I never thought I would ever see Anderson Cooper of CNN, whom I and a lot of you have been defending ever since his dustup with Korina Sanchez last week, deliver such a lame and[…]
The Associated press has published an article citing the new “It’s more fun in the Philippines” social media campaign of the Philippine Department of Tourism. Here’s the website for the campaign, and here’s the full[…]
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC 8: The Philippines emerging as the most-preferred destination for voice-based BPO destination is a wake-up call for the larger Indian BPO sector, says Mr V. K. Mathews, Executive Chairman, IBS Group. The Business[…]
Behind the scenes with an American film crew in the Philippines shooting Goodbye America
Bloomberg’s William Psesek writes today about the Philippines and althoug his headline is a bit of a downer, the article overall has some good points. The headline? “Philippine Soap Opera is a Downer”. The soap[…]
In an annual corruption survey carried out by the group Transparency International, the Philippines has moved up from 134 out of 183 countries rated last year, to 129th. In Asia, the Philippines ranked 25th out[…]
The Philippine Star is reporting multiple sightings of a pair rare Philippine eagles and their offspring on Apayao. The eagles were seen on November 6, 8, and 19. Photographs taken represent the first photos of[…]
A roundup of Philippine news taken from Philippine and international publications. Click “Continue Reading” to access the full feed. Stories include updates on GMA detention; an international analysis of Chinese/Philippine relations, and 30 other articles.
The New York Times is reporting that the Philippines is the “new capital of call centers”, overtaking India which now ranks second behind the Philippines as a home for call centers for US companies. The[…]
A year ago Rena and I began a project which we called “Daughter of Lawaan” — the story, as told by Rena, of what it was like to be a child growing up in Eastern[…]
My project with my wife, “Daughter of Lawaan”, has bogged down a little recently because of our desire to go through her history sequentially, and that puts a certain pressure on the storytelling– but occasionally[…]
A recollection of my first visit to the Hobbit House, the famous folk club in Manila staffed entirely by dwarfs, where I heard the great Filipino singer/songwriter Freddie Aguilar play, and met Jim Turner, the unique owner of this unique watering hole and folkhouse.
In the Philippines, a 14 year period of Martial Law began in 1972, and I was born in 1974, so I grew up under Martial Law until I was 12. There was great tension between[…]
As an American I was never taught anything whatsoever about the existence of a little thing called the Philippine American War. This is a part of American history that, for whatever reasons, our American History courses in school tend to ignore, and which in America is only known about by diplomats, academicians, journalists, and people who have a connection the Philppines.
Growing up as I did in our tiny seaside village, no electricity, no roads, no running water — i could never have, even in my wildest possible dreams, imagined where life’s journey has taken me. But I want to make sure that I never forget where the journey started, and how I grew up in a world so different from the one I am part of today…..
Can it be Thanksgiving already? Wasn’t Labor Day last week? It seems like there’s an acceleration of time that happens as we get deeper into our journey — it’s really frightening sometimes. Felt that way[…]
Trying to make sense of “The Week of Manny Pacquiao”, a week in which 102,000 read an impromptu article I wrote about Manny’s grace, humility, and empathy.
To everyone out there who read the piece I wrote on Sunday morning after the Pacquiao-Margarito fight (Pacquiao-Margarito: What We Can Learn From the Empathy, Humility, and Grace of Manny Pacquiao) and shared it on[…]
Naturally I have various google alerts about Manny Pacquiao and the Philippines and so I woke this Easter morning to a headline from ABS-CBN News that read: “US Comedian Calls Pacquiao ‘illiterate’, bashes Pinoys”. As[…]
by Michael D. Sellers To understand the world that Rena grew up in, it helps to understand what that world evolved from. So she has agreed to let me write a page on the origins[…]
Foreword by Lorena Sellers I was born Lorena Llevado, the daughter of Tarcila and Loreto Llevado. I grew up in the seaside barangay of Guinob-an, municipality of Lawaan, in Eastern Samar, Philippines. At 19 I[…]
Various news outlets are reporting that Philippine authorities have identified approximately a dozen ‘karaoke rage’ killings in the Philippines over the last decade that were triggered by the singing of the Paul Anka penned Frank Sinatra hit “My Way”. As a result of this, they say, many establishments have taken “My Way” off the menu of songs available to sing in Philippine karaoke bars.
Remembering the production of Goodbye America, a film about the closing of Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines in 1992 starring James Brolin, Michael York, Rae Dawn Chong, Alexis Arquette, Corin Nemec, and John Haymes Newton.
Someday I’m going to put out a memoir along the lines of “Dispatches from the Trenches of Indie Film Warfare”….so along the way, I’m going to make a point of doing a post about each[…]
by Michael D. Sellers One event in my life I’ll never forget is when, while living in the Philippines in 1994, I got hold of the July 24, 1994 edition of Time Magazine. Here’s the[…]
by Michael D. Sellers Someday I’m going to put out a memoir along the lines of “Dispatches from the Trenches of Indie Film Warfare”….so along the way, I’m going to make a point of doing[…]