Boracay closure by Duterte better than a closure order by Mother Nature

Thousands of jobs will be impacted by the recently-announced closure of popular island resort Boracay, shriek a bevy of “activists”. But, really, perhaps one should pause first to consider whether the man-made impact in the form of the closure order approved by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may, in fact, be a lot more preferrable to […]

Filipinos have lost the right to be “shocked” about what happened to Boracay

Why all the chatter and private school “outrage” over Boracay all of a sudden? What is happening to the land of the annual chi-chi “#LABoracay” and all other hipster happenings that greet Imperial Manila denizens fleeing their parents’ Holy Week obligations have always been happening in the Philippines. It’s all part of Filipinos’ world-renowned Reverse […]

Degradation happening in Boracay is happening everywhere in the Philippines

I overheard someone say the other day, “What happened to Boracay is enough to make you feel ashamed to be called a Filipino”. Some of you may feel outraged over that statement. After all, Boracay is not the Philippines. Or is it? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recently described Boracay as a cesspool – faeces and […]

Filipino hipsters unite around #CoronIsNotBikiniBottom to rail against Nickelodeon’s Palawan plans

The Philippines is not exactly among the most pristine tropical island destinations listed in most tourist brochures. Why? Because of a lot of things owing to Filipinos’ renowned Reverse Midas Touch syndrome. Look no further than how Manila, the country’s premiere metropolis, is managed. Decrepit public utility buses and jeepneys belch toxic black smoke as […]

Moving on from “It’s More Dysfunctional in the Philippines”

Tourism is an important sector for the Philippine economy. In 2015, the travel and tourism industry contributed 10.6% to the country’s GDP (wiki). It is as important a pillar as our OFW remittances and BPO industry for keeping our economy humming and ensuring hot pan de sal stays served on Juan’s breakfast table. With all […]

Pinoys Abuse Nature Like Nobody’s Business And Then Cry Like Babies When She Lashes Out

I remember someone saying that a lot of Filipinos are “asar-talo”. This translates to a person who loves to make fun of others but cry bloody murder when the tables are turned on him and given a taste of his own medicine. I don’t know about you but I’ve met my share of that kind of people. […]

Why Does the Philippines Even Exist?

Why ask why? Well, as much as what, when, where, or how is as valid enough a starting word for an inquiry, I like to ask WHY questions because it makes us THINK. And I really encourage more Filipinos to get into the habit of doing so because it’s great cerebral-gymnastics exercise – being one […]

What Ails My Airport And My Country Are The Same

It is worth pondering the state of our international gateway airport and what is says about our country. You know what they say about the eyes being windows to a person’s soul? Well, a country’s airport is a window to its governance and well-being.  Think about it.  The first impression that a businessman or tourist […]