Achieving Happiness

March 3, 2010

Ugaling Hacendero

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ina Alleco @ 3:23 am

There are days when I can write so easily it’s like words are flowing directly from my head, down to my fingertips, into the keyboard and onto the screen. It’s easy to write when there’s something very specific on your mind, and you are agitated as if the words are bees angrily buzzing inside your skull and they need to be let out because they sting sting sting and won’t stop until they’re released.

I don’t feel like that right now. The heat is too hideous — an ugly monster dogging my footsteps making me sluggish, turning my brain into sludge, shushing my heart into silence.

But I will make an effort to write because there are actually so many, many things that need to be written about and I feel I really do that by the fact that I, one person, writes about them, makes these things whatever they are more urgent. My punctuation is also shot to hell it’s the heat I tell you the freaking heat.

Anyway, stories.

In a conversation last week with Ka Satur Ocampo during the Feb. 25 rally led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)-NCR and Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), I mentioned to him how annoying Noynoy Aquino was already being. I I told him about the stuff I’ve read in the last week about Aquino losing his temper, being annoyed with the likes of Tony Lopez, sniping at Manny Villar, whining that his campaign ad was being copied.

Ka Satur smiled and shook his head but didn’t say anything. I suppose I wanted to get more of a response from the man so I continued. “Noynoy Aquino is acting like a spoiled brat; he probably thinks that because he is Cory and Ninoy’s son, he is entitled to whatever he wants, and when he says ‘jump’, everyone around him should ask ‘how high?’ all the while making the ‘L’ sign with their thumb and pointer finger! Annoying!”

This time, Ka Satur exhaled and said quietly, “Ganyan ang ugaling hacendero. Sanay kasi sila na nakukuha ang gusto at hindi sanay na kinukontra. Maraming mayayaman ang ganyan, hindi lang naman si Noynoy…”

Sheewiz. Then I remembered that Ka Satur is a son of poor farmers in Sta. Rita, Pampanga. He worked in the fields with is parents, struggled his way through school. His patience was learned, cultivated by experience and tempered by hardship and commitment to a most difficult but most beloved cause.

Oo nga, Noynoy Aquino is actually just being true to his class origins and carries the habits and character flaws common to members of his class. It’s too bad that he hasn’t outgrown them. He never had reason to, anyway. He hasn’t really done much anyway. I don’t care that his father was in prison when he was growing up: the experience didn’t humble him and make him more compassionate.

It’s funny how Noynoy Aquino, educated that he is and what with the religious upbringing he’s had, is whiner. He does like to whine a lot, he complains about this and that in a self-righteous tone, and it does gets on one’s nerves and makes one wonder: this man is running for the presidency? He looks and sounds like a spoiled brat (“Ginaya niya ako, whaaah! Ako lang ang pwedeng may ganyaaaaaaaan!!!!”), and as the campaign continues, the more his temper flares. He attacks his opponents on a personal level, and not on issues. It would be better if they all stuck to issues and quit whining because honestly, it makes one feel even greater despair that this country wants to be run by immature men and women (Sen. Jamby Madrigal, for all my gratitude to her for her devotion to Ka Bel, has really gone overboard in her tirades against Villar. Hmm, come to think of it, she also sounds like Noynoy when she’s attacking Villar! Same snooty and self-righteous tone and manner! Ugaling hacendera?)

Looking so forward to watching Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Growing up, I was both fascinated and frightened by Lewis Carrol’s ‘Alice’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass.’ The Mad Hatter creeped me out, I was outraged for the oysters who were eaten by the Walrus and the Carpenter, and the Mock Turtle made feel so sorry for Alice because she was no good at ‘drawling, stretching, and fainting in coils.” Hahahaha! Burton is a genius and it’s great that he’s made an Alice movie. It’s sure to be a feast for the eyes and the imagination.

What else – ah yes, Iron Man 2. That should help me forget the heat and the annoyance that comes with reading the news in this forsaken country. Robert Downey’s face is always a good and effective diversion.

The earthquakes. I can’t help but keep worrying about them. If one sticks to science, one would simply accept them as natural phenomenon, nothing can be done against them. But when one considers the lives lost… We live on the earth’s crust, and we’re like ants being crushed under the weight of shifting rock. Haiti and Chile have suffered so terribly, and we can only hope that what happened there won’t happen in the Philippines or if it does, the devastation won’t be on the same scale. At this point, we must all prepare emergency kits and rally our communities for quick-response measures. It would too naive to rely too much on the government to do anything majorly useful.

The other day I was walking in downtown Makati, in Ayala, and I looked up to see the tall buildings and imagined them shaking and then beginning to collapse. I shivered in the heat.

On March 5, various organizations are again taking to the streets to demand the immediate release of the 43 health workers illegally detained by the Arroyo government.
The march marks the first month since the Morong 43 were illegally arrested and detained. The Free the 43 Health Workers Now! Campaign, the Health Alliance for Democracy and the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan will lead the march. nationally-coordinated protests are also slated in the same day.

Assembly is at 9:30 am in front of the University of Santo Tomas before the march to Mendiola.

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