrones or Kalye Serye can be THE water cooler topic with your office mates. Maybe if we can be more open to try out other forms of entertainment and enjoy them by their own merits, then maybe we can narrow that DIVIDE.

The Trouble In Labelling Entertainment as “Mababaw”

Pop Philtre Hypothesis: Bakit Dubsmash ang salita ni Yaya Dub?

BAKIT DUBSMASH LANG

Tuluy-tuloy ang paglalayag ng AlDub sa TV at social media. Bilang long-time viewer ng Eat Bulaga at ng KalyeSerye (since episode 6!), natutuwa ako sa tagumpay na tinatamasa ng loveteam at ng KalyeSerye (bigyan ng increase si Wally!). Sinong makakahula na ang isang pag-break ng character ni Yaya Dub on-screen ay aabot ng ganito?

Alam na nating lahat kung sino ang mga magulang ni Yaya DUB. Ngunit, wala pa rin klarong paliwanag kung bakit via Dubsmash lang nakikipag-usap si Yaya DUB. Heto at magtatangka akong ipaliwanag kung bakit hindi nagsasalita si Yaya DUB at sa pamamagitan lang ng Dubsmash siya nakikipag-usap.

Disclaimer: Hindi ko sinasabi na tama ang pagpapaliwanag ko. Ito ay hinuha ko lang mula sa mga obserbasyon ko sa panonood ng KalyeSerye. At isa pa, ang pinag-uusapan ko dito ay ang karakter ni Yaya DUB at hindi si Maine Mendoza. Napanood ko naman ang interview niya sa Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho at alam kong nagsasalita siya. AT NO, HINDI NIYA KABOSES SI MARIAN RIVERA.  

So Bakit Dubsmash lang ang salita ni Yaya DUB?

Ang aking hypothesis: Lumaking pipi si Yaya DUB o mute sa salitang inggles. Paano ko nasabi na pipi siya? Matagal ko nang hinala ito dahil kahit pagtawa, pag-iyak at pagbahing wala kang maririnig na tinig mula sa kaniya. Medyo nakumpirma lang ang hinala ko ng nabanggit ni Lola Nidora sa episode 38 na kinakailangang ni Yaya DUB ng voice lessons para sa nalalapit niyang performance sa Bulaga Pa More, Dabarkads Pa More. Panoorin ito:

Sinabi ni Lola Nidora na THERAPY na rin ang pagvovoice lessons ni Yaya DUB. Hindi naman magpapatherapy ang isang tao kung wala naman itong injury o problemang nararamdaman. Kung kinakailangang ni Yaya DUB magpatherapy sa boses, ibig sabihin may injury o problema siya sa boses. Pero ano naman kaya ang posibleng nagdulot ng pagkapipi ni Yaya?

mga posibleng rason kung bakit NAPIPI si yaya dub

  • TRAUMA: Ang pagkapipi ay pwedeng maging resulta ng pisikal o sikolohikal na trauma ng isang tao. Ayon sa alam natin tungkol sa backstory ni Yaya, siya ay lumaki sa piling ni Lola Nidora ng siya ay iiwan ng kanyang mga magulang. Isa pang alam natin ay sadyang strikta si Lola Nidora kay Yaya DUB. Kita naman ito sa kaniyang pagtutol sa mabilisang pag-iibigan ni Yaya at ni Alden. Hindi natin alam kung bakit sobra ang pagkastrikta ni Lola Nidora. Siguro dahil may parte pa rin niya ang naiinis o nagagalit  dahil siya ang inexpect ng kaniyang mga kapatid na magpalaki kay Yaya? Dahil hindi naman siya ang gumawa ng sala pero siya ang nagbabayad? Hindi tayo sigurado sa motivation ni lola pero dalawang bagay ito na pwedeng maging ugat ng psychological trauma ni Yaya. Pwedeng inalila ni Lola Nidora si Yaya noong kaniyang kabataan. Isa pang pruweba? Imbis na tratuhin na pamangkin ay itinuturing niya itong Yaya. Anak ng kapatid mo tapos tatawagin mo lang na yaya??? Hindi man lang nga ang politically correct term na kasambahay. Eh kung ganoon naman ang trato sa kaniya, hindi naman na ako magtataka kung nagtamo ng psychological trauma si Yaya at hindi na nakapagsalita.
  • SOCIAL SITUATIONSTandaan na bago sumama si Yaya DUB sa mga guesting ni Lola Nidora sa Problem Solving noon, siya ay nakakulong lang sa mansyon ng mga Zobeyala. Alalahanin rin na kamakailan lang na kinidnap si Yaya DUB. Sobrang nag-alala si Lola Nidora dahil hindi sanay ang dalaga sa labas ng bahay, lalo na sa mga lugar na marurumi at hindi pamilyar sa kanya. Kaya nga kamot ng kamot si Yaya DUB ng kanyang balat dahil sa selan niya sa kapaligiran. Dahil hindi siya sanay lumabas, sa palagay ko, hirap siyang makihalubilo sa ibang mga tao dahil hindi siya sanay makisama sa ibang mga tao.
    • Kasi kung iisipin, sinu-sino lang ba ang makakahalubilo niya sa mansyon?
      • Si Lola Nidora na snubera at mapagpintas. Kaya nga bago nabuo ang AlDub, kilala si Yaya bilang masungit na snubera rin. Like lola, like yaya.
      • Ang mga Rogelio. Eh problema rin sa mga Rogelio eh wala rin silang kibo at hindi nagsasalita! Kung si Lola Nidora at mga Rogelio lang ang mga ehemplo mo, ano pang mangyayari kaya sa iyo?
    • May tinatawag na uri ng muteness na SELECTIVE MUTISM. Ito ang uri ng pagkapipi sa mga taong kayang magsalita, ngunit may mga pagkakataon o sitwasyon na hindi makapagsalita. Tatameme sila kumbaga. Parang yung mga politiko, maingay pag malapit na ang eleksiyon, tameme naman kapag usapang korupsyon. Sabi nga sa link sa itaas, kadalasang konektado ang selective mutism sa mga mahiyain o may social anxiety. Ngayon, dahil hindi nga sanay si Yaya makihalubilo sa mga tao, pwedeng nagkaroon siya ng selective mutism dahil hindi siya sanay sa mga tao.
  • HEREDITARYTandaan na sa episode 41, may mga taong nagpresenta bilang ang nawawalang nanay ni Yaya DUB na si Isadora. Isa sa mga taong nagsasabing siya si Isadora ay nakikipag-usap gamit ang pagdudubsmash. Maraming nagsasabi na siya ang tunay na Isadora dahil sa kanyang pagdudubsmash (at dahil si Maine rin ang gumanap sa kanya). Ngunit sabi ni Nidora ay isang impostora lang rin ito at pinalayas si Mommy Dub. Maliban sa trauma at social anxiety, isang pwedeng panggalingan ng muteness ay genetics. Sa maikling salita, namana ni Yaya DUB ang pagiging pipi sa kaniyang ina. Ulit, posible ito kung yung babaeng nagpresenta ay siya ngang nanay ni Yaya DUB.

EH BAKIT NGA DUBSMASH NG DUBSMASH SI YAYA? Bakit hindi na lang siya gumamit ng sign language? 

Panoorin ninyo ng saglit ang trailer para sa isang documentary:

Magkapareho ng sitwasyon si Yaya DUB at ang mga Angulo brothers (panoorin mo kasi yung trailer). Pareho silang nakakulong sa bahay at halos walang karanasan makihalubilo sa outside world. Makikita sa trailer na tanging sa mga pelikula lang nakikita ng mga magkakapatid ang outside world. At dahil doon, ang mundo, para sa kanila, ay base lamang sa mga pinapakita ng mga pelikula.

Naiisip ko na pwedeng ganoon rin ang karanasan ni Yaya DUB. Dahil walang makausap, idinaan na lang sa panonood ng mga pelikula, tv shows at youtube videos o makinig sa mga kanta ang libangan. Itong mga pelikula, kanta, tv shows, youtube videos ang siya ring humulma kay Yaya DUB (kaya naniniwala rin siya sa forever!). Ito na rin siguro ang naisip ni Yaya DUB na mabisang paraan para malagpasan ang kaniyang pagiging pipi. Hindi naman lahat ng tao nakakaintindi ng sign language. Mas madaling magkakaintindihan kung mga linya mula sa pop culture ang gagamitin. Mas marami pa makakaintindi

pipi si yaya? how dare you SAY PIPI ANG KWEEN ko?

Easy lang amigo! Hindi ko inaaway si Yaya! Parte rin ako ng AlDub Nation! Hindi ka ba nacurious ever kung bakit sa pamamagitan lang ng dubsmash nakikipag-usap si Yaya? Itong mga nilahad ko ay mga analysis mula sa mga obserbasyon ko sa KalyeSerye. Pwedeng tama, mas lalong pwedeng mali! Open ako kung may ibang logical explanation ka kung bakit ganito ang character ni Yaya DUB. Hindi si Maine ah, si Yaya DUB.

Imbis na magalit ka, sa totoo lang dapat maging masaya ka! Hindi ba mas nakakaproud na ang isang character na speech impaired ang kinababaliwan at kinasisiyahan nating lahat? Imbis na maliitin ay ipinagdidiwang pa natin? Kilala na ang GMA sa pagtalakay ng iba’t ibang mga sektor sa kanilang mga teleserye. Ang My Husband’s Lover at The Rich Man’s Daughter ay tumalakay ng homosexuality. Ang Destiny Rose naman ay tumatalakay sa ngayon ng transexuality. Pupwedeng Persons With Disabilities naman ang AlDub?

Imbis isiping ito ay nakakabawas, nakakadagdag pa nga ito sa kagalingan ng kalyeserye. Maliban sa advance storytelling techniques (kagaya ng split screen at pagbreak ng fourth wall), at paggamit ng improvisational comedy, ay may progressive outlook na rin ang kalyeserye? Hindi ba mas masaya na binibigyang pansin ang isang kadalasang nalilimutang sektor ng ating lipunan?

Anyway, lahat naman ito ay mga hinuha ko lang. Kung mayroon kayong hypothesis rin, wag kalimutan magcomment! #AlDUB

Pop Philtre Hypothesis: Bakit Dubsmash ang salita ni Yaya Dub?

Ang Agimat sa Alamat ni Ryan Rems Sarita: Bakit Siya Bumebenta?

Ryan Rems title
Picture from: http://comedymanila.com/comedians/ryan-rems-sarita/

Erratum (August 10, 2015): Nagkamali ako sa pagtukoy ng totoong twitter account ni Ryan Rems. Pwede ninyo i-follow si Ryan Rems sa @alamatryanrems

“SIMULAN NATIN ANG ALAMAT!”

Marahil nakita ninyo na sa tv, internet o sa social media ang isang lalakeng patpatin at mahaba ang buhok. Parang pamangkin ni Rene Requiestas at Tado pero may asta ni Robin Padilla. Mabilis kung bumanat ng mga jokes na laging nagtatapos sa “orayt! rock n roll to the world” sabay pasok ng sikat na intro ng Sweet Child O’ Mine ng Guns N’ Roses. Siya si Ryan Rems Sarita. Isa sa mga finalist ng Funny One segment ng It’s Showtime kung saan naghahanap sila ng mga panibagong komedyante. Naiiba si Ryan Rems sa ibang mga kalahok dahil sa loob ng isang buwan, umabot na siya ng seven million views sa YouTube, 82 thousand twitter followers at may naglabasan nang mga meme na parang ganito:

Hindi lang iyon, pasok na rin siya sa finals ng kompetisyon. Sa lakas ng hatak niya sa tao, hindi nalalayo na siya ang manalo. Ano ba meron kay Ryan Rems at solb na solb ang mga manonood sa kaniyang comedy routine? Base sa panonood ko ng anim niyang videos sa Funny One sa YouTube, ito ang mga possible dahilan kung bakit benta siya:

ITSURA

Importanteng pag-usapan ang kaniyang itsura dahil likas sa komedya ng Pilipino ang Visual Comedy. Yung tipong literal na nakikita yung joke. Kaya nga ang sinaunang komedya natin ay base sa tinatawag na slapstick humor. Yung mga pagbatok, pagsampal, o pagdura ng tubig sa mukha parte ang mga ito ng Slapstick Humor. Paminsan sa pangalan pa nga lang ng ibang komedyante eh alam mo na agad ang kanilang gimik. Tignan mo: si Richie d’ Horsie (RIP) nakakatawa kasi mukha siyang kabayo, si Babalu (RIP) nakakatawa dahil mahaba ang baba, si Vice Ganda nakakatawa kasi kasing ganda niya ang Vice President.

  • MUKHANG TAMBAY….

Patpatin at mahaba ang buhok. Nakamaong, naka-shirt, naka-chaleco at may suot na shades. Kamukha niya yung tito mong hindi na naka-let go sa Aerosmith, Guns n’ Roses at Bon Jovi. Pwede rin siya yung ka-inuman parati ng tatay o kuya mo. O kaya yung tao sa kantong babati sa ‘yo ng, “Good morning idol! Ang ganda mo ngayon ah”. Hindi ba ang daling isipin si Ryan Rems sa mga sitwasyon na ito?

Ang punto ko ay dahil napaka-common ng itsura niya na madali sa mga tao makarelate sa kaniya. Ang stand-up comedy, kung tutuusin ay pagkwekwento sa isang audience. Hindi ba mas gugustuhin mong pakinggan yung daldal ng kaklase mo sa iskul kesa sa guro mo? Dahil sa totoo lang, mas close ka sa kaklase mo kesa sa guro. At sa ganoong paraan rin ang appeal ni Ryan Rems. Dahil mas komportable ka sa itsura niya, mas madali niyang nakukuha ang atensiyon mo.

  • …PERO ROCK! (MAY CONFIDENCE)

Kahit na pwede siyang pagkamalang tambay, o parte ng isang riding in tandem, hindi mapagkakaila ang confidence ni Ryan Rems. Sa tindig…sa malalim niyang boses at kung papaano niya binibitawan ang bawat linya ng joke niya (na may sabay alis ng mic sa bibig na parang kumakanta). Hindi ko alam kung kaya niyang abutin ang chorus ng Sweet Child O’ Mine pero kuhang-kuha talaga niya ang pagiging bokalista ng isang rock band.

Hindi ka lang nagkwekwento sa stand-up comedy, kundi nagbebenta ka rin ng ideya sa manonood. At makakatulong ng malaki sa pagbenta kung ang ahente mo ay may kumpiyansa sa kanyang sarili. At kung kumpiyansa sa sarili ang pag-uusapan, hitik na hitik sa confidence ang persona ni Ryan Rems.

  • CONSISTENT ANG PERSONA

Hindi lang naman si Ryan Rems ang kalahok sa Funny One. Marami pang ibang kasing galing ni Ryan Rems. Pero si Ryan Rems ang tumatatak sa kamalayan ng mga manonood. Bakit? Dahil, hindi kagaya ng iba mga kalahok, iisa lang ang persona ni Ryan Rems. Alam ng lahat na isa siyang rockstar. Hindi siya nagskiskit, o nag-iiba ng karakter sa bawat performance. Alam na alam mong si Ryan Rems ay isang rockstar.

Kung nanonood ka ng wrestling, sigurado akong kilala mo si Undertaker. Hindi kagaya ng ibang mga wrestler na iniiba-iba ang karakter consistent si Undertaker. Mula ng nagsimula sa WWE noong 1990, ito na ang karakter na ginagamit ni Mark Calaway (ang totoo niyang pangalan). At alam na lahat ng mga manonood kung ano ang tatak Undertaker: mahabang buhok, namumuting mga mata, sombrerong itim, ubeng gloves at kanyang finisher na Tombstone Piledriver. Sa loob ng 25 years na career niya sa WWE, siya ay naging paborito ng madla.

Parang ganoon rin si Ryan Rems. Dahil consistent ang kaniyang persona, mas madaling nakakasunod ang madla sa kung ano man ang binibenta niyang joke.

PERFORMANCE

Siyempre hindi lang naman nasusukat ang kagalingan ng isang komedyante sa itsura lang. Lahat ng mga namumukod-tanging mga komedyante may ibubuga rin dapat ang material. Para klaro, gamitin natin ang performance niyang ito bilang basehan ng susunod na argumento:

  • RELATABLE ANG TOPICS

Karaniwang naiisip kapag sinabing stand-up comedian ay ang mga foreign comics kagaya nila Russell Peters, Eddie Murphy o Robin Williams, Kung local naman, andiyan si Rex Navarette. Ang forte nila ay observational comedy, o yung paghanap ng mga nakakatawa sa mga karaniwang mga bagay. Dahil foreigners sila o base sa ibang bansa, ang topics nila sa kanilang mga obserbasyon ay foreign rin. English pa ang gamit na salita.

Kung sa Pilipinas, alam naman natin na pag Filipino stand-up comedy, ang unang pumapasok sa isipan natin ay ang mapanglait na style sa mga comedy bar. Kahit filipino man ang salita at relate nga sa topic, nakakabastos naman.

At dito mo makikita ang talino ni Ryan Rems. Kaya niyang mamangka sa dalawang ilog na walang aberya. Kahit na ang istilo niya ay parang kila Robin Williams, ang mga topics niya ay napaka-Pilipino pa rin. Pansinin ang mga topics niya doon sa video sa itaas: krimen (riding-in-tandem, mga snatcher), kahirapan (pagdidildil ng asin, rugby boys), kamatayan (lola na may alzheimer’s) at pag-ibig (miss photogenic, pagdedeyt ng amoy bagoong). General man ang topic ang mga obserbasyon niya ay maka-Pilipino pa rin.

  • NILALAIT ANG SARILI

At kung gumagamit man siya ng panlalait sa kaniyang routine, ang madalas niyang pinupuntirya ay ang kaniyang sarili. Alam niyang mukha siyang carnapper, holdaper o mandurukot at mahusay niya itong naipapasok sa kaniyang mga jokes.

Bumebenta ito dahil labas ito sa karaniwang iniexpect ng mga tao sa isang Pinoy stand-up comedian. Nagagamit niya ang istilong ginamit nila Richie d’ Horsie o ni Babalu noon. Hindi siya magtuturo ng audience member para laitin ang itsura, kundi sarili niya ang pagtatawanan niya.

  • SHORT BUT SWEET ANG MGA BANAT

Sa loob ng performance ni Ryan Rems sa itaas, nakabitaw siya ng 12 joke sa loob ng 4mins 30secs. Kung gagamit ng kaunting math, nakakabitaw siya ng 2.67 jokes bawat minuto. Eh sabi nga nila “brevity is the soul of wit”. Ibig sabihin lang nito, maiikli man, may impact agad ang kaniyang mga joke. Hindi niya kailangang magpaligoy-ligoy o ng isang mahabang setup para sa isang punchline. Rektang tawa kaagad.

Ito ang nakatulong sa pagkalat ni Ryan Rems bilang meme. Sa ikli ng kaniyang mga jokes, na hindi kailangan ng maraming set-up, madali itong i-convert sa quotes (kagaya ng sample sa itaas). Parang yung mga banat ni Senador Miriam Santiago o ni Senyora, diretso sa punto kaagad.

  • MADALING SUNDAN ANG ROUTINE

Ganito kadalasan ang isang performance ni Ryan Rems sa Funny One:

Lalabas si Ryan Rems habang tumutugtog ang intro ng 
Sweet Child O' Mine

Mag-aiair guitar ng konti

Ibababa ang shades

"Ayos ba tayo dyan?"

"Rock en roll to the world, orayt! woo!"

"simulan natin ang alamat"

Sa bawat joke niya:
1. Magseset-up ng joke
2. Bibitawan ang punchline sabay guitar riff ng Sweet Child O' Mine
3. "Orayt! Rock en Roll to the world!"
4. Ilalabas ang mga kamay at iikot kung benta talaga ang joke
5. REPEAT

Kagaya ng sinabi ko ukol sa kaniyang consistent na persona, consistent rin ang daloy ng performance ni Ryan Rems. Kapag pinanood ninyo ang lahat ng kaniyang mga videos sa Funny One, mula noong first round hanggang sa semi-finals, consistent ang kaniyang routine.

Hindi ba boring na dapat ito? Dito na naman makikita ang kagalingan ni Ryan Rems kasi kahit na pare-pareho ang daloy ng kaniyang performance, iba-iba parati ang kaniyang mga joke.

Hindi lang sa bawat punchline siya nakakatawa, mayroon parating kasunod na Sweet Child O’ Mine at “orayt! rock en roll to the world!” ang bawat joke. Nakakatawa ang “orayt! rock en roll to the world!” dahil swak ito sa persona niya na rockstar. Ito yung tipong isisigaw ng lead singer pagkatapos ng isang kanta.

Kaya kung tutuusin, dalawa lagi ang binabatong punchline ni Ryan Rems: isa yung sa joke, pangalawa yung tagline niya. Kaya kung ikaw naman ang manonood, kung natawa ka sa punchline ng joke niya, doble ang benta sa iyo pag binitawan niya na ang kaniyang tagline. Ang magaling pa rito, kung hindi man bumenta sa iyo ang joke, may sasalo pa rin na tagline kaya matatawa ka pa rin.

KUNG SUSUMAHIN, ANO ANG AGIMAT NI RYAN REMS?

  • Ang agimat ni Ryan Rems ay ang pagiging CONSISTENT niya. Consistent siya kasi madaling sundan ang kaniyang mga performance at jokes. IN SYNCH rin ang kaniyang itsura sa kaniyang persona at material. PREDICTABLE nga siya kahit papaano kasi alam na alam mong may parating na “orayt! rock en roll to the world!” pagkatapos ng punchline pero matatawa ka pa rin sa kaniya.
  • Good luck Ryan Rems! I-pagpatuloy mo ang nawalang pangarap ni Axl Rose!

“ORAYT! ROCK EN ROLL TO THE WORLD!”

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