Thursday, October 14, 2010

From Gay Liberationist Movement to Gay Empowerment?


Unlike before, gay liberationist movement in the present is already accepted by the society. We cannot completely disregard the negative connotation of gay people as men hunters, perverts, but these successful gay men prove that like straight men, they can also be fulfilled individuals.

Gay Lingo Dictionary

Anik / Anetch — ano (what) / which
Balaj — balahura (shameless)
Bitter Ocampo — malungkot (sad) / nagngingitngit (fuming mad) / bitter
Baklah / Baklush — used instead of one’s name, may refer to any gender
Givency / Janno Gibbs / Debbie Gibson — bigay (to give)
That’s Entertainment / Anda / Andalucia / Anju / Anjo Yllaña — datung (money)
Fatale — sobra (excessive) / to the max
Feel / Fillet o’ Fish — type / gusto / natipuhan (like)
Fly — alis (leave)
Forever — palagi (always) / matagal / mabagal (slow)
Pagoda Cold Wave Lotion — pagod (tired)
Washington / Wishing / Wish — wala (nothing or none)
Chanda Romero — tiyan (tummy)
Mahalia Jackson — mahal (expensive)
Kuya Germs — madumi (dirty) / bearer of germs
Lucresia Kasilag — lukaret / baliw (crazy)
Lucita Soriano — loser na sorry pa
Luz Valdez — matalo (to lose)
Winnie Santos — manalo (to win)
Award — pinagalitan / pinagsabihan (reprimanded)
Freestyle — slow makagets (to understand) / slow
Imbey / Im — imbyerna (irritation)
Jowa / Jowabelles / Jowabella — karelasyon / BF or GF
Kape / Capuccino / Coffeemate — magising ka sa katotohanan (be realistic)
Lupita Kashiwahara — malupit (cruel)
Rita Gomez — nakaka-irita (irritating personality)
Enter the Dragon / Entourage — pasok (to enter) / come in
Julie Andrew / Jolina Magdangal — mahuli (caught in the act)
Antibiotic — antipatika (bitch)
48 Years / 50 Golden Years / 10,000 — matagal (after a long time)
Crayola — iyak (to cry)
Thundercats / Chandeliers / Masyonda — matanda (old people)
Wrangler — gurang (also means old)
Jubis / Juba — taba (fatso)
Jutay / Jutes — maliit (small)
Kangkang — sex
Reyna Elena — ulan (to rain)
X-Men — dating lalaki (formerly a man) now gay
Morayta / Murriah Carrey — mura (cheap)
Pamintang Durog / Pamenthols — closet gays / acting as men
Backstreet Boys — cute boys at the back
Chiminey Cricket — chimay (maid)
Goodbye Suklay — goodbye
Fayatollah Kumenis — payat (skinny)
Anaconda — ahas (a snake) / traitor
Anong petsa na? — asked when someone is taking too long to dress up, etc.
Charing/Tienes — jest / a joke / not serious
Kaplang — mali (error) / mistake
Barbra Streisand / Barbara Perez — bara / binara (bluntly rejected)
Regal Drama Hour / Maalala Mo Kaya — when someone tells a sob story
_______, ikaw ba yan? — when someone acts like another
person, maybe a showbiz personality or not. (example: Vilma Santos, Ikaw Ba yan?)
Purita Kalaw — walang pera (broke) / mahirap (poor)
Rica Peralejo — mayaman (rich, from the Spanish word rica)
Chova / Chovaline Kyle — chika lang (small talk)
Cookie Chua / Cookie Monster — magluto (to cook)
Clasmarurut / Klasmarurut — classmate
Cynthia Luster — hindi kilalang babae o lalake (unknown she or he)
Daot — insulto (insult)
Eksena / Eksenadora — mahilig pumapel / mahilig sumabat (someone who always likes to figure in a scene)
Emote — mag-inarte pa rin (one who is over-acting)
Karir/Career — sineryoso ang isang bagay like BF or work (to be seriously involved)
Lafang — kain (eat)
Lapel — malakas ang boses (someone with a loud voice)
Carry / Keri / Cash & Carry — sige (OK or alright)
Cathy Dennis — “makati” (frisky) or promiscuous
Char / Charot / Charing / Charbroiled — not ok
Liberty / Statue of Liberty — libre (free)
Okray — paninirang puri (criticize)
Lucky Home Partner — live-in partner
In Fairness — pampalubag loob (to console)
Compared to Lugaw — kesa wala (better than nothing)


Gayspeak, instead of looking at it as an entirely informal or colloquial language, it is also a proof of their creativity and wits, on how they could amazingly invent or associate words that only these gay people can think about. This is a way of resisting on the image of gay people as a whole. For those who are anti-gay, this is a different way of viewing them. They are still human, they could also be wrong sometimes. They do have feelings, capable of loving and they also get hurt. Their only dilemma is that they are women trapped in men’s body.


The University of the Philippines Babaylan

The University of the Philippines Babaylan is the leading gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) students'organization in all campuses of the State University, at the same time maintaining national and international linkages and presence.
The Organization's views on major issues in the community, particularly as they affect the lives of Filipino lesbians and gays are heard and treated as the stand of the LGBT community of the University. It empowers them by educating them on their rights as members of society and accordingly, teaching them how to assert their rights.


References:

http://www.hidecodesgalore.org/philippines-f31/gay-lingo-dictionary-xd-t920.htm

http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=UP_Babaylan







Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Alpha Female


Alright, I will give you guys this song. I must say this is quite entertaining. The melody is awesome. The lyrics are hilarious. This is sung by a group known as Young Men (YM).

This song tells of a man who had been battered by his woman partner. He suffered all kinds of unimaginable physical pains. This is quite interesting because we get a woman who is almost like a man because she was able to inflict those kind of tortures to the man.

To put it simply, the man was weak. The woman was strong, OVERLY STRONG, I must say (lol).  

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Mas mahal na kita ngayon, higit pa kesa noon
Mas mahal na kita ngayon, at sa habang panahon
Wala akong pakialam sa 'king nakaraan
Kahit na ako'y pinagtatawanan
Ang mahalaga'y mas mahal na kita ngayon
Dahil...

Di mo na 'ko tinutulak sa'ting hagdanan

Di mo na nilalagyan ng lason ang ulam
At sa gabi pag ako'y tulog nang mahimbing
Di mo na ako tinatakpan ng unan
Di mo na sinusubsob ang mukha ko sa kalan
Di mo na 'ko sinisipa sa 'king harapan
At mas makinis na rin ang balat sa dibdib
Dahil hinding hindi mo na 'ko pinakukulam
Ang hapdi at kirot ng sinapit ko noon
Di ko na ramdam pagkat mas mahal na kita ngayon

Mas mahal na kita ngayon

'Wag ka nang magtatanong
Basta't mahal na kita ngayon
Yan ang lagi kong tugon
Kahit di mo nakikita o nararamdaman
Ang aking tuwa ay walang paglagyan
Ang alam ko lang mas mahal na kita ngayon
Dahil...

Di mo na pinapakain ng para sa pusa

Di mo na pinipitik ang mata ng pigsa
At pag sinabi mo sa 'king damit ko'y maganda
Di na masyadong malakas ang iyong tawa
Di mo na 'ko pinasisinghot ng paminta
Di mo na nilalagyan ng langgam sa tenga
Hindi na kulay dugo ang aking paningin
Dahil hindi na hinihiwa ng blade sa mata
Ang hapdi at kirot ng sinapit ko noon
Di ko na ramdam pagkat mas mahal na kita ngayon
Ang mahalaga'y mas mahal na kita ngayon
Dahil...

Di mo na kinukwentong satanista ako

At ang nanay ko'y nireyp ng isang maligno
Nabawasan na rin ang bukol sa ulo
Dahil hindi mo na'ko pinapalo ng tubo
'Di mo na pinapalayas ng nakahubo
'Di mo na pinapaligo ng bagong kulo
Medyo hindi na rin ako nagmumukhang bungo
Dahil hindi mo na dinodonate ang aking dugo
Ang hapdi at kirot ng sinapit ko noon... howohuwohuwo
('Di ko na ramdam pagkat mas mahal na kita ngayon)
Kahit nasan ka man mas mahal na kita ngayon
Ang cute mo naman bagay ka sa iyong... ataul...
Hay salamat! 

Funny? Funny?
Hell yes!

Wanted: Life Partner

I read that Gloria Steinem advised women that they should "strive to become like the men that they had always wanted to marry." (I got this from Eat Pray Love which I just finished reading a week ago.) I like the idea of being someone you'd want to marry. It's kinda like what Ghandi said about being the change you want to see in the world. If I do decide to get married someday, I'd want to be with someone who's living a life of passion and purpose, someone who loves the Philippines fiercely, someone who's smart, independent, and grounded. I hope to be like that too.

BUT THEN I also thought, WHAT IF men also strive to be the women they want to marry? I guess (and correct me if I'm wrong) men want women who can become doting mothers and wives. Women they can have good conversations with. Women they can establish a solid friendship with. Women they can have good sex with? (Ken, being the only male in our class, do enlighten me on what men want.) But I also think men should be ready to become doting fathers and husbands. Men should be willing to stay home when wives make plans. Men should bring their kids to school and help them do their homework. Men should also be loving, affectionate, giving, and patient--adjectives we usually associate with femininity. I think it's possible. I'm a huge fan of the Ick-Guzman marriage, and I remember Ma'am Ick telling me that sometimes her husband turns down roles because he needs to stay home with the kids. Ma'am Ick said that her husband says, "Ang mga excuse ng mga matrona, excuse ko rin." Pak. That's love.

Dagtang Lason in the House, Homies!

I first heard this song late last year. It was hilarious. I was having a major last song syndrome. It was stuck in my head for weeks. I remember my mother throwing me deathly glares every time I would sing or RAP (lol) this out loud. I must say that when I was able to memorize this (yes I did memorize the whole song), it was pure satisfaction. Well, I think you will all agree that this song is THE B.O.M.B. I will leave it to you guys on how you want to take that statement.

Dagtang Lason first shot to fame was when they released Nagmahal ako ng Bakla on YouTube in 2008. It became an instant hit. Today, it garnered more than 5 million hits (and still counting!). Hailing from Olongapo, the group is composed of singers and composers Buhawi, Kadena and Marbaggz. The song tells the story of the characters who had suffered heartaches and misfortunes with women who were only after their money. They turned to loving gays, who gave them all the love and care, trust and loyalty that they did not received from the women that they have loved.

Let us go into the song, shall we?

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Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin


Simula't sapul ang puso ko ay lagi nang sugatan
Sineseryoso ko bakit ako ang iniwanan
Kaya ngayon nagising na ko sa
Katotohanan na lolokohin lang kami
Ng mga kababaihan


Kaya ngayon napagpasyahan
Na bakla ang aking iibigin
At ipapadama ko na himig na aking
Damdamin sa kanya
Oo nga! At hindi sa isang babae
Dahil ang puso ko ay kanilang sinabutahe
Para bang ako'y isang laruan


Na kanilang tinapaktapakan pagkatapos
Pagsawaan kanilang tatalikuran
It's so unfair kaya bakla na lang
Ang iibigin kaya ngayon pakinggan niyo
Para sa inyo itong awitin.


Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin


Hinanakit sa babae ang dahilan
Kung bakit nagmahal ako ng tulad niya
Kahit siya ay pangit
At di niya pinagkait at sakin di lumapit
Kaya hanggang ngayon virgin pa ang aking pwit
At alam ko naming wala akong kahati


Di ko siya mabubuntis
Pagkat pareho kami ng ari. Grabe!
Buong buhay niya ay sa akin binigay
Lahat-lahat kanyang inalay
Basta wag akong mawalay sa kanya
Di na kita iiwan kahit na ika'y bakla
Basta't tiwala mo sa akin sing kinang
Ng tala at totoo.
Relasyon natin ay parang ginto
Mahal kita wag lang sana kong magkatulo.


Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin


Na sulat ko ang kantang to dahil sa galit
Pagkat sa tuwing nagmamahal
Puso ko'y napupunit
Ginawa ko naman ang lahat
Sa kanya inilaan
Binigay ang nais na luho
Pati ang aking katawan.


Pero kapalit nito ay isa palang kataksilan
At nagawa pa niya na ako'y pagtawanan
Kaya ngayon si Len Jack
Ay labis ang pag-iyak
Puso ko'y parang nasagasaan
Ng limang milyong truck.


Siya ay simpleng tumatak
Ang sakit ng natamo
Kaya nagdesisyon tuloy ang puso na laging bigo
Na bakla na lang ang iibigin ko
Di na ko masasaktan nagkapera pa ako.


Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin


Isang bakla ang iibigin habang buhay
Sa kanya ko lang inalay ang puso kong makulay
Siya ang nagbigay ng tawa at saya
Pag-ibig kong ito sa kanya lang
Lumigaya kesa sa GF ko
Na wala namang pake


Nagmahal ako sa kanya ng wala ng silbi
Kaya sa isang bakla ako ay nagmahal
Kahit sa ibang girl pag-ibig ko ay matumal
Kahit karumaldumal pa ang kanyang pagmumukha
Basta wag niya lang akong gawing kaawaawa
Kaya sa bigo, sa mga babae diyan
Umibig ng bakla nakakalat lang yan diyan


Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin


Ayoko ng umibig ng kahit na sino pa
Kasi ako sa'yo ay okey na
At ako'y sa'yo na
Basta yung responsibility ay wag limutin
Wala kang ibang gagawin
Kundi ako'y pasayahin, ako sa'yo ay happy
Kasi lagi akong busog
Hindi mo ako ginugutom


'Cause takot kang mabugbog
Sa buhay ko ikaw ang pumapapel na yaya
Pero kahit ganun hndi pagpapalit sa iba
Pero wag kang umasa na sa'kin ka maka-isa
Bago tayo magtabi sa kama magpa-opera
Oh di ba hi-tech?
Tayo ay modern na lover
Pag dumukit ka sa'kin sisigaw ako holdaper!


Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin


Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin


WHAT DO YOU THINK?
I do not know to you guys but I LOOOOOOOOVE IT!


KIdding aside, we can find so many gender issues here. Whoever said that this song is cheap, corny, and not intellectual enough will eat their words. The song is full of representations!



1. Women here are deemed as VIOLATORS. Unlike the mainstream perception that sees women as weak beings, we can clearly see that, here, it is quite the opposite. The male characters suffered because of women who were just after money. The women here are so strong that the male characters were practically left traumatized and had to resort to another gender to avoid this kind of women.


2. Men here are WEAK. i think we are well aware that men are typically conceptualized as strong, not emotional. The characters here were used and abused. I think you all get the picture.


3. Gays are the best partners in love. As much as we want to deny it, gays are not wholly accepted in our society. Yes, we mingle and are sometimes friends with them but I think you will all agree with me that most people are still afraid to build an intimate relationship with gays. This song suggest that men can be with them. Although the characters still would not build intimacy with them, the lyrics said that they would if gays would be operated to become a woman.


Hmmm, interesting, isn't it?
DAGTANG LASON FTW!


Queer Commercials on the Rise

Earlier, the concept of the queer gaze was discussed wherein there is fragmentation and focalization of the male body that is suggestive for Filipino male homosexuals. The following commercials can be said to be blatant in their portrayal of the Filipino male homosexual and construe it as something normal and accepted in Philippine society. But what do you think?

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A fine lady gets passed up for an even finer man

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For canton I would...

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As a straight male basketball player, even I found this funny.

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You waited too long, bakla! Ayan, naunahan ka tuloy.