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Mr. Freddie Aguilar; Bitterness!

freddie aguilar

Mr. Freddie Aguilar? He’s a singer who became popular during the 80’s not only in the Philippines but also in most parts of the world, thanks to his popular song “Anak”. Either my dad or my mom mentioned to me a long time ago, that when I was a new born, that song was pretty popular and that my dad loved that song and sang that song to me. So, me being my sentimental self, have a soft spot for the singer he is, Mr. Freddie Aguilar.


Recently, after a long time of being behind the entertainment/music scene in the Philippines, he came to light again. What did he do? Criticize Charice Pempengco (who is she? please see previous post) and Arnel Pineda, the new lead singer of the band Journey who popularized the hit song “Open Arms” with the lines “so now i’ve come to you, with open arms” now you remember?

They are some of the few pride of Filipinos abroad. With all the negative news about the Philippines about corruption, Abu Sayyaf et al, for a change, when they introduce them that they are from the Philippines, it’s a good thing, it makes you proud not kind of embarrased. They are our pride.

Everyone Charice meets abroad, from the 15 time Grammy Award winner producer-song writer Mr. David Foster to popular singers like Josh Groban, has nothing but praises for her talent and kindness. I believe what they say about us Filipinos, that we are more critical with our own, we are harder to impress, crab mentality is it? Evidently, this is the case with Freddie Aguilar. He criticized as to why did Charice chose to sing Celine Dion’s song in Oprah, why not a Tagalog song? First thing, according to Charice in an interview, the staff of the show chose the song she sang, as part of the concept of the episode of “Dream Come True” they made her meet her idol Celine Dion and invited her to sing with her in her concert in Madison Square Garden. Second, why will she sing a Tagalog song? They will not understand a word she will be singing! It’s in America, to remind you. It will be useless.

Please, let us just be supportive of our fellow Filipinos who are doing very well in their careers abroad. You had your chance then, Mr. Aguilar. Being patriotic is a good thing believe me I truly believe that but it doesn’t apply to every situation we are in. What you said is just not in good taste. Especially when you reminisce and compared your past.

One more thing, is when we are going to say a not-so-good-thing about other people, it’s better to just keep mum about it. Keep the mouth shut. Comments like this hurts them and makes the confidence of the criticized persons involved low. Things or issues like this is what we do not need.

Think twice before we let words come out of our mouths. Words we say reflect our personalities. I am sorry but the nice impression I had for you Mr. Aguilar while growing up has been ruined. As a man who’s got decades of lifetime experiences, you should have known better. What could be worst is if you do not realize your fault.

We should be generous in giving praises and a good pat in the shoulder for the one’s who deserve it. While it is ok to criticize, but approriately. It’s always nice to be tactful.


Bite me!


8 Responses to “Mr. Freddie Aguilar; Bitterness!”

  1. I can’t believe Freddie commented on Charice, singing English language songs out from her Idol; Whitney, Celine, Mariah and other American singers.

    Charice was in the English language country where she was noticed by her fans and other admirers who were fascinated by her very unique and gifted VOICE. So, why she will sing Tagalog language if the audience cannot understand? In fact, there are many Filipinos here who cannot speak and understand Philippine language.

    Well, Freddie my admiration for you as a Talented singer is gone. I am very sorry of your being unjust to Charice, do you think it is now time for you to wake up. Charice is very popular now, here and all over the world, we will fight and support for her. More power to CHARICE.

    • Actually, I wanna tell Mr. Aguilar that there is NOTHING WRONG with the english language and singing english songs. He is a patriot who wants to bring ‘it’ to another level. If like Charice, you are invited to sing abroad, naturally you have to sing a song the audience will get to understand.

      Have you seen the video I post here? The one where he’s screaming? Oh Im sorry I forgot its in Tagalog. I’ll try to traslate it for everyone to understand.

      • I concur that there’s nothing wrong singing songs in English.

        Nonetheless, there “aping” or mangagaya label are still true. Charice has been called an “international artists” for a few years. Yet, she still sings the songs of Whitney, Celine, and Jojo. Charice has no songs of her own. As for Arnel, he is paid to cover Journey songs. He has to be like Steve Perry.

      • How could he be paid to ‘cover’ Journey songs when he is actually paid of the the band now? Naturally, he HAS to sing Journey songs the JOURNEY way.

        By the way, I hear that Neal is encouraging Arnel to contribute in the song writing department. Detractor disguised as nationalists would be eating their dust.

        Dami kasi dito, salita ng salita, di nagreresearch.

        Such a crab, really. PREMATURELY judging the artists themselves – Arnel and Charice yet they would not even criticize Nina, King, MYMP who became popular because they covered foreign songs. Nina’s best-selling album was her cover album, why am I not hearing criticims? What about those Filipino artists in the 90’s who became popular because they merely translated Japanese pop songs to Tagalog?

      • completely agree with you here.

    • The funny thing about it is he dresses up like an AMERICAN cowboy.

      And since he’s from Isabela, he is ILOCANO yet he does not sing in ILOCANO nor compose ILOCANO songs. He sings in Tagalog, a foreign language to ILOCANOS

  2. Ka Freddie huwag mo naman tirahin ang mga kababayan mo na nag-susumikap para makamit ang mga pangarap nila sa buhay.
    Ikaw?…saan ka ba nagsimula?…isang kahig-isang tuka ka rin nuon at sumikat at nagka-pera.
    Ano ang ginagawa mo sa Toronto?..sagutin mo ako?
    Kilala kita at nakikita kita sa mga maliliit na nite club ng Pinoy ang may-ari sa Toronto…basa na ang papel mo…at sana magbago ka na Ka Freddie dahil isa ako sa mga tagahanga mo na labis na nasaktan sa ginawa mo.

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