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Pakiusap lang October 1, 2011

Posted by quiapo in Musings / Random Thoughts.

I’ve been reading the reactions to the DPWH photoshop scandal on various sites and I’m kinda disheartened every time I read a reaction that they’re ashamed of the Philippines and/or of being Filipino due to this incident.

Yes, the one who photoshopped the pic was a Filipino, the one that posted the pic in fb is a Filipino, the three DPWH officials in the photo are Filipinos, and the DPWH is an agency of the Philippine Government.

But these are just how many people? Some seem to forget that aside from those guys, there are also other Filipinos. I am a Filipino, a proud one at that. My family and friends that first spread word that the DPWH tried to use photoshopped pics “para magpa-pogi” are also all Filipinos. Tunaynalalake (TNL), the first major blog to repost the issue, link to my blog, and has been very instrumental in spreading the issue, is also managed by Filipinos. All the other bloggers, twitter, tumblr, plurk, fb users that reacted and reposted the photoshopped pics, guys like Jim Ayson, they’re all Filipinos. All the ones reacting here in my blog, angry at the DPWH and demanding an explanation, they’re all Filipinos. All the ones currently raging on DPWH’s FB page are Filipinos. The creative people that post their ‘shopped pics of the DPWH officials in DPWHERE are all Filipinos. Everyone offended by what the DPWH did are Filipinos. And most importantly, The ones that are currently trying to put those responsible to task, and whose collective voices are demanding and expecting more from the government – are Filipinos.

So… please don’t be ashamed of the country and its citizens. There may be a few bad eggs in the batch, but seeing the reactions here and all over the internet, you should actually be proud to be Filipino, because we will not let the government treat us like fools again.



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2. baonkobento - October 2, 2011

Hear hear. It’s the weird thing about some Filipinos: they’re immensely proud of other Filipinos getting international (good) recognition, but they’re also the first to denounce fellow countrymen who failed. It’s pretty sad actually. There’s lots to be proud of being Filipino, and awareness of the bad should lead to promises of self-improvement (at the very least) instead of badmouthing etc.

Great article! More power Pierre!

3. Jen CC Tan - October 2, 2011

i totally agree. one bad apple destroys the entire basket. but NOT ALL pinoys are like that. the others work hard for the upliftment of the country. Hay naku, then that gets erased by stupid people who don’t think. anuba.

4. jared - October 2, 2011

i don’t think its that bad to denounce something like this. It just goes to show that we have a high standard for how we want to be represented and how we represent ourselves.

I also agree that there are a lot of admirable, and hard working Filipinos. We don’t see other nations saying they are ashamed for bad things their people do.

Maybe ashamed was a little harsh.

5. MinnieRunner - October 3, 2011

I love this article. Kapwa tayo taas noo sa pagiging Pilipino!

6. Juan Gabriel E. Eclevia - October 3, 2011

Dapat lang ikahiya yang ginawa nila. Panloloko yan. Opisyal pa naman sila. Dapat bombahin ng puna yan. Dont mind the critics dahil the fact speak for itself, as you pointed out.

quiapo - October 3, 2011

I agree, ikahiya natin sila at yung ginawa nila, pero wag naman sanang ikahiya ang Pilipinas at ang mga Pilipino =)

7. meng - October 6, 2011

Saludo ako diyan Pareng Pierre, TAAS NOO KAHIT KANINO ……..Ahoooooooo.

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