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Offline JorelJ

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« on: February 28, 2003, 04:18:41 PM »
Have you guys been to Cafe Havana Greenbelt? Read on the letter sent by my acquantance.  I'm not sure if he's telling the truth or what.  To have a bird's eye view of him, taga CAL siya sa UP.  I don't know what CAL means...but here it is...



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I thought it only happens in the novels of Ralph Ellison. But I was wrong.

I met racism face to face at the entrance of Café Havana in Green Belt

Makati last Saturday, February 8, 2003.



As I and my companions approach the café's door, at around 12 midnight,

the

six-foot tall Filipino guard apprehended me. He consequently told me that

I'm not allowed to enter due to my attire. I would have accepted his alibi

if I had not seen white men in tee shirts freely entering and leaving the

premises. So I countered and ask the guard, 'why won't you let me in when

I

am wearing a long-sleeved shirt, while those white men are just in their

plain tees?' Seemingly irritated by my question, the guard told me: 'Café

Havana 'to.  Priority namin ang foreigner.' I was stunned that I remained

standing in front of the entrance. I could not believe the reality of my

experience. But it was not yet enough for the guard, he ultimately told

me:

'kung hindi kita papasukin, may magagawa ka ba?'

Surprised beyond words, I left, bewildered.



Looking back at what happened, I could not blame the security guard alone.

Sometimes some guards are like dogs; they only follow what their masters

wished. Moreover, I'm not insulted that someone, who cannot even write a

decent Spanish sentence, would verbally push me away from a

pseudo-Hispanic

commercial establishment. I'm rather shocked by the fact that I suffered

the most savage form of racism not in a foreign land but in my own country

and in the hands of people of my color.



Café Havana's management policy is no doubt disturbing and prejudiced.

What

happened to me and my companions is not a purely isolated case, but a

determined result of the management's view that the indio is inferior to

the white man. What happened is nothing but a practice of the company's

unstated racist policy. What happened is but a ramification of a policy

that is unconsciously propagated by a semi-colonial state, a state that

kowtows to foreign capital. Racism, in short, is never incidental.



Any policy that springs from racism is indeed not appropriate for any

establishment that gets permit to operate from the government, a

government

supposedly by Filipinos. I wish that Café Havana's management would amend

and reassess its barbaric policy before more people suffer the same fate.

For if it remains firm on its racist practices, I would suggest that Café

Havana put up a signboard which says: 'Dogs and brown-skinned natives are

not allowed here.' That at least would be more humane.

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What do you think?
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Offline idolkosimanoy

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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2003, 04:28:49 PM »
totoo ba yan? buti pinapayagan pa ng dti na mag-operate yan?



oops, nagtanong pa ko, nakalimutan ko nasa pinas nga pala ako...
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2003, 04:33:07 PM »
how sad & humilliating! pwede bang ipa diyaryo yan? letter to the editor?

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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2003, 04:33:47 PM »
ang sama naman ng ginawa sa kanila! tsk tsk pinoy nga naman! tsk tsk! pasarado na yan! =)
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2003, 04:36:00 PM »
kung priority nila eh mga foreigner, bakit dito sila nagtayo ng establishment? bakit hindi dun sa, halimbawa sa US. dun sigurado maraming foreigners...
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2003, 04:36:00 PM »
tsk, tsk, tsk...
eddie gil for president!

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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2003, 04:39:12 PM »
guys, patayo tayo ng resto sa tabi noong place na yan... kapag foreigner, eh wag din natin papasukin!!! j/k lang...
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2003, 04:42:15 PM »
Ongae, that's why my wife and I will pay a visit this weekend and find it ourselves if this is true.  If it is, nakow, humanda siya sa misis ko't nakakatakot pa namang mag-skandalo yon...
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2003, 04:48:29 PM »
Why don't you talk to the manager first?  Clarify if there is a dress code in the said establishment and then relate what had happened to you and your friends.

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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2003, 04:48:38 PM »
JorelJ,

CAL is for College of Arts and Letters.



FYI lang.

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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2003, 04:50:59 PM »
DTI Public Relations Office  

4/F Industry and Investments Bldg.  

385 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City  

Trunkline: 897-66-82



Minerva R. Fajardo  

Supervising Director

Tel no. 895-39-95 / 895-81-33  

Fax no. 890-45-17  

E mail: dti@philonline.com



Sally B. Fabrigar  

Public Relations Officer III

Tel no. 895-39-94  

           897-66-82 Loc. 207

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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2003, 04:54:01 PM »
doc spol, pano kung hindi ipakausap nung jaguar yung manager? hehehe, ang kulit ba?
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2003, 04:56:15 PM »
isumbong na yang mga yan! aabuso lang yan pag nde dinisiplina ang mga yan! GRRRRRRRRRRRR =)
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2003, 05:03:56 PM »
doc spol... the guy was wearing a long-sleeved shirt... that's the first time I hear of an establishment not letting somebody in wearing that... ano ba yung dress code nila doon??... dressing down??... baka mas ok pa naka-pambahay doon... ehehehe... ;)



but what happened to that guy sucks... nandito ka na nga sa "Pinas tapos ikaw pa yung second-class citizen... Masyado na yata itong "warm hospitality" to foreigners natin...
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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2003, 05:16:38 PM »
Assuming it's true, talking to the manager probably won't be easy since the guy never made it through the door. I doubt the guard would call him/her with that kind of attitude.
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« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2003, 05:19:50 PM »
ummm that's odd ..... before cafe havana was right beside one of our office in annapolis (currently aphrodisia grill) ..... i was able to get in without such events occuring...... QUITE ODD INDEED!

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« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2003, 05:24:29 PM »
yeah i remember when cafe havana was here in greenhills.. could get in wearing a t shirt, jeans and sneakers

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« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2003, 05:31:12 PM »
ah... is that the same as the one in GreenHills formerly... been there b4 too... I guess they think they're "BIG TIME" now or at least the jaguar thinks so...
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« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2003, 05:31:47 PM »
who's the jaguar ?

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« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2003, 05:34:21 PM »
shaguar? hehehehe