As I’ve explained from my previous blog, work has been keeping me busy from discovering new music. And even with my free time, I just haven’t heard anything that piqued my interest at all!
After clicking the Filipino Vines video without giving much thought, a cover of Vice Ganda’s song caught my attention – and it was the best thing that happened to me. 🙂
Here is said music video:
Some background regarding the video:
“Pabebe” is a term that’s been circulating a lot on the Filipino social media, and from what I could tell, it basically means someone (usually a young-teenaged person) who is very narcissistic and often takes selfies at every free time they have. They would also incorporate very bad English in their posts as well. “Pa” as a prefix means to-___, so, “pabebe”, would most probably mean someone who tries to act cute – like a baby. The original video that stemmed that slang probably came from here and here.
This scene would make so much sense now, seeing the girl post something as ridiculous as recording themselves eating a fucking mamon. I think this “pabebe girl” phenomenon isn’t that surprising though – as my cousin (who’s 6 years my junior) is one of them. I clearly remember her cringe-worthy post in English on Facebook – “Don’t mess with me you just a hater jealous of my clinic bitch!!!!” – by “clinic”, what she meant was actually clique. Yeah, her English was that. bad.
Other than that, Vice Ganda pokes fun of those who also stick their tongues out in an attempt to act cute again (funnily enough, my cousin’s guy friend also did something similar, recording themselves making “LOOK AT ME IM SO HOT”-faces and sticking his tongue out!), and also mentioning in the lyrics how thick the make-up they put (my cousin has also learned how to shape her brows as early as 12). Sheesh.
Although I would like to laugh at my cousin’s English grammar as much as I want to, in the end, I understand that it’s just a phase that every teenager goes through! At my time, it’s ringing your neighbour’s doorbells and running away as fast away as you can, at her time, they just got the short end of the stick by having their dumb acts immortalized on the internet…
Okay, now that we’re done with that, let’s talk about the man behind the whole thing.
Jose Marie Borja Viceral, also known as Vice Ganda, is an actor, stand-up comedian and tv presenter, most famously known as the host of the popular noontime variety show It’s Showtime. He is also the first openly gay endorser for a major product in the Philippines, which is no small feat indeed.
Now as I’ve mentioned before, I haven’t been paying attention to the entertainment industry in the Philippines, so I’m gonna just brush aside my thoughts on Vice making several jokes on gang rape. Instead, I will focus on his outfits throughout his career.
This pose, his hip-hop-ish attire, PLUS, his headband is the combination only Vice Ganda can work!
Only he can look so effortlessly classy in this attire!
How do you mix-and-match that kinda outfit with sneakers? ^that’s how.
In conclusion, this guy knows how to work his stuffs.
On the other hand, my Filipino guy friend said he looked much, much better without make-up! …a sentiment I might have to agree with, I’m afraid!
Yup… definitely one of those annoying people who look good (or, better yet, better) without make-up.