10 Reasons Why Filipinos Can Survive the Game of Thrones

Calm your nerdy nerves, Game of Thrones fans! The finale of this season’s GoT has left many fans (especially those who have not read the books) with many cliffhangers that are torturous, given that we have to wait another whole year for the next season to come. The series is popular for its racy, bloody, and controversial scenes all meshed within a fictional medieval era filled with magic, mystery, and dragons. Added to that are the political conflicts and character developments of those characters we root for (even if they die). For fun’s sake, in line with the 116th Philippine Independence that happened few days before the finale, here are some reasons why Filipinos, have they enter Westeros with their counterfeit Louis Vuitton bags and balikbayan boxes, can survive the bloodbath and downright atrocity of George RR Martin’s awesomely sick fantasy world.

1. Our names render us elusive.

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“I am Topacio of House Madlangtuta, Blood of the Macadangdangs, Second of His Name, Leaver of Slippers, Maker of Pinakbet and Dinardaraan.” Should some cunning Lannisters, Boltons, or Martells hire an assassin, that assassin will have to learn some hard language.

2. We can eat practically anything.

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The Hound did not get all the chicken he wanted but guess what? He’s welcome to feast with us with out fried insects that The Reach cannot cultivate, and roast dogs to his terror (still a classic stereotype. It works!)

3. We do not trust many leaders.

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Still one of the most corrupt countries, and with current political issues crumbling the government, Filipinos somehow despise politics. And we all know that in Westeros, trusting someone can cost you your head, your wife and son, you eyes, your throat, and all other body parts that contain a major blood vessel. So we trust practically no one, and we don’t need Petyr’s knife on throats to do so.

4. We are religious and conservative.

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Incest is a dreadful concept for a Roman Catholic country. The thought is as terrifying as hearing that King Joffrey is your next customer when you’re the top prostitute of the Baelish whorehouse. And, speaking of Joffrey, we all know that he’s a product of incest, so you can thank us for that later.

5. We are farmers and fishers.

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A country with vast coastlines and rich valleys, we can be recruited as workers in The Reach, which is a safe haven. The Reach plays an important role in Westeros because they produce much of the food in the seven kingdoms, and with winter coming (seriously, when is it coming?), you do not want to mess with The Reach if you don’t want to starve and freeze to death. We can also be hands to the Iron Islands and the Riverlands.

6. We love bargains!

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While some of us love to fluster people with our “belongings,” like many of you, we love bargains. This plays an important factor when dealing with freemen, the Free Cities, and casual vagabonds and travellers. Margaery will totes be jealous of our Volantis silk and Qarth necklaces.

7. We bandwagon too much.

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Well, from NBA finals, to The Fault in Our Stars, and even to GoT, we love to talk about what many people talk about. And then what happens when many people love it? Hell we will love it, too, even though it means nothing to us. How is this helpful, you ask? The Starks did not like Joffrey, and then the Red Wedding happened. We are practically the Tyrells — going with the majority to promote the so-called “peace and prosperity.”

8. We were warriors all along.

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In the time before gunpowder took over warfare (thank you, China!), Filipinos championed the islands from Spanish conquistadors using handcrafted swords and weapons made from iron and wood. One of the first Spanish fleet who landed on the islands met the vicious Lapu-Lapu in Mactan.Word has it that Lapu-Lapu used poison, too. And though we may not be successful in putting down the Clegane brothers or Brienne with bare hands, we’ll put up a good fight.

9. We’re no new to dragons

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Yeah, yeah, yeah… they can still cook us with their breaths but dragons, like a true reptilian monster, are not all new to us. We are home to one of the largest crocodile ever found, the natural habitat for alligators and komodo dragons, and lizards are part of our home ceilings. Khaleesi will be so happy about this.

10. We respect marriage

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We marry who we love, and it is a trip through Westeros, the Narrow Sea, and the Free Cities and back before you can bed someone. Forced marriages are totally outdated, and this certainly avoids extreme drama like Rhaegar-Robert-Lyanna and even the complex Eddard-Catelyn-Petyr-Jon-Lysa five-somes. If you haven’t been watching closely, the events of Game of Thrones are driven much by romance — both sweet and vile.

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16 Struggles of Filipinos in Hawai’i

1.When you feel a little bit guilty with all the lost dogs. 

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Classic stereotype, ain’t it?

2. When you have to explain that you’re Visayan, and not Ilocano. Or vice versa.

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You how people from other islands of Hawai’i are very specific about which island they came from? Yeah, well, Philippines have about 7,000 islands.

3. When you can’t decide which Jollibee to go to.

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Waipahu, Kalihi, Ala Moana. It’s even harder because the A Express Bus goes through all of them.

4. When you can’t call your “auntie” as “tita.”

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We can blame the Spanish conquistadors for this one. “Tita” in the Philippines literally means “aunt,” but in Hawaii, “titas” are Amazonian women who could beat the crap out of you, your uncles, and your cousins.

5. When you send these to your relatives back home.

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Rushing to Walmart for those Vienna Sausage, SPAM, ramen noodles, Irish Spring soap bars… Come on, you know your mom’s list!

6. When your relatives pressure you to learn Ilokano or Tagalog.

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“APAY?! APAY!?!”

7. When you’re asked about whether Filipinos are Polynesians or Asians.

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I mean, sure. Yeah, be political with us.

8. When you feel anxious about not using “po” and “opo.”

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“Po” and “opo” are equivalent to adding “sir” or “ma’am” as a sign of respect to elders. Well, we can’t really use that here.

9. When you have to explain what Halo-Halo, Pinakbet, and Adobo are.

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It’s a mixture of everything you do not want to be mixed.

10. When people compliment your ‘accent.’

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Yes, some of us speak “differently.”

11. When you get a B in any of your classes.

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Mostly (and sadly) true, because to our parents, a B equates to F. Getting a C means you need to find a new place to stay in.

12. When your TV is on this channel EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

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Say goodbye to your video gamin schedule and to your favorite TV shows.

13. When this man goes to a fight.

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It’s like two of your relatives had a grad party together, on a New Year with excessive fireworks, and your immediate families, and their families’s families, gather in your house. Oh, and of course, there’s the karaoke, and the lechon, and all the other foods only your family can pronounce and make.

14. When you have different names for almost every vegetable.

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Marunggay. You know you have that in your backyard.

15. When your grandparents tell you the history of Filipino migration to Hawaii.

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That’s why there’s no reason to not get an A on Modern Hawaii History.

16. When people wonder about our attention getter.

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It’s like our version of HUUUI!!!

 

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8 Facts You Need to Know About Philippine Independence

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! June 12, 2014 is the 116th anniversary of the Philippines from Spanish Colonization. Hearing about this event, one can picture Emilio Aguinaldo waving the flag on his balcony at his residence in Calamba, Laguna. However, there is much more than what the books (and today’s age, the internet) say, so here are eight facts about the country’s independence that you need to know, especially if you’re a Filipino!

 

8. Independence Allowed Massive Migration

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Diplomatic and international relations allowed the newly independent Filipinos to send migrant workers abroad. This would eventually help the country establish its economic stability and global market competition. For example, in Hawaii, by 1930, approximately 100,000 Filipino workers have arrived in the islands.

 

7. We Became Practically Independent Three Times!

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Three countries took over the Philippines: Spain, Japan, and the United States. Many historians consider April 12, 1985 to be a formal declaration of independence after Andres Bonifacio, one of the celebrated heroes, wrote “Viva a independencia Filipina!” The Japanese occupation ended on September 2, 1945, while the United States set us free on July 4, 1946 under the Treaty of Manila.

 

6. The First – and Youngest – President

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Waving the flag is already a great honor in itself, but the country’s first president, Emilio Aguinaldo, is far more impressive than that. Aside from being a politician and independence leader, Aguinaldo was also a general who lead his soldiers in battle during the Philippine-American War. All these he accomplished before the age of 29. What’s more fascinating? Aguinaldo died on April 1, 1901 at the age of 94.

 

5. Made in Hong Kong

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The flag that was waved during the declaration was not made in the Philippines. The “three stars and a sun” concept was idealized by Emilio Aguinaldo during his exile in Hong Kong in 1897. The first flag was sewn by his wife, Marcella, with the help of her daughter Lorenza and Jose Rizal’s niece, Delfina Natividad.

 

4. Cuba

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Cuba and Philippines are about 9,000 miles apart but these two countries have a solid connection relating back during the Spanish resistance. It is believe that the Cuban flag influenced the Philippines’s. See for yourself.

 

3. Prominent Date

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June 12 is also the birthday of prominent people, including George W.H. Bush (1924) and Anne Frank (1929). On this day, Russia also celebrates Russia Day, Finland has Helsinki Day, and USA celebrates Loving Day.

 

2. Araw ng — what?

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In Tagalog, the Philippine Independence is commonly known as “Araw ng Kalayaan.” However, the official name as proclaimed by former President Diosdado Macapagal is actually “Araw ng Kasarinlan,” with the root word “sarili” meaning “self.”

 

1. Visit the Shrine

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The exact spot where the Independence was declared and celebrated is now a Museum. Some neat stuffs you can check out is the haunted tree in the courtyard, the surgical apparatuses used on Aguinaldo during the war, a contoured ceiling map of the Philippines, and an indoor bowling alley. The balcony, however, is rarely accessible for the public but it can be perfectly viewed from the outside.

 

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Katipunan Magazin FALL 2013

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