Let me begin by saying ‘Congratulations’ to everyone behind the festival. I know they put in a lot of hard work in the fiesta preparations. By now, I hope they have managed to catch up on sleep, and that their eye bags have disappeared.
As with the past years, at least two beauty pageants are touted as highlights of the 2009 Pamulinawen Festival.The Search for Ms. ABC (Association of Barangay Councils) was held on February 4 at the Centennial Arena while the Search for Ms. Laoag is slated on February 10 at the same venue.
More mature societies have already shunned the idea of the traditional beauty pageant.Radical feminist groups, in particular, have lambasted beauty tilts as a form of exploitation of women and the perpetuation of a patriarchal concept of human aesthetics.
For what is a beautiful person? Organizers, of course, harp on the idea that beauty comes from within, blah, blah.But the competition criteria belie this.The minimum height requirement is 5’3”.Plus, you must look good in a swimming suit and, ergo, you must have a softdrink-bottle-shaped physique.
Yesterday, your karikna was invited to speak in a seminar-workshop in the University. As the Opening Prayer came before the Philippine National Anthem, yet again, I was reminded of this article written (and sent to me) by Manuel Quezon III, explaining why it should go the other way instead. Quezon III–grandson of the illustrious Philippine Commonwealth president–is a journalist, political pundit, and historian.
Country first always
WHICH should come first in a public ceremony: an invocation, or the national anthem? To any Filipino before the 1990s, the answer would have been as simple as it would have been instinctive: obviously national anthem first, then invocation. This was the way it was always done; this is the way it is done elsewhere. Even the Vatican City State has a national anthem, and the Pope stands at attention at the playing of the anthem of his state with that of any state he happens to visit, and only afterwards proceeds to invoke God and bless the people, after the state rituals have been concluded. This is the way things should be. But somewhere along the line, and I believe it began only within the last decade and a half, things have changed in our country. Continue reading “Why the National Anthem must precede invocations”