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New Yorker by birth, shipped across the globe to the world of malls, shanty-towns, patronage, corruption, basketball and a curious burnt-toast smell that wafts around at dusk

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

As long as dated Philippine periodicals keep supplying the ridiculous advertisements, I will keep relaying them. This one, from 1980, has a blatant air of Village People, which is odd because Ginebra is the gin of the hard-working everyman, not the hard-partying gay man. The confusion could be reconciled by the fact that Filipinos, on average, are less aware of just how gay the Village People are. Most Pinoys know what YMCA and In the Navy are really about, but it's still easy to find people who think they're just hot guys in funny outfits, while nearly everyone in the United States knows these guys are some flaming embers.


Blogger Iloilo City Boy said...

I have an interesting anecdote: The guy in the middle is SONNY PARSONS who later became a politician (as most stars here become after they lose their luster). He used to be a Councilor in Marikina but subsequently lost his Mayoralty bid. A martial arts and gun enthusiast, Sonny Parsons singlehandidly stopped a gang of thieves who tried to rob his house in Marikina a couple of years back. He shot two of them dead if I'm not mistaken. So as you can see, Sonny Parsons is a true-to-life Macho Man and not just a make-believe "cowboy" like the Marlboro Man.

7:44 PM  
Blogger RafeBoogs said...

Well, I guess that settles any question about the sexual orientation of this Village People-esque ensemble. Although I still think the picture on the left of the guys straddling carabaos is pretty suspect.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Iloilo City Boy said...

Ha ha ha. True

9:30 PM  
Blogger Miaka said...

I think that group is the "Hagibis", the Philippine's answer to the Village People so any allusions to the Village People are justified. Although as pointed out, they were virile, macho working men (particularly their leader, sonny Parsons). Just check out their songs "Katawan", "Legs", and "Nanggigigil".

12:49 AM  
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