Widening Philippine Horizons

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The Philippines is an enigma to many. There is the “Heritage of Smallness” (Nick Joaquin) which doesn’t scale well, as I have written in “The National Village”. There is a certain insularity which I think is the result of having gone From the Edge to the Middle … Continue reading

Philippines: From the Edge to the Middle of Things

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salazar The Philippines weren’t isolated before, but they had some distance from other places. Visayan pirates allegedly raided Taiwan in the 12th century, but not the Chinese mainland as it is around a week’s sailing away, while ancient Greeks according to legend attacked Troy which is near modern … Continue reading

The National Village

Analysis and Opinion By Irineo B. R. Salizar Joe noted in 2018 that Philippine culture is not damaged, but fluid. Clearly it is: more personal than institutional. Lots of Filipinos feel uncomfortable with formal institutions; feel more comfortable with personal arrangements like utang na loob and patronage. The President acts personalistic, like a village chief. … Continue reading

The Presidential speech Filipinos need

Opinion By Joe America We are going about this all the wrong way. We are dealing with issues. We need to deal with some fundamentals. THEN deal with issues. We’ll handle them better. Rather than analyze our condition, I will let some fictional President do the talking. He can get the ideas across better. * … Continue reading

Double whammy: corona virus and loss of moral bearings

OPINION By Joe America We can read a lot of speculation about how the coronavirus will reshape our social interactions. More distancing. More cleanliness. Fewer hugs. More people working at home. Without question, today we are living a strange existence, keeping away from people and polishing everything with soap and water, or disinfectant. My guess … Continue reading