Sunday, September 12, 2004



oi! psst...oi.. ikaw nga lilingon ka pa sa iba eh ikaw lang tao d2 maliban sa akin siempre hehe.. oh sandali may itatanong lang ako sayo sandali lang i2. Wag ka mag-alala di mo na kailangan gumamit ng calculator para masagot ito o kaya scratch paper basta madali lang i2, simple lang naman ito pare. Ang katanungan ko ay ito,
"kung bibigyan ka ng pagkakataon na baguhin ang nasyonalidad mo ngyn, pipiliin mo pa rin bang maging pilipino? pipiliin mo parin kayang maging isang pinoy......

pero sana bago ka pumili kung anong magandang lahi basahin mo muna ito. Marahil nabasa mo na ito kung saan o kung hindi man sana basahin mo at namnamin ang laman at saka ka magdecide kung ano ang gusto mo!

Sinulat ito ni Michael L. Tan sa kanyang column sa inquirer di ko alam kung anong petsa sana magustuhan mo.

World without Filipinos

ONE morning Californians wake up to find a third of their population has suddenly disappeared. Speculation is rife on what might have happened: was it biological warfare, or a UFO abduction en masse? Eventually, officials declare a state of emergency. The problem is that the disappeared are all Mexican. The state's activities grind to a halt.
Don't worry though, all that is part of a film, "A Day Without Mexicans (Un Dia Sin Mexicanos)," which is making waves now in California.
I'm going to have to confess that because of the terribly tight work schedules I'm having here in the States, I haven't been able to see the film. I'm resigned to having to wait a few more months to catch the film on DVD, but Kathy, a Gringa [American] friend, gave me enough of a description, and a rave review, to give me an idea for today's column.
Let's imagine then, not just California, but the entire world, waking up one day to discover Filipinos have disappeared. I'm talking here about the six or seven million Filipinos currently working overseas in countries with names that run the entire alphabet, from Angola to Zimbabwe. Let's not worry first about why or how the Filipinos disappeared; in fact, it becomes academic whether it's a day or a week. Just imagine a world without Filipinos.
Think of the homes that are dependent on Filipino housekeepers, nannies, caregivers. The homes would be chaotic as kids cry out for their nannies. Hong Kong and Singaporean and Taiwanese yuppie couples are now forced to stay home and realizing, goodness, there's so much of housework that has to be handled and how demanding their kids can be and hey, what's this strange language they're babbling in?
It's not just the children that are affected. The problems are even more serious with the elderly in homes and nursing institutions, because Filipino caregivers have provided so much of the critical services they need. When temporary contractual workers are brought in from among non-Filipinos, the elderly complain. They want their Filipino caregivers back because they have that special touch, that extra patience and willingness to stay an hour more when needed.
Hospitals, too, are adversely affected because so many of the disappeared Filipinos were physicians, nurses and other health professionals. All appointments for rehabilitation services, from children with speech problems to stroke survivors, are indefinitely postponed because of disappeared speech pathologists, occupational and physical therapists.
Eventually, the hospital administrators announce they won't take in any more patients unless the conditions are serious. Patients are told to follow their doctors' written orders and, if they have questions, to seek advice on several Internet medical sites. But within two days, the hospitals are swamped with new complaints. The websites aren't working because of missing Filipino web designers and website managers.
Service establishments throughout the world -- restaurants, supermarkets, hotels -- all close down because of their missing key staff involved in management and maintenance. In Asia, hotels complain about the missing bands and singers.
In the United States, many commercial establishments have to close shop, not just because of the missing Filipino sales staff but because their suppliers have all been sending in notices about delays in shipments. Yup, the shipping industry has gone into a crisis because of missing Filipino seafarers.
The shipping firms begin to look into the emergency recruitment of non-Filipino seafarers but then declare another crisis: They're running out of supplies of oil for their ships because the Middle Eastern countries have come to a standstill without their Filipino workers, including quite a few working for the oil industry.
Frantic presidents and prime ministers call on the United Nations to convene a special session of the Security Council but Kofi Annan says he can't do that because the UN system itself is on the edge, with so many of their secretarial and clerical staff, as well as translators, having disappeared from their main headquarters in New York and Geneva, as well as their regional offices throughout the world. Quite a number of UN services, especially refugee camps, are also in danger of closing down because of missing Filipino health professionals and teachers.
Annan also explains that he can't convene UN meetings because the airports in New York, Washington and other major US cities have been shut down. The reason? The disappeared Filipinos included quite a few airport security personnel who used to check passengers and their baggage.
Annan calls on the World Bank and international private foundations for assistance but they're crippled, too, because their Filipino consultants and staff are nowhere to be seen. Funds can't be remitted and projects can't run without the technical assistance provided for by Filipinos.
An exasperated Annan calls on religious leaders to pray, and pray hard. But when he phones the Pope, he is told the Catholic Church, too, is in crisis because the disappeared include the many Filipino priests and nuns in Rome who help run day-to-day activities, as well as missionaries in the frontlines of remote posts, often the only ones providing basic social services.
As they converse, Annan and the Pope agree on one thing: the world has become a quieter place since the Filipinos disappeared. It isn't just the silencing of work and office equipment formerly handled by Filipinos; no, it seems there's much less laughter now that the Filipinos aren't around, both the laughter of the Filipinos and those they served.
I know, I know, I'm exaggerating the contributions of Filipinos to the world but I'm doing what the producers of "A Day Without Mexicans" had in mind: using a bit of hyperbole to shake people up. As their blurb for the film goes: "How do you make the invisible, visible? Make them invisible."
As I wrote this column, I did realize I was doing this not so much for the Hong Kong Chinese and Taiwanese and Singaporeans and Americans who don't appreciate us enough, than for us, who as Filipinos, are pretty good at putting ourselves down, at making ourselves invisible.

Friday, September 03, 2004

BAGO..... 2!

ang lahat ay nagbabago... ikaw, ako, tatay mo, tatay ko, nanay mo, nanay ko, ate mo, kuya ko at dahil diyan pati itong website ko nagbago.... hehe! isang bagong simula na di ko alam kung kelan magwawakas... basta nagbago un lang malapit ko nang matapos to..
maghintay na lang kaU.