Sometimes we just don’t get Barrio Siete

We all love Bario Siete, the blog that rules the Philippine blogosphere. True, it is a love that is born of fear, but still.

Sometimes, though, they tend to Hamlet it up with words, words, words that it’s easy to get lost and go, “say, what?”

Take this gem from their latest post criticizing a certain family that has the Philippine budget process in a stranglehold, for example:

They always start with the best intentions in the world to save Filipino humankind. But we as Filipinos must be jurasically dysfunctional too, for we cannot seem to shake-off our idolatry type of submission to them. While we abhor dynasties, nepotism and favoritism, some of us seem to embrace the idea that only a select group of family, having been touched by some magic wand of the gods, are exempted from our abhorrence to the very concept that we fight and allow an entire clan to hold stacks of government positions and/or juicy portfolios. How lucky to be the chosen people of god. O’ Israel, get these people out of our country!

What was that about? Are they asking the state of Israel to send in troops to kill these people off? What’s a jurassic dysfunction? Does it make people think they’re dinosaurs? I honestly don’t know.

(UPDATE: But B7 also comes out with great pieces like this one from Buraot.)


  1. Don’t you recognise good writing when you see it?? The word “jurasically” alone deserves a Pulitzer!

  2. @Anonylol: Is that what it’s called? How is it encouraged?

    @M: Well, sure. Alone, it would probably deserve a Nobel prize.
    But it has a posse.

  3. @onetamad

    Yeah. The article explains it much better than I can.

    Now that I think about it, I guess saying that it’s encouraged is going a bit too far since I have no real proof of that other than the impenetrable walls of text that most young writers I’ve met seem to like shitting out.

    Writing like you’ve swallowed a thesaurus and spending paragraphs on things because the writer insists on using flowery language is seen as a mark of sophistication in my experience in writing circles. Personally I see it as a mark that the writer is probably a pretentious douchebag. Sort of like the feeling you get when you see a bunch of hipsters posturing.

  4. @anonylol: Interestingly, I’ve read that using more words than necessary makes the reader think the writer is either lazy or using the thesaurus tool too often. [citation needed]

  5. Israelis are really cute, they can invade me anytime hehehe! But your literal interpretation is incorrect. That’s not supposed to be interpreted literally. “Chosen people”… go figure.

    I’m a loyal Noynoy supporter, but I disagree with the President as far as the Abad Family is concerned. In my mind, the ethical piece was clearly missing in the appointment and it became the more distasteful with the media barrage of their qualification pronouncements. The irony now is that, with their qualification/credentials argument, this whole thing is now being seen as arrogance and abuse of power.

    It’s wrong no matter which angle you look at it. It’s not about their credentials; it’s not about their qualifications. It’s about leadership, nurturing future leaders and believing and trusting other able & qualified Filipinos other than this family. It’s also very much about ethics and conflict of interest. It’s about equality of rule application. You don’t apply a different rule to your enemy and exempt your friends. You don’t create an environment that cultivates bad culture and gives rise to corrupt practices. Instead you prevent these conditions from happening.

    These are my opinions. And no, I don’t use a thesaurus when I write. I don’t even have a grammar check. I write raw with no pretensions.

    Thank you.

  6. @reynz Did you write the Israel paragraph? Your comment here is actually more lucid, clear, and communicates your point better.

    Don’t let adverbs get in the way of your insightful opinions.

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