A Taste Of “Filipino Pride”
October 3 will be a memorable day for many Filipinos especially for the basketball enthusiasts whose hearts were broken when Gilas falls to China and settles for FIBA Asia silver. Newsfeeds in Twitter and Facebook about it is, and will still be, a deluge for some more days for sure. And as a Filipino, I feel sorry too because I know how the team struggled to fight back not just in the basketball ring with China but also in the maritime dispute between the two countries for Spratlys Island.
Being a gay man with no affinity to basketball, my heartache was already healed at once. So for tonight, I was just supposed to watch some videos on YouTube before I go to sleep when a familiar snippet of a video showed up and I obliged to watch it again for the nth time. This is the video:
Perhaps you already heard of them. But for those who don’t, they are the 4th Power (which is now called the 4th Impact) who auditioned for The X Factor UK. I have watched this video for more than 20 times (and that’s not even exaggerated) and it never fails to send me chills and good vibes. And at the back of my mind, I AM PROUD TO BE PINOY! The usual Filipino mentality that most of us have when someone of Filipino blood becomes famous abroad. We heard of those stories before making us look kind of boastful for some nationalities when they don’t even care about the race in the first place.
I wouldn’t come clean or wash my hands. Perhaps I am just too cautious to be bashed at one point in time online. But that’s the truth. We have taken so much pride of being Pinoy when being Pinoy doesn’t come with pride in the context that we claim it to be.
So back to the video. We normally have this related videos of the present videos that we are watching. And from there I was able to to know the 4th Power has been a “suki” for many talent competitions here in the Philippines and even Korea. They joined Talentadong Pinoy and It’s Showtime. And honestly, I haven’t heard of them since I saw them being applauded by foreigners with standing ovation. I felt bad.
Then came a recommended video of a group named A.K.A Jam. I was forced to watch their video because of the video’s thumbnail that the singers were singing while hanging upside down. Here’s the video:
I checked the comments and many were saying that these are the talents that ABS-CBN must be honed as these are talents that can make a powerhouse group made up of both looks and voice. But because of issues of “bankability,” they are not given the attention that they deserve. Then it’s now that I just knew that they did not win in X Factor Philippines. So I obliged myself to check some of their performances and this video came in.
Comments for this video were interconnected as commenters urging them to join in talent competitions outside the Philippines so their talent can be given attention unlike here in our country.
Watching these videos make me sad. I feel sorry that I listen to Nicki Minaj when I do the laundry instead of taking some time noticing the likes A.K.A Jam and 4th Power. I feel sorry that I prioritized Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino, and Leona Lewis in my playlist. I feel sorry that I still needed validation from foreigners of how talented Pinoys are.
I feel bad being part of a system that gives more attention to where the mob is instead of lending an ear to those whose little voices must be heard. I am sorry because I only appreciated something or someone because other “superior” than me appreciated them first. It’s so hard to blurt it out but yes, the majority of us still need validation from other people to really throw that first stone cemented with “Filipino pride” when pride itself is not even innate.
In times of defeat, many of Filipinos will say that we are cheated on or it is “luto.” But let’s remove first the foreigners and focus on the “pangluluto” that we have been doing in the kitchen of our own race. Obviously, we need fuel for us to cook or “luto.” And perhaps these scenarios have been the same thing that fuelled the likes of Charice Pempengco, Gerphil Flores, El Gamma Penumbra, Rhap Salazar and now the 4th Power to push their limits and be heard and be given attention to by people who might listen to them and give them a chance to succeed.
I am sorry for my Filipino Pride was never planted in the soil of my motherland. In the first place, it should’ve not existed if I already gave my heart to them as love at first sight. Today many talked of “pangluluto” that happened in FIBA. Tonight, I realized that it never really tasted that good.
A Taste Of “Filipino Pride”
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