Tag: philippines

“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 […]

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 […]

Experiencing the Boracay Algae Gloom

On a homecoming trip to Romblon, I surprised my mother with a stopover to an island known far and wide, inside and beyond the country: one you can categorically love or categorically hate. An island so mainstream in the local Philippine tourism industry that my […]

Shortcuts

Shortcuts

“Turn it right! Turn it right!” Kuya Pat bellowed. I promptly turned the steering wheel to the left, the stick on reverse. It was only when the car turned to the wrong direction did I learn that my “right” is wrong. “What are you doing? […]

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 […]

Jessie Lichauco: The heart of Santa Ana

Jessie Lichauco: The heart of Santa Ana

At one point, she struck up a conversation with one of her visitors. The girl, having been surprised to be singled out, shyly hides behind her male companion. Lola Jessie affectionately pats her arm in a gentle reprimand, then said, “What are you doing? You shouldn’t be hiding there. Don’t you ever hide behind a man!”

Why we should stop saying “Parang wala ka sa Pilipinas”

Why we should stop saying “Parang wala ka sa Pilipinas”

Who among you heard this numerous times? Or found yourself saying this more than once? I can say I’m guilty of the latter. When I commuted to Bonifacio Global City and saw the sleek and tall buildings for the very first time, the first thing […]

Why I became a Heritage Warrior

Why I became a Heritage Warrior

Last May 2-4, 2014, I attended a 3-day conference sponsored by the National Commission of Culture and Arts and also Wikipedia Philippines. The agenda is simple: Build a cultural mapping site which will document all heritage and historical sites across the whole country. Now, I […]

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 […]