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How to Survive Post-Truth Era

How To Recognize A Fake News Story

If you’ve been looking at Facebook lately, you may have seen that Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump, a town in Texas was quarantined due to a deadly disease and Germany just approved child marriage. To be clear, none of these events really happened ― but that didn’t stop news of them from spreading like a virus.

Fake news articles ― especially throughout this election year ― have increasingly become a fixture on social media. These posts, designed to deceive, run rampant across the internet. Only later, if ever, do readers discover that the stories they shared may have been false.

The publication of blatantly inaccurate stories is certainly not new to the digital age, or even the analog era ― just check your local supermarket aisle for tabloids ― but what is new is how easy it is for a reader to scan a headline on Facebook, hit share and watch his 500 followers do the same.

In the final three months before the election, 20 top-performing fake news stories on Facebook outperformed 20 top-performing factual stories from 19 major media outlets in terms of engagement, according to a BuzzFeed study published last week.

For more, check out HuffingtonPost.


Why I am Driving

I came across an old blog that I made on driving. Just this morning, I shared to my PHILOPE students how learning to drive was very empowering for me. Here are some of my thoughts on why I drive:)

Empowered Driver

One of the many misconceptions about Philippine driving is that it is dangerous and as such best taken by men.  Having been brought up as a girl with very limited means,  there was a lot I was fearful of, but poverty would force anyone to be resourceful, and so early on I had learned to deal with my fears. I would have to learn, stat, to carve opportunities for myself so i could survive.

But courage is built over time.  Confidence-building on my part took a lot of time because at the back of mind I would always feel like an impostor, or I would feel like  I would never be good enough in anything that required exceptional talent.

I am not a genius or some kind of a kid wonder but I know hard work and I never felt I had a sense of entitlement just because.  On the…

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Excellent Reflection on the Film, Insiang

Great job, Joshua Javier!

Different Women, Same Realization: Two Tales of Feminist Awakening


I shall divide this post into four parts: in the first part, I shall discuss how the article entitled “I Am Angry Because You Are Unjust: A Filipino Woman’s Awakening to Feminism” can help us to fully understand Insiang’s conduct not only before being raped by Dado, but also after the outrageous incident. In the second part, I shall state the definition of cultural double-bind based on the said article and reveal how Filipino women seem to be liberated at first glance but actually the exact opposite on a deeper level. In the third part, I shall enumerate and discuss the ways written in the article on how women can cope with pain and oppression and construct Insiang’s potential future though the lens of these ways. Finally, in the fourth part, I shall discuss how feminism has been beneficial not only for Filipinas, but also for the Filipino people in general.

Check out Joshua Javier’s blog here.

Big Lecture Series Tomorrow, November 11, 2016

Get your tickets now at the 4th Floor Faculty Center across Philosophy Department.  You can also avail of the tickets tomorrow morning at the ground floor, Yuchengco Building starting 7 AM.


Excellent Reflection on Avatar

I’m Ready for Abduction – Avatar


From the list of eight (8) questions, these two (2) will be the focus of my popular (pop) culture analysis: 1) One interesting paradox in the film is the way in which the alien Na’vi people actually display far more human tendencies than the humans in the story. They appear more highly evolved than the humans in their respect of the life and the energy surrounding them. How do you see evidence of this throughout the film? 2) How would you describe the key roles that women play in the film? What portrayals struck you?

The premise behind these choices are primarily due to my interests in the society’s abstraction of “femininity”, which has recurrently been stressed out from my past blog posts, primarily in my discourse analysis using a feminist approach. The former question, on one hand, seems to manifest and fulfill a sense of “relevance” and “propriety” for this course, Philosophy of the Person.

For more, check out Georgia Fernandez of PHILOPE A54 blog here.