Video Courtesy of PEP.ph on Youtube.
[Update: I just made a shoutout on my Facebook page about Pastillas Girl’s ambush interview by PEP and even attached the posting of Lady Gagita’s bad experience with It’s Showtime. Feel free to check on this]
A month ago, I have posted on my Facebook page sharing my condolences to Angelica Jane Yap (known as “Pastillas Girl“) after her mother, Maria Tereza Hernandez, was shot to death and died last December 7, and I expressed my apologies to Angelica for bashing her. I must admit, I should have been matured enough to realize that it is not entirely Angelica’s fault as she was merely being used by It’s Showtime to save their pathetic show from shameful single-digit ratings. While I still pity on her for the whole Pastillas segment ordeal, and happy that she finally has a contract with Viva Entertainment, she should have lived in an ordinary life and do her job right in a Call Center. For those who are not aware, she used to be a Call Center Agent at VXI (and I assume it is in Muñoz branch) so I am guessing that her stint with the said company involves mainly on agent jobs and she may not have been promoted because someone should attest on her behalf in case she got promoted to at least, Subject Matter Expert position.
[Side Note: I hate to admit guys, I have never been promoted in my 8-year stint in the Call Center/BPO industry in 5 different companies, but I had my share of a point in my life that I did my job really great that is why I topped the CSAT metric on February 2011, and I was one of the perfect-scorers in QA last December and got a reward on a raffle. I think I will be writing about my life in this industry on a separate post.]
Hindi lahat siguro masasanay sa trabahong Call Center/BPO, and you all know what are the different things entailed in working in the Call Center/BPO industry, but comparison to becoming artista, still, working in the said industry would be better. If you want a normal, private life that is not hounded by fans/antis/intrigeros/entertainment writers/chismosos, a stable job and an income, a job that won’t render you like a dimwit, more sleep hours, lesser presure, then better be a Call Center employee than being an artista. Sure, the talent fee you will receive as an artista/celebrity ain’t a joke, but if you only receive meager projects, endorsements, modeling jobs, then better think of how you will save your money because it will go away quickly kung magbubuhay hari/reyna ka or mag-buhay social climber (ang hard!). Today you have a project, the next day you don’t. At least sa Call Center/BPO industry, ang level na ma-eexploit ka hindi kasing-tindi ng sa entertainment industry na dadating ka sa point na you will be forced to show what needs NOT to be shown or worst, you have to make-out with any executive just to get a project or to be a star.
I personally do not think that Call Center work is a no-brainer because your accent involuntarily IMPROVES over the course of time as well as your spontaneity in ENGLISH language , your vocabulary WIDENS, your level of understanding different English accents from all parts of the world STRENGTHENS, your attitude TOUGHENS, your knowledge in almost everything will make you a GOD, and the more the different companies and campaigns you work with, the more the knowledge and experience you garner. You may not exactly grow professionally, but you grow internally. Hindi mo na kelangang pumunta ng Amerika para malaman mo kung ano’ng klaseng tao ang mga Amerikano dahil kausap mo na sila, malalaman mo na ang pag-uugali nila, paano sila magsalita sa iyo. Kaya kung may Call Center experience ka na at may naka-encounter ka nang Amerikano, Briton, Australyano, Canadian, Indiano o kahit na ano pang lahi pa iyan, hindi ka tipikal na Pinoy na mukhang tanga kapag nakakita ng dayuhan. Just make your imagination grow. Kung ako tatanungin niyo, siyempre, napapatingin ako sa mga dayuhan pero hindi ako ‘yung tipong lalapit sa isang dayuhan na para akong nakakita ng anghel at kakaibiganin ko. Para saan pa ‘yun, aber?
Kung hindi mag-sho-showbiz si Angelica, then it is even well and good for her. Hindi ako naghahangad ng masama kay Angelica, ‘yung nga lang, sinabi niya na hindi siya sanay na ma-bash, hindi na lang siya nag-artista. Kung magpapakita siya na nagpapa-awa, lalamunin lang siya ng buhay ng mga bashers. Ang malas lang ni Angelica, after all the Mr. Pastillas shenanigans, she was not given any project by Kapamilya network, not even a hosting part in a show. ‘Binugaw’ na nga siya, hindi pa siya nabigyan ng pagkakataon to showcase her talent and anything that makes her worthy of respect.
So, balik tayo sa interview niya. Okay, hindi niya intention na ilaglag ang It’s Showtime but natuwa lang talaga ang Kapuso at ALDUBNation fans sa ginawa niya kasi, the interview served as “the best dish served cold” to ABS-CBN and It’s Showtime. At the back of my mind, I think this is the random moment I was waiting to happen para lang lalong mapahiya ang It’s Showtime. This interview just reminded ABS-CBN and It’s Showtime once again that KARMA IS A BITCH, since hindi lang naman si Angelica ang na-hopia ng It’s Showtime. Kung kilala ninyo si Vinzon Leojay Booc, or Lady Gagita — the well-known Lady Gaga impersonator — well, siya din na-hopia at nabastos ng It’s Showtime. Below is his vented frustration against the show:
Okay, as much as I’d like not to post it because I might sound desperate but I just want to share my sentiment regarding a worst scenario with me and a staff from “It’s Showtime”. Someone called me yesterday and asked if we could guest on the show as “Pabebe Warriors” and they also asked if we could try to find the real pabebe girls for a so-called “showdown”. So me and my boyfriend Raymond searched for the girls on the internet and I even talked to some of their friends and their fathers as well to ask permission for the girls. And after I got all their contact details, I forwarded everything to the staff. The next day, in hopes for some good news, I asked for an update and the staff replied “Mukhang malabo na.” I actually don’t want to rant but after all the efforts of helping them contact the girls, I didn’t got any apology after the cancellation of the guesting. I feel like we’ve been used in order for them to get in contact with the girls. Alam kong wala akong karapatan kasi hndi naman kami ang orihinal, pero bilang isa sa mga nagpasikat uli ng pabebe girls, I think that we don’t deserve to be treated like that.
Tatratuhin ka na lang na parang TAE o BASURA matapos kang pakinabangan. Putang-Inang buhay nga naman ano?
Natuwa naman ako kay Angelica when she stated how she recognized Maine Mendoza‘s magnanimous rise to fame. The way she answered is something that is not scripted. She innocently answered all the questions thrown by PEP.ph so yeah, she did not answer those words para lang maging relevant ulit. Kahit nga siya mismo, she was kinda’ relunctant to the idea of her being pitted against Yaya Dub, kasi nga “… si Yaya Dub ‘yan, ‘eh!“. Siguro nga, Maine is overrated as fuck to the haters and to the elitist showbiz spectators, wala pang masyadong napapatunayan sa acting or even singing, hindi pa siya multi-awarded. Unfortunately, can you blame a person for being fucking lucky enough to achieve success thru love team with Alden Richards? Can you blame a girl for being fucking charming enough?
I am glad that Angelica is now being handled by Viva and most probably, she will be under TV5 and I am one of the hopefuls for her na sana, magka-project siya at mag-improve sa craft niya. Another thing I could wish for her is to never lose herself. Men will come and go, so do friends and family, fame and money. So never lose yourself since that is the only thing you can have in the end. (Credits to Helen Gamboa’s quote in the movie Etiquette for the Mistresses). Bata pa si Angelica, so ang daming opportunities na naghihintay sa kanya. Huwag niya sayangin ang sarili niya sa mga bagay na, in the end, papaiyakin lang siya. Kung kelangang magtapos siya ng pag-aaral, magtapos siya so in the event na hindi na siya artista, at least she is in a broadcasting job that requires you to have completed a 4-year course. Pwede siya as associate sa isang department, or manager or executive. There is more to life than just becoming a celebrity.