Pacquiao’s win would’ve been the Philippines’ loss

I clearly remember our parish priest’s homily when I was around 15 years old: “The Philippines is exporting our OFWs to different countries.  But in the midst of our poverty, do not be worried for there is a grand plan for us…. Filipinos are already all over the world, the time will come when we … Continue reading Pacquiao’s win would’ve been the Philippines’ loss

Malacañang’s Dilemma: Align with the East or West?

Featured May 25, 2017 on Inquirer.net Right after Fidel Ramos became the 12th President of the Republic, he immediately embarked on a mission to promote international trade and encourage foreign investments.  With a total of 69 foreign trips during his tenure, this era marked not only the start of the Philippines' recovery as a potential … Continue reading Malacañang’s Dilemma: Align with the East or West?

Is Duterte keeping the Marcos legacy alive?

Ferdinand Marcos was elected in 1965 during the country's golden age of democracy.   The Philippines at this era was an emerging global player. Manila was in a race against Tokyo for Asia's economic leadership, and Filipinos didn't need a visa to travel anywhere. Today, the Philippines is back in the global headlines:  coverage of … Continue reading Is Duterte keeping the Marcos legacy alive?

The Philippines makes an encore

A quick post after a long vacation in the Philippines - Interesting that The Economist hasn't had an article about the Philippines for several years. The past 12 months or so, however, have been marked with several Economist articles about the country - from the sad state  of Manila's traffic to Duterte's unwrapping of Aquino's economic gains..... Here's … Continue reading The Philippines makes an encore