Cultures Themselves Don’t Respect Human Rights

Social media is all aflutter about perceived human rights violations that many are trying to link to the Duterte administration. However, such people should be reminded of another thing: human rights violations are an issue in other countries and cultures too, even developed ones. Back in 2014, writer Eric Posner wrote about why humanity has […]

Resisting Popular Culture

Get Real Philippines has always emphasized that culture is often at the core of societal problems. We bloggers and our readers alike talk about how dysfunctions are inspired by mass media and movies. In other words, among the most effective influences on people’s behavior is popular culture, in addition to older traditions and beliefs that […]

What Problem with Filipino Identity?

Some people say the problems of the Philippines are due to its people having no sense of identity. If we settle on an identity we can all agree upon, it can lead to a sense of love of country that may lead to good effects, perhaps reduction of corruption due to patriotism. Not a bad […]

Piss Be With You A Photo Essay

Warning this essay includes graphic descriptions of bodily fluids discharged in public places. Reader discretion is advised.       I use public toilets and I piss on the seat, I walk around in the summertime saying “How about this heat?” I’m an a$$hole (He’s an a**hole, what an a**hole) I’m an a**hole (He’s the […]

Why Manny Pacquiao’s Defeat to Floyd Mayweather Could Be a Win for the Philippines

My friends and countrymen, on May 2, 2015, I prepared my drink to either propose a toast to Pacquiao’s defeat or to consume in lamentation of his win (just as I did after the election of BS Aquino III). To my great delight, I drank in celebration due to Pacquiao’s loss, because his loss could […]

Why Anti-English Sentiment is Anti-Filipino

While the Constitution (Article XIV, section 7) declares English as an official language of the country, there are still smart-alecks who believe Filipinos should not speak English. For example, there was this troll in a group that tries to say he is more “Filipino” because he doesn’t know English much. Such things are really stupid. […]

Thirsty Thursdays at NYC

It is a hot and humid Thursday afternoon and I’m feeling very thirsty. Living in the suburbs has its disadvantages, especially for one who has lived in the city most of his life. On a similar Thirsty Thursday I got a welcome call from a friend named Allan a few weeks ago to try one […]

Explosion of Joy or Explosion of Superficiality?

 Philippine Daily Inquirer page March 14, 2013 A1     I have said many times mass media is simply a mirror to society. Mass media gives the audience what it wants to attract what they want. It is very uncomfortable to know as a practicing Catholic in the Philippines that our religious leaders are not […]