Chexit: The West Philippine Sea Is Ours but Now What?

China calls it a “farce.” The Philippine government filed the case before an international arbitral tribunal back in January 2013, seeking to quash the validity of China’s historic claims—an imaginary nine-dash line that impedes on our exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and effectively declares most of our seas as theirs. Their reason? Because they found and…

Their Last Moments on Earth

After dusk, when darkness sprawls over the metro — thieves, murderers and drug personalities find their most opportune time to do business. And where these hooligans leave a bloody mess, that’s where my duty as a graveyard reporter begins. The dirty job takes some getting used to. But I’ve never thought that my graveyard shift will…

The Ill-Gotten Health of the Philippines

President Noynoy Aquino left office and slapped nurses on his way out. He vetoed the Comprehensive Nursing Bill which would have provided for the raise in salary for entry level nurses working in both public and private sector, the appropriation of nurse to patient ratio, protection of nurses against illegal labor practices, unfair compensation and false…

Oral Origins: The Etymology of Putang Ina and Yawa

I faintly remember what led to our teacher’s ire that afternoon and why she was scolding the class. All I can clearly recall now were the dusty black shoes I was wearing. They were the first things I saw when I looked down in shame upon hearing my classmate swore in class in the presence of our…

From Duterte to Brexit

I stepped out of our house in Hertfordshire at 8 o’clock in the evening to buy a bottle of softdrinks. It was still very bright out and usually a walk in any part of Hertfordshire is a welcome break. Except that there were around ten rowdy teenagers spread on both sides of the alley and I had…

Her New “Kid”

She never saw it coming. It was like an undetected IED (improvised explosive device) that exploded and shattered her life into tiny pieces. She had to endure those four long hours of hemodialysis in a dialysis center in Scout Gandia. Sometimes, she would suffer from hypotension, (a low blood pressure such as 90/60), and so,…

Para kay Ama: Makuha Ka Po sa Isang Salita

Haligi ng tahanan kung ituring, ilaw din tahanan para sa ibang pamilya, marami ang tawag natin sa kanya: Ama, Tatay, Papa, Pa, Paps, Daddy, Dad at marami pang ibang sa inyo lang may kahulugan. ‘Di man nagdugtong ang pusod natin sa kanila, siguradong sila rin ang dahilan kaya naririto tayo ngayon. Kaya naman sa hirap…

Tungkol sa Pag-ibig

Kapag pumara na ang pag-ibig, sundan mo, gaano man kahirap o katarik ang kanyang daan. At kung balutin ka niya ng kanyang pakpak, isuko mo ang iyong sarili, nagkukubli man ang mga espada sa kanyang pakpak at maaari kang sugatan. At kung mangaral siya maniwala ka, Mabasag man niya ang iyong mga pangarap gaya ng…

Public Schools: A Teacher’s Checklist of Concerns

As a student, I would dream of new pens, bags, shoes and sets of our school uniform every June. My heart would light up whenever I ran the palm of my hand on a thick and smooth pad paper, remembering those carefree moments: no stress, unbound by responsibilities, oblivious of unpaid bills but conscientious when it comes…

Freedom of a Bipolar Mind

Independence Day. It makes me appreciate the freedom we now have. I am happy we can freely practice religion, freedom of expression, and have choices on what we can watch, buy, or wear. But it also reminds me of some moments when I felt I have lost my freedom. I was once a prisoner of…