Miyerkules, Disyembre 27, 2017

Things I hate about Filipino culture - by Jenny Linares

Things I hate about Filipino culture
by Jenny Linares

1. Tactless culture. Masabi ang gusto sabihin, di iniisip kung nakaka-offend, minsan nga sadya pang nananakit. "Tumaba ka." Ikaw din, tumaba! 

2. Pakialamera culture. Lahat na lang pinakailaman kahit wala naman sila sa buhay nung tao. "Kelan ka mag-aasawa?" "Kayo po kelan mamamatay?" "San punta?" "Sa hell, sama ka?"

3. Tsismis culture. Lahat na ikinuwento. Lahat na tinanong. Hindi ba pwedeng magtago ang ibang tao ng para sa kanila? Siraan dito. Intriga doon. Imbento dito. Imbento doon. Palengkerang kultura. 

4. Feeling Entitled. Feeling may karapatan sila sa espasyo, oras, desisyon, talambuhay, etc., etc., ng kapwa. 

5. Pa-star culture. Kahit naghihirap, makapagpasikat lang sa kapitbahay, todo-bigay. 

6. Lasenggo culture. Kahit walang makain, basta may lalaklakin. Dahilan ng pagiging dysfunctional ng maraming pamilyang Pilipino. 

7. Adik culture. Hindi lang sa droga adik, pati sa mga kultura at bisyong unique na unique sa pagiging perwisyo sa kapwa. 

8. Dedma culture. "Wala kameng pake kung maperwisyo kayo basta masaya kame." Videoke magdamag kahit sintunado. "Mamatay kayong lahat mga adik!!"

9. Tard culture. Panatiko ng kung sino-sinong politiko, madalas wala na sa lugar, wala nang sariling isip. Di nakakakilala ng tama sa mali. 

10. Judgemental at Inggit culture. Lahat na lang ng tao may isyu. Gustong ibagsak lahat. Walang gamot sa sakit na inggit. Nag-iimbento. Naninira. Nambabaliktad. Puro sarili ang gustong iangat. 

11. Super Exaggerated Family Love. Extended hanggang sa kaapu-apuhan sa talampakan ang pagmamahal at pakialam, kahit inaabuso na, sige lang. Walang self-love at independence. 

12. Kulto culture. Madaling mabola ng mga fake churches at fake prophets, kahit ginagatasan lang, sige lang. 

13. Showbiz bakya culture. Lahat gustong mag-artista. Sunod sa lahat ng mauso, bandwagon, mainstream. Wala nang lalim.

14. Malandi culture. Pangarap makapag-asawa ng pogi o maganda kahit panget sila o kaya ng mayaman. Walang prudence at walang pakialam, papatulan sinuman. Malilibog kahit walang alam kung paano mabuhay. Puro kamalasan ang turn-out ng talambuhay.

15. Talentado culture. Magaling tayo sa lahat. Singing, dancing, acting, making up illusions, magic, pati sa krimen at lahat ng klaseng kalokohan, hanggang kurapsyon at patayan--pang-world class talaga!

In 2018, how do we improve or revive our culture?

Linggo, Nobyembre 26, 2017

Marcelino Maceda, first Filipino PhD in Anthropology.

Marcelino Maceda, who earned his doctorate in Fribourg University in Switzerland in 1955, became the first Filipino PhD in Anthropology. (Picture from the exhibit "100 Years of Filipino Anthropology" in Bulwagan ng Dangal, UP Diliman).

Sabado, Nobyembre 18, 2017

iDefend's Statement on Marcos burial's 1st anniversary


November 18, 2017
Press Statement

One year after the treacherous burial of a former dictator and a plunderer at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB), iDEFEND (In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement) continues to rage against the whitewash, if not, outright reversal of the bloody record of Marcos’ Martial Law.

The burial marks ground zero of Duterte’s design to amass further power, beyond that which is accorded to him by the 1987 Constitution.

Burying him in a cemetery of heroes does not make a hero out of a dictator. His act to bury a dictator in the LNMB, made legal by the Supreme Court, contravenes the Filipino people’s judgement of the Marcoses and their legacy of violence, plunder and corruption three decades ago.

President Duterte is resurrecting the dark days of the martial law by marking his first year with thousands of extrajudicial killings, allowing the entrenchment of new cronies and barrelling through with anti-people economic programs. Rather than promised change, these policies are designed to further exacerbate poverty and human insecurity.

A bloody dictator has no place in a democracy and a free people has every duty to defend a free society, repudiate despots and institutionalise human rights in all levels of society. Martial Law is unacceptable under any circumstance.

iDEFEND pursues its goal of governance that respects and promotes human rights and human dignity. 
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Miyerkules, Nobyembre 15, 2017

Fidel Castro quotes

 "A revolution is a struggle to the death between the past and the future." ~ Fidel Castro of Cuba (13 August 1926 - 25 November 2016)
"They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?" ~ Fidel Castro of Cuba (13 August 1926 - 25 November 2016)
"Men do not shape destiny, Destiny produces the man for the hour." ~ Fidel Castro of Cuba (13 August 1926 - 25 November 2016)