Why Anne Curtis is a BETTER CHOICE for the MMK transgender role than Jake Zyrus

Fans of the now-male Jake Zyrus, the formerly-female singer formerly known as Charice Pempengco, are up in arms. According to them, he was passed over for a chance to play a transgender role in an episode of the popular TV show Maalaala Mo Kaya (“Would You Remember”) airing this Saturday.

“Why would they not cast a real transman for the role?”

It is a resounding voice exhibiting the now-familiar sense of entitlement the LGBTQ community have become known for. So, yeah, why indeed?

Well, lets step back and regard — with modern thinking — the business of producing television shows, shall we?

Firstly, Anne Curtis is a far more popular celebrity than Jake Zyrus. Second, Curtis is prettier. And, third, Curtis is an actress while Zyrus is a singer. If you were a TV exec, the choice would be crystal clear, wouldn’t it?

Anne Curtis is laughing all the way to the bank.

Recall that straight-as-an-arrow Tom Hanks played the seminal role of a gay guy in the 1993 film Philadelphia. He played the role exceedingly well as only a top-notch actor like Tom Hanks could. In so doing, the film paved the way for the immense attention gay issues attract today. That is thanks to a brilliant actor who happened to be straight being cast for the role of a gay character.

Simple logic right there. Jake Zyrus’s fans should learn how to think with their heads.

Regine Velasquez’s half-assed “apology” does not address the error of the DISINFORMATION she delivered to her fans

First off, the the latest tweet issued by “Asia’s Songbird” Regine Velasquez is yet another one that seems inconsistent with her usual style.

The tweet was written in straight english using almost perfect grammar and articulated in a coherent sentence structure! Someone seems to have taken over the Queen of Philippine Song’s social media operations where relatively complex issues are the topic.

But the more important issue that Velasquez conveniently sidesteps is the matter of the false information she delivered to her legions of followers and fans…

1) Implying Locsin is not very smart. (Guess again.)

2) Claiming that Scarborough shoal is part of Philippine territory. (It isn’t. Ownership is still being disputed. China doesn’t own it either.)

3) Insisting that she is a “simple” person. (She isnt. She is a celebrity.)

It would be better if she apologised for the more important error, one that foremost “thought leaders” keep harping about of late — that of disinformation.

Has someone or someTHING taken over the Twitter account of Regine Velasquez (@reginevalcasid)??

Of late, following a tweet in response to Secretary Teddy Location that went viral, a strange deviation in the quality of the tweets of Filipino singer Regine Velasquez.

Note as follows…

First this

TRESPASS, ENCROACH, INFRINGE, INVADE mean to make inroads upon the property, territory, or rights of another. TRESPASS implies an unwarranted or unlawful intrusion. hunters trespassing on farmland ENCROACH suggests gradual or stealthy entrance upon another’s territory

Then this

or usurpation of another’s rights or possessions. the encroaching settlers displacing the native peoples INFRINGE implies an encroachment clearly violating a right or prerogative. infringing a copyright

And then this

INVADE implies a hostile and injurious entry into the territory or sphere of another. accused of invading their privacy

Hmmmm… “usurpation”, “infringement”, and “encroaching” among other big English words the sorts of which don’t normally form part of the vocabulary of “Asia’s Songbird” have suddenly started appearing on her timeline. Note too the complex and well-constructed sentence structure of the tweets, all in straight English.

Indeed, one wonders who or what is really behind the Twitter handle of Regine Velasquez — one that commands the attention of no less than 2.6 million followers.

The mystery persists.

Regine Velasquez may be the “Queen” of song but she is no queen when it comes to “thought leadership”

Regine Velasquez’s fans need not feel offended since it is not her singing abilities that is being questioned. They should stick to the issues and use facts in their arguments instead of mentioning her celebrity status. I mean why do they keep mentioning she is “the queen” of singing?

What does being a good singer have to do with one’s commentary on politics, for that matter? The fact is, Regine made several false claims in her now-famous tweet

1) Implying Locsin is not very smart. (Guess again.)

2) Claiming that Scarborough shoal is part of Philippine territory. (It isn’t. Ownership is still being disputed. China doesn’t own it either.)

3) Insisting that she is a “simple” person. (She isnt. She is a celebrity.)

Both Regine’s fans and the Yellow community who now rally around her tweet should stick to the facts of the matter.

Leni Robredo insults Filipino soldiers by lauding “brave” Filipino celebrities “fighting” for Filipinos

Yellows are desperately clinging on to any celebrity who criticises the current admin because a lot of the yellow celebrities like Jim Paredes and Kris Aquino who criticised Duterte in the past have been discredited and have lost their clout. Any celebrity will do even if irrational.

The damage being wrought by the Yellows on Philippine society continues because they still encourage Filipinos to seek wisdom from showbiz personalities — a habit that has resulted in a profound intellectual bankruptcy that now grips Philippine society. A recent tweet by “Asia’s Songbird” Regine Velasquez, for example, is now being put up as a rallying point to mobilise support for the flagging hopes for a victory in this year’s elections of the Opposition coalition Otso Diretso.

Indeed, quick to chime in on the celebrity “thought leadership” craze now rippling across Yellowtardom is no less than “vice president” Leni Robredo herself who reportedly “lauded entertainers for speaking up on national issues, such as the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).”

“I’m inspired that there are celebrities who have the courage,” Robredo said in Filipino. “It’s not easy for those who find the courage to speak up because they’re vulnerable to attack. These people are brave for saying what’s on their mind.”

Not only does Robredo contribute to the dumbing down of an entire society by anointing showbiz personalities as its foremost gurus, she sets an astonishingly low bar with regard to notions of what constitutes being “brave”.

Small surprise that Filipinos continue to middle along in mediocrity. Blame their celebrities and “thought leaders” like Robredo for propagating such ululations.

According to @MrFrankBaraan, HOPE in a better Philippines lies in Filipino CELEBRITIES!

In a recent tweet, social media “influencer” Frank Baraan yet again exhibited the very reason why the Philippines continues to fail to progress…

Agot Isidro
Regine Velasquez
Bianca Gonzales
Enchong Dee
Dingdong Dantes

5 Pinoy celeb entertainers, who aren’t actually afraid to speak their minds, to call out greedy politicians & arrogant public officials, & to criticize & challenge a divisive, bloodthirsty despot.

#Salamat

Conveniently forgetting that popular noontime shows like Eat Bulaga and the now-defunct Wowowee franchise of Willie Revillame served to dumb down generations of Filipinos for decades, it seems Baraan applies that all-too-familiar selective activism in his choice of modern-day Filipino heroes.

FALSE INFO tweet of Regine Velasquez (@reginevalcasid) celebrated by Yellow Opposition just because they agree with it

Filipino singer Regine Velasquez recently made waves after responding to a tweet by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teddy Location essentially chiming in on a topic she clearly is not qualified to discuss.

I don’t mind celebrities voicing their opinion about politics and other issues outside of their skill set. What I do mind is their opinion being given more weight just because they are celebrities.

The above statement tweeted by “Asia’s Songbird” got away with baldly false assertions that include…

1) Implying Locsin is not very smart. (Guess again.)

2) Claiming that Scarborough shoal is part of Philippine territory. (It isn’t. Ownership is still being disputed. China doesn’t own it either.)

3) Insisting that she is a “simple” person. (She isnt. She is a celebrity.)

Perhaps, referring to that last point, she meant simpleton.

Just the same, three counts of false information in a single tweet. And yet Regine Velasquez — because she is a celebrity and because she literally parrots the Yellow narrative — is given a pass with fanfare.

The Yellow Opposition routinely apply a double standard when they call out — or cheer on — celebrities who issue poltical statements. If it is favourable to their narrative, they are “heroes”. If, on the other hand, they make statements disagreeable to the Yellow “cause” they are demonised as shills who have “no right” to be engaging in political partisanism.

Selective. Yellow. True colours shine through no matter the disguise.

Video of Kris Aquino responding to Nicko Falcis allegations: NAKAKABOBO!

Good thing there is a write up about Kris Aquino’s statement versus Nicko Falcis’s accusations. I tried to watch her video, but I felt like my brains cells were slowly dying the longer I watched it. I just had to stop after two minutes. She really thinks she’s cute and adorable to look at and listen to.

At the beginning of the video, Kris kept asking her alipores “Are we live? Are we live?” They kept saying yes, but she kept faking being surprised. For someone who’s been in showbiz since she was a teen, she was acting like an amateur. It’s obvious she was faking her responses.

Kris was also bragging about how close her family is and how they are there for each other. She made it sound like they are the best family one can ever have. Yeah, right! If their relationship is that good, why does she keep getting in trouble? They can’t fix her arrogance.

Kris kept saying she is dying. It’s so bizarre someone would say that. Perhaps this is her way of helping the Liberal Party members get voted in the coming mid-term elections.

The Aquino family is simply a dysfunctional family. The Addams family looks normal compared to them. The Aquinos only have their money to brag about, but they have no redeeming qualities. No wonder Noynoy and Kris are incapable of having relationships outside of their circle.

Kris Aquino neither confirms nor denies that she issued death threats against Nicko Falcis following #PABoost revelations!

As of this writing, this report published by ABS-CBN News provides the most recent information about a position the Crazy Rich One has taken on the matter of her falling out with her business manager Nicko Falcis.

This follows brouhaha over her former friend Gretchen Barretto taking the side of Falcis on that matter. Aquino, however, merely sidesteps the issue and, true to form, defers to her illustrious pedigree…

In this issue, I shall choose to look back on the year 1986. Gretchen may dislike me now, but she campaigned for my mom against the Marcoses. Dedma na sa pagtingin niya sa akin

You didn’t answer the questions ma’am.

Neither do the armies of bottom-feeding social media “influencers” whose shrill voices once filled the Net’s political discourse.

Is the Philippine movie industry capable of improving its products?

Sure there are good Filipino films that attract the attention of quirky art awards bodies every now and then. But why are the hits confined to low-brow downright crappy flicks that cast the likes of Vice Ganda, Vic Sotto, and Kris Aquino? The key lies in the Filipino audience.

Filipinos don’t like to think. Therefore every nuance of plot, every dimension of a punchline, every reference to a cultural artefact needs to be spelt out explicitly. There is no leaving it to the audience’s imagination in Philippine movie-making. Humour needs to be slapstick, drama needs to be cheesy, and action needs to be exaggerated. The alternative is to leave your audience scratching their heads.

This does not leave much to creative writers to work with. Like children’s books that require lots of pictures to make sense to their readers, creatives are hamstrung by their Filipino audience’s narrow attention spans. And this is why Filipino films suck — because they spoonfeed their viewers.