High on the Philippines

As President Aquino’s term winds down, I reflect on how very different the Philippines is today than it was in 2010. In 2010, it was a conflicted place coming off another corrupt presidency. The few road construction projects you’d drive pass always had Gloria Arroyo’s face plastered on a big sign marking this gift to … Continue reading

Simplifying the rat’s nest of land title holdings

Land ownership is difficult for tribes to get their minds around. Or socialists. The idea that an individual can claim a piece of property goes against the grain of free and open access and use of the land. How can a fisherman fish if someone claims the lake? How can a miner mine, or a … Continue reading

A message for those who did not experience Ferdinand Marcos and Benigno Aquino Jr.

w by Wilfredo G. Villanueva Dear Millennials, Thirty years! Time passes like a thief in the night, it steals everything including the best and the worst memories, but only if we allow it. I actually readied my .22 caliber air rifle—laughable but the only weapon we could have in our possession at that time—for the … Continue reading

Manny, sex, orange socks and parades

Manny I love Manny Pacquiao, as a boxer. I root for him even when he fights American boxers. He is always the good guy, skipping smiling and confident down the aisle and into the ring, the adoring crowd of Filipino fans raising the roof off the arena with cheers. His opponents are always serious, worried, … Continue reading

The science of civility and inclusion in the Philippines

At first I wrote “The art of civility and inclusion” because sometimes it seems like we are just winging it, going with the flow, living our lives in chaos and contempt for all the problems others give us. But I think how we get along together is a science, or should be. It is the science of … Continue reading