Philippines: What’s next?

My landscaper is from the Philippines. His name is Nolie. I am very pleased with his diligent yard work. He recently vacationed in the Philippines for 3 weeks with his wife and sons. They were thrilled to be back there.

Nolie told me that he voted in the recent Filipino presidential election and is overjoyed that Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. won by a landslide, replacing Duterte as President. Although Marcos is the son of a ruthless dictator (Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.), Nolie likes him, because Marcos and Nolie both were born in the same province (Ilocos Norte).

Marcos, Sr. was overthrown by a popular revolt in 1984 after 20 years in power. He and his wife fled to Hawaii, where he died in 1989 at age 72.

Imelda Marcos returned to the Philippines to bury her husband there. She was tried and convicted of corruption during her husband’s regime and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. However, she has not served any time behind bars. Obviously, the Marcos family still has enormous charisma and power in the Philippines.

We shall see if Marcos, Jr. will step down when his term in office is over. Presidents are allowed only a single 6-year term and cannot be reelected. Will there be a true democracy, or will there be a dictatorship again?

President Biden called Marcos, Jr. to congratulate him on his victory. Biden realizes how strategically important the Philippines is to us.

We shall see what the future holds.

This is Manila, capital of the Philippines:

This is Filipino folk art:

This is Filipino folk dance:

This is Pancit, a popular Filipino noodle dish, which I like very much:

There are 4 million Filipino Americans in the USA, and 367,000 of them live in Hawaii. They constitute 25% of Hawaii’s population.

The Filipinos I know are all very pleasant, friendly, and kind people. My doctor at Straub Clinic is Filipino and board certified.

I have never been to the Philippines, but I think it’s an interesting culture with an interesting history.

P.S. The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a Filipino journalist, Maria Ressa, who championed freedom of expression in the Philippines. She was the first Filipino to be awarded that prize.

19 Responses to “Philippines: What’s next?”

  1. DavidH Says:

    This is interesting information. I remember Ferdinand Marcos well. He was a ruthless president and dictator who declared martial law so he could remain in power for twenty years. Let us hope that his son is nothing like him.

  2. Doug M Says:

    Interesting that a Marcos is back in power, given their corrupt backstory. Please don’t let that happen here with Trump Jr! Anyway, this was an interesting look at the country from a cultural standpoint.

  3. AC Says:

    I am sceptical of another rich guy in power, but we shall see.

  4. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …I hope that Marcos Jr. is better than the others.

  5. Olga Says:

    Being born in the same province doesn’t strike me as a very reasoned way to pick a political candidate, but let’s hope this roll of the dice works out.

  6. Christine Says:

    I love pancit!

  7. Arkansas Patti Says:

    I was surprised when I heard about that election. Let’s hope little Marcos fell far from the tree.

  8. Elephant's Child Says:

    Echoing Arkansas Patti.

  9. Rain Frances Says:

    Hi Gigi! Let’s hope things proceed in the right way. I love that you included the folk art, it’s lovely!

  10. dkzody Says:

    We have a large Filipino population here in the San Joaquin Valley. One of my school friends was Filipino. My dad knew the family and every time we had a hog butchered, he would take the head to the family who used it for what we know as tamales. The last principal I worked with at the high school and who retired the same time I did is Filipino and makes a really good egg roll. All really good people who look out for others.

  11. Nancy Chan Says:

    Just hope that the citizens made the right choice. Pancit looks delicious.

  12. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Beautiful folf art pictures! Have a great July, Valerie

  13. wisewebwoman Says:

    Let us all hope that Marcos doesn’t revisit the darkness of his corrupt family who pillaged their country and left so many in poverty. I met many who escaped his terrorist reign.

  14. DJan Says:

    Really interesting information about the Philippines, which I know very little about. Let’s hope for the best.

  15. Granny Annie Says:

    I am extremely shocked by those election results. Why would they elect another Marcos?

  16. David Gascoigne Says:

    Successive regimes in The Philippines have ravaged and destroyed the environment more than almost any other country on earth. The election of another Marcos does not bode well for anything good, environmentally or socially.

  17. Musings Says:

    I don’t understand how a Marcos could get in again.

  18. cookingflip Says:

    The paintings look like Amorsolo’s (not sure though)–typical of his early works were rural landscapes in the impressionist genre.

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