Come home to the Pinas: The Enchanted Kingdom

15 04 2009

 

 Philippine president Gloria Arroyo once boasted she will turn our country into an “Enchanted Kingdom.” If a story should be written about it, it should begin with “Once upon a time, in an abjectly poor country ruled by an evil and corrupt witch…” (Photo by Raymund Villanueva)- bulatlat.com

Philippine president Gloria Arroyo once boasted she will turn our country into an “Enchanted Kingdom.” If a story should be written about it, it should begin with “Once upon a time, in an abjectly poor country ruled by an evil and corrupt witch…” (Photo by Raymund Villanueva)- bulatlat.com

A kasama shared this with me when I left the Pinas (Philippines) for the second time.  The picture shown here is a picture of the urban poor living in make shift Shanties in Manila.  Gloria Macapagal Arroyo claimed in her State of a Nation address that the Philippines will become a first world nation known as the “Enchanted Kingdom” by 2010.  Bold statement as the nation relies on two means to keep its economy afloat, neither means is a solution to advance the 3rd world country into a modern 1st world country – The Philippines still borrows heavily from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and relies on remittances from Compatriots abroad.  

 

Come home to the Pinas

By Ka Lengua

 

Come home to Pinas.  I want to see you.  I want to see you, so that I could share the life that I live, that I live it with my loving family, with kasamas and the masses who I serve.

Come home to Pinas.  See our motherland once more, and the work we do here.  See the shanties, factories, farms, and the masses.  See the movement within them.  See the interactions.  That everything is in motion, slow and fast, moved by a subjective force that is us, based on the objective conditions perpetuated by foreign domination and all reactions.  The crisis deepens, penetrating every human body, every drop of dignity, and whatever is left of our humanity.

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Will a barrier prevent the next Great Disaster?

12 10 2008

 news update: San Francisco, CA 
October 2008

The infamous golden gate bridge will get a makeover, adding a $40-$50 million suicide barrier.  Hundreds of people attempt suicide on the GG bridge every year.  Many citizens, supervisors, local and state politician supported the barrier while many families of those who committed suicide ask why wasn’t this built earlier.  

My question i pose is why now?  

I would like to think because people generally care.  However, the director the GG bridge actually said that people in my country do not support the barrier.  It pains me to say this, but could it be that perhaps the barrier is now finally being considered because we hit a pretty hard rock in economic times that they do not want the same results as in the Great Depression times where many committed suicide.  Is San Francisco doing its part to get ready for the next Great Disaster of our life time?