article placeholder

Korea Invades the Philippines

They came without warning, trickling in almost unnoticed until there were too many to ignore. It seemed, all of a sudden, that South Koreans were practically everywhere in the Philippines – in malls, ...
article placeholder

Philippine Elections: More of the Same

Photo by Hersley Ven-Casero  A career in show business used to be a sure ticket to landing a job as an elected servant of the people in the Philippines. Judging from the results of t...
article placeholder

A Killing Season

  It's harvest time in Central Luzon, freshly picked grain dries on the highway, waiting to be scooped into bags and sent for milling....
article placeholder

Arroyo on the Line in Philippine Polls

Monday, May 14, millions of Filipinos will once again march off to their precincts to cast their ballots. At stake are 12 of 24 Senate seats, the entire House of Representatives and all electiv...
article placeholder

Born to Rule

Wahab Akbar has been governor of the strife-torn island of Basilan in Mindanao for the past nine years. Now he is running for Congress. But that's okay because Jum, his first wife, is running for the...
article placeholder

A Filipina’s Happy Slip is Showing

For decades, actors of Asian descent have been trying make it big by breaking into mainstream Hollywood, usually with limited success. Thirty-one year old Christine Gambito, an American born to Filipino immigrants in Virginia, took a different route an...
article placeholder

Manila’s First Gentleman Stirs a Libel Hornet’s Nest

On the afternoon of November 13 last year, Mia Gonzales, a reporter for the Business Mirror in Manila, received an urgent phone call from a colleague working at the press office of the presidential palace. &ldq...
article placeholder

Free Trade and the Filipino Maid

It takes a world of anger to push a Filipino domestic helper onto the streets of Hong Kong in protest. Her weekend lasts a single day, and she’s on-call or working for every waking moment of the rest...
article placeholder

Palawan’s Sea Gypsies Under Threat

Very few people outside the Badjao community on the Philippine island of Palawan speak their tribal language. But somehow, you just know what it means to hear someone shout “Shark! Shark!” in any language. I scramble up the boat’s armor, ne...
article placeholder

Philippine Elections Under Fire

Under normal circumstances, when fire destroys a decrepit, decades-old building already condemned as a fire hazard, people might jump to the logical conclusion – this was a disaster waiting to happen....