Onli in da Pilipins

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:36
(originally published in SCMP Nov 24 2005)
 
Any morning that a daily newspaper splashes a story about crime, corruption or government ineptitide, you can bet that across the land citizens will be shaking their heads over coffee and muttering, onli in da Pilipins - "only in the Philippines." The expression, which is increasingly common, seems to show Filipinos believe sins and misdemeanours have a national brand.

Fare play

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:29
(originally published in SCMP, 2006)
It has happened at least several times in the past year: somebody takes a taxi ride and leaves their valuables behind. The driver discovers the item and promptly goes out of his way to return it to the owner, refusing any payment.
 
Could this truly be happening in Manila?

Doctored nurses

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 08:00
 
I'm thinking of switching careers - shifting to a job that will take me abroad and have employers crawling all over each other to bid for my services. Yes, I realise it might seem a bit late in the day to consider becoming a registered nurse, but only one thing worries me: what sort of uniform would I have to wear?
 

Many Filipinos don't have satire gene

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 18:23

By Alan Robles

A "statistically significant" number of Filipinos lack a gene that lets them detect satire, a new study claims.

Scientists at the prestigious Asian Research Institutes for Understanding Humor and Silly Walks (ARIUHSW) yesterday announced that many Filipinos apparently lack the Satire Gene (SG).

According to the institute's spokesperson Dr. Soon Tu Ve Hung, SG deficiency "prevents people from distinguishing the true from the ridiculous."

Journalism in the Philippines

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:00

By Alan Robles

Seeing that journalism has lately become a focus of public interest, I feel it my duty as a practicing journalist to earnestly answer this specially prepared, long and comprehensive list of utterly bogus random questions about my profession:

1. What's so special about being a journalist?

For one thing, it allows a writer (like me) to use the plural pronoun and morph into the dreaded "Editorial We"

2. What's so special about this "we" thing?

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