IT’S GONNA BE A GOOD NIGHT!
ROGER, DO YOU COPY?
At one time or another you may have heard individuals from different countries say that “Filipinos are the greatest and most skillful imitators”. Now this may insinuate that Filipinos truly lack originality; that they are copycats so to say. But nonetheless, we beg to disagree with any such notions that they are un original. For example, none so more expresses that view than what’s happening in the field of entertainment. Global entertainment, that is.
Have you heard of the Black Eyed Peas (BEP)? Well, they just happen to be a 6-time Grammy Awarded hip-hop group with an estimated of 60-million records sold worldwide. As an original member of the Black Eyed Peas, Allan Pineda Lindo (a Filipino) has brought his culture, creativity and inventiveness into his collaboration with other members of this popular band. And it’s all original, we might add.
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Allan Pineda Lindo is one of the original members of the extremely popular band called the The Black Eyed Peas and is better known to fans as apl.de.ap (pronounced “Apple D Ap”). He is a Filipino-American rapper, record producer, and occasional drummer who was born in the Philippines to a Filipino mother and an African-American father, who abandoned the family shortly after his birth. His mother, Cristina Pineda, raised him and his six younger siblings as a single mother. At the age of 11 he came to the United States to treat nystagmus – an involuntary movement of the eyes. During a trip to Disneyland, Allan expressed his interest in staying in the United States but it would take another 3-years for his sponsor, Joe Ben Hudgens, to officially adopt him. He moved permanently to the United States to live with Hudgens. Allan co-wrote the lyrics of this hit song and sings the opening bars in this video.
And then there’s this one too …
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The word ‘Bebot’ is Filipino slang for pretty woman and this is the translated version of that song. The video features primarily Filipinos, Filipino Americans and other Asian-Americans. It was released in the Philippines and several other Asian countries. The song was written by Allan Pineda Lindo. This version (with English sub-titles) is for those who are not able to understand Filipino (the language) or Tagalog (the dialect).
INTERNAL COPING MECHANISM
Admittedly, there are numerous cinematic characters that Filipino artists and filmmakers borrow to ‘recreate’ new but nevertheless suspiciously similar ones. Remember Captain Barbell and Darna? How about Barok? These are some of the well-known comic book characters which could be proclaimed as ‘imitated’ versions of Superman, Wonder Woman and Fred from the Flintstones that ori ginate from foreign creative minds.
Perhaps the value of being great imitators is now stored in our collective cons ciousness as Filipinos and that could be either a positive or negative attribute about our cultural heritage depending on how you look at it. However, if creativity is at stake here, maybe the better word to use is not ‘imitation’ but ‘parody’ instead. In that respect, the art of parody would be more apt a des cription as why Filipinos are able to express this talent so well.
For the ancient Greeks, parody – derived from the word paroidia (from para which is ‘beside’ and aidein which is ‘to sing’), was an act of satire by imitating someone. It was an integral part of their entertainment. Expressing it was an essential part of their many theatrical plays.
So why are Filipinos so good at it? Well, it’s because they are generally a happy people by nature and by nurturance. Despite being downtrodden by the ineffect ualness, brazen antics and excesses of their politicians, parody makes their lives more bearable. It’s their internal coping mechanism and it works well too!
In the case of Filipinos, existence does not mean that if an act, event or thing is revolting or ridiculous, one can’t extract any sense from it. Filipino parody makes life less serious and has become a part of their culture and tradition. Parody stirs up the positive framework of their conceptual thinking and that there is always something ‘good’ that can arise from something negative. How then can imitation be negative or perhaps destructive to originality if it brings joy and rejuvenates hope for Filipinos and others around the world!
And that’s why for many of them, as Allan of Black Eyed Peas fame contends, tonight is going to be a good, good night!
BECAUSE HE WAS NOT TALL ENOUGH
From a young age in Manila and to help make ends meet for his family he worked as a billiards attendant at his uncle’s billiards hall, where he started learning the various cue sports. The called him ‘Bata’ or kid to distinguish him from an older player with the same first name. Because he was not tall enough to reach the pool table, he played while standing atop wooden Coca-cola cases that he moved around under him. At night, while he was dreaming of playing, the pool table was his bed. After establishing himself as a winner in the 1960s and 70s, he was discovered by promoters. This opened up opportunities to compete in big time tournaments. He began winning a number of tournaments in the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia until one day in 1994 he won the US Open 9-Ball Championship by defeating Nick Varner – the No.1 ranked player in the finals. He was the first non-American to win the event. Two years later, he was chosen to face off with the legendary Earl ‘The Pearl’ Strickland in an event called the Color of Money, named after the movie. The event was a 3-day race-to-120 challenge match of 9-ball. It was held in Hong Kong, with a winner-take-all prize of US$100,000. He won the match 120-117. This was the largest single-winning purse in a pool event. Near the end of 2004, Reyes beat Marlon Manalo to become the first-ever WPA World 8-Ball Champion. With the win, he became the first player in WPA history to win world championships in two different disciplines. He played from strength to strength and by 2010 he clinched his 5th title in the 12th annual Derby City Classic as the overall champion, making him the most successful player in the tournament’s history. Numerous fellow professional players around the world have credited him with being the greatest living player in the world. He’s no other than our own Efren ‘The Magician’ Reyes – the Living Legend of Pool.
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REACH OUT, STAY IN TOUCH
Welcome to the community web site for Filipinos in Hamil ton in New Zealand.
As of last count, Filipinos in New Zealand are now the third largest ethnic migrant group in the country. We are estimated to be about 45,000 strong to day and still growing. It’s ama zing when you come to think about number because back in 1985, you could count the number of us here with just the number of fingers on both hands.
Filipino-Kiwi communities that are spread out across different parts of New Zea land continue to seek better understanding of themselves in their new roles and lives as members of a much larger and diverse society. We are not only begin ning to educate ourselves but also the widest possible group. We yearn to explain why we, having been silent migrants for so long, are becoming a relevant minority. In that transformation together, we can all move forward and upward.
What this suggests is that the present environment is a time for us to update our thinking, express ourselves more vibrantly and break out of self-imposed shells lest we be denied rights to a democratic process, or acts of non-belonging. We each need to reach out and stay in touch with each other.
AND NOW IS THE TIME FOR IT
Over time, we have come to realise that the treatment of migrants by a host nation establishes a relationship between two groups. No immigrant expects an easy ride; all know that it will be a struggle.
But now is the time to stop whispering amongst ourselves and to claim our own part of the history of this country through our own collective voice. Nobody else can do this for us. This is our task, our responsibility. Only then, will we be able to connect with all the social, economic and political machineries of New Zealand, and walk with heads held high representing ourselves as New Zealand ers regardless of our ethnicity.
Each one of is a walking historian, and we urge each one of you in the region of Auckland to record, write and submit your stories and views, That’s what this website is for. For sure, there are records to be searched, oral histories to be recorded, stories to be written and shared, photograph collections to be colla ted, expanded and shared. We need to tell our stories as Filipinos living in New Zealand.
To have a voice, is a partnership. A voice cannot develop unless the host nation is able to listen to it. There is still much to be understood about ourselves and our evolving history in New Zealand. Using current technologies available on the Web, we continue to build bridges and links to other Kiwi-Filipino commun ities residing in other major regions of the country like in Auckland, Christ church and Wellington for starters.
In this way, we aim to make it easier for you and others in Hamilton to stay informed with what’s happening with them.
We invite you to be a part of it.