Beyond Campiness

Not me. I’d rather be in Manila’s Malate district, at The Library bar, which brings together all the best the Philippines can offer: music, comedy of the highest order, and, for those who like such things, booze, pretty office girls and guys in drag. The Library began nearly 20 years ago as a gay club,…

Where has the hope gone?

It is hard to recall the hope sometimes because the Philippines is such a mess. Birth rates are among the highest in the world, a third of the workforce is either unemployed or underemployed. The country is kept afloat financially by remittances from its chief export, Filipinos who labor as maids in Hong Kong, cooks…

A Dirty Job

Tony Kwok has more than a touch of the evangelist about him. On his favorite topic, the trim and soft-spoken former operations chief of Hong Kong's legendary graft- busting agency is fervent about the need for society to find the path to redemption from corruption, a sin he says harms people, retards growth and eats…

The Melody and Mimi show

  Melody Damayo, a/k/a: Mimi Miyagi Melody Damayo is a forceful, well- spoken Filipino-American, a Republican and candidate for state governor, who favors getting tough on crime, upgrading schools and improving the state's infrastructure to battle terrorism. Mimi Miyagi is a dolled up anime creature whose fire red lips, Jessica Rabbit body, long black hair…