The Malu Fernandez-OFW controversy: According to People Asia

by reyna07 on August 28, 2007

UPDATE: September 03, 2007:

Da bitch is back. Here’s here 1st write-up, talking about germs and bacteria which is really pretty much defining herself as one. An incessant bacteria. . As you can see, I intend not to give her another blogspace – rather, just update this post. Apparently, this article will hit the roads today.



Here’s one lousy alibi from a magazine who now realized the power that we OFW’s can do. After so many days of furious OFW’s venting their anger, it is only now that this lousy magazine realized that indeed, they have to face us and explain why they let that bitch insult us!

This lousy explanation is really nothing more than a lot of blah blah blah she did it – not us chuvalinga trulili bye bye bye it’s not our fault – it’s really her, and the other magazine and by the way OFW’s are admirable, really! tra la la – we even gave you an award! Remember? Remember? Remember?! 

You know my famous line?! People Asia? Fuck that shit! Oops! Nag Peks Man na pala ako sa kabilang post! Ano kami? Mga tanga?!

I can’t believe a magazine like this has no clue whatsover what DAMAGE CONTROL is?! If this lousy magazine supports OFWs, then from day one, they should have stood up FOR us and not waited centuries! Heck! This should not have happened in the first place! DUH!!!

The Malu Fernandez-OFW controversy
Tuesday, August 28, 2007


As publisher of People Asia magazine, I had hoped I would not need to make any further comment about our former contributing columnist Malu Fernandez. Because of the “violent” reactions from people concerning the issue – perhaps it is better for me to put the entire issue into the right context. The column which came out in the June issue of the magazine talked about her experience in Boracay and her trip to Greece in a sardonic manner characteristic of Malu Fernandez.


Reactions (via text and email) were sent in by readers, two of which were selected and consequently printed in the August issue of the magazine, along with a note from the editors saying that while they may not agree with what Malu Fernandez had written, they recognize her right to say it. There is a fine print in the magazine’s staff box stating that the opinions and views expressed by writers are their own and not necessarily endorsed by the editors and the management.


The matter would have been settled with the magazine’s publication of those reactions. But unfortunately, Ms. Fernandez wrote a follow-up regarding the issue as well as her response to those who expressed disagreement with the said column in another publication – making it worse since it was written in an arrogant and condescending manner. Even I, together with some readers, felt that she made a mockery of those who did not share or understand her “acerbic” wit and humor.


Right there and then, it was collectively decided by Stargate president Kevin Belmonte, editor-in-chief Joanne Rae Ramirez and myself that it was time to give Malu Fernandez the axe. But perhaps Ms. Fernandez knew what was coming because she submitted her voluntary resignation and beat us to the punch, so to speak. It was that follow up in another publication which started the conflagration, followed up with a lot of reactions especially when TV Patrol came up with a report on the issue last week.


Ms. Fernandez had expressed contrition and humility, and that it was not her intention to hurt, malign or express prejudice against OFWs all over the world – but it was too late.


One thing we want to make perfectly clear is that the magazine should not be defined by who Malu Fernandez is, or be judged according to what she wrote in that controversial column, because we and the staff of People Asia recognize and hail the contributions and sacrifices that overseas Filipino workers have made – and continue to make – for their families, for their loved ones, for this country. As a matter of fact, the OFWs were the first to become “People of the Year” awardees when the magazine first launched the award in 2004, precisely because we admire and recognize the tenacity, the industry, the talent, the skill and most of all – the contribution of OFWs to the economy.


Not that we are trying to build ourselves up, but we have been one of those who, since day one, have consistently expressed support and recognition for Filipinos working abroad – from the time the late Labor Secretary Blas Ople launched the overseas workers employment program in the late ’70s to help the economy which was then reeling because of the oil crisis.


There are close to 10 million OFWs deployed all over the world – and whether they work as domestic helpers, nurses, engineers, caregivers, doctors or teachers – there is no doubt they are people who deserve to be looked up to, and are certainly worthy of the admiration and support of each and every Filipino.

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  1. 10 things that came out of the malu fernandez debacle: After the storm
  2. You quit because of death treats! Not because you were sorry for what you have said against us!

  3. Have you seen da bitch?!

  4. Excuse me bitch! But I love my OFW’s!!!

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Political Jaywalker August 28, 2007 at 5:53 am

I say on with the BOYCOTT…. include their sponsors and advertisers too.


Al August 28, 2007 at 7:42 am

As I have commented on my friend’s blog (,

“It is really sad that an educated person like her would write things that are very unbecoming. Well, obviously, she does not really care about these nameless heroes who sacrifice a lot and who keeps the Philippine economy from falling apart completely.”

May edukasyon nga siya pero hindi siya edukado. Hay naku… !!!


Ely August 29, 2007 at 1:49 am

HUgas Kamay… Inuuto lang nila mga OFW. Palibhasa kabado na silang malapit na mawala sa sirkulasyon magazine nila kasi wala ng tanga na bibili pa…


fashpackfashpack August 29, 2007 at 10:57 pm

“lalaki si Malu Fernadez”

Malu Fernadez is a Man!Malu Fernadez is not a woman!
Ah Si Malu!Kilala ko si Malu way back College. Di naman sya kasing yaman ng mga friends namin thats for sure. Malu’s real name was Melvin Fernadez….she had this great passion with the social scene and a bit of writing. Leona (Malu’s best friend during college days) told us that Melvin/Malu (Malu Fernadez) got his operation 10 years ago in Thailand worth 40,000 pesos (which is big even then). I was really shocked to see her pictures looking like a lady…matter of fact a fat and not so good looking-middle-age woman. Yes! I can confirm this now malu Fernadez used to be a man! Malu Fernadez is Melvin Fernadez! I won’t be surprised if he got rid of her penis as that s his/hers long time goal whilst at college. Malu Fernadez is a man and we have the year book as a proof. Yes!Bakla si Malu Fernadez ladies and gentlemen…so we all can leave her alone now sa mga kamay ng New People’s Army “NPA” and the news is that they wanted to have her in the bundok to make aliw with the bubuyog and make tusok tusok of her like a fish ball!
On the othehand naman daw from the High ranking Officials from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administrations or POEA wanted to ban her from leaving Philippines for 10 years(Juice ko day! so kahit doing a shopping in Hong Kong for a Birkin bag would be a big problem now for Malu Fernadez). The president of the Republic of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was forced to sign daw a document (to ban Malu Fernadez for 10 years leving the Philippines) to be submitted in all portal of exit/International Airports. Wow! President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo could be the greatest advocate for human rights equality!This is good if its true!Malu Fernadez’ case could be a good lesson for all journalist to learn!Mabuhay si President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines! Long Live President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Republic Philippines! By doing this you have won the hearts of all the OFW’s! We should all take pride for the great contribution of the OFW to the economy of the republic of the Philippines!If the New People’s Army wanted Malu Fernadez’ body dead or Alive…then the office of the Malacanang Palace along with the OFW around the globe with their greatest president to ever run the country should support the petition!


bigchris1028 September 4, 2007 at 2:48 pm

Hi Ms. Reyna Elena,

wow ha! nagbabaitbaitan yta ngayon, parang gusto sabihin d n sya interesado k Jo Malone at LV… :-) fake lng yan, wag ka maniwala, baka nghire ng spin doctor lol!

i’ve got an email from my friend in Riyadh, here it is :

“(UPDATE) Ousted journalist Malu Fernandez resumes writing
Posted 11:11am (Mla time) (Mla time)

Agence France-Presse,,

A LIFESTYLE writer, who was earlier reported to have been hounded out of her job after she wrote a travel piece many readers found insulting to millions of Filipinos who work abroad, has resumed writing.”

yan ba yun nasa latest update mo??? if it is… naku, gusto yta makatikim ng Mla. Standard o kung sino man pahayagan yan ha… iboykot n yan!


reynz September 4, 2007 at 10:29 pm

big chris,

kelangan talga siguro nang Manila Bastard nang readership kaya pati yang bulateng yan pinayagan na lang na magsulat para sa kanila


angelofthewaters September 5, 2007 at 1:21 am

Ms. Reyna Elena,

Sa serious ng discussion at dami ng deep comments…
Natawa ako sa na recall ng utak ko… ang sagot mo kay bigchris na isa siyang bulate…hihihi…
I saw her picture kasi….na-imagine ko tuloy….bwehehehe…natatawa ako…

Isa lang ang masasabi ko…Bad siya…dapat paluin sa pweeettttt….hehehhe


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