Quantum immortality?


    ‘With boundless faith, we broke the chains which  enslaved us in a regime of terror, intimidation and fraud. But as we enjoy our liberation, let us not forget those who fell during the night…’

    IMMORTALITY, There is a vision and a fire in me, I keep the memory of you and me, inside, And we don’t say goodbye, We don’t say goodbye” – Bee Gees, Céline Dion
    Happy 84th anniversary, NBI! We salute Rogelio L. Domingo (Batch 11), Antonio E. Dayao (Batch 11), Edwin S. Martinez (Batch 5), Arnel DV Garcia (Batch 27), and Teddy A. Col-Coli (Batch 8). We remember with fondness many special Filipinos:

    (1) Renato Constantino (World War II guerrilla and Bataan veteran): “Psychologically, the nation is always for the underdog. In any public hearing, the big hand, the warm spot in the people’s heart is reserved for the martyr, for the `persecuted,’ for the fighters of lost causes.” [The Evening Herald, June 7, 1946]

    (2) Prof. Letizia Roxas Constantino (co-author of the best-selling history reference book, The Philippines: The Continuing Past): “Although the people of the Philippines have rediscovered their ethnic culture and appreciate their national identity, a colonial mentality taints their present. Countries like America and Japan exercise a more subtle form of economic control through their transnational corporations, advertising, loans and aid. These American and Japanese economic instruments help to shape Philippine economic priorities and Filipino consumption patterns in ways favorable to the foreign aid givers.” [SM7: “Roots of our Colonial Mentality,” Issues Without Tears. Volume I. QC: Karrel, Inc., 1984]

    (3) Dr. Ledivina V. Carino (former dean of the UP College of Public Administration who helped draft the concept paper for the Bantayog ng mga Bayani): “Freedom has dawned magnificently upon us brought about by our own will, with the help of Divine Providence.

    We stood together with linked arms as we proclaimed our unity, our dedication to liberty and democracy, and our commitment to our country. With boundless faith, we broke the chains which enslaved us in a regime of terror, intimidation and fraud. But as we enjoy our liberation, let us not forget those who fell during the night…For as we remember those victims of authoritarian rule, we shall become more vigilant about preserving our freedom, defending our rights, and opposing any attempt by anyone to foist another dictatorship upon us.” [https://bantayog.wordpress.com/about/]

    “If an individual can establish some degree of personal significance, then her life will have been of value and she will not have lived in vain…A widespread way of doing this is through the achievement of status and power. Carving out a place in history means the survival of one’s legacy—a record that my life made a difference, that I mattered, that I shall not be forgotten.” [Larry Dossey, MD, “Confronting Death Consciously: A Look at Terror Management Theory and Immortality Awareness Theory,” Explore, March-April 2017, Vol. 13, No. 2] These Filipinos will live on:

    (1) Carmen Guerrero Nakpil: “The first statement that needs to be made about the indigenous elite at the time of the Philippine Revolution and the First Philippine Republic is that they were a paradox. The most Westernized section of the inhabitants of the archipelago, they were also the most anti-West. They were the most Hispanized yet they devoted their lives to fighting to be free from Spain. They fought for the independence of their country using the language of the oppressor, the tools of a borrowed culture. They were the most modernized yet they continually invoked a glorious if buried past.” [The Culture of the Indigenous Elite, Kabayan On Line]

    (2) Colonel Emmanuel V. De Ocampo (Hunters-ROTC Guerrillas): “It was a difficult life, very difficult. We lacked sleep, we were hungry, we had to kill people, and sometimes we get wounded in combat. The mind and the body could only take so much. To cope, I eased my mind. And I prayed.” [Interview, VFP Compound, Arroceros, Manila, 2001]

    (3) Ed Aurelio C. Reyes (Kamalaysayan Writers and Speakers): “In his chapter called ‘Paglalagom: Isang Pambansang Kilusan’ (Summing-Up: A National/Nationwide Revolution), UP Professor Dante L. Ambrosio gives us information on the presence and struggles of Katipuneros in the various areas of the country, as cited by various historians and scholars (he cites them by surname in parentheses): in Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Batangas, Laguna, Tayabas, Iloilo and Iligan (Zaide); in Bataan, Zambales; Puerto Princesa, and Jolo (Kalaw); in Negros (Cullamar, Cuesta); in Aklan (Regalado, Franco); in Batanes (Madrigal); in Cebu (Quisumbing); in Pangasinan (Cortes); in Palawan (Ocampo); in Camarines Norte (Dery, Gerona); in Ilocos Sur (Scott, Ochosa); in Misamis (Madrid); and in Cotabato (Cabanero-Mapanao). It would be interesting and enlightening to see all these areas marked on a single map of the archipelago, and to have a glaring indicator of how narrow our view has really been about the actual breadth of the struggle of the people in the 1896 Revolution. It was the first time ever that our ancestors in all these areas came together to work and fight in a single unified struggle. The 1896 Revolution was no less than the birth of our nation. The transformation of the Katipunan from being a secret association into a mechanism for governance of ‘Haring Bayang Katagalugan’ or Sovereign Nation of the Tagalogs, complete with a President and a Cabinet elected in August 1896, completed the ‘birth of the nation’ scenario.” [“1896 Struggle: All Over The Archipelago,” May 1996; http://filipinos4life.faithweb.com/Allover.htm]

    (4) The NBI Wall of Honor: “Dedicated in memory of the Committed and Valiant Men and Women of the National Bureau of Investigation who have died in the line of duty to serve the government and our country. This marker is a testament to their heroism in pursuit of truth and justice. Let their heroism be a reminder worthy of emulation by the next generations.” [Taft Avenue, Manila]

    “You can’t win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” ― Obi-Wan Kenobi to Darth Vader