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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.

How to build a training ground for rebels: #StopLumadKillings

How can you build a training ground for rebels so that the strife in Mindanao will continue and the rest of the Filipinos will be convinced that military presence is necessary in the area? Simple. Just follow this simple solution devised by the Philippine military. Occupy their […]

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 […]

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?

“Anong nagawa mo sa bansa mo? Buti pa ang Presidente meron.” Why I’m tired of hearing these arguments

“Anong nagawa mo sa bansa mo? Buti pa ang Presidente meron.” Why I’m tired of hearing these arguments

Until now, I still can’t believe how time flies so fast. I mean, (nearly) six years have passed! I can remember it was only yesterday when most people in my circle were aghast to find that the people elected a president whose victory was partly owned […]

Finding your Genius

Finding your Genius

In a TEDtalk shared by Elizabeth Gilbert, she posed an interesting question about the nature of genius and artistry. According to the ever fascinating Greeks, genius stops becoming the little adjective we uttered out of reverence and admiration, but a noun, a subject that refers to […]

Why we need more engineers, architects, urban planners in the government

Why we need more engineers, architects, urban planners in the government

Seriously, just look at this picture. For the past decades or so, the Philippines (or dare we say, Metro Manila) has suffered a great deal of mismanagement in urban planning. Ironically, I’m writing this in a small apartment caught in the urban gridlock where people […]