If you are like me, and have invested much time and effort in serious discussion with friends re what makes a 'tunay na lalaki', along with other important issues (ie. Shaider, links to Annie's pictures, and episodes of Voltes V where you can find Jamie upskirts) then you KNOW this website is da shit. Here's why:
- Is it the thickness of his moustache? The quality of the girls, or the number of girls he scores (and no doubt, he scores. A lot.)? His car? His clothes? The topic is never ending, their 'Manifesto ng Tunay na Lalake' constantly changing, 'colloraries' to it, always morphing, each and every detail worth serious, detailed debate. In short, their topic will NEVER go out of style. EVER.
- Relevance and Irreverence. Or at least, it can be relevant. Feature Among Ed (who to me, is a TUNAY na lalaki), and people are made aware of his heroic stance. Feature Mike Arroyo (the absolute opposite), and people are made aware of irresolute, unbending evil and corruption. Being relevant while being funny is the key to great comedy. From Leno to Letterman to John Stewart, comedians use comedy to spotlight society's ills in language the common man can understand. The complete antithesis of, say, Manuel L. Quezon's 'The Explainer', for example, which aside from being 'burgis' and 'kung ano anong shit', is so deeply high brow and serious no one understands him.
- Glorious, glorious Irreverence that hits the spot. I 'digs' (ie. 'get') it, thoroughly and completely. And yes I know very well there are people I know who will not 'digs' it. Inasmuch as kikay exchange is unabashedly, without question Pinay female, tunaynalalaki is completely and unapolegetically Pinoy Male. It's like they tapped a raw nerve in me, found a gusher, and I am transported back to my roots still at some street corner somewhere (likely Mandaluyong). I can smell the gentle wiff of a canal as I wait for my adidas to cook while smoke from a barbecue stand clogs the air. As I wait in line for the tricycle, I envy the cheap barbershops their heavily photoshopped Tanduay posters, and am determined to score one or two next year, reserving the perfect spot in my room in my mind's eye. I know the tunay na lalakis can digs this.
- FailBlog. It reminds me most of failblog.org, but smarter thankfully. Also, another site I saw once that determines whether youre 'a player' or not, resulting in long, long discussions per topic. I'm too lazy to google it, and besides, as tunay says, tunay na lalaki only use google to find porn.
- Face Off. Hot or Not. The variety of their topic is wide and strong so much so, they can implement things like a 'Face - Off' between two tunay na lalaki people (not even necessarily men, nor people for that matter), and even use a Hot Or Not type voting system for users. With a proper programmer, the possibilities are endless for these guys.
- Whatever the topic may say of them, the author(s) is / are a true writer in the sense they're aware of what's going on around them, and have found ways to relate it. I spend time now, while commuting, wondering what else can be considered tunay na lalaki, and like I said, it's not necessarily limited to people. Sometimes I wonder, is Red Horse more lalaki than Pale Pilsen? Are people who wear Crocs considered tunay na lalaki? The list is endless.
- I'd love to contribute nice graphic on top for them. Something with Jestoni Alarcon, Ronnie Ricketts, the Lapids, Bong Pineda, Chavit Singson, Weng Weng, Tony Ferrer, maybe a Senator / Congressman or two, countless others.
- But finally, I end this with a gripe. Where is the basketball related content?! When I play ball I am surrounded by some of the most macho, Pinoy male caricatures you can ever hope to meet. Astoundingly homophobic. Spectacular flirts. Constant, never ending stories of female conquests. Flashy cars. Hours at the gym. Wears jerseys everywhere (yes, at the mall). You cannot paint a more macho - jock image than those guys. So much in your face machismo you've no choice but hate (or like, if youre into that sort of thing) them. I can make a whole blog just out of that, really.
Those, amongst other thoughts. Primary of which I think, is that finally, finally there is a true Pinoy male blog out there, for and by Pinoy males. For the most part, I agree: most of local internet is either very gay, very female, at 'kung ano anong shit'.
And lastly, I believe now that blogging is 10% technology, 90% content. I used to think 20 - 80.