Are you relevant?

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm The amazing rush to action by volunteers supporting Vice President Robredo in her campaign for the Philippine presidency tapped an untapped human need in the Philippines, and around the world: the need to feel relevant. Important. Worth something. Going somewhere. I’d venture to guess that most of us are often … Continue reading

Filipinos and Unity

By Irineo B. R. Salazar Joe recently mentioned that Marcos Jr. used unity well as a slogan. Even as someone who is “Pink” I accept that, knowing that unity has been a persistent theme of Filipino nationalism ever since the IDEA of a Filipino nation first arose. Think of the Philippines then, with no common “native” tongue, local elites barely … Continue reading

Laws and Outlaws

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm Outlaws are what cowboys called criminals in the American Wild West. Generally they were the band of robbers, rustlers, and killers on the run. In the Philippines, we call them LGU heads, legislators, and presidents. That’s a joke, eh? Well, maybe. A lot of people in the Philippines don’t respect … Continue reading

Avoiding Living Hell

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The sheer horror of the landslide in Pilar, Leyte – triggered by the storm Agaton – was captured on social media recently. It isn’t just due to global warming, which has caused not just stronger storms but like this time storms that come earlier. It is also due to … Continue reading

The Philippine Church of Moral Courage

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm I’m going to charter a new church in the Philippines. The ones now are doing a lousy job. They are more gangs than places where people enter broken and leave empowered to do good. One is a horrible abuser of young girls, another is a set of robots whose free … Continue reading