Journal 2/11/18

Sometimes, for the sake of protecting whatever dignity I have left, I just block Chinese HelloTalk users who ask me the question, “What do you think about China?” I always lie and say I like China, but quite often, the Chinese won’t play the charade and don’t reciprocate the face-saving gesture. It is very telling when the Chinese upturn the Confucian order of things (slapping their 老师 the way they do with their Anhui servants) with abandon and still have the gall to beseech my help for their TOEFL or IELTS exam. Binastos ka na, hinihingan ka pa ng tulong. Filipino pride exists only when we fool ourselves – outside, few are fooled and we are laughed at

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GMA News: Christian group holds protest against Anti-Discrimination Bill

Itong mga ito ay may panahon para sa ganitong katangahan, pero kapag panahon para ipaglaban ang buhay ng mga pinapatay, kapag panahon para ipaglaban ang katotohanan, at kapag panahon para ipaglaban ang mga inaapi at mahihirap, nasaan kaya sila? Mas may panahon sila na ipanawagan sa gobyerno kung saan dapat mag-CR, kung saan dapat ilagay ng mga tao ang ari nila kaysa ayusin ang sarili nilang mga buhay at bigyang-lunas ang mas mahahalagang problema sa lipunan. Hindi sila nananawagan laban sa mga kasinungalingan ng mga propagandista ng pamahalaan, bagkus nagdadagdag pa sila ng kasinungalingang walang diskriminasyon laban sa LGBT sa bansang ito. Nagiging banal lang sila kapag pinangangalagaan nito ang kanilang mga pribilehiyo at nakatataas na antas sa lipunan. Sinusunod lang nila ang kautusan kapag ito’y madali o kung may pangako ng katubusan, kahit na laban pa ito sa lohika, siyensa, o konsensyang unibersal. Ang pagiging relihiyoso nila kuno at pagkatakot sa kanilang harayang manlilikha ay pantakip lang sa mga kakulangang hindi nila kayang punan. Continue reading →

CNN: Kung walang fake news…

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Mr Roque seems to forget that one of the functions of a government (at least a neoliberal one) is to make sure that fake things don’t get sold. Allowing counterfeits, substandard, dangerous, or useless products, whether news or netbooks, breeds distrust and hurts the potential of the marketplace to improve the lives of people. What the government should not control is dissenting opinions, and the government should act against fabrications masquerading as facts. The truth is not sold with the currency of likes and shares.

Chinese dualist philosophy is inapplicable here – the existence of “fake news” is a postmodern, artificial construct. Lies do not belong in the natural order of things. If this administration is really for nation-building, it should act against the agents of lies and heal the divisions hatred and falsehood created. The untruths they shared and continue to spread are tigers that trample human rights, critical voices, and good governance. And when these tigers run out of prey, their “masters” would go next. Close this Pandora’s box before it’s too late for all of us.

Journal 01.16.2018

Papa: Piliin mo na yung mga librong kailangan mo pa kasi dadalhin ko na sa junkshop yung iba.
Me: Huh? (Habang hawak ang isang kopya ng 1987 Constitution ni Nolledo.) Bakit itatapon? Nagkalat ang mga bobong tao sa mundo, kasi sa halip na magbasa Facebook at tsismisan ang ginagawa nila.
Papa: Kaya nga dadalhin natin sa junkshop. Sa tingin mo ba kung puro sila Facebook at tsismisan ay may magagawa pa ang mga libro mo? Ibenta na lang natin sa junk, may pera ka pa. At saka yang Constitution na yan, i-junk mo na rin, maluluma na yan. Ang kailangan mo pera, hindi batas. Ang dami nga nating alam sa batas, pero ang nasusunod yung may pera di naman tayo.
Ending – itinago ko pa rin yung annotated version ni Nolledo. Kahit memento na lang ng nakaraang walang katuparan.

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Sơn Tùng M-TP: Lạc Trôi

I could barely understand this song, même avec sous-titres français, but I like this kind of music. And yeah, Tùng looks as good as his sounds are. It’s refreshing to hear pop songs from Vietnam; it dispels my fossilizing, 1970s Western stereotype of this great country. It gives me the feeling that Vietnam is a country with an old and majestic culture, overlain with a dynamic, globalized polish. But then, why can’t the Philippines produce more pop music like this, mixing traditional music with trendy forms?

FB: Lying Cabunoc

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As a Filipino, you are supposed to share what is true, what is useful, what will protect the people, and advance the interest of our nation. Is sharing a “funny” story with a P.S. that isn’t that helpful at all true, useful, protective of the welfare of our people, and will advance our nation? When we have power and influence, when a lot of people look up to us, we should be responsible with what we say and not just say it because we want to be funny, pander to the whims of the “masa,” incite hate, or satisfy our own desire for arrogance. Can’t we just oppose Renato Reyes and the rest of the communist rebels without resorting to cheap “satire?” Just like many of the people in this regime, you are a hatemonger, but you are nastier since you are smart and you have guns.

Journal 01.01.2018

Nakakatuwa naman na ginawa talaga akong “free” tutor ng mga Tsino para matuto ng Tagalog… there’s a small, niche market for “Tagalog for Business” and even for “Tagalog as a Second Language.” I had a lot of fun teaching Filipino (Tagalog) language and culture to foreigners, and I learned a lot from them as well. Well, if the Philippines aims to get more Chinese investments in exchange for the islands we surrendered to the CCP, then we’d better learn their language and make them learn ours. My new year’s resolution of learning Mandarin took an unexpected yet pleasant turn! 加油!