Four aspects of Filipino society that are unlikely to change, even in a Duterte presidency

A typical evaluation, or discussion of the Duterte administration, usually begins with this underlying premise: Rodrigo Duterte was elected because Filipinos wanted change. For sure, Rodrigo Duterte is different in more ways than one. He is the first president who hails from Mindanao; as such, people are expecting a sort of “outsider’s perspective” from him, […]

So why do you REALLY ‘celebrate’ Valentine’s Day?

No, really. Why DO you? Have you ever given it much thought? Yes, this is probably for many one of those “let’s not go there” topics. But we will go there, simply because I can.   Why do you subject yourself to the hassle of having to compete with other couples in your neck of […]

Our Banana Chips for Your Computer Microchips

Some years ago, a Japanese visiting professor told a Physics professor of a Philippine university that was hoping to set up some local semiconductor research capability a rather condescending joke “our microchips for your banana chips” – commenting on the level of bilateral trade/exchange our two countries had. The Physics professor, unfortunately due to the […]

Destroying the Philippines’ social fabric one TV show at a time

Who does not love the word: serendipity (Kate Natividad’s Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza rock!)?  It sounds like our Tagalog word: ‘suwerte’.  Who wouldn’t want luck coming one’s way?  I will be grateful to take it anytime.  We should be grateful that from time to time we are afforded the opportunity to meet serendipity.  I […]

On Halloween And The Day Of The Dead

“Things always get worse before they get better, master Bruce.” ~Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight Well, as I’ve said in my previous article, it’s only just September and, already, people are hanging Christmas decorations and Christmas songs have begun flooding the airwaves. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Christmas as much as the next guy. […]

A Sermon On Premature Christmas Decorating And The Day Of The Dead

Before I begin, I would like to make mention of a film I watched a decade back. It was a made-for-TV entitled Christmas Everyday. In the movie a young boy was forever trapped in a loop of Christmas Day. He would go to sleep at night and wake up to the same Christmas Morning the next […]

Why the misfortunes of the rich are more important than the tragedies of the poor

In case nobody’s gotten the hint yet, nobody really gives a relative rat’s about the plight of those boat people and the 72 factory workers killed in a slipper factory in Valenzuela. Scan the news and the feeds and you will find that the top stories are all about the rich. Binay’s and Pacquiao’s billions […]

So who wants to change?

Kung bibigyan ka ng pagkakataon, . . . Ahm. . . . . Kung bibigyan ka ng pagkakataon, na kunyari, papipiliin ka kung saang panahon mo gustong umusbong. Kailan ang pipiliin mo? Pakiramdam mo ba, sa tamang panahon ka naisilang? Mas pipiliin mo bang, sana sa nakaraan ka na lamang nabuhay, nang sa ganon, sana […]