A reminder to Filipinos – the cardinal rules of the House of Aquino

Is it just me, or a growing number of Filipino citizens are becoming more dissatisfied with president Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s (BS Aquino) performance as time passes by? Those who are dissatisfied claim that nothing much has changed. BS Aquino apparently still hasn’t managed to reduce poverty despite his “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap“ guiding […]

All in all you’re just another brick in the wall, waiting on the world to change

The title applies to you, as a Pinoy, if you swallow hook, line, and sinker, everything that you are told by media, your elders, and your politicians. You submit to the matrix that is Da Pinoy condition. You submit yourself without question to the collective “bliss” of the Hive. You hope that the world will […]

Justin Bieber incurs the wrath of the balat-sibuyas mob

Within the Philippines, or any Filipino community abroad, Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Juan Manuel Marquez is considered a national tragedy. Outside, where the sense of national pride and identity are not hitched to the rise and fall of one boxer, life goes on. What Pacquiao’s loss has “inspired” in the rest of the world is […]

Emotional and pikon Pinoys highlighted on social media after Manny’s loss

If you’re a Filipino, ask yourself this: are you one of those who go around saying that you’re proud to be Pinoy because of Pacquiao? Are you still going to be proud of Manny even if he loses? Even before the results of that most recent fight against Juan Manuel Marquez got out, we already […]

Bloggers stifling freedom of expression? Not what it seems

Picture this: you’re a moderator/participant in a round table discussion. Someone has just brought up a very controversial point. Another person takes offense at this in one way or another, and rebuts. As the rebuttals go back and forth, you notice that they have strayed off topic, and it has become a contest of whose […]

Walking a fine line betwen critic and crab

A familiar concept to us Filipinos is the utak-talangka, or crab mentality. Explaining it in the simplest terms possible, I define it as the “if I can’t have it, neither can you” kind of mindset. Take crabs in a pot. In order to avoid that one of them escape from the pot, they all pull […]

Onion skins are so annoying

The term we use to describe hyper-sensitive people here in the Philippines is balat-sibuyas, which literally means “onion-skinned”. The analogy is that just as onion skin easily comes off, Filipino people are easily hurt. I aim to derive another analogy using the onion. Attempting to get a message across to Filipinos creatively is like peeling […]