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Please don’t forget that Asian American immigration history exists and is being used as precedent for a lot of gross policies, like directly with Japanese Internment making the Trump Admin think Muslim Internment is an option. Don’t forget that even President Obama erased our immigration history in his farewell address when he compared immigrants of today to the Irish and German and Poles and said nothing of the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South East Asian, Vietnamese, “waves” of immigrants literally imported to work the fields bc they would take a lower wage. Don’t forget about the refugees that fled the Vietnam and Korean and other wars and regime changes that came here to start from nothing and are now our nail salon jokes. Our history is full of disgusting immigration acts created by the US govt and they have the gall to pat us on the head and call us a model minority.

Don’t let them get away with it. History is supposed to teach us not to do bad things again.

Name: Reflection

Year: 1988

Artist: Matthew Wildest

Value: $302,124,168

Rarity: Super Rare

Description & History:

Behind the painting are these passages. Scholars later believed this was written by the painter as he experienced questioning what he has become.  Walt Disney contacted the museum to gain rights to the lyrics and later, modified it a little so it applies to the soon-to-be-iconic Disney movie about female empowerment, Mulan.

Look at me
I will never pass for a perfect frog
Or a perfect tadpole
Can it be
I’m not meant to play this part?
Now I see
That if I were truly to be myself
I would break my family’s heart

Who is that frog I see?
Staring straight
Back at me?
Why is my reflection someone
I don’t know?
Somehow I cannot hide
Who I am
Though I’ve tried
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?


Lea Salonga is a very talented Filipina singer and actress who starred in the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, for which she won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World awards. Salonga is the first Filipino artist to sign to an international record label (having been signed to Atlantic Records in 1993). She was the first Asian actress to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway. Salonga is named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her work with The Walt Disney Company as she provided the singing voice for Fa Mulan and Jasmine from Aladdin.

Later, Christina Aguilera, a struggling singer had her big break when she covered this song eventually catapulting herself to success. Fifth Harmony, a talented girl group, named their debut album in honor of this painting.

My first official BMC fanart.


seen a bunch of the #praisintheasian and i wanted to post one because only until recently did i feel comfortable with my asian heritage.

i’m half white and half filipino. most people just assume i’m white, which causes a couple of problems. first is that my filipino half too often is overlooked, and second is that i feel SO out of place within filipino culture.

my dad came to the united states when he was 12 from the philippines. he married my mom, who was born in the us and has lived here her whole life. me and my siblings weren’t raised with a lot of the filipino traditions, didn’t learn how to speak tagalog. we spent time with that side of the family, and my best childhood friend was filipino, but that was it. other than that, i was white. people are surprised when they find out i’m filipino, because of my lighter hair and freckles. it wasn’t until i joined a filipino dance group at my church that i began truly appreciating my culture. learning tinikling and pandanggo sa ilaw made me feel at home. being around people who recognized and appreciated me made me feel at home. through that dance group, i gained confidence and became proud of who i am. no longer felt out of place at family functions.

that being said, i didn’t experience the same stereotypes/hardship that the majority of POC do. because i’m assumed to be white, i received the accompanying privilege. my voice should not talk over those of non-white-passing POC. BUT that doesn’t mean i should ignore my filipino culture altogether. mixed race POC are still POC. 

i realized i never uploaded this! here’s some tiny hance enjoying street food

my submission for the filipino!lance zine (which i frankly never heard back from :’(( )


Hello! I am an incoming college freshman and an aspiring doctor from the Philippines. This August, I’ll be starting my first year under UP Manila’s INTARMED, a seven-year accelerated medicine program. I discovered the studyblr community around two years ago, but it is only now that I gathered enough courage to start my own blog and post original content. Seeing the beautifully-written notes and organized desks of other studyblrs from all over the world and reading about their various experiences and advice inspired me to invest more time and energy into my studies. (In particular, I’m fond of reading masterposts for school-related tips!). Aside from this, I love how this community is very friendly and supportive; many studyblrs take the time to answer my questions and post encouraging material. Most importantly, being an avid fan and follower of the studyblr community helped fuel my passion for learning and desire for self-improvement. With this blog, I hope to document my journey to becoming a medical practitioner and to inspire others to reach their full potential in whatever field they choose. 

The following are some of the blogs that inspired me: 

@intellectus , @apricot-studies , @areistotle , @chemistri , @drop-dead-studyblr ,@essential-discontinuity , @grangergrades , @istudymed , @janetstudies , @lemonscholar , @mathematicool ,@mahal-tuition , @oristudies , @olymedicalstudent , @positive-infinity , @sadgirlstudying , @studeebean , @studycamille , @studyfulltime , @studybunny17, @studywithnikki , @the-professional-student , @theorganisedstudent , @workhardlikegranger



Next year, the headline-grabbing story of the 1997 assassination of legendary designer Gianni Versace, will be dramatized in the FX TV show “American Crime Story.” Playing Versace’s infamous Filipino killer Andrew Cunanan is Glee star and StarKid theatre company founder Darren Criss. Yong Chavez spoke with the half-Filipino actor singer about his role on Showbiz Tonight.
Duterte: 'I had to declare martial law' to fight ISIS in Mindanao
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said his martial law declaration for the country's restive south was necessary in order to fight militants there.
By Euan McKirdy and Joshua Berlinger, CNN

If the terror threat spreads, Duterte said, he’s not afraid to go further.“If I think that the ISIS has already taken foothold also in Luzon and terrorism is not really far behind, I might declare martial law throughout the country to protect the people,” said the President, who cut short a visit to Russia to come home to deal with the violence.

Fighting between government forces and the Maute group, an Islamist militant organization based in Mindanao, began Tuesday afternoon in Marawi, a city of about 200,000 people.

Chapter 53. On the first part of dagger alone.

First you will settle yourself with the right foot forward in Coda Longa e Stretta, with the left foot by the right, & without moving the eye from the dagger hand of your enemy, in which mode first you will give a thrust to the uncovered part of his hand, the side inside of his right hand, if he will have no worse or better for himself; & turn with this point a mezzo mandritto in that same time & your dagger will be in Porta di Ferro Alta

now, to threaten your enemy’s head, you will throw your right foot a little across to his right side [from his perspective] and throw in this passing a blow with the true edge of the dagger in Guardia de Intrare & in this same parry you will throw your left foot strongly across to his right side & grab with your left hand his right arm straight from outside, in this mode you will give a roverso to the head or a thrust to the chest; take care that he does not throw his left hand to your dagger arm; and having done this you will take four or five passes backwards & settle yourself as aforesaid.

[For this GIF, just note that the entry forward should be through Guardia de Intrare, which is a thrust to the face palm down, which these guys don’t do because they lack a crossguard on their swords and therefore must use a hanging]. 

Chapter 54. On the second part of the dagger alone.

Standing in Coda Longa e Stretta and your enemy throws a thrust to your dagger hand, in throwing this thrust you will lift your hand such that you pass his point and in the same tempo give him a roverso traversato on top of his dagger arm; 

and if he throws to you a mandritto to the head, you will parry it with the true edge of the dagger and give him a fendente in the head; & and make a mezza volta di pugno & you will settle in Coda Longa e Stretta, very polished, ordered as in the first part.

anonymous asked:

hi, can u please list/name some southeast asian- especially Filipina- actors

H! Coincidentally I’ve been thinking of finally making a tag page for the blog based on actors’ ethnicities. The list is not full, obviously - just those actors I know and have on this blog, also here are only actors that work in Western TV/Film industry:

Actors of Filipinx descent:

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Ang Laya Mo’y Babantayan: The History of the patriotic song, Pilipinas Kong Mahal

Not much could be gathered of the famous patriotic song, Pilipinas Kong Mahal. Sung in numerous state events and in Philippine flag ceremonies, it doesn’t invoke the usual unfeeling tune performed by marching bands. This was understandable because these songs were designed to rouse the fighting spirit and sound the call to arms. But Pilipinas Kong Mahal stands out. When one observes the tune, one could feel a tinge of sadness that wraps up in a powerful resolve to defend Pilipinas, redeemed at such a high cost.

*The raising of the Philippine flag at the Independence Flag Pole at Rizal Park, Manila (taken last June 11, 2017).

The song itself surprises us. Its inspiration is foreign, the song, aptly rooted from the Philippine colonial experience. It arose at the time when the Philippines was under American rule. By virtue of Act No. 1696 enacted by the American-led Philippine Commission on August 23, 1907, the display of the Philippine flag, and all symbols of the First Philippine Republic, including the Katipunan flags, emblems, and the Marcha Nacional Filipina (our national anthem) were strictly prohibited. Violators were fined, or imprisoned from 3 months to 5 years.

As part of the American apparatus of pacifying the islands, Prescott F. Jernegan, an American civics teacher at Philippine Normal School (now Philippine Normal University), composed a hymn to replace the Marcha Nacional Filipina with a national hymn entitled, “Philippines, My Philippines.” The hymn was inspired by “Maryland, My Maryland,” the official anthem of the U.S. State of Maryland. 

I love my own, my native land

Philippines, my Philippines

To thee I give my heart and hand

Philippines, my Philippines

The trees that crown thy mountains grand,

The seas that beat upon thy strand

Awake my heart to thy command,

Philippines, my Philippines

Ye islands of the Eastern sea

Philippines, my Philippines

Thy people we shall ever be

Philippines, my Philippines

Our fathers lived and died in thee

And soon shall come the day when we

Lie down with them at God’s decree

Philippines, My Philippines

Yet still beneath thy ardent sky

Philippines, my Philippines

More numerous sons shall live and die

Philippines, my Philippines

In them shall breathe the purpose high

The glorious day to bring more nigh

When all may sing without a sigh

Philippines, My Philippines

The anthem was included as part of the music textbook Philippine Progressive Music Series for the Primary Grades in 1914 and taught to Filipino children. Sources suggests it was quite similar to the Maryland anthem that inspired it, which in turn was inspired by O Tannenbaum, a German Christmas song. There was nothing wrong with the lyrics, but since it’s in English, and the feel of the music was American, there was a certain distance between the common Filipino and the song being sung.

In 1930, Filipino musical composer and the first Filipino director of the U.P. Conservatory of Music and known “Father of Kundiman,” Francisco Santiago, set out to compose the melody for Philippines, My Philippines. The music that came out, evoked the musical tradition of Kundiman (in ¾), the type of Tagalog music from the late 19th century that is characterized by sad, rhythmic and smooth undertones, it’s lyrics often fatalistic, often portraying a heartbroken lover willing to bear his all just to get the heart of an unreachable beautiful maiden. Kundiman comes from “Kung hindi man” (if it’s not meant to be) making it sad and beautiful. Santiago’s music was original and truly Filipino.

*“El Ciego” (The Blind Man) (1929) by Fernando Amorsolo

The exact date was lost to us in history but probably sometime in the post war years, poet Ildefonso Santos Sr., translated, shortened, and tweaked the lyrics. By this time, the song–music and lyrics– has transformed into a Filipino favorite. In effect, we have transformed something that was designed to subjugate us into something that became inherently ours. Since then, it has become part of the line up of patriotic songs in state ceremonies. Consider the simple lyrics that was sung up to the 70s. It begins with the cherishing of a country (“Ang bayan ko’y tanging ikaw…”) with a promise that our heart and life would be willingly offered to her without hesitation.

Ang bayan ko’y tanging ikaw

Pilipinas kong mahal

Ang aking puso’t buhay man

Sa iyo’y ibibigay

Tungkulin kong sinumpaan

Ang lagi kang paglingkuran

Ang laya mo’y isanggalang

Pilipinas kong hirang

Listen to the song HERE performed Philippine Constabulary Band and the Philippine Constabulary Choral Ensemble, circa 1970s. 

During the country’s experience under the scourge of dictatorship, the song further evolved, being sung among a host of other Filipino patriotic songs in massive protests that led to the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986. There was a small addition to the lyrics, but the song became more powerful.

Ang bayan ko’y tanging ikaw,

Pilipinas kong mahal

Ang puso ko at buhay man

Sa iyo’y ibibigay

Tungkulin ko’y gagampanan

Na lagi kang paglingkuran

Ang laya mo’y babantayan

Pilipinas kong hirang

It is such a wonder that such a song with a few words could stir such emotion. I’ve wondered about it when I listened to it being sung and performed at yesterday’s Independence Day rites at Luneta and at Quirino Grandstand. 

The song captures the story of the nation that has, time and time again, brought itself up to its feet from the tyranny of the oppressor (whether foreign invader or dictators). Now that we have celebrated our 119th Independence Day, may we always cherish this freedom that was bought at a high price. Let us never belittle it or take it for granted. Let us guard it with our lives, as did the Filipinos who’ve gone before us.

Indeed, “Ang laya mo’y babantayan, Pilipinas kong hirang!”

Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan sa ating lahat! (Photo taken at last night’s Philippine Independence Day Celebration, from the Manila Pavilion Hotel).