Basagan ng Trip: Complaints About Filipino Culture and Politics

Basagan ng Trip: Complaints About Filipino Culture and Politics

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Genre: Essays & Correspondence
Publisher: Anvil Publishing, Inc.
Publication Year: 2016
Format: E-book
Length: 158
ASIN: B01GGYLVQ0
ISBN: 9789712733482

“Walang basagan ng trip,” is one of the vilest phrases in colloquial Tagalog, reflecting a long anti-critic tradition in Philippine arts. When artists use the term, they are asking critical voices to shut up and smile: Don’t criticize my work (my “trip”); we’re all just trying to be happy here. Shouldn’t art, after all, be fun?

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“Walang basagan ng trip,” is one of the vilest phrases in colloquial Tagalog, reflecting a long anti-critic tradition in Philippine arts. When artists use the term, they are asking critical voices to shut up and smile: Don’t criticize my work (my “trip”); we’re all just trying to be happy here. Shouldn’t art, after all, be fun?

Being a critic and essayist was, one could say, my only means of self-expression. Indeed, I cannot create, so I just complain. I’ve made some complaints that have offended many (declaring OPM dead) and I’ve made some more popular ones (calling out Tito Sotto for being a sexist). And, yes, I am proud to call them complaints, because complainers believe that things are wrong and can be changed.

Welcome to the world of the second-class citizen in the republic of arts and letters—the much-maligned “tagabasag ng trip.” Basagan ng Trip: Complaints About Filipino Culture and Politics.

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About the Author
Lisandro Claudio

LISANDRO E. CLAUDIO is a post-doctoral Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. He is also Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Ateneo de Manila University. He is the author of Taming People’s Power: The EDSA Revolutions and their Contradictions (Ateneo de Manila University Press) and Basagan ng Trip: Complaints about Culture and Politics (Anvil). Lisandro E. Claudio is a program-specific Assistant Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.

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