Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Blameless Filipino

I knew when I opened the comment line on “Fliptards” that it would only be a matter of time before I start receiving feedback on  the articles I have written. This is exactly what is happening now--which I don’t mind since two of these commenters emphasize with what I consider my “honest but blunt” approach towards our nation and people. 

That our attitude and behavior as Filipinos have always affected our nation in very negative ways, without having to “sugar-coat” anything that I had to say to keep from offending anyone; thus, encouraging me to keep going with what I have already started: make the Filipino people realize how their arrogance, selfishness, and stupidity continue to destroy their nation and their society.

Unfortunately, not “all” Filipinos--like Sean Akizuki, for example—are ready to accept the truth about themselves, their people, and all the wrongs that have been taking place in their society for generations. To these overly-sensitive, but proud, “Onion-Skin” Filipinos, the blame should only fall on their corrupt politicians' shoulders and not theirs; and the Chinese businesses should be spared from any blame for enriching themselves at the country's expense, since it was our political dynasties who created the optimal environment for them to engage in bribery in exchange for economic favors; while the Filipinos themselves--with the exception of Sean Akizuki and others like him from another popular Filipino blog--are just brainless “deadbeats” who are unwilling to do anything to improve their lives and help move the country forward.

If we had more Filipinos like Sean Akizuki—as a matter-of-fact we do—we would all be  engaged in an endless “Blame Game”—as a-matter-of-fact we are—with one another, with no chance of seeing the light of day for our nation, since "all" Filipinos (politicians and the masses as a whole), and the Chinese businesses (foreign and local, legal and illegal), will always consider themselves innocent of any wrongdoing on why the Philippines is the way it is.  

So, for the sake of argument, I’m going to be the first to admit: "I am that arrogant, selfish, and stupid (A.S.S.) Filipino that contributed to the degradation and alienation of my nation and people, respective; and, that I am a product of a corrupt culture that produces corrupt people."

I am also going to stop answering future comments on this blog, so I won't get caught up in long-winded debates with Filipinos like Sean Akizuki—who will always come up with excuses to exonerate themselves, and the Chinese, from any responsibilities on why the Philippines, and its people, is a failed society. 

Finally, the Philippines is called the "Sick Man of Asia" not because the country suffers from rampant poverty and corruption; it's sick because the people are delusionally afraid to face the truth that they are "all" a product of a society with corrupt moral values and principles, thriving on arrogance, selfishness, and stupidity that destroy a country.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Hypocrisy of a Socially Modern But Poor Nation

I have been watching a lot of You Tube lately on the Philippines, and most of the videos I have come across talked about the “good life” in all the popular tourist spots in the nation. Places like Boracay and Palawan, modern casinos, high-rise condominiums, hotels and resorts, and shopping malls that dote the metropolises are attracting foreigners and Balikbayans (Filipinos expatriates) in great numbers to invest and retire in the Philippines. These You Tube videos are also encouraging more Filipinos in the country to become OFWs (Overseas Foreign Workers), so they can afford a similar lifestyle that the nation's elites--and their financially stable contemporaries (Balikbayans and tourists)--are leading.

But where are the You Tube videos on the rest of the country that is not as popularly enticing, nor have the sounds and glitters of the so-called “Cosmopolitan Lifestyle”? Why don’t we see more of these videos to give everyone a clear and balanced perspective of what life in the Philippines is really like?  Everyone is getting so caught up in the waves of “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” and "Proud to Be a Filipino" propaganda, without realizing these marketing schemes are not really doing the rest of the country any good, especially the financially-strapped Filipino, who to this day are still struggling to eke out a living and scratching their heads in trying to figure out what happened to their society and quality of life thereof since the end of Martial Law in 1986.

It is easy to say Filipinos still manage to stay happy and resilient in spite of their country’s problem. But do Filipinos really have a "positive" outlook in life or they're just fooling themselves into a euphoric state towards their country and themselves, while trying to make ends meet like the rest of us? How long have Filipinos been repeating those exhausting claim that they're a "a happy and hospitable people" in spite of their country's current situation? Finally, how much longer is the rest of the world going to put up with the same useless lamentation of  "we're only a poor country struggling with poverty and corruption" to gain worldwide sympathy until someone says, "Enough is enough! Either learn to get your 'shits' together to rebuild your nation or shut the hell up!"?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The "Bahala Na" (Que Sera Sera/What Will Be Will Be) Attitude of the Filipinos

The "Bahala Na" (Que Sera Sera/What Will Be Will Be) ways of the Filipino people is one of the reasons why they are losing grounds on their effort to have a quality of life in their own country.  Filipinos, for as long as I can remember, have always had this "To Each His (Her) Own,” or “Kanya-Kanya” approach to life, especially when it comes to pursuing personal their interests. They only think about themselves and their loved one, and very little else when it comes to the future of their entire society. With this lack of sincere regards for the welfare of their nation and people, Filipinos have opened their society up to all manners of exploitation by other cultures---mainly the Chinese businesses and political dynasties that have been fleecing this country's wealth for the past 31 years since the end of the EDSA Revolution—whose purpose is to "divide and conquer" the entire archipelago in order  to monopolize its wealth and oppress the people. 

Whether it is in the Philippines or around the world, Filipinos will always live their lives as individuals and not as one people. They have no faith in their own government, businesses, and each other; and will readily turn to other countries for their livelihood, well-being, and sense of culture. Filipinos would even go as far as outshining one another for money and status, without thinking of the long-term consequences of how their behavior will affect their relationship with each other.  This "Que Sera Sera” (What Will Be Will Be), or what is popularly known in the Philippines as “Bahala Na” (Leave It to Fate) attitude and way of life, are the reasons why the Philippines is unable to move forward as a nation. Filipinos, because of their high self-perception of themselves and their abilities (arrogance), and their extreme apathy for each other (selfishness) to pursue personal interests,  prefer to settle for endless praying, hoping, and leaving the future of their entire society to chance, rather than doing something to bring about unity to their nation.  

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Un-Filipino Characteristic of Filipinos

The problem with Filipinos, because of their contempt for their humble, provincial background, are bent on trying to outclass each other for regal aristocracy at whatever cost; they would gladly shed their own culture, in exchange for trendier and cosmopolitan culture, in order to be the object of admiration and envy among their countrymen and peers. This attitude is one of the reasons why Filipinos go "Gu-Gu-Ga-Ga" (starstruck) for "mestizo" actors and actress on their favorite Pinoy movies and television shows. Filipinos are always trying to mask or completely erase their Filipino culture and appearance, to hybrid with more sophisticated foreign cultures and lineage, respectively. Yet, Filipinos still want to call themselves Filipinos.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tourism is Not Good for the Country

"The Philippines benefits a lot from tourism" is the biggest fallacy injected into our people's mind. The only ones who benefit from tourism in the Philippines are the ones who are directly involved in this industry; and it's usually the Chinese businesses and political dynasties who own a big chunk of shopping malls, condominiums, and other commercial properties that cater to everyone. The rest of the of population has to contend or fight for the leftover from tourism revenue. And do we realize the socio-economic impact tourism has contributed to our society due to lack of government regulations (Our government officials are always waiting for bribe money from the Chinese and Korean businesses in exchange for a commercial project approval even if it's not good for the entire country)? Tourism has contributed to the degradation of our environment and economy by transforming our agricultural land--which once fed millions of our people at an affordable price--into concrete jungles of expensive real estate properties, uncontrolleable flooding and pollution, and high cost of living due to declining agricultural output. We Filipinos need to see what is really going on in our country and stop allowing ourselves to be deluded by the oligarch-controlled media propaganda that says tourism is good for our country. It's not.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Nostradamus of the Philippines: President Ferdinand E. Marcos

Isn’t it repulsive to think that the wealthiest businesses and the most powerful illegal drug cartel in the Philippines are run by the Chinese, political dynasties, and top-ranking officials of the armed forces and law enforcement agency. Throughout the archipelago, these business and political oligarchs have become so deeply-entrenched and territorial in their positions in our society, that they’ve become untouchable and above the law? At the same time, the average Filipinos are not only losing their own land and source of livelihood in their own country, but also their cultural identity and the will to take back what rightfully belonged to them: the right to buy affordable land and live freely in their own nation. This is exactly what is happening in the Philippines today. The Chinese “Bamboo Network” of illegal and illegal businesses have literally bribed their way into our government and way of life, that the average Filipinos are being forced out of their own nation to live and work abroad, forced into serfdom (a form of feudalistic slavery) for cheap labor, and turn to life of crime in order to survive in their own country. The late President Ferdinand Marcos was right in his prediction on his last television interview with Ted Koppel of "Nightline" over 31 years ago: The Philippines, as a nation, will start go down within 20 years after he leaves office.  The evidence of that prediction is surfacing everywhere in the country. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

We Really Need to Stop Feeding Our Senseless Pinoy Pride

One way to lessen our people's arrogance is to stop cultivating our senseless "Pinoy Pride" ego. We need to stop allowing these oligarch-driven media conglomerates (ABS-CBN and GMA) to highlight our people's "individual accomplishments" as if it these feat benefits the entire nation, especially in ending poverty and corruption.

This brainwashing"Pinoy Pride" technique, started by the Liberal Party and the media oligarchs during and after the EDSA Revolution, keeps sending the wrong message to our people to keep validating their own self esteem, and to keep justifying their self-serving deeds, even if the results of those arrogant and selfish deeds cause more harm than good to our nation and people.
"Pinoy Pride" and the "Proud To Be a Filipino" propaganda campaign was designed by the oligarchs to encourage Filipinos to leave the Philippines (and their livelihood), to work abroad as Overseas Foreign Workers or expatriates to other country, in order to send money remittance back to the Philippines with the idea of not only helping support their respective families, but also to help rebuild a supposedly devastated economy after Martial Law. Instead, the billions of pesos in money remittance created a population that became dependent on products and services offered by a growing number of affluent Chinese and Korean businesses and well-bribed political dynasties. This socioeconomic phenomena eventually destroyed our Filipinos-owned businesses in their respective "cottage industries," whose former owners jumped on the bandwagon of OFWs and expatriate for the growing lack of livelihood in their own country. Filipinos who could not afford to apply to work abroad (because it takes money to become OFWs and expatriates) had to resort to extreme means---illegal and unethical--in order to survive in this hard-pressed economy that is monopolized by the oligarchs. The dilemma for the struggling Filipinos in the Philippines is further compounded by a rising cost of living brought, upon by the growing spending power of OFWs, Balikbayans, and tourists that raised the price of all consumer goods in this country.

And as the political and business oligarch fleeced our society of its wealth and the people of their livelihood, Filipinos could not feel any prouder of their individual accomplishments throughout the world, as they delude themselves in thinking they're helping their nation with their money remittance and spending in the Philippines.

Nothing could be farther from the truth as the details of what's really happening to our nation and people begin to unfold over time.

The Blameless Filipino

I knew when I opened the comment line on “Fliptards” that it would only be a matter of time before I start receiving feedback on  the artic...