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 […]

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 […]

[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 […]

Once Upon a Tragedy: A PhotoStory of When Haiyan Struck the Philippines

Once upon a time, somewhere between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea… …there lay a unique archipelago named the Philippines. • • • It boasted of pristine white-sand beaches with clear blue waters… …abundant natural resources found nowhere else in the world… …and picturesque sunsets of the kind that’ll take your breath away.  • • • But despite […]