Pinoy Low Standards Even Trickle Into NFL Viewing

    I have lived in Manila for 17 years. In the past the NFL provided a respite from mass media stupidity from September to February every year. There have been episodes of drama where Sky lost ESPN and only Destiny had it as well as other incidents. In 2011 ASN ( All Sports Network […]

The Ateneo and La Salle administrations’ failure to protest human rights violations

Administrators of two elite Philippine schools seem to prove what some have been suspecting all along – that the teachers in the country are teaching students what to think instead of how to think. Before the first encounter between the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) in this year’s UAAP […]

The Brave Little Halfling: An Allegory About Hidilyn Diaz’s Victory

I would like to dedicate this story to Hidilyn Diaz. Sorry if the ending is somehow less than happy… There was once a halfling woman by the name of Hilda who dreamed of becoming a heroine to her people. She wanted to bring honor and glory to herself and her family and thought that the […]

Ditch the old Aquino-vs-Marcos rhetoric: Time for the Philippines to move on!

I was in one of the high rise buildings in Ortigas and looking out of the window, could see that the volume of vehicles was again too much for the four-lane two-way traffic road. It was bumper-to-bumper traffic both ways. At one intersection, a gray Toyota Camry from the two-lane heading north was slowly attempting […]

Filipino Culture and Its Loser Mentality

Actually, I’m supposed to be working on the 9th chapter of Deep but again, I find myself writing another article, this time about the recent failure of our representatives in the SEA Games, particularly the diving competition. Heck, I even got an imitator in one of the commentaries. I don’t know if I should be flattered or […]

Is being ‘unprepared’ to compete in an international sporting event a valid excuse to fail?

‘Not being prepared’ is not an excuse. What it is is a reason for failure, no more no less. And, yes, the failure of Filipino divers John Elmerson Fabriga and John David Pahoyo in this year’s Southeast Asian Games is a failure of ALL Filipinos. There is no other way to describe the fielding of […]

Why I’m Not Excited About Manny Pacquiao’s Upcoming Fight

Ladies and gentlemen, Pacquiao’s up and coming fight with Mayweather is only just a few weeks away from now. Already, I hear people everywhere clamoring for a chance to be heard on how much they support Pacquiao and how much they hate Mayweather. Already, I notice that so many Filipinos are filling Facebook with encouragements […]

Again: Why the Gilas Win may fail to uplift the Philippines

In connection to the recent win by the Gilas team against Senegal, a while back, The University of the Philippines obtained what is considered a rare sports victory. What signified that it was rare and important was because they decided to put up a big bonfire that time. It also seemed other that people criticized […]