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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.
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.
So far, this is my second visit to the MIBF (second day and second time… my first time was last year hehehehehe).
On the fist day, I saw this–Raissa Robles’s book, “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again.”
My take: Wow. The Philippines plunged into foregin debt is because Marcos didn’t pay the debts on time–not because they STOLE money from the Filipino people.
…so if you are anti-Marcos, then this is a good read for you.
Finally got the best-selling book, “Why Nations Fail.” I recommend you this book (initial comments).
Art haul from National Bookstore booth. (:
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? (:
Best Christmas gift for the photographer.
Don’t go if you’re broke. Get good reads.
I am not ashamed to show to the world that I’m proud to be part of history.
This is how ROCKSTAR Ka BongBong is. Fondly called as BBM in social media, he is the only hope for the Philippines as vice president. The Philippines needs a leader like him.
People, I am not ashamed of showing my admiration towards the Marcos political family. I believe that political dynasties should be regulated, NOT eradicated.
Before, I was against the concept of political dynasties in the Philippines. However, as time passed by, there are only a few ones who are good in governing the country. We only fail to be part of “that” community is because of that old-school tradition that we should be safe at all times, and our parents value our security and safety more than our freedom to take risks and discover the road less travelled.
Indeed, if you live in Metro Manila.
We need to be part of the solution. We should not let ourselves be affected by the elitists who impose our social norms. We, the common good should challenge the status quo. Now, that’s REAL change.
I believe in BBM’s platform. We simply need to be part of that community, a community that will build a better Philippines.
…and YES to federalism.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew
Singapore will never be what it is today, if you weren’t the one who created Singapore as what it is today.
Singapore is a Chinese country located in Southeast Asia, the only Sinosphere that’s in the said region. Now that’s the reason why Malaysia wanted it OUT of their territory–Singapore is mostly Chinese, not Malays. It’s a good thing that Lee Kuan Yew made Singapore have its own identity–from a small port village into one of the wealthiest city-states in the world.
He may have been critical towards Marcos, but he also idolized him at the same time. LKY emulated Marcos’s leadership–only that he has his own, and he knew better.
LKY imposed discipline to the oligarchs–well, to all the elites of Singapore during his time. It’s a good thing that Singapore became progressive simply because the oligarchs and elites bowed down to him and followed his lead. I bet, Marcos did the same, but he exploited the oligarchs who are greedy, therefore the People Power Revolution.
Well, RIP LKY. Totemo Xie Xie for making Singapore my other second home. It was great to visit Singapore, though I never had plans of living there.
Happy New Year everyone!
I have just one question to ask. Is Jose Rizal an elitist?
Possible “Facts” that makes our national hero elitist:
1.) He spoke Spanish more fluently than Tagalog.
2.) There’s no evidence that he interacted with poor people.
3.) He learned all the foreign languages as much as he could, but he barely spoke any of the local languages of the Philippines.
4.) He wanted the Philippines to still be a part of Spain.
5.) He lived most of his adult life in Europe, perchance?
LONG TIME NO SEE… HEAR… READ, everyone! Since you all know me who thinks outside the box, I would like to apologize for not posting a hiatus message! Hahaha! Alright, after I have been for LONG years not posting anything in this blog, I would just like everyone to know that I am a NON-traditional person who thinks outside the box and does not really live by the rules. After all, I can always defy popular opinions that I find… odd.
So, here’s one thing I am currently advocating: LEGALIZE Absolute Divorce in the Philippines!
Real Talk on Filipinos who are against Divorce
Upon reading GirlTalk forums, I have realized that the concept of absolute divorce should be recognized and legalized upon Philippine territory. Why is that so? It is because this is now the time for many women to STOP condoning and patronizing egocentric men who are womanizers and philanderers in nature. It. Just. Have. To. Stop. PLEASE.
Truth to be told, our family values are deteriorating slowly… causing the Philippines to become infested with nonsense shit, care of the elites! Now I realized that the reason why I am writing a book about elitism (oh BTW, I’m taking a break for a while) is because elitism hampered people to approve divorce!
Why should divorce be legal in the Philippines? Speaking of which, the reason why majority of Filipinos are against it is because the CBCP will dictate the fact that it will send you to hell! However, they’re WRONG! Jesus Christ approved divorce!
Hate to brag, but I’m currently in law school (but sorry, I will not continue that one because I have other plans in life which I must achieve…), and annulment is not enough. There are grounds, certain grounds that are limited. I dunno why until now, the Divorce Bill is either vetoed or yet, not yet approved.
It’s the fault of many Catholic schools that teach students to become elitists rather than being Filipinos and Christians. Oh, pardon if I’m being a spoiler to my own book, but you will know why Catholic schools are elitist in some way. Also, CBCP has always been corrupt and opportunist at the same time, teaching Filipino Christians and Catholics to become elitist and judgmental than to embrace diversity per se.
The culture of cheating, philandering and most of all, women condoning those immoral actions is just insane. Elitism has been poisoning the minds of women to condone the cheating of men–but #RealTalk:
Filipino guys who are more likely to cheat does NOT have the right to say ‘they are against divorce’. The same thing goes with women who tolerate cheating due to submission to double-standards.
This is according to QueenRoxy, formerly known as roxyisferox. Do you know that in countries where divorce is legal, men are LESS likely to cheat because absolute divorce itself is similar to death penalty (and I am not joking right here).
junetwentythree, a GirlTalker who lives in the USA said:
Filipino women are brought up by their religious views to believe in the sanctity of their marriage, despite their husbands’ infidelity. Through thick and thin, through sick and sin. This is the Catholic way. So right away we can attribute this to religion, as the Philippines is considered a Catholic country (I didn’t make this up…look it up). The good news is that Filipino women are quite keen on preserving the vows they’ve said before God. The bad news is that they also are more likely to be passive about their partners’ philandering.
The root cause is… there’s no such thing as absolute divorce in the Philippines.
xxx because the Philippine society seem to accept the fact that men are philanderers (think Erap), then it just continues. For generations and generations. Wala eh. Sabi kasi nating mga babae, “ah eh ganyan talaga ang lalaki.”
Ganon din ba sa mga foreigners? I can tell you from having grown up in the U.S. that the answer is NO. Excuse my language, but foreigners do not take that kind of crap.
So the short answer as to why Filipino men cheat is because Filipina women let them.
The whites cannot afford to cheat! Well, many whites will resort to divorce if things do not work out. No wonder, mukhang mas mataas pa ang pag-asa kong magpakasal sa isang foreigner since marrying a foreigner for me isn’t really bad, it’s only that you have to be open-minded about things. And not all white men are liberated–some of them are conservative but not really conservative na mata-matahin ka.
No wonder, divorce should be legal in the Philippines. It does not after all, desecrate the sanctity of marriage because truth is, what desecrates the sanctity of marriage is cheating, philandering, womanizing, homewrecking… all those things that are truly immoral. That is why many people should wake up that Jesus Christ approved divorce.
Should we educate young people to just be open-minded towards divorce?
YES. We should educate them the right way, that what Catholic schools teach them is how to become elitist rather than being open-minded, and of course, determine what is right and wrong by looking at the grey areas. I don’t care if the Philippine Catholic Church will excommunicate me for this one, since what I’m trying to say is that, saying YES to divorce does not make a person LESS Catholic! Upon reading one of the small books when I was in high school, it stated (paraphrased),
“Allowing absolute divorce to become legal in the Philippines will result to destruction.”
That is very elitist. That statement is very elitist, and just because it is divorce, it doesn’t mean it will cause immorality and destruction. This means, grey areas are OVERLOOKED due to elitism. Now that’s the elitist way of looking at things.
This post, is literally an introduction to “Elitism in the Orient Pearl”
Well, this is my first post that will introduce you to my upcoming book, “Elitism in the Orient Pearl.” The concept of Absolute Divorce will be tackled there. Oh, and before I forget, Catholic schools are also mentioned in the book… and yes, I don’t really care if I get excommunicated by the Catholic Church since I don’t really practice my religion anyway.