Imperial Manila: Uniting the Nation at a Price

It was the dawn of April 27, 1521 when Ferdinand Magellan and his handful of men, confident of their superior European weaponry, got off their ship and waded ashore for a face-off with defiant Lapu Lapu and his 1500-strong army of natives defending Cebu’s Mactan Island. Little did Magellan know that this iron-willed Visayan datu would […]

Gaming Etiquette For Pinoy Gamers

Again, I find myself angrily writing another article after getting royally enraged by a lot of you Pinoy gamers out there. Really, I must admit, it’s really ironic now that I have the time to really think about it. I know a lot of you scream “Pinoy Pride” at the top of your lungs whenever […]

Mass national disruption as APEC Manila 2015 circus comes to town!

Everything is such a huge drama in the Philippines. The coming Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) is no exception. It promises to effect immense disruption across a vast swath of Philippine society — which makes the very hosting of this forum by the Philippine government quite ironic. Economies rise and fall on the back of […]

Why are you so negative? And other frequently asked questions answered

Every now and then, I get asked the same questions I have answered so many times before. I understand that not everyone will see my responses so I have compiled the frequently asked questions with my corresponding answers for everyone’s convenience: 1. When you highlight what is wrong in Philippine society, aren’t you being negative? […]

Should Filipinos Go Back to Pursuing Excellence in English?

Through the years, I have witnessed the steady decline of Filipinos in about almost everything they used to be good at, and one area is in their command of the English language. While neighboring countries like Korea and Japan have only recently realized the great value of this de-facto language of choice in today’s highly […]

What Marian Rivera’s fan base reveals about Philippine society

It suddenly occurred to me why Marian Rivera has so many frothing fans. It’s because she looks sosyal but sounds palengkera. The psychology there being that there is some sort of perverted appeal to seeing a person who looks like she comes from the colonial elite speaking the language of the masa. Yeah, I get […]

Fluency in Regional Languages Can Improve the So-Called “Filipino Language”

One thing I learned in language education is that, given time, geography and human development, a language would eventually change to suit the needs of communication. That is why I have ultimately very little problems with Tagalog speakers embellishing English into the former, creating a (current) form of portmanteau popularly known as “Taglish.” The premise […]

Why Anti-English Sentiment is Anti-Filipino

While the Constitution (Article XIV, section 7) declares English as an official language of the country, there are still smart-alecks who believe Filipinos should not speak English. For example, there was this troll in a group that tries to say he is more “Filipino” because he doesn’t know English much. Such things are really stupid. […]