Of Manila

I find it ironic that out of reportedly 150+ accounts that attempt to capture a certain demographic of Manila, it’s the one about Cats which has been the most productive & meaningful.

Their account gained attention for the humor, then for featuring real cats that need real homes, and most recently for organizing an actual adoption event & fundraiser.

Parody, satire, humor, and entertainment are fine. Not to mention pictures of cats on the Internet are a surefire hit. It’s easier to capitalize on that. But these folks went the extra mile to build an advocacy for something that their audience already established a connection with.

It’s closer to (the original) Humans of New York, which shines a light on what we don’t spend much time thinking about: Everyone else beside us. Everyone else besides us.

For starters, how many Chinoy accounts should there be? For a time, four co-existed, each spewing borderline racist tweets with reckless abandon. Probinsyanos were made perpetually naïve, jologs and jejemons ridiculed, and the poor continuously marginalized. — Jansen Musico

For nation that’s über sensitive about how we’re portrayed in the media, we’re strikingly tone-deaf about depicting others.

HONY is a blog, a Twitter feed, an Instagram account, a Facebook page that doesn’t stereotype or passive-aggressively mock people they meet, but shares their authentic stories and struggles. It encourages us to consider their differences from us as points of introspection, not criticism. It dares us to change & be inspired by their insight, rather than to lament how they should be more compatible to our lifestyle & expect them to change.

Walang basagan ng trip, you may say, but isn’t that what these _OfManila accounts do towards that Tita/Conyo/Jeje you know?