We just had another typhoon coming through Northern Luzon. The name: Fung-Wong. Oh sorry, in da Philippines the name is Mario. Everything has it’s own Filipino name in this proud country. Well, except some every day things. Just for example, ask a Filipino for the tagalog word for ashtray…. (They probably have no name for it because cigarette buts end up on the floor anyway, the ashtrays are for decoration only…)
But back to the typhoon. Yesterday (Friday) it made the headlines on every local channel and a state of calamity was announced almost everywhere in Northern Luzon. Bad enough for the people to hear that, isn’t it? I think it is. But what is much worse is that today on Saturday not even one of the proud filipino channnels says anything about it.
AksionTV: A radio show about some new help center for education that is soon to open by the so good local Mayor
ABS-CBN: An american movie with a wrestling star in tagalog
NBN4: A show that explains how to play PCSO Lotto, in between advertisements for mattresses
TV5: Animated movies about monsters and fighting for hours…
GMA7: Telenovela (what else?)
And the proud filipinos just accept complete mis-information (or complete lack of it) just to have a good day…
Well, or maybe a heavenly miracle happened and all the floods and landslides disappeared. This country honestly doesn’t stop to amaze me with complete ignorance about anything that happens around. Ah, but well, on weekends there are barely news in TV anyway, it’s family day. We don’t let anything ruin that….
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