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Remembering Amy Winehouse, six years later

One netizen said:

If I could bring anyone back from the dead, it would be Amy. Not only because she had so much more to offer, but because she deserved a second chance. I feel like if she had been surrounded by the right people, she would’ve been able to get back on track. I would’ve loved to be her friend. It seems like she really needed one.

In fact, after watching videos of Amy Winehouse, years after her passing, I realized that she was MORE than the singer we know—in fact, she was a shy person who lived a simple life, and in fact, despised fame. Her dysfunctional family background, and her turbulent relationship and marriage with her now ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, aside from her alcohol and substance abuse, contributed to her passing.

Don’t get me wrong—I’m a fan of hers

Seriously, it was her most iconic song, “Rehab,” that introduced me to her. I first knew about Amy Winehouse in of course… gossip magazines, and yeah, she’s the girl with old school tattoos and that heavy black eyeliner that she’s known for. I thought she was a socialite and a celebrity party girl, but she proved us wrong.

One netizen said:

I love the fact that Amy never sold herself to anyone and remained true to herself. On this alone I have so much admiration for her, she stood out and was different from all the others, she rejected the fame when she had it – that speaks volumes.

She lived a simple life, despite the controversies that surrounded her. She even said that she was a horrible performer during an ambush interview. She never sugarcoated her words… she was purely genuine in her own words. On top of that, Amy Winehouse is the walking paradox of an icon, yet chose not to live the life of a celebrity socialite.

Amy’s songs did have a meaning behind

Her song, “Rehab” meant a lot: It’s about her troubled life regarding alcohol abuse. She would drink alcoholic beverages in a plastic cup during intervals, in her performances.

Which… ended her being drunk while singing.

People would laugh at her, calling her an “addict.” However, it was only the paparazzi that made her a laughing stock. Nobody realized, singing and writing songs were her only ways to express herself. Her music is like her diary…

I’m not going to blame anyone regarding her death. In fact, if people will be blaming Amy Winehouse herself for her death, I’m not going to tell you the “truth.” That being said, I’m convinced that she died due to non-stop alcohol drinking, and it shows in her last tour in Belgrade, Serbia. Even her idol Tony Bennett attested that he regretted not talking to Amy regarding her problems regarding addiction.

It shows one thing: Her support system wasn’t strong enough; she was allowed to perform self-destruction, in the most dangerous way possible.

“Wino,” as called by the paparazzi, was rather straightforward

Amy Winehouse, as a person, was in fact, a simple Camden woman who never lived the life of opulence. It shows in her performances, that she did not overdress—in fact, she drew a bra on her most controversial tattoo: a naked pin-up girl just below “Girl,” on her left arm. Unlike other famous people in Tinseltown, she would rather blend in with other people, than to stand out. Nevertheless, her distinctive style (beehive hairstyle, heavy eyeliner, old school tattoos, and vintage fashion) made her distinguishable.

One netizen said:

Actually y’all this was a very good interviewer. He asked her about writing on the road, things that should’ve been able to open her up more. Seems like she just really didn’t feel like talking, she honestly wasn’t giving him much.

She wasn’t really good in answering questions during interviews (which I do understand), but at least, she does not pretend to be someone she’s not. In fact, she managed to be straightforward, while remaining polite, which you don’t see in other

When hearing her speak, it sounded really pleasant to the ears. Typical British. I never heard of other celebrities do the same.

However, this was her most controversial moment:

In fact, this might be the time she was “raped” by the audience, wanting a piece of her.

Lastly, she showed her bad side to the paparazzi. Remember, British culture is rather rude and unforgiving (oftentimes, they might be more cruel than their American counterparts), especially if they know someone popular (whether good or bad publicity) is high on drugs, and they would treat them like crap—like for example, the British press. No wonder, people were fooled at their means of hypnotization to depict “Wino” as a monster who has no life of her own. However, the paps were already crossing the line: Invading Amy’s privacy only to “sell” her photos.

Also, it’s NOTHING NEW that the press would only aim for you know, PROFIT.

Side Note: In fact, the French screen legend Brigitte Bardot was also a victim of the press. However, unlike Amy, “BB” got back on track by simply announcing her retirement from the big screen, to the thing she would eventually advocate for: Animal rights.

Also, her death was the reason why I won’t buy anymore gossip magazines. That way, I find gossip magazines as “well, publicity sells.” Also, everything can be searched on the internet, so why waste money only for these crap magazines? In fact, the “Brangelina” on-and-off-cam loveteam was completely created by the paparazzi, and of course, the press. In fact, the highly-publicized couple didn’t last, after they officially made it to the altar (which for me, is red flag).

So, these are my thoughts on Amy Winehouse… and you know what also contributed to her passing.

How to understand the Russian culture (or Soviet culture) via an Asian perspective

Photo credits to mytripolog.com

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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Mandatory ROTC? Not so fast…

Photo Courtesy: Win Gatchalian via Official Website

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.

The truth about the elites and elitism

img_2065Seriously, no one gives a damn about this book.

Elitism in the Philippines: Not Fun at All

Upon reading Rigoberto Tiglao’s The Manila Times article, “Why didn’t dictatorship work for us, when it did so well for Asia’s Tiger Economies?“, I believe that I should create a reaction paper (ungraded, however) based on my beliefs.

Now the answers are at Tiglao’s article: How come that foreigners are often lauded and worshipped, and given special treatment when it comes to the circle of elitists? But, if you’re a Filipino, you’re fully disregarded?

Well, I’ll give you my personal experience after discussing Mr. Tiglao’s article.

My reaction paper to Tiglao’s article about the elites

Excerpt from Tiglao’s article:

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.

I won’t deny the fact that the elites have an important role in our society. They’re expected to promote the Filipino culture, because remember, they’re the ruling classes, right? However, it comes the opposite–they actually promote colonial mentality.

What makes me say this?

I had a personal experience. Well, I might sound controversial here, but allow me to take the risk. I won’t sound offensive, but let me tell you the truth: The elites and the ruling classes are anti-Filipino. They have a sense of entitlement, not thinking that they FAILED to integrate with the Filipino culture.

If you do not integrate with the natives, then you don’t integrate with the culture itself.

I hate to bring this up, but no person other than Contreras did bat an eye when Grace Poe’s citizenship was questioned at the height of the 2016 Elections. Oo nga naman, masyadong impractical kapag si Grace Poe ang gagawing pangulo ng Pinas, eh dual citizen parin siya sa lagay na iyan (compared to Edu Manzano, who openly shared his plans to renounce his American citizenship to run for office in the Philippines, since he was born in the United States to Filipino parents). I am not degrading anyone. In fact, I’m only citing an example (well, a warning before bashing this blog).

Well, in this situation, I am not surprised. The elitists seemed to shrug it off when I told them that “it’s colonial mentality if your block president is technically a foreigner.”

No one did believe me. They said it was OK. So, no wonder, they did not raise the citizenship issue towards Grace Poe.

Well, I have nothing against foreigners naman being block president. However kasi, you won’t be prioritized, esp. kapag may blockmates kayo na kalahi niya. I have experienced that kind of “discrimination.” This made me believe that after all, I cannot fit in to the elitists. They only prioritize their own kind, aside from foreigners.

If you don’t even come from a “sosyal” background, it means that you are not fit for their standards.

No wonder, even our student council (LOL I just have to call it that way), or student government, is homogenous. Sila-sila lang din ang tumatakbo para sa halalan, tapos ganun parin ang sistema. Seriously, this makes me wonder that the student government is not pro-diversity.

No wonder, a lot of the elites and the elitists cannot even forgive the Marcoses

Side Note: Admit it or not, the Marcoses are pro-Filipino. That’s a fact. Meanwhile, the Yellow Oligarchs are far from being pro-Filipino. Why did former president Noynoy Aquino sided with the US when it comes to the territorial dispute of the West Philippine Sea? That’s red flag, you know!

President Rodrigo Duterte being friendly towards China is the only way we could no longer argue about the territories in the West Philippine Sea–and in fact, Pres. Duterte insisted on a foreign policy that is completely INDEPENDENT and SELF-RELIANT. His lambasting of the United States may place us into danger, but because multi-millionaire businessman Donald Trump won as president-elect of the United States, of course we cannot ensure smooth ties with the States, but because of Trump’s background in business management, I believe that things will work out just fine, given that Trump is bigoted when it comes to “outsiders.”

The elitists are pro-West, that’s a fact. They even lambasted DFA Secretary Perfecto “Jun” Yasay for calling the West Philippine Sea as “South China Sea.”

FYI, Sec. Yasay is all-business, no-nonsense. The elitists may believe that he is a “puppet of China” alongside President Duterte, yet here, they’re only insisting on an independent foreign policy that will soon help the Philippines grow and develop more diplomatic ties with other countries. Duterte’s warming up with Russia is a good example–in fact, strengthening ties with Russia is a good one. I like Russia, you know–and you may disagree with me on this: I like Putin.

President Vladimir Putin of Russia may be tough on the outside, but he’s a good man on the inside. He’s pretty much the best example of a person who is tough on the exterior, but as per the Mother Dragoness, “The evil in me protects the good of me.”

To be honest, the Russians love Putin more than they love Medvedev. I have nothing against Medvedev, but if you have a leader like Putin, you feel complacent. He is the protector of Mother Russia.

The elitists are only after LIBERALISM. Well, sorry guys, but liberal elitism is OVERRATED. Not only it is overrated, it is also sickening. Liberal elites could become abusive as they wish, they even do everything that will provoke others. Look at what has happened to Europe, they practice liberalism, open-mindedness, and tolerance–without even realizing that they’re oppressing Muslim immigrants by strongly banning the hijab.

This is bullsh*t. Well, what do you expect, some Europeans even IMPOSE their beliefs towards religious people, as if religion is OPPRESSIVE and INFLEXIBLE.

Of course, the Marcos burial and Trump victory were definitely DOUBLE B*TCHSLAPS towards their faces. Everyone’s sick and tired of liberal leaders who are all talk but no action–heck, these liberal elite leaders could NOT even come close to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is genuine about welcoming immigrants to Canada, and embracing diversity.

Well, PM Trudeau is different. How come he could maintain the peaceful nature of Canadian culture, which other leaders can’t? Tell me.

A lot of liberal elites in the Philippines wished to have a leader like Justin Trudeau.

IN YOUR DREAMS!

In fact, we could only have a leader like Trudeau, once the Philippines is a first-world country. We need a leader who could emulate the values of late Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew (LKY)–and that is President Rodrigo Duterte.

Actually, Duterte is comparable to LKY. Why? TBH, Duterte is a legalist–when he allowed the Supreme Court to decide, whether or not Marcos should be buried at the LnmB, it made me think that his experiences as a tough-ass prosecutor led him to decide on things based on the law. He even said that Vice-President Leni Robredo, despite being sacked from her job in the HUDCC, will finish her tenure as vice president of the Philippines. This means, former senator BongBong Marcos wasn’t involved in sacking Robredo from the HUDCC.

Again, the elites hate President Duterte–simply because he talks cheap-ass, and he does not even follow protocol (well, true enough). However, he is a man of action–we already feel that the Philippines will be fine, for as long as Duterte is the president. This made me believe that the elitists only rely on a president who will only benefit them and ONLY them.

The only reason why it’s sooooo difficult for the liberal elites to forgive the Marcoses is because, their ancestors did not have the same privileges and benefits as the Marcos cronies. Well, at least during the Martial Law years.

Today, the liberal elites are the laughing stock of the Philippine cyberspace. Sorry guys, but many people will have to believe on the following: Prof. Antonio Contreras of DLSU, Mocha Uson, Sass Rogando Sassot, and Thinking Pinoy.

Well, besides GetRealPhilippines.com and Showbiz Government.

These sources actually have to do with critical and logical thinking skills. They actually challenge the status quo–in fact, you can’t even MAKE THEM–even though you claim to be a lawyer, or someone in the legal core. In fact, Prof. Antonio Contreras proved that the yellows are often guilty for being STUPID when it comes to critical thinking and logical abilities.

…and as a matter of fact, nasa ELITISTA naman talaga ang tunay na BOBOtante (oh guys, I recommend you read Senyor Komikado’s blog–he’ll discuss about the elitists being the real BOBOtantes). Maa-ari ko pang sabihing mga bobotante talaga ang mga bumoto kay Manny Pacquiao, but I cannot say the same towards those who voted for BongBong Marcos as their vice-president. In fact, majority of the Filipino people do not even give respect to Leni Robredo as the incumbent vice-president (well, sorry to say). No offense to Leni Robredo supporters, but as the old adage goes, “Nothing beats the word of mouth.”

The elites are already being the LOSING side. That’s a fact. Proof? Prof. Antonio Contreras is now a columnist for The Manila Times, and Mocha Uson is an OpEd writer for The Philippine Star (FYI, to Mocha’s critics who call her “someone who claims not to be a professional journalist but acts like one”). Also, Sass Rogando Sassot is gaining more popularity than her fellow transgender female counterpart, Miyako Izabel. In fact, Sassot has more credentials than Izabel–for one, Izabel does not show much of her background, while Sassot isn’t ashamed to reveal it to everyone, making her more credible and well-known to many.

Also, Thinking Pinoy, alongside Showbiz Government, is becoming more credible than the notoriously-Yellow Thinking Class of the Philippines.

No one is listening anymore to anything YELLOW, because to be honest, anything that has YELLOW symbolizes LIES, HYPOCRISY, and lastly, CORRUPTION.

This made the Filipino people decide to vote for BongBong Marcos, NOT because they’re going to give another chance to a “son of a dictator.” Na-uh! In fact, they started to look up and accept BongBong Marcos as a public servant who serves the people well. If you only know the “HALF-RICE BILL” as his proposed law, lemme tell you that he was the one who proposed the FREE TUITION for all government-owned tertiary institutions for learning.

To be honest, the Marcoses came back to power NOT because of this so-called “corrupted values” and “defeatism” of the Filipino, but it’s because, regardless of the corruption and ill-gotten wealth accusations against them, they still do their job WELL. That is to say that, many Filipinos still want people who will serve for the common good. You cannot see that kind of trait towards the yellow hoarde.

The elites are simply sour-graping because they’re actually DEFEATED by the Marcos family. To be honest, the Marcoses never engaged in cheap proposals. They still remain SOLID as a ROCK. Iyung sasabihin pa nilang, “Hiyang-hiya naman kami sa SDE nila sa LnmB!”, well, at least they could finally witness the burial of the patriarch, who has long been DEAD. Eh iyung ka-ribal nilang political dynasty, kumusta naman? Did they sought justice for the murder of their patriarch?

As a matter of fact, the Filipinos no longer believe in the so-called “Spirit of EDSA.” That so-called “Spirit of EDSA” is a LIE.

…and also, Kris Aquino deserves to be crucified–even though good news is, she’s a has-been.

Serves the YELLOWS right. I can never forget what they did to the Filipinos during APEC. #NeverForget the SAF-44, the Hacienda Luisita Massacre, the Mendiola Massacre, the Hostage Crisis at Quirino Grandstand (the mishandling of the police), the Yolanda controversy–will you still think that the yellows are “incorrupt”?

I ain’t buying that anymore, people. To be honest, I will choose to forgive not only the Marcoses, but also former president and now Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and the Binay family.

I guess, the elites and the elitists should taste a dose of their medicine.

The truth about the elites and elitism: They profess COLONIAL MENTALITY over Beauty of Diversity

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.

Seriously, ambilis pa nilang mapatawad ang mga Espanyol, mga Amerikano, tsaka ang mga Hapones, ngunit sa mga Marcos, ‘di pa nila magawa! In fact, this made me think about why the elitists won’t ever accept me as their own–granted, I am Filipina. Hindi iyun dahil sa kulang ako sa pakiki-sama dati, but to be honest, they only accept foreigners PLUS their own kind, to keep their “homogeneity” pure. No wonder, I was never in good terms with my own blockmates, to think a lot of people pa naman were expecting me to get along with ’em. Well, wala talaga, eh. Kung hindi ko masakyan ang trip nila, well, so be it. Hindi ko trip ang trip nila, and I have found out that they’re ignorant and bigoted at the same time–and I was wondering how the heck did they obtain their so-called academic achievements? Well, they’re only records. Call me ampalaya for that matter, yet I cannot call people with academic achievements “respectable,” if their logic is dented.

I was thinking of opening up and simply be honest to everyone and to myself, that I cannot get along with the elitists and the pa-sosyal group of people. Seriously, they make me sick. They’re not only simple-minded–worse, they’re shallow and superficial people. Henceforth, making me say that they want to keep their homogeneous circle, “PURE.” This means, the term “diversity” is not even in their vocabulary.

Wala pa silang sinabi sa mga third-cultured kids. Heto pa isang comment:

xxx The elite and the ruling class are more foreign than Filipinos. xxx

Hindi na siguro ako magtataka kung masyadong banyaga ang mga ruling class ng Pinas. As a matter of fact, these ruling classes never interacted with the indigenous groups of people in the Philippines (no exaggeration). Kaya naman pala, hindi sila magkakasundo ng mga maka-kaliwa.

Here’s the thing: The leftists, infairness to them, will instill that you’re Filipino–and not only that, they will make you more proud to be Filipino–as compared to the elitistas. The elitistas, on the other hand, will reject you as one of their own, kahit Pilipino ka pa. For them, ‘di baleng foreign-looking ka na may dubious attitude, basta masakyan mo lang mga trip nila. Well, this made me think that–oo nga, BOBOtante nga talaga sila.

The Rallying Issue

Having covered a lot of rallying-related events during my stint as a beat photographer for a newspaper, I have witnessed on how the leftists protest–they protest with dignity.

Also, they never used cuss words to criticize a politician. Why, did they ever say, “PAKYU AQUINO!”? Eh samantalang mga elitista, they say, “PAKYU KA MARCOS,” or “UKINAM MARCOS,” which is sickening.

Side Note: They did not even spare Sandro Marcos. Why, did we ever not spare Josh or Bimby, for that matter?

Tapos anlakas pa nga ng loob mag-cry foul ng “cyber-bullying,” tsaka harassment!?

As much as I do not condone the behavior of the cyber-maniacs, comments like those cannot be avoided. In fact, mas maraming mas POKPOK ang ugali kesa kay Mocha Uson. In fact, mas pokpok pa nga ‘ata ang mga disenteng may anyong maharlika ngunit NGAPA naman sa lohika–kumpara naman kay Mocha Uson.

Nope, I ain’t a fan or an apologist of Mocha Uson. To be honest, the DISSENT-ehs have been playing the “victim card,” besides Robredo and Senator Leila De Lima, because they believe, they’re still being harassed by the “Dutertards.”

Sense of self-entitlement, huh?

No wonder, Prof. Contreras always makes fun of them. Papano naman kasi, these disentes engage into cheap proposals, and at the same time, resort to self-humiliation. Sige, subukan nilang maghubad gaya ng ginagawa ni Ellen Adarna sa mga magazine shoots, magmumukha lang silang mga barbarong nakatira sa pinaka-malayong LABAS ng kabihasnan (pardon my crooked Tagalog, tho).

These elitists again, should taste a dose of their own medicine. They deserve to be crucified. Worse than what the Roman government did to Jesus.

Marcos and Nationalism

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.

Source: Bobby Tiglao’s column in The Manila Times

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.

 

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This year (2016) marks the end of an era

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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.”

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Mongolia: The most overlooked, “exotified” nation of East Asia


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INTRODUCTION

When you actually hear the term “East Asia,” usually people will only talk about China, Japan, and Korea. Oh, wait. There’s also this country that is really big—way bigger than Japan and Korea in terms of landmass. Yes, that is where the so-called “Yellow race” originate—and that is where the term “Mongoloid” comes from—the country of Genghis Khan: MONGOLIA.

Unlike Chinese, Japanese, and Korean races where you could distinguish which is which and who is who, in Mongolia, you could only distinguish one according to their size. THAT’S RIGHT. Mongolians are the stoutest East Asians you’ll ever meet—unlike their other, more well-known East Asian counterparts (who happen to be slim and slender people).

Mongolia is the only East Asian country that does not use its indigenous alphabet (the traditional Mongolian script). Instead, they use the Cyrillic script like most countries in Central Asia and Northeastern Europe.

It is called “Outer Mongolia,” since there’s Inner Mongolia, which is under the Chinese regime.

Mongolia is really exotic—in terms of geography. What makes it so unique from the rest of East Asia?

1.) It’s an elevated, landlocked country in the middle of Northern China and Southern Russia. Elevated? No kidding! In fact, its capital Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world due to three factors: Landlocked, elevated, and yes, the cold and notorious harsh Siberian winter (well, you could experience the harsh chills even in Seoul, South Korea due to its mountainous nature).

2.) It is the least vegan-friendly country in East Asia — Think about its cuisine. Yes, they eat all sorts of meat, even horse meat. Also, their national drink is airag—or fermented mare’s milk (yes, a female horse’s milk!). Reason: Most of its land is barren—not conducive for vegetation.

3.) Its culture is more technically conservative—compared to Japan or even the Koreas — Many Mongolians still love living inside the ger (yurt is the international term—more like a cylinder + cone-shaped tent with good insulation), even when living in UB (what they call their capital city). In fact, nomadic ways of life is still observed—esp. in the outskirts of the city.

4.) It’s capital city Ulaanbaatar/Ulan Bator (UB) used to be a nomadic city!

5.) There are Mongols (Mongolians who basically dwell outside Outer and Inner Mongolia) who live in Russia—there’s Buryatia, home of the Buryat Mongols (Siberia), and there’s this so-called “Asia in Europe,” which is Kalmykia—known for being the Buddhist capital of Europe. Kalmykia is called “Asia in Europe” is because, the people who live there are not Slavs or Turkic people, but Mongols.

6.) It is the only country that has revived Daylight Savings Time (DST) — Since 2015! The government said that it’ll be beneficial to the Mongolian economy.

7.) Mongolian looks are so far the most facially-diverse—as compared to China, Japan, and Korea, where most of their people are indentifiable and distinguishable. You could really tell who is Chinese, Japanese, or Korean—but Mongolian? Well, admit it or not, you’ll only know if the person’s a Mongolian based on their size.

8.) Mongolia started to transition to the modern world—VERY LATE. In fact, the first university in Mongolia was established in the 1940s. Pretty strange, huh?

9.) Aside from South Korea and Hong Kong, Mongolians could visit Russia without a visa.

10.) It is the only country in East Asia that does not use its native alphabet. Mongolia has adopted Cyrillic since the 1940s. It’s only Inner Mongolia in the People’s Republic of China that still uses the traditional Mongolian script—technically speaking, the traditional Mongolian script was only used for religious purposes in monasteries, and education in Mongolia before the 1940s were only accessed by a privileged few.

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FACTS about MONGOLIA

Endonym/Official Name: Mongol Uls
Capital: Ulaanbaatar (alternatively Ulan Bator, and its often called by locals as UB)
Demonym: Mongolian, Mongol
Religion: Buddhism (predominant)
Currency: Mongolian Tugrik/Togrog (MNT/₮)
AC Outlet: Type-C (Europlug/Schuko)
TV system: SECAM
Language: Mongolian (Note: They use the Cyrillic alphabet)
Traffic Handedness: Right-hand traffic (though there are right-hand drive vehicles in Mongolia)
Timezone: GMT +8.00 (UB); GMT +7.00 (Westernmost Mongolia, esp. Khovd)
Abbreviations: MGL, .mn
Daylight Savings Time (DST): Yes
Biometric Passport: No

Type of government: Parliamentary
Dual citizenship: Not allowed
Divorce Law: Yes

[Note: If ever there are disputes in this blog post, kindly correct me for this matter! Bayarlalaa!]