17 May 2007

update on carol + thoughts of the thinking

thanks to all those who responded to the emergency situation of our friend carol. we're happy to report that she is okay and safe now, away from the trouble spot. let's keep on praying for her protection. she appreciates it very much.

was with her brother earlier, my writer friend omeng, when he relayed the news. hay buti naman. i'm glad.

some thoughts produced during this whole scenario made me rethink of some life goals, views on art, the media, and human behavior in general.

you really learn something new everyday, and produce an original insight alongside of it.

yet again, ambivalent reactions on the media, and some old and lingering conclusions have been proven right time and time again.

same with elections in the philippines. sometimes i ask myself: why even bother? but i know deep down that i should bother. hence the ugly-blotched index finger nail.

i have been apathetic for the past 2 elections simply because i think the political system in the country is a running farce of epic proportions. i have been voting a long time but i dont know what happens to the people i vote for. at least i a glad that in marikina where i am registered, my vote counts for something, and the people i vote for actually do something for the city.

as for the national elections? blah. parang showbiz ang politics -- KA-CHEAP-AN. sa totoo lang.

the local scenario is what got carol into trouble. same material of fraud and other bad things by bad people, documented by good and caring citizens. have you seen the videos and photos being sent by people all over the country about a kind of election fraud or other. national ito ha. as in. creatively photoshopped fake comelec memos, disappearing indelible ink, vote buying, the works. creative ngayong year ang mga pinoy, in fairness.

syempre the red-baiting, red-tagging and all that are still on. my friend teta's name disappeared from the voter's list just because. hay naku. hay naku talaga.

dumating at natapos ang eleksyon, ang pinaghirapan kong pilahang voter's id last year ay ni di ko man lang nasilayan. nunca. ganda.

browsing through the ballot, sarap gumawa ng "asa ka pa" list of election hopefuls. para mag-vent lang ng asar ba. comme ca:

ASA KA PA..richard gomez! hindi showbiz career move ang politics. try ka pa sa MAD dati eh hello. mamamayan ayaw sa droga pala ha. baka mamamayan ayaw sa dumdum. bow. magbasa ka muna ng mga libro.

ASA KA PA...manny pacquiao! nagkakamal ka na ng medalya at pera sa boxing. ano ang alam mong gawin sa pulitika? sabagay jaworski...and...dami pa... laro na lang kayo. sparring. saya pa. may pustahan.

ASA KA PA...cesar montano! no matter how smart you present yourself in debates, the thing is, kung walang script, wala ka rin. gawa ka na lang pelikula. mas okay yun e. hollywood actor ka na di ba mwahahaha.

ASA KA PA...tessie aquino oreta! binoto siya ng nanay ko at sabi ko bahkettttt? sabi niya, kasi marami daw bills chuva na in-author/na-pass chuva siya para sa kababaihan. ang alam ko,wala siya sa anti-vawc. pero regardless, the dancing queen image sticks. like glue.

ASA KA PA...victor wood! ... (self-explanatory)

ASA KA PA...prospero pichay! kung sinuman ang gumawa ng media campaign mo, tsugiin mo na. the gulay angle doesn't work in any way, man. itanim si pichay sa senado. nubaaaaaaaaaaah! hindi siya witty! ever! kainis.

ano na nga ba yung sinabi ko about politics?

hay naku. why do we bother!

but this time nga, like i said before, my vote is the pink vote. and i wanted that to matter. hay... i hope it works.

wish us all luck. this country badly needs it.

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