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OPINION: The frailty of our Martial Law ‘education’

By Jose K. Tirol/cnnphilippines.com – The easiest way to comment about Martial Law, and Philippine history classes about Martial Law, is to describe the terrible legacy of the former, and the tepid quality of the latter. It has been three decades since the EDSA Revolution, but the tragedy is Read more »

Has the Philippines become an oligarchipelago?

By Yen Makabenta/manilatimes.net – I planned to reserve the term “oligarchipelago” for a book that I am writing and which keeps me awake most nights these days, but President Duterte‘s loud blast against oligarchs last Wednesday in Malacanang has forced a change of plans. The subject cannot wait. The Read more »

Will the Philippines Finally Legalize Divorce?

By Gin de Mesa Laranas/nytimes.com – This is the Philippines, not Vatican City. And yet here we are, in 2016, the only country in the world other than the Holy See that still outlaws divorce. Although our Constitution formally guarantees the separation of church and state, the Catholic establishment here Read more »

OPINION | Why do Filipinos like malls?

By Jorge Mojarro/InterAksyon.com (Editor’s note: Jorge Mojarro, a Spaniard, is a PhD candidate doing research on Filipiniana. He has lived and worked in the Philippines since 2009, walking its streets, taking the LRT, and even enjoying the occasional basketball game with Manilenos.) The first time I realized how important Read more »

Pride, prejudice and politics in Philippine sports

By Antonio P. Contreras/gmanetwork.com – We take pride in our basketball team and we broke into delirious jubilation when it won against Senegal, the first ever after decades of losses. We talked about the never-say-die attitude, and celebrated the players’ hearts as being the advantage they had despite the Read more »

Betraying the Filipino language

By Antonio P. Contreras/gmanetwork.com – I already anticipate that I will be criticized for writing this piece in English. Indeed, if I bleed for the Filipino language, one can easily mock me that I should be writing this in Filipino, and not in English. The fact that Read more »