Maid in the Philippines: Should Filipinos Abolish Brown Slavery?

In many countries in the developed world, families get by without any need of domestic helpers (katulong).  A typical family in the US or Japan will not have a stay-in maid doing the dishes, cooking, and laundry. And yet they are far more advanced, efficient and productive than Filipinos. Only in poverty-infested demographically skewed countries […]

Should Congress Give in to Duterte’s Demand to Reinstate the Death Penalty?

The Philippines is the Menudo melting pot where religion and politics mix together to come up with a colorful and interestingly flavored concoction unique to this mixed-breed people that conspicuously keep appearing in headlines with all the noise they generate from their small corner of the globe. Again we are talk of the town all […]

Five Routes to the Presidency in the Philippines

With Mayor Rody Duterte’s trail-blazing ascent to the presidency, we may have to rewrite the books on the ins and outs of politics in the country. He was from a marginalized region of the country way down South with a thick Visayan accent, had no pocket money of his own to launch a national campaign, came into […]

Ushering in a Fresh New Golden Era of Change: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

The most awaited day has finally arrived. Men and women across the nation suspended in a state of anticipation suddenly break out in jubilant cheers, high fives and hip hip hoorays as the initial partial results from COMELEC come in revealing what the surveys and rally crowd sizes have been saying all along – Mayor […]

Changes to Expect Under a Duterte Government

Change is finally coming folks. People are feeling once again the euphoria of a new beginning – something like the crisp cool freshness in the air when it’s the final week of classes before the Christmas and New Year holidays begin, or the feeling of moving into a new school, job, house or city. It’s […]

Wanted: Super-Janitor for President

After that barrage of “Duterte” articles posted by my fellow contributors, I guess it’s time for a “commercial break.” Comelec, the biggest Job Search service in town, wishes to inform the public that they are looking for a promising applicant to take on a very critical role as President of the Republic of the Philippines. […]

Crushing Criminality: Duterte’s 6 Months vs Poe’s 1 Month

If 6 months to stop criminality was kind of a stretch for many of us, Grace Poe’s answer to the Duterte camp’s plan is that she can ensure our “feeling of security” in just a month. A woman of hardly any executive experience will attempt to outdo a public official who has been in the […]

Introducing Modern Filipino (Taglish): A Mixed Language Befitting a Mixed-Race Nation

It’s about time we give Taglish, the bastardized version of Filipino/Tagalog, its rightful place and recognition in our society. Taglish (once perceived as a virus, and treated as if it were some kadiring cockroach) has now pervaded every nook of our existence. We use it practically everywhere – in offices, schools, pulpits, talk shows, live […]