5 Ways Filipinos Insulted the Pope in his Visit

1. Insulted the Church face-to-face

Imagine you have a guest, one who is beloved by your housemates. As a way of greeting him, you say to him: “Hey, your children suck”. See anything wrong with it? If yes, congratulations, you are normal. If not, congratulations, you are Presidential material. At least you know how a President should treat a guest of honor such as the Pope.

We thought it wasn’t too much to ask that Noynoy Aquino not follow his standard speech template of 1) blame the past administration 2) glorify my family legacy 3) anyone who criticizes me is irrational for welcoming the Pontiff. But we were DEAD WRONG.

(If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here)

2. Media ‘dumbed down’ the Pope…

Do you know why Pope Francis is super popular, even compared to previous Popes? Well if you ask Philippine media (particularly TV and radio broadcasters and commentators),  it’s because of his smile, what he ate for breakfast and lunch, his seemingly boundless energy, etc.

No, really, if I was just some ordinary Filipino and I hadn’t learnt about Google, then that’s what I would think. Because that’s virtually everything about the Pope that local media focused on.

What did the Pope say about corruption, lack of social services, and continuing extreme poverty under the Aquino administration IN FRONT of Noynoy Aquino himself? It doesn’t matter! Pogi naman yung kumakanta sa misa. That’s how stupid the local media coverage of the Papal visit was.

3. … and so did some of the ‘faithful’

I’m being nice with the word some. At times, I ask myself whether I’m waiting for the Pontiff, or in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition. Because man, everyone’s wearing a Papal shirt, beating the heat with Papal fan, and buying food from a fastfood joint with a Papal tarpaulin. Oh and if that’s not enough, vendors are selling anything Papal all the way to dolls and pillows that are meant to look like Francis.

It’s like a fiesta where everyone is celebrating, but if you ask the original religious significance of the fiesta, only a few people can remember (come to think of it, I think this was my comment on the Sinulog).

4. Military bullies priests, nuns, and other religious (and Church officials allow it)

This is where shit gets serious. Remember how Aquino mentioned in his speech ‘Martial Law’? Apparently, he wanted to demonstrate to the youth today (those born after 1986) how that worked. So the Armed Forces arrested some nuns in the province of Leyte simply because they previously criticized the incompetence of the government’s relief efforts after Yolanda (and despite those nuns having done MORE than the government in that specific field).

They also tried to prevent people, led by both Catholic and Protestant priests, from seeing the motorcade because their banners called on the Pope to ‘help them against corruption’ (something which the Pope is against with, in the first place). Finally, they tried to prevent a Catholic priest from attending the Papal activities in Tacloban (even though he was in the guest list), again, because of his criticisms of the government’s Yolanda efforts.

What did the Pope say again in front of Aquino? “The great Biblical traditions enjoins on all peoples the duty to hear the voice of the Poor”. Baka dapat ata Tagalog para maintindihin ni Noynoy.

And worst of all, the Church (or at least, top officials of the Catholic Church in the Philippines) were part of it. At the very least, they allowed themselves to be bullied. At most, they were guilty of the same paranoia and anti-poor biases as Aquino.

5. The poor were silenced, censored, and airbrushed

At every step of the way, the poor, the main reason the Pope came to the Philippines, was kept out of his way. Street children and vendors were swept off the streets as if they were garbage. High fences were erected to hide slums. Farmers from the island of Samar were blockaded so they could not enter Tacloban.

No wonder this guy doesn’t look happy…

sadpope is sad

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371 Responses to 5 Ways Filipinos Insulted the Pope in his Visit

  1. Not to mention all those elite families who placed themselves first in seeing the pope who, in the first place, wanted to see the poor, not them.

  2. ants says:

    no matter the effort we give to serve, some people will say comments like this because of what? they have a lot of free time and I highly advise them to get a life.. instead of criticizing it why not look into the other picture why it was done? for what reason and then you’ll realize and make a more rational opinion about this matter.

    • ra says:

      yeah you should follow your advice so your comment here could be more rational. the ‘other picture’ is just what I presented because the ‘justifications’ for what the government has been doing is explained by the mainstream media. it seems to me that your problem is you are having difficulty comprehending what I just said because you aren’t approaching it with an open mind.

      • AmorSolo says:

        I’m actually thinking if he read the whole article? I saw other criticism din that I didn’t like. But this one is not bitter naman.

    • Everything he stated is true, Ma’am.

    • Seph says:

      👍 Absolutely. Not that I say her opinion is wrong but rather narrow. Try to look on more perspectives honey.

  3. The Monching says:

    I can’t help but agree with you, brother – especially with #1. Clearly, the alopecia-ridden manchild in Malacanang took it upon himself again to lambast those who didn’t agree with him…

    But yeah, mad props to Pope Francis for keeping his cool, especially during his speech.

  4. AmorSolo says:

    True. As expected from Noynoy, trip down memory lane. Kailangan ata niya ng healing? Hindi maka move on eh.

    Still, the Pope touched and inspired many people. It’s really important to listen and understand his words – more than just seeing him in person. I hope more people realize that and put the Pope’s message and encouragement in action.

    • ra says:

      Your reaction is precisely how I wished people would react from my Papal visit blog series. That’s been my major disappointment, either from listening to media or ordinary people: the real significance of the His Holiness visit and messages are lost on them. These are not your run-of-the-mill Homilies, these are directives for the people of the 21st century.

  5. Maria says:

    Very well said!
    I agree onhow media cover the papal event. Something has been kept on my mind, why do Philippine media (referring to televesion and radio broadcasting) doesn’t go an in depth story about the papal visit? Like, the real reason of the papal visit. I think this is not just about mercy and compassion. Some of the Filipinos doesn’t seem to understand the
    meaning of Pope Francis’ visit in the Philippines. But I do adore Filipinos undying faith despite all the criticisms of others.

  6. sonny ortaliza says:

    the pope message to corrupt officials tie with stones and throw them to the ocean, very nice message !!!!!

  7. Felicity. Starling says:

    Kapatid Talaga ng Presidente si Kris. Pareho silang tactless. Plastic kasi ang pamilya nila!

  8. whee1234 says:

    Agree with your points. Whenever I talk to someone about how crazy this visit has been (in terms of how the govt is handling it (read: kissing ass), and just how everyone has had to stop their lives), they immediately assume I hate the religion and God and all that. They immediately dismiss my opinions based on that assumption. Then they start talking about how they’re going to a certain place to catch a glimpse of the Pope when I realize how hypocritical they’re being as they don’t even participate in Sunday Mass and just want to put it all on social media.

    • ra says:

      I have a term for those people: Fiesta-goers. Since they treat the entire Visit as the ‘place to be seen’, somewhere where you can become popular if you’re seen in that place too. Or maybe ‘Kalesa Riders’, since there isn’t a ‘Bandwagon’ in Tagalog.

  9. Cookie says:

    The pope’s humility translates to his compassion for others especially the downtrodden. I just hope we’d open our hearts to his message of compassion for the poor over and above anything else

  10. cthomas says:

    I fully agree on how shameful these “pharisees” and “sadducees” behaved. And yeah, how the president smarmed up to the pope like Herod to the three magis of the east. They’re ironically biblical.

    But they were all slammed down by the humility of the pope’s actions and the questions posed by a young abused 12 year old girl in UST.

  11. kuricurry says:

    So much truth in this,
    And more on point, I was disgusted seeing screenshots of the ‘hot priest’ and people swarming over him over social media. And people going, “Ah I saw another hot dude—blah…”

    Yes of course attractive people exist in all realms of employment and calling. (Para namang sinabi nyo panget lang nagpapari) But at least have the tact to drool over them in private messages.

    And well, as for the President– he did represent his tactless country well. Professionalism was thrown out the window the moment he started talking. But the meaning wasn’t lost, as the pope tried to talk to every single one of us telling us it’s time to see our mistakes and change them corruption et al.

  12. johnny says:

    the purpose why pope visit to the philippines, pra hindi mawalan nang pag-asa ang mga tao sa LEYTE. na may diyos pang tumutulong sa kanila. i don’t like people posting some pictures with pope on fb. yung ibang tao dyan gustong mkapunta dun sa tacloban pra lng magpa picture at e’post sa fb. ganun na ba tlaga? at sa media nman puro nlang “gwapo daw yung kumakanta sa misa” WTF. ganon na ba tlaga sla ka walang respito.

  13. bakla kasi yang presidente na yan eh, kaya ang bunga-nga ay parang babae. kasi bakla!

    • elizabeth apon says:

      lols….

    • Pat says:

      ‘gay’ or ‘bakla’ isn’t an insult. if you’re going to hate on our president (trust me i dislike him too), present facts for your arguments. calling someone bakla is offensive. also, comparing him to how women speak is wildly offensive and sexist because women are just as capable as men. please learn to make comments without being homophobic or sexist because it would immediately become worthless, and you’re none the wiser.

      • Clint says:

        It is an insult if the person doesn’t want to be called gay. In a country like this, where intellect is no longer genuine, I’d prefer calling him gay than presenting facts that wouldn’t be respected because people don’t like criticism. Surprisingly, PNog is fond of criticising but doesn’t want to be criticized.

  14. manilagirl says:

    nakakahiya talaga si noynoy…yun speech nya was so shameful! he obviously didnt write his own speech..the way he delivered it was so poor. obvious na pinapasa lahat ng trabaho nya sa iba.. walang sariling kakayahan…kundi i- delegate ang tasks sa iba. his speech was so rude, low and so uncalled for! nakakahiya! it shows how poor his morals are! how unchristianly he is! puro politics and finger-pointing ang laman. even the joke about the security nightmare was so offensive.. he couldnt even deliver the joke properly.

    • Myke says:

      Even if he had someone make his speech, Noynoy still had the last say what to say and what not to say. It just shows how a spoiled brat Noynoy is- he ants always to get his way and have the last laugh throwing decency and respect out of the window. I am happy I was not one of those who voted for him because I would surely blame myself for allowing him to represent me and the Filipino people. Noynoy needs to learn a thing or two about HUMILITY from POPE FRANCIS.

  15. enjhil says:

    The face in the picture says it all and the article is a very good reiteration. Oh goodness. Thank you, Pope, for the bravery and inspiration… the inspiration to know that we can stand up against those kissing crocodiles. Urgh. I just wished you washed your hands well after those, you know. 🙂

  16. Double-Edged Sword says:

    I agree with some of your points. But maybe the elite, the politicians and the hypocrites need to see Pope Francis the most. Para matauhan na sila. Jesus dined with sinners, maybe it’s the Pope’s way of pointing out that, like the biblical sinners, they especially need his grace? But one thing that I really find ridiculous is, yes, the way the media is covering the whole Papal Visit. His opinions and views on so many things should have been the main focus, his desire to help the Philippines through his mission. Sure, his smile and gestures are really, really adorable. But, no, Philippine media, that’s not why he’s here. I also scoffed at the exaggerated human and material blockades that prevented so many from seeing the Pope, but then I realized that maybe it was necessary (though they could’ve done a better job so everyone’s happy). People must understand that it will be all the more humiliating if Pope Francis fell in the Philippines. I am not defending the AFP, the PNP or MMDA, or even (especially) the current administration. But we do have to consider that he is the highest, most important Catholic leader in the world, and we have an Autonomous Muslim region and mountains full of insurgent groups. There are some, just SOME (not all), that may be a threat to him. I do not point that out to judge them, the Pope welcomes all people regardless of belief and religion with open arms, but being cautious never hurt anyone. It’s just to keep him safe, I guess.

    • ra says:

      1. I think Noynoy and his ilk are beyond ‘saving’. If that was the intent of the Pope, he wasted his effort on that front. But still, to go to the Philippines and reiterate the need for justice and equality, that is really touching.
      2. I disagree with your citation of ‘mountains full of insurgent groups’. For one, the biggest of all these groups (the NPA or New People’s Army) has previously said that they also welcome the Pontiff. They count among their members many Catholic priests who took up arms. Many of them sincerely believe that struggling for a more just society is an extension of Catholic social teachings. I will stake all of my reputation on the assurance that the NPA was not, is not, and will never be a threat to the Pope.
      3. In addition, other rebel groups in the country (such as the BIFF) also know that to harm the Pontiff in a country where they are outnumbered by Catholics is very foolish. They are not stupid as media portrays them to be.

  17. sad but true and it rings truth in every angle.

  18. VP Medalla Cruz says:

    true to an extent but take this article with a grain of salt for this is not the full story…

  19. Jeannie Go says:

    The speeches delivered were a clear example of a selfless and selfish individual. It is sad that people with positions couldn’t stay true even for just this time. The visit wasn’t even intended for them but rather for those who they try so hard to hide and shoo away

  20. Luke says:

    You forgot to mention how people responded to the Pope’s waving hand and glorious smile with their smartphones and tablets. It appears that some of them didn’t really want to meet the Pope, they just want to have something worth sharing on social media.

  21. Taxpayer says:

    Well said, to hell with Aquino and his degenerated brood

  22. marie says:

    I don’t like the title of this article. It demoralizes an entire nation. President Aquino’s speech sucked and so did the way the media and government handle the entire event but I don’t think they should be considered the representation of an entire country. Besides, the Pope’s visit to the Philippines is for the rest of the nation, not just them.

    • ra says:

      But it is representative of the whole country! Many of us (I’m not confident about saying ‘majority’ yet) have also missed the point about the Papal visit.

      • Ayie says:

        maybe some didn’t know what the purpose of the papal visit was, but i also agree that it shouldn’t have been “filipinos”. you said you’re not even confident about using the term ‘majority’ so why use a term that represents the whole country?

        but yes, i still agree that what you said was true.

    • Clint says:

      They represent us. You have no option but to accept that we are doomed to hell.

  23. ddduck says:

    i think commentators here should stop commenting and start DOING!!! stand up filipinos. I’m tired of the complaints but no action.

    • Clint says:

      Actions are useless if there are no results. Obviously we can’t get the results. So it is either we shut up and be a flower or be a jew grabbing the coins. (although it is better if I say be a mercenery whose working for gold. jew coins are offensive. sorry jews)

  24. Sheena says:

    I agree with some of the points here. #4 just bugs me a little. Reading the articles that you linked in that part of your posts, all I see are the PNP and PSGs actions being criticized. I’m not sure but arent they separate from the military? My dad is in the military, specifically the army. Generalizing the actions of the PNP and PSG as the action of the whole military or Armed Forces is misleading I think.

    • ra says:

      Hi Sheena. While it can be indeed called ‘generalizing’, I don’t think it’s misleading because the PNP, PSG, and the various branches of the military all coordinate with each other. One thing that enables that coordination is the shared ideology of all those institutions, specifically one that is very right-wing and bordering on fascistic. For example, the mindset that any critic of the government is an enemy of the State. I experienced that firsthand when I myself was a victim of military abuses several years ago.

  25. JustPassingThru says:

    some people really just deserve to die…

    burn them along with their entire families so that the plague doesn’t continue spreading!

    • Dctrjvm says:

      You would benefit from the Pope’s message of Mercy and Compassion.

      • Clint says:

        We will do that part and God will do the judgement. By judgement, I’m talking about the burning of the families he is talking about. The message of the Pope is not enough but I admit that the Pope is a good person. Althought being a good person is not enough. The Pope should have the sword too that he lacks.
        For example is God, the God of Abraham, the God of David and Solomon, he may be a good person but he has the fangs of a wolf.

    • Pat says:

      you definitely didn’t learn anything from the pope’s visit

  26. Mai galia says:

    And I’m waiting for what nonsense Pnoy’s crazy sister has to say with all the issues.. Hahahaha..

  27. Nestor Sevilla says:

    I wouldn’t say all Filipinos, this is considering the fact that I was among a lot of Filipinos who stood and waited almost a whole day to see the Pope. That being said, I can say that I witnessed how much Filipinos (at least the ones where I was) put up an effort just to see the Pope in person. It didn’t matter how we stood there for hours under the sun, or how far or how near we were to where the Pope was gonna pass by because what truly mattered to us was the idea of seeing and being in the pressence of the Pope even if it was just gonna be a glimpse or a short while. Eventually the Pope did pass by and true enough, we (the ones far from the wall of policemen and the railings) just caught a glimpse if him, probably a good 3 or 4 seconds considering the fact that everyone raised their hands and cameras and that the driver of the pope mobile was driving a bit fast. Now despite just catching a glimpse of the Pope, I watched the people around me stand patiently waiting and smiling for any bit of chance that the pope will come back. When we were sure that he was no longer coming back, we all started to leave and I swear I could see the feeling of content in the smiling faces of the people around me and I could just tell that for them all the effort was worth that 3 or 4 second glimpse of the Pope. Yeah people bought shirts, fans and other things with the Pope’s face in them but that’s just us Filipinos, we love memorabilias specially for events that rarely happens and i’m pretty sure most if not all didn’t mean any wrong about buying those things. The way I see it, most informalities that happened where just due to lack of knowledge in certain aspects or just Filipino culture and devotion kicking in. So no, I disagree with your terms “Filipinos” and “insulted”. I do agree with you in terms of our government (including the speeches as well as military issues) and the media because they did fail to meet or collaborate with the real mission or focus of Pope Francis here in the Philippines, the poor, helpless and the victims of Yolanda.

  28. Abby says:

    You are so Negative!

  29. Dean says:

    i dont agree with ur statements;but u can say what ever you want… u have the means.

  30. Richie says:

    Hypocrite Christians!
    Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!

  31. Jeffrey Sarmiento says:

    I couldnt agree with you more especially with #1. It seems Pnoy has completely lost it or he’s just not paying attention to what the Pope’s message was. Pnoy’s speech does not in any way reflect mercy and conpassion. All bitterness and hatred is what’s in it. But then, maybe Pnoys just conveying a message to the religious to back-off or hands-off to politics.

  32. random says:

    Even my parents hated Noynoy’s speech. Instead of talking about all the victims of Yolanda or how he feels compassion, he just went all “haters gonna hate” on everyone. THE COUNTRY DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU. THIS IS WHY YOU’RE PRESIDENT. YOU PUT THE PEOPLE FIRST, YOUR GODDAMN NEEDS, LATER. QUIT WHINING.
    Sorry, just got carried away there.
    But I don’t complain about being put behind a barrier, the police blocking my view of the pope passing by. I mean, it’s what the government wants. I sometimes feel like they hate the minority which is why the pope is here in the first place. They want to feel important, let them but they’re not the reason why the pope is here.

  33. Dctrjvm says:

    Why are you focusing on the negative? You missed the whole point of his visit. The pope brings with him the theme of mercy and compassion which he successfully conveyed to those enlightened. I will pray for you.

    • ra says:

      And the whole point was what? Mercy and Compassion for corrupt government officials who are usually the targets of relentless criticism? Yeah, you’re right. I really didn’t get the whole point of the Papal Visit. It was so we could feel good for a little while before we go back to our miserable lives #sarcasm

      • Jess says:

        By “negative”, I think Dctrjvm was referring to the fact that this article did not mention any call to action that could solve or make amends to these mishaps. It’s easy to point out all our country and country men’s faults, why not offer ideas on how to better and improve ourselves? Instead of complaining, that is. We can complain and bitch all we want, that’s not gonna do much for anyone or anything, really.

      • ra says:

        It’s not like I’m the first person to complain about the state of our nation. And unlike me, these people have even offered concrete solutions to improve the nation. But do people listen? The majority don’t. Instead they say, “o nagrarally nanaman mga ito” or “magsumikap nalang sila imbes na umasa sa gobyerno”. Pope Francis said to listen to the poor who have been saying a lot of things for a long time but aren’t really listened to. That’s the problem.

      • limxuxu09 says:

        Unfortunately, that’s what I think would happen. This isn’t the first time that a pope visited the country. So I wonder if this time around, that the people will finally fully grasp the point of the papal visit. I mean, how many popes should visit the country so we could see that change we want to see? Personally, I am also contemplating on what actions I can do for the country. His words are simple but their meaning is very deep.

      • ra says:

        *shameless plug* you could check out my latest blog entry. i wrote it with people like you in mind. i hope it helps! 🙂

    • Alexis says:

      I’m with you here. Amen.

    • Clintonris says:

      I recognize the Holiness of the Pope. The Filipinos? I recognize only the gulliblity hypocrisy, arrogance and stupidity. Prayers? Check. Results? Maybe next year. Or never. Or only when the time is right. What if I’m always left? Or a leftist? a communist? Will I ever be right? Or am I a demon because I’m a leftist? Maybe I’m a “bayaran” against PNoy? Who am I?

  34. Myke says:

    The role of the Aquinos in the Edsa revolution is so over rated. Well Mr. Noynoy it was the people who made it possible so do not constantly rub it in our faces just to get comfort from your obvious insecurities.

  35. glenn621 says:

    If and when we really learn to live simply, especially when we start making the most humble purchases, then we shall have embodied one of the lessons of Pope Francis’ visit.

  36. George Siriban says:

    Whoever wrote this has a point but I don’t think OVERCOMPLICATING things would help this time. How the hell can the “faithful” disrespect the Papal Visit by wearing Pope Francis t-shirts? Because it likened the UAAP Cheerdance and this is a Papal Visit? I don’t see how that would work. And over-analyzing the president’s speech to find a hint of satanic/manipulative message all because we need to hate him more and that the Pope should condemn him? Well that’s one good way of using the Papal Visit as a proof of how fucked-up our country is and it’s sick. So now when all those “nuisances”- mga batang hamog, pickpockets, LTO crocodiles, kotong cops are in Luneta right now, peacefully listening to the Pope’s message, a brilliant guy would spoil the moment and write an overexaggerated article about how Filipinos disrespect the Papal Visit through t-shirts and presidential speeches. Man sometimes its not good to always complicate things. Come on, we don’t hate the Pope, we love him so how the hell can we insult his visit? See its just overcomplication of things. The point is why can’t we just respect the Pope and our Country and stop bringing up issues like these for a while?

  37. lidocaine21 says:

    I agree on most of the points. Just to add, I do not understand some of the Pope’s itineraries… (or I was actually under the impression His Holiness was left with no choice). I do not understand why upon seeing the people who attended the MOA “Meeting with the Families”, my brow raised 15 floors high. It did not represent the general “Filipino Family”. I saw more families from the elites rather than the common Juan dela Cruz households. I just hate hearing that “by invitation” phrase being used… oh and, I remember! I was just completely disgusted when I saw the “TraPos” kissing the Pope’s hand (I noticed some were clueless on what to do, or that it should have been the Papal ring that they should kiss), all these were happening while the youths were dancing and singing for the Pope. Yeah-yeah… boohoo kids, sorry, you were just an accessory to make the organizers look better. Oh, and that media frenzy thingy… that made me lmao… there was this field reporter who picked a random person from the crowd and asked what he thought was the Pope’s message… and he was like… “ahhh… magmahalan…”, when asked whatelse… “kapayapaan…”, I was not expecting a 10-page essay, but seriously? That’s it? ok… I love the Pope, I am thrilled that he is here in our country… I am just not as thrilled on how things were organized… and puh-lease! How can some of the plunderers and thieves be in the presence of His Holiness and be not ashamed of themselves?!? Were they hoping for a Divine Intervention? haaayyyyy….

    • ra says:

      Yeah, I have this feeling that he doesn’t have much of a say in his itinerary. Says a lot about changing the system on an individual level: no matter how charismatic you are, there will be limitations unless you work together with other people.

    • Sean says:

      So the kids were an accessories? you make it sound like the whole event was conspired by criminals and no-good person at all, in tagalog ginawa at plinano ng mga masasama at malahayop na tao. maybe you should be the one to organize the event and let me see how perfect it will be. The saying goes “the rain drops down to both good or evil”, It is not the question of “who” organizes it but “why” they organize it so if you see bad people mix with good people on a event like this, puh-lease dont blame the event or the attendees they were there to witness not to be a hypocrite. Also one of the children that was blessed to hold the pope’s hand were my nephew and believe me the feeling was great and I tell you it did not get even close to me feeling that we are being “used” by someone. Maybe instead of criticizing it why not let yourself do something about it? Stop being a keyboard warrior and instead became a light by setting an example. And if you can prove to me that all the politicians are “trapos”, then everything you said above is right. And FYI the organizers of these events did not come from the government but from the church itself, I personally know the head organizer and he is a “PRIEST”, so before you judge and assume that the people who attend, perform and put all their efforts in making this event look good for the pope was being used maybe you should research more of who organize this event on the first place. And lastly if you are angry about the so called plunderers then why not go there and tell it to their face??. Also what is your opinion about the Pope meeting with distraught families from tacloban? there are poor families that were presented to the pope and it is not my fault if you fail to watch it on TV.

      • K says:

        “Stop being a keyboard warrior and instead became a light by setting an example.”

        Practice what you preach, sir. And remember, your experience can never speak for everyone else.

  38. Alexis says:

    This is a very negative article and the headline and some points could have been worded better.

    1. Sure, I agree that parts of PNoy’s speech was done in bad taste, and his speech writer should be fired for that.

    2. The media didn’t dumb down the Pope. It was the people’s innate reaction to what the media presented. You’ve got to give credit to the media who did touch on corruption, lack of social services, and the continuing extreme poverty, but people reacted by what they saw first, what they felt first, or what stimulated their senses first. We, Filipinos, are a very emotional country and we are drawn to personality. Thus, we notice his smile and charisma first, but of course, we don’t forget the meaning of it all. We don’t forget the social issues touched on by the Pope. And it’s the media’s job, to cover the significance of the event, as well as the people’s receptiveness to it — which the media did.

    3. “It’s like a fiesta where everyone is celebrating…”

    The papal visit IS supposed to be a celebration. We are celebrating that we are given the opportunity to be blessed by the Pope in the flesh, that the Pope came here to share his wisdom, compassion, and messages to us. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for us and we are very thankful that we are one of the few countries he visited. And us celebrating is a sign of appreciation and gratitude towards the Pope for his taking the time to do this. Also, it’s a testament to how we are still a strong Catholic nation. Filipino Catholics are still the silent majority and we are festively thankful that the Pope graced us with his presence.

    “No wonder this guy doesn’t look happy…”

    I think the Pope was very happy to be here. We could see it from his eyes that he was surprised on the receptiveness and festiveness of millions of Filipinos. We, Filipinos, are naturally a very happy nation and the “fiesta vibe” is something we’ve been doing, even during the 1995 Papal Visit. Sure, this Papal visit wasn’t perfect, but for the most part, it has been a very positive visit. 🙂

    • ra says:

      I think from the Comments section in this thread alone, you can see that many people still don’t know “the meaning of it all”, as you called it.

  39. margie says:

    I noticed some of the Manilans who went to Tacloban to celebrate with the Pope were never there to help with the typhoon victims in the first place. They should give way to the real victims to meet the Pope

  40. Zaida says:

    Agree, especially on number1…

  41. Evelyn Canete Garces says:

    Hopefully..filipinos will be smatter enough to choose the next president…
    Another the same mistakes will be the philippines downfall!!..please ..be smart..

  42. misshansteff says:

    Reblogged this on misshansteff and commented:
    Makes sense actually. 🙂

  43. Eh wala eh. most Pinoys are know for being “walang- hiya”…. :3

    On another notes, did the Pope summon the rain right now to express his discontent? 😛

    • Mico says:

      Yeah I mean all the “pinoys” are walanghiya at walang respeto surely they did this on purpose, especially those people who is very stupid enough to wait and try to see the Pope in person. My advice to the pope is to not come here anymore and just send a memo or message detailing his disgust of our social and government system

  44. Well ure all wrong. You r all negativity. GO CONFESS TO POPE FRANCIS ALREADY. The poor knows how to behave themselves. They have all MANNERS

  45. Bismarck says:

    Others are there because they think it is In being there.

  46. maggy says:

    So true… The true meaning and essence of his visit has never happened. Sad but when I see people waiting for him and saying we love you pope francis after the parade has been with their friends drinking alcohol, some goes with their chismisan session… Gambling.. Etc… Sad but this is us.. If we really believe that God can give the impossible why Filipinos continue to do gambling, continue to be timid and forget about God’s marvelous work into their lives…

    We cannot be saved by just believing that God exist… Instead we need to work with His words.

  47. Not seeking fame says:

    I think this isn’t what Pope Francis would have wanted. To see us, Filipinos, arguing over what happened during his visit. I understand your points. You are being rational but what has transpired over the past few days isn’t a work of the rational rather it is spiritual. If we continue to argue about this, it’ll be pointless just like how many blogs and posts were shared about Marian and Dingdong’s wedding. If you are so adamant about helping street children, can you give to us the location so we can help them out? Can you? Have you tried calling concerned government agencies like DSWD? Have you done something about it other than writing? Sharing thoughts is one way, yes, but actions still speak louder. During the time of lent, one of readings states that we don’t need to look miserable just to prove a point. The Pope does not need to see how poor our country is. He already knows. He has seen it. The rich may be more privilege in many ways but his heart goes to the poor. The greater percentage of Filipinos who are actively waiting in lines for days for hours; they’re the poor. Sabi nga ang mga tao na nakikita natin; sila ang masa. Mas marami pa din kaysa sa mga mayayaman. I don’t think its right to ostracize the rich just so you can side with the poor. Pope Francis calls for mercy and compassion. Can we do that instead?

    • ra says:

      1. Writing is an important part of social change. For example, Andres Bonifacio’s Katipunan was inspired (in part) by the writings of the Propagandista Movement.
      2. The logic of ‘reporting’ wrongdoings to the government instead of criticizing the government assumes that the government actually does their job. In the case of the street children, it was the DSWD itself which rounded them up like common criminals. Hence, the illogicality of reporting to the government a wrongdoing of the government.
      3. The Pope knows how poor the country is. But he came here also to offer ‘Mercy and Compassion’ to those who need it the most: the poor.
      4. Did I say anything about ostracizing the poor? I’m pretty sure I didn’t. The poor doesn’t want to reverse the roles in society, they just want to make things equal. That’s very different from ostracism.
      5. Using ‘Mercy and Compassion’ and having it apply equally to all people is a perversion of the Pope’s teachings. If you read his homilies and speeches closely, you’ll see he has a bias for the poor. They are the main recipients of ‘Mercy and Compassion’.

      • Random Guy says:

        1. This is exactly another point which Pope Francis is against. When people talk about the LGBT, his reply would usually mean who am I(Pope) to judge them? Likewise, this applies to everybody as well, may it be nerds, geeks, normal, pa-cool people, smokers, drugees, murderers, magnanakaws, kidnappers. Instead, Pope Francis calls for mercy and compassion.

        What is this mercy Pope Francis is talking about? Real mercy isn’t the sort of mercy a king shows mercy to prisoners by sparing their lives. Real mercy is being up-close and touching the lives of the people that are shown mercy. In turn, our lives are touched as well. Although Pope Francis’ focus is much more on the poor, in the same way when have we looked at our president that way? Every President that was elected starting from when I was born was usually bombarded with pambabatikos, criticisms and insults. When have we shown mercy and compassion to our presidents as well? I believe that President Aquino’s standard speech template was a defense mechanism. Defense against what? I guess our lack of mercy and compassion.

      • ra says:

        Key word in many of the Pope’s speeches: ‘inequality’. One such sign of inequality is that the side of the poor is never heard, always the President. Showing ‘Mercy and Compassion’ to people who are in a privileged position in society is not what the Pontiff envisioned.

      • Random Guy says:

        Yes, it’s true “inequality” is one of the major point of Pope Francis. However, should we not show our President and future presidents mercy and compassion because they are privileged? I understand that you’ve never mentioned that we shouldn’t but the poor also have the monopoly of mercy and compassion. My point is there’s nothing wrong with showing mercy and compassion to the president as well as the poor. What do we lose by showing mercy and compassion to the president?

      • ra says:

        Mercy and Compassion for the rich and powerful! #genius

      • Gagee says:

        I think that to give respect to the Presidency (and in effect our democracy), we should say what we think is wrong in a genuine manner, and government should listen so it can better do its job. The terms ‘Mercy and Compassion’ does not, can not, should not apply to the head of any nation-state. Justice and Rule of Law are the applicable terms for this. I can be compassionate to Benigno Aquino the person, but I do not know him personally.

      • G.S. Raymundo says:

        Yes, the poor really needs mercy and compassion. But lest we forget, the majority of Filipinos who are poor are the ones who hold sway during electoral exercises. If there is inequity in our society, it is because of our leaders who were elected by the majority.

      • ra says:

        Interesting viewpoint. Many people do think that it is the poor who hold sway during elections because they comprise the majority of votes. But it’s irrelevant whether they are the majority since they don’t have a say in the matter. Ever notice why there are no candidates from the ranks of the poor? Every election for them is simply an exercise of choosing who gets to oppress them.

    • Batman says:

      Arguing is pointless? All significant human events in history began with arguments, in one form or another. If we Filipinos continue to be obsessed over flowery words and Bible quotes while tossing rationality out of the window, pigs and demons will forever sit in power and the poor will forever be oppressed.

      Going to homeless shelters and helping the poor is no doubt a very good thing (I am an aspiring doctor and understand where you’re coming from) but it is only a band-aid solution. In order to make lasting change we must address the problem at their roots = corruption, hypocrisy, greed, etc. This type of social commentary is a step in that direction.

      Spirituality and rationality go hand-in-hand when it comes to making change for our country. I disagree with you and I think this is indeed what Pope Francis would want.

      Just as he said: FEEL with your heart. THINK with your mind. DO with your hands.

      • Mat Kevin Querencia says:

        I agree, rather may I add that change always starts within yourself. Don’t hope that we can change the family, community and most of all the country or government if you don’t change yourself and repent. Corruption starts within when you start to regard yourself better than others and when you put your own needs above other people’s needs. Let us continue to love God and your brethren more than yourself. And that will stop corruption, it might not be instantaneous but rather a continuing progress. God bless.

    • Joar Concha says:

      very well said. I agree to your point. 🙂

    • Haze Zee says:

      I agree with you. As tempting as it is to point out what had been done wrong or what could’ve been done differently, let us find inspiration from the papal visit and not let his messages just melt like ice in the rain.

      Instead of fault-finding, why don’t we try to move on with renewed fervor while keeping all the things that were amiss in mind. We can nit-pick all we want but that would only foster more negativity. You are right, Pope Francis already knows how dire the situations are in our country which was precisely why he chose to come here.

      Let us absorb everything that has happened here in the past four days with inspiration, hope, peace and compassion in our hearts. Let’s do away with always looking at the glass half empty. Instead, let us look around and be thankful for and glow in everything that has gone right and continue to hope that with whatever light and positivity we do already have, it will flame our journey towards ultimately doing mostly good than bad.

      • ra says:

        Oh, I’m not focused on criticizing and nit-picking, if you bothered reading some of the related blog entries.

      • Ivan says:

        I totally agree with Haze Zee.
        You’re stating that you are not focused on criticizing, yet the title of this blog is already stating the obvious.
        If you really are into doing that which is right, why not start reflecting on what Pope Francis had been teaching for the past few days? Stop focusing on negative points. Yes. You are mainly concerned on how he was ‘insulted,’ so please don’t respond to messages/replies here as if your focus was on the good parts of his stay.

      • anton says:

        Well, this is a blog. You don’t put everything in one blog entry.

      • :) says:

        It’s not criticizing in how I view it; it’s a wake-up call the most. Many people in the Philippines if I have to say are over-nationalistic and therefore think anything good that happens is to be praised about then they start saying “puso”. We always look at the bright side which is a good and bad thing. Good that we won’t be easily discouraged but bad in a sense that we don’t try to look at the more negative side and fix those errors. In the previous comments someone mentioned “band-aid” solution and I think that’s how I’d describe optimism at this point. If you haven’t notice, the media has many people brainwashed to think like this and I think it’s one of the reasons why we can’t really advance out of our situation. Another thing is anyway is the fact that the Pope actually wanted to meet the poor and people personally. For me, it’s already ok to point out constructive criticisms because we do need it but we’re blinded by nationalism and pride. I disagree when you said that about just keep looking at the positive because there isn’t much to be so happy about. We have to admit; our country is in shambles as of this moment and I think that we could be doing better as a nation. I may get some comments back on this but it’s alright with me since I want to openly express my opinion about this as well. We are a country controlled by media and nationalism and I hope that we will finally give in and see the error of our ways and actually look into it, focus on it and finally fix those problems.

    • exjopa says:

      you didn’t get the message quite right…its about how the dumb guy up there treated his guest of honor in the palace and other things so as to hide those they don’t want the visitors to see. Like what the Vatican Secretary said, the pope knows everything that’s happening here in the Philippines. he knows everything.

    • Bart Bart says:

      Not Seeking fame “If you are so adamant about helping street children, can you give to us the location so we can help them out? Can you? ”

      -are you nut or something? shall we still point to you where poverty is? its everywhere in the Philippines. and its the obligation of the DSWD to look around and get their butts working. They are budgeted from people’s tax to do their task, they are not philanthropist for them to just wait sitting pretty for poor people to ask for help. “you blind naive”!

  48. Aliyah Rae Francisco says:

    Guys look at the bright-side, the Pope is in our Beloved country! We had such devotion,we showed how much faith to see the Vicar of Christ. He was over-whelmed by the crowds, what more if the street children were there? They’ll get hurt and pushed. Also, that isn’t the only photo we have of Pope…God, pessimists these days..

    • Kris says:

      Yeah the pope visited our country, pero sino sino kaya sa mga dumalo sa mga events ang dumalo para mapalakas ang pananampalataya at sino sino kaya ang dumalo para lang makapagyabang sa facebook at twitter ng mga picture ng santo papa o mga mechandise involving pope francis?

      I dont want to know the truth.

    • Anonymous says:

      Idiota. The pope needs to see the current situation of our country. What our govt did was another kind of Imeldification where the poor were cleaned up like pests

    • danielsan says:

      hindi naman po yata malungkot yung blogger dahil sa pagdating ni pope. 🙂 he pointed out some points lang. wala naman po problema sa optimism. pero pag sobra, masama din siguro. tingin mo ba may na-improve na sa philippines dahil optimistic sila? i mean pag may problema sa government, magagalit at first. pero pag labas ng news na “ang mga filipinos e dinadaan lang lahat sa tawa.” nakakalimutan na lahat. good trait naman yung masayahin pero pag hindi mo na makita yung mga mali at dapat i-correct, baka kelangan nga bawasan yung pagiging masayahin. sa streets na lang e, pag may nagtapon ng basura, wala naman paki alam lahat. usually ginagaya pa nga at nagtatapon din for a single reason — malayo ang basurahan. 🙂 there are countries na hindi nila palalampasin yung simpleng pagtapon. pero anyway, puede naman natin daanin sa sense of humor or optimism yan, afterall, isang basura lang naman yun dba. 🙂
      pero i don’t have a problem sa blogger kung negative ang nakita nya. at sayo naman, wala din ako problem kung positive nakita mo. 🙂

  49. Ivan Garcia says:

    Di po ba insult na tawagin mong “this guy” sa last few words mo?

    • Anderson Co says:

      Why? Should we kiss his ass because he happens to be a pope?

      You do not get to demand respect. They should decide if you deserve it.

      • Lol says:

        Oh look out guys, this person is edgy. He’s cool because he doesn’t give in to authority.

      • Aileen Grem says:

        ‘he happens to be a pope’? oh you ridiculous human.

      • Ray Estrada says:

        Was there any point in his visit that the Pope demanded respect or are you just trying to be sassy? I’ll attribute that cockiness you have demonstrated to juvenile bravado. Look it up you might gain some perspective.

      • DESS says:

        wow the youth nowadays. Pls reflect on what you just said.

      • Clappingslowly says:

        WOW! “Kiss his ass because he happens to be a pope” taas ng tingin mo sa sarili mo bro. Respeto naman. I mean, if he turns out to be a saint yeaaars from now, I hope somebody sees this. So that person can laugh at your arrogance.

      • eyewhichseesallangles says:

        Before you leave a damn comment like this, watch all videos or you could have been there yourself to witness that not all kissed the pope’s hand, only those who wanted to and the pope didn’t tell them to do so. It was out of their free will.

    • Batman says:

      Sus, ang babaw mo naman.

      • Unknown says:

        Dapat mo din iconsider ang mga atheists at non-catholics. Sa religion nila, wala naman yung Pope ng Catholicism e. Nagiging big deal yun kasi katoliko ka. A person gains respect if he or she deserved it. Sa atin, nirerespeto at tinitingala natin si Pope Francis kasi yung puso niya, para sa mahihir

  50. donna says:

    Well said bro!!! *salute*

  51. mars laniog says:

    another thing is that the IMPORTANT people infront has seats while those far away from the stage managed to stand from start to finish…hahaha….EQUALITY!

  52. ra says:

    For everyone who feels that they should do something after reading this, but aren’t sure what to do, you might want to check this one out: https://radulce.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/6-lessons-12-quotes-from-pope-francis-which-filipinos-should-always-keep-in-mind/

  53. Romuald Jon Reyes says:

    This is why the government is so corrupt. They keep on being plastic to our important visitors.
    Our Pope visited the Philippines not because of the Catholic people. He visited because he want to see and bless those who are poor and those people who are not supported by the government.
    We know that the reality stinks but how can the a dirt be cleaned when it is always covered up.

  54. Gio says:

    I respect the points that you raised but I hoped that, as a writer, your title was well thought of. Never use blanket words as I’m 101% sure that not all Filipinos had that intention… I am one of the faithfuls so I really made time to join a few of the events set… I took videos/photos because I consider that as a once in a lifetime event… I even posted a few because I want to share my experiences the way you are sharing your “sentiments” here.

    One key ask… respect the Filipino faithful by not including US in your article by using the term Filipinos.

    You might get 1 to 100k likes but you seem to just made the millions of Filipino faithful feel inutiles by questioning their real intent!

    • ra says:

      If they felt like an inutile, that’s one step to ‘opening their eyes’, as the Pope said. He said that to see things better and clearly, we must do things that we aren’t accustomed to do, like living with the poor, or crying. If this ‘offensive’ blog entry of mine makes Filipinos rethink their ways, then I consider this a job well done.

      • Mich says:

        I agree with most of what you said, but I also agree with the person who posted here that one of your mistake was to generalize the entire Filipino population but your remarks was regarding the President, the rich and the vendors. So the poor Filipinos and the sick and the faithfuls also insulted the Pope? No one in this whole country actually did none of the above 5 you mentioned? Wow.

      • Clappingslowly says:

        I agree with most of what you said but honestly, not all of those people who were there were only doing it for business or to get bragging rights or you know get seen on tv. Most people there actually wanted to go so that they’ll be able to see pope francis—who, for them is someone to look up to, someone they could get the hope they’re yearning for, something to hold on to.

        You can’t really blame them if they buy those merchandise, for them it’s a memento or they just want to express their unity to the pope. There could be many reasons to what they’re doing

  55. gilbert castillo says:

    guys stop criticizing., lets be all thankful that God has blessed us all the time and we are privileged enough to be visited by the pope among of the many countries in the world….

  56. Armi says:

    We really don’t need this criticizing of what Filipinos did that insult the pope. Do you think what you’re doing right now, writing about how we insulted the pope is in keeping with what the pope wanted us to learn? walang basagan ng trip, man, if you were more moved by the bad things that happened during the visits that you’d rather write about the Papal visit in a way that underrates it than writing about what’s good about it like how we’re given hope and how Catholicism is uplifted then keep it to yourself. This is exactly the crab mentality that cripples the Filipino people.

    • ra says:

      Actually, what the Pope said that cripples our nation are “systems of social inequality”. Not crab mentality.

      • Armi says:

        wake up to reality. social inequality is everywhere. and this post isn’t making a positive step on changing that

    • Kanade says:

      Your reason is why Filipinos are still not progressing.

    • Kevin says:

      I agree with this article entirely, which means I disagree with you. Yes, we absolutely must criticize our actions and reactions: how else can we improve as a nation? In other words, hindi naman sa reklamador lang ang nagsulat nito. Isa siyang kritiko. Ang kritiko walang takot at sadyang makatotohanan lang sa kanyang opinyon. Catholics were given hope, yes, but at what cost? And besides, I didn’t realize that thousands of cellphones up in the air were this age’s symbol of spiritual enlightenment and “hope.” You’re saying “keep it to yourself,” I do hope you don’t heed your own advice when you see injustice in front of you.

  57. Just saying says:

    6. The blogger thinks he know it all including how the Pope feels towards his Philippine visit.

    – We understand your sentiments and I do not oppose but your way of writing seems to contain a lot of execrations and I guess that’s also an insult to the highest leader who proclaims the good teachings of the Lord.
    Practice what you preach.

  58. sizzlingsisig says:

    Pashare!

  59. Gio says:

    Wow just wow, he came here to give hope to the poor and yet they can’t even be near him. Aside from what ever corruption the government has and will have. It would have been a nice though if the Pope was given some time to go the the poorest of poor. They are not all pickpockets and if the Filipinos assigned to him as security can’t even handle starving men women and children or maybe they were told not to. :p

  60. sizzlingsisig says:

    Reblogged this on sizzlingsisig and commented:
    A different view of The Visit

  61. Jada says:

    Disregard the awful politicians and people in power. We all know their horrible ways. There’s no point to discuss it all over again. What’s important is the newly strengthened faith of the Catholic church because of the papal visit.

    • ra says:

      “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” – James 2:17
      Faith by itself is useless. It is the message of the Pope to change the world for the better as a concrete measure of our love for the poor, which is important.

  62. Reblogged this on R. J. Gonzales and commented:
    This!
    Papal visit is not purely for celebratory purposes of Catholics. People seem to forget the real essence and significance of the Church Head’s visit in our country. He’s here for the unfortunate, but look what the government did–cleaned up the surface and hid them in corners.

  63. Kua Neil says:

    IDIOT BLOGGER! You were only LOOKING on the GOOGLE the POST and the Media says, but YOU BLOGGER don’t know about our living ,belief and past. if your a Journalist YOU REALLY SUCK!. We have Traditions that showing HOW BIG our love with jesus COMPARE to other country. DON’T YOU EVER INSULT US FILIPINO if you didn’t Live like a Filipino. You don’t know us!.

    • ra says:

      R.I.P English language
      By the way, I’m amused that you don’t think I’m a Filipino. Laki mong tanga.

    • NotSoHoly says:

      Kua Neil, actually this blogger do have a point. Sa totoo lang, napaka-disrespectful nga ng pag-salubong ng karamihan sa atin. Alam mo ba yung nag-misa si Pope, tapos yung mga pari mismo nag-labas ng camera at cellphone nila para picturan si Pope? Bastos diba? Yung iba nga, di malabas labas mga gadget nila.. di ako Catholic ah pero I found it disrespectful talaga, yung pag-welcome sa Pope ng president.

      And btw, ganyan ba mag-react ang tulad mo’ng Catholic na Filipino? Mag-isip isip ka din. Sabi mo, mahal mo diyos niyo, ganyan ba natututunan mo sa pagiging “Catholic” mo? Eh kung ganyan lang natututunan mo, mag-ibang relihiyon ka na lang po.

      • MrsMLaguilles says:

        The Pope allowed it po before the nuns and the priest took their phones out to take some photos and videos 😃

      • blu3s0da says:

        @MrsMLaguilles

        regardless of the fact that the pope allowed it(to keep the people happy-in service to the people), they still shouldn’t have because they fully know well that they are to respect the ongoing celebration of mass. the purpose of the mass is to celebrate Christ, and by doing what they did, they were distracting and they were disrupting the solemnity of the mass. i too found it disrespectful and insulting.

    • electrichooker says:

      Are you sure you understood the main thesis of the article? Because judging from the way you construct your thoughts, I’m pretty sure you didn’t. Plus, you’re English sucks major balls bruh! Kanto-boy ampota.

    • omnonomnom says:

      I barely understood what you just said, if you can’t take criticisms like this, no wonder Philippines is still lead by corrupt politicians. If the Spaniards had never discovered Philippines you wont be a Roman Catholic right now, If Constantine the Great didn’t converted to Christianity you wouldn’t be Christian… Did you really read the article as far as I’m concern what the person said made more sense than your comment … I didn’t know that it part of our tradition to lock up poor people so that the pope wont see it. Have you ever read the bible, when Jesus drove away those money changers on the temple… what people are doing is no different making a business out of the pope selling merchandise with his pictures. I’m not so sure if people actually wanted to see the pope or just wanted new Facebook or twitter status to feel good about themselves. How dumb for you to say that “We have Traditions that showing HOW BIG our love with jesus COMPARE to other country.” have you been to any other country or a lot of countries to back up that statement? Btw Jesus is capitalized, it’s a name after all

    • Vaughn says:

      STFU. you’re so wrong on so many levels but let me tell you why you’re a fucking ignorant cunt. You obviously dont understand what the blogger is saying. I am also Filipino and everything I read in this blog is very true. I feel like the Pope didn’t receive the amount of respect he should have gotten from the Political leaders of the country and the local media. And lastly never point out that you’re love for Jesus Christ is better compared to other countries. Since when has religion been about that?

  64. Passing by says:

    Hi. Regarding your point # 3. I believe some faithful did not insult Pope Francis, it was the people’s way of showing him our warm welcome in the country and also selling merchandise to any religious event does not only happen in the Philippines. It happens in any country where there are gatherings. Please research before posting.

  65. dm santi says:

    Wala nmn pakelam si Pope sa punyetang history ng pamilya niang walang ginawa kundi manira… the fuck tlg kpal ng muka ng mga aquino…

  66. Theodore Patrick says:

    The problem with some of our fellow filipinos is we can’t accept constructive criticisms(which this article seems to point out), How I wish our goverment would read this article and learn a thing or two. Lolo Kiko went to the Philippines to see what the “REAL” situation is especially in Yolanda hit areas, but did our government let him see it?

  67. sheleilla says:

    @notsoholly d naman po dahil nag labas ng gadget bastos agad. its a once in a life time chance to see him personally at what more near you… bakit d nalang po natin respetuhin ang bawat dahilan at opinion ng bawat isa. wag nalang natin palalain pa. hindi tyo perpekto …. tao lang tayo. me kanya kanyan tyong kakulangan. imbes na sirain o ilubog natin ang kapwa natin sa pag gamit ng d makatarungang salita at pag puna maging masaya nalang tayo para sa kapwa filipino natin na naging masaya sa bisita ng Pope sa bansa natin. Respeto lang po

  68. Noiram MM says:

    What comes next after the visit matters. The nation needs Jesus. Acts 4:12. I wish Pres. Aquino understands the word respect.

  69. Crysh says:

    Reblogged this on Life and Lies.

  70. circuit-and-races says:

    People went and acknowledged Pope Francis the wrong way; they reflected on every mass and adored the pope as God himself, and the government simply went typical – leaving the country’s severe sufferance and need for complete restoration behind its flawed pride. Indeed, your side is reasonable; however, let us remember that we are part of this too, for the act is from us, and without such, we cannot expect change at all. Aggressive though the approach appears, I think you’ve justified yourself well enough 😀

    • I agree with this. Its disappointing to hear more praises to Pope himself than saying praise to God.

    • blu3s0da says:

      I somewhat agree to this, but you forget that the pope is this world’s representative of Jesus and God. When Jesus left, He appointed his representatives in His absence. We are to adore and respect them as we would Jesus… to a point of course, not to forget why we respect and adore them in the first place. Much like how Catholics use statues as tools and tangible, visual representation of God, from this world, for adoration for God Himself and not the statues. Other religions mistake this tradition as blasphemy. Some and not all Christians need proof of His existence, thus these worldly things exist.

      Just wanted to point that out 🙂

  71. i mean Hindi gusto ng Santo Papa yung masabi lang na may ginawang pagbabago dahil lang sa darating cya. dagdag lang sa 2nd stanza na cnabi.

  72. Kris says:

    I’m sick and tired of “Panot” always have to brag what their familial did to this country, when in reality their family is the main reason why this country is still poor!

    • VBF says:

      Totally agree……and the illustrados are more than willing to keep it that way to protect their way of life….but time will come when justice will prevail…

    • yuki chan says:

      lol…really? explain mo nga how their family is the reason why the country is poor? Can you actually do that? Don’t get me wrong I’m not taking sides — honestly I’m not a fan of their family but its kinda unfair to blame them for everything. I mean — ikaw ba may nagawa ka for the poor? may nagawa ka ba to alleviate the country from poverty? enough with the blame game.

    • Imee says:

      Agree to that! Pls to the people who makes the templates of his speech, can’t u do something real at least for once! Stop the blaming, pointing fingers, coz figures shows whose worse among the previous once? What does this current govt have accomplish for the betterment of the country? Nothing!!!! Only vengeance put in prison the people who speak the truth against them?…

  73. Mai says:

    You could add the ridiculous chanting that happened earlier. #notapt

  74. juskopow says:

    I think you should have just indicated ‘officials’ or ‘media’ instead of Filipinos. Cos in the very first place, normal and ordinary Filipinos doesn’t want a pa-papel welcome like this. If you’ve experienced being part of the crowd during his motorcade, you can feel that unexplainable feeling of seeing his smile and response. It’s also the same feeling these VIPs, gov officials, and church officials felt when they saw him.

  75. bart herbares says:

    it’s only on no.5 that i can fully agree here, whatever said inside malacanang palace is a state affair, a head of state with a head of state. PNoy has all the reasons to say his piece, some priests who belongs to vatican are meddling on state affairs and not on values formation to the youth. If the Pope can say his piece with regards to corruption, same that the president can also remind the Pope of the corrupt priests.

  76. Raven says:

    My friend, the Pope teaches us compassion and humility. Let the will of God be done. If Aquino’s corruption will trigger a change, well, we don’t know. Let all be depend on the will of God.

  77. Lang says:

    Finally, a writer who makes sense! I have read so many stupid articles from the Filipino media that it is refreshing to read yours- a commentary that doesn’t bullshit and says it like it is.

  78. Respect to be Respected says:

    very well said sir, I salute you for writing this article, i feel sorry para sa mga taong madidisappoint sa blog mo pero may kanya kanyang opinyon tayo, ganun talaga.. 🙂

    maybe para sa mga di makaka-gets ng blog mo sir here is one of the logic that i asked “what if kung si God or si Jesus na ang bumisita, will the media took over? will they took pictures of God saying #iMeetHim, magmamalinis pa rin ba ang gov’t and blame it on past administrations? Magiging malinis ba ulit ang lugar sa bansa natin? Maaayos ba ang mga kailangan ayusin?”
    Ito lang yung iilan sa mga tanong ko, nakikita naman siguro natin ang logic knowing na si Pope Francis is the head of the Vatican and consider as Holy Man dahil sa mga teachings niya & wisdom..

    sana makita din ng ibang tao yung points mo, mamulat din tayo sa katotohanan na tama naman talaga ang sinabi ng writer..

    • blu3s0da says:

      If it was Jesus who came, i’m almost sure that history will repeat itself(yung time ni Jesus when He came), if He were to arrive in flesh and bone. but in reality, He won’t do that again, because the next time He does come, it will be the last time He ever will and everything will be set right and “cleansed”, there won’t be a “media” to report His arrival. lmao

    • StormCirge says:

      Are you serious with that? Really, come on. Were you sober when you wrote your comment? If it was
      Jesus who visited don’t you know what it’s called?
      Here, let me remind you. It’s called Judgement Day. Mag-isip ka nga, kaya ganun yung mga tao kasi alam nilang marunong umintindi ang Pope, napakamaunawain. I’m not saying it was being abused by our fellow countrymen it only shows how we are at ease knowing Pope Francis advocates compassion and mercy and that goes to everyone not just to the poor. The only wrong thing that happened was that the government welcomes the Pope with a mask, covering the ‘mess’ so to impress the Pontiff disregarding the fact that the main reason he visited us was because of poverty and oppression and injustices and corruption and hell everything is wrong with the system.

  79. VBF says:

    There are legit points on your observation Anton….the Pope chose to visit the Philippines because of the effects of typhoon Yolanda in Leyte especially Tacloban but it took him several months to do so because of the so many protocols and security procedures that must be in-place. His message in Tacloban was so heart warming that touched a lot of people…even some cried but truth be told; “how will the dirt be cleaned if it is being covered all the time”. What the government did was not in accordance with the Pope’s wishes, add insult by insulting the clergy in the house of power of the Philippine government by the man of the house himself. A very disrespectful gesture to an honorable guest.

    The media could have been a great help if they contributed in delivering the Pope’s message and intentions, though there were instances they did. But majority of the report was focused on the Pope’s itinerary and activities, that is their job to report.

    Jesus himself became angry when He saw merchants and businesses flourishing inside the temple. Spiritual activities should be separated from commerce indeed though not all engaged in such and i do not see anything wrong in being united with the occasion by wearing t-shirts related to the event.

    The acts of the military was deplorable, those who were prevented to attend the events should have been allowed to be part of the activities because that is one of the reasons the Pope visited the Philippines, equality regardless of what one stands for…respect and a chance to be heard.

    Lastly the object of the Pope’s visit had never been a part of his activities, even those to whom he shared lunch with, they were selected and censored. The Pope showed his intention when he stopped for a while in His trip in Tacloban and blessed a family media could only say that the family’s name is being kept secret. Seen the quadrangle in Luneta? Those in-front have plastic seats while majority of our countrymen braved standing for long hours on wet ground baka may putik pa nga….that sums the message of the government of equality.

    May God bless the Philippines.

  80. S. says:

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  81. Sad as I may be but yes, I do agree with some of your points…The media can be biased..or wait, no..They are biased especially the media, I know, I’m a campus journalist and it really is sad to see how poor the media portrays the papal visit but I can’t really just blame them (not all of them). After all, these events were repercussions of events in history which I want to emphasize is not that given much significance by our fellow Filipinos, if you know what I mean. It is disappointing how people have reacted in this visit and it still hurts me to see that this is the image we have been depicting ourselves.

    Still, I appreciate the efforts of some which you can call “true devotees” which I really think there were. (Well, I hope so.)

    Anyway, I admire your efforts to write this all down. Good job.
    Although, keep an open mind regarding the opinion of others. they are entitled to itm, anyway,just as you and me are.

  82. monchii says:

    I haven’t read all the comments but here’s an old saying. ”Pag ang topic sa inuman ay PULITIKA at RELIHIYON, ang ending kagulo na.” 🙂

  83. kulas says:

    God Bless Pnoy. Great speech!

  84. Media in the Philippines are PURE BUSINESS so deal with it. And another thing, it does not mature. And by the way, they don’t care. And, oh yes, before I forget, THEY ARE MANIPULATED.

    • blu3s0da says:

      they do care, that’s why they let themselves be manipulated. you are right about the media being a business venture, that’s why they care -> for their own welfare and not the for people. freedom of speech is not evident and is not the priority of the Philippine media. You should know that this blogger already knew all that of what you said LOL

      just pointing that out 🙂

  85. Pete G Flores says:

    You know alot of things that many people don’t..And you did a lot of criticism and blaming, do all the talking as it seem you know everything and you can change something for the better.May asked, have you done something to make this Filipino people to have a better living? Or have try one thing for them, without the talking? You people who do a lot of talking did help.any, for a reason, that you think you are better than anyone, just by do the talking and doing nothing..

    • ra says:

      Oh yes, the old argument of “Bakit, ano bang nagawa mo para sa bayan?”
      1) The exercise of one’s right to free speech does not depend on what else he has done. Kaya nga human right eh, universal
      2) Yes, my work involves me with disaster victims. I also pay my taxes properly. I exercise my duty to participate in every elections, pathetic the choices may be.
      Now, can we strike off the “Ano bang nagawa mo?” argument off the list? Thanks

  86. B says:

    Let us move forward! Seems like all the guidance and light we just received from Pope Francis just got shoved aside. . . and he has not even left the country yet! There may be better ways of handling these issues.

    • ra says:

      I’m all for moving forward. Some people (as shown by those commenting) show that they are unable to do so since they aren’t able to handle criticisms. How can we move forward if we don’t accept that something’s wrong?

      • blu3s0da says:

        in addition to the above reply, which i also agree to, by moving forward, without learning from the past, will make history repeat itself… over and over and over again.

  87. Gandara says:

    Yung number 1 mo, yun yung Hindi ko nagustuhan Kay President Noynoy. He shouldn’t have brought that one up. Ito ay hindi oras ng pagpapabango. Ito ay oras ng pagpapatawad.

  88. Caliboy says:

    Filipinos should practice the teaching of Christ! Being a good Christian!

  89. My thought exactly…. although I disagree with the title. The idiot president insulted the Pope, not the Filipino people. (the title is the only reason i can’t share this).

  90. tatum says:

    Reality is superior than your ideas…

  91. Guia M. says:

    I think I just read every comment there is in this one (at least before I post mine). *I cannot sleep, that explains why* Quite amusing to read them blabbers. But hell did I just waste my time? Yes, but okay. All are entitled with their own opinions. I see nothing wrong with the blog reiterating what might have been all practically true. I am no devout Catholic but I believe there’s more to the Papal Visit that just the mere series of “scene” itself. It’s up to you to find meaning in everything. Our brains are programmed to see what it wants to see, to believe what it wants to believe, anyway. And action always speaks louder than words, they say.

    Off, I swim!

  92. Guia M. says:

    I think I just read every comment there is in this one (at least before I post mine). *I cannot sleep, that explains why* Quite amusing to read them blabbers. But hell did I just waste my time? Yes, but okay. All are entitled with their own opinions. I see nothing wrong with the blog reiterating what might have been all practically true. I am no devout Catholic but I believe there’s more to the Papal Visit that just mere series of “scenes” itself. It’s up to you to find meaning in everything. Our brains are programmed to see what it wants to see, to believe what it wants to believe, anyway. And action always speaks louder than words, they say.

    Off, I swim!

  93. Ang kapal ng mga mukha na mga nag co comment ditto at pati na rin sa writer ng article na ito. Ang kapal ninyo mga tarantado kayong lahat. Wala kayong kunteto dalawin at hindi ng Pope dami pa rin kayo nakikitang mga pwede ikapuna at pag usapan. mga gago kayong lahat!

    • blu3s0da says:

      why the hate? this is an article for discussion and healthy debate. i don’t think your stumbling upon this article is very open minded and you probably don’t belong here anyway, so why post a comment that you know will not be welcomed?

      di ako nakikipag away po, kailangan niyo lang pong ibukas inyong kaisipan at pag unawa sa mensahe ng author sa article na ito.

    • Someone says:

      Hypocrite..

  94. Al says:

    The truth shall set us free

  95. I like what you said here. I felt na his visit could have been more meaningful if we only focused more dun sa true purpose of his visit.

  96. Daemoniacus says:

    The pope’s visit was but another activity of grandstanding.

    An opportunity exploited by many, a time when the masses were but a bunch of idiots all over again.

    The next similar event will be May 2016.

  97. Anonymous says:

    I am grateful for the Pope’s visit to the Philippines. However, I will remain sad for the Philippines and for the Filipinos because I know that such Papal visit will not have long lasting effect or change in the political, economic, social, moral and even spiritual lives of Filipinos. We pride to say that the Philippines is the ONLY CHRISTIAN nation in Asia, and yet it hurts to realize that the Philippines is ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT NATIONS in the world. What does this say about Filipinos’ spiriuality and their practice of their (Christian) faith?

    • It shows the mass layback and tolerance for corruption. Simple lang. Pinapabayaan lang ng masa mangyari and no one is standing up for it. We need a hero and a symbol that will stand up against ill wills.

      • jRome says:

        I don’t think we need a hero. What we need is to change ourselves and be a hero for each other.

      • Lala Pat says:

        No need of somebody or a hero! We are hero on our own little way. So if only we practice on our daily life the correct Filipino spirituality and faith, we will not be far develop and progressive like that of our neighboring country like Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, so on so forth…

    • Anonymous Keylog says:

      masmabuti hindi lang sasabihan lang nang sasabihan si noynoy kasi hindi naman yan makikinig

    • Pinoy Ako says:

      Very Well said.. Need not to add more..
      I used to love it when i say, Filipinoes are worth Fighting and Dying for..

      Now i hate just the thought of it..
      Filipinoes are now worth hiding from..

      Shame On You!

    • Excuse me? The Philippines is not the only Christian nation or country in Asia. East Timor is also another Christian country. In fact, it has higher percentage than the Philippines. Please get yourselves updated.

  98. StormCirge says:

    I’m sorry but I failed to see how this form of writing can manage to evoke social change and you even compared it to how Bonifacio did it during the Revolution era. The people who are in power nowadays aren’t getting affected anymore just by reading some article on the internet saying how corrupt or evil they are. It’s like what one of the comments here said ‘actions still speaks louder’ now instead of whining here in your page why don’t you initiate a movement? If you can’t do that then maybe it’s better you keep quiet than write something despite the knowing the fact that your article does not really matter to whoever the subject is. Para san ‘to? Para magmukha kayong magaling? Eh di wow.

    • ra says:

      Actually, the reason some writers keep writing more and more provocative pieces is because of apathetic people like you. Who knows, I may already be part of a social movement and this is my contribution: by provoking people in thinking. Sadly, you didn’t.

      • FERDZ says:

        I couldn’t agree more, Anton. I think people like you should continue writing more and more articles like this.

        @StormCirge, I’m sorry but I didn’t get your point. “Actions still speak louder”, I think Anton here is doing something, an “ACTION”. Writing something is way better than doing nothing at all, like “KEEPING QUIET”. What about you? Are you doing something? Hindi sinulat ang article na yan para magmukhang magaling ang sumulat. Kundi para ipaintindi sa mga taong katulad mo kung ano ang tunay na nangyayari. The problem here is people find it hard to accept the truth or we feel hopeless thinking that we can’t do anything. So, we tend to judge the brave ones for voicing out their opinions and making fun of them. Why not help them instead? If we want change, why not start it in our own small ways? Change is really hard if only few people will work for it. But, if you’re against the change that we want for our government, might as well keep your mouth shut and stop discouraging people from making their small actions.

    • kc says:

      A movement starts with thinking and information dissemination. A lot of people are ignorant of the real issues, so this piece may serve as a catalyst to get people to start doing something. You read this without understanding thus your ignorant comment.

    • A says:

      Action does speak louder than words.

      What have you done lately?

      • Dave says:

        These are not only words but articles of facts and justice on what is really happening at hand. Did Jose Rizal thought that, “Baka kailangan kong sumali sa labanan para makuha natin ang ating kalayaan.” Nagsulat lang siya. Naglimbag siya ng libro, ACTION na yun. Article nga lang ito, pero ACTION na ito. Kung ishare mo kaya to? ACTION na din yun. please. =.=

    • Ivan says:

      @StormCirge malay mo, dito mg umpisa ang lahat. Ang kitid nmn ng utak mo pre.

    • JuanTamad1979 says:

      What Did Jose Rizal teach us??…hmmmmm..pen is mightier than the sword??

    • Joseph says:

      I’m not sorry, and I just fail to see how this piece is “whining” and not “initiating a movement”.

      1. When one airs their insights backed by various sources, it’s an initiative to stir awareness and educate some who are forced to take the circumstances blindly. Hence, it’s a “movement”. Rizal initiated movements in the 1800s through his writings, but never had one said he did it because he wanted to “magmukhang magaling”.

      2. I reckon that this article is directed to more than just “the people in power: At the risk of sounding presumptive, the author seem to know very well that someone in power would not even have their assistant to even have a look at this. So, we go back to point number 1, educate and instill awareness to those who have yet to become aware.

      3. How does “staying quiet”, amidst these issues, help? If the author can’t go out in the streets and initiate (or join in) an outcry for change, is he supposed to just stay silent? How does that help with the change?

      4. Action speaks louder you quoted from one of the comments? How does one define action? Isn’t writing an act? Isn’t thinking of words to instill awareness an act?

      What kind of movement initiation would you suggest though? We’d really like to know, if you so think that this post just sits here to make the author look clever. If you would rather see people out in the streets overthrowing the government for abominable corruption, would you be bothered to join the movement then; or would you just come up with something else to criticise the foolishness of a revolution?

    • Babyrose says:

      VERY WELL SAID.

    • wonderin says:

      Im wondering how being silent, as you suggest, makes a better way than expressing and writing an opinion for others to think about?

    • angela celedonio says:

      👍

    • YEEEEESSSSSS!!!! FINALLY SOMEONE SAID IT!!!! TAMA TAMA TAMA!

    • Ron says:

      Hindi natin kayang kunin ang simpatiya ng bawat tao. Kahit anong gawin nating sa palagay natin ay tama, o sa tingin ng nakakarami ay tama, meron pa ring mga epal na sasalungat. Intindihin natin kung bakit sila ganyan, marahil ay may pinagdadaanan lang kung kaya’t ganun nalang ang galit sa mundo. Pero naisip ko lang, bakit ka pa nagbigay ng komento? Ibig sabihin lang nun, isa ka rin sa mahilig bumatikos sa pagpipindot ng mga daliri mo sa keyboard. Asan ngayon ang sinasabi mong “gawa?” Napakadali sa panahon ngayon ang makipagbatikusan sa kapwa kasi nakatago tayo sa mga alyas natin at sa likod ng ating mga makabagong kasangkapan. Ika nga, puro ngawa.
      Ang gagaling nio po sa wikang Ingles kaya di na po ako makikipagsabayan. Sigurado po ako na may mga pinagaralan kayo. Sana gamitin nio ng tama na may kaakibat na responsibilidad at tamang gamit ng talino. Pero di po ba pareparehas lang tayong may karapatan ihinga ang mga saluobin narin sa mapayapang paraan kaysa ang magaklas sa kalsada? Ang pagsulat po ay isang sining pero hindi lahat ay magugustuhan ang konteksto. NAPAKAGALING ng pagkakasulat ng artikulong ito, sa palagay ko, hindi layunin ng may akda na mag mukang magaling o pakiligin ang sinuman. Kung uunawain lng sana ng ating mga edukadong kritisismo na gusto lang naman talaga ng artikulong sabihin ung kanyang sariling pananaw at perspektibo – na HIndi laging maganda.
      Pero nais ko rin po sanang bigyan diin na hindi ko kaano-ano ung may akda at lalong di ko siya kilala. Hindi ko po siya pinagtatanggol kahit na un ang trabaho ko.

  99. jigs says:

    those negative comments are BULLSHIT! especially the one who wrote this blog and the people who r in favor of this AH. Why don’t you people just live a life and stop criticising everything. the important thing is, that pope visited our country to know that we filipinos are not being taken for granted and that God has not abandoned us despite of everything that happened especially the tragedies of previous typhoons!

    • ra says:

      Nope. If you actually listened to his homilies and speeches instead of acting like some crazed fanatic who screams at every word without actually hearing them, you’d know that he is directing us to change a society that is full of inequality and sin. How can you change that without criticism, which is necessary in pointing out what is wrong?

    • kc says:

      This article is not about the issue of a pope visitation. Its about Filipino politicking. His visit was inspiring, but what good will it do if it stops there? It seems all the garbage was kept behind a cabinet, and to be let loose again after the visitor goes out. Anong feeling mo? Pang “feel good” lang itong event? Its people like you that makes this country more of a garbage! No long term perspective at puro panandaliang tapal lang!

    • Dave says:

      When you saw murder, and you know you’re the only one who saw it, will you share it?

    • valentine says:

      Anton is right. It seems you dont know what’s the real score. Pinoy always lambast the past administration pero may nagawa na ba siya? Pag may sala ang KKK abswelto agad. Laging inappropriate lagi ang speeches nya sa okasyon. Three days before Yolanda ipinagmamalaki nya na handa na lahat, airplane, helicopter, ships and relief goods but 3 days after Yolanda nagpunta ang 3 Secretaries na walang dala kundi sisihin ang Mayor. Sabi alang paglalandingan but helicoptets could do it anywhere. Talagang puro politics at vindictive ang Aquino Administration. 5 years na siya puwesto pero ala parin.

  100. DJ_Tracy says:

    It is true that it starts in a family, but if we have a government like this, I fear for my children. I was inspired by the Pope but very ashamed with what is happening to our government. Good points you have anton…kudos!

  101. I think someone is a bit Marxist 😉

  102. alx -grand says:

    going through the comments/replies in your blog site, i thought it sorely needs a “like” or “upvote, downvote” option esp. on this blog.

  103. blu3s0da says:

    First of all, thank you(the author) for this. and second, apologies for my many replies to the comments.

    as a human being myself, in need of faith and guidance, i know for a fact that PNoy’s idiocy is misguided. in my opinion he does not belong in a country that is religious by nature, and for the most part try(with his very best) to even lead it. i have come to the realization that politics need religion, because humans are not meant to lead without guidance and faith from the One who designed it all. also, sad as it may be, but Pnoy’s leadership is necessary for the future, so we can learn from this(soon to be) past and stop history from repeating itself. with that, the masses need to be educated, that’s why the voting system is corrupted. the poor(who have little faith, and succumb to the world’s wrath) can be bought and that is a sad reality.

    also in regards to the generalization of Filipinos insulting the pope, although it shouldn’t be generalized, but like most stereotypes and prejudices go, not all Filipinos have anything to do with the insulting, but are still part of it due to the fact that we are all Filipinos… guilty by association SMH.

    and finally, i would like to express my gratitude for all those who read this and are or were pro-PNoy. you guys need to see the truth and get passed being blinded by his family’s past glories. i’ve held myself back from saying “i told you so” but this is getting ridiculous and you guys shouldn’t have voted for him for the sole reason that he is a child of heroes(not all children are like their parents and frankly, i don’t see them as heroes, forgive me for stating my stand on that) and for letting yourselves be blinded by the yellow ribbon without even seeing that he has done nothing for this country but sit and be given the privilege of being the son of ones that were celebrated.

    that is all 🙂

    truly yours,
    a young and semi-blinded individual

  104. Beatnikjuice says:

    God bless us all ! . . . It was during Pope John Paul II (Saint Carol Wotijla) when the Vatican institutionalized sovereign rule to christians & non-christians alike even the Dhalai Llama, it was thru Pope John Paul II statesman, that the people saw what good & bad really meant for the majority of people around the world his successor Pope Benedict who did litlle in his reign but tried his best to continue the works of John Paul II, his way, in short both men were able to stress what good & bad was in high regard. . . Now let us remember June. 1963 then U.S. President J.F. Kennedy (catholic & democrat) visit to the Vatican the leader of the most powerfull nation in the world was in a dilemma, wether to kiss the red Papal ring of Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini) or not ? . . . As it turned out JFK didn’t kiss the ring, virtually breaking tradition ! . . . The point I make is simple co’z even computers need it at yun ay walang iba kundi. . . Protocol/s ! ?

  105. in vino veritas says:

    i’m no master in the theology of mercy and compassion, so i dare not comment on how we (filipinos) should go about forgiving one another, and helping each other out. one thing is crystal clear, though… 1. another speech by a shallow demagouge who has been finger pointing for five years. 2. some (not all) anchor-persons of the media did not bring any kind of useful insight to the viewing public. one in particular “guaranteed” that pope francis would be up for sainthood in the near future. perhaps she should apply for a job as a soothsayer.

    thanks for this article.

  106. gladys pascua says:

    It all boils down to seeing the best in everyone. As the gospel says yesterday, for anyone to enter the kingdom of God, one should be childlike. I believe seeing the good in every individual instead of the bad will make this world a better place, that we live according to what the Lord wants us to. Let us put into action what the Lord tells us through Pope Francis. Let us be inspired by the Pope.

    • ra says:

      So if we followed your advice by seeing the good in every individual instead of the bad, will we be able to do what Pope Francis tells us and end all the forms of social structures of inequality? Or did you wilfully ignore those parts of his homilies and speeches?

  107. paul says:

    1. I do not completely disagree with the message, but maybe it could have been worded in ‘more welcoming’ or ‘softer terms’, or at most in a private discussion. The Pope is the boss of the Roman Catholic Clergy, and the President wanted to tell him about perceived silence of the ‘moral force’.

    2. As to the media, well, sometimes coverage is good, sometimes (even for other events) I just switch the channel.

    3. A festive atmosphere is not always incongruent with a spiritual celebration. After all, people are happy about the coming of the highest earthly representative of their faith.

    4. For as long as there is no security threat, people should have been allowed to join the line.

    5. I think the poor were able to see the pope. Street kids and vendors had to be removed because, in my opinion, (i) a street kid may get crushed or lost in the wave of people that came, (ii) vendors (especially ones with large carts) take a significant space for persons that want to stand in line, & (iii) security threats could pose as vendors and do some harm. Yung nag bebenta ng buko minsan may malaking itak, and mahirap yon. However, seeing the numerous accounts of people, the poor per se were certainly there.

    As to hiding slums, I’ll do the same if I was president. Di naman tanga ang Pope and he knows that there are millions living in city slums. That’s a given. I’ll use your example of welcoming a guest. Imagine someone schedules a visit to your house. This visitor is rather special. Will you not also clean up a bit?

  108. shin says:

    i get your point sir, mali lang siguro yung title mo. kahit ako hindi din sang-ayon sa nangyari, ngunit hindi naman cguro tama na lahatin mo ang filipino dahil lahat ng sinulat mo dito ay hindi boses ng milyon-milyong filipino, may mangilan-ngilan na sang-ayon pro hindi lahat at base sa nabasa ko karamihan sa gobyerno patungkol.

    chaka ano po bang pinagkaiba ng pagtanggap sa kritisimo base sa iyong sinulat sa pagsagot mo sa mga kumikritiko sa iyong sinulat? #justsaying

  109. Jesus macaisa ombania says:

    These words of wisdom from the Pope should be made as an eye opener to most politician if not all that to serve should be made to uplift the plight of the poor and not to serve yourselves. . .

  110. Anonymouse says:

    I’m just thinking out loud here. I am very ashamed of what Pnoy says in his speech. He didn’t respect the presence of the Pope and he actually do his hobby of picking those persons he thinks bad. And he actually pronounce the names. When I look at Pope francis on screen wearing his headset and trying to understand what Pnoy was saying, it made me cry like he’s being insulted by his son. It’s too painful for me to watch. Pnoy must review his speech over and over again before spitting it out.

  111. jaeraffe says:

    Reblogged this on Insights and commented:
    The words about Noynoy…\o/

  112. Peetzie says:

    Reblogged this on No guts no glory… more guts than brains ^.^~ and commented:
    Super agree with this…. Especially #2. The Pope shared a lot of good teachings about social justice, compassion and humility but listening to the media and the people they interviewed, all they seem to get is that the Pope is for the poor AND he has charisma?!!!

  113. bernadette says:

    my opinion is that it is really entertaining on how each and every opinion clashes. In the writer on this blog, good job what you saw is what I also saw it is hurtful to some devotees yes, and to some faithfuls out there, I also agree to the guys who said that why do we have to kiss his ass but then the way he said it is just disrespectful.

    My point in agreeing to all what I said is this, The pope (Lolo Kiko) is just a man that is why he keeps on telling pray for me right? yet we view him as such savior like he is God as Filipino people we are giving him the responsibility to save us why do a lot of people went there its because of the faith that we will be save by just seeing him wave. for in fact what we should really be doing is changing our actions for the better make Pope Francis words inspiration to become better by not viewing him as God. I love God so much but you see as I have observe real change will start within yourself. It is not found in religion and I testify to that.

    We Filipino was brainwash by many different things that is why we are ignorant and very easy to be fooled by the government.

    This is from the gospel of Jesus Christ himself.

    The real kingdom of God is inside you all around you. It is not in mansion of wood and stone.Lift a piece of stone and you will see me. Break up a piece of wood and you will find me.

    So stop with the arguing to prove your points for God is everywhere. 🙂

    God Bless.

  114. Christian Buccat says:

    PNoy was really stupid in saying that,he doesn’t even know the separation of church and state. such actuations is really disgusting being an ego booster as if he is a saint. for crying out loud, her sister (Kris) is much better and know how to give respect rather than him. at least Kris knows how to stop her mouth. when i voted for him i thought he is all work yet he is like BAKLA blaming every one.. shame on him…

  115. Lex ebajay says:

    I thnk the pope is a good person and everything was beyond control. And it was clear that the pope did not like his face to be on banners, tshirts and billboards even. Because he understood that this would defeat his purpose in coming here. Its insulting to God in a way that people would patronize his followers rather than Him alone. But its just sad and evident

  116. Jersey, C.I. says:

    In the first place, Rome (Vatican) which is the seat of Christianity is one of the most corrupt in the world. It is easy for everyone to comment negatively on anybody, but what has everyone done to improve or develop the country least a Filipino person!

    • Meh. says:

      I’m sorry. I’m compelled to correct something that should not remain unnoticed.

      Considering Rome and the Vatican as one is totally incorrect. The Holy See was given full sovereignty in Vatican City through the Lateran Accords in 1929 and is thus an independent nation from Italy, whose capital is Rome. This makes the Italian government have no control over the area, which has its own government.

  117. Red says:

    Please respect Our visitor. Why people kept on judging. Lets learn to leave in silence.

  118. jeff says:

    I guess we are all born stupid, but some abused that priviledged. The truth hurts indeed but it will all set us free. What do u expect of a president who plays psp with a special child. No offence but noy2x is all bark yet no bite!

  119. j says:

    Mercy and Compassion…

    Although some of the points here are valid, others were just simple nitpicking to one of the greatest moments in our religious history. Allow me to share my 2 cents regarding this article and my personal experience during the Papal Visit.

    1. Agree with the first point, but to expect different from our President in his speech is foolish.

    2. Media did their jobs. As Faithful Catholics, it is our job to know and research about our Pope, his journey, philosophies, and hardships. History channel made a documentary about his election and journey to Vatican; local media also interviewed people who knew the Pope personally describing his Philosophy and stand against corruption in Argentina and of Mercy and Compassion. They also did a good job at flashing phrases that could be inculcated in the minds of the youth from the homilies given by the Pope.

    3. And what’s wrong with being in uniform and selling Pope memorabilia? Isn’t better that this event gave some people livelihood and that we as faithful believers can organize ourselves for our Holy Father? Mercy and Compassion; for all we know, this is how they profess our love for our faith. Respect should be given. Why not instead of brushing off and judging those people who are unaware of the reason why it was such a festive atmosphere or why Sinulog was celebrated, we as faithful brothers and sisters should help them to understand the reason. We pass the light, and not be know-it-all judgmental “youth” museums.

    4-5. This is just sad. I feel for all the people who were set aside. My prayers are with you. But please think of the suffering of Jesus, this experience has brought you closer to Him.

    In the end, I’d like to think that the papal visit was a great experience for all of us.
    I’m not one to complain because although hardships were experienced during the visit, this is a minimal sacrifice to see him. To know that the Pope visited my country and to experience his suffering in a way, led me to be closer to Him.

    The organization and cooperation of Church, government, and the public was something to be proud of.
    And if the events could have been improved, we should learn from it and exercise MERCY and COMPASSION in our reactions during this event.

  120. jaime says:

    I agree with your observation. As a Filipino, I was embarrased of Noynoy’s speech. It’s so self-righteous. As if his family is a bunch of saints.

  121. mary says:

    Lahat po kayo may punto pero eto ang malaking tanong??? You’ve already recognized every little thing you want to recognize, now, what contributions will you do to correct all the wrongs you’ve identified? Tama na po ang maraming satsat at maging mapagpuna. LET US ALL START THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE, LET US ALL DO IT, AND THAT CHANGE SHALL BEGIN IN YOU AND IN ME. God bless everyone!

  122. ravenswing27 says:

    this makes sense tho, everyone’s all giddy like a little school girl when a big guest comes.. cleaning everything up, making things look orderly, hiding the corruption inside when it’s radiating like a nuclear power plant about to explode..

    regardless of the guest be it the pope or some really strong politician from another country with lots of influence in the world or probably another religious icon, our government would probably do the same thing all over again.. also didn’t they do the same when stars like vin diesel went here for taping? do correct me if i’m wrong

    • xxx says:

      First of all, I will correct you because your punctuation is wrong. Set aside noticeable errors on your punctuation marks, Pope is not just any person. He’s a state leader. I’m not even sorry for this. People should learn to get their facts right before reacting.
      It’s normal for the government to treat them well. After all, Pope is our visitor. Isn’t that how you’re supposed to treat a visitor/ State Leader?

      • ravenswing27 says:

        that’s pretty much true tho, however he’s also a religious leader.. I agree that it’s only natural for them to clear up the areas and show the best our country has to offer but at the same time we need to remember that he’s still a religious leader if the man wants to comfort the poor, you let him do so.

        Sure you need to keep the person safe and all since he is a VIP still but that pretty much goes along with the whole state visit 🙂

  123. Michael says:

    During the visit, I did not watch what was happening on TV, did not listen to what was being talked about on the radio, nor did I view any Youtube uploads (since, most of it would be media coverage anyways). I am aware of how the media can totally miss the point of events such as this, and specially THIS ONE. When I read this article, I thought to myself “sabi na eh…”.

  124. sigh says:

    It is sad to see my country do this. I am ashamed. Others may try to defend why the government did this, but the whole world saw it for what the actions were intended for.

  125. The truth is, if everyone who read this article were asked for his comment, we can expect as many opinions as there were readers: most with differing takes; some simply agreeing with others; others probably just opposing still others.

  126. Jay Eye says:

    I beg to disagree. It is not the Filipinos who insulted the Pope but the compradors and landlords who are lording over us plus the Padre Damasos in the institutional church who did the insult. Penoy’s diatribe against priests and bishops who corrupted themselves during the previous regime may have been ‘true’ but it was incredibly stupid of him to bring that up at that particular time. Seriously, he should shut his big mouth more often.

  127. Jerry Lustig says:

    Anton, I am an American and a Filipino Resident. My wonderful wife is Filipino. I cried as I watched the Popes visit being hijacked by the politically corrupt.

  128. buddy ironman says:

    Thanks for the author of this blog, i saw some of the points he stated on this blog. I am not a Catholic myself but I liked when the Pope visited the Philippines. I saw alot, millions of my countrymen who have been close to God even for a couple of days only. But i think the question here is, will it stay for long? I bet today (the Pope already left) some are back doing worldly things again. I also agree on point#5. Where are those people who should be seen by the Pope? Where’re the street children running across manila? I mean hey. I heard Manila Police held them, detained them in cells with the adult inmates experiencing twice the trauma they experienced in the streets. Then after the visit, i bet those kids will be freed again.

  129. Datruthhurts says:

    This is truly an embarassment for every Filipino, not just in the Philippines but to Filipinos around da world.. the citizens need to wake up from this deception about how the so called ‘Pnoy’ is the right president to lead our great nation…we need to wake up from da media’s manipution and how they have brainwashed da nation..we need to learn from these mistakes to improve our image not just for our pride but for da next generation..

  130. princegregorio says:

    Media’s comments and reporting were indeed cringe-worthy. Talking endlessly in behalf of the Pope about how he should be feeling so overwhelmed with too much participation from the people. Bitches, he gets that a lot. Don’t you follow the news? Aren’t you from the news yourselves? Maybe watch some clips from his visits in Brazil, and many Latin countries perhaps? And talking shit about his siesta and how the onsite reporters should be feeling when he goes down the road and pass right in front of them. We do not give a flying F.

  131. EFElbanbuena says:

    It is not the Filipinos who insulted Pope Francis. It is PNOY, the ABNOY President who berated the clerics infront of their leader, the Pope. Instead of Compassion and Mercy, PNOY did the otherwise being VINDICTIVE!!! Shame on him!!!

  132. zzzzzzzz says:

    you want to change the government so start by changing yourself and not by criticizing the government officials -.-

  133. Alexander Joaquin Alcantara says:

    doesn’t reason number 4 oppose reason number 1?

  134. cyrazcrazy says:

    2. Media ‘dumbed down’ the Pope…

    Yep. This is gold! I also felt that the Pope was diminished into a friggin’ Pop Culture. And yeah, not cool Noynoy, sooo not cool. Tsk.

  135. speachy20 says:

    Reblogged this on thespeachylife and commented:
    Aaaaaand I’m ashamed for our dearest president #pnoy.. oh and the government too.. =.=

  136. Juan Marco Sacay says:

    All you said about the president and his administration is correct. But the thing about the filipinos, is debatable. Because that’s just how the filipino culture goes. Anyway, the Pope doesn’t mind. What is important here is our Faith. That is just my opinion.

  137. Bel Larmacad says:

    You said it all. We have an egotistic, self-righteous, awkward trapo for a prez. But he doesn’t know that he’s one — and that’s the sad part. He’s just surviving under the shadows of his two great parents; but acting just like his bunso sister aww-ahahahaww

  138. Anonymous says:

    I just wish people were more understanding than they say… More true than just actions… And more from the heart than Mouth…

  139. cc says:

    I respect all the opinions of everyone.I love the papal visit. We had a glimpse of how strong our country can be, if we all work together. There maybe shortcomings but I do think that the challenge is how we live out the message that He shared to us.

  140. Maria Torres says:

    yan ang dahilan kung bakit wala tayong pinupuntahan. lahat kasi nagmamagaling, walang respeto sa kapwa. simpleng artikulo sa comments magtatalo pa. lahat magaling. walang marunong magpakumbaba at maging bukas sa opinyon ng iba.

  141. BNR says:

    lol. True, take a look at this lame superficial post by a blogger guys. Jeez… masyadong atat sa men! Some things never change I guess. – http://chuvaness.com/top-6-hot-men-during-pope-francis-visit/

  142. ppoye says:

    Too bad, the people who had the easiest access to greet him were the most corrupt.

  143. Patti says:

    Too much negativity, criticism, parang walling natutunan ang author sa message ng page punta ng Pope. San mama ng scission, katulad ng mga pimento sa mag miss, mag paisa for a better philippines.

  144. Patti says:

    Too much negativity, criticism which is not constructive, parang walling natutunan ang author sa message sa pag punta ng Pope. Sana katulad ng mag pumila para makinig sa misa, mag kaisa din para sa better Philippines. Tama na ang hater at siraan that mentioned on number 1. Kung may nasabing di maganda sa tingin ng iba ang presidente, it does not do anything positive kung mag post ng ganito kasi you will turn out doing exactly same he did. Sa number two I do know what the author is wanting to say. Na corrupt and government ni Aquino, na kulang ang social service and poor ang Philippines, this is nothing new, but at least the president is doing something to reform. At least na e expose na ang mega corrupt ngayun. Di kaya ng sang tao lang, sana lahat ng Pilipino work towards making the Philippines prosper hindi lang sisi sa government. Im not a politician by the way so not defending anybody. Im sure the Pope would like it for all of us to work together to have a better country and He will not blame, but maybe encourage. Number 5, the poor are not silenced, those children singing and dancing, performing for the Pope were street children.

    • ra says:

      So, paano tayo magwowork together for a better country without criticism against wrongdoings?

    • aj says:

      I agreE.sana mag.ka.isa nlang.tayoNg lahat.para.sa.kinbukasan ng.ating.bAnsa.wla namang.magagawa yang.mga sinasaBi nyoNg mga.negatibo.pasalamat pa.nga taya.isa tayo sa.nbisita.ng.pope.hndi lahat ng bAnsa.pwd nyang.bisitahin.ilan lng.at maswerte tayo dahIl isa tayo dun.

    • Gerry Gonzales (Anti-Katangahan at Kabobohan) says:

      holy cow Patti! You really believe that what the current administration is doing is just exposing the mega corrupt???? wow! you must hold the Guinness record for being naive. Those exposal were made on those corrupt people who did not give him his share. He only exposes those who are not in league with him. Look at those senators for example? You really think and believe that only those three are guilty? Wow!

  145. myles says:

    How to change the world without criticism??? Love and be loved. Changefrom within yourself, change your family, develop your kids to be blessings to the society…

    It seems that the author did not listen to the Pope himself. Dear Author, do more good deeds rather than whine about imperfections around you. Your 10 minutes in writing this whining can be spent more positively, praying the rosary, or helping a needy person, writing inspirtion rather negative blogs…

    Put God into your heart and hands sa you write…and in your eyes when you look at the world around you.

    • ra says:

      Dear Commenter,
      Doing good deeds without knowing what to change in the world is like trying to fill a pail of water without making sure that the water goes into the pail. The intent is good but the effort is wasted. If you don’t criticize, you don’t know what to change. Clearly, both of us listened to the Pope. But you did not reflect deeply. What you heard from the Pope was limited but your prior biases.

    • Gerry Gonzales (Anti-Katangahan at Kabobohan) says:

      Dear Myles, you have obviously forgotten our past heroes like Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Lapu-lapu, Diego Silang and all our heroes. If they have stuck to their rosaries and helping a needy person, we would all still be enslaved by the Spanish people. You have been wiping their butts and licking their feet now instead of typing in front of a computer and hating the blogger with an open eye.

      There should be a balance in all that you do. Pray the rosary all the day, all week, all throughout the year and what will that bring you? A sore knee, a hungry stomach, and a dull brain.

      Once upon a time, there were two neighbors. One was very rich and the other was poor. The rich man was very religious and prayed all day that he will remain rich and grow richer. The poor man prays just enough and works hard. A few years later, the rich man got a stroke from the lack of activity and eventually became poor in trying to recover his health. The poor man however, slowly increased his financial capability through hard work and regular prayers.

      • Remedios Tutay says:

        To Mr. Gerry Gonzales, I agree with you…we have forgotten our true forefathers (heroes) who tried to hold on with our own culture (Christianized kuno) but we were robbed of our own homeland, culture, brazed with slavery, took our lands, bastard children of the priests which was the cause of the revolution of Bonifacio, martyred Rizal and yet we cling to the delusions of grandeur and look the only Christian country, very poor, totally lost in the right teachings of Jesus (PBUH) becoming idolaters, defying the Commandments of God. Only in the Philippines.

  146. Jakralaw 123 says:

    The press reported 5 million people in the streets for the Pope’s motorcade. We saw hundreds of our public officials in Malacañang and several hundreds more in Tacloban etc: all presumed to be faithful Catholic christians. Arent a kot of these the same people involvled in the PDAF, corruption, stealing from public funds, and countless scandals? Do they really think they will be forgiven by God and the Filipino people?

    • ra says:

      I think that whether we are able to forgive them or not is an individual decision. What needs to be answered is whether we want justice.

  147. Thelma says:

    kanya kanyang take ang pagdating ni pope..pero sana talaban naman ang mga corrupt sa gubyerno at mga cabinete ni pnoy…

  148. amarezet says:

    Reblogged this on AH_MARE_ZET.

  149. paul says:

    The government can hide the reality of the poor from the great Pope but the could not hide from THE ABOVE EYES of GOD. They will be counted for their actions

  150. gremma checa says:

    sana lawakan nyo pa ang pag iisip ninyo para maintindihan ang lahay lahat na nangyayari huwag lang basta basta nang huhusga ng tao……

  151. Nestor says:

    Pope Francis was given a warm welcome and reception, no doubt. He should have said something about the Church’s atrocities against the Filipino people in the past. He is not ignorant of these. The poverty is not happening or did not happen only under this administration. It is largely because of the economic inequality as institutionalized by the Spaniards: read simbahan at mga pari – at natutuhan rin ng maraming mga kapwa Pilipino…ano ang masasabi nyo sa pari na “kaibigan” ni Napoles? Ang simbahan ay hindi makakaiwas, katulad rin ng gobyerno, sa responsibilidad nito sa lipuna. Tayong mga Pilipino ay, kumilios para sa ikabubuti nating lahat. Huwag basta umasa…

  152. mokmok says:

    why can’t you just be happy the pope came for a visit? and that it was life changing.

    • ra says:

      because that is precisely the ‘lack of reflection’ on the meaning of the Papal visit which cheapens the event

    • Gerry Gonzales (Anti-Katangahan at Kabobohan) says:

      Life changing? Oh yeah, it was life changing for the poor and the Yolanda victims who were the purpose of the Pope’s visit and yet were blocked out one way or another by THE Administration. Such fooking hypocrites this government of ours. It really is too bad that most of those who were able to get so close to the Pope were the dirtiest of the dirtiest politicians. I say most because I know it is not all of them, but it still is most of them including that hypocritical, bald-headed, blame-the-past-administration, do-nothing-better president of ours.

  153. skyeye says:

    As usual, we Filipinos are back to our favorite national past time called ” holier-than-thou”… Quo vadis, Philippines!

  154. Gerry Gonzales (Anti-Katangahan at Kabobohan) says:

    Nagpahalata naman yung mga pro Abnoy Noynoy sa mga reactions nila sa blog post nato, hahaha. To all haters out there, wala na ba tayong freedom of speech sa bansa natin at hindi pwede mag criticize sa administration? Kelan ba nag simula ang martial law ulit? na miss ko ata yun ah.

    “The best way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”

  155. fred says:

    all of these are waste of time,,, i agree with the author we are hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!! May God have mercy on us!!!! Wake up Pinoys….. !!!!

  156. Jay EuAy says:

    The Pope and the Philippines are tied to the same causes. Wish all the best. The people of the Philippines are very nice, lovely and peaceful despite any odd. In my recent visit I found them so sincere in accepting challenges.

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