Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Tit for Tat

"You are nothing but a second rate, trying hard, copy cat!"

This and other similar dramatic dialogues are standard fare in many Filipino movies - some so unbelievably camp and incredibly hilarious- they are brilliant! (Some that immediately come to mind: "magsisimba ka na may bulak sa ilong! - (FPJ)," "hindi ka na sisikatan ng araw - (FPJ again)," "para kang karinderiang bukas sa lahat ng gustong kumain (Vilma Santos, I think)." Too bad, Filipino scriptwriters seemed to have run out of similarly-inspired cinematic gems.

Fortunately for all of us, this "art form" may have disappeared from recent Filipino movies but they live on primetime television and jump out of the front pages of newspapers. One more proof that in this country, there is a very, very thin line that divides showbiz and politics. Thus, watching the news today has become such an interesting experience - not only because the shenanigans of tinseltown starlets and wannabes (Chikkkkka minute!!!) jostle (and seem to be winning the war) for precious primetime space - but more because our politicians and leaders now make such bold, dramatic statements that would give film scriptwriters a run for their money.

Anyway, I was reading the papers today and came across many of those cinematic "statements" from politicians. A friend and I had a blast translating some of the statements into cinematic dialogues.

"They can run but they cannot hide!" (In cinematic Tagalog "maari kayong tumakbo, pero hindi nyo matatakasan at mapagtataguan ang batas!").

"I hope they go back to the mountains because that is where they belong." ("Bumalik na kayo sa bundok kung saan kayo nanggaling at nararapat!").

"This is the triumph of a militant and just stand for people's rights which could never be trampled" (Katarungan para kay Ka Dencio! Kung hindi tayo kikilos, sino and kikilos, kung hindi ngayon, kaylan pa? Ibagsak and pasista-diktaduryang US-Arroyo! Lansagin!- I know, I know, it is not accurate, but doesn't it translate?).

And my recent favorite: "There will be no violence, but they will bleed in the bar of public opinion. They will bleed in the courts of this land." (Cinematic translation: Maaaring walang mangyayaring karahasan pero hindi ibig sabihin na hindi dadanak ang dugo! Pagbabayaran nila ng dugo ang kanilang pang aapi!)

I wonder if that is what it takes nowadays to be noticed - to act like some hero or heroine from a teleserye and mouth dramatic lines designed to tug at the heartstrings of people's lives.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know, Bong, but I haven't been watching the news lately esp. the usual fare at home at 6:30 pm, 24 Oras! Surprised why I tune to this one? Well ever since I got so fed up with Julius Babao, I turned to GMA7. Some would probably wonder why I bother. If the kids would have it they would be in some cable channel, but I would be screaming at them to tune in to local news so I could hear while I am in the kitchen. Hmmm come to think of it, maybe that's why my cooking ends up really blah or blech. But recently I'd let the kids surf the channels coz the 6:30 news is really getting to be the pits. It really gets my goat when Mike Enriquez in that annoying tone of his would spend a good 2 minutes introducing or making bola about Pia Guanio who would deliver the most inane showbiz bit that would get me screaming "Who the hell cares!" After his intro the camera would shoe this Pia clad in the most style-challenged (am being kind about it pa ha!) outfit. God! I wish she fires (or strangles) her stylist or doesn't she earn enough to get a non-fly-by-night stylist? Last night what really got me again was that Enriquez couldn't even pronounce Iran's Ahmadinejad correctly. He sounded really stupid, and to think he's some bigwig in GMA7's news dept! I said (no, screamed) I am so over local 6;30 news!!! Well anyway, I always tune in at 10pm in Channel 23 with Mari Kaimo.
So, in connection with this blog of yours, am so sorry am so out of synch with these latest Tagalog one-liners by our respectable politicians (blech!!)
MommyJo

benign0 said...

Here's a noted modern day philosopher's take on dysfunctional societies:

"The whole idea of a society of winners -- a place known above all for its best -- leads with surprising speed to a narrow pyramidal social structure. And then to division and widespread passivity. That in turn leads to false populism and mediocrity; to a world obssessed by bread and circuses, Heroes, and the need for leadership."

John Ralston Saul, in his book On Equilibrium

(boldface added by myself to emphasize the point of my comment)

ymir said...

my friend was talking about philippine cinemas lost of cinematic dialogues lately. pero tama ka, we have the politicians doing that part now even to the point of slaptickness. imagine comparing themselves to voltes five and prince draco. geesh..