April 29, 2009

Kailan Ba?

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"Habulin mo ang happiness mo..." eto ang tag-line ng pinakabagong commercial ng isang sikat na brand ng multivitamins. Sa unang tingin, isa itong magandang pilosopiya sa buhay. Bakit nga naman hindi natin gawin ang mga bagay na nakakapagpasaya sa atin pero siguro sasabihin din ni pareng Bob Ong na hindi naman ganoon kasimple iyon lalo't minsan ka ng nadapa, nasugatan at nasaktan.

Darating at darating sa buhay ng tao kung saan wala tayong magagawa kung hindi maghintay. Kahit ang mga nauuna sa karera ay napipilitan din maghintay sa dulo ng finish line dahil hindi siya pwedeng sabitan ng medalya hangga't hindi natatapos ang lahat ng kalahok. Lahat tayo may hinihintay or minsan na rin naghintay, ang mga fans ni Bob Ong naghihintay ng kanyang pinakabagong libro, ang mga manginginom sa kalye hindi na makapghintay sa bakbakang Pacquiao at Hatton at ang ilan hindi na rin makapaghintay sa pinakabagong pelikula ng Harry Potter Series na the Half-Blood Prince. Kahit alam natin ang nakatakdang petsa sa mga nasabing pangyayari, hindi pa rin natin maiwasan mainip.

Para sa akin, may tatlong uri ng paghihintay. Ang paghihintay ng isang nakatakdang pangyayari, paghihintay sa isang bagay na alam mong darating ngunit hindi alam kung kailan ito mangyayari--at syempre ang pinakamahirap sa lahat ay ang paghihintay sa isang bagay na alam mong hindi naman darating. Isang katangahan itong maituturing subalit bakit maraming tao ang pinipiling maghintay sa wala? Isa itong choice na mahirap gawin at intindihin, pero minsan higit pa sa bagay na hinihintay nila. Ang mahalaga sa paghihintay ay ang hindi matatawarang paniniwala nila sa bagay na iyon.

Una kong narinig ang kanta na ito higit dalawang taon na ang nakakaraan. Nasa punto ako ng buhay ko noon kung saan tinanong ko ang sarili kung dapat ba akong maghintay sa isang bagay na alam ko naman hindi mangyayari. Dalawang taon na ang lumipas, pero eto ako naghihintay pa rin. Isang desisyon na naging dahilan para masaktan ang ilang tao, at syempre ang sarili ko. Pero, tulad ng sinabi ko kanina, isa itong choice.

Darating din siguro ang araw kung saan makakalimutan ko rin may hinihintay pala ako,sa totoo nga eh mas hihintay ko na ang araw na iyon kesa sa ano pa man pero hindi pa iyon ngayon. Naghihintay pa rin ako.


Ang kantang ito ay isang original composition ni Jephone Petil. Siya ang pinaka-unang Artist of the Month sa aking Pinoy-Youtube blog at isa lamang ito sa kanyang magagandang original compositions. Sana tulungan niyo ako i-promote ang blog na iyon at ang mga Pinoy-Youtube Artists.




April 27, 2009

PINOY EXPATS AWARDS

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Marami pa rin siguro ang galit kay Chip Tsao, hindi ito nakapagtataka dahil maliban sa higit isang daang-libong OFW sa HongKong at sa kulang-kulang 10 million OFW sa buong mundo ay ang isang bansang naghihintay sa pag-uwi ng kanilang mga minamahal na lumisan para sa pangako ng mas magandang buhay. Nais ko sanang magkwento ng mas personal na entry bilang suporta sa ating mga Pinoy Expat Bloggers, pero wala pa rin ako sa tamang lagay upang gawin iyon. Kaya naman humihingi ako ng paumanhin at hindi pa ako makapagkwento ngayon ng kahit ano. Ngunit, sa kabila noon...gusto ko pa rin ipahayag ang aking suporta sa proyektong ito. Ang Pinoy OFW/Expats Blog awards.



Madalas sa aking pag-iikot sa blogosperyo ay palagi akong napupunta sa blogs na pag-aari ng mga Pinoy Expats, karaniwan salamin bawat karanasan ng mga blogista ang kanilang tahanan online. Dito mababasa natin ang bawat tagumpay at kabiguan ng isang Pinoy OFW, pero higit sa mga kwento tungkol sa mga lugar na kanilang nabisita, mga trabahong pinagpapaguran at mga bagong kaibigang nakilala sa bansang kanilang kinaroroonan ay ang mga kwento ng paghahangad na muling makauwi sa kanilang tahanan.

Sa ngayon, let me share these two articles:

Ang una ay ang kay Patricia Evanglista, una ko itong nabasa noong 17 p alang ako. Isa itong speech tungkol sa paksa na "Borderless World" pero higit sa paksa, sa tingin ko ay nailarawan dito ang iba't-ibang aspeto at emosyon na umiikot sa tinatawag na Filipino Diaspora. Ang ikalawang artikulo, ay kamaikailan ko lang nabasa at isa itong kabaligtaran ng artikulo ni Chip Tsao. Nilalaman nito ang pananaw ng isang dayuhan sa kontribusyon nating mga Pinoy sa buhay nila.

BLONDE AND BLUE EYES
by Patricia Evangelista

When I was little, I wanted what many Filipino children all over the
country wanted. I wanted to be blond, blue-eyed, and white.

I thought -- if I just wished hard enough and was good enough, I'd
wake up on Christmas morning with snow outside my window and
freckles across my nose!

More than four centuries under western domination does that to you.
I have sixteen cousins. In a couple of years, there will just be
five of us left in the Philippines, the rest will have gone abroad
in search of "greener pastures." It's not just an anomaly; it's a
trend; the Filipino diaspora. Today, about eight million Filipinos
are scattered around the world.

There are those who disapprove of Filipinos who choose to leave. I
used to. Maybe this is a natural reaction of someone who was left
behind, smiling for family pictures that get emptier with each
succeeding year. Desertion, I called it. My country is a land that
has perpetually fought for the freedom to be itself. Our heroes
offered their lives in the struggle against the Spanish, the
Japanese, the Americans. To pack up and deny that identity is
tantamount to spitting on that sacrifice.

Or is it? I don't think so, not anymore. True, there is no denying
this phenomenon, aided by the fact that what was once the other side
of the world is now a twelve-hour plane ride away. But this is a
borderless world, where no individual can claim to be purely from
where he is now. My mother is of Chinese descent, my father is a
quarter Spanish, and I call myself a pure Filipino-a hybrid of sorts
resulting from a combination of cultures.

Each square mile anywhere in the world is made up of people of
different ethnicities, with national identities and individual
personalities. Because of this, each square mile is already a
microcosm of the world. In as much as this blessed spot that is
England is the world, so is my neighbourhood back home.

Seen this way, the Filipino Diaspora, or any sort of dispersal of
populations, is not as ominous as so many claim. It must be
understood. I come from a Third World country, one that is still
trying mightily to get back on its feet after many years of
dictatorship. But we shall make it, given more time. Especially now,
when we have thousands of eager young minds who graduate from
college every year. They have skills. They need jobs. We cannot
absorb them all.

A borderless world presents a bigger opportunity, yet one that is
not so much abandonment but an extension of identity. Even as we
take, we give back. We are the 40,000 skilled nurses who support the
UK's National Health Service. We are the quarter-of-a-million
seafarers manning most of the world's commercial ships. We are your
software engineers in Ireland, your construction workers in the
Middle East, your doctors and caregivers in North America, and, your
musical artists in London's West End.

Nationalism isn't bound by time or place. People from other nations
migrate to create new nations, yet still remain essentially who they
are. British society is itself an example of a multi-cultural
nation, a melting pot of races, religions, arts and cultures. We
are, indeed, in a borderless world!

Leaving sometimes isn't a matter of choice. It's coming back that
is. The Hobbits of the shire travelled all over Middle-Earth, but
they chose to come home, richer in every sense of the word. We call
people like these balikbayans or the 'returnees' -- those who
followed their dream, yet choose to return and share their mature
talents and good fortune.

In a few years, I may take advantage of whatever opportunities come
my way. But I will come home. A borderless world doesn't preclude
the idea of a home. I'm a Filipino, and I'll always be one. It isn't
about just geography; it isn't about boundaries. It's about giving
back to the country that shaped me.

And that's going to be more important to me than seeing snow outside
my windows on a bright Christmas morning.

Mabuhay and Thank you.


Ang ikalawang artikulo, ay kamaikailan ko lang nabasa at isa itong kabaligtaran ng artikulo ni Chip Tsao. Nilalaman nito ang pananaw ng isang dayuhan sa kontribusyon nating mga Pinoy sa buhay nila.

Imagine a world without Filipinos
Abdullah Al-Maghlooth | Al-Watan, almaghlooth@alwatan.com.sa


Muhammad Al-Maghrabi became handicapped and shut down his flower and gifts shop business in Jeddah after his Filipino workers insisted on leaving and returning home. He says: “When they left, I felt as if I had lost my arms. I was so sad that I lost my appetite.”

Al-Maghrabi then flew to Manila to look for two other Filipino workers to replace the ones who had left. Previously, he had tried workers of different nationalities but they did not impress him. “There is no comparison between Filipinos and others,” he says. Whenever I see Filipinos working in the Kingdom, I wonder what our life would be without them.

Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Filipino workers — 1,019,577 — outside the Philippines. In 2006 alone, the Kingdom recruited more than 223,000 workers from the Philippines and their numbers are still increasing. Filipinos not only play an important and effective role in the Kingdom, they also perform different jobs in countries across the world, including working as sailors. They are known for their professionalism and the quality of their work.

Nobody here can think of a life without Filipinos, who make up around 20 percent of the world’s seafarers. There are 1.2 million Filipino sailors.

So if Filipinos decided one day to stop working or go on strike for any reason, who would transport oil, food and heavy equipment across the world? We can only imagine the disaster that would happen.

What makes Filipinos unique is their ability to speak very good English and the technical training they receive in the early stages of their education. There are several specialized training institutes in the Philippines, including those specializing in engineering and road maintenance. This training background makes them highly competent in these vital areas.

When speaking about the Philippines, we should not forget Filipino nurses. They are some 23 percent of the world’s total number of nurses. The Philippines is home to over 190 accredited nursing colleges and institutes, from which some 9,000 nurses graduate each year. Many of them work abroad in countries such as the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Singapore.

Cathy Ann, a 35-year-old Filipino nurse who has been working in the Kingdom for the last five years and before that in Singapore, said she does not feel homesick abroad because “I am surrounded by my compatriots everywhere.” Ann thinks that early training allows Filipinos to excel in nursing and other vocations. She started learning this profession at the age of four as her aunt, a nurse, used to take her to hospital and ask her to watch the work. “She used to kiss me whenever I learned a new thing. At the age of 11, I could do a lot. I began doing things like measuring my grandfather’s blood pressure and giving my mother her insulin injections,” she said.

This type of early education system is lacking in the Kingdom. Many of our children reach the university stage without learning anything except boredom.

The Philippines, which you can barely see on the map, is a very effective country thanks to its people. It has the ability to influence the entire world economy.

We should pay respect to Filipino workers, not only by employing them but also by learning from their valuable experiences.

We should learn and educate our children on how to operate and maintain ships and oil tankers, as well as planning and nursing and how to achieve perfection in our work. This is a must so that we do not become like Muhammad Al-Maghrabi who lost his interest and appetite when Filipino workers left his flower shop.

We have to remember that we are very much dependent on the Filipinos around us. We could die a slow death if they chose to leave us
.





FILIPINOS ABROAD, HOPE OF THE NATION, A GIFT TO THE WORLD. Indeed.

April 25, 2009

Buffering...

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Sabi sa balita, bahagi daw ng climate change ang pag-ulan sa kalagitnaan ng summer. Ganoon din ang sabi nila noong nakaraang panahon ng pasko kung saan naitala ang pinakamalalamig na araw. Bago iyong pag-ulan nitong mga nakaraan araw, nanaginip ako ng gising na nakabalik ako sa Michgan kapiling ang snow dahil sa sobrang init. Dumaan iyong Earth day, gusto ko sana magsulat ng post tungkol doon.

Hindi ko nagawa, hindi ko magawa.

May napanood akong episode ng OFW Diaries, naisip ko siguro ganoon din ang napagdadaanan mga kapwa ko blogisting nasa ibang bansa. Ang mga 'expats' kung tawagin. Kahit hindi naman ako technically naging OFW, natikman ko ang hirap paano malayo sa sarili mong bansa at dahil dito gusto ko sumulat ng post para sa kanila.

Hindi ko nagawa, hindi ko magawa.

Sa balita, paulit-ulit kong naririnig ang Charter-change, higit pa sa katotohanang bahagi iyon ng interes ko, gusto ko sana magsulat ng isang artikulo para sa lahat ng maliligaw sa blog ko. Gusto ko malaman nila bakit kelangan natin makialam, makibalita sa isyung ito at hindi sa kaso ni Ted Failon.

Hindi ko nagawa, hindi ko magawa.

Nagbalik na ang LRF sa Online, bilang si Sphinxs syempre natuwa ako ng malaman ko iyon. Ilang ulit akong nagsimula ng isang sulat na gusto ko sanang marinig ng mga listeners tulad ng dati kong ginagawa pero, hindi ko ito mabuo.

Hindi ko nagawa, hindi ko magawa.

Ilang ulit akong nagpalit ng lay-out sa isang linggo. Gumawa ng disenyo, bumuho ng sariling site, nag-aral ng html at ng kung anu-ano pang kailangan para magawa ang proyektong ito. Subalit tuwing darating ako sa punto kong saan ako mag-design ay humihinto ako. Hindi ko ito nagawa, hindi ko magawa.

Ang mga bagay lang na nagawa ko nitong mga nakaraang linggo ay mga bagay na hindi ko kinakailangan mag-isip, kahit pagbisita at pag-komento sa ibang blog ay hindi ko masyadong nagagawa dahil sa tuwing ako ay nagbabasa ay na-stimulate ang utak ko para mag-isip. Ayoko mag-isip dahil sa tuwing nangyayari ito ay hindi ko maiwasan magtanong sa sarili ng mga bagay na kung tutuusin ay alam ko naman ang sagot. Nahihirapan lang ako tanggapin na ang pinakamagandang dapat kong gawin ay ang isang bagay na hindi ko gustong gawin. Dahil dito, wala na akong ginawa kung hindi manood ng kung mga korean movies,ng One Piece, ng Knockout at ng Naruto (SuperG kailan iyong subbed version ng Bonds?) Nakakalungkot man isipin na ang panonood na laman ng mga ito ang nakakapagpatawa at nakakapagdala ng ngiti sa akin.

Buffering...kahit sino man mahilig manood ng kahit ano online, marahil ang salitang ito ang pinaka-nakakainis na salita na maari mong makita. Ang buffering ay nagaganap kapag nagloload ang palabas na pinapanood mo dahil inabutan ng palabas ang pre-loaded parts nito. Dahil dito, hindi maiwasan maging putol-putol ang takbo ng iyong panonood. Para kang nakasakay sa isang kotse na pahinto-hinto sa tuwing may red light. Sa halip na patuloy at mabilis ang iyong pagdating sa iyong patutunguhan ay napipilitan kang huminto.

Sa ngayon, ang salitang buffering ay marahil ang pinakamainam na salita para i-describe ang takbo ng buhay ko ngayon. Hindi ako makatuloy dahil may mga bagay na tapos na, pero paulit-ulit akong napipilitan balikan para tuluyan akong makaabante.




April 18, 2009

TAGS, AWARDS, ID at iba pa...

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Ang init ng panahon kaya naman hindi maiwasang maging mas madalas ang aking pangangarap na sana isa sa mga araw na ito ay magigising na lang ako ng nakahiga sa snow na kulay itim para maiba naman. Mabuti pa iyong pc ko, nakapagbakasyon na ng dalawang beses at ito rin ang dahilan bakit parang pawala-pawala ako sa blogosphere. Tinotopak kasi ang pc kong cute. Anyway ang post na ito ay para lang magpasabing "I'M BACK AGAIN", at bilang pasasalamat sa mga tags/awards na napadpad sa aking blog.

(Special Thanks sa google dahil sa wakas hindi na page rank 0 kung hindi PR 2 na! 8 na lang PR 10 na ako lols!)

AWARDS
2nd Uber Amazing blog award
Salamat kay Pilar na sosyal na ngayong dahil sa kanyang new domain.
Salamat naman kay Lord CM dito sa nagbabagang award na ito.


Salamat kay Pope para sa unang Uber Amazing blog award na ito at para din dito




Late ako palagi pagdating sa pagsunod sa mga tags (churi guys) kaya naman kapag oras na ng pag-tag ng iba ay wala na akong ibang mapagbigyan nito dahil lahat meron na. lols! but I'll still try to explain what this awards/tags are about.

UBER AMAZING BLOG AWARDS given to me by Pilar and Pope.

Uber (synonym to Super) Amazing Blog Award is a blog award given to sites who:

  • inspires you
  • makes you smile and laugh
  • or maybe gives amazing information
  • a great read
  • has an amazing design
  • and any other reasons you can think of that makes them
  • uber amazing

The rules of this award are:

  • Copy the badge and put the logo on your blog sidebar or post.
  • Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!
  • Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.
  • Share the love and link to this this post and to the person you received your award from.
  • Come back and comment here so that your link could be added to the master list of awardees.
Gets ba?

Neno's AWARD

The aims of this award:

* As a dedication for those who love blogging activity and love to encourage friendships through blogging.

* To seek the reasons why we all love blogging!

* Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it

* Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.

* Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.

* Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.

* Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.


Sasagutin ko ang tanong na why do I love blogging sa mas maayos na posts...medyo rush ito eh. hehehe

CUTE BLOGGER ID REQUESTS.

Sa aking pagkakatanda, meron akong nakabiting 5 or anim na cute blogger id na hindi ko pa nagagawa. Pasensya na sa sobrang delay. Nasira si pc ko (ulit) at kinailangan siyang i-reformat kaya naman nasa process pa lang ako ng pag-restore sa lahat ng apps at kung anu-ano pa sa pc ko. Also, nag-upgrade ako sa CS4 Suite ng Adobe. Medyo matagal I-download iyong editing softwares ko eh. sorry! ulit, gagawin ko iyon kapag ASAP (ulit).

April 7, 2009

Angels and Demons

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It’s the Holy Week and perhaps it is both the worst and the best time for me to write about this but I can’t help it since I got all too excited the other day when I saw the trailer of Angels and Demons. Being born as a Catholic like majority of the Filipino population, I know it’s a taboo to question Christianity but since I'm extremely sad these past few days and I can't even write about all that's going through my head right now, I guess discussing such a complex issue would somehow make me more relax.





We all know the story, from the Immaculate Conception up until that day of His fated crucifixion. We all know of his miracles, He can heal all kinds of sickness and he even brought a person back to life. Jesus and his divinity—the very foundation of our faith and the religion we all grew up with.

But, What if?

The greatest story ever told was a lie?

The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons made a controversy on a global scale. This is no surprise considering that 33% of the estimated 6 billion people on the planet are Roman Catholics. The perfect example of this statistics is of course—the Philippines being considered as the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia. Our religion pretty much defines us in many ways. It influences our values and traditions in more ways that we can imagine. Many historians actually consider Catholicism as the greatest influence of the Spanish colonization in the country and perhaps that is why the outbursts against the Da Vinci Code were understandable.



Angels and Demons just like The Da Vinci Code focuses on Vatican’s attempt to suppress the truth behind Jesus Christ’s divinity and Christianity as a religion based on a supreme being. However, unlike The Da Vinci Code that used historical facts, Angels and Demons approaches the topic using science as a basis to disprove the teachings of the Church. Unlike most Hollywood movies where stories are exaggerated, I guess Tom Hanks' character Robert Langdon is actually softer compared to the Langdon on Dan Brown's books. Like what they did in the movie "Da Vinci Code", Langdon actually debated and argued against the idea that Jesus may actually have a descendant through Mary Magdalene's child. If you read the book, Langdon's character was more aggressive and that it actually appeared he was supporting the idea. I guess they intentionally soften his character for the movie to pass many countries film review board just like our MTRCB. I'm looking forward to the movie even if I read both books many times already.



Angels and Demons is about the secret organization called "Illuminati" whose member are supposedly composed by many influential people across all races. Historically, the group was persecuted by the church because of their advance and progressive ideas that contradicts the teachings of the bible. They eliminated the group back in the early years of Christianity because it posed a great threat to it's growth but it turned out that "Illuminati" and it's members lived on and the secret of the society is passed on. Like Da Vinci Code, the novel is fictional but it also contains historical facts interpreted in a way to support the story which makes it too difficult to separate which is fact and which is fiction.

The battle between History and Science against Religion is a matter of perspective--therefore there could be no end to this struggle unless one side is willing to think on that other perspective. Also, religion per se is not limited to Christianity and what is told in the bible. Though I personally believe in existence of God, I do not limit myself with just the teachings of the bible. I am in fact a non-practicing Christian--I do not attend the mass every Sunday and in fact I would probably avoid attending one whenever possible because I believe in the existence of God that much that I don't think attending a christian mass (or any religious ritual) is even a necessity for anything when it comes to worshiping God. I think, believing Him is well enough. On the same ground, I don't limit myself to ideas and concepts that history and Science has to offer because gaining a bit of knowledge of God's greatness is by no means againsts him. It's human nature to contradict each other but I personally think these things, despite of the competition that the differences implies...they can actually be put together to make much more sense.

Who are the Angels and Who are the Demons?

There is a clear distinction between God and religion. Unfortunately for Filipinos, we are often limited to just the teachings of the Roman Catholic church which gives us a very narrow stand on religious difference. Just consider how we treat our Muslim brothers in Mindanao and how we stare at them on the streets whenever we see them practicing what they believe in. As an exchange student, I was fortunate to actually be around not just Filipino Muslims but Muslims from other countries as well. I was also exposed to people with other religions and even to those who doesn't even have a religion. Religion is a double-bladed sword. It can do both harm and good but on some occasions it can actually do more harm. History tells us of those incidents in the past and even in the news today...we still see conflicts due to religious differences.


This issues is way too complicated to touch since each perspective has great ideas and means to prove them. In addition, no particular side can be considered as perfect and in fact, gray areas always outweighs those already proven facts. It's more than just a debate, like how Dan Brown put it...it's more a like a war in search of knowledge and truth. It's like a battle between what is true and what we would like to believe as true. A battle between faith and man's never ending curiosity.


P.s. If it's not too late. I wish everyone a blessed Holiday. ANG INIT!

Haaay...naku!

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I've been planning to change my blog lay-out for about a month now. In fact, I already started with a semi-flash version of my blog (wow! flash?)which I plan to install once I purchase my own domain. However, today's lay-out change is totally unexpected and just like most unexpected change...it is very frustrating.

I was supposed to change the lay-out of my test blog today but because my brain has been on vacation since April Fool's Day, I didn't really know what I was doing. I stupidly mistaken my actual blog as my test blog, so I wasn't even looking when I clicked on the save new template button. So instead, of working on the test blog. I ended up working on my blog which I really didn't intend to touch in the first place. For the time being, I'll just use this lay-out I made overnight.

April 1, 2009

War at Home by Chip Tsao

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The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen onboard. We can live with that-—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That's no big problem-—we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.

But hold on-—even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: There are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as HK$3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don't flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.

As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell everyone of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.

Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her Government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.

Oh yes. The Government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout 'China, Madam/Sir' loudly whenever they hear the word "Spratly". They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, "Long live Chairman Mao!" at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that's going a bit too far, at least for the time being.


A close friend of mine as of yesterday (today I don't know if were still friends at all) told me about this guy named Chip Tsao and his so-called racist remarks against us--Filipinos. Maybe she figured I would be interested, I asked her what's with this guy? She told me he called the Philippines a nation of servants or something like that and I told her so what's wrong? I sensed she was somewhat upset of the statement like those many others who I've just found out reacted violently. This is not news to me, we hear things like this from time to time. I remember way back when I was a kid, Claire Danes movies were banned because she said that Manila is full of cockroaches. I also remember one time we protested against a company who named a biscuit brand "Filipina". Just last year, we also protested against ABC's hit T.V show Desperate Housewives because of its insulting remark against Filipino Medical practitioners. There are actually countless more of this and yes, I would agree at some degree these are insulting, racists, and totally unacceptable however, these statements speak of truth--maybe not entirely true but there are basis to these statements.


You know what they say about the truth, it hurts.

The publisher and editors of HK Magazine wish to apologize unreservedly for any offense that may have been caused by Chip Tsao's column dated March 27.

HK Magazine has long championed the rights of Filipinos working in Hong Kong. We note that Filipinos have often been unfairly treated in Hong Kong, and that they make an important contribution to this community.

As a magazine, we would never want to say anything that would negate that belief.

The column in question was satirical. One aspect of satire is that it can at times be read in different ways. In this particular case, many people have read meanings into this column that were never actually intended.

We wish to assure our readers that we have nothing but respect for Filipinos, both living in Hong kong and abroad.



That statement above was issued by the HK Magazine Editors and Publishers where the article came out. Just like what was said in the statement, the article is satirical and can be read in different ways. It's understandable that most Filipinos will find it offensive but let's try to read it differently.

First of all, we are way off the actual topic in question which was about the Philippines claim over Spratly's Islands. I feel it's important for everyone to know, especially all of those Filipino's who violently reacted what is the issue all about. The basics should at least be known so that we will understand where our Chinese counterpart Chip Tsao is coming from. Our congress ratified the Philippines Baselines Bill that sets our countries territories despite of China's consistent protests because they claim that some Islands stated in the bill has always been a part of China. The issue of the Spratlys Islands is too complicated given that there is no actual means to prove one's claim because the basis in itself is different. China claims the Spratlys based on historical account while we claim it because of geographical reasons covered but what is known as the Archipelagic Doctrine which is recognized in the United Nations given that the Philippines and Indonesia are archipelago's and are therefore a special case when it comes to settling territorial disputes. It's quite a mess, and it's natural for one to be angered when one claims a property as their own when the other openly claims it as well. It's like a dispute between neighbors fighting over a tree that lies in the middle of the lot. Let's say, the other wants to cut the tree while the other wants to preserve it because it gives a nice shade in their garden. What happened was, the Philippines, despite of the unsettled dispute already cut the tree down. It's natural for China and it's citizens to be mad and upset about what happened. In Chip Tsao's own words As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I would have probably reacted the same way, given that I personally have interests with things related to our country's foreign affairs however, I would not say or include in my statement that China doesn't have the right to claim Spratly's because all made in China products are substandard nor will I say that China doesn't have that right because they caused the world a problem last year with the issue on Melamine.

I agree, Chip Tsao may have crossed the line on that article. This is even more apparent for many of us that only read the line "As a nation of servants, you don't flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter." Or maybe to those who were already outraged of what they heard in the news before they even read the article giving them an impaired and bias approach because they were only looking for words or statements that would make them even more angry.What I am trying to say here is that we should read criticisms such as this one with an open mind. Our department of Tourism, even Malacañang itself proudly states that the Filipinos is among the best workers. We are proud that there is not a single ship that sails the oceans that doesn't have Filipino crew on board. We are proud that our nurses can be found in hospitals around the world and we even take pride of our "Bagong Bayani" who proudly serves foreign homes such as Chip Tsao's not only in HongKong but in most countries. So what is wrong when he said that our country is a nation of servants and I don't see that changing in the near future. Our president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo takes pride whenever she says that there are jobs for Filipinos, ofcourse, we all know she's not referring to local jobs but those jobs that requires one to leave his own family behind and not see them for God knows long.

I see that the real issue here is not his statements, and not even Chip Tsao himself but us and our inability to accept the fact that a change is needed. We often get too irritated whenever someone notices our obvious faults, why can't we just do something and change so that nobody will even dare say anything against us.

Finally, nakapag-post din ng bago. Nasira ang pc ng isang linggo at tapos noon naging busy namana ako. Jhosel, you're right. Lumalabas na ako ngayon. I went on a date. Nyahahaha Tungkol sana doon iyong i-post ko but I can't seem to write about it. I wanted to write something about that, and the other girl but ayoko magsulat ng puno pa ako ng inis at kalungkutan. Pasensya sa mga nag-submit ng ID request, I will work on that ASAP. Sorry din kay Aisa at hindi ko pa nagagawa iyong tag and salamat kay Pope sa Uber Blog Award na ito.


More on my next post, I have a lot of catching up to do.

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