Ang Paghahambing

Ang Paghahambing

ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang paghahambing ng mga bagay ay ginagawa ng isang tao upang malaman kung ano ang “pinaka”, subalit hindi rin maiiwasan na siya ay magiging biased o may kinikilingan o may inaasahang resulta. Hindi siya dapat sisihin kung sabihin niya halimbawa na si “A” ay mas magaling kumanta kesa kay “B”. Ito naman ay maaaring hindi sasang-ayunan ng iba na mas gusto si “B” kesa kay “A”. Ganoon pa man, upang magkaroon man lang kahit papaano ng “pagkakaisa” at maiwasan ang gulo, kailangang sundin ang mga itinatalagang “batayan” na pinapalagay na aakma sa kagustuhan ng nakararami. Sa English, “majority wins”. Subalit hindi pa rin maiiwasang ang “batayan” o “standards” ay  subjective pa rin, o may bahid ng pagkamakasarili ng mga gumawa. Kaya, upang maiwasan ang gulo, dapat ay pairalin na lang ang pang-unawa at pagbibigayan.

 

Hindi dapat pinag-aawayan ang paghahambing. Kung walang magustuhan sa isang bagay, pumili na lang ng iba, at sa pagpili, wala nang maraming kiyaw-kiyaw o sinasabi pa.  Okey lang ang mag-criticize ng isang bagay pero dapat ay huwag magbabanggit ng iba, upang lumabas na ang ginawang pag-criticise ay pansariling pananaw at hindi dahil may pinaghambingan. Da best ang pagpigil sa sarili na huwag maghambing dahil kung minsan ay halos nakaka-alipusta na sa dehado o nalamangan ang walang kapararakang paghambing. Halimbawa naman, sa mga blogs, kung ayaw ng mambabasa ang isang isinulat batay sa title pa lang, huwag na lang kumibo at huwag nang tumuloy sa pagbasa. Kung may isa-suggest upang mapabuti ang blog, gumawa ng comment, kahit kumukontra sa nabasa. Mahalaga ito upang maipakita ang dalawang mukha ng isyu para na rin sa kapakanan ng iba. Nakakatulong pa nga ito upang hindi lumabas na one-sided ang sumulat ng blog.

 

Sa isang banda naman, dahil sa kakitiran ng isip ng iba at panatisismo (fanaticism), nagkakaroon ng gulo…wala kasing gustong matalo. Ito ang dahilan ng mga patayan tuwing panahon ng eleksiyon dahil ang mga taga-sunod na panatiko ng mga pulitiko ay nagbabangayan, ganoong hindi naman sila inuutusan ng mga sinusupurtahan nila na makipagtalo sila sa isa’t isa. Subalit kung ang pag-uusapan ay serbisyo hindi maiiwasang magkaroon ng hambingan. At, pagdating sa mga bagay na may kinalaman sa Diyos, dapat ay iwasan ang paghahambing, na ginagawa sa panahon ngayong ng mga relihiyon at sekta.

 

Sa paghahambing pa rin, lumalabas kung sa aling administrasyon nagkaroon ng makabuluhang proyekto para sa mga Pilipino…ng pagyabong ng korapsyon….ng paglala ng nakawan sa gobyerno…ng pagtindi ng problema sa droga….etc. At, batay sa mga nabanggit, ang ginagawang paghusga ng bayan ay idinadaan sa nakatalagang eleksiyon. Ang masaklap lang ay kung umiral ang pamimili at bentahan ng boto tuwing panahon ng kampanyahan na nagpapawalang-bisa sa “banal” na layunin ng eleksiyon. Ang lalong masaklap pa ay kung nanalo ang mga walang karapatan sa puwesto dahil lang sa pinairal ng kapangyarihan ng pera. Dahil diyan,  marami ang kampanteng nakaupo sa Senado at Kongreso, pati sa ibang puwesto ng gobyerno at abot-tenga ang ngising-demonyo!

 

Samantala, ipagdasal na lang natin ang pagtagumpay ni Duterte at pinili niyang mga aalalay sa kanya….huwag na siyang ihambing sa ibang nakaraang namuno…sabayan natin siya sa pag-abot ng inaasam na pagbabago!

Giving Help to Others Does not Necessarily Encourage Dependence or Mendicancy

GIVING HELP TO OTHERS DOES NOT NECESSARILY

ENCOURAGE DEPENDENCE OR MENDICANCY

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

Food in any form is among the basic needs of man, as with clothing and shelter. In a dire situation, it is man’s resourcefulness that makes him survive. If he is in the countryside, he can survive by going to the field and pick edible leaves, shoots and fruits. If he is in the city, he can forage in garbage dumps for morsels that can somehow see him through the day. The innate survival instinct in man is so strong that given the chance, he does not need help from others. In other words, he does not ask for it. Help is extended voluntarily by others who are driven by their desire to extend a hand, as some kind of an advocacy. More so with the government, one mandate of which is the general welfare of the citizens.

 

In my experience of meeting many street dwellers, I learned that despite their impoverished condition, most often, pride prevails every time they are offered help, even suspicious of the giver’s intention. Living on sidewalks is not their primary desire. The deprivation of a decent habitation is due to its prohibitive cost. I met couples who live on sidewalks with the husbands working as messengers and security guards while the wives sell candies and cigarettes….which for me is a decent life. They told me that they are willing to rent but if they do, almost nothing would be left for their subsistence.

 

I have also met many people who go out of their way to set aside a good portion of what they earn to be shared with others. One of them are three women who would cook “pancit” on Sundays, apportion them in many small plastic bags, and using a borrowed single-motorcycle, two of them would scour the streets for beneficiaries – children and families who most often, are junk collectors who need to sell their finds at the end of the day before they can buy food. The three women are themselves, among the deprived city dwellers living under a bridge.

 

Of course, it cannot be denied that today, enterprising syndicates have made use of the impoverished in their racket. In this case, to be blamed should be these evil-minded, and not the victims who are threatened. The Badjaos from southern Mindanao who have invaded prosperous urban areas are another case, as for them, begging is part of their culture.

 

Finally, the program of the government in which qualified families are given cash assistance for the education of their children is also another thing. This assistance is in exchange for the commitment of the parents that the cash should be spent as expected and supported with several requirements. It should be noted that this assistance is “volunteered” by the government as its way of supposedly alleviating the lot of the poor. And, since, it is from the people’s tax, it is in a way, fair, though, unsavory remarks from some sectors pervade the air.

 

In closing, those who want to “feed” others should do it willingly, while those who hesitate due to doubts and apprehensions should not worry, for they can still pray for them…but quietly without the unnecessary remarks tantamount to discouraging others to do such act.

The Your Local Chorizo Sandwich

Pinoy Burger Boy!

Tucked away in a small corner of Makati, right beside the bastion of old fogeys and expats that is Murphy’s, is one of the Philippine’s best kept secrets. Your Local, a small restaurant on Esteban Street, is taking contemporary Asian comfort food and pushing it into strange, new and heady  territory.

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Of course I just had to try them out. Good thing they had the Chorizo Sandwich so I had something to review. The burger/sandwich has a chorizo patty, with a peperoncini cream sauce, greens and a perfectly fried egg. Technically, this is not a burger but a sandwich, although if it looks like a burger and is fundamentally the same as a burger (meat in between two buns), then it is a burger. Tomayto, tomahto, I always say.

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I have to say this is probably one of the most beautiful burgers/sandwiches I have ever eaten. The black bun is…

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