Filipino

BALAng Araw…

Anim na taon. Simula pa lang daw ang Tuwid na Daan. Madami pa tayong kakaining bigas para makamit ang tunay na ginhawa. Sana hindi lang pinagpapapatay (sa gutom o sa dahas) ang ating mga magsasaka.

5 reasons why every Filipino should watch Jerrold Tarog’s Heneral Luna

5 reasons why every Filipino should watch Jerrold Tarog’s Heneral Luna

All my friends know that I rarely write a review about books and movies but after watching Jerrold Tarrog’s Heneral Luna, I seemed to have been possessed by an overwhelming urge to spread the word on how brilliant and powerful this film is. Much like the […]

Pag-ibig at Pagboto: Bakit lagi tayong nasasaktan in the end

Pag-ibig at Pagboto: Bakit lagi tayong nasasaktan in the end

Ang pag-asenso ba ng ‘Pinas ay parang future ninyo lang dalawa? Malabo?

The Modern Propagandist: Federalism and the Philippines.

The Modern Propagandist: Federalism and the Philippines.

I’ll start this off with a confession. Philippine history never really interested me as a kid. I dreaded the moment our Sibika at Kultura teacher would arrive in the room and make us memorize the name of the governor-general who governed the country, or the […]

“Ma, bakit hindi mo ko tinuruan mag-Bisaya?”

“Ma, bakit hindi mo ko tinuruan mag-Bisaya?”

I grew up surrounded by the sound of three languages in our house: the native Filipino, English, and the language I know nothing about: Visaya. My mom was born and raised in a tiny island of Romblon at the southern tip of Luzon island but its […]

Is being ‘makabayan’ a rare thing nowadays?

Is being ‘makabayan’ a rare thing nowadays?

A Facebook post made me smile today. It’s about a worker who paid his salute to the Philippine anthem by clasping his fist against his chest as our three stars and a sun was being raised up in front of the Municipal Hall. That in […]

Manila Cathedral and Random Musings

Manila Cathedral and Random Musings

The last time I ventured inside the vast Manila Cathedral was when I was in 2nd year college and had no idea of the historical relevance of the place. Yesterday, I bore witness to the grand re-opening of Manila’s cultural and religious jewel, the seat […]

Traveliries: Leyte Three Months After

Traveliries: Leyte Three Months After

The first thing I have noticed are the coconut trees. My first absurdly hilarious thought was that they were all suffering from a terrible haircut, their leaves frozen in mid-air as if time had stopped and they are left in that state even when the […]

Reviving Intramuros (and our other heritage stuff)

Reviving Intramuros (and our other heritage stuff)

I’ve always been a big fan of colonial homes and old buildings. Maybe it’s the ‘lost’ Filipino identity in me, or I’m just being my overly sentimental self, but seeing colonial buildings turned to fashionable restaurants or boutiques, or preserved as residential homes in a […]

Growing up with Filipino Time [A Childhood Anecdote]

Growing up with Filipino Time [A Childhood Anecdote]

Filipino Time, which means things get done whenever they get done. Official Timing of The Philippines. Example: I set up a party for 6:00. This is interpreted as 7:00 Filipino time.In some cases, Filipino hosts deliberately set the time an hour or so earlier, knowing […]