How Should an Asian React to Racism

Wherever we roam around, in the streets of the United States, Europe, on the radio, music, television, the internet especially in the chatrooms, in Youtube. You could hear, see and read racist remarks hurled against Asians.

But they are not what they seemingly appear to be.

Asians should NOT at all feel belittled by the antics of the racists. We Asians need to build up our own confidence, thus we need to educate ourselves on some things we already have that those racists enormously don’t have.

Asians need to know the following:

1. Those racists simply feel threatened or jealous of the Asians’ abilities, talent, skills, and intelligence. So to mask their personal insecurities they cry bigot words towards Asians.

-In the ESPN spelling contest I could see a lot of participants of Asian physical appearance. I thought they comprised about half of the total number of contestants.

-In the internet technology, the names of people involved are of Indian sounding names. The founders of Google are of Asian descents. One of the founders of Yahoo! is of Asian descent, Jerry Yang.

2. Probably some racists are just accidental. They could be simply naïve. I suppose they were fed with wrong information especially by the media.

-A friend who works as a nurse in Ireland was so furious when an Ireland asked him, “Do you have Coke in cans in the Philippines?” I told my friend to be considerate, that Irish could have only watched the poverty side of the Philippines on TV.

3. We Asians are also racists in some ways. We should not cry as if we are victims of abuse by those racists. We ourselves are guilty of racism as well.

Corruptions Committed by an Ordinary Filipino

Updated (repost from April 28, 2008).

A number of Filipinos are putting the blame on the politicians’ corruption for the current Philippine situation.

The word corruption is always associated to politicians.

But we always overlooked that we ourselves are also a reflection of what the corrupt leaders are doing. We just like to play the blame game. We ourselves are also guilty of corruption.

The word corrupt according to

  1. Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.
  2. Venal; dishonest: a corrupt mayor.

In my opinion, if you do the following, you are doing corruption to the Philippines yourself.

1. Click Fraud Guilty Website owners. You click your own ads, baaad. You’re good at lashing out politicians, you have against musicians who were accused of copying other musicians materials.

-An officemate was so disgusted with Orange and Lemons and Cueshe for imitating other bands’ music. Double jeopardy. He proudly admitted exchanging clicking of Google ads with his friend.

2. Buying Pirated CDs. Have you bought pirated CDs, fake software and all things fake inside a disk or DVD. It is called Intellectual Property Rights infringement. In simple terms, it is stealing other people’s intellectual product.

A musician worked his butt off, only for his CDs being pirated and bought by ignorant buyers.

3. Purchasing Fake products. You call me radical, stupid or just plain weird, but I don’t buy pant or t-shirts with a fake product name. Yes, I don’t buy those items found in Tutuban or Baclaran. Fake Ralph Lauren or fake Adidas or Nike is a big NO for me.

4. Dishonest partner. Are you dishonest to your girlfriend or wife or husband or boyfriend? Been playing around with your relationship? Then chances are you are a corrupt citizen yourself.

5. A burden to street sweepers. Are you the person who has the habit of just throwing your cigarette butts or candy wrappers just about anywhere? You’re making your surroundings dirty and it’s just another thing for corruption. You may have a clean house or room, but you’re a burden to other people. Isn’t a typical corrupt politician like that?

So wah cha think?

Who is more evil in Black versus White in Zimbabwe?

On April 15, 2000 a white farmer was shot dead by black Zimbabweans. Those black Zimbabweans were just squatters of the white farmer’s land.

When I read the first two paragraphs of the news article, I was a bit mad. Those killers were just squatters of his land, and they killed him?!

But as I continued to read on, it became clearer. The blacks were demanding to return the land that were unfairly taken from them and given to the white settlers during the white rule.

Who is more evil? Honestly, not easy to answer. But I will try act accordingly to the Christian teachings I learned, as if I have learned something, hehe.

But if I was that white man who got killed, I would probably have given a portion of my land to the black Zimbabweans.

If I was one of the black Zimbabweans, I would appropriately ask a portion of that white man’s land, and if he would not give me any I would still not join in with the other blacks to kill the white farmer.

The Positive Benefits of Filipino Nationalism

There are always two sides of the coin. Two sides of the moon, the light and dark. In nationalism too, there are good and bad effects. I will write about the good ones first. The negative ones will be in the next few days or weeks.


1. It could develop our own national identity. No longer pretensions. No more wearing the masks of Spain or America.

2. It will be good for the local economy. When a Filipino loves the Philippines, he thinks what’s good for the Philippines. He may just remain in the Philippines to help out other Filipinos or go to the other countries to wok, but the Philippines still in his mind and heart.

3. National unity. It may not be perfect, but overall there will be unity. Even the rich countries still has some kinks to iron out.

4. Less regionalism. When there is unity, other regions would think wholly. Lesser discrimination on other ethnicities.

William Tyndale, First to Translate the Latin Bible into English

I just knew this last Sunday in my church. William Tyndale is virtually unknown to most people, even to the Christians. But he was the one to first translate the bible into English against the will of the Catholic Church leaders.

William Tyndale, a priest of the Catholic Church was determined to share the words of the Bible to the common people. During his time only the priests and nuns were allowed to read the Holy Scriptures, it was crime for an ordinary citizen, even a king and the penalty for defying the law was death.

William Tyndale was a great influence to many including William Shakespeare.

View the short video:And watch the 60 minute documentary about the history of the English Bible:

William Tyndale fan site:

Books and movies about William Tyndale:
William Tyndale Books at Amazon
William Tyndale DVDs at Amazon

Oh yes! My Site has Been Nominated!

Hahaha! My site has been nominated for the most coveted online award “Filipino Blog of the Century” okay okay, it’s just “Filipino Blog of the Week” being done by Talksmart of The Composed Gentleman. Just being noticed feels great, regardless of the magnitude of the award or who ran the site.

Indeed, it’s not only my physical body that’s gwapito, but my site too! Yoohooo!

Thanks for the kudos Ajosh, and to other lost visitors of this blog please take time to vote for my site, visit The Composed Gentleman, and click Gwapito in one of the choices at right/middle and a bit lower part of the page.

God bless all of you people of this world!

It's the Empty Can that Makes the Most Noise

“It’s the empty can that makes the most noise, ” is a popular quote which means “a noisy river is a shallow river.” Ooops that’s a quote as well! Haha…

I refuse to be part of the noisy opposing group literally rallying against the president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. But i do my part by praying for the prosperity of the Philippines, been doing it since 1995.

Making a noise against GMA is just futile! She will not step down! Although i don’t like GMA! I really do feel that she’s part of the corruption that is taking place in the government! But i don’t want to be part of all the noises brought by the opposition!

Okay that’s enough, i am making a noise already!!! Hehehe… 😀

Being Teachable

I always remind myself to be teachable. Being teachable can produce a heap of beneficial results. We don’t know a lot of things. We are not Mr. and Ms. Know It All. It’s stupid if we are labeled this way.

Whether I am taught by ten to twenty years younger than me or even by seemingly inexperienced human beings, I still follow their advices or teachings. They could be right. But lately, I discovered that being teachable has also its downsides. It cost our football team a defeat.

One of my teammate, younger than me for about eighteen years, but he plays very good, he gave me an advice on what for a goalkeeper to do during a penalty shootout. I don’t have to elaborate what that tip was. I still followed since I have not tried it before.

I conceded four goals when I could have blocked one or two. The other shot went wide.

Still I will always be teachable.

Below, me on red jersey playing goalkeeper.
Be Teachable