A couple of weeks ago, I learned about an appalling blot on Philippine journalism. A Malu Fernandez wrote an article, entitled “From Boracay to Greece”, and it was published on People Asia.

Some of the things she wrote were:

“The duty-free shop was overrun with Filipino workers selling cell phones and perfume. Meanwhile, I wanted to slash my wrist at the thought of being trapped in a plane with all of them.”

“While I was on the plane (where the seats were so small I had bruises on my legs), my only consolation was the entertainment on the small flat screen in front of me. But it was busted, so I heaved a sigh, popped my sleeping pills and dozed off to the sounds of gum chewing and endless yelling of “HOY! Kumusta ka na? At taga sann ka? Domestic helper ka rin ba?” Translation: “Hey there? Where are you from? Are you a domestic helper as well?” I though I had died and God had sent me to my very own private hell.”

“On my way back, I had to bravely take the economy flight once more. This time I had already resigned myself to being trapped like a sardine in a sardine can with all these OFWs smelling of AXE and Charlie cologne while Jo Malone evaporated into thin air.”

When the publication was badgered by affronted Filipinos from all over the world, Malu  apologized by writing this:

“As I type this, I’d like you to know that it’s not about whining, complaining and bitching but just stating the facts. Just recently, I wrote a funny article in my magazine column and my friends thought it was hilarious. It was humorous and quite tongue-in-cheek, or at least I thought so, until the magazine got a few e-mails from people who didn’t get the meaning of my acerbic wit. The bottom line was just that I had offended the reader’s socioeconomic background. If any of these people actually read anything thicker then a magazine they would find it very funny. Most people don’t get the fact that they need bitches like me to shake up their world, otherwise their lives would be boring and mediocre. I obviously write for the a certain target audience and if what I write offends you, just stop reading.

“Although it may sound elitist to you the fact is this country is built on the foundation of haves, have-nots and wannabes. One group will never get the culture of the other. Although I could mention that it is easier to understand someone who has a lower socioeconomic background that would entail a whole other page and frankly I don’t want to be someone to bridge the gap between socioeconomic classes. I leave that to the politicians in my family who believe they can actually help. Now I seriously ask you, am I being a diva or are people around me just lacking in common sense? Perhaps it’s a little of both!”

My first reaction was: THE F***ING NERVE! Other bloggers were a little less kinder with their words. I sent the link to a friend and he has been updating me on everything that’s going on about the quest to “punish” Ms. Fernandez.

Numerous “death threats, hate blogs, and insults” later, this was found over the Internets.  But people are not being very forgiving. The damage has been done, they say.

I admire anyone who has an Internet account and firm principles and can show “bitches” what wit is. With one voice we can definitely move mountains [no pun intended].

In connection to this, let’s use our power and unite for the environment.  Join BLOG ACTION DAY and “get everyone talking towards a better future.”

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