Browsing Archives of Author »Paterno Esmaquel II«

January 3, 2013

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Originally posted on The Wide Shot:
This week we return to the workplace after the holidays, but “back to reality” is something we shouldn’t say. Because to say that is to submit to the worldview that work comprises our entire reality, when in fact work is but a part of it. Are vacations – the…

More apps? No, back to basics

January 1, 2013

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Sometimes, I feel that instead of simplifying life, apps can even complicate it. Whenever we download an app we like, for example, we tend to make space for it in our everyday lives. A new e-reader can make us want to change our reading habits. A new e-organizer can make us plan our lives in […]

True love is 3-way

June 3, 2012

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What is love? God is love (1 Jn 4: 8). And who is God? God is the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit — a Trinity that shows love is neither one-way nor two-way, but always three-way. We celebrate this dogma of the Triune God today, Trinity Sunday, as the central mystery of […]

Why do Catholics ‘worship’ saints?

February 19, 2012

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This weekend, I wrote a story for Rappler about the upcoming canonization of the 2nd Filipino saint, Visayan teenager Pedro Calungsod. Inevitably, a question is raised alongside stories like this: Why do Catholics “worship” saints in the first place? This concern is valid given the misplaced devotion of a number of Catholics, who think saints […]

Use Filipino to empower the poor

January 24, 2012

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The use of Filipino in governance, which is resurfacing in the Corona impeachment trial, is an issue I feel strongly about. It was, in fact, the first story I wrote right after college for Probe. For that Buwan ng Wika story aired in August 2008, we went to a depressed community on the day of […]

Without misplaced negativity, ‘it’s more fun’ in PHL

January 7, 2012

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The government’s new tourism slogan, “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” is now a meme that some Filipinos unfortunately morphed into another tool for self-deprecation. I agree with them: We’ve lots of ugly places, absurd practices, and corruption in government — valid reasons to be sarcastic saying, “It’s more fun in the Philippines.” That is […]

Early gains for tourism campaign: #1forfun trends on Twitter

January 6, 2012

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(UPDATED) A viral mix – a new tourism slogan with Filipinos itching to spread it online – made the Philippines one of the hottest topics on Twitter on Friday as the government launched its #1forfun campaign. The hashtag #1forfun is the number one trending topic in the Philippines and the sixth worldwide as of posting […]