One week later: Super Bowl ads: Will they become available in Canada?

Highlight of Super Bowl XLIX. No really.

Highlight of Super Bowl XLIX. No really.

No, I’m still not over Super Bowl, even though a week has passed.

No, I am not over it because I’m a fan. I’m the opposite. I know nothing about American football.

Two people have already explained to me the rules of the game in both English and Tagalog and I still don’t understand the game (Come to think of it, I’m still clueless with hockey even though I watch it more often than football. But that’s another story.).

I don’t even watch the entire Super Bowl. I only watch bits and pieces like the pre-game ceremony (i.e., to check the artist who will sing “Star Spangled Banner”), the start of the first quarter, the halftime show (depending on the performers), the end of third quarter, and the entire fourth quarter.

But just because I don’t know anything about American football and don’t watch the entire Super Bowl doesn’t mean that I don’t like it. I do. I appreciate American football.

And I appreciate it more because of the halftime show and the ads.

Super Bowl ads are what got me into Super Bowl in the first place. I’m a little disappointed that Canada doesn’t get to watch the ads live because there are a lot of good and not-so-good ads. When I come across a really good ad, I feel bad that I don’t get to see it live because I could only watch them on the Internet.

So I was really surprised when I saw this ad during Super Bowl.

I was lucky that I saw Clash of Clans’ “Revenge” ad that features Liam Neeson. I’m assuming CoC is largely recognized that’s why this ad was played in Canada. But what about other great ads that caters to American audiences? Would these ads play in Canada? (Ever?)

The Canadian Radio-television Corporation (CRTC) has announced that Super Bowl commercials will be viewed in Canada starting in 2017. That means the Super Bowl for the 2016 NFL Season, Super Bowl ads will be played in Canada. But this still depends on whether Bell Media will approve as they have the rights for the event. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

But when they become available in Canada, I’ll make sure to watch the entire game—including the halftime show and the ads.

I know nothing about American football. I don’t really know how famous Tom Brady is. I don’t even know the guy who intercepted the ball in the last 60 seconds of the fourth quarter that prevented the SeaHawks a goal. All I know is that he’s amazing. And all I know is that the Super Bowl XLIX is a great game.

Why I Became an Anti-Pinoy

(This post was published on my personal blog on April 29, 2010, so the TV shows I mentioned are outdated. I also edited the original post to make it relevant.)

Why I Became an Anti-Pinoy

(or Why Agua Bendita is Better than The Last Prince)

Welcome to the world of fantasies, where most people spend their time watching shows that seem to not run out of cliche plots. I have no intention of mentioning the upcoming 2010 Philippine elections; it just so happened that my views have changed not because of the Internet, but mostly because of reality kicking in. The latter applies more, for I was able to recognize my country’s flaws and compare it to one of the most livable countries in the world—the place where I now live. I could imagine some people would say, ”You traitors!”. Just because I live in a better country doesn’t give me the right to condescend my fellow Filipinos. In fact, it’s the other way around. I learned to understand the Philippine history, culture, and society from the perspective of a Filipino living in another country. This is why I became an Anti-Pinoy.

When I arrived in Canada a few years ago, everything was refreshing. The air was clean, there were trees in every street, and the cars on the road were following traffic. At first I thought it was because of the snow, that the surroundings was white and clean. But then I realized that there was more to it. This was not just a new country—the people, culture, and laws were very different. It was huge change from the typical and Filipino lifestyle that I was used to.

Jetlag was one thing; but homesickness was worse than that. Despite getting used to living here with an Asian market just two blocks away from our house, something was still missing. I think this is how it feels—after years of living in one place and you move to another you realize that something is missing.

But because I had to grow and adapt, I learned two things: discipline and responsibility. Two traits that all Filipinos need to practice. Without these two, a country wouldn’t progress. South Korea wouldn’t be the world’s leading manufacturer of major companies if it wasn’t for their discipline, perseverance, and nationalism. I know that Filipinos can be disciplined, can persevere, and can adapt. But sometimes, Filipino pride goes too far–so far that other Filipinos would blame other people’s actions that results into a humiliating act.

There is nothing wrong with being nationalistic and patriotic. I’m all for it because I also do it. But to reach a consensus? Filipinos are not there yet. The people needs to change. And this change involves the impending elections on May 10. I’m not going to dictate why you should vote for my preferred candidate. Instead, I will tell you to vote who you like not because of their popularity, winnability, or lineage, but because of what they have done and what they can do more. A citizen has the right of suffrage so as much as you can. Go ahead and practice it because this is not for just you, your families, nor your future generations, but for your country.

I learned that a person can change if the person initiates the change within oneself. However, in order to change oneself and others, there should be conditions and restrictions implemented so that discipline and responsibility will take effect. And who will enforce these “rules”? It can be yourself, a friend, your parents, the company CEO, or the leader of your county, as long as these laws are for other person’s best interests at heart.

In a perfect world, there is no perfect leader who tells you what to do because the reality is, they also think about themselves and how they would benefit from their position. There is no perfect person who can change overnight and be all saint-like. It takes practice and experience to be a great leader.

So, let’s set aside those overactive imaginations (which should be in our dreams, actually) and pointless shows. Time to wake up and smell the garbage.

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There you have it, my friends. One proof that I have changed after living in another country for two years. Two years. It took me two years and a blog to realize these unacceptable truths about myself as a Filipino and the people. It’s quite disappointing that somehow, I’ve lost my faith to my fellowmen. I’m not saying that I hate the Philippines, because I still love it, and it will probably never change. I guess the country and its people need a lot of tweaking to run again.

For the record, I have never seen the TV show Agua Bendita. I just saw this ad on a Filipino newspaper. I’ve seen The Last Prince, when our TV provider offered a 3-month free preview of one network a while ago. When I saw it, I thought it was so bad because it was hilariously good.

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Background context:

I wrote this post because I was inspired by Anti-Pinoy. It’s a blog about the Philippines and its dysfunctional culture, politics, media, and society. I read this blog because I want to get a different view of things—that is, from a critical (and harsh) perspective. I’m not lying when I say that this website is harsh. It’s not for the overly sensitive and patriotic Filipinos. I also recommend Get Real Philippines! where they talk about harsh truths. 

Because I wrote this more than 4 years ago, I forgot why I wrote this essay. I wouldn’t even call it an essay; it’s just an opinion piece because the May 2010 elections was coming and I was reading a lot of Anti-Pinoy. 

What I find interesting is that looking back, it’s amazing how I still feel the same way about the Philippines today compare to when I wrote it four years ago. What a difference four years can make. 

I’m Voting Because …

WPG by Lora

I’m voting for the first time as a Canadian citizen.

I became a Canadian citizen March this year. I renounced my Filipino citizenship and swore to Her Majesty and sang “Oh Canada”. It was a surreal experience, and it hasn’t sunk in to me yet that I’m now a Canadian citizen.

I’m voting because I want to experience a Canadian election.

I’ve only voted once in my life. I was 18 and there was a municipal election for city councilors and district representatives in Pasay City, Philippines. I was excited because I was voting for the first time. I was also uninterested because I wasn’t familiar with the candidates. When I went to the voting location, I didn’t expect it to be loud, crowded, and chaotic. The process was slow and confusing. It was disappointing and discouraging for first-time voters like me. Nevertheless, I’m still looking forward to voting—whether in the Philippines or here in Canada.

I’m voting because I want to vote.

I want to know what it feels like to vote and how it feels like a year after the elections.

I’m not political, despite what some of my friends think. I still have a lot to learn and understand in politics. I don’t know all the political spectrum, party politics, and ideologies. I don’t read the news everyday. And I certainly I don’t know all the Canadian officials, cabinet members, MPs, and MLAs.

But I was born and raised in a country where government officials do atrocious acts for power and money. These people who were elected to serve the country steal the citizens’ hard-earned money and live in extravagant lifestyles as they watch the poor suffer the consequences.

I’ve been disappointed far too many times with Philippine politicians. But that’s why I’m voting—because I have hopes for the City of Winnipeg. This city is now my second home—I want it to prosper, I want it to become livable, and I want it to be included on lists with all the big cities in the world. Voting gives me hope that I could make a difference because I now live in Canada.

Now, if only I could figure out who to vote at the 2014 Winnipeg Civic Elections on October 22nd.

Hello

I sincerely apologize for the lack of updates. I’ve been out of the loop too long. The only excuse I can think of is my lack of focus. But here I am, hoping to make a fresh start.

My name is Lora Quitane, and welcome to my website.

This is the place where I upload articles, videos, and photographs that I have done. I don’t talk about my personal life often but when I do, I’ll let you know.

As this is a fresh start, this site (and myself) are in the transitioning period so please bear with me as these changes take place.

As always, you’re more than welcome to stay here.

Slow and Steady

I apologize for the lack of updates.

It’s just that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and it’s taking me a while to think about things. But, I’m finally getting back to the grind. Slowly, but surely. And it doesn’t matter if it’s slow and steady — I’ll do things at my own pace because I know that that’s when I’m making and doing the right decisions.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes on this journey, but now that I’m slowly (and finally!) getting back on my feet, the path is getting clearer for me. Things are beginning to make sense.

May is Asian Heritage Month

Asian Heritage

 

It’s Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In the U.S., it’s called Asia Pacific Heritage Month.

From my quick research (aka the Internet), I discovered that there is not a lot of information and media coverage on this celebration, especially in Canada. Or at least where I live.

In Manitoba, the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba has a list of activities and events to commemorate this month. So does VancouverOttawa, Calgary, and Toronto. But, despite these events and activities, they’re not enough.

They’re not enough because there’s not a lot of buzz and talk about it. Some Filipinos that I know have no idea that it’s their month. And it’s sad because it should be celebrated to recognize Asians in Canada. The more people talk about it, the more people are more open-minded with the Asian culture. That there is more to us Asians.

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ISAtv released an episode from their series “Level: Asian” about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In the video, hosts Fung Brothers asks UCLA students what they know about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Watch the video below to hear their responses.

Crowdfunding: Do they work?

Yes and no.

Nowadays, there’s an option that filmmakers can use if they want to produce a film: ask fans and supporters for donations. Sometimes this venture works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Exhibit A. The Veronica Mars Movie. I’m not a Marshmallow, but because I spend too much time on the Internet, I’m slowly joining the fandom. When the show abruptly ended in 2007 in its third season, fans wanted more. And they got it. Summer last year, creator Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell aka VM proposed a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Veronica Mars movie. The campaign ran for 30 days (from March 13th to April 12th, 2013). And in 30 days, the campaign received a total of $5,702,153 pledges from 91,585 backers/supporters. Can you imagine? 5. Million. In. 30. Days. Rob’s goal was 2 million, but the fans completely went all-out to support their beloved fandom. Isn’t that amazing? It’s insane how Marshmallows were able to come up with 5 million dollars to watch LoVe Veronica on the big screen. And to think, The CW cancelled the show despite the good ratings. This Kickstarter project proved that Marshmallows are incredible people.

Veronica Mars campaign

Exhibit B. Wong Fu Productions’ first feature film. March 18th was the last day of their 40-day Indiegogo campaign. Their goal was to reach $200,000 but the backers pledged a total of $358,278. I’m not biased, but I think Wong Fu really deserves the support because they’ve been making quality videos on YouTube since 2008.

Wong Fu Productions campaign

These two are just examples of why crowdfunding is a good resource for feature films or any project where backers could support your cause. But, it’s not easy. Veronica Mars ran for three years so it had a following. It was also cancelled abruptly, so the team and the fans wanted more — kind of like to put closure on the characters. Personally, if I was following the show and they suddenly cancel it, I would be pissed. On the other hand, Wong Fu Productions is already an established production company. Their YouTube channel has one of the best contents in terms of video quality. They have an online merchandise store where they sell “awkward animals” plushies and accessories.

Veronica Mars and Wong Fu Productions already had a following before they started the campaign that’s why they reached their goal. Or they went way over their goal. That’s the main reason why they succeeded. Oh, and because their fans/supporters are amazing.

So that’s really all you need. Supporters/amazing fans who has been there for you from the beginning. And a worthy, quality content or concept.