The Philippine STAR 10/22/2004
Interesting article about good causes. (Or interesting exposition of
how we’re so used to being able to dig up information that stuff that
looks somewhat fishy gets checked quickly.)
I love the Philippines, and would like to spend my life helping in
whatever way I can.
You can get it from the Google cache. Philippine Star’s site is
If you’re looking for more information on “Faye”, check out the
following links. I’ve compiled them from the updates below to
make your browsing life easier.
End to the saga. Faye story hoax by emotionally disturbed mom.
– Church group apologizes, says whiz kid story not true (2004.11.13)
Retraction by Bread of Life Ministries
– Despite doubts, 12-yr-old girl keeps faith in RP (2004.11.09)
More detailed account.
– Elevate Faye without stepping on anybody (2004.11.07)
– Faye being used in political attack on gov’t? (2004.11.04) The
Postscript article points out that this is not just about the
existence or nonexistence of Faye or even the veracity of the story,
but also the political criticism in the story.
– Is Faye’s story true, or just another fairy tale? (2004.11.02) The
previous column raised questions that need to be answered.
– Misplaced priorities can mislead the nation (base article) The article
from Bread of Life Ministries.
Dynamic pages, discussion:
– J. Angelo Racoma’s blog – (Hey, long time no see. I know him from
way back.) Has archived copy of Evangelista follow-up and link to
Philstar article, which will be broken really soon because Philstar
doesn’t archive articles. Odd, that. Anyway, the blog is probably
the best resource you’ll find. Check the Nov 5, Nov%204 and Nov%203 entries.
– The Faye Story (ongoing), a blog entry with a lot of discussion. A
number of people in the discussion are convinced it’s a hoax. Others
claim it is true. The discussion becomes racist near the end, but is
otherwise interesting. Another discussion from the same blog has
degenerated into puns and kneejerk proofs of how it’s impossible to
verify identity on the Internet, but may eventually contain
something interesting. <shrug>
– GovPH thread (2004.10.29 – present) Another discussion forum with a
handful of posts. Patricia Evangelista’s first article is reposted
here. cetacea commented that the constant references to Jasmine Trias
seems to be a display of crab mentality.
– PinoyPC – Noteworthy because of the scan of the original ad,
if you’re into that sort of thing.
Here are my past updates:
UPDATE: Anyone have any other information? A Web search (even
news.google.com) doesn’t turn up any other articles about this
Intercontinental Science Quiz Net in Australia, which is odd
for an international competition.
Apparently, the only source for the Faye story is a paid
advertisement, so the info is iffy. That’s a pity, because there are
so many other stories out there that are less outrageous and yet more
inspiring. We don’t have to have against-all-odds stories to take
pride in being Filipino. There is also courage in the little things we
I find the original speech also a little over the top. I should get
around to writing down my opinion on the thing. I guess that’s why I’m
not a debater, eh?
I also find it rather strange that a number of people who arrived at
this site looking for information on “Faye” and the Intercontinental
Science Quiz Net were strongly convinced that it was a hoax, and
rather vocal about saying so. I think those people are focusing on the
wrong thing. It’s not about the existence or nonexistence of one
person, nor is it even about this preoccupation we might have with
media. I think the most important thing to remember here is that there
is a world outside our cozy little niche with stories we do not know
and perhaps never hear of, the truth or falsehood of which we do not
personally know and cannot because we have not yet stepped outside our
You may think it’s easy for me to say that, surrounded by autumn
leaves in a First World country, but there is more to this than I can
find the words to explain.
I miss the Philippines. I miss the way the streetchildren’s stares
shock me into realizing that all I have done so far is lacking, that
there is still more to be done. I miss the way the squalor of squatter
communities reminds me that I need to find something I can do to ease
the urban pressure. I miss the questions in my students’ eyes,
questions that I try to answer but fail to explain to my satisfaction.
The Philippines is not perfect. Far from it, even. It is that very
imperfection that brings me out of myself and makes me reach for
What is one more candle in a land lit by a thousand suns? It is in
dark places that light is needed most.
Followup stories. Posting because people who read this blog might be
– The Faye Story, a blog
entry with many comments. Turns into a racist discussion near the
end, but oh well.
There’s apparently a followup by Patricia Chanco Evangelista in the
11/05/2004 Philippine STAR, but I can’t find an online copy. I saw
it on a mailing list, though, which means people will probably forward
it again. <wry grin>