I ‘ve tried (not so) hard to keep this blog merely for self-entertainment or self-aggrandizement or ego-tripping or whatever you might call that shameless act of self-promotion in the cyberspace, but every now and then, I cannot help myself from posting about some things which are close to my heart, my home country, for example.
This year’s Faddergala (Sweden’s TV4’s charity gala for children’s fund and sponsorship), associated with PLAN-Improving children’s lives in developing countries, focused on the situation of some impoverished communities in Uganda and The Philippines. The gala was broadcasted live last Saturday night and they had anchor persons reporting from the said countries.
From what I read on the site and heard from some friends who were able to see the show, Agneta Sjödin (a swedish personality) was reporting from two impoverished places in The Philippines. One was somewhere in Samar, where children are involved in the rehabilitation of a mangrove area while the other one was in the Mindoro island where she visited a Mangyan tribe.
It is almost comical (in a tragic way) to imagine, that while Agneta was perhaps in the impoverished community of a Mangyan tribe interviewing them about their problems, a coup attempt was happening in Manila. As you may already know, some 20 renegade soldiers or so, took over a five star hotel and barricaded themselves, calling for the Filipino people to join them in their cause. The government then sent 1500 troops in full battle gear. Some fires and tear gas were shot, and a tank rammed through the hotel lobby. In the end, the renegade soldiers were arrested, and surprisingly members of the press who also happened to be in the hotel were also brought into custody. You might want to see this post by Reyna Elena about what other bloggers from the Philippines thought about this coup attempt.
I would like to write more about the plight of the needy back home but this requires another full-length entry which hopefully I could post soon. But it is perhaps obvious that one of the reasons why the country is SO fucked up is because of the political bickerings which keeps the politicians from doing the jobs they were sworned at. Instead of getting busy also taking care of the needy, the political oppositions are busy plotting new ways to topple the government. On the other hand, the “elected” officials are busy plotting ways to ensure their stay in the offices. And the poor of course, is left in the middle. Fortunately there are charitable organizations, and charitable nations like Sweden, which make sure that the needy and impoverished people in underdeveloped nations are not forgotten.
I leave in two weeks and will help the poor there. It really feels good to be able to do something 🙂
@Lian: Goodluck and take care! I admire people who take concrete actions in alleviating the situation of the poor and who try to make a difference.
wala akong masabi. nakakainis at nakakahiya..
Thanks for this post and the links. I hadn’t heard about this. Even the BBC, which is much better than American news sources, sometimes misses out on emphasizing things that are of Western radar. Sounds like a tough situation.
hi mogli, may ganitong nangyari ah noong 2003. i was there when it happened, tapos timing pa na pauwi na ako noon. waaa ang laki ng takot ko noh.
@Beng: These were the same soldiers in 2003. Buti na lang safe ka nakabalik sa alemanya!
@Chris: Somehow it is good for the country’s image that these political turmoils are not so blown up in international media. I guess the american press has much bigger things to care about locally at home and in the middle east.
@Nina: It is indeed! I’m quiet tired of explaining that the situation back home is not as bad as one sees in the media where only unfortunate incidents are reported. On the other hand, it is good that problems are put into the limelight, which can (or should) result to speeding up the process of finding solutions.
thank you dear. I hope he will come to but i will tell you this. when that true love appears, he will get in so much trouble. Why did it take him such a long time to find me. Bastard 😛 LOL. At the moment I’m going to focus on job and friends and leave my lovelife for a while 🙂
you are crazy! LOL. Well, i might just do that tonight in my dreams – if he shows up of course (with him you’ll never know)Sleep tight dear 🙂
Eh, nothing wrong in being serious one in a while! These kind of situation drive me crazy too. Feel so powerless…
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