Sorcery in Governance

In one of the comments in the Daily Inquirer, one posited, albeit with levity, that a sorcerer-consultant is dictating Duterte to kill as many as he can, so that he can can be macho forever. I find this plausible, considering that in his campaign sorties, Duterte would mete out towels with his lint to his…

The Die Is Cast

Talk of today. Talk of the future. If ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The die is cast. At stake is you, me, your children, your future. This page cannot afford to be a fence-sitter. We are endorsing Mar Roxas for President.

Ready to Debut

We are proud to announce that the new San Pascual Baylon Han Guinarona is just about ready to debut. The image is a masterpiece by Leandro Z. Baldemor of Paete, Laguna, Philippines. Thank you all, who donated to the cause. We wish to commend the Chinese merchants in Tacloban and elsewhere, who, despite being Buddhists,…

An Open Letter to the Liberal Party

Dear Liberal Party, Most impressive are the gains the Philippines has achieved under your aegis. Your program of good governance deserves kudos. More power to you! While the country is facing two-pronged dangers, to wit, the Chinese incursion into Philippine territory (we have to thank Gloria Arroyo for that) and the rotten individuals seeking office…

PH 2016: A Survey

Come on, Philippines, let’s do it.  I just don’t buy the “surveys” where Binay and Poe are dominant.  It’s as if Filipinos are idiotic and a sucker for self-flagellation. The Mother of All Surveys:

Calling a Spade a Spade: A Message to Filipinos

By Manong Santana EXCUSE ME General Ramos??? We are both ex-military men. The only difference is you studied in the U.S. and went back to the Philippines and served the dictator Marcos. While I served the United States Military as a Filipino-American, just like12,,000 Fil-Am servicemen and women who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sir,…

The Filipino at His Worst

“Ridicule is a common feature of the Filipino character. It is an element of “amoral interdependence”, or the crablike way Filipinos deride others to raise themselves up. It starts in elementary school, which you can witness when you see kids laughing at their schoolmates who hurt themselves or otherwise mess up. It is devoid of…

A Repost: A Philippine Hero: Benigno Aquino III

By Joe America It seems to me that it is time to stop referring to the President casually, as if he were our pal, an ordinary guy we demanded be our president because he was of good parentage and decent character. For me, it is now Mr. President, or the President, or Benigno Aquino III,…

Fiestas Past

In the Philippine setting, fiesta is culture and culture is fiesta.  Whereas the United States has Thanksgiving Day, the Philippines, namely each village , has the barrio fiesta:  a time for celebration, a time to give thanks, a time to reconnect with one’s roots.  And yes, the focus of the fiesta is the patron saint–its…

Class A and Class B Relics

As in Guinarona cannot be more fortunate:  We do have  the Class A and the Class B relics of San Pascual Baylon! The Class A relic has San Pascual Baylon’s bone in the center, surrounded by “petals” of lamb hide.  San Pascual used to be a shepherd, hence the symbolism. The Class B relic has…