Hay ang tao!

Hay ang tao!
Tunay na daynamiko
Nakakasayaw, nakakalakad, nakakahalkak
May naka-upo habang lumilikha ng tula.
May mga paslit na naglalaro
Magsising-ibig na para bang ang mundo sa kanila
Ay “ikaw lang at ako”
si manong guwardiya kanina pang nakabisikleta
Pa-ikut-ikot, nagbabantay; ngunit para kanino ba?
Pansin ko ang mga taong kumakain ng cotton candy,
Inilalakong dirty ice cream,
Binatog na mais at taho na mainit,
Chicharon-sawsaw suka at tinapay na stick.
Hay ang tao!
Lakad ng lakad, takbo ng takbo.
Ang patunguhan kaya’y alam ng mga ito?
O baka sadyang ganun lang tayo – walang simula at wala ding dulo.

Minsan natanong ko; Kailan pa ba tayo mamumulat-
na ang buhay ay di’ sulat sa palad at gulong ng tadhana?
na ang bayan ay hirap pagkat tayo’y nagpabaya
sa pagkamit ng ganap at tunay na paglaya!

Subalit sa aking pagkagitla,
Lahat ng tao sa paligid – tumigil sa kani-kaniyang ginagawa.
Sa isang direksyon bumaling ang paningin.
Sabay-sabay tumakbo, naglakad at kumaripas ng matulin.

Natuwa ako sa ganung tanawin!
Natapos na ba ang matagal na pagkakahimlay at pananahimik?
Ika ko nga nung bata pa – pwede na bang mangarap?
Sandali na nga lang ay mag pagbabago nang magaganap!

Ngunit mali! Sabay hampas sa noo.
Kaya pala nagkaripas,
May relief goods ipinapamahagi
Sa mga nasalanta sa bagyo.

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Marginalization: Underserving the Must Served

 

Marginalization is a social process of becoming or being deprived or relegated to the fringe of society. The three types of marginalization of sectors in a society are classified into personal, community and professionals.

Marginalization of the Filipinos as a community happened and is still happening this is the result of its colonization during the Spanish era, America, Japan and then back to America. Colonialism has permeated our culture and values as we lose access to our sources of income and were deprived of access to the labor market.

Colonialism, affected the way we look at ourselves and the way other races look us as Filipinos. Some celebrated examples are the Filipinos who experienced racism in other countries the boy in Canada who used his hands to eat in a school canteen was isolated until he learns to use fork and spoon. The Filipino who used mineral water in the toilet for washing is ridiculed  and insulted by American co-workers. In a larger context, the Filipino domestic helpers that works abroad (especially in Arab countries) who are 70% women largely experience maltreatment, physical abuse and sexual harassments if not rape. The Philippines is neo-colonized by the USA through loans and aids that deprives us from industrializing thus, preventing our country to develop and depriving the Filipinos the access to secured lives and quality jobs. This new form of colonialization made us subservient to US dictations to political and internal affairs. It has continually deprived us the capacity to bargain and independently in the global market.

Aside from that, prevailing cultures that are propagated by the elites, those professionals, intellectuals or thinkers that hold a different opinion on a range of topics such as this one are being alienated or isolated from the mainstream. The culture also of unacceptable individuals tends to marginalize those who are mentally or physically challenged and those that belong to the LGBT group. These are all happening in the Philippines.

To summarize a colonized community has a human population that suffers from a triple whammy of marginalization as a people, as an individual and as a person (gender-related). Marginalization has concretely resulted into the material deprivation such as the case of ofw’s in Canada who live in garages in slum areas because they cannot and have a difficult access to better housing. Globalization has brought about a broader gap between not only the poor and the rich people but as well as the group of people who belong in the poor or the rich country. Those in the rich can study and get their like professions while a poor country like the Philippines must study those courses that are globally in demand technical courses, skilled work, care giving, nursing, chamber maid, house keeping, seaman. Our labor force is aligned to the labor demand of the First world countries but not for the development of our country.