I spent last weekend in Cebu (attending a conference). I had a chance to catch up with an old friend there. We were discussing the restaurant scene and he told me places to eat have to periodically reinvent themselves. Cebuanos, he said (he is one) are quite thrifty, and so among other things, many tend to still go home for lunch. He says there really isn’t an office worker culture yet in that city, although a new kind of worker has emerged: the call center employee. That phenomenon, he says, has had an impact on the economy and of course, the habits of young people. It seems though, that Cebu’s saturated, if this article’s any guide.
Even as a former rebel becomes the last victim of an assassination, the Armed Forces brass continue the behavior they learned thanks to Executive Order 464. The eternal Roman question arises: who will guard the guardians?
The Palace is confident it can get its pork barrel projects restored.
San Miguel Corporation reacts to rumors Coca-Cola may scrap its bottling deal in the Philippines. Coca-Cola importation to come?
The Nation of Thailand provides an overview of what’s going wrong in East Timor.
Tony Abaya thinks the President has let slip her intention to rule past 2010.
A letter writer on why Marcos trounced Macapagal in 1965 and why Marcos was no Lee Kwan Yew.
JB Baylon has an idea that people tell me is actually popular in Mindanao (as Baylon says it is): abolish the House.
comelec AKO doesn’t like how senators treated the Comelec chairman (or how the chairman wilted).
Amusing survey from New Economist: people would be happier in the UK if politicians stopped talking about happiness.
The Unlawyer illustrates a point I’ve become convinced of, recently: all the discussions about form of government reflect a kind of escapism. You don’t need a change in system to fix the things that madden people about government -and governance.
Here’s something remarkable: Project Gutenberg of the Philippines. Which suggests, as this article in MediaShift does, that the migration of printed materials from books to digital formats may not be suitable for all books, but for some kinds of books. Personally, I believe reference works, and that includes textbooks, are more suitable for digital use than novels, or books for the general reader.
Sustainable Business praises Inq7.net’s coverage of environmental matters.
Red’s Herring dwells some more on the tar baby controversy.
Theory is the Reason launches an anniversary contest you may want to join.
And, since today is my 36th birthday, the obligatory Amazon Wish List. And if you want to make a donation or find a way to help the earthquake victims in Indonesia, contact your local Philippine National Red Cross chapter.