Yes, Virginia, there are such things as mermaids and mermen, tikbalang, kapre, witches, fortune-tellers, and magicians. In fact they abound and thrive in this sad republic where to love entertainment as an addict loves opium, LSD or some other mind-bending drug has been the fashion for generation upon generation.
And their numbers are growing, it seems, by the day. Whereas before you would see them only in the carnivals during village, town or city feasts, or on stage during beauty pageants, or on the campaign trail during election season, today you just have to switch on the TV at early morning on weekdays, at noon or during the prime-time hours any day and, during weekends, also at mid- or late afternoon and voila! they come upon you in all their elegance and eloquence.
Yes, Virginia, there are such things as mermaids and mermen, tikbalang, kapre, witches, fortune-tellers, and magicians. And they are so loved in this sad republic where they spit on everyone’s face feast or not, beauty pageant or not, election season or not, day in and day out.