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.
Labels: Philippine Chika