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 […]

Celebration of People is Overrated

Let’s again focus on this brilliant quote often attributed to U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, about people, events and ideas: It apparently means small people talk wild gossip and rumors about people (who they are likely backstabbing). Average people talk about events that they just observe, without any desire to change anything. Really intelligent people […]

The stigma of being “alone” in the Philippines

O, bakit ka nag-iisa? (Why are you all by your lonesome?) Solo flight ka ata ngayon. (You seem to be on solo flight today.) If you’ve ever gone on break by yourself in the office or school, most likely you will get the above remarks from your co-workers or schoolmates, respectively. On the surface, it […]

Da Pilipino way: showbiz and government are inseparable

Filipinos are infamous for their short attention spans and stunted mental faculties. As a form of entertainment, many Filipinos rely on television. However mass media giants use this medium, whether to educate the population or turn them into mindless, loyal, zombies, its power cannot be underestimated. If they do decide to show nothing but dancing […]