ARCHIVED LETTERS 09 JAN 2007




29 Mar 2006

i was reading the article about Nasty and his letter. It's the last two weeks of my school term so I don't have time to write a reply or opinion piece at this time. However, I am wondering if you have read the book A Country of Our Own.

aside from the call to partition the Philippines, which is a sore topic and seems to fire up pinoys just at the thought of it (even though they haven't even read the book), I think the guy has some very interesting points that looks at the structural and socio-cultural "intellectual bankruptcy" of pinoys.

interestingly, i think his conclusion is not far from yours: "Having decided this, our development efforts should now focus on surmounting the barriers to acquiring the cultural character required to sustain European-style development (yes, all of the above verbosity was to lead to this decision)."

ironically, i returned to academic study in the Western context (using the master's tools to dismantle the master's house) to remedy my intellectual bankruptcy. i am slowly drowning in debt (student loan) to acquire the critical analysis skills and tools that will allow me to build a cultural character that hopefully aligns with such activities as you have suggested. canada, i find, is a healthy training ground for participatory democratic capacity building and sustainable community development.

also... in my women studies class, specifically, women of the south, there is a lot of Third World feminist writing critically analyzing and rejecting the Western model of development (aka neo colonialism). I am looking forward to reading this article Blueprint for our Future.

anyway, i just skimmed your site. I must stop procrastinating and get back to my paper. will read more during summer break.

[signed]
(vancouver, bc, canada)

ps. i was born and grew up in mindanao. i'm a canadian citizen now. but i am trying to look at the pinoy problem differently from your "Nasty" american friend. his words may sting but i don't believe all pinoys should be lumped into his adopted american view. there are many who are trying to improve their lot and in if you look at it from the context of the book i suggested, maybe it makes more sense.


20 Mar 2006

f__k you! a__hole. you're just too proud that you're living in singapore now. ha! but that doesn't mean your not filipino anymore. idiot. you spelled filipinos as philipinos. oh my! don't you get good education there? and how dare you question why people want to study there instead of here. obviously, because they don't let opportunities pass by, you fat a_s. oh, you must be as fat as hell to be this mad at the world! you probably have no friends at all. and only on the internet can you rant about the philippines to. ha! by the way, please consult your english teacher about your spelling and grammar before you make a fool of yourself again.


16 Mar 2006

I'm very impressed on the writings of F. Sionil Jose. everything he wrote is true and even though it hurts it is the truth!... i hope many people can read this and realize that change starts from within... more power to ur site..


12 Mar 2006

Instead of feeling angry, I must say that I admire Nasty's detailed view of our country. He is a man with keen observation and a mouthy one(hope my adjective is correct).

There is one thing about what he said that I disagree though. I think CITIZENSHIP , especially nowadays, can be just a plain paper. A legal document that defines your existence in a particular country but not your whole being.

He is fortunate to be an American citizen for he has another place to run to since the country of his ancestors is in chaos, but his ancestral background and blood will always be a Filipino.

Nasty should be an example to all of us. That there are people who are so disgusted with our current condition and doesn't even want to be associated with us anymore. It's his decision and at the same time, I believe, it would also be his great lost.

Sana mas marami pa ang makabasa ng article n'ya para makapag-isip kung sila din ay tulad ni Nasty o kaya pa ba nilang sikmurain ang nangyayari sa 'Pinas at kumilos para makatulong sa pagbabago.

I am still hoping for the best for our country.


06 Mar 2006

Dr. Mahathir is right ...... to a certain extent. I am a Malay and I have been raised and educated for 30 years when Dr. Mahathir was prime minister of Malaysia. I consider myself not to be a typical Malay. I am also one the minority who would gladly see the removal of the so-called crutches from the malay community.

But I do have some reservations if such an act is actually carried out. I wouldn't want the Malays in Malaysia to end up like the Malays in Singapore. Please don't say that I am being paranoid. I do have a number of relatives who are singaporeans and suffice to say that their plight is pathetic enough.

From what I have seen and experience in my relatively short life is that the Malays, though we may be laid-back, are not ruthless ...... like the chinese. I am not being racist, just this is what I have seen so far. I have good chinese friends but given a choice between trusting my chinese friends and a complete stranger who is a malay, I would choose the latter without doubt.

Recently, 2 of my non-malay friends, an Indian man and a chinese lady were discussing about the inequalities faced by the non-malays in malaysia. They were expressing feelings of dissatisfaction about the privileges that the malays are getting which are denied of the non-malays. Examples being schools set up especially for the malays - MRSM and the fact that there is great disparity between the races in the public universities in malaysia.

How do I answer them?

I have been brought up to feel ashamed of my heritage - of being malay. The reason because we are seen to be lazy, laid-back and couldn't be bothered with our own future. I have always worked hard in school, university, when I first started working as a lawyer and now pursuing my masters degree. But if not for my feelings of shame of being labelled a lazy malay, I do not think I would have worked so hard to be where I am.

The malays have a lot of catching up to do especially with the chinese in malaysia. It is not impossible but yes, it would require a lot of hard work and I think the malays have never been afraid of hard work. If it were otherwise, then there wouldn't be in existence the thousands of hardworking malay students in the local and overseas universities, the hundreds of malay lawyers, govt legal officers, doctors, accountants, lecturers, architects, engineers, software designers, other professionals, etc.

We are not the minority. And we are growing in number. The problem as I see it is that the malays are accepting of mediocrity be it in choosing a political leader, in work and business and in life generally. The malays are happy enough with a roof over their heads, food in their bellies. They are very slow in rocking the boat. I would know, I am after all a malay. From time to time, I think, act and feel just like any ordinary, typical malay person but at other times I strive very hard to get out of the malay mold.

It is this accepting and forgiving attitude of the malays that makes them, I would think, a great race. Of course, a more ruthless and money-minded race would not think so. These characteristics would in all likelihood be seen as weak.

The new malay dilemma? Apart from what Dr, Mahathir has succinctly stated, I would think is that the new, educated and hard working malay people would have to increase their standards and not be afraid of doing so. The malays must realise that acceptance of mediocrity - in ALL aspects of life - should no longer be apart of their culture. I believe, maybe naively, that once this happens, then the malays would truly be a free and dignified race to be reckoned with.


28 Feb 2006

i couldn't agree with you more. i believe Philippines and Filipinos have potential but a lot of us don't use it correctly, this is one reason why our country is down in deep shit. our being close-minded to criticisms made it more worse, we deny and do not accept anything bad that's being said about us or our country. we like to hear good things about us and neglect those bad things (instead of making any move to change it to be good).

i'm really not good in giving opinions, i am also a person that doesn't care of anyone sometimes (oftentimes); all i care is about is my family, that's why i didn't dream of running for office ;) well, all i wish for our country is to wake up and try to have the sense of right mind -- what i mean by this? i don't know really. i am here in a foreign country living and working for my future which i will not accomplish in the Philippines, that's all i care. I am not ashamed of being a Filipino because i was born to be one. I am proud to be a Filipino, a Filipino who's trying to make his life better in another place because he cannot find it in his own country. I may not have identity in this country but i will have my peace of mind and good life. i'm actually babbling, i apologize... but this section is just about saying what's on the our minds, so there it is.


27 Feb 2006

Kudos...wonderful insights! But I would have to disagree on a few points. One being that hunter-gatherers can accumulate substenance only for themselves. Based on studies of some aboriginal groups in Australia, it has been ascertained that an average tribe spends about 15-20 per cent of their time hunting or gathering food. That gives them 80-85 per cent of their day doing non-subsistence activities. Another thing, it is bad enough that we try to keep up with the 'Wantists'. I believe that restrictions should be kept in place so the 'Contentists' could stay contented. What would happen if all of us strive for more? What would be left for posterity? Unfortunately, western culture is a pandora's box...and we opened it a long time ago.


27 Feb 2006

I am a third generation chinoy with business interests in the USA, Canada, and China. My parents kept our chinese names but extensively and exclusively educated us as Filipinos. I graduated from San Beda College and De La Salle University while my other siblings went to Ateneo and Maryknoll ( now Meriam?).

I had to take up special Mandarin classes in Hong Kong and USA in order to function well with my businesses in China and southeast Asia today.

No regrets though, Philippines will always have a special place in my heart as the land of my birth. Yes, our parents and grandparents were treated with disdain and contempt but it was a matter of survival for them. The country where they are from,China, were themselves victimized by attempt to colonize Her.

I am delighted that these days we are treated fairly enough even to have with ease approve a sister of mine to be married to a pure-bred fifth generation pinoy from Alaminos, Laguna.

Inasmuch as harrassment of some government agencies, notoriously the BIR and the Immigration/Deportation Depts, a silent integration is taking effect as well in parallel.

I just hope that there should be enough exposure and recognition of this undercurrent that hopefully will become a foundation upon which can support the sell spring of integration of Chinoys of the recent generations.. out of choice and not our of necessity.

I am proud to be a Chua and a contributory chinoy and as much as the Cojuangcos, the Aquinos, the Arroyos the Tecsons, the Tuasons, and the Sisons, who for your information, were chinoys of the pre-independence era of the nineteenth century.

I also take great pride in our fellow chinoy the Honorable Howard Dee and Teresita Ang See who are epitome of the chinoys that choose to be with the land of our birth and the host of our forebears out of our choice.

Please pass on this sentiments so that the integration process can continue...


15 Feb 2006

Very interesting reading. Unfortunately, I have not seen anything about non-malays in your article. Malaysia is made up of Malays, Chinese, Indians and othet minority races. They should all be considered ad Malaysians & be treated fairly & humanely. The non-Malays are treated worse the animals in some cases. The malays seem to walk around as if they own the world. Open them up to fair competition & you will see the majority of them crumple. Granted, they are some very strong & intellectual malays, but you will find that most of them have or will leave the Malaysia due to the poor leadership & the inhumane way the non-malays are treated. Most non-malays in the current generation were born & bred in Malaysia which should give them as equal right as any Malay in Malaysia. Get the crutches off the Malays & open the country up to healthy competition.


28 Jan 2006

Well said and I am sure many will be offended by the truth of your article. I am one of those who hold up the sign: "Yankee go home and take me with you!" We as a people have forgotten how to be angry at the right things. Corruption, Lies, Cheating etc. We no longer express indignation that once troubled us! S Korea politician when asked by our "Illustrious DILG Crook" responded "We love our country!" insinuating that you guys don't love yours. Only the Almighty can save us from our downward trek.


25 Jan 2006

I was looking for an article about the state of Philippine education right now when i came across your website. This is really good. I can appreciate some of the articles here that dwells with the kind of culture we have in the country. WE are basically raving mad against the Americans and the rest of the world for the kind of life we have. But have we ever tried to look at the serious flaws we have as Filipinos? I do basically agree with the idea that EDSA I is good, it has served its purpose...but to make use of it as a perennial solution to the political and economic problem of the country? It is a sheer blasphemy to the spirit of the 1986 EDSA Revolution.

It is high time for us to rethink of our ways of seeing things......


17 Jan 2006

The analysis is insightful. As a challenge, would you be able to develop block-buster themes and characters that counter the stereo-types that currently dominate Philippine moveies? Perhaps, producers and directors could have a retreat to discuss the possibilities.

If there is progress on this front, then the Motherland would be on the road to substantive changes in governance standards and performance.


14 Jan 2006

wtf??? is Jordan Viray stoned or something? i hope he's just being sarcastic at his article, 'Catholic dogma cannot be questioned ' because if he's not, it'll be the most stupid articles i've ever read. it's like he's stuck in the medieval ages or something. wake up, dude.


11 Jan 2006

About the article found [here,]

Well that was really direct and I appreciate it.

Just want to share my views. I agree for the most part about your article especially that we do not have a history like the European countries where the Parliamentary system originated. In fact, I myself is 50-50 on this issue, but seeing other Parliamentary neighbors, I think that maybe it will work. But then again the Philippines don't have to.

Personally, I am concerned with how people (or the masa) votes for the President. Majority are well, let's face it, voting for a candidate simply because of the candidate's "popularity". The "masa" do not think on their own, they think because other people "feel" that way.

Maybe, (I'm no expert in the Parliamentary system), if a Parliamentary system is adopted (not France's) then the people who will choose the Prime Minister will be the Parliament and the masa will not have a "direct" influence over it.

True that our current politicians are mostly "corrupt", still personally, I think it is better to have them choose a PM than the masa who do not have brains of their own (pardon me).

Still, we do not know yet if majority of the current politicians in the national government will be allowed to run again after the change (if ever), it's a risk, yes, but until the masa use their own brains choosing for the Head of the State then maybe the Presidential form is really not for us, "not for now" atleast.

I like your article, bookmarked it, good for research. :D

Regards,
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