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Juana Change, cultural activist Celdran lead anti-epal campaign

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Mae Paner and Carlos Celdran

MANILA, Philippines — Satire goes to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday.

Juana Change (theater and TV personality Mae Paner) is scheduled to file her certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Comelec in Manila as representative of the Epaliticians Party List (EPaL), a group of “epaliticians” who felt maligned and marginalized by an anti-epal movement.

Joining Juana Change in the filing of COCs are members of the fictitious Change family: her aunt, Tita Sen Change (senator); her sister, Yoko Change (mayor); her husband, Don Juan Change IV (representative); her son, Juan Change V (councilor); and her granddaughter, Juanita ‘Luce’ Change (SK chair). Accompanying the family is Change patriarch, Don Juan Change.

Going to the Comelec on the first day of the filing of COCs for the May 2013 local and national elections would only be the latest in the series of “creative responses” to the serious problem of credit-grabbing politicians, Paner said.

Paner and cultural activist Carlos Celdran recently led the anti-epal tour of Quezon City, which eventually led to Mayor Herbert Bautista’s removal of tiles all over the city bearing his initials HB.

The duo plans to take the tour to other cities of Metro Manila and eventually to the rest of the country.

“Epals are those politicians who take credit for anything that they do, which is their duty to fulfill in the first place,” said Paner, a regular fixture in the advertising world where she has worked as actor, producer and director.

Paner, also a sought-after stage actor, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview that the epals have been a scourge of the political landscape because they have been reinforcing the false notion that they should take credit for bringing various projects to their towns or districts.

According to Paner, the anti-epal movement that she and Celdran are involved with, hopes to make Filipinos aware that politicians should not get away with making it appear as if they bankrolled the construction of roads and bridges, and financed the distribution of relief goods, for example, when in fact these were funded by the people’s money.

Paner said that with elections just around the corner, epals have been plastering their faces on billboards and posters announcing everything from “happy fiesta” to “happy birthday.”

“What is all this but early campaigning,” Paner said.

Celdran told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that given the seriousness of the situation, it would take some creativity to get the people’s attention and combining the Juana Change and Damaso personas would do just that.

Celdran shocked the Archdiocese of Manila and the Catholic faithful when he held up a placard with the word “Damaso” in the middle of a Mass at Manila Cathedral on Sept. 30, 2010, to protest the Church stand against the reproductive health bill. Padre Damaso is a character in Jose Rizal’s novel “Noli Me Tangere” who was known to be cruel and abusive. For that stunt, Celdran was jailed for a day.

Celdran said, however, that he and Paner were mere catalysts and that it was the general public that got the anti-epal campaign going.

Ordinary citizens are sending in pictures and messages about epaliticians in their area putting their faces on everything from cans of sardines to bags of rice and even toothbrushes for distribution to school children, according to Celdran.

“Filipinos are now getting angry with the gall of these politicians to take credit for everything,” he said, adding that the anti-epal movement being pushed by several groups has caught on because it has been easy to relate to and evidence has been easy to collect.

“Filipinos have become smarter and more are coming to realize that epalism is an insult,” Celdran said.

He also credited Aquino with providing the democratic space for the anti-epal campaign to work because of his own policy against the “utak wangwang,” which attacked politicians’ sense of entitlement.

Paner said an epal-free Philippines was the goal of the movement. “And this is just the tip of the iceberg. By talking about epalism, we can talk about other problems underneath the surface, such as patronage politics,” she said.

In the meantime, Celdran said he and Paner would continue to use art as a weapon against the establishment.

Art has demonstrated its power to transform and the growing success of the anti-epal campaign shows that it still is—and probably always will be—a force to reckon with, according to Celdran.

Paner put a damper on the giddiness surrounding the Aquino administration when she, in her popular Juana Change persona, attacked in a short film aired via YouTube the President’s purchase of a “secondhand” Porsche just a few months after he became President on a platform of anti-corruption and good governance.

The Porsche short film was just the latest in the series of political satire pieces that she, as Juana Change, has been distributing for free through YouTube since 2008 as part of her political advocacy.


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  • NYPinoy

    Thank “God” for political activists like these.  This is one good way to point out the absurdity of our epal and crony politics.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

      thank god ka jan. kung katuld lang din naman ni celdran ang activist wag na oy! yang mukang yan. haha

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

        Patawa yun mukha ng dalawa! pwede itapon sa PAYATAS!

    • Fabian Pilapil

      pero ang sakit sa mata ng muka ni juana change at carlos noh? ang kokornmi rin ng mga pinaggagawa nila

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

      Celdran pwede ng panghasa yang ulo mo aahh pwede ko yan pagkakitaan.. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

      Mas Epal at Corny ka pa sa walang kwentang comment mo!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L3NDCPVUDYTIJXHY644XSDGXDU Dylan

      Sinusoportahan mo yang epal na Celdran na yan? sabagay. baka kasi epal ka. magsama sama kayo ni Celdran.

  • Platypus09

    Multiple party elections is going to get worse and worse and worse.

    It could get out of control, till 2-3 party only system is in place.

    We need election reforms.

    This could be a source of dissatisfaction among voters and in our society that nothing is being done to correct this kind of election chaos.

    This is really not good.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

      Nakakaumay naman si Celdran! Sarap pasabugin ang mukha!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DTXTBDKUOHBYZNF2FQGVWXLXRU Miguel

    Sa dami ng aktibista sa bansa dito ako sangayon! Totoo ito para sa bansa. We want CHANGE

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

      ang mg aktibista na yan ay masyadong papansin. nde kasi mukang artista kaya sila na ang gumgawa ng paraan para mpansin. diba carlos celdran??? haha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

      susmiyo! aktibista nakakasira lang yan ng bansa! parang ikaw nakakasira ka! Si Celdran eh mapanirang puri lang yan eh

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

      Sumang-ayon ka pa sa mali? B*bo lang? Miguel?

  • boytalakitok

    eto ang kailangan natin para mawala na ang mga epal na yan!!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

      wat a! hehe nde din natin kelangan ng mga tao ang katulad ni carlos celdran. haha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

      Kailangan mo lang! nandamay ka pang ugok ka! Cge salpak mo sa brief mo si Celdran.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

        Oo nga kailangan lang nya! T*nga lang ang sumangayon kila Celdran ano kayo? uto uto?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L3NDCPVUDYTIJXHY644XSDGXDU Dylan

      kailangan? baka ikaw ang kailangan nila celdran pare-parehas kasi kayong epal! :D

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MDAWMT3LIDHOCW7ZTSYXZEUQQ4 ghe

    ! Huwag iboto ang mga Epal!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

      i agree. ano b ung muka ni carlos sa picture. muka abnormal n nde mo maintindihan. bagay cla nung matnda. haha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

      Edi di din kita iboboto! isa ka din sa EPAL eh.. sama mo pa yan si JUANA CHANGE AT CARLOS CELDRAN!

  • latino_boom

    More power to this kind of people

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

      more kili kili power to this kind of people. woo! celdaran ang lakas ng putok mo, haha

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

        Power? Power sa kalbo nya! hehehe.. dapat yan nagpapatubo ng buhok para di sya katatawanan!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

        POWER daw? wag naten panigan un mga taong katulad nian! ikakabagsak ng bansa naten yan!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L3NDCPVUDYTIJXHY644XSDGXDU Dylan

      kind people? sila carlos celdran at juana change kind? PA-EPAL nga yang mga yan eh! 

  • denzel_alfonso

    SA MAKATI NAMAN KAYO MAG ANTI E-PAL!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

      makati siguro ang bayaaag nyan ni celdran kaya nde mapakali. haha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

      Eh baka naman epal ka din katulad ni Carlos Celdran? Na pasikat lang ang alam!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

      Anong meron sa MAKATI? bkit MAKATI kang tao ka noh? kaskas mo yan sa ULO ni Celdran hahaha

  • 1bravo9

    I support this its good for our country IBULGAR ANG MGA KABULUKAN NG MGA POLITIKO

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

      ang muka ni celdran ang nabubulok e. haha 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

      Bulok yan mukha mo kaya sinusuportahan mo din si bulok Carlos Celdran noh? haha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

      Ibubulgar din ng mga POLITIKO mga katulad nila CELDRAN at CHANGE.. sa pangit ng mga ugali nila!

  • w33k3nd3r

    I pray more people heed their call. Really. I pray to Jesus ha, not the CBCP, btw.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

      pray for the soul of carlos cedran. may he rest in peace! haha

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

        Haha kaw nmn pinapatay mo na un kalbo! wag muna pahirapan muna naten siya!

  • blainz

    Now this is a party list party I can support.

    Advice to EPal: Grow a stronger web presence to distribute videos of your campaign. A dedicated website with mirrors for resiliency – Facebook can be easily shut down by trolls or libel threats.

    In any campaign sortie, always have video/phonecams at the ready, maintaining a live uplink to the net. This could save your lives. Once certain politicians start feeling the hurt, anything can happen.

    And bodyguards… and an armored bus…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

      suporthan nyo nga dapt ng tunay yan si celdran. mukang kawawa e kulang sa pansin. haha

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

        wag nmn baka umiyak na si Celdran! masulat nnmn ng mga hindi magaganda!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

      sinusuportahan nyo pa un ganyan na mga akibista? gising blainz! wag ka t*nga!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

      Cge sumuporta ka sa mga EPAL na katulad nila. para maging kamukma mo din sila.. Lalo na yan si Juana Change!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L3NDCPVUDYTIJXHY644XSDGXDU Dylan

      Nagpapauto ka lang dyan kay Carlos Seldran ant Juana Change! Anti-Epal sila eh sila nga ang pa-EPAL! 

  • Pok2

    Please God, they need to win.Protect them against the Rich, Influential and Powerful. Power to the People.

  • odiebelmont

    yehey!  Way to go……next target..BUWAGIN ANG POLITICAL DYASTY!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

      haha. buwaging ang pagmumukha ni carlos celdran!

      • Fabian Pilapil

        at ni juana change! ay burog burog na pala muka nya haha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

      Kaskas nalang ni Carlos Celdran ang ulo nya sa pader kesa kung ano ano ang sinasabi nya.

  • odiebelmont

    These are the political activist that we need…merong saysay, hindi katulad ng mga nagpapanggap na mga makabayan kuno.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

      Oi nde naten kailangan yan sila Celdran… tignan mo hangin lang ang loob ng utak nyan! kalbo kasi eh.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L3NDCPVUDYTIJXHY644XSDGXDU Dylan

      Walang saysay yang si Carlos! Pa-EPAL lang yan eh!

  • virgoyap

    What do you call of a town Mayor where her photo is put side by side by the photo of the senior citizen ID? Is this Epal or more than Epal? He he he many times politicians can make us crazy.

    • Fabian Pilapil

      but i find carlos celdran and juana change more epal..lagi silang may ginagawa para magpapansin diba?

      • virgoyap

         But they are not running for office. Nagpapansin sila to make their message loud and clear.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

        isa ka din sa papansin! Epal andami na nangunguna na si Carlos Celdran alagad ka ba nya?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

        Malamang alagad yan ni Celdran.. kamukha nya din siguro kalbo ka din ba? nakakatawa ka kasi eeh

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

    Napadaan ako sa Misamis St. Q.C. sa may area ng SM North Edsa.  Mapapansin niyo mga tricycle drivers may suot suot na vest at name ni Herbert Bautista ang nakasulat. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

      ano pinaglalaban mo? hahaha baliw ka ba? prang si Celdran kalbo!

  • Josemakabayan

    How do we join your anti EPAL MOVEMENT ? Lets all join in and change the political landscape. Don’t vote for trapos and epals. Let s show them our voters power !!!!!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L3NDCPVUDYTIJXHY644XSDGXDU Dylan

      gusto mo sumama sa Epal Movement? hahaha. sabagay. epal si Celdran.

      • Josemakabayan

        Mali ata basa mo bro? Hindi sa EPAL , sa ANTI EPAL movement. Un bang kontra TRAPO at political dynasty ! Sali ka na!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/whipnsaddle Bastonero

    Si Celdran at Paner bagay para nilang anak si Tado…

    • Pok2

       Talagang Bastonero ang dating mo. Walang modo at prinsipyo.

    • Fabian Pilapil

      haha..mga pamilyang epal

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

      Wahaha! baka ang nanay nila si Mahal at tatay si Mura! haha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

      baka nmn ang nanay talaga nila eh si Juana Change? Pangit Family ang Surname nila hahaha.. Pwede!

  • Pok2

     This is BS, ganito na lang ba. PRINCIPLED PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES,
    UNITE AND VOTE FOR PRINCIPLED CANDIDATES. DOWN TO POLITICAL AND SHOWBIZ
    DYNASTIES. EDUCATE THE MASSES ABOUT THE DEMONS OF PHILIPPINE POLITICS.
    Let’s promote voters maturity. Vote for EPAL

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

      EPAL ka din eh! dami mo sinasambit pra kang si Celdran na puro dada!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L3NDCPVUDYTIJXHY644XSDGXDU Dylan

      Pa-Epal ka din eh! friend mo ba si Celdran? hahahha. pareho kasi kayong EPAL! :D

  • hustlergalore

    sa mga gustong sumali sa movement. pumunta lang sa kanilang facebook account – anti-epal

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOHNFBWMXEY5P6U3YAPJUK7XZU Arnel

      Sali ako! basta si Celdran ang kalaban ko! ahaha ayoko kasi sa EPAL na katulad nya eeh!

      • Fabian Pilapil

        ayoko din jan kay celdran ang kokorni ng pinaggagawa nila ni juana change mga mukang t*nga!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L3NDCPVUDYTIJXHY644XSDGXDU Dylan

      Bakit nasa anti-epal si Carlos Celdran? Eh dba sya ang EPAL! PA-EPAL! :D

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

    Juana Change? mukha palang EPAL na eh!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L3NDCPVUDYTIJXHY644XSDGXDU Dylan

      Tama! parehas sila ni Carlos Celdran pa-epal! :D

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2Z2PURDW6M7FE2ZEN25QXY6UIM Norbert

    haha burog burog talaga? hinay lang baka magalit un jowa nya na si Celdran mahirap na baka iuntog nya sayo ang matigas nya na ulo! KALBO!



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