he Philippines is a
country that takes its beauty pageants seriously. And since the early
seventies Filipinas have been winning one international beauty pageant after
one title that has eluded us Filipinos all these years is the “Miss World”
title—until now. Congratulations Megan Young, you make us all so proud.
Filipinos, Filipino-Americans, and Americans all share in your triumph.
As Miss World, you have a
leg up on all the rest because you are indeed a global citizen. You are the
perfect melding of East and West, embodying both yet celebrating each
culture’s uniqueness. You have an innate understanding of what it’s like to
be from the Far East, just as you know what it’s like to be from the West.
Given your unique
perspective, you will no doubt stay true to your title as “Miss World,” and
make the whole
world proud. Philnews.com itself straddles both East and West with the bulk
of our readers coming from North America. And as we approach our second decade
online, we can proudly say that we have online readers in every corner of
So from our global site to
you, a sight to behold, we say well done! The world is now your oyster Megan
Young, Miss World of 2013—so, as the words of Michael Jackson’s song goes
“make it a better place for you and for me.
The primary purpose of Catholic schools in the Philippines is not really to educate but to indoctrinate. The reason they exist is to insure that the power and influence the Church wields is carried forward onto succeeding generations. That is the raison d'ętre for every school, college and university run by Catholic clergy all across the country.
In the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) the most powerful storm ever to hit land, the global outpouring of aid is just so overwhelming. We Filipinos never realized we had so many friends all over the world. There doesn’t seem to be a country that has not offered to help.
SPECIAL EDITORIAL: Put a sock in it Anderson Cooper
The nerve of some foreign journalists who fly over here and complain about relief efforts moving too slow!Filipina track legend Mona Sulaiman practicing for the 1964 Olympics Don’t they know that these tropical islands are renowned the world over for their leisurely pace of life? Not since Mona Sulaiman won three gold medals at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta has any Pinoy (or Pinay) ever moved so quickly.
Super Typhoon Yolanda, Should Be a Wakeup Call to All Filipinos
There once was a time when most Filipinos thought they were God’s “chosen people” in Southeast Asia. Filipinos were the pious Catholics surrounded by a sea of pagans. When in 2004 a tsunami killed hundreds of thousands in neighboring Asian countries but spared the Philippines, many said it was yet one more proof that God was looking after His people. Well, what a difference 9 years makes because judging from the natural calamities now besetting the country one after another.
Get Rid of All Pork Barrel Funds for Senators, Congressmen, and the President
Philippine Senators and Congressmen have no business running their own little “charities” on the side. Legislators are elected into office to legislate, not hand out checks to non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Janet Lim-Napoles/Malampaya Fund scandal has made it apparent in that many legislators did not practice due diligence in disbursing the people’s money allotted to them through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
The Philippines, a Rotting Culture of Graft and Corruption
As it exists today, the Philippines can never become a great nation…at least not in our lifetime. Why? The answer is because from an outsider’s perspective, we are a nation of liars and thieves. Or if that sounds too harsh, we are a nation made up mostly of liars and thieves and a small minority of non-liars and non-thieves who prefer to look the other way or bury their heads in the sand.