Oh, Danny Boy

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva The other day, my pro-Duterte friend and I had occasion to be together. Let’s call him Danny. Our wives were with us. It was a social affair, lotsa food, lotsa goodwill going around, delicious like pink salmon sushi in soy sauce with a dash of wasabi. A happy occasion from all … Continue reading

Power, stagnation, and democracy

By Joe America Eureka!! I have discovered the behavior codes of Philippine society!! Three codes that show why there is so much anger and argument these days. I originally called the behavior codes “ethics” but they are much more complex than rules. They involve power, emotions, creativity, and reasoning. This is all original thinking as … Continue reading

Love to Survive

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva (An Open Letter to our daughters, sons-in-law, future sons-in-law) We remember it well. One of you even peed in her pants. It was a horror house of scary dinosaurs. Jurassic Park was popular at that time, and you had reason to be afraid, besides you were 10, 9, 8 and 2 … Continue reading

Gender roles, ethics, and you

By Joe America I have become so Filipinized that I watched the black dressed women at the Golden Globe Awards with some amazement. I felt that we . . . that is, the Philippine people . . . are just soooo, sooo far away from that kind of high-powered, organized righteousness that defends women against … Continue reading

Why Filipinos reject freedom

By Joe America Let me step outside the Philippines for a moment, or rather hover above the nation like a drone cam. I’ll look across the landscape and generalize. I admit, these generalizations may not be fair to you or other readers who don’t really fit into my model. I apologize and ask you to … Continue reading