Robin Padilla confused with popularity of K-dramas: ‘Mas pogi naman kami’

By: Dana Cruz - Inquirer.net | October 21,2022 - 01:06 PM
Image: Facebook/Robin Padilla

Image: Facebook/Robin Padilla

Robin Padilla admits being puzzled with the popularity of Korean-made shows among Filipinos, as he stated that Filipino are more “handsome” than Korean talents.

Padilla asked Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chair Tirso Cruz III about Filipinos’ fascination with Koreans during the Senate hearing for the FDCP’s 2023 budget held last Tuesday, Oct. 18.

“Kami po ay naguguluhan dahil kapag tumitingin naman kami sa salamin… mas pogi naman kami sa mga taga-South Korea. Wala naman inayos sa amin, kasi itong ilong ko kahit suntukin nang ilang beses, walang inayos dito,” he said.

(We are confused because when we look in the mirror… we look more handsome than South Koreans. We did not [get plastic surgery] because my nose, no matter how many times it had been punched, it had never been fixed.)

“Bakit po mas gustong panoorin ng ating mga kababayan ang gawa ng mga Koreano kaysa sa gawa natin?” he asked Cruz. (Why do our countrymen prefer Korean-made [shows] instead of our own?)

Cruz believes this is due to the years that South Korea took to hone the craft in order to improve the film and TV industry.

“…[Nakikita] po nila kasi ay bunga ng maraming taon na pinaghandaan ng Korea ‘yung kinakalagyan nila ngayon. Maraming disiplina, maraming tulong na umabot sa kanila. Right now, sila ‘yung forefront sa Southeast Asia,” he told Padilla.

(…The public is seeing the product of many years that Korea took to reach where they are now. A lot of discipline and help was given to them. Right now, they are at the forefront of Southeast Asia.)

“Naniniwala ako na, hindi naman po sa pagmamayabang, mas magaling po tayo pagdating sa larangan ng pelikula, sa pag-arte. Mas marami po tayong artistang magaling. Siguro napagiwanan lang tayo nang konti sa teknolohiya at sa preparasyon upang pumantay sa kanila,” Cruz added.

(I do believe that, not to brag, we are better when it comes to film, to acting. We have more great actors. Maybe we have been a little left behind when it comes to technology and preparation to be at the same level as them now.)

Tuesday’s hearing was also the same hearing wherein Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said that it had crossed his mind to have foreign-made shows banned to possibly boost Filipino productions.

This idea did not sit well with some netizens and celebrities including Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda and comedian Pokwang. They stressed that instead of banning foreign films, the local film and TV industry should receive more government support, similar to Korea.

Estrada has since backpedaled on his comments about a possible ban. He clarified that he does not mean he is against K-dramas, but that he only wished Filipinos would show support for local movies the same way they do with foreign productions.  /ra

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