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Thursday, September 11, 2008
Bulatlat.com's Photo of the Week
While surfing the various discussion groups at Blogcatalog one day, I chanced upon one invitation which was inviting blogger members to blog about international political figures. I was quite surprised that she mentioned "Gloria" the Philippine president among the figures she wants bloggers to blog about. This made me wonder if truly "Gloria" is that internationally famous. (I wonder if they really knew who Gloria really is or whether they have a real grasp of the Philippine politics?).
Anyway, after coming across a "Photo of the Week" feature on a Filipino website (bulatlat.com), I remembered the blogcatalog blogger and her discussion topic. I tried looking for her discussion group again hoping to be able to share with her the Bulatlat.com link. But with thousands of discussion pages at the site, I soon tired out after browsing 50 pages. So, much as I don't want to put any political color to my blog, I just went on and decided to make this post hoping she'd stumble on my site one of these days so she can get a glimpse of "Gloria" from the standpoint of people "not so close to her".
This photo of the week was posted by the site(www.bulatlat.com) in reaction to "Gloria's" latest State of the Nation Address and her government's on-going tri-media ad campaign dubbed as "Ramdam ang Kaunlaran" (Feeling the Progress). The photo shows shanties amidst the background of tall buildings - a perrenial scene of spreading poverty throughout the country. The photo itself is a political statement by the photographer and counters Gloria's misinformation drive designed to hoodwink her countrymen and the international community into believing that the country is indeed progressing.
CLIPS FROM http://www.bulatlat.com/
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
BY RAYMUND VILLANUEVA
Contributed to Bulatlat
Volume VIII, Number 30, August 31 – September 6, 2008
There's this grating commercial on Philippine networks showing select "success" stories
under the current political dispensation. The commercial declare in the end,
"Ramdam ko ang kaunlaran!" which translates, "I feel the progress."
Yeah, right! (Caption provided by Photographer)
While Mrs. Arroyo claims profits from VAT would be used to fight poverty,
the P1.415T 2009 proposed budget shows the government’s true priorities.
Here are some figures concerning the peoples' rating of gloria from the Ibon Foundation, a non-profit, non-government entity dedicated to providing real economic data and other information about the country:
More relevant facts from Ibon Foundation:
Consumer Price Index(2000 = 100)
Areas outside NCR
Source: National Statistics Office Purchasing Power of the Peso (in Peso: 2000 = 100) July20042005200620072008 Philippines0.820.770.720.700.64
Areas outside NCR Agricultural0.820.770.730.710.62
Source: National Statistics Office Inflation Rate (in %) July20042005200620072008 Philippines6.6%7.1%6.4%2.6%12.2%
Areas outside NCR Agricultural6.7%6.3%6.0%2.5% r13.9%
Source: National Statistics Office
Want to know how"Gloria"is viewed by a growing number of her own countrymen? Look at these pictures!