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Sunday, May 31, 2009



To All Filipino Overseas Workers (OFW'S):

The Financial Analyst of World Bank would like to inform each and everyone of you that the present currency exchange rate of US Dollar to Peso is actually $1 = 52 Pesos. Your government is manipulating the exchange rate for some years now. It is very much improbable and impossible that the Philippine Peso is appreciating compare to Euro, British Pound, Rials, and any other foreign currency. Even your ASEAN neighboring countries are suffering from the Global Crisis. Singapore, a developed country is affected by depreciation of their currency what more of your country?

We admire you for your hard work but we also pity you for having such a very corrupt government that is taking advantage of your hard earned money.

The ARROYO ADMINISTRATION is blatantly milking each and every OFW's all over the world of billions of pesos for its own greedy, selfish ends. Investigations reveal that this milked money from OFWs will be spent to BRIBE not only PGMA's pet COCODILES in CONGRESS but some in the SENATE as well for her to PERPETUATE IN POWER BEYOND 2010. The rest would be deposited to the family's SECRET ACCOUNT in Switzerland.

Another money-making scheme is the LOTTERY DRAWS.. Filipinos should be aware that all LOTTO DRAWS are orchestrated, and big money goes to the two sons of the lady president. Recent example is the SUPER LOTTO 6/49 draw, where supposedly two individuals from Luzon won. Do you know WHO these individuals are? It's Mikey and Datu, who else? One might ask how could the draw be rigged when it is being televised in front of millions of viewers. The answer is simple. As you all know, all bet combinations are being entered into PCSO's main data base as it is on-line, therefore, it is easy to determine which combinations were NOT betted upon.

If they want to raise big money, no winners will be declared until the JACKPOT reaches sky-high because they could dictate the outcome at will. When it's "HARVEST TIME", viola, there would be "winner or winners" and the process repeats all over again. One might ask how this is being done. One insider told our investigators that actually the "DRAWN BALLS", six balls to be exact, are the only set which could fit into the transparent tube which sucks the balls up. All others are slightly bigger than the diameter of the tube which could not be distinguished by the viewers, therefore, there's no way they could be drawn!

You Filipinos are being skinned alive, fried in your own fat and lard by your own government. Do
you ever wonder why president-elect BARACK OBAMA, avoids your president like a stinking leper?

-World Bank-


Saturday, May 30, 2009



Virgilio Esguerra showed us that the rank of Supreme Commander, KGCR, doesn't exempt one from committing shameful mistakes, even giving him the famous tag of Mr Incompetent, if not Mr Lame! (Tamerlane a.k.a. Temur the Lame brought fear, but Esguerra the Lame brings perhaps a good laugh!)

It's not in Lazir's job description to do what he did, but since KOR leadership is amisss/remiss, he takes it as his duty as a world citizen to do what is right: praise the worthy and condemn the wrongdoer, whoever they are! That is true Rizalism, not pushing impostors to the front and loading them with sashes, trinkets, titles, ranks, positions!

To again quote Esguerra, the current KOR Supreme Commander, such acts are "NAKAKAHIYA!" (Esguerra and Lazir agree on the same word even! But Lazir condemns those that incompetent Esguerra wrongly promoted...the inept and the undeserving! ...for that is NOT something to be proud of. He named Paras European Commander, one guy who can't even explain what the KOR symbols mean, who replied to the one asking by saying, "Look in the Manual!" Where in the Manual do we see an explanation on the KOR symbol?)

There ought to be a level playing field, where research, good deeds and hard work are rewarded...in the KOR! Foul it is to exalt the greedy, the fake and the liar not one holding Supreme Commander rank (nor General of an Army) can justify. Fouler even if backed-up by a Council of Elders member, whatever his stature (5x Supreme Commander?), his name (Quiambao?), his profession (lawyer?)!

Rizalism is universal, seeks truth/justice, encourages free exchanges of ideas among all women/men, Rizalian Knights or not, young and old, fair skin or yellow or brown or black, etc.!

(Lazir still asks why Manila KOR doesn't allow women to become members, while IFKOR does???!, when Dr Jose Rizal himself surely would push for membership of responsible, honorable, worthy women in the KOR! Just take Dr Rizal's Letter to the women of Malolos, giving them valuable support/encouragement to do what is right and just!)

Going back to your initiative, you're doing a great, exciting, challenging, honorable JOB Sir Joe!

IFKOR, Rizalism, KOR, needs more men with your caliber!

For country and people!


P.S. - No high honcho can STOP the propagation of Dr Jose Rizal's ideas, ideals, principles and teachings, as long as there are Knights/individuals willing to protect the legacy of the national hero!

KOR membership may be sweet, but TRUTH more! (re-phrasing Jun Lozada upon his impending arrest!)

Thursday, May 28, 2009


By Michaela P. del Callar

A United Nations official yesterday said there is an urgent need to raise awareness among Filipinos on the need to bring to "zero level" the problem of corruption which remains a serious problem in the country.

Renaud Meyer, Country Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), stressed that the whole country must be more vigilant against corruption following allegations that it has reached the highest levels of government.

"Corruption as a principle... is an infringement to human rights. It's one of the strongest impediments that hinders the fight against poverty. So it's no, no, no to corruption. That will be the first message and the second message is zero tolerance," Meyer said at the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCaC) Summit in Manila.

Meyer warned that the weak justice system, weak prosecution and lack of convictions would erode public trust and confidence in the government and its institutions.

He noted that the most important danger is when individual Filipinos start accepting corruption as a natural thing.

"We really need all of us to prevent this from happening because if this happens then it's going to be much more difficult to fight corruption," the UN official said.

Over the years, long-standing problems on corruption in the Philippines, poor governance, unsound business policies and weak rule of law, have kept foreign investors at bay.

Even more disappointing is the fact that the Philippines' development performance over the past years has been less impressive compared to neighboring states in the region as billions of pesos intended for development projects go to corruption.

In January this year, the World Bank, one of the leading financial donors to the Philippines , blacklisted seven companies-three Filipino and four Chinese-involved in road projects after an investigation found evidence of bid-rigging.

In the probe conducted by the WB, three witnesses, including a Japanese contractor, alleged that presidential spouse Jose Miguel Arroyo and other top government officials were involved in the anomaly.

Mr. Arroyo, who had been linked several times to other corruption scandals in the government, denied any wrong-doing and refused to attend Senate investigations on the $330-million construction project.

"I think it's very important that young Filipinos still have trust in the leaders of the country, still have trust in the institutions of the country, still have trust in the systems that are running the country," Meyer said.

"If they lose this trust, then you know we're losing 65 percent of the population and their commitment to make the Philippines a better country for themselves. It's a very serious trust issue and corruption is a challenge that really hurts and has the potential to undermine this trust among the people," he added.


...and we know who to thank for, especially in the KOR!

What is troubling even is the fact that Lazir, trying to fight it, gets the blame (writing style, harsh words)! Since there's no "magic formula" fighting such a monster as corruption, anything should be encouraged, not the other way around!

What's wrong with calling one corrupt, incompetent, lame, if TRUE, PROVEN? Weren't the reasons enumerated validly and logically?

Alcoba's language is not appropriate because Sir Peter Eisele has no extra HOLE in the head, other than same seven (7) holes that Alcoba also has: 2 eyes, 2 nostrils, a mouth, 2 ears!

Lazir sees identifying names as effective, for now!

KOR Europe problems cropped up, after Paras rose to power! Evidence might not be there to pin Quiambao as backer or pusher, but if Quiambao was SC when Paras got KGOR in Florida, then the blame goes to Quiambao!

Petition signed by Nollas and that lying priest Apollo de Guzman were addressed to Quiambao! Alone, Paras is not the type who can move anything!

Remember that Paras lost the dialogue with Belgian Knights, 2003, Phil Embassy-Brussels, about the INVALID elections?

But when Quiambao reportedly "showed-up" in Brussels (?), Paras and his ilk got their BRAND NEW KOR Chapter, in a span of more or less two days!, even holding their "famous" OATH-TAKING?

Sorry to keep repeating these: Quiambao is CORRUPT, Esguerra lame and incompetent and their Rizalism FAKE!

This applies as well to their appointed officials worldwide, including Guansing & Plueckebaum!

They might hold power for now, but it won't last forever!

The fight vs. corruption goes on!

For country and people!




Saturday, May 23, 2009


Govt beholden to very few who hold RP wealth
By Dennis Jay Santos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:28:00 05/17/2009

DAVAO CITY, Philippines. The Philippines remains in the control of oligarchs because the government is beholden to them, according to Chief Justice Reynato Puno.

If you look at the wealth of the country, [you will see that] the control is in the hands of very few people, Puno said on Friday evening at the launch of the Moral Force Movement.

Because the government also remains beholden to those who control the wealth of the nation, a system that can help Filipinos move forward is not possible, said the Chief Justice, who has been campaigning for national moral recovery.

If you have that kind of predicament, we will never have a healthy democratic system. The rich are very few and the poor are the multitude, he said.

Puno named the fundamental problems afflicting the country as the lack of morality, the weakness of our ethics, the problem of inequitable distribution of wealth, the problem of poverty and the problem of peace and order.

All these problems [amount to] weakness of values, he said, adding that these were the issues on which the Moral Force Movement was focused.

Puno stressed that the movement was apolitical.

This movement will not endorse anybody, he said in reference to those preparing to run in the 2010 elections.

He said, however, that it might coalesce with other movements that had similar objectives.

Corruption in govt

Puno said the next president of the country should rid the government of corruption and address the problem of poverty.

The middle class should be strengthened because it is the backbone of democracy, he said.

If not, he said, we will have a synthetic democracy.

While government officials should move the country forward, the Filipino people should help strengthen the moral fiber that would uplift the country, the Chief Justice said.

He called on government regulators to exercise autonomy and not surrender their freedom of decision to the dictates of the oligarchs.

Otherwise, we will have a few oligarchs running the country, [with] so many impoverished, he said.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Why the Arroyo Family and Its Rasputins Will Meet General Noriega’s Fate

Written by Bobby Reyes
Monday, 18 May 2009 10:46

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband, the First Gentleman, and their Rasputins will eventually meet the fate of Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega for the same reasons. Like General Noriega, the Arroyos and their favorite Filipino generals have been looting the Philippine treasury, controlling the illegal gambling-and-drug syndicates, racketeering and money laundering.

The United States government has documented the illegal diversion (to the Arroyos’ and Filipino generals’ pockets) of the American economic-and-military aid that it has given the Philippines. Especially after the collapse of the Lehman Brothers and the near-bankruptcy of the American Insurance Group (AIG), federal treasury officials have obtained documentation of the money laundering that the Arroyo Family has been doing. The Arroyos invested hundreds of millions of dollars in both companies. This is the reason First Gentleman Mike Arroyo cannot now set foot in any American territory as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will immediately take him into custody.

President Arroyo actually faces the fate of Saddam Hussein or Manuel Noriega. Either way, her fate and those of her ilk and kin is sealed. It is only a question of time before she and her corrupt entourage will be arrested and tried in the United States. This is the reason almost all of the Filipino traditional politicians will abandon Mrs. Arroyo and Company to their fate, just like the way rats abandon a sinking ship.

Recent accounts of the theft of American military aid have surfaced in some of the major newspapers of the Philippines. American funds destined for joint military exercises have been stolen allegedly by corrupt generals, who would never have done so without the apparent connivance of the First Family.

To read more about the corruption that the Arroyo Family and its Rasputins have been doing, please read again these reports:

President Arroyo’s Dwindling Days of Swine and Roses

Moral Midgets and Delirious Dwarfs Continue to Rule the Philippines

Rebelyn’s Murder Proves that Gloria Arroyo Is No Different from Saddam Hussein

The Arroyo “Czarzuela” Is Actually a De-facto Military Junta

It Is Time for Filipino Americans to Stop Playing “Mr. Nice Guy”

Poor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Mike Arroyo, their sons and Rasputins. Once a new Philippine President is elected next year, the incoming Dispensation may simply turn them over to the American federal authorities for trial a la General Noriega. This is why President Arroyo will exhaust all avenues to remain in power, as she knows her and her family’s fate. But the United States will never allow the Arroyos and their Rasputins to flee to a country that does not have any extradition treaty with the Philippines and/or the United States.

This writer was the first Filipino journalist to report that President Arroyo’s full-blooded brother, Diosdado Macapagal, Jr., has immigrated to Canada. Why would a brother of an incumbent Filipino President would want to move to a foreign country? And why Canada? Because Canada does not extradite criminals who flee to its territories. You can read more of this report in this hyperlink: The Filipino First Family Prepares to Move Allegedly to Toronto, Canada

If readers are not yet familiar with General Noriega, here are some data about him:

Manuel Antonio Noriega (born February 11 1934)[1] is a former general and the military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989.[2] He was never officially the President of Panama, but held the post of "chief executive officer" for a brief period in 1989. The 1989 invasion of Panama by the United States removed him from power; he was captured, detained as a prisoner of war, and flown to the U.S.[not specific enough to verify]. Noriega was tried on eight counts of drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering in April 1992. Noriega's US prison sentence ended in September 2007;[3] pending the outcome of extradition requests by both Panama and France, he remains in prison as of May 2009.

Source: Manuel Noriega - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Noriega


A Filipino Applies for a Job at Wal-Mart. An office manager at Wal-Mart was given the task of hiring an individual to fill a job opening. After sorting through a stack of resumes he found four people who were equally qualified - an American, a Russian, an Australian and a Filipino. He decided to call the four in and ask them only one question. Their answers would determine which of them would get the job. The day came and as the four sat around the conference room table.

Manager: "What is the fastest thing you know of?"

Dave (American): "A THOUGHT. It just pops into your head. There's no warning that it's on the way; it's just there. A thought is the fastest thing I know of."

Manager: "That's very good! And now you sir?" he asked Vladimir, the Russian.

Vladimir (Russian) "Hmm.... let me see. A BLINK! It comes and goes and you don't know that it ever happened. A BLINK is the fastest thing I know of."

Manager: "Excellent! The blink of an eye, that's a very popular cliche for speed."

He then turned to George, the Australian who was contemplating his reply.

George (Australian): "Well, out at my dad's ranch, you step out of the house and on the wall there's a light switch. When you flip that switch, way out across the pasture the light in the barn comes on.
Yep, TURNING ON A LIGHT is the fastest thing I can think of.

The interviewer was very impressed with the third answer and thought he had found his man. "It's hard to beat the speed of light" he said. Turning to Eleuterio, the Filipino, the fourth and final man, the interviewer posed the same question.

Eleuterio replied, "Apter herring da 3 frevyos ansers serr, et's obyus to me dat da pastest ting known is Diarrhea."

"WHAT!?" said the interviewer, stunned by the response.

"O I can expleyn serr." said Eleuterio. "YOU SEE SERR, DA odderday I wasn't peeling so good and I ran soo past to da CR or batroom. But, bipor I could THINK, BLINK, or TURN ON DA LIGHT, ay 'tang ina, I already had a poo-poo in my pants.

Eleuterio is now the new "Greeter" at Wal-Mart.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


I had been following the Lazir case and all the issues around it. BTW, it has been a while since my last email to you which up to today remains unanswered. Your response is eagerly awaited.

As things seems to people who are interested in the KOR Manila issue, it is obvious that when there is smoke, there must be fire.

My unsolicited observation for whatever it is worth:
1. "You" are trying to shame people who are shameless so logically the objective will not be realized;
2. Again "you" are fighting people with no conscience (seems like), so conscience is not the best tool to use;
3. "You" are fighting an adversary who is also your police, judge and jury. Outcome
is obvious.

Many comments put forward regarding this issue (coming from both outside and in the Philippines) and here they are (truth hurts sometimes) solicited by me:
1. They do not like the piano player for reasons of their own ( justified or not. I do not want to elaborate on this but each of "you" knows "your" weaknesses and should look inwards);
2. They do not like the way it is being handled e.g. long harangues, disjointed arguments, etc etc.;
3. KOR and the Philippine issue in general are 2 distinct separate issues and should be handled as such;
4. The MAJORITY of KOR members are IGNORANT of the issues;
5. This is old issue and we should move forward;
6. This email campaign is a nuisance to many and do not even open them.. Most mark them as spam mail;
7. Demands from "you" are too confrontational e.g. public apologies, time limits on replies, ab infinitum;

Many more comments but perhaps these are most relevant.

Mr Ver Amante, Scarborough Chapter, came up with one of the best solutions to the problem. His own words "I am calling all the membership specially members who resides in the Philippines, to evaluate the situation of their own local chapters.and decide what to do either
* withhold membership fee.
* organise a protest group to make sure that they are being heard by the supremo and cohurts.
* start a new chapter and join IFKOR where being a member makes a difference you do not have to be KGCR/KGOR to be heard."

Mr. B. also suggests "We will love to hear more from the rank and file - more on how we can "shake the legs" of those concerned in Manila. Waiting.... B."

But all these cries, as far as I know, is only being heard in the "home court" of the adversary.

May I suggest:
1. Gather all pertinent documentary evidence regarding the accusations;
2. Consult a lawyer where ever "you" or in the Philippines as to the legal ramifications and what legal actions can be taken on each accusation;
3. Get out of the "home" court and go public e.g. Philippine press, more exposure to other chapters abroad and in the Philippines, publish the accusations and supporting documents in the Laong laan forum or anywhere willing.
4. Manny Pacquiao does not "telegraph" his punch.

Most important, as Rizal advocated, is EDUCATE the masses.

Only then will "you" have a fair chance of achieving what "you" are fighting for.

Tall order it is, but necessary or you will be just spinning "your" wheels. When the general public sees "your" seriousness and the logical coherent way "you" are handling the issues, as Mr Barcelona says "they will come out of the woodwork" and join you openly. Otherwise, they will remain silent.

But they first HAVE to be EDUCATED about the issues.

Unwelcome comments, but here they are.

I will gladly share my experience in conflict "resolution" and my 2 cents worth.

Sir G

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


was rizal gay?

Filipino historians, particularly those who take pride in their machismo, would perhap cringe. Jose Rizal is, after all, the pride of the Malay race. His writings against colonial rule sparked the revolution against the spaniards and galvanized the imagination of an otherwise fragmented nation.

Was he gay? The article by Ambeth Ocampo does not really make such a conclusion, but it raises questions on Rizal’s sexuality. Conservative Filipinos would rather de-sexualize the image of Rizal, but would not refuse to grin everytime they talk about Rizal the womanizer. But gay? Never.

My two-cents: it doesn’t really matter. so what if our national hero was gay? it’s no big deal. go back to your bible and your business of proselytizing. ban idiotic movies that you believe threaten our moral foundation (news flash: the greatest threat to your dogma isn’t dan brown, it is your destructive and divisive sectarianism. please give a little respect to our intelligence). run after drug stores and NGOs that still sell abortifacients like condoms.

in the meantime, it is our moment to grin.

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27 Responses to “was rizal gay?”

  1. ederic Says:

    Naalala ko pa noong PI 100 class namin, tuwing mababanggit ang pangalan ni Prof. Blumentritt, nagu-uyyyy ang klase. Mga pilyo’t pilyang bata. Hehe.

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  2. doggone dong Says:

    Eureka. Don lang pala sa “Naked Protest II” entry ni Gari ko makikita ang blog mo ha.

    Thank you, you made me catch up with that revealing article by Ambeth O. I think there’s no big deal whether Rizal was gay or not, given some analytic points cited by the author. I just can’t help ask myself: “Kaya pala “Sweet Nothings” ang tawag sa bolahan nila ni Leonor (tama ba ang pangalan?), e dahil nambobola lang talaga si Pepe? At kaya ba ayaw ni Rizal na mag-revolution ay dahil takot sya sa dugo?” Ha ha ha. (Joke lang ha. Nang-i-stereotype lang ako. He he.)

    Seriously, I still give Rizal the credit for installing positive values on us Filipinos, whether he was gay or not.

    My two cents.

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  3. Oliver! Says:

    Hi Jonas… I like this post, thanks for providing the link to Ambeth’s article…

    Yup I still remember the TLF back in Leon Guinto… Can you give me the website address of TLF (the new one, if there’s any)… I’ve been staying here in Baguio City since Sept last year so medyo wala nang contact with a lot of people in Manila.

    Anyway, if you don’t mind, please change the URL for “Oliver Twist”, this is my new web address http://www.orangeinapod.co.nr
    I’m coming up with a weekly podcast talk show there… I’ll be uploading the first episode anytime soon… I’ll keep you posted.

    Keep in touch as well.

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  4. bri Says:

    this comment is totally unrelated to your post. pero jonas…update ka na ng site ;p three months na o.

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  5. southdude Says:

    I like what you wrote: (news flash: the greatest threat to your dogma isn’t dan brown, it is your destructive and divisive sectarianism.)

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  6. lourd_jack Says:

    thanks for giving you point of view regarding the masculinity issue of rizal…

    it helps me a lot in doing my concept paper.

    by the way im jack a nursing student in uphs-gma

    im proud to be a bi

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  8. gian Says:

    asa ka namang bi ka..sus..di porket nakabasa ka ng tsismis na bading si rizal, magtatatalon ka na jan sa kinalalagyan mo’t magiging proud kang bading..sus!

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  9. gLendz Says:

    di naman ata bading si rizal noh! nagkataon lang na naging close sila ni blumentritt.

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  10. Kenneth Says:

    Uhmmm… Hidden desire lang kay blumentrit?

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  11. eibro Says:

    uh-huh!.. hehe… wag ganun… di namn cguro…:p

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  12. max Says:

    he was a deist meaning he does not believe in the judeo-christian concept of god. that important detail is being neglected, and has come so far as him portrayed carrying the catholic rosary during his execution is just outright pissing on his grave, and pissing on one of the country’s greatest heroes.

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  13. max Says:

    as for his sexual orientation, has then been emprical evidence to suggest that he was?

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  14. chase Says:

    oh he is gay..
    or maybe some gay tendencies.. whatever that is.. hehe

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  15. chanchan Says:

    rizal’s not gay… he is bisexual… harharhar

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  16. mark Says:

    is it true that our philippine national hero, Dr. jose rizal a gay??


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  17. mark Says:

    jowker k tlga..


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  18. mark Says:




    national hero..

    who are responsble
    of doing this

    —the anti rizal…dUhh!!!

    shUt up
    la na kau
    mgwa sa





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  19. Mikey Says:

    Mga Gunggong !!!!

    Who cares if Rizal was gay?

    Grow up people.

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  20. Angelica Says:

    just stop this stupid issues ok??

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  21. fullman Says:

    i never expected this entry would generate varying levels of agitation, but really, what is so repugnant with the possibility that Rizal was gay? Even Plato, whose ideas contributed to our notions of democracy, equality and sovereignty, had trysts with younger men.

    I happen to admire Rizal, a true Filipino who exemplified an unparalleled sense of integrity, honor and dignity. If he was gay, so what? The possibility does not diminish his heroism at all.


    P.S. this entry is generating a lot of hits, and i think most of them are from students who were told to write a paper on Rizal. If this is the case, don’t see your homework as an imposition, but an attempt - a quest, if you like - to know your own country through the life and works of Rizal. Read his books, too. And the point is, no matter what you think of Rizal and his sexuality, add a little rigor to your arguments.

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  22. crizh Says:

    ..wel yun dn sbi ng prof nmin..

    .. isa xang bi..

    .. oo nga, anu nman kung bi xa..


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  23. phyreman Says:

    bading si rizal,,,,,,, i mean bi sya tlg kasi he admire guy than girls…., in the book of work of jose rizal he never admire a girl personaly only physicali, but ung mga papa nya like blumentrit, super tlg ang admiraxon nya….

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  24. jeny Says:

    ……………harharhar………hala 2od kmu gay c rizal????????????????

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  25. Kai Says:

    No matter what the sexuality of a person but the important is he is doing his best for his country. If Rizal is a gay! so what? no big deal! No matter what he is, he is already our national hero. If you see yourself you are a macho man so be it! But you cannot match yourself to our national hero. If you are a macho do your best to help your country.

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  26. Kai Says:

    Nice topic!

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  27. tifa Says:

    is it true..??well i don’t care if it is true or not…

    ang mhalaga he is a nation pride and

    he died to save our country…

    and that’s a remarkable sacrifices

    and well enough 2 call him as a


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"Not only is Rizal the most prominent man of his own people but the greatest man the Malayan race has produced." - Ferdinand Blumentritt, 1897.

On December 31, 1896 in the grounds of Luneta Manila, Spanish authorities shot a man. A man who was about to change the course of Philippine history, a man we know today as Jose Rizal. Tomorrow we are once again commemorating the death anniversary of this great man.

What was Jose Rizal’s greatest legacy? Why was he chosen to become our national hero ? For most people they believe that Jose Rizal was rightly chosen to become a national hero because he influenced most of our revolutionary leaders through his writings and example although other people believe that he should only be declared a hero not “The national hero.” Most people believed that Rizal’s greatest legacy is his love for his country as embodied in his writings and the actions that he took.

Yet, today, one might present the argument that Jose Rizal's greatest legacy was in becoming the first of a vast and great multitude of OFWs ~ Overseas Filipino Workers!

Before you scoff at the idea, consider the end of his life. By 1896, the rebellion fomented by the Katipunan, a militant secret society, had become a full blown revolution, proving to be a nationwide uprising and leading to the proclamation of the first democratic republic in Asia. To dissociate himself, Rizal volunteered and was given leave by the Spanish Governor General Ramon Blanco to serve in Cuba to minister to victims of yellow fever. Blanco later was to present his sash and sword to the Rizal family as an apology.

Before he left Dapitan, he issued a manifesto disavowing the revolution and declaring that the Education of Filipinos and their achievement of a national identity were prerequisites to freedom. Rizal was arrested en route, imprisoned in Barcelona, and sent back to Manila to stand trial.

Jose Rizal one of the great OFWs!

In Spain, France Germany and the rest of Europe, the United States, Japan and Hongkong Rizal was an ophthalmologist, sculptor, painter, educator, farmer, historian, inventor, playwright and journalist. Do we not have many Pinoy OFWs who are following in his footsteps in the same occupations and in the same countries?

OCWs (now caled OFWs) are widely depicted as "national heroes," a message that Cory Aquino institutionalized in a 1988 speech to Hong Kong OCWs: "Kayo po ang mga bagong bayani" ("You are the new heroes").

"Our Overseas Contract Workers (now caled OFWs) are the new heroes of the Philippines" --Fidel V. Ramos.
On Earth Day, May 2001, Ramos launched into his own history about how he came to the United States as "one of the first overseas contract workers" (OFWs)

On 12 December 2005, Meeting with the Filipino community in Malaysia at the Saloma Theater and Restaurant here Sunday evening, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said OFWs are "heroes of the new millennium" whose dollar remittances have helped stabilize the Philippine economy.

Not withstanding President Ramos' statement, it is even more obvious that Dr. Jose Rizal was 'one of the first OFWs' long before President Ramos.

It is the goal of OFWs.Net ~~ The OFWs Network ~~ To help our Pinoy and Pinay Heros! That is what this website is dedicated to do!

We love our OFWs!

Source: http://ofws.net/4/

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Ø This was submitted by Lazir to "Munting Nayon" 01 May 2009 as follow-up "Comment" to the announcement on "KABABAIHANG RIZALISTA Inc., Paris Chapter":

Noticed that Ms Bautista can also express herself sensibly addressing her comments/questions to Lady Jane Mushake.

What she writes here is a stark comparison to the derogatory and self-destructive words she e-mailed to honorable and respectable Knights of Dr Jose Rizal: Sir Dennis Barcelona, Sir Ver Amante, Lazir and Laon Laan.

These men are not after meaningless rank, position, power, nor sashes. Theirs is a proud and principled advocacy seeking to help cure the Philippines its deep-rooted ills: Corruption, Patronage politics, Ruined economy, Poverty, Incompetence, Abuse of Power, and many more!

The use of obscene, vulgar words exposes one's disturbed psyche, reflects NEGATIVELY upon writer's character, unprofessionalism as well as lack of valid arguments that ultimately boomerang upon the author, and worse, eventually revealing to the discerning public the degree of decay of the entity she's trying to defend/protect -- it is a carbon copy of a corrupt Philippine government!

Will Ms Bautista also get the usual KGOR rank and sash (or equivalent for the female gender) this coming September 2009 in Prague in the same manner one got these last July 2007 in Paris, France?

Thank you for your prompt, correct, informative reply, Sir Richard! Good job Sir.

Below was Ms Bautista's e-mail dated 19 April 2009 (no changes, except for deleted e-mail addresses). The P64 question: Will Mr Eddie Flores be so kind to grant an exception to MN's written policy and publish all Ms Bautista's words in full, without censorship? Tanong lang po...


From: Darell Bautista <>
Date: 2009/4/19
To: victoria <>, amante <>, pablo <>
Cc: laonlaan <>

Mga Sira-ulo,

Putak kayo ng putak talo pa ninyo ang babaing puta. bakit di ninyo tingnan ang inyong sarili kung anong klaseng tao kayo. Unu-uud na inyong mga utak, sira-ulo kayo.


Sunday, May 3, 2009


"…Previously, the marked limitation in mental capacity shown by the real Malay Filipino was mentioned. Be assured that such a statement is not to be construed as an attempt to belittle the Filipino people, whom I personally like very much. The mental status of a people should be discussed, if all, quite as frankly as should the question of their stature or the color of their hair or eyes, providing the facts can be ascertained as accurately.

In comparing races, there has long been a general impression among Caucasians that the mentality of Malays is decidedly limited, although statements to this effect on the part of Caucasians are usually attributed to their desire to glorify their own exalted mental status, and as blind propaganda against those of dark skin.

From a comparatively incomplete study of the matter, the writer has come to the conclusion that in mental capacity the Malay lies about midway between the Caucasian and the Negro, the Negro being lower, the Caucasian considerably above him. A group of approximately two hundred individuals, practically all students from various departments of the University of the Philippines, and most of whom came from families above the average in the social scale, were examined, using accepted tests for mental standards, and were found to rate less than twelve mental years.

These individuals were either pure Malay stock, or had a comparatively slight mixture of white blood in their veins. All of them had qualified for various courses at the University, and some of them were well advanced at the time the tests were made. Another much larger group, about eight hundred adult "Taos," were also rated and were found to average well below eight mental years. Unfortunately, due to lack of time, the writer had to delegate much of the work to others, but it is believed that the results are approximately correct for the Filipino people. This limitation is exhibited throughout all classes, and where exceptional brilliancy or ability is noted, investigation will nearly always show a considerable percentage of blood other than Malay in the individual's make-up.

The writer personally knows of only four or five individuals of pure Malay blood who have shown real mental capacity, and who have attained commensurate positions. A study of the leaders of the various activities of the islands is in itself strongly confirmatory of these findings. All the outstanding and more clever of the political group, the leaders in political life in the islands, are of mixed blood, usually Spanish and Malay, although a certain number are Chinese Mestizos. Equally, the more competent physicians and surgeons are all of mixed blood, while in the legal profession a considerable mixture of either white or Chinese blood seems to be an absolute essential to success.

Briefly, the Malay apparently was destined by nature to be a "hewer of wood and a drawer of water," and attempts on the part of the educator to elevate him beyond a certain mental plane only result in disappointment and disaster for the poor Malay, who, left more or less to his own devices, is a most likeable individual, quite contented with his status and much happier than when striving for the unattainable.

After all, in spite of the lack of mental capacity, these people have an exceptional amount of mental dignity, and once having been started along any path, educatory or otherwise, will strive indefinitely, though possibly ineffectually, toward that goal..."

Robert W. Hart, 1928

Saturday, May 2, 2009


1). 'Kung hindi mo mahal ang isang tao, wag ka nang magpakita ng motibo para mahalin ka nya..'
2). 'Huwag mong bitawan ang bagay na hindi mo kayang makitang hawak ng iba.'
3). 'Huwag mong hawakan kung alam mong bibitawan mo lang.'Justify Full4). 'Huwag na huwag ka hahawak kapag alam mong may hawak ka na.'
5). 'Parang elevator lang yan eh, bakit mo pagsisiksikan ung sarili mo kung walang pwesto para sayo. Eh meron naman hagdan, ayaw mo lang pansinin.'
6). 'Kung maghihintay ka nang lalandi sayo, walang mangyayari sa buhay mo.. Dapat lumandi ka din.'
7). 'Pag may mahal ka at ayaw sayo, hayaan mo. Malay mo sa mga susunod na araw ayaw mo na din sa kanya, naunahan ka lang.'
8). 'Hiwalayan na kung di ka na masaya. Walang gamot sa tanga kundi pagkukusa.'
9). 'Pag hindi ka mahal ng mahal mo wag ka magreklamo. Kasi may mga tao rin na di mo mahal pero mahal ka.. Kaya quits lang.'
10). 'Kung dalawa ang mahal mo, piliin mo yung pangalawa. Kasi hindi ka naman magmamahal ng iba kung mahal mo talaga yung una.'
11). 'Hindi porke't madalas mong ka-chat, kausap sa telepono, kasama sa mga lakad o ka-text ng wantusawa eh may gusto sayo at magkakatuluyan kayo. Meron lang talagang mga taong sadyang friendly, sweet, flirt, malandi, pa-fall o paasa.'
12). 'Huwag magmadali sa babae o lalaki. Tatlo, lima, sampung taon, mag-iiba ang pamantayan mo at maiisip mong hindi pala tamang pumili ng kapareha dahil lang maganda o nakakalibog ito. Totoong mas mahalaga ang kalooban ng tao higit sa anuman. Sa paglipas ng panahon, maging ang mga crush ng bayan nagmumukha ding pandesal, maniwala ka.'
13). 'Minsan kahit ikaw ang nakaschedule, kailangan mo pa rin maghintay, kasi hindi ikaw ang priority.'
14). 'Mahirap pumapel sa buhay ng tao. Lalo na kung hindi ikaw yung bida sa script na pinili nya.'
15). 'Alam mo ba kung gaano kalayo ang pagitan ng dalawang tao pag nagtalikuran na sila? Kailangan mong libutin ang buong mundo para lang makaharap ulit ang taong tinalikuran mo.'
16). 'Mas mabuting mabigo sa paggawa ng isang bagay kesa magtagumpay sa paggawa ng wala'
17). 'Hindi lahat ng kaya mong intindihin ay katotohan, at hindi lahat ng hindi mo kayang intindihin ay kasinungalingan'
18). 'Kung nagmahal ka ng taong di dapat at nasaktan ka, wag mong sisihin ang puso mo. Tumitibok lng yan para mag-supply ng dugo sa katawan mo. Ngayon, kung magaling ka sa anatomy at ang sisisihin mo naman ay ang hypothalamus mo na kumokontrol ng emotions mo, mali ka pa rin! Bakit? Utang na loob! Wag mong isisi sa body organs mo ang mga sama ng loob mo sa buhay! Tandaan mo: magiging masaya ka lang kung matututo kang tanggapin na hindi ang puso, utak, atay o bituka mo ang may kasalanan sa lahat ng nangyari sayo, kundi IKAW mismo!'
19). 'Pakawalan mo yung mga bagay na nakakasakit sa iyo kahit na pinasasaya ka nito. Wag mong hintayin ang araw na sakit na lang ang nararamdaman mo at iniwan ka na ng kasiyahan mo.'
20). 'Gamitin ang puso para alagaan ang mga taong malalapit sa iyo. Gamitin ang utak para alagaan ang sarili mo.'
21). 'Ang pag-ibig parang imburnal... nakakatakot mahulog... at kapag nahulog ka, it's either by accident or talagang tanga ka..


by JB D. Baylon published May 27, 2008 in Malaya

LAST week I found myself in Madrid on a short visit, for purposes actually of dressing up a Philippine jeep that is in the care of the alcalde of Almonte, Spain, in time for a corporate event on the evening of June 2. Our plans initially were to actually ship a jeepney from Manila – at enormous cost, obviously – but the resourcefulness of the Philippine embassy in Madrid resulted in the discovery that shipping was unnecessary as one already existed on Spanish soil.

I arrived in Madrid on the 28th of May – there were no later flights for less than US$ 4,000 – and thereupon resolved that the first thing I would do as soon as I got over jet lag was visit the Philippine Embassy to say `thank you' to the ambassador and his staff.

The Embassy is located in a quiet district of Madrid, close to the Plaza dela Republica Argentina, and easily reached via the very reliable Madrid Metro. As I mentioned last Monday I was warmly welcomed at the Embassy and it gave me great pride to have seen a diplomatic post eagerly doing what it could to promote the Philippines. Most specially so, I felt, for the one in Madrid, given our historic ties to the host nation.

I felt greater pride when, before leaving, the Embassy's Cultural attaché, Ms. Sarah Salcedo, handed me a brochure titled "Rizal's Madrid" – featuring places of interest in the Spanish capital that played a significant part in the life of our national hero, who lived in Madrid from 1882 to 1885. That's about 120 or so years ago.

To those interested, the brochure lists 11 places of interest, all within walking distance of each other, around which Rizal lived, studied, worked, played, drank, ate, orated, and even flirted. There actually is a 12th point of interest – the replica of the Rizal monument in Rizal Park, Manila, but it is located quite a distance from where the 11 other points are and you'll need to take the Metro and find the Islas Filipinas" station and from there walk up the Avenida de Filipinas to get to the monument at the corner of Santander street.

Other than the monument, what are these places?

The brochure lists seven locations where Rizal lived from September 1882 to 1885. On an allowance of 50 pesos (reduced to 35 pesos due to bad harvests in Calamba), Rizal tried to live a spartan life and, we are told, first chose a house on Calle Amor de Dios, sharing it with a friend from Ateneo de Manila, Vicente Gonzalez, whom he fondly called "Marques de Pagong".

From May to June 1883 Rizal moved into a house on Calle Fernandez y Gonzalez, staying on the third floor, and again sharing it with others – Eduardo de Lete and Ceferino de Leon. They agreed that gambling would be a "no no" in their flat – but everything else must have been fair game.

Rizal also stayed at the residence of Don Pablo Ortiga y Rey at what is now Calle Ventura dela Vega, which was also the headquarters of the Circulo Hispanico Filipino. While the Circulo soon dissolved, in part at Rizal's urging due to lack of sufficient interest among its members, Rizal had other interests in mind in this residence as well. The brochure states that Rizal apparently fell for the daughter of Don Pablo, a young lady named Consuelo, whom he wooed with letters and poems but who apparently eventually chose Rizal's friend and board mate, Eduardo de Lete. That must have made Rizal suffer lonely nights in Madrid.

There also was an address at Calle Gran Via, where Rizal stayed in September of 1883 paying 4 pesetas a day. He didn't stay long at this place and moved again, moving to a flat in Calle del Barquillo which he shared with a Filipino names Esteban Villanueva.

By 1884 Rizal was in another flat along Calle Pizarro, sharing it with Ceferino de Leon and Julio Llorente. It was close to the college where Rizal was studying his philosophy and letters. And it was also here where he started writing the Noli.

His last place of residence was at Calle Cedaceros, sharing it for 15 days again with Ceferino de Leon and Eduardo de Lete. From this residence Rizal was to move to Paris and then Berlin to study ophthalmology, an area of interest of importance to his mother.

Other than these places where Rizal lived, the walking tour will also bring you to places where he studied and socialized. There is the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad de Madrid along Calle Atocha. He also took courses in painting at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, on Calle Alcala. He also took up philosophy and letters at the Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, which has been displaced in its building by the Ministry of Justice. And then there was the Ateneo de Madrid, not an educational institution as I expected but actually a private club for men of letters and science.

Then there are a few more interesting the places, such as the address where La Solidaridad had its office of publication, along Calle Atocha (which, by the way, is the road leading to Madrid's main railroad station); Los Gabrieles, a watering hole where Filipino students met and discussed issues, and which is now a famous venue for flamenco dances; a bar named Viva Madrid on Calle Manuel Fernandez y Gonzalez which was another watering hole; the Hotel Ingles where the Filipinos met to celebrate major occasions – and where President Ramos himself graced the celebration of the centennial of the Philippine revolution, and finally, the Congress of Deputies, then known in Rizal's time as the Las Cortes Españolas, the legislature in which Rizal and company lobbied for the recognition of our rights – specifically for autonomy and equality with Spanish citizens.

While one is always tempted to visit the museums and then the shopping places when in a new place especially in Europe, Madrid provides every Filipino a special attraction – an attraction that should interest all of us as we are who we are today in part because of what Rizal and his fellow "exiles" in Madrid said and did more than a century ago. This is why I believe the effort of the Philippine Embassy in Madrid is so laudable – and once again wish to extend my best wishes to the people who make up that diplomatic post and who I had the privilege of meeting, led by Ambassador Joseph Bernardo, Consul General Celia Anne Feria, cultural attaché Sarah Salcedo, and the Ambassador's assistant Genevieve Balanzat.

Friday, May 1, 2009




is like asking



I956 was a showdown between those who espoused NATIONALISM 
led by  Don Claro M. Recto and Sen, Jose P. Laurel in one corner and 
those who fervently opposed it in the name of RELIGIOUS FREEDOM 
personified by Senators Francisco “soc” Rodrigo, Mariano Jesus 
Cuenco and Decoroso Rosales. By the way, “Soc” is not short for 
Socrates but “SOLDIER OF CHRIST”. Each camp mobilized all-out 
resources to outwit each other as they engaged in all-out public 
relations propaganda.  
According to an article written by George Fabros of the University of the 
Philippines, there was a strong contingent from "The Knights of 
Columbus","The Catholic Action of the of the Philippines",
 "Congregation of Missions of the Philippines,"The Catholic 
Teachers Guild" and other Catholic groups, who trooped to 
Congress lobbying  to defeat the bill. 
In the same article, Fabros listed the organizations who threw 
active and solid support behind Recto and Laurel that include "The 
Spirit of 1896",  ‘Alagad Ni Rizal’, ‘Freemasons’ and 'Booklovers Society’. '
WOW! SOMETHING IS WRONG! Could it a mistake? So where were the 
Try figuring out! To invoke and say that because we are non-religious 
and non- partisan organization still makes no sense and still so 
shallow for an excuse! 
YES, after long sessions and "show downs" finally, the Rizal Bill was 
approved on June 12, 1956 and became Republic Act 1425 known as 
the Rizal Law.  
Jose Sison Luzadas, KGOR

Scarborough Chapter