Fort Gorazda aerial viewor the Philippines for one year has been very rewarding. Both in terms of understanding the old country better and helping others understand more in the discussions here and on the associated Facebook page. A year during which I have been rehabilitating my health and working part-time. The anger about the Mamasapano massacre on postings of Facebook friends brought back my interest in the Philippines which is undergoing a period of enormous social and political change. Started posting at Joe America’s blog and wrote three guest articles:

  • When will the Philippines reach a Tipping Point (link) – based on the clamor I saw among former classmates
  • Bangsamoro Basic Law – Managing Risks (link) – many felt BBL was flawed so I decided to sit down and analyze it
  • Rising from Victimhood (link) – written on Easter Sunday as a comment on overcoming the Filipino culture of victimhood

Joe America wrote a sequel to the victimhood article called In Defense of Knowledge: Philippine Victimhood, The Sequel (link). The original name of this blog was Filipino-German Knowledge Center, as I was a bit annoyed that many political discussions in and about the Philippines took place with insufficient knowledge. And as Socrates once said “I know that I know nothing”, I decided to rename this blog “Filipino-German Learning Center” because we don’t know everything, we learn constantly. Collective learning including mine is the goal of this blog.

  • based on a comment that you can know have to understand, the byline “understanding the Philippines in its complexity and diversity” was created
  • based on a comment I saw about Jose Marti, the Cuban contemporary of Jose Rizal, the motto became “the first duty of a man is to think for himself”

The present Filipino election has been a catalyst for many discussions. My first article, Quo Vadis Philippines (link), asked where the Philippines is going. I still wonder if the country knows.

Irineo B. R. Salazar, M√ľnchen, 23 April 2016