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Friday, May 05, 2006

Dealing With Harassment/ Maruja, Defender Of The Great Brown Race


How should a queer queen like me handle certain situations I felt violated?

Last Wednesday, while typing a script (or pretend to type a script), one of our technical crew lounged in our production room while waiting for the video clips to render in the editing room. He then stretch as if yawning and exclaimed that his tool is so hard.

He asked if it's a good thing. In jest, I just said, "It might burst."

But he didn't stop and commented that I'm probably good for ass-borking.


Although pretending to be one of the boys, I let out the crispiest cuss imaginable. It sounded like, "Put Tang in a mow."

We both laughed to hide the brewing tension. He should be.



Why do some people (like Gengki) are so lucky to have this?

While I have to settle for this?



When I first heard about this news, I thought it was a hoax just like Mariah Carey lambasting Regine Velasquez as "a brown monkey who can sing."

But it is as true as the rising price of oil, a 7-year-old Filipino boy in Canada was being disciplined by the school monitor just because he eats his lunch in a Filipino manner: with a fork and spoon.

And what's infuriating is the principal's statement to the complaining mother: that since they are in Canada, they should eat how Canadians eat (with just a fork).

That comment was just sick. It reeks of alienation and outright ignorance. I thought Canada is supposed to be a country that embraces cultural diversity? Should the school monitor also reprimand Chinese students from eating with chopsticks, calling it dirty and yucky? How about certain students who eat with just a spoon, would they be called pigs?

Well, sorry for those fork-sticking Canadians, but eating with only a fork is stupid and dumb. For one, scooping rice (the loose one, mind you) with a fork would only result to utter mess since most of the rice grains would just fall off spaces between the tinders. And don't get me started with using the fork in eating soup.

Eating the Filipino way is the most intelligent way to eat. You pick a piece of meat with a fork and eat it, then scoop some rice using a spoon and use the fork to sweep the loose grains onto the spoon. Not much of a mess.

Arrrgh, enough of the ranting for now. This argument would not end here, I'm sure of it.

But the bottom line is that the school monitor and the principal were disrespectful and disregarding of other people's cultures. That in itself is not educational.



This leads to another issue concerning the Great Brown Race. I remember Donita Rose, former MTV Asia VJ, told a personal account while riding a taxi around Singapore. The cab driver asked her what ethnicity she was, she proudly stated that she was Filipino (Filipino-American to be exact). The cabbie was stunned.

"You're not Filipino," the driver exclaimed. "That's impossible."

Probably the driver thought that all Filipinos look like this.

On another note, a local celebrity and her entourage visited Australia several years ago. She then went into a restaurant for lunch. Upon learning that she and her companions are Filipino, the restaurant staff suddenly put out a spray bottle and started squirting disinfectant to them.

What's so wrong about the word "Filipino"? Better yet, what's wrong with being Filipino anyway?

Dog eaters? The French eat pig brains. Americans eat bull's testicles. Japanese eat raw food.

Maids? So are the Sri Lankans, Chinese, Indonesians, and yes, even French.

Uneducated? We are a nation of writers, educators, inventors, businessmen, statesmen, diplomats, artists, and all other jobs the first-world occupy.

Whores? What's wrong with our innate exotic beauty?

Nothing belittles us Filipinos. We have toppled presidents in peaceful revolutions while America does not have a female president yet.



Teen star Mike Tan goes shirtless for the first time just for X-Ray Magazine.

Do you think you are hot enough? Why don't you submit a photo showing off your hot body worthy of a god to empressmaruja@gmail.com



I updated Maruja Radio with new tracks from Zsa Zsa Padilla and Itchyworms. I Hope you like it!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so good of you Empress! Nice post and with a powerful message for those who misinterpret our beauties! I hate people who thinks that Filipinos are just maids or something lower. Actually we are one of the most unique race and also the melting pot of East and West.

Fri May 05, 11:19:00 PM GMT+8

Blogger pseudo-artist said...

ang guwapo naman niya. yummy.

salamat pala sa pagbati ha. di ka ba nakapag-march?

Sat May 06, 12:47:00 AM GMT+8

Blogger undoy said...

hay josko tagal kong hinahanap si Geng dito ko lang pala makikita! pakibati naman naman ako sa kanya pls! :)

Sat May 06, 05:20:00 AM GMT+8

Blogger ribbiticus said...

excellent post, my dear empress!

i know that you are also sometimes subjected to sexual harrassment and you handled that quite well...

read about that item about that kid in canada too and all i can say is that you never can tell when racism will rear it's ugly head. some people cannot get past their prejudices and i say woe to them. they are missing out on exchanges with wonderful and different ethnicities that may enrich their lives.

lastly, i agree with you that being filipino, is not only about the color of one's skin, it's about being proud of our rich cultural heritage which others take for granted. :)

Sat May 06, 11:28:00 PM GMT+8

Blogger Empress Maruja said...

CHAS -- i agree. filipinos are so diverse and unique.

TENCHU -- no, i didn't attend my graduation, because i was working at the time. it was dealyed because of a mere 2 units lacking in PE (at wala kasing konsepto ng octoberian ang UST)

REMINGDOY RAND -- geng has a blog on motime. just look for "gengki the newbie" on my sidebar.

Sun May 07, 12:26:00 AM GMT+8

Blogger Neil said...

That was so shameful. Isn't he that undiplomatic for being too harsh with that spoon and fork? How awful! he shouldn't have claimed himself "educated" educator for the record. That was too barbaric and unacceptable. I am so freakin' disappointed how hyprocritical he is. Stupid racist ^_^.


As if Singaporeans are good-looking. Jesus Christ. We are so blessed! Why don't they visit the Philippines and see for themselves? Sheesh...


Oh, that spray incident, in the power of our mighty Empress (Maruja lol ^_^), that restaurant will go to the deepest and remotest KANGKUNGAN!

That was so uneducated of me ^_^.

Sun May 07, 03:21:00 AM GMT+8

Anonymous Anonymous said...

(laughing laughing!) tita, super aliw ako sa pic mo with tulis nguso ke lalaking makisig! pede bang iuwi samin yan? hahaha!

Sun May 07, 08:08:00 AM GMT+8

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grabe ha! Ang dami pa palang discrimination na nangyayari just by uttering that you're a Filipino.

Mon May 08, 04:38:00 AM GMT+8

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oo nga.. ang bastos nung principal noh?! pigs daw ang mga ganun kumain.. che..!! kawawa the bata..

e2 pala visit mo this site..
warla tiya..
inaaway pa si bryanboy sa pagkakaroon ng mas magandang blog..

Mon May 08, 10:44:00 AM GMT+8

Blogger talk said...

I have been raging with anger reading the article in the dailies. How could they? No respect of culture at all!! Damn!

Mon May 08, 12:32:00 PM GMT+8

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ang mean naman nila sa mga pinoy :(

Mon May 08, 04:25:00 PM GMT+8

Blogger Empress Maruja said...

ASIATIC NEIL -- You know what's best in dealing with racists? KUUUUYOOOOG! Just kidding!

NAO -- Hay naku! Isang pangarap na bituin talaga 'yang si Dennis Trillo. Imagine, I'm workign in the entertainment industry and I have yet to rub elbows with him.

DEMENTIA -- That's why some Filipinos abroad would instead claim they are Thais or Malaysians.

GODDESS -- Just checked out the blog you referred. Warla nga. My opinion? It's clear that he blogs for exposure. I've never seen a person who hates everything (or claims to hate everything).

TALKSMART -- Welcome to my blog! I too was angered when I read it. And now, the principal is mum about the issue. Serves him right.

C0LLEEN -- Yup, it's sad to hear. But not all foreigners are mean to Filipinos. I remember one time when a Scottsman visiting the Philippines was amazed at how we smile all the time.

Mon May 08, 05:30:00 PM GMT+8

Blogger . said...

Sayang at hindi ka pala nakapagmartsa. Pero u know what, I consider you one of the icons of AB. Hehe.

Mon May 08, 08:39:00 PM GMT+8

Blogger pseudo-artist said...

genki pala is from PETA? i think she and my bf know each other. small world :)

Mon May 08, 09:36:00 PM GMT+8

Blogger talk said...

Thanks for the visit empress (is this ur name really?) :-)

Mon May 08, 11:56:00 PM GMT+8

Blogger Empress Maruja said...

PUNKS -- Thanks for the compliment. But what did I do in AB anyway to be such an icon? Sell my flesh? hehe

TENCHU -- So your BF pala is also from PETA. small world nga.

TALKSMART -- Nah, empress is just a nickname. Gasgas na kasi ang queen.

Thu May 11, 04:47:00 PM GMT+8

Blogger Ace said...

I heard about the spoon and fork incident. I bet it happened outside Toronto. (I love the city for being multi-cultural. Diversity rules there). A friend told me, it happened in Montreal. I dont know how true.

But the disinfectant spray incident in Australia is worse. Majority, if not all, of Pinoys take a bath everyday!

Pinoys are getting sensitive with this kind of stories. Disputatious! But, they could only be rumors like the "Pets and Filipinos Are Not Allowed" sign in a pub in Italy (or was that France?).

I love your blog! Discovered it through Bend It Like A Banana by Charles.

More Pinot Rants!

Fri May 12, 12:20:00 AM GMT+8


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