Howie Severino’s Lukayo: Hindi Ito Bastos (This is Not Obscene)

I’m a fan of Howie Severino’s documentaries. They are always insightful and entertaining. Luckily, I found the following links to his latest controversial documentary on YouTube. Here’s Howie Severino’s Lukayo: Hindi Ito Bastos:

On a side note, “Lukayo” was aired on I-Witness, a public affairs program on GMA 7. The show was suspended for two weeks by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

Do you think it is a good call? Was the documentary obscene? You judge for yourself.

Read more about Howie Severino’s work in his blog here.


3 Responses to Howie Severino’s Lukayo: Hindi Ito Bastos (This is Not Obscene)

  1. rain says:

    pls send me a full copy of lukayo ducumentary of howie severino..

  2. Hax Rockx says:

    Should the documentary “Lukayo” be shown in the national television?

    1. Fact Deliberation

    I-Witness’ documentary by Howie Severino entitled “Lukayo: Hindi ito Bastos!” stirred up the attention of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to suspend the program for two consecutive weeks due to some “obscene” scenes that were included in the aforementioned documentary.
    Given the chance to watch this documentary myself, (for the second time) I would like to deliberate here specific facts that I was able to note. Personally, I don’t find the documentary “obscene”. Given this tradition the name “Lukayo” with its funny meaning “luka-lukang payaso” clearly explains to the viewers the background that this rite is more of a “pangsaya o pang-aliw”, “katuwaan lang” and “bisyo na walang gastos” as were expressed by the old faithful women who took the center stage in the documentary.

    2. Value Deliberation

    As the documentary progressed, I was quite surprise to be able to share the sentiments of the old ladies and the National Artist Ramon Obusan who strongly support the continued existence of the “lukayo” culture. It is of course amidst the conflicting ideas of Fr. Rudy the parish priest.
    I would also like to include here a statement that caught my attention: “Simula pa noong panahon ng Hapon, ang simbahan na ang nagdidikta kung anong bastos at anong hindi.” It is quite true in a sense, but at the same time, it also poses another challenge for me as a seminarian and for the Church as a whole, to view the inherent Filipino culture objectively, with an open and mature mind. Besides, there are no practices in a certain culture that have no deeper meaning. As to the “lukayo”, it is a rich rite to show good wishes of fertility to the newlyweds. It is also important to note here that “The concept of this folk culture is that “Lukayo”, descends from the ancient “babaylanes” (priestesses), who bless newlyweds with a fertile union by dancing around them, singing bawdy songs and brandishing wooden phalluses ” But the only problem is that the documentary was not able to point out and include the explanation of this very important historical background.

    3. Duty deliberation

    As an overall judgment, I see the documentary as something helpful for a healthier look at
    the uniqueness of the Filipino culture though it may seem “bastos” at first look. It is also a big step for Filipino viewers to be open to these kind of tv programs that would open their mind and look at our own culture with maturity (and with parental guidance). I also see this documentary as a revolution to the mainstream “telenovelas” that are most often than not, a copy of the western culture entertainment. I would like to rate I-Witness’ “Lukayo” documentary as a prototype that can inspire other Filipinos to indulge in the seemingly “bastos” realm of the Filipino culture.
    I agree that the documentary “Lukayo” should be shown in the national television with my own personal suggestions. First is that the normal “PG” or “SPG” intro of MTRCB be shown before the program. And second, a short explanation or notice (or warning if I can call it) before the documentary proper that would include important historical facts about the rite of “lukayo” and a brief prologue by Howie Severino explaining the aim and the importance of this documentary. I can also suggest GMA network to make another full-length, more comprehensive and more detailed account of “lukayo” with the participation of different cultural experts, different representatives from different religions and interviews from concerned Filipino citizens. It solely depend upon them whether to release it for I-Witness or treat is as a bigger project just like the movie about Jose Rizal.

  3. Hax Rockx says:

    My reply was an assignment on our Philosophy subject in Ethics.

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