Noynoy Aquino’s arrogance is forcing Filipinos to take matters into their own hands

The mobbing of Budget Secretary Butch Abad by angry students from the University of the Philippines (UP) is a sign that the system in the Philippines has broken down. The fact that a large group of Filipinos did not hesitate to verbally abuse a public official and were even prepared to physically assault him shows […]

DBM Secretary Butch Abad faces the wrath of the ‘Iskolars ng Bayan’

A video has emerged showing Department of Budget Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad being mobbed by activists at the University of the Philippines School of Economics building in Diliman, Quezon City last night. In the video, youths loudly chanted, among other phrases, “Noynoy Patalsikin!” and then heckled Abad as he left the building and […]

Study confirms need to establish English as medium of instruction also at elementary school levels

A study jointly conducted by the University of the Philippines’ Assessment Curriculum Technology Research Center-College of Education (ACTRC) and the University of Melbourne on the effectiveness of Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education in (MTB-MLE) in the Philippines has confirmed something many Filipinos have known for some time — that English remains a highly-prized skill that most […]

Why the UP bonfire celebration was truly a microcosm of Filipino society

As team manager Dan Palami had promised, the University of the Philippines (UP) basketball team held a “bonfire celebration” last Saturday, August 9, because the Fighting Maroons won against Adamson University (AdU) in a game from this year’s University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season. Now, this is an especially big thing to the […]

Brods investigating brods: Upsilon Sigma Phi in hot water over near-fatal hazing incident

Finally after many years of fraternity violence (whether it be in hazing or “rumbles”) claiming many young lives and limbs in the Philippines’ universities and colleges, we may potentially be seeing a big fish hauled to court. The venerable Upsilon Sigma Phi (Upsilon) of the University of the Philippines (UP) is currently in hot water […]

Gunning for 2016: Ai Ai delas Alas ‘prepares’ for public office!

Seems like the ‘in’ place in the UP Diliman campus of late is the College of Public Administration. If you had happened to have been a student there in 2010, you would’ve been able to make tambay with the likes of Ai Ai delas Alas. It is there, according to the Inquirer, where Ai Ai […]

How Serious is the Philippines’ Educational Crisis?

Lately, the Philippines has — for a number of good reasons — enjoyed the limelight, emerging as an economic bright spot in Asia. Receiving a stamp of approval from the world’s leading rating agencies, namely Fitch, S&P, and Moody’s, the country stands — in label — as a full-fledged investment-grade economy. This, at least theoretically, means […]

Plagiarism: what goes on in the mind of the Filipino?

The recent news of Filipino photographer Mark Joseph Solis plagiarizing his entries in international competitions has the social media chattering classes up in arms and in a state of “outrage”. Particularly noticeable is that since Rappler broke this story with the headline “UP student plagiarizes prize-winning photos”, the focus has been on the premier state […]