Filipino culture is not damaged, it is just fluid

By JoeAm Most contributors here at the Society of Honor seek understanding more than anything. The cultural character of the Philippines, and Filipinos, is the center of much discussion here. I’d like to summarize a few highlights of my own understanding, and probe a new thought in some detail. Before doing that, I have to … Continue reading

The Barangay: solution or problem

By JoeAm We’ve had numerous discussions here at the blog about the barangay system and whether it works to good advantage or not. The general consensus is that it is ‘troubled’, to be kind, but that there are some aspects that are valuable. Although I don’t want to get tedious about all the rules, because … Continue reading

In a world of liars, let the honest people shine!

By Joe Am How do you measure the value of integrity, of dignity, of rising above our mundane little lot in life to give yourself to humanity? The Ramon Magsaysay Awards are granted to people of Asia who do just that. Bharat Vatwani from India was one of six people so honored this year. “Vatwani … Continue reading

For Real Change, Buck the Status Quo

By Juana Pilipinas   I am about to extend a theory that may ruffle feathers.  I am also about to use Taglish which in itself may get me tagged as an elitist as I was made aware sometime ago that it is the language of the oligarchy.  Be rest assured that I am just a … Continue reading

Killing that ridiculous myth that Leni Robredo is soft or weak

By JoeAm I find it astonishing that people of laws, civility, and human rights destroy their own best electoral hopes by doing the trolls’ job for them. They wanted President Aquino to be a tall, handsome guy striding into a SONA with the wit and charisma of John F. Kennedy and the mistake-free talent of … Continue reading