Bianca’s Classy Trash Talk Against Squatters…


Bianca Gonzalez’s tweet about informal settlers (squatters) in Metro Manila stirred a massive of approval from the clattering masses of the blogsphere audience.   She tweeted: “Ang dami nating nagtatrabaho para makaipon para sa prime lot at bahay plus buwis pa. Bakit nga ba bine-baby ang mga informal settlers?”  Translation: “There are plenty of people working to save money for prime lot and house plus taxes. Why are we…

Manila, From The Eyes Of Two Novelists..


The floods in  Manila accentuate the misery  and suffering of city dwellers–  leptospiroses,  sudden spike in the prices of  basic commodities, stranded commuters,  city at standstill yet burning  fuels by the barrels, contaminated water, enterprising  street urchins propping  up wooden gangplanks on submerged city streets to fleece few pesos from  pedestrians  crossing by, shanties both…

Manila: “Gates of Hell,” — No, It’s Hell Itself!


The first salvo against the novel “Inferno” by Dan Brown (released May 14, 2013 by Doubleday) was fired by Metro Manila Development Authority, (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, for depicting erroneously Manila as “Gates of Hell.” After all government officials were fast tracking Manila as a fun center of commerce and trade, not as a center…

Is Kim Jong-Un Ready To Hear The Wailings of Widows and Mothers?


When I was a young boy, many summers ago,  my older brother related to me a story about the capture of a  Japanese soldier  at the twilight of Japanese occupation of the country who was bludgeoned to death by the townspeople.  While he was being beaten up with hammer, bolos, clubs and sticks, he kept protesting…

Cynthia Villar Was High On Winnie Monsod Show!


Senatoriable Cynthia Villar, NP,   thought her Feb. 23 public appearance at GMA TV “Pagsubok ng Mga Kandidato”  was another “talipapa” gig that she can easily breeze through with abundant flair.  She was mistaken.  Ms. Winnie Monsod was not the regular “palengke  habitue” who easily swoon to big-shot politicians and looked petrified over their embellished “public service” credentials.  So it…