The Ten Good Things About Our Country (or What We Stand to Lose)

By Wilfredo G. Villanueva A friend said he had stopped reading his Facebook feeds. “Why?” I asked. “They’re negative.” And so we have come to this: that what was once a prosperous or at least a forward-looking country is down in the dumps. My personal experience is evidence of the truth behind my friend’s observation. … Continue reading

Open Discussion #7: Accepting nominations for the barons of a mature democratic Philippines

I suspect many of us are tired of the nonsense infesting Philippine (and American) governance. The abuses of civility,  childish fights, and overweening ego-arrogance are just too much. It is the kind of thing we had to deal with as pubescent teens facing off against kids out to prove something, when they were not old … Continue reading

Open Discussion #6: Knowledge is relative, but acts are exact

Einstein theorized that space and time are relative and it seems to me that knowledge is the same. Yet we act with absolute confidence that what we think is what is real. It isn’t. Knowledge says we are better with earnest, civil leaders, but we elect people who for sure do not represent the best … Continue reading

Open Discussion #4: What do people think when a life is rolled away?

  There is no joy on the mean streets of Manila. What do you think the bystanders in this photograph are thinking? Feeling? I ask knowing that the answers reflect more the thoughts and emotions of you the reader than the people watching the departed soul roll away, never to be accounted for, never to … Continue reading

The AlDub Phenomenon Revisited

   By Wilfredo G. Villanueva Dear Sir Wilfredo G. Villanueva, I’ve read long ago your take on Aldub Phenomenon entitled “The Social Significance of Aldub” written on September 22, 2015. I am currently doing a study on the impact of the Aldub Phenomenon; An Assessment and I would like to seek your views now about … Continue reading