Why the dictator can’t be buried as a ‘hero’ | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Mantra for the week: “I am committed to my dreams and thus they all come true.”


Here’s the continuation of our consciousness IQ test from last week, which I trust you will give yourself to know how you rank.


9) Do I have well-thought-out plans for the future?


10) Do I really know what I would like to be and do?


11) Am I decisively moving toward my desires?


12) Can I label most of my thoughts and feelings as positive?


13) Am I dealing fairly with relationships with my family, my friends, my acquaintances, my coworkers?


14) Am I satisfactorily helping my country with my talents and abilities?


15) Are my beliefs about myself uplifting all areas in my life—my health, wealth, relationships and success?


16) Are my beliefs about love, life and religion open-minded enough?


17) Can my conversations be called intelligent, considering that the lowest level is about people, and the higher one is about events, and the topmost is about exchanging ideas?


I gave this test to so-called intelligent people, and after answering the questions with total honesty, they had to embarrassingly admit that, maybe, they were not handling their lives as good as they should have been conducting it.


For every question, give yourself a score of six if your answer is yes, and zero if your answer is no. You may give yourself a score of three when your answer is sometimes, and 4.5 if many times.


This consciousness check is based simply on the choices you make. You don’t have to tell anyone how you fared, but by bringing up your scores, you will see wonders unfolding in your life.


Stepping out of the past


It was such a blessing that I caught the opening of Repertory Philippines’ “Stepping Out, The Musical,” based on the play of the same title by prolific British television writer Richard Harris, not to be mistaken for the Irish actor Richard Harris of “Camelot” fame.


The story revolves around the lives of seven women and one man meeting at a tap-dance class once a week as an escape from their emotional past—like dancing away their blues.


Kudos to the casting director for the excellent choices in the cast composed of Sheila Francisco, Angela Padilla, EJ Villacorta, Cara Barredo, Christine Flores (the former Mrs. Chiz Escudero), Natalie Everett, Raymund Concepcion, David Shawn Delgado, Sarah Facuri, Bituin Escalante and Joy Virata.


Do step out of your way and treat yourself to this fine musical directed by Jaime del Mundo this afternoon at 3:30 and six other performances until April 24. For tickets, call TicketWorld at 8919999.


My only objection


After Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s birthday on March 28 and in his first or Sun cycle, one can expect an improvement in his survey results—which means he could possibly catch up with Sen. Grace Poe.


My only objection to Duterte’s becoming president is his willingness to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. It means a lot of work for me because I will have to galvanize all my 75,000 compatriots, whose human rights were violated during martial law, to hold protests, and also to raise funds for the transfer of the real heroes buried there to another place so their names may not be tainted with one whose war medals are fake.


What the records say


In the 1980s, when the Philippine War records became accessible to researchers and scholars, Col. Bonifacio Gillego led a team which discovered and revealed that Marcos had not been involved in any combat duty. He was a Civil Affairs officer.


Gillego and company “knew of no award that Marcos could have received or had been entitled to.” Their study was titled “Marcos: FAKE HERO,” and was published in the Philippine News and We Forum, which Marcos closed down and indicted all concerned for “sedition” punishable by death.


Why can’t the Marcos family just let his remains stay in Batac, where he is regarded as a god, opening up the possibility of starting a new cult called Marcosista headed by his junior!


E-mail the columnist: georgedfsison@gmail.com; visit www.GeorgeSison.com and www.iamism.org; listen to his “Positive Session” radio program on DWIZ 882 AM every Saturday, 9-10 p.m.


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