The Filipino Language in the Time of Fake News

No less than the President himself admitted—the night after his second State of the Nation Address last month—that his camp hired keyboard warriors to defend him against social media critics and to help him win the presidency. Responding to a reporter’s question on the recent Oxford study which showed that the President’s camp spent a…

‘Huling Habilin’ of ‘Comfort Women’ for Duterte

Saturday, March 3, passed quietly without fanfare. But it is an important day in history. March 3, 1945 marked the end of the Battle of Manila to liberate the Philippines after three years of Japanese aggression. It is widely considered as one of the greatest tragedies of the Second World War where 100,000 men, women,…

The Modern Slaves of Hong Kong

A SubSelfie.com Exclusive Habang abala ang marami sa pag-ungkat sa buhay ni Lola Eudocia at kung paano siya inalipin nang ilang dekada ng kapwa Pilipino, libu-libong kasambahay naman ang kasalukuyang nakararanas ng hindi patas at hindi makataong pagtrato sa Hong Kong. Marami sa mga tinaguriang domestic helpers (DH) na mga Pilipino at iba pang migranteng domestic…

#Taiwanderlust: Discovering the Underrated Asian Dragon

It’s only been half a year since Taiwan has opened up and relaxed its visa rules for its Asia Pacific neighbors, and already we’re seeing a surge in tourists arrivals in Taipei. In 2016 alone, there was a 25% spike in the number of Filipinos who visited this island-nation barely the size of Luzon. These were 172,475…

Orapronobis

The commemoration of the Passion of the Christ is an opportune time to pause for a while and reflect on all that has been and all that will be. And while a very few blessed kababayan can afford to travel either to the Sistine Chapel in the Holy See or the Holy Land in Jerusalem, you…

8 Things I Learned in Kansai

Here are a few things worth noting when visiting what is dubbed to be the cultural and historical heart of Japan that is the Kansai region.

USA-PHL: Love and Hate

Let me try to make sense for my millennial counterparts another weeklong rollercoaster ride for the foreign relations of the Philippines courtesy of no less than our unorthodox President Rodrigo Duterte. Super Typhoon Lawin wrought havoc in Northern Luzon, but this was the most surprising news of the week: Duterte announced in a highly anticipated…

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…

30

Hudyat ang numero 30 ng pagtatapos ng isang balita o sanaysay, ng pagsasara ng buwan, ng tuldok sa isang yugto, ng pagpapanibagong-buhay. Katumbas din ng nasabing bilang ang isang pinto, lagusan patungo sa isang bagong araw, ano pa’t paniniguro kung hindi salamin ng pag-asa na may susunod pang pahina, isang bagong kabanata. May kung anong…

Sa Ulo ng Nagbabagang Balita

Waring nagbibiro lamang ang tadhana nang magkakasunod na pagkilala ang inilabas ng korte at mga ahensya sa mga karapatan ng mga manggagawa sa media. Ngunit di gaya ng bungang-kahoy na pinahinog ng tubig at araw, kinailangan pang ikalburo ng ilang manggagawa sa media ang mga pagkakataon nang sa gayo’y mahinog ito nang tuluyan. Sa madaling…

The Death of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Co-written with Ephraim Aguilar Just like that, the proposed legislation that promises peace in the South is dead. The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) died in a war — not of guns, bombs and barbaric grounds — but a war within the hallowed, civilized halls of Congress. The very same fruit of two decades of grueling negotiations is…

Ispokening Dollar: ‘Weird Affectation’ sa Wikang Ingles

Bobo raw ang mga Pilipinong mahina sa wikang Ingles. Ipinagbubunyi naman natin ang mga kababayang bulol sa sariling wika pero may twang kung magsalita; yaong palagiang magkasundo ang subject-verb agreement; at iyong nakapagsusulat nang walang bahid at perpektong Ingles. Sila ang mga pinupuri, hinahanggaan at pinapalakpakan. Sa bansang tila paliparan lamang kung ituring ng marami,…