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>> Tuesday, August 22, 2006

i watched bollywood/hollywood yesterday at rpn9. it's about the stereotypes of indian families, where elders would prefer indian men marrying indian women.

rahul seth, depressed over the death of his pop singer girlfriend, kimberly, was pressured by her mother to get a fiancee before his sister gets married. his mother never liked kimberly because she wasn't an indian.

rahul meets sue in a bar, and makes a deal with her to act as his fiancee. sue introduces herself as a spanish escort, but in the course of the movie, he learns that sue is really an indian. sue wins the hearts of rahul's family, especially her mother and grandmother who are hard to please. rahul slowly falls in love with her until an unexpected event in a bar reveals the real identity of sue, a prostitute.

his grandmother, who loves to quote shakespeare, tells him to follow his heart. besides, if sue was really a prostitute through and through, he would've tricked her and left him with the loot and cash. rahul runs after sue and wins her back.

besides the cute actor who played rahul and the hot sue, i find culture movies like this interesting. i admire countries and cultures who would keep their own intact and insist of marrying their own kind. sometimes it is not about discrimination anymore, it's keeping what is sacred, what is given to them. strengthening their race makes them superior and they stand out because of that.

the filipinos are in search of their own identity. but how can we find it if we encourage other races to find their homes here? we are already a country of mixed races, a country of half-half nationalities. half-italian, half-spanish, half-danish, half-japanese, half-australian, half-chinese, half-world. we're more proud of those who are half-filipinos than those from our ancenstors who are pure-blooded. most of those famous and influential have the pointed noses and distinguished accents. there are only a few that are bred in this country, making marks in other countries. we continue to idolize the fair-skinned and chinky-eyed celebrities, yet we say we are filipinos. we hate to be identified as filipinos because we are linked to "that poor country with corrupt officials and super yayas all over the world."

i wish that someday the citizens of this country would be proud of their pure-blooded heritage. i wish that even if we are known for mixed cultures, we would have something to be proud of than our present identity. identity of the intelligent, the hospitable, the winners in education, the athletes of the century, the true heroes like jose rizal, and the patriotic who would really die not for their families, but for the republic of the philippines.

6 comments:

Pipboy 5:57 PM  

balang araw, magkakatotoo rin ang iyong mga ipinagdarasal. hintayin mo, kapag nadapa na ng todo ang mga Pilifino, kapag wala na silang masisi kung hindi ang mga sarili nila, matatauhan din tayo at mapapatino.

siguro mga three years from now. hula ko lang.

yawmee 9:21 PM  

naks. manghuhula narin ang idowl ko!

3 years? magagawa kaya yon ng pinoy? hangga't andito si gloria at may presidenteng umuupo sa gobyerno, may isisisi parin ang mga pinoy.

CMC 11:40 PM  

Naku mahirap iyang gusto mong mangyari. Ano nga ba ang "pure" Filipino? Yun ang mas magandang tanong. Dahil apat na daang taong pagiging sakop, palagi't palaging inilulugar natin ang ating sarili sa ibang mga bansa, lalo na ang mga dati nating mga mananakop. At dahil nga nasakop tayo, kung ano mang "pure" ay hindi nalantaran kundi nasasapawan ng mga banyaga. Nariyan pa rin ang katutubo sa lahat ng bagay sa ating buhay. Ngunit ang katutubo'y hindi ibig sabihin ay Filipino.

*don't mind me. it's the theory that's talking.* :D

yawmee 8:54 AM  

pero kelan tayo magiging proud sa mga hindi mukhang banyaga? kelan tayo ggradweyt sa showbiz na kelangan mukha tayong taga ibang bansa?

malayo pa mararating ng pinas, isang libong taon pa. nahuhuli na tayo.

ahe ahe ahe

CMC 9:58 PM  

Basahin mo ang "The Promise of the Foreign" at "Contracting Colonialism" ni Vicente Rafael at "Pasyon and Revolution" ni Reynaldo Ileto. Maiintindihan mo kung saan ako nanggagaling at kung bakit hindi ganoong kasimple ang usaping nasyonalismo. At sana magbago ang isip mo sa ganyang "habol-habol at huli-huli" dahil ang ganyan mismong pag-iisip ang gustong ipataw sa atin ng ating kolonyal na nakaraan.

:D *peace*

yawmee 9:18 AM  

haay mahirap nga palitan ang kung ano man ang nakasanayan na nating kasaysayan. pero sana di na tayo masyadong magpalulung sa edsa, people power, dahil nakakasawa na siya. rally nang rally, people power ng "people power", nasisira naman ang tunay na diwa.

ahahaha

maraming salamat sa iyong mga opinyon mitch. :D ang formal ng dating, di bagay. ahahaha

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