The West Philippine Sea: A Pipeline Dream? 

This 2023 was opened with a historical encounter—President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. embarking to Beijing for a sit-down with China’s President Xi Jinping. Many promises and arrangements were on the agenda, with conversations jumping from durian exports to bridge constructions. Yet, there was one matter looming through everyone’s minds—the long-disputed West Philippine Sea. This “elephant in the room” has been a recurring topic for over eleven years; yet, it is continuously left in its static state. It begs the question: will it always remain unaddressed? 

When the Privileged “Influencer” Misinterprets Reality: Donnalyn Bartolome

On Tuesday, January 3, singer and Internet influencer Donnalyn Bartolome sparked much uproar online with a controversial statement belittling the struggles of Filipino workers. In the now deleted post, she said, “Bakit may sad dahil back to work na? Diba dapat masaya ka kasi may chance ka na pagandahin buhay mo at ng pamilya? Trip ko pa nga may work ng January 1 dahil superstition ko may work ako buong taon ‘pag ganun. Dapat grateful kasi may work. If work makes you unhappy, I hope you find a job that will… this is just a reminder that having a job is a blessing bessss change mindset, it’s 2023!!”

The Pink Tax: An Overlooked Injustice

In this 21st Century, it is hard to believe that archaic ideologies and practices could still happen in broad daylight. From gender roles to stereotypes, these displays of discrimination should have been figments of the past. Yet, oftentimes, it is so blatant and normalized that it is usually glossed over. The pink tax, an age-old marketing tactic, embodies just that. 

The 36%: Who Are the Remaining Unvaccinated people?

On the 14th of January last year, the Philippine government authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use; and ever since that day, it was made clear that the virus’ reign on Philippine streets was numbered. Almost two years later, at least 78 million Filipinos have taken at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. The COVID-19 vaccination rollout seems to be in full swing in the country, with the government even declaring vaccination holidays, which have handed out millions of doses to the masses.

Evaluating the Validity of Sandro Marcos’s Statements

Recently, Senior Deputy Majority Leader Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” Marcos has been under heavy flak for some of his recent statements. These include his suggestions for Filipino rice farmers to switch to producing dragon fruit during the Taiwanese off-seasons, and his claims that the Philippine Peso is weak due to the fact that the U.S. Dollar is strong.

Sa Kahabaan ng SIRA Madre

“The Sierra Madre mountain range doing her thing,” sabi sa isang post mula sa Twitter. Umalingawngaw ng mga panawagan at paghanga sa kapangyarihang taglay ng Sierra Madre ang iba’t ibang plataporma ng midya. Ito ang parehong araw kung kailan tumama sa kalupaan ng Luzon ang bagyong Karding na siyang agarang humina nang makadaupang-palad ang bulubundukin. 

Liz Truss’s Resignation and the Concept of a Philippine Parliament

The past few months have been one of utter chaos in the United Kingdom. Alongside the skyrocketing gas and energy prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was political turmoil in the House of Commons. The British government has essentially hit the panic button, having had three prime ministers (PMs) in the span of only 52 days. 

Exhibit Nth: The Forgotten Crisis on Climate Action

Every November, the Philippines celebrates Environmental Awareness Month to bring frequently overlooked issues to light, with high hopes of raising public awareness and promoting sustainability around the whole country. Just last June, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) set the theme of this year’s Environment Month, “Aksyon Para sa Natatanging Mundo”, to highlight its persistent commitment to the environment and Filipinos, as it continues to protect the country’s natural resources despite the threats and challenges imposed by the pandemic. 

The Ukraine War: Knowing its Grave Economic Impacts, What Happened to All the Reports? 

“The audacity of the aggressor is a clear signal to the West that sanctions against Russia are not enough, because they did not understand, did not feel, did not see the world is really determined, really determined to stop this war. You will not hide from this reality. You will not hide from new murders in Ukraine.” Those were the words echoed by Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy last March, during the early developments of what would be a prolonged and devastating battle. 

Communication or Propaganda?: The Implications of Paul Soriano’s Appointment

Despite out-of-the-blue announcements and undetailed responsibilities, filmmaker and director Paul Soriano was appointed Presidential Adviser on Creative Communications by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday, October 17. Witnessed by his wife—famous television and YouTube personality Toni Gonzaga—and son, Soriano took his oath on the same day in Malacañang Palace.