This video is an apt example of our (as well as a commenter’s) earlier point that Igorots just do not get easily starstruck with celebrities. Baguio/Makati boy Paulo Lingbanan Avelino (his mom is from Sagada, Bauko, and Bontoc and his dad is from Samar) — a contestant in GMA-7’s Starstruck — recently campaigned for text votes in Baguio and, compared to his fellow contestants, his supporters are not too many and they are kind of reserved too. Paulo’s segment is right in the middle of the video.
The whole video is hilarious. Or maybe the right word is “saddening”; it is sad that these kids are acting like (or being made to act like) politicians. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Ano ba yan GMA-7, what lessons are you trying to impart to your young viewers? Some choice quotes:
“Gagawin ko ang lahat para makatulong sa inyo balang araw.”
“Hopefully if I win, makikilala tayo sa buong mundo.”
“Hindi ko lang laban to, laban natin lahat to.”
“Tutulungan ko ang mga mahihirap.”
And Paulo? Thankfully, hindi naman unbelievable ang kanyang promise. Magpapaparty daw siya sa Baguio pag nanalo! So, if you want to see whether he will fulfill his promise or if you just want to support him, then vote for him here. You’ll also find details about him in his Friendster account. Here’s some pictures, in case you do not want to click the Friendster link kasi baka mapagkamalan kang fanatic 🙂
By the way Paulo (let’s pretend he googled himself and found this blog), the way you pronounce Igorot is not really the correct way of pronouncing it. Ask your mom.
UPDATE: The above Friendster account we linked to turns out to be a fake account. It’s not actually Paulo’s but by someone else. So for more information about Paulo, you can visit his Starstruck blog.