Friends, Filipinos, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears

Those of us who were expecting flaming oratory during President Duterte’s first major speech were a bit disappointed for sure. For me, it was the disappointment of what might have been. Especially since there was no absence of moving lines and quotable quotes in the text of the speech. For example, “And the Filipino, disciplined, […]

Duterte’s #SONA2016 message: No time for blame games. We’ve got a job to do!

Many would have understood if President Rodrigo Duterte had devoted a big portion of his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) to blaming his predecessor. After all Duterte did acknowledge, just the same, that the Philippines is still in a “mess” and that Filipinos are suffering. But Duterte’s first SONA came across like a […]

President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be delivering his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) today. Since Duterte is enjoying a trust rating of 91% — the highest rating among presidents on their first month — we can expect a lot of Filipinos all over the world to be tuned in to watch and listen […]

The Problem with Filipino views about English Speakers

Here’s a certain reaction I heard about English-Speaking Filipinos: “Ha? Bakit tayo nag-i-Ingles? Mayaman ba tayo? (Why should we be speaking English? Are we rich?)” When I also noticed that people always assume I was rich and moneyed, I asked my mom about it and she said, “How could they not? You look white and […]

Mar Roxas is wrong: Politics WAS behind the SAF44 massacre in Mamasapano

In his so-called “True State of the Nation Address” (TSONA) delivered at the Cavite State University yesterday, Vice President Jejomar Binay dedicated a significant part of the speech to the memories of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) troopers who were killed in a botched operation in Mamasapano, Mindanao. Department of Interior and […]

On Senator Bongbong Marcos’s alternative State of the Nation Address

I have just finished reading Senator Bongbong Marcos’s A second opinion on the state of our nation published on the Manila Times, and I have chills in my body, and my eyes are misty. I never thought I would be able to see such a thing again in this land of ours, but there it […]

Filipinos keep bringing up the past but keep forgetting the lessons

Apart from being incessantly butthurt about the past, as GRP webmaster benign0 has pointed out, Filipinos seem to be endlessly stuck in it. To be fair, it’s perfectly natural to recall the past. In fact, humans do it for a number of reasons. We may want to reminisce over what we once had that is […]

Filipinos would rather be butthurt about the past than gung-ho about the future

The intellectual DNA of Philippine society is flawed at its most fundamental level. The trouble with the approach to thinking in the Philippines is, more often than not, this activity is retrospective rather than prospective in nature. The word BUTTHURT encapsulates that society-wide malaise. And the sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) […]