Pinoys on TV
I often can’t pinpoint the emotion I feel when I come across a foreign TV show or movie that has a character that makes references to the Philippines or Filipinos?
Sometimes it’s amusement, especially when the characters are Filipino themselves and they speak in Tagalog. Remember the following?
Ewok in the forest saying “Ito ay puno!” in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Filipino cook complaining, “Ayan kasi aalis-alis! Nagsusuka na yung mga tao…” or to that effect in Her Alibi (1989)
The chef cursing Sean Connery’s character in Tagalog in The Rock (1996)
Hmm… but how about insult? Pride? How I wish it’s always the latter, but more often than not it’s the former!
I know that we’re far from being model citizens of the world, but come on! We have more to us than typhoons, or a corrupt government, or Imelda and her shoes! Pinoys are loving, optimistic, hospitable people who possess multitudes of natural skills and talents!
Anyway, enough of my ranting. More of this stuff in Scott R. Garceau’s The Philippine Star article, Pinoys in TV Land .