Monday, November 17, 2008

This is the response of Anastacio (Nasty) to Dero Pedero's article about him. Nasty was a balikbayan from LA who, while in the Philippines had nothing good to say about the country and its people. Read Part 1 here.

Here goes Nasty's response.

Dear Dero,

My Zen master says, 'Never fight fire with fire.'So, I sat in a lotus position, imbibed the ethereal qualities of cool mountain water and stoically resisted the temptation of answering back to defend myself in rebuttal of your article. I kept quiet while you and your readers had a charlatan holiday, dissecting and fanning sarcasm on my every comment about your country and your people.

I am not mad at you for writing that piece. I was never upset at any point, even after your readers from all overthe world e-mailed in their two-cents' worth. In fact, I found it rather amusing and carnival-like. I even felt happy that people still came to the defense of your Philippines !

If you noticed, I now refer to the Philippines and Filipinos as your country and your people. Every time I went back there for vacation, my Filipino-ness always took the better of me (blame those damn green mangoes smothered with bagoong!) and made me forget that I am, in all reality, what you aptly called a 'Little Brown American.' I have come to terms with my own identity- I am, after all, an American citizen carrying an American passport!

What precipitated my quick decision to sever my ties with your country (aside from your ***** of an article) were the Abu Sayyaf abductions (que barbaridad!) , the Payatas-like downslide of the peso (eat your hearts out, I earn sweet American dollars!), the 'devoid of conscience' graft and corruption in your government (this has gone on for the longest time-how shameful!), and lately, the stupid 'Juetengate' and juicy but enraging 'Boracay' mansion gossips.With all these, who would be proud to be a Filipino? Besides, to tell you frankly,those Erap jokes are no longer funny- they are passe and leave a bad taste in the mouth and heart.

No Apology. If I sounded brash and insensitive with the way I threw my comments, well, I cannot do anything about that because that is the way I am, and I offer no apology. Here, in America , you have to tell it like it is or you'll neverbe taken seriously. I have learned to drop my 'Pinoy sugarcoating' because out here, you get nothing done if you are meek and sweet and pa-api. Hindi puwede mag-Anita Linda dito!

*Anita Linda was a 50's-70's dramatic actress. This reference shows that Nasty is at least 55 years old.

When I commented about your pollution, street children mendicants, slums,potholes, toilets that don't work,garbage, floods, and most of all, the Pinoys' chronic lack of discipline, I was merely putting into words what I saw. I can't blame your being blind about your country's situation. My Zen=2 0master says, 'One cannot easily see the dirt in one's eye.'

I am sure though that you are aware of those sordid details, but have grown accustomed to them (like most Manile?s have). All the complaints I aired may have hurt your pride but what I wanted you to realize is this: The things I pointed out are all symptoms of a failing, falling nation! Suffering A National Karma? Could yours be a country cursed with a huge national karmic debt? It could be payback time, you know. Look back into your history, look deep inside your hearts-what could you have done as a nation to deserve this fiasco you are in today?

to be continued: part 3
Posted by desperateblogger On 11/17/2008 07:08:00 AM 7 comments


  1. He is one f*cking trash and we don't need trashes in Pilipinas.

    Hindi siya kawalan sa Pilipinas and Pilipinas will not die because of him.

    And for that, he cannot easily the beautiful things in the Philippines for he is not one of our own. He is just a foreigner, just a foreigner.

  2. domjullian: he had some points too but i agree with you, he's a foreigner. he has severed all ties with anything Filipino. e ano na kaya roots nya ganyan tinakwil nya Pilipinas?

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  4. well, america is experiencing a recession. although i feel sad about it because my parents are there, well, who has national karma now?

  5. ivy: there are pinoy migrants who feel so superior because of their new "passports". matter of fact, i think it has become common to most pinoys and x-pinoys living and working abroad to feel "hey, i'm better than you" .

  6. Mom (if you may allow me to call you),

    He's got his point, its true and it hurts indeed,but just like the rest of the other people who just complain and do nothing, what good does it make?

    Sa panahon ngayon, hindi natin kailangan ng mga criticisms especially from those who don't love our country, especially not from a Pinoy who wants to be an American wannabe.

  7. domjullian: sure you can call me mom. i agree with you. puro syadada wala naman ginagawa. =)

    nasty forgot ( or he does not know) to equate the fact that some of those he complains about are ingrained to Pinoy mentality. ingrained like: pakikisama, dapat may sawsawan pag kumakain, dapat sa kodak-an laging kasali, pag may nakasalubong ang tanong "saan ka pupunta".

    hindi basta-basta mawawala ang mga ganitong kilos at kaugalian. pero tama rin sya na talagang ang kailangan ng mga pinoy at edukasyon.

    thanks for the heartfelt comment.


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