When Manila Went Gaga Over the Goo Goo Dolls

Anyone who grew up in the Philippines in the 90’s  will easily recognize The Goo Goo Dolls as the band behind the hit “And I don’t want the world to see me,” the original soundtrack to the film City of Angels. For some 90’s kids like me, it wasn’t until I asked my older siblings that…

The Italian Job

“Mama, Italyano ba si Papa?” (Mom, is dad Italian?) my six year-old self shouted to my mom who was in the kitchen, which was actually only about a meter away from the supposed living room where I was doing my homework. She emerged teary-eyed from laughing uncontrollably, a ladle in one hand and a wok…

Why I Sued GMA: Refusing Unfair Labor Practices in the Media

On June 2014, I sued my employer, GMA Network, Inc. Signing those documents sealed my future, or the end of it. Scratch that. The company does not actually recognize me as its employee, and that’s precisely why I, along with other members of the Talents Association of GMA (TAG), filed a case against the network. Yes,…

The Art of Moving On

Do you remember your first heartbreak? A puppy love perhaps. The time when your darling with those big brown eyes ignored your glances? Or when your mutual affection became muted? It was just a crush then but it already broke your young heart. Just imagine the pain of losing someone you really loved. After all…

Before You Promise Forever

When it comes to love, I don’t believe in promises of forever. I’m not bitter. I just turned 23, and at my age, I still drift to Neverland from time to time like a child. I just accept the reality of time. At some point, we will all fade away. Humans have yet to devise a way…

Beks Factor: Loving a Man who Loves Men

Editor’s Note: Beks or Beki is a Filipino colloquial term that refers to gay men. This is a story of a girl who loved a boy who loves boys. We geared up for the high notes as we wait for the next song in the small videoke room. From the clear pane that divides our room…

Iskul Bukol: The Reality within Public Schools

I studied in a public school all my life. I owe the people of the Philippines my education. My parents taught me to be grateful for every inch of desk space I didn’t pay for, and for every second the teacher spends in class. Thank you, taxpayers. Some may wonder if our public school education is worth their…

Mt. Pulag: A Guide for Hikers and Broken Hearts

I climbed Mount Pulag in Benguet to make a decision. I was heartbroken. Like ice cold water running down my spine, the news struck me. The person I love will reject me. It was third hand information but the warning came from a friend. My heart skipped a beat. I was working in the newsroom…