Bangsa Moro, Newspaper article, socio-cultural

Of Sheikhs and Harems: Polygamy in Islam

On February 12, 2000, my article on harems and polygamy in Islam was published at The Philippine Post. I wrote it for the Valentine season. The year after, I was informed that two of my articles Of Sheikhs and Harems: Polygamy in Islam and Once Upon A Time: Sarangany Island were two of the 7… Continue reading Of Sheikhs and Harems: Polygamy in Islam

culture, current events, Media Studies, political, socio-cultural

PRESS FREEDOM: The crux of the ABS-CBN franchise denial

For the past few weeks, the Filipino public has been bombarded with a barrage of propaganda on the side of the President's men about the alleged violations of ABS-CBN radio-TV network. On the other hand, ABS-CBN's cable channels have been bombarding the viewers with interviews and testimonials of people claiming that their lives would not… Continue reading PRESS FREEDOM: The crux of the ABS-CBN franchise denial

socio-cultural

FB Notes: Covid19 in Philippines – March 2020

I decided, quite belatedly, to document my thoughts on Covid19 as recorded in Face Book. through my posts, likes and shares. This is for the month of March 2020: FB posts re Coronavirus: On Mar. 3, 2020, I liked a post that linked to a news story headlined "Duterte Admin, Pinapasok ang 536,205 Chinese sa… Continue reading FB Notes: Covid19 in Philippines – March 2020

current events, socio-cultural

UBI: Universal Business Income, anyone?

Now that the government has started the dole-outs thru DSWD, DOLE, etc plus the food packs; why not shift to UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME (#UBI). Some of the US states are now starting it. More than 80% of the British public are for it, says a British MP in a Commons debate. In a situation like… Continue reading UBI: Universal Business Income, anyone?

cinema, culture, Film, Film Review, Media Studies, socio-cultural

Parasite (2019): Film as Art or Social Practice?

  FILM AS ART OR AS SOCIAL PRACTICE   When I was in graduate film school, I had a long-running discussion with the dean on whether Film should be viewed as Art or as Social Practice. In that college, the “politically correct” view was the Film-As-Social-Practice school of thought. I, on the other hand, stuck… Continue reading Parasite (2019): Film as Art or Social Practice?

Newspaper article, socio-cultural

Mary, a Sign for all Peoples

I saw a Facebook post where a Christian guy was thanking the Qur'an for giving account of the Virgin Mary. I decided to link my Mary article in the comment. To my surprise, I couldn't find my Mary article in all my blogs. I had posted it in my blogs before, but I suppose they… Continue reading Mary, a Sign for all Peoples

education, Media Studies, socio-cultural, Uncategorized

Transmutation Tables et al

It's the time of the year when children, teenagers and young adults graduate from elementary, high school and college. In the Philippines, nowadays, so many parents are elated and extremely proud of their children who graduate with honors, as cum laudes or with various awards such as the Most Diligent Pupil or the Most Creative… Continue reading Transmutation Tables et al

Bangsa Moro, culture, Newspaper article, socio-cultural

Torogan, the Mranao royal house

Here is a newspaper article I wrote on the Torogan, the Mranao royal house. I had posted this before in my websites and in my blogs. I stopped maintaining my websites while some of my blogs just vanished for whatever reasons. This is a snapshot of my lost blog with its Torogan post: Now, it's… Continue reading Torogan, the Mranao royal house

Bangsa Moro, culture, History, socio-cultural

Mranaos and the Bicolanos

This is another of my lost blogposts which was saved by the Internet. Thanks to humans or Internet bots, I can put this back in the blogosphere. These free webhosts should at least warn their users that their closing shop. I maintained that particular blog for several years, including designing the site. I chose a… Continue reading Mranaos and the Bicolanos

History, socio-cultural

History’s 100 Greatest Men

  The brouhaha over Sam Becile's movie, purportedly titled Innocence of Muslims, reminded me of the book of Michael H. Hart. It was first published in the 1970s and was even featured in TIME magazine.  Hart considered the Muslim prophet as the greatest man ever. This is a stark contrast from the idiotic movie of (im)Becile who portrayed the… Continue reading History’s 100 Greatest Men