I know, I know, I should be in here more often for this place to be even remotely interesting.
But anyway I’m here now & you are here–& that is all we need, so welcome & come in, sit down, make yourself at home.
I know that most Filipinos run on a special kind of time that we local Filipinos affectionately call Filipino time. You can actually google the term & get a lot of hits explaining this term. And if you look at the times I have been here & actually writing something is probably proof of that. Well better late than never right?
And if you know of that bad joke that circulated during the 9-11 tragedy & this is not to make fun of that bad time in our recent history, then you would see how even in the worst of the time, Filipino time can actually be beneficial. Anyway the joke goes something like this, Why do you think there wasn’t any Filipino who was killed in the attack at the Twin Towers as we all know that there should be lots of Filipinos in that building? Why? Because the attacks happened about early in the morning, all the Filipinos were still on their way to work or their appointments. Okay, I have no idea if there is some truth to that, but there might be right?
Anyway, if you are like anything like me, you would probably notice that during the start of this century especially the last four or five years, you would see that the real Filipino time have actually arrived. I mean the Filipinos have finally made a name for itself in the areas of film, television, stage, music, dance, etc. etc.
And I am not saying that the likes of Lea Salonga who won a Lawrence Olivier Award in the early 1990s & appearing in Ms. Saigon & Les Miserable & recording a song for a Disney movie as well as the entire cast of Filipinos in Ms. Saigon have not made a name for the Filipinos at that time or at some other times earlier than that. No, we have been out there all this time. It’s just that there has just been no real respect given the Filipino. And why is that?
But not anymore right?
And what I am saying is that, lately as in the last four to five years, the world has finally come to give recognition & maybe even respect for the many talented Filipino singers, actors, dancers & other perfroming artists who have appeared in the world/global stage, especially in the age of youtube & the internet.
And if you would just think that it was probably in the early 1900s that the Filipinos have first wowed the world with the Philippine Constabulary Band winning the Grand Prize at the St. Louis World Exposition. (Yes only about a hundred years ago)
And even if you would think that it was in the 1960s when the Philippine Madrigal Singers have first wowed the world & have since consistently won all the top prizes in the world’s prestigious choral competitions for last four or five decades. (Yes only for the last 50 years or so)
You would then realize that we indeed have a knack for Filipino time, or for being late, even fashionably late. But we should have, as a race of people, who should have excelled in these art forms. But the world have just not been that kind to us, giving us no respect.
But no, not anymore I hope. No, at least not unless during the last four or five years or so.
Because now finally we have Allan Pineda, apl of Black Eyed Peas, a Fil-American.
We have Arnel Pineda, lead singer of Journey.
We have Charice, first Filipino to sing at a Macy’s Parade or at an inaguration ball for a US President. Not to mention to sing on US National tv shows & at major concerts of world-class singers.
We have Jokoy, first Fil-American (comedian/stand-up) to have a one-hour show in US television & appear on US National tv shows.
We have Vanessa Hudgens, half Filipina of High School Musical fame.
We have Anna Maria Perez, a granddaughter of Sylvia Latorre of Hannah Montana & Camp Rock fame.
We have Billy Crawford, a Fil-American who for a couple of years had made it big in the European singing market.
We have Cheryl Burke, a half Filipina who is now a two time professional winner in the US reality tv show ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
And of course one of this shows’s three judges is a Filipina, Carrie Ann Inaba, dancer, singer, actress, choreographer, etc. Carrie Ann also had a spin-off reality tv show with another judge of ‘Dancing’.
We have the three Filipino dancers of the dance group, JabbaWockeez, who won the title of America’s Best Dance Crew.
We have also a lot of Filipina newscasters/news anchors, among those in Socal are Cher Calvin who already won an Emmy award. And there is at least three other Filipina newscasters whose names I cannot remember at this time.
And if you want to include boxing as an art form, then we should include Manny Pacman in this list as he is the Boxer of the Year for 2008 & the current Best Pound for Pound Fighter.
So what says you, have the Filipinos finally gotten the respect & the recognition we should have had as far back as 100 years ago?
Yes then that’s Filipino time for you.