Tuesday, August 25, 2009

'Etchos' and 'eklavu'

I was surfing channels when I chanced upon what looked like Cristy Fermin and Boy Abunda on “The Buzz.” But Fermin isn’t in that show anymore and Abunda looked like he overdosed on glutathione.

Something is wrong with the picture, I thought. So I turned to the wife.

“Sweetheart, Boy Abunda turned white.”

“Idiot!” she exclaimed. “That’s not Boy Abunda, that’s Gary Olivar, the presidential economics spokesperson, justifying Gloria’s lavish dinner at Le Cirque.”

“But why is Cristy Fermin sitting beside him?”

“That’s not Cristy Fermin, that’s Cerge Remonde!”

I felt so stupid, fooled by doppelgangers.

To save face, I told the wife, “In that case, could you please turn up the volume so we can hear what they are saying?”

“I’ve got better things to do than listen to etchoseras (bullshitters, in gay speak),” she said.

I had nothing better to do so I listened to the etchoseras.

Gary Olivar was talking about Gloria Arroyo’s pasalubong to the nation.

"You are looking at $6 billion (the amount Gloria claims she brought home), very rough estimate. That's about 312,000 dinners at Le Cirque.”

“Honey, Gary Olivar just introduced a new unit of value!”

“What do you mean?” she asked.

“He announced that Gloria Arroyo’s trip to the US was well worth the expense because she brought home about 312,000 dinners at Le Cirque…”

I couldn’t finish the sentence because my wife interrupted.

“Gloria didn’t bring home anything other than a huge travel bill!”

“What about the $500M grant from the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC)?”

“What grant? She has to pass the MCC’s control of corruption benchmark before they give her a cent!”

“What about the $1B in potential garment exports?”

“That depends on the US Congress passing a law that will make the US garment market more open to us so don’t hold your breath.”

“What about the $1.6B under the General System of Preferences?”

“That program has been there for many years but we never took full advantage of it. Now we suddenly did?”

“What about the $1B investment of Coke?”

“Yeah, sure. Coca-Cola never considered investing in the Philippines until Gloria came and assured them that Filipinos will drink billions of liters of Coke.”

“So you’re saying those liars just pulled numbers out of their ass?”

“Yes, and they want us to swallow it.”

“Eeew…que asco. But that’s not what I wanted to talk about.”

“Well, what did you want to talk about?”

“The new monetary unit created by Gary Olivar, the Le Cirque Dinner unit.”

“Le Cirque Dinner unit is too long. Give it a shorter name.”

“Okay, how about eklavu?”

“Eklavu? Why use the gay term for bullshit as the name for Gary Olivar’s new monetary unit?”

“Umm….kasi… eeehenyway, one eklavu equals a one million peso dinner at Le Cirque. We can use eklavu to see how much value Gloria places on her soldiers.”


“Gloria spent a grand total of P7 million, that’s seven eklavus for the soldiers who were ambushed in Basilan. P7 million is broken down to P250K for each of the families of the slain soldiers, P100K for each seriously injured soldier, and P50K for those not as seriously hurt.”

“So, as far as Gloria is concerned, a soldier’s life is not worth one eklavu?”

“The numbers speak, don’t they?”

“Hay naku, then I hope she gave them cash and not dinner coupons.”

“But she puts more value for military service than hospitality services.”


“She only gave P6 million in tips for all the waiters, chauffeurs, bellboys, and other service personnel who attended to her needs in Washington, DC and New York.”

“Well, soldiers certainly deserve a larger tip. After all, ambushes are not an occupational hazard for bellboys.”

I could sense my wife’s mood was about to turn nastier. It was time to switch channels. And then Cerge Remonde spoke…

“Allow us, in all humility, to say that if not for the aggressive foreign engagements of the President, the state of our economy would be worse than what we are having now…”

“What do you think of that?” I asked.

“What do I think? I think THAT is Cristy Fermin’s evil twin.”

SOURCE: Life in Gloria's Enchanted Kingdom


Anonymous said...

i give it to you, mb. you had me in stitches. more, more!

ino ni emi

baycas2 said...

Well written! Thank you…thank you…

And…thank you!


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