It's Not Rape: It's a Snuggle with a Struggle

Rape is committed in the Philippines every 72 minutes. Someone is likely being raped right now and by the time you’ve finished your lunch, someone has been sexually abused and traumatized. The rape victim could be a total stranger or that person could be your relative. Official figures in 2013 reveal a total of 7,409 reported rape cases. This is a relatively low figure because, fact is, a lot of rape cases are unreported. And the figure increases every year. These are some of the reasons why rape is always a serious problem. It’s never a funny topic, even on t-shirts. Read More →

Annulment, loosely referring to the processes of declaration of nullity or annulment itself, is complicated, time-consuming and expensive. This is the usual complaint we’ve heard from clients, both existing and prospective, on the only legal process allowed by Philippine law to end marriage for Christians. Of course, we’ve known a lot of cases when people converted to Islam in an attempt to take advantage of the divorce provisions under Sharia law. The other alternative is death, which severs the marital bond (incidentally, any attempt on the life of the other spouse is merely a ground for legal separation). Read More →

[Note: On 17 September 2014, University Student Council and the UP School of Economics Student Council (SESC) sponsored a forum on the proposed UP budget. Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad, who was invited as a speaker, attended the forum. After the forum, as Sec. Abad made his way towards his vehicle, members of the STAND UP (Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP) threw crumpled paper, coins and placards at him. The Econ Faculty, through its official statement reproduced below, says it's hooliganism. The concerned students, on the other hand, say that the real issue is DAP. What do you think? Use the comment section below.] Read More →

Palabra de honor DBP Commercial

Whenever I have to go out under a heavy downpour, I’m reminded of the 1980s commercial of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). The commercial is weaved into my subconscious. It shows a son asking his father to postpone going to the bank because of the heavy rain. The father explained that he must go out, go to the bank and pay their obligation. He explained, “Anak, sa kasunduan, ang salita pinaninindigan. Ang pangako, tinutupad.” It’s about palabra de honor. Word of honor. Same with work, when the first thought should be, “I have to go” (not “walang pasok?”). Good thing somebody posted the ad for posterity. Here: Read More →

UP Pep Vision 2014UAAPCDC

It may be a surprise why we’re talking about cheerdance in this blog. We’re supporting the UP Pep Squad and its message/vision during the 2014 UAAP Cheerdance Competition. While the UP Pep Squad fell a little short of reclaiming the championship trophy, it succeeded in driving home a message. The second-place finish of UP Pep Squad must be viewed through the vision weaved into their routine — equality. Pantay-pantay. Read More →

“I have one theory in life. I never wanna say the word ‘I should have’. If  I do it and I fail, I tried. If I do it and I succeed, better for me. And I tell my children the same thing: Never go through life saying ‘I should have;’ if you want to do something you do it.” From Boatlift, a documentary of the boat lift in Lower Manhattan that evacuated more than half a million people in less than 9 hours. Reminds you of the quick response in Yolanda, 11/8. Makes you want to cry. Read More →

Metro Manila traffic is bad. It’s an established fact without need of further proof on top of the gridlock photos. Studies have shown that we’re losing MILLIONS per DAY because of Metro Manila traffic. Anyone stubborn enough to demand proof could simply take a ride in an open jeepney along EDSA during rush hour. In the past days, traffic is at a standstill throughout Metro Manila. It will get WORSE, the traffic authorities warned us. I hope it will grow to its absolute WORST condition. Read More →

Marijuana is legal in some US states. In the Philippines, as the law stands today, marijuana is illegal. It is a dangerous drug and the selling/use of marijuana is a criminal offense. Soon it would be completely legal to use marijuana in the Philippines. That is, if Congress passes a proposed bill and President Benigno Aquino signs it into law.   Read More →

News articles label a proposed law as “anti-selfie” bill. The label, however, is not accurate. The proposal currently pending at the House of Representatives does not prohibit selfies per se — it declares illegal the act of taking photos, among others, of other people for commercial purposes. But it can seriously collide with ubiquitous recording technology and can adversely affect growing sectors like citizen journalism, blogging and online social networks. It is, therefore, important to understand what others call the “anti-selfie” bill and what it seeks to prevent. Read the full text below and help us discuss the pros and cons of this proposed law (use the comment section below). Read More →