This is A Crazy Planets

Pepsi Paloma was one of the biggest "bold stars" of the ’80s. She was one of the so-called "softdrink beauties," sex nymphets with names like Coca Nicolas, Sarsi Emmanuel, etc. under the management of the late Dr. Rey dela Cruz, who will go down in history as the guy who got smacked on the head with a microphone by Divina Valencia on national television. Paloma’s filmography includes Brown Emmanuelle, Snake Sisters, Virgin People, Naked Island, and Room 69. In May 1985, Paloma’s body was found hanging inside her room. Suicide, investigators concluded, but there were louder whispers of rape and murder- allegedly masterminded by a bunch of comedians famous for their transcendentally silly movies (Against whom she filed a rape complaint years before, but was dismmised). The truth is that Paloma, who disrobed her way into the industry at the tender age of 14, was depressed over financial and romantic problems, as her diary would attest. According to an epigraph in an Eric Gamalinda poem, Paloma left a suicide note containing the words: "This is a crazy planets." That was perhaps a mistranslation of the melodramatic Tagalog idea of "Baliw na mundo." She obviously was not a big fan of Tears for Fears, who could’ve neatly summed up her sentiments in two words: "Mad World." But that would be ignoring the sad, desperate if accidentally comical poetry of "crazy planets." Like Shakespeare or Sylvia Plath by way of Jimmy Santos. What does Paloma’s immortal quote have to do with this column? Absolutely nothing. One thing is certain: this space will be devoted to suicidal nymphets with grammatical dilemmas and grand conspiratorial coverups. On second thought, maybe not.


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Artwork by Warren Espejo.

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