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Da Sick Man of Asia Celebrates His 115th Birthday

“Nationalism is an infantile disease, it is the measles of mankind”

-Albert Einstein

So guys, today is Independence Day and I don’t give a fuck. Why? Because Pinoy Prayd is on the rise again, that stupid excuse called nationalism is in the air and the Media will air specials and documentaries with biased views about our history. First and foremost, I will begin this article by saying that the concept of race has been already debunked by the Human Genome Project.  Race has also been acknowledged as a concept with no more obvious purpose than to enforce inequality and control of others. The concept of race were invented by some people to justify slavery and their expansionist ideals for a ‘living space’ (Lebensraum). In order to celebrate the birthday of the Sick Man of Asia, we will begin this with a glimpse about our history.

Our history is indeed written by the victors and liars. The Philippine Revolution had started even before the first shot was even fired. At the end of the 18th century and the dawn of the 19th century, the American and the French Revolutions had changed the modern world as we know it. The concepts of the divine right of kings, the supremacy of the Catholic Church, feudalism and the unchallenged supremacy of the aristocracy were toppled overnight in a short period of time.

The ideals of liberty, equality, individual rights, property rights and secularism became the main crying voices of the bourgeois and the lower classes, championed by Enlightenment thinkers such as Voltaire, Rouseeau, Jefferson, Montesquieu and a hundred more thinkers. These revolutions had enabled the birth of nationalism, liberalism, democracy and even socialism.

These new republics were all born in a tide of blood. The American Revolution was a struggle by the 13 colonies to liberate themselves from Britain, whom around 50 percent of the population saw already as autocratic. With the help of the French monarchy under King Louis XVI which had supplied the rebels with arms and soldiers as an attempt to avenge their defeats in the earlier Seven Years War which France had lost virtually all of its possessions in the Americas to Britain. After 7 years of war with the British soldiers and the American Loyalists in a bitter civil war, the United States had successfully seceded from Great Britain.

Six years after the American Revolution, the French Revolution had erupted beginning with the members of the Third Estate forming the National Assembly and the storming of the Bastille, a symbol of royal absolutism. The storming was significant because it had challenged the might of the old order. Another event called the Women’s March on Paris had forced the king to accept the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. Two years fast forward, France became a constitutional monarchy which the power of the kind eroding every day.

An attempt by the king to escape to Montmerdy failed, thus the king had lost his support from the people and then the September Massacres of 1792 occurred, effectively abolishing the monarchy. The king was executed on January 1793 on a hasty trial, with Marie Antoinette executed on November 1793. From 1793 and 1794, France was effectively under the rule of the Committee of Public Safety led by Maximilien Robespierre, Lazare Carnot  and Georges Danton.

For over 12 months, executions became common and it was known as the Reign of Terror, a massive purge of persons suspected of being enemies of the Revolution. Danton and his Girondin followers were executed on the same accusations on April 1794. Robespierre had effectively became a dictator but he also fell from power and executed in the event called the Thermidorian Reaction, a coup by the National Convention led by Joseph Fouche and Paul Barras. The Convention had established the Directoire under the leadership of Barras, but the Directoire lasted only for four years because they were overthrown by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Napoleon Bonaparte was instrumental in spreading the ideals of the French Revolution to Europe and across the globe. His wars led to the fall of Ancien Regime style absolute monarchies and he contributed to the reformation of Europe and then the world through the Napoleonic Code. His contributions to military science were also astounding, he effectively made artillery the “God of War” and he had effectively created the corps system (combined arms), thus it enabled the Grand Army to attack in the least expected way that the enemy could predict. He led the mighty Grand Army, the most powerful army in Europe for 10 years until its setback in Russia, Germany and Waterloo. His invasion of Spain had inspired most of her colonies to declare independence such as Colombia and Mexico.

These events that happened had inspired Luis Rodriguez Varela also known as “El Conde Filipino”. An Ilustrado who went to school in France, Varela published a series of books advocating social change in the Philippines, inspired by the events in Europe. He advocated the opening of local colleges to teach subjects such as mathematics, medicine, and navigation, as well as free primary schools for the poor. Varela also believed that foreign powers held too much sway over the Filipino economy, and he accordingly worked to limit Chinese influence on the region by bolstering local business associations.

He was the main pioneer of the Los Hijos Del Pais, the first reformist movement in the Philippines. He was expelled by the colonial authority in 1823 for conspiring to start a revolution and his association with Andres Novales, the so called ‘Emperor of the Philippines’. Their ideals were carried on by the Gomburza who lead the First Propaganda Movement. The opening of the Philippines to trade made the country an affluent society overnight, thanks to the liberal colonial administration from 1834- 1872. We were even allowed at that period to send a representative to the Cortes.

The seeds of discontent were planted with the establishment of the Propaganda Movement led by the Ilustrados who advocated reforms. The leadership of Carlos Maria De La Torre as the Governor General of the Philippines had let these movements flourish. However, the opening of the Suez Canal had enabled Peninsulares and the notorious frailes to take up positions which had angered the locals.

After the restoration of the Spanish monarchy in 1873, Rafael De Izquierdo took power and began a vicious policy of suppressing these movements. The Cavite Mutiny was quickly crushed, the Gomburza, one of the leading advocators of reforms were executed. These events had forced the reformists into hiding and they emigrated to other countries. 10 years later, a man named Jose Rizal took the de facto leadership of the movement.

Several prominent figures such as Marcelo del Pilar, Antonio Luna, Graciano Lopez Jaena and several other people had advocated reforms such as the representation of the country to the Spanish Cortes, equality before the law, promotion of education, human rights, Hispanisation, free press and the freedom of speech. Rizal’s two novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo had shown the conditions of the Filipino society. Not only he had shown the abuses of the Spanish colonial government, he also criticised the culture of the Filipinos which he perceived as backward as well.

His novels had caused outrage and even book burnings. Infighting amongst the members of the movement had caused him to return to the Philippines to establish the La Liga Filipina, a similar organisation that aimed for reforms. Unfortunately, Rizal was arrested and was exiled to Dapitan and the La Liga Filipina was split into two factions. The Conservative faction known as the Cuerpo de Compromisarios continued to pledge support to the La Solidaridad and the other faction lead by Andres Bonifacio, the Katipunan which advocated secession.

Marcelo Del Pilar, another leader of the Propaganda Movement in Spain had also influenced the formation of the Katipunan. Modern-day historians believe that he had a direct hand in its organization because of his role in the Propaganda Movement and his eminent position in Philippine Masonry; most of the Katipunan’s founders were freemasons. The Katipunan had initiation ceremonies that were copied from masonic rites.Rizal’s Spanish biographer Wenceslao Retana and Filipino biographer Juan Raymundo Lumawag saw the formation of the Katipunan as Del Pilar’s victory over Rizal: “La Liga dies, and the Katipunan rises in its place. Del Pilar’s plan wins over that of Rizal. Del Pilar and Rizal had the same end, even if each took a different road to it.

Contrary to popular belief, Bonifacio was not poor and most of the members of the Katipunan especially its leaders were the Ilustrados and the Principalia, the very same group who lead the former Propaganda Movement. They had the money, the power and influence to stage a revolution. Andres Bonifacio became The Supremo of the movement and he started the preparations for the uprising. They also wanted to solicit Rizal’s support. Rizal insisted that a revolution was too premature because the people were not yet ready and the necessary funds and support were still lacking.

He had also recommended Antonio Luna to lead the revolutionary army. Pio Valenzuela and Rizal almost quarreled for the whole day and Valenzuela left Dapitan the following day. Bonifacio had partly achieved adequate weapons by encouraging Spanish soldiers and members of the Guardia Civil to join the organisation. They had also received support from the Japanese Empire.

The common perception and the story about the discovery of the Katipunan was when Teodoro Patino revealed the existence of the organisation to his sister then his sister told it to a fraile. But according to former Katipuneros who were interviewed in the 1920′s, Bonifacio actually intended to reveal the secret of the Katipunan to erase any objections from its members.

After the incident, the Philippine Revolution started. Thousands of rebels had attacked hundreds of villages, towns and cities across the country in just 3 months. The Katipuneros primarily gained momentum in Cavite lead by Emilio Aguinaldo and he became famous after the Battle of Binakayan and he had outranked Bonifacio, whose army were suffering defeats in the trenches of Manila.

In comparison, Bonifacio was more educated than Aguinaldo. Bonifacio can speak fluent Spanish, Tagalog and a little English while Aguinaldo barely spoke Spanish. English was also gaining acceptance in the islands before the Americans had arrived because of the dominance of the British Empire and numerous British companies in Manila.

Not only in Manila and Luzon, but also the Katipunan chapters in Visayas were more successful than the revolutionaries in Luzon. Cebuano nationalists meanwhile opposed the revolution. In order to crush the Revolution, the Spanish authorities executed Rizal which ironically enraged more and more Filipinos to swell the ranks of the Katipunan. In Luzon, the Revolutionary Council was split between the Magdalo and Magdiwang.

In May 1897, elections were held to reorganise the leadership of the Katipunan. All went smoothly until Daniel Tirona opposed Bonifacio’s election over the Ministry of the Interior. Bonifacio was felt insulted by Tirona’s remarks and almost caused skirmishes between fellow Katipuneros. Bonifacio left the Convention and established a separate organisation. This had caused Aguinaldo to arrest and execute Bonifacio in Cavite, which had contributed to the succeeding defeats of Aguinaldo. Aguinaldo’s forces were reduced to one place: Biak na Bato. After that you knew what happened. The Treaty of Biak Na Bato, American entry to the war, declaration of independence and the Philippine Insurrection.

After the Treaty of Biak Na Bato, Aguinaldo prepared to renew the insurgency and this was fulfilled at the outbreak of the Spanish American War. Admiral Dewey had inflicted a crushing defeat to the Spanish fleet at Manila Bay. In June 12, 1898, after a month of fighting, Aguinaldo proclaimed the Independencia of the Philippines, officially La Republica Filipina.

The fighting did not stopped after June 1898 as Filipino troops continued to besiege the Spanish in Manila. Through a secret treaty, the Americans received the Spanish surrender on August. Meanwhile in Negros, local leaders lead by a wealthy sugar haciendero named Juan Araneta revolted against the Spanish and drove them back from the capital Bacolod using soldiers armed with false rifles and false cannons, which were actually made of bamboo. In December 1898, Spain ceded the islands to the United States.

Actually there were 4 Republics during the Revolution: The Malolos Republic, the Republic of Negros, The proposed Federal Republic of Visayas and the Republic of Zamboanga. In January 1899, Aguinaldo began to reorganise the Republic but it was cut short in February, when American soldiers began to fire at Filipinos, thus beginning the Philippine American War.

There is no reason why the Philippine Republican Army will be defeated easily. They had appointed General Antonio Luna to lead them. Contrary to popular belief, the Philippine Revolutionary Army or the Ejercito Revolucionario Filipino was not a group of mobs with bolos. As said by Josh Avinante: (BTW I am taking some paragraphs because it explains everything):

Little do we know that the Philippine Republican Army, as the Filipino army was officially designated, was an organized army in uniforms that resembled the modern armies of Europe. The pattern of their uniform was called the rayadillo and designed by national Filipino artist Juan Luna. The Filipino army had infantry, cavalry, cannons and an early form of machine gun known as the Maxim gun.

The Filipino army had a military academy known as the Academia Militar, headed by a certain Colonel Sityar, a former officer of the Spanish Army. Many Filipino generals studied in Europe while those who didn’t at least went to schools like the Ateneo Municipal, Colegio San Juan de Letran or Universidad de Santo Tomas – institutions reserved for the upper class. At the onset of war, the Filipino army used the conventional method of trench warfare and open charges.

If you’ve seen movies like The Patriot and movies about Napoleon, you would have an idea of how the Filipino army fought foolishly marching head high in open battle fields before they finally resorted to guerrilla warfare.

General Luna planned to gather the bulk of the army into the Cordillera Region, where he planned to build lines of trenches, traps, walls, artillery emplacements and food farms to supplement the basic nutritional needs of an individual soldier. Luna planned to wage a war of attrition in order to force the American government to withdraw because of heavy casualties. Luna had ordered the men to dig treches to form  a three tiered defence line in order to delay the American advance.

Luna’s plan never materialised because the Filipino patriots squabbled over leadership. The war was carried in the old conventional way, which had proven disastrous. Examples of these battles were the two battles of Caloocan, Malolos, Marilao, Zapote, Calumpit and several skirmishes which Filipino forces suffered more casualties than American soldiers and they were only composed of volunteers. There was a gap between the second battle of Caloocan and the American advance to Malolos, where Arthur MacArthur had stopped his offensive in order to wait for reinforcements.

On the 5th of June 1899, Luna was instructed by Aguinaldo via telegram and he went to his headquarters where he had encountered the soldiers of the Kawit Battalion. They assassinated the General because of their personal vengeance regarding their disbandment during the Battle of Caloocan. Aguinaldo denied his involvement in the murder, but it was quite interesting that after the murder of Luna, his staff had disappeared, tortured and murdered under his orders. The man who did it? None other than Gregorio Del Pilar.

The Americans called Luna as the only general that the Philippines had and after his murder, Aguinaldo’s troops had suffered heavy losses, especially in their battles in Pangasinan. Aguinaldo’s men were reduced to 500 men and General Del Pilar attempted to mount a hopeless resistance, which had cost his life.

After 2 years of hiding, Aguinaldo was captured, thus ending the First Republic. Resistance was not finally removed until 1907, where Macario Sakay surrendered and hanged. The Moro Rebellion was finally crushed in 1913. It will be not until 1946, after the Japanese occupation, that the Philippines had achieved its independence.

I have taken considerable amounts of paragraphs from my previous article last October. These events that I had mentioned are often omitted or ignored by mainstream historians.  We cannot blame them because they attempt to tell that the Philippine Revolution was a revolution of the masses. Another issue that I will highlight is this: Did Rizal ever wrote a single word in “Sa Aking Mga Kabata”? This poem is often used to justify the usage of the Tagalog language and this goddamn overused quote which he never uttered: “Ang hindi marunong magmahal sa sariling wika ay higit pa sa amoy ng mabahong isda”. I will bring forth this article by my favourite historian Ambeth Ocampo:

IN 1892, Jose Rizal began a new novel in Tagalog.

He realized that in order to reach a wider readership in his country, he had to write in his native tongue.

During this time of exile in Hong Kong, his elder brother, Paciano, had completed a translation of the “Noli Me Tangere” from the original Spanish into Tagalog that was corrected and finalized by Rizal.

Envisioned as a popular edition with illustrations by Juan Luna, this book was never to be. The original manuscript translation by Paciano has since been missing.

Nevertheless, Rizal completed a chapter of his satirical Tagalog novel and gave it the title “Makamisa” (After the Mass), but unfortunately he did not have the energy to complete it.

He stopped writing in Tagalog and began anew in Spanish. The drafts of this work were first published in 1993 in my book “Makamisa: The Search for Rizal’s Third Novel.”

Rizal spoke and wrote in Tagalog fluently, but he was unable to write a whole novel in his mother tongue. This is quite surprising for is he not, like Manuel L. Quezon, inextricably linked to the adoption of Tagalog as the national language of the Philippines?

Most quoted line

Isn’t the most quoted line from Rizal’s many poems that from “Sa Aking Mga Kabata” that goes, “Ang hindi marunong magmahal sa sariling wika/masahol pa sa hayop at malansang isda.” (He who loves not his own language/is worse than a beast and a stinking fish.)

Did Rizal write this poem at 8 years old? Did Rizal write this poem at all?

No original manuscript, in Rizal’s own hand, exists for “Sa Aking Mga Kabata,” traditionally believed to be his first poem.

Rizal had 35 years to publish or assert authorship. He did not. The poem was published posthumously, a decade after his execution, as an appendix to “Kun sino ang kumatha ng ‘Florante: Kasaysayan ng Buhay ni Francisco Baltazar’ at pag-uulat nang kanyang karununga’t kadakilaan” (Manila: Libreria Manila-Filatelico, 1906.) by the poet Herminigildo Cruz as follows:

Sa Aking Mga Kabata

Kapagka ang baya’y sadyang umiibig
sa kanyang salitang kaloob ng langit.
sanlang kalayaan nasa ring masapit
katulad ng ibong nasa himpapawid.

Pagka’t ang salita’y isang kahatulan
sa bayan, sa nayo’t mga kaharian,
at ang isang tao’y katulad kabagay
ng alinmang likha noong kalayaan.

Ang hindi magmahal sa kanyang salita
mahigit sa hayop at malansang isda,
kaya ang marapat pagyamaning kusa
na tulad sa inang tunay na nagpala.

Ang wikang Tagalog tulad din sa Latin,
sa Ingles, Kastila, at salitang angel,
sapagkat ang Poong maalam tumingin
ang siyang nag-gawad, nagbigay sa atin.

Ang salita nati’y tulad din sa iba
na may alfabeto at sariling letra
na kaya nawala’y dinatnan ng sigwa
ang lunday sa lawa noong dakong una.

Provenance

Tracing the provenance of the poem to its source, Cruz claims to have received the poem from his friend, the poet Gabriel Beato Francisco, who got it from a certain Saturnino Raselis of Lukban, a bosom friend of Rizal and teacher in Majayjay, Laguna, in 1884.

Raselis is alleged to have received a copy of this poem from Rizal himself, a token of their close friendship.

Unfortunately, Raselis’ name does not appear in Rizal’s voluminous correspondence, diaries or writings. When Jaime C. de Veyra established the definitive canon of Rizal’s poetry in 1946 with a compilation published in the series “Documentos de la Biblioteca Nacional de Filipinas” (Documents from the National Library of the Philippines) “Sa Aking Mga Kabata” was not published in the original Tagalog but in a free Spanish translation of the Tagalog by Epifanio de los Santos as “A mis compañeros de niñez.”

Tagalog, according to the 8-year-old Rizal, has its own alphabet and letters. It goes back to pre-Spanish times. The precocious child even compared Tagalog with Latin, English, Spanish and “the language of angels,” whatever that is.

Second look

Filipinos raised on textbook history that depicts Rizal as a superhuman genius should give the poem a second look and ask, “Was it really written by an 8-year-old from Calamba just learning to read at his mother’s knee?”

The poem could not have been written in 1869 when Rizal was eight based on the use of the letter “k,” which was a reform in Tagalog orthography proposed by the mature Rizal.

In Rizal’s childhood they spelled words with a “c” rather than “k.” Further, the word “kalayaan” (freedom) is used twice. First, in the third line of the first stanza, there is mention of sanlang kalayaan (pawned freedom).

Was Rizal aware of the colonial condition at this young age? Kalayaan appears the second time in the last line of the second stanza.

Encounter with ‘kalayaan’

These two references ring a bell because kalayaan as we know it today was not widely used in the 19th century. As a matter of fact, Rizal encountered the word first in the summer of 1882 when he was 21 years old!

In a letter to his brother, Paciano, dated Oct. 12, 1886, Rizal related difficulties encountered with Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell that he was translating from the original German into Tagalog:

“I’m sending you at last the translation of Wilhelm Tell by Schiller which was delayed one week, being unable to finish it sooner on account of my numerous tasks. I’m aware of its many mistakes that I entrust to you and my brothers-in-law to correct. It is almost a literal translation. I’m forgetting Tagalog a little, as I don’t speak it with anyone.

“… I lacked many words, for example, for the word Freiheit or liberty, one cannot use the Tagalog word kaligtasan of course because this means that he was formerly in some prison, slavery, etc. I encountered in the translation of Amor Patrio the noun malayá, kalayahan that Marcelo del Pilar used. In the only Tagalog book I have, Florante [at Laura], I don’t find an equivalent noun.”

‘El Amor Patrio’

“El Amor Patrio” was the first article Rizal wrote on Spanish soil. He wrote it in Barcelona in the summer of 1882 and it was published in Diariong Tagalog in August 1882 both in Spanish and a Tagalog translation, “Pag-ibig Sa Tinubuang Lupa,” by Marcelo H. del Pilar.

If, as Rizal admitted, he did not encounter the word kalayaan until he was studying in Europe at 21 years old, how can he have used it at 8 years old in Calamba?

In light of its complicated provenance and the anachronistic use of the word kalayaan a shadow of doubt has been cast on “Sa Aking Mga Kabata.”

There are only two poems attributed to Rizal in Tagalog, the other is “Kundiman.” Both are questionable. All his documented poems are in Spanish.

If Rizal did not compose “Sa Aking Mga Kabata,” who did?

Our two suspects are the poets Herminigildo Cruz or Gabriel Beato Francisco.

Identifying the true author of “Sa Aking Mga Kabata” is important because millions of Filipino children are miseducated each year during Buwan ng Wika when they are told that Rizal composed a poem on his mother tongue when he was 8.

Will the real author of “Sa Aking Mga Kabata” please stand up for he who does not love his own poem/is worse than a beast and a stinking fish (“ang di magmahal sa sariling tula/mahigit sa hayop at malansang isda”).

Well are you already offended and questioning the things that your teacher and society told to you? This book called Lies That My Teacher Told Me by James Loewon also did the same about American history:

In Lies My Teacher Told Me, Loewen criticizes modern American history textbooks for containing inaccurate depictions of historical figures and events such as Christopher Columbus, the lies and inaccuracies in the history books regarding the dealings between the Europeans and the Native Americans, and their often deceptive and inaccurate teachings told about America’s commerce in slavery. He further criticizes the texts for a tendency to avoid controversy and for their “bland” and simplistic style.

He proposes that when American history textbooks elevate American historical figures to the status of heroes, they unintentionally give students the impression that these figures are superhumans who live in the irretrievable past. In other words, the history-as-myth method teaches students that America’s greatest days have already passed. Loewen asserts that the muting of past clashes and tragedies makes history boring to students, especially groups excluded from the positive histories”

Well folks, that is the reason why history is boring because it is biased in the first place. Now we are jumping from history from our current problems and our family values. The dysfunction of the Filipino society has an impact on us and our overall development because they are our hindrances to change this country. Do not be surprised about these dysfunctions:

1. A lot of Filipinos are anti-intellectual

2. A lot of Filipinos are escaping from reality through popular culture and trends

3. A lot of Filipinos are always saying that God will handle their fate and even the fate of the country, thus justifying that he/she will do nothing.

4. A lot of Filipinos are not ignorant about the problems, they are only nlind

5. A lot of Filipinos conform to authority, even if the authority is wrong

6. a lot of Filipinos are suckers for dogmas and superstitions

7. A lot of Filipinos, especially the youth are becoming more and more dumber. A lot of them cannot even use critical thinking properly.

8. A lot of Filipinos have false pride and nationalism. Fascism and militarism seem to be attract a lot of Filipinos who are falsely deluded that it is their job to purify and defend the Filipino ‘race’ from ‘imperialists’.

9. A lot of Filipinos are onion skinned and cry racism over an analysis by our foreigners regarding our country

10. A lot of Filipinos are racists themselves

11. A lot of Filipinos are anti progress and anti foreign

These dysfunctions are influenced by the four fundamental hindrances to critical thinking:

1. Because they do not know

2. Because they ride the bandwagon often

3. Because they do not think

4. Because they cannot think

These dysfunctions and fundamental hindrances to thinking are all influenced by our family values. As early as a young age, most Filipinos are indoctrinated by their parents. The society tolerates the teaching of half truths and lies to them like the ‘gasgas’ advices. To quote some of these advices, I will use Bob Ong’s “Bakit Baligtad Magbasa ng Libro ang Mga Pilipino?”

1. Kung hindi ka matulog ng tanghali, mababnsot ka (If you will not sleep in the afternoon, you will not grow in height)

2. Kung hindi ka magpapakabait, hindi ka bibigyan ng regalo ni Santa Claus (Santa Claus will not give presents for you if you are naughty)

3.Pag nagmura ka, mabubulok ang bibig mo (If you will swear, your mouth will rot)

4. Pag lumipad ang lobo, mapupunta kay Jesus (Balloons will go to Jesus Christ’s Heaven)

5. Pag lumabas ka ng bahay, isasako ka at gagawing pampatigas ng tulay ang dugo mo (If you will get out, you will be kidnapped and your blood will be used as a material for making bridges)

While these advices are very ridiculous, it have  a profound effect on children because as they grow up, they will be able to debunk them one by one but lack the motivation to do so because they are always taught to follow authority, even if they know it is wrong. This value was inherited from the frailes, who said that if the natives will not obey them, they will go to hell. These values are surprisingly passed from generation to generation. These traits possessed by a lot of Filipinos have enabled religious fanaticism, narrow mindedness and intolerance.

Education also plays a role for this problem. The current educational system of the Philippines is backward compared to other countries. We lack teachers, facilities, educational tools but most of all teachers who can teach children critical thinking and an unbiased view of our history. Most of our history textbooks are either authored by Teodoro Agoncillo or Gregeorio Zaide. The former was known for his primitivistic view of the Filipino society and staunch anti-foreign attitude and the latter was known for his anti-Spanish but pro American stance.

These  factors combined with our society’s own dysfunctions family values and lack of regard for thinking and the tolerance of the media regarding this issue, have resulted into a twisted version of our history and the world. Most Filipinos still believe that we are being exploited by American ‘imperialists’ and other foreign powers. I am not surprised in this revelation because I already knew it for some time. Our education needs a hell of overhaul to prevent the future generations to become like us.

The youth is the future of the nation? It is a ridiculous concept. What can you expect from the youth of the future if they do not even know or ignore the mistakes of the past? The cycle will continue on and on unless a lot of people will see what the few can see. Some may call us over analysing the problems, but sadly this is the reality of our society. That is why I cannot celebrate Independence Day because a lot of Filipinos have no independence because their brains are not conditioned to question everything.

I do not always respect authority, especially when the authority is incompetent and narrow minded. What is the point of respecting that authority even if you know it is wrong and have no redeemable qualities whatsover? Is it that called madness? I encourage people to question authority and the irony is a lot of people are the ones electing their very own misery by letting the oligarchs win the elections and the Catholic Church by constantly interfering with secular affairs.

In short, for several decades, the Filipinos are digging their own graves and suffering in their own misery. The sad part of it is because a lot of them are indifferent to new ideas and will criticise it even without a second thought. The Media is indeed a powerful tool for dumbing a lot of Filipinos into our current state. There is no doubt why I will continuously refer our country as the Sick Man of Asia.

One hundred and fifteen years had already passed since the first flag was raised on June 12th 1898, we had a lot of time to change our society for the better, but what have we done? Instead we prefer to cling to the notions of good and evil in politics, into the boots of militarism, into the delusion of triumph, into the short term pleasures of bread and circuses and into the world of showbiz. A lot of us refuses to see the whole problem, our society that is rotten to the core and our society crashing down because we prefer to escape through it by short term pleasures on overpriced coffees.

There is no point of celebrating Independence Day. Our heroes who had sacrificed their life for the independence of the nation will be angry at us today. Their sacrifices bore nothing but a nation of 40 million people under the poverty line, a nation with a crumbling education, a nation who is reliant on domestic workers to keep the economy afloat, a nation who elects incompetent monkeys in the government, a nation who follows the outdated dogmas of the clergy, a nation who tolerates racism, a nation of people who refused progress and modernisation, a nation who still believes that opening our economy to the foreigners is bad, a nation who opposes foreign imperialism but want their own form of imperialism, a nation who stereotypes non Tagalogs, a nation who refuses to allow their fellow brothers in Visayas and Mindanao to have autonomy and a nation united under the banner of tyranny which our ancestors had opposed in the first place.

I am not a nationalist, I am a patriot. A true patriot has care for his country that is why he/she criticises its defects. I present them in order for our society to reconsider our destiny as a nation if we will go into the path of progress or in the path of despair. If I do not love my country, I will not give a fuck about its problems, as some did because they had already gave up because of the lack of concern of the majority. I will continue to present my opinions no matter how unpopular it is.

What is a true Filipino?

1. A true Filipino is not anti foreign, instead he accepts their innovations.

2. A true Filipino must always emphasise reason than emotion

3. A true Filipino must not succumb to extreme ideologies that will only bring death and destruction

4. A true Filipino must accept progress and change as a normal process of the evolution of humanity

5. A true Filipino must be more of an internationalist

As I quote Captain John Price from Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2:

“History is written by the victors. History is written by liars. Because all you need is a one good lie and a river of blood”

It is the time to reconsider our values and culture, and if necessary discard the ones that are anti progress and anti intellectual. The world is changing very fast and we cannot cope up with the march of civilisation. The Filipinos need a rebirth, a Renaissance, an age of Enlightenment. We really need to clamour for reform and change for the sake of truth, liberty, justice and progress. Until then guys, I see you on my next article. Ask yourself, what do you stand for?

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4 comments on “Da Sick Man of Asia Celebrates His 115th Birthday

  1. xdarkx
    June 13, 2013

    “The Media is indeed a powerful tool for dumbing a lot of Filipinos into our current state.” – That is why I don’t watch TV anymore as much as possible; just the news. But my Fliptard mother who likes to watch those stupid drama series like Putang Ina, Putang Anak, Putang Kapatid, Ser Cheap, Anna Karenina (I would have preferred seeing Anna and Nina Williams, though. :P), and My Husband is Gay just makes that impossible for me. Ugh….. ->.<-

    • Ra
      June 23, 2013

      thank the Maker, there are sensible Filipinos like you among pinoys, like Lions amongst monkeys, and speaking of the fucking media remember jessica soho who used the rape issue because she was likened to a lechon? she’s just a typical insecure majuba and a hypocrite, their crappy show babolgang has a portion called raperapan di ba? and how often gma and other stations portray sensitive issues like rape and abuse on their shows even those aimed at children

      • Joshua Cuyos
        June 30, 2013

        IDK if I’m really that sensible. After all, I’m pretty lazy myself…..

  2. Ra
    June 23, 2013

    mabuhay the modern day illustrados like the genius behind this blog

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