For as long as oppression and exploitation exists, the Left will persist — in various forms of struggle — to challenge the oppressors and to continue to touch our conscience. This country needs the Left’s ideology and dedication that goes beyond loyalty to family, clan or a narrow social circle: a sense of community and nationhood. If all the progressive forces of the Left could unite around a national development agenda for the people’s welfare and upliftment and overcome sectarianism — and unity not based on a strict doctrinaire line is necessary — it is not farfetched that in the future the progressive Left can strategically share power or even gain power like their counterparts in Latin America, Japan and Europe.
Excerpt from by E. San Juan, Jr.'s INTER/CROSS-CULTURAL DIALOGUES AND POSTCOLONIAL INDIGENIZATION IN LATE MODERNITY: Introducing Sikolohiyang Pilipino
Up to the thirties and before World War II, when thousands of non-English-speaking Filipinos died defending U.S. sovereignty over the country, Filipinos were portrayed as “a very peculiar mass, a heterogeneous compound of inefficient humanity, a ‘jumble of save tribes’ that cried for order and pacification. Like the Negro, Chinaman, and Indian, Filipinos were ‘alien races…incapable of civilized self-government’” (Doty 1996, 37, 43)
“The Philippine landscape is familiarly tropical and East Indian. But the world into which you have stepped is unlike anything of which you have not yet had experience in the Orient. It is Spain-diluted, indeed, distorted, and overlaid with Americanism.”—Aldous Huxley
Faith is the air I breathe - in God, in people, and in myself.
Confidence for breaksfast, Trust for lunch, and Perseverance for dinner. I stay hungry: for knowledge and for change.
Honor and excellence, this is the promise.
The right attitude and character: optimism is the answer.
To my family, friends, teachers, to the random people I’ve met, and to the one above us all, my sincerest gratitude. I owe you eighteen years of superb-inspired-welldeserved-healthy-driven-awesome existence.