Rico Yan Hullabaloo

Wow, I had no idea that the Rico Yan tributes had reached such a fever pitch back in the Philippines. As Teddy Benigno puts it, the media seem to have blown him all out of proportion as though he were some sort of godlike philanthropist rather than just a TV actor who endorsed cellphones. Meaning no disrespect to Rico’s memory, of course, but where does one draw the line between fond remembrance and beatification?

And in the midst of all the hubbub, did anyone notice the passing of National Artist for Music Lucio San Pedro? He was the composer of “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan”, and leaves the esoteric field of Filipino classical music with a rich heritage.

(Okay, okay, I probably wouldn’t even have noticed if Tiff hadn’t pointed it out to me.)


  1. Mic says:

    You should have seen it, Paulo. The media coverage reached ridiculous proportions: it was as if there was no impending oil price hike and no anti-American rallies at the US Embassy. Levi Celerio, the man who penned the lyrics of “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan,” also passed away. I’m going to miss seeing TV clips of him playing a leaf.