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Part XVIII of “The Filipino Melting Pot” Series
“Polarization” has become a bad word for nearly everything. Yes, polarization is the “division into two sharply-contrasting groups or sets of opinions or beliefs.” Its classic example is “the polarization of society between rich and poor.”
This columnist coined the word “Poolarization” as a suggested term to replace “polarization.” It means the process of pooling the human-and-financial resources of willing communities, especially those of the disadvantaged minority groups, to compete with the “big boys” of the Corporate World. The “billionaire boys” have taken advantage of tax breaks, tax loopholes, and other immoral (while legal) tools to manipulate stock markets and all other economic tools — as allowed by legislators and the executive departments of governments of some of the leading developed countries. In short, the policy-and-decision makers of some of the rich countries have turned their economic system into “Crony Capitalism.”
“Poolarization” can turn the economy of certain countries into “Cooperative (Co-op) Capitalism. It can start to turn, for instance, labor unions into cooperatives, small bank depositors into community-based credit unions, co-op insurance firms, and co-op health-maintenance organizations (HMO). And more cooperative ventures. Only a federation of co-op HMOs can make a truly effective and affordable healthcare system – a system that can provide medical clinics in every town in North America. Or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as the first targeted area of unleashing the power of the cooperative movement in “Universal Healthcare.”
“Poolarization” can turn the economy of certain countries into “Cooperative (Co-op) Capitalism. It can start to turn, for instance, labor unions into cooperatives, small bank depositors into community-based credit unions, co-op insurance firms, and co-op health-maintenance organizations (HMO).”
I registered the domain name www.DrRizal.com after Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Filipino foremost national hero, an ophthalmologist. He was the country’s first Overseas-Filipino worker (HMO) in the field of medicine. To continue Dr. Rizal’s study on herbs and natural medicine during his exile in what is now-Dapitan City in Mindanao Island — before a Spanish firing squad executed him in 1896 — I registered a domain name, www.herbalixir.com. I combined “herbal” with “elixir of life.” Both the HMO and the herbal projects can thrive well economically in North America and the ASEAN.
Then to compete with the presumptive poster boys of Corporate Greed, one of which is also the biggest polluter of plastic-and-packaging material wastes, I came up with another domain name. It is way ahead in any alphabetical listing than Amazon Corporation. I came up with www.abadaw.com. ABADAW is an acronym that means “Anything Bought Ably Distributed Anywhere in the World.” More details about a proposal to come up with a manufacturing-and-distributing world-class co-op that can also “reinvent” (and revive, if not resurrect) the postal systems in North America. I will write about the ASEAN in another series of articles in this publication.
You may read an earlier column about the pollution of the giant Amazon retailer and how the abaca, bamboo, and other plants can help stop the breakdown of plastic-based packaging materials with the “BAMOS” plant alternatives at this link.
“Mr. Santos was the first to suggest the project of doing a plant-DNA test on the coconut. He wanted proof that the coconut in Mexico and other Central-and-South American countries came from the Philippines (PH) — as some historians have claimed.”
As mentioned in my column last week, on July 23-25, 2021, I will present in a workshop our proposal of organizing a “Club Pueblo Filipino” in an FPACC Mexico International Trade and Business Summit at the Grand Isla Navidad Resort in Jalisco, Mexico. Perhaps we can ask the participants from Mexico to join the proposed cooperative-style organization so that it can become a “Club Pueblo Filipino-Mexicano.”
Also, at the said trade-and-business summit in Jalisco (Mexico), we can start to float an idea of administering DNA tests on willing Mexicans of Filipino descent to trace their ancestry. The first step of a document the members of the “Filipino Melting Pot.” It will take an extended period and modest resources to undertake this effort. We have the time, as the forecast to turn Mexico into the world’s fifth-biggest economy may happen in 2050 — just 29 years away. But suppose we can revive the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade, which was the only trade corridor between Asia and the new world of North America for more than 200 years. In that case, we can accelerate Mexico’s quest. How? The ASEAN countries have a market of almost half a billion consumers (also read as co-op investors). The resources will be easy to acquire once we get the economic gains from participating in Mexico’s campaign to become an economic power.
Our group of budding historians formed in the mid-1990s the “Philippine History Group of Los Angeles” (PHGLA). Naturally, one of the best topics discussed was the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade. Hector Santos was the PHGLA co-founder and chairman until he died. Mr. Santos was the first to suggest the project of doing a plant-DNA test on the coconut. He wanted proof that the coconut in Mexico and other Central and South American countries came from the Philippines (PH) — as some historians have claimed. I seconded the motion and added abaca as the second plant subjected to the plant-DNA test. Abaca is supposed to be indigenous to the PH, and the Spaniards brought it to the New World, and it thrives now in Ecuador and Costa Rica.
Then I added the idea of also doing a plant-DNA test on the cacao of Mexico and the PH. Eventually, I registered the domain name www.cacao0.com that we can use to market cacao products with zero trans-fat, zero sugar, zero bad cholesterol, zero salt, etc.
“It is time for a “ReVOTElution of HOPE,” apologizing to former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who called his biographical book a “Revolution of Hope.” HOPE, as I use it, means “Helping Other People Everywhere.” Or “Helping Online People Everywhere.”
Yes, this writer and his colleagues write and dream big. Because in reality, small guys (and gals) cannot compete with the Big Billionaire Boys (B3s) unless the former unite to compete with them. Imagine if the 36-million Mexican-American and 4-million Filipino-American citizens will combine to form their own “humanitarian cartels” that can do the proposals mentioned above (and more), then our world will become a lot better. For the system will become a “Co-op Capitalism” instead of a “Crony Capitalism” in only the filthy rich B3s and filthy politicians thrive at the expense of the people (read, consumers). It is time for a “ReVOTElution of HOPE,” apologizing to former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who called his biographical book a “Revolution of Hope.” HOPE, as I use it, means “Helping Other People Everywhere.” Or “Helping Online People Everywhere.”
When we, OFWs and Overseas Filipinos, can help Filipino voters achieve their “ReVOTElution of HOPE” in 2022, voters in the U.S., Mexico and other countries will follow suit. The whole world, in fact, will be stunned. And HOPEfully, the ReVOTElution will become the 21st-century version of “The French Revolution,” minus the guillotine.
Vamos a ver … or as I have written earlier “BAMOS a ver …”