I am Makoy

TIME HAS COME, dear karikna, to make Ferdinand Marcos more relevant to our times.  I feel that our people are ready to give the man a second look, to unravel his life with new eyes, to look past the thickly waxed cadaver displayed for nearly two decades now in a Mausoleum in his hometown Batac.

A survey conducted by Pulse Asia earlier this year reveals that Marcos is regarded by our people as one of the most loved Filipinos of all time.  It came as a surprise because the former president and his family are constantly vilified, demonized, even ridiculed in media.  This result is validated by the political comeback of his widow Imelda, and children Bongbong and Imee.

It was not difficult to undo my initial bias against Marcos after realizing that he was beyond doubt the greatest social architect this country has nurtured.  I believe that his vision of “Ang Bagong Lipunan” was sincere, courageous, revolutionary.  He knew just exactly what he wanted for our country and he had a blueprint on how things can get done. From infrastructure to participatory democracy to Cultural Revolution to educational reforms and values reorientation, Marcos did more than his fair share.

True, he was a dictator who suspended some of our freedoms, and it’s ok with me. I can trade in some of my freedoms for food security, for jobs, and for real and lasting progress.  Marcos was brave and brilliant, sinister and cunning. People question his motives.  One thing is sure: he loved us Ilocanos, and he was proud of our people. That is why most of his trusted men were from the North. I love Marcos, and love needs no explanations. Love, in fact, defies reason.  As French philosopher Blaise Pascal puts it, “The heart has reasons that reason cannot know.”  Uncle Gerry, my uncle, was an activist during the martial law era, but he ended up being a Marcos loyalist… and up to this day.

Madame Imelda posits that Marcos became a great Filipino because he was, first and foremost, an Ilocano.  An Ilocano is naturally resilient, resourceful, industrious, brilliant, and God-fearing.  She posits that Marcos became a good Filipino by being a G.I., genuine Ilocano.

I totally agree, and it is in this context that I broached the idea of an “I am Makoy” campaign, to Madame Imelda no less, during a seven-hour brainstorming session held at MMSU last month.  Now that we have established the greatness of The Apo, time has come to develop more Marcoses, in ourselves, especially those in the younger generations.  Marcos must be demystified, reinvented, popularized so we can draw him closer to our children.

Yes, this idea is not exactly original as it was done, too, for Ninoy Aquino in the “I am Ninoy” campaign, but the nobility of the Filipino soul, dear karikna, is no monopoly of anyone.  The seed of greatness is in human nature, and no one can rightfully claim exclusive rights to it in the same manner that Noynoy Aquino could not claim patent to a shining, shimmering, widening forehead, which I also have.

This campaign will be successful with proper merchandising.  Let’s design, produce, and distribute on a massive scale  t-shirts, caps, pins, and other accessories meant less to deify Marcos, and more to remind us that we are rightful heirs of an enviable legacy, and that we are duty-bound to make this nation great again.

Let us repeat this mantra over and over, to the point of hypnotism, until it surpasses Justine Beiber’s influence on our children’s consciousness, until it becomes more addictive than DoTA and more engaging than Facebook, and until Apo Ferdinand’s prophecy of greatness is realized:  Oh, baby, I am Filipino.  Oh, baby, I am Ilokano.  Oh, baby, baby, I am Makoy.

Author: Herdy La. Yumul

A hesitant academic pimp, writer

13 thoughts on “I am Makoy”

  1. Ang nakalipas ay bahagi ng bukas.

    Sadyang mahirap talaga ang pagpipili. Una, mas madali kung aalamin mo lang kung ano ang tama sa mali. Ikalawa, mas mahirap kung pagpapasyahan mo na ang tama sa mali.

    Ako, nakapasiya na ako. Ipagmamalaki ko ang dating pangulong Ferdinand Marcos.

    Agbiag ni Apo Marcos!Agbiag dagiti tugotna nga imbatina para iti pagimbagan iti pagiliantayo.

    Ang kanyang nakalipas ay hindi mabubura hanggang bukas.

  2. I remember someone told me Marcos was the only Philippine president who planned to be a president since he was a child and really became one.

    That alone makes me admire him. It just shows he can turn his dreams into reality.

    1. True, Jenn, because nobility obliges.

      Marcos charted his destiny in the same manner Jose Rizal calculated his moves, fully aware that stone monuments will be built in his honor after his death.

    2. dreams and aspirations can come true no matter how big they are ….believe in yourself.i not only dream for me but for people dear in my heart and for the most part it has come true.

  3. agnaedakon ditoy manila iti nasuroken a sangapulo a tawen. Agdamdamagak kadagitay lallakay (edad 60 agpangato)ditoy no sinno ti kalaingan pay lang a nagpresidente ditoy pilipinas. Maymaysa ti sungbatda, “si Marcos pa rin”. Saan a dudua wenno lima nagdamagak, ngem nasuroken a 30, agraman dagitay driver ti taxi a malugluganak.

    Noynoy was a creation of media, because he is one of them. He very wel knew how to dance with them. Marcos suppressed the media, that is why he was demonized. But to the heart of the people who lived their prime during the marcos days, Marcos still the best. Just imagine how the people in imperial Manila where information was always available, remember him today, that they say, he is still the best and the greatest..

  4. wow!!! indeed history can be rewritten… its a shame that majority of us ilocanos can not discern myth from facts, truth from fictions….
    what happened to you herdy???

    1. jester, no one has a monopoly of sound reason and good judgment, not you, not me.

      Borrowing from Nietzsche, there is no truth, only truths, only interpretations. To tell THE truth is to tell a lie.

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