DIYAYO, PROMDI, BAKYA, BADUY, JOLOGZ… It is an integral part of being Filipino, and I love it!!! 😀 😀 😀
Who wants to be correct, elegant, and chichi all the time anyway??? So boring!!!
There’s something to be said about the popular, inherent taste of the Filipino or the Pinoy as it is an entire anthropological study unto itself: bright colors, specially red and yellow, accented with gold; the “Christmas tree” style of dressing and accessorizing, regardless of socio-economic status; the “kuchi-kuchi” style of home decoration with a thousand worthless baroque plastic / resin bibelots, posters and cutouts, and the endless curtains; to the “jeepney” style even in private vehicles: the devotional hangings, the variety of pillows, several paipais, the tabloids, the stuffed toys, not to mention the snacks and the drinks, etc.; to the stroke- and heart attack-inducing food with all those lardy meat dishes on saucers and various kinds of dipping sauces in little dishes and veritable mountains of rice, all on multicolored, multiprinted p-l-a-s-t-i-c…
Certainly a hallmark of my fascination for the “baduy” is my fondness for the [ Filipino, of course! ] 1962 Sampaguita Pictures camp film “Dance-o-Rama” starring Susan Roces, Jose Mari [ Gonzalez ], Rosemarie [ Sonora ], and archvillainess Zeny Zabala. Sheer camp that is sheer wholesome fun!!! I can’t get enough of it: from the notorious pillow fight in the dormitory which taught many kids of my generation to destroy their pillows in that fashion; to “Mrs. Payme” describing her generous breakfast to the well-off boarder Zeny Zabala and her mother: “Pinaghanda ko kayo ng masarap na almusal!” “Keso, hamon, tinapay… tinapay, hamon, keso!!!”; to [ Juvy Cachola’s or Blanca Gomez’s or Meldy Corrales’? ] comic rejoinder as a poor boarder: “Tubig, kape, tinapay… tinapay, kape, tubig… let’s go, girls!”; to the “limbo rock” dance [ the first time I saw one ] by Jose Mari & his Electromaniacs; to Venchito Galvez’s “Marlaine, Marlaine, yoo weel olweys bee da Dans-ho-Rahma quaine op my hart!” to which Zeny Zabala spews the crispest “Che!”. For years, from the 1970s to the early 1980s, it was my back-from-school, early afternoon treat and staple on TV. I promise myself that I will buy a DVD of it so I can watch it whenever I feel like it… which is often!!! 😛
Another unforgettably camp and campily unforgettable film was the 1974 “Oh, Margie, Oh!” starring Miss Universe 1973 Margarita “Margie” Moran [ who later became Mrs. Antonio “Tony Boy” Floirendo Jr. of Davao ] and thespian Cocoy Laurel. Unforgettable was the scene wherein Sandy “Acheng” Garcia and a posse of gays were directing a fashion shoot for the turbaned diva actress played by Celia Rodriguez — repeatedly telling her to move further back… until she fell into the swimming pool!!! Then there was Sylvia La Torre who insisted on singing “Kookoorookoookoo…” to a frantic Cocoy searching for his kidnaped lady love. Who can forget Margie Moran on that flower-bedecked crescent moon swing onstage? It was a total 1970s trip!!! 😛 😛 😛
During the height of megastar Sharon Cuneta’s fame during the mid-1980s, the beautiful daughters of a superrich North Forbes Park family would sneak into the Greenbelt theaters for the last full show, and carrying piles of “Kleenex” tissues, would covertly weep and bawl as they actually identified with the travails of the poor little rich girl that was Sharon Cuneta. From “Dear Heart,” to “P.S. I Love You,” to “Bituing Walang Ningning,” to “Sana’y Wala ng Wakas”… they watched them all and loved them all!!! They even perfected mimicking Cherie Gil’s “Lavinia Arguelles’ ” legendary line to Sharon Cuneta’s “Dorina Pineda”: “You’re nothing, but a second-rate, trying hard copycat!!!” with the requisite [ “matching!” 😛 ] throwing of wine from the glass!!!