Wednesday, December 17, 2008

0 Nobena

Ang pagwawakas ng dalawang taong paghihintay sa loob ng siyam na araw. Ibinigay niya sandali, para ibigay sa iba. At ngayon, malapit nang magwakas ang lahat.
Nobena
ni J.D. Lim

nine days
two years

it started as something exciting
something to look forward to
nine days of foggy mornings
nine days of bibingka
nine days of sacrifice
nine days of prayer

it was on that second time
things were different
intentions have changed
it was meant to open up
clear my soul
repelenish my source
reconnect with Him
and make two ultimate petitions:
is it right?
can I finally have her?

I don't know if He
answered the first
but it turned out to be
the right thing to do
join them
but after a year
I left
and now on my own
brand of their cause

the second one
came two years later
He gave too much
He really listens
and answers more than you've asked
at the rightn time
for He gave her to me
on the most trying times
the times I'm blinded by grief, anger, hopelessness
she's my light
she's my life
but now she's off to someone else
two years came
and ended too soon

here I am again
hoping to complete nine days
say my wishes to Him
entrust to Him everything
and wait for two more years

maybe He'll give me her again
or maybe someone else
no matter what or who it may be
I'd still be waiting
for that day to come

but for now
the two year wait
is over.
and all is over
after nine days.


Parokya ni San Ildefonso, Guiguinto, Bulacan
December 16, 2008 2:53 P.M.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

0 Martial Law in America? An MTV Video

Habang naghahanap ako ng mga magagandang documentaries na gawa ng History Channel sa YouTube, nakatagpo ako ng isang interesanteng video at mga videos pa. Gawa daw ito ng MTV. Tama ang nababasa mo. Gawa ito ng MTV o Music Television. Ngayon ko lang nabalitaan at nalaman na may ganitong uri na ng advocacy ang MTV bukod sa paglaban sa AIDS. At hindi ko rin naisip na maaari pala sila gumawa ng hakbang para imulat ang kanilang mga 'followers' na mga kabataan na halos wala nang pakialam sa mga nangyayari sa kanilang paligid. Maaari niyo din na puntahan ang kanilang website: http://think.mtv.com para sa iba pang impormasyon sa magandang gawain na ito.

At narito na ang ilang mga videos na nakita ko sa kanila:






2 Ang Aking Mga Pagkiling

As of the 28th of September 2008, these are my biases and slant to the different issues and the principles which I am holding on to. Walang kokontra, ok?

*Mahal ko ang bansang Pilipinas. Kahit pa sabihin ng kung sino diyan na tayo ay may 'damaged culture' at tila kawalan ng isang 'national identity', hindi ito dahilan para hindi ko mahalin ang Pilipinas. Kahit pa mahigit sa 4,000 Pilipino ang umaalis ng Pilipinas para maging OFW o permanente nang manirahan sa Amerika, Canada, UK, Australia, etc at kahit pa hawak ng sampung pamilya sa Pilipinas ang higit sa 50% ng ating yaman at kahit pa lumubog na ang bahay namin sa baha, dito pa rin ako, masaya namang lumusong sa baha at maglaro ng bangkang papel noh.

*Ako ay para sa TUNAY na SIMBAHAN na itinatag ni Kristo may 2000 taon na ang nakakaraan: ang SIMBAHANG KATOLIKA. Handa ko na ipagtanggol ang aming pananampalataya lalo't higit sa mga sekta ng relihiyon diyan na naglalako ng 'instant salvation' at mga baluktot na pagbibigay kahulugan sa Bibliya para lamang maging tama sa kanilang panlasa.

*Ako ay para sa MALAYA at RESPONSABLENG PAMAMAHAYAG lalo't higit sa pagbatikos sa sinumang indibidwal o grupo. Lahat ng mga mababasa ninyo sa blog na ito ay pipilitin ko na hanapan ng konkreto at totoong impormasyon. Anumang pagpuna o pagbabatikos sa aking mga nailahad ay malaya kong tinatanggap. Naniniwala din kasi ako na ang pikon ay laging talo at kung sino man ang matamaan, pasensya na lang. I got my own views, you got yours.

Iyan lang muna sa ngayon.

Friday, July 18, 2008

1 The Philippine-American War

I would like to ask my fellow Filipino readers if they know anything about the Philippine-American War? Yeah, we have actually battled the superpower more than a hundred years ago. And because of this, they called us niggers, bandits, tulisan and bandido! Isn't it ironic to be called rebels in our own land?

Photo Courtesy of JapanFocus.org

It is also interesting to note that some US universities do not study it as a part of US history. Some say that it is because for almost a decade we have resisted Uncle Sam's offering of democracy but with a little pinch of colonization and imperialism; that still persists up to this day. But some American historians like Paul Kramer are recently bringing up to light that there was once a war that Filipinos waged against the Americans.

And also it is sad to note that this war is called by some academics and scholars of history as "The Philippine Insurrection" when it was these Americans who came to occupy us while we are struggling to become an independent nation. Besides, what are they doing here 10,000 miles away from home? It is clear that they REALLY want us and they want to USE us.

Photo taken from http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Crete/9782/main.htm

Does every Filipino who are queuing up at the doors of US embassy know that they killed more than 1,000,000 Filipinos during the war? And how could I ever forget 'Balangiga Massacre' wherein to avenge their defeat from us 'niggers', they ordered 'to kill everyone over ten.' And for everyone else's information, it was not the Japanese who used water cure as a torture method. It was these Americans who used it extensively during the Philippine-American War. And we should not be surprised that up to now, their 'prisoners of war' from Iraq or Afghanistan are suffering the same treatment in Guantanamo Bay.

Photo Courtesy of HistoricalTextArchive.com

Water Cure During the Philippine-American War

Photo Courtesy of The New Yorker

Well, we should be proud that we are the ONLY country to have risen up to fight these imperialist for almost a decade. But it is very sad to note that public schools here in the Philippines do not take up much of the Philippine-American war. It is merely shown as a 'little incident' that happened and was easily 'eradicted'. Too much emphasis is given on the establishment of the Commonwealth and the 'Independence Missions' where in fact, we should not be begging for it because they are not the ones who own us. Besides, THIS IS OUR LAND. They have just grabbed it away from us.

And it is also interesting to note what William Howard Taft said in 1905 or 103 years ago:

"I have not come to give you (the Philippines) your independence, but to study your welfare. You will have your independence when you are ready for it, which will not be in this generation - no, nor in the next, nor perhaps for a 100 years or more."

And lo and behold, his word indeed came true. We may be 'free and independent' in essence but the Philippines is still held by America: economically and maybe politically. We are a 'neo-colony'. We still look up to Uncle Sam as our protector and giver. And we still allow their soldiers to roam freely in our ports and disguise it as 'military exercises' but in truth they are engaged in our own internal conflicts. We are still beholden by the enormous debt that is crippling our economy and eating up more than 50% of our annual national budget which can be used for delivering basic social services like education and health.

Kailan ba tayo mamumulat sa panloloko ng mga Kano sa atin? Kailan?

And this did not just happened to us: we have seen them invade Cuba, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. They would always say that they are trying to bring world peace yet they are always the one who invade or starts the war. Well, it is not surprising that they would just create a conflict out of nowhere. It is just to use their huge 'military-industrial complex' to boost their economy and of course, power.

They seem to feel that they are the rightful owners of these world. But wake up Joe, THE WORLD IS NOT YOURS. You cannot just meddle into anybody's affairs. You should not say what is right. Because what could be right for you, would not be right for everybody else. Look at what you did to Iraq, the whole country is in total chaos. The situation was a lot better before you came. You did gave them democracy but what happened? You divided the country. Pitting one group against the other.

Anyway, I hope that the Philippine-American War is no longer an "Invisible War" in the minds of my readers.

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