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World, listen to me! Through the eyes of a Filipino
I am a Filipino, and proud of it! Before this, you probably have read the letter from a Korean living in the Philippines about what's not wrong and what's right about this country. This one is by a Filipino on the Philippines. As did the Korean letter, this came through the email, and having read and thought it great, I decided to publish it myself, with just a teeny-weeny bit of editing. (My photograph; I have titled it "A Barrel for the World" inspired by the writer of this, A Manifesto of One Filipino that I believe should be addressed to the world.) The original text is multi-colored, but I have to settle here for itals to highlight certain lines.
Through The Eyes Of A Filipino By Hazelyne M Elgar
Listen to me! You might think we are a poor nation, but when I look around me I do not see just poverty. Instead, I see farmers, back bent from sun up till sun down nurturing the land. I hear fisherfolks heaving, as they gamble with their lives amidst angry winds and rough waters just to nourish their families. I feel the weary legs of children from far-flung villages, as they cross rivers and mountains and walk for miles, just to get to school, because they still dream. I see determination in the eyes of street children playing tag with cars flying past on a ruthless highway in order to augment their parent’s meager earnings. In the face of destitution, the Filipinos are steadfast. That is courage.
You rebuke us for the graft and corruption plaguing our government, but when my eyes skim the front pages of broadsheets, I do not see hopelessness. Instead, I am inspired by stories about pushcart classes and strangers swimming in deep murky flood waters to save nameless individuals. I immerse myself in news about how my countrymen unceasingly believe in the spirit of unity. I revel because millions of Filipinos still voted for change. At times when we are at the receiving end of the world’s censure, I choose to see the noble intentions of fallible men to help. In tumultuous situations, when the urge to hold others culpable is difficult to resist, I hear a leader embracing the liability just like a leader should. In the face of adversity, the Filipinos are united. That is courage.
You chastise millions of my countrymen for leaving our motherland to seek greener pastures. Answer me this: Have you ever listened to how they whimper at night because they long for home? When Filipinas, forced to work away from their dear ones, shed silent tears as they lull to sleep infants not their own I begin to understand what unconditional love is. You lure away our engineers, artists and teachers with a promise of a good life. The loving hands of our nurses tend the health of your people. Do no dare ask why we need to fill the void in your labor force!
The Overseas Filipino worker is intelligent, ingenious, hard-working and resilient. I see that, and in my eyes they are heroes. In the face of obligation, the Filipinos are self-sacrificing. That is courage.
You are at liberty to express your opinion about my country, but you can never take away my pride, for I belong to a people united in faith and love. I am Filipino, and no matter where I go I will always be one. I do not doubt that the time for change will one day come for the Philippines. Our flag, cast in the sun’s glorious light, will be waving high. My countrymen’s sacrifices will not be in vain. We will face the future with courage. As one, we will reach out to the world and the world will embrace us. Believe me, because I will take the lead.
MANILA: I am from Asingan
in eastern Pangasinan; male, I am scandalized that "Gabriela criticizes Pangasinan LGU for town
fiesta bikini open" (09 April 2016, GABRIELA
Women's Party, gabrielawomensparty.net).
I learned that on Facebook. I am not going to allow Gabriela to go scot free
for the story that insinuates that Asingan alone is scandalous as far as women
The above image is my screen capture from ItVideo (itvideo.me), which
says the images are from the Asingan Bikini Open of 2015. The vlogger says,
"This is Asingan's hottest show, so hot that the audience were furiously
fanning themselves!" I say that that is an exaggeration, because the
climate of Asingan is really hot during summer, and the town fiesta is held in
"Bikini Open" means contestants can come from any
town or city in the Philippines, even from abroad, Balikbayan, not that the
bikini is "open" for everyone to see. ItVideo above says only th…
ASINGAN, PANGASINAN: I was in my hometown for almost 2 weeks, from 09 April to 18 April, smack in the weeklong town fiesta starting 13 April, and the evenings were full of dancing and music. I attended only the Balikbayan Night, Wednesday, 17 April, but all the time I was staying at the Danggay Office of the Nagkaisa Multi-Purpose Cooperative, so that I heard every single note from late afternoon to early the next morning for many nights; it was difficult to sleep. You see, the Danggay building is inside the town plaza, right next to the public auditorium. It isn't music when the decibels are too high, and many a time I approached the technicians to please keep the volume down, from 100 times too high for my listening pleasure. I must say the quality of the sound systems is 1st class; the quality of the technicians is 3rd class. Yet, the writer's voice must rise above the din! The one song that has kept ringing in my ears until now, 1 week after I left Asingan, is the Ilocan…
MANILA: I am for Federalism and Rodrigo Duterte is for federalism
and Mar Roxas is against it, but I'm voting for Roxas as President anyway. Roxas
for his Vision. (For more on my endorsement, see my essay "Considering Mar
Roxas," 12 March 2016, A Magazine
Called Love, blogspot.com.)
Bongbong Marcos agrees with Duterte's proposal for
federalism; no, I'm not endorsing such Federalism, but I'm voting for him as
Vice President anyway. Marcos for his Leadership. (See my essay, "Bongbong
Marcos: The Son Has Risen," 28 March 2016, same blog, blogspot.com.)
But Duterte and Roxas and Marcos are all wrong on Federalism
or, rather, they all have a narrow view of it. Clue: Why shouldn't we invent
our own Federalism, one that is popular, dictated by the people, not the Central
"Roxas says Duterte-backed federalism would result in
higher taxes" – Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez (28 March 2016, GMA Network, gmanetwork.com).
He is correct, if …