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HINDI LAMANG DAPAT PURO DAMDAMIN

Kaibigan,

Sa mga gabing kagaya nito, hindi ko maiwasang magbasa ng maraming mga emo-shits. Dagdag pa na full moon, at sabi ng kausap ko kanina may scientific basis ang pakiramdam ng tao sa pull of gravity. Kaya pala paborito ng mga makata ang buwan, sa ano man nitong anyo.

At heto na naman ako, natitisod at natitisod sa mga sinusulat mo. Natutukso ako na magbasa. Dahil wala namang ibang medium para kamustahin ka kundi ang blog mo. 

Nais ko sanang maramdaman mo ang pakiramdam na naramdaman ko sa mga buwang nagdaan. Napaka’fruitful. Napaka’maximized. Napaka’ayos. Dahil sa pagdaan ng mga araw, natutunan ko kung paanong hindi buong-buong sumandig sa kung ano ang dinidikta ng damdamin.

Hindi lamang dapat puro damdamin. Hindi lamang dapat puro pakiramdam. Pakiramdam. Damdamin. Puso. Hindi.

Siyempre, hindi mawawala ang kasabihang “i-objectify ang mga bagay2x.” Pero totoo, mas magaan sa pakiramdam pag’obhetibo mong nakikita ang mundong ginagalawan mo. Kasabay ng damdamin, kailangan gamitin ang isip. Kailangan mahigpit na magkatuwang ang dalawang magkatunggaling bagay — puso at isip — para sa mas maunlad na perspective sa buhay.

Sana, maramdaman mo na rin ang gustong-gusto ko na maramdaman mo — paano maging matatag. Tunay na matatag.

KUNG BAKIT GAGAWIN KONG TIMBA ANG BLOG KONG ITO

Yosi - kasalo sa lahat ng uri ng pakiramdam.
Yosi – kasalo sa lahat ng uri ng pakiramdam. Kuha last 2014, sa National Committee Meeting ng CEGP sa Manila. Nasa rooftop ito ng venue namin. HINDI PO AKIN ANG MGA UPOS!!

October 24, 2015 – Dahil hindi lahat ng mga nangyayari sa buhay ko ay kaya kong sarilinin at pasanin. Madalas, umaapaw na ang kinikimkim ng puso, kaya kailangan ko nang isang timba para dun ko nalang ibuhos lahat-lahat ng mga iniisip at nararamdaman ko.

Hindi ako sanay na magkwento ng drama ng buhay ko sa ibang tao, mas lalo ang i-post ito sa mga social media accounts (well, facebook lang pala ang meron ako). Feeling ko, marami rin naman akong ibabahaging mga akda. At sana, marami ang makabasa.

Matagal ko na ring plano na magkaroon ng blog, kaso nahihirapan ako sa mga pasikot-sikot ng wordpress. Inaaral ko pa rin ito hanggang ngayon. At ngayon nga, eto, dulot ng naghihingalo kong phone at namumutakte sa virus kong laptop, kailangan ko nang i-post ang mga tinatago kong akda at mga larawan. Mahirap na, ayokong mabura at mawalan ng kopya sa mga pinaghirapan at minahal kong mga bagay.

Ang mga laman ng blog na ito ay pasilip sa tunay kong pagkatao, at sana, makilala mo ako, sa kung ano ang tunay kong kabuuan. 🙂

Enjoy chismis!

COMPARATIVE PRESENTATION OF THE ECONOMIC POLICIES OF THE ADMINISTRATIONS OF GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO AND BENIGNO AQUINO

[Critical paper as a requirement for our finals in Principles of Economics. This saved my grade]

I.

Introduction

In reality, the current and past administrations of the Philippine Government were run by local bureaucrat-capitalist in connivance with the most powerful nation, the United States (US).  

The economic policies of our country was dictated, controlled, and maneuvered by the grand maestro of wars — of course to maintain its hegemony against its rival countries, and to maintain its political, economic, culture and military power in the whole world. As the leading imperialist nation, the US is indirectly colonizing the Philippines by dictating and obliging the government to implement various “neoliberal policies.”

Even before when Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was still a senator, she is very decisive to sponsor the implementation of neoliberal provisions on General Agreements on Tariffs and Trades (GATT) eventhough it is against the Philippine constitution. Also, Arroyo sponsored and asserted Philippines to be part of the Worl Trade Organization (WTO). Her perspective was focused on globalization under the command of IMFWB-WTO.

Moreover, Arroyo instigated the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) by 2001-2004 which in essence, will only intensify the liberalization, deregulation, and privatization of basic social services in the Philippines.

Also, Arroyo’s regime permitted the US-RP Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA). Under this agreement, our country will give “base support” and will let the foreign military use the Clark and Subic or any part of the Philippines for US military matters. Furthermore, she openly pushed Charter Change (ChaCha) or the overhaul in our constitution to eradicate requisites for foreigners limiting their owning of telecommunciations companies, public utilities, private lands, mass media, and the like.

In general, Arroyo’s regime reached a P 3 trillion debt of the Philippine government that placed our country 3rd in Asia when it comes to debt.

Meanwhile, current President Benigno Simeon Cojuanco Aquino, III, son of the torch bearers of Philippine democracy Corry and Ninoy Aquino, is ironically paving the road for US intervention and aggression in the country, in line with the “pivot” or “rebalance” of US in the Asia Pacific in which it focuses its 60% naval force and 50% military and air force in the region.

Under his term, Aquino continued and implemented his legacy of Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) respectively, which in essence opens the legs of our country for exploitation by foreign capitalist and military. Also, Aquino joined various international agreements like Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), dubbed as the dirtiest economic agreement existing.

Moreover, Aquino flaunts the Public Private Partnership (PPP) as his highlight of neoliberal program which was declared as “centerpiece” economic program of his regime during his first SONA. Currently, there are 10 PPP projects awarded by the government which costs 189 billion pesos. But in essence, it will result to massive privatization of social services that only the capitalists will benefit.

In general, there’s a short period of substantial growth in our economy under Aquino, but analyzing the matter, this is only caused by the “property bubble” brought by low interest rate on debt by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Analysis & Synthesis

In the final analysis, Arroyo and Aquino both failed to prioritize the addressing of the root cause of the problems in the Philippines, and that is to give the basic social services to the Filipino people.

On the question that who provided the BEST economic policies and strategies in fostering development in the economy of our country, my answer would be none of them – none of them implemented a policy that is based on the needs and character of our nation.

Conversely, both of them were “best” in implementing neoliberal economic policies and strategies in the country that served greatly the foreign capitalist, helping them to subsist in a global economic crisis inevitably happening under the crisis of imperialism. Both of them became an ever-faithful, crony of the US.

As the statistics would say, yes there’s a substantial growth in our economy, but the question is, who benefits from this progress? The ruling class: local bureaucrats, foreign capitalists, and the US imperialist. There’s a development aggression – the poor remains poor, their conditions are worsen.

Up until this very moment, there’s still no genuine agrarian reform – farmers are still landless – and this is a basic necessity in order to establish our own national industry, because in reality, those who holds power in the government are the top businessman and landlords in the country. Of course, they’ll secure their own interest.

I’ll stand firm with Karl Marx – there is a Class struggle. And in our country, this is very evident with the kind of orientation our society has: semi-colonial and semi-fuedal.

Semi-colonial because we are indirectly controlled by the US; military, politically and economically speaking, even our culture is being influenced by foreign ones. We are the number one market, the number one military base, and the number one source of natural and labor forces to be exported to foreign capitalist and US imperialist.  

Semi-fuedal because the hundred-year old struggle for land ownership still has not given any justice.  The landlords still have the control and power; 7% of harvest goes to the landlord and only 3% or less is given to the ones who till and make the lands productive. In the Philippines, out of 10 peasants, only 3 own a land and 7 have no lands at all.

Furthermore, the increasing number of cases of direct land grabbing and further sustaining and implementation of (anti-peasant) projects and policies that have been proven to serve only the interest of the ruling class are clear manifestations that feudalism still prevails to further worsen the peasant conditions.

I have no hopes for reform in the government system, remember that a when a fresh tomato is placed on a basket full of rotten ones, surely it will also rot.  There is a need for a total overhaul, not just in the government, but in the whole semi-fuedal and semi-colonial orientation of our society. There shall be no oppressor and being oppressed. I wish for a society run by the people, for the people, and to the people – profit not as the number one point of motivation, but the aim is to acquire the basic rights of the people and of course, the equal distribution of wealth, based on the need and capacity.

Sources:

http://www.ibon.org/

https://aklatangtibak.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/maikling-kurso-sa-lipunan-at-rebolusyong-pilipino.pdf

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/707857/philippine-poverty-after-five-years-on-aquinos-watch

http://www.philippinerevolution.net/publications/ang_bayan/

www.tradingeconomics.com

www.nscb.gov.ph 

EDITORIAL: PAGSIPAT SA TUNAY NA SALARIN

Front page, Buwan ng Wika Ispesyal na Isyu! :)
Front page, Buwan ng Wika Ispesyal na Isyu! 🙂 Nahaggard ako sa isyu na ito, pero marami rin namang natanggap na mga positive comments!

[BUWAN NG WIKA ISPESYAL NA ISYU EDITORIAL 15-16]

Sa kasalukuyang henerasyon kung saan mas pinagtutuunan ng pansin ang wastong paggamit ng “rin” at “din,” at kung saan mas malaking usapin ang teknikalidad – maling termino, maling balarila, maling pagtatambal ng isang wika sa isa pang wika – ang nararapat sigurong mas patingkarin na usapin ay ang ating sensibilidad sa pag-unawa sa mga lenggwahe.

Primarya pa rin dapat na intindihin ang kasaysayan, yakapin ang katangian, at mahalin ang pinagmulan nang sinasalita nating wika, bago tiyakin ang lubos na pagpapakahusay sa teknikalidad nito. Continue reading “EDITORIAL: PAGSIPAT SA TUNAY NA SALARIN”

COLUMN: WE ARE NAMELESS AND ALL NAMES ARE OURS

[COLUMN FOR 2ND TABLOID ’15-’16]

Three years ago, in that one fateful day of February, I heard a long-forgotten story of a nameless hero.

My auntie, my mother’s eldest sister alive, finely narrates the story and brought me back on the spate of united and principled people’s uprising against the state.

It was about a brave man, he was my mother’s brother, eldest among the 13 siblings of the De Leon-Sinque family.

Auntie said he was hard-headed, impulsive, and cunning – she described him in the harshest words that she knew.

One day, the family discovered he became part of the revolutionary movement. It was during the pre-martial law era. He became a Commander of an armed revolutionary group. Continue reading “COLUMN: WE ARE NAMELESS AND ALL NAMES ARE OURS”

EDITORIAL: THE QUESTION OF ORIENTATION

The Nexus, the official student publication of College of Arts, Scienes, and Education (CASEd), Holy Angel Univesity
The Nexus, the official student publication of College of Arts, Scienes, and Education (CASEd), Holy Angel Univesity.

[EDITORIAL FOR 1ST TABLOID ISSUE 15-16]

Surely, a potent key to every nation’s progress is its intellectual citizens – of which education is a major factor to produce critical minds.

Recalling the Philippine education programs and reforms in history, from the late president Marcos’ Education Act of 1982 up to President Aquino’s K to 12 Basic Education Program and Roadmap for Public Higher Education Reform (RPHER) – the straightforward question would arise: Are the aims of these educational systems toward addressing the primary needs of our nation?

Two years ago after K-12 has been implemented, there’s an unending debate about the content and repercussions of the said education reform.

Concerned teachers and lawmakers filed petitions for the suspension of K-12 believing that it has “no nationalist and pro-Filipino orientation” which is “contrary to the requirements of Article XIV, Sections 2 and 3 of the Philippine Constitution.”

Moreover, militant youth and students call for its junking and stressing that K to 12 is patterned “after the interest of foreign industries while the Philippines is still in the hiatus of backward and illusive national industrialization,” as National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) President Sarah Jane I. Elago  said.

Meanwhile, the government would claim that we are K-12 ready, “We’ve already spent on this, and we’ve been working on this for the last 5 years…” as Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.

But in truth, we believe that the point of debate should not be about whether we are K-12 ready or not. This is already the question of the program’s orientation: for, to, and by the Filipinos or not?  Continue reading “EDITORIAL: THE QUESTION OF ORIENTATION”

PRESSURE COOKER

The Nexus, the official student publication of College of Arts, Scienes, and Education (CASEd), Holy Angel Univesity
The Nexus, the official student publication of College of Arts, Scienes, and Education (CASEd), Holy Angel Univesity.

[LAMPOON COLUMN NI ARONG (cartoon ng Nexus) FOR 2ND TABLOID ISSUE ’15-’16] 

Ilang araw na rin akong walang ginagawa kundi matulog. Ilang gabi na rin akong nakaharap sa laptop, nakatitig sa monitor at nagtatangkang tapusin ang tambak na mga sulatin kahit noong isang linggo pa ang deadline ko.

Salamat sa habagat, nagkaroon ako ng instant bakasyon. Malamig. Masarap matulog. Nakakatamad. Yun nga lang, hindi ako produktibo – marami akong tinulugang panahon at pagkakataon.

Ilang araw ko na ring nararamdaman ang nararamdaman ko ngayon, hindi ko alam kung katamaran ba o writer’s block lang, pero wala naman talagang matatawag na ganon, kaya siguro nga, katamaran lang. Continue reading “PRESSURE COOKER”

KUNG PAANO KO ISALANSAN ANG AKING MGA PAKIRAMDAM

Noong 2013 pa yata itong litrato. Binisita ang San Guillermo Church sa Bacolor, Pampanga.
Noong 2013 pa yata itong litrato. Binisita ang San Guillermo Church sa Bacolor, Pampanga.

JUNE 2015

Isa-isang ikukulong

ang lahat ng uri ng pakiramdam

sa pinakadulong bahagi ng isipan.

Hindi dapat makawala ang lungkot,

panghihinayang, pangamba,

pagsisisi, pighati,

galit, at poot.

Mapangabib na makalaya sila

lalo na’t makarating sa puso – pagkat

dito namumuo ang pinakamalakas

at pinakamapanirang mga bagyo.

Magsisilbing matibay na tarangkahan

ang pilit na paglimot,

o huwag na munang pag-alala

hanggat maaari,

Pagkat pag lahat sila’y kumawala,

Nakalaya’t nakalipad mula sa isip,

puso, hanggang makarating sa kaluluwa.

Isa nang sakuna ang hudyat ng mga luha.

ANG UNANG PATAK NG HUNYO

OJT literary portfolio (page 31)
OJT literary portfolio (page 31)

June 2015 – It is raining. And I am writing this note on a very cold evening, inside this crowded but lonely publication office without the influence of nicotine or caffeine. I’ve been thinking of the days of this month. Ka-Jam! is constantly being replayed on CLTV 36, and my name on its credits is wrong. 

I’ve been assigned as the Head Writer. And I still have pending scripts as of this time. Though I like to write (kapag beast mode), and to research things (thank God it’s all about music), I still have a hard time to finish all my scripts. 

I guess it is not all about the weather or the scorching heat of the summer sun that melts my patience, not also about the external environment; the hard working people, the music studio overcrowded by talented artists. But perhaps, it’s all about my heart’s desire. Continue reading “ANG UNANG PATAK NG HUNYO”

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