Being gracious, a strength or weakness?

  By JoeAm Many witnessed the marriage of royalty in the UK this past weekend, with impressive pomp surrounding the happy circumstance. Prince Charles substituted as the father of the bride and was masterful as the gracious dominant male authorized to walk her down the aisle and give her to Prince Harry. Then we have … 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