Blog and tag hopping for the Philippines

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier, but on a whim I started browsing for ‘filipino‘ and ‘Philippines‘ tags in wordpress.com. And what do I find? I find entries by a guy named Mike Cohen, that’s what. Tons and tons of it.

The name sounded familiar somehow, and the About page, while it did say he was a broadcast journalist, it didn’t really say much in the way of where he’d worked, etc. So I Googled him and — whoa! He’s that white guy that I’d seen surreally reporting on ABS-CBN. I say surreally, because his caucasian features were really incongruous to the station he was working in, i.e., a local news channel, which you’d expect only had Filipino-looking reporters. Anyway, after that initial shock had worn off, it was funny watching him exchange pleasantries with the other news anchors in the channel.

I don’t really follow local news much. I got sick a long time ago, of all the political this and political that going on every day. I’d only seen the guy on TV a couple of times.

But.

I find his blog interesting. I’m not really much into journalism; if I write, I’m more interested in writing fiction. Still, I’d like to read this guy’s perspective on local news and the Philippines in general. He doesn’t strike me as one of those activist types who are blindly anti-government and pro-poor (or even blindly pro-government, for that matter). Anyway, whatever — I’m adding his blog to my blogroll, if only to bookmark it for easy reach.

Which reminds me — I’ve come across other blogs that I find interesting and would like to add to my roll. Will do those later… but only after I put some kind of disclaimer to my own personal blogroll rules.

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3 responses to “Blog and tag hopping for the Philippines

  1. well what do you know – i also just added ‘Philippines’ to my tag surfer, and it brought me here, and to a blog using the same theme as i am. it’s almost eerie 🙂

  2. Wolverina,

    Thanks for the plug- to clearf thing up, I’m fil-am. ‘meztizo’ is the term, my grandparents hail from Basilan, and Mindanao.
    I grew up in Palawan.and Makati – and California.

    But, yes- I once guested on show of my kumare & komapre at the channel I worked at for 15 years off and on to prove along with a number of other guests that, yes, there are filipino’s of different races.

    We – are also we are afterall asia’s melting pot, and, there is little stigma, unlike other parts of Asia, either nor discrimination.
    Except in a few places.

    (like a at er … this one TV station… I know… – but… thats another story for my blog)

    So yes, Malays are the majority, but we the 18-23.5% who are considered meztizo -tisoys, chinnoys, korean-noys, arabo-pinoys, afro-pinoys, etc.fill the landscape,.lahat po kami ay “proud to be pinoy” as well.

    When my friends and family get together – you would think you were in elsewhere till we all speak in tagalog – .eating is always done in local dialect. heheheh. :.) ” Yung manga at bagoong ah… ‘ paki abot yung balat… at mang tomas” and “Oy… ubos na yung papaitan?”
    .
    Muli, maraming salamat po sa pagtankilik sa blog ko. Napakaganda ang inyong pagpuri at pagpugay.

    labis na gumagalang
    Mike.Cohen..

  3. Hi Wolverina! Hi Mike!

    Thanks for dropping by!

    ============

    Walang ano man po, ginoong Cohen. 🙂

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