Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dero Pedero. Do you know him? Oh he was known as Nonong Pedero way back in the 70's when he and Anthony Castello were singing duets. I used to see Nonong, oh I mean, Dero around UP Diliman. He was famous for doing the commercial jingle of SM and then some. He changed his name to Dero because some fung-shui (?) master told him that his name (Nonong) was a double negative- attracting bad vibes. Anyway this post has nothing to do why Nonong went Dero. This post is about a balikbayan friend of Dero. The post is a direct quote from Dero Pedero's article in Philippine Star. Read on.

Last July 23, I wrote about Nasty (short for Anastacio), a balikbayan from Los Angeles , who, while vacationing in Manila , had nothing to say but negative comments about the Philippines and the Filipinos. The article elicited a deluge of comments from our readers. Though some agreed with his curt observations, most were enraged at the repulsive way he acted and whined.

For me, he was the classic epitome of the 'crow perched on a carabao,' thinking and acting nauseatingly superior just because he has become an American citizen, inequitably comparing everything here to how they are in the first world. I was particularly irked by his repulsive 'know it all' attitude and peeved no end by his irritating Waray-American twang. Those who have not read that article may access and click archives, then select July 23 and click Lifestyle_. The article is entitled 'Little Brown Americans.'

As a backgrounder, here is an excerpt:The next day, I took them on a little city tour andaccompanied them to do extra shopping at the duty-free shop They were to leave two days later for their respective provinces (Randy is from Pampanga, Nasty, from Samar ).

'God, ang dilem-dilem naman ditow (it is so dark here)!' screamed Nasty in his characteristic Taglish slang, 'At ang inet-inet pa (and so warm)! * * *

All throughout the day, Nasty complained about everything. He griped that all Filipinos he encountered were dense and inefficient (I hope that didn't include me!); that the traffic was horrendous and drivers 'drove like they were late for their funerals'; that the pollution from the smoke-belching vehicles was irritating his dainty, surgically-pinched nose. He was disgusted that water closets didn't work; horrified that there was no toilet paper in public toilets ('God, how do you people do it?' he bewailed); petrified by street children begging whilesoaking wet in the rain ('Where are the parents of these kids?' he nagged).

He moaned about the proliferation of slums, people crossing the superhighways ('There should be underground or overhead walkways for pedestrians! ' he demanded), the potholes on the streets, the disgusting garbage and filth all over the city, and the annoying floods! And all these he observed in just one day!

Weeks after the publication of the article, I took Nasty's silence to mean that of contempt and anger. I must admit that I didn't care because I was reallyturned off by his arrogance. The good news is, Nasty has finally decided to break his silence and give us his side,loaded with a big piece of his mind. The bad news is, he hits more sensitive chords and it stings.

Part II: Nasty's reply coming up

Posted by desperateblogger On 11/15/2008 04:50:00 PM 5 comments


  1. Yep, I read this in one of the blogs I visited a while ago. I guess truth really hurts, eh?

    Naku ang aming mga kapitbahay eh puro Senior Citizen....we met one yesterday, she's 88. Yung iba along that age din. Meron atang bata dun sa dulo ng kanto but we don't see them often. Sabi nung na meet namin kahapon, meron daw palang t&t sa community center but we didn't know about it. Next year, i check namin.

    Anong bago sa weekend? Relaxing ba ang kabyutihan natin dya?


  2. huling: 88 years old? ano ba mga neighbors nyo, puro superduper sr citizens? ang lungkot naman dyan. baka sa community center konti din lang ang mga kids. sabagay ok yon. inyo lahat candies.

    bukas, sunday. trabaho. punta ako site kaya lang walang masyadong kita dito kasi clinic ng magkapatid na derma at dentista --- na mga teachers ng dra at dentista ko.kaya hindi ko pweden tagain. hinay-hinay lang ang pf.

  3. Ang bait mo naman....LOL. Dapat meron kang Talent Manager [ehem!] para makipag negotiate....hehehe.

    Ay sinabi mo na super duper senior citizen...kaya nga tahimik dito kasi tulog sila lahat....hahaha...

    Ako eto still nursing the shingling-galing ko. Nag pop na kaya sugat naman ngayon....hay buhay...


  4. Hi Lena! Oh yes, I know Dero Pedero. If I remember it right, he has a column in Philippine Star, right? I used to read his column there, and then cut and save them. I just love his writing! I wonder if he's still writing up to now?

  5. dana.debbie: yes, he still has a column in =)


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