Looking for a “Royal Family;” A Royal Delusion

The brouhaha from this Marian-Dingdong (#dongyan) wedding drew a lot of interesting comments. One of them particularly struck me as demonstrating the problem with this country:

wow, so high falooting naman you. I’m not a fan, and I don’t even live in the country nor do I have tfc. just take the wedding as it is. Just a wedding of two famous people. We don’t have a royal family to uplift our spirits, the way the British have ….so just leave the happy couple alone, and let them celebrate anyway they want. Now if the bakya crowd wants to enjoy the show, leave us be. The British went gaga when will and Kate got married, and they have economic problems too. why does the Filipino mindset have to be criticized on this happy occasion? sometimes a wedding is just a wedding. period. Heavy mo pare, pa eng eng ka kasi.

Thank you for this comment, since you proved my previous article right. I also wrote earlier that Filipinos may make the perfect slaves (seeing how they are “servants” in other countries, as Chip Tsao said). It is also proven right by this wish for the Philippines to have a “royal family.”

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Looking for a royal family is a rather empty (or in Benign0’s terms, vacuous) and shallow method to gain “uplifting.” It may not uplift, but actually put us down. This wish is nothing more than escapism, the same thing with identifying with Manny Pacquiao or a Filipino beauty queen. It is a delusion of grandeur with trying to riding onto someone else’s success, while stretching it to ridiculous proportions (saying Pacquiao/beauty queen won because she is Filipino). It’s like the high when one is drunk or on drugs. Once the high has passed, the hangover or withdrawal symptoms kick in and bring the happy high crashing down. Whatever kilig one had, once it’s gone, the reality is back – poor and suffering pa rin. Hence Benign0’s creation of an oath for Filipinos based on the Alcoholics Anonymous one.

It’s ironic too. I thought Filipinos were a “proud” people. So why does a Filipino want to be the subject of a monarch? That’s not being proud, that’s being subservient.

Indeed, this comment has shown why the country remains backward compared to most of the world. As many other commentators have said, it is a country whose people are willing to remain colonized, even if the colonizers have long left. The comment shows that these Filipinos prefer to be ruled, perhaps because they are lazy, indolent, or perhaps just unwilling to use their brains to solve their situation. Or as I said elsewhere, perhaps the people who insist that certain celebrities are only hiding the fact that they are frustrated royalty. They’re only overcompensating. They better get real – it’ll never happen.

A royal family is not an assurance inspiration for people or a country getting better. In fact, royalty may even be the cause of problems in certain countries. Russia’s monarchy was a mess, so what happened? Communists decided to kill them and take over. Also, don’t forget the mess a “royal family” created when tried to get land they claim to own in Sabah. Royalty is so overrated..

Also, remember that royalty refers to the family of a monarchy, which is simply dynasty, something that many Filipinos are supposed to hate! Monarchies were created because a family wants to retain its control over other people’s lives. It has created the culture of nobility, but I would say, there is nothing noble about it. Fast forward to today: it seems the country’s oligarchs want to be the Philippines’ royalty – which must never happen.

The Bible has this interesting allegory in the story of King Saul. Filipinos may be likened to Israelites here. The prophet Samuel warned them, if you have a king, he’ll be a douche. The Israelites don’t care; they want a douche! If everybody else has a king (source of “pride,” etc.), why can’t we? So they got a king and everything went downhill after.

You sure you still want a royal family after seeing this?
You sure you still want a royal family after seeing this?

Oh yes, there was this other comment that made sense, too. That the Dingdong-Marian couple is “royalty” only for their home network and a few… and certainly not for the country.

People should also not forget this: celebrity idolization, including that of royal families, is very much slammed or ridiculed in developed countries. Look at how media abroad ridicule the Kardashians and other celebrities. It happens because those societies know how show business is nothing but entertainment, and could barely be taken seriously, despite the “glamor.” Filipinos should learn to do the same and overcome the media hype, since this is drawing people away from the issues and dumbing them down.

As I repeat in my response to that comment, the Philippines does not need royalty. Rather, it needs its people to uplift themselves without any external influence, with the desire to change for the better, act, and work to improve their and the country’s condition.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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Sea Bee
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Look to the animal world and herd behavior to explain the human love of heroes, royalty, saints, and even gods. We are not solitary creatures and depend on each other. Social organizations that have an alpha male authority figure are cultural artifacts of the DNA imprinting that we have been hard wired with to promote the survival of our species.

Are those of us that want to change the social order, nothing more than the excluded males at the edge of the herd who constantly plot to bring down the alpha male so that we can make off with his females?

Bill Kasi
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Pushing it to be a Royalty, heroes, saints, or God is deferent.

WinterSoldier
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DIO
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“A royal family is not an assurance inspiration for people or a country getting better. In fact, royalty may even be the cause of problems in certain countries. Russia’s monarchy was a mess, so what happened? Communists decided to kill them and take over. Also, don’t forget the mess a “royal family” created when tried to get land they claim to own in Sabah. Royalty is so overrated..” I may add: During the 1800s, Russia is entering feudalism while Western Europe are moving on to the Modern Age (era after the French Revolution and Napoleon’s empire). Due to the dissatisfaction… Read more »
jameboy
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The part where the Filipinos/PH is criticized, I get. It’s the staple here. What I don’t get is the royalty angle. The whole article was written based on a single statement by a poster which unfortunately was used by the writer as the barometer, the standard in which he made his judgment as to the why and the what of the problems of Filipinos. One random comment from a nobody and boom! Filipinos are doomed. For one, I don’t know where the idea of ‘looking for a royal family’ came from. Is there really an effort geared on that direction?… Read more »
DeluxeTea
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So you’re saying that royalty:

1. Fostered our attitude of “Ako/Kami muna” and fighting our own countrymen “kasi taga ibang bayan” (ex: Humabon wanted Lapu-lapu defeated, so he sent Magellan to do his fighting)
2. Gave our lands to foreign powers, willingly allowed the colonization of our country rich in resources, and in effect ruined our rich culture as well; and
3. The effects of their decisions are still felt 500 years later.

Royalty sure did us a lot of good. /s

Pallacertus
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1. I’m just gonna point to the New World after Columbus. Hell, I’m gonna even mention the Mexica here — might ring a bell.

2. Again — how did the United States government get parcel after parcel of American Indian land? Surely it wasn’t magic.

3. “Their” meaning both conquerors and conquered, throughout Filipino history, from the Cebu compact through the American occupation of Mindanao. Let us be clear about that.

jameboy
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No, what I merely said was we are no strangers to royalties.

Dave
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The Philippines is the only country where people have immediately asked about royalty when I say I’m from England, and more than once.

When travelling in other countries, the go-to reference for England is usually something like “Manchester United,” “David Beckham” – similarly superficial, but I was never asked about “blue blood” until the Philippines.

Why do they have such esteem for ‘elite’ lineage? You’d think they would have had enough of that shit already.

Jmac
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I’ve read that comment and yes, it’s typical mindless trash. Though it’s one comment, it’s quite representative of the prevalent idiocy among Filipinos. They are all so simple-minded and superficial, it’s quite irritating, enough to make me lash out a couple of times.

Looking to celebrity ‘royalties’ for upliftment is vacuousness at its most pernicious. It really distracts people from committing to true efforts at upliftment.

And as for dumbing down…let me remind you ChinoF, PEOPLE HERE ARE ALREADY DUMBED DOWN.

They’re just cashing in on it.

Pallacertus
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Wait, what?

Just because GMA packaged the event that you’ve been ceaselessly berating as “the royal wedding”, you’re saying royalist or monarchical sentiments are widespread?

Robert Haighton
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ChinoF,

Pls dont say this to people in my country: “Royalty is so overrated..”

I think the monarchy (in my country) is very successfull. Although I am against my own king (Alex and his beautiful Argentinian wife Max).

Robert, a republican in an monarchy.
(Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy)

CeeJay
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There’s no sense arguing about them being “royal.” It’s not really delusion of grandeur because they do not hail themselves as “royals” but are both acclaimed as King and Queen of Primetime in the Philippines hence, the “Royal Wedding.”

tomvic
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Hey… your search for royalty must have to come its end… “i am the one you are looking for, so stop hunting now and come follow me and lets serve the world with our God given gifts!!!!”

Hehehe…. i can be a royalty in my own world…