Category Archives: Commentary

Rizal Monument at Rizal Park

Twenty Things I Love About Manila

A portion of this article was published in The Manila Bulletin as part of a larger list of things people love about Manila. You can view the edited version here

When I was first asked to write about the things I love about Manila, I was a little apprehensive. I love this city, there’s no doubt about that, but it isn’t because of any one thing (or any twenty things for that matter). If Manila was a person, it would be a 100 year old veteran of several wars, a romantic, cultured but slightly off kilter, and broke. It would have a ton of character, would be a little seedy, would probably refuse to take a bath every day, and might stab you at the slightest provocation. But it would also be very charming and lovable, if you knew where to look.

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Philippine flag

How to Deal with Racism Against Filipinos on the Internet

There’s been an alarming number of racist articles going viral around the net which talk about Filipinos in a disturbing and derogatory manner. We don’t think this is going to end any time soon, so it might be a good idea to create a framework or a set of guidelines for many of us who are frequently caught up in the emotional tempest these pieces provoke. In this article, we’re giving you three ways you can deal with racism against Filipinos on the internet.

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Revilla privilege speech

Five Life Lessons You Can Learn from Senator Bong Revilla’s Musical Extravaganza (aka The Privilege Speech to End All Privilege Speeches)

By now, you’ve probably watched Senator Bong Revilla’s cringe-inducing privilege speech, which ended, in what may be the pinnacle of surrealism in Philippine politics, in a musical number, accompanied by a music video, performed by the senator himself. If you haven’t seen it yet, good for you. Here’s a summary:

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Seven of the Most Stupid Filipino Advertisements Ever Created

Just a round-up of seven Filipino advertisements, in no particular order, that make you go “WTF?” and wonder if companies actually paid agencies to come up with these stuff.

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