presidentiables choose history, the hometown; teodoro chooses feng shui

today is the formal start of the campaign period for national positions. presidentiables launched their campaigns:

  • noynoy aquino and mar roxas chose tarlac, the aquino hometown
  • manny villar and loren legarda chose laguna, the birthplace of hose rizal
  • erap estrada and jejomar binay had theirs in plaza miranda, the traditional miting de abanse venue for generations of politicians
  • richard gordon and bayani fernando chose cavite, home to gordon’s hero ancestors
  • gilbert teodoro and edu manzano chose antipolo because of feng shui. wth?

Teodoro was advised by friends, including feng shui experts, that Antipolo would be a good venue to kick off his campaign, said Reggie Velasco, deputy secretary general of the Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats.

“They said that the place is nice, the flow of air is good. Being in the east of Manila, it is where the sun shines, and because the place is elevated, Gibo will be situated on top where he can see the entire Metro Manila and neighboring areas,” Velasco said in a phone interview.

read in full here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100205-251447/Teodoro-brings-faith-feng-shui-into-campaign-kickoff

we were shocked to read about teodoro’;s choice and most specially his reason from choosing antipolo city. he prides himself with being a harvard graduate and a bar topnotcher and now we find out feng shui is his choice.

  1. Estipona ng Davao
    February 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    You don’t know the person until when he express his spiritual orientation.He may have a very long list of academic achievements and work credentials but the core of the person’s character is his spirit and heart.Feng shui is form of an occult and witchcraft.It is forbidden by God ,in Leviticus 19:26 and 31.Probably,if he became elected as president,feng shui and other occultic practices will be the mainstay of his decision making.Before he signs bill into law,he will consult feng shui,horoscope and spiritist.In Hosea 4:6-My people perish because of lack of spiritual knowledge.Kawawa naman ang bansa natin kung magkaganun. Occult and witchcraft is an abomination to the Lord God.Instead of blessings,curses ang bubuhos sa Pilipinas.
    I urge you to vote a man who have fear of God and follow God’s law.Bro.Eddie for president.

    • O_O
      February 13, 2010 at 12:16 am

      Watch out, as other people of faith will not like your writeup.

    • O_O
      February 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm

      And to grill Estipona more…

      Feng Shui is not occult and witchcraft. You cannot put that along the same row because it is not the same! Feng Shui is the practice of harmony and order. Setting things in a specific configuration is not witchcraft and occult. I can’t argue about the charms though, regardless, you are basing your interpretations on personal views. And the bibles written does it very differently.

      You think you’ll convince people to go for Bro. Eddie with that argument? You’re doing the exact opposite. Your argument is continuing to repulse, just like before. Bashing other people’s beliefs will never win votes.

    • Pol Inko
      March 16, 2010 at 11:51 am

      I agree. Of course feng shui is an occult practice. It deals with mysticism and energy (who’s that energy? satan) and it does not conform with the biblical God who tells us to trust only in Him and not our own understanding (certainly not feng shui). But I disagree on Eddie Villanueva, I won’t vote for him either.

  2. Bogs Diokno
    February 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I find the article very discriminating of Asian beliefs. I am a supporter of Aquino, and in no way going to support Gibo Teodoro. But when you condescendingly expressed your dismay over his choice of campaign location, and even reiterated that he graduated from Harvard and yet chose feng shui, I was turned off.

    Feng shui is culture-bound, and as Asians, we often neglect that, since Western influence greatly clouds our orientation. So what if he chose feng shui then? Are you saying that a Harvard graduate cannot have a little sense of spirituality? Does religion measure us up totally? Your belittling question of Asian/Chinese belief is somewhat disturbing, in fact, the belief of feng shui is no less than our belief/faith in God ( in whatever language the word, ‘God’ may be interpreted). We may be forgetting the fact that even before Christianity reached our beloved country, we were animistic at first. Please consider the Social Sciences the next time you write. Thank you very much. : )

    • antenna1
      February 13, 2010 at 10:26 am

      who is the “God” you are referring to? the philippines is mostly a christian country, the only one in asia and within that context feng shui is seen as no more than a superstition.

      i am pointing out the stark difference among the presidentiables – mostly used national history and some personal history in selecting the place to launch their campaigns, only teodoro chose luck via feng shui. makes you wonder if teodoro even understands the national and historical significance of the position he is running for.

      it also shows the huge disconnect in the use of luck by a man who graduated in harvard and is a bar topnotcher. i do not think luck had a lot to do in his boast of being a bar topnotcher and harvard graduate, even he would say its really hard work and a lot of smarts.

  3. tiqui
  4. April 11, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Feng Shui? WTH! Laughs. Laughs.

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