reflections

Election Musings: Dissecting Duterte’s Popularity

Election Musings: Dissecting Duterte’s Popularity

So if you haven’t been living under a rock these past few days, you already know that Mayor Duterte has apparently surpassed former frontrunner Grace Poe in the latest SWS and Pulse Asia presidential survey. With less than four weeks before the May 09 elections, […]

Election Musings: “Judge me for my candidate” 

Election Musings: “Judge me for my candidate” 

As election time draws near, never have I felt political tension and drama in my Facebook and Twitter feed than  what is happening right now. Yes, it is actually happening. We are judging the intellect, ethics and sanity of one another simply because of one’s […]

ASEAN: Building a sense of community

ASEAN: Building a sense of community

How do we fit the concept of ASEAN identity in our warped sense of nationalism? We Pinoys have the strangest sense of nationalism there is. It’s quite a study, really. We display pride over our history, heroes, resources, food, culture and even talented individuals with even […]

Cheers to us: the ones left behind

Cheers to us: the ones left behind

  For the most part of my life, I’ve always watched people come and go…and there’s nothing I can say or do about it. I don’t want to sound like I’ve been abandoned many times in my life and being whiny about it, but I […]

Some Year-End Musings

Some Year-End Musings

Kindly allow me to join the bandwagon of netizens self-analyzing and self-assessing themselves at the last day of 2015. I mean, it’s better than writing on a crummy list of New Year’s Resolutions that never found themselves beyond the paper. I don’t consider 2015 as […]

Breaking out of the Writer’s Hibernation

Breaking out of the Writer’s Hibernation

As a lover of words and a student of writing, I’ve always had this innate fear that I would no longer have anything to write about. What I mean by that is, I would simply lose the desire to write. That anything I would ever […]

So I learned an important lesson today…

So I learned an important lesson today…

Today, I was supposed to meet one of my favorite writers for the first time. I was fortunate to be invited in an academic round-table at a big university in Taft, Manila for his intimate discussion of Politics in Literature. But thanks to my poor […]

A Duterte style of Leadership: Can Filipinos Stomach it?

I understand his reason for not running. He’s too old. All he wants is to enjoy the results of his service in the city. Let him. For those people stamping him as selfish, using Heneral Luna’s ‘Bayan o Sarili’ lines to taunt him, you’re not doing any much good. Please, just please, respect this man’s decision. If you want to make this bayan good, start with your sarili.

Traveliries: Being humbled by Mt. Pulag

My philosophy in life is to reward myself in every milestone I gained, big or small. Having your 23rd birthday is a major achievement (since you’re still here and all) and what could be a better way of celebrating one’s 23 years of existence than […]