Filipinos’ unwillingness to face ‘negative’ FACTS about their society hinders progress

It’s been so long since Filipinos won their “freedom” back in 1986 after the so-called People Power “revolution”. But we are still hard-pressed to agree with one another on whether or not we are really a better country after all that. The trouble is, rather than confront the question head-on, we are, instead, encouraged to […]

Kris Aquino’s planned move to America: What’s it all about?

So Kris Aquino wants to move to the US. She says she wants her son Bimby to experience life there — presumably life without maids and drivers. That’s nice. At least she recognizes something about the weird way kids grow up here in the Philippines nowadays. I notice the trend. Many Pinoy kids are so […]

In defense of Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto

Poor Tony Meloto. I think events caught up with him and this time he said the wrong thing to the wrong audience. Maybe having Fil-Ams as his audience for too long sort of made him forget that the banal racism and sexism in Filipino humor simply does not fly with real Americans. My friends say […]

Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga in hot water for sexist and racist remarks in Hawaii speech!

Philippine charity organisation Gawad Kalinga (GK) is currently embroiled in a public relations fallout thanks to what was described as a “sexist” and “misogynistic” speech delivered by its founder Antonio ‘Tony’ Meloto on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM) Center for Philippine Studies (CPS) last Saturday, the […]

What if US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton was a Filipino-American navy man?

The United States aircraft carrier USS George Washington sailed into Manila for a port call today after two days of exercises with the Philippine Navy. The Nimitz-class warship played a big part in the rescue and relief operations in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which ravaged the central islands of the Philippines in late […]

Ms Philippines USA Joanlia Lising: the latest beauty pageant gaffe

Making waves following the latest beauty contest gaffe: Ms Philippines USA Joanlia Lising lets out a doozy of a Q-and-A response! Reported in the Sydney Morning Herald… Asked which of the five senses she would prefer to have and why, the “Licensed Practical Nurse graduate” began by thanking the host “for that wonderful question”. Advertisement […]

Fil-Am cling-ons descend upon ‘Fil-Am’ judge Lorna Schofield

Funny how Filipino-Americans celebrated the “first Filipino American federal judge in U.S. history.” This is a woman who, by all intents and purposes, had grown up an American. As she had emphasized in her reportedly “unambiguous narrative”, Schofield insists that she “was an American Baby.” Schofield conceded being raised an all-American girl. No speaking Tagalog […]

Do the US presidential elections really matter to Filipinos THAT much?

I mean, really. What relevance does the outcome of the presidential elections in the United States have on the future fortunes of the average Filipino schmoe? If an entire raft of Philippine presidents have themselves exhibited pratically zero influence on the fortunes of entire generations of Filipinos, what impact can the very miniscule difference between […]