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.
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.
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:
The secret is out: according to the Huffington Post, the Philippines is one of the absolute worst places to drive in the world. We’re not exactly surprised. Here are ten reasons why.
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.