More than two decades ago, Ferdinand Marcos, then the dictator of Philippines rigged the election and got himself reelected. Amid serious political unrest against election fraud going on in Manila, he and his wife Imelda stepped out to the balcony of Presidential Palace and sang a song together to celebrate his election victory. The news footage of this looked so ridiculous to me at the time. Singing in public like two teenagers in school play.
Not long after this stunt, they were pushed out into exile. Now that I read this article, I can get some insight into Marcos duo's behavior: Singing was a serious business for them, and worth doing it even in the face of mounting unrest.
Sung badly, or with just a touch too much defiance, the song can unleash unspeakable violence from the audience. According to Manila police, men have died attempting to hit the final note.
I was looking for a satire tag.
posted on 02/11/2010 6:08:01 AM PST
(Remember in November!)
posted on 02/11/2010 6:19:13 AM PST
(A country can survive its fools, but it cannot survive treason from within.)
It’s really hard to condemn a serial karaeoke killer.
posted on 02/11/2010 6:27:25 AM PST
I'm willing to nominate this for Weirdest Thread Title. Additionally, I'm willing to nominate Phillipino Sinatra karaoke singers as Weirdest Cultural Collision.
Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
posted on 02/11/2010 6:41:28 AM PST
by The Comedian
(Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
I lived in Makati when Marcos was first elected. He was the hero of heroes. Imelda was a bonifide world class beauty queen. Their children were worshiped as were Caroline and johnjohn. They were super stars and very much loved by all the people.
They were truly corrupted by the power emanating from Forbes Park
At that time, most restaurants and clubs and even the movie theater had bold signs “ Please Check guns at the door”
posted on 02/11/2010 6:42:41 AM PST
(K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. Taxes will give them a stake in society)
posted on 02/11/2010 7:10:26 AM PST
(Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)
My wife, who’s a Filipina, and sings this thing at home on our karaoke machine, responds to the article with a laugh and, “Well, it’s a BEAUTIFUL song!”
There you have it. Cowering in the corner, I said NOTHING.
posted on 02/11/2010 8:21:46 AM PST
by dagogo redux
(A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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