Munimuni #4

Yung ang sarili ang pag-hanapan ng kabutihan para sa iba, at hindi ang iba para sa sarili. That’s one color that adds beauty to the pallet of Christianity.


 Let us not become weary in doing good….
Trust in the Lord and do good

are handy phrases that push mo to never get weary and seek rest from doing good. “There’s no overkill in doing good.” And let me say it as Boxer would in his toil in the animal farm.

Munimuni #3

Mahirap din minsan ang maging estudyante o kaya yung wala ka’ng distinction/accolade. Di mo maipaglaban, kasi wala ka pang napatutunayan. Such is the case, for instance if I were to say:

"Primitive mind, the creator of myths and legends, is not a backward image of a modern scientific mind. Our brains may have gotten bigger and more sophisticated. But, the way we think has not significantly changed since." *

No one would agree to this proposition because it came from a very humble student, or a man without any distinction. Even if I present it with a methodology and all those high sounding analyses and study, no one would assent. But the truth is: there are people who actually assent to this proposition, because the one I actually quoted came from Claude Levi-Strauss, a very well known anthropologist.

kung ako nagsabi niyan, walang maniniwala.

Siguro may hatak din yung pagkakaroon ng distinction para paniwalain yung mga tao sa mga diskursong tunog absurd, parang-di-naman-totoo, at yung mga statement na nirereplayan ng “Seryoso ka dito?”

Eto yung pakiramdam ko sa ginagawa kong papel sa Cultural History ng Pilipinas. Mukha kasing nambobola lang ako, pero wala akong magagawa, sinundan ko kasi yapak ni Claude- mukha ding nambobola. At eto rin yung parehong pakiramdam na naramdaman ko isang taon nang nakalipas matapos basahin yung libro ni Anderson na Under Three Flags.

Munimuni #2

Philippine government might need some refreshment and needs to contemplate more on policies they are making.* I can’t explain how intelligent they are to procure “Early Flood Detection” devices and not focus on solving this environmental problem. The problem is not the late- flood-advisory, but the FLOOD itself!

I also can’t help but praise how wonderful they are to consider implementing “No Helmet” rule for the motorists in order to control gangs and riding in tandem hoodlums. How clear should they see, that the problem is not that “eh kasi lahat ng motorista naka-helmet, di makita yung mukha” and so they’re going to take the risk of reducing the 5% survival rate of motorists in Manila. How selfish are they to risk the lives of the Filipino motorists just to compensate for their lack of police force and crime detection expertise.

And, shall I forget the recent “No Cap, No Bonnet, No Hammer” regulation in malls which will again lead us to the previous logic: there is no clear cut focus nor a sound understanding on the case they’re working on.* 

Why do they resort on the least remunerating option? Why do they push their efforts on the tangential solution- the solution that is not really the solution. Why do they make way for a solution that is only based on their illusion- the illusion that the move they take is the real solution?


*how audacious! I am writing this as a concerned citizen who-thanks to poverty- is bestowed with eyes to see their blunder.


(Source: therealbanksy on Twitter)

The general drama of ABH 3-1 in Cultural History class.
No words can explain how this is aptly made for us.


(Source: therealbanksy on Twitter)

The general drama of ABH 3-1 in Cultural History class.

No words can explain how this is aptly made for us.

Munimuni #1

Capitalism promotes innovation, progress and advancement (in material terms) while also enlarging the gap and schism of poverty and wealth of people. 


I’ll be making this series called Munimuni series which will encompass all bits of realization, short-lived thoughts and questions. Wala trip-trip lang.

Muni-muni is the Filipino word for: insight, thoughts, contemplation, realization, and content-analysis-on-your-own, all packed in one word. I guess we have a better way of doing all of those since we have a single for for it. Thanks to Sir JCReyes for introducing linguistics and semiotics in studying culture. 

All I want to do is actually to collect and index my thoughts and since I am not in good terms with pen-and-paper I opted posting it here. So, technically it would constitute my muni-muni that are in no way asserting its veracity and credibility, but simply just for the purpose of indexing it. 

Tú justificas mi existencia;
sin Ti en mi vida, no puedo ser
Traes luz, mi mañana y noche.
En efecto, sin Ti hay solo nada.

Soy agradecido eternamente
porque me hiciste conocerte.
No Te escondiste tras tu gloria
pero nos mostraste Tu gran amor.

"Inteligencia sin instrucción como es un faro sin luz. Lejos de guiar al navegante facilitara su naufragio"

— M.H del Pilar, de la carta a su sobrina Josefa Gatmaitan

"Pag naiinis ka sa sarili mo, parang gusto mong matunaw at humalo nalang sa hangin. Parang gusto mong kumawala sa katawan mo, magtago sa tungki ng ilong mo. Parang ayaw mong madikit sa sarili mong balat, ayaw mong marinig ang sarili mo. Parang ayaw mong makita ka ng iba, ayaw mong sumagi sa isip ang sarili mo. Parang gusto mong iluwa ang diwa mo, parang gusto ng puso mong lumayo sa’yo. ‘Pag nainis ka sa sarili mo parang ayaw mo sa ‘yo, kaya mahirap mainis, lalo na sa sarili mo."

— ako habang naghuhugas ng plato.

"‘Let us never fear robbers nor murderers. Those are dangers from without, petty dangers. Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves. What matters it what threatens our head or our purse! Let us think only of that which threatens our soul.’"

— Bienvenue, M.Myrel ~Les Miserabels, Victor Hugo 

"Wala kaming karapatan mapagod,
Wala naman tutulong sa amin
kundi kami la’ang"

— isang babae’ng napanood ko sa isang docu sa channel eleven

"Kung lahat ng bagay at tao sa buhay mo ay aariin mong biyaya ng Dios, hindi pwedeng hindi mo pahalagahan ang mga yun at patunayang mabuti kang katiwala; hindi pwende hindi ka matutong maging generoso. Dahil hindi ka pinagdamutan ng Dios, hindi ka binigyan ng tira-tira lang."

— pd


1. It is a Sequel. 

When it is a volume of work, smoothly following a previous work on the same subject, one would find it mazelike. This is especially true when the sequel is not very accomodating and welcoming to new readers, when it is very up-to-what-i-pointed-out-in-my-previous-work-that-i-will-not-explain-not-even-briefly-in-this-volume. These are works subliminally saying, “buy my first one.”

2. Jargon Babeh.
Some books really need to have a primer first before intending it to be read by the general public. (When I say, general public, i mean those people who has no idea of those words created only to trivialize young learners). These jargons are exeptional for they purvey significance that are not found in the dictionary. Most often called, operational definitions. It is when out of the blue you realized that what a simple word means to you is actually different from the definition it operates in the book: foucault’s archive, discourse, etc.

3. Comma spree
For people who understand english as a second language this is for you. An idea, subsumed in an idea and supplemented by another idea, is sometimes hard to understand. And even harder to understand when coupled with an alien word: "The spontaneous visions of the social world, the "folk theories" ethnomethodologists talk about, or what I call "spontaneous sociology," but also scientific theories, sociology included, are part of social reality, and, like Marxist theory for instance, can acquire a truly real power of construction." (Bourdieu, Social Space and Symbolic Power).

4. Nominalizationssss
This is a way of Jargonizing simple words, by way of suffixing -ity, -tion, -ness etc. to a not-a-noun word in order to convey it as a noun, and thus making the written piece apear more scholarly and recondite: The positivist proclivity to nonrecognition of subjectivity renders the agency passive.

5. Kase nasa Pilipinas ka.
Masaya ka nang masabihang, one of the best english speaking countries in Asia. Yung title na yun szaphath nhuah. Kailan ba tayo nangailangan ng ibidinsya? Eh yung mga buto-butong nagsisiagnasang bangkay sa maguindanao di pa szuaphat para may mahatulan, anu pa ba para patunayan nating magaling tayo magingles?

Sabi nga ni ka’Berting, walang yumayaman sa kaka-ingles, yung mga paingles-ingles mayaman, pero hindi nila ikinayaman yun, basta alam mo mayaman sila. No need for evidence (…di ako mayaman). Dahil ang karamihan sa atin ay kumakain lang ng tatlong beses sa isang araw na kung lilipunin mo sa isang plato ay isang hainan lang sa mga alta sociedad, aanhin mo ba ang Oxford dictionary kung pagbebenta lang sa ibang-bansa ang kahuhulugan mo? Una, hindi stable, pangalawa, unti-unti kang pinapatay nito, pangatlo hindi stable…. hindi talaga stable.

Kaya sosoportahan mo nalang ang sariling wika: Mas makabayan pakinggan, mas madaling isipin, mas praktikal, pabor pa sayo. 

Sana yung pagsoporta, hindi pagsugpo nang isa. Mahirap ang Pilipinas, huwag igaya sa Japan, Korea, Taiwan. May sarili silang washing-machine at cellphone, may malaki silang ekonomiya, kaya nilang mabuhay nang walang kapit- kayang magsarili.

Tayo, hindi.

Kahit di sila magaling sa ingles, kaya nila, [repeat previous line]

yung mga mahuhusay na utak na nagsusulong ng “sariling wika” sila pa yung mga batikang akademiko’ng mahusay sa wikang Espnyol, Aleman, Pranses, Russo, Italiano, Bahasa atbp. Reminds me of the Colonial Spanish policy of ‘mass ignorance’.


P.S hindi ka sibuyas!

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