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Misplaced Pinoy Pride

Vol. XX, No 8 | Sunday, September 14, 2014 | y-speak (Sunday Essays)

PINOY Pride – we hear and see it almost every day; from the word of mouth, printed texts, and even on the internet. But only few dare to look at the depth of it. What really is a “Pinoy Pride”?

Filipinos have been using the term for many years already. Briefly, it is bringing pride to the Philippines by being represented internationally or when the nation gets noticed internationally – oops, sounds like there is something inaccurate with the conditions in which Filipinos exhibit it.

If you grew up exposed to teleseryes, you would notice the “different stories, same recipes” structure in which typically the protagonist who is a victim of poverty battles with the rich antagonist and eventually wins the fight. This is exactly how we would describe some of our kababayans; trapped in the mindset of inferiority that whenever we hear about a single Filipino’s success abroad, we then turn into a bunch of crazy fan girls ready to go through every medium to show full support.

As if the mindset really runs in our system. Well, we cannot blame others for historically, our ancestors also felt inferior, one way or another before, than the invaders during their time and that same like the stories in teleseryes, they have fought against what were then the antagonists and eventually won.

If you happen to be a lurker in the cyber world, you would bump into a good number of Filipino users who constantly use the term around the internet sites whenever, again, we get noticed by the world. Let’s take for example posts about Filipinos known worldwide like Manny Pacquiao, Jessica Sanchez, etc., and even about scenes from foreign films which was shot in the country – they dominate every single thread that exists, sounding like a child boasting to a playmate about his new toy.

Sometimes also, if those aren’t enough, we then start looking for any ounce of Filipino blood in successful foreign individuals. “Half Filipino - Half..”, “Fil-…” and alike suddenly appear on our timelines, TV screen, printed copies of texts, etc.

Sadly, even in the news, they also use this to attract readers for they know some Filipinos love seeing those. Just like recently when Robin Williams passed away, a lot of the news headline contained “Robin Williams’ Fil-Am ex-wife”, “What Robin Williams thought of Filipino women”. Wow, seriously?

It sometimes comes off as pathetic when we continuously look for reasons to associate one’s success or even just attributes to his/her heritage even if most of the time, the success doesn’t really have to do with him/her being a Filipino. It just seems like the whole nation is beseeching for acceptance and attention from the world.

Being proud to be one isn’t bad for as long as it is expressed in a right way and the pride is a product of right reasons. We do not have to shove in their faces the achievements if those really deserve admiration – it shouldn’t be earned forcedly, it should be given. Let the achievements speak for themselves.

As what other people say, having no pride isn’t something to be ashamed of; likewise, having humility isn’t also. Controlled ego is the key – it should be the main ingredient for Pinoy Pride.

Today - Williamette Stone [If I Stay Movie]

Congrats Gilas Pilipinas! Philippines’ first World Cup victory in 40 years! PUSO!

Congrats Gilas Pilipinas! Philippines’ first World Cup victory in 40 years! PUSO!

My take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Surely, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has helped a lot of people since it has gone viral. It has already earned US $15M (and still counting) from the donations of people worldwide. A lot of the big name personalities around the world have even taken the challenge to raise awareness.


What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed (ALS Association).


The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is an activity that involves dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head. The challenge dares to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads.

The taker of the challenge has the chance to dare other people to do it as well. Within 24 hours of being challenged, they are expected to film themselves doing the same thing. The challenge is done for the people to feel ice numbness – a brief sensation of what it feels like to have ALS.


My take

Like any other causes, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge aims to raise awareness and generate money to help the people who are in need. Since it has gone viral, it has already earned more than US $15M from the donations of the people worldwide. But at what real cost is this challenge really for?

I worry that because of the fame it has gotten, some people are just doing it just to feel “in” and/or “cool”. How many of those who filmed themselves doing the challenge really bothered to at least google what ALS stands for? It makes people think that helping out requires a cool selfie.

I understand that it is really hard to make campaigns that would really catch the attention of people. Companies around the world spend millions just to make sure they reach your timeline on social networking sites. Obviously, the brains behind this challenge have succeeded in reaching their goal. But do we have to waste a bucket of water?

Campaigns on preserving water still do exist. I think that we do know that until today, some people from other places still do not enjoy clean water. While we waste buckets of water for this challenge, some suffer from thirst, and diseases brought by unclean water.

If you really want to help out, don’t just dump a bucket of ice water – take time to get to know the cause. Do not just do it just because it has gone viral and you think it is uncool not to do the same; do it because you really want to help.

It’s not that I am against the cause. It really has raised awareness and earned money for people those who are need. What I am just trying to say is that it doesn’t hurt to at least give the challenge a thought first before doing it. Well.. Charlie Sheen did dump a bucket of $10k over his head. Ice melts but money doesn’t. *winks*

Sayaw Mindanaw | 8-14-14 | Davao City Recreation Center (Almendras Gym)

Sometimes we’re too focused on the bigger picture that we forget the tiny details which also make up the picture.

Sometimes we’re too focused on the bigger picture that we forget the tiny details which also make up the picture.