I helped bury Marcos as a hero

Today, I became a tool for historical revisionism. Today, I buried a dictator as a hero. I played a key role in interring Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos, Sr. – corrupt president, merciless strongman, and patriarch of an entire family of politicians that has persistently plagued Philippine society for decades – in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, and I didn’t even […]

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Midnight snack: Beyond the Box’s iPhone 7 launch

iPhone 7

Nearly 3 hours before the iPhone 7 Midnight Launch event at Beyond The Box’s Resorts World Manila branch last November 11, Apple fans and smartphone enthusiasts were already in line, eager to take a bite out of the tech giant’s spiffy new offerings. Hotly anticipated as the next entries in the popular iPhone smartphone series, the iPhone 7 and 7 […]

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KOMIKON-versations: Toto Madayag (Libreng Komiks)

Libreng Komiks

At 71,000 fans and counting, to say that Libreng Komiks is a success is an understatement. With sharp wit, simple (but sometimes brutal) punchlines, a distinctive art style, and a finger on the pulse of pop culture, Libreng Komiks has become the source of many memes and humorous, passive-aggressive jabs, perfect for a generation of online Pinoys who love to poke fun at anything […]

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GRAMMAR GEEK GUIDE: Proper ‘Sitions

grammar geek guide prepositions

Welcome to Grammar Geek Guide, where I’ll be writing about common grammatical mistakes and Filipinisms (English phrases commonly attributed to Filipinos that may be considered incorrect, poorly constructed, or inappropriate, often as a result of mistranslation). Before anything else, I’d like to stress that I am neither a grammar teacher nor an English degree holder. In fact, a lot of the grammar […]

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GRAMMAR GEEK GUIDE: Actually… Don’t

grammar filipinism

Welcome to Grammar Geek Guide, where I’ll be writing about common grammatical mistakes and Filipinisms (English phrases commonly attributed to Filipinos that may be considered incorrect, poorly constructed, or inappropriate, often as a result of mistranslation). Before anything else, I’d like to stress that I am neither a teacher nor an English degree holder. In fact, a lot of the grammar stuff […]

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GRAMMAR GEEK GUIDE: “Come” vs “Go”

come vs go, grammar

Welcome to Grammar Geek Guide, where I’ll be writing about common grammatical mistakes and Filipinisms (English phrases commonly attributed to Filipinos that may be considered incorrect, poorly constructed, or inappropriate, often as a result of mistranslation). Before anything else, I’d like to stress that I am neither a teacher nor an English degree holder. In fact, a lot of the grammar stuff […]

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Five reasons why smoking in “NO SMOKING” areas makes you a terrible person

“Being a horrible person” ranks right below “breathing” and “blinking” on the list of the easiest things to do in the world, primarily because all it takes to accomplish this is two things: being a human and not giving a fuck. That’s also why it comes in different flavors: cutting lines, bribery, stealing, saying insensitive things, riding your stupid hoverboard […]

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Five Geeky Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2016

If you’re reading this, congratulations! You made it through another year of highly anticipated Hollywood blockbuster sequels, gadgets to blow your money on, depressing politics, and idiotic expressions. Of course, while you may not consider your continued existence on the planet to be anything even remotely close to a major life achievement, you can at least take comfort in the fact that (a) […]

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Hindi si Duterte ang sagot

duterte

Kung ang gagawin nating basehan ay ang mga sinasabi ng mga tao sa Facebook, Twitter, at iba pang social media sites, may tatlong klase ng Pilipino: Ang mga botanteng halos ipagsigawan na ang kanilang suporta sa kampanya ni Rodrigo Duterte na maging susunod na Pangulo ng Pilipinas pagdating ng 2016, ang mga botanteng hindi suportado si Duterte, at ang mga taong hanggang […]

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