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

cinema, Column article, Film Review, Uncategorized

DVD Pick: Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Has anybody not heard or read or seen (on TV or film) the tales of Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Tom Thumb, and The Pied Piper of Hamelin? These are just a few of the stories that were brought to the hearts and minds of countless children the… Continue reading DVD Pick: Grimm’s Fairy Tales

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Generations

(Note: I wrote this on Jan. 9, 2010. To update it, there's a Post Script at the end) Some writers have categorized generations of people according to the year of their birth. Lost Generation (1883–1900) Greatest (or GI) Generation (1901–1924) Silent Generation (1925–1942) Baby Boomer (1943–1960) Generation X (1961–1981) Generation Y (1982–2001) Generation Z (2001–)… Continue reading Generations

personal, Uncategorized

Studying Communication & Media Studies

It's graduation time in the Philippines and my FB newsfeeds are full of photos of young people in their graduation regalia. They remind me of my own graduation more than a dozen years ago (MA in Media Studies) . So, I’m putting up my photo, too with the UP Newsletter’s full-page feature on me! From… Continue reading Studying Communication & Media Studies

Film, Film Review, Uncategorized

Of Gods, Mortals and Wonder Woman

Saw the movie "Wonder Woman" a few days ago. On the whole, I liked it. Gal Gadot is quite a good actress. She's not as beautiful as Lynda Carter, but she has her charms. And she has good chemistry with Chris Pine. The pair reminds me of the more traditional romantic comedy pairs of Hollywood… Continue reading Of Gods, Mortals and Wonder Woman

current events, Uncategorized

Save the Solomon Island Dolphins

Today, I joined the petition to stop the Philippine government from allowing the re-export of 23 Solomon Island dolphins to Singapore to be used as show animals in Resorts World at Sentosa, Singapore. The move was spearheaded by Earth Island Institute Philippines (EII-Phils), together with Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Compassion and Responsibility to Animals… Continue reading Save the Solomon Island Dolphins

Media Studies, Uncategorized

BLOGGERS' CODE OF ETHICS

From the The cyber-journalist Website. (Adapted from the Society of Professional Journalists of theU.S.) ******************************  BLOGGERS' CODE OF ETHICS    Be Honest and Fair Bloggers should be honest and fair in gathering, reporting and interpreting information. Bloggers should: • Never plagiarize. • Identify and link to sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as… Continue reading BLOGGERS' CODE OF ETHICS

current events, Uncategorized

Remembering EDSA on its Silver Anniversary

It has been twenty-five years since that fateful three days and four nights of February when so many of us thought that finally, we would see the dawning of a truly free, progressive and prosperous Philippines. Twenty-five years ago, the Filipino people (mostly those in Metro Manila) with the help of a military faction, installed… Continue reading Remembering EDSA on its Silver Anniversary

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What's in a name?

My name is Jamal Ashley. These are my given names. When I was in grade school and high school, I knew or heard of no one who had the name Jamal except for Sultan Jamal ul-Kiram of Sulu. But the Sultan's name was usually pronounced as Jamalul not Jamal ul-Kiram. Jamal is pronounced with the… Continue reading What's in a name?