Samira Gutoc—Rock Star

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva You have to see her to believe. It’s the energy, the quick laughter, the one-liners, folksy. Philippines, we have a rock star, and her name is Samira Gutoc, Sam for short. She’s exactly what the country needs, new blood instead of the same dynastic politics. She’s not a typical Muslim, she … Continue reading

The holy curse of bankers

By Chemrock Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, demanded a pound of flesh from his debtor who could not repay a loan. With that, Shakespeare condemned a moniker on the Jewish community for posterity. Few are those who bother to contextualize what they read or hear. In ancient days when Jews were dispersed all over Europe, they … Continue reading

The Philippines needs a wooden statue of Senator De Lima

By JoeAm I was awestruck by the outpouring of faith by Filipinos at the procession of the Black Nazarene. Around a million Filipinos hit the streets to profess their faith in . . . in . . . in . . . I am not sure what, in miracles? In Mary? In Jesus? In God? … Continue reading

Filipism is what ails the Philippines

By Chemrock Filipism is a belief system that the path to law and order is found by slaughtering drug dealers, users and innocents and totally subverting the criminal justice system, that defeatism and proffering economic opportunities to a strong intruder is the best foreign policy, that sexism and profanity are nouveau virtues, that ethical and moral … Continue reading

Christmas is Us

By Wilfredo G. Villanueva Sharing with you two stories of Christmas. My Facebook public’s warm response to them is evidence that the country is awake, strong and caring. Touched Last night, on our way out of Ma Mon Luk restaurant on Quezon boulevard in Quezon city, Baby saw a boy about ten years old who … Continue reading