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Andres Bonifacio: My Occupy Philippines National Hero

28 Nov

An advanced birthday treat for literally, my hero, who celebrates his 148th on November 30.

While I can barely remember the name of my university Filipino history professor, the arguments ensuing on the debate as to who was truly deserving to be called national hero still remains and feels fresh in my memory.  I guess this was the time when I started being a Bonifacio geek.

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It was a fight between Andres Bonifacio versus the incumbent Philippines National Hero Jose Rizal.  It was quite interesting to note that there were a lot of my class and schoolmates when asked truly sympathized with how The Supremo was treated by his supposed team mates/counterparts all fighting for independence.

I remember myself totally siding with Bonifacio because I have come across some material concluding that Rizal was after all, seeking equality in the sense that he’s after having Philippines as a legitimate province of Spain.  That in my books, does not fly.

Well, now Spain, after gunning down Rizal in Bagumbayan, has finally claimed Rizal as a legit “Son of Spain” (have seen this reference personally on Rizal’s statue in Madrid).  Whereas Bonifacio, the self-taught, radical revolutionary, has ways, approach and interests for true independence from our Spanish, Japanese, American and most importantly, the Illustrado ruling class.

Unlike the usual profile of the popular heroes of the country, Bonifacio was born in the slums, self-educated, and truly had his heart set on empowering the Filipino working masses.  His greatest work and accomplishment, was directing attention to the unjust class structure of the colonial system, the exploitation of the indigenous people.  His ideals aimed at engaging the masses to “occupy” and make fair the existing regime of the then Spanish then American rule in the Philippines.

Bonifacio was  victim of treachery and political maneuvering of the clannish middle-class factions leading to his death, and then cast aside by Americans for a more pacifist figure.  I used to look forward to seeing his likeness on the five peso bill before it was replaced and demoted to a two-peso coin and eventually disappear with the latest currency in the land. Which is really a huge shame.

I’d like to send out a little note and try to reach out to fellow Andres Bonifacio geeks out there to come out, and campaign to update our national hero into someone that truly represents the interests of all our countrymen – of independence from foreign rule, of economic sustainability by work that allows income disparity and indigenous people exploitation to fade away.

Happy 148th Birth Anniversary, Sir Andres –
 
Here’s hoping that the day will come that the rest of the country and the world realizes and gives you what the honor you truly deserve.
 
While your demographic continues to exist, there continues to be hope.
 
 
So let me end this post with one of the poems closest to my heart as with its writer (please use online translation tools available to translate):
 
PAG-IBIG SA TINUBUANG LUPA
(ni Andres Bonifacio y de Castro)
 
Aling pag-ibig pa ang hihigit kaya sa pagkadalisay at magkadakila
Gaya ng pag-ibig sa sariling lupa?
Aling pag-ibig pa?
Wala na nga, wala.
  
Pagpupuring lubos ang palaging hangad
Sa bayan ng taong may dangal na ingat,
Umawit, tumula, kumata’t at sumulat,
Kalakhan din niya’y isinisiwalat.
  
Walang mahalagang hindi inihandog
Ng may pusong mahal sa
Bayang nagkupkop, dugo, yaman, dunong, katiisa’t pagod,
Buhay ma’y abuting magkalagut-lagot.
  
Bakit? Alin ito na sakdal ng laki,
Na hinahandugan ng busong pagkasi,
Na sa lalong mahal nakapangyayari,
At ginugulan ng buhay na iwi?
  
Ay! Ito’y ang iang bayang tinubuan:
Siya’y iona’t tangi sa kinamulatan
Ng kawili-wiling liwanang ng araw
Na nagbigay-init sa buong katawan.
  
Kalakip din nito’y pag-ibig sa Bayan,
Ang lahat ng lalong sa gunita’y mahal,
Mula sa masaya’y gasong kasanggulan
Hanggang sa katawa’y mapasa-libingan.
  
Sa aba ng abang mawalay sa bayan!
Gunita ma’y laging sakbibi ng lumbay,
Walang alaala’t inaasa-asam
Kundi ang makita’y lupang tinubuan.
  
Pati ng magdusa’y sampung kamatayan
Wari ay masarap kung dahil sa bayan
At lalong mahirap.
Oh, himalang bagay!
 
 Lalong pag-irog pa ang sa kanya’y alay.
Kung ang bayang ito’y masasa-panganib
At siya ay dapat na ipagtangkilik,
Ang anak, asawa, magulang, kapatid;
  
Isang tawag niya’y tatalidang pilit.
Hayo na nga, hayo, kayong nagabuhay
Sa pag-asang lubos ng kaginhawahan
At walang tinamo kundi kapaitan,
  
Hayo na’t ibangon ang naabang bayan!
Kayong nalagasan ng bunga’t bulaklak
Ng kaho’y ng buhay na nilanta’t sukat,
Ng bala-balaki’t makapal na hirap, muling manariaw’t sa baya’y lumiyag.
 
 Ipahandug-handog ang busong pag-ibig
At hanggang may dugo’y ubusing itigis;
kung sa pagtatanggol, buhay ay mapatid,
Ito’y kapalaran at tunay na langit!

 

Aren’t we all OCCUPY’d by now? (Updated Oct 22)

15 Oct
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BREAKING:      Surprised to find on my FB inbox just now an Occupy Cairns (Australia) helper (I feel none of the people involved are actually tagging themselves as organizer) reaching out and expressing support.

We are the farmers and workers,
We are the OFW and small entrepreneurs,
We are the teachers and students,
We are the professionals and house-helpers,
We are the private and public employees,
We are the artists and self-employed,
We are the lower and middle classes,
We are the parents and children,
We are the people,
We are the impoverished, oppressed, and unheard,
We are the real Filipinos,
We are the 99%,
We are the real Juan dela Cruz!

Far as I understand it, the original protesters on Wall Street want to have their (99%) American Dream back from the greedy corporate (1%) who controls and benefits from their downfall.

They seek liberation from:

  1. The high interest on their huge student loans that they are unable to pay due to unemployment or underemployment;
  2. Foreclosure on default mortgage payments on their house
  3. Extension of welfare/medical coverage
  4. Bankruptcy
  5. Unfair competition on trade brought about by outsourcing/global trade agreements
Serious stuff.  Further magnified by social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Meetup, where Occupy meetings are organized and published.
Then obviously the rest of the world not only just sympathized, they too have their own versions.  Some even pointing out that though US is indeed in a lot of trouble right now, their worries are nothing (ah well that’s relative to the ones personally experiencing the situation, right?) compared to the famine in Africa, or even the local economy here in the Philippines or the rest of the world.
Either way, I support these people who has sad stories to tell.  I wish there’s a wand that can send all their troubles away.  Any geniuses out there who can figure out a cure, please come out NOW.
Occupy Wall Street:

Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa, Ramadan, Si Cory, Isang Kaganapan at Isang Magaganap

1 Aug

Kaunting paumanhin sa mga banyagang makakabasa nito na hindi marunong gumamit ng mga teknolohiyang magsasalin ng mga salita sa wika na kanilang nais.

Ito na ang ikaapat na taon kong “panata” na mangusap sa ating pambansang wika, ngunit sa mga nakaraang taon, Linggo ng Wika lamang siya kaya mas madali.  Bakit ko siya ginagawa?  Wala lang?

Paliwanag para lalong madiin:  Mabisa itong panglibang kung masyadong teknikal ang aking gawain.  Naikukubli ko ang aking poot sa aking banyagang kinaiinisan dahil hindi niya ako maiintindihan.  Para siyang magsasanay ng pagiging malikhain para sa akin.  Kahit kumportable ako sa wikang ingles, napagtanto ko sa mga taong ito na masarap ring manatili sa sariling wika, kaparis ng mga Arabo, Indyano, Intsik, Pranses at iba pang mga bansang sikat ang lengguwahe.  Kung lahat ng mga salita ay may pagsasalin sa Filipino, matutuwa ako.

Kaya lang, mapapanindigan ko kaya ito? Abangan.

Di ako masyadong natuwa nung mga nakalipas na 2 Ramadan na nasa Muslim na bansa ako dahil natapat ito sa aking kaarawan.  Di kami masyadong makapagsaya dahil ang aming mga kapitbahay ay nagtitika.  Ni hindi ako makapagdala ng kaunting handa sa opisina dahil pasok siya sa oras na bawal kumain o uminom man lang ng tubig na makikita ng nangingilin.  Kailangan patago.  Bagaman nakakatakot ang mga kalsada dahil ang mga nagmamanehong nangingilin ay parang mga hibang sa gutom at uhaw papunta sa mga iftar, masaya pa rin makisalo sa kanila at ang kanilang mga salaysay ukol sa pagdiriwang na ito sa mundo ng ating mga Muslim na kapatid.

Ngayon din ginugunita ang ikalawang taong kamatayan ng Dating Pangulong Corazon Aquino. Di man ako lubusang natuwa sa lahat ng kanyang ginawa at tinuran, nakakabilib pa rin ang kanyang mga nakamtan bilang isang babae, isang asawa, isang ina, at pangulo ng bansa.

Ang kaganapan na tinutukoy ko sa aking huling paskil na may temang pulitika ay nangyari sa aking kaibigang nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa. Nagkataong siya at ang kanyang banyaga ring kaibigan ay namamasyal nung may demonstrasyon na natampok sa mga pandaigdigang lathalain at telebisyon. Sila ay may dalang mga camera kaya’t nanguha sila ng mga litrato.

Makaraan ng dalawang linggo, sila ay dinampot ng militar. Walang kasong ihinabla ngunit kinumpisa ang kanyang camera at binura ang mga kuha nung demonstrasyon at sinabihang huwag ikuwento ang ginawa sa kanila kahit kanino, lalung-lalo na sa nagbabalita. Pinakawalan ang aking kaibigan ngunit ang kanyang kasama na mula sa isang bansa sa Europa ay nakapiit pa rin hanggang ngayon. O di ba nakakatakot?

Dun ako sa bansang yun tutungo sa mga darating na araw upang pansamantalang manirahan at magtrabaho. Yun ang magaganap. Nyahaha.

Babalitaan ko kayo sa mga susunod na pangyayari. Susubukan kong lumayo sa gulo sa abot ng aking makakaya, pangako!

On Azkals, A Death, A Mugging, A Massacre & Political Censorship

24 Jul

I write this piece as I watch the Azkals battle with the Kuwait team, while mulling about Amy Winehouse‘s sudden death, the mugging of a 365PH friend, a fundamentalist attack on multiculturalism in Norway and “getting off the radar” of a close friend after a “political” cuffle with the authorities overseas.

Humble pie is good for Azkals now.  They need 4 goals on the next game now to be able to move forward.

I feel sadness for the loss of such a great talent. Pre-judging without knowing the conditions of her sudden death yet, I assign a sense of accountability to people around her.  You should’ve taken great lenghts to care for Amy. Her Serbia appearance was a preview of worse things to come.

Just outraged at the manifesto of the attacker who killed tons of people in Norway.

I too was mugged before. and looking back I would agree with people saying I was an idiot for chasing my mugger. What if he has a knife or a gun then uses it? Replacing identification papers is a herculean task but then none of that or the stuff I lost will equal my life.

Will share more about the political bit once I am certain that my friend is safely back in the country.  It’s another worrisome situation.

On Overseas Filipinos and the Philippines

26 Oct

We can always say, “walang basagan ng trip”, but seriously, if we are to mature about this we need to take sides. I speak as someone who was an accidental OFW with the fullest resolve to go back home and did so.

Of course there will always …be a financial advantage on deciding to work, even live with your family at another country, but the emotional, spiritual and long-term economic cost of leaving the country is tremendous.

Sure, go and work overseas for a couple of years for the experience, but please, I beg you to not contribute to the Brain Drain long term. Just get the knowledge and technology the high and mghty countries and companies have, then funnel it back here at the earliest time possible.

We can always say those who remain in Pinas are this and that, even blame the corruption in the government or even justify that the foreign currency remittances compensate for your absence or even save the economy. My appeal is to those who have the potential to make a positive change within the country and not just win the respect of foreigners on perceptions of Filipinos worldwide. If you do insist our talents are “World Class”, why not dare to show your fellow countrymen what you can do, here?

Fellow Talented Filipinos, your talents and passion are needed here in the Philippines, now.

I dare not label as Traitor those who decide to take the Overseas Filipino path, but if that individual looks down on the decisions and actions of the nation he/she/it/they abandoned, you are lower than traitors, even lower than the lowest microcosms that pretend to live still.

LINGGO NG WIKA RAW!

23 Aug

Sa huling araw at gabi ng aking “Linggo ng Wika” –

Ipagpatawad ang aking matagal na pananahimik.  Lamang ay wala lang talaga akong masabi.  Ganun pa rin naman ang buhay ko, trabaho, bahay, bulakbol (biyahe, kain, inom, pasyal, sayaw, kanta, daldalan, kape).

Kung magtatanong ka ng buhay pag-ibig, kapatid, panahon na siguro upang matanto mong, kung hindi ako siguradong patungo sa kasalan ang aking kasalukuyang mga kalandian, wala akong maibabahagi sa inyo.  Ibalato niyo na lang muna yun sa akin ha.  Salamat sa inyong pang unawa at suporta.

Mas lalo lang pumayapa nung dinagdag kong kaibigan sa Facebook ang aking mga katrabahong pangkasalukuyan.  Ibig sabihi’y kailangang bantayan ang mga bawat masasabing pangyayari sa buhay at mga larawang nakapaskel.  Hehehe.

Pinag-iisipan ko ang magandang paraan upang ipagdiwang ang aking nalalapit na namang kaarawan.

1. Tabas ng tiyan (Liposuction)

2. Biyahe

3. Kung anu-anong bilihin – bestida, bag, sapatos, relo, kuwintas, hikaw, relo, telepono, printer, wireless router, nintendo wii

4. Wala – bawa’t araw namang natatanto kong buhay pa pala ako ay isang nakatutuwang regalo – akalain mo nakatatagal pa ako ng ganito 

5. Di ko pa naisip baka may iba pang magandang bilhin/gawin/puntahan

Ikalawang Ramadan.  Mas maraming oras na makakapagmuni-muni dahil mas kaunting oras lamang ang trabaho.  Lagot.  Malamang Nintendo Wii na ito.  Hehehe.

Another Martial Law Anniversary

21 Sep

36 years ago, Marcos signed Presidential Proclamation 1081, placing the entire country under Martial Law.

My parents weren’t even dreamed of conceiving me when this took place.  Frankly, even now I don’t know much about it.

What I do remember is that most of the people around me refer to it as the “good old days”, sighing with nostalgia.

Now, being based out of the country, my basis for national awareness in the local events would be the websites of the newspapers that are based there.

I don’t see it in Philstar.com, Inquirer.net, Abs-cbnnews.com, GmaNews.tv

Maybe I’m not browsing right. Or, it’s forgotten, drowned in the current troubles of the country.

So my parting thought, if we refuse to learn from history, it will keep repeating itself.

That’s why I’m going to read up on this today.

DoLE Secretary’s Approval Required for Foreign Employer Direct Hires

2 Feb

This is a good illustration of consequences where Policies are put into place by people in authority WITHOUT DOING THEIR FREAKING HOMEWORK

The policy guidelines issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) underMemorandum Circular No. 4 took effect on January 15. It basically imposes qualifications and restrictions for Foreign Employers hiring Filipino workers without going through the POEA for processing of job orders and contracts, putting them at the mercy of recruitment agencies and discrimination from Foreign Employers.

The latest on this:

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Now, yes, those are on the embassies, but there is irreparable damage as not all Foreign Companies are aware of this amendment.

Off with their heads!  Harharhar.

Now, what can we do as individuals here to solve this?  I invite you to sign this online petition to send the message to these authorities that what they did AIN’T HELPING and is aggravating the situation.

Cheers.

Cha-cha (Charter Change)

23 Aug

Moving from http://lodrose.tripod.com/opinyon.htm

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What is Chacha?

A really hot dance, my friend. Last Friday I was in Ayala alongside with Cory, Cardinal Sin and the other guys telling Erap not to push it to us.

Come to think of it, this is just a case of being afraid of the dark. Because if you really review the constitution, it has items there where it could have been done better, which is what Erap wants to do.

But why now? Why in the midst of suspending death penalty, the Cherry Hills tragedy, increasing crime rate and many more bad things that keep happening to the country? Does our good President think he could remedy those with a “constitutional correction”? I think not.

At this point, proper implementation of laws that are in place would suffice for now. Until we could really need the changes, and make “economic” reforms (by the legalization of foreign ownership of land, businesses–the more to tax them with, unless they are Lucio Tan na luciot ng luciot sa tax proceedings).

Grrr!

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2011 Update:  Current Cojuangco Aquino controversial videos coming around created by Pinoy Monkey Pride have all been pointing to campaign for a change in the constitution of the Philippines.

Death of a General

5 Dec

Moving from http://lodrose.tripod.com/opinyon.htm – this post is in reference to the death of General Fabian Ver

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Hmmm…Ver’s death, arrival and interment. Without full military honors. All that chu-chu regarding his involvement in the Ninoy-Galman double murder case..that he’s one of those guilty and should be brought to justice for it. I think it’s all crap. This Cory person (who, to my regret, was once my president) was in power for 6 years. She had all the power to find justice for her husband’s death, but did nothing except pestering the Marcoses and their cronies.

Ver died an honorable man. He could’ve been better off if he was allowed to go back years before so he could air his side about these accusations. Then maybe he could’ve given us clues on who is really responsible for Ninoy’s death.

But the General is now dead.

And probably the means of finding out Ninoy’s killers too.

Before I continue, let me first say that I am not a Marcos loyalist, nor a Cory supporter (well, obvious naman sa mga tirada ko sa kanya noh). Ako po’y isang habag na kabataan lang. Hindi ko nakalakhan ang martial law. Pero at my age I believe alam ko na rin ang tama at mali.

Poor Marcoses…they would forever be blamed for everything that’s happening to the country now. Kahit nasa kapangyarihan na sila for 12 or so years…ganon ba talaga katindi ang impact ng Marcos Martial Law? So balewala pala yung pagkaka-President ninyo.

E ano na ang mangyayari sa kanila ngayon? Ewan, ang kulit nila eh.

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