This is an enjoyable performance of both Paulo Avelino and another Starstruck contestant singing the Black Eyed Peas’ rap song, Bebot. Pareho silang magaling although mukhang mas bigay na bigay yung isang kumanta kaysa kay Paulo 🙂
The Bebot song, by the way, has reportedly become a hit among Filipino Americans. A story in the La Times explains why:
The Filipino American community is famous for putting its cultural identity behind assimilation. Though they’re the second-largest Asian group in California behind the Chinese, they have never established set “Filipino” neighborhoods — the equivalent of Monterey Park for Chinese Americans or Little Saigon for Vietnamese Americans. There is a historic Filipinotown west of downtown L.A., but the U.S. census found that less than 15% of its residents are actually Filipino.
Many Filipinos arrive in the United States speaking English, immediately making assimilation easier.
“Part of the problem is we blend in so well,” said Winston Emano, an executive at an L.A.-based public relations firm and a community activist. “We have a rapid rate of assimilation. Put a Filipino in Antarctica, and in one month they’ll be one with the penguins.”
For Emano and others, “Bebot” is a vibrant reminder of their cultural past, an easy-to-digest history of their shared experience.
UPDATE: Proof that Igorots are not celebrity-obsessed is the fact that, so far, the discussion about this post in the comments section focused more on “Filipino identity” (which was touched upon by the LA Times article) rather than on Paulo. I guess its our collective way of saying: “Yeah yeah yeah, Paulo you are a celebrity, you are in Starstruck, we will vote for you because you have the potential of helping change Igorot stereotypes but we have more interesting things to talk about.”
So join us in the comments if you are interested about cultural identity, national identity, regional identity, history, and a concept called post-modernism. Of course, for those so inclined, comments about Paulo’s rapping abilities, the probability that he will win, his love team, his hair and make-up, etc. etc. are still welcome. This update is added just so the comments won’t look out of place 🙂