That Difficult Book

Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) is one of the toughest and hardest novelle to digest and understand. For a non-French speaker like me, even the name of the author is difficult to properly pronounce (Antoine de Saint-Exupery). The short novel packs a punch with themes that are universal and relevant especially during this time … Continue reading That Difficult Book

The Alter World of Twitter

Miguel Escobar’s article entitled “Filipino Twitter Shows Our Children Being Sexualized and Sold” (Esquire Magazine, 24 August 2018) raised a harrowing issue on child pornography on Twitter. While it was a good read which needs to be seriously addressed by the (concerned) authorities, what caught my attention was the term “alterverse” or “alter” for short. … Continue reading The Alter World of Twitter

The Gospel according to Facebook

In 2014, church pastor and communications professor Bruce Joffe, Ph.D published a book entitled "The Gospel According to Facebook: Social Media and the Good News" ( Publishing). This article is not an iteration of his insightful book. He is a demigod in literature. Again, with respect to his book, my humble article doesn't have anything … Continue reading The Gospel according to Facebook

Contextualizing Anxiety

"A pandemic is an outbreak of infectious disease that occurs over a wide geographical area and that is of high prevalence. A pandemic generally affects a significant proportion of the world’s population, usually for several months" - this is the academic definition of pandemic according to Encyclopaedia Britannica. True enough, the world has seen how ruthless an … Continue reading Contextualizing Anxiety

Life As We Know It

...will never be the same because once you go back to work, some of your colleagues are no longer there. ...divides the rich and the poor. Polarization is now even more rampant. ...has given prominence to words like virus, front liners, quarantine, ayuda, pass, retrenchment, new normal, social distancing, and survival among others. ...made us … Continue reading Life As We Know It

Life in a Suitcase

Training is the biggest part of my job. But one aspect of training that I enjoy most is the travel that comes with it. I always look forward to layover (and sometimes remain overnight) flights. After crossing the ocean for hours, we need to rest before flying back to home base. Unlike the rest of … Continue reading Life in a Suitcase

Perya – Retold (2009)

I first wrote this article in 2009 ( This is a re-writing of my childhood memory. “Perya” is a Filipino term for town carnival. It comes from the Spanish word feria (local fair, festival). In the Philippines, a town fiesta is incomplete without the perya. Villages or “barrios” from highly urbanized cities down to the … Continue reading Perya – Retold (2009)

Her name is Ivana.

If I were a (communications) student, I would do a content analysis on Ivana Alawi's vlogs. I just don't know if there is any scholastic merit (?) using her vlogs as my subject matter. But since this is not an academic discourse, far from it definitely, here are my musings on her funny vlogs. I … Continue reading Her name is Ivana.

Quarantine Blues

To date, it has been more than 60 days since Duterte placed Metro Manila under quarantine. As reported by Philippine Daily Inquirer (, the capital was placed under community quarantine based on the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (so text heavy). Based on the Inter-Agency guidelines, land, … Continue reading Quarantine Blues

Long March

I am not a diligent student. It took me more than five years to finish college because I was “derailed” for a couple of years. Why didn’t I graduate on time? I prioritized work over school. Back then, I didn’t need to work to finish school (salamat sa nanay at tatay ko). When I found … Continue reading Long March