A Call to all Filipinos: LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2006 at 12:16 pm

Tonight I cry because of fear, anxiety and frustration. There is something very wrong with the country today and not enough people care.

Most of us have stopped caring. Regular and endless political bickering, grandstanding and senseless protests has made most of us numb and apathetic towards our nation’s political status.

Yesterday, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared the entire Philippines under a “State of National Emergency.” Having done so has allowed her to arrest without any warrants and interfere with the right to freedom of expression. First to suffer was UP’s Professor Randy David who was marching from UP towards the EDSA Shrine when he was “invited” for questioning. Then, Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran was arrested based on a 21-year old case of rebellion against him. Tribune, perceived to be pro-Estrada, was supposedly raided. The Philippine National Police (PNP) downplayed the reported raid by calling it a “strong presence” in the Tribune offices. And as if not content with their “strong presence” at the Tribune office, the PNP has issued a warning to all media organizations who do not follow the “standards” of the Arroyo administration could suffer the same fate.

Many people do not protest against Arroyo not because they trust and believe in her. Rather, they fear the unknown. If not Arroyo, then who? I have asked myself the very same question a hundred times (or more). Raul Roco and Fernando Poe, Jr are both dead. Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is unusually quiet and seemingly unwilling to step up. Vice-President Noli de Castro is firmly on Arroyo’s side and so is House Speaker Jose de Venecia.

The only logical and legal choice is Senate President Franklin Drilon. Unfortunately, Drilon has failed to strongly convey his stand against Arroyo. He has not sufficiently aligned himself for the opposition. He is, to a certain extent, fence-sitting.

So the country is left with no choice.

Yes, there are no real alternatives to Arroyo. But I don’t think that the choice right now is between Arroyo and somebody else. The choice we make is between democracy and martial law.

And I choose democracy. At this point in time, I don’t even care who leads the country, as long as it is not under martial law or something akin to it.

Although I understand the confusion and conflicting thoughts bothering the minds of most Filipinos, I strongly urge everybody to pick a side. Not for Arroyo or against her, but for democracy or against it. This is not about picking a lesser evil, but about standing up for our rights.

This is a crucial moment for all Filipinos. What we choose and how we express it can be a new way of expressing people power. Rallying in the streets might not be effective any more, but speaking up can be done in other ways.

Personally, I don’t think that going out in the streets at this point in time is the right way of doing it. It only gives Arroyo more ammunition to do as she pleases.

I urge all Filipinos to pick a side and let your voice be heard. Let us not wait for something drastic or tragic to happen before we pick a side. Let us not wait for our right to freedom of expression to be supressed before we make our choice.

This is my way of saying
No ifs, no buts.

-Maria Jose
Filipino citizen

{Entry cross-posted from Alleba Politics.}


In Uncategorized on February 24, 2006 at 11:05 pm

You are Bisdak…kung
re-posted from Bisaya”>”>Bisaya Bloggers c/o Sam”>”>Sam Bilibit

1. You feel insulted when a non-Bisdak ridicules someone by saying “bisaya”, but it’s okay for you if you or another Bisdak use it to another Bisdak, as in “ah, bisayaa pud oy!”

2. You feel proud when Matud nila is sung and you sing along with it bisan dili nimo memorize.

3. Hibal-an nimo kung unsa ang habal-habal bisan wala pa ka kasakay niani ug siyempre pa ang “sikad”

4. common usages kung ga-tinagalog:
the use of “kuwan” as interjection
ang superlative nga pirmi gamiton mao ang “masyado”, i.e., maingay masyado, sobra masyado, bilisan mo masyado (read: paspasi lagi)
adunay tendency nga pulihan lang ang “o” or “a” og “i”, i.e., ang atop into atip, ang kan-on into kan-in, ang sud-an into sud-in ug ang utan into..(hehehehe)
5. you know what “itlog mo ‘noy orange” means

6. you know that the karaang “bayle” aron mamahimong modern gipulihan na og “disco” – discoral

7. aduna kay hibaw-an nga at least usa ka kanta ni Yoyoy Villame or Max Surban bisan sa tono lang

8. you can use varied terms of endearment for friends and relatives like bay, parts, paparts, migo, kabs (kababayan), parekoy, pareng, choy, higala, kid, gaw, gaweks, manoy, nong, inse, ditse,iyo, iya, palangga, pangga, gang,

9. you call someone “Inday” and/or “Dodong” as a term of affection and hate it when other non-bisdak use the term as if its a title given for a househelp.

10. you know what “maning hang” is

11. you know vino kulafu and fighter wine…sometimes you even know its jingle!

12. instead of stork, you chose snowbear or you buy Timbura when you mean Corniks

13. your familiar with the brand Loalde in clothing

14. you crave for inun-unan, paklay, halang-halang, law-oy, kinilaw, ginamos, bulad, binignit (tabirak), sikwate paresan sa puto maya,

15. Esteban Escudero and Golyat are folk heroes

16. Handuman sa Usa ka Awit is closer to your heart than Maalaala Mo Kaya TV show

17. You know what HITACHI means (Himantayon, Tabian, Chismosa/o)

18. SUTUKIL is as common as TAPSI, in fact you know that SUTUKIL came first

19. Your common pulutan for Tuba drinking is “TARGET” – asin nga targeton lang nimo sa imong tudlo

20. You have at least once in your lifetime experienced “Ang Mysterio sa Paglawig sa Barko Padulong Manila”, a phenomenon that when the Boat is approaching Manila, everybody around you suddenly becomes tagalog speaking nga adtong miaging adlaw lang pwerting bisaya pa ninyo!

21. You whisper bisaya to a fellow bisdak in the midst of a tagalog crowd…and he replies loudly to you in tagalog!

22. The first question you ask when you found out that someone is bisdak, “taga-asa man diay ka?”

23. You usually use the warning phrase Hala Ka!

24. You know the meaning and proper usages of the following (irreverent) words/phrases: pesteng yawa, usapa na, pastilan, latina__ , butalo, way kurat, hastang, puslan man, kuwangol, libod-suroy, ligas-paka, way kuha, ka-ubo, kolera, sampila(koy), burik_t, barbaki, mangga ka sir?, duha singko, balang, palag?, wa ka kyapi?, ok pas olrayt, haybol, ang pahak!, jer-jer, way blema, tulibagbag, pagarpar, giro, pamalalat, kalandrakas, bulala, ambot sa langaw pilay idad sa ok-ok, bugnawg simod, buak ang pula, bagdok, gi-atay, gi-ahak, tibak (tiguwang bakla), NPA (nawong puros agtang), mamaklad, agua de pataranta, tira pasagad, basin diay pilay pad’s sa ungoy, banat kay awaaw, mat-an pas pinya, ngitngit pas alkitran, tak-om pas tuway, ug uban pa….

25. Sigurado ko nga naa pa kay ikadugang ani….

panagtigum, pagtambayayong

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2006 at 10:21 am

as posted in Selbstdenker aka Kinilaw

It started with an idea, “why not use blogging as a way to reach out and share with the rest of the bisdaks (bisayang dako to mean, largely of visayan origin…now to mean, people from visayas and mindanao who could speak, think, write, read, and proudly identify with being bisaya)?”

Of course, taking bisdaks as very sociable people who love to get together to eat and sing and talk and laugh in very loud voices, it wasn’t hard to form a network of bisdaks who blog. Eventually, the camaraderie formed within the confines of the blogsphere got into real life friendships…simply because bisdaks are very sociable people who love to get together to eat and sing and talk and laugh in very loud voices…and of course, are very, very, very proud of their roots. “Hala, magtambayayong kitang mga bisaya.”

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ang uban sa mga kinakusgang Bisaya Bloggers: kars, val, zimm, bhevs, fr stephen

The first official “panagtigum” (official kay naa man mi name tag. hehehehe.) finally kicked off barely a year since the Bisaya Bloggers was formed (through the efforts of Ms. Ayeza).

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mao ni amoang name tag (mao kini ang official panagtigum kay sukad-sukad kani na tapok-tapok pa lang ang naa’y name tag). notice the blogo (blog logo)?

This was after months and months of countless emails exchanged over the mailing list. A venue was spoken for, the coordinator worked hard to contact everybody, and most were very eager to get together.

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nice au ang amoang venue…fitting gyud kaayo kay sa communication foundation for asia – we communicate!

While there have been dozens of contingents of Bisaya Bloggers all over the world (ASA PA MO! WAY KURAT! UG WA MO KUYAPI ANA! INTERNATIONAL MI!), the bisdak bloggers in manila ang pinaka-kiatan ug pinaka-laagan…na gina-ulo-ulohan ni jory.

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si jory, ang amoang booking manager slash the next official WOW Philippines endorser slash economics minor kay ga-major man sa kiat-kiat. hehehehe.

It would be best to describe the members of Bisaya Bloggers as very diverse but are quite united because of their common cultural heritage. It would also be apt to say that while Bisaya Bloggers targets a certain literacy/class group because of access to internet connection and the ability to write and read, and be able to technologically manipulate the blogsphere, the love for the ginamos, bulad, and everything inherently “bisaya” is a shared passion (to a point that being Bisaya is no less an invasive and very adaptable culture). While there might be no clear-cut distinctions between different regional groups and cultural affiliations in the Philippines, being respectful (matinahuron), friendly, eagerness to forge connections, and giving value to our cultural heritage are important traits among bisdaks, probably because these are the values that best identifies us.

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this had been one of the most meaningful masses I’ve ever attended kay ayha mi galipay-lipay, gapasalamat mi sa Ginoo for being able to get together!

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aside from the fact na gwapo ug gwapa ming mga bisaya…

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…we are very laid back and we know how to have fun…

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…and we love to eat and communicate to share our lives and inspire others to do what is good in the best way possible. (naks!)

photos from jory and sealdi