Friday, October 2, 2009

An 'Ondoy' Commentary


"You don't need proof to show you care."

As I observe people in my community do their charitable works for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy, I can't help but wonder if these people have really good intentions, especially if this country is almost on its way to electing our new leaders. I can't help to notice that there are a lot of people with selfish interests, taking this calamity as an opportunity to gain some votes.

Not only that I am pissed by these political aspirants doing all the grand standing. I, too get annoyed by the fact that some of the people I know are doing all these support and assistance to the victims and brag about what they have just done. Talk about, documentations through pictures uploaded via their facebook, friendster and other social networking sites. (C'mon!! HINDI PHOTO-OPS ANG PINUNTAHAN NYO?!) And sorry, but I just don't like the fact that every waking hour one's status on facebook or twitter is about the fact that he or she did some good deed to the victims. And why in the hell does a TV Station has to update the viewers of how many people have they helped and how much donations they have solicited? I just don't see the point.

Why don't these people, follow the likes of FPJ who have been helping the people of Rizal for quite a long time without press coverage, even before he ran for President; or the late Rico Yan who has been instrumental to a number of youth organizations and who has helped a lot of less fortunates.

Well, 'to each his own'. But why don't people get the notion of humility? Even when someone wins a prize or an award in any competition he or she can be humble about it and not having to brag about his achievement. But damn!, doing something good for others and bragging about it, is something I cannot accept. The fact that a person participated in a good deed is something that others would be impressed about already. One need not be ostentatious and exaggerate about it.

Hay.. Sorry, it's just me.

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DETH said...

di pa kase uso ang FB noong panahon ni FPJ tska Rico Yan...hehehe,joke:P

for me it's okay lang naman to post updates of relief operations at least people get informed na there are people who are really working on rescues...

medyo OA lang para saken yung may pangalan ng politician yung packed foods na pinamimigay, parang yun sobra na yun...

at the end of the day...people (who gets first-hand rescues) will mostly remember those heroes who saved them w/o all these "gimik" like Muelmar...

I am Xprosaic said...

Ahahahahhahah... unang statement pa lang tumpak ka na dun... Well siguro sa mga institutions/companies/organizations tawag na lang nila dun Corporate Social Responsibility... Yung sa ibang pulitiko... well obviously yun na yun... but heck... kelangan pa ba ipaalam sa buong na tumulong ka?! tumulong ka na lang yun lang... jejejejejeje... Well sabi mo nga to each his own...

Calvin said...

hehe you might wanna read this para uminit pa lalo ulo mo. :P

http://ekstranghero.blogspot.com/2009/10/gordon-dick-part-ii-politics-of-dickery.html

rico de buco said...

tama tama..bt nman kasi may press release ba..if genuine ung care at empathy nila sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong ondoy d na nila kelangan pang ipangalandakan hehehe..nweiz, ingat nlng tau sa mga susunod pang mga bagyo.

gesmunds said...

ostentatious,, right term! ehe

chill lang..

manik_reigun said...

tama ka dyan. kung talagang busilak at tapat ang intensyon ng taong tumulong, dina kaylangan sabihin. pero kung sa kaso ng media na binabanggit kung sino2 at ano2 ang binigay, ok lang siguro ito, bilang pasasalamat. maaari rin itong mensahe na sabihin sa lahat na pwede silang tumulong, ke maliit man o malaki.cguro ang impt, magtulungan tayong lahat.hehe

aLgene said...

"I can't help but wonder if these people have really good intentions.."

same here. :) i don't understand why people have to shout to everybody that they've donated something for the victims of bagyong ondoy. tsk tsk.

Noelle V. Dotillos said...

I agree with you on some points and disagree with others.

"I can't help to notice that there are a lot of people with selfish interests, taking this calamity as an opportunity to gain some votes." ---- Yes, there are people who take advantage of the situation. It's annoying. But then again, there are also people who genuinely care about the welfare of the community. Instead of complaining, let's just vote wisely and let your voice be heard during the next election. :)

"Talk about, documentations through pictures uploaded via their facebook, friendster and other social networking sites." ---- We have to accept the fact that the media is a very powerful thing. If this can encourage more people to help, then so be it. If we don't like seeing those photos, we can always click on [x] and view another profile, right? :)

"And why in the hell does a TV Station has to update the viewers of how many people have they helped and how much donations they have solicited? I just don't see the point." ---- I believe people have the right to know that their money is going somewhere. TV stations are just giving us the progress report. What they tell us on TV is NOT YET ENOUGH to feed those hungry children, to give shelter to the homeless, to cure the sick. It's their way of encouraging us to give MORE coz it is not yet enough.

I guess we'll just have to see the good in other people. To each his own. ;)

Jepoy said...

Here's what I have to say naman. I agree with what you have said and I feel the same way, specially the politicians whose motive is kind of questionable.

I agree with the donation transparency on the local tv station, it encourages me to give more specially when I am seeing more and more funds/donations are coming in from every Filipino's around the globe. Feel na feel ko ang bayanihan.

Cheers!

<*period*>; said...

ang masasabi ko lang attorney pogi, i totally agree with your opinion!

ENS said...

pero...
ang mahalaga naman diyan...
may natutulungan sila...
whatever the intention maybe...

KORKI said...

shet ganyan din samin tae sila my kodakan at videohan pa tsk....

missGuided said...

kalma lang....hehe
watever their intention is...pasalamat na lang tayo at my mga tumutulong!
"God bless philippines!Bangon Pinoy" :)

tsariba said...

bang! :))

maybe it was not bragging at all. but since it is your observation it is bragging. :)

i think it is not even the time to think if it is just a font or the reverse since 2010 election is coming, it does not matter to me if the cornucopia of reliefs has the name of politicians or whatever, may it be exaggerating or not, it not really the issue for all those victims who are suffering of hunger and cold, it is HELP in its simplest state.

but then, the situation is indeed being used by those political aspirants.

jasonhamster said...

oo nga... natutunan ko nga mula sa bible

na sinabi ni Jesus na mas blessed ang nakakatulong ka silently kesa pinagsisigawan mong -"tgnan nyo ko tinutulungan ko sila..."

Carl Paolo said...

you're right ... but press coverage is sometimes needed to show where the donated money is going.... there is more than enough money to support families . but they only give 4 kgs of rice? how about those in extended families? it should've been ok, but they even restrict water bottles to one per person. what is 33oml of water compared to the 65 million (approximate) money collected from different companies excluding those from different countries? hope the country can work this out....

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I guess humility as a virtue is alien to many politicians lalo na't may election next year. Pero nonetheless, it's heartwarming to see so many people helped - sana nga lang, kahit walang kalamidad, patuloy pa rin ito.

Coco said...

There will always be the bad apples in our communities. I am just glad that there are always the quiet ones who give because that's what giving is all about. - moreducation.weebly.com

docgelo said...

this is a sad truth to what has been happening for a couple of weeks now. i even read from a public thread of a certain website that a politician who heads an agency that was suppose to medically help people in times of need uninspiringly chose to be on a make-shift stage and waited first for you-know-who for the two of them to distribute relief goods to the poorest people afflicted by typhoons. photo-op matters to them more than generosity.
...may araw din sila! i so believe in karma.
i salute people who help anonymously. GOD BLESS THEM.

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