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Basagan ng Trip: Complaints about Filipino Culture and Politics

Basagan ng Trip: Complaints about Filipino Culture and Politics

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By Lisandro Claudio (Author)

“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.”

  • Author and Publisher: Lisandro Claudio, Anvil Publishing (2016)
  • Condition: New / Paperback
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  • ISBN: 9789712733482
  • Weight: 7 oz
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Publisher: Anvil Publishing
  • Year: 2016
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 149
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