False Religion + False Prophet + False Miracles = GOOD BUSINESS

Ulterior motives?

Out of curiosity, I had watched a Catholic mass through a live streaming recently. But this mass is not your typical kind of mass. The venue was in a first-class indoor arena. The male guest speaker narrated a bible verse that tells a story about a biblical figure who had offered oil and flowers to the Lord.

Then after telling the story, the speaker moved on to deliver his unique “homily.”

The guest speaker had explained its obvious meaning. Everybody can agree that God loves offerings. So right after his explanation, he enthusiastically exclaimed to the crowd, “raise your oils and flowers and offer it to the Lord!”

After seeing the crowd with no response, he reiterated, “ok, who among here had brought their own flowers and oils for our offering?”

At the time I had heard that, I’m not sure what he was talking about, I was like, “who would bring their own oils and flowers in a mass?” Or maybe I was wrong — I guess this is some part of their “religious protocol”.

But when the crowd still gone silent, and the guest speaker “felt” that no one bring their own stuff, the guest speaker asked in confusion, “walang nagdala?”* Then he proceeds on blaming someone: “hindi ba na-announce na magdala sila?”** He obviously had a long sigh, “acting” like he was frustrated.

*No one brings [oils and flowers]? **No one announced that they need to bring?

After “contemplating” for a while, he had eureka!

“I got a better idea!,” he said, “how about getting our wallet out?” So he pulled his wallet out of his pocket, hold it high, waved it in the air so the attendees will see.

Then after that, he said, “how about getting our checkbook out?”

Upon hearing that, I know already where this is going. “O-oh,” I said to myself — and I was right — he even pulled out a checkbook out of his pocket! As if that he has that checkbook along with him all of the time in his pocket! I guess he was prepared enough.

“Come on, give it to the Lord!”, he said, “for those who are giving checks. . .Give to the Lord! Be generous!”

You know where this story is going.

(Actually, the scene got shortly interrupted, as it was time for some “commercial break announcement” so the viewers will have information on where they can address the check, and other announcements like, “and for those who will give through bank deposit, here’s the account name, and account number.”)

There is nothing wrong about being generous. Nothing is wrong in giving. I believe in giving. The more you give, the more you will receive. I believe that the mass had its own good intentions on helping people help themselves.

But after the guest speaker had pulled off this “stunt,” something strikes me and wondered, “is there a concealed motive on why the speaker read a Bible verse first with the main intention of getting people to give money and checks?”

“Is this a part of some ulterior motives?”

(Everybody say “ulterior motives”.)

Have we ever wondered why there are so many religions in this world?

Let’s say on Christianity alone — why there are so many Christian denominations out there, e.g. Catholic, Born Again, Baptist, some sects, some fellowship, Protestant, etc. Did we ever wondered why there so many of them?

As an atheist before, I had frequently quoted, “Religion is a multi-billion dollar business.”

Well, I am not an atheist anymore, so I had forgotten that philosophy. But after watching that kind of “stunt” through my own eyes, it makes me think of that quote again.


Ok, let’s get into the topic, but before that, I have to give a full disclosure, because you might get “shocked” on what is written on the proceeding argument.

Full disclosure: No one commissioned me to write what I write. If you asked me what my current religion is, yes, I am a Catholic (by default), and yes, you can call me a hypocrite for “believing” in contrast to its practice. I’m not claiming to be a pastor, in fact, I never dreamed of becoming one. 

Let’s be aware, and seek truth on what the Bible says. (Oh no, the Bible again?) Relax, this is not some kind of other preaching stuff that are typically out there! I’m not trying to convert anyone of you into something. At the end of the day, people will believe in what they wanted to believe. It’s your choice by the way. All I wanted is for us to look through another “lens.”  Let us not be blind!

As I said, I’m an atheist before, but at that time, I believe that I know more of the Bible than those who are practicing faith to get by.

What I’m trying to say is, is it more of a good practice to know what we believe in?

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This is a picture that I made for a quick preface on what we are going to discuss.

Religion is a multi-million dollar business

Q: Why does it happen that there are many kinds of Christian denominations out there?

A: Because “some” build a religion with its main goal is profit. As far as I know, profits that are make from religion are tax-exempt here in the Philippines.

For our information, this kind of doing has been foretold in the Bible.

2 Corinthians 2:17 (NIV), “Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.”

See? This is the apostles saying, that they are unlike MANY who preach the Word of God with the intention of having PROFIT.

Let’s take a look at the picture below of that verse in the translation of English Contemporary Bible:

Religion is a business

The picture above is word another reading (and an all caps):



How do religions earn?

A: Take my satirical previous post on Facebook as an example so you can get an idea:

*Translation: I will sell postcards or T – shirt that had printed the word of God. As if we should have paid the word of God . I will monetize using the word of God. Hahaha! Is that right to do so?

Or, I will do what pastors do. I will accept prayer requests, in the bus, and of course, they are required to pay! If the pay will be in high amount, the request will be quickly granted. I will say I have a high praying aptitude if I can get paid high. Hahaha. But they should not realize that paid prayers are worthless! And realize that God does no business by proxy. Haha.

When we pray, we can go straight to Him, right?

The example above had reflected a way on how a certain religious group will earn. They sell merchandise using the Word of God. You can see it everywhere. People selling books, (even e-books on Play Store and Apple App store), images, rosaries, prayer requests, to baptismal fees, wedding fees, etc. They can earn a multiple ways if one is so inclined.

But there is another way for a religion to earn more exponentially than this.

It is through tithes. The popular and debatable tithes. Giving your tenth (10%) of your income are required in most religious sects. Yes, tithes, are mentioned in the Bible.

Hebrews 7:5 (NIV), “Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people that is — from their fellow Israelites — even though they also are descended from Abraham.”

But these laws are obsolete, as reflected right after seven verses from that line.

Hebrew 7:12 (NIV), “For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also.”

The former Levi priesthood was changed when Jesus Christ came. So then, what is the new law?

You know the popular saying “God loves a cheerful giver?” That supersedes the “tithing” law. Of course, it is also found in the Bible. But first, let’s complete that verse.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV), “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The keyword here is the word “compulsion.” Compulsion is the state of being forced to do something. Tithes are an essential requirement for some religion. A requirement is something that you are forced to do. Then, tithes forced you to pay for something!

Isn’t it tithing and “giving NOT under compulsion” are concepts that are contrasting?

To put it simply, God doesn’t want us to give because we feel we must.

God teaches us the values of giving, as long as we are happy with it, as long as our heart is willing to give — even it is less or more than 10% of your income. But whenever a church required tithes, you give money because you are forced into it. It invalidates the preceding Bible verse.

We can say tithes is used for the operational expenses of the church. Yes, actually, it is! It is used to pay the rent of a certain big venue.

Now, what if, as there are instances, the money that you “offered” to the Lord came from “wrong ways” of earning, such as, gambling, money that had gained hastily (Proverbs 13:11), money that was earned by deceiving others, money that incapacitates others (too much interest, exploiting others); and it happened that we do not know that the Lord told us not to earn money through these ways (or worse, we know these laws, but we did not follow it?)

The question is, can the money that you offered now become “sacred?”

(Even the Anti-Money Laundering Act can be applied to you.)

“Oh well, whatever, nevermind.”

It doesn’t matter anyway, whether your money came from good or “evil” to those people who preach the Word of God just for the sake of having a profit!

But, as you will become more aware and think — does God need your money? God does not want your money! Actually, he does not need money. Right?

You know what God wants? What God appreciates? God wants your time, share your love to others, and — this is the hardest part for the others — follow what it is written in the Bible, no more and no less.

Now if the money will be used in some form of charity, medical missions, and to help those who are needy, that’s good! It is the sacred use of money, as long as this money came from “good” ways. Whenever by this means will be used to help our brother, you do it to God. Remember the Golden Rule, right?

But, as I say, if the money is accumulated by some deceitful “stunt,” if this money is accumulated with ulterior motives — think again! “Give to the Lord!” You might been brainwashed by a person to what the Bible calls a “false prophet.”

The False Prophet

1 John 4:1 (NIV), “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Matthew 7:15 (NIV) “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

Yes, that’s right! That’s why as you can see in the first photo of this article, I put up a drawing of a wolf (although it looks like a roasted pig.)

Q: How to detect a false prophet?

A: A false prophet is teaching what is not written in the Bible, or paraphrasing what is in the Bible, or “interpreting” what is in the Bible for their own interest, saying some invalid ideals. I heard someone say, “. . . it was written 3000 years ago and so that Bible line is not relevant anymore!” How can you somebody say that? Then don’t use the Bible at all! It is not relevant naman pala!

But when it comes to tithing law, all are relevant. How come?

Another disclosure: You can say, I might be the one who is “interpreting”; but hey, for the record, at least I am not using the Word of God through this blog just to “manipulate” others so I can have PROFIT!

Then, why many people believed with some “manipulative” religion and its false prophet?

You can answer it if you looked at my drawing again.

You might be familiar if you ever watched a preacher claimed to heal a certain sick person on stage, just by putting his hand on the forehead of the sick person, citing “exorcism” prayers, then boom! The sick person collapses and everybody applauses, claiming that the person is now healed!

Do we know that not all miracles are from God?

These Bible verses are worth reading:

Matthew 24:24 (NIV), “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV), “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me,you evildoers!’”

2 Thessalonians 2:9 (NIV), “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power, through signs and wonders that serve the lie.

See? Not all miracles are from the will of God! We have to watch out!

But how do false prophets “market” themselves that they can perform miracles?

Many false prophets will say something like they had encountered God through a dream, or they have a “vision.”  In that way everyone will believe what the false prophet might say. They claimed he or she had a conversation with God.

Nah! Even Homer J. Simpson can say that!

meaning of life GOD

False prophets daydream a lot. Read:

Isaiah 56:10-11
Isaiah 56:10-11

And also, false prophets are very positive people. They instill hope to the people. There is nothing wrong to be positive and give hope to the people, because some people don’t know that they still have that hope.

But again, if they used this style to “market” and draw people to them so they can eventually ask for tithes for personal interests such as profit, there is something “fishy” in these.

Even though they have to use absurd “persuasion” techniques, just like the following statements. This may sound familiar to you:

“Sino dito gusto makapunta ng Amerika? Kung oo, tumalon tayo ng sampung beses para sa Diyos! Pagdating niyo sa bahay, makikita niyo, andun na sa mesa niyo yung passport!” *

*”Who wants here to go to America? If yes, then let us jump ten times for the Lord! When you go home, you will see on your table your passport!”


Another one:

“Gusto niyo magkaroon ng pera? Ilabas niyo ang wallet niyo! Iwagayway niyo ng mataas para sa Diyos at magkakalaman iyan ng madaming pera! Pag nagkapera kayo, siguraduhin niyo wag niyo kalilimutan ang ikapo!” *

*”You want to have money? Get your wallet out! Wave it high for the Lord and it will be filled with lots of money! When you get your money, make sure that you don’t forget to pay your tithes!”

See? Is this what we called the Law of Attraction? Or a technique used by a false prophet to “attract” people?

The false prophet knows people are always motivated by money, in fact, they know it because they can relate themselves into it. I’m not saying money is not essential. In fact, there is a Bible verse that state that money is essential.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 (NIV), “A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.

But we must take note also, for The Bible says:

(Wait, relax, I’m not going to quote and paraphrase the famous verse, “The love of money is the root of all evil,” which can be found at 1 Timothy 6:10.)

Matthew 6:24 (NIV), “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

NO ONE CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS… YOU CANNOT SERVE BOTH GOD AND MONEY. Especially when your PASSION is teaching the word of GOD, please, DO NOT TURN IT INTO PROFIT! Don’t turn this passion into profit! Did the apostles do their “work” for the sake of having profit?

Neither did Jesus, who died poor on the cross.

But why many people become “obsessed” with some “manipulative” religion and its false prophet?

This is what I think the world gets wrong. Many people think that doing the conventional things wherein most people follow and do is always the right thing to do. Remember, not because many people “do” it, doesn’t make it right.

Here is the proof:


It is worth noting. Again, as the New International Version says:

Matthew 7:13 (NIV), “. . .For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, AND MANY ENTER THROUGH IT.”

So you cannot just simply say that because you have many members, it means that you are on the right side.

Many people will go to malls than those who go to church. Many people spend time on playing online games, browsing their Facebook and on some internet stuff rather than reading something very useful.


Ok, I’m sorry, if this blog is somehow too long.

For parting words:

I believe in God and especially the teachings in the Bible (no more, no less, no interpreting for their own sake, no paraphrasing).

For in these writings, we can seek the truth, and we can be guided on how to live a better way of life. (But not in “some” religion.) Ever since, I was “shopping” for a religion that speaks about the TRUTH. You can call me confused. Yes. But I had the Bible as a basis. Maybe I will build my own religion.

I know I am not perfect, but at least, I believe, I’m not a follower of something that is false. And I hate to see someone else became blind because some blind leads them. Hence the saying, “the blind leading the blind.” (Matthew 15:13-14).

Or you can say I am the one who is blind, or I am a false prophet.

That’s why I welcome bashers, and to those who want to try to “enlighten” me. Thanks, for this is also Biblical:

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

And here’s my favorite:

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)

P.S.  If you had watched the film The Matrix, and decoded its Christian allegory theme, you know what I mean. Most people are not ready to be “unplugged”, they go on with their everyday lives, without seeking the truth. They said that we have to be always happy. But this is some kind of a “dumb” thing, like suffering is no part of life. What? Suffering is essential in this world, so every victory will be “sweet” if we overcome suffering.

Look at Jesus who died for all of us. Did He not suffer at the time of his crucifixion?

the matrix - most people are not ready to be unplugged

I will explain these to my next blog.

Ang kulit mo ha! Bobo ba ang Diyos?

Naalala ko ang napanood ko dati sa Wowowee, ang istorya ni Roni Cordero, isang simpleng husband. Ang kulit kasi ng asawa niya. Ilang ulit kasi siyang itinatanong ng misis niya ng “mahal mo ba ako?” E dumating sa punto na nakukulitan na siya sa tuwing ang misis niya ay nagtatanong. Ang resulta, nagsulat siya ng kanta, at pinamagatan niya itong “Hanggang”, na ikinanta ni Wency Cornejo. Malinaw na malinaw sa unang linya pa lang ng kanta, “Ilan ulit mo ng itinatanong sa kin. . .” , at doon na natapos ang pangungulit ng kaniyang misis. Pakiramdam niya kasi nagdududa ang misis niya sa pagmamahal niya sa tuwing tatanungin siya ng ganon.

Isipin mo, ikaw ay isang magaling na waiter sa isang resto. Pero yung kustomer mo, paulit-ulit niyang pinapaalala sa iyo ang kaniyang order. Nakuha mo na nga, alam mo na ang order niya, actually niluluto na nga, pero inulit ulit pa. Diba kung ikaw iyong waiter, maiinis ka pag ganun

Ganun din ang Diyos, ayaw niya na inuulit-ulit ang dasal.

Ang sabi sa Bibliya, sinabi ni Hesus na:

Matthew 6:7 (American King James Version)

“When you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”

Sabi, huwag ulit-ulitin ang dasal! Bakit?

Ganito ang logic:

Diba kaya nga tayo ng fa-follow up sa isang bagay ay dahil wala tayong tiwala? Walang trust. Walang faith! Sa tingin mo, baka kasi nakalimutan na ang bagay na iyong hinihiling, at gusto mo itong ipaalala, kaya inuulit mo. Diba ganun?

Isipin niyo, iyong anak niyo, lagi niyo siya pinapa-alalahanan. Araw-araw, minu-minuto. Pero imbis na maintindihan kayo ng anak niyo, imbis na sumunod siya sa iyo, nagrerebelde, lalo na pag malaki na ang anak ninyo. Bakit? Nakulitan lang sa iyo! E pinapakita mo kasi sa anak mo na wala kang tiwala sa anak mo! You are sending a “wrong signal” to your child na hindi niya magagawa ang bagay na gusto mo, at naiisip ng anak mo, kaya paulit-ulit, dahil bobo siya. Kung may tiwala ka naman sa anak mo na magaling siya at matalino, hindi mo na kailangan ipa-alalahanan ang anak mo, diba?

Isipin mo iyong empleyado mo, pag lagi mong pinapa-alalahanan, e minamasama niya ito. Bakit?

O kung ikaw yung empleyado, tapos yung boss mo, lagi ka pinapa-alalahanan. Hindi ba maiinis ka? Sa utak mo, sasabihin mo, “hindi naman ako bobo! Para ulit-ulitin mo ako palalahanan!”

Sabi nga ni Stephen Covey, “trust is the highest form of human motivation.”

Pero pag nagdadasal na, hindi na tao ang kausap mo, kundi mas mataas pa sa tao. Diyos na ang kausap mo! At hindi bobo ang Diyos! Sa katunayan, alam niya na ang bagay na ihihiling mo, bago mo pa hilingin!

Ituloy natin sa Mateo 6:8,

“. . .for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him.”

Kita mo na? E bakit pag nagrorosaryo, paulit ulit ang dasal?

Datihan na empleyado: mababa sahod. Bagong empleyado: mas mataas sahod?

Kung ikaw ay isang empleyado, o naging empleyado, makaka-relate ka sa typikal na istorya na ito:

Naalala ko yung mga dating kasamahan ko sa trabaho, na kahit sila pa ang nauna sa kumpanya, they felt underpaid, lalo na pag ikinumpara nila ang sarili nila sa mga mas bagong empleyado.

via http://www.mscareergirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Underpaid.jpg

In other words, kung sino pa ang mas matagal na nagtatrabaho sa isang certain na kumpanya, kung sino pa ang naka-ilang taon na sa kumpanya – sila pa ang may mababang sahod, at hindi man lang na increasan.

Samantalang yung bagong hired, as in kaka-hired lang, ay may mas mataas pa na sahod compared sa mga nauna nang empleyado. Pareho lang naman na posisyon. Ang daya noh? And I “feel” for them sa mga dati kong kasamahan. To be honest, naiinis ako sa employer namin noon kasi nga para sa akin ay may “napatunayan” naman na yung mga dati kong kasamahan, at hindi makatarungan na kung sino pa ang bago, siya pa ang may mataas na sahod.

At para sa karamihan, ang sahod nga naman ay parang indicator ng iyong importansya sa iyong kumpanya.  Kung mas mataas ang sahod mo sa iba, pakiramdam natin ay mas nakakataas, mas magaling, at mas importante tayo kaysa sa ibang co-worker mo na kapareho lang ng iyong posisyon.

Kaya sabi ng employer na hindi dapat nagpapakitaan ng payslip ang mga empleyado sa isa’t isa, kasi magdudulot lang ito ng inggitan.

So ano ang point kung bakit ko ito nakwento? Nakalagay rin pala ang ganitong sitwasyon sa Bibliya. Ngayon ko lang din nalaman.

(Oo alam ko, Bible verses nanaman, na para sa karamihan nakakatamad basahin. Pero pag FHM hindi tinatamad. Pag chismis na article hindi tinatamad. Hehe. Sabagay mas madiling maintindihan. Unlike sa Bible ay mahirap, pag may mga salitang katulad ng mga “thou”, “ye”, “thee”. Kaya Contemporary Easy-to-read English na Bible verses na lang ang ilalagay ko.)

Narito ang istorya.

Basahin natin sa Matthew 20:1 -16,

As Jesus was telling what the kingdom of heaven would be like, he said:

Early one morning a man went out to hire some workers for his vineyard. After he had agreed to pay them the usual amount for a day’s work, he sent them off to his vineyard.

About nine that morning, the man saw some other people standing in the market with nothing to do. He said he would pay them what was fair, if they would work in his vineyard.  So they went.

At noon and again about three in the afternoon he returned to the market. And each time he made the same agreement with others who were loafing around with nothing to do.

Finally, about five in the afternoon the man went back and found some others standing there. He asked them, “Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?”

“Because no one has hired us,” they answered. Then he told them to go work in his vineyard.

That evening the owner of the vineyard told the man in charge of the workers to call them in and give them their money. He also told the man to begin with the ones who were hired last. When the workers arrived, the ones who had been hired at five in the afternoon were given a full day’s pay.

 The workers who had been hired first thought they would be given more than the others. But when they were given the same,  they began complaining to the owner of the vineyard. They said, “The ones who were hired last worked for only one hour. But you paid them the same that you did us. And we worked in the hot sun all day long!”

The owner answered one of them, “Friend, I didn’t cheat you. I paid you exactly what we agreed on. Take your money now and go! What business is it of yours if I want to pay them the same that I paid you? Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Why should you be jealous, if I want to be generous?”

Oh no! Kuhang kuha noh? Paano na kaya kung nakuha nila magreklamo mismo dun sa employer at ipapabasa sa kanila ang Bible verses na ito. Mabu-boom panes siguro sila. Huhu. Kahit mahirap tanggapin, oo nga naman, wala na tayo doon, kasi pera na ng employer ang pinag-uusapan, at gagawin niya kung ano ang sakaling gustuhin niya sa pera niya.

Matutuwa siguro sa akin ang mga employer at maaasar ang mga empleyado.

Bahala na kayo, e nakasulat sa Bibliya e. Kailangan lang natin ng open-mindedness. Sabi nga sa kanta ng Metallica na Nothing Else Matters, “open mind for a different view.”

Sa mga empleyado, pag-isipan na lang natin kung paano tayo makakakuha ng increase at makakakuha ng magandang recognition. Iwasan natin maging mareklamo at mainggit sa kapwa empleyado, wag manira ng iba, at wag ma-involved sa politko. Pakialamanan mo muna ang sarili mo, at huwag ang iba!

Maging positibo pa rin ang maganda mong gawin. Sa totoo lang dapat mo nga itong pasalamatan na underpaid ka. Uulitin ko, pasalamat ka at nafi-feel mo na underpaid ka – kasi mas magiging creative ka at makakagawa ka ng ibang paraan upang kumita ng pera. Madalas, yung sideline mo pa ang ikayayaman mo. Unlike sa mga nasa corpo at may mataas ng sahod, minsan kontento na sila.

The point is: Ang kagandahan sa Bibliya ay ilang taon nang nakalipas isinulat ang mga salita na narito, pero relevant pa rin sa lahat ang mga salitang nakasulat dito ngayon. Sinabi ito ng Diyos para iwas inggitan na lang – at walang first come, first serve sa langit.

Pero sabi nga sa joke, “kung lahat gustong pumunta sa langit, e bakit walang gustong mauna?” 🙂

Cellphones: from “pangkayod ng yelo”, to Godlike powers, to the destruction of human society

Cellphones, cellphones, cellphones
Nagsimula sa “pangkayod ng yelo” to text jokes
Wala pang unli noon, pinakamurang load, 300 prepaid
Pag nagreply ka ng “K”, matuturingan ka nang rich-kid

Space impact at snake
Beat mo top score ko na 2 thousand and 8
Pa-bluetooth ng sex scandal
Kahit memory card ko 128MB lang

Hanggang nagka-camera at mp3
Touch screen at QWERTY, katulad ng Blackberry
Nagkaroon ng WiFi: Android saka Iphone
Sama mo na made in Divisoria – ang ChinaFong

Napakadaming gamit, parang magic
Isipin mo may incredible powers ka at lahat one click
Imagine mo kung nabuhay ka nung 18th century
Sasabihin mo, cellphones? Parang imposibleng mangyari

Itong teknolohiya naman kasi, ang galing nga naman
Pwede tayo mag-usap usap kahit saan lupalop pa man
Pwede ka magcheck ng status ng iyong mga kaibigan
O Cellphone, paano kaya tayo mabubuhay pag wala ka diyan?

Pwede ka mag games pag nainip ka
Feeling mo alam mo na lahat basta i-Google mo lang
Sa harap ng screen, pwede mo i-share sa buong mundo ang iyong nafi-feel
Kaso paano na kaya, naging digital, imbis ang tunay na “human feel?”

Lahat ng bagay pag nasobrahan ay nagiging mali
Sa isang gadget, masyado na ata tayo nawiwili
Masdan mo ang pamilya, kahit grupo ng magkakaibigan
Magkakaharap nga, pero hindi naman nagpapansinan

evolution of cellphones
Via: http://sagamer.co.za/img/evolution-phone.jpg

Nasabi ko sa previous blog ko na “your cellphones reflect who you are” – na marketing strategy lang iyon ng mga cellphone companies. Well, bakit nga ba nila nasabi iyon?

Simple lang naman ang sagot: mas magmumukhang “mas mayaman” ka pag maganda ang phone mo. Yung iba, bibili ng latest na phone na mas mahal pa kaysa sa monthly sahod nila. Pero kung na “full potential” mo ang phone mo, sulit naman, diba? Madaming features, therefore, mas “cool” ka. Kung natatandaan ko, sabi nga sa novel ni Dan Brown na The Lost Symbol, pag gumamit daw tayo ng cellphones ay para na tayong may Godlike powers. Ayos, diba?

Wag lang natin abusuhin.

Recently, I stumbled upon a great article that helped me na ma-recur ang idea ng mga effects of cellphones in our society, lalo na yung mga negative effects.  It’s a blog by penpowersong, and I end up commenting it. Mababasa sa ibaba ang aking naging kumento:

negative effects of cellphones

Sa comment na ito, nabanggit ko ang napakagandang pelikula na Wall-E, dahil pinapakita sa movie na ito ang magiging posibleng negatibong epekto ng teknolohiya sa ating future. Maitatanong mo, kung nag-uumpisa na ba natin maramdaman ang destruction of our human society?

Bukod sa mga nabanggit kong mga negative effects ng cellphones, katulad nang yung mga magkakaibigan, mag-asawa, magkapamilya na hindi nagpapansinan dahil abala sa kanilang cellphones (misan nag-aaway pa nga) – may mga iba pang mga negatibong epekto ang paggamit ng cellphones, at marami pang iba! (Some, dito sa ating magiging listahan, I just go beyond cellphones.)

Hindi ko naman itinatago na minsan gawain ko ito. At least AWARE na ko, at gusto kong i-SHARE sa inyo ang aking mga obserbasyon para maging aware din kayo.

  1. Imbis na magdasal tayo bago kumain, ngayon nakakalimutan na natin ito gawin, pero naalala natin mag take pictures na lang. Haha. Then selfie. Post sa Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, lahat lahat na! Kahit mabagal wi-fi hihintayin pa natin ma-upload. What the..? Gutom na yung kasamo mo uyy!
  1. Sa mga may-ari ng resto, ang tagal na ngayon mabakante ng isang upuan. Paano nakikigamit pa ng free wi-fi yung customers, (kahit tubig lang naman ang inorder)! Hahaha. Pati yung mga waiter, na-aabala. Imbis na kumuha ng order at magserve lang ng food ang trabaho nila, nagiging photographer na rin! Maski wala na sa EDSA at nasa work na, “nata-trapik” pa din ang waiter. Hehe. Tapos magrereklamo tayo kung bakit mabagal ang serbisyo? Nyak!
  1. Sa maling paggamit ng cellphone, pati productivity ng trabaho natin, bumabagal. I-i-style pa tayo: na kunwari seryoso sa trabaho, patadyak-tadyak pa sa mesa na akala ng iba nagkamali sa Excel o sa pag AutoCad – yun pala nagkamali lang ng moves sa Candy Crush o Clash of Clans. Naglalaro lang pala!

Minsan din, seryoso ka na ngayon sa trabaho: nag-uupload ka ng files sa email, kaso ang bagal. Yun pala yung kasama mo nanonood lang sa YouTube! Haha. Hindi nga naglalaro, net naman ng net ng kung ano-ano. Wala rin! Haha. Mapa-games o mindless internet: cause of distractions. Cause of delay pa tayo sa productivity ng kumpanya mo.

  1. Dahil maliit lang ang cellphone, kaya ito dalhin sa CR. Unlike TV, o portable DVD Player. . .(o guys, you know what I mean na, hahaha) . . .para makaraos. Akala natin OK lang naman, until I found out recently, masama pala ito, kasi nalaman ko ngayon-ngayon lang na sabi sa Bibliya.

Basahin natin ang Matthew 5:28 ng King James Version:

“But I say to you that whoever looks to a woman to LUST for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Oh no… Goodbye Maria Ozawa!

  1. Maangas ka magcomment sa iba dahil hindi mo naman nakikita sa harapan mo yung “inaasar” mo e. Hindi tayo takot. Hindi naman lalabas yung kamay ng inaasar mo sa monitor mo at bigla kang sasapakin. (Ask online DOTA players na laging nagta-trashtalk, o sa ibang online games; pwede rin maski sa ibang articles at comment box.) The thing is, it promotes disharmony.
  1. Sa pampublikong sasakyan, katulad ng MRT, bus, o airplane – hindi mo na kailangan obligadong kausapin ang katabi mo pangtanggal inip. Andiyan naman ang cellphone e. Ang epekto, nawawala na ang “human interaction skills” natin. Pero don’t talk to strangers ika-nga. Hahaha. Pero lahat naman ng nakikilala natin, naging strangers din sila dati. Malay natin, yung stranger na yun ngayon, yun pala magiging asawa mo in the future.

Ok lang, may online dating naman ngayon e.

Sabagay, may ibang tao na introvert. Lalo na mga long hair at rakista, o emo, mapababae o lalake – gusto nila naka-malaking headphones na parang nagsasabi, “Don’t talk to me! Can’t you see I’m listening to music?! I want to be alone!” Pero yung nasilip mo na yung device nila, playlist naman ni Sarah Geronimo yung pinapatugtog. Hahaha. (Thanks, hindi ako nag-iisa.) Pero kahit pareho pa tayong may idol kay Sarah G., at may common interest, hindi pa rin madaling magka-approachan, kasi naka-headphones nga e.

  1. Imbis na matuto tumugtog nang totoong musical instrument, sa apps na fake drums na lang tayo tumutugtog, o piano simulation. Mas malala, sa Guitar Hero lang magaling! Justin Bieber pa ang piniling tugtog. Haha.
  1. Nakakalimutan na natin bumuklat ng libro. Yung totoong libro! Hindi e-book. Haha. Sabagay mas environmental friendly nga naman daw ang e-book, kasi hindi na gagamit ng papel, hindi na puputol ng puno. Nyak.
  1. Ang mga bata ngayon, hindi na marunong maglaro ng classic na mga laro tulad ng tumbang preso, taguan, jolens, luksong baka, patintero, at iba pa. “Boring stuff” na sa mga bagong henerasyon ngayon yun. Saka boring na rin yung kite flying, at laro na pini-pitpit yung tansan tapos bubutasan sa gitna, saka lalagyan ng sinulid at papa-ikutin. (Ano tawag sa laro na yun?) Hahaha.
  1. (At ang idadagdag niyo pa sa comment box. Alam ko may maganda pa kayong example.)

In parting words: Hindi naman masama ang cellphones, pero lahat ng bagay pag nasobrahan, pagkina-adikan na natin, nagiging masama. Sabi nga sa paboritiong movie ko na Fight Club,

“The things you own, end up owning you.”

The things you own, end up owning you
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Maraming salamat sa pagbabasa ng aking mga articles, sa mga tumatangkilik ng aking blog. Pati na sa aking ginawang flip-top tula na nasa itaas. Naisip ko mas madali kasing basahin pag magkaka-rhyme at may stanza. Kahit trying hard, at least I am trying to emphasize a point. Wag lang maging Busta Rhyme – basta nag-rhyme OK na. 🙂

Mga senyales na ikaw ay isang totoong mayaman

Salamat sa mga nagbasa (at magbabasa pa) ng aking nakaraan na article na Mga Senyales Na Ikaw Ay Mahirap.

Sa lahat nang mga nagkumento, as in sa LAHAT nang mga kumento, maraming salamat po sa inyo! I agree to everyone of you, dahil nirerespeto ko ang pananaw ng bawat isa sa atin.

Dahil alam ko ang pananaw ng bawat isa sa atin, ay tama para sa sarili nila.

We can share our opinions, pero gaya nga ng nasabi ko, and I reiterate: RESPETUHIN na lang natin ang kumento ng isa’t isa.

I didn’t mean to offend somebody. My purpose is to be an eye-opener sa mga mahihirap. When I speak of “mahirap”, it doesn’t necessarily mean na mahirap in terms of financial status. There are other forms of “riches” na mas HIGIT pa sa financial status, katulad ng kontrol sa sarili, pagkakaroon ng harmomy in all human relations, positive mental attitude, at open-mindedness sa lahat ng topic.

Hindi tayo magiging harmonious sa iba kung puro negative, at kung hindi natin sisikapin na maintindihan ang iba. Ayaw natin nang gera; pero kaya nga nagkakagera, dahil sa hindi pagkaka-unawaan at closed-mindedness. Pero kung hindi maiwasan mag differ – remember: WE CAN AGREE TO DISAGREE.

Pero ganyan talaga ang nature ng madaming tao. Hindi naman tayo nakikipagtalo ng physikalan katulad ng mga hayop. Hindi tayo tulad ng leon na siya na ang hari ng kagubatan dahil mas malakas siya sa usa, at dahil dun nasa itaas siya ng food chain. Sa halip, “kinakain” natin ang ibang tao sa pamamagitan ng tagisan ng talino, at pagmamayabang ng gamit at pera.

Pero, ang patutungo natin sa iba ay hindi naman dapat maging competition. Sa sports pwede pa, at the end of the day, laro lang naman yun. Pero what about sa totoong buhay? Most of life is not a competition — na tipong pag nakalamang ka kumpara sa ibang tao, feeling mo, “nakain” mo na yung ibang tao. Hindi ganun.

Ang TOTOONG MAYAMAN ay hindi nakikipagkumpetensya, dahil may tiwala sila sa sarili nilang kapabilidad, at hindi na nila kailangan ng approval ng iba o “kainin” pa ang iba sa argumento. Coordination. Ang TOTOONG MAYAMAN ay hindi nakikipagkumpetensya, dahil alam nilang sapat ang resources para sa lahat. Abundance. Hindi na nila kailangan “kainin” pa ang iba. Bakit pa nila kakailangananin makipagkumpetensya sa iba, kung alam nila hindi naman sila mauubusan? Instead, they CREATE, not compete. And more importantly, they truly understand other people.

For the record, I was poor myself. And I experienced all of these signs, so tama ang iba, may pinaghuhugatan nga ko. Sarcastic ako sa sarili ko. Hehe. At least, ngayon, I have a “rich” mentality. It is all in the mentality.

Lahat naman tayo gusto yumaman. Sa mga mahihirap, lahat gusto magbago ang buhay. Pero bakit mismo ang sarili, hindi mabago? Therefore, they remain bound. They remain poor.

I wrote this so I can remind myself na umiwas sa bad traits I had been gone through, of the poor habits na napagdaanan ko. And I want to speak for the people that has that same struggle too, and wake up their minds. . .

Kahit mali-mali pa grammar ko.

Basta, ang mahalaga ay ang ating personality – hindi kung paano tayo kagaling makipag-communicate, o gaano pa tayo katalino, o kung gaano pa tayo kayaman. Meron ngang iba na magaling magsalita, matalino, mayaman, nakapatapos pa ng pag-aaral, pero nanloloko naman ng kapwa, o yung classic na example: nagnakaw naman ng kaban ng bayan. Corrupt. May bilyon pero ninakaw. Mayaman nga pero nanlamang naman ng kapwa.

Kaya sa huli, ang pinakamahalaga ay sinceridad pa rin ng isang tao, lalo na kung ang layunin ay para makatulong sa iba.

Thank you and peace.

Kahon na may dalawang pinto


Napapansin ko
Pumapasok tayong mga tao
Sa isang kahon na may dalawang pinto
Upang magsabi ng ating mga nagawang kasalanan dito

Kaharap ay pari
Magdadasal ng madaming Ama Namin
Sasabihin mga kasalanan natin
At hihingi ng tawad sa Ama na nasa langit

Pero hindi ko maintindihan
Sa pari ba tayo nagkasalanan?
Bakit hindi muna sa taong nagawan
Ng iyong kamaliaan at ng kasalanan

Pagkatapos, sa iyong kwarto ka na lang
Ng sa ganun, hindi na kailangan sa simbahan
Ang Diyos na alam natin na nandiyan kahit saan
Wag mo lang ulit-ulitin ang iyong kasalanan


Many people use the expression, “Susmaryosep.” I hate it when I hear it, even it was derived from JeSUS, MARY, and JOSEPh.

Or even the expressions, “Sus, Ginoong Maria!” Or “Panginoon ko po!”, or “O Diyos ko!”, and the like.

Come to think about it, where do we often use that line?

For example, the famous line in the song  “Pare Ko” by The Eraserheads: “O DIYOS KO! Ano ba naman ito? diba? [Bleep]-ina.”

Another example, when parents scold their child: “Susmaryosep ka namang bata ka!” (Then ended up spanking the child.)

Or, “Panginoon ko naman.. Patay tayo diyan,” as an expression in disbelief and awe. And more often, when we are complaining.

See my point?

We often not aware on what we regularly say, especially these words.  They become part of our habits. And habits do not distinguish what is good and bad. The mind just unconsciously spew it, the same principle as the slip-of-the-tounge concept.

As we had read this, we must be aware of our choice of words. We must guard our thoughts to these unconscious habits on bad use of expressions. Curse words. God does not want cursing, especially when we use His name against Him.

Why not use these expressions to good use, like “Panginoon Ko” in a grateful manner? We can say, “Panginoon ko! Salamat po!”

Diba? Mas maganda?

Mga nakatagong senyales na ikaw ay isang mahirap

Poverty is a disease. A pandemic disease. For example, the dreaded disease: cancer. We must know the underlying causes of cancer. And of course, to treat that disease, we must first know that you have the disease. We must be aware of its symptoms. Many symptoms are obvious. But some, the deadliest one, are asymptomatic – meaning, we don’t feel the disease, there are no signs and symptoms, we’re not aware; but we manifest the disease already and the condition is worsening.

For that analogy, you cannot achieve financial literacy if you don’t have complete awareness of yourself, especially if you are not aware of the hidden signs and symptoms of poverty.

Ok, enough for the introduction (and the serious tone of this article.)

For this writing, I will write it in my native language (Filipino) and I intended to write it in a humorous way. I had chosen to do so, so every Filipino can easily get entertained and understand this article; because I observed many Filipinos are “asymptomatic”. My first concern is for my fellow countrymen. And all I really wanted is to increase their awareness.

Ito na talaga, “wala ng madaming palabok.”

Para sa listahan:

  • 1. Pumipila ka ng mahaba sa ATM pag araw na ng sahod.

Malalaman na natin agad na araw na ng 15 at 30 dahil sobrang mahahalata mo na pag nasa labas ka, lalo na sa mall, at sa trapik ng mga lansangan sa Maynila, at mas lalo na sa haba ng mga pumipila sa ATM machine.

Magwiwithdraw ka kahit pa yung pila sa ATM ay kasing haba ng pila sa Wowowee, o pila sa pagkuha ng NBI clearance. Kasi, naubos na kaagad ang pera mo ilang araw pa lang bago ang payday, kaya pagpatak ng araw ng sahod, dali-daling pumipila sa ATM para makakuha ng pera.

O kaya pag wala naman sa iyo ang ATM mo – nasa pamamalaga ni Misis, o kaya mas malala, nasa-sanglaan ng ATM card – isa ka sa mga interesado sa sagot sa Frequently Asked Questions pag payday na: “May sahod na ba?” O kaya, “May pumasok na ba na pera sa ATM?”

At ang masama pa diyan, yung winiwithdraw mong pera sa ATM nung araw ng sweldo, ipinangbabayad mo lang kaagad sa utang kasi naubos na ang pera mo ilang araw bago pa yung araw ng sahod. (Aray!) Ano kaya ang pinag-gagawa mo sa pera mo? “Pinapa-ikot” mo ba, in a bad way?

atm long queue philippines
Photo via Mark Obusan http://www.flickr.com/photos/53340366@N02/10390167993



  • 2. “Pag nanalo ako sa lotto” mentality

“Pag nanalo ako sa lotto, bibili ako ng sariling mansyon ko. Tapos magbabaksyon muna ako sa France. Pag balik ko, bibili ako ng sports car, yung red. Tapos mag-gogolf ako ng may madaming gwardiya, baka kasi makidnap ako.”

Tapos ang reply sa iyo ng kausap mong kontra-bida, “Paano ka mananalo? E hindi ka naman tumataya!”

Pero pag nalaman niya na tumaya ka na, kakampi mo na siya, at sasabihin, “Pre, balatuan mo na lang ako pag nanalo ka ha!” Hahaha.

Sabi nga ng bandang Kamikazee, “Libre lang mangarap, managinip ka habang gising.” Habang gising, hindi habang tulog!

Kaya ito, literal na gising na gising ang karamihan, pag may “lotto craze” (yun yung pag mataas na ang jackpot).
Tapos gising na gising yung mga nakapila, makikita mo sa mukha nila na sabik na sila manalo, parang “woooooow, sana ako na ang susunod na magiging instant milyonaryo.”

Alam mo ba na kahit hindi pa uso ang lotto noon, may sinabi na ang Diyos patungkol dito? Ang sabi sa Bibliya, sa Proverbs 13:11, “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers it little by little will increase it.”

Totoo ito! Madami ng jumackpot sa lotto ang naghihirap din pagkatapos lang ng ilang buwan at taon? Instant yaman e. Walang pinagkaiba ito sa mga dating boksingero o artista o NBA player na mababalitaan mo na lang na naghirap bigla.

Kahit sabihin mo pa na, “Pag nanalo ako sa lotto, uunahin ko ang mag-donate ng 10% ng mapapanalunan ko para sa church.”


  • 3. Sobrang maluho na wala sa lugar

“Ubos ubos biyaya, pagkatapos ay nakatunganga.”

“OK lang basta nasa uso.”

May mga tao na dapat silang laging “in” — may laging latest model ng iPhone o Samsung Galaxy — pero pag may emergency na walang mailalabas na pera. O baka para sa kanila, emergency ang pagkakaroon ng sale sa mall. (Oops! Natatamaan ako.)

Ok lang naman na bumili ka ng magagarbong gamit, lalo na kung “pitik” lang yun sa dami mong pera, at alam mong madali lang bawiin iyong ginastos mo (as in madali). Ang hindi lang maganda ay bili ka ng bili ng latest na gadgets o sapatos o magagarbong damit o kung ano-ano pa, pero wala ka namang emergency funds (yung totoong emergency funds ha!)

Ang mas masama, inutang mo lang naman yung pangbili mo. Bugtong bugtong hulaan niyo: “easier to swipe, harder to pay.” Tapos sabay biglang titipirin yung pagkain, o kaya nagpromissory note yung anak kasi kulang pangbayad ng tuition. Sabi nila, “your cellphone reflects who you are.” Sauce. Marketing strategy lang ito ng mga manufacturer ng cellphone. Hindi ka naman magiging mayaman sa ginagawa mo — mayabang pwede pa!

You know what’s cool? Pansinin mo yung ibang totoong mayayaman na tao diyan, hindi naman maluho, yung lumang Nokia pa rin yung gamit (basta nakakatext at tawag, pwede na). Eto kilala nyo:

jaime zobel de ayala nokia cellphone

Yan ang totoong angas!

Kaya nga sila yumaman, kasi disiplinado, at hindi sila maluho. Sabi nga ni Boy Abunda, “proud to be kuripot!”

  • 4. Pa-bonggang lifestyle

Sa picture sa ibaba, sa palagay niyo, sino sa dalawa ang may mas mataas na net worth?

higher net worth - rich or poor


Kahit karamihan hindi alam ang ibig sabihin ng salitang “net worth”, obvious naman ang sagot e: siyempre yung letter A. Pero maaaring mali tayo.

Madaming tao ang nagpapa-bonngga lang, mayaman kung tignan, yun pala marami rin palang utang. Negative net worth. Yung taong grasa, kahit walang assets, wala rin naman liabalities, so therefore, zero ang net worth niya — at least hindi negative! So technically, mas lamang siya sa iyo! Nagulat ka noh?

Walang problema sa bonggang lifestyle, kung talagang mayaman ka! Yung mga madalas naiinis kay Mommy Dionisa Pacquaio dahil sa mga bagong designer bag at “pa-ballroom-ballroom-na-lang” lifestyle niya, well, tanggapin niyo na na inggit lang kayo, dahil siya, madaming pera!

Etong bonggang lifestyle na tinutukoy ko ay kakambal ng pagiging maluho. Ikaw ba yung tipong “social climber” kung tawagin? Starbucks ng starbucks, gimik ng gimik, party ng party — pero uuwi rin naman na naka-jeep, makikipag-siksikan sa MRT at makikita mo rin sa sarili mo yung ibang signs ng pagiging mahirap na nakalista dito. Tapos habang umuuwi na, kakantahin ang kanta ng Yano, “Tapos na ang saya, balik sa problema.”

Tapos idadahilan nila, “YOLO!” Ewan ko kung ano meron sa expression na “You Only Lived Once.” Totoo nga, pero, hindi dapat ito maging “scapegoat” para i-justify natin ang mga alam naman natin na hindi tamang mga ginagawa natin.

Madami diyan isang kahig, isang tuka, kahit pa nakapambihis mayaman, kahit nagtatrabaho ka pa sa Ortigas Center, o sa Libis, o sa Ayala, o Bonifacio Global City. Hindi sila nalalayo sa mga blue-collar na workers. Ang napapansin ko, at least karamihan ng mga blue collar workers ay responsable sila para sa pamilya nila, katulad ng mga construction workers; kaysa naman sa mga taong nagyoyosi sa paligid-ligid, ikakalat ang cigarette butts sa gutter ng sidewalk, ifa-flash ang kanilang magarbong cellphone, at makikipag-usap sa kabilang linya gamit ang “fake accent.” (222 lang naman ang kausap, hahaha.)

Baka nga mas mayaman pa ang katulong e. Kasi may naiipon. Pag-aralan ang mga pictues  na ito:

boom panesempleyado vs inday

Sabihin na natin na medyo pilosopo ang mga illustrations na nasa taas, pero may sense naman, diba?





  • 5. Utang ng utang

Ang sagot sa bugtong sa itaas na “easier to swipe, harder to pay”, ay Credit Card.

Ito, nauna nang madalas kong banggitin ang about sa utang. Ok lang kung good debt, lalo na sa negosyo: iyon yung alam mo na maibabalik ang kapital, mababayaran mo ang utang mo, plus may tubo ka pa. Ang bad debt: Kung hindi macontrol na mangutang ng mangutang, o i-manage ang pinagkaka-utangan, nahirapan ka bayaran na ang naiisip mong solusyon is magtago na lang, something is wrong.

May kakilala ka ba na kapag nangungutang siya ay ang bait bait, pero pag siya na ay sisingilin mo na, siya pa ang galit! Sasabihin niya, “Badtrip ka naman pare e! Ngayon ka pa maniningil! Kita mo ng hirap pa ko sa pera e!”

Kung dati, yung may utang ang hindi “nakakatulog”, ngayon iba na: yung nagpa-utang ang hindi na makakatulog dahil hindi makasingil.

Masakit sa kalooban ang nakakakita ako ng ating mga kababayan na baon sa utang, lalo na sa 5-6, na parang ang tanging binabayaran lang nila ay yung interes.

Ok na yun, basta may bagong LCD TV, at Android na cellphone. (Sarcastic mode)


  • 6. Umaasa ka pa sa mga magulang mo kahit tumatanda ka na. At para sa mga matatanda na (mga retirado), umaasa ka naman sa anak mo.

“If you are born poor, it’s not your fault. But if you die poor, it’s your fault.” – Bill Gates

Nakakalungkot pagmasdan pag may nakikita tayong mga matatandang tao na patuloy pa rin sila nagtatrabaho — lalo na yung manual labor: mga jeepney drivers, nagbebenta ng kung ano-ano sa lansangan, etc. Tapos aabutin pa ng hating gabi dahil kailangan para mabuhay lang sila. Nakaka-awa.

I know the Lord will bless them in the afterlife. “Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the Kingdom of God.”

Saludo ako sa mga taong kahit matatanda na, ay patuloy na nagta-trabaho, dahil sila ay napaka-responsable.

Kaso lang, ito, mahirap man sabihin ito: pero in a way, responsable din naman sila kung bakit humantong silang ganon. Marahil dahil hindi nila napaghandaan ang kanilang kinabukasan, o ang retirement. O marahil ang mindset nila, “aasa na lang ako na ‘ambunan’ ako ng mga anak ko, tutal pinalaki ko naman sila. May utang na loob naman sila sakin.”

Hindi ko alam kung anong mali sa mindset nilang ito, lalo na sa mga Pilipino. Close family ties? Hindi e. Basta may mali, pasensya na kung hindi ko lang mapaliwanag, at inaamin ko yun. (Pero aalamin ko iyon!)

Ang alam ko ito ang malinaw na mali: Malaki ka na, kaya mo na magtrabaho, o minsan may trabaho na nga e, kaso umaasa ka pa rin sa magulang mo. “Palamunin” ka pa nila. O kaya “mayaman naman si Papa.” Pag hindi napagbigyan ang kagustuhan mo, ikaw pa ang may ganang magalit. Ano ka bata? Bakit hindi mo pagsikapan sa sarili mo ang mga bagay na iyong kagustuhan?


  • 7. Reklamo ng reklamo

Pakiramdam ng mga mahihirap ay biktima sila ng sirkumstansya —  ng dahil nakatira sa squatters’ area, ng dahil hindi nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral, etc. At ang paborito ng lahat: ng dahil sa kasalukuyang gobyerno.

“Kasalanan nanaman ni PNoy ito!”

Bakit may ibang yumayaman naman sa panahon ni PNoy e?

“Edi, kasalanan ni Gloria, Binay, Erap, ”

Bakit sila Henry Sy, sama mo na yung may-ari ng Jollibee na si Tony Tan Caktiong, yumayaman. E pare-pareho lang naman tayong set ng mga naging at kasalukuyang politiko e.

“E intsik sila e. . . E sira kasi MRT e. . . E hindi kasi ako year of the Dragon e. . . E kasi yung kapitbahay namin kasi videoke ng videoke e. . .”

Ang dami mong dahilan! Lahat sinisi mo. Reklamo ng reklamo.

Bakit hindi ka na lang magpasalamat? Buti nga may pang internet ka, nasa harap ka ng computer o kaya may hawak ka na gadget at nababasa mo itong blog. Buti nga nakakakain ka pa sa hapag-kainan. . . Madaming bagay ang dapat natin pasalamatan, pero pinipili pa natin magreklamo ng reklamo. Isipin mo ikaw ang Diyos, sinong mas bibiyayaan mo: yung taong laging nagrereklamo o yung taong laging nagpapasalamat?

Hindi dahil sa iyong kasalukuyang sirkumstansya kung bakit na-impluwensyahan ang pag-iisip mo; kundi dahil sa iyong kasalukuyang pag-iisip kung bakit na-iimpluwensiyahan mo ang sirkumstansya mo.


  • 8. Binabasa mo itong blog na ito

Hahaha. Ito ang twist sa article na ito. Nagbabaka-sakaling may isang “asymptomatic” signs ng poverty ka, at gusto mo itong malaman, kaya umabot ka sa puntong ito. Hahaha. Salamat sa pagbabasa, pero sorry.

Kung alam mo naman sa sarili mo na totoong mayaman ka, hindi ka naman magiging interesado sa article na ito at the first place, (unless na lang kung gusto mo makatulong sa mga mahihirap).

Pero para sa akin, hindi naman natin kasi kailangan alamin kung paano nagiging mahirap ang mga mahihirap. Paano pa kaya yung senyales ng pagiging mahirap. Bakit may magagawa ba tayo?

Alam ko na para maunawaan natin ang isang bagay, kailangan may kahit na ka-onting idea kung ano ang opposite nito. For example, kagandahan o beauty. Para ma-appreciate natin ang kagandahan, dapat alam natin kung ano ang panget. Ganoon din sa pagiging mayaman, dapat natin alamin kung ano ang pagiging mahirap. Ganito umiikot ang mundo sa simula’t sapul. Mabuti sana kung puro kagandahan at kayamanan lang ang meron sa mundo. Mga kagandahan lang ang ipinakilala sa atin. Pero hindi e.

Siguro kinontradict ko yung sinabi ko sa simula na “we must know the underlying cause of the disease.” Pero hindi na natin kailangan halukayin pa ang puno’t dulo ng kahirapan. Alam natin sa sarili natin ang puno’t dulo, kung magmumuni muni tayo. Alam natin yun sa sarili natin, at hindi sa iba. Oo nga may magagandang turo ang iba, pero na sa atin pa rin mga kamay ang ating ikakaunlad.

E pano pa kaya kung “mali” pa ang turo ng iba? Ang tendency sisisihin mo sila, kaya mali.

Ang concern natin ay ang gamot sa kahirapan. Ang concern natin ay ang solusyon sa kahirapan. At para masolusyonan ang kahirapan, kailangan magsimula muna tayo sa sarili natin para pagyamanin ito. Walk the talk.

Ang concern natin is i-appreciate ang mga magagandang bagay. Ang buhay ay maganda.

Paki-alaman muna natin ang sarili natin bago ang iba. Yun ang malaking bagay na pwede natin maitulong sa Diyos. At nang natulungan na natin ang ating sarili, saka tayo magbigay sa kapwa, mas maganda na ikaw ang maging inspirasyon sa iba. Hindi mo naman kaya ibigay ang isang bagay kung ikaw mismo ay wala nito.

Marahil ay naging judgmental ako. Pero sinulat ko ang article na ito para “Just for the sake of conversation lang,” kaya ko naisipan i-post ang aking saloobin. At hinihikayat ko ang lahat na magkumento ng kaniya kaniyang opinyon.

Respetuhin na lang natin ang mga kumento ng isa’t isa. Maraming salamat sa pagbabasa.


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