5 Million, 100 Million

by Boy Turon

There is this popular idea that the correct model for economic development for the Philippines is Singapore. From the time of the late Cory Aquino up to the present administration of her son, Benigno Aquino III, most of these economists, technocrats and economic managers from the academe, business sector, and government would extol Singapore’s adherence to economic liberalization as our way out of poverty.

After all, Singapore is prosperous and a key financial center in Asia with a high standard of living as opposed to the Philippines’ third world status. You cannot argue with success and by the looks of it, Singapore is a success model in terms of economic development.

But what is the hard fact behind it?

Singapore is a city state with a population of 5 Million as compared to the population of the Philippines of 100 Million.
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The Sad Filipino Reality

Yesterday marked the first year of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s presidency.

In last year’s SONA, President Noynoy pointed out the problems his administration has inherited from the Arroyo government and how he plans to put solutions to these problems. He also claimed Filipinos can dream again. One year has passed since we tasked Noynoy to run our government and country. Most of us are somewhat optimistic that the next one would be a better leader and will make this country great once again.

When President Noynoy took office, many of us who did not vote for him still supported his plans, and held on to his promise that he will bring us to the Straight Path (“Daang Matuwid“). Continue reading

Catholic Supremacy in the Philippines

I find it ridiculous that Catholics are given special treatment by society here in the Philippines. They seem to be unaware of this excessive privilege that they happily enjoy. This privilege has helped them in subtle ways that has led to the discrimination, oppression and marginalization of non-Catholics. Continue reading

RHB Memes

All right boys and girls. A blogger pointed out CBCP lies thrive because we’re all cognitive misers so let’s try another strategy. Feel free to use, grab and remake all the funnies below and in the Flickr album. Click the pics to see the Flickr sets. The Greener album has more lulz. Credit goes to the awesometastic people here and here.

More contributions are welcome. :)

1956: The Church and the mandatory Damaso

In the 1950’s when the Church wasn’t waging war over women’s uterus much, it occupied itself by equating mandated Rizal courses to the collapse of moral fibre. It’s ages ago but I’m sure you can imagine the Church’s butthurt over required reading of something so unflattering that although they’re as Pinoy as they can get with Rizal, they’re allergic to his Noli and Fili. Yes, boys and girls; you almost didn’t get to know Padre Damaso and other charming priests like Salvi, Irene and Camorra because the Church was afraid it’ll destroy your faith in god.

Due to some fluke, the Philippine chapter of the Vatican Monarchy malfunctioned or Congress achieved a state of sanity to pass Republic Act 1425, which made the Rizal courses mandatory and Damaso a household name.

Show more appreciation for Rizal, folks!

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Family Planning and Religion


The Roman Catholic Church’s unique stance on Family Planning and contraception was mostly from Augustine of Hippo’s commentaries before we had sufficient knowledge of human reproduction. Due to the “infallibility” of the Pope, the Roman Catholic Church hinders itself from reissuing statements on dogma that could uplift the lives of its flock including its stance on contraception. Below is an excerpt from Pastrana & Harris’ Demographic Governance and Family Planning: the Philippines’ Way Forward.

Roman Catholicism is the only religion that specifically and explicitly condemns contraception. First, let’s look at other religions and then answer the question why contemporary Catholic teaching is so profoundly different from that of all other religions.

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