- The founder of The Cacao Project, Louise De Guzman Mabulo, has spoken up about her experience with Nas Daily
- According to Mabulo, she has kept her silence for 2 years already but has decided to share her story "in light of recent news"
- It can be worth noting that Nas has been called out by the Filipino online community over the 'Whang-Od Academy' issue
- In her online post, Mabulo revealed she was once a "huge fan" of Nas only to be met with disappointment upon working with him
Louise De Guzman Mabulo, a social entrepreneur who is also the founder of The Cacao Project, has spoken out about Nas Daily in her latest post on Facebook.
On Thursday, August 5, KAMI learned that Mabulo took to social media to share what it was like working with Nas Daily back in 2019.
According to Mabulo, at that time, she was a "huge fan" of Nas due to his highly entertaining vlogs about certain countries and places.
"I’ve held my silence for 2 years, however in light of recent news, it’s high time I break it. In 2019, Nas Daily had come to my town to cover my story on The Cacao Project— at the time, I was a huge fan, watching his clips with my Dad daily.
"At the time, I was gaining some press exposure and building up on opportunities thanks to UNEP’s recognition of the work I do in my hometown for my farmers. It was enough that a friend, Shai Lagarde, had referred Nas Daily to us," she began.
Mabulo revealed that she and her family took Nas in as "welcome guests" with the "typical hospitality" the Filipino people are known for.
"My family took him and other content creators in as welcome guests— with typical hospitality we are known for. However, in so little time, I was disappointed to learn that the man I’'d looked up to for years was not the bearer of good news he’d misled his followers to believe he was."
According to Mabulo, she had to watch the man she once looked up to "imitate and mock" the accent and language.
"I watched him imitate and mock the local accent and language, vocalising Tagalog-sounding syllabic phrases saying it sounded stupid. He repeatedly said that the people of my hometown "poor," "farmers are so poor," "why are Filipinos so poor?"
At one point, Mabulo recalled that Nas cracked a joke about racking in "millions of views" by just putting "Philippines" in the title.
"He even joked at the start of the day that all he needed was to put “Philippines” in the title, and he’d rack in millions of views would and the comments would come flooding with brainless ‘Pinoy pride’ comments."
Mabulo also recalled Nas not letting anyone "take a break or eat" and that at one point, she was blamed for his lack of "presentable click-worthy content."
"At the end of the day, I was exhausted, I had no patience left, and I’d worn out every last dreg of my tolerance. He refused to let anyone take a break or eat, and he blamed his lack of "presentable click-worthy content" on me and claimed that everything is not clickable or viewable."
In her online post, Mabulo went on to commend Whang-Od's granddaughter, Gracia Palicas, for standing up for her grandmother.
"Gracia, you did what I never had the courage to do until today, and if you ever read this, you are not alone in your experience. I stand with you, and hope you can get justice and the compensation your tribe deserves from exploitative content creators."
According to Mabulo, Filipinos should stand together on such matters as the Filipino people are not "content to be exploited" by others.
"Filipinos should stand together on this— We are not content to be exploited. We are not the culture to be capitalized. We are not people to be romanticized. Or poverty to set the scene for “Benevolent Saviors”. We are more than what the world thinks of us."
In the end, Mabulo wrote, "People like Nas Daily are the new wave of colonialism in today’s world, and I’ve been silent since 2019, but I cannot for the life of me sit silently any longer over this."
Read her full post below:
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