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It has been a little over a year since I quixotically boasted of a new “Filipino supergroup”, a group of “new propagandists” who will face the leyenda negra that has been twisting the minds of millions of chicharón-munching Filipinos. We had talked and agreed of consolidating our ideas, our advocacy, into one coherent and compact body whose nucleus would be a website with a search-engine-attractive name (yeah, something with the name “Filipina” in it — porn surfers beware!). But, as mentioned, it has been over a year…

So where’s the multi-zillion-euro website that I’ve been tellin’ everyone?

Due to time constraints, lack of technical know-how, personal matters, paella fever, and finances (contrary to popular belief, we’re not made of money), this cute little project of ours kept on stalling like MRT coaches. But the dream hanged in there, like a trapo politician.

Then suddenly, one very cold December morning, I bumped into a rocker dude (through a mutual friend who’s actually the niece of a living legend in Filhispanic literature), and he’s into designing and developing webs! The rocker dude is Santos “Tuts” Trangía. His cool-soundin’ last name, aside from complementing his cool attitude and friendliness, reminds me of Old Manila’s Frisco-like tranvías (makes me wanna wish that my last name’s República). He’s an axeman for the indie rock band At Helen’s Wake, whose first EP will be out soon. And whoever Helen is, I have no idea; I’ll ask Tuts when I get the chance. So at gunpoint, I was able to make him agree to help us out with this website once and for all. We hope to begin this weekend.

Another good news: I finally found someone! And man, that did knock me off my clammy feet! And that someone is someone who is feared by many WASP-educated “nationalist kunô” UP historians et al. who shamelessly worship images of Zeus Salazar inside their respective toilets. Without further adieu, this someone is none other than controversial historian, the great Pío Andrade, Jr., “the Scourge of Carlos P. Rómulo”, the número uno investigative historian, the next big thing in Philippine historiography! Yes, sir Pío has promised yours truly a few days ago to deliver the goods once our website is up and running (hopefully on or before this summer).

Still more good tidings! Tourism expert —and our group’s dearest online friend from dear old Spain— Juan Luis García (not related to fellow propagandist José Miguel García, a full-blooded Filipino guerrero) is now part of our “online clique”, le guste o no le guste, ¡jajaja!. Juanlu has been very supportive of our group and our advocacy since day one. Also, he has a couple of tourism projects in mind for our country (this he discussed personally with José Miguel when he visited the country last year) — and all this being thought of by a Spaniard, for crying out loud! So what better way to gift him than with a “free membership” into our group? And this free membership comes with a freebie as soon as he comes back to the Philippines for a visit: a Regular Yum with Cheese value meal from Jollibee courtesy of Arnaldo!

Coincidentally, today marks the first year anniversary of Juanlu’s pro-Filipino blog, VIAJAR EN FILIPINAS! Congratulations are in order!

We still await for Chile-based writer/historian Elizabeth “Isabel de Ilocos” Medina‘s response. She’s a distant relative of both Arnaldo and Señor Guillermo Gómez Rivera. Also, another heavyweight scholar will join us. But that’s for another blogpost, folks!

Fun days are expected — on our part, that is.

WASPos, anti Filipinos, “Abakada” Pinoys, and all the others who like to go back worshipping trees and scribblin’ on tree barks… your happy days are numbered.

Because THE TRUTH is on our side.

Y todo esto es para el gran honor de Dios, el fuente de nuestra identidad verdadera.

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  1. You made it sound like we’re going to beat up the people on the other side of the fence! hahaha I thought we had an agreement that the website would be more of a “pa-cute” project? LOL

    Seriously, its a good project born of the idea that those who believe that the hispano-filipino tradition was essential in the completion of becoming a Filipino should have a voice to counter the bias of people like the poging poging Zeus “ang bathala” Salsalar ;)

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  2. Jeremy Diamsun

    “and all the others who like to go back worshipping trees and scribblin’ on tree barks… your happy days are numbered.”

    Well it’s assured that you know nothing of the pre-colonials, making up these heinous insults and stereotypes. Ignorancy at it’s best, that’s why it is good not to be hispanist.

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    • And it’s assured that you know nothing about what a Filipino really is. And just in case you didn’t notice, or most probably you’re playing blind just to get pot shots at me, that remark (and all the others who like to go back worshipping trees and scribblin’ on tree barks… your happy days are numbered) was obviously written in jest. The humor manifests in the whole article. Namán.

      Don’t worry. I’m no “hispanist” in the strictest sense of the word. Neither am I convincing people to be one. So a friendly advice: do extra research first before you talk to me about what a hispanista really is. And I prefer to be called a Filipinista instead.

      Finally, before you talk about ignorance, let me inform you that there is no such word as “Ignorancy”. For your intelligence enhancement, Jeremy. :-)

      P.S. You want a friendlier reply, then I demand a friendlier comment. Thank you.

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      • Hmm Pepe, as much as you want to deny who you are, and who you say you are, your posts will always contradict you. Do you honestly think I’m stupid? “Oh no, I think English screwed up our Filipino languages, but Spanish perfected it!!!! durrr…”, as well, what do you think word games will do to help you? You did not bring up the question beforehand, so why do you care now?… Oh so you can add in more sentences to argue, instead of realizing your mistake and just apologizing for the obvious offending sentence. You know what I am referring to when I say “hispanist, hispanista”.

        At this point Pepe, I don’t really care how you post, stop hiding behind non-existant barriers and show us your true colors…. You tend to slip your true colors anyways! Why hide it!

        As well, I don’t care if you see it, or rather, label and try to excuse it as “humor”, I see it as really screwed up insults portraying our ancestors, there’s already tons of damage that countless people do to our history, and here you go, no care in the world… And yet you are here, having the nerve to call me “blind”, who is the true blind one here?

        Friendlier reply? As stated, I care for true colors. I would appreciate you acknowledging how ignorant your offending sentence in your post was, but at this point, I think you only care to mask your mistake with an argument.

        Finally, I realize the “horrible” typo, oh woe is you, I plague your comment threads with bad spelling :o Are you seriously trying to compensate for being cornered in your mistake, trying to find one good comeback, you attack my one error that is not pressing the correct key? Ok sure, why not :\ If it makes you feel like the “bigger man”… By all means…

        P.S. To reply to your reply to someone else who shares my views on this, “There was no Philippines yet before the Spaniards arrived.”

        Ok, there was no actual state labelled “Philippines” yet, however, the people who form up the Philippines did exist back then, the same people you paradoxically seem to don’t think very fond of, yet believe you are a true “patriot”. And I myself, am really getting sick of this.

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        • Dear Jeremy,

          It is very, very unfortunate that you caught me in one of my “long-live-sarcasm!” moods. Therefore…

          It’s FUN TIME once more!!! Yipee!!! :D

          “Hmm Pepe, as much as you want to deny who you are, and who you say you are, your posts will always contradict you.”

          No way. My posts are my slaves. :D

          “Do you honestly think I’m stupid?”

          Much to my honest regret, the answer will have to be in the affirmative (no sarcasm in this one).

          “Oh no, I think English screwed up our Filipino languages, but Spanish perfected it!!!! durrr…”, as well, what do you think word games will do to help you? You did not bring up the question beforehand, so why do you care now?…”

          Stone Cold Steve Austin: What?!

          “Oh so you can add in more sentences to argue, instead of realizing your mistake and just apologizing for the obvious offending sentence.”

          Apologize? Me? Sure!… “I apologize!!!” (LOL!!!). ¿Ayos na bá, chong? :D

          “You know what I am referring to when I say “hispanist, hispanista”.”

          Uh, lemme see… a person who plays a pianono?

          “At this point Pepe, I don’t really care how you post, stop hiding behind non-existant barriers and show us your true colors…. You tend to slip your true colors anyways! Why hide it!”

          You know what? I think you’re right. I should show my true colors…

          …my color is Pink! What a cute darling this Pepe is!

          “As well, I don’t care if you see it, or rather, label and try to excuse it as “humor”, I see it as really screwed up insults portraying our ancestors, there’s already tons of damage that countless people do to our history, and here you go, no care in the world…”

          Your ancestors are not my ancestors. Your ancestors ate rotten bananas and rubbed each others’ behinds as a sign of respect. My ancestors were the evil Spanish friars who raped your ancestors.

          And hey! Watch your word! I do care for the world: past, present, future. As a matter of fact, I care for you, Jeremy… I love you!”

          “And yet you are here, having the nerve to call me “blind”, who is the true blind one here?”

          I’m not blind. Just suffering from color blindness. I told you earlier I was pink; I was mistaken — I’m a cross between a green gem and a yellowish flower.

          “Friendlier reply? As stated, I care for true colors.”

          You care for true colors? You really, really care for true colors? Really?! REALLY?! OK. Then click here for what you really, really care about.

          “I would appreciate you acknowledging how ignorant your offending sentence in your post was, but at this point, I think you only care to mask your mistake with an argument.”

          I already did. But if you keep on insisting that I apologize, I will just let Aling Gloria do that for me. Click here (coz I’m sure you will; you just can’t resist the link!).

          “Finally, I realize the “horrible” typo, oh woe is you, I plague your comment threads with bad spelling Are you seriously trying to compensate for being cornered in your mistake, trying to find one good comeback, you attack my one error that is not pressing the correct key? Ok sure, why not :\ If it makes you feel like the “bigger man”… By all means…”

          “Ignorancy” at its finest, haha! Typo? What typo? I look at my keyboard: “E” and “Y” are separated from each other by two keys. And one usually types the letter “E” with the left middle finger; the right index finger does that for the “Y”. Unless you used the dutdót system… And no, I don’t feel like a bigger man at all. BECAUSE I AM ALREADY BIG. Seriously. I was a former gym instructor. I stand 6’1″ and weigh 197 lbs., enough to twist your scrawny pre-Hispanic neck and tie your body to the nearest bahay kubo support post. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid

          “P.S. To reply to your reply to someone else who shares my views on this, ‘There was no Philippines yet before the Spaniards arrived.’

          Ok, there was no actual state labelled “Philippines” yet, however, the people who form up the Philippines did exist back then, the same people you paradoxically seem to don’t think very fond of, yet believe you are a true “patriot”. And I myself, am really getting sick of this.”

          Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy! You’re beginning to sound like a human DIaMSUM (oops, “typo”; what I meant was “dimsum”, haha!). If you’re getting sick of it, there’s two options. First —and this is the easiest—, don’t read this blog anymore. Second, you can pick up a fight with all of your village’s dogs until such time that you forget that you have a crush on me.

          On a serious note, just read Arnaldo‘s brief comment (somewhere on this post) regarding what is foreign and what is not. You can have a more serious conversation with him. He’s OK to talk with. Me? Forget it. I’m crazy, malicious, and full of Hispanic sh!t (you happy now?). And no, I don’t consider myself a patriot. That’s to cheap. I AM A SUPERHERO. Nick Fury’s calling me to become the first Filipino Avenger! Watch me take over the reigns of The Avengers from Captain America! Just call me Capitán Filipinas!

          *******

          You don’t like the way I responded, do you? OK. Again: if you want a friendlier reply, then do write a friendlier comment. It’s fairly easy. Seek help from your elders or do meet up with your former values education teachers. :-) You should even be grateful that I’ve been allowing your anti-Pepe diatribes here. It’s OK to criticize; nothing wrong with that. But if you continue this immaturity of yours (and on my very own playground at that!), then rest assured that the next time you comment, you will not like the outcome. Trust me on this one, Jeremy.

          You want a serious debate and a respectful exchange of ideas? Then all you have to do is ask me nicely. You know perfectly well how both of us were courteous to each other in Facebook’s Tagalog is NOT the Only Language in the Philippines. And then all of a sudden you come here on my playground, fuming like mad with a stick to hit my shiny bottom. Sad.

          Anyway, I hope you had fun reading as much as I enjoyed writing this. :-)

          Best regards,

          Pepe Alas

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          • Hello Pepe,

            You’re right. I was mean from the start. And for that, I have to humble myself and apologize.

            Although we are both on opposite sides, it is not right for me to troll your blog with my vitriol. I just realized that had I criticized you in a professional manner, there is no doubt that you would have replied the same way. So I’ll do better next time, promise.

            Just take note that I’m an avid reader of your blog. And I learn so many things from it (and still learning).

            Take care.

            Your fan and admirer,

            Jeremy Diamsun

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            • Apology accepted. Just criticize me in a professional way, and we’ll be OK. There’s even no need for you to sound friendly. If you feel very angry about the stuff I write, go ahead and feel free to express yourself here. But do so without resorting to name-calling. Regards.

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              • Jeremy Diamsun

                Pepe,

                As per the apology you requested in order to remove your disgusting impersonation of me, here it is. With absolutely no sarcasm, I do apologize for my choice of words here long ago, though I don’t really see any fault on my stance at all, I really do find that comment of yours very ignorant, I can certainly see the errors of my anger and should have cooled off before speaking out.

                I do find it strange and rather schizophrenic that you would expect someone to come here, become insulted by your comment, and still remain friendly whilst being provoked, and due to the nature of that comment, have any interest in giving you a “friendly” criticism. But I’m no longer bitter about this anymore, and can admit to my own error here.

                I hope at the very least, you can admit to your own error, instead of simply justifying it like you did before here, but if you don’t, that’s entirely fine by me, my interest here is to simply put this behind us.

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                • This is not an apology, Jeremy. This is just a poor excuse of your to save the BS that you did. Your apology is a hollow one. Why? Because you followed it up with these:

                  “…I really do find that comment of yours very ignorant…”
                  “…I do find it strange and rather schizophrenic…”

                  Kid, in a REAL and RESPECTABLE debate or exchange of ideas, we do not hear debaters calling each other ignorant (or other taunting words) even though both of them think of the other as such. In other words, if you think of my opinions as ignorant, better keep that uncivil word to your overly proud mind. Calling somebody’s opinion as ignorant is not an argument. This is for your sake, not mine.

                  Therefore, I refuse to accept your hogwash.

                  Next troll, please…

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                  • Oh, and one other thing…

                    “Jeremy Diamsun: Naiyak Sa Hating Gabi MTRCB? Bwahaha I see what you did there…
                    It’s nothing really obscene, and it has wit… If they want to cry about it, let them.
                    13 hours ago”

                    Of course you know where this came from. :D

                    I’m glad that I did not bite your hypocrisy, Am-boy. And mark these words: I’ll never take you seriously EVER again. I promise you that.

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  3. We don’t claim that being spanish is not that bad, People don’t care about you lives, you’ll die tomorrow que se vaya i don’t care, but what bothers me is that they claim chrsitianity was originally from spain YOU FAILED THE EXAM! Teachings of chrsit was taught from the gentiles not jews! before spain was spain, spanish people were also pagans, actually the superpowers of the ancient world were actually pagans! ISHTAR ZUMRA RASHUBTI ILATIM, ILI NISI RASHUBTI RABIT IGIGI! WE WILL MURDER YOU ALL IN THE NAME OF ISHTAR!

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  4. “WASPos, anti Filipinos, “Abakada” Pinoys, and all the others who like to go back worshipping trees and scribblin’ on tree barks… your happy days are numbered.”

    Highly inaccurate post. You think that our TRUE ancestors were primitive, yet you are primitive yourself as you are uneducated and ignorant on our true history and long background of culture that has been THRIVING in the Philippines way before your “beloved” Spanish colonists and mentalities washed over us.

    Clearly, you know little to nothing of our real past, a successful thriving culture that was in fact quite complex and diverse as we traded with several other empires including those from modern day China, Japan, India and even Saudi Arabia.

    A simple look at the preserved remnants on the ancient culture of the Philippines (whatever wasn’t destroyed and wiped out by the Spanish) you would see that we had established our own systems and values. Of course you do not appreciate these things as you only care for the Spanish systems that were not even ours in the first place. It was just forcefully imposed upon us.

    Records of Pre-hispanic military in the Philippines

    http://fedora.dlib.indiana.edu/fedora/get/iudl:696517/SCREEN

    http://fedora.dlib.indiana.edu/fedora/get/iudl:696510/SCREEN

    Common high class citizens in Ancient Philippines

    http://callitaweasel.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/boxer-codex.jpg

    Trade boats of Early Filipinos

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_8S7b5DFCpPU/SkmzndW741I/AAAAAAAAAVY/0pm7KnWvp7Y/s400/balangaydesign.bmp

    Ancient Chinese trade with the Philippines and documentation of the Islands (Song Dynasty)

    http://www.creadersnet.com/newsViewer_english.php?id=667331

    http://www.siuala.com/read_blog.php?id=14

    Ancient religion and culture of early Philippines

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_w5zmQN20EOc/R41D5KDMkBI/AAAAAAAABjU/Omwgws6uJHA/s400/golden+tara+of+butuan.jpg

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    • There was no Philippines yet before the Spaniards arrived. There was no Philippines yet before the Spaniards arrived. There was no Philippines yet before the Spaniards arrived. There was no…

      (… I thought I taw an itty, bitty puddy tat!… “I did! I did taw a putty tat!)

      Really getting sick of this.

      I wish there were logic subjects in all levels from Nursery to College. Seriously.

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    • “Simple look at the preserved remnants on the ancient culture of the Philippines (whatever wasn’t destroyed and wiped out by the Spanish) you would see that we had established our own systems and values”

      Yes, there are numerous examples of tribal order and customs but that does not prove the existence of a “culture that has been THRIVING in the Philippines”. There was no Philippines to start with, and those who brought these “complex and diverse” communities were themselves immigrants. What you point to as “Philippine” was also an imported way of life and traditions. Also, don’t believe so much in the great Philippines that was erased by the Spaniards. You give too much credit to those white people. They could have not possibly erased the Philippines that you believe in. Romans failed to erase Carthage from history, and so were the Emperors for Japan’s samurai history. A great civilization can never be removed. Now you’re wondering why ours completely vanished? Because my friend, your golden era never existed. The mix of Hispanic and local way of life is the closest we have for an identity. Its defies reason to keep on insisting that the more tribal you get, the more Filipino you become.

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