Post by insurrectomad on Feb 18, 2010 0:28:42 GMT -5
Like I said before and stressed the point with the Phil. Tourist Authorities; 'Living History' earns $millions for the USA, and as much for all the European countries in addition. This ensures a large force of workers directly involved in the management of each and every event, the upkeep and maintenance/repair to battle-site, monuments, forts/castles, military museums, plus giant ordinance such as tanks, artillery, planes and ships. That is only the tip of the iceberg, as all the service industry is involved in feeding, accommodation, and transportation. Souvenirs dedecreate an industry of their own. If anyone in the Phil. doubts it just look at the vast sum accrued in Britain alone these past 40yrs; and still expanding! The Filipinos still beleave themselves unworthy of historic interest alas, and most pre-American events erased from their knowledge. Then there is the indoctrination of been induced to seeing all history from a purely American viewpoint. We are at last I believe, beginning to raise the blind! David
Post by pedroscollection on Feb 18, 2010 3:39:59 GMT -5
What a great idea!!! Maybe we, our group can talk to government & non goverment groups & sow them the advantages of reenactment as you have said. Your experience & your country can serve as an example. Let's make them realize the win-win situation here for them, our group & the society. Aside from the profit the government & businessmen can make here, the most important thing is this is the right medium in educating & promoting national unity, patriotism & love of country.
Yea, the only tourism the elected officials seem to be aware of is the health and eco tourism (which are good of course) and then the s_x tourism that they turn a blind eye to (*puke*) but we have such a bloody rich history here! And most young Filipinos have SOME sense of historical consciousness - Perry and I can testify to that I'm sure. Any young Pinoy kid who's played 'baril-barilan' and anyone who's bought one of those BB guns can, with proper motivation, education, training and equipping be made into a living historian. I know I converted my ward, Evan - he's the 15 yr old son of my helper who tags along as my 'bodyguard' at events (for example, he was the German soldier when I played Oberst von Stauffenberg at that ToyCon event). We were talking of starting up a reenactment unit among his friends of Katipuneros and Guardia Civiles - its certainly a better alternative to bumming around, playing endless mind-numbing shooting games and sniffing glue!