Here’s to Work and Play
Jul08

Here’s to Work and Play

  It’s mid-year travel time in the emirates, as we downshift to a slower pace with the incoming summer hiatus.  For those who are not in a holiday mood, especially entrepreneurs like me, the quieter season is a welcome respite giving us time to review and plan for the busy months ahead.   So, just like our month of contrast where one foot’s into rest and recreation, and the other one’s on staying put and continuing the...

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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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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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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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The New Oppressor: Pinoy versus Pinoy
Jul02

The New Oppressor: Pinoy versus Pinoy

By Lalaine Chu Benitez     119 years of Independence on the 12th of June 2017.  When we think about independence, freedom and liberation, what always comes to mind is breaking free from major forces that subjugate us – from the Spanish conquistadores who took our country as their own for over 400 years, to martial law and oppressive past regimes that curtailed the freedom and growth of our nation.   Liberation...

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