A Filipino-American US President not possible
There’s a cute, interesting item here sent all the way from London by my peripatetic sis-in-law, Becky Bohlander, on why there couldn’t be a Filipino-American US President.
Before running the item, allow me to give you the intriguing details on how Snow lost his cool.
Snow, in case you haven’t seen or heard, is not even distantly related to Father Christmas.
He’s every inch a steaming, pudgy Pinoy, brown Malay in build and looks.
His name is Edwin Badua, but he’s more popularly known as Snow Badua, main anchor of Teledyario, top-rating sports program on NBN-4, the government station.
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Snow has sent a complaint letter addressed to Ramon S. Ang, president of the San Miguel Corp.
In that letter, Snow singled out former PBA commissioner Noli Eala for allegedly manhandling and maligning him as an invited guest in the recent victory party of the Petron team, which won the last PBA championship.
We are detailing Snow’s complaint not to put anybody in a bad light, but to invite Eala to present his side.
For the record, Eala has been reprimanded by the National Press Club.
Details of his alleged harassment of Badua have been circulated in media and sports circles.
Anyway, the usually cool Snow Badua said that, during the Petron team party, Eala asked him to be seated, whereupon the former PBA commissioner told him: “Gusto mo pruweba na talagang taga-San Miguel ako (You want proof that I’m connected with San Miguel)?”
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Next he knew it, Snow claimed he was being literally dragged by Eala backstage.
There, Snow said, Eala lambasted him, calling him an SOB in his face.
The guest said he was there not to debate but to join in the celebration.
“Without my knowledge, Eala had deployed two of his cohorts and before I could move out, I was violently pushed by one man later identified as Rico Meneses,” Badua said.
Meneses tried to pin him down on why he was shouting at Eala, Badua said.
Here, a second guy barged, cursed and threatened him.
Snow claimed he has a video of the incident, offering to show it to Ramon Ang, in case the SMC big boss cared.
Meanwhile, there indeed were rumors that Eala had been unceremoniously separated from San Miguel Corp., to where he landed after manning a vital post in the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
As it turned out, the rumors were unfounded.
It’s now Noli Eala’s turn to explain that, in the first place, Snow had no reason to lose his cool.
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The Filipino-American population in the United States (4 million as of 2007) is an emerging group.
There indeed is always the great chance of a Fil-Am making it to the top, bigger than Erik Spoelstra, coach of the frustrated Miami Heat in the NBA.
However, in one of his late-night shows last month, David Letterman made a tongue-in-cheek assessment of why no Fil-Am can hope to make it all the way to the top at the White House.
Here’s Mr. Letterman’s amusing skit:
Top 10 Reasons Why There Couldn’t Be a Filipino-American US President
10. The White House is not big enough for in-laws and extended relatives.
9. There are not enough parking spaces at the White House for 2 Honda Civics, 2 Toyota Land Cruisers, 3 Toyota Corollas, a Mercedes Benz, a BMW, and an MPV (My Pinoy Van).
8. Dignitaries generally are intimidated by eating with their fingers at State dinners.
7. There are too many dining rooms in the White House—where will they put the picture of the Last Supper?
6. The White House walls are not big enough to hold a pair of giant wooden spoon and fork.
5. Secret Service staff won’t respond to “psst… psst” or “hoy hoy hoy!”
4. Secret Service staff will not be comfortable driving the presidential car with a Holy Rosary hanging on the rear view mirror, or the statue of the Santo Niño on the dashboard.
3. No budget allocation to purchase a karaoke music-machine for every room in the White House.
2. State dinners do not allow “Take Home”.
The top reason why there couldn’t be a Filipino-American US President is…
1. Air Force One does not allow overweight Balikbayan boxes!