I am humbled by the vehement and heated response provoked by my article entitled ‘From Boracay to Greece!’ which came out in the June 2007 issue of People Asia. To say that this article was not meant to malign, hurt or express prejudice against the OFWs now sounds hollow after reading through all the blogs from Filipinos all over the world. I am deeply apologetic for my insensitivity and the offensive manner in which this article was written, I hear you all and I am properly rebuked. It was truly not my intention to malign hurt or express prejudice against OFWs.

As the recent recipient and target of death threats, hate blogs, and deeply personal insults, I now truly understand the insidiousness of discrimination and prejudice disguised as humor. Our society is bound together by human chains of kindness and decency. I have failed to observe this and I am now reaping the consequences of my actions. It is my fervent hope that the lessons that Ive learned are not lost on all those who through anonymous blogs, engaged in bigotry, discrimination, and hatred ( against overweight individuals , for example )

I take full responsibility for my actions and my friends and family have nothing to do with this. To date I have submitted my resignation letters to both the Manila Standard and People Asia, on that note may this matter be laid to rest.

From www.geocities.com/fernandez_malu/

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  1. It is not only OFWs you have maligned but the entire Filipino nation. And the entire field of journalism. Before, I already had misgivings about our major local newspapers and magazines. After your article, travel and “lifestyle” sections would never be the same again. Publications (and their editors) are now viewed that low to have published an article such as yours.

  2. If we are going to crucify all publications that released the Malu Fernandez brouhaha…then we should include the Philippine Star, for People Asia is one the many publications that they release.

    I don’t care if we boycott the Standard (to hell with them, i don’t even read them) but I am all for boycotting every last company that supported that damn article.

    What do you say sir?

    LET’S GET THEM ALL NOT JUST TWO!

  3. hindi dapat tigilan si malu fernandez kahit ng apology na sya, kaya lang naman sya nag sorry dahil natakot na sya sa pagbabanta sa buhay nya. mayabang parin yan at alam nyang isang sorry lang sa mga tao ay malilimutan na ang kabastusan at pang lalait na ginawa nya sa mga katulad kong ofw. dapat lang na ang pangalan nya ay matatak sa isipan ng lahat ng ofw at pag nakita natin sya batuhin natin sya ng kahit na anumang bagay na mahawakan natin para malaman nya na hindi basta nag papaapi ang lahing laki sa hirap. mas mataas pa nga ang pag katao natin sa kanya dahil kaya nating mabuhay ng marangal na walang malalaking pangalan na sinasandalan. mabuhay ang “OFW” KARANGALAN KA NG BANSANG PILIPINAS! si malu fernandez at mga katulad nya ay basura ng bulok na sistema ng lipunan.

  4. sigurado ba na galing kay malu ito? malayo sa ugali nya, considering kung ano ang isunulat nya sa kolum nya in response sa mga ‘amoy axe’ na naglakas loob na sumulat laban sa kanya. mga bagay gaya ng “hindi nagbabasa ng mas makapal sa magasin, etc”.

    kung tutuo ang apology niya, ilagay nya ito sa tamang pwesto – sa kolum nya.

    tandaan, pag hindi lumabas sa kolum ni malu, malamang, hindi sa kanya galing iyon.

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