Revisiting Jim Paredes’s “giving up” on the Philippines and moving to Australia in 2006

Following that whole kerfuffle between singer and die-hard Aquinoist Jim Paredes and Manila Times columnist Rigoberto ‘Bobi’ Tiglao over the question of Paredes’s citizenship, people are now curious about what is it exactly that makes Jim Paredes such a seemingly confused individual. After all, Paredes back in the 1980s already had a United States Green […]

Pinoy pride: Rather than earn it, Filipinos CAMPAIGN for it

For a people who fancy themselves as “humble”, there is not much of that evident in the statements posted by people attempting to refute the ideas presented in my previous article “Do Filipino immigrants really contribute to the greatness of the United States and other countries?”. It seems the concept of quiet achievement is alien […]

Patriotism in the Philippines and What It Faces

“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” ~Mark Twain So what is a patriot in this day and age and what does it mean to be one? […]

The 44 SAF troopers died heroes, but their deaths were all in vain

A lot of people are telling me that the tipping point has finally come — that a critical mass of Filipinos are finally seeing Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III for who he really is: the president who should not have been elected. Readers who have followed and read Get Real Post and participated […]

Is the Philippines of any value to the rest of the world?

Imagine for a moment that the Philippines was suddenly swallowed up by the seas leaving no trace of it, its culture, and its people. Then ask yourself this question: Will the rest of the world miss the Philippines? What a confronting question, right?! It may be true, of course, that the Philippines is a source […]

Filipinos need a radically NEW kind of nationalism

The epic failure that was the 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III this week highlights a pressing need for Filipinos to come up with a new — more modern — form of nationalistic drive. What President BS Aquino essentially did this week was break the proverbial […]

Business 101: Stop wasting your breath BEGGING the ‘best and brightest’ to stay

Take stock of the current political landscape today and one stark reality jumps out of the picture: There is no one great leader who stands out as one who possesses a coherent enough strategic vision for the Philippines. Instead of true leaders and statesmen all we have is more of the usual bozos: politicians. Filipino […]

How to become a successful Filipino

A lot of Filipinos have an identity crisis. You can spot these sorts a mile away. They are the ones who shout out “I am proud to be Filipino!” as if they hold a monopoly over harbouring such a sentiment. It is usually in the way it is expressed and in the context and timing […]