The Firecracker Problem

You have got to be out of your mind to possess terrorist weapons like these

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner again. Even if people look forward to the New Year, they have to survive one thing: the firecrackers that make such deafening noise and present a tremendous hazard to everyone around (heck, New Year’s Eve is the time I hate the most because of the violent noise all around). Yet this issue presents a question: why is it that in a country beset by poverty, people still burn their money on something that can blow off their fingers each year and annoy other people with noise worse than an out-of-tune videoke (or even cause a heart attack through getting startled)?

Our firecracker culture is another low point of our society; basically a symptom of the social ills. Firstly, you see how inconsiderate people are with firecrackers. You’re sleeping soundly after a tiring night and suddenly a loud bang wakes you. And after a few seconds, another, then another, then another… precious sleep was lost. And even at times like 12 midnight, 2 am or 6 am? No wonder fellow blogger Iya wrote “Filipinos are Rude.”

Firecracker injuries continue to proliferate each new year, and yet people don't stop the stupid thing

You also wonder what causes people to buy stuff that blows their hands off anyway. Or, even if they buy safer rockets or light ups, why spend lots of money on it (One sawa costs P2400 or P2800 I believe, and P45 on a fountain or other firework could have been one carinderia meal)? You might as well take the P1000 bill and set it on fire. But still, why the expense? Perhaps one answer to my question above is in the question itself: poverty.

Thanks to poverty, they don’t seem to know any better. Most of the people I see popping firecrackers are either street kids and people from the slums, or even jobless or underemployed adults. The poor seem to be wasting more money on it. You may see groups of raggedly-looking kids who casually toss firecrackers that cause passers by to jump even if they’re on the other side of the street. And the squatter and poor areas seem to have the most firecracker noise every day.

Of course, there are other issues, like discipline. Don’t forget the irresponsibility of our soldiers or policemen who fire into the air, using their guns as firecrackers. Heaven knows what stupidity gets into their heads when they do this (of course, alcohol is a likely explanation), but it really brings down the respectability of our institutions. Considering that the chance of getting hit by a bullet fired in the air is slim, and yet several people already are getting hit by bullets, then it means so many police or soldiers or gun wielders are irresponsibly firing in the air. What are the top brass and government doing about it?

If they can do this in Davao, then why not in Manila?

Part of the government is trying to at least control the incidences of firecrackers and accidents. One recent step was to designate firecracker zones, while the police continue to exhort people to not use firecrackers. Duterte was reported to have successfully reduced or eliminated firecracker usage in Davao. Why don’t our local government units in Manila do something similar to this?

And while these steps may be laudable, more actually needs to be done. Some might find the firecracker thing a trivial issue, but I don’t. I actually connect it to the state of the nation. Poverty is a factor in stupid firecracker use, and so solving the economic issues is a big part of the solution. Poverty is a lack of options. Poor children may have nothing to pass the time with but firecrackers. So with the jobless people; they may be receiving handouts (like from the CCTs) that they’ll spend on firecrackers. Of course, lack of education could lead to the lack of consideration and bad manners described above. If these people could afford more worthwhile pursuits, they would look for something much less wasteful than firecrackers.

Without other options, business people in Bocaue, Bulacan may decide that they have no other livelihood than fireworks. If federalism were applied in their area, businesses could more easily be set up that sell something other than fireworks and firecrackers. Firecrackers may seem like a petty issue to some, but I see a strong connection between it and the poor economic policies and damaged culture that have hobbled our nation. Thus, the various economic and cultural solutions supports are also steps to solving the firecracker problem.

A risky business that could have been done away with under a better economy

For now, we could only advise people to be safe. If they want to celebrate New Year’s Eve noisily, they had best do it without firecrackers and just use horns, noisemaking toys and even music. If someone gives you firecrackers, you may give them to someone else. The mere light-ups like luces and fountains are more tolerable; yet people should practice safety and not light the fountains so close to their homes, or they may be greeted by homelessness in the New Year. Well, you readers know what you can do.

By the way, in case people don’t believe that firecrackers can damage hands, you might want to show them this picture (which may cause them to lose whatever they ate, hehehe).

Happy New Year to all AP readers!


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80 Responses to The Firecracker Problem

  1. Renato Pacifico says:

    HA!HA1HA!HA!HA!  Firekrakers is a perpetual prenatal problem.  Firekraker impunity is a sign how Filipinos thumb away at laws that makes people safe and enjoy the holidays without tears.  Filipino laws are made for Filipinos to be broken.  HA!HA!HA!HA!  Even the children of policemen, mayors, vicemayors, counselors, the makers of the law against firecracking pop firecrackers with impunity.  Everyone pop firecrackers on passing policemen.  HA!HA1HA1Ha!  THIS IS A MAJOR MAJOR SIGN OF IMPUNITY!!!!  HA!HA1HA!HA!HA!  FILIPINOS ARE DOOOMED!!!!!  
    DO NOT UNDERSTAND why we have to spend so much to send these monkeys to write laws when laws are impu8gned upon.  I DO NOT UNDERSTAND why Filipinos debate about laws, supreme courts decisions and change the form of government when Flippinos have firecracker mentality towards the law.
    BAWAL UMIHI DITO!  BAWAL ITAPON ANG BASURA DITO!!!!  and not one cares or even know these signs existed at all.  When they park their vehicles they do not even look at the sign and time they are allowed to park.  The traffic enforcers are afraid to ticket these people afraid they might hurt the feelings of the rich, powerful and well-connected then might be assigned to Timbuk2

  2. Renato Pacifico says:

    STOP SIGN at atbp are signs that Filipinos do not need laws!!!!  WE NEED TO OUTSOURCE OUR GOVERNMENT TO BURMA or VIETNAM!!!!
    Renato Pacifico’s axiom #69 still holds true:  WHAT GOOT IS A GOOT PRESIDENT IF 99.999% OF FILIPINOS ARE NOT GOOT!
    Renato Pacifico’s axiom #96 still holds true:  CAPABLE CITIZENS VOTE FOR CAPABLE LEADERS.
    But Axiom #96 will not work because of Axiom #69 since 99.9999% of Filipinos are not goot !!!!
    SO IN CONCLUSION:  FILIPINOS ARE DOOOMED!  They can only become goot in foreign land run by white governments

  3. Renato Pacifico says:

    Lookit that 2nd piktyur where a child is in pain.  The foreign-educated ivy-school graduate doctors poured gasoline on screaming child.  I learned from Doctor House that before anything else to ease the pain is inject anesthetic.  HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES THEY JUST POUR GASOLINE PREMIUM DISINFECTANT RIGHT AWAY. 
    PAIN IS THE RULE IN THE PHILIPPINES!!!!!  HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!  Filipinos are so used to pain that Filipinos are now painfully painless!!!!!!!!  AND THESE ARE DOCTORS!!!!!  WHAT DO THEY TEACH IN MEDICAL SCHOOLS IN THE PHILIPPINES.  That Filipina in Desperate Housewife was correct after all !!!!!!  HA!HA!HA!HA!  IDIOCY OF FILIPINOS HAS NO BEGINNING AND NO END AND FOREVER WILL BE!!!!!  HA!HA!HA!HA!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL !!!!!!! and belated happy christmas!!!!  HA!HA!HA!HA!

  4. Renato Pacifico says:

    The Firecracker law is pure impunity.  Not one even knows that there is such thing as firecracker law.  HA!HA!HA1HA!HA!  Therefore, not one in the Philippines THAT INCLUDES THE PERYODISTAS know that when Joey de Vencia runs to peryodistas with news that they needed evidences.  THEY JUST FIRE AWAY!!!!  HA!HA!HA!HA!  That is pure impunity of the mind.  
    BUT IT IS VERY GOOT THAT FILIPINOS AS THIS MIND OF IMPUNITIES.  Because it is never a dull moment for me.  It is more entertainment.  It is therapeutic.  HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!

  5. Renato Pacifico says:

    HA!HA!HA!HA!  I was just teksted by the Ministry of Economiosts under benign0.  They said that though there is Firecracker Law they are tolding the inept policemen not to arrest them.  Because the more firecrackers bombing the Philippines the better the evil spirit go away; 2) the more firecrackers means more money coming from OFWs going up in smoke and that is a goot economic sign; 3) firecrackers is a goot economic index.

  6. bokyo says:

    ang sarap mag almusal sa umaga pag may nakikita kang balita ng mga nadidisgrasya sa bagong taon. . . hehe

    And speaking of ewww. . . . People tend to gross out if they see other people getting rushed through the hospitals, children crying for their injured eyes and fingers, adults being interviewed with decapitated limbs. Yet, people keep on buying and playing with firecrackers. The government every year is trying to lessen the casualties, but why try to “lessen” it if it can be “eliminated”? Duterte did it.

     Singapore’s not even noisy post Christmas, yet they have set up zones where people can watch fireworks from the distance while they celebrate.

    Seriously we need the government’s disciplined governance and efficient implementations , and people’s cooperation to solve this firecrackers problem, and even all the other major issues that  plague this society.

    • Renato Pacifico says:

      Problemo with idiot peryodistas, all of them, they cricketicize politicians then quote versiculos of the laws YET FAIL TO ASSOCIATE VERSICULOS WITH IMPUNITY TO FIRE CRACK!!!!  Idiot peryodistas are idioting Flippinos.  THEY ARE SIMPLY CLUELESS AND OBLIVIOUS OF THE PROBLEMOS!!!!

  7. MikeZ says:

    In my experience the most infuriating day that happened to me was when I walked down the street and saw these children playing Piccolo. My problem with these kids? they throw them around recklessly not caring if that Piccolo could hit on innocent people who just happens to walk by and don’t get me started with the parents who encourages these nitwits. They even laughed when I jumped at the firecracker that exploded about 12 inches on the ground where I walked and it happened during the daylight! At least in Davao you won’t see these kind of mischief

    • peste says:

      Retaliate with a live fragmentation grenade. That should do the trick. Remember, life in the Philippines is cheap.

      • MikeZ says:

        *daydreams* If I obtained a real live grenade it would be awesome to see bodies blow up and littered to the ground

        Nah, I did what a responsible person would do… I CONFISCATED those damn things and lectured these kids who are obviously aren’t taught well by their parents and flip me the middle finger and shout foul language at me as they run.

        Hmmmm… something tells me I’m in for a lot of surprise when they get back. Perhaps I DO NEED a grenade >:)

        Alas! these confiscated Piccolos are my only weapon that are about to be turn into a wicked version of a Judas Belt.

    • Renato Pacifico says:

      Der is law against pirekrackigs but people are concerned about tsiketings throwing it without looking.  Something is wrong here.  IT IS CALLED IMPUNITIZY

  8. guest-9000 says:

    Hardly even 11am now, and it’s almost a live minefield outside. It gets worse by the afternoon. A lot of idiots don’t seem to get the concept of “BAWAL GUMAMIT AT MAGBENTA NG PAPUTOK AT PAILAW ANG MGA BATA” considering it’s all children (as well as bozos who have brains of children) in here throwing explosive shit around.

  9. ulong pare says:

    daaaang!… flip kids playing with paputoks… blame the kids????… mga gung gongs!… where’s the parent/adult supervision???… or, are parents available at all… nasa abroad nagpapa-alila at nagpapa-iyot sa poreners… kayong mga flips, puro reklamo ng NO DISCIPLINE bullsheeeet… itanim sa kukote: DISCIPLINE BEGINS AT HOME…

    • Renato Pacifico says:

      DISCIPLINE BEGINS AT HOME.  If the parents are at home not OFWing the parents paputok, too.  But their paputok is more safer.  It got silencer and shoot inside.  HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!

    • ChinoF says:

      Agreed, if the parents have putok, so do the children… ang baho. Parents lead the way, so children follow… even in bisyo.

  10. kickapoo says:

    We all tried our hand with these paputoks. Ako, I like the feeling of being ‘in control’ of something so powerful and explosive. You get to choose which paputok, when to light it, and how to throw it. Until it explodes prematurely and magkakanda-lasog lasog ang delicate flesh mo, labas pa buto. That or bubulatlat ang balat ng hita ng kapitbahay mo.

    The week between christmas and new year is like a festival of delinquents. They get to do all sorts of mischiefs involving firecrackers without grownups reprimanding them.
    Tapos, a week after New Year’s celebration, at around 2am, when youre sound asleep and not expecting any noise, biglang may puputok na napakalakas sa labas….Fck, sarap sipain ung mga nagpapa-putok. Parang walang utak! And when you confront them, they get mad.

    • kickapoo says:

      ooops, forgot to mention I stopped lighting firecrackers since 20 years ago. Baka kasi isipin ng ibang tao jan na makate sa ‘send comment’ button na isa ako sa mga pinoy na walang utak eh.

      Isa ako sa mga taong hindi pabor sa firecrackers.

  11. The Lazzo says:

    If they can do this in Davao, then why not in Manila?

    Because in Davao, New Years’ is when they let the fireworks kill off the criminals instead of the DDS. 😀

  12. Homer says:

    It’s unfortunate that many pinoys will set-off their fireworks as long as they know they can get away with it…..even before AND after the New Year. Despite repeated warnings and the annual showing of injured and severed body parts does nothing to lessen the use of fireworks. Since I stopped blasting fireworks with impunity a long time ago, I’m thankful that I’ve managed to avoid causing injury to anyone (including myself), knowing that today’s fireworks are more potent and powerful.

  13. ChinoF says:

    They say firecrackers drive away evil spirits… but when someone lights a firecracker in the street, that’s more of a bad spirit being created. Bad spirit of noise, bad spirit of wasted money, bad spirit of the guy startled by firecrackers going hopping mad, etc.

  14. Renato Pacifico says:

    I LOVE PAPUTOKS !!!!  Paputoks drive evil spirits away ….. SABI NILA !!!!  HA!HA!HA1HA!  Despite the paputoks, the novenas the evil corrupts are propagating exponentially …. HA1HA1HA1HA!  

  15. ulong pare says:

    daaang! come 2400 hrs/12:00 o’clock new year eve, prez gung gong and his band of retards will be having kodakan session lighting firecrackers to welcome the year of the tiger thingy… sleeping biyuti k. bedhopper aquino will be fcuky-sucky with her 7 dwarves… santa doktora ate glo phd and porky-mickey doing it…. yuck!…. imagine porky-mickey on top of her… ugh!

  16. ChinoF says:

    Earlier while supping at a carinderia, I saw in the news, “Paputok, sumabog!”

    Wait… is that news? nyahaha

  17. Renato Pacifico says:

    OK.  Allow me to summarize all of the above.
    1.  We have firecracker laws that no one respects nor knew it existed at all.  If they knew it existed they know they can get away with it with IMPUNITY;
    2.  there is a law but one of the above is not concerned about if the respect of the law but “not looking where they toss the firecrackers”;
    3.  Firecracker law is like Bawal-Umihi-Dito and Huwag-Magtapon-ng-basura-dito laws and other existing laws like anti-wang-wang laws, traffic lights, traffic signs and all the signs are JUST PLAINLY IGNORED;
    4.  Idiot peryodistas are ignorant or just ignoring all the 1st three or they are just oblivious and clueless;
    SO, THEREFORE, again, for Filipinos to catch attention to their stupidity is to make fun of their stupidity.  Making fun of their stupidity and hang them in electronic boards make them aware of it.  THEY GET INCENSED!  THEY GET ANGERED.  AND JUST THE SAME THEY REMAIN THE SAME BECAUSE EACH FILIPINOS ARE WAITING FOR OTHER FILIPINOS TO CHANGE THAT IS ALSO WAITING FOR THE OTHER FILIPINO TO CHANGE …
    This cultural trait is based on “ba’t ako magpaka-hero kung ang iba hindi magpaka-hero”?

    • ulong pare says:

      daaaaang!…. A large signboard says: “ALCOHOL KILLS SLOWLY.”
      i asked myself… “So what?! Sino ba nagmamadali? Not me…

      • ChinoF says:

        Very big excuse: Everyone dies anyway. So why not die enjoying yourself? Thing is, if you die irresponsibly, or before your time (like you ignore doctor’s orders to avoid cholesterolic foods and you die of a heart attack) your life is a bad example for everyone else. You die under false happiness. Good riddance. 😛

  18. killem says:

    i love fire crackers, sadly many old schools firecrackers had been banned already because of some stupid people who blame the firecracker for their stupidity, not their brains…. 

    • ChinoF says:

      Ahaha… it could even be that the invention of firecrackers itself or even the “tradition” of using them could be stupidity in itself. 😉 And the problem is, firecracker lovers believe the bigger, the better… when in fact, the bigger, the more deadly.

    • Renato Pacifico says:

      It is like “Guns don’t kill, people do”

    • Renato Pacifico says:

      You give Filipinos democracy and they practice it with wonton irresponsibility.  You give them religion then totally believe what is written in the Bible.  They cannot separate fantasy from reality.  Filipinos still believe that “Ask and ye shall receive”.  Filipino also believe concretely in their heart that the wealthy should share their wealth to fellow Filipinos who are asking and they shall receive.  THERE IS SOMETHING TOTALLY WRONG WITH FILIPINOS.  That is why debating about supreme court, the efficacy of laws, form of government and hand-crafted constitution is moot.
      IT IS THE FILIPINO.  Filipinos wanted to live in a ready-made economically progressive society run by white people definitely not by brown-skin-punk’d nose Filipinos.

  19. Hyden Toro says:

    The Firecracker was invented by the Chinese. It was their belief, that to explode these gadgets; they will be driving away Evil Spirits. The Evil Spirits, they believe caused their: misfortunes, illness, poverty, etc…all kinds of maladies, maybe. This belief came to us. So, the poor; wanting to get out from poverty have to drive away their poverty in 2010. Explode them away, by firecrackers. By 2011, they hope; things will be better. As if, Lady Luck will come and settle in their lives; and they will live happily ever after.

    If you are in a marginalized situation: you will believe anything; to give you hope for a better life. Our Politicians know this Filipino mindset. During election; they get votes by distributing: rice, tuyo, noodles, etc…Even promise the Poor, that they will be out of poverty; once they are elected. After election; the poor and the rest of us, are left holding an empty bag…suckers again.

    In the United States; they explode only firecrackers, during July 4th, Independence Day. We welcome, the New Year, by silent prayers. Thanking our Divine Source for the blessings we receive in the previous year. And, that He will give us a better year in the coming year…I was used to the Filipino culture of New Year firecrackers. It took time for me, to adjust to the American New Year. The Well-off families; go for travels to foreign countries; go on ship-cruises to celebrate the New Year. Whole night of drinking wines and dancing. I prefer a silent celebration; where I can meditate what to accomplish the next coming year…readjust my priorities; and re-orient myself of where I am, and where I want to go…

    • Renato Pacifico says:

      I also noticed when I was in America that they pop firecrackers at designated places and only by professionals.  Those who bought firecrackers and fire up at their residence stop when police cruisers come by.  Here, in the Philippines, they just go on their merry ways thumbing their noses on poor policemen.

      Firecracking in the Philippines is also a show of wealth.  The more firecrackers the wealtheir they are.  Fake-American-Filipinos in america are afraid to pop just one cracker.  I just wonder why they are afraid of real-american police.  Out of respect?  Afraid of white people? Respect of white people?  Afraid they might get caughted popping one and cannot speak englsichtzes?  Or they lose their englsichtzes before white americans pero yabang before poor Filipinos.
      Something is wrong with Filipinos.  There has to be a study about Filipinos but social studies is moot because Filipinos pa-bilib their answers.  They lie most of the time.  According to studies Filipinos are well acculturized.  HUH?  Really?  HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!  They are only acculturized when they stop crabbing and stabbing each other in the back.  They are acculturized when they stop the ing-git!  They are acculturized when they stop criticizing each other’s englischtzes!  THAT IS ACCULTURED.

      • ulong pare says:

        daaaang!… in ‘merka, flipflams behave like shackled slaves… mahirap ng ma-deport back to flipland…

      • Renato Pacifico says:

        HA!HA!HA!  I like that phrase “shackled slaves” !!!!  HA!HA!HA!  Either the Flippers has this “shackled slave” mentality or just respectful to whites but totally not respectul to fellow brown-punk’d nose Flippers.  Another reason the Filipinos may have this shackled-slave mentality is they do not know that police cannot check on their immigration status.  Despite, if they have become citizen or greenies, they cannot be deported.  For greenies, its a different story, felony arrest is deportable, but police don’t look at their immigration status.  It’s not worth it, WHO’LL COOK THEM FRIED LUMPIA and PANSIT 🙂  HA!HA!HA!HA!
        True!  There was one Flipper who peed in his pants because he was pulled over by the police.  The police let him go because peeing was enough punishment!  HA!HA!HA!HA!  The police told him, “I thoughted Flippinos are toughies because it is the land of Manny Pacquiaos” !!!  HA!HA!HA!

      • Renato Pacifico says:

        I have a friend who is a manager of Jollibee.  He observed Flippers trash his joint but do not trash non-Filipino establishment.  They do not bus trays.  They do not clean after them.  SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH FLIPPERS

      • Hyden Toro says:

        Some Filipinos succeeded. Some are: medical doctors; dentists; nurses; technical people. Some have Masters Degrees; and PhDs; working in good positions in Corporations . It depends on you in America. You can be ambitious; make things happen. Or just work in low-level positions, waiting for retirement. Hoping to come back to the Philippines. I met a Filipino-American Professor, with PhD in Mathematics; teaching in a renowned University. He got his B. S. degree in the Philippines. But, opted, for a Graduate School; earning a PhD…

      • Renato Pacifico says:

        HA!HA!HA!HA!  There are plenty of PhDs (Philippine Doctors) Master’s either their are low-key or low-life because never heard of a Filipino made a life-altering contribution to AMerica.  HA!HA!HA!HA!  Flippinos in America castigate other minorities for attrocious englischtzes and spelliings yet I have not heard of a Filipino in Scripps spelling bee or in national academic decathlon.  Only the Chineses, Indianeses and whites.  The very group that stuck-up Flippinos criticize for their bad englsichtzes and pronounciation.  

  20. ulong pare says:

    a tragedy in the life of renato pacifico: si renpac naputukan ng paputoks (piccolo at roman candle), naputulan ng parehong braso, pagdating sa ospital:
    renpac: doktor bongv, gamutin nyo po ako, naputol parehong braso ko….
    doc bongv: Mga anong oras ka ba naputulan?…
    renpac: mga 10 oras na po….
    doc bongv: 10?! Eh bakit ngayon ka lang pumunta dito?
    … renpac: kasi, mahirap kayang pumara ng jeep!!

  21. dumb-oh says:

    closing remarks of the reporters of ABnoySCBN – ang mga pinoy parang nawawala sa katinuan pag magbabagong taon. Or something like that.

    • ChinoF says:

      You saw that segment? I didn’t get to. So they say nawawalan ng katinuan ang Pinoy pag bagong taon… they just don’t say that the media long lost its katinuan… hehe

  22. ChinoF says:

    They say firecrackers drive away evil spirits. But it seems more like they draw in the evil spirit. The moment you’re startled by a firecracker, you get hot headed and ill-tempered, like a bad spirit entered you. And the bad spirits laugh when a finger gets blown off. hehe

  23. dumb-oh says:

    they chat among themselves before the show ends. Ted FAILon suggested a total fireworks ban.

    About your last statement, Karen Davila was reading texts on her DZMM show. A texter lambasted the media for the botched Aug23 event. When she reached the part “media is the source of mediocrity”, either she jumped to the next sms sender or I may have experienced a temporary blackout. Hehe.

    • ChinoF says:

      Nyahaha…. she couldn’t take the truth or any criticism for that matter.

      • ChinoF says:

        In addition, it seems media is trying to discourage the masses from using firecrackers and hazardous pyrotechnics. I’ll give ’em that. Still, I wish they used this media mileage on more useful causes other than this, like charter change.

    • Renato Pacifico says:

      Ted Failon?  You mention Ted Failon?  TED FAILON IS A VILLAGE IDIOT!!!!!  Do you remember Ted had his houseslaves cleaned the crime scene and got away with it?  HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!  AND NOT ONE.  REPEAT.  NOT ONE, including Pedrosa, criticize Ted Failon of his cleansing of his wiffe’s death crime scene.  HA!HA!HA1HA1HA1Ha!  

      • Renato Pacifico says:

        In America it is called idiocy!  Even homeless people know not to tamper with crime scene nor contaminate it.  THAT IS WHY THEY TIE YELLOW RIBBONS AROUND OLD OAK TREE TO MARK THE CRIME SCENE and desecrate it!!!!!  AND ALL PERYODISTAS OIN THE PHILIPPINAS ARE OBLIVIOUS STUPID DUMB GUNG-GONG!!!!!!  They are only goot in englsichtzes and political analysis.

  24. Lorenz says:

    Fireworks are fine. Firecrackers aren’t.

    Look at Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and other Asian nations light up the sky with fireworks in their urban cities. That should be the way we celebrate. not the firecracking everywhere.

  25. Hellr says:

    I think you guys are generalizing Filipino-Americans.

    Many Filipino-Americans or Canadians, including me, who were raised in Canadian society and educated under Canadian standards, have a mentality pretty much similar to any other Canadian or American.

    I can say that Filipinos who are educated here are not “Englischtzes,” if anything they hate English class, most Asian minorities do. Surprisingly Filipinos, along with the Indians, are the Asian minorities that excel in foreign langauges such as Italian, Spanish and French.

    So no, Filipinos in America are not “Englischtzes.” We do not discriminate another race for their lack of English knowledge. We were educated in a thing called anti-discrimination, anti-racism, it’s been ingraned in my head since Grade 3 here.

    Whenever I hear my Philippine-educated parents, or relatives, mock other racist, trust, me and my sibligns who are educated here, we reallly get annoyed and ask tehm to stop. You can say that it is possible for a Filipino to be open-minded, not pro-American, not pro-English, but it really depends on the environemnt they wer raised it.

    I can definately say that Filipinos who are eductaed and raised in the Philippines have this “pro- American, White people are awesome” mindset. But Filipinos who are educated in North America? No way.

    For example I’ve mocked “White people” before, anything from Portugeuse smelling like salami, to Polish people who get drunk like crazy. I have a lot of White friends, along with my Asian and African, etc.

    I’m actually quite anti-American, as a Canadian it really upsets me whenevr American companies buy Canadian companies or when American politicians try to infleucne our government.

    So yes, there are Filipinos who do ont have the “White is good, pro-American, pro-English” mentality. I’m a French major with a Spanish minor, English? HELL NAW.

    • Hellr says:

      Sorry for the spelling mistakes, I’m in a rush.

      • Subliminal Messenger says:

        Antipinoys do not take wrong spellings and grammatical errors seriously.  PLEASE DO NOT APOLOGIZE.  It is the content that is important than spellings, dramatics and grammatics.

      • Subliminal Messenger says:

        DARN IT, HELLR, either you are Renato Pacifico or the son of Renato Pacifico (which is unlikely becaue he is only 2j5-years-old) or the viruses Renato Pacifico has spreaded in Philippine atmosphere has caughted you.  
        LOOKIT, perpekt spellings and grammar and looking down flippinos for imperkt englischtzes language is a SIGN OF COLONIZED MENTALITY.

    • Hyden Toro says:

      I’m a naturalized American citizen. Filipino-American, they call it. I’m educated in both U.S. universities and Philippine universities. I found out that people discriminate; because of your national origin. Whites discriminate blacks and colored. There are also cases of reverse discriminations. You got to learn to live with it. However, they cannot discriminate your brains and excellence in your chosen field of work. They always need someone who is capable, with the right work experience and education; who can really make a difference in solving their company’s problems. They cannot discriminate excellence and brains…

    • ulong pare says:

      daaang! …in school, a flipcan (flip kana dyan) kid was disciplined for not using the correct utensils… kiddo used a spoon while eating, not da fork… dat’s not very kanadyan… flip gung gongs in flipland boycotted da kanadyan embassy… dat’s diskriminasyon… hoy hellr, tumigil kanadyan…

      • Subliminal Messenger says:

        HA!HA!HA!HA! I remember the Fake-Canadian Spoon-Revolt !!!  It was goot.  Berry berry goot!!!  HA!HA!HA!  Flippers revolt on berry berry minor things.  They revolt against dat “some medical school in the Philippines” as quoted from Flippina in Desperate Housewife.  They revolt against “maid-to-order” by American actor.  They revolt against fake perfume worn by OFWs.  Poor Flips.
        The highest achievement award went to Manny Pacquiao (boksing), Charice Pempenco (karaoke star), Arnel Pineda (another karaoke star), white house cooker, AZKAL (sport agin) NO HONORABLE MENTION FOR EDUCATION!!!!!  HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!  KASI EDUCATION IS MAHIRAP!!!!  HA!HA!HA!HA!  
        This revolters and highest achievement awardees cannot even pass benign0’s englischtzes education!!!!!  HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!

      • Hellr says:

        Of course every country has idiots and douchebags.

        When I read that news of course many people, not just Filipinos, were angry. It even made national news here and the vass majority of response from the general populace was anger.

        It happened in a French province, Quebec, that is not as “open” to other cultures. Unfortunately Quebec is not as racially diverse as other places in Canada and many minorities there struggle to fit in the French-Canadian society and many end up being white washed.

        However there is a movement going on right now, in fact I’m part of it, where we support the idea of being a French speaking Canadian while maintaining our native roots, such as Filipino, without having to completely assimilate ourselves in this French-Canadian society.

        It wouldn’t have happened in any other province in Canada. I mean we have a province called Nunavut near the North Pole and people there prepare and eat fish by hand. I live in Ontario where it’s racially diverse and trust me in high school I’ve seen Filipinos eat fish by hand here and nobody gave a damn.

        And maybe it’s because I am 2nd generation, I have developed a different mentality than my Philippine-born and raised parents and relatives.

    • migs42 says:

      That’s probably because you’re a 2nd Generation, who grew up in a society that values racial equality. I like 2nd generation immigrants more than the 1st ones.

      I’m a 1st gen btw.

      • Subliminal Messenger says:

        Oh, yeah!  Oh, yeah!  2nd generation are real Americans.  1st generation are just papered Fake-Americans.  They thoughted that the nexgt fake-Americanned Filipino that laughed like a hyena is an American.  Lookit, Americans do not laughed like hyenas.  HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!

  26. ChinoF says:

    I spent the crossover belching Madonna, Limahl and Erasure into the videoke mic. I survived. hehehe

  27. pandoism says:

    It seems that this article didn’t make an impact to the masses. look, the number of victims rose to 7% compared to last year:

    mga hindi natuto…o sige lets say, they’re still irresponsible…

    • ChinoF says:

      Yeah, the increase is a bummer. Not just di na natuto, they were probably daring, “ah, injuries from firecrackers are nonsense!” There you go.

      Besides, those who were injured or caused injuries most likely didn’t read my article at all.

      • pandoism says:

        because they care for their kumpares not to feel hiya to them. If you don’t do firecrackers, you’re out of the circle of friends…in other words, their new year is boring. also they will tell you will be malas for the whole year if you dont do that…geez

        as what I have posted in our school’s forums, If you’re responsible enough to use fireworks/crackers and you still think for tomorrow, then go. Mind you, there are other ways to celebrate the new year without using them.

        I remember in our street wayback 5 years ago, although we have some firecrackers [just the normal ones], we do splash a pile of water to our neighbors minutes after the new year :p wala lang, its their tradition that we used to it…

      • pandoism says:

        the normal ones that im talking is luses, fountain, thats it… 😀

      • ChinoF says:

        I saw Mercury Drug running videos that try to convince people not to use firecrackers. Speaking of water, some tips were given in that video, like to pour water on a dud firecracker in the street. Problem is, the video was in English, so the poor non-English-raised kids are more likely to blow their fingers off.

  28. pandoism says:

    oh yeah? Guess that they don’t still mind it even their parents always watch those commercial in between their telenovelas. Nah its up to them if they want pain in their asses or not. What’s important is we gave them warning about being responsible in using fireworks/crackers. Gusto nilang masaktan sa paputok eh edi GO! wag lang silang magrereklamo na wala na silang ipapakain sa kanilang mga pamilya after new year :p

    • ChinoF says:

      And the parents probably just give money and say, “do what you want” so that the kids don’t bother them. Probably those parents are out drinking. Irresponsible parenting indeed breeds bad habits in the kids… like firecracker use.

  29. Aegis-Judex says:

    Speaking of firecracker use, I wrote a sort of rubric for it in FB:

    On the use of firecrackers
    by Alistair Jephte Migriño Caseñas on Friday, December 31, 2010 at 10:06pm

    Firecrackers are like firearms: You DO NOT d!ck with them inappropriately unless you’re looking to see something or someone (most likely yourself) blown to bits.

    I mean, how hard can it be to use these explosive implements RESPONSIBLY? Common sense in using these implements of revelry, tree-and-animal nazis (the tree- and animal-huggers who freak like Hitler on Jews or al-Qaeda on non-Muslims or Jack Chick on Catholics when they see the things) be damned (because they have a mad-on for these explosive devices), can be found in such simple things:

    1. Responsible, SOBER adults should light them up. If your kids are that responsible, however… Good for you.

    2. When they blow up, keep your distance.

    3. When they fail, douse them IMMEDIATELY. With water, unless you want all sorts of hell to break loose.

    4. When some idiot (hopefully NOT you) gets himself injured because he went too close or d!cked around, have him treated.

    5. DO NOT use fireARMS in place of or along with fireCRACKERS. God help you if you do.

    6. Buy Legal. It may cost more, but you can enjoy assured that your five-second fuse is five seconds instead of just two or, heaven forbid, a split-second.

    Follow these tips, and you need not worry about blowing something or someone up. God help you if that tickles your fancy, you psychotic fvck.

    Happy New Year!

    NB: Oaths have been edited to avoid censorship–it is in my personal interest to make sure that whoever reads these gets my point in its entirety, even if I have to lay down some necessary oaths.

    Safety and Peace to you all!

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