Mara Clara Remake

I guess creativity is really dead. Oh well. It seems plagiarism is the “in” thing these days. From songs to movies to tv shows, and apparently, even Supreme Court decisions. Heh.

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Charice gets a Botox

In preparation for the her debut appearance on Glee, Charice Pempengco decided to alter her looks by getting a Botox and an anti-aging procedure – even before she was set to start her voice and acting lessons.

It’s one thing to get a facial to rejuvenate the skin and it’s another to get a cosmetic procedure. What the fuck was she thinking?? First of all, the procedures are usually done on 20-30 year olds Americans mainly because their skin age much faster, I am told. But for the skin-tightening procedure to be done on an Asian 18 year old kids is just bizarre!

Second, was she required by the producers of Glee to undergo the procedures? I don’t think so. So who ever pushed her into this (mom? publicist? manager?) must have made a big mistake. Charice, hija, we don’t care that much about how you’ll look on tv. We have make-up artists and hair stylists for that. We’re only concerned about your performance as an artist.

And lastly, so much for the idea of her being “natural” because this totally ruins it. It sends the message that it doesn’t matter how talented or how hard working you are because you won’t make it big if you don’t look pretty — which I don’t think she wasn’t.

So to Charice and Vicky Belo: hooray! Hooray for further propagating the Pinoy insecurity and low self-esteem. As if it wasn’t bad enough that women of all ages are consuming skin whitening products like softdrinks and jumping from one diet fad to another, you two just had to take it to another level.

Nakakahiya.

EDIT: Here’s a simple yet direct write-up

Lebron Moves To Miami

Not really a rabid fan of NBA but it disturbed when I came across some people expressing extreme disgust when Lebron decided to take his game to Miami.

It’s one thing to be loyal to your roots and it’s another to be forced to stick with something that just doesn’t work well anymore. It takes a lot of desertion to realize that and a lot of balls to decide when it’s time to pack up and leave for better opportunities.

Will it be a good decision? We can all speculate but we won’t know until they start playing. In the end, you have to go where you think you will be happier, even if it means causing discomfort to those around you.

You owe it to yourself to find out.

Mar Roxas and Korina Sanchez on Wowowee

I have to say that I already saw this one coming years ago. It’s a political strategy, one of many involving political figures and ABS-CBN personalities that took years of mindful planning, control, and execution.

Oh well. Might as well hand over the keys to our nation to that tv network. When you’ve got their minions (and their spouses) running this country and a nation of people here and in diaspora mindlessly adoring their recycled trash that is their tv shows and hordes of bland artistas, what you have is the (first?) case of a republic being willingly trapped in a corporate snow globe.

Perhaps the illusion of falling snow may never be as cool as the real one, but many would find it “better” than being completely immersed in the stark reality wake up to everyday.

People may be collectively deceived and emotionally and mentally abused,
but at least, in front of their tv sets and with empty stomachs, they die gratified and amused.

Heath Ledger, 28

The sudden death of this actor has caused quite a stir. I didn’t get to watch him in the highly acclaimed Brokeback Mountain, but I did find the preview of the Dark Knight interesting. His portrayal of the Joker reminded me of Jack Nicholson’s playing the Joker in early Batman movies. Which I liked far better than the not-so-recent installments.

Doesn’t it sadden you when the public is forced to watch the darkness lying behind the glamor? All this time, you think that being a celebrated artist,  their lives are automatically better than your average citizen.  But it is revealed, again and again, that no matter how public their lives are, some of these artists are probably dealing with problems that we cannot even imagine.