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…

Oral Origins 2: Gago and Leche

There are certain curse words that have become part of daily conversations. But do we really know where these words come from? After discussing Putang Ina and Yawa in the first edition of our special report Oral Origins, our sequel presents two more familiar utterances. Gago We all have probably gone through the nasty habit of christening our childhood…

Oral Origins: The Etymology of Putang Ina and Yawa

Editor’s Note: Here is the sequel — Oral Origins 2: Gago and Leche 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…

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…