Monday, March 30, 2009

SERVANT YOUR FACE!


Filipinos are enraged with an article written by Chinese journalist Chip Tsao for HK Magazine entitled “The War At Home”.

And who wouldn’t be, he just considered us (Filipinos) as a NATION OF SERVANTS

Here’s the article:

“The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That’s no big problem—we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.

But hold on—even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.

As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil.
I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell every one of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.
Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because
I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.

Oh yes.
The government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout “China, Madam/Sir” loudly whenever they hear the word “Spratly.” They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, “Long live Chairman Mao!” at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that’s going a bit too far, at least for the time being.”



OH C’MON! Totally derogatory and downright mean! I have little idea about how we got the Spratly Islands but we are valid to own it up, so who is he to reprimand his Filipina maid to tell everyone that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China?! F-YOU!

And don’t you ever insult your maid or any OFW in your country; do you know that the Filipino overseas worker has the ability to influence the entire world economy? Thanks to the medical professionals, caregivers, engineers, educators and entertainers of the country. I like what Akbayan Rep. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros-Baraquel (dear what a long name,haha) suggested:
"Filipina domestic workers should hold a one-day strike to tell the likes of Chip Tsao who's the real master of the HK economy. If all Filipino workers in HK would strike, the HK economy would grind to a halt without us having to invade the territory,”


Love it!


Man, public apology isn’t enough. This is a complete case of racism, to think that we’re both Asians… tsk2, very disappointing. Chip Tsao is a best-selling author and columnist. A former reporter for the BBC, his columns have also appeared in Apple Daily, Next Magazine and CUP Magazine, among others. Yes, he is a person who can influence others through writing and this is how he used his power.


I remembered our premise when I joined a Debate Contest in 2006: Can we still be proud on being Filipinos to other countries. I remembered my speech as the government whip and recalled how I mentioned all the possible reasons on why we should still be proud on being Filipinos, and as I write this I thought… why not prove to him that we are not their servants. Study harder, work harder, and let’s see who the boss is.

If this is a satire as what they’re claiming, well I don’t find it at any way funny and most especially, witty. And in satire, sarcasm is very much evident in the writing, sarcasm meaning agreeing on the things that you actually attack. In Tsao’s article, he attacked us Filipinos bluntly, no hesitations whatsoever… again, it is not amusing at all. Satire or not, it's still rude and too much.


I HATE THIS ARTICLE AS MUCH AS I HATE THAT GUY. We are not servants; we just know the value of work, dedication and commitment. This is a complete opposite to how Europeans looked at Filipinos as the brilliance of the universities before, during Rizal’s time for example.


We can still uplift the way people see us, and it should still start from ourselves, like what the last line says on my debate speech: shame on those who do not take pride on their homeland.


BE PROUD, A NATION OF SERVANTS PERHAPS, BUT SERVANTS CAN GO HIGHER, CAN MOVE UPWARDS... AND FOR THOSE WHO ACT AS BOSSES ON TOP? WELL, THEY HAVE NOWHERE TO GO BUT DOWNWARDS.




Monday, March 16, 2009

ma-'TALIM' NA LATE TY ENTRY



I know it’s quite late to celebrate my joy and say my thank you's through blogging, but bare with me as I tried my best to squeeze this on my free time =D

ANYWAY…


There are 4 categories in our Videofest: Talkshow, NEWS, Feature and yes… the documentary category. It was the category that everyone was waiting for, the last but not the least, the most unpredictable category.
And yup, remember the documentary that I was telling you about on my previous entry? The one I directed? The one I thought or assumed to would not have a chance on winning? Well guess what…

IT JUST WON!

BEST SCRIPT, BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN AND TADA… VIDEOFEST ’09 BEST DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM!

The moment I was handed the microphone for the speech, I automatically uttered: “If only I can bring you all guys to Binangonan, in Isla Talim, and experience the joy we have felt!”

“...it is a privilege to be in the documentary category because we get to see the reality of life and the best part of it is that we get to share it with you guys…”

I almost forgot to say thank you because I was so overwhelmed with the result. See CEU Malolos’ entry “Mahabe Pagota” (tama ba spelling?), which featured the livelihood in Sierra Madre, was getting almost all the minor awards, so the moment Sir Villarante announced: “1st place is… Mahabe Pagota!”, I was like shocked in disbelief because all along I thought they would get the best documentary award.

So, if CEU Malolos won 1st place… who could the winner be? Gawd, I didn’t wanna assume but my hands were trembling, I was hugging the guy beside me (don’t worry I know him), and I am at the same time telling myself: WAG KA MAG-ASSUME, WAG KA MAG-ASSUME, MAY MGA IBA PANG ENTRIES……


“the best documentary program is… TALIM!”

The feeling of standing up and walking down the auditorium is better than going up the stage, and don’t ask me why coz I don’t know the reason either. We were like freaks up stage, we’re dancing like monkeys, and we simply enjoyed the moment. Like what some said: pailalim daw kami tumira, we weren’t getting much award, only to find out that we will be getting the best of the best award… yun oh!

Yes indeed, it was a cherry on top, on top of a big pile of lessons and realizations that I learned as I savor the journey of directing this ‘super astig’ documentary!






Again I guess it’s never too late to show my appreciation right?

To Tata Raul, my biggest apology for still not being able to thank you personally, but I am sincerely grateful to have met someone like you who is so devoted to his hometown and to his passion as well. Thanks for the book too Tata Raul, you are truly a good soul with a gift on words that I somehow envy (mahina po kasi ako magsulat sa Tagalog eh, hehe).

To the people in Talim, man this place is solid, solid as i-Touch by the way, haha! Thanks for welcoming us warmly, for trusting us, and for supporting us. I am happy that we got to use your place as an implement to show the people the real meaning of contentment. Truly this place is blessed with good resources and most especially with good people.

To BUMS (Business Unusual Media Solutions), my biggest THANK YOU’S to all of you guys! That’s all… haha! Nah! Thanks to Kuya Jun, Tim, Monty and Jeypi for the all out support, for the patience and for the friendship most especially. We started out as naïve students to all these equipment for shooting, and now we have familiarity on how to use them. Thanks for the post production and the freebies as well. Ultimately I thank you guys for not hindering us to explore our capabilities yet instead you honed us by sharing your knowledge in ways that we could both enjoy each other’s company. Lastly, I personally wanna thank you bums for making me realize that what is essential is purely being happy on what you do, as much as you guys enjoy what you're doing… but then again… you can only do so much. =)

To i-Touch team, thanks for basically being the coolest and craziest production team I have ever worked with. Thanks for sticking up with one another to continue this topic despite the uncertainties of failing. I remembered the time I broke down because I felt helpless and hopeless with our group, haha, shooting lang pala katapat nyo. I was surprised with each and everyone’s performance on the shoot, I saw the excitement and enthusiasm, yup I saw Ram’s excitement (di lang sya halata) =P I guess this is the perfect grad gift I can give Nena, since she never won any award on her previous years. We broke the curse dear… and we broke it very well!

Lastly I wanna thank all the people who discouraged me. As I write this I realized how weak I have become for giving up so easily. It just saddens me that some people who are in the position to inspire and encourage others would rather choose to dispirit them instead. Well what can I say, I still respect those people, for without them there will be no balance in nature… you know, the yin and the yang… the negative and the positive?


Aryt, got so much time for this blog already, I better get going… thanks thanks to everyone again…

It was the passion and the heart that made us won this, coz believe it or not… masaya kame sa ginagawa namen… *weh wushu!* =D