Epic fails and annoyances

Before I start this entry, I’m telling you this: either pack your bags and leave the Failippines or pack some heat and save the Philippine nation.

Let me start with this encounter with the “jeepney surfers”.

AnNOYances

At infrequent times, they suddenly enter the jeep, giving out envelopes and do shit in a vehicle dedicated to public transportation. Since some of them are concerned with their condition, they decided to give some $. After their skit, they leave and the entire process is repeated.

Personally, I’ve encountered that at irregular intervals. One even hit my nose as he tried to enter the vehicle (I was seated at the back). The fiend said “Sorry”, and disembarked the vehicle, looking for an unsuspecting audience.

But one moment was probably the last straw.

Yesterday, I was riding a San Pablo-bound jeepney with my mother. Around 4:30 in the afternoon, the jeep was in Bay poblacion. At that time, the jeep was loading and unloading passengers when a 8-10 year old suddenly entered the jeep and gave out envelopes. Since I felt that I had enough of it, I yelled “Get the fuck out of the jeepney!” in the vernacular. That shocked him, including the jeepney surfer. Though he was able to distribute the envelopes, he wasn’t able to give that item to me. He was so shocked that he can’t “perform”. As soon as he left the jeepney, I asked my mother if my actions were “right or wrong” in her opinion. She chose the latter.

The reason why she chose the latter is that they are also human beings, and they need to be treated with care and respect, “like everyone else”. It is unfair to “talk back” to elders in Philippine culture. Though I reasoned out, she decided that I shouldn’t repeat what I’ve done. But she didn’t realize that they are dumped by their “benefactors” in urbanized areas to wreak havoc on our economy and to make certain persons/groups rich. In short, sila’y kontrolado ng mga sindikato. But why are they on the streets and not in schools? Simple. Parental (mis)guidance. Laziness. Corrupt mindsets. And yes, incompetent personalities. Despite the efforts of various social welfare and child welfare-related offices, bureaus, task forces and campaigns, they are still in the streets, doing their thang.

Worse, she told me that I should ignore them, pretend that they do not exist. Too bad. You can’t wish or pray the surfers away (same thing with homosexuality, homelessness and obesity), nor pretend that they’re not around. Sooner or later, we’ll be forced to accept them in one way or another, and that will lead us to a straight path to hell.

So, do we have to tell jeepney drivers and operators to kick them out? Do we have to make a letter to the right persons, telling them that traffic enforcers and police officers must apprehend those jeepney surfers? Are we going to yell at them for causing too much bullshit in our streets? I got an answer to those three questions: either we should do it or we will do it.

Update: Korina Sanchez featured some of them on her show last Sunday. She gave P 1,000 to them. I’m not amused. Teach them how to fish, not to beg for it. Also, we should help them by not giving them alms and kill the dole-out mentality that is causing some of the epic fails of our society.

Manila’s Uncouth

For my take on the hostage taking incident that happened yesterday can be found on my Twitter page, on my Facebook profile (or my friends’ Facebook profiles – if you can access it).

*add two walls of facepalm pics here*

Carlos Celdran wants to fucking immigrate from this place. Hong Kong banned its citizens from visiting this place. Plus, it’s RIP for tourism. No more phoenix moment, we’re stuck in this hellhole.

And who is to blame (primarily)?

  1. Incompetent, untrained indecisive and corrupt po-po
  2. Incompetent and usisero media shits (local media are blatant, unlocal media are subliminal)
  3. Incompetent government (Guess who’s running it?)

“If shit happens, you’re responsible for it.”

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Thoughts on independence day (2010)

Today is June 12. 112 years ago, we managed to flip the bird on Madre España. Too bad we got punk’d by America. Anyway, we should be proud that we live in a free country.

But then again, we should give Noy the stink eye for not being part of the Independence day celebrations. Come on, Noy. Loyalty to party ends when you’re proclaimed by Congress as President-elect. And you’re responsible for the welfare of over 94 million Filipinos. Other than, good luck and concentrate on infrastructure projects, efficiency in government (not just corruption) and income generation.

BTW: Listen to “Ayoko sa Dilim” by Francis Magalona. The song that will set your mood for the first weeks/months/years of the Benigno Aquino III era.

Two pesos for Willie Revillame

Disclaimer: I do not watch the said show, since it does not suit my taste.

Since Willie Revillame was involved in the latest controversy (he was lambasted by columnist and radio host Jobert Sucaldito for having persons with not-so-stellar academic performance as contestants in Wowowee), he could have apologized to Mr. Sucaldito and let him be a consultant/adviser for the show. (Or allow smarter contestants instead of the usual persons) Instead, the former threatened to leave the show that made him famous in the first place unless ABS-CBN fires the latter. It did not happen.

Among other things, why am I blogging about this subject?

Simple: Willie Revillame is famous, the show that he hosted for almost a decade (Wowowee) is one of the most-watched shows in the Philippines, and ABS-CBN (the network that airs Wowowee) is a popular broadcasting company catering to millions of Filipinos – both in the isles and overseas.

Despite the various controversies that hounded the TV host, he was able to weather them. However, this is a different controversy – something that he cannot handle on his own.

I think that this happened since Willie endorsed Manny Villar, a senator who aimed fulfill his childhood ambition – to become the President of the Philippines. Like many Filipinos, he was poor and dreamed of better days for his family. Due to hard work, perseverance and vision, he was able to build a large real estate empire. The Lopezes of Iloilo, ABS-CBN’s owners, went for Noynoy Aquino, whose mother returned two instruments (ABS-CBN and MERALCO) that “gave” them power and influence during the pre-Marcos days. Noynoy’s mother, known as the “Saint of democracy” due to the constant reminder by the ones who gave her power during those times – and flaunted their connections to the then-President on various occasions, is a scion of the powerful and influential Cojuanco clan of Tarlac.

Since the host and the network endorsed different candidates for the presidency, there was conflict of interest. Plus, Willie was probably giving away too much of the network’s money on his show. [And someone’s sister isn’t comfortable with someone who has the same caliber that she has. (Or probably higher than that bitch)]

Oh, and they made an issue about him complaining while the network shows the funeral cortege of Mrs. Aquino on its way to the Manila Cathedral. I believe that it should have been discussed with the network’s management hours before Wowowee went on air.

I’m not for him, nor am I against him. Also, I do not believe that Mr. Sucaldito is a tool used by certain elements in the network to oust him. I believe that he has a legitimate complaint and I believe that this should have been addressed weeks ago. Though I accuse the show and the network of exploiting ~70% of the population, at least his show knows how to be charitable – too charitable for some.

To Willie, take a rest and say goodbye to showbusiness for good. Take care of yourself and be a loving father to your offspring. Don’t forget that God is good all that time, and you shouldn’t worry too much. Let them hate because they don’t have the ability to improve their lives.

To Robin Padilla, Good luck and entertain them well.

Notes:

  • ABS-CBN was established in 1953 by Elpidio Quirino’s brother, who used it as a campaigning tool. However, Quirino lost and we got someone that we supposedly love and idolize. MERALCO was established in 1903 and a group led by the Lopezes bought out the previous owners during Diosdado Macapagal’s time (early 1960’s).

Ortigas/Mandaluyong Mapping Party – it’s on!

Due to various factors (non-existent planning, problems with logistics) the Corregidor Mapping Party is postponed until further notice.

But don’t fret. Why? Because we’re mapping an area that doesn’t have that much OSM Love (unlike Makati, Fort Bonifacio, Eastwood City, Bagio, Marikina, San Pablo City and Las Los Baños). That’s right, we’re mapping the Ortigas Center/Madaluyong area.

Mandaluyong, noted for various industries and certain government institutions, is one of the 17 cities and municipalities that compose Metro Manila. Ortigas Center, on the other hand, is one of the top business and commercial districts located in the eastern portion of Barangay Wack-Wack Greenhills in Mandaluyong and the entire Barangay San Antonio in Pasig City.

It will happen on the 22nd of May. For more info, go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121402554549978.

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