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August 24, 2007
Just how big is the Filipino outrage towards Malu Fernandez? My not-so-substantial post about her has been solely responsible for a huge spike in my blog's traffic, currently at over 400 visits just for today! I have never had this many people (people that I don't know!) visit my blog. And I've never had so many anonymous (and venomous) comments on a single post before!

Just goes to show how much hate there is going around, directed at Malu Fernandez. Pinoys and OFWs all around the world are getting the word, reading the article, and determining for themselves just what exactly is the fuss all about.

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August 23, 2007
So it was my 22nd birthday yesterday, August 22... And you're never too late to drop a greeting, you know!

Thanks to everyone who sent their greetings. I think I received more greetings this year than last year, and I'm really happy that I even got some from unexpected sources. But the strangest greeting I got this year was from my past self! Imagine my surprise when I checked my email and found this message with subject "You're 22":
Dear FuturePunzki,

You have just turned too old to be considered "cool."

So sad.

This surreal birthday greeting came courtesy of, sent on August 1, 2006. I swear, I have no recollection of ever writing to my future self!

Seriously though, now that I'm a year wiser, I think 22 is a pretty darn cool age.

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August 19, 2007
If you are a Filipino, then I guarantee that your day is sure to be ruined after reading this. Even if you're not a Pinoy I'm pretty sure you'll at least lose your appetite. Read the comments and follow the links and you will find out why everybody hates Malu Fernandez nowadays.
However I forgot that the hub was in Dubai and the majority of the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) were stationed there. The duty-free shop was overrun with Filipino workers selling cell phones and perfume. Meanwhile, I wanted to slash my wrist at the thought of being trapped in a plane with all of them.
On my way back, I had to bravely take the economy flight once more. This time I had already resigned myself to being trapped like a sardine in a sardine can with all these OFWs smelling of AXE and Charlie cologne while Jo Malone evaporated into thin air.
All in all, it’s been a pretty good summer. Jetting from the Aegean Sea to the Pacific may sound a bit pretentious until you wake up in economy class smelling like air freshener.
I wasn't planning on blogging tonight or even for the next few days but people like Malu Fernandez can make anyone's blood boil. As if the Philippines wasn't experiencing enough hardship right now without this bitch's derisive attitude towards her own countrymen. Is it possible for a country to disown one of its own citizens? If not, can we make an exception just for her? Punyeta.

After some thought, I've finally figured out why the article was so offensive for me. Sa lahat ba naman kasi ng lalaitin niyang mga tao, mga OFW pa. It's like going to America and making fun of the soldiers stationed in Iraq. Malu, make fun of politicians and celebrities if you like, I might even laugh with you, but at least have some respect for our tireless workers who give us pride and hope and help keep our economy afloat. They make such sacrifices out of need, yet what have you done for our country lately, aside from giving us shame?

(A less venomous commentary can be found here.)

Update: Not sure if this is 100% official/confirmed, but this article reports that Malu has succumbed to the public outrage demanding her resignation! I hope this is the end of this emotionally-charged episode. There are lessons here for all of us, not just Malu (and I have no desire to expound on them at this time).

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