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GMA has laser eyes!

Posted in Bone to Pick, News, Politics with tags , , , , on February 5, 2008 by Leonard

by Leonard Cervantes

This article also appears in Kapisanan Blog


In a speech she made today, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) said she is “focused like a laser” on moving the economy forward, not on politics, in the wake of the ouster of her estranged ally, Jose de Venecia Jr. (JDV 2), as House Speaker in the NBN Scandal.

You might be asking yourself a few questions:

1. Why did GMA say “focused like a laser”. Man, that’s so corny pinoy it bothers me.

2. What’s this new NBN scandal again? Again!?!

3. Who is Jose De Venecia Jr. (JDV 2) and why was another person ousted from the government again?

4. Why in the blue hell are there SMA (so many acronyms)?!?!

Especially for 2nd-Gen Filipinos living abroad, navigating around the confusing and complicated world of Philippine politics is almost impossible. Even if you are brave enough to try and read an article from ‘back home’, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by all the names, terms, and system of government (or lack thereof) that so differs from what we have here.

That’s probably a good explanation why the majority of us aren’t aware of Philippine politics. How can we have an opinion if we don’t understand how it works, or how it’s supposed to work in the first place? What we need is someone to break it down.

Strap on your seat belt and concentrate really hard — I’ll do my best to make sense of it all…

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Over-Romanticizing the Filipina

Posted in Bone to Pick, Politics on January 29, 2008 by Leonard

by Leonard Cervantes

amosolo.jpgWoman By The River – Fernando Amorsolo 

Today I saw one of my old college classmates on the subway. He’s a Trinidadian guy and we had fun at school talking about whatever things we have in common — not much actually, but we’re both island folk in our own way.  At one stop, a pretty Filipina girl got on the train and sat next to us, then got off a few stops later. Right after, my friend turns to me and says, “GUY. I LOVE FILIPINO WOMEN.” 

My first instinct was to pummel him and I didn’t know why. As soon as I snapped out of it, my over-critical, somewhat-political mind started to swirl between replies of “Yes, they ARE great.” and “But WHY do you ‘love’ Filipino women?”  Continue reading

First Bombas, now Bombays

Posted in Entertainment, Politics on December 31, 2007 by Leonard

Philippines Tourism Invests in Bollywood

Holy Cow, it's Jollibee

The film industry in the Philippines has been on the decline in recent years, that’s no secret.

I’m not sure how tourism is doing in the motherland, but I do know that the country can’t be doing that well — last time I visited, it seemed that it was little by little being sold off to rich foreign investors.

I suppose the latest plan by the Dept. of Tourism is meant to address both the ailing film biz and the need to sell off pieces of the land? Continue reading