Philippines Quotes

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Douglas MacArthur
“Give me ten thousand Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world.”
Douglas MacArthur

F. Sionil José
“The obscenities of this country are not girls like you. It is the poverty which is obscene, and the criminal irresponsibility of the leaders who make this poverty a deadening reality. The obscenities in this country are the places of the rich, the new hotels made at the expense of the people, the hospitals where the poor die when they get sick because they don't have the money either for medicines or services. It is only in this light that the real definition of obscenity should be made.”
F. Sionil José, Ermita: A Filipino Novel

José Rizal
“I have observed that the prosperity or misery of each people is in direct proportion to its liberties or its prejudices and, accordingly, to the sacrifices or the selfishness of its forefathers. -Juan Crisostomo Ibarra”
José Rizal, Noli Me Tángere (Touch Me Not)

Ambeth R. Ocampo
“As you can see, there are quite a number of things taught in school that one has to unlearn or at least correct.”
Ambeth Ocampo, Rizal Without the Overcoat

Ricky Lee
“Ang Pilipino sabi ni Trono kay Giselle, at sa kumpulan ng mga kinkilig na kababaihan, ay pinaghalo-halong dugo. Sumasamba ng sabay-sabay kay Buddha at kay Kristo at sa mga anting-anting at Feng Shui. Sa dami ng nagsasabi sa kanya kung ano siya, nakalimutan na niya kung sino siya.”
Ricky Lee, Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata

Ambeth R. Ocampo
“Sometimes it pays not to be interested in what happened but in what did not happen.”
Ambeth Ocampo, Rizal Without the Overcoat

Ambeth R. Ocampo
“Filipinos are not a reading people, and despite the compulsory course on the life and works of Rizal today, from the elementary to the university levels, it is accepted that the 'Noli me Tangere' and 'El Filibusterismo' are highly regarded but seldom read (if not totally ignored). Therefore one asks, how can unread novels exert any influence?”
Ambeth Ocampo, Rizal Without the Overcoat

Bob Ong
“Pinapakita nyong mga dayuhang libro pa rin at mga dayuhang libro lang ang tinatangkilik ng mga tao. Bakit magsusugal ang mga publisher sa Pilipinong manunulat kung hindi naman pala mabili ang mga kwentong isinusulat ng mga Pilipino? At kung walang mga publisher na tatanggap ng mga trabaho ng mga Pilipinong manunulat, sino pa ang gugustong magsulat? Kung walang magsusulat, ano ang kahihinatnan ng panitikan sa bansa at sa kakayanan nating bumasa't sumulat?”
Bob Ong, Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin

Alex Garland
“I knew my affection for the Philippines was equally as telling: a democracy on paper, apparently well ordered, regularly subverted by irrational chaos. A place where I'd felt instantly at home.”
Alex Garland, The Beach

Luisa A. Igloria
“Inevitably, though, there will always be a significant part of the past which can neither be burnt nor banished to the soothing limbo of forgetfulness— myself. I was and still am that same ship which carried me to the new shore, the same vessel containing all the memories and dreams of the child in the brick house with the toy tea set. I am the shore I left behind as well as the home I return to every evening. The voyage cannot proceed without me.”
Luisa A. Igloria

Ambeth R. Ocampo
“Rizal" is a compulsory course in school, but few teachers make Rizal's novels interesting. If students are taught to enjoy Rizal's works as literature instead of as a lodemine of 'patriotic' allusions I am sure they would not mind reading and rereading the 'Noli me Tangere'.”
Ambeth Ocampo, Rizal Without the Overcoat

Miguel Syjuco
“You can’t bring an unwritten place to life without losing something substantial. Manila is the cradle, the graveyard, the memory. The Mecca, the Cathedral, the bordello. The shopping mall, the urinal, the discotheque. I’m hardly speaking in metaphor. It’s the most impermeable of cities. How does one convey all that?”
Miguel Syjuco, Ilustrado

Ambeth R. Ocampo
“Can you imagine the feeling of being an oppressed colonial being addressed respectfully by a colonizer in the mother country?”
Ambeth Ocampo, Rizal Without the Overcoat

Ambeth R. Ocampo
“I was to discover that like the overcoat that snugly wraps Rizal in all his statues and photographs, Rizal is obscured by countless myths and preconceived ideas... Without his overcoat, Rizal was human, like you and me.”
Ambeth Ocampo, Rizal Without the Overcoat

“Drained of faith, I kneel and hail thee as my Lord,
I ask not life, thou need not swerve the bullet,
I ask but strength to ride the wave, and
one more thing, teach me to hate”
Henry G. Lee, Blessed Are the Merciful

Carlos P. Romulo
“The presidency of the United Nations was not thrust upon me overnight. I had to grow up to the measurements it demanded of a proponent of peace. This was done session by session, step by step. It entailed trips halfway around the world, again and again. It demanded nights without sleep, studying, writing, poring over documents; days without rest; and always the curb on the temper and the willingness to give and to receive.”
Carlos P. Romulo, I Walked With Heroes

F. Sionil José
“Listen, our history is a history...of failed revolutions. Always, in the end, someone was bought or someone turned traitor. We are a nation of traitors. We are a nation of traitors...we delight in seeing the downfall of others, even friends.”
F. Sionil José, Mass

Ambeth R. Ocampo
“Doreen Fernandez' foreword to "Rizal Without the Overcoat":

His essays remind us that history need not and should not be relegated to schoolbooks and classrooms, where it often becomes a set of names and dates to memorize and spew out on test papers. History is a living and lively account of what we were and are; it could and should be as real to each of us as stories about family or about recent and past events.. If all of that makes us understand humanity better, so does history make us understand ourselves, and our country infinitely better, in the context of our culture and our society.”
Ambeth Ocampo, Rizal Without the Overcoat

Carlos P. Romulo
“You might wonder that I who who have served you in the field of diplomacy should set so much store by the power of nationalism. This is because I know from personal experience that in order to become an effective internationalist, one must strive to be a good nationalist. To be a worthy citizen of the world one must first prove himself to be a good Filipino.”
Carlos P. Romulo, I Walked With Heroes

Carlos P. Romulo
“Agreements in the organizations of world power are never reached on the floor. They are made in the delegates' lounge and corridors long before the voting begins.”
Carlos P. Romulo, I Walked With Heroes

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
“[Theodore] Roosevelt referred to [Emilio] Aguinaldo as a "renegade Pawnee" and observed that Filipinos did not have the right to govern their country just because they happened to occupy it.”
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

“...humor is, in fact, a Filipino national weapon---one that is utilized not only to reflect social foibles and cultural beliefs that allow Filipinos to find belonging in using humor as a response to crippling national horrors, but one that is used to train an apparently disparaging look at themselves as victims of embarrassing and painful historical, political, or cultural circumstances. We see in these texts that the laughter that resonates in the Filipino is more than just an acceptable national trait that underscores the fixed Filipino stereotype of cheerfulness and pleasantness.”
Maria Rhodora G. Ancheta

“Roses are Reds, Violets are Blue, a simple sweet bouquet of flowers can brighten up anyone's day.”
Regalo Manila

Carlos P. Romulo
“A successful ambassador has to bring the bacon home without spilling the beans.”
Carlos P. Romulo, I Walked With Heroes

Reno Ursal
“Moonlight streamed through the uncovered bedroom window, reflecting off the glass and touching my legs. My skin emitted a caramel radiance. I absorbed the warmth and privately thanked Bathala and my ancestors for their guidance.”
Reno Ursal, Enlightenment

Emiliana Kampilan
“Pinanday ng apoy at alon.
Pinagbuklod ng tadhana... ng pag-ibig.
At patuloy na nakikinaka at patuloy na nakikisabay sa tinikling ng daigdig.
Itong mga Perlas na hinumog ng galit at lambing.
Itong Lupang Hinirang.”
Emiliana Kampilan, Dead Balagtas Tomo 1: Sayaw ng mga Dagat at Lupa

Randy Ribay
“...it was important that we remember everyone’s humanity. The world needs to know that all the people dying here are not nothing.”
Randy Ribay

“It is easier to build from scratch than to dismantle the rotten and rebuild upon its rubbles.”
Rodrigo Roa Duterte

Howard Zinn
“...the Anti-Imperialist League...carried on a long campaign to educate the American public about the horrors of the Philippine war and the evils of imperialism. It was...united in a common moral outrage at what was being done to the Filipinos in the name of freedom. Whatever their differences on other matters, they would all agree with William James's angry statement: 'God damn the U.S. for its vile conduct in the Philippine Isles'.”
Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States

Emma Lord
“Eh, it's all fun and games until they swore up and down they were teaching me how to say 'good morning' in Tagalog and I ended up telling Mickey to 'go eat shit.''
Even in the depths of my possibly bottomless self-pity, that gets a laugh out of me.
Leo knocks his shoulder into mine, another reminder of how fast we've filled up the air between us. 'Yeah, yeah, kumain ng tae.”
Emma Lord, You Have a Match

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