Here you will find links to literary treasures, historical resources and other worthwhile readings about the Philippines and how we treat one another.

How We Communicate

Philippine Characteristics vs. Other Nations

Broad Historical Overview


Land Reform: CARP

Geography and Climate Change Mapping (Australia Project)

The Philippine American War

World War II


Living or Traveling in the Philippines

Sabah and Sulu

The Marcos Files


22 Responses to “Library”
  1. ikalwewe says:

    I just noticed you posted the Geert-Hofstede Profile which I posted I in my I/We comment in your article Filipino mirror. I want to write more about it, so people can “understand” it better (the studies that back-up this claim), but I’m just too lazy..

    • Joe America says:

      And sometimes I’m lazy, too, and slow, and negligent. But then I am retired, and it is authorized. 🙂

      I want to write about it, too, to try to put it into context of what I see and experience hereabouts. I’ve added your blog (the one about nails sticking out) to the blog listing at the Philippine Blog Center. It needs an overseas perspective, and yours is both amusing and interesting. I suppose that I’ll have to scrap all my logical fallacies in arguing with you.

  2. sonny says:

    I’m just curious. How do you rate the book IN OUR IMAGE by Stanley Karnow.

    • Joe America says:

      I’ve not read it, but reviews are generally favorable, and the author won a Pulitzer for the book (History). The criticisms are that it is not a fully annotated academic work, and that Karnow comes across as paternalistic toward Filipinos. What’s your take on it? The book has to be purchased, I believe, so I can’t include it in the library here.

  3. Democrats are very different. They believe by passing a law commanding everyone in society to be rich and prosperous, it will happen automatically.

    They could not imagine exporting prosperity overseas to those who so desire to work for and earn the same. Here’s the father of Democrat Idealism:

    The Goal: FDR’s Four Freedoms everywhere as first declared in his speech before the U.S. Congress Jan. 6, 1941

    The Solution: Give every nation independence and sovereignty whether they are ready for self-rule or not.

    As the Third World countries emerged after World War II their lot getting worse every year, it now appears the cure i.e. granting former colonies independence proved to be worse much worse than the disease.

    Even more difficult is convincing Washington DC FDR’s experiment is a failure. The World Bank, IMF and the UN must be replaced, rivaled or reformed.

    The cure (which turned out to be worse than the disease): Give every nations independence and sovereignty whether they are ready for self-rule or not.

    Proposed title: Realpolitik : The Problem With Democrats’ Idealism

    FDR: “In future days, which we seek to secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

    The FIRST is the freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world.

    The SECOND is the freedom of every person to worship God in his own way–everywhere in the world.

    The THIRD is the freedom from want–which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants–everywhere in the world.

    The FOURTH is freedom from fear–which, translated into world terms, means a worldwide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor–anywhere in the world.

    Roosevelt deliberately enunciated the word “everywhere,” as he repeated it in cadence with each of the Four Freedoms, and in relation to the struggle for human rights and freedom. According to his aide, Sam Rosenman, Roosevelt had dictated the draft of this section of the speech himself.

    As he dictated, his trusted advisor Harry Hopkins questioned the use of the word “everywhere,” saying that the American people didn’t care about people in AFRICA or ELSEWHERE. “They had better start caring, Harry,” replied the President.

    From: The Other War: FDR’s Battle Against Churchill and the British Empire
    by L. Wolfe – Printed in The American Almanac, August 28, 1995.

  4. says:

    It’s wonderful that you are getting thoughts from this paragraph as well as from our dialogue made at this time.

  5. I do consider all of the concepts you have presented
    to your post. They’re really convincing and can certainly
    work. Still, the posts are very brief for novices. Could
    you please extend them a little from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

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  7. 1. Love your work
    2. Can you recommend some background material on governance and public administration issues in the Philippines?There are discussions that need to be had, but aren’t happening because information is hard to find. Case studies? System analyses?

    • Joe America says:

      That’s an excellent question but a hard one to address. Governance and public administration issues. There are so many, eh? I’d have to dig but don’t really have the time for that now. It might be helpful if you narrowed the question a bit, as to specifically what you are curious about.

      • Okay. Let’s start with something specific: Infrastructure Building.

        • Joe America says:

          I’d refer you direct to the source, the NEDA web site:

          There is an article of interest that talks about impediments to spending, and there are details of investments under the “Focus Areas” tabs.

          You can also find the National Development Plan there for a broader overview.

        • mcgll says:

          With JoeAm’s indulgence, may I respond to your query? May I refer you to the DPWH webpage – where you can find a wealth of information on such matters as inventory of roads and bridges etc.

          You might also find it instructive to watch this 13min18sec video – stating the significance of good governance and infrastructure .

          At risk of giving you too much material to read up on, you can try to wade through the complete text and figures of DBM on Budget of 2016, and learn which branches of government (including the DPWH) will be getting how much of our money to spend on public services.

          May I also mention the fact as posted by piudbm in News 2 days ago that “The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) today celebrated the results of the 2015 Open Budget Survey (OBS), which gave the Philippines the highest score for budget transparency in Southeast Asia”.

  8. karl garcia says:


    Click to access POLITICS%20AND%20GOVERNMENT%20Philippine%20politics%20and%20society%20in%20the%20twentieth%20century%20%20colonial%20legaci.pdf

    the link no longer works. are there other sources for philippine politics and society in the twentieth century?

  9. karl garcia says:

    dead link alert.

    mother tongue instruction in……

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