Posts Tagged ‘Philippines’

New Material!

April 15, 2011 Leave a comment

While I was on my way to work, inspiration suddenly hit me and I thought of some lines, which I think I could turn into songs as soon as I get to my guitar. This seldom happens to me, since most of the time, I only come up with something if I’m strumming and doing some progressions as I think of what the song is going to be about. Hopefully, they turn into something decent. Here goes:

Tell me, are we free
Or are we living in somebody’s fantasy
Maybe it’s not just me
Who knows what the world’s got to be
Look around, don’t stare at the ground
Seeing’s part of the new philosophy
Maybe we can turn the world around
And free it from all the clowns
Wait, they say it’s fate
That shapes the face of our society
Maybe it’s not that profound
It just depends on you and me
Hey, it’s never too late
To make the needed change a reality
I’m longing to get to see
The world that’s meant to be
Sumisikat ang liwanag
Na kumakalat sa lupang bulag
Lantad ang kulay ng hinagpis
Sa mga matang nakatitig sa dilim
Tumutunog ang himig
Na nilimot ng mga pipi at bingi
Bigkas ang mga mahalagang salita
Sa mga tenga’t labing pinilit manahimik
Sa ano mang paraan
Sa ano mang dahilan
Kailan ma’y hindi mananaig
Ang kasinungalingan sa katotohanan

It’s depressing to listen or watch the news, be it on radio or television but for some reason, I’ve been exposing myself to it recently. I guess the negative vibes just rubbed in and I realize this is how bad I want to see some change happen in this country. Things are getting more and more ridiculous and unreasonable every day: natural disasters, price hikes, political turmoil, corruption. When will all this shit end? We spend everyday working our asses off and this is what we get from all the taxes we pay. Woosah.

Anyway, I can’t wait to get my hands on my guitar and put some melody and rhythm to them words especially on the first one. I’m still new to writing songs in English. Every song we have in Manaha is in Filipino and I think that’s a good thing. I believe writing them in our language makes the delivery of their messages sound more sincere.

I really want our country to change for the better. It’s the only one we have and the only one we can truly call our own. Too bad that most of us and maybe the best of us have forgotten that.

To end this post/rant, I’ll leave you with something I’ve been pondering for the past weeks. To those who read my online journal, I wish you a happy weekend!

Change happens only if we accept the fact that we are a crucial part of it.


Public Service 101

April 7, 2011 2 comments

Lately, I’ve been spending a portion of my mornings listening to Senator Dick Gordon and Ms. Cheryl Cosim’s radio program, Akson Solusyon, which airs from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. daily at Radyo Singko 92.3 FM. The show has a public service format which aims to provide helpful solutions to the woes that trouble common folk. The hosts present complaints brought to their attention then they hear the thoughts of the parties involved, which eventually leads to a fair conclusion as both sides compromise. Aside from that, they also disseminate important information regarding public heath and welfare.

Yesterday, Sen. Gordon briefly talked about patriotism. I was still hungover with my previous post and I sent a message to their text hotline. It read:

“Good morning, Sen. Gordon and Ms. Cheryl. I heard you briefly discuss the love we should have for our country. I believe most of us have lost this sentiment and are driven to a state of indifference and inaction. It’s important to regain this sense of affection for our nation since it’s the spark that will give birth to the concern which eventually will turn into actions that will start the change our country needs.”

It was the first time I did something like that and surprisingly, Ms. Cheryl read my message. It really felt great to hear my thoughts on air. Sen. Gordon even agreed to my point and reiterated how important it is to have that love and concern to make good things possible for our country. What made my day was they both got my name right! Most people pronounce it as ‘Jersh’. Can’t blame them though. Think Germany.

I voted for the good senator during the last presidential elections. I think he is currently one of the most promising figures in our country along with Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is manning up his post pretty well. Though he lost the election, he has remained visible in the public eye through his current advocacies. We really need more leaders who share his vision and desire to shape the Philippines into a more stable and competitive nation.

Stuck In A Rut

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Last weekend, I had an interesting conversation with an old friend, Rochester Uy. He was one of my best buds from college. He was the type who you can talk to about anything without having to shy away from an awkward topic. Some people can really take the bullshit and I admire them for that. We shared our insights regarding pressing issues in our society: global warming, the irresponsible elite and corruption in our country. Talking to him made me accept the fact that we are indeed getting old and the world around us is not getting any nicer.

There were some points where we failed to see eye-to-eye, but there were instances when our perception of how things are complemented each other. Though neither of us mentioned it, we both knew that at the rate of how the quality of life in our country is diminishing, we are all FUBAR. It’s depressing to think that a country with great potential is forced to remain in a state of disarray since the attitude of its people prevents it from achieving true progress

Our country is in shambles because we have lost our love for it. I think that is the simplest explanation why we are stuck in this rut.

In almost every relationship we engage ourselves in, there exists a certain degree of love which dictates how much we can give to the one who’s at the receiving end of our affection. Our goal is to make that entity be in a state of wellness, which in turn, gives us a sense of fulfillment. This amount of love is inversely proportional with our reward expectancy for the efforts we exerted. Simply put, if we love someone or something greatly, then we expect almost nothing in return for the services we have given. Otherwise, we expect a great deal of compensation for all the time and resources we have exhausted. When it comes to our country, we have lost this honorable affection that allows one to go beyond the line of duty without having to consider the cost and consequence of standing up for the sake of our nation.

I don’t know if the last paragraph made any sense. All I’m saying is, the only way we can save our country and ourselves from going to the dogs is to learn how to truly be in love with it again. It all starts when we begin reflecting on the miserable state we are in and how we can turn it into a more suitable scenario. As long as we have that concern, there is still hope for this land and its people.

Sorry for the rant. I’m a parent so I guess I’m entitled to have these thoughts. I just want the best for Athan especially when he grows up. I want him to be able to walk the streets without the worry of being somebody’s prey. I want him to be able to fulfill his dream without being constricted by the ridiculous setbacks in our society.

They say our future lies in the hands of our children. That may be true. I prefer to think that it greatly depends on how we and others belonging to our generation will shape our present condition. I believe that our country is plagued by a lethal outbreak which forces its people into indifference and inaction. Our love for it is the only potent remedy capable of healing it from this meaningless disease.