Friday, June 3, 2016

The Cultural Divide Between Manila and Mindanao

I grew up in Mindanao. Now I live in Metro Manila. I cannot help but see the cultural divide between these two areas of the country. What I have found since I enrolled as a freshman in UP Diliman are these: 1. When in a huddle, home-grown Manilenos tend to speak to each other in low voice, almost like making sure the guy next to him wouldn't hear a sound. When we huddle in Mindanao, it's a party! We express excitement! We speak to be heard by the whole world! We laugh even louder so it would be heard by Mars! My elder brother demonstrated that by letting me observe how people huddle in the dormitory lobby. Oh, how right he was (and is). I didn't find it very difficult to identify which people spoke Cebuano (the lingua franca in both Visayas and Mindanao).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Principled Bigotry is a Fundamental Right!

Don't know what went into me, but I created this visual, which I then posted in my Facebook timeline.

If a principled man fits the bigoted bill, then isn't it then absolutely alright to be called a bigot! Men of principle should take it as a compliment from here on.

In fact, this is now what I believe: principled bigotry is a fundamental right!

That says it all for now.

What do you think?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To Fight or Not to Fight

There is nothing to add to the news about what's happening to Iraq and Syria the past few weeks, especially on how Christians have been displaced there. But I can't help but be appalled. We are talking here about Christians who have been rooted in those areas for the past 6,000 years. That's sad, isn't it?

Image from Christian Headlines

When jihadists came conquering Europe in the Middle Ages, predominantly Christian Europe fought back through what is now known as the Crusades. Will it come to that?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chasing Street Names in Metro Manila

Street names can be confusing in Metro Manila. Someday I'll understand why they are making a hobby out of changing street names. Maybe they don't want Promdis like me to freely come and go.

Finding out which street is which can sometimes feel like a chase. I have come to know a good number of streets during my trying years in Metro Manila as a newcomer. But then, just when I have gotten used to the names, the Lords of street names changed their names.

Most of the street chase that I know are in Makati City:
  1. BUENDIA (a major street in Makati that intersects Ayala and EDSA) ... they changed the name to Sen Gil Puyat Ave decades back; but people still call it Buendia.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Let us FORBID SURVEYS During Elections

How can I disagree with forbidding surveys as proposed by Tulfo during election time? Indeed, if we ban our media from discussing merits of a case in a litigation, how much more with the selection process for the country's top position?

Surveys defeat the spirit of the campaign period. It influences people in a way that will detrimental to the country.

Indeed, "If judges, supposedly men and women of letters, could be influenced by the discussion of the pros and cons of a criminal or civil case in media, more so the ignorant voters who are easily swayed."

How can I disagree with that? In fact, I am completely sold out to that!

in reference to:

"If judges, supposedly men and women of letters, could be influenced by the discussion of the pros and cons of a criminal or civil case in media, more so the ignorant voters who are easily swayed."
- Forbid surveys during election -, Philippine News for Filipinos (view on Google Sidewiki)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Worst Election Fraud

To me there's one ELECTION FRAUD that is WORSE than dagdag-bawas. That FRAUD is writing the names of candidates that others tell you to (thanks to popularity surveys and everything people do with it), and not those of whom you sincerely believe in.

Either way, the consequence will be a President and a future we all deserve.

Fate shall accept neither praise nor blame.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Holy Week in the Philippines

It's the Holy Week in the Philippines once again. The word "Holy Week" translates to many languages in the multi-lingual Philippines.

Photo from

To some "Holy Week" translates to "spiritual retreat" after a whole year's work. It can also translate to "pabasa" and "processions" that slow down traffic in the provinces.