doña aguida vs. doña menang…the movie!

When I was still a child, I would spend my late afternoons in the house of my Lola Teray (Nengkoy’s mom).  I can still remember when I would watch with Lola Teray on her black & white TV the soap operas ‘Flor De Luna’ (starring Janice De Belen) and ‘Gulong ng Palad’ (starring Marianne Dela Riva as Luisa).

The villains in these tearjerking and heart wrenching shows are Doña Aguida (for Flor De Luna) and Doña Menang (for Gulong ng Palad).

Doña Aguida is the wicked and merciless step-grandmom of Flor De Luna.  She is the mother of another villain in the show named Jo (but not as bitchy as Aguida, of course).  On the other hand, Doña Menang is the evil and ruthless mother-in-law of Luisa.  She is the mother of Carding, Luisa’s backbone-less husband.

I grew up fearing these two ambitious, hardnosed and pitiless doñas.  Their mere sneer and looks will make you run under your mom’s skirt.  And when they start speaking with curses like "Punyeta Ka!", you would wish the earth will open up and eat you for a while and spit you out when they would walk away.

These two of the greatest villains of Pinoy TV were out to ruin the lives of the main characters.  They actually added flavor, zest and color to the helpless "bidas".

I just wish a movie will be made featuring the cruelty and nastiness of these two doñas outdoing each other.  I wonder who would win… But one thing is for sure, that movie will be a great big hit!

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Nate Berkus… I need your help!

Last Saturday, after their morning badminton game my mom with my 2 sisters suddenly appear in front of my apartment unit doing a surprise visit.  These three ladies did nothing but criticize the way my unit looks, how messed up my room was, and how ugly the whole apartment has been!

Nateberkus One big wish that I have is for Nate Berkus to make-over my apartment unit for free!  That would be the coolest!  It’s free to dream right? So might as well go for the big shot!

Nateberkus2 For those who don’t know Nate Berkus, he is the house and interior designer who frequents the Oprah Show everytime Oprah features a house that needs make-over.  His work were the coolest and super superb!!!  I loved what he did with Eva Longoria’s parents home, Jerry O’Connell’s bachelor pad, Kristie Alley’s mansion and the make-over of the ugliest room in America.

I guess I should start writing Oprah on this matter…

harder life now…?

Poor_3 It makes me wonder… TV interviews of typical and average Pinoys on the street when asked if life is harder today than a couple of years ago would state and say that definitiely life is harder now.

This same Pinoy answer to the same question has been going on ever since TV has been created.

However, if you will think harder, a couple of years ago not all or very few Pinoys own a mobile phone.  This item no matter how helpful it is, is not a basic need compared to food and shelter.  And yet, typical Pinoys own it.  Even the peanut vendor at J. Bocobo corner Orosa in Malate owns a cellphone.

Last month I went to a barber shop in one of the malls in Manila for a haircut.  While my hair was being fixed, I overheard the barbers asking each other on who won the past night’s ‘pusoy dos’  (a pinoy poker card game).  Amazingly, everyone answered they lost!  Everyone laughed when they knew that no one won. One barber say, "ibig nyo sabihin walang nanalo? nasan ang pera? aba’y magic!" ("you mean no one won? where’s the money? that’s magic!")

This barbers’ conversation is soooo Pinoy!  No one wants to present self as someone with better stand in life or at least being positive.

It’s like the sickening TV interviews of typical Pinoys when asked if they were living better now than the past year…

5 things…

Belgian_chocolates At this very moment, the five (5) things that I just want to dissappear from the face of earth are the following:

1.  roderick paulate singing rick astley song, ‘never gonna give you up’

2.  bananas in pajamas (are they still running or they’ve gone rotten?)

3.  fart smell

4.  world hunger

5.  belgian chocolates… because it’s evil!!!!