A pilot and his mission: to save the environment by transforming plastic waste to fuel

It’s not every day one comes across a person who can walk the talk. But I was lucky enough to meet someone who does and what he does is something extra-ordinary for the environment. UK-born pilot and now Australian resident Jeremy Rowsell has made it his mission to not only raise awareness about the negative […]

Americans need to come to terms with their new reality under President Donald Trump

The trouble with Liberals is that they are too open-minded. They are, they themselves insist, “pro-choice”. And this is why liberalism is incompatible with the human condition — becuase human beings suck at coping with an abundance of choice. This is where conservatism resonates — it offers a straight path (in the real sense of […]

Is it about time Filipinos stop making throwbacks to Noynoy Aquino’s administration?

At the start of every new administration, inescapably, someone always harks back to the previous one. The reasons for doing so usually fall into these common categories: 1) The predecessor is blamed for an inherited problem; 2) Credit is taken for something started in the previous term; 3) The successor wants to express gratitude for […]

Do “BoBo Activists” know how to Care for the World?

Once again, “activists” who esteemed webmaster Benign0 calls “hipsters” rode another outrage fad. This was the recent report of entertainment company Nickelodeon opening a water-themed park in Coron. Benign0 rightly said that the protest was ill-framed. Not to mention protesters got something wrong – Nickelodeon said the theme park was to be made on land […]

Filipino hipsters unite around #CoronIsNotBikiniBottom to rail against Nickelodeon’s Palawan plans

The Philippines is not exactly among the most pristine tropical island destinations listed in most tourist brochures. Why? Because of a lot of things owing to Filipinos’ renowned Reverse Midas Touch syndrome. Look no further than how Manila, the country’s premiere metropolis, is managed. Decrepit public utility buses and jeepneys belch toxic black smoke as […]

Questions that must be asked before any talk of federalism in the Philippines starts

One of the main campaign promises of then-presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte was to push for federalism in the Philippines. He claims that it will make the delivery of basic services faster, and it is the only solution to the secessionist problem in the southern Philippines. The word “federalism” traces its root to the Latin foedus, […]

What do basketball, karaoke, and democracy, all have in common in the Philippines?

Basketball, karaoke, and democracy, are favorite pastimes in the Philippines. All three are things Filipinos like to associate with being Filipino. We like to think of ourselves – and are proud of it – as the most basketball-crazy country in the region. When it comes to social gatherings, and Filipinos are involved, everyone is expected […]

The unresolved issues with the Marcoses are strong indictments of Filipino cultural dysfunction

It is tempting to think of the unresolved issues with the Marcos family – their alleged ill-gotten wealth, the lack of compensation for all those who supposedly suffered during the Martial Law era, and now the purportedly “undeserved” burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) – as political […]