By Bernie Cortes-Kimmerle
“If they can’t swallow facts, let them eat fiction.” Rain Bojangles
“The best ammunition against lies is the truth, there is no ammunition against gossip. It is like a fog and the clear wind blows it away and the sun burns it off.” Ernest Hemingway
PinoyWatchdog (PWD) is the clear wind and the sun. We seek the TRUTH as we are independent. After several exposes, we are still here to serve and are still continuing to be the “watchdog” of the Fil-Am community. This is a need as long as the articles written have a redeeming factor.
I hear whispers…gasps…our favorite Fil-Am slang of “Ay!” whenever PWD writers get introduced to events. One close friend warned me, “Ay naku, don’t get involved with PWD unless you like controversies…” Another friend chided, “They ruin people –be careful, do NOT associate with them.”
Oh really? You see I was quite content with my “main-stream” life, hanging out with “main-stream” friends, okay being a ‘coconut”, only occasionally dipping my toes in the Filipino community when I am asked to co-direct, stage manage or host/plan a Fil-Am event. But this was not enough. There was a hole burning in my heart – searching for that something…that “moment.”
So, when I went to that awful fashion show last summer at the Hilton (I still cringe at the thought of that pitiful show) I had to speak out, and it was only on Facebook. So I thought I’d give a critique about the show. Oddly, it created waves and the dogs at PWD thus recruited this feisty little person, and that is me.
Fast forward – months later – - I am now with PWD. Thus, I decided to seek the TRUTH about why certain people abhor PWD. I went around to most Fil-Am “hangouts” such as Nanay Gloria… Noypitz…Jollibee…the seafood grocery stores…became friends with fellow Pinoys…interviewed people in the martial arts community, and this is what I discovered:
Fellow “pinoys” that have no guilt or shame or anything to hide LOVE PWD. We do have a following. When we took a small break during Christmas, I was approached by some people during a rehearsal for Fides Ecclesaie asking why we have not published the paper and were excited when I told them that we will publish 1st week of January 2013. These were caregivers…nurses… students…lawyers, CPAs, priests and housewives. I recently visited a Grandmaster of the Filipino Martial Arts. I met his brother who is a humble caregiver. He is a simple man. He asked me, “Mam, we love your paper – I follow it – -please do not stop.” My eyes widened and my heart said, “Bernie, stay with this paper.”
What a surprise! Questionable fund-raisers suddenly ceased! Admit it. Haven’t you noticed that there is a sudden decline of fund raisers? One must admit that this is good thing because for once, fund raisers, parties that give away awards are FOR ONCE LEGITIMATE! There is a need for a watchdog. How can one stomach an event when one knows that the money is not truly being given to the proper channels? I certainly cannot. And this is unfair. All these years, let us ask ourselves… how many have truly gotten away with this hoax?
Most advertisers DO NOT CARE about a paper’s reputation – they only care about the RESULTS. We know that trying to get advertisers for a paper is a challenge. I’ve heard from several people – “Oh, they will not advertise with you because of PWD’s reputation.” Really? So, I did a test. I wrote an article for a certain business and lo and behold! This company actually had 7 walk-ins and they bought their services because of PWD’s article. One of the people actually stated that they “hated” our paper but loved the article, went ahead and bought services from this company. TRUE STORY.
Persons/business that have maltreated or “ripped-off” fellow Fil-Ams do not like PWD. They are obviously wary of getting “busted” and perhaps guilty? Hmmm…..
So, as a member of the Fil-Am Community, wouldn’t you want an INDEPENDENT paper that TRULY cater to truth and justice? I do. Wouldn’t you want a paper that expose the ugliness of certain characters in the community so that you can be forewarned? I do. Do you want a paper that will actually help you or at least guide you if you have been wronged? I certainly do. Do you want a paper to promote our artists, non-profit groups, businesses all with REAL facts, not cut and paste from other articles but wherein good ol’ research actually was implemented, interviews conducted etc.? I most certainly do!
We at PWD are not here to “ruin” anyone – why would anyone do that? We know the legal repercussions – we know that we have to prove that the evidence is clear and succinct before we even print any article.
We, at PWD, are here to promote TRUTH, JUSTICE and the ARTS – the real way.
Thus, I stand. I hope continue to read our paper – - it is FREE for you, to teach you, guide you, update you and entertain you.
I serve you.