Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Can This Be It?

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I have never liked Sandara Park. Even when she was still a wannabe-actress in the Star Circle Quest, I felt she lacked the talent to make it as an actress or as a singer. But she kept topping the Texters’ Choice Votes. Why? After SCQ she continued to be in show business; instead of fading off into obscurity, she seems to be gaining more fans. And with her movie Can This Be Love making a killing at the box office, it is undeniable—she has a hold on the Filipino public. Why?

Let me go out on a limb here: I believe Sandara Park has the potential to be the next Jolina Magdangal. Ack! But her being Korean will also mean there will be distinct differences between the two.

More and more I’m convinced that she has “It”, the inexplicable x-factor. It can neither be taught nor created; it can only be harnessed, fine-tuned, and exploited. Like Jolina she has somehow captured the imagination of the Filipino masa. Maybe they were looking for their very own San Shai (the Meteor Garden heroine). Maybe they liked her combination of beauty and innocent charm. Her very cluelessness seems to work for her; they are very protective of her when she is accused of having no talent. She has talent, they claim, she’s just shy to show it. And they easily forgive her lack of English and Filipino speaking skills. She’s just being herself, they say. I suspect they found a doll they can call their own; certainly she dresses like one. She’s not one of the masses but she certainly belongs to them. Her cluelessness is very natural and makes her funny in an endearing way.

How far can this cute factor take her? How long will this love affair between the Filipino masses and this bulol-speaking Korean girl last? Who knows. Is she relevant? Heck, relevance is not an issue here, not when you’re dealing with a krung-krung girl anyway.

Meanwhile you can snicker all you want at her crooked English and Filipino, her colorful outfits, and her seeming narrow range of facial expressions available at her command. Just remember that she and Hero were the main reason why Can This Be Love did more than 20 million in its first week. I bet she’s snickering more.

11 Comments:

Blogger Nelson said...

She should be obliterated (like Jolina -- but Jolens had already faded after she left 2). But I don't that will help.

The whole nation will be mourning if she dies, and the masses will be demanding justice. And she's not even Filipino.

hay ewan1

1:51 PM  
Blogger McVie said...

Korek! "Hay ewan." As in, Ewan McGregor. :-)

Mahirap maintindihan. Kaya tinatanggap ko na lang na may kapit siya sa masa.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Dude said...

hi sir, i'd like to use some pictures in your bikini bodies pictures. can i link to it and place your link on the entry too?

6:19 PM  
Blogger McVie said...

Sure, dude. Link away. :-)

6:38 PM  
Blogger Dude said...

lol, nothing fancy. just wanted to link to that 16year-old runner-up. thanks!

6:57 PM  
Blogger McVie said...

Sure dude, no problem. :-)

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Leigh said...

All this "dude"-ing is driving me nuts... Not to mention dudes calling you sir. A trainee insists on saying "po" to me even if I told him I'd kill him if he did it again. Sigh.

8:41 PM  
Blogger McVie said...

Hey, his name is "Dude", okay? Give me a break. :-)

And I'd prefer to be called "sir" rather than be addressed with "po" by a trainee. Instead of killing him, you should fire him then bad-mouth him in the industry so that he's forced to join a call-center.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Nelson said...

medyo kinilig ako sa inyong "sir-dude" exchange ;-)

wala lang nag-iintriga lang po hahahahahaha

11:47 PM  
Anonymous mimilanie marquez said...

Quote for the day...

Melanie commenting about Kris Aquino...

so what kung bayani ang tatay ni kris at presidente ang nanay niya! bakit? ms. international ba siya

1:50 AM  
Blogger Kervin said...

Ahhhhh, lets just say, I kinda like Sandara, even in SCQ (though it pains me to admit it, that I like her and its the only reason I took glimpses of the show)

Would be assassins can find me at tent #9, somewhere on mount makiling.

4:14 PM  

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