BEHIND THE LINES: Elections ’16 and Hollywood PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 November 2014 14:20



Los Angeles, CA.— Yes, it’s still 17 months away, but the airwaves are starting to clog up with political gimmickry. So are the headlines and sub-headlines and opinion pages of community newspapers. Mondays are usually reserved for political news, as mouthpieces of politicians and the politicians themselves churn up talking points and subject matters fit for breakfast-table conversations or debate.

This early, businessmen who fund political campaigns (here, they’re called donors) are exchanging views (“disquatere” in Latin) on two interesting politicos — still undefeated and wanting to preserve their unblemished, awesome records, ala Rocky Marciano and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Congressman Celso L. Lobregat and Mayor Isabel Climaco-Salazar, the colossal figures in local politics fighting for preferred newspaper space and prime time radio, are considered, based on past records, the shoo-ins. They never get tired of this Monday bug, not a sneeze. They are the connoisseurs, the specialists in using media to get their messages across voters’ minds.

Right now, some bankrollers are talking about Councilor Mel Agan, the son of the late Mayor Vit Agan (who lighted up Zamboanga, built monumental infrastructures and, yes, went for the creation of the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development even when his neck was on the chopping block), hitting the road running. Agan, the son, is making headlines but drawing little readers and listeners to his side. He lacks the machinery and intensity (as Kobe Bryant) that his father had to make it even to the kitchen when election time comes. He still has 17 months to polish up if he intends to break the Lobregat-Salazar formidability. Yet, that all hinges on his boss, Vice President Binay who is facing the muskets in the Senate and the House.

The donors, usually Chinese-Filipinos and Chinese migrants from mainland China (who are threatening to send the local chinks to the cleaners), are apportioning their wealth for the most-likely winners, even the also-runs. Who would think, after all, that Councilor Elong Natividad would make it to the top? Elong survived reviling remarks hurled at him even by his close friends when he said “sorry” to his former boss in public.

A friend of mine who resides in Paranaque said that a Lobregat-Salazar battle in 2016 for the little kingdom by the sea is something worth watching, like a Pacquiao-Mayweather championship fight — if it ever comes about. As for the donors, you tell me where their money is going to.

As for Hollywood, I’ve been here countless of times and I haven’t gotten enough of it. Five years ago, Dr. Bonjing Feliciano (my deepest condolences for the demise of your loving wife, Doc), Drigo Balbon, Titong San Juan and me had Starbucks coffee (Pike’s) outside of Kodak Theater. Across the building is the great El Capitan Theater. Farther down are the Crystal Records, Hollywood Wax Museum, Chinese Theater, etc.

Hollywood is a long strip of fun and glamor from 6100 to 7100 going west. People don’t stop coming here because it probably gives them a sense of fulfillment. Going back to Drigo, he didn’t buy his “brillante” guitar in Hollywood but at the Guitar Center where he and Dr. Feliciano spent three hours adoring the stringed instruments of all brands. Doc didn’t get anything for him at Guitar Center.

Drigo still has his guitar and Doc is still dreaming of sipping Starbucks coffee at Kodak Theater again. He’ll have to settle for Eddie Chua’s Dunkin Donuts, in the meantime.