Pinoy Iconic Symbols

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

FOR lacking in genuine legislative work, some lawmakers have been proposing all conceivable- and ridiculous- bills, like declaring adobo as a national food.

We are not contesting the right of the Boholano congressman to declare a particular dish and the bamboo hut etc., as national symbols.

This cabalen reserves the right, however, to propose alternative symbols more in realism than of semantics. It is like coming up with a counterpart scheme as in PDAF with DAP, South China Sea with West Philippine Sea, illegal quarrying with desilting, rotational presence with basing rights, “kumpadre’t katomahan” with “kabarilan at kaklase”, and such many dualities that create confusion and contention.


The House Committee on Tourism chairman has filed a bill seeking to make adobo as the national food, bakya as the national slippers, bahay kubo as the national house, and the jeepney as the national vehicle.

The same bill proposes the declaration of the following: “Bayan Ko”- national song; “Maka-Diyos, Maka-tao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa” – national motto; Philippine pearl – national gem.

Our cabalen, who are jaded and rendered sceptical of the serial inanities and balderdash of publicity-seeking congressmen, are raising quizzical eyebrows on the necessity and urgency of the bill for obvious reasons.

Consider the fact that the nation’s wellbeing is defined by the food that masses of people have on the table. Chicken or pork adobo is not a dish that is enjoyed daily by most Filipinos. Ever since, galunggong has remained the political measure of our people’s existence and survival. The round cud fish has taken over the lowly dried fish (tuyo) aka “sundalo ng bayan” as a national symbol.

If the drunkards at the corner store would have their wish, they are unanimous in choosing a “dalagang bukid” as their favorite girl (hic!) pulutan of the day.

The chicken-pork adobo is well loved by most Filipinos except the Muslim community. As a mainstay dish, the adobo is as popular, sought after, and ubiquitous as the “pokpok” girl.

Should I be invited to a public hearing of the bill, I intend to propose certain amendments for consideration:

National Motto – It’s More Fun in the Philippines
National Cooking Method- Lutung Macau
National Bird – Ibon-Ebun
National House – Home Along the Riles
National Vehicle – Motorized Riding in Tandem
National Slogan- “Ang Lumalakad na Matulin ay Walang Pamasahe.”
National Gem – Yamashita Treasures
National Sports – Sipa. Keraklan kareng Pinoy “paldak sikaran’o ning kakalulwan.”
National Songs – Choose between 1) “Anak”, ang mga matatandang pusa (You and I) gusto lagi batang daga. 2) Roll Out the Barrel (PDAF-DAF)
National Battle Cry- “Isang bansa, isang diwa, Eat Bulaga!”
National Detour Sign– Daang Matuwid
National Logo – The Dirty Finger ala Guiao.


Today is Ash Wednesday. Think of how soon we turn to dust. But remember many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 05, 2014.


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