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football creates opportunities for Filipino youth
Kampana ng Simbahan - Leo Valdez
Old school Filipino Christmas carol.
Dahil simbang gabi na mamaya.
Ang daming batas na pwedeng gawin, ito pa ang inuna.
Intelligent talaga ang mga pulitiko natin.
KFC Philippine’s cheese top burger on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Funny commercial parody but the burger, unfortunately, is real.
Filipinos need to learn something from this video, enough with negativity (every country has its issues), promote the beauty of the Philippines.
The recent defacements occurred on certain Chinese websites were just a simple response to what happened to the UP site.
You may continue bullying our country’s waters but we will not tolerate you from intimidating our own cyber shores.
Those defacements are just a mere response to what you have initially started. We are not trying to start anything.
We are just trying to tell you that we do not want to be bullied in our own cyberspace too.
#OpChinaDown is not a threat. It will be a response. A response to future attacks within our cyberspace.
We will leave our country’s disputes to our government’s hands. Yet this does not mean we will not support them.
One Truth Prevails, Scarborough Shoal is ours.
We are Anonymous. We are legion. We don’t forgive. We don’t forget.
United as One, Divided by Zero. Expect Us.
#PrivateX | Anonymous #OccupyPhilippines
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These people are the real patriots of our country.
14 March 2012
GMA NETWORK, INC.
GMA Network Center
EDSA corner Timog Avenue
Attention: Mr. GILBERTO R. DUAVIT, JR.
President & COO
Re: RACIST, LIBELOUS & DISCRIMINATORY STATEMENTS OF GMA-7 TV HOST ARNOLD CLAVIO IN YOUR NEWS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS TV PROGRAM
“UNANG HIRIT” ON 13 MARCH 2012
The PHILIPPINE FOOTBALL FEDERATION (PFF) would like to lodge a formal complaint with your organization for the racist, discriminatory, libelous and malicious statements of your Program Host, ARNOLD CLAVIO and his other co-hosts, during the nationwide broadcast of your News & Public Affairs Program “Unang Hirit” last 13 March 2012.
After reading a news report on the Philippines vs. India match (March 11, 2012), the Philippines vs. Tajikistan match scheduled on March 13, 2012, and a news report on how the members of the Philippine National Football Team (Men’s) focus on their scheduled games despite the sexual harassment complaint filed by CRISTINA RAMOS against Philippine team players LEXTON MOY and ANGEL GUIRADO, the following statements, among others, were uttered by your host ARNOLD CLAVIO, thus:
Host Rhea Santos – “Kailangan masampulan eh…”
Host Arnold Clavio – “Kaya talagang ano na. Aral na sa inyo yan, ang yayabang nyo akala nyo. Porke’t dinadagsa kayo ng mga fans, ang gugugwapo nyo eh.”
“Parang God’s gift to women”
“Alam mo lahat.. lahat nang… nakuwento nga ni Cristina at nang dalawa nyang kasama. Lahat ginawa para ipaalam na may babaeng papasok sa locker, ilang katok nga sila eh. Eh malapit na yung match eh. Kailangan ma-check na yung dalawang koponan. Eh nauna yung Philippine team bago yung Malaysian… na team.
“Ngayon nag-sorry para sa isa daw nilang kasamahan. Saan ka nakakita ng Azkal na may suso? Wala naman akong…. anong cup B? Maybe a cup B sa isang kasama?
“Palusot na lang…”
“Sana nag-sorry, sorry na lang talaga, di ba? Parang…”
“Hindi ko kayo ka-kultura. Kasi wala dito (pointing to his chest)…. at wala dito (pointing to his head)…”
“Hindi naman kayo Pilipino. Nagpapanggap lang kayong kayumanggi. Hindi kayo dito lumaki”…
“Mahirap yun….. Insensitive.”
“Para maging aral.”
“Congratulations. Kasi hiwalay naman ito sa ginagawa nilang pakikipaglaban. So, good luck din sa inyong susunod na laban para mapunta kayo sa Final 4 ha. Na bihira pong marating nang Pilipinas sa matagal na panahon.”
“Alam naman nila yung mga sexcapades nila sa isa’t isa eh, di ba? Sino ba nag-penicillin.. Alam naman nila yun.”
“Akala siguro lahat sila gusto silang matikman siguro… makasama…Diyos ko.”
Your TV Host ARNOLD CLAVIO’s declarations that the members of the Philippine Men’s National Football Team “are not Filipinos” and “are only pretending to be Filipinos” are not only libelous and defamatory to the good name and reputation of the PFF and the Filipino players comprising the Men’s National Team now playing with their hearts for “flag and country” at the AFC Challenge Cup in Kathmandu, Nepal. They are also verbal statements of a racist nature and constitute malicious, contemptuous, discriminatory and denigratory remarks concerning race and origin that offend the dignity of the Filipino players and Filipinos who are similarly situated.
ARNOLD CLAVIO has made those scathing and offensive remarks with reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of his statements. In association football, only citizens of the country can be a member of the Representative “A” Team of the country, i.e., its National Team. In making his scurrilous statements, CLAVIO made it appear that PFF has selected persons who are not Filipino citizens to be members of and play for the Philippine National Team. This subjects all Philippine National Teams (not only the Men’s National Team) to doubts by international organizations, spectators and opposing national teams as to the Filipino citizenship, and therefore eligibility, of the Philippine team players. It also puts the name and reputation of the Philippines and the PFF in disrepute. CLAVIO obviously does not know (and neither he nor your program staff did not care to check) that only Filipinos can play in the Philippine National Football Team. Indeed, weeks prior to any international tournament a country has to submit to the organizer a list of its National Team players with proof of their citizenship or nationality (e.g. passports).
The members of the Philippine National Team now playing in Nepal at the AFC Challenge Cup are Filipinos just like your Unang Hirit hosts Arnold Clavio, Rhea Santos, Connie Sison and Lyn Ching-Pascual. Some of the current members of the Philippine Men’s Football Team have either a Filipina mother or a Filipino father, thus qualifying them to be natural-born Filipino citizens. One can notice the obvious discomfort of even CLAVIO’s co-host Lyn Ching-Pascual when he confidently uttered the words “Hindi naman kayo Pilipino. Nagpapanggap lang kayong kayumanggi….”
ARNOLD CLAVIO also discriminates against the Philippine national team players who, for one reason or another, grew up or partly grew up outside the Philippines when he uttered the words “Hindi kayo dito lumaki”. This constitutes disparaging and demeaning remarks against Filipino children of Filipinos who are compelled by circumstances to work and live abroad with their children. His bias against Filipinos who grew up abroad is utterly shocking and is not expected to be blurted out by a TV host of your respected and reputable organization. Many Filipinos, including our own President Benigno S. Aquino, partly grew up abroad by force of circumstances. Are they less Filipino than those who grew up entirely in the Philippines?
ARNOLD CLAVIO is also guilty of sexist remarks and sex-related innuendo leveled against the Philippine National Team players when he uttered the words “Alam naman nila yung mga sexcapades nila sa isa’t isa eh, di ba? Sino ba nag-penicillin… Alam naman nila yun.”…..“ Akala siguro lahat sila gusto silang matikman siguro… makasama…Diyos ko.” Added to that statement was host Rhea Santos’ statement that “[y]ung mga babae…kasi porke guwapo… sikat… minsan halos itapon na nila yung mga sarili doon sa mga lalaki” that operate to demean and disparage Filipino women, in general, and the Filipino women supporters of the Philippine Men’s National Team. It must be noted that your Unang Hirit program caters to all age groups.
After uttering the above-stated libelous, racist and discriminatory remarks, and after obviously reading an idiot board or reminder from somebody (not covered by the camera), ARNOLD CLAVIO, congratulated the team and wished them luck during their next game so they could qualify for the semifinals of the Challenge Cup, a situation which CLAVIO himself admitted is seldom attained ‘”by the Philippines”. Nonetheless, the unquantifiable damage and injury to the PFF and the Philippine Men’s National Football Team has already been inflicted by the scurrilous and discriminatory words emanating from your TV host ARNOLD CLAVIO.
As you are aware, the matter of sexual harassment complaint by Cristina Ramos against Philippine players Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado is now pending before the PFF Disciplinary Committee which has primary jurisdiction over the complaint. While your organization may report news concerning the matter, we and the public expect that no racist, discriminatory, sexist, or disparaging remarks that offend the dignity of persons or organizations or maliciously defame persons or organizations are made by your hosts and reporters.
We thus lodge this complaint and protest with GMA NETWORK, INC. and demand that, (i) your organization impose, after requisite proceedings, the appropriate sanction on your TV host ARNOLD CLAVIO; (ii) your organization and/or ARNOLD CLAVIO rectify, among others, his discriminatory, racist and libelous assertions that members of the Philippine Men’s National Football Team are not Filipinos and are only pretending to be Filipinos; and, (iii) your organization and/or ARNOLD CLAVIO issue a written apology to the PFF and the Philippine Men’s National Football Team which should also be forthwith read and given prominence in your News & Public Affairs TV program, “Unang Hirit”.
We are thankful that in one way or another, your organization has helped in the promotion of football in the Philippines. We all know that encouraging the Filipino youth to engage in sports in general or play football in particular contributes to nation-building. We however strongly protest the previously cited statements of your Unang Hirit Hosts ARNOLD CLAVIO and RHEA SANTOS.
Very truly yours,
MARIANO V. ARANETA., JR.
EDWIN B. GASTANES
PFF Legal Counsel
“We do not share the same culture.”
“You guys are not Filipinos. You are just pretending to be “kayumanggi” (Filipino skin tone ).”
“You guys were not raised here.”
- Arnold Clavio on the Azkals and their sexual harassment issue
( Unang Hirit - GMA channel 7 )
It is important to note that the Philippine national football team is composed of players who have at least one Filipino parent and that fact alone (according to the Philippine constitution and simple LOGIC) makes them Filipino.
How I feel for our Overseas Filipino Workers and other Filipinos living abroad who have a foreigner as their husband or wife and their children, I hope we are not condemning these people as being less Filipinos than we are who are currently staying here in the Philippines.
And if the statement of Mr. Clavio was intended to address the sexual harassment issue, it miserably failed to do so since anyone regardless of his or her culture or nationality can have that tendency to harass other people, that behavior is not the monopoly of people with foreign blood. In a way, what he may be saying is that since the individual is not a Filipino and was not raised locally then that person lacks the proper value and manners one should have and that is definitely false.
This current focus on the issue of racist and bigot remarks made by Mr. Clavio is not being highlighted to ignore the sexual harassment complaint of Ms. Ramos, she should move forward with her complaint and exhaust all the possible avenues for her issue to be addressed but, it will never erase the fact that Mr. Clavio went beyond the borders of professional journalism towards that dark alley of bigotry.
GMA News anchor Arnold Clavio has come under fire from fans of the Philippine national men’s football team because of his comments on the morning show “Unang Hirit” on Tuesday.
Clavio was commenting on a news report on the sexual harassment allegations raised by former Philippine Olympic Committee president Cristy Ramos against Azkals members Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado, who are both foreign-bred Filipinos.
“Hindi ko kaya ka-kultura, kasi wala dito (points to his heart) at wala dito (points to his head),” Clavio said.
“Hindi naman kayo Pilipino, nagpapanggap lang kayong kayumanggi, hindi kayo dito lumaki, mahirap iyun.”
In the same segment, Clavio clarified that the issue regarding the alleged sexual harassment is separate from the team’s campaign in the ongoing AFC Challenge Cup, where the Azkals made history by crashing the semifinals of the competition.
“Hiwalay naman ito sa kanilang ginagawang pakikipaglaban, kaya good luck na lang sa inyong susunod na laban,” added Clavio.
But his assertion that the Azkals members were not Filipino drew a lot of reactions among Azkals members, as well as fans and supporters of the team. Moy, who grew up in New York City, is the son of Chinese-Filipino parents, while Guirado, who was raised in Spain, was born to a Spanish father and a Filipino mother.
British-Filipino goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, alluding to Clavio’s comments, wrote on his Twitter account: “So let me get this straight… Are people trying to say that my mum’s not Filipino? So I shouldn’t play? Thought WE were a proud country?”
Guirado, the man of the match in the Azkals’ victory over Tajikistan that sent the team to the semifinals, posted a message in Spanish on his Twitter feed that translated: “Thanks for all your support. I am honored to represent the Philippines. This victory is for you. A big hug for everyone.”
Actress Angel Locsin, the reported girlfriend of Azkals star striker Phil Younghusband, also weighed in.
“I think Arnold Clavio’s a good person. But this time, sobrang foul lang. That’s his opinion. This is mine. Madali lang sumira ng reputasyon, mahirap ibalik. Konting sensitivity lang sana,” she wrote on her Twitter account.
Ernest Nierras, the coach of the Philippine national women’s football team and a former manager of the Azkals, refuted Clavio’s assessment that the foreign-born players were not Filipino.
“I can attest that all the players participating in the AFC Challenge cup are all FILIPINOS by blood. They have their Philippine passport and FILIPINO parent to prove that! FILIPINO CITIZENSHIP is by blood and not birth. Once a Filipino, always a FILIPINO!” wrote Nierras in the Philippine Football Federation’s Facebook group.
United Football League chairman Santi Araneta, meanwhile, scored Clavio for his comments.
“It doesn’t matter what Arnold Clavio said, what matters is what we believe! And I believe in our Philippine Team!” wrote Araneta on Twitter.
“I know first hand that Overseas Filipinos have helped our economy and brought pride to our country! What have you done Arnold Clavio?”
Sun.Star Cebu sports editor Mike Limpag, a prominent football fan who helped coin the nickname “Azkals” for the Philippine team, wrote on his blog: “Despite the recent success, there are really those who seem uncomfortable with the idea that Pinoys are playing football, that we are finally slowly becoming a footballing nation.”
On Clavio, he wrote: “You, sir, are a misinformed individual who came out stupid while trying to sound smart.”
Bata pa lang ako natutunan ko na na kapag ang isa sa magulang mo ay Pilipino kahit sa buwan ka pa ipinanganak ay isa ka pa ring Pilipino. :)
BTW, I support the sexual harassment complaint against Moy and Guirado, let the PFF finish their investigation on the matter. Unfortunately, being a racist bigot won’t help the harassment complaint.
Barca’s Filipino forward, 100 years on - FIFA.com
With Lionel Messi now just 13 goals away from equalling Cesar Rodriguez’s final tally of 235, it has been widely written that Barcelona’s scoring record is about to fall. Not so. The magnificent Cesar might lead the way in competitive strikes, but a look at the Barça record books reveals a different name, that of Paulino Alcantara, atop its all-time scoring chart.
An amazing haul of 357 goals from as many appearances established this Filipino phenomenon among the club’s earliest icons, and the first of those goals came 100 years ago today – on a truly remarkable debut. Indeed, Alcantara features in Barça’s annals not only as its record goalscorer, but also as its youngest-ever debutant, as he took to the field against Catala SC aged just 15 years, four months and 18 days. And he didn’t just play either; he scored – three times! A legend had been born.
Born in the Philippines to a Spanish military officer father and a Filipino mother, this teenage sensation proved a pioneering figure in more respects than one. No Asian player had ever represented a European club before he moved to Spain, and few since have come close to matching his extraordinary achievements.
Alcantara was still just 19 when, having helped his Catalan employers win the Copa del Rey and two Campionat de Catalunyas, he returned for a two-year stint in his homeland, adding a couple of Filipino championship medals to his collection. Barça, however, emerged empty-handed from each of the seasons in which he was missing, and it was only when Alcantara was lured back that the club’s first truly golden era began.
By the time he retired in 1927 to become a doctor, the 31-year-old had won 17 major titles, and had represented Spain, Catalonia and the Philippines at international level. Indeed, it was while on duty with La Roja that Alcantara earned his nickname, ‘El Romperedes’ (The Netbreaker), thanks to a 30-yard thunderbolt against France that smashed through the netting.
This supreme striker was also one of the first players to write memoirs about his football career, and a statue of him stands to this day outside the headquarters of the Philippine Football Federation. A century may have passed since his glorious debut, but Alcantara - one of the beautiful game’s early greats – remains well worth remembering.