Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Macgyver: Philippines


Macgyver seems to have permeated the culture, even in the Philippines. My Macgyver surfing has turned up some Macgyverism in Philippine culture surprisingly enough:

Kiko Machine (fellow 80s kids) paid him a tribute more than a decade after with a hip Pinoy rock beat aptly entitled McGyver.

Kiko Machine, Kiko Machine

Audio CD
Disk ID: 1391332
Disk length: 57m 7s (14 Tracks)
Original Release Date: 2005
Label: Unknown




Kiko Machine: Mcgyver

Lahat ng problema’y may magagawa sya
Walang imposible, lahat ay kaya
Hindi susuko sa mga loko
Wala pa ring tatalo kay McGyver
Ultimate problem solver

[Refrain]
Suka toyo, kaya gawing bomba
Lumang tubo, kayang gawing bazooka
Lumang bumbilya nagagawang granada
Wala pa ring tatalo kay McGyver
Ultimate problem solver

[Chorus]
Sarhan man sya ng pintuan
Pilit itong mabubuksan
Ibaon mo man sya sa lupa
Tingnan mo ulit, malamang wala na

[repeat Refrain and Chorus]

[repeat Chorus]

Lahat ng problema’y may magagawa sya
Walang imposible, lahat ay kaya
Hindi susuko sa mga loko
Kahit magsama ka pa ng mga gago

[repeat Refrain]

Wala pa ring tatalo kay McGyver
Ultimate problem solver

Also: There must have been a "Macgyver" Commercial, or rather a commercial using the Macgyver Theme for MANG TOMAS:


"Mang Tomas, All-Around Sarsa - They want us to believe that this popular brand of lechon sauce actually has the same versatility of ketchup and they took a MacGyver mom to endorse this, accompanied by the MacGyver theme in the TV spots. In the commercials, the MacGyver mom offers Mang Tomas as a quick solution to the members of her family, one of whom was looking for ketchup, another for something to eat with leftover rice, and yet another who was looking for some kind of sandwich spread.

According to folk legend, Mang Tomas was actually the one who discovered lechon (the national dish), when he found his prize pig burned to a crisp after a fire burned down his house. Furthermore, Mang Tomas was supposedly an ancestor to the lechon dealers in La Loma, being Mila, Ping Ping, etc. I first heard the legend from a maid when I was young, who poorly explained it to me (thanks to a language problem), leaving me to believe that Mang Tomas was actually the one who got burned to a crisp. It was a confusing situation I found myself in, noting that we kept using a sauce that had cannibalistic overtones. Moreover, why was Mang Tomas even smiling on the label? It just wasn't right for somebody who got roasted alive to be commemorated on a food label smiling and sporting a salakot, looking like a happy Katipunero."

http://www.callueng.com/bleargh/2005/09/bleargh-survey-hard-sell-serving.html



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