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Revisiting Baguio City

Baguio City is one of the genuine tourism treasures of the Philippines. But for those of us who haven’t been to the City of Pines for years (especially those living overseas), the horror stories told about Baguio are enough to discourage any plans to make a trip.

Iglesia ni Duterte

It should now be clear to those who have to deal with him that President Rodrigo Duterte is not inclined to listen to anybody but himself. Even his own daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte of Davao City has advised people not to pay too much attention to what her father says about religion and God.

Would Duterte dare to insult Islam?

President Rodrigo Duterte’s rantings against the Catholic Church and against God Himself, calling the Lord “stupid” for creating imperfect creatures in Adam and Eve and the snake (and, by extension, all mankind) may be forgivable if one considers his own tacit admission that he himself is imperfect, thus his kanto boy logic.

Trump declares war on allies, befriends foes

President Donald Trump has been all praise for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and has yet to say anything negative about Russia’s Vladimir Putin. On the other hand, Trump was the classic contrarian in the recently concluded G7 Summit in Canada and he has engaged in a war of words with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trump and Nixon: A case of déjà vu?

On Feb. 21, 1972, President Richard Nixon made a historic trip to China, thus reestablishing ties with the Communist regime -- ties that had been broken since Mao Tse-tung and his forces took over the Chinese mainland in 1949.

Passport racket at the DFA

Remember the classic retort of a mid-level government appointee of then newly installed President Joseph “Erap” Estrada when asked why he was engaging in graft so early in the administration’s tenure?

The Art of the Lie

On CNN, the other day, one of the hosts suggested that a good sequel for President Donald Trump’s book, The Art of the Deal, should be entitled, The Art of the Lie.

Global browning

The wedding of Prince Harry and bi-racial TV star, Meghan Markle, is a milestone in race relations as significant as the assumption of the...

It’s more funds in the Philippines

The Tourism Secretary is gone. Long live the new Tourism Secretary. She is Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. Puyat is as qualified as any that the Philippine...

All Kuwait on the Middle Eastern Front

No, this is not a new movie version of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic, All Quiet on the Western Front. It is an unsolicited suggestion...

Manila’s billboard jungle

My friend Greg Garcia, who is a bona fide advertising guru, has a piece of advice for the ad agencies and advertisers responsible for...

Lighting a candle in Duterte’s darkness

Several years ago, then-Speaker Jose de Venecia spoke before the Filipino community at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco. Expectedly, he gave a glowing...

How Duterte compares with Trump on dictatorial tendencies

I came upon a very interesting article in Foreign Policy Magazine written by Stephen M. Walt, a professor of international relations at Harvard University,...

On serving and dying for one’s country

Last Saturday, April 7, over two dozen surviving Filipino World War II veterans and the next of kin of those who had passed away...

Eddie Garcia should be a National Artist for Film

To be inducted into the Order of the National Artists of the Philippines (Pambansang Alagad ng Sining ng Pilipinas) is, doubtless, the apex of...

Unwitting Zuckers of Zuckerberg’s Facebook

George Orwell’s omnipresent Big Brother, which he predicted in his book, Nineteen Eighty-Four, written in 1949, may have already become a reality. And we...

Boracay is just the tip of the garbage dump

I’m one of the few who have never been to Boracay, so I won’t know what I will be missing if President Rodrigo R....

If Trump were President of the Philippines

At my favorite watering hole in Daly City, the guys are discussing the travails of President Donald Trump, some with sympathy, most with derision....

Fighting fake news with fake news

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar recently announced the launching of a satellite network, ostensibly to deliver the news directly to the far-flung barangays. The objective:...

The Wild, Wild West Wing

The West Wing of the White House is where the office of the president of the United States is located, along with other executive...

The travails of a presidential spokesperson

In a moment of pique, I recently posted on social media that I always thought Harry Roque, spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte, was “marunong”...

US Congressional gold medal for Filipino WWII veterans

On April 7 at the historic Presidio in San Francisco, surviving Filipino World War II veterans or their next of kin living in Northern...

Squid tactics

Two parallel issues (call them controversies or scandals -- your choice) involving the occupants of the White House and Malacañang have been hogging the...

Muzzling the media

The shutdown of online media outfit, Rappler, reminds me of a sequence in the film, Walking Tall, the biopic about Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser....

Holding the citizenry hostage

As I write this, President Donald Trump has just signed a bill representing a continuing resolution that would end the shutdown of the US...

Are Filipinos racists like Trump?

According to critics, President Donald Trump is not just a racist, he is also a barefaced liar and a coward who doesn’t have the...

Mababaw ang kaligayahan

Mababaw ang kaligayahan loosely means easy to please. The recent Pulse Asia performance and trust ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte, which remain impressively high,...

Suggested New Year’s Resolutions

The election of President Rodrigo Duterte raised hopes of a clean, corruption-free government that was also progressive and dynamic (unlike the passive and pass-the-buck...

An opportunity to modernize Parañaque

If EDSA has become known as “carmageddon” (or the Armageddon of cars) because of the horrible traffic, Sucat Road aka as Dr. A. Santos...

Of pushers, politicians, and presidents

A few weeks ago, I posted on Facebook two anti-drug abuse ads that I created back in 1972. The headline of one read, “Is...

Preempting a looming power crisis

It is said that if hindsight is a perfect science, that makes scientists of our country’s national leaders and bureaucrats. In administration after administration,...

The browning of America

Advertising is one indicator of changes in lifestyle, social mores, fashion, and language. One such development that has become apparent in US television commercials...

Harsh practical political realities

If you were to read The Washington Post account of President Donald Trump’s recent trip to Asia, you would sense some exasperation between the...

Trump’s Russia, Duterte’s China

Siegfried and Roy had a long-running and very successful act at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. The act featured two white tigers that...

Making an apple look like a banana

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s self-serving assertion that any unflattering media reports about him are “fake news,” CNN, which has been among...

Two investigations, two different prospects

It’s fascinating comparing the way the investigation of alleged wrong-doing by the Presidents of the Philippines and the United States, Rodrigo Duterte and Donald...

War won? Cancer gone?

We should all be grateful that the war in Marawi is over. We owe the AFP and the PNP a debt of gratitude for...

Learn to dance with the music

Paying a visit to relatives in a small provincial town is always an interesting experience if you are a columnist desperate to find a...

The post-Marcos, post-Martial law generation

Current developments in our country are bringing back the specter of martial law. President Rodrigo Duterte has given not-too-subtle hints about declaring it. And...

Mueller, Morales, Dotard, and Duterte

The similarities are too striking to ignore. Both US President Donald Trump (whom North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un called a “dotard”) and President Rodrigo Duterte...

Welcome to the Age of Vulgarity

When then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte called His Holiness Pope Francis, “putang ina ka,” because Duterte got stuck in traffic due to the Pope’s...

May angal, circa 2017?

I wrote a piece entitled “May Angal?” (meaning, Any Complaints) back in April, 2010 when the Filipino people felt they had enough of the...

Have the courts been displaced by the Senate and social media?

Time was, whenever a major corruption scandal or a heinous crime exploded in the public sphere, old timers like myself followed the developments in...

No way corruption in government can be stopped

I endured several hours of streaming video of the hearings being conducted by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, chaired by Sen. Dick Gordon, on...

Time for Pacquiao to retire?

Ad Lib By Greg B. Macabenta There is no doubt in my mind that Manny Pacquiao won against Australian Jeff Horn. The CompuBox statistics showed Pacquiao...