Wednesday ∗ 09 Sep 2009

gag her! or incredible kris redux

whatever it is that has happened since this time and the present, since her rise to motherhood and wife-hood, since her now overexposed face selling every possible product on television — since the death of Cory — i daresay we have all forgiven Kris Aquino. or at least we’ve tolerated her. or maybe we’ve become immune to her?

which is really why she’s getting away with ruining Noynoy Aquino’s chances at a decent win when he does run for president now that he’s running for president. truth to tell, i’m not totally sold on Noynoy just yet — he needs a good platform, i believe– but i’m also not about to let it all go to waste.

one can’t help but wonder if it’s Kris who’s just become so willing to throw everything away. because what this whole family banks on, what the Aquino magic banks on, is a simplicity that isn’t wont to be corrupted. but Kris, selling everything from chicken to cake, facial care center to clothes, flowershop, tile cleaner, and well, tiles (!), can’t be seen as such.

this is a woman who has made a living out of talking about where she bought her clothes and shoes, or how much she wishes for an expensive bag. she sits in front of actresses for an interview and notices their shoes and clothes and asks them how much these are. it is a lifestyle that’s anything but simple.

or deep. because Kris has imposed as well, too many times on television, her own sense of what a “lifestyle” should be, not just on her viewers, but recently, even on Noynoy. of course we know she’s pakialamera really, and can’t help but put her feet in her mouth. so for a while she insisted that Noynoy stay single, because he has too many things on his mind raw, at least until she was forced into an apology. she has also consistently brought up her son Joshua in relation to Noynoy’s decision-making process, prompting me to ask: teka teka, sino bang magulang ng batang yon? why must Noynoy take responsibility for him more than he does for any other Aquino?

oh, but because she is Kris, she must reach the lowest of levels and speak of the superficial and shallow. so she finds the need to talk about Noynoy’s makeover on nationwide television. we expect a makeover, yes, but utang na loob, make it happen quietly. we don’t need a blow-by-blow account of which spa treatments Kris has implored Noynoy to get, and how she will dress him and style him for the campaign. we don’t need alist of couturiers, or a list of the brands of eyeglasses that he must now wear.

what we need to hear is less of Kris, and more of Noynoy. what we need is less of Kris talking about her family as if it is gossip, and more of the rest of her sisters in her. she must realize, they must make her realize, that she is the least credible of the Aquinos at this point — even her pamangkin Jiggy is infinitely more credible. she must realize that at this point in time, our love for the Aquinos goes beyond her, yes, but as the most visible Aquino, her words are those that stay in our heads, her kababawan what we are reminded of everyday.

it’s a good time for Kris to bite her tongue in fact, maybe come up with a less hysterical public/TV image, because it is now that we realize that an Aquino child can be different. that Ninoy and Cory created children who have strength and grace like Balsy, and who own a quiet serenity like Viel. but also there is Pinky, who has spoken most candidly about her family in the wake of Cory’s passing, and yet has chosen her words well, has kept many things private.

this Kris MUST learn. because she must also realize that in the process of being herself, she loses votes for Noynoy. for once in her life, Kris must let another Aquino take centerstage, and while it’s obviously difficult for her, and we know that if Noynoy wins we will not hear the end of her “sacrifices”, let her be quiet for now, gag her now. before it is too late for Noynoy. and for us.

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15 Comments/Pingbacks

  1. luisa realubin
    September 10, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    amen to that!

  2. resty o.
    September 11, 2009 at 7:27 am


  3. ina
    September 11, 2009 at 10:15 am

    luisa and resty: salamat! nakakatuwa/tawa/dismaya ang comments sa blog ni stuartsantiago. baka gusto niyo ring pasadahan. :)

  4. Alex
    September 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Ina,

    If either of Kris’s parents were alive and seeking office today, even they would lose votes if only because of Kris.

  5. MN Yano
    September 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    this is very interesting! thanks for sharing. will repost this in my facebook notes

  6. pnbenedictos
    September 13, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    with due respect, kris aquino is immensely popular, the queen of multi-media. she’s a film actress, tv host and endorser of consumer products. if you are offended by her personality, there are millions more filpinos who are charmed by her. artista siya kaya lahat ng ginagawa niya tinututukan ng press. if she is truly offensive, bakit marami siyang tv shows, films (mostly box-office hits) at endorsements? are filipino audience gullible? madaling mabola, mauto? they are more intelligent than they are given credit for. they identify with kris because she is not perfect. her ill-fated relationships with philip salvador and joey marquez must have pained her mother. but at least she works hard and she can talk sensibly. her eulogy during pres. cory’s funeral was a tour de force performance. not a few were left teary eyed when she said goodbye to her late lamented mother.

  7. walter ang
    September 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm


  8. rbsantos
    September 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    ahlavet ms palanca award winning woman!

    where art thou? why did you leave FB? how will i bug you now???

    relax rica…ha ha ha

  9. krip yuson
    September 13, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Yup. Brava! Completely agree. I’m sold on Noynoy, but shudder every time
    that sis of hers opens her trap. — Krip

  10. jorge arago
    September 13, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    why don’t we persuade cris aquino to join the pink sisters, but give her a pass for election day. that should assure noynoy a landslide victory.

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    September 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm

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  12. denisz
    November 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I am so posting this in my facebook. will give you due credit. thanks!

  13. ina
    November 7, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    thanks denisz!

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