Kopya Kopya

Stop reading if you are a Bong Revilla Jr. fan.

Just before the year ended, the  Metro Manila Film Festival concluded with the successful marketing of the participating movies as a major family event for Christmas day. It was quite interesting though to discover some strong criticism on some of the films which participated in the festival (to my wide smirk). Most are directed to Bong Revilla Jr.’s “Panday 2”, which ironically stands as one of the blockbuster films (along with Enteng ng ina mo).

Aside from blog comments, a youtube video shows how the Revilla film “copied” the monsters in the modern western film, the “Clash of the Titans” (just like how they copied the creative concept of “Eragon”, another modern western film, in his other Panday film), even reproving the senator of being a “Hari nga pangongopya” or “film imitation king” – a comic irony considering that he was once an OMB Chairman who prided himself on his war against “pirated movies”. I did not waste my money on such a “pirated” joke, the trailer itself is enough for me to give my piece of criticism.

A philosopher once said that, “The arts in a society reflect itself”. This has nothing to do with the “Proud to be Pinoy” cliché, but I think I am not the only one who can say that most of our arts, including visual or media arts, are simple copies of other society’s arts. It is, in fact, only a localization of concepts that we seem to have the ability of; they have Wonderwoman, we have Darna; they have Captain Marvel, that’s all right , we have Captain ‘Barbel’; they have Spiderman, we have Gagamboy; they have elves, we have ‘dwende’, etcetera etcetera (it’s quite a long list, but, you get the point). The same is true with other arts from music, to even the culinary arts – ‘Chiken nagets’, ring a bell?

I could blame the artists, the filmmakers, on the lousy “copying” job (like how funny the “Kraken” looked like in Panday 2) or I could blame the masses on their devotion to these copied works which created an enterprise of localizing concepts for mass consumption. An enterprise which encouraged artists to cheapen their artistic ability to mere “copying and localization” of artistic concepts. If our art represents the kind of society that we have, then are we inclined to accept that we are a society of “imitators” who do not have the originality or the innovative tendency to create, to mold, something that is exclusively ours?

About the author


Valred is a college instructor from La Trinidad, Benguet, a barangay offical in his humble community, and a part-time graduate student (Law and Masters in DevC). He has a clinging passion for music, arts, and philosophy, and hopes to share some of his ideas through writing.

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