Someone from GetRealPhilippines.com hit the mark about the current state of Philippine education:
If I have a child in the future, there is no way I’d let them be educated here (my wife agrees). Raising a child in this education system and culture, when you have the option of giving them a better chance elsewhere, is basically child abuse.
There are just too many things that baffle and frustrate me about what I’ve seen of education here:
– Why do they start school so late? (My niece has to take kindergarten a second year because she can’t start grade one until she’s six!)
– Why are they teaching my nephew in deep, traditional bisaya that even his bisaya-speaking family doesn’t understand?
– Why do university courses involve general studies not related to the course (e.g. a science student has to complete modules in art, sport, Rizal, etc. That should have been dealt with in school – let your students concentrate on their actual degrees and maybe you’ll produce some competitive specialists!)
There’s a lot more! Lemme elaborate.
Even though I’m now in good terms with my first crush in school, I still won’t give in towards him.
Right. We can be business partners. No questions asked.
However, something at the back of my mind would tell me, “Don’t get too attached to him.”
In fact, I don’t trust his friends.
Civility is something you give, only to those who deserve it. Granted, call it defeatist to forgive someone who has completely taken away your pride and dignity, yet—if you’re going to give them a second chance, ask yourself this question: Do they really deserve this?
If they have completely changed their attitude, then go. Give them the civility they deserve. If no, then they should ask themselves: How should they earn someone’s trust from the start?
Give them the civility, granted. Thing is, never get too attached to that same person. Even though I would like to work with him someday, I still recall the bad memories.
Of course, I don’t want to repeat history, to think it has been 10 years when we started to be hostile against one another.
Move on? Yes. I have moved on. However, it’s not always done completely. So yeah, forgive; but never forget.
Credits to yousuke_ito via Statigr.am for this one!
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
Credits to @gtongi via Statigr.am
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.
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.
blog.viki.com|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.
hasekamp.net|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.
blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime|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.
No, not even my imagination stops me from looking forward into reality.
However, Antonello inspired me to look at someone’s character; but sometimes, his words of wisdom does not apply to certain people. Well, no need to mention, but usually, people will judge you if you’re doing the same faux pas again.
What faux pas?
– catfights on another celebrity
– secrecy on the real story like: “Ahem!? Creating stories just to divert attention (!?).
Reputation doesn’t [have to] match one’s character. Alright, I have to admit, I used to have a bad reputation during high school, but that does not make me a “slut.” (I did a lot of mistakes, but at least I never got suspended.)
In fact, it is a group of popular kids (or let’s say, group of well-known bunch of people) who would dictate what people should perceive you; the rules are not the ones that define you; it is the most dominant group of people that defines your reputation, not your character.
Somehow, my ex-best buddy had the same experience (he’s tattle-tale, but he does respect the faculty, somehow). Ironically, the popular kids do not do what they preach, and this is the common trait they share with know-it-alls. Usually, these people HATE hypocrites, polymer people, backfighters, feeling close and kiss-ass people (aka sipsip).
Also, popular kids at my former second home are fond of minding other people’s business– they would create something out of that nothing by spreading the word and let people define their reputation.
Most popular kids resemble the hypocritical celebrities. Of course, why not include me worst emeny on the list? First of all, she only became popular because of nepotism. Who could ever not deny that me worst emeny is only making issues to be the talk of the town? I’d say that only narrow-minded people are the ones who’ll think that she is a frank and feisty, honest person. Don’t you know that she could not even take responsibility of her actions? Being a “proud bad girl” should have a great reputation. Look at the real frank and feisty people. They may be the most misunderstood people, but come to think of it, they are better critical thinkers than those who claim to be frank and feisty at the same time.
Reputation may be linked to someone’s character, but that is because what one projects, represents oneself. Somehow, being judgmental should only be based upon observations, together with research.
A writer’s block is a term that describes someone who cannot exactly express his/her thoughts through the stream of consciousness. However, ranting needs that thing.
Usually, whenever a person writes a blog post which is obviously a product of a writer’s block, there are times that they should adjust to an environment wherein there is no room for error. Sometimes, they have to adjust with the fact that this institution isn’t as structured as they thought.
Having a writer’s block means that you’re actually thinking first about your thoughts before placing it at the stream of consciousness. If someone asks you, “Are you on with that guy?” You might as well either start to RANT, or maybe deny the allegations.
Here’s an example of stream of consciousness, to those with writer’s block:
Honestly, denying allegations doesn’t always mean you’re hiding something. If you think that AA Klenk is a spitfire, well, she would usually deny the fact that she did it, and she made it worse. Of course, you cannot question her attitude, but her frankness, honesty and credibility? VERY questionable, indeed. It is very obvious that she cannot even be the typical palengkera on TV. Why can’t she even show it!? Hypocrite much? Whenever she is called “frank, feisty, a real person,” to be honest with all of you guys, she’s the La Ultima plastikada, and she even defeated Toni Gonzaga for being a polymer. Granted, Toni Gonzaga may appear sweet on TV, but if you ask some of her workmates, they might confirm that she’s really snobbish, mean and most of all, a diva. Being a pakitang-tao means that you’re more than a polymer than any polymer person. If in the white-dominated, liberated, English-speaking countries, they really speak their mind and they do not lie. You may only find some whites who are actually fake people. Well, Paris Hilton isn’t a fake person, she’s just a spoiled brat. She may be intimidating to talk to, but at least she has cleaned up her act. The only thing with most white people is that, they cannot even admit their nip-tucks, but Megan Fox admitted that she had a boob job (Hello, Salma!), but the reward goes to Ashley Simpson.
Using the stream of consciousness encourages people to write more about their stories. Just in case if your story is top secret, rather push the private option.
Just in case someone asks me, “Would you ever be a fashion blogger?” Well, my answer would be like this…
For the love of nature, no thank you. Being a fashion blogger isn’t really my passion, and being a fashion blogger means to become an inspiration to many people.
However, I can’t be that person.
I really cannot relate with the latest fashion trends, despite the fact that there are very famous fashion bloggers who are garnering their fame because they’re an inspiration to the young generation. Inspiration? From where?
I could be the photographer, but never the model
Alright, so there are some famous bloggers who don’t blog about fashion. Typically, most people would look up to the latest trends so that they would at least, have an idea what to wear in some situations. They would give some advice when or when not to wear these things…
I ain’t a blogging expert. If I was one, I’d rather be taking pictures of myself camwhoring about make-up, the specific name of the brand of the top, bottom that I’m wearing and where I purchased them, and so on.
fullrom.com|The Japanese of English is no other than “Eigo.”
Why is the English language important?
Last time, I wrote about something about Filipino vs. English. Well, for here, you might wanna know why English is a very important language… in terms of communication.
1.) Learning English is a process if you want to communicate with people who do not speak your native language.
For instance, you’re a French speaker who communicates with a German speaker. Of course, you’ll use English, unless the German speaker could speak French.
Communicating with people who do not speak your native tongue needs a certain language. You can’t use Interlingua, or any other artificial language designed for people with different native tongues to relate with one another. A natural language is needed, NOT a language which is man-made. You also cannot talk to someone whose mother tongue is artificial, unless he or she’s a robot.
2.) English is the universal language.
The former universal languages are: Greek, Latin, French… and so on and so forth.
Diplomats are required to learn and study English. Would you ever call yourself a diplomat (or polyglot) if you don’t speak the universal language? Sure, you could speak Greek, Latin and/or French, but if you’re not fluent in English compared to the mentioned languages, well… you might have a hard time.
3.) Using the English language (whether you’re a native speaker or not) is a bridge to learn a new language.
For the East Asian people, they could hardly be very fluent in English. Well, there are some people who could speak English, but the rest, could not.
The advantage of speaking in English will help you learn a new language. It’s like asking, “How do you say this in your language?” Of course, this is really a big help, but there are some people who cannot catch up with the English words, since English is very hard to learn, especially those who are monolingual non-English speakers.
In my experience, I asked some of my Korean friends on how they say it in Korean, but I forgot what arrogant is in Hangugeo, haha. However, they were impressed when I read some Hangul and yeah, it worked.
I believe in the Koreans who are studying in the Philippines. If they’re cold-hearted, according to some sources, they’re actually not. They know how to lay-low and learn something new. Of course, the advantage of Koreans in the Philippines is that, we could learn their language. Remember, there are some Koreans who barely speak in English, so that’s why we share cultures with them. Some Koreans learn Tagalog/Filipino, although they find it hard. They also admit that Korean’s also hard… well, is there such thing as an “easy” language? German ain’t that easy, either. Wait… did you ever encounter Dativ and Akkusativ in English grammar and syntax?
4.) English is the language of communication.
If you’re a Filipino, you think that English is the language of the learned and of the leaders, which isn’t right. Wait… do you think Andres Bonifacio knew some English? Did Rizal used English during his early years? Wait, telling that English is the language of the learned and of the leaders, most specifically to the Chinese and to the French is an insult.
The reason why Filipinos learn English is because of the OFW thing. Don’t get me wrong; our educational system makes us laborers. If Filipino is for HOME USE ONLY, then how about the poor people in school? Most Filipinos speak Filipino as their first language at home, but it happens that English is the language used in grade school– which most masa people barely speak or understand.
Remember, it is really useless to celebrate the Linggo ng Wika if we continue to implement “English-speaking” zones (quoted from Xiao Chua). The tendency of people learning English in Math and Science is that, they tend to memorize without comprehension. I really don’t know, but since I’m a native English speaker, it sounds awkward when Math and Science are not in English.
The advantage of speaking in English is that, we become good communicators, and an interpreter is not needed. However, there are things that we should take note of: How about the masa? Why can’t they achieve their goals that instant?
If you’re in another country, if someone in that country speaks English, that person is considered a good communicator. Look at some of the leaders like Angela Merkel and Nicolaus Sarkozy. They rarely speak English, and they have a free pass to speak their native language in forums, conferences, and summits. Some famous people like Brigitte Bardot only spoke English in movies, just like Gong Li (BTW, Gong Li rarely speaks English in some interviews, and she preferred Chinese interviewers).
Right now, there are some countries that are doing their best for their people to speak English, like for instance, China. This happened during the preparation for the Beijing Olympic Games of 2008. This served as a lesson to them, and not only that. This is also an advantage for them to share their native language (be it Mandarin, Cantonese) to the tourists. Right, Mr. Loo?
5.) This is a free pass if you want to be well-known in Hollywood.
People like Brigitte Bardot and Gong Li are exposed to Hollywood, occasionally. This is also in the case of Penelope Cruz’s younger sister Monica, who knows a few English words.
Non-American/(or British/Aussie/NZer) (American citizen or not) celebrities like Bar Refaeli, Franka Potente, Ivana Baquero, Heidi Klum, Maria Sharapova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ken Watanabe, Moritz Bleibtreu, Zhang Ziyi, Charlize Theron, Jackie Chan, Marion Cotillard, Asia Argento, Audrey Tautou, Antonio Banderas, Milla Jovovich, and others speak English is because this is the only gateway for them to earn fame, although some actors are patient enough to stay (and be predominantly famous) in their home country despite receiving unwelcoming remarks from their compatriots (e.g., Audrey Tautou, Asia Argento, Zhang Ziyi). Audrey Tautou, despite the fact that she prefers to live in France thinks that New Yorkers are polite, compared to the French (BTW, the French is stereotyped for being rude, but that’s only an impression; ironically, they’re courteous). Zhang Ziyi said that Americans are more polite than the Chinese, although she lives in Hong Kong. Lastly, Asia Argento is criticized in Italy for her wild-child image (what’s new?).
The reason why most of these non-American celebrities live in the US is because, they think it is easier to access the studio where they’re assigned, etc., but that’s not yet the end of the story. They believed that it’s not necessary to give up your own cultural background when you’re a non-American Hollywood star living in the US. Charlize Theron said that she’s still a South African despite living in the States. Bar Refaeli stated that although she loves Israel, it’s better to live in New York City. Most of these non-American people are still loyal to their native background. Lastly, they believe that speaking in English doesn’t have to make them less of their nationality.
To conclude things…
English is a requirement to be Hollywood-famous. Whether you’re fluent at it or not, it IS a requirement. Some of the former and current world leaders like Putin, Medvedev, blue-bloods, Kim Jong-un, African world leaders, Hatoyama, Ban Ki-Moon, Kofi Annan and the others speak English is because, they want to communicate with the world without any help from a translator. They think that speaking English is a very diplomatic thing, and they believe that communicating with other world leaders is very helpful when using English. Wait… when former US President George W. Bush established friendship with the former Japanese PM Jun’ichiro Koizumi, Koizumi-san spoke a little English. Yes, he could speak English, but only a little.
Speaking in English, although you’re fluent or not, is very important. If you know how to speak the language, go ahead, because grammar doesn’t matter at all if you’re a stranger to English.
“Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.”
– Gat Jose Rizal
Y’know what I really mean. Recall the post that I wrote here. It’s always about using your head when it comes to relationships, but here… it is all about ambition.
My friend wanted to take up Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. In reality, most Filipino students wanted to take up that expensive course, but some parents (or other relatives) didn’t want them to do so… I wonder why, but BS-HRM is one of the courses in CHEd’s Moratorium.
Like what I said before, I really didn’t like the way my high school provided quality education. It made me hinder from taking up ComSci. Yes, the Maths thing. I really didn’t like the way they taught Math. It’s like, ugh. I really can’t explain but here’s the thing: I really didn’t like the way they govern the school. It may seem to sound so mean, but how could the alma mater that you once used to take care of you is actually… a failure?
I should’ve transfer after I graduated from sixth grade, but because I didn’t take even just a single entrance test, I stayed.
I always wanted to be a computer scientist, but after discovering the Mac, I think it’s time for me to say good-bye to that dream. I was thinking about shifting to Communication Arts, but it will take me a one-year delay before I graduate. I guess, after all, didn’t think about my own future.
Here we go again. Going back to the government.
I think the government should impose the K-12 education system for most high school graduates to have two choices: It’s either they work or simply go to college. College education should be optional, but for most conservative people, obtaining a college degree is a status symbol. But for me, it should be optional. Kaya pala kami tinatrato na parang high school pa rin, eh. Or maybe that’s how I think of things.
How I wish Philippine society should change, that even high school graduates should be allowed to have a job, or maybe some could just drop out of college. As for me, it’s acceptable.
The government doesn’t follow your will to take time what ambition you’re always dreaming of. We are not sure yet what to take in college, even though we are senior high school students. Shifting in most universities in normal, especially in DLSU. Most CCS (College of Computer Studies) students shift to CLA (College of Liberal Arts) when they cannot take the pressure anymore. Oo, maganda na nga ang turo sa La Salle, pero parang may kulang, eh. There is something lacking, and I don’t think the hardest of all Mathematics should join the curriculum audit of computer science degree programs.
Yes, my high school life really sucked ass, alright. However, at least I proved anyone and everyone wrong about the thing that I might not be as successful as those who entered Ivy League-like schools. Right now, I am in my sophomore year, but I’m still undecided, whether to take up MA in Waseda or maybe pursue my photography career rather. But if you were to ask me, I want to have a job related to photography or graphic design.
I still don’t know if I should pursue photography right after graduating from college. I think it would be the best option for me and grab opportunities.
Well, quit about the stream of consciousness. OMFG.
I followed my heart in studying in DLSU, disregarding the course I took. Although despite reciting a lot in one of my majors, it’s not yet enough. I didn’t regret about studying in DLSU, but thing is that, I do not have enough freedom just like those who are working. Like what I said before, I promised to tell you the story why I didn’t chose to study in UST. No offense to Thomasians, but for those who are reading this blog, this would be the time I’m gonna tell you…
Why La Salle?
I was about to get out from the identity crisis period but… I’m still stuck in the final stage. Terrible things happened, and one of my teachers started to be so arrogant that some students are talking behind her back. I think terrible things happen during graduation, and I wasn’t really happy after getting out of the auditorium. I really didn’t want to go back to that High School that I once considered as my shelter at first, but this time, I would try to organize those “gifts” since my initiation with the reunion is like… never mind.
I chose DLSU simply because I have a crush there. Well, not only because of that, but I believe that it will love me back. It did, actually. I considered DLSU as my new second home and I always treat it as if I’m at home and yes, I do something else rather than being participative. Bad, isn’t it? xD
DLSU is like a paradise. It’s the best school I’d ever been to. It’s like a small world, just like the Philippines. People there are really accommodating, and the system is always organized. When you lost something, the thing that you lost will be found in the Lost and Found, ONLY if you misplaced in INSIDE the campus. However, the only thing that I didn’t like is that, it is structured and institutionalized. There is a flowchart, online enrollment is scheduled but always fails, etc. I think I used my mind (and my heart) while deciding for DLSU. This is my new second home, the land of my people, it protects me from… (xD laughs).
I have nothing against UST, but here’s the thing. The flooding thingy, y’know, unlike DLSU which is Christian-centered rather, it is Catholic-centered, according to die-hard fanatics of other schools. Unlike UST, DLSU’s way of making posters is always themed based on greed and white colors. I don’t know, but maybe almost everyone is there… UST is like a melting pot of cultures from different schools, that is. So, probably that’s why I chose DLSU.
So, now you know why. xD