A NOBLE EFFORT, BUT IN VAIN .
THE ROYAL WEDDING OF THE CENTURY .
This “special” coverage is not needed
How is the “royal wedding” of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton important?
It is NOT important at all, at least to the entire Philippines. Unless you are invited, of course.
I believe that there is no such a thing as a “royal wedding”. The fact that somebody with “royal blood” is being married in these times should not be given such a huge attention by the press. When you think about it, being the King or Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or his/her subsequent successor these days is only a position of prestige with no power whatsoever. The ruler of the United Kingdom is meant to be the Head of State, or represent what the United Kingdom stands for. As a result, unless they get directly involved in the affairs of the state via the Parliament or diplomacy, they are technically public figures and private citizens for 97% of the time. And a country except the United Kingdom, its current colonies, or former colonies should not care that much about a wedding of a successor to the throne and his girlfriend. Unless you are kissing up to the British to obtain resources from them or desperate for attention to your country so that the global leaders will care about it …
Look, the key words here are “that much”. The royal wedding does deserve recognition. Being the monarch or the successor to the throne of a powerful nation has a lot of prestige and honour, and it is bound to get international attention since the heads of several nations and some of the United Kingdom’s and even the world’s most famous and influential personalities will attend the event. And the style, the glamour, the finesse of the wedding is something that a quarter of the world’s population is guaranteed to lay their eyes and minds on for more than five minutes.
However, I just do not see the reason why the Philippine media is giving this much attention for such a glamorous yet ignorable event, maybe except for the invited guests in the wedding, the rich and the elite people, who I believe are the ones wanting to see this event. Covering the entire event like Pacquiao’s match blow-by-blow seems not only a big waste of time; it also seems to be an inadvertent slap to the face for a country that probably will never be as rich or as powerful as the United Kingdom. An in-your-face insult to the Filipinos who struggle to survive and feed their families.
Bottomline is, I am sure that there are a lot of news items that are more important and beneficial to the Filipinos. Why can’t the media report more on the good things that are happening in the country? Why can’t they report on the new scientific achievements done by Filipinos and even foreigners that may apply to our everyday lives? Why can’t they tell stories of inspiration and admiration?
Who am I kidding? The media only wants to report on things that sell to the public. Money makes the world go round, I get it. But it should never make you sell the very essence of your soul. If you do sell it, what do you have left? What would we have left? A dream that is just as eye-pleasing as the royal wedding but just as impossible to reach.
Invited? No, thank you. A wedding is royal for every couple. This is not that special.