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Use Filipino to empower the poor

January 24, 2012


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


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


(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 […]

UST ‘at a loss’ about online journos

January 2, 2012


(UPDATED) One of Asia’s oldest universities seems to need lecturing about online journalism. In its reaction to Rappler’s recent story on Chief Justice Renato Corona’s questionable Ph.D., the University of Santo Tomas (UST) said it did not give its side to the author, Marites Dañguilan Vitug, due to its concerns regarding online journalism, among other […]

Pope prays for victims of Sendong

December 26, 2011


MANILA, Philippines – In his annual Christmas message, Pope Benedict XVI prayed for flood-stricken victims in southern Philippines who observed the feast of Jesus Christ’s birth amid a death toll that has risen to over 1,200 so far. “May the Lord grant comfort to the peoples of Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand and the Philippines, who […]

Magnitude-3.4 quake jolts Sta. Cruz, Laguna

December 23, 2011


A magnitude-3.4 earthquake rocked Sta. Cruz, Laguna past midnight on Friday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, struck the southern Luzon municipality at 1:26 a.m., Phivolcs said on its website. Phivolcs said it expects no damage or aftershocks from the earthquake. The agency classified the earthquake […]

PNoy’s party and Pinoy sympathy

December 19, 2011


My story today on the President’s partying in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong generated a particularly interesting comment related to the Filipino concept of sympathy. In the comment thread that this story generated, critics said President Benigno Aquino III should have spent time instead with the Cagayan de Oro and Iligan flood victims, not […]