Artist, director-actor, and comedian Jun Sabayton—aka everyone’s favorite bayaw—is back with his B.A.Y.A.W. for President series, featuring satirical election-related content that is as sharp and quick-witted as ever.
If you recall, Sabayton starred in a TV5 mockumentary in 2015 as a fictionalized version of himself who was running for president under the B.A.Y.A.W. for President party for the then-upcoming 2016 elections. The show satirically reflected the country’s electoral process throughout a series of episodes.
Fast forward six years later and Sabayton’s newest video showcases himself once again as a presidential candidate for the May 2022 polls—against a backdrop of sentimental OPM music and photos of local landscapes, the recipe for any standard campaign ad.
That said, Sabayton’s video looks familiar as it satirizes a recently launched campaign video in not so many words—from the pinwheel to the windmills, and yes, even “Umagang Kay Ganda.”
“Tulad ng pag-ikot ng mundo, papaikutin ko rin kayo,” Sabayton’s character says as he blows on a pinwheel. (Just like how the world turns, I will turn your heads in circles.)
“Kahit hindi naman talaga ako ang nagpagawa, ang dali niyo namang maniwala,” he says, while standing against footage of windmills. (Rough translation: Even if I take credit for what’s not mine, you fall for it so easily.)
While there are a handful of wind farms in the country, only one presidential candidate is being linked to one—the Bangui Wind Farm in Ilocos Norte, which social media propaganda pages have attributed to Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. He is running alongside Mayor Sara Duterte.
This is false, however—the Bangui windmills were a project of the NorthWind Power Development Corporation (NPDC), based on the wind-mapping study by the US-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 1996.