We had a hearty breakfast at Senor Gomez’s home this morning. It was a small gathering of friends who are seeking to launch a website. Big thanks to Jose Miguel, Pepe, Tutz (the website guy we are working with) and Elsa, GGR’s all around kabulig, for without her there will be no breakfast!
As usual, aside from history, we also talk about other things, like movies – but then it goes back to Filipino history which is not surprising. There’s really no escaping the subject for people like us.
This is a short clip of how we talk when we get together. We always have interesting “cuentuhan” about almost everything. This conversation is one of those many light discussions – I’m not expert in films so please don’t take my views too seriously.
I’m not into local movies but this movie, Rosario, is definitely one of the best I’ve seen recently (last one I saw was Bayaning 3rd World). I heard it didn’t do well with the critics, not sure if it did well with the public. These kind of films are not easy to make so for the effort alone I take my hats off to TV5. Like Sakay, it received a lukewarm reception across the pond. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you want but the commercial system is built to attack and reject anything that has some anti-american position in it.
We were having a good laugh here but there are lessons to be learned even in these light and humorous discussions. I would not be surprise if some would find the discussion strongly anti-american or, that we’re plotting insurrection! C’mon on , go out and grab a coffee and chill.
I was laughing non stop with GGR’s naughty comments about Rosario’s “kapilyahan” calling it the “latin sensuality”. Most of our Hispanic inspired arts reveals this. The Latinos for example are regarded as romantics and this has been attributed to their hispanic roots. There’s truth to what he said if only Filipinos can read the love poems written in Spanish by our hispano-filipino ancestors not to forget the hispanic inspired dances – in the Americas they say “latin dance is sensuality in motion!”.
I love it when GGR speaks about the old Filipino customs and traditions.Born in the 1930’s he describes the “values” and the “prewar era” Filipino as he saw it. This man knows what he’s talking about. Unlike other scholars (most are professors) that are snobbish and arrogant, this man is humble and easy to get along with – he’s got a young heart, always happy, always laughing and at his age, very internet savvy.
It’s not really a secret that I’m not a fan of American foreign policy – I don’t have a problem with the people (they’re still some of the most generous people on earth!) but those elite (the group that decimated their economy by using money controlling politics and banking) who historically had made slaves using military and economic dominance are the ones to be opposed. The same people that took advantage of the “hombre pequinito” at the turn of the century have become more voracious in their demand for domination. And since our leaders acts like employees these days to these elites, we can only entertain ourselves with what little fun we can get from our situation.
Although we had fun picking on the expansionist American foreign policy in the early 1900’s, we recognize the gravity of its impact on the lives of all Filipinos from those years to this day – but because we’re TRUE Filipinos, who always prefers a good loud laugh – we tried to make light of the subject, because if not, it can get real sad.
Saturday 29 January 2011