Sane or insane: What’s up with Claudine Barretto??

I mean, after all the brouhaha surrounding that sensational airport rage incident involving Ramon Tulfo, she just can’t stop making headline news — in a bad way. While presidential sister Kris Aquino manages to use her equally sordid personal dramas to build celebrity equity, all it achieves for Claudine is fast track her spiral into […]

How the Miriam Santiago vs Ping Lacson circus mirrors the Philippines’ bakla culture

Funny that just as soon as Senator Miriam Santiago threatened to reveal the “truth” about Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson’s sexual orientation, the latter senator in a way kind of validated what many people have been speculating by going on a rampaging counter-attack himself. For one thing, this all supposedly started after Lacson was accused by […]

George Anikow murder: Violence is a broad and profound cultural condition in Philippine society

Again we encounter another instance of the violent nature of Filipinos — a people expats have for so long warned one shouldn’t cross as they (1) don’t fight fair and (2) hold deadly unshakable grudges. Last night saw the murder of George Anikow, a former US Marine officer and spouse of a US Embassy staff […]

Reports say Filipinos are sad and depressed in the Philippines

A 2012 World Happiness Report has reportedly ranked the Philippines “among the least happiest in Southeast Asia, or 103rd out of 155 surveyed countries worldwide.” That bit of news should be as welcome as a skin rash to advocates of the Philippine tourism slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines”. It could actually lead them […]

Off Loading Tells You ‘We Don’t Care’

In the past twelve months, I flew to Laoag, Masbate, Legaspi, Kuala Lumpur, Zamboanga and Cagayan De Oro. My favorite carrier of choice then was Air Phil because of their low fares. Unfortunately, this changed when my pop-up display booths were off-loaded when I took an Air Phil flight to Zamboanga last December 2011. This […]

Thrilla in NAIA: was the Tulfo-Raymart-Claudine brawl really all about inadequate airport security?

It is quite ironic that in a police state such as the Philippines where around every corner and at every doorway, armed security forces stand ready to fire high-powered shotguns and assault rifles at any suspicious-looking loser, one or the other politician is now weighing in with their opinion of how slack security had recently […]

T3: The Mindless Bravado of the Tulfo brothers

And so the flames of gossip are alight once more. People got to see for themselves the laughable incident at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) involving Ramon Tulfo, Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto; what seemed a perfect storm of bad moods and sheer coincidence took place, and we Filipinos once again stood witness to the […]

Raymart, Claudine, Tulfo in excellent airport brawl

Bad breeding is at the heart of most issues that plague Philippine society and its culture of dysfunction. It is endemic at the macro level and ingrained at the micro levels — at the very threads that are woven into the very fabric of the national soul. This is evident in the manner with which […]