Being ‘bakla’ is NOT the same as being gay

The Filipino word “bakla” used to be synonymous with male homosexual. That was back in the day when the stereotypical homosexual male was effeminate and silly-looking. Philippine cinema in the 1960s and 1970s (and even as recent as the 1980s and 1990s) almost always characterised male homosexuals that way. To be fair, even today, they […]

Despite losing, Manny Pacquiao earned $10m while Jeff Horn earned only $500,000

So one shouldn’t really cry for Manny Pacquiao. After all, both Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn are professional athletes. They make money whether they win or lose. In fact, despite losing the bout, Pacquiao will take home far more money than Horn. According to the Bleacher Report Horn is guaranteed just $500,000 from the bout […]

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 […]

How Keyboard Warriors Fail to bring Reform

After the recent Orlando shooting, social media was ablaze with debates and reaction. Gun control, the sources of hatred that lead to people becoming shooters and more were issues. But for me, the most pressing issue was how people, especially “keyboard warriors,” reacted to others who disagreed with them on the topic. One time, I […]

On Independence Day

As I start writing this article’s first draft it is already the day after Independence Day in the Philippines. It is also only hours after a horrific event in which a bigot armed with an easily-purchased semi-automatic rifle entered an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and embarked on a murderous rampage that left 50 people […]

Empathy Vs. Hate: Religion’s Dilemma

I would like to offer a moment of silence to the 50 people who were lost in the Orlando Shooting which occurred at 2 a.m. on a Sunday Morning. I also wish a quick and safe recovery for the 53 people who were injured in the tragedy and that the people responsible for this massacre be […]

On Rodrigo Duterte’s Sexuality: “None Of Your Business!”

Before I begin, let me clarify that I didn’t vote for Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for president. As a matter of fact, I voted for Miriam Defensor Santiago at the time. However, now that the man is slated to become the president of our land, I believe we should all learn to own up to […]

Manny Pacquiao In The Senate: 3 Wrong Reasons Pinoys Love Manny Pacquiao So Much

Let me guess… You thought the match was over, didn’t you? Did you think my threat about a round 3 was just that: a threat? Well, you’re dead wrong! And if you thought that my last two articles was as far as I could go, you’re wrong again! Because there’s a lot more where that came from. […]