Friday ∗ 02 Dec 2011

Dear Teddy Boy Locsin

I believe you were trying to be funny and witty, your followers will say ah, it was satire. But truth to tell there was nothing here that could be taken as constructive criticism really, and therefore there was no reason, there is no justification, for the kind of homophobia, the kind of discrimination, that was in that piece you call the NAIA Mess. And since those words you used couldn’t function as satire, in the end it’s all just literal, it’s all just you and what you think. Ah and what a revelation that is.

For one thing, you reveal yourself as someone who didn’t do your research yes? Bloggers weren’t the only ones complaining about the NAIA 1 airport, we all were. And in fact the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) planned that renovation of NAIA 1 before those international surveys pointed to what we’ve known all along: it is the worst airport ever.

And I’m not gay, but it’s just wrong that there are no proper toilets at the airport. And I’m sorry but I’m not rich enough to go straight to the hotel after the airport, and if you’re a backpacker or middle class traveler, you’d know that the airport is a space for staying and waiting around, and not one that we pass through to go to the next five star hotel. And unlike you, I care that all of the airport works, and that includes not being ashamed of it when I ask tourists to come and visit the country. That includes not dreading having to leave the country because I have to pass through and hang around the worst airport in the world.

Ah, but I guess you don’t know about staying in airports sir, because you are the Teddy Boy Locsin. Konyo par excellence! This is what you reveal yourself to be here. Which allows you to not care about the rest of us, which is not surprising as far as konyos are concerned, but goodness gracious you were once a government official, yes? And now you’re on cable TV news? Que horror. What must the world think of us.

What must it think, seeing as the world judged the NAIA 1 airport and found it wanting, and you’ve called all of them homeless gays. And then you say that they do blowjobs in public bathrooms. Wow oh wow. I don’t care that you think this really, and I’m not surprised, but to have used a space that’s supposed to be about credibility and intelligent thinking to actually articulate this? To have even thought to say it out loud and on television? I believe you need a filter, Mr. Locsin. Like seriously.

Because there is nothing here that will justify your homophobia. And in fact there was no reason at all to delve into talking about homosexuality vis a vis the NAIA 1 renovation plan. Ah, but then you reveal yourself with that line, “The 3 designers fingered but did not name Cabinet members with no connection to DOTC or the airport.” Wow, you began with the presumption that the designers were gay eh? And you were on a roll from there? And you just couldn’t get enough of the idea of kabaklaan and so you just pretended you were doing otherwise by hiding behind the cloak of wit and humor?

In the process of course you reveal yourself ill-informed and just plain wrong about the NAIA 1 rehabilitation plan. The team of Cobonpue-Layug-Pineda were working closely in those eight months – EIGHT MONTHS – with the Manila International Airport Authority and the NAIA office itself. In fact this plan was presented to the cabinet and even the President, and it was met with approval. In fact, your beloved DOTC Secretary was out of the loop because he had yet to be appointed to the position. Or maybe he had yet to care. But that doesn’t mean the work that was being done was unsolicited, or was done based on false promises or unofficial negotiations with government.

Ser, alam ko konyo ka, pero magbasa ka naman. Or hire a researcher.

Because if you did you would find that that there was no garden paradise in that proposal of Cobonpue-Layug-Pineda, as there was a fully functional and multi-functional garden, waiting area, reception area, for those waiting to leave and waiting to pick a relative up. That space exists at this point too, it’s just ugly and horribly inconvenient.

Oh, but you wouldn’t know that yes? You’d most probably go to NAIA 1 and pass through some VIP entrance.

This is what you were going to lose really, the distance you and your social class and stature have always kept between yourself and the masses who use the same airport that you do. You were so going to lose this with the Cobonpue-Pineda-Layug design, and you didn’t want that, did you?

Nor does your favorite DOTC Secretary Mar. Oh you celebrate him Mr. Locsin, for being transparent! But of course what you both fail to see is that your transparencies have revealed you both quite arrogant about this issue, and just uncaring and insensitive to the more creative among us. Mar did it by asserting, consistently and unapologetically, that the proposed design was all aesthetic and beautification and did not take into consideration architecture and engineering concerns. Of course he was wrong: the NAIA’s own team of architects and engineers were working with the Cobonpue-Layug-Pineda team the past eight months.

Oh but you agreed with Mar, and that doesn’t just make you wrong, it also revealed how you both belittle the creativity of certain artists not of your choosing, how you look down on the kind of work that Cobonpue-Layug-Pineda do. And pray tell why?

Why say that all that Layug is is a “pioneer in postmodern furniture,” instead of an interior designer and architect, in fact the first Filipino to open a showroom in the US? Why say that Pineda “has his admirers” instead of acknowledging that he is an architect with an impressive international portfolio? Why say that all Cobonpue did is design “Angelina Jolie’s baby’s bassinet” when he has won awards for this country and is celebrated all over the world other than here?

Pray tell Mr. Locsin, what would you call Josie Natori? Fernando Zobel? Jeannie Javelosa? Emily Abrera? Along with Cobonpue Layug and Pineda, these people were invited by, and volunteered with, the NCC, too.

Tell us what you think with all the sarcasm you can muster, Mr. Locsin, and watch us lose all respect. Watch yourself unravel into the macho konyo that you are.

The NAIA mess? No, Mr. Locsin. You’re the mess.

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12 Comments/Pingbacks

    • Dina Sumulong
      December 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Uyyy, bati na sila.


      Don’t tase me bro.

  1. Joseph gonzales
    December 3, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Thanks for this, i was so shocked at locsin’s vitriole. Couldnt have said it better

  2. Lisa
    December 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Uh Oh, We have another Patricia Evangelista in our midsts. At least Pat somehow makes sense. This one is just self centered and indulgent.

    Just what our world needs now. Righteous pseudo intellectuals.

    • Dina Sumulong
      December 3, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      *Sigh.* Lisa, Lisa, Lisa.

      I absolve you.

    • Dina Sumulong
      December 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      Lisa! Just got it – call me Slo Mo – is your real name Ria? Hahahaha!

      Keep well! as they say

  3. TonGuE-tWisTeD
    December 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Go get him, Kat.

    How much would he make sales-pitchin for Leandro V. LOCSIN + Partners anyway?

    Halatang obvious naman. xp

  4. Dys Sahagun
    December 5, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Do you have the link to Mr. Locsin’s commentary?

  5. J
    December 6, 2011 at 1:47 am

    What the heck is that elitist douche doing on World Tonight anyway? He should be kicked out of ANC.

  6. Anina
    December 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Hi, did cobonpue group show proposed floor plan for the airport which shows how it will be improved other than adding the extension containing shops and a green area for circulation? Thanks

    • katrina
      December 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      yes they did! Royal had this wonderful wonderful plan for inside the airport, which would remove many of those counters we don’t need, and would refurbish the ceilings, etc.

      and in fact it was presented to the president and the DOTC before the head became Mar Roxas. and it was approved all around.

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