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Monday, March 9, 2009

UPLB vs ABS-CBN's MMK



Angel Locsin MMK BlusaMy friend told me about this story and I was quite interested to write about it since I have watched the "Blusa" episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya. The "Blusa" episode by the way is a story of a woman who allegedly graduated summa cum laude in University of the Philippines Los Baños. The woman who was played by Angel Locsin ended up being a dancer in a club after many attempts to find a job in Manila. She went crazy eventually after her father passed away.

When I was watching this episode of MMK, I already noticed some strange scenarios. How can a summa cum laude graduate of UPLB cannot find a job? I thought employers will be the one that will hunt for you instead. Haven't the writers of MMK noticed that?

UPLB LogoAnyway, here is the complete letter of UPLB to ABS-CBN:

"Our attention has been called by constituents and alumni to an episode featured in Maala-ala Mo Kaya entitled "Blusa," which was aired on ABS-CBN on Feb. 28 and on TFC recently. Our constituents and alumni were concerned whether the episode was based on truth.

The story was of a woman who allegedly graduated BS AgriBusiness, summa cum laude, from the University of the Philippines Los Baños or UPLB, who could not find a job, and ended up a stripper. We tried to find out who the subject was by tracking all 27 of our summa cum laude graduates from the time the University was established in 1909. We could not find anyone matching the subject as portrayed in "Blusa."

Charo Santos MMK BlusaWhether or not the subject was a UPLB graduate, we deeply sympathize with her and her family. However, in the interest of maintaining its reputation as a truthful storyteller, the MMK should have a mechanism to validate claims by letter senders especially those that require a stretch of imagination as to be believed.

While indeed touching and a perfect example of a human-interest story, "Blusa" regrettably affected the reputation of UPLB as an educational institution and its constituents and alumni. We therefore request ABS-CBN to set the record straight and correct the wrong impression that it created among its viewers. We also make an appeal to producers of similar programs to be more prudent in reporting stories with claims that would affect the reputation not only of a school but also of its alumni in the Philippines and abroad."

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14 comments:

uglykidjoey said...

Hmmm... interesting. I wonder what ABS-CBN has to say about this...

Rosa said...

kawawa naman siya, bakit di siya makahanap nang work? eh yung nga di nag aral nakakahanap nang trabaho eh hehehehe

Rosa said...

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aries_arevalo_ax said...

that was a sensationalized story e... reminds me of the da vinci code. not true, but still, a good story. LOL

pehpot said...

di ko to napanood ah..kenkoy naman MMK.. UPLB grad na summa pa.. walang ganunan.. ung iba nga kahit di grad ng elbi basta nag aral dun nakakapasok ng trabaho eh.. kenkoy talaga!

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Dinah said...

I have read about this brouhaha at the Professional Heckler and sabi ko nga, kapuso ako so hindi ko napanood. pero sabi nga nila the story was sensationalized and hindi naman tutuo.

Rosa said...

di ko rin napanuod 'to. wala kaming tv rito, hehehehe buti nalang nag po-post nang update si kuya maks.. kung di wala ako sa balita. hehehe

rochelle said...

I can't wait to know how ABS-CBN responds to UPLB's letter. Please post it here if you get updates. I'll be back here often (coz honestly I don't watch ABS-CBN anymore). Thanks for your info and keen insight.
I don't believe the story was based on truth either. there are a lot of companies around who hire high school graduates or some college, it's ironic a UPLB summa cum laude wouldn't get any.

Denis said...

whoah this will be very interesting.

Rolly said...

I also watched this episode and Angel's portrayal here is commedable for her acting. I was also wondering why she didn't find a job and landed as a prostitute instead.

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Sherry said...

too bad its not showing here.

Rolly said...

I doubt it that she really graduated from UPLB

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Sherry said...

wow this is interesting.

Sherry said...

let see what other got to say about this, tweet http://twitter.com/sherrygo/status/1331518359