Power to the Pinoy: Lessons Filipinos need to master to get ahead
Aug29

Power to the Pinoy: Lessons Filipinos need to master to get ahead

By Lalaine Chu-Benitez     Ninety eight percent literacy rate, English proficiency that’s praised the world over, commendable work ethics and a sunny disposition that can’t be beat – do we Pinoys need anything more to succeed in work and life?   As a matter of fact, yes.  Most of the time, we are so hooked on getting diplomas and criticizing our other kababayans’ English grammar, that we miss the value of other softer...

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The Power of Collaboration: Sharing Economy in the Philippines
Aug23

The Power of Collaboration: Sharing Economy in the Philippines

By Antonino Benitez     With the continued rise of online businesses, like Uber and Airbnb, which play a major part in the global ‘Sharing Economy’ arena, protests against these collaborative platforms are increasing on an international scale – and the Philippines is part of the picture.   Back home, groups have expressed their negative sentiments against Uber and Grab. Considering the popularity of these companies and...

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Are we fictional Filipinos?
Aug07

Are we fictional Filipinos?

By Dr. Rex Bacarra     A race in diaspora and a nation re-birthed over and over again from the wombs of the Spaniards, the British, the Americans and the Japanese, cannot claim authenticity.   This lack of rootedness is reflected on how we desire and what we desire, and when how we desire is self-centeredly individualistic instead of the more unifying collective, and what we desire is exemplified with our obsession with...

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Editors Note: Global and Ever-Evolving
Jul31

Editors Note: Global and Ever-Evolving

  How ‘Filipino’ should a Filipino be? In this increasingly globalized world, where 11 million of us live outside the homeland, and where as Filipinos in diaspora, we are often made acutely aware of our ethnicity in contrast to the ‘others’ that surround us, we get a lot of questions pertaining to our identity – “What is Filipino?” “What does it mean to be Filipino? “Filipino nga ba talaga?  “Are we being true to ourselves”?...

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Keeping Up With Congen: The Latent Filipino
Jul30

Keeping Up With Congen: The Latent Filipino

By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes     I grew up in the 70s and 80s in the metropolis, a time when being Manileño was hip, cool, and well – trendy. Corollary to that, it was also the time when speaking Ilokano in the midst of my Manila-boy schoolmates meant being teased as one from the barrios or the mountains (well – I was born in Baguio!) or to put it as I remembered some of my schoolmates did – “rural.”   I...

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Love for the Philippines: The Foreign Side
Jun21

Love for the Philippines: The Foreign Side

By Paolo Benitez Filipinos are known to be some of the most adaptable people on earth. With over 10 million Pinoys working abroad, you can almost guarantee a Pinoy in every country. Mga Kababayan, our love for the motherland is never ending, and that’s a given. We all look forward to going home in the summer, seeing our family and friends and breathing in that provincial air. And while away, we all speak of our country with a certain...

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