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  1. lol. a lot would probably hate me for saying this, but i think he’s not much of a god as he is portrayed.

  2. He’s probably not as clean or noble as we’ve all painted him to be. Dude was a politician, after all. I guess he’s more revered for being one of the sparks that ignited People Power.

  3. Heroism isn\’t measured by one\’s entire life, but one\’s action at a crucial moment. Schindler was a Nazi chum but he did save thousands of Jews. All heroes are imperfect but faced with a choice they did something most people will probably not do: sacrifice themselves.
    Ninoy wasn\’t perfect but man, he did insist on coming home even after his comrades were disemboweled and tortured.

  4. I agree with you, Miss Choi. Ninoy was a greater man than I will ever be.

    However, one must note that heroism does entail sacrifice. The problem here, as with Gawad Kalinga, is that it’s a pop machine approach to heroism. It takes effort to build a house for someone else, sure, but after that, you get a nice t-shirt saying that you did.

    The Ninoy campaign requires even less. You buy the merchandise, and you’re a hero. Sure, the aim is for you to think about who Ninoy was and what he means, but come on. Taking it further, doesn’t this cheapen Ninoy to the level of Che (who was not the vocalist of Rage Against The Machine)?

    Still, this is supposed to be a humor blog, so, a joke:

    A baby seal walks into a club.

  5. Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.

    Fyodor Dostoevsky,,
    Brothers Karamazov

    Cheers! 😀

  6. I should have made it clear that my response was to the first comment, but anyway, is that “I am Ninoy” thing really so shallow? Haven’t gotten any info about except for those posters in ayala.
    From your description sounds like it’s some sort of “I wear a shirt, therefore I am” thing?
    BTW, GK isn’t so bad. I’ve actually met them and the concept is right on. No frills. I don’t know about the t-shirt thing.
    Watchuthink about RockED?
    But yes, humor blog: one time, there was a rabbi … 🙂

  7. GK is fine, I guess. You get homes, so that’s a good thing. But it’s not a policy thing, though. And it’s generally a one-time feel-good exercise to make you feel better about, say, selling soap and shampoo for a living. Still, it helps people directly, so it’s alright.

    It’s fine for what it is, a program to tap people to provide homes for the homeless, but as with many things, it’s a band-aid solution, in place of a comprehensive policy on mass housing. (To be fair, the government is doing its share)

    To be fair, the iamninoy will hold leadership seminars for future leaders of the country and all that, so that’s good, too. For the kids who enter the program.

    In the end, though, it’s merchandising. The Filipino is worth dying for, sure, and the t-shirt is worth, I dunno, maybe P350.

    RockED, if i understand it correctly, aims at educating the youth in pursuit of the UN’s Millenium Development Goals. So it’s a policy thing, and that’s good. Assuming, of course, we actually learn something aside from how kick ass [random band] is.

    What the hell,I’m old and jaded.

  8. Iamninoy seems better than Lactum’s “Kapanatag” Campaign, but not that much better if they’re not careful. They must step up to the claim.

    Don’t you just loathe companies that try to appear like they stand for something (as if those Lactum tv ad moms gesturing the 4-fingered triangle were actually banding together for something profound)? How far have we sunk to have our virtues sold to us? It’s like party-for-a-cause; no party, no proceeds, no charity.

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