· February, 2006

Stories about Philippines from February, 2006

Computer Crash: Food Overload

  25 February 2006

Was your umbilical cord attached to a computer when you were born? It may sound like a strange statement, but the truth is that some of us think that. Especially if you happen to be in the middle of the Ecuadorian Andes and there is no telephone or Internet for...

Philippines: Historical Slavery

  24 February 2006

caffeine sparks rereads a historical account of pre-colonial servitude in the Philippines and reaches her own conclusions that something was going on that was more complex than “slavery” as commonly understood: “If master-slave live in one house and eat the same food, can one conclude that the master-slave relation is...

Philippines: Revolutions

  23 February 2006

Jessica Zafra reminds readers why the Philippines 1986 “People Power” Revolt, the 20th anniversary of which is ongoing, was so important, despite the subsequent disappointments and political troubles: “We were the opening salvo in the Big Freedom Blasts that began in the late 1980s and continue into this century. The...

Philippines: Talking About Poverty

  22 February 2006

caffeine sparks responds to a post written by Idiot Savant some weeks back on the roots and reasons behind the game show stampede in Manila that cost over 70 poor Filipinos their lives. “Idiot Savant and I should thank our lucky stars our lot in life means we are able...

Philippines: Burger Brand

  21 February 2006

Howie Severino talks about Jollibee, a local fast-food chain in the Philippines that competes strongly with McDonalds. “Jollibee has since come a long way, and so has our globalized world. But now I'm wise enough to know that it might one day make Filipinos as obese as Americans. Jollibee is...

Philippines, Thailand: Healthy Food?

  21 February 2006

Jessica Zafra writes from Manila about marketing coffee as healthy: “I've been drinking coffee since I was 8, and let me tell you: I don't drink it because it's good for me. Part of the attraction of drinking coffee is knowing that too much of it is bad for you.”...

Philippines: Two Disasters

  20 February 2006

Torn and frayed in Manila reflects on two disasters that have recently hit the Philippines: a stampede at a game show that killed over 70 people and a mudslide that smothered possibly thousands.

Philippines, Thailand: Comparing Crises

  17 February 2006

My Liberal Times compares the crises in the Philippines and Thailand that have been dogging both countries’ leaders (accusations of election-tampering in the case of the former and allegations of self-enrichment in the latter). His conclusion: In both countries, the opposition has been politicizing the alleged misdeeds of the leaders...

Philippines: Remembering Revolt

  15 February 2006

As the 20th anniversary of the Philippines “people power revolution” that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos nears, a law professor and blogger remembers where he was during those historic days. “20 years ago, I was willing to die for my country. I have no reason to depart from that belief 20...

Philippines: Blogmobbed

14 February 2006

Filipino bloggers go after an accused “splogger,” i.e. someone who sets up a network of blogs that contain plagiarized content in order to draw traffic for Adsense dollars. Apparently, one of his tactics was to critique high-traffic bloggers so that supporters and friends would link to his site while defending...

Philippines: The Perils of Peddling Dreams

10 February 2006

Sheila Coronel of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism vents her frustration with how the powerful local television media has abdicated its responsibility for informing citizens and making democracy function in favor of peddling products.

Philippines, India: Why Does the Philippines Hate India?

  9 February 2006

A cross-cultural discussion at Sepia Mutiny, sparked by results from a BBC World poll that showed that the Philippines, among 33 countries, had the most negative impression of India. Manish thought it was because India and the Philippines are global competitors in the services sector, the Unlawyer in Manila is...

Philippines: How to Write About the Philippines

8 February 2006

Inspired by the Granta essay “How to Write about Africa,” Torn and frayed in Manila posts on how to write about the Philippines. “For your cover, only a jeepney or a smiling Filipina with a flower behind her ear will do.”

Philippines: After the Stampede

7 February 2006

Filipino bloggers continue to be focused on the tragic deaths last weekend of over 70 people during a stampede in a crowd waiting to get into a popular TV game show. Divergent Poles has the weepy statements of the game show host, a TV network exec and the country's vice-president...

Philippines: The Tragic Crowd

6 February 2006

After a stampede in a crowd waiting to get into a popular show turns deadly and kills over 70 people, Howie Severino asks: “One of its deadliest traits is we don't know how to manage crowds. We have overcrowded boats, overcrowded settlements, overcrowded riverbanks, overcrowded streets, with every person in...

A Zestful Welcome to the Wonders of the World

  5 February 2006

The best food of a country is the traditional food which has been tried and tested over the centuries. It suits the climate, and uses the best products of that country. We all have long food related memories: the aromas from the kitchens of our childhood remain when many other...

Philippines: Fast Food Freak-Out

3 February 2006

A few Americans try Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee and freak out: “We became such Ugly Americans because this food was so beyond anything we could have guessed it would be. We couldn't stop. We were embarrassing ourselves and still couldn't stop. Every bite was another shock.” Their reactions offend some,...