Where you hear about the Christian God everywhere you go. Where everyone sends their 'God bless you' wishes all the damn time. Where on every damn street corner, there would sure be a church of some sort. And Sundays, masses on TV. With different sects of the Christian religion ramming their heads in debates against each other. Where I have only 1 atheist friend and 1 atheist brother who I can really talk to. Yes, I'm bitching. But life here is a bitch. Especially for a godless heathen like me. That's why I was overjoyed when I found this site. Just want to say that. Have a great day/night, everyone. :)

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Comment by Hazel H. on May 13, 2011 at 3:56pm

There hasn't really been any serious racial backlash against the Chinese here. Filipinos and Chinese people have gotten extremely well, as a matter of fact. Which is great. Yes, The Chinese genocide in Indonesia some years back was a form of Suharto's racial cleansing of some sort, not unlike the Holocaust. It will never happen in Manila. Because 80% of Filipinos have at least more than 50% of Chinese blood in them. The only bigotry that exists here is between the rich and poor. The gap is so wide that it sometimes seem like a joke. Here, you'd see tall, grand skyscrapers and a few blocks away would be a really nasty slum areas. So the rich fears the poor, hates them. The poor feels the same. Which is I think, pretty common for any third world country. 

Comment by Christopher Baughman on May 9, 2011 at 7:15am
I realize this isn't on topic but I've a question for you.  Have you experienced any sort of anti-Chinese bigotry in the Philippines?  I remember only a small amount of Amy Chua's book, World on Fire, and even then most of what I remember about a backlash against a Chinese minority was from Indonesia.  So I'm curious about what it was like for you growing up and living your life there.
Comment by Hazel H. on May 6, 2011 at 3:15am

Thank you, Christopher. For sharing your thoughts. 

Regarding the Marcoses, there still is a huge amount that's hidden safely in some bank in Switzerland. 

Comment by Christopher Baughman on May 5, 2011 at 6:00am
Ouch, I can't truly appreciate what it is like to be honest. Sure living in San Antonio has given me a greater understanding of Catholic culture then if I was living elsewhere in the nation. But at least the US still has constitutional limitations, even if states like Texas try to fight them at every turn. As for what you encounter on your day to day interactions, I don't imagine too terribly much is different in that regard. However if I were living in Mexico I'd be able to understand it a bit better. Not that you probably care, but it wasn't till this year that Mexico removed adultery as a punishable offense under the law. It is amazing the hold the Rome still has as a religious power over each client state. You'd think people would grow tired of the opulence leeching the countries dry. Or at least the indifference the Roman Catholic Church has shown to dictators who've robbed future generations through the murder of intellectuals. I'm not particularly surprised about that though, intellectuals are after all one of the leading "classes" that have opposed religion. All you can really hope for is that the citizenry listen to Rome less when it comes to personal lives. Be it from limitations on sexuality, prophylactics, surgical procedures, to ultimately proscriptions on everyday life. It's sickening enough regardless of Christian sects, just some aren't nearly as bad as others are about. It isn't like change cannot occur, just it seems they'd rather continue misery by being miserly about embracing it since suddenly people could think for themselves. Just keep them in poverty because of their natural urges and you've pretty much insured that they'll drastically reduce their chance at receiving an education.

By the way, did the Philippines ever regain much of what Marcos stole? I'm curious because I just read that you guys are still paying the US for all those loans he stole from the country.
Comment by Hazel H. on May 5, 2011 at 4:58am
Well, Paul. I'm an ethnic Chinese that has been raised here. Culturally Filipino, but racially Chinese. And yes, the hypocrisy is what I can't stand. Rich, powerful politicians ripping people off, offing adversities on the weekdays. Then going to church on Sundays to atone for their 'sins'. Lovely, eh?
Comment by paul babcock on May 5, 2011 at 4:09am
Manila, cool. I lived in quezon for a couple years, not the Quezon in Manila or Quezon Province, but Quezon Neuva Viscaya, just crossed the Canyon river from Solano. I stayed with a Saguped family who were unbelievably good to me.

I found most everyone in the Philippines unbelievably nice actually, but yes, your country does reek with Catholic hypocrisy. Between Catholicism and being a colony of Spain and America for so long that country had plenty of problems. And I haven't yet even mentioned the problems caused by the moslems down in Mindanaoa.

Anyway, the wife and I live in the New Orleans area. New Orleans itself is special, but it is deep in what is called Americas Bible belt (sorry, I see I already have mentioned that) so we have to deal with not entirely different situations.
Comment by Hazel H. on May 5, 2011 at 1:42am
@ Brent: Me too! Ah well, someday I might move to someplace less annoying. :)
@ Loren: Thank you, I'm glad to have met all the lovely people on here of the same thinking and non-belief. Also, thanks for the warm welcome. Cheers!
Comment by Brent Feeney on May 5, 2011 at 1:26am
I've lived in some pretty religious areas Hazel, and it was a pain in the neck (and other areas) for me. Even though I've only recently come to atheism, I've had it for a long time with religion and it's "my way or the highway" attitude. Coming here has been amazing, I'm glad I found this site!
Comment by Loren Miller on May 4, 2011 at 6:44pm
Greets and hi and like that there, Hazel!  Obviously, there are LOTS of people who know what you're talking about and fully understand your need to vent!  Please feel free ... and WELCOME!
Comment by Hazel H. on May 4, 2011 at 6:34pm
@ Paul: I'm from Manila, Philippines. Where are you and your wife from?
@ Andrew: True. I've de-converted 7 years ago. :)
@ Cliff: Annoying, isn't it?

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