Writing on Air

Writing on Air by Jim Paredes


‘ Pick up the feathers, you jerk.’

Posted on August 20, 2006 by jimparedes

UPDATE:

Just found out that it was not Gerry Lirio who titled the article. It was an editor who shall be unnamend as of now who did. I thought I should take the heat off Gerry since I know now that he was not responsible. Apparently, that’s how it works in newspapers. Some guy writes and someone else edits. Why the copy editor gave such a headline and apparently edited the whole article, I do not know.

Gerry, this is my humble step in picking up the feathers of your pillow of reputation I slashed because of my hastiness. The article by itself is not bad although I still felt it already had a slant even before it was written. It was looking for a poster boy for the current hopelessness felt by many and I was chosen. But I don’t question Gerry’s right to write the way he does. That’s his prerogative just as it is mine to criticize his work. I must admit it even had some parts I liked.

The damage though is in the headline itself. I know that very few actually read the whole thing and many more just read the headline and came to their own misguided conclusions. I know because people have expressed shock and outrage towards me. But those who know the story expressed the same thing but directed their wrath at
PDI. I still believe The Philippine Daily Inquirer should correct this falsehood and apologize.

Lastly, I want to say that I felt bad not so much that people misread me as a person (that’s hurtful, yes) but more so that they may slip deeper into despair by such a false story. That’s the last thing we need.

_ _ _

Was awakened this morning with a text from my brother informing me that I am on the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The bottom banner read, ‘Finally, APO’s Jim Paredes gives up on RP.’ It was datelined Melbourne.

While APO was doing our shows in Melbourne and Sydney, Gerry Lirio from the Inquirer was interviewing me about my new life in Aus. I talked to him how we were adjusting to everything, the joys and tears experienced by all immigrants, etc. I also talked about my reasons for leaving (personal growth mostly) and my frustrations with the political situation. I said that I was tired. But not once did I ever say that I had given up on the Philippines.More correctly, I have always said I would fight another day. Everyday in Sydney, I wake up to discover the things that work well and wonder how we can do it back home.

I am not one to trash the Philippines just to feel good about migrating. In a country already reeling from so much self-inflicted wounds and pessimism, I don’t know how editors and writers can continue twisting things around. I am, to say the least very disappointed with the Inquirer. I just don’t know how they can come to such a conclusion based on the interview with me. Sure, I expressed disappointment with the politics of the country just like everyone else but to say I have given up on the Philippines is to put it mildly, a naked lie. It seems that the one who thought of this headline feels the best thing this country needs is a daily fix of despair and gloom.

I believe the truth will set us free, but sadly, there is also power in falsehood. Apparently it sells more than good news.

I remember reading an analogy about spreading falsehood and it compares it to going on top of a windy hill with a feather pillow and a knife. While there, slash the pillow and let all the feathers fly out to where the wind takes it. If a newspaper wishes to make amends about a false report later on, it becomes as futile as picking up all the feathers again to restore the reputation of anyone.

Alas, I’ve just been had. If I had a newspaper right now, I would be tempted to run a the banner which reads, “Should we all give up on the Inquirer?’

Other strange facts on the article;

-I was never a member of the MTRCB
-APO did not sing Handog Ng Pilipino sa Mundo in the concerts.

Sorry Gerry. I think you already had a headline in mind even before the interview. You ‘cherry picked’ to fit words and impressions to the headline and so missed the true story. OK Inquirer, you can headline that Jim Paredes has given up on the Philippines.just as Bush claimrd there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq!


I am in my home in Manila now. This is going to be a long visit. I was planning to enter and leave without much noise but apparently fate has other plans. As I write this , the Apo tribute album by the hottest bands in Manila is the biggest selling CD in the Philippines. We are guesting today on TV where they will announce that it has reached gold record status in just 7 days. Future gigs already planned before my migration await to be fulfilled.

And since I was going to be away anyway, I have decided to accept the offer to be part of a new show on TV. I am accepting the position of headmaster, artistic director of Pinoy Dream Academy, the new abs-cbn show that will feature a number of artists and the training they will undergo. More on this on future blogs. I guess I should expect that I will be media fare for the next few months until I return once again to my quiet, simple life in Aus.

I miss my family terribly and I go through throes of loneliness thinking about them. I have not quite settled with the fact that I will be here for awhile. I get stomach pains just thinking about it. I chat with Mio, Lydia and Ala whenever I see their YM on. It’s great to see my friends and all that but I am in a Sydney state of mind and so feel displaced. I am, strangely enough, an OCW in the Philippines.

Isn’t that ironic?

148 to “‘ Pick up the feathers, you jerk.’”

  1. fan-ni-jim says:

    just read new release from inq7.net: PDI apologizes to Sir JIM!

    Mabuhay ka IDOL!!!
    Mabuhay Philippines!!!

  2. fan-ni-jim says:

    sorry abs-cbn.com pala binasa ko.

  3. faYe ü says:

    I bought that CD! SUPER GANDA! As iN!

  4. Da King says:

    Reading all the blogs (ang dami!)
    I just want to add that the likes of Benigno are all over–MAKITID ang utak. I have a few officemates who are like this and I’ve given up on them. And I’m thankful that I don’t live with one.

    Sorry, Benigno, but summing it up, Jim is right. His move to Oz has nothing to do with his being a Filipino. I think one can still be a Filipino even if they live abroad. It’s the problem in the Philippines that is too complex to untangle. There is no true leadership. Too much poverty, corruption, illiteracy. But on the bright side, I know someday, a true charismatic leader will be born to lead that country, albeit not in our lifetime.

  5. benign0 says:

    Tsk tsk, funny how the last several comments directed at moi are fixated on this bizarre perception that I presume to be the judge of who is more “Filipino” than the other when the fact is, I don’t even presume to know what “being Filipino” exactly means (in fact, I don’t even care. 😀

    In fact, the only reason I bring it up is because a few here have offered their views on what it means to be “Filipino”.

    Why should one’s Filipinoness or lack of Filipinoness be an all-consuming issue in the first place? The fact that the discussion in this blog has ballooned to 107 comments (and counting) with a significant chunk of that accounted for by comments about one’s Filipino-ness simply shows just how perversely we intertwine our personal sense of worth to our national identity.

    Of course all of us want to be “ambassadors” of the Philippines overseas. But just like this rather empty call to “be positive”, here are the underlying facts of this equally empty call to be “ambassadors”: For every one of us who exhibits impeccable ambassadorship, there will be hundreds and even thousands of others who will be jumping queues, entering and working as illegal residents overseas. Needless to say, the mothership itself — our once pretty islan nation — already projects to the rest of the world just how talented we are at electing fools to office and cutting them down in one of our increasingly frequent ad-hoc street parliaments. Kind of like pushing against a tidal wave, don’t you think?

    One fragrant rose that blooms in a sea of rapidly growing weeds simply gets choked just as a motorist in Manila who stops for a pedestrian crossing a zebra-stripe lane simply looks like a fool to the rest.

    There is no merit in being good in a society that finds no merit in being good. Thus the beauty of living in a society like Australia where there is merit — and reward — in being a civic-minded by-the-book citizen who goes about things without having to hire fixers and rely on personal connections to get things done.

    The whole point of being a nation had ceased for Filipinos the minute news about thousands being buried in mudslides had routinely stopped making front-page news; the minute our idea of creating opportunity for our compatriots had degenerated into routinely training and sending them off as contract workers overseas; the minute the amount of care foreign governments give to the honest Filipino worker had surpassed that of our own government.

    No amount of “positive” thinking and individual “ambassadorship” can change those realities about our society and the collective character of our people. Change begins when these realities are recognised and raised to the mainstream consciousness rahter than sugarcoating them with hollow positivism and individual “ambassadorship”.

  6. Anonymous says:

    PDI has apologized to Jim Paredes

    http://newsinfo.inq7.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view_article.php?article_id=16688

    The world is a better place because of this. Jim can now focus on engagements/activism/show me the money — during his stay in the Philippines, then bring all that back home to Australia where he now leads an OFW or hero-in-exile lifestyle pursuing personal growth, photography, book appreciation meetings, guitar lessons, kama sutra, midlife crisis. In his spare time, he dreams how things can be made better in the Philippines…

    OPM jim – -walastik, talagang sariling atin.

  7. Jim says:

    of course you had to send it anonymously. you mouse.

    peace upon you. i brought the inquirer closer to the truth and have done all of us a favor. i am happy about that. i hope you are happy in your cynicism. meanwhile I will think of you with compassion while I ‘ommmmm’ and touch my mood rings to divinate on life.

    ha ha ha

    sobra ka naman.

  8. bluebutterfly says:

    benigno:
    don’t you know what the meaning of freedom of choice and life fields are?? why are you so fiesty in all your comments here about filipinos moving out of the philippines and now even typecasting them to be non-patriotic. how dare you!!! i myself — a SpEd teacher — would be moving to another country in a few months and you call that being non-patriotic!! could you just get down from your high horse and face the fact that this country still lacks much of the knowledge and the venues wherein the skilled and the gifted citizens could share in and pour out the God-given gifts that the Almighty has bestowed upon them…
    you are so feeling so high and mighty in wherever you are right now.. come down and tell that to the special kids who are in most need of our help right now but we don’t have much of the know-how’s.. i will be moving to where my feet would set me to share and to get(of course) ideas and knowledge on how i could be of more help to these children coz it would never be an excuse for me just to see them as they are but to help them to be functional citizens of our society, and then i would come back here and apply whatever i have learned..
    face it.. our red-taped and bureaucratic government hasn’t seen this fact.. yes, we have laws wherein they could be served as equal as we are (it depends on how you define what the word equality means) but are they really implemented??? go and run as the next congressman na lang.. then i would listen intently to your platform and what have you done for the next generation of these country… i might believe you and join your league..
    stop blabbing.. do something that could make a change — to this country, and to its next generation… better yet.. stop blogging here and use your effort and energy to reach out to the children in the streets.. teach them how to read instead.. do something for a cause.. or the best is.. join me in teaching the kids in the various foundations here in the country so you may see what the real situation of our education and economy is.. ok..

    just a suggestion from a teacher..
    let the paredeses do what they want to do.. you do what you ought to be doing.. you have your own purpose for your existence, they are have theirs.. ok… smile.. don’t make a big fuzz out of what they did.. =o)

  9. bluebutterfly says:

    PS don’t make a comment to what i just posted coz i ain’t returning to this page again.. i got so much to do.. just wanted you to see what you have been blabbing.. i better act that blab.. do that instead… okidoki.. got nothing personal against you.. heck.. don’t even know who you are..
    hahaha… =o)

  10. Anonymous says:

    i have to agree with the comment of others that those who migrate do not need to apologize for doing so. our country’s leaders have failed the people so miserably. people migrating are doing what they have to do. kudos to them.

  11. IKEA says:

    No 0ne is perfect. Everybody commit mistakes. As long as they ask f0r forgiveness with all sincerity, who are we t0 judge db? We’re just only humans anyway.

    With regards nmn p0 sa pagiging Pilipino, sa t0t0o lng P0, mas BILIB p0 ako sa mga ta0ng ngsasakripisyo na nsa PILIPINAS at hindi s mga taong napilitang umalis ‘pansamantala’ sa ating bansa. Mas hinahangaan ko PO ang mga Pilipino na anumang silaw ang makita sa karatig bansa ay di magawang iwan ang Inang Bayan…yon ang t0t00ng ngma2hal at nagpa2kasakit.

    Kung umalis man ang isa s sariling bansa, dhil kailangan ng pamilya ang mas maayos-asyos n buhay, ok fine….PER0 mas kahanga-hanga kung ngbalik sya at handang 2mulong sa mga nghi2kahos .

    Pasensya nA P0 dko lng mapigilan…

    Napaiyak p0 pla kmi ng kapatid ko ng mapan00d ang AP0 tribute, dhil s mga lirikong tumitimo sa pus0…sana mgkar0n pa ng mga kagaya nyo.

  12. simone cojuangco says:

    in my case, i left the phils to migrate to canada not because i gave up on our country but on the dirty and corrupt politicians who are running the country.

    kuya jim, i admire you bec you are an honest person and your posts and opinions are without pretense. we need more people like you in this world.

  13. andrea says:

    Hi!

    Since I entered one of your creativity classes in the Ateneo a few years ago, I kept on quoting bits and pieces of lessons on creativity and blocks to friends and family. Somehow, I’m near where i want to be, but not exactly.

    I now work for the Inquirer(no, I am not a writer, so people who send comments here please resist from trying to bite my head off), and was shocked when I read the article by Gerry Lirio. I knew that you and your family were already migrating to the Australia, but also having had a glimpse of the passion you have for the Philippines made me question the validity of the article, and honestly, made me sad because, well, what does that say about the Philippines now?

    Honestly, I feel that Gerry Lirio wanted to tell your story, but yes, maybe the editor wanted a “see how hopeless we are” slant on the article, so maybe that’s why he wrote that. But that’s just my opinion. Writers (and you yourself are one, Sir Jim), have so much power, that it is very important for them to be doublecheck each and every single detail of what they write, because they don’t know who will be reading their articles.

    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you these things, and how it has affected me, one of your students from a few years back. I myself do mirror your view. I believe being a Filipino doesn’t mean that you have to stay in the Philippines and mindlessly pay your taxes while some corrupt congressman breezes off to summer destinations on government money. I believe that being a Filipino requires being the best you can be, wherever you are, whoever you are, and shouting to the world, that hey, i’m great, i’m pinoy.

  14. balikbayan_box says:

    if i counted it right i will be commenter no. 117…

    this is such a good read so here’s my five cents…

    kahit saang lupalop man ako nakatira, kahit ilang beses man ako magpapalit ng zip code, o magpakulay ng buhok o dili kaya’y maging citizen ng ibang bansa. o kahit ano pa man ang sabihin ng ibang tao.

    Kahit baluktot na akong managalog, kahit ilang beses ako magpableach, magpanoselift or magpalit ng passport..

    pinanganak akong Filipino at mamatay akong Filipino.

  15. Jennie says:

    Apo Jim,

    This topic has sparked an intense debate of whether one is more “Filipino” for staying in the Philippines or is less of one for leaving to seek greener pastures somewhere else.

    Why are we so gung-ho over this? Isn’t it the right of every individual to choose their own path and seek a better life for themselves without being judged? In my case, I believe that leaving the Philippines is better for my future. The current situation in the country, unfortunately, just makes it easier for people to leave.

    This happens everywhere in the world, right? People leave their countries and move elsewhere to have a better life. Here in Australia, it’s a mesh of different nationalities – Asians, Europeans, Americans, even Africans.

    There is nothing wrong with missing one’s home country. I miss my friends and my family, but I also recognize that life in the Philippines is not for me. Migrants all over the world, not just Filipinos, experience this. I love the Philippines because it’s the country where I grew up and I also love Australia because it gave me the life I have now. Why can’t I love both? These countries helped shape the person I am now.

    I say good on you, Apo Jim. There is nothing wrong with wanting a better life for your family. People often forget that just because you’re a celebrity it doesn’t mean you’re not a human being. People can be so tactless and self-righteous sometimes. Tsk, tsk.

  16. noemi says:

    When I read the Inquirer article, I felt that it was so unlike you. Just so you know that I have faith in you.

  17. JT of Dural says:

    Sabi ni Benign0:

    “There is no merit in being good in a society that finds no merit in being good.”

    My take:

    You’ve given up on Inang Bayan, that’s cool. But many have not. Sure, it’s no easy task and it’s a big job ahead. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

    My question to everyone: “Are we part of the problem, part of the solution, or are just parting in our pants?” :-)

    Saw a Bloomberg interview of Jaime Zobel de Ayala yesterday. He paints a rosy picture of the country’s economic future. This guy is rich and powerful; it would be silly to “sugarcoat” an otherwise bleak situation.

    Peace!

    -JT of Dural

  18. Anonymous says:

    A Filipino raised with the Filipino values will never forget his motherland no matter how far he is.

    I believe in you. More power to you

  19. Anonymous says:

    i think the reason why you moved your family to oz is that you simply gave up on our country.

    how can you fight another day if you’ve completely changed your citizenship?

    you left our country and now you enjoying the best of both countries. good for you jim.

  20. IKEA says:

    Sa isip…
    Sa salita….at
    Sa gawa…..

    Let’s do our own share and be a part of countries solution, di lng puro salita.
    If I may suggest Ap0 Jim, sna p0 in your stay in the Philippines makagawa pa rin kau ng mga kantang ANGKOP sa buhay ng ating mga Kababayan at buhay hinaharap.

    Mas mapalad ang mga taong naki2ta, nari2nig at naka2usap sa Radyo, telebisyon at panulat dhil ngsisilbing inspirasyon pa rin khit cnsbing nasa GEN-X na…sana p0 mgsilbi pa rin kayong Eye-Opener..cge na p0.

  21. Anonymous says:

    how can you fight another day if you’ve completely changed your citizenship? (by anonymous)

    Anonymous,

    haven’t you heard of dual citizenship???kaya nga dual eh “both”

  22. Anonymous says:

    To Darleng

    As a matter of fact, I used to tag along with my mom who was an active member of the ATOM and the Piso for Cory – guess you still remember all these groups…Actually we were in the same place together with the late Don Chino Roces, throwing confetti and all that…

    Like you, I am also fed up – as simple yet piercing at that. I need not elaborate on this. You’re luckier I guess, coz well, I’m still here. God knows until when.

    Sabi na nga ba! Ang mga gustong lumayas puro yellow ribbon crowd – yuong mga Makati, Magallanes at Greenhills types – mga middle class na ngayong naghihirap ang bansa (dahil sa kagagawan nila) imbis na basagin ang mga alkansiya para gamitin sa kalakalan ay tinatago-tago para pantakas sa kung saang lupalop.

    Yaan ang hirap sa mga taong hindi Ilokano. Nene, matuto kang magbanat ng buto!

    Kabagis

  23. Ferdie says:

    Huwag nating husgahan ang ating kabayan. Ano ba ang masama sa ginawa ni JIM PAREDES..???? Tingnan muna natin yung mga sarili natin bago tayo mag husga ng ibang tao. You should be proud APO JIM- sa mga Kanta ng APO.. doon mo makikita ang tunay na pagkatao ng mga filipino..I am PROUD to be a MIGRANT WORKER…
    MORE POWER TO YOU and YOUR FAMILY MR. JIM….

  24. Ferdie says:

    MR JIM, marami ka paring taga-hanga. Isa na ako DOON. Ang hindi ko lang maintindihan yung ibang tao dito naghuhusga ng kapwa nating filipino “ang tanong ko lang PO.. ano ba ang nagawa ni JIM PAREDES ????.. KUNG mali po ang mag migrate sa ibang bansa for a reason.. kasama na po kaming milyon milyon na migrant workers sa mga hinuhusgahan ninyo. I think JIM PAREDES should be PROUD for being honest to himself.

    MORE POWER sa iyo JIM at sa FAMILY MO….ang NAME ko ay FERDIE from NY.. at hindi ako ANONYMOUS.

  25. bu says:

    benigno:

    yada yada yada!!

    realize when you’re not welcome, and back off. there must be some other ways you can put your supposed all-knowing and so righteous ways to good use.

    bless you.

  26. Anonymous says:

    hats off for you jim, welcome to sydney, remember I had once dinner with a family and you’re there, i too was disappointed with what is happening in the philippines,I’ll love our beautiful country but the people who lead our country they must have felt something reading you in that Inquirer thing
    mms

  27. fan-ni-jim says:

    benignO: any thoughts on how to play the STOCK MARKET these days… i need your mind and interesting points… honestly…or maybe some golf tips my friend…

    SIR JIM: MORE POWER TO YOU!!!

    SUGGESTION BOX>>>> CHANGE TOPIC NA TAYO!!!pumapatak na naman ang ulan… just love listening to APO songs…

  28. Anonymous says:

    Dear Jim,

    A friend sent me the article about you moving to Australia and my instant reaction was: Wow! Unless I am mistaken, I remember that some 20 years ago, you gave up your US green card so that you could continue fighting for our country. Your decision stunned me. Many Filipinos are wishing to get a “green card” and here you are giving yours up. My respect for you grew even more.

    This is not to say that I have now stopped respecting you for your decision to move to Australia. A different emotion surfaces: I understand completely.

    I left the Philippines some 20 years earlier than you did. I guess I got disillusioned earlier. Like you, I had some part in the protest movement of the 1980s and eventually felt burned out when it became clear to me that the improvement we fought for, was not happening after all.

    Not too long ago, I read and was hurt by a political columnist’s tirade against Filipinos who left the Philippines to find a more comfortable life abroad. He reserved his praises for those who returned after a year or so of studies abroad. I did not react. I just said to myself that I need not argue anymore with anyone about who is patriotic and who’s not. My path went towards another direction and it is a useless exercise to judge whether that was right or wrong. Besides, we can continue serving humanity at some other place. And, through it all, and over the distance, our country will always remain in our hearts.

    Thank you for your music. Thank you for your courage. Good luck to you and your family in this new phase of your lives. If you ever drop by Europe, I hope to meet you someday.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jim:

    I share your sentiment. I love our country – but our country has to learn to love its people – not screw them, cheat on them, lie to them. I, too am part of the diaspora. I gave up one of the best years in my life for this nation – as one of the Davaoeños who was in the core of the 1st Welgang Bayan in the country – we faced the brazen attacks against human rights, decency, and personal freedoms. Me and my friends even landed on the AFP’s watchlist. But I have no regrets – as a blue knight would say – it was ONE GOOD FIGHT.

    We turned a blind-eye on Cory’s shortcomings thinking she deserved a chance. In retrospect – it was a precursor to the return of the oligarchs. We were so naive.

    After the militant days – I embraced the development agenda of FVR – it was good to see people get jobs, food, and the basic services under the Invest in Davao project.

    Everything looked good. Then Erap won – and it has been downhill all the way. And things are worse with GMA – Erap cheated while he was president. GMA cheated to become president. it’s a darn shame.

    It would have been an opportunity to take up the cudgels again – but for what? To replace GMA with another bunch of lying kleptocracts.

    Enough is enough.We have done so much for this country. We need a life, too. I moved to the US in 2000 – and I have no regrets. We can only do so much. But it does not mean that we forget who we are – and in our own small way – we will always be grateful to our country.

    Maybe, living outside will allow us to be more effective like the propogandists of 1896. When the time is ripe. We shall engage once again.

    Mabuhay ka Jim! Life continues – and we will always be in for one good fight.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Si benigno, buhay pa rin?Matagal na yang pinatay sa pinoyexchange.

    He had been banned in comment boxes of several bloggers.

    Buti hindi niya inaadvertise yong kaniyang laos na website.

  31. Anonymous says:

    I think we need to see all of this in a bigger light:

    1. Ten million Filipinos now live and/or work outside the Philippines. Most of them are forced to work abroad as domestic helpers and contract workers.

    2. In one recent survey, three out of ten Filipinos want to leave the Philippines. Probably more want to work abroad. (The situation is so bad that many Filipinos in Lebanon did not want to go home, and it is possible that significant numbers are willing to work in places like Iraq.)

    3. The educational field is being bled dry. God knows how many teachers have left to work as domestic helpers. Thousands have left to teach in places like the U.S. Some local recruiters argue that the U.S. will need hundreds of thousands more teachers in the next few years.

    The Philippine educational system is doing badly. The national class size is around 60, there is a severe shortage of classrooms, and teachers are still underpaid.

    4. The medical field is being bled dry as well. The Philippine Medical Association reports that within a decade the country will experience a dramatic shortage of doctors and nurses.

    5. The global economy appears to be increasingly volatile, to the point that what is now in demand will not be so in five years or so. This will put incredible strain on Filipinos who will train to become nurses, then switch to another occupation after a few years, and then switch again.

    On top of that, wars may cause serious displacement, and that combined with recession will affect the Philippines twice: OCWs will lose their jobs abroad and then go home to a country where unemployment is rife.

    6. According to Manolo Quezon, only something like 15 percent of the Philippine population constitutes the middle class, and probably half of that class has now left the country. And as more Filipinos leave, the situation in the fatherland will become worse.

    It is possible that none of these will affect those who have left. Then again, one never knows: wars and economic recession may make things unpleasant for new immigrants (not just OCWs). And it appears that most immigrants want to retire to the Philippines, a country which will likely be worse off than it is right now.

    Conrad de Quiros once wrote an article about Filipinos who studied abroad and yet returned to “face the music.” Readers criticized him and those Filipinos by arguing that many Filipinos do not go abroad because they choose to or to study but to find work. Also, Filipinos who do return will likely find very good jobs or fulfilling careers. The case is not the same for most OCWs.

    Both sides make sense, which makes this issue not only complex but very painful for all of us. If we stay, what is the cost of such in terms of our own well-being and the welfare of our loved ones. And if we leave, what is the cost of such in terms of our countrymen and our fatherland?

  32. Anonymous says:

    MT9 of Qatar
    Sir Jim, natutuwa po ako na malaman na hindi nyo talaga i give-up ang ating sinimulang ipagalaban. muntik na akong maligaw ng direksyon dahil isa po kayo sa aking hinahangang tao hindi artista lamang kundi tutoong tao. marami pa po sa inyong sumubaybay at ginagawang gabay tungo sa pagsulong na malayang Pilipinas. Huwag po kayung bibitiw dahil katulad ko na labing walong taon na sa Middle East ay umaasa na mauubos din ang ang matandang henarasyon ng mga politoko sa Pilipinas at may awa ang ating panginoon makakamit din natin ang ating mithiin.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jim, what do you expect from PDI, you are writing for their rival newspaper and the last time I heard is that you have lots of followers and readers. Same thing happened to my friend who also writes in the same paper as you are.

  34. Jim says:

    To everyone– I normally try and answer each and every comment. Alas, there are too many and I am now a busy person once again.

    Thanks for all your two cents worth. If I could put them in a bank I would now be a rich man. ha ha.

    To all those who wrote comments of support, SALAMAT!

    If you guys post here afyter this, mmalamang hindi na ako makaka comment so salamat na rin sa future commenters on this topic.

    To all overseas Pinoys, mabuhay kayo!!!

  35. Anonymous says:

    ingat ka Chris.. bading yata si Benign0,haha!!!

  36. Anonymous says:

    benigno, dapat sa yo “salvage”. stalker and predator ang tawag sa mga taong katulad mo. my brother is one of the police investigator especialty nya is internet stalker-predator. so, you are now investigated by one of his detectives. good luck!!

  37. Owen says:

    apojim,

    hello sir jim! I saw you at ASAP last sunday, you know what I was touched with that episode. It really shows how much you missed the Philippines. And after hearing all the bands singing your songs and since we are avid fans of APO, that same afternoon my sister and I went to Tower Records to buy KAMI nAPO MUNA, actually we planned to buy the limited edition the KAMI nAPO MUNA+APO version. However, it will be release the coming week pa. So my sister and I decided to buy another APO album, “The Best of APO Vol 2″. So that day we splurge and bought 2 albums. Hehehe..anyway it was worth it!

  38. Major Knot says:

    Coming a bit late but better late than later.

    *#Doranne said at 11:20 PM
    isnt it standard practice for the interview to be approved by you first before they print?

    Nope, it isn’t standard practice. FYI, it was practiced during martial law and Sir Jim knows what it was like during that time. In cases involving scientific or medical studies, some writers do show their copy to the scientists or researchers involved to make sure they got everything correctly. It’s the job of the editors to watch for inaccuracies, editorializing or sensationalizing by the reporter or writer. Unfortunately, editors are also human and not immune to making mistakes.

    And that is why newspapers have a Letter to the Editor section where aggrieved parties may express their side. It doesn’t mean though that just because the subject of a news report denies an alleged act, the report is wrong. As an old song says, words are easy to be spoken. Denials are easy to come by. So the writer or the newspaper does not necessarily have to apologize. Despite the tendency of some to sensationalize, they also know when they have made a mistake. In the case of Sir Jim, he was really wronged by the bad headline, and the Inquirer people have found that out and apologized.

    arg! sue for libel and wait for inquirer to settle. haaay. its things like these that eat me up i cant concentrate studying. some ppl are soo…… AGH!

    Doranne, mabuti pa mag-concentrate ka sa pag-aaral mo. Your suggestion to sue for libel is a bad idea, arising from ignorance. Ang kikita lang diyan ay mga abogado. Both the Inquirer and Jim will lose badly because they will be drawn into an unnecessary fight in court, which will only rip apart their apparent mutual admiration.

    Sa pagbasa ko ng sinulat ni Gerry, halata namang may halong inggit, e. Siguro balak mag-TNT dito noong tao pero hindi pa lang makalusot sa Aus embassy.

    JT, I’m not from the Inquirer but I know for a fact that many of its editors and reporters admire the likes of Sir Jim and the Apo. When they tried to project him as a poster boy of the growing sense of disappointment among Filipinos, it was not meant to put him down. They only meant to show how bad the situation is by using the example of Sir Jim, a freedom fighter of proven integrity. Fortunately, Sir Jim didn’t find that amusing because he obviously is not giving up. Despite the headline fiasco, Sir Jim readily accepted the apologies of Gerry and the Inquirer. That’s because they don’t have bad blood between them. In fact, they have mutual admiration, and that’s because they have one thing in common: progressive-mindedness.

    The Inquirer is not perfect but it is the best newspaper we have in the Philippines right now. It does not crumble in the face of terror. There are many who get hurt by its hard-hitting reports and commentaries but they don’t deserve any apology. At least their side of the story are also carried. Many of these villains are in government or allies of the powers-that-be. They would like to use this headline fiasco to destroy the Inquirer. But they won’t succeed because Sir Jim is not cheap. His initial reaction was understandable and his acceptance of the Inquirer’s apology is noble.

    As for Sir Jim’s motives for migrating, that’s another point. I’m also an overseas Filipino (now in Dammam, KSA) and I have a sister who is a Canadian citizen and a brother in the US. But our Filipino-ness has not been diminished a bit. We continue to return home and visit our parents and other relatives. My nephews and nieces in Canada are proud to be Filipinos.
    Good day to all!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Major Knot got it right: “They only meant to show how bad the situation is by using the example of Sir Jim, a freedom fighter of proven integrity.” The phenomenon of the Filipino leaving the country is becoming increasingly prominent, together with our feeling that things will only become worse for the Philippines.

    I only know Jim as a public personality, and from what I see he is a bright and good man.

    The problem is that we are facing a situation that is not getting better. For example, MT9 hopes that as trapos grow older they will fade away, but I get this ugly feeling that their children will take over and that things will get worse.

    Major Knot wants to go home and see relatives. If we have to ask ourselves if there will still be a place that we can go home to a few years from now, and if our parents and relatives will eventually follow us (that is, if they and increasing numbers of Filipinos will still be accepted in other countries).

    Interestingly enough, the Inquirer also published an article by Conrad de Quiros (that time, a Filipino who topped the medical exam decided to leave the country to work as a nurse abroad) about Filipinos who studied abroad but returned home. Several readers gave negative views, stating that unlike middle class Filipinos who can choose to live abroad or who can receive professional opportunities when they return, most Filipinos work as domestic helpers and contract workers abroad and eventually have to return to the Philippines. From there, they will have to look for another job, probably in another country.

    Many of these OCWs are lauded by the government as the “new heroes” of the country, but they are more likely just average joes who are doing their best to feed their families.

  40. adrian says:

    http://www.adrian.i.ph It is down now until Aug 31 because the bandwidth has been exceeded. try to visit anyway. I talked ro your brother in law Bobby and he told me that your going to Australia is to get access to medical technology, education, a choice for your children, while you will be going back and forth as this is your home too.
    adrian Sison

  41. adrian says:

    You have to read the law, understand it and see how it is applied in life , situations and cases. Never have your lawyer promise a win, as winning has many aspects. You may be on the side of the law yet lose because of other factors. A lawyer prevents problems , not create new ones

  42. Jim says:

    Note from the moderator!

    Discussion is over!

  43. res ipsa loquitur says:

    i think people who nitpick at fellow pinoys who leave ‘pinas are simply hypocritical (read: benign0). i have not left the philippines, but only because i dont have the means to do so. But unlike benign0, at least I have the b*lls to admit that.

    ang mga tulad ni benign0 na nasa pinas ang totoong nagmamalinis– gloria-fying himself and his nobility as a true pinoy who sticks with his motherland, for poorer or for poorer… andito pa sya sa pinas dahil di sha makaalis. trapped, just like how the majority feel deep in their hearts and starving stomachs. So I think this is what benign0 is doing here, he’s covering up his envy by painting a bright, sun-shiny patriotic version of him using apo jim and the rest of the pinoys abroad as his dark backdrop. Classic talakangka. pathetic.

    i felt bad when i found out that a tatak pinoy like apo jim had to make this painful decision to leave. pero mas mabuti na yun kaysa mabulok sa pinas na desperado, miserable, puno ng galit at sama ng loob. mas mahirap tanggapin na isang araw magising tayo, sa isang bangungot na habang narito tayong lahat nagsisiksikan sa pilipinas, pero pare-parehong nalulunod sa utang at oil spill at pinaglalaruan ng engkanto/nuno sa malakanyang (oops, teka di na pala yan bangungot, dahil nangyayari na nga). Mas mahirap na dumating ang araw na yun and we cant help but sing to ourselves and to each pinoy, one of APO’s classics as our new anthem for the Philippines:

    [i]”minsan, kahit na pilitin mong uminit ang damdamin,
    di sya susunod at di maglalambing…
    minsan di mo na mapigil mapansin,
    na talagang wala ng naiiwan na pagmamahal…
    at kahit na anong gawin,
    di mo na mapilit at madaya
    aminin sa sarili mo na
    wala ka ng mabubuga…
    parang ‘sang kandila na nagdadala
    ng ilaw at liwanag
    nauubos rin sa magdamag..
    di na madaig o mabalik
    ang dating matamis na kahapon
    pilit ma’y tuyo nang damdamin…”[/i]

    to apo Jim and all the pinoys abroad out there, more power.. stand proud. we will wait for your return… nawa’y di matuyo ang damdamin nating lahat.=)

  44. sheenuhbaby says:

    Hi Mr. Jim! I wasn’t that surprised that PDI did something like this to you, lately I PDI is starting to lose it’s credibility somehow, based on the article written about you, and also about my friend’s dad, Lito Balquiedra.

    http://news.inq7.net/archive_article/index.php?ver=1&index=1&story_id=13133

    Even Ricky Lo reacted on the said article ‘coz the writer said no when ABSCBN requested for an erratum.
    http://www.philstar.com/philstar/news200608091701.htm

    Also, I want to commend about migrating abroad. I’ve lived abroad for quite some time also so I know how it feels like to adjust to a new environment and starting everything from scratch. If other people think leaving our homeland is a very coward thing to do, maybe they should start worrying about their future before they say such comments. Or maybe they don’t know real facts like OFW’s or some Filipino’s who are based abroad who sends money to their loved ones here in Manila are the main reason why the peso was the strongest currency during Asian Economic crisis.

    People like you, just because they’ve “given” up on the Philippines, doesn’t mean that the fight ends there, specially with the political issues which is the primary reason behind our country’s stagnant growth. Sad but true.

    AND lastly, IMO it’s useless “fighting” for our country as of the moment. Thanks to our corrupt government.

  45. lakandiwa says:

    salamat sa awiting humobog sa aking pagmamahal sa bayan at mga himig na napapatibog muli ng musmos na pagibig na dala ng mga ala-ala ng bawat kataga ng inyong mga awitin.

    sa likod ng mga panunuligsa at pangungutya, walang makakapapawi ng galak at tuwa na bung ng inyong mga awitin.

    sa bandang huli, alam kong tanging ang damdamin ang mananaig laban sa pilantik at anghang ng pananalitang bunga ng kaisipang hitik ng pagadlahi na nagmumula sa kaisipan kapos sa pagmamahal.

    ang awitin nyo ang tulay sa kahapong naghahatid ng galak sa kasalukuyan at walang makapagkakaila nito.

    para sa inyo pamilya isang panalangin ng kapayapaan at katiwasayan.

    Agapito

  46. Mike Abundo says:

    This is why I don’t read the papers. As more Filipinos adopt social media, neither will the rest of us.

  47. genevieve says:

    hey people, esp you benigno, can you just stop arguing abt what filipino is and stuff like that. Jim and Ala have been hurt of course by the people’s judgment. They’re celebrity, true, but that doesn’t make them less filipino as all others. Just because they’re celebrity doesnt mean that you can just say things like that without enough basis. Let’s not look at them as being celebrities, they’re also human beings like us. What’s important is that they contribute/contributed to the growth of the country. benigno, what did you do your entire life? scrutinize celebrities/people? they’re are not clowns, they are human beings just like you. What will you do if people scrutinize your job? If people look at you in terms of what you do for living or as a career? ala and jim have something to be proud of. they are actually helping the country even though they are million miles away! How many of us can inspire people to believe in their dreams, to stand firm in their ideals, to help other people in little ways?

  48. I\’m looking at using accelerated learning for my studies. Thanks for the advice.



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