The one thing I like about commuting to my internship is I get to see different people from all sorts of walks of life. The one thing I realized is that problems like racial tension is still prevalent in daily life even in the most minuscule way. Discrimination of all sorts still permeates our society. But at the end of the day, what makes me happy is to see the human spirit of kindness and acceptance.
So I’ve been seeing and hearing people say that, we[filipinos] are being too prideful and proud about this Pacman loosing to Bradley. Just to make a point, this is not even about the fact that Pacman is filipino and that we think he deserves to win all his fight. Clearly we support him, which is deeply rooted in the filipino culture and values. Like any sports fan, filipinos support and react based on merit. Prior this fight, Pacman did pretty bad on his last fight and majority of the Filipinos I knew were disappointed and thought he really didn’t deserve to win. So again, don’t think we are supporting him because we are prideful. We are supporting him because it is what is right. Injustice was served due to capitalistic mentality that exploits people. If sports analyst and many people[not just filipinos] say that Pacman should have won then there must be something fishy with the results.
So we all have been watching Jesse Sanchez with the hopes of her being given the title as American Idol. Unfortunately, Jessica did not win the title; however, I truly believe she will succeed in her endeavor with the music industry.
So during the Jessica frenzy, I got a spoiler alert way before most people. Philippine News has been tracking the American Idol progress like a hawk so I found out two hours before AI premiered in the west coast. I briefly read comments, which show their sadness of Jessica not being crowned the new idol, some are boastful of Jessica’s achievements even calling her, OUR OWN AMERICAN IDOL. I did see some comments, which I thought, were problematic. One comments was “Hindi kasi siya pure American,” which loosely translates to, She did not win because she is not a pure American, how unfortunate. Another problematic comment I saw was, “American Idol, it’s in the title.”First, we should be proud of Jessica of her achievements no matter what, it is the first time that someone of Filipino descent made it to the top two of American Idol. Furthermore, this is an amazing achievement for someone her age. Second, the idea that permeates within Filipino culture is that American means being White or Black only. This paradigm forgets to include other communities of color, which have contributed to our conceptualization of American. To me, being American does not lie in skin color, immigration status, age, gender, etc. I define American as individuals who contribute and have roots in the United States. With a comment on the latter opinion, yes, the title is American Idol so does that mean Jessica is not American because she is of Filipino and Mexican descent. I think people forget that everyone in the United States have immigrant roots. Whites and Blacks are not natives of the U.S. The American identity is a modern one that is fluid. It is a unique national identity that many other nations do not have. This does not mean that Americans are exception but rather different.
I wish Jessica all the best. I know she will be successful when she gets signed and releases her album. She is truly talented and she will go far.
Dear Overtly Religious People in the Philippines,
You say Lady Gaga is “Evil” and she works for the devil. I say she is different and promotes equality and acceptance, something I believe God wants all of us to know and live by. How “Christian” of you to judge people, don’t we hear constantly that God is the only one who has the right to judge us? I respect your views but before you go criticizing people and judging them, you should ask yourself, would Jesus want me to act this way? How come you don’t act like this when it comes to popular culture in the Philippines which promotes similar “sinful” things. Think before you act, you don’t want to contradict yourself.
This Little Monster. :p
Manny Pacquiao, the people’s champ, or he is really? Recently, Pacquiao had an interview with Examiner.com to show his dissatisfaction for President Obama’s support for same sex marriage. I would like to point out that, in my opinion, the issue of same sex marriage is an issue of equality rather than a religious issue. The way I view it is that, everyone deserves the right to love and have the ability to be legally acknowledged as a couple. I do not support same sex marriage just for the sake of agitating norms but rather I advocate for what is right. We are all humans, we should not deprive others the ability to be legally recognized as a couple just because they do not fit our heteronormative definition of a couple. More than anything else, I disagree with depriving human beings the same capabilities as heterosexual couples. Gay or Straight, these people were lucky enough to find a person to love, who are we to deprive individuals the right to make decisions about their own life. If we cannot recognize same sex couples as legal couples with rights that married couples have, we should not even have marriage contracts. A marriage contract is a legal agreement between two individuals, which the state and federal government recognizes as a legitimate agreement and is subject to disciplinary action if broken.
Back to Pacman. He quotes the bible to argue why in his view, same sex marriage is an abomination. “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Cool, I respect your view. However, where do you come off saying that people deserved to be treated violently merely for the fact that they are different from what you expect. Pacman says, "God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man.” With all due respect, sir, not everything works in similarity to Philippine society. The Philippines is known to be a strong Catholic valued nation, something we can see in Filipino culture and the Filipino diaspora. Pacman forgets to realize that American and Philippine societies are different entities. Though both are modern nations, we run on different terms. The idea of separation of state and church has been long established in America; however, in the Philippines, the Catholic Church has a strong hold on Philippine politics and life. The influence of the Catholic Church is evident in the execution of EDSA’s People Power Revolution as well as the impeachment of various Philippine politicians. In my opinion, Pacman forgets to realize this difference because of his overt pride for the Filipino culture and tradition. Do not get me wrong, I applaud his love for his people; however, I do not tolerate using cultural values to hate and oppress other people. For someone who typically advocates for marginalized individuals he sure is doing a horrible job being an advocate for the LGBTQ community as well as women. His conservative stance on the Philippine Reproductive Health Bill waged a war on women by saying they have no right to choose for their own bodies. His opinion wages as war on the LGBTQ community by saying, you are different so you do not deserve proper treatment. In my opinion, his views are not far off from a Hitler mentality. Next thing you know he will write a bill segregating Queers and Straight people or worse depriving LGBTQ people of civil rights.
I do think Pacman made a bad move on his part. Filipinos are typically prideful of their own people. However, he just made enemies with LGBTQ Pin@ys. Before it was a cultural obligation to watch and support Pacman but due to his bigoted opinion, I will not be supporting him as much. I cannot discredit him for what he has done in bringing pride to the Filipino people but I will not be as I was before, which was an avid supporter. As of now, I am on the fence about supporting him. It is just hard to separate Pacman the Boxer from Pacman the Politician. Then again, I was never in support of his decision to run for office. I hope that he does not run for president or my world would turn upside down.
I think Kurt did Whitney Houston justice when he sang, I Have Nothing.
"I will never understand how Latino is an ethnic group, but if it is, why aren’t Filipinos considered Latino? The Philippines became part of the Spanish Empire in the 16th Century, and much of the vocabulary of Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, derives from Spanish. Also, many Filipinos have Spanish surnames and are descended from Spanish conquerors, settlers, merchants and sailors."
As I read the article on the SF Gate website about the growth of the Asian population in the Bay Area as well as the changing demographics of the United States, I couldn’t help but read this comment[posted above]. For me it’s been a question that has come up a few times. Why is it that Filipinos are considered Asians and or Pacific Islander[depending on one’s self identification] instead of Latinos? It’s evident that Spanish/Mexican tradition and culture has sipped it’s way through what we know and love as Filipino culture. Although many Filipinos have Spanish last names and some have strong Spanish blood flowing in their veins, it’s not enough to identify Filipinos with in the Latino bracket. The Filipino culture and people is diverse in it’s own ways. The mixture of various South East Asian and Chinese influence with in the culture contributes to the degree of diversity of Filipinos. I think alot of people tend to forget, that the Spaniards aren’t the only ones who influenced and colonized the Philippines. I think there’s a phenomenon that a group will be labeled as Hispanic/Latino as long as a presence of Spanish colonization is evident From a personal stance, I do not consider Filipinos to belong to the Hispanic/Latino bracket because Filipinos are of Malay/southeast Asian origins. Prior to the discovery of the Philippines[a land named after King Philip of Spain], unoccupied Philippines was not the nation state that we know. I like to look at things in a Biological and Anthropological perspective when it comes to this question. I think the hardest things for many Filipinos to answer is ,”
What are we [with respect to racial labels]?
It really bothers me when students of color call student protesters idiotic for yelling and protesting. Just because you lived a privileged life and don’t understand the struggles of many student of colors and other students struggling to pursue their higher education, it doesn’t give you the right to be negative about them. It’s not like they just protest to be a disturbance, they do it for you, for me, for others who want to have the ability to pursue higher education. You maybe able to pay your tuition now but when the day comes, you’ll realize these people are fighting for your education.
There’s a way of correcting people’s information without sounding aggressive. If you pursue that kinda style, I’m sorry but I show no mercy especially when you are wrong. We are here to help each other out not to attack one another.
I am enjoying[reading] this healthy debate on facebook. Tagalog v. Filipino? What is the national language of the Philippines? I [personally] say I speak Tagalog because that’s the dialect that I know.But someone pointed out that the Filipino language is ever changing adapting words from other languages, etc. Also, I like this argument because the term Filipino is more inclusive, we should use this term when referring to the Philippine national language. This term is inclusive because it includes the adaptability of the language meaning taking words from various filipino dialects into the vernacular. What I really like about it is that it acknowledges the evolution of the language as well as being aware of the various dialects in the Pilipin@ culture. Not alot of people know that according to the Philippine constitution[article XIV sec.6], Filipino is the national language of the Philippines