Has the Philippines EVER been truly a country FOR Filipinos?

Think about it. The Philippines is named after a Spanish king. Its current sovereign territory was one defined by its Spanish colonial masters. Its current state religion is an imperial legacy of the Spanish Inquisition — an epic geno-“evangelisation” of an entire native culture by colonial forces. Then the “Philippines” became an American colony at […]

Outrage over Leni Robredo’s bimbo antics offer opportunities that require clear minds to exploit

Filipinos are up in arms following “vice president” Leni Robredo’s monumental gaffe of a video to the United Nations in which she painted the Philippines as a failed state and made statements just short of inviting foreign agents to intervene in her country’s domestic affairs. Indeed, for a purported “vice president” to suggest that her […]

Hipsters threaten to kill artists who perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration

The irony seems to escape the community of America’s coastal hipster cliques. Jeering the coming inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump has become some sort of fashion statement among the trendy set nowadays. But where does one draw the line? Dream Girls star Jennifer Holliday who initially agreed to sing at the event backed out […]

What do basketball, karaoke, and democracy, all have in common in the Philippines?

Basketball, karaoke, and democracy, are favorite pastimes in the Philippines. All three are things Filipinos like to associate with being Filipino. We like to think of ourselves – and are proud of it – as the most basketball-crazy country in the region. When it comes to social gatherings, and Filipinos are involved, everyone is expected […]

The populists and the guardians of ‘decency’

There’s a common trait shared by some of the critics of US president Donald Trump and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte that drives even the most rational supporters of both presidents into near-fanatic levels in defending their chosen candidate. The supposed supporters of “modern liberal thinking”, the antithesis of the “backward and barbaric” maxims supposedly espoused […]

The unresolved issues with the Marcoses are strong indictments of Filipino cultural dysfunction

It is tempting to think of the unresolved issues with the Marcos family – their alleged ill-gotten wealth, the lack of compensation for all those who supposedly suffered during the Martial Law era, and now the purportedly “undeserved” burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) – as political […]

On The Left and Going Forward: Making sense of the Donald Trump win

I have been paying attention to GRP since before the BSA3 administration. It was here that I began to truly understand what drove Filipino culture – as well as how it derived from the showbiz culture inherited from the Americans. It was highly understandable to me why Filipinos would swarm to Duterte in droves. Like […]

Here’s the real reason Donald Trump is now the 45th #POTUS following 2016 #ElectionDay

It’s easy to make a fearless election forecast when the stats are already showing a “>95%” lean towards a particular candidate. As of this writing a kick-ass New York Times up-to-the-second election results monitoring board is showing a needle that has gone squarely into the “very likely” field in a speedometer-type widget labelled “Chances of […]