October 9, 2006 · Posted in: General, Podcasts

Kris Aquino: Deal or no deal?

Kris Aquino (Wikipedia)IN the Philippines, whether you like it or not, Kris Aquino permeates your consciousness on an almost daily basis. You see her on TV: in a gameshow, a talkshow, and numerous commercials. Before Milenyo struck, she loomed large in billboards along EDSA.

Happy, sad, or mad, we know how she feels. Or at least, how she chooses to project herself.

We’ve watched her fall in and out of love, go to court, take care of Josh. Whatever she’s doing, whatever she’s involved in, she takes center stage.

In this podcast for i Report‘s series on voyeurs and exhibitionists, Jo-ann Maglipon, editor-in-chief of Yes! magazine, paints a profile of Kris.

A picture of Kris would not be complete without her audience, so we also asked people whether or not they liked Kris, if they would vote for her as a senator in the event that she ran in the next elections, and whether or not they looked up to her as a role model.

Day in, day out, Kris asks eager, sweating contestants a question. Now it’s our turn. Kris Aquino, deal or no deal?

Listen to Maglipon’s podcast:

Language: English
Length: 00:12:25
File size: 5.8 MB

Listen to what people on the street have to say:

Language: English and Filipino
Length: 00:04:08
File size: 1.9 MB

22 Responses to Kris Aquino: Deal or no deal?



October 9th, 2006 at 10:16 am

It’s good to include showbiz in PCIJ’s coverage.

I’ve lived a peripatetic life, and I’ve seen worlds within worlds in this country. But if there’s anything I’ve seen to unite diverse Pinoys, it’s showbiz.

Then of course there’s the HUGE power that showbiz has over the minds of the majority.

I’d wager it’s more showbiz–rather than the mainstream media — that influences public opinions.




October 9th, 2006 at 12:01 pm

Kris Aquino is omnipresent.



October 9th, 2006 at 1:24 pm

“The affectation of the rich…”? What the hell does Maglipon mean by this? From what I know, decent and legitimate old-money families or individuals pay close attention to their demeanor and are considerate in what they say to others. They are simple, genteel and cultivated with their speech. They are not into bling blings and would rather spend their time doing actual humanitarian work than generously pay or bribe“loyal” employees. Hoy Maglipon, you sound like a sip sip.

Here is my impression of Kris Aquino:

She is not educated, intelligent nor articulate. She is exactly what you described her—-nothing but an “affectation.” To publicize personal details about one’s STD makes me vomit. Did Maglipon ever think about a two-way street between Kris Aquino and the company she wanted to endorse? It’s all about money isn’t it?

Kris Aquino, if you ever read this post, please explain as to why you said the following in your shows:
1. Bakit wala kang trabajo? (Did it ever occur to you that jobs are scarce in the Philippines?)
2. Your brother likes Mariah Carey? Is your brother gay? (Thanks for exposing a contestant’s brother on national tv.)
3. Para maalis ang pimples mo. (Humiliating an acne-prone contestant.)
4. Magkano ang utang ng Mama mo? (Like I said, a true and decent person does not talk about money or prices.)

Kris Aquino seems to live in her own materialistic fantasy world taking advantage of unfortunate bakya crowd’s stupidity. I hope God struck all your billboards down.



October 9th, 2006 at 2:02 pm

We idolize showbiz personalities like they are immortals, forgetting that they are not better than you and me, instead of considering them as a source of entertainment at a price. Like the Britney Spears, the Madonnas, other than someone, who don’t know what to do with their wealth, they are soon forgotten as a blip in human history. Kris Aquino, didn’t get to where she’s at now, if not for her famous father and equally famous mother. She just exploited them both and taken the most impressionable including the voice on the podcast for a ride. Happy trip to never, never land and hope they wake soon, before they’ll be dreaming with her for eternity.



October 9th, 2006 at 2:31 pm

Danilova, if its showbiz that has a bigger say in public opinions, then there must be some wisdom too in suggesting that our kids’ schools should focus and reorient itself towards such purpose, no?

Think of the virtues that is expected to be generated from having superstars rule our consciousness– glamor, good-life, and independence.

And showbiz unites all Pinoys, you say? What a lovely treat: dance, act and sing, pretend that we have kept our troubles away…

Deal or no deal?



October 9th, 2006 at 6:44 pm

Yeah, Freewheel, sometimes I do wish I could be more “bakya”…ka-age ko si Kris, but she probably earns 100 x more than I do. I think. hahaha…

I’ve had to move my kid to different schools several times in her short life (sigh), and guess what? In two different schools, I met FOUR parents who give their daughters (my kid’s classmates) dancing lessons, singing lessons, and sent them to compete in Star Circle Quest, or whatever that show’s name was (sorry, I don’t watch TV, hehe, too busy being geeky…but EVERYONE around me DOES watch…)

The first school I sent my kid to, during better times, was more high end…The parents of that girl I mentioned drove a BMW. The school I send her to now is more low-end, but still a private school. I’m using as an anecdotal indicator of the Pinoy “universal” attraction to showbiz.

Now, my neighbor sends her kid to the local public school and is SO proud of once being a dancer at Eat Bulaga…

Seems to me that the majority of Pinoys (remove the elite, the leftists, and the ultra-religious) don’t want to be serious.

This is probably why we have not had a revolution yet, despite the fact that the “objective conditions” have existed for the longest time…

Sure, most Pinoys want to dance, sing, and pretend everything is OK… there must be a way to see that as a starting point?

Maybe local showbiz can graduate to being more cause oriented (like Hollywood in the McCarthyist era)?

I know, you’re probably saying, dream on, Danilova…

What do you think?



October 9th, 2006 at 8:01 pm

“…whether or not they looked up to her as a role model.”

to me, kris aquino definitely is THE role model for the average pinay… as much as paris hilton is THE role model for the average american woman.

(perish the thought.)


Juan Makabayan

October 10th, 2006 at 12:48 am

If both are legally qualified and run for President whom would you vote for?

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo vs Kris Aquino for President

Tough choice:
the Cover Girl vs the Cover-up Girl

the Tactless Talker vs the Double Talker

the Endorser vs the Usurper

the ‘Deal or No Deal’ Hostess vs the Wheeler Dealer (hustler, operator, an opportunist, self-seeker, a person who places expediency above principle)

What are the odds that what are behind the Candidates’ images are ‘higher or lower’ than what’s ‘inside’? Which is worth another risk/chance?

I think, on many counts, Kris is the better deal. Winnability-wise worth the bet too. She’s extremely popular and once she starts talking sense she can be as brilliant as Ninoy and as ‘magical’ as Cory.

We don’t need a ‘perfect’ leader. What we need as a people is an inside-out extreme makeover. Kris is in-process, transforming. Soon she’ll bloom before the eyes of millions — a child-woman growing up from heartaches, rising up from failures. We need a leader whose own life is an example of ‘pagbabagong buhay’ that will give hope to us who need to.

Kris is potentially the Candidate with the ‘KKK’ — Kapamilya, Kapuso, Kabayan!!!



October 10th, 2006 at 3:04 pm

Many good points, Juan Makabayan. But didn’t the left — and many “credible” persons — make the mistake of supporting Erap because of his popularity?

But then again, at least with Kris, what you see is what you get…



October 10th, 2006 at 5:53 pm

“But then again, at least with Kris, what you see is what you get”

Danilova, how could we be certain? What we saw from her Mom, we didn’t get. I’m not a pessimist, but judging from part experience, we can’t really judge the book by it’s cover and it’s true, but when it comes with our politicians, we can’t judge them at all after the facts. Sad but true..



October 10th, 2006 at 6:41 pm

I have no personal against Kris, as far as showbiz is concern she can command a crowd. Put entrusting Phil Government to her is a big NO!

Maybe in desperation of our current political situation you have bend your thought “Makabayan” but then again, examine how Kris is getting the crowd of the showbiz. Hindi bat kasi e madaming tsimis kay Kris na gusting gusto ng showbiz crowd? Kris become famous not because of her ideology in life, nor about her knowledge of dealing with people. She became famous because of her kaek-ekan.

I am not telling showbiz people have no right in politics, but look at Vilma Santos and compare her with Kris and then tell me what quality can we get from Kris to lead us? What are the leader quality does Kris have? Wala yata akong mapulot.

Even Cory does not approve many of her action.

The rule “don’t judge the book by its cover” is a backward bended reasoning that should not be used in politics. For in politics we have to decide based on facts, because we will be the “kawawa” for the terms of the elected official. Is there a better factor to arrive in a better decision than to read the facts around us?

Kung tatakbo si Kris sa ngayon sa politika sa aking palagay ay isa yung dagok kay Ninoy Aquino at sa kanyang adhikain.

Sige iboto nyo si Kris ng mag kaekekan na ang pilipinas. Papalakpak din ako, kala nyo kayo lang mahilig sa sowbiz? Ako din!



October 10th, 2006 at 7:12 pm

juanmakabayan, i agree. i’d vote for Kris Aquino as well.



October 11th, 2006 at 10:11 am

cvj, ikaw din? :)

if many of my good friends here (and that includes Jo-ann Maglipon) are willing to give Kris A. their support, they must have seen something that i missed.

admittedly, even without my lone vote, Kris would win. the question, begging of an answer, remains: her winning, for Philippine politics, bane or boon ?

i strongly feel against supporting a candidate, without me knowing anything of a hopeful’s agenda–softspot, notwithstanding.

i subscribe to unconditional love in matters of personal relationships, but i abhor unconditional and blind support in politics.

thus, my vote, insignificant it may be, carries ONE condition—put into writing that she wont let her office and position be a hindrance to the fulfillment of Hacienda Luisita’s peasants/workers share in the land reform-distribution and in fact, use her influence (by then, as a senator) to promptly conclude the arrangement.

she must also go after the vast landholdings of the Arroyos, Macapagals, etc. in short, be the main campaigner of real agrarian reform.

if you could promise me this in writing, there goes my vote for you, and a modest contribution to your campaign kitty.

be a part of the solution, Kris, and not of the problem–as we have lots of it, already.

wish you and your new family the best of health.



October 12th, 2006 at 10:06 am

Freewheel, you’re right.
I’m not a fan, just trying to be realistic. If she runs, she will win. She has the money and celebrity. If Manny Pacquiao runs, he will win too.

Much better if people’s groups pushed them to sign a “pre-nuptial”-sort of contract about what they will do when they get into power…



October 12th, 2006 at 12:20 pm

Danilova, don’t get me wrong, I have great love for Kris A., her tube shows, and her whirlwind romance with rebelliousness. Am wont to apologize for that, being an A-1 certified rooter.

because of that, I could partly emphatize with Jo-ann M. (a top-notch journalist way back) and many others, being somewhat magnetized and drawn in by Ninoy’s youngest powerful personality. she is anything, but never a mediocre.

a loyal rooter turned frustrated fan, a likelihood without that WRITTEN promise, is what i don’t wish to happen. and my adamance on that condition may prompt others to heckle, ‘you must be dreaming…’, but yield, I wont.

for we can ONLY achieve things or reach a destination; ONLY as far, or as high, as the dreams that we allowed ourselves.

besides, as one wisecrack in our streetcorner then would often tell me, ” masarap mangarap, ano? wala pang bayad! ” :)

on another note, your suggestion of a written ‘pre-nuptial agreement’ is great, especially to that of a voter and a candidate. the concept is easily understood by the vast majority, and is not without a precedence–often used by the stars themselves… :)

what can i say?, i love Kris.

(why, Conrad d Q. professed to the Mom and I can’t to the daughter ?)



October 13th, 2006 at 1:21 pm

Freewheel, i agree. While she definitely has potential, and while nothing she has done in the past disqualifies her for any leadership aspirations, like you, the support i give needs to be qualified by the commitments she makes on the issues you have mentioned.


Juan Makabayan

October 13th, 2006 at 11:02 pm

But I think Kris will make a better advocate than candidate. A ‘Strong Filipino Family’ advocacy is a good example. Politics is very tempting for those with opportunity to win. But for some or most it could be a very ‘bad deal’ in the sense that credibility is somewhat tainted by self-promotion inherent in politics.
“The Filipino family is worth living for” advocacy is a call for heroism that ‘takes the torch’ from “The Filipino is worth dying for” martyrdom.


tongue in, anew

October 14th, 2006 at 4:57 am

We’ve had enough of intelligent leaders – that’s what my subordinates used to say when I tried to dissuade them from voting Erap in 1998. Mas matalino, mas magaling magnakaw, they would even add then.

I would ask them, “but where would he take us to?” The ready answer was a question, “saan ba tayo dinala nina Makoy, Cory, Ramos?”. I give up.

I always believed education would always be my top criteria for my candidate…until I heard Imee Marcos saying on TV after Erap’s removal, “Yung mga matatalino, hindi na ako naniniwala sa mga ganyan.” She even went further by repeating the line my former subordinates argued with me. And that’s coming from the daughter of one who many may claim as the most intelligent Pinoy of all time. I now fully embrace her idea that the best leader we can have today is someone who can inspire us, especially those in the lower classes, to get moving and start helping themselves. Someone who governs behind the trust and confidence of the people. Someone whose words are meaningful and sincere.

The next good leader can leave the technical stuff to his lieutenants and concern himself with the direction of this country’s voyage.

After all, it’s what the great minds of old had wanted, and reflected in the constitution that the President need not even be college educated.



November 10th, 2006 at 1:07 pm

A Strong Filipino Family comprises of one single spouse and offsprings who are biologically related to one another. Kris for the next president? Common now, haven’t we suffered enough embarassment already?



December 12th, 2006 at 9:20 pm

Pag-artistahin na lang natin si Kris. Tama na yung mga maiingay sa pulitika. Masakit na sa ulo. Kung idadagdag pa natin si Kris sa hanay nila, baka di na natin kayanin dahil asahan natin lagi syang nasa balita.


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