As the war against COVID-19 wages in hospitals, government offices, and empty streets, a different battle is being played out in the news, on social media, and in our minds and hearts. Early insights show that citizens in the US differed in how they would personally act on COVID-19 based on their political leaning, with … Continue reading Why Aren’t People Convinced By Facts and Reason?
Last night, I watched the last episode of the final season of Game of Thrones unfold. It was an end to war, an end to bickering, and an end to the game of thrones. No matter what your opinion is on the turn the series took, it was an important moment. I watched the first … Continue reading An End to the Game of Thrones
(I had the privilege to join the Young Societal Leaders program of the Singapore Summit, where 22 young leaders from all over Asia spent 5 days in Singapore being mentored by government ministers, top CEO's in the Asia Pacific, heads of international NGO's and more. Here are some insights from that trip.) I sat at … Continue reading Singapore: The Merit of Meritocracy and What the Philippines Can Learn
Today, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Well and good. Coming from a family with roots from Sulu and Zamboanga, I understand why Muslim Filipinos have long struggled for autonomy. I now hope - along with most others - that the BOL becomes a concrete step in attaining peace. With the involvement … Continue reading Why the Bangsamoro Organic Law Will Not Be Enough
(I'm starting a series of #BookBite posts to reflect on books I've read. This is not meant as a review or evaluation of how good a book was. This is more of a summary of key insights and how it applies to me and the world at large.) #BookBite: How Democracies Die (Steven Levitsky & … Continue reading How Democracy Dies & What To Do About It
I learned about Marcos in school. Maybe it was Grade 3 or Grade 4, but I first heard his name in school. The teachers taught me he established martial law, angered a lot of Filipinos, and was ousted in a big revolution. It was nothing to me yet. But I would learn about Marcos again … Continue reading On the Marcos Burial