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

“This land is your land, this land is my lan . . . oh oh . . .”

By JoeAm One of the greatest failings of all Philippine administrations from Aguinaldo to Duterte is the poor management of the nation’s glorious natural resources. The lands are among the richest on the planet for ores and fertility. The surrounding waters are seas of plenty. But the care-taking is just horrible. The poorly considered assignment … Continue reading

The holy curse of bankers

By Chemrock Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, demanded a pound of flesh from his debtor who could not repay a loan. With that, Shakespeare condemned a moniker on the Jewish community for posterity. Few are those who bother to contextualize what they read or hear. In ancient days when Jews were dispersed all over Europe, they … Continue reading

Poor distribution of wealth is the root of all hardship

By JoeAm Regular contributor Micha ardently believes that the poor distribution of wealth in both the United States and Philippines is at the heart of the problems both nations are facing: rise of the populists, autocratic leaders, discontent of the middle class, breakdown of business ethics, and failure of capitalism and democracy. Although Micha and … Continue reading

Bank stability in the Philippines

By JoeAm I was surprised at the shock wave that rolled through banking and economic news reports on the announced bankruptcy of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines. Hanjin is a Korean shipbuilding company that operates in the Subic shipyard. The bankruptcy left Philippine banks holding the bag for a reported $412 million in loans, and … Continue reading