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A Gaijin’s Perspective: Should Japan allow multiple citizenship?

Credits to yousuke_ito via for this one!

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Sooooo yeah! Imma back, guys! Well, sorry for not posting things here in my main blog since I have err… a little or no more motivation to post things, but yeah… can’t be helped!

But as promised, I’m back! However, without Photoshop CS6 Extended in my lappie (aww… just Lightroom, that’s it) and without anything that will motivate me to improve my photography skills (how I miss photography, but I realized that it’s more convenient to have a smaller DSLR than a medium-sized one).

But no worries guys, I have learned the hard way: We don’t need Photoshop if we could capture great photos, right? After all, being Photoshop-dependent sucks real dick, amaright!?

Well here, this is serious business. Today (or tonight in my country, haha!), I am gonna discuss the benefits and downsides of dual (or multiple) citizenship and why should the Japanese government accept Kono Taro-sama’s proposal–with modifications, of course.

What is multiple citizenship?

Multiple citizenship… in general, is a situation wherein an individual holds more than one citizenship–meaning to say that he/she’s protected by more than one country’s laws (correct me for me grammer… lol). Each independent entity has its own laws regarding multiple citizenship.

A person could acquire at least two citizenships: One citizenship is something which a person is born with and another citizenship is something that a person acquired through naturalization. Most people are born with single citizenship, but nowadays, more and more children are born with more than one citizenship.

Single citizens – Usually, these people were born in their home country (parents’ domicile/hometown) or in a foreign country (countries which follow the jus sanguinis principle). If a person is born in the Philippines with Filipino parents, of course these parents should be Filipino citizens who do not hold another citizenship.

Example: A person born in the Philippines to Filipino parents, or a person born somewhere in the Middle East to Filipino parents (take note that most Middle Eastern countries, esp. the monarch-runned ones, do not allow naturalization AT ALL). I really didn’t expect that one of my acquaintances was born in Saudi Arabia.

Notable people: Venus Raj (born in Qatar), Jessy Mendiola (born in the United Arab Emirates/UAE), Korina Sanchez (born in Hong Kong), Isla Fischer (Australian actress, born in Oman), Liv Ullmann (Norwegian actress, born in Japan)

Multiple citizens – Usually, these people were born with more than one citizenship. Most of these people were either born with Filipino parents in a jus soli country (Canada and the United States), or is usually mixed-raced. Most people who are under this category have parents who do not have the same citizenship.

Example: A Filipino person born to Filipino parents in the United States of America, or a half-Filipino, half-British person born in the Philippines or in Britain but holds British and Filipino citizenship at the same time.

Notable people: Joyce Jimenez (born in the United States to Filipino parents), G Toengi (father is Swiss-American, and sources say that she was born in US soil), Kaye Abad (born in the United States to Filipino parents), Natalie Portman (mother is American while father is an Israeli), Nicole Kidman (born in Hawaii to Australian parents), Roger Federer (born in Switzerland which is his domicile, but also has South African citizenship through his mother), Heidi Klum (German model, naturalized as an American citizen for her children), Kirsten Dunst (American actress, naturalized as German through her father), Charlize Theron (South African actress, naturalized as American in 2007 due to visa restrictions on a South African passport), Rachel Weisz (British actress, naturalized as American)… to be honest, there are a LOT, actually!

Notable people who hold more than two citizenships: Flynn Bloom (born in the United States to Orlando Bloom who is British and Miranda Kerr who is Australian), Christianne Amanpour (has a British mother and an Iranian father but naturalized as an American through marriage), G Toengi (American, Filipino and Swiss)

Actually, these are some examples I can give you so far. YEAH, most of these people are celebrities because one of my professors in college said that holding more than one citizenship is actually very expensive (he said that holding more than one citizenship is for the rich)–since you have to pay taxes in both countries. No wonder, I will show you both the benefits and the downsides of being a multiple citizen.

Benefits of being a multiple citizen

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1.) Visa-free access to other countries without a visa – Usually, if you’re Filipino and you hold citizenship in first-world countries (USA, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, Germany, Israel, Finland, Sweden), you could actually travel in as much many countries as you like, but not all countries could be accessed without a prior-to-arrival visa. As a matter of fact, the only advantage of Filipino citizens over Japanese citizens is that, Filipinos could travel to Brazil without a visa, while Japanese citizens need to acquire a visa prior to their Brazilian trip. Here, this shows that holding more than one citizenship would bring you more benefits like visa-free access to popular destinations such as Southeast Asia, East Asia and the Schengen Area… and the Anglophone world.

Example: Filipino + USA/Canada/Japan/Australia/UK citizenship = A-OK; Filipino + not first-world citizenship = depends.

2.) Regionalism – Filipino citizens have the freedom to visit the rest of Southeast Asia without a visa (of course, the Philippines finally has visa-free access to Myanmar… recently) while former Soviet blocs could access their fellow former Soviet comrade countries without any visa, but it still depends upon the situation. Canadian citizens could enter the United States without a visa waiver at all, and New Zealanders could visit Australia without a visa waiver. Don’t you know that it’s only the USA and Australia that have a visa waiver policy? Canada, the United Kingdom and the rest of the Anglophone countries do not have the same policy as Oz and the US of A, but somehow they allow these countries to visit their territory without any visa at all.

For instance, if you hold Filipino and American/British/Australian/Canadian citizenship, you could access Southeast Asia without a visa with your Philippine passport, while you could enter the Schengen area with your other passport.

3.) You could buy real estate/land property in some countries – The Philippines is the best example of a country that does not allow foreigners to buy land property in Philippine soil–no wonder, there are condominium units that are actually more expensive than a townhouse. Somehow, if you naturalize yourself as an American citizen and have plans to re-acquire Filipino citizenship, that is because you want to have your own land property in the Philippines… and retire there.

4.) You’re protected by the law–two constitutions/basic laws, that is – I ain’t sure about this one, but you could file for divorce if you’re a citizen of another country since the Philippines is the only country that does not recognize divorce as means of legally separating a couple (actually, I am into divorce–but it should have a minimum price of 1 million pesos, so that people will think twice before proceeding).

5.) You could work as an expat or immigrant worker (without restrictions, maybe) – Expatriates (formal for expats) usually refer to people with a white-collar job in another country while immigrant workers refer to people who work in a foreign country–but in a blue-collar job. Well, you’re considered an immigrant worker if you work as a factory worker or as a caregiver/domestic helper, while if you’re in another country yet you’re a businessman or company employee, you are considered an expatriate. Well, our acquaintances who have connection to Canada generally had blue-collar jobs, but they returned to the Philippines because yeah, Canada’s quite a laid-back country. And too quiet to get started with.

Now you know what the difference between an immigrant worker and an expat is: Expat refers to a white-collar job worker, while an immigrant worker usually refers to a person doing manual labor/factory work, or in other words, a blue-collar job.

Downsides of multiple citizenship

1.) TAXES – The burden of paying taxes. No wonder only the well-off people could afford holding more than one citizenship. Well, you really have to work hard if you want to acquire another citizenship.

Source: Wikipedia

2.) Conflict with another country – If you happen to be an Israeli citizen, you are not spared when it comes to the Arab League’s visa policies. Even ordinary passport holders are actually not allowed to enter oil-rich countries unless they have a special permit coming from the Israeli government. Worse, some of these Arab countries reject not only Israeli passports, but also non-Israeli passports with an Israel stamp on it (yes, the Arab League is really hostile towards Israel as their stance of support towards Palestine, and Israel happens to be an ally of the United States, no wonder). While Hong Kong recently imposed sanctions towards Filipino citizens who hold an official or a diplomatic passport, it’s a good thing that they spared ordinary passport holders as a sign that the Hong Kong government gives sanctions to Filipino government officials and representatives, but not ordinary citizens of the Philippines.

Side Note: Israeli citizens could enter the Arab League with “special permission” from the government.

Taiwanese citizens, on the other hand, could not access Brazil without a “special visa” since both countries do not maintain diplomatic relations with each other.|Rain being as “Jeong Ji Hoon” for being drafted into the South Korean army.

3.) Conscription – This is another problem if you’re a multiple citizen. In the Philippines, one is required to choose between ROTC (military training) and CWTS (community service). Usually, dual citizens will choose CWTS because ROTC is mainly about conscription. Military service usually requires people who have just one citizenship… dunno with multiple citizens. This is probably the reason why South Korea didn’t allow multiple citizenship before 2011 (multiple citizenship is allowed now, but pars with the multiple citizenship policies of the Netherlands and Norway). In other words, it’s still QUOTA.

South Koreans actually have this problem. Prior to 2011, usually, most South Korean mothers give birth to the United States because they don’t want their sons to join the military service, which is mandatory. However, there are still South Korean men who are still WILLING to be conscripted.|King Rama IX playing the saxophone. Take note that he was born in the United States of America.

4.) Citizenship issues among monarchs – Well, if you happen to be a monarch (male), you have to beg for the government to have a certain agreement that this place has to be a temporary exclave of your country just for your spouse to give birth to your child just in case you’re in exile. No wonder, Thailand does not allow multiple citizenship at all since their King was born in the United States of America (which is jus soli).

5.) NSTP (National Service Training Program) – If you’re a Filipino citizen, you have to undergo this process. It may seem to be “AWW” to you, but to those who don’t like ROTC, CWTS is always there. Yes, Filipino citizens who hold another citizenship have a hesitation of choosing between ROTC and CWTS, but if you were to ask me, CWTS is a safer choice–you explore ALL the walks of life, and it’s better than undergoing religious community service (if you’re Lasallian and you took up TREDTWO).

Multiple citizenship in Japan

Now here’s err… something I would like to share with you guys. Basically, Japan does not allow multiple citizenship (or at least, dual) because one government official said that it might cause conflict to a person, and the government wants its citizens to follow the “stick-to-one” rule, when it comes to citizenship.

Well, it is actually a burden if you happen to be a Japanese citizen and yet you hold another citizenship. For me, not allowing your citizens to obtain two passports just because it might cause conflict doesn’t always mean they’ll always be a magnet of any chaotic dilemmas regarding citizenship. Hapas in Japan have this dilemma of just choosing one citizenship since they have no choice but to have two citizenships. I don’t think hapa celebrities like Becky Rabone and Christel Takigawa were willing to choose just one citizenship, but because of the nationality law of Japan, they still have to choose one. Becky decided to drop her British citizenship since obviously, she’s more Japanese than British. I’m not sure if Christel chose Japanese over French. But I’m sure, there are lots of hapa celebrities who do not want to renounce their other citizenship. So far, I have heard that Yuu Shirota decided to keep his Spanish citizenship, though he was born in Tokyo, but I ain’t sure if he chose Spanish.

Speaking of the multiple citizenship proposal by LDP dude (not sure if he’s still the leader) Kono Taro-sama, it was rather been rejected because the process of making his bill into a law doesn’t seem to be very clear–however, speaking of Kono-sama’s policies, it seems that he’s like the Japanese BongBong Marcos since his policies are awesome–but to tell you the truth, he lacks charisma. But still, he’s still my favorite Japanese politician (LOL), just like how I admire Condoleeza Rice and Kanzlerin Angela Merkel. Can I just add that he favors Japan to have its own military.|Kare wa Kono Taro-sama desu. The Asian look-alike of Stephen Hawking but his ideas are similar with Senator BongBong Marcos.

Here’s Kono-sama’s proposal.

Hmmm… I guess something’s missing. He should have also considered the “permission required” policy which is actually a thing of German-speaking countries (hence, the word Beibehaltungsgenehmigung [Beibe-haltungs-gemehnigung], which means retention approval. Yes, I admit it’s too freaking long, but what do you expect on German compound words, lol). Actually, die Beibehaltungsgenehmigung is actually beneficial since this will ease down Japan’s citizenship laws. I repeat, having this implemented towards Japanese citizens who hold more than one citizenship could apply whether they’re willing to retain both citizenships or not. This is also a big help to foreigners who are willing to naturalize as Japanese citizens but still want to retain their original citizenship.

Yes, actually Kono-sama should have thought of the Japanese version of die Beibehaltungsgenehmigung (リテンション承認, Ritenshon shounin) so that it would be fair for everyone who holds Japanese citizenship to have another citizenship.

A Gaijin’s Perspective: Should Japan allow multiple citizenship?

Well, coming from a gaijin myself (speaking of Japanese society), my answer goes to a big YES. For one, if you hold a Japanese passport (Nihonkoku Ryoken), you have the freedom to travel towards the Schengen Area and the rest of the European union without a visa, and not only that, you could travel in China without a visa.

Side Note: To those chauvinists who think I don’t have the right to an opinion with regards to a foreign country’s citizenship laws, then it cannot be helped. But still, what about those foreigners who want to have another citizenship? Well, I believe that patriotism is not based on a person’s nationality within itself, but it’s also on how they love their country unconditionally.

The similarities between a Filipino and a Japanese passport is that, you could enter Morocco without a visa (oh yes, OT BTW, my Emirati friends and Israeli buddies could meet there haha). Being Filipino myself, I am willing to have Japanese citizenship IF and ONLY IF Japan will allow dual citizenship, provided that they impose the Beibehaltungsgemehnigung in all aspects.

Yes, I think having more than one citizenship has more advantages than disadvantages, if you’re not into having yourself drafted to military service. Well, Singapore still does not allow dual citizenship, while South Korea allowed it but with certain conditions (aww… it’s also great to hold Korean citizenship, actually)–prolly because of the military service thing (which is actually good, I tell you).

Also, if you happen to be a dual citizen, if you don’t like ROTC (hahaha, ang bad ko talaga), you choose CWTS freely, but those who are dual citizens but WANTS ROTC are sad because of the policies. Oh my.

However, I’m telling you: Having more than one citizenship isn’t that bad. No wonder, the reason why I prefer having a Japanese citizenship as my other citizenship because I consider Japan as my second home. Also, I won’t mind being married to a Japanese guy, it’s just that he has to be the liberated type of guy (not really the Westernized type, but the one who is at least, open-minded). Also, I won’t mind speaking up for foreigners who are willing to naturalize as Japanese citizens, especially those who come from third-world countries (mostly from Africa and Asia), but are still willing to retain the citizenship they’re born with.

Also, don’t you know that there are a lot of Filipino-Japanese people who like to keep both citizenships? Well, I may not have done a survey just yet, but to be honest, being Filipino-Japanese is a privilege. Most of them consider themselves more Filipino than Japanese, but they wouldn’t want to give up their Japanese citizenship since their Japanese passports could let them go places. But, if some of them accept the fact that Japan does not allow dual citizenship, they’ll choose Japanese for travel purposes OR, if they live in Japan already. But some of them still chose Filipino because they think they’re at home when they choose Filipino citizenship even though Filipino passports don’t share the same privilege as Japanese passports. This applies if they settle permanently in the Philippines.

I’m not sure if Filipino-Koreans have the same issue as well since the Republic of Korea (my other favorite country even though I’m not a fan of K-Pop) recently allowed multiple citizenship with certain conditions. However, as far as I know, before 2011, half-Koreans should choose just one citizenship at the age of 18 years old (without the age reckoning system, I guess).

Well, since Japan’s already losing manpower (majority are yes, old people, the ojiisans and the obaasans), I guess it’s time for them to allow dual citizenship and ease their immigration laws since there are a lot of foreigners who are willing to naturalize as Japanese citizens, or to work there and learn the language and culture. I guess Japan should realize that citizenship is not simply about one race, but it should be conforming to their society–and speaking Nihongo, of course.

Of course, Japan’s nationality law dictates that Japanese people should “stick to one” when it comes to obtaining another citizenship, or to naturalize as Japanese, since Japanese society has been maintaining the value of being loyal to a single nation, which I do respect. However, I believe that having dual citizenships won’t make you less of your other identity. For instance, being Filipino-Japanese. YES, being half-Japanese won’t ever make you less of a Filipino, and being half-Filipino won’t make you less of a Japanese. Look at Sayaka Akimoto. She used to have insecurities with regards to being half-Filipino, but she realized that being half-Filipino is something that she should be proud of. After all, we Filipinos are proud of her. Pretty, talented and whatnot, she’s perfection! She’s always welcome in the Philippines, and we love her.

It was really surprising that Sayaka Akimoto was born in the Philippines. Well, Wikipedia is always distorted, that’s why when I learned that she wasn’t born in Japan, I was like, “OMG!” The video is still “bitin” (word for “lacking”), therefore I was like cringing.

I think Sayaka could speak Filipino when she was younger, but then she lost the ability to speak it when she and her family moved to Japan at such a very young age. No wonder, she might be one of those hapas who hesitated to renounce their citizenship.

Ironically, Japanese channels promote multiculturalism through their celebrities travelling across the globe, but still, in their own country, why can’t they simply allow foreigners to conform to their society and consider them as Japanese? Why do they still believe that being monoracial is something that should be placed in value?

I really cannot blame Japanese society for being too homogeneous, however, since the world is already getting smaller and smaller, I guess Japan should allow multiple citizenship since “extreme loyalty” is simply a thing of the past. Globalization embraces a lot of cultures, and I guess Japan should embrace multiculturalism, while retaining their traditions, of course. They’re very well-known to balance the old and new, and the East and the West–but why are they still discouraging their people from having more than one citizenship? I may not be in the right position to judge them, but who knows, hopefully they’ll allow their citizens and gaijins to obtain more than one citizenship in the future. As of now, multiple nationality is still under a heated debate there (even though they recently rejected Kono-sama’s proposal, which is understandable because there are a few lapses in his proposal–and not only Kono-sama himself could propose a law by himself alone; it needs approval by consensus, or slight modifications).

Summary and Conclusions

After all, being a multiple citizen won’t hurt, for as long as you abide by the laws and know how to handle finances correctly, because at the end of the day, globalization is inevitable.

As for Japan, I guess I am still hopeful that they will allow multiple citizenship for hapas and for foreigners who are willing to retain their original citizenship while acquiring a new one. Like what I have said before, multiple citizenship has its own pros and cons, and speaking of which, it is still the person who will decide whether they should choose their citizenship, regardless of their nationality.

Here, if I were to acquire Japanese citizenship, that won’t make me less of a Filipino since I still consider myself a Filipino–but I still prefer having more than one citizenship in order to travel around the world without a visa–and to work in another country.

I am also fighting for people who wish to acquire another citizenship in their second home. Like me, I consider the Philippines as my home, and whenever I leave valuables, it’s alright since the Philippines is still home to me even though it’s not a rich country. However, when I stepped in Japanese soil, I told to myself, “I will make this my second home… soon!” Yes, it actually came true–I consider Japan as my second home, even though the cost of living there is high. I could imagine myself either living there or fall for a Japanese guy (with a globalized background of course).

To end this discussion, to be honest, there are a lot more details I will discuss. I think, I’ll just post the sources so that everyone will understand why multiple citizenship is more beneficial than a threat. At the end of the day, it is still the person who defines his/her identity, and being of course, let’s say, half-Greek half-Persian won’t make someone less Greek or less Persian. In other words, you cannot force someone to choose just one identity.

Lessons Learned from Haiyan/Yolanda

What taught me a lesson from Haiyan/Yolanda is UNITY among the Filipino people and the Visayan people. It is now time for us to DROP our crab mentality and START UNITING AND JOINING FORCES with one another.

Indeed, most of the Filipino public officials should realize that P-Noy is no way to be a superhero. Hello, P-Noy is not a superhero, he’s not even Jesus Christ, and he is still a homo sapien after all. In fact, these public officials should DO THIER FREAKING JOB rather (and HELP P-Noy) than to immerse themselves with all these luxury items. It really makes me sick when these officials are not even moving!

In addition, it’s NOT ONLY Tacloban that was deeply affected by Haiyan. In fact, there are MORE places in Eastern Visayas that suffered a greater impact than Tacloban. Why focus only on Tacloban? Why not give equal treatment towards other devastated places just like how they view Tacloban?

After all, I was right. After the Napoles trial in the Senate, I guess Haiyan was a punishment from God, but the said super-typhoon with a massive Storm Signal greater than 4 hit the WRONG areas. I guess, God is sending a message to these politicians. Well, you cannot blame science. Science generally covers the grey areas, that’s why sometimes, you’ll wonder why if a storm is a punishment from God, it hits the wrong areas. Here, the situation would be Black and White if Haiyan/Yolanda hit the houses of the Napoles family, or even the houses of Tanda, Pogi and Sexy (well, I would give a round of applause if Haiyan hit those areas rather than Eastern Visayas).

Here, I really cannot help but donate my money from the alkansya. At least, I am helping those people in need, and Haiyan survivors.

Masasabi na natin na mas may asim pa ang mga artistang tumulong sa mga nangangailangan doon sa Silangang Kabisayaan, kumpara naman kay Tanda. Dito rin natin mapapansin kung gaano nila tinupad ang kasabihang, “Generosity out of Excess.” Buti na lang at sila pa ang may puso, gaya ni Angel Locsin, pati na rin si Megastar Sharon Cuneta at ang anak niyang si KC Concepcion.

Mahiya-hiya naman sana ang mga publikong opisyal na walang ginawa kundi unahin ang sariling luho. Pati na rin ang mga NAPULIS!

I guess after all, Haiyan, is cruel in nature. Yes, indeed. We should bring back the old veterans with the “asim” in them. Here, you’ll see how they love their country and chose to be Filipinos in the Philippines serving our country–which means that they deserve to be the public officials of our country, but as what Vic Sotto said, “You don’t need to run for a position to serve other people.”

I think Haiyan has taught us a lesson NOT to be racist to our own. The only reason why we think that it’s wrong is because we are racist to our own kind, which is fucking ridiculous. Besides, our leaders never set a good example to our country, which causes crab mentality. We should initiate social change by helping one another and drop crab mentality in our culture. Let us start helping our FELLOW Filipinos and co-operate with our foreign friends in order to re-build our country.

To these countries who sent donations to Haiyan survivors and victims, I really owe you a debt of gratitude, in behalf of all the Filipinos as a whole. I salute you for your efforts, especially to our allies US and Japan for sending us your generous side. To Japan, we really appreciate it that you’re paying it forward to us–after we helped you when your people suffered the cruelty of an earthquake and tsunami at the same time.

Indeed, it is saying that Visayas suffered an earthquake… then suffered a super-typhoon–which means that history of the 3/11 calamity in Japan repeated itself.

This is not yet the end of my post. I still have to share my sentiments later. I still do not know how to say all my sentiments just yet. I guess, this would be for now.

Rare Interview with Mayor Sara Duterte

Even though she’s a toughie, she did not like the fame or the “infamy” she received during the incident.

Well, at first I thought she’s very close with her father, but it turns out that she is waaay different from Mayor Rody. They’re not close, but they ain’t foes, either. That made me respect someone like her more: Balance between matapang and keeping a low profile. At least she learned from her mistakes. Even though she did not like doing it, well, it can’t be helped. She needed to go ballistic to express herself.

I hope judgmental people will wake up with their boxed minds. *winkz*

Late Post: Atlantis Production’s Piaf

I could not recall about what happened in the storyline of Piaf, but I think this was the only play I’ve watched that is not even school-related.

Actually, I was not interested to watch any play, but because one of my close friends introduced me to someone hmmm… (I don’t wanna elaborate further), well, I just said “yes” when he asked me if I’m interested in watching a play. When we went to the venue itself, nako, RCBC plaza has nothing really very special to offer except the facade of the building itself–and the auditorium is small, just like the audi that I went where I watched “King Lear” in the Filipino version. Well, I should have not worn a gown or a formal dress since my companion is super filthy rich (and tbh, he’s quite choosy and too particular with clothes–he has the traits of Komikado Kensuke, but less exaggerated).

The Whole Play

I didn’t expect that the play is about the personal life of Edith Piaf, and actually, the lights, the stage props, the costume, it shows the ambience of the mid- to late-19th century up to the early phase of the 20th century in France. The actors are really very professional, especially the likes of Pinky Amador and G Toengi. While I really liked the play in some aspects, I am not really much into Western-influenced form of entertainment, or any English-speaking play with this defined accent that we hear (in fact, I believe I’m more like a mediator between “sosyal” and “maka-masa” stuff). If you were to ask me, “Haring Lear” was more relatable and the actors are friendlier to the audience after the play (only a handful of the Piaf cast actually bothered to interact with the audience after the play). However, in Piaf, you’ll learn a lot of new stuff about history, and including the Nazi regime isn’t new to me after all. In fact, Piaf lived a very tragic life, and it really manifested that she’s more human, alongside the actors during the classical film age (to name a few, Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Brigitte Bardot, Rita Hayworth, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor).

Pinky Amador did a very great job portraying Piaf. As much as I do admire her as a thespian, I really hated her in her role as Mei Mei in “Mangarap Ka,” starring Piolo Pascual. In contrast to Chin-Chin Gutierrez, she knows how to adjust herself from stage to onscreen drama. When her (Pinky) acting is for the stage, it’s for the stage, and when she’s onscreen, her acting suits right for the screen.

In the play, I also didn’t expect that I would encounter G Toengi in person, and yes, she’s also a stage performer. However, just like Chin-Chin, her acting isn’t really apt onscreen (check out her role as Stella in “Aryana”). I think she failed to adjust again when she came back from the US (she tried her luck to be in Hollywood). I thought she was snob at first since she went straight home from the play and did not interact with Pinky and the rest of the team, but when I tweeted to her on Twitter, she proved me wrong. She replied and told me to spread the word. I’d say that she’s really a great person inside and out, but since I am not very familiar with her personal life, I won’t turn on my Perez Hilton mode against her. Haha.

This play is something remarkable, which makes Pinky Amador a true-blooded and a legit thespian. No wonder, she has been well-respected in the showbiz industry as a pro and as a veteran as well.

Rating (4.0 as the highest, 1.0 as the lowest): 3.0-3.5

PinoyMonkeyPride’s own version of comparing Presidential vs. Parliamentary government

I could not help but agree with this whole video. I guess the Philippines should rather be a parliament rather than a presidential republic. After all, I could now see that the video about the Aquino-Cojuangco clan has some truths on it.

[Side Note: It’s only those who despise the Martial Law who do not agree with the facts stated by PMP]

However, when it comes to PMP’s way of showing that the Cojuangco-Aquino clan is still the center topic, well, why can’t they shift from one clan to another!? Sukang-suka na kami sa Aquino-Cojuangco clan, eh. Maiba naman.

Roaming Around MOA for the nth time plus shopping around Greenhills

So, for the nth time we visited MOA.



Awwwww cute dog! Well, still a cynophobe, though (huhuhu).

Oh well, so there are plenty of options when you’re in MOA.


Yes, there is our cosplay queen Alodia! Hooray for being nationwide popular! Haha!




So we ate at Teriyaki Boy and boy, we finished everything in no time! Haha!


So there’s the ferris wheel!



We soon went to Greenhills just to hunt for gadgets (gadget-hunting has always been my outdoor hobby ever since LMAO) and it seemed that it was more fun if we did not ran out much time from walking. At the highest floor of the shopping mall itself, well, that was was the haven for the cheapest gadgets in Metro Manila.

Most sellers there are Muslim people. Well, too bad I did not take a photo of the place although I’d like to do so. Most gadgets there are legit ones that are either brand new or second-hand. The place itself is more of a horror-themed gadget shop since there are many second-hand gadgets there that were stolen from their original owners. I could see that these salespeople have little knowledge in gadgets–in other words, it’s a jeje-mall (IMHO!). Well, hey! They still sell iPhone 3GS and 4 models (brand new or second-hand). It’s very weird since most of these gadgets are not China phones or shanzhai products, which makes it as a safe heaven for power users and anti-shanzhai people to lure the place itself. However, speaking of iPhone cases, they have the most beautiful and good-looking ones. Also, they’re much cheaper (whether it’s a gadget or a casing) compared to those sold at Apple Resellers and shops such as Infomax.

Here’s what I’ve got from GH:


See? They range from 250-300 Php which make them very affordable if your budget is in a maximum of 3,000 Php. I would recommed GH if you’re going to shop for cheap and affordable items such as casings and accessories, but for gadgets, stay vigilant.

The ambience resembles Quiapo’s Hidalgo and Beijing’s Wangfujing corner (looking in photos). However, if you visit the second to the highest floor, you’ll appreciate it there more if you could afford them.

Sadly I did not bring my digital SLR, but it’s alright. I’ll still consider this place when buying external flash guns. (:

Let me get this straight

What I’m saying about the results of the elections (if you have Facebook and you live in the Philippines, you’ll see what’s going on), I really feel very disappointed and extremely frustrated at the same time.

Well, the only popular people who are more credible and more commendable would be no other than Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar and some people out there who at least have a track record of some achievements and blah blah blah.

But… Nancy Binay and the rest of those who still have a long way to go!?

Nope, I despise the “n*gga” not basically because she’s dark-skinned or what, anong kinalaman ng signature kulay niya sa pulitika!? Well, basically, she’s only a mere product of the political dynasty–no wonder mas konti ang bashers ni Bam Aquino (if you’re going to compare him to the n*gga, at least Bam, despite being a product of a political dynasty, is exposed to politics–Roxyisferox stated that he has leadership skills and experience).


It should also be taken note that not all feisty or palaban women are palengkera, walang breeding, et cetera.

It’s like a mere comparison between the n*gga and Risa Hontiveros. Don’t gemme started on Risa. Sure, she has this certain face value that we cannot deny, but beyond that, she’s someone worth to be on a coveted position–and to other people who deserve the position better than the popular ones.

Now why the EFF should we vote for popularity alone?

At least, if I were to be asked, I’d rather choose Grace Poe since she has been an MTRCB chairperson.

Well, now I could see the good side with being palaban ever since Katrina Halili (seems irrelevant . If you’re talking about Annabelle Rama, sure, she’s very feisty and very thick-faced, but mind you that she didn’t win the elections. Overall, she should lower her pride.

Well, ego-istic naman talaga kasi si Bisaya, eh. No wonder, people would love bitching around her.

But it’s a good thing that Tita Bisaya is more than willing to be happy for her opponent. Well, they may rant that Cebuanos are wiser than Manilenyos, but the reason why they chose the opponent is because–Bisaya does not know anything about legislation. Kung tutuusin, she’s too old to run for a position.

People choose the person who is not even deserving to win at the first place

One thing that I’d like to tell them: (Salutes middle finger) P*+@ng !n@ n’yong lahat!

Remember that we should serve as a role model towards them–that we choose people who are not even that overhyped at the first place.

Side Note: One thing that I hate about these people is that, they only care about their stomachs (you have to bribe the masa as a politician and meet their needs rather than doing your over-all techniques/methods–you hafta be a traditionalist, in short). Sure, Georgina Wilson ranted against the people of Manila who voted for Erap, but she’s really slamming their over-all beliefs. Granted, Erap may be tainted in terms of reputation, but you’ll never deny that he is pro-masa–kaya buti na lang sinita ni Jake Ejercito, eh.

Vice Ganda here has substance. Sure, he hinted the “n*gga” for not following Junjun Binay’s footsteps first or let’s say… she has a long way to go–however, Vice majored in PolSci. So far, at least may nasabi siya despite being an insult comedian.

Overall, it’s Vice who is wiser than Georgi Fiveheads.

But it’s not about the stomachs that you should therefore target. It should be how they view mass media as a whole. As a matter of fact, lack of access towards education should no longer be an excuse to vote wisely. It should be vigilance that should be met.

I hate to brag, but I’m more vigilant than the rest of those I really know who has a “popular kid” mentality.

Side Note: See? Kung sino pa nga ang hindi deserving maging class/block president sa school, sila pa ang binoboto natin. Overall, political maturity starts in a classroom. I even cringed when our block leader was no other than the one who has this “bully” attitude (to think na gaijin siya). Eh siya nga, hindi nga niya matiis ‘yung pinaka-legendary na professor na kinatatakutan (kuno) ng inner circle namin, eh. (HAHAHAHA, allow me to talk frankly this time)

After all, I am more vigilant, and I could identify who deserves that position. At the first place, that person does not even deserve to be our leader. Frankly speaking, siya pa ang bully sa akin… eh.

Kita niyo? Kung mataas pala ang pride niya, why can’t that person just err… endure that “professor”? That professor really tests on how you bind other people–in short, it tests your sense of leadership.

Hahaha, ‘kala lang nila that I’m nobody to them? Personally, if I were to be asked, a leader should not be a bully and an initiator of all mischief. Well, after all, I’m smarter than them (bad joke, my bad LOL).

So these people after all allow themselves to be deprived of their basic needs!? TENGENE! They think that their stomachs and the mass media rule their life if there is actually more to that. In fact, the system is not the only thing to blame–it should be lack of vigilance that should be blamed.

Now I could come up with a synthesis that: These majority of the voters are similar to the judges who choose beauty over beauty and brains in a beauty pageant.

Bribery is similar to casting couch.

Don’t allow a bully to deprive you from your basic needs

One advice to the masa and to those who possess popular kid in high school mentality. After all, it is the popular kids in college who are better off than the HS popular kids (who happens to be “nobodies” in the social circle).

Travelling Alone in the Mall

There is a reason why I chose to be alone when in a mall.


Of course, exploring a certain place by yourself equates to independence. Okay, so to speak, I was in SM Mall of Asia… after being invited to this event:


At least I feel overwhelmed to go explore on my own hihihi.

So, here goes.

I went on the gadgets corner, which is something that I was looking for all along. When I got there, I was thinking whether to explore that place whether if it’s impressive or not.

I checked out some gadgets: One is the Samsung Galaxy Camera, Sony Xperia Z (for the second to the nth time) and lastly, the iPod touch 5th generation. Well, I was not very impressed with how the Galaxy Camera worked because I cannot log in on Instagram, but then, this should not serve as a conclusion just yet. As a matter of fact, the Galaxy Camera is very flexible. Also, it’s kinda big for a digicam. Reminds me of the Polaroid ZINK Digicam! LOL. Overall, it’s one of the gadgets I’m looking forward. Second, I’ve touched the Xperia Z for the nth time. It’s actually like the Galaxy Camera due to its screen size, but it does not fail to impress me for its speed when it comes to Android. No wonder I’m more of a Sony fan than of a Samsung fan (specs- and performance-wise). If it only had Instagram installed on it (the sample phone), nyehehehe! I could be the judge (joke joke joke!). Third, the iTouch 5th gen. Well, it’s like the iPhone, only without the phone, and it’s really like the iPhone 5! I logged in to Instagram and YES! I logged in successfully LIKE A BOSS!


It’s obviously 5 megapixels, speaking of resolution. But I feel much safer with the iPhone 5 since I could surf the net via Wi-Fi or 3G/GPRS/EDGE almost everyday. So no doubt, I am still an Apple fan.

More pics:





That’s all!

Where in the Philippines could I actually buy an affordable version of Adobe Creative Suite CS6 (Mac OS X Mountain Lion)?

To my fellow Filipinos, do you actually have a legit copy of Adobe Creative Suite CS6 Design and Web Premium? I really need it for some reasons since I already have Photoshop CS5 Extended installed in my MacBook Pro which already has the latest version of Mac OS X (Mountain Lion).

The security system of the Mountain Lion is too much for me to handle, seriously! You could no longer switch accounts on iLife ’11, particularly on uploading iPhoto files on Facebook! Damn! I think Apple should be more considerate about people’s needs and wants, because not all of their consumers/customers are well-off! I swear, kahit ang pag-download ng Adobe, hindi na rin nila sinasanto. That’s why I missed my old lappie which has the older version of the OS X.

I do not know with Windows, maybe Windows 8 might be the same when it comes to security, however, I’d say that if I were to go back to Windows, okay lang — but first, I have to suffer again from the basics. I’d rather stay in my current platform or maybe acquire a Mac mini and partition it = with Windows and Mac OS X installed. Hmmm… who knows how to do this procedure (calling all BS Computer Science majors and graduates… and Comp. Engineers… hahahah).

Side Note: Apple as an exploitative company — true or not?

Believe it or not: Mas mahigpit pa nga ‘ata ang security system ng Mac OS X kesa sa mga airports, and I’m not joking either. Mas secured pa ‘yung security system ng Pilipinas compared to other countries. Kasi, in Mac OS X, it follows the security system of the United States, so you will never question why there are some airports that will check on your laptops, which does not even exist in the Philippines. Siguro domestic, pero kapag international ang pag-uusapan, expect what is unexpected.

It is saddening that there are companies in the world that are not flexible enough to know the situations of the Global South. In the United States, they’re very particular about copyright law, which is poorly enforced in China. Ironically, China is the place where your Apple products are assembled (read: Assembled, not necessarily manufactured talaga as in the spare parts are manufactured one-by-one, these are acquired in major companies such as Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, etc.). I am not very familiar about the trade relationship between China and the United States, but I’m very sure that most US firms relocate to China for cheaper labor, and this even made the Mac computer system lean towards the mainstream commercial industry — meaning to say that they’re already becoming financially-accessible towards middle-class families and to those who could afford high-end products that could be accessed in cheaper ways through tax-free shops.

Kaya most people choose Android and Microsoft Windows as their main mobile and computer platform (respectively) due to its ease of access, financially and software-wise. As a matter of fact, Apple is too proprietary and it is still stuck in the elite market, meaning to say that it still cannot achieve Sony’s entry towards the mainstream market. I also do not think that Apple would be less proprietary compared to Windows and Android, which is saddening. After all, only the middle-class and the elite could afford these products that Apple offers.

No, I’m not bashing Apple. I’m still an Apple fan somehow, it only happens that its way of marketing its products is too much for an average consumer to handle. Remember how it filters a lot of apps that Android does offer for free. I also do not get it why its Bluetooth and music transfer is too proprietary. Hmmm… maybe Steve Jobs does not want Apple to be accessed by those who do not come from the lower middle class up to the poverty line. Kidding.

Roxyisferox also displayed how Apple exploited its supposed partners in order to gain more recognition from the open market. Obviously, they sued Samsung for this and that, eh who makes the retina displays at the first place? Hindi lang Samsung, and take note that it is Sharp that manufactures the retina displays. Kaya I opted for a second MBP (I hate to brag, sorry, but I’m not bragging this time) that is still the same as my old MBP, and chose not to own the one with retina display (ang mahal na nga, tapos ang HDD it’s too small for me to put a lot of files there, plus no optical drive).

The reason why Apple is more popular nowadays than Microsoft Windows (which made Bill Gates lose his title as the Richest Man in the World — pero keber naman niya eh) is because it is becoming more accessible financially to the middle class, like what I said before. However, its vibe is still too elitist — meaning to say that Apple expects its owners that they should be from the wealthy class (hindi nga!? Feeling ko lang, ah), and I’m not even working yet (don’t worry, I’ll get that shiny salary of mine if I’m accepted in a decent company).

I have to say that I’ll create another article regarding Apple. Well, that’s all.

Jaeyoun Kim’s essay about the Philippines: Reactions

Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines . Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines ? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines.

Let me first talk about my country, Korea . It might help you understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch because entire country was destroyed after the Korean War, and we had no natural resources.

Koreans used to talk about the Philippines , for Filipinos were very rich in Asia . We envy Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father & brother also died because of famine. Korean government was very corrupt and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination, but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with patriotism…

Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighborhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism.

40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea . He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economic situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through horrible experience.

In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money. Hundred of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park . They asked to him, “President, when can we be well off?” That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea , and the President of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea . So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea . He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart.

Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA came back to Korea to help developing country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea . They always hoped that their children would live in well off country.

My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people live. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my neighborhood.

Have you cried for the Philippines ? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people.. I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for Church. They pray everyday. However, they do not love the Philippines . I talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines.

Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factory and company were distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children.

When I was in Korea , I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines , I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday. The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia , but there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed.

My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pasangjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would fun.. However, they were not happy after taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they were sympathized the boatmen, for the boatmen were very poor and had a small frame.. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy it because of love for them.

My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just go to mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received a great love from God. I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off.. I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody, in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love.

Let’s put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes. I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world. Please love your neighborhood and country. Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines , there is God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love. If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines . Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country. You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others.

That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

I sincerely hope that this essay inspire us all and show LOVE for our homeland.

Ang masasabi ko lang kasi, kung sino pa ang hind mukhang Pilipino, sila pa ay may mas mahigit pang magmamahal para sa bayan. ‘Yun lang.

I feel very sad when Filipinos do not love their country — granted, we have OFWs, but the question is, why can’t they even dare settle when they get rich in other countries?

Here’s a simple thing: Hingi ng hingi ng pera sa’yo ang mga kamag-anak mo, parang kang bangko.

Tayo kasing mga Pilipino, kadalasan kasi sa atin, pamilya lang talaga ang pinahahalagahan natin and beyond that point, wala na. We always think small, so we do not prosper so well unlike Vietnam. Vietnam used to be poorer than the Philippines, however, because they value their culture, their heritage, their traditions and the people, they managed to make their country boom.

I’m not saying that we should compare our “dirt poor-ness” to other countries. As what Jose Mujica (Uruguay’s President) said, “I define someone poor when they desire for more, more and more.”

We could be progressive without being rich. We could prosper without being damn wealthy, to the point na even our basic necessities in life would cost at least fifty pesos. What I really ask in most OFWs is that, you should tell your relatives in the Philippines NOT to be too dependent on you (as in palagi na lang), kasi in the end kayo rin ang kawawa.

Full-blooded Filipinos do not value their country so well, unlike those who are halfies, they really manage to love the Philippines as their home, especially the half-Japanese, half-Filipino people, because in Japan, cost of living is too damn costly, and if you are rich enough, you may own a property there or live the rest of your life there forever.

Akala ko pa naman sa una, kaya half-Filipino-Japanese kids study and live in the Philippines to be taught “Filipino values,” if truth is, Japan also embeds values on their society, however, there are more problems in Japan that are much, much worse than that of the Philippines. Dito nga sa ‘Pinas, may sex scandal ka, you could still move on and live your life due to strong Christian influence that you should not end your life in a blink of an eye. Saving face is not the norm: Sa ‘Pinas, pakapalan ng mukha. Walang aatras. While in Japan, the recent news about Minegishi Minami of AKB48 was a really big deal since J-Pop idols should appear virginal and pure, no boyfriends, all that crap. Ganun kataas ang morality standards ng mga Hapones. I really cannot blame them, though (in fact, saving face is still one of the cultural things they preserve).

I just don’t wanna drag Nihon right here but…

However, not all of his/her statements are accurately and precisely correct. Every person has his/her own biases. Kung ako, mas biased pa nga ako sa mga Japanese eh when it comes to their patriotism, what more kung sa Koreans? I understand how Korean people went through, however, if it was a Japanese who would write an essay about the Philippines, he/she should say:

“I think their nationalism should improve more and prosper; if they develop the ‘In Rome, do as what the Romans do’ philosophy, their social awareness would prosper as well.”

As much as I love some Korean people out there, I feel sorry for them whenever they’re dragged into the scenario that they’re too chauvinistic (North Koreans are taught to be chauvinistic) in a sense that they would shove things like this and that. I suggest that Korean society should embrace multiculturalism and balancing things as well.

As much as I love Japan, it is still not a perfect country to live in. However, all the mannerisms I manifest are more of Japanese than Filipino, because when you say Japanese, I mean, their no-no to eye-to-eye contact, being barefeet at homes, slurping as GOOD thing, et cetera. After all, I am more on the East than on the West.

So far, I have said enough.

Side Note: How could we be not that patriotic if we truly support Ms. Universe Filipino representative, eh?


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