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August 23, 2007

Malu Fernandez: The final Quote

Filed under: heroes, Malu fernandez, OFW — didee @ 1:47 pm

The controversial Malu Fernandez (see previous post) who single-handedly raised quite a lot of eyebrows resigned from Manila Standard and People Asia. Below is her last statement:

I am humbled by the vehement and heated response provoked by my article entitled ‘From Boracay to Greece!’ which came out in the June 2007 issue of People Asia. To say that this article was not meant to malign, hurt or express prejudice against the OFWs now sounds hollow after reading through all the blogs from Filipinos all over the world. I am deeply apologetic for my insensitivity and the offensive manner in which this article was written, I hear you all and I am properly rebuked. It was truly not my intention to malign hurt or express prejudice against OFWs.

As the recent recipient and target of death threats, hate blogs, and deeply personal insults, I now truly understand the insidiousness of discrimination and prejudice disguised as humor. Our society is bound together by human chains of kindness and decency. I have failed to observe this and I am now reaping the consequences of my actions. It is my fervent hope that the lessons that Ive learned are not lost on all those who through anonymous blogs, engaged in bigotry, discrimination, and hatred ( against overweight individuals , for example )

I take full responsibility for my actions and my friends and family have nothing to do with this. To date I have submitted my resignation letters to both the Manila Standard and People Asia, on that note may this matter be laid to rest.

Some lessons are better learned the hard way. 🙂 I hope though that she is really sorry for what she did not because of the consequences of her actions, but because she behaved in such a way that was uncalled for and caused a lot of people pain and insult. Being sorry because you’ve caused hurt, not because you’re not liking how things turned out due to what you did. I do hope she’s really sorry.

For whatever its worth, all i hope is that we all learned a lesson out of this , not just Ms.Malu (though, IMHO she had it coming). That no one has the right to discriminate anyone (passing judgment base on face value) is just one of those lessons. I think one way or another we have been guilty of this. Maybe not as blunt as her, but we have our own tendencies to become bitches and assholes.

But what I liked from what happened is that, it shows how Filipinos (or any race for that matter) would try to protect each other, playing territorial when it comes to one of our own. And how passionately people expressed their disgust in behalf of those who can’t.

Mabuhay to all OFWs…. and i am proud to say I am now one of them.

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13 Comments »

  1. Apologies accepted. Now, let’s move on and life begins!

    Comment by Enrique T. Dominguez — August 26, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

  2. Resignation is not enough, she is alarmed by the possibilities of her families being put in the middle of her provocative article, how about the families of those or us OCW. Where is she from? Does she know that insulting people because of their smells and size of their pocket is not funny?.Don’t she know that OCW has sacrifice lots in life, and each and single OCW has participated in the making of what the Philippines right now.Just because she uses expensive perfume does not make her above the rest of us, its just showed her insecurities and unhappiness life due to the fact that she uses subjects that are fragile and sensitive to lots of Filipinos. Noone is discriminating overweight individuals… people who left comments are just directing their comments to people like her, with mentally like her, to her friends who found the article funny and hilarious and to her family who forgot to educate her between what’s acceptable and not acceptable in the Philippines. She can laugh and make fun of people of course but YOU DON’T KICK THE MAN WHEN HE’S ALREADY DOWN.

    Comment by Sofia — August 27, 2007 @ 10:47 am

  3. Apologies?????? Those are crocodile tears!!!!

    Do you really think people like her would think they owe you apologies? Wake up man, bigots are trained by bigots!

    This woman has not only insulted you but has put you aside as a stink of the Philippine society. You can go on yourself. I have been going on with my life until this imbicile showed her contempt for people below her so called “class”.

    Her head should roll, LITERALLY!

    Comment by JC — August 28, 2007 @ 4:04 am

  4. @ Enrique T. Dominguez ,

    yes, let’s move on. 🙂

    Comment by didee — August 28, 2007 @ 4:35 am

  5. hi Sofia , im sure she’s not having the time of her life right now. Let’s hope though something good would come out out of this, especially to our OFWs and their families. 🙂

    thanks for visiting 🙂

    Comment by didee — August 28, 2007 @ 4:37 am

  6. eylow JC 🙂

    i don’t think she can say anything now, on print or other media, that would make people forget about what happened. Her reputation as a writer (which i believe, she is so much proud to be called one) is now in shreds.
    I think that in itself is already a warning to those who would want to be another Ms.Malu. 🙂

    Comment by didee — August 28, 2007 @ 4:41 am

  7. “Our society is bound together by human chains of kindness and decency” daw no?

    Matod pa ni selvo, wala kuno siya’y right nga muingon ana kay bisag siya wala man siya sense of kindness or decency sa iyang mga articles.

    Pero sa tanaw nako, half-baked ang iyang apology. Pero that’s actually good enough for me. Let’s hope she changes. 🙂

    Comment by dru — August 28, 2007 @ 9:34 pm

  8. madDru ! 🙂

    well… i hope she learned how to be decent and kind because of what happened

    Comment by didee — August 29, 2007 @ 1:07 am

  9. Darn, I am thinking of having her forced to take Qatar Airways with stopover from India and Bangladesh in the economy so she can further experience the ‘exotoxicness’ (exotic and toxic) of Air Travel. I’m sure after that experience she would agree flying with the Pinoy hoi polloi is like heaven. Seriously having been on both sides of the fence, I too could relate and have my own share of annoyance and irritation with my felow passengers. I just have the grace to bit my lip and think that since we are all paying the same fare (or my company does), I’m not in the position to complain anyway. Besides Its not like your consigned there forever. It actually helps one to reflect and further appreciate ones advances in life after what youve seen. Further its only the first timer who gets so excited about this. After the 2nd and 3rd flight, the excitement for the OFW is more subdued.

    Comment by mikey mouse — September 2, 2007 @ 6:41 am

  10. I hope we can learn to forgive Malu Fernandez. I wrote an entry about her article and I hope you can find time to read it. It’s entitled “One Voice (An OFW’s reaction to Malu Fernandez’s “From Greece to Boracay”)” and I posted it here: http://lestercavestany.com/?p=10

    Comment by Lester Cavestany — September 6, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

  11. Hi Dee,

    I would like to invite you to contribute your travel experiences here:
    http://www.travelinphilippines.com/

    though, I know you are not in the country now. 🙂

    Comment by miguel — September 9, 2007 @ 6:56 am

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