Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Elites and Ilustrados in Philippine Culture’ by Caroline Hau 

by Bryan Meniado The election season is getting more intense as we inch closer to the national polls in May 2022. In the past months, we have already seen a lot of political drama, seesaws, and mudslinging among the presidential aspirants. This grapple for position also creates a bitter divide among the supporters who areContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Elites and Ilustrados in Philippine Culture’ by Caroline Hau “

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Ginto’t Pilak’ by Eugene Evasco and Hidilyn Diaz

by Bryan Meniado After 97 years, we Filipinos got our first-ever Olympic gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games last July, thanks to the valiant effort of our weightlifting hero Hidilyn Diaz. Now a multiple Olympic medalist, as she also won silver in 2016 Rio Games, this historic feat solidifies her position in the pantheonContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Ginto’t Pilak’ by Eugene Evasco and Hidilyn Diaz”

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ by Viktor Frankl

by Bryan Meniado The question as to why people suffer has been engrossing philosophers, theologians, and thinkers for millenia. Almost every religion tackles this fundamental aspect of our existence—from Zoroaster and Buddha to Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammed, and eventually to the philosophies of Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jean-Paul Sartre, among others. Now thatContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ by Viktor Frankl”

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘The Mamba Mentality: How I Play’ by Kobe Bryant

by Bryan Meniado Filipinos are arguably some of the biggest basketball fans in the world, and with the recently concluded FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers and the ongoing NBA Conference Finals, the Filipino basketball fandom are once again cheering and going wild from the sidelines. These sporting events have provided hoops fans like me with momentaryContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘The Mamba Mentality: How I Play’ by Kobe Bryant”

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture’ by Doreen G. Fernandez

by Bryan Meniado “Lami mag-binignit!” says foodie me who frequents a local shopping destination here in my city just to enjoy one of my favorite desserts. Binignit is a popular Visayan dessert dish traditionally made with glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk with various slices of root crops, and fruits, among other delicious garnishes. (CheckContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture’ by Doreen G. Fernandez”