Dream A Little Dream of Me: The Philippines and the Trump Presidency

Junelie Anthony Velonta

Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper “I love you”
Birds singing in the sycamore trees
Dream a little dream of me

In music, the notes change as time goes by. In the more classical sense, the combination of various notes, rests, and everything in between create symphony—a harmony of history and emotion. Words often amplify what the notes try to say. Sometimes, it’s the other way around. In the sheet that is the Philippines, issues play the notes. The music may be heard in the streets, or even within oneself. Just recently, a new note came to the play— the aspect of the Trump presidency.

Say nighty-night and kiss me
Just hold me tight and tell me you’ll miss me
While I’m alone and blue as can be
Dream a little dream of me

It is not uncommon to hear “… so why should you care, you do not even live there?” As one of the few allies of the USA in Asia, the Trump presidency has the ability to dictate some phenomena that are to happen here in the Philippines. The Philippine economy could face potential downfalls with partnerships linked to the US. Aside from this, intercountry security also jitters, as if to suddenly fall, from some of the possible propositions by the new President-Elect. In the end, there may be a possibility for us to find ourselves “alone and blue as can be.”

Stars fading but I linger on dear 
Still craving your kiss
I’m longing to linger till dawn dear
Just saying this

Right after the Second World War, many see the ‘kanos as saviors. Many cherish their contributions and benefit from it. Some would say that they never left us. They continued to support us, like one brother-in-arms to another. The upcoming American presidency could potentially break this image. During campaign, Trump called out to the United States to disentangle itself from its Asian allies, as he did not see them paying enough in shouldering the “burden.” This could potentially mean the development of nuclear weapons in North-East Asia, and maybe an isolated Philippines to deal with the dispute regarding territories in the South China Sea. Both could possibly set in some permanent results.

Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me

With so many possible scenarios unfolding right before us, De La Salle University assistant professor and political analyst states that while Duterte and Trump are different in many aspects, they also share many similarities. Their mercurial personalities and style of governance may spark a convergence between the two leaders. What this could mean is for us to find out soon.

Stars fading but I linger on dear
Still craving your kiss
I’m longing to linger till dawn dear
Just saying this

Economically, the Philippines may face isolation if we do not lean to our more powerful economic neighbors—China and Russia. Isolation may be a good thing as it pushes self-reliance, meaning industries could rise within the country bringing in more jobs for the Filipinos without going abroad. However, it would take a very long time for this self-reliance to work out for the people. Some would like to see the Philippines in the arms of others, namely China and Russia, but according to Eduardo C. Tadem, Ph.D., a professorial lecturer of Asian Studies in the University of the Philippines Diliman, this could go well if the said new relationships are played on an even playing field. He adds that it may just be wishful thinking.

Sweet dreams, till sunbeams find you
Gotta keep dreaming leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
You gotta make me a promise, promise to me
You’ll dream, dream a little of me

As the American government leans to governing itself more on the inside, new melodies come into play. The possibility of several jobs in the country to be moved back to the USA is one example. Intercountry security and the concept of peace may also come into the fray. However, with the mix of many notes, it is only up to the future to decide how this will end up to the listener—the Filipino.

About theweeklysillimanian (1971 Articles)
Official student news publication of Silliman University.

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