National honor is not automatic. People have to want it, and work for it.

By Joe Am The Philippines has been wracked by internal bickering since Aguinaldo had Bonaficio tried for treason. We see this ruthless style of political in-fighting in local elections. It is not unusual to have hundreds of casualties across the nation. We see it today when President Duterte’s spokesperson Sal Panelo lays blame for China’s … Continue reading

Why Filipinos fight Filipinos instead of building a great nation

By JoeAm Have you noticed? Filipinos are always making other Filipinos the enemy. This struck me as I was reading DFA Secretary Locsin ripping on prior administrations for the mess in the West Philippine Sea . . . as if China had nothing to do with the mess. A few days later, House Budget Committee … Continue reading

Almost no one will read this article because it is long and contains the word ‘paucity’

By JoeAm In the old days, when we received letters and picked up the ringing phone which had a wire attached, and read the newspaper or caught the news on the TV, we lived with simple understandings. One of them was that this is real. The letter is truly from Cousin Sylvia, the phone call … Continue reading

A time of rest

  By JoeAm When I was in the US, I grew roses. Roses there are different than the resilient Philippine variety, which are scrawny as if wracked by poverty, yet still beautiful when a cluster of them erupt in bloom. American roses are bushier, lusher, bigger of bloom, and more strongly aromatic. Roses love two … Continue reading

Yellow “elitism” is a myth created by trolls

By JoeAm Former President Aquino, and Yellows in general . . . who today include any critic of the Duterte Administration, most of them being advocates of the Constitution, democracy, human rights, and civility . . . are often labeled as “elitist”. This is meant to suggest that they are arrogant and out of touch … Continue reading