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via Meeting with Filipino Community in Hanoi, Vietnam (Speech) 09/28/2016

I was here, I was here, I WAS HERE!

On the 28th day of September 2016, we had the prestigious moment to meet  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake. As a mere student, it was really a prestigious and inspiring moment to listen to the president’s speech being in the same room with him. I witnessed his humility, passion, and pure intention for the Philippines.

Here are parts of his speech which were too heartfelt enough they caused mixed emotions:

About the issue of him having a foul mouth.

Now there is another problem na mabigat talaga, I came here with prepared speech, eh basahin na lang ninyo ito, bigay ko sa inyo. I am not up to it really. I am not up to it, itong magbasa ng speech. It’s so boring and I cannot say things from the inside, the entrails of my emotions.

 

Minsan kasi sabi nila lalo na yung mga diplomatiko ‘Basahin mo na lang, kasi minsan nag puputang ina ka.’

 

I am really trying not to, alam ko bastos yan pero nadadala ako sa emosyon, kaya sabi niya The Republic of the Philippines has the president with a foul mouth.’ Correct, sabihin ko, I am that president, they have a president who is not a statesman. Correct, nag- enroll ako ng college of law, di ako nag enroll ng college of statesman.

 

Wag daw ako magmura kasi masama daw pakinggan, eh putang ina problema mo yan.

 

About the issue of drugs.

I am the favorite weeping boy now of the Human Rights all over the world.

 

I have a serious problem in my country, I know that it will destroy my country, and if I will not, or if I fail to interdict this problem, I would have compromise the next generation of Filipinos.

 

If you destroy the youth and my country, I will kill you.

 

And I intent to kill more because I have to account for this 4 million (involved in drugs) I will not leave the presidency in shame.

 

Mas mabuti pang ako na lang ang makulong, patayin ko na lang lahat, simple.

 

I know that there are foreigners here, now take note of this, in my country, are you taking notes? In my country in the Philippines, it is never wrong, it is not a crime, it is not unlawful to threaten criminals, there is no law at all.

 

It is my country, if you have nothing else to do, do not F with me.

 

Kung hindi ako nag presidente hindi ninyo talaga malalaman ang totoo because even I myself when the reality was there when I became president, started to squeeze everybody then you saw the hundreds of thousands surrendering to the police, I was really horrified.

I am not a killer, but if you want me to be one, so be it.

 

When you go home (to the Philippines), there will be changes. There will be no more harassment in the immigration.

 

About the territorial issues.

I will not join any patrol in the China Sea.

 

Not because I am afraid, not because takot ako, anyway I have this ruling of the International arbitration court.

 

Our conflict with China is not really, it’s more of an imaginary thing, ibig kong sabihin we cannot go to war just because there is that award.

 

Either we go to war or we talk, hindi natin kaya ang China, sinasabi ko sa inyo, even with the help of America, so we talk.

 

There will always be a time to reckon the thing with. When that time comes sabihin ko sa China ito yung amin.

 

I am not ready to commit the soldiers of this country just to be massacred.

 

One thing that I admire about him is that he is so natural, to the point of not reading his prepared speech just to say what is really in his heart and mind. I admire him for not minding judgements and  criticisms. I admire him for solely carrying the burden of the Philippines and fighting for the fractured generation. I admire him for penetrating stereotypes and norms. I admire his passion, humility, integrity, honesty, and love for his country. I admire his ‘fatherly’ image for our country the Philippines.

It was an honor meeting the president, and having the moment to hold his hand is prestigious enough, it will take a long time for me to move on. (Ang lambot, ang puti, at ang kinis ng kamay niya.)

I couldn’t say more about that day, it was really prestigious and I still can’t believe everything about it. We were welcomed in a classic hotel, Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake. They served delicious and mouth watering Vietnamese and Filipino cuisine. And also gave us a photo opportunity with President Duterte.  We also had a groupie with Senator Peter Alan Cayetano (he took my phone, and he was the one who captured the groupie). We (Filipino students in Vietnam) were also featured in a news headline and my friend was interviewed by one of the reporters of News Channel Asia.

It was ironic and overwhelming at the same time having this opportunity of meeting the Filipino and International media press, a celebrity, a senator, cabinet secretaries and the president of my country out of my country. Did you get my point? It was ironic and overwhelming for a mere Filipino student to meet them here in Vietnam.

I thank God I am a Filipino.

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Groupie with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano

 

 

 

Pixelated photo captured by my phone.

 

 

 

 

Since taking a selfie with him is prohibited, here’s a pixelated photo captured by my phone.

 

 

 

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Photo opportunity with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Photo credits goes to staffs of the event.

 

 

 

There is still a dilemma involved that day, I will probably write about it next time.

 

Sick of Shadows

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Lead that shadow to its rightful place.

 

That shadow is a visual of reality.

It doesn’t have the power to overcome you.

It is you who leads that shadow.

Don’t be afraid by the mere black reflection of yourself.

That shadow won’t be there without you, who can still manage to be sun kissed.

Who can still have the effort to absorb all those vitamin D’s provided by life.

Don’t panic about having that visual of reality.

It looks too real but it doesn’t have that mind like yours.

Remember, it won’t be there without you, just glare at it and lead it to its right place.

It Is Well

 

Just Don’t

Don’t give in too much.

Don’t be too polite in replying to every message that he sent.

Don’t be too considerate.

Don’t perceive things emotionally.

Don’t turn a stone into a universe.

Don’t turn around.

Don’t make a friendly conversation into an enticing, romantic one.

Don’t discern for his thoughts.

Just don’t.

Because eventually you will fall. You will fall way too hard.

Too hard you will turn into pieces and later on to a stone.

Don’t give in too much. Just don’t.

Stay away from stereotypes.

You are a strong and independent woman.

Be witty enough.

Boomerang

When in Thanh Hoá, Vietnam.

It’s a relief I can still jump with my friends and scream my heart out. Phew! 

Thanks to the boomerang application for this shot.

Jump and fight gravity.

Get Out 

Get out of the stereotype world. Get out of that door.

To be stylish is to be you alone.

To be stylish is to build everlasting legacy.

To be stylish is to be free from dubious thoughts.

To be stylish is to rock glittery outfit during the day.

To be stylish is to wear a combination of navy blue and black.

To be stylish is to take a candid photo without thinking about the standard angles.

To be stylish is to shut insecurities down.

To be stylish is to be a giddy gent/lady.

To be stylish is to appreciate one’s self.

To be stylish is to break rules and stereotypes.

To be STYLISH is to be YOU alone.

Go and have a break. Be stylish and be your own stylist.

Without Reservations

I am known for being a talkative arse since high school. I hate ‘dead air’ the most, I hate going out without someone to talk to. I hate those awkward stares from the people I passed by when I’m alone (maybe they also hate me for my cold stares). Sometimes being alone doesn’t really mean I acquire silence. I especially refrain from going out of our dormitory when I don’t have someone to accompany me, because my skeptical mind is shrieking its own soul when I’m alone. I would rather be a worry-free, talkative arse with my friends than being skeptical with myself.

However, there are times that I love being indulged to silence. My definition of silence is when I hear nothing but the flow of nature, without interruptions, and just pure appreciation of being alone. These are the times of anticipating new and inspiring things to come. These are the times when I feel like my skeptical thoughts are being cleared from my memory. These are the times when I realize that I can be a strong, and independent woman being alone because silence is somehow, soothing. Silence is what gives me power, and it gives me that command to execute my dubious thoughts.

If I am expressing mere silence for a day, there is really nothing wrong with me, I am just cherishing those moments where I don’t talk to anyone at all and all I have to hear is the flow of nature, the mere sound of things that are moving, the deep conversations of the people around me, the rustling of vehicles outside our dormitory, the EDM music in my headset, etc.

Maybe silence of one’s self is what I am pertaining to.

Back to Zero

I’ve been inactive in writing again. I was distracted, unaware of my fall. As a college student, I’ve been struggling with time management. Yes, I want to express my inner thoughts every now and then in this blog. I want to escape from reality once in a while. I want my insights to bring me to another dimension of myself. I want to reflect and to write, but I don’t know how my dreams all turned into a plop. 

 

Do you know that feeling when you have so many ideas in your head, then you start writing and suddenly everything turns into a plop? Instead of hearing a commotion of words, you just hear a plop.