Is Philippine House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez saying extra-marital affairs are “normal”?

Current Speaker of the Philippine House of Representative Pantaleón Álvarez recently came under fire after his extramarital affair was exposed. To be precise, he copped some flak from some sectors of society, but not all. Apparently, it was an “open-secret” in Congress that Alvarez has a girlfriend, but for some “reason”, presumably because he is […]

Duterte highlights Philippine media’s own lewd and hypocritical behaviour

I read a very disturbing article from one of Rappler’s writers. It’s disturbing because, firstly, it was published by a media outlet read by thousands of impressionable young Filipinos. And, two, it is disturbing because it is proof that a lot of Filipinos do not have the right principles that can steer them in the […]

Growing Filipino cottage industry attracts lonely First World ‘sugardaddies’

In the affluent West, ageing is a lonely affair. Many elderly people in the First World live alone in houses and apartments. In a lot of cases the road ultimately leads to an aged care facility — the final departure lounge from this world, so to speak. Even as better medical technology makes death increasingly […]

Why The Philippine Government Is Right in Cutting the Budget for Contraception

Recently, Health Secretary Janette Garin told the press that the budget for contraceptives has been scrapped. As if the tensions were not big enough during the discussion on the RH Bill, this decision took the conflict to a whole new level. It is a classic clash between the conservatives and the liberals, definitely much more […]

Taboo Topics In the Philippines (And Why We Need To Discuss Them)

“Taboo” a word that can be best amount to “abominable subject matter”. A taboo can encompass a lot of things. From things you would never do to things that you don’t even want to talk about. In our culture, I cannot help but notice that there are just too many taboo topics. Now, I know […]

What Aldub got right (and wrong) about courtship, love and romance

You probably have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Philippine television’s current most popular characters from the noontime show Eat Bulaga, Alden Richards and Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza in real life), better known by the portmanteau ‘Aldub’. It’s very hard to ignore the buzz surrounding the celebrity “couple” Aldub particularly since […]

Philippine Media And The Masses: A Cycle Of Stupidity And Madness

While the release of Heneral Luna was quite a welcome change from the usual (okay, let’s be honest here now) garbage that our media churns out on a regular basis. Both Fallen Angel and I have both said our pieces about it, but what’s sad is that the film has proven to be rather unappreciated at theaters […]

Life lessons Andrea Brillantes could learn from fellow actress Maria Ozawa

There is much irony surrounding the whole circus over the “indecent” video, allegedly of Filipino teen star Andrea Brillantes, that went “viral” last week. On one hand are the justice crusaders calling people to respect the privacy of Brillantes (who, as of this writing remains tight-lipped). Echoing the sentiment of civil society, veteran journalist Elizabeth […]