Gimmick Nation: Is the Philippines a society of con artists?

Part 1. A Look at How a Simple Word Impacted Our Culture Gimmick is an interesting word in its use in Tag-lish and Eng-saya — and baffling in how it is used.  It is a local showbiz lingo, a jargon among the personalities of said industry. Just listen to a familiar sound bite on TV: […]

Pabebe Girl Power highlights Filipinos’ confusion: Are we individualists or collectivists?

There’s a case to be made for girl power growing stronger nowadays. I say that after seeing that Pabebe Girls video. Dude, they’re young girls making a statement. I suspect that the reason they copped so much derision is because of their, how do I put this politely, less-than-sosyal accents. I mean it’s easy for […]

Breaking the Culture of Slavery: The First Step in Saving the Philippines

I was once asked about what films have I seen that have had a definite impact or influence in my life. Without fail, I answered Stargate. No, not the series or several series that came after it, but the moderately successful film that set it off. The one that featured James Spader and Kurt Russell (the […]

Homages, Fanfics, Parodies and Ripoffs: Defining Plagiarism

This is not meant to be a critical article but one that begs the question of just what is originality and why so much media in the Philippines is often branded “unoriginal”. I mean, just what does it mean to be “original” in this day and age and why does it have to be an […]

Do the Philippines and the ASEAN community have what it takes to deal with China?

For all the feel-good news snippets we are receiving about the arrival of the Philippines’ newest warship, the 3,200-tonne BRP Ramon Alcaraz which joins the 3,400-tonne frigate BRP Gregorio del Pilar also acquired from the United States last year in patrolling disputed waters off Palawan, one cannot help ask a simple question: Can anyone really […]