Rappler writers are not chained to Rappler – they are FREE to write and express ELSEWHERE

As I mentioned in my previous article, “press freedom” is the only defense Rappler and its cheerleaders have been issuing since it got its knuckles rapped for offenses against the constitutional bar on foreign ownership of media businesses in the Philippines. But is “press freedom” really under threat? It is if the people who make […]

Putting The Cart Before The Horse: A Serious Pinoy Problem

When I read into history, I can’t help but notice that the Philippines has so little to show when it comes to leaving a mark on the world at large. I mean sure, we have people like Manny Pacquiao, Leah Salonga and quite a few other individuals who are of some worth on a global […]

Knocking fashionistas is really just a fashion statement

Well, I guess fashionistas had it coming. My key takeaway after reading Lourd De Veyra’s tirade against the fashion-conscious, Sermon sa Mga Fashyown is the notion of fashion as a form of self-expression to which The Lourd argues using the question: So you mean your self-expression changes with the comings and goings of fads? Well, […]

Celeb couple ‘Jamich’ in hot water over ‘ipon para sa iPhone 6’ plug

Yikes! Celebrity couple Jamvhille ‘Jam’ Sebastian and Paolinne Michelle ‘Mich’ Liggayu a.k.a. “Jamich” are in hot water with some of their fans over an update they posted on their hugely popular Facebook page… Excited na ako mga pareee!! iPhone 6 plus! Tagal ko na hinhintay na maglabas ang Apple ng malaking screen ng iPhone. Ayaw […]

Prescribed Corruption

Let me start off with a joke taken from the book Bad Medicine: The Prescription Drug Industry in the Third World by Silverman, Lydecker, and Lee. I changed it a little bit to make the political issues more appropriate for this article but nevertheless, the message remains the same as it describes the magnitude of […]

The Business of Earth Hour

Later on this evening (between 8:30 and 9:30 pm, to be precise), the Philippines will join 151 other countries around the world in celebrating Earth Hour, an annual exercise in environmental slacktivism that began in Sydney, Australia in 2007. The main activity of Earth Hour is, of course, switching off one’s residential and other non-essential […]

You cannot ‘educate’ Filipinos to vote wisely while encouraging them to buy stupidly

To be credible, you need to be consistent. And if one is forced to use only one word to describe GetRealPhilippines.com I’d choose this one: consistency. Whether it be in politics or in day-to-day living, we are consistent in our drive to get Filipinos focused on the singular key to a successful life: thinking things […]

Gwyneth Paltrow, meet Pinoy Pride

No, Gwyneth Paltrow is not “endorsing” another Filipino product. It just so happens that every time there is a mention of a Filipino personality/product crossing paths with a foreign celebrity or entity, there’s this free item called Pinoy Pride that comes along with it. Yet this free commodity is not a bonus for the end […]