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A Land Called Sayang

By N Mark Castro
I said this before and I say it again, especially in light of yet another meaningless celebration of EDSA I, and Esquire Philippines’ take on the Martial Law.
My problem with this is simple:
1. We kicked out the Marcoses because of the dictatorship and all the corrupt and abusive practices incurred over the years.
2. They’re supposed to be the worst family ever that has raided the country’s coffers and deprived the nation of its growth.

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What To Tell Your Children About EDSA People’s Revolution

8-things-to-tell-your-children-about-the-1986-EDSA-People-Power-Revolution-TITLE-CIt consists of one word and a period, this is it:



What is ASEAN and What Will Really Happen on 2015?

By N Mark Castro

3 days ago Singapore-based journalist Sourav Goy posted in his article in Huffington Post the inherent problems of ONE ASEAN as applied to the “common man” of each member state.

He was right.


Picture1But who really cares anyway?

Because insofar as the governments of each member state of the ASEAN bloc is concerned, the Common Man is the least of their concern.

Actually, it’s also true for the European Union (EU) and other Western countries, kick in the Arabian peninsula as well.

Because if there’s one thing that the elite hate, it’s the whining, crying, begging noise of the Common Man. Read the rest of this entry

Charlotte Setijadi

Anthropologist & Contemporary Historian of Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia


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