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The perfect words to describe Mideo Cruz’s garbage

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For his somewhat immature and juvenile views regarding Philippine History, I don’t have a liking for F. Sionil José even if he’s one of the late, great Nick Joaquín‘s dearest friends. I may have a preference for José’s prose. I bought his famous Rosales novels as well as his other books, and I think they’re OK. But like I always say to other like-minded people, he’d better stick to fiction where he’s good at. Just like Ms. Bárbara González should stick to writing about the comforts of life.

But another thing that Mr. José may be good at aside from moulding fictitious characters and circumstances from his mind is art criticism. And this is what he has to say to describe Mideo Cruz’s controversial works

Sionil José calls Mideo Cruz immature, juvenile
By: Maila Ager
INQUIRER.net
2:01 pm | Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—National Artist for Literature Francisco Sionil José lambasted on Tuesday the controversial artwork of Mideo Cruz, who put a wooden penis on the image of Jesus Christ, saying it was not an art but an illustration that the artist was “immature” and “juvenile”

“I saw the pictures, which too many people object and I said this is not art. These pictures illustrate that the artist is immature and juvenile in his attempt to express his views,” José said in mixed English and Tagalog when he faced the Senate investigation on the controversial artwork.

“This artist is not all that good because we do it when we were kids, where you put a mustache in people… anó ba yan,” he added.

But José defended art in general, saying there was nothing “obscene” in it compared to the obscenities of corrupt officials in government.

“The obscenities in this country are the powerful Filipinos who do not do their duties, the corrupt officials, who are not responsible. These are the obscenities in our nation. There are only bad artists and bad writers,” he said, which elicited cheers and applause from the people in the hearing room.

José then called on the Cultural Center of the Philippines to be more sensitive to the definition of the art itself.

Good point. For future exhibits, how should art be defined? What are the parameters and benchmarks? Who should criticize art? These and other related questions should be answered so that in the future no more garbage will infiltrate our Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Mideo Cruz, probably mighty proud by now that he's up against Everybody's Favorite Whipping Boy (formally known as the Roman Catholic Church). But now he has earned the ire of a secular heavyweight... and a National Artist at that.

Immature. Juvenile. Probably the best, the most precise choice of words —without honestly resorting to insults— to describe Mideo Cruz’s Poleteísmo garbage.

For his age, Mr. José still has a good eye for aesthetics. So again: he’d better stick to fiction and the arts. So please, stay away from Philippine History. That would also be honoring a dearly departed friend in Nick.

Cena vs. Pacquiáo: let’s get it on!

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Below is an interesting report from ABS-CBN News’ Gretchen Fullido regarding WWE Superstar John Cena’s comments about a possible Cena-Pacquiáo match.

‘Pacquiao will knock me out’ – WWE star
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Posted at 08/15/2011 1:00 PM | Updated as of 08/16/2011 10:54 AM
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MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Nine-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion John Cena is known for his toughness inside the ring, but he admits that he won’t last against Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiáo.

“I think it would be very quick, and the decision would be obvious,” Cena said. “Manny Pacquiáo will knock me out in the 1st round.”

Cena also said that if Pacquiáo ever enters the wrestling ring, then the WWE champion will have to work on his quickness.

“If Manny will enter the WWE, I would have to work a lot on my quickness. He is lightning quick,” Cena said. “So just give me a little bit of warning if he decides to (enter the WWE).”

Cena admitted that he was a big fan of the pound-for pound king.

“I have a lot of respect (for Pacquiáo). He’s done so much, not only for the Philippines. His popularity has transcended,” Cena said.

Cena was attending the WWE’s “Be A Star” red carpet event for their Summer Slam pay-per-view.

He will be fighting CM Punk in a match that will decide who will be the Undisputed WWE champion.

— Report from Gretchen Fullido, ABS-CBN News

Super Cena. Also known as Mr. "Fruity Pebbles".

That’s one thing I like about John “Super” Cena: he’s damn honest.

Yeah, I call him Super. Because WWE Creative always favors him in major matches despite the endless boos he gets through the years, thus disrespecting wrestling fans in the process. They still think that he’s the best. But I hate this idea that he’s the best… because he’s not. CM Punk’s the best… he’s the best in the world!

But that’s another story.

Let it happen: Cena vs. Pacquiáo! ASAP!

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. stepped in the ring against the Big Show in WrestleMania XXIV. Why not Pacquiáo, too?

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