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By Michael L. Tan
The scams never seem to end. Another daily newspaper had an article last week featuring the mayor of Masantol, Pampanga, complaining that his municipality had been sent manicure/pedicure “kikay kits” as a livelihood project, the kits charged against Masantol’s funds. The mayor said his signature had been forged, and the kits, which were supposed to be accompanied by training workshops, were totally inappropriate for his community, mainly composed of fisherfolk.
By Conrado de Quiros
My favorite cardinal, Chito Tagle, has an interesting observation about corruption. It begins at home, he says. Much of it owes to cultural factors and therefore its solution must also be cultural and not just political.
By Magtanggol T. Gunigundo I
The designation of Tagalog/Pilipino/Filipino as wikang pambansa has led to a dangerous misconception that any work written in a language other than in the national language is not considered part of the national literature.
What in heaven’s name could have happened between February 2012 and June this year that made Melvin Balagot change his mind?
The 25th anniversary of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts was marked last June 26, and it is proper to recharge memory on its birthing.
By Francine Almeda
A bowl of rice. Something so common can mean so much—a staple in our diet, and a symbol of our heritage. Steaming simplicity, which represents the ideals of community and sharing that Filipinos hold so dear. A people of faith, hope, and perseverance—what qualities of the spirit push us to achieve more?
By Romana F. Gella
Before I retired from government service, I was a regular taxi rider. And when you ride a cab to and from work (as I used to), you get to meet all kinds of drivers. There are those who give unsolicited advice. One cabbie “suggested” that I buy a car because my office is far from my home. My aversion to unsolicited advice tempted me to lash out at the guy for his effrontery, but prudence dictated that I just bite my tongue.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
One of the assignments in my course on “Food in Philippine Culture” in Sophia University, Tokyo was for the students to sample Philippine food sold outside St. Ignatius Church on Sundays. I was surprised that some students sought out hidden Filipino “restaurants” around Tokyo, while a few followed YouTube recipes for adobo, cooking them at home and later reporting that Filipino food was greasy, brown and generally unhealthy by their standards. I raised my hands in surrender and explained that not all our food is that bad. I mean balut is quite nutritious despite its notoriety as one of the world’s most disgusting foods.
By Michael L. Tan
I was in a hotel elevator with another man, probably involved in maintenance. The elevator door opened and a bellboy stepped in, giving a side glance to the maintenance person. The elevator moved a few floors up, and when it opened, the bellboy, used a rolled newspaper that he had been holding to tap the other guy’s crotch—a bit like a monarch knighting someone except on the wrong part of the body—then stepped out.
High on the altar of American values lies the “macho” culture. Part and parcel of this “culture” is its revered symbol—the golden gun.
We write in response to Ambassador Juan Jose P. Rocha’s letter which was published in the Inquirer last Jan. 28.
By Michael L. Tan
Much has been claimed about Filipinos being resilient, able to bounce back rapidly after personal and collective trauma, sometimes to the point of saying we don’t have serious problems with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, where a person’s memory of traumatic incidents keeps coming back, causing all kinds of problems ranging from insomnia to thoughts [...]