Before Mocha Uson, there was Kris Aquino. Oh, and Jim Paredes

The way all these crybabies are now blubbering about the rise of Mocha Uson to the top of the Philippines’ thought leadership hierarchy, you’d think celebrity endorsers had never existed before. Truth is, using glitz, glamour, and shock as a means to influence public sentiment is as old as prostitution itself. The Philippines’ now-ended 30-year […]

‘Annoying’ opinions also deserve to be heard

“Social media has become so toxic these days” laments Inquirer columnist Ambeth Ocampo on his piece today. It seems to be true for a lot who are shocked by this new experience of winning and losing friendships online on the bases of political positions taken. Ocampo’s solution is to “take a break from social media”. […]

3 Big Reasons Why President Duterte Should Not Allow Himself To Be Interviewed By Kris Aquino

Hello again, my dear readers and colleagues of Get Real Philippines! It has been quite a while since I have written anything here as I have been busy with other projects¬†which I think would have little to do with the current agenda and goals of GRP. However, with the sudden (not to mention surprising) reaction […]

Hillary Clinton’s “Delete your account” tweet at the root of her colossal campaign FAIL

This was a year of upsets. The EU crackdown on refugrees, Brexit, the the rise of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, then the ascent of Donald Trump to Leader of the Free World confronts the thinking classes and “shocks” the chattering classes. We now hear how Filipinos, in this latest instance, are “shocked” by their […]

Donald Trump’s rise to power confirms a full global backlash against hipster culture

The ascent of Donald Trump to the leadership of the Free World represents a massive fail on the part of America’s techno-industrial complex to deal with the reality of the character of America he represents. Rather than embrace, take on board, and manage the reality of a heartland simmering with anger and disillusionment, America’s hipster […]

Here’s the real reason Donald Trump is now the 45th #POTUS following 2016 #ElectionDay

It’s easy to make a fearless election forecast when the stats are already showing a “>95%” lean towards a particular candidate. As of this writing a kick-ass New York Times up-to-the-second election results monitoring board is showing a needle that has gone squarely into the “very likely” field in a speedometer-type widget labelled “Chances of […]

Mainstream media needs to evolve – or face extinction

At the core of the crisis gripping mainstream media and mainstream “thought leadership” in the Philippines is the way ordinary Filipinos remain trapped in social hierarchy. Rather than encourage debate that focuses on the merit of the ideas and arguments tabled, Filipinos lazily defer to rank, credential, and seniority. This is no thanks, of course, […]

Are Filipino-Americans a ‘marginalised’ and ‘invisible’ people?

According to the article The marginalization of Brown Asians published recently on the Seattle Globalist, this is a perception begging serious consideration. The following excerpt from this article captures the all-too-familiar lament with regard to how “under-represented” Filipinos think they are as Asian-Americans… We are tired of the fact that when people think of Asian […]