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Bino A. Realuyo

Dear Hive Mind of Social Media Empathy Fads

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Bino A. Realuyo

If big media presented the public a fuller and more global scope of terrorist events in the past week, I wonder if we would see an equal expression of compassion for Beirut and Baghdad in social media. I wonder if Facebook would have included a Lebanese or Iraqi flag options.

Dear F. Sionil Jose, Philippine National -- Propagandist?

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
Bino A. Realuyo

Mr. Philippine National Artist, I have respected your writing for decades, especially your narratives of the poor and underrepresented. I appreciate your prominence in Philippine literature and respect your well deserved ascent to National Artist stature, but using your position for propaganda is where I will draw the line.

Dear Progressive Philippines

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Bino A. Realuyo

If all people of Filipino descent were honest with ourselves, it would be safe to say that we live for contradictions. While Filipinos enjoy their hard fought independence, we also willingly submit to oppressive powers.

Dear Patricia Arquette, Who 'Fought' For Us

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 04.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Bino A. Realuyo

At the very least, you can make a movie next year about white women and gender inequality and have the Oscars rally around you. It is never the same for gay people and people of color, as evidenced by the lack of color in this year's Oscar movies.

Dear Miss Universe: Our Filipino Telenovela

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 03.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Bino A. Realuyo

Once a year, I close shop. And it doesn't happen during Semana Santa, but during a Philippine gay holy week, that is, Miss Universe season. It's been the case for as long as I can remember -- since my childhood in Manila, during which the street kids where I grew up would stage our version of Miss Universe in friends' houses.

Dear Pope of the Poor and Hopeful People of the Philippines

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Bino A. Realuyo

It is unfathomable, in this day and age (of reason) to see the sheer number of devotees flocking to catch a glimpse of one human being. But, if we understand the tragedy of bottomless poverty in the Philippines, awe and wonder is easily put to rest.

Dear Filipino Food in America

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 12.06.2014 | Taste
Bino A. Realuyo

I fear for you, my beloved Filipino Food. What does the future hold for you in Walmart America?

Dear Anti-Marcoses, Pro-Marcoses, and the Spirit of Philippine Martial Law

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Bino A. Realuyo

The success of the political landscape of the Philippines is contigent upon how we can move the populace out of poverty and bring them to the educated middle class with power and decision making.

Dear Nora Aunor, Greatest Filipina Actress, Brown and Beautiful

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 08.24.2014 | Women
Bino A. Realuyo

Philippine cinema today is a city of bleached-brown faces and light-skinned faces that magically don't tan in the tropical sun. Manilawood is a city...

Dear Filipino Organizers Erased by the Cesar Chavez Movement

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 09.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Bino A. Realuyo

In the age of American ethnic diversity, it is all about representation -- a spiritual mission to bring you, our fathers, back in the light. History might have worked in favor of Chavez in the past decades, but many Filipino Americans will do what it takes to put your names in the pages of American movements.

Dear Filipino Olympian Michael Martinez, Outside-the-box Big Dreamer

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 04.20.2014 | Sports
Bino A. Realuyo

I am sure when you return to the Philippines, people will praise you for all the wrong reasons. Who doesn't love a modern-day Cinderella?

Dear Me on My Deathbed

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Bino A. Realuyo

There are some of us who, because of our cultural backgrounds, are expected to walk certain paths even if we cast nary a shadow there. And we continue walking on these life paths even if we don't see the light.