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 […]

Is Anonymous Writing Better?

For the past week or so, I had closed off my blog from the public. I hesitated whether or not to talk to you guys about why I did so, but I guess I need to, at least for those who had requested access. Here goes. … Usually, one of the best things about having […]

Kill or Be Killed

Yesterday, I sat with my 9-year-old nephew as he engaged in one of his favorite pastimes, watching gameplay videos of YouTubers Pat and Jen playing Minecraft. As we watched, he explained to me some mechanics of the ongoing game, which at the time was Bed Wars. There were 8 teams, each composed of a pair. […]

The Artist’s Job

“Whose job is it in times like this┬áto connect ideas, realities and people?” ~ Mwende Katwiwa … I just came across the following 8-min talk from Rethinking Life, and its message is definitely worth spreading, especially for all kinds of artists out there. “[I]t is the artist’s job to unearth stories that people try to […]

The Greatest Mutant (X-Men)

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been watching all the X-Men movies, from X-Men (2000) to X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Although vaguely familiar with its characters since when I was a child, I haven’t really known them all, along with their backstories. Watching the movies allowed me to rediscover the characters, their stories, and their […]