Mercado: Black is beautiful

AFTER decades of American presence in the Subic-Clark area, our women failed in producing either tall and hefty mestizos or black Negro-size athletic offspring.

This was my single thought during the National Day of Protest, cognizant of the Pope’s recent message to a Vatican crowd “not to protest too much.”

I find it somewhat anomalous that Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) games are decided by black (US) “import” players who outhustle and dominate the best of Filipino players. Thousands of basketball fans love the masochism.

Products of inter-racial marriage and affairs between local women and black or white GI’s at Subic-Clark have not reached the desired physical features in both height and looks that would at least approximate Robert Jaworski, a US Polish descendant.

Well, if Olongapo has Willie Miller, Calvin Abueva is the pride of Angeles. Since the Americans left the US bases, they have stopped creating their kinds any longer. GI Joe had stopped spreading prairie oats in the region.

Visitors to Angeles and Olongapo particularly, found street urchins with features of black and white parentage, blacks mostly. In Angeles mulatto kids proliferated until mid 90s. Our women were partial to the black GI who they described as more loyal, considerate and “hot” compared to the white counterpart who scrimped on PX goods and lay half-dead after making love.

In a previous article, I called the attention of MVP, top basketball patron to create a program that would mate black imports with tall women natives to produce offspring with the heft and looks of Harry Belafonte. When American stars led by Lebron James, Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant and James Harden visited here one after the other, PBA fans suspected that they dribbled by day while double dribbling by night. It’s fun in the Philippines! To us rabid hopefuls, let us expect happy returns after 18 years.

It is our misfortune that what the GI’s left as among their souvenirs were the green bucks and bastard sons infamously called “Boy Negro” in many communities.

The white GI departed abandoning mestizo kids who answered to the generic tag “Amboy.” Filipino movies are plenty with the central theme of a deserted woman in a hopeless search for an American lover who spent sizzling nights in a village called Malabanas or Bajac-bajac.

Boy Negro is often linked to crimes against property and persons, Amboy to crimes of passion. The two, when they meet in local bars and pleasure joints, disregard each other. The former drinks strong whisky, the latter takes beer. What is common between the two was that they hate basketball which MVP loves to spend dollars to import black players to make a champion team.


I have heard over the radio DJs extolling Angeles City Judge Omar Viola on how an ideal grandfather he is. It is told that the family oriented judge has a favorite grandson in Manila whom he calls up every day from here.

City Judge Angelica P. Quiambao is lauded for successfully balancing family life with her profession. Her late father Atty. Jake Paras was former Provincial Prosecutor of Pampanga where he served with distinction. She got her dad’s firmness, probity, and moral courage.

City Mayor Pamintuan impressed delegates from South America with his admirable program for Habitat and Urban Agenda during the UN General Assembly meeting held last week in Equador, SA.
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