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Real Choices?

Real Choices?

By Alin Ferrer-Garganera MANILA: Last Oct. 8, 2021, presidential aspirants here in the Philippines lined up to file their certificates of candidacy for the 2022 national elections. It was a week-long spectacle, with dozens proclaiming their intent to run as President and Vice-President and hundreds more want to become Senators. Most we’re serious candidates, while […]

President Noy: You are my Boss

President Noy: You are my Boss

By Alin Ferrer-Garganera Media practitioner, radio anchor/ broadcaster MANILA: Words are not enough to describe my sadness this when I heard the death of PNOY. I believe many Filipinos share this grief. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, or better known as “Noynoy”, the 15th President of the Philippines, passed away on June 24, 2021 at the […]

On Being Asian

On Being Asian

  By Alin Ferrer-Garganera Asia is complex and complicated.  Among the seven continents, she is quite extreme.  Largest continent, largest population, fastest economic growth. But also, the biggest source of pollution and the most vulnerable to climate impacts.  Without a doubt, she has one of the most colorful histories. Uniquely Asian is a truth.  Sumptuous […]

Philippines Style Kindergartens

Philippines Style Kindergartens

There are about 11.5 million Filipino children aged 0-4 years. This number represents 10.7% of the total Philippine population. It means there are both a great challenge and opportunity for the Philippine educational system, as that age range represents the pre-school stage.   The pre-school stage is very important, as various studies have pointed out; […]

Education in the Philippines: Reaching one’s dreams

Education in the Philippines: Reaching one’s dreams

The Philippine educational system is patterned after the American school system.  This is no surprise since it was the Americans who established the public  school system during the American colonial times here between 1896 to 1946.     Three levels describe our educational system – the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. There  are public and […]

Duterte optimism of 2019

Duterte optimism of 2019

  Pres. Rodrigo Duterte expressed that 2019 will be a better year for the Philippines, as he encouraged Filipinos to “learn from the past” so that the nation can move forward confidently. He made this message as the Office released his official statement to media last Jan. 1, 2019. Duterte called on all Filipinos to […]

Populism in Philippine Politics

Populism in Philippine Politics

Understanding populism  The term populism is used in politics and elections to refer to the idea that there are two groups in society that are always in conflict – the “common people” and the “elites or the rich”. Cas Mudde, author of Populism: A Very Short Introduction makes this distinction. Most often, the political leaders will always publicly […]

ASEAN, according to a Filipino Millennial

ASEAN, according to a Filipino Millennial

As a Grade 12 student taking up Humanities and Social Sciences, I believe its important to have a deeper and more critical understanding of what ASEAN is. I remember one of my teachers advising me that I should be able to give a “scholastic” answer in answering questions. But from my perspective, the ASEAN is […]

Hope and Courage in Marawi City, Philippines

Hope and Courage in Marawi City, Philippines

By Alin Ferrer The conflict in Marawi City has entered its fourth week as of now.  On May 22, terrorist groups attacked the city and set it ablaze, an incident allegedly inspired by ISIS.  But let there be no mistake about this: the Maute group is a lawless group of bandits who are pretending to […]

President Rodrigo Duterte and the War on Drugs

President Rodrigo Duterte and the War on Drugs

President Duterte won in his presidency on being tough-talking and promising that he will solve the national problems on illegal drugs, crime, and corruption. He is the first president to come from Mindanao. The first president elected directly to President, from being a city mayor. Most of the times, the path to presidency goes through […]

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