when ask if i watch filipino movies? im a fan of the classics. its disappointing that we have all kinds of foreign classics in the black market. not one of our own available. im sure there is a sizable market for it (here and abroad). my favorite are the ones done before and after the war (ww2), aptly dubbed as the golden age of philippine cinema. with nida blanca, bella flores, rosa rosal, eddie guitierrez, and the others. there is something about black and white films. maybe its the language. its more pleasant to the ears. these days stories are built around an excuse to over emote.
at the malls, deathly pale, often times obese, old men lazily strolling with diminutive young native women beside, who appear disadvantaged (like a slave or a puppy). pretending to be the one in control. c'est la vérité? just as her family walking not far behind. trying to ignore the stares (and judgements). that it would have stages. when women are the ones trying to impress, possible not so much with personality -- as much as how good she is in the kitchen or in bed -- aah the price of a better life. to be a maid or to be a whore. one good thing about it perhaps is then that rumor of the farther the mix of genes are, the better the outcome? i do not know the specifics. half breeds appear to gain the advantage of having stronger DNA? prettier façades? they are so common now it is inevitable that of a decade later, a generation of "super" humans would have taken over the country. beginning with the small cities where naturally, it is more concentrated. the days of the not so common mestizo is over. brown hair and fairer skin can be, these days, manufactured. a pronounced nose bridge, surgically sculpted. i wonder if there is ever going to be anunmistakable shift towards being pure. tu sais -- au natural? because i have met some natives who are unbelievably beautiful. alors, ils sont parfait! comme angels noirs et puis je comprends tout.
the guys at work were uncomfortable over seeing (several times) of two men kissing on the cheeks. something that is truly alien to filipinos. much as the practice of hugging each other at the airport. expressing loudly our affections is not part of our culture. something i think id like to see change. filipinos are content with subtlety. a reverent mano. a slight tap on the shoulder. a nod of recognition. a wave from afar. we were watching a french film. unaware that kissing on the cheeks is the french way of saying hello. other roman states and colonies and part of the arab world share it. as a culture being secure with their masculinity or we have the need to prove something.
imagine how the original romans felt when the barbarian colonies started adapting, successfully or not, their language. roman language infused with barbarian flavor. the accent among other things must have been different. language purists would have been furious. the same way we are today. how people from britain would scoff at americans. moreso probably with filipinos who owe their english skills from americans. a second generation adaptation? ^_^ n'importe quoi, how we say things, in general, in the future tense is interesting. the formula for all three appears to be:
- in english, they simply prefix the word: "will"
- in filipino, we repeat the first syllable.
- in french, they conjugate with a suffix.
- in visaya, which i have just started to get used to, we simply prefix the word: "mu". another observation is in filipino. the prefix "mag" is also used to make the imperative form. maybe we owe this one to the visayas? .. c'est interressant n'est ce pas?
[anglais] [philipin] [français] [visaya]
i will eat ako ay kakain je mangerai mukaon ko
i will walk ako ay lalakad je marcherai mulakaw ko
i will drink ako ay iinom je boirai muinom ko