Thursday, November 18, 2004


Dear Mouse,

My “admirer” asked me why I defended and am still defending Patricia Evangelista who they labeled as irresponsible journalist.

She/he wrote

Yeah, blind allegiance. "No matter what,I'll be there for you..." Is that what you will do for Patricia Evangelista? I would expect that you will stop defending her... Maybe your ego is too big to give up defending Pat? Now,you are playing on emotions... "Go get them, girl"... and other "you can do it" rhetorics. Why not accept the fact that Pat Evangelista has blundered?

I will give two good reasons:

1.She is an inherently good person. She e-mailed me the apology and an article that I could have easily used in my blog in order to get the “Scoop of the Week” . She trusted me even she didn’t know me from Adam.

2. I like her cause of giving honor to the lesser known heroes.

Her point still stands regardless of the Faye hoax.. Give equal recognition to people whose achievements bring honor to the country.

This excerpt of the apology that she e-mailed to me and that is now published in the website of Bread of Life of Ministries tells more of Patricia as a person.

Yes,my dear Anonymous, between Filipino crabs like you and Patricia, I will take her anytime.

I personally went to see Ms. Patricia Evangelista and her parents to inform them of the fraud we were all led to believe and to apologize for the damage her belief in Faye’s story could do to her reputation as a writer. Out of the nobility of her heart and the idealism of her youth, she wrote Faye’s story based on her personal interview. All she wanted was to inspire her readers to make a difference in our country.

Before I met Mr. & Mrs. Evangelista, I had the least idea what kind of people they were, to be able to raise up such a spirited and brilliant daughter with a heart for our country. After our discussion, I discovered their secret. These are parents of character. They are people who do not only think of the good of their daughter but the greater good of others. Right away, Patricia decided to face the issue squarely. Her cause of making known unsung heroes who truly bring honor to the country still stands. More than anything else, I saw her genuine concern for her readers. She wanted the truth out even if it would mean painfully declaring that she too was defrauded. Her response reminded me of Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If.”

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,Or being hated. don’t give way to hating,And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

The Ca t


At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mali ka na naman Cat. Bakit mo pinutol yung post. Eto yung buong post nung "admirer" mo:

At 1:01 AM, Anonymous said...
Yeah, blind allegiance. "No matter what, I'll be there for you..." Is that what you will do for Patricia Evangelista? I would expect that you will stop defending her... Maybe your ego is too big to give up defending Pat? Now, you are playing on emotions... "Go get them, girl"... and other "you can do it" rhetorics. Why not accept the fact that Pat Evangelista has blundered?

Although I'm sure that this is a very minor obstacle for the young lady, she will always be a champion public speaker to us, Filipinos. So what if she, blundered. Just acknowledge it and go on!

Bakit mo tinanggal yung second paragraph? Ikaw ata ang irresponsible eh...

I think ang point nung "admirer" mo ay bakit suportado mo pa si Faye sa kaka-defend ng blunder nya. Diba sabi nga nung anonymous, "just acknowledge the blunder and go on..."

Ganun din ang view ko. OK, so nagcommit ng blunder si Patricia. So bakit you still support her actions? Your "admirer" did not actually pull down Patricia. In fact, he/she encouraged her! (Again, tinggal mo kasi yung 2nd paragraph) If we want to support Patricia, the basis of our support should be that she has still much more chances for greater success some day because she is a bright kid. But we don't spoil her by defending her blunder.

Sana gets mo...

At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beats me why Patricia's parents are being involved here. Isn't she of legal age? She's no longer under their guardianship so why involve them?

Secondly, she picked up trash. You can't peddle trash around and tell people it smells good.

And the poem?? Gosh..nuff said.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

anonymous ka pa rin sa akin dahil duwag kang lumantad. kay patricia pa rin ako.

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being anonymous is not the point. And being anonymous is hardly an evidence of cowardice.

The point is how this Cathcath bends the real intent of comments posted in her pathetic blog by chopping them up...

My God, she still defends the actions of Patricia! Her arguments are weak that's why she resorted to the comment "anonymous ka kasi duwag ka..." which has no substance at all in the discussion. And by the way, ikaw din naman anonymous e. Di ka namin kilala. Just CathCath, The Cat or Kathleen, or whatever...

Ok then, if it helps, sige ako si Superman...

At 7:46 AM, Blogger J. Angelo Racoma said...


I agree with your point.

As for #1, as Ms. Evangelista had also send me an advance copy of her column, I could likewise have taken the opportunity to publish the "scoop of the week". But of course, even in business, goodwill is always better than getting one over another person/group (even the competition). Goodwill is always better than cheating. And goodwill will take one far. In this world of deceit, trust will take one far.



At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cathcath, people have had enough of your lame reasoning and your unrequited allegiance to an erring journalist who committed a collosal blunder and apologized only after feeling pressure from public outcry, most of which were carried through blogs and emails. Your blog is about the only one who shamelessly supported her, and all what the public wanted was an apology. Despite the acknowledments from the SanJuans and BOLM, Patricia took too long to file her apology.

Now comes youself, who in the aftermath still proclaims
that Patricia gives "honor to lesser known heroes"? What heroes are you talking about? Isn't Faye San Juan a pathetic liar? What makes you think that lying is heroic?

Your comments that you are looking for publicity was equally pathetic so don't blame people for turning sour against you. If you want the public to continue to respect you an visit your blog to listen to what you have to say, you should portray respectablility in everything you say.

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous patricia? said...

maybe patricia needs more training and workshop in writting because wala naman kabuluhan ang mga sinusulat niya. mali-mali pa ang facts. marami ang deserving sa kaniyang posisyon sa pahayagang iyon.


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