On my flight heading back to Iloilo City from my weekend trip in Manila I found this really interesting article that asks the question,
…we were still an American colony in 2011? Tim Tayag humors us with what we could have been had the Philippines not won its independence in 1946
SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, Senator Bongbong Marcos made a highly debatable statement: “If my father [Ferdinand Marcos] was not exiled, the Philippines could be a Singapore now.” Or something to that effect. Taking his cue, can we boldly declare: “If the Philippines remained an American colony, the country could be a Hawaii or Puerto Rico or a Guam right now?” How would our lives be different?
Our faux American accents would be justified.
You wouldn’t have to work in a call center or be a DJ to sport a heavy drawl or twang. When people ask, “You talk like you’re from the US, where you from?” you can answer proudly, “I’m from the coffee state of Batangas, biatch!”
Our sari-sari stores would have more PX Goods.
I love Chocnut, but it would be nice to have a broader variety of junk food at our disposal. Sari-sari stores would carry American items as Twinkies, Three Musketeers, Captain Crunch, fresh milk in a carton and Corona beer.
We wouldn’t need a US visa…
Or need to line up at most embassies, for that matter. We would enjoy the same “no visa policy” that most of the world enjoys — except for China and other countries that aren’t too crazy about the Yankees. Japan, Europe and the rest of North America would welcome us without that condescending look as if we’re coming to take away their jobs. We could rightfully say, “I’m here to spend money, so stamp my passport and get out of my way!”
American Idol would be dominated by Pinoys.
Ryan Seacrest would learn how to speak Tagalog or Chabacano — after all, the top 24 would all be Filipinos belting out songs like Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Umbrella, Easy Like Sunday Morning and Anak. And there would finally be an American Idol of Pinoy descent.
Street kids would wear reflectorized vests.
In true enterprising Pinoy fashion, they would still peddle their wares on EDSA, but at least they would be dressed appropriately to keep them from being run over.
Amusement parks would be scary for the right reasons.
We would be thrilled by huge drops and scream-inducing speed not worrying about getting tetanus from rusty metal or whether the ride passed the safety inspection.
We would get some of that Obama bailout money.
We could cry like those on Wall Street and get a piece of the stimulus package pie.Truth is, we’ll never know for sure. We are where we are for a good reason; what it is, I still do not know. What’s clear is we gotta love the Philippines, for better or for worse.”
Article taken from http://www.cebusmile.com/2011/06/03/what-if/