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Imagine you’re traveling with a close friend who’s never been to the Philippines. The two of you finally arrive in any part of the country you choose. Where are you? What would you do first? Most importantly, what amazing Pinoy dish would you have for dinner that first night?   “Boracay. Go for a swim and then a massage. Grilled fish and scotch ad infinitum. Plus, remedies for hangovers.”

J. T. S. Mallonga, Esq.

Filipino American Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. “I rise by…”   “…actively participating in the advocacy of issues near and dear to the heart of the Filipino-American community, e.g. Dream Act, family unification and the path to legalization under the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill; by educating Fil-Ams in the ever-growing problem of labor trafficking and participating in actions to prevent the same; and, most importantly, by actively participating in the registration and voter participation of all Fil-Ams eligible to vote.” The world is changing fast with advances in technology, shifts in social norms and increasing global interdependence. What has changed for the better? What do you wish we could change back? What hasn’t changed quite enough?   “Negative attitudes towards volunteerism and the need to help our most disadvantaged kababayans (neighbors) haven’t changed enough. We need to utilize the advances in technology to combat the root causes of this negativism.” Rocky had “Eye of the Tiger,” The Karate Kid had “You’re the Best,” and the Glee kids had “Don’t Stop Believing.” Give us your inspirational song. Which lyrics would play over and over as you try and change the world?   “The Impossible Dream” You’re a social activist by day and a superhero by night. You’ve been given permission by the Pilipino community to use one super power to advance a social cause. Would it be the ability to read minds, invisibility, super strength or super speed? Why?    “The ability to persuade minds (not read minds). If you can’t change their minds, then we should apply this favorite dictum of mine from President Theodore Roosevelt: ‘If you hold them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.’”

Additional Comments   “Why are our young Fil-Ams (as well as various young Fil-Am organizations and student associations) not in the forefront of the advocacy of DREAMers like Jose Antonio Vargas and countless of young Fil-Ams that are similarly situated? Where’s the ‘disconnect’? What can we do about this?”

   What do I wish we could change back? I’m not sure what we could change back, as history does repeat itself, what with ‘retromania’ and its revivals, reissues, reunions and remakes.    What hasn’t changed enough? I feel that psychology is an underrated aspect that needs to be further addressed somehow, because so much of human behavior is the result of nature and nurture. Mindset is a huge category that must be tackled with urgency and care. For instance, the feminist debate needs further reimagining. Many women are still in distress about their options in life, in spite of the 21st century opportunities available to them. Meanwhile, men are also forced to re-evaluate their roles within this modern society where women are able to live like men.” Rocky had “Eye of the Tiger,” The Karate Kid had “You’re the Best,” and the Glee kids had “Don’t Stop Believing.” Give us your inspirational song. Which lyrics would play over and over as you try and change the world?   “It will have to be either Tears For Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ or Ian Brown’s ‘F.E.A.R.’ ‘I can’t stand this indecision Married with a lack of vision Everybody wants to rule the world.’

Rina Atienza Trustee, Spark & Mettle

“I rise by…”   “… shining. There’s this song from my childhood: ‘This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.’ That’s what I strive to do. Coincidentally, the Philippine flag features a sun and three stars—a reminder that ‘what is to give light must endure the burning.’ I try to emit energy, enthusiasm, hope, brilliance, warmth and cheer to people that I meet.” The world is changing fast with advances in technology, shifts in social norms and increasing global interdependence. What has changed for the better? What do you wish we could change back? What hasn’t changed quite enough?   “What has changed for the better? Some people have referred to the ‘revenge effect’ of technological innovation, and arguably it’s the case with environmental issues. In certain respects, we remain more fragmented, yet we are also more connected. The prominence of social media is evidence of what the philosopher Immanuel Kant called the ‘unsocial sociability of men,’ and I do believe this can better society.

‘Fantastic expectations Amazing revelations Finding everything and realizing For everything a reason.’” You’re a social activist by day and a superhero by night. You’ve been given permission by the Pilipino community to use one super power to advance a social cause. Would it be the ability to read minds, invisibility, super strength or super speed? Why?   “So much is lost in translation when it comes to people relations—the ‘Curse of Babel,’ I guess. So, without a doubt, I’d love to have the super ability to speak all the languages and dialects of the world. Just imagine being able to connect and engage in stories with so many different groups, to share experiences, and to listen to all the varying opinions. It’s access to even more knowledge that is the currency of all things social and cultural. It could facilitate the understanding of universal themes.” Imagine you’re traveling with a close friend who’s never been to the Philippines. The two of you finally arrive in any part of the country you choose. Where are you? What would you do

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