Bangsa Moro, current events, Media Studies, PHILIPPINE ELECTIONS, Social Media, socio-cultural

Philippine Elections and the Mindanao Vote in the Age of Social Media

This is a mini lecture delivered on March 4, 2022 on the webinar titled Digital Journalism and the Mindanao Vote. Organized by Philippine Press Institute (PPI) and Journalism Studies Association of the Philippines, Inc. (JSAP, Inc.) supported by Hanns Seidel Foundation in cooperation with Internews in collaboration with USAID. I prepared for a one-hour lecture,… Continue reading Philippine Elections and the Mindanao Vote in the Age of Social Media

Media Studies, socio-cultural

Social Media Capital of the World

For the past seven years or so, the Philippines has been touted as the “Social (Media) Nation of the world”. This is reminiscent of the time when the Philippines was being hailed as the “texting capital of the world”, even before the turn of the millennium. But at first glance at the statistics, it doesn’t… Continue reading Social Media Capital of the World

culture, current events, Film Notes, Media Studies, socio-cultural

Films, Media Representation and Reality: Inclusion or Misrepresentation?

Not everybody can READ a film. That takes tons of reading materials, thousands of hours watching films of all kinds, understanding Film theories, Communication theories, Cultural Studies theories, and Media Literacy theories. Knowledge of world history, world mythologies, symbolisms, semiotics, and philosophy will come in handy, too. And of course, the skills to "read" media… Continue reading Films, Media Representation and Reality: Inclusion or Misrepresentation?

covid19, current events, socio-cultural

The OCTA Case: Should lockdowns be the only weapon against rising Covid19 cases?

OCTA Research, "a polling, research and consulting firm", as described in its website, is under attack from some quarters for telling people that there is another surge in Covid cases and what is needed is another lockdown. I am glad that there is criticism, but the attack is against OCTA and not against the government.… Continue reading The OCTA Case: Should lockdowns be the only weapon against rising Covid19 cases?

Bangsa Moro, History, political, socio-cultural

America and the Bangsa Moro through the years

The so-called Moro Conflict in the Philippines, which arguably does not end with the creation of the Bangsa Moro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), can be traced back to the United States of America. The various Moro Sultanates did not have a shared history with the conquered peoples of Luzon and Visayas. The Moro… Continue reading America and the Bangsa Moro through the years

Newspaper article, socio-cultural

Animal rights or animal welfare?

Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act was the culmination of Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco's long years of active campaigning and lobbying for the protection of animals in the Philippines. Ms. Hontiveros-Lichauco  is the President and guiding light of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). President Fidel V. Ramos signed that law on February 11, 1998… Continue reading Animal rights or animal welfare?