The Problem with “Awa” or Sympathy for Drug Users

This woman’s picture made the rounds with her rather questionable message, “I’am a drug user, will you kill me? #break the stigma.” Let me guess what she means: illegal drug use is should not be seen as a bad thing, and that it is being used as an excuse or false reason to kill someone. […]

The stigma of being “alone” in the Philippines

O, bakit ka nag-iisa? (Why are you all by your lonesome?) Solo flight ka ata ngayon. (You seem to be on solo flight today.) If you’ve ever gone on break by yourself in the office or school, most likely you will get the above remarks from your co-workers or schoolmates, respectively. On the surface, it […]