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Monthly Archives: June 2011

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2011 Thai elections and the Filipinos’ lack of sense of history

Something interesting happening over there in Thailand Thailand will be having a general election this coming Sunday, July 3. This is Thailand’s first nationwide poll since Abhisit Vejjajiva became prime minister in December 2008. I have maintained a particular interest in Thai political affairs for

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Thaksin, President Arroyo, and other Filipino politicians

To me, Thaksin is a composite of three Filipino politicians: former presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Joseph Estrada (a former movie actor), and Senator (and 2010 presidential candidate) Manuel Villar, Jr. Arroyo shares Thaksin’s economic savvy.  Both also faced allegations of corruption, public disenchantment, and military

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I discovered Michael Jackson’s music when he died

As someone born in 1990, I grew up unfamiliar with MJ’s music. I and my contemporaries came of age through boy bands (Westlife vs. N*Sync, remember?) and female pop stars like Mariah Carey and Britney Spears. We watched them on MTV and listened to (and

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Three years after, still no justice for MV Princess of the Stars victims

  It has become a custom for Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration and other meteorological organizations nationwide to “retire” the names of typhoons (or hurricanes) that had caused tremendous loss of lives and damages to properties. PAG-ASA retires a typhoon name if it

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Armando Malay’s excellent rebuttal of Renato Constantino’s “Veneration without Understanding” Part I

I reported about Armando Malay’s “Veneration with Understanding” for my Rizal class (PI 100) in UP Diliman two years ago. Renato Constantino’s 1969 was a controversial piece, and the arguments he put forward may sound convincing – until you read this point-by-point rebuttal by the