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Okay, I’m not an expert in Russia, or the Slavic culture in general, but there are things I have discovered as I re-learn the Russian culture and of course, some of its politics (well, I have to admit, aside from Japan, I also like Russia, all thanks to the late singer Origa, I do give credit to her; if not because of her, I would never ever appreciate Russian culture—tell me guys where her grave is).
If you are already familiar with Maria Sharapova, Anna Kournikova, and t.A.T.u., or Vitas, well—they might not be a good help if you’re going to learn and understand what RUSSIAN culture IS all about, in an Asian point of view.
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I do agree with ROTC, yet with reservations
Prof. Antonio Contreras’s thoughts on bringing back Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) as a mandatory course:
Indeed. Mandatory ROTC is a waste of time and resources.
Make it optional and with benefits. Meanwhile, strengthen civics and citizenship awareness among students. Require all students to take a course similar to what we have in DLSU on Citizenship and Governance. Also require a course on understanding the culture and language of other Filipinos. In fact, even as we encourage students to study foreign languages, it should be made a requirement that students know another Filipino language aside from Tagalog and their mother tongue.
Also, require all students to take martial arts courses, sex education, anti- addiction of all kinds and driving courses (so that they know traffic rules).
Ergo, his thoughts are pretty much practical.
The prudes (the Loyalists, as usual) would completely AGREE with mandatory ROTC, since for them, it instills discipline and patriotism blah blah… but I don’t actually agree. In fact, ROTC, like Martial Law, could be kind or unkind to you. Well, in order for you to be oriented in ROTC, you should undergo CAT (Citizen Advancement Training), to have a grasp on how ROTC works.
ROTC is not bad–however, consider the following factors: Be considerate to people who have experienced its dark side–hazing, powertripping, being treated by crap by power-tripping officers, etc., those things have to be placed in debate before implementation. And please, don’t get me started with countries such as Israel, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, or even Switzerland–the reason why they have mandatory conscription is because, they can AFFORD to invest for funds and resources to implement this form of learning to express love your country unconditionally, aside from the fact that it has political and foreign policy-related situations such as political conflicts regarding ideology (South vs. North Korea), or even religious involvement (Israel vs. most Gulf countries supporting Palestine), sovereignty issues (Taiwan being still the Republic of China), national policy (Singapore), and lastly, neutrality in both local and foreign policy (Switzerland).
Well, could the Philippines afford it? Let’s see.
Before approving ROTC, let us be considerate to some grey areas
The reason why it was abolished in 2001 is simply because of the hazing controversies and sort of “dark sides” it had (#NeverForget Mark Chua, a Thomasian who was killed because he exposed the alleged corruptions inside his unit). However, because we’re in a strategic location, I think this is the time it could be conducive for its comeback. Remember, the Spratlys and Scarborough Shoal are both Philippine territory (I repeat, they both are Philippine territories, lest we not forget).
If the prudes want ROTC back (well, because they really despise the leftists–read your history regarding the Cold War, and how communism played a BIG yet controversial role in that period of history), then they must condemn the corruptions inside ROTC. Also, never forget Jeff Cudia who only sacrificed himself, exposing the corruption inside the Philippine Military Academy (PMA)–that “offense for being late” causing his demerits were PURE damage control. This resulted to fewer and fewer graduates of the most prestigious military academy in the Philippines.
#NeverForget the fallen Mark Welson Chua
He was pretty much like the slain Marcos critic from Mapua, Archimedes Trajano, and of course, the late journalist Louie Beltran. Truth is–
One aspect of the story however seems to have been forgotten – that Mark would not have wanted mandatory ROTC abolished.
In 2006, the older Chua told the Varsitarian that if Mark were alive, he would not have supported the policy shift.
“Mark did not want to abolish the ROTC,” said Welson, two years before his death following a heart attack. “It’s not the institution, it’s the way it’s being run.”
Instead of eradicating the anomalies, Welson said, the move might have encouraged more corruption in the two new programs launched by the government under NSTP.
“Instead of one ROTC, now the government and the universities would have two other departments to look after,” Welson said. “These departments can be corrupt too.”
Source: The Varsitarian (retrieved 09 February 2017)
Well, to be honest, Mark Chua only wanted to improve and strengthen ROTC–and how its managed. No wonder, I would like to reveal the irregularities and of course, the loopholes when you are in a CAT/ROTC program–but first, lemme tell you that I did not take up ROTC for personal reasons–as much as I wanted to (well, masaya kasi–and no kidding, it really teaches you self-confidence), I only considered my experience in CAT.
Here were the irregularities and loopholes I encountered in my high school’s version of CAT:
1.) Frankly speaking, the CAT Officers were only used as mere “tools” to protect the school’s vested interests (no offense meant to the officers, but you get my point. I ain’t sourgraping).
2.) Usual scenario: Power-tripping.
3.) Speaking of recruiting and hiring officers, there’s cronyism and nepotism all the way.
4.) Even best cadets are chosen based on cronyism and nepotism–don’t EVER get me wrong here.
5.) The officers were only used as mere tools to continue elitism, corruption, and huge amounts of hypocrisy inside the school.
Maybe these were the things that Mark Chua exposed. Alright, I know this is a sensitive and a critical topic to discuss, however, these were my true observations. I have to admit and open this up, I voluntarily trained to become a CAT Officer, but I stopped–because lately, I realized that I was right in quitting, because simply put, it would be against my principles that I’m upholding today. Only a handful of officers upheld their principles as student leaders up to this very day.
To be honest, this is the harsh reality of the ROTC in the Philippines–starting from CAT:
“In the ph, unfortunately, it is a hotbed for bullying and hazing. It goes with the crab culture. a lot of students choose to become officers not because they want to serve the country, but think of it as a method of attaining some sort of power over others.” — on ROTC, via GRP
Thank goodness, the popular kids and the elitists MUST be grateful that I quit my CAT Officer training, and the mere fact that I chose CWTS instead of ROTC–if I become a CAT or ROTC officer, then they must prepare for me as their boss. I might be power-tripping them.
But nah, I believe that power-tripping is a sign of being unprofessional.
Well, these are my only thoughts about the comeback of mandatory ROTC. One simple hotseat controversy only caused the Philippines to abolish mandatory ROTC–which might be against the victim who exposed the loopholes of ROTC. Lest we not forget, improvements and strengthening of ROTC must push through–if we’re only to follow Mark Chua’s legacy.
Actually, I have yet to post a blog entry about the profiles and of course, the online activities of each and everyone who is a Duterte Warrior.
The Duterte Warriors are the following people:
1.) Mocha Uson
2.) Sass Rogando Sasot
3.) Antonio Contreras
They’ll be the first three people I’ll be blogging about.
I was not in favor or in opposition of the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnmB)
When President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced that he will allow the burial of former president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, it made rounds in the media as the most controversial move ever–by a populist president.
Of course, I was hoping that Marcos would eventually be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani–for some reason. But first, lemme tell you why I was neutral about it.
1.) He said that he wanted to be buried beside his mother. However, his family insisted that he should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Why not follow his last wishes? At least, you could ensure that he could rest in peace.
2.) There are still a lot of Yellow Bleeding Hearts.
They make the trouble. Of course, I want their mouth shut. So, yeah.
3.) We could discuss it later.
Same situation as #2.
Why don’t I oppose it, either?
There came when the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Marcos burial. Well, I said, “Doesn’t matter. What’s important is that, he could be buried.”
Well, I was expecting the worst (a NO from the Supreme Court), but hoped for the best. In other words, I did not oppose it, either. Here, Marcos was a former soldier and president. He served the country well. Plus, admit it or not, he did A LOT OF THINGS that not even the two Yellow presidents did during their respective tenures.
Good news is, you don’t have to owe him and his family a huge debt of gratitude. Why, did the Marcos family said, “Filipinos who are Marcos loyalists are only allowed to enter PICC, NLEX, SLEX, use the LRT,” and get a “Loyalty Card”? Of course not, even former First Lady and now Rep. Imelda Marcos was fairly generous to conceptualize these things–and the Marcoses never asked everyone something in return.
The only mistake that the Marcoses did is this: They did not pay their debts on time (including national debt). Henceforth, the plunging of the Philippine economy, nearing the end of their regime.
The Inconvenient Truth has finally arrived
Surprisingly, the Supreme Court voted IN FAVOR of Marcos being buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnmB), after the TRO surpassed time. That TRO tho is actually a sign that the people should give the SC more time to review Marcos’s qualifications to be buried there.
Yes, it’s an inconvenient truth. I myself, respected the law, whether I liked it–or I liked it. You may insist that Marcos is NOT a hero. Well, I think so too, that Marcos is not a legit hero–but he could a hero in some way.
Unlike Ninoy Aquino.
Seriously, this inconvenient truth actually made the so-called “victims” of Martial Law cry until their deaths. I don’t care about them anymore. In fact, the Philippines and the Filipinos could finally achieve the true sense of freedom–under a firm and feisty leader–who is President Rody Duterte.
But still–I do not buy the fact that Marcos is a hero
Only loyalists, and the opposition will think of him as a hero. I am not going to believe that he’s a hero, to think that he did something for the motherland. In fact, Martial Law could have been a friendly gush of wind, or a hostile storm–as a matter of fact, Marcos has to declare Martial Law, because he was the president during the height of the Cold War–that means, communist insurgency + domino effect.
However, I have an interesting quote to share.
But… why did dictatorship still not worked for the Philippines, but for Tiger Economies of the rest of Southeast Asia, yes?
Our ruling class, on the other hand, have had a penchant for identifying themselves with our colonizers. They identify themselves with Spain (where many of them originated) and the US, and in recent decades, with China. For them, this nation is simply a market or a production site with cheap labor, not really their homes. They simply cooperate or even use this market’s political rulers, whether a dictator or elected by deluded masses. This kind of thinking, that nationalism is an unnecessary baggage, has even trickled down to the masses, so that many Filipinos even think somebody like Grace Poe-Llamanzares, who became an American citizen, should be President.
Most of our elites, in fact, have their biggest mansions in London, Barcelona, Los Angeles and New York, and in recent years, in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. All their children study abroad, and have little cultural ties now to the country. Why, even their children no longer speak Pilipino, but English, and more recently, Mandarin. Pilipino is just the language they use to talk to their servants.
This is the reason why the Lopezes, Osmenas and the Aquino-led Cojuangcos have been propagating the Yellow Myth of Good-vs-Evil, with the elites supporting it, and even the Left believing it: It conceals the reality that through dictatorship and democracy, the elites continue to screw the masses.
As a matter of fact, the elites of the Philippines, whether we like it or not, have an important role in our society. They’re supposed to promote the Filipino culture, right? Looking at this clause:
Our ruling class, on the other hand, have had a penchant for identifying themselves with our colonizers.
Whoa! I was wondering as well, since the Adarna clan of Cebu have always been proud of their Cebuano heritage, despite the fact that most of their clan members are of Chinese, Spanish, and German descent. In fact, the Adarna kids, despite being fluent in English, speaks Bisaya/Cebuano as their first language/mother tongue. Same goes with the Dutertes. Even though the former Elizabeth Zimmermann-Duterte is of Spanish, German, and American descent–still manages to have her children speak Bisaya as their mother tongue.
This made me wonder that the Visayans are more patriotic compared to the Imperial Manilenyos–or the Tagalog speakers.
To think, the Visayan language (Binisaya, derived from the Cebuano language) has more Spanish loanwords than the Tagalog (officially called as Filipino) language.
All their children study abroad, and have little cultural ties now to the country. Why, even their children no longer speak Pilipino, but English, and more recently, Mandarin. Pilipino is just the language they use to talk to their servants.
I am so sad, that even our own Mikee Carrion (Filipino-Spanish model) is now in the US, does not even use Tagalog on Instagram–and yeah, some of our celebrities of foreign descent do not even associate themselves as being Filipino. In fact, daig pa sila ng mga half-Filipinos na lumaki pa nga sa Japan, Iran, or even Europe.
Ang mga proud to be Pinoy lang talaga sa mga artista ay sina: De Rossi sisters (esp. Alessandra), Carla Humphries, dami pa. Even my half-Japanese classmates in high school and college are pro-Filipino, to think some of them have to renounce their Filipino citizenship due to issues regarding dual citizenship. I would also like to include my half-Iranian cousins–one of them married a Filipina, and is now a father of one.
However, I partially agree with the phrase, “All their children study abroad, xxx.” I know some people who studied in the US, but still managed to speak in their native tongue. One of my friends studied for a year in the United States, but to be honest, despite her so-called American accent, she still managed to speak Filipino like a native.
Tell that to those who studied in Japan. Tell that to those who live and work in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, or even Thailand. Even my cousins living in Malaysia still managed to speak in their mother tongue–and guess what? One of my cousin’s accent completely changed when she speaks English–she now adopts the Manglish accent (Manglish is Malaysian English).
However, someone said:
Mr. Tiglao, you are absolutely correct! The elite and the ruling class are more foreign than Filipinos. Mr. Duterte should rise to the occasion other than fighting drugs and criminality. He has the character.
Apparently, yes. The elitists are also foreign in character, so no wonder, no one did bat an eye when Grace Poe ran for president, but no person other than Prof. Antonio Contreras raised the issue of her citizenship woes.
I’ll write this in a separate article.
Upon the passing of the “Master Showman” German “Kuya Germs” Moreno, and Alan Rickman, who portrayed the iconic role of the stern but caring Professor Severus Snape, I sense that 2016 would be indeed the peak–of the so-called “Year of the Grim Reaper.”
Participants bonding with each other before the second session.
Ooh. I absolutely love French Ultramarines. So far, ultramarine blue is the most pleasant color to my eyes–not in digital LCD monitors, but on paper.
That cursive writing, tho.
Randolph (left), and Cheska (right).
Larissa of art.ticulate’s nib holder collection. Shi-ny!
24 September 2016
It’s actually not only calligraphy–you also learn from the pros and artisans. What is actually a creative department? Every department, as per John Ed, has a creative side.
However, I think that Pagtitipon is about meeting new people–of ALL different fields.