(UPDATE AUGUST 16, 2015: It is best to start the series with SCANDAL!!! PART 2 because we started laying out the documentary evidence there, we have a little introduction there too to orient you what the scandals are all about. Only then is it advised to read Part 1 in order to get a clearer picture of the whole context of the scandals. I wrote Part 1 when I was still beginning to collate the evidence, and I was still trying to piece the whole picture. This series traces the misadventures of Pinoy teen films from Latin America to the Russian Post-Soviet space, where they became the darlings of the pirate , & soon of the legit world (with the hit run of "Forevermore" in Kazakhstan). We mark with documentary evidence our investigatory passage. )
I documented a very sinister act against the hit Pinoy teen films which just recently captivated the Asiatic film fanatic communities throughout the world. This is the story how they were sabotaged.
If you have read it before, I suggest read it again, including the comments. I'm learning a lot from the lively & intelligent discussion & I'm editing and improving the original almost by the day as a result.
UPDATE: So, who do I think was responsible?
(NOTE: I originally published this post on March 4, 2015 but it will remain our top post for a while)
The Asian film fanatic scene can be amusing. We know it is mostly an operation to promote a certain "THE Asian" phenotype- the Northern Mongoloid type, more specifically- and the distribution of free Asian movies online has been used to entice unsuspecting audience for more than a decade for that obvious main purpose. The Philippines, with one of the biggest entertainment industries in the world, was only included a few years ago, albeit irregularly & far-in-between (others have 400 movies while the Philippines have little more than ten in some sites). Definitely, just to present an Asian facet to pretend the appearance of inclusion but recent developments confirmed they merely wanted it to be peripheral and not allowed to steal the limelight. And there lies the rub, Pinoy teen flicks became very hot among the young demographic group, the lifeblood and main target of these sites. Something happened that confirmed a sinister hand won't allow the non-Mongoloid Pinoy to shine. Very racist but it's the state of things (though thankfully, the racist can't claim he's more beautiful or he'll be laughed at at his face).
After more than a decade of promotions, the Northern Mongoloid look should have been popular by now, but it seems, it hasn't caught on yet: nobody still aspires to undergo Reverse Blepharoplasty (Voluntary Eye Slits), but the opposite, Blepharoplasty (eyefold surgery), has become big business indeed instead. Meanwhile, only a few know Pinoys look a lot like everybody else in the world, a true melting pot.
Then "Diary ng Panget" was released last year, and suddenly it became very hot among Asian film fanatics from Eastern Europe to Latin America. Only a few independent blogs promoted it at first but the word quickly spread among the communities. It became so viral the fanatics themselves forced the issue ... and it became obvious, the Pinoy was meant to be just a symbolic representation, not the inadvertent hit than can steal the limelight.
We can say now that in their eyes, a hit Pinoy film can become dangerous: here's a film with beautiful non-Mongoloid Asian actors like James Reid and Andre Paras who immediately captured the interest of the mostly girl audience and that can destroy everything in their delusional pretensions.
On January 1, "She's Dating The Gangster" was featured, it was again a hit, and another cute non-Mongoloid Asian in the person of Daniel Padilla immediately enthralled everybody, consolidating the new-found fascination for Pinoy films. And by that time, the Jadine & Kathniel love teams of the Philippines became buzzwords. Questions were started to be asked why so few Filipino features were shown? Many actually were vocal in expressing they were tired of only watching "Korean, Japanese or Chinese" films and found the new Pinoy films as welcome relief... and more to their liking (Pinoy culture is similar to theirs because of shared history & traditions, something that can't be said of other Asians which after more than a decade of propaganda are still alien to them).
It appears now that the new developments were taken as a threat by some shadow players. Suddenly, there was an apparent clampdown and it was very blatant in Spanish-speaking websites (in Eastern Europe, they were a harder breed, they posted the trailers of the films they wanted to see in lieu of the actual films which never appear & they were vocal in questioning why so few Pinoy films were being translated). In Russia, the fans have actually started calling the Philippines the другая азия- the other Asia- and they connected things from there. They easily understood the real mechanics of things...
Needless to say, something became apparent. It was at this point that my attention was called by my Spanish friend who has been asking questions himself for some time (I was not interested in Asian films before so I ignored the sites). He knew the films were free and the sites were sponsored by unknown Asian interests so nobody was in a position to complain. He guessed it as much that it was a promo for the Mongoloid countries. But everybody should be free to ask questions.
1. In a Spanish online site for Asian film fanatics, Cineasiaenlinea.com, by late February, the two Pinoy teen films had the most enthusiastic commentaries: by February 25, "Diary ng Panget" had 74 commentaries & 15 Google Plus referrals while "She's Dating The Gangster" had 63 commentaries & 24 Google Plus referrals ( I monitored and copied them because I was planning to write an article on how the films were being accepted relative to the other Asian offerings, but alas, they got deleted instead). Most of the other Asian films had comparatively more tepid reception. But interestingly, all these glowing comments would disappear- deleted- by March. Really puzzling, I'll talk about this later.
2. Then I noticed, when somebody requested the other movie of the Jadine love team, "Talk Back and You're Dead", the comment would suddenly disappear. Obviously intentionally deleted. Why do they even hide it was being requested ?
3. "Talk Back and You're Dead" was never subtitled in Spanish despite the insistent clamor (links to English-subtitled copies were even provided, to no avail), and while it was available in Portuguese , "She's Dating The Gangster" never appeared in Portuguese despite the many requests (by this time, the fans started accessing the Filipino blogosphere which, unlike the Mongoloid countries, is easily understood because it is in English so they knew what they were missing). It was apparent there were sudden "containment measures" being done against the hit Pinoy teen films, and as international fans started invading the Pinoy fandom itself, they started clamoring for translations for particular films as soon as they returned to their local fanatic sites and somebody in the shadows panicked.
4. Then the counterattack came in two steps:
a) instead of featuring the requested movies like "Talk Back", etc. , a film of Kim Chu, "Bride for Rent", was featured instead in late February, and curiously, there was an apparent effort to generate interest on Kim Chu by obvious planted comments (but to add to the hilarity: comments would appear extolling the elder characters instead (the elders like Pilita Corrales). You can see the original intention of Mongoloid promotion here using a Filipina Mongoloid type to arrest the interest generated by the Pinoy teen films that featured other Pinoy phenotypes which proved to be very popular and very acceptable. Hilariously, Xian Lim, the leading man in "Bride for Rent" has the eyes of his Spanish Mestiza mother and is not even chinito, though they are singing about his being chinito in the film. I have smaller eyes than him but never was I mistaken for being a Chinese-Filipino. (Xian Lim is a tornatra , why not just promote him as Pinoy with the regular Pinoy tornatra eyes? Who would be stupid enough to think he's representative of the Chinese-Filipino especially when his grandmother in the film is Pilita Corrales?)
b) Then came the most amazing thing: all the glowing Comments in "Diary ng Panget" & "She's Dating The Gangster" were deleted. The films were still there though, so it appeared they just wanted to erase the record of the popularity of the films . Why? What for? THIS ACT BETRAYED ALL THEIR HIDDEN MOTIVES (They wanted to make it appear on record it was the Pinoy film with Mongoloid stars which was being bowled over, though as of March 4, "She's Dating The Gangster", which has been released since January 1 yet, has already regained 11 comments in two days, equalling the week run of the other newly-released Pinoy film which is desperately being hyped over the other two. Meanwhile, Diary Ng Panget, which was released last year, was buried inside, hidden. )
UPDATE: I was informed by my Spanish friend an informer told him that they also tried to blunt the effect of the Pinoy teen films by re-releasing old hit South Korean adolescent film "My Sassy Girl" but it didn't even create a ripple, practically ignored now that the young girls have seen the handsome Pinoy teen idols).
The question is: why all the negative maneuvers? The Philippines is a melting pot which welcome all the races and even celebrate the mixing of races which make its people beautiful... but, OMG, is it perceived as threat?
But this hand in the shadows is not only visible internationally, it's also visible in the Philippines itself. I am becoming curious about the role designed for Kim Chu in the scheme of things. My friends have always noted that initially, before the trick was checked with the win of James Reid in 2010, a Mongoloid would almost always win in Philippine reality contests with electronic voting. That was the entry of Kim Chu & many others not normally accepted by the usual routes. It was very obvious there was a campaign to promote that Northeastern Oriental look, not only in the Philippines. Though similar efforts in our neighbors produced unexpected results. Thailand is presumed to be part of the Mongoloid zone (it is a virtual captive zone because though the Thai countryside is typical Southeast Asian, the country's self-image is that of its ruling Mongoloid class) and this country, which was never colonized by a Western power, actually started becoming like the Philippines: almost all the big stars of Thailand started becoming Euro-hybrids with European names and Thai films actually started looking like one with Pinoy main stars with a Thai-Southern Chinese hybrid supporting cast. With the upsurge of European tourism, the number of luk khreungs (hybrids) in Thailand skyrocketed presenting a latter-day challenge to its entrenched Mongoloid self-image. Was the arrival of another standard of beauty awakening it to its real self-image? So while there is a current ridiculous attempt to turn the Philippines into a captive Mongoloid zone like Thailand through the subterfuge of Diversity, Thailand seems to be awakening. Was this development a projection reaction to some unwanted pressure within Thai culture itself? I tend to think so because same thing was happening in Indonesia, a proud country which expelled almost all its Dutch hybrids after independence, but suddenly many of its stars became "blasteran"- Euro hybrids- too, just as Indonesian Chinese stars like Agnes Monica, etc. emerged in their landscape. Cause & effect, or coincidence?
The message seems to be that if somebody wants to impose a foreign self-image which is not even globally accepted as pretty, why not chose another foreign standard which is at least really pretty? The Philippines, with its prodigious racial mixing, has always been pretty (prettier than its neighbors, actually) & it has no need to lower its standards.
In the Philippines, Kris Aquino became the visible rah-rah girl for this venture but her efforts ultimately didn't pay for her as it's obvious (clearer as she entered middle-age), nothing much has changed in the standards. Neither is her protege Kim Chu faring better as her leading men find ways to not permanently be stuck with her. And it is here where things get hilarious. For some reason, a few years back, PEP's YES mag of supposedly liberal Jo-Ann Maglipon, suddenly declared Kim Chu the most beautiful actress in the Philippines, but nobody really took it seriously because it was so preposterous (this is the first "most beautiful" actress that even the Chinese Filipino lotharios don't bowl over). We actually laughed, including my Chinoy friends, when we chanced upon the news. It was obvious there was a pretentious campaign going on but I suppose it didn't become an issue because it felt ridiculous even then. We already had lessons from the South Koreans. Their Plastic Surgical skills nearly fooled everybody at first. Those were the years when the Pinoys were confused by what they saw on TV: perfect noses and not slanted eyes. Even Chinoys started doubting if some Mongoloids were better-looking than them. Then real South Koreans started immigrating heavily into the country, and presto, the realization was quick that reality was entirely different. That makes the current campaign ridiculous because there is a Chinoy in every block and not everybody bothers to take plastic surgery.
This useless kind of politics is an exercise in futility actually. Especially now that the standard in East Asia is the multiracial Pinoy look. The Asians are converging in their looks and it is becoming more Pinoy: the North has discovered Eyelid surgery & the South has discovered skin whitening. Look at the TV in Northern Asia and you barely see slanted eyes on the big stars. Be it in China, Japan or South Korea, plastic surgery has made sure everybody is looking like a full-fledged Pinoy loaded with Glutathione. Fixing eyelids has become compulsory (as defense, they emphasize so much the alleged dark color of Malay Filipinos, insisting being Pinoy is an ethnicity so they can conveniently forget that the Pinoy is actually a nationality with a spectrum of colors and that there are many Pinoys whiter than them). Besides, skin color is an outdated issue, you can now choose to become white whenever you want to , thanks to Glutathione and other wonder drugs. Same with the eyes, you can choose to fix your eyelids anytime. So while everybody tries to look Pinoy, why should Pinoys be expected to glorify other people's surgically remedied eyelids?
Unlike other Southeast Asian countries, the Chinese in the Philippines, are the most integrated. No pogroms against them in our history from other Asians. In fact, probably nearly a fourth of the Filipinos have Chinese blood. But I doubt the Chinese mestizos would be happier if they had slanted eyes, (I myself have Chinese in my mixed-up ancestral line and I have almond, but not slanted eyes, which I'm thankful I didn't have). The mixing of Malay-Chinese-Spanish has produced the Tornatra phenotype which I think is the most beautiful in East Asia: it is the true-to-life anime look. The Japanese retained the daintiness of the Asians in their anime but the features are Westernized. They fake the latter in actual life by plastic surgery and make-up but the tornatra Pinoys have it on their interracial genes. It's not accidental that Leah Dizon has become a hit in Japan, her type is the look of majority of the tornatras in the Philippines. Why insist then on peripheral beauties when the Philippines can boast its own home-made pan-racial concoctions like Carmina Villaroel, Mikee Cojuangco, Heart Evangelists? Why be somebody's post-Plastic Surgery reject?
Dark skin & chinky eyes politics are outdated. If you have dark skin but you are beautiful, you have no problem in the Philippines. If you have slanted eyes but beautiful, still no problem. But if you are ugly and you're dark, you will not become beautiful even if you bleach yourself white so you have a problem. Same with the eyes, if you're ugly, no amount of eyefold reconstruction will make you beautiful.
The fun continues. Nowadays, there is a pretend popularity contest by the above-mentioned PEP which style itself as the portal of Philippine entertainment but is becoming clear part of a shadow operation. The initial results already confirms the hidden hand is working even in the Philippines. The Kim Chu-Xian Lim tandem , which just suffered one of last year's biggest flops, Past Tense , we are made to believe is more popular than the KathNiel & JaDine love teams. That despite her flop, Kim Chu is the most popular actress (apparently, the most beautiful tag is not enough). Then to cap it all, chinky-eyed (familiar?) and never-heared Darren Espanto is a more popular teen star than Daniel Padilla (Daniel is made to appear as winning in the Male Artist Category, but do you really believe her fans would abstain for the Teen Award?) Actually, I had this contest tested: despite clicking the allowable maximum many times, the figures didn't change. This is obviously a done deal.
Sinister, just like Asian film fanatic propaganda.
Sad, really. The Philippines is the bridge between the West & the East. Asia is converging. By virtue of Glutathione & Blepharoplasty, all will look like Pinoys. Whoever is behind this propaganda program should realize racial purity means less beauty.. and that: Asia should become a melting pot just like the Philippines so all Asian people can be beautiful...
I mentioned about a hidden Mongoloid hand- do I believe it is one entity? Actually, no. There are many cross-currents working at the same time. Race politics is complex & there are many opposing forces working in tandem for a common goal. It's best I'll tackle that in a more comprehensive post later on, especially the local scene. Suffice to say, the injustice done to the Pinoy teen flicks in the Asian film fanatic sites was primarily commercial: the Pinoys were threatening an existing enterprise and somebody wanted to protect its market and destroy potential competitor right at the bud . That's a typical hard-nosed trick of a monopolist. It's so easy to make a deduction. The Japanese are not really focused on promoting Jpop outside Japan, they already have the second most profitable pop market in the world. The Chinese have their own gigantic market. The South Korean market is small & they rely on the international market. Most of the Asian film fanatic sites are actually part of the publicity machine of the South Koreans for their Kpop promotions and it is believed they finance most of these sites.
According to the Kpop propaganda, the Philippines is supposed to be a big market for Kpop (nowhere is it mentioned there is a big South Korean immigrant community in the Philippines). It is not in the interest of the South Koreans that it leaks that the Philippines has a thriving showbiz scene where the stars are far more star material than their own. There's actually a noticeable pattern at work locally, but I'll write about that more fully next time.
The reason I included the link to the pirate website is to make known to the Filipino producers where to look for their films. They should ask royalties, anyway, they are used for promotions.
I had this piece read by my Chinoy friends & relatives, they found nothing offensive.
This is the first installment on this subject. I'll tackle this on a bigger perspective next time, extrapolating it on the old pretend liberal politics of the West to the nascent economic superiority of the East.
(originally published on March 4, 2015)