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Bramovich: The problem with the Philippines

In a country where one in four people are below the poverty line it’s no surprise that there are a lot of social problems. According to the CIA World Fact Book the number of people living below the poverty line is 25.2%. That equates to the population of Australia. Looking…








Showbiz for ugly people? How Filipino politics is one big soap opera

Ever wondered why politics in the Philippines is so melodramatic? Or how any Filipino who gets even remotely famous ends up in public office? Here Anna Cristina Pertierra of Western Sydney University discusses how the country proves the old adage that “politics is show business for ugly people”… The international press has become…


Having a child in the Philippines. Part 1, the birth

As so often happens when two people of the opposite sex get together, the missus ended up pregnant. Suddenly, I was on a journey of discovery about what it means to have a child in the Philippines. It’s a very different experience from doing so in the west. First up,…