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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 […]

Challenging Duterte: Maria Ressa and the Philippine Media

Challenging Duterte: Maria Ressa and the Philippine Media

With her sharp mind, unflinching attitude and acerbic humor, journalist and businesswoman Maria Ressa has built a news brand in the Philippines that is at the center of a struggle for the future of free expression in that country. Not one to back down from a fight, Ressa is just the sort of person to […]

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 […]

South Korea soon to take back trash from Philippines

South Korea soon to take back trash from Philippines

South Korea will soon take back thousands of tons of trash that were illegally exported to the Philippines, the environment ministry here said Friday. “We’re now consulting with the Philippine government on schedules to bring back 6,300 tons of plastic garbage illegally shipped to the country,” Lee Byung-wha, a senior official at the ministry, said. […]

Boosting ties between Korea, Philippines

Boosting ties between Korea, Philippines

My wife and I recently travelled to the municipality of Concepcion, Iloilo, Philippines, as part of the delegation of the Korea Heritage Society from Dec. 4 to Dec 10. The KHS was led by its chairman Choi Ha-kyung and advisory council members, at the invitation of Milliard S. Villanueva, the mayor of Concepcion.  Our visit […]

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 […]

To jointly create a golden age of China-Philippines relations

To jointly create a golden age of China-Philippines relations

As neighbors separated by only a strip of water, China and the Philippines enjoy a long history of traditional friendship. With the wise decisions and under the correct leadership of the two countries, China and the Philippines have realized a comprehensive turnaround in bilateral relations, and have continuously consolidated, deepened, and moved which to a […]

China, Philippines jointly draw new blue print for friendly cooperation

China, Philippines jointly draw new blue print for friendly cooperation

The Philippines and China have kept close friendly relationship, Joseph Estrada, former President of the Philippines and current mayor of Manila City, told People’s Daily in an interview, noting that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the Philippines will further deepen the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in various fields and enhance bilateral friendship. […]

CIIE reiterates China’s strong support for trade liberalization

CIIE reiterates China’s strong support for trade liberalization

Bangkok (People’s Daily) – As the second most populated country in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is searching for more trade opportunities with China in the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai this year, said Ramon Lopez, Philippine secretary of trade and industry, on Thursday. Lopez said that the CIIE is a major international event […]

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