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Don’t Flush the Finned Ones

When I was a kid, I stood in sad attendance at many a goldfish funeral.

LGBT

[VIDEO] Watch 'Circumstances', peak into another culture

When we take a look and get a feel of another culture that's very different from ours, we learn to appreciate our own as well as be more tolerant of others'.

'Circumstances' is a tale of Iranian women struggling to express their sexuality in a totalitarian and fundamentalist religious state.

Perspectives

Rupturing the consumer myth through sexual liberation.

The revolutionary breeze that ushered in the 60s carried with it a desire for sexual liberation and emancipation from the bourgeois, patriarchal norm. By calling into question the fundamental unit of society, the nuclear family, rebellious youth hoped to shake the foundations of staid consumerism.

Integrative Health

22 out of 78 blood donations tainted with HIV = RH Bill need

Today's news wire was particularly alarming -- 22 out of 78 units of donated blood tested positive for HIV as reported by the Department of Health's Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Perspectives

[SLIDESHOW] iMentor Steve Jobs

The resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple due to health problems affected me because he is my unofficial mentor. I found this slideshow online and I wish to share it with everyone who want to enjoy what they do and excel at it. Our country can surely use this mentality.

Perspectives

Hands Clean: the Rise of Victim-Blaming

While traveling to the province, I chanced upon a news report about a dengue outbreak in some parts of Tarlac. A local government official was interviewed, in which the official vehemently refuted claims of local residents that the local government units (LGUs) were not doing enough to prevent dengue from spreading. The official from the Department of Health said that ...

LGBT

[VIDEO] Weekend Trailer

On a Friday night after a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Perspectives

Debt crisis in US and Europe? PHL moving strong

The Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas announced that businesses are more optimistic in the Philippines for the third quarter -- and why wouldn't we? Our local industries are all in growth and expansion mode, public private partnerships, OFW remittances remain strong, and NEDA along with the BSP choose wise macro-economic thrusts.

Perspectives

Let It Leak: Intellectual Property and the JSTOR Leak

Recently, copies of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society were uploaded by Greg Maxwell into a popular torrent site as a reaction to the prosecution of Aaron Swartz by the US Attorney General for downloading too many papers from JSTOR. In a note accompanying his torrent, Maxwell explained the evils of pay wall gatekeepers such as JSTOR who retail ...

Perspectives

Philippine submarines? A little late in the game don't you think?

Why is President Aquino beefing up the Philippines' military capabilities? Isn't it 'too little too late'? Is this because of a little Spratley spat? The fact is, we will never be able to defend ourselves should China choose to attack -- or should most any ASEAN nation for that matter.

OFW

[VIDEO] Interview with a Filipina masseuse in the USA

Filipinas Magazine interviews Efleda Viray, a Filipina massage therapist at the Claremont Resport & Spa.

Perspectives

Luneta hostage fiasco - One year later

It is hard to believe a year has passed since the tragic events of the Luneta hostage fiasco transpired leaving Hong Kong tourists dead or injured, sour relations between our country and Hong Kong, and a world-wide embarrassment that showcased the incompetence of our police and officials.

OFW

US gov't sides with Pinoy nurses fired for speaking Tagalog

No less than the United States government has sided with four Filipino nurses who were fired from a Baltimore hospital last year for speaking Tagalog.

LGBT

[VIDEO] Invitation to watch 'Marcie'

MARCIE is about the travails and internal conflicts of four individuals whose stories unravel around the struggle of Marcie, a cross dresser who makes a living by prowling the streets at night for clients who look for a quick fix. It illustrates how relationships become at once uncertain and lucid when these entangle.

OFW

A sea man's video blog and diary

Note from P3 Curator >> Edward's video blog and diary is a shining example of what P3 aims to be. Edward is one of the thousands of sea-faring Filipino overseas workers. It's about time (alternative) media shed a spotlight on the life and adventures of our sea-faring heroes. Edward's video blog will commence as a regular column in P3 in ...

Perspectives

A humane version of the Public-Private Partnership

Here's a re-think of the Public-Private Program (PPP) the Philippines is so hot about in the past years. PPP is subject to a lot of controversy especially in the field of economics. Studies show that the majority of the risk is carried by tax-payers and not enough by corporations. If one of the P’s in the PPP was changed to ...

Perspectives

How dare you...

"How dare you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?"

-Seth Godin, Marketing Guru

Showbiz

Why Paris Hilton is in Manila

Many misconstrue that the hotel heiress is a blonde bimbo who simply parties off of daddy's riches. This outlook only scratches the surface. This writer would argue that the model, singer, host, an entrepreneur is a business genius. This is more than a get-away to a tropical paradise.

OFW

‘Victimized’ Pinoy teachers in Maryland get legal aid

Philippine authorities in the United States have given legal assistance to more than 1,000 Filipino teachers in Maryland who are facing deportation, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

Modern Filipino Culture

‘Offensive art’ to be taken to court by Catholic lawyers = Bullshit

Artists beware! Your freedom of expression is now threatened by conservative Catholics who do not want to be offended by your creations. Usually, if one does not want to be offended by something, they look away or do not partake. This time, they want to repeal your right all together. Progress!

Perspectives

A good ad-man listens to the pulse of the youth

With veteran advertising executive Mon Jimenez assuming the reigns as DOT head, the Philippines can really up its tourism into a new category if he recruits the help of everyone.

LGBT

Petition Asks Bert And Ernie To Get Married On Sesame Street

Should Bert and Ernie get married? Over 900 people think so.

Perspectives

Under Inquisition: Art and Censorship in the CCP Exhibit

God may be dead, but religion sure isn’t. In just a couple of days, a few religious bigots and politicians were able to fan what is now a widely publicized attack against an art exhibit held at the CCP. The exhibit, ‘Kulo,’ features a piece by Mideo Cruz called ‘Polytheism,’ which makes use of religious images to portray various types ...

OFW

Pinay writes book on ‘roller-coaster’ life in New Zealand

A New Zealand-based Filipina has written a book on her roller-coaster life there for the last three years, hoping that her fellow Filipinos will be inspired to never give up.

Modern Filipino Culture

Hacking to make a difference

Just yesterday, the Pentagon announced that it is deploying a ‘hacker development program’. U.S. intelligence realizes that cyber activity and security is a prevalent and growing and will address the issue with priority. Today, hackers attack the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) . Are hackers criminals or are they making a statement?

LGBT

[VIDEO] Joel Burns tells gay teens "it gets better"

From TED.com >> In a courageous, intensely emotional talk at the city council in Fort Worth, Texas, councilman Joel Burns reaches out to the targets of teen bullying -- kids who are gay, perceived as gay, or just different -- with a vital message about their lives, and the harassment they face.

Perspectives

How to Survive in the 21st Century

The truth is, every century needs a set of survival skills precisely because there is no such thing as an easy century for the common human. Way, way back during the first century, you had Pharaohs and Roman Generals chasing your back or trying to make a slave of you. In the middle ages, you had the Inquisition and the ...

Perspectives

If I May Ask...

Why is it difficult to sleep during daytime? Are our bodies really programmed to sleep at night?

Are women less attractive without high heels? or make-up? 

Really, who is responsible for the MMDA being corrupt? 

Perspectives

Better than the networks

From The Philippine Star >> Even if they tried, none of the television networks could come up with more riveting “shows” like the Senate does.

With no disrespect towards the Senate, I have to say that recent events or investigations conducted by the Senate have all been worthy of an Emmy in terms of drama, content, national significance, even ...

RH Bill

[SLIDESHOW] Senate RH bill no-brainer

What is there to debate about? As long as the senate sticks to the facts, the argument for the Reproductive Health Bill is a no-brainer. Only when religious and dogmatic points that do not have conclusive scientific evidence backing them are introduced does the discussion turn into a subjective farce.

University

[VIDEO] Prosti-Tuition is on the rise

Visit manila craigslist and click on 'mga kaswal na pagkikita' to see for yourself.

A recent article in Huffington Post mirrors what is happening in the Philippines -- because of lack of funds for college tuition, students are turning to prostitution for funding.

Perspectives

A Fil-Am's flash flood ordeal

"A tree flushes down from the hills from the right to the front of the car making it impossible to go forward. We try to back up but the tree is starting to go under the front bumper. From the hills, we see water raging fast towards us with branches, mud, rocks and rubber hoses from shacks along the side ...

Modern Filipino Culture

Bill filed in House legalizing divorce

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> Cebu Rep. Pablo Garcia has filed a bill that would recognize marriage annulments granted by various religious denominations in the country.

Perspectives

What to pack when commuting with baby

Practical tips when commuting with your baby.

Modern Filipino Culture

[VIDEO] Manila was Done Over

The massive success of DO OVER Manila featuring Rhettmatic, Daz-I-Kue, Haycock & Strong.
See all the images of the illest act this side of the world.
Watch the video clip.

Images and video courtesy of the B-Side

Perspectives

Philippines: Bongga Ka Dive! My idea on how to boost tourism

EDIT: Because I believe in localization, the vernacular tagline is now PHILIPPINES: BONGGA KA DIVE!

As a diver, I am biased. Beyond the traditional way of viewing the Philippines as the “land of the smiles” and having some of the “best hospitality in the world” and “great beaches” one of the recreational activities that isn’t highlighted ...

Perspectives

Are you a Third Culture Kid?

Whenever people meet me for the first time, I come off as just another friendly neighborhood Asian kid who gives his seat up on the bus for the elderly and pays all his taxes.

Perspectives

The 'little' that matters

From The Philippine Star >> How much excitement can a columnist expect in a room full of NGOs and foundations celebrating another foundation’s 15th anniversary?

Perspectives

National Scientists > Champions of progress

At the 2011 National Science and Technology Week at the SMX Convention Center, economist Raul Fabella and former Ateneo de Manila University president, Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, were donned with the title ‘national scientist’ by President Aquino. The title of ‘national scientist’ the highest honor one can attain in the Philippines for one’s body of work in science and technology.

Perspectives

Reduce rice price

From The Philippine Star >> One of the black marks of the first 12 months of President Aquino is the high prices of prime commodities. But the administration has only itself to blame because it increased the price of NFA rice 50 percent from P18 to P27/kilo.

RH Bill

Noy not softening on RH bill

From The Philippine Star >> President Aquino has not softened his stand on the reproductive health bill with his offer of reconciliation with Catholic bishops, but has only “opened doors for negotiations” over the controversial bill and other issues, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa said yesterday.

LGBT

60 Awesome Portraits Of Gay Couples Just Married In New York State

Via BuzzFeed >>
Heart-warming images of tolerance and human rights.

Modern Filipino Culture

Pinoy Tayo

No, this is not a post-independence day article, but I hope this got to P-noy's speechwriters before he had his SONA. Anyway, let me  begin.

A few days back, an article for reaction was assigned in our religion class. The article was Barth Suretsky's “Be Proud to Be a Filipino”.  I was taken aback because I ...

Modern Filipino Culture

Fierce, Fun and Flirty: Care Divas on the PETA Stage

Going to a play isn't necessarily dull or boring. The newest musical-comedy by PETA will keep you howling with laughter then silently tearing up with emotion. Care givers by day and divas by night, the five protagonists are all transvestites who live and work in Israel in the height of the second infitada.

LGBT

The Philippines is not Immune to Change

I had the opportunity to ask a respected Filipino attorney about the prospects of Filipino LGBTs going through the courts to pursue equality.  His opinion was that, at this time, there would likely be no benefit for gay and lesbian couples to sue the government for equal protection.

Perspectives

‘Little by little, the bird builds its nest’

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >>

An inspiring story of hard work, aspirations, and success. Some tips too.

RH Bill

‘RH bill will be voted on when lawmakers tire of debates’

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> The leadership of the House of Representatives is just waiting for its members to get tired of the plenary debate on the controversial reproductive health bill before finally putting it to a vote, according to Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II.

Modern Filipino Culture

On being a blogger-politician

The complete title of this post is On Being A Blogger-Politician Or Musings Of A Blogger Who Became A Politician. This is a continuation of my earlier piece about how I balance my work in Batasan and my online activities.

Perspectives

[VIDEO] Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Mass public education was established during the industrial revolution to cater to jobs produced by the industrial revolution. Today, the world has dramatically changed yet education has remained the same. In our information, innovation, and artisan modern world, this will not hold for long.

Call Center

Leaving Purgatory-The Last Day

It started like any other day. The sky was dark because I hit the clock at 7 am on a Friday morning. But it wasn't just another day, it was the day. For six years I had come here over and over, punched the clock, drank the bad coffee, listened to the voices in my headphone drone on and on.

Modern Filipino Culture

Fil-ams & hip-hop: An exploration

UP College of Music presents Cipher of Styles: Exploring the Filipino Hip Hop Diaspora.

RH Bill

Indonesia: A Family Planning Model for the Philippines?

From The Philippine Daily Inquirer >> The facts are clear. In terms of key economic and social indicators, the Philippines was ahead of Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam 40 years ago.  Today, we are behind and face the dismal prospect of falling even farther behind in the next few years.

LGBT

Under Rug Swept

Whatever happened to the bakla?

LGBT

[VIDEO] The Love Yourself Project

The Love Yourself Project aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among the youth and the Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) sector in the Philippines, primarily through education and counseling. It is the first project by the VINN Advocacy group.

OFW

'Fewer Pinoys qualified to work abroad'

From The Philippine Star >> Fewer Filipino workers were hired abroad due to their lack of necessary skills and experience, local job recruitment industry leaders reported yesterday.

The recruitment leaders said they were only able to fill up about 40 percent of job orders from abroad mainly due to lack of highly skilled Filipino workers.

Perspectives

Economic Reform & Tourism Development Sobriety

Two articles in today's paper distinctly stood out. Instead of the usual political mud-slinging, economic and social progress were the ones that provided hopeful signs. This commentary aims to provide common-sense and sobriety to these lofty goals.

OFW

DOLE: Not all Saudi OFWs will lose jobs

From The Philippine Star >> Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz assured the public that not all of the 1.5 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia will lose their jobs due to the Saudization policy because most of them are highly skilled.

LGBT

10 anti-gay myths debunked

10 key myths propagated by the anti-gay movement, along with the truth behind the propaganda.

OFW

120 Pinoys detained for illegally working in Dubai

From The Philippine Star >> One hundred twenty Filipinos face deportation after they were arrested and detained for illegally working in Dubai, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

University

Lady Gercio

A junior European languages student at the University of the Philippines Diliman, also a transsexual woman, filed a case against her professor for allegedly discriminating her on the grounds of religious beliefs.

RH Bill

Enough! Pope and bishops do not have my best interest in mind.

My cousin is pregnant for the third time. They are fortunate enough to live in a one-room hollow-block square with rusty old yero for roofing. This is already fortunate compared to their neighbors who use plywood for walls that rot from rain. She watches the kids while doing house chores while her husband is a driver for an upper-middle class ...

RH Bill

Pope reminds Pinoy bishops to be firm vs RH bill

From The Philippine Star  -With the debates over the Reproductive Health (RH) bill to be revived once Congress resumes session on July 25, Pope Benedict XVI reminded Filipino bishops to be firm in their position against the bill.

OFW

Third batch of Pinoy caregivers off to Japan July 18

From The Philippine Star  -A third batch of Filipino candidate caregivers will be deployed to Japan next week after completing preparatory language training.

The third batch, composed of 60 Filipinos, had just finished the language training program from April 11 to July 8.

Modern Filipino Culture

I Fell in Love Through My Ears...

"A man falls in love with his eyes.  A woman falls in love through her ears". -Woodrow Wyatt

I'm not going to tell you about when Hip-hop took my heart.  See, it didn't take a day nor even a week, month or year.  Instead I'm going to tell you how.

University

UP Pride: Celebrating Gender Equality

The University of the Philippines has always been a safe place for its students, offering an open venue for different ideologies, orientations, religions and opinions. The UP Babaylan organized this year's Pride Week focusing on gender equality and anti-discrimintation. Contained is a firsthand account of the University of the Philippines Pride March last June 18, 2011.

OFW

Indian faces UAE court for molesting Pinay co-worker

A 33-year-old Indian stood trial in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday over allegations that he molested his 35-year-old Filipina co-worker.

RH Bill

Prioritize RH bill, Noy urged

From THE PHILIPPINE STAR House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman asked President Aquino yesterday to make the Reproductive Health (RH) bill one of his priority measures.

“I hope the President will certify it as a priority bill. It does not have to be certified as urgent,” he toldSTAReditors.

OFW

Exit clearance: An OFW’s nightmare

From INQUIRER.NET >> I am now a full-fledged OFW. I share a common bond with thousands of overseas Filipino workers who had no choice but to get an exit clearance from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and, in the process, experienced what would possibly be one of our worst encounters with government bureaucracy.

OFW

OFW choir group wins Judges Spirit Award in California

From Inquirer.net

“The Prime Note Ensemble captured not only the audience but also the judge’s hearts, that is why they were awarded the Judges Award for Exemplifying the CICF Spirit,” said Pat Harris, the executive director of the California International Choral Festival and Competition (CICF).

LGBT

Liz Taylor’s bonding with gays

From Inquirer.net

“Gay men helped keep her alive for the last 10 years. And the gay community kept her stardom alive. They made her an icon at a time when a lot of people didn’t care.”

University

DepEd Short of P45 B for Last Two Years of K+12

Former education secretary Mona Valisno proposes Congress funding support as well as collaboration with private and state universities to subsidize the additional two years of high school in the K+12 program. The end goal is to alleviate some of the financial burden of parents.

LGBT

Adoption by Gay Couples Rise

Growing numbers of gay couples across the country are adopting, according to census data, despite an uneven legal landscape that can leave their children without the rights and protections extended to children of heterosexual parents.