By Keith Pereña
On the day Miss Philippines Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe, I was watching a video of Filipinos react to her victory. In the clip, I noticed families, friends and colleagues coming together, all huddled around their televisions. Life stood still in the Philippines. Nobody was doing anything other than watching the pageant. When Gray took the crown, everyone had their eyes glued to the screen. When she was proclaimed the winner, the video showed a good portion of the country going bonkers.
Continue reading How a Miss Universe win affected the Philippines
By Nivriti Butalia
I don’t know if Donald Trump goes for walks. I know he likes golf carts and exclamation points and red ties and Moscow, but I don’t know if he likes walking. I don’t seem him as a walker. I don’t see him enjoying time minus his phone. Not that photos of a President sitting in a stretch limo imply he can’t or doesn’t enjoy walking, but it seems silly to opt out of stretching your legs for 0.2 miles.
Continue reading When you can arrive in a limo, why walk 250 yards, right?
By Asma Ali Zain
“Oh, it’s just a wink yaar, let it be.” “He just brushed past, nothing major happened, let it be.” “It’s a man thing to stare, it’s okay, let it be.”
Continue reading Want to hear what women in Pakistan feel about #MeToo?
By Alvin R. Cabral
It’s that time of the year for most Filipinos, me included.
One overlooked trait Pinoys possess is dispatching gifts overseas to families, friends, loved ones.
Continue reading Why it is the Filipino way to love balikbayan boxes
By Allan Jacob
He said, she said, but I was warned — by a colleague on Monday. Yes, by a female colleague who told me to back off about going public with my support of Brett Kavanaugh, the judge courting controversy for alleged sexual misconduct in the United States. I use the word ‘alleged’ with great responsibility here. The man remains innocent until he is proven guilty and I refuse to haul him over the coals for a perceived infraction.
Continue reading He says, she says: who is the liar, who is the victim?
By Sherouk Zakaria
One afternoon in September three years ago, I was in office when a picture started trending on social media. The body of a small boy wearing a red shirt and blue shorts lay face down on the shores of a beach in Turkey. He was among the refugees who drowned on their way to Europe to start a new life. Instead of bringing him to safety and a promised life on the Greek island of Kos, the waves of the Aegean Sea washed Alan Kurdi’s body ashore.
Continue reading Three years on, has the world forgotten Alan Kurdi?
By Allan Jacob
I like Elon Musk and CEOs like him who make the impossible happen. Their innovative streak and their spark for ideas is infectious. It inspires people to be entrepreneurs who set out on their own and go against the grain. They are called visionaries, who envisage the future, who are driven, while mortals watch and fawn at their achievements. They can go on and on, and their contribution to humanity becomes the stuff of legend. “Iconic, out of the world!’’ are terms and phrases thrown about with stray abandon and the legion of admirers are only growing for these Silicon Valley types and titans. Continue reading Musk must sleep like a baby for his next bout of genius