Dec. 30, 2012

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Today, the 30th of December, is José Rizal Day.

Let’s remember what it was that the great man was truly fighting for. Was it an external enemy?

No. José Rizal, in his masterpiece Noli Me Tangere (Latin for “Touch Me Not”) actually repeatedly talked about the REAL ENEMY that keeps the Philippines down: The Bad Habits of Filipinos and the unwillingness of most of us to want to improve the status quo.

Rizal’s rants were scattered everywhere in his novels – particularly in the introductory descriptions and asides, and the most explicit rants against the “internal enemy” (our unwillingness to make things better) were to be found in Chapter XIV: Tasio – the Lunatic or Philosopher?

Fast forward to 2012, the same problems still exist. In fact, they’ve gotten worse. Read Chapter XIV of Noli Me Tangere and see how Rizal speaks through the character Filósofo Tasio and explicitly expressed all his frustrations about what’s wrong not with the colonial administrators of the Philippines during the time the novel was written, but what’s wrong with his compatriots and their happy-go-lucky attitudes.

The chapter starts off with Rizal – speaking through “Tasio” – wishing for Thunderstorm, and hoping – somehow – that someone gets hit by lightning to serve as a lesson to everyone. He was repeatedly complaining about how the ordinary townsfolk were all so afraid of thunderstorms but despite his (Tasio’s) strong suggestion to invest in setting up lightning rods, the townsfolk used up the money that should have been set aside for the lightning rods to party and feast and enjoy themselves. He complained that it seemed like the people had to wait for some tragedy to occur before deciding to make the necessary changes/improvements instead of pre-empting it proactively.

We can easily see how this attitude is still very much alive in the Philippines today.

The Philippines currently lags behind the rest of the region as far as job creation and true economic development are concerned. Everyone else in the region has adopted the best practices that other successful countries have tried – in particular – opening up their economies and allowing more FDI to enter. The Philippines, however, has continued to stick with its status quo of keeping investors away thanks to Constitutional Restrictions that prevent foreign investors from owning more than 40% of any locally-registered company.

As a result of the dearth of investments, jobs have continued to be scarce amidst a rapidly increasing population. More and more Filipinos enter working-age but can’t find jobs.

The solution? They look for jobs abroad.

And the Philippine Government (and even one idiotic Bishop named Gilbert Garcera) thinks it’s good that Filipinos go abroad as migrant workers sending remittances home.

Yeah right. As if all those host countries will forever continue to be open to migrant labor… Saudi Arabia has slowly been implementing a Saudization policy of lessening their intake of foreign migrant workers (many of whom are Filipinos), while Singapore – another favorite destination – is also clamping down on accepting foreign workers.

What happens when the more than 10 million Filipinos working abroad as Overseas Workers are forced to return home to a Philippines where jobs are scarce?

Why can’t the Philippine President Noynoy Aquino see that it is imperative that he get his Mother’s 1987 Constitution REFORMED in order to allow foreign investors in so that they can come in and create jobs for Filipinos IN THE PHILIPPINES and thus make it unnecessary for more and more Filipinos to have to go abroad in search of jobs? And he’s not the only one. There are many other Filipinos who can’t see this!

Just like Rizal, my fellow CoRRECTors and I are frustrated at the inability of many Filipinos to see the need to make these reforms NOW rather than later.

Are Filipinos (and the President) all waiting for all these host countries to send all the OFW’s home and create a major economic crisis as the unemployment rate explodes?

Truth be told, what separates successful countries from the failures is that the successful ones often proactively take preventive measures long before major disasters occur, while the failures just allow things to slide and in the end, failure falls upon them.

By not allowing the necessary improvements to occur – by not CoRRECTing the obviously defective Constitution – the Philippines will continue to be dependent on migrant workers’ remittances, and the Philippine Economy will continue to be one that is marked by consumption as opposed to investment and wealth-creation.

Learn the real lessons that Rizal was trying to impart, Filipinos. It wasn’t an external “enemy” that Rizal was fighting against. Rizal was fighting against the enemy within us! Rizal was campaigning that we Filipinos CoRRECT™ ourselves.

CoRRECT™ the Constitution!

Better and Simple New Coat of arms, Flags, and Ensigns Proposals

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The Coat of Arms:
Meaning:

3 stars represents 3 geographical locations in the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao Island/Island groups.
8 rayed sun with face represents the first 8 provinces who revolted against spain.

The 1st quarter in yellow with a blue scutcheon with a merlion holding a sword and stands in a globe depicting the location of the Philippines among Asia-Pacific-Oceania region represents the Philippines as an archipelago; the merlion was also to represent the capital: Metro Manila(F.A.D. currently N.C.R.) and it was the traditional emblem of Manila

The 2nd quarter in green with 2 crossed bolos represents muslim filipinos(as predominant religion).

The 3rd quarter in blue with an american bald eagle represents USA as a blue administrator colonizer of the Philippines and it’s influences and achievements for uniting the archipelago.

The 4th quarter in red with a crowned spanish leon represents spain as a blue administrator colonizer for 300 years rule of the Philippines and it’s influences and achievements for uniting the archipelago; represents christian filipinos(as predominant religion).

The Medal represents the Órden del Sol, the highest honor to be given by the future federation of the Philippines

 Two crossed palm branches represents the country’s flora and prosperity

An inscribed scroll with the official name of the country in Spanish(heritage official language of the Philippines): “(La) Federación (De Las) Filipinas” with a shortened version of a motto : En el este, que florece y triunfa (In the East, It flourishes and triumphs.).

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The National Flag and Ensign (CSW/CSW – Usage for all purposes on land and sea):

Meaning:

The Lengthwise stripes/rectangles of Yellow, Blue, Red are from the current flag of the Philippines with an added green to represent the muslims.

The Crosswise Stripe/Rectangle of White in the center are also from the current flag with the Coat of arms in the middle of it.

 

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The State War Flag (*SW/*** – Usage by state services and military on land in times of war.):

Meaning:

Only then, Instead of a Crosswise White Stripe/Rectangle, but a White Triangle that was from the design of the current flag with the Coat of arms in the middle with 2 crossed rifles behind the arms to represent a country in war.

 

State ensignThe State and Civil Ensign (***/CS* – Usage on private (merchant ensign) and state-owned vessels.)

Meaning:

A White Scutcheon with a Merlion(see meaning above in the Coat of arms meaning).

naval ensignNaval Ensign (***/**W – Usage by Navy)

Meaning:

A Blue Scutcheon with a Merlion(see meaning above in the Coat of arms meaning).

 

Credits to : http://jjdxb.deviantart.com for ideas for these.

New Philippine Proposal Coat of arms and Flag

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For the Flag:

Gold part with The arms of Manila, the capital/F.A.D. is the honor which is the seat of the federal government that united the Philippines.

The Hashemite colors (Green, White, Black) part with an Or/yellow crescent moon and star in a gules/red circle in white part and an Or/yellow traditional bolo in the green part represents Muslim Filipino peoples.

Light Blue with white outline cross represents Filipino Christianity with a dark red line represents Noble Sacrifice, and blood of heroes.

The 8 ray sun represents the country’s first group of provinces that started the 1896 Philippine Revolution against Spain.

The 22 stars represents the 22 ethnic states.

The Left Blue with an island that represents a tropical archipelago and Red parts of the right side of the flag represents the Former(/Current) flag of the Philippines.

For the Coat of arms:

The Crest could be blazoned:

Paleways of two, Azure and Gules, in the dexter an eagle displayed Or, and in the sinister a crowned lion rampant Or; a chief Argent a semy of twenty-two mullets Tenne; and in point of honor, an ovoid Argent over all the sun rayonnant with eight minor and lesser rays Tenne. Beneath a scroll reading “FEDERACION DE LAS FILIPINAS”.

The angels besides the crest in the coat of arms represents the 2 pre-dominant religions (christianity and islam).

The Philippine eagle represents a strong nation with strong diverse cultures and languages ;that was also one of the endangered species and can only be found in the Philippines…

1898 was the year when independence was proclaimed from Spain.

The Spanish text “Federacion de las Filipinas” means the Federation of the Philippines. Spanish was the candidate for the lingua franca of the Philippines and an official language of the Philippines.

The Bald Eagle and a Crowned Leon Represents the Colonizers of the Philippines; USA and Spain, that deeply influenced the Philippines on culture, history, language, governance, and etc.