Seeing the yellow agenda as a reform movement

By JoeAm Thanks to reader Francis for the insights that provoked this blog. The Philippines needs its own reformation. A reformation is not a revolt or a destabilization. It is a change. An enlightenment acted upon. Martin Luther inadvertently provoked an entire restructuring of European society when he proclaimed that the Pope was not infallible, … Continue reading

The rise of sense and civility in the Philippines

By JoeAm We have talked a lot about institutions in the Philippines, and the erosion of independence among the branches of government. We have examined the weakness of journalism as an institution and the Catholic Church as a moral force and justice as an ideal. But it strikes me that a new institution has arisen, … Continue reading

Filipino culture is not damaged, it is just fluid

By JoeAm Most contributors here at the Society of Honor seek understanding more than anything. The cultural character of the Philippines, and Filipinos, is the center of much discussion here. I’d like to summarize a few highlights of my own understanding, and probe a new thought in some detail. Before doing that, I have to … Continue reading

The Barangay: solution or problem

By JoeAm We’ve had numerous discussions here at the blog about the barangay system and whether it works to good advantage or not. The general consensus is that it is ‘troubled’, to be kind, but that there are some aspects that are valuable. Although I don’t want to get tedious about all the rules, because … Continue reading

The Filipino Diplomat in the Time of Duterte

By Cha Coronel Datu In October 1943, the people of Denmark , with the assistance of a German diplomat,  undertook the evacuation of over 7000 Danish Jews by boat to Sweden. There, for the rest of the war,  the evacuees remained protected and cared for by the government and people of Sweden. The German diplomat, … Continue reading