Dancing Girls on TV: Cultural Dehumanization

While riding the EDSA MRT, I happened to be shocked by the Guadalupe bridge billboard of “Willing Willie,” where the infamous host Willie Revillame poses with a troupe of dancing girls flocked around him like the slave girls of a pharaoh. This is obviously common fare in this country, but for me, it represented how terribly vacuous and meaningless our local media and even our culture have become.

Now what’s the problem with this?

Parental guidance daw o... but when parents watch this stuff, it's already a failure of parental guidance

A Filipino OFW maid’s employer who saw Wowowee on the Filipino Channel immediately banned watching it in his house, because he did not want his daughter to see the sexy dancing girls in the background.

Why, what’s wrong with your daughter seeing this?

One daughter of another family back here, who was dancing along as she watched the show, said, “when I grow up, I want to be a dancer there.”

This is a bad goal. Why? Once she gets to know the facts, if she has a sense of decency, she will avoid that job. Some of the dancers are also reportedly involved in what is called PR – basically, prostitution gigs. And as if that TV dancing job is glamorous. It’s actually in bad taste.

If your excuse is that other countries have similar shows, note that they tend to be shown in places and times that children don’t normally have access to. You don’t see sexy dancing girls every time on American Idol or other “general patronage shows.” They are in late night or pay-per-view adult channels. Thus it is another great hypocrisy to call these Wowowee-type shows with the sexy dancing girls “entertainment for the whole family,” as some of them advertise.

From Wowowee to Willing Willie... to Sablayeee...

Not only this. Remember when Adam Carolla talked about sex tours? Do you get insulted thinking that the Filipina is seen as nothing than a sex toy abroad? Go beyond Ermita or Cubao. Go to Singapore; the red-light district has lots of Filipinas! Go to Italy or any other red-light district in Europe; Filipinas are sure to be there. We know what Japayukis and Brunei beauties are. And when you see the Wowowee girls or other sexy dancing girls, they strengthen affirmation of the “sex tours.” Carolla wasn’t inventing things.

That’s one reason it’s better for the OFW maid to stop watching Wowowee. Shows like these give the impression to people of other cultures that our culture accepts kalaswaan (lewdness or indecency) in the open as a normal thing. And the clincher… this happens in a country that prides itself on being predominantly Catholic.

The existence of the dancing girls on TV is one of the lowest points of our culture. It is a symptom of our moral depravity. Yet these things exist also because of our economic as well as cultural poverty. It shows how many girls are so deprived of opportunities for decent jobs that they see no other way than to use their bodies to gain money to eat. Hence, we have “prosti nurseries” like Bagong Silang and other poor, run-down areas of the country. While I do understand that being dancing girls is a job, they still deserve better than this.

And yet another reason is that our local media protects it; it’s part of their source of income. But someone has to make an outcry against the local media companies that allow this demeaning content. Yet there’s another bit of hypocrisy here: how could we have a church that is so against the RH Bill, but doesn’t seem to raise a loud enough hoot against these shows? Are they getting shut up by the “donations” of these networks?

And another issue is… even if these are on the air, why don’t the complaints from those who are vocal see much exposure? Well, the local media controls mass information dissemination. But perhaps our culture has grown to accept it. After all, the shows wouldn’t air if there were no audience who allows these things.

I for one boycott these kinds of shows. Of course, there are a lot of other things that make them not worth watching. Now some Filipinos would call a “Wowowee ban” or “Willing Willie boycott” oppression or insult to their country. Is it? Why call something Filipino when it is clearly something that our culture also calls “malaswa”?

There are many ways to address this, such as opening the economy to allow more decent job opportunities for women or calling for the religious organizations to open up more loudly against it. But another suggestion is to vote with your remote: if you parents don’t want your kids to watch it, don’t watch it yourself.


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119 Responses to Dancing Girls on TV: Cultural Dehumanization

  1. FreeSince09 says:

    Interesting how the futures of TV5 can turn after Willie. The only show worth watching their is Talentadong Pinoy. 

  2. kssael says:

    Straight to the point, ChinoF! Heck, I even don’t watch Wowowee in the first place. Decent noontime show was Magandang Tanghali Bayan with that memorable Pera O Bayong featuring Amy and Dick.

    Even though ABS-CBN has gotten rid of that pervert of a man called Willie, now he is on TV5 doing the same thing. Too bad I’m also a fan of Mocha since she performed on the first aired episode, but the rest is so-so.

    • ChinoF says:

      I recall when MTB obtained notoriety mainly because of the antics of John Estrada and… Willie! When they interview Calendar Girl contestants, their questions and reactions often had sexual innuendos in them. Again, related to sexy girls on stage! That’s one of the first instances I believe Willie got nailed when he showed his true colors. 

      Pera O Bayong copies the style of Pepe Pimentel’s Kwarta o Kahon. Hope people recall that bit of TV history – the cleaner days of local TV. 

  3. geeky Mary says:

    THANK YOU. About time AP takes on barely clad dancing girls. Ugh. I can’t stand the loudness, the lewdness coupled with subsequent humiliation of their guests and dancing crew. =_=  It’s like watching an MTRCB approved version of BDSM during noon. 

  4. peste says:

    I believe they have started including dancing show girls in noontime shows more than ten years ago. At that time, it was the height of Pera o Bayong.

    I remember the little girls in our neighborhood doing the gyrations and booty-shaking they saw on TV. Such skilled imitation of movement, the whole implications and meanings of which were unknown to minds not yet even in elementary school, made us, the older siblings, facepalm so hard. Good thing the girls grew up and now knew better… I think.

    • NotMasochisticFilipino says:

      was those 10 years ago the height of Eat Bulaga’s S**b**b Dancers?

      Going back to the topic: I bet somebody will retort like:

      “…………..at least we don’t have cartoons that depicts lusts nor (purposely) allow sales of XXX materials. Even foreign sitcoms nowadays depicts nudity!…………”

      • kristine0019 says:

        Should anybody give me that retort, what I will say is this: “Palagay mo ba tama yun? Alam mo na ngang mali, makikigaya ka pa.” We don’t have to be like them. We can always take the high road.

        P.S. “Family Guy” (a popular cartoon sitcom in the US) is constantly receiving criticisms for its lewd, sexist, racist and homophobic nature.

      • ChinoF says:

        But Family Guy is clearly for adults, and the channels and times it shows aren’t the times for kids. 

        Besides, Filipinos have this cultural misconception that adults don’t watch cartoons. How wrong they are when they see adult cartoons in America and adult manga and anime in Japan. 

      • NotMasochisticFilipino says:

        “Besides, Filipinos have this cultural misconception that adults don’t watch cartoons. How wrong they are when they see adult cartoons in America and adult manga and anime in Japan. ”

        Wrong. Filipinos have this cultural misconception that cartoons are only for kids. That’s why:

        1. Pinoy network stations are too lousy in getting, airing, and translating anime.

        If they did some research, they should know that anime like Gintama and Fumoffu should not be aired due to the fact that they are geared to teenagers and adults. The same logic applies to TV5 in airing Azumanga Daioh despite its cultural references that typical pinoy viewers ignore.

        2. Adult cartoons/anime are treated as child pornography.


        They are unable to draft a clear and logical bill, let alone give a correct definition of a certain pornography jargon. And so……


        In terms of common sense, we are the laughing stock of a certain international community.

        ‘guess we can see now how cultural dehumanization happens.

      • ChinoF says:

        NMF, agree with you there! It would certainly be better if we just showed anime in English, no more Tagalog dubbing! And the right anime be picked to show. The networks just pick the hottest anime thinking it’ll push up ratings, without looking at its appropriateness for our culture. I also saw Code Geass in the local dub; boy, it sucked.

        And adult cartoons… there’s the misconception too that “adult cartoon” means “bastos.” And not “mature…” which most of local Filipino programming is not, anyway. 

      • blueredicedtea says:


        “Wrong. Filipinos have this cultural misconception that cartoons are only for kids.”


        that reminds me

        back in the 90’s abs-cbn aired an animu named neon genesis evangelion, which is all about the anguish of a young boy after his mom died, posing as a mecha anime

        oh and do i have to mention some episodes containing off-screen sex, the infamous mind-rape and depictions of manic depression?

        w00t animation age ghetto at its best LMAO

      • ChinoF says:

        Grabe daw yung Evangelion. The creator was reportedly in a deep depression while making that series. Shows that creators are better off not making anything when they’re under such a condition. hehe

      • Jay says:

        I won’t get much into EVA, but it was hyped for the fact it was just a teenage drama show with robots and biblical references to perk interest. Really odd since The Pinoy audience got this while the american audience considered it thought provoking and deep.

        and the other details mentioned, like the kid piloting his mother-made-robot and everyone having ‘modern’ issues.

        Family guy gets all that but so did South Park on its onset, which still continues its off-color and multi-colored jokes vulgar jokes. The claims come from minor groups that got all hissy fit for their own good and the mini-van soccer mom groups.

      • peste says:

        Yes, the Sagb00b dancers were also famous at that time. That’s what you mean by S**b**b, right? There was also that meat contest Calendar Girls, where one of the hosts, Randy Santiago, was caught by my sister having a hard on live on noontime TV. During and before these shows, the local movie industry has been showing “bold” films, a long and proud tradition that goes back to the “bomba” films of the 1970s. You don’t see these kind of films anymore nowadays, mainly because the local movie industry is dead.

      • Jay says:

        its funny because when I came back to the Philippines as an adolescence, I started hearing about these ‘bold’ films. It sounded all taboo and provocative and stuff. Then I found out it was the equivalent of ‘softcore’ adult films, like HBO’s Red Shoe Diaries. Not a big deal.

      • Sharafa says:

        @ blueredicedtea
        And as I recall, GMA network aired Texhnolyze amongst its anime roster: a show that was so bleak and defeatist that it made even Evangelion look perky. Fortunately, it was poorly dubbed just like other animes here, that I doubt it’ll mentally scarring to viewers here.
        Tell me about it. And the thing is that the OVA End of Evangelion, which was the most depressing point of the series, was made in the midst of the director’s recovery from depression. In spite of this, I would actually recommend the show for viewers of a suitable age as depression is only one aspect of the show. It was also philosophical and thought provocative, representing a lot of things deficient in the programs watched by the average pinoy bloke.

      • ChinoF says:

        Dang, if ever I get to watch Evangelion, I’d better have some Prozac ready. Hehe. But I watch the local programs, I’d need a beta-blocker or any other high-blood medicine ready. LOL 

    • blueredicedtea says:


      no s-hit? they aired it?

      man im not updated to these local networks anymore because it is full of CRAP.

      oh and evangelion is a gateway drug to existentialism lmao


      penge ng prozac ;D
      sorry for the off-topic by the way

      • ChinoF says:

        No prob, this is fun. It’s a demonstration of how the kind of programs we watch shape our thinking. Much of anime’s profound messages are much better than the shallowness of our local programming. 

      • Maikimai says:

        I can’t believe they aired the mind-raping Evangelion back then. I also believe that anything animated is for kids. When I was in elementary, I love watching anime though some of them were really hard to understand for a kid like me.

        i LOL’d when I heard they dubbed code geass. Next should be Death Note. hehe

  5. potaters says:

    TV5 claims that Willing Willie pilot episode had 33.8% audience share versus ABS-CBN and GMA. I’m not surprised. I didn’t watch but I can hear some of the neighbors’ TV sets tuned in at TV5. I’m glad that ChinoF has pointed out that the dancing girls has become one of the lowest points of our culture, glad that I’m not the only one feeling the same way. Marami sa bahay namin gustong gusto ang mga ganyang shows. On bad days, I don’t care, I just flip the switch and watch the news… ANYTHING really, just not those.

  6. ako ang simula ng pagkabobo says:

    I’m not surprised if tv5 succumbed to the gameshow/telenovela bandwagon.

    Well, they still have Public Atorni and Face to face while the other 2 networks air soap operas. I just wonder if the participants take the lesson to heart.

    • Jay says:

      Face 2 Face is taking the telenovela route and following the Jerry Springer approach. Its not real, though I assumed the same when I first watched Springer shows.

  7. bokyo says:

    Really hot Chino,

    The thing is, Willing Willie is to be shown beside the 6-o-clock news! Those are the times the children are doing homework or dinner!

    • ChinoF says:

      Yes, and at the same time news is airing on 2 and 7. It’s like, if you hate the news, you tune into his show for some “happy time.” Unfortunately, happy time is dumb time on that kind of show, and like you mentioned… the children may be watching. All the more reason for the parents to tune out of local TV.

    • Aegis-Judex says:

      Oh, yob tvoyu mat! I would rather listen to 24 Oras if I had to pick between that, TV Patrol, or that uncivilized excuse for a show! Frankly, stuff like Win na Win and Eat Bulaga aren’t my cup of tea. Non, I’m a news junkie, hence I’d prefer Balitanghali.

  8. talaga naman! says:

    very well said! 😀

    on the other note, as far as I am entitled to my opinion as everbody does, the dancing girls during noontime is just a reverboration of misconducts of filipino tv hosts that contributed big time to our cultural dehumanization! not just one I had watched a noontime show (or any show) since panahon pa ni limahong that the segment host/s had to ask “how do you find filipina girls so far?” to a foreign act, especially to male foreign acts, as if our pinays are from those behind the mirror in a prostitution bar! kahit hindi rin kagandahan ang ibang nasa audience, mapipilitan na lang yung foreign act to say, “oh their beautiful!” or “they have lovely eyes!” pweh!!! kadiri!

    so what do we expect now?! and to willie, no I won’t buy that!

  9. kristine0019 says:

    Ewan ko ba kung bakit tuwang-tuwa ang mga tao kay Willie at sa “Wowowee.” Puro kahalayan lang naman ang pinapakita dun. Tapos ngayon, magagalit tayo kapag sinasabihang “pokpok” ang mga Pilipina.

  10. kristine0019 says:

    Pahabol nga pala…medyo na-plastikan nga ako dun mga puna na “bad influence” daw yung telenovela na “First Time” sa mga kabataan. This criticism most probably came from the very same audience who don’t mind seeing skimpily-clad women gyrating in “Wowowee.”

    In response to this hypocrisy, I wrote in my Facebook wall sometime before: “Mga kabataang naglalandian sa ‘First Time’ – malaswa. Mga babaeng sumasayaw nang halos hubo’t hubad sa ‘Wowowee’ – hindi malaswa.”

    • ChinoF says:

      Agreed, even the telenovelas contain bad content with wrong morality, the type that says, it’s OK to get revenge for wrongs or that rich people are always bad. I really wish my nephews and nieces top watching those shows, but problem is, the parents are the ones watching. I miss the days when Knight Rider and Airwolf were the first things to watch in the prime time slot. I recall even Transformers when it first showed here had a prime time slot then! Cartoons today tend not to have prime time slots on the local channels. But better those instead of this local crap. 

      • ako ang simula ng pagkabobo says:

        Mara Clara recycled edition. Sapul.

      • ChinoF says:

        Jusko, yun nga, ire-recycle pa ang Mara Clara. Walang maisip na ibang concept na matinong programa. 

      • kristine0019 says:

        Bakit hindi na lang “Batibot” ang binalik nila…mas matino naman yun kesa sa “Mara Clara.” Ang stupid kaya ng concept ng original version ng “Mara Clara” – limang taong (1992-1997) nagpaikot-ikot yung istorya sa isang diary at kwintas.

      • ChinoF says:

        Yeah, Batibot. Reminds me of Bodjie Pascua, aka Kuya Bodjie. I saw him recently on a program on Knowledge Channel on cable. The guy’s still active, trying really hard to create good quality educational programs, but his stuff doesn’t resonate with the big networks. So dun nalang siya sa Knowledge Channel, an “alternative” station. 

  11. zero_one says:

    this is what I don’t understand. why is it that, despite being a so-called ‘catholic nation’, shows like this manage to get airtime at all? whaddupwitdat

  12. BenK says:

    When I first came here, I was flabbergasted that TV would even put a show as low-class as Wowowee on the air at all, and then completely floored to learn that it was probably the most popular thing on. We used to think Mexican TV pushed the boundaries of taste — they come across as prim compared to your country. Wowowee wouldn’t be on the air in the US (or a lot of other places in the world) for all of 30 seconds before it would have an angry mob of activists for more social causes than I can probably count gathering outside the studio.

  13. Hyden Toro says:

    This is the result of Noynoy Aquino’s using his Whore sister, Kris Aquino in politics. Kris Aquino changed her husbands, as fast as she changed her Panties. The Roman Catholic Church is fast also to oblige to grant her, repeated Marriages Absolution, or Legal Separations. Kris Aquino is in show business. So, young girls took her as a Role Model. Young girls think that this must be right. Cory Aquino was seen always, kneeling and pretending to pray infront of Church Altars. Being religious and producing a Whore daughter, at the same time must be God’s will and the right thing. They’re also rich and become Presidents.

  14. Antay-antayan says:

    I don’t mind the dancing girls. It’s the fact that Mr. Revillame is so popular is something that my small brain can never comprehend.

    When will they have dancing men? 

    • Hyden Toro says:

      We have Wowoowee Politics. We have Wowoowee Politicians. We may even elect Wowoowee Revillame as our next President. He was offered to run for Senator, but he refused. Remember Manny Villar used him, and his Wowoowee dancing girls, during the election. However, they were no match to the Seductive Charms of the Whore, Kris Aquino. Perhaps, the candidates for the next election could learn how to dance and gyrate also, to get elected…

    • peste says:

      That’s simple. Willie is seen as the Filipino Santa Claus, the head honcho of a fantastical–but still accessible, if you’re lucky–festival world where every day is Xmas day: overflowing gifts, upbeat music and, yes, scantily-clad girls.

      How about muscle-bound men? Well, you see, in this world, Willie is THE MAN. But I do believe he sometimes feature men to throw a bone to the many ladies that would never get the attention of THE MAN that is Willie.

      • Hyden Toro says:

        This is the “Shabu” of the people; to forget their miseries in their daily life…throw in some freaks in the show…are you imaginative to think some?

    • ChinoF says:

      It’s obvious that they’re trying to increase or hold the attention of male viewers. The main audience of Wowowee and these types of shows are the lolas and katulongs, because they’re the ones at home (and majority of the victims at the Ultra stampede). Plus the fact that being a dancing prop is a job too. And what Peste said. The show’s all about Willie. The dancing props make him look good.

      Take a look at Pilipinas for the Win… they learned from Willie. While her co-hosts do all the communication and actual hosting, Kris is doing the dole-outs. Next off, we’ll see her running for president. 

      • Antay-antayan says:

        I actually agree. Having scantily clad young females pretend to swoon over Willie does make Willie even more attractive to his predominantly female fan base.

        I’m curious though as to why Kris Aquino (aka “The Whore” to closet deviants envious of her active sex life) supposedly makes Noynoy somewhat attractive. Are incestuous relationships so irresistible to the Filipino subconscious that it actually made most of them vote for Noynoy instead of the hunks Erap, Gibo, or Dick? 

      • Hyden Toro says:

        You can seduce people subconsciously…Adolf Hitler of Germany mesmerized the German crowds in his Nazi rally speeches. It was also learned that he lost 5 pounds of weight sweating during those Nazi rallies.The Germans fought wars, to his will. Same as those dancing girls or seductive glances of a whore…do you believe in hypnotism? Rasputin of Russia had a hypnotic glance. He mesmerized the Czar Empress of Russia…

      • MKDL Studios says:

        There are even dancing girls in one of Kris-hosted game shows: it’s in Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal. This time the girls are much classier than in Wowowee. And the show itself offers one of the largest cash prizes (3,000,000 in season 2 and a 4 million edition in seasons 1 and 3)! No wonder that KDoND is another path to roughly trick out the Filipino’s social status aside from Wowowee.

    • MKDL Studios says:

      Dancing men? GMA-7’s Showbiz Central already had dancing men (but not the alpha-male kind) in Sweet’s “Don’t Lie to Me” segment, whenever the player makes a “lie” as determined by the polygraph strapped to him/her. Seems like public humiliation to me, isn’t it?

  15. stella says:

    I’ve always been disgusted with noontime shows–from hosts that deliver sexual innuendos to unsuspecting contestants, then the Little Miss Universe things where little girls are taught how to mimic adults thinking it’s cute. The dancing girls are just a natural progression of this type of programming content. The way I’ve dealt with it (since there are kids at home) is not to have any TV at home except for the parents bedroom, where programming is usually monitored. They have a big TV in a common area where they are free to watch DVDs. Sorry, but the help at home don’t get any TV, they have boomboxes where they are free to play any CD or music they like. Forget trying to regulate–my kids will be college students by then–if ever it happens. Just avoid and do something more productive. My kids and maids are all readers because of this Hitler-esque no-TV rule at home. 4TSZ

  16. OFW-accountant in Maryland says:

    Have you folks noticed how much President “Noynoy” Aquino likes to issue Executive Orders? Well, President Aquino can solve this problem by issuing an executive order that the only dancing to be shown on TV from 7AM to 8PM will be tinikling, waltz, foxtrot, and maybe cha-cha-cha.

  17. Lorenz says:

    Do know that dancing in itself is not bad and is actually a great art. Look at Latin dances, waltz, etc. Just wanted to remind you guys.

    • ako ang simula ng pagkabobo says:

      Dancing with scant clothing on national tv during noontimes/primetimes po yata ang topic ng article.

      • Lorenz says:

        Like i said, it’s just a reminder. Sheesh…

      • ChinoF says:

        I think Lorenz gets it. I  agree dancing itself is not bad. It’s making women into overly sexy props on stage, that is.

        Note that I’m not hitting the Sex Bomb dancers, Wowowee Girls and others… it’s the ones who make them do it. 

      • ChinoF says:

        “It’s making women into overly sexy props on stage, that is…” 

        And allowing the kids to see them. 

  18. Lorenz says:

    In 1542 to 1877, the word “Filipino” referred to a Spaniard living in the Philippines —the rest of the natives were called, “Indios.”

    In 1878, José Rizal, for the first time, used the word Filipino to refer to the native population in the country.

    In 1998, a Greek dictionary defined the word “Filipina”, as a domestic helper.

    Today, “Filipinos” is the brand name for a series of biscuit snacks made by Kraft Foods in Europe.

    In Boracay, a white man was heard calling a waitress, “Hey monkey, come here!” and the poor Filipina dutifully approached. Sad but true, the perception of a Filipino today is a striking contrast during the time of Rizal when Filipinos in Europe were referred to as “the glory of the universities”.

    F.Sionil Jose’s article “Why We Are Poor” looks back in the 50s and 60s when the Philippines was still the most envied country in Southeast Asia. Today, we are alongside Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ghana, in terms of economic and social standing.

    As Barth Suretsky, an American expat who lived and died in the Philippines lamented, the fundamental thing wrong with this country is a lack of pride in being Filipino. “ All Filipinos want to be something else. The poor ones want to be American, and the rich ones all want to be Spaniards. Nobody wants to be Filipino.” No pride, no identity, no recollection of his glorious past that can project him in leading the future of his country. “A people without a sense of history is a people doomed to be unaware of their own identity.”

    Are the Filipino people such a weak race that we cannot find our place among the world’s nations? (In the United States, Filipinos are described as “the invisible minority”)

    Will the Filipino always look to a foreign country, a foreign husband, a foreign citizenship for hope and salvation?

    The words of Rizal, written in 1890, unfortunately, still reverberate…

    “Alas! The whole misfortune of the present Filipinos consists in that they have become only half-way brutes. The Filipino is convinced that to get happiness it is necessary for him to lay aside his dignity as a rational creature, to attend mass, to believe what is told him…without aspiring anything…without protesting against any injustice…any insult… that is, not to have heart, brain, or spirit; a creature with arms and a purse of gold. . . there’s the ideal native!.”(The Indolence of the Filipinos by José Rizal, 1890)

    In Kishore Mahbubani’s book, The New Asian Hemisphere, he writes that there are two historical epochs taking place now in the 21st century: One, the end of Western domination. Mahbubani was not the first guy to say this. Roger Cohen of the International Herald Tribune noted it early this year with his article: The end of the era of the white man.

    But there is another wave taking place today according to the Singaporean-Indian sage: THE RENAISSANCE OF ASIAN SOCIETIES. It is now the age of “Incredible India,” “Sparkling Korea” and “Malaysia truly Asia.”By 2010, he said, 90% of Phd holding scientists all over the world will now all be in Asia.

    And the Philippines? A Filipino resident in Singapore reveals that in the National University of Singapore, they are already teaching what the role is of the Philippines in the international community. It is not to produce scientists like India, nor to produce cars like Japan, nor to produce Olympians like China, but to produce DOMESTIC HELPERS for the world.

    There are two gargantuan problems that a Filipino soul needs to face and solve within himself if he would ever want to be part of the rise of Asia. One, that he is not white. He is brown. Second, that he is not from the West, he is Asian.

    Until we come to terms with who we are, our identity, our roots and heritage…the rise of Asia will never include the Philippines. We will forever be the slaves of the West, always dreaming of a foreign passport, a foreign spouse, and jobs that include, among other things, wiping a foreigner’s butt.

    source: http://www.thebrownraise.org/

    • ChinoF says:

      In my view, it seems that the Philippines is becoming an example to the world of how not to do it. From the selection of government type, to the type of TV programs, to the kind of culture we have, to the economic policies, to how the Bus Hostage Crisis was handled, and more, we are an example of all the mistakes they want to avoid. Lee Kwan Yew stated it that way in his memoirs on Singapore, and so do other writers about Asian stories in political, economic and cultural systems. 

    • Jay says:

      There are two gargantuan problems that a Filipino soul needs to face and solve within himself if he would ever want to be part of the rise of Asia. One, that he is not white. He is brown. Second, that he is not from the West, he is Asian.

      Actually, let me go deeper than the fact we’re not white, we’re brown. We are an AMALGAM! We are like the west (The United States) which the heritage of many; asian (Chinese, Malay, etc.), Spanish and South East Island (polynesian maybe, indigenous people, etc.) are in our bloods. There is no PURE PINOY, only a diversity that runs deeper than many realize. And this diversity, instead of being embraced as a strength is looked down as a weakness, as apparently a dilution when the entire Filipino world, much like America is as diverse. Pinoys are as Asian but don’t put to stock too much on what they can be, but the reasons to be PURE for the sake of satisfying false pretenses of nationalism.

      We will forever be the slaves of the West, always dreaming of a foreign passport, a foreign spouse, and jobs that include, among other things, wiping a foreigner’s butt.

      WRONG. We will forever be slaves of our own shortcomings and crippled culture. The West only showed new methods to replace the old in living ways of life. We did the rest to degrade the culture to the point it is now, while many Asian countries who also came from poor beginnings ravaged from war (Korea, Japan) and lack of direction (China, India, Singapore) rose from their ashes as a collective to seek out what tomorrow brings.

      I don’t mind brownraise, but blaming the immigrants from outside (as they also helped the country in many ways than one) and trying to find what the pinoy should be exclusively from the past isn’t the answer. They are only reminders and the Pinoy, much like these nations I’ve mentioned should step forward and progress if they are to find their real identities in Asia and the globe.

      • Lorenz says:

        Yet look at what happened to the Filipinos because of Western colonization. Philippines is different from its neighbors due to long years of colonization but what is the result? This is the result. Or are you saying that we simply became like this for no apparent reason? In order to understand the present, you should look at the past.

        BTW, everything i said is quoted from brownraise. Also, i do not mean to say that Western culture brought nothing but bad things to us. But, the colonization damaged our culture (the culture before the Spaniards came).

        Perhaps it’s best to read this to make you understand:

        A Damaged Culture: A New Philippines

        IT’S EASY TO OBSERVE THAT JAPAN’S HABITS ARE MORE useful economically than those of the Philippines, but it’s harder to figure out exactly where the destructive habits come from. The four hundred years that the Philippines spent under Spain’s thumb obviously left a lasting imprint: at first glance the country seems to have much more in common with Mexico than with any other place in Asia. The Spanish hammered home the idea of Filipino racial inferiority, discourging the native indios from learning the Spanish language and refusing to consecrate them as priests. (The Spanish are also said to have forbidden the natives to wear tucked-in shirts, which is why the national shirt, the barong tagalog, is now worn untucked, in a rare flash of national pride.) As in Latin America, the Spanish friars taught that religion was a matter of submission to doctrine and authority, rather than of independent thought or gentleness to strangers in daily life. And the Spanish rulers set the stage for the country’s economic problems in the twentieth century, by giving out huge haciendas to royal favorites and consigning others to work as serfs. As in Latin America, the Spanish thereby implanted the idea that “success’ meant landed, idle (that is, non-entrepreneurial or commercial) wealth. The mainly Malay culture with which the Spanish interacted was different from the Aztec and other Indian cultures in Latin America; for instance, societies throughout the Malay regions (including what are now Indonesia and Malaysia) are usually described as being deferential to their leaders, passive rather than rebellious. Perhaps for this reason the Philippines has not overthrown its clergy or its landed elite in the twentieth century, the way most Latin American countries have tried to do.

        But for all that might be said about the Spanish legacy, the major outside influence on the modern Philippines is clearly the United States. America prevented the Filipinos from consummating their rebellion against Spain. In 1898 the United States intervened to fight the Spanish and then turned around and fought the Filipino nationalists, too. It was a brutal guerrilla war, in which some half million Filipino soldiers and civilians died. Losing an ugly war has its costs, as we learned in Vietnam; but wining, as in the Philippines, does too. In opposing our policy in the Philippines, William James said, “We are puking up everything we believe in.’ His seems a prescient comment about the war, especially compared with President William McKinley’s announcement that conquest was necessary to “Christianize’ a country that in ironic point of fact was already overwhelmingly Catholic.

        In its brief fling with running a colony, America undeniably brought some material benefits to the Philippines: schools, hospitals, laws, and courts. Many older Filipinos still speak with fondness about the orderly old colonial days. But American rule seemed only to intensify the Filipino sense of dependence. The United States quickly earned or bought the loyalty of the ilustrados, the educated upper class, making them into what we would call collaborationists if the Germans or Japanese had received their favors. It rammed through a number of laws insisting on free “competition’ between American and Philippine industries, at a time when Philippine industries were in no position to compete with anyone. The countries that have most successfully rebuilt their economies, including Japan and Korea, went through extremely protectionist infant-industry phases, with America’s blessing; the United States never permitted the Philippines such a period. The Japanese and Koreans now believe they can take on anybody; the confidence of Filipino industrialists seems to have been permanently destroyed.

        to read the full article:

      • Jay says:

        Yet look at what happened to the Filipinos because of Western colonization. Philippines is different from its neighbors due to long years of colonization but what is the result? This is the result. Or are you saying that we simply became like this for no apparent reason? In order to understand the present, you should look at the past.

        Will read the rest and really interested in this and make a very hearty reply. But will mention the basis of my reply;

        One, the colonization as I have said only showed new ways to live to live our lives and improve it. When the Spanish left, you would think the indios would be empowered upon their new independence. Instead, they made their brethren who were close to the Spaniards who owned the lands their new barons. So this is not something that is exclusive when the Spanish and the Americans left. This is a the PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY in an attempt to pick up the pieces to start themselves, full of influence from those before them and their former beginnings in a tribal kingdom, but can never seem to move forward.

        I do agree that there are certain forces i.e. Catholic religion, archaic concepts that never go away that hang like an albatross to these peoples’ minds, but what is definitely apparent is the lack of common sense even in the attempt to build something new for the country the past 60 years or so.

        Also the religious equation doesn’t really add up considering only Luzon and Visayas only had to deal with the Spaniards for the most part. Mindanao and its Muslim community continued on as the years went by.

      • ChinoF says:

        I like what Jay pointed out: being brown can mean being a mix of black and white, and east and west. Thus, we can’t say we’re special from the rest of the world. We’re just one of the mixes that form up because of intercultural exchange. Any culture around the world is a mix of intercultural exchange and it’s a means by which cultures move forward. 

        It is true that we received both bad and good foreign influences. On that score, I think the American culture had more of racism. I was told that Spanish upper class men would mix with Philippine upper class like equals. But American upper class would not mix with either Spanish-born or even Filipino upper class men; these are seen by Americans as the “natives.” And they tell their children, “don’t mix with the natives!” This is the anecdote of a person who lived during that time. 

        Frankly, I believe it’s not the Spanish per se, but the friars who perpetuated racism and discrimination during Rizal’s time. American ideas reinforced them even more with the black/white/brown thing. 

        Unfortunately, when we blame foreign influences for all our problems, that’s a hand-washing of responsibility and accountability. We should learn to pick and take the influences that are good for us and throw the bad out. 

        “The countries that have most successfully rebuilt their economies, including Japan and Korea, went through extremely protectionist infant-industry phases, with America’s blessing; the United States never permitted the Philippines such a period.” However, I believe a lot of American infusion went into the countries that this author missed. For example, American money was invested heavily in Japan before the war, and thus helped advance Japanese tech quickly. After the war, this money was probably still around to help Japan rebuild. 

        And after what BenK said (that if Wowowee aired in the US, protests would gather outside the studio), it seems that Filipinos have their own sense of moral depreciation which we could no longer blame on the US culture or foreigners. Filipinos are barely original, and Filipinos are bad copiers – and bad copying cannot be blamed on the one being copied. 

      • Lorenz says:

        I am not blaming the foreign influences for all our problems. That is just a fragment of the bigger picture. In fact, i myself am heavily influenced by Japanese and Western arts and culture. It’s just to understand more of how our major problems came to be. By then, we could make greater insights and solutions.

        To Jay, Filipinos never had real independence until modern late 20th century. Do you know of the Philippine-American War? Do research about it because it’s interesting to know the once bad side of Uncle Sam.

        after you read the article, read this (it is heavily supported by good sources):


      • ChinoF says:

        Don’t worry, Lorenz, I understand you’re not blaming foreigners only, though they can sometimes be part of the problem. It’s a really complex puzzle to find out how our country really got messed up. There certainly isn’t one cause we can pin down. That means there isn’t one solution we could use too. 

        Yes, the Fil-Am War can be considered the first “dirty war” of America outside of their country and before Vietnam. We were the first Vietnam, I’ve read some commentaries say. I do like some of American culture, but I do know their own dirt that they try to sweep under the rug. I’ll try to read up on your links when I have the time. 

      • Jay says:

        Just a quickie, otherwise It would take me a week to reply to Lorenz’s interesting piece there since I’m going to be busy. This one is for:

        The countries that have most successfully rebuilt their economies, including Japan and Korea, went through extremely protectionist infant-industry phases, with America’s blessing; the United States never permitted the Philippines such a period

        To say the Philippines roared its way in the tops of Asia in the 60’s without external help is sketchy at best. Do note the interests of America in certain Asian holdings during the Cold war periods, specifically the Philippines as they have spent time there already and have military bases there.

        Despite their early protectionist periods, also note the kind of progress they made, all pointing to something that can build up even for the future. The Philippines had such plans laid out, with the exception of failed politics and a culture of people that ideally never moved on even after the fact that they were given their independence.

        I am slightly aware of the Fil-American war and its impact and will read up on those pieces when I have free time.

  19. mel says:

    I agree, ChinoF. The first time I saw the noontime shows here in the Philippines in 2004, I decided to boycott not only the shows but the sender themselves. Even in sex-liberated countries, they protect their children against those nonsense shows. The hollowness of TV programs reveals that the authority who is supposed to protect the public against such silly shows is not doing its job well.

  20. Homer says:

    “There are many ways to address this, such as opening the economy to allow more decent job opportunities for women or calling for the religious organizations to open up more loudly against it. But another suggestion is to vote with your remote: if you parents don’t want your kids to watch it, don’t watch it yourself.”

    These suggestions are ok…except to call for religious organizations to open up more loudly against these type of noontime shows. Why get them involved here? I’m really surprised this would come from you, Chino. It sounds as if there ought to be some pressure to impose some kind of censorship into the issue. I believe censorship starts at home (see Stella’s comment above), and if a program offends you, simply vote with your remote or “tune-out”. There’s no need to everyone else to follow suit just because you don’t like it. Regardless of how we all feel about Willie, etc., don’t we usually stand for freedom of choice here at AP? Censorship is undemocratic, and I’d rather be without it and tolerate the fact that someone’s poison could be another person’s candy (& vice-versa). The choice is yours, and yours alone.

    Though the artiicle and comments make a lot of sense, I was hoping the discussions would look at this issue from another angle…..about the “war” between Willie and ABS-CBN. If you put yourselves on the shoes of both sides, who deserves to win the case? Who do you think is the real villain here? Which side has done more damage to our culture? The last time AP discussed Wowowee, it was still on ABS-CBN. But now, the tables have turned (so to speak), and I feel this is a good spot to put on our thinking caps and look at this issue more objectively. To discuss Willie and noontime shows on it’s own seems incomplete without the inclusion of the networks. After all, aren’t the networks responsible for these type of shows?

    • ChinoF says:

      I heard that suggestion about religious organizations doing their thing from someone else. But I agreed with it. These organizations usually take it upon themselves to teach people about morality, and they are sometimes effective. So, if they want to do a good job, they can join in by saying that these programs aren’t something anybody should watch. Yet I still agree with tuning out. That is still my message in my article. I was adding that perhaps these religious organizations should teach their faithful to tune out as well. This is based on the assumption that some people won’t tune out unless someone tells them to. 

      “After all, aren’t the networks responsible for these type of shows?”

      Agreed. That’s exactly the point of my article. Pardon me if that wasn’t clear. 

  21. interested says:

    I totally agree…these type of shows do not project a respectable image for the Filipina and further demeans us as a people. True, we should not be so judgemental , its just dancing but its not just the dance, its the show itself, making itself appear as if the poor of this country depends on them to live.
    By the way, it’s sad too that we now have dancing stewardesses & stewards at Cebu Pacific. It’s tacky, unprofessional and sorry to those who might get offended, it’s just cheap.

    • ChinoF says:

      “its the show itself, making itself appear as if the poor of this country depends on them to live.”


      “By the way, it’s sad too that we now have dancing stewardesses & stewards at Cebu Pacific. It’s tacky, unprofessional and sorry to those who might get offended, it’s just cheap.”

      Pretty soon we might have a president dancing and singing as his inauguration speech or SONA. 😛 

  22. concerned_citizen says:

    It is the unending practice and the lure of huge dole-outs that keeps shows like Wowowee going.
    Our countrymen simply cannot find self-reliance in their own capabilities. They are simply too lazy.

    • ChinoF says:

      I see media companies, through these shows, as one of the agents reinforcing this attitude and culture of dole-outs. I saw Willie the other day on his show sort of matchmaking between two contestants, and he said something like, “Magtataho at tindera pa rin sila, Pero OK lang yan…” It’s like a subtle reinforcement that he wants them to stay poor, and thus remain dependent on these dole-outs. That’s why I agree with media as a focus for major efforts to counter this mainstream manipulation. 

  23. juanon says:

    Ah finally someone else notices this. And I find it funny that a couple months ago the Church was complaining about the establishment of a Hooters branch here, when even more sexier and raunchy girls are shown daily on national TV.

  24. kikapoo says:

    I see 5 year old girls imitate these dances while wearing boots and mini skirts and midriff blouses. Im not gonna wonder why pedophilic caucasian old men flock philippines every year.

    • brianitus says:

      While the dancers on Willie’s show might suggest that Pinays are “easy,” the 5-year olds you mentioned just say “we start them off young.”

    • Homer says:

      Hmmm….guess we can say that we’re a nation loaded with “little miss sunshines”.

      Fortunately for these young ladies, priests prefer the other gender. 🙂

    • Jay says:

      Reminds me of the argument how women say they don’t get respect or get leery looks from men, but they dress like prostitutes.

      If you want to be seen as a prostitute, don’t dress like one. Unless you’re Erin Brokovich.

      • innagadda54 says:

        “Unless you’re Erin Brokovich”


        “They’re called tits”.

      • Maikimai says:

        I see a lot of little girls wearing sexy clothes, during Christmas parties with their parents at schools, also they also dance like the girls on Wowowee for entertainment.

    • ChinoF says:

      Hyahaha…. here we go, always demanding apologies from foreign media that portray Filipinas as sex objects… but we never demanded an apology from Wowowee for the same kind of portrayal. It’s like, “only we have the right to make our own women into sex objects, not you demonic foreigners.” 😛 

  25. JUANDELACRUZ says:


  26. JUANDELACRUZ says:


    • ChinoF says:

      I still love English better, dude. 😉 

    • ChinoF says:

      BTW, if we dub the shows Tagalog, do we have to force the Non-Tagalog-speaking Filipinos to learn Tagalog to understand those shows? That’s another ethnocentric act of imperial Manila isn’t it? Why can’t we show them in English instead since everyone can learn English thanks to our educational system? Besides, there are a lot of Tagalog speakers here who really don’t like the Tagalog dubbing. So there’s genuine feedback for ya.  😉 

    • Aegis-Judex says:

      But then again, such dialogue would become a tad incomprehensible to non-Tagalog speakers like, shall we say, the average Cebuano. Which is why English is a lot more appropriate, given the use of said language across the country.

    • blueredicedtea says:





      sorry couldn’t resist it because your post is silly 😀
      @chino and aegis

      and you do not forget ilonggo or other languages in the Philippines

  27. RamonAng says:

    Wow. Finally. CONTENT! Good stuff.

    Now, I am definitely NOT PROUD TO BE FILIPINO! (As if I ever was)

  28. archie says:

    its not only wowowee or willing willie that’s been doing this, ALL of the noontime shows here present scantily-clad girls dancing during lunchtime. why is the church mum on this topic? because those “Damasos” as Mr. Celdran said, are so eager to dictate our government but they themselves are also maligned with contributions these big media networks have been giving them for years, from the time of “lunch date” to “eat bulaga”, our lunchtime has always been an early baptism for children for practicing attendance in GRO bars. and get this: they’re always using the alibi: “Nagbibigay saya lang po kami sa mga tao” *barfs*

    • Aegis-Judex says:

      It really just bugs me, seeing our churchmen oblivious to these poisons that infect the minds of young people. Pater noster, qui es in caelis…

    • blueredicedtea says:


      cause they are only interested in tithes op young boys…..LOL

      “give us this day our daily hamburger with fries and spaghetti……..”

  29. amwasp says:

    i guess we can’t do much to stop these kind of shows from airing. The least we can do is to stop watching it especially if we want to protect our kids from absorbing trash on tv. Before, I was fond of watching mid-morning shows because of sineskwela, atbp, battle of the brains, hiraya manawari, batibot, cedie, sara & other child-friendly shows. And now that I have kids, Im wondering what happened to media’s social responsibilty? probably there’s not much profit on child-friendly, educational shows. I miss those days when I can still trust local channels, today I even feel uncomfortable looking at some commercials like globe tattoo (the one with half-nude couple kissing). Sex sells.
    The only channels I feel comfortable watching with my kids are discovery, nat geo, tlc & playhouse disney.. I feel bad for low-income families who can’t afford cable subscription & got stuck with local channels.

  30. Eric Noble says:

    I definitely agree with the observations. The effect is also felt in the United States, Fil-am students were much more into dancing and singing than studying and earning academic awards.
    Is this one of the effects of the dancing girls on TV?

  31. Eric Noble says:

    READ THIS ARTICLE: Why are young Fil-Ams doing poorly in school?

    • ChinoF says:

      Here’s a link to the article that Eric mentioned. Thanks, Eric.  

      Hiphop over homework, eh… bwahahaha…. I agree with ya, It’s the dancing girls on TV and more. Our media is corrupting our youth and making them lazy. Singing and dancing is so overrated in Pinoy culture. 

      • sky says:

        Chino, you linked to your article. =))

        What I’m not fond of is how “Willing Willie” goes head-to-head against news programs. Sure, TV Patrol and 24 Oras are not the best news programs out there (I still get my daily dose of “The National” from the CBC), but it’s certainly better than nothing. Does “Willing Willie” tell people about current events and socio-political issues that they ought to be discerning about and pondering on? I don’t think so.

  32. someguy says:

    Sadly my parents are watching Willing Willie *facepalm* I too don’t watch Willie’s show a bit and gusto ko sana silang sabihan na bobo lang ang nanonood nyan but I can’t because they’re my parents and I love my mother. But if I do this, am I doing it right or wrong?

    • Mikez says:

      No that’s not really wrong. All you need is to toned it down a bit

      you just can’t say that watching Willing Willie makes them stupid or only stupid people watch Willing Willie

      here’s a nice logical way to say it for your parents

      Willing Willie is morally degrading, it’s not educating and it’s insulting. Look at the people willing to make a fool of themselves just to win cash money and prizes. Sure the contestants have endured a poor harsh life but do you actually believe the things they say? or they just over-dramatize their life just to get sympathy for the host or TFC subscribers. I’ve seen people far worse but at least they do something about it

      If they say that it’s good entertainment then they’re wrong, I definitely won’t call it a ‘family oriented entertainment’ since scantily clad dancers are gyrating on stage and your watching it with children who are too young to know what is right or wrong. if you have a daughter would you want her to have a job like that? that is what GRO’s do at bars and what would happen to her if she is no longer attractive enought to dance on stage? throw her to the streets and die in hunger? hell no she would apply a job with very low salary or worse force prostitution. think about it

      so yeah that would be sum it up but if your parents are really addicted to it or to stubborn to listen then find a good show that will coincide with Willing Willie time slot and ask them to watch it with you. If that wouldn’t work then leave them be

    • ChinoF says:

      You could also say, “Ma, Pa, nakakabobong manood nyan, masmabuti wag manood niyan. At kahit di ka manood niyan, Pilipino ka pa rin.” 

      • Anak Ka Lang says:

        You do know that in every argument our parents mostly our mothers will always have they’re way when they say

        “Wala kang magawa kung anong gusto ko, anak lang kita!”

        *hay… family Hierarchy*

        So even when he/she does something wrong. We as offsprings have no right to correct them, by the way does anyone have any good rebuttal for that phrase?

      • ChinoF says:

        How about, “Pa/ma, when you were kids and you know lolo/lola were doing wrong, di mo ba iko-correct?” 

        Of course, you can’t force them. Give them time to think… if they do know how to. hehe

  33. Maki_Alam says:

    I once saw a young couple at church with their two-year-old daughter, who was wearing a T-shirt with “Sex Bomb” printed on it. I don’t know what’s more disturbing, the fact that this couple dressed their child like that to church, or the fact that they were totally oblivious to how wrong it was.

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