Public apology ni Malu Fernandez

August 28 update: The Malu Fernandez-OFW controversy/ From the Publisher of PEOPLE Magazine (published in the Philippine Star)

August 27 update: Malu Fernandez vs OFWs

August 24, 2007 update: Base sa mga balita sa Internet, lumalabas na galing nga kay Malu Fernandez ang pahayag na naka-post sa ibaba. Iniulat na rin ng GMANews.tv at abs-cbnNEWS.com— at kanina, ng TV Patrol World–ang pagbibitiw at paghingi ng sorry ni Ms Fernandez.

Sana’y maraming natutunan mula sa usaping ito si Ms Fernandez at gayon din tayo. Ang kontrobersiyang ito’y naghatid ng aral sa paggalang, pagpapakumbaba, pagpapakatao at pakikipagkapwa-tao–at sana–pagpapatawad.

Pagkatapos kong mabasa ang kanyang pahayag, natuwa ako’t sa wakas ay nagpakumbaba siya. Sa pagkakataong ito, hindi na ako na-high blood.

Naka-post ang pahayag sa ibaba sa www.geocities.com/fernandez_malu. Ipinagtatanong ko pa kung talagang sa kanya nga ito galing.

Statement from Malu Fernandez on the OFW Controversy

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.

92 thoughts on “Public apology ni Malu Fernandez”

  1. good!!!! you racist!!! mga kababayan mo nilalait mo. maihahambing ka sa tuyo ang baho ng ugali mo!!! dapat lang magpapayat ka muna bago ka manlait!!! ang sama naman pala ng mukha mo!!!!!!!!!

  2. The mo lesson of this Malu Fernandez story is: Don’t be quick to look for flaws in other people, because as quick as you can find them, they may be faster to point out your flaws, too.

    Don’t belittle other people based on what they do or what you “presume” their status in life is, for all you know they are more decent and more well-off than you, maybe not in terms of money but in terms of how people see them and regard them, and how much they are loved by their family and friends.

    Malu Fernandez has no way to go but to stop writing altogether. We, as a decent society, should stop all forms of publicity that would teach our children to harbor prejudices and bigotry. In a civilized society, discrimination has no room.

    Do I forgive her? I need not to. I pitied her from the very start. I hope she discovers her true inner wealth.

  3. a written apology cannot compensate for the hurtful insults MALU FERNANDEZ, arrogantly clamed as a humorous article she had wriitten for People Asia. she might just have noticed that “nobody was laughing but her” and that it was about to become a bigger fight than any of Manny Pacquiao’s boxing matches. MALU FERNANDEZ VS. THE FILIPINO PEOPLE. its true that not all of us are well educated & well travelled like her, but it doesnt give her the right to judge and insult her own “kababayans” and from what i have read and seen in the news,,,i can say that maybe she did it just to cover up her own insecurities, it is an act of “compensation” shes trying to compensate her low self esteem by insulting people, things and everything around her, she doesnt want people to know how she truly sees herself ” a heartless bitch”…word of advice for MALU, words on artciles you write isnt enough to divert peoples interest on you, you’re not greater than any of us, you are nothing but ordinary, you’re not special, and the only FILIPINO people who i think can accept you is, well maybe your family and you’re friends, who probably is just like you.and before i forget, we dont expect you to bridge the gap between our socioeconomic classes…sino ka ba?you’re just a writer who is inspired by grandiosity, nothing else. you dont and you wont inspire anybody, you’re entire career is over, students and teachers in UP are for certain ashamed of having a professor and a co-educator like you! ” OFW’s are our number one asset and you?,You’re nothing but a liability to this country.’

  4. Kaya nga sa paglabas ko ngayon, aking ini-spray sa buong katawan ko ang CHARLIE COLOGNE para IPROTESTA SI MALU FERNANDEZ!!!! Hehehehheehehehe!!!!

    Is there anything wrong with that?!? O, sino ang makakapagsabing hindi ko kayang bumili ng Jo Malone?!? 😀

  5. Yes, nakakaawa sya. I prayed for her when I read her article. We may all have different status in life. Pero, kahit bata, alam na ang tama at mali. She’s educated pa naman. Karma na nya yan.

  6. hindi katangaptangap at wala akong kayang tanggaping apology ni malu hangga’t di ko nababalitaang natuloy na ang kanyang paglaslas ng wrist., maybe this would bring justice sa nararamdan ng ofw at mga katulad namin may kamagnak na ofw.

    pansamantala, sana bawiin ng skul nito ang kanyang diploma – mukhng di sya pumasa sa good manners and right cunduct. kundi man tiyak na ikinahihiya na sya ng buong skwelahn sa ginawa nya at tiyak din pati ang kanyang mga kaibigan.

    bilang personal na ganti sa pagkakataon masalubong ko ang taong ito babatuhin ko sya ng bulok na kamatis at bugok na itlog — at nanawagn ako sa lahat na gawin natin ito.

    i just wonder kung sino ang nanay mo malu?

    kasuklamsuklam ka.

  7. Alam n’yo mga kababayan; mayroon din kami dito sa Office namin, pinoy din UP daw siya Cebu. Ang garbo magsalita… matalino daw siya… ang problema lang obsessed sa katalinohan n’ya parang 99.9. Kasi siya na lang nag nag-decision sa opisina, kasi kami lahat ay mali ang sabi n’ya. Antay na lang kami kung ano ang project at decision, ngayon overwhelme sa trabaho kasi wala ng gagawa, akala talaga kaya niya lahat… hambog kasi. I do not know if UP schools teach their students like this to feel that they are superior or mas matalino…

    I hope, when we graduate from courses (college/university), we should leave it behind what school we come from when we start working as part of the new generation of workers in the real world. I could still see my fellow Pinoy will try to compete (w/c is OK) but compete to put you down and what is sad is that it always starts of with that they came from a good school (e.g. UP). Baka lang naman kasi ang naghambog is actually the least intellectual sa UP. Ang totoong matalino… ay tahimik lang. Salamat po.

  8. she sounded like a different person in her apology (granting it is really her statement). marunong naman pala siyang maging sensitive sana bago sya nagsulat ginamit muna niya isip nya at puso. nakakalungkot kase journalist pa naman sya. tama lang na magresign sya kase ka-iresponsablehan yung ginawa niya.

    yung editors ng People Asia Mag at ng Manila Standard, dapat nagkaroon din ng initial judgement sa article na sinulat niya. sila kase ang may kabuuuang pananagutan sa lahat ng lumalabas sa kanilang lathalain.

    PS. andami pa ring galit kay Malu. siguro natuto na sya ngayon at baka naisin pang umalis na ng Pilipinas. ganun kabiogat ang naging “sintensya” nya— kahihiyan at konsensya.

  9. The same apology was also printed in the August 24, 2007 issue of The Philippine Star (page 14). That should put a sense of authenticity to the Geocities apology.

  10. I really don’t believe the PIG’s sincerity! She HAS to do it because of the heated response & death threats she received. Shame on you PIG!

    Guys, have you not thought about why she wrote that article? In my opinion, it’s probably because of her insecurity. Just take a look at her! MS. MALU FERNANDEZ IS ONE FAT, UGLY BITCH, ISN’T SHE? She has to project herself as holier than others to suppress her insecurity. What du think?

    Oh, by the way, my apologies to the pigs. Ms. Malu Fernandez doesn’t even deserved to be called a pig.

  11. I think di lang si malu ang dapat kundinahin, pati na rin ang magazine outfit na yan, at lalo na ang editor, command responsibility kumbaga.

    She’s not suppose to shoulder all the panlalait, pati na yong editor at buong staff ng magazine outfit na yo, kasi pinayagan nilang i-publish na alam naman nila na discriminatory at anti-ofw or baka anti-poor pa na article ni malu.

    The magazine outfit din sana maging responsable sa malisyosong magka-publish ng article na yon.

    Ano kaya ang nararapat na kaparusahan sa editor at magazine outfit na yon.

  12. Malu must be featured in Pugad Baboy. Its amazing to think that a person like her has the nerve to malign other people. She must be very ashame for this blunder. We must not patronize that paper and mag as its editors are unethical too!

  13. hugas kamay na naman ang editor, dapat pati sya i condem. sila kasi ang nag papalaki ng ulo ng mga katulad ni malu fernandez, na ang tingin sa sarili mala dyosa dahil nakakarating sila sa mga lugar na hindi nararating ng ibang kapwa nila pilipino. WALANG KAPATAWARAN ANG PANG IINSULTO AT PANLALAIT NA GINAWA NILA SA MGA BAGONG BAYANI!!! SANA ITULOY NA NYA ANG PAGHIWA SA PULSO NYA ISABAY NA NYA ANG EDITOR NG MAGAZINE!!!!

  14. stupid bitch… saktan na yan!!!!! in the first place alam na dapat nya yan… I still don’t believe her.. kung verbal siguro, I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt… pero this is an article that was reviewed, checked, edited for many times before they publish it.

    stupid fat ass.

  15. Saying sorry in the Philippines is so easy…

    —– —

    Yes. I think naghugas kamay ang mga editor. It is not at all Malu’s fault but the very journalists who approved the articles.

  16. i pity malu fernandez, kawawa talag sya, kasi she lacks wisdom in ,life. she doesnt know that God loves a humble heart. i also pity her family, she was not raised to be a good person. ang mga mayayabang binabagsak ng Dyos,.
    for malu fernandez, God still loves you, kasi pinakita nya sayo na nakalimutan mong maging mabuting tao, now he’s reminding you that. i hope you change..walang kwenta ang yaman, you dont need that in heaven, and your so called make ups?gusto mo bang pati sa kabaong mo eh, gamitin mo yan…

  17. ang ganda ng article mo, pang impyerno angdating…lam ko kawawa ka, kasi hinihintay ka na sa hell…huhuhu..mag sorry ka kay God, at sa mga taong nasaktan mo, di pede yang public apology mo, pede namang di ikaw ang gumawa nyan eh..halatang plastic ka pa rin!!!!batchoy!!!pede ba since mayabang ka..take reductil or xenical para pumayat ka, para di ka na tawaging baboy..kasi you are really a FAT ASS!!!! FAT ASS!!! yuck…

  18. With the money she saved from flying economy class, her camp has probably hired a publicist or a better writer to do (albeit quite late) some damage control. However, a few observations:

    “It was truly not my intention to malign hurt or express prejudice against OFWs.”

    DUH! Makes you wonder when or what triggered her epiphany? She should have explained further, that would’ve showed more remorse. Like “For the sake of my accessories, I’ll apologize.”

    And speaking of remorse, has she really got any? She fires back with:

    “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 )”

    (So she should hold on to her extra cash before she pays her spin-doctor a bonus!)

    Now this sounds more like her! Firing a right-back-at-you “morality” statement to those who have apparently maligned (& finally affected) her bec. of thier anger. It was a “woe-is-me” and you’re all still “sh*te” in my eyes statement. An appeal would have been better. Suggest a re-phrase (and a discount from your reps.)

    Most observe it as a cop-out. As fake as her bitter personality.

    “I take full responsibility for my actions and my friends and family have nothing to do with this.”

    (Awww where’s the fierceness we all love?) Great, sounds noble enough! Face the charges you b*atch! (Hey that’s what she calls herself, right?)

  19. serves you right, malu. your apologies are not even enough. by the way, i now understand why you bruised your legs on the plane…one, cause you’re fat and two, cause you’re too cheap…why did’nt you buy a first class ticket? ‘kala ko ba class ka!!!!

  20. funny how you stressed the importance of your 17kg make-up and accessories, are you really that fugly to need that much?

    that wasn’t even a sufficient apology, you deserve whatever you’re getting hon! The nerve you have to say those things, look at yourself, remove those branded clothes and my yaya would look more appealing than you!

    you are pathetic!

    instead of complaining about econo, FLY 1ST CLASS and try to reduce your weight before you complain about the uncomfortable seats. You bruised yourself because your too fat. YOU DON’T FIT!

    woe is the pig, what sin have it done to be compared to the likes of you!

  21. Actually, gawain na ng ilang high society snobs at bigots ang ganyan, ang iwasan at maliitin ang mga OFW na nami-meet nila sa kanilang mga travels. Itinatago lang nila ang pagbaba ng kanilang pagtingin. Limitado ito sa kanilang mga kaibigan o kaya sa mga pamilya. Hindi nila ito ibinabandera. Nagkataon lang na si Malu Fernandez ay nagsulat ng kanyang karanasan sa mga OFWs. Pero maaaring magpasalamat na rin tayo kay Malu Fernandez at namulat sa atin kung gaano kababa ang pagtingin ng ilang mga umano’y mga alta sociedad sa ating mga bayani.

  22. you should be ashamed of yourself!!!!!!you shouldn’t belittle anybody and now you know what are the consequences of what you’ve done…you deserved it!

  23. MAY PUNTO RIN SI FERNANDEZ. NA YUNG MGA UMATAKE SA KANYA NAG INDULGE DIN SA DISCRIMINATION ” LIKE THE FAT PEOPLE”. BUT THE PROBLEM WITH HER IS THAT SIYA ANG NAGSIMULA. and we have that principle , that one has the right to use the means what one has been used to him/her. siya ang na unang nag discrimate, kaya diniscrimate din siya . baboy siya. baboy ang mga pilipinong katulad niya.

  24. mag kaisa tayong mga pilipino labanan ang mga taong katulad niya. mga palalo. mahusay lang mag english akala mo hindi na pilipino. kung laitin and kapwa akala mo diyos sila. marami tayong mga ganyan. lalong lalo na yong mga magnanakaw sa bayan. kung sino pa yong magnanakw siya pa yong may ganang manglait ng mga malilit na mga kababayan natin na nagpapakahirap sa malinis na hanap buhay.

  25. “favorite nephew” niya pala si Miguel Zubiri!!!!! no wonder MAYAMAN ang pamilya niya!!!!! kasi galing siya sa pamilyang MANDARAYA!!!!!

    i dare the BIR to start reviewing her income tax declaration. i am sure, marami yan mga hokus focus sa tax niya.

    YES, MALU LIKE YOU I AM A BITCH BUT MY ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THAT I AM AN HONEST BITCH WITH A SUBSTANCE. AT KUNG KATULAD MO RIN LANG NAMAN ANG EXAMPLE NG GALING SA EDUKADO AT WELL-BREED FAMILY. HINDI BALENG WALA NA AKONG BREEDING. SANA KUNIN NA NI LORD ANG BUONG LAHI MO!!!!!

  26. i am deeply hurt by what you did…my sister is an OFW trying her very best to raise her kid…she has to leave the Philippines, leaving us and her friends just to seek for greener pastures…
    i totally do not believe your apology statement…It is not sincere and very “plastic”
    I would not resort to name calling because that would totally be an understatement.
    I hope the proper authorities would do something about this outrageous and uncalled for behavior not only of the “writer” but also of that of the magazine which published it.

    to all OFW’s, thank you very much for the sacrifices and contributions you have given to the Philippines…Let not this person stop you from providing support to your families.

  27. I had a reply last night pero hindi pumasok, kaya until now I am really gigil na gigil sa tambok na boyba na yan. Akala mo king sino sya mukhan naman galing sa tangkalan, mas mabaho pa nga sya sa iba dyan. kung manlait sya para bang napakaganda nya, eh samantalang puro make-up ang kanyang mukha. she need to wash her face and look at herself at the mirro kasi, hindi ko malaman kung lalaki or babae ang dating nya.
    Huwag na huwag syang sasakay ng coach baka, matarayan ako sa kanya at hindi ako makapag-pigil, baka batukan ko sya. magtago tago ka na at akoy init na init sa yo bruhhhhhhhha!

  28. …everybody’s doing there responses but i found malu_fernandez fighting back… you will notice these replies on item #’s 41, 43 & 45 which still displays her insincerity of expressing her apologies… to ederic@cyberspace, is this really malu_fernandez fighting back???

  29. Hay naku, hindi ako naniniwala sa mga pinagsasabi niya. There isn’t a morsel of sincerity in her words. Ang taong gaya niya na lumaking matapobre eh hindi lang basta-basta nagbabago.

  30. dapat sau mag abroad na rin para maranasan mo buhay ng isang OFW…. Kaya lang dapat mag palit ka na rin ng pangalan mo para di ka na makilala….baka malitson ka pa ng mga taong asar na asar pa rin sau…

  31. It’s saddening how our heartfelt apologies and deep regrets can’t take away the hurt we have caused, the things we have said and the moral principles we have forgotten so easily.

    I’m sure nagsisisi si Malu but she had to face the consequences of her actions. Too bad that sometimes, apologies don’t just close the issue and that they are never enough.

    Wish ko sau Malu, peace of mind. Don’t want to be in your “Adidas All-Terrain” shoes right now or ever. I guess that somehow you deserve all this.

    I hope you truly learned your lesson and that our OFWs will forgive you.

  32. Your arrogance, vanity and pride are the truest character of your ignorance. You yourself are making a time bomb for your destruction. Nakakahiya ang paraan mo ng pagsusulat. Para kang si Dona Victorina sa Noli ni Gat Jose Rizal. You are a disgrace. Huwag mo sanang abutin na kahit sa economy class ng kahit anong airlines ay tanggihan ka.

  33. gusto ko sana iparating sa lahat na kami sampu ng mga kasama kong mga OFW’s dito sa gitnang silangan na nakikibaka at naglalayon na mabigyan ng kaunting kaginhawaan ang aming pamilya ay taos-pusong nagdadalamhati sa mga katagang nailathala ng ating kababayan na si Ms Malu Fernandez. Tanggap po namin na kami man ay masabihan na kung anumang anyo, kulay at amoy man ang nakikita nyo sa amin, ito po ay taas-noo naming ipinagmamalaki dahil sa ang mga ito ay ang nagbibigay sa amin ng sapat na dahilan upang ipagmalaki namin na kami ay mga Pilipino na handang sumuong sa lahat ng laban. Hindi namin ikinahihiya na kami man ay madungis, mabaho, at mababaw ang mga kaligayahan, pero kung ito man ang nagiging tatak ng isang OFW dito sa gitnang silangan para kay Ms Fernandez, masasabi naming “we are VERY much proud to be a Filipino. We wear our nationality as a badge. We do not hide into the reality that we would rather put our feet in muds than to walk your path in a fancy environments with fancy clothings and perfumes you wear. We, OFW’s working here in the Middle East proudly held the three stars and a sun in our heart. And until we held our last breath, we would still be a true-blooded Filipinos.

  34. been in Q8 for 15 yrs travelled back 2 MNL more than 40X & enjoyed every trip kskay s plane mga OFWs like me kc ung xcitement ng pauwing Pnoys nandun, srap ng atmosphere lhat xcited mkauwi. mrnsan sn ni Malu mkskay ang mga Bangladeshi, Indian, Indonesian, Sri Lankan pr mlman kung gaano kbango ang Charlie at AXE. tignan ko lang kung d mo 2luyang las2in ang pulso mo.

  35. hindi k ganun kaganda para mag act n sosyal, kahit puro branded ang gamit mo di mo naman carry nagmumukha k lang lalong cheap

    sana nung naisip mong magcut ng wrists eh ginawa mo na kasi di naman kahina hinayang ang buhay mo

    Next time wag k naring mag attempt n maglagay ng pic mo n labas ang cleavage kasi nakakairita

    Ngayon naranasan mo n ang laitin ..it hurts a lot di ba?? sabagay ang mga pig walang hart so ano pa iniexpect namin

    At kung rich k talaga dapat unahin mo muna ang pagpapalipo para naman may dating ka ..sagwa kasi….

  36. Well said to frequency99, at sa mga kapwa kong OFW ipakita natin sa kanila na ang pilipino ay marunong rin magpatawad. Paalala lang to Ms. Malu Fernandez wag ka na munang sumakay ng eroplano kasi mapa economy to first class for sure may OFW dyan at for sure kilala ka. Baka kasi malapirot iyong pisngi mo sa sobrang cute mo eh! Proud to be a PINOY!!!!!!

  37. Hindi ko maisip kung bakit nakasulat sya ng sobrang panlalait then mag-aapologize pala sa huli. Dapat iniisip ng mga writers ang mga consequences ng mga write-ups nila after ma-publish.
    Ang tingin ko dyan kay malu eh typical na bastos, although may pinag-aralan sya, lumalabas pa rin ang kakulangan sa good manners – and the truth is, GMRC starts with the family. Kaya talagang apektado ang family mo Malu.
    Kung ikaw man yung totoong nag-apology, sana sincere ka sa mga sinasabi mo. Sana maging aral talaga sa yo ang nangyari. – Don’t wory, pwede ka pa bumangon, it’s not the end of the world. For me, ok na yung apology mo – alhough naging ofw din ako.
    Lastly, Malu definitely needs few hours to take class in GOOD MANNERS AND RIGHT CONDUCT.

  38. Malu, nakakalungkot nangyari sa yo…totoo ang sabi mo na sa bansa natin malayo talaga ang gap in terms of wealth, intelligence, beauty, education, to name a few. That’s why we hear such commentaries from almost all kinds of people – Ano ba yan baduy, pangit naman nyan, baho naman nun, sosyal nga maiitim naman – from almost everywhere, in malls, restaurants, schools, even in church! But unfortunately, yung sa ‘yo na-brodcast sa internet, eh worldwide to. So narinig (or nabasa) ng buong sangkatauhan. So what’s the moral lesson? Shall we just then whisper our criticisms so that only our friends can hear and we could giggle until we ran out of breath? On the contrary, we could do the opposite and yet achieve the happiness that we would have wanted. Praise people, give words of encouragement. Still, criticize constructively. Try to see the beautiful things in everything and everyone, and broadcast them with sound amplifiers. You’ll be surprised it will make your heart smile. More so that the same will be reciprocated to you. Unlike all those hate mails and blogs that have flooded the World Wide Web…Those who replied nastily to you are also committing the error that you made, so they are in no way justified with their actions. But as people they are reacting to what you’ve done. Imagine if everyone would say, write and blog all the good things. It’s not hard to imagine.

  39. yan ang napapala ng mga taong may masama ng mukha may masama pang ugali.
    Yaan u Malou sa Sept.1 may Fiesta kami dito sa singapore at guest ka nmin , kulang kasi kami sa litson isasama ka na namin, para mabawasan ang taong tulad u.

  40. dapat siguro isa-isahin nya ang pag-apologize sa lahat ng ofw na nasaktan nya bago masabi na sincere sha sa apology nya…..now thats funny!!!!! hindi yung mga pinagsusulat mo!!!!!

  41. HOY Malou (Tawag sa mga taong bastos at di dapat igalang na kagaya mo).
    Sa pag-uugali mo, hindi sapat ang isang public apology , since you did it twice. Lalo mo pang sinira ang imahe naming mga OFW when you reacted in the local newspaper. HUWAG KANG AMBISYOSA.
    Don’t think yourself as elite as you don’t belong such level and most of all, as intelligent as you think you are, porke’t journalist kang punyeta kah.
    DO NOT EVEN SHEILD yourself on what you wrote as a subject for freedom of expression, to say such words as a journalist, dahil you are limited only to say Negative words to yourself within…TANDAAN MO YAN.
    Sa sobrang kababuyan mo, You derve to be called a HUMAN BEING who belongs to the ANIMAL DISPOSITION…how does it feel? …Sana makatulog ka ng mahimbing for the millions na nillait mo na rin.

    Kala mo sosyalera, kala mo maganda, CHEEEE…..magsalamin ka kung kasya ba katawan mo…

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