Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The P-Noy of street parliamentarians on SONA day

We like the color of the streets on any SONA day. There's more than the blue, black and the predominant red of the usual protest organizers' banners. 

The towering yellow papier mache figure of P-Noy was not burned. There was yet no reason for the torching.  It's his first SONA, and the common Pinoys--who he said are his bossings--are still on ground zero for presidential debts to collect and grave misgovernance to denounce. 

This yellow P-Noy higante draped with the stars-and-stripes would surely find its way to a Philippine museum of protest art (MOPA) if ever there is one or to a collector for future e-Bay sale.

Alas, the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo effigies of her nine SONA days were all torched. There are plenty of photographs in the archives to go back to for their appreciation as protest artworks.

This year, some UP fine arts students led by their student council painted P-Noy on that part of Commonwealth Avenue fronting the Ever Department store, just like what they would do during the annual street-painting event in front of Palma Hall in UP Diliman.

Their P-Noy of course is in yellow barong and he's holding a balance beam with protesters spilling off from one side and with the elite smug on the other.

P-Noy can be Zorro. He has painted in the public mind an illusion that he can be one, and that's what his bossings conjure after his platitudes of no wangwang, no tong-pats, no waldas, etc. even if he has not said anything substantial about key areas like land reform and foreign policy.

We hope though that P-Noy would not be this Zorro (picture above)--almost a fixture at the academic oval of the Diliman Republic--who has his own Katipunan flag ("Viva Caballero," it says) and his own revolution to finish. 

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