The truth behind the song ( Spolarium by eraser heads

eraserheads created a masterpiece which lead to the suicide of pepsi paloma

Here’s the song
This is the news in the 1980’s the time when pepsi paloma killed herself
( Credits google )

Eraserheads’ song “Spolarium” that continues to intrigue urban legend mongers? Speculation surrounding how the underlying meaning of its lyrics points to the sensational 1980s rape case that links Philippine Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto to the alleged rape of 1980’s starlet Pepsi Paloma have finally made it to mainstream media after years of being analysed and debated in various blogs and message forums. In an article published on the venerable, Filipino-American lawyer Rodel Rodis recounts his personal experience delving into this popular Filipino urban legend after three Filipino “diehard fans” of the Eraserheads introduced him to the story. “I expressed surprise because it occurred long before any of them were born. They explained that they learned of the rape from the song,” writes Rodis.

Here are the lyrics of “Spolarium”…

Dumilim ang paligid
May tumawag sa pangalan ko
Labing isang palapag
Tinanong kung okey lang ako
Sabay abot ng baso
May naghihintay
At bakit ba ‘pag nagsawa na ako
Biglang ayoko na

At ngayon
Di pa rin alam
Kung ba’t tayo nandito
Pwede bang itigil muna
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo

Lumiwanag ang buwan
San Juan
Di ko na nasasakyan
Ang lahat ng bagay ay
Gumuguhit na lang
Sa ‘king lalamunan
Ewan mo at ewan natin
Sinong may pakana?
At bakit ba
Tumilapon ang
Gintong alak diyan sa paligid mo?

At ngayon
Di pa rin alam
Kung ba’t tayo nandito
Puwede bang itigil muna
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo

Umiyak ang umaga
Anong sinulat ni Enteng at Joey diyan
Sa pintong salamin
Di ko na mabasa
Pagkat merong nagbura
Ewan ko at ewan natin
Sinong nagpakana?
At bakit ba tumilapon ang spoliarium
Diyan sa paligid mo?

At ngayon
Di pa rin alam
Kung ba’t tayo nandito
Puwede bang itigil muna
Ang pag-ikot ng mundo

Paloma was best known as one of the “softdrink” beauties along with starlets Coca Nicolas and Sarsi Emmanuel in Philippine Cinema of the early eighties. Her career and life were tragically cut short after an unfortunate alleged crossing of paths with comedy stars and noontime variety show personalities Joey de Leon, Richie d’Horsey, and Vic Sotto.

The Eraserheads
The Eraserheads
( credits google )

In 1982, Paloma who was aged fifteen at the time reportedly approached then Philippine Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile for help, claiming she was raped by de Leon, d’Horsey, and Sotto. Vic Sotto is the brother of now Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto who himself was a famous showbiz celebrity. The man who was to become Senator of the Republic starred alongside his brother Vic and Joey de Leon in various productions. The trio are well-known for their billing as “Tito Vic and Joey” with d’Horsey often joining them in supporting roles.

Enrile referred Paloma to the law firm Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRA) where the late former Senator Rene Cayetano was at the time a senior partner. Cayetano took the job of legal counsel to Paloma in a move that would catapult him into the media spotlight of the time.

Paloma supposedly committed suicide in 1985 three years after she supposedly agreed to a settlement with Vic Sotto and his party. The negotiations that led to this settlement, according to columnist Rina Jimenez David, involved one of the negotiators “placing a pistol on the table in front of her.” No further criminal charges had since been filed against Sotto, de Leon, and D’Horsey.

According to Rodis, the police report on Paloma’s “suicide” stated that Paloma was suffering from “monetary problems”, an account disputed by Babette Corcuerra, Paloma’s manager…

“She was earning well and was fully booked for dancing performances. She just finished the Pepsi Paloma Show at the Bughaw and 10 other beerhouses,” Corcuerra said, and she had three film offers lined up, she added.

It just did not add up, Corcuerra said. “She was looking forward to celebrating her 18th birthday next year. She made me promise to throw a big party for her at a hotel because it would be her debut,” Corcuerra told the Times Journal.

Was she murdered? Before he passed away, in an interview on ABS-CBN that was not aired, self-confessed hitman Kit Mateo intimated as much.

Will the truth ever come out about Pepsi Paloma’s “rape”? Probably not. Sotto and de Leon’s popular variety show Eat Bulaga continues to make millions for its stars and producers, and its most famous alumnus, Tito Sotto is one of the Philippine Senate’s most powerful members.

This is the news form 1980’s
( Credits google )
Here the additional info about the issue

Key concepts

Media messages are constructed
The original theme of the song was believed to be about drinking and friendship, but there were very questionable lines that got peoples attention.

Media messages construct reality
The band shows that no matter how enjoyable the song seems to be and how catchy the listeners believe it to be, it may also have dark underlying messages that are used as a tool to address a person or a controversial issue.

Media messages are constructed for a particular reason
The song was obviously used to address an issue concerning a person that was not given justice in the 80’s. Perhaps it was their way to shed light and give justice to the victim of the said case. Injustice was common due to corruption and abuse of power within the government and even in media manipulation.

People construct their own meanings from the messages
Like said, the song’s lyrics drew the attention of many, especially on the internet, having them try to ‘decipher’ the songs lyrics which was indeed believed to have been about the case of Pepsi Paloma even though the band itself denies what was believed by many.

Form and content are closely related in media messages
The band was very influential at the time and made way for the creation of may more rock bands in the Philippines and even being dubbed as “The Beatles of the Philippines”. So it may be plausible that the medium of relaying the messages they want to send were very influential due to the common topic of their songs which most people in their youth found really enjoying and true-to-life. This enabled their listeners to be able to criticize and try to understand what the songs meant for themselves.

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