Sometimes I come across things that make me shake my head because I don’t know what to say. The above video is an example.
I’ve watched it five times but still can’t say whether it’s good and cool or bad and silly. I don’t know whether to appreciate Bob for wearing our wanes/wano/bahag or to hope that he’s banished to kingdom come for appropriating our cultural attire to make a spectacle of himself.
I think much of my uneasiness with what Bob is doing here is the fact that he’s “out of context” or wala sa lugar. I don’t mind people using our things but I do hope that they use it the right way.
And what’s the right way? I think it’s the way we ourselves use them. Nowadays, we use our bahags for special occasions so it has become a special attire for us. We don’t use it to frolic around like what Bob is doing here. (He’s in Makati, by the way.)
But that’s just me. What do you think? Well, vote in the poll below.
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