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article imageOp-Ed: Katrina Halili and the Hot Issues

By Maria Narissa Aranzanso     May 26, 2009 in Entertainment
Issues from Katrina Halili- Hayden Kho sex video scandal have evolved. The hot issues are concurrently being diverted to involvement of drugs in the videoed tryst. The issues were even downgraded to Katrina not fit to being a role model.
If a survey is to be made nowadays on who is the most popular sexy young actress, more than a hundred per cent it will not be Angel Locsin or Roxanne Guinoo or Bea Alonzo. Nobody but the young actress Katrina Halili will be number one in the list.
Katrina Halili was involved in a controversy which has been the talk of the town the past few days – her recorded tryst with a certain doctor named Hayden Kho who videotaped the whole activity. The video spread in the Internet and copies were pirated as ABS CBN News reported that media frenzy sparks Kho-Halili sex DVD demand. They are probably feasted upon by the whole lot of Filipinos (male and female alike) and possibly by the whole world as well.
When the news exploded about the videoed sex activity between Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili, the young Halili has been in the front page news of all types of news paper, broadsheets and tabloids. Also, she has been the content of radio and television news. She is gaining publicity and popularity with her PR manager not even lifting a single finger and she might not be needing her services for now. It is also expected that in the future, a lot of movie offers will be proposed with the theme of her story which for sure will become successes. Sensual or sexual or sex-related type of movies always sells like hotcakes and is always best sellers in the Philippines.
Needless to say, this scandal is not a new story in the world of actors and actresses in the Philippines. Even before, and in the future ahead, scandals like an actress who got pregnant without the father, or had a child out of wedlock, or a famous actress who separated from her husband and got involved with another, etc. etc., are always, and will be, there.
The issue about how the young generation in the Philippines are disillusioned because they look up to these artists as role models has now even become a concern. It is not apt to say that Katrina Halili should not be a role model because of her relationship with Hayden Kho who actually has an involvement with another doctor named Viki Belo. Artists that include actors, actresses, singers, bit players, stage players, etc. have their own personal lives to live. Their roles are limited to personifying the characters in a movie, the emotions in a play, or the music in an art piece. There is something amiss with the concept of artists being individual role models. In the first place, they should not be treated as such but as ordinary individuals who have the capability to err and are also liable to misdeeds.
The outputs of these artists are alien to what they are as individuals. They simply are the epitome of what they represent. They might even be the contradiction of the characters they personify, the emotions they deliver, or the music they sing. With this context of them as people or as individuals who have responsibility to be role models is not in harmony with what they do as artists. Now, if it is the work ethics and the values they show in relation to how they perform their work then probably, it is safe to say that the young can follow specifically these artist’s examples on work attitude or manners.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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