Do you Juana Change too?
It used to be that we Filipinos would take to the streets when we're extremely discontented, angry, and outraged at the government. We've been pretty silent for the past several years, but we've been finding creative ways to release our long-simmering rage, whether through blogs, art, photography, or videos. One of the loudest voices railing against the country's problems belongs to Juana Change (think "want a change"), whose YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/JuanaChange) has garnered thousands of views since its December 2008 launch. The channel features videos starring Juana Change in sad-but-true situations, like dealing with people in government offices who sniff out cash in return for faster service, and a step-by-step breakdown of the Cha-Cha, a.k.a. the hotly debated Charter Change. The videos have spawned a flurry of comments, some from viewers dismissing her videos as too negative, but mostly from fans thanking Juana Change for saying what's on their minds.
BayaniWhat can you say about the 2010 elections and the super-early campaigning going on? I believe the Filipino people are learning. They don't buy as much into the lies anymore. No itiks, padyaks, ganito kami sa amins will fool us! Why does it seem like the Filipino people aren't getting angry enough? They think nothing will change anyway, or they're waiting for a hero to make things right. Gusto si God na ang bahala! Habang may lotto may pagasa! Masarap ang magtiis! So what we can expect from "365 Days to Change"? Expect to have a grand time! Two hours of kurot sa puso, tayo ng balahibo, at tawanang nakakapaihi. And because political satire spares no one, expect a few punches in your gut na rin! When's your next video coming out? On the day of the concert, we will show the new video of Juana Change! When will Juana Change be satisfied? I just want to see you smiling and nodding during the show. At sa inyong pag-uwi, sasabihin n'yo sa sarili n'yo, "I Juana Change!"
Sta. Nina365 Days to Change: Todo Na 'to! will be at Music Museum on May 11, 2009 at 8pm. For details, call 721-0635 or 721-7626. By Lynn Lopez