Are These Photos Racist?

There’s been debate and clamor in social media about the pre-nuptial photos of Philippine celebrities Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia shot in Ethiopia: … Some people have expressed concern and even rage that these photos appeared to make “accessories” or “props” out of the Ethiopians in the shots. Concerns over racism erupted, with some netizens […]

Social Media Shaming: Go or No?

Recently, I’ve noticed an increase in the circulation of social media posts that publicly narrate some sort of offense or wrongdoing by a private person, whose name and photo are typically included (even tagged) in the post. Usually, the one posting is the person who was offended, and in all fairness, it’s often the case […]

What’s It Like Being Filipino?

One of the things I appreciate the most about the blogging community is the diversity of ethnicities and cultures that get to interact here. I’m in awe of the idea that with just the click of the button, I could share my thoughts with or get to read about the thoughts of someone halfway across […]

Pondering Independence: What Happened to the Philippines?

For the past couple of days, I have been obsessing over Hamilton: An American Musical. I mean, what’s not to love? It’s history told in a most entertaining way, featuring cabinet meetings as rap battles and mothers who beatbox. No wonder Michelle Obama called it “the single greatest piece of art in any form I […]

Warrior, Ruler, Caregiver, Creator, Sage: The PH Presidentiables as Archetypes

… The upcoming May 2016 Philippine Presidential Election has been causing quite the ruckus: back-and-forth mudslinging among the presidential candidates, minute-by-minute election-related stories from the mass media, and most entertaining of all, word wars among the presidentiables’ supporters in social media. Add to that a plethora of reports, interviews and articles about each candidate’s credentials […]

The Story of Little Red Riding Hood Told in Medical Terms

Hello, one and all! As many of you know, I’m a registered nurse and so I’m quite familiar with medical jargon. Sharing with you all this piece I did for fun a few years back, translating the Brothers Grimm’s classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood to medical terms (as best as I can). The […]

[Attempts at] Redeeming Paradise: Notes of a Haiyan Relief Volunteer

The first time I wrote about Haiyan (local name Yolanda), I was writing as an observer, a Filipino who has seen the damage of Haiyan only through pictures and video clips shown on TV or in the internet. Now I write as an involved person. During the last week of November, I was given the […]