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Philippine Jolibee commercials

Hi !  Renxkyoko Iglesias here .

 

To be honest, I don’t know where to start.

 

Okay, so last Saturday,  I was watching some Philippine stuff on You Tube when I came across  another Jolibee commercial, this time for Mother’s Day. I don’t know if you’ve seen the Jolibee Valentine commercial called DATE that I posted in February.  Hold it right there, Ren, what’s a freakin’ Jolibee ?  Well, Jolibee is the largest fast food chain in the Philippines. (  there are Jolibee franchises already here in the US, there are 2 where I live ).  If you haven’t seen it, here it is.  Those who have seen it, I hope  you still remember that particular  commercial ( I posted a series of 3 commercials )

 

Then last Saturday, I saw this, a Jolibee commercial for Mother’s Day  (   You need to watch both , otherwise, this post is pretty pointless. )

 

 

Just a question for my Filipino readers……. are all commercials in the Philippines like these ?  This is  a  fast food chain that sells fried chicken and hamburgers  and targets human emotions in the most profound way. Kind of weird.

 

After watching this most recent Jolibee commercial,  I had a sudden craving for  Jollibee burgers and fried chicken , and invited my parents to a Jolibee lunch,  my treat, of course.

 

Then at Jolibee, I saw this.

 

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On my post, Philippine Blood Soup,  I tackled the Filipinos’ love affair with  corned beef, potatoes and cabbage,  very Irish , and so not typically Asian.  Even here in the US, we  eat that for breakfast , with rice and egg, or corned beef sandwich, or corned beef stew with potatoes and cabbage for dinner.  So, can you see the Jolibee menu of corned beef breakfast with fried rice and egg  and corned beef sandwich on the menu panel ? ( You can also see breakfast hotdogs with fried rice and egg ). These are typical Filipino breakfasts.  Is that weird ? Hotdogs with fried rice and egg ? Or bacon.  Guys, you should try this.

 

Our  lunch at Jolibee.

 

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We had ” pancit palabok ” ( noodles with shrimp sauce), a bucket of ChickenJoy, with gravy, Aloha burger, and Mango Peach Pie.

 

This is all for now. Thank you for reading.

 

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I have a new entry titled , Notice Me, Senpai,. It’s about clichés in Japanese shoujo romance genre.

 

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Philippine culture, part 2

Renxyoko Iglesias here, hello ! !

 

Here are some random Philippine habits, quirks, bits and pieces of culture and tradition that a tourist, like my friend @Ste J, may or may not encounter in the Philippines.

But before that, here’s something nice to watch.

 

 

Did you watch it ?  Of course,  I have to admit  there’s poverty all over, especially in urban areas ,  but Filipinos are consistently on the list of the happiest people on earth, despite the natural disasters that come their way,  year in and year out.(  off the chart typhoons, their current  president, earthquakes, volcano eruptions ….. Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991 was the biggest in the 20th century….. it caused the lowering of the earth’s temperature by at least 1 degree )  They say Filipinos eat disasters for breakfast, and no matter what happens, they just shrug them off. This is because of their ” Bahala na ”  attitude, which means, roughly, ” That’s the way it is, so live life to the fullest. ”  The exact translation is ” Whatever “, accompanied by shrugging of shoulders.  I’ve heard some Filipino friends say ” Bahala na si Batman. ” meaning, ” Whatever, Batman’s got my back. ”

 

In a crowd, Filipinos respond to ” Oy ! ! ”   ( Huh ? Who’s calling me ? )  Oy ! Comusta ! !  (  Hey, how are you ? ) However, Filipinos don’t say ” oy ” to older people.  That’s very disrespectful.

 

When Filipinos speak to older people, their language is interspersed with ” po  ”  or ” opo ” ( yes ).  It’s a sign of respect. However, the use of  po is nuanced.  Some people will not appreciate hearing ” po ” when, say,  a 25 year old person is speaking to a 30 year old woman . It’s like , ” Oh, noooooo !   She’s saying ” po” to me ! I’m getting olddddddd ! ! !”  Still…. it’s unimaginable for a Filipino to not say ” po ” to a …. okay, much older person. It’s okay, though,  for a 7- year old kid to say   ” po” to a 15 year old teenager ….. I think  ?

 

Filipinos are party animals…… and every Filipino household owns a karaoke. ( Videoke now ) We own a Magic Mic here at home, and my mother’s planning to update it to a videoke  soon. Yay ! ! I can now  sing my heart out . And yes,  Filipinos love fiestas!

 

Just like other Asians, Filipinos are big on honorifics.  I call my older sister ” Ate “,(pronounced Ah-teh,) meaning older sister, and my older brother,  Kuya (  pronounced Koo-yah, meaning , older brother ) .  Ate  Jennie,  Kuya Benjie, or just plain Ate and Kuya, unless one has other older siblings, then they have to add their names.

 

And this is where Filipinos differ from other Asians……… how they greet  each other.   Filipinos sometimes greet each other ( usually men ) by tossing their heads upwards. Oy, ‘  Pare,  comusta. ( ‘ Pare is short for Spanish word Compadre, meaning, pal/buddy), then a handshake, and a pat on the back.  Filipino women greet each other and relatives , male and female alike, with a hug and kiss on the cheek, sometimes, both cheeks. The term is beso- beso. Beso means kiss in Spanish, I think ?  Greetings are  boisterous. When we had a reunion in the Philippines, I think I hugged and kissed a hundred relatives and guests in one day. The kissing and hugging are repeated when they say  their goodbyes.    It is, indeed,  a touch culture. By the way, Filipinos greet their elders  by touching their elder’s hand to their foreheads, and saying, ” Mano po, Lola” ( grandma  or Lolo, grandpa) Mano means hand in Spanish.

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Got the image from the Internet. Whoever owns this, please don’t sue me. T.T

 

They call Restrooms/toilets in the Philippines, CR. ( Comfort Room )  ” Excuse me, Miss, where’s the CR ?”  @ Ste J, remember this. ^___^

 

This is all for now. Another one coming right up..

 

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My 2016 Christmas Post

Renxkyoko Iglesias here, hello !

 

First off, I would to greet  everyone  a Happy Christmas ( to Christians ) and  Happy Holidays ! ( to non – Christians ).

 

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Whoa ! !   Sorry it’s  a huge photo…. can’t make it small, for some reason.

I think my mind hit a brick wall. The greetings above has been sitting in my draft folder for 3 days now,  but I still cannot think  what else about Christmas that I can write about.  Anyway, I ‘ve been reading about how other countries celebrate Christmas. I was surprised that even non-Christian countries like  Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Singapore have  their business establishments ( malls, etc ) all bedecked with Christmas holiday decorations.

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I do not begrudge them the excellent business they’ll get  from people that do celebrate Christmas. I am, in fact, glad  that this Christmas holiday tradition is not banned in their countries, unlike in some countries  the names of which  I shall  not mention.  Be that as it may,  I feel a bit sad  that the real meaning of Christmas  is deeply buried in the murky sea  of   commercialism.

 

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For some reason, Christmas always reminds me of the   ” The Little Match Girl. ”   I seriously want to erase this off my mind.

 

So, how does a family of Filipino- Americans  celebrate Christmas ?

 

We try to keep the Filipino tradition  close to our hearts.  We attend the Midnight Mass on Dec. 24 and  partake of the Noche Buena ( Midnight dinner ) after Mass.

 

Below are my folks going to Midnight Mass last year.

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It is a pity that our Christmas Star is gone now, a victim of winter storm years ago..  The Christmas star Filipinos call parol  ( Star of Bethlehem ) is an iconic symbol  of Christmas  in and unique to the Philippines. Every house has one hanging on their windows.  Check out the holiday décor in the first photo. I ‘m 100% sure a Filipino designed that. You can see Christmas stars  hanging from the ceiling. And why am I sure it is a Filipino? Well, there are millions of Filipinos working in the Middle East. They say business in the Middle East will stop if all the Filipino workers will stop working even for one day. Those who have been to the Middle East, especially Dubai, know that. About a quarter of the Philippines’ GNP come from OFWs. ( Overseas Filipino Workers )

But I digress.

 

Parol vendor below.

 

I think  I need to write about the Philippines ‘ unique  Christmas tradition  on my next post, hopefully just before Cjristmas  Day., fyi.

 

This is all for now folks.

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Again,  a Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays Peace and Goodwill to all !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Blogger Award, Part 2…. and Philippine mythology

Renxkyoko Iglesias here, hello there ! !

 

First off, I would like to thank Nayana Nair  for giving me an award, The Mystery Blogger Award. However, I have to forego  the rules and  just answer Nayana Nair‘s food- for -thought questions. So, without further ado……

 

a)  What is your current favorite song ?     I’m old school,  old soul.  To me, music is melody. I don’t pay attention to lyrics. Do the classics have lyrics?  Beautiful sound and melody give me goosebumps, and this may sound corny and emo, but listening to good music  makes me a bit teary-eyed, sometimes.  Even the current rock and pop songs have nothing on the old classic rock.  * sings *  Wake me up, before you go, go , la la la la…

 

I do like Justin Bieber’s.

 

b)  Most rude you have ever been ?  I don’t think I have  been rude  intentionally . I believe I am a nice, pleasant person, careful with words, mindful of manners, courteous, and  very polite ( My mother calls me todo pasa ). In other words, I’m perfect. Take that to mean as repressed. That’s why , I explode.

 

c)    One silly superstition that you actually believed in as a child ?  Two, actually….. the existence of duendes (  leprechauns , goblins ) and aswangs. (  shape shifters that eat  human livers and fetuses of pregnant women ). Those little mounds of dirt and soil ( anthills ? ) are supposedly the duendes’ abodes. Pass by their homes without asking permission and ignore them,  you do that at your own peril. Common punishment is explosive diarrhea.

About the aswangs……. they are humans by day and monsters at night, like our cousin , Violeta,  a very pretty lass from Aklan and Capiz (  two places in the Philippines where most aswangs live,  and where my  maternal grandparents came from , ahem )….. uhm ,  about Violeta ….. she had to move to another place to  escape  the nasty rumours about her,  which my mother suspected were spread by rejected suitors. Nevertheless, my grandparents wouldn’t eat anything that came from Violeta’s family.

 

I was watching one of these British crime series, and in one episode,  the detectives talked about  aswangs very casually. The people in a small, remote English village believed  the ” killings ‘ were perpetrated by aswangs.

One form of aswang is a human that can separate his/ her torso from the rest of the body and fly.

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When I was a  kid living in the Philippines, aswangs did terrify me.

 

d)  One word that you use most in your conversation ?  I guess, ” really ” ?

 

e)  What is one good thing and a bad thing about getting awards ?   Good thing……  it’s a blog post.  Bad thing…….. I don’t have time to acknowledge  all the awards that I get. Sorry !  I’m trying to rectify this, hence, this post.

 

This is all for now. Thank you for reading folks. I hope you find this post interesting.

 

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Anime /Cartoon outsourcing and Philippine culture

Hi, Renxkyoko Iglesias here, reporting for duty.

Actually, this blog post is just a reblog of the  latest entry on my anime/ manga blogsite  HERE.  I deem it appropriate, as well, to be posted here on my anything – goes- blog . After all, anything goes here, right ? Well, this is about  FYI  animation business in the Philippines and the Philippines’  comics culture..  So without further ado……..

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I have so much swirling on my mind that I don’t know which  one to tackle first…….. Persona 4, the anime, or Chivalry of the Failed Knight ( which I like ),  or maybe  some thoughts on  outsourcing of anime and cartoons from Japan and USA to  other Asian countries. On second thought,  I guess  I’d write a bit about  this outsourcing stuff, and Chivalry of the Failed Knight, that is,  if  I don’t get to write too much on the subject of outsourcing, which is a delicate matter for Americans……. This issue of outsourcing has ,  in fact,  become a contentious  subject   among political candidates here in the US. These overseas companies are taking jobs away from Americans. To be honest, I believe that, too. Ninety percent  of American cartoons are already produced in Asia, particularly in the Philippines,  where Warner Bros. for example has set up a full-pledge animation studio,  Toei, as well, ( Toei Japan is already based in the Philippines ), , Cartoon Network, Hanna Barbera ( almost 100%  developed in the Philippines… Flintstones, Yogi Bear, etc,  are made entirely in the Philippines, since the early 80’s   ), Nickelodeon,  Marvel, Universal Studious , and yes, Disney.

Marvel has  so many Filipino illustrators in the US that  they were allowed to create their own  Filipino  mutant ( or woman ) . Do you know that girl who can pass thru walls ?  And there’s this  big-muscled  brown supposedly Asian mutant   with a Hispanic name …. yep, they are Filipinos ( but not popular, teehee ). Oh, and Wolverine’s illustrator is a Filipino.

If the trend  continuous, the Philippines may well become the cartoon capital of the world, according to business insiders.   American animation companies, though, have been doing this in secret, and that’s  quite understandable, given the situation here in the US.  This has been going on since the early ’80’s.  So guys,  you may not like it, but  Sailor Moon,  One Piece, Slam Dunk, DigiMon,  Dragon Ball, to name a few,  are made in the Philippines, since the early 80’s. 101 Dalmatians, Tom and Jerry, Little Mermaid ( the TV series)  Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear,  to name a few,  are made in the Philippines, as well, QUIETLY  and SECRETLY.  However, Filipino illustrators are now clamoring to be recognized in the credits.

So, why do they outsource  it to the Philippines, particulary  from American animation studios ?  1.  Besides the obvious one, ( the cost is cut in half ), 2.  Filipinos understand Western sense of humor perfectly,  and the nuances of the English language.  The Philippines was a US colony for 50 years,  and that’s why Filipinos  get it. And thirdly,  and this is most important, ( and sad, in my opinion )  comics has been a part of Filipino culture  since the early 1900’s.  I’m guessing this is an American influence on the Filipinos’ consciousness.  The Philippines had been publishing  comics since the early 20’s  (  the most famous  character since 1926  was  Kenkoy, and his everyday life as a Filipino teenager in the 20’s ) , and since then, comics had proliferated.    The Philipines, in fact,   has been reading manga – like  stories  earlier than  Japan. Some illustrated serials lasted years  , and   were avidly and eagerly followed  on a weekly basis.   The popularity of comics ( komiks )  was so widespread  that the Philippines became  one of the biggest publishers of comics magazines in the world ( second to the US ), pre 1990, after which it waned., and I assume,  Japan  took over with their mangas.

The illustration below is that of  Filipino wonder woman DARNA, originally  named Varga  when it was first published in 1939, then morphed into Darna   in 1947.

Varga in 1939,  wearing a modest super woman costume

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then as Darna, in 1947,  in a nice bikini.

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Come to think of it, Darna is sexier than American  Wonder Woman. Why ? Look at the bottom bikini, It’s high cut, ha ha.  Varga ‘s costume to Darna’s… you’ve come a long way, baby.  Even in current standard, that costume it’s on the risqué side, don’t you think so ?  By the way,  Varga  came out much earlier than  American Wonder Woman. In other words,  a Filipino woman’s place in Philippine culture was not typical of that era, especially in Asia. Philippine society is , in fact, matriarchal.

But  here’s a superhero copycat,  the Philippines’  version of Captain America. (  Captain Barbell ! !) Oh, before I forget, the Darna and above photos are courtesy of Wikipedia. Captain Barbell’s is from  ernee’s corner 

Here’s the thing…… I’m not saying Filipinos have comics mentality.  Comics that time  was a very cheap form of entertainment for poor Filipinos.  Farmers taking a break from back-breaking work  would seat under a tree  and read. There was no TV ,  and no cinema in remote farming towns.

Well, this is all for now, folks.  I hope you find this educational.  Oh, and please don’t hate on the Filipino illustrators.  The meager salary  is enough to feed  a family and send  children to school. * sings * We are the world, we are the children… la la la.  Bye and thank you for reading.

 

 

I’ll Just Sing. Philippine Music 101, Part 1

Hello. Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

I’ve been reflecting on what I wrote on my previous post. Am I regretting it ?  No, not at all.  I needed to vent…. either that, or I’d  burn my computer table. j/k   No more  political rant, okay ? Promise. I’ll just sing ! ! !

First things first…. A MILLION THANKS TO THE MY DEAR READERS WHO HAD GIVEN SUGGESTIONS  ON HOW TO POST  VIDEOS HERE ! ! YOU ‘RE AWESOME !  WHOOH ! 

Now  make it worth my agony and distress by clicking the videos.  Ha ha ha !  C’mon. ~_~ You will click them, right ?

Anyway, I’ve been watching  some Philippine music videos on YouTube and find them so interesting  I feel I need to write about it, and I’m going to call this Philippine Music 101.  Let me tell you though,  there’s no such thing as Filipino “language”.  Tagalog has been designated as the official national language, but the truth is, it’s only one of the many dialects  Filipinos speak. What’s so fascinating about this is, Filipinos speak  dialects that are  , shall I say,  as different  as Greek  from Italian.  I can understand Tagalog, which is the lingua franca in Manila, the capital of the Philippines,  but the dialect spoken in Pampanga,  a province that is just less than a hundred miles from Manila,  is like Greek to me.

Now, some of the music videos I saw on YouTube are sung in different dialects, but they have become my favorite songs to sing nowadays, even though I don’t understand the language.

Here’s a sample  of a Tagalog song,  sung by an American  .  The facial expressions of the guy in black shirt are perfectly attuned to the lyrics, as if he understands  the words. lol   ( I’ve memorized the lyrics myself ) The accent  is okay, except that ” t ” sound which we Americans pronounce as  ” ts”  ( sort of )  The song is IKAW  ( You ).  Loving this song. (  sounds karaokish to me,though. he he ) Listen to all the songs here  full volume to appreciate them more.

This  next one is a favorite. I don’t understand the lyrics. The dialect is Chavacano, (  ” bastardized “Spanish )  spoken in Mindanao, the second biggest island in the Philippines .  The title is Porque (  Because ? ) Loving this, too. I’ve memorized the lyrics and singing it as I’m typing here. The girl singing is Filipina, the guy is American. You know what  ,  the girl kinda looks like me.  * scratches head *   ( But then , people of  same race do look alike, ha ha ha )

Though the Philippines is in Southeast Asia, the culture is very distinctive , even in music.  I’m sure it’s the influence of 333 years of Spanish rule . The sound is definitely very different compared to say,  Chinese  sound or Indian sound.

Here’s another old, old Tagalog song, sung again by  an American choir. I saw more than a dozen of this song sung by American choirs. Dahil  Sa ‘Yo (  Because of You )

Perfect accent guys. (  except  that explosion of t’s , he he )

Next is an ancient Philippine folk song in Waray dialect.  This is sung by a Russian choir. If there’s a Russian reader here,  don’t hate me, but this is an awful version.  I think they lost control of the song. LOL !  Cringe -worthy, but fun to listen to.  The title is Waray, waray.  Filipinos who live in that region are called warays,  and it’s sung by a woman  who says waray women are tough as men  and  can fight to the death , who cares what happens, and so what if we look like thugs ,our   kisses are as sweet as wine.

The next is  another ancient Philippine folk song,  Ayayay, O,  Pag-ibig (  Ayayay, Oh, Love ) sung by a German Choir . Okay, at the end of the song, the all-male German choir  raised their hands and said  HEY… and I was like , O_O, (  I thought I heard Heil !  Sorry, sorry,  just kidding !!!!!   ) but that’s the way it’s sung, actually….. at the end of the song,  Filipinos raise their hands too, and  say ‘  Hey ! ”

 

Here’s another version of Ayayay sung by a Korean choir,  and listen up to the end. It’s a nicer version. Seriously.

It does seem choirs all over the world like to sing  Filipino songs, especially  ancient folk songs, because , I guess, the melodies are catchy and choir material ?  There’s this song Rosas Pandan  that has been sung by  literally hundreds of choirs all over the world, like, it’s supposed to be part of their repertoire.  If you’re a choir, you have to sing this.

Here’s another version by grown – ups.

Russian choir not far behind.

This is all for now. I’ll have a Part 2 next time.

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Amusing Musings

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Hi there !

Okay, I’m sure you’ve heard  of  this Miss Universe fiasco already.  I’m surprised  the media had taken notice of this  inane and anachronistic  event  * sings and dances *  I feel pretty , oh so pretty, I feel pretty, and witty and gay,  And I pity any  girl who isn’t me today, lalala….,  but  hey,  we do need to lighten up, right ? Well, I have to be honest and say it got me interested , too, because,  *  cough , cough * the new Ms.U  is from the Philippines.  Not that it’s such an earth- shaking event  to me, or to the Philippines,  for that matter. After all,   she’s  now the Philippines’ 4th Ms. Universe.  The Philippines has been winning  at most of  these international beauty pageants, big and small… in fact, some  complain that  it seems   Ms. Phil is automatically included in top 10, top 5 , or the runner -up.

So what exactly was the brouhaha all about ?  The host, Steve Harvey announced the wrong  girl, Ms. Columbia. They handed her the bouquet of flowers, placed the crown on her head, she started waving, then Boom !  You ain’t the winner, Ms.  It’s Ms. Philippines.  Wait, what, waaaaaaa !   Yikes !  Stupid host…..

You’d think the Phiippines would  feel  pretty blasé about this  kind of thing already, right ? .  Well……. no, not really . I’m sure they’re jumping for joy.   Filipinos love beauty pageants. There’s this Miss Barrio San Jose,  Ms.  Del Monte Street,  Ms. Boracay, Ms. Manila…. yep, there’s a Miss for every freakin’ occasion and place.  Oh, there’s a Miss  Gay Philippines, too.  Do you know  the Philippines is among the top 10 most accepting, gay -friendly countries  in the world ?  # 9, but would rank higher  if the strict Catholic country would allow same- sex marriage.” Oh, you’re gay ?  Let’s open a beauty parlor.  ”  Aunty,  not all gays go into beauty business.  I’m in college and majoring in Computer Science. Perish that stereo type. ”  This dialogue really happened.

So, where was I…….

By the way,  the very first Miss Philippines was my mother’s aunt.

I also need to mention my new Manga/Anime blogsite  Here.

This is also one of those posts that I wish I hadn’t written, ha ha…. Better get this published pronto before I change my mind.

This is all for now.  Happy Holidays to you all, and Merry Christmas.