Tagtaginep - My Dream of Opportunity

Tagtaginep - My Dream of Opportunity

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This book contains my impressions and perspectives of the Philippines, the United States, and the world for that matter, of my life struggles and dream of opportunity. Ita€™s intended as a guidebook for regular and ordinary life both in the Philippines and in the United States depending on your inclinations, abilities, income and economic status. Consider this as a report from my own listening post. It contains actual interviews with people and excerpts from newspapers, magazines, books and the Internet. My intention was to depict my own personal life and my family a€˜s, and write about my own story based upon personal experiences, but also to describe certain mores, attitudes, customs and cultures of various people in Philippine and American society as I see or interpret them, trying not to offend or annoy. My observations may not jibe with some peoplea€™s cultural make-up, political conviction, religious beliefs, personal experience, sensitivity and interpretation of certain issues and things, but such is life. I know that no matter where I stand and wherever I go, ita€™s always my opinion against any others, and I have lots of opinions that can cause obvious negative reactions in the simplest of minds. The world is full of cuckoos and we even admire some of them depending on who you ask. When it comes to some very burning questions, the first casualty is truth since therea€™s a big difference between knowing the real story and the story wea€™re told. The historical events and lore that I have used as backdrop are based upon factual records and are of common knowledge in the Philippines and in the United States, but people inject their own spin, opinion, hypocrisy, dogma, self-righteousness, politics, pandering, feeling, insight and experience into certain circumstances, as I did. I have tried to be as truthful and transparent as possible in my own light. You can scoff at me but I have no political agenda and Ia€™m not a conspiracy theorist. I am just that I am. Ia€™m not rewriting history but trying to give history its true light and history is fickle. In my defense I quote the philosopher Voltaire a€œI disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say ita€. I also have to show my credentials as Filipino so as to be able to tell Filipino jokes and not get in trouble, in consideration that this is my swan song. I have lived in these United States since 1968, been drafted to the conflict in Vietnam, worked long and hard in my profession, have family, traveled far, now retired, and have seen so much of the American society that I almost think of myself as a native. On this note I beg for tolerance.They went for their undergraduate degrees at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Riverside (UCR). Christine and Jenny used my Cal-Vet veteran educational benefits, which afforded them free tuition and fees in the UC anbsp;...

Title:Tagtaginep - My Dream of Opportunity
Author:Roddy Espiritu
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2013-03-07


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