Are UP students suffering from a failure of thinking?

Interesting how just as the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is unveiling a massive programme of infrastructure spend of unprecedented proportions, the prevailing online chatter amongst would-be and wannabe “activists” had so far been centred around the proposed honorary degree to be conferred by the University of the Philippines on the president. The sheer […]

United in outrage: Would I participate in a boycott of United Airlines?

Granted that the sight of a passenger being forcefully dragged out of an overbooked airplane is quite upsetting, I don’t think it would matter enough to most people — at least not enough for them to make it a major factor in a decision around which flight to take somewhere. As Fortune points out, the […]

Filipino hipsters unite around #CoronIsNotBikiniBottom to rail against Nickelodeon’s Palawan plans

The Philippines is not exactly among the most pristine tropical island destinations listed in most tourist brochures. Why? Because of a lot of things owing to Filipinos’ renowned Reverse Midas Touch syndrome. Look no further than how Manila, the country’s premiere metropolis, is managed. Decrepit public utility buses and jeepneys belch toxic black smoke as […]

Outrage Faddists may be Control Freaks

The recent furor over the burial of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani again revealed the tendencies of the Filipino when butthurt, offended or otherwise faced with something they are unwilling to accept. Many went on the streets decrying this burial. Of course, they have the right to protest. However, it seemed only […]

Pinoy-style morality sets the wrong priorities

Suddenly everyone has an opinion. People who normally can’t be bothered to comment, post, or even glance at any political information you regularly provide are now so involved with what’s going on in the country. That’s good. Despite the obvious bandwagoning typical of Facebook users for the hoped-for ‘likes’ and adulation for their posts, at […]

Filipino maids banned from using elevators in Manila’s luxury condos!

The management of an Icon Residences luxury condominium building in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig has been called out for what Filipino netizens allege are “discriminatory” building access policies. A certain Poch Ceballos posted a photo on Facebook of a letter issued by the building management with the following caption: When Filipino maids in HK […]

In the #Philippines, ‘human rights’ is just a fashion statement

I recall making the assertion in my book way back in 2006 that the Philippines is a society that is inherently unjust. So far I haven’t been proven wrong. The Philippines today remains a society that continues to exhibit an utterly weak tradition of honour. Small surprise that its military capability is now a showcase […]

Rubbish at the Manila International Airport: Nakakahiya sa mga Kano!

When I posted that photo tweeted by former Bureau of Customs chief Ruffy Biazon of the rubbish mess left by passengers in a lounge at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3, I didn’t realise what a big wave it was going to make. Indeed it was interesting to note how deeply-revolted many Filipinos […]