Where do you find hope in the miserable Philippines?

By JoeAm As we often do, we find it is necessary to begin with definitions. You is every Filipino or other person on the planet who loves the Philippines and wants the best for her diverse, spirited, warm and intelligent people. Hope is pretty much as Google says: “a feeling of expectation and desire for … Continue reading

Samira Gutoc—Rock Star

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva You have to see her to believe. It’s the energy, the quick laughter, the one-liners, folksy. Philippines, we have a rock star, and her name is Samira Gutoc, Sam for short. She’s exactly what the country needs, new blood instead of the same dynastic politics. She’s not a typical Muslim, she … Continue reading

The Philippines is a lost nation, without honor

By JoeAm There are two topics in the article heading. They are connected. The Philippines is a lost nation What do nations typically try to do? They work to safeguard their citizens, make sure citizens have food, jobs, and good health, and are growing more prosperous.  In a world with conflicted interests, that “safeguard” component … Continue reading

The cancer infesting civilization, and the healing medication

By JoeAm Echoes of the mind . . . Please excuse my belaboring this point. I don’t like the way the entire world is descending into abusive and illogical reasoning. We need to do better. The world is growing dumber, as a point of fact. It is growing angrier and less capable of the kinds … Continue reading

How China is peeling the Philippines like a very blind cabbage

By JoeAm I am impressed with China’s strategic approach to gaining global power. I don’t like it. But I am impressed. China uses small steps unrestrained by laws or matters of fair play, kindness, or respect. She does not need an army. She has agents on the ground. Filipinos, in the Philippines. When push-back occurs, … Continue reading