The Filipino’s Self-destructive Appetite for Junk

The age-old adage “garbage in, garbage out” rings out in every Introductory Computer Programming class across the nation. Yet the Filipino, narrow-minded as he is, is unable to apply the same logic to his very own everyday life. There is a covert conspiracy with the major players of the economy in cahoots to siphon from the common […]

Mental health awareness in the Philippines

There was news about an apparent suicide floating around the office the past week. A relatively healthy employee, dead at thirty. It would have been more shocking had this instance been the victim’s first attempt but I believe it wasn’t. According to people who knew him well this was the third and, unfortunately, successful time […]

Suicide And How You Can Help Prevent One

Okay, this isn’t going to be an easy topic to tackle but Tvtropes and Cracked both have their own page about suicide and what can be said or done to prevent it so I decided that it’s high time for GRP to have something similar. We all know that suicide is another issue that is somewhat uncomfortable to discuss […]

Robin Williams’s death and the meaning of life

The world was shocked with the news that the much-loved Hollywood actor and comedian Robin Williams took his own life. It was hard for his fans to reconcile his animated persona on screen with the revelation that he was actually an unhappy person off screen. It was discomforting to think that someone who made it […]

Daiana Menezes official statement: Benjo was dying for electoral reform!

According to a suicide note allegedly found in his office, former Congressman Benjo Benaldo, was supposedly dying for his advocacy of “electoral reform”. Along with the note, 100,000 in cash was reportedly found on his desk. “This is the money for my cremation please cremate… my death is for electoral reform,” read part of the […]

Benjo Benaldo and Daiana Menezes drama turns bloody, reignites chatter!

Did the girl cry wolf? Did the boy try to kill himself? This is the latest drama-turned-cliffhanger that started with strange posts on Twitter coming from Brazilian model and TV host Daiana Menezes. The tweets featured photos on Instagram that seemed to suggest Menezes was a victim of domestic violence supposedly arising from spats over […]

Kristel and the UP Dream

This paper is a continuation of my article, “Self-Destruction: The Question of Suicide and the Tendency to Harm Oneself” (GetRealPhilippines.COM and Blog Watch Citizen Media, March 19 and the Human Rights Online Philippines, March 22). Last Wednesday, a freshman student from the University of the Philippines-Manila ended her life, two days after “she was forced […]

Self-Destruction: The Question of Suicide and the Tendency to Harm One’s Self

How do people kill themselves? According to Wikipedia: “Suicide (Latin suicidium, from sui caedere, “to kill oneself”) is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death”. The following are the usual reasons and often quoted factors given, why an individual commits suicide: “…is committed out of despair or attributed to some underlying mental disorder, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcoholism, or drug abuse. Pressures or misfortunes such […]