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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 […]

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 […]

BPOs turning Pinoys into ‘glorified secretaries’?

November 30, 2011


Living in a former American colony, Filipinos upstage their Indian counterparts in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry because they “learn US English in the first grade, eat hamburgers, follow the NBA, and watch the TV show ‘Friends’ long before they enter a call center,” said a recent New York Times report. Is this good news? […]

Things that people do for Willie

November 10, 2010


To help her mother regain her missing one thousand pesos, a 13-year-old girl from Bulacan took a bus to Manila last Friday, without her parents’ permission, to try her luck lining up to be a ‘Willing Willie’ contestant. The TV5 newscast ‘Balitaang Tapat’ reported that the girl survived on P30, as well as water and candy, as she […]

Game shows over news

October 28, 2010


The sad truth in the Philippines, as Maria Ressa points out tonight on ‘Storyline,’ is that “Pinoys will not say, ‘I want to be empowered.’ They will say, ‘Kayo na po ang bahala.'” The statement of the outgoing news chief of ABS-CBN proves true even in the viewing habits of many Filipinos. I long for the […]