What do the Filipino youth want from their leaders?

(Blog contribution to the World Bank. Click to access original site: World Bank EAP Blogs) Scroll through social media in the Philippines, and you’ll get the feel of how young people have transformed digital spaces into a microcosm of what the Philippines should or should not be. If only their ideas and fervor in cyberspace could…

‘Terror’ Teachers

When I was still a part-time lecturer at the Speech Department in Silliman University, I would often tell my students: “When I ask you a question and you don’t look at me – I’ll call you. When I ask you a question and you look at me intently, with a warm smile and a sparkle…

Democratized Journalism

Eugenia Sephera in the book Understanding New Media discusses how Web 2.0, which includes social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, democratizes politics and has become an alternative to mainstream media. Journalism holds a political function which is to help shape public opinion and make governments accountable for their actions (Habermas, 1996, cited in Sephera,…

5Rs of IEC

In development work, “IEC” (Information, Education, Communication) is critical. It is that stairway that connects the heavens to the earth. It pulls you to the ground and helps you optimize the limitations of your audience. The World Health Organization defines IEC as “an approach that seeks to change or reinforce a set of behaviors in…

Selfies – ‘Anyare?’

Look at the mirror. Smile. That’s a selfie – only that, that’s only half of it. The other half is when you bring that mirror to a bus terminal or a public market and reveal the same smile on the opposite side of the mirror to a crowd where some you know, some you don’t.…

Political Genetics

Believe it or not, there is a study now leaning towards an analysis of human being’s genetic composition and whether somewhere along the way, there is something telling of the attitude or behavior of one towards politics. A quick search online doesn’t lead to a good number of literature about it. But absence something written…

NEDA’s ‘Ambisyon’

Warning: The following is based on my own understanding of the presentation. For validation, visit the website of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Call me an idiot for starting a column with a “warning”, but I rather be safe than sorry. Last week, I was in Manila for the Knowledge for Development Community…