Watching out for intellectual elitism: Climate action is not a monopoly of science

The right dose of anger is sometimes necessary if we want to effect change in the society. With anger, one begins to ask questions. And questions-–if correctly and wisely asked—leads to solutions. However, if the aim is to point fingers and join the blame game, it does more harm than good. Climate change is not…

Should broadcast media operate beyond 50 years? (Reflections on nationalism and the ABS-CBN conundrum)

By now, we have read enough about the highly-divisive ABS-CBN franchise issue. Let’s not add to the “fire” but rather offer an alternative and hopefully more positive (and less divisive) perspective. This will not dwell on the core legalities as they are better left with the governing institutions so my recommendations will focus on: A…

At the heart of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 is MALASAKIT

MALASAKIT. A beautiful Filipino word that, at first, seems so simple enough for translation to English. However, the more I think about it, the more it becomes difficult to find the correct English word for it. Is it concern for others? Is it a combination of regard and compassion? Whatever the most appropriate translation might…

Cultural heritage: When tourism intersects with culture

Reflections on cultural heritage and sustainable tourism [Note: This is a paper that I had submitted in ENRM 257 – Sustainable Tourism Development, through FIC Ivan Anthony Henares, in my Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management program.] Cultural heritage – a link from the past, a bridge to the future Who has not heard of…

May’s flowers and showers

Happy month of May, everyone! For this month’s attempt at watercolor sketch, I’m inviting you to savor the joys of May – the time of the year when we hold the traditional “Santacruzan” (Sacred Cross) and “Flores de Mayo” (Flowers of May) and, of course, it is also the time when we’re beginning to enjoy…

Adopt-a-Community: Embarking on Relief and Rehabilitation After Yolanda

Super Typhoon Yolanda had left us wondering what hit us. Described by many scientists as among the strongest typhoons ever recorded, it caused the loss of more than 2,000 lives and is estimated to lead to economic losses of about $12 to 14 billion. (Source of data on economic losses: Charles Watson, Kinetic Analysis Corporation,…