“Begin Again”: A Movie Review

Is Begin Again “the” official chick-flick of 2014? Perhaps not in my opinion but a whole crowd of screaming fans seem to differ. As  I exited the movie theater I couldn’t help but realize that most of the crowd kept talking about Adam Levine’s musical performance in the movie rather than his acting. In summary, […]

Philippine activism needs a serious reboot and a major cast-of-characters overhaul!

Perhaps it is time Filipino activists re-evaluate things. It is becoming evident that traditional protest movement organisers and leaders like Leftists and ‘civil society’ cliques are no longer able to inspire the popular sentiment and, as such, no longer possess the clout to mobilise the numbers and secure sufficient media mileage for their causes. For […]

Thirsty Thursdays at NYC

It is a hot and humid Thursday afternoon and I’m feeling very thirsty. Living in the suburbs has its disadvantages, especially for one who has lived in the city most of his life. On a similar Thirsty Thursday I got a welcome call from a friend named Allan a few weeks ago to try one […]

Filipino pride in the spirit of ‘bayanihan’ invoked in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Filipinos never pass up an opportunity to exhibit their renowned ethnocentrism. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy which devastated much of the eastern seaboard of the United States, there have been many heartening reports of how the level of preparedness and swift action of the US government to mitigate the foreseen effects of the storm […]

Solution to Manila flooding may involve more of living with it than protecting against it

Metro Manila is, by its very nature, a city vulnerable to flooding. Yet it has grown and developed into a monstrous megalopolis that, today, teeters on the brink of catastrophic failure. Manila is bisected by the Pasig River into which connect a system of natural waterways that both feed into it and absorb excess water […]

Should celebration of Catholic masses be allowed in shopping malls?

The archdiocese of New York City (NYC) recently implemented a ruling that puts an end to a 26-year tradition of the Filipino community in that city of celebrating their Simbang Gabi pre-Christmas late night masses at the Philippine Center in Fifth Avenue. Last December 2011, NYC Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan had allowed the masses to […]

The 11th September 2001 terrorist attack – ten years hence: What have we learned?

History’s worst terrorist act against Americans within and outside of their borders will be remembered on Sunday, the 11th September this year. Exactly ten years ago on that date (now known simply as “9/11”), more than three thousand people died in separate suicide attacks against high-profile targets within the United States, culminating in the total […]