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The Dangers of Political Fandom: Why Blind Loyalty Leads to Perpetual Misery in the Philippines

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  "Di ko na maalala, your honor"—Alice Guo kept saying these words over and over again during the Senate hearing about her supposed connections to POGOs, and it's a scary reminder of how blindly we trust. As suspicions of her true identity and allegiance swirled, President Bongbong Marcos himself questioned her background, yet a wave of unwavering support for Marcos quickly followed. One netizen's declaration, " I will trust what MY president said ," sent shivers down my spine. This blind faith in political figures, this unquestioning loyalty even in the face of glaring red flags, is a festering wound on our nation's soul. It is the Achilles' heel that keeps us shackled to a cycle of misery, hindering progress and perpetuating the very problems we so desperately yearn to escape. This blog is not about Alice Guo or Bongbong Marcos; it's about the dangerous allure of political fandom and how it blinds us to the truth. It's about the urgency of

The Filipino Diaspora: Bakit Ang Hirap Mahalin ng Pilipinas

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Let's face it, Filipinos have a thing for migration. It's practically woven into the national DNA. We've got relatives in California, cousins in Canada, and titas dominating the nursing scene in every major hospital across the globe. There's even a running joke: "Japan, Japan, sagot sa kahirapan" (Japan, Japan, the answer to poverty) or the ever-pragmatic, "Kung gusto mong umasenso ang iyong buhay, mag-asawa ng AFAM" (If you want to succeed in life, marry a foreigner). Look, I get it. The Philippines is a beautiful country, overflowing with talented, resilient people. But let's be honest, sometimes it feels like paradise with a hefty "but" attached. The allure of better opportunities, higher salaries, and a perceived escape from the daily grind beckons strongly. We see it everywhere: families uprooting themselves, leaving behind not just jobs but entire support systems – parents, siblings, even those adorable little pamangkins who call

The War Next Door: A Filipino's Call for Preparedness

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The news about the disputed waters has been haunting me. Back-and-forth pronouncements fill the air, each one fueling a growing unease. As a Filipino, I can't shake the feeling that this is more than just news headlines; it's a threat that echoes with unsettling familiarity. My lolo and lola survived World War II, their stories whispering a legacy of fear. They'd crouch in their makeshift cave – the rumble of warplanes overhead, each bomb a roll of the dice against their fragile sanctuary. Hunger was a constant ache, a minor torment compared to the soul-crushing terror. That fear, a chilling inheritance, lingers as I read today's news. What if the posturing and pronouncements ignite into something more? What if ships transform into missile launchers, disputed islands a fiery battleground? What do we do then? This isn't some distant scenario; it's a question that demands an answer as a Filipino living in this day and age. It's a weight I carry, a discomfor