The MOU for Philippine participation in the Belt and Road Initiative

By JoeAm Below is the Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and China regarding joint participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), formerly known as One Belt One Road (OBOR). Here are the highlights: This is China’s initiative to keep growing, postured to share the wealth with participating nations. Participants will be guided by … Continue reading


– Infamy, noun, 1. the state of being well known for some bad quality or deed; “a day that will live in infamy“.  Synonyms: notoriety, disrepute, ill fame, disgrace, discredit, shame, dishonor, ignominy, scandal, censure, blame, dispprobation, condemnation. As when the Philippine flag is replaced with the Chinese flag (or swapped in position to reflect subordination, as it was in another … Continue reading

Music in our souls

By JoeAm Music is to people what howling is to wolves, I’d guess, an expression of that which is difficult to convey without rhythm. We go through musical passages as we get older and have new experiences. Some head off to rock and roll, others to classical, others to blues or hip hop or just … Continue reading

Integrity walks before you, rain or shine.

– As President Trump refuses to attend ceremonies in the rain and President Duterte can’t wake up to attend important meetings, I am reminded of a woman who puts them both to shame. This is not rocket science, folks. Dignity seems to escape so many Filipinos in favor of showmen, braggarts, bitterness and some kind … Continue reading

A whiff of racism rising in the Philippines

By JoeAm Racism is one of those double edged swords. If you write about it to gain insight, you can be accused of racism for writing about it. It’s like walking on egg shells on top of thin ice. But write about it we must because we are not ostriches and there are increasing signs … Continue reading