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PAPER BLOCK 13

Isabel Regina Z. Meriales


The College of Mass Communication held its 6th Sining Del Pilar, entitled Mulat, last
March 15 to 18, 2016. Mulat was a series of assorted videos and lectures all with the main purpose
to enlighten students regarding issues, and to educate them as well of current media-related
activities.
Media currently involves a plenty amount of issues. Among those issues include
pornography and other sexual encounters. The 13th session (Paper Block 13) highlights the
socialities of pornography, hence the title, Socialities of Porn: Employing and Deploying
Ploys and Plays of Bodies and Fantasies. Paper Block 13 was not just a lecture from one
presentor, but a presentation of papers by a number of Broadcast Communication students, whom
were later on critiqued by some well-respected individuals. It collectively discusses the social
impact of pornography on society, mainly focusing on the pornographic scene in the Philippines.
XXX: An Analysis and Overview of the Philippine Porn Industry was the first
paper presented to the audience. It was by Paul Omer Selda Bicol & Lara Eunice Perez Ramos, both
whom were students of the sponsoring department. They stated in their introduction that
pornography, in a global scale, is a multi-billion dollar industry, and its content is currently
dominated by the Americas, Europe, and a few Asian countries like Japan.
Bicol and Ramos informed the audience that the Philippine pornographic industry has
common types, as presented in the short lecture. Scandals are very prevalent in the pornographic
community, and often these are leaked videos of celebrities or famous personalities. There is a
certain interest towards celebrities and their private lives, hence these private yet released videos
tend to gravitate towards the mainstream, or towards social media. More over, these scandals are
spread around, as a lot of people have a desire or fantasy to see their idol or their favorite star doing
sexual acts. The popularity of these videos then rise, even though some of them involve the filming
of minors. According to the lecture, the content itself doesnt spread over mainstream media.

People bother more about who is in it. In addition to this, networks occasionally use these materials
as a strategy to up the game of other celebrities.
Another common type mentioned was the creation of amateur videos. Quite the opposite of
a scandal, it does not involve celebrities or famous personalities, and are often under the radar.
These videos are more present online-- be it in social media, or in personal blogs.
Full-blown productions, as shown in the lecture, are productions that involve hiring of
prostitutes. These are produced by foreigners for the foreign market.
As of now the Philippine pornographic industry is a growing one, and the country may be a
potential major competitor. Viewers from around the world have been clicking on videos that
originate from the Philippines, boosting the ratings and fueling the underground economy. Based on
the statistics presented in the talk, a pornographic clip featuring a Filipina Escort accumulated
approximately 1.5 million views. Another clip raked in 1.2 million views, and both videos received
positive notes which were all from foreigners.
The second paper, which was presented by Andrea Denise S. Gapan & Khasian Eunice M.
Romulo mentions the shortage of a pornographic collection in Philippine libraries. Pornography
Collection in Libraries: The Lack of an Established Pornography Collection in
Philippine Libraries stresses the importance of having a sexual collection in institutes such as
the library. The speakers mention the Kinsey Institute at the Indiana University, which boasts the
largest collection of sexuality. The institute houses more than 18, 000 sex histories, and thousands
of pieces regarding ones sexuality. One can access the collection if a research proposal outline were
submitted, and if the requesting person be of age. The College of Mass Communication, as stated
by the two speakers, lacks this amount and does not have a large enough collection for its students.
The lecturers also talk about how it can help improve the studies of the studies if it were expanded.
Later on during the lecture, Dr. Eulalio Guieb, a professor from the college and the convenor of
Mulat, added that they will soon expand their collection for the students, giving importance to
those who are currently having Broadcast Communication majors.

Shane Claudine F. David, who is also currently studying Broadcast Communication in the
University of the Philippines, Diliman, was the lecturer for the third topic in this Paper Block. Her
paper talks about the pornification of public space.
She first discussed the term agawan base in her papers title, Agawan Base: Ang
Pornipikasyon ng Pampublikong Espasyo. It refers to the human desire to mark spaces,
or to label them as our own because we have experienced some sort of event in that certain area.
David states that it could be any place, be it a tambayan or where a first kiss happened. In this case,
agawan base is closely associated with marking spaces where individuals can easily have sex
or the like.