17|06|23 🌸 listening to: as if it’s your last by blackpink

In Filipino class, we do weekly reports on different types of prose. This quarter’s all about essays. This is the first one and it’s titled “Pag-ibig (Love)” by Emilio Jacinto. I did this a week early so I have additional points. 

This whole my family’s slave article should like open your thoughts (esp as a filipino) to how awful this system of classes in Filipino culture should like. Uh. Die.

It shouldn’t be the time to defend the “culture” because guess what? It’s not beneficial and it’s definitely evil! The fact that so many Filipinos are so engrossed on defending this and pitying the author (you can’t twist this around him and his family were literal slaveowners who guilted Eudocia, which btw, such a filipino thing to guilt people to not get compensated because of greed) when really the only person you should feel bad for is Lola Eudocia, shows how fucked up our situation is. The fact that we are always encouraged to spare empathy to an oppressor is twisted!

Filipinos LOOOVE defending this weird shit and call westerners, especially black people, “ignorant” in this situation, but no matter how u twist it, it’s SLAVERY. I hate that you spare sympathy to this oppressive system when primarily, amongst Filipinos, it’s the WOMEN who get heavily affected and exploited.

And like no offense, but the fact that the scumbag put her ashes in a box instead of a proper urn which he seemed to lament about but didn’t do so anyways. And to only send those ashes back home years after Lola Eudocias death…bro that shows a lot of his character lmao.

anonymous asked:

Can you explain your recent post about not liking cultural relativism? I don't know if I'm missing something, but I thought that cultural relativism was good bc it (in theory) prevented you from applying your cultural framework to others.

cultural relativism gets into some real freaky shit wrt “morality is completely relative and you can’t really say that oppressing / enslaving / murdering people is WRONG because that’s just their CULTURE.” which is of course racist in itself (as if those backwards brown people couldn’t possibly be expected to do any better?) & it’s also used to snidely ignore or even denounce the activism of oppressed people w/in those cultures who know that that shit’s not cute because they live it.

this happens a whole lot but recently it’s being used to defend alex tizon and that entire horrific situation because “the filipino class system is just really complex and that’s our culture and you can’t call it slavery or else you’re being western-centric” and it’s evil it’s giving me hives!!

A selection of books about Asian American history and politics, with an emphasis on the radical movements of 1960s-1990s. 

My personal favorites are Legacy to Liberation: Politcs and Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America, Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections Between African Americans and Asian Americans, both edited by the late great Fred Ho, and Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama.



July 24: As President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, Anakbayan joins the Filipino people in massive protest actions expressing indignation against the extension of martial law in Mindanao, his long list of broken promises, and his regime’s triple wars of death and destruction. We are one with the Filipino people in strongly condemning Duterte’s genocidal “war on drugs” that has killed an estimated 12,000 people. We strongly oppose his regime’s disastrous “anti-terror war” that has led to the destruction of Marawi. We denounce his “all-out war” against the revolutionary movement.

After a year of unfulfilled promises, it has become clear that no fundamental change is forthcoming under Duterte. Inspired by the ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos and fixated with bloody killings and the iron-fist as his only solution to all the country’s problems, Duterte has stepped up increasingly virulent fascist attacks against the populace. Duterte has stacked up his cabinet with military men like Lorenzana, Año, and Esperon who are notorious human rights violators. He now threatens to expand martial law nationwide, using the revolutionary forces as scapegoat to justify open military rule.

Duterte has proven himself to have no real interest in making the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) a success by discussing socio-economic reforms that will solve the roots of armed conflict. Instead, Duterte insists on finalizing a bilateral ceasefire before tackling reform measures like genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization. He has used political prisoners as hostages to force the surrender of the revolutionary movement and carried on the implementation of US-designed counterinsurgency doctrine Oplan Kapayapaan.

For all his anti-US posturing, Duterte has had no concrete steps to remove US military forces from the country. Instead, he now coyly seeks US support for martial law in the guise of fighting terrorism. His economic team continues neoliberal policies that keeps the economy dependent on foreign investments and loans, favor rich oligarchs, and hit the poor the hardest. He has not junked contractualization, failed to freely distribute land to farmers, and now wishes to impose new and harsher taxes. Meanwhile, particular concessions like conditional free tuition for students of state universities and colleges giving free homes to homeless Kadamay members, among others, were achieved not because of the benevolence of Duterte but were the results of hard-won mass struggles by different sectors for their democratic rights.

The US-Duterte regime is no friend of the Filipino people. As we march today in angry protest, we hold no more illusions that Duterte is fundamentally any different from past regimes that have been subservient mainly to the interests of US imperialism and the oligarchic ruling classes. The Filipino youth and people has no other recourse but to intensify our mass struggles against Duterte’s fascist, anti-national, and anti-people policies and programs. We must assert our democratic rights and interests and advance the national democratic struggle against a rotting ruling system which now has at its apex the ruling militarist US-Duterte clique.

Oppose martial law and fascism of the US-Duterte regime!
Down with US imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism!
Forward the struggle for national democracy with a socialist perspective!

Via Anakbayan

Oh also it’s super ironic how that one person seemed to think it’s “colonial” to “criticize the Filipino class system” bc you know in the “traditional class system” the Old Money types that are at the top of the food chain are descended from Spanish colonial officials and like to brag about how they have a lot of Spanish blood and possibly even fully-Spanish relatives and call poorer people “Indios”

Not to excuse the Tizon family for the abuse they heaped on Eudocia Tomas Pulido, but every non-Filipino who is up in arms about The Atlantic’s story should ask themselves these questions:

1) Do I have the proper context for my opinion? Have I listened to the voices of Filipinos weighing in on this issue, instead of being complicit in letting Westerners steer a conversation on the Filipino class and cultural landscape?

2) Am I aware that it was the author’s white grandfather (a US soldier occupying the islands) who gave Eudocia as a “gift” to his daughter? Could this perhaps open a discussion on US imperialism and the intersection of race and class issues? This point is no longer valid because I fail at reading, apparently ;____;

3) When I criticize Alex Tizon for his lack of action, do I understand, do I TRULY understand, why he was in tears when he tried standing up to his parents about Eudocia for the first time? Am I aware of how deeply intertwined the Filipino concept of family is with blind obedience and loyalty, and how this can have ramifications on the psyche well into adulthood?

4) Am I painting too broad a brush on ALL Filipinos because I confuse “katulong,” “yaya,” etc. with the Western concept of slavery? Some themes are universal, yes, but do I realize that any Discourse ™ on this issue needs to be informed by culture-specific norms?

5) Will I take all I have learned and apply them to becoming more cognizant of the plight of Overseas Filipino Workers and assisting them in any way I can? Will I support my Filipino acquaintances when they campaign for the welfare of all katulongs, either overseas or in the motherland?

And lastly just to add some levity (because there are a few #hottakes that have made Filipinos go hmmm)… 6) Do I understand that Eudocia’s name is NOT “Lola”? That “Lola” is a term used to refer to Filipino elders, NOT a nickname? Will I now cease and desist from using phrases like “a woman named Lola” and “LOLA. SAY HER NAME”???

Make no mistake, it was disgusting what that family did to Eudocia, but if you’re a non-Filipino who wishes to take part in this conversation, these are some important questions to consider.


2/100 days of productivity - 7/10/17

reading a story for filipino class and highlighting ‘important’ details. i’ve got a whole highlighter system set up, just don’t know if it’s working for me ://

i think the thing that disgusts me the most about the “bellamy has white male privilege!!” arguments is that quite literally the only time you see these blogs talk or even think about the concept of white privilege in the 100 is in regards to the working class lead filipino opposed to you know… the actual white characters. 

and the thing is, white privilege in the 100 (both in the fandom and narrative) is fucking prevalent. what we NEED in the fandom is more discussions about white privilege and how it impacts how characters are written and perceived. instead, what we have is a group of white feminists who will only ever utter the word “white privilege” when they’re screaming about how biracial brown boy somehow benefits from it because 2+2=5  

let’s talk about the white privilege in the writing and costuming of everyone’s fave white girls; clarke, lexa and octavia. 

clarke who is written as a White Saviour™, who is allowed to express her sexuality in a way that does not slut shame her, who is wearing dreads, who was able to refer to the grounders as savages for 2 seasons and have 99% of the fandom miraculously forget as they yell about characters of colour being xenophobic, who is shown to be so overly capable, intelligent and clever to the point where characters (of colour) around her look to her as a literal saviour, who gets to have her actions framed as justifiable by the narrative while the PoC on the show like bellamy, pike, jaha and monty are never extended that same privilege. 

or lexa who is quite literally a white woman with her skin darkened 3 shades, wearing a bindi complete with maori tattoos. the mere casting of lexa reeks of white privilege, instead of just casting a brown girl they instead hired a white girl and did their damn best to make her appear brown. lexa gets to be depicted as a wise and calm and peaceful “visionary” leader, while indra, a black woman, is her angry, close-minded and violent sidekick. lexa is more or less a white female character who is leading a group of people who are clearly coded to represent the position of indigenous people throughout history (and if you can’t see how that fact alone is entrenched in white privilege both in hollywood as an industry as well as the writing in the show then yikes my pals). 

or octavia who fits the mighty whitey trope to a fucking tee, who quite literally beats and abuses her filipino brother, her black boyfriend and her black female mentor and in all instances is praised by both fandom and narrative alike. who “teaches” her black boyfriend and her black mentor about their own fucking culture. while the fandom is conditioned to actually cheer her on for these disgusting acts. let’s talk about how the same fandom loves to talk about the fridging of female character to push forward male story arcs (which is an important discussion!!) but is suddenly quiet when both lincoln and wells, two black men, are killed off in ways that were meant to push forward the character motivations of two white girls (octavia and clarke) 

if you want to talk about white privilege then get ready to talk about it in regards to your fave white characters, even the female ones (especially on this white fem show). 

the funny thing about actually caring about white supremacy and the mistreatment of PoC is that you don’t get to use these issues as a stepping stone for other movements or for shipping agendas. if you want to open the discussion of white privilege, be my guest, just be ready to learn that the white girls ya’ll froth at the mouth for are the ones who benefit from it. 

not the biracial brown boy. 

excuse my little PSA in this tag;

This is a PSA to bellarke fan fiction authors: since we’re becoming more and more aware of the usage of the Filipino culture/traditions/myths/etc. in fan fiction with regard to Bellamy or just in general, I would like yall to know that there are Filipinx people here on tumblr that you can go to if you need to ask about anything Filipino.

There’s me, Jazz (hooksandheroics). I’m a college student studying Philippine Arts, majoring in Cultural Heritage and Arts Management. I have fair knowledge on Filipino mythology, pre- and proto-history, the use of Baybayin (ancient Filipino system of writing), and language. A little bit of music, folk dances, and textile.

There’s also Cam ( @cachekakusu ) an immigrant currently residing in California in the US, can help with insight on living in the Ilocos province and language and immigrant experiences living in the US. 

There’s Kaye ( @misterrsulu )  she worked in heritage tourism and community development, can provide insight on living in Manila and language.

There’s Allison ( @wellsjahastan ) she lives in Australia, can help with culture things as well, although not fluent in Tagalog, she has knowledge on Filipino folk dances, took Southeast Asian studies and did her thesis on colonialism in the Philippines, as well as looking at the influence of Chinese culture and differing conceptions of Filipinos being classed as Asians vs Pacific Islanders.

I know there are so many Filipinos in the fandom who are willing and glad to help with issues and references. :)

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today i actually finished one of the ASEAN week modules ha ha. (basically we have a week off of school due to the ASEAN meet, so our teachers gave us projects to do instead). the module i finished was a paper for 21st century culture about the poem, “The Paradox of Our Times”. it’s really interesting, a super good read! i also fixed my bullet journal. i’ve been forgetting to do my mood tracker for therapy so that’s something i definitely have to fix huhuh. how has your week been? 

Hey don’t criticize the traditional Filipino class system that’s really colonialist of you
—  Someone who’s family probably has an oil painting of Magellan hung up, says they’d be “considered white” in the states and is arranged to marry a distant cousin from Spain thats a member of the nobility and lives in a castle

dude……….im past half of my to-do list…..i could cry from happiness !


july twenty-nine, saturday | first post! here’s an unrelated pic of my passport and the stationery i got for school ~ i wish i can tell you that i’ve started grade eight but the rain!!! keeps!!! cancelling!!! our!!! classes!!! #walangpasok literally means no classes in filipino and honestly it would’ve been a warm welcome but i’m so anxious to start school :(