i don’t hate indigenous peoples, but i never learned to love them either

There is nothing scarier than the idea of hundreds of people suffering while millions of others don’t care. Happy Halloween. 😈😈😈 “I suggest: the cycle of indigenous oppression begins and ends not in the structural machineries of the state, but in the hearts of every Filipino who enters the classroom and hears nothing of the…

Rights to Padre Faura (a rant on inconsiderate rallyists)

Many destructive elements and relationships exist in modern Philippine society. The coercive and oppressive framework of organized religions is one of them; the muddied relationship of the State and of the Church is another (the problem is still mostly in favor of the Church). Democracy in the Philippines and the right to accessible information are…

I want to be a doctor (sexism in medicine is not a myth).

I want to be a doctor. I’ve known this forever. In the back of my mind, I’ve always imagined it to be difficult, but not too difficult -just the reasonable amount of marathon studying, never-ending stress and running around as you might expect in any postgraduate course. But life has been telling me that it…

#LoveWins: Love is more than just a word.

People should be careful with their language. Words have power, and meaning transcends what is written. When religious conservatives write their reaction posts on social media, do they mean “I do not support same-sex marriage –in the context of my religion” or “I do not support same-sex marriage –on the level of the secular state”? Because…

Writing Desk

To be quite honest, I’ve got nothing. That’s all there is on my writing desk: miscellaneous poetry and lyrics, essay seedlings for some contests here and there, an empty travel blogpost. (You know, I’ll only start working on my Bali 2015 blog post after I finish the video. So I can’t do that yet, because some people…

To the people who always want to be somewhere else, I dare you to stay. Just one time. Just one place. With just one person, for a while. I dare you to stay put long enough to let whatever you’ve been running from catch up. To realize whatever it is inside of you that has…

art picks, no. x

Things I’d stare at forever, had I the time. I was supposed to write about the things I’ve been up to the last two or so weeks –new books and TV series and people– but instead this post came out. I was reading books on art yesterday, in that window of time when I had…

An Observation

The night before the self-styled Fight of the Century (the Pacquaio-Mayweather boxing event), I watched some of the best scenes from two of my favorite action films of all time, Ip Man and Ip Man 2. In this scene in the sequel, the humble protagonist goes against the odds and fights the arrogant and almost completely unlikable Twister. It’s a…

Life Update: hi

The story: [Two Pronged] Masturbating grandchild In third grade I read a book which described how masturbation is actually a natural process and an instinct –because we’re naturally curious about the world and our bodies, because we are inclined to pleasure. And then for some reason we, as a society (as many societies), developed norms…