What the Philippines needs more than ever is a true economic revolution, one that ensures the Philippines is not only a democracy in formal-political terms, but instead founded upon the principle of éga-liberté: Political freedom built upon an egalitarian economic system.
At what point, I wonder, did I become a princess? Have I always been this dependent on my comforts and amenities? Is this why people take backpacking holidays between college and adulthood? I do believe one needs at least one star rating per decade on earth. I'm definitely a four-star girl.
There was an extreme presence in everything that surrounded me, except it had only imperceptible movement, the invisible growth of trees, of bamboos growing under the earth, the quiet trace of a dragonfly in the air.
In spite of the bilateral tension created by MH370, China is likely to remain cautious about taking actions that could jeopardize its partnership with Malaysia, given the country's importance in the region's geopolitical landscape and its warming relations with Washington.
Taiping was founded in violence, which is ironic given that its attractions today are of a gentle nature. A relaxed place to savor leafy pleasures, it is a quiet town where the residents go about their business largely untroubled by glossy shopping malls and big tour groups.