Will nationalism prevail over adulation in the China-made Marian Rivera smartphone?

Marian Rivera’s fans number by the millions. She’s pretty. She’s adorable. She’s sexy.

Her physical attributes made her FHM’s 2013 Sexiest Filipina, a title she reclaimed after being named as such in 2008. She’s only the fourth to have been given the title twice. The others were Angel Locsin (2005 and 2010), Katrina Halili (2006, 2007) and Sam Pinto (2011, 2012).

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Marian Rivera in FHM’s 14th anniversary issue

She played iconic characters on TV, notably MariMar – the Tagalog adaptation of the popular Spanish telenovela – which catapulted her to unimaginable popularity; Darna, the Mars Ravelo classic flying heroine; Dyesebel, the mythical Filipina mermaid also by Ravelo; and Amaya, a historical fiction of Filipino royals in the 15th century.

The showing of GMA7 teleseryes in neighboring Asian countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia has made Marian an international sensation especially with Temptation of Wife. She was awarded Most Favorite Foreign Artist in a poll conducted by Vietnam’s Today TV channel in December last year, along with reel and real sweetheart Dingdong Dantes.

Presently, Marian topbills Carmela, opposite Alden Richards.

No doubt, the pretty lass from Cavite whose parentage is Spanish-Filipino, commands adulation—men, women, boys, girls, gays, lesbians, young and old alike.

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Marian with ‘Carmela’ co-star Alden Richards

Her influence has transcended across land and sea, via airwave, microwave and satellite. And companies take note of that. In fact, Marian is the #5 celebrity endorser. Only Kris Aquino (#1), Kim Chiu (#2), Anne Curtis and John Lloyd Cruz (tied at #3), and Piolo Pascual and Sarah Geronimo (tied at #4) are ahead of the AB Psychology graduate of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas (Cavite).

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Goddess Marian: FHM’s Sexiest in 2008 and 2013

Capitalizing on Marian‘s popularity, a mobile phone made in China, which goes by the brand SKK, has named its newest model for the Philippine market after Ms. Rivera. It’s called Marian V1.

According to released specifications, the smartphone’s features are as follows:5-inch IPS display with 854 x 480 screen resolution, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB internal storage.

Running on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, the Marian V1 also features an 8-megapixel main camera with flash and a front-facing camera, and supports 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and dual-SIM function.

If it’s made in Taiwan, Filipinos may be open to the brand as an alternative to the already crowded cellular phone market as long as it’s cheaper by a thousand or a few hundred pesos.

The thing is, it’s made in China and there is a growing sentiment to boycott Chinese products brought about by the incursion of China in the Spratlys, which Filipinos consider as invasion of territorial domain.

The arrogance of the superpower against smaller nations who are claimants of the area or part of the area like the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam is not taken lightly by the people of said countries. Japan has similar issue with China.

To retaliate, a call to boycott Chinese products is gaining ground. The Vietnamese are more passionate in expressing their disgust. They have called rallies to denounce the arrogance of China against them.

Filipinos, so far, have only expressed their retaliation though social media. The leftists, seen as agents of China by the centrists, have never renounced, not even once, the aggression shown by the Chinese. Leftists are quick to denounce perceived US intervention in the affairs of the Filipino nation, but where are they now that a superpower is subjugating Filipino sovereignty?

Have they forgotten the lines of Lupang Hinirang that says, Sa manlulupig di ka pasisiil (To the subjugators don’t allow [yourself] to be downtrodden)?

Taken from the thread of the announcement on Yahoo, some netizens reacted strongly to the made in China Marian (Rivera) smartphone that will hit the stores shortly:

SFNBKo Cgurado FLOP ang sales ng phone like her series of FLOP movies. Business suicide ang tawag dyan. Haha

APSW yakk chinese product

MVL Cheap na nga,mas magiging cheap pa ang phone na to

MJH s pgkaka alm q nauna n ang myphone s Sarah G. phone nla

TP Marian phone?! Nakow!

EV another floppy ad bwahaha!

LC wow ang ganda.

TB Yuck

RRS what the hell……tsk tsk tsk…wala na bang iba..

NR Boycott!

BC Bongga!

PK di naman bibili pero kung manira, wagas…lol

NC ai waley! lugi sila nyan..hehehe….

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Marian with boyfriend Dingdong Dantes at the latter’s graduation

There are those who worship stars no matter what. In fact, they’d be willing to fight tooth and nail when their idols are smudged. They also buy all products endorsed by the lords or goddesses of their imagination.

The big question now is, will starstruck fans continue with their blind adulation or for once nationalism get the better of them this time?

Follow Marian Rivera or boycott the made in China product she endorses?

As majority of netizens come from the youth sector, the closest to nationalism they may have expressed was during the Million People March in Luneta against Pork Barrel or PDAF. They haven’t felt the fervor of EDSA Revolution. They haven’t seen the passion of EDSA Dos or the violence brought by the zombie-like participants of Ortigas Uno.

(Sorry, there was no such thing as EDSA Tres. Only a small part of Ortigas was peopled by hakot Erap supporters, who marched to Malacanang and torched several vehicles at Mendiola, including a GMA7 OB van.)

The fight is no longer just confined to the corruption in government. It is now to defend territory and patrimony from foreign aggression/invasion.

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Only 177 out of 555 sea turtles were alive when Philippine National Police apprehended Chinese poachers off Palawan

Just recently, the Philippine National Police apprehended Chinese fishermen off Palawan. China warned that the fishermen be released immediately without any condition or the Philippines will suffer retaliation from Beijing. It turned out that those apprehended are actually poachers.

(Click link for full article http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/05/12/14/chinese-poachers-also-face-illegal-entry-raps)

Chinese poaching in Philippine waters is talamak (chronic), sobra na (too much) and need to stop at all cost.

It may be hard to take revenge or altogether boycott made in China products as the whole world has become a huge Chinese marketplace but boycotting major electronic gadgets especially those of yet-to-be-proven quality can be a significant form of retaliation.

By the way, another Chinese smartphone, Xiaomi, is set to enter the Southeast Asian market. The company plans to conquer Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, Thailand then India. After which it plans to make its presence felt in Mexico and Latin America.

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