There’s no doubt that Filipinos have a stagy side to them. Just wait for any karaoke session or opportunity to dance. Or any jeepney. But when you take it to an entire building, that becomes a whole new level. With development in the Philippines skyrocketing, there is no shortage of new construction – but most … More Filipino Cool or Filipino Kitsch?
MANY PEOPLE MISTAKE my ethnicity. Often they’d think I’m Indian, Indonesian … or Mexican. My response to the latter, or to anyone who asks me about Filipino culture, I usually sum it up in one word: ‘Mexicasian’. Mexicasian. We’re in the middle of Asia and the bamboo network Chinese have assimilated to the point where many … More Makati Means Murals
WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELLING in a developing country, there are just some things, some places, some parts of society, that unspoken word, others’ previous experiences or historical facts advise you against. Even for Western-born Asians, we have to admit that socioeconomic and cultural differences mean that while we have the purchasing power to live like kings, … More Which traveller dares to ride a bus in Manila?
28 years ago today, 1 million people, in an act of nonviolent resistance, matched down EDSA, the primary orbital Road in Metro Manila to protest and overthrow the regime of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, ending his 23 year reign. In what was hailed as the finest moment in modern Philippine history, the people dropped their individualism … More Manila: 28 years on
MY MOTHER SAID that when she was growing up and would ever get lost among the maze of Manila’s jeepney routes, one would simply make their way to Quiapo and restart one’s journey from there. Being Manila’s largest terminus of jeepney routes, virtually the entire city was within one ride of Quiapo’s interchange at Plaza … More Quiapo: New Life in Manila’s Old Downtown
CUBAO INTERCHANGE nowadays looks like any other in Metro Manila: bustling, congested and with a plethora of shopping malls to draw the flows of transit in. But as we crawl through this busy transit hub, my friends and relatives nostalgically point to this one building and their memories of going here for fresh produce as … More Metro Manila: Cubao isn’t just a farmers market anymore
What can you see here? Sometimes the signs of economic contrast and inequality in Metro Manila are all too apparent. In the background, Rockwell is one of many new developments that have flourished around the metropolis, signalling the Philippines’ entry into the global economy as an emerging market and the rising middle class that comes … More Metro Manila: Two worlds in one kilometre