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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-

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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!

Happy Last Teen, Krizzy!

Non-stop party all night

April 27 we celebrated one of our Sisterfriend’s birthday and it also became the getto of old-time friends. Krizzy planned a head of time, thus many of us fixed our scheds. This was one of her special days since it was her first time, I guess, to celebrate with us because obviously, her birth date is summer time, meaning, most of us are with our families, I guess 2012 is a luck because she got to celebrate her birthday with her lovin’awesomazin’ friends.

Krizelle Veil “Krizzy” Navarro is already 19 but as the cliche goes, “looks can be deceiving”. She keeps on telling to others that she’s just 16, or 18. Aside from that age issue, she is sweet, loud, BULLY, pretty, and has a superb personality. She boosts the energy of the group because of her ever phenomenal voice. I bet you, if you are on the 2nd floor, and she is telling stories or laughing hard inside the room (3rd floor), you will clearly distinguished, ahhhh that’s Krizzy! What a powerful voice she has!

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Krizzy on her Sexy-baby-hot Birthday outfit.

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The big time celebration happened in Palladium, New World Makati across the street from Greenbelt.. Actually she let us choose between Pall or 7th High, but we go for Pall, and yes, it was our first time on that gig house. It is the newest Party getaway in the Metro. The lounge was very suited for us and we fed our ears with the party rockin’ songs brought by various DJs.

Here are the photos of featured set that night.(Photos by Palladium)

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Seeing each other again gave us energy to stay up all night, and as what we commonly do, we started by taking pictures. No one brought Dslr, thus we used my cam and Mara’s.

Let’s start with the birthday gal!

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Trio With Mapua Boy

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SisterFriends with Cabs

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DeLasalle’s Sweet pride in the house!

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Lemme introduce you to that guy. He’s Josel Yap, future Engineer. 🙂

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Lovebirds of the night. (Jena, and Boo Kevin)

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These hottie ladies (Kevin, Celsie, Arvin, Ali, Josel) Trying to imitate Celsie’s trademark pose.

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New found friends, Magaling sa Dance Floor. (Attorney, Cousin Bok, Kuya Joco, Birthday girl’s baby boy Lloyd, and Jake/Karl)

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Then the party starts at one… two…three..

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My Fave Shot that night.

Confession 101: At first I was bored, I did not like the songs playing, very out of this world.You know I am used to the songs hittin’ the chart but my ears got tired of those songs that I don’t think you’re gonna enjoy too. But after so many hours..oh USHER. He kicked my oh lazy ass and started to enjoy the beat.

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I came to dance!

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On stage (Ali-Odin-Krizzy-Kevin)

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Low quality? I don’t care. Most of us were here and this photo, time, place, is a remarkable to us. It was our first time to hang-out together with this kind of surrounding, I mean, we used to stroll out in the mall or in the universities we are in. Krizzy’s birthday celebration became the instrument of a night we could treasure forever.

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Hope there’s a repeat soon kahit hindi birthday or though the’re no special celebration. I mean kahit a normal day wherein our sched will allow us to. Sure fun when there are people looking around feigning apathy ❤ Gotta love `em all.

=)Jac