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Saan aabot ang ₱20 mo: Noon at Ngayon

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NOON, halos piso lamang ang kailangan upang makarating sa ninanais mong puntahan sakay ng jeep. Ngayon, hindi bababa sa ₱8.50 (o ₱7 sa estudyante) ang pamasahe. Noon, kapag nanalo ka ng isang milyon, bukod sa mabibili mong bahay at lupa, may pambili ka pa ng sasakyan. Ngayon, hindi na sapat ang halagang ‘yon para magkaroon ng maayos na tirahan. Noon, ang halagang isang dolyar ay nasa dalawang piso lamang ang palitan. Ngayon, ang isang dolyar ay naglalaro sa halagang ₱40 pataas. Noon, higit pa sa pangkain sa isang buong araw ng isang tao ang ₱20. Ngayon, sa bente pesos, Cornetto nalang ang mabibili mo.

Sa usapang pera, makikita nating napakalaki ng pagbabago sa ating bansa. Higit na mataas na ang halaga nito kumpara noon. Ika nga ng ating mga lolo at lola, “noong araw, ‘benchingko’ lang ang baon ko sa eskwela!” Isa sa dahilan ng pagbabagong ito ay ang pagbaba ng ekonomiya ng Pilipinas. Patuloy na tumataas ang presyo ng mga bilihin samantalang higit na marami ang taong naghihirap kaysa sa mga taong abot-kaya ng sweldo ang mga pangagailangan. Pataas na rin nang pataas ang hinihinging buwis ng gobyerno mula sa mga manggagawa, at dahil dito, minsan mas malaki pa ang kaltas sa sahod kaysa sa naiuuwing pera. Umiiral ang katiwalian maging sa mga nakatataas na opisyal na dapat nagsisilbing mabuting huwaran sa ating mga mamamayan.

Laganap din ang krimen sa bansa sa kadahilanang ito na lang ang nakikitang “paraan” ng iba “upang mabuhay.” Ngunit sa totoo lang, nag-iikutan lamang ang sanhi at bunga ng mga suliraning ito. Ang pagbaba ng halaga ng pera ay dala ng pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin, na dala ng kurapsyon at krimen, na dala naman ng kahirapan sa buhay, na dala rin ng pagtaas ng halaga ng pera. Magkakaugnay ang mga suliraning ito at hangga’t hindi nalulutas ang isa sa mga ito, marahil hindi na muli makakamit ng ating bansa ang noon nang naranasang munting kaginhawaan sa buhay.

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Dahil sa mataas na ang halaga ng mga bilihin, sa malalaking salapi na lamang nakatuon ang pansin ng mga tao. Kung noon, mabubuhay ka na sa pa-piso-piso para makakain ng pananghalian, ngayo’y halos wala ka nang mabibili sa isang piso (maski nga kendi). Kung kaya’t ang karamihan ay minamaliit na lamang ang mga barya.

Gayunpaman, dapat maintindihan ng lahat na sa pagmamaliit na ito nagsisimula ang malaking pagkakamali ng mga Pilipino. Kahit maliit lang ang halaga ng piso, hindi dapat ito binabalewala. Kung walang papel, hindi makabubuo ng libro. Kung walang bato, hindi makapagyayari ng bahay. Samakatuwid, kung walang piso, hindi din tayo makakabuo ng isang daan, isang libo, o maging ng isang milyon. Lahat ng bagay ay nagsisimula lamang na maliit at mababa. Nasa mata na nating mga tao kung paano natin palalakahin at pahahalagahan ang kung anong mayroon tayo.

Isa sa mga bagay na hindi maiiwasang mangyari sa ating buhay ay ang pagbabago. At sa pagdaan ng panahon, hindi natin maitatanggi na malaki ang naging kaibahan sa ating bansa. Mabuti o masama? ‘Yan ang tanong. Ngunit kung paano natin haharapin ang mga pagbabagong ito, ‘yan ang dapat nating matutunan.

 

Kuha ni Clara Murallos

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Why “Pinoy Pride” exists in online Filipino culture

The toxic “peenoise” that flock and bash personalities misinterpreting the culture are the same ones that gather in posts which have the slightest hint of Filipino culture.

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Artwork by Ana Victoria Ereño/TomasinoWeb

Filipinos entering the foray of different online media allowed for Filipino culture to gain an even larger audience, but it inevitably exposes aspects that would otherwise only be seen within our borders.

Emman Nimedez and Lloyd Cadena’s passing has shown how impactful online media has become for the youth. While traditional media like TV and radio broadcasting maintains the largest audience in our country, we have slowly crept into the online world with the rising presence of Filipino personalities. Though this puts our heritage on a much larger stage, it has unfortunately exposed the pitfalls in our society. Any Filipino browsing comment sections on their favorite social media and video platforms will have inevitably seen the words “peenoise” and “Pinoy Pride” on their screen at least once, usually bearing a negative connotation. How have Filipinos managed to set themselves apart so negatively online that it yielded such labels on online platforms?

“Peenoise” was a term originally coined by online users within gaming communities to refer to Filipinos who are considered to be toxic in-game. Now, it is generally used to describe Filipinos who exhibit toxic behavior online, such as trolls or bullies. On the other hand, Pinoy Pride is another aspect of “peenoise” that is less aggravating but is much more reflective of who we are as a society. Pinoy Pride revolves around being endlessly proud of a Filipino personality for achieving something that led to global notoriety. 

How have Filipinos managed to set themselves apart so negatively online that it yielded such labels on online platforms?

These behaviors, ironically enough, could be coming from the Filipinos’ prioritization of family values. The toxic “peenoise” that flock and bash personalities misinterpreting the culture are the same ones that gather in posts which have the slightest hint of Filipino culture. Our innateness to find “kababayans” and treat them like family could both be a blessing and a curse in situations where we band together to defend our identity. This is even exploited in media channels that release “Filipino-themed” videos where personalities would experience Philippine culture or would have a part-Filipino cast member be the center of the content.

Another aspect that could be contributing to these online behaviors is the lingering effects of crab mentality in our society. As this blog puts it, we are quick to throw praise and be proud of our own people once they achieve success, but are also quick to call something “cheap” if it has not achieved prominence. But this even goes beyond Filipino artists as any individual who has the slightest hints of being Filipino is quickly embraced and celebrated as if they were our own. We like living through other people’s success as if they were one of our own, yet we pay no heed to those still climbing the ladder and even go as far as ridiculing them for their efforts. 

The toxic “peenoise” that flock and bash personalities misinterpreting the culture are the same ones that gather in posts which have the slightest hint of Filipino culture.

Finally, these attitudes don’t really hinge on being Filipino, but rather being Filipino outside of the Philippines. Pinoy Pride only begins to matter once something done by a Filipino gets recognized outside of the Philippines. This can be attributed to the Filipino’s “American dream” or the notion that the ultimate goal as a Filipino is to make it outside of the Philippines. 

If we ask most college students what their goals are after graduation, it will probably be about building their careers until they can go abroad. Whether it’s nurses, teachers, or artists, they’re usually aiming for a career outside the country and for good reason. The same professions would normally be paid less here, not to mention having to work harder just to get paid half of what they would’ve made had they gone off to work abroad. 

A few weeks ago, a wave of posts took Facebook by storm as Filipinos started sharing images from Harvard and placing either themselves in the context of being Harvard students or Harvard being a university in the Philippines. While this short-lived trend was merely humorous for most, it shows how we ultimately aspire to live a life outside the country rather than to flourish within it. It shows the condition which we live in and how we’ve had to make do with subpar standards in our country.

In summary, the “peenoise” and “Pinoy Pride” attitudes that Filipinos are showing online is not about patriotism, but rather defensiveness and the desire to live better. They hinge on the strong family ties Filipinos are known to have which, while bringing a strong sense of unity, also brings to light the aforementioned “crab mentality” that some tend to have. Ultimately, it comes down to the desire to live a better life than what our current social and political situation allows. 

In summary, the “peenoise” and “Pinoy Pride” attitudes that Filipinos are showing online is not about patriotism, but rather defensiveness and the desire to live better.

Much like how we’ve stood out in beauty pageants and boxing, we also stand out as audiences but in an unflattering light. While such behaviors do not necessarily include all Filipinos, these do exist in our online space. We have the ability to change this and, while we cannot enforce it onto others, starting with ourselves can be a huge step in the right direction. Rather than embodying the bad sides of our culture, we can showcase our most prominent characteristic: bayanihan.

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Cramming Playlist: Buzzer Beats

Yeah, it’s big brain time.

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Artwork by Ayeesha Panotolan

The most dreadful time of the semester is here and with it comes every student’s best friend: cramming. We all know that it’s an ineffective and unhealthy way to retain information. Yet, we still choose to condense weeks worth of lectures into hours of late night study sessions because it somehow still gets the job done. 

Studying in the wee hours of the morning means you need something to keep you and your brain awake and functioning. Below, we’ve compiled a playlist that will surely get those neurons firing as you burn the midnight oil.

 

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12 tweets hyping up the Lady of Sorrows pubmat

And the Grammy goes to… Chromatica!

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"Lady of Sorrows" poster grabbed from the official Facebook page of the University

Today, the University published a poster commemorating the day of the Lady of Sorrows. As a Catholic university, it has always been a practice of the University to publish publicity materials about the Catholic Church’s feasts, traditions, and holidays. However, the Lady of Sorrows poster had more to offer other than the photograph of Mama Mary. What does the Twitter-verse have to say about it?

Here are some tweets that that hyped up the Lady of Sorrows pubmat:

1. An iconic upgrade.

Comic Sans MS is nowhere to be found! 

2. And the Grammy goes to… Chromatica!

I know you’re rooting for this iconic album too.

3. Ah, ah, ah!

The Lord and Mama Mary love us like that! 

4. Time to hype the party!

Wait, are we going to cry or…?

5. Time to light these bad boys up.

They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)

6. And she spoke of the truth!

It really does, I swear.

7. There’s an uncanny resemblance, right?

Aren’t we all inspired by someone or something?

8. Don’t you just miss the good days?

Time to bust out those moves soon, sister.

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9. Sing it with me!

I’m a hundred percent sure you sang the next lines!

10. *Saves to Pinterest board*

Don’t tell me I’m the only one who did this.

11. Response?

We’re going to need the energy UP tonight.

12. Stream Papuri sa Diyos Remix

Prepare your dancing shoes! You’re going to bust some moves.

Whether one is religious or not, everyone can admit that the pubmat is comical yet well done at the same time. Today, Twitter truly had a laugh while touching up hints on pop culture references. All jokes aside, may we celebrate what the 15th of September is truly about: the day of the Lady of Sorrows.

And together we say, “Amen”.

 

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