"This Christmas is a time for grieving.
The Sad Christmas of 2004"
So goes the headlines, as written by people who are shallow enough to think that FPJ is the only loss experienced by Filipinos.
Christmas has always been both a time of celebrating and grieving, not because of the death of an actor turned politician, but because we remember the loss of our very own loved ones, which comes in full force on the very day that families are supposed to be together.
The people in the print media aren’t the only ones who have grossly underestimated us. For the past week, regular television programming (and regular news for that matter) had to give way to the hours-long coverage of the wake of FPJ, interviews with his friends in politics, and live testimonies from anonymous FPJ fans. Even my cousins, very much die-hard FPJ fans, felt saturated and gave cable TV a try.
Dear media, please give us a break. We’re more real than that.