When someone says you are “ugly”, would you sue him? Jover Laurio believes you should

Jover Laurio, the blogger behind Pinoy Ako Blog has filed a libel suit against social media personality Franco Mabanta. How do I know this? Well, no less than Rappler Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa tweeted an article published in her own site about it. That’s right, folks. People like Ressa seem to think Laurio is […]

Filipinos prefer to cheer kids who shoot hoops over kids who shoot soldiers

If the Communist Party of the Philippines has not gotten the memo yet, let me spell it out. Their “revolution” is dead. In this day and age of instant digital gratification and even more potent tribalism on exhibit via social media, little girls being “martyred” in a jungle “revolution” simply can’t compete with the glitz […]

Beauty Contests and Form over Substance

The recent Miss Universe beauty pageant and other events about “beautiful people” have again brought up the Filipino malady of valuing form over substance. Many of us people born without the looks are being made to cheer for people who were lucky to be born with good looks, similar to how the peasants and peons […]

Maxine Medina just simply wasn’t Miss Universe material

Pia Wurtzbach was a tough act to follow. But then again, that is why she was Miss Universe 2016 — because she was an exceptional one. It is understandable, of course, that Filipinos would cheer on Maxine Medina as this year’s Miss Universe pageant transpired. But the fact is, Maxine proved to be not up […]

Congratulations Kylie Verzosa, Miss International 2016!

Kylie Fausto Verzosa (born February 7, 1992) a Filipino model and beauty pageant titleholder was crowned Binibining Pilipinas International 2016 and Miss International 2016. Verzosa was born in Baguio City, Philippines. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and works as a pre-school teacher. She is a teacher […]

The moronism in the Yellow Camp’s petition to the Miss Universe organizers

Of course no less than Rappler would be among the first mainstream media outlets to break the “news” about the Yellow Camp’s petition to the Miss Universe organizers to cancel this year’s pageant to be held in Manila. In recent months, chauvinism, brutal shaming, rape jokes and a sweeping disregard for women as persons deserving […]

The Philippine Mainstream Media Vs. The Filipino People’s Self-Worth

I’ve already said what I needed to say about over-romanticism in mainstream Philippine media. Many times over in fact, now that I have time to recall. ChinoF, in his article here, even points out how the mainstream media is (often subtly but sometimes insultingly overtly) trying to convince its audiences that they aren’t beautiful (even […]