Wednesday, November 26, 2014

America: The Philippine Love-Hate Affair

Fil-Am Friendship Park

The Philippines has always had an ambiguous relationship with the United States of America. While officially, the Philippine government is mostly friendly with the USA, there are notable times (such as the removal of US bases, requested in 1991) that the relationship has been less than cordial. The situation becomes more complicated when you check on the normal person on the street, where the reaction to Americans vary from neutral, to welcoming, to utter rejection of their presence in the country, even as tourists.

So why is it that Pinoys have a love-hate affair with the United State of America?

Read more at the Philippine Online Chronicles

Photo: “Fil-Am Friendship Park” by Roberto Verzo, c/o

Monday, November 24, 2014

When to give a child cell phone and social media rights

Instagram and Other Social Media Apps

When the youngest in our family was growing up, the Internet had just started up here in the country. I do remember having to listen to the whistling handshake of older modems as connection was established. However, what did that mean to our youngest sister? Surprisingly, when she was around twelve, we let her have access to the Internet, and I am glad to say that she is more or less well-adjusted, if not savvy about online concerns.

However, it’s important to note that before she went online, she was immersed in a family that encouraged reading (she still has her library, as do I), and that we were also very much involved in making sure that if she did watch movies, we would be there with her (for the most part). Thus, she has developed a healthy appetite for good movies… and outstandingly whacky B-movies as well.

The key, in retrospect, with how my sister was prepared for the Internet was that we had already been preparing her somehow through the way we introduced literature to her, and that also, thanks to how history turned out… there was no chance for her to be exposed to the Internet at a younger age.

Read more at the Philippine Online Chronicles

Photo: “Instagram and Other Social Media Apps” by Jason Howie, c/o

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jason Moss: Business is business, you fat ugly b*tches (Probably NSFW)

I checked out my friend Jason Moss's exhibit, "Business is business, you fat ugly b*tches," (censorship mine) over at Secret Fresh (Ronac Center). Here are some of his works. Due to their blunt nature, do be aware that the article/photo gallery contains NSFW imagery not suitable for certain workplaces. Do be aware of this when clicking through.