Thursday, June 18, 2009

Litratong Pinoy: Impossible ba ito? [Is this impossible?]



Nakilala ko sa Tayabas ang batang nasa litrato. Nakatira sila sa tabing-ilog sa gilid ng gubat, walang kapitbahay, walang kalaro kundi ang kanyang nanay, walang TV at radyo. Namangha ako sa kanilang isolated na pamumuhay. Makabubuti kaya ang ganitong pagpapalaki sa bata?

Araw-araw, napapansin ko na ang ating lipunan, media at kultura ay nagiging mas kampante na at hindi na pang-pamilya. Kahit ang "GP" rated movies ay naglalaman ng hindi pambatang pagpapatawa at nakakapag-alinlangan na mga mensahe. Ang mga pausong damit sa mga bagets, parang di nababagay sa kanilang edad, slutty ang dating! Sa TV, maraming patalastas na kahina-hinala rin ang pahiwatig sa kabataan. Pati ang mga pambatang magazines, may mga cover na hindi karapat-dapat sa mga bata. Sa pagbaha ng mga materyal na nagse-sexualize sa mga bata,
imposible na bang mapangalagaan ang kanilang kamusmusan?

Hindi ako magulang, pero marami akong pamangkin, inaanak, mga anak ng aking kaibigan, at kapitbahay. Matutugunan kaya ng mga magulang ngayon ang hamon sa pagpapanatili ng kamusmusan ng kanilang mga anak?


I met this boy in Tayabas. He and his family live by the banks of the river, at the edge of a forest. They have no neighbors, no playmate for this boy but his mother, no TV or radio. I was amazed at their way of life, and couldn't help but wonder if this kind of isolation would be beneficial to a child.

If we are paying attention, it's obvious that our society, media and culture are becoming less and less family friendly every day. Even "GP" rated movies are starting to contain more crude humor and questionable moral messages. Slutty teen fashions, suggestive TV commercials and inappropriate magazine covers are trying to sexualize children at younger and younger ages. Is it now becoming impossible for parents to protect their children's innocence?

I am not a parent, but I have nephews and nieces, god-children, children of my friends and neighbors. Would today's parents meet the challenge of preserving their kids' innocence?

Posted for Litratong Pinoy

14 comments:

kg said...

naku! sana posible! ang aking anak, di ko basta basta pinanonood ng kung anu ano. mahirap na...baka kung ano pa ang masagap!

the donG said...

ito ang hindi nakikita ng mga trapong pulitiko. kakalungkot talaga na ang dami ng napapabayaan kurakot pa rin ng kurakot.

Anonymous said...

well there r so many examples around this world,great you brought to the notice ,plzz understand this children have friends like birds, animals, small flowers, tree,fish etc. there was such Indian Movie of similar child being groomed well in this 21st century it is difficult for parents to have thier innosence the media is too fast and the child gets enrolled in the networking thanks for bloggin

Marites said...

oo nga, nakakatakot nang nakikita at naririnig sa media ngayon. Tapos, magtataka pa sila at kung anu-ano na ang pinag-gagawa ng mga kabataan. hay naku!

witsandnuts said...

The first photo is moving. Look at those eyes, full of hope.

Lawstude said...

we all need a cup of innocence. the kid seem happy without any material wealth.

fortuitous faery said...

magulang ang may responsibilidad...nakakalungkot isipin na hindi nila inaalala ang kapakanan ng anak bago pa man "bumuo" ng pamilya.

ron6033 said...

Innocence personified.

Thanks for commenting at my ilio.ph blog.

emarene said...

sa panahon talaga ngayon mahirap ilayo sa mga bata ang materyal na bagay. ang hirap bilang magulang pag balansihin ang lahat.

Like your thoughts...

thess said...

What a precious child. Their being isolated could be by choice (by his parent) to protect him from this changing world?

As long as he is happy and healthy, I'm all for that I guess.

Happy LP and have a fine weekend, sis ;)

Zee said...

love your thoughts Luna... this is a sad reality indeed....kaya dito sa US ang TV ratings nila modified for children... merong para sa lahat (cartoons), merong for 11 years old, 14, 18, PG etc... kasi dami ng shows ngayon na dapat i-censor sa mga bata... dami na ring mga cartoons na hindi na pwede para sa bata.. tsk tsk tsk...

for example naman, sa cartoon network meron na silang Adult Swim na para talaga sa older audience...

Rico said...

Isang malaking responsibilidad nga ang pagiging ina o ama at pati na rin ang pagpapalaki ng isang bata. Maraming dapat isaalang-alang. Pero malay mo, may isang mabuting tao ang magbibigay ng pagkakataon na subukin at hubugin ang tunay na potensyal at kakayanan ng batang iyan.

ian said...

i'm afraid that it would be difficult to stop the onslaught of the world that shatters the innocence of children. difficult but not impossible. it would take a really strong home to resist. but it has been done. it can be done again.

but then again, if we can't shelter our kids from the sad reality outside our homes, we might as well give them tempered doses to protect and arm them. so they themselves can resist or withstand the assault to their sensibilities...

bernadette said...

Look at the innocence!!!

without TV nor radio, but great Internet---one can actually rear a child and see the world without the biases and prejudices of mainstream media. Depended rin sa ugali ng magulang. if they're as matured and responsible as can be, I think the child will still turn out great and well-balanced!