How to Be You, Po? Finding Your True Self in The Age of Social Media
Sep17

How to Be You, Po? Finding Your True Self in The Age of Social Media

Finding Your True Self in The Age of Social Media By Alwee Villarosa     In this age of social media, “influencers”, and trends, what does it take to be unique? Do your social media page and your aesthetic really represent who you are? Are we really what we believe we are? Or do we just take on a persona, because the internet says is cool? Maybe. Maybe not.   Filipinos spend 53 hours online every week. That’s higher...

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Filipinos and Racial Discrimination: Are we victims or perpetrators?
Aug30

Filipinos and Racial Discrimination: Are we victims or perpetrators?

Filipinos and Racial Discrimination: Are we victims or perpetrators? By Paolo Benitez     With the current global political climate, we’ve seen a lot more incidences of people acting as figures of hate and backward mentality. The presidency of Donald Trump has given the green light for anti – immigrant sentiment and intolerance, which has reverberated around the world. Hate graffiti and racial slurs have become commonplace...

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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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A NEW HOPE: What We Want From The Philippine Government in 2017
Jan19

A NEW HOPE: What We Want From The Philippine Government in 2017

A NEW HOPE What we want from the Philippine Government in 2017 By Kristine Abante   2016 has been a tumultuous year in Philippine politics, yet in essence, it also has been a triumphant year, if you will consider the effective gains of the current administration in just over six months and how the disruptive, controversial style of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has turned things around. “Change” was the banner cry of Duterte...

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It’s a Man’s World. What’s so great about being a boy?
Dec10

It’s a Man’s World. What’s so great about being a boy?

  It’s a Man’s World:  what’s so great about being a boy? Ika nga ni James Brown, “It’s a man’s world!” Or is it really? Decades of intellectual and cultural evolution have lessened the proverbial divide between the male and the female of our species, pero hindi mapagkakaila that boys sometimes still get a pass just for being boys. The recent US elections, case in point.   We asked some of the boyest boys we know: “Ok so you’re a...

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