Category Archives: Development

Visual

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/diamonds_in_the_soles_of_her_shoes/545503457/sizes/o/in/set-72157600119021830/ I have been striving to find culture in Metro Manila because visually, it is dominated by malls and residential areas.  So for my birthday, I wanted to do something different and I decided to go to the … Continue reading

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White Man’s Burden

When I first heard of this expression, I thought it was some general paternalistic phrase.  But when I found out that it also came from Rudyard Kipling’s poem encouraging the colonization of the Philippines by the United States, it kinda … Continue reading

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Foreign Exchange

Photo Credit: http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/rise_fall_canton_04/gallery_places/pages/cwC_1805_E78680_Flags.htm Before 1842, Canton (Guangzhou) was the only port in China open to foreigners. After losing the Opium/Trade War to the British, the Chinese government finally gave in to British demands, conceding the right to trade in five … Continue reading

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Free Thoughts

In the third chapter of Jose Rizal’s novel Noli Me Tangere, the protagonist Crisostomo Ibarra, who has just returned to the Philippines from Europe, is the guest of honor at a banquet and becomes subject to the curiosity of the … Continue reading

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Balikbayan

My Photo: The yearbooks that I have from my childhood in Saudi Arabia and the US. The Filipino word Balikbayan is a combination of the words “balik” meaning to return, and “bayan” meaning home country.  It “refers to overseas Filipinos including … Continue reading

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Anak

Video Credit: ACSPPA/AMLC The word “anak” means child in many Malayo-Polynesian languages, including that of my country the Philippines.  It has also been used for the title of a Filipino song and movie, giving it the depth this word deserves. … Continue reading

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Doctors & Society

In society, doctors are held in such high esteem and with good reason — the years of training, the level of skill involved, and the power to heal and save lives.  But in this post, I want to discuss those … Continue reading

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