OPINION: After Joey De Leon’s apology, it’s time to have an honest conversation about mental health

While Filipinos were understandably outraged over Eat Bulaga host Joey De Leon’s insensitive comments last week belittling depression and mental health, the truth is they are very much a reflection of attitudes with deep, strong roots in our society. And while the public has no reason not to forgive de Leon – who has already ...

Filipino migrant mothers in Hong Kong sing for their distant children

Filipino migrant mothers in Hong Kong sing for their distant children

Each Sunday, a choir of Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong gathers to sing songs that remind them of the children they left back home. Known as the “Unsung...

OPINION: Duterte’s words are killing our youth

OPINION: Duterte’s words are killing our youth

“Please stop! I have a test tomorrow!” Those were the last words the neighbors of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos heard the high schooler say on the evening of Aug. 16 as he was...

Your illegal streaming habit is hurting the Philippine film industry

Your illegal streaming habit is hurting the Philippine film industry

“It’s not enough to live off of anymore,” *Antonio said while sitting on a monoblock chair in the middle of a narrow Manila sidewalk. He was facing a baroque-style church...

Communism in the Philippines: A new generation of rebels

Communism in the Philippines: A new generation of rebels

  A kerosene lamp flickers beside a Macbook in a jungle camp as aging Philippine communist leader Jaime Padilla plots the next step in one of Asia’s oldest insurgencies...

OPINION: Dear LTFRB, stop holding Metro Manila commuters hostage

OPINION: Dear LTFRB, stop holding Metro Manila commuters hostage

Martin Delgra, chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), made a fair point today while defending the body’s recent order that Uber and Grab...

‘I gave myself freedom’: Blind online writer aspires to help PWD community

‘I gave myself freedom’: Blind online writer aspires to help PWD community

Angelo Brian Peliño, 23, has been blind for 12 years. He is also afflicted with a hearing impairment. But his condition did not hinder him from fulfilling his dream....

Millenial volunteers brave martial law in Mindanao, bring school treats for kids

Millenial volunteers brave martial law in Mindanao, bring school treats for kids

Despite the crossfire gripping Marawi City and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, no fear had ceased the passion, determination and courage of 17 millennial volunteers...

OPINION: Metro Manila Film Festival: Killing the ‘cinematic revolution’

OPINION: Metro Manila Film Festival: Killing the ‘cinematic revolution’

By Leovic Arceta This year’s Metro Manila Film Festival is back to its roots: a money-making machine monstrosity. This is a sentiment echoed by many, including myself, after...

OPINION: Jake Zyrus deserves better

OPINION: Jake Zyrus deserves better

Jake Zyrus deserved better. When the artist formerly known as Charice adopted his new name and sent out his first Tweet last week, it should have been recognized as a powerful...


 

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