Manila by Night

The past week has been about beginnings, and renewal.   We saw the Changing of the Guard, as we are aware of the Gathering Storm and the war on the Wang Wang.

Racism

In infinite loop, the Anti-Pinoys talk about “the Myth of Kung Walang Mahirap, Walang Corrupt,” blinded by cynicism, wrapped in big words that really mean so little and driven by an immeasurable racism against their own race.   The misplaced understanding penned in Noynoy and Filipino nationalism is just a level below that.   In both cases, the Dunning-Kruger effect is in full force.

Looking at the Philippines with our eyes open

Over at Filipino Voices is “Our Filipinas,” which is about romanticizing the past. “Our Filipinas” is heavy on nostalgia.  Per se, nothing wrong, yet given the state of the nation, it does our history and our people no service.  It doesn’t take into account the sacrifices our people have carried since those opening days of the Republic.  It represents something hallowed, shallow and tired.

“Our Filipinas” reminded me of The Perils of Positive Thinking:

“Inscribed on the Temple of Apollo, the revered site where leaders of the ancient Greek world would consult the Oracle of Delphi on any matter of significance, is one particularly important phrase: “know thyself.” To bend an old cliché, when it comes to the self-improvement industry truer words have never since been spoken.”

Is it too late then to ask these tired Voices when will the Philippines learn to grow up?

As Nines put it:

As we celebrate another Independence Day, I carry with me the hope that things will be better soon because WE will make it better. Because we will do justice to the blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifices that have accompanied our independence from colonial rule and abusive dictators. Because we will use our hard-fought freedoms wisely to protect the helpless and innocent and fight the evil and corrupt. Because we will obey laws great and small. Because we will not tolerate crime and we WILL prosecute wrongdoings. Because we will install good people in government and give people the kind of service that they deserve. Because we will think more critically; because we won’t accept lame excuses and perpetuate business and politics (and life) as usual. Because we will see that there REALLY is no such thing as a free lunch.

Because, finally, we will take responsibility for our actions and for the direction of our country and GROW UP.

On our nation’s 112th birthday, it’s about time.

What better way to grow up than to talk about real issues in a mature and open way, right?

Elliot S. Maggin wrote:

“…our proper response to the inexorable march of progress that has brought us to this place and time in the history of civilization is to find a way to confront it responsibly.  Not modestly.  Not unself-consciously.  Not with faith in a power greater than ours to descend from the sky and set things right despite our best efforts to screw up.  We have an obligation to know who we are and where we are and what we can do.  We have an obligation to understand the ramifications of the things we do, and to choose to do them – or not – with our eyes open.”

What are the issues of the day?

Issues of the day

Take this piece from Ang Sawari Ko, who recently did an interview with former Department of Health Secretary Cabral on sex education.  Buwayahman over at his blog, also talked about Sex Education and noted:

the church continues to blindfold themselves by discounting studies that have shown that sex-education may in fact reduce teenage pregnancies. There are also learnings from another study of sex-education in developed countries

RG Cruz on the other hand talked about Congress to tackle Charter Change and so did Ding Gagelonia in “GMA’s Cha-Cha Bid: Reason in Madness.”

Carlos Conde over at Asian Correspondent wrote about protecting labor rights in the Philippines.

Over at Notes from an Insomniac, Lila Shahani posted her speech from the 1st Worldwide Conference of Overseas Filipinos for Good Governance.  She asked the question, “How can overseas Filipinos help with good governance in the Philippines?”  She urged OFWs:

“As for the rest of us, I would submit that globalization failing to spring from a national context is of limited social value. So I would ask the following of our kababayans overseas and all of you here tonight: please invest in this country, contribute to it intellectually, strive for greater political representation, come home for your vacations (we do have better beaches than Cancun, even if they may be a little farther away) and never forget our cultural provenance.”

In the coming days and months, the Freedom of Information Act gets refiled in Congress and tackled.

If we are lucky, we get to tell the president about Internet freedom.  Hey, they have it in Finland and would great to have one here.  Hilary Clinton also talked about it in her remarks on Internet freedom.

Several days ago Emmanuel Santos of The Cusp talked about “The Development Trap.”  His words reaffirm what has been repeated so often, “The puzzle of the Philippines: Rising Growth, Declining Investment.”

Inauguration

So here we are in the post Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo era.  The Marocharim Experiment talked about the Inauguration, and how it is a work truly our own. So too did Inday Varona over at Barrio Siete jotted down her thoughts about the inaugural recognizing there is a long way to go.  Similarly, The Warrior Lawyer penned, Great Expectations and he wrote: “it was raining hard this morning, but now the sun’s out.  A good sign.”

Indeed.

It augurs well,” as Sparks put it.  Like Marocharim, Varona and the Warrior Lawyer, she is cautiously optimistic:

I do not expect miracles of Aquino. If he delivers a government that works, a government that does not suck the living daylights out of its citizens as would a tiny termagant vampire with a voracious appetite, then I would be content. I have had enough of a predatory state that would prey on the weak and the helpless, that would pervert the spirit of the law. It has made cannibals of public servants who began service only with the best of intentions. It has made cynics of the young. It has sacrificed our future at the altar of the shameless and the greedy.

I do not expect miracles of Aquino. He is not my messiah. I do not expect him to be the saint that was his mother nor the martyr that was his father. Let him be the President of the Republic of the Philippines and all that entails. If he can assure that his government is not overrun by the interests of the powerful and that all voices are at least heard, then the People can resume to play politics. Who gets what, when and how much?

So where do we go from here?

Reconciliation

Rosselle have the right words as she deconstructed 500 Days of Summer and the Politics of Our lives: A Genealogical Interpretation:

At best, 500 Days is a deconstructive text that can speak to our milieu beyond the topic of intimate relationships and the like. It brings forth the reminder that human relations are persistent projects that can never be struck off with complacency or finality; and at the heart of the uneasy contingencies in life, forgiveness and reconciliatory action (in contrast to forgetting) is the key to making the most out of the present, of the opportunities it brings for further, and of our very selves.

Speaking beyond the State of the Internet in the Philippines, the Filipino blogosphere is factionalized, and our divisions made by the choices we each made during the election campaign.  Those days are over.  T he battle won.  A new president is in place and it is a new dawn.

Should we not each bury the hatchet and march forward?

The Dream, the Reality

Ben recently asked, are you part of the problem or are you part of the solution?

To Barrio Siete, we look forward to the days, weeks, months to come, stand together, advance world peace, and to share our views about the nation.

To Filipino Voices, we hope you find that intelligence and wisdom in your Voice; that sterling quality loud and clear; to be more than jabber; to be patriots and to be a signal above the noise.

To Anti-Pinoy, the time for incessantly minutia analysis is over.  It is the moment to act, to build; to move forward.

As Randy David put it:

We are getting there. By voting for leaders we can trust, we buy time for our institutions to fully mature. But we cannot be complacent. The long term goal is to develop a society that is formidable enough to withstand betrayal by its chosen leaders.

That is the end goal.

Let us help bind our nation’s wounds.

To our fellow bloggers, let us stand tall together.

How do we get there?

President Aquino spoke about those who dared to dream and that now is the moment where we turn that dream to reality.

This is what the Pro Pinoy Project is all about.

In these pages over the course of days, months and I have high hope, years, we will chronicle the story of the Filipino.

We will relate to you the Pinoy’s adventures with Noynoy Aquino, keeping the promise of transparency alive by walking hand in hand, and keeping the government accountable through our words, and in concrete steps.

We will track the promises of the Aquino campaign, and tick it off as it gets done, and be critical when need be.

We will scribble down the accomplishments of the Philippines as it heads off to tackle the millennium development goals.

We will hopefully travel across this nation, so we may all see and remember what beauty we fight for.

We will be proud to tell you the story of the Good Pinoy, feature success, which we hope that each victory may inspire others to be the same.

The men and women who write here and who keep this site running have their eyes open.  They know the state of the nation.  They are aware of the State of the Filipino and they have seen the ugliness our hearts carry.  They are brave and courageous enough not to be swallowed by that darkness.  They choose not to let their fears and righteous anger drive them to despair. They choose to dream and more importantly, to choose to make that dream a reality.  The men and women who write here, and who work behind the scenes to keep this site running are some of the best, brightest and patriotic that I’ve met and have worked with. They will honor you.

The Pro Pinoy Project is in short, what we have decided to do to keep our patriotism online alive.  We hope you would join us in this journey.  At the end, I hope that Pro Pinoy will not just tell stories about everything worthwhile about being Filipino as well as why we ought to be proud to be Pinoy.  Let’s have fun!  Let’s get to work.

Welcome to the Pro Pinoy Project.

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Cocoy (688 Posts)

Cocoy is an Internet entrepreneur, technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter. He publishes a personal blog called The Geeking, a weblog on geekery, pop culture, and sometimes Apple, and technology. He writes for iPadPinas--- a site devoted to all things iPad. Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project. He regularly contributes political commentary at BlogWatch.ph. Cocoy is a founding member of democracy.net.ph, a think tank. Cocoy also helped draft the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom. Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.


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  • sd

    OK sana iyan…but PLEASE huwag naman maging balimbing kay Pnoy. All presidents should be subject to criticism and due praise when merited.

  • liberdad

    words do not create a revolution, but they inspire the men and women who take up the arms, and they are the revolution.
    but the words must be carefully chosen. the wrong message and people are needlessly killed. pessimism, and the revolution never bears fruit, and the world is lulled into a complacency as it is sucked into a deep abyss. the worst part? they didn’t feel it. and those who did, by their pessismism, did nothing but say “hey there is an abyss. someone get me out of here.” the others who act say “hey there is an abyss. this is how we can get out of here.”

    • liberdad

      in other words, bongv, stella, you’re all talk and no walk. that might get across to your simple minds more clearly…

  • http://cocoychronicles.com Cocoy

    just to add to what liberdad wrote, stella so, generations of Filipinos have beaten “analysis” to death. i’ve certainly done it myself: State of the Filipino Nation on the Road to 2010 elections.

    It can’t go around and around. the time for analysis is over. the time to inspire, to act, to do is now.

  • liberdad

    stella, i think the point is to accept that DYSFUNCTIONAL is not how it is supposed to be, so why accept it. what it needs to do is move forward. so why be antipinoy when you can be propinoy? like bongv who by the way is a pessimist exemplar (what can one do with pessimism but fail? ano bayang “endless suckers” na iyan.. kayo ang mahuhuli sa pag-unlad, who’s the sucker now??) you’re stuck in the delusion that we suck as a nation. edi paano tayo uunlad. you’re so cynical you can’t see that there is a way forward, and we don’t need to wait for anything. we’re done waiting, time to MOVE. that’s what the author is saying, and this blog is about. and you can’t see that, so you really ARE the antipinoy. good riddance.

  • stella so

    This blog is so long but I didn’t see a solution. You need to accept that the Filipino culture is dysfunctional before we can all unite!

  • http://antipinoy.com bongv

    tough luck dudes, until you figure it out – you are trapped in an eternal loop of voting for oligarchs… endless suckers.. ROTFLMAO