Can the Philippines compete in the 21st Century global economy?

When the term ‘self sufficiency’ is mentioned, what often comes to mind is food. On that alone, self-sufficiency in terms of food is already a big issue in the Philippines. The Philippines is the world’s biggest importer of rice and is a major market in the region for the agricultural exports of many countries. The […]

Get Real Koko Narak

I was thinking of taking a break on the weekend and keep off of writing for a while but certain things just can’t be put off so easily. One of these hotly debated topics center around the Thai national Prasertri Kosin or Koko Narak and the insults he threw at the Filipino people, describing them […]

Does Prasertsri Kosin (a.k.a. ‘Koko Narak’) deserve to be deported from the Philippines?

There is some basis in what Thai national Prasertsri Kosin says about Filipinos, specially the part about the Philippines being home to a “dangerous” society and Filipinos being “afraid of one another” as well as the way his own Filipino friends are “also mistreated” presumably by other Filipinos. These were among observations Kosin (who has […]

Is diskarte more important than good English as Marian Rivera says?

Don’t look now but Marian Rivera’s come out swinging at her detractors, presumably over the subject of her famous English language skills (or lack of it). I’ve always found Marian fascinating. Her face and physical stature does not match her style of speech. Perhaps this is what endears her to her fans — she physically […]

Filipinos should address the Philippines’ negative image by fixing its problems

Are Filipinos more concerned about projecting a positive image to the international community rather than finding a solution to the negative images that keep finding their way into the hands of international news media organizations? It would seem so. This was evident when a lot of Filipinos felt outraged and demanded an apology from a […]

Wretched Philippine-style poverty is actually quite normal

It doesn’t take much to remind Filipinos of their poverty. The problem, however, is that these reminders almost always have to come from external entities. And within this month alone we enjoyed the privilege of two stark reminders, Typhoon Mario and that Aegis Global viral video that the Philippine government is now desperately trying to […]

The futility of begging for foreign investment when your country sucks

Recent events have, yet again, highlighted the embarrassing way with which Filipinos and the government they elected to lead them are desperately scrambling to extricate themselves from systemic poverty after decades of misguided “development” approaches and serial promise breaking. Like many many previous presidents before him, Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III went on […]

Aegis video pits Malaysia’s infrastructure versus the Philippines’ in bid to attract BPO business!

It seems the Philippines has been singled out by a company in Malaysia as its single biggest competitor for investment in the region. A promotional video produced by a Aegis Malaysia, a global business process outsourcing (BPO) company makes a pitch to its clients to locate their BPO needs in Malaysia by highlighting that country’s […]