Of pop quizzes and cringe-worthy apologies: The cost of not paying attention to history’s lessons

By Kay Fernandez, High School Teacher   As a teacher, I believe that the world is one giant classroom. And it would be a much better place if all the students paid attention to what’s happening in the class. One of my favorite teaching moments happened around the time of the controversial Marcos Burial (in … More Of pop quizzes and cringe-worthy apologies: The cost of not paying attention to history’s lessons

Duterte’s “strong” political will?

By Maria Elize H. Mendoza, BA Political Science alumna, University of the Philippines Diliman   In the May 2016 elections, 16 million Filipinos elected Davao City mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte (“Digong”) as President. Duterte served as Davao City vice-mayor from 1986-1988, mayor for seven terms from 1988 to 2013 (interrupted briefly due to term limits), … More Duterte’s “strong” political will?

It’s a trap!

By Adrian Emmanuelle Uy, Bachelor of Business and Commerce student, The University of Western Sydney   Did you know that politicians in Australia knock door-to-door and campaign for themselves without using jingles and local personalities even at the Federal level of government? In fact, there is no “showbiz” at all in Australia! No gossip, irrelevant … More It’s a trap!

You are educated? So what!

By Adrian Emmanuelle Uy, Bachelor of Business and Commerce student, The University of Western Sydney   They say education is the sure-fire way to breed wise voters, and I may have to agree with this notion to some extent. While education gives voters some sort of sophistication and better rationale, some privileged Filipino kids or … More You are educated? So what!

Aren’t we just fond of our sympathetic and fun-loving culture

By Adrian Emmanuelle Uy, Bachelor of Business and Commerce student, The University of Western Sydney   Culture is the main driving factor that influences our voting behavior. Believe it or not, the Philippines – a showbiz-loving country – nearly elected an action movie star without prior public service experience and higher educational attainment to the … More Aren’t we just fond of our sympathetic and fun-loving culture

Philippine politics: A family business

By Reg, BA Political Science student, University of the Philippines Diliman   Political dynasties are remnants of the long colonial period and affect the system by hampering effective operations of the system. According to Pareto, “History is the graveyard of aristocracies.” Filipinos give great importance to kinship. A Filipino family is characterized by the closeness … More Philippine politics: A family business

The Philippines – Where we are and what we need

By Ryan, BA Political Science student, University of the Philippines Diliman   The Philippines is the oldest democracy in Asia. Yet, it is hardly the most developed and most mature. Many factors contribute to the weakness of our democracy that once deposed a dictator but recently elected a strongman for his authoritarian platform. Several factors influence … More The Philippines – Where we are and what we need