cause its the 15th already in some parts of the world

Cinco de Mayo is about to start, so let's make some things clear:

Hello there! Diego here! (That… that’s seriously my name.) As some of you may know, I am of Mexican origin, and I would like to make a few things clear about May 5th you may or may not be aware about.

1. Cinco de Mayo is NOT the date of the Independence of Mexico.

That’s right! Mexico celebrates its independence in September 16th, or more likely, the night of September 15th, when traditionally they make the traditional Grito de Independencia by midnight, which is a reenactment of the legend of the night revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla called mass in 1810 for the people to rebel against the Spanish government.

“Cinco de Mayo” also known as “La Batalla de Puebla” (The Battle of Puebla) is a commemoration of a victory in the battle against French invaders that arrived from the port of the state of Veracruz. Albeit not a strategically decisive battle on the war, it is important on national pride as a moment in which a tiny new country without virtually any funds by the time of 1860s defeated such a super powerful army which were the French.

2. “Sombreros”.

Ah yes.

The “sombrero”.

Just to put it straight: Sombrero just means “hat” in Spanish; at least Mexican Spanish. We tend to call sombrero to any kind of hat, that is if we are not using the word “gorro/gorra” alternatively.

The “sombreros” you usually see in every single stereotype you may imagine are based a mixture of the charro outfit and the way poor proletariats would dress around the dawn of the 20th century whom also were an emblem of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. (Another national celebration that goes in November 20th.) Slavery was already illegal in Mexico, but these people were exploited in a disguised system in which the workers were paid (miserably) and all of their expenses would be controlled in stores they were only allowed to spend at; those stores were also owned by the proprietors of the land they worked at.

The stereotype has been so reflected in so many places inside and outside the border it has even been reclaimed by the Mexican people themselves.

“Oh, so is it okay for me to wear one?”

No.

By the way when I mentioned “charros”, I mean a traditional type of horsemen that follow their own set of etiquettes and styles, and it’s also practiced by women who are not only beautiful but also super badass.

3. Maracas.

I SERIOUSLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH MEXICAN STEREOTYPES AND MARACAS TO BE HONEST.

LIKE, THEY ARE USED IN A FEW CULTURES OF MEXICO SUCH AS THE YAQUIS, BUT OTHER THAN THAT IT REALLY DOESN’T HAVE MUCH OF A CULTURAL BACKGROUND FOR MEXICO. ALMOST ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN LATIN AMERICA, BUT NOT MUCH IN MEXICO.

THEY ARE MORE OF A BRAZILIAN THING.EDIT: Actually no, they are not Brazlian at all either.

Much like the sombrero, if you “went to Mexico” (Tijuana, Cancún, Mazatlán, Rocky Point) and they gave you maracas with vivid colors on them, there is absolutely no cultural importance behind it as souvenir of Mexico. Mexicans love to point at, laugh, and exploit the cultural obliviousness of tourists. Especially American tourists.

*cough*

4. The mustache.

This one is a bit strange, albeit kind of true in some regards.

The mustache is an international symbol of masculinity, and Mexico is a country full of machismo, albeit “caballerosidad” is also one of the qualities in the Mexican etiquette which involves respecting the autonomy and individual identity of women, always approach to a non-violent solution, and a general attitude of politeness to both men and women; that said it is not impossible for a Mexican to be misogynistic as well.

ANYWAY, the mustache is kind of a downhill-snowball stereotype that may have started in just seeing many Mexicans having a mustache, but so do a LOT of American males as well, so uhhhh… it’s a very strange label to pin on Mexicans over all.

5. Tequila.

I actually don’t mind if you drink tequila. You kinda support the economy of my country and it’s an actual cultural thing that I like it when it’s spread around.

Just remember that it is NOT drunk with a worm in it. That is mezcal. Its like tequila’s wilder cousin. And no, it has no mescaline.

6. Other stereotypes.

  • Sugar skulls are a cool thing, I guess. No, they have absolutely nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo, they are part of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which is celebrated in November 1st.
  • “Do not drink the water” is a weird stereotype I have heard. I would not simply recommend you to drink untreated tap water anywhere. Period. We have water purifiers everywhere.
  • Mexico is what I call a “second world country”. It is not as developed and advanced as the United States, but it IS civilized in a great way we count with continuous technological developments and lots and lots of progressist enthusiasts.
  • Mexico is not proud of drug trafficking. It’s an extremely serious problem that has the entire country terrorized and I am really exhausted of all the attention they get from dumb Hollywood movies rather than the real Mexico. Do not talk about drugs. Do not talk about narcos. This is a very delicate topic that many people overlook the impact it’s had with Mexican people in their identity. Please.

  • I persist. Do not, seriously, DO NOT associate Mexican people with drug dealers, drug lords, “narcos”, or any other extension. If you seriously STILL wonder “what the big deal is”, I dare you to Google “narcos” on the image search and look at all the horrible things they do to the innocents. (It’s seriously fucked up and triggering with blood, gore, body horror shit.)
  • Mexican people have contributed with some groundbreaking contributions to science and technology and the way we are leading our lives. 
  • > Mario J. Molina is a chemist who discovered the causes of ozone depletion in the atmosphere.

    > Guillermo González Camarena patented the first trichromatic TV color transmitter in 1940. 8 years before Peter Carl Goldmark presented it to CBS and took most of the credit.

    > Luis Ernesto Miramontes co-developed “the pill”. Props.

    > Andrés Manuel del Río discovered vanadium in 1801 which is used to strengthen steel further and is applied from bicycles and hardware tools, to dental implants and jet engines.

  • Yes, Mexicans are actually laid back. No, they are not inherently lazy.
  • Mexican people are culturally masters of improvisation and creativity, this leads them to engineer creative solutions to everyday problems. Just felt like sharing this fact.

Ok so this is all I have right off the bat, and I wish you a happy Cinco de Mayo. Have fun, get drunk, party on; I don’t care, we don’t care. Just have these things on mind.

TL;DR: Please do not do/say anything racist.

6

February 24, 1986. Monday. Radio Veritas, the Catholic radio station, was the only station that could be relied upon since it was the only radio news independent from the government. And in the days that passed since Jaime Cardinal’s Sin and Cory’s call for the people to support the military rebels, the radio station was a beacon of light against the dominant Marcos propaganda saying that the rebels committed high treason against the country and that the crowd in EDSA was just a sizeable few.

However, yesterday, military men controlled by Marcos have destroyed the transmission tower of the radio station, limiting the station’s reach to Luzon. At midnight, today, however, a mysterious radio station went on air, calling itself Radyo Bandido. The “bandit” station never divulged its radio transmission channel, but played “Mambo Magsaysay” every now and then so that listeners would recognize that it IS Radio Veritas. Hence, as Radio Veritas went off the air, Radio Bandido gave the people a blow by blow account of what was happening in Malacañang and EDSA. It was the radio version of the Mosquito Press, those independent news organs during the Martial Law period which the government couldn’t suppress, but have instead labeled as subversives for not passing through the strict censorship of the Marcos dictatorship. Since the transmission was never revealed on air, the government was clueless where the transmission was coming from, nor could they locate the transmission tower of the station. In a pre-Internet Philippines, it was the only radio station that people around the country were glued on in the final days of dictatorship.

It was here at around 1:00 a.m. that the thousands of crowd in EDSA went grim. Radyo Bandido has just announced that marines could attack any time soon in Camp Aguinaldo. Church bells rang in support of the RAM rebels as people formed human barricades outside the Philippine Constabulary headquarters.

Every now and then, Cory Aquino would speak live on radio. By 3:30 a.m. Defense Minister Enrile would go on air via radio announcing that “two armored personnel carriers were on their way towards Ortigas.” He got the information from a look-out soldier.

At Gate 2 of Camp Aguinaldo, the human barricade of thousands braced themselves against the possible shelling. Ramos would recount:

I called upon everyone who was not needed in headquarters-either they were not part of our staff or of our operations center-to seek a safer place. I advised all foreign nationals that we would no longer be responsible for their safety. Also, over the radio I advised the foreign embassies that we were expecting an attack and requested them to inform the outside world of this.

The Marine troops came and this time they moved with efficiency. Tear gas and truncheons were used to disperse the barricade at Camp Aguinaldo, and Marcos’ forces broke through the eastern wall of the camp. They marched, but to no avail. The civilians led by priests, nuns, and pastors were determined to stand their ground. As the smoke subsided, the crowd sang the National Anthem, some prayed, some clapped. The attacking military was stunned.

At around 6:00 a.m. choppers hovered around Camp Crame. Ramos, and the defecting soldiers, including the civilians thought it was the end. “Disperse! Take cover!” The instruction was not to fire unless they are fired upon. The reporters took cover as the Marines surrounded the camp. Seven choppers, all with rockets and guns landed in Crame. This is it.

National Artist Nick Joaquin writes:

“We could see their mounted machine guns pointed downward. The crowd prayed louder, the religious continued singing. Then it happened. The lead helicopter waved the white flag! The others did the same. The soldiers on the choppers leaned out to flash the Laban sign. The multitude went wild! People were laughing and crying and hugging each other. A sort of miracle had likewise happened at Libis.”

The entire 15th Strike Wing of the Philippine Air Force has defected to join the EDSA Revolution.

Meanwhile, before the sun rose in Manila Bay, Commodore Tagumpay Jardiniano, Chief of the Naval Defense Force announced to his fleet:

“As early as Saturday I committed my unit in support of the Minister and Gen. Ramos for what I believe is a cause worth fighting for.”

The officers jumped with joy and with tears. Soon the frigate would point its guns on Malacañan.

In Manila, a rebel helicopter was able to fire a few rounds from the Post Office area to Malacañan, hitting the Palace grounds near Imelda Marcos’ bedroom causing a loud crash sound that caused panic in the Palace. Col. Irwin Ver, chief of staff of the Palace guards and Fabian Ver’s son called the Marines in Crame. By this time the Marines have already defected and sided with the EDSA Revolution, and had effectively turned a deaf ear to the kill order from Marcos.

In a fit of rage, Fabian Ver ordered the wing commander of the F-5 jet fighters over Manila to “Bomb Camp Crame immediately!” despite the presence of overwhelming civilians. The commander only replied sarcastically: “Yes, sir, roger. Proceeding now to strafe Malacañang.”

The crowd grew to millions in EDSA, as President Marcos appeared on television that morning, posturing on TV by telling his Chief of Staff to disperse the crowd without hurting them. But this was all just for show, for thirty minutes after, General Josephus Ramas would confirm that he was already given a kill order, relaying it to the Marines. The Marines however, turned a deaf ear to the order.

“Colonel, fire your howitzers now!”

But the colonel would lie to Ramas:

“We are still positioning the cannons and we are looking for maps.”

Marcos has already declared a State of Emergency, stating that the government’s maximum tolerance was officially lifted.

At 3:00 p.m., around two million people filled EDSA from Cubao to Ortigas, and also in Santolan, Libis, San Juan and surrounding streets. It was no longer about protecting Enrile, Ramos or the rebels. It’s about putting one’s ass there, for liberty, for freedom.

Channel 4, now overtaken by the rebel military, began its broadcast telling the soldiers on Marcos’ side to defect, for honor and for the people whom they serve.

Meanwhile, at the entrance of POEA building in the Ortigas-EDSA intersection, Cory Aquino appeared for the first time again since Saturday. In a makeshift stage, she said:

“We have recovered our freedoms, our rights, and our dignity with much courage and, we thank God, with little blood. I enjoin the people to keep the spirit of peace as we remove the last vestiges of tyranny, to be firm and compassionate. Let us not, now that we have won, descend to the level of the evil forces we have defeated.

"I have always said I can be magnanimous in victory, no more hate, no more fighting. I appeal to all Filipinos of both sides of the struggle. This is now the time for peace, the time for healing.”

Seeing the overwhelming influence of Ninoy’s widow to the millions at EDSA, Enrile conceded in the leadership of what was planned to be a military junta. Cory, he realized, was the “moral leader” of the revolution. As night came, the entire military have turned their backs from the sickly Ozymandias in Malacañang who milked the country dry. And the people in the streets, the Filipino nation, full of cheers, song and prayer, wished above all else, to eject the dictator from his place.

One day more and that wish would be granted.


In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution of February 1986, a peaceful revolution that ended an oppressive dictatorship in the Philippines, to the shock of the entire world.


Photo above:

(1)  Instant jubilation as the helicopters did not fire. Photo by Manuel Ferrer, courtesy of the Presidential Museum and Library.

(2)  The people’s uprising engulfs the helicopters which had just defected.  Photo by Jaime Unson, courtesy of the Presidential Museum and Library.

(3)  Puny hands against a hefty metal of tanks: this was people power at its most visible during the confrontation on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Peter Reyes, courtesy of the Presidential Museum and Library

(4)  Before noon: Marcos appears live on government television to say that he was in control.  Photo by Manuel Ferrer, courtesy of the Presidential Museum and Library. 

(5)  Rebel troops surround Channel 4, the government station. Photo by Mon Santos, courtesy of the Presidential Museum and Library

(6)  A reformist and a Marcos loyalist soldier embrace. Photo by Sonny Camarillo, courtesy of the Presidential Museum and Library

Sister Song Part 4

Ok everyone warning: this part is dark as fuck. It is not for the faint at heart. It may be triggering for some so just wanted to give a headsup. It’s still not done yet, just a few more parts probably. Thank you to everyone again for all the likes and reblogs I hope you enjoy it. Oh and if anyone else wants to be tagged please let me know.

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