Dingdong Dantes set to abandon National Youth Commission to campaign for Liberal Party!

It’s all over the news! Top Filipino celebrity Dingdong Dantes is reportedly set to resign as commissioner from the National Youth Commission (NYC). This follows Monday’s resignation of NYC chairman Gio Tingson “to campaign for the ruling party for the May 9 elections.” The Manila Times on the 31st of March reported that NYC executives […]

Would you vote Dingdong Dantes into the Philippine Senate in 2016?

The Inquirer reports that Dantes joins celebrity politicians Quezon City Mayor Herbert ‘Bistek’ Bautista and Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno in the Liberal Party’s senatorial lineup for the coming elections when 12 of 24 Senate seats will be up for grabs. So what has Dingdong done? Well, for one, he married actress Marian Rivera in […]

The #Philippines is guilty of the Mahatma Gandhi’s Seven Social Sins!

The Mahatma Gandhi’s Seven Social Sins, sometimes called the Seven Blunders of the World, is a list that he published in his weekly newspaper Young India on October 22, 1925. Later he gave this same list to his grandson, Arun Gandhi, written on a piece of paper on their final day together shortly before his […]

Common Excuses Pinoys Make That Prolong Stagnation and Stupidity

I think that one of the reasons our country and our countrymen aren’t getting anywhere in terms of intellectual, economic and artistic development is because of our tendency to resort to excuses. Well, I’m not saying that I’m immune to this either. I can easily admit to the fact that I tend to make a […]

Why Filipinos’ obssession with Marian Rivera mirrors Philippine politics

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t believe Marian Rivera fantards are “doing anything wrong”. They’re just being themselves. And we have to respect that. They’re sort of like scorpions. They sting because that is what scorpions do. There’s really nothing wrong with stinging if you have the brain of a scorpion. Fantardism is an interesting […]

What Marian Rivera’s fan base reveals about Philippine society

It suddenly occurred to me why Marian Rivera has so many frothing fans. It’s because she looks sosyal but sounds palengkera. The psychology there being that there is some sort of perverted appeal to seeing a person who looks like she comes from the colonial elite speaking the language of the masa. Yeah, I get […]

Chiz and Heart wedding out-glitzes ‘outrageously extravagant’ #DongYanWedding!

Ha ha! It seems fans of Filipino “royal couple” Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera are still royally butthurt over explosive exposés on the outrageous extravagance of their wedding. Back in early January, Ilda posed the question Did the Dingdong Dantes-Marian Rivera wedding violate the Philippine Civil Code against ‘thoughtless extravagance’? The post generated a lot […]

What’s next for the Philippines following the visit of Pope Francis?

In my experience attending corporate training programs — specially those involving team dynamics and motivation approaches — I have always been impressed with the way the really good trainors are able to create a euphoric pumped-up vibe in the participants over the course of the session. The courses that are conducted away from the office […]