100 Days without Facebook

“Who are you avoiding?” “Are you okay?” “How are we going to contact you now?” If you’re going to quit Facebook, expect these questions on Day 3 — or the day your friends will realize you’re not on Messenger and can’t be tagged on 9gag memes anymore. Your profile picture is reduced to a blue…

Online Harassment: Dawn of Justice

Editor’s Note: This is the sequel to Tricia’s article: The Best Defenses v Online Harassment I was attentively observing in the mirror what the guy was doing behind me. My mind raced to recall self-defense moves from Mr. Miyagi and Mr. Han of Karate Kid movies as I remembered a number of rape cases that…

The Best Defenses v Online Harassment

It was the most uncalled-for comment I encountered on a Facebook post I uploaded on Monday, March 21, 2016. Worse, when I saw it, it had been there for an hour already. I cringed and felt so helpless and hurt knowing at the back of my mind that oftentimes when a woman gets disrespected and…

3.5 Degrees of Connection in Mt. Pulag

Here was the theory before from Frigyes Karinthy in 1929: any two people in the world can meet together through six steps with the help of a friend of a friend. It’s the six degrees of separation. Citing research data from virtual friendships, Facebook now claims that from six, it’s down to just 3.5 degrees, making it…

Separation of Decency and Cyberbullying

I woke up to my Facebook timeline with all sorts of opinions, arguments and analysis about the gathering of Iglesia ni Cristo members in EDSA. In social media, everything has something to say. If I’m reading it right, many have become overnight experts as well. This should be a healthy indication of democracy, right? But…

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,…

I’m Quitting Tinder

“The New York Times makes a big deal out of Tinder,” reads my own Tinder profile. After much egging from my friends, it was the New York Times that convinced me to download the app. It published Op-Eds, Modern Love columns, and Feature articles on the increasingly popular dating app, offering perspectives that ranged from…

That Thing Called Hinagpis by Antoinette Jadaone

Hinagpis ng isang Babaeng Iniwan na Nga, Ipinagpalit pa sa Pangit  “Ang kapal ng mukha nya! Taga-UP ako ha. At hindi lang taga-UP, cum laude pa ako! Tapos ipagpapalit lang nya ako dun sa pangit na yun na ewan ko kung saan galing? Ang pangit nya ha, as in grabeng pangit! Tignan mo yung Facebook…