Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to present to you perhaps this year's worst article about the Philippines - both in content and it the way it was written. It's an article that is pointlessly denigrating, badly researched, badly written, and badly classified as the local news in the Honolulu Advertiser. Who the hell is this fart Richard Halloran? Why does he think we are in East Asia? Why won't he name the sources of some of his 'quotes'? And why was he given a damn Pulitzer Prize*? Wha? So please, tell me what you think. Click on the article HERE.

And while you are at it, tell him and the Honolulu Advertiser as well.

oranhall@hawaii.rr.com and @honadv

*And seriously, his Pulitzer doesn't say much. Look up another Pulitzer Prize winner named Walter Duranty (above)...


Ryan Fernandez said...

These are things that we already know. There is none which I will consider as hearsay.

The challenge for the Filipinos is to keep their acts together and clean up their mess both literally and figuratively.

There are two items that stayed in my mind: litter and guns. We are a country of litterbugs. We are a country that kill one another to protect our mayoralty or gubernatorial candidates.

Do we need other foreign publications to wash our dirty linen?

Jennifer said...

I am not sure what you object to in the article. Would kindly elaborate as I think he has highlighted some of the issues facing the country.

Rygel said...

which part of the article is erroneous aside from the "East Asia" part?

I'm also in the Philippines. SOmetimes the truth just hurts.

Anonymous said...

I believe the article was vastly exaggerated. Yes, poor governance is the main problem in the country. We have the laws but not the balls to follow through. Higher-ups tend to bend the law in their favor.

But, we are not so down and out to be described as such a terrible country. For starters, most of the terrorist groups he mentioned do not operate with near impunity. We are not paralyzed by these terrorist groups. In fact, their presence are rarely felt except in the communities surrounding their hide-outs. The New People's Army do NOT "continue to disrupt public security and business operations with their intermittent attacks." They do blow up a cell site every now and then but they don't go about roaming the streets in their machine guns and terrorizing people. They're actually quite "civilized," imposing "revolutionary taxes" on communities within their grasp. And, contrary to his reports, I believe that its not OUR terrorists who infiltrate South East Asia but our NEIGHBORS' terrorists who infiltrate us. The Abu Sayaff for starters were supplied by radical militant groups from Malaysia and, if reports are to be believed, by the Taliban itself.

We have our faults but we're not in a state of constant chaos. We continue to persevere and live day in and day out come hell...or high water.

Jennifer said...

Dear Anonymous - He is quoting from a report when he talks about the NPA, so you can't shoot at him for quoting a legitimate report.

I don't think he describes a country in crisis and he is not saying it as badly as you are. He is talking about a country in a dilemma. I think he is quite accurate.

riain said...

Jennifer. What report is this guy quoting from? Please read and research more before accepting every shit thrown at this country.

Here was a repost of my take -

For someone who worked for NY Times and was called a veteran reporter - he did not have his fact checked. Another example of a journalist WITHOUT ethics.

1. Jemaah Islamiyah are Malaysian-Indonesian terror groups and although they have apparently jihadist training camps in remote areas in Mindanao, they are basically run out from Indonesia and Malaysia. ASG and RSG, AFAIK, were more concerned with their extortion activities within the borders of the Philippine south rather than exporting them abroad. Ergo, this statement -

"he Philippines provides a haven for terrorists who infiltrate into the rest of Southeast Asia." - Is not only STUPID, it is also IDIOTIC and terribly MISINFORMED.

2.Comparing tiny Singapore and Korea to the Philippines is extremely biased, and a bit too simplistic. Also, Singapore and the Philippines is not part of East Asia (which is composed of the Koreas, Japan, China, Taiwan, HK, Macau). Political geography wise with someone with Halloran's experience- BIG FAIL.

"In an East Asia generally experiencing political and economic progress from Seoul to Singapore, the Philippines stands out as a running sore that seems to have no cure."

3. Certainly, the Philippine public is divided with the American troops presence in the country, and there is a push to revise or scrap altogether the Visiting Forces Agreement which took effect during Estrada's term. This reporter has no idea about the Philippines at all.

It is clear and blatantly obvious that this MORON wrote this column without verifying the facts and without providing insights. He picked up his stories from other news items without checking whether this was true or not.

So is Halloran an expert on East and Southeast Asia? Loads of Bullshit.

For someone with "vast experience", Halloran does not do a good research. Typical of western journalists with an imperialist gaze. Prove my points wrong, Halloran created a great disservice to my country, I am expected to defend it from this asshole's malicious and false reportage (or "opinion piece" as another Pulitzer prize winner who's also a contact of mine said.

Jennifer said...

Pity he didn't also point out how notoriously thin skinned the Pinoy can be.

riain said...

Thin-skinned is better than being dense.

ka_fredo said...

I've never denied that the country has problems, but it surprises me that some pinoys are take this guy's article as the truth. Use your heads and think critically. If everything he said was 100% true, we wouldn't even be here replying to this blog now. I guess the deep seated colonial mentality and inferiority complex is still there.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Ka Fredo. While this country isn't perfect, some Filipinos like Jennifer doesn't even know how to read a freaking news article and not being able to think critically.

Lester said...

why is thin skinned better than being dense?
do remember that in the US we are not classified as Asians due to marked differences in the way our society there works.
also, let's acknowledge the author's valid points and debate on that primarily, instead of being dismissive and point out to each other what faulty reasoning we used to comment on each others comments. cheers y'all.

Carsten said...

its funny to read some of the filipino reactions towards foreigners who write negatively (though mostly true) about the Philippines. Very entertaining. As Jennifer said: very thin skinned when it comes to bad news.
An advice by a foreigner, even a journalist, living in the Philippines and loving it: Get rid of the people who ruin the reputation of a potentially rich, very hospitable country with amazingly creative people and a place I call home - that would be a story! Corruption is rampant, as is poverty, some part of the elite, which is badly needed, rather leaves the country than staying, the AFP can't get rid of a bunch of bandits (Abu Sayaf), can't solve the MILF conflict because some people involved would lose their benefits. A majority which turns a blind eye to the problems and rather complains about bad news written by foreigners.
The article is not very well written and the Philippines is not in East Asia, right. However, he does quote people and reports.

Pon said...

i guess if you cut and paste all the bad things about the philippines from secondary sources (without obviously having been to the country) you'd get this kind of picture. i am more curious as to why he wrote the article or the editorial decision to have this kind of profile. the not-so-current news angle (death of two americans) is buried way down. there is no mention of the recent floods. what's his point?

kay_bu said...

This article presents another gross overgeneralization of the situation in our country. It's no different from foreign "historians" chronicling the backwardness of the indio in earlier times. History, sociology, and the other social sciences have evolved tremendously since then. There is more value placed in insider accounts gathered from cultural understanding and participation, rather than self-righteous prejudiced statements from someone who has not taken the time to understand the culture from within and do in-depth research. The readiness of many to bow down their Pinoy heads and accept the mud slung at us by arrogant, minimally-informed foreigners is a tragic symptom of our low collective esteem as a people. Get some Filipino pride, people! From there, we can begin to nurture our collective esteem, develop more appreciation for what's good in us (and there's so much greatness in the Pinoy!), and rebuild our country culturally and socioeconomically from a realistic view and assessment of what's really happening here. Let us stop taking crap from ill-informed citizens of other countries. Only then can we stand up as a nation equal to any other.

betterphilippines said...

i seriously hope this doesn't turn into another show of righteous indignation. such displays of showbiz patriotism are so... disgusting.

the author wasn't even attacking our precious "pride." can't we just take his article for what it is... it's just an article.

what should offend us is the fact that many filipinos still think with their "puso" not their "utak" and so many of us who are supposed to be educated are not helping at all in raising the bar.

let's do some real work first to improve our country so we'd have some real basis to be indignant whenever some foreigner says something we all know anyway to begin with.

Ben Kritz said...

Please explain why "East Asia" is an error actually worth mentioning. It seems to me that he could have said the Philippines was on Mars, for all the relevance that particular factoid has to the overall article.

And UNESCO seems to think the Philippines is in East Asia, so once you're done explaining the importance of the distinction to me, perhaps you'd better call somebody in Geneva to straighten it out as well.

bong v. said...

The definition of haven does not include the qualification that there must be an intent to export terrorism overseas. If "a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary" was provided, then haven was provided (unless the Filipinos changed the definition of haven in the dictionary). ASG camps in Jolo did provide haven - a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary - for JI operatives.

The statement is accurate, well-informed, and has factual basis. To think otherwise is a complete denial of the facts, and the definition of the word "haven" - terribly misinformed and ignorant.


The definition of "East Asia" is a work in progress.

In business and economics, East Asia has been used to refer to a wide geographical area covering ten countries in ASEAN, People's Republic of China, Japan, South Korea, and the Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan) for the purpose of economic and political regionalism and integration. The tendency of this usage, perhaps, started especially since the publication of World Bank on The East Asian Miracle in 1993 explaining the economic success of the Asian Tiger and emerging Southeast Asian economies (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand). In addition, this usage has also been driven by Asia-wide economic interconnectedness since the co-operation between ASEAN and its three dialogue partners was institutionalised under the ASEAN Plus Three Process (ASEAN+3 or APT) in 1997. The idea of East Asian Community arising from ASEAN+3 framework is also gradually shaping the term East Asia to cover more than greater China, Korea, and Japan. This usage however, is unstable: the East Asian Summit, for instance, includes India and Australia.

East Asia is considered to be a part of the Far East, which describes the region's geographical position in relation to Europe rather than its location within Asia. However, in contrast to the United Nations definition, East Asia commonly is used to refer to the eastern part of Asia, as the term implies. Observers preferring a broader definition of 'East Asia' often use the term Northeast Asia to refer to the greater China area, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan, with Southeast Asia covering the ten ASEAN countries. This usage, which is increasingly widespread in economic and diplomatic discussion, is at odds with the historical meanings of both 'East Asia' and 'Northeast Asia'.The Council on Foreign Relations defines Northeast Asia as Japan and Korea.[34] (source: wikipedia)


You don't need extreme bias to see that while Singapore and Korea were in shambles in 1950 and the Philippines was next to Japan in economic might - the reverse is true in 2009. The Philippines has:

* the lowest FDI;
* politically unstable;
* very high corruption based on Transparency International Ranking (perceived as most corrupt country in ASEAN, nearly same as Myanmar)
* high Gini coefficient - therefore very wide gap between rich and poor
* very high unemployment and underemployment


On the contrary, the reporter was right on target. Was the reporter supposed to describe an Enchanted Kingdom perfectly run by Pinoys? Was he supposed to kiss the butt of members of the Pinoy Supremacist Nazi Party?

bong v. said...

This article presents another gross overgeneralization of the situation in our country.

On the contrary, it is quite accurate, the situation is still no different from the times when Jose Rizal Wrote in "The Indolence of Filipinos" -

Alas! The whole misfortune of the present Filipinos consists in that they have become only half-way brutes. The Filipino is convinced that to get happiness it is necessary for him to lay aside his dignity as a rational creature, to attend mass, to believe what is told him, to pay what is demanded of him, to pay and forever to pay; to work, suffer and be silent, without aspiring to anything, without aspiring to know or even to understand Spanish, without separating himself from his carabao, as the priests shamelessly say, without protesting against any injustice, against any arbitrary action, against an assault, against an insult; that is, not to have heart, brain or spirit: a creature with arms and a purse full of gold ………… there’s the ideal native!


There is more value placed in insider accounts gathered from cultural understanding and participation, rather than self-righteous prejudiced statements from someone who has not taken the time to understand the culture from within and do in-depth research.

Actually, the author DOES cite "insider accounts gathered from cultural understanding and participation" - from the retired US military official, to an American civil official, and a UNDP rep - people who are as immersed and in direct cultural contact with Filipinos.

The readiness of many to bow down their Pinoy heads and accept the mud slung at us by arrogant, minimally-informed foreigners is a tragic symptom of our low collective esteem as a people.

Acknowledging factual oversight and errors is not "bowing down", nor is it "accepting mud". It is the first step to problem solving. It exhibits maturity and rationality. How can you solve the problem if you don't even know what the problem is - else you are in a perpetual state of denial and delusion and will be totally clueless about how to get out of hole you are stuck in.


Get some Filipino pride, people! From there, we can begin to nurture our collective esteem, develop more appreciation for what's good in us (and there's so much greatness in the Pinoy!), and rebuild our country culturally and socioeconomically from a realistic view and assessment of what's really happening here.

Pride comes from achievement - not the lack of it. To rebuild means you have to take stock and identify what needs to be rebuilt, even question if it should even be rebuilt at all. Would you like to rebuild a subdivision in a highly flood prone area - and then complain against the government that you were hit by a flood? Hellloooo!!! Duhhhh!


Let us stop taking crap from ill-informed citizens of other countries. Only then can we stand up as a nation equal to any other.

Factual observations are not ill-informed. It is the reaction which is ill-informed.

You get what you dish out. You are taking crap because you are showing crap. Not taking crap does not mean your crap is gone - You are still in neck deep in stinking crap. Do you want to have violins playing while you dip in YOUR crap?

bong v. said...

I've never denied that the country has problems, but it surprises me that some pinoys are take this guy's article as the truth. Use your heads and think critically. If everything he said was 100% true, we wouldn't even be here replying to this blog now. I guess the deep seated colonial mentality and inferiority complex is still there.

I agree with Ka Fredo. While this country isn't perfect, some Filipinos like Jennifer doesn't even know how to read a freaking news article and not being able to think critically.

Really... why don't we go through the article again and see the points mentioned

* Item 1 - a "failure in governance" was the basic cause of misery in the archipelago. He pointed to "the feudal society in the Philippines" and contended "until that is changed, the problems will continue to be unresolved." - Agree/disagree? - Hacienda Luista/Land Reform as a manifestation of feudalism - you know the landlords vs farmers thingie. anyone?

* Item 2 - corruption "is a primary obstacle in the effective delivery of public services and fulfillment of basic rights." - Agree/disagree? - are you saying - corruption is not an obstacle?

* Item 3 - The Philippine press reported last week that at least 14 mayors were suspected of drug dealing. - do you want to challenge this fact - is this a lie? yes? no?

* Item 4 - the government appears to have been hapless in preparing for them or in rescuing people and caring for them after the disaster. - do you want to contest this and say, the government was not hapless and responded perfectly and there were minimal casualties and damage? yeah, right.

* Item 5 - the 5,000-strong New People's Army "continued to disrupt public security and business operations with intermittent attacks" on communications and transportation. - are we going to debate the meaning of intermittent? are we going to differentiate between intermittent and sustained? how about this definition for a start - stopping and starting at irregular intervals; "intermittent rain showers"? when you topple down a cell site or a power relay stations - there is no disruption in communications and transportation? you use ESP? kilikili power?

SmarterThanHugh said...

@Mr. Celdran:

Who made you an expert on how badly written an article is? You're just a glorified tour guide whose livelihood depends on how well the cologne masks the stink in this country. Lay off the profound issues and stick with the fluff you know to avoid future embarrassment.

@Anonymous who said the article is vastly exaggerated:

[1] Try living in Zamboanga for 10 years and see if your life doesn't get any form of disruption from these terrorist groups. Comment nang comment hindi naman alam ang sinasabi dahil di taga-roon.

[2] Do you actually know the meaning of INTERMITTENT? Geez. Get a dictionary. (And read it!)

[3] You should refer to Riain's blog for exaggerations. I'm sure there's plenty to be found there, raging hormones and all.


Dear EMO person, someday when you've passed puberty you will understand that:

[1] for your item#1 you got your facts wrong;

[2] for item#2 your argument that Singapore and Philippines are not classified under East Asia is COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT and does not make the comparison among Singapore, Korea, and Philippines wrong; and

[3] for item#3, you're the moron for not admitting why, despite this "clamor" to junk VFA, it's still here. Weren't the American soldiers extremely useful during rescue and relief right after Ondoy's wake? Pa-stupid stupid idiotic ek-ek ka pa diyan.

Get some Valium whydontcha? You're not just thin-skinned, you're completely peeled with raging hormones to boot.


Which part of the article can you really dispute?

@Anonymous guy who agrees with ka_fredo:

Who made you the expert at critical thinking? What can you substantially dispute in that report? Cite evidence pls.

Anonymous said...

Hi Carlos! :)

Let's not knit pick about the geography. Generally speaking, the Philippines IS in the east of Asia. Just like Florida is considered the East Coast. But with that aside...

It's pretty accurate. How come when a foreign observer writes about their own observation most Filipinos get upset? Everyday, millions of Filipinos are insulted and exploited by our very own Filipinos (supposed stewards of governance). The truth is, the Media, the Government and the Businesses are in the hands of a few families--most of whom intermarry and ally themselves accordingly for their survival.

The article is true. It might hurt tourism and your business but the worse is yet to come. Come on, how long has it been since the Philippine Independence (July 4, 1946)? Manila Times just reported that our tourist visitors lag behind our Asian neighbors, including Vietnam who had to go through their own civil war. Will it take a civil war for the Philippines to cleanse corruption? Elections are not effective in a country where a fake democracy is in place to only serve the powerful and influential. I know powerful and rich people who owe tremendous amount of tax money and guess what, somebody knows someone from the BIR, they play golf and their case is kept in a shelf.

Corruption has been our cancer. Sad to say, the only way to cure it is a real revolution. Sounds silly and out of this world? It happened in China, the U.S., France, Spain, etc...it may happen in the Philippines.

Here's a video I made. It's just an opinion. I still tell my friends to take your tour! :) Thanks for helping the Philippines Carlos!!!!


Here's the sequel :)


milkforbonerhealth said...

hey you look familiar. aren't you the guy who gave a manila tour to anthony bourdain? or was it janet hsieh? or andrew zimmern? uh, bobby chinn?

must've been janet hsieh. parang you mentioned yung colors ng candles sa quiapo church depended on what you were praying for? was that you?

Jose Rizal II said...


What's wrong with the stuff Richard Halloran said?


James Fallows said...

Well I'll be...

What I said 22 years ago just still happens to be true. No amount of sugar-coating and twisting the goldang facts ain't going to change it: The Philippines still stinks big time!

I, James Fallows, said it.

Claire Danes said it.

Richard Halloran said it.

And all honest people - Filipino or Foreign - say it all the time.

Only DISHONEST shits like Celdran and all you buggers who can't take the truth keep whining about us telling it as it goldang is!


Eat your hearts out, you ass-whipped, onion-skinned basterds!

We swore to tell the truth, the whole raw and uncensored truth and nothin'' but the goldang truth, so the Devil help y'all, you hypersensitive vermin!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Fallows,
That's pretty much dead on. I just read your article written more than 20 years ago. Not much has changed.

So what is the solution? Many have been written about the problems and the different angles by you, future writers and even the writers way before you. It's always "what is wrong, what is wrong, what is wrong." So what is the solution? If the culture is so entrenched, how do you eradicate? What is a realistic solution? A bloody revolution?

pinoyworldtraveller said...

[comment 1 of 2]

I've read both articles, the one from Mr. Halloran and the other from Mr. Fallows, and I can say they are well written. Some details may have been incorrect, as these are 2nd degree facts, while other items quoted are merely opinions, from Filipinos and otherwise, who had been in the country long enough to voice out something valid. Opinions for someone who actually experienced something, whether only seeing a few angles, can still be valid.

I am a proud Filipino. I've travelled most of the country, and have taken beautiful photographs of the country. Now I'm travelling the world, to take more photographs, and continue my passion for travel, people, and culture. I am also an admirer of Mr. Celdran, and had been to one of his tours with foreigner friends, which we all enjoyed. I admire his passion.

But there's something really wrong about how most Filipinos react to news like these, whether it is from a line of a character in a TV series, or a Chinese journalist calling us maids. I'm sure these items were written or said based on something. Something factual, something real. One of the scriptwriters of Desperate Housewives may have had a bad experience with a Filipino doctor or nurse, or it’s also possible that he chose the nationality randomly, in writing the script. Whatever made him write that, it’s still 100% fiction, so why do we react so much? Filipino maids flock certain parks in Hong Kong during weekends, that a person of any nationality, journalist or not, would really notice it. We can’t deny this huge statistic.

The image the country is projecting is very real. Yes we are a nation of maids, seamen, and caregivers. Yes, many Filipinos, appear in every version of Idol in many countries. Yes, some nations sometimes find our fondness for American pop culture laughable. And yes, the country is dying of corruption.

But all these are dictated by our history. The 300 years of Spanish colony may have made this country insecure. The 40 years of American colony made us adore MTV and Britney Spears. Our sad history made us pleasant, hospitable, and hardworking (oftentimes for money), which probably made us good maids and nurses. What we’ve become, all our values, belief systems, crab mentality, and general perspective, resulted from our history.

There is however one thing I can’t explain with the Filipino. For some reason, and this is just an opinion, an average Filipino would prefer the easy way out. The rich would want to stay rich, by hook or by crook, because it’s the easy way to live. The brilliant, who want to live easily, would rather move to California or Sydney, because they’re well paid and they’re qualified for better jobs. The poor, dreams to be the next Starstruck or Pinoy Big Brother celebrity, and would line up for Wowowee, because it’s the easy way out of poverty. And many Filipinos, rich or poor, brilliant or not, would choose to play dirty politics and disguise their acts as service, because it’s the easy way to comfort, money, and/or power.

Nationalism has become so shallow, felt only in Facebook updates during a typhoon (but when a stronger typhoon hit North Luzon after Metro Manila, these kids stopped becoming “nationalistic”), probably because they only feel this when they see a river over Katipunan or Taft in front of their universities or seeing Christine Reyes on her roof. Or when Manny Pacquaio wins a fight, everyone cries nationalism. But it should be more than that.

I’m sure some leaders in the country today, are as intelligent as the people who commented above, whether agreeing or disagreeing to the articles. But thing is, in this country’s world of politics, brilliant or not, sincere or not, they get corrupted once they enter the system. Because, in the long run, they always choose the easy way out. [to be continued]

pinoyworldtraveller said...

[comment 2 of 2]

I’m still very proud as a Filipino. We’re one of the happiest people, who can even laugh at ourselves. We have some of the greatest beaches and dive sites in the world. And many people from around the world, consider the Filipino people to be the most pleasant and best to work with. But it’s sad that while all these are true, the core of our nation, is dying. I personally don’t think it’s a time for reevaluation or revolution. History made us this way, and I’ve accepted it a long time ago, and maybe this is my personal version of the easy way out.

If X is a country that smells curry because of their diet, and if nationality Y is loud, arrogant, and thinks he's the smartest in the lot because of its economic status, and if Z has people which are boring and strict because of its strong military history, maybe it can also be said that the Philippines is a country of talented and pleasant people, ruled by corrupt leaders. I can accept that any day.

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beektur said...

Come on, Carlos. Take away the byline and replace it with Condrado de Quiros'. Would the content make you react differently?

I have always admired your work for Manila and Pinas and your effort to create a better image of them -- against great odds. I still do. (I even got some items from your shop when I visited Intramuros last June -- two hours after entering the wrong gate of the walled city and having gotten lost through open sewage, shanties, barefooted children, shirtless drunks and turo-turo owners throwing into the garbage-filled street the water with which they wash their dishes.) So to turn away our ears from the truth just because an outsider said it does not do us any good.

Anonymous said...

Why are you booing Carlos? Let's face the fact...

Actually, the writer of the article put it mildly, if you'll ask me.

I'll say it again, Let us be proud of our BANANA REPUBLIC heritage.

Nothing wrong being a Banana Republic... in the likes of Jamaica, Guinea, Nigeria or Russia for that matter.


kay_bu said...

This guy had one thesis and it is "The Philippines is hell on earth," and then proceeded to cut and paste from various sources to prove his point.

I'm just saying that instead of taking it lying down...

We fight it not by closing our eyes, but by standing up for ourselves and finding solutions to our problems defined by us, by our own parameters.

I salute Carlos Celdran for saying "Enough!" to these foreign naysayers on the Philippines who keep on stating the obvious without the benefit of in-depth research. Quoting people and paraphrasing other people's research to fit your own thesis is not in-depth research.

Our people need to see that we are capable of greatness, by showing them that we are not inherently indolent and there is nothing inherently wrong with our core values. Our values and collective self esteem have been miscontrued and distorted according to Western standards for far too long. And this has been taught to generations of Filipinos who now believe that we are somehow inferior to other nations.

Philippine history has evolved in recent decades and so has Sikolohiyang Pilipino. They paint a more holistic view of us as a nation and who we are as Filipinos. Cascading these new more holistic themes, findings, and narratives of the Philippines and the Filipino to the basic educational sectors is the first step in reclaiming our proud heritage.

There is nothing wrong with saying, we, the Philippines and the Filipinos, are worthy of respect. We are just as good as the rest of you!

I'm just saying let's focus on finding solutions and rebuilding the Filipino after decades and centuries of damage done to our collective self-esteem. Let's say enough! Stop trash-talking us and help if you can. Let us continue our efforts at nation-building. Find ways to rally others behind this cause of nation-building. Much has to be done. First, we must make everyone realize we deserve a better Philippines.

carlosceldran said...

Thank you, Kay_bu

So I say to the people freaking out on my blog. I REFUSE to believe the Philippines is mired in misery & corrupt to the core.

So pffth! Che.

Yeah, I'm juvenile. I know it.

iFoodTrip said...

This report is very one sided.

Anonymous said...

Guys, guys, guys!

YES, the Philippines is in dire need of change. Corruption is rampant and governance is weak.

please, please, please...what we are debating about here is his EXAGGERATED view of the situation of the country. He made it seem that we are in total CHAOS. That the rebels roam around freely with guns and terrorize people. That they have grounded our businesses and our transportation and communication systems to a halt. Which is NOT the case. Heck, we all go to school and work, businesses are open, so is public transportation and communication systems.

If you were a foreigner and you come upon this piece of article, would you still go here? If you were the typical "imperialistic" and ignorant First World citizen, you would come to the conclusion that the Philippines is totally ravaged by war, ruled by rebels.

Its not a matter of being thin-skinned, its a matter of knowing the facts and portraying it in a factual manner.

JENNIFER (and all the other haters out there with poor analytical skills), if you would just open your eyes and read properly, no one is correcting his view about corruption and poor governance because we all bloody agree with him on those points. Those are our weakness as a country. But what everyone is incensed about are his points on NPA, Abu Sayaff and the other militant / terrorist rebel groups and their implied "reign of terror." Loads of Bull!

carlosceldran said...

EXACTLY!! I don't know what his agenda was by portraying us like a collapsed society. We are sooo far from that. It's a shame some fellow Filipinos don't see that and agree with this douchebag wholeheartedly.


carlosceldran said...

Beektur, I am not a blind fan of Conrado de Quiros either. I would be just as critical of him if he pushes out badly researched biased bullshit like this article.

Hope you read some of the other comments and now see where my indignance is coming from.

Anonymous said...


Where the hell have you been, Boy? Smoking weed?

Or do your eyes have blinders just like those kalesa-kabayos that you do tours with?

Halloran is just telling it like it is! For you, telling the truth is evil, innit?

Morpheus said...

I see you chose to swallow the blue pill, Carlos.

I understand.

As a functioning tour guide, you're better off blissfully unaware of the sad reality in the country off which you derive your livelihood. If you did acknowledge the terrible truth shown to you by taking the red pill, then each time you deliver your flowery spiels to your tourist customers, you will feel like you're lying to them. That would be wrong, wouldn't it?

Ah, but your big mistake was not in keeping your conscience clean by not having to lie to the tourists. Your big mistake was in disparaging someone reporting unsavory truths and seeking to incite others to do the same so you would feel justified being a much bigger douche. Shame on you.

I do not wish ill of you, Carlos. May your conscience be your guide. Good luck with staying in the matrix.