What Happened on February 25

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Image from http://www.revolutionrevisited.com. It is a very Pinoy thing to do revolutions prayer-rally style. See the image of the Virgin Mary in this picture? While I do not discount the power of prayer, I think it is high time that my people stop relying on a higher deity in doing the dirty work of building and maintaining a nation.

My baby sister was born!

Mommy delivered her at home; with the help of our neighborhood midwife, who happened to be the mom of my friend, Heidi. That time, home deliveries were still the norm and the Philippine Department of Health has not yet discouraged women against home delivery

Don't these sisters just rock!? It was 1986 and they were prating the rosary and were not afraid of being trampled amidst the millions that milled in EDSA.  Image from http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/2013/2/77-hours-the-behind-the-scenes-at-the-1986-edsa-people-power-revolution

Don’t these sisters just rock!? It was 1986 and they were praying the rosary and were not afraid of being trampled amidst the millions that milled in EDSA. A soldier was holding an armalite in front of them; and they were probably saying, “God bless you iho, now let’s do the Hail Mary.” And the soldier was reminded of his mom. Filipino males, soldier or not, are always afraid of their moms. Image from http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/2013/2/77-hours-the-behind-the-scenes-at-the-1986-edsa-people-power-revolution

My mom said that she considered my sister as the lucky charm of our family. Her pork business bloomed after Sister’s birth and she moved from  a D to a B minus (I am talking about social classes and not bra-cup sizes).

The Pinoy men at EDSA were not too shabby either. Here is a picture of several of them trying to do the impossible; which was to stop tanks using their bare hands. They succeeded. Image from http://desarapen.blogspot.com/2005/08/lasang-pinoy-1-yellow-confetti-pancit.html

The Pinoy men at EDSA were not too shabby either. Here is a picture of several of them trying to do the impossible; which was to stop tanks using their bare hands. They succeeded. Image from http://desarapen.blogspot.com/2005/08/lasang-pinoy-1-yellow-confetti-pancit.html

 

Were it not for February 25, 1986 ... Corry Aquino (the 1987 Time Magazine Person of the Year) would not have become president. Image from globalbalita.com

Were it not for February 25, 1986 … Cory Aquino (the 1987 Time Magazine Person of the Year) would not have become president. Image from globalbalita.com

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“Girls are taught a lot of stuff growing up: if a boy punches you he likes you, never try to trim your own bangs, and someday you will meet a wonderful guy and get your very own happy ending. Every movie we see, every story we’re told implores us to wait for it: the third act twist, the unexpected declaration of love, the exception to the rule. But sometimes we’re so focused on finding our happy ending we don’t learn how to read the signs. how to tell the ones who want us from the ones who don’t, the ones who will stay and the ones who will leave. and maybe a happy ending doesn’t include a guy, maybe it’s you, on your own, picking up the pieces and starting over, freeing yourself up for something better in the future. maybe the happy ending is just moving on. or maybe the happy ending is this: knowing after all the unreturned phone calls and broken-hearts, through the blunders and misread signals, through all the pain and embarrassment… you never gave up hope.”

— Gigi, a character played by Ginnifer Goodwin (He’s Just Not That Into You)

 

In fairness to my countrymen (and women) and me … we have never given up hope 🙂

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Reading Lists and Reference:

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/184772/why-filipinos-have-to-learn-mindful-parenting

http://opinion.inquirer.net/82708/democracy-the-great-experiment

http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2015/02/proud-society-provide-care-everyone.html

http://time.com/3716823/mars-one-space-travel-finalist/

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Catching Fires (or Different Definitions of the Word “Revolution”)

This is a classic award winning picture of a monk that caught on fire. He was Thích Quảng Đức from Vietnam. And he started the Vietnam War, which we all know, didn't end up very well for the US.

This is a classic award winning picture of a monk that caught on fire. He was Thích Quảng Đức from Vietnam. And he started the Vietnam War, which we all know, didn’t end up very well for the US.

There is something about fires and people that somehow signal revolutions.

To illustrate:

I can't wait for November! Final installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy will be shown on theaters!

I can’t wait for November! Final installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy will be shown on theaters!

Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games who was, obviously, a bad-ass reluctant revolutionary was “the girl on fire” who became the mockingjay. I am not sure if Barack Obama is a Katniss Everdeen or a Peeta Mellark.

King Abdullah of Jordan is bad-ass too. Recently, he did the revolutionary thing of openly condemning and going after ISIS terrorists for burning one of his country’s pilots.

Let me just say that if I am a Jordanian and I saw this picture of one of my country's pilots, I would ask my king to go ahead in annihilating ISIS too.

Let me just say that if I am a Jordanian and I saw this picture of one of my country’s pilots, I would ask my king to go ahead in annihilating ISIS too.

One can say that ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood are as revolutionary as the fascists and Nazis were revolutionary circa 1930s. In fact, once upon a time the PLO was revolutionary too — well before Hamas came into the picture.

There is currently a trouble brewing in Mindanao, which is south of my country. However, despite that, I still maintain that it's more fun in the Philippines. I mean, Hongkong or Singapore can get so staid, yes?

There is currently a trouble brewing in Mindanao, which is south of my country. It started with a certain Malaysian terrorist named Marwan (who is now dead, thanks to the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police). However, despite the brouhaha, I still maintain that it’s more fun in the Philippines. I mean, Hongkong or Singapore can get so staid, yes?

In my country, the MILF are the flavor-of-the-moment revolutionaries. In the 1970’s during martial law, it used to be Joma Sison’s boys. However, my people have been disenchated with Maoists since China started its road to capitalist heaven (good for them, I say!).

There are different kinds of revolutions. There are revolutions that are waged for freedom, like one that happened in 1898 in my country. There are seemingly incomprehensibly large revolutions that irrevocably alter the world as we know it (WWI and WWII are classic examples).

And then, there are revolutions of the heart.

Like when we fall in love and it changes us.

 

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References:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/03/jordan-executes-isis-prisoners_n_6609754.html?ir=World&utm_campaign=020315&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-world&utm_content=FullStory&ncid=newsltushpmg00000003

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/02/03/isis-burns-jordanian-pilot-alive-in-cage-on-video/

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/670588/replacing-aquino-with-binay-its-like-jumping-from-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire?utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=social&utm_source=twitterfeed

http://www.rappler.com/nation/83089-clash-biff-milf?utm_content=buffer3bb69&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-immolation_protests_by_Tibetans_in_China

 

 

Pathologies of “Chosen People”

Acute thrombotic microangiopathy, a microscopic feature of DIC. Quite beautiful if it's not so very tragic, don't you think? Image from Wikipedia

Acute thrombotic microangiopathy, a microscopic feature of DIC. The image is quite beautiful if it’s not so very tragic, don’t you think? Picture from Wikipedia

In medicine, there is an entity called  “disseminated intravascular coagulation” or DIC. It is a complicated condition when a lot of systems in the body break down due to one (or more) disease condition. In short, it is the complete collapse of civilization, as far as one’s organic hardware is concerned.

Syria (the country) is currently undergoing a malady that is a lot like DIC.

The treatment for DIC is “reversal of the underlying cause”; the prognosis is often grim and chance of survival depends on the “underlying condition”.

The problem with Syria is that the “underlying condition” to its current pathology is varied, multifactorial and has a long complicated history. Like a lot of Middle East countries that have undergone the so-called “Arab Spring”.

I satisfy (or torment) myself  in reading the following articles on the matter:

http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/middle-east

http://opinion.inquirer.net/60385/obama-damascus-and-manila

Mr. Randy David, a Filipino sociologist, is sympathetic; or maybe empathetic is a better world, since he (and I)  and his (my) country have also experienced the  travails, pathos and tragedies (sometimes, there is comedy — albeit the farcical kind) that any type of revolution can curse (or bless) its chosen people.

“In spite of our pressing domestic problems, we must find time to reflect on our responsibilities as citizens of a common world. It behooves nation-states to exhaust all peaceful means to protect the basic rights of ordinary people and allow nations to settle their internal troubles in a nonviolent way. The use of military action against another country is an act of aggression. Its outcomes can never be limited or predicted.  As vital as the votes of parliaments are in finding a solution to this problem, the voice of the global community of netizens must be heard now more than ever.”

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