MANILA, Philippines — Local celebrities are crying foul over the increasing number of endorsements being made by international celebrities for different clothing lines here in our country.
In a joint statement, the Brilliant Association of Clothing Line Endorsers and Talents (BACLETa) of the Philippines led by Richard Gomez, complained about the invasion of international artists being tapped to endorse local clothing products by companies such as Bench, Penshoppe and Kamiseta.
“We will not take this lying down and let these Koreans take what is rightfully ours,” said Gomez in a definitive angry voice. “It’s time for us to take action and that is why we are here!”
Piolo Pascual, the group’s vice president, who was sitting beside Gomez asked the audience, “What do the Filipinos see in Koreans like Lee Min Ho, Dong Hae and Si Won?”
“Is it their beautifully coiffed hair or their smooth unblemished complexion?” continued Pascual.
Gomez with an angrier voice, replied, “We’d like to let everybody know that our group members have those qualities too noh!”
The group then revealed their hypothesis, claiming that the Korean names must be what’s attracting Filipinos to these international celebrities. “Either that or it’s the hard to pronounce names like Somerhalder, Meester, Maurer or Niall.”
That is why the group members decided to change their existing screen names to Korean or other hard-to-pronounce international names.
With the lights dimmed and sounds blaring, the group’s members were introduced on-stage.
First to come out is actor En Chong Park, formerly known as Enchong Dee followed by actress Kan Yeon Ran who is Kathryn Bernardo. Also on the parade were TV host & radio DJ Grace Lee, already a Korean, who changed her name to Grace Leester and actor Dingdong Dantes with his new name Shin Dong Wan.
Others on the lineup with Korean or internationally-sounding-names:
- Richard Gutierrez – is now Cha Tae Tae
- Lovi Poe – Olivia Walpole
- Coco Martin – is now Clarence Codwell Chamberlain
- Bea Alonzo – is now Bae Soo Young
- Sollenn Heussaff – is now Shellane Heussaff
The last to be introduced and receiving huge applause were Richard Nicodème Gourtemanche and PJ Nigel Salisbury, the group’s President and Vice President respectively, who were only clad in their undergarments, to the delight of the audience.
Watch out for their upcoming billboards soon.
Thanks to Suzanne Lee for the inputs and suggestions. 🙂