Filipino culture may not be compatible with operating and using modern train systems

News that a train line had, yet again, ground to a halt in the Philippines is no longer news. This is because train network stoppages are now more the rule than the exception for the average Filipino commuter. For the hapless Filipino commuter, every morning heralds a day of abject uncertainty. The question every morning […]

Only an intellectual revolution will reduce the spread of disinformation in the Philippines #FightDisinfo

One thing that can be noted from the various camps in the Philippines’ sad “political debate” is that the starting point of assertions is always one’s political or personal loyalties. As such, the goal of most participants in this “debate” is to re-enforce beliefs rather than engage in an intellectually-honest search for the truth. Facebook […]

Filipinos need an Opposition focused on REAL issues and not on Mocha Uson

To be fair, once “Noted Blogger” Manuel L Quezon III stopped blogging (or at least desisted from politically-controversial writing) whilst he was an undersecretary during the administration of former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III. Much of what ails the communication machine of current President Rodrigo Duterte has to do with too many communication channels […]

The KEY to a truly intelligent political discourse that ordinary Filipinos can relate with

I came up with a new public relations (PR) concept for Malacanang. I call it the Flypaper Trick. To understand this trick, a brief explanation of how flypaper works is in order. Flypaper is a sheet of paper coated with a strong adhesive that attracts flies that happen to be buzzing around. A fly that […]

Why being exceptional is a bane in the Philippines

Being exceptional in the Philippines is not only not rewarded, it is also punished. Often severely. Being exceptional, in the eyes of Filipinos, means that you are something the rest of them aren’t. You aren’t in solidarity with the rest of them, especially if they’re mediocre. Naging iba ka sa kanila. Di ka nakisama. Leadership […]

Here is how INTELLIGENT Opposition to the Duterte administration is done…

The Philippine Opposition continues to suffer from a crisis of relevance and, as of late, a crisis of lack of vision. This bankruptcy of vision has become glaringly evident along two fronts: (1) an inability to frame an alternative strategic pathway to serve as a viable challenge the vastly more popular one being executed by […]

Filipinos can overcome ‘fake news’ by developing more CURIOSITY #FactsMatterPH

Indeed, Filipinos need to be reminded that “facts matter”. That’s because Filipinos were not raised at home nor trained in school to build factual bases for what they believe in. In most cases, Filipino kids are told what to think rather than taught how to think. It is challenging too considering that Philippine society is […]

We need to help develop true thinking Pinoys rather than mere following Pinoys

My colleague Paul Farol, the other day, pointed out that the best way to combat the Yellowtards’ troll-like social media behaviour and style of “debate” is “to take the game to where the yellows cannot follow.” It seems some key social media personalities within the so-called “die-hard Duterte supporters” (DDS) clique have failed to do […]