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Monday, July 13, 2009

Freddie Aguilar clarifies 'monkey' remark

“Bayan Ko” singer Freddie Aguilar has clarified his controversial remark that drew flak from fellow singers Arnel Pineda and Gary Valenciano.

“Hindi ako nagsasabi ng monkey. Ang sabi ko kaya tayo binabansagan, [tayong] mga Filipino, [na] unggoy dahil manggagaya tayo,” Aguilar said in a taped interview aired on “The Buzz” Sunday.

In one of his interviews, Aguilar reportedly slammed Pineda, the Filipino vocalist of American rock band “Journey,” and international singing sensation Charice for proving what international singer Mariah Carey had reportedly said about Filipinos.

Carey had allegedly likened Filipinos to monkeys because they would only mimic the styles and songs of other international artists.

Aguilar maintained that he never mentioned Pineda in that interview.

“Si Arnel (Pineda) hindi ko siya isinama doon. Binanggit lang iyong pangalan ni Gary (Valenciano), tapos si Regine (Velasquez) din. Sabi nila tinawag ni Mariah Carey na ganoon (monkey) tapos dinugtong ko na lang iyon. Pero actually isa lang ang tinanong, si Charice lang,” he said.

The Filipino folk music icon, however, stressed that he has nothing against Charice and Valenciano. He said he was merely voicing out his opinion.

“Tinanong ako sa opinion ko. Alangan naman ang ibigay kong opinyon hindi iyong nararamdaman ko,” he stressed.

He acknowledged though that Charice is a good singer. He added that he would be impressed more if she sings original Filipino music in her gigs abroad.

Aguilar, who is behind the worldwide hit "Anak," also made this challenge to all Filipino singers: “Ako magtatanong sa lahat ng mga singer na Filipino. Bakit puro banyaga ang kinakanta ninyo? Iyan ang tanong ko. Hindi iyong tinatanong niyo sa akin kung bakit ko kayo tinatawag na unggoy.”

“Kayo ang nagpatawag na unggoy dahil gaya-gaya kayo,” he added.



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At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sa totoo lang mas mukhang unggoy si freddie kesa sa nyo.....hehehehehehe

inggit lng yan kce nde nya narating ni freddie ung mga narating nla gary, charice at arnel.

toink.

 
At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pero totoo naman.. kakainis na yung mga singers na puro covers na lang ginagawa.. is there no more originality in Filipinos??? give the people something fresh and new. Music is like a living organism that should evolve, not just become fertilizer.

 
At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tama si Ka Freddie.. di tayo dapat pumayag na makilala bilang mga talentadong manggagaya. Isa rin kasi yan kung bakit namamatay ang industriya ng makata at malikhaing isip...
Wag naman sana dumating ang panahon na puro tunog banyaga ang alam ng mga kabataan.

Para sa mga konyo at pasosyal... itanong nyo nga sa mga anak nyo kung alam pa nila ang kantang "Bahay Kubo" at "Leron leron Sinta"?

 
At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie actually has a point in terms of Filipinos imitating (which are bad imitations)foreign artists should really stop, one example is Gary Valenciano imitating the late King of Pop (that's why I really hate him). However, I find his sentiments about Filipinos (should) singing Tagalog songs on international shows such as Oprah soooo ABSURD. If Charice sang any OPM songs on the said show, then would American audiences appreciate her?

One more thing, Mariah's comment on Filipinos being "monkeys" is purely a humor, as a matter of fact she enjoyed her concert here.

So may I suggest that we should stop imitating or (worse) plagiarizing foreign art of works.

Even in films and tv shows, and the worst "monkey-like" behavior that i've seen in our country is the show "sana maulit muli" obviously derived from the film "If Only" starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tuluyan ng magmukhang unggoy si ka freddie.

nde bagay kay freddie ung mahabang buhok. prang nagmumurang kamatis ang kumag.

kung ako sau freddie, magsuot ka narin ng malapad na sinturon ung style na katulad ng kay santa claus.....hehehehehehe

 
At 4:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fredo....Fredo.....Fredo tama na yang dila mong baluktot at yang mata mong singkit.Gumising ka na sa katotohanan o baka naman may balak ka lang pumasok sa pulitika kaya para masabing makabayan ka nag comment ka ng ganoon sa dalawang bagong bayaning Pilipino.Kaya tigil na ka Fredo........

 

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