Inferiority Complex: A Filipino Malady?

December 31, 2007

I would like to share an article that made an impact to me. Sometimes it takes a foreigner to see the real problem that we Filipinos don’t see.

A Point of View
by Barth Suretsky

The unedited article below was written below by an American friend, Barth Suretsky. This will still be edited but you will get the gist. I find his observations interesting. I hope this will make an impact on the Filipinos who read this article as I greatly lament the worsening situation of our country. – Frank Woolf

My decision to move to Manila was not a precipitous one. I used to work in New York as an outside agent for PAL, and have been coming to the Philippines since August, 1982. I was so impressed with the country, and with the interesting people I met, some of which have become very close friends to this day, that I asked for and was granted a year’s sabbatical from my teaching job in order to live in the Philippines. I arrived here on August 21, 1983, several hours after Ninoy Aquino was shot, and remained here until June of 1984. During that year I visited many parts of the country, from as far north as Laoag to as far south as Zamboanga, and including Palawan. I became deeply immersed in the history and culture of the archipelago, and an avid collector of tribal antiquities from both northern Luzon, and Mindanao.In subsequent years I visited the Philippines in 1985, 1987, and 1991, before deciding to move here permanently in 1998. I love this country, but not uncritically, and that is the purpose of this article.First, however, I will say that I would not consider living anywhere else in Asia, no matter how attractive certain aspects of other neighboring countries may be. To begin with, and this is most important, with all its faults, the Philippines is still a democracy, more so than any other nation in Southeast Asia. Despite gross corruption, the legal system generally works, and if ever confronted with having to employ it, I would feel much more safe trusting the courts here than in any other place in the surrounding area. The press here is unquestionably the most unfettered and freewheeling in Asia, and I do not believe that is hyperbole in any way! Read the rest of this entry »


A Donut A Day

December 30, 2007


A new year, a new blog, a new way of sharing the things I know and the experiences in life that makes life enjoyable. My old blog which is has reached its last days; I have new ideas in which I believe would give me a better way of writing it and would reach a lot of people if I will change my URL and my way of writing to better help me enhance my skills in and donut
Why donut?A doughnut, or donut, is a sweet, deep-fried piece of dough or batter. The two most common types are the torus-shaped ring doughnut and the filled doughnut, a flattened sphere injected with jam/jelly, cream, custard, or another sweet filling. A small spherical piece of dough, originally made from the middle of a ring doughnut, may be cooked as a doughnut hole.(according to WIKIPEDIA).
I’ve been used to eating donut that it never passed a day to eat one, especially at work. We have been used to names like Dunkin donut, Mister donut, Belekoys donut and Mang Bentongs donut, even when I was a child my father would always buy a dozen of donuts which is for us a delicacy at that time. We have a Donut booth in our cafe at the office which I think is one of the favorite places to go and relax, match it with coffee and your full, its also cheaper and the best to eat if you are on a diet. It’s like an everyday habit to eat, the same also with this blog an everyday habit to read and look up to. This would be open to any suggestion or contributor. The languages would be from English, Tagalog and Taglish, whatever would be my mood or the contributors mood just email me at or post your email at the comments and I would readily email you.
Have a Good DAY and Lets WELCOME 2008 with a lot of HOPE and FAITH.

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December 30, 2007

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