THE PHILIPPINES: FRAGILE DEMOCRACY OR STRONG REPUBLIC

The Philippines is cannot be easily identified as a nation possessing fragile democracy or strong republic. As the promise of democracy was granted, it does not reassure us a true democratic nation because of the different factors that contributed to its weakening, thus I firmly believe that the Philippines does not have a strong republic because democracy is not on its highest level. The Philippines calls itself a democracy since most of the citizens are able to express their various rights, express their collective decisions, and there is a government in which the power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly, but for me it is just a wasted democracy since not everyone benefits on it. Poor people who constitute the majority of Philippine society are being under the elites who control the democracy they possessed. It started from the time we were colonized by the Spaniards up to the time we achieved the independence with the aid of Americans. The democracy is already in our hands but the continuous insurgencies poisoned the democratic base of the country. Instead of just focusing on the communist groups who wanted to prevail in the country, the government itself is also a problem and one of the proofs are the People Power Revolutions that happened just to overthrow the head of the nation, that is why it is very hard to assume that we have strong democracy since those problems are in front of us at the moment America acquired the independence for us, but I believe that international support is the strength of Philippine democracy but we are so dependent to them that we forgot our own values. We are blinded by Western values and because of that we are easily manipulated and if they helped us, we are already taking into consideration that we have this debt of gratitude to the country that helped us like for instance Japan, America, and Australia gave their helping hands in dealing terrorism in our country.

Philippines has fragile democracy, that is why I cannot say that we have strong republic because just looking in our economy we can already state if we have it or not. In my point of view economy is the strength of the country and given that poverty is very rampant in our country, we cannot say that all of the Filipinos have high standards of living. Many of the Filipinos have no capacity to sustain the food they need every day, and also, not everyone has appropriate jobs to earn money and use it for managing their lives. Another, the word republic stresses the democratic context in which state strength is to be nurtured. Filipinos have chosen democracy, after ousting a dictator in 1986, in the hope that it would guarantee that required public choices will be made responsibly to people’s demands and the requirements of the economy but people in the upper class continued to hamper the progress and most of the politicians involved themselves on corruption, so no matter how hard foreign countries to extend their help to us it will take time for the Philippines to obtain strong republic because it is rooted on the politics and if the political instability will not be resolved, the democracy and the economy will be affected and therefore, it will weakened the Philippine Republic. It is already in our hands, Lapu-Lapu defeated Magellan, many Filipinos suffered in the American-Japanese War, it is a great sacrifice and now our only task is to make the democracy strong to achieve a strong republic. It will not happen if we still do not manage the diversity in our county. We are one nation but we are divided, and yes our government has the responsibility in making reforms to make the democracy well-built in but they cannot do that alone, unity is the solution so that our democracy will be strong and we are entitled to strong republic.-jspj-

REACTION TO THE PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS 2012

While thinking about the paper I am going to submit in Philippine Political Dynamics that will serve as our Final exam, I looked at my recent entries on the said subject, and I found this. I have this guts to share it with you since I believe on everything I’ve stated there, and I was really shocked upon receiving my grade on that paper because I rushed it since my friends and I needed to go somewhere and unwind that night.

There are several people who waited for the SONA and I was absolutely one of them. To tell you the truth, before I did not bother myself with the President’s speech but as I became aware of the realities in our country, I realized that hearing the President is one of the significant responsibilities of a Filipino because it will present you proofs if ever you are skeptical about the developments that are happening on the President’s regime.

Since there was no class when SONA was aired on the television, I got to watched it from the beginning up to the end. Honestly, I am not a supporter of PNoy because I do not see any reason for him to state these words “tuwid na daan”. We all know that he wanted to remove the corrupt officials to finally have this straight path towards development and all this time I thought that eradicating corrupt officials is the only thing he is giving focus on, until I watched his SONA and found out that he had made various advancements from what was left by Arroyo’s period, and that was the time I regretted myself for thinking that he could not be the best President our country could have. In my assessment, I agree with his points highlighted in the speech  like the issue in the South China Sea wherein we should not give up what is really ours. In my view, that statement is correct, since as a leader he should be seen as someone who fights for the country’s territorial integrity and strengthen the beliefs of hopeless people who easily gave up the fight to China and other involved countries. Another, I have the same opinion with PNoy when he said that we can forgive but we cannot forget on what Arroyo have done that caused turbulence in our country. What GMA have done were not just simple conflicts that could easily be solved, rather it affected the lives of Filipinos that made them stuck on poverty and even lose what supposedly theirs, so what I mean here is the “Kaban ng bayan” which was corrupted by Arroyo. I also applauded him for saying at the end of his speech “what was once impossible is now possible”, because there were several people who do not believe on the capabilities of PNoy even at the start of his regime, but as time progressed, he proved that he could make everything happen just with the cooperation of the people. Even me, I was surprised of the things he have enumerated though honestly I was little bit doubtful on the statistics that he showed because if I was him I will not make it very specific because the opponents could use that in the future to measure against him if ever he will not accomplish it on time or if there were things not done as he step down his presidency, but I have already put my trust with our president because if I will continue to find objectionable to his presidency then what if other people are thinking the same way too, it will  not help the country. What PNoy needs is our support to make the things he enumerated possible. I once lost hope for the country because of distrusting the capabilities of the government but watching the SONA made me become PNoy’s proponent. There are people saying that his SONA did not tackle about what the society is really facing, and that is poverty, but as I always believe, EVERYTHING SHOULD NOT BE BLAMED IN THE GOVERNMENT ALONE, because everyone has their own responsibilities on their own lives, and PNoy already showed what he have been doing for the country to be progressive again. He made it possible for the Philippines to rise again and it will illuminate more with unity of Filipinos towards a set of goals.—JspJ

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GOING BACK

You know what, I abandoned my Tumblr before since I though WordPress is the best for my thoughts and rants, but now I am going back to where I started, but do not worry too much, WordPress, from time to time I will also post on you, but sorry, Tumblr caught my heart again. Are you going to make a move to bring me back? I guess the reason that made me love Tumblr again is the lay-out. Yes, I found the lay-out that I really want and that is House of Fashion, but unfortunately you do not have same lay-out. Anyway, Thank you for stocking my posts and let me interact with strangers, and you know what I am blushing whenever I am seeing my STATS go wild even if even if I am not online or my blog is not updated. I really appreciate my blog readers here in WordPress THANKYOU!

So for those who have Tumblrs out there, check out mine, and let us follow each other. 🙂

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ASEAN CULTURE

I am planning to go back to Manila on Wednesday morning since my class will start on 12:00 pm,but yesterday I received a message from our PRO that our block is required to attend a seminar, so obviously my plan was wrecked but in a lighter note, the seminar is very useful for my course. At first I am thinking how to encourage my blockmates to attend until there was a follow-up message that we MUST not ignore the invitation because it will serve as an attendance in our major subject, “South Asia”under Sir Ernie Mabahague, so I guess it will not be a pain in the ass to think for a reason because it is clear, ATTENDANCE IS A MUST!  So now let me give you the details and hope to see you there ASIANS, ARTLETS, and THOMASIANS!

(source: Asian Studies Society)

The Asian Studies Society
in collaboration with
National Youth Commission

A seminar on “Preservation of ASEAN Culture: The Role of Youth in Fostering its Cultures and Tradition”

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Date: August 22, 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 7am-12pm
Venue Tan Yan Kee Auditorium (Fourth Floor), UST
Speakers:
1) Julius Caesar Flore
Director, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Division2) Anna Karina Jardin
Founder and President, Artistikong Kabatan Philippines, Inc.

3) Georgina P. Nava
Luzon Commissioner, National Youth Commission

4) Ivan Anthony Henares
Fellow, Asia 21

This will be the second seminar  I will attend for this school year , so looking forward to the information it will provide for the audience most especially to Asian majors. Hope to see you there!

Bubble Tea

WE WANT BUBBLES!

Around 8:30PM last July 25,2012, we had a quick preparation to celebrate the19th birthday of Jo at Bubble Tea, Tomas Morato. Since she is kinda fond of Milktea and Bubble Tea’s different kinds of food that make you drool, she chose to bring us there. Bubble Tea is known here in Manila for its two-in-one purpose, you can EAT+DRINK. They are offering rolls, sushi, sashimi, pizza, pasta, burgers and many more! When it comes to drinks, of course their Tea originated in Taiwan, milkshakes with pearls also, and many kinds of smoothies.

Actually, it was as if we rented the place because if you were there I guess you will be pissed off with our hell-raising laughter, and since we are all loudmouthed people, I guess you will request us to pipe down.Anyway, It just came to show that Bubble Tea is a cozy spot for teens like us, for circle of friends who wants to unwind, for young peeps who just want to be themselves.

So the way for tummy’s happiness and Jo’s start of her last Teen is definitely on!

Here’s the birthday girl on her Orange outfit! I did not able to capture her whole get-up but guys you know what, she was soo sexy that night with The Ramp’s top!
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Time for you to get jelly! Food will blast in one…two…three…

Jo ordered Mocha, Strawberry, and Taro Milk Shakes but of course I preferred Strawberries:”)

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Now, Let us all roll with the ROLLS!

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As usual, group pic will not be forgotten. Sayang kasi if the one who took that photo stepped lil backward, I think he will be able to capture the cutiepie spot in Bubble Tea where we decided to dine. It was like a mini room with pillows, very very comfy.

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After enjoying what Bubble offered, we did everything just to be included in jo’s picture. Here you can definitely understand the meaning of “flexibility”.

Finally, here’s the picture of the birthday celebrant who I think can never live without a kooky picture.

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Another night passed by with my sisterfriends. Another year for Jo to learn and experience lots of things that life is offering.

Thankyou Bubble Tea for that astounding menu and place you have. We love the food so much and made some of us forget that they are on a diet! We will visit your other branches too!

So for those who are not yet visiting the place, hurry now and may Bubbles be with you.

HAPPY AVERY’s DAY!

No Birthday Greetings!!!

July 25 was supposed to be SOMEONE’s special day but from the moment she woke up until she left for school, she did not receive any greetings from her two special friends, basically because her two friends were still cotton to the dreamland.

When two of her friends woke up, the other greeted her and even posted on Facebook a photo with sweet notes but what happened to the other friend?She was already awake but still she did not greet this SOMEONE not because she was tied up but simply because she planned not to greet this SOMEONE. This friend of SOMEONE usually post  pictures on Facebook and tagged the one who is celebrating his/her birthday but still SOMEONE did not find any or did not even receive a text message. So what do you think is the reason? Is SOMEONE’s friend has anger or any grudge with SOMEONE or there was more reasonable plan?

Since I already set the mode of curiosity, I think it’s time to reveal the story and characters behind this very epic “Birthday Greeting”.

Let me now introduce to you the SOMEONE who celebrated her birthday, who waited for I guess 10 minutes for her friends to wake up just to hear candied words, and who was the main reason why SOMEONE’s friend did not greet her on her special day.

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SOMEONE is named as Jo Avery Lucas Matias who just turned 19.

One of Jo’s friends who did not greet her early as she woke up will also be revealed. Actually, she is not just Jo’s friend, but half-sister, and Yaya. Yah they call each other as “Yaya”, and many people hearing that seem to be so curious why, but even me, I don’t know if who is the one who is really telling the truth, who is the real YAYA? They have been friends for so long and I think if one of them is a guy, they will be vowing in the church with the words, “through thick and thin”, because seriously, you will see how tight their relationship is and the fact that they are not having serious quarrels because they are simply used to bully each other. Anyway, let us now expose Jo’s yaya.

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She is Krizzy, the Yaya of Jo, but if I am doing a blog for Krizzy, my caption would be She is Jo, the Yaya of Krizzy.

Now I guess, you are already prepared to know who is this mean friend of Jo who did not greet her early, instead, greet her when it is time for Jo to treat her circle of friends.

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It’s me! I love this picture of us, I wanted to pur this as my display picture but I don’t wanna crop her so I decided to let go of that dream.

Yes, I was the one who became mean that day not because I don’t love her but because I want it to be more special. You may think that I am having various reasons here for Jo not to get mad at me, but what I am telling is true, I have my reasons and I am now ready to reveal it. I remember when she saw my blog for Krizzy’s birthday and she commented on my Facebook post saying she wanted to have the same too, and I told her, “okay sa birthday mo”, and there, I planned not to greet her because I want to state everything here. By simply allocating my time here though it is my prelim exam week (oh no, hindi kita kinokonsensya :)), I guess it is enough to compensate on the damage I have done with her feelings. I planned to put up this entry not just because she requested it from me but because she is one of the special people in my life, and I can not afford the days to pass without doing a blog for her.

JO is SOMEONE who is..

1.like B2- Jo is my vocal side. If you are close to us you will easily understand it but if you are not, I will try to explain it. Whenever both of us are thinking about a reaction to anything, iniisip ko, iniisip rin pala niya. So remember Bananas and Pajamas? We are like that but the difference is, I only remain a particular thing on my mind, while she speak that particular thing to people. Even our friends get a little bit goose bumps whenever that’s happening, but I don’t know what kind of brains we have, all I know is, our brain cells are always working on both intelligible and nonsensical matters.

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We got lots of pictures wherein we appear as each other’s background

2. Fashionable and Music addict

She is mix-matching outfits whenever she is in the mood, if not, a shirt and shorts will do. What she is always telling to us, we should always be prepared because we’ll never know when will we see our crush or any man of our life.

As a music addict, we are again the same. We love our playlist to be always updated, we less talk whenever we are in the bus because our earphones are doing their business, and most of our taste in music is very very the same. A little trivia, whenever she is using her iTouch for sounds, she normally put the volume into the maximum level, I wonder how her ears manage it.

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OTD ang peg!

3. Smart,Wise, Classy Chic

She loves surfing the web for random information that’s why her stock knowledge is very fruitful(suddenly I can’t think of more appropriate word :D)000 As a Microbiology student in UST, Krizzy and I are really encouraging her to pursue Medicine because of our personal reasons, and that would be a dirty lil secret. As a lovely lady, she deal with the boys in an intelligent manner, meaning, heart is still important for her but feelings are just on the mind, dealing with boys is like voting WISELY. As a normal person, she behaves with class, as what every woman should do. Way back she was involved with petty fights but she is not the type of gal who quarrel publicly, she uses her mind and ideas to deal with the conflict intelligently.

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Our future Doctor! Heyeyeyy, kaibigan namin yan!

4. Jolly, Crazy, and VERY VERY (excuse me for this Jo) PRANING and OLDIES!

She doesn’t like corny jokes but she is able to make us happy on her simple ways. As what the song goes, it comes naturally! She fond taking photo of her with those crazy poses and upload it to Facebook. She is more delighted seeing her iTouch filled with those wacky shots than serious. To keep her private life, I will not discuss the last two adjectives, misteryosa ang peg! But, seriously Praning and Oldies siya, (I think I deserve a slap here), I should not include this since this is for her birthday but if only I can reveal the reasons, I would love to, but you know it’s better if you ask her, like, “JO, bakit ka PRANING? BAKIT KA OLDIES?VERY VERY PERFECT!:)

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5. VERY LOVING

She values her family so much. If there is someone who is always in full swing to go back to the province, that is her. She makes sure her gift for her dad or mom during birthdays or Christmas will be the best gift ever. She has this darling affection with her siblings even though sometimes they have small fights. Even on her favorite nephew, she always tell us how nice and loving Joaquin is, and since they are look-alike, napagkakamalan siya na mother ni Joaquin, but it doesn’t insult her, rather, it made me more feel cloud nine.

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*Sorry I can’t find a phot of you and DADDY GENERAL, also with your SKINNY ATE. Naka-private kasi albums mo teh!:))

Of course, she is also VERY LOVING to her friends. Whenever someone has problems, she is there to tell advice and most especially to protect us. She treats us like her super real sisters to whom she undoubtedly give her trust. Personally, I appreciate the things she have done to me, like whenever I am sick she tells me to drink medicine, if ma-late na ko for school she reminded me, she help me on some of my homework, she listen to my stories and do not tolerate me,she do things for me whenever I am busy, and so many other things na di mo aakalain na si JO pala un. JOKE! HAHA, But kidding aside, she is SOMEONE who can never be like ANYONE.

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I decided to post this gift of Mara because I am having a hard time to think of best picture that will include everyone of us, if you guys know what I mean. 🙂 But I bet, you know 🙂

So to the girl who thought I did not remember her birthday, this is for you. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! As what the cliche goes, don’t ever ever change because I love you just the way you are! (SABAW!) Anyway, I am very thankful because I got to have deeper relationship with you (sound lesbo), I mean, we became closer, we became more open to each other. Always remember, your Mama Sarah is here to defend you from anyone else. Even others may look you as if they don’t know you, don’t even bother to care, because we are here, I am here who knows the truth.

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You will always be the one who will be the topic of Krizzy and I every night, the one we bully whenever you are doing those crazy and old stuffs, and who will always give spotlight to you while you are sleeping just. If struggles may come, don’t hesitate to let me know, both of us will fight in a classy manner and beat them with our ideas rather than trash talks.Just a little request, do not forget about your health, I don’t wanna see that NUDE lipstick again (I know you know what I mean). You are the ONE Jo Avery!

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A Tour To Remember

Not everyone was given a chance to be part of the 2012 AB CAMPUS TOUR that’s why when I was offered to be part of the Campus Tour for freshies of Asian Studies, I didn’t think twice. Together with my classmates, we toured 1ASN2 and it made me think about the moments way back in first year, when I was being toured by people I don’t know. Those times when I was afraid to roam around because I might get lost, but now, I was the one touring them, acting this very-mabait-na-ate, and making myself sound very knowledgeable about the places in UST. Fortunately, I survived their questions, and a big thanks to the papers containing all necessary information about our university.

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As I reminisced the past, it just came to show that time is really fast, I am already a junior, then later on senior. Oh my tone here seems to be so excited to finish my degree, fast forward please!

Anyway, I was fortunate to handle 1ASN2, they were all nice, some of them surpassed my “kalog’ side, and they even had this cheer “NANANANA! TAKE YOUR HEAD OFF!”. Their confidence seemed to show that they are not freshmen, they are not new to the campus, rather, all of them are perfectly part of the Thomasian community. It was a very tiring day but still I enjoyed. At least, I have done something for my course and most importantly,it was another college experience for me.