As a long-time observer of the Philippine political scene, I have been asked time and again for my opinions on developing events in my country–from the media, from civil society organizations, sometimes from foreign embassies, and of course, my friends. Aside from this, my work as the executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform (IPER) requires me to be always updated on developing political events in the Philippines and internationally (particularly as they affect my country).
This blog therefore provides a convenient place for those who want answers to their questions regarding these developments. Of course, from a specific point of view–a personal one. This blog does not reflect any policy or stand of the Institute or of its Board of Trustees.
December 30, 2007: I have just made some changes in my blog presentation. I hope this made it easier to read.
February 14, 2008: I added a blogroll for approved links to bloggers or website owners who request the link. Happy Valentine’s day!
March 1, 2008: If you noticed, I have changed my background to that of the famed Manila Bay sunset.
April 7, 2008: I have changed my background to a Baguio scenery–appropriate, I think, for the summer.
May 5, 2008: The transition from the summer sunshine to the misty season of rains.
May 20, 2008: Tinagong Dagat in my hometown signals the onset of the rainy season. I am also experimenting with personal blog pages on certain topics.
June 26, 2008: If you noticed, I included some photos in the musing “Surviving Frank”. I’ll try to do so very sparingly. However, I have opened a personal Multiply site [moncasiple.multiply.com] for more personal postings. Other flood photos are posted there.
July 6, 2008: The photo is a ricefield turned sea during the height of typhoon Frank’s fury. Photo was taken in Pototan, Iloilo.
July 13, 2008: I have made some re-tuning of the sidebar–you can see for yourself the results.
July 16, 2008: More re-tuning. Added Tags–I noticed that there is interest in accessing my previous blog entries so this will make it easier. However, you have to bear with me–it seems WordPress does not make automatic Tag entries for previous posts. It will take some time by manual editing.
I also added a new category Philippine Development. It seems one cannot anymore clearly separate politics and development issues. In the Philippines, it seems that the government is becoming once again one big privatized corporation.
July 28, 2008
I’m sharing some of my favorite websites or blogs by adding them to the Blogroll. As I’ve said before, you may request a link if you want. The header scene is a view of Panay’s Madya-as mountain range from my native Lambunao.
August 31, 2008
Just can’t resist putting this–a Hubble space telescope photograph of a nursery of newly-born stars. in celebration of the upcoming servicing of the iconic telescope.
September 12, 2008
Another space view–of our very own Earth, the only one we’ve got. This is the famous “blue marble” photo.
October 28, 2008
The coming recession is slowly–but surely–coming into our national consciousness. How government will deal with it is crucial to our own survival. To reflect this point, I’m changing my header scene.This one is from my hometown, reputedly the hillsite of the Panay Ati’s seat of government in the days of King Marikudo and his descendants. This is situated in barrio Simsiman, Lambunao, Iloilo, incidentally, my grandfather’s home barrio. Credit to our town’s website.
November 24, 2008
Another earth-view–a hurricane viewed from space.
December 28, 2008
The deadly beauty of an iceberg that can sink a Titanic.
February 9, 2009
Beach view of the sunset in Boracay. A toast to the passing of an era in Philippine politics. You may also notice that I remove the password requirement on the Page “Left Prospects for 2010 Elections.” This is to widen its accessibility to others who may want to read it. Thanks to those for the suggestion.
March 28, 2009
Boracay in its glory.
June 4, 2009
A storm system viewed from space. Rainy, rainy season ahead–not necessarily literally.
September 15, 2009
The literal fog of an existing war in Korean peninsula’s Demilitarized Zone.
October 24, 2009
A view of the Madya-as mountain range in Panay, from my hometown.
February 19, 2010
A rain-drenched trip down the highway from Baguio.
March 3, 2010
The Mayon volcano yesterday–with all its dangerous glory in full sight. The 2010 elections, needless to say, has its own lethal attraction.
June 7, 2010
The view of a small valley in the heart of Lambunao.
March 2, 2011
Changed the format to the “Mistylook” theme. The photo is the view from Mt. Singit, one of the mountainpeaks in my hometown.
November 11, 2011
The new background photo is the view from the Mayon Rest House, a clear day.
September 9, 2012
I apologize for not publishing new material in this blog. However, those of you read my announcement about Parallaxis will understand. I have opened this new blog, courtesy of Yahoo! Philippines, last July 2012 and I have written on it at least once a week since then. I invite readers to look at it for immediate reactions to developing political events.
In the meantime, I have thought over the relationship between this blog and Parallaxis. Since this blog is my own and does not necessarily caters to specific audiences, I have decided to continue this one, albeit on a more deeper and analytical level. it will still respond to events but on a more measured manner. Looking forward to a more productive blogging in the future.
October 17, 2012
To my would-be commenters from the CPP-led mass organizations: I would have authorized your comments and debate with you on my blog. However, insults, ad hominem attacks, dogmatic assertions, and plain unthinking arguments cannot be given due course. These types of comment have no place in a reasoned and enlightened discourse–it is impossible to be productive, and only wastes my time and yours. Thank you. P.S. And don’t think I do not know anything on what I am speaking about–you should do your homework.