Takuza, Tagay at Kung Bakit May Tulog si Mar Roxas

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ni Wilfredo G. Villanueva

(The Society of Honor blog was started and is managed by Joe America, an eponymous nom de guerre for an American man who has a love affair with the country. It is a group blog of Philippine matters and issues, sometimes written by Filipinos in-country or abroad but mostly by JoeAm, a blog that’s 100 per cent for Filipinos. The following is written in street Filipino — Tagalog with a smattering of English for emphasis.)

“Tinatanggap mo bang maging kaisang dibdib si Susan, na maging kabiyak ng iyong puso, sa habang buhay, sa hirap at ginhawa, sa sakit man o kalusugan, at mamahalin mo siya sa habangbuhay, gaya ng sagradong utos ng Panginoon?”

Ganun ang umpisa ng lahat ng machong may-asawa gaya ni Simeon, ang bida sa kwentong ito. Bihira sa ating mga lalaki ang nananakit ng asawa, karamihan ay mababait, maaalahanin at malambing sa kani-kanilang asawa. Ganung-ganun si Simeon.

Ang dahilan kung bakit mahusay na asawa si Simeon sa aking palagay ay ang kanyang halos pagsamba sa kanyang sariling ina. Kung ano ang sabihin ng nanay niya ay siyang nasusunod, kung kaya si Simeon ay natural lamang na halos sunud-sunuran sa kanyang kabiyak na si Susan, mistulang pangalawang ina ni Simeon habang tumatagal silang magkasama. (Kumain ka na ba? Magpalit ka ng t shirt mo, basa ng pawis. Heto ang pangpalit, o. Huwag umaga ang uwi. Itigil mo na ang paninigarilyo. Lasing ka na naman kagabi. Naligo ka na ba?)

May nabasa nga ako na kundi daw sa mga babaeng Pilipino katulad ni Susan, eh mas grabe pa ang kalagayan ng ating mahal na bansa. Ang Filipina kasi, halos 98 per cent, eh masarap magluto, nakatali sa bahay o dili kaya remote-control ang household kasi marami na rin ang dual-income families, at malamang ay OFW. So, magaling na sa kusina, magaling pang kumita ng pera, malahimuyak pa. ‘Yan si Susan.

May isa pa. Hindi nagkakamali ang Filipina, sa tingin ng lalake. Perpekto kasi ang nanay, perpekto rin ang asawang babae. Sa aming prayer community, halimbawa, kapag may sharing, halos lahat ng sisi nasa lalake, bihirang-bihira nagkakamali si kumander. Sabi sa inyo, mistulang diyosa ang babae sa tahanang Filipino.

Pero may exception.

Ano ‘yun?

Politics.

Oo. Kapag politics ang pinag-uusapan, eh, tiklop na si Susan. Usually galit si Simeon sa isang politiko o dili kaya ay gustong-gusto naman yung isa, kung kaya si Susan naman ang nagiging sunud-sunuran. Pansinin ninyo sa inyong mga tahanan. Tumataas ang boses ng lalake kapag politics na ang pinag-uusapan, ‘di ba?

Bakit nagkaganito? Sa palagay ko, reyna ang ina ng tahanan sa lahat, pero pag-inuman, eh out muna ang nanay, maglalaro muna ang macho.

“Tagay* muna, pare,” ‘yan ang kalimitang tono ng usapan kapag lalake sa lalake na, medyo pataasan na kasi ng ihi. Sa tutuo lang, ang favorite joke ng kalalakihan eh under de saya silang lahat. Tawanan silang lahat kapag binabanggit ang pagka-under nilang lahat. Walang nangangahas na magsabing hindi siya under, kill joy ang tawag sa kanya. Basta, lahat under. Para kasing natural lang na may sabit si mister kay misis: kulang ang sweldo, mahilig uminom, may GRO, hindi umaasenso sa trabaho, bulakbulero, at iba pa. Kaya kapag inuman na ng mga mag-kukumpare, eh lalabas at lalabas ang pagkalalake.

“Pare, nakita mo yun chikas?”

“Oo, pare, akin yan.”

“O, pare, papano si mare?”

“Hayaan mo yun, takot sa akin yun.”

“Ay, sorry, pare, nakalimutan ko, hindi ka nga pala Takuza*.”

Tawanan na ang barkada habang minamanmanan ang tagay.

Yan ang usapan ng mga Takuza.

At kalimitan, politics ang hilig pag-usapan. Ang nangyayari, eh kung sino ang kinikilalang matatas, matapang, may-kaya o lider ng grupo ang siyang nasusunod sa opinyon.

“Eh, pareng Baste, kanino ba tayo sa eleksiyon?” tanong ni Simeon.

“Ha, eh, ako, wala akong problema kay Binay. Lahat naman ‘yan eh magnanakaw, duon na lang ako sa magnanakaw na alaga naman tayo. Tagay pa.”

“O, makinig kayo kay pareng Baste.”

“Kausap ko nga si kapitan, eh kung hindi daw kay Binay eh wala tayong fire truck, sister city kasi tayo. Ba’t naman kapag eleksyon na eh babaligtad tayo?”

“Oo nga.”

“Oo nga.”

“Oo nga.”

“Tagay pa, mga pare ko.”

“Si Mar, eh mukhang under kay Korina, ‘di ba, pareng Baste?”

“Masyadong mabait,” sagot ni pareng Baste.

“Kung ako kay Mar, eh, bibigyan ko ng black eye si Korina para makita ng iba. Sigurado panalo na si Mar,” dugtong ni Baste. Tawanan.

“Oo nga.”

“Oo nga.”

“Oo nga.”

So, ganun lang gumawa ng opinyon. Palibhasa tabloid na panis lang ang binabasa ng karamihan eh, wala naman social media, wala ngang computer o smartphone. Pasikot-sikot lang ang usapan: babae, politiko, babae, o yun tagay, sakit ng rayuma, babae, politiko, tagay, babae.

Kung kaya sa pag-uwi, eh sasabihin sa kanyang asawa:

“Papano yan, Susan, eh kay Binay talaga tayo.”

“Bakit, Simeon? ‘Di ba maraming nakulimbat yun?”

“Hayaan mo na,” medyo galit na si Simeon, kasi nga nakainom.

“Sinabi na ni pareng Baste iyon.”

“Naku, bahala ka,” sagot ni Susan, nagdadabog.

“Sumunod ka na lang. ‘Di mo kasi narinig ang paliwanag ni pareng Baste. Ang galing talaga ni pare. Palagi naman siyang tama, ‘di ba?”

“Bahala ka. Uminom ka ng kape para mahimasmasan ka, at maligo ka na, ang baho mo.”

Ganun. Ang kinabukasan ng bansang minamahal ay hinuhulma sa inuman, pinapangunahan ng pinaka-respetadong tao sa grupo, dinadala ng may kaunting kaalaman ang mga taong walang kaalaman.

Paano na ang kandidatong karapat-dapat ngunit ‘di mukhang umiinom, mabait at tila under?

Hindi ko alam sa ating mga Pilipino. Mababait naman tayo talaga, pero kapag politiko na ang pinag-usapan, eh malamang contrapelo tayo, sintunado, matigas ang ulo, kung ano ang maipilit iyon na yun, magkamatayan na.

Hindi kaya hindi kasi tayo naniniwala na may pag-asa pang umangat ang ating kabuhayan?

Tatlong daang taon bago tayo nag-armas na bilang isang bayan para patalsikin ang mga Español. Ilang taon tayo tinuruan ng mga Thomasites, pinangaralan tayo ng isang national hero na si Jose Rizal, pride of the Malay race, henyo, manunulat, makata, atleta, mabait sa pamilya, babaero. (Hmm, parang babaero lang yata ang ating minana.) Nilabanan ang mga Hapones, biglang nagkaroon ng pansariling gobyerno nuong 1946, okay na sana tayo, two pesos is to one dollar ang palitan, pangalawa lamang sa Japan, pasok ang Marcos, bagsak ang ekonomiya, hanggang ngayon hirap bumangon, pero may nakikita nang liwanag sa wakas, sa pamamaraan ng Daang Matuwid.

Pero ganun pa rin ang mga botante. Walang pagbabago. Mantakin mo, binulatlat nang lahat ang baho ng mga Binay, eh halos ‘di matinag sa popularidad sa 30 per cent na maka-Binay? Anong kabaliwan ito, na ang katwiran eh lahat naman daw ay may dipirensya, duon na lang sa aambunan siya. ‘Di ba nakakapraning?

Kahit dito sa Kamaynilaan, kung may kakausapin akong ordinaryong tao, halimbawa isang matikas na security guard ng SM:

“Kumusta kayo?”

“Okay naman po kami, sir.”

“Eh, mawalang galang lang, sino ba ang napupusuan mo sa pagka-presidente?”

“Si Binay po.”

Laglag ako sa aking angas.

“Ha, eh…”

“Magaling po kasi, sir. Tingnan nyo ang Makati.”

“Eh papano kung magnanakaw pala siya?”

“Lahat naman yan, sir.”

Lagot-lagutan tayo.

Iba mag-isip ang botante. Parang basag na ang bungo ng sawa, eh gumagalaw pa rin ang buntot. Hirap patayin. Hirap ibago ang kaisipan.

Siguro, balik tayo sa kababaihan. Kung ako ang nasa Oras na Roxas Na camp, eh ito siguro ang gagawin ko:

Una, palalakasin ko ang presensya ko sa mga kababaihan. Mukhang ito pa rin ang maaaring daanan ng kontra-opinyon tungkol kay Binay at Mar. Gagamitin ko ang konsepto ng Tupperware parties para i-promote ang kabutihang tao ni Mar. Pero kay Binay — makinig na mabuti sa sasabihin ko — huwag na huwag sisiraan. Ayaw ng tao na may sinisiraan. Baligtad ang nangyayari: imbes na sumama sa naninira, eh sumasama sa sinisiraan.

Pangalawa, humanap ng kakaibang pamamaraan. Ano kaya, isang libreto tungkol sa persepsyon ng pagka-under de saya ni Mar na nakakatawa, gaya ng Eraptions book ni Erap? ‘Di daw kasi marunong mag-Inggles si Erap, kung kaya ‘di pwedeng maging presidente.  Ang ginawa ng kanyang team, naglabas ng isang libro na puro jokes tungkol sa pag-murder niya ng English language.  (Ano po ang favorite color niyo?  Ako, eh fuschia.  Ano po ang spelling?  Uhm, pwede ba red na lang?) Ang Filipino kasi, eh mapatawa mo lang more or less kuha mo na ang kiliti at makikinig na sa kwento o narrative mo.  Isa pa, click pa rin sa tao yung masunuring anak na lalake sa kanyang ina — marami sigurong kwento tungkol sa mag-inang Judy at Mar. (Siyanga pala, yung yumaong kapatid ni Mar na si Dinggoy, siguradong may kwentong pagmamahalan duon, pang-komiks din yun.) At mga ginintuang tagpo sa buhay ni Korina at Mar, head ng kapulisan pero naglalabas ng basura halimbawa, o naghuhugas ng mga plato’t kubyertos, nagpapakain ng mga aso?

Pangatlo, maglabas ng komiks tungkol Kay Lola Nidora, nagtuturo ng mga values at tradisyon, at pahapyaw na binabanggit ang tamang pag-uugali ni Mar at Leni sa matatanda’t bata?

Pang-apat, huwag na kaya i-post ang litrato ni Mar na nakikita sa likuran niya ang kanyang library? Ayaw kasi ni Simeon ang hindi tomador at babaero. Meron bang tomador at babaero na intellectual at bookworm? Kaya nga sige ang boodle fight ni Binay, ‘di ba? Para down and dirty, one of the boys, hindi nagmumukmok, nagkakamay kung kumain. Kuno. Ipakita na lang na medyo pilyo naman pala si Mar, na approachable naman pala, ordinaryo lang din pala.

Pang-lima, pwede bang dumihan si Mar? Ayoko rin ng reinvention for Mar, sabi nga ni JoeAm, okay na si Mar as is, kailangan lang siguro ng bagong slant. Medyo aloof o suplado kasi ang dating ni Mar, eh. Wala na tayong magagawa kung anak mayaman siya, dumihan lang siguro ng kaunti. Magagawa yan sa pamamagitan ng isang photographer who will take pictures of the man, just like Obama had a photographer tailing him in his campaign to get human reaction, human touch, kilig as in AlDub kilig. Come to think of it, wala pa akong nakikitang nagki-kiss and hug ang mag-asawa. Ba’t naman hindi?

Babaran natin ang usaping AlDub kilig.  Tingnan nyo: Wala kayong nakita o makikita na Jojo-Elenita AlDub posing kasi nga, eh, may kulasisi.  Grace-Mr. Llamanzares? Hmm.  Hindi rin siguro, kasi may issue tungkol sa citizenship.  Miriam-Jun?  Lalong hindi siguro.  Hindi photogenic si sir, tsaka may isyung sugarol yata.  Hindi wholesome ang imahe.  Pero Mar-Korina?  Bakit hindi?  May power ang love, ipinakita na ng kalyeserye.  Nag-papabebe wave na nga si Mar.  Cute yun. Pabebe pa more, AlDub kilig pa more, Mr. and Mrs. Roxas.  Hindi lang mga bata ang kinikilig sa pag-ibig, pati si Simeon.

Tsaka na muna yung iba. Marami na rin tayong insights. Bakit naman puro Mar itong blog na ito? Bakit wala para kila Poe, Binay, Miriam? Ang blog o diary sa internet ay tungkol sa pribadong kaisipan na nais isa-publiko ng sumulat ng blog. Bakit? Paniniwala niya. Feelings niya. Merong may gusto ang mga pananaw, meron namang sukang-suka. Wala, eh. Eleksyon ito. At baka sabihin ng iba eh, echo chamber daw ang The Society of Honor, Liberal Party extension. Eh, kung Liberal Party ang sumulat nito, bakit ko pa idadaan sa blog? Di ideretso ko na lang. Ano ito, diskusyon tungkol sa kulturang Pinoy: Bakit ba tayo ganito? Paano kaya maitutuloy ang mga nasimulan ng Daang Matuwid, na pati nga si Grace Poe eh naniniwalang tama.

Paninindigan ko ito, na si Mar-Len pa rin ang sagot unless gusto nating tibagin ang inilatag ni PNoy para sa Daang Matuwid. Yun lang. Pero hindi “lang” ito, ha. Labanan ito ng matuwid at baluktot, Simeon.

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*Takuza is a pun on Yakuza, the Japanese mafia.  A play on words, takot sa asawa, Ta-ku-za.  Yakuza is about being a man, Takuza is about being a mouse when the missus is around.
*Tagay means passing around the same glass of alcoholic drink, usually gin or lambanog from which everyone must drink the same measure. Drinking is a shared exercise. Liquid bayanihan. Very Filipino.  

 

Comments
172 Responses to “Takuza, Tagay at Kung Bakit May Tulog si Mar Roxas”
  1. Karl garcia says:

    Marahil nga dapat mag kiss sabay hug sila paminsan minsan konting public display of affection.Sila ay napagbibintangang nag gagamitan lamang.

  2. Karl garcia says:

    Totoo na yan ang sinasabi ng tao na lahat kurakot,lahat magnanakaw.at sukang suka na daw sila sa daang matuwid

    • Allan Reyes says:

      kaya higit na kailangan na ipagdiininan ni mar na mula ng nagsilbi siya sa gobyerno e wala pa siyang bahid ng korupsyon…na merong natatanging politiko na malinis at may matwid at malinis na hangarin…

  3. Micha says:

    Anong ibig sabihin ng may tulog?

    • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

      Refers to a boxer who could be knocked out, may panganib na matulog sa lona, could sleep on the canvas of the boxing ring because the opponent is strong in one aspect, an equivalent English idiom is “that could be his Waterloo.”

      • Micha says:

        Ok, thanks. So Roxas is still no.2 in the latest survey?

        • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

          Yup. A strong number two. The candidate who gathers the most speed.

          • Erlinda R. says:

            Napaka-cute ang pagka-sulat (isang dalubhasang Pilipinong manunulat, halleluya!) , at napakatotoo ang sinasabi ni Wilfredo Villanueva tungkol sa ating kultura. Paano natin masisigurado na mabasa ito ni Mar at ng campaign manager niya? Paano ito maipaparating sa kanila?

            • Allan Reyes says:

              etong inilarawan ni Ka Willy ang nakakadismayang ugali ng pinoy…masyadong magaling kapag lasing…masyadong pa-macho (tungkol sa asta nila kay Korina) samantalang ang sa totoo’y nasasaling lamang ang kanilang pagkalalaki pag nakakakita sila ng prangka, matapang at may angas na babae – tulad ni Korina.

              • Allan Reyes says:

                harinawa’y kakaunti lamang ang bilang nila at sana’y malakas pa ang hangover sa kalasingan para di makaboto sa eleksyon…

  4. Karl garcia says:

    may tulog- may talo?

  5. Micha says:

    We do not pretend that this forum could sway mass voter perception and/or decision.

    Filipinos voted for Estrada because they were sick and tired of Jose de Venecia’s traditional politics only to find out that he really doesn’t have much to offer but more traditional politics. In other words, we deserve the kind of gov’t or President that we elect. If voters decide, in their collective wisdom, to go for Binay or Poe then, full steam ahead and let’s reap the whirlwind.

  6. edgar lores says:

    *******
    1. This is the first post in Taglish that I read in its entirety, and did not stumble over hard-to-understand words.

    2. The apprehension is that Mar might lose, and the suggestions are for him (a) to attract the woman vote and (b) to dumb down his act for the takuzas.

    3. The apprehension is real, and the suggestions are premised on the assumption that he is not connecting with the majority of the voters.

    4. But aren’t the majority of voters the millenials, those aged 35 and below? And not the takuzas, who make tagay-tagay, and their wives? (Pareng Baste and Simeon sound over the hill to me.) The millenials comprise 60-65% of the voting population.

    5. My impression is this demographic consists of the Marcos loyalists. Their presidential preference is probably Miriam. These are the “stupid is forever” generation.

    6. What can Mar do to win this segment?
    *****

    • Micha says:

      Malakas ang charisma at integridad ni Leni Robredo. She should be made more visible in the Roxas campaign.

    • I remember Joe saying something about all it takes to be Presidential in this country is to talk big and Pickup Lines/Jokes.

    • Allan Reyes says:

      If I’m Mar, sasabihin niya sa tulad ni Simeon at Baste na ang tunay na matapang o barakong lalaki ay yung may asawang matapang na babae…

      • nararamdaman na ng mga Takuza iyon kaya siguro naiingit – kadalasan pa mas mainit pa iyong mga babaeng matapang alam ko iyon mula sa eksperiyensiya. Kaya pala siguro ganyan ang ngiti ni Mar paminsan-minsan, pero hindi ako naiingit, dahil hindi nga Takuza.

    • NHerrera says:

      I believe that captures pretty much the situation:

      – While most of us, including me, appreciated Wilfredo’s blog;
      – The reality of the voting demographics (35 year-old and younger voters comprising 60%-65%) is a prime factor;
      – Therefore, the campaign strategy and tactics of Mar-Leni will have to consider that factor.

      Fortunately, I sincerely believe, the assessment of the situation is not lost on the bright minds of Mar-Leni and their strategist assistants; and so their MOVES — aside from DIFFERENTIATING themselves from the OPPOSITION, I believe, are made in keeping with that reality.

      That said, I believe, too, that Mar-Leni or their helpers should continue to read JoeAms’ to pick up gems that are offered for free here.

  7. i7sharp says:

    @Wilfredo G. Villanueva
    “It is a group blog of Philippine matters and issues, sometimes written by Filipinos in-country or abroad but mostly by JoeAm, a blog that’s 100 per cent for Filipinos.”

    Given the “following” (popularity, admiration, or even trust) you must have gained by now – on the heels of your article on AlDub, especially – your comment about Joe’s blog being “100 per cent for Filipinos” might just outweigh PNoy’s endorsement (in his last SONA) of Joe America.

    You apparently write very well and I think you are a very nice person.
    Can you kindly elucidate on your “a blog that’s 100 per cent for Filipinos”?

    Salamat.

    .

    • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

      Thanks for the kind words!

      “A blog that’s 100 per cent for Filipinos.” I have yet to see someone go out on a limb—handang mapahamak—for our country. An American, yes, but truly JoeAm is one of us. Why? Every article I have written would not have been published in The Society of Honor if Joe America carried a hidden agenda, measuring everything with his own yardstick unbeknownst to us. He is an encourager, “a coach and trainer,” according to him as he teaches me the ropes in Word Press, software for blogs. Why would a foreigner put us front and center in his life without any kind of reward save for the thought that it’s the right thing to do? I don’t know. Only time can tell. In the meantime, I think, I write, I request inclusion, I am published. On and on it will go I hope. I can only partake of the kindness of his spirit. I still believe in miracles and love, and this blog spot has given me shelter and platform. Thanks again, i7sharp! You must be a kind person, too.

      • sonny says:

        I agree, Wil. I feel this is as close to a Club of Rome I’ll ever get. I think there is a benevolence albeit under many expressions, that runs through the Society and Joe is 100% to blame. 🙂

  8. bauwow says:

    Kailan ba ang campaign period? Palagay ko bubulusok Leni sa tamang panahon.
    SI Mar kailangnang bumanat o jumab ng kaunti. Lahat na lang kasi sa kanya sinisisi.

  9. Donna says:

    Good observation! Hope Mar camp explores his love for his dad, his mom and siblings. Pano ba sya pinalaki, bakit di sila nagkatuluyan ng mommy Nung Anak Nya, bakit si korina pinakasalan Nya, these things to make Mar’s life a little colorful

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Ba’t pinakaslan n’ya si Korina
      Ba’t pinakaslan ni Korina si Mar
      Anong makuha ni Korina ni Mar?
      Anong Makuha ni Mar ni Korina?
      Korina is ambisyosa
      Mar is ambisyoso
      bulyaso ang ambisyon pag lumbas ang katotonan ni Korina.
      tinakpan sa medya ang katotonan ni korina.
      Ang medya hintay sa scandal tapus upo si Mar.
      Kasi dito sila makakita ng pera.
      Ba’t hindi tinanong sa Medya ang SALN before CoC?
      Kasi pag nakaupo na ang kandidato dito sila makakit ng pera sa iskandal.
      guni-guni-guni. kawawa ang mga pinoy.
      pinaglaroan sila sa medya …. kasi sila kolokoy.

    • Beatriz says:

      I agree. He should be interviewed by Kris Aquino to show his other side that will endear him to the masses.

      What is he like behind closed doors, how is he as a father, a son, and most importantly as a husband.

      I wonder if Judy Araneta can do to him like what Tita Cory did to Noy Noy back when he ran for the Senate? Had a commercial together. Tita Cory said something like, “…”Lagot siya sa Nanay Niya”.

      I did some research and apparently Judy Araneta Roxas has a lot of achievements on her own. She heads her husband’s foundation where they have supported hundreds of scholars.

  10. Look, Ma! No nosebleed! 🙂

    Now I understand why we do not have a lot of women at the Society of Honor. It is perceived as a “Tagayan” place, a men’s club rather than the “Cheers” I envisioned.

    Funny, because my hubby always ask for my political opinion. “What do you think about Hillary? Carly? Bernie?”. He said my analysis and synthesis of disparate information is often right on the money.

    I reviewed the outcomes of the Presidential elections in PH. IMHO, they got it right most of the time and those they got wrong were often corrupted by the power enabled by the presidency. Therefore, the challenge is in spotting the “not-yet-corrupt” but has “tendency” to be corrupt based on their words, deeds and affiliations.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Entertainment Gossip is to women …
      Politics is to men …

      What is common in these two is there are no evidences just blah blah blah.

    • Not to worry, Juana— I’m feeling excluded as well. Maybe you can do a Tagalog to English here, if Wil‘s essay isn’t too much like poetry that it escapes translation. Thanks. Tagayan I know, this is the first I’ve heard of Takuza.

      But I doubt it’s actually fear of wife, more like fear of getting caught– the vices I’ve participated en toto (at least the ones worth looking into) over there, and I guarantee wives were not feared, some were actually complicit, ie.

      ‘you can screw around with the younger girls (usually below economically or in status), just make sure your money stay with me’. The concept of a real man is still very much on Spanish machismo, only a bizarro version.

      The Arabs have the closest to knightly (King Arthur stuff) chivalry, but since they don’t have a warrior ethos, it’s largely symbolic. The two go hand in hand, otherwise your are fighting roosters, using your status over women below you, and tagay– you never put anything truly on the line like your life or your ego (by targeting women who can say no, by shooting down and not up).

      It’s the bizarro version of machismo because there is no true conquest, of any sort.

      • I think it’s good that it is in street Filipino because it gets the discussion among our folks going without the formality and distance from reality that English does imply for many.

        Juana could of course translate it to street English, she has a good feel for keeping the flow of what was meant – it is a very colloquial story, but it can be summarized very simply.

        Women control nearly everything at home in the Philippines, save for politics, that is where men decide what is voted at home, and they often discuss it while making tagay.

        Sometime even with a GRO beside them – the Guest Relation Officers in karaoke bars whose time one pays with ladies drinks, so that meshes with the bizarro machismo.

        The whole point of Will’s story is that Takuzas – wannabe machos so to speak – cannot handle a man like Mar Roxas who does not bluster, does not punch Korina in the eye.

        They project their own weakness on Mar who is not weak – like many black men from the ghetto don’t like Barack Obama or Denzel Washington, they would vote 50 Cent if possible.

        Now Will is not saying this too directly, this is the kind of stuff you can get knifed for if you say it in the wrong place, he is saying it in a humorous, bantering way, and asking why.

        His final appeal to Simeon the drinker is, this is about our country, about right or wrong.

        • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

          “Women control nearly everything at home in the Philippines, save for politics, that is where men decide what is voted at home, and they often discuss it while making tagay.” – IRINEO

          POLITICS
          Meriam Santiago
          Ate Glo
          Cory
          Carpio-Morales
          Sereno
          DOH acting Director
          Grace Poe
          Leni
          Nancy
          Abigail
          Elenita
          Korina?

          CORRUPTION
          Gigi Reyes
          Ate Glo
          Nancy
          Abigail
          Elinita
          LTO Ditirector
          DOH Acting Director
          Janet Napoles

          Too many to name. WOMEN RULES THE PHILIPPINES. Marcos was the greatest president ever had, he was overruled by a woman …. Mar is the next best thing that will ever happen to the Philippines …..

          • “Marcos was the greatest president ever had…”

            Bongbong, ikaw ba yan?

            • Baka si Mariano Marcos, Tatay ni Ferdie, o kaya Pacifico Marcos na kapatid niya.

              Sa totoo lang, si Quezon sa tingin ko ang pinakamahusay, kasunod si Magsaysay.

              Cory, Ramos, Noynoy magaling din sa kanya-kanyang paraan, Erap kulelat, Macapagal na Tatay ni Ate Glo mahina kaya nasapawan ni Makoy, Garcia sumobra sa nasynalismo, Roxas lolo makasarili iba sa apo niyang si Mar, Quirino nahirapan, Osmeña kawawa lang dahil sa gyera, Laurel kawawa din dahil napasubo sa Hapon, Ate Glo naman nasilaw sa pera at sa bulong ng asawa niya.. malamang si Poe ganyan din kung sakaling umupo lalo na sa impluwensiya ni Chiz… Duterte hindi kaya ang pulitika sa Maynila… Mar na lang…

              • Mapapatunayan na mas marami nang nagawa ang Daang Matuwid sa limang taon lang kung ikumpara sa 21 na taon ng pagka-Presidente ni Marcos. Si Noynoy hindi lang kasing-ingay ni Marcos, tapos sira-sira pa ang bansang minana niya kay Gloria at Erap.

                Daang Baluktot (1998-2010) ang susunod na kabanata ng kasaysayang Pilipino sa blog ko. Tapos 2010-2015, Daang Matuwid. Nagsasaliksik pa ako para buo talaga ang istorya.

            • Hahaha…

              JP, nadulas, parang isda, nahuli sa bibig.

      • Juana Pilipinas says:

        Actually, it is easier to translate this article in English because the style is conversational or informal. Will has no problem translating this on his own. I think he chose the specific style because the topic is about machismo (still prevalent in Asian and Latin culture but waning among Western culture) and he is directly talking to Simeon, a Filipino macho man and his drinking buddies.

        • Not only Simeon… many Filipinos still have that attitude even if they wear suits I think.

          And many are not really hit that hard when English is used… it isn’t the language they feel, it is often used in the Philippines to distance oneself from a topic and stay clear of mud.

          • Filipinos who have been in English-ispokening countries for long use English the way it should be used, like Americans or Australians do… but many Filipinos back home and Filipinos in non-English speaking countries use it differently, like a foreign language… in fact I have observed that many migrants (me included) preserve the Filipino attitude that was prevalent in the time they left, find the present Philippines familiar yet very strange…

            • I can see that. I guess you can say there’s high American English (for the most part the Mid-West dialect) and low American English (ie. Ebonics, Southern drawl, Texas twang, etc.). I can see the difference in dialect, but when read English is still English.

              Now what Wil wrote maybe street Tagalog, but my question is … does this language ring true for other languages over there? If English is used hierarchically, which Filipino languages follow in order of perceived power/status? ie. Visayan next, then Ilocano, then Ilongo…

              And if English is on top, doesn’t it follow that this language is the ultimate Equalizer ( also a Denzel Washington movie ), hence should be used as lingua franca when attempting to win over large portions of the populations ( according to edgar 70%+ to include both millenials (since English is the internet language) and the educated, use English).

              This may also be a form/type of dumbing down, is what I’m saying. But that’s just me– and I’ve always been consistent in my leanings towards the use of English in the Philippines.

              To test this, I’d like to pose another question… if Wil‘s blog is translated to Visayan or Ilocano (or other Filipino languages, especially those in the ARMM or CAR) will it still hold– ring true, or will much of it get lost in translation? Is this then a Tagalog-centric (or urban-centric) article?

              Back to edgar‘s point, how much of the population does this article really speak to? Maybe Wil should do another article, but targeted to these guys,

              • I answered myself when I wanted to answer you just below… but looking at that crowd… how many of them understand the “cloud of meaning” and connotations that an English word has to a native speaker? Even among British and Americans these things differ, which is why they say US and UK are separated by the same language. A fag is a cigarette in London, and bangs ain’t a hairdo over there… and English is not really rooted in Filipino culture, so many things I think get lost in translation… the lack of grasp among many leads to deficient implementation of concepts when the rubber meets the road… one example here, as satire: http://filipinogerman.blogsport.eu/reconstitute-the-philippines/

                Regarding ARMM, I shared Will’s article in a Leni FB group, and I had a Muslim if his name is any indication laughing his head off about the article. It is about very Filipino stuff which the Abu Sayyaf also do, something that you told me. Nothing in English truly captures the sense and feeling of Filipino “tagay” rituals, just like English just has one word for rice and Filipino has different words, just like the Inuit have many different words for kinds of snow.

              • If taught properly once again in the Philippines, Filipino English could become an international variant of English like Singlish (Straits English used in Singapore and Malaysia) or English in India when spoken properly. Call center folks are mostly drones if you ask me, they just have to go by their manuals by rote, so they don’t really need to understand the language that deeply. Just imitate accents which I heard they do well.

              • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

                Hmm. Noted, LCpl_X. Thank you!

              • “I had a Muslim if his name is any indication laughing his head off about the article. It is about very Filipino stuff which the Abu Sayyaf also do, something that you told me.”

                The tagayan is definitely also in Indonesia (not sure if it’s also in Malaysia), though I missed what it was called over there. re Muslims, I’m not sure they’ll be on the same page as Takuza, since Muslim dogma, and Filipino Muslim traditions, will differ from that of the Tagalog or Visayan in a big city setting.

                Abu Sayyaf eating pork and drinking liquor, is not so much Tagalog affinity but more on military/field necessity (there are loopholes and exceptions afforded in war or whilst traveling, they probably found a haddith that said it’s okay to eat pig when there’s nothing else to eat, or drinking liquor when there’s no potable water– it’s all bs).

                Though vices tend to be similar. As to that Muslim in facebook, I’d be interested to know if he is from the ARMM, comes from Moro blood or a “balik” Muslim, Christian convert, usually Visayan– many Tagalogs of late also.

                The point is, is that facebook Muslim laughing at himself or laughing at Tagalogs?

              • “Hmm. Noted, LCpl_X. Thank you!”

                No problem, Wil.

                Sorry I can’t comment directly on the article, but I hope I’m at least close to the target here.

              • “Is this then a Tagalog-centric (or urban-centric) article?” I had a blog article where I asked the question “what is Filipino?” – now probably if you asked every Filipino who talks about the Philippines and the Filipino what he or she means, that person really thought about it and answered honestly – both aspects I think are still missing with most but the number who are starting to think and answer honestly are increasing – you would get different answers:

                – for some it would be just their own social class within Manila…

                – for some it would be their own kind of folks within Luzon…

                – those poorer and more marginalized would think a bit broader… maybe.

                And those trying to manufacture a definition of “Filipino” or “Philippines” – or have a manufactured definition taught to them in school or unconsciously their own circles – I know the manufactured definition I was brought up with – will again have a certain view that is just a certain filter to reality. The difficult thing is to know one has that filter and try to reframe it based on what is real today. I am presently arguing with someone in FB who tells me there is NO Filipino language at all, that the Filipino defined in the 1987 Constitution is not yet implemented, I told him yes, but what are you going to do if nobody has taken care of it?

                There are hardheads who insist on a “de jure” interpretation when the “de facto” reality is so far from what the law intends that the law is for all intents and purposes useless. Not nice but an assignment for the legalists to chew on – either realize the law or change it.

              • “I am presently arguing with someone in FB who tells me there is NO Filipino language at all, that the Filipino defined in the 1987 Constitution is not yet implemented, I told him yes, but what are you going to do if nobody has taken care of it?”

                So by de fault it’s the ruling language, Tagalog. Since media (the arts) thrives where it finds patronage, that’s also in Tagalog.

                Although the differentiation between L1 (Mother Tongue), L2 (Filipino, national language) and L3 (English, global language) in the Dept. of Education description (below, as posted by you) still holds on to this notion of “Filipino” (Tagalog) language,

                This new Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTBMLE), if done well has a good chance of coopting L2 with L1 and L3. The non-Tagalog teachers should have this agenda when teaching L1– by legitimizing the other major non-Tagalog languages over there.

                Do you have any more on how they plan to implement this MTBMLE approach?

              • No, just found the K-12 curriculum materials as a result of our discussion.. serendipity.

                I am also quite curious about how they plan to implement it… I find it good that the curriculum is detailed but also goal-driven, based on capabilities that children must acquire.

                It is definitely better than the very rigid lesson plans and rote learning from textbooks that used to dominate Philippine education… my first question to DepEd would be how do they plan to teach old horses, I mean teachers, used to the old system the fully new approach?

              • I remember meeting teachers in Mindanao, who dreaded teaching Tagalog (themselves not proficient at it), so I think the Mother Tongue-based approach will give them the much needed respite from Tagalog.

                But getting these non-Tagalog teachers to appreciate the potential of this approach vis-a-vis coopting Tagalog is another story (get them onboard the strategic vision). So there should be some sort of non-Tagalog teachers group (the new Mother Tongue teachers) to set this coopting of Tagalog as their agenda.

                Once freed from Tagalog (nominally) they should extend this legitimization to other lesser, less represented lumad/Muslim majority languages, ie. by including the old speakers into schools (no Soylent Lays potato chips for them yet– they have important stuff to do still, LOL!).

              • I now remember that some months ago, Joe or someone else maybe even me posted sources on the phased implementation plan for K-12, I think the lower grades until 10 are pretty much done by now, they are only putting on the 11-12 layer of the cake this year.

                Wrote to Joe just a few hours ago that we could do two articles, him on K-12 proper and me on K-12+ with TVET, TESDA and Dual Training, because the entire thing is huge… let’s see.

              • Joe America says:

                Hmmmm, no e-mail in the in-box. I did look at K-12 a while back, and think the DepEd web site does a good job of explaining things. I (unfairly, unfortunately) ripped on the Sec of Dep Ed a while back and am inclined to not prowl in their sand box for awhile. I’ve delegated follow-through to them on K-12 and think things will be fine in three years. 🙂

              • No prob… I will do an article on K-12 first, then further aspects… it is a keystone of the long-term vision that the present administration does have… critical thinking, ethics and stuff are all part of it.. the results we will see when the first full K-12 youngsters are finished 12 years from now… this is putting up a very solid foundation for the country… the DepeD Website is great, but two articles as a digest for interested people is good…

                also something useful for those who wish to make memes about what DepEd really is about, and as a reference link for those who see only the introductory problems…

                but it will be sometime later this month, got a lot of work coming the next days/weeks.

              • “the DepeD Website is great, but two articles as a digest for interested people is good…”

                Looking forward to a good compare & contrast to EU approach & results– especially North African & ME migrants, but also SE Asians.

              • sonny says:

                @ PiE

                “… have a manufactured definition taught to them in school or unconsciously their own circles – I know the manufactured definition I was brought up with – will again have a certain view that is just a certain filter to reality. The difficult thing is to know one has that filter and try to reframe it based on what is real today…”

                this is a keeper.

            • http://filipinogerman.blogsport.eu/identification-communication-learning/ – I made an analysis of the language issue in the Philippines in my blog quite a while ago:

              The national language Filipino is based on Tagalog and is spoken by around 45 million of the ca. 100 million Filipinos. Modern Filipino spoken on the streets is strongly influenced by the Filipino spoken in Metro Manila and spread via television and movies. The official language English is spoken by around 60 million Filipinos with varying proficiency, while Spanish has all but disappeared. Filipinos often code-switch between Filipino or their own local language and English.

              26 million native speakers of Tagalog, more than 30 million speakers of Visayan languages which form a linguistic continuum including Tausug.. 21 million Cebuano speakers in total. 8 million Ilocanos, everything starting from Kapampangan northwards is grouped together while Tagalog, Bikol and Visayan languages are a group for themselves, the exact scientific term I don’t remember and too lazy to google at this point, Maranao and Maguindanao are a group for themselves as well. All these languages are considered Philippine languages which include a few languages on Sulawesi, not so strangely.

              Two months immersion and a Filipino can learn any of the languages I have been told, Visayan languages are similar so I guess they can get along without much difficulties. Ilokano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan in the North and Maguindanao, Maranao in the South maybe a few months more immersion is needed to learn them. So my proposal is similar to Switzerland: three official languages: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano with local languages used locally. Swiss have German, French, Italian, Rhaeto-Roman plus local dialects. Of course in school everyone has to learn one other official language so that it works.

              English ain’t always English in the Philippines… often a Filipino will say “I will try” if he does not want to do something… if people say “you look healthy” they mean that you’re fat… many creolized variants of English, Popoy’s being one, if you look behind what Popoy writes one can see the Filipino thinking behind it and what he means is not what it appears to be at first glance really… now if English is to be used then it should be taught properly like to Manong Sonny’s generation or else meaning becomes a very slippery slope. Lack of proper communication, and the lack of proper discussion coming from that, is an impediment to proper thinking and analysis. Now Street Filipino is the language of TV and movies, so most Filipinos understand it. Of course it comes from Manila, that is clear. But who knows future street Filipino may, due to the rising influence of Visayans, sound more like Davao Street Dialect which is a mixture of Tagalog and Bisaya from what I have heard.

              • “English ain’t always English in the Philippines… often a Filipino will say “I will try” if he does not want to do something… if people say “you look healthy” they mean that you’re fat”

                But Filipinos don’t have monopoly on the use double meanings , satire and sarcasm in English, Ireneo.

                I agree with mastering as many language groups in the Philippines as possible– and I’ve stated the norm in the south is 2+ languages, aside from Tagalog, then English among the educated– but this isn’t the purview of academia anymore since the availability of American movies and TV shows.

                No matter how you manufacture this new order in the Philippines, English will still continue to play an increasingly large role.

              • But Filipinos don’t have monopoly on the use double meanings , satire and sarcasm in English

                many Filipinos do use some phrases without knowing the double meaning, thinking it is the real meaning. But what may change things is the Internet – Youtube and stuff blasting the real meaning of English words into the young people’s heads. My perspective is that of a baby boomer Filipino, we did live more on an island back then, we did have movies and TV shows from the USA but not the FB + Youtube + BPO + OFW + migrant exposure, more Filipinos are travelling now so those gray zones may soon be less gray with time. Finally I think Filipino English will develop into a dialect of its own, similar to English in India or Straits English. Even Hawaii English is a special flavor with its own kinds of nuances.

                English among the educated– but this isn’t the purview of academia anymore since the availability of American movies and TV shows.

                No matter how you manufacture this new order in the Philippines, English will still continue to play an increasingly large role.

                True, English IS already playing an increasingly large role, I have noticed how civic society organizations like CANA and “civic politicians” like Salceda and Robredo – both Bikols – use English to reach their constituencies. Language for me is a tool for three things:

                – national identity

                – national communication

                – national learning

                If the tool serves its purpose I don’t really care if it comes from Ace Hardware or is made of bamboo, as long as it is a good tool. It will probably amount to English plus street lingo, probably with street Tagalog alias Filipino and street Visayan competing and merging.

                The forces that try to manufacture the new order will eventually have to adjust to the reality of the street. Eventually there will be a Filipino language that deserves its name, probably with a lot of English words in it assimilated like Spanish is assimilated into Tagalog and other Filipino languages. New words among the young like wadapak, NOW NA, Kilig PA MORE etc. are evidence of this assimilation process which is also the process of assimilating American influence. US influences are becoming part of the Filipino blend, just like Jolibee hamburgers and jeepneys are Filipino, even if there sources are American. Don’t think that the Philippines will become like Hawaii or even Guam in the end. Finally proficiency in English is a good thing, but I think Spanish and Bahasa should be learned more, they are also advantages – both will not disappear in the long run and call centers in Mindanao are already looking for Chabacano speakers to do Spanish crash courses, Bahasa is great for connecting with lost cousins in Indonesia… not bad.

              • http://www.deped.gov.ph/sites/default/files/page/2015/Final%20Mother%20Tongue%20Grades%201-3%2001.21.2014_EDITED%2002.24.2015.pdf#overlay-context=k-to-12/About/curriculum-guides/Grade-1-10 – just looked at what K12 is doing in this direction, and it is very interesting and well-founded – it addresses the issue of lack of grasp in much of Filipino thinking:

                MTBMLE is education, formal or non-formal, in which the learner’s mother tongue and additional languages are used in the classroom. Learners begin their
                education in the language they understand best – their mother tongue – and develop a strong foundation in their mother language before adding additional languages. Research stresses the fact that children with a solid foundation in their mother tongue develop stronger literacy abilities in the school language. Their knowledge and skills transfer across languages. This bridge enables the learners to use both or all their languages for success in school and for lifelong learning. In terms of cognitive
                development, the school activities will engage learners to move well beyond th basic wh-questions to cover all higher order thinking skills in L1 which they can transfer to the other languages once enough Filipino or English has been acquired to use these skills in thinking and articulating thoughts.

                With the nd goal of making Filipino children lifelong learners in their Li (MT), L2 (Filipino, the national language), and L3 (English, the global language) the learners are more thatn prepared to develop the competencies in the different learning areas. This will serve as their passport to enter and achieve well in the mainstream educational system and in the end, contribute productively to their community and to the larger society as well as Multilingual, Multiliterate, and Multi-Cultural Citizens of the country.

                http://www.gov.ph/k-12/ – gives links to the detailed curriculum of K-12…

                in any case I can see now that they are using three languages – mother tongue in the beginning, Filipino and English progressively more with English in a major role…

                and they have character education as well… this is material for an article, lots of stuff to look at and analyze but looks like a good concept at first glance…

              • That’s a great find, thanks, man. The theory is solid, in my opinion. Implementing it will not be 100%, ie. not enough teachers qualified to teach under-represented languages over there, ex. Badjao or lumad langauges, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumad_peoples

                With the strong, well represented, non-Tagalog languages in the Philippines, they’ll flip the world order there, and I’m excited to see how that affects Filipino (Tagalog) as “the” language over there.

                I hope this program will take on the more serious task of actually saving dying languages (and cultures) over there, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_revived_languages Did your Dad do any linguistic work in the Philippines? What would he say?

                So 1st priority is to coopt Tagalog as “Filipino”, then after the secondary, tertiary, Filipino ethno-linguistic groups have done that, then those very groups (with the Tagalogs) should set their sites in reviving and preserving other languages (and cultures).

                You’ll never know which language will help you out, for us it was Navajo. And when languages die out, the world is always less for it.

              • “but I think Spanish and Bahasa should be learned more, they are also advantages – both will not disappear in the long run and call centers in Mindanao are already looking for Chabacano speakers to do Spanish crash courses, Bahasa is great for connecting with lost cousins in Indonesia… not bad.”

                I agree, this is the best strategic vision re linguistics for the Philippines.

                At the end of the day language is culture. The Spanish Galleon trade encompassed all Spanish colonies (not just Mexico, though Mexico was the hub), and the Srivijaya & Majapahit empires of Sumatra & Java had more to do with the Philippines prior to European influence (remember China shied away after the Zheng He explorations).

                The Spice Islands today, are still unconquered– ships plying those waters still go on red alert. So reach out to those in Ternate, ask them how they’v been so successful in keeping outsiders at bay.

                Reviving Spanish and Indonesian as “Filipino” languages makes a lot of sense. And also include world history taught with it to solidify the cultural link.

              • With the strong, well represented, non-Tagalog languages in the Philippines, they’ll flip the world order there, and I’m excited to see how that affects Filipino (Tagalog) as “the” language over there. it definitely will and that is a good thing in my opinion…

                Did your Dad do any linguistic work in the Philippines? What would he say?He is an old-school pro-Tagalog advocate… and his focus is history…

                My mother did her doctorate on this, published as a book by Ateneo: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9079-9789715506496.aspx

                The U.P. folks tend to be more nationalistic and pro-Tagalog, the Ateneo folks tend to be more open in all directions. State university vs. Jesuit university, the old difference.

                Have to ask my mother what she knows about the state of linguistic research in the Philippines. I suspect it is very weak, especially in UP with its ideological blinders.

                You’ll never know which language will help you out, for us it was Navajo. And when languages die out, the world is always less for it.

                yep… I have heard that the Bikol language is dying in Camarines Norte because of the influence of Tagalog, the dialect of Bikol spoken there always had a lot of influences from neighboring Quezon province… not quite so in Camarines Sur and Albay, the core of Bikol country, it is also a topographical thing because it is easier to get from Camarines Norte to Quezon than to Camarines Sur nowadays. I wonder who still speaks real Pangasinan or Bolinao languages nowadays, I think Kapampangan and Ilokano will wipe them out soon.

                I really don’t know how distinct the Tagalog dialects around Manila still are these days… used to be that Bulakan, Manila and Batangas/Cavite had distinct dialects, not to mention Quezon province where they even had distinct upstream and downstream dialects from what someone from there told me before. Think the Igorots will preserve their languages though, they are very proud of their identities. Most speak Ilokano and English, Tagalog only if they have to, plus their native languages. Many Mindanao Lumad languages may go the way of the old Negrito languages, lost completely. Negritos in Bikol speak Bikol, but I have read they do so in a slightly different way with some own terms, using clicks to accentuate meaning. I think the Australian aborigines did that too, might be related…

              • “Negritos in Bikol speak Bikol, but I have read they do so in a slightly different way with some own terms, using clicks to accentuate meaning. I think the Australian aborigines did that too, might be related…”

                I read they did a DNA mapping project, that linked the San bushmen of southern Africa to the Australian aborigenees. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/worlds-most-ancient-race-traced-in-dna-study-1677113.html , maybe clicking was endemic of their original language, same with San language?

                Speaking of Mother Tongue-based, I just got done reading this article from NY magazine, and was wondering if the Dept of Education over there, will expand its sex ed to include the affects of social media & gay stuff.

                Scandalous to me is heading over to Navy family housing to have an affair with a sailor’s wife, whose husband is aboard ship and deployed. But this article sheds a new light on college kids and sex– lends a completely different meaning to the term Mother Tongue,

                http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/10/sex-lives-of-college-students.html

              • The Spice Islands today, are still unconquered– ships plying those waters still go on red alert. So reach out to those in Ternate, ask them how they’v been so successful in keeping outsiders at bay. Ternate, Indonesia… together with Tidore a major Portuguese base… but it took the Portuguese a lot of energy to conquer that area…

                Reviving Spanish and Indonesian as “Filipino” languages makes a lot of sense. And also include world history taught with it to solidify the cultural link. That is what the history articles in my blog are trying to inspire.. nationalistic historians have blinders very often, but Prof. Jaime Veneracion has done a lot of work on the links to Mexico… Moro historians are often too Islamic/Malaysian in focus and lack the view towards Indonesia which is far more important… tons of work to do there for future scholars. Indonesian archives, Mexican archives must hold a wealth of documents.

                Maybe the present assimilation of the latest cultural wave – the American one – will help. Once that part of Filipino culture is fully digested, there will be less obsession with trying to shed it off which is I think a part of what is driving the old-school nationalists, who have a more Spanish-shaped view of what the country ought to be. Prof. Veneracion is a start, Prof. Michael Chua is unabashed in using street Tagalog mixed with English similar to Will’s street Filipino for his history TV shows… the history policy makers learn drives them so it is important that all layers of the cultural cake that is Philippine culture are given significance.

              • https://www.iaaw.hu-berlin.de/de/southeastasia/history/events/salazar-hu-book-presentation.pdf

                This sounds like a really interesting book, Ireneo, does our Mom have a Vimeo or youtube video of this talk?

              • I read they did a DNA mapping project, that linked the San bushmen of southern Africa to the Australian aborigenees. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/worlds-most-ancient-race-traced-in-dna-study-1677113.html , maybe clicking was endemic of their original language, same with San language? it is another evidence of my hunch that Negritos, Khoisan, Papuans, Aborigines are all part of the oldest kind of human race. Makes sense because they were always there before everybody else was… Africa became mainly Bantu in the South, Swahili in the middle… the Malay triangle became Austronesian, Australia was never truly touched until the English came… DNA mapping unearths much.

              • This sounds like a really interesting book, Ireneo, does our Mom have a Vimeo or youtube video of this talk? Don’t think so… that way of doing things is not very common in Continental Europe yet… but it reminds me to finally read the book fully…

                So three books on my reading list, two I already have on my filing cabinet: The Story of Abaca – which is the crop by which my folks in Bikol got rich enough relatively to send my grandfather to law school, he then made it to BIR top ranks and sent his son to Europe…

                The other is “Raiding, Trading and Feasting” about the development of Pre-Hispanic chief culture in the Philippines – the culture which is at the root of many Filipino politician’s ways especially Binay who is the most native of all Presidential candidates… lots of work to do.

              • http://www.persee.fr/doc/arch_0044-8613_1992_num_44_1_2861 – this is a 1992 article in the French Archipel journal by my mother which gives a gist of her book which was based on her doctoral thesis which became the basis for the book much later, after she retired…

              • Ireneo,

                That French Archipel site doesn’t open, you got another link?

              • Site is down for the moment… still worked yesterday.

              • allan reyes says:

                I have doubt about that claim that only 45M out of 100M Filipino speak Tagalog. I’d say most of the population ( meaning, close to 100%) can hold a conversation in Tagalog. It’s very widespread now. Been 10 years working in the Middle East and I’ve met many Muslim brothers from Sulu and other parts of Mindanao here who were conversant with Tagalog. The native speakers of other Philippine languages do speak their own local tongue only when they are in their own community or with their relatives. Otherwise, it’s all Tagalog. Being an archipelago with thousand of islands, different languages and dialects – it is better to have one national language Tagalog-based though it may be. Filipino being part of the school curriculum has spread far and wide. Also, DECS, as far as I remember has allowed the use of native language as a medium of teaching up to certain grades, 2nd grade or 4th grade? For me, as a Filipino, originally rooted in central Philippines, but grew up in Manila this is what is best for us. Spreading the Tagalog-based national language for nation-building but still preserving the use of other local languages.

        • Joe America says:

          I declined Will’s offer to provide a translation. I like it out there in real words. It seems more special that way.

      • speaking of Arabs, the Bizarro version of Don Quixote is Senator Sotto…

        The recent scandal about him wearing an Arab costume for Halloween…

  11. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Takot na takot ako sa Pilipinas …
    May it be foreigner, may it be local …
    tanim bala …
    lag-lag bala …
    ilang bala tinanim ?
    ilang bala na lag-lag ?
    Ilang OFW bumigay sa bala ?
    Hindi na tin alam .
    lag-lag bala …
    tanim bala …
    planting evidence …
    is always fun …
    Magtanim ng bala ay ‘di biro
    OFW Maghapong nakayuko
    Locals ‘Di man lang makatayo
    Tourists ‘Di man lang makaupo.

    Bantay Bantay Kababayan ..
    Yung balikbayan box tinaniman ng bala …
    Bantay Bantay Kababayan ….
    Bantay kao sa eng-get Filipino …
    tanim doon
    tanim dito
    Of course, evidences in the Philippines are planted
    I thoughting it is not an agricultural country but it is …
    They only plant bullets in your purse … in your box …
    in your balikbayan box …..

    Patay Pilipinas ….

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Ilan kaya biktima?
      Hindi natin alam …
      biktima bumigay para wala problema …

      Magkano ba isang bala?
      Meron ba fingerprint ang bala?
      ba’t hindi nila kinoha ang fingerprint ?
      Kasi ang mga Pinoy wala utak for forensics.

      Bantay Bantay Bantay merong Pinoy tabi sa inyo …
      Nakangiti buaya … nakangiti aso ….
      Pagnakangiti sometin’ is wrong …
      Kasi pilipinos are not into smiling …..
      Philippines is not the land of smiles …..
      Filipinos are nakasisimangot …. kasi herap ang buhay sa Pilipinas …..

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Anong gawin koh?
      anong gawin n’yo?
      Anong gwain sa mga OFWs?
      Anong gawin sa mga white tourists?
      Magbigay?
      Bumigay?
      coup coup coup kooo roooo coup coup coup ….
      Walang katapusan problema sa pilipinas …
      puros kurakot ….
      graduate sa U.P. …
      graduate sa Ateneo ….
      graduate sa La salle ….
      puros kurakot ….
      Kasi wala sila forensic science in investigation
      lahat bubo ….
      sabi nila magaling ang pinoy …
      tingnan mo korakot ….
      halatang halata ….
      lag-lag bala …
      tanim bala …
      is always fun ….

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Do not fly!
      Swim!
      Take the Ferry!
      All points bulletin.!
      Bantay Bantay sa NAIA !
      lag-lag ang bala
      tanim ang bala !
      nakatakot takot !
      me no go to Manila.
      me no go to Philippines.
      US State department advisory …
      to all US Tourists …
      Bantay Bantay sa lag-lag bala
      Bantay Bantay sa tanim bala ….
      shrink wrap your purse …
      shrink wrap your bagahe …
      shrink wrap yourself ….
      para wala lag-lag bala
      para wala tanim bala ….

      take the ferry …
      take the banca ….
      heto lang wala lag-lag bala
      pero bantay pinoy ….
      kung wala lag-lag bala ….
      kidnap pa rin kayo ….

  12. Off-topic, Satire Disclaimer, McDonalds Coffee is hot and can cause burns…

    – Roxas supporters love their dogs and keep them at home, walk them and all these things.

    – Poe supporters let their dogs guard in front of the house and let the maids take care of them.

    – Duterte supporters are nice to all dogs that are nice, and shoot those that might be dangerous.

    – Santiago supporters throw stones at dogs stuck mating in streets (Brenda) and laugh (Bobo).

    – Binay supporters eat dogs as pulutan when making tagay, if hungry they would eat Binay.

  13. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    At Los Angeles International, San Francisco International and Hawaii Airport check-in counters:

    “WARNING TO ALL PASSENGERS BOUND FOR MANILA. Please have your carry on and checked in bag shrink-wrap by ICE to avoid Philippine Airport Personnel plant bullets in your baggage”

    In their PA System: “Attention. Attention. TO ALL PASSENGERS BOUND FOR MANILA. Please have your carry on and checked in bag shrink-wrap by ICE to avoid Philippine Airport Personnel plant bullets in your baggage”

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      To all foreign nationals bound for Philippines, please advise your respective embassy of your itinerary to the Philippines. Immediately check in with your respective embassy upon arrival. If your embassy does not hear from you, they will send in their extraction team to whisk you out from the Philippines.

      Thank you.

    • MRP: I have come to the conclusion that Aquino has managed to do a lot INSPITE of the government apparatus that he has to run the country with. It is a complete mess. Congress names streets all over the country which is not its job… maybe they even have to name Filipino dogs which is why there are so many strays because they did not get names hehe.. barangays are totally bloated apparatuses which don’t really do much except feel and act important… Customs is apparently so corrupt that the one sent to clean it up, Sevilla, gave up on trying to… Noynoy cannot overhaul the entire rusty ocean liner he has been made the captain of and he cannot put it in the docks because the country has to keep running.

      Roxas reforming PNP and LGUs… numerous projects… EDCA and UNCLOS by Noynoy… justice and penal reform by De Lima… K-12, TESDA, K-12+ with TVET and Dual Training… lots of changes in a country where change is met with a lot of opposition and obstruction.

      BBL a good idea but flawed in implementation, plus Mamasapano made it harder to do.

      Yolanda a learning curve but Lando relief efforts were even praised by the United Nations. Project NOAH was a DAP project, technically DAP may have been wrong but there is too much rigmarole in Philippine institutions, Project NOAH enhanced disaster preparedness…

      OFWs are posting how to deal with laglag-bala – don’t touch the bullets, don’t pay at all, insist that the airport police be called. Know your rights and act accordingly. Seems there is also a place which deals with such complaints, maybe not enough people are using it yet.

      • http://www.rappler.com/business/industries/171-aviation-tourism/111330-dotc-abaya-naia-tanim-bala – the voices of OFWs and migrants have had their effect now:

        The DOTC says it is studying the structure of aviation security, setting up additional CCTVs, changing handling procedures, and stepping up the investigation on the alleged ‘laglag bala’ scam

        Like I predicted in my first Society Article about the Tipping Point, OFWs and migrants are playing a major role in reshaping Philippine society. Politicians are politicians anywhere in the world, they look after themselves first and foremost, the smarter and better ones are few and far between the trapos everywhere, but in more developed countries strong civic society is a major counterweight that does not let politicians just ignore needs of citizens.

        OFWs and migrants are used to other standards, are not as easily intimidated – which is one reason why Philippine embassies and consulates have raised service standards in the past 30 years, I remember how it still was in the 1980s and the first overseas group petitions and protests against the attitude of government employees towards citizens. Returning migrants and OFWs forming a critical mass may lead to a Tipping Point soon.

        Having said that, laglag-bala coming out into the open is a good thing. Thievery of what was in one’s luggage was very common at MIA/NAIA in olden days and nobody talked about it, even airport employees back in 1986 told me that if your luggage is not solid and well-locked it is likely that stuff will get stolen – luckily only the handle of my Samsonite was gone and they could not open it, but I had to prove the luggage was mine because the tag was gone… The process of cleaning up the dirty kitchen is happening before our eyes.

        • Jeps says:

          Talagang may tulog si Mar kung di nila maayos itong laglag bala modus. This has to stop and the government has to do it fast. It is a hot button issue similar to SAF44, “balikbayan box” issues, and statements like “Mangilan-ngilan lang naman” doesn’t help the government’s cause. Lalong naaasar taong bayan.

          NAIA is a “controlled environment” already. If our law enforcement agencies cannot stop this modus — then we are in big trouble.

          • allan reyes says:

            I agree with Jeps, the gov’t should not belittle this issue. And this does not help Pnoy or Mar. The spokesman should be creative and decisive when answering questions or issues like this. They could have said that the matter has come to their attention and has ordered the govt agency to come up with a report and to fire whoever will be found responsible. We need strong words and actions not lame excuses.

  14. jameboy says:

    👲 Sa Kabuuan, ito ang pinaka-makabuluhang mensahe ng artikulong Ito:

    “Iba mag-isip ang botante. Parang basag na ang bungo ng sawa, eh gumagalaw pa rin ang buntot. Hirap patayin. Hirap ibago ang kaisipan.”

    Batay sa opinyon na ‘yan isinususog ang kaisipang baguhin o ibahin ang atake ng kampanya ni Mar Roxas para magkaroon ng ibayong sigla at pataasin ang kanyang tsansa na manalo sa labanan sa pagka-pangulo.

    Tutol ako d’yan.

    Una, hindi ako naniniwala na dapat i-promote pa ang ‘kabutihang tao ni Mar, sa kababaihan man o kalalakihan. Alam ng lahat na mabuting tao si Mar. At ‘yang paniniwalang ‘yan ay lalong umiigting kapag siya ay naihahambing kay Binay. Kung ang pakay ay palakasin si Mar sa kababaihan, marahil ang dapat itulak ay yaong mga nagawa, ginagawa at mga gagawin pa ni Mar patungkol sa interest at kapakanan ng kababaihan.

    Tungkol naman sa “siraan”, walang masama sa pagsasabi ng tutoo. Kung meron siyang masasabi na magiging kasiraan ni Binay wala akong nakikitang masama duon. Ang masama ay ang paninira na batay sa kasinungalingan.

    Pangalawa, hindi kailangan ni Mar ang mga imbentong impormasyon para lamang palitawin na siya ay katawa-tawa na gaya ni Erap. ‘Wag nating kalimutan na si Erap ang pinaka-popular na kandidatong tumakbo bilang pangulo. Hindi siya nahalal dahil nakakatuwa siya.

    Iba si Mar, iba si Erap. Mapa-babae, alak, bisyo o sugal man. Kung ano si Mar sa pagka-tao at kung ano-ano ang kanyang mga nagawa bilang serbisyo publiko ay sapat na upang itulak ang kanyang kampanya. Wala ring masama kung bibigyang diin ang aspeto ng kanyang pagka-tao bilang isang ama o pamilyadong tao.

    Lola Nidora? Ewan ko kung lulusot kay Tito Sotto ‘yan.

    Tungkol naman sa publikong imahen ni Mar at Korina, anumang pagbabago ang gagawin dito ay magmimistulang ka-plastikan lamang. Kung hindi sila “sweet in public” nuon, magiging “scripted” kung gagawin nila ito ngayon. Sapat na ang magka-kapit kamay sila o dili kaya ay magka-akbay.

    Aldub kilig? Paumanhin, kung gagayahin ni Mar ang kalye-serye style para maka-rehistro ng kilig sa publiko, t’yak ang talo. Bakit ‘ika n’yo? Alam ng tao ang tutoo at alam nila kung ano ang peke. At malamang alam din ni Mar na hindi siya magiging tutuo sa kanyang sarili kung manggagaya lamang siya.

    Sa akin, sapat nang makita ko si Mar bilang siya sa aking pagkakakilala simula’t sapul ng siya ay pumasok sa pulitika.

    Kung wala siyang props at drama nuon dapat gano’n pa rin ngayon. 😯

    • Tama ka, jameboy… bakit babaguhin ni Mar ang kanyang imahen – nasubukan na niyang magpakapalengkero at hindi talaga bagay sa kanya. Hindi ko rin malaman kung seryoso ang mga suggestion ni Will o “ironic” lang para bigyan tayong lahat ng mabuting palaisipan.

      Marami naman talagang nagawa si Mar – inayos ang kapulisan para mas propesyonal, inayos ang pagpapatakbo ng mga LGU, medyo nahirapan sa Yolanda pero kinayanan, tapos ngayon sa Lando pati UN hangang-hanga sa disaster recovery ng Pilipinas.

      Gobyerno ni Noyno na mamanahin niya, maraming nagawa, sa limang taon lang higit pa sa mga nagawa ni Marcos sa 21 taon, si Makoy marami pang pasiklab at hindi niya tinapos, nagmana sa kanya anak niya hindi man lang nakatapos sa Oxford dahil sa katamaran.

      Mga nagawa ng Daang Matuwid: EDCA at UNCLOS para ligtas ang Pilipinas sa Tsina, mga reporma ng hustisya at batas ni De Lima pati na Justice on Wheels pero hindi lang iyon, sa Edukasyon K-12, TESDA, K-12+ sabay TVET at Dual Training, CCT, BBL medyo kapos ang implementasyon tapos nasingitan pa ng nangyaring hindi kanais-nais sa Mamasapano kaya naharang imbes na ayusin at ituloy… tapos ang dami pang proyekto kung saan-saan. Iyong PESO inayos para mas madaling mabigyan ng trabaho ang nawawalan… say natin?

      Normal marupok ang daan kahit matuwid dahil sira-sira talaga ang sasakyan at maraming lubak ang kalye. Habang umaandar ang sasakyan inaayos hindi naman puwedeng ipara dahil paano ang mga tao. Sa puspusang pagsisikap makukuha ang pag-unlad, hindi bigla.

    • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

      Oo naman, jameboy. Ayoko ko rin ng peke. Kung tutuo lang naman, e di ilathala. Kaya nga sabi ko, eh dapat may bitbit na kodakero ang campaign para kumuha ng medyo private moments. Andun na ako sa mga accomplishments ni Mar. Ang ganang akin lang naman eh gawing mas personal ang narrative. Wala naman mawawala kung tutuo namang sweet ang mag-asawa, lilitaw at lilitaw yan. I-share lang. Na-establish na naman natin na nagre-respond ang sangkatauhan sa kilig. At ang paninira, tama ka rin. Itaas ang antas. Halimbawa may nagmumura kay Binay, eh, hwag nang gatungan. Dignity in opposition. Malalaman ng tao na malinis ang hangarin natin sa pamamagitan ng ating speech and behavior. Papanig pa rin sila sa values and principle. Ang akin lang, eh, walang tawagan ng nognog, nogie, ulikba o pangit o ano pa mang paninira. Ayaw natin lahat ang mga iyon. Pag actual case—AMLAC, Makati parking building, Makati high school, atbp.—dapat lang eh handa tayo sa facts. Panghuli, okay naman talagang kandidato si Mar, kaya lang dapat running scared, hindi kampante, kampanya talaga. Sa tingin ko lang kulang sa kiliti si Mar. Kiliti na lang, konting kilig lang, swak na swak na. AlDubin yan, sani nga ni Irineo. If it works, use it. Kaya nga natin pinag-aaralan ang AlDub phenomenon, eh gusto nating mag-connect sa isa’t-isa. Beyond kilig tayo. Social science ang banat natin. Bawal ang mandiri, bawal magsabi ng corny. Kampanya ‘to, matuwid laban sa baluktot, gamitin lahat ng pwedeng gamitin, sabi nga sa self-defense manual: nearest weapon, nearest target.

      • OzyBoy says:

        Sa totoo lang matagal ko ng inaantay na gamitin ni Mar si Korina sa kanyang kampanya. Napanuod ko ng ideklara ni Pnoy na kandidaro ng LP si Mar at nang mag file ng candidacy si Mar, ang maybahay na si Korina parang ibinasura. Ito ang peke. Alam nating lahat na ang Pinoy kapag may importanteng event sa buhay ng asawa ay todo dikit at todo tutok ang babae. E si Mar parang pasong paso sa asawa niya. Totoo ka dapat ipakita ang konting kilig para naman makitang tunay na tao si Mar, gusto yan ng mga misis at ng mga mister at ng mga aldub generation. Si Marcos kahit alam ng buong Pinas na babaero ay todo idinisplay at laging sweet kay Meldy. Kapag nakita ng masa na pilyuhin din si Mar, lalabas na “tunay na lalaki” siya. Eh mababaw nga ang Pinoy madaling paligayahin .

    • allan reyes says:

      Sorry, Jameboy..pero di alam ng lahat na mabuting tao si Mar.. Na malinis si Mar. Na di siya kurakot tulad ni Binay…Dapat kada speech niya bigyan nya ng emphasis yun…Pati competence niya…Kailangan ipakilala niya na angat siya sa iba…Marami kasi talaga ang nag-iisip na pare-parehas lang yan… Puro magaganda sinsabi pero pag nakaupo na ganun din…Ayaw ng maniwala…Kailangan maibalik ang tiwala…Sabi nga sa huli dapat manalo pa rin ang mabuti sa masama…

  15. Tessie says:

    Filipino men claim that in the family, they always make the big decisions. They decide as to who the next president is going to be, what the prevalent economic, social and political issues are or ought to be in the country. Filipino women on the other hand decide on the little things such as how the family’s income is to be budgeted, where the family is to live, what schools the children are to attend, how the household is managed on a day to day basis and you know, those other trivial things that involve growing a family! 😊

    • Most filipino women are not interested in politics. This is typified by Susan, one of Will’s character in the story. Also try starting a conversation or discussion about politics with women and most will clam up. Why? Because they do not feel and think that it is something they should be involved in. Again back to Filipino culture in terms of roles in the family. However, is this true of every Filipino woman? Of course not! Should Filipino women be more involved? Absolutely! But how do you involve Susan and most Filipino women voters in politics and/ or government matters? By bringing up issues that affect and are relevant to their perceived domain? Do they know how they can be involved? Do they have access to factual information to help them decide wisely? Although there are also Filipino women more informed and politically active than Susan, the fact of the matter is that Susan and the likes of her are the ones with the strength and power to decide who the next leader is. So unless the more knowledgeable reach out to Susan and even Simeon, tatamaan talaga yong tulog Ni Mar.

      Thanks Joe and all the regular contributors for this very informative site. It surely brings home much much closer.

      • Joe America says:

        And thank you, Teresita, for helping make the blog richer with your thoughtful observations. Getting Susan involved ought to be a priority for Mar Roxas if he wants to get beyond the people who are already convinced. The opposition is the opposition and will not bend. The people for him are for him and need not bend. Susan is the difference.

        • My father once told our Filipino youth group in Germany that Filipinas are more responsible in general than Filipinos… OK Gloria and Napoles are notable exceptions but I think that rule holds true… Erap is the prime example of Filipino male irresponsibility.

          But then again the responsible kind of Filipina often lacks the confidence to speak up… maybe we should put Lola Nidora into a responsible position after all, with her authority.

  16. It has nothing to do with takuza. It simply is division of labor or equal delegation of responsibilities. The women on the other hand, as long as their house is in order who cares who the country’s leader is.

    • The right leader affects the economic well-being of the house, the education of the children, the safety of the family because of his policies… in the end, it does matter.

    • Thea says:

      You have to care, Teresita. Your house is a minute part of a society. When your children are small, a house that is in order is their foundation but when they grow, they will step outside to a society that is governed by the kind of leader we have chosen.

  17. Waray-waray says:

    Makisabat na nga po. I am half Waray and half Tagalog, my mum being the Tagala. But in our household, it was my mum who was le tigre. Then I had an aunt who was the provincial school superintendent. Both these women were opinionated. I remember mum would be lecturing us during mealtimes about the evils of martial law. Tatay namin tameme lang. My aunt then would lecture us to read newspapers and English publications instead of komiks. Women had the most impact and influence in my life. I should say matapang ang mga babae sa pamilya namin, Waray nga. I miss these 2 women in my life. I could just imagine if they were around, especially my aunt, we could spend the whole day discussing politics and the like. I am a mother, but just like my mum and my aunt, hindi kami mahilig sa tsismis. My daughter took A levels which is a lot more on the critical thinking side. We discuss a lot like politics (Occupy Central in HK was a big discussion, foreign domestic helper issues, premarital sex, teenage pregnancy, corruption in the government) I should say anything under the sun.

    More women have been educated now so I don’ buy the idea that political topic is only the domain of men.

    • I also belong to the group of opinionated women.

      Two days ago (Nov 1) I talked to a group of very interested audience about politics. It’s so exhilarating and encouraging to talk to a receptive audience – the family of Pastors Mario and Loida Balzuela)…I talked in detail for hours about the 5 presidentiables, about the VP candidates, about all the corruption cases of Binay, about the group Poe chose to associate herself with, the health status of Miriam and Duterte and the danger of BBM being President if either of these two is elected President and he/she dies during his/her tenure of office, about the West Philippine Seas issue as well as the 11 SC justices that the next president will appoint that will influence the outcome of the fight against corruption that was initiated by PNOY. I stressed the need for continuity by talking at length about the achievements of Daang Matuwid and the appreciation of the thinking world in such achievements in contrast with the whining Filipino citizens, about how we may have the strongest GDP if chempo is correct in China’s transparency in their economic numbers.

      I requested them to spread the info and referred them (the kids who are already of voting age) to JoeAm’s and raissa’s blogs, rappler and befriended them in FB.

      I’ll go back to the province more often to engage more people there. I fear I will have less time to comment here and at raissa’s like what happened last weekend.

      I also fear for my voice…hehehe…It was hoarse already to start with, due to the cold and flu.

    • allan reyes says:

      I have read somewhere that a strong woman is a gift to man. I believed that too. Women, always have strong virtues and are incorruptible. That’s why I admired GMA before. I liked her spunk. That’s why up to now I put the blame on what happened to her to husband Mike and son Mikey. Sorry, i’f I’m out of topic here. hehehe…

  18. cha says:

    I’m a fan of your work, Will. I appreciate what you’re trying to achieve through your writing. The approach is just as analytical and insightful as many a piece found in the Society of Honor but the packaging is such that it becomes more interesting and accessible to an extended audience. You are able to reach out to more readers by meeting them where they are without needing to dumb down the message nor look down on them from a self-constructed pedestal.

    Maybe that’s also the key to making Mar Roxas more appealing to a greater number of Filipinos. You don’t change the core message but you just make it more interesting and accessible to a wider audience. Which basically is a marriage or combination of what Jameboy is saying above in terms of staying away from anything that doesn’t feel authentic and what you are also saying about being more proactive in reaching and connecting with more voters.

    The polls have shown his ratings rising since PNoy’s endorsement and his filing of candidacy so I suppose that means there are things being done well in the campaign so far. But like you said, the LPs cannot afford to be complacent and need all hands on deck to ensure their victory. Korina is actually actively campaigning, though she and Mar barely go together it seems. But she is definitely around and visible during milestone occasions like the endorsement at Club Filipino and filing of COC.

    But other than Korina herself, I don’t think there are any other highly visible endorsers making noise about him such that people can become curious and interested to hear more. Maybe that’s where the famous celebrity endorsers come in, like you have suggested. And then there’s people like you who have the ability to communicate and reach out to others too. I have a feeling you can come up with a very convincing and widely appealing essay in your usual style on why people should vote for Mar Roxas. Hint. Hint.

  19. Thea says:

    Sino ba ang makaka-sabay sa isip ng lalaking lasheng? Bukod sa pa-ulit ulit, kalimitan ay kwentong barbero ang lumalabas sa bunganga. Kalimitan, habang nagha-happy hour ang mga boys, ang mga babae ay nasa bahay at inaatupag ang pamilya o di kaya ay nagsa-sideline para sa dagdag na kita para sa pamilya. No time for politics si Susan, hindi tiklop.
    Pero lagyan natin ng kaunting revision ang kwento ni Will. Dagdagan natin kahit isang babae(hindi GRO)sa inuman kung baga para makasakay sa espirito ng alak. Sempre, ito yung palaban at may oras mag happy hour. Tingnan natin kung hindi mabago ang play. Ta-ub sa pamingganan ang lalaki. Sa kwento kasi ni Will, parang kwento pa ng panahon ng parents natin. Sa nakikita ko ngayon, iba na ang sitwasyon. Maaring hindi pa masyadong politically inclined ang mga babae pero masasabi ko silang more socially active. Makikita yan sa bilang nila sa mga samahan lalo na sa schools, charities, churches(hindi lamang Catholic) at sayawan.
    Kung huhugot ng boto si Mar sa mga kababaihan, hindi na kailangang mag aldub sila ni Korina o ipa-photoshop ang talambuhay nya. Mostly, ang mga babae ay hangang hanga sa mga mayayaman. Dahil pangarap nilang umayos ang buhay. Ito’y kabaliktaran ng mga kalalakihan lalo na kung hindi nila kayang yumaman. Hanga rin sila sa pogi. Kahit matatanda pag nakakita ng pogi,medyo nababago ang smiles. Dahil bihira ang pogi sa mga pinoy. Any contest? Eh di tingnan niyo ang paligid nyo. Nasasabi lagi ng mga foreign friends ko “why are Filipinas so cute and your males not” Hindi ko masagot!!! Hanga rin sila sa mga lalaking matalino. Lahat ng yan ay nakay Mar na. Kulang na lang ay karisma. Dyan lumamang si Duterte(kung tatakbo) sa kanya. He must have a positive energy and know how to diffuse this to people.

    • Annalissa says:

      That is why I cannot get enough of this blog…the topics are varied, the opinions and comments are better coming from all sector! Makisagot na rin lalo na at ibinabandera ko ang kababaihan. Sa aking ginagalawang daigdig (mga guro at babaeng nasa Medisina at siyensya), buhay ang aming ulo at malawak ang aming pananaw sa pulitika. Sumasali kami sa usaping nakakaapekto sa ating pamumuhay – nasa EDSA 1 (edsa 1 lang) ako at lahat ng forum kung saan maraming revisionists at loyalists ay pinupuntahan ko. Hindi ako nagsasawang kontrahin ang mga sinungaling kahit pa madalas akong nasasabihan ng masama. Hindi rin ako naniniwala sa black propaganda dahil inaaral ko ang buhay ni Mar, ni Korina at ng iba pang personalidad na alam ko na may malaking bahagi sa pamamalakad ng ating bansa. Kung sino ang may tainga, makinig. Kung sino ang may utak, maglimi! Babae ako, may Boses ako! At lalo na, may bayag ako!!!!!

    • “why are Filipinas so cute and your males not”

      I’m too lazy to Google translate the rest, but this quote reminded me of this article I read awhile back, http://thoughtcatalog.com/yuri-nakashima/2014/10/5-reasons-why-asian-girls-love-white-men/

      • what she’s saying is that Mar should normally have everything Filipinas want – he’s rich, smart and good-looking, but somehow he doesn’t have this charisma like Duterte does…

        Maybe Mar should take some tips from Alden Richards – the Al from the AlDub show.

        • Thea says:

          Charisma makes a man magical. It can be developed and can be coached. It can be rated, actually. Hitler was a shy and quirky man but he controlled an era in history. What makes Clinton and Kennedy different from Bush? And shame on me, why Marcos Sr. had blind loyalists till now? We may hate them or love them but we will admit that these leaders are not natural. If Sen. Roxas is not born with this, he can hire a professional coach. Seriously!

          • http://halloftheblackdragon.com/reel/nice-guys-with-an-edge-dont-finish-last/ – maybe Mar should hire the Black Dragon… a coach for men I like to read at times I admit:

            To be called a “good guy”, or a “nice guy” is normally a negative thing for a guy being that a woman saying this normally doesn’t want to sleep with him. The problem with being a nice guy and finishing last is that you begin to reflect on things and assume that there is something wrong with you instead of the women. While the term “nice guy” can go hand in hand with “sucker”, it doesn’t always have to be that way. You don’t have to “finish last” or “act like an ass” in order to get a woman. Niceties do not have to accompany sappiness if you follow this advice and do things correctly.

            While being a nice guy naturally and doing nice things – this does not mean that you should dote on a new date. When you find yourself doing things for a woman that could be construed as “spoiling her” or letting her get away with murder when she insults you or takes advantage then you are in the realm of “sucker”. Nice guys, the secret to not finishing last is to extend a hand to shake but keep the other on your pistola. Define your boundaries and never let a woman cross it, no matter if she looks like Angelina Jolie or not. You can demand respect without giving up your politeness, your care and your natural positivity. Trust me if you can keep that smile on your face, help little old ladies cross the street and then check a broad who has crossed the line then you will be the level of mysterious that women love. Women like to know that they can prod you but that you have a limit, a very short limit, a little bit of crazy. While you may not have the “bad boy swagger” which is corny at best (especially if you’re a grown man) you will have a known boundary and she will feel safe with you.

            The Black Dragon also describes Thugs in his blog.. the “siga” type some women like. In his classification Duterte would not be a thug but a Gangster type… controlled.

            And those he calls douchebags are more or less like the Takuzas Will is describing.

        • allan reyes says:

          He had charisma before…Remember Mr. Palengke? And he topped the Senatorial elections. Someone should study what happened between then and now.. That may be the key to Mar’s winning the election.

  20. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/736295/bullets-in-bags-double-in-naia-over-past-year

    Why bullets? Bullets are easy to plant. It is like a seed. Can be held in the hand. Voila! Look, Ma! Bullets !!!! Magic !!!!

    Philippines is now a laughing stock of the world. Why would any one want to bring ONE BULLET !!! ISANG BALA !!!! HUH?

    IT IS FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES !!!! #GOFUNDPHILIPPINES !!!! #GO-PLANT-A-BULLET !!!! #GOPLANTEVIDENCE !!!!!

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      WELCOME OFWs !!! Help Philippines. Let us plant bullets !!! CHINESE ARE LAUGHING AT FILIPINOS !!!! TAIWANESE LAUGHING AT FILIPINOS !!! LEE KUAN YEW LAUGHING VERY HARD ….

      OBAMA IS NOT GIVING REWARD MAMASAPANO REWARD MONEY. Marwan was planted.

      BINAY IS LAUGHING VERY HARD THE MOST ! I told you so !!!! Philippines love to plant evidences, bought witnesses and typewritten affidavits !!!!

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Wetaminit !!!! Just Wetaminit !!! SECURITY GUARDS PLANT BULLETS? Mere Security Guards are hired to go thru purses and balikbayan boxes? Huh?

      Well, like houseslaves, Security Guards are blame-to people !!!!

  21. Karl garcia says:

    maiba tayo,kung tutuo na takuza si machonurin, bakit tagay ng tagay pa din. ano yan iinom ng di nagpapaalam pag dating at sabay piningot Andres de saya na.

  22. mart says:

    Ang ganda ng pagkasulat. Iniwasan kong basahin mga talong beses kasi nga tagalog at ako po’y bisaya. Nung pinilit kong basahin nasiyahan po ako kasi madaling intindihin at naisalarawan ng manunulat ang tunay na kultura ng ating mga botante.
    Nakita ko po minsan si Binay na nakipagboodle fight sa palengke ng Dumaguete. Binayaran nila lahat yong nagtitinda duon at naglagay ng pinagdugtongdugtong na mesa sa tabi ng daan. Nung nagboodle fight na, tumira na si Binay ng isang daklot na kanin at ulam at pinasok sa bunganga nya. Nagsasalita habang kumakain at tumatalsik pa sa kanyang bunganga ang kanin. Hangang-hanga yong mga tao sa palengke at nang makita nya na natutuwa ang mga tao dumaklot ng isang malaking puto at pinasok ng buo sa bunganga. Akala ko mabubulunan dahil naluluha na sa daming pagkain na sinubo. Kaming nagkakape duon nakita namin malaking drama o panloloko pero ang mga masa, nakita nila “cute” at talagang makamasa si Binay. Tama ka, Ka Wilfredo, may tulog.

    • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

      Mart! Tawang-tawa ako sa paglalarawan mo ng bunganga. Sana mabasa ang isinulat mo ng kampo ni Roxas. Kailangan nga yata talagang padumihin si Mar kung ganito ang tema ng mga botante. Pero yung makatotohanan lang siguro, hindi naman yung garapalan na subuan. Pero dakip ko ang gusto mong sabihin. Ang galing mo! Salamat!

      • allan reyes says:

        Di kailangan ng ganyang gimik. Ang ganyan ay kayang talunin ng isang sinsero at matapat na pangungusap. Nakikita ko sa mga speeches ni Mar na andun yung talento niya. Na kayang niyang magbigay ng speech na mula sa puso. Pero kailangan na marinig siya ng nakararami. Behind a good speech is a good writer…Konting improvement pa dun…Hire the best speechwriter and alam ko kayang-kaya niya ideliver ng tamang-tama…By the way, suggestion to whoever is handling his campaign…Dagdagan nyo yung posting ng speeches nya sa youtube…Kakaunti at kakaiksi…

  23. The five senators who decided that Grace Poe is a Natural Born Filipino Citizen cannot be more supreme than the Constitution. Rizalito David must elevate this case to the SC as soon as practicable.

    “The supremacy of the the Constitution is without question. Any action by the executive or any law enacted by Congress must comply with the said fundamental law of the land, otherwise, such action would be null and void. It is settled that no act of government (in this case the SET) can add, subtract or modify what the sovereign people have written in their Constitution unless the same is subjected to amendment or revision by the same sovereign constituency. In case of conflict between the Constitution and a statute, the Constitution must necessarily prevail – SC Justice J. de Castro – Separate Dissenting Opinion”

  24. Please don’t vote for these two. Never Again !!

    Bongbong says Duterte’s announcement good news, hopes he won’t take it back

    Duterte is on record that he is supporting Bongbong Marcos, the ruthless dictator’s son. He is also on record in saying that in order to do what he wants to do for the Philippines, he has to be a dictator, [“It’s going to be a dictatorship,” he added. “It’s the police and the military who will be the backbone”] has even admitted that he had killed before, [“I must admit I have killed,” said Davao’s mayor, who said he is willing to do it to protect his people”] just like Marcos had caused the killing of many.

    http://www.rappler.com/…/110679-duterte-contradictions-dict…

  25. After considering these challenges and the issues they gave rise to, I vote as follows:
    (1) As a foundling whose parents are both unknown, the respondent’ s Philippine citizenship cannot be established, recognized, or presumed under the 1935 Constitution:
    a. the 1935 Constitution did not grant citizenship to children born in the Philippines whose parents were unknown;
    b. the presumption that the respondent claims – that a foundling’ s parents are citizens of the territory where the foundling is found – inherently contradicts the terms and underlying principles of the 1935 Constitution. Thus, the presumption cannot be recognized as part of the law of the land applicable to her case;
    c.
    (2)
    a. since her citizenship cannot be established, recognized, or presumed, she had no citizenship to reacquire under RA 9225;
    b. even if she had been a natural-born Philippine citizen, her naturalization in the U.S. rendered her ineligible to be considered natural-born. As a foreigner who had undergone an expedited form of naturalization under RA 9225, she had to perform acts to acquire Philippine citizenship and did not, therefore fall under the Constitution’ s definition of a natural- born citizen.
    the Philippines’ treaty obligations do not grant Philippine citizenship outright to foundlings. These obligations simply require the country to recognize a foundling’ s right to acquire Philippines citizenship.
    The respondent cannot also be considered a natural-born Philippine citizen: – SC Justice Brion

  26. The principle of vox populi est suprema lex cannot prevail over the clear eligibility requirements for holding public office; the will of the people expressed through the ballot cannot cure the vice of ineligibility, especially when this question was not raised when they voted the respondent into office.6 Our republican and democratic government is a government of laws that are intended to reflect the higher will of the sovereign people as expressed through these laws.7 And there can be no law higher than the Constitution that was ratified by the Filipino people as the ultimate governing rules in running our country. The citizenship requirement is a constitutional requirement for nationally elected representatives to the legislature. This requirement, first provided in the 1935 Constitution and reiterated in the 1987 Constitution, cannot be amended or cured by electoral mandate to allow an unqualified candidate to hold office. – SC Justice Brion

  27. From SC Justice Brion

    But even if made, the presumption remains what it is – a presumption that must yield to the reality of actual parentage when such parentage becomes known unless the child presumed to be Philippine citizen by descent undertakes a confirmatory act independent of the presumption, such as naturalization.
    Note that the 1987 Constitution does not significantly change the jus sanguinis rule under the 1935 Constitution. Currently, a natural-born Filipino is one whose father or mother is a Philippine citizen at the time of the child’ s birth. As in 1935, the current 1987 Constitution speaks of parents who are actually Philippine citizens at the time of the child’ s birth; how the parents acquired their own Philippine citizenship is beside the point and is not a consideration for as long as this citizenship status is there at the time of the child’ s birth.
    A presumption of Filipino parentage cannot similarly apply or extend to the character of being natural-born, as this character of citizenship can only be based on actual reality; when the Constitution speaks of “ natural-born,” it cannot but refer to actual or natural, not presumed, birth. A presumption of being natural-born is effectively a legal fiction that the definition of the term “ natural-born” under the Constitution and the purposes this definition serves cannot accommodate.

  28. “The 1947 Universal Declaration on Human Rights Article 15 states that:
    1) Everyone has the right to a nationality
    2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

    The concept of statehood and sovereignty of the State are so well entrenched in the generally accepted principles of international law that the conventions themselves cited by the respondent turn to the national law of the Contracting State in the implementation of their provisions. It is clear that there is no attempt to set aside national laws on citizenship but to respect national laws as long as statelessness is avoided. It is up to the Contracting State to determine the conditions and manner by which the nationality or citizenship of stateless person, like a foundling, may be acquired instead of automatically conferred at birth. Neither do the conventions impose a particular type of citizenship nor nationality. The citizenship allowed to be acquired by the child of unknown parentage under the cited international instruments is merely that of a “national.” Nowhere in the identified international rules or principles is there an obligation to accord the stateless child a citizenship that is of a “natural-born” character. Moreover, even if it is provided, it cannot be enforced in our jurisdiction because it would be against the provisions of the Constitution.

    Citizenship is not automatically conferred under the international conventions cited but will entail an affirmative action of the State, by a national law or legislative enactment, so that the nature of citizenship, if ever acquired pursuant thereto, is citizenship by naturalization. By no means can this citizenship be considered of a natural-born character under the principle of jus sanguinis in the Philippine Constitution.

    Natural-born citizenship, as a qualification for public office, must be an established physical fact and not a possibility qualification which can later be proven true of untrue because the disputable presumption of the said qualification can be overcome anytime by evidence to the contrary during the tenure of an elective official. The uncertainty in a government official’s tenure had a great potential to prejudice public service, specially if a high ranking office or position is involved.

    Section 3, Article IV of the constitution defines the term “natural-born citizens” to cover “those who are citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to perfect their Philippine citizenship.”

    Excerpts from dissenting opinion of SC Justice de Castro

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