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Home Sections Humor & Satire Are Overseas Filipinos Building Monuments Dedicated to Gloria Arroyo, Et Al?
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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Monday, 29 June 2009 12:27

Filipino Fun Facts, Part 10


T here are reports that groups of Overseas Filipinos are building monuments dedicated to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, her husband and Company.


* In Rome, Italy, Overseas-Filipino workers (OFWs) are said to be building a bigger-than-life monument to Gloria and Mike Arroyo. The statue shows Mrs. Arroyo standing on the shoulders of her husband, the Filipino “Incredible Bulk.” At the bottom of the monument is etched this adage: “A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than the giant himself – Didacus Stella, a Roman general, (50 BC).”


However, Ms. Anita Sese, the Filipino Fairy Godmother in America, wonders if General Didacus’ saying gave way to the Filipino adage, “Ang langaw—na nakatungtung sa kalabaw—ay mataas pa sa kalabaw.” She does not, however, want the Tagalog saying to replace the words of General Didacus.


* A former University of the Philippines professor, Cesar Torres, referred Ms. Sese’s comment to some Filipino-American community leaders in Ohio. Filipino Americans in Ohio allegedly want to build a monument to the 27th United States President, William Howard Taft, who was the first American civil governor general in the Philippines in 1901. Then Governor General Taft made history by riding a carabao ( or “kalabaw,” a species of the water buffalo). There is no truth to the rumor that Professor Torres, who coined “Filipino Fairy Godmother,” has suggested that a miniature version of the diminutive Gloria Arroyo be placed at the head of the carabao in the proposed monument to President Taft.


* Editor’s Note: This year is the 100th anniversary of the Taft presidency. Perhaps the Filipino-American monument to President Taft is to honor also the voters of the Seventh District of Ohio who elected the Hon. Steve Austria as the first Filipino-American Republican member of the United States House of Representatives. Congressman Austria, however, has nothing to do with the planned monument to President Taft in Ohio.


* In Israel, OFWs are supposedly planning to erect a monument honoring Jose P. Rizal as the Filipino Christ. The statue features a crucified Rizal in between two thieves, namely Jose Velarde and Jose Pidal.


* The Federation of OFWs in Israel submitted also a petition addressed to the City Council of Jerusalem, which was denied. The OFWs wanted to rename the ‘Via Dolorosa” as “Arroyo Avenue.” The city elders said that another group of OFWs had a similar petition in 2000 that wanted to rename it as “Erap Avenue.” The 2000 petition was also rejected by the City Council.


* In Hollywood, California, some Filipino Americans want to honor the Filipino First Couple by erecting a monument dedicated to them as VATwoman and VATman. (Editor’s Note: Details about these First Couple’s monikers are found in this link, Humor Is Now the Opium of the Filipino People)  


* On the other hand, Filipino-American workers in Disneyland petitioned the park management to add an 8th midget to Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs. They based their argument that the Philippines, a former American colony, is being ruled by a dwarf, as per this article,   Moral Midgets and Delirious Dwarfs Continue to Rule the Philippines

The corporate headquarters of Disneyland, however, declined the request for the reason that the Filipino dwarf is a real person while Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs are but fictitious midgets.


* In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), OFWs are planning to construct a theme park modeled after the characters of “Arabian Nights.” They want to build a monument that will become the Filipino version of “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves.” They want to call it, “Aling Gloria and Her 40 Thieves.” However, some OFW groups in the KSA want to increase the number of thieves to 400, so as to honor also some members of the Philippine House of Representathieves, oops, Representatives. Some OFWs have suggested increasing the number of thieves to 4,000, to accommodate Mrs. Arroyo’s Rasputins in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. So, until and unless the dispute on the correct number of thieves is resolved, the project just remains on the drawing board.


* Reports say that some Pampanga-American community leaders in Los Angeles, California, have apparently petitioned the City Council to rename the “Historic Filipinotown” after Mrs. Arroyo and her father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal. This was after she pledged reportedly enough funds to construct a Philippine Center in it. However, opponents of the proposed “Arroyo-Macapagal Town” have counter-proposed to rename it instead the “Little Pandacan.” The opponents say that “Pandacan” is the right term since “Little Manila” has been taken by Filipino-American leaders in the City of West Covina, which is roughly 24 miles east of Los Angeles. Pandacan is a district of the City of Manila. It overlooks across the Pasig River the Philippine presidential palace. The Arroyo opponents have called their group the “President Arroyo’s Nemesis of Detractors, Adversaries and Critics (PANDAC).”


The pro-Arroyo community leaders in turn have organized allegedly the so-called “Pampanga-America Network of Defenders, Allies and Cronies,” which many now call the “PANDAC-2.”


* Editor’s Notes: As of press time, Dr. Leo Pandac has warned this publication not to mention him in any of the resulting controversies involving the renaming of the Historic Filipinotown. Leo Pandac, Ph.D., is one of the prime movers of the Philippine-American Network and Advocacy (PANA) of Southern California. He is also one of the co-founders of the Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council, Inc., which has been denied recognition by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) of the City of Los Angeles. The DONE has recognized way ahead the Greater Echo Park-Elysian Neighborhood Council, which territory covers some of the areas of the Historic Filipinotown. We are, therefore, following the wishes of Dr. Pandac and this article denies categorically any and all rumors that Dr. Pandac is connected in any capacity whatsoever to the Pandacan-renaming move, the PANDAC and the PANDAC-2 coalitions. # # #


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Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2009 13:19
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1 Monday, 29 June 2009 21:25
Very interesting !

Thank you, Bobby.


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