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Mission Statement / Approach

“The first duty of a man is to think for himself”. Jose Marti, Cuban 19th-century patriot with the same first name as another famous 19th-century patriot

This article (link) explains why I started this blog. My name is Irineo B. R. Salazar. I am a Filipino-German. This blog is about learning more about the Philippines. For all of us who are interested.

There are now three further authors who have joined: Bill in Oz who is with a Bikolana, Manong Sonny who lives in the USA, and Karl Garcia who lives in the Philippines. Some topics are:

Philippine history

There is luckily a lot about Philippine history on the Internet. The interpretation by historians somehow struck me as missing something. So I decided to divide the periods a bit differently.

Introduction: Quo Vadis Philippines – a summary of history and the first article in this blog, asking where the Philippines is now, is going and where it came from.
Philippine History Part I – Territory – the country in my opinion was only a territory until early 1800s, run via Mexico, interesting mainly for the galleon trade.

Philippine History Part II – State – Section 1, Founding Fathers – while the Spanish started building more of a state, some Filipinos began to get ideas of a nation.
Philippine History Part II – State – Section 2, Enter America – America took over what the Spanish had begun – achieve real state control over the islands.
Philippine History Part II – State – Section 3, Philippine Commonwealth – America coached and supported the Filipinos in creating their own nation.

Philippine History Part III – Nation – Section 1, The Republic – the independent Philippine Republic struggled through the postwar years.
Philippine History Part III – Nation – Section 2, Marcos Period – a leader who started out as a hope for many became reviled by many.
Philippine History Part III – Nation – Section 3, Post-Marcos Period – is about the terms of Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos.

Philippine History Part IV – Pilipinas – Section 1, Disappointment – shall be about the period from 1998-2010.
Philippine History Part IV – Pilipinas – Section 2, Recovery – shall be about the time from 2010 until now.

Philippine History Part V – Ngayon – shall have its first installment after the election and shall be about the campaign and the results, and one installment per Presidential SONA.

There is a series on McArthur by guest author Bill in Oz:

Manong Sonny has written about the initial stages of the development of the Commonwealth Army until 1935, the second installment shall be about 1935-1942.

Seven Filipino Generations is about mapping history to personal and family experience – essential to making it more relevant to people.

Thirty Years ago and A Nation forms are about history in the making – the historical period I call “Ngayon” or the extended Filipino now.

Kasanayan sa Gyera ni Sun Tzu

The lack of strategic thinking evidenced in what happened at Mamasapano inspired me to look at Sun Tzu’s Art of War again – and translate it into a readable form of Filipino:

Chapter 1 – Paggawa ng Plano
Chapter 2 – Tungkol sa Gyera
Chapter 3 – Paghandang Lumusob
Chapter 4 – Taktika para magtagumpay
Chapter 5 – Lakas
Chapter 6 – Puntong Mahina at Malakas
Chapter 7 – Pagmamaniobra
Chapter 8 – Paiba-ibang Taktika
Chapter 9 – Ang Puwersang Nagmamartitsya
Chapter 10 – Iba’t-ibang Lugar
Chapter 11 – Siyam na Sitwasyon
Chapter 12 – Ang Atake sa Pamamagitan ng Apoy
Chapter 13 – Paggamit ng Espiya

To learn any form of strategy – especially with China looming at the horizon – studying the ancient master of Chinese strategy makes a lot of sense.

Political Philosophy

This aspect I started to develop since late 2015. Here are some of the matters that I have dealt with:

  • There is one article in English and one in Filipino about what a Constitution is supposed to be – as food for thought about theory and practice in the Philippines.
  • Personalities and Politics are about the difference between real politics and showbiz. Heneral Luna Today is about the complexity of running a country.
  • Evolution of Order is my personal theory about how human order has developed. The Filipino translation of John Locke is an ongoing effort.

Philippine Development

Since I have been abroad for a while, but have lived in the Philippines, I have been looking for answers on how the country could develop itself better:

Philippine Politics

  • There is a article about Grace Poe’s character translated from Joe America and about her program and her person. Also about Duterte – his idea of security and his program.
  • There is my ranking of Philippine Presidential Candidates. Roxas, Señeres, Poe, Duterte, Santiago, Binay – read the article to find out why I see it that way.
  • Desisyon ng Sambayanan is about the entire election which is more than just Presidents and Vice-Presidents – it is about the national “machine”.

There are a number of other articles, but these are the ones I consider the most important at the moment.

Irineo B. R. Salazar, München, 4 February 2016 and ongoing. Last update on 23 April 2016