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Mr. Mike Avenue effect

Posted by darbs on June 10, 2009

We received a message from lrn ng Barrio Siete na si Mike Avenue daw ay may sinabing di kanais-nais. Sabi pa sa manifesto ng isang blogista sa Perfect Square.

We regard his statements: “minumura ng amo kapalit ng dolyar” and “humahalik sa paa ng mga dayuhan” as blatant mockeries of the sacrifices of the Overseas Filipino Workers and expatriates and are hasty generalizations of the living and working conditions of the Filipino expatriates and OFWs.

We consider Mike Avenue as an Anti-OFW persona. – Manifesto, Perfect Square.

Personal resons: Private

mike avenue anti ofw blogger
Anti-OFW “DAW” itong blogistang ito. hahaha!
Wawa, naman…
Nag Shut-up tuloy.

Mike Avenue's Blog

Mike Avenue’s Blog Naging Private

But why, HIDE?
Hindi, ata yan ang prinsipyo
ni Jose Rizal (OFW)
Rizal in AMERICA!
Noli Me Tangere
El Felibusterismo!
Ang blog sinirado mo…
nah! OPEN UP!

***

Heto po ang sinabi ni lrn na ating napanayam doon sa Barrio Siete.

lrn: June 10th, 2009

http://thoughtsmoto.blogspot.com/
i havent had the time to read the entry of a certain Mike Avenue re OFWs mukhang hindi yata siya informed dahil they consider Mike Avenue as and Anti-OFW persona.

Comments are closed due to unnecessary bashing.

12 Responses to “Mr. Mike Avenue effect”

  1. darbs said

    Here is the “infamous” article.

    TSOKOLATE
    by pinoy-blog-mike-avenue.blogspot.com

    Itinatanong ko kung bakit naging bayani ang isang OFW. Hindi agad siya makasagot. Ngumiti siya at iniabot ang mga tsokolateng may tatak na “Made in China” sa likod ng pakete. Ang mga tsokolateng ito sa kamay ko ang isa sa mga sagisag na siya’y kagagaling lamang sa ibang bansa – sa Canada.

    Naubos ang mga propesyonal dito. Halos lahat. Ang mga doctor na nagsunog ng kilay ng mahigit sampung taon, mas pinili ang maging nurse na assistant lamang ang ranggo sa abroad. Ang mga nurse naman na dapat ay dito magsisilbi sa bansa, mas ginusto pang mangibang bayan. Ang epekto nito? Bumaba ang antas ng industriya. Nagkasya kasi tayo sa mga second choice dahil ang mga de-kalibre, naroon at kasalukuyang minumura ng amo kapalit ng dolyar. Bayani ka bang tatawagin kung humahalik ka naman sa paa ng mga dayuhan? Labag yata iyan sa prinsipyo ni Rizal. Baka bumangon si Rizal.

    Sayang ang mga talento na dapat sana’y sariling lupa ang nakikinabanag. Sayang ang mga pawis na sana’y didilig sa uhaw na mga kapatagan ng mamamayan. Sayang ang mga ugat na magdudugtong sana sa yaman at kaban ng bansa.

    Ikakatwiran na walang pag-asa dito. Mahirap ang buhay dito. O talagang mahilig lang ang iba sa “piso tamang barko”. Meron din naman dito. Kaya lang, ang mga bagay na narito, ayaw naman natin. Para lang din sinabing “walang akong magawa”. Marami ka naman pwedeng gawin. Kaya lang, itong mga bagay na available na gagawin mo, ayaw mong gawin, tinatamad kang gawin o may iba kang gustong gawin.

    Isa lang dahilan kung bakit nagpapaalipin sa ibang lahi ang mga Pinoy. PERA. Masasabi kong iyan ang nag-iisang dahilan. Kaya nga mas gusto pang gawing panginoon ang mga dayuhan para sa salapi. Hindi dahil sa kung ano pa man at sino pa man. Ang ibang dahilang maiisip mo, bagamat nasa estado ng pagsasakripisyo at pagpapakahirap, babagsak at babagsak din sa kategoryang pera ang dahilan.

    Hindi sila magpapaalipin sa ibang lahi dahil sa Pilipinas. Tinanggihan nga nila ang Pilipinas. Nawalan sila ng pag-asa sa Pilipinas. (At nakakapagtaka, ang bansang iniwan nila sa ere noon ay ang bansa ring tumatawag sa kanila na mga bagong bayani ngayon.) Ang dahilan ng pagtatrabaho ng isang OFW ay upang maiangat ang kabuhayan ng pamilya at sarili. Hindi dahil gustong maiambag ang sakripisyo sa bansa. Hindi upang magpakabayani. Walang ganoon. Dahil kung ganoon, pwede namang makatulong nang hindi umaalis. Ang totoo, lahat ay sa sariling motibo lamang nabubuhay. Gustong-gusto kasing maging Victoria’s Secret ang ginagamit na pabango ng asawa na dati’y White Flower lamang.

    At, marupok din ang lubid sa kabila. Ipinapanalangin kasi ng isang OFW na tumaas nang tumaas nang tumaas ang halaga ng dolyar laban sa piso. Para nga naman mas maraming salapi ang katumbas ng kanilang pagpapaalipin. Gustong-gusto nila na mataas ang palitan ng dolyar. Kapag mataas ang palitan ng dolyar sa piso, ibig sabihin mas maraming pera ang maibibigay kay Misis. Mas maraming pera, mas maraming pambili ng Victoria’s Secret.

    Ang problema, kapag mataas ang halaga ng dolyar, mababa ang halaga ng piso. At kapag mababa ang halaga ng piso, ang ibig sabihin, mababa rin ang ekonomiya ng bansa. At kapag mababa ang ekonomiya ng bansa, mataas ang mga pangunahing bilihin at siyempre pang apektado ang mga karaniwang manggagawa na sumusuweldo ng mababa dito sa Pilipinas.

    Di bale, marami naman tayong bayani.

    Kapag umalis ang isang Pinoy papunta sa abroad, maiiwan nila ang kanilang pamilya. Sakripisyo ito sa OFW. Pero mas sakripisyo ito sa pamilya. Kung babae at may asawa’t anak, siguradong ibang tao ang titingin sa mga anak. Lumalaki tuloy sa pangangalaga ng iba na ang itinuturo ay ang matatas na pagsasabi ng salitang pakyu imbes na patsshu. Kung lalaki naman, ibang tao pa ang magpapalit ng pundidong ilaw sa kusina imbes na siya.

    Nasasakripisyo ang “minsan-lang-sa-buhay-na-maging-bata” ng maraming kabataan. Maraming anak ang nawalan ng pagkakataong maramdaman ang kalinga ng isang ama o ina sa kanilang kamusmusan. At karaniwang hindi nasusubaybayan ang paglaki ng bata. Ipababantay na lamang ang paglaki sa malalaking Barbie Dolls o Robot na ipinapadala ng OFW.

    Okay lang. Pag-uwi mo at paglaki ng anak mo, saka mo siya samahan para magpatuli kay Dok.

    Nakakalungkot din ang katotohanan na ang mga OFW ang dahilan kung bakit nabansagan ni Tsip Tsao ang Pilipinas na “nation of servants”. Kung walang apoy, siguradong walang usok. At tanggap ko. Kung walang magpapaalipin, tiyak na walang tatawaging alipin. Hindi mo BA matanggap na tawaging ganoon? Kung domestic helper ka at gusto mong tawagin kang manager, pumunta ka sa Philippine Embassy at maghuramentado ka doon. Kung mas gusto mo naman na tawagin kang bayani alang-alang sa sakripisyo mo sa sarili mo at sa pamilya mo, pumunta ka sa monumento sa Caloocan at tabihan mo si Bonifacio.

    Pasulubungan mo na rin siya ng tsokolate. Yung galing sa Canada at kagaya nitong may tatak na Made in China!

    Mike Avenue
    Pinoy Blog

    Note: Hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit ganito ang pananaw niya sa mga OFW. Patuloy ko pong ipagdarasal na sana ay dumating ang araw kung saan ang lahat ng may mababaw na pagtingin sa mga OFW… tulad ni Mike Avenue ay lubos na maunawaan na sa gitna ng mga tsokolate at pabango ay may mas malalalim na kwento at dahilan ang pagsasakripisyo ng mga OFW

    Source: http://www.pinoysg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=25267&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=

  2. Snow said

    Darbs, may nababasa na ako diyan kay Mike Avenue na yan. Pinoy ba talaga yan? Please confirm kasi medyo hindi maganda mga sinasabi niya ha…

    • darbs said

      Not 100% sure kung Filipino si Mike Avenue. Baka ung na publish na article translated un from foreign language. alam mo na BABEL. I’ll dig more into this. Thanks for passing by.

      • darbs said

        @Snow. Yes, he is a Filipino.
        Claimed by Ruel:

        Si Mike Avenue ay isang 100% Filipino. Ka-blog at kaibigan namin siya dati at alam kung sumuporta din siya sa PEBA. Sa katunayan nagka-exchange link kami.

        Kaibigan

        “tila yata matamlay ang iyong pakiramdam”
        Apo Hiking

        Ka-blog…

        Kaibigan…

        Interesting concept on how to treat a friend. The saddest part is Mr. Avenue made his blog private. How hard is it to delete the words? How hard is it to apologize? or How hard is it to accept, this is a learning process? Accepting and moving on.

        Devil Advocate: Make this whole bruhaha to your advantage! Think of it as FREE ADVERTISEMENT! Get out! FIGHT! Create your own crusade or just SURRENDER TO what is right.

        Those were your friends! REMEMBER?
        KA-BLOG PA!
        Remember the song, What are friends are for?
        IN GOOD TIMES AND IN BAD TIMES,
        we are on your side, forever more!

        Devil Advocate:
        BWAHAHAHA! Mr. Avenue could not face the world, instead he chooses to hide. WHERE IS YOUR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION? It is now the time to defend.

        OPEN UP YOUR BLOG!
        MAKE IT PUBLIC!
        Learn from your experience!
        Don’t make the same mistake!
        Goodluck!

        Ka-Blogger!

  3. Ruel said

    Darbs,

    Si Mike Avenue ay isang 100% Filipino. Ka-blog at kaibigan namin siya dati at alam kung sumuporta din siya sa PEBA. Sa katunayan nagka-exchange link kami.Kaya lang para atang nagbago ang lahat. Alam kung may karapatan naman siyang magsalita pero sa tono kasi ng mga salita niya nakikita naming anti-OFW si Mike Avenue. Nasaktan kami sa mga sinabi niya. Kami’y OFW at alam naming ang ginagawa namin ay hindi lang para sa pamilya kundi ay para sa bayan din.

    Binibigyan kita ng pahintulot na kopyahin ang manifesto namin.

    Ingat, kaibigan.

    • darbs said

      Binibigyan kita ng pahintulot na kopyahin ang manifesto namin.

      Salamat kaibigang Ruel. Ruel.

      PEBA is new to me. You might want to give us a little introduction about PEBA. recommended materials to read. Mr. Mike Avenue you said is also a supporter of PEBA.

      Si Mike Avenue ay isang 100% Filipino. Ka-blog at kaibigan namin siya dati at alam kung sumuporta din siya sa PEBA.

      AND DESPITE SA SAMAHAN… NOW YOU, MAYBE ME because I did not decide yet, of course medyo walang respeto nga pero hindi ba harsh masyado ung ginawa nyo? ah, natin pala kung ako’y sasali. But I prefer not to because we want him not to hide. We want him to be transparent to what he is blogging. Does he has a strong supporters? Did you monitor the readership?
      * * *
      Kangaroo Justice the social networking way: cool!
      Naming convention: Censorship in the name of bigotry
      Freedom of expression: the right to feel bad and react
      Characterization: anti-ofw, a bigot
      Mode of action: Mobilization Campaign – MANIFESTO
      * * *
      Ruel at atbp – on the offensive (blog campaign – manifesto to Mr. Mike Avenue)

      V.S.

      Mr. Mike Avenue – in hiding (made his blog private

      * * *

      THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION!

      Dr. Mr. Mike,
      If you feel you were wrong say sorry. If you feel you were right, and don’t want to change your stand, PLEASE BE A MAN! DON’T MAKE YOUR BLOG PRIVATE! Stand up!

      If you feel it was censorship, say so! JUST DON’T GO UNDERGROUND. You did not do anything wrong because if you did YOU would NOT WRITE THOSE THINGS in the first place. If you feel that you are a bigot and continue doing it! SO BE IT! But don’t hide… apology if you must but No apology is also acceptable as long as you STAND UP! NOT HIDE.

      • darbs said

        In addition, we need personas like Mr. Mike Avenue to represent the face of bigotry and hatred. We need them to express freely and take responsibility of our reactions and actions.

        We need to understand what went wrong to their brains and why they could not think the way we do.

        Who is right and who is wrong?

        That is another story.

  4. darbs said

    Here is the Manifesto:

    OFW Bloggers MANIFESTO

    So that the bloggerworld and everyone may know….

    We believe in the right to freedom of speech as a human right.

    We believe in the freedom to hold opinions without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.

    We believe in the right to freedom of expression to receive and impart information.

    We believe that blogging is an expression of one’s opinions, personal experiences, hobbies, commentaries, diaries and we further believe that every blogger has the right to publish his personal expressions and opinions.

    We believe that the exercise of these freedoms is not an absolute right but carries with it duties and responsibilities, that may be subject to restrictions or penalties on specific grounds as prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests and protection of the reputation or rights of others.

    We believe that majority of the Overseas Filipino Workers have chosen to leave the Philippines to seek and search for better livelihood opportunities abroad so they may be able to support themselves and their families back home.

    We believe that the OFW’s search for a greener pasture is not at all that easy and yet hundreds of thousands of OFWs have created names for them and have excelled in their chosen fields of endeavor, setting the world standards for nobility and for hard work.

    We believe that there is nothing wrong with doing an honest day’s work as a domestic help or as construction worker or doing any other menial and blue collar jobs.

    We believe that OFWs whether professionals or not should be given honor and respect.

    We believe that the OFW is the Hope of the Nation, Gift to the World!

    With these guiding beliefs:

    We regard Mr. Mike Avenue’s Pinoy Blog post on “Tsokolate” as one that lacked research and a flagrant ignorance of the truth about Overseas Filipino workers and expatriates.

    We regard this lack of truth and ignorance as especially inexcusable from one who feigns intelligence and high learning and coax people into belief and following.

    We regard his statements: “minumura ng amo kapalit ng dolyar” and “humahalik sa paa ng mga dayuhan” as blatant mockeries of the sacrifices of the Overseas Filipino Workers and expatriates and are hasty generalizations of the living and working conditions of the Filipino expatriates and OFWs.

    We regard his post as tactless and offensive, trying to make a lame attempt to sarcasm that failed to be funny, at the expense of the Overseas Filipino Workers.

    We regard his post as a clear display of arrogance, done in a distasteful manner with blind indifference and unjust condemnation of the millions of hardworking OFWs who work long hours to earn an honest buck.

    We regard his post to have overstepped the bounds of sensitivity and responsibility of a decent mind and an accountable and sensible blogger.

    Therefore, we as OFW BLOGGERS are not dumb to let this kind of humiliation pass just like that.

    We strongly condemn this irresponsible blog post and Mike Avenue.

    We consider Mike Avenue as an Anti-OFW persona.

    We demand a retraction and an apology from Mike Avenue of Pinoy Blogs for this irresponsible blogpost!

    We are Filipinos and we should stand together and strive for a better Philippines!
    —————————————————————————————————————————————
    *For the interest of fairness and balanced reporting and for the
    sake of those who cannot access the webpage that is hyperlinked
    to Mike Avenue Pinoy Blog’s ‘Tsokolate’ we have linked you to other
    pages that have the full transcript of his original post. Please check
    these links where Mike Avenue’s original post on ‘Tsokolate’ are found:
    Kablogs, OFW (Mukhang Pera Nga Ba?)

    The non-availability of the webpage may probably be due to his
    personal decision, which we respect, to moderate his blog and to open
    it only for the invited readers.
    You might like these stories:

    • Search for Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards

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  5. darbs said

    The response to this manifesto is HIDE!

    Are you kidding me? Don’t you know Mr. Avenue the hits we are sending you?

    On the other hand, who knows maybe to hide is good thing too.

    Who knows, maybe your action signifies the goodness of your heart, after all you are just like me – – a filipino with an open heart/mind.

    Out of ignorance? or out of frustration for some you were wrong – – a mockery!

    What if naka relate ako doon sa bad words mo. What if, once in a while naging orasyones ko ang iyong pinag sasabi habang akoy nag-iisa,

    Blame ko na lang – – dahil ang bansang aking nagisnan ay di kayang buhayin lahat ng kanyang mamamayan. kailangan ni inang bayan na ipagtabuyan ang iba upang pati sila maka ganansya sa REMITTANCE sa mga OFW/Balikbayans.

    Your reaction is noted: blog made private

  6. darbs said

    Kaibigan
    Apo Hiking Society


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    GM7 Bm
    Iniwanan ka ng mi nhal mo sa buhay
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    Em-Bm
    At biglang naw ala
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    Ang buhay mong al alahanin, at wag naman maging maramdamin
    Em F#m
    At tatanda kang bigla, pag tumulo ang luha
    G A
    hahaba ang iyong mukha, At ikaw a ng siyang kawawa

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    F C
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  7. Ruel said

    Darbs,

    Nakikiusap ako sayo. Kung maari ihinto muna ang crusada laban kay Mike. Nanahimik na din yong tao..Hindi na natin palakihin ang issue.Kahit papaano naging kaibigan din namin siya.

    Naka-move on na kami.

    Thanks, kaibigan.

    • darbs said

      Kaibigang Ruel,

      Of course, of course. No problem. Thank you for pointing it out. Balik na lang tayo sa Con-ass. Salamat din kaibigan, kahit papano ung friendship pairalin. I like that!

      Walang anuman, kaibigan.

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