Alternative Media: What Most Pinoys Are Missing

The Bible says something about one must be like a child if they seek to enter the Kingdom of God. I have always been intrigued by the way Filipinos perceive the idea of maturity. When I was a teen in college, a lot of my friends clamored about “being treated like adults”. They would whine about people not taking them seriously despite the fact that the things they considered to be “adult-oriented” involved watching porn, drinking themselves silly, smoking until you couldn’t breathe around them and screwing with each other. While I do admit that I enjoyed some of these activities as much as they did, I am still left wondering what “maturity” actually means for a lot of Pinoys.

alternative_mediaIn a previous article, I noted just how some most adult Filipinos tend to view things like anime and video games as childish. I mean sure, there’s plenty of this all over the world. But then again, many Filipinos like to throw the word “immaturity” around despite the fact that majority of Pinoys have the temperament of horny and fickle teenagers. One commenter even went to point out that there is more character development in an anime like Rosario+Vampire despite being just 25 episodes per season compared to the likes of our teleseryes which is played on a regular basis and have the same cliched and flat characters until the end of the story.

I have always believed that maturity has more to do with one’s way of thinking and the choices they make in their life rather than the choices that are available to them. That, to be mature, one must be willing to pick the more difficult decision because it is more morally correct than to simply resort to a convenient or easy choice. Teleseryes and noontime shows often screw up this message by presenting to people false dichotomies, idealistic but misguided characters and an overall biased mindset.

Anyway, enough about teleseryes and noontime shows, I think I and a number of other writers here like ChinoF have been lambasting them quite a bit and maybe it’s time to change our tune. Instead, today I will point out a number of things that, from my perspective at least, Pinoys are missing out on. You’ll be surprised to know that in other countries like Japan and the U.K., various companies find it more profitable to bombard their people with knowledge than keep them stupid with useless programs. Here are just some of my recommendations just in case you’re looking for something better than Please Be Careful With My Heart and Showtime.

Suisei No Gargantia

Okay the plot feels very typical for a shounen (boy’s) anime. It has a young protagonist and his robot traveling in time and finding themselves in a flooded world where people make a living by scavenging advanced technological relics from the ocean floor. The hero and his robot soon meet and befriend people aboard a massive scavenger ship called the Gargantia and the adventure starts from there. I think they have this on Hero TV so you might catch it if it’s still there.

Anyway, past the dark-skinned hotties found dancing sensually in the show, Suisei no Gargantia has a bit more to show to its audiences than fanservice and mecha (robot) action. The hero of the story grew up in a strong utilitarian-totalitarian state that has some parallels with Nazi Germany such as everyone being required to do their part in their community. Essentially, he grew up in a society where everyone was expected to fight and die for their cause and be willing to kill any and all who stood in their way, including civilians if need be. The “hero” himself is somewhat a designated protagonist as he shows shades of being sociopathic and has no qualms about killing.

However, his experiences aboard the Gargantia soon changes his view. The people who live in it are a free-thinking society and prefer to avoid fighting if they can. While the people of the Gargantia are certainly not helpless and are more than capable of defending themselves, they prefer peaceful coexistence and diplomacy over fighting.

Okay, so let’s get to the point, the central theme of Suisei no Gargantia is Peace vs. Justice. Of course, we all want both but how far would you go to have one or the other? Would you choose peace even if it may eventually endanger your loved ones or would you choose justice even if it means becoming worse than your enemies?

These are the questions that we should be asking ourselves and our leaders, not what kind of shampoo they use…

Sid Meier’s Civilizations Series

Games get a lot of flak these days thanks to the way that a lot of youth are addicted to them. There was even a ban on the DotA games released somewhere (I forget the name) because of kids dying because of it. Unfortunately, I tend to think that people miss out on some of the better games out there.

One of these is the Civilizations series by Sid Meier, a game that focuses on building empires and getting them to flourish through time. In it, you control one (or more using the hotseat function) of many historical figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Nobunaga Oda and Mahatma Gandhi, just to name a few. It is a turn-based game and may actually take hours to play but seeing your empire grow and reach its full potential is truly an awesome sight to behold.

Asides from its stunning visuals, soundtrack and gameplay, you can see why there are some who consider these games works of art. Most of all though, by playing Civilizations, you get some idea of how hard it is to maintain a country. Of course, it’s not completely accurate for game balance reasons but at least you get an inkling of how countries such as cutting back on military spending can leave you vulnerable to barbarians, hostile states and enemy empires and being a warmonger can stagnate your empire as few will want to have anything to do with you.


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Speaking of Civilizations, it is part of a genre of games called grand strategy games. Another example of this is Victoria 2:Heart of Darkness. In this game the time period is the Industrial Revolution. I recommend this game for players who want to try governing a modern country. I tried the Philippines once (set free from Spain of course) and I saw the potential of our country. It is a complicated game but fun nonetheless and lots of history stuff. 🙂

pearl bethany

My family just choose not to buy a TV set. We think it’s a waste of time watching programs one after another in Pinoy TV. So we have our desk top connected to the net and choose the shows and other subject matters to watch/view. We discovered we don’t even have enough time to read, watch and listen with the so many useful data/facts/programs /shows available in the net, and discuss/exchange ideas with thinking people or just chatting with them now and then. No regrets whatsoever and no guilt feeling of having wasted time.

Maturity really varies from culture to culture. In the US, you are considered mature if you: -Are a person taking responsibility for their actions -Capable of supporting themselves -Liking Non-animated shows (This is slowly changing) -Had a relationship before and had sex -Capable of driving -Not living with their parents In the Philippines, its when you hit 18, had sex, have a job, support your family for a full 100%, churchgoing as well as watching telenovellas and loving our “Romantic” Culture. And not watching anime when you’re past 18. Now the key differences between the two groups is the first… Read more »
Sick Amore

I would also recommend these not so old simple games such as Diner Dash, Prison Tycoon, Lemonade Tycoon, Fish Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon, those from small to big business games and learn from it.

Robert Haighton
I go along with Ricardo_Diaz for a great part. So I want to add this: – “Mature adult” children live too long in the parental home. The need to make wise and good decisions is not needed. They are made for you because the parents still rule. – The Philippines is known to be a family oriented, family focused and family centered country. This also doesnt contribute to become really a mature adult. Most young adults in my country live on their own from the age of 18 and mostly in a complete other city/region than the parents do live.… Read more »

The “Game of War” is also a good game. It can be purchased as a computer software, and played in your computer.

My children love to play with them…sometime, I play with them…

I hate teleseryes, and Filipino movies. They make you dumb and dumber…same plot, same ending…no common sense…

pearl bethany
Well, for us here at home, we are too busy even to play any computer game, so we don’t. We’d rather take a rest, now and then, you know… inside the house, rest, and then work again. Our country is too “hot” in temp so we need to rest in-between housework, that is, on weekends, weekdays are office days. Also, we still have so many unread books in the house, and there’s not much time left between them – on one side computer browsing and watching/reading all those useful data, chatting,and on the other side, the books, plus the house… Read more »

Video Games and Anime are so childish, yeah majority of the old folks here in the Philippines says so.They just don’t realize lots of Video Games and Anime have maturity and strategic plays. The “Monster” anime is really a good story but its really underrated.

The word immaturity or childish is usually applied in the context of doing something worthy or necessary other than sitting around in front of a square box while clicking and gyrating and not necessarily about the mental state of a person. And that was the notion back then which I think has changed now. Today video games, anime or whatever you call it is a billion dollar enterprise. Obviously, it’s the real deal not only with the youth but also with the not so young. I just wonder how fast the masa is absorbing its influence or pull considering that… Read more »
Presidente Emilio
I’m sick of all this “anime is for kids” BS. That may be true in it’s early days. But anime has evolved since then. Heck, most animes nowadays are catered for mature audiences. Almost every TV channels in Japan hav 2 or 3 animes aired around late evening, when kids where supposed to sleep. This is one of the things I hate about our country, it’s medieval-esque conservative outlook. No wonder wala nang anime na maipalabas ang mga mainstream TV networks. Hindi na kasi papasa sa MTRCB yung mga bagong labas ngayon because most of them will probably be rated… Read more »

I saw Suisei No Gargantia because I’m a fan of Gen Urobuchi. I discovered Gen and became an instant fan after seeing Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

I rarely played video games but those are good and interesting media that can help the next gen think better for themselves.

But of course there are adults that will hinder them by making them do chores and brainwash them to buy and appreciate local made.

The local media’s the most powerful entity on the Failippines. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. Here’s a nation, one of the founding pillars was freedom of speech and freedom of expression. And yet, we have imposed upon people restrictions on what they can say, on what they can think. And the local media is the largest proponent of this, crucifying people who say things really quite innocently. The Failippines media has changed since time immemorial. We now give broadcast… Read more »